Reform must come from within, not from without. You cannot legislate virtue.
— Cardinal James Gibbons
Well worth the time it takes to watch this video by Dinesh D’Souza.
Clearly this fellow forgot his place. One simply does not ask Her Royal Highness Hillaryness a real question.
Hillary’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad week keeps getting terribler. If even MSNBC’s hosts won’t stand up for her anymore, Hillary has to be getting a little bit concerned.
“It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. The funds that a government spends for whatever purposes are levied by taxation. And taxes are paid because the taxpayers are afraid of offering resistance to the tax gatherers. They know that any disobedience or resistance is hopeless. As long as this is the state of affairs, the government is able to collect the money that it wants to spend. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.”
— Ludwig von Mises, Human Action 
This is an amazing set of questions from Sen. Ted Cruz to Sierra Club President Aaron Mair. Mair is clearly out of his depth as he repeatedly has to look over his shoulder to get fed answers by his staff on one of the Sierra Club’s signature issues.
After watching this back and forth between Cruz and Mair, I am struck by the absolute and steadfast refusal of the Sierra Club executive to allow facts and science to even cause them to pause to reconsider, let alone actually move them from their ideological position. As Sen. Cruz stated, actual satellite temperature readings have shown no statistically significant warming over the past 18+ years. However, that reality does not phase Mair; he (via his staff) just keeps going back to the long ago debunked Cook study that claims a “97% consensus” on so-called climate science.
Despite their clear inability to allow scientific facts to impact their worldview, Mair and his organization are playing a significant role in the establishment of environmental policy for this nation.
Something is clearly wrong with this picture and I – for one – am very glad to see the Senate beginning to provide some oversight in this area.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
– Helen Keller
It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.
“Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.”
— Clint Eastwood
Once more, for those who missed the memo, Canadian healthcare is not even remotely “free.”
From the Fraser Institute’s new study – “The average Canadian family with two parents and two children earning $119,082 will pay $11,735 for public health care insurance in 2015. A single individual earning $42,244 can expect to pay $4,222.”
— Joseph Sobran
I suspect the “Long 19th Century,” from about 1776-1914, will be looked back on as a golden age, a peak of civilization, when the individual was ascendant, the state was under control, free-market capitalism was lauded, and progress seemed natural and inevitable. Technology has improved since then, but it’s a mistake to conflate technological progress with moral progress.
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
–– Mark Twain
Childish attacks like this on anyone who has a reasonable disagreement with the President’s policies are why it is impossible to take anything Mr. Obama says seriously.
There are the people on his side on the Iran deal, President Barack Obama said Monday evening. Then there are “the crazies.”
The man is a walking contradiction, demanding “civility in politics” and then acting in the most uncivil and unprofessional manner at every turn. It is not possible to work with a person whose life is so full of cognitive dissonance, but who still demands complete fealty to his every whim, as this President does.
You either march in lock step with the man or you are castigated as “crazy,” “racist,” or you’re described as being in league with Iranian hardliners. The man acts like a petulant child who can’t be seen as serious on any reasonable level.
We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute.