In what appears to be a race to incorporate policies now that might not pass muster after November elections deplete Democratic majorities, on May 27 both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House voted to repeal the 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. military.
I find it interesting that many people believe they have a right to demand “rights” — such as jobs, welfare, and healthcare — in the United States even if they are present here illegally. Disregarding for now the rightness or wrongness of their claim of rights, I begin to wonder, “Where will their rights end?” If the only real claim that people have to being entitled to stuff, stuff that must be paid for by other people who are forced by government to “donate” cash to the cause, is that they reside in the country (again, illegally) and that it’s unfair for them to go without something that others have, then doesn’t it seem that there ought to be many more rights?
Last week the President of Mexico set off on a human rights lecture tour of Washington, D.C. and chief among his claque of foot tappers was the President of the United States.
Florida this year sent to the Congress of the United States its application for a convention for the purpose of proposing a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Florida is, by some counts at least, the 33rd state to apply. But the legislatures of New Hampshire and South Dakota have recently voted to rescind their applications. So are we now three states away from the 34 needed to require Congress to call a convention? Or one? Or 15 or so (arrived at by subtracting all the states that have rescinded their calls over the past 22 years)?