Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A Forgotten Day
Constitution Day Not Well Remembered or Regarded by Liberal Establishment
"Study the Constitution. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislatures, and enforced in courts of justice." -- Abraham Lincoln
Today, September 17, is an important day in American history -- Constitution Day. it was on this day in 1787 that the United States Constitution was signed, establishing the finest system of government mankind has yet devised.
Yet very few people are even aware of Constitution Day. The Constitution isn't taught very much in schools, despite a mandate a few years ago that it be taught in any school receiving any kind of government funds.
But the liberals don't want you to know about the real Constitution, so they either ignore this mandate or they twist it to their own purposes.
The Founders were very clear on the meaning of the Constitution they gave us.
James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, elaborated upon this limitation in a letter to James Robertson: "With respect to the two words 'general welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators. If the words obtained so readily a place in the "Articles of Confederation," and received so little notice in their admission into the present Constitution, and retained for so long a time a silent place in both, the fairest explanation is, that the words, in the alternative of meaning nothing or meaning everything, had the former meaning taken for granted."
"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what is will be tomorrow." -- James Madison, Federalist no. 62, February 27, 1788
"If Congress can determine what constitutes the general welfare and can appropriate money for its advancement, where is the limitation to carrying into execution whatever can be effected by money?" -- South Carolina Senator William Draden 1828
"Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated." --Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Albert Gallatin, 1817
"(T)he true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best . . . (for) when all government . . . shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as . . . oppressive as the government from which we separated." --Thomas Jefferson
"I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power not longer susceptible of any definition." -- Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, February 15, 1791
"A wise and frugal government ... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." -- Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
"Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force." -- Thomas Jefferson, Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798.
"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others." -- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782
"[T]he powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction." -- James Madison, Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 6, 1788, Elliot's Debates
"The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government." -- James Madison, speech in the House of Representatives, January 10, 1794
"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." -- Benjamin Franklin
"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." -- Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, 1821
Not to mention the fact that early Presidents (and other officials) of this great country understood the true intent of the Constitution.
In a famous incident in 1854, President Franklin Pierce was pilloried for vetoing an extremely popular bill intended to help mentally ill. The act was championed by the renowned 19th century social reformer Dorothea Dix. In the face of heavy criticism, Pierce countered: "I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for the public charity." To approve such spending, argued Pierce, "would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded."
"I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit." -- President Grover Cleveland vetoing a bill for charity relief (18 Congressional Record 1875 
In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 for relief of French refugees who fled from insurrection in San Domingo to Baltimore and Philadelphia, James Madison stood on the floor of the House to object saying, "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents." -- James Madison, 4 Annals of Congress 179 (1794)
The vast majority of what our government does today is unconstitutional. Let's take back our country from those who would erode our constitutional liberties by setting up a government that runs every aspect of our lives. As Margaret Thatcher said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take everything you have." And "we have a government that takes too much from us to do too much for us."
This Constitution Day, let us rededicate ourselves to liberty through limited government. To quote Thomas Jefferson, "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
(I am indebted to Professor Walter E. Williams, whose website provided many of these quotes.)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Happy Birthday, YAF
53 years ago this week (September 9-11, 1960) a group of young people gathered at an estate in Sharon, Connecticut and formed a new organization of which I am a proud alumnus: Young Americans for Freedom.
Although parts of the founding statement are specific to their time, much of it is still right on target today:
The Sharon Statement
"Adopted in Conference, at Sharon, Connecticut, on September 11, 1960."
That we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies;
That the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;
That American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?
While Communism remains on the scene the imminent menace today is Islamofascism. But the principles outlined in the Sharon Statement remain the same almost five decades later.
For almost half a century now, Young Americans for Freedom has been a force for freedom, whether opening college campuses that were being shut down by the anti-American left, protesting trade with our enemies, publishing its magazine, The New Guard, or holding a rally or a convention.
9/11: Have You Forgotten?
We Must Never Forget What We Are Fighting For
Today is a sad anniversary, the anniversary of the mass murders of thousands of people twelve years ago by fanatics bent on imposing a narrow, totalitarian ideology on the entire world under the cover of religion.
They flew airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in the Washington, DC area. The damage would have been worse had the brave passengers of an additional flight not taken it over from the terrorists and crashed it into a field in Pennsylvania instead of its intended target, the Capitol or White House.
These people attacked America, put off by our freedom, our prosperity, and our declining values. They also seek to restore the caliphate – with themselves in charge, of course, like the totalitarians they are.
