Get PJ Media on your Apple

Unexamined Premises

James Risen, the First Amendment, Congress, and the Emperor Hussein

July 31st, 2013 - 6:07 pm
dark emperor

La Change c’est Moi

And that’s why the Risen case matters. I have to admit I’m of two minds about it. As a former police and federal court beat reporter, I had to go before the majesty of the law a couple of times (with Gannett Co., Inc. lawyers) to explain why I wasn’t going to testify in this or that matter, mostly involving my professional demimonde of corrupt cops, hookers, junkies, thugs, drug dealers and murderers. (Much of that milieu and ambiance made it into my first novel, Exchange Alley.) On the other, as a small-d democrat, I believe we are all capital-C Citizens, with all the rights, duties and obligations pertaining thereto. 

But the administration’s palpable lust to go after him, and Fox News’s James Rosen, and the Associated Press, et al., sends an unmistakable message: displease the Emperor Hussein at your own risk. A man who’s been pampered and coddled all his life, told he is the Second Coming — hell, a guy who graduated from Punahou, the elite prep school serving the white aristocracy of a brown island chain (and the only high school in Hawaii where young Barry was guaranteed not to blend right in) –  is not about to accept petty constitutional restrictions on his freedom of action; the presidency (as Lincoln and Wilson and FDR taught us) is what you make of it, and no office in the American system of government rewards Nietzsche’s Will to Power more than the Oval Office.  

What will become of the Emperor Hussein’s collision with Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the Founders, however, remains to be seen. Those of us on the right continue to have faith in the Framers’ vision of a country of yeomen Citizens, moderated but otherwise unshackled by a distant federal government in the swamp along the banks of the Potomac, “regulated” in the sense of “made regular,” not “controlled”; were it left to us, everything not enumerated in the Constitution to the feds would be forbidden, the people and the states would be restored to their Ninth and Tenth Amendment sovereignty, and life would go on much the same as it did prior to the rise of Regressivism during the Wilson administration and the arrival of the communist Frankfurt School before we rescued it from Nazi Germany and transplanted its intellectual pretension and moral evil to Columbia University. And that most definitely includes the civil rights movement, utterly constitutional, morally correct, and emphatically supported by the original anti-slavery party, the GOP.

But whether, at this point, there are enough of us remains to be seen; most Americans in flyover country aren’t obsessed with politics the way their blue-state brethren are, and don’t make politics their life’s work. They’re the Makers, not the Takers, and it never occurs to them that a sizable part of the country, perhaps now a majority, from the president on down, is devoted to plundering the productive class. That’s the real meaning of “fundamental transformation,” and if Barack Obama succeeds in effecting it, he’ll go down in history as the most successful president in American history. And also the last.

Think about that.

<- Prev  Page 3 of 3   View as Single Page

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
I would have no issue with the would-be emperor wearing tar and feathers.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
"'Very few of them, by the way, are lawyers, much less constitutional lawyers,'” the president said."

How politically ignorant do you have to be to think there are very few lawyers in Congress? Currently there are 173; almost 1 out of 3 people in Congress are lawyers, and if you guessed the proportion was higher than that, over 40% say, you would be right for a number of recent Congresses. Who would even be surprised at that? Only someone who thinks there are 57 states.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The fundamental failure of the Republican political leadership is they think their job is to work with and compromise with the Democrats, even when the latter is violating wholesale the Constitution and rights of the people. Unless the Republican party is rapidly transformed to be the polar opposite of the Dems, we are doomed to Tyranny. The Tea Party and others like Cruz and Rand have it right. We must first fight to get rid of the "Neville Chamberlains" in the Republican party before we can fight the Dems and their program to change us into a National Socialist State complete with our own Furher. Every day we see Obama issue more egregious and unlawful Presidential orders and take on more authorities as if he were a sovereign king answerable to no-one. The light of Liberty is rapidly being extinguished. Even now there will be incredible pain and suffering to restore good limited government answerable to the people. To wait will mean violence and bloodshed to restore Liberty. To do nothing is to be an accomplice to the enslavement of ourselves, our families, and our future.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (38)
All Comments   (38)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Um, compromising national security is not protected under the First Amendment. The difference between this guy and Snowden? Snowden revealed the U.S. spying on it's own citizens. Risen conspired to reveal how we protected ourselves from foreign enemies.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
when your most recent nominees are Romney, McCain, Bush, Dole, and elder Bush, and when your alleged band of front-runners for 2016 includes Christie, Rubio, and Santorum, you are a lot of things but conservative, and liberty loving conservative, are not among them.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
It would be nice to be able to fight them separately, but you can not: they are in symbiosis. And will resist any attempt at real return to the constitution as a single organism.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
"But this is how freedom dies, one “reasonable” restriction at a time,"


Yes, that's one way.

The other way is the "reasonable" REMOVAL of one restriction at a time.

Restrictions on the government, that is.

And of course, to object is always UNreasonable.

It's for our SAFETY, don't you know?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Blah blah blah. How can we take an article seriously that refers to the POTUS as "emperor Hussein"? Get over it, BHO is the President.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
And C. Julius Caesar Octavianus (a/k/a Augustus) was just this guy with lawfully-assumed proconsular and tribunician authorities; shucks, he wasn't even consul most of the time.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Bushitler? Is that you?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Apparently you didn't read the article, because all you could focus on was the sarcastic reference to the President as "Emperor Hussein."

IOW: go away you lazy, semi-literate twit.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The Constitution, all of it, has always been an impediment to the left and often due nothing but lip service from Republicans, even some calling themselves conservative. The Bushes tried to work around it and the last shrub outright violated it, with the collusion of Congress, in several area, stepping on civil rights and ignoring immigration law. But never has it been so disdained, impeded, circumvented and ignored as it has been under the current fraud Obamanation regime! When you add the leftist and the lip service RINOs, those true to the Republic, if they wish to restore the Constitutional Republic, have but one choice, the one our forefathers and founders advised us would be necessary and the one they took against an oppressive king!
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Our Founders framed a government that, in a strong sense, "pitted" three separate branches of government agianst each other..... to guard against any one of them coming into an unhealthy ascendency and ruling the rest of them. Further, as a final check, they established WE THE PEOPLE clearly as the sovereign, to stand in check over it all. What has happened is that those threee branches, after years of non-intervention by WE THE PEOPLE, have gone into collusion and are no longer dedicated to the will of their sovereign, but have usurped sovereign power. The one that was originally intended to be merely administrator, effecitng the expressed will of the fiirst, has become the head.... the first department having abdicated their charge from WE THE PEOPLE. The third department have fallen in lockstep with the second, becoming more the executive than the judge. It will take a major reform to overturn this status quo, and I see rumblings of that but not yet sufficiently strong to effect a return to the original form. The elite rulers have been threatened with the light being turned on, what with MEN liks Manning, Risen, Snowden, Hastings. They stand in the gap for us. One is dead under VERY suspicious circumstances, another is being sold down the river by a military Court Martial, a third has, seemingly, successfully flown the coop for now (any bets he'll meet a fate like unto that of the former puppet dictator Somoza?), and Risen is, for the present, standing firm. More will come to the fore as the emperor struggles to maintain his supremacy. This story has only one possible outcome, whether it is played out sooner or later is the only question.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Article 3, Section 3 defines the ONLY Federal level crime named in the Constitution.. treason. Defined as levying war against the states, of al of them, or aiding and giving comfort to our enemies. The standard of proof is TWO OR MORE witnesses... precisely as required in the Old Testament for conviction of any serious charge. If James Risen is the ONLY witness they have, they have no case. So why persecute HIM? Keep to the Constitutioin and things of a sudden get simpler.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I feel very thankful for all of the real journalists, like Michael, on the right.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I'm rapidly coming to the most unfortunate conclusion that there are now only two sorts of citizenry in the U.S.: Patriots and Saboteurs. Ignorance or non-interest (low-information voters) affords absolutely no pass, no excuse. You either fall into the latter or the former category.

1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
This nation can survive very well with the bulk of its populace being stupid and uninformed, IF, they are not allowed to vote and make a mockery of the system! Only net tax payers and contributers should be allowed to vote and then only if they pass a basic civics test!
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
1 2 3 Next View All