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General Comments / Ornery Political Spectrum
« on: June 03, 2021, 10:44:41 AM »
I thought this might be an interesting way to challenge some of the assumptions we make about each other's political views.  Answer each question with either:

Strongly Agree: 4 points
Somewhat Agree: 3 points
Undecided: 2 Points
Somewhat Disagree: 1 points
Strongly Disagree: 0 points

Add up your score at the end and let's see where we stand.

In 1964, James Burnham, co-founder of the National Review and future 1983 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, outlined 39 sentences liberals would agree with. Do you think they still hold true? Has conservatism or liberalism changed under this assessment?
Political Theory
source material:
https://www.amazon.com/Suicide-West-Meaning-Destiny-Liberalism/dp/1594037833
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Burnham

The 39 statements:

  • All forms of racial segregation and discrimination are wrong.
  • Everyone is entitled to his own opinion.
  • Everyone has a right to free, public education.
  • Political, economic or social discrimination based on religious belief is wrong.
  • In political or military conflict it is wrong to use methods of torture and physical terror.
  • A popular movement or revolt against a tyranny or dictatorship is right, and deserves approval.
  • The government has a duty to provide for the ill, aged, unemployed and poor if they cannot take care of themselves.
  • Progressive income and inheritance taxes are the fairest form of taxation.
  • If reasonable compensation is made, the government of a nation has the legal and moral right to expropriate private property within its borders, whether owned by citizens or foreigners.
  • We have a duty to mankind; that is, to men in general.
  • The United Nations, even if limited in accomplishment, is a step in the right direction.
  • Any interference with free speech and free assembly, except for cases of immediate public danger or juvenile corruption, is wrong.
  • Wealthy nations, like the United States, have a duty to aid the less privileged portions of mankind.
  • Colonialism and imperialism are wrong.
  • Hotels, motels, stores and restaurants in southern United States ought to be obliged by law to allow Negroes to use all of their facilities on the same basis as whites.
  • The chief sources of delinquency and crime are ignorance, discrimination, poverty and exploitation.
  • Communists have a right to express their opinions.
  • We should always be ready to negotiate with the Soviet Union and other communist nations.
  • Corporal punishment, except possibly for small children, is wrong.
  • All nations and peoples, including the nations and peoples of Asia and Africa, have a right to political independence when a majority of the population wants it.
  • We always ought to respect the religious beliefs of others.
  • The primary goal of international policy in the nuclear age ought to be peace.
  • Except in cases of a clear threat to national security or, possibly, to juvenile morals, censorship is wrong.
  • Congressional investigating committees are dangerous institutions, and need to be watched and curbed if they are not to become a serious threat to freedom.
  • The money amount of school and university scholarships ought to be decided primarily by need.
  • Qualified teachers, at least at the university level, are entitled to academic freedom: that is, the right to express their own beliefs and opinions, in or out of the classroom, without interference from administrators, trustees, parents or public bodies.
  • In determining who is to be admitted to schools and universities, quota systems based on color, religion, family or similar factors are wrong.
  • The national government should guarantee that all adult citizens, except for criminals and the insane, should have the right to vote.
  • Joseph McCarthy was probably the most dangerous man in American public life during the fifteen years following the Second World War.
  • There are no significant differences in intellectual, moral or civilizing capacity among human races and ethnic types.
  • Steps toward world disarmament would be a good thing.
  • Everyone is entitled to political and social rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and expression.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
  • The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government.
  • Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security.
  • Everyone has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  • Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions.
  • Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

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General Comments / Joe Biden the Dictator
« on: January 27, 2021, 05:10:36 AM »
Joe Biden in October 2020
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I have this strange notion, we are a democracy ... If you can't get the votes ... you can't [legislate] by executive order unless you're a dictator.  We're a democracy.  We need Consensus.

Video

In his first week, As of January 25th, 2021 Biden has issued 21 executive orders. As well as a bunch of other Executive actions.

How did his predecessors do?
Trump - 4
Obama - 5
GWB - 0
Clinton - 1


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General Comments / Meet Special Council John Durham
« on: December 01, 2020, 04:45:18 PM »
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In a scope order, Barr stated that Durham as special counsel “is authorized to investigate whether any federal official, employee, or any other person or entity violated the law in connection with the intelligence, counter-intelligence, or law-enforcement activities directed at the 2016 presidential campaigns, individuals associated with those campaigns, and individuals associated with the administration of President Donald J. Trump, including but not limited to Crossfire Hurricane and the investigation of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.”

This oughta be fun.

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