Now that the Republicans with Tea Party assistance have won the House of Representatives by a landslide, we are hearing a lot of cries from the Democrats and their minions in the media about the need for ending "gridlock" and establishing bipartisan consensus!
We are told almost daily by the mass media that the American people dislike gridlock and that consensus is a way to stop political gridlock and move forward. Yet, to our Founding Fathers, "gridlock" was the very strong medicine needed then (and still needed today) against the malady of runaway government. For them, it was the checks and balances of a republican form of government designed to protect dissenting social and economic minorities from passionate, tyrannical majorities (mobocracy).
Gridlock is sometimes useful in the judicious maintenance of the balance of political power and to restrain political passions aroused by self-serving demagogues. Hear James Madison, Federalist No. 52, pages 323-324:
"The usurpations [by government in a republican form of government] are guarded against by a division of the government into distinct and separate departments...The different governments...
Ken Jones’ “Tunes for Gun Buyback” offer may be noble but there may be more “feel good” and publicity intentions than meets the eye. And Rick Hutto, as a public servant, you should at least know better. This is a “feel good” proposal intended to be more beneficent to the giver (Jones) than the recipients (i.e., gun donors and sundry criminals and street gang members).
For starters, here are three detrimental consequences of this proposal:
1) This is an excellent way for criminals to get rid of criminal evidence — i.e., weapons previously used in armed robberies and even murders — “no questions asked.”
2) The criminals then get rid of bad weapons in this “beneficent program,” only to go and steal newer updated firearms (not previously used in crimes) from law-abiding citizens and use them for renewed criminal activities.
3) Increased burglaries to obtain more weapons, with no reduction in other crimes committed with firearms.
These are some unintended consequences of gun buyback programs (e.g. Richmond, Va., Miami, Fla., and elsewhere). Even the federal government stopped HUD’s buyback programs in 2001 because it did not reduce gun violence and...
Senator-elect Marco Rubio on winning handily in a three-way race in Florida summed up the political future for the Republicans, “We make a great mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican Party. What they are is a second chance.”
Absolutely. If the Republicans do not perform, they will be thrown out at the next election! So let the Republicans not make the same mistakes made in 1994.
The bad Obama legislation (e.g., ObamaCare, unrestrained spending and government waste, etc.) must be repealed and taxes reduced, enough that the economy is jump-started toward prosperity. Obama is no bill Clinton, the great “triangulator,” who balanced the budget and signed welfare reform with the triumphant Republicans. If Obama and the Senate do not cooperate, they should be held accountable, and the House of Representatives must go ahead and use the power of the purse, refusing to fund unconstitutional boondoggles and reducing government to its constitutional limits.
And we do have true leaders now: Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, as well as Senators-...
This is a nice, short book, only 200 pages but with a good index. This book, as stated in the subtitle, indeed exposes the real Che Guevara and the useful idiots, particularly Hollywood celebrities and media personalities, who idolize him.
Fontova's book contains a lot of information that you do not find in other Che hagiographies. It corrects several mistakes made in both Jorge Castaneda's and Jon Anderson's authoritative biographies of Che Guevara. Fontova was able to do this because he actually traveled to Miami and elsewhere to interview people who had known Che personally and/or had served under him in various campaigns. On the other hand, Mr. Anderson traveled to Cuba and relied on the accounts given to him by Cuban communist sources as well as Che's second wife, Aleida March.
Not only do we learn that Che Guevara wanted to use the Russian missiles planted in Cuba against New York City, but he also planned two other major terrorist attacks in the U.S. while attending the United Nations in New York. The first attack was foiled when the Black Liberation Army was infiltrated by an FBI informant and the culprits arrested. In that attack, Che...
Although I have not practiced neurosurgery for many years, I have kept abreast of health care policy and advances in medicine. Since my retirement I founded and edited a medical journal, served on the editorial board of another international surgical neurology peer-reviewed journal, and at the request of President George W. Bush I served in the Injury Research Grant Review Committee of the CDC in Atlanta. I trained at the premier Georgia trauma center, Grady Memorial Hospital, under the auspices of Emory University, and I have published on this subject.
Frankly, Amendment 2 should be voted down because it is a pipe dream. We have 16 trauma centers in Georgia and Amendment 2 calls for 30 with a $10 per car registration fee that would realize $80 million per year.
And yet, trauma centers, such as The Medical Center of Central Georgia, are operating right now with an estimated $270 million per year in uncompensated care deficit. Grady Memorial Hospital was nearly shut down a couple of years ago for lack of funds, and you think we will create another 14 Grady-like hospitals in Georgia with $80 million per year?...
