Sunday, September 20, 2020

Framed in Clarity

He [the President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

~ from Article II, Section 2, of the United States Constitution

The text quoted above is direct and straightforward. The salient points of the moment appear in bold font. It never ceases to amaze me that hysterical lefties seem never to have paused in their emotionally overcharged protestations long enough to read the document that undergirds our entire national legal system.

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has ignited a fireball of controversy over whether or not her successor should be appointed now or later. The left's battle cry is "Merrick Garland," the judge who was nominated to the high court by Barack Obama before the end of his second term. In that case, the president was truly a lame duck; he was not running for reelection to his second term. More importantly, while Obama was a Democrat, the Senate held a Republican majority. The president exercised his power under the Constitution; the Senate responded with their own.

The Republican Senate simply advised Obama that there would be no consent for his nominee from the opposition party. Article II, Section 2, was satisfied.

Justice Ginsburg must have realized her time was short. Yet she chose to keep her seat, gambling that she would outlive Election Day. She lost. That's very sad, but it's no reason to hold the workings of our constitutional republic in suspended animation. Her "instructions," as Obama termed her dying wish that her successor be chosen by the next president, bear no weight. Ginsburg seems to have overlooked the very real possibility that Trump will be reelected, leaving the choice of the next justice to sit for more than four years for "the new president," which is not a feasible alternative. Our country has a Constitution that defines what happens next, not a deceased justice and a former president. 

President Lincoln described our Constitution as the "frame of silver" surrounding the "apple of gold,"--the Declaration of Independence. That's a poetic way to remind us that the brilliance of our nation's Framers, whose careful construction of the documents was prescient in anticipating constitutional crises, is indeed priceless.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Red Alert

 We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

It's Constitution Day. On this day 233 years ago, our Constitution was signed into law. How very tragic that we Americans can't apply any of the attributes outlined in the Preamble to the current state of our country. Nothing in the grand introduction to our marvelous US Constitution is valid today.

A more perfect union? Not lately, not anywhere in our country.

Establish justice? Insure domestic tranquility? Ask residents of states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Oregon how that's going.

Provide for the common defense? That's highly unlikely if police departments across the nation are going to be defunded and "reimagined."

Promote the general welfare? After watching the brutal destruction they have perpetrated all summer, do you really think BLM holds that ideal?

Secure the blessings of Liberty? There is no security now--not in employment, not in personal safety--unless you keep your opposing viewpoints to yourself. Such merciless oppression indicates we are no longer a free people.

The nation's Founders would be aghast at the dark depths to which our country has sunk. The danger of losing our national heritage and legacy is critically real. Can we, as a nation, pull out of this frightening death spiral? The upcoming election holds the answer. But no matter what the election's outcome, given the climate of hostility and intolerance running rampant throughout the land, one thing is certain:

There will be trouble.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Never Forgotten

9/11 Memorial - New York City, New York

9/11 Memorial - Shanksville, Pennsylvania

9/11 Memorial - Washington D.C. 

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Nice Country You've Got Here... would be a shame if something happened to it.

That's essentially what mainstream media and the Democrats (pardon the redundancy) are telling American citizens: vote a second term for President Trump and watch the entire nation burn, baby, burn.

Polling about the election is interesting to watch, but it could well be meaningless. There are uncounted numbers of Trump voters in every state, and they cover a wide range of demographics. For obvious reasons, law enforcement officers in every agency across the country support the president. Despite the recent sickening hit piece that spouted negativity about Trump vis-a-vis the military, President Trump enjoys a healthy percentage of their support; I live in a military town, and I've talked with enough service members and veterans to know this is true.

Also, enthusiastic Trump voters can be found in so many small business and gun owners, people of faith, immigrants from countries devastated by socialism and communism, parents for school choice--and most of their families and friends. One could include in this group senior citizens who remember a more civil, respectful America. There are probably other voter groups I've  overlooked (boaters, perhaps?), but you get the idea.

Because they have common sense, most Trump voters won't publicize their political stance. This reticence is sometimes described as the "Shy Tory" effect. I believe it is especially relevant in our currently criminal, violent and explosive political climate. President Trump has far more silent support than any poll indicates. The president also enjoys some brave and outspoken voter support. Just take a look at today's New Jersey boat parade.

Threatening Trump voters with violence is a poor strategy that will produce more quiet resolve to resist the destruction of our national institutions. The upcoming presidential election will not be decided by the rioters, looters, Communists and anarchists that dominate the news. Millions of law-abiding, hard-working, tax-paying American citizens will cast their private votes on Election Day. The outcome could well be the whisper heard round the world.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Had Enough?

"Call me crazy, but I'm voting for the party without the guillotines."

~ seen on Twitter

No Guillotines!
When I read the above quote it made me chuckle, but there's no doubt about the common sense and good judgment that prompted it. It's just a hunch, but I think most Americans are completely fed up with what is going on in so many of our cities.

Six months ago, I thought the booming economy and record low unemployment numbers would get President Trump re-elected. Now I think the rampaging Marxist anarchists and their wanton destructiveness towards hardworking Americans, their homes, and their businesses will have an even more decisive effect in Trump's favor come November.

Too many US citizens have seen the cruel and frightening ugliness of the radical Left, and we have had more than enough of it.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Democrat Dystopia

It must be very depressing to be a Democrat. To the lefties, America is mostly comprised of hopelessly racist losers; we're almost beyond repair. We're also selfish and greedy, since most of us actually believe that our hard work should be rewarded with material success and that we are entitled to keep what we've earned. We're stupid, too, since Donald Trump was voted president despite the obvious (to them) superiority of left-wing ideology.

It's enough to make you wonder why they stay here among all the irredeemable deplorables that populate the United States. But of course, they intend to "fix" us--and our wishes on that subject be damned.

