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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Disingenuous Quote of the Week

Commenting on gasoline prices:
"It's ridiculous. I had to take out a loan to fill up my minivan. It's crazy." — Katie Couric on NBC's Today, 15 August 2005.
Of course, at the time, Couric was raking in somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000,000 to $17,000,000 a year. Poor thing.

Assinine Quote of the Week

"I am absolutely convinced that the North Koreans are absolutely sincere." —Ted Turner

E pluribus unum?: Out of many, one.

"That was the national motto proposed by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. Both simple and elegant, it embodied the notion that all who had come to America's shores, and all who would come, must be united—must all form one front—in defense of freedom and liberty. For 200 years, we were, largely, one people united behind constitutional republicanism. But soon after the social turbulence of the '60s and the economic woes of the '70s, that unity began to crumble. This was the era in which multiculturalism emerged—the era in which ethnocentricity became chic.

Arthur Schlesinger, a former Harvard professor and senior advisor to JFK, published a retrospective on this era in 1991 called "The Disuniting of America." Schlesinger wrote primarily about the orthodoxy of self-interested hyphenated-American citizen groups—who, rather than unifying to become one, were diversifying to become many. He warned that the cult of ethnicity would result in "the fragmentation and tribalization of America," the natural consequence being that these special-interest groups would be co-opted by the political parties."

From the Federal Patriot.

"Instead of a transformative nation with an identity all its own, America increasingly sees itself in this new light as preservative of diverse alien identities—groups ineradicable in their ethnic character. Will the melting pot give way to the Tower of Babel?"

--- Arthur Schlesinger, 1991

New Yorker - United States
The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside ...

GOP wants W.Va. Democrat off ethics panel
Republicans called yesterday for the resignation of the highest-ranking Democrat on the House ethics committee over reports of a federal investigation into purported irregularities in his campaign finances.

Jobless rate dips to 4.7 percent
Unemployment declined to 4.7 percent last month, approaching a five-year low, as the economy churned out 211,000 new jobs -- a sign of steady economic growth and good news for cash-strapped consumers.

Senate kills border-security bill
The Senate yesterday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to secure the country's porous borders after years of warning voters of the dire need to do so.

GM, France and Albany

What the declines of all three have in common.

At first glance, they seem to have little in common. But the riots in France over labor reform, the slow-motion suicide of General Motors, and the continuing decline of the New York economy all share one defining trait: entrenched and unchangeable union power.

These columns have always favored the right to collectively bargain, and any private company that allows a union to organize its workers deserves what it gets. But that doesn't mean we should fail to appreciate the consequences when unions become entrenched inside any organization. On the evidence throughout business and politics today, unions do not provide individual job or income security. On the contrary, they undermine security by contributing to broader business and economic decline. Read on.

Not so fast - Juan ole' boy

"We think that the right thing to do is to grant full rights, full equality, under the laws in the Constitution of the United States, to all immigrants, period."

-- Juan Jose Gutierrez, Latino Movement USA

Just where is this to be found in our Constitution, J.J.?

Terrorism Remains Iran’s Weapon of Choice

Terrorism Remains Iran’s Weapon of ChoiceThe following is a commentary by the US Alliance for Democratic Iran.

Far from being a show of “force”, Iran’s recent week-long third-rate military maneuver in the Persian Gulf, and its laughable claim to “technological advancement”, were just a display of the clerical regime’s belligerence.

Boasting about flying boats, radar-evading torpedoes and array of funny sounding missiles, fully fit the pattern of Tehran’s hype and exaggerated claims to military prowess. It serves, among other things, to invigorate the regime’s increasingly shrinking loyal base. Military experts have disputed claims of the indigenousness and sophistication of these technologies and their impact on the balance of power in the Gulf.

While Iran’s belligerent use of conventional arms to foment instability in the Persian Gulf must not be overlooked, there are more pressing security challenges posed by the mullahs’ regime.

Let’s make no mistake; it is the non-conventional arsenal, particularly the nuclear weapons, as well as the use of terrorism which constitute the main pillars of Iran’s military doctrine based on an “asymmetric warfare.”


Also last month, Hassan Abbasi, the director of Iran’s "National Security Doctrine Centre", one of IRGC’s affiliate organizations, boasted about Tehran’s potential to “endanger American security and economic interests worldwide." Abbasi, an IRGC senior commander, is reported to be the “brain” behind the IRGC’s terrorist strategies. In 2004, he talked about "a strategy drawn up for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization." He explained that “there are 29 sensitive sites in the U.S. and in the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them." More...

Friday, April 07, 2006

Around the world...

"Is Red China approaching a tipping point? China typically receives glowing praise in the Leftmedia for its growing economy, now the world's fourth largest, and for improving its living standard. But life in the Workers' Paradise may not be as rosy as reported by the MSM, according to Minxin Pei in Foreign Policy. The Chinese government accounts for 38 percent of China's GDP, compared to 28 percent in the U.S. (which is itself far too high). Furthermore, it controls over half the country's industrial assets and one third of the employees. With government corruption widespread and unpunished, China's economy will likely start showing the detrimental effects of state control. Toss in the third worst healthcare system in the world, social inequalities and no conservation safeguards, and it would appear that China is heading for economic and civil instability. Together with the Middle Kingdom's massive military buildup, these developments require the U.S. to keep this region under sharp scrutiny."

The Patriot Post

"[T]he policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures and laws: in a word, soon become one people." —George Washington

Plans to knock Steele labeled as 'destructive'
Democratic plans to "discredit" Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's reputation among black voters in his run for the U.S. Senate are "destructive" and won't work, a key Maryland Democrat said yesterday.

Agents stop two trailers full of immigrants
Fort Worth Star Telegram - Fort Worth,TX,USA
FALFURRIAS, Texas - Federal agents working a highway checkpoint stopped two loads of illegal immigrants
in sealed trailers, Customs and Border Protection said...

Nations not committing troops to stop genocide - UN envoy
Sudan Tribune - Sudan
April 7, 2006 (UNITED NATIONS) - Twelve years after the Rwanda genocide, nations still seem unwilling to commit the troops and money that would be needed to ...

US-Iran Talks Over Iraq Put on Hold
Washington Post - United States
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration remains interested in limited talks with Iran on its activities in Iraq, but no meeting is scheduled, a State Department ...

China, US sign US$4.44 billion procurement contracts
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
No.2 trade partner. As ... were established. China now is the third largest trade partner of the United States, which stands as China's...

COMMENTARY: Time to Rein in the False Claims Act

By Richard Samp
The federal False Claims Act (FCA) has long been recognized as a full employment act for plaintiffs' lawyers. The game is to encourage fired employees to pose as "whistleblowers," reporting to the federal government on their former employees' alleged wrongdoing...

COMMENTARY: Censure the Race Baiter

By Frank Salvato
How many nanoseconds do you think it would take for a police officer to crack you up-side the head if you punched him in the stomach after he apprehended you for ignoring his command to stop?...

COMMENTARY: Running out of Time

By Ralph Hostetter
On the surface a debate over illegal immigration rages, dividing Congress, political parties and the American public. Apparently unnoticed is a seething underside that threatens to break out at any moment. It is an immediate problem...

Army Hospital Picketers: 'Thank God for Maimed Soldiers'
The man responsible for the "GodHatesFags.com" and "GodHatesAmerica.com" websites picketed the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Thursday with a dozen of his family members and followers...

Bring on that air pollution. Dirty is cool - er.

Cleaner Air Adds To Global Warming
Slashdot - USA
... an article on the BBC web site is reporting that reduced air pollution and increased water evaporation appears to be adding to man-made global warming. ...

ElBaradei to go to Iran next week: source
Washington Post - United States
VIENNA (Reuters) - UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei will visit Iran next week in the hope of winning greater cooperation in a probe of Tehran's ...

Is Iran bluffing or not?
RIA Novosti - Moscow,Russia
MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Pyotr Goncharov) -- The world is now discussing the possible use of force by the United States against Iran. ...

Saddam Ordered Suicide Attacks on U.S. Targets

A newly translated document from Saddam Hussein's intelligence files indicates that the Iraqi dictator ordered suicide attacks against U.S. targets six months before the 9/11 attacks.

Dated March 11, 2001, the Iraqi memo reads:

To all the Units

Subject: Volunteer for Suicide Mission

Story Continues Below

The top secret letter 2205 of the Military Branch of Al Qadisya on 4/3/2001 announced by the top secret letter 246 from the Command of the military sector of Zi Kar on 8/3/2001 announced to us by the top secret letter 154 from the Command of Ali Military Division on 10/3/2001 we ask to provide that Division with the names of those who desire to volunteer for Suicide Mission to liberate Palestine and to strike American Interests and according what is shown below to please review and inform us.

The document is signed by Air Brigadier General Abdel Magid Hammot Ali.

While the big media has so far ignored the find, Captain's Quarters blogger Ed Morrissey notes:

"If this translation stands up to further scrutiny, it will provide a substantial answer to the question of Saddam's role in terrorism, both in general and specifically aimed at America.

"This memo will prove that Saddam had no intention of remaining neutralized in the region. He not only funded and encouraged terrorism, but he actively recruited terrorists from the ranks of his own military to carry out suicide attacks on American interests."

'9/11 Changed Everything'

Twentieth-century rules will not win a 21st-century war.

"...British Defense Minister John Reid suggested that we consider revising the Geneva Conventions regarding conduct in war. He wants to accommodate the altered reality of modern terrorism. 'I believe we need now to consider whether we--the international community in its widest sense--need to re-examine these conventions,' Mr. Reid said. 'If we do not, we risk continuing to fight a 21st-century conflict with 20th-century rules.' The Geneva Conventions were shaped 50 years ago, Mr. Reid said, but 'warfare continues to evolve, and, in its moral dimensions, we have now to cope with a deliberate regression towards barbaric terrorism by our opponents.' "

US Senate reaches deal on immigrants, grants most legal status
Sun-Sentinel.com - Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
... Mel Martinez unveiled a late-breaking compromise that would allow most but not all illegal immigrants a chance to become legal residents. ...

The U.N. Flexing Muscles

The U.N. is "gettin' tough". (cough.. cough)

Annan urges Iran to fulfill obligation to peaceful nuclear power

EastDay.com - Shanghai,China
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday urged Iran to be transparent about its nuclear program, saying Iran must fulfill its obligations to the ...

Global Warming Hysteria

New Media Hysteria on Global Warming
Human Events - USA
... Since the media gave up their concern for global cooling in the 1970s, they've attacked global warming and the whole foundation of unbiased journalism at the ...

The Senate's One-Sided Global Warming Debate
FrontPage magazine.com - Los Angeles,CA,USA
The Domenici-Bingaman White Paper and scheduled "conference" appears to raise a number of important questions to stimulate discussion leading to the ...

Iran flexes military muscle ahead of N-row
IranMania News - Iran
LONDON, April 7 (IranMania) - Iran just wrapped up a week of hyped-up war games which the regime used as much to rally local support as to send an intimidating ...

US to look past Security Council for options on Iran: Bolton
Hindu - Chennai,India
Washington, April 7. (AP): The Bush administration is considering diplomatic and economic options to deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons if diplomacy at ...

China to increase imports to ease disputes with trading partners
Xinhua - China
BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- China will increase imports this year to ease disputes with trading partners, Vice Minister of Commerce Wei Jianguo said in an ...

