Better late than …

I have come late to politics. Before my retirement, I pretty much accepted whatever the local network stated. I’d catch a live address if I wasn’t working, read some articles on lunch breaks. I’m not apologizing; I am what I am – a late bloomer.

I’m reminded of the Bible story about the vineyard owner who hired workers at the beginning of the day and then a few more at the near end of the day. When the workday was over, the men who worked the entire day were paid according to the agreement; so were the later ones paid the same amount. Without the religious meaning, this tells us that it may not matter how soon or how late you get there, the important thing is that you arrive.

I read Solzhenitsyn in high school. When I – and the rest of the world – discovered Jordan Peterson, I read several of the books he recommended, including The Whisperers. Horrifying reading but necessary and should be mandatory. I read Nick Adams’s “Retaking America” and “You Will be Made to Care” by Erickson and Blankshaen. I read Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, which was almost as impactful as the other books. I found smart people in Ben Shapiro, an Englishman with a long, deep memory for politics and history, and an American of encyclopedic knowledge. I developed a deep and meaningful relationship with a bishop and have been able to reconcile my political thoughts with what I hope is the will of God. I’ve done some studying since the old local news.

When I make a choice, I feel that not only have I made an informed decision but also a right decision. I know why I voted a certain way and why I will vote a certain way. I’ve found how to research judges whose names come up on local ballots. I gather as much information as possible on Schoolboard elections and their candidates – the importance of this is equal to a presidential election; those ‘little’ elections have the weight of what your children will learn and how America will fail or succeed in the future.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 80 and voting for the first time; it doesn’t matter if you’re 18 and voting for the first time. Or, for that matter, any age in between. Today I would tell the working person, while you’re driving your car, making supper for the family, folding laundry, or mowing the lawn – cell phones go everywhere; you can get podcasts, videos, audiobooks all right there on the same instrument you use to take pictures and make phone calls. Use it for something enriching, informing, varied, and paradigm-shifting. The truth is out there; it’s not going to come running up to you and slap you in the face. You have to seek it out. You have to ‘work’ for it. But just like your mom and dad always told you; anything worth having is worth working for. Religion and politics are right at the top of that list.

 

Blackstone, Marshall, Court Packing, and RBG

So, we expect the President to nominate a Supreme Court justice within a week. This is news but it should not be an earthquake in Washington, yet it is. Why?

In large measure, it harks back to Marbury v Madison, the case that established judicial supremacy over the constitutionality of a bill. Thanks, Chief Justice John Marshall. I’m actually fairly well persuaded by his reasoning that he got the meat of the argument correct. Yet in a curious reversal of normal procedure, after he heard the arguments and found for the plaintiff (A Justice of the Peace in DC William Marbury) whom Jefferson declined to send his commission to, a clear duty of Secretary of State James Madison.

Then and only then, did Marshal by finding the Judiciary Act of 1789 was unconstitutional, violating Section III of the Constitution by giving the Supreme Court original jurisdiction where the Constitution gave it only appellant jurisdiction, Interestingly, in something current readers will recognize this was a case of a Writ of Mandamus, just as the revocation of the FBI’s charges against Lieutenant General Flynn is.

A Writ of Mandamus is sort of a catch-all for when there is no other relief available. Blackstone says in the third volume of his Commentaries, quoted by Marshall that:

‘In all other cases,’ he says, ‘it is a general and indisputable rule, that where there is a legal right, there is also a legal remedy by suit or action at law whenever that right is invaded.’And afterwards, page 109 of the same volume, he says, ‘I am next to consider such injuries as are cognizable by the courts of common law. And herein I shall for the present only remark, that all possible injuries whatsoever, that did not fall within the exclusive cognizance of either the ecclesiastical, military, or maritime tribunals, are, for that very reason, within the cognizance of the common law courts of justice; for it is a settled and invariable principle in the laws of England, that every right, when withheld, must have a remedy, and every injury its proper redress.

I include this mostly as a reminder on how US law grew out of the English Common Law. In any case, Madison v Marbury is really an insignificant case involving not very much, except for the rendering invalid of  The Judiciary Act. This is where the Court obtained the power to invalidate a law duly passed and signed.

