He's sending weapons to Libya to help repair America’s strained relationship with Al-Qaeda.
The idea that John F. Kennedy was really a conservative, rather than the liberal icon he is so often depicted as, is the thesis of a new book by Ira Stoll. The idea is seconded by George Will in a column in The Washington Post. Are they correct?
While the rest of us worried about Iran going nuclear, Obama went nuclear instead. Nuclear ambitions these days are the surest sign that the Dear Leader is losing his grip on his people.
Will President Obama show courage and save Iranians who seek a soft revolution in Iran? With the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of JFK’s assassination on November 22, words from Profiles in Courage, cross paths with past, current, and future upheavals.
The CEO of Jackson Health joined the program to discuss their recent industry survey which shows a blatant dissatisfaction with Obamacare. Not only is the ACA intruding on the lives of private citizens, but it’s making it harder for healthcare professionals to do their job.
MSNBC, the network of far left lunatics has taken their extreme hatred to a new level. Last week, host Martin Bashir called former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin a “world class idiot” and a “resident dunce.” For good measure, he claimed she possessed a “long deceased mind.”
This is what unraveling looks like. Six major public opinion polls have confirmed Obama's approval rating is plummeting.
I greatly admire the way some political cartoonists are able to effectively capture the essence of an issue. And when it comes to government, I’ve always enjoyed the cartoons that portray the state as a blundering, often-malicious, overweight nitwit.
The Dow cracked 16,000, and there wasn't any fanfare. There was no confetti or balloons, and the New York Stock Exchange didn't book Kool and the Gang to get down from the balcony. The most unloved, most stealth rally in history continues to rock, but the news is barely a blip on Main Street's radar.
This year marks not only the 50th anniversary of the shooting of John F. Kennedy but also the 45th anniversary of the shooting of Robert F. Kennedy, which occurred in June 1968. Was there a common source motivating the assassins of both Kennedys—that is, Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan?
A Reichstag Fire has struck the U.S. Senate: Under the Democrats, it has been decided to basically end the filibuster. This is anti-democratic, and shows how today's Democrats do not deserve to be called 'democratic' anymore.
For a full, and complete, argument against the changes that the Senate Leader (Reid) made yesterday with support from Joe Biden and Barack Obama, I direct your attention to the past. . . When all three argued against the change. (Of course, it was different then: Republicans were proposing the rule change.)
Author Malcolm Gladwell has a new bestseller that turns conventional wisdom about the Biblical David vs. Goliath battle on its head: "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants." In short, it's Goliath who really had the odds stacked against him from the get-go.
There may not be a more painful oxymoron than "feminist comedian." MTV flash-in-the-pan Sarah Silverman and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" co-creator Lizz Winstead teamed up in New York City on Nov. 18 for a telethon to fund abortions in Texas via NARAL Pro-Choice America.
The defects of the Obamacare website have become well known. But the problems with the law go further than the website. These problems are not incidental, but central to its design and the intentions of its architects.
If the Republicans can't fight wars and the Democrats stink at socializing medicine, what good are they?
President Barack Obama, the quintessential leftist, would have us believe, as would all leftists, that his overarching motivation is his compassion but, like most leftists, reveals through his actions that his driving passion is not so much concern for his fellow man as it is an obsession to control people.
Remember President Barack Obama's mother? Though the airwaves currently echo with his vow "If you like your plan . . ." I keep remembering Obama's account of his mother being denied coverage by her insurance company as she lay dying of cancer.
The New York Times is known as the paper of record. At some time in history, having a paper that practiced actual journalism was important. Almost, valuable, one could say. But now, journalism is left for the bloggers, and the bravest of souls in the MSM (that's a Sheryl Attkisson/Mark Knoller/Jake Tapper shout out right there!)
From a Nobel Prize to a booby prize; From the smartest guy ever to hold the position of president of the United States to one of the most obtuse. “The problem is that I’m president of the United States; I’m not emperor,” he explained to us.
By 1968, Walter Lippmann, the dean of liberal columnists, had concluded that liberalism had reached the end of its tether. In that liberal epoch, the 1960s, the Democratic Party had marched us into an endless war that was tearing America apart.
You could call it the "Catfight at Cheney Corral" (but if you do, you should expect feminist outrage). When Liz Cheney moved from the suburbs of the nation's capital to Wyoming to run for the U.S. Senate, she knew she was asking for trouble.
Now that U.S. and Afghan negotiators have agreed on terms of a seemingly open-ended -- if reduced -- U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and the Obama administration alike breathlessly await the verdict of the world's greatest deliberative body.
In all of the many film documentaries, news stories and other media programs about the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, few if any mention one of his major legacies: cutting taxes to, in his words, "get America moving again."
Between January 1961 and Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy fundamentally changed U.S. national security policy. These changes resulted in structures and doctrines that enabled American forces to fight in Vietnam in a new way that ultimately defined Kennedy’s national security legacy.
Pat Michael, from Cato, joined the show to discuss the environmentalist war on productivity. The UN is meeting about global warming; and as predicted they’re trying to use climate change as an excuse for redistributive taxes on wealthy nations.
The need for more women voters supporting the Tea Party is made clearer with New Jersey's recent Senate race. Tea Party great Steve Lonegan lost to Democrat Cory Booker by 10 points - despite winning among men and independent voters. Why you ask? He lost women, according to Quinnipiac, by an epic 31 points.
Negotiations resumed in Geneva as scheduled on 20 November. The Iranians have developed a work around formulation concerning its "right to enrich" uranium that might enable a tentative deal to be reached.
Isn't it odd how 7 of 8 jobs created have been part time since the 30 hour mandate in Obamacare was announced? Odd how the economy hasn’t recovered? Odd we were told the economy was at risk of going into recession if the government shutdown but jobs and retail sales went up during the shutdown? Isn't it odd that. . . .
Team Obama has been working overtime to dissuade Congress from slapping new economic sanctions on Iran during ongoing nuclear negotiations — which resumed in Geneva last week — because they believe new squeeze tactics might put America and Iran on a path to war.
Henry Chao, the deputy chief information officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Obama Administration, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today that 30-40 percent of the "federally facilitated market place" system still needs to be built."
I’m not going to call anyone that is calling for a market crash a financial terrorist, but many that do make these calls are professionals that profit from disaster in markets. And, there are large swaths of people that never liked the rally from the beginning.
?Regular readers know I complain about the army of overpaid bureaucrats in Washington, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The larger problem is that Washington also is filled with hundreds of thousands of other people who get rich thanks to big government.
"It's not my dog. He didn't bite you. Besides, you kicked him first." Thus the trial lawyer's complete defense. And President Obama's too when it comes to the epic fail of Obamacare: "He didn't know it was so badly constructed."
This month, our nation has two pivotal anniversaries: the 150 anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, (November 19th), and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, (November 22).
Whether we like it or not – and we don’t – there’s a significant chance that Chris Christie will be the 2016 Republican nominee. Perhaps he can use a few helpful hints from the GOP’s Tea Party/Constitutional Conservative/Actual Conservative wing.
The Obama administration once gave us "man-caused disasters" for acts of terrorism and "workplace violence" for the Fort Hood shootings. Now it has trumped those past linguistic contortions by changing words to mask the Obamacare disaster.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Few events and people have had more words written about them than that day and that man. But, and I have to be honest here, I don’t get it. In fact, I’ve never gotten it.
Asked whether she needed to apologize to the formerly insured who have lost their health insurance plans, former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, "Did I ever tell my constituents that if they liked their plan they could keep it? I would have if I'd ever met anybody who liked his or her plan. But that was not my experience."
I’m beginning to believe that Obama's more than just stupid and more than just a liar; that in fact, he’s the worst of all possible things: a stupid liar. Because one has to be a deliberate idiot to ignore God when one works as president of the United States of America.
Just in time to exploit the one-year anniversary of the Dec. 14 spree-shooting at Newtown, Conn., the December issue of the journal “Pediatrics” runs a study claiming that screen images of guns and gunplay make our children more violent.