China's unemployment to worsen in Q2, Q3 - NDRC
Forbes - USA
BEIJING (AFX) - China's labor surplus, oversupply in some industries and trade friction will have an adverse impact on the nation's unemployment rate in the ...

China's US Buying Spree Begins in LA
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
... On the other side of the velvet rope, Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi was discussing the very unsexy topic of US-China trade and investment. ...

Paris When It Sizzles

Broadcast media focus on French law’s help for firing, not hiring, of young workers, overlooking the socialist system and its pitfalls.

By Amy Menefee
Free Market Project

More than one million protesters in France are confused. They think easing labor restrictions will harm workers, not help them. And the U.S. broadcast media aren’t helping American viewers understand either. Read on...

"American actors like Gary Busey and Billy Zane appear in anti-U.S. movies for Turkish audiences; piercing intellects like George Clooney spend their time reminding us how the corpse of Joe McCarthy is the real threat to democracy; Western 'peace' activists rescued by Spec-Ops from a sword-assisted skull removal couldn't bring themselves to thank the troops, lest anyone suspect that guns might be occasionally useful after all. You'd call them useful idiots, but it's hard to see the 'useful' part."—James Lileks

"Hollywood has a lot of credibility when it comes to lecturing us on tyranny—about as much as Ted Kennedy does on drunk driving, Bill Clinton on marital fidelity, and Robert Downey Jr. on a drug-free America."—Don Feder

"Ladies and gentlemen, you had the highest murder rate, unto each other. You were dealing drugs to each other. You were impregnating our 13-, 12-, 11-year-old children. What kind of a village is that?"—Bill Cosby, speaking in New Orleans

"[T]he more left one goes, the more one is likely to encounter people who substitute 'social justice' for personal morality." —Dennis Prager

McCain Epitomizes Federal Government Failures
By Christopher G. Adamo

The March 2006 cover story of "Fortune" magazine, entitled "Secrets of Greatness," presents profiles of several individuals whom the editors deemed worthy of that description. First on the list is Senator John McCain of Arizona, pictured with hand over heart, looking statesmanlike and warm. In truth, he is neither...

US military catches top Zarqawi aide in Iraq

BAGHDAD - The US military announced on Thursday it had caught a top Al Qaeda linked operative who was the key suspect in the kidnapping of Italian journalist Guiliana Sgrena last year.

The military said a massive manhunt by Iraqi and US forces led to the arrest last month of Muhammed Hila Hammad Ubaydi, also known as Abu Ayman, a former aide to the intelligence chief under Saddam Hussein.

It said he had “strong ties” to Al Qaeda’s Iraq frontman, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, and was the leader of the Secret Islamic Army, a militant outfit operating in the Babel province south of Baghdad.

He was caught on March 7 in Al Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad, but his arrest was not immediately announced pending a DNA test, which ”confirmed this is Abu Ayman,” the military said. Read on...

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Envoy: U.S. Losing Patience on N. Korea

Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea

The top U.S. envoy in South Korea said Wednesday that Washington was "running out of patience" with the impasse over North Korea's nuclear program.

The comments by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow came as Seoul's chief official for North Korean relations urged the communist state to end its boycott of international talks on the issue.

North Korea has refused to resume nuclear disarmament talks with the United States, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea, demanding that Washington first lift financial restrictions on a Macau bank and North Korean companies accused of involvement in the North's alleged currency counterfeiting and other illicit activities.

The United States has rebuffed the North's demand, saying the sanctions are a separate issue from the nuclear talks. Read on...

Insurgents launch rocket attacks on Turkish targets


ANKARA — Kurdish insurgents have begun using rockets in Turkey.

Officials said the Kurdish Workers Party has acquired rocket-propelled grenades for strikes against government and police targets in Turkey. They said the RPGs have come from neighboring Iraq.

On late April 4, PKK fighters launched RPGs toward a police station in Bingol in southeastern Turkey, Middle East Newsline reported. Officials said a police officer was killed and seven others were injured.

It was the first report of the use of rockets, identified as the RP-7, by the PKK in its latest insurgency campaign. In 2005, the PKK declared a renewal of hostilities against Ankara.

On Wednesday, the office of the ruling Justice and Development [AKP] Party was rocked by an explosion. Three people were injured in the blast, which caused extensive damage to the party office in Istanbul.

The PKK has used A-4 plastic explosives in attacks. Officials said police found 10 kilograms of A-4 on April 4 in an Istanbul cemetery near the AKP office.

Iraqi Army takes over in Salah Eddin province

BAGHDAD — The United States has relayed responsibility to an Iraq Army brigade for operations in the Salah Eddin province. The province contains vital industries as well as strongholds of Al Qaida and the former Saddam Hussein regime.

On April 1, the 1st Brigade, 4th Iraq Army Division began the first phase of assuming responsibility for security operations in Salah Eddin. The Iraqi brigade has been partnered with the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Middle East Newsline reported.

"Yesterday, coalition Forces were responsible for conducting all the operations in partnership with the Iraqi forces," U.S. Army Maj. Robert Bertrand, 3rd BCT military transition team leader, said. "Today, the Iraqi forces are in the lead." Read on...

Palestinian security posts in Gaza doing nothing to stop rockets

TEL AVIV — Israel's military has concluded that the Palestinian Authority has facilitated insurgency missile strikes from the Gaza Strip.

Israeli military sources said PA security forces have allowed insurgency gunners to fire missiles and rockets from the northern Gaza Strip into Israel. They said the gunners fired Kassam-class, short-range missiles a stone's throw away from PA bases and posts.

"PA security forces moved into the evacuated territories, including evacuated areas in the northern Gaza Strip, and set up numerous posts in these areas," an Israeli military statement said on April 3. "Nonetheless, projectile rocket launchings from these areas, at times right by security forces posts, has continued unabated." More...

