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

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Enemies Foreign and Domestic


Every member of Congress, every elected official, and most Federal employees have to swear an oath before taking office. That oath requires them to swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Every single Democrat who wants to eliminate or circumvent any portion of the Constitution without going through the proper amendment process as established BY the Constitution is by definition a liar, and an enemy of the state.  They have used the Supreme Court to effect the changes they could not get through legislation, and now that power is threatened by the elevation of Judge Kavanaugh to associate justice. If Trump is able to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the Senate solidly in the control of Republicans, the Left will come completely unglued, I think.  As Vanderleun said in my previous post:  "From the Left’s point of view, it’s either accept defeat at the hands of people they truly believe are subhuman or start shooting the subhumans."

Those on the Left have repeatedly bemoaned the fact that the Constitution stands in the way of the "Progress" they are pushing - the Electoral College, for instance, Article II, Section 1, Clause 3.  Want to abolish it?  Amendment process:  Article V. The way they've always accomplished end-runs around the Constitution has been not through the Legislative and Executive branches - their ideas tend to be unpopular and so cannot gather sufficient votes - but through the Federal Courts, and the Supreme Court in particular.  If Notorious RBG is replaced by a strict Constitutionalist, then that avenue will be cut off for the next couple of decades at least.

If you want an example of the "Living Document" perversion of the Constitution, I give you the Fifth Amendment's 'Taking" clause:  "...nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."  When written, the original public understanding of "public use" meant for roads, sewers, etc. - things the .gov had to do to improve access or services for the people.  Just three Supreme Court cases gutted that.  The first, Berman v. Parker (1954) changed the definition of  "public use" to "public benefit."  In 1984's Hawaii v. Midkiff, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's first majority opinion, redefined "public benefit" to "fairness."  The outcome was not what was intended. (This is my shocked face.)  The third case, Kelo v. New London (2005) redefined it again to mean "increased property tax revenue."  That one didn't turn out as intended either. In fact, a sitting Connecticut Supreme Court Justice apologized to Suzette Kelo for his vote on the case in the aftermath.

Just three court cases altered the meaning of the "Takings" clause of the 5th Amendment, by redefining the meaning of the words "public use" - that's the "Living Document" process, which the Supreme Court is there to STOP, not enable.  As Justice Scalia once asked,
What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?
Apparently. One little nibble at a time.

ETA:  See this post from 2011. Howard Dean: "Progressives are the only ones to ensure there is no going back to business as usual. The cooperation between our parties has intensified significantly in the last two-and-a-half years, with regular contact at Congress, Senate, Party and Foundation levels. Efforts have been remarkable on both sides.  The attendance of both President Clinton and myself at the Global Progressive Forum World Conference in Brussels in 2009 I think is eloquent and proves this point very well.  Many common initiatives have been launched."  This announced the Democrat Party as a domestic enemy, as the establishment of a socialist system requires the complete eradication of our Constitutional Republic in favor of a global socialist government.

They are all in violation of their oaths. 


Friday, October 12, 2018

I'm Afraid, Part II

Gerard Vanderleun at American Digest has written a very frightening post entitled "Civil War? If It Starts It Will Be Uglier Than Anyone Can Imagine." Excerpt:
How does it start? Nobody knows but given the misappropriation of power to the USSC, and wholesale cultural revolution that has been imposed through the USSC over the past 60 years, this is likely the flashpoint. Kavanaugh is the primer, and the main charge will be when Trump replaces Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Left is going to come completely unglued since they know that they will be closed off to cultural imposition through the courts for the lifetimes of everyone in the “back 9” of life.

They will be all-in on the Brown Wave voting them into power, to which DJT is a direct threat.

I’ve tried but failed to recall a single secular-progressive political movement of any note that has accepted defeat at the ballot box and supported the electoral results. Our Sec-Progs are on the cusp of realizing such a defeat.

That’s why I think we are close. From the Left’s point of view, it’s either accept defeat at the hands of people they truly believe are subhuman or start shooting the subhumans.
I have nothing to add at this time, but I will return to this in my next ├╝berpost.

Quote of the Day - 4/11/13

From an LA Times Op-Ed by Burt Prelusky:
Frankly, I don't know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we're Number One. There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on "Macbeth". The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.