Category: Political

The Lost Constitution

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

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Clarence Thomas is an American judge, lawyer, and government official, and for the last three decades, a highly respected Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is, perhaps, one of our era’s most consequential and controversial jurists.

Often described as an originalist or textualist, Thomas would be ranked neck and neck with the late Justice Scalia for being considered the most conservative justice on the court, and for being a part of the conservative wing of the Supreme Court.

Myron Magnet

I was reading a article in the September issue of Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College. The article was adapted from a speech given by Myron Magnet at Hillsdale College’s Constitution Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. on September 17, 2019. Magnet earned an MA from Cambridge University and a PH.D. from Columbia University where he taught for several years. He has worked as an editor for the City Journal, and written for several publications including The Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He has also authored several books, including The Founders at Home, The Building of America, 1735-1817, and, most recently, Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution.

A fascinating article

According to this article, during his almost three decades on the bench, Justice Thomas has been laying out a plan for reshaping Supreme Court jurisprudence. His template for this endeavor is the U.S. Constitution as the Framers wrote it 232 years ago. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in the first Federalist, the plan was to create “good government from reflection and choice,” rather than settle for a regime based, as are most in history have been, on “accident and force.”

In Clarence Thomas’s view, what the Founding Fathers achieved 232 years ago remains as modern and up-to-date as it was in 1787.

However, according to Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court lost its way. During the 1930s and the implementation of the “New Deal,” the Supreme Court buckled under President Franklin Roosevelt’s threat to enlarge and stack the court. Roosevelt had wrongly diagnosed the cause of the Great Depressions as a “crisis of overproduction” and therefore, wanted to take control of the entire economy to regulate it. Sound vaguely familiar?

The “Court’s dramatic departure in the 1930s from a century and a half of precedent,” Thomas says, was a fatal “wrong turn” that marks the start of illegitimate judicial constitution-making.

Myron Magnet, Author, Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution

Starting with this fateful decision, over time the “Supreme Court” has over seen and sanctioned the development of a new administrative system. One in which the Congress has given up its legislative role, and has delegated the power to make and enforce laws to nameless, faceless, and unaccountable bureaucracies. According to Thomas, this new legislative process has no basis to exist within our constitutional structure.

You can read the entire article here if you like.

Why does it matter?

The United States is a Constitutional Democratic Republic, and a wildly successful experiment in self-government that lifted more people out of poverty than any other system in existence. Americans have shed more blood in the name of Liberty and Freedom than any other nation on the planet.

To exist, such a nation relies on a system of ethics. It does take a certain level of character to be capable of liberty.

Unfortunately, for the last several decades, some have been leading a movement toward the politics of victimization, the politics of race, or gender. The Left divides Americans into categories and then pits one category against another in order to gain and keep power. They have succeeded in dumbing-down our education system to the point that we have a generation of young people incapable of critical thinking. These kids can only regurgitate what they have been spoon-fed by the public school systems for their entire time in school.

The Left simply wants a compliant citizenry and to take total control of your life.

And I think Thomas Sowell agrees …

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According to Sowell, one of the more painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is the number of people who are unable to make a coherent argument. Sure, they can vent their emotions, question other people’s motives, make bold assertions, and repeat slogans. They can do almost anything … except reason.

And what about Thomas Sowell’s thoughts on the divide and conquer politics of today’s left?

If you believe in equal rights, then what do “women’s right,” “gay rights;” etc. mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all.

Thomas Sowell, Random Thoughts column, 2013

Give up your freedom, give up our Country!

Socialism, communism, fascism … all different names for the same authoritarian form of government, and the antithesis of everything America was founded on.

Socialism, in fact, has a clear history of failure so blatantly obvious, that only a truly dishonest liberal intellectual could successfully ignore it. But for today’s new radical left, the facts don’t matter and the U.S. Constitution is a thing to be disregarded and destroyed … except in the rare occurrence (sort of) following it just happens to suit their agenda.

Character, honor, critical thinking, ethics, integrity, and America’s great history: all the things needed to help ensure the continued success of this constitutional democratic republic are ridiculed, discarded, or removed.

In a government system based on equal opportunity and individual rights, the truth is much relies on the individual. In this land of equal opportunity for all, each citizen must forge their own fate, like all the other Americans that came before them. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

If you fall down seven times, get up eight

Not everyone can or will succeed every time they try. But you have the right to try again. Yes, we as a country provide certain safety nets, but they are a hand up … not a hand out. And, they need to be viewed as such. If you come to rely on the government for your existence, the government owns you, body and soul.

Regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, or gender, everybody faces adversity at one time or another. Each individual must choose whether or not to buckle down and overcome that obstacle, and in this way, shape their own destiny.