Lucent-Alcatel: Doing business with states sponsoring terrorism

The recent announcement of the merger of Lucent and Alcatel, two telecommunications titans, has been heralded in financial circles as a positive development.

However, there is a little-known aspect of Alcatel's business that should make Americans uncomfortable with this new arrangement.

Alcatel does a considerable amount of business with countries on our State Department's list of terrorist-sponsoring nations, including Iran and Sudan. Worst of all, the services and products that Alcatel provides to Iran can, at least indirectly, help that nation's military capability. Among its activities in Iran that have relevance to Tehran's military and terrorism-related activities are contracts signed with state-controlled Iranian companies to provide data transmission and switching network capabilities. The contracts have reportedly included provisions of hardware, software, technologies and training to Iranian companies. It likewise is installing an undersea telecommunications cable for Iran.


China has U.S. anti-missile tech, via transfer from Israel

China has developed its own version of the Patriot anti-missile system, according to a Chinese-owned Hong Kong newspaper.

The ground-to-air guided missile system is part of China's air shield that is similar to U.S. Patriot missiles, the March 29 Wen Wei Po reported.

China covertly obtained Patriot anti-missile system technology from Israel during the 1990s, according to U.S. officials.

U.S. intelligence agencies discovered the Israel-China Patriot technology transfer in March 1993.

The transfers came from U.S.-made Patriots sent to Israel to counter Iraqi missile attacks during the Persian Gulf war.

The report described the system's command and control system, vehicles and interceptors.

In 1993, then-CIA Director Robert Gates told The Washington Times, “There is some indication that they [the Chinese] have some of the technology.”

World Tribune

Cuba Declares Its Candidacy for UN Human Rights Body

Pledging to share its experiences in the human rights field with the international community, Cuba's communist government has announced its candidacy for the United Nations' new Human Rights Council (HRC)...

No 1's 2 Dum 2 Teech in a Publik Skool
"Rudy Rios was stripped of his duties as junior varsity baseball coach at Chavez High School last week after using a district copying machine to make a flier encouraging Latino students to attend a rally protesting restrictions on illegal immigration," reports the Houston Chronicle:

Rios, who still retains his duties as an English-as-a-second-language teacher, was copying and distributing a flier that read: "We gots 2 stay together and protest against the new law that wants 2 be passed against all immigrants. We gots 2 show the U.S. that they aint (expletive) with out us (sic)," according to district officials.

Gude thing he still gots his job 2 teech english 2 da immigrant kidz cuz itd B 2 bad F dey mist sumpin so importent 4 dare future.

Source: Opinion Journal

Zero-Tolerance Watch
Arms are for hugging? Not at Greenmeadow Elementary School in Maynard, Mass., where a family "is outraged after their 5-year-old daughter was forced to write a letter denouncing hugging after a classmate embraced her."

Source: Opinion Journal

Throw the Book at Her
Opinion Journal

A federal grand jury is now considering whether to charge Cynthia McKinney with assault for last week's incident in which she breached Capitol security and then allegedly struck a policeman. Facing the possibility of criminal charges, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, she "apologized for her role" in the incident. But in fact if the AJC's quotes are accurate, she did no such thing:

"There should not have been any physical contact in this incident," McKinney, surrounded by a handful of lawmakers, said.

"I am sorry this misunderstanding happened at all and I regret its escalation and I apologize," McKinney said, drawing applause from the partially-filled chamber.

"There should not have been any physical contact . . . this misunderstanding happened . . . I regret its escalation." It does not appear that she expressed any remorse whatever for her actions. What's more, the paper suggests that an employee of hers then proceeded to impersonate a policeman:

Even as McKinney appeared to be trying to put the issue to rest, a bodyguard she hired--reportedly a former Georgia state trooper--was raising another furor when he threatened a television reporter trying to interview McKinney outside the Capitol just minutes before she appeared on the House floor.

When the reporter from Cox Broadcasting tried to ask McKinney about the grand jury, the bodyguard told him, "I'm going to put your ass in jail. I'm a police officer," a videotape of the incident shows.

Asked if he worked for Capitol police, the man said, "I work for Miss McKinney."

The Problem With Politics

Strong, Tough and Smart?
From Opinion Journal

Kevin Drum of the center-left Washington Monthly, citing a source of his own and a report in London's Sunday Telegraph, speculates that the U.S. may be seriously considering a military strike against Iran later this year, and he offers some political advice to his own party:

There's no question that the administration is already preparing the ground for an air strike on Iran, but it's likely that the real push won't come until late summer when it can be used as a cudgel in the midterm elections. Same song, new verse.

And once more: If Democrats don't start thinking about how they're going to respond to this, they're idiots. We don't always get to pick the issues to run on. Sometimes they're picked for us.

One would have more confidence in the Democrats if this leading young intellectual said they needed to start thinking about what was in the best interests of the country rather than "how they're going to respond to this" as a campaign issue. (Emphasis mine - H.H.)

The problem with present day politics is that both parties are more concerned with what's good for them, either their party, or specific party members, than they are with what is good for the country. Reason # 345,678 why I dislike politics.

"More to the heart of most Americans' concerns, how can a nation fighting a war on terror NOT seal its borders?" —Kathleen Parker

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
—Marcus Tullius Cicero

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
—Richard Henry Lee

Vilsack asks Congress to pay for jailing illegal immigrants
WHO-TV - Des Moines,IA,USA
WASHINGTON Governor Vilsack and 13 other governors are pressing federal lawmakers to find money to reimburse states for the cost of jailing illegal immigrants. ...


Swing Justice
Anthony Kenndey attacks the media and wonders if liberals hate him. What does Justice Kennedy have against editorialists?

