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Tag Archives: Constitution

Obama’s Unilateral Presidency Crashes Into the Constitution

I remember in college my professor explaining to us that the US system of government was too slow. That it was inherently difficult – too difficult he argued. A parliamentary system was much better and would allow “things to get done.” My professor, it was clear resented the restrictions placed on government by the Constitution.

One gets the sense that Obama feels the same way.

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WSJ: It isn’t just “Obama’s power grabs.” It’s a redesign of the Founders’ original vision.

It is fair to say that the Republic is in serious peril and that this president has done GREAT damage to this country.

The silver lining to the Obama presidency has been that many people have finally become aware of what our system of government is supposed to look like. Many more people have read the Constitution since Obama came in than before. For too long Americans took our system for granted. It has taken an accelerated assault on the Bill of Rights and our founding document generally – from the White House – to wake at least a large minority up.

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Rand Paul Plans To Filibuster Patriot Act

Good. For crying out loud, somebody should.

I hope that one day we will look back on the Patriot Act in the way we look back on Prohibition now, a huge mistake which gave away too much power to government and undermined the very spirit of what it means to be American.*

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The collapse of pot prohibition divides Republicans and exposes fair-weather federalists

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. – The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution

Sorry but if one believes in following the Constitution one should have absolutely no beef with cannabis legalization on a state level. It is clearly a state issue if one understands the 10th Amendment. The federal government has no business prohibiting use in the states. None. Absolutely none.

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We need a renaissance of liberty in this country and a restoration of the Constitution

We need to break from the old 20th Century statism which has bloomed as the baby boomers have gotten into positions of power. We need a renaissance of liberty in the universities, in the media, in our schools, in our home life. And like most big social movements it will have to come from the bottom up. (And it has been.)

There is little interest in the official circles of government,  academia, or the media in a resurgence of liberal (in the classical sense) thinking. Statism and soft totalitarianism have served them well. They are after all the people in power.

And sadly this political class has done a good job of convincing many everyday people that they simply can’t survive without the state taking care of them. Though the political class never says it openly there is the presumption that most people are little better than animals. That is why everyday people dress the way they do. Have the jobs they do. Eat the terrible unhealthy food that they eat. Waste their time doing what they do.

Liberty, you see only works (and they would never say that it “works”) in theory for smart people. You, you the great unwashed? You can barely put food in your mouth. Best to let the government do it for you. It’s for your own good. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Oh little serf, these ideals will only cause you frustration. Focus instead on doing what you are told. You’ll be much happier.

But what about, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

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Poll: For first time ever voters say “the government” is the biggest problem in America

America is not Europe. We are a country founded by individualists, scoundrels, dreamers, and doers. We do not have the aristocratic legacy of the Old World with its stifling worldview and distinct class system within an ever present welfare state. We are a free people. This country was an escape from Europe. This country is a free land. This freedom is ingrained in our DNA. It is what makes an American an American, no matter that American’s ethnicity. We are bound by an idea not geography or ancestry. America is indeed exceptional in that regard.

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The War on Drugs: 100 Years of Failure?

The War on Drugs is now 100 years old. It’s caused unfathomable heartache. It’s fattened the wallets of police departments and drug dealers alike. We have prisons full of people there because of drugs. Lives have been torn apart. Families have been torn apart. Countries have been torn apart.

The War on Drugs has made a mockery of the Constitution. Do you think the founders ever envisioned the police digging through the possessions of American citizens in a search for intoxicants? I don’t think so. I think the founders (at least most of them) would have been horrified.

And yet Americans have long been conditioned to accept the gross invasions of privacy which come with the drug war.

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The crony wing of the GOP contemplates coming after (Republican) Senator Mike Lee in Utah

Mike Lee is, as politicians go anyway, one of the good guys. Heck, he even outlined an anti-crony agenda a few weeks back. So it should come as no surprise that the Utah crony brigade might want him gone. The old Republicans have not forgiven Lee for taking out one of their own in the Senate primary 4 years ago. John Hunstman Sr. (not the guy who kind of ran for president, but his very rich dad) called Lee a “radical.”

Hardly. Since when has being a principled conservative (and that’s what Lee is, not necessarily a libertarian) been a liability for a politician in Utah? Since now I guess. (But maybe really always.)

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“I am not a dictator, I’m the President.” – Barack Obama

Tonight is a sad night for this country. Tonight President Obama is expected to declare his intention to unilaterally bypass the Congress of the United States – a Congress that was elected by the American people – to declare what is essentially “amnesty” or at least the beginnings of “amnesty” for illegal immigrants in the United States.

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Ohio public school brainwashes 8 year olds: “Rights are special privileges the government gives you.”

*An important update. Apparently this teaching aid has been changed to use less statist language. However the below version is still in use. TruthRevolt.com has the story of the revision.

 

“One must indoctrinate a child while he still fits width-wise on the bed.” – A saying from the Soviet Union

The fact is that pretty much as soon as one exits the womb one is peppered by pro-government propaganda. FDR ended, didn’t extend the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve is there to help “stabilize” the economy (not act as a backstop for the giant banks). That “we are the government.” That World War I was a war we had to fight,  and so was Iraq. That the income tax is a tool of “justice”  and not just blatant theft. That Obamacare wasn’t a crony capitalist vehicle for the insurance companies and Big Pharma. That roads would not exist without the government. And on and on.

Those who question these supposed civil axioms are considered turds in the punch bowl. Dismissed by a “everyone knows such and such” wave of the hand by the uninformed “informed.”

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