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  1. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 2 months ago

    LameRandomName,

    The Founding Fathers opted for limited government (Jeffersonian) but with a strong central authority (Hamiltonian). How did they do this? By installing the famous “checks and balances” among the three branches of government. THAT’S what Limited Government means…. not Small Government.

    The Founding Fathers had no illusions about the impulses of states to do their own thing (see: Secession), thus they empowered the federal government to override those impulses with powers outlined in the 7 Articles of the Constitution (see: Civil War).

    The Founding Fathers were not “libertarians.” They knew the country would evolve and so wrote the Constitution to guard against the very acts that caused states to seize power away from the federal government and give it to themselves (thus weakening the country and opening it up to conquest by Great Britain, France or even Spain). They wrote into the Constitution the authority for the federal government to wrest those powers back, by force if necessary. Thus, the Civil War.

    Taxes was another example. States could levy taxes amongst themselves as they will, even taxing those doing commerce across state lines. Since federal income taxes had to be apportioned equitably, income taxes were declared Unconstitutional. However, the Founding Fathers wrote into the Constitution the means to amend it. So Congress followed the rule and passed to the states a Constitutional Amendment to make federal income taxes constitutional, which the states ratified – all according to the Constitution’s rules.

    Another example: slavery. Remember the Emancipation Proclamation? It freed slaves only in the “States in Rebellion,” not the slave states still in the Union: Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and Delaware. Why? Because the Dred Scott decision of the Supreme Court declared slavery as Constitutional, thus permitting slavery in any state. Dred Scott was still the law of the land when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery by making slavery unconstitutional.

    Brilliant system! Hats off to those Founding Fathers!!

    If only we had politicians like them today.

  2. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 3 months ago

    This story line is for the birds!……. wait…

  3. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 3 months ago

    The Bachman is likely extinct…… Michele, not the bird!

  4. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 3 months ago

    Bruno,

    The Twilight Zone episode you cite is my favorite: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”

    It was also one of the first – if not the first – show on TV to be shown without any dialogue. Lots of sounds and musical score but no talking. Priceless!

  5. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 4 months ago

    Has there ever been another strip where Mike is seen smoking?

  6. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 10 months ago

    Love that sign on the last panel: “Urbane Home Companion.”
    A change from the other three panels.

  7. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 10 months ago

    $80 for a crayon scribble by students pales in comparison with “modern” art pieces of nothing but a few colored streaks of paint going for many thousands of dollars painted by …….. wait for it……… elephants!

  8. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 11 months ago

    Is that Drew in the dark green dress?

  9. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 11 months ago

    Bobarion,

    That Hitler thing, about some of his family tree being Jewish is a myth. His family did not have Jewish members.

    The myth got conflated with true facts about Hitler:

    1) The doctor who delivered him WAS Jewish; a fact that irked him his whole life.

    2) Some members of his family – primarily cousins – were mentally ill. Hitler had them liquidated just before he came to power. He did not want the knowledge to get out that his “line” was not pure Aryan stock, and that HE may be vulnerable to having a mental illness.

    He felt that knowledge of his cousins would give his political and military enemies fodder for attacking his “pure blood” views and making him look like a hypocrite.

    Hitler was very likely a paranoid schizophrenic (seeing enemies everywhere, lashing out with angry tantrums at minor errors by subordinates, feeling betrayed by friends and commanders, etc.); thus, confirming what he feared the most!

  10. DeeBeeS commented on Doonesbury 11 months ago

    I never liked water beds. They’re tough on the knees!

    (Think about it…… I’ll wait.)