Stare Decisis. Bedrock or Quicksand?

"Stare decisis". That is all we hear from liberals when they question Supreme Court nominees. "Will you adhere to stare decisis?" is their prime litmus test for anyone destined for the high court. Stare decisis is defined as "the legal principle of determining points in litigation according to precedent." In other words, when your favored opinion has been previously decided by appeal, it should remain supreme and unchallenged. Liberals realize that many of the decisions on which their entire way of governing is based comes down to sometimes dodgy interpretation of the law by like-minded justices decades ago. Losing the bedrock decisions, due to a second look or non-adherence to stare decisis causes all subsequent laws and decisions to become suspect and ungrounded. For them, this just cannot happen. In 2010, Arizona passed a law, S.B. 1070 which gave local law enforcement additional powers to enforce national immigration law (since the Feds, under Obama and…

Fair Trade or "Fair Weather" Trade?

I have never thought much about the nuts and bolts of trade. I have conflated "free" trade with "fair" trade. Recent "events" have caused me to realize that free trade is anything goes. Kind of like free love. As with free love, there are usually regrets (by at least one party).
Fair trade means what it says, a fair way of doing business. One country adds a 2.5% tariff on imported vehicles and their trading partner puts a 20% or a 50% tariff (tax) on the vehicles they import from their partner. Is that fair?
The US freely allows this to happen to themselves. I am not sure if it is guilt or what, but we certainly have been taken advantage of. I can see Trump's point. We (the US) do not put much of a tariff on anything (check this out:
There are 99 chapters to this document and if you take the time to look, you can see that it is extremely rare for an import tariff to exceed 5% let alone 10%.The vast majority of imports int…

Immigration Recommendations: A Treatise

Stipulation: There are somewhere between 12 and 20 million people living in the United States in an undocumented status.

Truth: Unless these "unauthorized immigrants" (UIs) commit crimes or become a problem, they will most likely not be deported. An exception to this truth is if a legitimate United States business gets raided by ICE, the undocumented employees will probably be shifted into the "problem" category.

Further Truth: All of these UIs who are working are providing a legitimate service for their employers. We think that many of them are just fruit and vegetable pickers or working in a processing plant chopping chickens but there are a lot of UIs in the construction industry and also in the hospitality and maintenance sectors. These are not glamorous jobs but someone has to do them.

Unassailable Fact: Citizenship is the elephant in the room. Democrats want all UIs to be made citizens on the supposition that they would all naturally align with the Democrat part…

Net Neutrality - Is it really neutral?

Madison was on the final leg of her business trip to Kuala Lumpur. She had flown the LAX-DCA route many times since she took her job with Cisco. Fortunately, all of those Business Class flights had allowed her to rack up enough frequent flyer points to upgrade to First Class for her latest run to the Far East.
As she reclined waaaaay back in her “passenger pod” on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, her mind drifted away from the feature movie she was watching on the seat monitor, to her departure from her flat in the leafy Adams-Morgan section of Washington DC. She had summoned her Uber ride from the app on her iPhone. She is a Verizon Wireless customer and loves the ubiquitous 4G data coverage in the DC metropolitan area, even when she is riding underground on the Metro. Her data plan is big enough that she really doesn’t worry about going over the monthly limit, even if she does stream quite a few movies and series episodes during her commute and her downtime.
On the way to the airport, t…

This is bigger than Judge Roy Moore

This is the week when the Washington Post released an article alleging that Roy Moore, U.S. senatorial candidate for the State of Alabama, had sexual contact with an underage female when he was a 32 year old assistant district attorney in rural Alabama. As can be expected, he has detractors and supporters with both sides "standing by their man". The fact that this bombshell was released just a month before a crucial election, which could decide the balance of power in Washington, plays heavily in which side one takes in the controversy.

I look at this episode from a different angle. I listened to Sean Hannity's radio show interview with the Judge on November 10, 2017. Listening to the almost 16 minute interview, I came away from it with the opinion that there is some there, there. He waffled when asked directly about the allegations but finished up the conversation by vehemently denying the charges. I am not sure he expected Sean to come after him like a prosecutor. He…

Dialogue - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

In my late high school days (1970-1972), Chicago was my favorite group. In fact, Chicago was one of the first live concerts I attended. Though I had very little disposable income, I had all of their albums. Chicago V was a knock-it-out-of-the-park release and my friends and I wore the grooves out of that record. One of my favorite tracks from that album was Dialogue (Part I and II) with Terry Kath and Peter Cetera singing the parts of the revolutionary and the slacker student, respectively. I listened to it again today, 45 years later, and it is still relevant. Chicago was a very politically aware group (check out their early lyrics) but they were never in your face with their -isms. As I reflect on the song, I can see where the reflexive opinion would be that Kath represents the righteous Antifa left and Cetera, the trust-funded college student. What has changed since the song was written is that the college students have, by and large, shifted totally to the left and while they sti…

A Center Movement

I just read Peggy Noonan’s opinion piece from Saturday's Wall Street Journal, “Will Virginia Teach Trump Fans a Lesson?”
As a lifelong Virginian, a conservative and a resident of a congressional district which was recently redrawn to remove me from a “safe” Republican district and to place me in an undeniably Democrat district, I live at Ground Zero of our current political crisis. I readily admit that I voted for Donald Trump. As with many Trump voters, my vote was as much a vote for what the President ostensibly stood for as it was a repudiation of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, as well as the radical policies her party represented. You can go down the list of issues which matter politically and there is no choice which isn’t diametrically opposed to the other. To wit: pro abortion vs no abortion, multi-lateral trade deals vs no trade deals, wide open borders vs build a wall, sanctuary cities vs deportation, “Global Warming is going to drown everyone” vs “nothing has really ch…

It has to start somewhere...

Much is being said about this "take a knee" thing. Here is my take.

Every single one of these NFL players are employees. As employees, there is set of standards which are expected to be upheld. For the NFL players, there is also a written contract. For most employees, it is a tacit, universally understood set of rules on what can and cannot go on at work. Yes, these guys have every right to not support the United States or to talk $%&! about it, but when they suit up and walk into the stadium, they are on someone else's time and need to adhere to the standards of conduct given to them. If a high school football coach cannot pray with his team because the School Board says so (BTW, he is an employee but it is his right as an American to pray), then if the owners say "no kneeling" the players should consent.

IMHO, the National Anthem is not even needed at sporting events. I have never understood the reason it is played, but it is and that brings us to where w…