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A Very Judicial Coup

We’ve now entered the Alice in Wonderland phase of America — specifically its judiciary arm.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just handed down its decision concerning the Trump “Travel Ban.” Surprise! It affirmed the remarkably daft and erroneous lower court decision concluding that Pres. Trump did not have the authority to restrict immigration — especially immigration from places that produce dangerous people.

The statute in question is one of the more straightforward statutes out there. Not written in typical double-negative bureaucratese, it’s actually understandable to a human being (i.e. not a lawyer). Here’s the important bit.

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, 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.”

Pretty clearly the president can make most any decision he wants concerning immigration. If he does something squirrely, he can answer to Congress or the people.

However, the Ninth, according to this summary from Law Newz, decided that the president did not have exclusive domain over immigration. In fact, the court seems to have decided to insert itself immigration policy by dismissing the president’s reasons because, well, the court doesn’t approve of restricting immigration.

Well, glad that’s settled.

Actually, you would be hard-pressed to find a decision that was more perfectly wrong than this one. Almost every reason the court uses is spectacularly wrong and misunderstands the law and the Constitution.

For instance, the court decided that the president doesn’t have the power to proclaim the details of policy because he was discriminating against select people.

Wow, imagine that, a law that discriminates.

Oh, wait, that’s what laws do. They discriminate. Murder laws discriminate against murderers — crimping their style, so to say. Theft laws discriminate against thieves. Speed limits discriminate against speeders, etc. And immigration laws in the past discriminated against specific countries such as Eastern Bloc countries or limited the amount of immigrants from countries.

Funny how those laws work…

The court complained that the “travel ban” was breaking up families — declaring a new right that anyone related to an American may enter the country at will.

Now, a federal court ruled that the president doesn’t have the power that a statute clearly delegates to him. Well, then what’s the point of a president if courts can simply insert themselves into policy whenever they wish?

Maybe they think they should be in charge — unelected courts assuming a power they do not have in the Constitution. Judges that cannot be easily removed. Sitting in judgment of Congressionally passed laws, presidential Constitutional duties. No longer satisfied to be blindfolded and follow the law unequivocally, they now offer their thumbs up or thumbs down, like the Roman emperors of old; or maybe the Red Queen.The law means what she says it means.

It is time that these arrogant robed tyrants have their wings clipped. As the Virginia flag says, “Sic Semper Tyrannis.”

Can a Businessman Learn?

Donald Trump was a successful businessman (not that he didn’t have some failures) but his ascendancy to the presidency validates the point that the presidency isn’t a business position — at least as far as the current situation defines it.

No doubt before he became president Trump thought he could handle the Washington denizens. He figured that he knew a lot of Democrats in the past, had given to their campaigns and had worked with them in development projects.

I think that the the viciousness of the Washington national Democrats and their media auxiliaries ha stunned him.

A case in point — this whole Comey “memo” and Trump “obstruction of justice.”

Here’s what I suspect and think. We’ve only been treated to a highly edited, one-sided, possibly fictional version of what happened. I suspect that Trump did say to Comey at the meeting, when they were alone, that he should consider letting go of the Flynn matter. I also suspect there’s more to it. Something along the line of “You got your scalp. Flynn’s out. You know he didn’t do anything. You can call off the dogs.”

Trump’s mistake is that he thought Comey, and the Democrats in general, were honorable and were merely chasing Flynn to mark their territory and let the new president know that they are not to be trifled with. That they should be consulted with on big matters.

Trump the businessman has a grasp of such behavior. The county and city councils that he dealt with along with unions and the occasional Mafiosi behaved in a similar manner, until they were bought off with money, flattery and some choice jobs. In Trump’s experience, as an urban property developer, generally people want things developed so agreements can be reached, it’s just a matter of how much or who to employ or kowtow to. As corrupt as urban Democrats often are, they usually do want that eyesore redeveloped and they want the glory of being involved in such projects.

Washington Democrats do not operate that way.

