The Spirit of King George III live on CNN.
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Or is using the shield of the NLRB to force the Senate to give up its right to advise and consent on presidential appointees.
There is a reason President Obama is complaining that his agenda is being blocked because of a particular fear. That fear? To Obama that fear supposedly held by Republicans in Congress of being “punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest…”
Which is to say, in this latter case, the President is complaining about the First Amendment. The Constitution. The First Amendment rights of Fox and Rush Limbaugh are getting in the way of his agenda. The Constitution being a document he has never held in high regard, as evidenced here long ago when a 2001 audio tape surfaced in which Obama was sharply critical of Warren Court because:
“To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you.”
While Piers Morgan and the rest of those possessing what might be called an “English mind” circa the 1770s may not get it, there is one more formerly liberal American who does.
No less than the famous American playwright David Mamet gets it. Channeling his inner Mark Levin with his writing here in the Daily Beast, Mamet excoriates the President by saying:
Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.
For the saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia. The agency is called “The State,” and the motto, fleshed out, for the benefit of the easily confused must read “The State will take from each according to his ability: the State will give to each according to his needs.” “Needs and abilities” are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to “the State shall take, the State shall give.”……
The Constitution’s drafters did not require a wag to teach them that power corrupts: they had experienced it in the person of King George…. This (The Declaration of Independence) is a chillingly familiar set of grievances; and its recrudescence was foreseen by the Founders. They realized that King George was not an individual case, but the inevitable outcome of unfettered power; that any person or group with the power to tax, to form laws, and to enforce them by arms will default to dictatorship, absent the constant unflagging scrutiny of the governed, and their severe untempered insistence upon compliance with law.”
In his own way, Piers Morgan is a walking advertisement for the U.S. Constitution. So too Charles Osgood and law professor Seidman. His — their — determination in 2013 to strip Americans of their Constitutional rights is the usual thinly veiled disguise of corrupted power. Identical to the same desire of the British troops who showed up one fine April morning of 1775.
This argument isn’t about guns.
This argument isn’t about contraception. Or the NLRB.
This argument isn’t about Fox News or Rush Limbaugh.
This argument is about liberty. Freedom.
And whether it’s King George III and his redcoats in 1770 and 1775, or whether it’s Piers Morgan sitting on the set of CNN in 2013, the reason for the Constitution is to protect liberty.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?