Bread and circuses: the impeachment show

I’ve said very little about this pitiful reality show. And I won’t say much now – far more able people than I have written and spoken hundreds of thousands of words about this clown act. On a scale of 1 to 10, I rank it a zero.

Want to provide examples of the deterioration of the political life of these Fifty States? We now have more than enough for three-semester, nine-credit-hour class.

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Implications of defining "democracy" for 2019 and beyond

By Nathan Barton

In my last commentary on this subject, I did a brief analysis of ways in which the US Constitution is NOT democratic. And why the Democratic wing of the Regressives in the US Congress believe that to be the case, despite their frequent claims that the formerly united American union IS a democracy.

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Defining “Democracy” and why the FedGov isn’t

By Nathan Barton

Most libertarians and conservatives are aware that the Federal Government – the union of States – was established as a republic and not a democracy.  And of the distain (if that is a strong enough word) of the Founders for democracy.

What we apparently don’t really think about is that the Regressives, (Democrats and too many Republicans, Socialists, etc.) agree that the FedGov is NOT a democracy.  Despite their rhetoric to the contrary.

But their reasoning is totally different.

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Is the pendulum swinging back to isolation?

In a surprising article recently appearing in The Hill (although written by someone for the Washington Examiner), a poll is said to say that Americans are “demanding a pivot to restraint.” Whatever that means. (But then, The Hill is for big-time politicians and bureaucrats, so they get off on that jargon. )

In the article, it seems to say that people are tired of the US being the world’s policeman, being obligated to go to war ‘anywhere, anytime’ when almost anyone gets invaded or has internal problems, doing ‘nation-building’ and occupying most of the world.

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Hope for California?

Readers know that this publication is no fan of California, either in the past or now.

However, it would be wrong not to point to good things happening in the Golden State, that People’s Democratic Republic of California. (Emphasis: Democratic, being treated as a synonym for Regressivists (“Progressives”), Socialists, Tranzis and Leftists.)

The LA Times recently had an opinion piece that exhibits rah-rah boosterism for the Golden State: “California is hardly ‘over'” . You may be surprised to find that I agree with a lot of it. The writer states many facts about California. Good things going on. I would be foolish to reject everything he wrote – or everything in California.

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Burdens of government

Idaho now claims to be the least-regulated of the Fifty States, after eliminating 1,804 pages from their administrative code, according to Newsbreak. As the headline puts it, “Move over South Dakota, You’re No Longer the Least Regulated State in America.”

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What are their political objectives?

I am no admirer of Bill Barr, currently the Attorney General of the United States, but I find the comments he made in a speech last month worth pondering. He speaks the truth about “so-called progressives” (“Regressivists” or Tranzis and their ilk).

Consider:

In any age, the so-called progressives treat politics as their religion.  Their holy mission is to use the coercive power of the state to remake man and society in their own image, according to an abstract ideal of perfection.  Whatever means they use are therefore justified because, by definition, they are a virtuous people pursing a deific end.  They are willing to use any means necessary to gain momentary advantage in achieving their end, regardless of collateral consequences and the systemic implications.  They never ask whether the actions they take could be justified as a general rule of conduct, equally applicable to all sides.

William Barr, speech 15th November 2019

To summarize: the ends justify the means. Of course, this applies as much to Republicans and conservatives as to Democrats, though he would deny it, I’m sure.

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