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Politics …. Obama-care On Trial

The Supreme Court has wrapped up three days of oral argument on the Constitutionality of Obama-care and the individual mandate.  While no one know how the court will rule I want to make a few observations.

First,  regardless of the outcome it will be a mixed blessing for Mitt Romney.  If the court strikes the law down it will benefit Romney by taking the issue of the table.  He will not have to spend as much time defending Romney-care.  This is a good thing since Romney-care is Obama-care version 1.0 of and one of Romney’s biggest liabilities.  However,  since the healthcare law is the number one unifying issue for almost everyone on the right its absence as an issue might make some feel it is ok to vote third party or not vote at all, assuming the danger has passed, thereby increasing the chances that Obama will win a second term (GOD FORBID).  Conversely, if the law is upheld those on the right will correctly assume that their only chance of ridding the nation of Obama-care is to rally behind Romney and get him and as many Republicans as possible elected in November. Yet there will still be Romney-care to defend.

My personal opinion is that I hope the Supreme Court rules the mandate Unconstitutional, rules it unseverable from the rest of the law and throws the whole piece of garbage out the window.

Second, it is basically assumed that the courts four liberal justices (Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor) will vote in lockstep to uphold Obama-care.  However, no such assumption is made that the courts five conservative justices (Alito, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy) will vote to overturn. This sad fact backs up a point Ann Coulter made some time ago.  Liberal justices rarely, if ever, are a disappointment to those who nominate them.  So-called “conservative” justices, however, enjoys no such distinction. Consider this list of Republican Supreme Court nominees/justices that have disappointed us time and again:  David Souter nominated by George H.W. Bush, Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy nominated by Ronald Reagan, William Brennan nominated by Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Blackmun (author of the Roe v. Wade decision) nominated by Richard Nixon.  The list could grow longer but I think you get the idea.

Third, if the Obama-care is thrown out by the court don’t think that the war has been won.  Far from it.  In some respects I think liberals are playing the long con here.  The court might be doing the left a favor in striking down the healthcare law because it gives them another opportunity to go after what they really have always wanted since the New Deal which is a full blown, European-style, single-payer, socialized healthcare system.  Don’t think they won’t try it.  It probably won’t happen under Obama but the left is patient.

As I said at the outset who know what the court will do when they announce their decision in June.  They might vote to uphold the law, they might throw it out entirely or they just might rule against the mandate.  We only have to wait two months to find out.

Politics – The 2012 Election….We’re Screwed…..

Let me begin by saying that I kind of envy other Republicans and conservatives who are genuinely excited about their candidate.  Me not so much.  I look at the field and I see four fatally flawed individuals who do not stand a snow balls chance of beating Obama.  What’s worse is that Obama himself is, or should be, fatally flawed himself.  Granted the economy sucked when he was elected (by the way he did ask for the job so he should quit whining) but after three years and untold trillions of federal spending are things really that much better?  Consider that economic growth is at a feeble 3 or so percent a year, pathetic! Consider that their are million upon millions of Americans that are either unemployed or underemployed.  Consider that the price of gas is heading toward $4.00 and it’s not even Easter let alone Memorial Day when prices start to rise anyway.  And I am not even mentioning Obama-care,  Iranian nukes, the “Radical Islamic Spring” I mean the “Arab Spring”, botching the 2009 Green Revolution inIranand throwingIsraelunder the bus on a regular basis.  WHEW!  Give me a second.  All that being the case Obama should be toast, right?  No and for these reasons; he’ll have a billion dollars in the bank, he has the power of incumbency, the aforementioned pathetic GOP field and most importantly a slobbering, compliant and eager to please media at his beck and call. Which leads me to the conclusion that the GOP, and the country in general, is screwed in November.

