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‘Law of the Land’

May 8th, 2014 - 5:13 am

To help while away the time while whittling away the calories, I generally listen to something while wheeling along the treadmill. One current favorite is the long-running English discussion program “In Our Time” with Melvyn Bragg.  Yesterday, I happened to puff away to a discussion of Magna Carta, the great foundational document of democracy that the barons imposed upon the evil King John (remember the Sheriff of Nottingham? Sir Guy of Gisbourne?) at Runnymede in 1215. (The operative bits date mostly from the charter of 1225, but 1215 is the date impressed upon our school memories.)

Bragg began his show by quoting one of the most famous sections of the Great Charter, clause 39: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.”

Here for once the “emanations and penumbras” that William O. Douglas discerned some centuries later really do cast their reverberations. For what these few lines limn is what we now call the right of due process, with hints about a presumption of innocence, habeas corpus, and a good deal more of the machinery of modern civil rights.

Above all, however, Magna Carta revolves around two checks on tyranny, outlining the protections individuals enjoy against the arbitrary coercive power of the state and, just as important, declaring the subjection of the sovereign to the law of the land.

Magna Carta has been an immensely influential document, not least on the framers of the U.S. Constitution. Whole books have undoubtedly been written on this subject, but listening to Melvyn Bragg and his guests yesterday, I thought especially of this bit from Article II of the Constitution: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The Constitution is the founding document of the law of this land, the United States of America, and the framers empowered the president to “preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution in discharging his obligation to faithfully execute the Office of the President.

How are we doing on that score?  Yesterday, even as I was puffing away, Senator Ted Cruz released a list of  76 examples of Barack Obama’s lawlessness, from implementing portions of the DREAM Act, which Congress rejected, by executive action (#2) to ordering, by executive fiat,  various extensions, waivers, exemptions, and delays of Obamacare.

I have no doubt that Senator Cruz’s document will be regarded as an example of partisan gamesmanship by the Left, but it is difficult to read through that long list of actions without wondering whether something serious has happened to the presidency—whether, in short, the checks and balances envisioned by the founders have failed and that the chief executive, who was supposed to be subservient to the laws passed by Congress, has not in fact emerged as the originator, not the executor, of laws.

This is the central theme of a forthcoming book by the former prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy. It’s called Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment.  You will, I suspect, be hearing a lot about this book. It won’t be officially published until June 3, but you can beat the rush by pre-ordering it now here.

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If we as a free people do not begin to punish and make a public spectacle of this nefarious and Unconstitutional behavior and it's adherents, then we will become slaves to a self - appointed ruling class. We have been accommodating this totalitarian mindset since Woodrow Wilson with little or no pushback except from Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan, so they have been able to cripple liberty on the installment plan since 1913. This so - called Affordable Care Act is advertised to be about health care but in reality is intended to unwind Ordered Liberty and The Civil Society.
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Dear Leader Emperor Barack Hussein Louie Benito Hugo Issuzu Obama's songbun system:

The population of Dear Leader Barack Obama's developing Democratik People’s Republik of Amerika can be roughly divided into three tiers, and ones place in these tiers is called Obama songbun (based on North Korea's songbun system). An individual's Obama songbun is based on ones position at the time of Obama's ascendancy from questionable circumstances of birth to presidential occupation. Kenyan Obama himself, his Klingon wife and ruling party members, largely comprised of the capos of Rahm, Axelrod, Reid, Pelosi and the Kennedy family and their sub-capos, are the main elite. People who helped to bankrupt the nation while lining their own pockets are at the next level in the songbun hierarchy and often have high committee positions in congress or are appointed to cabinet and czar positions and other high offices. The lowest Obama songbun group is comprised of an as yet to be determined number of distinct classes, each with lower Obama songbun then the next. Tea Party members, conservative blog writers, conservative talk show hosts, Christians, and people who still believe in Ayn Rand's philosophy of individual rights and free enterprise or in the soon to be completely outdated U.S. Constitution and it's guarantee of the right of free speech and assembly have the lowest Obama songbun, and consequentially will occupy a role analogous to India's untouchables
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Woodstock Totalitarianism is tyranny wrapped in a tie-dyed peace symbol tee shirt.

