Bill of Rights
By marfdrat on March 20, 2014
Williams has a way of expressing the profound in the simplest terms possible. The key notion here is Thomas Paine’s statement: “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.” It may be necessary, but it has become so big, and so invasive, that it is far from the neutral rule keeper the founders intended.
By marfdrat on April 10, 2013
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out,” <sarc>said undoubtedly the smartest VP we’ve ever had.</sarc>
Actually, you DO need to be a rocket scientist to figure out how this bill would prevent even one of the shootings that’s already occurred, or any one in the future – because…it wouldn’t have, and it won’t. Those guns were acquired through legal channels. Three words: mental.health.system.
By marfdrat on March 9, 2013
Rand Paul filibustered the nomination of John Brennan as Director of the CIA to make a point. One that the White House grudgingly got a day later, as Obama’s press secretary finally admitted that no, the president couldn’t unilaterally and without due process have an American killed on American soil. He’s right; the Bill of Rights covers every American, without exception.
New White House Petition: Eliminate Armed Secret Service Details for Prez, VP, and Families and Establish “Gun Free Zones”
By marfdrat on January 28, 2013
Hey – if “Gun Free Zones” are good enough for our protection, why aren’t they good enough for those guys? Go sign the thing. Sure, it’s ridiculous, and it won’t make any difference, but it will help make a point.
By marfdrat on January 3, 2013
And, more than twice as many people are killed with hands and fists than are killed with rifles. Could it be that people really kill other people, with whatever they can find, and the Democrat’s attempt to ban certain types of rifles is really just misguided self-serving demagoguery? The Reverend Al Sharpton wanted to go after knives after they ban handguns and rifles. What’s next? Licenses to carry an assault hammer?
By marfdrat on October 3, 2012
Mark Steyn correctly identifies that respect is a two-way street. Why should we respect “the Prophet” when the radical Muslims want to behead us?
Encouraged by President Obama’s and Secretary Clinton’s prostrations before the howling mob, the U.N.’s No. 2 honcho explains free speech:
By marfdrat on March 3, 2012
Frank J. Fleming has a completely reasonable suggestion for updating the Bill of Rights to the Constitution.
So the Senate has voted down the effort to undo President Obama’s quite reasonable mandate that all employers have to pay for their employees’ contraception. I was shocked that there was a dispute about this — especially because of “religious objections.” Who knew that was still a thing?
By marfdrat on December 15, 2011
Before today, I did not know that this particular commemoration existed. December 15 is the date when the first 10 Amendments -the Bill of Rights- was officially added to the U.S. Constitution. Tim Lynch writes about the state of our Constitutional freedoms at Cato Online:
By marfdrat on May 10, 2011
From Terrence Stutz at the Dallas Morning News:
Stymied in his previous efforts to pass a handguns-on-campus bill in the Senate, Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, was successful on his fourth try Monday as senators agreed to add the proposal to a state fiscal matters bill that was expected to win approval. The door was opened for Wentworth’s handgun measure when senators added another languishing bill on higher education as an amentment to the fiscal matters legislation. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst ruled that the handgun proposal also could be added as an amendment because the fiscal matters bill relates to higher education in Texas.
By marfdrat on February 8, 2011
Interesting video from Reason.tv on Flex Your Rights, an effort to educate Americans on how you should respond in encounters with the police.
By marfdrat on January 20, 2011
Michael Moore figures that folks who own guns for personal protection are really just racist (what else would he say on MLK Day?). Rachel Maddow knowingly mmm-hmms. I love the way he’s mystified by the cause and effect relationship between gun ownership and crime rates: “if murder rates are so low in your town” he asks, “why do you need to own a gun?” Can they really be that dense? I suspect not. Facts, it turns out, are inconvenient things.
By marfdrat on January 13, 2011
Ken over at Popehat has a good post on all the “incendiary rhetoric” going on this week, and the claims of censorship by those who are criticized for employing it.
By marfdrat on October 21, 2010
Don Boudreaux writes a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe in response to John Hill, who wonders how we can possibly put health care in the hands of “callous capitalists”: