Bill Barr on the foundation of our Republic

US Attorney-General Bill Barr gave the commencement speech at Notre Dame University last week.  I think he summed up very well the real issue with American politics and society today.  I’ll quote from his remarks at some length. In one sense, Barr simply explained what President John Adams meant by a statement he made in a 1798 letter. He then showed the significance of that statement to American life today. “We have no Government armed with Power which is capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by … morality and religion,” Barr quoted from Adams’ letter. “Our Constitution was made only for

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Cashing in on mental health by depriving patients of freedom?

The Tampa Bay Times has a disturbing report about a local mental health institution, North Tampa Behavioral Health, and its alleged habit of keeping them as long as possible – whether they need it or not. More than two thousand people arrive each year at North Tampa Behavioral Health in extreme crisis. They are checked in under a state law that lets mental health centers keep people who might hurt themselves or others for up to 72 hours. But when that time is over, some patients find themselves held captive by the place that is supposed to protect them. Priya Sarran-Persad had

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It’s time for the NRA leadership to face facts – and resign

The situation at the top of the National Rifle Association gets worse and worse.  After all the shenanigans revealed during the last annual meeting, the organization is effectively being run by a cabal consisting of Wayne LaPierre and his loyalists.  They’re blocking anyone else from investigating the situation as it deserves, and closing ranks to keep their power and position, no matter what. What’s worse is that the LaPierre crew have apparently ignored due process, due diligence and the rule of law.  That last is looking more and more likely to bite them in the posterior, because New York State’s Attorney-General is on the case,

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“Reparations for slavery” – duly skewered

I see the usual suspects are again yammering on about “reparations for slavery” that should (they claim) be paid to black Americans for the trials and tribulations of their forefathers.  I think it’s utter nonsense, because those directly affected by slavery are no longer with us.  I’ll gladly support reparations to anyone who was a slave under US law, even to anyone whose parents, or grandparents, or any living relative was a slave under US law – but I won’t support reparations to those who have a more distant connection to it. Mike, blogging at Cold Fury, puts things in perspective, IMHO. Any attempt at “reparations”

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“Most African women’s first sexual experience is rape”

Cherie Blair has raised some culturally sensitive hackles in Britain by making that claim. The barrister and women’s rights campaigner made the remark during a talk about women and leadership to pupils at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London. . . . However the 64-year-old wife of the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has since been criticised for “usurping” the voice of African women. One audience member at the event, Caitlin, who did not wish to give her surname, told The Guardian that she was surprised by Mrs Blair’s comment. “No one seemed to react and I was shocked because I

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So much for the Fourth Amendment!

The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Effectively, it forbids warrantless searches of one’s possessions. It seems the Nevada legislature – or, at least, some of its members – don’t agree. Nevada bill AB200 allows police to search the phones of everyone involved in a car crash. “An

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“Silencing Alex . . . for openers”

That’s the title of an article this morning by Eric Peters.  Here’s a lengthy excerpt. The other day, YouTube and Facebook and several other inter-related social media platforms banned Alex Jones – the founder of Prison Planet and InfoWars. The reason given isn’t that Alex is a “conspiracy” theorist – the ancient charge – but chiefly that he is a purveyor of “hate” speech. What this really means is that the powers that be hate the things Alex speaks about – his political incorrectness – and can no longer abide his being free to speak about such things. Having locked down

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If it’s restricted, it’s not free

I spotted this cartoon on Gab: It makes an excellent point.  Speech is either free, or it isn’t.  Any restraint, and it’s no longer free speech.  It really is as simple as that. Some people argue that the Schenk case, in which Justice Oliver Wendell Holmesmade his famous comment about shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater, justifies restrictions on otherwise free speech.  That ignores the fact that the Schenk verdict was partly overturned by Brandenburg vs. Ohio several decades later, in which the court held that ‘government cannot punish inflammatory speech unless that speech is “directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely

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Know your enemy #2: The silencing of opposing voices

The progressive, far-left-wing faction in US politics is aggressively pursuing so-called “deplatforming“:  denying their opponents any outlet or medium or channel from or through which to make their views known.  It’s more than censorship.  It’s a blatant attempt to ensure that an entire viewpoint or perspective never reaches those who might be persuaded by it. Fortunately, its ideological proponents make no secret of their motivation – and thereby expose their own intolerance. We are seeing the worsening of a trend that the 20th century German-American philosopher Herbert Marcuse warned of back in 1965: “In endlessly dragging debates over the media,

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