Intruding government. General Obama. A simmering bromance. Plus more.
Re: John Carlisle’s Legal Services Unleashed:
With all apologies to the classic rock song by Sweet: Power is like oxygen/You get too much you get too high/Not enough and you’re gonna die/Power gets you high.
The Democrats are high on power and they are behaving like adolescents left alone to party for the first time. The Looney Left, following the path of their Beloved Leader, is working on bills, such as the highly partisan and toxic “The Civil Access to Justice Act of 2009.” They are not considering that mom and dad will come home — some day — and the little miscreants will be held responsible for their choices and actions. Come 2010, the American public will begin to feel the full effects of the legislative impact of the Democrats attacks on economic and civil freedoms. (Hours ago the Senate passed The One’s budget. Oh, shame on them and ruin on us.) Yes, November 2, 2010 is a long way off, so conservatives and libertarians must make their collective voice heard long before then if we want to remain free of the nanny state, or at least fight the back the erosions of freedom, both civic and economic.
Truly, the Democrats are not satisfied with stripping Americans of their liberties; they are set on changing the American economic system from one of (impure) capitalism into (unmitigated) European socialism, but history may be on the side of our better angels. All tax-raising president have faced a backlash in off year elections. The Titan of the Teleprompter may prove no exception. Charm (and guile) can take a person only so far. Prince Obama has gone farther and faster to reimage America into the Marks and Engels than even the most cynical could have conceived, but we have not yet crossed the point of no return. With a collective voice, the American public can let its representatives hear our wails, gnashing of teeth and cries. Much like the Israelites under Pharaoh, we are being forced into slavery and crushed alive. God may save our souls, but we must save ourselves.
In the words of Bob Marley, “Get up, stand up: stand up for your
rights/…Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight.”
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
IT’S ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE
Re: George H. Wittman’s Rediscovering the Wheel in Afghanistan:
Did Machiavelli get it spot on again?
Writing about republics and their civilian “commanders-in-chief,” he wrote:
“These [civilian commanders-in-chief], trusting entirely to others, understand themselves nothing of what pertains to war, and yet wish to decide upon everything, so as to preserve at least the appearance of sovereignty, and in their decisions they commit a thousand errors.”
999 to go, then.
— A. C. Santore
COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS
Re: Eric Heidenreich’s The Latest Population Bomb:
What we need to realize is that the market will lower population growth if left alone. Go back to Gary Becker’s Economic Analysis of Fertility.
In a world of choice with respect to having a child, the demand
for children is a function of price and income. Becker found a
positive, though low, income elasticity of demand for children
and a negative price elasticity of demand for children, which
over time seems to have slowed the birth rate in advanced
industrialized countries — in some to the negative range. The
primary factor here is the higher price of children, the major
component being the opportunity cost of the mother not working in
a labor market that has seen opportunities for women growing at a
rate then for men.
Thus, the best way to “control” world population is to promote
market based economic development.
— Andy Weintraub
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online