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If you believe reliable new polling that reveals a stunning reversal in the attitudes of Republicans on immigration, the debate on whether to grant de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants has clearly shifted.
The immigration reform bill sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, the only Republican with “street cred” on the issue, will soon be front and center, but we can not afford to pass it without a willingness to consider what should be the single most important element of immigration: productivity.
The truth is that most immigrants, legal and illegal, are here for opportunities they could not get in their native lands. Most are here to try and make a better life for themselves and their families. Most are here to work. And not just to work as hard as those who were born here. But harder, because they come to bat in the first inning down a few runs. And they know it, but choose to make a life here anyway.
We should outlaw murder.
I mean, guns are only the vehicle
Think about it. If we had the will and moral courage to outlaw murder, we would never have another horrifying massacre like Newtown or Aurora. We would never lose the hundreds killed by guns in inner city gang warfare or by those drug cartels around our border with Mexico. And we would never have those murders committed by people because of money or sex or jealousy
One of the foundational criticisms of conservatives by the left is that they are lowbrow. Leftists condescendingly recite the evidence for their own intellectual superiority, such as the fact that they read more and watch less TV than conservatives. (They also use that as an excuse/badge of honor for the abject failure of liberal talk radio in a medium dominated by conservatives - I think leftists only listen to NPR). But more than anything, they claim that constitutionalism is inherently anti-intellectual, and so it therefore, obviously, attracts less intelligent adherents.
While dictatorships of various forms are defined by the absence of political competition, the American political system is dependent on the existence of more than one party, and on distinct differences between parties that offer voters a real choice. But when the choice becomes an echo, we all lose.
After the earthquake of August 2011 that hit much of the east coast, word got out that it occurred on a rare and obscure fault-line known as “Bush’s Fault.” This was, of course, a parody of Barack Obama and his leftist cohorts blaming any and everything that was wrong with America on the previous president.
But this view was shared by a remarkable high percentage of voters on election day 2012. In an election in which the economy was by far the most important issue, almost half of voters blamed Bush more than Obama for the state of the economy. Almost half.
This view that Bush is mostly responsible for our troubled economy – even four years after leaving office – represents a stunning repudiation of not just the 43rd president, but the Republican Party.
As much as everyone focused on the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidential election, the number 269 could been in play on Election Day. And the anticipation of, and provision for, that possibility, and so many other constitutional crises, is evidence of the vision of America's founding fathers.
So what would have happened if there was a tie in the electoral college? Well, following the 12th Amendment (which replaces Article II, Section 1, Clause 3 in the original Constitution), the House would then elect the president, with each state getting one vote. Given the outcome of House elections, Mitt Romney would almost certainly have prevailed. BUT...the Senate would vote for the Vice-President, and since the Democrats still control the new Senate, Joe Biden would almost certainly win.......setting up a Romney-Biden administration.
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- Global Consequences
- A Victory for Free Speech - The Brett Kimberlin Story Continues
- Terrorism on the First Amendment
- It's the Culture, Stupid
- Remembering Communism's 100 million dead
- If I Wanted America to Fail...
- Buffett-ing Billionaires
- Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics
- Hoping on Windmills
- Night and Day
- Divide and Conquer...Not
- The Gas Price Quandry
- Occupying Acadamia