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March 27, 2019
Patrick O’Hannigan Culture, Government, Politics 1
People hoping to become the Democrat nominee for president in 2020 have recently floated suggestions for dismantling both the Electoral College and the Supreme Court as we know it. These ideas are in addition to the urgency with which many of them also tell the rest of us to be both deeply suspicious of parenthood and greener than Kermit the Frog, in the vain hope that those things might help to forestall climate change.
But if progressive policies are as self-evidently worth pursuing as leftists assume they are, then why do those same people keep moving the political goalposts? Why, for example, did the Speaker of the House endorse a proposal to lower the federal voting age to 16? It’s as though the only game in town were Calvinball, minus the innocence of the original version. Calvin, you might remember, was not above cheating (hence “Calvinball,” whose only rule was that there were no rules). That wildly imaginative six-year-old refused to build snowmen in traditional ways, but neither he nor his indulgent tiger ever waged war against the dead, as leftists are now doing.
That might sound like hyperbole to anyone who hasn’t seen Democrats trying to erase their own past by toppling statues of Confederate soldiers. The activists pushing for changes like that don’t seem to realize that when Confederate statues are gone, monuments to the valor of Union soldiers will have no meaning, either.
Being “woke” is an essentially reactive stance, because it has to contrast with something asleep or unexamined. But speech cops on the left (and they’re all on the left) don’t understand or care about that. Consequently, Civil War battlefields are being leached of the formative influence proper to them. We’re losing our collective memory of American history, and (in the hotbeds of progressive iconoclasm) ultimately mocking Lincoln’s resolve that “these dead shall not have died in vain.”
Leftists treat history as a tool for the acquisition of power. Anything that can’t be ignored or subverted gets reframed, which is why I don’t think freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or failed Senate candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke are as clueless as they appear to be. “Beto” and “AOC” know what their supporters want to hear. When AOC threatens the moderates in her own party but says perkily that “democratic socialism” simply means “putting democracy and society first,” or Beto preaches doom from the “coffee shop at the end of the world,” each is appealing to mal-educated people who mistake youthful ignorance for courage. In a different world, those particular politicians would be vying for election as homecoming king and queen. Instead, they want to be commissars.
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Had the 2016 presidential election turned out differently, we would not now be hearing about problems with the Electoral College, or listening to activists pine righteously for “democracy” in what was built as a republic. Anyone who wants to lecture the rest of us on proper governance ought first to understand introductory phrases in the Pledge of Allegiance.
NBC News describes the progressive strategy for 2020 as an attempt to change the rules. That ideology’s notion of being bravely different never makes room for traditionalists, but now holds sway even in things like the dress code for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Despite the argument that outdated systems and social mores need to change, it’s hard to see progressive motivation as anything more than an alloy of hypocrisy and opportunism, because they move goalposts even when there’s no compelling reason to do so. Events in New York and Virginia reminded us that Democrats unwilling to let the evil of late-term abortion alone pushed past that into providing legal cover for infanticide, while casting themselves as merciful because letting babies die saves the cost of neonatal intensive care.
Less contentious issues show a similar pattern. Hillary Clinton, for example, has yet to be prosecuted for feigned ignorance (Q: Did you wipe your email server? A: “You mean like with a cloth?”), gross negligence, or felonious conduct. Meanwhile, Trumpian exaggeration draws swift condemnation from all quarters, the First Lady isn’t regarded as being multi-lingual or photogenic enough to avoid being snubbed by people who wet themselves over her immediate predecessor, and self-proclaimed bastions of free inquiry in North America and Europe are nothing of the kind.
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Two years into a presidency that has done more to expose progressive insecurities than any other, it’s also safe to say that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian efforts to sway America’s 2016 election started with bad motive and wide latitude. That it ended up vindicating President Trump is almost beside the point. Outcome aside, the investigation’s dominance of the news cycle was exactly what the Beltway Establishment had hoped it would be, if for no other reason than because so many politicians despise (and feel threatened by) the brash populist in the White House.
“March Madness” for progressives is no different from the crazy that they pretend to save the rest of us from in every other month. If your objections to that can be painted as logical, historical, patriarchal, privileged, racist, or cis-gendered, then you are easily marginalized. The only proper response to the way progressives have weaponized grievance and guilt is to refuse to play along.
