Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Yesterday was the birthday for the Bill of Rights

Two hundred and twenty-five years ago this month, Virginia ratified the Bill of Rights, thereby enshrining its 10 Amendments in the Constitution. The official anniversary, 10 days ago, was noted here and there, but it did not get the sort of celebration it deserved: something like the Fourth of July and Mardi Gras and Christmas all rolled into one.
Now if we can keep the asshats of both sides from damaging it further, and roll back some of the damage already done.

Thomas Sowell is retiring.  They collected some of his better sayings:
1. "It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance."  
2. "Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it." 3. "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good."
And a personal favorite,
5. "Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God."

Shoe on other foot, etc.
Progressives cheered Obama when he used his unilateral power of executive orders to fast track a left-wing agenda, circumventing our system of checks and balances, and blamed the other side for “holding back progress” and blocking government from “doing more.”
But now that same power rests in the hands of a man who may use it to persecute them. It's scary. The liberties we trade for security and the powers we grant government are never returned. We, as a people, must be vigilant in ensuring that we are not tricked into trading away our individual liberties for the promise of a benevolent government, because one day that government may turn tyrannical and dictatorial.

Speaking of Democrats abusing power and people,
John Chisholm, his assistants, and the so-called nonpartisan state Government Accountability Board spent years hounding conservatives, spying on them, raiding their homes, stealing their property and threatening to put them in jail if they said anything about the probe, only to be told by multiple courts that their speech dragnet was a clear violation of the First Amendment.

Still, Barca and his fellow Dems continue to see “potential crimes.”

No, the John Doe will never really be over for liberals — or for the people the probe terrorized.

Y'know, if you just started firing the people in charge of this crap at the IRS, and prosecuting those who broke laws, it'd probably clean a lot of this up REAL quick.

"You're all racists!  Even the ones that voted for Obama twice!"


Windy Wilson said...

Re the shoe-on-the-other-foot business. There is a telling exchange in "A Man for All Seasons" between William Roper and Sir Thomas More:

William Roper (Corin Redgrave): So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield): Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

Stupid Leftists; now the Devil (to them) has turned round on them and there's nowhere to hide, having cut down all the laws.

Firehand said...

That may be my favorite part of that movie, and I'd forgotten it. Thanks for the reminder, it's perfect.