Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, February 04, 2011

If the Bush Administration Did This, There'd be Rioting

Sedition (noun): incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.

Karl Denninger of ruminates on the Obama administration's reaction to the federal court decision finding Obamacare™©® unconstitutional. CBS reports:
The White House officials said that the ruling would not have an impact on implementation of the law, which is being phased in gradually. (The individual mandate, for example, does not begin until 2014.) They said that states cannot use the ruling as a basis to delay implementation in part because the ruling does not rest on "anything like a conventional Constitutional analysis."
Regardless of whether that's true or not, the fact remains that a decision has been handed down by a duly authorized court, and that ruling has force of law.

Denninger expounds:
So now we have a White House that has declared its intent to ignore a declaratory judgment.

The Administration has no right to do this.

Obama's White House has exactly two options:

*Comply with the ruling. This means that any and all activity authorized or mandated by the Statute cease now.

*File an appeal and ask for a stay pending its hearing. If said stay is granted, then the ruling is held pending consideration.

That's it.

Folks, this is clear.
And then he cites the relevant portion of the decision.

This is how "rule of law" works.  But we've seen from the Holder Justice Department, the Obama administration believes there's one rule for some groups, and different law for other groups.  We've seen from the Sebelius HHS department that there's one rule for most of us, and waivers for other groups.  This is just an extension of the same mentality:  "The law?  The law doesn't apply to us." 

Let me repeat the words of 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski from his dissent to the denial to re-hear the Silveria v. Lockyer case en banc:
The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed—where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.
With each passing day that contingency seems less and less improbable.

Hat tip to Weird and Pissed Off for the pointer.  That's two in a row.

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