Tuesday, September 28, 2010

To clarify..

The big thing now is to have everything congress does checked against its "constitutionality" (which is just another way to reject things you don't like.. how is some fuckoff senator from Texas more qualified than a legal scholar in deciding what is and is not constitutional? ) THIS IS WHY WE HAVE A JUDICIAL BRANCH! (though some argue against even that) JFC, Take a civics class!@#$%^&! This is from the new "contract [on] America" coming from the GOP. It's interesting, let me just parse this out a bit.

"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;.."

It's interesting how "provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States" is interpreted.. here's a quote from the idiots at usconstitution.net:


welfare n. 1. health, happiness, or prosperity; well-being. [wel faren, to fare well] Source: AHD

Welfare in today's context also means organized efforts on the part of public or private organizations to benefit the poor, or simply public assistance. This is not the meaning of the word as used in the Constitution.


The second part is an editorial. It seems to be in direct conflict with the definition they've pulled from a "period dictionary". This fight has been raging for a long time, but it seems pretty fucking clear cut to me: the constitution directly charges congress with the task of "[providing] for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States". Unless, of course, providing for health, happiness, prosperity really just means giving those with enough plenty more. I am fairly certain that was not what was in mind. I suppose a really good way to positively determine that the quoted portion of the US Constitution is to read the objections to it brought up in the federalist papers.. Some didn't want that in there because it DIRECTLY OBLIGED CONGRESS TO DO JUST WHAT THEY SAY IT ISN'T SUPPOSED TO! ...They didn't want the government to create a safety net, and to that end objected to that being in the constitution. We can therefore conclude, with very little question, that the quoted piece means exactly what we think it means. It's interesting how the right claims to have a monopoly on the constitution, when in reality the thing was a compromise between the same two opposing sides we see today.

Fucking assholes. You'd have to interpret the damn thing to make that paragraph be anything OTHER than providing a social safety net, roads, schools, etc, etc etc.

Sorry about the caps. This is obviously a point of anger for me.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Have you driven a Ford crazy?

This find warranted a post of its own:

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
—Henry Ford

You're welcome.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pop goes the weasel

Pop culture, entertainment news and the like are not on my list of things I pay any attention to. But today, I found "Lady Gaga"'s name under the politics heading on CNN.com (here). The last line was this comment regarding don't ask don't tell:

"We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality, we are asking you to do your job, to protect the constitution."

That about knocked me out of my fucking chair. Well put. Especially well put, considering the source. For most anyone else, I'd ask them what specifically in the constitution they were referring to (perhaps the declaration of independence?), but I'll let it go here. Kudos.