Here are 7 important things our Founding Fathers said that Obama and Republican hawks hate

Originally posted on Rare:

washington1. George Washington: Avoid foreign entanglements

Perhaps no statement by an all-American hero and icon tweaks today’s political leaders more than the suggestion that the U.S. should mind its own business.

But in his farewell address, President George Washington advised against getting involved in the affairs of other nations needlessly.

Granted, certain world events have made this impossible in our history, but majorities of Americans today might say the father of our country should’ve been listened to regarding our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Said Washington in 1796:

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop.

Of course, today, the political religion of Barack Obama, Dick…

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Embargoes Don’t Work

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Originally posted here on April 20, 2001.
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Editor:

A few months ago, Mike Rosen described a certain proposal pending before the Colorado Legislature as “feel-good legislation, rife with unintended negative consequences, born of desperation to ‘do something’ about a problem.” These words apply to the majority of laws on the books.

They are especially significant with the recent clamor to cut off trade relations with Communist China. The rulers in Beijing are part of a 52-year legacy of mass murder, denial of human rights, and religious persecution as hideous as any in the history of the world. However, I would invite anyone who proposes a trade embargo with China to ask what they really intend to achieve by such an action.

Consider the history of trade embargoes. After nine years of sanctions (over twice as long as we fought a war with Hitler), Saddam Hussein still rules in Iraq. After a 40-year embargo, Fidel Castro still rules Cuba. After 55 years of no trade, the playboy psychopath Kim-Jong Il continues his father’s Stalinist legacy in North Korea, the most isolated society on earth. America had no trade relations with Communist China for over 20 years after Mao Zedong came to power in 1949. If embargoes worked, China would have been a free country by 1955. Embargoes do not topple bad guys.

Embargoes are acts of war. In the absence of a congressional declaration of war with China (for which there is no justification at this point), those who make and influence foreign policy need to think twice — and three and four and five times — before calling for such measures. Congress has the constitutional authority to regulate trade with China, and I firmly support the prudent exercise of such authority. However, an embargo on Red China would constitute pure recklessness. It may soothe the consciences of its proponents, yet it would do nothing to topple that evil regime, or foster any extension of human rights.

One other point: it is fashionable in Christian circles to support an embargo with Communist China on the basis of religious persecution there. However, too many Christians do not realize that, if products do not cross borders, neither do Bibles or missionaries. Do American Christians really want to give up the ability to influence events in China, which is home to more born-again Christians than any other nation on earth? This is exactly will happen if we ever implement embargo of trade with China.

Douglas F. Newman
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If Eric Garner Lived in North Korea He Might Still Be Alive

Look what happens to these North Korean women who tell soldiers who are harassing them to put it where the sun doesn’t shine.

North Korean Women Tell Off Soldiers

And read what William Grigg had to say about it.

While you’re at it, read everything William Grigg has to say about everything.

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We Need Fewer Laws: Over-Criminalization Hurts the Innocent and Empowers Government

Originally posted on International Liberty:

I wrote last week about the lunacy of a tax system that created the conditions that led to the death of Eric Garner in New York City.

But I wrote that column in the context of how high tax rates lead to tax avoidance and tax evasion. Let’s now zoom out and look at the bigger picture.

Using the Garner case as a springboard, George Will explains that we have too many laws.

Garner died at the dangerous intersection of something wise, known as “broken windows” policing, and something worse than foolish: decades of overcriminalization. …when more and more behaviors are criminalized, there are more and more occasions for police, who embody the state’s monopoly on legitimate violence, and who fully participate in humanity’s flaws, to make mistakes. Harvey Silverglate, a civil liberties attorney, titled his 2009 book “Three Felonies a Day” to indicate how easily we can fall…

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Denver police accused of excessive force, illegal search

Food for the Thinkers:

I filmed an arrest in southwest Denver in late April of this year. One of the cops politely asked for my cell phone and I politely declined. Thank God it was that cop and not one of these.

Originally posted on FOX31 Denver:

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DENVER — FOX31 Denver has obtained video of a Denver police officer punching an unarmed suspect in the face six times, then moments later, tripping the man’s seven-and-a-half-months pregnant girlfriend.

A witness who recorded the August arrest on his Samsung Tablet tells Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne police not only seized the videotape over his objections, but when they returned it to him, the file was missing.

With the help of an electronic cloud, the witness recovered the 55 second video clip and provided a limited-use copy to FOX31 Denver for its investigation.

Undercover Drug Arrest Leads to a Struggle

Police and witnesses agree on at least one thing: When a suspected drug user saw Denver undercover narcotics officers approaching his vehicle at West 5th Avenue and Federal Boulevard on August 14, he stuffed a white sweat sock in his mouth.

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“Why Am I Being Arrested”?

This example of police brutality took place at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., just a few miles from where I grew up.

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How Dope-Smoking Libertarians Elected George W. Bush

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It is a mistake to assume that every Libertarian voter is a wayward Republican. It is likewise a mistake to assume that every Libertarian vote hurts Republicans and helps Democrats.

Many left-wingers are drawn to the Libertarian Party because of its respect for civil liberties and its opposition to monstrosities such as the War on Drugs.

In fact, it is safe to say that it was long-hair, left-wing, dope-smoking Libertarians put GW Bush in office.

How so?

In Florida, in 2000, 16,415 people voted for Harry Browne, the Libertarian candidate for president. It is fairly safe to say that 538 – or 3.28 percent – of them were left-libertarians who preferred Harry Browne over drug warrior Al Gore. Those 538 votes covered the spread between Bush and Gore and sent GW Bush to the White House.

If you are a right-wing, holy-rolling megachurch Bush groupie, you ought to be eternally thankful for these 538 long-hair, left-wing, dope-smoking Libertarians. They put your idol in the Oval Office.

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It’s not left-right. It’s really more like this.

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