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  • Slavery

    07/19/2017 8:54:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | July 19, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    Too many people believe that slavery is a "peculiar institution." That's what Kenneth Stampp called slavery in his book, "Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South." But slavery is by no means peculiar, odd or unusual. It was common among ancient peoples such as the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, Greeks, Persians, Armenians and many others. Large numbers of Christians were enslaved during the Ottoman wars in Europe. White slaves were common in Europe from the Dark Ages to the Middle Ages. It was only after A.D. 1600 that Europeans joined with Arabs and Africans and started the Atlantic slave trade....
  • The Problem with Representation

    01/03/2017 2:14:36 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 3rd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As opposed to corruption of the US Senate, I’ve paid little attention over the course of this blog to the House of Representatives. The House isn’t involved with high profile treaties or appointments, and is far too infrequently involved with impeachments. Aside from hoping it doesn’t fall into democratic hands, it’s just sort of “there.” We dutifully vote every two years for the congressman of our choice, and that seems to be that. While few today give much thought to the topic of representation, it was high on the list of concerns during the Framing era. At the federal convention,...
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment to stop secession

    11/19/2016 5:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Repeal the 17th Amendment Yahoogroups | November 15 | Brian Duffy
    All: Thanks for responding. Paul, I agree with you, but there is a part of me that believes there might be something we can do. Dan, I agree with some of you your points, mainly the first, which is where I see my effort moving toward. Though, I am not sure how you measure the “corruptness” of the states verses the federal government. I consider the states nothing more than vassals of the federal government, some more than others. Lee, I am serious only to a point. In that I agree with Dan and I see this as first an...
  • The 17th Amendment - A Mistake That Keeps on Giving

    04/08/2016 9:19:57 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Our previously Free Republic continues to reel from a one hundred and three year old mistake: the 17th Amendment. Pardon me if I don’t celebrate today’s anniversary. Republican theory demands the consent of the governed. From ancient Greece, republican Rome, Saxon Germany, and even in the English kingdom from which we declared our Independence, the component members of their societies had a place at the lawmaking table. Greek ecclesia, Roman tribunes and senators, Saxon Micklegemots, English commons, lords and king, encompassed the totality of their societies. By this, the consent of the governed was present in every law. Unlike simpler...
  • These States Have The Highest Representation In The US Military

    07/16/2014 8:02:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/16/2014 | JEREMY BENDER, ANDY KIERSZ AND ARMIN ROSEN
    The U.S. military does not fully reflect the demography of the United States, at least not in terms of the places American service members hail from. According to data from the Census Bureau's 2013 population estimates and the Department of Defense, young adults from some states are more likely to enlist in the military. As the above map demonstrates people between the ages of 18 and 24 from Florida, Georgia, or Maine, are more likely to join the armed forces than their counterparts in lower enlistment-rate states like North Dakota or Utah. These differences exist at the regional level...
  • Cruz: 'I don’t work for the party bosses'

    10/20/2013 7:45:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2013 | Justin Sink
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in an interview that aired Sunday dismissed criticism from his congressional colleagues, saying that he was "not remotely" upset that party leaders had chastised him over a legislative strategy many believe forced the 16-day government shutdown. "I don’t work for the party bosses in Washington. I work for the people of Texas, and I fight for them,” Cruz told CNN's "State of the Union." “Look, the reason people are frustrated all over the country is that far too many people get elected and they think they’re there to be part of the club,” he continued. Cruz...

