Memo to Greece: Time to Grow Up


This column on the fiscal insanity we call “Greece” posits their choice Sunday: “catastrophe or absolute catastrophe.” By the time you read this, that choice will have been made. But the Greek drama will not have ended. It may not even have reached the end of the beginning.

The problem with the column, as with so many others, lies in not defining “retirees” and “pensioners,” thus painting for its readers an incomplete – and biased – view of reality. The picture painted is of men and women too old to be able to work, who have put in a lifetime of toil and who should be kept comfortable in the remaining few years.

No one wants to see the elderly living in the streets and eating cat food – but that isn’t the case here.

Workers in Greece retire at age 57 (officially, for working mothers it’s as young as 50, for others it seems to be between 58-61, while Greek commenters online note that they have been retired since “age 50″), then expect others – the children they are not having, German or American taxpayers – to keep them in middle class lifestyles until they die at an average age of 81, or for another 24 years.

If a Greek began working at age 22, and retired at age 58, s/he would have been working for 36 years. Then s/he wants to retire for 24 years, living off others for 2/5 – 40% – of their adult life.

And they wonder why they are broke.

That’s infantile – but it’s the infantilism  that has resulted from American taxpayers paying for the defense of the entire West since 1945, and of the voter demand for a Western Welfare State that has run out of EVERYONE else’s money.

When Greece changes retirement to 65-67-69 (German consideration), and retirees live off of their own savings or 401K-like instruments, get back to me.

Until then they’re just whiners spoiled by the American taxpayers paying their Defense costs and the German & American taxpayers loaning them money everyone knows never will be paid back.

Greece: it’s time to grow up.

 

 

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SCOTUS to Constitution: DROP DEAD. GOP: Thank you, Sir, May I Have Another?

Once again the GOP demands federal government action on something not among the enumerated powers and so on which any federal response is irrelevant, gets the federal attention it demands, loses a skirmish, surrenders the battle — and then has no idea how to win an eminently winnable war.

And Americans continue losing the war on liberty being waged by our government against its citizens.

Whose side is the GOP on?

What are the “enumerated powers”? They are listed in Article One, Section Eight of our Constitution, and are the limits placed on the federal government by the States when the States created that federal government by ratifying the Constitution:

The Constitution’s logic is embarrassingly simple: All legislative powers not listed in Article 1, Section 8, or anywhere else in Article 1 of the Constitution, are reserved to the states under their own constitutions, respectively, or to the people of each state. [emphasis mine]

It is truly difficult to grasp the appalling stupidity of Republican Party leadership.

SCOTUS last week refused to overturn a lower court ruling that States cannot decide the manner of their elections (allowing only citizens to vote by checking citizenship), a holding directly opposite the plain text of Article One, Section Four, of the Supreme Law of the Land: “The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof.”

Checking citizenship? VoterID? Both are “the manner of elections.”

The States did not grant the Feds authority over elections. Period.

Anything the Feds say re: elections that is not covered by the disenfranchisement statement (and the ONLY constitutional penalty) in the 14th Amendment, gender equality in the 19th, poll taxes in the 24th and age in the 26th Amendments — is outside of their authority.

Holdings by SCOTUS on marriage, like lawsuits against VoterID by the Feds, are irrelevant; Federalism, the governing philosophy of our Republic and the philosophy on which our Constitution is based, requires that they be ignored.

The majority of States, 31, now are governed by a GOP governor; the majority of State legislatures, by the GOP (68 houses v. 31). SCOTUS has just held (or refused to overturn) holdings over which the federal courts have no authority: Marriage and voting.

What are these governors saying? What is the Senate Majority Leader saying? That the SCOTUS rulings on voter citizenship and marriage are “the law of the land.”

One GOP governor who is running for the presidency and should know better, Scott Walker, even has embarrassed himself by calling for an amendment to “take marriage back.”

