They do say Republicans know how to meme, and this post-election edition, with some bonus Jim Acosta and Jeff Sessions stuff thrown in, proves it’s true.
They do say Republicans know how to meme, and this post-election edition, with some bonus Jim Acosta and Jeff Sessions stuff thrown in, proves it’s true.
There’s no doubt about it: the dominant thread in this round-up is insane Leftists who are unmoored from reality and want America to fall with them.
Before I begin, I want to remind you about What Business Thinks, a website that tracks the way businesses today, watching a divided America, are selling ideology, rather than their goods and services. On the main page, you’ll find a searchable database. There’s also a new, but growing blog that tracks daily news stories about businesses staking out ideological positions (both accidentally and on purpose).
Okay, with that out of the way, it’s time for the round-up:
Sasse’s extraordinary primer on the separation of powers. Ben Sasse used the occasion of the Kavanaugh hearings to deliver a short, superb lecture about the separation of powers and a scathing indictment against Congress for its laziness. America would be a better place if more people watched his statement (which begins about five minutes into the video):
In the same vein, I recommend Jonathan Turley’s essay about the dangers lurking behind the trend to turn Ruth Bader Ginsburg into a celebrity. While I disagree with Turley’s kind words about her jurisprudence (I’ve always found her to be opaque, intellectually dishonest, and often completely wrong, a fact that helped my journey from Democrat to conservative), I agree with his premise, which he develops with deserved digs at such conservative luminaries as Scalia and Thomas too:
Whether it is the commercials for the film “RBG” over the last year or the nonstop CNN ads for the network premiere of the documentary Monday night, the airways are full of all things Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was recently shown to be the best known of the Supreme Court justices and, at this rate, she could end up bigger than The Supremes. She even has her own action figure. To someone like me, who has long praised Ginsburg and considers her to be one of the strongest intellects on the bench in the last century, the saturation coverage might seem welcome. After all, why not pay homage to a jurist instead of a reality television star?
The answer is we should not and, before you burn me in effigy for such sacrilege, allow me to explain. For years, I have criticized what I call “the rise of the celebrity justice.” Justices once avoided public speeches beyond the most mundane graduation or dedication events. Justices believed they should speak through their judicial opinions and avoid even the appearance of seeking popular or political following. This tradition developed after early years of partisan figures on the courts.
The real meaning behind yesterday’s Kavanaugh theater. Michael Goodwin looks at what went on yesterday in the Senate and it’s not pretty. I recommend the entire article, but I especially liked this point:
Because the actual hearing eventually got underway and Republicans look to have the votes for confirmation, it’s easy to dismiss the theatrical hijacking as nothing more than politics as usual. But that would be a mistake because, with apologies to Shakespeare, in this case the sound and fury signify something.
It marked the moment when there was no longer a meaningful difference between the aim of elected Democrats and their unelected supporters in the audience. They were united in their determination to shut down the process because they both believe that if they can’t win, the game should be canceled.
Trump has forced modern Democrats to show themselves for what they really are. It’s never been about constitutional governance; it’s always been about raw power. [Read more…]
Remember these valuable California Congressmen:
- Devin Nunes
- Tom McClintock
- Elizabeth Heng. She’s from the Central Valley (which currently has a Democrat Congressman) and has been in the news because Facebook censored her campaign video.
Big Impact both inside and outside of California: Donate to Heritage Action which is supporting 12 key Congressional candidates with donated money.
Republicans must fight for every one of these seats.
- Dave Brat, Virginia 7th District, incumbent
- Scott Perry, Pennsylvania 10th District , incumbent but this is a newly drawn district
- Keith Rothfus, Pennsylvania 12th District, incumbent
- Andy Barr, Kentucky 6th District, incumbent
- Yvette Herrell, New Mexico 51st District
- Rod Blum, Iowa
- Mike Bishop, MI
- Ann Wagner, MO
- Mark Harris, NC
- Ted Budd, NC
- Jay Webber, LA
- Steve Chabot, OH
Complacency is never a virtue, but that’s especially true when, as now, the stakes are high.
It would have been nice to have kept the Alabama seat in Republican hands, but the truth is Trump doesn’t need it for now — he’s doing great on his own.
