An ideologue activist court or a Constitutional originalist court?

“The biggest myth about judges is that they’re somehow imbued with greater insight, wisdom, and vision than the rest of us; that for some reason God Almighty has endowed them with superior judgement about justice and fairness. But the truth is that judges are men and women with human imperfections and frailties. Some have been brilliant, principled, and moral. Others have been mentally impaired, venal, and even racist.” Mark R. Levin, Men In Black

Mark R. Levin’s Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America is a go to book for anyone wanting to learn about the Supreme Court but more specifically about Supreme Court Justices and how some historical decisions, as Levin puts it, are destroying America. Levin superbly supports his thesis with facts, temperament and decision-making processes of the various Justices, and decisions that wreak of social/political activism rather than constitutionalism. Armed with this understanding of the Court’s history, it’s easy to understand why certain of our country’s political and activist factions adamantly oppose having a Constitutional originalist seated on the Supreme Court. Instead, the prefer activist judges pulling decisions from ideology rather than the original text and intent of the Constitution.

There is a theme running through some of these courts that undermines the Constitution and block by block disassembles the Republic. Justice Thurgood Marshall explained it by sharing that he did not believe “that the meaning of the Constitution was forever “fixed” at the Philadelphia convention” implying that original text and intent are not firm and using bases that agrees with his worldview the Constitution can mean whatever he or the court deems it to mean. Justice Ginsburg explained her views on the topic by stating that sometimes “boldly dynamic interpretation departing radically from the original understanding” of the Constitution is sometimes necessary. Necessary why? So laws the founders never intended can materialize in the court’s chambers? Others, Kennedy, O’Conner, and Stevens believe when making decisions we must also consider international law so as to align ourselves globally. The purview of the Supreme Court does not include rewriting the Constitution from the bench or making America more palpable to the global community.

By now, you’ve certainly seen the video of the woman pounding on and clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court. It’s frightening to witness such conduct. In any context, is this normal behavior? We do not tolerate this from our toddlers. People who act this hysterically are dangerous to themselves and our country. Put ANTIFA masks over their faces and they would cheerfully and brutally march you off to the ovens. It’s serious mental derangement inspired and encouraged by a major political party. This, from the people who want to call the rest of us NAZIs among other things. The same people who will stoop to any level to disqualify a judge.

Hugo Black built the one wall Progressives love.

In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) appointed Hugo Black a former Klu Klux Klansman to the court. Justice Black built the mythical wall that progressives love. The establishment clause is quite clear declaring the government, “can make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting free exercise thereof.” The original intent protects the people from federal government establishment of a state religion such as the Church of England. Justice Black when writing the court decision for Everson v Board of Education, relied on the metaphorical statement, “wall of separation between Church & State” found in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist community. He then stated that the establishment clause, whose original intent was to restrict activities of the federal government regarding establishing a religion, also applied to state and local governments. Since 1947, the mythical “wall of separation” is the bludgeon used by Progressives to prohibit the free exercise of religion. It’s the wall that’s destroying our country’s Christian based culture rather than protecting it from government established religion as originally intended. In Justice Ginsburg’s words it was a “boldly dynamic interpretation departing radically from the original understanding”. Our country would be better off if we adopted the view of Justice William Rehnquist: “the “wall of separation between church and State” is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.”

In 1962, another Justice Black behind the wall ruling (Engel v. Vitale) held that school sponsored non-denominational prayer violated the establishment clause of the first amendment. There have been countless court orders prohibiting prayer at school graduations and sporting events most championed by the organization whose name implies it stands for civil liberties.

It is possible to resist. In his book, Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christians, David Limbaugh recounts a story from my hometown. A federal judge outlawed a student-led prayer at the St. Albans High School graduation. He also awarded legal fees to the 18-year-old atheist who brought the suit. The judge decided the student-led prayer would likely cause irreparable harm to the atheist. During a moment of silence, more than 100 students stood, bowed their heads, and recited the Lord’s prayer. Irreparable harm? The atheist student did not attend the graduation ceremony.

In 1973, Justice Harry Blackmun found a “zone of privacy” in the Constitution which according to him included the right to abortion.

“Blackmun felt that the right to privacy, where ever it comes from, includes the right to abortion. Do not look any further for legal argument amidst the voluminous opinion, because it does not exist. Perhaps the excessive historical analysis was included to compensate for the lack of legal analysis.” Mark R. Levin, Men In Black

Following Justice Blackmun’s decision, nearly 58 million unborn children have lost their right to life.

Every right and the freedom we cherish is at risk with anything less than a court of Constitutional originalists. Mark R. Levin sums it up quite well:

“Activist judges have taken over school systems, prisons, private-sector hiring and firing practices, and farm quotas; they have ordered local governments to raise property taxes and states to grant benefits to illegal immigrants; they have expelled God, prayer and the Ten Commandments from the public square; they’ve endorsed severe limits on political speech; and they’ve protected virtual child pornography, racial discrimination in law school admissions, flag burning, the seizure of private property without just compensation, and partial-birth abortion. They’ve announced that morality alone is an insufficient bases for legislation. Courts now second-guess the commander in chief in time of war and confer due process rights to foreign enemy combatants. They intervene in the electoral process.”

Forget liberal or conservative labels. The difference between a judge and an ideologue is that a judge can put aside ideology, whether liberal or conservative, and arrive at decisions based on the historically supported original intent of the Constitution. We’ve witnessed the lengths some are willing to go to prevent such judges from being seated.

If saving the Republic from the ongoing “fundamental transformation” is important to you then there exists a no more vital reason to vote.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

 

The light shines brightly on the USA

I am listening to Beethoven with background nature sounds. Odd you might think for a 60’s Rock and Roll guy. I like country and bluegrass too, although not so much the nasally new country. Yeah, I know. Who cares?

I am tiring of the deafening human racket. That happens and then I need a serious brain break. First, I pressure washed the house. Dang near took the siding off. After that, I repainted my storage building. Barn red is one of my favorite colors. I finally ran out of stuff to do that could take my mind off our country’s plight. I came in through the laundry room. There I left a pile of soiled and paint stained clothing. I showered, sat down in the kitchen, made a cup of coffee and reached for the TV remote. Suzie-Q gave me the look and said rather firmly, “No more! Go to your room and do something!” As usual she was right, so I headed for the bunker. To spite a strong urge to open the web browser, I pulled up the play list I titled “Thinking Sounds” that includes everything from Beethoven to some light instrumental blues to smooth jazz. So here I sit.

From my aching head, I needed to remove mentally created images of Washington crumbling, our broken culture and our broken people. People hopelessly lost in a nightmare existing only in their minds. Their fears magnified by unethical people willing to rerun them through torturous memories just to score a perverse political victory. A victory where everyone loses. Our country loses. Our Constitutional Republic loses. The people lose. A victory without winners. It’s fitting I guess.

Do you pray? Do you believe in the power of prayer? I certainly do and for deeply personal reasons. Sometimes I just need to talk it out and who better with than my maker. I pray for our country. I pray for our political leaders. Yes, even the ones I detest. I ask God to grant them enough wisdom and clarity to understand the ramifications of their actions. Help them understand that their existence is as brief as the morning mist, but people endure results of their actions, good or evil, for generations. The country they build or tear down is the inheritance they leave their children and grandchildren. Help them to see beyond the end of their noses and the next election.

I have prayed God would shine his light over this country that claims to trust in Him. Evil cannot exist in the light. I prayed that all Americans clearly see the depth of corruption existing in our country many decades. That they would clearly see the lengths people are willing to go to destroy someone who does not share their views. I prayed that He would stand up a leader to boldly battle. I believe my prayers are being answered.

Fur Elise with songbirds singing background.

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

In a few hours, the United States Senate will vote to confirm or not a man to a seat on the Supreme Court. A man whose life and family were virtually destroyed on an allegation to which there is no supporting evidence and not a single corroborating witness. One of the primary building blocks of our foundation, the presumption of innocence, is being obliterated. Spare me the “it’s a job interview” BS. The presumption of innocence is the bedrock of a free nation. What’s happening in our country right now is what might happen in Putin’s Russia. Just an allegation and you are off to Siberia.

The light was shining brightly as Americans watched the entire show.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

When wrestling with pigs, everybody gets muddied

I’m puzzled. In this instance, I don’t care about your political or ideological persuasion, your race, your gender, your sexual orientation or even if you are confused about which of those you are. If you are an American or if you call yourself one, I don’t know how you can be okay with what is happening in our country.

There is no longer presumption of innocence. Allegations are made that cannot be supported or proven with any evidence or witnesses yet the person to whom the complaint is against must prove they’re not guilty. Politicians, media and totalitarians insist a person must prove they didn’t do what is not proven that they did. Not even by a single witness or a shred of evidence. You cannot prove a negative. Sadly, that only applies if you are a Christian minded conservative. If you are the co-chair of the Democratic National Committee with a history of beating your girlfriends or a Congressman whose sexual assault allegation was silenced with a healthy sum of taxpayer dollars that’s OK. If every allegation must be accepted as the gospel truth, then you must apply that standard to everyone – especially to Democrat idols the likes of Bill Clinton. Otherwise, you are the total hypocrites you convict everyone else of being. To quote the extraordinarily fair-minded Democrat Congress woman Mazie Hirono shut up and stand up. All of this hullabaloo has nothing to do with Kavanaugh’s qualifications. It only has to do with the fear of losing the manufactured right to kill unborn children on demand. Something that seems at the center of left-wing existence.

