"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy." John Adams (1780)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Law Prof: Never Support a Law You Are Not Willing to Kill to Enforce

Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter had an excellent article at Bloomberg View. It's good advice for our lawmakers. Here's a few excepts:


"On the opening day of law school, I always counsel my first-year students never to support a law they are not willing to kill to enforce. Usually they greet this advice with something between skepticism and puzzlement, until I remind them that the police go armed to enforce the will of the state, and if you resist, they might kill you.


"I wish this caution were only theoretical. It isn’t. Whatever your view on the refusal of a New York City grand jury to indict the police officer whose chokehold apparently led to the death of Eric Garner, it’s useful to remember the crime that Garner is alleged to have committed: He was selling individual cigarettes, or loosies, in violation of New York law."


"I don’t mean this as a criticism of cops, whose job after all is to carry out the legislative will. The criticism is of a political system that takes such bizarre delight in creating new crimes for the cops to enforce. It’s unlikely that the New York legislature, in creating the crime of selling untaxed cigarettes, imagined that anyone would die for violating it. But a wise legislator would give the matter some thought before creating a crime. Officials who fail to take into account the obvious fact that the laws they’re so eager to pass will be enforced at the point of a gun cannot fairly be described as public servants."


Do yourself a favor and read this outstanding piece HERE.


HT to Christopher Peters for bringing this article to my attention.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

That's the Ticket!

Unless you've had your telephone and television unhooked for the past four months, you know that the election is Tuesday. Like a growing number of Iowans I already voted by mail. Here are some of the people I was proud to vote for:


U.S. Senate:
Dr. Doug Butzier (L.)

Sadly, Doctor Doug passed away at the age of 59, Monday October 13, when the light plane he was piloting crashed. The good doctor was an emergency room physician and leader at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

Given his position, it might not be surprising that flaws in Obamacare and government interference in medicine are what helped convince Butzier to run for U.S. Senate. He believed that there should be a free market for healthcare, not “free” healthcare.  He pointed out: "When you receive anything for 'free,' that means that someone else paid for it.  You should not be forced to pay for or subsidize someone else’s healthcare.  Government involvement only lowers the quality for everyone and drives up the costs."Butzier also wanted America's veterans to receive quality healthcare in their own communities rather than going off to shoddy government run VA hospitals.

Dr. Doug also believed in extending the free market into the education system as well. He believed in curtailing the Constitutional usurpation of the federal government and was a supporter of Americans' Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Although largely ignored by the media until his death, Dr. Doug Butzier stood out from his two mudslinging rivals for the Senate seat.


U.S. House Dist. 1
Rod Blum (R.)
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Blum is owner of Digital Canal Software.  He is also a student pilot, real estate developer, and has written a conservative column for the Telegraph Herald. Blum is active with Liberty Iowa, a leading "Constitutional conservative" group, and is endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America.


The five "cornerstones" of Blum's campaign are: 1. Personal Responsibility 2. Constitutionally Limited Government 3. Fiscal Sanity 4. Free Markets and Competition 5. Sanctity of Life.


Iowa Governor
Dr. Lee Hieb (L.)
Dr. Lee Hieb


Dr. Hieb is a long time orthopaedic surgeon who served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. See has written numerous articles in professional journals, political columns and has a forthcoming book, Surviving the Medical Meltdown.


Hieb states she will use the following principles in governing Iowa: "1. I shall always vote to increase individual liberty. 2.  I shall sign and vote to restrain the power and scope and size of state government. 3.  I will fight to eliminate any tax which compels citizens to pay for things they find morally objectionable. 4.  I will legislate to push back the Federal Government from our border and exercise (for a change) our Tenth Amendment rights to state sovereignty."


Iowa Secretary of State
Jake Porter (L.)
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Porter is a business and non-profit manager who has served on non-profit boards, managed several political campaigns, and has retail management experience running multi-million dollar department stores. One of the Secretary of State's most important duties is to oversee the state's elections. Says Porter: "We need someone who is independent of the two major political parties to act as a referee and that is the type of candidate I am." In addition to keeping the Secretary's office independent and transparent, Jake wants to make starting a business in Iowa easier.




Monday, October 20, 2014

Iowa Candidate Gun Grades 2014

Here are the candidate grades for Iowa's office seekers. The first grade is from Gun Owners of America, the second is from the National Rifle Association. I personally put more weight in the GOA grade. If GOA or NRA is in UNDERLINED BOLD type, that means that candidate is endorsed by that organization. NRA does not grade independent or third party candidates. An asterisk denotes an incumbent. Libertarians Party candidates are in red because they kick ass.


Federal Office


U.S. Senate:
  
Braley (D)   GOA: F    NRA: F
Butzier (L) GOA: NR    
Ernst (R) GOA: A     NRA: A
Smith (I) GOA: NR    

Congressional District 1:

Blum (R) GOA: A     NRA: AQ
Murphy (D) GOA: D   NRA: D

Congressional District 2:
 
*Loebsack (D) GOA: F   NRA: F
Miller-Meeks (R) GOA: B    NRA: AQ

Congressional District 3:

Appel (D) GOA: F    NRA: C-
Holder (I) GOA: NR 
Wright (L) GOA: A  
Young (R) GOA: NR   NRA: AQ

Congressional District 4:

*King (R) GOA: A  NRA: A
Mowrer (D) NR   NRA: C-

For the NRA's grades of candidates for state office click HERE.


Explanation of GOA Grades:


WHAT THE NRA GRADES MEAN






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