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After Health Care Fiasco, Mike Huckabee Calls For 17th Amendment To Be Repealed

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is fighting mad after the Senate refused to repeal Obamacare this week. He has an idea for a reform that would take us back to the original intent of the Constitution by repealing the 17th Amendment, which allowed for the popular vote of senators. “Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures,” Huckabee wrote in a first Tweet that set off a host of angry responses from liberals and conservatives alike. Undeterred by the negative feedback, Huckabee re-emphasized his earlier statement with a follow-up Tweet. “Ignorance of history of 17th Amendment is revealed by response to my earlier Tweet. Direct election of Senate is major cause of #swamp,” Huckabee wrote in the second Tweet. Before the inaction of the 17th Amendment in 1913, senators would be appointed by the legislature of a given state. If the state legislature was pressured enough by the people, they could remove the Senator at any given time. This was a check against the… Keep Reading

History/Politics

Democracy Is Dangerous

Winston Churchill once said: “Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…” In line with this quote, for many in the United States democracy is held as the highest political ideal, Abraham Lincoln described a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Public history classes are replete with examples of the triumph of the progressives over the reactionary forces of the founding era. Checks and balances and other constitutional restrictions, carefully crafted, were (and are) seen as impediments to progress. Even today there are calls for the abolition of the Electoral College in favor of the direct democratic election of presidents. “Power to the people! Let the people decide! Rock the vote!” But the fact is that democracy can be very dangerous. The various myths surrounding democracy, that democratic elections legitimize political actions, that majority rule is desirable, and that politicians are selfless individuals, harm the… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Denial And Dudgeon In The Millennial Generation

The following may seem a little harsh, but please keep in mind that everything I’m about to write is out of genuine concern for our friends on the left, particularly those of the millennial generation. They say children are our future and with that in mind, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the mental health and well-being of people my age, and even those who are younger. At first glance, it appears as though our liberal friends have lost their collective mind. My first real memory of politics was watching George H. W. Bush mop the floor with Michael Dukakis back in 1988. I was almost 6-years-old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Throughout the course of the past twenty-eight years I’ve watched the left slowly creep toward the edge of insanity, but never have I seen them take a flying leap into the depths of madness like they have since President Barack Obama took power. Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Crybaby Culture

Over the past several years, those of us on the right have watched in semi-stupefied horror as the traditions and morals that serve as the bedrock of our culture have been eroded under an incessant bombardment of cultural Marxism. Those values that built this nation (not to mention much of western civilization) are under open attack by an army of social justice warriors whose main obsessions are political correctness and the obliteration of anything resembling traditional America: Conventional gender roles, the family unit, modesty and humility, strength – both physical and mental, veneration of our elders, self-respect, gravitas, hard work, etc. Perhaps the most in-your-face example of the erosion of our traditions and values is the collective liberal tantrum toward the election of Donald Trump. Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

Is America a Democracy Or a Republic?

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Liberty is two wolves and a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”– Benjamin Franklin Our Constitutional Republic is designed to do exactly that – to prevent mob rule. We hear a lot of talk from politicians about the will of people and political mandates. They point to polls and focus groups for agreement. They justify passing laws that hurt some Americans for the benefit of others under the banner of shared responsibility or personal sacrifice. President Barack Obama says it’s how our Democracy works. A democracy is generally understood to be rule by the people. But a pure democracy is rule by the majority of the people, which is essentially tyranny of the majority. A republic is distinguished by mass voter participation, and by representatives who govern for the people. Since we can’t all meet under the same tree at the same time to agree on rules and laws, we send representatives to the capitol on… Keep Reading

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