According to a Gallup poll, 49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. [...]
The other day, I ran across an article that reported that prisoners let out of prison at the end of their sentences are given more help from the government than accuseds' who are found innocent when they are freed from prison. The article ignored one rather important fact: What the government says it does is not what it actually does. [...]
This is a post to which I must add, "Amen!"
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. - Dante Alighieri (Purgatorio XIII, 88)
So it has come to this: for a number of years now, it has been literally impossible to live in the United States (and a number of other Western countries) without breaking the law on a regular basis; civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate estimates that the average American commits three felonies every day. [...]
knew that I hadn't kidnapped anyone. Here's the story:
A Criminal Prosecutor and Public Defender
around Galt's Gulch. I had my radio tuned to a classical station and there was
some kind of medly of happy waltzes going. A great way to spend some time.
And then it got better.
Dagny was reading the inscription on Galt's powerplant and--I heard the radio
begin the opening strains of The Moldau, one of my very favorite pieces of
music. I had to put the book down....
The last time I read Atlas Shrugged was almost twenty years ago. I thought it was time for a reread. While reading it, I came across the following: [...]
I tuned into NPR this morning and heard Paul Ryan giving his speech after becoming Romney's running mate. Of course, I know that when a politician's lips move, he's almost certainly lying; nevertheless I felt stirred by his talk of freedom and America's founding principles.
Then I looked up his abortion and drugs stances.
Ah, it's so nice to have my dark view of politicians reinforced.
I just ran into a fairly good summary of the Obamacare decision. Here is the citation they ask for: