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Dems Are Losing Their War Against the Constitution

Over in a Barrel, Democrats Hurtle Toward the Rocks Below
By Michael Walsh| July 12th, 2018

A few months ago, the Democrat-Media Complex was brimming with bravado: this fall’s congressional elections, the story went, were sure to rebuke the gauche interloper Donald Trump and swamp him and his minions in a giant “Blue Wave” that would restore Democrats’ control of the legislative branch, launch impeachment proceedings in the House, convict him in the Senate, and drive him from office as the wronged Dowager Empress of Chappaqua resumed her rightful place in the People’s House. Et voila! The restoration of the old order and a new tsunami of “progressive” regulations would ensure nothing like Trump would ever happen again.

Oops.

Far from believing in the coming restoration of the Democratic Party, the donkeys find themselves adrift in Lake Ontario, having gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel in a burst of high animal spirits and are now clinging to what’s left of the staves and wondering what the hell happened.

Gone is the cocksure attitude that victory rightfully would be theirs because they are on the “right side of history.” In its place has come a series of Trump Administration Supreme Court victories (putting paid to the forced financing of public unions, upholding the Muslim travel ban in the teeth of lower-court judicial activism, and handing religious freedom a couple of major wins that have shaken the Dems to their core.)

Lastly, earlier this week, came the unkindest cut of all: still smarting from the GOP’s refusal to give judge Merrick Garland a hearing for the Supreme Court vacancy occasioned by the sudden death of Antonin Scalia in 2016, the Democrats could only look on haplessly as Anthony Kennedy (one of their relative darlings, thanks to his tie-breaking gay-marriage vote) announced his retirement. This paved the way for Trump’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to cement a solid 5-4 conservative majority on the court, with the possibility of still more vacancies to come in Trump’s first term alone: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer is 79.

The Left vs. the Constitution
And so, after less than two years of the Trump Administration, the eight long years of Barack Obama are already being relegated to the ash heap of history. Obamacare is enduring a slow dismantling, bit by bit, rather than an outright repeal and some of Obama’s race-based policies regarding education are being rolled back as well. In a way, this death by a thousand cuts is a more fitting demise for the Obama “fundamental transformation,” since its prescripts were largely instituted by stealth, accretion, strictly by fiat, and wholly untethered in constitutional principles.

And that’s the problem—the modern American Left has no faith in the Constitution (in fact, it loathes it), and on its long march through the institutions it has sought to diminish our founding document via emanations and penumbras of phantom “rights” whose existence, like that of Planet X, can only be inferred but not proven. What the panicking Democrats see as a hijacking of their country is, in fact, a restoration of basic American principles that have been nearly Alinskyed to death via the practical application of critical theory—a cultural battering-ram that has been used to lethal effect against such institutions as the family, religion, and patriotism.

At the root of the cultural-Marxist panic is the fear of rollback, which displays weakness, which they cannot afford. As I’ve long observed, the American Left essentially subscribes to the Brezhnev Doctrine, which stated that once a country had gone Communist, it could never go back, and would be prevented from doing so by force (e.g., Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968) if necessary. Never mind that most of the legislative victories of the leftist manifesto since the mid-‘60s have come via the courts, not the ballot box; the fate of “progressivism” is too important to be left the will of the grubby Little People in whose name the Left insists it acts but for whom it holds nothing but contempt. For them, to lose even an inch is tantamount to losing not just a mile, but the whole race.

For years, the Left was used to getting its own way in the federal courts, including the Supreme Court. Their tools included offense—the discovery of hidden rights nowhere mentioned in the Constitution but simply willed into existence—and defense, such as whenever a lone federal judge decides to issue a nationwide injunction against the president. The notion that a single, unelected member of the judicial branch (which in the case of the lower courts, Congress actually controls) can overturn the policies, duties, and bailiwicks of a duly elected Congress or president is so fundamentally undemocratic as to be breathtaking in its effrontery; each judge a potential petty dictator unconcerned with the will of the people.

But so effectively has the Left implanted the notion of “higher loyalties” and of an abstract “rule of law,” that it was simply accepted instead of laughed out of, well, court. No longer. In the travel ban opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas took note of the absurdity of such injunctions and gave the Progs fair warning that the days of bowing before their gods are coming to an end.

