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In November 1994, the Republican Party made record gains in the US House of Representatives. Speaker Newt Gingrich began setting the national agenda and the pundits began asking if President Bill Clinton was any longer relevant to US politics.
In April 1995, domestic terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols detonated a diesel-fertilizer truck bomb outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. Clinton turned to the media and placed the blame on right-wing hate speech, cowed Republicans and regained much of his lost authority.
In November 2012, President Barack Obama won re-election and retained control of the US Senate. Republicans were disheartened and blaming themselves for their failure at the ballot box. The media was urging Republicans to become more like Democrats and proclaiming the end of the Reagan Revolution.
In December 2012, Adam Lanza killed 28 people, mostly children, in Newtown, Connecticut. Obama turned to the media and placed the blame on right-wing gun-owners, demanding Congress to enact sweeping new gun control laws.
But a strange thing happened.
Instead of increasing the power of the presidency like Clinton managed in 1995, Obama saw his influence wane over the following months. After months of Democrat politicians calling for various bans and confiscation, the American people began contacting their Representatives and Senators. Gun Control demonstrations were met with Gun Rights demonstrations. And even modest Gun Control legislation became a poison pill and failed.
Some might now ask if Obama is relevant.
In April 2013,Bombs planted at the finish line for the Boston marathon, killing 3 people and injuring 185 others. They killed 1 police officer and injured another trying to evade police. Democrat politicians and media made earnest effort to restore Obama’s authority by attempting to paint the perpetrators as white right-wing Tea Party Christians.
However, the terrorist Tsarnaev brothers were Chechen Muslims.
You can’t support Civil Rights and oppose limited government.
Civil Rights are by definition a limit on government.
Unlimited government (if we rid ourselves of that pesky constitution) can regulate speech, the press and religion; ban guns and deny the right to petition or assemble; deny fair or speedy trials and use force confessions – well, you get the idea.
Most of us have struggled with our weight at one time or another. The diet industry is big business in the US and most of the world stereotypes Americans as fat.
I love my uncle.
In 2000, he was about 50 lbs overweight but he carried it well. It caused a few aches and pains, but no serious health issues.
Unfortunately, he continued to pack on the pounds…
In 2013, he’s almost 160 lbs overweight and there’s a lot of things he just can’t do any longer.
And it looks like he’s going to continue to add at least another 10 lbs every year.
He insists that he doesn’t eat too much – that he just needs a little exercise.
My Uncle Sam:
Cartoon via http://www.adamzyglis.com/images/cartoon25.jpg
10 lbs = $1,000,000,000,000.00 or about $3,300 per person living in the US.
The Federal Government announced today that the new Citizen Average Life Expectancy (C.A.L.E.) standards will require that the U.S. Healthcare Industry (doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies) will increase the average life expectancy of U.S. citizens to 150 years of age by the year 2025 or suffer severe financial penalties.
Hey, if it works for cars – why not?
I read a nice post over at Borepatch about the mixed feelings some people are having about wanting to support Chick-fil-A for their free speech rights, but not harm friends in the LGBTQ community. As a compromise, Jeniffer suggests donating $1 to The Trevor Project for every dollar spent at Chick-fil-A.
I don’t know Jeniffer’s political persuasion, but her suggestion is classic Liberal Fairness.
Every dollar spent at Chick-fil-A (or any other business) has to cover the cost of the food (merchandise/service) that you purchase, including material, labor, equipment, facility, utilities, taxes, permits and licenses. What little is leftover as profit is divided amongst shareholders and used to cover their living expenses with an even smaller amount that actually goes to charity.
So even if every dollar of Chick-fil-A profit that is eventually donated to charity goes to an organization opposed by the LGBTQ community, the actual amount is no more than a few percent of the total revenue. So Jeniffer’s compromise is to give the Trevor Project 50x the money that the “objectionable” charity might receive.
that Progressives cite precedent and object to any suggestion to modify any New Deal legislation or Great Society legislation because they are established law, yet think of the US Constitution as obsolete and irrelevant to modern society because it was created by a bunch of dead white guys – uh, like Franklin D Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson.
So Schumer, Lautenberg, Feinstein, et al, are up to their old tricks – slipping an anti-gun amendment into the Cyber-Security bill being considered by the Senate.
“Maybe we could come together on guns if each side gave some,” Schumer said.
And earlier this week, Obama stated that AK-47s (and implied all “assault weapons”) were only properly used by the military and all other uses were criminal.
So here’s my proposal to Obama and Schumer:
A complete ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons with the appearance of military weapons, and all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition by all federal, state, county and local law enforcement throughout the United States. The President and Congress have direct authority to insure compliance by all federal employees (FBI, DHS, DEA, ATFE, DEA, USDA, EPA, etc…) and can use their funding requirements to bring states and local municipalities into line.
Any objection to such a law would constitute an admission of lying to the American people. Law enforcement, not even the Secret Service, are military personnel.
After 10 years of enforcement, the results can be evaluated and if removing these weapons and magazines from law enforcement can be proven to reduce crime, then we can discuss implementing a similar law for the general public.
So that’s my proposal, Mr Schumer. Give a little, like you proposed.
Or else Go Fuck Yourself and leave my rights alone.
I do love The Great One – Jackie Gleason.
However, I do not respect his or any person’s authority.
Authority does not deserve respect, but I will tell you what does deserve respect:
The purpose and justification of any authority is to fulfill responsibilities . Authority without responsibility is tyranny. Our government is based on that simple fact.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and insure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Before creating the Legislature, the Judiciary or the Executive, We the People first defined the responsibilities of government. No mention of laws, taxes, military, regulations, bureaucracy or courts. Those things are the means to an end – to meet the responsibilities laid out in the Preamble to our Constitution.
Either do what the government tells you to do or they can take your lunch money.
Everyone is familiar with Lord Acton’s quote:
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
The problem I have with that quote is that it is misleading. The biggest problem with power is not that it corrupts the innocent, but that it attracts the people that are already corrupt.
I don’t think there was anything special about the Catholic church back in the middle ages when Martin Luther got fed up. That’s where the power was concentrated.
Lenin and Hitler weren’t decent men corrupted from power, they were horrid bastards that sought power at any cost.
Today’s politicians weren’t corrupted by Washington. They pursued public office because that’s where the power is.
Creating bigger and bigger government and then complaining about the corruption is like spraying a picnic area with sugar water and then complaining about the ants.
(Mostly a copy of a comment at left at Farmer Frank’s)