Hate

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Why do the Jihadists hate America? There are three broad schools of thought in the US on this topic:

Progressives insist that jihadists are only reacting to our provocations of them, from attacking their countries. Libertarians assert that it is cynical US manipulation of Middle Eastern governments, which they consider to be (or have been) […]

Abrogation

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More from the conversation with “THE RIPENING WANDERER” on the “only a few” defense of Islam. He wrote: […]

Threat

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How big of a threat is global warming? A conversation on another skeptic site, with a previous visitor here, had me thinking about it:

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Brokered or Broken?

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On Citizen Tom’s blog, the idea of a brokered Republican convention came up. Many are talking about this, but it is not well understood. And for good reason; the rules are quite complex. So is the history… […]

Repair

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From here.

@silenceofmind, who wrote:

How do you propose to repair the moral fiber of a people who engage in or allow a genocide of 56,000,000?

I completely agree that late-term abortions are horrific things, and inhuman treatment of baby humans. But I don’t equate this with the mass slaughters carried out by the Nazis […]

Thomas Jefferson, Progressive

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Thomas Jefferson is considered to be one of the leading Founding Fathers of the United States. Not one of the Framers, however — he was in France during the Philadelphia convention in which the Constitution was drafted, and other than some correspondence with James Madison had no role in its creation or ratification. At the end of his life, 40 years after the creation of the Constitution, Jefferson was asked to lend his hand in a political campaign. In this excerpt from a letter to Samuel Kercheval, Jefferson discusses his belief that the Constitution should be re-drafted “every nineteen or twenty years” in order to “keep pace with the times” and provide “progressive accommodation to progressive improvements” to society… […]

In Debt to Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson has been something of a controversial figure in the founding of the United States, giving rise to mixed opinions. Even mine. He was wise, even prescient, in many of his writings. But he was also intensely political, and given to rather underhanded tactics in dealing with his political enemies. On balance, I still give him high marks, while aware of the deficits. But speaking of deficits… […]

Framing

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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… […]

States

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“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 […]

Thank You to Veterans

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War is terrible; it is a sad to realize that sometimes it is necessary. Knowing which ones are necessary is a crucial art, a skill at which some national leaders have shown deficiency.

A long time ago, a strong feeling of patriotism and the honors and approbation heaped upon veterans caused many to join, thinking […]