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National Security: US Needs to Stop Singapore’s Gordon Gekko from Handing the Internet to China

Seton Motley | Red State | RedState.com

Indeed They Do

The analysis to follow – requires the definition of several terms.

We’ll begin with two.

Gordon Gekko: “(A) fictional character in the 1987 film ‘Wall Street’ and its 2010 sequel ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.’ The character (is) a ruthless and wildly wealthy investor and corporate raider….”

Corporate Raider: “A corporate raider is an investor who buys a large number of shares in a corporation….The large share purchase would give the corporate raider significant voting rights, which could then be used to push changes in the company’s leadership and management….

“A corporate raider might want to see certain assets and business lines divested from the company, possibly to unlock the value of the asset or to remove a detriment to the company’s bottom line. That could include eliminating offices and production facilities that are costly to maintain.” More

The Left’s Fake Grassroots: The Best Big Money Can Buy

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

How Organic

The Left is excellent at faking things. They long ago had to become so – because Reality so implicitly contradicts everything for which they stand.

The atrocity shooting at Florida’s Parkland High School – has become a crass political opportunity for the cold, callous Left. Because they never allow a crisis to go to waste.

The Left ignores the fact that the Left themselves have banned guns from schools – and ever since the overwhelming majority of mass shootings occur in schools.

The Left ignores the fact that prior to their stupid Gun Free Zones – guns were almost ubiquitous at very many schools, and there were almost no school shootings.

The Left ignores the fact that four cops showed up at the school during the shooting – and then failed to enter the school and deal with the shooter.

The Left ignores the fact that everyone and their mother warned government at all levels that this insane person was an insane person – and government at all levels did nothing. More

Immigration, Internet,…: The Left’s Warped, Ridiculously Fake Federalism

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Left’s Bizarro ‘Federalism’

Our nation’s Founding Fathers – were geniuses. They overcame the unbelievable handicaps of being white, male and by nigh all accounts all heterosexual – to create the greatest form of government in the history of personkind.

Amongst their very many brilliances – was federalism. The concept of a very limited federal government with expressed powers – leaving the unexpressed and all the rest to the states and the people. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments to our Constitution help lock down this federalism.

The Founders knew they weren’t perfect (though they came exquisitely close). Their federalism allows states to experiment with new ideas of how to govern. And if the citizens of one state don’t like what that state is doing – they can move to another. Yet another Founder deference to the governed.

This state-by-state-experimentation is what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis later called “laboratories of democracy.” (We’ll ignore Brandeis’ one error – we’re a republic, not a democracy – and give him copious credit for grasping the federalism concept.)

The Left, of course, loathes federalism. Nationally syndicated radio host Chris Plante rightly observes that the Left wants to mandate that which they do not want to ban – and ban that which they do not want to mandate. More

FERC: A Rare Dud in Trump’s Otherwise Outstanding Cabinet Selections

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

ICYMI: Obama’s Gone

President Donald Trump has populated his version of the vast, expansive Executive Branch – with a whole lot of extraordinarily good people. Who have spent their time thus far – reducing mightily the vast expansiveness of the Executive Branch.

One aspect of Trump’s excellent hiring process – is there is a whole lot less of it.

Trump: ‘We Don’t Want to Fill All the Vacancies’ in the Federal Government: “‘We don’t need so many people coming to work,’ Trump told the Washington Examiner in an interview at the White House Wednesday. ‘When they say about putting people in, there are so many jobs in Washington, we don’t want so many jobs. You don’t need all of those people.’”

Indeed we do not.

And Trump’s budgets – have called for further reductions in the size of the ridiculously huge Leviathan – and its many bureaucrat minions.

But unfortunately, the federal government – is still incredibly vast and expansive. And even with less people – you still have to hire a LOT of people.

And as great as Trump has been in his hiring choices – no one is perfect. No one bats 1.000 with that many at bats. More

Intellectual Property: No One Understands Theft Better – Than The People Being Robbed

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

How Could You Steal From This Face?

I am a retired musician. I play three instruments and sing. And most important from a prospective remuneration perspective – I wrote the stuff we sang and played.

I never sold my goal of fifteen million records – so here I sit before you now.

But life’s rules are immutable. And writing about them – in song, or essay, or free verse or whatever – changes them not a whit.

I was a hopeful records-seller residing in Austin, Texas – “The Live Music Capital of the World” – when stolen-music-website Napster burst on to the scene. From which you could download tens of thousands of songs – without paying a penny for any.