Read on.

The Fort Wayne News Sentinel Plays the Race Card on the Immigration Issue

GOP-proposed crackdowns on illegal immigrants smack of racism
Fort Wayne News Sentinel - Fort Wayne,IN,USA
... the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the right wing has decided it is time to settle scores with Latino illegalimmigrants. And it wants ...

US decries human rights violations in Iran
Iran Focus - Iran
... human rights worldwide, entitled "Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The US Record 2005 - 2006", the US State Department accused Iran of carrying out ...

Senate GOP to filibuster alien bill
Senate Republicans will filibuster their own immigration bill today in the face of steadfast refusal by Democrats to allow amendments to the bill that many conservatives view as granting amnesty to illegal aliens.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Party of Police-Haters
By Michelle Malkin

There’s only one thing more damning than the recent caterwauling of cop-bashing Rep. Cynthia McKinney and her race-mongering mob: The stone-cold silence of Beltway Democrats. While McKinney and her ilk sling wild charges of racism and conspiracy at the police, national Dems have yet to utter one clear word in defense of the men and women who protect their privileged backsides day in and day out in Washington…

Canada's New Conservative PM Calls US 'Our Best Friend'

Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - Declaring the United States to be his country's "best friend and largest trading partner," Canada's new Conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has announced a series of proposals to improve ties across the 49th parallel.

Although short on details, Harper made it clear that improving the tattered relationships between the neighbors was among his top priorities. Read on...

DeLay’s Gone, But You’re Still Corrupt, Dems Tell Republicans
– Rep. Tom DeLay's resignation from Congress does not mean Democrats will stop hammering the Republicans' "culture of corruption," House Democrats are promising supporters. Democrats also hinted that they will go after Republicans who have accepted money from DeLay's political action committee...

After DeLay, Liberals Want to Dismantle the House That Tom Built
- Several liberal groups on Tuesday used the announcement that Republican U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay was resigning his post to slam the GOP and call for a “clean sweep” of Washington...

Iran Seeks Seat on UN’s New-Look Human Rights Body
– Iran wants a seat on the new, "improved" U.N. Human Rights Council. As of late Tuesday, Iran was among 32 nations that are vying for a seat -- and it is not the only troubling candidate among the 32...

Venezuelan Dictator Seizes Oil to Buy Weapons

Networks ignore socialist Chavez’s power grab, but attacked Big Oil just for making profits.

By Ken Shepherd
Free Market Project

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s offer of subsidized heating oil to the frosty northeastern United States this past winter was met warmly by the broadcast media. But network interest in Chavez turned stone-cold with the dictator’s springtime pursuit of Russian weapons financed by his country’s state-owned oil supply. Read more....


Econ 101: When the Job Market Isn’t Free
Dr. Gary Wolfram explains why French protests show students’ ignorance about a consumer-driven economy.

Paris When It Sizzles
As French protesters clash with riot police, Americans aren’t getting the full story from U.S. broadcast media. Journalists have focused on a new labor law’s provision for businesses to fire – not hire – young workers. In reality, it’s just the socialist French system showing its flaws. Read more.

Is this their 'Trojan Horse' ?

Hamas letter to United Nations: Hamas ready to live 'side by side' ...
International Middle East Media Center - Beit Sahour,West Bank,Palestine
... The 'quartet for Mid-East peace', made up of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States, are the sponsors of the stalled Middle East ...

The Potemkin Prosecution: Part Two

Thanks to a tip from a reader, The American Thinker has posted The Potemkin Prosecution: Part Two.

On March 27th I posted The Potemkin Prosecution: Part One here. You might want to read part one first or re-read it before reading part two. The articles are about Scooter Libby and Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Both parts are interesting to read.

Some 90 illegal immigrants found at Phoenix home
KPHO Phoenix - Phoenix,AZ,USA
Some 90 illegal immigrants were taken into custody after they were found in a small house on the city's west side. Police went to ...

Economists say illegal immigrants undercut wages
Pueblo Chieftain - Pueblo,CO,USA
... An estimated 7.2 million illegal immigrants are employed - about 5 percent of the US labor force - according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a research organization ...

US spending $56M to fly immigrants home
Penn Live - Harrisburg,PA,USA
... Officials want to double the deportations in the next year as the US ends its practice of freeing some illegalimmigrants until they can be returned to their ...

They should change their name...

They should become the AACLU (Anti-American Civil Liberties Union).
ACLU: Illegal Immigrants Deserve Their Day in Court
Stop the ACLU - New Cumberland,PA,USA
... Committee met today to examine immigration, the American Civil Liberties Union urged lawmakers to reject two proposals that would deprive immigrants of their ...

Chief says officer was right to halt McKinney

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer yesterday said his officer did the right thing when he stopped Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney after she walked past a secure checkpoint in a House office building last week.

U.S. near deal with China on illegals

The Department of Homeland Security is near an agreement with China to return up to 39,000 Chinese illegally living in the U.S. to the communist country, which previously had refused to accept deportations.

House GOP lacks agenda, DeLay says

Departing Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas said yesterday that House Republicans have no vision or agenda and have let the Democrats choose the GOP leadership.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tensions Mount Between United Nations and Sudan
Voice of America - USA
By VOA News. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he plans to speak with Sudan's president following the aborted trip of a UN official to Darfur. ...

