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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Defending Pennsylvania - Intelligencer October 1, 2006

In response to the violent crime that's plaguing Philadelphia, politicians and anti-gun zealots are strategizing in Harrisburg to take guns away from those who pose no threat. Bryan Miller of CeasefireNJ, for example, is committed to encouraging New Jersey-style gun control in Pennsylvania.
The rules of simple economics reveal that the black market increases in direct correlation to increases in gun control. The gun ban crowd has, in effect, created the black market that puts guns in the hands of criminals (and not "weak laws that encourage illegal trafficing" as some suggest). A better plan might be to punish those who commit crimes and not those who obey the law.
The gun control that's being discussed disarms the law-abiding thereby giving greater predatory confidence to criminals. This only makes the job of law enforcement that much more difficult.
Criminal laws against murder, rape, robbery and all other violent crimes are laws that already impose appropriate restrictions on the use of any weapon. It's as if ineffective politicians distrust citizens more than they fear rapists and murderers (as they attempt to hide their failed policies behind additional gun control measures).
If the "civilized" elite truly wishes to make the streets safer they'll focus more on fact and logic and stop trying to impose their superior wisdom and virtue on others (in pursuit of dangerous utopian delusions). Gun owners are the single most law-abiding segment of society and no one detests violence and cherishes life more than those who take personal responsibility for their own safety.
In Pennsylvania our rights are not dependent upon the behavior of criminals nor are they negotiable.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Labels Are For Fools - Courier Times October 2, 2006

It's been said that liberals are defined by the irrational hope that differences between people can be made to disappear and conservatives by the irrational hope that different people can be made to disappear. The terms "liberal" and "conservative", as they're used today, are more indicative of one political gang (or the other) jumping on what's happening at the moment and cashing in on it. The real debates of substance are between principled liberals and authentic conservatives.
A brief history of the United States began with conservatives fleeing their homelands to create an environment of freedom that allows people to live as they wish. We were then made better by liberals who fought for civil rights which was, in turn, kept that way by conservatives. Certainly, it's difficult to get too worked up over labels since they don't mean much anymore. They have outlived their useful purpose and now serve more to divide and confuse.
There are some key issues that will require courage to address. One is to fund public education with money from all taxpayers and not just from property owners. Another is to resolve the medical malpractice crisis so that Pennsylvania's patients will have as much access to quality medical care as those who live in states that attract rather than drive doctors away. Defensive medicine, too, gets rather expensive. Doctors need to be allowed to spend more time treating patients and less time trying to avoid frivolous lawsuits.
One of the most fraudulent issues of all time has to be embryonic stem cells. In theory, embryonic stem cells begin life with a "clean slate" that can be engineered into life-saving forms. Umbilical and adult stem cells are already in the desired form which is why that's where the research (and promise) is. Just ask a scientist rather than some politicians who are pandering to our fears and false hopes.
Finally, we get to the war against those who wish to kill us on the basis of our desire to live as human beings. Many are simply trying to pass their political cowardice off for dissenting bravery. Sorry, but the WMD's (or Wimps of Mass Delusion) are right here at home. The Iraq War is the defining issue of today and is a crucial part of the larger puzzle. All we ever want as Americans is to be left alone.
The real question is "What can I do?". Our system of government is near perfect as long as the most important element, us, does our part. Voting is much more important than who we vote for. The primary task is for us to outnumber the entrenched parasitic special interest groups at the polls on Election Day. The real leadership is within and demonstrated with our own votes. Take a closer look and you'll find some exceptional people in public service. Ignoring it ensures that the wrong person wins.
In summary - labels are for fools.