Musings on the Week

Musings on the Week

July 4, 2015


Power - The Framers underestimated the justices’ craving for legislative power, and they overestimated the Congress’s backbone to curb it.” Alexander Hamilton. 

Politics – I am very confused, and I am not alone; when did a tiny minority of our population (less than 3%) get to define our morals, behaviors, and even definitions for the rest of us?

Politics – I do not believe the media narrative that America has changed in just twenty years to embrace abortion, homosexual marriage, open borders, and freedom from religion.

Politics – Traditional values and morals are alive and well in the heartland of this country, outside the liberal beltway urban areas, and WON’T BE TOLD WHAT TO THINK BY THE MEDIA!

Politics – Considering the Supreme Court ruling on “disparate impact,” the poor state of African American jobs, income, and incarceration is proof of Democrat “discrimination.”

Politics – As liberals erode our culture, they are trying to criminalize disagreement with their latest leftist dreams, unleashing the thought police to enforce conformance with new norms.

Politics – Barack Obama has a disturbing habit of torturing religious scripture to support his leftist agenda, surpassed only by his Constitutional misinterpretation justifying his overreach.

Politics – The latest Supreme Court overreach reinforces the need for a Convention of the States to agree on fundamental Amendment changes needed to rescue the Constitution.

Politics - This week’s distractions from the sluggish economy and ObamaCare: banning the Confederate flag and Iran nuclear development negotiations extension.

Politics – Sydney Blumenthal released 15 Benghazi-related emails that were not included in Hillary Clinton’s “scrubbed” database, providing proof that she illegally excluded emails.

Politics – The top three Establishment Republican candidates for President are: Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, and Chris Christie, but mainly due to name recognition vs. any policies.

Politics – The top three Conservative Republican candidates for President are: Scott Walker, Marco Rubeo, and Ted Cruz, but others improving fast as they become better known.

Politics – Carly Fiorina is a long shot for the Republican Presidential candidate, and she has real executive experience and accomplishments, unlike that other woman running.

Supreme Court - Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’… We should start calling this law SCOTUSCare.” Antonin Scalia.

Economy – Almost twice as many people left the workforce as found jobs, which is reflected in the new workforce participation rate being the lowest in the US since 1977.


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Environment – Predicted calamities have not happened: no warming in 19 years, no category 3-5 hurricanes for over 9 years, no over-hyped climate-disasters of any kind.

Transportation – The federal gas tax finances the interstate highway system, but more than 20% underwrites non-highway projects such as mass transit, pike paths and high-speed rail.

Justice – The Supreme Court is not infallible; their decisions are transactional and termed “opinions,” because they are frequently overturned by new “opinions” or Amendments.

Justice – The most recent Supreme Court decisions raise the question of judicial activism and more importantly the need for judicial review and potential term limits for unelected judges.

Sexuality – The percentage of the population Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgender (LGBT) is at 3.8%, varying by states (North Dakota lowest at 1.7%; Washington, D.C. highest at 10%).

Marriage – Homosexual civil unions are now legal in all 50 states while marriage between one man and one woman to form a family has always been legal – different despite the law!

Religion – The Catholic Church must cease to allow its priests to act as civil agents when conducting marriage ceremonies, separating the civil ceremony out as non-religious event.

Poverty – The formula for escaping poverty as an adult has nothing to do with race: graduate from high school; wait until you are married to have children; and work full-time.

Drugs – Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska have all voted marijuana legal for recreational use, and legal for medicinal use in seventeen other states.

Gun Control – The Supreme Court interpreted the 14th Amendment to require all states to recognize state rights, and unwittingly extending concealed carry permits nationwide.

Civil Rights – Liberals always claim the end justifies the means except when there is “disparate impact,” then the root cause magically becomes systemic discrimination.

Civil Rights – American public opinion on the Confederate flag remains where it was 15 years ago, with most describing the flag as a symbol of Southern pride more than one of racism

Civil Rights – Affirmative action and diversity are government-approved, institutionalized discrimination for favored minority groups with no objective benefit.

Crime – No white race war going on: In 2012, blacks committed 560,600 acts of violence against whites (excluding homicide), and whites committed 99,403 acts of violence (excluding homicide) against blacks, showing blacks committed 85% of interracial crimes.

Power - Hubris is sometimes defined as o’erweening pride; and pride, we know, goeth before the fall… With each decision of ours that takes from the People a question properly left to them – with each decision that is unabashedly based not on law, but on the ‘reasoned judgment’ of a bare majority of the Court – we move one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.Antonin Scalia.                                                                                                       

Iran – After missing his fifth deadline, Obama is so desperate for any nuclear development negotiation “deal” that he will sign one even if unverifiable, ineffective and meaningless.

Argentina – Argentina has defaulted on its external debt no fewer than seven times since gaining independence in 1816, most recently last year.      


David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY