The despotic rule of an oligarchy.

Even Democrat icons admire the intelligence of Thomas Jefferson. John Fitzgerald Kennedy famously quipped (when hosting a dinner party of that year’s Nobel Laureates), “I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

So perhaps we would be well advised to heed the words of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson warned, “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions (is) a very dangerous doctrine indeed and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

Today Republicans can rejoice that our Republican President-elect will reestablish a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. But this is small consolation. We may yet again have a liberal majority on the Court. That day may not be near but likely will be in our future. The question is “Do we truly want to risk ‘the despotism of an oligarchy.'”

I can’t say that it hurts me to see the Democrat Party twisting in the wind over the near certainty that they will be living under a conservative Supreme Court for the foreseeable future. However, should Americans be constantly at political war.

[Source: Let’s Fight Tyranny, by Walter E. Williams]

[From the Williams article] For more than a half-century, it has become abundantly clear that our nation faces increasing irreconcilable differences. At the root is the fact that there is one group of Americans who mostly want to be left alone and live according to the rule of law and the dictates of the U.S. Constitution while another group of Americans wants to control the lives of others and ignore both the rule of law and constitutional restraints on the federal government… (Only a little harsh – RF.) 

Some Americans prefer to manage their own health care needs. Others wish to have the federal government dictate their health care. Some Americans want their earnings to be taxed only for the constitutionally mandated functions of the federal government, which are outlined in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Others think American earnings should be taxed for anything on which Congress can muster a majority vote. Though there is no constitutional authority for federal involvement in public education, some Americans want the federal government involved. The list of irreconcilable differences among the American people is nearly without end. These differences survive because of the timidity of those offended and the brute power of the federal government.

Is reconciliation possible?

(Liberals will say) “All those government acts that you say violate the rule of law and the Constitution have been ruled constitutional by the courts!” That’s true. The courts have twisted the Constitution

State governors and legislators ought to summon up the courage our Founding Fathers had in their response to the fifth Congress’ Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798. Written by Jefferson and James Madison, the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 and 1799 stated that those states’ legislatures considered the Alien and Sedition Acts unconstitutional. They said, “Resolved, That the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government … and … whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” The 10th Amendment to our Constitution holds, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The federal government should not be permitted to determine the scope of its own powers. Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist No. 28, said, “The State governments will, in all possible contingencies, afford complete security against invasions of the public liberty by the national authority.” One response to federal encroachment is for state governments to declare federal laws that have no constitutional authority null and void and refuse to obey them. In other words, they should nullify federal laws that violate the Constitution. In good conscience, liberals could not object to nullification. There are hundreds of so-called sanctuary cities in the U.S. — liberal places that have chosen to nullify federal immigration laws and harbor immigrants who are here illegally.

Former slave Frederick Douglass advised: “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. … The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” We Americans appear to have very limited endurance in the face of tyrannical oppression.

Wise advice? The Rugged Individualist thinks so.

Roy Filly

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Merry Christmas.

Tired of “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas? Do you prefer a Christmas tree over a “Winter Celebration” tree? Do you want to watch a “Holiday Special” or a Christmas show? Perhaps you long for a Chritmas cookie? Is it possible that the War on Christmas is over?

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And thanks to MM for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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It’s sad to see Democrats twisting in the wind.

Before the election the “news media” (better known as Democrat Party operatives) were touting the demise or, at the very least, split of the Republican Party. They made a compelling case. There was only one small problem… wrong party!

It has been interesting to see the reaction of the “intellectually elite” Democrat Party. In fact… Wow! They immediately set to work retooling their game. I do not want a “one party” system of governance, so I’m willing to help our Democrat friends.

I have lots of advice. If you want Americans to “feel safe” do not choose a Secretary of Defense with the nickname “Huggy Bear.” “Mad dog” is a better choice of nicknames.

[Source: Dear Democrats: Just keep it up and see what happens, by Judah Friedman]

In his article, Mr. Friedman pretty much hits the nail on the head for helping the Democrat Party ensure that Mr. Trump will be a “one-term president.” I’d like to share some of the wisdom of Mr. Friedman with them.

