Nicely said, by Nick Gillespie in article #2 below: 'There is a looming showdown in American society between public-sector employees and the rest of us, in terms of job security and, especially, unsustainable gold-plated retirement and health benefits that are working hard to bankrupt whole states." The massive underfunding of public pension systems results -- … Continue reading About the coming crisis in public pensions
Our elites tolerate the republic, as it provides a stable political regime without limiting their ability to amass wealth and power (for details see "Wealth, Income, and Power" by G. William Domhoff). Thomas Friedman explains how this works in "Our One-Party Democracy", op-ed in the New York Times, 8 September 2009. His logic is bizarre but … Continue reading Tom Friedman provides a window to the thinking of our ruling elites
It is something new, I believe, that so many Americans approve of torture by our government. Perhaps this is another result of the horrific mixture of hubris and paranoia (described in America’s Most Dangerous Enemy) that has come to dominate our culture. It so, I believe it a symptom of a serious illness afflicting our society. … Continue reading So many Americans approve of torture; what does this tell us about America?
Summary: a continuation of the previous post, America appoints a Magister Populi to deal with the financial crisis. Here we discuss if the Paulson plan is legal. While presumably accurate, these legal experts cited below are telling us that the Constitutional regime is comatose if not yet terminal. Their analysis reads like a follow-up chapter to my 4 … Continue reading Legal experts discuss if the Paulson Plan is legal
Summary: A crisis like we have today tests both out system of government and America's values. How is our Constitutional regime doing? Not so well, taking more hits to its already weak superstructure. Not that many in America care, as we still have cable to watch as our Republic slowly fades away. Systemic failure manifests … Continue reading Another step away from our Constitutional system, with applause
This is a follow-up to See the last glimmers of the Constitution’s life…, suggesting that the euphoria is undeserved about the Heller decision affirming our right to bear arms (see Zenpundit for a thoughful example). Our political rights -- the ones limiting government's power, focus of the Constitution and Bill of Rights -- peaked with the battles from 1930 - 1969 over … Continue reading Remembering what we have lost… thoughts while looking at the embers of the Constitution