Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity

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No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Enabling Act Anniversary

Today, in 1933, the German Reichstag voted itself out of existense...much as our Congress is taking away our liberties, after today, in 1933, Germany was ruled by decree. 
Debate within the Centre Party continued until the day of the vote, March 23, 1933, with Kaas advocating voting in favour of the act, referring to an upcoming written guarantee from Hitler, while former Chancellor Heinrich BrĂ¼ning called for a rejection of the Act. The majority sided with Kaas, and BrĂ¼ning agreed to maintain party discipline by voting for the Act.


Just as Bart Stupak agreed to vote for the government's seizure of health care with a worthless peice of paper, the German Centre Party, voted itself out of existence.  Neo-Neocon has a rather penetrating observation on following legislative rules...
Oh, that party discipline! So important for the proper functioning of a democracy. And then there are those pesky rules:


Fortunately for America, the Democrats...barely avoided doing much the same thing with their "Slaughter Rule."  Had they done so, I believe that they would have lept into the abyss that we dare not venture into...Most of all you have to keep in mind that the Nazi's weren't a conservative movement.  They were first and foremost socialists.  Here's a link to an excellent monograph on Hitler and the Nazis by John J. Ray.

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