In gentler moods, we might also remember that Calvin and Hobbes did not end its ten-year run atop the comics page with a game of Calvinball. Instead, on December 31, 1995, Bill Watterson’s beloved creations signed off from a sled in the snow with an appreciative nod to the wonders of the world around them, as Calvin, with his triangular grin, said “It’s a magical world, Hobbes, Ol’ Buddy…Let’s Go Exploring!”
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I’m a writer and editor in North Carolina. My role models include Thomas Aquinas, Jackie Robinson, and Wile E. Coyote. I often have a harmonica within arm’s reach.
Reposted this Outrage (already published 2 times by others) from Uriel … Thanks for your great and timely post.
Booker was given a pass by the Senate Ethics Committee
By Uriel | January 31, 2019, | Asshat Alert, CONSTITUTION:, MEDIA:, Tom Fitton/Judicial Watch, US Senate
The Senate Ethics Committee has been a JOKE for the last decade or more. While those in the House have been busy more often than not investigating Republicans in the last year, the Senate Ethics committee has not done even one single investigation period. The last news releases they did involve Al Franken and Robert Menendez in December 2017. Before that nothing as far back as 2012.
So what happened when Judicial Watch and others requested they look into the dirty methods Cory Booker used during the Kavanaugh hearing debacle. Zilch nothing to see here…move on is their comments!
Judicial Watch just issued a press release decrying the absolute uselessness of this committee. The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics has refused to take action against Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who admitted to willfully violating Senate rules by releasing confidential records regarding then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time as a White House counsel.
The letter was signed by Deborah Sue Mayer, Chief Counsel and Staff Director. Ms. Mayer personally advises Members of the Committee and Senate, and oversees the non-partisan staff in providing ethics advice and education, administering the Senate’s financial disclosure program, and conducting investigations and enforcement of ethics rules, laws and standards of conduct.
Prior to her work in the Senate, from July 2011 through January 2015, Ms. Mayer served as the Director of Investigations for the House Ethics Committee, overseeing all of the Committee’s investigations into Members of Congress or their staff.
The Senate Ethics Committee is evenly split, with three Republicans and three Democrats. The Committee members are Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Christopher A. Coons (D-DE), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Brian Schatz (D-HI), James Risch (R-ID), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).
According to their website, there are six staff counselors, five staff assistants, and two other administrative members listed. Yet not one real ethics decision has been entertained or been sent for consideration. How is that for use of taxpayer money!
Not one whisper out of the committee on how Feinstein withheld information from her own Senate party members or how Elizabeth Warren got away with her efforts set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without a full board membership or oversight by Congress.
Not one word on Senator Flake and his political malfeasance. Not one word on the abuse Democrat senators heaped on Kavanaugh nor their efforts to solicit “any or all” who might have thirty-year-old angst against a man who had already gone through six separate FBI investigations.
The JW press release listed why they thought the Ethics committee should investigate Cory Booker.
Sen. Booker admitted breaking Senate rules when he issued a tweet on Friday, September 7 saying:
Weds—I broke committee rules by reading from “Committee confidential” docs.
Also, Sen. Booker then posted the following entry on his Facebook account on Sunday, September 9:
And the classification of many documents as “Committee confidential” is a sham… I willfully violate these sham rules. I fully accept any consequences that might arise from my actions including expulsion.
Judicial Watch noted in its complaint that Sen. Booker also uploaded “Committee confidential” records to a publicly accessible Dropbox account with the heading “Booker Confidential – Kavanaugh Hearing Documents”.
By violating the rules in releasing Committee confidential records, Sen. Booker appeared to have violated provisions 5 and/or 6 of Rule 29 of the Standing Rules of the Senate (Rev. Jan. 24, 2013), which stipulate that he should be subject to expulsion from the Senate…
“It is an absolute disgrace that the Senate Ethics Committee is giving Senator Booker a pass for willfully violating Senate rules by leaking confidential information to smear Justice Kavanaugh,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Senate continues the abuse of Kavanaugh and his family by refusing to act against a Senator who, pretending to be Spartacus, violated the rule of law and our Constitution in trying to destroy him.”
Tom Fitton is absolutely right. If the committee members and the staff cannot seem to get any real ethics investigations done, then disband the committee or go outside the Senate to be responsible a respected constitutionalist retired Federal judge.
A group made of up of senators policing their own is ridiculous. The same applies to the House Ethics committee which is heavy on investigating Republicans right now but does appear to actually be working and taking complaints seriously.
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