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.
When a country — let alone a continent — lacks the bonds of a collective nationhood it is no longer a country, merely a state. Nations forged in war do not necessarily survive peace. Belgium may retain the trappings of sovereignty, a monarch, an army, a customs union and (perhaps) a football team. But taxes and cross-subsidies will only be acceptable within self-governing communities with a shared sense of co-responsibility, not across whole continents.
Ignoring this maxim is what is sorely testing the eurozone and is breaking Belgium.
More than 25 years ago I attended a Communist meeting on a university campus. I was invited to the meeting by one of my professors, who merely said that if I cared about education in the state of California I should come. At this meeting the future strategy of the Communist Party USA was explained. The speaker said that they were "infiltrating the Democratic Party in order to take it over through its left wing. He spoke of electing a stealth Communist president who would exploit a severe economic downturn in order to promote the nationalization of major industries, like health care or the oil industry. Through this process, the speaker noted, the "dictatorship of the bourgeoisie" would be curtailed and everything would be run like the Post Office. It sounded quite incredible at the time, as Ronald Reagan was president.
The country's problems boil down to the Federal government undertaking non-Federal tasks. Disabusing Congress that it should have any interactions with private citizens concerning housing, education, health care and retirement is key to preserving the country.
Yankees caused the war electing a president like present one who ignored the basic principals of US Constitution and principal of compact and violated property rights and assailed Constitutional ends to which all states were obligated.
Yall's recent yacht posting accurately described it as the War of Northern Aggression.
The US Supreme Court ruled this morning that the names of those who signed the R-71 petitions can be made public.
However, the names cannot be released to the homosexual activists immediately.
The final decision will rest in a lower court, in that we have the option to ask the lower court for an exemption from disclosure in this case only.
I just finished a phone conference with our attorney James Bopp Jr. and we will be going to the lower court on count 2, seeking an exemption for R-71 petition signers only.
We see releasing the names as having a very chilling effect on citizen's exercise of free speech and participation in the initiative process. Particularly in those cases where threats have been made publicly toward those who signed.
The winners in this ruling by the Supreme Court are the media and, of course, Secretary of State Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna. Supporting briefs, advocating for the release of the names, have been filed with the court by 22 news organizations and media trade associations.
To clarify the above comment: R-71 were the petitions signed to get a new law put on the ballot. The law was to support gay marriage and the people of WA finally got a chance by ballot to speak their mind. The gay community refused to accept that decision and have since been harassing anybody who signed the original petition to put the law to test by ballot--you see the gay community doesn't really like the non-gay community! The challenge was to demand the names on the petition be released to the public--that challenge was made by the hand appointed Republican castrato AG--Rob McKenna--and his equally frail partner Sam Reed Secretary of State. The matter was taken to the Supreme Court and today the SC decided that all names on any petition should be released to the public. This in spite of the fact that leaders from the gay community have repeatedly made public statements that they want to confront the signers "wherever we find them". Pray for the US--because we got nothin else goin for us now folks.