Contributor Post Created with Sketch. With a Wary Eye

 

The solemnity of the moment is becoming too much, the quiet between storm fronts too difficult to stomach. It’s time to rant. The very idea that we sit on the edge of our seats, eyes toward Washington DC, waiting on the deliberations and dispositions of nine mortals to tell us how much of our liberty we get to retain is preposterous. It is offensive and repulsive to a free people. Two days ago this Olympian council eviscerated Arizona’s sovereignty, thereby reducing 50 states to little more than administrative field offices of the federal government, and yet here we sit, eyes fixed as if watching for a particular color of smoke to rise from the Vatican. This is absurd. 

 It was 236 years ago that 56 men prepared to commit an act of treason against the Crown, and they sure as hell weren’t pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in order to secure the blessings of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the Individual Mandate, the general defenselessness of the citizenry, unelected czars, unauthorized appointments, incursions on religious freedom, or a Chief Executive who takes it upon himself to effectively rewrite laws passed by the people’s elected representatives. Is this what they had in mind? They could have had all this rot without firing a shot!

Mr. Chief Justice, how did you feel when, before the ink was even dry on a decision you supported, the Obama Administration announced that it would not cooperate with Arizona authorities in the one facet of the state’s law that you permitted to stand? Did you feel insulted? Because that’s how we feel. You defanged a sovereign state’s ability to protect its people and its territorial sovereignty in the face of federal intransigence and in full knowledge that the President himself only last week unconstitutionally over ruled federal immigration law. What in the name of Bayou LaFourche were you thinking?

For his part, Governor Romney countered that, “Today’s decision underscores the need for a President who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy. …” Way to draw a clear distinction there, Governor. One side fights for anarchy while the other side fights for the rule of law, and what we evidently need is someone who will reach across the aisle to the anarchists. Do I seem cross? I am. I take individual and state sovereignty seriously. But to be fair, and on a positive note, the Governor did add that, “I believe that each state has the duty–and the right–to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities.” That much is encouraging, at least.

Meanwhile, demonstrating his customary flair for thumbing an upturned nose at the court, at the legislature, and at civil society in general, President Obama most recently suggested that a reversal of his odious healthcare law would be a “step back.” The man who gathers power to himself in ways that would make Hugo Chavez burst with pride said, “The American people fight for what’s right. And the American people understand that we’re not going to make progress by going backwards. We need to go forward.”

Got that? That would be, “forward,” to a time when men of brilliance designed systems of government based on coerced egalitarianism and equality of outcome. A time of “progress,” of wars on poverty that are never won, of racial preferences that only deepen racial divisions, of utter incoherence on all levels. A time when the “best and brightest” saw the role of the citizen as that of facilitating the self actualization of egg heads in government and academia. Forward, the student of Alinsky tells us,…forward to the discredited ideas of the early 20th Century that are currently in full bloom in Greece, Spain, Italy, and coming soon to a state near you.

Of course, the American people do indeed fight for what is right. They fought mightily in 2010, and are poised to fight yet again. And in a few days we will know if the Supreme Court will join the battle and side with the Constitution itself. In the meantime, as in days of old, people are reduced yet again to casting a nervous eye toward a distant city, wondering if their liberty will survive the deliberations of an unaccountable group of people they’ve never met. How utterly and devastatingly sad.

There are 32 comments.

  1. Colin B Lane Member

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Dave Carter for president! You have a campaign team at Ricochet ready to help you in any way we can. You can use the Big Rig as your whistle stop platform.Yes. This could work. Run Dave, run!

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    • June 27, 2012, at 3:09 AM PDT
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  2. Fricosis Guy Listener

    Spot on, Mr. Carter. We’ve gone from the rule of law to the rule of lawyers.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 3:53 AM PDT
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  3. Robert E. Lee Member
    Robert E. Lee Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    Colin B Lane: Run Dave, run! · 50 minutes ago

    Yes!

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    • June 27, 2012, at 4:04 AM PDT
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  4. AUMom Member
    AUMom Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Hear, hear!

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    • June 27, 2012, at 4:38 AM PDT
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  5. The Mugwump Inactive

    We may be indignant, but this is no time to despair. I stand with Dr. Rahe in the belief that we’re about to see a rebirth of liberty. Does anyone think the Tea Party has just faded away since November of 2010? Every time the president tramples on our liberty it only makes the patriotic opposition more resolute. His healthcare legislation will go down in history as the proverbial bridge too far. The administrative/welfare state was built by incremental change, but the left got power hungry and decided to put all the chips on the table. The wilder the pendulum swings, the more forcefully it swings back the other way. An indignant America is about to have her say in the matter.

