Showing posts from July, 2012

The Wisdom of a Statesman

From Benjamin Franklin’s Way to Wealth , sayings collected from Poor Richard’s Almanack were displayed on children’s cups in the early 19 th century.   People found Dr. Franklin’s wisdom an appropriate accompaniment to the gift of a porcelain mug for their children. Now, we have a president who preaches that personal industry is a myth and our only responsibility is to the state which gave us everything. 


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After Independence Day

Welcome to the third to last Objectivist Round Up.   This week those of us who are advocates of a government limited to the protection of individual rights were dealt a strong blow by the Supreme Court decision to uphold the individual mandate, as well as the rest of the Affordable Care Act, as constitutional.  As some in the country struggle with what makes America America , those of us who understand the exceptional wisdom -- and limitations -- of our Founding Fathers continue to fight for its future. The Declaration of Independence laid down the principle that “to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.” This provided the only valid justification of a government and defined its only proper purpose: to protect man’s rights by protecting him from physical violence. Thus the government’s function was changed from the role of ruler to the role of servant. The government was set to protect man from criminals—and the Constitution was written to protect man fro

Assonantal Assaults

What’s more threatening: Snakes on a Plane (Children, do not press the forward arrow key.) Hens on the Deck (The poop is slippery, trust me.) Or Nuns on the Bus Nuns on the Bus ? Really. This would be hilarious if it weren't so disturbing. Every hour of each day, Catholic Sisters stand in solidarity with all who live in poverty, and we confront injustice and systems that cause suffering. We cannot stand by silently when the U.S. Congress considers further enriching the wealthiest Americans at the expense of struggling, impoverished families. [emphasis added] This is too much! Look toward your churches first, Sisters! I wonder if they're going to confront injustice by chucking chalk at the pedophilic priest – or relieve the suffering they see by liquidating some church properties and distributing the tax-free windfall to those in need. And that’s the funny part! The disturbing part is that these women, who have devoted t