Wingnuts on SCHIP

Before the SCHIP vote today in the House, Rep. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) displayed a sign with his new name for SCHIP – “Socialized Clinton-style Hillarycare for Illegals and their Parents”: H/T to Sadly No!, who notes: Guys, you’ve done outdone yerselves on this one. Please, please, please keep insulting middle-class families … Continue reading

House Fails to Override Child Health Bill Veto

There are no words to express the disgust I feel over this news: The House failed to garner enough votes to override Bush’s SCHIP veto this afternoon. The vote to override the veto was 273 to 156, or 13 votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority of those present and voting; the … Continue reading

The Dull Blade Of A Double Axe

I think it’s fairly safe to say that a majority of those who put in place our Constitution and signed our Declaration of Independence were Christians. But they understood democracy as something more than plurality. And they saw the sacred as a concern for the individual conscience, not the consensus of a committee, no matter how large or well intentioned that committee might be. The individual conscience, with its own freely chosen concept of Creation, outside the coercive authority of government, even a democratic one: They saw this as the core truth in their understanding of freedom. In my estimation, they got that one right.
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