Podcast – Miami-Dade Agrees to Cooperate with the Feds on Illegals

Commissioners in Miami-Dade County agreed with Mayor Carlos Gimenez, in a 9-3 vote, to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

During a public hearing regarding the vote, leftist illegal alien advocates took turns at the microphone to express their displeasure with the vote, even trotting out children to tug at the heart-strings of the heartless public officials.

I discuss their antics and their ludicrous arguments on behalf of those already deported and those who may come under threat of deportation. read more

Everything is Rigged – Except this Election

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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According to Democrats, the only thing in life which isn’t rigged is this election.

As long as Hillary Clinton is said by the pollsters to be in the lead and likely to win, the “system” is just fine – but only the election system.

It can’t be rigged if the democrats win. A democrat being in power is the natural order of things. I think it may actually be a part of Darwin’s evolutionary theory. First the protozoa, then the fish, then the ape, then the Neanderthal Republican, and finally, the enlightened progressive Democrat. That’s how it goes – right?

It is amusing that the same people and party, who claim that everything in America is somehow rigged, think it ridiculous when the Republican nominee claims that of this election – and that Republican voters are the ones this time being “disenfranchised.”

In August of this year the Washington Post claimed  that Exxon Mobil is “rigging the system” against green energy. Of course they are. After all, they are the poster-corporation of evil “big oil.” “As recently as last year, it continued to fund organizations that play down the risks of carbon pollution,” writes the Post.

So “rigged” is the system that the AGs of the communist states of New York and Massachusetts, “are investigating whether ExxonMobil violated state laws by knowingly misleading their residents and shareholders about climate change.”

Big Oil – Climate Change – Rigged – Check. read more

Obama To Decriminalize Criminals

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In April the Washington Post dutifully wrote  that “Criminal justice was always a priority issue for Barack Obama.” Actually, I think they meant “social justice,” but still they quoted him stating: “Since my first campaign, I’ve talked about how, in too many cases, our criminal justice system ends up being a pipeline from underfunded, inadequate schools to overcrowded jails.”

Of course both he and the Post neglect to expound on that notion – that decades of failed and corrupt democrat policies have caused the failure of schools, particularly inner city, which leave generations of kids without the proper tools to shun a life of crime, which invariably they succumb to.

Rather than blame the system they set up or the criminals themselves, Obama blames the criminal justice system. In a speech last July at the NAACP convention our president, the “social justice warrior,” said that our criminal justice system was neither smart enough nor fair enough. “It’s not keeping us as safe as it should be. It is not as fair as it should be. Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it,” Obama declared.

Really? How “smart” does it need to be. The legislature passes laws, the president signs them at the justice system does what it is told to do – dispense justice. It’s neither fair nor unfair. It’s impartial, or supposed to be. You break the law – you go to jail. You do your time – you get out and life goes on. read more

Setting the Agenda

by: Kathleen Marquard & the Common Constitutionalist

Pop Quiz: Who said this? Marx, Lenin, Mao, Michael Moore?

“Global sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.”

Nope. It was Professor Maurice Strong and he was just one of the speakers at the Agenda 21 summit.

In 1992, twenty years ago this summer, Agenda 21/Sustainable Development was unveiled to the world at the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio.

In his opening remarks at the ceremonies at the Earth Summit, Maurice Strong stated: “The concept of national sovereignty has been an immutable, indeed sacred, principle of international relations. It is a principle, which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the new imperatives of global environmental cooperation. It is simply not feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation states, however powerful. The global community must be assured of environmental security.”

Sheesh! Take away the environmental crap and it sounds like Woodrow Wilson could have penned it.

George H.W. Bush was in Rio for the ceremonies and graciously signed on for America so that our overburdened Congress wouldn’t have to spend the time reviewing the document, thus learning then, what dastardly deeds were in store for us — that protecting the environment would be used as the basis for controlling all human activity and redistributing our wealth.

A year later Clinton established his President’s Council for Sustainable Development, which would embed the guidelines of Agenda 21 into public policy to be administered by the federal government via all departments. In doing this, Bush(41) and Clinton set up Agenda 21 as ruling authority, i.e., implementing a U.N. plan to become U.S. policy across the whole nation and bleeding into every county and town. And both succeeding presidents have evidently fully endorsed and implemented Agenda 21 through every department of the federal government.

Here is how the UN described Agenda 21 in one of its own publications in a 1993 article entitled “Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save our Planet: “Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by EVERY person on Earth…it calls for specific changes in the activities of ALL people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will REQUIRE a profound reorientation of ALL humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced.”

So, it sounds as if we may have to make some minor changes to our lifestyle.

In simple terms, Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the end of civilization as we know it. It is the end of private property, the elevation of the collective over the individual. It is the redistribution of America’s wealth to the rest of the world (actually the global elites and progressive intellectuals); it is the end of the Great American Experiment and the Constitution.

Before we go any further, I know what you’re thinking. It’s been in effect since 1993, but I don’t see any drastic changes to this country. What’s the big deal? Remember this; National Healthcare was first proposed by Teddy Roosevelt. I’ll give Progressives props; they don’t give up. They’ll just keep pushing their agenda through generations and the foundation has already been laid.

According to its authors, the objective of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity (the 3Es of sustainability – Social Equity; Economic Prosperity; and Ecological Integrity). They insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.

You will need to memorize these new vocabulary words if you are to be a good citizen of the world:

Open space, smart growth, smart food, smart buildings, regional planning, walkable, bikeable, foodsheds, viewsheds, consensus, partnerships, preservation, stakeholders, land use, environmental protection, development, diversity, visioning, social justice, heritage, carbon footprints, comprehensive planning, critical thinking, community service.

