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Posted February 5, 2020.

Ronn Neff: Solving the impeachment embarrassment. Back in 2010, concerned that she might not get Obamacare passed in the House, Nancy Pelosi considered using a procedure by which the House could "deem" that it had been passed without a vote.

After Donald Trump's acquittal, maybe she could try deeming him to have been convicted and removed from office. That might spare her and the rest of the Left a great deal of anguish.

For that matter, following the debacle of the Iowa caucuses, how about deeming Donald Trump to have lost the 2020 election, and getting around to declaring who the winner was later? You know ... after they decide whom to deem as the winner. Ω

Posted January 22, 2020.

Ronn Neff: Again and again I hear that people who attended the Second Amendment rally in Richmond hope the legislators will "hear what the people are saying" or "listen to the people" or something like that.

Surely the leftist legislators could (and will?) reply, "Yes, we listen to the people. They voted for US. They voted for OUR agenda."

And those with a more sardonic sense of humor may go so far as to say, "By the principles of democracy and elections, the people (including you) chose US." Ω

Posted January 8, 2020.

Ronn Neff: But for Wales? The Democrats are insisting that there cannot be a "fair" impeachment trial without witnesses. (They forget that the call for a "fair trial" usually refers to a fair trial for the defendant, not for the prosecutors.)

I thought of this the other night when I watched the 1988 performance of "A Man for All Seasons" (the one with Charlton Heston and Vanessa Redgrave). During More's trial, there is a witness — indeed, only one.

And he is a perjurer. Ω

David T. Wright: There's no holiday from the Revolution!

Columbus Day is now Indigenous People's Day, because racism.
Thanksgiving is a celebration of white atrocities to native people.
Washington's Birthday was deep-sixed to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because, well, racism.
Christmas is under attack from both sides: on the one by the relentless consumerization, on the other by the efforts of the Left to destroy it.
Easter, ditto.

But we've still got New Year's, right?

Think again! —

"'The Slaves Dread New Year's Day the Worst': The Grim History of January 1," by Olivia B. Waxman, TIME, December 27, 2019. Ω

Nicholas Strakon: The Evil Empire has sickened but survived under a long line of psychopathic Emperors. Maybe someone even more ... unusual was needed to deliver the fatal blows.

At Gold Goats 'n Guns, Thomas Luongo writes: "After Soleimani Killing Suddenly the U.S. Is Alone" (January 6, 2020).

We can only hope it is so.

I hadn't encountered President Putin's observation before that the U.S. is "not agreement capable," but it seems to be an accurate assessment. The first thing Vladimir Vladimirovich was thinking of, surely, was Poppy Bush and James Baker's promise of no NATO expansion eastward after the fall of the Iron Curtain, in return for Russia's acquiescing in German reunification. NATO expansion eastward began in '99. (Let's see ... who was Emperor then?) Ω

Posted December 13, 2019.

Ronn Neff: Impeachment. TIME magazine's December 16 cover story warns that Donald Trump's 2020 campaign is benefiting from a possible impeachment by the House. It seems that the president is raising money from people who are opposed to the idea.

Question: If Donald Trump benefits politically from an impeachment, is that an impeachable offense? Ω

Ronn Neff: Homer nods. Joe Sobran made two bold assertions in a 1977 article that can serve as metrics for comparing what was once inconceivable (in the "Princess Bride" sense) with what today is completely conceivable. The first:

"The fact is that we are not going to have legalized infanticide in the foreseeable future, for the very simple reason that nobody wants it."

And from the same essay, "Infanticide and animal liberation are not going to acquire either traction or momentum in our culture...." Ω

Posted December 2, 2019.

Joe Sobran wrote: To hold the proper progressive attitudes is to be certified as "open-minded," no matter how osmotically you've acquired them from your immediate cultural environment, no matter how reflexively you adopt and update them. By the same token, to maintain the traditional attitudes, no matter how reflectively, no matter with what resistance to the current, is to be "narrow-minded." The liberal can always spot the open mind: it's the one that agrees with himself.

From "AIDS and Social Progress," Human Life Review, Fall 1987. Ω

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Permanently recommended readings

"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
by Roy A. Childs, Jr. (TLD)
"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)

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