An Honest Conversation About the Role of Government

We need to get through this crisis, and we will.  Once we do, we need to have a real conversation about the proper role of government.  What do we as individuals take responsibility for, and what responsibilities do we place on society, on government?  It’s not an easy question – where does individual responsibility end, and government responsibility begin?  Where do the rights of the individual end, and the rights of the group begin? 

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Israeli Democracy

Lost in the global bad news over the weekend was a bit of good news – Israel became a little more democratic. For the first time ever, the parties representing Arab Israelis have agreed to participate in a coalition government. The Blue and White Party, in its efforts to cobble together a majority in Israel’s legislature, the Knesset, had asked the Joint List of Arab-majority Parties to join its governing coalition. With these added voted, the Blue and White Party has a majority of votes and has been given the right to form a new government, with its leader as Prime Minister.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-election-gantz-rivlin-netanyahu-liberman/2020/03/15/c5f251d0-66e1-11ea-b199-3a9799c54512_story.html

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Digital Threats Act – Ending Online Death Threats

One of the problems in our society is that the anonymity of digital communications allows some people to feel empowered to say things that they would never say to someone’s face. An example of this are threats of harm or even death. If threats of this nature were made face to face, the person making the threat would be subject to arrest – it is illegal to threaten to harm or kill someone. However since these threats are being made remotely, often anonymously, action is almost never taken against the person making the threat. Often they are in a different jurisdiction and local law enforcement lacks the resources or technical capabilities to adequately pursue the case.

The Digital Threats Act would address online threats.

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The Disappointment of Elizabeth Warren

I think, of all the Democratic candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the most disappointing.  She could have been a contender.  But at the end of the day she did a bunch of things that made me think of her as a hypocrite. 

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Every Wonder Why CEO Salaries Went Up 1,000%?

Here’s an example of how American Capitalism has been distorted: compensation for Chief Executive Officers of public companies. If you go back a few decades, the average corporate CEO made about 20 times what his or her workers made. By 2010, the average CEO made 200 times what the average worker made, an increase of 1,000%. The average CEO went from being paid hundreds of thousand dollars a year to being paid tens of millions of dollars a year.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is an Intellectual Fraud

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Michael Milken and Redemption

I have to admit, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Michael Milken..  He did deserve the jail time he got, he was breaking securities laws in an attempt to hide his holdings and influence.  But in the scope of Wall Street characters or scoundrels, whichever you prefer, he was also an innovator that helped change and yes improve our financial markets. 

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Iran Needs to Allow a Vote on Being a Theocracy

We need to make Democracy a condition of any future nuclear deal with Iran

Iran insists that it is a responsible nation and can be trusted with nuclear technology.  Recent unrest has shown yet again that the nation doesn’t trust its own people, and the people are losing their trust in their leadership.  Iran is not a democracy, it is a theocracy, run in the name of God by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.  The Supreme Leader has control over every aspect of society, and a private army, the Revolutionary Guard, that only answers to him. 

Certainly, it’s fine if Iran wants to be a Theocracy, that’s the right of its citizens – every country has the right to choose its own government.  But the citizens of Iran should have the right to periodically affirm that choice through a vote or choose to end the Theocracy. 

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Blake Ashby speaking at St. Louis County Libertarian meeting Monday December 16

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Be Gentle with your Trump-loving relatives this Thanksgiving

Be gentle with your Trump-loving family members this Thanksgiving. And yes, that means taking a step back from your moral high ground.

I didn’t vote for the President and I’m not a fan of the Administration. However the Pro Impeachment crowd seems to regularly distort or even ignore why people voted for Trump – because they felt that a President Hillary Clinton would be more dangerous to our country and to our Constitution.

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