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Obergefell, Amendment 8, and Other Cautionary Political Tales

 

Last weekend, Ireland voted in an overwhelming fashion to repeal Amendment 8 of its Constitution, which forbade abortion. As with everything else in our totemized political culture, this has been hailed by those on the left and bitterly lamented on the right. The whole situation gives me the sensation of déjà vu; as if somehow, we’ve been here before and the same script is stuck on repeat in the iPod of our political lives.

That sense of repetition is due to the fact that every time some culturally significant decision arrives, the same cast of characters wheel out their soapboxes to either rend their garments or crow over their supposed enemies’ defeats. The Obergefell decision was one such obvious flashpoint. It is a decision which I disagree with on the legal merits, but one which contains a larger lesson that political conservatives can learn from. Things didn’t have to end up this way.

Let’s start by looking back a couple of decades, specifically the 1990s. In 1995 Newt Gingrich became the newly minted Speaker of the House, with Republicans having just swept into control of both houses of Congress.  They were set to embark on a program of high-minded and ultimately, quite successful political reforms. Conservatives were really feeling their oats, and one of the issues I recall being live in that era was the question of a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. This topic was campaign gold for Republicans for the better part of a decade, who frequently ran under the banner of “God, Gays, and Guns,” yet they infrequently did anything about these particular items at that time.

The “Useful Idiots” Abusive Relationship

 

With the release of Michael Walsh’s new book, I have been thinking about his last one, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, and his discussion of critical theory. During an exchange with a (nice) leftie in that cesspool known as Twitter, it finally hit me what is going on between the leftie leaders and their “useful idiots.”

It is similar to the relationship between abusive husbands and their spouses. The abusive husband demeans the wife and lowers her self-esteem to keep her from leaving, to force certain behaviors, and to boost his own self-esteem. She feels she is unworthy of better. The lefties use critical theory to abuse their flock for the same reasons.

Beware of Angry Foodies

 

A day spent in the kitchen is a day well spent. I will never be as great a cook as my Mom was, but I do love to cook, and I manage to do a pretty good job. Even though I have a couple of bookcases full of recipe books, I still like to look at recipes on the internet to see if there is something new, or to get ideas for adding to old recipes. A couple of nights ago a recipe for a carrot, zucchini, and apple cake showed up in my Facebook time line, so I clicked on it.

After reading the recipe, I decided to look at the comments on the post (I should never do that). One gal said, “Just because it has veggies in it doesn’t mean it is good for you. Don’t make this.” And, another gal shrieked, “Flour and sugar will kill you!” (Emphasis added) Wow. I’ll bet the neighborhood potlucks with Debbie Downer and Morticia are a real hoot.

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When you’re on Twitter, every day some random stuff gets into your timeline because someone you follow either likes or retweets something. Yesterday, James Delingpole’s “like” sent this picture into mine: It’s a fine looking chap in his Royal Navy blues. And the story that went with it touched me deeply. Preview Open

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https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44315031 OK this article gives only bare insight into the background sports-wise. What does seem to have happened is one of those cultural dilemmas that more and more are ok for the left to create as if they have the field to themselves or at least no shame in trying to redefine what is “mainstream.” […]

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@Hypatia has an important post on the Main Feed: Please Lock Me Away. She highlights the failure of the current justice/prison system and decries conservative opposition to trying to do something about it. The comments highlight the risks of letting low (legally) skilled felons out. All the solutions seem partial and dependent on other things […]

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My go-to Jobs Numbers are from the household report … Data Series LNS12500000 – Employed Usually Work Full Time.    This month was just great.    Full time employment was up my 904,000 in May.   That makes over 3,000,000 full time jobs in the past 12 months.    May 2017 was 125,621,000.    May […]

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ACF #35: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

 

The Great Western series continues. Prof. Marini and I move from the sacred law of the family–The Searchers–to the law of the city: Liberty Valance. We talk about love and law, nature and progress, the desert and the railroad, and the rest of the symbols and structures that stand out in John Ford’s best movie. Listen to our conversation, friends, and please share the podcast. If you prefer iTunes, go here, and please leave us a review/rating. You can also find us on stitcher and on pocketcasts.

Please Lock Me Away

 

Have you read about the DOJ study on recidivism, which shows that close to half of persons who have been incarcerated commit another crime within one year? By six years, it’s 68 percent. By nine years, 79 percent.

But here’s the amazing thing to me: “our” side seems largely to be taking the position that this is a reason to keep on incarcerating people! Down with “leniency!” Any senator who votes for First Step, a bill currently being proposed to reduce our shamefully high incarceration rates, is voting to increase crime!

Is Eric Greitens the 2018 Version of Ted Stevens 2008? Another False Political Prosecution?

 

The day after Memorial Day, we learned that Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has stepped down “[a]fter months fighting a growing sex and corruption scandal, and his own party leaders calling for his resignation.” This news, and the reporting around it, should be treated with some skepticism. As a reminder, Senator Ted Stevens was falsely prosecuted and convicted, with Senator McCain and Governor Palin demanding his resignation, a week before the 2008 election.

Senator Stevens was prosecuted, by career prosecutors, during President George W. Bush’s administration. After the politically useful damage had been done, replacing a senior Republican Senator with a junior Democrat, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan not only overturned the conviction, but also took the extraordinary step of ordering the federal prosecutors, involved in the case, be investigated.

Quote of the Day: History

 

“History isn’t just the story of bad people doing bad things. It’s quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong.”  – C.S. Lewis

I have been writing about history for over two decades. This quote summarizes most of my writing in three short sentences. That is one reason why — absent Progressive airbrushing of history — C.S. Lewis will be remembered centuries after I am forgotten.