Archive for August, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, Barack Obama held a press conference to discuss a local court case. Highly unusual. Actually, unheard of. Why on Earth would the President get involved in a local court case? Obama just can’t let the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case go because he is obsessed by race.
The GOP isn’t packed with politicians like Rand Paul (Ky.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Justin Amash (Mich.) because establishment Republicans are fond of accusing any lawmaker who dares question government’s power of having “libertarian ideas.” And it’s certainly an effective strategy, packing a one-two punch that makes foreign policy hawks balk and the religious right squirm.
(I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the August 1997 issue in which I recognized that republicanism was already lost, the vote was meaningless and being recognized as such, the middle class was being destroyed, the stock market — propped up by the Federal Reserve’s money printing and laws driving private money into the stock market via individual retirement accounts — was a bubble and that the evolution toward democracy would spur legislation sanctioning and promoting depraved behaviors.)
Most of you are already informed enough to know that the American nation was founded as a republic, not a democracy. A republic is a limited, representative, participatory government. A republic is the almost natural result of public order built upon the individual, the family, the Church, and business and many, many private associations and relations. Democracy is not necessarily a representative government, but it is an illusory participatory government. People tend to think that democracy is evolved or modern republicanism. Democracy is truly a veil for a wicked government that places all matters, including personal and private ones, into the public view, for public legislation.
A Federal appeals court in Texas has ruled that law enforcement can obtain from cellphone service providers the geolocation data that pinpoints the physical movements of individual users over time without first obtaining a search warrant. The ruling drew immediate condemnation from privacy groups.
House Speaker John Boehner is poised to stall deliberation on immigration reform until after the August recess — mainly in an attempt to avoid angry constituent confrontations while on break. The tactical delay also keeps House GOP leaders from taking a stand, which effectively gives their Democratic adversaries no GOP policies to criticize.
In a recent opinion piece, prominent Democrat Howard Dean refers to the “so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board” as “essentially a health-care rationing body.” He’s talking about something with which we are all familiar. Dean is admitting that the “death panels” are bad politics incarnate.