To make it worse, one year ago, they attacked our Embassy in Benghazi, killing our Ambassador and three other brave Americans, and the U.S. government has done nothing about it, except arrest the maker of a video that, while detestable, had nothing to do with the attack. Meanwhile, our President and his administration merely pay lip service to those who died in that attack.
Although most Muslims detest these people and what they stand for, the media does not want you to hear those voices. Nor does it want to show us what happened on September 11, 2001. Apparently, their political cause will suffer if we remember that the issue is our ongoing war against totalitarianism. Unfortunately, it looks like some in this country would rather score political points than do what it takes to destroy the Islamofascist menace.
But we are led by a President whose close friend and political sponsor tried to bomb the Pentagon, just as the 9/11 terrorists did; who for 20 years attended a church whose pastor after 9/11 announced that "America's chickens have come home to roost"; whose wife said that she had never been proud of America and that it was "a downright mean country"; who had a Cuban flag and a picture of Che Guevara in his Houston campaign headquarters during the primaries. We are led on this September 11 by a President who has appointed the likes of Van Jones (a self-proclaimed Communist and a believer that the US government carried out the September 11 attack on its own as a pretext for war; radical extremist Cass Sunstein and his wife, Samantha Power (now our UN Ambassador); and Anita Dunn, who said that her favorite political philosopher was Mao Tse-tung, among others. This from a man who publicly supported the Palestinian terrorist Rashid Khalidi; who accepted an anti-American book from the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.
Just as we fought to end Naziism and we brought down the Soviet Union, we must engage the Islamofascists in order to preserve our freedom.
Just as a previous generation of Americans remembered Pearl Harbor long after the fact, we must never forget what happened to our countrymen six years ago. Let us take our time today to honor the victims of these terrorist cowards and let us not rest until this particular incarnation of the totalitarian, anti-freedom ideology has stopped bobbing up its head.
Let us be vigilant. Let us never forget.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Are We About to Put a Racist on the Supreme Court?
Are we about to put a racist on the Supreme Court? It is virtually certain that President Obama's nominee for Justice Souter's seat, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, will be confirmed. But there are innumerable reasons why she shouldn't be. One is that she is clearly a racist.
It's not just her ridiculous statement that she could make "better decisions" because she's Hispanic. Her ruling against the New Haven firefighters is clearly based on race. While it is a good thing that the court she is poised to join overturned that unjust ruling, the fact remains that she based her ruling entirely on race and the effect that her ruling would have on racial groups. She clearly can't see beyond skin color.
Sotomayor is a member of La Raza, a group whose slogan is "For the race everything, for those not of the race nothing." She has by her continued membership supported this racist policy.
Sotomayor has made it clear that she has no regard for the U.S. Constitution. She stated that the Circuit Court, on which she presently serves, "is where policy is made." No, that would be Congress.
And Sotomayor is hailed as the person who "saved baseball" in her ruling against the use of replacement players. This was just another case where Judge Sotomayor exceeded her authority.
Oddly, she is supported by the same people who circulated a memo about Miguel Estrada saying "this nominee is especially dangerous because he is Latino." What a bunch of hypocrites! Now they are suddenly pretending to like Hispanic people.
Putting this woman on the Supreme Court is a danger to our Republic. Those Senators who vote for her confirmation should be ashamed of themselves.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Pelosi Lied About Enhanced Interrogation Knowledge
Hoyer Calls for Investigation
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has called for an investigation of Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her false statements on what she knew about waterboarding. Hoyer said that the controversy over Pelosi's statements "probably ought to be on the record."
Meanwhile, documents have emerged that show that both the CIA and a Congressional aide briefed Pelosi on enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, and she approved of those tactics. Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R- Mich.) revealed the existence of these documents and they were reported in The Politico. In addition, Michael Sheehy, a top aide to Pelosi, told the Washington Post that he and Pelosi had been briefed on waterboarding and she approved of the tactic. The only Democrat who filed any objection was Rep. Jane Harman (D-Cal.)
Pelosi and Sheehan were briefed on September 4, 2002. At that time, they were told that waterboarding had been used on Abu Zubaydah and that it was producing information. The information that Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Muhammad gave under waterboarding proved vital in saving thousands of lives – perhaps hundreds of thousands, according to former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Pelosi has been caught lying to you and me. She cannot be trusted. The Democrats have been trying to politicize their policy differences, calling for show trials of those who approved of enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, despite the fact that no criminal offense occurred. Now awe have confirmed that they approved of these techniques. Will they put themselves on trial? Political trials of the sort that Democrats have been calling for are bad for a free country, so it's a good thing in that regard that Pelosi has been caught lying. Perhaps it will derail the Democrats' obsession with criminalizing opposition to their narrow ideology.