I'm fortunate enough not to have watched a single second of the just-concluded Democratic Convention. But I've seen and heard the clips, and that was more than enough. To hear the bitter, whiny, hypocritical speeches spouting from the endless parade of joyless speakers was excruciating, even in brief formats. From what I've heard, Joe Biden was able to deliver a halfway decent acceptance speech (although I wonder how many takes it took to videotape). But we have no details on what awaits us beyond a Democratic victory come November. Iron-fisted control of COVID-19 was flayed to death, but is that the Democrats' four-year strategic plan? There was not a single whisper of the ongoing riots and destruction gripping US cities, the efforts to defund police departments, the damage that Antifa and BLM groups are inflicting upon the nation.

Along with the 2016 election, Democrats lost their minds. Recently we had Nancy Pelosi marching around the Capitol building, ordering "racist" statues that have stood there for a century to be hauled off into oblivion. But if the corner mailbox gets removed, she calls an emergency session of Congress to avert the end of the republic. It's lunacy.

I really don't need the Democrats to specify their plans, because I live in California. I know exactly what's coming nationwide if Joe Biden wins. There will be an endless flood of regulations that will drown any chance of businesses raising themselves above water. And I know all about "green" deals. Electricity will fast become a luxury item. Rolling brownouts are a daily occurrence here in August; it's like living in a third world country. My most expensive electricity rates are during the hours 4:00-to-9:00PM. When do you need air conditioning on a 100-degree day? You begin to see my point.

There's a buffet of tax increases on this year's California state ballot that will, as usual, be disguised in convoluted prose to purposefully confuse voters into accidentally approving them. There's the "wealth tax" measure and, especially chilling, the attempt to dismantle Prop 13, California's property tax limitations. It costs money to shore up bankrupt pensions and to build all those housing projects for the homeless, you see. Get ready for similar tax hikes under a Biden presidency; he's actually promised them.

California has a Democrat governor, a veto-proof Democrat-controlled legislature, and Democrat mayors in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and many other key cities. I know exactly what happens when Democrats are in charge. As previously mentioned, they are bitter, whiny hypocrites. Misery loves company, and because the depressing Democrats run California, the havoc they intend to wreak knows no bounds. I'd hate to see it happen on a national level.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Canceling Mail-In Voting

For many years, I had been receiving my new driver's license in the mail. Because I hadn't changed addresses, received any tickets, or had any other items that might hold up a reissuance, I was on the DMV's automatic renewal list for over ten years. It was a great run.

Last year, due to the new "travel chip" that the airlines will soon be requiring, I needed to go to the DMV to renew in person. That experience was a living nightmare the details of which I'll spare you. But one of the outcomes of that visit to the DMV, in addition to obtaining my new travel-friendly driver's license, was an automatic registration as a "permanent mail-in voter" in the State of California. I was quite surprised when I received my mail-in ballot, complete with an "I Voted" sticker, via the USPS about one month before the November 2019 election.

Um, no thank you. I re-registered as an in-person voter, requested a paper ballot, and was assigned my local polling place. Much better! I always vote in person. I like to watch my handcrafted ballot deposited directly into the padlocked box. It's true that I still don't know for certain the final fate of my paper vote, but at least I've done all I can to ensure that it finds its way to the correct destination to be counted on Election Day.

Mail-in voting, in this year of all years? If "cancel culture" belongs anywhere, it should start there.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Choosing What Matters

Park Semper Fi - San Clemente, CA - 7/31/2020
Eight Marines and one Navy sailor were killed in a training accident on Friday. We probably won't hear much about this tragedy, as the media is much more concerned with trashing President Trump, protecting Joe Biden, and defending the "mostly peaceful" protests in major American than in honoring the sacrifices of our military heroes.

But nine brave young men who stepped up to lay their lives on the line for the United States have paid that ultimate price. They each knew the risks when they signed up; they knew this end was possible. Yet they joined.

The fact that our country is still blessed with such courageous and dedicated young people gives me hope for our future. I'm grateful for their service and pray they rest in peace.

Friday, July 31, 2020

So Little Polish

My mother had a description for people who behaved rudely. She would shake her head and remark in a wistful tone, "People have so little polish these days."

Mom observed a great deal of bad public behavior during her one hundred years, but Barack Obama's blatant, completely inappropriate political rant at Rep. John Lewis's funeral yesterday brought the issue of "no polish" to a stratospheric level that would have shocked her.. All of the Democrat rally-goers--in this case, funeral attendees--displayed a similar classlessness by leaping to their feet in the church and applauding throughout Obama's campaign speech. John Lewis certainly proved to be useful in death. An icon of the mid-20th century civil rights battles, he deserved more respectful treatment.

We'll soon find out if America really wants such rude individuals in charge of the country. I hope not. After decrying a lack of polish, my mother often would add a more forceful and dismissive "No manners." If you need a succinct description of the current crop of Democrat radicals, I can't think of a better one.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Fearless in the Wild

Any rational person who watched any painful part of US Attorney General William Barr's "testimony" yesterday can see that he drives Democrats insane. They ranted at him, insulted him, refused to let him answer--they even refused to allow him to use the restroom, let alone have a lunch break. It was a truly pathetic demonstration of the ignorant and inept vs. an intellectual master.

The unflappable William Barr played the part of the fearless honey badger to the rude and disgraceful behavior he encountered throughout the "hearing."  The cast of characters in the video, linked in the photo's caption, would appear as follows:

The Honey Badger........................................................Attorney General William Barr
The House of Bees........................................................House Judiciary Committee
Birds and Jackals..........................................................The Mainstream Media
The Cobra......................................................................House Chairman Jerry Nadler

"Honey Badge Doesn't Care"