They have one goal and one goal only — the accrual of power, total power. Everything is in service of that acquisition and anything in the way must be and will be destroyed. They are devoting their lives and the treasure (along with lots of other people’s treasure) to that goal.

Trump incorrectly thought that the taking down of Flynn was merely some muscle-flexing on the beach. Some letting the new guy in town know how things work if he wants to do business in the town.

It wasn’t. The Democrats deployed their knights and troops along with activating their media skirmishers to destroy Flynn. They will destroy everybody Trump sends out.

This whole “Russia Collusion” story is the pure distillation of that process.

Trump might think it will go away when he bribes the right people, appoints some Democrats or Democrat-approved people or compromises on the right issues. Not going to happen. Trump might think that the story will go away when the absurdity of it becomes apparent to a certain number of people and the media reports it honestly. Neither of those points mean a thing and the media will never report the story honestly. They are an arm of the Democratic party and can not operate separately of that brain any more than your arm can take on a life of its own.

There is currently one main short-term goal of the Democratic party and its disparate elements and allies in that quest for power — that is the destruction of Pres. Donald J. Trump. There will be no deviation or compromise of that goal. None.

The sooner Trump understands that, the sooner he can come up with a strategy for survival (and coincidentally, the United States as a free country rather than the totalitarian socialist state the Dems yearn for).

One leg, possibly the most important strategic long-term leg, is to Drain the Swamp.

While the Democrats and their generic allies in Hollywood, academia and business have other sources of income, influence and power, they ultimately depend on Washington in a way that a plant needs the sun. All the fertilizer and water mean nothing if there is no sun. Washington is that sun to the socialist campaign.

Start knocking the supports down and Democrat power lessens. The Dems are very weak at the state and county level so much of their lifeblood comes from two sources — very rich people (Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Wall Street) and Washington handouts. These handouts can come in the form of direct cash and/or influence.

They have an additional leg, not as wealthy, but it provides young, enthusiastic shock troops and serious cultural propaganda value — academia (K-12 and college).

Trump (AND THE DAMN CONGRESSIONAL GOP) need to start reducing numerous programs, agencies and departments.

There are so many targets of opportunity.

Start with the federalization of the student loan program. Kick it back to the private sector and states and make it clear that no one has a right to a federal government-funded education. It’s not in the Constitution.

National Labor Relations Board — Oh, Hell, yeah. Bulldoze it and salt the Earth that where it stood.

Eliminate the Dept. of Labor. It serves no purpose other than being a paid union and socialist clearinghouse. Anything that has to survive can be ported over to the Dept. of Commerce.

Eliminate the Dept. of Commerce. It serves no purpose other than being a pork barrel for select politically-connected business while also being a great place for socialists to make connections for better employment in the private sector. Anything that we just can’t live without can be reformulated in an agency.

The Dept. of Energy is a liberal pork barrel, increasingly being working against legitimate energy sources while funding green silliness. It’s legit functions with the nuclear energy industry can be put back into an agency like it was before or turned over to the U.S. Navy.

Seriously trim the Dept. of Interior. It was Ground Zero during the last government shutdown, revealing itself being staffed with hardcore liberals who viewed their fellow Americans (their actual employers) with disdain. They felt they owned the properties under their observation and that they, and only they, should be able to visit the parks and monuments.

Chase down every “green” program at every federal operation and shut it down. Chase down every “affirmative action,” “minority,” “diversity” or “inclusion” program at every agency and shut it down. You cannot believe the hundreds of millions, probably billions, of dollars these two liberal-stuffed rackets shake out of the federal government each year in the form of cash grants, conferences, giveaways and guaranteed contracts; every dollar of which goes to a liberal. The absurdity of the federal government “fighting” discrimination by openly discriminating is typical of the upside down world we live in.

