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Scotland's Future Hangs in Balance

Michael1824 Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 1:53 PM
What Burns actually wrote was The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy! Scotland is a separate nation and culture. Despite what Mr. Thomas may say, the past 300 years has not be a time of peace and prosperity for any but the Scottish aristocracy. Perhaps he has forgotten the Battle of Culloden which was not so much a battle but a massacre. Or the English supported massacre at Glencoe. Or the outlawing of Highland culture right down to their language and clothing. How about the Highland Clearances where the Lairds and clan Chiefs forcibly evicted their tenant farmers so they could make more money running sheep. Scotland has very little to thank England for. The best thing they could do is eliminate aristocracy, stop being a far northern attachment of England and become independent Scots
oops, Jonah Goldberg.
Re the Recommended Reading. The Foundation novels are interesting but I would also add as Recommended Reading Johan Goldbergs "Liberal Fascism".
Democrats have a long history of ignoring the Supreme Court when it suites them. As Andrew Jackson said, "John Marshal has made his decision, no let him enforce it". Perhaps Holder will ask "How many divisions does Justice Roberts have?"
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Why Republicans Didn't Win in 2012

Michael1824 Wrote: Aug 13, 2013 1:23 PM
To those who thought Romney was "too liberal" or "too rich" or "too Mormon"; are you happy with your choice now? In close elections like this, there is no such thing as "none of the above" or staying home in protest. Not voting for one candidate is voting for the other. There will never be a perfect candidate. It also seems, after seeing that the IRS was in Obama's pocket, it may not have been entirely Romneys fault.
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Let the National Conversation Begin

Michael1824 Wrote: Aug 13, 2013 1:06 PM
I fear a convention because we are missing the one thing that made the 1787 convention legitimate. We have no leader of the stature and absolute integrity of George Washington. He was the "indispensable man" at the time and we have no current leader to replace him. There is no way to keep a convention on subject of only amending the constitution. No rule, instructions or laws will prevent a run away convention if the delegates decide to take the bit in their teeth and run with it. This would be especially true if the convention were kept secret like the last one. The 1787 convention was a run away convention. It was only authorized to amend the Articles of Confederation. No more. If it is coming, however, I would like to add to Mr. Levins amendments one more; Congress may not exempt themselves, their staff or any member of the federal government, either employed or elected, from any law or regulation passed by congress or enacted by a federal agency. They make the law, they MUST live with the law.
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A Storied Presidency

Michael1824 Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 2:45 PM
Please, God, save us from Obama
That same thing happened to us in Utah. With the stroke of a pen Bill Clinton created the Grand Staircase National Monument. It removed an area lager than Rhode Island and Delaware combined from use by local residents for anything other than sight seeing and tourist related service industries. Ranching, logging and other uses have stopped. That is why our legislature is trying to have Federal land in the state, 66% of the state, returned to state jurisdiction. At the very least, all BLM land should be given back to state jurisdiction.
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