I steadfastly refused to illegally steal any tunes from Napster. But in Austin I was surrounded by musicians – and I can not recall a single one of them who didn’t illegally steal from Napster. More

Silicon Valley: If Something on the Internet Is Free – You’re the Product

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Always and Everywhere

The Internet is a wonderment. Perhaps the greatest feat of human achievement…ever.

Of course things like penicillin and the polio vaccine are wonderments – and amazing betterments of man. But they were rifle shots. The Internet is an omni-directional automatic shotgun. With benefits redounding up and down – in 360 degrees.

To name but one medical benefit: Soon doctors will be able to perform examinations, surgeries and other procedures…remotely. Doctors Without Borders…on steroids. Dedicated broadband connections will allow cameras and robot hands to be controlled by doctors…from anywhere. Delivering lifesaving care…anywhere and everywhere.

America’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – are the world’s leaders. They have connected the vast land mass that is America (it is much easier to connect tinier places). And rapidly delivered us from ridiculously slow 14K dial-up – to 1GB of lightening speed…and beyond.

And we are on the verge of the Fifth Generation (5G) wireless network – which really should be called Second Level. This transformation will infinitely expand our Internet – and our concept of the Internet. And deliver us countless things we can not yet even conceive. More

Democrats Have Totally Given Up on Legislation and Legislating

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

If You Can Keep It…

A half-century-plus of government school victims has rendered We the People collectively, increasingly less and less capable of walking and chewing gum simultaneously.

Let alone understanding our republican government – and how things are actually supposed to work.

For everyone who succumbed to their government indoctrinations – behold an introduction to how our democratic republic is supposed to work.

We have three branches of government – the Legislative, the Executive and the Judicial. Short version:

The Legislative – writes and passes legislation. We elect the legislators – which purports to give us direct say over what laws govern us.

The Executive is headed by the President – whom we also elect. The President signs the legislation – at which point they become laws. The Executive Branch – then executes these laws. No more – and no less. If there is no precedent legislation – regulations from the Executive…are illegal. More

Super Bowl: NFL Prohibits Another TV Ad – Blocking for North Korea’s Communist Kim Jong-Un

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Get Hammered – and Sick-eled

National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell – has had a bit of a bad decade.

(So bad – that his ex-television-news-host wife was caught with a fake Twitter account Tweeting in his defense.)

Goodell began this time frame under-reacting to legitimate problems like the New England Patriots’ Spygate.

Goodell then woefully mishandled the break of the chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) concussion story.

Goodell then tried to play catchup – by ridiculously overreacting to non-stories like the Patriots’ Deflategate.

While under-reacting to woeful off-the-field player behavior. Epitomized by his under-punishment of then-Baltimore Raven running back Ray Rice for beating his fiancé – only to then be embarrassed when video of one violent incident became public.

Then came the player protests of the National Anthem, the United States flag and the nation.

It all started during last year’s preseason – as a one-man-gang by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Who – rather than standing respectfully during the Anthem – kneeled.   Kaepernick’s protest quickly spread – amongst his teammates, and throughout the league.

About all of which Goodell did…nothing. More

Government and Crony Contractors – You’d Better Shop Around

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Perhaps We Could Look Elsewhere

President Donald Trump inherited a whole lot of awful Barack Obama policy. Unfortunately, much of that awful policy has since Trump’s inauguration continued to lurch forward. Due to the awfulness of Deep State bureaucrats – and inherent bureaucratic inertia.

In many instances – Trump has put a stop to it. In many other instances, unfortunately, he has not.

Thanks to Obama, cronyism has become all-but-engrained in the DC DNA. They were the Crony Administration.

So not only is the government doing way too many awful things – they are paying Leftist cronies to do way too much of it.

There is even residual cronyism – in some things I actually like the government doing. Like privatizing space exploration. More

The Trump Administration Needs to Stop Continuing Obama’s Big Government Policies

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

And Pass the Salt….

We will keep saying it – for as long as it continues to be true. The biggest mistake President Donald Trump has made – has been not making many, MANY more people leave Washington, D.C. since his arrival.

Personnel is policy.

Trump’s ship of state remains egregiously over-encumbered with residual Obama barnacles. And these crustaceans continue to engage in policy obstructions and extrusions – that are antithetical to the Good Ship Trump’s mission of less government mercy.

It’s been called the Deep State – but really these bureaucratic beasts are doing their damage just below the waterline. More