Framing the Dialogue

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Hidden Order

hidden order“The terrain was barren and windswept; more rock and loose shale than anything else. It was cold and misty. Everyone would rather have been someplace else, but you wouldn’t have heard a complaint from a single one of them. This is who they were and what they did. Each of them consoled themselves with the knowledge that no matter how damp and how cold it was, it easily could have been worse, and that what they did, they did for their country. They all knew that there were people who would never know their names and would never know what they were doing this night, but that their way of life hung in the balance.”

Executive Power

The framers wrote the Constitution to provide for a separation of powers, or three separate branches of government. Each has its own responsibilities and at the same time they work together to make the country run smoothly and to assure that the rights of citizens are not ignored or disallowed. This is done through checks and balances. A branch may use its powers to check the powers of the other two in order to maintain a balance of power among the three branches of government. The three branches of the U.S. Government are: Legislative, Executive, Judicial

Fed Up

No this is not a post about the American peoples’ rejection of Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Washington politics.  Many others are having fun welcoming the Republican wave that swept away many notable Democrats…though not nearly enough.  Jerry Brown as governor?  California you have got to be kidding me.  I am holding in a wait-and-see position having been sorely disappointed by Republicans far too many times.

Unbeknownst to many Americans the Federal Reserve (The Fed) had scheduled a meeting today to decide future monetary policy.  I find it interesting that they chose the day after a hotly contest mid-term election to meet and announce their policies.  The centerpiece of their plan is Quantitative Easing 2 (“QE2”).  The Wall Street Journal describes QE2 as:

Obama Appoints Warren to Shape New Consumer Agency

In this series I choose a current news article and you decide via a multiple choice format which terms were used and whether others would have been more accurate…….

Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama named Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren a(n) __________ (adviser, czar, czarina, non-vetted adviser) to help  __________ (control, shape, subvert, empower) the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, calling her __________ (“one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the lower class,” “one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the middle class,”  “an elitist from academia with no business experience who will further my socialist agenda,”  “an awesome sista and you’re a racist if you oppose her nomination…wait there was no nomination process as she is just another one of my extra-Constitutional appointees with unlimited power and answers only to me…snap!”)

Lies The Government Told You

“Dear reader, since you have actually picked up and read this book, it might be a little late for a warning.  Just in case you thought you were safe to read whatever you choose.  I want to warn you that your reading habits may be monitored for ‘suspicious’ behavior.  Considering the title of this book, your name might now be on a list authorized by the Patriot Act…”

You may have enjoyed the insightful commentary by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano on many cable news shows.  I always considered him a rather conservative-leaning man.  I bought the book expecting it to take shots at left-wing Democrat politics and it does that.  The Judge, however, is just as critical of the Republicans.  I should have known since Congressman Ron Paul wrote the forward.

True American Hero – Rep. Michele Bachmann

michelle-bachmanUnfortunately for Minnesota, they are recently most known for having a former boa-wearing wrestler as a governor and a tax-evading, “comedy” writer as their newest senator.  There is a bright spot withing the land of 10,000 lakes beside Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty and she is Representative Michele Bachmann.

Rep. Bachmann first appeared on my radar when she spoke out strongly about the 2010 census.  The federal government has a constitutional authority to conduct a count of the number of citizens: