Thursday, March 29, 2012

Too Funny: E.J. Dionne, ObamaCare, The Constitution And Our "Democracy"

Via International Liberty by Dan Mitchell

E.J. Dionne Forgets that America Is a Constitutional Republic

My daily email containing the editorials and opinion columns from the Washington Post included an item written by E.J. Dionne entitled “Supreme Court activists: Conservative justices forget we’re a democracy.”
Surely this was a mistake.
I suspect he does understand, at least with regard to the first question. For instance, I’d bet a lot of money that he was correctly in favor of the Court’s decision to protect flag burning as a form of political speech, notwithstanding public opinion and congressional approval.
But he seems to join with other leftists in treating the interstate commerce clause as some sort of blank check for federal intervention into every aspect of our lives. And it shows up in various ways in his column.
…conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature…discussing whether parts of the law could stand if other parts fell… Sotomayor asked what was wrong with leaving as much discretion as possible “in the hands of the people who should be fixing this, not us.” It was nice to be reminded that we’re a democracy, not a judicial dictatorship. …This is what conservative justices will do if they strike down or cripple the health-care law. …a court that…sees no limits on its power, no need to defer to those elected to make our laws.
At the risk of being blunt, the conservative justices are doing exactly what they should be doing. They’re deciding if a law enacted by Congress is consistent with the powers granted to Congress by the Constitution.
America has a democratic form of government, but we are not a democracy. At least not in the sense that 51 percent of the people have the unlimited right to rape and pillage 49 percent of the people.
I have no idea of the Supreme Court will make the right decision, but I am overwhelmingly confident that the Founding Fathers didn’t envision mandated health insurance as a function of the federal government.
But maybe I’m just too old fashioned, because when I peruse the enumerated powers, I don’t see any authority for a Department of Energy either. Or aDepartment of Agriculture. Or a Department of Commerce. Or Department of Housing and Urban Development. Or Department of Education. Or a Department of Transportation. Or…well, you get the idea.

This isn't the first (or last) foolish piece by Dionne.

The Left Has Made The Trayvon Martin Story Even Sadder

Muhammad: Well, according to the street law, he has been charged with murder. 

Cooper: According to the what? 

Muhammad: We have 40—30,000 people out here today—according to street law, according to God’s law. Andy, I want to say I don’t obey the white man’s law, I don’t follow the American law. The American law—the American law does not protect me, Anderson. I’m not a citizen. So I have no right to respect American law. So we decided to (unintelligible) language, to put pressure on the United Snakes, because these are snakes, government to arrest him. Because when the people find him, he may not be alive. So do your job. Do your job.

or as Instapundit put it:

Hispanic Democrat shoots a black guy and somehow it’s the fault of white Republicans. Because, I guess, everything is.

This entire horrific story has been even made more horrific by posers and other people with an agenda bend facts to fit and fan the flames of racism by false stories and false charges of racism. It's all in the left's playbook of tactics and strategy. That is a sad fact of modern politics and will become more so if progressives and socialists believe they are indeed successfully pushing their meme. This will be even more true if they can prevent the facts from becoming the basis of the story which is also sad because we don't know if George Zimmerman is guilty or not. Of course, to the left Zimmerman's innocence might just be collateral damage for their greater "good."

ADDED: Professor Douglas at American Power points out another aspect of turning this into a circus for profit:

Trademarking Trayvon

Another Heartwarming Report On The Care We Will Receive Through ObamaCare And Our Social Welfare State II

The Internal Revenue Service wants to add about 4,000 agents to hunt down tax cheats and still plans to spend $303 million building a system to oversee Obamacare even though its future looks bleak in the U.S. Supreme Court.

In which we, the taxpayer, have to pay for us, the taxpayer, getting screwed. But with free condoms!