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Obama Boom Builds Obamatowns September 21, 2016

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According to the megaphones of the Progressive-controlled media the Obama economy is booming.  For the investor class it has been a rising tide that lifts all yachts or as it is expressed in Bloomberg, “When President Barack Obama was elected in November 2008, the U.S. economy was shrinking at a rate unmatched since World War II. In the seven years between then and his final State of the Union address Tuesday night, global investors have enjoyed stellar results from the rapidly expanding Obama economy.”

According to Paul Krugman in The Obama Boom “The … Obama economy offers a powerful lesson… From a conservative point of view, Mr. Obama did everything wrong, afflicting the comfortable (slightly) and comforting the afflicted (a lot), and nothing bad happened. We can, it turns out, make our society better after all.”

And according to President Obama himself everything is coming up roses, “Companies are investing; consumers are spending and American manufacturing, energy, technology, autos all are booming. And thanks to the decisions that we’ve made and the resilience of the American people, we’ve recovered faster and come farther from the recession than almost any other advanced country on earth. So the good news is the economy clearly is getting stronger, things are getting better, engines are revving a little bit louder.”

A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, a flat screen in every living room, a cell phone in every hand, and a check in every mail box.  Ah yes, haven’t we heard all this for years while anyone who works knows that wages have been stagnant for years.  Anyone who does their own shopping knows food prices have gone through the roof.  And anyone who has lost their job through the destruction of America’s manufacturing knows that a part time job at the Kwiki Mart doesn’t replace a full time job with benefits.

The political class, their pet economists, and the fellow-travelers among the media may trumpet that the Obama economy is booming.  They may tell us we must all troop like mind numb robots to the polls and make sure Hillary has the opportunity to give us a third term to complete the transformation.   They also tell us if the Donald is elected all this magic and wonder will be lost.

However other voices tell us a different story.

According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Head of Global Rates and Currencies Research David Woo, “The U.S. economy would take off in a big way if Trump were elected and Republicans control both legislative houses next year.  Against this backdrop, the greenback would strengthen and U.S. Treasury yields would rise.”  This is a view shared by Woo and other fixed income veterans as well.

Looking at the booming Obama economy is like viewing a fever dream through the looking glass.  The Technocrat apparatchiks who populate the Obama regime tell us this is the best economy in American History, unprecedented job growth, low unemployment, and no inflation.  Those who actually have created jobs, know how the economy works in the real world, and have to cut pay checks every week tell us something different.

Leonard Riggio the Barnes & Noble Inc. Chairman and founder said the bookstore chain is suffering from one of worst retail environments in decades after traffic in stores hit “close to a historic low point.”  The retail climate is “terrible,” he said on the company’s first-quarter earnings call Thursday. “Better put, is it is one of the worst I have ever experienced in the 50 years I have been in this industry.”

The Fed continues to pump money into the system and keep interest rates at historic lows.  This stimulus is necessary just to maintain the anemic recovery that has never regained what was lost in the Great Recession.  The U.S. Federal Reserve must be careful not to remove its monetary stimulus too quickly because of potential weakness in the labor market and risks of foreign economic downturns, Fed Governor Lael Brainard said on Monday.

“Today’s New Normal counsels prudence in the removal of policy accommodation,” Brainard said in prepared remarks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  She said the labor market might be farther from full strength than some economists believe, which means “the case to tighten policy preemptively is less compelling.”  In other words even the shabby New Normal of the Obama economy is only sustainable if money keeps appearing out of thin air and banks can get infusions of this funny money at 0%.  That should be the textbook definition of a political charade.

The problem with our economy is not that the American people don’t want to work.  It isn’t that we are lazy as our president recently told his friends in communist Laos.  It is that the cards dealt by the Central Bank are stacked.  The central planners throughout the Obama Regime are ideologues who cannot see reality if it conflicts with their plan to transform America into a democratic people’s republic by the elites of the elites and for the elites.

According to Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, “The Federal Reserve has been too glued to theories that haven’t worked to restore robust economic growth since the last recession.”

“The central bank’s adherence to the idea that unemployment and weak demand can be cured with policies that encourage consumers, businesses and governments to rack up more debt ignores other problems with the economy,” he says.

“For the bulk of this expansion, the Fed has operated as if everything that was wrong with the economy was a cyclical shortfall in demand.  The trouble is that it has become increasingly evident that this narrative was wrong.” Stanley continued.

Following a collapse in a massive U.S. housing bubble in 2007 the Fed responded to the resulting 2008 financial crisis, by cutting interest rates to a record low of about zero percent in an attempt to blunt the worst recession in 80 years. The Fed also tried several rounds of quantitative easing, a policy of buying government debt and mortgage securities from banks to help drive down borrowing costs, in other words pumping money into the system.

While the U.S. bounced back from recession and the unemployment rate fell from a 30-year high of 10 percent, since that time growth in the American economy has never exceeded 3 percent a year for the first time since World War II.  In addition, the unemployment rate doesn’t include the over 90 million able bodied Americans who have decided to quit working and ride the government hammock into the sunset.

Stanley says Fed policymakers are too attached to the ideas of John Maynard Keynes, the hugely influential English economist who argued that deficit spending was necessary during recessions to maintain full employment. Keynesian theories make it difficult to distinguish short-term cyclical trends from long-term structural changes in the economy, Stanley says.

According to Stanley, pointing to a continuous fall in U.S. productivity, “Keynesians operate exclusively on the demand side of the economy, and much of what is holding the economy back in recent years has been operating on the supply side.  There is also a strong leftward lean in ideology at the Federal Reserve, and it is thus very understandable that they have been very slow to recognize the damage done to growth over the past several years by hikes in marginal tax rates and a stifling regulatory environment.”

“The Fed’s fixation on core consumer price inflation also limits its ability to recognize major asset bubbles, such as in tech stocks and home prices,” Stanley says.  The Core inflation rate is only a portion of the true inflation number yet that is all the Progressive media ever report on.  The real inflation rate is much higher.  For one thing the core rate does not include food or energy, two things everyone needs and two things whose prices have soared under Obama.