I’d be lying if I said I was pleased about what happened tonight in Alabama. I strongly feel that no Republican candidate should be taken down at the last minute by scurrilous claims based upon long ago memories from women who have shown themselves to be unreliable or even dishonest.
The reality, though, is that the media has been pounding away for weeks (“pedophile, pedophile, pedophile”) and that stuff seeps into people’s brains subliminally. It’s like old commercial jingles. Just being alive in the 1960s and 1970s meant that you could then (and probably still can now) sing a word-perfect rendition of the Oscar Meyer Weiner song.
Thanks to the media, Alabamans were starting to sing, “My candidate is a pedophile,” something that was grossly untrue even if one gave maximum credence to the WaPo’s attack dogs. Even if one assumed solely for the sake of argument that those women had no agenda and were remembering with perfect accuracy events from 40 years ago, the worst facts adduced were that Moore liked teenage girls, which does not pedophile make. That didn’t stop anyone on the Left, though, and apparently affected enough people on the Right.
Here are a couple of other thing to consider is that, while Moore is a stalwart conservative, he’s also a loose cannon. Anything he did that was the least bit . . . um, eccentric, would have been used to tar Trump and Republicans. While it’s true that Trump is successfully beating back the media, his life will be easier if he doesn’t have to deal with a whackadoodle Republican in his train.
The second thing to think about is that, had Moore been elected, the media and the Democrats (as if there’s a difference!) would have used him as a cudgel to drive Trump out on sex scandal grounds. I’ve already explained why I think that’s a ridiculous standard in Trump’s case (the voters knew who he was and elected him anyway) but, again, this deprives Lefties of some ammunition.
That’s the Moore issue. I want to make the rest of this post about Trump. Let me start by repeating Trump’s pitch-perfect congratulations to Doug Jones, along with his cheerful reminder to supporters that the ideological battle is scarcely over:
Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
As I see it, Trump has gotten little mileage out of Congress until just a few weeks ago, when the Stupid Party finally got its act together about taxes. Before that, Trump may as well not have had a majority in Congress. Moreover, if tax reform is as good for America and Americans as I think it will be, the elections in November 2018 really will be a whole new ball game for Trump and those Republicans who’ve learned any lessons from his presidency to date. And what would those lessons be?
Trump’s biggest successes as president have had nothing to do with Congress. He’s successful despite it.
An email is making the rounds among my conservative friends in which they share what they think about President Trump. The consensus is that they don’t like the man, but they sure do like what he’s doing. And that’s what I’ll talk about here.
I’ve decided that, unlike my friends, I like Trump quite a lot. I like him because, as Evan Sayet said, “he fights.” McCain and Romney were too “dignified” to fight, so they lost ignominiously. [Read more…]
Progressives claim Trump acted “unconstitutionally” with Arpaio’s pardon, while excoriating him for reversing Obama’s unconstitutional DACA program.
You can imagine then, how thrilled they were when Project Democracy (which seems more involved in law-fare than actual democracy, you know, where the people have a voice) argued that President Trump acted unconstitutionally:
While the Constitution’s pardon power is broad, it is not unlimited. Like all provisions of the original Constitution of 1787, it is limited by later-enacted amendments, starting with the Bill of Rights. For example, were a president to announce that he planned to pardon all white defendants convicted of a certain crime but not all black defendants, that would conflict with the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.
Similarly, issuance of a pardon that violates the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause is also suspect. Under the Due Process Clause, no one in the United States (citizen or otherwise) may “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” But for due process and judicial review to function, courts must be able to restrain government officials. Due process requires that, when a government official is found by a court to be violating individuals’ constitutional rights, the court can issue effective relief (such as an injunction) ordering the official to cease this unconstitutional conduct. And for an injunction to be effective, there must be a penalty for violation of the injunction—principally, contempt of court.
Strip away the legalese, and they’re arguing that, because Arpaio himself violated people’s constitutional rights (which assumes that people in this country illegally are entitled to constitutional benefits), the President cannot pardon him. Doing so is unconstitutional as to all those other people Arpaio harmed in the past.
