Insurgent Tribe Speaking July 8th in Montrose

On Saturday, July 8th Insurgent Tribe will be speaking on the constitution and the history of Indian rights in Montrose, Colorado. If you are on the western slope or the Four Corners area come join us! $20 includes presentations, tour of the museum and food! Proceeds go to the Montrose High School Constitution Club.

For tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-constitution-and-american-indians-tickets-35746082495

 

Other Side Gloat of the Day, Charles Blow Barack Obama Edition

 

Amidst New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s psychoanalysis of Donald Trump (summary: Trump’s persona politica is all about Barack Obama and his blackness) Mr. Blow unleashes this paean to Obama:

Obama was a phenomenon. He was elegant and cerebral. He was devoid of personal scandal and drenched in personal erudition. He was a walking, talking rebuttal to white supremacy and the myths of black pathology and inferiority. He was the personification of the possible — a possible future in which legacy power and advantages are redistributed more broadly to all with the gift of talent and the discipline to excel.

 

It is not a stretch here to link people’s feelings about Obama to their feelings about his blackness. Trump himself has more than once linked the two.

Well, that is one description of the man and his presidency, though I can think of others. There is much to be angered and disheartened about that in 2017 it is virtually impossible to criticize Barack Obama’s explicitly transformative vision for the American constitutional system without being told it’s all because we want to erase the legacy of the Black Man. Uh, no. It’s because we want to undo the damage wrought by a president who has little regard and less use for such principles as limited government, separation of powers, a faithful executive, federalism, the primacy of private institutions, free enterprise, and free markets. Who put more faith and drive into redistribution and burdensome regulation than he ever did in economic growth, opportunity, free choice, and personal responsibility.

I don’t pretend to understand or appreciate all of Trump’s thinking about governing. It has been and will be a wild ride. But it is clear to any fair observer that he is more interested and engaged in where he thinks America should steer than he is in chasing the ghost of his predecessor. It is also clear that it is his predecessor who is displaying unprecedented ideas and creepy practices aimed at keeping his ghost around haunting the place. But, to criticize or resist him  is to invite the tired slander of the scarlet “R”

The race scolds don’t smell their own irony when they accuse critics of racism even as they somehow find in almost every policy debate an essential clash over race. Any conservative who engages ideological liberals encounters this gaslit smack in the face on a regular basis. Charles Blow might be more modulated than Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, but be sleeps in the same philosophical bed.

Spinal Tap Instead Of 1984

Never have so many been so obtuse about so much for so long?

 

During the eight years of Obama $15 trillion in net wealth was transferred from the bottom 93% to the top 7%. Largest wealth transfer in history – and the Leftist call this “Progress”! No, they really do.

 

The current GOP healthcare bill is a monstrosity – but the Left is complaining about how 20 million people may lose their insurance while ignoring that approximately 80 million lost their insurance under Obamacare and another 22 million or so are now paying for health insurance that they cannot afford the deductible. Some how that is acceptable but what the GOP is doing is not?

 

What the GOP is doing is unacceptable – but arguing against the GOP and in favor of Obmacare is a non sequitur.

 

Insurance premiums have risen 113% in just the last four years! Deductibles have risen 67% under Obamacare! A study by TransUnion Healthcare shows that

 

– 63% of hospital bills were $500 or less; of those hospital bills, 68% were not paid in full in 2016.

 

– 14% of hospital bills were $3,000 or more; of those hospital bills, 99% were not paid in full in 2016.

 

– 10% of hospital bills were $500 to $1,000; of those bills 85% were not paid in full in 2016.

 

Great coverage! Obamacare is nothing more than corporate welfare for insurance companies, as it was meant to be. The legislation was written by a former VP of Lobbying for WellPoint!

 

Once again – the Left calls this ‘Progress’! This is Spinal Tap politics- “it goes to eleven!”

 

There is simply no way to morally defend Obamacare with out pretending that one hundred million Americans simply do not exist. That is the level of obtuseness required in order to make an argument in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

 

If someone was to make a parody documentary about Progressives no one would be able to suspend disbelief long enough to believe it was true, but people would laugh at every absurd line in the film. Yet here it is in real life right before us. Transfer $15 trillion in net wealth from the bottom 93% to the top 7%? Progress! Strip-mine 30% of the net wealth of the middle class and 45% of the net wealth of the poor and give it to the 1%? Progress! Make people give their money to insurance companies in exchange for benefits never realized? Progress!

 

Once again – no one would believe this if it were not before our eyes – yet here it is.

 

Quite a few people are comparing our situation to 1984 or Animal Farm (I have indeed committed that offense quite often) – but perhaps the analogy really is Spinal Tap?

 

Still not at peak absurdity!