I don't often agree with Hoyer, but let me take this opportunity to second his call for an investigation of the Speaker.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Obama's Intelligence Pick Quits
Freeman Would Have Been Very Dangerous to the Country
Reflection of Obama's Real Views
President Obama's nominee for chairman of the National Intelligence Council, Charles (Chas) Freeman, withdrew his nomination yesterday after his extreme, anti-American views and associations were exposed.
This is great news for the country, but the downside is that Freeman's appointment was a perfect reflection of who President Obama really is. Personnel is policy.
In addition to Freeman's connections to the Saudi government, a leading exporter of Islamofascist terrorism, he has business connections to the bin Laden family and their Saudi Binladen Group, a multibillion-dollar construction conglomerate founded by the father of Osama bin Laden. He served as cairman of Projects International Inc., and in that capacity, he told the Associated Press, he was still "discussing proposals with the Binladen Group—and that won't change."
I find the dominant view in China about this very plausible, i.e. that the truly unforgivable mistake of the Chinese authorities was the failure to intervene on a timely basis to nip the demonstrations in the bud, rather than -- as would have been both wise and efficacious -- to intervene with force when all other measures had failed to restore domestic tranquility to Beijing and other major urban centers in China. In this optic, the Politburo's response to the mob scene at "Tian'anmen" stands as a monument to overly cautious behavior on the part of the leadership, not as an example of rash action.
Freeman's "ill-conceived restraint" consisted of sending tanks in to mass-murder the peaceful demonstrators. Troops indiscriminately fired AK-47s at the crowd. Many demonstrators were pulled out of buses and beaten with heavy sticks. Journalist Charlie Cole reported that tanks ran over numerous demonstrators, crushing them. Very restrained, don't you think? Chas Freeman does, and apparently, so does President Obama.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I Didn't Realize You Could Pile Baloney That High
I watched President Obama's non-State of the Union speech Tuesday night. What a waste of my time. The man says nothing very well.
Obama's proposals reduce the degree of freedom to direct our own lives and the degree of responsibility for our own lives. And they spend massive amounts of money to do so. The porkulus bill alone added almost a trillion dollars to our deficit. Where does he propose to get that money?
Unfortunately, nothing President Obama says is believable as far as I am concerned. He's been caught not telling the truth about the so-called "stimulus" bill, as well as other issues. In his speech Tuesday he just plain would not tell the truth about the causes of the mortgage crisis. It was caused by the Clinton administration pressuring banks (under the threat of government action) to issue mortgages that everyone knew could never be paid back. Obama is more Clintonian than the Clintons.
Obama is talking the language of "Yes we can" but practicing the politics of "No we can't." His policies promote limits and suffering and pain. The implication of both his rhetoric and his policies is that you can't -- and shouldn't -- achieve, or make many decisions for yourself without bad stuff happening to you, so he'll just take over your life and run it for you so it can be run better. That is insultingly offensive. It's also authoritarian.
Furthermore, his ongoing theme of "remaking" America -- not reviving, renewing, or restoring, not even reforming, but remaking -- shows that he fundamentally does not believe in the American vision and the American dream handed to us by our Founders. You do not try to remake what you think is fundamentally well done, well built, well structured. Only if there is a systemic, fundamental flaw do you try to remake something. In other words, Barack Hussein Obama does not believe in America.
President Obama's latent anti-American attitude is showing. So are his authoritarian impulses. He is going to tell us what health care we can have, tell the banks how to operate, and tell everyone he can how to do everything. Big Brother is watching you – on a big-screen TV in the White House residence.
Barack Obama: Dishonest, Lying Hypocrite
During the campaign, I described President Obama as a "dishonest, lying hypocrite" for his insincere denunciation of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his spiritual mentor of 20 years who had said "God damn America" from the pulpit and referred to America as "the United States of White America" and "the US of KKKA." Obama had said of Rev. Wright, "I could no more disown him than I could disown the black community" – then he threw Wright under the bus. Then Wright showed up at his Inauguration.
