June 26, 2015

Dear NY Times: Who Has Been in Charge All This Time? After 8 Years of ‘Financial Downturn,’ Far More Americans Delay Major Life Events

There may no better illustration of how much harm the economy has inflicted on the American people during the Obama era than a March 2015 Harris survey commissioned by American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The AICPA’s Thursday press release reported that “a majority of American adults (51 percent) have delayed at least one important life decision in the last year due to financial reasons … an increase of 20 percentage points from a similar survey conducted in 2007.”

Covering the survey’s results, Ann Carrns at the New York Times, in an item carried at CNBC (also found at the Times’s web site), waited seven paragraphs to note a particularly damning statistic about a situation Obamacare advocates like to claim has already been solved.


That Didn’t Take Long: Politico Mag Writer Says ‘It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy’ (Really ‘Group Marriage’)

The left routinely ridicules “slippery slope” arguments from sensible people who recognize that when you establish a dangerous principle or precedent in one area, the fallout will spread to others. The long since sadly vindicated prolife argument made 40 years ago warning that legalizing abortion would lead to wider acceptance of euthanasia is one such example.

Most advocates for same-sex “marriage” have (at least in public) consistently argued that their attempts to legalize it would not in any way, shape or form open up the possiblity of legalizing polygamy. Well, the ink isn’t even dry on today’s Supreme Court ruling imposing the legal recognizion of same-sex “marriages” in all 50 states, and, lo and behold, we have Fredrik deBoer at Politico Magazine telling us that “It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy.”


The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ruling: Tyranny Wins Again

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:38 am

All the Court’s 5-4 ruling demonstrates is that the Supreme Court believes that it’s the nation’s super-legistature; that the will of voters expressed in at least 30 states, usually by overwhelming majorities, doesn’t matter; and that what states’ written constitutions say doesn’t matter.

What is our form of government again?

On matters the statists deign to be important, it’s no longer a representative republic.

Now that they’ve gotten their way on the “big things,” and now that they’ve thoroughly corrupted the backstop of last resort, they will now further down their to-do list.

This is how tyrannies coalesce.


UPDATE: Of course, I should have mentioned that the leftist enforcers will now nationally escalate their drive to banish anyone who objects to today’s ruling — and especially anyone who believes that homosexual behavior is a sin — from polite society, and to force institutions opposed to same-sex marriage to support them — or cease to exist, or go underground.

UPDATE 2: Powerline

Yesterday’s Obamacare decision told us that we do not live under the rule of law. Today’s gay marriage decision tells us we do not live in a democracy. These are dark days.

As the now relatively soft tyranny hardens, many of those who are celebrating the past two days’ rulings will come to rue them. Sadly, by the time that happens, most of them will recognize the penalty for admitting to such a heresies, and will be too afraid to admit it out loud.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062615)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: The Dignity of Charleston …

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Jonah Goldberg’s June 24 column at National Review:

“Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us,” the Reverend Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic.

Not being a Christian, I can only marvel at the dignity and courage of the victims’ relatives who forgave the shooter. If I could ever manage such a thing, it would probably take me decades. It took them little more than a day.

Less shocking, but almost as uplifting, was the conduct of the broader Charleston community, which has been unified and dignified, despite the expectations of some in the media — and the accused gunman, who had singled out Charleston because of its success at racial integration. And this points to Goff being right, not just about Charleston but about the South in general.

There are few subjects that ignite more casual, uninformed bigotry and condescension from elites in this nation than Dixie. “Practically the whole region has rejected nearly everything that’s good about this country and has become just one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment,” the Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky wrote last year.

How then to explain the tens of thousands of South Carolinians, white and black, marching in unity across the Ravenel Bridge on Sunday night? Did the city bus in decent Northerners? …

Answer: No.

Go here for the rest of Goldberg’s column.