    10/02/2013 6:58:28 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 20 replies
    Graewoulf | October 2, 2013 | Graewoulf
    The Original Boston Tea Party had the slogan: “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION !” Back then in the 1700’s the Colonists did not like Tyranny, and eventually went to War to rid themselves of it. Today, low-information people, and their "Mainstream" Media's attitude is: “Tyranny? Is that like “bad” or something?” High-information people realize that we have had Tyranny imposed on us by our own NINE SUPREMES when they told us that ANY Administration can force us to buy anything they want us to buy as long as it is called a MANDATORY TAX. The Obama Administration then decreed that the...
  • Vanity

    03/22/2013 8:12:50 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 10 replies ^ | 3-22-2013 | Mortrey
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  • 'Taxation Without Representation' plates on Obama motorcade

    01/19/2013 1:35:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/13 | Kevin Bogardus
    President Obama’s motorcade sported “Taxation Without Representation” license plates for the first time on Saturday. As part of the National Day of Service kicking of a weekend of inaugural events, the president has traveled to the Burrville Elementary School in Northeast Washington to participate in a City Year service project. Three vans in Obama’s motorcade were outfitted with the unique D.C. license plates as the president traveled to the school, according to a White House pool reporter. The reporter said other vehicles in the motorcade had Maryland, Virginia or U.S. government plates. The White House decision earlier this week to...
  • Is Mitt Romney right to question representation without taxation?

    12/03/2012 1:39:01 AM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 19th, 2012 | Ian Cowie
    Most commentators agree that Mitt Romney has committed political suicide by pointing out that 46pc of Americans pay no income tax but he may have done us all a favour by raising a fundamental weakness in many developed economies – including Britain’s – which is also one of the causes of the credit crisis. Whether or not his candour costs the Republican candidate any hope of winning the Presidential Election in November, he has certainly demonstrated the modern meaning of the word ‘gaffe’ – that is, a statement of the bleedin’ obvious by someone in the public eye. There can...
  • Paul Moreno: A Short History of Congress's Power to Tax

    07/14/2012 12:38:10 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal (Opinion) ^ | July 6, 2012 7:14 PM ET | PAUL MORENO
    In 1935, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins was fretting about finding a constitutional basis for the Social Security Act. Supreme Court Justice Harlan Fiske Stone advised her, "The taxing power, my dear, the taxing power. You can do anything under the taxing power." Last week, in his ObamaCare opinion, NFIB v. Sebelius, Chief Justice John Roberts gave Congress the same advice—just enact regulatory legislation and tack on a financial penalty, as in failure to comply with the individual insurance mandate. So how did the power to tax under the Constitution become unbounded? (Read the rest at the WSJ page) ============Dr....
  • Richard Lugar doesn’t live here anymore

    02/01/2012 5:47:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-1-12 | Will Rahn
    Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar is running for re-election in a state he has not lived in for over 30 years. Lugar sold his home at 3200 Highwoods Court in Indianapolis shortly after first assuming office in 1977. But due to a loophole in Indiana law, both he and his wife Charlene Lugar are still registered to vote at that address. Greg Wright, an Indiana tea party member and certified fraud examiner, told The Daily Caller that he has been investigating Lugar’s residency situation “for a few weeks” and has not been paid for his efforts. He just heard one...
  • No Representation without Taxation (The dangers of placing power in the hands of non-taxpayers)

    10/26/2011 6:34:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/26/2011 | Bruce Walker
    The recent Occupy Wall Street ruckus and the drumbeat rhetoric of Democrats in Washington that the rich pay too little shows the dangers of placing power in the hands of those who have no real interest beyond self-interest in the governance of the nation. One rallying cry of our forefathers when the British Crown sought to impose taxes -- really, very modest taxes -- on the colonies without the consent of us colonials was "No taxation without representation!" The logic of that slogan ran something like this: if I have no say in who passes taxes that I must pay,...
  • Tax Hike Hinged on Legislator with 1 Week of Experience

    01/13/2011 10:13:19 AM PST · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | January 13, 2011 | Andy Shaw
    “She” is Kathy Moore, a Lincoln Park friend and former public school teacher who was put in that unenviable position by the stark reality of political hide-and-seek. Or, in this case, seek-and-hide. Her reliably Democratic 11th District, which includes Lincoln Park and Lakeview, elected a brand new state representative, Ann Williams, in November, to replace John Fritchey, a popular long-time rep who won election to a seat on the Cook County Board. Fritchey began his new job in December, so Williams could have been sworn in as a state rep a month ago to represent the district in the lame-duck...
  • Cities Weigh Letting Noncitizens Vote