The Leftist lawyers on my Facebook page (which means all of my classmates, notwithstanding the fact that we attended a Red State law school) are very excited about this argument. Here are a couple of their comments, slightly edited to protect their privacy:
I think Project Democracy must be right, because if they’re wrong, there’s no check on the executive branch’s ability to violate the Constitution.
The President’s pardon power cannot exceed the judiciary’s contempt power. Otherwise, the President, by pardoning someone who violates a court order, interferes with the powers of a co-equal branch.
Please note the obsession with the Constitution and the fear lest the executive might be pressing his authority too far under that Constitution. Despite their efforts to appear as if they actually know and appreciate the law, they are ignoring completely the breadth of the presidential pardon. Per Article II, Section 2, Clause 1, “The President…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” As the Heritage Foundation (no slacker when it comes to constitutional law) explains,
The power to pardon is one of the least limited powers granted to the President in the Constitution. The only limits mentioned in the Constitution are that pardons are limited to offenses against the United States (i.e., not civil or state cases), and that they cannot affect an impeachment process. A reprieve is the commutation or lessening of a sentence already imposed; it does not affect the legal guilt of a person. A pardon, however, completely wipes out the legal effects of a conviction. A pardon can be issued from the time an offense is committed, and can even be issued after the full sentence has been served. It cannot, however, be granted before an offense has been committed, which would give the President the power to waive the laws.
The only limit on the president’s pardoning power is impeachment. That’s why rotten egg presidents tend to do offensive pardons or reprieves — e.g., Marc Rich, Bradley Manning (scourge of Twitter emojis), or Oscar López Rivera — as they’re leaving office, when it’s not worth Congress’s efforts to impeach them. [Read more…]
Obama planted a poison pill when he put transgender folks in the military. Republicans should discharge them, instead of quibbling about surgery.
Two interesting headlines about transgender people in the military. The first comes from Gateway Pundit:
The second is at Truth Revolt:
Here’s the short story: Republicans tried to stop forcing taxpayers to provide the money so that mentally ill service members who reject their body’s sex and, instead, believe they belong to the opposite sex, can have their external sexual organs sliced off and be given hormones that can cause cancer and other nasty things. Twenty-four RINO’s sided with Democrats to continue federal funding for this surgery.
The problem the Republicans who oppose funding have is that the Obama Pentagon officially declared that thinking you’re really a member of the opposite sex is not a mental illness. If it’s not an illness, but is merely a problem with ones body, why in the world should service members with hernia’s or dislocated shoulders get free medical care while people suffering from excess penises or breasts are denied?
The issue, then, isn’t the funding question, it’s the “who let mentally ill people openly service in the military to begin with?” question. That’s the problem.
In terms of the mental illness known as body dysmorphia, all of the following people suffering from exactly the same problem: [Read more…]
Hillary is a sex fiend who sleeps with anything that moves. You may want to bleach your eyeballs after reading the following words, but here they are:
Hillary Clinton is a secret sex freak who paid fixers to set up illicit romps with both men AND women!
That’s the blockbuster revelation from a former Clinton family operative who is sensationally breaking ranks with his one-time bosses to speak to The National ENQUIRER in a bombshell 9-page cover story — on newsstands Wednesday.
What’s more, it wasn’t just Hillary’s flings with women that the shadowy Mr. Fix It helped to orchestrate!
Hillary’s former bagman finally confessed to The ENQUIRER just how he helped her to cover up her affair with married lover VinceFoster, too!
The shadowy figure — who provided PROOF of his employment for the Clintons — also revealed 12 fixes he covered-up, including:
+ How Hillary secretly plotted to a counter-attack on Bill’s mistress Monica Lewinsky — via a document buried for two decades!
+ What crooked reporters were on the take from the Clinton camp!
+ How he covered up Bill’s seedy romp with hookers!
+ Which A-list celebrity had a secret affair with Bill during his presidency!
Read the rest here. Maybe the National Enquirer has the noise and heft to break through the Dome of Silence the media has built around Hillary. It’s managed to suppress the Wikimedia revelations that Hillary is a criminal and that the media has colluded with her. Perhaps, though, the sex scandal will finally capture America’s attention and force the media to report on her.
