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  • Posted by Herb7734 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    You have confirmed my thoughts. I am still holding on to the threads that were once the whole cloth that was called the USA. It looks like Judge Kavanaugh will become Justice Kavanaugh in a few days. This doesn't mean, however, that there were any winners to the debacle called a confirmation hearing. Everyone lost in this shameful exhibition of everything contrary to the intention of the founders and the constitution.
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  • Posted by  $  Stormi 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    It is clear the Dems are the party who will break any law to dismantle the Constitution and usually the Republicans are the wimps who watch it happen. What they have done to women is demeaning. They used faux sexual assault to tear down the reputation of a nominee. They made a mocker of real victims of sasault. They knew this broad was a fake, that is why the letter stayed buried. Soros knew. Just as they used the MeToo movement for political advantage. Is is disgusting and inexcusable. I am not sure the poorcess of real justice will ever be possible until the old gurard dies out, but then we have the young airhead Cortez types.
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  • Posted by  $  richrobinson 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Excellent article. A friend of mine laughs when someone says The Constitution is the "Law of the Land". It has been ignored and manipulated for years.
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  • Posted by chad 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    There is no choice for liberty or a republic here. Choosing a Republican or 'conservative' sometimes seems a good thing to do because the belief is that the government will not continue to descend into complete totalitarianism because it might appear to be moving slower in that direction. It is seldom recognized that no matter who is elected the direction never changes and slowing down is not the same as directing the country toward a free market society and liberty. If Kavanaugh is selected the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, use of torture, authorized killing of American citizens, secret courts (which terrifies me) and etc. will remain in effect and be supported through his rulings.
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  • Posted by term2 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    I think the word bipartisan really means that the government wins and we the people lose. I think I would rather have political turmoil and inaction like we have now- at least government powers dont increase.
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  • Posted by freedomforall 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    "America is ignoring a candidate’s support for the very things that killed the Republic because the fight over those issues has long been settled.

    As it stands, there is no good outcome for liberty lovers in this situation. If he is confirmed, Kavanaugh will perpetuate many of the worst the apparatuses of the federal government we heartily oppose. But if he is not confirmed, it will not be because of his legal record, and any nominee that replaces him will hold the same views."
    The author gets right to the point.
    Bravo!
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    • Posted by term2 8 months, 2 weeks ago
      I agree actually. That said, Kavanaugh would be a lot better in the short term than the progressive judges that would promote progressive agendas and would be supported by the democrats.
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    • Posted by CircuitGuy 8 months, 2 weeks ago
      Yes. There are levels of sad to it.
      1. There's no discussion of justices' views on liberty and following the Constitution.
      2. Political issue litmus tests, once considered bad form, they're out in the open.
      3. Partisan-politicized confirmation process
      4. Carrying out #3 by making the nominee an icon for violent behavior.

      Any one of those things would be bad, but the layers bother me. I can't think about. I don't get people say they spend hour watching this. It's like watching the country burn or something.
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    I don't think this article exaggerates at all. This is very sadly true. We don't know what one historical event will be the icon for the "moment" US went from republic to empire. It could be something like WWII. I haven't given up on getting back to being a republic, one where we're free to "change cultural and social norms" more than the fed govt ever could. But I don't know how to get from here to there.
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    • Posted by  $  Dobrien 8 months, 2 weeks ago
      "getting back to being a republic" Vote republican Nov 6th that would be a first step.
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      • Posted by term2 8 months, 2 weeks ago
        Unfortunately , repubs arent in favor of a republic any more. They are as statist as the democrats on the major issues, but simply try to get goodies for the people who contribute to their campaigns.

        Trump is not a republican or a democrat. He hijacked a burned out republican party and got himself elected using their structure. They hate him for that, but are slowly coming around to realize that their party would be defunct if it werent for him.
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      • Posted by  $  8 months, 2 weeks ago
        Disagree. Rs are just as bad, if not worse, than the Ds.

        "None of these" and a "diverse and wide range of political parties to chose from" is the only real solution.