Obama was also dishonest in claiming that he would cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans. Republicans proposed to cut taxes in a major way – FICA (the Social Security tax), income taxes, capital gains, the corporate tax, and others – as part of the stimulus bill, but the tax cutter Obama told them that their ideas were not being considered because "I won." Meanwhile, he appointed tax cheats to his Cabinet.
President Obama promised that he would give the people five days to look over any bill before signing it, yet signed the so-called "stimulus" bill on the first business day after it was passed by Congress – even though neither the President nor any member of Congress nor the American people had read that almost a billion dollar piece of garbage. Obama lied again.
He also claimed that there was "not a single earmark" in the porkulus bill or in his budget. I have to give him that one, as Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) pointed out. "There is not a single earmark. It's loaded with them." In all, there are about 900 earmarks. Another falsehood from the Liar-in-Chief. We have a fundamentally dishonest, America-hating President in our White House.
Barack Obama finally has a real achievement. He is the only person in America who could make the Clintons look honest. And that is pretty scary.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Senate Committee Approves Friend of Terrorists
Holder Passes First Hurdle for Confirmation as Attorney General
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Eric Holder to be the next Attorney General with just two dissenting votes. Holder's nomination now moves to the full Senate. I would like to congratulate Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) for doing the right thing and voting against this friend of terrorists.
As Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration, Holder was in charge of overseeing the pardons and clemency process. In that capacity, he was instrumental in the pardons of two members of the Weather Underground. This is the organization in which President Obama's friend Bill Ayers was a top leader. The Weather Underground declared war on America. They bombed the Pentagon (long before Al Qaeda thought of it), New York City police headquarters, and other official targets.
The Weather Underground had a bomb factory in a townhouse in New York City, from which Ayers courageously ran away when it exploded, leveling the townhouse and killing three of his comrades, where they were making bombs to blow up a dance at Fort Dix and the Detroit police headquarters.
While Holder was the official receiving and reviewing pardon applications, former President Clinton issued pardons to Susan Rosenberg and Linda Sue Evans, two members of this domestic terrorist organization. Rosenberg was involved in the notorious Brinks robbery in Nyack, New York in 1981 in which two officers were murdered. In 1984 she was caught with explosives. She admitted that she intended to supply explosives to others. She was sentenced to 58 years in jail.
Evans served time in prison for her connection to eight (8) bombings, including the U.S. Capitol bombing, as well as using false identification to buy firearms and harboring a fugitive.
One of the top bundlers for President Obama's campaign was attorney Howard Gutman, who served as Rosenberg's attorney during the pardon process.
Holder was also instrumental in the pardons of 16 members of the terrorist "Armed Forces of National Liberation" (FALN), a violent Puerto Rican independence group. Hillary Clinton, now Secretary of State, was running for Senator from New York at the time and New York has a large Puerto Rican community.
Holder instructed his staff at Justice's Office of the Pardon Attorney to effectively replace the department's original report recommending against any commutations, which had been sent to the White House in 1996, with one that favored clemency for at least half the prisoners, according to these interviews and documents.
The 16 members of the FALN and Los Macheteros had been convicted in Chicago and Hartford variously of bank robbery, possession of explosives and participating in a seditious conspiracy. Overall, the two groups had been linked by the FBI to more than 130 bombings, several armed robberies, six slayings and hundreds of injuries. Yet Holder thought they were worthy of clemency.
Then there is Marc Rich, perhaps President Clinton's most famous – and controversial – pardon. Rich didn't even qualify for a pardon under Justice Department guidelines, which specify that no pardons shall be requested until five years after a criminal sentence has been completed. Rich has never served any of his sentence, as he is a fugitive from justice.
Rich has been based in Switzerland since 1983, just before he was indicted in the United States, accused of tax evasion on more than $100 million in income, fraud and participating in illegal oil deals with the terrorist regime of Iran, the same Iranian regime that is sponsoring the insurgency in Iraq, which is killing American troops. President Clinton issued the pardon after his foundation received a large contribution from Rich's ex-wife, songwriter Denise Rich.
According to the prosecutors in the Rich case, no one consulted them before recommending a pardon for Mr. Rich. Yet Mr. Holder strongly pushed for the Rich pardon.
This friend of terrorists is President Obama's choice to be the nation's top law-enforcement official and it looks like the Senate will go along. Maybe they're afraid to oppose him because he is African-American. But he is unfit for the office. His nomination is a payoff to the enemies of America. If the Senate had any principles, they would defeat the Holder nomination and tell President Obama to find another Attorney General. That they will not shows the dangerously troubled state into which our country has fallen.