Mandeville, LA – Mike Church‘s daily Pile of Prep, chock full of the latest [r]epublican news, reading selections and Mike’s take on the State of The Union Read along with Mike’s historical viewpoint to help make sense of it all plus other [r]epublican stories used to perform the Mike Church Show on Sirius/XM Patriot channel 125. “The duties composing the Mediterranean fund will cease by law at the end of the present session. Considering, however, that they are levied chiefly on luxuries and that we have an impost on salt… there will still ere long be an accumulation of moneys in the Treasury beyond the installments of public debt which we are permitted by contract to pay. They can not then, without a modification assented to by the public creditors, be applied to the extinguishment of this debt and the complete liberation of our revenues, the most desirable of all objects. Nor, if our peace continues, will they be wanting for any other existing purpose. The question therefore now comes forward, To what other objects shall these surpluses be appropriated, and the whole surplus of impost, after the entire discharge of the public debt, and during those intervals when the purposes of war shall not call for them? Shall we suppress the impost and give that advantage to foreign over domestic manufactures?” – Thomas Jefferson-6th SOTU address, 1806
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My latest Opinion Column at the Daily Caller – There Is No Union to Give A State Of, here’s a highlight. “These are not the legitimate actions of the general government of the Union. Those are the actions of an imperial legislature that no longer acts as an agent carrying out a few “enumerated powers” or “things acceded to”, on behalf of its clients, the states. “What are we then, Mike?” We are what all civilizations become without the written word of God and of natural law as their canon; a democracy. A nineteenth century statesman, A.P. Upshur, warned us of the excess of democracy in our Union that “the government becomes tyrannous and oppressive precisely in proportion as its democratic principle is extended.”
GroundHog Day is Sunday, The SuperBowl is Sunday and the SuperBowl of Death Chefs barbecue and Bourbon sipping aka my birthday, is Sunday. Kinda like Christmas in February, speaking of, here’s my wish list. One of my favorite all-time Bourbons is Jefferson’s and any of the Jefferson’s Reserve, one bottle of this stuff and I think any mash & rye fan is hooked.
Rethinking The America Union. “Evaluating The Current Union of States” a symposium suggested by Y/T has now taken up at Nomocracy in Politics. This discussion is, IMHO long overdue and I look forward to provocative debate of the pros and cons of the current order. Essay #1 has been posted by Prof Bruce Frohnnen and it is worthy of your consideration
SAD CONSERVATIVES: When you have to rely o President Obama for a less than bellicose foreign policy on Iran, hidden in a SOTU that was a cheer session for the corporatist, central planning welfare state
TUESDAY’S GUEST: Liberty the God That Failed by Christopher Ferrara
FLASHBACK: Brion McClanahan explored the Idiocracy of Dear Leader’s last State of the union speech using the Fleisch-Kincaid reading level analyzer – I followed up and compared Obama’s speech to Jefferson’s first State of the union – Can Obama top and 8th grader this year?
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Presenting George Clinton’s “Cato” letter, Number 3, sometimes referred to as AntiFederalist # 14. Cato explains why a large republic will never work and why smaller ones are preferred
This 1860 classic work details the type of manners and etiquette every young man should learn and live his life by. I just started reading the work myself and look forward to sharing much of it here and on-air. “THE GENTLEMEN’S BOOK OF ETIQUETTE, AND MANUAL OF POLITENESS”
“Our Federal Government” by Abel Upshur is an 1833 demolition of Justice Joseph Story’s fabricated history of the United States and her Constitution. WARNING: Reading this will increase your resolve to secede!
The Historical Writings of John Fiske, The American Revolution. If you are prepping for the upcoming pop quiz from my friends at Franklin’s Opus, on Valley Forge, this is a good start
The counter-argument presented by John taylor of Caroline AFTER the government’s lawyer, Wickham, presented his case for the tax. I did not include this in the Carriage Tax Pamphlet but have found it online. Begin reading on pg 423.
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MAKE WAY FOR PRO-CHOICE, ADULTEROUS, DEVOUT CATHOLICS – So now there are scores x 10,000 of devout, GAY Catholics says Eve Tushnet at AmConMag and it is making our Church and our faith that much better. The integrity of “coming out” is a act of the highest piety according to Ms Tushnet, I guess that doesn’t include acts of traditional piety i.e. praying and fasting. Since Church teaching on this is very clear but we are informed must change or be left behind, who is to say that pro-choice Catholics are next to be lionized. How about pro-bigamy or wait, pro-polyamory Catholics, once they gain their “integrity” and blessings from Rome imagine how much greater the Church will be.
Running both the state of the union speeches through the Fleish Kincaid analysis produces a score of 17.6 for Jefferson and an 8.2 for Obama, I will explain this in greater detail in a separate post later today but basically Obama’s speech was pitched at someone with a 8th grade reading level and Jefferson’s to a PhD
Jefferson also ASKED Congress to increase the Naval presence off the Barbary Coast in 1806 SOTU-demolishing Executive war powers claimed by DeceptiCONS & ObamaBot Zombies “The States on the coast of Barbary seem generally disposed at present to respect our peace and friendship; with Tunis alone some uncertainty remains. Persuaded that it is our interest to maintain our peace with them on equal terms or not at all, I propose to send in due time a reenforcement into the Mediterranean unless previous information shall show it to be necessary.”
As our Dear Leader was delivering his State of the Climate speech, promising action to “fix it” which I assume to mean tuning the global thermostat down, this while every measuring device in operation on the planet shows a cooling trend AND the Deep South of North America was experiencing a “once a generation winter storm”… wanna bet?