My parents voted for Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election. I had not yet developed a political worldview, but as a freshman at American University in Washington, D.C., I stayed up late to watch the election returns slowly trickle in before going to bed at 2 a.m. with the outcome still undecided.
After bringing America’s automotive industry to the brink of complete collapse, union bosses have set their sights on foreign auto companies with manufacturing plants in the United States, specifically targeting Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told "Meet the Press" on Sunday, "Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act." Not in her backyard -- in the nearby delta counties, some Dems are trying to distance themselves from Obamacare.
The tea party spirit is alive and well in a Georgia county, where less than 20 years ago Newt Gingrich led a national movement that propelled Republicans to control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The hapless Richard Cohen has done it again. He was acting like a good scout in slandering Americans "with conventional views," and in the course of his noble endeavor he brought down on himself the full force of the virtue patrol. Well, he has only himself to blame.
Extravagance can be intoxicating, and those who grow accustomed to extravagance, only to be deprived of it, can miss it terribly. That accounts for much of the powerful hold John F. Kennedy has on a generation of Americans even today.
Once you and your wife have a clearer picture of the type of retirement you want, it could be helpful to meet with a financial adviser -- if for no other reason than to confirm your calculations and make sure you're on track.
I am not a believer in the traditional asset allocation models that are built on the Model Portfolio Theory that says investors need so much money in stocks – often for growth -- and so much in bonds – often for income. And often so much in gold for security.
The Syrian government now controls the road linking the coast to the capital via Homs. This means that the pro-government forces have broken the back of the opposition fight in the west because the opposition supply line from Lebanon has been severed.
The Labor Force Participation Rate has fallen to just 62.8% - matching a low not seen since 1978, 35 years ago. That's 12.5 million more Americans "Not in the labor force" than when the recession began.
Of course, I'm not saying approach investing with reckless abandon, but I am saying approach investing with a greater sense of confidence. The world isn't going to end with occasional losses or positions that don't work out immediately.
There’s a joke in Washington that Democrats are the evil party and Republicans are the stupid party. Except this joke isn’t very funny since a lot of bad policy occurs when gullible GOPers get lured into “bipartisan” deals that expand government.
The idea behind Obamacare is to make the young and the healthy overpay for insurance to subsidize everyone else. In an effort to persuade individuals to purchase insurance, the law provides a scale of escalating penalties starting in 2014 and increasing in 2015, then again in 2016.
I'm with Alec Baldwin on punching aggressive paparazzi photographers. I'm with him against the word police. I'm with him on the stalker. I'm with him on using an electronic device on a plane before takeoff. I'm with him on Kim Basinger playing visitation games with their daughter.
A sinking boat can be kept afloat by bailing water only so long before it inevitably sinks. Democrats in Congress are once again calling for the pails as America continues to flood with illegal immigration from leaks at the border.
Just when you thought the Obama administration couldn't antagonize America any further, along comes Education Secretary Arne Duncan. He didn't just attack "white suburban moms" and children over their criticism of the Common Core "standards"/testing/data-mining program.
Marty the Magician performed magic tricks for kids, including the traditional rabbit-out-of-a-hat. Then one day: "I was signing autographs and taking pictures with children and their parents," he told me. "Suddenly, a badge was thrown into the mix, and an inspector said, 'Let me see your license.'"
Marty the Magician performed magic tricks for kids, including the traditional rabbit-out-of-a-hat. Then one day: "I was signing autographs and taking pictures with children and their parents," he told me. "Suddenly, a badge was thrown into the mix, and an inspector said, 'Let me see your license.'"
There's more to the deceit and dishonesty about Social Security and Medicare discussed in my recent columns. Congress tells us that one-half (6.2 percent) of the Social Security tax is paid by employees and that the other half is paid by employers, for a total of 12.4 percent.
Joe Scarborough is out with a new book again, lecturing conservatives on the best road forward. Here's the first sign it should be ignored (just like the previous ones): It will be reviewed by The New York Times, while Mark Levin's truly important, best-selling books are not.
