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So, let’s see what we have for you this week…
- The Noisy Room – The End Of Constitutional Government
- Don Surber – Mr. 401K
- Joshuapundit – Tyranny In Black Robes – The Scotus Approves Gay Marriage
- The Right Planet – Why Democrats Are Still the Party of Slavery
- The Independent Sentinel – Dear Leader has a plan to flood the country with re-categorized foreigners
- Ask Marion – Happy 4th of July 2015 – Center Piece of America’s Patriotic Season
- Bookworm Room – Thoughts about the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision
- VA Right! – Reconsidering Trump 2016 AND Convention of States
- The Razor – Some Ironies of GunPhobia
- The Glittering Eye – The Tragedy of Robert E. Lee
- Rhymes With Right – The ObamaCare Ruling As Legal Gnosticism
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Caliphanniversary
- Puma By Design – 12 Must-Read Quotes From Scalia’s Blistering Same-Sex Marriage Dissent
- Nice Deb – ISIS Mutants Become More Sadistic as They Lose Ground In Syria
- The Pirate’s Cove – Durham Pastor Encourages More Divisiveness And Spiritual Separation In Flying Black Liberation Flag
- Sharyl Attkisson – IRS erases 24,000 Lois Lerner emails after they were subpoenaed
- Simply Jews – Recep Tayyip Erdogan to send 18,000 troops to Syria – To fight the Kurds
- Ted Cruz/NRO – Constitutional Remedies to a Lawless Supreme Court submitted by The Noisy Room
- Ace of Spades HQ – We’re Living In the United States Of Calvinball. It’s Time The Right Got In The Game. submitted by Don Surber
- Seraphic Secret – The Coming Religious Purges submitted by Joshuapundit
- Carl Reed/Contagious Transformation – Another Lie Exposed: The Myth Of the Southern Strategy submitted by The Right Planet
- Sultan Knish – No Truce With the Left submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Rush Limbaugh – David Stockman Shock Blog: The Real Unemployment Rate Is 42.9% submitted by Ask Marion
- Andrew McCarthy/NRO – Let’s Drop the Charade: the Supreme Court is a Political Branch, Not a Judicial One submitted by Bookworm Room
- Patriot Update – Obama Removes TPP’s Anti-Slavery Clause, Then Attacks Confederate Flag As “Symbol Of Slavery” submitted by VA Right!
- L. Williams, Interpreter – Rumors of a Turkish Invasion of Northern Syria submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Rand Paul – Government Should Get Out of the Marriage Business Altogether submitted by The Razor
- Patrick Bahzad/Sic Semper Tyrannis – Terror Attack In France: What happened … and who’s responsible? submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Hot Air – Kurtz: ‘Golly, the media have turned into an intolerant mob lately’ submitted by Rhymes With Right
- George Weigel – Lessons for Today, after Obergefell, from Catholics Who Were Persecuted under Elizabeth I submitted by Nice Deb
- Washington Examiner – Yes, Clinton lied about her emails submitted by The Watcher
- Kevin D. Williamson – We Have Officially Reached Peak Leftism submitted by The Watcher
- Rod Dreher – Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country submitted by The Watcher
T F Stern
The Moral Liberal
I started to write a short comment, something to do with preparing to celebrate the 4th of July. Oh, well, as often happens; a different avenue presented itself. Speaking of different roads to go down…
With all the changes in accepted public attitudes is it any wonder some folks are calling for the destruction of long revered symbols from the past?
Young rabble rousers have been challenged to stomp on the American Flag, same sex marriage was found to be a God given right in the constitution according to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court; albeit the use of the term ‘God given’ was not used, only that it was a ‘right’.
The Confederate Battle Flag was found guilty of racism and banished to the same closet with the Washington Redskins logo as it clearly has no place in society today.
The odor of cooking of bacon bothers followers of Islam enough that some restaurants have been forced to remove it from the menu; mustn’t antagonize our Muslim neighbors who have been so tolerant of others.
Rumor has it there’s a lawsuit attempting to force a remake of the movie, Paint Your Wagon. Instead of Clint Eastwood’s character, Partner, butchering the tune, They Call the Wind Mariah, a local Imam wants it redone as They Call the Wind Sharia…; claims that because of Islam’s long standing contributions to the founding of America, a claim which Obama has often referred to as part of America’s great heritage…(forgive me; I’m cleaning off some excess residue from my brown shoes while writing. Yes, I’ll go to great lengths for a pun)
While we’re busy changing things, let’s go for the gold…What say we get a new National Anthem, one that is all inclusive, something that matches the debauchery which has become acceptable in society?
Cole Porter had a life style that shocked civilized society not too long ago; but his extraordinary talent permitted such indiscretions. In our day he might have trouble keeping up. Porter wrote this catchy little number and it took off like a bat out of hell back in his day, Anything Goes.
