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As we saw after 9/11, the strength of America has always been the character and compassion of our people. So as we mark this solemn anniversary, let’s summon that spirit once more. And let’s show that the sense of common purpose that we need in America doesn’t have to be a fleeting moment; it can be a lasting virtue—not just on one day, but every day.”

Here.. We do this all the time. It’s just that its voluntary, consensual, spontaneous, decentralized, under-reported, matter-of-fact. It was observed and popularized by Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, published in 1835.

Alcohol prohibition was such a great success we should continue it with online gambling and marijuana. Here.

I admit I do not fully understand Ron Paul and his beliefs. But I do understand when a guy gets shafted, and Ron Paul just got shafted.
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And I don’t disagree that some of his beliefs — legalizing heroin, the right of states to secede — are strikingly peculiar (though he has been elected to a congressional district in Texas 12 times).

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Let me help. Agreed, Paul gets shafted by the media and people in his own party.  People in his own party are so used to using government for their own ends, even if they say they are for limited government, they just cannot let go of the power.  Look at the reaction to Paul’s desire for the U.S. to reduce military spending.  Conservatives treat military spending as sacrosanct as liberals do welfare programs.  Neither party wants to let go of the power and control they can exercise through government.

Part of the problem is the wording of questions during discussions and debates. My guess is not that Paul wants to actually legalize heroin and for states to secede from the Union. Those actions are the outcome of limiting the power of politicians and regulators, letting people make more of their own decisions, and confining Federal and state government to its constitutional limits.

Vice President Joe Biden yesterday condemned Tea Party Republicans for “acting like terrorists” during the debt fight, sources said.

Biden made the shocking statement during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats to try and whip up support for the debt-limit deal, according to the sources.

The vice president was reacting to an irate Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), who said Democrats “have negotiated with terrorists,” Politico.com reported.

“This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money,” Doyle added.

Biden agreed, saying, “They have acted like terrorists,” the report said.

To which Tea Party champion Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) replied:

“With the president holding the American economy hostage, I would prefer to think of myself as a freedom fighter,” . . .

“The only people taking hostages around here are those who want to continue our path toward economic ruin.”

Here. At least some elected officials got the memo that we are out of frick’en money, such as Sen. Paul. Others, like Biden, are clueless.

There’s just something about people who run for office. Many lust to lord it over people. We’ve heard the phrase, “nanny state” for years. But as the busybodies pass more rules, America is becoming more like a “bully state.” Politically unpopular folk are pushed around by those who are intoxicated with their power.
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Don’t smokers have rights too? Banning smoking in public is the tyranny of the majority.

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Here’s a tune to accompany that.

Radley Balko corrects him on the facts.

So much for Republican claims about limited government.

“If we can get parents and the food chains to create healthier eating habits to instill in young children at an earlier age, it will definitely impact their eating habits for life,” said Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-Queens).

Blah, blah, blah. The futility of this social engineering comes a few paragraphs later when the loopholes to current laws are discussed:

The bill would still allow toys in some of the healthier kids’ meals: those under 500 calories or with fewer than 600 milligrams of sodium.

“Taking away toys from kids’ meals won’t solve childhood obesity,” McDonald’s regional VP Mason Smoot said.

“We offer nutritionally-balanced Happy Meal” choices, such as substituting Apple Dippers for fries, in order to stay under the 500-calorie mark, he said.

Yet this customer brings her child to McDonald’s but thinks the toys should be removed. Why did you bring your child to McDonald’s if you tink it serves “junk food”?

“I think it’s a good idea to remove the toys,” said Cristina Delvalle, 23, of Jackson Heights, Queens, as her 6-year-old son noshed on a 510-calorie chicken McNugget Happy Meal at a Times Square McDonald’s.

“McDonald’s is not good for kids, it’s junk food,” she said.

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