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Exhibit One:

As seen in the New York Times: Under a new set of laws, children in low-income immigrant neighborhoods in Denmark, which the government there calls “ghettos,” will be mandatorily separated from their families for “at least 25 hours a week” for instruction in “Danish values.” These, apparently, include Christmas, Easter and the Danish language. Families that don’t comply could have their welfare payments cut off.

The law, which was passed on May 28, is part of a broader government initiative titled “One Denmark without Parallel Societies: No Ghettos in 2030.” The plan aims to eradicate what the Danish government says are “parallel communities” in Denmark that are rife with crime and populated by poor, uneducated immigrants from “non-Western countries” who are not being properly integrated into Danish society.

Exhibit Two:

The Huffington Post reports that for the first time, supporters of the Affordable Care Act have spent more on ads than their opponents. Supporters have spent nearly $14 million on pro-Obamacare ads this cycle, about $500,000 more than was spent on anti-Obamacare ads. Despite the fact that Republican control the White House and Congress, their efforts to repeal the law have failed, and the law has become more popular in the meantime, even with the Insurers to the point where the Trump Administration is making sure their payments go through.

The Tweet: Number of people who go bankrupt every year because of medical bills;

Britain - 0

France - 0

Germany - 0

Netherlands - 0

Sweden - 0

Japan - 0

Canada - 0

The United States - 643,000
— UnsilentMajority (@The_UnSilent_) July 11,
In a society with a representative government, the people decide how much of their income is to be used by their government, and what it is to be used on. Despite cries from the Left and Right there is no difference morally if this decision is made for Defense or Health Care. The Nations listed above the United States have decided to distribute their funds differently than we have. It all depends on what as a society you are willing to pay for.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
Every Citizen of the United States should know where this is from
Jefferson and Hobbes knew why societies form governments, although they had vastly different ideas as to what would be the ideal. Perhaps Government is an evil necessity, perhaps not. There is always anarchy. The Museum would give you The Shire of the Hobbits as an example of libertarian idealism, some would give you Ayn Rand’s works, but the common thread between those two is that they are both fictions. Historically the West is living in a golden age of personal freedom, yet some still call it slavery, and one can argue that it is. But it is a very mild form of slavery compared to what has come before. If we are in any form of thralldom it is economic, not physical, and therefore we should be more worried about Amazon than the Government.

The problem with projecting oneself to past societies is that one always assume one would be, for example say a Citizen in the Roman Republic, when in fact one would probably be a slave, or at best a serf. Oh, but slavery wasn’t that bad, say the Lost Causers and the defenders of Athens, but not one of them would volunteer to be that “ well off ” slave.

Exhibit Three:

The Tweet: The demagogue doesn't lead radicals, he radicalizes his supporters. With each outrage he drags them down by association until they feel they have no one else, and no one else will have them. It works. — Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) July 6, 2018

Tweet the Second:
The good news: If diplomacy continues to stall, Trump will probably not go back on the war path because that would require him to admit he got suckered by Kim. 
The bad news: He got suckered by Kim.
— Colin Kahl (@ColinKahl) July 7, 2018
Exhibit Four:

“Tell people not to come to our country illegally, that’s the solution. Don’t come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally. I’m saying this: We have laws, we have borders. Don’t come to our country illegally. It’s not a good thing.”
Donald Trump
 “If…injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth—certainly the machine will wear out. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine” 
Henry David Thoreau
“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”  Thomas Paine

Exhibit Five:
From the Washington Post:  By 2040, eight states will be home to nearly half (49.5 percent) of the country’s entire population. An implication of that bit of trivia: 30 percent of the American population will control 68 percent of the American Senate. “The House and the Senate will be weighted to two largely different Americas,” the Post writes
FiveThirtyEight’s Significant Digits
The Electoral College will also show this skew to a lesser extent. The question becomes do we as a society want to become more democratic, “one man one vote” or is the Republic better off as it is, where the majority will is tempered by the structure of our government. We are less tempered now than the Founders had in mind, and it can be debated if this is better or worse. What is next, direct popular vote for the President? It is not what the Founders had in mind. Indeed they sided more to the Platonic distrust of the democratic. Like funding, this is another facet of life a society has to decide.

Exhibit Six:

From John Stormer’s “None Dare Call it Treason”
“Lenin and his heirs have had the sometimes knowing, sometimes unknowing, cooperation of the United States State Department every step of the way.”
"The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command."
George Orwell, "1984"
“Just remember, what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
Donald Trump, 2018

At the Exit:

From the New York Times: A three-year, $1.5 million effort to count every cat in Washington, D.C, it’s called D.C. Cat Count, is underway. “It’s a pretty bold undertaking, but an important one,” said the man in charge of analyzing the cat count data.
Godspeed, brother. May you land on your feet.
FiveThirtyEight’s Significant Digits



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