Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Weakest Link Society Of The Left

     There is an old saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so it is with societies when they are directed by big government. When one examines the policies proffered and sometimes imposed by the Democrat Party at the behest of their Leftist values, they are almost always based in not only keeping the weak links of society weak, but causing the strong links to also become weak. In this way the Left creates by force their Utopia of equality.
     The recent Supreme Court decisions have been based on the weakest link theory. Whether it was its ruling on ObamaCare that seeks to limit Americans' ability to afford health care insurance without government support, or the Court's gay marriage ruling which forces the inferior status of same sex unions on the millennia-old cornerstone of civilization of marriage, the goal is to appeal to the weakest link. The weakest link methodology is the driving force behind affirmative action, allowing meritocracy to take a back seat to certain physical attributes that are deemed by the government to be more important.
     There is no greater opprobrium to the founding values of this great nation than the Lefts insistence that more and bigger government is necessary to create a "fair" society, whatever that means. And in selecting the very arbiter of unfairness, i.e. the imposition of an oppressive government, the Left has guaranteed the weakness of the entire chain of society, instead of the strengthening of just its weakest links. In this way they ensure the continuation and strength of government at the expense of the citizen.
     An outgrowth of the weakest link model is the phase of operations we are currently experiencing, the desire by a greater percentage of the population to be a weak link. Like lambs being lead to the slaughter, too many of our countrymen have accepted the myth that no success, or even existence, is possible without government. So the rush to apply oneself to one of the "victim groups" has been growing and expanding from the lower classes into the middle class. Gone are the days when the strongest links are held up as exemplary, now the weakest links are endowed by those in the ruling class with a twisted version of reverence for their weak link status.
     The propagation of the weak link society by the Left has been accomplished with the dumbing down of Americans by an education system run by the Left, an entertainment industry infested with intellectually void products, and a news and media business that suffers from the cancerous growth of value-less and intellectually dishonest information. We can not easily survive as a society when the least of us are honored and the best of us are vilified simply for being the best.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court's Overlooked Decision

     Lost in the ruckus over the Supreme Court's two major decisions last week, first on continuing ObamaCare subsidies for those who reside in states that did not setup state exchanges, and then changing the millennia-old definition of marriage, a smaller but still relevant decision has been overlooked. The case to which I allude is The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v The Inclusive Communities Project. This case was a blip in some of the Right-Wing media, and you may have heard something about it.
     The case stems from tax credits given to developers by the federal government for building low income housing. In Texas these credits are distributed by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The suit brought against the department by the non-profit, Inclusive Communities Project, alleged that a disproportionate number of the tax credits in question were being given to developers to build low income housing in predominantly black neighborhoods. This, according to the "non-profit," is a form of racism called disparate impact. 
     Disparate impact, according to Justice Kennedy who wrote the majority opinion in this case, is a form of unconscious prejudice because low-income people (read:minorities) are being kept out of certain neighborhoods by the practice of issuing credits for low income housing only in poor neighborhoods. This of course, in the new twisted world of the Lefts social justice Utopia, is unacceptable. Why should some Americans have access to better neighborhoods simply based on the status of wealth?
     This decision by the Supreme Court is another step in the Lefts equality staircase onto which they intend to herd all Americans as a means of transporting them into the cellar of despair and poverty that these kinds of policies produce. Individual Liberty is an enemy to the Left because in their opinion it produces unfair outcomes. Why should some live in better neighborhoods than others, or have more material wealth than others, simply because, in the Lefts opinion, some have won the great lottery of life based on where and to whom they were born?
    As a result of this decision by an activist and out-of-control Supreme Court, those who have worked and made good decisions in their lives will be forced to live next door to those who have not. And of course if they move because the value of their property has plummeted and the crime rate has sky rocketed, they will be labeled as racists and bigots. This is the new America of the Left, where the citizenry is equally poor and miserable and ruled by an elite class who spend their days manufacturing rights for disparate groups of "victims" and extracting retribution from hard working Americans, of which the ruling class takes their cut by creating ever bigger government programs.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Downward Slope Of The Gay Marriage Decision

     I suppose that somewhere in the hereafter Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt, Louis Brandies, et al, are smiling at the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage across the country. Not because any of those men were necessarily supporters of two men or two women (or one now supposes any combination of humans) marrying each other, but because they were champions of the progressive agenda. And the progressive agenda informs all its votaries that it is a centralized government that is best endowed to make these decisions for everyone.
     The majority opinion of the Supreme Court on the gay marriage decision, written by Justice Kennedy, is long in soaring rhetoric about Liberties and freedom of expressions that are ostensibly guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the United States constitution, and short on any real legal reasoning. As Justice Scalia said in his dissenting opinion, "The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of a fortune cookie."
     With all due respect to the fortune cookie writers, the pithy and sometimes insightful statements written on thin pieces of paper and crammed into funny looking cookies eaten at the end of a Chinese meal, are a pathetic substitute for the brilliance of the U.S. constitution. And as Justice Scalia rightly pointed out, the 5 justices that ruled in favor of gay marriage being a constitutional right using their twisted and bastardized interpretation of the 14th Amendment assumes that they are wiser and more insightful than all the great legal minds that have existed in this country since that amendment was ratified just after the Civil War.
      If we could speak to the dead and poll them, those who wrote the 14th Amendment, and those who supported it, and those who voted to make it a part of this country's great repository of freedom set forth in the constitution, would to a man, woman, and child, without hesitation, say it gave equal protection under the law for blacks in this country. One would be hard pressed to find a single person alive during that period that would agree with these 5 lawyers in black robes who changed the definition of marriage at the behest of a mere 1% of the population.
     The forces of tyranny and oppression aligned against this great republic have existed from the beginning. And Abraham Lincoln rightly said that the United States of America could only be destroyed from within. The legalizing of gay marriage, and the slippery slope it greases (a slope that could lead to legalized polygamy, incest, and pedophilia) is just one more thread ripped from the fabric of our greatness. A fabric stitched together with the traditional values of virtue, which is currently being torn asunder by the soulless, moral-less, and vice-ridden beast of modernity.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Makes Possible A Tyranny Of The Minority

     Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States placed themselves above the law of man by ignoring words in the Affordable Care Act and deciding they did not mean what they clearly stated. Today the Supreme Court of the United States placed themselves above the law of God by finding the non-existent right to gay marriage in the United States constitution in opposition to millennia of culture and civilization, not to mention the laws of nature and God.
     It is more than a little coincidental that yesterdays decision was arrived at in part because of the 6 million Americans getting federal subsidies under ObamaCare that may have been removed if the Justices ruled according to the law. In the gay marriage decision today 5 justices decided on their own to change the definition of marriage for everyone based on a potential pool of gay marriage participants that is at most 6 million. This considers that only 2% of the population is gay and that not all of them want to marry anyway.
     When Justice Scalia wrote in his dissenting opinion that this decision is a blow to democracy, he was not in any way engaging in hyperbole. I have read the constitution many times and have never seen marriage mentioned within its text, let alone gay marriage. The reason is simple; the Founders left those kinds of decisions to the purview of the states. But just like Roe v Wade, the Left could not accomplish its tyranny through legislative means and therefor did so through the court.
     Not only has the Tenth Amendment been the casualty of the Supreme Court's decision today (the amendment that clearly states that any powers not specifically granted to the federal government or denied to the states, is to be considered within the authority of the states and the people) but the self-governance of the American people has been as well. When 5 lawyers in black robes can simply overturn the will of the people in one or more states, then our entire system is a fraud and the guiding principle of the American Revolution has been abandoned.
     The very basis of our American values and principles being held hostage by a very slim minority is a tyranny just as evil as a tyranny committed by any misguided majority. The Founders of this great nation created the system they did so that the minority would not be oppressed and downtrodden by the majority. Never did they envision a time when less than 2% of the American population could not only put asunder the sacred principles outlined in our founding documents, but reverse the will and sanction of God. 

