Gene’s Nickle

How do you decide which government is best for your brand new society? That was the question the Constitutional Convention of 1787 faced.

It had only been a few years since General George Washington had accepted the sword of General Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. The American Revolution, its reasons, and the requisite sacrifices were still fresh in the minds of our founders.

The fear of having another Monarch — and the inevitable tyrant — was ever present in the founder’s minds. They had fashioned the Articles of Confederation, which invested any and all governing authority in only one branch of government, Congress. The plan had fatally limited any national government; it had effectively created 13 smaller sovereign nations.
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William L. Garvin: Stop Your Lying!

“Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.” We are currently seeing the American dream become an American nightmare.

For a prime example, look at our leadership in Washington, D.C. First of all, they lurch from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis like an alcoholic on a cheap whiskey bender stumbling from lamppost to lamppost. Grasping their temporary support, they pause long enough for inebriation to temporarily subside only to lurch forward in their stumble bum gait to the next temporary respite. When confronted for their irresponsible behavior, they first deny having had more than one drink. Then they concoct a fantasy that the world faces impending doom without them being allowed to proceed along their sotted way. Finally, they blame the bartender for having built a bar where they were served alcohol. Apparently one thing they will never admit is the truth—they are economic drunks about to reach a certain disastrous end.
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An Iconic Truth

It’s so sad that we allow the leftists in this country to define our belief in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

There was a time, not so long ago, when patriotism was mainstream. Perhaps we need to look back for inspiration!

William L. Garvin: Our American Monarchy

This isn’t about the current resident of the White House who laments that he’s only the President of the United States, not the “Emperor of the United States.” It isn’t about the supposed Constitutional scholar who boasts “If Congress doesn’t act, I will” and threatens that he will write a bill and Congress will have to vote on it. It isn’t about the fact that he unilaterally defines laws as unconstitutional and orders the Department of Justice to refuse to defend them as he did with the Defense of Marriage Act.

This isn’t about him promising to “work tirelessly” until every American had a job then dashing off to Florida to play golf with Tiger Woods on a private course closed to even the press. It isn’t about his $1,000 per hour golf lessons while his wife spirits off on another multi-million dollar ski trip in Aspen. It isn’t about the nouveau riche jet setting that exceeds the travel budget of Britain’s royal family and would have made the Gatsby’s jealous. After all, four years from now, they will have packed their bags and moved on. Metaphorically speaking: “The King is dead; long live the King.”
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William L. Garvin: The Demise and Death of Respect

Several events have occurred recently to signal that respect is no longer a core cultural value in the United States. First, the New York school system has decided that it will no longer suspend students for cussing out a teacher. Then an eighteen-year old reprobate curses at her judge, flips him off and then seems genuinely shocked when he takes offense and gives her even more jail time.

On a more serious level, convicted double-murderer Nathan Burris mocked his death penalty sentence. “I cannot or will not express remorse or regret—it’s not gonna happen,” Burris taunted. “I’m in California, and there ain’t no death penalty in California. The way I see it, I have good 25-30 years left before anything happens.” Burris murdered his ex-girlfriend (who had broken up with him) and a man he suspected was now involved with her. As far as Burris is concerned, he’s got “three hots and a cot” for the rest of his life.
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Gene’s Nickle: English History

11 February, 2013

I remember my high school civics teaching about the importance of the Magna Carta; for the first time, citizens, albeit the aristocracy, sought to limit the power of a monarch.

I have since learned that our concepts of trial by jury and habeas corpus were first mentioned in that charter; indicating that as early as 1215, men knew there were natural laws even kings shouldn’t violate.
The British Parliament counts its beginning from that day, but the struggle for power between the governed and their governors lasted centuries. Even during the 150 years that the colonists had been in America, Parliament was dissolved and later reinstated, war occurred between monarchs and the church, and a king was tried and executed.
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Gene’s Nickle: Sovereignty II

4 February, 2013
Like every coin worth having, individual sovereignty has a second side.
John Locke taught that:

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only the law of Nature for his rule.”

Reason and logic show, if natural liberty means being free from a ruler or government, then liberty requires a fundamental responsibility of the individual to secure and provide for himself. I would go this far, the less responsibility one takes for his life and its direction and the more one relies on government for personal safety, success, and happiness, the less liberty that man actually has. Continue reading