Corporations are not mentioned the United States Constitution or in the Bill of Rights. At the time of the Constitutional Convention, only a few corporations existed. Those entities were created for temporary works, such as construction of a specific bridge or road. There was good reason for the Framers to be suspicious of corporations. The Boston Tea Party was a reaction to British favoritism for the East India Tea Company. Thomas Jefferson, though not a delegate to the…Continue
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On Saturday, April 9, my guest will, once again, be Curt Coonrod. We will discuss Guantanamo Bay. I believe we share a fondness for Cuban cigars. (Personally, I like Cohiba Esplendidas and Hoyo de Monterrey double coronas. Unfortunately, the tiny area of Cuba on which the tobacco for those cigars is grown is far away from Guantanmo Bay.) We will discuss the status of detainees held by the United States at Gitmo.
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I was e-mailed yesterday morning about the news concerning Carlos Lam who, as many already know, e-mailed the governor of Wisconsin to suggest the governor engage in a tactic Carols called "false flags" to discredit union activists in the demonstrations against that governor's bone-headed actions. In earlier times the tactic was called "agents provacateurs." It consists of planting one or more poseurs in the ranks of the opponent's demonstrations. The poseur(s) then engage in acts of…Continue
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I awoke this morning from an odd series of dreams. In one, the governor of Michigan had caused to be enacted a legislative package that conferred the power of government on corporations. The corporations would run cities—individual services or departments or entire cities themselves—without the inefficiency of voter input through elections. In another dream, government leaders in several states raced one another to sell off assets, built by the public with public capital raised from…Continue
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Our election process was significantly damaged by one of the worst decisions in the history of the United States Supreme Court, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Procedurally, the decision was hypocritical, an act of judicial activism antithetical to the what generally is viewed as appropriate by Republicans. Substantively, it enables foreign shareholders to exercise the rights of American citizens through the corporations those shareholders come to own and…Continue
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Our March 19, 2011, debate will consider whether Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court should be mpeached. I shall represent the negative on tis issue.
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I was asked last night why the "left" finds the word "corporation" to be evil. I asked the person to clarify what he meant by the "left" and whether he used the word "evil in ecclesiastical context. So began that part of our conversation.
A corporation is not a living, breathing thing. It is created by statutes and consists of a piece of paper. A corporation has no national loyalties. Its loyalties are to its shareholders. A for-profit corporation’s morality is shaped by its reason…Continue
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On March 5, Carlos Lam was gracious enough to travel to my office and debate Resolved: Planned Parenthood should receive public funding. Carlos is a lawyer. His appearance on the show was not in connection with his employer and solely was a personal matter on his personal time. Through technical glitches—i.e., my ineptitude in the operation of transfer of taped images and audio from camera to computer—much of the debate was lost. For that I apologize, both to Carlos, who took time out…Continue
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-We learn as we go. I had thought debate on Ronald Reagan's presidency would draw at least a few people interested in defending the presidency of the 40th man to hold the office. I was mistaken. Fortunately, as previously announced on this blog, Curt Coonrod will debate the topic on March 12. That left us scrambling for a topic and guest for February 19. As luck would have it, Paul Ogden agreed to debate Resolved: originalism is an invalid means of interpreting the…Continue
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I am proud and pleased as punch (as former Vice President Hubert Humphrey once would have said) to announce that Curtis Coonrod has accepted my invitation to debate Resolved: Ronald Reagan was a very bad president. Unfortunately, Mr. Coonrod's schedule is such that he is not available for the debate until March 12. I first met Curt in 1970 when we were rookies in high school speech and debate. He was on Lafayette Jeff's team. My high school was a small, rural school in Howard County. He…Continue
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The background of this web site is not some weird hippie alteration of the flag of the United States but the flag of the Green Mountain Boys.
First formed in the 1760s, the Green Mountain Boys were a militia organization formed in Vermont. They took an active part in what we call the Revolutionary War and played a crucial role in the colonists’ victory in the battle of Ticonderoga. Today, the Vermont National Guard bears the name of the group.
In the 1970s, a friend of mine…Continue
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This will be the topic of our next debate, Saturday, February 19, between Chris Spangle and me. I will take the affirmative. The debate should be on the site in the afternoon. I am new to this tecnology thing. My Freshman year at DePauw, the school's computer (singlular) filled a room I recall as being about 20' by 20'. SO I am late to this process.
The debate should be spirited. The point of the debates is to discuss matters in civil fashion but with disagreement; without…Continue
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