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|Thursday, December 23rd, 2010|
|Thursday, October 21st, 2010|
|Friday, March 5th, 2010|
seen on WND
Good LttE from a Ben Pechek that I thought I would repost here.( Read more...Collapse )
Seemed like a good summary of the Christian case for libertarianism, which of course gives rise to constitutionalism and republicanism.
|Friday, November 13th, 2009|
|Tuesday, September 29th, 2009|
can't we all just get along? (evidently not)
Tammy Houle, CPMN State party Chair:
(x-posted) Current Mood: disappointed
It was a warm September evening when leadership from the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party and five Ron Paul Republicans met at a Minnetonka restaurant to strategize about restoring Constitutional government in Minnesota. At least that was the perceived purpose for the meeting. Wayne Zimmerschied, vice-chairman of the CPMN and I, were on hand to represent our party. Because it was assumed that all in attendance were of a like-mind, dedicated to a renewal of liberty, albeit by different means, we were happy to sit down with this distinguished group of patriots.
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|Sunday, July 19th, 2009|
couple Obama questions
- What do you think about the Obama birth certificate controversy (e.g. is he, or isn't he, a natural-born citizen)? Why do you think so?
- If it is proven that Obama is, in fact, not eligible for the office of the presidency…
- …what, constitutionally and legally, can be done?
- …what should be done?
- …what will actually be done?
- Do you think the US government should do more to vet the candidates? What would you suggest for the process?
|Sunday, November 16th, 2008|
The Republican Party and the Religious Right
Today, I ran across a BBC article; Uncertain times for US Religious Right, which gets it almost right. This is pretty good for a Brit and is a bit better than many American journalists get it. I can’t think of a better topic for a Sunday morning than this one.
I am a life-long Republican. I was also raised as a Catholic, in the Jesuit school. While I have long since repudiated the latter, I still hold to the principles of the former. As much as the Religious Right would like to argue differently, they are NOT the same! That is my point and they differ in fundamentally significant ways. I am old enough to remember the Republican Party from before it was taken over by the Religious Right, when it was still an enclave of Secular Humanism, which is almost anti-religious. This was when a Conservative would fight against ANY change in the Constitution and the radical arm voted for prohibition. When the Moral Majority was recognized as being the Radical Right, tainted with marginalized religious zealots and other whackos.
In short, the Republican Party was the home of true Constitutional Conservatives who saw, as their mission, the continued preservation of the US Constitution, as the ultimate practical governance document of the free world. This especially excluded the Radical Left, and the Social Democrats of what is now known as the Democratic Party.
What many Europeans, all journalists, and many younger Americans fail to understand is that the axis center, and heart, of US politics is the US Constitution. It is the life and soul of the United States and without it, the US would quickly devolve in to 50 squabbling countries, like Europe was until recently (Yes, I am old enough such that 10-15 years is still recent and anything less than 60 years is less than ancient).
The US Constitution was authored primarily by Secular Humanists. This included hoary names like Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Franklin, Washington, and indeed, most of the signatories of said document. As stated above, they were almost anti-religious and were deeply afraid that the country was vulnerable to subversion by the Religious Right, represented by the New England Puritans and the Catholic Church, at that time.
Ergo, contrary to the espousals of the Religious Right, the US was explicitly NOT founded by Christians or on Christian Principals. This is a fact that is reinforced by the very first amendment to the US Constitution;
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
It was, in fact, founded on Secular Humanist principles of freedom, independence, and rational humanistic behavior. It is wholly free of supernatural or ecclesiastical influence, and not sullied thereby. That this parallels some part of ecclesiastical doctrine, is coincidental but that does not mean that it includes any ecclesiastical doctrine, even in part.
That said, this past election was stunning in its result. It was only possible by the mass defection of centrist Republicans, in support of more secular Democratic candidates. It is as much a rejection of the Religious Right as it was an affirmation of Obama’s more secular arguments.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin certainly helped to enthuse and ignite her fellow Christian conservatives in a way that John McCain could not. Many are already backing her for a run in 2012.
While Palin my have galvanized the Religious Right to support herself and McCain, it also galvanized Centrist Republicans away from their own party. A foreshadowing of this was the failure of the Religious Right candidate, Mike Huckabee, to win the Republican nomination, in favor of the more secular McCain, followed by the defection of General Colin Powell (Another life-long Republican).
Mainly white, "born again" evangelical Protestants, who adhere to a literal interpretation of the Bible - and oppose abortion rights above all - the Religious Right comprise around 40% of the Republican Party's support.
