After reading Mike Sabo's review of Thomas G. West's The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy and the Moral Conditions of Freedom, I want to read the book itself.WHY IS NBC LYING ABOUT ELIZABETH WARREN? In a story headlined Trump Again Derides Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas,’ NBC’s Daniel Arkin writes: “President Donald Trump returned to one of his most derogatory insults Friday, referring to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” — a jab at her Native American ancestry.”Now I’m sure that Arkin knows that this isn’t a jab at her “Native American ancestry,” but at her fake Native American ancestry. So why pretend otherwise? To make Trump look bad. Which I guess explains why more people trust Trump than the media after 100 days.
Here's how West systematizes the elements of what drove the Founders to approach the invention of a new basis for a nation-state the way they did:
All nation-states exist to protect something, but the founding of the United States of America was the first instance of using that concept to protect something truly universal:
And West, by way of Sabo, deftly dispels the notion that government promoting virtue somehow runs counter to the premise of liberty. Quite the contrary:
Against the view of scholars such as Thomas Pangle, Allan Bloom, and Harvey Mansfield, West contends that the founders were far from being concerned only with low bourgeois virtues, such as acquisitiveness, and comfortable self-preservation. In fact, they considered “virtue as a condition of freedom and a requirement of the laws of nature.”
Many public documents from the time spoke of the need for social and republican virtues within the populace such as justice (i.e., obeying the law), moderation, benevolence, temperance, industry, frugality, religious piety, and a responsibility among the people’s representatives to secure their good. In times of war, however, virtues of strength such as courage, leadership, bravery, vigor, and manly exertion are required. “Virtue is of concern to government not as an end in itself, but as a means to security and ultimately to happiness,” West concludes.
Opposed to the libertarian ethos that has consumed much of the Right, West argues forcefully that the project of sustaining our republic is not satisfied simply by getting government out of the way. The founders thought it was the duty of government (at least at the state level) to encourage virtue through public education, support for religious instruction, and a vast network of laws that discourage crime and promote stable families.And to those who might be inclined to chime in with, "Aha! These much-venerated Founders were proponents of public education!", all one has to do is point out that current public education serves a purpose pretty much at odds with what they wanted to see it cultivate.
Then there is the matter of property rights, by which the Founders didn't just mean ownership, but also the chance to become an owner:
West also highlights an important but overlooked part of the founders’ theory of property rights: human beings have the right to possess and acquire property. They thought this important so that “the poor as well as the rich can benefit from property rights.” This stands in stark contrast to feudal ages in which serfs had virtually no prospects of climbing the ladder of opportunity and making their own way in life.The ratcheted tensions in northwest Asia have Japan pretty skittish:
ESPN, like the Democrat party, is creating its own obsolescent with its leftward lurch.One of Tokyo's major subways systems says it shut down all lines for 10 minutes early Saturday after receiving warning of a North Korean missile launch.Tokyo Metro official Hiroshi Takizawa says the temporary suspension affected 13,000 passengers.Service was halted on all nine lines at 6:07 a.m. It resumed at 6:17 a.m. after it was clear there was no threat to Japan.Takizawa says it was the first time service had been stopped in response to a missile launch. Train service is generally suspended in Japan immediately after large earthquakes. Tokyo Metro decided earlier this month to stop for missile launch warnings as well.
Why isn't the "A"CA getting flat-out repealed in this era of Republican control of the federal legislative and executive branches? Byron York at the Washington Examiner contends that it's because somewhere between 25 and 50 Pub House members are scaredy-cats, afraid that they don't know how to articulate such a resolute position to the particular constituents in their districts.