The internet is great for people who don’t like to repeat themselves.
June 11, 2013
The only member of Congress to vote against the abomination has a petition to motivate its recission. Kudos to Barbara Lee.
June 10, 2013
By now, about two weeks later, it has pretty much run its course, although I still have tingling sensations in my hands and an occasional urge to scratch that needs to be resisted.
June 9, 2013
I am tempted to assert that this will be my first and last post on this topic because I consider the issue really tedious, but it’s best not to make predictions. So, let me just observe that data-mining is entirely consistent with an economy that’s dedicated to vicarious enterprise and virtual existence. Nothing real goes in or out. It’s all one big figment of the imagination in which people in cages are kept magically safe because there are no real threats.
June 8, 2013
I think it would be a worth-while effort to get rid of the right/left paradigm. The matters subsumed by those words have no directional import. So, the only reason to apply them is to take advantage of the historical prejudice for the dominance of the right hand and the subordination of the left, which is itself merely an effort to identify a rational basis for an instinctual preference. That is, some humans want to be dominant over others, so they devise explanations for why this unnatural behavior should be natural.
Willard Romney keeps coming up with excuses for why the voters rejected him as their POTUS. But, from his perspective, the voters might as well be chopped liver. He didn’t win because he couldn’t compete with Barack Obama, even though he and his cronies had much more money to spend and even some Democrats declared him the better man.
For some reason, this got lost as a draft on May 26.
Let me suggest again that while we know that the PATRIOT Act was sitting on the shelf just waiting for an opportunity to be enrolled and passed into law, that the AUMF was waiting in the wings has received less consideration. But, if the interest in a “unitary executive” whose authority is above the law was real, then making the Commander-in-chief during wartime a constant was just as important a component of the re-establishment of the sovereignty of the term-limited presidency.
What is it that is to be “conserved?” It’s not grape butter or kumquat jam. It’s the power of ruling cohort to wreck its will upon the rest of the American people. (In this context, “American” is actually appropriate, because the ruling cohort’s interest is not restricted to just a portion of the North American continent. Indeed, the entire earth is to take direction from the “New World.” That’s what the New World Order is about and the vehicle for accomplishing that is, as it has always been, trade [commerce] backed up by military might).
June 7, 2013
This is getting tedious and I’m getting impatient. The Constitution of the United States is a manual describing the operations of three branches of government. It is not self-enforcing and, besides, it still depends on the trunk to hold the whole thing up. We the People govern, even if only a small percentage are allowed to carry out the obligations:
to hold office
to propose laws
to serve on juries
to provide material support
to enforce the laws
The “in loco parentis” interpretation of representation is attractive to authoritarians and lazy people, but authority that’s coerced, rather than based on practical expertise, is inherently corrupt and has to be resisted all the time. I’m not sure that “power corrupts.” More likely, power is corrupt. There is a difference between force and restraint. Just as there is a difference between obstruction and restraint. Indeed, restraint tends to be welcome by individuals who are out of control. But, restraint is a tactile function; surveillance doesn’t count. Surveillance is, like gossip, a lazy man’s enterprise. Watch and talk.