Overturning Roe and the Myth of Unfettered Abortion
What’s really got their knickers in a twist, however, is the suddenly looming prospect that one of the Court’s worst decisions ever, Roe v. Wade, is now a 5-4 vote away from extinction, which is why they have gone to the mattresses in order to derail the Kavanaugh nomination. So crazed have the Democrats become at this prospect that they’re even willing to sacrifice some of their red-state Senators (who might be tempted to vote for Kavanaugh to hold onto their seats) on the abortion altar, even if it costs them the Senate and results in an even more contracted minority. Why?

The answer is psychological. If and when the Supreme Court overturns Roe abortion will remain legal in all 50 states until such time as some state legislatures begin crafting restrictions and even outright bans. That’s not likely to happen in places where Democrats congregate; if Alabama wants to ban abortion, what skin is it off the liberals’ noses? They don’t want to live there anyway.

But the Democrats have largely built their base—and the myth of “progressive” inevitability—on the issue of unfettered abortion, thus revealing their true selves and the future they have in mind for America. A revocation of Roe would be like the scene in The Wizard of Oz when the curtain is pulled back on the great and powerful Oz (YT: The Wizard of Oz: Pay No Attention)Click to play video inline. and the entire Democratic project of the past 75 years is finally seen clearly as the inimical fraud that it is and always has been.

So over the side they go, taking their pipe dream of 16 years of malevolent progressive with them. There’s no chance they’re going to stop Kavanaugh, and they know it. The noise you hear is not shouts of triumph but screams of horror from the Democrats as, too late, they realize that the mighty river of American exceptionalism is now hurling them over the cliffs, and will pound them to pieces on the rocks below.

Have a nice trip.

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Old 07-13-2018, 10:09 PM   #31
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LOL. Yeah, because the party of gun grabbers and jailing people before proven guilty sure respects the 4th and 8th.
Not sure what gun grabbing has to do with 4th/8th, but: "party of jailing people before proven guilty"? LOL what??

In any case, check out your newest SCOTUS nominee: http://www.abajournal.com/news/artic...s_in_roe_v_wad

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Kavanaugh praised Rehnquist for taking a stand against unenumerated rights in the Constitution in his Roe v. Wade dissent, for his law-and-order limits on the Miranda and exclusionary rules, and for his conclusion that the “wall between church and state” was too strong, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Daily Beast followed with a story on Kavanaugh’s discussion of Roe v. Wade.
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On criminal procedure, Rehnquist “led the charge in rebalancing Fourth Amendment law to respect the rights of the people and victims of violent crime as well as of criminal defendants,” Kavanaugh said. Rehnquist didn’t succeed in overturning the exclusionary rule, and today not many people are calling for that result “given its firmly entrenched position in American law,” Kavanaugh said.

But Rehnquist led the court in creating exceptions to the rule, and also shaped the Miranda rule so it is applied in “a more commonsensical way,” Kavanaugh said.
Little known fact, nothing in the 4th amendment has anything to do with "victims of violent crime" (just kidding everyone knows that), he's just making a "think of the children" argument to curtail defendants' rights (typical Republican orthodoxy).
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Old 07-13-2018, 10:13 PM   #32
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Illegal search and seizure, dumb ass.
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Old 07-13-2018, 10:22 PM   #33
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Illegal search and seizure, dumb ass.
Wait you think the official position of Democrats is to illegally enter people's homes and take their guns away? HAHAHAHAHAHA why didn't you just tell me at the start of this you were one of those ****ing cranks
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Old 07-13-2018, 10:59 PM   #34
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Debate and deny all you want, the fact is the end of the Obama experiment continues to bring on seething hate for anything not Obama/Progressive.

The terrible campaign run by Hillary, the smug arrogant attitude of the elitist left, and failure of so many Obama programs and policies gave rise to Trump. But for that matter any number of the Republican candidates could and would have beaten Hillary.

Trump will continue to enrage the left. He simply does not care that Pelosi and Schumer don't like him, he is killing them with success. He also does not care if some R's dont like him. He was elected with a mandate as he sees it to carry forward his program of MAGA.