At the same time, the Religious Right is only 20% of the total population. The secular 80% are getting rather fed up with them. The answer is clear. The Republican Party needs to marginalize the Religious Right and move back towards its original secular principles of Independence, Enterprise, Freedom, Opportunity, and equal justice for all. Above all, it needs to go back to defending the US Constitution and remind itself about what that Constitution says and stands for. For an example; realize that there is no specifics about marriage being only between one man and one woman. That is a Religious Right addition that has no place in a secular government or as an amendment to our most sacred of secular documents.
It is clear what the Republican Party needs to do;
- Drop the Anti-Abortion plank.
- Stop vilifying homosexuals and allow them to marry.
- Realize that Moral Right and Political Right are NOT the same place
- Move to dismantle the fascist totalitarian mechanisms instituted by George W. Bush as they are inherently anti-freedom and subject to totalitarian abuses.
- Promote Global Secularism
- Promote free markets and trade
- Promote Global Human Rights
- Promote Humanism and equality
- Defend freedom everywhere
- The decriminalization of victimless crimes, as crimes. The aren’t and never should have been crimes, under the US Constitution.
|Wednesday, November 5th, 2008|
Yes, he is the first black American in the Whitehouse. But let’s not let that swamp the major underlying currents. The reason that Sarah Palin was on the ticket is because the Religious Right, which is slightly over 25% of the electorate, lost Mike Huckabee in the Primaries. She was the least onerous of McCain’s choices and is probably what cost McCain the Presidency.
From this article:
One group that John McCain has held on to are evangelical Christians, who make up about one quarter of the electorate.
This group has voted by three-to-one for the Republicans despite attempts by Senator Obama to reach out to faith groups - little changed from the previous two elections.
Larry Sabato adds that Sarah Palin's nomination as vice-presidential candidate has helped secure this group for Mr. McCain.
However, she may have been a negative for his campaign as a whole.
Note that it is the only group that McCain has held on to. The Republican Primaries, together with the current result, speaks volumes against the moral Religious Right. The Religious wrongs need to be put in their proper place, out of politics. That political right does not equal moral right. It never has, outside a theocracy. However, the extreme right of the Republican party tried to convince all of us that, that wasn’t true. Political conservative is not anywhere near the same as a religious conservative.
The Republican Party needs to kick the Religious Right to the curb and get back to defending the US Constitution, rather than raping it. They need to drop the Right-to-Life nuts, along with the Intelligent Design whackos, into the same trash heap. The US is not a God-created Christian country and the First Amendment says that.
We are ruled by ethics and character, based on reason, and not faith. There are no God created rights, based on what some bush preacher hallucinated during a vision quest, in a desert, almost 3,000 years ago. There are secular rights, based on principles determined by what will actually harm, or not harm, others. All other considerations of moral right and wrong, like the proposed Marriage Amendment, are irrelevant, strictly voluntary, and they should not be made into law.
- An individual’s right to make choices about their own body should not be infringed by some moralistic asshole who won’t have to live with the decision ((I am not just talking about the Anti-Abortion folks. I also intend this to cover all the other prohibitionist laws. All of the victimless crimes are only crimes in the eyes of the moral Religious Right. If there is no direct victim then, secularly, it isn’t a crime.)) .
- Likewise, our science classes should not be preaching unsubstantiated mythology as a valid alternate theory. It only confuses the students between logic and faith, when they should be learning logic ((Besides, the Scopes Trial was lost decades ago.)) .
It is those sorts of issues that real Republicans, such as myself, rebelled against and what pushed Obama over the top. The Republican party needs to be paying attention to the lesson of the Obama win and act accordingly.
|Saturday, November 1st, 2008|
Is OBAMA the "Prince" Of "Bait and Switch"?
Is OBAMA the "Prince" Of "Bait and Switch"?
It has been speculated by Our friend Ester, (a Philippine/U.S. Naturalized citizen) that, as it has sometimes happened in Philippine politics, That the DNC may have placed OBAMA as their candidate Knowing FULL WELL that he would not be able to take the oath of office For the FULL REASON of GETTING DONATIONS to Fill The DNC's Coffers.
Although I do not Like it, I must admit that if this is so, it is the strategic equivalent of "Operation Mincemeat", A staggeringly successful British Intelligence Operation during WW 2, Told Effectively in the Book and Movie,
"The Man Who Never Was.
In it, a Dead Man who had been a nobody was taken by British Navel Intelligence and give a Phony Personality that made him look like someone of importance. Everything..his credentials and even theatre tickets were fabricated to look genuine and doggy. The Body was discovered and handed over to German Intelligence where his Identity and the false plans for allied invasions were swallowed whole.
Although a live person, I believe that it is wholly possible that OBAMA is Just such a "Man who never was".
Surely he has been "swallowed whole" and the DNC is 640 million richer for it: http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/summary.php?cid=N00009638
If indeed the DNC knows and has always known that OBAMA cannot legally take the oath of office because of his immigration issues: http://www.newswithviews.com/Vieira/edwin84.htm
, Is it possible that the DNC wanted Bidden for President all along and KNEW he would NEVER win against McCain if he stood on his own feet?
Truly, Bidden could have NEVER raised 640 million.
Truly, with 640 Million to buy every advantage, why is the race so close? Shouldn't the DNC be "Winning" by a landslide?
Some People believe that if OBAMA is disqualified by the Electoral College, that Bidden Automatically takes office. This is a question worth exploring at length.
But even if Bidden cannot take office, the DNC is the clear winner. There will surely be megabucks left in the coffers after race day and they will be in the position of advantage from which to launch counter strikes in the future.
Surely, if this is so, the DNC has pulled off the greatest strategic Ploy ever and OBAMA will forever be Known as "The Prince of Bait and Switch".....and if Senator McCain Wins, He truly wins this election "Against all Odds".
|Thursday, October 30th, 2008|
Defend the Constitution!
Defend the Constitution!
Supreme Court Rally, Philip J Berg, October 30, 2008, Supreme Court Steps, Defend the Constitution
October 29, 2008
Philip J Berg will go to the US Supreme Court on Thursday, October 30, 2008. Show up at the steps of the Supreme Court and help defend the Constitution.
From MommaE talk radio:
“Please post this on every Blog you can and e-mail to everyone in your address book and ask them to send it to everyone in their address book!!
RALLY AT SUPREME COURT FOR PHIL BERG!!
Please get your signs made today and tonight and be ready for tomorrow! The things to go on the signs will be listed below. We need as large a Crowd as we can get to be waiting at the steps of Supreme Court for Mr. Berg, the person meeting him at the Train Station as well as Will Bower who will be there to accompany him there. Fox News will also be at the Train Station and will follow them all the way to the Supreme Court, filming everything.
Remember to be loud, but RESPECTFUL as this is about having the Supreme Court hear us and grant us what we are asking for, proof that Obama is eligible to run for the Office of President, our Commander In Chief.
Chant: Speech, Speech, Speech, when you see Mr. Berg on the steps. He will speak before he goes into the Court, unless he needs to go in immediately, if not he will speak when we comes out.
He will stop and acknowledge everyone that is there and thank you for your support."
This action, (which is being filed against OBAMA by a life-long Democrat) will be the most potentially powerful political scenario in this century. If you would like to be there at this historic moment, please join us.
OXOjamm Studios will be having an after party for all participants.
|Friday, October 24th, 2008|
So, who caught the debate last night? What did you think of it?
|Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008|
|Saturday, February 9th, 2008|
I'm wondering... what is the Constitutional's position toward the FCC? Do you believe the level of violence and sex in the media needs to be reduced? Or do you believe anything goes?
|Thursday, December 27th, 2007|
So, the big question. To what extent do we, as individuals or as a political party, support someone like Ron Paul?
|Monday, September 17th, 2007|
As you no doubt already are aware, today (Sep 17) is Constitution Day. Make a point of mentioning this to people you know, and of reading it again.
Also: I thought Chuck Norris' column today
was good, giving some insight into the time period of the Founders.
|Wednesday, September 12th, 2007|
I hope the GOP faithful sit up and take notice of this
! The front-runners are all frauds, and are deathly afraid of being exposed in front of social conservatives because the GOP can't win without that bloc.
|Thursday, August 9th, 2007|
|Wednesday, July 18th, 2007|
|Tuesday, June 19th, 2007|
|Tuesday, May 15th, 2007|
good places to live in USA
Has anyone compiled a ranking of States in terms of freedom (i.e. taxes, political culture, etc) as well as general livability? Maybe the Free State Project or a think tank somewhere? My wife and I are finding less and less reason to stay where we're at, but if we move again we want to settle down in a place we'll be happy at for a long time. For me that includes minimal government interference in my life, but I'm not prepared to move to the sticks and live off the land, either. If anyone wants to comment on various places they've lived, that would be great too.x-posted