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Monday, August 03, 2015

A Lament For Freedom Of Belief And Expression That No Longer Exists

Politically-correct liberal-progressives strive to revive the Inquisition.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Whether It Works Or Not, The Government Will Make You Swallow It

Read Ira Stoll’s assessment, from The New York Sun webpage, of Hillary Clinton’s green energy policy proposal.

Central Planning Emerges As a Classic ErrorIn Clinton’s Strategy

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Spanish Civil War: A Case Study Of Propagandistic Distortion

Robert Stapler reviews and assesses the many distortions, mostly by liberal-progressives, of causes, effects, and participants in the 1930s Spanish Civil War.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The president continues to assert global warming effects that are not factual. 

From the Forbes website: Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat


Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Our Unconstitutional Administrative State

What used to be called quasi-judicial agencies have become a rogue government unto themselves, outside the original confines of the Constitution.  These agencies, today typified by the Environmental Protection Agency, make the law, enforce it, and adjudicate disputes arising under their regulations.  This, of course, is in direct conflict with the Constitution’s separation of powers.

The Constitution was crafted with the intent to prevent aggrandizement of political and economic power in one set of hands, relying upon the concept of separation of powers.  Every school child is taught about the separation of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.  But the most basic of these power separations was between the individual states and the Federal government.

It’s no accident that liberal-progressives, since the beginning of the 20th century, had agitated for diminishing the countervailing powers of the states, a goal greatly furthered by the 17th Amendment that reduced state legislatures’ influence upon members of the Senate.  At the same time, activist presidents - Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson - began creating quasi-judicial regulatory agencies to enhance presidential powers at the expense of Congress.

Read Myron Magnet’s overview of the phenomenon on the City Journal website:

Professor Tribe’s Transgression:  He takes the Constitution seriously.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Baltimore And The Great Society

Baltimore’s riots, looting, burning, and attacks on police and innocent civilians are not unprecedented.  Nor are liberal-progressive prescriptions for dealing with the phenomenon.  It didn’t work then and it won’t work today.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ben Bernanke Defends The Indefensible

Keynesian economics has never, so far as I am able to discover, worked as predicted by theory.  It’s no more than an excuse for liberal-progressives who want an all-powerful government that will, in the name of security, override individuals’ rights to make their own decisions.

Ben Bernanke’s Latest Defense of the Fed’s Failures

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Struggle Dividing Our Nation

Increasingly frequent presidential executive orders and arbitrary bureaucratic regulations make it abundantly clear that liberal-progressives aim to conquer and to impose their will upon the rest of us, making the Constitution all but meaningless.

Monday, April 06, 2015

The American Mobocracy

A hate crime is becoming whatever private thought or belief fails to conform to the liberal-progressive shibboleths of the moment.  Mobs are at the ready to crush dissenters.

Thanks to Barton Bennett, who alerted me to this post on the Vox Populi website:

The Gates of Hell shall not prevail

Friday, April 03, 2015

Liberal-Progressive Tyranny

Not thinking the way liberal-progressives demand is becoming a social crime that must be punished by destroying the lives of dissidents.  Big Brother will find you.

Read Seth Mandel’s post on the Commentary website:

Mob McCarthyism, Zaiavleniia, and the Corrosive Culture of Denunciation