        I wrote this some time ago..I still believe it is true
        http://humanevents.com/2006/06/20/a-r...
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        • Posted by  $  Dobrien 8 months, 2 weeks ago
          Your two Arizona Republicans "no name" and Flake are as bad as they get, good thing we will be rid of them both soon.
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          • Posted by term2 8 months, 2 weeks ago
            Flakey Flake should never be a senator. He is wishy washy at best, and just unprincipled at worst. McCain was a disaster, filled with the hatred for Trump. His actions were determined by that hatred, and not what was good for the country. He should have resigned years ago, but he chose to continue to be allowed to exist because people felt sorry for his capture and torture in the war (which he capitalized on)
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            • Posted by freedomforall 8 months, 2 weeks ago
              Flake may be the perfect example of how pervasive power corruption can be. His voting record as a rep in the House at one time was one of the best defending individual liberty and limited government. Then his goals changed completely. Someone turned him to the dark side.
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              • Posted by  $  Dobrien 8 months, 2 weeks ago
                Many were compromised .Many who are blackmailed have been resigning. The best targets to compromise are those who defend the constitution and the individual liberties that it protects.
                Many ways for the evil to blackmail an average Flake. They are usually not very creative. It almost always has to do with a life destroying
                "evidence" (photo or video) related to sexual perversion. That or Money.
                Justice Kavanaugh (53-47) I predict . He was attacked with false sex abuse related lies and then an attempt to perjure him. Right out of their sick playbook.
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                • Posted by freedomforall 8 months, 2 weeks ago
                  Too bad that Kavanaugh is not a "good" judge for the people against the deep state. He has voted for too many deep state inspired invasions of our liberty, and they were obviously in violation of the Bill of Rights. I hope it deadlocks and Trump has a better choice for liberty.
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                  • Posted by  $  Dobrien 8 months, 2 weeks ago
                    Maybe instead of the paid actors who's charade
                    Including screaming attendees being hauled out every six min.s of his 36 hr marathon hearings. Democrats , the opponents of his nomination were hell bent on virtue signaling.
                    Giving political speechs during his hearing they had certainly no intent to examine his record. The way Feinstein, the Pocohantus and Schumer and The rest of the maniacs hell bent on covering up all their traitorous behavior want to stop his appointment the more favorable he is to me.
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              • Posted by term2 8 months, 2 weeks ago
                Fortunately he has realized that he no longer fits into the political structure, given that Trump is dedicated to draining the swamp. Politicians today seem to go into politics to get money and/or power. Draining the swamp means that the availability of money is going to be limited. and the way that is done is by limiting the amount of power that a politician can be accumulated.
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  • Posted by Owlsrayne 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    I don't understand this essayist is coming from, okay, we really didn't hear about any of his legal decisions being debated by either side. Maybe if the President had chosen a woman jurist or a jurist who was above reproach the Dimm's would have had a more difficult time trying to destroy them. Maybe this time we could be closer to a Civil War. Too bad there isn't a deep pockets person who would finance a real world "Gulch".
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    • Posted by CircuitGuy 8 months, 2 weeks ago
      "Too bad there isn't a deep pockets person who would finance a real world "Gulch"."
      Or a lot of people with less deep pockets. I see no reason it has to be one individual funding it.
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      • Posted by Owlsrayne 8 months, 1 week ago
        I was thinking along the line of Atlas Shrugged.
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        • Posted by  $  Solver 8 months, 1 week ago
          The hardest thing about that is how to actually create an environment that will evade the looters. Figure that out and the money will roll in.

          Else, you build, they take, or destroy.
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          • Posted by CircuitGuy 8 months, 1 week ago
            "Figure that out and the money will roll in."
            Exactly. The filter has to let money, people, goods, and services through but not force. Trade is the key to wealth. I like to think such a zone could be defended by a citizen militia with small arms they personally own. It would be more beneficially to trade with them rather than to loot them. The whole thing is maintaining a philosophy of liberty among the citizens.
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        • Posted by CircuitGuy 8 months, 1 week ago
          "I was thinking along the line of Atlas Shrugged."
          Yes. I certainly would be happy to see it, regardless of who funded it. I like to fancy it's happening already, in some zona franca in some obscure country, and it's not widely publicized yet. That fantasy, of course, is different from the Gulch.

