Did We Really Expect Obama to Have a Plan

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Back in August of 2014, the Washington Times wrote that president Obama acknowledged that “he doesn’t have a plan for defeating Islamist militants in Syria and backed away from imminent military action… After a week of speculation that he was about to expand U.S. airstrikes against the terrorist group — also known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS — from its positions in Iraq to those in Syria, the president said he has ordered his military advisers to give him ‘a range of options.’”

“But Mr. Obama tried to tamp down the suggestion that his decision was imminent, saying ‘folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.’”

That was then. It’s almost a year later and he now claims that “When a finalized plan is presented to me by the Pentagon, then I will share it with the American people. It’s not – eh-uh-uh – we don’t yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well, about how recruitment takes place, how that training takes place.”

Yes – MLK had his “I Have a Dream” speech and Obama has his “I Have No Strategy” speech. read more

Coolidge – The Great Refrainer

The constant drumbeat of government officials, both President and Congress, is to act. To push forward – to use the office to get things done. Yet one unsung hero in history bucked the system. President Calvin Coolidge used his time as president to do less, not more. And by doing less, Silent Cal did more to help America than almost any other president, even Reagan.

The following video gives some insight read more

Stop Complaining Leftists – It’s Your Own Fault

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Just like almost all of Hollywood and 99.8% of the music industry, it seems the radio DJs that spin the records (pardon the ancient vernacular) are also majority liberal. I’m sure it’s an industry thing.

I will occasionally listen to broadcast music radio in the morning on my way to the office. Most music radio morning drive programs have their local morning show crew, that between songs, discuss trivial current events like the Kardashian’s, or now Bruce Jenner. Nothing of substance – just junk catering to the pop culture, low information crowd.

Yesterday, the morning personalities on a Boston rock station were discussing the black family members who were arrested for cheering on their graduating children in Mississippi. Evidently the school rule was to hold all applause until the end of the ceremony. I get that – many schools have this rule.

I assume it’s to keep the ceremony moving along, but it also has a “feel-good” liberal element to it. You see, we wouldn’t want to upset the little children who have no one to cheer for them.

Anyway, charges were filed against the families by the superintendent of public schools. Well, the local radio personalities were beside themselves over this incident. Although, surprisingly no racial component was brought up at the time, the radio folks thought this was positively Hitlerian, to arrest someone over that. read more

A New FHA – The Federal Hiring Administration

by: the Common Constitutionalist

You may have heard about the 8-1 Supreme Court decision regarding a discrimination lawsuit brought by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of Samantha Elauf against Abercrombie and Fitch stores.

Ms. Elauf is a Muslim who wears a Hijab, a black headscarf, which A & F said would clash with the companies “Look Policy,” and thus did not hire her.

In 2013 the retailer confirmed to Business Insider  that it doesn’t sell black clothing and “discourages its employees from wearing black.” It’s evidently well-known throughout A & F that CEO Michael Jeffries doesn’t care for black.

“Mike hates the color, and so we’re not supposed to wear it at work,” an anonymous employee told Business Insider.

A statement provided by the company read: “Abercrombie & Fitch does not sell black clothing and discourages wearing it at our home office and in our stores, because we are a casual lifestyle brand and feel black clothing is formal. We have nothing against black clothing and feel it is perfectly appropriate for things like tuxedos.”

Yesterday, the New York Times  reported that “Justice Scalia, writing for seven justices, said Ms. Elauf did not have to make a specific request for a religious accommodation to obtain relief under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits religious discrimination in hiring.” read more

Podcast – Jeb Bush Wants Amnesty – America Looking Like Nazi Germany & An 11 Year Old College Graduate

In this episode I discuss Jeb Bush’s interview with Megyn Kelly on illegal immigration and his all too predictable stance. Is America started to become like Nazi Germany. The similarities are striking, and a California youngster graduates college with no less than three degrees at the age of 11.
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Government Takes Children From Parents

by: the Common Constitutionalist

What would you do if the authorities, be it local, state or federal, came to your door one day, weapons in hand and demanded you hand over your children?

I’ve actually thought of this scenario – what I would do if the jackboots showed up at my door. I think about it more since I’ve been writing disparagingly about the government in general and about the present administration specifically.

It really hit home with me about 18 months ago, when my son had his annual physical and the doctor asked him if there were any guns in the house. He had the presence of mind to answer that with all due respect, that’s not you’re concern – and the doctor moved on.