Unfortunately, it is simply easier to blame life’s adversities on some powerful evil entity that forces us into a state of victim-hood … powerful entities that only a mighty and benevolent government master can protect you from.

The Constitution, as created for us by our Founding Fathers is a brilliant document designed to ensure individual freedom for all American citizens,. But, it presupposes citizens of the first kind, not the second. Without them, and a culture that nurtures them, no free nation can long endure.

What Is It About The Electoral College?

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The Electoral College has recently been the subject of heated debate. However, most of what I’ve seen and heard makes it clear not too many Americans today understand why and how the Electoral College came to be. This is not all that surprising, given the state of our public school system. The truth is that, at one time, the Electoral College was not controversial at all. This was because people understood how it worked and why it was put in place.

Today, more than a dozen states have joined in an attempt to remove or circumvent the Electoral College. This is because Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election while receiving a majority of the popular vote. However, if you examine how that popular vote broke down, Clinton received a large number of votes from densely-populated urban areas like New York and California. In fact, if you remove California, President Trump would have won the popular vote by 1.4 million votes.

This is a somewhat flawed argument. You could arbitrarily remove any state’s electoral votes and the outcome could be altered in some way. But, it still illustrates the central point. The Electoral College was instituted to ensure that a President must have broad national support to win. The president is the president of the whole nation, not just president of the most densely-populated urban areas.

Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution states:

Each state shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in Congress.

Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution insures that each state retains equal representation in presidential elections, exactly like they do in Congress. It is genius and it insures a nationwide “fair” representation in presidential elections.

The Electoral College was designed to make sure that each candidate took their message to the whole nation, and subsequently won based on national support for their policies. The Electoral College was designed precisely to prevent a situation where a state like New York or California become the defacto policy decision maker for the entire nation. Since its inception, it has worked brilliantly in doing exactly that, sometime benefiting the Democratic Party and sometimes the Republican Party.

One has to ask if those currently clamoring for ending the Electoral College would be doing so if their side had won the majority of Electoral College votes and the election.

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Perhaps the Electoral College is a victim of its own success. Throughout American history it has shaped American politics in many ways that were beneficial to this country. It only becomes an issue when one side loses a closely contested election and just cannot make themselves accept the results.

For those interested in states rights, abolishing the Electoral College would give the states less power against the federal government. The Electoral College also prevents a strong, charismatic person from using a fickle surge in popular support to consolidate more power and become a dictator.

If you truly understand the role of the Electoral College in making sure the entire nation has a voice in its presidential elections and you believe in fairness and the Rule of Law, it is hard to imagine why anyone would call for its abolition. I can only think of two reasons.

  • You do not understand what it does
  • You are making a power grab, and you can’t win national elections … therefore, you have to change the rules.

Judges Arming Following Violence At Courthouses

Judges Arming Themselves2nd Amendment, Shooting & Firearms Blog recently posted this item on Judges Arming Themselves.

We now have judges arming themselves in the courtroom?  It is a sad state of affairs when judges arm themselves to feel safe in their own courtrooms. My question is, should not everyone else have the same option? Is the judge’s life more valuable than mine? I am not allowed into the courtroom with a pocket knife.  However, the judge packs some serious heat? I would really like to see nationwide Constitutional Carry the law of the land. It could certainly be combined with serious penalties for anyone choosing to use firearms in the wrong way, such as during the commission of a felony, committing murder, assault, etc.

It seems that all the leniency, reduced sentencing, and revolving door judicial policies are not helping to protect these Judges!

No more wrist slapping and revolving door policies for criminals using firearms during the committing of their crimes. Severe penalties exist on the books on the books for people who do.  Do judges impose them?. Hurricane Irma brings to light the true greatness of many of our citizens.  However, then we also see looters and people taking advantage of victims of such catastrophes. People have a right to protect themselves and their property from criminals, rapists, looters, and other snakes of the two-legged varieties. Rioting … burning people s cars, businesses, beating people up for wearing a Trump hat is not political free speech. People have a right to protect themselves from actions such as these.

As long as we enable and elevate criminals, denigrate and handcuff our police, and continue use the racist left-wing progressive policies of identity politics, our American civilization will continue to deteriorate and fall into further decline. It is time for Americans to stand up and take our country back.

 

Source: More Judges Arming Up Following Recent Uptick In Violence Around Courthouses

Can We Have an Honest DACA Discussion

Some DACA Honesty … Please?

DACACan we have an intelligent discussion about DACA? The Left now blasting President Trump for his decision to phase out DACA. However, what he did is put the decision back where it RIGHTFULLY, LEGALLY and CONSTITUTIONALLY belongs … in the hands of Congress. Of course, if you hate America, the U.S. Constitution, the Rule of Law, and everything this country stands for, you would be blasting this decision … no matter who made actually made it

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What did President Trump Say?

