I don’t get much time to post anymore so I’m just putting some thoughts down on a variety of issues in what amounts to a first draft with no real review/editing. Thus the very generic title, no comment section, and uncharacteristic scant source links.
Obama’s very inept handling of the region helped precipitate this despicable crime group accurately know as Daesh. Right after the success of the Iraq surge, Obama intentionally spiked the SOFA and gave us an arbitrary withdrawl without the residual force to buffer Suni/Shia and keep ISIS-like groups at bay. Later, he pushed for the rebelion against Asad without heed of who would arise in such a power vacuum (McCain get’s credit for this too) meanwhile ignoring the Green Movement in Iran (and subsequently guaranteeing Iran’s ruling regime nukes). Besides Asad he helped screw up Lybia (again with inept handling) and provided an opening for radicals there too where we wound up with a dead ambassador and securtity detail in Benghazi on a September 11 anniversary (Hillary’s State Dept is deserving of blame for awful basic security). As an added bonus, he just about pulled the same thing in Egypt. He’s practically pulled the same stuff in Afghanistan (already a tougher operation than Iraq) when presented with surge force options for high, medium, and low risk of failure (based on troop numbers). He opted for the low troop, high rist option and here we are today. Lives have been impacted and allies left twisting in the wind.
Some screwed-up guy murders nine people and all the media and people want to do is focus on a flag. No one seems to want to figure out why this guy snapped or how to prevent/indertict such a person in the future, instead, we’re going to ban Dukes of Hazard memorobelia. It’s absurd. South Carolina and other ‘flag states’ can deal with the flag (preferably without a frenzied, knee-jerk reaction but thoughtful consideration). Nope, we’re going to focus on a flag and totally ignore the perp and the crime.
Government should just get out of the marriage business. My guess is this isn’t over and one gay leader (Takei) is ready for the next step: diluting individual religious right once protected by the First Amendment. Forcing businesses and laborers to, literally, cater to them when alternatives abound will continue and be expanded upon. No one should be allowed to steal another’s labor or turn them into your forced servant. The ACLU is cool with it apparently deciding the some rights are more equal than others. At the local level, the LDS Church has some complicity in this with the new law they helped pass to force businesses while exempting themselves from the same law. When I called the church on how they could reconcile this, the spokesman noted that they had really taken a beating in the media etc by standing up for traditional marriage. So they threw their members under the bus (who by the way took just as bad a beating and are still expected to stand up for biblical marriage with the bonus of continuing to take the beating). Anyway, Utah should just get out of marriage, ASAP. Oh and, yeah, polygamy and other alternatives will be legalized – deal with it.
Twice saved by Justice Roberts, each time with a Constitution crushing decision: First, include a tax in any law and you can do whatever you want no matter how intrusive it may be in an individual life (an anethma to the clear intents and debate into the framing of the constitution found in the Federalist Papers). Second, judges can now moonlight as legislators and re-write legislation even when it was clealy spelled out in black-and-white writing and the intent from those drafting the provision was clear. No need to make the legislators revisit the issue and change it to a new intent, just do it for them (no idea why what point the legislative branch serves now). No do I know what the Constitution is for – it is totally ignored or just twisted in what ever convenient manner is now desired (we don’t no stinkin’ amnedment process!).
The useless party with poor leaders beholden to the Chamber of Commerce and other crony capital elites. Besides Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and others they do not serve as an opposition party. Sure the media hates them and wants to destroy them but they continue to try to curry favor with them so they capitulate more than oppose. Limbaugh nails it when he said they act more to make socialistic policies palatable than oppose them. Hope that changes and they start talking to the American people instead of continue to try to filter everything through the media and their intere$t groups… Principles should always take precidence over party.
More consititutionally destructive stuff from Obama with willing complicity of the Republican establishment elites and their Chamber of Crony Capitalist befactors. They know of the identity theft (SSA says 75% engage in this), document fraud, and tax fraud committed by illegal immigrants and are A-OK with it. Here again, the LDS Church is involved wher it tells members to do the right thing no matter how hard it may be but then gives illegal aliens a free pass on key standards. It’s a clear double standard and shameful. All members, regardless of legal status, should be held to the same standard – either the stated high standard or the seemingly new standard where members get to pick and choose laws to follow (even if it may involve a felony like ID theft and involve victims) so long as some personal hardship can be demonstrated. Seriously, is a cup of tea worse than trashing a child’s identity, credit, earnings, and medical records?
Anyway, one court has stood up to Obama’s massive power grab on arbitrarily making up immigration law (whis is in violation of constitutional separation of powers – not that we really have a guiding constitution anymore) but given the Supreme Court’s record as of late, don’t count on that standing. Roberts will just pencil something in.
Update: As an added bonus, the Supreme Court is also ok with not requiring anyone to show they are actually a citizen to be able to vote.
More inept work what will continue with no accountability. OPM’s head made it clear that ‘no one is responsible’ for the massive screw-up. No one will be held accountable of fired just like all the other failures (Benghazi, Fast & Furious, Snowden, Domestic spying, the border crisis, IRS scandal, Healthcare.gov site, on and on). The loss of SF-85 and other sensitive personnel data will have negative implications for many years to come.
Parting thought: The Constitution is effectively dead and not much more than a distant memory. Hopefully, that will change and future generations will recognize its wisdom (including the amendment process) and bring it back to prominence. One can only pray this happens sooner rather than later or after a very painful experience.