Tuesday 3 January '12 show notes

Tuesday 3 January '12 show notes

  • Professor Robert Reich, UC Berkeley. 2012...Obama/Clinton vs. Romney/Rubio?
  • John Nichols, The Nation Magazine. Iowa caucuses today.
  • Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog. Republicans flip-flop on Voter ID and voter fraud.
  • David Cobb, Move to Amend. Montana's high court decision on Citizen's United.
  • Noel Flasterstein, Gun Rights For You. Concealed carry permits for convicted felons?
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  • Letter: Letter to John Holmes    by Thomas Jefferson, April 22, 1820.
    I thank you, dear Sir, for the copy you have been so kind as to send me of the letter to your constituents on the Missouri question. It is a perfect justification to them. I had for a long time ceased to read newspapers, or pay any attention to public affairs, confident they were in good hands, and content to be a passenger in our bark to the shore from which I am not distant. But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once as the knell of the Union. It is hushed, indeed, for the moment. But this is a reprieve only, not a final sentence. A geographical line, coinciding with a marked principle, moral and political, once conceived and held up to the angry passions of men, will never be obliterated; and every new irritation will mark it deeper and deeper. I can say, with conscious truth, that there is not a man on earth who would sacrifice more than I would to relieve us from this heavy reproach, in any practicable way. The cession of that kind of property, for so it is misnamed, is a bagatelle which would not cost me a second thought, if, in that way, a general emancipation and expatriation could be effected; and, gradually, and with due sacrifices, I think it might be. But as it is, we have the wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other. Of one thing I am certain, that as the passage of slaves from one State to another, would not make a slave of a single human being who would not be so without it, so their diffusion over a greater surface would make them individually happier, and proportionally facilitate the accomplishment of their emancipation, by dividing the burthen on a greater number of coadjutors. An abstinence too, from this act of power, would remove the jealousy excited by the undertaking of Congress to regulate the condition of the different descriptions of men composing a State. This certainly is the exclusive right of every State, which nothing in the constitution has taken from them and given to the General Government. Could Congress, for example, say, that the non-freemen of Connecticut shall be freemen, or that they shall not emigrate into any other State?

    I regret that I am now to die in the belief, that the useless sacrifice of themselves by the generation of 1776, to acquire self-government and happiness to their country, is to be thrown away by the unwise and unworthy passions of their sons, and that my only consolation is to be, that I live not to weep over it. If they would but dispassionately weigh the blessings they will throw away, against an abstract principle more likely to be effected by union than by scission, they would pause before they would perpetrate this act of suicide on themselves, and of treason against the hopes of the world. To yourself, as the faithful advocate of the Union, I tender the offering of my high esteem and respect.
  • Article: Amendment IV.
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • Article: Thomas Jefferson: On the Omission of a Bill of Rights from the Constitution.
    I will now tell you what I do not like. First, the omission of a bill of rights, providing clearly and without the aid of sophism for freedom of religion, freedom of the press, protection against standing armies, restriction of monopolies, the eternal and unremitting force of the habeas corpus laws, and trials by jury in all matters of fact triable by the laws of the land and not by the laws of nations. To say, as Mr. Wilson does, that a bill of rights was not necessary because all is reserved in the case of the general government, which is not given, while in the particular ones, all is given which is not reserved, might do for the audience to which it was addressed, but it is surely a gratis dictum [a mere assertion], the reverse of which might just as well be said; and it is opposed by strong inferences from the body of the instrument as well as from the omission of the clause of our present Confederation, which had made the reservation in express terms.
  • Quote: "XIII. That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the state; and as standing armies in the time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; And that the military should be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power."
    Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776, Declaration of Rights, art. 13.
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Will the Occupy Iowa Caucus be successful?
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It’s Iowa Caucus day!
Despite endless debating, campaign ads, and TV punditry over the last few months – the Republican race to the White House officially begins this evening as Iowans gather to choose which Republican they’d like to see run against President Obama this year.
Polls show a dead heat at the top between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul – with a surging Rick Santorum in third and a collapsing Newt Gingrich in fourth. And considering Iowans have a history of choosing oddball candidates – like Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Michele Bachmann in last year’s straw poll – it’s anyone’s guess who might come out on top in the Hawkeye state at the end of the night.
One thing that is certain is that Republicans are temporarily putting a hold on their war against voters. Iowa is just one of nine states in the nation that allows for same-day voter registration, meaning people can go to the polls, register to vote, and then immediately vote all at the same time.
Studies show that same-day voter registration boosts voter participation by as much as 7%. Also – Iowa will not be checking any voter photo IDs as so many other right-wing states are now demanding. So whoever does come out on top – will be there thanks to the voice of the people. That is unless the Republican Party – using the excuse of a threat of an Anonymous hack attack – sabotages the caucus to prevent Ron Paul from winning.
Or – if the Occupy Iowa Caucus movement is successful in catapulting “uncommitted” to the top of the Republican field for the win. Either way – it should be an interesting night – stay tuned.
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Hour One: 2012...Obama/Clinton vs. Romney/Rubio?
- Professor Robert Reich, UC Berkeley Twitter
Article: "The GOP Ticket in 2012: Romney-Rubio" by Robert Reich.
Iowa caucuses today
- John Nichols, The Nation Magazine Twitter
Article: "Six Ways Iowa Progressives Will Caucus" by John Nichols.
Article: "My Testimony for the Downing Street Memo Hearings" by Cindy Sheehan, June 16 2005.
Article: "Letter to John Holmes" by Thomas Jefferson, April 22, 1820.

Hour Two: Republicans flip-flop on Voter ID and voter fraud
- Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog Twitter
Article: "Newt Gingrich: The real ACORN scandal: Its enablers" by Newt Gingrich, 09/18/09.
Case: "Buckley v. Valeo", 1976.


Article: "Sen. Sanders To Talk Anti-Citizens United Amendment On Colbert Tonight" by Bridgette P. LaVictoire, January 03, 2012.
Montana's high court decision on Citizen's United
- David Cobb, Move to Amend Twitter
Case: "Griswold v. Connecticut" (1965).
Case: "Poe v. Ullman" (1961).
Case: "Tileston v. Ullman" (1943).
Article: "4th Amendment".
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- Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent Twitter
Article: "Rick Santorum’s curious closing argument" by Dana Milbank.

Hour Three: Concealed carry permits for convicted felons?
- Noel Flasterstein, Gun Rights For You.
Article: "Federalist 46" by James Madison.
Article: "13th Amendment".
Speech: "A Rendezvous With Destiny", 27 June 1936 acceptance speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt. "An old English judge once said: "Necessitous men are not free men.""

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Hour One: New York City Is Poised to Join Growing Movement in Eliminating Corporate Money From Elections
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