What we’ve lost

November 15, 2016

A thoughtful essay from an acquaintance on Twitter. Well-worth reading.

The Hoondat Report

On the morning of November 9, when the votes were counted and we all knew that Donald Trump would become our next president, I put the following statement on social media:

Well, folks, it’s been a nice republic.

It got a positive response from friends on the left and the right. They all sensed that something very important had been lost, though it was hard to pinpoint what. But those who find profit in that loss are leaving no end of clues, and it’s our job to read those clues.

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Maybe all voters should take this test

February 12, 2012

Yeah, I know. Requiring tests in order to vote is an old trick from Jim Crow days to deny people their right to vote. The idea, having been thus spoiled, will never fly again, even if applied without discrimination to all.

Still, I have some sympathy for saying one can’t vote until getting at least a 75% score on this Civic Literacy Exam. Here’s a sample question:

“What are the three branches of government?”

  • executive, legislative, judicial
  • executive, legislative, military
  • bureaucratic, military, industry
  • federal, state, local

What scares me is how many voters would fail.

My results? 31 out of 33. I missed the Lincoln-Douglas question and one of the economics questions. I hang my head in shame.

How about you?

via Moe Lane

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

Citizenship and the pursuit of Happiness

July 1, 2010

While the Earth still vomits oil into the Gulf of Mexico, our national debt reaches crisis levels, and al Qaeda continues its plan to kill thousands more of us,  President Obama has chosen to focus the vast powers of his office on immigration reform.


Anyway, Reason.TV has sought to shed a little light where there’s mostly been fire and smoke, so they went out and asked legal immigrants who became naturalized citizens why they came to the US. The following video was the result, and it’s well-worth your time:

(via Big Government)

There are times I really like Joe Lieberman – Updated!

May 5, 2010

And this is one of them:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) thinks he’s found a work-around on the whole Miranda rights debate for U.S. citizens accused of terrorism: Strip their citizenship and ship them to Guantanamo.

Lieberman plans to introduce a bill that would amend a decades-old law aimed at yanking citizenship from U.S. citizens who fight for a foreign military.

“I’m now putting together legislation to amend that to [specify that] any individual American citizen who is found to be involved in a foreign terrorist organization, as defined by the Department of State, would be deprived of their citizenship rights,” Lieberman said Tuesday.

Such a law would potentially cover terror suspect Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born American citizen charged in connection with the attempted car bombing in New York City’s Times Square. He was apprehended Monday night at the city’s John F. Kennedy airport after he boarded a flight to Dubai.

“If you have joined an enemy of the United States in attacking the United States and trying to kill Americans, I think you sacrifice your rights of citizenship,” Lieberman said.

Citizenship has not only rights, but duties that are all too often forgotten; one of them is the duty of loyalty. Since I don’t think Lieberman’s proposal would meet constitutional muster in Shahzad’s case because of the ex post facto clause, they should add a charge that’s fitting for American citizens who betray their country – treason.

If only Joe weren’t such a  social liberal-statist in domestic affairs.

UPDATE: Allahpundit has objections worth bearing in mind, while Byron York looks at the government’s alternatives for dealing with the treasonous Shahzad. I still favor stripping citizenship from citizens who join foreign terrorist organizations, though I don’t think it can be applied to Shahzad for the reason given above.