The Lunacy of One-Size-Fits-All Law & Regulation

by: the Common Constitutionalist

One of the major platform items of the Ted Cruz campaign is rolling back federal government regulations.

In case you think Cruz is, as some (Trump) would describe him, all talk, no action – early on in Ted’s career at the Federal Trade Commission, Cruz “proposed an ambitious agenda that featured efforts to roll back regulations on teacher certification, hospital accreditation and local governments’ agreements with cable television.” In other words – unlike some Johnny-come-latelys, he’s been walking the walk.

But what is so wrong with government regulation? After all, there must have been a need for someone to suggest a law or regulation. Otherwise, why would anyone wish to regulate another’s behavior?

Why indeed. I am reminded of Sheldon, the anal-retentive genius scientist – one of the main characters on the TV comedy, the Big Bang Theory. He is the dictionary definition of a control freak and insists he always knows best – regarding everything. He would make a great regulator.

In one episode he arrives unexpectedly to a party at his friend’s house, that he had earlier declined an invitation. When he walks in, his best friend asks why he showed up – why was he no longer with his new found friends? Sheldon tells his friend that they were having fun. When asked why this was a problem, he stated that “they were having fun…wrong.” Now that’s a regulator! He would also make a great federal lawmaker, for they too love to needlessly and senselessly regulate society by crafting idiotic legislation to right wrongs where none exist. read more

Trump’s Lies Don’t Seem to Matter

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Complaining about Donald Trump seems to some like sour grapes. I know it appears this way, but it’s not. Sure I say I’m a Cruz guy, but I’m really a Constitution guy. If anyone running was closer to the idea of upholding the Constitution, I would be their guy. It’s not a matter of sour grapes – that “my guy” isn’t winning and Trump is. It’s that Trump is winning and by extension, the Constitution is losing.

As Cruz says, Trump has a habit of calling him out as a liar over Cruz’s supposed “attack ads,” when all Cruz ever does is run ads literally showing video of Trump saying the exact opposite thing he claims to now stand for or against. How is that dishonest to show potential voters just who they might be pulling the lever for?

Yet his supporters eat up the vitriol. They love when Trump goes on the attack. His supporters appear to completely dismiss what they see and hear, instead opting for Trump’s red-meat sound bite attacking of Cruz, or Carson, or whomever is the target du-jour. It’s like they’ve been mesmerized by The Donald and can’t be woken from their dream-like state. Who are you going to believe – me or your lying eyes and ears? Evidently the former.

If you have children, you’ve more than likely watched a lot of kids’ movies. I know I have – some, more than I can count. One movie we’ve watched was Wreck-It Ralph. It’s funny what one recalls from watching these things over and over. It’s a movie about the lives of video game characters inside an arcade. Anyway, at the end of the movie, the villain and his thousands of minions are defeated by being hypnotized by this beacon of light – like a giant bug zapper. They are uncontrollably drawn to the light, despite the fact that it will spell their certain demise. read more

IT’S THE REGULATION STUPID!

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Much has been said regarding the latest American company to pull up stakes and leave the country. Carrier Air Conditioners is leaving Indiana and moving its plant to Mexico.

During Saturday’s republican debate, Trump brought up this fact. He said he would not use an executive order to punish Carrier for leaving. Instead he would first build a consensus with Congress and the Senate. Then he would approach Carrier saying if you go to Mexico and try to import air conditioners back into the U.S. we’re going to tax you. In other words, an import tariff. He has stated that tariffs on incoming goods could be as high as 35% or more. “So stay where you are [in Mexico] or build in the United States. Because we are killing ourselves with trade pacts that are no good for us and no good for our workers,” he stated.

Naturally everyone is blaming the company, which apparently has the nerve to try to stay in business or make a profit. Perish the thought.

Many times Trump has belittled trade deals that have been done throughout the years – which are great for other countries but punish the United States. The only problem he sees is that the deals are negotiated by idiots – that he will make great deals. read more

Podcast – Supreme Courts Freezes EPA Clean Power Plan – Free Form Politics

In this week’s episode I discuss another razor-thin, 5-4 Supreme Court decision to freeze Obama’s Clean Power Plan while they decide if it is legal to ruin what’s left of the coal industry and further reduce greenhouse gasses.

In the Free Form Politics segment I go noteless and just speak extemporaneously about the candidates, who’s courting whom, who’s dissing whom, and why the supporters of one candidate are different from the rest. read more

IS DEBBIE BLABBERMOUTH-SCHULTZ A LEFTIST HERETIC?

My Exclusive WND Column:

The religion of liberalism has many sacraments. To remain a leftist in good standing, one must not only adhere to, but champion them. There is the sacrament of accepting all illegal aliens and now Muslim refugees, as long as they don’t make it to the Village, the Upper West Side, Malibu or Georgetown. Global warming, or the more all-encompassing climate change, is another. And of course there is abortion, the “living wage” as well as the legalization, or at least the destigmatization, of drugs. There are others, but these are some of the most important chapters contained in the religious doctrine of The Book of Liberalism. read more

Gun Violence Will Be Tops at the State of the Union

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Obama has begun his final year full court press to secure his legacy. He knows the clock is ticking and he must undo as much of the Constitution as possible prior to his exit. I believe one reason he appears to be pushing so hard is that he believes Hillary Clinton, one way or the other, will not win. She will either lose in the general election or her criminal behavior will finally catch up to her – therefore be unable to extend his radical legacy.

