Friday, June 13, 2008

God bless the Irish

The Irish voted down the EU Constitution - again.

The link is to an article in the International Herald Tribune - the New York Times overseas. You can feel the reporter’s anguish in having to report the democratic decision those backward Irish made. The first sentence just drips with condescension. I mean, c’mon people, the EU Constitution was “a painstakingly negotiated blueprint . . . .” Can’t you see how much better off you’d be if you give up your sovereignty?

If Obama is elected, we should all move to Ireland.

Man the baracades!

Social Security is a boondoggle Ponzi scheme that will ultimately ruin the United States financially. It was set up and "sold" to the American people as a retirement plan, not a wealth redistribution tax. Well, forget what FDR said, because it is simply now openly admitted that it is a soak-the-rich, redistribution of wealth, communist "entitlement" that I will have to pay for and for which I stand to gain nothing, having come in on the bottom floor of the Ponzi scheme.

Which is why this proposal by Obama verges on revolution time. My generation simply must rally to defeat this concept (unfortunately, McCain previously suggested something similar) or we will be turned into slaves for the benefit of baby boomers' retirement.

The following quote, the authorship of which has been attributed to many but is actually unknown, is sadly all too prophetic:

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess of the public treasury."

The baby boomers are voting themselves a largess of the public treasury. Will those of us paying for it sit back and take it in the shorts? Or will we do something about it?

Once again, Justice Kennedy thinks he is President of the United States

All you really need to know about SCOTUS's recent decision granting enemy combatants the same habeas corpus rights as U.S. Citizens is this excerpt from Justice Scalia's dissent:

And today it is not just the military that the Court elbows aside. A mere two Terms ago in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U. S. 557 (2006), when the Court held (quite amazingly) that the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 had not stripped habeas jurisdiction over Guantanamo petitioners' claims, four Members of today's five-Justice majority joined an opinion saying the following:

"Nothing prevents the President from returning to Congress to seek the authority [for trial by military commission] he believes necessary.

"Where, as here, no emergency prevents consultation with Congress, judicial insistence upon that consultation does not weaken our Nation's ability to deal with danger. To the contrary, that insistence strengthens the Nation's ability to determine--through democratic means--how best to do so. The Constitution places its faith in those democratic means." Id., at 636 (Breyer, J., concurring).

Turns out they were just kidding.