Tuesday, February 19, 2013

An Awesome Story

Once upon a time there was a band called Whiteheart.  During their first four years, the band leaders struggled to find a lead singer.  One guy quit, another didn't work out, still another backslid, and so on.  They had started giving auditions again, when they found their tour bus driver singing and dancing to one of their songs up on stage.  His name was Rick Florian. 

(Whiteheart's most famous albums were produced with Florian as the lead singer.)

Time for a Third Party?

The only time a third party has ever risen to power in the United States was when the Republican Party defeated the Whig Party and the Democratic-Republican Party with the election of Abraham Lincoln.  Why? Because both the Whig Party and Democratic-Republican Party endorsed some form of slavery, and only the Republican Party was against it.  When both political parties endorse the same behaviors, it is time for a third party.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

There is No Middle Ground

Between these alternatives there is no middle ground. The constitution is either a superior paramount law, unchangeable by ordinary means, or it is on a level with ordinary legislative acts, and, like other acts, is alterable when the legislature shall please to alter it.

If the former part of the alternative be true, then a legislative act contrary to the constitution is not law: if the latter part be true, then written constitutions are absurd attempts, on the part of the people, to limit a power in its own nature illimitable.

John Marshall (Marbury vs. Madison)
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