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When the United States government imposes its sovereign will with might and no mercy, the sovereign citizen can feel there's nothing he can do about it. Calling on the courts for redress requires years of effort, and lawyers and lawsuits are expensive. Such appeals usually fail. But the power and authority of an individual sovereign state can ensure a fair fight.
U.S. embassies around the world are conducting most diplomatic services in the second week of the partial government shutdown, although some ambassadors note they are not doing "business as usual."
The world premiere of composer Roger Reynolds' multimedia project "george WASHINGTON" will be performed at the Kennedy Center this week by the National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by music director Christoph Eschenbach.
Pollsters have convinced Democrats that they'll win the government shutdown fight, so President Obama is doing all he can to create the impression that the republic is in peril because 800,000 nonessential federal employees won't come to the office today. This insults the intelligence of ordinary Americans who are more concerned that the private economy has been shut down for the past four years.
The games politicians play: Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways. The point of the shutdown game is to see who can squeeze hardest, make the most pious speech and listen for the applause. It's a variation on the grade-school ritual of "you show me yours, and I'll show you mine."
Shutdowns and sequestrations don't bother the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. It will stay open throughout the government follies, because not a penny of government money was included in the $47 million it took to build the library in Mount Vernon, which opened Friday. The Mount Vernon Ladies Association announced in July that it had raised $106.4 million for the library, and the government had nothing to do with that, either.
"We've got to move beyond partisan politics on this issue" is the mantra employed by most candidates running for office every election cycle. Yet the more perfect union promised by the Constitution that we celebrated this week is dissolving by the day. Given, in James Madison's words, that "faction is sown into the nature of man," did our Founders attempt the impossible in seeking to establish a flourishing republic?
Will they lean left and favor progressive Democrats? A political phenomenon has emerged with the launch of the Freethought Equality Fund, the first political action committee that supports candidates who are humanists, atheists or agnostics — and advocates for the rights of "nonbelievers" and the separation of church and state.