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Jonathan David Morris
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Jonathan David Morris writes a weekly column on politics and personal freedoms.  His website is

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Maybe, Maybe Not: Assorted Thoughts on the Upcoming Election
Jonathan David ... 2004-10-19 16:00
Believe it or not, I don't know if I'm going to vote this year. It's true. Election Day is November 2nd and I still have no idea what I'm going to do. You would think someone such as myself, who happens to write a column on politics, would have it all figured out by now. But if you thought that, you would be wrong. I'm an undecided voter in a battleground state; I'm everything the candidates like...
Democracy: It"s for the Dogs
Jonathan David ... 2004-09-28 16:00
I wrote last week that it isn't enough to complain about taxation without representation'that we've got to insist on no taxation whatsoever instead. Why did I say this? Because: 'Taxation is how politicians exploit our hard work and labor.' I want to expand on this. My main complaint here is that our elected representatives don't represent us, but rather themselves. It couldn't be any more...
Taxation With Representation
Jonathan David ... 2004-09-21 16:00
It was right around 7:30 last Friday morning when I crossed over the Delaware River Bridge on my way to work. About a minute after merging onto the New Jersey Turnpike, I noticed a large white truck two lanes over and four cars ahead'an F-350 Dually, I believe. It was going maybe 70 miles an hour, and a solid half mile of road was opening up in front of it as drivers in all three lanes tried not...
What"s in a Name? A Whole Lot of Money
Jonathan David ... 2004-09-13 16:00
It's been so long since I've been to a Philadelphia Phillies game that the best I can do is tell you it was probably 15 years ago. I'm not sure who played for them back then; the only thing I remember is coming home with a souvenir batting glove. They were never my team, the Phillies. I was always a Yankee fan. When you grow up in North Jersey, being a Yankee fan is basically a birthright....
Zell Miller: Certifiably Insane
Jonathan David ... 2004-09-07 16:00
'Time after time in our history, in the face of great danger, Democrats and Republicans worked together to ensure that freedom would not falter,' said Democratic Senator Zell Miller at last week's Republican National Convention. 'Which leader is it today that has the vision, the willpower and, yes, the backbone to best protect my family? The clear answer to that question has placed me in this...
An Ode to Cuban Cigars
Jonathan David ... 2004-08-24 16:00
I should probably devote this column to New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey's recent announcement that he will step down for having had a homosexual affair'that seems to be the 'it' story of the moment. But I don't think I'm going to write about that. For one thing, I'm behind the curve. I was out of the country'and trying to avoid all forms of news'when the announcement came (and you've probably read...
On Marriage and Bureaucrats
Jonathan David ... 2004-08-10 16:00
You know what's not easy? Planning a wedding. I'm serious. This is coming from a guy who writes about changing the world every week. I honestly think that changing the world is easy compared to planning a wedding. I came to this conclusion on a recent Thursday, when I set out to capture that most elusive of gift certificates: The Marriage License. It all began when a girl I know told me I needed...
The United States of Prohibition
Jonathan David ... 2004-07-27 16:00
As I've said a couple of times in this column, I'm leaving New Jersey after 26 years when I get married in August. My soon-to-be wife and I are leasing a townhouse in a magical paradise called Pennsylvania. In fact, we began moving stuff in this past weekend. We won't be living there till after the wedding, though. We don't want to live in sin. But anyway, all the shuffling around I've done...
It Can Happen Here
Jonathan David ... 2004-07-20 16:00
Late last year, General Tommy Franks told Cigar Aficionado that another terrorist attack on America, especially one using WMDs, could "unravel the fabric of our Constitution" in favor of martial law. In this scenario, liberty would be traded for security at the request of regular Americans -- folks with 9-to-5 jobs and families to protect. This would be the recipe for tyranny. "If it happens, it...
The Libertarian Lesson of "Fahrenheit 9/11"
Jonathan David ... 2004-07-06 16:00
To the untrained eye, it would appear Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11," is the cinematic equivalent of an ad for John Kerry. Indeed, as the film unfolds, Moore makes connections between the Bush and Bin Laden families, Big Oil, the Saudis, etc., explaining who stood to profit from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while stopping just short of calling it a conspiracy. And it would...
The Mental State of Our Union
Jonathan David ... 2004-06-29 16:00
George Bush has got to go. Why am I saying this? Two articles, in particular. The first appeared in the Washington Post on June 16th. The second appeared in World Net Daily on June 21st. When taken together, and looked at in context, they suggest a very frightening future -- a future in which Americans won't be able to say what's on their minds. So I'm saying "George Bush has got to go" now,...
The State of New Jersey: Unsafe at Any Speed
Jonathan David ... 2004-06-22 16:00
New Jersey is known for its roads. I have varying theories as to why that may be. Part of me thinks it's because the roads are the only things out-of-staters ever see. This would account for why people think New Jersey smells, when, in fact, New Jersey only smells on the Turnpike where out-of-staters pass through. And if you must know, New Jersey only stinks for the same reason blowfish blow...
Ladies Night of the Living Dead
Jonathan David ... 2004-06-08 16:00
Ladies Night. It's the queen of bar and nightclub promotions, and it's popular nationwide. At the Coastline in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, for example, ladies get in without a cover charge -- and pay less for drinks -- one night a week. It's a good way to get girls to come and enjoy the establishment, and a good way to get guys to come and enjoy the girls. But at least one man hasn't enjoyed this...
"Click It or Ticket" Sticks It to Drivers
Jonathan David ... 2004-06-01 16:00
Soon, I'll be leaving New Jersey -- the state in which I was born -- to live next-door in Pennsylvania. It's an I'm-getting-married-and-need-a-new-place-to-live thing. More on that in a later column. What's important to note is that, while in Pa. over the weekend, I sat down to watch Saturday Night Live on Philadelphia's NBC 10. It was a rerun, actually. The host was Ben Affleck. It had its...
The Patriot Act Is a Refuge for Scoundrels
Jonathan David ... 2004-05-18 16:00
I've decided the Patriot Act is not an assault on our civil liberties, but rather one big practical joke. Any day now, the feds will kick down our doors in the middle of the night. They'll drag us from our beds, tear off our pajamas, and frisk us in the name of freedom. And just when they've gagged us -- just when we're ready to cry -- that new age Allen Funt, Ashton Kutcher, will come walking...
Abu Ghraib Ain"t No Animal House
Jonathan David ... 2004-05-11 16:00
By now you've probably seen the photos of Americans mistreating Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison. It's some pretty compelling stuff. In one, there's a woman with a naked man on a leash -- like a Co-Ed Naked Westminster Dog Show. In another, a naked man with a bag on his head sniffs another naked man's groin. It's like Kurt Vonnegut's alien zoo in Slaughterhouse Five. Humans are animals. They screw in...
Grab Your Sweater: D.C."s Feeling a Draft
Jonathan David ... 2004-04-27 16:00
Pictures of young men adorn the masthead on the Selective Service website. A surfer dude with his arms outstretched. A black man in a shirt and tie. A guitarist. A cowboy. A pensive wigger with a backwards cap. They're an All-American lot, or at least represent all Americans. Some wear the straight-faced scowls of men who mean business. The rest are smiling wide. "Register Online," it says...
A Place Called Perfect
Jonathan David ... 2004-04-20 16:00
Walgreens. It's the self-proclaimed "Pharmacy America Trusts." Been there lately? I have. A few weeks ago, in fact, I went there to fill a prescription for Augmentin. That's the antibiotic my doctor prescribed to make my ears stop popping. See, I'd gone to a concert and messed my ears up pretty badly, and the onset of allergy season wasn't letting them get better again. Seems I'd earned myself a...
The Day I Learned to Shoot
Jonathan David ... 2004-04-13 16:00
Last summer, right around July 4th, it occurred to me I ought to support the Second Amendment. Not that I ever opposed it, per se. I just hadn't thought about it before. But I realized last summer the right to keep and bear arms is crucial in this era of post-9/11 "vigilance." I even wrote an article about it, but never went further than endorsing this right. "I'm not opposed to the idea of...
Look, Boys! Now You Can Fight Like Real Men!
Jonathan David ... 2004-04-06 16:00
My editor at The Aquarian requested I gear this week's column towards the under-18 crowd. Hey, no problem. So first things first, young ones, let me say there's one golden rule in life, and it's a rule they don't always teach you in high school. Don't cut in line? Raise your hand before speaking? "I" before "E" except after "C"? No, no, and no -- though those are all...
The Governor Is a Harsh Mistress
Jonathan David ... 2004-03-30 16:00
So get this: I'm getting married in August. It's true. In fact, I've been planning the wedding for more than a year; I just never thought to write about it before. So why am I writing about it now? Well, because it's occurred to me I'm marrying not one but two -- yes, two -- people. The first is someone I've known and loved for almost six years. She's nice. I think you'd like her. The second,...
9/11: Blood on Bush"s Hands?
Jonathan David ... 2004-03-23 17:00
Over the weekend, former Bush administration official Richard Clarke -- author of the new book, Against All Enemies -- told 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl, "I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he's done such great things about terrorism. He ignored it." That's a serious charge by any stretch, but even more so once you realize Clarke's role at the White...
Creating Iraq in Our Image
Jonathan David ... 2004-03-16 17:00
So here we are, a year since the start of the Second Gulf War, and Iraq at last has an interim constitution. I'm guessing most columnists will go with straight-up retrospectives this week, but it's this constitution -- and the requisite sense of accomplishment -- I'd like to discuss. Now, in 1776, you may recall the United States declared independence from King George III, and in so doing named...
To Rock the Vote, Knock It, or Block It?
Jonathan David ... 2004-03-09 17:00
That's the phrase on an Urban Outfitters t-shirt that's drawing Al Jourgensen's ire. Who's Al Jourgensen? Al Jourgensen is the founder of the self-described "post-punk dance unit" -- i.e., band -- Ministry. He's also involved with a group called Punk Voter, whose goal is to "organize, educate, and invigorate today's youth" with an eye towards political proactivity. Item No. 1...
The Politics of the Christ
Jonathan David ... 2004-03-02 17:00
I suppose since this essay is largely inspired by Mel Gibson's new God flick, The Passion of the Christ, I should start with a quick review. I had a chance to see it this past weekend, and in short: I thought it was good. Visually speaking, The Passion is gritty and surreal. Is it dripping with violence, as some allege? Yes. But it's also dripping with realism. The flogging. The scourging. The...