Republican’t in CA. Aspiring to Pravda. Abandon ship! Plus more.
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In 1965, Justice William O. Douglas said in the majority opinion of Griswold v. Connecticut that “specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance.” One day while rummaging through the U.S. Constitution, Douglas was elated to find a right to privacy amongst all those mysterious emanations within our founding document’s penumbra. Voila! A heretofore unknown right materialized.
Using a similar bit of legal legerdemain, the judges deciding Roe v. Wade explored this method further. With a little extrapolation they were able to uncover another implied “right” — the “right” to an abortion. Boy, there must have been a whole lotta emanating goin’ on while this case was being argued!
And on and on it goes…
Average Joes like us cannot see all these deeply embedded extra rights in the Constitution because they are not visible to the untrained eye. Until a person is sworn in as a member of the Supreme Court’s judicial panel, all those emanating penumbras remain completely hidden from human consciousness. However, after being sprinkled with Penumbra Magic, fairy dust found only in liberal SCOTUS judges’ chambers, the scales covering the eyes of newly affirmed jurists fall off and these previously unseen apparitions instantly become visible. This transformation is absolutely positively miraculous!
The word is that the new Obama administration will be working with Congress to appoint more liberal SCOTUS judges who have developed a new super strength formulation of this judicial potion. Their reconstituted version is said to have the power to detect emanations emanating from all previous emanations!
Pretty soon we won’t even need real judges. Future Presidents
with the advice and consent of Congress will merely appoint
people with liberal sensibilities and equip them with a special
pair of 3-D emanation detection glasses along with a big bottle
of Penumbra Magic. Soon we’ll discover more rights in the
Constitution than you can shake a stick at!
— Rick Arand
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
OR FOR KINDLING A FIRE
Re: Rachel Alexander’s The Newspaper Belongs in the Trash:
I canceled my 20+ year subscription to the New York Times the day they ran a front page article on Sarah Palin’s clothes, after neglecting for three days to report on Biden’s comments as to how Barack Obama would be seriously tested early in his Presidency.
It struck me that the prediction of an attack against the U.S. made by one vice-presidential candidate was slightly more newsworthy than were the clothes purchases of the other Vice Presidential candidate. The obviously slanted coverage on those two issues made me realize that my subscription was tantamount to contributing roughly 500 dollars a year to the DNC.
Cancel your subscription — you will not be less well-informed
because there are other outlets for news now. Stop paying
for the left’s agitprop.
— Vic DiRita
Ann Arbor, Michigan
QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS
I’ve been a Republican since I’ve been able to vote, since the early '70s. I am like many other Conservatives feel dishearten by the ways this Nation is going! I want to present a question to you, a question with no legitimate answer. Why? We each own ourselves, in full, and property is an extension of person.
Question: Who says that my life and my property are not entirely my own?
It would be interesting to see the comments!
— D. J. Feindel
AS SURE AS DAY FOLLOWS NIGHT
After the disaster of the elections in 2006 and 2008, I think it is about time that we stop putting off the obvious, specifically, the need to shut down, close, end, what ever you want to call it, the Republican Party. With an almost guaranteed second term, BHO will easily set up his successor to make a successful bid for the White House and twelve years of Democrat “rule.” (Oh how they will rule, too.) No doubt the GOP will put up some lame, weak, silly candidate who will be stomped into the ground by “the anointed one” BHO. Let this be the time in which we create and build a new conservative movement around a new party. By starting from scratch now, by breaking from the tainted name “Republican,” it would be possible to draw Latino, African Americans, and other minorities into a new conservative movement. God knows that these groups have conservative members, but they can’t bring themselves to vote “Republican” (barely could I this last go around). As much as it might bother the old guard, the name Republican is now a guarantee for political defeat. Thanks to the Bush family’s pathetic moderate Republicanism, Karl Rove, and other compassionate conservatives, the Republicans now have an image that can never, absolutely never, be fixed. It is the Edsel of party politics.
We conservatives, not moderates mind you, need to form a new
party, a party that can not be smeared easily by an association
with the current version of the GOP, the “Republicans” (as Mark
Levin calls them). Fresh faces, young folks, who can attract
young voters of all races and background, who will have doubts
about much in the ruling Democrat party, need to dominate the new
party. Why not call it “American Party.” What ever we call
it, it must be started now. Let the GOP be a holding action to
make life miserable for the Dem over the next four years as the
new Conservative movement takes control of the Congress in 2012
and the White House in 2016. On to victory!
— Paul M.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online