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Donald Lee April 19, 2014 at 02:32 pm
Once you breach the wall and allow for agenda to trump principle, almost anything is possible - andRead More permissible. Re-establishing principle always seems horribly unfair, but the alternative is continuing, and worsening chaos.
Liberaltarian April 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm
I'm glad that you included a couple "if true"s in your post. I'm pretty skeptical of aRead More story based solely on "according to a person". Don't journalists feel any obligation to confirm a story anymore?
Donald Lee April 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm
This is a case where the implications - if true - are of great concern. It would be nice if thatRead More concern were more widely shared, and the reflexive defensiveness of whoever is in power were lower priority. Principle and precedent are more important than the performance of today's hedge funds.
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Roy Roscoe April 20, 2014 at 12:09 am
Old Coot, You are absolutely right Rev. John Witherspoon and others were integral, so much so KingRead More George called it, many times, the "Presbyterian Uprising.". The founders spent much time selling various religious leaders in different states and religions that Federalism would never hurt their particular faiths.
Donald Lee April 20, 2014 at 11:56 am
RR inadvertently downplays the role of religion in society in the 18th century. In modern America,Read More "religion" can fairly be described as something that is largely limited to its formal role inside the walls of churches and specified activities. In revolutionary times, a certain homogeneity was presumed in any given community, and religion was far more than where you went to church. The cultural ties between "acceptable" behavior and religion were strong, so any implication of imposing religion from a central authority was widely seen as despotic, not a "Sunday inconvenience". As a consequence, I think he is using "modern" values and attitudes to assess the attitudes of the 18th century, and he comes up wrong. Religion was a Big Deal. They put religion in as the 1st amendment for a reason. It was important.
Roy Roscoe April 20, 2014 at 03:47 pm
Good points Donald! I certainly did understate the importance of religion as central to living...Read More More important than food!
Governor Dayton (official photo)
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:50 pm
You do the most to reduce "overlap" by making government do less. Rather than try toRead More reduce government to doing things only once, let's try to get it out of businesses where it does not belong, and make sure it does each absolutely necessary thing at most once.
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:51 pm
Our founders warned us. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Look at the sacrifices that theyRead More made. Ours pale by comparison.
Keith O. April 18, 2014 at 09:38 pm
Donald, if you're referring to the sacrifices detailed in the oft-circulated essay, variously calledRead More "The Price They Paid" or "Our Nation's First True Patriots," (including being captured by the British, tortured and killed) it's basically a bunch of BS. Historians including Joseph J. Ellis have noted the "distinction between history as experienced and history as remembered." John Adams himself spoke to the propaganda promoted soon after the Revolutionary War that distorted events and created heroes to fit a dramatic formula. The boring, real-life biographies of the founders have been repeatedly embellished over the years with exaggeration and pure fiction to make for a better story, when what most of them went through was what everyone went through on the American side during the war.
Dr. Jerod Ochsendorf April 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Remember not only to look for organic... But also non-GMO! Just because it says it's organic doesn'tRead More mean it's good for you... Look for organic heirloom seeds... Happy Gardening!
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Roys A. Liar April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm
Then you haven't been paying attention, Dinald.
David Hansen April 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Yeah, just search Google images for "Thanks Obama" and you'll see all the things he'sRead More responsible for.
Joyce April 15, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Donald Lee wrote: 'As far as I can tell, in their eyes, he can do no wrong.' ---------------- Well,Read More Donnie, you cannot see what you do not look at; check out some of the left wing media some day.
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