Not much else bears on the subject until we get to the 1930s. The Supreme Court was deluged by a huge number of cases contesting the constitutionality of almost all the New Deal legislation, and nearly always finding it unconstitutional. The old conservative federal courts at work, as usual. But Franklin Roosevelt was incensed, he wanted to run the economy centrally from Washington, because he was smarter than the average citizen and knew what was best for them, and what was best was a cradle to grave welfare system. He basically owned Congress, with supermajorities subservient to his every whim, but the Court was blocking him.

This is the point where in 1937 he threatened to pack the court. The Democrats in Congress, to their credit, were aghast at the effrontery and the threat to the Consitution, but he submitted his bill to the House (as was customary), if I recall it never came to a vote, then he submitted it to the Senate with the same result. And so he was stymied, as designed by the founders.

But the threat scared the Court, and suddenly it changed course and we got the New Deal which made the Great Depression both longer and worse than it had been. To the point that the man that ended it was a guy by the name of Adolph Hitler.

From that time on, the Democrats have used the Court as a super legislature, doing things that the American people would never approve of. The two things we speak of most are abortion and gay marriage, neither things that would pass in any American Legislature, other than California, maybe.

In short, we live in what can be fairly termed a kritarchy, a regime ruled by judges.

And that makes the next Supreme Court Justice a matter of life and death both for the Republic and for the Democrats.

Peace

Well, let’s see; right off the top of my head there was some woman who complained about sexual misconduct from the President; there have been scream after scream for the tax records of the President; there were bellows of ‘Russian Collusion’; there was a sham impeachment … So. What’s next?

If your Christian, an idea surfaces. I can see it coming. So far, nothing on earth has gotten President Trump out of office. But there’s still time! “We can do this”, I hear them coaching some poor pastor somewhere. If you want to scare a Christian, quote from the Bible.

1Thessalonians 5:3 “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” The Book of Revelation tells of the antichrist who will bring peace but it’s not peace at all. So; yeah – look for headlines (soon to come, no doubt) that President Trump is actually the Antichrist. You think that’s crazy? Do you remember this is the year 2020? You’ll believe ‘murder hornets’ but you think shouting ‘The Antichrist’ is far-fetched? Au contraire, mon amis. Do a little something for me; go online and type in the word ‘peace’. Several deeply religious (I’m sure they’re sincere) have already written that false peace is part of the End Times. And take a wild guess who’s supposed to bring it? None other than the Antichrist. It’s like a mathematical equation: President Trump + Peace Deals = THE END OF THE WORLD!

Remember, the devil quoted Scripture to Jesus in His temptations. Not all who call themselves Christians really are. There are many in that camp in ‘the other’ Party – ‘Chrinoes’, I guess you’d call ’em; Christian in name only but rest assured, one of them – at least – has read Revelation. If all else fails, bring out the Big Guns – the antichrist.

You may think I’m crazy but if I had told you in 2019 that America would go on lockdown in 2020, you’d have thought me crazy THEN! Ah … but! Mark my words.

 

Monday Thoughts

I’m not going to talk much about the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, may she find justice in the afterlife. I will say this, if the Democrats and their controlled terrorists think that a threat of riots will deter the President and Senate, I suspect they will have a surprise coming and another big one on November 3d. This is not a time when we can tolerate a bunch of 4-4 decisions on matters that so strongly affect the future of the United States. I’m reminded that two of those terrorists, BLM lawyers in New York, are looking at life sentences in federal prison for torching an NYPD squad car. Yes, there is a lesson there. Make of it what you will.

Along that line, Bruce L Hartman at American Thinker has taken to calling these people we see destroying our cities, and yes, their enablers in the left and the media, the E (for entitled) Generation. It’s an acute observation. They always have been, how many times have you seen a parent give in to a four-year-old’s tantrum in the grocery store, then seen that same kid get a wall full of participation trophies. Read his article, he’s not wrong, but he’s much kinder than I am, I simply call them “spoiled brats who need a good lesson in deportment”, and yes in many other things too. Until they get it, there going to ruin many peoples’ lives, including their own.

