If Libertarians “Win”, We Will All Be Less Free.

October 2, 2013

Individual rights may be inalienable, but without government they are not guaranteed. Libertarians do not see it that way. They have faith that a severely curtailed government would promote individual liberty. They are wrong. Despite the slurs cast by Tea Partiers, and other right-wing extremists, most Americans value individual liberties. However, most Americans understand that personal freedom in […]

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Can you name the five freedoms enumerated in the first amendment?

July 18, 2013

“How easily men satisfy themselves that the Constitution is exactly what they wish it to be” Joseph Story (Supreme Court Justice, 1811-1845) Conservatives swear fealty to an unchanging constitution, carved in stone, standing as a rock in a tempestuous sea, lashed by fads and fashion, and impervious to the fickle nature of public opinion. Okay that […]

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Guns, Torture, Immigration and The Bombing in Boston.

April 21, 2013

  This week we saw some sensible gun control measures swatted away by a recalcitrant Senate – and a bomb blast in Boston. It was also a week that showed politicians and pundits in all their inanity. Predictably the gun absolutists conflated the Boston bombings with 2nd amendment rights. Typical was the reaction of Arkansas State […]

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Gay marriage – The arguments for and against (actually there is no argument against gay marriage).

March 25, 2013

  Fighting a rising tide of support for gay marriage, social conservatives resort to arguments based on wishful thinking not reason, faith not fact. One floated By Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, is that rights are decided by voting majorities. This particular claim will be tested as the Supreme Court will […]

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What’s wrong with politics?

November 15, 2012

Elections in other countries don’t take long and they aren’t expensive. In the UK the last general election campaign lasted 5 weeks. In the US there are some who are already speculating about potential 2016 candidates. And more importantly, politicians who are thinking about that campaign are already raising money. The problem with American politics […]

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Free speech – either we all have it or none of us do.

October 29, 2012

What to do about Facebook sites like “soldiers deserve to die” Petitions are circulating to have Facebook shut down a site called “soldiers deserve to die”. They have garnered thousands of signatures. There is no doubt that the site’s message is deeply offensive and its creator a man with no compassion. But having Facebook shut down a […]

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How people can be against ‘Obamacare’ even though they like everything in it.

June 30, 2012

Two facts should be noted about this week’s healthcare ruling. The Supreme Court pronounced ‘Obamacare’ constitutional and the majority of Americans don’t like it. One tweeter was so incensed with the imposition of “socialized” healthcare, he threatened to move to Canada. But do Americans really dislike ‘Obamacare’? Not really. If asked about each provision – such […]

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Election 2012 – 3/21/12 Romney wins Illinois with Tea Party support; Evangelical Protestants turn out for the fundamentalist Catholic; Castration and hateful speech in the name of Christ.

March 21, 2012

***** ROMNEY WINS ILLINOIS In winning Illinois easily Mitt Romney has taken a large step to gaining the nomination – sooner rather than later. Exit polls show that he and Santorum maintained their traditional core support. Santorum is favored by the poorer, rural, more conservative, less educated and more religious voter. Romney wins among the […]

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Romney says he is best for the economy; Dolan says that Catholics should fight back; Limbaugh says we are paying for contraception; Karen says that Rick meant “snobbish”; Liberals say slut too.

March 5, 2012

***** IS ROMNEY RIGHT FOR THE ECONOMY? It is a large part of the President’s job to maximize employment. Constitutional purists might object that in the blueprint for the country there was no economic imperative assigned to the presidency, but years of rhetoric by both parties have established job creation as a fundamental mandate of […]

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