Primary Roundup

Last night I monitored results and livestreamed reports for KFTK; recovering today along with finishing up a project I undertook a few months ago.

I’ll have more here after the show but that Prop C, true health care choice, passed by such a landslide marks the second time that the people have told the ruling class in Washington to keep their hands off our health care. That we are free from fines and penalities which may include jail time for noncompliance with government health care is a wonderful thing. That we can pay our own way if we choose is a wonderful thing.

Dems should take warning of how many within their own ranks voted for Prop C. It underscores my point and the polling data shows moderates and independents are fleeing the control of the left:

Independent Voters Favor GOP in 2010 Election Tracking

48% See Government Today As A Threat to Individual Rights – Rasmussen Reports™

In 2010, Conservatives Still Outnumber Moderates, Liberals

Most Say Tea Party Has Better Understanding of Issues than Congress – Rasmussen Reports™

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Anderson Cooper Defines Irony – and the Litmus of the Left

From Newsbusters.

Oh, where to start?

“… has been dragged through the mud and has had to prove she’s not a racist. This can happen to anyone and it’s not right. Imagine it happening to you.”

Um, it has.

Remember this?

… House Democratic leaders took a different tack: One senior aide has been circulating a document to the media that debunks the effort as one driven by corporate lobbyists and attended by neo-Nazis…

In addition, the tea parties are “not really all about average citizens,” the document continues, saying neo-Nazis, militias, secessionists and racists are attending them.

Or this?

What about getting placed on a DHS watch list?

Where was the media coverage then?

Oh. Right. The left believes freedom is only found on the Democrat plantation, it doesn’t fit the media’s narrative.

As I said on King last night, apparently, I’m one of few who’s actually read the original post, watched the original video, and watched the entire 45-minute-15-second video in its entirety. Some points.

– People need to get out a dictionary and look up “exculpatory.”

– The original post and video was to highlight the applause of discrimination towards a white farmer. It was given in context.

– The original video was not “doctored” nor “out of context,” and the irony is that those making such statements are actually taking the context away from its original presentation. Sherrod was building to a lesson in her speech – but went on later in her speech to talk about how people who support HCR are racist, essentially. It’s at 23:53 in. Look, I did your homework for you.

Transcript:

“I Haven’t seen such mean-spirited people as I’ve seen lately over this issue of health care. Some of this racism we thought was buried didn’t it surface?” Now we endured eight years of the Bushes and we didn’t do the stuff that these Republicans are doing because you have a black president.”

Um … soooo people who wanted to make their own medical decisions over their own bodies were doing it because they were racist?

While I’m continuing to do your homework and critical thinking for you, check this at 25:00 in:

“I couldn’t say 45-years ago, I couldn’t stand here and say what I will say to you tonight … God helped me to see that it’s not just about black people, it’s about poor people.”

Why can’t it just be about PEOPLE? PEOPLE, PERIOD?

Sherrod is using race to stoke class warfare and promote Marxist principles. The dude from the Daily Beast on last night’s panel committed a massive facepalm when he tried to deny this in defense of Sherrod but went on to parrot her remarks as a way to push the need for economic equality.

You don’t achieve equality by tearing everyone down equally. You promote equality by giving people the opportunity to exercise their free will and make of themselves what they will. You promote equality by not killing school choice by way of vouchers, or killing small business with penalties via health control.

This began because the left is losing in the arena of public opinion.

They’re losing because people now see the full scope of their policies:

Firms cancel health coverage – The Boston Globe

IRS: We don’t have the resources to handle ObamaCare

Feds to file lawsuit over Arizona immigration law

More Americans Favor Than Oppose Arizona Immigration Law

Confidence in Obama reaches new low, Washington Post-ABC News poll …

58% Say Most Congress Members Won’t Know Stimulus Plan When They …

Confidence in Congress: Lowest Ever for Any U.S. Institution

Obama Approval Falls To Lowest Since He Took Office

Latest Gallup poll shows President Obama’s approval rating at 46 …

Obama’s Approval Rating Hits New Low – Political Hotsheet – CBS News

Obama’s Approval Rating Much Worse Than It Looks – Peter Roff …

Poll: Unemployment is Americans’ top economic concern – CNN.com

And they’re desperate.

Survey: Four in 10 Tea Party members are Democrats or independents …

New poll shows more Americans identify with tea party movement …

After Tripling Deficit in 2009 Obama On Track to Nearly Quadruple …

So they double-down on race and make an already hyper-paranoid state of racial awareness even crazier. In a rock-throwing fight in a climate they created, they took out one of their political own. The White House, the USDA fired Sherrod, not Andrew Breitbart, not Fox News, not anyone else.

Liberals, unable to hold a government in which they’ve invested the entirety of their credibility, deflect and attack conservatives for holding the story up – not their own ideology which tried to spear a movement which now encompasses half the country and has gone mainstream – so they don’t have to implicate their own rhetoric. Doing so would mean they have to back down and debate their policies on merit, and, as you can see from the accumulating public opinion, you’re not going to convince folks to support big government and wasteful spending.

It also shows the litmus test of the left: they’re only willing to come to the aid of a black American if that American shares their liberal ideology. Obama didn’t call Kenneth Gladney after he was beaten, he didn’t call Cedra Crenshaw when the Chicago machine got scared of a conservative black woman entering their ring and tried to run her (unsuccessfully) off the ballot.

The grassroots movement shares more in common with the communities that the left tries to exploit than the left shares with them. All of this is smoke and mirrors to obfuscate the truth.

That’s not empowering, liberating, freeing, nor choice.

Do a story on that, Cooper.