San Francisco's Hateful Anti-Catholic Resolution Prompts Lawsuit

From The Thomas More Law Center

A virulently anti-Catholic resolution unanimously passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors condemning Catholic moral teaching on homosexuality and urging the Archbishop of San Francisco and Catholic Charities of San Francisco to defy Church directives prohibiting gay adoptions has prompted a federal lawsuit by the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The lawsuit, brought on behalf of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and two San Francisco Catholic citizens, challenges the anti-Catholic resolution as a “startling attack by government officials on the Catholic Church, Catholic moral teaching and beliefs, and those who adhere to the tenets of the Catholic faith, in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”

The March 21, 2006 resolution alludes to the Vatican as a foreign country meddling in the affairs of the City and describes the Church’s moral teaching and beliefs as “insulting to all San Franciscans,” “hateful,” “insulting and callous,” “defamatory,” “absolutely unacceptable,” “insensitive[] and ignoran[t].” The resolution calls on the local Archbishop to “defy” the Church’s teachings and describes Cardinal William Joseph Levada, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is responsible for safeguarding the doctrine on the faith and morals of the Church throughout the Catholic world, as “unqualified” to lead.

According to Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, “The demagoguery and virulent words of this resolution are reminiscent of the anti- Catholic bigotry of the Ku Klux Klan and the Know Nothings, which marred our Nation’s earlier history. San Francisco may as well have put up signs at the City limits: ‘Faithful Catholics Not Welcomed.”

Catholic doctrine proclaims that allowing children to be adopted by homosexuals would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development. Therefore, such policies are gravely immoral and Catholic organizations must not place children for adoption in homosexual households.

The lawsuit claims that the First Amendment “forbids an official purpose to disapprove of a particular religion, religious beliefs, or of religion in general.” The lawsuit states that this “anti-Catholic resolution sends a clear message to Plaintiffs and others who are faithful adherents to the Catholic faith that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community and an accompanying message that those who oppose Catholic religious beliefs, particularly with regard to homosexual unions and adoptions by homosexual partners, are insiders, favored members of the political community.”

Robert Muise, the Law Center attorney handling this matter, commented, “Our constitution forbids hostility toward any religion. In total disregard for the Constitution, homosexual activists in positions of authority in San Francisco are abusing their authority as government officials and misusing the instruments of government to attack the Catholic Church. This egregious abuse of power is an outrage and a clear violation of the First Amendment.”

Global Warming Hysteria Has Arrived

On April 4, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing to discuss a white paper that Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Pete Domenici (R-NM) released on a mandatory cap and trade program for carbon dioxide emissions. The majority of panelists that will provide testimony in the hearing are for a cap-and-trade program, suggesting the Committee views global warming to be a serious problem and that a cap-and-trade approach is the preferred mechanism for fighting it. More...

Distorting the Immigration Debate

By Michael Medved
Beyond the News

The shrill immigration debate features distortions on both sides. Pro-immigration forces suggest all illegals are hard-working and decent, while anti-immigrant demagogues imply that they're all drug dealers and welfare chiselers.

The truth, of course, is mixed, so any policy treating all immigrants the same is idiotic. It's senseless to consider blanket amnesty, or to talk about mass deportation of the best along with the worst.

A constructive policy must draw distinctions among individuals, and that's what reform proposals by President Bush are designed to do. If undocumented workers can pass a background check--proving they've worked consistently since arrival, stayed out of trouble and mastered the English language--and if they admit guilt for illegal entry and pay a fine, they can begin a six year process culminating in legal residency.

This allows the best of the undocumented to work toward legalization, while targeting the worst for quick deportation--making the clear distinctions necessary for any sane immigration policy.

Ha ha... What a joke....

United Nations Convention against Corruption
HardNews Magazine - New Delhi,India
... fight corruption and reduce its corrosive impact in a sustainable way, the first ever legally binding global instrument, the United Nations Convention against ... .....

The corrupt U.N. is going to fight international corruption, and that should qualify itself, but it doesn't. They want to stop corruption AROUND the world. What the hell.

U.S., Britain press for strong ministries
A top priority of the new Iraqi government should be to set up strong ministries of defense and interior that can "rein in" and ultimately disband partisan militias, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday as she concluded a two-day visit to

Boycott set to support illegals
Immigration rights organizers today will call for a nationwide boycott of work, school and shopping on May 1 to protest congressional efforts to clamp down on illegal aliens as part of pending immigration-reform legislation.

Let's see. How will this affect me, the average American. No one will clean my pool that day. Oh that's right, I don't have one. No one will do landscape or manicure my lawn that day. Oh that's right, I do my own. Most of my employees won't show up for work that day. Oh that's right, I don't have a business of my own. A lot of employees in the fast food industry won't report for work that day. Geez, you mean I might actually have someone wait on me in the drive-thru that can communicate with me?

Monday, April 03, 2006

A Rod Serling Moment

Buckle on your tinfoil hats because:

On Wednesday (April 5)

at two minutes and three seconds

after 1:00 in the morning,

the time and date will be

01 :02 :03 04/05/06

That won't ever happen again.

Palestinian FM Dreams of World Map in Which Israel 'Will Not Appear'

From Vital Perspective.

"I dream about hanging a huge map of the world on the wall of my Gaza house, in which Israel will not appear." These were the words of Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar in a weekend interview to Chinese news agency Xinhua.

"I hope that our dream of having an independent state on the entire territory of historical Palestine will be realized one day, and I am sure that there is no room for the State of Israel on this land," he added.

According to the interview, Zahar maintained that Palestinians have no problem with the Jewish religion, only with the Israeli occupation, and said he does not rule out the possibility of Jews, Muslims and Christians living together in one Islamic state.

Rice, Straw warn Iraq to end impasse
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw flew together to Iraq yesterday to deliver a stern message to the country's political leaders that they must stop bickering and form a government.

Tehran faces growing Kurdish opposition
A little-known organization based in the mountains of Iraq's Kurdish north is emerging as a serious threat to the Iranian government, staging cross-border attacks and claiming tens of thousands of supporters among Iran's 4 million Kurds.

Isn't 1 in 10 too many?

