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Because they know the Republicans are more likely to follow them, or at least more likely to be destroyed by the press if they violate them. Kind of like gun control laws; they impact the law-abiding, not the criminals (i.e. democrats).
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Tolerate or Be Stamped Out

Matthew492 Wrote: Aug 07, 2014 2:58 PM
Homosexual activism won't stamp out Christianity, but it sure will separate the wheat from the chaff. Christianity shouldn't necessarily be a comfortable religion. While Christ brings individual salvation and peace, He also warned that his followers must be prepared to stand against even their parents or children for His sake. Are you willing to stand as Daniel in the lion's den, or in the fiery furnace? Are you willing to unhesitatingly state the truth with love and grace in the face of ridicule and scorn? People used to talk about the prophesy in revelations in which people will be required to wear the mark of the beast on their foreheads in order to participate in society. I really think this simply refers to the idea that we must publicly affirm sin, and separate ourselves from the teachings of scripture, in order to be accepted in society today. Simply to disapprove is to be ostracized. Well, it is time we had a taste of what the martyrs have suffered.
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Texas Shows the Way on Abortion

Matthew492 Wrote: Aug 04, 2014 3:18 PM
But it sure represents an increase in safety for those 13% of babies who were not butchered and thrown away like old trash.
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Texas Shows the Way on Abortion

Matthew492 Wrote: Aug 04, 2014 3:16 PM
Should we also have come to a "reasonable and fair compromise" on slavery? Some things (i.e. killing innocent children or enslaving innocent people) should not be compromised on.
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Marriage Is a Religious Liberty Issue

Matthew492 Wrote: Jul 23, 2014 2:05 PM
The attack on traditional marriage began long before the gay marriage debate. Many years ago states began loosening up divorce laws and implementing no-fault divorces. The result was an explosion in the divorce rate, and generations of children raised in broken homes. At the same time, many churches stopped condemning sin. It is unfortunate but true that promiscuity is not viewed as a serious problem by many Christians. For the last 50 years, marriage has been weakened, families broken, and basic morality ignored. Only after gay marriage began to advance did many begin to worry about the state of marriage and the family in America. I do think that the concept of homosexual marriage is not good for society. However, I fear too many, especially in the churches, have sat by for too long as marriage was routinely assaulted by everybody but the gays.
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The Hobbled Hobby Lobby Decision

Matthew492 Wrote: Jul 02, 2014 12:14 PM
I get the point of this article, and largely agree, but this decision needs to be understood in the context of how courts usually make decisions. The Supreme Court has stated several times that if there is a way to come to the right decision without needing to declare a law unconstitutional, then that approach is favored. The idea is that using judicial review to declare a law enacted by the people as unconstitutional is a major power that should be used sparingly. Now, the Court is not always consistent in this approach, but it is supposed to be the goal. In this case there was an easy way to stop a wrong result by relying on a federal statute, rather than the need to declare the law unconstitutional. Another standard practice of interpretation is to base a decision on the simplest definitive issue. In this case, it may be difficult to prove the subjective beliefs of a party, and it is a trickier question to argue about when the government has a compelling interest to force somebody to do something. But it was a relatively straight forward issue as to whether there is a less restrictive means to accomplish the goals of the government. So this case was decided primarily on that issue, with the court simply assuming that the government could have proven that it had a compelling government interest. In a different case, following courts will not be bound by that dicta, or even necessarily the methods used to determine this case. So if another case arises in which the Religious Freedom Act does not provide the right outcome, but there is still an issue of 1st Amendment protection, that case will probably need to be resolved on the constitutional question.
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Who Won't Wear The Cord?

Matthew492 Wrote: Jun 18, 2014 1:15 PM
When you force a photographer to go to a gay wedding and take pictures, or when you force a baker to bake a cake specifically for the purpose of celebrating a gay wedding, you are saying you MUST approve. I predicted this would happen 15 years ago and people laughed at the idea. Now it's happening and I am predicting that it will not be long before churches are forced to perform gay marriages or lose their nonprofit status. And people laugh...
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Bowe Bergdahl, Just Deserts

Matthew492 Wrote: Jun 05, 2014 2:36 PM
Wrong. You are AWOL as soon as you are away from your assigned duty without authorization. Being AWOL 30 days or more simply increases the maximum punishment allowed under Article 86. However, Desertion, Article 85, has no nothing to do with time. You commit the offense of desertion as soon as you leave your unit with the intent to remain away permanently, or leave with the intent to avoid hazardous duty or important service. Time of absence has nothing to do with it. As for your other comments, there is a crime of attempting to commit missing movement or attempting desertion. Article 80 covers attempts. But that is inapplicable here because if the reports are true, he clearly deserted.
sorry, should say "threw a hissy fit."
Evidently Ransom is a progressive. I do not understand conservatives who claim to be in favor of small government, and believe in a system of checks and balances, but then want to get rid of all defense attorneys. Who do you think will stand up for you when the IRS decides to come after you, when the EPA is shutting down your businesses, and when out of control prosecutors go off on their witch hunts? Sure there are some attorneys who give others a bad name, but look at what was happening here. The judge through a hissy fit because the lawyer would not waive the defendant's constitutional right to a speedy trial. The judge is a bully and has no business being on the bench. If Ransom had his way I guess he would rather the government have no opposition.
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