“The Constitutional Excuse For Subverting Democracy”: Just Another Conservative Heads-We-Win-Tails-You-Lose Proposition

Originally posted on mykeystrokes.com:

To anyone puzzled or confused about the preferred Tea Party self-identification buzzword “constitutional conservative,” George Will has done a fine job in his latest column spelling it all out, by way of touting a new book by Timothy Sandefur of the Pacific Legal Foundation. Progressives believe the Constitution provides a process that facilitates democracy. Conservatives understand that it’s a safeguard against the limitation of “natural” rights by democratic majorities.

This sounds reasonable if you accept the rather cartoonish idea that progressives do not acknowledge any limitations on popular majorities, or that the two sides mean roughly the same thing when they talk about individual rights. Here Will is not as forthcoming as he might have been, but his extensive discussion of the alleged incorporation of the Declaration of Independence into the Constitution–an invariable touchstone for Constitutional Conservatives–alludes to the common conservative belief that via the Declaration certain divinely granted or…

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Elephants graveyard

Elephants graveyard, where old elephants go to die and is a rich source of ivory was a fable, like the fountain of youth or the legend about the Eldorado of gold. In today’s world, there is FOX News were old phony scandals go to live, not to die. This morning on FOX, there was talk of Solyndra after a pitch for the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Speak softly and carry a big stick”

“Speak softly and carry a big stick” are the words of Teddy Roosevelt most often repeated by those who favor a strong US military. However, Teddy was the first American President to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Wilson the second, Carter the third and Obama the fourth. Reagan never received it.

Teddy was a progressive Republican, and in 1912, he ran for president as a candidate of the Progressive Party. Roosevelt supported a living wage, and his hand-picked successor Taft, instituted the 8-hour day for Federal employees and added the income tax to the US Constitution. In the 1912 election, progressive ideas won support of an overwhelming majority of the electorate, but the voters preferred Wilson’s version over Roosevelt’s. Wilson supported small government to protect liberty, while Teddy supported big government to protect the rights of those we label the 99%.

Weighty matters

Who was our largest president? Was it Grover Cleveland or was it William Howard Taft? Both men were large men, weighing 300 pounds or more. However, we will never know for sure because it was the custom then not to disclose personal matters of presidential health. Presidential illnesses were kept secret due to fears about upsetting the stock market with rumors about the president’s health.

Nothing is certain in politics, but it does seem unlikely that Chris Christie will ever join the heavyweight presidents club.

“Jeb Bush’s Optimism School”: “The Only Thing We Have To Offer Is Fear” Is Not Going To Cut It Any Longer For Republicans

Originally posted on mykeystrokes.com:

The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going.

The party’s hope deficit helps explain why there’s a boomlet for Jeb Bush, a man who dares to use the word “love” in a paragraph about illegal immigrants.

The flurry doesn’t mean that the former Florida governor is even running for president, let alone that he can win. But Bush is being taken seriously because his approach to politics is so different from what’s on offer from doomsayers who worry that immigrants will undermine the meaning of being American and that the champions of permissiveness will hack away at our moral core.

No wonder Bush’s statement that immigrants entering the country illegally were engaged in “an act of love” was greeted with such disdain…

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