Ageless Wisdom Of The Founders
There has been a lot of talk recently from political elites and pundits about “incivility” in political discourse. They talk as if this incivility is a recent phenomenon.
The protests in Wisconsin over Governor Scott Walker’s attempts to reign in government spending on its public employees’ pensions and healthcare is a prime example of the lack of civility they are talking about—though you don’t hear much about it because it’s not Tea Party activists liberty-stealing acts of government that are protesting, but union thugs trying to force their will on a governor elected to scale back government costs. But many videos posted on YouTube show protesters screaming at opponents and members of the media, with much name calling, expletives and even pushing, shoving and mild violence thrown in.
Of course, name-calling, expletives, ad hominems and physical attacks are the refuge of the ignorant. It’s a convenient fallback position for those unable or unwilling to defend their positions with facts.
It is also a common practice of the ignorant to automatically assign evil motives to a person or group expressing a counter opinion. Many reach the conclusion that any person or any group that disagrees politically or philosophically is somehow bad and intends to inflict as much harm or heartache as possible on their opponents.
Continue reading to learn Thomas Jefferson’s views of incivility in political discourse.
Reports out of Wisconsin indicate that physicians are defrauding the State — and therefore the taxpayers — by issuing fake medical excuses to teachers to give them cover for their “sickout” protests over the governor’s proposals to combat the State’s budget shortfall.
The uprising in Egypt, a United States puppet state run for 30 years by an America-approved dictator, demonstrates yet again the folly of a foreign policy of interventionism.
Despite billions of dollars in aid to Egypt, the Egyptian people don’t view America in a favorable light. According to a 2010 Zogby poll, fully 90 percent of Egyptians viewed the United States as a threat. Other polls show that eight out of 10 Egyptians view America unfavorably, and almost half view America very unfavorably.
Egyptians, tired of tyranny, are protesting in an effort to build a more democratic country. For his part, President Barack Obama continues to walk the fence between supporting long-time U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak and trying to get out front of whichever force on the ground establishes itself as the leader of the anti-Mubarak faction.
How did President George Washington recommend dealing with foreign alliances?
China holds much of the United States’ debt, and the U.S. trade deficit with China stands at about $240 billion. So it’s not surprising that fiscal issues would be one of the main topics of discussion between Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama during their meetings Jan. 19.
One of the most foolish proposals being made in the wake of the shooting of 20 people in Tucson, Ariz., which killed six including a Federal judge, is one made by Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.). He plans to introduce legislation that would make it a crime to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official.
The United States now has hundreds of military bases and tens of thousands of troops stationed around the globe. U.S. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks reveal that U.S. diplomats pressure foreign governments to do the bidding of U.S. corporatocracy, and threaten retaliation if they don’t comply.
This is a far cry from the type of foreign policy our Founders envisioned.
In a 1775 letter to Patrick Henry, George Washington expressed his views of American foreign policy.
The Founders envisioned a nation with a Federal government that had limited authority, weakened by its division into three branches: legislative, executive and judicial. They believed that the weaker and more inefficient Federal government was the greater would be liberty and freedom.
In Federalist No. 45, James Madison wrote:
The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.
Of course, that vision was soon lost in a Supreme Court that was packed with progressives — yes, they existed even in the 18th Century as followers of Jean-Jacques Rousseau — by John Adams and a Congress that followed the natural progression of man. For, as Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Continue reading to see the possibilities “An Old Whig” saw in our future…
The White House announced late Monday it had reached an agreement with Republicans to extend the current tax rates — also known as the Bush era tax cuts —for two years. To reach that compromise, Republicans agreed to extend unemployment benefits.
Under the agreement — which displeased Congressional Democrats who wanted President Barack Obama to stand against tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year — unemployment benefits would remain in effect through the end of 2011 for workers who have been laid off for more than 26 weeks and less than 99 weeks.
Benjamin Franklin knew that providing for the poor would not help them out of poverty. Continue reading to discover his position on welfare…
As new House Republicans meet to divide the spoils of their victory over the Democrats and elect leaders to run the House of Representatives the next two years, some divisions between the old guard and those representing the new Tea Party wing have emerged.
It appears that John Boehner of Ohio is set as Speaker, and Eric Cantor of Virginia seems to be a lock for Majority Leader. But a battle is brewing between Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and Jeb Hensarling of Texas, who both want the job of Caucus Chair.
The old guard of the GOP — while happy with the victories that gave it a majority — is not content to let the Tea Party waltz in and take over. So it’s going to be difficult sledding for Tea Party-backed candidates to obtain leadership positions.
If that’s the case, they need to turn to the example set by Samuel Adams during the first Continental Congress.
Depending upon what the voting public does, Tuesday’s election could be a watershed event in American history, or it could be one more lost opportunity — and maybe the last opportunity.
If voters elect enough Constitutionally-minded candidates the political establishment will be turned upside down. Be sure you know who they are. As Samuel Adams said, "The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.”
There are a few that stand out: Senate candidates Rand Paul in Kentucky, Joe Miller in Alaska, Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware; and there are some good ones running for House seats as well. The Gubernatorial elections this year are likewise important, particularly if you value the 10th Amendment.
Continue reading to learn how Samuel Adams viewed the responsibility of voting…