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A New Beginning??

31 Dec

We are about to finish a year or two of monumental spending by our governments.  Some of it was necessary, but most of the big spending bills were simply a means to try to spend our way out of this recession.  Such folly does not go unrewarded.  In this case, the reward goes to those desiring to fundamentally change our country.  That will lead to disaster for our way of life.

That may sound harsh, but to think that this was just one big mistake is being a bit naive.  I’m sure that those folks didn’t have destroying our country in mind.  They simply wanted to make it better by redistributing the wealth.  That kind of thinking has been tried many times.  And, it has failed every time it was tried.

Now, it is possible for a new Congress to change the modus operandi from redistributive to reducing.  Reducing the size of government and its inherent excessive spending.  And, reducing the ghoulish burden of paying for a bloated government.  The days of enslaving its citizens merely to suck money from hard working Americans must be over.

The people took a step in the right direction last November.  Now, we must keep vigilant to make sure we don’t stray off track once again.  Compromise is good providing basic principles aren’t sacrificed in the process.  I believe that the conservatives can negotiate through its renewed power in the House of Representatives.  Hopefully some of that will spill over into the Senate.

However, it is unlikely that our president will give in much.  His background is such that he can’t seem to stomach a strong America with its exceptionalism.  I think he can see now that legislating his dream has been significantly dampened.  So, I fear he will try to bypass the Congress by ramping up his regulatory authority.  While the courts have generally helped him out, in those cases where they didn’t, he will use regulation to get around the courts as well.

So we have a chance for a new beginning.  A return to a strong America.  An America that can continue to be a world class citizen among many individual countries.  An America that stands tall in a world of nations, clearly renouncing the call of a “new world order.”

The question is: Are we up to seizing the moment?

 

The Sixth Amendment

30 Dec

Amendment 6 – Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses. Ratified 12/15/1791.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html# The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:  http://www.usconstitution.net/sjjm.html

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.

 

The Fifth Amendment

23 Dec

Amendment 5 – Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings. Ratified 12/15/1791.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html# The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:  http://www.usconstitution.net/sjjm.html

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.

 

The Duck is Lame, But Not Yet Tame

20 Dec

There is still plenty of mischief that the Lame Duck session can generate.  To start with is START.  I’ve nothing against cutting the number of nukes, but not if we have to give up a robust defense research effort.  This treaty needs further review and hearings, neither of which there is time for this year.

Then there’s CardCheck.  This would be a disaster for the country.  It would give the unions the opportunity to see just who is opposed to unionizing a firm.  Knowing this it would simply be a matter of applying pressure through smashed knee caps or broken heads to bring the outliers in line.  The unions have used this technique before.  They are, after all a group of well trained bullies.   I wonder how long it will take members of these unions to realize the power their leaders hold over them.  I understand why they might be reluctant to take the leaders on.  The risk of becoming a sad statistic is quite high.

I don’t trust Harry and his cronies.  They might still find a way to bring the budget bill up again.  We’ll have to keep an eye on them.

Just a few more days left for them to do as much damage as possible.  Christmas can’t get here quickly enough for me.

Have fun out there.

 

Legislating By Crisis

16 Dec

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How can our legislators get all kinds of pork, and even major issues legislated without proper preparation?  The Democrats have seemed to have used legislating by crisis as their preferred means.

They have used it time and time again.  It works this way: wait until the last possible moment when passage is the only way to prevent a crisis.  They have waited until the Lame Duck session to push through legislation that should have been conducted months, perhaps in some cases even years ago.

The extension of the Bush Tax Cuts has been delayed until all kinds of pork, and even things like the unemployment benefits that haven’t been funded.  The Dems have indeed been successful using this method on numerous occasions.

The result is a huge bill, one that can’t be read before the vote, that just has to be passed to avoid a crisis of some sort.  Who can let taxes jump up on the poor unsuspecting public?  The leverage to secure votes is gigantic.  So also, are the deals needed to secure votes.  And so will be the ever growing debt generated by this nonsense.

Thank God, the use of this approach will be somewhat dampened after the first of the year.  But, good old Harry will still be able to manipulate the process a bit.

Let’s let our representatives know that this sleazy trick is no longer acceptable.

Let’s also hope that the Lame Duckers keep the damage down to a minimum.

 

The Fourth Amendment

16 Dec

Amendment 4 – Search and Seizure. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html# The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:  http://www.usconstitution.net/sjjm.html

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.

 

Can the Republicans learn from the Democrats Gluttony?

10 Dec

There is a great temptation to “seize the moment” when in fact a little temperance might better serve us.  Power can be a mesmerizing drug.  Look where it got the Democrats.

Heady over the immense amount of power they obtained in 2008, they threw caution to the wind and with brute force jammed their desires down the throats of the American people.  Why did they behave that way?  They did it because “they could.”  The will of the people be damned.  Now they must face the folly of it all and the wrath of the 2010 election.

Lest the Republicans take the same path, with its inherent pitfalls,  why not try to get something done with the meager amount of limited power at our disposal.  With the upcoming majority in the House in hand and a good possibility of preventing legislation from proceeding in the Senate, it is easy to forget that some degree of compromise is in order.

Sure, its tempting to shoot for purity of principle rather than consider the desires of the other side.  But, keep in mind that the 2011 Congress is not yet here.  It is still possible for the Democrats to find a way to push through whatever they want.  They have proven that they can legislate outside the desires of the American people by messing around with the rules by which they operate.  Now, they have the advantage that many of them no longer fear paying a political price for their transgressions.  They have already paid it.

So let’s keep our principles strongly in mind, but not to the exclusion of bending a bit here and there.  Find common ground and seize it.  Battle over the extremes later.  A lame duck session is not the place to fight to the death.  There is precious little time available to prepare and pass well thought out legislation.  Get the critical legislation out of the way, then go home and have a Merry Christmas and leave the rest for the New Year.  That can prove to be a happy one if we act like grown ups.

 

The Third Amendment

09 Dec

Amendment 3 – Quartering of Soldiers. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.*

Don’t hear too much about this one.  It was certainly important in the late nineteen hundreds though.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html# The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:  http://www.usconstitution.net/sjjm.html

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.

 

The Second Amendment

02 Dec

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Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.*

This amendment certainly gets it share of attention.  It would really be interesting to see what our Founders would say about this in today’s world.  Again, like most rights, just  because you have the right, it doesn’t mean you should flaunt it.  Especially when doing go clearly intimidates someone so severely.

Drawing the line between what is constitutional and what isn’t is another nail biter for our judicial system.

*The amendment above comes directly from the “U.S. Constitution Online” website: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html# The comments related to this website were written by Stephen J.J. Mount.  You can read about him at:  http://www.usconstitution.net/sjjm.html

While I don’t necessarily agree with him on every point, I think this is a very good website for you to look at.

 
 

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