Thursday, June 28, 2012

The best argument in favor of electing Romney

Today liberty died a little. It is painfully obvious that there is, in the eyes of our Federal overlords, no limit to the power of the government to tell us what to do and how much money they will allows us to keep. Further more the Supreme Court, the same court that gave us a "right" to murder unborn children, has turned into a functional rubber stamp for increasing the size and power of the government. Throw a "tax" on a bill and anything goes. It was bad enough that the government abused the commerce clause to pass all manner of ridiculous laws, now apparently all they need to do is add a tax and any law becomes permissible under the guise of the Federal government's right to tax us. That is such specious reasoning that any thinking person would see right through it but it is the sort of reasoning that the CHIEF JUSTICE of the Supreme Court, an alleged conservative, invoked to support one of the greatest power grabs in the history of this once free nation.

We once were a nation that was predicated on the idea of "we the people". Now we have degenerated into a nation of money grubbers who constantly are on the lookout to see what they can get for "free" by having the government take it from someone else. We are a nation where the sheep allow themselves to be bribed with their own freedom in the name of "security". All anyone seems to care about is how they can entertain themselves (and don't think that mandatory internet is far away) and feed themselves as long as someone else, present or future, has to pay for it. The suggestion to most people that the government doesn't have the Constitutional authority to make a law like this is likely to be met with a blank and confused stare.

So what is the next good or service the government will force us to buy? High speed internet? Extended warranties on appliances? Government subsidized cheese? Straw hats with peacock feathers in the band? Apparently anything goes so business leaders need to start lobbying to get their product added to the "buy this or else" list. Who needs marketing departments anymore, all you need are some good lobbyists and then you just sit back and watch people buy your good or service at gunpoint. America, what a country!

As horrific as this farce of a ruling is, it gives Mitt Romney a gift-wrapped campaign issue. Barack Obama's signature "achievement" has been revealed as an enormous tax increase on the American people and it will be issue number two in the fall election, right after the economy. Obama is not going to have much to run on. His handling of the economy? Sure. His handling of the debt? He has added to it at an unprecedented peacetime rate. Obamacare? Hugely unpopular and shown to be a tax increase. His one "success" should lead to his removal as President, assuming that there are any people left in this country with the ability to read the Constitution and care enough about the good of the nation to look beyond filling their stomach, entertaining themselves and finding new ways to get someone else to pay for it.

This is a sad day for America but anyone could see this coming. Thanks once again to the Obama voters in 2008. How is that hope and change working out for you now?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A British Ron Paul?

Thanks to my friend from across the pond, Christopher Dryden, I had the pleasure of being introduced by a fellow named Nigel Farage this morning. Mr. Farage is apparently not enamored of the whole European Union, Central Bank, etc. and rightly so. I loved this video that Christopher posted...

That is good stuff. I love it when people speak plainly and refuse to worry about being politically correct. We are way past the point of empty courtesy and feigned politeness. Bi-partisanship? That is what has gotten use where we are, both sides getting all of the goodies to placate their supporters and sinking us into a quagmire of debt. Like Ron Paul, Mr. Farage appears to be one of those men who says what he thinks even when it costs him politically. We need more men like this, here and abroad. The stakes are way too high and anyone paying attention can see where this could lead us.

In a speech last year, Mr. Farage said the following:

If you rob people of their identity, if you rob them of their democracy, then all they are left with is nationalism and violence.

Mr. Farage lives in a nation nearly destroyed in the 1940's and Europeans have , or should have , a different view of this issue given their history. World War II wasn't a war started under the banner of exterminating Jews. It was the result of an economic collapse following World War I that allowed a mad dog like Adolf Hitler to rise to power in a nation desperate for a solution. Germany in the 1930's was a fraction of size and power of the United States today. It was a nation that was ruined, powerless and disarmed. What do you suppose will happen if we have a real collapse in this country, a collapse where those relying on transfer payments stop getting them, a collapse where a population that has had entitlement drilled into their heads from birth suddenly finds the well has run dry? Half of Americans pay no income taxes and a huge and largely overlapping percentage of Americans receive some sort of transfer payment from the United States government, payments seized from other Americans. Combine that with the most powerful perpetually standing military the world has every known and you have a recipe for a dangerous situation. We already have a President that is running for re-election on a platform of promising to take money from some Americans to give to others, what makes you think that a true totalitarian leader can't rise to replace a mediocre, incompetent would be tyrant?

Think it can't happen again?

Think again.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A new ugly step-child of Borking

Elections? We don’t need no stinkin’ elections! We just need to let the elites, at least the liberal ones, decide who should govern us.

This is the brave new world we live in, a world constantly redefined by the Left. In the 80’s we saw the introduction of “Borking”, one of the most shameless events to happen in the cesspool of shamelessness we call the Federal Government, as a way of thwarting the appointment of one of the most eminently qualified men to have been nominated to the Supreme Court, a legal mind without peer. The understanding that the duly elected President has the authority to appoint Supreme Court justices was overturned and turned into a political circus. Every single Supreme Court appointment since, and many other appointments, have turned into political circuses where brilliant legal minds sit at a microphone and look befuddled, refusing to answer questions that they clearly have an opinion about while Senators grandstand and pontificate. Public policy has never been the same and ironically it is the Left and their puppets in the mainstream media that complain about the polarization of politics and the death of bi-partisanship (where bi-partisan means that both parties do the bidding of the Left).

More recently we saw the sordid events of my own home when Indiana Democrats fled the state to prevent the duly elected representatives of the people of Indiana from carrying out the offices they had been elected to perform. It was irrelevant to Democrats that they had lost the prior election and Hoosiers had elected an overwhelming majority of Republicans. The only voice that counted was that of union bosses who fund Democrat coffers and off to Illinois fled the Dems, making a mockery of the idea of a representative democracy. The message was clear, only union approved representatives should be allowed to do the people’s business and even showing up for a legislative session was forbidden by the union bosses.

Now tomorrow we have the attempt by the cronies of public sector unions to recall the duly and legally elected governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker.

The recall attempt is not for malfeasance or criminal activity. No, this is over policy differences. Governor Walker’s crime was to dare to challenge the public sector unions that are bleeding state budgets dry. The message from union backer of the recall is clear: there is no room in a republic for anyone to suggest that unions might be unhealthy for state governments where they take tax payer dollars in the form of union dues and in turn lobby on behalf of the people that are supposed to be overseeing them. Should we expect now that every time any politician tries to enact any sort of legislation that the opposition will seek to recall them? So much for a term of 4 years, now your term is only as long as it takes for the losers in the election to get enough signatures to force a recall election. Rather than the electoral cycles we have always enjoyed, cycles that have led to an unbroken string of peaceful changes of power for centuries, we now are faced with a perpetual campaign where losers try to remove winners over the very issues that voters addressed in the election.

More and more we see the nanny state liberalism taking hold of Democrats. Eat your veggies, don’t drink pop in a large container, don’t drink milk that has not been tampered with, etc. is meddlesome enough but now we are seeing that liberals have decided to appoint themselves as arbiters of what qualifies as acceptable government, seeking to save voters from themselves.

Make no mistake, this is a serious challenge to the very idea of representative government. Hopefully the voters of Wisconsin will slap down this recall effort and likewise let’s hope that the Left will at long last let the elected governor of Wisconsin carry out the remainder of his term without molestation.