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When the Last Republican Leaves

amirvish Wrote: Jul 04, 2014 1:27 PM
I agree. By conceding the point that government should be providing this type of benefit, even if on a somewhat more sound basis, we accept our opponents' premise and have little basis to resist more activist government. People need to pay for their own health, old age and everything else.
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The Wrong Type of Values

amirvish Wrote: Jul 04, 2014 1:25 PM
Individual rights, properly understood, do not clash. What was at issue here was whether the owners of a company who are providing health insurance for their employees can decide the scope of what they are going to pay for. Period. No individual woman employee was in any way prevented or denied her rights because no one, male or female, has a right to someone else's property, person, time, labor or good opinion, only to their own. Women are still free to use their wages to purchase whatever they want to buy, contraceptives included. The government has no business providing, let alone dictating the contents of, health insurance.
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A God-Given Right To Break the Law

amirvish Wrote: Jul 02, 2014 2:36 PM
Justice Ginsburg's confusion and hypothetical example would be easily dealt with if one understood that it is not religious beliefs, but any individual's belief about whom they wish to associate with, or employ, or serve, that matters. That's because there is an actual individual right to property, contract, associate and the like. In other words, individuals and the businesses they own have a right to discriminate, on religious, secular, rational or irrational grounds. The left doesn't understand this because it doesn't understand what a right is. A right is legal recognition and protection of an individual's freedom to think, and to act in a non-violent, non-fraudulent way. There is no right to anyone else's time, person, property, labor or good opinion. Period. Anything else violates the very notion of a right. So, yes, individuals can discriminate as much as they want. Government, however, can't discriminate in the protection of rights.
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Marriage and its Discontents

amirvish Wrote: Jun 22, 2014 11:17 PM
It's interesting to note that had someone back in the late 60's said of no fault divorce, "How does letting a couple end a marriage easily threaten in any way your stable, secure marriage" there would have been - and still is - no answer. And yet, having made no fault divorce legal, marriage has been affected far beyond anything that gay marriage will do to it. That's because once marriage became easily broken, indeed unilaterally broken (like no other contract) and frivolous reasons adduced to dissolve it, everyone's marriage became that much more conditional and vulnerable. Maybe this won't happen with gay marriage; but the advocates of no fault divorce were pretty sure they were doing a good thing. The law of unintended consequences (or Kipling's "The Gods of the Copybook Headings") suggests otherwise.
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Being Pro-English Is Also Pro-Immigrant

amirvish Wrote: Jun 06, 2014 11:31 AM
Actually, we're not all immigrants: the original colonists were settlers and everyone born here is not an immigrant.
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Being Pro-English Is Also Pro-Immigrant

amirvish Wrote: Jun 06, 2014 11:31 AM
It is a start. It goes without saying that whether the country has free markets and Constitutional liberty or not, balkanizing ourselves into linguistically distinct tribes fighting for spoils will not be good. One nation with a common political culture won't work unless we also have one language.
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Bowe Bergdahl, Just Deserts

amirvish Wrote: Jun 05, 2014 12:01 PM
This is sadly true. In today's military, the only thing likely to get someone the death penalty is sexual harassment, not fully supporting women or gays in the ranks, or saying anything not deemed suitably PC...
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Return of the Liberal Death Wish

amirvish Wrote: Jun 05, 2014 11:57 AM
All true. We on the right share the blame for letting it happen and for not, as PJ O'Rourke put it, "Having liberalism cornered in a housing project, we failed to kill it." The inability or unwillingness on our side to recognize that there is no way to have just a little welfare state - and indeed the willingness of many conservatives to concede key points (especially regarding economic management and the entitlements) if not actively embrace big government has been a huge problem. Reagan sincerely believed in limited government, even if he could not fully implement it. I have no idea whether Boehner et al believe in anything beyond staying in office, and GW Bush-types believe in big government.
Boehner is a WIMP (Weak Insecure Male Politician). He cries at the slightest chance.
I think Ms. Marsden is generally correct. Now, it would be nice to read a column in which she takes feminists to task for their 40-year plus campaign to insist that men be beta-male wimps because "that's what women want" and also to note that there are deep-rooted biological reasons for women's preference for alpha males, reasons that arise from the fundamental differences between the sexes.
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We're at the Mall, While They're at War

amirvish Wrote: May 27, 2014 11:34 AM
I appreciate the service and sufferings of our troops. I do not accept the "We're at the Mall, While They're at War" argument. We have an all-volunteer military. It was made abundantly clear during the WOT (and at other times) that the military itself does not want a draft because it thinks it will lower the quality of the troops and much else. So, it said to the country, "We're on the job." And, like any other job someone chooses to undertake, soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have to take everything that goes with it i.e. the deployments, separation, danger, injury and death. Not trying to be callous here but one can't have it both ways: all honest work is morally equal and no one can make a special claim, especially one of moral superiority, for doing the work that one chose in the first place. In my opinion, the excessive adulation of our troops serves to mask a critical examination of their performance. "The best military force in human history" would not have lost every war since Vietnam (excepting Gulf War I, which was still a strategic failure). A draft and a more critical attitude would have vastly improved performance, and probably led to fewer casualties and a different outcome.
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