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It’s the one-year anniversary of Consider This! Just seems like yesterday it was getting off the ground. They grow up so fast. And since it’s a special occasion, I hope you won’t mind that my usual 10-minute-or-less podcast nearly hit 13 minutes!

Edward Snowden, via Glenn Greenwald, brought a few things about the US government to the attention of the world. I’m of two minds on these revelations, and I’ll explain both those “minds”.

But this reveals much more about some of the more foundational ideas about government. Conservatives have been beating the “smaller government” drum for a very long time, and this shows one of the problems big government brings. It also goes to the issue of trust. If you don’t trust your government (and Lord Acton may suggest that you shouldn’t), why do we keep giving it more and more power? What kind of people and government does our Constitution work best for? John Adams has an idea about that.

Mentioned links:

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

Author of Patriot Act says NSA phone records collection ‘never the intent’ of law

THE NSA AND SILLY OUTRAGE ABOUT “PHONE DATA”

John Adams – Our Constitution Was Made Only For A Moral And Religious People

Power Corrupts [Acton Institute]

John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton [Wikipedia]

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Filed under: GovernmentSmaller GovernmentSurveillance

Did you know that the Boy Scouts recently allowed alcoholic boys to join? After all, there is a genetic component to alcoholism, and certainly you can’t discriminate against someone like that if they were born that way, right?

No, just kidding, but only a little. Turns out that it was homosexuality is the allegedly genetic behavior that the Scouts were discriminating against. All of a sudden, it turns the whole story upside down. Hmm, why is that?

In order to avail yourself of ObamaCare(tm), it will require you to use an ID card. Is that racist? If not, why is a voter ID racist?

Mentioned links:

“Under the Dome Radio” podcast

Churches split on Scouts’ welcoming of gay youth

The Genetics of Alcoholism

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use and Abuse [Boy Scouts of America official site]

Boy Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan and the Outdoor Code

What’s in Obamacare, part 7: The National Health ID Card

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Filed under: GovernmentHealth CareHomosexualityHuman SexualityVoter ID

The root of the issue with IRS scandal is the size of government. Yes, this happens under any administration, because the government is too big, and things can go on without the proper people being aware of it. Yes, man is sinful and all Presidents fail in this respect, but a big government puts massive power, especially the power to destroy, in the hands of people who, just like you and me, are tempted by power. This is not a failure of the system; this is the system, and it’s out of control. The solution is not more money for a bigger IRS as some officials are asking for. The solution is smaller government.

I asked for examples of what I call “drive-by graphics” in the last episode. These are pictures that attempt a quick rebuttal of political or social issues that completely miss the point. They argue against something folks aren’t arguing for. Those that note that Republicans didn’t get as outraged with the many deaths at embassy attacks under Bush as they are under Obama was my example of that. That’s not the issue. Well, I have another example of a drive-by graphic, this time by conservatives.

I noticed that I’ve got another user review on iTunes! Thanks so much, “Circlemage”! You, too, can rate the show (1-5 stars) and, if you want, you can also leave a review. Gets my show higher up in the rankings, and can create a larger listener base for feedback. (Did I mention I love feedback?)

Mentioned links:

A Crisis of Authority: The deeper meaning of the Obama scandals.

Why Did Lois Lerner Take the Fifth?: Perhaps to protect herself from Obama.

REPORT: NO IRS WORKERS HAVE BEEN DISCIPLINED & UNION SAYS IT HASN’T BEEN CONTACTED ON PERSONNEL

IRS official who oversaw unit targeting Tea Party now heads ObamaCare office

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Filed under: Drive-by GraphicsEconomics & TaxesGovernmentSmaller Government

The New Yorker magazine said this recently about the Benghazi issue: ““For a long time, it seemed like the idea of a coverup was just a Republican obsession. But now there is something to it.” No, there was always something to it. It’s just now been demonstrated to the media. Those hearings that were supposedly a waste of time have had certain educational benefits, not the least of which was the allegedly independent and adversarial press that’s supposed to look into these things themselves.

But now, liberal pundits are trying to minimize the damage by painting opposition as purely partisan. They’ve come up with what I call “drive-by graphics” that draw totally unrelated parallels and ask why Republicans weren’t outraged over them. Apple, meet orange.