In Britain to promote her film "The Butler," Oprah Winfrey gave an interview to the BBC last week. Not surprisingly, she promoted her movie about race relations in the White House with comments about race relations and the White House.
They distort the constitution, our history, our lives in order to cover up the fact that Obama has no idea what the hell he’s talking about, nor yet what he’s supposed to do in the rare cases he does something at all.
On Friday evening, MSNBC's Martin Bashir, a man known largely for interviewing Michael Jackson back in 2003, made a name for himself in a new way: He stated that former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin deserved to have someone "p*ss" and "s***" in her mouth.
Who had more freedom? Was it the pioneer who rode horseback across the Midwest, settled in a wide-open space without paved roads, grocery stores or hospitals, and he had to build his own home, cultivate his own food and educate his own children?
Over the weekend, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey announced the Pentagon is working on a budget plan that starts to curb spending on military pay and benefits.
High unemployment rates, which persist for years, slowly transform from difficult economic problems into multi-dimensional strategic decline. In the worst cases, decline fuels despair and creates the social conditions that spawn violent dictatorships.
Actions, they say, speak louder than words, and they have a point -- up to a point. But what if the words are so apt and enduring, so altogether fitting and proper, so well-timed yet timeless, that they become deeds themselves, outlasting what they commemorate?
The U.S. has accepted a proposal by Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to train as many as 7,000 conventional Libyan soldiers plus counterterrorist forces. What an exceedingly bad idea.
The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.
The blast occurred shortly after Afghan President Karzai "announced a draft agreement with the US allowing American troops to remain in Afghanistan" following the planned withdrawal of combat forces next year. Any leader who votes for the agreement is a target for assassination.
Except for public union workers with pensions that ultimately will not be met, retirement age for most keeps inching up. People need to work longer or go back to work after a few years of retirement because they have insufficient savings.
What exactly was happening one year ago and just six months ago in the stock market? It might just be important moving forward.
Investigations (ya know. . . The press refers to them as “witch-hunts” when Darrell Issa calls for one) are likely to crop up in the coming weeks. The revelation that government employees “tampered” with jobs data prior to Obama’s reelection is also likely to further erode our Government’s decaying credibility.
There are few dilemmas as uncomfortable as what psychologists call a double approach-avoidance conflict, a situation in which there are two desirable goals, but achieving either one comes with a painful cost. Democrats running for U.S. House and Senate seats in 2014 are in the grip of one right now, and it is a lulu.
The conclusions from the Washington Post's new polling: The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act has pushed President Obama to the lowest point of his presidency, with dwindling faith in his competence and in many of the personal attributes that have buoyed him in the past, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
A friend recently sent me a link to an inspiring video about an upbeat young black man who was born without arms. It showed him going to work -- unlike the record number of people living on government payments for "disabilities" that are far less serious, if not fictitious.
If there’s one thing Obamacare’s supporters and opponents can agree on, it’s that Obamacare is unprecedented. Never before did the federal government require every American to buy a commercial product. Never before did it attempt to use its spending powers to coerce states into implementing a federal program.
Last week, I explained what the Common Core State Standards are and how, despite the federal government's saying it's staying out of the classroom standards business, there is much evidence to show that the feds are intricately linked to them.
The total extent of your knowledge about the world before 1970 is that Hitler was a lot like George W. Bush.
"The Affordable Care Act's political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week." That, coming from longtime Obamacare cheerleader and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, was pretty strong language. And it was only Wednesday.
Just when you think things can't get much worse with Obamacare, another shoe drops. Correction: This thing has enough dropping shoes to fully fit a centipede.
The talking heads love presidential analogies. Is Obamacare's rollout Obama's Hurricane Katrina or his Iraq? Is Obama's false promise that you could keep your health care plan like George H. W. Bush's "read my lips" pledge, or is it like Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"? Iran-Contra anyone?
