Weekly Musing 7-7-13
28 years ago yesterday, this silly beautiful young lady said yes! Still beautiful and forever young!
Happy 4th of July
This week we celebrated to liberty and freedom that this great country has given so many. Too many forget or chose to ignore our founding principles and dismiss them as “old fashioned”. The problem is that these ‘truths are self-evident’ and we as a people have an obligation to defend those freedoms for generations to come.
As we reflect on the greatness of our country, the principles it stands for and the challenges to defend the liberty bestowed upon us, I encourage you to stand ever vigilant, stay or get involved and let your voices be heard.
God Bless America!
Independence Day Celebrates a Nation Founded on the Right Ideals
On Independence Day, we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, but we really are celebrating the unique vision upon which our society was founded, even if it isn’t always “sold” to the public in an easily understood and appealing way.
There are two basic visions of society. In the one that dominated human societies throughout most of history, a small group of people impose their will on everyone else by the threat of violence. Submit or be imprisoned, re-educated, killed or expelled. The leaders have unlimited and ultimate authority, although such governments vary by degree of awfulness. Not every authoritarian system is run by Khmer Rouges or Visigoths.
In the other vision, all people – by the nature of their birth – have fundamental rights. The government’s only job is to protect those rights. The State is designed to serve as a referee to assure that people don’t rob, defraud or otherwise harm others; to sort out the inevitable disputes that result given the human condition; and perhaps to provide some services (i.e., infrastructure) not easily provided by the private sector.
Obama and the crumbling of a liberal fantasy hero – A European Apologist:)
“Obama talks like the president of the American Civil Liberties Union but he acts like Dick Cheney.”
It is not entirely Mr Obama’s fault that he became the vessel into which liberals all over the world poured their fantasies. Of course, like any politician, he pumped up expectations when running for office. But when Obama-mania really took off in 2008, it swiftly moved into a realm beyond reason. What was candidate Obama meant to say to the 200,000 Berliners who turned out to cheer him that year – “Go home guys, this is silly”? When the new president was given the Nobel Peace Prize, simply for existing, all he could do was graciously accept.
The 9 Most Arrogant Quotes of the Obamas
There is no Republican case for S 744 Senate Immigration Bill
Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick have an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal Monday, urging House Republicans to pass the immigration bill – S. 744 – passed by the Senate last Thursday. There are some minor problems with their narrative.
This is some convenient cherry picking which ignores the last time Republicans passed a bill that legalized illegal immigrants. President George H.W. Bush, got just 30 percent of Hispanic votes, only three points better than Romney just two years after President Reagan signed the last amnesty bill. And just four years after that, Bush’s vote percentage among Hispanics fell to 25 percent, two points lower than Romney.
Immigration: A Retrospective – DC has it wrong…again!
After the passage of the Senate bill on immigration reform, which may or may not die in the House, I went back and reread some of my immigration columns from 2006 and 2007, when the last big bill came up. What is striking to me is that the basic facts and arguments haven’t really changed. What was pertinent then is pertinent now, especially in terms of the larger forces at play.
Bush Pushes GOP – A Republican Case for Immigration Reform
The bill also invites people who came here illegally to come out of the shadows through a provisional resident status. It does not provide an amnesty, that is, a pardon. The Senate bill creates a 13-year probation during which those who came illegally must pay a series of fines and back taxes, undergo background checks, are ineligible for most social services, and must work continuously.
Overall, the bill satisfies a criterion that is essential to the rule of law: It makes it easier to immigrate legally than illegally.
The Sprawling, Dimming Age of Obama
In Barack Obama, America elected a chief executive whose Department of Justice has repeatedly targeted the press, whose Internal Revenue Service has gone gunning for conservatives, and whose government has elevated secrecy into a cardinal virtue. The Obama administration’s data grab is not just about national security, or Edward Snowden. It is also an epilogue befitting a candidate who delivered his 2008 convention acceptance speech in front of a temple façade dedicated to himself, and whose faith in government and the state is at the center of his presidency.
