Tag: Rule of Law

Quote of the Day: Orders

 

“Never give an order you know won’t be obeyed.” — Advice given to officer trainees by senior officers

I know I heard some variant of that when I was in ROTC back in the 1970s. Back then, it was advice rooted in practicality and even self-preservation. US troops in Vietnam were disregarding orders, and occasionally avoiding the consequences of disobeying orders by “fragging” the officer who gave the order to ensure no charges would be pressed. “Did we disobey the butterbar, Captain? Of course not. Didn’t hear no order, and I’m sure the second looie would tell that himself if he hadn’t dropped that grenade in his tent. Ya know captain, he struck me as suicidal, but we don’t want his family burdened with that. Let’s just tell them it was an accident. Right, guys?” (And everyone else agrees.)

Stopping Smash-and-Grab in Florida

 

Law enforcement in Florida is pushing back against those criminals who have plans to attack and steal from our businesses. As often happens in this state, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is leading the way, teaming up with Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody. No one is sitting on their hands, waiting to see if the crooks try to victimize our communities:

‘As organized crime has increased, as organized theft rings have become more complex and sophisticated, so will we,’ Moody said.

State officials launched the Florida Organized Retail Crime Exchange, a new database that will help law enforcement track retail thefts and identify the criminal organizations behind them.

May Day Down by Law

 

ConstitutionMay 1st, May Day, is formally recognized in the United States as Law Day, not Workers Day, and certainly not International Workers Day. We successfully rejected the left’s class warfare agenda for a century because of the reality of American law, grounded in our foundational law, the Constitution of the United States of America. Because of our reasonable reliance on a system of laws, not men, we observed that economic status was not fixed from birth, so the weeds of envy could not take deep root on American soil. That is why the left both set about subverting our system of law and creating a different basis for division, hate, and envy.

The effort to make May Day a class-based workers holiday was driven by the early socialist movement:

In 1889 an international federation of socialist groups and trade unions designated May 1 as a day in support of workers, in commemoration of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago (1886). Five years later, U.S. Pres. Grover Cleveland, uneasy with the socialist origins of Workers’ Day, signed legislation to make Labor Day—already held in some states on the first Monday of September—the official U.S. holiday in honour of workers. Canada followed suit not long afterward.

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What happens when pandemic fears combine with criminalization of pre-pandemic norms? Judges take a holiday and over-capacity prisons set people loose while other accused citizens remain imprisoned for half-a-year or more without trial. From Greg Googan at FOX 26 Houston:  Preview Open

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The Soviet Union was fully entitled to intervene in Poland and to defend the status quo, in accordance with the declarations not just of Soviet interest but of Polish law. It was on this point that the Polish regime’s unquestioned legality must be contrasted with its undoubted illegitimacy. This is from Norman Davies’ book, Heart […]

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This little article was inspired by and will mostly discuss a little Dan McLaughlin Tweet: George, if you have a free moment, could you ask @ProjectLincoln to apologize for its attack on one of our profession's core values? https://t.co/P3uMC9jmUd https://t.co/PxQzU5Fn0t — Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) November 18, 2020 Preview Open

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The debate over whether protests in the cities across America are riots or peaceful protests is a fool’s errand. In fact, it is a worthless exercise that completely misses the point in studying these activities. Our country is being attacked, ransacked and burned down. Do we think any of those small business owners who spent […]

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The Biden Conspiracy

 

Let us begin with the now-common conclusion that US presidential candidate Joe Biden is, to one degree or another, senile; and thus physically incapable of acting as President of the United States of America, the most powerful and influential office on the planet.

It has come to my attention that some Republican voters believe the worst possible outcome of this fraud would be for the Democratic candidate for Vice President to immediately take Biden’s place after his election to President. If only that were so. In that case, most voters would know who they were truly voting for or against: the VP candidate versus Donald Trump.

How Have You Been Changed by 2020?

 

I realize that we are only halfway through 2020, but there has been so much disruption and confusion, it seems as if six years have passed. So, I think it’s worthwhile to see if and how we are in the process of reassessing our attitudes and beliefs following this chaotic time. First, I’m curious about the impact of the Leftist disruption and violence on you. Second, COVID-19 has had an impact with the demands made on citizens, from lockdowns to masks. I’ll share some of my own thinking and I hope it will inspire you to share yours.

Regarding the civil unrest, I am far less optimistic than I once was regarding the ability and even interest in this country to “set things right.” I once thought almost everyone believed in the rule of law; I don’t know if that’s true anymore. I also thought that in spite of the incursions of Marxist thought into our public schools, I could imagine that damage being turned around at some point; I don’t know if that’s possible anymore. I have also committed to concealed carry; a year ago, I would not have considered that possibility, and to some degree I resent feeling the need to do it now.

Regarding COVID-19, I have been bewildered and distressed at the level of fear and paranoia of people in this country; keep in mind I’m in the most vulnerable population at the age of 70. I’m also frustrated at the politicization of the virus; as a pretty optimistic person, I’m angry at how much more disillusioned I’ve become about the degree to which the media, politicians and medical experts have been busy meeting their own agendas, rather than seeking and promoting the truth. That we have become pawns in their insidious plans is so disheartening.