DeceptiCONNED: Republicans in Congress team up with Chuck Schumer & company to send ROCKETS and other weapons to our new buddies in Syria.
The MyRA is a sad, welfare state cash-grab of Hillary’s infamous “baby bonds”. Notice how the peasants in the article from CBS news are referred to as “workers” as if that is their sole purpose on this earth. Run folks, run very fast before this becomes Bride of Social Security
The oh so smug attitude of some “business writers” must keep Mike Rowe, he of Dirty Jobs fame, up at night wondering if he would end up on America’s Most Wanted for doing the public a favor. e.g. Bloomberg’s Charles Kenny is so convinced no one in the United States would ever want a “Dirty Job” that he wishes them all good riddance and of course has economists from Harvard to back him up. Who will the Harvard snob call when his toilet explodes and he needs a custom made pipe to execute a repair? Bangledesh?
UNC admits it was giving diplomas out to athletes for attending classes that never actually existed thus their grades in said classes never existed either. Oh but a University education is what the athlete goes to an NCAA college for, rightttttttt?
Operation “Squeaky Dolphin” gave British tyrants (we seceded from THEM in 1776, remember) access to almost all social media traffic including YouBoob WITHOUT the companies or customers knowing it
Robert Higgs-The sources of big government are always speculated about but very rarely are they accurate. This analysis [Higgs’] is accurate and explanatory
Famous quotes are usually not really famous and usually not said correctly or properly attributed, here are the top ten worst
DeceptiCONNED: House GOP Leaders vote for $965 BILLION “farm bill” loaded with hundreds of billions in crop subsidies supported by the usual “conservative” suspects and of course nearly all the Democrat caucus. THIS is why vesting any time or effort into party politics and Mordor is a waste of time. Therre is no force on earth that is going to curtail, impede or deny the near $1 TRILLION in bribes, giveaways and subsidies save a crashed mentally system.
Are computers making humans less community driven or are humans making community less important on their own? Gracy Olmstead sides with the latter, I side with the former as the computer is a creation programmed by us for us BUT because its processes are unknown to 99.99999999% of people, it’s “magic” is driving the trend
The ACLU is NOT right-Rod Dreher concludes that the ACLU is correct to use FEDERAL courts to prosecute a LA school district for promoting creationism and not welcoming a new Buddhist student and his views. IF there is a case here it is for the Louisiana courts and that school district to resolve
AmConMag Editor Daniel McCarthy dissects the “conservative…civil war” … this is a fascinating read. I take away a few things but the most focused is McCarthy has identified, without admission, that driving force behind much of his and those opinions he analyzes, union or more specific forced union. The political & philosophical disparities he & subject Paul Gottfried try and explain would not be so focused and important were the theories of leading thinkers of 3 million citizens but are made more so by the scale and scope of the potential recipients
Why I Hate Politics Pt I, Vol I – Read Ross Douthat, a really smart, prolific writer, but woefully imbued with the conceit of the moment which is that we can save Us from Us if we just “reform” our magisterial national legislature. We can’t and this will only deliver more tears and frustration. He is correct, albeit tepidly, that the monster shift underway IS the reform, a shift to localities not just States reclaiming their sovereignty and self government, politics in DC are an impediment to this not an abettor. Assigning a political party-The GOP- as the home of “a better conservatism” is part of the fatal conceit and a misapplication of “conservatism” which is NOT a set of political proposals it is a way of life.
The Obama Perpetual War Department – aka Pentagon – proposes that we leave 10,000 troops in Afghanistan or “none” bringing into focus the reality that what the Sicilian said was one of the great-classic-blunders in Princes Bride is true “Never get involved in a land war in Asia!”
New York Governor Cuomo will not back off his banishment of “extreme conservatives” as the offenses that suggest, as Jefferson did after the MO Compromise that the “the knell of the union” is near continue to mount. Cuomo’s counsel responds “The Governor was making the point that he makes often: New York is a politically moderate state and an extremist agenda is not politically viable statewide.”
PROJECT ’76: Compare that statement of capitulation to the tyranny of one of the largest state governments on Earth to the writings of New York’s first governor after Independence, Vice President and brilliant “anti-federalist” George “Cato” Clinton. Hear Governor Clinton’s “Cato Letter # 3” performed by Mike Church and judge for yourself
The Grammys continues its tradition of becoming irrelevant by displaying its irrelevant, indulgent brats as the purveyors of our finest “culture” when in truth, this AntiCult exists to feed very uncultured desires. I talked about this 4 years ago here and Mark Steyn wrote about it one decade ago here
To Mark Herring, Attorney General of the Old Dominion, VA. The 14th Amendment was never ratified so if you want to cavort about the state running for governor while refusing to uphold VA’s constitution, you should probably know that.
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Has Mike Huckabee given Republicans a new “war” to fight, they love fighting wars, as in “we will fight this war to declare we do not have a war on-against women”? Would the GOP be better off going [r]epublican, dropping the gubbmint knows best-no it doesn’t- line and instead appealing to what Americans DO want their government to do?
LATIN PHRASE OF THE DAY: Spero et captivus nitor – I hope, and though a captive, I strive
FLASHBACK to “Times That Try Mens Souls”, Mike’s latest feature length docudrama – The Widow Who Saved The Revolution, who was she? the mystery is finally revealed. This woman took the Hessian Colonel Donop into her home of Dec., 23rd and kept him there until December 27th, long enough to prevent him reinforcing Trenton, NJ and squashing Washington’s Crossing Cell Mates Snowden & Clapper!?