God’s law

So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom by Roy Moore with John Perry. Sharia is God’s law from the Koran as interpreted by men. Roy Moore, Republican, is a candidate for the US Senate from Alabama. He was chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and was removed twice for putting his interpretation of God’s law from the Bible ahead of his duty to obey US laws as interpreted by US courts. He swore to enforce the US and Alabama Constitutions when he was sworn into office and he then decided to violate that oath of office because of his religious convictions. He was rightly removed from office. If he is elected to the US Senate in December, I doubt that he can swear to uphold the US Constitution if he puts his interpretation of the Bible ahead of the Constitution.

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Thurman Arnold

Fair Fight and Foul, A Dissenting Lawyer’s Life by Thurman Arnold published in 1951. Arnold was a lawyer and a law professor at Yale and served under FDR as Assistant Attorney General in charge of antitrust enforcement for five years. He is perhaps best known for his book The Folklore of Capitalism published in 1937.

“To bring this about, the important thing needed is the recognition of a national obligation to remove misery and economic destitution into which criminals are born. Once that obligation is accepted, the goods and services to meet it can easily be forthcoming from the constantly increasing productive capacity of the twentieth-century industrial revolution. The necessity to produce these goods will make us not poorer but more prosperous than we were before. The tremendously important result of the exposure of the moral values implicit in the Durham case and in the Gideon case is that these moving dramas on the courtroom stage tend to create a compassionate society. Only a compassionate society can take the measures that will solve the problems of crime and violence in our great cities.”

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Lou Dobbs part 2

War on the Middle Class, How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back by Lou Dobbs published in 2006. The book is only a little longer than the title, just kidding. Dobbs wrote the book while he was still employed by CNN and makes sense. Now that he is employed by FOX, that is no longer true.

American Gulag

American Gulag, Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons by Mark Dow published in 2004. In many cases, we don’t treat illegal aliens as fellow human beings. Many are detained in facilities like prisons, some for indeterminate periods. Some came to the US for asylum, others for employment. Although they are not citizens, they deserve our respect as fellow human beings. Many do not receive it and it is responsibility to see that that changes.

Estate tax

From Wealth and Our Commonwealth, Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes by William H. Gates, Sr. and Chuck Collins published in 2002. Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest American of his era until he was supplanted by John D. Rockefeller.

“On the matter of estate taxes, Carnegie said,

‘Of all forms of taxation this seems the wisest. Men who continue hoarding great sums all their lives, the proper use of which  for public ends would work good to the community from which it chiefly came, should be made to feel that the community, in the form of the State, cannot thus be deprived of its proper share. By taxing estates heavily at death the State marks its condemnation of the selfish millionaire’s unworthy life.'”

It was Carnegie’s belief that accumulated wealth should be donated to charity during the owner’s life, not afterward.