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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Comments Which Conservatives Block From Their Blogs For March 19, 2014

Because of my family's schedule, this edition of the Comments Which Conservatives Block From Their Blogs will be shorter than usual.


March 18

To the writers of the blogpost, How To Read The Constitution, which appeared on the Imaginative Conservative Blog


Here is a more economical suggestion on how to read the Constitution. Read historical documents that are related to the Constitution. These documents are available online and then one is in a better position to makeup one's own mind than if one read the view of some person who writes authoritatively about it.

To understand the reasons for the writing of the Constitution, one can read Henry Knox's Letter To George Washington and Federalist Paper #10 for starters. See, the reason for the Constitution was not the unrest during the Revolution against the British, it was due to the unrest against the new American aristocracy as was exhibited during Shays Rebellion. In addition, reading the Constitutional Debates will also help one form their own opinion about what was written in the Constitution and why it was written.

BTW, my apologies to the Imaginative Conservative Blog for listing the above comment as being blocked. I discovered later that it wasn't blocked. This is my fault.

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To Joe Carter and his blogpost on what is happening in Crimea. This appeared in the Acton Blog.

What is happening in Crimea is certainly immoral but not without precedent.  All we have to do is remember the actions we have taken against Cuba along with Central and South American countries whose politics and economics drifted from what the leaders of our nation wanted. Sometimes our actions were successful and sometimes they weren't. 
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On Joe Carter's blogpost on what Bill Gates says about poverty. This appeared in the Acton Blog.


Yes and consider what one of the lawsuits against Mircosoft revealed about how they found their fortune. Certainly there is going to be waste in some government programs and some fraudulent use of aid. Some of the waste is there to benefit corporations such as in the medical benefits. In addition, none of the fraud there compares with what is lost to corporate tax cuts, subsidies and corporate welfare.

Regarding poverty, we have to remember what Martin Luther King said about helping the poor. He said that donating money was not enough, one must examine the system that puts so many people in need. And that includes corporations' outsourcing of jobs to other countries in order to increase profits. When I taught, I ran into one such former Microsoft employee. The short of it is this, the jobs of many American workers today are at the mercy of leading shareholders and the return on investment they are seeking. These investors don't invest to have a symbiotic relationship with the company. Rather, they invest to have parasitic relationship and many workers are counted as nothing more than objects of profit. And what is a tragic irony is that they regard the income gained from their investments as being as much earned as the income earned by workers. And that is what is missing from Gates' analysis 

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