When does “enumerated” mean “all”?

“The growth of federal power and programs over this century — involving the regulation of business, the expansion of “civil rights,” the production of environmental goods, and much else — has taken place in large measure through the power of Congress to regulate “commerce among the states.” That power has been read so broadly by the modern Court that Congress today can regulate anything that even “affects” commerce, which in principle is everything. As a result, save for the restraints imposed by the Bill of Rights, the commerce power is now essentially plenary, which is hardly what the Framers intended when they enumerated Congress’s powers. Indeed, if they had meant for Congress to be able to do anything it wanted under the commerce power, the enumeration of Congress’s other powers — to say nothing of the defense of the doctrine of enumerated powers throughout the Federalist Papers — would have been pointless. The purpose of the commerce clause quite simply, was to enable Congress to ensure the free flow of commerce among the states. Under the Articles of Confederation, state legislatures had enacted tariffs and other protectionist measures that impeded interstate commerce. To break the logjam, Congress was empowered to make commerce among the states “regular.” In fact, the need to do so was one of the principal reasons behind the call for a new constitution.”

— Roger Pilon
Vice President for Legal Affairs for the Cato Institute

[The point of the title is that Congress was given enumerated powers, meaning defined and limited. What they and the courts have deigned to give themselves is carte blanche authority over all aspects of American life.]

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“Multiculturalism exists to pretend that inferior cultures aren’t inferior and that superior cultures aren’t superior”

“The reason why multiculturalism exists is to pretend that inferior cultures aren’t inferior and that superior cultures aren’t superior. It’s a way to tell nice lies about rotten cultures and rotten lies about great cultures. And from this, we’ve set ourselves up not only to believe the enemy propaganda that “Islam means peace”, but that we propagate it ourselves, all while blaming ourselves for the enemy’s war on us.”

Bosch Fawstin

[Humanists often like to pretend that historical evidence doesn’t exist, that its all theoretical supposition for whatever the latest BS they’re proposing. In this case, Islam, we have 1,400 years of recorded history. The latest batch of BS out of Islam is identical to the first. Murder, mayhem, piracy, enslavement, theft, all manner of sexual perversions and more. I don’t know who “Bosch Fawstin” is or if he really is the one who wrote this paragraph, but its a dandy. What’s also interesting is how stark the title of this post seems when you first read it. We have been so inundated with liberal claptrap that to challenge it seems harsh.  – Jim Roach]

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“The way to have good and safe government …”

“The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to
one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly
the functions in which he is competent …
– To let the National Government be entrusted with the defense of the
nation, and its foreign and federal relations …
– The State Governments with the Civil Rights, Laws, Police and
administration of what concerns the State generally.
– The Counties with the local concerns, and each ward direct the interests
within itself.
It is by dividing and subdividing these Republics from the great
national one down through all its subordinations until it ends in the
administration of everyman’s farm by himself, by placing under everyone
what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best.”

— Thomas Jefferson

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Then don’t build there!

Damn! What is with the world we live in? People build on the Atlantic or Gulf Coast then seem surprised when their home gets destroyed by a hurricane! “Why don’t you have insurance?” “Oh we do.” “Then why doesn’t it pay for anything??” And if it does, why do you need Federal bailouts? Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay every time you make poor choices.

You build on a fault line and don’t have earthquake insurance? You build in tornado alley and don’t have tornado insurance? You build in a flood plain and don’t have flood insurance?

After everyone of these disasters ad nauseam the American taxpayer has to pay. Plus! You have all these dramatic charity appeals! Anywhere in the world a disaster happens, the American taxpayer pays. Anyplace in the world becomes unlivable, America has to take the refugees. AND, give them welfare! Doesn’t anyone in the world have any phucking brains? Or take care of themselves?!

Then the few people who can or do buy flood insurance, the insurance company invariably doesn’t pay because they classify the water damage as “storm surge” and not flooding. Funny damn thing, our system is setup so the banks and insurance companies never have TO pay, they just GET paid.

I’m tired of this sh*t. If you can’t buy the insurance you need for where you live, maybe you shouldn’t live there. How tough is that? Then there is the media building this thing up like you might as well put a bullet in your head because everyone is surely going to die!

Then there’s the media whipping everyone into a frenzy for ratings. Gas prices go up, water prices go up, you can’t buy a sheet of plywood to save your life (so to speak). TV stations make out, stores make out, insurance companies make out because they don’t have to pay for anything.

And what the sam hell is with FEMA? Every hurricane we have to reinvent the disaster wheel like this is our first time! Damn we’ve done this before. They talk about these FEMA camps, why don’t they have about 6 FEMA warehouses placed along the coast with the necessary supplies? Charitable donations could stock them. I know Red Cross only wants cash they can misspend. I want to buy hard goods that they can’t misspend. You know what’s going to be needed, this isn’t hard to figure out.

We’ve been rebuilding after hurricanes for over a hundred years now, why do we always act like this is something new? Have the supplies and emergency vehicles warehoused in a safe but nearby location, ready to go. What the hell do we pay FEMA for when they are never ready for anything?

Jim Roach

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300,000,000 people


Congress chasing it’s tail

Bing says the United States of America (the use of the word ‘united’ here is in kind of a loose sense) has 324 million people. Contrary to liberal belief our Constitution gives the 535 members of Congress the authority to right Law for the governance of those 324 million people. Not 9 Black Robes. 535 people. 435 Representatives (not “Congressmen”) and 100 Senators.

Those 535 people (or cretins if you prefer) are a small percentage of 324 million people. 0.000165123457% to be exact. That’s small. When that small of a percentage rules over so many people, they better be big people. We can’t afford to have, small, petty, bickering nitwits in Congress. We can’t afford to have selfish bastards only interested in advancing their own agenda.

