Certain Republicans (e.g., Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse) are saying that they will not vote for Donald Trump if he is the Republican nominee. Do they not realize that Trump supporters say the same thing about their candidates? I will never vote for Marco Rubio or John Kasich, for example. Why does loyalty go only one way? The Republican establishment takes voters for granted. This year, we the people are choosing the nominee, and establishment Republicans act like children who don't get their way. Waaahhhhh!
That state and national politicians denounce education in the humanities and liberal arts as somehow being less worthy of taxpayer dollars is farcical. If state and education officials want to spend less on something and more on STEM education, then maybe they should be looking at state university athletic budgets and the many million-dollar stadiums across this country.
I think that a STEM education is emphatically important today. But it is not the only important education. Learning and studying the humanities is what makes us human. Shame on us as a society if we ever forget it.
JEFFREY L. VOLPINTESTA
Note from KBJ: I don't blame collegiate sports. I blame the layer upon layer of administrators.
I had another excellent month abike. Today's 34.2-mile ride gives me 479.8 miles for February (in 14 rides). The weather has been superb, and I have taken full advantage of it. Today, for instance, it was 64º when I left the house and 75º when I returned. Usually, we get snow and ice in Dallas/Fort Worth during January or February, but this year it has hardly even been cold. If this is Global Warming, then I want more of it!
Marco Rubio's puppetmasters are having him call Donald Trump "con artist." Rubio used the term "con" or "con artist" at least six times during a short interview with Chris Wallace today. Donald Trump needs to start calling Rubio "Puppet Rubio" while naming some of Rubio's wealthy donors. This man is bought and paid for, people. He will do the bidding of billionaires who want open borders and free trade. These billionaires don't give a damn about ordinary, hard-working Americans, about American culture, about our safety, or anything else. It's all about earning even more money. Donald Trump will seal the border, negotiate better trade deals, and keep us safe. Get on over to Donald before it's too late!
You have no idea how this sickens me. What's the old saying? "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"? My enemy is the Republican establishment; the establishment's enemy is Donald Trump; ergo, Donald Trump is my friend. He will be a great president, better even than Ronald Reagan.
The GOP has done this to itself. By encouraging the hateful rhetoric and anti-government vitriol of Fox News and others, the party has set the stage for Trump.
Less educated, working-class whites are afraid of the demographic and cultural changes coming because it means the loss of their status as members of the preferred class. The GOP has taken advantage of this by whipping up fear and anger among them. Along comes their savior Trump, who tells them what they want to hear.
The monster is loose, Dr. Frankenstein. Your creature is going to kill you.
Paul Moser III, Studio City
Note from KBJ: It's the likes of Jonah Goldberg that produced Donald Trump. Republican voters are sick to death of having their candidates chosen by elites, who, by the way, have an uncanny ability to choose losers. This time around, we're picking the nominee. Deal with it.
Listen up, young'uns. I'm going to give you the truth in prospect. Be sure to write all this down so you will appreciate my genius by the end of the 2016 Major League Baseball season:
It'll be the New York Mets against the Seattle Mariners in the World Series. Are you up from the floor yet? If so, continue:
King Felix (Hernandez) proves his greatness by winning 27 games. He is the American League Cy Young Award winner for the second time, this time deservedly. (Are you happy, Ray?)
Robinson Cano has the year everyone knew he could have. He leads the American League in batting (.372) and runs batted in (147) and wins the MVP award.
The New York Yankees finish fifth in the five-team American League East Division. Manager Joe Girardi is fired in the final week of the season and replaced by Derek Jeter, team management knowing that he will be given slack by Yankee fans for at least two years of rebuilding.
Feel free to make your own pathetic predictions in the comment space.
Retributivism holds that punishment is justified for the sake of restoring an order of fairness, particularly in respect of the distribution of the benefits (including liberty) and burdens (including sacrifices of liberty) of common life, when this order of fairness has been disturbed by criminal wrongdoing. For example, a criminal may justly be deprived of liberty commensurate with the liberty he wrongfully seized in breaking the law. The retributivist wishes the law to maintain a state of affairs in which a law-abiding individual, looking back over a period of time, will have no reason to consider himself to have been a sucker for obeying the law when others were disregarding it with abandon. Retributivism thus considers (just) punishment to instantiate—immediately and in itself—the good of justice because it restores the order of fairness.
This is sad and funny at the same time. William Kristol's window of opportunity for getting right with Donald Trump is rapidly closing. Does he not realize that Republicans have tried winning with establishment candidates (John McCain, Mitt Romney) the past two election cycles? Where did it get us? And please spare us the bit about Trump lacking "principles." Everyone has principles; some are articulate and some are not. Kristol may not like Trump's principles, but many others do.
What we know is this: Trump will seal the border, stop the insanity that is free trade, rebuild our military, and get the economy moving again. He will appoint the very best people to cabinet positions. He will eliminate a great deal of the waste, fraud, and abuse that makes government so inefficient and costly. As for health care, there is no reason this country can't provide for everyone. Conservatism is not libertarianism. I'm not saying I like ObamaCare, because I don't. I despise the individual mandate and the subsidies to insurance companies.
The wealthiest people in society (those who earn over $1,000,000 per year, for example) should have to pay significantly more income tax, the proceeds to be earmarked for health care for the needy. Yes, my position on health care is changing. I'm abandoning the last vestiges of my youthful libertarianism and becoming a better conservative.
Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, an unabashed political progressive, says that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's jurisprudential method (originalism) did not constrain him, as Scalia claimed it did. The implication is that Scalia was result-oriented, like the "liberal" members of the Court Tribe so admires. Tribe thinks this is perfectly acceptable, even desirable. The Constitution, in his view, is a living document that must adapt to the times by being interpreted in light of contemporary values.
Tribe is wrong that originalism cannot constrain. That Justice Scalia abused his own method (let's assume for the sake of argument that he did this) doesn't mean that originalism, properly followed, cannot constrain. How could it not constrain? It requires that the judge interpret the Constitution in light of what was understood by its drafters and ratifiers. Any method of constitutional interpretation can be abused, just as any normative ethical theory can be abused. A method should be evaluated as properly applied, not as improperly applied.
Incidentally, Tribe says that some people are saying that Barack Obama should not nominate someone to the Court:
For literally the first time in American history, the party in control of the Senate is demanding that the president violate his constitutional duty to nominate someone to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.
I haven't heard anyone say that. Have you? What people are saying is that, once Obama nominates someone, the Senate should either (1) refuse to hold hearings, (2) refuse to vote, or (3) vote against confirmation. The Senate has an explicit constitutional right to do the third of these things, and there is ample precedent for doing the first and second.