The President Trump’s administration announced its decision on DACA Tuesday.  They will implement an “orderly wind down” of this Obama-era executive order.  The unilateral order gave a deportation reprieve to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. In addition, President Trump gave Congress 6 months to come up with a legislative solution to the issue. Congress, not the President, writes the laws. They don’t teach that in school anymore? It is almost as if our schools are preparing our kids for a more “authoritarian” form of government.

I often wonder were all the vocal critics and protestors when, under the Democratic controlled legislature, Obama couldn’t get this done through legislation? Remember, Obama is the one who took the unconstitutional path and imposed it unilaterally by executive order … not President Trump.

What About Being A Society built on Laws?

It has become fairly clear that neither the establishment politicians of both parties nor the media care about the rule of law. 25 States sued the previous administration in Federal Courts with Federal Judges ruling that DACA (and DAPA) were unconstitutional executive actions. Did you hear about this in the left-wing mass media? Nope? I sure didn’t. I think I heard it on Fox news though! That must be why the Left hates Fox News so much. Furthermore, it is simply more evidence of the mass  media’s  “enemy of the people” status perhaps?

President Trump is Heartless, Evil, Racist, and Cruel!

I don’t think so. First of all, I think this decision weighed heavily on his mind.  Look at what he said and think about what it really means. What is the message behind President Trumps words?
I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.

And What of Barack Obama?

Yesterday, Obama went on the attack, saying President Trump’s ending of DACA is “cruel”. Yet, he once said he did not have the authority to do what he later did. Either Obama has a very short memory or his is being very disingenuous in his attack on President Trump. Furthermore, I remember when Obama stated this was not amnesty or immunity. Obama said it was not a path to citizenship. He stated himself this was not a permanent fix … calling it a temporary stopgap measure.

Just maybe, what President Trump is doing … is actually fixing the gap!

FLOTUS, Melanie Trump, Wears Spike Heels to Texas

FLOTUS Wears Spike Heels to View Texas Damage … Left-wing Media in a Tither!

Spike Heels
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for briefing on Harvey relief efforts, Aug. 29, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

 

Spike heels … are you kidding? Of course you can see from the photograph, she must have somehow found time to change from Spike Heels into sneakers on the flight down from Andrews AFB.  It is obviously hard for the left-wing media to believe that the First Lady would be capable of such a daunting task! I mean, change her shoes? What was she thinking. Left-wing pundits are obsessed with the state of her shoes while the rest of America worries about the rescue efforts and what will be needed to rebuild!

It is just another piece of evidence as to how political the media has become and how it has, in fact, become an enemy of the American People. As I have posted in the past, a Free Press is certainly a vital part of a free and democratic society. The lest-wing media simply continues to prove time and time again that it is not a Free Press. It is the propaganda wing of the Democratic Left-wingers and Progressives.

Mean While … In the Real World!

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had high praise for President Donald Trump and the federal government for its response to Hurricane Harvey, describing it as  “A-plus.” This effort is only just beginning. It will be a long haul because this storm and its rain will continue to weak havoc for several days.

Abbot want on to say

I’ve got to tell you, I give FEMA a grade of A+, all the way from the president down,” Abbott said. “I’ve spoken to the president several times, to his Cabinet members, such as secretary of homeland security, such as the administrator of FEMA, such as Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services.

Of course, you won’t hear any of that on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABS, The Washington Post, The NY Times, or any of the left-wing’s propaganda tool … the one that, at one time, was the American Free Press!

It’s Become Time to Resist the Resist Trump Group

 Resist Left-wing TyranyI just have to ask, what kind of a responsible news organization publishes the transcripts of a Presidential conversation with other heads of state knowing that these transcripts were illegally released? This Trump Derangement Syndrome is really getting out of hand. Maybe it is time to resist the resistance!

There is no logical reason for it. Have you seen the “new” new Democratic platform? They rail against the evils of unrestrained capitalism, but their proposed solutions, with the exception of building the wall, are copied from the Trump playbook … only smaller-minded. How can President Trump be that evil, if they want to do what he is already doing, but on a more limited scale? If capitalism was the devil they portray it to be, they should want to take much more drastic action. Their actions and their rhetoric do not jive. And, they accuse President Trump of being unbalanced?

Despite our differences, we came together whenever the Country was threatened. What changed? We no longer have allegiance to the ideals that made our County great. The Left has worked so hard to ridicule, remove, denigrate, destroy and rebuke what it means to be an American.

