Archive for June, 2013

The New York Times reports that Bloomberg is urging that donations should be withheld from Democrats who supported the filibuster against Schumer/Manchin/Toomey:

On Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg will send a personal letter to hundreds of the biggest Democratic donors in New York urging them to cut off contributions to the four Democratic senators who helped block a bill in April that would have strengthened background checks on gun purchasers.

Bloomberg is known for using his mega-bucks to try to sway votes for gun control bills he supports.  He is now hoping getting donors to withhold money will have an equal impact.  It will be interesting to see if Democrat donors want to hold their majority more than they support Bloomberg’s gun control schemes because you have to figure that GOP candidates challenging vulnerable Dems will be as pro-rights if not more so than the incumbents that Bloomberg is targeting.  They’ve already told Bloomberg as much:

The move could inflame tensions that have simmered for weeks between Mr. Bloomberg, who blames the four Democrats for the defeat of the bill, and Democratic Senate leaders, who have privately told City Hall that the attacks can serve only to empower a Republican majority openly hostile to Mr. Bloomberg’s priorities.

This should be interesting and fun to watch.

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John Lott points to Mark Levin’s comments on Neil Cavuto’s Thursday program to make the point that the government is collecting an awful lot of data on us. And Sebastian makes the point that using the excuse that “Bush did it” does not make it right.  I voted for George W. Bush twice but I did not support everything he did, including this. South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham may be happy that the government is collecting data on him but just because I don’t talk to terrorists doesn’t mean I should be okay with it.  A good friend posted the following on Facebook yesterday and I could not agree more:

Let’s summarize. The IRS is targeting political opponents of the government for special scrutiny. The Justice Department is secretly gathering information about journalists’ sources for purpose of silencing those sources. The administration acknowledges sanctioning the murder of American citizens abroad without legal proceeding or trial.And now we learn that the NSA is gathering information en …masse about Americans private use of wireless telephones without probable cause. (To be clear, my comments are not implied criticism of the current President. All of these are bipartisan behaviours triggered by 9/11.)Question: At what point do we acknowledge that the American system of government has descended into tyranny?

Here are few quotes on the subject to spur your thoughts:

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
― James Madison

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
― James Madison

“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”
― James Madison

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
― James Madison, Federalist Papers

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
― Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -– it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.”
― George Washington

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
― John Adams

“Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and opressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
― Samuel Adams

All quotes from http://www.goodreads.com/.

I can’t think of anything else to add to these fine statesmen.

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