The Woodstock weaponized legislation, strips Constitutional protections bare. It selectively enforces its strongest protections as a "rule book beating", but otherwise has no use for principles that "were formed, Dude, by old white guys ...like a long time ago, man".

Weaponized Woodstock Government is an overthrow of, not an allegiance to...our founding principles.

Ted Cruz has not detailed the gun to the heads of self-governance. He is merely counting SOME of the bullets in the chamber.

Having Eric Holder investigate Eric Holder, using the IRS as a weapon and the fifth amendment as a cover for treason, arresting and jailing a known innocent videographer, selectively prosecuting a movie producer...WOODSTOCK TYRANNY has many,many, many more bullets than 76.

And Weaponized Woodstock Government isn't merely lawless. They are seditious.
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15 weeks ago
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Impeachment will NEVER happen, no matter what. Obama is an incompetent who was elected simply because he is BLACK. That is the exact same reason he will never be impeached. The congress will never have the backbone to do what is necessary. Who would? They would be branded with the big "R" on their foreheads for all time to come. Again, no matter what Obama does. You think he knows this? I do.
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Impeachment is a political act, even if the person has done things that are criminally wrong.

So until and unless the media starts to make the case it won't happen.

Or unless the congress radially shifts from libs to conservatives it could never happen.

But with 2 years left of the nightmare of B.O., at least a congress might have the balls to deal with a lawless president, and stop allowing the laws to be subverted while giving lip service to the constituton.
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Obama will never be impeached. He, and his cohort Holder, will continue the downfall of the United States. The American voters are uneducated and easily succumb to mass media publicity. They cannot and do not think for themselves Their pleasure comes first and it gives them pleasure to live at the expense of others I am disgusted with this country,.
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Oh, the American voters are indeed educated, seeing how they went through school and university. The problem in fact IS education, especially when a lot of them come out believing a lot of tripe such as Christians inventing misogyny, believing that the decadence of the 1960s and 1970s were an absolute good thing, and all of that. Speaking from experience at Oglethorpe University, which is touted to promote critical thinking yet pushing a leftist agenda (even now, with graduation a week away, I regret going to that school), as well as dealing with a philosophy major student who basically pushed and firmly believed the lies Atheists and Secularists told about us since at least the French Revolution (such as the Spanish Inquisition being comparable to the Holocaust as a human atrocity while ignoring the much worse French Revolution and Reign of Terror, or claiming that Karl Marx was a Christian even though he made very clear that he was an atheist in his manifesto), and this was despite the entire point of being a philosopher, and thus going for a philosophy major, is thinking. I think either Ed Driscoll or Roger Kimball in one of their articles even ripped critical thinking as well by pointing out the flaws in it. Education's been a problem since the Philosophes hijacked it during the Enlightenment and used it to destroy Christianity and promote Atheism (read Rev. Timothy Dwight's "Duties of Americans in the present crisis to learn more). Heck, Jean Paul Sartre, despite being extremely well-read and educated, or possibly because of that, still believed the lies that were Communism, Socialism, and all of that even after Stalin was exposed as a monster, fell for Che Guevara, and heck, even had more than a hand in training the Khmer Rouge and Frantz Fanon in their devastating revolutions.
15 weeks ago
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Everyone knows two things: 1) Obama will not be impeached because he's black 2) If Republicans overcame their dread of the R word and went ahead and began impeachment proceedings they would be signing their death warrant. I put it to you that #1 is correct and #2 is poppycock. Would the MSM, Hollywood and the Academy go after the Republicans with both barrels for daring to judge a black president simply as a lawless president? Of course. Would that mean the American people would fall in line behind the ruling class fronts and spurn the Republicans. I don't think so, not at all. The American People, huge swaths of the American People in any case, are well aware that Obama is systematically destroying their inheritance, in every way, and for them his skin color doesn't trump that disastrous fact. If the Republicans could ever grow a pair and do their duty they would be very pleasantly surprised, not only to be standing after the fight of their lives but to be triumphant.
16 weeks ago
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As I have stated below, impeaching Obama would serve to make him a martyr. This is not in anyone's interest WTNE of the race hustlers who, down the road, would declare a national holiday in Obama's name. That very thought is truly sickening.
16 weeks ago
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Not impeaching Obama would still make him a martyr and a saint anyways. Remember how FDR is currently being lionized as the savior of America, who brought us out of the Great Depression, even with all the overwhelming evidence that he was actually moreorless responsible for the Great Depression being as long as it turned out to be (requiring World War II to even come close to an actual recovery, heck, even then only the 1950s actually brought America out, long after FDR's death)? At least with impeachment, Obama actually would face justice even if he does end up "martyred" in the end anyways (which, as stated before, they'll end up doing that to Obama anyways regardless of whether he is actually impeached or not).
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I think the GOP is having trouble coming to grips with exactly what it is facing. The Dem Party is no longer simply "liberal" in the sense of being less puritan. The Dem party's core race/gender ideology is driven by the idea that America itself, in all its manifestations, is fundamentally immoral, if not illegal.