Coolidge/Obama: A Study In Opposites

     In response to a recent heckler at the White House President Obama said, "You're in my house." While walking one morning in Washington President Coolidge's secret service man pointed at the White House and jokingly said, "Who lives there?" President Coolidge responded, "No one. They all just come and go." And so the cornerstone is laid upon which great presidents are erected and construction of much lesser ones is never begun. Humility. The humility of Calvin Coolidge that informed him that he only occupied an office that was greater than any man who was graced by the honor of serving in it.
     President Obama has presided over a federal government that has had record deficits, record budgets, and will, by the time he leaves office on January 20,2017, double the national debt. President Coolidge not only cut the budget, eliminated any deficit, but also paid off a third of the national debt at the time with the surplus he created by cutting taxes. An amazing feat after just 5 1/2 years in office. He accomplished this shrinking of government all the while giving breathing room for private commerce to create one of the most prosperous economies in this country's history.
     President Obama siphons over a billion dollars a year in taxpayer money to run the White House and keep him and his family on never-ending, lavish vacations. President Coolidge paid for his White House staff and even the food for State dinners out of his $75,000 a year salary. The economy that President Coolidge enforced on the federal government he lived in his personal life. President Obama gives new meaning to the term profligate spending, both in government spending and spending on himself and his family.
     President Coolidge use to say that legislation must give administration time to catch up. He would be appalled at the tens of thousands of regulations imposed on the country by President Obama, and the multi-thousand page legislative bills. President Coolidge knew that a too robust federal government could only hinder commerce and be a drag on free enterprise. President Obama thinks the grease that lubricates the wheels of commerce is government interference through a regulatory structure that oversees every aspect of the economy's interactions between buyer and seller.
     When President Obama leaves office he will retire to a multi-million dollar estate with a generous pension package worth millions of dollars paid for by hard working taxpayers. President Coolidge upon leaving office moved with his wife Grace back to the same rented house they had lived in since the early days of their marriage. It was only after the crowds who "stopped by" to see the former president got out of hand that he purchased a modest home with a little more room. The former president lived on money he had saved all his life and on fees garnered from writing magazine articles.
     The stark difference between Barack Obama and Calvin Coolidge is not just a matter of differing management styles. It is the difference between a government that works for the people by allowing the people to work for themselves, and one in which the people work to sustain a government that no longer works for anyone but those who occupy its seats of power.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I Don't Want A Pickle, I Just Want To Write My Encyclical

     Pope Francis has created quite a stir recently with his encyclicals, first with last year's that blamed capitalism for all the ills in the world, and now with his most recent one in which he promulgates the hoax of man-made global warming. Pope Francis' encyclical is evidentiary of his desire to build a store house of earthly treasures gained from political correctness, instead of building up spiritual treasures in heaven.
     When Jesus laid the cornerstone of His church on the shoulders of the apostle Peter, whom he called "The Rock," he transformed Peter from a valuable disciple into the first in a long line of successors to Christ here on earth. Jesus did not charge Peter with saving the planet, but with saving the souls who resided on the planet. He, and all who came after him, were to keep the fires of Christ's message, the new covenant between God and His people, burning brightly.
     Many Pope's of the past have failed in the simple but not easy task given to them by Jesus 2000 years ago. Their failures have always been rooted in their earthly desires to win treasures on earth, whether those treasures were comprised of gold or the approval of their fellow man. Pope Francis seems to be following in the footsteps of some of his predecessors who allowed the politics of man to subjugate the word of God.
     Francis appears to have picked up the mantra proffered by many on the Left for years that the Church must "change with the times." But God's laws are eternal, which means they are based in the logic of universal law and the immutable nature of God himself. There is no "changing" the laws of gravity, or the laws of morality which rule the moral and immoral the same. But Pope Francis seems to think he can pick and choose the attributes of his mission set down those many centuries ago by Jesus Christ himself.
     I was born and raised Catholic and attended 12 years of Catholic school. I have been horrified with the ease with which many Catholics have accepted abortion by voting for leaders who not only allow it, but wish to extend and expand it. My sense of moral outrage has been stoked by members of the clergy leading their flocks away from the one true God of the bible towards the false god of radical environmentalism. And my spiritual sensibilities have been tested by a Pope who so flagrantly and blatantly has replaced his mission of spreading God's word and providing spiritual leadership to his flock by encouraging individual growth, with being a bullhorn for big government around the world.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Let This Flag Rest