So how is this working out in the real world?  Look at your bank balance, your life style, or your hopes for the future of your children.  Or look at the rising tide of homelessness.  This is a phenomenon that is hardly ever mentioned when a Democrat is in the White House.  Today the march of poverty is too great for even the Progressive shills to ignore as Obamatowns begin to dot the landscape of a once prosperous nation.

According to Tyler Durden as posted on the website Zero Hedge, “Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day.  And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about.  It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent since the last recession, and Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year.  Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate.

Happy days are here again the progressive puppet masters and their media chorus sings as everyone else sinks into the third world.  If the voters are so unenlightened that they don’t want to vote for a total transformation of their homeland import another population who will.  If the economy is falling through the floor and prosperity is becoming poverty for the unwashed masses in fly-over country just redefine success and call it the New Normal.  Then they live the high life in their gated communities as the rest of us struggle to survive.  No wonder five of the ten richest counties in America surround the imperial capital as our servants grow fat and rich on the loot they expropriate from the rest of us.

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Utopians and the War on Drugs September 19, 2016

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Man cannot perfect man.  Man cannot perfect the Earth.  Personally I am a Christian and I believe in the fall of mankind due to sin and the corruption of this reality as a direct consequence of that fall from grace.

That is my personal belief.  It is what centers and supports me.  However, if you have other beliefs I don’t think I would have to do much investigation to find that everyone else can see that perfection is not the natural state of either mankind or this world.  Even the most militant atheist who knows there is no god and fights like hell against anyone who believes there is admits that this is not perfect.  Even Lenin wanted to perfect it, Stalin had five year plan after five year plan to make it better, Mao took a Great Leap Forward into a Cultural Revolution that nearly destroyed his country, why?  Because he sought to perfect it and what did he achieve?  The same as all the rest they proved that they could at least create hell on earth.

Utopians of every stripe believe that mankind through their own efforts can create heaven on earth.  As pointed out above that hasn’t worked out so well before.  It will never work out because it is impossible.  We cannot legislate people to perfection.

How did the Mafia get so powerful?  Prohibition of alcohol created the market place that poured hundreds of millions of dollars into their pockets and allowed them to corrupt politician, judges and police.  It raised them from street gangs to criminal empires controlling unions and elections.  It gave them the power to intimidate, kill, and steal with impunity.

Back then people had enough respect for the Constitution to realize it took an amendment to ban a product.  It also took an amendment to make it legal again.  The prohibition on Marijuana has been and is merely a law that could be changed at any time.  It is also a law, like so many of our laws, not founded on any constitutional basis at all.  Nowhere in the Constitution is the Federal Government given the power to legislate what substances a citizen may or may not ingest.  This is like so many other powers one that our over-the-top bureaucratic leviathan abrogated unto itself as a supine populace accepts that anything that is legal is moral, just and within the bounds of a paternalistic cradle-to-grave central government.

There are more people in jail because of the war on drugs than for anything else.  There are people serving decades for having a joint in their pocket while the drug lords, flush with money like Al Capone buy cops and judges and in general corrupt our system while escaping any penalty for breaking the law.

It is time to stop this oppressive war on Americans, end prohibition, expand the tax base, eliminate the major source of funding for organized crime, and let our supposedly free citizens run their own lives.

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Without Life There Can Be No Liberty or Happiness September 15, 2016

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The document that gave birth to the United States also declared that life is the first of all rights, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

In America today a culture of death has overtaken us.  A spirit that causes otherwise intelligent and rational people to believe in and support irrational things.  With those who are aware of the origins and the current practices of the Abortion Industry it is easy to ascribe callousness and disregard for human life not seen since the Allies triumphed in 1945, the Soviet Gulag disintegrated, or the lash slipped from Mao’s hand.

Most of those who support this industry with their donations and votes are fellow-travelers who accept the propaganda about birth control and women’s rights.  They know nothing of what is really going on at the abortion mills and they will curse anyone who tries to tell them.

I stand before you ready to be so cursed.  The truth must be told for without life there can be no liberty or happiness.  As the father of four aborted children I can speak intimately of the pain and tragedy this silent holocaust is sowing in the lives and souls of Americans.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was martyred by the Nazis said, “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”  In America today the most dangerous place for a child is in the womb.

Planned Parenthood is the largest operator of abortion mills in America with 665 unregulated clinics.  This makes it the country’s largest abortion provider with affiliates performing more than 300,000 abortions per year, which amounts to approximately one out of every three in the country.

Its founder Margret Sanger was the leading American proponent of eugenics, the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics.  Margaret Sanger’s birth control movement and quest for the Pill intersected the rise of the eugenics movement in America. At a time when birth control was still not publicly accepted in American society, some eugenicists believed birth control was a useful tool for curbing procreation among the “weak.”  In the 1920s and 30s, Sanger calculated that the success of the eugenics idea gave her own movement legitimacy, and tried to ally her cause with the movement. Eugenics was a dominant theme at her birth control conferences, and Sanger spoke publicly of the need to put an end to breeding by the unfit. In 1920 Sanger publicly stated that “birth control is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit [and] of preventing the birth of defectives.”

The Hyde Amendment prohibits using federal taxpayer money to fund abortions; however, Planned Parenthood received 41% of its 2014 budget (the most current year available) which amounted to a staggering $528.4 million.  We are told none of this goes to fund abortions, however money is fungible.  If a close look is taken it appears that about 1% of abortions are directly paid for with federal funds using the rape/incest loop hole.  However driving through a veritable cloverleaf of other loop holes raises this number to approximately 24% when you combine federal and state funds.

Some may read these statistics and question their veracity. The Nazis kept exact records of their crimes against humanity which made it easy to prosecute the perpetrators when the war was won and sanity returned. Planned Parenthood has learned from their mistake and intentionally covers up the truth.

Eugenics the motivating philosophy of Margret Sanger and the foundation of Planned Parenthood fell into disfavor only after the obvious perversion of the Nazis application of its theories through industrial scale homicide.

After that the Sangerites quit using the word, but they are still applying its practices and pursuing its goals.

