Tag: Tyranny

9th Circuit affirms CA forced abortion promotion law

 

So, you want to help pregnant women and girls with the information and resources they need to bring a healthy baby into the world? Well, in California, you can do that, but only if you tell these women and girls about free or discount-rate abortions they can get through the state. And only if the pro-life pregnancy care centers also provide the name, address, and phone number to the nearest abortionist.

The most reversed federal appeals circuit Friday upheld AB 775 – a speech coercion law that has less to do with women’s health than with political cronyism – in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris

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Dumb & dumber introduced me to Nick Cave. Make of that what you will, but don’t watch the movie. I must have heard it on The X files, too, this song. It was a strange time. The album was called Let love in–that November, America decided to go crazy & the GOP took back Congress for […]

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I use adblock. I recommend it. It makes ads go away. I worry sometimes if I’m not doing something stupid to websites I should be supporting–I’d like to be able to find out, I’m not too unreasonable or entitled… What I am is yellderly, only I don’t yell. I’ll get back to this later. I […]

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I will end my attempt to correct an annoying new mistake concerning thinking about decent politics & terror. I have argued that this is inadequate theoretically & a liberal prejudice practically. Finally, I have some remarks on how Americans can understand what’s at stake & how the non-American additions to American government in the age […]

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My friends, I know what you’re thinking. The French Revolution with its terrible descent into pure democracy followed then by a lateral pass to dictatorship was hardly a good thing. Not only were there incidents like the Terror and heads being chopped off left and right, but there were many other leftist ideas being tried […]

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Hey! We’re Not That Free!

 

shutterstock_212683828In a post below, member Mike Rapkoch writes:

Both the criminal and the civil law are ultimately controlled by private citizens who sit on juries and adjudicate cases without coercion.

I take issue with this. It’s a nice fairy tale, but it is not the way our system works, at least not any more. It may be the design, but it is no longer the reality. Very few cases actually get to a jury, and that is by design of the government. According to Conrad Black:

Liberal Outrage Over Tyrants

 

Recep_Tayyip_ErdoganAll things are not necessarily equal when it comes to tyrants and liberals. Turkey has just elected a new president, or more accurately, they had their first popular election for that office, and moved their prime minister into that position. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been acting a little power hungry lately, and decided that he wanted to be president, and expand the powers of that office to meet his desires. For better or worse, the people of Turkey have obliged him. Because he’s backed by mostly conservative Sunni Muslims, it won’t be surprising if in the coming months we’ll see liberal foreign policy wonks talking about how bad this is. They’ll be right, but probably for the wrong reasons.

Cenk Sidar offered a very interesting pre-election analysis of the situation in Turkey at ForeignPolicy.com, particularly through a thumbnail sketch of the Erdogan administration. The first statement of interest had to do with Erdogan’s attitude about the system of checks and balances in the Turkish government.

Lately, Erdogan has shown little interest in preserving a system based on checks and balances and the separation of powers. The prime minister’s harsh crackdown on his political opponents and his combative rhetoric strongly suggest that he would like to see Turkey become a decidedly illiberal democracy, one in which he and his party can use the mandate of the ballot box to rule as they please, with little or no consideration of dissenting views.