Let's Give Kids the Right to Vote?

01/09/2011 Comments (7)

Should kids be given the right to vote?

Michael Kinsley, writing for The Politico, says the idea might be worth considering if giving children the right to vote would act as an impetus toward limiting entitlement spending. Me? I think it would be the best way to guarantee an amendment guaranteeing unlimited candy, Legos, and horses to all children. But maybe I’m just being cynical.

But Kinsley adds a wrinkle to the thought that intrigued me:

Let children vote. Or rather, extend the franchise to children, but let parents vote on their underage children’s behalf. In effect, parents would get an extra vote for every child. How would this solve the entitlement problem? It wouldn’t, directly....READ MORE

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Constitution: Divinely Inspired?

01/06/2011 Comments (19)

Today, on the second day of the 112th Congress, the Constitution will be read on the floor in its entirety.  In addition, the new Republican leadership in the House will be instituting a new rule requiring that each new piece of legislation cite the provision which grants Congress the authority to enact such a law.

Today, it is not uncommon to witness people on opposite sides of the political spectrum expressing far out views of this founding document.

Many liberals, or political progressives, view the Constitution as anachronistic.  It is over 200 years old and its writers could never have anticipated the needs of people today.  Therefore the Constitution needs to be treated as a “living...READ MORE

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The Apocalypse For Dummies

01/04/2011 Comments (20)

Just about a year ago, in one my favorite titles of 2010 (“I Like My Crazy With Extra Nuts”)  I wrote about the doomsday cult of Harold Camping.

Camping, a self styled “Bible scholar”, purports to have calculated, through means of a Rube Goldbergesque algorithm, the date of our doom.  May 21, 2011 (and not Sept. 6, 1994 as he originally predicted) in case you are interested.

Camping and his followers are back in the news as the prophesied date approaches.  Here is an example of the thinking…

In August, Exley left her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., to work with Oakland, Calif.-based Family Radio Worldwide, the independent Christian ministry whose leader, Harold Camping, has calculated the...READ MORE

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Making Fun of Dick Clark

01/02/2011 Comments (29)

I received a call on the morning of New Year’s Day from an old friend I hadn’t spoken to in a while, wishing me a Happy New Year. He asked me what I’d done the night before and I told him I was in bed by ten p.m.. He made fun of me and said he knew me when I did anything but sleep on New Year’s Eve.

We laughed. He said he stayed home and watched ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. And then he said something that made the laughter stop. He said in a slurred voice, “I’m Dick Clark and welcome to Time Square. Now back to you Ryan.”

And then he added, “Seriously, they should just retire him or have him talk to a camera that’s not plugged in. He wouldn’t even know the difference. We...READ MORE

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MTV's Abortion Special Forgot One Little Thing

12/30/2010 Comments (25)

If abortion is a completely legitimate and moral decision why not televise it? I know it’s a shocking suggestion but I think dragging abortion out of the media imposed darkness is essential to the pro-life cause. So many of the gains made by the pro-life cause have been due to advances in technology in ultrasound and people seeing the unborn with their own eyes. But last night MTV aired their VERY IMPORTANT SPECIAL on abortion. Now, silly me, I actually had some hope that something good might come out of it. I was wrong.

The show “16 and Pregnant” on MTV actually does a good job of showing the real life ups and downs of being a young Mom. In fact, last year a number of feminists were upset...READ MORE

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The Lord of the Flies School

12/28/2010 Comments (29)

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I decided to put the children in charge.

I hesitate to call an idea stupid (OK, I really don’t), but in the history of stupid ideas, this gets top billing right next to getting involved in a land war in Asia and “Flock of Seagulls” haircuts.

The idea?  Schools entirely run by kids.  Little kids.

What could go wrong?

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This is clearly an NBC puff piece, but I cannot help but speculate if, perhaps, the producers are making some subliminal commentary.

Take the success story mentioned in the piece.  The...READ MORE

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Death by Regulation

12/27/2010 Comments (5)

For years, progressives unable to convince a majority of Americans of the rightness of their opinions looked to judges to change the law of the land via fiat, rather than putting their ideas up for a vote.

This has had disastrous consequences for this country. Access to abortion would clearly be very different in America if legislatures were allowed to vote but instead a majority of justices declared the killing of the unborn a “right” thereby cutting off all debate and leaving America with some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world.

The New York Times is now reporting a new end run around the peopl. Due to Republicans gaining strength in Congress, the Obama administration may...READ MORE

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Lame Duck? No. Zombie Duck

12/23/2010 Comments (2)

The lame duck session of Congress is finally over.

This session of congress has been called “the most ambitious legislative agenda that’s ever been pursued in a lame-duck session since the 20th Amendment.”

Since the what amendment?

The 20th amendment.  That is the amendment to the Constitution that was supposed to kill lame duck congresses forever.  Now we have Zombie Duck Congresses.

Lame duck sessions of Congress have always seemed wrong to Americans.  We just voted the bums out, why should they get to decide anything?  They shouldn’t.

So the Congress passed and the states ratified the 20th amendment.  The headline in the 1933 Washington Post declared “Present Lame Duck Session Will...READ MORE

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