So here Obama is, craving security and adulation, but being denied both. He speaks aloud, but is frequently ignored. With more than two years left in his term, the President is more a creature of history than a driver of reality. As he is learning the hard way, standing in front of ersatz Greek columns doesn’t make you a deity, and Capitol Hill isn’t Mt. Olympus.
Gay marriage fight now becomes a religious liberty fight
Today’s talk of tolerance and acceptance of gay marriage will soon give way to intolerance and rejection of those who hold a traditional view of marriage.
The next offensive in this culture war will involve wielding government to force individuals to accept the new definition of marriage, falsely invoking analogies to civil rights.
What if Hillary Clinton passes on 2016?
Democrats openly describe their surprise at seeing such consensus around a candidate so early. The hope of retaining the White House in an open-seat election is very real — and the letdown that will set in among Democratic activists and operatives will be very deep if Clinton takes a pass on a campaign, as she may well do.
She has said she has yet to make up her mind, but few in the party believe that. The Clintons’ ambition and the chance to make history as the first female president, they figure, will overpower any reticence about another grueling campaign or spending her golden years carrying the burdens of the world’s weightiest job.
But if they’re wrong, there is no obvious replacement. And the party would be looking at a mad scramble to fill the Clinton void.
Washington’s Decadent Lawmaking Lives In The Shadows
Say what you like about George III, but the Tea Act was about tea. The so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” is so comprehensive it includes special deals for Nevada casinos and the recategorization of the Alaskan fish processing industry as a “cultural exchange” program, because the more leaping salmon we have the harder it is for Mexicans to get across the Bering Strait.
The insanity of higher education costs in Michigan
According to a piece in The Economist, The College-Cost Calamity, many American universities are in financial trouble and have been piling on debt at alarming rates.
Between university debt, changing demographics, legacy costs, competition from for-profit educational institutions, soaring student debt, state funding cutbacks, philanthropy drying up, tenure and skyrocketing tuition and fees, we are heading for a crisis.
Many universities have gone on building sprees at a time when technology, especially e-and blended learning options make the need for excessive dorms, huge lecture halls and other institutional edifices obsolete.
Democrats are trying to suppress the confusion and hide the cost of ObamaCare
I don’t know if Members of Congress will be hearing about it in town hall gatherings and other meetings back home over the Fourth of July recess, but the rolling thunder of the approaching ObamaCare train can be heard in the distance. Smart Democrats are beginning to get frantic about the need to suppress the confusion and hide the cost of ObamaCare between now and the 2014 midterm elections. We are just three months away from the October 1st enrollment start date and so far, nothing about the ObamaCare implementation process should be politically encouraging for Democrats. In fact, the more people learn about ObamaCare, the more frightened they become.
Will Texas Become A Presidential Battleground?
With the two parties in Washington gridlocked on immigration, the budget and other issues, it’s easy to forget that when it comes to winning presidential elections, one party has a distinct advantage.
“The Democrats have a significant advantage on the electoral map that gives them the inside track going into 2016,” says independent political analyst Rhodes Cook.
Cook’s latest red and blue charts show that what used to be a Republican advantage has — over the past generation — flipped. There are now 18 states plus the District of Columbia that voted Democratic in every one of the last six presidential elections. That gives the Democrats a comfortable base of 242 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to win the presidency. On the other hand, only 13 states with 102 electoral votes have gone Republican each of the last six elections.
The Libertarian States of America
We’ve written quite a bit about the growing libertarian strain — particularly among young people — in the country and its politics.
The growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage and the legalization of marijuana are signs of that the idea of the government minding its own business — in most things — is gaining credence with the public.
Given that same-sex marriage and pot are the leading edge of this libertarian strain, we were intrigued by this map — which we found on the awesome Maps on the Web Tumblr – that look at which states condone some form of legalization of both.
The Mindset of the Left
At least as far back as the 18th century, the left has struggled to avoid facing the plain fact of evil — that some people simply choose to do things that they know to be wrong when they do them. Every kind of excuse, from poverty to an unhappy childhood, is used by the left to explain and excuse evil.
All the people who have come out of poverty or unhappy childhoods, or both, and become decent and productive human beings, are ignored. So are the evils committed by people raised in wealth and privilege, including kings, conquerors and slaveowners.
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