Saturday, November 23, 2013
Third Term, Anyone?
Northrup Buechner warns us, in the piece linked below, that, "If the President persists in rejecting all authority other than his own, the denouement would depend on the side taken by the Armed Forces." Buechner is right that, no matter what happened in such a case, it would be a serious cultural blow and a terrible precedent. Having said that, perhaps the author of an Investors Business Daily article wondering why the President has been firing so many military officers (including nine senior generals over the past year) isn't alarmed enough.
"His epitaph should be: Here lies a man, who, at the dawn of the industrial age, attempted to prove muscles superior to the mind, and paid with life." -- Harry Binswanger, in "John Henry, a Steel-Drivin' Man--and a Luddite" at Forbes
"Mr. Obama is moving our government away from its traditional system of checks and balances and toward the one-man-rule that dominates third world countries." -- Northrup Buechner, in "Obama's Disdain for the Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic" at Forbes
"[V]isibility cannot become an end in itself by attempting to fake achievement or success." -- Michael Hurd, in "Attention, Please!" at The Delaware Wave
"Like most laypeople, many psychotherapists are still confused over the distinction between self-esteem and narcissism." -- Michael Hurd, in "Does a Narcissist Have Self-Esteem?" at The Delawae Coast Press
"The only lasting 'fix' is freedom." -- Paul Hsieh, in "The Only Obamacare Fix Is for Obama to Legalize Real Health Insurance" at Forbes
My Two Cents
In the immediate term, I regard the Buechner piece, which I mentioned earlier in the week, as the most important. I urge you to read it if you have time for nothing else today. But beyond that, the Binswanger piece is also very good and very important in the long term.
Do read the Binswanger piece for an outstanding demolition of a leftist symbol. I had vaguely fond memories of that song from my childhood -- but hadn't thought about it in years -- until Binswanger set me straight. This is the kind of writing that can effect very positive cultural change.
Via Hacker News, here's a list of "Ancient Abandoned Websites That Still Work". Among them is the "oldest continuously running webcam on the interwebs".