Is Independence Day a Useless Relic?

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Independence Day is a relic that has little meaning in America today. It is like the Confederate flag; a symbol of a time far distant that most Americans have long forgotten. Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, right behind Easter and Christmas, because it celebrated the valor and sacrifice of our forefathers as they embarked on a struggle for liberty, against impossible odds, in order to create the most unique and righteous form of government in the history of mankind.

Rejecting for the first time the Divine Right of Kings, which posited that God had ordained certain men to rule over us, our Founding Fathers declared that all men are created equal, and are endowed with certain unalienable rights simply by virtue of their birth as children of the Creator, and government was just only when acting by the consent of the governed. It cannot be understated just how revolutionary an idea this was.

Our forefathers fought and died to secure this idea of liberty. General George Washington, commissioned by the Founders, led a rag-tag band of ill-trained, ill-equipped farmers and merchants to victory against the far superior British, suffering far more defeats than victory, retreating more often than advancing, yet by the hand of Divine Providence achieved victory, accepting the surrender of Lord Charles Cornwallis and his forces at the conclusion of the Battle of Yorktown.

At this point though, it may be time to just do away with Independence Day celebrations. Considering the level of government tyranny we have accepted, it is farcical to continue to pretend that we are a free nation.

Beg to differ?

Does This Mean Hillary’s Presidency Would Last Eight Seconds?

Via The Hill, here’s presumptive 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee, former U.S. Senator, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton riffing on people who oppose the government’s many intrusions into private life, and on The Future of American Society™ (emphasis added):

“When people diss the government — we’re really dissing ourselves and dissing our democracy,” Clinton said. “This is my last rodeo, and I believe that we can leave not just the country in good shape for the future, but we can get a deep bench of young people to decide that they want to go into politics.”

Wars Are Long, Kids. So Tuck In and Have Better Ideas.

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Apparently I’m not the only one who heard a little subtext in Obama’s press conference yesterday that sounded not unlike, “Hey y’all, this war ain’t going nowhere, sad to say. We’re gonna see some bombings. But we’ve got better ideas and, long term, we’re better and we will, because of that very fact, be victorious. Some day.”

But, as Allapundit at HotAir.com puts it, weak leadership is that one tricky variable that makes “The West is the best!” talk sound a little like whistling in the dark (emphasis mine).

This is the sort of thing you say when you’re trying to break it to people that victory in the new war won’t come soon, and may not come ever. It’s the foreign policy equivalent of another of Obama’s favorite sayings, the old leftist bromide about being on “the wrong side of history”: The enemy’s backwardness is plain and our moral superiority is obvious, so ultimate triumph is assured even in the teeth of immediate defeat. All I could think of while watching this was those photos you see online sometimes of Afghanistan or Iran circa 1960, with all the women in blouses and skirts, and photos of the same two countries today, with women in head coverings or even full burqas. Better ideas don’t always win. Especially if they’re defended by weak leadership.

And there’s little evidence to suggest that Allahpundit is off the mark when he suggests Obama’s strategy is to run out the clock and leave the steaming bag of excrement that is our involvement in the Middle East right smack dab in the center of the Resolute Desk on his way out the door.

Voters Believe Economic Growth Trumps Fairness

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In a recent Rasmussen Reports Poll, voters stated that they believe economic growth is more important than economic fairness. With the 2016 election season promising to have wage equity on the front burner for the Democrats, this may not be the best news for them. The current results are also in the wake of a spate of protests calling for radical minimum wage increases - the now infamous $15.15 demands - which could indicate that the message is not resonating well with voters.

As reported on the Rasmussen site:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters say that economic growth is more important, while 39% say that economic fairness is more important….

Voters place higher importance policies which encourage economic growth over  
economic fairness. Ninety-three percent (93%) of voters say that policies that encourage economic growth are at least somewhat important, with 65% who say such policies are Very Important….That compares to 78% of voters who say policies which encourage economic fairness are somewhat important, with 53% who say such policies are Very Important.

The Corrupt, Cronyist Export-Import Bank Was Not Re-Authorized, so Let’s Celebrate a (Hopefully Permanent) Victory

Editor’s Note: This was originally published at International Liberty on July 1st, 2015.

 

Advocates of economic liberty, free market, and small government haven’t enjoyed many victories in the 21st Century.

