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Pictures at an Exhibition


Museum: a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited.
Exhibit One: Its 118 degrees in India, which proves global warming. No wait it’s still snowing in Colorado which disproves global warming. Who says there is a difference between Weather and Climate, or regional and global temperatures?
Exhibit Two: "I would say it's exactly the opposite," Rand Paul said. "ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS's job even easier." An interesting statement since I had earlier written Hanther much the same thing, but further back in history asserting that the policies of the Bush Administration had inadvertently created ISIS. This statement met with some opposition, but it is well to remember that actions, like votes, have consequences, and sometimes those consequences are far reaching not only in effect but in time also.
Exhibit Three: Votes matter, even not voting matters. “With the sequestration and the mindless, across the board cuts in funding that it entails, and the constant threat of government shutdowns that make planning and budgeting almost impossible, all federal jobs suck now. The Republican’s circular plan has been to f’up (sic) the government, by defunding agencies and making their budgeting impossible even when funding comes through, thereby proving their initial assertion that the government can’t function well. This plan is finally reaching its intended result. Republicans, as puppets for the multi-millionaires and billionaires, want the government to have one function only; to be a conduit for tax money to flow into the pockets of the super rich. Agencies that function for the good of the majority, like the NIH, EPA, CDC, USDA and yes, the IRS, are hamstrung and rendered dysfunctional. This allows the billionaires to run amuck, unregulated and untaxed, while the rest of the country sinks under debt, a chronically stagnant economy and environmental degradation.”
John Clifford

Our government was formed to “…, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, Provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, …” Statements are made that just wanting to run for office should disqualify an individual, or the Webster quote: “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” And yet this begs the question, if not government than what?

Establish Justice: that presupposes a court system and established laws which means a government. The Common Defense: Which presupposes a pooling of resources and some means to access that pool which not only means a government it means a way of acquiring funding. Promote the General Welfare: and that is the rule of law. The Constitution sets up a government and a rule of law, and the functions of those who would administer its workings. Dan Webster himself meant to rule, and did so, in so far as he had power to as a Senator. The Founding Fathers set up a government that was to be a good master, but it was to be a master.  “This Constitution and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United states, shall be the supreme law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” So much for those “strict constructionist” of the nullification movement. After working for several years under the framework of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution was written to rule.

The other option was, and is, Anarchy.

Most objections are not to the Constitution, they are to the laws written under the authority of the Constitution. Those laws are under our control by voting for our Representatives. Not voting is a choice to let our neighbors vote for us. ‘But there is no one to vote for, they are all the same’. We control the process from the beginning levels, that most of us cede it to our neighbors who care to get involved in local party politics is our fault, not theirs. ‘Big Money controls the system’, only because we let it. The Constitution allows us to get the government the majority wants, and as de Maistre wrote: “Every nation gets the government it deserves” to which I would add, and none more so than US.



Uncle Willie loves to have feedback from both readers who appreciate his point of view as well as from missguided souls who disagree.