Thursday, May 29, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tomorrow is Constitution Day in Norway. 6 years short of 2 centuries ago, the Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway was signed and Prince Christian Frederik proclaimed King.
It is Constitution Day, but the day sure has been hijacked by democracy.
I will be celebrating albeit quite silently the constitutional system established in 1814.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The results for the poll, asking which [of the alternatives] was the worst constitutional event for what is now the United Kingdom, ending at midnight between April and May are as follows:
Total votes: 51.
- Royal takeover of the Church: 19 (37 %)
- The constitutional reforms of Tony Blair: 11 (21 %)
- The "Glorious Revolution": 7 (13 %)
- Parliament Act 1911: 4 (7 %)
- Queen Anne's Retreat of Veto: 4 (7 %)
- Universal suffrage: 3 (5 %)
- The lasting effects of the deposition of Charles I: 2 (3 %)
- The Reform Act 1832: 1 (1 %)
- Introduction of Parliamentary Government: 0 (0 %)
- Parliament Act 1949: 0 (0 %)
- The Reform Act 1867: 0 (0 %)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
On this day four score, a dozen, and four years ago, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution of these United States was passed by the United States House of Representatives.
95 years ago last April 8, the amendment was ratified.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
It is not to be doubted that liberty of thought and deed was one of the demands of the Enlightenment, but, before we get carried away with words, let us recall Lord Acton’s saying: “At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare.” And let us recall that equality was a demand of the Enlightenment too — and who can calculate the cost to liberty and plurality that the ideal of equality has incurred?previous
An excellent writer has said, somewhat incautiously, that "a people will never oppress themselves, or invade their own rights." This compliment, if applied to human nature, or to mankind, or to any nation or people in being or in memory, is more than has been merited. If it should be admitted that a people will not unanimously agree to oppress themselves, it is as much as is ever, and more than is always, true. All kinds of experience show, that great numbers of individuals do oppress great numbers of other individuals; that parties often, if not always, oppress other parties; and majorities almost universally minorities.
I am sick of every move I make being governed by a constantly expanding alphabet soup of unelected agencies - the FDA, DOE, EPA, IRS, HUD, HEW, and hundreds more. Citizens never have a chance to vote for the people who run these agencies and consequently wield enormous power over their lives. Nor has there ever been a referendum where citizens were given the opportunity to vote on whether or not they consented to surrender their freedoms and rights to these agencies.
His Majesty King Gyanendra is being urged or he will be treated as a “common criminal.” Nepal News reports.
Well? Common criminals should know how to treat someone as one.
United We Blog! For a Democratic Nepal reports on cutting off of opposition's water supplies.
See also the latest reflections at the Nepali Netbook.