Yet these types of scenarios are beginning to play out in real life. You may recall the case of the Meitiv family in Maryland who are being investigated for the crime of allowing their children to walk to the playground by themselves without an adult escort. Oh the horror! These fiendish parents got nabbed by way of an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen who had nothing better to do then to stick his or her nose into someone else’s business.

Then there is the case of the Nauglers of Kentucky. This family has chosen to “live off the grid.” That’s apparently their crime. read more

The Foundation of a Progressive Country

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Have you heard the one about the waitress who didn’t want a tip? You’ll never believe the punchline – or maybe you will.

Evidently a waitress at Boss Hawgs Barbecue in Topeka Kansas was working her last shift at the BBQ establishment. According to the waitress, Ms. Chloe Hough, she had given her notice and was literally working her last shift, when she eyed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback at one of her assigned tables.

From the looks of her she appears to be maybe 19, 20, 21 – something like that. Most kids that age either live on Twitter or Facebook. Hers was Facebook. When she saw the governor she put an alert out to her Facebook posse writing “You guys 911 emergency. It’s my last shift and I am waiting on our governor. What should I say to him? This is not a test. Go.”

She said: “I just knew I had to say something, or I would regret it. It was my last shift at the restaurant, as I had quit, so it worked out nicely.”

So what did say? read more

What Is McDonald’s?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

For my whole life, McDonald’s has been “the” fast food chain. It was the first of course – the original chain burger joint. And for decades they did a great job of it. No matter where you went, you could pop into a McDonald’s, grab a burger, fries and a Coke and be satisfied with what you received. It was consistent – always the same, no matter where you went. It wasn’t fine dining. It was fast food.

Well, all that’s changed I guess, but into what I know not.

Yesterday the Guardian.com reported that McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook admitted that his restaurant chain is “not on our game.” He said “The message is clear we are not on our game… We must improve, or we will be selling our customers short and leaving open opportunities for competitors.”

He added that he has a plan to “shape McDonald’s future as a modern, progressive burger company, “and by progressive he means the company would be “anticipating the needs of our customers tomorrow.” Wow – that’s deep. Since he went into no detail regarding his progressive plan, we are left with the notion that this is all marketing nonsense and doublespeak. read more

It’s Not All Obama’s Fault

By: the Common Constitutionalist

A Couple of days ago Rush Limbaugh took a call from a gentleman who asked “if a constitutional government is the best form of government, and the constitutional government has allowed us to go so far away from the Constitution, would there have been a better way to have gone?”

Rush’s answer was: “The Founding Fathers knew human nature. The people who put together this Constitution understood that it was only a matter of time before power-thirsty and -hungry despots would try to take this country over and turn it into the average, ordinary tyranny that every other country in the world has been or will be.”

And he’s absolutely right about the founders. They were brilliant men who did fully understand human nature. He went on to explain to the caller why we left England and eventually wished to gain our independence from a tyrannical King and government.

Rush then leaped forward to present day, explaining how Congress has willfully given their authority over to Obama – that it’s both the democrats and republicans who have relinquished their Constitutional power of the purse, among other things.

Now, I’ll grant you that Obama and his entire administration may well be the end of the road for an originalist Constitutional Republic, but he is merely the culmination of almost two centuries of work by progressives. He surely didn’t start the process – he just may be the man to end it.

America has actually been suffering from a terminal progressive disease for about 189 years. read more

More Man-Caused Disaster in The Golden State

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Way back on April 7th (4 days ago) I wrote an article regarding the California drought explaining that the conditions they are now faced could have been dealt with, with a little innovation and a lot less wacky environmentalism. You may review it here.

stop-poseidon-desal-plantThe left leaning journal The Economist even advances the fact that “Other places have dealt with drought better than California. Israel, for example, has built large desalination plants that helped the country, which is 60% desert, cope with a seven-year drought between 2004 and 2010 and the driest winter on record in 2013-14. In California, desalination is harder because electricity is costly, thanks to a renewable-energy program. And green rules make building anything slow. A company called Poseidon will this year complete a $1 billion desalination facility to increase San Diego’s water supply by 7%, but only after six years of permitting and litigation. Many other desalination projects around the state have stalled or simply been abandoned.” The Greenies strike again!

So now battle lines have been drawn over who gets the water. Governor Moonbeam is busy putting restrictions on cities and towns but has left the farming communities virtually alone, reports conclude.

“Mr. Brown put his foot on urban hosepipes while letting farmers carry on merrily wasting water, for which they pay far less than urbanites. Agriculture sucks up about 80% of the state’s water (excluding the half that is reserved for environmental uses),” the Economist adds. read more