Obama’s castle-in-the-air, pie-in-the-sky, wish-upon-a-star health care would never, could never, and should never be appropriate for Americans. As Dr. Seuss might put it, “not in a hush, not in a rush; not even if read; not even if…Red!” ObamaCare is doomed to fail and Congressional members who support it will be the next to go. Leave. Lose elections. Be relegated to life again in the real world.
On July 23, the U.S. Senate voted to defeat one of the most promising gun rights bills to come to the Senate floor in recent memory. The provision was introduced by Senator John Thune as an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill. It would have granted national reciprocity for concealed-carry permits, requiring all states that allow concealed firearms to honor those permits of other states.
During Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, he said the following: "Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst and to provide for it."
As our nationalized economy continues imploding, government feels the financial pinch that used to hurt taxpayers alone. And so a passion for privatization now rages. Towns in California, Kansas, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas have privatized their libraries; Chicago went that route with its Skyway in 2005, four parking garages in 2006, and Midway International Airport last year; some states are following suit with Medicaid, prisons, and universities. Has a new day of freedom dawned despite the fascism eclipsing liberty’s light?
There are three kinds of organizations that require coercion for their successful function: governments, utopians, and criminals. Because the Founding Fathers understood the coercive power of government, they crafted a Constitution that gave our government limited powers so that Americans could exercise and enjoy a maximum of individual freedom. Thus, for most of our history Americans have considered their government to be a benign force, securing the God-given unalienable rights of the American people.
In a ruling issued in June, Niagara County (New York) Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza concluded that the Niagara Falls Police Department was justified in its use of a Taser to extract DNA from a suspect and that doing so was not unconstitutional. It is believed to be the first ruling of its kind in the United States, one that could set an ugly precedent for the continued pillaging of the Fourth Amendment, which has seen some very dark days since September 11, 2001.