Government got bigger and more expensive during Bush’s reign, starting in his first year with the No Bureaucrat Left Behind legislation and then ending in his final year with the odious TARP bailout.

Then Obama came to office, promising “hope and change,” but then proceeded to act like Bush on steroids, giving us the faux stimulus his first year and then the Obamacare boondoggle his second year.

But there have been a few victories since 2010.

Some 2016 Candidate Responses to the Marriage Ruling are Absurd, Even for Conservatives

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Not a single Republican candidate for president in 2016 agrees with the Supreme Court ruling overturning state laws barring same-sex couples from marriage rights. That much is unsurprising, with the reactions ranging from “That’s terrible, but it’s the law now” to “WHARGARRBL THE END IS NIGH” to the (sort of?) refreshing “Fine, but let’s depoliticize marriage.” But some have gone even further, calling for everything from judicial term limits to defunding the Court. These kind of reactions are absurd, anathema to conservatism, and should disqualify their proponents from serious consideration for their party’s nomination.

In Other, Other SCOTUS News: ‘Puter Pontificates - Texas Housing v. Inclusive Communities Edition

Ruth Bader Ginsburg responds to ‘Puter’s assertion that Supreme Court liberals rewrite Congress’ enactments to suit their preferred policy goals, saying “I’ve got a lifetime appointment, bitch! Ain’t nothin’ you can do to stop me!”

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on June 26, 2015 at The Ancient & Noble Order of The Gormogons.

 

Difficult to believe based on yesterday’s news coverage, but the Supreme Court issued another important decision yesterday as well. Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority*, held disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). You can (and should) read Justice Kennedy’s opinion and the two dissents here, in Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

Here are your takeaways:

Protect Our Online Privacy: LEADs Act 2015

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With each passing second of the clock, your ability to protect your privacy on the Internet diminishes unless Congress acts on a critical piece of legislation titled the “Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad” Act. Known as the LEADs Act, the bill is a response to the Obama Administration’s attempt to grab data from any cloud computing systems - located anywhere in the world.

Unless Congress acts to fight back against yet another imperialist power grab, this action by Obama’s Department of Justice (DoJ) will create a slippery slope where your private data will become subject to the prying eyes of any foreign government - and there will be nothing you can do to stop it.

The issue stems from a criminal investigation by the US government into the actions of an Irish citizen who stored computer information on a cloud-based storage system housed by an Irish company on the Emerald Isle. The company, however, was a subsidiary of Microsoft. “Microsoft is an American company”, is the thin excuse DOJ is clinging to as it attempts to force Microsoft to seize the information. DoJ slapped Microsoft with a questionable warrant which in an effort to protect the privacy of their users, Microsoft has chosen to defy.

An Inartfully Drafted Law, Indeed: Obamacare Upheld

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In the wake of The Supreme Court wrangling language to uphold Obamacare yesterday, many opinions happened. From Chief Justice Roberts being declared a fake conservative who hates the rule of law, to Justice Scalia achieving the title of “Most Metal” SCOTUS judge, people and pundits are still processing what it means that our highest court in the land has ruled to keep a law that — and make no mistake about this — will continue to not work and therefore be an economic and logistical disaster, be very expensive, and be very, very hated. (And, for those kids posting .gifs of Obama as the cool kid for “winning”, please do some research. He’s won nothing. Nor have you.)

Anyway, let me just pile on with an opinion of my own, and it might be slightly in defense of Roberts because I maybe, kinda, can see what he’s doing. But by doing anything, he’s doing what he says he doesn’t want to do. I know. Let me explain…

I agree with that Cato piece up top when it says:

Afraid that ObamaCare as written would throw the sickest patients out of their health plans a second time, the Court rewrote ObamaCare to save it—again. In doing so, the Court has sent a dangerous message to future administrations: If you are going to violate the law, make sure you go big.

UPDATE: They Got It — Court Watcher: ACA’s Defenders Should Hope for Judicial Activism in King v. Burwell

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published in April of this year. We’ll have a fresh post later today; but this is a fair, prescient write-up of what just happened. We apparently have psychics on staff.

 

Earlier this week Harvard ConLaw professor Noah Feldman posited in a Bloomberg View column that Obamacare supporters better hope that liberal Justice Anthony Kennedy (pictured above, right) provides the crucial vote to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s subsidy provisions as promulgated by the Internal Revenue Service, which would be strong judicial activism on Kennedy’s part:

 


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