The majority of the abortion rights people probably have no idea who started their movement or the true nature of what they support.  However, their representatives and leaders probably do know the true nature of what they advocate.  And those who are aware of this evil nature do their best to cover the tracks that lead from their culpability in the deaths of millions.

To the majority who are following these pied pipers of infanticide read the words of the one who founded the movement which is leading our nation to its demographic demise:

The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.  Woman and the New Race, ch. 6: “The Wickedness of Creating Large Families.”

[We should] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.  “Plan for Peace” from Birth Control Review (April 1932, pp. 107-108)

Article 1. The purpose of the American Baby Code shall be to provide for a better distribution of babies… and to protect society against the propagation and increase of the unfit.
Article 4. No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit…
Article 6. No permit for parenthood shall be valid for more than one birth. “America Needs a Code for Babies,” 27 Mar 1934

Give dysgenic groups [people with “bad genes”] in our population their choice of segregation or [compulsory] sterilization.  April 1932 Birth Control Review, pg. 108

Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.  Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities.  The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.  Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon’s Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.

Such parents swell the pathetic ranks of the unemployed. Feeble-mindedness perpetuates itself from the ranks of those who are blandly indifferent to their racial responsibilities. And it is largely this type of humanity we are now drawing upon to populate our world for the generations to come. In this orgy of multiplying and replenishing the earth, this type is pari passu multiplying and perpetuating those direst evils in which we must, if civilization is to survive, extirpate by the very roots.  The Need for Birth Control in America (quoted by Angela Franks.)

Women of the working class, especially wage workers, should not have more than two children at most. The average working man can support no more and the average working woman can take care of no more in decent fashion.  “Family Limitation,” eighth edition revised, 1918

If those who believe in the lie that an unborn child is nothing more than a seed, a mass of tissue or as the more extreme name it, a parasite were consistent why don’t they demonstrate when a drunk driver who kills a pregnant woman is charged with two murders?  Why don’t they send their daughters or nieces a card that says, “Congratulations on your coming mass of tissue.” Or “Congratulations on being freed from the parasite” when a baby is born?

This article may seem harsh to some, it may seem overly partisan.  Some may even say I am pushing my religious beliefs on others.  However this isn’t religion it is science.  “Development of the embryo begins at Stage 1 when a sperm fertilizes an oocyte and together they form a zygote” and “Human development begins after the union of male and female gametes or germ cells during a process known as fertilization (conception).”

For further eye opening evidence from the mouths of Planned Parenthood workers themselves about what the organization is really about and what it is that you are supporting if you choose to help perpetuate the Sangerites and their war against humanity see the following Investigative Footage: http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/cmp/investigative-footage/

Personally I choose life.

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Living Document Versus Dead Letter September 9, 2016

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Recently I had a conversation with someone I respect very much, someone who is intelligent and perceptive.  When the subject of the Constitution was brought up they contemptuously said “That was written hundreds of years ago by men who owned slaves.  So much for your all men are created equal. What does it have to do with how we live today?”

I have also heard many people decry the indoctrination which passes for primary education today.  I want to point out that it isn’t just a phenomenon of the moment.  This penchant for molding young skulls full of mush into good anti-capitalist, anti-constitution, pro-collectivist, pro-central-planning Progressives did not start with President Obama and his fundamental transformation of America.  It did not start with the Bush dynasty.  It did not start during the Clinton interlude.

I am in my late sixties and I was taught in grade school that the Constitution was a living document.  I was taught in public school that Teddy the Trust Buster had saved us from the evils of Laissez-faire capitalism wherein evil plutocrats called Robber Barons sought to grind people into dust for the sake of a few pennies more. We were told stories such as the evil one about the evil grasping J. D. Rockefeller, the richest man in modern History who when asked, “How much money was enough?” answered, “Just a little bit more” as examples of the greed our wonderful ever-growing central government had saved us from.

No this tendency to view the Constitution as either a stumbling block to step over or an irrelevant historical document is not new.  There is no one alive today who was not inculcated with this pernicious heresy if not at their mother’s knee than at the local regime controlled public school.

It is important to remember that we who believe in limited government, personal freedom, and economic opportunity speak a different language and use a different set of interpretive lenses than those who swallowed the party-line whole.

We look to the Founders.

They denigrate them as slave owning hypocrites who were out to feather their own nests.

We try to build upon original intent so that we can stay true to the foundational principles of Enlightenment liberty.

They say people who lived hundreds of years ago had no meaningful insight into what we face today.

We say that the philosophy of liberty is timeless and should be our guiding light to fend off the darkness of tyranny which has been the lot of the majority of humanity for the majority of History.

They say we must progress into the future and find new ways to order our society, our government, and our lives.

We and they may ultimately be just another way of saying us and them.

Has America come to a parting of the ways?  Have we the people become our people and those people?  Has E pluribus unum, “Out of many one” become Ex uno plures, “Out of one many.”  Has the melting pot become the smelting pot?  Have hyphenated Americans displaced Americans.  Has the Living Document made the Constitution a dead letter?

I do not delude myself.  The Founders of our nation and the Framers of our Constitution were no demigods sent from Olympus to bring forth a sacred republic or to deliver a sacred document down from on high.  They were men, and they were as fallible as all men always have been and always will be.  However they were a group of men steeped in the Enlightenment philosophy of John Locke, Baron de Montesquieu, Thomas Paine, and Adam Smith.

These philosophies boldly went where no man had gone before.  They proclaimed that man had a right to be free and that to obtain this freedom in a practical sense government must be limited.  The American Constitution is the closest embodiment of those philosophies that has ever come from the hand of man.  It is for this reason that I proudly declare myself to be a proponent of a return to constitutional government.

I could now launch into statements couched in the terminology and nuances of today.  These might be more pleasing to the ear.  They might even be more acceptable in a debate.  However, there is no debate.  Everyone is talking past each other.  We are all speaking from the ramparts of entrenched ideological positions, afraid if we listened to others we might be taken captive and convinced if anyone listened to us we would be ignored.

Therefore, I will roll out the biggest gun I can think of, a man who spoke much more eloquently than I ever will, the man who envisioned and expressed the treasons for our independence and the shape that independence should take: Thomas Jefferson.

