Senators Coburn & Paul introduce bill to enforce constitutional limitations on congressional power.
"If this law was in effect in the past, this constitutional limitation would have hindered Congress’s power to create the ‘Child Labor laws’, among many other laws passed to protect the American worker in the early twentieth century, including a nationwide minimum wage, a national ban on workplace discrimination, a national labor law and an overtime in most industries."
In Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘Man with the Muck Rake’ speech, given on April 15, 1906, he cautioned against those spreading misinformation:
"The liar is no whit better than the thief, and if his mendacity takes the form of slander he may be worse than most thieves. It puts a premium upon knavery untruthfully to attack an honest man, or even with hysterical exaggeration to assail a bad man with untruth.”
Even though Roosevelt thought that it was important to expose injustices, he believed we should conduct ourselves with sanity and resolution, for the good of the country:
"At the risk of repetition let me say again that my plea is not for immunity to, but for the most unsparing exposure of, the politician who betrays his trust, of the big business man who makes or spends his fortune in illegitimate or corrupt ways. There should be a resolute effort to hunt every such man out of the position he has disgraced. Expose the crime, and hunt down the criminal; but remember that even in the case of crime, if it is attacked in sensational, lurid, and untruthful fashion, the attack may do more damage to the public mind than the crime itself.
It is because I feel that there should be no rest in the endless war against the forces of evil that I ask the war be conducted with sanity as well as with resolution. The men with the muck rakes are often indispensable to the well being of society; but only if they know when to stop raking the muck, and to look upward to the celestial crown above them, to the crown of worthy endeavor. There are beautiful things above and round about them; and if they gradually grow to feel that the whole world is nothing but muck, their power of usefulness is gone.”
"In other words, they neither believe in the truth of the attack, nor in the honesty of the man who is attacked; they grow as suspicious of the accusation as of the offense; it becomes well nigh hopeless to stir them either to wrath against wrongdoing or to enthusiasm for what is right; and such a mental attitude in the public gives hope to every knave, and is the despair of honest men. To assail the great and admitted evils of our political and industrial life with such crude and sweeping generalizations as to include decent men in the general condemnation means the searing of the public conscience. There results a general attitude either of cynical belief in and indifference to public corruption or else of a distrustful inability to discriminate between the good and the bad. Either attitude is fraught with untold damage to the country as a whole."
Reading the comments today on the internet can seem to be an exercise in futility, but there are important tidbits of truth that can be gained, if you want to spend time digging through them to find nuggets of wisdom.
This quote from Annabel Park was posted on the Join the Coffee Party Facebook page, and with the discussions that came from it, I began thinking about the ideals of civility while being able to share my liberal progressive thoughts that may upset some conservatives.
It appears that some conservatives may have thought that the use of the words ‘people die’ was directed solely at the Republican Party, and just because many in the Republican Party believe that more cuts are needed, this does not mean they own the issue, because sometimes bad things happen, and they are not always political, but personal.
I get it. It is very direct and the word ‘die’ is automatically associated, by some, with the Republican Party, but is it true that people die with cuts to Social Security and Medicare? I have a personal story that may help answer that question…
Sean Hannity will do whatever it takes to advance his specific point of view and agenda.
"Hannity’s comments show one area where the problem with race relations in our country rests, in the news organizations, where responsibility is not a requirement and where ‘yellow journalism‘ is alive and well.” —John Cashon
"Tactics that strive to get the most profit at the expense of everyone else have not disappeared, and with today’s social media and the ability of everyone to be citizen journalists, the need for the muckraker to expose these practices is more important than ever, so that they can be held in check."
"When the arguments continue saying that the government should be small and weak, what is the size required to remain a strong central power? It has been consistently expressed that government is the only problem that needs to be dealt with, but it seems that some are so worried that they may have to give a few eggs to their neighbors, that they don’t see that the wolf is already in their chicken coop."
"It is obvious though, something does need to be done besides deregulating and simply fining ‘naughty’ corporations with a slap on the wrist, while exempting individuals within those organizations from the fear of being prosecuted for their unlawful actions. ‘No one is above the law’ is what we have always been taught, liberal and conservative."