Progressive statists tend to think of Constitutional conservatives holding the notion that “all taxes are theft.” This is not a position held by us in general, and it is instead a strawman created to attack us. Here is my thinking on the topic: Continue reading Taxation


Citizen Tom wrote a post about the Ferguson fiasco and the subsequent “searing” report, entitled “When Liars Refuse to Give Up.”

The commenter “scout” was confused about the word “liars” (among other things). I was not: Continue reading Ferguson


The word “flagging” has several meanings, including the calling out of something of particular interest or the identification of a problem or violation.

It can also mean growing tired. All of this applies to this story of the student government at a California college voting to ban the American flag from their space. In the interest of being “fair,” they banned all flags, but the clauses in the resolution mention nationality mention only one nation’s flag in particular. Here is the resolution that they passed last week: Continue reading Flagging


I wrote, not too long ago, proposing an amendment to the US Constitution regarding term limits. My approach here seems to be unusual; I’ve not seen anyone else suggest the idea of Continue reading Re-election


I listened to Benyamin Netanyahu’s speech. His message boiled down to: Continue reading Invitations

New, Original or Useful

Most of my friends and readers can ignore this post; it is a workspace for a reply to an individual because I ran out of room in a comment. But I’ll give a little background, for those interested in a debate about Christianity and the words of Jesus. Continue reading New, Original or Useful

Legislative Fix

I have an idea for a possible fix for the tremendous flood of bureaucracy-generated legislation, in the form of a Constitutional amendment: Continue reading Legislative Fix

Legislative Fix

Please see the next post.

==============/ Keith DeHavelle


Imagine that this asterisk is a unit of legislation: *

This would be the amount of legislation produced by the United States legislative branch, Congress (i.e., the Senate and House of Representatives), and signed into law by President Obama (in the executive branch) in 2013. This represents about 800 pages of the Federal Register where such laws are recorded. That’s the way our system was designed: the legislative branch creates legislation, the executive branch signs it into law or vetoes it, and that was how laws were to come into being.

Now compare that single unit with the laws that were created by the executive branch on its own without involving Congress:

Continue reading Legislation

Crab Bucket

Harvey_Rritt commented on the “Acting White” post in a way that made me think a moment:

Terry Pratchett calls it the Crab Bucket. It is a perfect expression. (He does that.) When a crab starts to get out of the bucket full of crabs, the others, awaiting death by live steam, pull the escaping crab back into the bucket.

My own take is less elegant:


The Crab Bucket expression is very old indeed. While Aristotle did not refer to crabs, he noted the Greek version of “argumentum ad invidiam” or argument from envy as a logical fallacy. Continue reading Crab Bucket