  • President Obama should keep going around the world making incendiary comments about President (elect) Trump. There is nothing Americans like more than hearing negative comments about the person for whom they voted, and themselves, even more so when those comments are made abroad.
  • Make sure protesters remain on the street, blocking highways and businesses. There is no better message to those out of work than people who don’t want to work.
  • College, elementary, and high school kids should continue to stage walkouts. Who doesn’t enjoy watching their tax dollars at work?
  • Getting more celebrity endorsements is also a key factor for the next presidential election… Have them create YouTube videos, constantly tweet, Facebook, threaten to leave the country…
  • But of paramount importance is to call anyone that disagrees with you a racist, sexist, transphobic, homophobic, white nationalist.
  • Continue to berate, unfriend, and threaten to fire all those who supported the president-elect. Nothing is more charming to most Americans than inclusion and tolerance.
  • Keep kneeling during the national anthem.
  • Reinforce what must be the biggest issue that people fear as they go to bed at night, climate change… Talk to the Americans with no work, and tell them it’s not that they don’t have a job that is the problem; explain to them how they are replaceable but the earth is not.
  • Instead of destroying ISIS, insist that they need therapy; maybe even offer them your service animals.
  • Oh yes, and continue crying and whining. Keep saying “not my president”; there is nothing a Middle American likes more than a person who whines and cries. Explain to them, it’s not crying. It’s just being in touch with your emotions and the human condition; of course, do this while holding your service animal.

And thanks to BL for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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The “thing” about “the melting pot.”

What “modern” liberals don’t understand about the conservative position on immigration is that conservatives want immigrants to become Americans. The most illustrious liberal leader wanted the same thing.

“…In a speech he gave in St. Louis in May 1916, (Franklin Delano) Roosevelt summed up his views on immigration in language that resonates today, a century later. “If the American has the right stuff in him, I care not a snap of my fingers whether he is Jew or Gentile, Catholic or Protestant,” he declared. (Today he would add “Mexican or Central American” – RF). “But unless the immigrant becomes in good faith an American and nothing else, then he is out of place in this country, and the sooner he leaves the better.” (It appears FDR was not a feminist or worried about the feelings of the LBGT community: he uses “him,” “he, ” no “her” or “she,” and definitely no “zir,” “zis,” “zim,” or “hir.” – RF).

Face it Progressive/Statist/Altruists, “multiculturalism” is a bust. I’m not saying the experiment was unworthy of “a try,” but it failed and America needs to move back to the tried and true expectation that immigrants become AMERICANS.

Liberal Time Magazine and the Financial Times “Person of the Year” had this to say about “multiculturalism.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy has attracted praise from all over the world. She said this, “Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie.’” Germany was the grand experiment in “multiculturalism” and Merkel was the principal investigator. At the conclusion of her vast experiment Merkel declared that multiculturalism in Germany had “utterly failed.”

And thanks to JP for sending the quote from FDR.

And, by the by, if you are interested in American immigration check out the following (and thanks to JM for sending this fascinating illustration to me). For the past 200 years this shows from where all of our immigrants have come – check out the number one country to immigrate to the USA since 1960!

http://metrocosm.com/us- immigration-history-map.html

Roy Filly

 

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The “Alt-Right.”

I have been writing a conservative political blog since 2010. I had never heard the term “alt-right” until Hillary got her butt handed to her in the last election. Then the Lame-Stream Media and the far left started saying Trump was “alt-right.” I had to look it up!

The amazing thing to me isn’t that there are extremes of political views. Anyone who understands the term “spectrum” realizes that there are always two ends of a spectrum. The far left rebels against the notion that the far right might hold sway. But did they ever look at the opposite argument?

[Source: Liberals get hysterical over the ‘alt-right’ but we are living in their ‘alt-left’ world, by Dan Gainor]

Since the election of Donald Trump the “major” news networks have mentioned “the alt-right” more than 50 times. The “Alt-Right” is a loose association of far right conservatives that probably has about 200 members. They have become public enemy number one to Beltway Liberal Democrats and other loopy progressive/statist/altruists.

The left-wing media is trying to do what they always do — paint conservatives as racist, sexist, and a few other words that end in ist. All in the name of “tolerance.”