Newsflash: IT NEVER WAS GIVEN TO THE FEDS. Nothing – ever – was granted to the federal government allowing any say whatsoever regarding marriage.

Again – stillalways – the GOP is leading the fight to accelerate the cultural decline of America by demanding its views be recognized as superior to the Rule of Law.

Demanding action by the federal government of powers not granted to that government is not federalism. It is not the Rule of Law. It is not Constitutionally limited government. It is Progressivism, Statism, the Rule of Man.

It is totalitarianism.

Nothing has changed in the GOP for the better in the over eight years I’ve been writing about it – and nothing the GOP can legitimately do is being done.

Marriage, like elections, abortion, homosexuality, education and a host of issues none of the business of government, are among those on which the Right DEMANDS decisions from a government that has no authority to decide them, thereby implicitly legitimizing federal authority where none exists. Federal government intrusion into these areas is a direct violation of the “Supreme Law of the Land” (Article 6).

Having recognized federal authority over these issues where none existed, the GOP then refuses to reject illegal rulings BY the federal government to which they applied.

How stupid is the GOP? This stupid.

Liberty will continue to be grabbed – and reduced – by the federal government unless and until governors and citizens of States TAKE BACK WHAT IS THEIRS.

We have a Constitution. We have laws. The federal government is violating both AT THEIR WHIM to the detriment of ALL Americans.

If the Constitution doesn’t matter, if the Rule of Law has become the rule of man, then the idea that defines America – has died.

It is time to raise our voices – and soon to raise our arms – to demand our birthright of liberty and law.

Raising our arms is why we have the 2nd Amendment. It’s not about hunting & it’s not about self-defense.

It’s about overthrowing tyrants: what our Ruling Class has become; what We the People, in our laziness, have allowed it to become.

…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…
The Declaration of Independence

 

If this government rejects its limited role as the servant of We the People, it will be time to rise up against it.

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Thomas Jefferson

 

We have the tyrants.

They are in Washington, DC, and in those State Capitols that refuse to defend their, and our, rights. They rule over We the People without regard to Law or Liberty.

Do we have the patriots?

Because — IT IS TIME.

If not you, who?

If not now, when?

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Constitutional Government: Not as difficult as the GOP seems to Think

In plain English, the Constitution assigns to Congress the role of establishing the jurisdiction of the federal courts, including SCOTUS.

And Congress can remove anything it wants from the jurisdiction of the federal courts – and the Supreme Court.

In 2002, Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) inserted a provision in legislation to prohibit all federal courts from hearing cases about brush clearing in South Dakota. (H.R. 4775, Sec. 706). Pending environmental lawsuits were immediately halted, and a court order that was already issued became null and void. (Biodiversity Associates v. Cables.)

Nothing in the Constitution provides the president a role in this. Article 3 is about the judiciary. It unambiguously defines as the role of Congress – alone – the establishment and jurisdiction of the Federal Courts. The Constitution does not require that the Congress pass a law to be signed by the president altering federal jurisdiction: “…under such regulations as Congress shall make,” allows no room for executive participation.

What does this mean in practice?

The Constitution allows – only – Congress to create federal courts and establish their jurisdiction. Congress can pass a “Sense of the Congress,” a “Sense of the Senate,” and/or as “Sense of the House” resolution(s) redefining federal jurisdiction whenever and however it wants.

If the GOP – who holds a solid majority in Congress – believes in the Constitution and removing fraud from our elections, they can pass a resolution as follows:

“The Constitution assigns no power to the federal government in the “times, places and manner of elections,” solely a State responsibility, as clearly stated in Article One. Voter identification therefore being an issue defined by the Constitution as a State issue, and no power having been granted to the federal courts regarding it, voter identification is hereby removed from the jurisdiction of the federal courts.”

If the GOP cared about Obamacare, they’d remove it from the jurisdiction of the federal courts and let States dispose of it as they see fit.

