Jul 26, 2016

Johnson/Weld--Just say NO!

If you haven't guessed already, I was excited about the Libertarian ticket this year. We have about the two worst possible candidates in the indistinguishable parties. Seemed the 'Perfect Storm.'

I never envisioned that Johnson could actually win, but if I was to throw my vote away (any more than I normally do, that is) on the LP candidate, at least this time he would be better than Hillary or Trump, right?

Not so. I just watched this video from ReasonTV. At about the 10:15 point you have Johnson spouting off about appointments to the Supreme Court based upon "original intent" interpretations. In the next breath, he says he will pass the decision off to Weld. Who then goes on to say how he thinks Breyer--a definitive anti-gunner--was a great choice. And how Obama's selection of Garland as Scalia's replacement was just super.

Sorry, but to me, the 2nd Amendment is about the last bastion of the Constitution (read Freedom) we have left in this country. I can't see how two people who claim to be libertarians could not understand the importance of the one fundamental liberty we have left.

I might have been able to sluff it off as a mis-statement, or a basic mis-understanding of the US Constitution, but this is the second by the Johnson ticket: The first was right after the Libertarian Convention. Johnson thought that using the powers of government to force anyone--non-government entities such as businesses and individuals included--to associate with whomever the government dictates they should--was appropriate. (In this case gay couples--but that is immaterial.)

I had high hopes, but they are Constitutionally ILLITERATE.

I guess that leaves me with Trump...


May 4, 2016

Can Congress Stop A President's Executive Actions?

Pulled this from a Washington Examiner Article on immigration, but it pertains to all Executive Actions:
The fact is, there is nothing House Republicans can do by themselves, short of another self-defeating government shutdown, to stop Obama if Senate Democrats are determined to block any move to assert congressional prerogatives and establish limits on executive overreach. But there is something House Republicans could do that would at least specifically target Obama's immigration action: They could vote to overturn the president's executive order. 
Congress can overturn an executive order. It can overturn parts of an executive order. If the executive order is based on a statute, Congress can change the statute, thereby nullifying the order. Congress can also refuse to fund activities stemming from all or part of the executive order.
The only instance in which the above does not apply is if the president is acting pursuant to an exclusive power granted to him by the Constitution. Obama's immigration order would not be such a case. "As long as it is not constitutionally based, Congress may repeal a presidential order, or terminate the underlying authority upon which the action is predicated," the Congressional Research Service noted in a December 2011 report.
It's not very complicated. The CRS report mentioned Congress' revocation of an executive order by President George H.W. Bush concerning fetal tissue research. "Congress simply directed that the 'the provisions of Executive Order 12806 shall not have any legal effect,'" the report says. It was as simple as that.

If Obama chooses not to act by executive order, but instead issues some sort of "policy directive" -- the way he implemented theDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative that stopped the deportations of thousands of illegal immigrants -- then Congress would have the same authority to get rid of all or part of the president's directive.

Apr 26, 2016

High School -- 1957 vs. 2011

Found this On my computer. No idea where it came from. Dates back to approximately 2012.

Shows the results of the collectivist mentality, the society it creates, the government that society elects, the government education (indoctrination) system that results, and the underlying irrational philosophy that it inculcates. It is a self-sustaining cycle which inevitably leads to the destruction of a once free republic. As Jefferson indicated, the fate of the Republic is determined by the education of its electorate.

Collectivism is not just the enemy of individualism and individual responsibility, it is the enemy of human society, itself.


HIGH SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2011 

Scenario 1:

Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.

1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2011 -
School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 -
Crowd gathers.  Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2011 -
Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark.  They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not sit still in class, he disrupts other students.

1957 -
Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal.  He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2011 -
Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin.  He becomes a zombie.  He is then tested for ADD.  The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 -
Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2011 -
Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse.  Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang.  The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.  Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.

 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations.  His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English.

 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state.  Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist.  ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher.  English is then banned from core curriculum.  Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957 -
Ants die.

 - ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called.  Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism.  The FBI investigates his parents -- and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Wally falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee.  He is found crying by his teacher, Nancy. Nancy hugs him to comfort him.

1957 -
In a short time, Wally feels better and goes on playing.

2011 -
 Nancy is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.  She faces 3 years in State Prison.  Wally undergoes 5 years of therapy.