KER Politics – Thu 4 Jul, 2019

Great video on the situation at the Mexican border.

Some more than just thought provoking comments from U.S. border people and Senator Ted Cruz. What do you all think. Could this be possibly something that the Liberals and Conservatives agree on?

  1. On July 4, 2019 at 2:26 pm,
    cfs says:

    May I also wish all the best to readers on Independence Day.
    But may I also remind folks of what precipitated the move for independence; something the MSM always seem to forget.
    At a time when there was no income tax, no corporation tax, no property tax and no capital gains tax, etc., what precipitated independence WAS A DOUBLING OF THE TARIFF ON TEA.
    England had the unmitigated gall to DOUBLE the tax on tea.They raised the tax from 2.5% to a whopping 5%. (It caused the nation to switch from tea-drinkers to coffee-drinkers.)
    I’m sure the founding fathers have been tossing and turning in their graves to know that those now living in the US have meekly accepted taxation increases to the current levels without a second revolution.

    • On July 4, 2019 at 2:56 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Of course they would be turning over in their graves!

    • On July 4, 2019 at 2:57 pm,
      cfs says:

      (For educational purposes…….For those who have never read it:)

      IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
      The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

      When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

      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. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

      He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

      He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

      He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

      He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

      He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

      He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

      He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

      He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

      He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

      He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

      He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

      He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

      He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

      For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

      For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

      For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

      For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

      For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

      For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

      For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

      For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

      For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

      He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

      He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

      He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

      He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

      He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

      In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

      Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

      We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

      • On July 4, 2019 at 2:58 pm,
        Big Al says:

        Thank you Professor. Once a teacher, always a teacher!

  2. On July 4, 2019 at 2:28 pm,
    cfs says:

    On this great day may I wish for the UK that it too gains Independence:
    (It should have known better.)

    • On July 4, 2019 at 2:59 pm,
      Big Al says:

      I didn’t realize that Ben Shapiro had to advertise!

  3. On July 4, 2019 at 2:51 pm,
    cfs says:

    We should also remember that democracy is little other than mob rule.
    We have three branches of Government……….supposedly co-equal.
    Unfortunately after more than 200 years our constitution is failing in that the Judiciary now believes that it has the power to over-ride the other branches.
    Perhaps the country needs change to the Constitution, which would allow the people to over-ride the judiciary from usurping the other branches of Government, or reading into the Constitution something which is simply not there.

    • On July 4, 2019 at 2:57 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Common Professor!

  4. On July 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm,
    cfs says:

    I don’t think they will but suppose the Supreme Court said the citizen’s right to privacy permits abortion to occur right up until the baby is born.
    It happens now…..
    We know right now abortions occur wherein the baby in the birth canal has its head punctured and brain destroyed.
    Suppose the Supreme Court made that absolutely a right.

    Should not the general public be able to say that is a step too far?

  5. On July 4, 2019 at 3:34 pm,
    Big Al says:

    I am currently reading David Horowitz’s book dealing with the war on Religion in America. The issue of abortion comes up as a prime example of liberal actions and believe it or not, I believe that the type of abortion that you describe already have been declared legal.

  6. On July 4, 2019 at 3:37 pm,
    OOTB Jerry says:

    I thought Maxie Waters was an idiot……
    New congressperson takes the Hat…

    • On July 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm,
      cfs says:

      It was made legal in New York state and is under consideration in several states.

      • On July 4, 2019 at 3:43 pm,
        OOTB Jerry says:

        It might be on the legal pad……but, it will not hold water…..

        • On July 4, 2019 at 6:57 pm,
          Big Al says:

          Hard to say Jerry. For you and I it would not hold water. But there are a whole bunch of folks who don’t realize what abortion actually is.

    • On July 4, 2019 at 4:46 pm,
      Big Al says:

      How can you possibly make a mockery of any person who wears a black hat in a press picture?

      • On July 4, 2019 at 5:04 pm,
        OOTB Jerry says:

        She has a great hat collection…. 🙂 …. must be YSL….or Maybe Gucci…..

        • On July 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm,
          Big Al says:

          I can’t believe that Gucci would put its name on something like that hat!

      • On July 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm,
        cfs says:
        • On July 4, 2019 at 5:55 pm,
          OOTB Jerry says:

          Nice Hat…………. lol
          Maybe, Donald will send her one of those MAGA hats..

        • On July 4, 2019 at 7:02 pm,
          Big Al says:

          I was thinking about buying tickets to “Wicked” but may now I will pass!

  7. On July 4, 2019 at 3:38 pm,
    cfs says:

    We know the Supreme Court is not infallible.

    e.g. Dred Scott decision.

    Notwithstanding Great Britain has abolished slavery in 1833. (Had abolished trading in slaves back in 1822) The U.S. in 1857 Supreme Court still held the opinion that slaves were property and had only minimal human rights. This led to the U.S. Civil War and millions of lives lost.
    I can think of at least 5 Supreme Court decisions that have been reversed as just being wrong, but there is still no official way to overturn a mistake unless the Supreme Court changes its mind.

    • On July 4, 2019 at 3:46 pm,
      cfs says:
      • On July 4, 2019 at 4:50 pm,
        Big Al says:

        The only 60’s singer that even comes close to Janis is maybe Grace Slick

        • On July 5, 2019 at 12:28 pm,
          bonzo barzini says:

          Al, Brenda Lee , Connie Francis, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Skeeter Davis, Mama Cass, and Judith Durham of the Seekers all towered over Janis and Slick back in the 60’s. So did Karen Carpenter, but she had more hits in the 70’s.

  8. On July 4, 2019 at 4:02 pm,
    cfs says:

    What the President has not said so far in his speech:

  9. On July 4, 2019 at 6:04 pm,
    cfs says: