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For Christmas Republicans
Give Christmas Present to
President Obama and the
Favored Few and a Lump of Coal to the Spirit of James Madison and the American People

 

December 19, 2014 --

The trillion dollar-plus spending bill pass by Congress was a huge Christmas present for the president -- and government insiders. Unfortunately, it was another step in making the Constitution irrelevant. Congress gave President Obama ( to be recognized in 2015 as Supreme Ruler Obama?) just about everything he wanted to fund both Obamacare, and immigration legislation that was not actually legislation but the action of the President erasing the separation of powers construct of the Constitution. Perhaps this would not have happened had a Republican president acted to cancel separation of powers. LPR expects that Republican senators like Susan Collins, impatient with colleagues who would hold President Obama to constitutional account, would move to oust a Republican president who put himself above the Constitution. It is, apparently, far easier for Senator Collins to denounce conservatives who honor their oath to the Constitution than to stand firm against a leftist president who dishonors the Constitution and our founding legacy.

In Federalist No. 47, Madison wrote: "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." Madison went on to indicate that the president "cannot of himself make a law, though he can put a negative on every law; nor administer justice in person, though he has the appointment of those who do administer it." Do Senator McConnell and Speaker Boehner now contend that disregard of separation of powers is no longer what James Madison called "the very definition of tyranny?"

In Federalist No. 58, Madison wrote that the "power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure."

LPR sees nothing in Federalist No. 58 declaring that the House of Representatives must never exercise its "power over the purse" to keep the President within constitutional bounds lest the media, Democrats and establishment Republicans cry: "The government is shutdown; the government is shutdown."

The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial, December 16, commented: "The 1,600-page omnibus bill that passed this weekend is no way to run a government." Actually, this sort of legislation was seen by Madison, in Federalist No. 62, as poisonous to "the blessings of liberty itself." Madison pointed out: "It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows that the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow." Madison went on to warn that new regulations on "commerce or revenue" provide "a new harvest to those who watch the change, and can trace its consequences.... This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth that laws are made for the few, not for the many."

It is apparent to LPR that the wisdom of James Madison has become inconvenient for the left, the media and the Republican establishment. The actions of Congress, in enacting a voluminous $1.01 trillion budget bill, amounts to placing a lump of coal, this Christmas, on Madison's grave. But as Madison wrote in Federalist No. 41: "A bad cause seldom fails to betray itself."

 

Red Line

From the LPR Archives ...
Holiday Edition

December 19, 2014 --

Christmas Times in Thomaston, CT. (From LPR December 18, 2005)


Rockefeller Center's skating rink (From LPR December 26, 2004)


The Empire State Building in Christmas Colors (From LPR December 19, 2006)

Santa (From LPR December 18, 2005)


Torrington's Christmas Tree (From LPR December 18, 2005)

 

Red Line

The "Jewish State" Controversy
in Israel

December 19, 2014 --

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution calling for an Arab State and a Jewish State in Palestine. What happened was that the Arab states went to war to prevent the establishment of the Jewish State, which ,nevertheless, got established, May 14, 1948 and called itself Israel.

A New York Times news report, December 9, said that "Israelis from across the political spectrum and leaders of the Jewish diaspora have denounced" proposed legislation to make it clear that Israel is "a Jewish state." Joel H. Golovensky, one of the proponents of the "Jewish state" legislation, writing in The Wall Street Journal, December 16, noted that there is a move to transform Israel from becing "the Jewish state" to being "ethnically neutral."

If indeed, as The New York Times article suggests, Israelis "across the political spectrum" object to a law defining Israel as Jewish. LPR suggests:

1) change Israel's name to Canaan;

2) change the (Jewish) Magen David symbol on the country's flag to a rainbow field with a black corner in the upper left, bearing a white crescent.

3) replace references to Jerusalem in the Jewish liturgy with Tel Aviv -- as in: "If I forget thee O Tel Aviv [in place of Jerusalem], let my right hand forget its cunning.

LPR understands that however much these changes meet the approval of those seeking an end to Israel's Jewish identity, they would, themselves likely be undone were Hamas to succeed in establishing the Islamic State of Palestine where Israel once stood.

LPR is confident, however, that no one would oppose an Islamic identity for Palestine.

By the way -- in mid-December, there were reports of a diplomatic push for a UN Security Council resolution calling for recognizing a State of Palestine by November 2016.

