“Court packing” double talk from the devious left

April 11, 2016

Linda Valdez, the far-left editorial writer at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is having anxiety attacks over what she repeatedly refers to as “packing the court.” A piece of legislation (HB 2537) winding its way through the chambers allows for the addition of two new Supreme Court justices on the Arizona high court, expanding the number from the current five to seven members. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey would make the appointments filling the two vacancies if the bill wins approval.

The court building and bench were constructed to accommodate the increased number of justices.

SRAZ currently takes no position on the plan. But it’s interesting to ponder if Valdez would be so indignant if the date were 1937 and it was the U.S. Supreme Court that was under consideration for expansion to as many as 15 justices.

That was the Machiavellian scheme of Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt who planned to expand the U.S. Supreme Court, allegedly to make it more efficient. Critics charged that Roosevelt was trying to “pack” the court and neutralize Supreme Court justices hostile to his radically liberal “New Deal” of overreaching  federal programs. During the previous two years, the high court struck down several key pieces of New Deal legislation on the grounds that the laws delegated an unconstitutional amount of authority to the executive branch and the federal government.

In an obsessive power grab, Roosevelt then attempted to mandate retirement at full pay for all members of the court over age 70. If a justice refused to retire, an “assistant” with full voting rights was to be appointed, ensuring Roosevelt a liberal majority. Most Republicans and many Democrats in Congress opposed the so-called “court-packing” plan — with the Senate striking it down by a vote of 70 to 22. Ultimately, Roosevelt nominated his first Supreme Court justice, and by 1942 all but two of the justices were his appointees.

Our bet is Linda Valdez would have been all too happy to see such liberal activism from the executive branch in reconfiguring the federal judiciary.

After Franklin Roosevelt was elected to an unprecedented fourth term, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was passed, officially limiting presidential tenure in office to two terms of four years each.

Valdez doubtless would have opposed that curtailment of the “president for life” measure, as long as the president was a like-minded liberal.

Smithsonian.com has a wealth of information on FDR and his audacious court packing scheme.


The unnerving implosion of Donald Trump

April 2, 2016

“You realize our candidate is mental? It’s like constantly having to bail out your sixteen-year-old son from prison” — Trump supporter Ann Coulter

Presidential candidate Donald Trump reached zenith heights early on by not only talking about the illegal invasion, but actually saying he was going to do something about it.  His “I’m gonna build a wall along our Southern border and make Mexico pay for it,” resonated with Americans weary of supporting costly illegals, (2013 figures) who not only enter our country by stealth, but make outrageous demands as they refuse to assimilate while taking American jobs. The billionaire reality showman easily found a loyal base.

We all knew Trump was shallow and not presidential. His inconsistent political background as a registered Democrat, Independent and Republican has been worrisome. His lack of preparedness, vacillation on key issues, hurled insults, vindictiveness, loutish crudeness and repetitive, blustery responses have been unnerving, but the assumption has been the successful entrepreneur would grow with exposure to the political realm and make us proud.  That hasn’t happened. He has only grown in cringe-worthiness, alienating more than uniting and failing miserably with the women he needs to win. Social conservatives and evangelicals are especially apprehensive.

Presidential primary campaigns are typically rough and tumble affairs, but the current contest has taken an especially heavy toll on Republican unity at a time when we can least afford it — with Hillary Clinton salivating at the prospect of  returning to the White House.

Now Trump’s strong conservative supporter Ann Coulter has called him “mental.” The author of Adios America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole concedes, “Let’s just talk about what he’s good on. He’s the only one who’s going to build a wall, but please stop testing our patience on the rest of this stuff,” she begged The Donald.

We feel Coulter’s pain.


The “Religion of Peace” has struck again

March 28, 2016

Unfathomable atrocity: Today we read that Islamic terrorists have crucified a Catholic priest in Yemen over Easter weekend

Former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo is among the few to credit with bringing the issue of illegal immigration to the forefront back when it was barely a blip on the national radar. Hearing him passionately address the invasion a couple of decades ago provided the prominence needed to thrust it into public consciousness and ultimately drive the 2016 presidential debate.

Placement of the word “former” is not in error. Last October the onetime Republican Congressman had his fill of the Grand Old Party under whose banner he had run and been elected from 1999 to 2009. His rationale for leaving was posted on Breitbart.  Tancredo summed up his decision with these thoughts although his complete commentary is exceedingly enlightening.

  1. The Republican establishment does not want to control spending.
  2. It does not want to secure the borders or enforce immigration laws.
  3. It does not care about American sovereignty.
  4. It has no interest in ending the unaccountable and corrupt culture that has become a hallmark of official Washington.

As a presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, who built his campaign on stopping illegal immigration, boycotted the Dec. 9, 2007 Univision televised debate at the University of Miami because it was being broadcast in Spanish. The rest of the pack attended, including John McCain.

