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The Rule of Law

This question is short and on target. The answer is an emphatic NO! Can we even speak of the rule of law as a meaningful concept when we combine an explosive regulatory state with near-absolute prosecutorial discretion?” —David French

The Psychotic Fed

Whether it is growing older and less patient or whether the world is actually becoming more stupid is an issue I wrestle with periodically. I suspect it is a bit of both. Here is an example of the nonsense that… Read More »The Psychotic Fed

The Cruelest Law of All

Minimum wage is possibly the cruelest law ever. It makes it illegal for people with limited skills to be employed at a wage lower than a legally mandated level. Is the rate set too high? For most with skills, the… Read More »The Cruelest Law of All

You Are A Law-Breaker

You break the law every day. I am not impugning you by making this claim. I don’t know, at least with certainty, that you are a lawbreaker. But the probabilities are extremely high that my claim is correct. Furthermore, you… Read More »You Are A Law-Breaker

No Civilized Country Would Ever Banish Eduardo Saverin

I expect Obama to lose in 2012. If he loses in anything but a landslide, I have recommended those less than forty years old with any motivation or talent to leave the country. I say this not because I believe Romney will be harmful (he may be) but because any electorate that doesn’t completely understand the tragedy that Obama has been is not safe to live within. Eventually they will do something more stupid than Obama. Furthermore, in an electorate so stupid, Republicans will pander to them in the same manner as Democrats have. The result will be a country unrecognizable to anyone who can remember back twenty or more years.

Thus, if the election is at all close, get out while you still can.

Peter Dunn is someone who did just that. He was more prescient than most. I believe he left years ago and renounced his US citizenship. He blogs at  the Isaac Brock Society under the alias “Petros” where those looking for information about ex-patriots can go. This recent article by Mr. Dunn appeared in American Thinker and elaborates on the madness that is enveloping this country.

No Civilized Country Would Ever Banish Eduardo Saverin

ByPeter W. Dunn

The Ex-Patriot Act introduced by Senators Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey is a bill of attainder which would result in cruel and unusual punishment.

Eduardo Saverin’s renunciation of U.S. citizenship has angered many people in the United States.  I write as one who has also relinquished U.S. citizenship.  As a blogger who openly writes about the experience, I’ve attracted some media attention, including an article by Dow Jones columnist Al Lewis.  Lewis starts by saying that I renounced my citizenship to avoid the IRS.  So now, Saverin and I have joined the ranks of the most hated people in America — so much so that Senators Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey want to banish the likes of us from the United States forever.  To that end, they have proposed a new law, the Ex-Patriot Act.  But would such treatment of former citizens be in accordance with the rule of law?  I would like to argue that it would be a bill of attainder, forbidden by the US Constitution.

The late Chief Justice Rehnquist explains a bill of attainder as follows (emphasis mine):

These clauses of the Constitution are not of the broad, general nature of the Due Process Clause, but refer to rather precise legal terms which had a meaning under English law at the time the Constitution was adopted.  A bill of attainder was a legislative act that singled out one or more persons and imposed punishment on them, without benefit of trial.  Such actions were regarded as odious by the framers of the Constitution because it was the traditional role of a court, judging an individual case, to impose punishment.

The United States already has the rarely enforced Reed Amendment, which imposes exile and ten years of taxation on those who expatriate to avoid U.S. taxation.  Senators Bob Casey and Chuck Schumer want to harden this law with the “Ex-Patriot Act”; it will exile Read More »No Civilized Country Would Ever Banish Eduardo Saverin

There Will Be Consequences

Neither capitalism nor government works without ethics and morals. Reader Syrin, commenting on a recent post, has nailed our condition: The moral infrastructure decayed years ago. Think of this. We have a president who has released two FRAUDLUENT documents to… Read More »There Will Be Consequences