Clarice Feldman, also at American Thinker has a three-part article this week, and it’s outstanding. She quotes David Goldman saying this.

The President, defying the conventional wisdom of decades of big thinkers in foreign policy establishments here and in Europe, offered the Palestinians their last best hope for peace. Since peace was never their objective, they turned it down and now they are like the petunia in an  onion patch of the  children’s song — standing alone among its neighbors.

That’s spot on and again Clarice carries the ball admirably, as usual. But there’s something else lurking in the shadows here. I wonder how many jobs, American, and in other countries are dependant on peace not being brought to the middle east. Obviously, John Kerry amongst others has built his entire career from the day he threw his medals from the Vietnam War over the White House fence all those years ago to last Friday on it. I strongly doubt he’s the only one. That’s worth some thought on other issues facing us, as well.

She also talks about that beautiful piece of legal jiu-jitsu that Betsy DeVos executed on Princeton’s  President Christopher Eisgruber asking him bluntly under threat of $75 million in Federal Aid in the last seven years whether “Do these admissions mean Princeton’s non-discrimination and equal opportunity assurances and representations to the Department and/or to students, parents, and consumers in the market for education… have been false and misleading? If not, why not?” Virtue signaling may have just gotten rather expensive. Better late than never.

She also talks intelligently about replacing Justice Ginsburg. I said all I care to about that above, but it’s worth reading as well.

A short take to wrap this up. There’s a fairly long article in The Tablet, that you need to read on how what the author calls America’s China class came to so dominate so much of American life. I think you will find it quite illuminating, so do read it. I’ll quote a couple sentences to whet your appetite.

American political and corporate elites didn’t choose decline. They chose to get rich.

Yep, and they sold out Americans, perhaps unknowingly but I doubt it, to do so. Now they are trying to destroy the President as they have for almost 5 years now.

Sunday Funnies: Despacito

 

 

Peanuts, if Christopher Nolan re-wrote it:

And of course

 

Random Observations

If we are lucky – and realistic – we come to the conclusion that the way we are right now is not such a bad thing. We come to a kind of comfortable place with that person in the mirror.

I no longer worry if my butt “looks big in these jeans”; it has become completely irrelevant to me whether I have big boobs or members of the ‘itty bitty titty committee’; that a ‘bad hair day’ is going to ruin someone’s opinion of me; my very short fingernails are just fine without rainbows and glitter and junk embellishments pasted on; that I needn’t worry about how I look because nobody looks at a woman my age anyway (although I do have to admit, I try to look presentable whenever I go out – I strive to not be a Walmart shopper video). It’s a process. When we were babies, we had to learn to sit up (and stay up!), learn to eat, learn to talk, learn to walk. At the other end of that, we have to learn to edit what we eat, sitting up can sometimes be exercise, we need to stand for a moment to make sure everything is lined up properly before we take a step, we sometimes need to search for a word. It’s a process.

By and large, it ain’t all that bad. And neither am I. And neither are you. We’re still shakin’ it the best we can. What I used to do on a dance floor, I now do in a desk chair to certain music videos. I think a little more before I do anything so I don’t wind up looking ridiculous or hurting myself and thinking more is always a good thing. I have found more forgiveness – for myself and others. I have reached the conclusion that ‘they’ were right all along – material things don’t make you happy; they may make you more comfortable but not necessarily happier. ‘Happy’ is within you when you come to that point of realization that it wasn’t all about you after all. Who needs that kind of pressure? My work, it turns out, didn’t define me, it was simply what I did. What defines me is my kids and how they turned out; my siblings and the fact that we still all love and enjoy each other. That I have been able to share my faith journey and help others on theirs. That the best Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t the one that turned out perfectly but the one where I ruined the gravy – they still talk about that. I created the only gravy known to man that could be spread on bread. The simple joys are the best ones and it’s exactly because they are simple.

I find that I am content. That’s quite a statement to make. There’s a lot to be said of contentment; it’s kind, warm, comfortable, and reassuring. I think it’s a reward for having made it this far. If it is, I’m all for it.

 

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