Name One Thing the Government Does Well

Name one thing the US Government does exceptionally well.

Pass legislation? Pork barrel politics, anyone?

Hurricane Katrina recovery?

Issue passports in time for your vacation?

Assess property values?

Public schooling?

Social Security?

IRS?

Oversee accounting irregularities like Enron?

Prosecute O.J Simpson and keep him in jail?

Border security?

Then why oh why would anybody possibly think the latest revision of HillaryCare, US health industry regulated by the US Government, could possibility be an improvement over our current situation? And speaking of border security, why doesn’t HillaryCare address how illegal aliens are to receive their free mandated emergency room care?
HillaryCare
This is like asking the US government to be your dentist.

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Government and Morals

Here’s a discussion question for today (and totally unrelated to Boo Boo the chicken). Does government have the right to enforce morality?

In Black Jack, Missouri, population 6800, a local ordinance says three people or more people may not live together in a single family home unless they are related by “blood, marriage or adoption”. Olivia Shelltrack and Fondray Loving, unmarried for 13 years and with two children, purchased a single family home and then denied an occupancy permit.

Local officials told the couple that the fact they were not married and had three children, one from Shelltrack’s previous relationship, did not fit the town’s definition of “family”.

The couple were then left with the option of getting married, packing their bags and leaving town, or putting up a fight, which is what they decided to do.

“I think the city wants to send a clear message that they don’t want children born out of wedlock,” Shelltrack told AFP in a phone interview. “It has become a moral issue for them.

After 13 years and two children, they probably ought to just get married, but that’s not the discussion question. Here are discussion questions for today:

  • Should governments enforce morality laws?
  • Does it matter if it’s a small town like Black Jack or a big city like New York?
  • Can the US government enforce moraility?
  • Should other governments like Saudi Arabia or France enforce morality?
  • All laws are basically enforced morality, like murder, theft, embezzlement, trash collection, hazing, slander, etc. How do you choose which laws are permissible to enforce and which ones should not?

Government Fails to Stop Prayer

I chuckled at thsi story. Isn’t it prohibited for the US Government to prohibit freedom of religion? They succeed often, but not this time. The graduating students stood up and prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the crowd gave them a standing ovation.

Earlier in the day, a federal judge had banned prayers from the ceremony in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. But during the principal’s opening remarks, about 200 students prayed aloud, drawing thunderous applause and a standing ovation from the crowd.

Associated Press reports the “revival-like atmosphere” continued when graduate Megan Chapman shared during her opening remarks that God had guided her since childhood. Chapman, who said the challenge by the ACLU unified the entire senior class, was interrupted several times by cheering as she urged her classmates to trust in God as they go through life, says the report.

“More glory went to God because of something like that than if I had just simply said a prayer like I was supposed to,” she said.

Casualties in Iraq

The mainstream media breathlessly informs us every chance they get that over 1900 soldier have died in Iraq. I wouldn’t be surprised to read a story that said, “President Bush has declared parts of Louisiana and Mississippi a disaster area after Hurricane Katrina, despite the fact that over 1900 soldiers have died in Iraq.”

Here’s some context: Powerline informs us that according to US Government statistics, more soldiers die accidentally every year than are killed in Iraq:

Even in peacetime. The media’s breathless tabulation of casualties in Iraq–now, over 1,800 deaths–is generally devoid of context. Here’s some context: between 1983 and 1996, 18,006 American military personnel died accidentally in the service of their country. That death rate of 1,286 per year exceeds the rate of combat deaths in Iraq by a ratio of nearly two to one.

That’s right: all through the years when hardly anyone was paying attention, soldiers, sailors and Marines were dying in accidents, training and otherwise, at nearly twice the rate of combat deaths in Iraq from the start of the war in 2003 to the present. Somehow, though, when there was no political hay to be made, I don’t recall any great outcry, or gleeful reporting, or erecting of crosses in the President’s home town. In fact, I’ll offer a free six-pack to the first person who can find evidence that any liberal expressed concern–any concern–about the 18,006 American service members who died accidentally in service of their country from 1983 to 1996.

Thanks to Brutally Honest for the tip.

Didn't Change Mind; Still Dislike the Left

A recent visitor took umbrage with with my Religious Linkage for Monday post last week. Part of that post was a Worldnet article called “10 Reasons I’ve Grown to Despise the Left.” The visitor disagreed with the post and cited all sorts of things wrong with right wingers.

I threw a penalty flag in my response. Rebut the 10 reasons without saying the other side is worse, please.

Democrats, I’ll say it again: I vote Republican because I am conservative. If you reflect my values better than the Republicans, I’ll happily switch sides. Most of the time I have no idea what the Democratic Party believes. I just know they don’t like people like me.

A recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that after a study by some Democratic think tank, Democrats believes that the reason that they are losing elections is because more people are voting Republican. Heh.

Doug Patton at GOPUSA points out the problem Democrats are having attracting middle America:

It is hard to imagine why their agenda is not resonating with the American people. After all, Democrats stand for so many things Americans hold dear, things like: purging all references to God from the public square; coddling violent criminals while banning the ownership of handguns by law-abiding citizens; the redistribution of wealth from those who have earned it to those who have not; capitulation to our terrorist enemies abroad; the surrender of American sovereignty to a corrupt world body (the U.N.); homosexual marriage; abortion on demand right up to the moment of birth; and the seizing of private property for commercial use if it produces more tax revenue for their precious government coffers.

What civic-minded American wouldn’t support a sensible agenda like that?

Not only to the Democrats dislike people like me, I’m having a difficult time finding things about Democrats that I like.

Good Links

Good links for today:

  • OpinionJournal compares the federal government’s 1999 “Good Friday” midnight snatch of Elian Gonzales in order to send him back to Cuba with the current restraint being show in the Terri Schiavo case, even though in both cases the appeals courts ruled against the government.
  • Kofi Annan is “depressed” over scandals at the United Nations and thinking about stepping down. Good.
  • Americans have volunteered for the Minuteman Project by the hundreds to do what the US government should be doing along along: patrolling our borders. The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) Central American gang who make a lot of money smuggling illegal immigrants into the US plan to target Minutemen volunteers to “teach them a lesson.”

ACLU Bullies Boy Scouts

The ACLU has found a target to pick on – the Boy Scouts of America.

In response to a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the Defense Department today agreed to end direct sponsorship of hundreds of Boy Scout units, which require members to swear religious oaths, on military facilities across the United States and overseas.

Perhaps the ACLU thinks that somehow supporting an organization that requires its boys to be morally straight:

On my honor I will do my best
to do my duty to God and my country;
to obey the Scout Law;
to help other people at all times;
to keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Basically, duty to God, country, other people, and finally themselves. And the ACLU thought this was worthy enough to sue the US Government over?

As the Wall Street Journal “Best of the Web” put it today, “The ACLU used to be so committed to free expression that it would even represent Nazis and Klansmen seeking to express their views. But apparently they draw the line at the Boy Scouts.”