There are so many liberal, anti-American, socialist NGOs and nonprofits wholly dependent upon federal funding or the imprimatur it carries. Hundreds, thousands of them. The mere threat to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting demonstrated this and how these people will cling to their taxpayer funds with every breath. They feel entitled to that money and feel it is theirs. They need to be apprised that this is wrong.

A bonus is that with the feds moving against these programs, states and counties would feel empowered to shut down their Mini-Me versions of these programs. Collateral damage would hit academia with devastating affect.

Put all these Democrat socialist soldiers out of a job. Get a real job with your NGO grievance-mongering experience. Or stock shelves at a 7-11.

Restore the Hatch Act to curtail open liberal intimidation in the agencies.Start with places like the IRS and Dept. of Justice. (And shut down any department or agency office with the words ‘Civil Rights’ or ‘Diversity’ in their title — these are fountains of mischief and vexation; they are not concerned about real ‘civil rights’ merely projecting their fascist power over their fellow citizens whom they view as backward).

Work with Congress to rein-in the out-of-control judiciary. Trim its powers — it is a Constitutional violation to have “inferior” judges sitting in judgment like a Roman emperor of Congressionally-passed laws or presidential actions. It might help to publicly depose several of the worst actors.

There’s more, sadly much more, but this would be a good start.

Pres. Trump needs to understand that, ultimately, swamp creatures will eat you. It’s what they do. They see you as an invader and a threat. Stop feeding them!

Trump’s Triumph #2

I can always tell when a Republican does well — the media grumbles. It’s triply true with Donald Trump.

Wednesday morning there was much foot-shuffling and grumbling on CBS Radio as they grudgingly acknowledged that Pres. Trump’s speech to Congress on Tuesday night might have not been a complete disaster. They couldn’t even come up with any “gotchas” or “fact checks” to embarrass Trump.

The Democrats’ cheap attempts to humiliate Trump had failed miserably so CBS Radio simply didn’t mention them.

The best they could do was wheel out Chuck “Chuck U!” Schumer to whine that Trump talked about “bipartisanship” but he hadn’t taken any Democrat advice on anything. Chuck apparently missed that whole Obama “I won” and “I have a phone and a pen” approach to governance. Hey, Chuckles, you Dems were warned when King Barry told Republicans to “talk to the hand” that there would be payback when a Republican was elected. You chose to not rein Obama in. Payback’s a bitch! (And it couldn’t happen to a bigger bunch of assholes, too!)

Then they went to Bernie Sanders for sage advice. (There were no Republicans available for comment apparently.)

Bernie basically complained that Trump was cutting the free unicorn rides for children out of the budget. It’s a civil right!

And then they got around to the “response.” Delivered by former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear it was more like a student film set in a diner; but on the radio it was nothing more than a guy rambling about how great Obamacare is. Hey, Stevarino, a Republican was elected by the Kentucky voters in 2015 instead of the Obamacare-loving Democrat. That was a whole year ahead of the Trump wave. Kentucky was ahead of the curve. And then in November 2016 they sent record numbers of Republicans to the Kentucky state house.

Your state was devastated by Obama’s war on coal. What idiot thought it would be a good idea to haul out an ex-governor from a state that has thoroughly reputed Democrat leadership?

If that’s the best they can do…

Don Beyer – Hack Representative

Given the choice between doing his Constitutional, Congressional and traditional duty of representing his constituents in an important Constitutional and historical process or being a rank Democratic Party hack flunkee, my Congressional representative, Don Beyer, chose the latter by saying he would “boycott” the Trump presidential inauguration.

He lamely whined that The Donald insulted women during the campaign. Apparently Hillary Clinton’s insults fell on his deaf ears.

It’s all part of the Dems’ plan to delegitimize Trump, making their increasingly antidemocratic activities more acceptable. If there’s a party that would attempt a coup, it is the Democrats. Be forewarned and forearmed.

