Outside the Asylum
Some endeavors are best left to the Federal government, loath though I might be to admit it: the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System and keeping Harry Reid occupied, for example. The problems always seem to start when the Feds take an active interest in the little things, such as what’s going on in your bedroom.
By the time you read this, our redoubtable defenders of freedom in the U.S. Senate will have voted on whether to turn the illegal immigration spigot from “steady stream” to “build an ark.” Though my deadline arrived before the vote, I doubt I’m treading on thin ice by guessing the Senate voted “si.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, struck down the State of Arizona’s voter-ID law. Across the Nation, a hue and cry rose from conservatives. From their perspective, the Supremes had just shredded not only the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, but the sanctity and security of elections to come.
Liberals say “gun control” will cure everything from drug-fueled gang wars to jaywalking. But Newtown, Conn., already had the laws that the anti-Bill of Rights types want to impose on the rest of us. And Newtown is a libertarian paradise compared to Chicago.
Nearly two out of three Americans believe gathering intelligence on potential terrorism is more important than their Constitutionally affirmed freedom. As a Nation, we are more unified about turning over our freedoms than we are about virtually anything else of significance.
When terrorists attack, we turn to our government and beg for shelter like a battered wife begging forgiveness for overcooking the pot roast. We look past the rape of our liberty to the happy home of safety. And we trust a government that has repeatedly proven it’s almost as responsible as a teenage girl with an unsecured credit card.
If you were among those who watched Tuesday morning’s House Ways and Means Committee hearings on the Internal Revenue Service scandal, a tip o’ the cap, doff of the lid and tap of the brim to you. Out of mere coincidence, President Barack Obama chose that same time frame to wander into the Rose Garden and whine about some Federal judicial appointees having a tough time of it.
Late last week, as the controversies created by President Barack Obama and his Administration came dangerously close to spinning out of control, Attorney General Eric Holder stepped before select members of the Fourth Estate in an effort to turn America’s frown upside down. Of course, Holder required the reporters to keep their confab “off the record.”
In the late 1990s, a group of green-eye-shade types put their heads together to come up with a way not only to protect their fellow citizens from Uncle Sam’s shock troops, but to render the shock troops themselves obsolete. The fruit of their considerable economic IQs is the FairTax.
With the scandals President Barack Obama and his henchmen have created polluting the national discourse, it is becoming increasingly apparent that a special prosecutor will be appointed soon. Here’s a thought that ought to keep you awake tonight: What if Obama himself ends up facing the pokey?