Why do we need a constitution at all?

Thomas Jefferson: “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”

How should we interpret the Constitution?

Thomas Jefferson: “On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit of the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”

What will be the end result of the living document fluid interpretation of our Constitution?

Thomas Jefferson: “Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”

All we have between us and the tyranny which has plagued mankind since the cave is our Constitution.  As it has been eroded so have our freedoms.  We as a free people will either stand or fall with our Constitution.

You may have been taught that it is a living document but don’t let that living document make our Constitution a dead letter.  For our freedom will die with it.

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Why Should Obama Declare Martial Law September 7, 2016

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If you turn on, tune in, browse or otherwise peruse the alternative media you will undoubtedly come across the question, “Will President Obama declare Martial Law?” or one of its many variants: “Can President Obama use martial law to stay in the White House?”  “What is Obama’s plan to declare martial law?”  “President Obama signs martial lar order.”  “President Obama will suspend 2016 election and impose martial law.” And of course there has to be an exposé with international implications, “Obama instigating war to declare Martial Law and stay in power for a THIRD term?”

Now I love a good conspiracy theory as well as the next person however, after reading these and a gazillion other variations on the theme I have come to the conclusion, why should President Obama declare martial law when he is already ruling by decree, refusing to enforce any laws he disagrees with, nationalizing local police forces, signing treaties by-any-other-name without ratification by the Senate, legislating by fiat, and in general acting like any other tin-pot dictator in a banana republic.  In other words his actions are already imposing martial law and no one is connecting the dots.  This isn’t conspiracy.  This is observation.

We are witnessing the culmination of the Progressive’s long march from Trust Busting Teddy, through Whites Only Woodrow, Hoover’s unrecognized New Deal seed bed, FDR’s New Deal corporatist take-over which Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda chief, in 1933, spoke of as the way for National Socialism to follow, LBJ’s Great Society safety net hammock vote buying scheme, Nixon’s “We are all Keynesians now” George I’s compassionate conservative read-my-lips betrayal, Clinton’s dot Com bubble panty raid, George II’s “we must abandon free market principles to save the free market,” to Obama’s war upon all that is good.

This has taken more than 100 years.  The Progressives have kept their eye on the ball.  To them it was always a game of two steps forward then one step back.  First they set out to capture education.  Then they captured the mainstream media and entertainment.  Along the way they picked up the courts and infiltrated the leadership of both big box parties.  Today we face a monolith that has brainwashed generations, distorted our culture, and makes even the most ardent supporters of freedom accept the seeming inevitability of their final triumph with the coming victory of Hillary “The Nail in Our Coffin” Clinton.

Given the electoral map, the unified media support, the guaranteed votes of the Kool-Aide drinking generational Democrats who may disagree with everything their leaders say but still vote that way, illegals driving to the polls on motor-voter, felons who can vote for those who let them out and restore their voting privileges, the massive government payroll that now outnumbers manufacturing employees by 9,932,000 who will vote for someone who wants to increase the size of government, those riding the government hammock, and of course all the dead who cast their zombie votes in the Democrat controlled wastelands we used to call alabaster cities gleaming undimmed by human tears.

Look at the vast number of disillusioned Democrats who fell for Bernie’s the burn out is real ersatz eruption which Rush said all along was just a front to make Hillary look like she had some competition in what we now know for sure was a rigged illusion.  Look at the record breaking crowds that the Donald continues to gather in stadiums and arenas while hiding Hillary has a hard time filling a phone booth and it becomes apparent there is a groundswell for something besides the corrupt corporatist system we have today.

If this is thwarted by the rigging in the system, this ship of state may sail off a cliff.  The present rule-by-decree tin pot may ride off into the sunset but another would take and ignore the same oath and the regime will go on. They have elections in China too.  They have a new president every 5 – 10 years however the regime goes on.

So why should President Obama declare martial law?  He shouldn’t.  Why bother.  The sheeple may bah-bah about wanting change.  They may rally and demand change.  However the regime believes if they pat us on our heads and have a mock election that changes nothing we will settle back down and play nice while they import a new population that is used to their authoritarian dreams.

Maybe they’re right and maybe they’re wrong.  November is coming fast. What are you going to do?  The only way the Donald, our only hope for change, wins is by a landslide.  Anything close and the perpetually elected will find enough bags of votes in the basement to win.  It must be a landslide.  It must be such an overwhelming crushing defeat that the Progressives will not dare to thwart the will of the people or … the regime goes on.

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A Parallel Universe Without Progressives  September 2, 2016

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An astrophysicist, Ranga-Ram Chary at the European Space Agency’s Planck Space Telescope data center at CalTech says he may have found evidence of alternate or parallel universes by looking back in time to just after the Big Bang more than thirteen billion years ago.

Then there is always the possible parallel universe of dark matter. As researchers learn more about dark matter’s complexities, it seems possible that our galaxy lives on top of a shadow galaxy without us even knowing it.

I have often heard it said the universe is so large that anything we can imagine exists somewhere.  Taking that as a starting point for a flight of fancy, let’s imagine a parallel universe without Progressives.

We wouldn’t have had the 16th amendment.  Therefore we would still have a land without personal income tax and the Federal Government would have lived on fees and tariffs as it always did before the Progressives secured a source of money large enough to spend us into oblivion.

We wouldn’t have had the 17th amendment and the senators would still be selected by the State legislators.  This was one of the checks and balances the Founders embedded in the original Constitution to protect the federal nature of the Federal Government.  The House represents the people and the Senate was supposed to represent the States.

We wouldn’t have had The Creature from Jekyll Island, the Federal Reserve System, and America’s representative of the international banking cartel.  Without the Fed to mismanage the money supply there would never have been the banking crisis of the early 1930s.  This is crisis that set the stage for the re-boot of America’s free economy as a centrally-planned command and control machine used to transform every sector of American life.

We wouldn’t have had Woodrow Wilson to take us into the War to End all Wars that ended up building up the three largest empires in the world and setting the stage of WWII.

We wouldn’t have had FDR to impose fascist economic forms on America extending what would have been a recession into the Great Depression.

