Same-sex marriage: Supreme Court cries ‘Havoc!’

Let slip the dogs.

The law, as she is practiced in America.
The law, as she is practiced in America.

It’s been a banner week for the opponents of reason and the rule of law.

It will also turn out to have been a banner week for the opponents of tolerance, which includes most of today’s political left.

The left has never been about tolerance.  It has always been about opposing what other people believe, as the left defines it – which may or may not even be what those other people actually believe.  The left is about opposing things: about setting up definitions that require either affirmation or enmity.

And it’s the tide of the left’s “affirmation or enmity” proposition that will quickly rise around us, now that the Supreme Court has declared that people have a “right” to have their specialized definition of marriage recognized by the state. Continue reading “Same-sex marriage: Supreme Court cries ‘Havoc!’”

The problem with Jeb: He doesn’t care about the rule of law

Autocrat in waiting.

(Image: Reuters, Kevin Lamarque via Daily beast)
(Image: Reuters, Kevin Lamarque via Daily beast)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

DHS funding: It has never been so clear America’s leadership is broken

Rule of lie.

All we are saying.  (Image: Irfan Khan via LAT)
All we are saying. (Image: Irfan Khan via LAT)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Treasury, Lois Lerner planned to change rules for 501(c)(4)s in secret

Untrustworthy.

In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Wednesday, Republican members highlighted a 2012 email from a Treasury Department official that indicated the Obama administration was planning to revise the rules for 501(c)(4) organizations without notifying the public that it was deliberating this move (emphasis added).

The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” Continue reading “Treasury, Lois Lerner planned to change rules for 501(c)(4)s in secret”

Courts on same-sex marriage: Adieu, rule of law

A government of men, not of laws.

Adam Smith famously said there’s a lot of ruin in a nation.  America today is testing just how much there may be.  How long can a center hold, in our expectations and daily interactions, when the protections of our scheme of law are being dismantled before our eyes?

Robert Barnes, writing at the Washington Post, had a good summary yesterday of how Justice Antonin Scalia’s prediction about the majority opinion in U.S. v. Windsor, the DOMA case ruled on in June 2013, is coming true.  The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of state laws that recognize only traditional marriage.  It ruled only on the question of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  And the majority opinion claimed, somewhat coyly, not to settle the same-sex marriage (SSM) issue by ruling on DOMA, but only to reject DOMA.

That coyness aside, Continue reading “Courts on same-sex marriage: Adieu, rule of law”