Unhinged Resistance

The liberal-left and their media lapdogs have truly lost their minds. They have no concerns about the integrity of our government, the safety of its people, or the welfare of our Country. As long as they “resist” they think they can attack President Trump with impunity. Right or wrong … they will do it … regardless of the Constitutional, Legal, Ethical, or International consequences. It is insane!  And, it is a very real threat to the American people. Let me say that again, another way … the media has indeed become the enemy of the American people. President Trump got it right

We Now Have a Criminal Mass Media

The FBI should arrest the Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Post. Charges of treason may be a bit unreachable, but knowingly releasing classified information to the public is a crime! Even if somebody else leaked it to him. Let him sweat through a few FBI interrogations. Maybe some of this insane, and illegal, leaking of classified information will stop

Democrats totally ignore the many good things the President has already done. I think it is simply because they cannot get over the fact that he won. They somehow cannot forgive him, or themselves, for that. Furthermore, they attack his Presidency at the expense of the American people.  They ignore the fact that the world is about to go up in flames. We have highly volatile situations with Russia, Iran, and North Korea, mostly because of the Marvin Milktoast policies of the former president, Barack Obama.  Yet, they ignore all that so they can play “blame President Trump” and wage unrelenting war on the Trump Presidency. The really scary part is, they do it to the detriment and endangerment of us all.

Resist the Unhinged Resistance

That is what is truly unforgivable! Yes, this Administration has certainly had some issues and some shake-ups. Let us remember it is only his 8th month in office. I can remember a few other Administrations that had some shake-ups and problems as well. This situation in the media is very much like the Pot calling the Kettle black

In conclusion, let me just say that it may be time for President Trump’s supporters to wage a little counter-war. And, no I am not calling for violence in the streets. It is simply time for his supporters to speak up, to protest the protestors, resist the “Resist” group, and try to get a little equal time in the spotlight.

Firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions Would Be a Mistake

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Donald Trump sits with U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo – RTX2U9ZJ

A Beleaguered Attorney General?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted that President Trump’s criticism over his recusal from the Russia investigation was “kind of hurtful.” However, Sessions insists he will continue at his job and has no plans to resign. Jeff Sessions is not completely “in the clear” when it comes to fault in this situation.

Criticism From the Boss

President Trump has repeatedly slammed Jeff Sessions in media interviews and on Twitter. The criticism has been over the Attorney General’s decision back in March to recuse himself from the Russian Investigation. Sessions still stands by his decision to recuse himself. I am not an expert on the legalities of this situation. But, if Sessions is correct, then he did do the right thing. An Attorney General who doesn’t follow the law is very problematic as we have seen with former Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch!

Some Criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Justified

However, I do agree with President Trump on his point. Jeff Session needed to address this before accepting the appointment. He could have let the President that if his involvement with then Candidate Trump’s campaign became an issue in the Russian Investigation, he would be forced to recuse himself. That would have given President Trump all the information he needed to make his best decision about appointing Sessions as Attorney General. Appointed and confirmed as Attorney General and then immediately recusing himself from the Russian Investigation was very unfair to President Trump.

What many in the media forget, is that President Trump is a plain-talk kind of man. That is why so many Americans outside California, New York City and Washington, DC voted for him. You know where you stand with President Trump. He will tell you … either on the air, on Twitter, or in person. That is simply who he is and why he was elected. The Mass Media hyperventilating over every new Tweet is beginning to get a little silly. I find it refreshing, especially after all the years of political double-speak that the left seems to love so much.

Jeff Sessions Understands the President’s Position

Jeff Sessions has publically stated that he understands President Trumps feelings on this issue.  Sessions knows that this has been a big problem for the President. “The President of the United States is a strong leader,” Sessions recently told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson while on a trip to El Salvador. “He has had a lot of criticisms and he’s steadfastly determined to get his job done, and he wants all of us to do our jobs and that’s what I intend to do.”

Sessions, in El Salvador Thursday, is working to improve cooperation with the Central American nation. As Attorney General, he is leading the charge in the fight against the MS-13 street gang. Sessions has described this gang as a top security threat to the United States.

Firing Attorney General Sessions Would be a Mistake

I do think President Trump and Attorney General Sessions need to talk this out. It would be a big mistake for President Trump to fire Jeff Sessions. Sessions is one of the few people working hard to keep the President’s campaign promises. Maybe the problem is that Jeff Sessions is more loyal to Trump’s positions than President Trump himself …

As Attorney General, Sessions has already:

  • Cracked Down on Illegal Immigration
  • Led the effort to defund Sanctuary Cities
  • Is waging war on Opioids
  • Cracking down on the gang  MI-13
  • Has opened criminal investigations into “Leaking”

Now … if Sessions would just reopen the investigation into the Clinton Campaign’s secret server, the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s real collusion with Russia … Uranium sales, etc., maybe President Trump would back off on his criticism!