Now THIS guy has balls . . .

June 14, 2010

Good stuff. He’s just stating his opinion, not harassing people or being pugnacious, just showing his feelings. That’s the First Amendment in action right there. 

Also, big points to the LA cops here . . . Just keeping one party from hurting the other, but remaining neutral. That’s how police should handle themselves in instances like these. (Well . . . except when Fred Phelps is making an appearance. Then they should step back and let him get beaten up a bit).


Upcoming Vacation

May 27, 2010

This Saturday, I’ll be leaving for about two weeks . . . headed down South where I probably won’t have any access to a computer.

To tide you over in my abscence, Chapter 19 is now online. Have fun!

Executive Orders

May 18, 2010

We’ve all heard about executive orders, and most of us have some knowlege of what they are. Basically, most people think that executive orders are when the President speaks and what he wants becomes law. This is how most Americans perceive executive orders.

As a matter of fact, though, this is incorrect. Executive orders are not the president’s will becoming law; they’re not back doors to passing laws without Congress.

An executive order is best defined as a “clarification” or an “expression.” When the President gives an executive order, it is a clarification of a certain law, an expression as to how he wants that law to work.  In short, it is how the President wants a “checked-and-balanced,” legal, congressional law done. That executive order is how you are going to accomplish a congressional law.

This means that a President cannot use the executive order process to make his own laws. If the President passes an executive order that, say, bans abortion in all forms, it would not be valid. That ban is not an “execution” of a current congressional law.

These People are BLIGHTS

May 11, 2010

In this post, I am going to divert from my normal (attemptedly) scholarly view on things, and attempt to call focus to an issue in the news that I feel merits close consideration. This said issue has made me rather furious, so I am likely to come across as highly unintelligent and offensive in this post, none of which I will apologize for in advance.

This makes me quite angry. Here we have a bunch of Hispanics knocking an American flag to the ground because they feel it “disrespects” them. This is unacceptable. If you’re living in America and the American flag offends you, go live somewhere else you wucking finers.

I am sick of these pathetic losers coming to our country and expecting us to become like them. This is AMERICA, for Pete’s sake! We will fly an AMERICAN flag wherever we want, not your stinking Mexican flag! Quit coming to our country just to mooch off our public school and welfare system and trying to make us change who we are to make you happy.

Go back to Mexico. I’m personally sick of you and all your ilk coming here and disrespecting my country. If you don’t like it, get out.

Founders’ Intent – Does It Matter?

May 2, 2010

We hear a lot these days about Founders’ intent, specifically, what the Founding Fathers intended to say when they wrote the Constitution. For instance, I’ve heard this argument used to both support and tear down the second amendment, but that’s just one example of how often this phrase gets thrown around.

However, the idea I would like to submit to you today is this: It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what the Founding Fathers intended or thought when they wrote the Constitution.

Now let me explain. The Constitution, which is basically a contract, begins with the phrase “We the People.” This specifies that the two parties in that contract were the people of the United States and the federal government. These people, the biggest element of the Constitution, were giving the federal government certain powers to use. However, certain states refused to ratify this Constitution until further restrictions to the government (or in other words, a Bill of Rights for the people) were added to the document.

Finally, John Hancock and Saumel Adams worked out a compromise with these unhappy states. If the states would ratify the Constitution, then one of the first things the federal government would do would be to establish a Bill of Rights for the people.

This showed that the people were the sovereign ratifiers. The people were giving some power to the federal government. What really mattered, and applies today, is not what the drafters of the Constitution were thinking. Only the Constitution’s words were ratified by the people, the source of our nation’s power, not the Founders’ thoughts or intent. The Founders’ thoughts and intent were most likely hardly considered. Informed citizens deeply intellectually reviewed the words of the Constitution, and decided that those words showed exactly what the federal government could do.

Basically, it doesn’t matter what the intent behind the words was. The words of the Constitution were what was ratified, and that’s all that matters.

Thomas Jefferson is rumored to have said “I tried to read between the lines of the Constitution, but found nothing but blank space.” In other words, allow me to quote yesterday’s speaker:

“Just read the damn lines!” 

There is nothing else there! There is nothing there besides those lines, those words that preserve our precious liberties, and that is why the intent of the Founding Fathers does not matter.

Sorry, Folks . . .

May 2, 2010

. . . but it looks like the Fair Tax articles are on hold for a while. The other day, I attended an all-day seminar on the Constitution by Hal Rounds, a constitutional lawyer from Memphis. It was a bit of a trip to get to where he was speaking, but good night it was worth it.

As such, I’ve decided to put off the Fair Tax articles for a little while and instead write a few about the Constitution. Sorry to you fellows who were looking forward to the other ones, but I hope you’ll find these others quite interesting as well. 🙂

Coming soon . . .

April 21, 2010

Believe me, I’m quite aware of the fact that I have written nothing of substance in quite a while. Rest assured, that will soon change. I’m planning to look for a few well-written, logical articles against the Fair Tax . . . and then gut them. I’m for the Fair Tax 100%, so it should be interesting to see what these articles say.

If you know of any articles about the Fair Tax that are more than mudslinging at those evil conservatives, let me know!

Thanks for hanging in there, folks. 🙂