The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill."
I'm a hope'n this column finds ya all with an upbeat positive attitude.
Harvest is a wind'n down fairly quickly and much attention is focus'n toward fertilization, crop rotation for 2017, tillage, and market'n the remainder of this years, 2016, crop.
China is now make'n signals it may put tariffs against U. S. soybeans. Seems she is begin'n to see some sort of trade war against the U. S. in a tit-fer-tat type knee jerk reaction. If'n China does follow through with her threat, it will be hard on soybean prices here in the U. S.
It has often been said that "Hypocrisy" is not a sin when politics are involved, It is a fine Art".
Some folks in politics this season are mock'n and consider'n it sinister fer those who utilize legal means to minimize their taxes. Long ago this matter was settled in federal court by Judge Learned Hand in Halvering vs Gregor, 69 Federal (2nd) 809:
Anyone may arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible: He is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the Treasury; There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible, everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right; for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands. Taxes are an enforceable extraction and not a voluntary contribution."
Judge Learned Hand
Halvering vs. Gregor
69 Federal (2nd) 809
Additional, there is the matter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reserve'n the right to contest questionable results of the election. He reserves the right to "contest or file a legal challenge" if'n he loses. His statement brought much swooning and faint'n from his enemies in both parties and the liberal press.
Fact is elections have been questioned before. In the Tilden-Hayes presidential election the dispute was only settled by Hayes agree'n ta withdraw federal troops from the south if the Democrat south, at that time, would give him the win even though Tilden received more votes.
In the Nixon-Kennedy election it was widely argued fer years that Mayor Daley "threw" the election fer Kennedy.
And, in more recent times beginn'n with the 2000 election, it became Democratic policy that election outcome could be questioned and contested. Even at this time many Democrats proclaim repeatedly that George W. Bush stole the 2000 election in Florida.
The truth is Bush won the original count and the mandatory mini-recount. Al Gore pushed the result into the courts of Florida even though all serious attempts ta put the challenge to bed came to the same conclusion that Bush won. In the end the U. S. Supreme Courts ruled ta put an end ta the destructive media circus.
One again, four years later, Democrats argued incessantly that George Bush stole the election from John Kerry by engineer'n the vote in Ohio.
The American media's fake faint'n spell over Trumps remarks only verifies the liberal biased report'n on the whole election and the refined hypocrisy of all involved.
In Chris Wallace's question on the Supreme Court Mrs. Clinton spoke a view of the Supreme Court that is very threatening ta American liberty. She feels the Supreme Court should represent all of us. That's how I see the court. And the kind of people that I would be lookin'n to nominate ta the court would be in the great tradition of standing up to the powerful, standing up on our behalf of our right as Americans.
The Supreme Court is not supposed ta represent anyone. that's the job of the elected branches in our country. There is a reason our forefathers made the justices appointed, rather than elected, so they can be nonpartisan adjudicators of competing legal claims.
The constitution protects everyone, even the powerful. Our laws are designed to protect individual rights, not some abstract socialistic term called "the people". Hillary would have the court be a super-legislative body which upholds the "will of the people", as she sees it, and excludes the powerful.
She would rewrite the First and Second Amendments by appoint'n judges that would agree and enforce her liberal theology. Her commitment to change our Bill of Rights has been repeated time and time again.
There is one right her judges would enforce as an absolute. She promotes the right ta an abortion, at any time during pregnancy right up until birth. She somehow overlooks Gonzales vs Carhart, the 2007 decision that upheld a legislative ban on so-called partial-birth abortions.
Mrs. Clinton believes she would never support any restriction on abortion and she would never oppose any restriction on gun rights. While she mocks Mr. Trump on his statement on election results, she wants ta re-write the constitution ta fit her personal political views and make those views a fitness test fer her appointment of Supreme Court Justices.
Well, there ya have it then. "Hypocrisy is not a sin in politics-it is a fine art.
Sasha Issenberg shared this secret "Science of winning Campaigns' a few weeks ago at Monmouth College. "In the 1990s, people in politics realized that consumer data existed, as well as census data and voter records, and they were able to tap into private sector data bases."
With the rise of the internet and big data, the number of data points fer any given voter has grown from more than a dozen data points into the hundreds and even thousands. Big Brother has arrived. Using algorithms to compute scores for voters, ever body gets a score.
This allows campaigns ta send one type of email ta one type of voter, while others will receive a different type of mail. The best campaigns are using this type of research. In other words tell them what they want ta hear, by category, ta get their vote, even if'n ya have ta stretch it a bit ta fit that particular category. One category mailing need not agree with any other category mailing as long as it sways the vote.
Yes indeed hypocrisy has became a "fine art" in politics of today.
Remember ta vote next Tuesday. Your vote is important!
Have a good rest of the week and remember to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday even'in.
Hope'n ta see ya in church this week.
Remember; wherever ya are, whatever ya be a do'n 'BE A GOOD ONE!'
Keep on Smile'n
Catch ya later