…tell us what you REALLY think!
aka MADISON’S NIGHTMARE
(from Cold Fury, in part)
Moreover, as Madison and Hamilton took for granted in The Federalist Papers, which they wrote (with five by John Jay) to urge ratification of the Constitution, taxes would chiefly take the form of import duties or excises on such commodities as whiskey—and these taxes, Hamilton asserted, were naturally self-limiting because if they grew excessive, people would stop buying the overtaxed article, and overall tax revenues would fall. In the unlikely event of an imposition of any direct tax on everybody, or on citizens’ land or wealth, as opposed to these indirect levies, Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution required that it be levied equally or proportionally, though scholars debate the meaning of that clause. But one thing the Framers never dreamed of was a tax on incomes. And for generations, they were right.
But in 1913, after 20 years of Progressive-era agitation, the Sixteenth Amendment, passed by Congress in 1909, won ratification. It imposed a graduated income tax—a direct tax that did not fall proportionally on all. Indirect taxes such as import duties and excise taxes, the argument went, fell disproportionately on the poor and provided too unpredictable a revenue stream to a federal government that Americans increasingly thought needed strengthening. Though the income-tax rates were but 1 percent for incomes up to $483,826, rising to a modest 7 percent on incomes over $11.6 million, the now-constitutional machinery for the tyranny of the majority that Madison had feared was fired up and ready to confiscate wealth as surely as the Stamp Act confiscated property. And since in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment—instituting direct popular election of senators—also won ratification, the upper house no longer served, even theoretically, as a brake on the passions of the people.
Today, Madison’s nightmare has become America’s everyday reality.
And, remember folks, 1913 was 101 years ago.
What has happened governmentally in the past 100+ years that has been detrimental to this Constitutional Republic?
I’m thinking A LOT!
Go to the link to see the whole thing.
In a shame that rivals her Mayor being arrested and convicted for drug use, the District of Columbia is FINALLY forced by judicial edict to comply with the Constitution’s Second Amendment!
I’m reminded of a former friend and lawyer who carried concealed in D.C. in the 80’s, when doing so was a major felony. On one occasion he was forced to clear leather against
an armed assailant a misguided youth who confronted he and some female company near the Jefferson Memorial. The youth dropped his piece of rebar and fled the scene.
I asked Lew what if he had been forced to shoot the
bastard misguided youth, knowing the legal ramifications of having to do so. His reply? He would have taken the first available taxi to the Potomac, thrown the offending gun therein, and fled town!
This was a man not only known in D.C., but he had actually practiced before the Supreme Court. But he knew the then ‘law’ well enough to know he had no Constitutional protection of his right to possess and carry in that locale, much less shoot someone in self-defense.
At least, if he were alive today, he’d now have that carry right.
IF he were a legal resident…
A Federal court in Denver ruled that it is acceptable for a police chief to order subordinates to attend an Islamic event — even if they object based on religious reasons.
When Paul Fields, a Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer, objected to being forced to go to an Islamic mosque that had featured a controversial speaker (who promotes the destruction of Western civilization and the creation of an Islamic caliphate), he was ordered by superiors he must attend the mosque or suffer the consequences.
Paul Fields is a Christian.
As a Christian, his unwillingness to attend centered around the fact he did not want to go to a religious event where the topics being covered “discussed Islamic beliefs, Muhammad, Mecca, and why and how Muslims pray.”
Fields, who was one of the key officers that lead a protection program for the mosque, …
Now, I believe in the rights enumerated in the First Amendment. Speech, Press, Assembly. Freedom of Religion (or from Religion) as mandated by State authority.
Doesn’t such an order violate such a Right?
I’m betting this was all done in the name of political correctness and inclusion. Because, after all even the opinions of those seeking to destroy us have value. (yeah, right – Guffaw)
I’m certain Hillary Clinton would agree. Except she stated legal firearms owners are terrorists and as such have no right to an opinion!
h/t Preserve Freedom
No wait, yes we do!
(reposted from Random Acts of Patriotism/asm826)
…it’s just another brick in the wall.
If it was my son, I would be willing to give up every swinging dick in Guantanamo to get him back. I get that part. But it’s not. And now the enemy knows what we will pay for a live American soldier. We will pay five for one. And we will negotiate.
1. Mohammad Fazl
One of the first detainees captured in Afghanistan to be transferred to Guantanamo — in January 2002 — Fazl is the Taliban’s former deputy minister of defense. He was one of the Taliban’s founding members, rising through the ranks to become Taliban Chief of Army Staff when it ruled Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch accuses Fazl of presiding over the mass killings of Afghanistan’s Shi’ite Muslims in 2000 and 2001.
2. Mohammad Nabi
The former chief of Taliban security in Qalat, the capital of Afghanistan’s southern Zabul Province.
3. Abdul Haq Wasiq
Also accused by Human Rights Watch of mass killings and torture during the Taliban’s time in power, the Taliban’s former deputy minister of intelligence is considered to have been at one time one of Mullah Omar’s closest confidants.
4. Mullah Norullah Nori
Nori was the senior Taliban commander in the strategic northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. He is considered to be one of the most high-ranking Taliban officials ever to be held in Guantanamo. He is also accused of being involved in the massacre of thousands Shi’ite Muslims in 2000 and 2001.
5. Khairullah Khairkhwa
The former Taliban governor of Heart Province, which borders Iran, Khairkhwa has also served as a military commander and a minister of the interior.