     It appears as though the South Carolina legislature, at the behest of governor Nikki Haley, is going to vote on the removal of the confederate battle flag from the capitol grounds. It always seemed hypocritical to me that some could claim allegiance to the U.S. flag while holding onto their allegiance to a flag that represents the destruction of the union for which the United States flag stands. It is equally hypocritical in my mind that the very persons who hold to the theory that the cause claimed by the confederate battle flag was more about states' rights than it was about slavery, now seem poised to deny the state of South Carolina the right to remove that flag from their own capitol grounds.
     There is no question, no matter how hard the revisionist historians try to deny it, that the Civil War was fought over what the South called, "Our peculiar institution." Slavery had been a point of contention between the South and the union from the founding of this country. From the 3/5 rule, to the Missouri compromise, to the Kansas/Nebraska Act, to the Lincoln/Douglas debates, the cause of slavery motivated those in the south who pushed secession from the union, and motivated those in the north who were willing to fight a war to prevent the spread of that "peculiar institution."
     Some of the pro-confederate flag crowd try to mitigate the importance of slavery as a cause for the Civil War. They try to make the issue of tariffs imposed by the federal government on the south more important than even the southern leaders of the day thought that they were. One only needs to read the secession decree of South Carolina prior to the Civil War to understand that in that official document of rebellion slavery is mentioned as a cause and tariffs are not. Those in the south, even those who did not own slaves, understood that the core issue of states' rights was the right of any state to allow slavery within their borders.
    The fact that the battle flag of the confederacy was the battle flag of Northern Virginia prior to the Civil War, and prior to that was taken from the British Union Jack, has little relevance to the flag's representation during the war of the cause to perpetuate slavery. And even if the flag's support of slavery could somehow be mitigated or have a blind eye turned to it, it still represented the desire of southern states to dissolve the union. That, I think, is an inescapable fact.
     In  the final analysis the battle flag of the confederacy has no place on state grounds, which after all are owned by all residents of that state, anymore than any other representation of disunion. No other region in the country has such a flag, states do, but not whole regions. And even in a recent Pew poll less than thirty percent of those in the south think the flag should fly on public grounds. Governor Haley and others are correct in assuming the leadership to remove the flag from grounds that represent every resident of their state, not just those whose common sense as well as their loyalties are mired in the past.      

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Death Knell Of Freedom Is The Right's Absolutism

     In the past I have compared President Obama to the Roman emperor Nero who, legend has it, fiddled while Rome burned. But more recently the Nero comparison has fitted the actions of many on the Right side of the political spectrum. To Witt: a recent photo taken by an Associated press photographer of presidential candidate Ted Cruz at a shooting range where it appears a gun in a poster on the wall is pointed directly at the Texas senator.
     My greatest frustration with modern politics is not so much what the Left does, but the response of many on the Right to what the Left does. The Cruz photo is illustrative of many on the Right focusing on the unimportant at the expense of the truly relevant. A more extreme example of this counter productive behavior is the insistence by some on the radical Right who cling to the Obama birth certificate issue 18 months away from him leaving office. And the even more extreme members of the political Right who proffer tall tales about Michelle Obama being a man, Barrack being gay, or of the Obama's two children not being their natural born offspring.
     And while political energy being expended on the aforementioned insanity is bad, what is worse is the constant eating of our own in congress. The characterization of Republican members of congress as traitors has been applied to John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, et al. Beyond the incessant misappropriation of the word traitor, is the fact that this kind of self recrimination only helps the Democrats advance their agenda. Why do we never hear the same vitriol for Democrat members of congress coming from the rank and file on the Left?
     To be sure I am in no way excusing some of the positions and strategies taken by Republican leadership in congress. But to call them traitors or abandon them entirely because of those positions and strategies seems to me to be self-defeating, considering they are much more likely to do the conservative bidding than Democrat members of congress. In a perfect world I would have all our representatives in congress holding everything they do up to the scrutiny of the constitution, but alas, we do not live a perfect world.
     More than the Democrats and the Left destroying the Republican Party and the cause of the Right, is the absolutism of too many on the Right that has taken the lead in that destruction. I am constantly reminded of the truism, "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Those on the Right who want not only the whole loaf of bread, but the entire bakery, would be wise to submit to the aforementioned truism. Otherwise their absolutism will relegate them to the ash heap of political debate in this country and allow the Left to rule unopposed.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Justice Department Responds To Church Shooter Vileness With Their Own