But the left-wing NEVER LOOKS IN A MIRROR! They pretend in their own minds that there is no “alt-left.” They view their “extremes” as mainstream. In reality their positions are the truly “radical” and out of the American mainstream on almost everything. That is why if one subtracts California and New York from the calculus, a Democrat would NEVER EVER WIN A NATIONAL ELECTION. Those two states constitute the “alt-left.”

Let’s look at “mainstream left politics.”

[From the Gainor article] …liberals bemoaned the death of Fidel Castro, a man his own daughter called “a tyrant.” The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. summed up years of devotion, recalling how, “the oppressed the world over joined Castro’s cause of fighting for freedom & liberation…”

On every major issue of the day, the left is unified. Taxes. Climate. So-called “free” college. Citizens United. Transgender bathroom/locker rooms/showers. ObamaCare. In each case and thousands more, the left wants more, bigger, better-funded government.

Liberals want higher taxes because they know how to spend your money better than you do — on what they want. They have turned climate science into a religion where disbelief is to be persecuted or even prosecuted

This is the essence of the liberal world view. The solution to every problem is bigger government…

The reason it is difficult to “spot the alt-left” is because they dominate our culture. Our TV, movies, music, plays and, yes, our news are controlled by those who three-fourths of America consider wildly out of step. The progressive, far-left agenda has conquered the traditional left’s agenda.

American liberals are not “mainstream.” Instead, they are “alternative” because they are out of the mainstream of an America where 37 percent are conservative and 35 percent are moderate. Just 24 percent are liberal. When Occupy Wall street “convened” they would cry out “We are the 99 percent!” But they were not. They weren’t even 1%.

One doesn’t need to search far for the “alt-left:” Occupy Wall street and Black Live Matter are typical examples.

Yet the “alt-left” minority enforces its notions by suppressing all opposing views in arenas that they control – academia, Hollywood, and “the media.” Is it conservatives using riots and vandalism to scream “What do we want?” and “When do we want it?”

The “Alt-Left” has hated the “Alt-Right” ever since the “Alt-Right” freed their slaves – and black Americans (indeed, all Americans) should never forget that historical truth.

And thanks to CAG for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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Jokes of the day.

You probably weren’t aware that Obama was a Star Wars fan! His next sympathy note will probably go to Hogwarts. (If you’re wondering who “Agent Smith” is look in the Matrix!) (Footnote – if you are interested in that other name: Pol Pot)

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Check that vote, Ms. Stein. It has about as much relevance as the other votes you’re “checking.”

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Roy Filly

Footnote:

Pol Pot gets my vote for the most moronic mass murdered of all time. The Cambodian Genocide was carried out by Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge. You can think of these nice people as “ecologists.” They wanted to return to an agrarian society where everyone shares (they also were communists if you weren’t aware).

The Khmer Rouge government arrested, tortured, and eventually executed anyone suspected of belonging to several categories of supposed “enemies”:

  • Anyone with connections to the former government or with foreign governments.
  • Ethnic Vietnamese, ethnic Chinese, ethnic Thai and other minorities in the Eastern Highlands, Cambodian Christians (most of whom were Catholic, and the Catholic Church in general), Muslims and, of course, Buddhist Monks. Basically, they didn’t like ANYONE!
  • “Economic saboteurs”: many of the former urban dwellers (who had not starved to death in the first place) were deemed to be guilty by virtue of their lack of agricultural ability.
  • Professionals and intellectuals—in practice this included almost everyone with an education and people who understood a foreign language. But now for the winner of the Moronic Sadist award! Pol Pot, genius that he was, “reasoned” that he needed to find all the “intellectuals.” He came to the conclusion that “intellectuals read a lot.” Therefore, they would eventually need glasses. So he MURDERED EVERYONE WEARING GLASSES!
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He may be called “Mad Dog” but he has the heart of a patriot.

General James Mattis will be our next Secretary of Defense. I wrote about him earlier. But I left out some important credentials.

It is worth our time to take a measure of the man. When General James Mattis was unceremoniously canned by Barack Obama, did he pout? No. Instead he planned a cross-country route back to his home state of Washington.

