you aren’t paying f•••ing attention.
We need a constitutional ammendment requiring that all legislation in congress be read aloud, and that any member wishing to vote on said legislation must be in attendance, and awake, for the entire time. It should be read aloud by someone in opposition to the bill. That way it’ll get read accurately as long as one of the supporters is paying attention.
This is outrageous.
Or perhaps you’d rather be depressed than angry.
Abraham Lincoln accomplished a great many things. Freeing the slaves was not one of them. (It was a great thing, just not Lincoln’s.) His foresight with the railroad alone would earn him a place in history. But, as Mark Alexander points out, he should not be held up as a defender of the constitution.
In truth, not a single slave was emancipated by the stroke of Lincoln’s pen. The Proclamation freed only “slaves within any State … the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States.” In other words, Lincoln declared slaves were “free” in Confederate states, where his proclamation had no power, but excluded slaves in states that were not in rebellion, or areas controlled by the Union army. Slaves in Kentucky, Missouri, Delaware and Maryland were left in bondage.
Lincoln’s war may have preserved the Union geographically (at great cost to the Constitution), but politically and philosophically, the constitutional foundation for a voluntary union was shredded by sword, rifle and cannon.
“Reconstruction” followed the war, and with it an additional period of Southern probation, plunder and misery, leading Robert E. Lee to conclude, “If I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in my right hand.”
Little reported and lightly regarded in our history books is the way Lincoln abused and discarded the individual rights of Northern citizens. Tens of thousands of citizens were imprisoned (most without trial) for political opposition, or “treason,” and their property confiscated. Habeas corpus and, in effect, the entire Bill of Rights was suspended. Newspapers were shut down and legislators detained so they could not offer any vote unfavorable to Lincoln’s conquest.
Before Lincoln we said “The United States are…”. After Lincoln we said “The United States is…”. That was a sad step in the wrong direction.
Seems some TSA goons in Nashville can’t read their own documentation.
As it turns out, the screening episode stemmed from a TSA “playbook”—a restricted document designed to assist federal security directors in adding randomness and unpredictability to their security procedures. The problem resulted when the security directors incorrectly applied the procedures, which were intended for commercial operations, to the GA side of the airport. The TSA is in the process of correcting the guidance that was distributed to federal security directors throughout the country.
If the TSA dumbs-down their manuals enough for their employees to understand they’ll be reduced to cardboard picture books of kittens and brightly-colored blocks.
For those few to whom it is not incandescently obvious that Barack Hussein Obama is a liar, let’s review:
He promised openness on day one. Remember sunshine?
To Obama and his oh-so useful idiots in Congress, 48 hours has been redefined down. But even 48 hours would have been a reversal on the five-day rule.
And here’s a knee-slapper:
“We will go through our federal budget — page by page, line by line — eliminating those programs we don’t need, and insisting that those we do operate in a sensible cost-effective way.” –Barack Obama, 25 November 2008
The damage that Obama, Reid and Pelosi are about to ram down the country’s throat is incalculable.
Have I mentioned that Pelosi’s number is 202-225-0100? That the House switchboard is at 202-224-3121?
Then I probably haven’t posted the number (202-224-3542) for the execrable Harry Reid and the Senate Switchboard: 202-224-3121.
You can use these links to find your own misrepresentatives and senators.
I’ve let both Pelosi and Reid know that their back-room dealings to ram this monstrosity down our throats is shockingly un-democratic, and that I will not only never vote for anybody who votes for this porker, but will actively campaign for and donate to their opponents.
This is a monstrous power grab, led by the most arrogant and underqualified president in US History and two of the most corrupt morons ever to sully their thrones in Washington.
Anybody remember change?