To D.C. Homeless – Let Them Eat Brioche

by: the Common Constitutionalist:

Obama and the left love to travel the country making soap-box speeches bemoaning income inequality, yet right under their collective noses is a dichotomy of two vastly different economies in the District of Columbia. One is populated by “the connected”,  thriving in well-paying information and government jobs. The other is for people scrambling for even low-paying work.

rue Color ImageWe should be disgusted with that. Every high paying job in the DC area is attributed directly to government payroll or to servicing our bloated overseers. We all know this, and so do they in the “public sector,” but I’m sure they’ve convinced themselves, or been convinced, that their work is so essential, that they are the best and brightest, and therefore should be paid like kings.

According to the analysis by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, “the top 5 percent of households in the District averaged $473,000 a year…,” and that was 3 years ago. Gee – I wonder if it’s even more now?

In 2012, the Washington Post reported that the “District has one of the highest levels of income inequality among the nation’s cities, with the top fifth earning on average 29 times the income of the bottom fifth.

The city’s top fifth of all households pulled in $259,000 on average. In contrast, the bottom fifth had an average income of $9,100. read more

Manifesto, Then and Now

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In 2008, many unsuspecting voters took a cursory look at candidate Barack Obama and saw something new and different. By now a good number of those ignorant citizens have wised up, at least enough to recognize that Barack “Philip Dru” Obama is nothing new. He is just a logical choice of a progressive ideal that began long ago, toward the turn of  last century, whose goal was turning the American Republic into a socialist utopia.

Moses Mordecai Marx Levy, a.k.a. Karl Marx, published his Communist Manifesto in 1848. However, his Manifesto borrowed so heavily from a book written by Clinton Roosevelt, The Science of Government Founded on Natural Law, published in 1841, which Marx was introduced to at a Reading Room of the British Museum, that it was close to plagiarism. Author Emanuel M. Josephson even called Science, “Roosevelt’s Communist Manifesto”. What a coincidence Clinton Roosevelt is related to 2 of the 3 early progressive presidents, Teddy and Franklin. I guess it must run in the family.

Marx’s Communist Manifesto had been commissioned by the Communist League in London. The League, formerly known as the League of the Just (or the League of Just Men), was an offshoot of the Parisian Outlaws League (which evolved from the Jacobin movement).

Both Clinton Roosevelt and Horace Greeley, owner of the New York Tribune, the country’s first national newspaper, provided funds for the Communist League in London to pay for the publication of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Moreover, Greeley put Marx on his newspapers’ payroll. Imagine that, the father of modern-day communism on the payroll of a New York newspaper.

Both Roosevelt’s Science and Marx’s Manifesto agreed on the prerequisites for the implementation of communism. Let’s take a look at these 12 prerequisites for creation of a communist society juxtaposing present-day America. How close are we? You be the judge: read more

Net Neutrality: An Old Idea for a New Era

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Of net neutrality, Obama said: “In plain English, I’m asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life.”

And of course anything that is essential in life must be regulated by the government. It’s the Progressive way.

net neutralityThe lefts argument appears to be that “net neutrality” is essential because all internet traffic, no matter what it is or where it comes from, should be treated equally. And who wouldn’t be for equality? I mean really. Only racists and bigots and homophobes – you know – free market conservatives would be against equality (as defined by the left).

See, in the utopian world of the socialist, every one is equal – equally miserable, and those on the internet who innovate and profit unequally must somehow be doing so without thought or consideration of the collective.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La) said in a statement that the President’s attempt “to have the FCC reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility is yet another example of the Obama Administration’s radical effort to have the government take over more aspects of our economy where there is no justification. Title II reclassification would have a chilling effect on the Internet, which is a sector of our economy that has thrived under the current light-touch regulatory model, and sends the wrong message that regulation trumps innovation in the Internet ecosystem. The best way to guarantee a vibrant Internet economy is by keeping the federal government out of the way, not getting it more involved. The FCC should not allow itself to be bullied into embracing this dangerous proposal that will harm our economy.” read more

Mining the Moon Is Not so Far-Fetched – Maybe

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So who thinks this is a good idea? According to a Reuters report in the Daily Mail our United States government “has taken the first steps to licensing firms to mine the moon.”

Yes, “The Federal Aviation Administration, in a previously undisclosed late December letter to Bigelow Aerospace, said the agency intends to ‘leverage the FAA’s existing launch licensing authority to encourage private sector investments in space systems by ensuring that commercial activities can be conducted on a non-interference basis.’ The move would give firms exclusive rights to that territory – as well as related areas that might be tapped formoon base mining, exploration and other activities.”

Bigelow has plans to set up inflatable habitats on the moon, and thanks to our benevolent FAA “expects to have exclusive rights to that territory.”

