THE UNFOUNDED FATHERS

Founding Fathers

This will be short and sweet because it is both simple and urgent. We have 140 days, give or take, to put matters right, or matters may never be right again.

We all know about the Founding Fathers, those great men from centuries gone by who created the wonderful Constitutional Republic that has become a superpower, a global force for good, the creator of a protracted era of global peace (the “Pax Americana”), and, without question, the greatest, most-benevolent, and generous nation the world has ever known.

The Founding Fathers were legitimately concerned about the prospect of “Unfounded Fathers” (though they didn’t call them that), who, in spite of all of the checks and balances built into our form of government by the Founding Fathers, would become so corrupt as to cause our democratic fabric to come unwoven. While the Founding Fathers were concerned, they had to believe that it was unlikely that their carefully crafted checks and balances would be rent asunder, because that result could only occur if the people voted into office representatives of incredible greed, ego, self-interest, narrow-mindedness, stupidity, and lack of regard for the will of the voters and the general well-being of the country.

Well friends, the day of reckoning, the day the Founding Fathers hoped would never come, is upon us. The “Unfounded Fathers” are among us, suffused in Beltway ignorance and arrogance, egomania and self-centeredness, greed and narrow-mindedness, incredible hubris, and disregard for the country and its citizens.

And we are not here to castigate Congressional Democrats, or even the Democrat-in-Chief in the White House–those folks have always exhibited the character and other failings set forth above. No, concerned citizens and conservatives, the “Unfounded Fathers” are here and bent on destruction generally of the nation’s political balance of power and destruction specifically of the Republican Party. It is with much angst and considerable sadness that we have been set upon by the enemy within–current members of the Republican Establishment. The very folks who are supposed to act as a check and balance against the callow, mindless policies of the unenlightened and maniacal Democrats, have thrown in the towel, have stabbed their constituents in the back, have gone over to the dark side, and are in the process of throwing this great country under the bus.

Shame on you Paul Ryan, shame on you Ben Sasse, shame on you Mitch McConnell, shame on you John McCain, shame on you Mitt Romney, shame on you George W. Bush. Shame on all of you phony Republicans who have decided that your “consciences,” your “elitist attitudes,” your “unbounded arrogance,” your alleged political “experience,” your ostensible political “judgment,” your previously lacking “canny insight,” your “distain for the judgment of your constituents,” and your “unbounded egos” entitle you to dismiss the will of the voters who have selected Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for President.

We hate to rain on the GOP Establishment’s “pity parade,” but Unfounded Fathers, when it comes to honesty, candor, sincerity, loyalty, common sense, love of country, and desire to make America a better and safer place to live, you aren’t worthy of carrying the Donald’s gym bag.

Most startling is the fact that the Unfounded Fathers are not only incredibly ignorant, you are also incredibly wrong. It takes an arrogance of Obamaian proportions to tell your constituents that they are misguided idiots. More importantly, the Unfounded Fathers are apparently under the erroneous belief that they can ignore, demean, and oppose Donald Trump as the Party’s nominee while still saving their yellow, political skins by concentrating time, effort, and money in an attempt to keep “down-stream” Republican candidates from being “swept away” by a Hillary Clinton landslide. The Unfounded Fathers seem to have reached the illogical conclusion that they can bash the head of the GOP ticket and yet, somehow, help the GOP under-carders to carry the day. Unfortunately, these political geniuses have it exactly backwards.

If (thanks in large part to the unfounded opposition of the Unfounded Fathers) it appears as election day approaches that Trump has no chance of winning, millions and millions and millions of Trump supporters will stay home. Why should they make the effort to vote for a candidate that the Unfounded Fathers have beaten into the ground? And if the Unfounded Fathers think that the worst Republican turnout in history in a Presidential campaign is going to be good for their “down ballot” buddies, then they are even more foolish than we give them credit for. Perhaps these flighty Unfounded Fathers, who have shown little interest in supporting their constituents by challenging a political novice and lightweight like Obama, believe that, even though they have done everything in their power to drive away Trump supporters, those same voters will flock to the polls for the sole purpose of perking up the candidacies of beleaguered Republican Senatorial or Congressional candidates. Do they really expect the voters, whose candidate they have just willfully trampled, will come to the rescue of their favorite candidates?

Perhaps the Unfounded Fathers simply believe that the voters will have the common sense to want to preserve Republican majorities in the House and the Senate. But why should the voters respond to that self-interested appeal by the Unfounded Fathers? After all, the Republicans have had majorities in both the House and the Senate for 2 years, and have accomplished zero, zip, nada. Trump supporters are counting on Trump to shake up D.C., including the Republican majorities–to put an end to gridlock, ever-expanding bureaucracy and regulatory intrusion, petty bickering, and economic calamity. In other words: to mix things up a bit in the nation’s capitol. But, without Trump, there is no mix, no shake up, no change, and very little to hope for. Under such circumstances, do the Unfounded Fathers really think that, without Trump, the voters really give a fig whether the GOP retains its majority in either chamber?

Let us be perfectly blunt about this. The perilous path that you Unfounded Fathers are pursuing is guaranteed only to ensure 8 years of a Hillary Presidency, the loss of conservative influence on the Supreme Court for decades, the probable bankruptcy of the country, economic stagnation or recession for years to come, the Middle East in increasing flames and disorder, China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia unchecked on the world stage, further reduction in both size and readiness of the military, further fomentation of divisiveness on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, and socio-economic status, and vastly more attacks by Muslim extremists, both inside and outside of the United States. But not to worry, the Unfounded Fathers will still have reserved deck chairs on the USS Titanic.

But before the country goes under, or before anyone who can afford to leave the country does so, we will make sure that there is a huge monument erected to the Unfounded Fathers, prominently featuring all of their names and memorializing their destruction of the single greatest country in all of human kind–and for no reason other than the Unfounded Fathers’ petulance over the Republican primary voters having had the temerity (imagine the gall) to pick a Presidential nominee that the Unfounded Fathers would not have personally selected.   Election Day in 2016 will become the new day that “will live in infamy,” and the names of the Unfounded Fathers will forever be etched in the history books as the shortsighted individuals who singlehandedly destroyed the greatest and most successful political experiment of all time. And don’t forget that, after the destruction of the country, the loss of both the House and the Senate, and the ultimate consolidation of power to the Democrat Party, the lingering justification by the Unfounded Fathers will be an astonishing–“Well, at least our Presidential candidate lost.” Brilliant. Great political minds will be staggered for generations to come.

© 2016

JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA

HCK Blog 17 (Justice Antonin Scalia)-2

Rest in peace Mr. Justice. Your legacy as one of the truly great Supreme Court Justices is secure. More than any Justice within recent memory, you have embodied the legal spirit that we believe the drafters of the Constitution had in mind. You have interpreted the Constitution without endeavoring to expand or modify it. Your opinions have been insightful, imminently readable, fair, and consistent–whether as part of a majority or in dissent. And you have carried out your sworn duties with verve, wit, and humor.

We suggest to our readers that they take the time to read some of your recent opinions if they want to understand how a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States should comport himself or herself.

It is however a sad commentary on the state of political life in America today that, before you even had an opportunity to lay in state, the matter of your successor became a political football. President Obama was quick to assert that he intended to carry out his sworn Constitutional duty to nominate your successor. As an aside, it is interesting to observe how this President adheres to the Constitution when it suits his political narrative and blatantly disregards that document when it does not.

And so the President has set the table for the Republican majority in the Senate to, at last, demonstrate to their constituents why it was important to elect that majority. In spite of holding majorities in both the Senate and the House, Republicans have done little to justify the honor that the voting public has bestowed upon them–unless, of course, one believes that acquiescence to Presidential whims, or standing by while the President tramples upon the Constitution, are virtues. But perhaps this is the moment we have all been waiting for–that significant opportunity for the Senate majority to demonstrate that they are not simply Democrats light, that they are more than just appeasers, that they have at long last developed a backbone.

Let us begin by noting that allowing President Obama to have his third nominee appointed to the Supreme Court would be an unmitigated disaster. Who can seriously doubt that a President, who has politicized everything down to the White House china, would fail to politicize the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice who could, and likely would, implement his plan to radically transform America for decades to come?

And so we beseech you Senate majority–stand tall and firm with respect to this seminal event. The President has, once again, endeavored to convince the public that he occupies the moral high ground by promptly performing his Constitutional duty to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice–while, of course, implying that the failure of the Senate to immediately confirm his nominee would be an un-Constitutional response. The Senate majority must not let the President frame this debate. The Senate has “a Constitutional obligation” not to appoint a Presidential nominee who has even the remotest chance of sending the Court in a decades-long, leftward-leaning misdirection. And, by design, the Senate’s Constitutional obligation trumps the President’s obligation. So here is the challenge to the Senate majority–unless the President nominates Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, or Ted Cruz, there is no justifiable basis for the Senate to approve “any” Obama nominee. While we would take some satisfaction from having the Senate remind the President that “they won and he lost” or that “elections have consequences,” we will settle for the simple exercise of Constitutional defiance. We don’t really care whether the Senate exercises its Constitutional duty by means of a blanket statement that no Obama nominee will receive consent of the Senate, by advising the President that any nominee he puts forward will be unacceptable and that no hearing will be necessary, or by going through the exercise of holding a hearing before turning down the nominee (though, in fairness, any nominee who wants and receives a hearing should be advised in advance that the process will likely be a waste of his or her time, of the Senate’s time, and of taxpayer dollars).