If the GOP cared about infringement by the Federal government beyond the enumerated powers, they’d prohibit SCOTUS and the federal courts from ruling on any issue not granted to the federal government.

After all – if the government has no power to deal with an issue because it has not been granted the necessary power, then there is no reason for the federal courts to be allowed to rule on that issue, or to pay them any attention when they do.

Because of their lack of legitimate authority, anything they would say or hold regarding that issue is an irrelevancy. As on marriage.

It isn’t as difficult as the GOP pretends.

So – why the pretense? Is it because they love Big Government as much as do Democrats?

To ask is to answer.

 

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The American Middle Class Needs to Suck It Up

I’ve often held that Vietnam is THE defining moment in our post-war history.

I bring it up here only to make a point. I know people are bored with it, and that’s unfortunate, for its lessons still need to be learned.

The most important of these is this: Had 100,000 Middle Class American kids stood their ground, said – and believed, “Hell no, we won’t go,” and been willing to go to jail for their beliefs – rather than to Canada and Sweden – tens of thousands of American lives would have been saved – and arguably hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese lives. And the result in Vietnam would have been the same…

People talk about civil disobedience, but few are willing to participate in it.

There is just no way the Federal government would have jailed 100,000 Middle Class kids… and survived.

But the kids took the easy way out. Baby Boomers began their journey of refusing to accept ramifications – consequences – for their behavior as teenagers, and their parents foolishly let them.

Cassius Clay, now Muhammad Ali, willingly sacrificed his title, millions in earnings, his reputation and his liberty, going to jail rather than to Vietnam.

Liberty and freedom take work.

Why am I bringing this up today?

Because we again find ourselves at a point in which our government is passing regulations, laws, executive orders that are anathema to our liberty, our heritage, our children, our standard of living and our future.

… and we, the Middle Class, are doing nothing but complaining.

Whining doesn’t get the job done, folks.

People yammer about illegal immigration… but refuse to have the kids needed for kid jobs, refuse to hire the neighbor’s kids (those few who still have kids) to mow their lawns, refuse to accept that entry level jobs are just that and deserve entry level pay – and refuse to disobey the laws allowing essentially unlimited illegal immigration…

People yammer about murderous savages, but refuse to actually go to war to defeat them, as we defeated Japan and Germany, simultaneously, across the entire planet, in 3.5 years… and keep electing politicians who deny us Constitutionally-guaranteed liberties in the name of… defending those liberties…

People yammer about the Ruling Class in DC – and keep electing the same bastards, because it isn’t THEIR bastard who’s the bastard – it’s YOUR bastard who’s the bastard…

Doctors yammer about the intrusion of Obamacare – but they take the checks rather than advertise pricing and open their own market.

People yammer about the pro-violent-crime result of gun control, but refuse to disobey the unconstitutional infringement of our right to keep and bear arms. Do you really think that if 100M citizens started packing, the government would throw all of us in prison?

The Founders created the right to free speech for reasons of defending unpopular speech; popular speech needs no defense. People yammer about speech codes – but refuse to risk social approbation, or the wrath of some cop – by rejecting them. People continue to send their taxes to governments – that deny free speech. And to subscribe to newspapers editorializing against the free speech that they rely on to publish.

Do you think the government could throw all of us in prison for ceasing to support a blatantly anti-constitutional government under no discernible rule of law?

Stop subscribing to newspapers. Stop watching ABCNBCCBSCNN. Stop buying the products advertised on those stations and in those papers – and tell the manufacturers why.

Voters elect City Councils – then let the councilmen and -women tell them they can’t speak – and these people put up with that.

Voters elect school boards – who tell voters to shut up at board meetings, and hire unionized teachers who refuse to put their own children in their own schools – but refuse to reject teacher unions and school choice.

Companies yammer about the lack of skilled, educated workers and clamor for more H1B visas – and the pols support them rather than tell those companies to get involved in their neighborhoods, their local elections, to spend some time and money improving the education of OUR kids.

