Liberal Commenter Insists the Left is NOT Out to Destroy Kavanaugh – Part Two

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The following is part two of a very lengthy comment someone sent me to a recent World Net Daily article I wrote.

I will not recap part one, although you may review it here.

Once again, my responses to the commenter are indented.

Commenter: Kavanaugh’s conservative views on abortion are not the only reason why the Democrats oppose him. He is an opponent of gay rights and a corporate shill who supports corporate greed over the rights of individual Americans.

Actually I’ve heard Kavanaugh speak of the Bill of Rights – of which he is a supporter. You know the Bill of Rights, which rather nicely delineates the rights of all Americans equally. It is the left who in fact specifies that we need special rights for “special” people or groups.

And yes, he supports corporate greed, as you put it, because he believes, like our silly Founding Fathers, that government should have little authority to regulate business … to death. read more

Innovation Born of Necessity

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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I am firmly against excessive tariffs. I’ve made that crystal clear on a number of occasions. Reasonable tariffs on imported goods are well… perfectly reasonable. At our founding, it was the source of federal government funding. Reasonable import tariffs (imposts) and duties covered the cost of operating the small federal government budget. It paid for the labor and clerical work of the importation and inspection process. As the feds were responsible for little else constitutionally, tariffs were an adequate funding system.

But these days, tariffs could not hope to cover the cost of operating the federal leviathan. They are now more a measure of protectionism worldwide. And I agree that on the world stage, America has allowed itself to be taken advantage of. Other nations expect America to charge minimal import tariffs and duties for the goods they export to us, but few reciprocate.

Nations like China do in fact take advantage of us. They expect us to treat them fairly, but often charge exorbitant tariffs on products we ship to them. And that’s assuming they accept our exports at all. In many cases, they simply do not. They don’t wish to compete with American imports on their own soil. For a long time, it has been rather one-sided.

And for just as long, the American government has put up with inequity, afraid to make waves. Enter President Trump. read more

Shut Down the CFPB – Save the $650 Million

from IBD:

Like so many bureaucracies, the Obama-era Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a creation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, began with the very best of intentions. But it has failed to do its job. Following the resignation of CFPB chief Richard Cordray, it’s a good time to consider shutting down the agency altogether.

CFPB is often mischaracterized as a “consumer watchdog” in the mainstream media. Consumer attack dog is more like it.

Set up to protect consumers from predatory lenders and rogue banks, the CFPB has in fact led to less credit for financially troubled Americans, and is arguably not even legal. And no, that’s not just our opinion.

An October 2016 Supreme Court ruling found CFPB’s structure to be unconstitutional, a violation of the separation of powers in the nation’s supreme law. read more

Land of the Free?

from The American Thinker:

John M. Horne was born in 1813 in the Land of the Free, an inheritance from several distant uncles who fought against Cornwallis The home of the brave came before the land of the free. 

Shortly after John and Clarissa Warren married in 1843, they made the long journey from North Carolina to western Kentucky. Their simple farm life was free from any king or tyrant in a distant capital. In the land of the free, no one could tell them what to do with their property or how much of their money they could keep.

John died sometime between 1860 and 1870, perhaps in the Civil War. His teenage son, John C., took the responsibility of caring for Clarissa and his sister, and later had his own family and care for two orphaned grandchildren. Courage to take personal responsibility is required to live in the land of the free. 

An older John C. witnessed the “soak the rich” campaign resulting in the 16th Amendment, the income tax. For the first time in the nation’s history, government was positioned against the individual citizen. How much of that citizen’s property could be confiscated and for what purpose was limited only by the “wisdom” of Congress. Taxpayers later found their funds going to subsidize indolence, to groups with political connections, and for other uses outside the limits on the federal government the Founders clearly wrote into the Constitution. read more

The Liberal “States of the World”

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Recently Mark Levin suggested, as has Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and even little old me, to allow the liberals of this country to pick the states of their choosing and form their own leftist nation – The Liberal States of the World”.

Mark suggested that they pick 10 states, all move there, and have a ball. They can even pick the nicest states – the coastal ones, although with the sure onset of global warming, maybe not. We wouldn’t want all those lefties to be washed out to sea.

So let’s just say they will occupy both coasts and we conservatives will move into the crappy flyover states. We’ll even throw in Washington DC as a bonus.

