“When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”
Emerald Robinson (don’t know her) over at the Spectator has a doozy. Oh the schadenfreude, it’s very delicious. Enjoy.
Julie Kelly has a nice article (NeverTrump is Now NeverSCOTUS) that reviews how the remaining NeverTrumpers have gone so far off the rails that they not only still deny Donald Trump’s achievement in saving the Supreme Court but even claim that throwing the next Court pick to the Democrats is the right thing to do. Guys like Bill Kristol want the Dems to take over the House and Senate just to destroy President’ Trump’s term in office. It’s hard to believe that they were ever actually on our side. In fact I don’t.
“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
I was born in 1957. My father and uncles fought in World War II and the Korean War. I was raised to believe that Americans were the good guys. And then Walter Cronkite and John Kerry said we were the bad guys in Vietnam. A few years later Lyndon Johnson told us we were racists. A decade later Jimmy Carter told us to let the enemies of the United States do as they pleased because we had sinned against them. And every day the Media and the Left did everything they could to tear down our country and our spirit. We had stagflation (stagnant economy and 20% inflation), the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Carter Malaise. That was a low point.
And then a miracle happened. Ronald Reagan told us we weren’t the problem and that we really were the good guys. And it was like a cloud drifted past and the sun was shining on us again. And like magic, everything got better. And Americans were proud and happy again. And even the lousy leftists seem to remember they were Americans a little and it was morning in America again.
And George H. W. Bush said it was his turn to be President and he had learned his lesson and he would be just like Reagan only smarter and kinder. And we wanted to believe him and compared to Mike Dukakis he could have been John Wayne. So he got his turn. And we got a New World Order complete with higher taxes, NAFTA, shuttered factories, high unemployment, recession and Middle East War.
And that got us Bill Clinton and Hillary, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Monica, Dot Com Bubble, Al Gore, more shuttered factories, Chinese trade imbalance and moral rot.
Everything was a muddle and a mess. When George W Bush said he was a Christian Conservative from Texas we hoped that he would right the ship. Avoiding Al Gore seemed like dodging a huge bullet. We hoped that we could start to repair some of the damage from his father and the Clintons. And the 9-11 happened. And that was like a punch to the throat. And W did a lot of things right. He joined the country in a crusade to crush Al Qaeda and the Taliban. And the young men of that generation answered the call and went to Afghanistan and crushed our enemies. And there was hope that we could subdue the Muslim extremists and end the Middle Eastern threats once and for all. But a unfunny thing happened. W had his own vision of a New world Order. And it involved draining off the blood and treasure of our country to turn the Middle East into Kansas. And he squandered both of those precious commodities until there was nothing left. And when he was finished Iraq wasn’t Kansas and the Democrats took the Congress and the Presidency. All W accomplished was killing and maiming a generation of young Americans, bankrupting the country and making Barack Hussein Obama president.
Obama’s presidency was like a foreign occupation. It was hard to decide which was worse, the injury or the insult. He took every opportunity to belittle and shame Americans and he did whatever damage he could do. Permanent double digit unemployment and wage stagnation had robbed a generation of the American dream and beggared their parents. Obamacare was the biggest legislative victory he scored against us but it also seemed to galvanize the country against him. The worst damage he did was the BLM activism that he aided and abetted. The other mischief he sponsored was spreading alien refugees wherever he could. And one other thing that he got behind was the whole gay marriage, transgender movement. He discovered that he had “evolved” to recognize a constitutional right to gay marriage and this dove-tailed with the lunacy that drove Justice Anthony Kennedy to inflict a Supreme Court decision forcing another insane assault on the American family.
And so, in 2015 we had hit bottom. It didn’t seem that anything could be done to save America from poverty and degradation. Our choices, such as they were, were Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Jeb! Bush. And we all knew neither of those two could beat Hillary. After all Bernie was supposed to lose and the super delegate system would make sure of that. Jeb was much too much of a gentleman to consider doing anything more than weakly protest at the unfair campaign attacks that Hillary’s machine would unleash and then good naturedly concede defeat. And when Antonin Scalia died suddenly during the election year it seemed as if nothing could save us from the dismantling of the First and second Amendments. This truly was the political low point of my entire life.
