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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Facebook debates edition)


I really dislike having debates over Facebook.  I especially dislike debating liberals on Facebook because it provides them an avenue to look smarter on a specific topic than they really are.  Let me explain.  I love American History.  I have read hundreds of books on the subject.  My main focus has been on the Founding Fathers and the writings that influenced them.  I love it so much I have decided to pursue my Masters Degree in American History.

I considered myself pretty well read on the topic of the creation of our system of government.  I’ve read the notes from the constitutional convention, the Federalist and anti-Federalist papers, the Virgina Plan, and about the delegates and their views on government.  I can talk it pretty good because I have a solid foundation.  This is why I must call people out when they spout nonsense about how our system of government is a democracy.  I had such a debate this past week on Facebook.  From the very beginning of the debate I could see how weak my opponent in regards to the topic when he didn’t know the difference between self-government and self-governance.  Each point I made, with original source data to back me up, my opponent would fire back with references that were not in harmony with what the founders said or believed about the topic.  As the conversation progressed I could tell my opponent was doing research to try and make his point by the references he was using.  Towards the end he began to sound somewhat knowledgeable on the topic, and I was happy to see this.  However this form of debate does mislead the reader.  It makes someone look smarter on a topic than they really are.  And this really bugs me.  It’s borderline deceptive.

I would much rather have a face-to-face debate because with a face-to-face conversation you can read your opponent and know almost immediately what they know and what they do not know.  Behind the curtains of Facebook, you don’t have to be a subject matter expert as long as you can do a quick internet search on the topic.  It doesn’t make you smarter on the topic, only more opinionated about it and you know what they say about opinions.   In a face-to-face debate you don’t have this same opportunity.  The only reason I knew he was doing internet research is because of how he started out of the gate.  Not knowing the difference between self-government and self-governance is a pretty strong indicator that you’re somewhat clueless.  Anyway that’s my opinion on the topic. Now on to the LINKs.

Below are links to some great conservative/libertarian articles.  Please take a few minutes today to hit them and when you’re there hit their tip jars if they have them.  These excellent people work hard each day to bring you the truth.  So tee it up and enjoy another SENTRY JOURNAL round at the links.


Facebook Debates


A Conservative Teacher: Bow to Obama

Ace of Spades: French soldier stabbed while on patrol near Paris

Adrienne’s Corner: Bill Whittle: Who are the real people?…

American Glob: “Climate Change Denier” Is An Offensive Term And Liberals Should Stop Using It

American Perspective: Farmers’ Rebellion Poised to Lift CA GOP

America’s Watchtower: Open thread for Sunday, May 26th: Power, Corruption & Lies

ARRA News Service: President Obama Is Tired of Fighting Terrorism

Asylum Watch: When Abuse of Power is Considered a Virtue

Atlas Shrugs: Muslim Father Murders Gay Son in Honor Killing

Breitbart: Walmart, Boeing, Lockheed Fund Center for American Progress

blogsense-by-barb: Forbes: Obama an Incompetent Disgrace

BUNKERVILLE: Levin: “RINO” Issa Didn’t Investigate IRS Before Because He “Despises The Tea Party”

Catholibertarian: God or Atheism — Which is More Rational?

Capitol Commentary: Damage Control

Conservative Hideout 2.0: Nora Craig Explains How Government is Supposed to Work

COMMON CENTS: Jay Leno On Obama’s IRS Scandal (Full Monologue)

Doug Ross@Journal: Out of the Mouths of Democrats, Perfect Quotes From “Arrested Development”

Eye of Polyphemus: The Three Stooges–Uncivil War Birds

Freedom Is Just Another Word…: Media Fail…Supports Isalm!

Fuzzy Logic: Why the #MarchAgainstMonsanto Matters to Conservatives

Hot Air: Did Eric Holder lie in Congressional testimony last week?

I’m a Man | I’m 41: Hillary Clinton Tell All: Bi-sexuality, Brain Cancer and Monica’s Baby!

iOwnTheWorld: Rubio has LONG history of blocking immigration enforcement

J O S H U A P U N D I T: AG Holder Perjures Himself Under Oath On Press Surveillance Scandal

Laughing Conservative: The Butcher of Woolwich: a Brit’s eye view

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Out with the old Republicans, in with the new Republicans

Libertas and Latte: Hiking In Memoriam

Libertarian Republican: Gays join EDL in march against Muslim immigrant violence on native Brits

Liberty at Stake: What, Am I Chopped Liver? (A Rant From Jack Wiley Dithers)

Maggie’s Notebook: Enough Is Enough

Manhattan Infidel: Skynet Bluescreens; Humanity Saved

Moonbattery: Islam + Open Borders = This Guy’s Dreams Come True

Motorcitytimes: The Right needs a conservative alternative to Katy Perry

NoOneOfAnyImport: Individuals Used To Matter

Nuke’s: What is the difference between the mentally ill and muslims?

Pirate’s Cove: Sigh: Now A Warmist Blames The War On Terror For Climate Change

Politics et al: Obama Can’t Have It Both Ways on Terror

Political Clown Parade: That From These Honored Dead

Political Realities: The Media To Barack Obama – Until Death Do Us Part

Proof Positive: Barack’s Brazen Benghazi Blunder

Randy’s Roundtable: Let The Good Times Roll

Restoring Liberty: By 22-Point Margin, Voters Favor Obamacare’s Repeal

Right Truth: MEMORIAL DAY 2013

Say Anything Blog: IRS Targeted Adoptive Parents For Audits

Spellchek: Apple not paying enough in taxes? Who should you be mad at?

teresamerica: Jesus VS. Muhammad

Texas Conservative News: Taking Charge of Our Own Healthcare

That Mr. G Guy’s Blog: Memorial Day Tribute To Fellow Air Force Vets…Videos


The BLAZE: Gun Owners in Illinois One Step Closer to Major Victory

The Camp Of The Saints: Thought For The Day

The Classic Liberal: theCL Report: Becoming Dangerously Overactive

The Daley Gator: IRS Rewrites ObamaCare To Increase Taxes

The Foundry: Rumsfeld on Economic Freedom

The Lonely Conservative: Textbooks Rewriting History

THE OTHER McCAIN: Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy

The Reaganite Republican: Reaganite’s SUNDAY FUNNIES

THE rightscoop: MSNBC host compares terrorist ‘hunger strikers’ in Gitmo to American slaves

The TexasFred Blog: Plausible Deniability – The Obama Administration Defined


TOTUS: White House Fence Repair or how the Stimulus Plan works!

U.S. Constitutional Free Press: EDL leader to Muslims: What are you doing to stop Islamic extremism?


Wake Up America:  A Member Of The Left FINALLY Gets It – ‘Fourth Branch Of Government’…

WARD WORLD: Dan McLaughlin’s Timeline of Islamic Expansion In The Dark Ages

What Would The Founders Think: The Dependency Agenda By Kevin D. Williamson

WESTERN HERO: Legislating Common Sense

WyBlog: Amid swirling scandals Obama quietly advances his illegal alien amnesty plan

Zilla of the Resistance: Crisis Mode Freakout


Face-to-Face is good

Thanks for all the great articles.  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Liberty forever, freedom for all!



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  • Matt May 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM
  • Nick May 26, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    My question to you, is our government today the same as the government that the Founding Fathers created? The Founding Fathers were weary of their idea of democracy (what we now call pure or direct democracy). This is easily seen in the Constitution, with the lack of direct voting by citizens and the lack of voting rights to many citizens. That has changed throughout the last 2 plus centuries since its creation. So the Founding Fathers may not have intended to create their idea of democracy but make no mistake, this country has changed, and we do have a democracy.

    • John Carey May 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      I figured this post would draw you back out. Your are correct Nick our government is not the same as it was when it was created. But the reasons for the change have nothing to do with this topic. Our federal government has changed because we now have a government that believes it’s not constrained by the constitution. It’s operating far outside the authority granted to it under the constitution. Our federal government was never suppose to be this big or this intrusive. Government was supposed to be close to the people. That’s why the founders promoted the idea of federalism. A partnership between the federal government and the states. The federal government would worry about problems on the macro level (national defense, regulating interstate commerce, coining money, taxes,) and the state/local governments on the micro. The founders knew that local governments would be more responsive to the needs of the people than a federal government located 3,000 miles away. They knew each state, each locality had issues that were unique to them and that a federal one size fits all approach simply would not work. But today things have change. This partnership is way out of balanced, tilting in the direction of the federal government and we the people have allowed it to slip in this direction. Now back to the republican/democracy debate.

      Let me ask you this question. In a representative democracy can the majority vote be overruled by an official that is unelected by the people? The answer is it cannot. Whatever the results of the vote by the representatives of a democracy the majority wins with no threat of being overruled by any official. The people have spoken. However in a republic an official that is unelected by the people has the power to override a vote even if the majority will it to be so. Our President is unelected by the people, and has veto power to strike down any proposed bill even if the majority support. This is the defining difference between a representative democracy and a republic. We are not a democracy Nick. We are not a nation of majority rule. We are a nation of checks and balance on power. We are still a republic…for now.
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  • Nick May 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    A buddy of mine forwarded this link to me. I believe it’s from a conservative website.

  • LD Jackson May 26, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Thanks for the link, John.
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  • Mike G. May 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Thanks for the link John.

  • Steve Dennis May 27, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Thanks for the link John.
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  • Jim at Asylum Watch May 27, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    That is an amazing list of links, John. Thanks for all that you do and thanks for the link. Have a great Memorial Day!
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  • Bunkerville May 27, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Thanks for the link. Hope you and your family had a great weekend.

  • Harrison May 27, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Thank you for the link! Facebook does need a “dislike” button and I only post cat photos there now… it’s just a waste of time as I often find Liberals to be ignorant as to our history.

    Happy Memorial Day to you.

    • John Carey May 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      You’re very welcome. Ronald Reagan said it best, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” See the above debate.
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