“It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. … Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. It [the Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect.”
–Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on a National Bank, 1791
Longest Books Ever Written: “Obama Fatigue” –Commentary website
Breaking News From Genesis 3:13, 16: “FBI Names 1st Woman on ‘Most Wanted’ List” –Associated Press
Bottom Story of the Day: “Obama Dares Graduates to Reject Cynical Voices” –Associated Press
(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)
Demonize opponents: “[W]e have an obligation to tell each other and to try to convince people that if they’re going with the NRA they’re going against the lives of our children and of you and me.” –New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Nonsense: “Can we just get to, first of all, how ridiculous it is for people to think that the Second Amendment protects them from tyranny? … Thinking the Second Amendment can protect you from tyranny, it’s like thinking the First Amendment protects you from Thor. It’s ridiculous. It’s nonsensical.” –HBO’s Bill Maher
One man’s terrorist… “Six thousand a week [were] being killed [in Vietnam] and I destroyed some property. Show me the equivalence [to the Boston Marathon bombing]. … I’m against violence. To conflate a group of fundamentalist people [in Boston] who are nihilistic in some way with a group of people who spent their lives trying to oppose the murder of 6,000 people a week… There’s no equivalence [with Boston]. Property damage. That’s what we did.” –former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers (We don’t expect the Boston bomber to secure tenure at a major university, either, so there’s that difference.)
Exaggerations: “[NBA player Jason] Collins’ action will save lives. This is no exaggeration: Fully one third of suicides among teenagers occur because of their sexuality. Collins will truly affect lives, too. Millions of kids will see that it is OK to be gay. No need for shame, no need for embarrassment, no need for hiding.” –former tennis star Martina Navratilova
Hot air: “Our climate is changing, the weather is becoming more intense. It’s going to cost a lot of money and a lot of lives. The big issue [is] how do we adapt, because it doesn’t look like the people who are in charge are going to do what it takes to really slow down this climate change, so we are going to have to adapt. And adapting is going to be very, very expensive.” –Democrat California Gov. Jerry Brown, reacting to the state’s intense early start to the fire season
When a soldier is killed in the line of duty, his family eventually gets a flag and a note conveying sympathy and respect and from the United States Government.
When a pro basketball player announces he is gay, he immediately gets a personal phone call from the President congratulating him for his courage.
Am I missing something?
Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.