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”
Daniel J. Flynn is taking heavy fire over at The American Spectator for his editorial post on the Martin-Zimmerman case, “Two Males, No Men.” Flynn’s thesis is that neither George Zimmerman nor Trayvon Martin exhibited the traits of responsible manhood in their deadly nighttime scuffle. Martin, in his personal life, knew no better than to try to establish himself as masculine through delinquency and street fighting. Zimmerman, for his part, was seeking a masculinity his passive father never modeled, struggling with cage-fighting classes and an aspiration to enter law enforcement. Flynn summarizes it this way (my interjections):
Civilizing men out of existence has come at great cost to civilization. Instead of men, we get feminine imitations lacking beauty. [Zimmerman] We get lost boys compensating by becoming barbarians. [Martin] We get Sanford, Florida, February 26, 2012.
Pace his critics – most of whom are off doing battle with red herrings – Flynn has got something here. That said, what he’s got is incomplete. Continue reading “Two men, no authority”
In his quest to get the debt ceiling raised, President Obama issued a threat in his Wednesday press conference that troops won’t get paid and veterans’ pension payments will be delayed. He warned of delays in Social Security payments as well.
It’s important to understand that these comments constitute a threat (which may or may not be a hollow one). Obama is not stating some inescapable reality, to which he along with the rest of us is subject. If retirees and vets see a delay in their payments, it will be because Obama himself decides to hold the payments up. Moreover, Obama is not caught in a trap when it comes to paying the troops; he can make sure they get paid, if it’s his priority to do so.
The payments to retirees are going to go out unless Obama stops them. The debt ceiling doesn’t prevent those payments from being made. It requires that other types of federal expenditures Continue reading “Obama threatens vets’ pensions, Social Security checks”
Deserving individuals, unite!
I may decide to use some of it for the purposes I assign to government
This is being framed as a deeply silly public argument, because it is being argued on the terms of the left. It’s being argued, in other words, the way kindergartners argue such things. “I deserve…” “You don’t deserve…” “It’s not fair…” “MOM!!!!!!! Billy’s touching me!” “Am not!” “Are too!” Etc, etc.
If any of us doesn’t deserve to keep everything he has earned, then that man is a slave. Alternatively, he is less than human; he has no moral standing, and no unalienable rights inhere in him. He is like a farm animal.
Of course we all deserve to keep our own money. Continue reading “My money: I deserve to keep it all”