If Hewlett Packard and Exxon and IBM and Citibank want more educated workers, then Hewlett Packard and Exxon and IBM and Citibank need to help local cities elect school boards ready to dump unions and actually improve education – not go beg for visas to put more Americans out of work.

The BLM in the Bundy fiasco in NV fenced off a “free speech zone.” And, unbelievably, people actually went in there. America is a free speech zone, and no government official has any authority to deny it.

Protest at the BLM.

Talk where you want.

Film a cop where you want.

Wear your gun where you want. America needs a national “Wear Your Gun Day.” Will they jail 100M people acting in support of the 2nd Amendment, of a SCOTUS that has ruled that it confers an individual right to keep and bear arms? It isn’t the Bill of Permissions…

Refuse to work with an illegal alien. Refuse to support those stores and restaurants that hire them – and tell them why.

Stop hiring illegal aliens – mow your own damn’ lawn, or hire a kid who needs to learn how to show up and get a job done on time, and do a good job without whining.

Stop supporting a government launching wars it refuses to win, spying on you instead of destroying our enemies; killing our kids instead of the centers of ideology and funding of the savages that attack us.

If your pol votes for a war to which that same pol refuses to bring to bear all national means to utterly defeat the enemy, willingly sacrificing the lives of our kids (not his) instead of using technology we invented to shorten wars – to win this one – make some serious noise. Hound that bastard out of office. Be willing to protest hard enough to go to jail – will they send 10M of us to jail for demanding we stop fighting wars we refuse to win – or win the wars THEY decide OUR kids must die fighting?

Demand your state enforce our borders if the feds– to whom the States gave that responsibility – unconstitutionally continue to reject that responsibility. And quit voting for pols who refuse their duty.

Protest at your Congressperson’s office every time they propose legislation in areas not granted to the federal government; hound them out of office for voting for unconstitutional laws. Their oath of office means something – make them realize it.

Protest outside a polling place that rejects voter ID laws if your state approved them. The feds have no constitutional authority to deny your state the voter laws it wants. If the feds don’t like the way your state handles voters, the 14th Amendment provides the ONLY remedy; and it isn’t letting the feds define how your state handles elections.

You liberties are what AMERICA is about. Be willing to go to jail in defense of them.

But if you continue to accept infringements on your liberties, your liberties will continue to be infringed.

Maybe you’ve noticed?

But it can’t be one-at-a-time. Millions of us need to rise up.

If we don’t do it soon, we won’t do it ever.

Suck it up, America.

Liberty takes work.

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Why I Won’t Vote Again for the Establishment GOP

A friend recently admonished me, “you WILL vote for our party’s nominee,” following a discussion as to how bad our (un)American Ruling Class has become. Her point was that it’d slow the “train wreck” that our bipartisan Ruling Class has created.

Like many, I am not a party-line voter. I vote the person and policy. I have never voted for a Democrat because I am opposed to their policies. I have voted independent when I have opposed the GOP nominee. For the past few cycles I have been willing to hold my nose & vote GOP because the alternative socialist was too egregiously anti-law to be imagined.

Because the establishment GOP has become too egregiously anti-Constitution, those days are over.

The American electorate gave the GOP the majority in 2010 in response to the leftward lurch of a solidly Democrat government. They said they’d cut $100B. They cut $7B. They kept voting for Obama’s spending. They didn’t ascertain guilt in Fast & Furious. They didn’t impeach him for DREAM, an Act Congress voted on, rejected, and Obama implemented without regard to the Constitution, the law, or his powers as president of our republic.

We continued the GOP in the majority in 2012. The GOP kept passing Obama priorities and spending. They didn’t rein him in over BLM, IRS, Benghazi, illegal immigration, EPA….

If you are under the misimpression that the GOP will – ever – rein-in spending, take a look at this graph. Out-of-control spending is not a Left-Right issue. It’s a generational issue. And the last half century shows it will not be stopped until we Baby Boomers are gone, if then.