The appointment of any Obama nominee will disrespect, and likely destroy, the decades of hard work judicial work by a singular Justice. And if the public good is insufficient incentive for the Senate majority to do the right thing, perhaps enlightened self-interest will do the trick. Cooperation with Obama on this important matter would be a deal-breaker for re-election of any Republican Senator.

To date, the center of the Republican majority seems to be holding firm–although the usual weak-kneed GOP Senators have attempted to straddle the fence by agreeing to meet with Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. We will see if the soft, squishy middle of the Republican Senate is willing to hold its ground. Kudos to Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, of whom we are frequent critics, for so far holding his ground regarding this critical Supreme Court decision.

© 2016

 

 

 

BON MOTS

Hillary-

Are we the only ones that have a hard time concentrating on a Hillary speech?

She starts out in a sort of rational tone and works herself up in to a screeching rant that is most annoying and vaguely reminiscent of Howard Dean. Four years of that and we’ll all wind up in a rubber room.   Suggested Trump nickname for Hillary – “Shrill Hill.”

Hillary is her own bobble-head. Whenever she makes a forceful point with which she agrees, her head bobs up and down in a way that would make any major leaguer proud, and she doesn’t stop bobbing until the applause has died down.

We are looking forward to watching the Secret Service working to defend President Hillary while law enforcement officers attempt to drag her out of the Oval Office to stand trial for negligent disclosure of national secrets. Will she be able to pardon herself if convicted? Can she pardon herself before conviction and avoid trial altogether?

Obama-

Bumper Sticker – “Elect Putin: Put a Competent Communist in the White House”

He may not be a Muslim, but his obvious affinity for Islam makes him, at best, a CINO (Christian in Name Only).

Obama suggests that Trump apparently fails to understand what a serious job being President of the United States is. We assume that, by that remark, Obama means that the President must be willing to stay on top of his golf game, must be willing to endure long flights at taxpayer expense to exotic vacation destinations, and must be willing to read speeches on the teleprompter that have been written by others. Damn, throw us in that “serious briar patch.”

Race Relations-

How does it improve race relations to always blame the cop with a gun and ignore the prior bad conduct of the shooting “victim?”

Why is it so difficult for people to believe that there are more blacks in jail because blacks commit more crimes? Oops! We forgot about the corrupt law enforcement and judicial system which persecutes and prosecutes more black criminals for no apparent reason and just for the fun of it.

How come a black person cannot be a racist (even if his or her comments or actions are clearly motivated only by race), but a white person is almost always deemed to be a racist (even if his or her comments or actions are obviously wholly unrelated to race)?

If reparations are due to certain groups as a consequence of ancestral slavery, why not the descendents of union soldiers who were killed or maimed during the Civil War in the effort to free the slaves?

Congress-

Does anyone disagree that the first act of an all-Republican controlled government should be to pass legislation requiring Members of Congress to be bound by all of the laws to which it subjects the rest of us-including Obamacare? And, no, they don’t get to beg off by saying that they have purchased other health insurance (using taxpayer dollars). Let’s see how long Obamacare lasts when the Senators don’t get to keep their doctors, keep their plans, and go to the nearest hospital for treatment (and we are not talking about free hospital care for privileged Congressmen). And, oh yeah, the rest of us pay for our stamps, health clubs, country clubs, lunches, and Uber. A few less perks and maybe we can get back to the citizen legislators that the Founding Fathers had in mind. And the second act of a Republican government? Abolish the Department of Education, the EPA, the SEC, the Labor Department, and the Department of Agriculture – just for starters.

Long-term objective – ease back onto the Gold Standard (no more quantitative easing).

Election-

 

Does the Party that seeks to become the Party of the People get off to a good start by having a Chairman named “Reince Prebus”?

Immigration-

Here’s an alternate proposal. After Mexico pays for the wall on our southern border, let’s have them pick up the tab for medical care, law enforcement, education, and taxes attributable to the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country. We don’t have to give them citizenship, but at least we can be a bit more charitable knowing that they are paying (or, more accurately, Mexico is paying) their way.

Capitol-

Has anyone else wondered if the restoration of the Capitol dome is intended as a metaphor for the federal government generally? It’s something that should have been taken care of over time, it is incredibly costly, nobody appears to be working on it, it apparently will take forever to complete, and it will come in well over budget. And, if you want a second opinion, it’s ugly too.

© 2016

 

 

CAPITALISM vs. SOCIALISM

How interesting would it be if in 2016 the American voters got to decide once and for all what type of nation we want to be? And this year, for the first time in our recollection, that opportunity is possible.  What if Bernie Sanders turns out to be the Democrat nominee for President and he goes head-to-head with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee?