"[T]here are two unique aspects to the evil emanating from the Islamic world that render this latest threat to humanity particularly difficult to overcome. One is the number of people who believe in it. This is a new phenomenon among organized evils. Far fewer people believed in Nazism or in communism than believe in Islam generally or in authoritarian Islam specifically. There are one billion Muslims in the world. If just 10 percent believe in the Islam of Hamas, the Taliban, the Sudanese regime, Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, bin Ladin, Islamic Jihad, the Finley Park Mosque in London or Hizbollah—and it is inconceivable that only one of 10 Muslims supports any of these groups' ideologies—that means a true believing enemy of at least 100 million people. Outside of Germany, how many people believed in Nazism? Outside of Japan, who believed in Japanese imperialism and militarism? And outside of universities, the arts world or Hollywood, how many people believed in Soviet-style totalitarianism? A far larger number of people believe in Islamic authoritarianism than ever believed in Marxism. Virtually no one living in Marxist countries believed in Marxism or communism. Likewise, far fewer people believed in Nazism, an ideology confined largely to one country for less than one generation. This is one enormous difference between the radical Islamic threat to our civilization and the two previous ones." —Dennis Prager

"[L]iberals...never explain what [they] mean by right-wing, though you gather it's something pretty icky. Everything liberals disapprove of is 'right-wing,' even things that are mutually exclusive. Fascist totalitarianism is 'right-wing,' but so is its exact opposite, libertarianism. And so are monarchism, theocracy, strict constitutionalism, military dictatorship, neoconservatism, and so on—even, at times, Soviet Communism, though anti-Communism was 'right-wing' too. By right-wing, liberals seem to mean everything but us. No wonder people don't listen to them anymore." —Joseph Sobran

"This country has lost control of its borders. No country can do that and survive."
—Ronald Reagan

"Rather than sinking into a 'deeply troubled' and non-communicative funk, rather than pretending the Afghan constitution doesn't contain a blueprint for a sharia state, the president and his people should explain the fundamental conflict between emerging Islamic democracies and the Western world—a conflict that looms larger than any military front in the so-called 'war on terror': Sharia and liberty don't mix... Sugarcoating sharia and underplaying liberty doesn't win any wars. It just wins more sharia and less liberty." —Diana West

What They Are Discovering

For the past three years we have listened to what critics of the war in Iraq and those who opposed Saddam’s removal had to say: that the war was based on a bunch of lies; that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; and that Saddam’s regime had no connection to Al Qaeda. Well, fine. Now the US administration has decided to publish some of the documents it confiscated from Iraqis and things are starting to change. And given the tenor of what is being made public, opponents of the war are the ones who need to start explaining themselves. Read on...

Hamas may lose nations' funding
Albuquerque Tribune - Albuquerque,NM,USA
... The Quartet of Mideast mediators - the United States, EU, Russia and the United Nations - warned the Hamas-led government Thursday to recognize Israel and seek ...

Immigrants drive down wages
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA
... that Americans won't work for wages offered to immigrants may be true, but it is a specious argument, for, if there were no illegal immigrants, wages would be ...

Illegal immigrants don't deserve leniency
DetNews.com - Detroit,MI,USA
People who defend the presence of illegal immigrants in the United States always put forth the same weak justification for illegal aliens who take American jobs ...

Iranian War Games Send Message of Confrontation
– As international tension mounts over Iran’s nuclear program, Iran has launched a week of war games and missile tests. An Iranian official said the activity sends a message to anyone who might cross the Islamic Republic...

Fiddling While Iran Nuclearizes
FrontPage magazine.com - Los Angeles,CA,USA
... of being the aggressor country in the Middle East region and said that Iran had never threatened, nor did it intend to threaten, any United Nations member in ...

Hans 'Bwitz' says Iran Years Away From Nuclear Bomb

Houston Chronicle - United States
OSLO, Norway - Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday that Iran is a least five years away from developing a nuclear bomb, leaving time to ...

Sunday, April 02, 2006

American Immigration Policy: Bordering on the Absurd

Another 'ingredient' for our "melting pot or salad bowl" dilema. This article, American Immigration Policy: Bordering on the Absurd, provides a good example of the depths of our immigration problem. Our whole immigration system needs to be looked at and revamped.

But again, this is a big problem that will take a long time to analyze and fix. That is precisely why we need to tackle the border problem first; and take the time to fix the broken down system, and fix it correctly.


By HeavyHanded

In our present social discussions on our illegal immigrant situation, proposed reforms, our porous borders and the possibilities of tackling border security, I can't help but think of the speech given by Democrat Richard D. Lamm, former Colorado Governor for 12 years. He gave this speech in Washington D.C. a couple of years ago.
"If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.'

Here is how they do it. First to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar Seymour Lipset put it this way: 'The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans.

Second, to destroy America, invent 'multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. I would make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

Third, we could make the United States a 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own multiethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved! Not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentrically and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.

I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America reinforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.

Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.

My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population.

My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity! Unity is what it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshiped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic Games.

A common enemy Persia threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to over come two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell.

"E. Pluribus Unum" -— From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum,' we can balkanize America as surely as Kosovo.

Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits ~ make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobes' halt discussion and debate.

Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-culturism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."

Multiculturists in America dislike the melting pot idea, the process which has helped make America great. The multiculturist thinks all cultures, customs and social mores are equal. They believe all cultures are equal; none are superior, just as none are inferior. They see them as merely different. To them, for you to see it any other way, makes you a bigot or insensitive; you are guilty of being politically incorrect.

We are a nation of laws. We are a nation of rights - inalienable rights. We are equal before the law - man or woman. We have freedom and liberty. To be completely liberated, you need a capitalistic nation. If you are not allowed to attempt to make as much money as you can through your own hard work and keep your rewards from your hard work, you are not totally free.