     The vileness which was the act committed by Dylann Roof in Charelston, South Carolina on Tuesday night was only the beginning. The nine church goers he massacred in the historic house of worship, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, were victims of a demented and evil mind. Period. His actions were not the result of racism, drug abuse, or the easy access to the gun he used to commit his vile act.
     The response by the Justice Department on the other hand is an act, while not as deadly an act as Mr. Roof's, is in its own way just as vile. The act of which I am speaking is Attorney General Loretta Lynch's announcement that her agency would investigate Dylann Roof's act as a "hate crime." Beyond the ridiculousness of this assertion, obviously this was not an act of love, no murder generally is, is the constitutionally antithetical nature of the whole notion of "hate crimes."
      The message of "hate crimes" is that the same criminal act has varying degrees of seriousness depending on the race of victim. And actually it is not even about the race (or sometimes sexual orientation) of the victim, but the exclusivity of those victim groups under the law. In other words, when was the last time a black person was prosecuted under "hate crimes" laws for killing a white person, or a gay person for killing a heterosexual? I will tell you when, never!
     The fact of the matter is that "hate crimes" laws violate the intent of the original constitution as well as equal protection under the law provided by the 14th Amendment. But that is par for the constitutionally twisted course of the Left, laws apply differently to members of victim groups simply for being members of those groups. What "hate crimes" laws say is that the lives of certain individuals are more important, and thereby worthy of greater punishment for being taken, than other lives.
     My shock of "hate crimes" laws even existing in the United States of America is exceeded only by my dismay with some on Right-Wing talk radio who seem to have no problem with them. In the last couple of days since Dylann Roof sprayed his hatred into the bodies of his nine innocent victims, I have heard some on talk radio who claim to be conservative, suggest that the Justice Department opening a "hate crimes" investigation as completely legitimate. This is the slow creep of the corruption of the Left. Their disgusting policies like "hate crimes" laws become more and more accepted over time, even by so-called conservatives.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Tiger Woods, Al Sharpton, And The State Of Race In America

