A Simple Proposal

Rob Bishop (Rep R. Utah) has always amused, or perhaps better, entrigued me. He was entertaining as a high school business teacher, interesting as a state rep/speaker, down right hillarious at times as a church chorister – he once called a halt to the congregational singing mid-hymn due to lackluster participation and had us all start over, this time with feeling. This is the same guy that once proposed that all federal elected officials be required to read the Constitution annually. And now he is onboard with a proposed contitutional ammendment that seems just about right for the times.

Any provision of law or regulation of the United States may be repealed by the several states, and such repeal shall be effective when the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states approve resolutions for this purpose that particularly describe the same provision or provisions of law or regulation to be repealed.

Read more: here.

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The times they are a-changin’

It is peculiar who everything old becomes new and fresh again at some point. In my youth, nostalgia for the 1950s was all the rage, right along with Disco. Now, even in politics, what was relevant in the 60s, somehow seems to fit into today’s mood. As I watch the RNC leadership struggle to hold on in the face of the the relentless drubbing that the TEA Party folks have been giving them, I can only hear the voice of Dylan. So tell me, which line of this does not apply?

Come gather ’round people wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide the chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon for the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’.
For the loser now will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
And don’t criticize what you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn, the curse it is cast
The slow one now will later be fast
As the present now will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

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Samuel Clemens on civilization

Every civilization carries the seeds of its own destruction, and the same cycle shows in them all. The Republic is born, flourishes, decays into plutocracy, and is captured by the shoemaker whom the mercenaries and millionaires make into a king. The people invent their oppressors, and the oppressors serve the function for which they are invented.
– Mark Twain

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A response to a modern liberal…

In response to the contest between and extrodinary attention payed to Scott Brown and Martha Coakley, there have been a lot of comments posted to this article on this topic at the boston Herald. One commenter in particular raised my ire. So I had to respond.

America’s left are the ones that have corrupted the word ‘liberal’. Today’s Democrat Party is more statist and condescending – patronizing even – of the oppressed and downtrodden in our society than good King George and the Tories ever dreamt of being. Free speech is stifled in the name of inclusion and sensitivity on campuses and in newsrooms across this land. Confiscatory tax policy, graft, and corruption at all levels of government threaten the solvency of this nation and her citizens. Even the basic right of all peoples to self defense is openly mocked in the name of collective security.
The liberals of our nation’s heritage were champions of individual liberty and free exercise of all our God given rights. They were far from perfect and they acknowledged that fact; the solutions and institutions they put in place were and are not without flaw. But the methods and means to right those wrongs were built into that foundation.
If the people of this country feel that it is right to pay for the healthcare of all from the public treasury, then – by all means – let us have that debate and put it forth as a proposed amendment to the Constitution and see if the people of this fair land truly believe that this is something that our founders wrongly overlooked.
Do not, on the other hand, argue that you are somehow more enlightened or noble than the rest of us and therefore know better what is right and good for us, our families, our nation, and our futures.
Liberal? Hah! Power-mad, paternalistic, control freaks with narcissistic delusions of moral and intellectual superiority, mindlessly repeating trite slogans and espousing philosophies that have repeatedly led to the destruction of the societies that have embraced them claiming all the while that this time it will be different somehow because you believe in them. Pathetic. Remember well that there is nothing inherently wrong with fascism – or even dictatorship – as long as the right people are in charge. Fool. I am willing to bet my future that you are not the “right” people.

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One big Karmic “I Told Ya So!”

Didn’t we hear this before? Agreeing unconditionally to enter into dialog with the likes of Iran would be taken for a sign of weakness, some have claimed. Others declared that we must talk with them to begin the process of peace. Well, guess who was is right.

Iran says Obama’s offer to talk shows US failure

US President Barack Obama’s offer to talk to Iran shows that America’s policy of "domination" has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.

"This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed," Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.

"Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change," he added.

After nearly three decades of severed ties, Obama said shortly after taking office this month that he is willing to extend a diplomatic hand to Tehran if the Islamic republic is ready to "unclench its fist".

In response, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a fresh tirade against the United States, demanding an apology for its "crimes" against Iran and saying he expected "deep and fundamental" change from Obama.

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Dangerous Words

It is amazing to me to see the chutzpa of the current crew in charge of the destiny of our government. In one carefully crafted sentence buried deep within the stimulus bill. This little gem apparently grants sole discretion over the amount of funds spent on welfare programs to the US Treasury, effectively reversing the last couple of decades of welfare reform.

We need to keep an eye in this.

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