And now back to my regularly scheduled blogging:
I received an email from a friend who was recently in Washington, D.C. and had the opportunity to speak to a couple of people who work in the government. He sent me this disheartening wrap-up of his conversations with them:
1) When you see global or national financial figures emanating from banks (e.g., World Bank, development banks, UN) etc., they are numbers pretty much created out of thin air.
2) Congressmen don’t make policy. Policy-making is generally delegated to 20-somethings to create and write up: congressman are too busy raising money and compromising themselves for votes: they simply vote on the legislation that their interns give them as a finished product. This is a big reason why government policy doesn’t work in real life.
3) Many alarmist defense-related issues that you read about (like us vis-a-vis the Chinese, Russians, etc) are simply designed to protect funding for the various armed forces branches.
4) EVERYTHING driven by the Obama administration is focused on their environmental agenda. They have defunded any and all global initiatives on building coal or nuclear power in developing nations, as well as actively tried to kill hydroelectric power on a global basis. Again, these are policies developed by 20-somethings implemented on the world at large.
5) The 20-somethings also pretty much run the White House and all government agencies. This is how it turns out policy by the Executive Branch.
So if you’re someone who does not have children or grandchildren in or nearing college, you should still be deeply concerned about what’s going on at America’s institutions of higher education. Every bit of misinformation and propaganda that’s being taught there ends up being directly implemented in our government.
My friend, who is one of the smartest, best-informed people I’ve ever met, went on to say that it’s tales such as these that have convinced him that Donald Trump is the better bet in the upcoming election than Hillary: “The Augean stables really need to be flushed out and I don’t see anyone but a true outsider with charismatic appeal and force of presence (a la Andrew Jackson) as having the fortitude and skill to pull it off. The problem, as I see it, is that most Americans really do believe that our government is more functional than it is.”
So far, Trump is saying a lot of the right things about issues that matter to me (Supreme Court, Second Amendment, etc.), but I don’t believe I’ve heard him talk about cleaning up Washington’s vast bureaucracy and making it somewhat functional again. If that was a goal, it’s entirely possible he could make it happen, so I’ll continue to live in hope.
I always enjoy Bill Whittle’s videos. He has a knack for describing social and political issues with tremendous clarity. I’m convinced that ordinary Progressives (not the True Believers, but the knee-jerk voters), would change their views if they would make themselves watch a steady diet of Bill Whittle and Prager University videos.
This latest Bill Whittle video, however, is something special — which is why I emailed it to all of my local conservative friends and family. In it, Whittle describes not just a particular bad act, but a particular mindset that goes to the heart of the contract between America and her government (a contract more commonly known as the Constitution).
As you watch the video, keep in mind that, while it’s directed at Hillary Clinton and the Democrat establishment from Obama on down, it’s also an indictment of Republican politicians who are complicit in this lawlessness in so many ways. They too engage in it, profit from it, ignore it, strike deals with it, etc.
At least in the old days, members of the nobility could convince themselves that their blue blood meant being above the law. Nowadays, though, American politicians truly seem to believe that getting elected is carte blanche for white-collar crime and political malfeasance. And while it’s true that Republicans are less likely to commit these crimes (in part because Democrats are more likely to prosecute them in politically inspired witch hunts), the fact is that they all do it.
Have you listened to Netanyahu’s speech yet? It was a masterful speech (and I wish American conservatives would listen and learn from it). In clear, elegant, often clever English, Bibi explained precisely why Obama’s proposed deal with Iran is an awful deal, one that paves the way for Iran to have a nuclear weapon system on the sly in the near future or completely legally in a decade. Bibi reminded his audience that Iran isn’t just any state — it is now, and has been for 36 years — the largest single terrorism sponsor in the world.
If you haven’t heard it yet, here’s the video:
Or, if you prefer reading to listening, here’s the transcript.
Bibi made a point that every sane person understands: Rewarding a bad actor does not make him less bad, it makes him more bad.