Boomer Debt

 

We gave the GOP a historic majority in 2014. The next week the GOP passed Obamacare & Obama’s illegal immigration spending for all of FY2015. They said that was the old Congress; things’ll be different in January.

In January the new, 2014 – historical GOP majority – Congress was sworn in.

Nothing changed.

The fact of the matter is this: Had the Democrats won in 2014 there would be no difference in policy or spending.

Bush, Perry, Christie, Walker, Graham, Rubio, Carson all are establishment Progressives & members of the Ruling Class.

Carly may be progressive, as well, but her willingness to speak frankly is impressive and refreshing; enough that – perhaps – she should be given the benefit of the doubt; it is too early to tell.

The establishment GOP does not complain about the tyrannical imperium Obama has created for the simple and obvious reason that they want the same totalitarian powers when they hold office.

People yammer that the GOP is pro-national security and the Democrats are not. This doesn’t survive scrutiny. The establishment GOP always wants to go to war as a response to any national security threat. But they never want to win. They waste our kids lives and taxpayer money on causes they don’t believe in enough to be victorious. They tell us they are defending our nation and our liberty when the borders are open here & they refuse to kill the enemy there or stop him coming here.

That’s. Crazy.

Unconstitutionally,

  • They pass laws against free speech.
  • They infringe on our gun rights.
  • They spy on us without warrant.
  • They take powers not granted them.
  • They deny States powers reserved to them…

… what Liberty, exactly, is our government – and the establishment GOP – defending? What nation do they think they are preserving? Because it isn’t one under limited Constitutional government or the rule of law.

The establishment GOP – and particularly Rubio – demand on Cuba exactly what has NOT worked for 50 years & reject what DID work to topple the Berlin Wall and free Eastern Europe in 27 years: engagement. The establishment policy on Cuba is idiocy, as has been obvious for decades.

Obama is creating a race war and the GOP is on the side of out of control cops igniting it because they’re all stuck in the ’60s when it was hippies versus cops. Times have changed. Cops are beating to death homeless kids in CA, executing already-restrained children in their homes in front of the parents who called cops for help in NC, killing men for selling cigarettes in NY, and kids for being obnoxious in Baltimore, and family dogs in too many places to count. But the GOP supports the cops just because they are the cops.

There’s a name for that: “Police State.”

TPA seems to look a whole lot like a treaty. It is legislation. Nothing grants the executive the authority to pass legislation, or to sign laws that Congress has not passed. Nothing allows legislation to be passed in secret. Nothing allows the president to order congress – a co-equal branch of our government – that they can’t publicly read what they’re voting on. Nothing requires the Congress to be subservient to the president. Nothing allows Congress to give the president legislative authority in Fast Track. Just because Congress passes a law doesn’t make it constitutional. The FIRST sentence of the Constitution is not ambiguous: “All legislative powers… shall be vested in a Congress.”

To the best of my knowledge there is no argument regarding the meaning of the word “all.”

What did the establishment GOP do about this egregious overreach of separation of powers, legislative authority and treaty responsibility? Whipped for it. Voted for it. Passed it.

Above I said that had the Democrats won in 2014 there would be no policy difference today. Maybe I’m wrong. We wouldn’t have TPA.

With Labor increasingly at-odds with Obama, and Millennials increasingly at-odds with the totalitarian actions, privacy invasions, and inter-generational economic destruction of the spending by Democrats, we may be witnessing a historic demographic realignment of the parties.

It’d be nice to think that the GOP was positioning itself as the party of liberty, the Rule of Law, and restrained spending to take advantage of this. But – then you’d wake up.

TPA likely will be a disaster for American jobs & liberty. But the GOP doesn’t care – it’ll help the Fortune 50 & that is ALL the GOP values today.

