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In middle school, I first heard the phrase that America had been blessed with “a government of laws and not of men.” That description, originating with John Adams, at first made no sense to me: men make the laws, and change them. Laws don’t draft themselves, or enforce themselves – ultimately, we rely on decent people to give life to the law and to uphold it.

Recently, however, I’ve gained new perspective on Adams’ famous distinction because of the toxic politics of the moment. Media irresponsibly emphasize personalities – and especially the polarizing personality of President Trump.

It’s hard to compromise between love or loathing for any individual; and it’s vastly easier to find middle ground on that leader’s policies or programs. At this troubled moment, all Americans would benefit from greater emphasis on policy, and less focus on personality.

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  1. Tru  •  Aug 13, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    That ship sailed long ago. Trump makes his personality the focus of his own show because of his personality deficits and basic emptiness. He is nothing if not a showman, and he understands his supporters, whom he chose for a reason.

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 13, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      How does one choose supporters?
      Of course morons, like Tru, will focus on personality, because he can’t argue logic, wisdom, reason, and facts.
      And, the facts are, Trump and his policies are largely successful.
      End of story.

  2. Dirk L Hudson  •  Aug 13, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    "The progress of the law hitherto has been from status to contract." – Henry Sumner Maine
    ( rules develop from exerience in coexistence between individuals requiring mutual respect in spontaneous development leading to reciprocal treatment and mutual respect, implied covenents, custom, and traditions )
    1. e,g, Rule of Law vs arbitrary decree by unelected bureaucrats or judicial legislation based on personal ideology
    2, interpretaion of law based on original intent ( original meaning and design) rather than personal ideology.
    3. respect for constitutional amendment process
    4.

  3. Rizzo  •  Aug 13, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    "rules develop from exerience in coexistence between individuals"
    You are EXACTLY CORECT. 100's if not 1000's of years of experience.
    And, this is exactly what Ty, either doesn't know, because he is a historical illiterate or wants us all to ignore.
    Leftists want to replace time-tested experience, logic, reason, wisdom and facts, for something new…. based on NOTHING!
    It is absolutely pathetic and childish.

  4. Armand  •  Aug 14, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    If American conservatives are logically(we know from the facts that the illiterate rizzo isn’t) based, why don’t they eliminate the income tax, cap gains tax and federally license medical health practitioners to create a larger more choice based market?
    Why dont they end congressional districts by basing a law that says all residents of a state will participate in house election that supposedly represent the state(actually they represent themselves in their fiefdom districts).
    If conservatives are based on logic, why do they support collective bargaining police unions and take their contributions which come from overcharging the property tax payer?
    The coming collapse of the Gulf Arab states and the end of federal reserve banksterism will free America from its bankster state status and the real conservatives will finally emerge onto the political scene

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 14, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Hey Jackass, why don’t you come to America and find out for yourself, what it means to live as a LONE SUPER-POWER, not an inconsequential NOTHING!

  5. Armand  •  Aug 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    America is not a superpower, it’s a giant counterfiting operation dependent upon Gulf Arab oil being priced in dollars.
    The Sino-Russian Eurasian free trade alliance will be much larger and more prosperous then the old us. Fortunately America has brilliant geophysicists who have destroyed federal reserve/OPEC banskterism(remember tbe OPEC cartel is illegal under us laws but is never prosecuted) by raising. Us oil output above Saudi output; thus soon ending the ridiculous QE model of both the Democrats and Republicans.
    The wealthy and intelligent hydrocarbon tycoons have captured the American economy and utterly destroyed the Saudi financed money recyclers Citibank and Chase run by democrat Jamie Dimon.

  6. Armand  •  Aug 14, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Try to answer the questions moron!
    If trump is a conservative hero, why doesn’t he use his executive power to end Obamacare via a federal licensing of all existing state licensed physicians? Cause he’s one of “them.” Americans have the oil guys one their side and that’s about it.
    Look what they did to Aubrey McClendon when he was “onStar”ed into an overpass

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      If you are so detached from reality that you can’t acknoweledge the Lone Super Power status of the US, I have nothing more to teach you.
      You’re a total lost cause.
      Low-IQ and mental instability is an awful combination.

  7. Armand  •  Aug 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    “Low IQ” you can’t read oecd website of the economist.
    Superpowers don’t create trillions of dollars at 0% to remind late their bankrupt banks and equities markets…for nearly 9 years. Dying states do that.

  8. Armand  •  Aug 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    You’re ignoring the facts. Why would a “superpower” electronically wipe out debt of banks, and then create trillions of dollars at 0% to said banks?
    “Low-IQ and mental instability is an awful combination,” found in the American Federal Reserve System and in most of its corporate boardrooms.
    If you believe that a “superpower” must re-capitalize failed banks rather then let the larger market capitalization NASDAQ components such as Apple enter into the financial space then
    “I’ve nothing more to teach you.”

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      I missed the part where Switzerland was involved. Oh yeah, right, I forgot Switzerland doesn’t matter.
      I guess you can sit around and wait, we’ll let you know our role for you later.
      Stand by, little boy.

  9. Armand  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    “Our role” as if you’re a decision maker in some branch of the American bureaucracy. You’re an idiot who can’t even read your own secondary sources from “the economist.”
    The same energy people who put Putin in power helped put trump in power; trumps only purpose is to do nothing as the energy industry destroys the petrodollar and the us banks. Period.
    “Stand by little boy” what does that mean? do you think the banks and in-q-tel hedge fund(CIA) are going to survive the petrodollar collapse?
    the Swiss are significant, who do you think built the fracking industry in the us? Why do you think the banks are still trying and failing to destroy the low cost high tech energy industry? They tried and take oil to $27 and all it did was break Aramco.
    Exactly who and what are you cheering for?
    Dont you want to have healthcare choices across state lines? Trump isn’t giving you that; and the democrats went even worse with obamacare. The proff of your low IQ is that you do t even know what the good ideas are. You dont even know what to believe is good

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Ok Adolf…. Keep up your delusions of grandeur and think you actually matter.

      NEWSFLASH…. This just in, YOU DON'T!

      Your opinions don't matter. Your country doesn't matter. Not even your low-IQ matters.

  10. Armand  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    I have a high IQ, and I do matter. Obviously you did t listen to the first hour of Medveds show where he praised Switzerland’s private health insurance choice and much lower taxes then the USA when a leftist pro govt provided healthcare advocate called
    It’s obvious that you’re psychotic and a hate filled wack job with an enormous ego(can’t admit to being wrong about well everything from proof of a low Israeli national IQ, to the best performing university students, to basic reading of issues of the economist).
    You’re also not a conservative or you’d want the USA to adopt much of Switzerland’s national policy
    You’re a fake conservative who has no opinions substantiated by facts.

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      You matter ONLY to the extent that you get to correspond with someone from the lone SUPER POWER.

      That’s it, Adolf. You have NO other significance.

  11. Rizzo  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Hey Pawn-boy, keep spouting your low-IQ opinions, while we Kings and Queens of the Lone Super Power determine your meaningless future.

  12. Armand  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    It’s high IQ people like the board of the BIS who say ya superpower status won’t survive the baby boomer die off
    Mathematically the us is doomed to yield superpower status to the Russo Chinese; it’s basic Math
    The Chinese can dump treasuries, rising us interest rates while buying us energy companies. While no countries will support the QE/counterfeited dollars since 2009 as they will not need dollars to buy the Gulf Arabs oil they’re no longer buying.
    The dollar, will then become an oil ETF…the good thing is moronic religious statist leftists like yourself will be of absolutely no value

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 6:57 am

      "Super Power status won't last"… And "the US is doomed to yield Super Power status"?

      Well, at least you have finally introduced some reality into your position. You are at least admitting the US CURRENT SUPER POWER STATUS.

      Maybe there's hope for you yet.

      BTW… are you a Russian-Bot, designed to create doubt, fear and to create unrest?
      You are doing a TERRIBLE JOB. You should be fired and replace.

  13. Rizzo  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    “absolutely no value” finally, something you are an expert on….. are you describing yourself and modern-day Switzerland?

  14. Armand  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    You do realize that you fit the definition of a psychopath. When proven wrong and when others defend their logical points with objective data you launch ad hominem attacks….really creepy
    Funny that you’d post on Medveds site when he’s come around to seeing the Swiss model as far superior for the us then what’s been proposed by the county’s “domestic minds.” Merged is just clever enough to know the NASDAQ collapse/petrodollar collapse are ineviable realities at this point. You, blinded by a deranged flag waving jongosim and cognitive processing abilities that are beneath even the Israeli mean simply attack the messenger and refuse to debate the message

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      Medved praised Switzerland? The very same Medved that you routinely criticize?
      Wow… That's super meaningful.

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 15, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      Kings do not debate pawns… especially low-IQ pawns, who have nothing to offer other than doomsday predictions based on pure fantasy.

  15. Armand  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 8:11 am

    So you’re a “king” one of the hapless, barely literate Charles I variety?
    It’s not a doomsday prediction, it’s reality. The US energy industry is just too productive to support OPECs existence as a cartel needing higher prices; as a result the policies of the federal reserve need serious augmentation, the fed isn’t willing to make(as the end result is the banks who are fed members simply can’t survive). Nearly any intelligent trading analyst can see this in the markets.
    You’re the kind of moron who would rather call smart men “moron” then learn from them, but why do you support the fed policies of the obama era? America is no superpower, it’s a financial catastrophe(basic math) and what comes out of the catastrophe will in my opinion be good; a flat tax,post-fed(end to centrally planned economy), a Swiss style healthcare system, and a currency finally backed by something american(North American hydrocarbon production). If you’re the conservative you claim to be, none of this should really bother you, you won’t need to worry about ANTIFA being financed by soros anymore.

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Here’s the problem, you jackass pawn. There are no “experts”, as it pertains to the future of world economics. And, there is no “basic math” that can predict anything with any degree of accuracy.
      You’re like these environmental idiots, who think they know what the temperature will be 10 years from now.
      Because, the economy, just like the Earth has an endless amount of ever-changing variables. Apparently, you think the US and world economies are based on some fixed and static hinge. So, to say you are just wrong, isn’t appropriately harsh enough or accurate…. it must be assumed that you are flat-out stupid and moronic.

      Show me once, anywhere, wherevI opposed true conservative principles…. NOWHERE!
      You create strawmen, like Ty does, then fight with these non-existent positions.
      I totally support a flat-tax. But, tell us, you complete moron…. how does a flat-tax help to prevent some imagined financial catastrophe? It can’t…. and it won’t. The US, just like all of the debt-ridden world, must reign-in spending.

      Now Adolf, please, get back to something you know and love….. like mindlessly hating Israel and Jews.

  16. Armand  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 8:15 am

    “Medved praised Switzerland? The very same Medved that you routinely criticize?
    Wow… That's super meaningful.”
    It is when statist “conservatives” want a model with greater competition and lower taxes that breaks from the failing American states traditionalism.
    look, you’re barely literate and can’t read even the OECD website or The Economist when it’s right in front of you. How someone like you be expected to think abstractly? I guess you’ll just have to wait. Then you can call the people who were right “moron” about something else.
    you’re a religious person, and you’re likely mentally ill. You don’t even know what “conservative” means. You debate no policy, you advance no policy; you’re the problem America has to deal with; the stupid electorate

  17. Armand  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    The flat tax won’t “save America,” it will be instituted after the petrodollar collapse.
    Climate predictors are nothing like people
    Like myself who clearly state a society cannot create trillions of dollars in currency and peg demand to nationalized oil production(gulf Arab production) to create a forced demand formsaid fiat currency. That’s a statist/mercantilist system that will collapse. You’re creating the false equivalency with climate prediction.
    the us doesn’t have a spending problem as Lukas it has an currency expansion problem from the QE expansion into corporate equity.
    You’ve criticized the Swiss lack of capital gains tax and you’re opposed to an open market for health care. You’re also against abortion which is an excellant means for reducing the below average IQs such as yours from the gene pool. Iran, el Salvador, Guatemala, Saudi, Brazil are other great “conservative” religious nut house with. Low IQ and a n abortion ban
    A true conservative would support abortion partitcality for people’s with IQ below 110

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      So, now you can predict IQ while still in the womb?
      Or, are you suggesting, that low-IQ idiots, such as yourself, be euthanized? If the latter, that’s hardly abortion…. would you gas ‘em, like your namesake, Adolf?

      As I’ve said before, your worthless predictions just keep getting more radical and worthless.

  18. Armand  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Adolf isn’t my namesake, as you’re He one you inaccurately uses said name. So you’re wrong again.
    I’m not low IQ, you are; as evidenced by your inability to understand the word namesake, facts, read the economist, oecd-Pisa data, calculate basic math to determine average IQ, one could go on. There is evidence for you being low IQ, not me

  19. Armand  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    “As I’ve said before, your worthless predictions just keep getting more radical and worthless”
    Worthless prediction getting more worthless? If it has no value, the. How does it become less valuable. So you’re a religious radical who thinks he’s conservative, who we know can’t read, and can barely write. If you’ve “said before” something is worthless, then why would you write it’s getting both “radical and worthless,” terrible writing. You’re low IQ
    You probably believe in Jesus and that the world is only 5000 years old
    Real conservative.
    Any more comments on Israel’s average IQ or are you satiated there?
    What university did you attend in your “superpower”

  20. Rizzo  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Worthless prediction getting more worthless…
    EXACTLY!

  21. Armand  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    What’s worthless is your inaccurate reading of your own understanding of the economist article citing blasphemy laws. At any point you can admit that you were wrong; anytime really.
    I can guaranty that the QEd market inflated in 9 years with digitally fabricated fiat money will implode with a mass chinese VWAP into the markets once interest rates rise with a mass treasury sell off. It’s guaranted.
    What else is guaranteed is more examples of your mental illness and inability to admit being wrong.

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 16, 2018 at 11:40 pm

      Ok…. simple math/Mr. Guarantee, when shall we expect this implosion?

  22. Armand  •  Aug 17, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Over the next 3-5 years as Saudis cash burn runs their sov wealth fund to zero and baby boomers begin the largest market withdrawl(not only do they need money to survive, stupid American laws wanting to tax qualified “tax exempt accounts” for withdrawal at 70.5 years of age). The market capitalization will only be maintained via more QE(currency expansion), further removing the stock market from any semblance of a capitalist enterprise tied to business performance.
    the energy sector will flourish though(the banks failed to deequitize the energy sector with Their “2014” oil price crash)

  23. Rizzo  •  Aug 17, 2018 at 7:41 am

    3-5 years? I thought this was “simple math”?
    Simple math should provide a simple, and exact date. You’re a moron.
    Regardless, get back to me in 3-5 years, and will have another in-depth discussion on how wrong and stupid you are.
    I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO IT!!!

  24. Ty  •  Aug 17, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Michael is right to shift away from personality and focus on policy. Not because conservatives have much useful to show on the policy side, because focusing on personality is a black hole and a cesspool of puss and bile for them with Trump, the father of lies and tantrums.

    Contrast his tantrum throwing avatar of petulance to a better time in America on the "personality" side.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=6dO1kGAXBO0

    But the problem for conservatives, is that policy is a dead end for you too, because your policies are not popular. Remember that tweet by Paul Ryan when he retweeted a lady saying after calculating her taxes after the "reform" she'd get around 60 dollars back for the year? Enough to buy a costco membership! she said!

    Paul Ryan was very proud of that and retweeted it, and later took it down when everyone showed the obvious, cheering over SCRAPS to most Americans was not a winning issue. Michael Medved did much better financially I'm sure since I'm certain he's well into six figures as a national talk show host, and his wife is a professional psychologist. But the median income per capita in the US is barely 30k, which is gutter level income. Broad based prosperity is not a policy goal of republicans, and frankly, democrats so far have been republican light on that front as well. But the democrats have more potential to right their policy ship, conservatives don't even believe in policy outside cutting taxes and regulations, they have tied their own hands as slaves to ideology.

    All they can count on to stoke support is identity issues, which is why they spend so much time picking at the scabs of us vs them issues and rhetoric to scare their base into keeping those wayward "liberals" from power, who will go mad with power and enact policies like universal healthcare, that raise taxes on some people by 5k a year while removing the need to pay 7k in premiums making the person at a net positive financially, while covering everyone. But what about people who don't WORK !!!!!! Enter the conservative boogeyman, the HYPER focus on the cheats, the sloths, the people who do not pull their weight. How many are like that? How many decent people will not be helped by a hyper focus on getting those sloths and making sure they are not granted healthcare paid for by society? It does not matter to that vicious conservative mind for the same reason I've explain to you all countless times, and it never sticks inside those thick skulls.

    YOU HATE the wicked MORE than you care about the decent. Let 10 innocent men DROWN so we can make sure that one guilty man does not get free. THAT is you down to your rotten essence, and soul, that is modern conservatism.

    The liberals are the ONLY home for any scale of grace. We favor letting 10 innocent men go free at the cost of 1 guilty man going free too. That is why we are OK with some sloths who do not pull their weight getting assistance too, small cost to make sure we cast a wider net and help MORE decent people.

    You evangelical conservatives, are the least Christ like people in America. Every time I go over these topics, it always comes back to my mind, what you focus on, what you are animated by, PUNISH THE CHEATS, make sure NOTHING GOES TO THEM, not make sure the decent are aided, not make sure some wicked people are aided too to have a chance at continued life and possible redemption. Everything is flipped with that corrupted conservatism festering inside you.

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 18, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Oh hey, LOOK! Ty has another shockingly ridiculous post…

      Leftists LOVE the wicked and HATE the decent.

      Leftists want to PUNISH THE ACHIEVERS, make sure EVERYTHING GOES TO THE CHEATS.

      Leftists have NO INTEREST OR CONCERN for helping the poor…. Look at their results.
      They ONLY want to PUNISH the people, who are doing it RIGHT.

      It's a truly sickening ideology. One that has lead to failure and collapse EVERYWHERE it is implemented.

      • Ty  •  Aug 19, 2018 at 1:38 am

        You are a marvel Rizzo, I offer perfectly reasonable commentary, and this is what you take away from it all.

        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/62/Cthulhu_and_R%27lyeh.jpg

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 19, 2018 at 1:52 am

        Ty
        The left hate Trump so much, they defend MS-13.
        Does that sound like "reasonable commentary"?

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 19, 2018 at 8:31 am

        Shocking video of the left's defense of MS-13.
        The left defends the monsters, and refuse to protect the innocent citizens.
        All because of their illogical hate for America and Trump.

        https://youtu.be/CgKpACQyhgk

  25. Armand  •  Aug 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    You’re the stupid one. Thinking a standard deviation is 15 on an IQ average set at 100!
    The economist reading of yours?
    The reason it’s 3-5 would be based only upon Chinese intensity of their us treasury sales factors with the intensity of their VWAP but into major us energy producers;of course th do t understand any of this as you’re probably a moron getting ripped off by a “fianancial advisor”/sales con man in high cost mutual funds yu met at your church.
    You’re the Moron.

  26. Armand  •  Aug 18, 2018 at 9:24 am

    The plot shows, assuming that such scores have a normal distribution, the percentage of people getting a score versus the score itself, from 55 to 145 IQ, that is over a span of six standard deviation
    I can set up more by running a larger set of numbers
    Learn moron. Learn to read the economist first
    You’re an absolute idiot

  27. Armand  •  Aug 18, 2018 at 10:38 am

    What’s a normal distribution? It’s relative to what you want to plot the extemes at!
    The tests I cited went from 0 to 200, old srandford binet this thendeiviation is different idiot

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 18, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Again Adolf…

      What part of ALL don’t you understand?
      Oh wait, I forgot, you’re low-IQ.

      The current scoring method for ALL IQ tests is the "deviation IQ". In this method, an IQ score of 100 means that the test-taker's performance on the test is at the median level of performance in the sample of test-takers of about the same age used to norm the test. An IQ score of 115 means performance one standard deviation above the median, a score of 85 performance, one standard deviation below the median.

      Your basic understanding of Guasian Math, standard deviations of 10, doesn’t apply when it comes to IQ calculations…. you would know that, if you weren’t low-IQ yourself.

  28. Rizzo  •  Aug 18, 2018 at 10:41 am

    "A true NAZI would support abortion partitcality for people’s with IQ below 110"

    Adolf… how would you accomplish your goal?

    Can the answers be found in "Mein Kampf"?

  29. Armand  •  Aug 18, 2018 at 11:09 am

    The current scoring method for ALL IQ tests is the "deviation IQ"“
    The correct statement the current scoring method of MOST commonly used psychometric tests.
    Either way Israel is low IQ
    On a Stanford Binet or early WAIS-I your comments are wrong!! And those were the tests used in some of my data
    Idiot you are!
    Just give the mothers a free cruise to Jamaica and a free cell phone

    • Rizzo  •  Aug 18, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      "And those were the tests used in some of my data"

      Let's see ALL the data, not just the SELECTIVE DATA you use to fit your hateful worldview.

  30. Armand  •  Aug 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Rizzo, you belong on one of the channels I financial support….you’re just a complete psycho.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xl9HYmLErmw

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