We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If Chrysler fails in the marketplace again two or three years from now, after billions more in government subisidies, won't that reflect badly on Obama and his "economic team"? WIll it then appear to have been better to let Chrysler go into an actual, non-prearranged, non-jawboned bankruptcy, in which it would likely have been liquidated or in which the UAW would have had to make far more substantial concessions, like workers in other bankruptcies?
At some point, Obama must answer why waterboarding mass-murderers and beheaders like Khalid Sheik Mohammed is wrong, while executing by missile attack (no writs, habeas corpus, Miranda rights, etc.) suspected terrorists and anyone caught in their general vicinity in Waziristan — or pirates negotiating extortion — is legitimate.
President Obama, when teaching Constitutional law, couldn't get this idea that all liberty and rights are vested in the people by Natural Law and not given to government. In an interview with WBEZ.FM in 2001 he went through his idea that the Constitution would, somehow, be made better if it took the other view: that government gets to give a few rights to people and retains the rest for itself via the concept of positive rights. Government, under that view, does not become a representative institution, but an authoritarian caretaker of the people. In wanting a Constitution that would say what government 'must do' on your behalf, he relegates that decision to government, not the people. To get something like, say, clothing to people, the government gets to decide what kind, what type and how much clothing goes to which people by its own dictates. That similarly goes for clothing. A good job. Health care for government to decide.
These 'positive rights, living constitution' guys are nuts. Reading the plain language of the document as somehow 'alive' or in effect, meaningless to justify their Marxist theories is the height of absurdity. There's an amendment process and history to prove them wrong. Electing a 47 year old, red diaper baby, academic, community organizer with a Chicago pedigree to the office of chief executive was a huge mistake. The guy's a dolt.
Here in Maine our mentally-challenged, Leftist, Democrat-controlled-for-four-decades legislature takes up the question of what to rename Columbus Day each session. This year it was "Heritage Day"... They never explained whose heritage, so it did not make it out of committee. Better than Fall Weekend, but silly still the same. They will try again next session, after having invented something called "same-sex marriage" this session, instead.
As a member of the Knights of Columbus, I stand ready to don my feathered hat and draw my sword in defence of Columbus Day!
'Positive rights' sounds pretty much like Dictatorship 101 to me. OOgo Chavez is a current example of same. But it seems that Obama, supposedly a former adjunct professor of Constitutional Law at the formerly good University of Chicago, is greatly attracted to the idea of giving only a few rights to the citizenry and keeping the rest of the rights for the government to use at its whim.
It's truly a great irony that he taught the U.S. Constitution. Apparently he never read it.
P.S. Why do the leftist twits keep trying to eliminate Christopher Columbus from American history. He's there, guys. We owe him. So keep your ignorant cotton-picking hands off him.
Spanking is good to a point. Always the butt and never the face. When my kids were in grade school. I and "The ball and Chain" would always go to the Parent/Teacher nite.
I would always tell my kids teacher's that they have my permission to spank my child if my children were disrespectful, or insubordinate to them.
I don't want to get a note sent home telling me that they were unruly, because if I do ,and I find out that you did not spank them ,then I'm going to whack them twice.
The looks on their faces were priceless.
Ahh, jappy ... You were/are a good father, as I've told you before. Down here in Texas, it's a tradition that badly behaving youngsters get a "switchin' with a willow twig." Texans say that it's like teaching a mule, starting with a whack across the head with a board, only lots gentler. They say, "first you got to get their attention ..." which always amused me.
There was a time in my very early youth when I must have been rather constantly annoying to my parents. One of my fourth grade comrades told me that every day when he passed our house he heard me yelling from being spanked. I was stunned. I didn't remember that. So it must not have hurt me that much. I know they used the-hand-on-the-bottom technique, rather than a switch. Anyway, it seems to have worked, because I am now a very good girl.