In a recent letter to the editor printed in the Macon Telegraph 9/1/10, Joni Woolf, a Georgia author and self-described "activist with strong ties to the Democratic Party," began her letter innocently enough by stating: "I read with interest the story of Glenn Beck's march on Washington and how he and his crowd of loyal supporters want us to return to 'traditional values.' Now I'm wondering just which traditional values he wants to return to?"
The list of "traditional values" that followed consisted of some of the most heinous events in human history; and, I believe, is insightful and instructive in explaining the guilt-ridden mentality and deep resentment held by many liberal elites when it comes not only to American traditional values, but also the Western civilization ideals upon which this great nation of ours was founded.
Here is Ms. Woolf's list: "The traditional value from our recent history that let white men lynch a black man for whistling at a white woman, then go to the church the next Sunday morning with his family, like any good upstanding citizen might do?
"Or the traditional value that allowed early-20th century industrialists to work men,...
Joni Woolf’s letter decrying Glenn Beck’s rally in Washington and insulting his (and millions of Americans’) call for traditional values is just about the worst series of liberal clichés that one could possibly have selected to denigrate and slander American history and American values. I don’t want to sound ad hominem, but her letter was so venomous, that it could only have been penned by a bleeding-heart, guilt-ridden, elitist-minded liberal requiring a strong response.
Simply, traditional values for Woolf is a gruesome nightmare, not a part of the American dream, a dream of freedom and hope for economic success, which many of us expect.
Some of us realized (at least in part), and some of us still dream because America is a good land, a land of hope and promise. Where did Woolf list the good deeds of America, both to her people and to the world?
We could have enslaved the whole world after World War II if we had so desired. That is what the Germans, Japanese, not to mention, the Soviets, would have done. We did not do that; instead, Americans paid with blood and treasure to free and rebuild the world. The defeated Germans and Japanese are now among our...
With the 2010 mid-term election behind us, we can safely say that another political tsunami swept the nation. This time the GOP ascendancy exceeded that achieved in 1994, when the Republican Party, led by the then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, picked up 54 seats in that legislative chamber.
In 2010, the Republicans needed to attain 218 seats in the House of Representatives to reach a majority. As I write this article seven days after the election (Nov. 9), the Republicans have won a majority with 240 seats and the Democrats are down to 188 seats. Seven seats are apparently still undecided. The House Democrats dropped from 255 to 188 seats. The GOP rose in strength from 178 to 240 seats.
It is worth remembering the triumphant scene on election night: House Republican leader John Boehner (R-OH) choking with emotion addressed a GOP crowd and said, "The American people are the big winners...Across the country right now we are witnessing a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government, and a repudiation of politicians who refused to listen to the American people." That Tuesday night, November 2, 2010, Senate Minority Leader, Mitch...
In Part I of this essay, we discussed the terms Liberty and Equality in accordance with Natural Rights theory and Constitutional governance, and then we summarized the ten planks of Karl Marx's 1948 Communist Manifesto. We showed how our Constitutional Republic has been eroded toward a Social[ist] Democracy by the infiltration of those Marxist planks in our polity. Now let us consider the more specific problems of the rising national debt due to the growth of government and unchecked, malevolent social spending and wealth redistribution. Let us also note the war against the middle class being waged by the Obama administration to enforce the aforementioned legal plunder, effect wealth transfer from one group of citizens to another, and exert its authoritarian will over the rights of the states (e.g., ramming through a bailout stimulus package while vehemently opposing extension of President Bush's middle class tax cuts; forcing a draconian ObamaCare provision that compels citizens to buy something they do not want or else be penalized with fines as if they were criminals; ordering an Arizona Immigration lawsuit to go forward irrespective of the views of the...
In the summer of 1787, as the Founders, led by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, concluded the drafting of the momentous Constitution of these United States, a Philadelphia lady at the steps of Independence Hall, asked, "Mr [Ben] Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?" He retorted, "a Republic, ma'am if you can keep it."
What was a Republic, according to our Founding Fathers? A limited government, a Republican mode of governance, established with a broad-based foundation with the consent of the governed, instituted among men for the expressed purpose of protecting the unalienable Natural rights of life, liberty, property, and (not the guarantee of but) the pursuit of happiness.
The proposition was that man was capable of self-governance, and that he had been created free and equal by his Creator for that purpose. That meant equality before the law and equal opportunity in life for advancement and achievement; but they did not fool themselves with the false notion that men were equal in talents or ability. Nor did the Founders posit the erroneous nonsense that if men were nurtured properly (i.e., provided with the proper government...