They would now be free to do anything they want – enact any legislation – raise any tax – mandate any regulation and pack any court, with no unreasonable conservatives to stop them with their religious dogma.

They may rewrite the Constitution, or better yet, scrap the whole thing and replace it with FDR’s Second Bill of Rights.

If you’re unfamiliar with them or need a review, here are a few of the real standouts:

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.

The right of every family to a decent home.

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.

The right to adequate protection from economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.

The right to a good education.

Wow – where do I sign? That sounds great and completely reasonable and workable. It sounds like manna from heaven, except there is no heaven – so manna from Mother Earth. read more

The FCC: Yet Another Rogue Agency

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Pay no attention to that rogue federal department behind the curtain. Pay attention only to Obamacare. It’s all about Obamacare. Everyone concentrate on Obamacare.

 

What ever do I mean? Is the Obama administration, as they always do, trying to avert our attention yet again? In a word, yes. Obamacare is a total disaster and all eyes should be focused on it. But Obamacare is serving a second devious purpose. It distracts us from other administration shenanigans. Distraction has become an art form for them.

 

So where else should we be looking? This time it’s the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). And as the FCC goes rogue, we conservatives should be very worried. Just think about it. Liberals have never been able to compete with conservatives in the “arena of ideas”. And which medium is the consummate arena for ideas and independent thought? Why, it’s Talk Radio of course. That and the explosion of conservative websites and blogs.

 

Evidently statists have tolerated this for long enough. Just as they charge the EPA with destroying any industry they don’t care for, so are they going to attempt to shut down any and all conservative opposition to their agenda. read more

Regulation Nation Rolls On

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

What we need is more regulation, because without proper federal oversight, we make all the wrong choices; spend our money indiscriminately, use too much energy, pollute the planet, eat the wrong things and generally misbehave. Basically, we are what’s wrong with this country.

 

And how is all this misbehavior measured? Well, by “independent nonpartisan studies”, of course.

 

Take this recent study for example. It looked into food expiration dates. The study of food expiration dates was conducted by Harvard Law School. Law school? Yes, they have a food law and policy clinic. Of course they do. It was done in conjunction with the partisan free Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). They are an environmental “action” group and we all know “action” is good.

 

Glossary of terms: When you see the word “action” describing an organization, 9 times out of 10 it is liberal. Just a little tip.

 

Anyway, the study found that 90% of Americans prematurely tossed out food because they don’t properly understand the “use by” or expiration date. read more

Good Decisions are a Function of Government

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Rush Limbaugh says Obama’s “Nudge Squad” is designed to promote certain behavior. I’m sure he just misspoke. The Nudger’s themselves admit they are attempting to do much more than just promote. Government can and already does produce commercials that merely promote an agenda. No, the “Nudge Squad” is not a promotional group. These “behavioral scientists” are charged with steering us into making the “correct” decisions.

And who determines what is the correct decision? Why, the administration. They are the arbiters of right and wrong, good and bad behavior.

Do you recall the statement by Bill Clinton, circa 1999? Thanks to the reforms forced on him by the Republican Congress and the tech bubble, the government had a surplus. Regarding that surplus Clinton said: “We could give it all back to you [the taxpayers] and hope you spend it right… Do you really want to run the risk of squandering the surplus?”

Just like the Nudgers of today, he didn’t really give us a choice. It’s what the academics, the behavioral scientists call “mandated choice”. The choice he gave us was between squandering the surplus on one government program or another. Some choice.

“Mandated choice”, where one has to choose between one thing or another is not true choice. How would you like to go; stabbed or shot? It’s your choice. Again, some choice. No, “mandated choice” is used to accomplish one thing; to modify people’s behavior, for to progressive, collectivist academics that have infested our government for over a century, only they know best. Only they know what is good for us.

In the late 1980s the popular slogan was “Bo Knows”. It was the brainchild of Nike and featured the two-sport athlete Bo Jackson. It was changed in 2008 to “Barack Knows”, the brainchild of who the heck knows but stated by wife Michelle. She exclaimed: “Barack knows that we’re going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we are going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” She continued: “Truly, the choice we make will determine nothing less than who we are as a country, but more important it will determine who we will be.”