America is seen as a settler/colonial entity whose very laws are constructed to enhance the state of whites and men. "Postcolonial" and "white privilege" are not things that just popped out of nowhere. They are originated and promoted by people who see themselves as civilization's marginalized also-rans, no matter how much they have to racially distort history or the mechanics of success to come to that conclusion. Thus the liberal detestation of "meritocracy." Why would the core of the Dem Party like that? By their own self-identifications, they've never really made that work.

People from the Third World are imported in, racially radicalized and encouraged to advocate to bring in more. It's sometimes veiled in blah, blah, diversity but the intent is nothing less than the demographic overthrow of the West and its immoral and racist whites, who will be replaced by more noble and compassionate Third Worlders who will not wage war or oppress people. These people are Qutbists to their core, though they never heard of Sayd Qutb, or Paulo Freire. That's how insidiously this stuff is mainstreamed. It's mainstreamed by cutting out the hate part and promoting the justice part. But hate for who? Justice for who?

The people who advocate this make little secret of their satisfaction whenever the subject of white minority status by mid-century is brought up. Of course, anyone who advocates the other way is shouted down as a racist.

It's a clever con game by racist sexists and it is wildly successful. In fact, at this point, I see no way it won't succeed in its goals. It's already subsumed the United Kingdom, which has de facto Halal food status because of nothing more than whimpering fear of their own new minority of citizens.

Of course, this is all based on faith and in contravention of what your own eyes can see in the Third World. The truth is this "success" will spread dissension and failure in America as has never been seen. What else could possibly happen when you demonize the goose that laid that egg and build statues to nothing?

The PC are retweeting things like "Space: not just for white men anymore." Of course, that was never true in the sense they are portraying it. It happened that way because it happened that way, not because NASA is the KKK. But when you attack that source of success, space will be for no one. Who are you going to invest in: a culture which has never reached space, or that which has? The answer is "never," and so we cut off our noses to spite ourselves, and our nation along with it, now nothing more than a suicide cult bent on passing the torch of the ascent of man to Somali fishermen, feminist Peruvians, and Mayan farmers.

And for what? Why did the most sophisticated culture ever in the history of the world need diversity from the least successful? Why? Success doesn't need diversity, success needs success.
16 weeks ago
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You give the GOP too much credit. What they are facing are their brothers in arms...in arms against freedom.

Like the marxists, the GOP's enemy is the people, because we are the only thing left between those allies and total power.
15 weeks ago
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Domestically Obama and Holder display a "hug a thug" mentality. They run guns to Mexican drug lords, release crack cocaine dealers, free terrorists, and applaud when Black Panthers intimidate voters. Meanwhile, overseas, Obama has never met a Muslim Brotherhood member or HAMAS terrorist murderer which he doesn't like. Even if said terrorist is a convicted murderer, Obama advocates for their release from Israeli jails. In Obama's demented world, every enemy of America is his "friend", while every true ally, Obama treats as an enemy.
16 weeks ago
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And we are going to do what, exactly to bring our tyrant to heal? We need to channel our 'Inner Chimp' and go as our ancestors would.
16 weeks ago
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Here's what really is going to happen to all the law breaking thugs in giovernment today. ABSOLUTLY NOTHING.
16 weeks ago
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The lust for power of a tiny minority of psychopaths has trumped the collective desire of people to be free. The Magna Carta, and its culmination in the US Constitution, has been trumped by handing out candy to children over 21.

It didn't happen by chance. They want what they want more than we serfs want what we want.

God bless Ted Cruz for doing more than whining about it.
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