The left, the multiculturists, do not share in this vision. With complete liberation, capitalism allows you to succeed - and to fail. The free society gives you equal opportunity. It does not, however, guarantee equal outcome. This is a big problem to those on the left. They seek "fairness", i.e. equal results or outcome. They want misery spread equally.

Multiculturism detests assimilation because to assimilate into the existing culture represents a form of imperialism - namely - cultural imperialism. One can assimilate into the culture and still maintain certain customs, keep their family history, etc. It's been successfully done in America for well over 200 years. It provides us the opportunity to have a bond with our fellow Americans, despite our individual differences and to be able to work towards a common goal. This provides with a source of pride and a sense of nationalism. This is something else the left has disdain for - national pride.

Cultural relativism, the idea that you cannot compare cultures with one another, fuels multiculturism. Multiculturism and Marxism go hand in hand as multiculturism has it's roots in Marxism. They both embrace similar concepts and see America as a country of oppression, inequality, and imperialism.

The goal is to attack the American culture seeking revolutionary change.

Time and Global Warming I

Six years of drought in Africa. Killer floods in Japan. Crop failures in Canada and Russia.

Average temperatures out of whack. Dramatic changes in polar ice caps. Animals populations threatened with extinction. Top scientists warning of a coming global catastrophe. Our whole fragile blue planet in certain peril because of the junk being pumped into the atmosphere by evil humans.

These horrors sound like they were ripped from the pages of "Be Worried. Be Very Worried," the special report on global warming served up last week by Time magazine. Good guess, but not quite.

The above list comes from Time, all right. But it's the issue of June 24, 1974 -- the one that included a big article on the new ice age that "a growing number of scientists" were sure was already happening and would soon have serious if not devastating global consequences. Read on.

Iran to respond US strikes by worldwide attack: Experts
Daily News & Analysis - Mumbai,India
Iran would mount attacks against US targets inside Iraq, where Iranian intelligence agents are already plentiful, the unnamed intelligence and terrorism ...

Support eroding for Iraqi leader
Leaders of Iraq's ruling Shi'ite Alliance bloc called publicly for the first time yesterday for Ibrahim al-Jaafari to step down as prime minister to break weeks of deadlock over a national-unity government.

`Zarqawi replaced at head of Iraq resistance`

Amman, Jordan: Iraq's resistance has replaced Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as political head of the rebels, confining him to a military role, the son of Osama bin Laden's mentor said today in Jordan.

"The Iraqi Resistance's high command asked Zarqawi to give up his political role and replaced him with an Iraqi, because of several mistakes he made," said Hudayf Azzam, who claims close contacts with the rebels.

"Zarqawi's role has been limited to military action," said Azzam, whose late father Abdullah Azzam was the mentor of bin Laden, the al-Qaeda boss. More details.

Civics Lessons

Another contribution from Anotmo. Thanks, Anotmo.
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Lessons 1: The United States of America is a Republic, not a Democracy

The United States of America is a Republic, not a Democracy. While rarely acknowledged today, the distinction could not be more important. It was most specifically a democracy that our Founders feared and sought to avoid. In "“Federalist Paper # 10"”, the primary author of the Constitution, James Madison wrote... "“democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."

The Founders were concerned with something far more important than the well known cumbersomeness a pure democracy confronts by allowing every citizen to vote on every issue. A representative democracy deals well with that issue. It was what has commonly come to be termed "‘the tyranny of the majority"’ that frightened them. They sought to architect a system of government whereby the will of the people would prevail while still protecting the interests of the minority. That is a most difficult balance to accomplish and even more so to maintain. A representative democracy in and of itself is not sufficient for within even it majority rule still prevails. It requires that such representation be carefully constructed and the process and rules by which it operates prudently designed and administered to insure that the minority is protected against egregious exploitation by the majority.

Today, it is the Democrats that should be most aware of this critical distinction. If we were a democracy then they, as the minority party, would have virtually no input, much less influence, over the operation of government. Their whining that President Bush'’s narrow victory in the 2004 election meant that he "‘had no mandate"’ and therefore had to "‘reach across the aisle"’ for guidance was both true and frivolous. That the minority party retain some control and influence is an inherent attribute of our Republic and it obtains whether or not a "‘mandate"’ by the majority is achieved. Representatives elected by state, limited Federal powers, Separation of powers, Checks and balances, Executive veto power, Legislative over-ride of veto'’s, a bicameral Legislature,’ an independent Judiciary, not to mention freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances, all are in place to protect against the tyranny of the majority.

That is why this is such an important point. Misrepresenting our Republic as a democracy ignores this and so seeks to institute new processes to achieve that which already exists. In so doing, it upsets the Founders carefully conceived balance between the majority and the minority in favor of the latter and so subverts the peoples will as expressed by their votes and the majorities ability to conduct government the way the people said by their votes they wanted it to be conducted. More generally, if our government is perceived to be a democracy rather than a republic, then all of the complexities of our system over that of simple majority rule can not be understood nor appreciated and will be neither effective nor enduring.

As a side note; this is a significant point in the current immigration furor that I have not heard expressed. Immigrants have been and will continue to be of immeasurable benefit to the entire country, but they must understand our system of government to do so. Legal immigration, therefore, seeks to confirm or impart certain skills in immigrants in order for them to become citizens. Of primary importance among these skills is at least a remedial understanding of how our government is designed and operates. Whether or not our current process does this very well is another issue but that it needs to be done and that illegal immigration does not do it is inarguable. That, as much as the current threat of terrorists, is why illegal immigration must be stopped, least we end up with a population that does not understand and therefore can not sustain the Republic our Founders granted to us. As Benjamin Franklin observed when asked what manner of government the Founders had wrought..."”A Republic, if you can keep it"”.