And then a miracle happened. Donald J. Trump. It seemed utterly impossible. But there were some voices that I followed who said he was the answer and our last hope. And interestingly they were on the Alt-Right (one specifically, Vox Day).
And they were right.
So twice in my adult life a leader has emerged who everyone said was crazy. And they said he was wrong and would cause disaster and maybe nuclear war. And both times he was the right man at the right time. And just as with Reagan it’s as if a cloud has drifted out of the way and the sun is shining down on us bright and warm.
And this is what I’ve learned. Don’t trust the elites, especially Republicans. Not in the Media, not in Academia, not in Industry and not in Washington. Don’t be mistaken into thinking that the Left are Americans even if they themselves are convinced they are. They’re not, they’re globalists. America is just an inconvenient stepping stone on the way to the global hive. Don’t trust anyone who has been in politics for his whole life and for pity’s sake don’t make him VP. Look for a courageous and confident leader who knows what the story is. Look for someone who is unafraid to speak the painful truth and hurt powerful people’s feelings. Look for someone who understands how the whole dirty business works and can’t be bought off. Look for someone who isn’t ashamed to be an American. And then back him to the Gates of Hell. We may still end up crushed by the Left. But at least we’ll know it is happening and we won’t be fooled again.
And remember, we got Reagan and Trump but there won’t be a third miracle, three strikes and you’re out.
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Is John McCain alive or dead? If alive, can he vote? Which way would he vote? After all he does love to spoil things. Assuming he will not be a factor, is Susan Collins the weak link? If she is, can she be persuaded? Is she up for re-election? What other republican votes are question marks? Could Manchin from West Virginia be convinced to vote against his party? If we don’t have the votes how likely is it that the mid-terms will increase the Republican Senate Majority? Should we try now and then after the mid-terms?
These are a few of the question that would need to be answered before trying to figure out if and/or when a conservative justice could get through the Senate.
And the other big question is whether Roberts is a ringer. Does he need to be outvoted too? If that’s the case we’ll need Ginsberg to go too.
So, as with all things Washingtonian, there are wheels within wheels and waiting is an integral part of the game. But so far Trump has a pretty good track record of getting the luck. If he gets a good man in then we can hope to know the answer to some of the Roberts questions pretty quickly. And if Roberts does turn out to be a ringer that’ll be just one more reason to distrust all things Bush and celebrate dodging the JEB! bullet almost as much as the Hillary one.
So, my guess, McConnell will spend a little time doing his math and making sure he completely understands the dynamic. Now that he and President Trump have normalized their relationship I expect they’ll coordinate carefully on the when and the how. They may spring it pretty quickly when it’s time and not give the Media or the Dems a lot of time to screech. McConnell indicated the vote would be in the fall. Maybe that’s a ruse. Maybe they’ll surprise everyone and do it before Labor Day. I’m not an expert on the machinery of the Senate so I don’t know how likely that is. My guess is McCain may be an important piece of the puzzle. His wife is touted to be in line for the job when he dies. How this affects the vote is anybody’s guess but my bet is that she’s a lib. For that reason, they may not wait for her to be seated.
Okay, so that’s the horse race. Now, why is this so damn important? Well, because if Roberts isn’t a ringer and we get another Gorsuch or Alito then we will have the first conservative Supreme Court since before I was born. In fact, we haven’t had a truly conservative Supreme Court in over a hundred years. Can you imagine if SCOTUS decides that all the Constitutional mandates that the activists judges have discovered over the last fifty years (abortion, gay rights, gay marriage, affirmative action, federal encroachment on States’ Rights, assaults on the First and Second Amendments) are not? And instead throws these decisions back to the states to decide? That would be a revolution. It would mean that instead of one homogeneous culture there would be several. And that might be the beginning of a great unraveling. Or it might be the occasion for a rethinking of many policies that were thrust onto the people from above by an elite that thought it was the best and the brightest and therefore ought to prevail against the will of the people. In places like Texas, Utah and the Old South more conservative populations would be allowed to live the way they wanted without the federal government harassing and scolding them for their values. To my mind that would come very close to restoring America to its essential virtue, a place where you are free to live the way you want without the government constantly interfering. And that sounds more or less like heaven to me. So, here’s hoping the math works out. Let’s hope the final sum is a positive. I’m tired of negative.