When politicians decide to make something “free”, what that really means is they pass the typical cost on to others who don’t directly benefit from the goods or services being provided. Those folks in turn make adjustments to make up for their loss by alleviating this cost via something else – their customers, their charities, their investments. When people are made to pay, repeatedly and significantly, for something from which they did not benefit, the ripple effect of passing the buck continues until it gets back to the people to whom the benefit was originally given. Have you spotted the problem?
And when the patient, in this case, finds themselves in harder circumstances than before, they request more government assistance again. If the government agrees, they push the additional costs to a group of people who again gain no benefit, and the cycle continues. This is why everything “socialized”, from medicine to groceries to electricity, continues to rise in price until no one can afford the basics, and the government must step in and actively set price and wage controls on everything. And that’s when the real havoc begins. See Venezuela and South Africa for the latest in a long line examples of this. Regardless of the motivation, whether it’s compensation for perceived past injustices, or a simple moral impulse to make something “free”, when government intervenes too far into individuals’ freedom to transact for goods and services with a provider of their own choice, without coercion, really bad things start to happen.
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Reggae Hawaiian band “The Green” said it aptly in their song “Power in the Words”: words can come out of us so easily – positive or negative – if we don’t think first, and words have power. Power to heal and power to hurt. What we saw in the Senate Judiciary committee the last few weeks has been all about words, mostly words intended to hurt. Judge Brett Kavanaugh was subjected to one of the most vicious character assassination attempts of any presidential nominee in our history. Despite the committee’s ranking Democrat having possession of the “evidence” of Kavanaugh’s supposed malfeasance in hand since July 30, she would not share the contents of the letter with anyone or even address the claims made in the letter until the 11th hour.
What followed was an absolute circus that made a mockery of the presumption of innocence by attempting to use innuendo, rumor, guilt by association, and every other rhetorical device of demagoguery to cast Judge Kavanaugh into such a despicable light that he would either be defeated in committee or withdraw from consideration. In the end it was a left-leaning woman, Sen. Susan Collins, who decided she’d had enough, said she did not believe Kavanaugh’s accuser, and voted to confirm him despite phenomenal pressure against her. So Brett Kavanaugh will be sworn in as a supreme court justice. But the words used to destroyed him will undoubtedly linger a long time for him and his family.
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Has anyone noticed how much “governing” Presidents Trump and Obama have done via Executive Orders instead of the proper way, via legislation initiated and approved by Congress? The scope of executive orders, unilateral presidential decrees over which Congress has no say, has been steadily growing the last two decades. Many people love it when their guy is in office and simply bypasses Congress by issuing an executive order when he can’t get them to do what he wants. But is that really the way a democratic republic works? Sounds more like rule by the whim of one man.
Such orders are only operative while the president who issued them is in office. They can sometimes be stopped or delayed by court actions, but that’s about where any arguments that favor them end. Not only are these proclamations the unfettered rule of a single man over a supposedly democratic nation, they can have a massive effect on the economic, cultural, military, educational, and legal landscape. And they can be completely reversed by the next president. All this makes for potentially rapid, unpredictable change for the entire country and uncertainty about the longevity of policy.
NBC news ran a worthwhile editorial early this year arguing that while executive orders by Our Guy feel good, they are a tool of tyranny. Quartz wrote a similarly insightful article last year, identifying the danger as “the use of these orders as a work-around in policy areas where the president wants to do something, but only Congress has the authority to act”. What one might ask now is: with a president in office today who is less popular with his Congress than possibly all other recent presidents, why doesn’t Congress take advantage of this situation to strip or at least limit the presidency with regard to this gross abuse of executive power? Brandon Weichert explains how the founding fathers attempted in the constitution to diffuse power across multiple people, bodies, and branches for the very purpose of preventing the rule of the One Man.
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Two or ten years ago, depicting the execution of your own president in the U.S. and broadcasting that to the world was a super inappropriate thing to do, let alone openly inciting others to violence against his person or family. Even the extremists of those times never went that far. But apparently all that’s changed now. “You can trace a line from Occupy Wall Street in 2011 through Black Lives Matter in 2013 through Bernie Sanders in 2016 through the Women’s March a year later, Tom Steyer’s and Maxine Waters’s impeachment campaigns, the growing prominence of Democratic Socialists of America, and the movement to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement today.
But despite the insane furore in America, even a year and a half later, over the election of someone as unlikely as Donald Trump, the collapse of the Center-Left is not just or even primarily an American phenomenon. Have a look at this article by a Cambridge leftist about how throughout Europe the mainstream left is losing consistently for the first time since the Second World War. The moderate left, the democratic socialists or “soft socialists” who have been mostly in power since the late ’40s, are completely falling apart: losing adherents to the Far-Left and the Middle-Right. What’s the cause of this completely new, unprecedented, and unpredicted trend?
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This piece is slightly off topic from our usual politically-focused articles. However, with the tremendous increase in abuse against women that’s been taking place in America and western Europe, not only because of the influx of Muslim males who often lack a distinct cultural and moral respect for women as God’s creation to themselves, but also because of the collapse of western male’s traditional respect for the dignity of women, articles like this are increasingly important to post.
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California continues its quest to be the craziest state in the union. The ACLU cosponsored this bill and described it as “modernizing” California HIV laws. In their report, the ACLU said that the law criminalizing the [intentional] exposure of others to the HIV virus was passed in the 1980s and was “based on fear and the limited medical understanding of the time.” LGBT activists also praised the new law, alleging that the former legislation unfairly disfavored specific groups (people of color and transgender women). The new law clearly indicates that if you wanna infect someone with HIV on purpose, hey – it’s just a misdemeanor now, nothin’ serious.
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