Along the way, Bibi addressed a point that has troubled some conservatives: Israel is much more worried about Iran than it is about ISIS, while the American people are more worried about ISIS than Iran. I really think that part of the speech gets to the heart of what should be every civilized person’s concern about what’s happening in the Middle East and around the world:
It seems to me that, as a political watcher and self-appointed pundit, I ought to offer some words of advice to the incoming Republican-majority Congress. There are, after all, a lot of things it can do. Yes, Obama has the veto, but his cries of “do-nothing Republicans” start sounding pretty hollow if the Republicans are passing bills like crazy (including the ones that Harry Reid refused to bring to the floor), only to have Obama veto every one of them. Indeed, it might be better for 2016 if Obama does veto every single bill, because the country would finally get to see what Republicans and conservatives stand for, without having Obama, as executor, purposefully bollix up those initiatives in an effort to discredit the Republican brand.
Jeff Sessions has already promised that, if Obama goes ahead with his amnesty plan, a Republican-led Congress will do everything in its power to stop it. The talking heads will cry “racist,” but I suspect that, given how unpopular amnesty is, Americans will recognize that it’s unconstitutional for the President to grossly expand his legitimate authority to issue pardons that he effectively co-opts legislative power. We know that the RINOs in Congress will use the opportunity to rebuke Obama as a way to enact some sort of immigration reform that includes amnesty, but any bills that are passed will at least have the virtue of having some checks against an unlimited, unconstitutional amnesty intended for no other purpose than to expand the Democrat brand for all future elections.
Speaking of those immigrants, a Republican-majority Congress, aided by the GOP, should spend the next two years education (not pandering to, but educating) minorities about the ways in which small government will benefit them. With Obama’s six-year run as a backdrop — since it was a time during which minorities fell back by every measurement — Republicans should talk up the benefits of the free-market and individual liberty. This is the time to explain that a rising tide lifts all boats, meaning that sometimes, contrary to Obama, it’s a good thing when the waters rise.
A Republican-led Congress can act as a counterweight to Obama’s embrace of Iran — especially given that Obama has already made it plain that he intends to circumvent Congress in order to enter into agreements with Iran that walk like treaties, talk like treaties, and act like treaties, with the only distinction being that Obama swears that they’re not actually treaties, so that Congress can have no say. With Harry Reid in charge of the Senate, Obama could have gotten away with that kind of initiative. A Republican Senate, one more jealous of its constitutional prerogatives, may actually push back a bit, saving the world from a nuclear Iran.
A Republican-led Congress can use its power of the purse to penalize countries that support ISIS and any other radical Islamists, and to support those that stand with America against radical Islam. It can also send moral support to those in the field fighting against radical Islam. As we know from those who were dissidents against the Soviet Union in the 1960s through 1980s, when you’re fighting a despot, moral support matters. It’s the antidote to the cognitive dissonance that is ordinary life in a tyranny.
A Republican-led Congress should pass bills repealing Obamacare. We know Obama will veto those bills, but it will show Americans which party is on the side of the people, because the people continue to hate Obamacare by significant majorities. In addition to a blanket bill challenging Obamacare, Republicans should offer bills aimed at creating a true free market in medical care and medical insurance. It is this free market that is most likely to ensure that all Americans, in fact, have affordable access to quality care. Again, we know Obama will veto these bills, but the point is to educate the American public.
A Republican-led Congress should put serious weight behind investigations into the IRS scandal, Fast & Furious, Benghazi, and all the other scandals that Democrats have ignored and serious Republicans have been impotent to address. It’s time for the American people to know what “the most transparent administration ever” has been doing behind closed doors.
If I had my way, a Republican-led Congress would appoint a committee to troll through existing legislation and begin repealing laws that are out-dated, irrelevant, burdensome traps for the unwary. Indeed, shrinking the sheer volume of federal laws (and, with it, the even greater volume of federal regulations) could be the best gift a Republican-led Congress could ever give to the citizens of the United States.
And for my final word of advice to a Republican-led Congress:
Why do American Muslims love Obama, while non-American Muslims hate him?
Here’s a conundrum: Obama is hugely popular with American Muslims, but deeply disliked by Muslim’s in the Middle East. What gives? Richard Fernandez offers a very credible explanation.
Why do we keep inviting our executioner into America?