The problem the Democrats face is that when Obama promised Americans they could keep their insurance he was either wrong and didn’t know it or he was lying and did know it; an incompetent know-it-all, or an incompetent liar. When they said we'd have more choices under Obamacare, we know now what they meant.
Fed up with Washington? Angry that elections don't seem to matter when it comes time to solving problems? Disgusted by the polarization that puts politicians' careers ahead of taxpayer interests? Frustrated because you don't think anything can be done about it?
Had there been no Dallas, there would been no Camelot. There would have been no John F. Kennedy as brilliant statesman cut off in his prime, had it not been for those riveting days from Dealey Plaza to Arlington and the lighting of the Eternal Flame.
It should be clear that teaching Americans we are now part of a global economy and teaching schoolchildren they are citizens of the world is a deceitful message to con us into a plan to add the poor countries around the earth to our list of welfare handout recipients.
Would John F. Kennedy have sought to shove national health care down the national gullet? The question takes on poignancy in a week full of Kennedy look-backs and looks all around at the works, the style and the obsessions of Barack Obama.
According to people like Arne Duncan: Only the folks who brought us healthcare.gov can bring some degree of competency into our American education system. (Stop laughing. That really is what he’s suggesting.) It makes you wonder if his mother is a “white suburban mom”.
When Bill Clinton jumps off the bus over embarrassing prevarications, you know it’s getting serious. he former president’s rebuke last week of President Obama for repeatedly lying to Americans that they could keep their health insurance policies under Obamacare shows that the Comeback Kid still has an acute ear to feel our pain.
Maybe we should sue Obama for Executive Malpractice? Well, there is one doctor who is looking to sue the Obama Administration. Dr. Larry Kawa joined the program to discuss his decision to sue the government over Obamacare.
Few, if any, other White House botches of this magnitude come to mind. Growing public dismay over the Obama administration’s botch of its own signature initiative threatens the popularity not only of the president. It threatens the Democratic party.
As an economist, one of my broad concerns is that taxpayers are picking up the tab for bloated bureaucracy. But I’m also worried for another big reason. We get less prosperity when too many people are being lured into government jobs. In other words, our living standards depend on how productively we utilize labor and capital.
It is quite amazing as to what state and federal officials tout as Obamacare "success" stories. For example, in the state of Washington, of the 57,730 who have signed up, a whopping 51,368 were for "free" Medicaid services.
It is cliché to say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and to expect a different result. And while political optimists work hard to try and "massage" outcomes for tough but important pieces of public policy, sometimes political inertia makes that an impossible task. As a free-marketeer, onerous regulatory regimes that cover every aspect of economic liberty deeply trouble me.
The Left has yet to come to grips with how to handle the fallout from the ObamaCare disaster, which has exposed not just the inherent problems with having government attempt to take control of our health care system, but the truths that liberals have worked so hard to hide.
The journalist Jonathan Cohn, an ardent supporter of Obamacare, recently wrote in The New Republic that problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act should be "an opportunity to have a serious conversation about the law's trade-offs -- the one that should have happened a while ago."
The citizens of Albuquerque are taking the old saying, All politics is local to a new level. On November 19 the residents of Albuquerque will vote on a first of its kind city ordinance, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance, which, if passed, would legally protect unborn babies 20 weeks after fertilization from late abortion.
A South Carolina charter school has canceled its annual Christmas toy drive after a group of self-described humanists complained that the project violated the U.S. Constitution and accused them of bribing children to convert to Christianity.
This past week many conservatives, both in politics and the media, seemed to be approaching their wits end as to why some in the Republican establishment show little interest in pulling the plug on the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare”.
Charles Krauthammer, former Democrat turned conservative pundit and columnist, said on Fox News, "If ObamaCare truly self-destructs,... it would really set back American liberalism for a decade at least.... It would discredit the entire enterprise of the expansion of government, which is at the heart of 'Obama-ism.'
It is not the libertarians’ fault when a conservative candidate loses.
Now imagine that, despite continuing your sound business practices, you awake one day to find the IRS has seized your entire bank account.
