The new year gets started for real.
Out of the blue, Ben asked me a question: “Dad, why does the King of Hearts have a knife behind his head?” I didn’t know, but I live in the 21st Century when there are virtually no mysteries left. The story of why the King of Hearts has a knife behind his head is a wonderful example of how we forget things…
As the new Congress takes its seats, the arguments and debates begin again. It’s clear to me that there are very few Congress members, Left or Right, who actually understand or care about the whys and how’s the Constitution was created the way it was. I am starting to wonder if the entropic effects of our society have worn down the past to the point where we no longer know truths which were, once upon a time, self-evident?
For example, a Congressman from Tennessee – a State well versed in the ideas of liberty and history – has introduced the annual “Let’s get rid of the Electoral College” amendment. His spokesman said that the Electoral College was supposed to “prevent someone like Donald Trump” from being elected. Why does it never occur to these people that the Electoral College did exactly what it was intended to do – prevent the likes of Hillary Clinton from becoming President?
The Supreme Court, once again 5-4, says that Public sector Unions forcing people to pay money to them for use in political activities is a violation of the 1st Amendment. It’s consistent with yesterdays ruling on the California law compelling speech by anti-abortion activists. In reality, how you react to the ruling says more about your politics than it does the actual issues in the case…
Facebook cannot find the people they gave your data to. They wanted to find them, but it turns out they can’t locate them. It’s almost as if they were fake companies just trying to steal personal data and then took the data and ran. don’t worry though, the state of California has a plan to solve the whole fake News “problem.”
And in the Halls of Congress, homeless Congresspeople have been sleeping on their couches. Thankfully, a new law has been introduced which will ban Congresspeople from sleeping on couches AND giving them taxpayer dollars to have a place to live!