    I know Mr. Romney is less than a stellar candidate. We’re going to have to push him to do the right thing. But push we will. Ending the tyranny of the current man in the White House is only the first step. Tea Party patriots know that retaking the Republican party and returning it to conservative principles was always part of the program. And so it shall be. Buck it up, people!

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    • June 27, 2012, at 5:11 AM PDT
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  6. Skarv Coolidge
    Skarv Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Wonderful post! Your posts are always the best of the best at the gret site Ricochet.

    If you would run for office, I would definitely vote for you. However, I think you are playing an equally important role as the Tom Payne of our time.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 5:34 AM PDT
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  7. The New Clear Option Inactive

    ^^ Hear! Hear! Indeed!

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    • June 27, 2012, at 5:39 AM PDT
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  8. BriarRose Member
    BriarRose Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    What KC said.

    KC Mulville: I’m afraid to comment, because like you, Dave, I have a simmering anger at the disrespect with which this country has been treated. I resent the condescension, the lying, the amateurishness, the hypersensitivity to criticism … we’re a great country in a crucial time, but we’ve been left to the self-indulgence of a narrow class of prima donnas. 

    If I comment more, I’ll just get angry. I’ll stop here. · 8 hours ago

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  9. Mel Foil Inactive

    Good job Dave. As Dennis Prager says, “the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.” An unrestrained government, by it’s very nature, will take self-reliant adult citizens and turn them into children, because children, you can order around.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 6:40 AM PDT
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  10. Dave Carter Contributor
    Dave Carter

    So many kind comments, and my schedule today won’t permit me to respond to them individually, …nor will the fact that I’m writing from my phone presently. Paules: Spot on analysis! It’s not time for despair, but rather for resolve. To those who are trying to pull me from my truck: Syndication would be enjoyable, but political office? Are you kidding? My family remains surprised that I managed a career in the military without a court martial. Of course I have no resources to run, but no worries because what I lack in resources I also lack in temperament. And to my buddy Bob Lee who seconded the idea: You should know better!

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    • June 27, 2012, at 6:43 AM PDT
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  11. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    Well said, Dave! I don’t know how we allowed things to get this far, but we’ve reached a critical juncture where we need to stop waiting for the government to tell us what our rights/liberties are. Instead, we need to remind them there are limits to what they are allowed to do.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 7:46 AM PDT
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  12. Esther Inactive

    Once again you articulate what many think. And our current WH occupant begs for dollars among the richest in the land. LORD have mercy.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 7:59 AM PDT
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  13. Dave Carter Contributor
    Dave Carter
    Esther: Once again you articulate what many think. And our current WH occupant begs for dollars among the richest in the land. LORD have mercy. · 0 minutes ago

    Mercy is the Lord’s business. I will have none at the ballot box.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:00 AM PDT
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  14. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Well said, Dave.

    Dave Carter

    This is absurd.

    What isn’t, these days? I can’t discern fact from fiction anymore.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:05 AM PDT
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  15. Sumomitch Inactive

    No time for despair, but it is best to be realistic about the shape of the battlespace. What we know from polls is that the demographic changes to the electorate since 1980 have disadvantaged conservatives profoundly: 1. Hispanic voters proved in 2008 that racial appeals trump social (or even political–McCain was the most pro-amnesty Republican). 2. The decline of marriage among hispanics and blue collar whites has created a female client base for the expansion of the welfare state that existed in 1980 only among the blacks. 3. White women with college degrees continue as part of a pro-big government base, for reasons that are unclear to me. Thus, a 50/50 nation.

    On illegal immigration, elites of both parties seem to be in agreement with the open borders policies in effect since 1980s–lip service is paid to the notion of secure borders “ultimately” but this is a mere sop to the unenlightened bigots who still form a majority of the electorate. Obama’s insult to Arizona’s border enforcement (tearing up cooperation agreements with ICE) even after SCOTUS victory tells us that open borders will sooner or later tip the US permanently toward statism.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:12 AM PDT
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  16. HeartlandPatriot Inactive

    Preach brother Preach!! Well said Dave

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:13 AM PDT
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  17. Profile Photo Member

    This is it:

    ‘Mr. Chief Justice, how did you feel when, before the ink was even dry on a decision you supported, the Obama Administration announced that it would not cooperate with Arizona authorities in the one facet of the state’s law that you permitted to stand? Did you feel insulted? Because that’s how we feel.’

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:15 AM PDT
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  18. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member
    Dave Carter

    Forward, the student of Alinsky tells us,…forward to the discredited ideas of the early 20th Century that are currently in full bloom in Greece, Spain, Italy, and coming soon to a state near you.

    Here, already.

    closed.jpg

    Note: It isn’t really a lack of leadership. We’ve got more leadership than is good for anybody. The leadership lacks Clue #1, unfortunately.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:23 AM PDT
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  19. Profile Photo Member
    PracticalMary: This is it:

    ‘Mr. Chief Justice, how did you feel when, before the ink was even dry on a decision you supported, the Obama Administration announced that it would not cooperate with Arizona authorities in the one facet of the state’s law that you permitted to stand? Did you feel insulted? Because that’s how we feel.’· 3 minutes ago

    One small bright spot: Could we interpret this as Obama not giving a damn about the Supreme Court because he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that his baby is doomed? Maybe he has been tipped off, and knows there is nothing more that SCOTUS can really do to him, so what does it matter if he mocks them?

    After two days of uninterrupted pessimism, I just thought I’d throw out some hopeful-sounding speculation…

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:24 AM PDT
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  20. David Williamson Inactive

    Don’t hide your true feelings, Dave.

    Actually, it’s refreshing to read such strong feelings on Ricochet – you are the best, Sir. 

    And right.

    I bitterly cling to the belief that America will vote in November to boldly go backwards – back to the Constitution. We can’t afford to rely on one or two men in black robes.

    On the other hand, I am sitting at the gate at Phoenix Airport, waiting to leave the country ;-)

    I’ll be back in time to vote.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:27 AM PDT
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  21. Illiniguy Member
    Illiniguy Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Damn, boy, you sure can be eloquent in the defense of liberty. I’d be proud to have you share my foxhole anytime.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:38 AM PDT
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  22. FeliciaB Inactive

    Oh yeah!

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:48 AM PDT
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  23. Bill Inactive

    Well said.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 8:53 AM PDT
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  24. KC Mulville Inactive

    I’m afraid to comment, because like you, Dave, I have a simmering anger at the disrespect with which this country has been treated. I resent the condescension, the lying, the amateurishness, the hypersensitivity to criticism … we’re a great country in a crucial time, but we’ve been left to the self-indulgence of a narrow class of prima donnas. 

    If I comment more, I’ll just get angry. I’ll stop here.

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    • June 27, 2012, at 9:09 AM PDT
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  25. Profile Photo Member
    Robert Mitchell: No time for despair, but it is best to be realistic about the shape of the battlespace. What we know from polls is that the demographic changes to the electorate since 1980 have disadvantaged conservatives profoundly: 1. Hispanic voters proved in 2008 that racial appeals trump social (or even political–McCain was the most pro-amnesty Republican). 2. The decline of marriage among hispanics and blue collar whites has created a female client base for the expansion of the welfare state that existed in 1980 only among the blacks. 3. White women with college degrees continue as part of a pro-big government base, for reasons that are unclear to me. Thus, a 50/50 nation.

    You said perfectly what I have been trying to explain to “immigration!!Yay!!!” conservatives for years. When we ask “what has happened to the American people, that they actually accept this?,” we have to bear in mind that we are, literally, not talking about the same “American people” as in 1980 or 1960.

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  26. Susan in Seattle Member
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    Most excellent.

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  27. Sumomitch Inactive

    wmartin: Not only are the people different, but the elites running the Democrat Party now openly deploy a policy of racialist appeal: blacks and hispanics are encouraged in our judicial, educational and journalistic institutions to define themselves as an identity group, entitled to special preferences in hiring, acceptance at elite colleges and government contracting. Libertarian advocates of open borders ignore the implications of identity politics in citing immigration benefits from earlier times. But Democrats just smile, like the cat who ate the canary. They are betting that ethnicity/race trumps economic self-interest, and have 40 years of black welfare degradation to prove them right.

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  28. jetstream Inactive

    Sorry Dave, it’s time to consider giving up the fun and adventure as a poet road warrior, get syndicated and then get elected to national office … we need you man!

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    • June 27, 2012, at 10:58 AM PDT
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  29. Scott Klappenbach Member
    Scott Klappenbach Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    One of the great benefits of finding Ricochet has been the pleasure of reading your posts, Mr. Carter. You are my nominee as the next “Great Communicator”.

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  30. barbara lydick Coolidge

    I’ve sent this to six people. More, later. While it’s important to get more members for Ricochet, I thought it as important to have them read this. Excellent, Dave. And thank you.

    (If this doesn’t pique their interest in our site, …)

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    • June 27, 2012, at 11:10 AM PDT
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