Terrorism, Immigration, Trump, and the Courts, the Adults are Back in Charge

On Monday, the Supreme Court handed President Trump a legal victory, reinstating the bulk of his Executive Order restricing travel from seven Middle Eastern countries, and exercising adult supervision over appellate judges from the 9th and 4th Circuit Federal Courts of Appeal  who had made up bad law in order to thwart a president they oppose. An indicator of how shoddy the lower courts’ reasoning was is that the High Court’s ruling was unsigned, or per curium.  This means the ruling was unanimous, without dissent.

 

The lower courts had divided entirely on partisan lines, with Republican appointed judges voting to uphold the president’s order and Democrat appointed judges voting to block it. A non-lawyer or a cynic might conclude that’s just politics at work, and there is no “right answer.” The Supreme Court on Monday put the lie to that assumption. The Democrat appointees in the lower courts were engaging in lawless obstruction.

They admitted the Order was facially neutral and valid, but determined that Trump’s bad intent poisoned it. The Chief Judge of the 4th Circuit showed his cards thusly, describing an “Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance.” In other words, candidate Trump’s statements about imposing a “Muslim  ban” evinced discriminatory intent, and everything President Trump does should be judged through that filter.

 

This is audacious. Federal law grants the president plain authority to:  “suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.” It was the Obama administration, not the Trump administration, that had already identified the seven targeted nations  “as presenting heightened concerns about terrorism and travel to the United States.” The Plaintiffs and the appellate courts conceded that the same order from a different president would not have been problematic. This is insane.

 

Trump’s Order deferred immigration from seven nations posing special security concerns, in order to review the adequacy of vetting procedures. Those nations were flagged by the previous administration. The order did not affect over 55 other Muslim and Arab nations. In context, candidate Trump’s words and President Trump’s actions demonstrate a concern for and opposition to an extremist strain of Islamism, not hostility to the entire Muslim religion.

The Order was entirely within Trump’s Constitutional and statutory authority. But the lower courts determined that, by virtue of campaign statements, Trump was ineligible to use his presidential authority. A devastating parsing of this reasoning comes from Princeton Professor Robert George: “What is the question? The lower courts treated the question as “What can Trump do or not do.” The Supreme Court treated the question as “What can presidents do or not do.”

 

The dissents in the 4th and 9th Circuits had already made mincemeat of the reasoning of the willful majorities. Briefly:

Presidents are accountable for the legal effect of their actions, not for judicial psychoanalysis of their motives.

Candidates are not sworn office holders. Many loose or tentative things are said on the campaign trail. Once a person is elected, takes the oath, receives the relevant briefings, and has benefit of structured counsel and advice, the situation is entirely different.

If candidates’ campaign statements are fair game, there is no reason to stop there. We can learn about a politician’s thinking from all previous statements, comments, interviews, writings, private emails, and maybe college papers. The majority’s logic would require a forensic psychoanalysis of an office holder’s entire adult life to judge the legitimacy of his actions.

This free form approach to judging is nothing more than a license for judges to find any reason to block the action of any president of whom they disapprove, which is what the majority did.

The Supreme Court yawned and slapped down the novel, lawless theory.

A final troubling point needs to be made. What the judges did, in their sphere of action, is really no different from what Occupy or Antifa protesters do in the streets, what insubordinate federal bureaucrats do in their cubicles, what lawless leaking intelligence officials do in hushed conversations in coffee shops or park benches. They allied with the resistance. The judges joined a vast nebulous cohort that believes its disgust for Donald Trump renders him illegitimate. They are entitled to take any step possible to neutralize him, and if possible, remove him.

The problem with this seditious, insurrectionist mentality is that the American people saw who and what they were electing. They went ahead and Constitutionally elected him. And their will, not the will of progressive insiders or violent street crusaders, is sovereign.

 

This week the Supreme Court took the nation a step back in the right direction.

What a Week. The Left is Imploding and It’s Only Tuesday.

What a Week.
 
The Supreme Court punk slapped those judicial rascals on the 4th and 9th Circuit. Stay reversed and presidential authority upheld. 
 
Seattle is learning–and serving as a national lab–that a politically inflated minimum wage hurts poor people, bad.
 
The Russia narrative is crumbling and Chuck Schumer is revealed as a deliberate conniving liar in the mold of Harry Reid.
 
Three CNN staffers are forced to resign over a fake news story.
 
A CNN producer is caught on tape boasting the Russia story is “mostly BS” but great for ratings.
 
Loretta Lynch is under well deserved investigation for obstruction of justice.
 
I’m sure there’s more but this is off the top of my head. It’s a great start to the week for truth, justice, and the American way.
 
Imagine the orgy if the media covered liberals the way it covers conservatives.
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