The IRS got caught giving extra scrutiny to conservative groups, from Tea Partiers to Billy Graham to pro-lifers. But the internal investigation was a sham, and, while the IRS has apologized, just try doing that to get out of your next audit.

And finally, I give a few thoughts worth considering about the Kermit Gosnell trial’s guilty verdicts.

Mentioned links:

The Damning Dozen: Twelve Revelations from the Benghazi Hearings

7 Things We Learned from the Benghazi Whistleblower Hearing

The IRS admits to ‘targeting’ conservative groups, but were they also ‘leaking’?

Inspector General finds a confused, mismanaged IRS

Last Year, Media Ridiculed Claims IRS Targeted Conservatives

IRS DEMANDED TEA PARTY READING LISTS, FACEBOOK POSTS

Tea Party Patriots, others still waiting for IRS tax-exempt decision

IRS APOLOGIZES FOR TARGETING TEA PARTY GROUPS

CLAIM: OBAMA CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR ATTACKED ROMNEY WITH LEAKED IRS DOCS

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Filed under: AbortionBenghazi AttackDrive-by GraphicsEconomics & Taxes

I got our first e-mail listener feedback from what I talked about last episode, regarding whether or not legalizing same-sex marriage necessarily leads to polygamy. I thought it had to, but one listener took on my challenge to come up with a scenario where it didn’t have to happen. We had an e-mail conversation, and I’m highlighting that this time.

And remember, you, too, can have your feedback on the show. Let’s make this more of a conversation.

The media weren’t the only ones ignoring the Kermit Gosnell abortion doctor story. For years before he got caught, many, many other people ignored him as well, even though they knew what he was doing.

Mentioned links:

FDA Approves Plan B One-Step for Girls 15 and Older Without Prescription

PLANNED PARENTHOOD KEPT SILENT ABOUT GOSNELL BUTCHERY

PENNSYLVANIA GOVT. DID NOT INSPECT GOSNELL CLINIC FOR 17 YEARS

Filed under: AbortionMarriagePolygamy

The housing bubble, anyone remember it? That’s when people who would not have otherwise been able to get credit to buy a house were given it anyway because the government pressured banks to do it. Everybody gets a home, and if you’re against this policy, you clearly hate the poor. Then the bubble burst, defaults were rampant, the economy tanked, and more government programs had to be thought up to save us from the previous government programs. So what does Obama want to do now?

Conservatives who made the case that polygamy would follow same-sex marriage used to be ridiculed. Now, it’s liberals making the case. Question: Do you think that same-sex marriage won’t lead to legalized polygamy? If so, I’d like to hear from you, but you’ve got your work cut out for you.

Mentioned links:

Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit

Study: Government policy primarily the reason for sub-prime mortgage meltdown

Legalize Polygamy! No. I am not kidding.

Man Gets 7 Years for Stealing Obama’s Teleprompter

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesMarriagePolygamySame-sex Marriage

A one-topic show, as well as only having one link, but it’s a doozy. I talked about “marriage equality” in show 36, and showed that asking for equality in something is not helpful if you don’t understand the nature of what you’re asking equality for. “Driving equality for the blind”, and all that. So this episode is where I deal with the issue of what marriage is.

Ryan T. Anderson wrote a report for the Heritage Foundation entitled, “Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It”. It is, in my estimation, required reading before engaging in honest debate on the subject. It’s that good. But, it’s also that long, so there’s a time investment. The abstract at the beginning makes all the claims of the report, but the report itself explains why those claims are made.

Marriage was defined millennia ago, by cultures and religions across time. And during all that time, they came up with the same definition. The government recognizes marriage, but it has never defined it. It is so ironic that those who say that government should get out of marriage are the ones who are asking it to define it.

Marriage has existed to bring a man and woman together, acknowledging that they are complementary, and that any children produced will need both a father and a mother. Even cultures where homosexuality was fully accepted, same-sex marriage was not even a concept most of them considered. Sociologically, this combination has always been the best possible environment for children; with their biological parents, who are in a committed, lifelong relationship. Just because there are examples of how human failings have not lived up to this ideal, does not mean we should thus scrap the whole concept. Indeed, the ease with which divorce can be purchased these days has itself, with only heterosexual participation, turned marriage into merely an agreement based solely on how you Iabout your spouse. Today.