[Source: A Look at Gen. James Mattis From a Close Friend, by Martha Raddatz and Luis Martinez]

The route he chose was dictated by the Gold Star Mothers he had to visit along the way,” says his longtime friend, retired Marine Maj. Gen. Michael Ennis. “He spent weeks on that cross-country drive, zig-zagging to get to as many as he could to personally talk to them.”

He personally wrote hand-written notes to every parent whose son or daughter was killed under his command,” said Ennis. “He cares deeply. He also works very hard to keep his Marines from being killed unnecessarily.”

He cares deeply about those who serve under him and the parents of those who die under him,” Ennis added.

He also made a special trip to Estonia to thank this tiny nation who lost more men per capita in Afghanistan than any other nation.

Ennis described Mattis as a “classic warrior” who “fights to win.”

Mattis is called “Mad Dog” only by marines under his command. Otherwise, he is known by the nickname the “Warrior Monk.” “Jim read an astonishing number of books with the discipline of a monk,” says Ennis. “When I would come home, he would discuss critical decisions made by commanders,” Ennis recalls. “He would present a case and ask me to challenge it.” Mattis would then ask Ennis to support the opposing view. “It was a mental exercise for him; one that honed his ability to think critically,” said Ennis.

“He is an avid reader of all history, not just military,” Ennis says of his friend, who is believed to have a collection of 7,000 books.

During a visit to Mattis’ home at Camp Pendleton, when Mattis was in command of the 1st Marine Division, Ennis went to his friend’s kitchen looking for a box of cereal. “When I opened the kitchen cupboards, I was a bit taken aback when I saw that all his cupboards were filled with books,” Ennis remembers.

“I took a few out and opened them — and saw notes he had scribbled in the margins and yellow highlights over interesting passages,” says Ennis.

Mattis is known for his blunt talk, but Ennis says Mattis’ blunt talk shows “he is completely apolitical. He just tells it like it is.”

I think we’re good to go with this outstanding choice for Secretary of Defense.

Roy Filly

 

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Jokes of the day.

I never thought I’d be happy to see Nancy Pelosi win an election.

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Hey Democrats, Pelosi’s got your back!

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Mr. Trump has started out with a bang – great selections for his team. But the poor guy is faced with undoing the travesty that was the Obama “administration.”

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Progressive/Statist/Altruists are “always” right!

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Too bad, Barack! Your legacy is a goner and hallelujah for America.

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Roy Filly

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“Big money” lost an election!

Progressive/Statist/Altruists constantly rail about “billionaires” and “Big Business” determining elections. They pray (do Democrats pray?) for the repeal of Citizens United – Citizens United was a Supreme Court decision codifying that freedon of speech prohibited the government from restricting independent political donations by a nonprofit corporation, but also extended this right to for-profit corporations, labor unions and other associations. Progressive/Statist/Altruists were OK with unions, but not the others.

You would think from their outrage that Republicans had a lock on these donations (except, of course, unions which heavily donate to Democrat causes). However. when we look at the last election… say what! The Trump campaign committee spent about $248.3 million through mid-October, compared with $556 million by Clinton’s. That equals about $811,438 spent per Trump electoral vote, versus about $2.4 million spent per Clinton electoral vote.

Here is what The Hill had to say:

Democratic donors stung by Hillary Clinton’s upset loss in the presidential race feel like they just set their money on fire. The sore feelings are a huge problem for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which is trying to rebuild its image and reinvigorate a defeated party in time for challenging midterm elections in 2018.

It’s also a worry for top liberal activists as they prepare for war with President-elect Donald Trump and a GOP Congress that is hell-bent on rolling back President Obama’s accomplishments. (One must take the word “accomplishments” with a grain of salt – make that a tablespoon of salt! -RF)

As far as “money in politics” is concerned, the Democrat Party’s consternation over Citizens United is farsical, a charade, and an absurdity (see below):

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As for The Rugged Individualist, I like the idea that money alone will no longer define election results. I am not so naive as to believe it will not still be a major factor, but hopefully will no longer be the DOMINANT factor.

Roy Filly

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Bye, bye. We’ll miss you.

You’ll love this. This is a (tongue in cheek) message from the cockpit of Trump Flight 1600. 

And thanks to BW for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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