Monday, November 24, 2014

Impeach Obama, for pity's sake

What else is Obama going to have in his Presidential Library? killed bin Laden, Obamacare failed and repealed, killed bin Laden, ended Iraq war before I started it again, brought chaos to Libya, killed bin Laden, set race relations in the US back sixty years, killed bin Laden, undermined rule of law and made the US another tinpot dictatorship, killed bin Laden. The House should impeach out of pity. And don't forget that I killed bin Laden.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

No Pay No Pray

[Dr. Franklin.]
Mr. President
The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other — our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. — Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service —
Mr. Sharman seconded the motion.
Mr. Hamilton & several others expressed their apprehensions that however proper such a resolution might have been at the beginning of the convention, it might at this late day, 1. bring on it some disagreeable animadversions. & 2. lead the public to believe that the embarrassments and dissentions within the convention, had suggested this measure. It was answered by Docr. F. Mr. Sherman & others, that the past omission of a duty could not justify a further omission — that the rejection of such a proposition would expose the Convention to more unpleasant animadversions than the adoption of it: and that the alarm out of doors that might be excited for the state of things within. would at least be as likely to do good as ill.
Mr. Williamson, observed that the true cause of the omission could not be mistaken. The Convention had no funds.
--Philadelphia, the Constitutional Convention, 28 June 1787.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day 2014, response to Matthew Peterson and commentators on Republican prospects

1. McCain lost because things weren't going too well either at home or abroad. Romney lost because he was the guy who hired the guy who fired you. Lots of stuff has changed since 2012 (Obamacare flat-tired "roll-out"; Isis, anybody?) and so I don't think these things are really all that relevant now.

2. The social justice warriors control the Democratic Party, partly because the public sector unions provide the cadres and a big chunk of the money, partly because Soros, who has made his money shorting freedom, back them to the hilt.

3. A lot of Latino citizens are coming around to the Sonny Bono/Yakov Smirnoff position on illegal immigration -- the collapse of public order in Mexico is helping to drive this. A Republican who goes for amnesty loses his base, and cannot gain much in general against the social justice warriors.

4. In the next two years we will see a Christian Minister going to jail for refusing to perform a homosexual "marriage." That is going to push a lot of Black church ladies away from the Democratic party.

5. Two more years of nastiness between Congress and the President is bad for the country and the world. Democratic control of Congress from 2006-2010 got us where we are today on the economy and Iraq. A Presidential system isn't all roses...