Sunday, July 20, 2014

Oh look another "X wants to reclaim the constitution"

So I've been seeing this article floating around and now it's in the WaPo.

How liberals can reclaim the Constitution

(I'm sure it's a coincidence that this is written by a guy hawking his book  on "Living Originalism")

What's fascinating is that it's just advice on Liberals to simply claim the constitution.   It boils down to "Hey remember civil rights and women's suffrage!"  And "The constitution is more than just the actual text and what judges say!"

So...  in other words.  Ignore that the amendment process was key in civil rights and women's suffrage  and keep pretending that the Constitution means "Laws we want are not just acceptable but mandatory!"

Basically this guy is going "Nu-uh! That the Constitution can change to mean whatever we want it to mean IS the real origininalism!"

Which is...  different from the status quo... how?

Though this is a huge admission of defeat: "Second, to better understand how the Constitution actually grows and develops, liberal scholars have turned away from the courts and judicial review — now the focus of conservative obsession — and toward the work of ordinary citizens and political movements."

It's not a wise idea to cede the courts and judicial review.

Course the article is full of paranoia about "Oligarchy" (but is oddly silent on how to *deal* with that problem) , and it weaves a conspiracy theory that somehow it was Conservatives who *tricked* liberals into abandoning Constitutional fealty.

And the guy ends by using examples of passed amendments to show how legitimate "Living Constitution" is.
I wonder if he's aware that Originalists don't actually thing amendments aren't legitimate.

I know he *is* aware that the biggest point of the Living Constitution view is that you don't *need* Amendments. That's um... kind of the whole point.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's not just Diversity of *thought* that is eliminated due to these policies...


Related: Education is Producing a Nationwide Gentrification Effect. “The larger the share of a city’s workforce that’s made up of college graduates, the more expensive it is to live there.” And yet education is pushed as a cure for economic inequality.
Via Glenn Reynolds.

It's no stranger than how states with bigger "Blue State" policies have more inequality.  Course you can have a fun time looking at the causality in that codependent relationship.

Friday, July 18, 2014

There's a reason the Democratic Party doesn't normally put these party planks *next* to each other.

So ABC has their own List Post.  5 Things Liberals Really want out of the Obama Presidency

And the only thing surprising is that parts 4 and 5 are next to each other:

4. Gun Violence Prevention5. Voting Rights

And by four they mean "expanded background checks"  which really means a private sale ban.   And by 5 they mean "invalidate Section IV of the Voting Rights Act" which really means "Voter ID is racist!"

Okay, so if Voter ID is racist due to the disproportionate impact ID requirement on poor and minorities...

How are expanded background checks for guns not racist? They're literally proposing a law to make it impossible to legally buy a gun without presenting ID.

While at the exact same time saying a less stringent requirement is unacceptable because it's racist.

I suppose their argument is  "voter fraud never killed anyone", what but that's really saying is "Racist laws are okay if they keep those people from getting guns."

See, this is why the Democratic Party normally has a bit of daylight between these two issues.

Monday, June 9, 2014

But it's not bad when the Federal Pork brings us things we like!

Well, I've seen another example of why Congress is so fucked up.

I've got a friend who's really into gay rights.  And unfortunately his Congressman is a real ball-buster "family values", traditional marriage scold.

You know those preachy guys who make your skin crawl?

And of course my friend isn't too fond of this guy.

But!  My friend is really big into municipal parks redevelopment.

Well guess what Congressman is pledging to bring in a few dozen million dollars of federal money to revitalize a major riverside park.

Now all of a sudden my friend likes this plan. Yes, when even a politician who you find ethically and morally reprehensible can bribe you with your own tax money....

And people wonder why incumbents keep getting reelected.
(Fair disclosure I may have swapped the issues and what is getting federal teat money.... or I may not).

Monday, April 28, 2014

Great con!

Had a great time at the NRAcon!

Things got... busy this week, but I'll have a writeup and some pictures when I get the time.

Thanks to everyone who came to the BBQ on Friday!

And thanks to Erin, Wenthe, Odd and Mad Saint Jack!

Monday, April 7, 2014

The people in government are either dumb or evil. Let's give them more power!

So says Mr. A.

During a conversation about how there's "only idiots in charge" and how the mafia won again (this by a mutual friend talking about politics back in Quebec) Mr. A actually said something... interesting.

"There's only idiots in charge because we made it that way."

And when someone asked who would even want the job Mr A promptly replied: "devoted Machiavellians"

And yet this is a devoted champagne socialist progressive who is big on the "we know better than you".

It must be nice to be part of the aristocracy

Course if the red flag goes up... those that think they'll be the in crowd... might not be.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Not an April Fools.

An Illinois Handgun Carry Permit.

And it's been given to a commoner too!  

Never thought I'd see the day.