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Thursday, March 29, 2012

How Did We Get Here From There?

1900.  Ida B. Wells, Lynch Law in America:
Our country's national crime is lynching. It is not the creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury, or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob. It represents the cool, calculating deliberation of intelligent people who openly avow that there is an "unwritten law" that justifies them in putting human beings to death without complaint under oath, without trial by jury, without opportunity to make defense, and without right of appeal.

 No emergency called for lynch law. It asserted its sway in defiance of law and in favor of anarchy. There it has flourished ever since, marking the thirty years of its existence with the inhuman butchery of more than ten thousand men, women, and children by shooting, drowning, hanging, and burning them alive. Not only this, but so potent is the force of example that the lynching mania has spread throughout the North and middle West. It is now no uncommon thing to read of lynchings north of Mason and Dixon's line, and those most responsible for this fashion gleefully point to these instances and assert that the North is no better than the South.

This is the work of the "unwritten law" about which so much is said, and in whose behest butchery is made a pastime and national savagery condoned. The first statute of this "unwritten law" was written in the blood of thousands of brave men who thought that a government that was good enough to create a citizenship was strong enough to protect it. Under the authority of a national law that gave every citizen the right to vote, the newly-made citizens chose to exercise their suffrage. But the reign of the national law was short-lived and illusionary. Hardly had the sentences dried upon the statute-books before one Southern State after another raised the cry against "negro domination" and proclaimed there was an "unwritten law" that justified any means to resist it.
2012: Kill Zimmerman.

Ida B. Wells is dead.  As is her dream.

Why The ObamaCare Mandate Is Bad

I've written it before.  I write it again:

If you're male, under forty, and single, you'd be stupid to waste your hard-earned income on health insurance.  Chances are remote you'll ever get out of it anywhere near what you put into it.  Pick up health insurance (and life insurance) when you need it (and can better afford it).

But don't take my word for it. Take it from a young person:
That would be Dahlia Lithwick's despondent response to libertarians. Apparently, freedom actually consists of being lead by the nose without complaint by Lithwick and her ilk whenever they decide what is good for us.

The fact of the matter is, Dahlia, there are many different goods in the world. There is no one Good in Plato's sense. I get it, you think universal health care is the bee's knees. Well, I don't, mostly because I'm young and not doing so well in the Age of Hope and Stimulus. I need to put that money where it will do me some good (paying loans, food, rent, gas, etc.) rather than health care insurance, seeing as I haven't had a medical expense I couldn't pay out of pocket since...wow, yeah, I'm guessing since I was a toddler. By the way, Scalia was exactly right: people my age are smart enough to make decisions individually about their own health care. Most of us will not need it now and should be allowed to fund our more pressing needs rather than your health care. As for those my age that do purchase insurance, they may have the resources or the need to do so; Scalia's entire point is that they would know better about their individual needs than Lithwick or Obama.
Forcing young people to buy that which they don't need goes beyond the enumerated powers that We the People granted the United States government not that long ago. It especially goes beyond the compact that we as Americans share and embrace.

Where's Obama?

The price of gas here in Bland, Virginia jumped 10¢.


And what's the guy most responsible for this developing disaster doing?

He's talking about shooting hoops with the New York Knicks.

I don't believe a President should be impeached unless he's been tried and convicted of high crimes and/or misdemeanors.  But would it be too much for Americans to ask, en masse:

Please go away and leave us alone?  You've done enough damage?

To that end:

After three years of Obama, I think it's fair to say: He's not the hope or the change. He's the problem.

Let's end this nightmare.

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Liberalism In Its Death Throes?

I'd like to think so when I read headlines like this:

"Court Likely To Overturn ObamaCare After Hearings."

The Tea Party.  Defeat of cap-and-trade.  The rising tide of conservatism.  Takeover of the House of Representatives.  Soon-to-be control of the United States Senate.

And come November ...

Could it be that ObamaCare was the last gasp of American progressivism?

I have serious doubts.  There are still many, many people out there who want "free" stuff from the government.  Any many others who see a personal advantage in giving it to them.

Through overturn (should it occur; I'll believe it when I see it) or Congressional repeal, the most intrusive, anti-liberty law ever passed by the national legislature will go.  It's just a matter of when.

Because the alternative is unimaginable.

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It could be argued that ObamaCare itself, in the way it was fashioned, was nothing more than a last gasp.  After reading some of the exchange that took place in the oral arguments before the Supreme Court, one wonders if the then-Democrat-led Congress had simply raised taxes to pay for Obama's pie-in-the-sky cradle-to-grave health care program - rather than devise that "mandate" that everyone pay into the program whether they wanted to or not, either through an insurance company or through a "penalty," - if it would not be in the predicament it's in.

A straightforward tax to pay for ObamaCare.

But the Democrats settled on the mandate because they knew they couldn't get a tax increase passed.  And the American people - overtaxed and under-served - would have sent even more of them into retirement than they did in 2010.

The mandate was a devious end-run around that roadblock.  And the law is where it is.  In the hands of a markedly hostile Supreme Court.

Quote of the Day

Only Ann Coulter could write this:

"On the basis of little else, the media conjured a Hollywood script: A "white" man was "stalking" a little black kid -- who could be Obama's son! -- confronted him, beat him senseless as the small black child screamed for help, and finally shot the kid dead, 'just because he was black.'"

Extravagant hyperbole works best when it is grounded in truth.

As the story about Trayvon Martin unfolds, that truth will become ever more apparent.

Not that it'll matter to Al Sharpton and his fellow mainstream "journalists."

Quote of the Day II

Ouch.  This is what you'd call a bitchslap if it didn't involve two females.  So we'll call it a dressing down ... oops, nope, can't call it that either ... feminist sensibilities and all ... it's ... a ... let's see ... a firm rebuke.  How's that?

James Taranto on ObamaCare, the Supreme Court, and the liberal ladies who knew - just knew - that it was constitutional:

"The justices' evident skepticism about the government's claims took many legal observers (though not this columnist) by surprise. Just last week the likes of Linda Greenhouse and Dahlia Lithwick were proclaiming the case for ObamaCare a no-brainer, flaunting their own brainlessness as if it proved the point."

Consider both Greenhouse and Lithwick duly spanked.  Reamed?  Battered?