I’ve been wanting to write this for a long time, but haven’t. Current events are pushing me to point out the reality of the US political system. Despite the founders intent of three separate branches and checks and balances: The real power is in the legislature De facto describes practices that exist in reality, even… Read More The United States is a De Facto Parliamentary political system.
This is all very simple since according to people who claim to believe in Originalism, “Constitutional interpretation should remain anchored in the original meaning of the Constitution’s text, which is the source of the Court’s authority and legitimacy.” Using that definition: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the… Read More Originalism and the Second Amendment
I was curious since the popular vote doesn’t really matter in Presidential Elections (after all Clinton won that with one of the largest percentages in a US election). The Electoral College is the real decider with only 270 electoral votes needed to win. So, I went to 270toWin to play with their interactive Electoral Vote… Read More Clinton was a loser and a bad choice
Take this quiz for an eye opener. Here’s the link: https://www.270towin.com/quiz.php#.WaV7b9GQzIV The electoral college really does none of the things it is supposed to do. And ponder this before you say I am being a “liberal whiner” or such: Clinton won a gigantic 370-168 electoral vote majority and became president, despite having won only 43… Read More You think you know what the Electoral College is about?
I am amazed that this institution has not gone away long ago, or at least been reformed. This past election has demonstrated that most of the reasons for its existence are fatuous. lets start with: It prevents foreign interference in US elections This reason comes from The Federalist Papers, No 68: Nothing was more to… Read More Abolish the Electoral College
This comes from watching the French election, which is a similar legislative-executive system to the US. I will also admit to voting Green from a disgust with the US duopoly (i.e., the Democrats and Republicans) and its stranglehold on the system. In a way Dan Savage is correct, the third parties should be running candidates… Read More Thoughts on US Third Parties.
Salem, Massachusetts Colony 1640. Witches everywhere! KILL THEM! BURN THEM! And they did. Today tourists visit Salem and the Witch Museum to hear stories of the religious fanatics who ‘believed’ that some women and girls in their community were witches. Fortunately today we do not do this and few modern folks believe in the existence… Read More Witches in the Neighborhood
OK, all you supposed “Constitutionalists” out there. By that I mean the right wing types who somehow believe that there is a “right” to rebellion. Even more importantly, you believe that you are in some way a patriot for making that type of comment. Listen up: The Constitution makes it clear that waging war on… Read More Sic semper proditores (Thus always to traitors)
I came across a post on the religious website, Patheos, from a Christian blogger who was defending Christianophobia over Islamophobia. Right, huh? “My dad can beat up your dad!” Schoolyard braggery. Tiring. Here’s my take on this: The difficulty with establishing some basic credibility of any of the Abrahamic Faiths is that they were founded… Read More Studebaker, Edsel, Muslim, Christian
I read a post today on the Patheos website which referenced a Wall Street Journal article titled, ‘The Year Christmas Died,’ a eulogy regarding buying madness v. the birth of Jesus. The author referenced the merchandising of New York City stores, New York’s Fifth Avenue is a celebration of pretty much nothing—or worse. The minister… Read More Christmas in March