“Single Mother Owned, Please Show Mercy, This Is All I Have”

 

After struggling for days with (mostly very distressing, and, as much as I hate to admit it, downright at times depressing) ideas of how to write about the monstrosity which has descended upon us in the form of “mostly peaceful” riots in numerous cities with untold loss of life and property, deliberate murders like those of retired Police Capt. David Dorn in St. Louis, injuries all across the Nation we love and revere, my search ended when I saw this heart-rending sign in a shop– begging for mercy. Begging! Figuratively on her knees pleading to the animals of lawlessness to please, please, please let her continue to make a living and provide for her children. Please!

I had originally started to write something based on Paul Harvey’s famous broadcast in 1965, entitled “If I  Were The Devil”, bringing it up to date to show how what we are seeing in the last week is as pure an example of the work of Lucifer as any of us will ever see but decided, after seeing this image (which I believe, based on what research I was able to find, was of a shop in Santa Monica) nothing could more graphically illustrate the work of the Prince of Hatred than this pathetic sign.

If I were the devil, I would make American citizens beg for their very livelihoods, just like this single mom had to do to try to keep the maundering herds away from her shop.

Sheriffs Have Discretion, Too, and It’s Going Viral

 

If you elect a sheriff, they get to play the independent mandate “I’m a check against tyranny” card like every other elected government officeholder. And some are (from the Greenwich Times):

In Snohomish County, Washington, Sheriff Adam Fortney is refusing to enforce the governor’s stay-at-home order. He claims the order “intrudes on our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” On April 22, he told constituents via a Facebook post that “along with other elected Sheriffs around our state, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office will not be enforcing an order preventing religious freedoms or constitutional rights.”

Man Bites Dog: NBC Conducts Real News Interview!

 

“We’re not going to cut corners…I see this thing [the Durham investigation] reaching an important watershed in the late spring [of 2020], perhaps early summer.” — Attorney General William Barr

Credit where credit is due. NBC News’ Pete Williams just conducted an entirely professional interview of Attorney General William Barr, 10 December 2019. Then NBC posted the entire interview to their YouTube channel, not chopped up to match their narrative.

Quote of the Day: One Standard

 

“The truth is most conservatives are fine accepting apologies for dumb stuff said or done years ago. Unfortunately, liberals refuse to forgive conservatives so we have no choice but to do the same to you. It doesn’t have to be this way. We only ask for one standard.” – Chris Barron (2019-09-18)

It’s not from an extremely famous figure (he is a Fox Business contributor). It’s not an extremely pithy one-liner.  In that tweet, however, you have the summary for so much of the current situation in the GOP.

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I admit I get excited when I get a text to @claire Go Fund Me site. I always hope it’s the launch of her new book – I think the last title consideration was, “The Rise of the Csars (or Caesars) in the Age of Trump”. She says the Spectator approached her to turn her […]

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[They] Must All Hang Together, or Assuredly [They] Will All Hang Separately (Comey, Clapper & Brennan Edition)

 

Attorney General Bill Barr Photo: Screenshot from CBSNews.com

Like all of us who have followed the activities of the extraordinarily competent new Attorney General, William Barr, I have heard all manner of spin put on his statements, letters, memoranda, casual meetings in hallways with various Government officials such as Nancy Pelosi, and testimony before Congress. Somewhere in that storm cloud of words, one line in his recent interview and earlier in his testimony to Congress kept coming back to me, and so I sat down and read, closely studied in this case, the actual transcript from CBS News of his interview with that network’s Legal Analyst, Jan Crawford, to be  absolutely certain I was on sound footing when I used one of the phrases I thought I had heard in that discussion. Sure enough, there it was on p. 13:

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“I’ll tell you another story” says Alexi. “It begins with a dwarf coming out of the mountains to trade with the City of Man.” ‘What do you mean it’s just as good as gold?’ asked the dwarf. His eyes squinted out from under bushy eyebrows. His old and lanky ox shuffled idly under it’s burdens. […]

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AG Sessions Sues California for Violating Federal Immigration Law – Finally!

 

Like most of you, I’ve been appalled at the state of California’s not only flouting, but condemning federal immigration law. I’m happy to say that Jeff Sessions is loaded for bear, and he is suing that state for their outrageous behavior and rejection of the rule of law. When I researched the topic to get up to date, the actions of the state of California were even more egregious than I had imagined.

California, along with other states, believes that protecting its illegal immigrants is more important than protecting its legitimate citizens:

There are about 300 state and local governments with laws, rules or policies that impede federal efforts to enforce immigration laws. But what exactly does that mean to the average American citizen? Since 2014, about 10,000 criminal aliens who were released because of sanctuary policies were arrested – again – for new crimes.  That’s 10,000 preventable crimes. Sanctuary policies make us all less safe.

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Wow, was stunned to see this headline, “California AG: Employers who Cooperate With Federal Immigration Raids Will be Prosecuted” “We will prosecute those who violate [California] law,” Becerra responded. Why is Becerra’s flounting of Federal immigration law, treated differently from the way Orval Faubus’ 1957 actions to prevent the integration of Central High, Little Rock, AR […]

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On this AEI Events Podcast, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) delivers a keynote address at a conference on discussing democracy in crisis. The event, co-hosted by AEI, Freedom House, and the Center for American Progress, marked the release of Freedom House’s report “Freedom in the World 2018.”

In his keynote, Sen. Sasse emphasized that while freedom is not unique the United States, it is uniquely America’s advantage.