I think that we’re having conversations we would have no hope of ever having without the Trump in the deck. I also say that the media will finally crush his presidential run long before the primaries — there is no way the media is going to let someone like Trump be on a ticket.
I read The Law, by Frédéric Bastiat, again. It’s still great. Below you will find a few quotes. The really hard part is picking which passages to quote — the whole (short) book is entirely quotable. It’s short. It’s sweet. It’s practical. It’s brilliant.
Love does not steal from one’s neighbors to enrich oneself.
This plunder may be only an exceptional blemish in the legislation of a people, and in this case, the best thing that can be done is, without so many speeches and lamentations, to do away with it as soon as possible, notwithstanding the clamors of interested parties. But how is it to be distinguished? Very easily. See whether the law takes from some persons that which belongs to them, to give to others what does not belong to them. See whether the law performs, for the profit of one citizen, and, to the injury of others, an act which this citizen cannot per- form without committing a crime. Abolish this law without delay; it is not merely an iniquity — it is a fertile source of iniquities, for it invites reprisals; and if you do not take care, the exceptional case will extend, multiply, and become system- atic. No doubt the party benefited will exclaim loudly; he will assert his acquired rights. He will say that the State is bound to protect and encourage his industry; he will plead that it is a good thing for the State to be enriched, that it may spend the more, and thus shower down salaries upon the poor workmen. Take care not to listen to this sophistry, for it is just by the systematizing of these arguments that legal plunder becomes systematized.
– Frédéric Bastiat, The Law
When President Obama attempted to silence Major Garrett, Chief White House Correspondent with CBS News, earlier this week by carefully not answering his question, he demonstrated how to use political correctness to shame and silence those it wishes to crush and destroy. Whom does this tyrannical president wish to crush? Mostly, those who wish to think for themselves.
I have seen Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” referenced many times through the years, and I’ve seen quotes pulled from it often. I finally decided to read it. I’m glad that I did. I think anyone interested in taking a stand against immoral laws should start with this letter.
Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, 16 April, 1963
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.
Thanks to the trampling of history happening in South Carolina with the lightless heat over the Confederate Battle Flag, I have read and thought more about the War of 1861/War of Northern Aggression/War Between the States, often mislabeled the American “Civil War,” than ever before in my life.
The victors of war write its history in order to cast themselves in the most favorable light. That explains the considerable historical ignorance about our war of 1861 and panic over the Confederate flag. To create better understanding, we have to start a bit before the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers. It’s the first major labor union to make an endorsement in the 2016 presidential campaign.
The president of the union, Randi Weingarten, says in a statement Saturday that Clinton is the “champion working families need in the White House.”
Liars who endorse liars. Nice. Birds of a feather need to stick together.
Teachers unions are about power and money – never about education. Power like that can only come through state enforced monopoly. Monopoly is what teachers unions need Democratic Socialists like Hillary Clinton for.
The problem with nationalizing healthcare (the Affordable Healthcare Act aka “Obamacare”) is that it doesn’t solve the problems we are told it is supposed to solve — it just makes them worse! Government intervention brakes healthcare. More government intervention is only going to keep making everything worse.
Encryption should be enabled for everything by default, not a feature you turn on only if you’re doing something you consider worth protecting.
This is important. If we only use encryption when we’re working with important data, then encryption signals that data’s importance. If only dissidents use encryption in a country, that country’s authorities have an easy way of identifying them. But if everyone uses it all of the time, encryption ceases to be a signal. No one can distinguish simple chatting from deeply private conversation. The government can’t tell the dissidents from the rest of the population. Every time you use encryption, you’re protecting someone who needs to use it to stay alive.
Please, please, please don’t give me the line, “I have nothing to hide.” Somebody has something good to hide for a very good reason — and that reason may very well be their very lives. By using encryption everywhere, all the time, you protect the weak, the innocent and the vulnerable. Yes, you also help protect the illegal and the immoral, but there is no way to protect those who need it — those whom we are morally obligated to protect — without offering covering for those who abuse it.
Saw it. It was good. Not as good as Avengers: Age of Ultron – by a long shot. I would go see Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters, again… for the third time!
Shoes – I want to know who made those shoes Bryce Dallas Howard wears. Amazing! She makes it across the entire island without breaking a heel, and never stumbles. If that company makes a black combat boot, I’ll order them tomorrow!
This is why I call the American “Democratic National Committee” “Socialist Democrats”:
CNN Breaking News Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM
Hillary Clinton was greeted by cheers of “Hillary, Hillary” as she took the stage on New York City’s Roosevelt Island today for the first major rally of her presidential campaign.
The Democratic frontrunner used the event to make a case for new policies designed to benefit the middle class.
“Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers,” Clinton told the crowd. “Democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations.”
She added, “America can’t succeed unless you succeed.”
A) Individual success is not guaranteed by good policies. It is, however, guaranteed to be limited only to those with political favor by bad (socialist – i.e. American Democratic) policies.
B) Class envy is blatantly Marxism.
C) “America can’t succeed unless you succeed.” Really? Does it then follow that ONE, SINGLE failed American life defines the failure of America as a nation? Really?
I know that Hillary is the democratically elected, socialist leader that many people want for America. It is a mistake to confuse democracy with freedom. It is a mistake to confuse success with freedom. It is a mistake to follow leaders like Hillary Clinton into the jaws of self destruction. It does seem to be what America desires (at least in majority).
Nationwide, about 12 percent of parents have their children enrolled in private schools. In Chicago, 44 percent of public-school teachers have their own children enrolled in private schools. In Philadelphia, it’s also 44 percent. In Baltimore, it’s 35 percent, and in San Francisco, it’s 34 percent. That ought to tell us something. Suppose I invite you to dine with me at a restaurant. You find out that the restaurant’s chef doesn’t eat there and neither do the servers. That suggests they have some inside information from which you could benefit.
Politicians who fight against school choice behave the way teachers do. Fifty-two percent of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus who have school-age children have them enrolled in private schools. Thirty-seven percent of members of the House of Representatives and 45 percent of senators who have school-age children have them enrolled in private schools.
The education establishment says more money is needed, but more money does not produce higher quality. New York City spent $20,331 per student in fiscal 2013. Washington, D.C., spent $17,953, and Baltimore allocated $15,050. Despite being among the nation’s highest-spending school districts, their education quality is among the lowest. Parents, given vouchers and choice, could do a far superior job in the education of their children — and at a cheaper cost.
Read it. Think about it. Can we just kill off the freedoms we dislike by silencing those with whom we disagree? No vote. No bothering about representation, just a rule signed by a career bureaucrat, followed by silence?