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Democracy doesn’t work

January 27, 2014


Consider the following situations, in countries which held free and fair elections:

  • In Iraq, the Sunni Muslim minority is in open rebellion against the duly elected government
  • In Egypt, educated liberals protested the duly elected Muslim Brotherhood government, and the army staged a coup
  • In Thailand, the middle class is protesting the duly elected populist government, and demanding government by an un-elected council

These facts expose a problem with one-man-one-vote democracy: It is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for a stable government.

America’s founders knew this. That’s why they provided for federalism, and constitutional checks and balances – so that majority rule did not degenerate into the tyranny of the majority. Other nations might have to learn that lesson the hard way.

Richard Sherman: The FULL video

January 25, 2014

As a Seahawks 12th man, I’m dismayed that Richard Sherman is being picked on for just some of his comments. As you can see in this video, he tried to make nice with Crabtree, only to get a shove to the face. And, off the field, Sherman is an immensely likable goofball.

Hey, the GOP might take back the Senate in 2014

January 22, 2014

Sean Trende explains why even today’s Republican party might not be able to screw up the 2014 Senate races.

Wendy Davis: The female Bill Clinton

January 22, 2014

Actually, she’s worse.

White trash? Check.
Ivy-league lawyer? Check.
Liar? Check.
Politician? Check.
Adulterer? Check.

But then you have:
Dumped husband the day he finished paying for law school.
Left kids behind to pursue political career.
Switched from Republican to Democrat when convenient.
Filibustered to allow abortions after 20 weeks.

Let’s see if Texans are smarter than Arkansans.

McDonnell’s defense

January 22, 2014

Everyone does it: Confirming as much, Governor McDonnell’s predecessor, Democratic Governor Tim Kaine, likewise received substantial gifts while in state office. Mr. Kaine also served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and now represents Virginia in the United States Senate. The Virginia Public Access Project reveals that Mr. Kaine received $186,899 in gifts...

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It all starts so simply

January 21, 2014

“In or about March 2009, as a result of requests from ROBERT MCDONNELL’s staff to JW, ROBERT MCDONNELL began using a jet aircraft owned by JW during his campaign for governor of Virginia.”

Then, almost as soon as he was elected, his wife asked JW for a dress for the inaugural, and it spiraled downward from there. The indictment is a fascinating study in petty corruption, with McDonnell’s wife taking the lead.

How to kill a human being

January 17, 2014

Regarding that Ohio execution that took far too long: There’s a much quicker, painless, certain way to carry out executions. This BBC documentary explains it all.

The Congressman who went off the grid

January 5, 2014

2014: 10 critical Senate races

January 3, 2014

The GOP has a big advantage, but that was also true in 2012.

Pope Francis: All your base are belong to us

January 2, 2014

The Marxist Pope:

One also sees the need for policies which can lighten an excessive imbalance between incomes. We must not forget the Church’s teaching on the so-called social mortgage, which holds that although it is lawful, as Saint Thomas Aquinas says, and indeed necessary “that people have ownership of goods”, insofar as their use is concerned, “they possess them as not just their own, but common to others as well, in the sense that they can benefit others as well as themselves”.

Poll: Which Senate seats will switch parties in 2014?

December 31, 2013

Republicans need to pick up 6 to gain control of the Senate. The latest polls are here.

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Chart of the year

December 31, 2013

The people who put Obama in office are SO screwed!

Editing the wikilaw

December 27, 2013

Government by whim: No one can safely plan in this environment. Jay Carney’s declarations have a shelf life of hours, not weeks, but the more lasting damage inheres in the idea that the law can be dictated by the White House. The changes are not matters of implementation but structural elements going to the...

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“Merry Christmas” from a VERY unlikely source

December 24, 2013

A Republican president could simply waive taxes he doesn’t like!

December 21, 2013

Just like Obama is doing: Given that individual mandate was upheld as a tax, are there other examples of a president waiving taxes for certain groups? Goodbye Death Tax. President Rand Paul could simply waive it for everyone making less than $1 trillion a year. And how about waiving taxes over 25% of their...

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