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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

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Is Trump America’s ‘Strongman’?

Is Trump America’s ‘Strongman’?

BY BOB BARR When it comes to public confidence in American institutions, conditions rival those of California’s epic drought. According to a recent Gallup poll, the American public is mired in a now eight-year period of historically low confidence in traditional institutions, including government, banks, religious organizations, and the [...]

Trap That Ensnared Denny Hastert Could Be Set For Any of Us

Trap That Ensnared Denny Hastert Could Be Set For Any of Us

BY BOB BARR Lavrenti Beria, who ran Josef Stalin’s KGB, once commented on the ease with which the feared organization he headed could convict any individual at will: “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” But that was early 20th Century Soviet Union, and this is 21st Century America, you might say; we have all manner of procedural [...]

America’s Weatherman-In-Chief

America’s Weatherman-In-Chief

BY BOB BARR Last week’s Tweet of President Barack Obama with rolled up sleeves, enjoying a waffle cone and wishing Americans “Happy Memorial Day,” may have been nothing more than an effort by the President’s political hacks to convince the American people that he is, after all, a “regular guy.” Perhaps it was drafted and sent by some [...]

Al Sharpton – No Longer Funny

Al Sharpton – No Longer Funny

BY BOB BARR In 1987, a young, African-American woman named Tawana Brawley was found lying inside a garbage bag, reportedly “unconscious” and covered in feces and racial epithets. Brawley became an overnight media sensation, largely because her claim of having been raped by six white men was trumpeted by the then-largely unknown Rev. Al [...]

GOP Squandered Its Best Opportunity To Hold Hillary Accountable

GOP Squandered Its Best Opportunity To Hold Hillary Accountable

BY BOB BARR In her Sunday video announcing her presidential candidacy, Hillary Clinton touched as many hot buttons as could be crammed into a two-minute spot – women, working families, single moms, gays, Hispanics, retirees, even dog owners made the cut. Not surprisingly, what failed to make the cut was the most serious scandal (among many) [...]

Jeb Bush, Mr. Status Quo

Jeb Bush, Mr. Status Quo

BY BOB BARR Rodney King, whose beating at the hands of the LAPD in 1991 sparked several days of bloody rioting, is perhaps best remembered for his oft-quoted plea for everyone to just “get along” with each other. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in all but name only, has taken King’s plea [...]

John Brennan’s Deserving CIA Reorganization Plan

John Brennan’s Deserving CIA Reorganization Plan

BY BOB BARR We tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization. Whether attributed to Petronius, a noted writer and satirist who lived in ancient Rome from A.D. 27 to 66, or more accurately perhaps, to [...]

“Don’t Sweat it” Takes On Whole New Meaning With TSA

“Don’t Sweat it” Takes On Whole New Meaning With TSA

BY BOB BARR Careful, airline passengers! If you happen to show up to your flight late, or are nervous about forgetting to turn off the lights before your trip, you may find yourself interrogated by one of the Transportation Security Administration’s 3,000 “Behavior Detection Officers” (BDOs). These lightly trained security sleuths are [...]

FAA Stifling Private Drone Use and Innovation

FAA Stifling Private Drone Use and Innovation

BY BOB BARR Amateur drone hobbyists, beware! If you happen to make one red cent from any video filmed with your small drone – or if Uncle Sam thinks you are -- you might soon receive an unwelcome notice in the mail or an ominous visitor at your door. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is cracking down on what it deems to be [...]

ATF Hand In the Cookie Jar Slapped Down

ATF Hand In the Cookie Jar Slapped Down

BY BOB BARR Yesterday, March 10, 2015 was a Red Letter Day. No; it had nothing to do with Hillary’s e-mail “coming out party” at the United Nations. And, no, ISIS has not forsaken its bloodlust ways. It’s perhaps even more remarkable. A federal government agency has backed down! Specifically, on Tuesday, the Bureau of Alcohol, [...]

Message to Republicans — Motives Do Matter

Message to Republicans — Motives Do Matter

BY BOB BARR “I didn't intend to question President Obama's motives or the content of his heart,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal. Giuliana made this startling statement in defense of his earlier observation that Obama does not truly “love America.” Not surprisingly, Giuliani’s [...]

America’s First Anti-Exceptionalism President

America’s First Anti-Exceptionalism President

BY BOB BARR The Administration of Barack Obama may be struggling with strengthening the economy, controlling the damage of Obamacare, remaining an influential player in international politics, and a number of other crucial issues, but it has at least found one area in which the President excels – denigrating the country he leads. Obama’s [...]

The Holder Clone

The Holder Clone

BY BOB BARR In the opening statement of her U.S. Senate Confirmation hearing, Attorney General-nominee Loretta Lynch spoke of many things -- her mother’s struggle for a college education, her father’s principles as a Baptist preacher, her work as an attorney, and her drive to bring justice to criminals and victims. Lynch’s autobiographic [...]

Of Green Lipstick and Presidential Ham

Of Green Lipstick and Presidential Ham

BY BOB BARR There was a time, not so long ago, when interviewing the President of the United States was considered the pinnacle of a professional journalist’s career. Such an opportunity to probe the mind of the man responsible for directly or indirectly impacting the lives of virtually every person on the planet, was entrusted only to those [...]

Congress Gives Uncle Same “ESP” – Enhanced Surveillance Powers

Congress Gives Uncle Same “ESP” – Enhanced Surveillance Powers

BY BOB BARR In 1964, Ayn Rand wrote that American society was quickly heading toward what she called “the stage of ultimate inversion,” in which “the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.” Rand, who came to America to escape the tyranny of the Soviet Union, saw in mid-20th Century [...]

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