June 28, 2015
Speculation on opinions pointless since liberal justices vote as a bloc
Americans, as young students have been taught that the U.S. Constitution provides a separation of powers via three distinct branches of government. The Legislative branch makes laws, the Executive branch carries them out, and the Judicial branch evaluates them.
Our Founders created a Constitution with an ingenious and intricate system of checks and balances to guard the people’s liberty against combinations of government power. It structured the Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary separate and wholly independent, yet coordinated for proper operation, with safeguards to prevent usurpations of power.
The Tenth Amendment clearly delineates the separation of powers —- creating a federal government with enumerated and limited powers, designed to keep government as close to the people as possible.
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
James Madison stressed the necessity to reserve all possible authority in the states and people saying, “The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”
With these thoughts as background, take time today to enlighten yourself by reading Andrew C. McCarthy’s heard-hitting assessment of the past week’s U.S. Supreme Court actions. Then brace yourself for those still to come on Monday.
McCarthy’s insightful article, printed in National Review, is titled: “Let’s Drop the Charade: The Supreme Court Is a Political Branch, Not a Judicial One.”
Background: Arizona Senator John McCain voted to confirm liberals Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer to the Supreme Court. McCain and Kyl joined the group of 36 GOP senators and one Democrat in opposing Elena Kagan’s nomination to the high court. The Huffington Post has the statements each of the senators gave as their reason.
June 26, 2015
Marriage no longer a union of one man and one woman
Our Founders didn’t realize it when they wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights, but they guaranteed same-sex couples the “fundamental right” to marry.
In a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v Hodges, the United States Supreme Court discovered the right of same-sex couples to marry falls under equal protection clause of 14th amendment.
Justice Antonin Scalia ridiculed his colleague Anthony Kennedy’s swing-vote interpretation, writing, “The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic. Of course the opinion’s showy profundities are often profoundly incoherent.”
Two years ago, Justice Kennedy joined the Court’s four decidedly liberal Justices to strike down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage, for purposes of over a thousand federal laws and programs, as a union between a man and a woman only. Today those same liberals, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor formed the majority with Kennedy.
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas dissented.
Barack Obama joyously greeted the news by calling the court’s ruling a “victory for America.”
“This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free,” he said.
Read the June 26, 2015 Decision here.
June 22, 2015
Breitbart nails it: “This is the playing field”
The irony is difficult to miss. Leftists, who want to restrict the Second Amendment freedoms accorded to law-abiding Americans, always find a way to get their shots in, so to speak.
Breitbart News highlights the hypocrisy with the deplorable photo accompanying this post: “Guess the political party: AP photo lines pistol up with Senator, 2016 candidate Ted Cruz’s brain.”
Arizonans are well aware of this despicable tactic. In the 2006 congressional race, liberal Democrat Harry Mitchell depicted Republican U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the crosshairs of a rifle scope in a television ad.
No stranger to politics —- Mitchell was the former chairman of the Arizona Democrat Party, a state legislator, Tempe Councilman and Mayor —- yet he thought that abhorrent depiction was perfectly acceptable.
Democrats are nothing if not two-faced on the issue of guns. They want to rein in the rights of America’s gun owners, but desire easy access to self-protection for themselves. Our illustrative post “Dem gun hypocrites,” is proof positive.
Liberal gun restrictionist, Mark Kelly, husband of Gabrielle Giffords, has relentlessly advocated for suppressing gun rights of others, but was photographed in 2013 making weapons purchases at a Tucson gun store, including “high capacity” magazines, an AR-15 and a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.
When it comes to Democrats and guns, hypocrisy reigns supreme.
June 15, 2015
KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE, ET AL. v. DIN
Argued February 23, 2015 — Decided June 15, 2015 — Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the opinion. Justices Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy concurred. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissent.
Fauzia Din petitioned to have her husband, Kanishka Berashk, a resident citizen of Afghanistan and former civil servant in the Taliban regime, classified as an “immediate relative” entitled to priority immigration status.
Din came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2000, and became a naturalized citizen in 2007. She filed a petition to have Kanishka Berashk, whom she married in 2006, classified as her immediate relative.
The court refers to the husband as an “unadmitted and nonresident alien,” with no right of entry into the United States, and no cause of action to press in furtherance of his claim for admission.
Seeing Red AZ covered the politically correct language usage handed down from on high at the Associated Press, by the Senior VP and Executive Editor on April 3, 2012. We compared the new Stylebook mandates to George Orwell’s Newspeak in the book “1984” in our post, “ Winston Smith: Alive and well at Associated Press.”
It’s reassuring to know the U.S. Supreme Court still understands the meaning of words.
June 11, 2015
Breitbart’s Big Government exposes U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as “Pelosi-esque” on fast-tracking and passing Obama’s clandestine trade scheme. “It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to,” Ryan said of Obamatrade in Rules Committee testimony.
Rational Arizona voters, this is where the rubber meets the road. Watch the votes on this deceptive measure and cast your votes accordingly when these go-along-to-get-along colluding phonies come up for reelection. Anyone who supports this measure is not worthy of being returned to congress.
This is how Seeing Red AZ characterized this massive and disreputable power grab which gives Barack Obama irreversible authority since treaties supersede statutes under the U.S. Constitution. Be sure to watch the J.D. Hayworth interview in which Dick Morris exposes the indefensible components of what is being blandly characterized as a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Observer News reports that foreign governments are paying former U.S. Senate leaders to sell TPP. Tom Daschle and Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, been paid handsomely to counsel Japan on U.S. policy. Other nations involved in the treaty have also hired similar high-profile consultants and lobbyists.
All the rest of us have to persuade congress are our voices and our votes.
Regardless of where you live, here is the contact information.
Act now! Time is running out.
June 11, 2015
America’s Founders take back seat to Mohammad and climate change at U.S. Embassy
At the United States Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, the uniquely American Fourth of July holiday has already come and gone —- celebrated a month early on June 4.
According to remarks given by U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake, the early celebration was out of respect for the holy month of Ramadan which runs from June 17 through July 17 in the mostly Muslim nation. The period is regarded as the holiest month of the year since Muslims believe the Quran was revealed to Mohammad during that time. The faithful fast from dawn to dusk throughout the holiday.
Political correctness ruled the day at the embassy, as a brass band played renditions of both the Star Spangled Banner and the Indonesian national anthem, Indonesia Raya. Climate change was also given a boost.
In his embarrassing speech, Ambassador Blake noted, “The theme of tonight’s celebration is ‘Go Green’ to highlight the importance of clean energy and sustainable development. I encourage you to hop on the electric motorcycle, look at the model of the new green embassy we are building, and see the other displays of our green cooperation here, including biodegradable balloons and local, low-carbon, sustainable food.”
Green is in. Red, White and Blue are out.
June 3, 2015
The Weekly Standard reports on the colossal infringement on liberty that a Democrat U.S. Senator is peddling regarding the disputed theory of a global warming crisis.
Sheldon Whitehouse, representing Rhode Island, the nation’s smallest state, appears to have a constitutional comprehension of equal size as he slams global warming skeptics, claiming they need to be reined in under RICO statutes. What makes his view even more appalling is the fact that he was Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney —- appointed by Bill Clinton —- and was the state’s Attorney General, before being elected to the senate. All the more alarming, he is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.
This GovTrack analysis of Whitehouse places him to the left of Sens. Blumenthal, Boxer and Schumer and veering close to self-described Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders.
Writing in the Washington Post, Whitehouse declared, “Fossil fuel companies and their allies are funding a massive and sophisticated campaign to mislead the American people about the environmental harm caused by carbon pollution. Their activities are often compared to those of Big Tobacco denying the health dangers of smoking. Big Tobacco’s denial scheme was ultimately found by a federal judge to have amounted to a racketeering enterprise.”
Given his legal background, Whitehouse’s convoluted thinking is inexcusable. Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. RICO statutes were never intended to be an infringement on our First Amendment rights.
Not buying into the alarmist global warming scheme, which has now morphed into climate change, due to recent colder than usual temperatures around the globe —- part of cyclical meteorological fluctuations —- could now makes you a criminal.
The electorate of Rhode Island should be embarrassed. The rest of us should be very concerned.