Peruse the news this morning: just five companies are responsible for 28% of the S&P’s 2017 returns, Synchrony, Capital One, and Discover have increased their provisions for bad loans by 36% already this year, 40% of Americans spend half of their income servicing debt, Bernanke says even a meager 3% growth in GDP is unlikely, and Mish Shedlock adds the capstone to the morning news by pointing out half of the country is living paycheck to paycheck.
A few random thoughts here this morning.
‘With’ the Indian Tribes, not ‘Within’ the Indian Tribes.
Intellectually and morally vacuous position.
How much more clear can it be? Now some folks say that because they granted U.S. citizenship to Indians at different points (for the Cherokee when you enrolled with the Commission of the Five Tribes, aka the Dawes commission, my family gained citizenship between 1900 and 1904 and every Indian was made a citizen in 1924) that this voids the constitution. The net result of taking that position is that it means the constitution can be amended via legislation and not the amendment process.
Last week, a federal judge in San Francisco issued a lawless order declaring it is okay for cities to establish policies and welfare and law enforcement practices that ignore federal immigration law, but it is unconstitutional for the Trump administration to withhold federal dollars from the scofflaw cities. Well, the Supreme Court will see about that. In the meantime, the Left is having a hard time stifling its gloating over the string of federal judges who have been eager to play piñata with Trump’s immigration policies.
Senior Legal Editor for Slate Magazine Dahlia Lithwick gloated “Trump can’t win his battle with the judges.” My purpose here is not to track the legal arguments over defunding sanctuary cities or targeting immigration restrictions at certain nations. Rather, it’s to shine a light on the casino house rules the Left tries to enforce in the courts.
“Here is one thing I can say for certain about judges: In addition to having a generalized and free-floating anxiety about public attacks on their legitimacy and authority, they resent deeply any efforts to say that words—the sole implement of their craft—have no meaning or that those meanings are inchoate and shifting and may expand or contract with the president’s hastily tweeted words or fleeting feelings.”
“It made judges look like they were robots who really didn’t matter what their preexisting views were because all they do is, quote, ‘apply the facts to the law.’ But while it was clever, I think it’s really disserved the judiciary, because it makes it look as though judging is easy, and it’s just not.”
I often share Andrew Breitbart’s quote that “Politics is downstream from culture”.
Lets talk about that some more. Over the last number of decades the American people have seen fit to delegate their individual prerogative in the matters of wisdom, kindness, judgment, common sense and charity to the government. Don’t believe me? The Federal government has been deciding which bathroom which individuals get to use – and using the Department of Justice to inflict that decision on the unwilling. It does not matter what you think about who uses which rest room, the point is what you think is now irrelevant. Stop and let that sink in. Your volition, your wisdom, your kindness, your judgment, your common sense, your charity is now completely removed from the equation. You are an irrelevancy on this topic.
Same thing with gay marriage, if you are for or against is now irrelevant – because you have delegated that decision to someone else what you think or want is now an irrelevancy.
Because we have collectively delegated this prerogative to the government that means all decisions concerning wisdom, kindness, judgment, common sense and charity are now political decisions. A major part of our political process is now arguing violently over which version of wisdom, kindness, judgment, common sense and charity will be inflicted on others. We see it in politicians and commentators daily when they say “I will make…” and “I will punish…’ – words which should never be flowing forth from politicians in a republic.
In 2017 we are no longer even debating the delegation of this prerogative – we are simply arguing over which politicians we will delegate our wisdom, kindness, judgment, common sense and charity to. We, as a culture and a society, have collectively accepted the delegation of the most basic individual decisions – and rights – to some person whom we do not even know to make those decisions for all of us. What is more – a driving force behind the vitriolic emotions is the ability to inflict on others, indeed on everyone, what we think the government mandated wisdom, kindness, judgment, common sense and charity will be. Politicians are fully encouraging their supporters to engage in making sure that their version of wisdom, kindness, judgment, common sense and charity is what the full force of government is used to make others comply with.
At the end of the day – politicians and their followers on both sides are seeking to delegitimize and dehumanize the other side. That is the rationalization deployed in order to justify the use of force in order to make the other fellow do what is desired. That is always the rationalization deployed to justify the use of force against the other fellow. It is what we hear day in and day out – just look at social media.
As Breitbart said, “Politics is downstream from culture” and as a culture we have reached the place where our focus is on making ‘others’ – who both sides inevitably define as evil, un-American, immoral, on and on – do as we wish just as the ‘others’ are focused on making you do as they wish. Does not matter which side you are on here – they are both the same. Culture has reached the level of people believing that if I do not use force to make you do what I want, then you will use force to make me do what I detest. Politicians are arguing about how they will punish individual volition – and as a culture we are good with that. Think on that a bit.
Who loses in this cultural model? Everyone. There are no longer individual rights, there are no longer minority rights – there are simply political rights derived from the use of force.