We wouldn’t have had JFK to lose his nerve in 1961.  Thus the Castro brothers and their murderous savagery would have fallen with the successful Bay of Pigs invasion.

We wouldn’t have had LBJ to build a Great Society safety net that has become a hammock entrapping uncounted millions and generations in the snare of dependency.

We wouldn’t have had BHO to fundamentally transform America into a falling empire and a soon to be third world backwater.

And we wouldn’t have HRC campaigning for president as Mrs. Santa Clause promising to give everyone who doesn’t work everything they want while she seeks to take the Second Amendment from the rest of us.

Think about this; look at how our government treats citizens now as taxing units or dependent voting units and we are armed to the teeth.  Imagine how they will treat us once we are disarmed.  Many believe the Second Amendment makes all the others possible.

Just imagine a parallel universe without Progressives.  It’s easy if you try.

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The Great Disconnect August 26, 2016

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Chaos is the mother of tyranny.  Chaos reigns when people operate in confusion and disorder.  It is a state in which behavior and events are not controlled by reason.  Today we are faced with a government and an elite controlled media that lie to the people and then lie about lying.  They operate as if the country is theirs to run and ruin for their own personal enrichment.  Chaos is a time like today when life makes little sense and we are force-fed such gobbledygook as the economy is booming, President Obama has outperformed Reagan when it comes to job creation and investment, inflation is under control, unemployment is at 4.9%.  Over here in reality we are fighting endless wars for peace, working people are being squeezed between stagnant wages and rising prices, and almost as many able-bodied people have dropped out of the workforce as there are people working.  This is chaos.  This is the seedbed of tyranny.

Our tyrants-in-training have captured the government and the economy, created a dependent class of motor-voters, convinced people that a continually growing debt is sustainable and turned the government into the one who picks winners and losers instead of a free economy.  The slow slide down a slippery slope has accelerated into a precipitous procession over a predictable precipice.  To those who have seen this coming it is like watching a slow motion train wreck.  The coming destruction is not mitigated in the least by decades of warning by the watchmen on the walls.

How is this evolving progression from individual freedom, personal liberty, and economic opportunity into a centrally-planned collectivist corporatist regime possible?  It is built upon the alliance of perpetually re-elected political hacks, crony capitalists, and corrupt unions aided and abetted by a sycophant media?

Why have the descendants of the Founders, the Framers, and the Revolution fallen for the same swan song that has led so many others before us down the primrose path to authoritarianism, totalitarianism, despotism, and collapse?  I believe it is because the average American has no frame of reference.  If we don’t know what has gone before how can we understand what is?  Or plan for what might be?

If we don’t know where we came from it is impossible to predict where we are going.  Therefore it is helpful to learn how the world became the way it is so that we can work to make it the way we think it should be, for without the past the present will never come into focus and the future will be nothing more than a mist that someone else will bring into focus.  History consists of perspectives from the present projected onto facts from the past.  While the facts are often disputed the perspectives tend to become quasi-religious dogma expressed as political opinions wherein the present uses the past to shape the future.  Examples would be increasing the minimum wage is good for the working poor, infrastructure stimulus is good for the economy, or preemptive war is good for peace.

An important thing to realize across the board in Historical studies is a truism often maligned and sometimes even used as an insult but true nonetheless, everyone is the center of their own world and everyone experiences life from where they stand, and all attempts to speak of “the” experiences of THE people are fabrications that may be agreed upon by scholars but has little relationship to what any one person may experience.

As we mature it is easier to gain an appreciation of History since we have an ever increasing personal experience with the past with which to analyze our present and to project our future.

America’s lack of historical perspective and lack of understanding the basics of civics and economics has led to what I call the Great Disconnect.  Here is the condition which we all encounter on a daily basis that exemplifies this educationally instilled mental pathology: How many people do you meet who vote for politicians diametrically opposed to everything they believe in?   From everything they say you would imagine they must vote for party X then you find out they are rabid supporters of party Y which is against everything they are for, and they can’t stand the politicians of party X which supports everything they believe in.  This is what I call the Great Disconnect.

A historical perspective is the antidote for this pathology.

In essence what I am talking about is using history to build a platform of the past to be a launching pad for the future.  We are currently mortgaging the future to pay for the excesses of today.  We are spending money that has not been earned by people who have not been born to subsidize the current creature comfort of those who don’t care who pays as long as they get what they want.  It is unfortunate for the generations of the future for they will be forced to live in a world that we have created.  Our parents conquered the world and left the nation inherited by the Boomers as the sole colossus who bestrides the tides of time.  We have wasted the accumulated wealth of two hundred years, created a far flung empire we cannot afford to garrison, and turned a noble experiment in human freedom from a city on a hill into dysfunctional republic functioning as an entrenched oligarchy masquerading as a democracy.

If we had only learned from the mistakes of others, if we had only seen in the sudden collapse of the USSR that we too could follow hubris and collectivism from victory to defeat.  Unfortunately it appears the only lesson we have learned from History is that we don’t learn the lessons of History and this is the Great Disconnect.

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American Pravda and New York’s Sixth Crime Family August 18, 2016

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In America today most people choose only the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media based on the charisma of the news reader, and do not tune into other news options.  Do they think they look or sound like authoritative?  Are they better looking?  Do they have a more pleasing voice?  Are they a Male?  Are they a female? Are they Gay? Are we not sure?  Whatever the reason, it isn’t because they say anything different.  It often sounds like they all have the same writers and story selectors.  The content is no different. It is perhaps the line-up of the stories and that is about it.

Do you want to hear the story about how the Republican Elite is trying to figure out some way to dump Trump before you hear the story about how the Donald is not fit for the highest office in the land or after?  Do you want to learn about the latest polls that show the race is already over before or after you hear how much better Hillary’s economic plan is than the insane proposals of the racist homophobe misogynist Trump?

When I have a chance encounter and what passes for conversation with so many Kool-Aid drinking low information voters i.e progressive induhviduals the conversation usually goes like this:

Me: What do you think about _______ (fill in the blank)?

Progressive Induhvidual: Repeat what ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, etc. has said recently.