Can’t you just see an Olympian stand on the winner’s block, the new National Anthem of the United States of America played as the Rainbow Flag is spotlighted for all the world to acknowledge our accomplishments. The athlete turns his/her back to the camera, drops his/her drawers and moons everyone. That folks, could very well be our destiny.
While eliminating any and all references to the grand and glorious history that made America Home of the Brave and Land of the Free, the Twenty Dollar Bill could easily have a woman’s image on it; perhaps Madalyn Murray O’Hair; and you can bet the farm by the time this happens our money will cease to have In God We Trust engraved on it.
As this rant comes to a close it’s only appropriate to follow with another tune, one that reflects my doing a face palm, Look What They’ve Done to My Song…
Before our history is completely wiped clean, removing from our memory the ramblings of some old White guys, sometimes called our Founding Fathers…
Let us prepare to celebrate our Independence Day, keeping in mind many high school graduates believe that July 4th is the day Hot Dogs were first sold at a televised baseball game; take a moment to appreciate that once upon a time most folks understood that individual liberty was paid for by men who mutually pledged to each other their Lives, Fortunes and sacred Honor; and none of this could have happened without Divine Intervention.
The Moral Liberal’s Senior Editor, T.F. Stern, is a retired City of Houston police officer, self-employed locksmith, and gifted political and social commentator. His popular and insightful blog, T.F. Sterns Rantings, has been up and at it since January of 2005.
By: Sher Zieve
The Supreme Court of the USA has now become the latest branch of the ObamaGov to legislate illegally. We no longer have 3 co-equal branches of government. As the Republicans have shown for — at least — the past several months, the people of the former USA no longer have any voice in government. Despite constituents “burning up the phone lines” to their Republican Congress members and Senators telling them to vote NO on TPA — which gives Obama virtually unlimited and unchecked power to do anything he wants with this treaty and likely those to come — they voted YES in a large majority. Like their Marxist Democrat brothers and sisters, the RINOs have chosen to ignore their constituencies and do that which benefits them — not us.
With its two major decisions on Thursday, 25 June 2015 and Friday, 26 June 2015, SCOTUS has now shown us that CJ Roberts’ decision to rewrite ObamaCare in his first anti-Constitutional decision — and now the decision to uphold this monstrous piece of legislation announced on Thursday — was not a fluke. With this decision — supported by the RINOs — the American people were told again that they no longer have any choice in their healthcare and that the government will force them to buy it — irrespective as to whether or not they can afford it — and they will pay for it…or else. So, they had better get used to it as their masters have spoken. The USA has become a Socialist form of government. As a Note, Roberts also rewrote this one to say that the word “State” could mean one of the 50 States or the massive federal government State! It depends what your definition of “is”…is.
With Friday’s decision to remove States’ rights from the actual 50 States and give the federal government the right to determine who can marry and whom or what they can marry, the Communist Goals set out for the USA are virtually complete. The ruling minority has won over the majority in the USA, because they placed their operatives in virtually all strategic positions necessary to rule over a population however they want…because the rest of us were actually working to better ourselves and our country. Will the 50 States rise up against this oppression and usurpation of their authority under the now nearly-dead US Constitution? Or will they be part in parcel in digging its grave?
We are now in the newest Socialist country on the planet and will soon go completely Communist. BTW, with respect to these same Communist goals and what’s currently happening with our police forces, you may find it of interest to read #38. It is: “Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].” The ObamaGov has changed it slightly in that local PDs are being turned into social agencies.
We’ve pretty much reached the end of the road, comrades, although I suspect the ObamaGov has some upcoming intensely disturbing and debilitating-to-us-all surprises up its sleeves. Now that all 3 branches of the US government have turned solidly against We-the-People, the repeal—without our consent—of the Bill of Rights (starting with the Second Amendment) will occur shortly. The repeal efforts are already said to be underway.
Will Americans finally rise up against their oppressors or will they continue — as did Nazi Germany — to ignore it and “hope” it gets better. Even history no longer seems to matter to some, as they keep repeating the same patterns that got them into trouble in the first place…and then never seem to correct it for very long. Thank God it won’t be long now before He returns!
The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
— Isaiah 59:8
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Communist Goals [for America] of 1963:
The Communist Takeover Of America – 45 Declared Goals:
By: Daniel Greenfield
1. There is no conservative party
There is a Republican Party. The purpose of the party and its politicians, much like that of its Democratic counterpart, is to obtain money and privileges for its major donors. That doesn’t mean that its members don’t have other ideals and agendas, but Republican politicians who rise high enough come from an urban and suburban establishment that is more liberal than its base.
Expecting them to care as much about your issues as you do is unrealistic.
They will only do the right thing insofar as it helps them
A. Get control of money
B. Advance their careers
C. Become popular
And this is a good thing. It means that they’re controllable. It means that the Democrats are also controllable. And this is how the left took over the Democratic Party.
