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  • The dreck about Trump ending 'democracy'

    07/12/2018 4:33:50 PM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/12/2018 | Monica Showalter
    Swamp regular Admiral James Stavridis has taken his best shot at addressing a phony issue: whether "democracy" is dying, killed off by President Trump, presumably, by offering reassuring words to the left and the Washington establishment about its durability in a cover essay in Time. Axios has the write-up and a photo of the cover. I suppose a lot of them are going to take grim satisfaction from it, given the level of hysteria on the left about President Trump's very existence. But it rather too cutely frames a canard. The left, including Time magazine, seems all in for the...
  • Illegal Immigration Gives Cities Political Power

    03/30/2018 8:10:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | March 30, 2018 | By JAMES W. LUCAS
    he Commerce Department has announced that a question will be added to the 2020 Census asking about respondents’ citizenship status. Democrats have responded with fury. While their argument is that the question will discourage illegal immigrants from participating in the survey, there is another, related reason why the urban elites who now dominate the Democratic party are afraid of this simple question. With this question, the 2020 Census will better quantify the extent to which immigration, including illegal immigration, gives Democrats disproportionate political power - despite the fact that immigrants themselves are not allowed to vote. This happens because seats...
  • Opinion: Trump wants to reframe the census to fit his definition of America, not protect Americans

    03/30/2018 6:18:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | March 29, 2018 | by Michelle Chen
    The purpose of an accurate census count is to help the government understand the people for whom it is responsible — full stop. A fully inclusive census is vital for informing policy-making, whether determining how many roadways are required for a region’s population, monitoring local public health trends or ensuring our tax dollars are fairly allocated to school districts. Trump’s move to add a citizenship question to the census follows months of intense opposition across Washington and civil society. Asking about citizenship status (a question that federal authorities have deliberately left off the census since 1950) risks alienating many prospective...
  • It's Time to Create New Republics

    03/01/2018 11:42:46 AM PST · by Brian Griffin · 4 replies
    03/01/2018 | Brian Griffin
    Article IV, Section 3 of our Constitution provides that "The Congress shall have the power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States." A Republican-run state might buy up a few square miles of unoccupied land and sell it and the state sovereignty over it to the federal government. The federal government might then sell it off to a state-authorized private party who promises to create a new republic on it with: 1. limits on taxation/governmental fees/fines/licensing, and 2. no foreign military force, and 3. no governmental...
  • Democracy v. Republic

    02/22/2018 8:09:29 PM PST · by huckfillary · 26 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | February 22, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    I've had it with pundits, politicians, and people who should know better that continuously refer to our country as a democracy. The latest such reference was by renowned political commentator Thomas Friedman, who has never been confused with an intelligent person. But he has lots of company among the chattering classes, and even more so from among our so-called educators. At every educational level, teachers, professors, administrators, and even the elite collegiate Boards-of-Directors erroneously refer to the United States as a democracy and, in general, display an overall ignorance of American history and its Founding principles. And unfortunately, our youth...
  • Missouri boy, 13, arrested after threat to shoot up school with AK-47

    02/19/2018 3:58:24 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 23 replies
    AP via KSHB ^ | Feb 19, 2018 | staff
    <p>REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) — Police have arrested a 13-year-old Missouri boy accused of threatening to shoot up a school with an AK-47 in a video posted on social media.</p> <p>The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Republic Police Department said in a news release that the boy was taken to the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center early Sunday on suspicion of making a terrorist threat. The release says police seized guns and other evidence from the juvenile's residence, and an investigation is ongoing.</p>
  • Whatever Happened to the Republic ? Everyone These Days Calls it a Democracy

    02/04/2018 1:17:44 PM PST · by huckfillary · 64 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | February 4, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    The word Republic has all but disappeared from our political lexicon.  It has erroneously been replaced by Democracy.  The Founders must be turning over in their graves.  They had nothing but contempt for democracy.  They sought to, and did, create a constitutional republic, but not before doing their homework. Unlike today's politicians, talking heads, and academics, the Founders had an acute, in-depth, and nuanced understanding of history and political systems.  Prior to the 1787 constitutional convention, James Madison undertook a comprehensive study of every known republic in recorded history to ensure that the Founders didn't repeat their mistakes.  The Founders...
  • Respite and humour as we shut down the Banana Republicans, liberal dhims and the UniParty Swamp-

    01/24/2018 11:17:25 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 1 replies
    The Banana Republics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4h1M5SIGWk Down to the Banana Republics Down to the tropical sun Come the expatriated Americans Expecting to have some fun Some of them go for the sailing Drawn by the lure of the sea To cure the spirit that's ailing From living in the land of the free Some of them are running from lovers Leaving no forward address Some of them are running marijuana Some are running from the IRS And late at night you will see them In the cheap hotels and bars Hustling the senioritas As they dance beneath the stars Spending the renegade...
  • Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy

    01/17/2018 7:14:03 AM PST · by Cheerio · 11 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 17, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, “What Happened.” Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American politics. Why? They say the Electoral College system, as opposed to a simple majority vote, distorts the one-person, one-vote principle of democracy because electoral votes are not distributed according to population. To back up their claim, they point out that the Electoral College gives, for example, Wyoming citizens disproportionate weight in a presidential election. Put another way, Wyoming, a state with a population...
  • A Republic, but Who wants to Keep It?

    10/16/2017 5:16:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2017 | Allen West
    It was on September 17, 1787 that our rule of law, the US Constitution was signed in Philadelphia. History tells us of an exchange that occurred outside of Independence Hall between Benjamin Franklin and a Philadelphia socialite, Mrs. Powell. Mrs. Powell inquired of Mr. Franklin, “well, what is it that we have, a monarchy or a republic”? Mr. Franklin replied, famously, “a Republic, if you can keep it”. That was the challenge of 230 years ago, and now we must ask ourselves, do we truly want to keep this Constitutional Republic. However, there is a greater question, how many people...
  • Our Constitution: “Living, Breathing” or a Standard of Liberty?

    10/04/2017 8:45:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 10/4/17 | KrisAnne Hall
    When a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of government had been created by he and the other gathered founders, Franklin famously replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” One key to keeping that Republic exists in understanding how the Constitution was designed to function. The Constitution of these United States is not arbitrary. It is a document of standards established to keep the GOVERNMENT from becoming arbitrary. These standards were not invented by the men who created the document. These standards were axiomatic truths that had proven themselves for over a millennium. Many of these truths can be...
  • Free Republic - Slow again

    07/27/2017 9:50:48 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
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  • Let’s Study The Constitution, Part V - Bill of Rights

    06/25/2017 8:18:31 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/25/17 | Susan Frickey
    By now you should be seeing a trend in our study of the Constitution. The Articles set up the form and intent of the Federal Government along with the powers relegated to each branch. But many of the Framers believed this was inadequate for their peace of mind in ratifying this first-ever document. They believed eventually the Federal government would encroach on individual rights, as had happened throughout world history; a history they had intently studied for years before creating our constitutional republic. So in order to get on board with ratifying the Constitution, many of the signers demanded the...
  • A revised version of the Republic of Maine's Constitutions

    04/11/2017 2:17:25 PM PDT · by MEUSAF98 · 1 replies
    The_Republic_OF_Maine ^ | 4/11/17 | MEUSAF98
    This is a revised version of the constitution. I support a Maine Republic as I feel that the US recently have isolated or forgot about Maine. However I feel like the post I saw from The_Republic_Of_Maine sounded to Theoretical. SO I made revisions that I think is fair. Here's the Original post;http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3159678/posts Now here is mine. PREAMBLE. We the people of the Republic of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the...
  • Words Matter: Government Is Not a Living Thing. Or Is It?

