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The Jaffe Memo, Part 4: THEY mix religion and politics! – The Hyde Amendment

In Part 3, I promised to give an example of the totalitarian attempt to suppress religious expression in the public sphere.  Here we go.

Consider the HARRIS v. McRAE Supreme Court case of 1980.  This case revolved around the Constitutionality of the Hyde Amendment.  You will recall that Roe vs. Wade had made abortion on demand a ‘fundamental’ right in 1973.  Those who opposed abortion worked swiftly to at least ensure that government money, in particular through Medicaid, would not be used to pay for abortions.  This was the Hyde Amendment.

Now, it is very interesting to note that when … continue reading...

Reaction to Cain’s 9-9-9 and a Different Way Forward

Like many conservatives, I am not very thrilled with the crop of candidates I have to choose from this time around.  They all have their problems.  These problems run the gamut from simple electability to deep concerns about their policies.   I can divide the candidates into two categories:  ones I could stomach voting for and ones I couldn’t. (Some would be easier to stomach than others, obviously.)  To put that more directly, there are a handful of candidates who, if nominated, could conceivably keep from voting in the 2012 election for president at all.  You certainly wouldn’t hear me … continue reading...

The Department of Ed has Enforcement Powers Requiring Shot Guns?

On the Drudge Report yesterday I saw a link for a contract for the Department of Education for shot guns.  I’m having trouble wrapping my head around why this department should need shotguns.  So I asked.  🙂  Here is the reply I received:

Thank you for your email to []. [She] forwarded your email to the Office of Inspector General for response. The Office of Inspector General is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Education and is responsible for the detection of waste, fraud, abuse, and other criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs, and operations. As … continue reading...