These groups have been aided by, at least two local schools, The American University and Georgetown University. Both have allowed groups openly planning to “disrupt” the inaugural to use their facilities to plan and organize their possibly illegal activities. The American University even went so far as to ban reporters from covering these nefarious activities (not that the reporters would have reported anything negative), by claiming that a “media review” hadn’t been “completed.” For some inexplicable reason Washington reporters never tramp onto the Georgetown campus though several went there as undergrads.

In other Washington inauguration news, the local radio news station in Washington, WTOP, merrily sputters along seemingly guided now only by talking points issued by the Democratic National Committee (usually via the Washington Post, New York Times or Associated Press).

Today they seemed to feature more stories about people protesting or planning to disrupt the inaugural than straight stories about the inaugural itself. And the reporters certainly did not offer any judgments on such folks. They were treated as if they were merely visiting to take in the Smithsonian or the Lincoln Memorial. One of them even insisted that they would not accept democratic electoral results that they did not like. The reporter didn’t bat an eye, metaphorically, or even pursue the point; such is the leftist lean of the media that the position doesn’t raise an eyebrow.

Of course, when it was reversed and King Barry I was being sworn in, it was all sweetness and light about how many wonderful people were traveling from the hinterlands for the “historic” events. The possibility that anyone would protest, much less try to disrupt them, was so far from the mind as to be science fiction. Anyone making such a threat would have been cast beyond civilized society.

Ah, but that was different!

Now disruption and dissent are once again the greatest forms of patriotism! (This just a few months after leftists insisted that those not in full obeisance to The One were actual traitors. ‘You can look it up in the Constitution,’ they’d cluck).

If You Questioned Whether They Were Crazy…

If you had any doubt that the Democratic Party wasn’t chiroptera poop crazy, or just insanely power-hungry, check this out — a letter to the FBI demanding that the Trump campaign be investigated with hints that it might be working with the Russian government to influence the upcoming election or even some kind of coup attempt.

I like how the letter is addressed to their new best bud, James Comey. And I note that the Dems seem to feel WikiLeaks, which they used to love as the height of citizen democracy, is a Trump campaign puppet.

Amusingly it offers a series of childish pieces of evidence, including any number of public meetings between Trump advisors or supporters with Russian government officials or just people of Russian descent. Oddly, in several of these damning incidents one could substitute the name Hillary Clinton with the supposed traitor.

Yes, Madame Hillary (and many of her minions) has met with Russian officials, some at even higher levels than Trump’s people.

Ironically, they complain about foreigners interfering in elections yet they are all Obama supporters and he has openly tried to influence elections in other countries, most recently England and Israel.

They point at former Trump campaign honcho Paul Manafort’s work for former Ukrainian president Yanukovich while completely failing to note the massive amount of work that Obama advisors such as David Axelrod have done for political campaigns in foreign countries. I’m sure you’ll find several of Hillary’s advisors have worked similar campaigns — it’s what all big-time Washington political operations, on both sides, do in their spare time.

Not surprisingly, the letter was signed by several of the looniest, cynically partisan Democrats out there (and that is a high bar) — John Conyers, Elijah Cummings, Bennie Thompson and Elliot Engel.

Is Trump “Unfit” to Be President?

I do enjoy greatly the roil that Trump has brought to the political landscape.

Half of me wants Donald Trump to win just to put a thumb into the eye of the Republican establishment and possibly, finally, drive a stake through the heart of the Clinton vampire criminal syndicate.

The other half would like to see Trump lose just to shut the mindless, iconoclastic, ultra-annoying Trump-supporting barbarians up.

A third half of me laments that we are in this choice of two people — one of whom will be a terrible president, possibly Obama-level awful and the other might be almost as bad. Wake me up when it’s over!

Daniel Hannan has an interesting piece, “The Real Reason Donald Trump Is Unfit to Be President.” He makes many valid points about Trump. I express a skepticism here.

But even if Trump is “unfit” to be president, is there a “fit” alternative?

Hillary Clinton is even less fit to be president. She’s a serial liar. She’s likely committed one or more felonies and that’s not including the email imbroglio. She was stunningly incompetent as Secretary of State and did nothing as Americans were killed in Benghazi.  If she were a Republican she’d have been declared a greater criminal than Nixon by now (and by the American media).

