Archive for July, 2018

Built on a foundation of sand

Those Who Live by the Court by Tom Trinko – “all the judges are supposed to do is apply the law as written and take into account the intentions expressed by those who put the law, which includes the Constitution, into effect.”

“The wailing and gnashing of teeth you hear from leftists about the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy is their admission that the massive changes imposed on America are not the result of convincing Americans that the left’s ideas are good but of the leftists convincing a few Supreme Court justices to unconstitutionally impose them on the people.

By building their “new” America on a foundation of sand, leftists have exposed their entire agenda to ruin if the Supreme Court stops being a partisan lawmaking agency and returns to its Constitutional role of interpreting the law in the light of what those who wrote it thought and what the words of the law actually say.

Not one of the socially revolutionary changes that leftists have inflicted on America has been a result of the democratic process.

Without activist judges who betrayed their oaths and America by imposing their personal beliefs on America, leftists would have made little or no progress imposing their vision.

Happy 88th birthday (June 30) to economist Thomas Sowell, one of the greatest living economists by Mark J. Perry – “In my opinion, there is no economist alive today who has done more to eloquently, articulately, and persuasively advance the principles of economic freedom, limited government, individual liberty, and a free society than Thomas Sowell. In terms of both his quantity of work (at least 45 books and several thousand newspaper columns) and the consistently excellent and crystal-clear quality of his writing,” had a server meltdown that took them out for a few days. They’re back and here’s a sampler from this news and commentary distillary.

The Zombie Media by E.M. Cadwaladr – “It is amazing only if you assume that the liberal media possesses, lost in some forgotten corner of its deranged psyche, some shred of respect for the American public. If you give up the hopeful notion that they respect us, leftists’ behavior becomes far more understandable.”

“The liberal media are not engaged in journalism, except on those rare occasions when they cannot find some angle of a natural disaster on which to grind their political axes. They want to destroy both Trump and his supporters – period. They will incite, inflame, obfuscate, and outright lie in the pursuit of that goal.

In their ongoing comedy of chaotic outrage, the left has even managed to wreck its own storyline by adding a growing litany of distracting or incompatible side plots.

The left-wing media have defended or obfuscated for every one of our detractors. They’ve insulted us directly. Apparently, they think we’ve been too insensible to notice. We have not. A series of landslide elections and a rough-edged real estate developer in the Oval Office later, and these pampered propagandists still believe they are the entitled shapers of public opinion. They are not. We’ve heard enough. We’ve been on the butt end of their manipulation for much too long. Let them howl. It’s worth listening only for the sheer delicious satisfaction.

Michael Moore threatens to surround the capitol to stop vote on SCOTUS pick by Rick Moran – “Michael Moore is an hysteric. This much we knew. But what he showed in his interview on Friday night with “Real Time’s” Bill Mahar was someone divorced from reality.”

A US civility crisis: Total political war by Anthony Zurcher – “Interrupted dinners, driveway confrontations, threatening leaflets. Donald Trump administration officials are increasingly facing harassment from liberals enraged by the president’s words and actions.” Look at the picture the BBC chose for the story and you’ll see their struggle. It continues as they provide a litany of the many assaults from the Left then try to elevate Mr. “bring a gun to a knife fight” to flip the picture.

Don Surber gets in his shots. Nowhere Man Liberalism – “If you are blind to Obama’s smugness, you can see him as humble. And Debenedetti does.” The generic editorial against Trump’s next pick – it’s getting pretty bad when you can predict aberrant behavior so well. The luck of the Trumpish – “I do know that soon the Democrats will start talking about President Trump’s dumb luck because that will be their only possible explanation for his success with the economy and world affairs.” Sure ‘nuff, a few days later … “In fact, the way I spell Trump’s luck is hard work.”

There Is No Good Choice In The Immigration Debate by Maajid Nawaz – “Once again, immigration is the topic dominating the news headlines. It was the focal point of the EU summit, and news of Trump’s border policy has still been making headlines.”

“The LBC presenter said “Unless you believe in total and absolute open, borderless societies, an open world, then surely somewhere a line needs to be drawn.

And the question as to where that line is drawn, isn’t so simple. But wherever you draw it, it’s going to cause misery. And the choice on immigration is unfortunately a choice between causing misery and causing more misery. There is no good choice in the immigration debate”.

Is Trump the Most Fun President Ever? By Clarice Feldman – “If you’ve been fed up with the left’s hijacking of America, he certainly is fun — because bit by bit he’s dismantling their power, supply train, and prestige.” Feldman offers good summary of the action on several fronts in the war on society.

Warming Air Turns Out To Be Hysterics by Conrad Black – “Hansen’s predictions have all bombed and he has not recanted. His polyglot and multi-motivated echo chamber, including Dr. Michael Mann and his infamous “hockey stick” of sharply rising temperatures, have had their noses rubbed in the fiction of increasing world temperatures throughout this new millennium.”

“Every sane person is opposed to the pollution of the environment and there is a practically universal consensus to reduce automobile exhaust emissions, ensure industrial smoke goes through scrubbers, and that all contaminated water is thoroughly treated before being returned to nature. Every serious person agrees that we must, as a species, show extreme vigilance in exercising man’s unique ability to tamper with and alter the environment.

We are the stewards of the world and its environment and there are few who would dispute that until comparatively recently, we have not taken that responsibility very seriously.

But there is no justification whatever for the self-punitive nonsense of the Paris climate accord,

The lessons of all this are clear, but most of our political and academic leaders are so far over-invested in defending against something that is not happening, they continue to call for the sacrifice of others, the deindustrialization of the West, the self-imposition of a holy economic torpor so, in the post-industrial silence we can all contemplate the pristine serenity of self-impoverishment (and the joys of Chinese world domination).

The United States is the first major power to reverse course on this issue; and as in most things, the West will follow. East and South Asia will address the environment after they have closed up centuries of comparative economic backwardness. Economic suicide is only tempting to those who have forgotten what pre-industrial life was like, when, as Disraeli said “The world was for the few and for the very few.” That is not us and it is not now.

There are lessons there about how the war is fought, what happens to reason and integrity, and the self destructive impulse pushing ever greater insanity.

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