Or if they are a Conservative Induhvidual: Repeat what Fox, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, National Review, etc. has recently said.

It is almost impossible to find anyone who has actually read any books on topics of importance such as economics, politics, sociology, or the History that ties them all together.

Several times a year I attend meetings that are filled with nothing but PhDs, professors, and university administrators.  All content experts in these very subjects as well as many others.  The results are basically the same.  The death of critical thinking has led us to a deafening silence in the area of actual personal opinion, a dearth of dialogue, and a collapse of conversation.  The American people, who at the time of the Founding saw blacksmiths discussing with candle makers the pros and cons of constitutions and the meaning of liberty or carpenters debating with plumbers the need for a free economy versus the need for public works.  Just read the Federalist and the Anti-Federalist Papers, look at the level of thought and speech and ask yourself, “How does the public debate, and the newspaper articles of contemporary America match up?”  Today the public debate takes place at about a 3rd grade level compared to the graduate school of those earlier days.

What happened?  Back then there weren’t public schools.  Churches and families educated their own.  Today after generations of highly funded and severely structured public education we have successfully dumbed ourselves down to the lowest common denominator.

Looking at the Bernie Sanders revolt which was contained by the elite in the Democrat Party and the Trump Revolution which over whelmed the elite in the Republican Party it is obvious that we tax paying entities that inhabit flyover country have had enough of the bi-coastal elite that is driving us over the cliff into the third world.  Obviously the elite controlled media has dropped their camouflage of objectivity and is all in to make sure their empty pantsuit carries the day so she can carry the water for the donor class all the way to the bank.

At least there has been one pseudo surprise in the Hollywood scripted replay of Primary Colors the Distaff Edition, all of the frothing at the mouth Bernie supporters who were so brave to boo or turn their backs at the recent Democrat Party Spectacle in Philadelphia are falling into line and surprise surprise they are planning to vote for Hillary.  Just as evidence surfaces that yes, the entire primary exercise was rigged from the beginning they are going to stand in line to cast their rationally considered and highly principled vote for the very person who engineered the fix, takes her money and marching orders from the crony capitalists, and is arguably the most corrupt person to ever run for the presidency.  Who could have seen this coming except a blind man in a dark room with no media access?

The pre-programmed electorate combined with the usual fraud, imported voters and all the dead people who never leave the voting rolls of the corrupt Democrat City fiefdoms, will march in lockstep to the polls to hand America lock-stock-and-barrel to the Clinton Crime Family.  Our only hope is that enough people have swallowed the red pill and are willing to at least take a shot at shaking things up before we are swept away by the unregulated immigration invasion and state sponsored outsourcing.

An old saying goes, “There are only two things that are certain in this life, death and taxes.”  We have all been programmed to accept this as an inevitable truism.  Death to be sure is natural and inevitable.  If you were born you will die.  Taxes however are not a natural thing.  They are in actuality the forced expropriation of funds from the productive taken through the use of the state’s monopoly on the use of coercive force.  And so though they are not natural and they are not inevitable like death or gravity they may in realistic terms given the overwhelming preponderance of government power be unavoidable.

If our country follows the dictates of the elite controlled media America becomes the turf of the Sleazy Donna from Chappaqua whose word parsing motto should be the Bart Simpson anthem, “I didn’t do it! Nobody saw me do it! There’s no way. You can’t prove anything.”  If the White House once again becomes Bill’s love nest and the George Soros puppet in heels moves into the Oval Office with her rolodex of contributors both foreign and domestic let’s hope we don’t find something else becoming inevitable. Such as critics of the regime joining the ever growing list of questionable deaths that follows New York’s Sixth Crime Family around like a bad odor.

Don’t just opt out because the system is obviously going to hell in a handbasket, vote for a change or shall we say, “See you in the camps”?

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History is The Story of Life August 12, 2016

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The older we get the more of our lives become History.  Perhaps that is why it slowly eventually becomes interesting to many people; we can remember so much more of it.  The future slides into the present.  The present slides into the past.  Our lives are the history of the future.

The average American has no Historical perspective.  To most people History began the day they were born and it will end when they do.  Without a historical perspective we live constantly in an ever progressing NOW and now can always be shaped and molded by whoever has the loudest megaphone at the moment.  This puts the lives of the low information citizen in the hands of the establishment and their media mouthpieces.

So many students say, “History is boring, just names and dates” yet if History is boring than so is life, because History is the story of life.  It is nothing more or less than the accumulated stories of the lives of people just like us who have lived at different times in what might as well have been different worlds.

These different worlds are the scaffold upon which our own world exists and if we ignore the framework that holds us up we imagine that we are afloat on a sea of forgetfulness beginning each epoch with no guidance from the collected wisdom of those who have gone before.  And if we choose ignorance as our starting point can we wonder what will be our end?

What passes for education today doesn’t help much, and in many ways it just muddies the water.  The History we are taught in secondary school is often sugar coated or slanted through the eyes and opinions of someone who has been run through the progressive stamping plant that is contemporary teacher training.  Either we get an uncritical, “America right or wrong!” or “America’s always wrong!” depending on the slant of the education bureaucracy in the area.

After decades of teaching History to America’s best and brightest I have sadly come to the conclusion that as time goes by people not only know less and less about History but also what they do know isn’t so.  It is only when we start to look at alternative views that we find there has always been a great debate as to what happened, how it happened, why it happened, and what it all means.  To most of the snowflake generation and even to those older who have swilled the progressive kool-aide it is a micro aggression to try to expose them to anything that contradicts or even conflicts with the mantra of Al Gore’s man-made global warming cult or the anti-colonial views of the Obama zombies.  Yet it is these alternative views that make History expansive, exciting, interesting, and informative.  Without them it isn’t education it is indoctrination.

Every society and culture has always taught what might be called a glorified History that explains why they exist and should exist as a distinct group.  When a country stops teaching this to their young in a few generations it is hard for the people to justify in their own minds why they are who they are and why they should continue to be a distinct people.  This leads inevitably to a crisis that usually portends the end.  Things are being left out of our History books, purged you might say.  What isn’t remembered will be forgotten.  That which is not written, is not preserved, passed down or remembered is the dust in the dustbin of History.

History is the best opportunity we have to learn from the mistakes of others.  If we ignore these or we never learn of them we face the inevitable reality of repeating these mistakes over and over.

A case in point:

The socialist economics of the USSR and the inefficiencies it caused brought about the implosion of the Soviet empire.  After that fall America rushed headlong into socialism itself.  After almost 50 years of resisting communism, spending trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives lost or destroyed how did Americans fall for the siren song of, “From each according to his ability to each according to his need”?  How did the Cold Warriors morph into interchangeable drones, cogs in a socialist utopian pyramid scheme?  They didn’t realize the snake oil the Progressives were selling was the same thing all the other socialists have been selling since the 19th century.  They couldn’t see that the hell holes of Cuba and Venezuela are the inevitable result of collectivism carried to its predictable dead end.  They had no historical perspective.

Having followed the hope and change of the pied piper Barack Obama, America is teetering on the edge of the abyss.  If enough of our fellow citizens bolstered by the best imported voters available and all the dead people in Chicago give Hillary and the Clinton crime family another shot at plundering this country we may well topple over following Rome and Britain into that aforementioned dust bin of History.

It may just be a matter of time until we join the Soviets on the trash heap of History.   I remember that we woke up one morning and the USSR was arguably the strongest nation on earth and unarguably the largest, and by the time we went to bed it had disappeared.  Since then we have worked hard to limit competition and extend benefits while our self-satisfaction has risen everything else is in decline.  Maybe what we need is some Glasnost and Perestroika?

We can’t know what we don’t know but we can know that we don’t know.  I first discovered History when I was nine years old, and I realized I didn’t know what had happened in the world before I had arrived.  I set off on a journey that has now lasted fifty-eight years.  I read and study History on a daily basis. I look for perspectives that may not match my own. I try to extend my understanding by looking at the world from many different viewpoints, and often I find that what I thought yesterday isn’t what I think today.  Not that History has changed, but my understanding of it has.  And with this evolving understanding comes new ways to move through this puzzle factory we call life.

I heartily recommend anyone who wants to make it through the maze and find the cheese study History so you will learn, someone always moves the cheese.

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The Solutions to Our Broken Institutions Are In the Constitution July 29, 2016

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America is facing a crisis.  As a matter of fact we are in such a constant state of crisis that I should be using the plural crises but that sounds silly and looks improbable.  As do the policies which have pushed us to this point.

  • Open borders erase what being an American means.
  • Strangulation regulation that prohibit growth and punish productivity.
  • Free Trade giveaways that send our industry and jobs overseas.
  • Taxation that makes us long for the tax rates that started the Revolution.
  • Attacks on police, on every right guaranteed, not granted, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
  • An internal war on our own energy sector in the name of a mythical man-made global warming.
  • An administration that fans the flames of racial and social divides for political advantage.
  • A political class made up of the perpetually re-elected of both parties that sits like a twin headed bird of prey atop a corporatism system rigged to reward the connected and ignore the rest.

How could any of this fail…..to end America’s 240 year old experiment in human freedom?  The institutions of our government are broken.  However, there is a solution, and it is in the Constitution.

First of all the system was built to provide checks and balances.  Each branch, the legislative, the executive, and the judicial were meant to counterbalance each other so that no one branch could usurp the power of the other two.

The Evansville Bar Association in its annual recognition of Constitution Day in 2015 summed it up well;

Although the terms “Separation of Powers” and “Checks and Balances” are not found in the Constitution, these principles are key to its vitality. As George Washington wrote in February of 1788, the two great “pivots upon which the whole machine must move” are: (1) “the general Government is not invested with more Powers than are indispensably necessary to perform the functions of a good Government[,]” and (2) “these Powers are so distributed among the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches, that [the Government] can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy or any other despotic or oppressive form, so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the People.” As recently as 2011, the Supreme Court affirmed that these principles were “intended, in part, to protect each branch of government from incursion by the others. The structural principles secured by the separation of powers protect the individual as well.”

Congress has abdicated its powers to unelected bureaucrats and the courts have decided that is the order of the day.  Generation Opportunity covers this well when they say;

One of the reasons that elections are such so important is because legislative representatives are responsible to create federal laws that impact every one of their constituents.

This is not a task to be taken lightly, which is why voters must dedicate time to research candidates before heading to the voting booth. But few people realize that there are unelected individuals who create regulations that govern everything from what type of light bulb you are allowed to use, as well as how much water your toilet may flush. According to an article published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), no one is entirely sure how many government agencies actually exist, not even the government knows the exact number.

For instance, in the appendix of the Administrative Conference of the United States, there are 115 agencies listed with a disclaimer saying, “[T]here is no authoritative list of government agencies.”
The federal government has grown so large that no one can even keep track of it anymore. Worse still, each of these agencies are filled with unelected people who take on legislative authority to interpret laws passed by Congress.

Although Congress is prohibited from “delegating” its legislative function to another branch of government, Courts have consistently held that federal agencies may create their own rules as long as an “intelligible” principle can be discerned from the original statute in question.

In other words, if Congress passes a law that regulates a particular industry or action, unelected federal bureaucrats are given almost unchecked power to create whichever rules (or crimes associated with the conduct in question) that they please.

Here’s an example: When Congress passed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977, it mandated that certain environmental standards must be imposed on the states, but it hardly clarified what those standards were, or how they were to be enforced.

One of the components of the Act mandated states to establish a permit program that regulates, “new or modified major stationary sources” of air pollution. That seems simple enough, except that Congress never properly defined what qualified as a “stationary source.”

Therefore, the Environmental Protection Agency was left with the task of defining what a “stationary source” meant. Additionally, the original legislation never detailed what the penalty would be for breaking any of the statutes created by the new amendments, leaving it open to interpretation by the EPA.

This predicament led to the 1984 landmark case of Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., where the Supreme Court held that federal agencies have authority to interpret statutes which they are in charge of administering.

This meant that the EPA now had legal authority to determine what would be considered a “stationary source” of air pollution.

