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As a comment to the 47 Senators +2 that sent their ridiculous letter to the leaders of Iran, it may come as a surprise to you that actually, the negotiation of treaties had long since been taken over by the President; the Senate’s role in relation to treaties is today essentially legislative in character.

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 at 10:48 PM PDT

Executive Power in Foreign Affairs

by Adagio4639

The "functionalist" tradition of flexibility in construing presidential power, especially in light of practical needs and congressional acquiescence, manifests itself perhaps most dramatically in the domains of war and foreign affairs.
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Thu Feb 26, 2015 at 10:57 AM PST

Racism and Conservatism in America

by Adagio4639

As an adult, I saw racism revealed over and over again. I found a common thread in political views running through every racist that I encountered. All of them held conservative views. None of them held Liberal views on any subject. Conservatism is always a reaction to a challenge to an existing order becoming self-conscious and reflective when other ways of life and thought appear on the scene, against which it is compelled to take up arms in an ideological struggle.

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Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 02:58 PM PST

In response to "liberal racism"

by Adagio4639

I recently came across a diary titled; "Liberal Racism: 25 Things I Learned After I Wrote About ISIS and White Racism at the Daily Kos"

I wanted to comment on this but unfortunately there was no way to post a comment so, I thought I'd write a diary to address the points. There were quite a few, so I'll try to hit on as many as I can.

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Mon Dec 29, 2014 at 06:58 AM PST

On Torture

by Adagio4639

These are the words of George Washington:

“Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.” - George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775
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Tue Dec 16, 2014 at 09:52 AM PST

Torturing Democracy

by Adagio4639

It’s astonishing to me that this is even a subject for debate in this country. Torture. The very word is vile and is the epitome of everything that stands in complete opposition to American values dating back to Washington and the Revolutionary War.  Here is Washington speaking to the troops:

“Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.” – George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary
Force, Sept. 14, 1775
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Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:26 PM PDT

The Hobby Lobby Decision

by Adagio4639

In her dissent on the contraception ruling, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg notes that “the exercise of religion is characteristic of natural persons, not artificial legal entities.” Ahh...those were the days.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals explained last year that courts have “long recognized the distinction between the owners of a corporation and the corporation itself.” Ruling that “a for-profit corporation can engage in religious exercise” would “eviscerate the fundamental principle that a corporation is a legally distinct entity from its owners.”

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Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 05:10 PM PDT

Bobby Jindal: Moron of the day.

by Adagio4639

Moron of the day
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of “waging wars against religious liberty and education” and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready for "a hostile takeover" of the nation's capital.
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Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 12:34 PM PDT

The Racist Problem with Conservatism

by Adagio4639

You have a choice:  accept the reality that you are willing to compromise your principles that adhering to traditional values is fundamental to what you believe, which forces you into hypocrisy; or accept that you'd rather be a racist then compromise anything. You can't get around that. It's the problem with any ideology. They're all man-made and flawed. They have a position for everything, except they can never account for every situation.

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Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM PDT

Arabs!?

by Adagio4639

A true encounter in Bumfuck Pennsylvania.

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Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM PDT

On Same-sex Marriage

by Adagio4639

“Is it possible to decide what marriage law should be without entering into moral and religious controversies about the moral status of homosexuality and the purpose of marriage?”

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Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM PDT

On Morality

by Adagio4639

What is "morality" and where does our sense of it come from?

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