Now Tom Tancredo has written a blunt commentary, which we highly recommend,  titled, The ISIS Barbarians Are Already Inside our Gates.  

Tancredo states:

“ It is Islam’s basic worldview that inspires hatred of the West, not grievances against U.S. foreign policy or lack of economic opportunity in Muslim societies. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928, not 1988, decades before any American soldier set foot in Kuwait. Why then is it “Islamophobic” to speak the truth about Islam’s hostility to Western values?” Tancredo asks. “Self-censorship is the main obstacle to effective steps to halt ISIS in its tracks, and people who preach such nonsense — and the Quislings who tolerate it — are aiding ISIS and need to be called out for it.”

Tom Tancredo effectively calls them out  —  loud and clear.


Prospect of a Trump victory cataclysmic to left

March 3, 2016

Calling out the New York Times as “not so much a newspaper anymore as an agenda-driven house organ for America’s left,” Michael Goodwin writes, “The New York Times abandoned its ethics to take down Trump.”  

And a fine job he does, outing the far left’s nearly apoplectic reaction to the astronomical, populist political rise of Donald Trump. Goodwin’s commentary is definitely worth your time.


Rubio laid bare: Marco is the GOP Obama

February 23, 2016

With Jeb! officially out of the GOP 2016 presidential contest, the establishment money is looking for a fast and loose warm body to cuddle up with. The answer to their RINO lust comes packaged in high heeled boots and a penchant for repeating memorized talking points…repeating memorized talking points, repeating memorized…..

Proving one amnesty supporter is as good as another to establishment big money donors, Marco Rubio is now the recipient of their largesse, as the unbridled effort to stop Donald Trump moves into high gear.

Endorsements for Rubio are rolling in, including 92-year-old Bob Dole, and Arizona’s own Jeff Flake, who has to go it alone since his mentor John McCain — who will be 80 by Election Day — is running for another 6-year term and has reverted to temporary border hardliner campaign mode. Remember his short lived gambit in 2010? Flake engaged in the same duplicity, and has bragged that long senate terms dull Arizonans memories. Flake can endorse his fellow Gang of Eight amnesty cohort since he doesn’t face the voters again for a couple of years.

Michael Walsh, writing for PJ Media exhibited stellar insight drawing a parallel between Rubio and another first term U. S. Senator — using the exclusive position that disinterested them both — in a quest for the presidency. In this fact-filled commentary titled, “Marco Rubio: the GOP’s Very Own Barack Obama,” Walsh notes the astonishing similarities between the two men as their ambitions included being “historic.” Do yourself a favor and read it.

This campaign ad “Marco is a GOP Obama” leaves no doubt the two are one and the same, even down to uttering the exact words. Beware the con.


Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

February 21, 2016

Who better than Dr. Thomas Sowell — the brilliant historian, author, renown economist and professor — to feature today exposing “The Lure of Socialism,” as the failed system relates to today’s young Americans and their support for Socialist Bernie Sanders.

It’s the fourth sentence in his commentary that nails the premise upon which Sowell’s column is written: “…. dumbed-down education.”

Take time to read Sowell’s wisdom today. Then pass his column on to your favorite high schooler or college student. Prepare for scoffing and then wait. It may take awhile, but one day you’ll hear a sincere thank you.


Socialist Labor Party of America issues threat….

February 13, 2016

….Direct from AZ Republic’s Tucson outpost, editorial writer Linda Valdez wishfully warns:

Socialism has a young face in America; look out GOP

Socialism is alive and well in America. It’s young, too. An NBC exit poll found Sen. Bernie Sanders won 84 percent of voters age 18 to 29.  He won 58 percent of the 30 to 44 age group, as well. His anti-establishment appeal resonates with those who will inherit the mess the establishment made. These young people may not create a problem for Hillary Clinton this year. But they will grow into a strong consistency for reversing the small government policies of the far right.

Read the radical Marxist-based platform of the Socialist Party USA rooted in support of the revolutionary overthrow of the U.S. government. No wonder leftist Valdez is licking her chops at the prospect of our representative Republic, based in the rule of law, failing.

This instructive video explains the American form of government, comparing it to other government systems:

Monarchy or Dictatorship: (ruled by one)

Oligarchy: (ruled by a few)

Democracy: (ruled by a majority)

Republic: (ruled by law)

Anarchy: (ruled by no one)

What Valdez neglects to attribute the increase in radical thinking to is the fact that over several decades American students have been force fed liberalism by their unionist public school teachers who hold a decidedly left-wing agenda. (Listen closely to the words of longtime NEA legal counsel Bob Chanin given in his retirement speech in linked ad in previous sentence). The Center for Responsive Politics posts the amounts —  in millions —  that the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers contribute to liberal political campaigns. That answers the question of the leftward lurch.