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King Obama’s Obamacare exemptions

Don’t like ObamaCare? Tough. Law of the land. Passed in both houses. Upheld by the Supreme Court. Isn’t that what we’ve all been told for years? “Shut up!” they explained. We know what’s good for you. Our legislative experts who admitted to not reading the 2,000-page bill prior to passing it arrogantly determined that they […]

Snowden story has no good guy.

In a recent newsletter Jim Geraghty made some very good points regarding damaging leaks that Edwin Snowden has made that have nothing to do with being a “whistle blower” or acting in some kind of patriotic civil libertarian fashion. I’ve found myself waffling on Snowden, because he has at a minimum forced a discussion on […]

♫ Mister, we could use a man like Dwight D. Eisenhower again…♫

From Jonah Goldberg’s G-File letter: “There is a lovely apocryphal story, generally told about Dwight D. Eisenhower during his time as president of Columbia University: The school was growing, necessitating an expansion of the campus, which produced a very hot dispute between two groups of planners and architects about where the sidewalks should go. One […]

Theophilus Lillie vs. Big Government

Earlier this month in a commentary for the WSJ, Daniel Henninger wrote, “Except at the far left and right, people believe security is government’s first obligation.” His context was to defend New York City’s stop-and-search measure, as well as the various NSA programs, but with that same argument persons could also defend all kinds of […]

Militarization of our police.

Reason’s Radley Balko, writing in the Wall Street Journal, writes on the disturbing trend of the militarization of our civilian police forces. The country’s first official SWAT team started in the late 1960s in Los Angeles. By 1975, there were approximately 500 such units. Today, there are thousands. According to surveys conducted by the criminologist […]

FBI ignoring IRS misdeeds.

Angela Hunt makes a strong case that there needn’t be a “smoking gun” in the form of a White House memo directing IRS officials to target conservative groups for audits. Instead President Obama used words associated with conservative groups “in at least 33 separate public addresses to condemn conservative political advocacy groups before and during […]

NSA cannot collect content, only metada… oh, nevermind.

Washington Post: President Obama said after the disclosures that NSA domestic activities “do not involve listening to people’s phone calls, do not involve reading the e-mails of U.S. citizens or U.S. residents, absent further action by a federal court, that is entirely consistent with what we would do, for example, in a criminal investigation.” The […]

Be wary of the NSA programs.

I wouldn’t say I’ve done a 180-degree turn upon learning that the NSA is capturing yottabytes (or 10 to the 24th power of bytes) of metadata from its citizens, but I’ve definitely done a 90. At some point you either believe in limited government, or you don’t. Last month former Clinton-era adviser David Axelrod spoke […]

Holder spying on Congress?

Here’s Mark Steyn:  Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois asks the attorney general if he’s spying on members of Congress and thereby giving the executive branch leverage over the legislative branch. Eric Holder answers: “With all due respect, senator, I don’t think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss that issue.” Senator Kirk responded […]

Our (cold) Civil War.

Peggy Noonan on the IRS scandal — she’s right too. It’s a game changer, affirming everything everyone fears about the tyranny of the leviathan state, unchecked power, unending growth and the bureaucrat’s tendency for self-preservation and self-aggrandizement. But this scandal is different and distinctive. The abuse was systemic—from the sheer number of targets and the […]