But what if we don’t want to move or change? Then enter the Cass Sunsteins of the world. Glenn Beck called Sunstein the most dangerous man in America. He was right.

Cass joined the Obama administration early on. He headed up the OIRA (Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs). He was Obama’s regulatory czar, a Chicago egghead academic that believes he has all the answers and couldn’t wait to foist them on the American people. Working behind the scene he tasked himself with weighing the interests of the greedy individual to that of the utopian collective or society.

He was a huge fan of FDR and his second “Bill of Rights“. If you know nothing else of Cass Sunstein, that is sufficient.

Sunstein is the father of the modern day “Nudge Squad”.

But now the baton has been passed to Maya Shankar, a twenty something, no nothing, Yale leftist. She is a White House “senior” policy analyst charged with influencing Americans behavior. One could only guess who she has been aligned with. If you guessed Soros’s Marxist “Center for American Progress” and “Open society”, you’d be correct.

So our government has assembled a “Nudge Squad”, complete with far left ideologues to control our behavior and shove us back into line lest we step out.

Glenn Beck had it right (as usual) when he said: “first they nudge, then they shove, then they shoot.” It’s the way of the oppressor and if we don’t fight it now, we will find out just how bad it can get. They won’t stop unless we stop them.

DDT Ban Kills

from: Ed Hiserodt and Rebecca Terrell

 

Worldwide, more than 2,700 people will die today because of a bureaucratic regulation instituted during the Nixon administration in 1972. The same number died yesterday and will again tomorrow, in an ever-growing tally of victims of that catastrophic policy. The regulation imposed by Nixon’s newly formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned DDT, an insecticide that had until then saved the lives of countless U.S. citizens. Leaders in Europe and the United Nations followed suit in a frenzy of misguided environmental zeal and bloodthirsty population control fervor.

“European nations and the United States used insecticides to rid themselves of disease and then pulled up the ladder, denying Africans, Asians and Latin Americans the benefits of those same insecticides,” explain Dr. Donald Roberts and Richard Tren in their 2010 exposé, The Excellent Powder: DDT’s Political and Scientific History. Wealthy nations merit this accusation because before the advent of DDT, parasitic diseases like malaria, typhus, and yellow fever had plagued their own shores for centuries. These infections are known as vector-borne diseases because insects (i.e., vectors) carry disease-causing parasites from person to person.

When DDT first came into use as a pesticide, many called it miraculous, which was hardly an exaggeration considered in perspective. Until then, yellow fever claimed so many lives it was known in the United States as the “Scourge of the South.” The French abandoned efforts in the 1880s to construct the Panama Canal because malaria killed so many workers. Typhus, the disease that took the life of diarist Anne Frank, was once feared as deadlier than any weapon of war in Europe. Yet in a period of three weeks in 1943, DDT wiped out one of history’s deadliest typhus outbreaks in Naples, Italy. In fact DDT’s effectiveness has made all these disease names as antiquated to our ears as scurvy and the plague.

Not so for unfortunates in developing countries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), globally malaria kills approximately one million people every year, more than any other parasitic infection. Most victims are young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Names like typhus, yellow fever, leishmaniasis, dengue fever, and bancroftian filariasis are likewise too familiar to hundreds of thousands of those affected in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

DDT’s life-saving properties are lost to them because the EPA’s 1972 ban sparked a global censure of the pesticide. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) now classifies it as one of 12 “Persistent Organic Pollutants” (POPs), otherwise known as “The Dirty Dozen.” UNEP claims DDT is a danger to humans and the environment. Yet a closer look at the case reveals a terrifying reality: saving lives isn’t what policymakers are after.

White House Tours Could Be Funded

A study from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) shows the federal government’s needless spending and costly regulations waste over $42 billion dollars–enough to fund up to 45,000 years of White House tours.

After the White House announced that its public tours would be one of the first government functions to be shut down due to the budget sequester’s slowdown of spending increases, conservatives have highlighted government spending on inconsequential projects ranging anywhere from puppet research to snail sex.

The NRCC has compiled a “waste list” totaling $42,642,721,597 from its findings. Some of its expenditures include:

  • Dancing iPhone robots–$547,430: “Part of a $547,430 grant from the National Science Foundation went to the development of a dancing robot that connects to an iPhone.”

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