          I liked the Gulch in AS, but I felt like it probably wasn't nearly big enough to have sustainable economy. I imagined wealth created when the world was functioning better having to flow in to sustain it. But it still showed how even the most dogged producers would give up.

          My favorite thing about the story was the build up to the Gulch.
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  • Posted by nhtemplar 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Well we may not be quite yet on the shores of the Rubicon but we can hear the sound of the water. Both political parties are playing a zero sum game. The corrupting influence of ideology and money (Dwight Eisenhower did try to warn us when he left office) has deeply crippled American society. America is a richer and courser country. The cultural propaganda that passes for entertainment is a direct result of self appointed elites seeking ultimate power. What we are seeing immediately is the death throes of the Democratic Party. I predict the socialists will seceed from the Democratic Party if they fail to capture it an secure one of their number as the nominee in the next election cycle. Their fellow travelers in education and the media will create further social upheaval. One wonders if Caesar is waiting on the bank of the river.
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  • Posted by  $  blarman 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    The one line the article nailed: "Its purpose as intended by the Founders was for those in the U.S. Senate elected by their respective state legislators to ensure that the person appointed to help uphold the Constitution had a firm and accurate understanding of his duties and was well qualified for the role."

    IMO, the Seventeenth Amendment was the turning point in the nation away from a Constitutional Republic toward a democratic mob. (I'd also argue that the Twelfth Amendment should also be overturned, returning the vice-president to a non-party-line position.)

    I'd actually dispute the assertion that Kavanaugh doesn't understand the Constitution, however, and I blame the author! One of the things he is arguing is the traditional role of the Courts according to the Constitution, yet he forgets that the Courts were supposed to be the weakest of the three branches. Because Congress has largely abdicated their legislative duties to unelected bureaucrats while restricting the head of the Executive Branch from controlling those very bureaucracies, Congress has in effect made the Supreme Court the powerhouse it is and effectively granted them the ability to create law contrary to the Constitution. Many of these cases which come before the Supreme Court should end with the following verdict: this needs to go before Congress and a legal law should be the remedy - not an edict from five unelected, black-robed lawyers. A single position on the Supreme Court should never have become as pivotal as it has become, practically rivalling the importance of President in power.
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    • Posted by EgoPriest 8 months, 1 week ago
      "IMO, the Seventeenth Amendment was the turning point in the nation away from a Constitutional Republic toward a democratic mob. (I'd also argue that the Twelfth Amendment should also be overturned, returning the vice-president to a non-party-line position.)"

      You and Isabel Paterson both:

      "The final and formal stroke in disestablishing the states was the Seventeenth Amendment, which took the election of Senators out of the State Legislature and gave it to the popular vote. Since then the states have had no connection with the Federal government; representation in both Houses of Congress rests only on dislocated mass. The simultaneous abdication of both houses in 1933 was the result. They were not thrust apart, they did not even fall apart, because they were no longer in any structural relation whatever, neither to mass nor to each other nor to the superstructure. They had simply ceased to function. The immediate appearance of an enormous bureaucracy was the natural phenomenon of the structureless nation.

      "Concurrently and by interaction with these political events, the productive economy was distorted, and energy diverted into the political channel. The Civil War precipitated the sequence. The looting of the defeated Southern states (under the direction of philanthropists as usual in collaboration with crooks), was most demoralizing because the political power pretended to legitimacy in the acts of extortion. Scoundrels were immune within the law, while honest men were forced to revert to the primitive pre-legal mode of association; the chief, informal council and posse comitatus. There was no government, there was only force, the moral control having been disconnected. People lived by the moral order; they cannot survive otherwise; but the ancient and erroneous identification of government with force became plausible again. Likewise, politics became lucrative." -The God of the Machine, Chapter XV The Fatal Amendments (1943)

      And as for myself, what I get from this (and Atlas Shrugged) is a functional definition of a criminal:

      Criminal, n. Any dictatorial bureaucrat, politician or other wielder of brute force (self-appointed or otherwise) who operates under the guise of businessman or financier, anyone who dresses destructive force in productive or protective attire, whatever the altruistic or cynical lies they tell to rationalize their evil.
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