Americans have seen their sovereignty, economic position, and political power erode. They have seen that power transferred to an elite set who dream of writing rules in foreign capitals, unburdened by the concerns of the ordinary citizen. To read the trade agreement is to know that, if Congress adopts the fast-track, it will have preapproved a vast delegation of sovereign authority to an international union, with growing powers over the lives of ordinary Americans. Like the Gang of Eight, like Obamacare, and so much else—the goal is to get it approved before the American people know what’s in it.

Where Is the War on Snakes?

It would be interesting to poll my fellow Americans and ask if they are more scared of snakes or terrorists, and on a scale of 1 to 10 how do they rate, and after explaining the number of annual deaths for each, poll them to find out how many U.S. dollars they wish to allocate annually to each.

A good third question would be how much are they personally willing to be taxed for these (i.e. their share of the cost and the increase in the national debt), and if the government sent them a bill how would that affect their answers.

Cunning deceit, false charges, made-up evidence and learned lawyers

Cunning deceit, false charges, made-up evidence and learned lawyers. This Book of Mormon’s description sounds like the current policy towards declared homeland terrorists and whistleblowers:

13 Nevertheless, there were some among them who thought to question them, that by their cunning devices they might catch them in their words, that they might find witness against them, that they might deliver them to their judges that they might be judged according to the law, and that they might be slain or cast into prison, according to the crime which they could make appear or witness against them.

14 Now it was those men who sought to destroy them, who were lawyers, who were hired or appointed by the people to administer the law at their times of trials, or at the trials of the crimes of the people before the judges.

15 Now these lawyers were learned in all the arts and cunning of the people; and this was to enable them that they might be skilful in their profession. — Alma 10:13-15