Since the Chevron Doctrine applies to all government agencies, the opportunities for abuse are endless. Government is only legitimate when it derives its powers from the consent of the governed. When we give legislative powers to unelected government officials we completely disregard the core American belief of consensual representation.

In other words we elect legislators to make laws and they make general laws like, “We want clean water,” and then they let unelected bureaucrats fill in the blanks with the force of law.

Here is how it works.  Everyone wants clean water so the legislators pass their “We want clean water,” law and they come back to their constituents and campaign on “I brought you clean water.”  Then the EPA issues a regulation that says you can’t build on wet lands.  The EPA gets to decide what wet lands means which consequently gives them De Facto control over any piece of property they say is a wet land.  Then when voters complain to their congressional representative, who voted for the law and bragged about it, that they can’t build their house on a lot that is obviously dry the legislator becomes indignant.  They tell their constituents, “We’ll just see about this!” Then they have an aide send a strongly worded letter to the EPA that makes no difference whatsoever.

Problem solved.  Pat the denizens from fly-over country on the head and leave the matter in the hands of the commiczars who have inherited the rule of what was once a representative republic.  This way the hack can get back to his real job of raising money and getting re-elected.

This abdication of responsibility on the part of the legislature is the root cause of our problems because it has led to or facilitated the rise of the imperial presidency wherein many presidents have expanded the power of the executive until today we have an elected monarch who rules by decree unchallenged by Congress and unfettered by the will of the people.

Although the imperial presidency by no means began with the present occupant of the White House, to many Barack Obama has pushed the envelope beyond any discernable constitutional limits and has become the prime example of this phenomenon.

According to the Christian Science Monitor;

President Obama’s use of executive action to get around congressional gridlock is unparalleled in modern times, some scholars say. But to liberal activists, he’s not going far enough.

Obama, a former constitutional law lecturer, was once skeptical of the aggressive use of presidential power. During the 2008 campaign, he accused President George W. Bush of regularly circumventing Congress. Yet as president, Obama has grown increasingly bold in his own use of executive action, at times to controversial effect.

The president (or his administration) has unilaterally changed elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); declared an anti-gay-rights law unconstitutional; lifted the threat of deportation for an entire class of undocumented immigrants; bypassed Senate confirmation of controversial nominees; waived compliance requirements in education law; and altered the work requirements under welfare reform. This month, the Obama administration took the highly unusual step of announcing that it will recognize gay marriages performed in Utah – even though Utah itself says it will not recognize them while the issue is pending in court.

Early in his presidency, Obama also expanded presidential warmaking powers, surveillance of the American public, and extrajudicial drone strikes on alleged terrorists outside the United States, including Americans – going beyond Mr. Bush’s own global war on terror following 9/11. But more recently, he has flexed his executive muscle more on domestic policy.

In the process, Obama’s claims of executive authority have infuriated opponents, while emboldening supporters to demand more on a range of issues, from immigration and gay rights to the minimum wage and Guantánamo Bay prison camp.

To critics, Obama is the ultimate “imperial president,” willfully violating the Constitution to further his goals, having failed to convince Congress of the merits of his arguments. To others, he is exercising legitimate executive authority in the face of an intransigent Congress and in keeping with the practices of past presidents.

It also leads to the tyranny of the courts.  Unelected lawyers with life tenure decide what is and what is not constitutional often with the vaguest references to the Constitution itself.  Disregarding what are clearly enunciated rights such as the one to keep and bear arms while finding such nonexistent rights such as the right to dispose of unborn children.  The Justices of the Supreme Court have abrogated unto themselves unlimited power to turn our Constitution which was supposed to be written in stone into a living letter written in sand.  Or as one Chief justice said, Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes once said, “We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is.” Or as the website Western Journalism describes it;

Our federal judiciary has become, arguably and disturbingly, an oligarchy. When they rule on the “constitutionality” of an issue, it is assumed to be the final say in whether a vote of Congress or the vote of the people via referendum or initiative is legitimized or annulled. This is not how the Supreme Court and its substrata of appellate courts were intended to operate, nor is it de facto the way it should be.

The federal judiciary, as it has evolved, has unchecked and unlimited power over the nation by either of the other branches–the executive or the legislative–or even the people. Its members are not accountable to the citizenry, since most of their appointments are for life, and they cannot be removed from the bench by a vote of the people they purportedly serve. Their ruminations and the results of their decisions are insular, and they often trump the will of the people with regard to key social issues. Their decisions are presumed to be final, even though they may be at odds with the democratic majority of our citizens.

Herein lies the fundamental problem about the present construct of our federal judiciary as it has evolved since the founding. If, as stated in the 10th Amendment, all “rights and powers” not specifically itemized in the Constitution are held by the people collectively or by the states, what right does a court have to negate the will of the people? As it relates especially to key cultural issues like abortion, public religious displays, and definitions of marriage, should not the final court be the court of public opinion, rather than an oligarchy of judges insulated from, and not accountable to, the citizenry? In most of these cases, state courts have ruled, and appeals are then made to the federal judiciary.

Thomas Jefferson portended this judicial despotism: “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps. Their maxim is boni judicis est ampliare jurisdictionem [good justice is broad jurisdiction], and their power the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control.”

These situations exist because Congress abdicates its authority to unelected bureaucrats of the federal nomenclature, it refuses to stand up to the runaway executives and refuses to reign in the Supreme Court.

The first could be accomplished by passing a law rescinding the ability of bureaucracies to issue regulations that have the force of law without congressional approval.

The second could be accomplished as they were with President Nixon, hearings which could lead to impeachment.

And the third is constitutionally provided for in Article 3, Section 2, Clause 2 which states, “In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.”  Congress should exercise its power to limit the jurisdiction of the courts. The Constitution provides that Congress is authorized to establish those federal courts subordinate to the Supreme Court and set forth their jurisdiction. Congress also has the power to limit the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and regulate its activities. Accordingly, Congress should exercise this authority to restrain an activist judiciary.

If Congress would step up and be what we elect them to be We the People could once again become more than just an empty phrase from History in a discarded document that once sought to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.  If our representatives will represent us instead of themselves and their cronies we would find that the solutions to our broken institutions are in the Constitution.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

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