Schools around the country are running in horror from Operation Christmas Child because humanists are now objecting to the insertion of Christ into Christmas. In Operation Christmas Child they see a fiendish plot by Christians to fill shoe boxes “with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child.” The horror!
Obama is offering high school seniors $30,000 a year for college tuition, PLUS a job, housing, transportation and a galore of other benefits. Apparently, Obama is having a hard time finding youths willing to spy on their friends, so he’s upping the ante.
Only a select few have the “honor” of doing the De Pasquale’s Dozen interview more than once.
The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, sarcastically known as Dodd-Frankery and Dodd-Frankenstein, was passed into law in response to the financial crisis and recession of 2008.
The Founding Fathers understood government forms.
As the holiday shopping season approaches, consumer may find an unlikely adversary: the retail industry. According to reports, “big retailers like Walmart and Apple ramp up their holiday ads early this season” and “Representatives from leading retail associations name online sales tax legislation as a chief concern for their members right now.”
In spite of massive hikes in taxes on the wealthy and an increase in the VAT and other taxes revenue estimates missed their targets badly.
All are receiving back pay for not working during the furlough. We suppose that's one way of saying that the U.S. Congress did not recognize any difference in their work output during that time.
Just six weeks into the rollout of ObamaCare, the speculation is over. Democrat Senator Max Baucus has been proven remarkably prescient when months ago he opined that it would be a "train wreck." In fact, he understated the reality we now know to be true.
APPLE CEO Tim Cook, writing recently in The Wall Street Journal, urged Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would make it illegal under federal law for employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
It took a government shutdown, but after four years the Democrats in the U.S. Senate (led by the Undertaker) finally agreed to an established process that has gone on for ages: sitting down with the House of Representatives and hashing out a budget.
RomneyCare works, if it does at all, because it shifts some of the burden of healthcare costs from the people of Massachusetts-- you know, the beneficiaries who use the system—to the rest of the taxpayers of the United States, who do not use the system. Obamacare can only do that if we tax France.
If one wants to look to someone superior and follow him or her as to what or what not to grub, then I think we should not look to anyone currently schlepping the third rock from the sun; especially the freaks at PETA.
Chaos. "The whole mess has thrown the country, millions of people, the insurance market, into chaos," wrote Paul Palumbo, one of the million Californians who were notified that because of the Affordable Care Act, their Blue Shield plans would end Dec. 31.
As readers may or may not be aware, it’s School Choice Week. However, given the items in the news, you could be forgiven for not knowing. In fact, given those same items, one might get the idea that we’ve instead been going through something like Bullying Month.
When the government shutdown began on Oct. 1, it forced the closing of Head Start facilities in several states, stopping educational services for thousands of low-income kids. So heart-rending was this spectacle that a pair of Texas philanthropists gave $10 million to keep the programs going.
We reap what we sow. That’s a biblical concept, but other religions have similar sayings. Hindus believe in Karma—“do good and you’ll get good, do bad and you’ll get bad.” Even atheists say, “What goes around comes around.”
It should come as a surprise to no one except the utopians that Obamacare is disastrously sinking on its maiden voyage against the backdrop of the President’s deliberate retreat from the stars.
To save his Democrat party members that were being skewered by their constituents over this disaster, Obama turned the entire Obamacare law, insurance companies and American people on their heads once again.
It turns out that the State of California's Employment Development Department, a government agency with a history of incompetence, was once again failing to process hundreds of thousands of new jobless claims in a timely manner, just as it did a year earlier.
How many people could Kenya have hired for $50 million? Wouldn't that have done more for the elephants than crushing it?
Maybe this makes me a bad person, but I’ve openly admitted to a perverse sense of happiness at the misfortune of others when, for instance, France’s class-warfare tax policy backfired because successful taxpayers emigrated.
The university professor is representative of a liberal mentality that the Constitution is an obstacle to effective governance, when in reality the Constitution is an obstacle to over-governance. It almost seems the American Left would prefer a list of restrictions on individual liberty rather than a list of enumerated rights.