The only way to interact with the large body of politicians is through the carrot and the stick. The “destructive” Republican saboteurs the establishment complains about, whatever their motives, are serve as the stick, undermining and sabotaging efforts to conduct business as usual.
The only way conservatives can get anything done now is by threatening business as usual.
Washington D.C. is never going to be the solution, but to the extent that its business as usual is threatened, sabotaged and held hostage, it will have trouble putting its boot on ordinary people. Until the Republican establishment changes its ways, populist saboteurs are the best conservative weapon.
Don’t expect them to do the right thing. Don’t be disappointed when they don’t. And certainly don’t expect them to solve all this.
The only way they will ever do the right thing is if you have leverage over them.
2. Fight the small stuff
You don’t have to think in terms of a national movement. You don’t even have to think in terms of an organization. Those are things that we need, but you can fight the left in small ways at home.
I’m not talking about Sign X or donate to Y.
Just obstruct any liberal initiative, policy or program in your community. It doesn’t matter what. It doesn’t matter if it’s innocuous. It doesn’t matter if you agree with it.
Undermine it on principle. If you can, vote it down. Encourage others to vote it down. If you can’t, look for ways to tie it in red tape by attaching other agendas to it.
The left wins its biggest victories at the planning stage. Its activists come early and stay late. They propose their plans, rig meetings, use kids and the elderly as human shields, and get their way. They are not used to any real opposition. Particularly the kind that doesn’t bluster, but finds ways to tie their proposals in knots, to make them expensive and drag them out as long as possible.
Oppose them when you can. Concern troll them when you can’t.
If you don’t have that kind of position, think of the origins of the term ‘sabotage’. Workers threw their shoes into machines and stopped the machine. Don’t do anything illegal. Don’t do anything that will get you fired.
But if you have the opportunity to make a liberal program work badly, if you have a legal way to put more stress on it, to tie up the energy and time of the people running it, to make it worse… do it.
We’re the underdogs. We’re the political guerrillas. This is not our system. It’s their system.
Our job is to make it run as badly as possible.
Henry David Thoreau wrote that there’s always injustice in government just as there’s always friction in a machine. It’s when injustice becomes dominant in government, then friction has its own machine.
The left’s friction is now the machine. Get your shoes in the machine. It already runs badly, make it run worse. It already costs too much, make it cost more. You are now the friction. With enough friction, the machine breaks down.
That’s part of what the left did to us. It dragged down our government and culture. It poked a thousand holes in everything. It made it too tiresome and wearying to go on doing this and that. Morale withered, confidence broke down and the left took over.
Now it’s their turn to be on the receiving end.
I’m not going to give the Mario Savio speech…
“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus — and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it — that unless you’re free the machine will be prevented from working at all!”
That’s for younger people. It’s for a mass movement.
But you can wear down the machine in a thousand different ways without risk. You don’t have to throw your bodies on the gears. You just have to be a wholly legal burden on it and a pain in the ass of the people running it… and especially the people planning it.
The big stuff begins with the little stuff. When you fight the little stuff, the big stuff starts breaking down.
3. Deny legitimacy to the system
Liberals like to crow that ObamaCare is the law of the land. Now it’s gay marriage. Tomorrow it’ll be a ban on the Dukes of Hazzard.
All that implies legitimacy, order, a legal system. And that’s not what we have.
What we have is a Supreme Court and a White House that acts with brazen illegality. ObamaCare was illegally passed. It was illegally preserved.
No matter how many judges sign off on it, it has no legitimacy. It will never have any legitimacy.
America is built on the simple premise that no system can be more legitimate than its natural laws and founding premises. It does not matter how many judges or politicians try to suspend the First or Second Amendments. All they are doing is removing their own legitimacy.
When a system acts illegally, then its dictates are not the law of the land, they are the law of force.
ObamaCare is coercion. Forcing people to participate in gay marriages is coercion. The FHA ruling is coercion. We may be compelled into compliance, but compulsion is all it is. It isn’t law or justice.
The distinction is important.
Not only is the system illegitimate, but it is also inconsistent, though it claims there is equality under the law, is favors some at the expense of others.
The system is not only illegal, it is also hypocritical and corrupt. That must be emphasized at every turn.
Liberals maintain a narrative that their way is the inevitable path of progress. We know the truth. Their way has been tried and it failed a thousand times. The only thing inevitable is their eventual failure. Their systems will always be abusive, dishonest and corrupt.
They will always turn undemocratic no matter how they start out. They will always turn to coercion.
When we act and when we talk it is vitally important that we distinguish between the legitimate laws we follow and the illegitimate laws we comply with.
This may seem like a technicality, but it’s a technicality that tyrannies have fallen on.