And if government is telling us what marriage is, if it is any emotional bond the state says it is, religious groups who have their views on marriage, and have had them for thousands of years, will not be allowed to keep the religious freedom they have enjoyed.

Anderson ends his report with this statement: “Some might appeal to historical inevitability as a reason to avoid answering the question of what marriage is—as if it were an already moot question. However, changes in public opinion are driven by human choice, not by blind historical forces. The question is not what will happen, but what we should do.”

Let me know your thoughts on the subject.

Mentioned links:

Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It

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Filed under: HomosexualityHuman SexualityMarriageSame-sex Marriage

The bombing of the Boston Marathon started a number of things; a terrorism investigation, increased security all over the country, and the media’s attempt to, again, blame the Right for domestic terrorism. Folks, please, let’s take care of the wounded and bury our dead before breaking out the knee-jerk reactions, OK? It seems like after every single act like this, the media just has to have a race to see who can blame conservatives first.

There’s a murder trial going on in Pennsylvania. A doctor was arrested in 2011 for killing 8 people, and the trial has been going on since March 18th. Accusations of beheadings, special treatment for whites, severed feet in jars, 15-year-olds administering anesthesia, unsanitary clinic conditions that spread STDs to unsuspecting women, and multiple state agencies made aware of this but who chose to ignore what was going on. It wasn’t on the front page of your newspaper, or of the national TV news, because it paints abortion in a bad light, and Kermit Gosnell as the example of doing back-alley abortions in an approved clinic.

Mentioned links:

IT BEGINS: THE LEFTIST MEDIA STARTS TO BLAME THE RIGHT FOR BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS

Fox News Contributor Responds to Boston Marathon Explosions: Kill All Muslims

Philadelphia abortion clinic horror

Snopes entry: Dr. Kermit Gosnell Trial

From Roe to Gosnell: The case for regime change on abortion.

WPost reporter explains her personal Gosnell blackout

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Filed under: AbortionMediaPartisanship

The Supreme Court recently heard 2 cases related to same-sex “marriage”. Facebook lit up with picture of red “equal” signs with folks proclaiming their support of “marriage equality”. But is equality really what this is about? This episode asks you if you are for “driving equality”. I’m betting you aren’t, but not on account of any equality issue.

I plan on tackling more issues on the subject of same-sex “marriage” in the future, so I’d love to hear your thoughts here for use in a future episode.

President Obama, who has overseen the addition of $6 trillion to the debt, proclaims this month as Fiscal Capability Month to, among other things, help kids learn how to use a budget. How can I further parody something as humorous as that?

Last July, 3 California cities went bankrupt. Recently, the largest city in the US to go into bankruptcy was also in California. Could the spending habits of this blue state have anything to do with this? Judge after you hear what their biggest costs are.

Mentioned links:

The Red Herring of “Marriage Equality”

Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It

Obama Proclaims April the Month to Teach Young People ‘How to Budget Responsibly’

Presidential Proclamation — National Financial Capability Month, 2013

Judge: Stockton, Calif., Can File for Bankruptcy

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesGovernmentHomosexualityHuman SexualityJudiciaryMarriageSame-sex Marriage

It appears that newly elected Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is a listener to “Consider This!” How do I know? I suggest a $20 minimum wage as a thought experiment in episode 31, and now she’s one-up’ing me, suggesting $22. But her logic is flawed. (But, you knew that, right?)

People are applying for new gun permits at a fast clip (so to speak), but there’s one town in New England that just might surprise you where this is happening.

Democratic Senators, even those who’ve said they want a balanced budget, had a chance to vote for just the concept of one. True to form, they voted against it. Except one.

Mentioned links:

Elizabeth Warren heap big economic illiterate

Elizabeth Warren cherry-picked $22 per hour minimum wage number

Newtown reports surge in gun permit applications

Senate Democrats Vote Against the Concept of Balancing the Budget

DEMS SAY: BALANCED BUDGET? WE WERE JUST KIDDING!

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesGovernmentGun ControlMinimum Wage

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