Saturday, November 10, 2012

Caroline B. Glick: A time for courage, and action

Caroline B. Glick: A time for courage, and action

Is anybody paying attention?

If people were even paying attention at election time, they surely have tuned out politics again now that it's over. Too bad. In the last five days we have heard Iran fired at our drone over international waters, CIA chief Petraeus resigned over getting caught in an extramarital affair AND will not testify on Benghazi (why? There is no rule that he is immune simply by resigning), Obama is moving ahead with an international gun treaty, and Sandy continues to devastate NY two weeks after it hit and people are still in the dark and for some reason they are rationing gas like it was an oil crises.

True story.

Several years ago I recall reading an article about Gen. Petraeus. I don't remember the magazine and the only thing I know about the author is that she was female. I do remember thinking, "Wow, is she having an affair with him?"

The DiploMad 2.0: Petraeus Affair Has A Whiff of Chicago

The DiploMad 2.0: Petraeus Affair Has A Whiff of Chicago: Does this sudden resigning of CIA Director Petraeus strike you as odd? I hate big conspiracy theories. Having worked in the government for...

Red, blue, and purple

Interesting depiction of election results. The video at the end is really fascinating - looks at money spent in just a handful of states.

Princeton is probably out now

If Tilghman planned to retire in a couple of years rather than this June, some said, then Petraeus would actually be in a position to campaign for and accept the position. But even though he is interested in the Princeton presidency, they said, it would be difficult for Petraeus to leave the CIA after less than two years.
“A year ago, this would’ve been a slam dunk for him,” the alumnus said. “But I think he is very happy in and with his current position.”
“I don’t think there’s much of a chance that he’ll replace Dr. Tilghman,” O’Hanlon, the Brookings Institution scholar who said he had discussed the presidency with Petraeus, said. “The timing’s off. I think he’s very committed to the CIA,” he explained, though he noted that if President Barack Obama loses this November, then perhaps Petraeus may need to find a new job.
. . . .
Yet despite this indefatigable commitment to his academics, he still maintained a separate commitment that he would never cheat on: physical exercise.
. . . .
“If an opportunity like that came along, I wouldn’t put it past him,” Duffield said this summer, explaining that Petraeus was “loyal to his institutions.”

But apparently not to his wife.

Happy 237th Birthday to the Marines!

Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem. 
~Ronald Reagan

Friday, November 9, 2012

Voting Rights Act

Under the Voting Rights Act of 1964, certain states are requried to get federal approval before they can change their voting laws. South Carolina is one of the states affected.

The Supreme Court to review Voting Rights Act
"The justices said they would decide whether Congress exceeded its authority in 2006 when it reauthorized a requirement that states and localities with a history of discrimination, most of them in the South, receive federal approval before making any changes to their voting laws." 

My thoughts exactly:

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters On Petraeus: "Timing Is Just Too Perfect"

1. Bastiat ~ Life is a gift from God

We hold from God the gift which includes all others. This gift is life — physical, intellectual, and moral life.

But life cannot maintain itself alone. The Creator of life has entrusted us with the responsibility of preserving, developing, and perfecting it. In order that we may accomplish this, He has provided us with a collection of marvelous faculties. And He has put us in the midst of a variety of natural resources. By the application of our faculties to these natural resources we convert them into products, and use them. This process is necessary in order that life may run its appointed course.

Life, faculties, production — in other words, individuality, liberty, property — this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.

Sell conservatism with the truth?

"A responsible opposition, it seems to me, would have to start at the opposite end—not with some clever promise to move crucial voting blocs (Hispanics, blue-collar Catholics), but with the truth: the country is broke. Our institutions are broken.  Our economy is on the ropes. To fix the mess, you must give up something; but we have a plan that makes it worth your while. That pretty much sums up The Federalist. The difference between Publius and us is the willingness to tell the truth, and the plan."

Thursday, November 8, 2012

PJTV: ZoNation: Obama Represented and Won

Fighting Fire

Thinking deep about this loss. 

No matter what they want to say about Romney lacking "likeability" or losing black/latino/women voters, it was Conservatism that lost. We have to face that truth. 

Romney ran an admirable race, but I've come to believe that just like McCain, there was no way he could have won. The culture has shifted too much and we are now at the place Tocqueville warned about: The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.  

As for McCain, he unfortunately followed W. who took the high road and never confronted his detractors. This too is admirable, but it allowed the Left to make enormous gains - if the public only hear one side of the story it will tend to side with that story. 

We need to fight fire with fire. We don't need to be underhanded, vicious liars, but we need to stand up to the bullying and we need it to be loud. This, I believe, is not in the nature of a conservative. We tend to think that when presented with facts, people will make honest and moral decisions. Part of the problem is the facts hardly get out, and when they do they get spun so that they are no longer the truth. The other part of the problem is that people don't make honest and moral decisions unless they are convinced to do so. The culture is to blame. How do you change a culture? That is an overwhelming proposition.

But in order for America to live up to her legacy, the case for Conservatism has to be made. How do we sell it?

Clever Americans

Everyday is Opposite Day. 

"Two-thirds of Americans have consistently said the country is on the wrong track. So, naturally they opted to stick with a stinking status quo they've whined about for years now."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bastiat ~ Property & Plunder

Frederic Bastiat was a French economist and statesman. During and after the Revolution in 1848, he warned of the inevitable degeneration of socialism into communism. France ignored his warnings.

