Framing

We-the-people-are-the-rightful-masters

From a discussion on Citizen Tom’s blog on the forms of government, I wrote a bit on of how the US Constitution was inspired and framed: There are conceptual hints in Scripture and remarks by Jesus on what forms of government are disfavored, but the Framers took inspiration from Aristotle. Many Enlightenment thinkers tended to downplay Aristotle, though the re-discovery of his works is one of the factors leading to the Enlightenment. But many of the Framers read Aristotle directly as well as earlier writers he inspired including Locke and de Montesquieu… […]

Deal

COP21

The Paris Conference of the Parties is winding down. This was the absolute last chance to save the planet and prevent humans from being utterly extinguished. The politicians and media are telling us so, and governments and activists are paying scientists billions of dollars to tell us so, so it must be true, right? In […]

Vouchers

PyramidOfSuccess

Limited-government conservatives are not in favor of eliminating public funding for education, an assertion made by a progressive over at Citizen Tom’s blog. Instead, like Citizen Tom, I’d like to see education revert to local control, and be supplemented with a voucher system.

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States

Declaration_Signing

“Life in these United States,” an old Readers Digest humor feature, had many amusing stories. Like this one:

The teacher in one of our local grade schools was showing a copy of the Declaration of Independence to her pupils. It passed from desk to desk and finally to Luigi, a first-generation American. The boy studied […]

Markets

FreeMarket

Excepts from a discussion at Citizen Tom’s blog:

@phadde2 wrote:

Keith, let me ask, are you not concerned with the extreme viewpoint of the free market turning tyrannical?

No. Well, let me look carefully at your statement. Yes, I’m concerned about people that would hold such an “extreme viewpoint.” But I am not concerned about […]

America the Disdained

Declaration_Signing

This article in Salon yesterday was one of several that I saw filled with disdain for America, its people, and its history. But the writer (Andrew O’Hehir) did seem to have some semi-affectionate humor for Fourth of July picnic foods. Interestingly, the author describes a common error in looking at history, then proceeds to write an entire article filled to brim with it. I’ve grouped some phrases from the article into categories. They are no longer in the original order as a result (although the order within categories is preserved. I’ll start with the author’s description of his own error: […]

John Adams

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A mention of John Adams on Citizen Tom’s forum got me thinking a bit about history.

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Natural Law, Natural Allies

Aristotle_criticism

From time to time, I mention in these writings that I am non-religious. This has always been true of me; I am not a “converted” or “lapsed” or “apostate” anything. But many of my fellow conservatives are indeed deeply religious, and sometimes express disbelief or even disdain that a non-theist could support American conservative beliefs.

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Lawlessness

Lawless

One commenter suggested that the problem with current immigration law is that Congress has not been forced to act. I didn’t quite agree: Current law enacted by Congress handles immigration reasonably well. It certainly prevents the current crisis. Except that it didn’t […]

Voters

USVote

Citizen Tom is discussing family, illegal immigration, and governmental failures. Along the way, he asked, “Why have we chosen such people to lead us?” I interpreted this to mean “What’s wrong with voters these days?” It seems to me that there are several factors: […]