The endless state of emergency
The hostages came home in 1981 (on the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated president), but the emergency continues. And it isn't the only such emergency that's still on the books. Eight of the 16 national emergencies declared by Bill Clinton are still in effect, as are 13 of the 14 declared by George W. Bush. And Mr. Obama is no slouch when it comes to never-ending emergencies -- eight of the nine he has declared are still in effect.
There may be legitimate reasons for some of these emergencies to remain in place. But we are also reminded of the words of H.L. Mencken: