Archive for June, 2008

Why Not Obama?

Some answers to the question here.

Post Heller Litigation from Alan Gura

Alan Gura, the lead attorney of the Heller case, along with the Second Amendment Foundation are following up the Supreme Court win with another gun rights case.  The key idea behind this is to take the offensive on the issue of incorporation (applying the Second Amendment to state and local jurisdictions).  The legal team has put together [...]

The Problem with The Problem of Violence

We often hear about the "problem of violence in our inner cities".  It's a phrase we hear so often that we don't even give it a second thought.  But here's a question for you: do we really have a violence problem in the inner cities?

Now, I'm not suggesting that there isn't a lot of violence [...]

The Brady Campaign’s Surprise Admission

Here is a link to a  video of Wayne La Pierre (of the NRA) and Paul Helmke (of the Brady Campaign) on Hardball with Chris Matthews.  This would best be described as a resounding win for Wayne.  Hat tip to Ahab by way of Sebastian.

There is something rather substantial in the debate that I think [...]

Justice Stevens’ Unimpressive Dissent

Here are a couple priceless quotes from Justice Stevens' dissenting Heller opinion.

"The Court would have us believe that over 200 years ago, the Framers made a choice to limit the tools available to
elected officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons…"

"There is no indication that the Framers of the [Second] Amendment intended to enshrine the [...]

More Heller Decision

I will admit that I was initially a bit disappointed as I read certain parts of the Heller decision.  I was certainly aware that SCOTUS was unlikely to sweep away other oppressive gun laws in one fell swoop.  So I was prepared for that.  What I was less prepared for was Justice Scalia's explicit discussion [...]

A Great Day for Freedom

That was my mother's comment about the recent Heller decision issued by the Supreme Court.  I couldn't agree more.  The ruling decisively establishes in law what ceased to be a serious debate among constitution scholars years ago: that the second amendment refers to an individual right, not a collective right.

The ruling strikes down Washington, DC's [...]

Europe’s Civilizational Suicide

Here is an excellent post over at the Cato Institute blogs on Europe's descent into madness.  It is worth noting that a desire to prevent such a malaise from overtaking our culture is what led to the creation of the American Manifesto. 

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter on You Tube

I can't say I was familiar with him, but I am suddenly a fan.  As someone occasionally accused of excessive sarcasm, I totally appreciate his sense of humor.  Hat tip to SnowFlakesInHell.



Rep. McCotter has a great line in another you tube clip: "I assure you Republicans like children, and not just medium rare with a side of fries."

Sen. Obama was Right on Fathers

There was a commentary in today's Inquirer complaining that Sen. Obama unfairly stereotyped black fathers when he took them to task for not being involved with their kids.  The piece says "that black fathers who aren't in the home are much more likely to sustain regular contact with their children than absentee white fathers or [...]

It’s Not Free, Genius

I happened to pass a protest today in center city.  They were rallying for a single payer national healthcare plan.  One of the signs really stood out among the others.  It was handwritten and read: "America is so rich healthcare should be free".

I really wanted yell "there's no such thing as free healthcare!".  You can [...]

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the American dads out there. Mr. and Mrs. Manifesto are expecting their first baby in about two months. It certainly gives you a new perspective on the day and a renewed appreciation for the traditional American family.
I think an extra special thanks is due to the [...]

Gun Control’s Amazing Belief Structure

This is a great list demonstrating some of the fallacies and silliness of gun control.

My Two Part Plan to Fight Global Warming

To do my part to combat global warming I've put together a simple two part plan.  We'll call it the American Manifesto Two Part Plan to Combat Global Warming or the AMTPPCGW.  Since I didn't have a UN sponsored committee to help, I had to come up with that name myself.  The AMTPPCGW consists of [...]

Sen. Obama wants to “Remake” America

Sen. Obama recently said: “I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people…This was the moment…when we came together to remake this great nation…”
So, let’s get this right. He’s humble and human but [...]

Professor Meets Gun

Here's an interesting series of posts by a college professor after she decided to do some first hand research on guns and gun culture.  Hat tip to   It's impressive that she's decided to set aside at least some of her preconceived notions and go into it with a more open mind.  It doesn't sound [...]

Sen. Obama on Paying for His Agenda

Sen. Obama says "every single proposal that I have made in this campaign is paid for - because I believe in pay-as-you-go".
Given that he has proposed about $1.5 trillion in spending over the next 5 years, it's more like tax-as-you-go, I'd say.

Senator Obama and Zero Sum Game Economics

Senator Obama recently said "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times and then just expect that every other country's going to say OK."

The Left, of course, applauded this because we're the bad guys and we're hogging up all [...]

Self-defeating Gun Arguments from the Media

The local wing media outlet, the Philadelphia Inquirer, has a long history of being anti-gun.  Their editorials and columnist are almost uniformly hostile to the civil rights of gun owners.  It's particularly enjoyable when their own news stories undercut their left wing arguments.  Today's Inqy includes an article on the rise in murders this year in Camden, [...]

$10 per Gallon Gas and Shortages? Nope.

An oil industry analyst (at Goldman Sachs, if I remember correctly) recently argued that within the next 10 years we could see $10 gasoline and shortages at the pump.  I am not convinced to say the least.  What I would say is this: the two are mutually exclusive.

Is it possible that we could see $10 [...]