Ageless Wisdom Of The Founders
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…
As September ended Congress scurried out of town hoping they had time to convince enough voters to support them during the mid-term election Nov. 2. In doing so they left the specter of the largest tax hike in history hitting a fragile U.S. economy on Jan. 1, 2011.
Unable to agree on which Americans should receive how much, the Democrat majority punted, leaving President Barack Obama to defend his notion of redistributing the wealth of those he considers rich — that is anyone making $250,000 or more a year.
In addition to taxing the “rich,” Obama wants to practice a little social engineering. He’s advocating tax incentives for businesses that hire and inserting other benefits and penalties for certain behaviors, rather than trusting businesses to act in their own best interests and hire when it’s economically feasible.
How did Thomas Jefferson sum up good government? Keep reading…
President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats continue to foster class envy with their pledge to extend President George W. Bush-era tax cuts for one group of people and allow them to expire for another.
You have probably heard that if Congress doesn’t act, taxes will increase substantially on everyone beginning Jan. 1, 2011. That’s because, in order to get Democrat consent to pass a series of tax cuts in 2001 and 2005, an expiration date on the tax cuts had to be included in the bill.
That day is fast approaching and Congress is set to adjourn very soon without considering the tax issue.
Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) say they want to extend the tax cuts for those making less than $250,000. But since they consider anyone making $250,000 or more to be rich, Obama and his Marxist cohorts want those people to pay higher taxes. It’s all about the rich “paying their fair share” and Obama, Pelosi and Reid think they know what fair is.
Continue reading to learn James Madison’s thoughts on fairness.
The Tea Parties have rocked the establishment and the elected class and nattering nabobs that infest Washington, D.C., are at a loss to understand it.
Republican strategist and Fox News talking head Karl Rove expressed the dismay of the establishment intellectualism when — after Christine O’Donnell’s surprising win over “chosen” Republican-In-Name-Only Mike Castle — he proceeded to spew invective O’Donnell’s way and sound notes of gloom and doom for the Republican Party’s hopes of taking the United States Senate in November.
How would Samuel Adams respond to the Tea Partiers? Keep reading…