Granny JonesHear Ye! Hear Ye!
Never this in my day . . .

We have witnessed the health care debacle that has taken place in the House and the Senate. One cannot help but lament the complete lack of honorable character displayed by these members of Congress. Imagine what kind of country the Founding Fathers would have created if they were of like character and had behaved in a similar fashion when they gathered at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. One could imagine the proceedings would have been such as this: (Read more . . .)

Health Care - Round One

Otis The OratorMr. O’s Notable Quotable

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. – Thomas Jefferson

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. Thomas Jefferson (Declaration of Independence)

If We Can Take It!

Uncle Friar The Town CrierHear Ye! Hear Ye!
Where is the republic?

It had been a long four months. The debate was constant and – at times – the exchange was heated. To the participants of the meeting, the cooperative effort to craft the ideas that would shape the founding of a nation, and the collaboration to codify these ideas into a mere 4,444 word document, was by no means a preordained undertaking; a fact that was all too evident when the convention nearly broke apart in disarray on several occasions, not to mention when some members walked out in protest. (Read more . . .)

Strange Medicine

Granny JonesWhat does Uncle Friar, the Town Crier say? Oh yes . . .
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Sorry, I’m a little nervous . . . but I do get warmed up as I get going.

The learned scholars stood outside the entrance to the council chambers and waited to be summoned within to deliver their findings. Their silent posturing conveyed to all passersby that a consensus between these three intellectuals was far from achieved, and so it made for an unusual amount of drama concerning a study that most community members considered a waste of time. After all, for most people there were far more pressing issues in the daily struggles of life than fretting over matters beyond their immediate control. (Read more . . .)

Global Warming

Otis The OratorMr. O’s Notable Quotable

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed [and hence clamorous to be led to safety] by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. H. L. Mencken

The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. H. L. Mencken

Coming on 10 December 2009 . . . a global warming article by Granny Jones

It's An Establishment Clause, Stupid!

Uncle Friar The Town CrierHear Ye! Hear Ye!
Part II in the series has been released. Read Part I, A Trivial Matter before reading this post.

The automobiles had pulled off the road into the recently harvested alfalfa field on this hot, August, Sunday afternoon. The only discerning pattern to the haphazard manner in which the vehicles were parked was that they appeared to be keenly focused on the pitched tent in the middle of the field. Dozens of people sat on the roofs of their cars and could be seen clapping and swaying to some unseen spiritual energy emanating from within the tent. The children sought a distinct form of divine renewal, so they huddled inside a second tent and exulted around an ample supply of peach cobbler and home-made vanilla ice cream. (Read more . . .)

A Trivial Matter

Uncle Friar The Town CrierHear Ye! Hear Ye!
Part I in a two part series

The portly gentleman stood on the terrace and huddled against the damp chill of the night air on this February evening. The full moon was just above the horizon, and it cast eerie shadows across the elaborate garden-maze below. The screams of agony echoing through the castle corridors sent shivers of a different kind down the spine of this lone figure.

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We The Government?

UncleFriarTheTownCrierHear Ye! Hear Ye!

Test your knowledge of the United States Constitution by answering “true” or “false” to the following statements.

The constitution grants you the following rights:

- To freedom of religion
- To freedom of speech
- To a free press
- To peaceably assemble (Read more . . .)

Health Care and Congress

OtisTheOratorMr. O’s Notable Quotable

On the proposed 1,000 plus page health care legislation . . .

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” James Madison

On the role of the Federal Government . . .

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” Thomas Jefferson

And the Resulting Debt . . .

“I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest dangers to be feared.” Thomas Jefferson

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

OtisTheOratorMr. O’s Notable Quotable

“Capitalism is evil.” Michael Moore, Capitalist Filmmaker, Multi-millionaire

That’s one point of view. Here’s another perspective:

“People who denounce the free market and voluntary exchange, and are for control and coercion, believe they have more intelligence and superior wisdom to the masses. What’s more, they believe they’ve been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us. Of course, they have what they consider good reasons for doing so, but every tyrant that has ever existed has had what he believed were good reasons for restricting the liberty of others.” Walter E. Williams

Well said, Mr. Williams. Perhaps the many people who share Mr. Moore’s sentiments would like to show strength of conviction by renouncing their voluntary participation in our free market society and use of the numerous modern-day conveniences it produces. And after they have done so, they can donate the entirety of their evil capitalist net worth to charity as humble retribution.

An American Tragedy—Or Melodrama

UncleFriarTheTownCrierHear Ye! Hear Ye!

The audience gathered in the town square to await the curtain’s opening draw. The atmosphere was charged with anticipation. Word of this evening’s event had spread throughout the small villages of the county. Many in the audience had come just to see if the play’s actors really had the courage to perform such a spectacle in open defiance of public ordinance. (Read more . . .)

Declaration of Independence

UncleFriarTheTownCrierHear Ye! Hear Ye!

A Re-Declaration of Independence has been issued! A revolt has begun to purge the Tyranny of the National Government and restore our Constitutional Heritage! (Read more . . .)