This has led me to a “Eureka!” moment.

I’ve often thought that we put too much into the presidency. The president has gotten too big (and I’m not just saying that because of the fool occupying it now). The presidency is too powerful (and that is especially aimed at the fool) and needs to be whittled down. The trappings of the president have gotten too large. The streets in front of the White House have been blocked off. Whenever the president wants to go anywhere even more roads get blocked off. I know this from living about a mile or so as the crow flies from it.

This president, King Barry I, travels with an entourage of several armored vehicles and when he travels abroad a small air force is involved and over a hundred vehicles can be transported across the ocean. He’s protected by an army of handlers and Secret Service agents.

Yes, he’s being protected from assassination but is that what we really want to do?

When one makes a fetish of protecting someone, doesn’t it make it an even more tempting target?

I say we should knock this effort down. Make the White Hose the people’s house once again.

Make all our enemies know that the president is a replaceable person. Kill him (or her) and another will step in. We’ll continue on. We are not dependent upon a particular leader.

We could, of course, help this transition along by shrinking the size of the federal government elephant that he rides. If Washington did not command so much power over our lives, fewer people would be interested in controlling it or fighting it.

So, to bring this back around to Trump. I like that Trump is shaking up the establishments of both professional parties. A President Trump might (that’s a big ‘might’) fire some people. That scares the Washington professional class because they all believe they are unfireable. Or a Pres. Trump might be isolated from the bureaucracy that he putatively heads. In which case it would lumber along on autopilot, proving that we don’t need a president (and that the federal bureaucracy is out of control and lives only for itself — a secret they do not want you to know).

Finally, President Trump could do a little to make real that fantasy that anyone in America can become president. That you don’t have to be a lifelong politician with a lot of connections to get there. I like that idea.

We idolize the presidency too much. Maybe it’s time to bring it back to Earth. I’m sure if there is a Pres. Trump Democrats will be reminding us of how little power the president really does have. Heck, they might even unpack the Tenth Amendment!

Catch me while I swoon.

Obama to the Set Top Box Rescue!

Riding in on his unicorn comes our glorious president, The One, to make sure that those evil cable companies… uh… are suitably understood to be evil (they make a profit!!!!!)… and, um… have to be taught a lesson… so something good here about your set top box. Maybe it can be free or subsidized or it can be made to provide every programming channel in the known universe for no extra cost! Something magical and free about the set top box is coming to you or someone, in the classic Obama fashion. They’ll figure out the details later — after some poll-testing.

Yes, Pres. Obama has once more inserted himself into an issue that should rightly be none of Washington’s concern. The attempt to regulate or control every flippin’ moment and activity of our lives continues unabated.

Our cable systems should be none of the FCC’s business. They do not take up public airwaves. They are privately funded and are private space. They are enabled by localities — cities, counties and state. That is where such proposals and debates need to take place — not between FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s ears and then become yet another cycle of bread and circuses for Obama to present to the peasant masses to win their votes and distract them from more important things.

It should also be noted that making the cable companies provide the option of using other companies’ set top boxes is like requiring GM to offer Ford engines as options for its cars and vice-versa.

Cable services are not a right, they are a voluntary service. How companies configure them is up to the company and its approach to the market. Consumers vote with their pocketbooks

I happen to like the idea of multiple box options but I see no mandating reason to make it a law or a regulation. I, honestly, don’t think Obama and Wheeler (and liberals in general — along with more than a few Republicans) understand that difference. Just because something might be good doesn’t mean it has to be required or governed by Washington.

It should also be noted that Google is for this mandate because they see a way to get their nose further into the tent and weaken their competitors, the big cable companies.

Here are two stories on the topic: “President Obama Backs Wheeler’s Set-Top Proposal, Big Time” and “D.C. Weighs In on President’s Set-Top Support.”