Yet apparently some, namely our State Department, are questioning the authority of the FAA to grant such rights, citing the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty (UNOST).

However, the UNOST was crafted during both the space race and arms race, between America and the Soviet Union. It “limits the use of the moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for testing weapons of any kind, conducting military maneuvers, or establishing military bases, installations, and fortifications.” read more

Podcast – Marijuana in Colorado, Mike Lee and the Super Bowl

Today I discuss purchasing marijuana in Colorado using government EBT (food stamp) cards, the great constitutional conservative, Senator Mike Lee, and of course, the Super Bowl.

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Pipeline Rupture Means No Keystone XL

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last Saturday a section of oil pipeline ruptured in Montana releasing an estimated 50,000 gallons of oil. That’s equivalent tpipeline ruptureo about 1190 barrels.

The Bridger companies Poplar pipeline that runs through eastern Montana has been transporting oil from the Bakken shale formation since 2010.

Last weekend’s spill made headlines and the environmentalists are on the war path. The reports are that the spill in the Yellowstone River has caused an environmental disaster. Bottled water has been trucked in to surrounding communities due to “elevated volatile compounds” found in a sample taken at the Glendive Montana water treatment plant. read more

The Rise and Fall of the American Empire

by: the Common Constitutionalist

When watching (if you have the stomach for it) Obama’s State of the Union show tonight, with his laundry list of Nanny-State proposals and usurpation of our God-given rights, remember that nothing of this world lasts forever. That includes nations.

The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans; none stood the test of time.

They do, however, have one thing in common. They all lasted several hundred to several thousand years. We may not be so lucky.

In 1787 a crowd gathered outside the hall where the Constitutional convention was held in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. As the doors were opened and the delegates began to emerge, a woman identified only as Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”

With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

The more I learn of the founders of our nation, the more convinced I am that they were and are still the greatest collection of minds to walk this earth. They were divinely inspired and prescient.

Franklin knew, as did the other founders, the republic, like children, must be nurtured and given constant attention, lest they stray down the wrong path. In the case of the republic, it is the path toward tyranny.

The founders charged the citizens of this country to actively pursue righteousness in our elected officials, and to remain alert to the activities at every level of government.

With each passing decade, we have become forgetful and complacent. The average American today knows little to nothing of our own founding or the original intent of our government, or what those people endured to allow us the opportunity to rule ourselves.

Yet over time we have willingly squandered that opportunity to instead choose to be ruled by those who should serve us.

Some would say that the citizenry is just too busy to be bothered by such things. As our society has “evolved” and “progressed”, it is said that things have just become too complicated and the founders could not have foreseen the problems of today. Woodrow Wilson said just that as he advocated for a “Living Constitution“. read more

I Can Breathe – But Mendocino High School Can’t

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Yes, I can breathe, because I am not a lazy out of work, overweight asthmatic with a heart condition (and probably a half a dozen other ailments), selling “loosie” cigarettes to bums on a street corner for couple of bucks.

And let’s not forget that Eric Garner had been told several times previous by police not to sell his individual cigarettes and that the police were dispatched due to complaints by local businesses.

can't breatheNow all that aside, as others and I have said – he didn’t deserve to die for that rather petty crime, but the continued uproar over it is both absurd and artificial.

What statement is LeBron James, Kobe Bryant (or the entire Georgetown University basketball team) trying to make by perpetuating this thing – other than continued racial division. I can guarantee if Garner had been white, neither player would be worried if this perp could breathe or not. So who are the real racists?

I frankly would’ve thought that this Garner incident would have run its course, but then I read that an entire California high school basketball team was permitted to wear “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts during warm-ups prior to a tournament at Fort Bragg high school.

The Daily Mail reported that “The players from Mendocino high school had been told that they would not be able to wear the T-shirts in memory of Eric Garner by officials at the Fort Bragg school district. But the decision was reversed on Monday, and high school players will be allowed to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said.” read more

So This is a Feel Good Story?

By: the Common Constitutionalist 

I was looking around the internet for one or more feel good stories as we head into Christmas Eve. So I Googled “Feel Good Stories”. Several headings came up and I thought, okay, I have a lot to do – this will be easier than I thought to find at least one uplifting story to maybe elaborate on for the great newsfollowing day.

So, as we all do, I clicked on one the higher ranking results. The site I chose was entitled “Great News Network – Positive Feel Good News”. I again thought – Wow – this will be easy, anticipating such a story as a family reunited with a military parent or a dog who found his way home, just in time for Christmas, after being lost for 3 months. Maybe I’d find a feeding the hungry story, or even a Christmas miracle. You know, something like that.

What I actually found, advertised as feel good stories, were posts which caused me to literally laugh out loud as I stared at the screen. read more