The Federalist has published an excellent obituary of comedian Norm MacDonald. It’s notable that he is being remembered across the libertarian and conservative spectrum (1,2,3,4,5). MacDonald wasn’t officially political in his comedy, but his barbs were often directed at left-wing and politically correct targets that most comics interested in keeping their jobs considered out of bounds. He was reportedly fired from his job at SNL for joking too much about O.J. Simpson, a forbidden topic at the time.
Per Guitar, “Megadeth singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine has spoken onstage about how glad he is that live music is back, but also railed against mask mandates, calling them ‘tyranny’…Dave Mustaine has stated that his political views do not align with any one political party. However, some Megadeth lyrics express libertarian viewpoints.” Similar views have been voiced by rock legends Eric Clapton and Van Morrison.
Constitution Day is a celebration of the US Constitution, observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia. More details here.
In this clip from Star Trek (Omega Glory episode), the Constitution is rediscovered (in a parallel existence) after a long period of misinterpretation, and only Kirk knows its importance…not that such a thing could ever happen. Ahem.
This classic Bugs Bunny/ Daffy Duck cartoon explains the Constitution’s separation of powers and the Bill of Rights, as a conniving Daffy Duck is frustrated by these features when he tries to use government power to outlaw Bugs Bunny.
In this short video, entrepreneur Roger Ver tells his painful and emotionally tortured experience at the hands of the US prison system, where he was sentenced to serve time for failing to submit the right paperwork before selling firecrackers online. This is a raw, honest, and touching firsthand account of what our “justice” system is really like. Bear in mind that all laws, no matter how well-intentioned, are ultimately backed by this.
Think this would never happen to you or anyone you love, because you’re not the type to break the law? You may already have. Take a look at the video below about our fair and just body of law. We are all potentially Roger Ver.
The Biden animatronic at Disney’s Hall Of Presidents exhibit is so realistic, it’s uncanny. Of course, it’s using an actual recording of things he said.
Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. This short film is a good example of how free people respond in a crisis. Per the Huffington Post, “As panicked crowds rushed to find refuge from the area around the World Trade Center, many soon found themselves at the water’s edge, trapped on an island. After seeing huge groups of people gathering on the waterfront, the U.S. Coast Guard put out the call for all vessels in the area to help those who were stranded in lower Manhattan.The maritime community answered in force.”