    04/04/2017 9:30:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/3/17 | Mark Herr
    In “A History of American Political Theories,” Charles Merriam stated, “The Revolutionary doctrines of an original state of nature, natural rights, the social contract, the idea that the function of the government is limited to the protection of person and property - none of these finds wide acceptance among the leaders in the development of political science.” To illustrate this erroneous line of reasoning, New Zealand’s legislators recently passed a law giving the Whanganui River the legal status of a “PERSON.” The river now has its own rights and the ability to represent “itself” through human representation. Although New Zealand’s...
  • The Silencing of God (Session 1) [Lessons re: America’s intimate connection to Christianity]

    03/15/2017 12:51:01 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    youtube (original sourcre: apologeticspress.org) ^ | Published on Jul 6, 2015 (on youtube) | By Dave Miller, Ph.D.
    Session #1 of "The Silencing of God" seminar introduces the sinister attempt to expunge manifestations of God, Christ, and the Bible from American life--in direct and stark contradiction to the original intentions of the Founders and Framers. The United States of America is undergoing swift transition as the forces of “political correctness” wage a vociferous culture war. Activist judges, secularist educators, morally bankrupt entertainers, and liberal politicians have teamed up to sell a sanitized version of America’s past. Their objective? To expunge every manifestation of God, Christ, and the Bible from American life. What has been the result of their...
  • The U.S. is not a democracy, Part 3

    03/10/2017 8:57:16 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 3/10/17 | Mark Herr
    A little-known figure, Mrs. Eliza (Elizabeth) Powel, had the historic exchange with Benjamin Franklin which resulted in his telling her “Madam, We have given you a republic, if you can keep it,” at the conclusion of the 1787 U.S. Constitutional Convention. Keep this in mind: If the U.S. architects had produced a democracy, Eliza, as a woman, wouldn’t have had a voice at all. She could not vote or hold public office, yet she kept her republic. So how did she do it? Interestingly, Dr. Franklin did not counsel Mrs. Powel on how to ‘keep’ the newly formed republic. Instead,...
  • At what point do we break up the USA?

    02/27/2017 10:47:59 AM PST · by Mozilla · 68 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 26, 2017 | Scott Buss
    At what point do we break up the USA? If your answer is “NEVER!” accompanied by some version of “How could you even consider seriously considering such a thing?!”, then you are a cultist. An Americultist. For the non-Americultists out there, the question – and it is an important one – stands: At what point do we break up the USA? How about at the point DC enforces a policy of open, systematic, “legal” child sacrifice? Nope. That’s been going on for decades. We’re apparently not willing to stand against the America Idol over that one. What about the DC-imposed...
  • The U.S. is not a Democracy, Part 3

    02/27/2017 10:42:16 AM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 27, 2017 | Mark Herr, Co-founder and President of Center for Self Governance,
    A little-known figure, Mrs. Eliza (Elizabeth) Powel, had the historic exchange with Benjamin Franklin when he said to her “Madam, We have given you a republic, if you can keep it” at the conclusion of the 1787 U.S. Constitutional Convention. Keep this in mind: If the U.S. architects had produced a democracy, Eliza, as a woman, wouldn’t have had a voice at all. She could not vote or hold public office, yet she kept her republic. So how did she keep it? Interestingly, Dr. Franklin did not counsel her how to ‘keep’ the U.S. republic. Instead, he merely counseled her...
  • The U.S. is not a Democracy - So What Is It? Part 2

    02/27/2017 10:38:09 AM PST · by Mozilla · 2 replies
    Center for Self Governance ^ | February 27, 2017 | Mark Herr, Co-founder and President of Center for Self Governance,
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall said, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that of order and chaos.” -From The Life of George Washington, Revised Edition 1832. The chaos gripping our present society is certainly not the ‘balanced’ republic Marshall was referring to. Our system is functioning more like a plane crashing - like a democracy. Let’s explore ‘balanced republic,’ ‘democracy’ and ‘order and chaos’ by using an analogy. The U.S. government is comparable to a commercial aircraft. The pilot and co-pilot are the elected representatives. They are selected by qualified passengers (or U.S. voters)....