Ivan Boesky (Wikimedia commons)
Donald Lee April 23, 2014 at 01:48 pm
I apologize if I was unclear, but my wording and meaning were intended to be precise. There is not,Read More nor should there be anything illegal about the state department informing citizens about their activities, especially when lives are at stake. It is inappropriate for the state department to have a policy of informing certain financial interests of their activities that will affect them financially. This is because it is not possible to do the informing without either the appearanace or the reality of conferring financial advantage on those chosen to be informed. It becomes political corruption when such information becomes a way of using the state department to allow "friends" to make more money. I ask Keith O the same question I ask Liberaltarian: are you willing to agree that principle should come before political advantage? Is it inappropriate for diplomats to keep (unavoidably pre-selected) hedge funds apprised of their activities?
Keith O. April 23, 2014 at 02:46 pm
Principle is not so easily separated from political advantage, Don. Is the Republican CongressRead More acting on principle when they vote 54 times to undo, revamp or tweak Obamacare or are they seeking political advantage by currying favor with voters? It would be inappropriate for diplomats to keep select hedge funds apprised of their activities IF those particular hedge funds were involved in some sort of quid pro quo with the government. Do you know that to be the case?
Keith O. April 23, 2014 at 03:12 pm
Donald Lee referenced on another thread - -Read More http://www.moneynews.com/PatrickWatson/money-manager-Obama-Russia-meeting/2014/04/23/id/567171/ Really, Don? Got something from a legitimate (non right-wing) site other than Newsmax, made infamous by promoting Donald Trump's presidential ambitions? You're really reaching.
Democracy in action (image: http://chrisngwodo.blogspot.com)
Joyce April 23, 2014 at 02:51 pm
Donald Lee wrote: 'The SCOTUS often decides things that it has no power to decide. Regardless of aRead More "vote", the federal constitution has not a single word about abortion. The logic of Roe v Wade is based on a "Penumbra" that defies logic. It also has been further twisted over time to avoid the fact that it was also based on "viability", which has dramatically changed with medical technology.' -------------- I have two questions for you, Donald: 1) Do you think Griswold was also decided incorrectly? --------------------- 2) Are you aware that the enforcement of Roe has kept pace with the changing age of viability?
Liberaltarian April 23, 2014 at 02:58 pm
DL - I'm all with you on the rule of law and the established process and procedures, etc. It's justRead More funny how you only apply the "tyranny of the majority" to things only when you disagree with the majority. You say that the constitution has not a single word about abortion and therefore the courts shouldn't have the power to decide that issue. But that completely contradicts your position all liberties are retained by the people except for the powers specifically delegated to government by our constitution. The fact that the constitution DOESN'T say anything about abortion should lead you to the conclusion (as it often does with other things) that the majority shouldn't have the power to take this freedom of choice away from the individual. The only consistency in your understanding of the "rule of law" is your inconsistency.
Keith O. April 23, 2014 at 03:14 pm
Here, here, Joyce and Lib. Donald is so flummoxed that he is posting on the wrong thread.
Governor Dayton (official photo)
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:50 pm
You do the most to reduce "overlap" by making government do less. Rather than try toRead More reduce government to doing things only once, let's try to get it out of businesses where it does not belong, and make sure it does each absolutely necessary thing at most once.
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:51 pm
Our founders warned us. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Look at the sacrifices that theyRead More made. Ours pale by comparison.
Keith O. April 18, 2014 at 09:38 pm
Donald, if you're referring to the sacrifices detailed in the oft-circulated essay, variously calledRead More "The Price They Paid" or "Our Nation's First True Patriots," (including being captured by the British, tortured and killed) it's basically a bunch of BS. Historians including Joseph J. Ellis have noted the "distinction between history as experienced and history as remembered." John Adams himself spoke to the propaganda promoted soon after the Revolutionary War that distorted events and created heroes to fit a dramatic formula. The boring, real-life biographies of the founders have been repeatedly embellished over the years with exaggeration and pure fiction to make for a better story, when what most of them went through was what everyone went through on the American side during the war.
Children Saluting (Google images)
Roys A. Liar April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm
Then you haven't been paying attention, Dinald.
David Hansen April 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Yeah, just search Google images for "Thanks Obama" and you'll see all the things he'sRead More responsible for.
Joyce April 15, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Donald Lee wrote: 'As far as I can tell, in their eyes, he can do no wrong.' ---------------- Well,Read More Donnie, you cannot see what you do not look at; check out some of the left wing media some day.