A Tree Falls…

“If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it—does it make any sound?”

How many times have you heard that question? More importantly, though, how many time have you actually heard an answer? Probably never, because it’s a question asked in order to pretend there is no answer as if it’s some universal quandary that defies logic. Oh and there is an answer, and it’s very simple. The next time anyone asks, simply reply…

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McFine – Caingold

Boasting of his participation in the 1876 Hamburg Massacre, in which seven Black men were murdered by a mob of white southerners, Benjamin Tillman pursued dominance in South Carolina’s political arena. Serving as governor in 1890 he bemoaned the fact that Blacks still resided in South Carolina. “…we have scratched our heads to find out how we could eliminate the last one of them. We stuffed ballot boxes. We shot them. We are not ashamed of it.” So naturally when he ran for the US Senate he felt most comfortable in the Democrat Party and became the “noble” pioneer of campaign finance reform, setting a “moral” standard future “reformers” could emulate. Tillman’s Magnus Opus was the Tillman Act, which barred political contributions from corporations. Apparently corporation didn’t measure up to Tillman’s lofty moral standards.
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The Daycare and the Sandlot

There is and always has been two Americas. Even from the very start there was a divide between two concepts of how a society should be structured and what place the government had in that. There are those that assume that power will ultimately attract those with altruistic motives who then would use that power for the betterment of society. They saw—and see—no reason to place limits on that power since any limit would only curb the governments ability to do good. There were actually a large number of people at the founding of our nation that opposed the Constitution because they felt it would restrict the effectiveness of the government. Ironically, their ideological “descendants” now use the Constitution as their own personal battering ram to restrict the rights of the people in ways the Constitution was never intended.
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