     I fully expect that the "reverend" Al Sharpton, et al in the Civil Rights Industrial Complex will shortly be holding protests against professional golf because it is racist for using white balls. The object of the Professional Golfers' Association's factious racism is the down trodden Tiger Woods, who shot an 85 at the Jack Nicholas tournament over the past weekend. While I and my golfing buddies would consider an 85 to be a good score, professional golfers generally shoot in the high 60s to low 70s during 18 holes of golf.
     Of course my above scenario is exaggeration for the purpose of making a point. Tiger's problems are firmly rooted in the result of his own behavior which lead him to back into a fire hydrant full speed in the course of an argument with his wife over his infidelity, thus resulting in what appears to be a career-mitigating back injury. Some have even suggested that his fall from the grace of the golfing gods was just desserts for his cheatin' ways.
     How the mighty have fallen, and no one knows this better than Tiger Woods who won his first major PGA event by the time he was 22. For almost a decade he seem to be unstoppable in his quest to surpass the great Jack Nicholas, who stacked up 18 major tournament wins, a record, that at least for the time being, seems safe from being broken by Tiger Woods or anyone else. Every golfer has slumps and bad rounds, Jack Nicholas had 6 tournament rounds during his career when he scored in the 80s.
     But I digress. Returning to my cartoonish scenario that has "reverend" Sharpton taking up the cause of Tiger's deteriorating golf game and blaming it on racism, I have just become accustom to accepting the completely irrational from members of the Left. From Hillary Clinton recently accusing Republicans of mass voter suppression on par with the Democrats' Jim Crow laws in the early to mid 20th century, to Sharpton, Obama, et al blaming the very predictable outcome to criminals who flaunt and attack the law, on law enforcement, the Left has officially gone off the deep end of reality.
     I remember my father taking me and my two brothers to the PGA championship in the mid-1970s, which was held at Canterbury Golf Club near where we lived. I remember getting a dozen or so autographs, picking up a tee left behind by one of the pros (do not remember which one now), Arnold Palmer stepping on my foot with his spikes as he signed an autograph for me, and I remember something Lee Trevino said.  He was signing programs in the scorers' tent and a young black kid asked, "Mr. Trevino, what kind of ball do you use?" Lee, without missing a beat said, "I use a white one son."
     These days, Mr. Trevino would be drummed out of golf, and forced to live in shame for being "racially insensitive." I guess my point is (for those of you still reading and wondering) we have not become more racially sensitive as a society but less so. We have traded the evil of institutionalized racism for the evil of institutionalized silencing of any racial commentary. And the real tragedy is that there will come a day when professional golf may be forced to use a more chromatically diverse range of colored balls so as not to offend anyone who may base their fragile ethnic egos on the color of the ball a professional golfer chooses to use.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Cold, Unfeeling Leftist State

     Leftist thought is like a cancer that has quickly metastasized in the healthy body of this great country over the last few decades. Barack Obama is not the problem, but a symptom of the problem. The cause of Leftism has existed even before the current president was born. It was sown in the filthy corrupt thought of Karl Marx, a man who never actually worked for a living (big surprise), and was given nutrition by progressives of the early twentieth century like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Louis Brandies, et al.
      The biggest lie of the Leftist is that he is the sole owner of compassion in this country, and all those who oppose his tyranny are cold, heartless beings who are only interested in lining their pockets with ill-gotten gains. The fact is that in locations throughout the world, and certainly across this great nation, where Leftist policies are in control, there is only hardship and pain for those who live under them. And the only real beneficiaries of the vileness of Leftist policy are those that have charged themselves with its administration.
     One recent and most glaring example of the Lefts inhumanity towards the downtrodden for their own political gain is the Bruce Jenner melodrama. The Left in all its heartless forms has celebrated the mental illness of Mr. Jenner, as well as others afflicted with his form of dementia. Instead of treating such mental illness with compassion, understanding, and therapy, the Left has chosen to use these unfortunate individuals to advance an agenda which aims to  eliminate the boundaries between male and female by artificially manufacturing sexes that do not exist.
     The cruelest form of child abuse existing in modernity is the Lefts insistence on teaching school children that they can choose what sex they wish to be. They encourage children in schools as young as five years old to explore their sexual identity and become transgender if they feel they have been accidentally placed into the wrong type of body. This is tantamount to encouraging someone to actively pursue multiple personalities or delusional paranoia as a functioning lifestyle.
     For those on the Left that do not understand human biology, there are two sexes, male and female. In some very rare cases individuals are born with both male and female sex organs and are called hermaphrodites. Those who feel that they are the opposite sex to that suggested by their genitalia have a mental illness, just as someone who thinks they are a chicken, a dog, or a tree. Would these same persons on the Left that encourage the afflicted like Bruce Jenner also encourage an individual with the other three delusions I mentioned to radically mutilate their bodies to become the physical manifestation of the delusion inside their mind?
     It has been amazing in recent years for me to watch the uncompassionate and cruel response of the Left to persons wishing to become transgender. It is a deliberate attempt to blur the lines between what male and female are because then a human being is just an empty vessel to be molded into any creature or form that can be dreamed of by the sick-minded and demented. It is a brave new world created by the Left where there is no grace, mercy, or understanding of the better nature of the human heart. There is only the deep, dark chasm of the ever present hand maiden of the Left, i.e. the State.