Justice Anthony Kennedy – More Powerful than Any President

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Some say the President of the United States, no matter who that is at any given time, is the most powerful man in the world. As the Chief Executive of the United States, he commands both the largest and most powerful military, and also the largest and most powerful economy on the planet.

This may be true on the World stage, but it is not the case domestically. For years now, supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the most powerful person in America.

While this is an abomination of federalism, it is never the less true. And it’s something that seems to be thrown about as no big deal by the legal, political and pundit class. But it is a big ‘F’ing deal (h/t Joe Biden), yet has evidently become the new normal.

We have devolved from the Founders’ vision of three equal branches providing checks and balances on one another, to being ruled by nine black robed oligarchs, to now the reality we face today. That our freedoms and liberties, our economy – everything we hold dear, is controlled by a single individual.

In Justice Kennedy’s hands (or his vote), he holds the future of America. We have never been so close to a dictatorship as we are today. And by one who cannot be voting out, or otherwise removed. Like a dictator, it is he and he alone who decides to stay or go. But unlike a Dictator, there is little fear of assassination. read more

Can We Admit Afghanistan is Unwinnable

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The supposed war in Afghanistan, or whatever we are calling it these days, is unwinnable. We have a better chance of converting Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to Constitutional conservatism than prevailing in Afghanistan.

I believe this is the 16th year of this – whatever it is. I have friends in various branches of the military and frankly I don’t want to see another sent over there to die or be dismembered. How many more years will it take before someone in charge comes to their senses and admits to this folly?

It’s looking like several to an eternity, for president Trump, the man who in 2013 tweeted, “Let’s get out – our troops are being killed – we waste billions there,” is now considering adding up to 5,000 troops to the force of almost 8,500 already in Afghanistan.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the President’s goal is “reducing the threat, especially when it comes to ISIS and the Taliban.” That’s a lofty and perilously vague goal.

Now, I get why President George W. Bush went into Afghanistan. In October 2001, the stated goal was to stamp out Afghanistan’s Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime, which had aided and abetted al-Qaida and its leader, Osama bin Laden.

There was certainly good and actionable intelligence that bin Laden was there – so strikes went on for about a year and a half. It was then, in March of 2003, that Bush announced an escalation with the start of the war in Iraq. read more

No Mr. President – Not Even You Can Create Peace

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Oh come on! Now you’re going to solve the Israeli/Palestinian dispute? Really?

I have to say that I’ve really tried my darndest to support the President. I’ve congratulated him on his accomplishments and have even held back (well mostly) at blasting him when he appears to fail. Mostly because a lot of his supposed failings come from having to compromise with the lazy, shiftless Republican cowards in Congress.

But foreign policy is a President’s purview. Unlike the domestic side, the President is to be the tip of the spear when dealing with other nations. So far Trump has done a pretty good job, refriending Israel, meeting with the Chinese leader and taking a much harder line on Syria, Russia and North Korea.

But then he goes and invites Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House. Like Abbas is some sort of real President. That’s a hot one. He’s simply the latest Palestinian head terror facilitator. In that respect, he’s no different than was Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who paid terrorists and their families.

In 2002, Fox News reported, “In Tulkarm, one of the poorest towns on the West Bank, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council handed out the checks [totaling $25,000 each] from Saddam. read more

Republicans Lead with the Mantra – Whatever is Easiest

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Do not be fooled by the Republican or White House spin that this budget agreement is anything but a total retreat and surrender to the MINORITY party – the Democrats. But hey – fighting is hard. It’s just easier to capitulate.

I was originally going to express it as a Republican give-away – but it isn’t. You see – you have to first possess something in order to give it away – like one’s principle or integrity. The Republicans possess neither.

On his radio show, an angry Mark Levin exclaimed that the Dems passed all of ObamaCare with a simply majority under reconciliation. Mark rhetorically asked how it is that Democrats seem to always know how to play the rules in the House and Senate – use parliamentary rules and procedures to advance their agenda – to get things done, and the Republicans don’t seem to. Is the GOP just not as smart as Schumer, Pelosi and the rest of the Mensa honorees in the Democrat Party?

Of course not. The Democrats, for the most part, are believers. No – they don’t really believe in standing up and fighting for the less fortunate. They believe in the leftist ideal of big government authoritarian control and spending. In other words, they are statists. Of course they would never describe it as such, but this is what it boils down to.

They seem to always get they want because they don’t compromise. And even if they appear to compromise, as in giving the President an additional $15 billion in defense spending and unpinning it from domestic matching, it’s barely a compromise. read more

Taxpayers Lose Again with the Stop-Gap Spending Bill

Shut It Down: Republicans Chicken Out Yet Again

from The American Spectator:

There was a reason that FDR opposed the unionization of public sector workers. Rather than the natural negotiation tension between a company owner and an employee in which the owner is trying to conserve his capital while the employee across the table tries to get as much as he can, when a politician or bureaucrat is negotiating with a public sector union, they’re both on the same side of the table, spending taxpayers’ money, usually without a taxpayer representative anywhere nearby. It’s a recipe for fiscal disaster and perhaps national economic suicide.

The same is true, as proved this weekend, when Republicans and Democrats, having colluded to put off legislation needed to “keep the government open” until the waning days of existing federal spending authority, crafted a “deal” in which taxpayers are utterly betrayed. Government by emergency is never good for the taxpayer, and this emergency was, as so many are, a product of bipartisan conspiracy. read more

Of Promises Broken – President Trump Signs Stop-Gap Spending Bill

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All you need to know about this stop-gap, $1.070 trillion non-budget budget that was passed over the weekend and signed by president Trump, is that Chuck Schumer likes it.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praised the budget deal as a “good agreement for the American people,” that “takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table.”

“The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders, and increases investments in programs that the middle-class relies on, like medical research, education, and infrastructure,” Schumer said in a statement. “Early on in this debate, Democrats clearly laid out our principles. At the end of the day, this is an agreement that reflects those principles.”

Chuckie Schumer is scumbag and a weasel, but he isn’t wrong. Democrats did clearly lay out their principles, and the agreement did in fact reflect their principles. It also laid bare the Republicans crystal clear lack of principle, or at least what we thought were Republican principles. Turns out they have none. At least none worth fighting for.

Some say Schumer and the democrats are shrewd to have played Trump and the Republicans. I would disagree. The Democrat Party is the party of Sheila Jackson-Lee, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Al Franken and many others. None of these could be mistaken for shrewd. But they don’t have to be. They only have to be bullies. Minority or majority – it matters not to them as they continue to dictate the terms of Republican surrender. read more

Podcast – This is What We Do About the Out of Control Courts

We’ve all heard too many times, that the federal courts are out of control. They’ve stolen power from the Congress and the president and are effectively holding the country hostage to their whims.

What we haven’t heard is what to do about. What can we the people, or the Congress, or President Trump do to take from the courts that which is not theirs in the first place. And that’s the problem. We hear constantly that Congress has the Constitutional authority to pass this or that law, or that President Trump is well within his Constitutional power to write such and an order. But then the courts stop it. Then what? Then nothing – apparently.

Well this has to end and I have a couple of suggestions to facilitate that end. read more

New Sheriff at the FCC Will Undo Net Neutrality

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Free speech has been on the lips of many these days. In conservative circles, it has usurped most other news. To some extent it should, for without it, where would we be?

Of the many free speech issues, none has received more press than has the UC Berkeley vs. Anne Coulter flap. This issue goes to heart of free speech and the Constitution.

The right claims that Ms. Coulter has the right to speak and that her “speech” should be protected, just as any leftist speaker would be. Of course at Berkeley, a leftist speaker would more likely be canonized than protested and shut down.

While the issue of Anne Coulter’s right to speak at Berkeley and her guaranteed safety is an important one, a recent Trump appointment that may affect all our free speech should be getting a lot more press than the college speaking circuit. read more

The Wall is Worth Fighting For

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You’ll have to pardon my cynicism regarding the border wall, but we’ve seen this show before. Republicans talk tough, but at the first sign of push-back, they collapse like a house of cards.

But the President is supposed to be different – he’s supposed to be a fighter. He’s supposed to be fighting for us. The wall isn’t just what he wants – it’s what we want. So where’s the fight?

On Tuesday, Talking Points Memo reported on Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s White House briefing. “Yesterday, President Trump reportedly said that he’s going to delay pushing the wall through. Can you just clarify what the status is?” Associated Press reporter Vivian Salama asked Spicer at his daily briefing.

“I think he tweeted about this earlier,” Spicer replied. “His priorities have not changed. There will be a wall built. “Our priorities are clear going into FY17, the remainder of budgeting for that, and we’ll continue to ask for more in FY18,” he said, referring to fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

“So it’s delayed for now,” Salama pressed. “No, I didn’t — no, no, no, no. I never — no one said delayed. No, no,” Spicer said.

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