Here’s how it works: Muslims make their own countries unlivable, slaughtering each other by the hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands. Whichever is on the losing side of a given country’s religious civil war (either Shia or Sunni) looks understandably pathetic, especially because so many of the victims are children.
American Christians, who are very good people, feel a moral obligation to reach out to the pathetic losers in a given country’s civil war. Part of this outreach includes inviting these poor, victimized Muslims into America. What the Christians don’t realize is that there’s a pecking order in the Muslim world. When you’ve established your sect’s dominance in a territory, the next in line to dominate are the Christians.
Imam Obama wrong
Obama is a lousy president. He’s also a lousy Imam. When he insisted that Islam is inconsistent with ISIS, he was flat-out incorrect in interpreting Islamic doctrine.
Study finds gross and pervasive antisemitism at UCLA
It seems as if every American university’s Near East Studies department has been co-opted by Leftists and Islamists whose primary goal is to institutionalize anti-Israel and antisemitic sentiment. UCLA is just the latest on the list.
I wish there was a way for us taxpayers to opt out of funding these dreadful institutions of lower education. Oh, wait! There is a way. We could stop electing Democrats and Republicans, and start electing conservatives.
Raquel Welch — Are you ready to die?
iOwnTheWorld.com notices that Ezekiel Emanuel’s pronouncement that American’s should be patriotic and die at 75 might affect at least one famous person who doesn’t look at all ready for the grave.
If only we could get Emanuel, who’s basically Jack Kevorkian with political power, to absorb some of the Right’s deep humanism on this subject. I recommend starting with Mike McDaniel’s post.
Who’s going to be at fault if Republicans don’t win the Senate?
Laura Ingraham knows who’s going to be a fault if Republicans are unable to win the Senate despite Obama’s other and Democrats’ deep unpopularity. Actually, we all know — it’s the damn Republican establishment that’s at fault, because it manifestly cares most about friends in Washington and about cheap labor to make the Chamber of Commerce types happy . . . never mind the rest of Americans who watch the benefits of a weak recovery go primarily to immigrants, many of them here illegally.
Moonbats on parade
The climate changistas had their today, and the pictures make you want to laugh until you realize how these lunatics have gained almost complete control over the Western world’s political bodies.
Yes, terrorism is a default setting
From its inception at the beginning of the 7th century until 1683, when the Ottoman Turks were stopped at the Gates of Vienna, Islam functioned through terrorism. After this thousand-year run, Islam spent 290 years somewhat dormant. It caused local problems (resulting in Churchill’s famous set-down of the religion, a set-down now illegal in England), but it stopped aiming at the West’s heard.
Islam’s enforced passivity changed in the 1970s, when violent Islam became resurgent (think: PLO, followed by Iran). That’s why, when the Milt Rosenberg show tackled the question of whether terrorist mass murder is now the default setting for radical Islam, my answer has to be “yes.” Barring that 290 year hiatus, mass terrorism was a system that worked very effectively for the Muslims for about 1,000 years.
Calvin & Hobbes shows that Common Core’s been around for a while now
The problem when people with secrets make the rules
You gotta love this one: After two-year-old emails embarrassed the Los Angeles School Board, the Board decided that, rather than clean up its act, it would simply order that, henceforth, emails are to get destroyed after one year. Apparently the school board is a big fan of the IRS.
Africa is a truly benighted continent
I’m sorry, but there’s some curse over Africa. It’s not just that Ebola is the latest disaster to hit that continent. It’s that in the uproar, the Africans are starting to kill each other as fast as the Ebola does.
When you add to this newest plague the other plagues that blight Africa — chronic malaria, AIDS, droughts, famines, tribal wars, Muslim v. Christian wars, Muslim v. Muslim wars, black v. white wars, Communist v. ordinary people wars, madmen wars, etc. — you have to believe that long ago, when early man first emerged from the jungle in Africa, he must have done something so dreadful that God laid a curse on the land to last in perpetuity.
Americans don’t force religion on people
I don’t have a problem with the Pledge of Allegiance, even though it mentions the dreaded word “God.” I have a problem with atheists trying to erase God from public life, which is not something the Founders envisioned. However, I, like Greg at Rhymes With Right, also have a problem with schools trying to bully atheist children who opt to sit quietly and unobtrusively during the pledge.