LPR wonders if this push will include rescinding that part of the UN's 1947 Palestine Partition Plan including a call for a Jewish state.

 
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-- David Zukerman
 

Red Line

Two Awards Inspired by Frank Capra Movies

December 19, 2014 --

LPR is pleased to award to Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, jointly, the Senator Jefferson Smith Trophy, named for the title role in Frank Capra's film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" -- the valiant senator (played by James Stewart) who stood for decency, fair play and the liberty-loving spirit of the American people in contrast to the corrupt government insiders who wanted to enrich themselves at the public's expense.

LPR awards the Henry F. Potter Plaque, jointly, to House Speaker John A. Boehner and Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This Award is named for the villainous banker (played by Lionel Barrymore) in Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" who believed the people should be treated as rabble. This honor goes to Boehner and McConnell for quickly moving, after the November 4 election, to treat the American voters as rabble.

 

Red Line

LPR's Prediction on
Cuba Realized!

December 19, 2014 --

Last January, LPR predicted the following:

"President Obama, in June, will announce the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

He will name New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ambassador to Cuba."

LPR apologizes for being six months early with this prediction. Obviously, Mayor de Blasio is the logical choice as our ambassador to communist Cuba.

If the Republican Senate fails to confirm de Blasio, pursuant to the constitutionally-transformative rules established by President Obama, the president will confirm his appointment after he has "given up waiting" for the Senate to act.

 
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Red Line

European Union Court Effectively Supports Jihad Against Israel

December 19, 2014 --

The General Court of the European Union, December 17, issued a ruling that cancels the designation of Hamas as a" terrorist organization," The New York Times reported. According to the Times, the court declared that the European Union determined Hamas was committed to terrorism based on "news and Internet reports rather than by 'acts examined and confirmed in decisions of competent authorities.'"

The General Court, LPR believes, cannot be unaware of the Hamas Charter which, in Article 13, rejects peace negotiations with the State of Israel, asserting "There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad", and, in Article 15 proclaims: "In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad." Nor can the General Court be unaware, from the actions of ISIS, what Jihad in the 21st century is all about -- the slaughter of hostages, the murder of prisoners and civilians, the enslavement of women. (LPR acknowledges that information about the ISIS atrocities is based, mainly, on "news and Internet reports.")

The General Court of the European Union of course, is based on the continent where six million Jews were exterminated, 1939-1945. LPR must conclude that the General Court has no difficulty with Jihad waged by Hamas against the six million Jews in Israel, today, in accordance with the assertion, in Article 14 of the Hamas Charter, that "Palestine is an Islamic land...."

 

 

 

Red Line

LPR Requests, Respectfully,
a Modest Amount of
Government Funds

December 19, 2014 --

In view of the streams of dollars that flowed to Jonathan Gruber to promote the Affordable Care Act and noting, more recently, that psychologists for the Central Intelligence Agency got $81 million for their advice how to get information from captured terrorists, Lonely Pamphleteer Review asks the federal government for a modest amount of dollars -- say, $10 million -- to support LPR in its commitment to make the American people aware that the advice in The Federalist Papers remains relevant to 20145, 2015 and the years thereafter.

LPR believes this sum is a bargain unless, of course, government intends to suppress the wisdom in The Federalist Papers for unconstitutional purpose.

Among other things, this support would enable Lonely Pamphleteer Review to cite, regularly, James Madison for the view that erosion of separation of powers leads to tyranny and to cite Madison, further, for his belief that the "power over the purse" given to the House of Representatives would keep the Senate and President in check.

The corollary to the last point is that Madison would not have been concerned, in any measure, that the "power over the purse" would give the left ammunition to shout "government shutdown, government shutdown, government shutdown."

 
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December 19, 2014 --

The Name Madison -- to become More Unpopular than "Redskins?"

Considering the obvious disfavor by which James Madison's ideas on governance are currently viewed in Washington, how soon until the ruling class demands that the name Madison -- for an avenue in New York, or the capital of Wisconsin -- be expunged, and the memory of the Father of the Constitution be blotted out.

 

December 19, 2014 --

Source for Immigration Stats Respectfully Requested ...

The American people have been told that President Obama's immigration proposal will assist some 5 million people. Another statistic used in the immigration context asserts that there are 11 million undocumented persons in the country. LPR respectuflly requests the source or sources for these statistics?

Also, if the president's proposal has particular affect on people who have been in the United States for five years -- if these people are "undocumented," how can they establish the amount of time they have been in the nation?

 

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