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Apparently, Mr. Tanner has never been stopped for a traffic infraction. If he had, he would know that we are already a country where the first thing a police officer demands is to "see your papers."
I was under the impression that the Cato Institute was a conservative think tank. Either I was grossly misinformed, or Mr. Tanner's remarks here are his own. Between the distortions and the outright lies Mr. Tanner is using to base his reasoning, it is clear that he is a flaming liberal. No conservative would be that careless with reality. There is nothing odd about the idea that living in America, as an American citizen, should be a privilege reserved for people who respect American law and wish to live as Americans. There is nothing contradictory in the notion that America's borders should be defended against invaders, whether those invaders are violent or not. A policy of keeping invaders and criminals out, and removing them when they make themselves known, does not imply opposition to legitimate immigration. America was never great because it let just anybody in, creating a Balkanized mush of foreign cultures that somehow managed to work together. America became great because it's commitment to individual freedom created a culture unique in the world, and anyone who wanted to join and support that culture was welcome. If we want America to be great again, and not just some second-rate copy of the worst of Europe's mistakes, we need to start ensuring that those who come here to live do so from a desire to join and contribute to America's unique culture of freedom, not just to get better wages and living conditions while creating an enclave of the home country to replace the culture that made their prosperity possible.
I was not aware that the Affordable Care Act included a clause outlawing the sky. Thanks for the info, Al!
I think Ruth Marcus might want to think about what she wrote. If, as she contends, the possession of a uterus affects one's judgement, how can we ever trust the judgement of any woman? Is she going to argue at the same time that the presence of a uterus has no effect on important decisions that may be faced in politics, business, or even daily life? Would she like to make up her mind?
This is a pretty silly post. If Americans had gladiatorial games, they would be tightly rule-bound, strictly refereed affairs, to ensure that the competition was fair. Americans do enjoy a vigorous competition, and we do love our winners, but underneath it all, Americans are all about fair play. And we prefer our blood to be figurative, or the product of rare accidents, not a normal result of play. I can't even imagine how a pick-up game of General Melee would work out in the average neighborhood. That said, soccer is a pretty boring sport to watch. A couple of people get kicked, an occasional goal is scored, and that's about it. The highlight reel from the most exciting game ever would probably not fill a 30 second commercial slot.
Yes, Thad Cochran won, but there is some question that he did so with illegal votes. If that is true, he not only cheated, but he BROKE THE LAW. So now we are supposed to suck it up and accept our loss, then return to fight, Fight, FIGHT? How, exactly? Do we have to lie and cheat, which makes us no better than them? Do we need to break laws to save the rule of law, or whatever is supposed to be going on here? News for you, Kurt. It is illegal to sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic at the Lincoln Memorial, right now. If you open a high school commencement ceremony with a prayer, you can be sued and lose that suit, right now. And if you are found on the street with a firearm in most jurisdictions, you can be arrested on the spot, right now! All those rights you say can be taken away by Democrats? They are already gone, with the collusion of these Republicans you so greatly admire. Conservatives are not fighting the Republican establishment, or even Democrats. We are fighting the American People who no longer understand, or care about, their rights, and how those rights made America great almost from its inception.
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Steven668 Wrote: Jun 30, 2014 12:37 AM
I merely paraphrased what Ransom wrote. If you think these ideas are stupid, well... There you go.
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Steven668 Wrote: Jun 29, 2014 9:52 PM
In re the Flattus rant: I guess John agrees with the idea that it is America's job to make the rest of the world free, even if we have to kill everyone else in the world to make it so. Also, his dream of a world that looks much like America is coming true even now. America is looking more like the rest of the world every day.
The limit on Bitcoin units doesn't make sense for a viable medium of exchange. As wealth is created through trade, each Bitcoin unit would represent more wealth. In only a dozen years or so it would become impossible to buy a sandwich with Bitcoin without grossly overpaying, unless the units are infinitely divisible. If the units are divisible, how is that different from growing the supply of Bitcoin so that each unit represents approximatly the same amount of wealth? As for the loss issue, it seems to me that the possibility that an individual could go to bed rich and wake up a pauper is not unique to Bitcoin. The built-in instability that comes from defining Bitcoin as a scarce resource is a much bigger problem for it as a medium of exchange.
Unless California has officially seceded from the Union, the state does not have the power to introduce, or recognize, new forms of money. That power is reserved to the Congress of the United States. I know, others have said basically the same thing. It bears repeating.
How in the world can it be "not practical" to repeal a law so bad that it is a clear and present danger to every household in America? Who votes for a fool like that?
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