Author Archives: Necessary and Proper

About Necessary and Proper

Jeff believes in the Individual's ability to excel when liberty and freedom of choice are protected. Also believes in the Community's ability to take care of the vast majority of its own issues and needs when the federal government leaves the Community's resources and sphere of control alone. State and local choice produce better results than centralized federal control.

The Battle for the Judiciary – Conservatism vs. Progressivism

(graphic credit) By Jeff Rutherford The Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett concluded this week.  See the Day1, Day2, and Day3 transcripts. The committee vote will be next week, with the full Senate floor vote soon after. She will … Continue reading

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What to Do While You Wait

(graphic credit) By Jeff Rutherford We may be waiting a loooong time for political sanity and public civility to return to America, so I’m tossing out eight ideas to keep us busy helping our countrymen and our great nation while … Continue reading

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Plato’s Warning Against Mob Rule

By Jeff Rutherford Here’s a portion of Book VIII of Plato’s Republic (written in 381 BC), as helpfully paraphrased by Will Durant in his popular 1926 book The Story of Philosophy. The numbers refer to the pages in Plato’s original … Continue reading

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Why Can’t We Agree?

(graphic credit) By Jeff Rutherford Imagine this scenario: The setting is a candy store.  A child throws a temper tantrum in the jelly bean aisle.  The parent resists at first,

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North Korea’s Cause-and-Effect Cycle of Madness – Explained

(graphic credit) By Jeff Rutherford The brutal dictator Kim Jong-un and his militaristic communist government appear schizophrenic and paranoid that America is out to annihilate North Korea. The totalitarian dictator acts out his apparent paranoia by diverting resources from feeding … Continue reading

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The Other Team Has the Ball Now

(graphic credit) By Jeff Rutherford Liberals are freaking out. Many call themselves Progressives. Most won’t say it, but that really means they want ‘progress on the way to socialism’. Unconstrained growth of the federal government to control more and more … Continue reading

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Term Limits

(graphic credit) 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 … Continue reading

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Debating the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

  Contributed by Ed 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 … Continue reading

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(photo credit) 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 … Continue reading

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