Patrick
J. Buchanan, three times contender for U.S. president ('92, '96,
and 2000) and syndicated columnist seen in the Quad-City
Times
, in his December 2007
book Day of Reckoning
identifies the great illusion that is fatally eroding the USA's
economic strength and world economic leadership: free trade.

 

That
the ascension to national
economic power - from Britain in the past to Communist China today
- has been facilitated by protectionist trade policies and actions.
The essential reality to be exercised in the restoration of U.S.
national economic power, superseding the one-world transnational
economic unit of Nobel Prize economist Milton Friedman and revealing
the free-trade mantra as the seductive tune of the Pied Piper
abductor of the USA's national economic strength and economic
leadership in the world. And of America's status as a sovereign
nation.

 

America's
political leaders will either learn and implement the lesson Pat
Buchanan teaches and thereby reverse America's rush to economic
ruin - or they will continue our nation's decline to that
otherwise inevitable end.

 

What
a revolutionary thought from Mr. Buchanan: that American tariffs can
actually make the necessary positive difference for America and
Americans!

 

Patrick
J. Buchanan has illuminated the long-needed New American Economic
Revolution, where the USA and Americans win. Showing he would be
outstandingly valuable serving his fourth time as a senior adviser to
a U.S. president, whichever party wins the election.

Joel
D. Weber

Davenport

 

 

 


Loophole
in Iowa Constitution Lets Residents Smoke Pot

 

I
was doing a little research for one of my favorite sports -
fighting in court - when I found an interesting little tidbit in
the Constitution of the State of Iowa.

 

"Constitution
of The State of Iowa - Article II Section 2. Electors shall, in all
cases except treason, felony, or breach of the peace, be privileged
from arrest on the days of election, during their attendance at such
election, going to and returning therefrom."

 

Hmmmmm
... to me this means that a resident could walk down the street
smoking a joint on the way to vote, light a cigarette in the public
building where the polling takes place, and jaywalk on the way home
from the polls and be privileged from arrest.

 

Other
misdemeanors such as not having motor-vehicle insurance or wearing a
seatbelt are all up in the air as long as you are a qualified elector
who has been a resident of Iowa for six months and is over the age of
18 (or in presidential caucuses will be 18 before the election takes
place) and is headed to or from the polls.

 

Here
are some other laws you may want to break while you are privileged
from arrest:

 

• In
Ottumwa, Iowa, "It is unlawful for any male person, within the
corporate limits of the [city], to wink at any female person with
whom he is unacquainted."

 

• No
person may pick a flower from a city park in Mount Vernon.

 

• No
person shall tell fortunes or practice phrenology, palmistry, or
clairvoyance in the city of Cedar Rapids.

 

• Horses
are forbidden to eat fire hydrants in Marshalltown, Iowa.

 

• The
"Ice Cream Man" and his truck are banned in Indianola.

 

• Law
forbids any establishment from charging admission to see a one-armed
piano player.

 

• A
man with a mustache may never kiss a woman in public.

 

• Kisses
may last for as much as, but no more than, five minutes.

 

• It
is illegal to hunt from an aircraft.

 

So
this election day, I propose shooting a deer from your plane then
getting into an ice-cream truck and and playing "Pop Goes the
Weasel" loudly, stopping to pick flowers and read palms, kissing
women with your mustached lips for as long as want, and winking at
any hottie you like all while stoned on marijuana as you travel to
and from your precinct to vote. It's a blow for freedom!

 

Don't
forget to tip the piano player after he plays "Happy Days Are Here
Again."

 

Chris
Rice

Rock
Island

 

 

Corrections

In
last week's article "Activists at Some Level," the Port
Byron-based company ePower Synergies, Incorporated, was incorrectly
identified as being Muscatine-based. Author Mike Schulz apologizes
for the error, and for mistaking Iowa for Illinois, as so many of his
friends on the East Coast do.

 

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