Fifty years ago on the National Mall, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told a diverse audience that he had a dream of a nation where people “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” On the Aug. 28 anniversary of that iconic address, an audience marked by its lack of ideological diversity heard a succession of speakers bemoan the lack of economic process attained by blacks — this despite all the “advantages” that feel-good liberal government could dole out.
In 1963, King thundered about the injustice that “the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” Today, that island of poverty is the Democrats’ poverty plantation. Government handouts and a cynically played party loyalty system have yielded nothing more than slavery for many. They just don’t see it.
In the age of Obama, all things are political. While Republicans such as House leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor reportedly declined invitations to the ceremony, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the nation’s sole black senator, was snubbed. King was not a politician, but his legacy has become a political football. “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom,” he once reminded his listeners, “by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” Yet bitterness and hatred seem to be all the leaders of today’s civil rights industry have to offer. Sadly, theirs is nothing more than a bald-faced betrayal of Dr. King’s dream.
“But the safety of the people of America against dangers from foreign force depends not only on their forbearing to give just causes of war to other nations, but also on their placing and continuing themselves in such a situation as not to invite hostility or insult; for it need not be observed that there are pretended as well as just causes of war.”
–John Jay, Federalist No. 4, 1787
As noble as it sounds to punish Syria for the use of chemical weapons, is it just cause?
Economist Thomas Sowell: “Like other truly talented phonies, Barack Obama concentrates his skills on the effect of his words on other people — most of whom do not have the time to become knowledgeable about the things he is talking about. Whether what he says bears any relationship to the facts is politically irrelevant. A talented con man, or a slick politician, does not waste his time trying to convince knowledgeable skeptics. His job is to keep the true believers believing. He is not going to convince the others anyway.”Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
For four and a half abominably long years, we have recounted Barack Obama’s lawlessness. He makes his own laws and ignores others, consistently showing an intractable contempt for Rule of Law. In a rebuke to the president, however, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals last week issued a writ of mandamus, an unusual direct judicial order for the government to satisfy its legal obligation.
The matter at hand is Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility. Long story short, candidate Obama promised to close the facility, and after he was elected his Energy Department attempted to revoke the Yucca Mountain license application. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ruled unanimously that he couldn’t do that — so Obama stacked the NRC with appointees who shared his opposition to Yucca. The NRC then refused to conduct a review of the facility for licensing, despite a 1983 law requiring the review and Congress appropriating money for said review.
Writing for the DC Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said that “the Commission is simply flouting the law.” Hence the writ of mandamus. Not only that, wrote Kavanaugh, but the case “raises significant questions about the scope of the Executive’s authority to disregard federal statutes.” While a president may choose not to enforce laws on constitutional grounds, Kavanaugh added that “the president and federal agencies may not ignore statutory mandates or prohibitions merely because of policy disagreement with Congress.”
Obama enacted DREAM immigration policy without Congress, he delayed major aspects of his own health care law without Congress, he declared Congress in recess so as to appoint people to the National Labor Relations Board — and that’s not to mention his other “phony scandals.” We’re glad to see that, at least in this case, the Founders’ system of constitutional checks and balances is still active.
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