The establishment GOP does nothing when the president and executive branch fight States on voter ID. Voting is 100% a State issue. Check Article One, Section Four: “The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives shall be prescribed in each State by the legislature thereof…” The Constitution has a remedy if the Feds think there’s a problem in voting in a State. It’s right there in the 14th Amendment in plain text: if voter participation is abridged by the State for reasons defined within the 14th Amendment, “… the basis of representation therein [to Congress] shall be reduced in the proportion [of the denial].” The Feds have no authority to deny a State Voter ID laws, and arrogating such is against the plain text of the Constitution. SCOTUS rulings? Who cares? Defining voters is not a power of the Federal government, including SCOTUS, period. The GOP response? Silence.

I couldn’t care less about gay marriage, but the SCOTUS decision was ridiculous. Not because it’s about gays; because it’s about marriage.  Nowhere in the Constitution did the States grant to the federal government – created BY the States – any authority over marriage. SCOTUS is a creation of the States. It has no authority to rule on marriage as marriage is not among the enumerated powers. The States who lost should tell SCOTUS they have no authority to rule on marriage, tell SCOTUS to pound sand, and quote Jackson’s (apocryphal) response to a ruling with which he disagreed by Chief Justice John Marshall: “Mr. Marshall has made his ruling, now let him enforce it.”

THAT would be supporting Constitutional government.

Of course States believing in the Constitution never would have recognized the authority of the federal courts over marriage by initiating their suit to begin with. They simply would have ignored the Feds and done as their citizens desired in the same way parents don’t acquiesce to demands of their children. The States are superior under our Constitution; the Feds inferior. Parents don’t ask kids for permission.

Look at the GOP base. They are anti-Rule of Law progressives. They demand their morality be recognized as superior to the law. Did the States, when creating the federal government as the junior partner under the Constitution, grant to the Feds any powers over marriage? No. Sexual proclivities? No. Education? No. Abortion? No. These are none of the business of the federal government.

‘But… but… but… the Bible!’ they shout, ignoring completely Luke 20:25, mooting their argument.

‘But… but … but… abortion is murder!’ screams the Right.

So what? General police powers are also among those powers reserved by the States and NOT granted to the federal government. In fact, murder was not a federal crime until – the GOP – launched the enormously expensive, historically ignorant (remember prohibition?) overreaching, power-abusing, prison-filling assault on personal liberty they called “The War on Drugs.”

The GOP establishment and base demand federal action outside its powers for issues important to them. That is progressivism. That is totalitarianism. That is the establishment GOP.

The establishment GOP is philosophically identical to Progressive Democrats, and both are intent on the destruction of the Constitution and Rule of Law that ARE America.

America is not a geography; America is an idea – the idea that citizens can rule themselves and create a government they control – rather than the other-way-round, which is how all other governments throughout history have functioned.

It is an idea that the American Ruling Class – like the British ruling class under King George III, the Russian ruling class under Putin, and all other totalitarians throughout history – hate.

George W Bush, now worshipped by the Right because of Obama’s actions in Iraq, gave us wars he refused to win (in which case Obama would have had no actions to take). Bush also gave us a huge expansion of the already unsustainable Medicare entitlement, and an enormous federal footprint in education. Bush was a DISASTER for constitutional government.

So now the establishment GOP wants as president… his brother.

Other than Rand, and perhaps Carly, all the other GOP candidates are the same.

I’ll vote for Rand if he’s nominee. I may vote for Carly if she’s the nominee; it’s too early to tell.

Because the results of voting for any of the others, however, will be indistinguishable from voting for Hilary, I’ll stay home & hope that if the GOP loses, the loss destroys the establishment party, and a pro-liberty, pro-Constitutional government party rises to replace it.

But voting for the establishment GOP and pretending we’ll get back to Constitutional government under the Rule of Law, and rein in spending to cease the destruction of America’s future, is doing the same thing we’ve been doing for decades, and expecting different results.

As Einstein said, that is insanity.

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