Yet all that is not the purpose of this essay.  For months now Rush has been castigating the GOP “establishment” for backing Romney on the basis that although he might lose he might to well enough to give the GOP a chance of holding the House and gaining the Senate. I say what is so wrong with that?  Is half a loaf better than no loaf at all?  Divided government is better than the alternative.  Now I understand that Romney is not as conservative as many of us might like but should he lose I believe it would be by less than it otherwise might be.  I believe Rush and others like him want to swing for fences with Newt or God-forbid Santorum.  I think both those options result in not only a landslide for Obama but a good chance that Nancy aka “Stretch” Pelosi will once again be Speaker and Harry Reid remaining as majority leader in the Senate.

The bottom line is that I am nominally a Romney guy.  I am not excited by this yet I do think he is well qualified for the job.  Who knows he might even give Obama a run for this money and if the stars align and God is good who knows he might even pull it out.   But I doubt it.  I only pray there is a country left in 2016 for us to put back together.

Andrew Breitbart – RIP …….

An already crappy day as been become much worse with news of the passing of the great Andrew Breitbart.  Those of you who are not political junkies probably are not familiar with him.  However, for those of us who are, and particularly those of us on the right, his passing represents an almost incalculable loss for the conservative movement.

While there remains a universe of prominent conservatives out there e.g. Rush, Hannnity, Levin, et. al. Andrew Breitbart was different and special.  He was not your average right-winger. He was not the white bread, pious and square stereotype of a conservative.  He was not, to use the cliché “your father’s Republican”.   He was a guerilla fighter.  He loved to engage the hard-core, Obama-worshipping left on their own terms. Be it Media Matters for America, Occupy Wallstreet or Anthony Weiner,  Breitbart would get in their faces and give as good as he got.  He was not afflicted, as too many of us on the right are, with the almost pathological need to be nice, liked, polite or popular when dealing with the left. He took no crap and was not afraid to defend what he believed. He reveled in making enemies; the more the better as far as he was concerned.  Breitbart also had  unique appreciation for the importance of pop culture, an appreciation which is lost on most conservatives.  He was not overtly religious, was actually kind of hip and could be delightfully irreverent, never more so then when appearing on Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld on Fox News.  He was also a genius.

His latest, and tragically last book, “Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World” is as clear eyed and dead on a dissection of the left and what it has “accomplished” over the past 50 years as anything I have ever read. It stands alongside William F. Buckley’s “God and Man at Yale” and Barry Goldwater’s “Conscience of a Conservative” as a 21st century conservative manifesto in the intellectual battle against the collectivism and stateism of modern left; which is perfectly embodied in the Obama administration.

Given the pathetic weakness of the GOP presidential contenders and faced with a billion dollar reelection campaign teamed with a slobbering media we can ill afford a loss of this type.

 

A sad day indeed.  Rest In Peace Andrew Breitbart.  You will be sorely missed.

The Left Finds Religion….

I am so very happy to see that the Left has finally found a religion it can embrace.  I wish them luck in their practice of Islam.  Whether in their fatuous defense of the Ground Zero Mosque or their outrage of some schmuck in Florida planning on burning Qurans the Left certainly seems to finally have found religion.

 First, on the Ground Zero Mosque.  There is no one who challenges the legality or the right to build a house of worship.  The question is one of good taste and judgment.  During World War II would we have allowed the Japanese to build a Shinto shrine at Pearl Harbor?  I think not.  Case closed. 

 As to this schmuck in Florida, I think he should call off the Quran burning and claim that he has proved his point because he has.  There are murderous unreformed elements in the Islamic faith.  The fact that we are so worried about angering the “Muslim Street” is proof positive.  

 I would feel better about the Left’s outrage over offending Islam if they showed a similar concern for other faiths.   The Left has no problem with those who offend the sensibilities of Christian, Catholics or Jews.  Why?   Because those groups will not kill out of their outrage.  So it’s open season on them.  Burn a Quran or draw a cartoon of the Prophet?  Allah forbid!  But burn an American flag or put a crucifix in a jar of urine and we must support and even federally fund such activity!

 It is OK to be afraid of radical Islam. The Left need not be ashamed to be fearful.  But their deference to radicals borders on appeasement.  On Saturday it will be nine years since 9/11. What would you have thought if I were to predict back then that nine year later a mosque on that site would be further along in its construction than new towers themselves?