But we do. Whether its John McCain and Chuckie Schumer in the Senate, or Maxine Waters and Paul Ryan in the House, America is left with roughly 500 bastards incapable of putting America first. Grow up. Its not about you. Its about 324,000,000 people. Try to picture that mass of people? Its a huge responsibility. And with Congress’s favorability ratings somewhere between ISIS and sharks, its clear they aren’t getting the job done.

The words necessary to capture the importance of this completely elude me. But the need for this cooperation is so great that the idea that an entire institution could be so obtuse staggers the imagination. Get moving. Neither side is going to get all they want, but we can get some.

Jim Roach

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An indictment of the ABA

“Indeed, the ABA [American Bar Association] is truly a creature of these post-modern times. Its governing members view the political sphere and judicial sphere as one in the same, and worship raw power as the ultimate and only currency in social transactions. The modern ABA thus has embraced an ideology that views the rule of law as a mere extension of politics, and in a self-fulfilling confirmation of that view, conflates law and politics with unashamedly liberal policy prescriptions.”

— Ray Gifford
(attorney with law firm of Baker & Hostetler in Denver, Co)
Source: The ABA Strait-jacket, THE DEFENDER, October/November 1995.

[And since judges come from the ranks of lawyers, this is how we end up with an imperial judiciary. 9 Black Robes ruling 300 million people. – Jim Roach]

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Robot Marching Band


Jackson State Marching Band – Is that a pretty blue or what?

One of the biggest fears of the Establishment is that labor prices will go up if the spigot is turned down the least little bit by President Trump’s threat to reduce supply. Like real wages going up for the first time in 40 years is the biggest threat known to mankind! I wish the pundits who espouse that notion on TV would be paid what they were 40 years ago, then we’ll talk. They seem to want a permanent underclass of low-wage workers whether it be people from Mexico, the Middle East or Africa.

The new threat to labor is robots. Whenever increases to the minimum wage are passed like they did in Iowa (and the State Legislature promptly took that power away from counties), businesses like McDonalds immediately threaten to bring in automated kiosks. Robotic hamburger flippers. Advocates always see labor costs as the only cost of business, “Do you want a $15 dollar hamburger??”

But here’s the point, rather than the expenditure for the high price of a marching band (uniforms, instruments, the director, flying them here, flying them there), why not just play prerecorded music? Think of the savings! God knows the music would be better. A hologram projector could make us think humans were marching about the field. Its a win-win!

The trouble is, there is a certain sense of humanity that actual people bring to the game. An indescribable goodness and artistry. Why do they have a greeter at Wal-Mart? They could stick a robot at the door to say, “Welcome- to Walmart-how -may -I -help-you?” The robot would be cheaper and no sick calls, no irritating mannerisms. The robot would never miss the signs of a shoplifter.

Hell, why not replace Congress with robots? That’s a no-brainer!

Jim Roach

 

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Here’s an idea, do what works

It’s really irritating when the solution to a nation’s problem is as plain as the nose on their face, and instead of doing that, it is demanded of the American taxpayer to pony up and fund stupidity! North Korea is a basket case, South Korea is not. Haiti is a basket case, the Dominican Republic is not. In both cases these 4 nations share the same people, geography, climate and natural resources. The first is isolated as a peninsula, the latter as an island.

The GDP of North Korea is $28 billion. The GDP of South Korea is $1.38 trillion. The GDP of Haiti is a pathetic $8.77 billion. The GDP of the Dominican Republic is $68.10 billion. Does anyone not notice a trend here? The wealth of a nation does not fare well under a despotic dictatorship. The answer to these nations problems is: Don’t do that! Free markets and freedom go together. See how that works? Our way works, your way doesn’t. Stop putting your hand out, and start building yourself up.

These two cases blow out of the water any of that liberal/sociological mumbo jumbo. There are no excuses. You change! Its not America, we’re not the problem, you are! The differences aren’t minuscule, they’re stark! And its damn well time Congress stop playing this foreign aid game with our money. Its not the America taxpayers job to run around putting its finger in the dyke of every God forsaken basket case country in the world. Not to mention taking in all the refugees from their self-created problems.

Jim Roach

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The last vote

It occurred to me the other day that for people who think like I do, we have 1 vote left and that would be for Donald J. Trump in 2020. That of course is making one big assumption, that being he isn’t impeached before then. Barring that, I don’t see any other option. Democrats and Republicans have proven their pointlessness. The Constitution Party is pretty much defunct I think. Up until recently I was able to pretend I didn’t notice the fatal flaw in the Libertarian plank, open borders. I can’t anymore.

Libertarians have always had the idea that in a “free world” the right to travel is unequivocal. Okay…. maybe after utopia in all other areas had been reached, but until then you have just a few problems. One being you don’t jump to the endgame until all other parameters have been met. First off is the social welfare state we have. 60 % of immigrants immediately get on the welfare roles. You can’t bill me for the world’s problems! Not to mention all the homegrown welfare we have, corporate and individual. But that’s what you’re doing now, and you think it would get better with true open borders??

#2: Terrorists. If the North Korean nutcase wouldn’t be sending in agents with suitcase sized nukes, it would be anyone of the 1.4 billion nutcases fostering Islamic Jihad. It is beyond belief that anyone would advocate open borders anywhere outside of heaven. Absolute lunacy. A stance of nonviolence like the Amish sounds real great as long as you have someone around to protect you.

That leaves a completely barren electoral landscape. Trump’s the only honest broker out there and I don’t see anyone coming after him.

Jim Roach

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“I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them…”

“I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election… It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States!”

— George W. Malone
(1890-1961) U.S. Senator (Nevada)  1957

[Stay asleep American voter. He said this exactly 60 years ago. Do you suppose its better? Or worse? Better? Or worse? – Jim Roach]

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