With less than 2 years into his first term, its hard to picture the insanity of the left as we move through mid terms, when they fail to have a wave of whatever color, and as Trump goes into campaign mode Trump v2.0. We will see if the dems can be more unhinged, irrational, and directionless than they are now
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:48 PM   #35
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It's a free association governed by a contract. Both sides (employer and union) chose to sign it. If you're an employee who doesn't like the idea of paying union dues, fine, work somewhere else. It's not stealing when you signed up for it.

Everything about this association is something conservatives ordinarily praise as the magic of the free market, except that this association benefits liberals, so you hate it. And five activist judges just bent the law to forbid it, and you're fine with it, because you don't actually give two shits about "activist judges".
As a matter of definition, reversing constitutionally offensive precedent set by an activist court isn’t activism.
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Wait you think the official position of Democrats is to illegally enter people's homes and take their guns away? HAHAHAHAHAHA why didn't you just tell me at the start of this you were one of those ****ing cranks
You should google Deerfield, IL.
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As a matter of definition, reversing constitutionally offensive precedent set by an activist court isn’t activism.
lmao yeah, activist liberals like William Rehnquist were responsible for the constitutionally offensive and unanimous decision in Abood.

In patteeu's post we see a perfect distillation of the conservative mindset: "activist" doesn't actually mean anything beyond "something today's conservatives don't like". By labeling everything they don't like as "activist", they therefore don't need any real justification for opposing or undoing it, they can just give it the Bad Label and move on.

Incidentally, this is the same mindset that dumber liberals use today to assign everyone guilt-by-association with Russia. "Oh, has this person who did something we don't like ever met a Russian citizen? They must be a Russian agent, cool, my work here is done." Given that patty here fancies himself one of the smarter conservatives, it's amusing to see him fall into this idiotic thinking.
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lmao yeah, activist liberals like William Rehnquist were responsible for the constitutionally offensive and unanimous decision in Abood.

In patteeu's post we see a perfect distillation of the conservative mindset: "activist" doesn't actually mean anything beyond "something today's conservatives don't like". By labeling everything they don't like as "activist", they therefore don't need any real justification for opposing or undoing it, they can just give it the Bad Label and move on.

Incidentally, this is the same mindset that dumber liberals use today to assign everyone guilt-by-association with Russia. "Oh, has this person who did something we don't like ever met a Russian citizen? They must be a Russian agent, cool, my work here is done." Given that patty here fancies himself one of the smarter conservatives, it's amusing to see him fall into this idiotic thinking.
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Okay, done. What's wrong with this, as far as the fourth amendment is concerned?

To be clear, I absolutely oppose any seizures that violate the fourth amendment. Police should not stop random people on the street to pat them down for banned weapons, nor should they enter homes without warrants.

But otherwise, why is this any different than seizing drugs or any other illegal contraband? You don't (yet) have a constitutional right to own an AR-15, but you're throwing a hissy fit because you think you should.

This is the (very conservative) article I read, fwiw: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattve...ffect-n2486582

(I wouldn't be surprised if the lawsuits against Deerfield partially succeed if they're overly broad in the types of weapons they specify, pursuant to the activist court that legislated a completely new right to own a handgun outside of any service in a militia in Heller)
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lmao yeah, activist liberals like William Rehnquist were responsible for the constitutionally offensive and unanimous decision in Abood.

In patteeu's post we see a perfect distillation of the conservative mindset: "activist" doesn't actually mean anything beyond "something today's conservatives don't like". By labeling everything they don't like as "activist", they therefore don't need any real justification for opposing or undoing it, they can just give it the Bad Label and move on.
First of all, thanks for recognizing my efforts at distilling the conservative mindset. Perfect, eh? I blush.

There's something to your insight, but it's not completely correct. To simplify, there are two kinds of judges; judges who see the constitution as a fixed document (with an amendment process) and those who see it as a living document that can be adapted to the times. From my pov, it's activism when a judge reinterpets the constitution in a way not originally understood. BUT... that doesn't mean that I have to agree with the decision. Two justices who interpret the constitution as fixed may well disagree on what that fixed meaning is. I might not agree with the conclusion of one of the justices, but they wouldn't be engaging in activism.
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