From: The Law ~ Property & Plunder

Man can live and satisfy his wants only by ceaseless labor; by the ceaseless application of his faculties to natural resources. This process is the origin of property.

But it is also true that a man may live and satisfy his wants by seizing and consuming the products of the labor of others. This process is the origin of plunder.

Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain — and since labor is pain in itself — it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it.

When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.

It is evident, then, that the proper purpose of law is to use the power of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunder instead of to work. All the measures of the law should protect property and punish plunder.
But, generally, the law is made by one man or one class of men. And since law cannot operate without the sanction and support of a dominating force, this force must be entrusted to those who make the laws.

This fact, combined with the fatal tendency that exists in the heart of man to satisfy his wants with the least possible effort, explains the almost universal perversion of the law. Thus it is easy to understand how law, instead of checking injustice, becomes the invincible weapon of injustice. It is easy to understand why the law is used by the legislator to destroy in varying degrees among the rest of the people, their personal independence by slavery, their liberty by oppression, and their property by plunder. This is done for the benefit of the person who makes the law, and in proportion to the power that he holds.

Random thoughts, on a day to reflect and regroup

1. The sun rose, the world did not stop turning.
2. Who would have thought four hours of fitful sleep was more than enough to get me jazzed about the next four years.
3. It’s clear that half of the public is on board with socialism, or doesn’t understand it, or doesn’t recognize it when they see it, or just doesn’t care.
4. South Carolina was the first to secede in 1861.
5. Obama got 62 less electoral and about 7 million fewer popular votes than the last election. Progress!

6. I’m starting a blog.
7. Identity politics is insidious; it will destroy America.
8. I’m disappointed that we don’t get to turn the corner starting today.
9. My son is Zachary, but I’m not Julia.
10. I still don’t know why Obama deserves a second term.
11. The abortion platform is ironic.
12. People need to read Bastiat.
13. Nothing really changed.
14. There are awesome conservatives waiting in the wings.
15. #War

The word of the day: MORE

More debt. More spending. More borrowing. More taxing. More unemployment. More food stamps. More abortions. More dead ambassadors. More drone strikes. More kill lists. More infringement of religious freedom. More intrusion into your healthcare. More government. More healthcare premiums. More waiting. More golf. More qualitative easing. More inflation. More unions. More DREAMs. More leading from behind. More division. More race baiting. More blame. More bowing. More crony capitalism. More loopholes. More waivers. More Mao. More Mandarin. More expensive gas, food, energy. More sinking property values. More assaults against civil liberties. More arrests for "probation violations." More stomping on the Constitution. More regulations. More agencies. More commissions to be ignored. More unaccounted for stimulus. More special interests. More ACORN. More Alinsky. More Al-Queda. More spinning centrifuges. More gun control. More covert gun running. More dangerous world. More spiking the football. More illegal immigration. More executive orders circumventing the congress. More recess appointments. More unelected, unaccountable czars. More Joe Bite Me. More Hope in Chains. More federal law suits against the states. More media bias. More obnoxious Hollywood 1 per centers. More uninformed voters. More takers. More bitter clingers. More New Black Panther poll watchers. More Benghazis. More international intervention without congressional approval. More apologies. More big bird. More birth control. More cult of personality. More Vegas, baby! More Kool-aid. More college debt. More indoctrination. More disillusionment. More Kobe beef. More dependency. More passing the buck. More race card. More lies. More revenge. More to come.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Take Door #2!

More government, or more freedom?
Lady parts, or lady smarts?
Redistribution, or reapplication?
Apologies, or initiative?
Leading from behind, or peace through strength?
Promises, or results?
Free stuff, or free markets?
Revenge, or love of country?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Roe isn't going anywhere

I wanted to comment on something I consider misinformation. I promise I will try to lighten up after the election:

Roe v. Wade is safe. Both the fear (Democrats) and the hope (Republicans) that Roe will be overturned are extremely overrated. Roe can only be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, and the hurdles to get to the Court (pre-trial, trial, appeal, petitions for certiorari, discretionary 
review, etc.) are monumental.

But more than the structural obstacles, precedent and credibility speak most to the survival of Roe v. Wade. Without an extraordinary shift in the reasoning behind Roe (right to privacy), any issues similar to those in Roe v. Wade (right to abortion pre-viability) will follow the precedent set forth in Roe. Thirty-seven years of Roe is interwoven with the development of our jurisprudence and culture. It does not stand alone, and if overturned, the consequences that would be set in motion are impossible to predict. Further, if overturned, the credibility of the Court would suffer greatly.

Chief Justice Roberts takes seriously the legacy of the Court (which he should), and his Court’s opinion in Citizen’s United (corporate money in political advertising) was roundly criticized by President Obama, during the State of the Union address. Justice Roberts felt deeply the sting of this embarrassment, the effect of which, I believe, is found in his own opinion upholding Obamacare. Justice Roberts only gained a majority to agree with the outcome (Obamacare stays), but he found no consistent agreement on how to get to that result (the reasoning was based on an argument barely addressed by the parties to the case – an unusual way for courts to decide cases). The concern for credibility explains why Obamacare was upheld, and why Roe is as strong as ever.

The Court has had opportunities in the past to overturn Roe, and continues to have opportunities to do so. Just last week, a case with a new attack in the form of “personhood” laws petitioned the Court. Certiorari was denied, and I predict will continue to be denied, even when the makeup of the Court changes over the course of the next thirty-seven years.