Donald Cline

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Donald Cline 3 weeks, 2 days ago on Help democracy flourish

Well, unfortunately, while Thomas Jefferson did say "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.", I don't believe I have ever seen any record of him advancing the cause of "Democracy." Like the rest of the founding fathers, including the principal author of the Constitution James Madison, Jefferson believed Democracy -- rule by the majority -- was no less a tyranny and dictatorship than rule by an all-powerful king, or oligarchy, or dynasty, or aristocracy.

Not to get too far ahead of you, Wilma, but the United States of America was never established as a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic with our representatives chosen by democratic vote, but the majority has no authority (as it does in a democracy) to deprive any minority of their fundamental rights. That is, we are supposed to be a Constitutional Republic, but first we have to require government to obey the Constitution and the rule of law, instead of devolving into the rogue occupation government we have now.

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Donald Cline 3 weeks, 2 days ago on Vote for O’Halleran, Morrison

Uh ... Suzanne? Are you, like so very many low-information voters, assuming that the purpose of a legislator in the State government is to hold your hand, create jobs out of nothing, create free health care staffed by medical professionals willing to work without pay, and deprive you of your fundamental God-given right to self-defense against criminals and, en extremis, against tyrants in government? If so, you must be a Democrat, a socialist, or you must have been suckered in by one of these liars.

Here's a newsflash, Suzanne: Brenda Barton, Sylvia Allen, and Bob Thorpe ain't your momma and dada. It's not their job to bail you out from your ill-advised life decisions or the ill-advised economic decisions of others once your hurt has been experienced. It IS their job to protect, expand, and enhance your rights to make your own way in this world and be responsible for the consequences.

Or would you rather be fed, clothed, sheltered, transported, educated, medicated, and even entertained at the expense of taxpayers? If so, be careful what you wish for: All those things are available to the inmates of Florence Correctional Institute.

As for me, I'll take liberty and the responsibility for myself that goes with it. How 'bout you?

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Donald Cline 3 weeks, 5 days ago on Beware of scams, banks

For what it's worth, Mr. Neal, it's not just your bank. Every bank and every credit union will do the same thing. It's been that way ever since banks bribed government into throwing our our money of intrinsic value and replacing it with I.O.U.'s representing units of the national debt.

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Donald Cline 3 weeks, 5 days ago on Change or the same?

I would certainly expect a Doctor of Education (is that anything like "Ph.D."; i.e., "Piled Higher and Deeper"?) to have a better grasp of the left-right paradigm, and substantive issues versus social issues, than is indicated by your letter.

I recommend you go read my response to Noble Collins' LTE titled "Candidate Supports Schools." What you are requesting in your letter is the same thing that got us into this fiscal mess vis-a-vis schools in the first place: Democratic socialist Janet Napolitano spent us into the poorhouse before she bailed out to go spend more of our money for Obama and help him figure out how to bring our nation to its knees economically and philosophically.

We don't need politicians in the State legislature devoted to "social issues," doc. We need politicians in the State legislature devoted to the rights of citizens to be left the heck alone by government so they can deal effectively with their own social issues -- mainly the economy, their ability to make a living, support their children, support the community, and support the schools. Money doesn't grow on trees dotting the capitol campus; we have to have an economy to generate it. We need to get out land back from the federal government so we can derive revenue from it.

You have a doctorate in education? Did that include any classes on the U. S. Constitution and the fact that the federal government has no authority to do ninety percent of what it currently spends our money on? If we can stand up to the feds we'd have plenty of money to support our schools.

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Donald Cline 3 weeks, 5 days ago on Candidate supports schools

Unfortunately, Noble, as you well know, the money is not just sitting there "in limbo" waiting for politicians to make up their mind. It isn't there at all. It wasn't there originally, thanks to our previous DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST APPARATCHIK governor Janet Napolitano, who spent us into the poorhouse until we had nothing to fall back on when the recession hit. Unfortunately that is what Democrat politicians always do when they manage to sucker enough voters -- or rig the polls or prevent legislation requiring proof of citizenship -- to get themselves elected.

If the Courts rule that the State must pay to the schools what the State doesn't have, I suggest they pay it out of the judicial budget -- or better yet, out of Napolitano's retirement fund, if she hasn't squirreled it away or spent it already.

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Donald Cline 1 month, 3 weeks ago on A lot of good ideas and one very bad one

The last sentence in the fourth paragraph has a typo: "The income tax is designed to hide the inflation caused by printing worthless fat currency." It should be "fiat currency." It must have been introduced in the transcription process; my copy of the text has it correct.

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Donald Cline 2 months ago on Sylvia, America is better off

I'm trying to find a single thing Wendy is crowing about here that is supported by data derived from reality and not pie in the sky liberal-style cooking the books. I also haven't found a single thing she is crowing about that the federal government is authorized by the Constitution to do anything about.

But that doesn't matter to a dyed-in-the-wool liberal: Let's just have a king to take pity on all the poor folks who can't cut it in the marketplace; never mind personal responsibility and the rule of law.

She seems excited about the deficit being cut in half (a factoid seriously in doubt) and ignores the 17.7 trillion dollar national debt. THANK HEAVENS we have the most obstructive Congress in history fighting against the most destructive administration in history! If it weren't for the Tea Party element in Congress we'd have a national debt around fifty trillion and that twerp infesting our White House would be gleefully filing for national bankruptcy. As it is we already have Chinese officials with calculators rummaging through America totaling up how much collateral we have left, which isn't much.

Wendy is right about one thing: She is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. No wonder she hates capitalism: Capitalism rewards doers instead of complainers.

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Donald Cline 2 months, 3 weeks ago on If one right goes, so do the rest

If Eric Holder opens a civil rights investigation into the Ferguson, Missouri police department because a white police officer shot a 300-lb. black gang member who had attacked him and was coming to attack him again, and Eric Holder has NOT opened any civil rights investigation into any of a myriad of cases in which black thugs attacked, murdered, maimed, raped, assaulted white folks of both sexes who merely happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, is that racism?

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Donald Cline 2 months, 3 weeks ago on If one right goes, so do the rest

Thank you, Jim Gier. Well said.

It all boils down to a fundamental principle taught in (legitimate) ethic studies classes: "If you allow government to do it to 'them,' you are giving government the power to do it to you."

A fundamental principle of liberty is that if you don't fight for the liberty of others whether you agree with them or not, you don't have it.

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Donald Cline 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Police safety not more important than citizen rights

Cheap shot, Don. The whole purpose of the legal system is to protect the citizen from victimization by the criminal and from victimization by the system, because the average citizen is too busy making a living and living a life to devote the time and energy to developing warrior skills and the warrior mindset. All Meria wants, all most citizens want, is for the rough men to stand on the ramparts ready to do violence on their behalf, and not suffer victimization by those rough men. That's why we have a Constitution, and why you had a career. I really regret your experience made you bitter.

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