    10/25/2010 11:58:05 AM PDT · by chickadee · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/25/10
    Portland residents will vote Nov. 2 on a proposal to give legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections, joining places like San Francisco and Chicago that have already loosened the rules or are considering it. Noncitizens hold down jobs, pay taxes, own businesses, volunteer in the community and serve in the military, and it's only fair they be allowed to vote, Rwaganje said. "We have immigrants who are playing key roles in different issues of this country, but they don't get the right to vote," said Rwaganje, 40, who moved to the U.S....
  • Census Officials in New York Instructed Workers to Falsify Questionnaires, Says Inspector General

    07/20/2010 11:46:15 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 7/20/2010 | Edwin Mora
    ( - The Commerce Department’s Inspector General (IG) has confirmed whistleblower allegations that management at a local Census office in Brooklyn, N.Y., “directed employees to falsify Census questionnaires during” the decennial count’s largest and most expensive operation known as Non-response Follow-Up. Furthermore, the IG noted that during the Census Bureau’s efforts to re-count the fabricated questionnaires, employees charged with that task “were inferring the number of household residents through improper means.” “The complaints specifically alleged that the [Brooklyn Northeast local Census office] manager and assistant manager for field operations had directed employees to falsify enumeration questionnaires using information from an...
  • Puerto Rico Democracy Act – Legislation Biased in Favor of Statehood

    04/27/2010 3:43:23 PM PDT · by GailA · 84 replies · 2,111+ views ^ | 4/ 27/ 2010 | N/A
    According to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the House will vote on H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act, later this week. The legislation provides Puerto Rico a two stage voting process and makes some non-resident Puerto Ricans eligible to vote on Puerto Rican statehood. This legislation has rigged the process in favor of making Puerto Rico the 51st state and is not a fair way to force statehood on a Commonwealth whose people may not want it. Furthermore, this may be an expensive proposition for the American people who are already on the hook for approximately $12.9 trillion in...
  • Census urges undocumented to get counted

    02/12/2010 12:25:06 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 626+ views ^ | Feb. 12, 2010 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    Latino organizations and the U.S. Census Bureau plan in the coming weeks to step up their campaign to persuade Latino immigrants — especially the undocumented — to participate in the population count. Latino leaders and census officials say the effort is unprecedented, and made all the more urgent by a campaign spearheaded by a Bergen County pastor calling on illegal immigrants to boycott the census because of the failure of Congress to reform immigration laws. With Latinos fueling most of the population growth in New Jersey and nationwide since the 2000 census, Latino organizations in New Jersey and New York...
  • States get new leeway to tally prisoners in census

    02/11/2010 3:54:57 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 2 replies · 206+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | February 11, 2010 | Hope Yen
    WASHINGTON – States are getting new leeway in tallying their prisoners in the 2010 census — a move that could reshape the political map, increasing urban population numbers while reducing the figures for rural voting districts where inmates are incarcerated. The Census Bureau said this week it would release data on prison populations to states when they redraw legislative boundaries next year. Previously, the agency provided the breakdowns on group quarters, like prisons, after states finished their high-stakes redistricting. That resulted in districts with prisons getting extra representation in their legislatures, despite laws in some states that say a prison...
  • One Of Us (Bill Whittle)

    02/05/2010 12:46:46 PM PST · by Jake from AZ · 187+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 4 Feb. 2010 | Bill Whittle
    [...] That’s a Republic. And despite the mind-numbing terror of it, it’s actually not a bad way to go. But why would so many free citizens be willing to put their lives and their fortunes into the hands of so few people? Well, we would do it if we believed that the person in question was one of us. We do it because we believe that the person we send to Washington represents not every little detail but at least the core of our values and desires, our needs and our hopes. We do it because the person – in...