Barack Obama’s lawlessness has become so obvious that even intellectually honest folks on the Left are sitting up and taking notice:
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, a frequent guest of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow during the Bush years, described the situation in severe terms.
“I really have great trepidation over where we are headed,” Turley said. “We are creating a new system here. . . . The center of gravity is shifting, and that makes it unstable. Within that system you have a rise of an uber-presidency. There could be no greater danger for individual liberty. And I really think that the Framers would be horrified by that shift.”
The situation, Turley later said, is the “most serious constitutional crisis, I believe, in my lifetime.”
That lawlessness doesn’t just rest with Obama’s recent decision to ignore statutory deadlines regarding Obamacare and, instead, to impose his own deadlines in the hope that the worst of Obamacare won’t hit until after the 2014 elections. (And you thought it was bad now….) Instead, Obama’s lawlessness encompasses everything — the laws he refuses to enforce, the executive orders he uses with abandon to run around Congress, and his deep disdain for the United States Constitution.
It’s appalling (but, of course, not surprising) that congressional Democrats would rather see the country’s constitutional framework collapse than lay a finger on a renegade politician. Indeed, they’re so excited about their agenda’s successes (despite the public’s increasing disregard for those same Leftist initiatives) that congressional Democrats openly support the way in which Obama is making Congress irrelevant.
What’s depressing (but, of course, not surprising) is that it’s unlikely that, even if Republicans control both houses in Congress (which is a possibility in Obamacare’s wake), they too will do nothing to rein Obama in. Reining Obama in, of course, means impeaching the man. There is no other way to put the brakes on his conduct. Unfortunately, though, Obama has pretty much be inoculated against impeachment because of the “racism” charge that the Left uses to respond to every critique made against the man and his policies.
Republicans suspect — and are probably right — that no matter how dreadful Obamacare proves to be, and how low Obama’s polling numbers go, the mainstream media will deliberately foment race riots should Republicans make any effort to impeach the first black president. The fact that blacks constitute less than 20% of the population, and that not all will riot, is irrelevant. Nationwide race riots would have a devastating effect on America’s fabric.
Sadly it seems, this crook is here to stay.
Here’s an old joke:
An established comedian invited a friend to join him at a very exclusive “comedian’s club.” The guest instantly noticed something peculiar. In the main room, a person would periodically stand up and shout out a number. “57,” one would say, and a few people in the room would chuckle. After a moment’s silence, someone would holler, “18,” and be rewarded with a chorus of good-natured “boos.”
This pattern continued for a while, until someone shouted out “77.” While a few people let out a short bark of laughter, one guy in the corner was utterly beside himself. He roared with laughter, until tears were rolling down his face.
The guest turned to his host and asked, “What gives? What is it with these numbers?”
“Well,” the host explained, “it’s like this. We’re all professional comedians here and, to be honest, there are only so many jokes around. It got tiring and boring for someone to tell a joke that everyone already knew, so we started assigning them numbers. It’s kind of like a joke short-hand. People still laugh — if they want — but it definitely saves time.”
“Okay,” said the guest. “I get that. But what about that guy in the corner who collapsed with laughter when someone shouted out ’77’.”
Oh, him,” answered the host. “I guess he hadn’t heard that joke before.”
Yes, it’s a surreal joke, but it also explains why I’m having problems blogging lately. When I read a story about Obamacare, I can’t add much to posts I’ve written going all the way back to 2009. I predicted then what would happen now. “You’ll find that in posts 384, 943, 6749, and 34052.” Events in the Middle East? I foresaw those too, including Obama’s love affair with Iran, and Israel’s and Saudi Arabia’s entirely predictable coming together against that common enemy. “See posts 3489 and 9492.” Government data manipulation? We covered that too, as we did with gun control, amnesty, foreign policy, etc.
I’ve moved out of fresh and into “I told you so.” As a writer, “I told you so” is boring. It’s also especially boring for all of you, because you were right there with me, making the same predictions. We all saw all of this coming.
