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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America groan as Aetna announces it will pull out of Virginia and Iowa’s last insurer is leaving most of the state for the individual marketplace.  They’re stunned as more Republicans tell pollsters they trust the government to do the right thing more than Democrats do.  And they react as an MSNBC contributor declares that anyone who doesn’t rely on government is elitist.

Slogging Through the Political Muck of Grief

 

After reading Claire Berlinski’s long-awaited post, I resonated with much of what she said. From a time perspective, however, I’m probably farther ahead in my grieving process. I’m not going to describe a traditional “grief” model in this OP; those models are always tidy and reasonable, reassuring us that there is an end to our anger, perplexity and sadness. My issue with grief, though, is that it is ugly and inconsistent; it is unique for each person in its duration, in its depth, and in its stages. For those of you who are looking for a linear approach to grief regarding the political process, hoping there is a beginning and an end, I can’t help you. I can only illustrate that it is messy, unpredictable, and most importantly normal.

I’ve avoided talking about the elections and Trump directly, for the most part. I didn’t want to inflame the passions, create enemies or discount the feelings of others. I will finally confess that I didn’t want Trump for President, so much so that I didn’t vote in this last election. There. I said it. For those of you who say it was a vote for Hillary, so be it. For me it was a protest, a rebellion that was emotional, resolute, yet principled (from my perspective). As unrealistic as it might have seemed to many of you, I mourned the loss of elevating and expecting the values of truth, honor, and dignity from our government and its representatives.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America found a lot to like in Pres. Trump’s speech, from conservative principles to powerful moments to a calm but determined delivery.  They also point areas where Trump is embracing big government: including infrastructure, family leave, and health reform.  And they have fun with the very awkward Democratic response.

In the final podcast of the Obama presidency, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Donald Trump’s goal of aggressively reducing the size of government but acknowledge it will not be easy.  They also react to Bernie Sanders saying America is not compassionate because our government does not do as much for people as more liberal governments do.  And they scratch their heads as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard embarks on a mysterious trip to Syria.

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What makes a government legitimate? What does legitimacy mean in regard to politics?  I have been wondering, again, about the conditions which require obedience to unjust laws. The question of legitimacy seems the most fundamental form of that ethical conundrum. Laws express authority. Before one accepts the laws of representatives or rulers, one must accept […]

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The dismaying choice facing us this November in the presidential race raises the question of whether we as a society are still capable of self governance. Thomas Jefferson and other founders made it plain that the success of the Republic required a literate and informed citizenry: “I think by far the most important bill in […]

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In @andrewklavan’s recent podcast #186, he makes the claim that most people don’t want to be free, and the government is happy to feed people their needs and desires in exchange for their power. The battery is fed from the free will of the people, to paraphrase Mr. Klavan.  The Left has many institutions, and […]

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Competition Will Not Be Tolerated

 

HigherEdFellow member Dave S. posted a short note this morning about the government forcing ITT to shut down its technical school operation. In it he asks “Do they actually hold other private ‘not-for-profit’ institutions to the same standard or I am just falling in to the trap of ‘this administration can do no right?'”

The reality is that Progressives really do not care whether an organization is “for profit” or not. What they care about is getting their cut, both of control and money. They have turned the Federal government into an organized crime extortion ring. The Department of “Education” goes after trade schools and charter schools. The Department of “Justice” goes after churches and other religious organizations who don’t play ball on abortion or ObamaCare. The IRS harasses conservative political organizations.

In this case, post secondary education in America is the new Industrial Titan. Americans spend $1.1 trillion on “education” every year. And a lot of people are making a profit.

It Induces Regurgitation

 

New members may not know me, but once upon a time I was posting twice a week, maybe more. Why have I cut back? Well, I’ve pretty much run out of new things to say. Increasingly my reaction to the news is to want to quote my own posts from a month ago, or a year ago, or two. And that’s just bad form.

But in view of the FBI’s release of their Hillary interview notes — and the revelation that an agency with a reputation for incorruptibility has been utterly politicized — I just can’t help myself. I refer you to this post from August 2015, as the Republican presidential nomination contest was just beginning:

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In the six years I’ve been ranting here, nothing has gotten my dander up more than the incestuous relationship between the media and government. Politicians and their staffers move freely between covering the story and being the story. Worse yet, they intermarry, often setting up egregious conflicts of interest which are not disclosed. Now, KTVI, […]

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In the 17th Century our English ancestors fought our first civil war, to reassert 700 years after the Magna Carta a measure of our liberty and some of the nature of our relationship with government.  In the 18th Century, our own American forebears fought our second civil war, successfully asserting our individual liberties and personal […]

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A hallmark of the Obama presidency has its singular combination of busybodying and incompetence. Micromanaging the private health insurance market, prescribing healthy diets for our children, making pizza shops list calorie counts — all while veterans die waiting for government healthcare. The Secret Service creates ever-larger protective zones, causing untold problems for the public — […]

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In this CPAC panel, Dennis Prager, Texas Representative Jeb Hensarling, and Utah Senator Mike Lee discuss both the cultural and legislative steps necessary for Congress to again be a representative and equal branch of government. They argue for taking legislative authority back from unelected regulators and regaining the power of the purse. Preview Open

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Well, I can’t say that I ever expected to see a government agency agree in principle to reducing regulation of a major consumer product, but apparently that’s what might be happening: …”NHTSA will interpret ‘driver’ in the context of Google’s described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the vehicle occupants. […]

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Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton demonstrated her position on the power of the Federal government in a republican democracy during a campaign stop in Waterloo, IA, the other day. The New York Times cited her as saying about Democratic Party presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders (D, VT): Sanders wanted to scrap it [Obamacare] […]

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These are impoverished people, who’ve had everything taken from them but the clothes on their backs, desperate for a safe haven to protect them from imminent harm. Right? For the answer, I give you Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship: Preview Open

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Grassroots Conservatives Stage GOP Intervention

 

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Hey, GOP, what’s happening? I assume you’re wondering what we’re doing at your place. I understand you’ve been fearful that this Trump fellow will end up running a third-party campaign. But let’s talk turkey: Given that you’ve lost the popular vote in five of the last six national elections, it’s safe to say that Trump’s running a third-party campaign right now. So let me just cut to the chase: we’re worried about you and are staging an intervention.

Let’s face facts: you have been favoring your holy trinity of DC elites, Wall Street and the Chamber of Commerce at the expense of your principled-conservative base for too long. Somebody has to go and if it’s not going to be politically-connected elites then it’s going to be someone who can’t do without: working-class families. In other words, us.

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I have spend quite a while thinking about how we should handle people who cannot take of themselves, along with those who live under the control of the welfare state.  As conservatives, we rightly worry about the government becoming a nanny state, and we are not alone in this.  During my Public Health classes, one of my […]

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