Seattle Proves that Government is Always the Problem – Never the Solution

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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You may have heard of the new tax being levied on companies in the Seattle area. IBD reports that the Seattle Politburo (city council), “unanimously passed a ‘head tax’ of $275 per full-time worker on any company in the city that makes more than $20 million in gross revenues. The city says the $48 million in new taxes will go toward affordable housing and providing emergency services for the city’s swelling homeless population.”

Allow me to translate. The $48 million in new taxes will go toward, but not quite make it to its final destination. Oh, some of will be used to build “affordable housing” and provide “emergency” services, but a good percentage will likely be siphoned off and spent on increasing the size of the Seattle bureaucracy and increased regulation. It’s what liberal statists do. They see a pile of money and recklessly spend it. They also regulate, to the point of strangulation. It will be déjà-vu all over again. read more

RIP Boys Scouts of America

Well…Who couldn’t have seen this one coming.

from Conservative Tribune:

Boy Scouts Lose 425,000 Boys 1 Week After Announcing Name Change

The Scouts should have been prepared for this.

One week after the century-old Boy Scouts of America announced it was changing its name and its mission to accept girls at all levels of scouting, its single biggest participant announced Tuesday that it was cutting ties to the Scouts.

And taking one-fifth of the Scouts membership with it.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, usually known as the Mormons, announced Tuesday that it was severing its relationship with the Scouts effective Dec. 31, 2019, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. read more

Podcast – Let’s Talk John Kerry, the Logan Act, and Dick’s Sporting Goods

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

By secretly and subversively negotiating with the terrorist nation of Iran, John Kerry is in clear violation of the Logan Act. Yet unlike many of Trump’s former associates, the FBI, Justice Department, the NSA and others don’t appear to wish to lift a finger to investigate or stop him. We are witnessing the unequal application of the law – again.

Gun manufacturer, Springfield Armory, announced it has severed ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods over their stance on guns, gun control and the Second Amendment. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the nation’s largest firearms trade association, has also, by unanimous vote, expelled Dick’s from membership in the organization. Good for both for taking a stand. read more

A Poll Says Americans Love Guaranteed Jobs

from IBD:

Nearly Half Of Americans Embrace ‘Guaranteed Jobs’ — An Idea Straight Out Of The Soviet Union

“Guaranteed jobs” is fast becoming the latest rallying cry for Democrats. And a new poll finds that 46% of Americans approve of it. Don’t read too much into that poll result.

Last week, we noted that a liberal policy group urged Democrats at a leadership meeting to adopt “guaranteed jobs” as a pillar of their economic plan. In short order, Bernie Sanders said he would soon unveil his plan to achieve that. Under it, anyone who “wants or needs” a job but couldn’t find one on their own would be guaranteed a government job paying $15 an hour and generous benefits.

Other prominent Democrats have latched on to this plan, including those with presidential ambitions like Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker. read more

The Progressive Socialist State of California Pt 2

Guest Post by John Velisek – USN (Ret.):

A supermajority of Progressive socialist Democrats in the legislature of California has led the citizens of the State to pay higher state taxes, higher fuel taxes, higher cost of living, faulty schools, prohibitive health care costs for many, and have succeeded in becoming one of the most unlivable states within our country. Coupled with projects such as a high-speed rail line to nowhere, which is already tripled in the budget with no end date, and a sanctuary state status that a plurality of Californians do not want, has plummeted much of the state into third world status.

The progressive elite, with the influx of illegal aliens they have created and have no wish to stop, cocooned in their gated communities, have wreaked havoc on the communities of the middle class. They spend money as if it is the states and not the citizens.
From an edicts passed down from on high regarding the usage of plastic bags, to a waiter facing a fine and imprisonment over a plastic straw – the policies of the elite in Sacramento have made our state and those in it the laughing stock of the country.

All this rather than working on policies to help the veterans and other homeless to stand on their feet or get the medical help they need to at least have the opportunity to prosper and move forward in the community and ignore the drug problem that leave needles in our streets. read more

Video Podcast – Dick’s Caters to Those who Will Never Buy from Them

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

Today I discuss the campaign by Dick’s Sporting Goods and its CEO Ed Stack to destroy or at least severely weaken their entire business – as they bow at the alter of leftist anti-gun nuts.