After reading this laundry list of Agenda 21 words, you may now see that some have already found their way into our lexicon. Those who control the language, control the argument, thus control the agenda.

This is not just policy but a complete restructuring of life as we know it. We not only will be taught how we must live, but where we are allowed to live; how many children we may have; taught how to think and what is acceptable thinking; told what job we will be allowed to have; taught how we can worship and what we will be allowed to worship; and we (especially our children) will be brainwashed into believing that the individual must cede all to the collective.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Private property and free-market economics will be replaced by public private partnerships and a planned central economy. Social justice will usurp individual rights. Social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.” – in other words, the redistribution of wealth. This will be achieved through an organizational structure of land use controls; control of energy and energy production; control of transportation; control of industry; control of food production; control of development; control of water availability; and control of population size and growth. And all will be decreed under the guise of environmental protection and sustainability.

Agenda 21 is nothing more than worldwide centralized command & control. They only wish to control all aspects of our lives. Is that too much ask?

Catholics Deal With the Devil

Excerpts from Paul A. Rahe’s article titled: American Catholicism’s Pact With the Devil

One might say that the Catholic Church itself laid the groundwork for the recent firestorm they find themselves embroiled in. I speak, of course, of the battle royal between the Church and the Obama administration over what they claimed to be “Women’s Healthcare”.

Now, just as the whites of today cannot be held to account for slavery, Catholics leaders of today cannot be accountable for their past leaders. Or can they?

It might be instructive to add some historical perspective to this dilemma.

In the burgeoning American republic, the principle of limited government was codified in its purest form in the First Amendment to the Constitution. But it had additional ramifications as well – for the government’s scope was limited also in other ways.

 There were other amendments that made up what we call the Bill of Rights, and many of the states prefaced their constitutions with bills of rights or added them as appendices. These were all intended to limit the scope of the government. They were all designed to protect the right of individuals to life, liberty, the acquisition and possession of property, and the pursuit of happiness as these individuals understood happiness. Put simply, liberty of conscience was part of a larger package.

This is what the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church forgot.

In the 1930s, the majority of the bishops, priests, and nuns sold their souls to the devil, and they did so, as is usual, with the best of intentions.

Due to their concern during the Depression, for the suffering of those out of work and destitute, they wholeheartedly embraced the New Deal. They gloried in the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt made Frances Perkins, a devout Anglo-Catholic laywoman who belonged to the Episcopalian Church but retreated on occasion to a Catholic convent, Secretary of Labor and the first member of her sex to be awarded a cabinet post.

They welcomed Social Security, which was her handiwork. They did not stop to ponder whether public provision in this regard would subvert the moral principle that children are responsible for the well being of their parents. They did not stop to consider whether this measure would reduce the incentives for procreation and nourish the temptation to think of sexual intercourse as an indoor sport. They just did not stop to think of any potential consequences.

In the process, the leaders of the American Catholic Church fell prey to that which had long before ensnared a great many mainstream Protestants in the United States. That of the notion that public provision is somehow akin to charity and so they fostered state paternalism and undermined what they professed to teach: that charity is an individual responsibility and that it is appropriate that the laity join together under the leadership of the Church to alleviate the suffering of the poor.

In its place, they helped establish the Machiavellian principle that underpins modern liberalism, the belief that it is our Christian duty to confiscate other people’s money and redistribute it.

At every turn in American politics since that time, you will find the Catholic hierarchy assisting the Democratic Party and promoting the growth of the administrative entitlement state. It did not cross the minds of the hierarchy, that the paternalistic state they had embraced, would someday turn on the Church and seek to dictate how it would conduct its affairs.

The weapon that Barack Obama has directed at the Church was fashioned to a considerable degree by Catholic churchmen. They welcomed Obamacare. They encouraged Senators and Congressmen who professed to be Catholics to vote for it.

The Roman Catholic Church in the United States has lost much of its moral authority.

In 1973, when the Supreme Court made its decision in Roe v. Wade, had the bishops, priests, and nuns screamed bloody murder and declared war, as they have recently done, the decision would have been reversed. Instead, under the leadership of Joseph Bernadin, the Cardinal-Archbishop of Chicago, they asserted that the social teaching of the Church was a “seamless garment,” and they treated abortion as one concern among many.

Here is what Cardinal Bernadin said in the Gannon Lecture at Fordham University that he delivered in 1983:

“Those who defend the right to life of the weakest among us must be equally visible in support of the quality of life of the powerless among us: the old and the young, the hungry and the homeless, the undocumented immigrant and the unemployed worker.

Consistency means that we cannot have it both ways. We cannot urge a compassionate society and vigorous public policy to protect the rights of the unborn and then argue that compassion and significant public programs on behalf of the needy undermine the moral fiber of the society or are beyond the proper scope of governmental responsibility.” 

The truth is that the priests in the United States are far more likely to push the “social justice” agenda of the Church from the pulpit than to instruct the faithful in the evils of abortion.

And there is more. Paul has not once, in the thirteen years of attending mass, heard the argument against contraception articulated from the pulpit, nor has he once heard the argument for chastity articulated. In the face of the sexual revolution, the bishops, priests, and nuns of the American Church have by and large fallen silent. In effect, they have abandoned the moral teaching of the Roman Catholic Church in order to articulate a defense of the administrative entitlements state and its progressive expansion.

Those who seek to create heaven on earth and who, to this end, subvert the liberty of others and embrace the administrative entitlement state will sooner or later become its victims.