*More on liberal litmus

The Declaration of Independence

Enjoying a long Independence Day weekend. Thank you to the men and women in uniform who made this possible and the Constitution-lovers who refused to be silent for maintaining vigilance at home.

A few thoughts before we finish setting off the rest of our pyro-loot, the Declaration of Independence, all emphasis mine, and some quick thoughts on ways I believe that this administration has repeated some of King George’s grievances. One last note: men derive their rights from God, as evident in the Declaration of Independence, among other documents, because such a gift is, by way of it being divine, untouchable by man. Man did not create them, man cannot take them away or abridge them, though he tries. This is the foundation of this country and no better argument of the principles which guide it than this.

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

— Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. 1

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. 2

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers. 3

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. 4

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: 5

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: 6

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. 7

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. 8

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare,

That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

— And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Citations:

  • 1: Refused to attend to AZ Gov Jan Brewer when she repeatedly requested federal assistance in securing the border; threatened her with a lawsuit when Arizona employed its 10th Amendment right to secure its border – as a direct result of federal inaction –  itself. Delayed help to LA Gov Bobby Jindal when his repeated requests for federal assistance in containing and cleaning the oil spill went unanswered.
  • 2. Refused to honor both federal and state statutes, the former after which the latter is patterned, supports, and by way of support, encourages, the obstruction of the laws regulation legal immigration and border security.
  • 3. His DOJ pick Eric Holder refuses to bring justice in the New Black Panthers’ voter intimidation case, choosing instead to circumvent the Constitution by way of preferring the rights of one over another before the law.
  • 4. The multitude of czars, the health control law and its enforcement through the IRS, the thousands of jobs created for monitoring and implementation.
  • 5. The consideration of Mexico in our immigration laws, the preference of Euro-styled systems over our own Constitution.
  • 6. Health control law, the proposals of cap-and-trade, financial reform, et al., all which decrease individual while increasing government control.
  • 7. The inaction in the Gulf concerning the Deepwater Horizon rig and the administration’s involvement with its cronies selling this disaster for profit.
  • 8. The opposition of the health control law which went ignored by congress and this administration. The majority opinion on immigration which goes ignored.

Treason in Times Square

ABC News reported on June 21st about the Times Square bomber’s guilty plea. Here are some statements Faisal Shahzad’s made at his trial:

“One has to understand where I’m coming from,” Shahzad said calmly. “I consider myself … a Muslim soldier.”

Shahzad answered: “Well, the drone hits in Afghanistan and Iraq, they don’t see children, they don’t see anybody. They kill women, children, they kill everybody. It’s a war, and in war, they kill people. They’re killing all Muslims.”

Later, he added: “I am part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people. And, on behalf of that, I’m avenging the attack.”

Article 3 Section 3 of the US Constitution defines treason and the requirements for a conviction:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

Is Faisal Shahzad a traitor? He claims to be at war against the US and he’s done so in open court. Someone in the White House press press corps should ask the White House if they intend to pursue charges of treason.

Interview with the NRA on the DISCLOSE Act

“We had to put the Second Amendment over the First Amendment.” (7:21)

Yes, it’s common sense to credit the NRA for its involvement with the McDonald vs Chicago case and its fight for the Second Amendment, which, I think, would have been infringed upon even greater longer ago without the NRA.

However.

I don’t like what I’m seeing with the NRA on this – and their wish to protect the Second Amendment by way of seeking exemption under DISCLOSE is nullified if they traded exemption for silence on the hearing of an anti-gun Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as part of of the deal.

You can’t be non-partisan because the Second Amendment, in current society, is not a non-partisan issue.

By silencing yourself, ironically, on an issue for exemption so that you don’t have to be silenced later on is playing with the First Amendment whether you realize it or not.

I laid out the rest of my and your concerns in the interview. Whole show podcast available here, 6/28 first hour.

Gun Ban’s Racist Roots

In light of the Chicago ruling, an absolute must-read from La Shawn Barber:

The Black Codes, laws set up after the Civil War, continued to restrict the rights of newly freed slaves to own firearms, own or rent farmland, vote, sit on juries, testify against white men, sue and enter into contracts. As de facto slavery, the purpose of the Codes was to maintain the white hierarchy. Some things never die. What dies are the rights of people to protect themselves.

Elena Kagan is the New Harriet Miers

I said this during Monday morning’s press conference and it works. Consider:

Miers had clerked for the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, but had never served as a judge. She had neither taught nor written to any substantial extent on law. In private practice, as a corporate litigator, Miers had courtroom experience, but a scant and undistinguished track record of litigating in federal court (almost none litigating constitutional issues), and had never argued a case before the Supreme Court.

Neither were judges. Neither had any sort of bankable reputations to prove they could do the job.

On January 5, 2009, President-elect Barack Obama announced he would nominate Kagan to be Solicitor General.[20][21] Before this appointment she had limited courtroom experience. She had never argued a case at trial,[22] and had not argued before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jane Hamsher’s brief compendium of liberal reaction expresses the same discontentment.

RedState:

Some Senators will argue that Kagan lacks the requisite experience to be a justice on the Supreme Court.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on the Senate Floor on March 19, 2009 his reservations for Kagan to be Solicitor General:

Well, so far as I can observe, other than time in the White House Counsel’s Office, Dean Kagan has only practiced law for 2 years in a real law firm practicing law. She had very limited experience in the things you would look for in a person of this nature.

If Kagan did not possess the experience as a judge or practitioner to be Solicitor General, then, even with a year under her belt as Solicitor General, it is hard to argue that she is qualified to be on the highest court in the land.