The company wide policy was/is to cease to sell semi-automatic rifles and accessories in any of their stores. The latest addition to this ridiculous policy is they now plan to destroy all the weapons and accessories they currently have in stock. Not give them to training facilities or anything reasonable. No – they are going to destroy them, and I’ll guarantee you the destruction will be on video, so that all the leftists who have never and will never shop at a Dick’s will applaud.

Yeah for Dick’s. But hey, as I explain – they are private company and can do what they want. – even ruin their business, forcing their employees into the unemployment line. read more

Another Dred Decision by a Lower Court

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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On Thursday, I posted an article entitled, “The Bill of Rights is Missing an Amendment.”

I began by explaining that we do not have three “separate but equal” branches of government – that the federal judiciary, or Judicial Branch of the federal government, is by far the most powerful and influential branch of the three. The other two are of course the Executive and Legislative.

To this, I had an interesting, yet confusing comment on my YouTube channel regarding my assertion, which is a fact, not an assertion. The commentor stated: “I don’t know why you think the supreme Court is so powerful…” At first I thought they must be kidding, but I don’t think so.

The supreme Court has become the ultimate arbiter of every law and every right in America. Their authority is not to be questioned and their rulings are final and should not be challenged, not withstanding a few dreadful decisions from yesteryear. read more

NYC Leftists Attack Chick-fil-A

from CNS News:

Irrational Christophobes Attack Chick-fil-A

It is the fastest growing phobia in the nation. Christophobia. To be sure, the fear of Christians is not overcoming America, but it has unquestionably overcome a large swath of non-believers, or those who profess no religious belief. Within this segment of the population, there are the indifferent at one end, and the haters at the other end.

If there is any doubt that the haters are growing, consider the overheated reaction by the New Yorker to a company that sells chicken sandwiches. Journalist Dan Piepenbring accuses Chick-fil-A of “carpet bombing” New York City. What did it do to merit such an accusation? It opened its fourth store in the Big Apple. read more

The Progressive Socialist State of California

Guest Post by John Velisek: 

Progressive socialists have taken over a once glorious state, full of opportunity, new ideas, and weather that most in this nation would fight for. I arrived in California during my Navy career and stayed because I thought the shiny sparkling California I saw at the time would remain the beacon for the rest of the country. California has always been called the tip of the spear of changes in this country.

The spear of change has been turned on the people of this state, of which, unfortunately, I am still one. A wave of progressive social policies has been forced upon those people in the middle class who still work. The effort that these workers show leads to nothing but high state taxes, higher gas taxes, higher costs of living and housing due to restrictive land-use regulations.

Leading the nation in the number of homeless in our cities, and illegals throughout our State has reached epidemic proportions. A drive through Los Angeles, San Francisco, or any other major city in California will show countless homeless, immigrants and illegal aliens living on the street, making entire sections of the city uninhabitable. Business is leaving in droves, no longer willing to pay high taxes and adhere to devastating business regulations.

California is willing to follow progressive socialist business regulations to send as much money to the State and close out the opportunity for business growth. California ranks 48th in the Tax Foundations 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index. After the businesses were destroyed, our Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown rammed through Proposition 30 increasing sales and income taxes, also destroying the Californian middle class. read more

Never Show off a Gun in Diner Filled with Leftists

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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It seems that yet another Republican has stepped in it and democrats intend to take full advantage.

How long will it be before spineless Republicans, cut Representative Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) loose before running for the tall grass?

In case you’re unfamiliar – here’s what happened.

Ralph Norman, as he has done in past, recently had a get together at a restaurant in Rock Hill, S.C., that he calls “Coffee with Constituents.” Among the “constituents” were women sporting bright red t-shirts emblazoned the words, “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.”

“Moms” was founded by an Indiana stay-at-home mom, Shannon Watts. It was quickly merged with billionaire Nanny-Stater Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety.” This new group launched, thanks to a $50 million donation from Nanny Bloomberg. read more