2/23/2017: An alternate reality

Washington Times editorial: The McCain-Trump feud – “It’s not about the Russians, but whether America should try to remake the world.”

Mr. McCain, a senior senator and former presidential nominee of the Republican Party — and with the eminence that those credentials accord — traveled across the Atlantic the other day to deliver what one analyst calls “a calculated, planned attack on Trump’s entire system of beliefs.” This is without modern precedent, and it was out of bounds.

the senator’s description of the president, to a security conference in Munich where nobody could miss the point of his remarks, was very close to a declaration of war on the president.

Valerie Richardson: Left staging ambush attacks at GOP-led town halls – “Say turnabout after tea party fair play.” No, the TEA party was not like this.

A nationwide “storm-the-town-halls” strategy, organized by groups like the George Soros-funded MoveOn.org, has resulted in thousands of activists swamping Republicans at public events, creating media buzz as they shout down lawmakers and fueling comparisons to the tea party town halls of 2009.

Charles C.W. Cooke: The Fourth Circuit Runs Roughshod over Heller and the Second Amendment – “In upholding Maryland’s ‘assault weapons’ ban, the court employed dubious legal reasoning to trample on American constitutional rights.”

As Judge Traxler’s dissent pointedly establishes, the majority achieved this transformation by contriving “a heretofore unknown ‘test,’ which is whether the firearm in question is ‘most useful in military service.’” In effect, this “test” is designed to permit judges to determine that any weapon they might dislike is unprotected by the Second Amendment and can therefore be prohibited with impunity. Forget that Heller contains its own explicit tests. Forget the “common use” standard. Forget “dangerous and unusual.” There’s a new kid in town, and he’s coming for your rifles.

Most worrying of all, the majority concludes its trail of destruction by playing preemptive games with the standard of review. Because it sets “assault weapons” outside of the Constitution’s remit, the majority never reaches the question of scrutiny. But it nevertheless wants us to know that it would have applied intermediate scrutiny, and that the law in question would have passed without difficulty. This is extraordinary.

See also Ted Yoho, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Reining in a hysterical judiciary – “When judges go rogue, it’s the job of Congress to calm them.”

Ed Morrissey: Too bad to check: California secession movement leader lives in … Russia? – Intellectual Integrity seems in short supply over there. Another example is Matt Vespa on Tucker’s guest to Trump: ‘Way more people have protested than were at your Nazi inaguration’ but back to Morrissey:

There is no small measure of irony in this. One of the biggest complaints that progressives have with Trump is his supposed ties to Russia, which have been the subject of an FBI investigation that’s apparently going nowhere. Russia did hack the DNC and John Podesta in hopes of impacting the election, both the FBI and the CIA say, but neither have found any evidence of coordination between Trump and his campaign and Russian intelligence.

Instead, there seems to be at least some indirect connections between this progressive grassroots effort to split California from the US and Russia. The NYT notes that a state-funded Russian group called the Anti-Globalization Movement that backs a breakup of the United States offered Marinelli office space in Moscow for a Yes California “embassy,” which he then accepted. The Times report also suggests that the same or a similar group paid for hotel rooms for other secessionist groups in the US last September, including efforts in Texas, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

Even Allahpundit notes the absurdity in the WaPo’s new slogan – “The irony of using it as a middle finger to Trump is that Trump’s not really operating in “darkness.” If (cringe) democracy dies by his hand, it won’t be because he fooled the public about anything. The public knew exactly what they were getting when they voted for him.” What is also worthy of note is Allahpundit’s perception of Trump and how exaggerated it is. It serves to compare with the hyperbole gone wild illustrated by most of the Left.

The Daily Quotes has two that are pertinent to this blog: Robert Benchley: “The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.” Robert Heinlein: “Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.”

John Hinderaker notes that Immigration Law Enforcement Begins – “Hallelujah. It shouldn’t be news that we now have a president who takes his oath of office seriously, but in view of Barack Obama’s abdication of his constitutional responsibilities, it is news.”

The main thrust of the memoranda is to tell ICE and the other agencies that the nation’s immigration laws are now going to be enforced. … The memorandum titled “Enforcemen of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest” explicitly invokes the president’s constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed

I can’t find any directive in either memorandum to “publicize crimes by immigrants,” and, in any event, nothing in the orders relates to immigrants. The orders are directed at illegal immigrants. The Times deliberately conflates the two.

One could go on like this for a long time, but let’s take just one more paragraph of the Times’s cri de cœur

Real news and Fake news on the table to examine.

David Robertson: The Alternate Reality of the Political Left – “U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) thinks that he is living in an alternate reality.”

According to that alternate reality . . .

#1 It is anti-worker to want workers to have the right to work without having to pay labor unions in order to work. …

#2 People who aren’t Americans have the right to enter the USA whenever they want no matter who they are. …

#3 You have freedom of speech only if members of the Political Left approve of what you have to say. …

#4 Wealth envy is a virtue. …

The line gets blurred when matters of opinion become a real question about ‘what you been smokin’.

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