I get that part, too. (About willingness to give up those in Git’mo) I grieve for every soldier, sailor, Marine and others who gave all in service to this Nation. And those horribly wounded or held as prisoners-of-war. It must be horrible for them and their loved ones.
But every one who signs on for this kind of service understands the risks.
ASM826 is correct – do we want to change U.S. Policy and show weakness when the enemy only understands strength?
And since this story broke, it’s come out that Bergdahl’s father is a Muslim, AND, Bergdahl himself may have given aid and comfort to the Taliban, not been a prisoner! And there is evidence he renounced his U.S. Citizenship and walked away from his unit!
How many men died and were wounded trying to ‘save’ him? If the above allegations are indeed true, he should be placed in Fort Leavenworth and shot.
“I’m shocked, SHOCKED!”
I’ve used the above felicitous phrase two or three times in blog post titles, and about 17 more in the written text. I should no longer use this expression, however, as I am no longer surprised…
This from Illinois, land of the dead voter…
A story from AP Mobile:
Cook County has long been ridiculed for allowing dead people cast votes, but the state may have just garnered a new distinction.
It paid $12 million in health care for people who were already dead – including in one case, for a person who had died in 1989.
A new financial audit released by Auditor General Bill Holland’s office on Thursday found that the Illinois Department of Health…
‘..The largest and bitterest of our modern totems, “democracy,” is a con job, a public-relations attempt to blind us to the inescapable facts about governments: they are all corrupt. The occasions on which they administer genuine justice are minuscule in number compared to the occasions on which they inflict grievous injustices upon men — and they strive to hide behind one of the oldest and most pernicious of all maxims: Vox populi, vox Dei. “The voice of the people is the voice of God.” – Francis Porretto
All governments – whether freely elected or not – are coercion, dishonesty, corruption and waste – Wabbit
What do YOU think?
h/t Crusader Rabbit
The video below reminded me of Dave (the mechanic), and his interaction with local police back in our college days. Apparently, he is not the only guy with large, clanging, brass ones!
We can all learn two lessons from the video. 1) We NEED to know our rights and USE THEM (or lose them). And 2) The constabulary has largely gone from ‘Serve and Protect’ to ‘Enforce the law by extralegal means; your rights be DAMNED!’
Of course, there are folks in blue (or khaki, or grey, or black) who still obey and believe their oaths of office.
Please forward videos of those interactions to me, I’d like to post something positive about law enforcement.
h/t Biff Jannuzzi
Truly a Renaissance Man in the Age of Enlightenment!
Kerodin educated me further on him, to wit:
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S. hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the unrest in eastern Ukraine.
Impeachment is a recent invention, brought to our Founding Documents by Benjamin Franklin. Until Mr. Franklin offered the concept, there were only two options for dealing with politicians/tyrants who violated their mandate – tolerate it, or kill them. My thanks to CA for sharing that history with me a few years ago.
Mr. Kerodin goes on to expound on this with some ideas which may be repellent to some. Obviously, you may visit the link above and draw your own conclusions.
I hate to mention or quote such a vile figure as Mao, but,
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
not this guy – – – ->
“I am not now nor have I ever been a member of the
Communist Party John Birch Society, “concealed” or otherwise. Moreover, I have never been a supporter of that party society.” – Guffaw
Funny, growing up in a white-bread liberal college town as I did, I heard mostly that Robert Welch (of the Welch Candy Company(Sugar Babies) and the John Birch Society) was nothing more than an ignorant, fascistic, fear-monger, as were the members of his society.
Then I listened to the words in the video above…
It appears as though he has been characterized erroneously.
He was actually a libertarian (of some variety)!
(I’m NOT saying I believe in everything the man stood for, and I am NOT a Bircher, but it appears character assassination of non-liberal individuals has been going on for generations!)
I’m guessing none of the members of the current administration (or their parents) were present in the audience to hear Mr. Welch speak. Unless, of course, they were
outside agitators community organizers bent on disrupting the proceedings…
(not unlike the guy on the right)
*If you youngsters suffer from a failed public education, here’s the Wikilinks – Robert Welch, George Lincoln Rockwell
My Daily Kona recently republished The 20 Rules of Racism, as viewed from the Right and the Left.
As they are politically incorrect, I’m only cherry-picking (‘borrowing’, i.e. thievery) a couple for you to enjoy. You’ll have to visit My Daily Kona to get all the wisdom contained therein!
From the right:
5. There have been two instances in recent history where the concept of “honorary white” held sway. One was in apartheid South Africa where, for example, Japanese were considered “honorary white.” The other was when, in relation to the Trayvon Martin shooting, the American mainstream media made Hispanic George Zimmerman an “honorary white.” This is not entirely coincidence since (see Rule 18) the very liberal American media is as racist in their way as ever the Afrikaner Broederbond was in its heyday..
9. Speaking of slavery, the bulk of slave raiding and trading in Africa was black, usually Islamic black (see Rule 16, below), on black. The Arabic word for black and slave is the same, “Abd.” And the first registered slave owner in Virginia was black. Pointing this out to liberals, white and black, is always fun.
The Left’s 20 Rules of Racism:
6. If you’re mainstream American culture, and don’t hate that culture, you’re a racist.
10. If you don’t take personal responsibility for all the evils of slavery, you’re a racist. This is true even if you only arrived from Poland last week.
Go to the link and read them all. You know you want to…
(and, of course, in doing so you are RACIST!)