The subject of this post may seem slight in the scheme of things but in my opinion it gets to the heart of how a Conservative Supreme Court can reverse some of the worst of the damage done by unconstitutional judicial overreach.
The Celebrated Fake Frog That Is Taking Down the Deep State
Karin McQuillan describes how in 1984 the Supreme Court decided that the experts in the federal government could decide on regulations that not even the courts could challenge. This was called the “Chevron deference.” This has allowed EPA scientists to dictate all manner of restrictions on private citizens and businesses for completely fraudulent reasons. Fake frogs and mythical mice have been used to punish land owners and restrict them from using their own land to satisfy the spite of misguided naturalists. Now the new Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have joined with Justice Thomas to take the lead to reverse the use of the Chevron deference and free the American people from their bureaucratic tyrants. It’s only a first step but it sets a precedent that can have bigger consequences. Progress.
The title of the post is deceptive. Kelly is making the case that using the National Emergencies Act when there is an emergency is already a routine situation that and if it isn’t going to be used when an actual emergency exists then they might as well eliminate it altogether.
Dump The National Emergencies Act
The worry many on the Right have is that it will be used by Democrats when they have the Presidency again for everything from Global Warming to Snowflake Bullying. To my mind that is hardly a reason to disarm ourselves against the one truly existential threat to America in our time. Grow up Republicans, you can’t win without fighting.
It seems everyone on our side of the fence was impressed with Tucker Carlson’s video monologue on what’s gone wrong in America. But in Julie Kelly’s post she finds the reaction of NeverTrump folks like David French and Ben Shapiro to be decidedly negative.
Carlson’s Invisible Political Hand Riles Conservative Critics
Well, I’m not surprised. Tucker must be doing something really right to have the friends he does and the enemies also. Let’s hope he can help President Trump get his message out and start reversing some of the damage that Carlson has highlighted.
Ken Masugi has a post on resurgent nationalism and uses as a proof that even “reliable liberal E.J. Dionne, … makes apologies on behalf of nationalism.” in an article that Masugi quotes.
Well at least we don’t have to click on Dionne’s post. This tells you that the 2020 Dem candidates will be touting themselves as populists. Hah!
Nationalism Is America’s Comeback Kid
Roger Kimball has a very nice article on the Wall Funding / Government Shutdown intersection. Remembering the G H W Bush, Read My Lips fail is very instructive. This is could be a decisive moment in the Trump presidency.
The Wall is Trump’s ‘Read My Lips’ Moment
Shutting down the government over Christmas is an iconic move. Let’s see who blinks.
Chris Buskirk runs the American Greatness website. Chris is a civic nationalist who believes in restoring the American project. But in his post, he sounds a lot like the folks in the dissident right:
“But the Bushes killed the Reagan legacy and rather than capitalizing on his victories abroad to achieve his goals at home, they instead embraced the social democratic impulse that replaces core human institutions like the family and the church with the government. This was the point at which institutional conservatism lost its way and slowly became a shadow of the progressive Left—following always just a few paces behind wherever it led.”
That line about “following always just a few paces behind wherever it led,” could have been in a post by Vox Day or the Z-Man. To my mind, the information that has been percolating around the dissident right has finally become completely mainstreamed. That is very good news. I tell some of my friends who get discouraged that knowing the truth about the Fake Right is more important news than anything else. The sucker punches we took from the Fake Right did more damage than the direct attacks from the Left. Uniting the people on the right will make us much stronger whereas having false friends among the rich and powerful is an enormous negative.
Onward and upward.
Reading this article was a guilty pleasure. Brandon Weichert’s thesis is that as bleak as the fight often seems, the battle is worth the fight and winning is possible. And going down swinging is the way to go. He even quotes Horatius at the Bridge. I mean, that’s catnip for me. Read it if you need a shot in the arm.
Don’t Listen to Conservative Quitters
VDH delves into history to find examples of leaders restoring greatness to a declining civilization. The primary example he picks is Eastern Roman emperor Justinian the Great turning around the military, cultural and religious decay of sixth century Byzantium and thereby providing the foundation for a civilization that saved Eastern and possibly all Europe from Islam. Interesting read.
Does ‘Make X Great Again’ Ever Happen in History?
Being an American I understand not at all what goes on in England. The once mighty British Empire of Henry V and Elizabeth I, is now better understood as the land of Basil Fawlty and the ever insipid, Prince Charles the Dolt. So, if Christopher Gage, an Englishman and the author of this piece doesn’t know whether that troubled realm is about to throw off the shackles of indenture to the EU or tuck tail and beg for re-admittance, then how should I?
Being at heart an optimist. I want to believe they’ll escape. After all, the hard work is done. They’ve won the vote, they’ve run out the clock with the EU, all that remains is walking away and picking a new direction. But being the globalist that she is Theresa May is determined to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory and shackle Britain to the moribund corpse of the European Union.
Gage claims that the Brexiteers are about to pull the plug on May with a no confidence vote in the next week or so. Let’s hope this happens. Otherwise anything is possible, up to and including a re-vote on Brexit. To paraphrase the “Iron Lady” come on Basil don’t go wobbly on us now.
Over at American Greatness a fellow named J. B. White gives his opinion on how the election swindle in Broward County will be handled.
The Political Path Forward in Florida
Basically, he thinks the mechanisms exist to rein in the fraud going on. But he also hints that it may once again go before the Supreme Court to settle it. Shades of Gore/Bush.