Term Limits

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By Jeff Rutherford

There are no good principled reasons to oppose term limits. A bogus reason people on the right use is: “When we get a good fiscal conservative in office, we want to keep her/him there to keep fighting for us.” I say BS….if conservatives can’t keep a good stream of emerging conservatives coming to consistently replace incumbents, we’re not worth our salt.

A bogus reason people on the left use to oppose term limits is: Continue reading

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Debating the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

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The Puerto Rican debt crisis is a complex web with many different threads.  Any solution to the crisis will involve ripples that will leave winners and losers everywhere.  These ripples will be felt for cities like Detroit, Michigan; San Bernardino, California; Stockton, California; and other municipalities.  It will ripple to the states whose fiscal conditions are worst: Illinois; New Jersey; Massachusetts; Connecticut; and New York.

Map of US public bankruptcies since 2010City/county (red) and utility authority (gray) Ch 9 bankruptcies since 2010

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Politicians know the best place to raise revenue is from individuals who will not express their anger at the Continue reading

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Reciprocity

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By Jeff Rutherford

Are you a cheap conquest?  An easy catch?  Will you consent to anyone that promises to be immediately pleasing?  Do you avoid inquiring (or even wondering) about motives, preferring a superficial simplicity?

Or do you make your consent hard to get?  Saved for someone who is committed to respecting you in the long run?  Do you expect your chosen one to reciprocate by showing you solid fidelity and integrity in everything they do – even when nobody is watching them?

Let’s name it the General Law of Human Reciprocity:

In human social selections, your consensual standards set the height of the bar your ‘chosen one’ will try to leap.

Low bar = low results.  High bar = high results.

This rule of thumb about human nature is widely useful, I dare say.  In this article I will apply it to political behavior – of the governed and the governors.  Especially the act of Continue reading

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American History Hijacked by Ideology – The Dangers and the Cure

Jeff Bridges -- The Giver -- 2014 Movie2014 movie:  Jeff Bridges is “The Giver” of historical truth in a sterilized dystopian society
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Intro by Jeff Rutherford

As I have lately been immersed in topics of history, I was especially interested in the most recent issue of Imprimis published by Hillsdale College.  Entitled “History, American Democracy, and the AP Test Controversy,” it’s from a speech by University of Oklahoma History Professor Wilfred M. McClay on July 10, 2015.  The full 3500-word Imprimis transcript delves deeper into the troubles hitting the field of historical research and education — as indicated by the title — including the decline in popularity of books by historians, and the recent controversial changes to the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) test, which is closely related to the conservative movement’s concerns with Common Core education mandates. Click the above link to read the entire Imprimis article.

Here, I have excerpted less than 1/3 of the transcript, sticking to the more central passages about the role the study of history plays in a free society, and the dangers we face by losing sight of Continue reading

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Due Process of Law, #4: America’s Founding – The Capstone of the Age of Enlightenment

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First draft of the Declaration of Independence being presented to the Second Continental Congress

By Jeff Rutherford

[Part 1 was called “Can a Law be Unlawful?”]
[Part 2 was called “What Makes a Government’s Actions Legit?”]
[Part 3 was called “Cicero and Aquinas Preserved Aristotle’s Flame”]

This series has been tracing the lineage of the concept of Due Process of Law from the dawn of the notion of individualism in ancient Greece, through the Roman Republic and Empire, the Dark Ages, the feudalism of Medieval Europe, and into Europe’s Age of Enlightenment.  Now Part 4 describes how these centuries of philosophical seeds migrated across the Atlantic and took root in the American colonies, forming the political basis for the American Revolution and influencing the structure of the American Republic.

Origins of American Constitutionalism - Donald LutzIn 1988, University of Houston political science professor Donald Lutz’ book The Origins of American Constitutionalism contained the results of a 10-year study of historic political writings during the American Founding era – 1760 to 1805.  The study identified and counted Continue reading

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Left and Right Worldviews on the Iran Deal

Obama and NetanyahuIntro by Jeff Rutherford

Twice recently I have shown Dr. Thomas Sowell’s side-by-side comparison of the Left’s vs. Right’s conflicting instincts about how best to maintain international peace.  Continue reading

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