The only thing that’s kind of newsy now is watching the oh-so-smart Leftists figure out that they’ve been had. It’s not actually real news, of course, because we all saw this coming too, but it’s still fun to watch. As to these Obamabots, it’s not just that a specific politician has “had” them. Their entire ideology is disintegrating in front of their eyes. Most, of course, will plunge into frenetic denial. That’s old stuff too. For 100 years, communists have been saying that communism is perfect; it’s the implementation that’s flawed. When today’s Leftist’s rant against the president, the party, and the people, they’re foll0wing an old script.
A few Leftists, however, will draw back and say, “We were wrong. We were wrong about everything.” That’s been done too. They’ll be joining David Horowitz, Michael Medved, Thomas Lifson, David Mamet, Sally Zelikovsky, the Power Line guys, and scores of other people who already had their Road to Damascus moment when they realized that Leftism isn’t poorly implemented; it is, instead, fundamentally flawed. I certainly won’t think as highly of these new converts as I do of the older generation. The older generation didn’t need to see America’s economic collapse and her fade into international irrelevance to see which way the wind was blowing.
Since everything seems to be “same old, same old,” except even more so, what would be new and exciting news for a blase blogger in the next twelve months?
1. Obamacare’s repeal, although unscrambling that egg will be virtually impossible. Even if they wanted to, huge institutions such as heavily-regulated insurance companies and hospitals cannot turn on a dime. The somewhat functioning market will have been destroyed, which nothing lined up to take its place. Worse, we know that Republicans politicians are incapable of using the headwinds of repeal to revitalize the free market. (Remember: Democrats have bad ideas and effective politicians; and Republicans have good ideas and brain-dead cretins in office.)
2. A groundswell of popular support for Obama’s impeachment. Of course, that would leave Biden in charge, which is not a pretty thought. The likelihood is that, if he could, he’d move Elizabeth Warren into the Veep seat to stymie Hillary. It would be amusing, but just as bad for America as Obama himself.
3. Israel’s alliance with the Gulf States to launch a devastating attack against Iran’s missile systems and nuclear centers. With strong American leadership, this could actually have a good outcome, freeing Iranians from decades of appalling Islamist repression and destabilizing tyrannies in a way that leads to genuine freedom throughout the Middle East. With our current leadership, a leadership that will have made such an attack necessary in the first place, one can only imagine that the Middle East, the entire Middle East, will manage simultaneously to implode and explode. The human costs will exceed imagination and, because of oil, those costs will encompass the entire planet. Canada, Brazil, the US, and other places may be coming up as major oil producers, but losing Middle Eastern oil in a single day would have incalculable consequences on modern life.
4. The 2014 elections resulting in a Republican sweep the likes of which has never been seen in America. In a way, though, coming as it would midway through Obama’s so-far disastrous second term, this would also be ho-hum news, even if both House and Senate changed hands. What would be more interesting would be to see places such as Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco jettison their Democrat ruling class. I’m not holding my breath on that one. The residents in those cities routinely use elections to double down on failure.
5. Obama comes out of the closet. (And, come on, you know he’s in there.) That wouldn’t affect anything politically, but it would make for great headlines, especially if Hillary refuses to be one-upped and comes out too.
6. Schadenfreude here, but I will enjoy watching New York in the first year of the de Blasio administration. I should start running a pool taking bets as to how long it will take de Blasio to reduce New York to its 1970s status. We all know that it’s easier and faster to tear down and destroy something than it is to renew and revitalize.
7. The New York Times will declare bankruptcy. I see that as inevitable, although would actually be surprised if it happened in the next twelve months.
8. People definitively reject anthropogenic global warming. As with the New York Times’ bankruptcy, this is inevitable. I just don’t see it happening in only 12 months.
9. Oprah recants and announces that she’s no longer calling for the genocide of “racist” people who don’t support Obama.
10. Palestinians lay down their arms. The previous nine hoped-for headlines all have a possibility, even a small one, of coming true. This one does not, but it sure would be great news, and it would snap me completely out of my writer’s doldrums.
And, for those joining me in ennui, some music:
UPDATE: Hmmm. A James O’Keefe tweet suggests that tomorrow may bring some news we haven’t already heard before.