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Do you think the founders were not familiar with Greek and Roman civilization? Where do you think they got the name "Senate" from?
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Substituted Morality

mjohansen Wrote: Feb 13, 2015 4:29 PM
Really? If a black bakery owner refused to bake a cake for a Ku Klux Klan party, could he be charged with discrimination? If a photographer refused to take wedding photos for a polygamous marriage because of moral or religious objections, could he be charged with discrimination? What if an atheist caterer declined to serve a party at a Fundamentalist church? What if a photographer decline a contract to take photos of nudes for a porno magazine because this offended her feminist beliefs? Do you really insist that a business owner should have no right to decline to provide services to any conceivable event on moral or ethical grounds? Is it your position that businesses MUST always do what makes them the most money, and should be forbidden by law from considering morals or ethics when making business decisions?
Funny how Democrats are always saying how much they love and respect the common man, but every now and then they slip and reveal their elitism. I have a college degree, but I can't imagine a more ridiculous idea than to suppose that having a college degree automatically makes you intelligent and wise and not having a college degree automatically makes you ignorant and foolish.
Woodrow Wilson was a well-educated intellectual. Abraham Lincoln was a self-taught common man.
Were the students really "shamed" and "humiliated"? Apparently there were insulted and ridiculed, but I wouldn't think that being insulted because you stood up for morality, decency, and common sense would be something to be ashamed of. You should be proud that people like this hate you. Matthew 5:11-12 and all.
Suppose a Christian group was invited to run a class on "religious tolerance", and they had the students line up and asked those who accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior to step forward, and then ridiculed and harassed any who did not. Would you consider this appropriate for a public school? If not, explain how it is different from what is described here.
Umm, what? Are the powers of our government today limited to what the framers of the Constitution envisioned? Clearly not. You can argue whether that is a good thing, but no serious person could claim that our government today has no more power than the federal government had in 1790. Did the existence of our Constitution prevent this from happening? Obviously not. Therefore, Mr Paul's statement completely historically accurate. What did he lie about? I presume that when Mr Paul said that the Constitution failed, he didn't mean that he opposes what the Constitution says, but rather opposes the fact that what it says is largely ignored by our government today. So saying that the Constitution failed, and saying that we should follow the Constitution, are not contradictory statements. And if Mr Paul is an "anti-Patriot" because he believes in limited government, then I guess George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams were all anti-patriots too.
The probability that there will be a military solution to this conflict is very high. Russia will overrun and destroy Ukraine. Or Ukraine will be forced to surrender and accept Russian control of the Crimea and whatever other territory Russia feels like annexing, as the alternative will be the total destruction of their nation.
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Dear Government, Please Could I Work?

mjohansen Wrote: Feb 05, 2015 6:09 PM
No one that I know of is saying that medical school is irrelevant to being a good doctor. The argument is that we don't need the government to decide what constitutes a good medical education. In any case, doctors are very low on the list of occupations where people say licensing serves no public good. In Louisiana, you must have a license to be a florist. I suppose that people of other states routinely suffer and die because the government fails to protect them from the ravages of dangerous, unqualified, fly-by-night florists. Almost every state requires hair dressers to be licensed. I suppose lots of young women think they will die if they go to the prom with a bad hairdo, but trust me, you won't. We could debate the value of licensing in professions where there really is a public health or safety issue. But even if we conceded those, the vast majority of professions requiring licenses today have nothing to do with public health and safety. They have to do with keeping out competition.
The argument that people who fail to get vaccinated are hurting others is rather paradoxical. The whole idea of a vaccine is that it's supposed to make you immune to the disease. So if someone else doesn't get vaccinated, yes, they're still vulnerable. But if I got vaccinated, then they shouldn't be able to spread it to me, because I'm immune. (Okay, it's not that simple. But it's close enough.)
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