For decades now, the United States has been sliding slowly, but inexorably, into a workless entitlement society. A society where fewer and fewer support more and more. A society where those who have made this country great, economically and otherwise, are constantly disparaged by those who only insist that they are entitled to more. A society where nameless and unaccountable bureaucrats impose increasingly intolerable regulatory burdens on our governmental, economic, and social systems. A society in which our freedoms will be diminished, the country will be driven to irrational income equality. and the political class will enjoy power. In short, driving the nation toward European socialism with more and more unfettered handouts and fewer and fewer freedoms.

Who wouldn’t like a 30-hour work week, eight weeks of paid vacation, and retirement at the age of 52 with a full pension? The problem with this approach is that these utopian governments eventually run out of other peoples’ money to spend, and the whole untenable house-of-cards begins to crumble.  One need only look to the current economic status of Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal to see where the road to socialism ultimately leads.

Of course the policies of the Clinton, Bush, and, especially. Obama administrations have pushed the United States well down the path to European socialism. Consider, for example, the Prescription Drug Plan, Obamacare, and Obama phones.  All paid for with money we don’t have.  And the squander has only accelerated: note billions wasted on worthless “green” energy projects and start-up “green” companies.  Onerous regulations intended to drive cheap and abundant coal off the energy market and to replace it with more expensive “green” energy sources are contrary to the will of the vast majority of US citizens.  Why?  Because a socialist government always knows what is better for you than you do.

And now Bernie Sanders, who is giving Hillary Clinton a run in the Democrat primaries for her ill-gotten money, wants to kick it up a notch with more entitlement programs like free college education for all and with new policies which will take even more money from the hard-working and successful folk and give it, not just to the needy, but to anyone who would prefer to not work for a living. Bernie isn’t just a socialist; he’s working his way up to full blown communism.

And now there is the prospect of a knock-down fight for the Presidency between Donald Trump, the ultimate entrepreneur and capitalist, and Bernie Sanders, the ultimate spendthrift and European socialist. The country has been ideologically moving toward this kind of political clash for some time, so why not have it out now (hopefully once and for all)?  The hard-working entrepreneur representing America’s past and heritage pitted against the free-spending European socialist of the future.

One amusing takeaway from such a contest would be that, while Donald Trump has already written his best selling book, “The Art of the Deal,” this political clash would give Bernie the opportunity to pen his own economic tome: “The Art of the Handout.” That would actually be a pretty funny line, if the fate of our country weren’t hanging in the balance.

Naturally, as you might suspect, in a cage match between Donald and Bernie, we would be pulling for Donald and a return to our historical values, such as fiscal responsibility, military strength, and leadership in matters of foreign relations so that we can regain the respect of our international friends. Let’s also cause our foreign enemies to at least view us with a modicum of trepidation.

Of course, if you like chaos, if you would like to see our country in bankruptcy, if you would like to put an end to the Pax Americana, and if you would like to see us all prostrate before fanatics and enemies abroad – well, Bernie is just the guy for you.

© 2016

 

 

AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME

It is almost beyond belief that the Republican establishment is still clueless—even in the face of overwhelming evidence. The Republican establishment (let’s just call them the “Establishment)” knows who they are: Reince, Mitch, Paul, John, et al—or as Ted Cruz likes to call them, the “Washington cartel,” have thrown off the mantle of leadership and have succumbed to the “victim” mentality of the political left.  Continue reading AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME

ISIL

President Obama says that ISIL is not an “existential” threat to the United States. He says that ISIL lacks the ability to “destroy” the United States.  And he is, in this rare instance, correct in both assertions.  My surmise regarding this particular case of factual accuracy occurred because it suits the Obama objective of retreating from the Middle East entirely. Continue reading ISIL

THE FINAL NAILS IN OUR DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICAL COFFIN

History will not look kindly on the politics and politicians of the past two and a half decades.

We are all aware that the Founding Fathers contemplated a tripartite federal government consisting of a legislative branch, an executive branch, and a judicial branch. Each branch was intended to operate as a check and balance upon the other two. But what happens when the checks and balances fail to work? Continue reading THE FINAL NAILS IN OUR DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICAL COFFIN

WHO ARE WE?

WHO ARE WE?

Recently Donald Trump suggested that, until we get a grip on the terror thing, we put a hold on letting non-citizen Muslims into the country. And the place went wild! Seldom has there been such a cacophony of condemnation. The press, the media, the Oval Office, the Democrats, and even our erstwhile establishment Republican politicians (Paul Ryan to name just one) took Trump to task for what was apparently perceived to be the verbal gaff of the century. And the almost universal condemnation of Trump’s could be distilled to a single catch phrase: “This is not who we are.” Really? Continue reading WHO ARE WE?