Of course one of the major issues for any statist is to begin the process of disarming the citizenry. So Obama has hit the road – giving speeches – using what Teddy Roosevelt called his “Bully Pulpit,” to spread his message of gun control.

As a slight aside, you’ve probably noticed that Obama, the Dems nor the press is promoting “gun safety.” See, the word “safety” carries with it a positive tone. When leftists speak of guns, which are as everyone knows inherently evil, they must take care not to detract from that message of evil with a word like “safety.”

Therefore, for leftists, guns must be forever linked with violence – thus the newly minted and focus group tested Democrat phrase, “Gun Violence.” Watch and listen for it – it’s everywhere. read more

Our Federal Government Is Discriminatory

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Federal Express (FedEx) was simply following federal law. But a surviving spouse disagrees.

A homosexual (lesbian) couple lived together for many years. One of them was employed by FedEx. She was with the company for 26 years where she accumulated a decent pension. The couple was together for about the same amount of time.

In 2010 the FedEx employee was diagnosed with cancer and in 2012 “ the cancer had grown so severe that she took a medical leave of absence from work. As one of her last acts on Earth, Lesly Taboada-Hall married Stacey Schuett in a California civil ceremony officiated by a county supervisor. Taboada-Hall died the next day.”

Problems arose when the survivor Schuett petitioned for her partners FedEx pension benefits. See, Taboada-Hall died six days before United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court decision that struck down DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by Hillary Clinton’s husband. read more

A Father Takes a Stand Against the Culture of Death

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I’m sure most of us remember the heart-wrenching saga of Terri Schiavo in Florida. In March of 2005, Terri, after doctors pronounced her to be in a permanent vegetative state, despite the fact that she required no life support in the form of breathing tubes or such, her estranged and total bag of crap husband petitioned for and received permission from a judge to pull her feeding and hydration tube so he could collect on her insurance policy. It took 13 days for Terri to finally succumb in rather agonizing fashion. This past March, on the tenth anniversary of her death, Rush Limbaugh declared her death “the day our country hit rock bottom.”

Despite Terri’s family’s willingness to take her home and care for her, the judge still granted the gruesome death sentence. It reminds me of a couple of articles I wrote in 2013 entitled, “Grim Reaper on Wheels” and “Euthanasia Isn’t a Death Penalty…Apparently.”

In them I chronicled the rise of roving death squads in the Netherlands which traveled the countryside euthanizing its citizens and that the practice was gaining traction in other European countries. The Dutch government’s view was that for some who, according to authorities, were suffering – it was for the sufferer’s own good and the good of society. In 2013, “1 in 30 deaths in the Netherlands are [were] from euthanasia.” As of 2013, Holland had six full time “Death Squads.” read more

Gunfight in Ladson South Carolina

by: the Common Constitutionalist

What is the refrain from the anti-second amendment left? Short of confiscating all our guns, we are to lock them all up in a safe and throw away the key, or place impossible to operate trigger locks on them so that our innocent little children don’t kill themselves or other family members.

That’s fine, if it’s how you wish to live your life. Just don’t force me to comply with your silly “safety” precautions, for someday I, or a family member may be forced to defend ourselves or our home from armed invasion.

Yet, if it were up to the nanny-staters on the left, none of us should be able to defend ourselves. That should only be left to the professionals.

I guess a young South Carolina teenager and his mom are glad the pacifist left have not been completely successful in their crusade to disarm us all.

A 13-year-old boy from Ladson South Carolina was home alone, as he does his schooling online.

This past Tuesday, around 1:30 PM, as his mom was at work, he heard a noise from the back of his home. He saw a vehicle drive up behind the house; two men got out of a car and attempted to break in. Needless to say the 13-year-old was scared, yet not petrified. read more

Luxury Tax History Repeating Itself

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Since 2008, tens of thousands of coal related jobs have been lost – some almost incalculable. As hundreds of coal plants have been closed, it is not just miners who are affected. As power plants close, all employees lose their jobs. Blue collar and white collar employees get the ax – managers, technicians, secretaries, everyone.

But that’s not where it ends. Many of these coal plants are located in rural areas. They have whole towns that spring up around them, as townspeople not only work at the plant, but small businesses are created, like restaurants, gas and service stations, grocery and convenience stores, laundromats, dry cleaners, and list goes on – all to support the plant and its employees. As these plants go away, so too do all the support businesses and all their employees.

But this rings hollow to the Obama administration. Obama cares only for himself and his radical agenda, for once again, due to his Marxist, redistributionist, green agenda, history is about to repeat itself.

Obama’s radical green agenda is about to ruin yet another industry. He and other radicals will consider it a win-win as Obama gets to not only advance his phony green plan, but at the same time, his new rule will also redistribute wealth.

Who’s the target? This time it’s the Luxury yacht industry. read more