Every liberal victory is not a triumph. It is another pile of dirt on their own graves. It is another straw on the back of the camel. It is another demonstration that they are corrupt and illegitimate. Their latest victories were gained by abusing the process. They will in the long run lose them just as criminals eventually lose their loot. They have not defeated us. They have corrupted themselves.
4. We’re not done
Every conservative these days seems to have a tipping point for when America will end. None of them are real.
This country was built out of a tiny fraction of the territory and population it holds today. It was built by a handful of people organizing and rousing a movement that spread to a minority of the population at the time.
If the revolution were happening today, it would look a lot like the way it looked then, with major cities in the hands of the establishment and the Loyalists and a handful of farmers that even their formally trained commanders held in contempt fighting against them and the might of an empire.
That’s not coincidence. It’s the whole of human history.
During the Revolutionary War, the entire rebel population of America would be outnumbered by the residents of Manhattan today.
Demographically outnumbered? They had it worse.
Economic collapse? They had it worse.
America isn’t over until it’s over. It will take a long time to happen. At some point the country will be completely unrecognizable, but that’s relative. Would Washington have recognized America in 1952? Or even 1882? America has always been changing. We can’t change it back, but we can change it to.
That’s the real battle.
Contrary to what some conservatives like to believe, the left did not suddenly show up here in 1963 or 1905 and disrupt a formerly peaceful country. The left has always been here. It’s a part of us.
No people and no country are untouched by evil. It’s only a matter of what form it takes. But in any form, we know it by its destructive instincts, its facade of righteousness that poorly conceals a lust for power. Americans have fought it before. Americans have won.
It’s big now, but it’s not nearly as big as we think.
5. A little rhyme and reason
I’ll close with a few selected lines from a children’s nursery rhyme from the days of the big bad USSR that once threatened the world, before folding under the pressure of its people who found the courage to stand up to it.
It’s written for children… but like much that was written in the USSR, it had a message for adults.
The Monster Cockroach
To the picnic they all come,
Munching candy and cake,
In a very merry mood,
For a day at the lake.
Then suddenly they grow numb and still!
Who’s that coming down the hill?!
A fierce and dreadful Roach!
A mean cock-cock-Cockroach!
“Don’t you dare to approach!”
He roars, he rages:
“I’ll lock you in cages!
And swallow you ALL
“Or with a twitch of my mustache,
I’ll turn you all to succotash!”
Alas! Not one dares to fight,
Every bird and beast take flight!
Now the Lion climbs a hill;
From there he speaks his royal will:
“We must regain our happy land!
Against the brute we’ll take a stand!”
“And to the warrior who fears not this foe,
Who this monster will overthrow,
To him I’ll give a juicy bone
And the finest pine cone!”
The creatures in one eager crowd,
Surge forth and cry out loud:
“We do not fear this nasty foe,
With tooth and claw
We’ll lay him low!”
And they all rush to do battle-
Birds, fish, fowl, and cattle.
But the Roach moves his mustache
And bellows: “SUCCOTASH!”
One and all they beat a retreat.
The enemy they don’t defeat!
Into the fields and woods they dash-
Terrorized by the Roach’s mustache!
The Lion shouts: “What a disgrace!
Come back! Come out and show your face!
Pin the enemy with your horns-
Bulls, rhinoceros, unicorns!”
But each in his hiding place stays,
And wails: “Horns aren’t cheap these days…”
And our skin is precious too-
What you ask we cannot do!”
Caught in nettles the crocodiles twitch,
And the elephants get caught in a ditch.
Lo! All that’s heard now
Is the flow of tears;
All that’s seen now
Is the trembling of their ears!
To the Cockroach they all yield-
He’s now lord o’er wood and field.
He struts about among them,
Rubbing his tummy,
Looks at their young ones
And says: “How very yummy!”
The poor, poor parents
Are in distress.
Their dear babes
They hug and caress:
For what mother could give up her child,
Her baby tame or her baby wild?!
So that the monster could devour
Her precious crumb, her little flower!
So mommies and daddies moan and cry
As they bid their infants good-bye!
But now we see another picture:
a flighty flying nimble creature-
A carefree Sparrow lands with a trill
right there on the Roach’s hill,
And for a moment all are mute
Fearing the mustachioed brute:
“A monster?! Where?!
“It’s a roach, a roach, a wee-bit roach,
A little beetle you fear to approach.
Look! It’s a midge a mite,
A bug that can’t even bite!
For our trouble we’re to blame!
What a shame!
What a shame!”
The Hippo then comes forth
With slow pace and a worried face,
Muttering in an anxious way:
“Please go away, go away!
Your words will make him very mad,
He may think of something very bad!
Then the Hippo falls still,
Surprised by a sudden trill…
The sparrow bends her dainty neck
Peck, peck, peck-
Not a smidgen, not a speck!
The roach is swallowed in a flash,
All of him and his mustache!