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.
I don't watch these candidate debates, but my take on the Repubs is not too far from Willisms'
As you may know, it is a felony to practice private medicine in Canada. But Quebec's top court has now struck down that ban, which could rescue Canadian docs from serfdom. h/t, Dr. Bob. Watch the govt try to put a five-year hold on that decision.
16% of the American economy is related to medical care. That % is expected to go higher. Will people go for socializing 16% of the economy? They might, if they think it's a free lunch. h/t, Mankiw. My view is that if the Dems were a bit craftier, and less ideological, they could propose to make Medicare available to everyone who wants to sign up. It would be a budget-buster.
In 1802 the great writers Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo were born, and Martha Washington died.
The first leopard was exhibited in the United States, in Boston and West Point Military Academy was established.
Napoleon, later to make the worst land deal in history with Thomas jefferson was named "Councel for Life"
Also in 1802 Thomas Jefferson penned an innocuous letter in response to a query from The Danbury Baptist Association in the state of Connecticut regarding religious freedom in American and his thoughts on the subject.
In his response he wrote, in part:
I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State
Thus came to be the inviolate "wall of separation" between church and state that was never codified in any of the establishing documents of this country. This "opinion" of Mr. Jefferson, variously a Protestant, Episcopalian, and later a Diest described himself in these words ""I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know." He followed this in later years with,
“The care of every man’s soul belongs to himself. No man has the power to let another prescribe his faith ... History, I
believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.”
From this contradiction of true Christian teaching in the Roman Catholic Church flow all the other
contradictions and spiritual poverty so evident in every phase of its beliefs and practices. The Bible at once
became a danger to its over-weighted law structure and had to be denied to the people. On the other hand,
the Bible had to be preserved as a mere reference book for the theologians and priests to sustain the power
of the priesthood by plausible, elastic interpretation of certain texts. But as far as the people are concerned,
the existence of God’s autobiography is best forgotten."
These few points I raise fill only a tiny dot in the universe of theological and political writings throughout the Enlightenment and prior to it about the imperium and sacerdotalism we argue but I believe it is vastly important in todays world. Why? The wall has grown too high so that only shade and darkness lay behind it. This was never meant to be.
We are now challenged by a philosophy masquerading as a religion that would not only cut off the final rays of light to our heritage as Christians but replace the oxygen of Christianity with a killing miasma of total intolerance, Islam.
It is my belief that Christmas displays in public areas do not constitute an establishment of a state religion, nor any number of other testiments to our Christian heritage. However the public at large has been lead to believe that the "wall" is Constitutionally graced and thus displays of Christianity are "illegal". This as we move in a multicultural world that IS allowing Islam a latitude it denies our own heritage.
We cannot win this contest of ideology/religion unless we are allowed to celebrate our own faith, in public, on public land, and in public places that present no bar to those who chose to walk away and not listen or look upon it's sight. It infringes as much on prohibiting the free exercise thereof of freedom of religion than does any measure I can contemplate. It is not enough for a man to war only for an ideology, he must have a faith to add fortitude to it's ideas.
Jefferson at 32 years old wrote a magnificent work in the Declaration of Independence but he did as much harm in later years by advertising his belief that man's soul is his own.
Terrorist Sympathizer Tossed from Homeland Security Panel
Abukar Arman admits that it has been a tough few weeks following a FrontPage exposé last month that examined his extensive online writings in defense of terrorist organizations and individuals, all while he sat on the blue-ribbon Franklin County Criminal Justice Planning Board that oversees Central Ohio Homeland Security programs (“Hometown Jihad: The Somali Terror Apologist Next Door”).
As a direct result of that report, Arman was forced to resign last Friday from the Planning Board after officials discovered that as a non-US citizen he wasn’t eligible to be on the board; and in a curiously-timed bureaucratic move, he also lost his Columbus Public Schools adult education job after they discovered that he hadn’t kept up his teaching credentials and the grant funding his position suddenly disappeared. A CPS spokesman said the move had absolutely nothing to do with the FrontPage report though these events occurred immediately after it was published, though Arman told a local paper that he believed the FrontPage story had everything to do with his present woes