To his supporters, Trump is the second-coming of Reagan… but every day, each passing Tweet, Donald Trump embarrasses himself and our republic. The most egregious behavior involves the apparent collaboration with Putin’s Russia. Trump and his acolytes have done little to assuage the concerns of the media or critics; often, going as far as to defend Putin and his authoritarian methods.
Before one of the largest Television audiences in the world… Trump did the unthinkable- he equated the actions of the United States with those of Putin- all comparisons to Reagan must end immediately. The President of the United States implied to the world a moral equivalence exists between our republic and the ruthless autocrat in Russia. Putin’s murders are documented and clearly show the brutal nature of his regime. Trump’s smarmy innuendo is an indication of both ignorance and complicity. Far from making us safer, this man is emerging as a serious threat to our national security.
No comparisons here.
Reagan’s call for an end to totalitarianism… shows just how different the two men really are:
“No, democracy is not a fragile flower. Still it needs cultivating. If the rest of this century is to witness the gradual growth of freedom and democratic ideals, we must take actions to assist the campaign for democracy.”….What I am describing now is a plan and a hope for the long term — the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.”
Further proof that the trend of combining different commemorations into banker’s holidays… is truly foolish, look no further than Thomas Jefferson.
April 13, 1743- Just another day…
Upon entering the executive mansion… citizens began petitioning him for the use of his birthday as a holiday, he gently reminded them, ‘The only birthday I ever commemorate, is that of our Independence, the Fourth of July.’
When a formal request arrived from the Mayor of Boston… Jefferson explained it like this, ” it is clear, disapproving myself of transferring the honors and veneration for the great birthday of our republic to any individual, or of dividing them with individuals, I have declined letting my own birthday be known, and have engaged my family not to communicate it. This has been the uniform answer to every application of the kind.”
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“I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures. I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way.”
These are not the words of George W. Bush… Ronald Reagan, or even John Kennedy. This is the essence of the Truman Doctrine- a clear outline for America’s strategic place in the world. Though primarily written by Dean Acheson, Harry Truman’s plain spoken manner made the intent abundantly clear. Our security at home was directly tied to our vigilance abroad.
Carry the battle to them…
Would such decisive language be welcomed… by Democrats today? Politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to be embracing the self-destructive tenants of isolationism. They are deluded as were our early leaders that neutrality was not only desired, but possible.
The Warren Court had made a habit… out of rewriting Constitutional law. Landmark civil rights cases such as Baker vs. Carr and Brown v. Board of Education drastically altered the segregated South, while Engel vs. Vitale and Griswold vs. Connecticut would fuel the culture wars for decades to come. It was the criminal procedure mandates handed down by Earl Warren that have drawn his court’s legacy into question. Brady vs. Maryland, Gideon vs. Wainwright, and Escobedo vs. Illinois radically altered due process and police procedure, some argue to the detriment of law enforcement. No other case symbolizes the Warren Court’s activism better than Miranda vs. Arizona, handed down on June 13, 1966.
Legislating from the bench
Few cases are as misunderstood…and detested as the ‘Miranda’ ruling. The basic holding was that due process begins when a suspect is taken into custody, not when they enter legal proceedings. Warren was not satisfied with a simple procedural question, taking the decision to the Constitutional level-
The person in custody must, prior to interrogation, be clearly informed that he has the right to remain silent, and that anything he says will be used against him in court; he must be clearly informed that he has the right to consult with a lawyer and to have the lawyer with him during interrogation, and that, if he is indigent, a lawyer will be appointed to represent him.
It was now the responsibility of the state to inform the citizens of their 5th and 6th amendment protections
“The Court is not a general haven for reform movements”.[
The Warren Court was deeply divided in delivering a 5-4 decision. Justice John Marshall Harlan did not approve of Warren’s reach, “nothing in the letter or the spirit of the Constitution or in the precedents squares with the heavy-handed and one-sided action that is so precipitously taken by the Court in the name of fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities
….This Court is forever adding new stories to the temples of constitutional law, and the temples have a way of collapsing when one story too many is added.”
Civil libertarians argue the technical risks of freeing criminals …is worth the protections the opinions offer, but Justice Byron White could not concur, “I have no desire whatsoever to share the responsibility for any such impact on the present criminal process. In some unknown number of cases, the Court’s rule will return a killer, a rapist or other criminal to the streets and to the environment which produced him, to repeat his crime whenever it pleases him. As a consequence, there will not be a gain, but a loss, in human dignity.”
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A continuing examination of the Presidency of Barack Obama… partisanship is kept to a minimum, but the issues raised are the opinions of Practically Historical and its staff.
The clean energy conundrum: Obama’s attempts to be the first “Green President” cost the tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus subsidies and crippled traditional industries(costing thousands of jobs) with an undeclared war on the coal industry. Considering that the United States accounts for less than 15% of the world’s CO2 emissions, Obama’s policies were decidedly ideological and at odds with the majority of the American people.
Minding the store: The 24 hour news cycle brings local stories national attention, completely skewing proper perspectives. Obama’s seeming need to insert himself in local and state matters often blurred the lines of Federalism and confounded attempts at reforming law enforcement. The “beer summit” and professed paternal bond with Trayvon Martin did more to divide the public than promote understanding. Obama’s image evolved into that of lecturer-in-chief, castigating the public for what he considered their ignorance. on matters of race, religion, and tolerance.
Selective Enforcement Syndrome: Despite being declared “scandal-free” by partisans, Obama’s Justice Department was plagued by insidious ideological application of the law. The half-hearted investigation of IRS officials targeting Conservative groups with audits and denying non-profit status based on ideology concluded without a single indictment; conversely, Attorney General Loretta Lynch promptly responded to Congressional Democrats demanding an investigation into secret videos of Planned Parenthood officials leaked by a pro-life group. The DOJ refused to pursue any charges in the botched DEA operation called “Fast and Furious.”
Another round was needed
Next time– The Ugly
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World War 1 memorial draws concern in Washington… does the National Mall need another war memorial?
Doubts remain about Eisenhower memorial… Ike’s family finally supports controversial design
Civil War battlefield preservation expanded in 2016… Civil War Trust released promising numbers from a banner year.
Remembering Apollo 1