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"Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design." ~ Jim Rohn

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

McCarthy's Missed the Mark

I am writing in response to Andrew McCarthy’s articles, “Rand Paul, Libertarian Extremist” and “The Real Rules of Detention.” Unfortunately, I was not able to read Mr. Paul’s reply that elicited the second article. However, I have read Mr. McCarthy’s articles and enough of the legislation in question to conclude that he has completely missed the mark with regards to Rand Paul’s warning about section 1031 of the Senate Defense Bill, S. 1867.

Yes, it’s true as Mr. McCarthy says:
The United States Constitution is a compact between the American people and the government they created. It endows Americans with protections against U.S.-government overreach. It does not extend to the rest of the world. The central government was created, in large measure, to protect Americans from hostile foreign actors. The Constitution does not grant aliens outside the United States — especially alien combatants who levy war against the American people — the protections American citizens enjoy against U.S.-government infringement on their lives, liberties, and property.
In fact, I wouldn’t have an issue with the first article were it not for the fact that Rand Paul did not take the position of which he was accused by Mr. McCarthy. I have listened to Mr. Paul’s speeches and did not perceive him speaking from some kooky Libertarian philosophy ever. He quotes the founders and the Constitution. Though, I confess myself horrified if Conservatives find something wrong with that as it seems Mr. McCarthy was implying in his rant against Mr. Paul.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

"Shame" letter to Idaho Senators for supporting S. 1867

Dear Senator,

Normally, I am pleased with the Constitutional and responsible ways you have executed your office in support and service of the citizens of Idaho and the United States of America. However, I am writing to express my disappointment for your approving vote on the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012,” Senate bill 1867.

Title V, Subtitle E, Section 551, Paragraph (d) repeals Article 125 of the Uniform Military Code of Justice which prohibits sodomy and bestiality. It does not bother to rewrite the code clarifying the legality of sodomy between consenting adults but simply repeals it.

I understand that the Left wing of American politics as well as many Libertarians want to make sodomy legal so that homosexuals can have “intimate relations” without reprisal, but in their haste, they have now made it legal for US military personnel to have “intimate relations” with animals as well. Isn’t that disgusting!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Email to Representative Mike Simpson RE S. 1867

Mr. Simpson,

Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

I am sure that you are likely more aware of the rumors surrounding the Senate's "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012" than am I. However, I am deeply concerned about three items buried in the Senate version of the bill (S. 1867).

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Rights Targeted in Defense Bill

In this year of Presidential politics, the citizens of the United States of America are once again exposed to the menace of campaigning candidates and all that it entails. Such times seem good for America because they cause the mass populace to consider issues that have presumably lain dormant since the last Presidential election.

However, with everyone’s attention on the field of luke-warm GOP candidates, the United States Senate has once again surprised us all by passing legislation in the middle of the night that puts your Liberty and mine squarely in the cross-hairs of an unscrupulous executive office. The legislation to which I refer is S. 1867, “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.”

At first blush, one would recognize this as a defense appropriations bill and would be correct. One might also assume that one appropriations bill is the same as the next. However, that is an erroneous assumption.

While S. 1867 does appropriate funding for the military and defense, it also includes (or does not include) several important elements.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Why Caylee's Law is Bad for America

Of course, it is always tragic when life ends prematurely, and it is even more so when the life belonged to a child. It is natural to want to find a way to prevent life from ending prematurely. However, what lengths are we willing to take to accomplish this goal? Several laws have been enacted because of this phenomenon. Two of these are the Brady law, and Megan's law.

The Brady bill in the 80's was introduced shortly after President Ronald Reagan was shot by Mark Hoffman. The result of the Brady bill was a number of gun laws resulting in what many would refer to as infringements on the second amendment. Of course, each tragedy involving a gun has been taken by some as a right to challenge the second amendment by introducing new legislation placing limits, definitions, and regulations on the gun industry, and more importantly, gun ownership.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Conventional Wisdom? Not Here, Dammit!

Business gurus the world over consistently maintain a single mantra: "Location, location, location." The reason behind this mantra is obvious. Surviving in business means being visible to potential customers. Consequently the location is an important consideration.

It seems I tend to be a mold-breaker when it comes to conventional wisdom. I have a business, a take out trailer, and it has a pretty good location. While not on the "main drag" in my town, it is on a secondary thoroughfare not far from the main drag. My business is visible from the main drag and has plenty of traffic going by throughout the day. In fact, my business is located conveniently on the route of our 4th of July and other parades.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Quotes from the Founders: James Madison

Federalist Paper #41 - General Welfare Clause is Not a Blank Check

It has been urged and echoed that the power "to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States," amounts to an unlimited commission to exercise every power which may be alleged to be necessary for the common defense or general welfare.

No stronger proof could be given of the distress under which these writers labor for objections, than their stooping to such a misconstruction.

Had no other enumeration or definition of the powers of the Congress been found in the Constitution than the general expressions just cited, the authors of the objection might have had some color for it; though it would have been difficult to find a reason for so awkward a form of describing an authority to legislate in all possible cases.

A power to destroy the freedom of the press, the trial by jury, or even to regulate the course of descents, or the forms of conveyances, must be very singularly expressed by the terms "to raise money for the general welfare."

But what color can the objection have, when a specification of the objects alluded to by these general terms immediately follows and is not even separated by a longer pause than a semicolon?

If the different parts of the same instrument ought to be so expounded as to give meaning to every part which will bear it, shall one part of the same sentence be excluded altogether from a share in the meaning; and shall the more doubtful and indefinite terms be retained in their full extent, and the clear and precise expressions be denied any signification whatsoever?

For what purpose could the enumeration of particular powers be inserted, if these and all others were meant to be included in the preceding general power?

Nothing is more natural nor common than first to use a general phrase, and then to explain and qualify it by a recital of particulars. But the idea of an enumeration of particulars which neither explain nor qualify the general meaning, and can have no other effect than to confound and mislead, is an absurdity.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Quotes from the Founders: Joseph Warren

Boston Massacre Oration, March 6, 1775

Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of - Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution - On you depend the fortunes of America - You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn - Act worthy of yourselves.