It is shocking how similar our nation’s left wing is with the ancient religion of Baal. Followers of Baal sacrificed babies. While the babies burned they participated in sex orgies. That was how they worshiped their false god of fertility. Today’s left has built a sex centered culture with Hollywood the largest purveyor. Have sex, sacrifice the baby, repeat. There’s no difference except that abortion is more clinical and enlightened than a bonfire and now they can profit from the baby’s body parts. It truly is nauseating to put it into that context, but it is what it is. Wrap it up as you please, but the left has become its own religion remarkably similar to one that’s been around since the beginning of time.

I’ve said it a dozen times. The progressive/Communist/totalitarians will not go quietly. They’ve had quite a run of acquiring everything on their social engineering shopping list. They are engaged in all-out war to fundamentally transform America while country club Republicans in Washington believe a dignified and intellectual response is the way to fight back. Their ultimate aim requires a like-minded left-wing activist Supreme Court. The progressives pushing the destruction of Judge Brett Kavanaugh are devoid of integrity, honor, morals, principles and most certainly lacking in support for the rule of law, the Constitution and the bill of rights. It is guttural politics’ finest hour. It is put up or shut up time for the accusers and their media and political cheer leaders.

If you are hatred driven, you may think what is happening is okay. It is a means to your desired end. You know that decent people will not stoop to your level of incivility. You know the complicit media will fly with any narrative you throw out. They too do not need facts or proof as long as they can bring harm to the duly elected President.

If you are so naïve as to believe that the attack on Judge Kavanaugh is just about him, you’ll be truly shocked one day when your freedom disappears. You’ll be even more shocked when you show up on the street in your pussy hats and black masks only to learn that the true oppressors and fascists are the people who coaxed you into the street in the first place. You’ll be totally astounded when they open fire on you. Then who will you blame? Start with the person in the mirror.

For the Republicans, I’m reminded of an old Army expression that says arguing with the Sergeant Major is like wrestling with a pig. Everybody gets muddy, but the pig loves it. Sometimes, to have any chance to win the scrap, you must get in the mud and do a little eye-gouging too. This is a war. It will never be over. At least not before Armageddon.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J.D. Pendry’s American Journal

Gotham players present another American tragedy

For 20 years, a Chinese spy was driving Miss Feinstein. He also represented her at Chinese Consulate functions. This happened while she was chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. She also lobbied for China and helped the Chinese get favored trade status. Her husband benefitted financially from sweet Chinese business deals. Like most Congressional lifers, she’s as corrupt as the day is long.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Ties To China Go Way Deeper Than An Alleged Office Spy

If you look up Washington Establishment, her picture is probably there. These people are famous for getting wealthy off the backs of Americans. They or their families are world champion inside traders buying or selling stock based on knowledge of big government contracts or law changes that benefit certain corporations. Then like Feinstein they end up with net worth and mansions worth many millions. Like the remainder of the super wealthy they push big government and socialist ideals. They push programs like single payer healthcare knowing full well the wealthy will always have access to good private healthcare. They hate the idea of new trade deals. With those, they lose out on sweetheart deals for the family.

The Washington establishment if full of tired, old, and crooked politicians. I don’t care whether they are jack asses or pachyderms, they all sip drinks together when the cameras are off. It’s a bad soap opera. Just when something good is about to happen, they’ll figure out how to crap on it. They send young people off to war and then figure out how to keep them there forever. Don’t ever believe that it’s only Clinton and Biden who think we are deplorable and the society’s dregs. Those two were just arrogant and stupid enough to say it in public. If any of us committed even a partial of what Clinton has, as they say around here, they’d jack the jailhouse up and throw us under it. Joe Handsy Biden? There are enough photos on the Internet of him fondling women and children to have him locked up and they get their drawers in a twist over something that may or may not have happened between two teenagers 36 years ago. Makes you want to go wash. From Chuck Schumer to Mitch McConnel to Nancy Pelosi to Mad Maxine Waters to Paul Ryan they’re all cartoon characters straight out of Gotham. I don’t know what bothers me more. That these people are actually in positions of power in our country or that we as a collective people are stupid enough to keep sending them back there.

I know, I know. You hate Trump. He beat Hillary, said some nasty things about women and had consensual dalliances with women not his wife. Well, Hillary is a crook and he never paid for those liaisons with 17 million dollars of taxpayer money. As far as I and the special counsel can find, he was never accused of raping anyone. We heard that high unemployment was the new normal, that millions of lost jobs were never coming back, that hitting a 3 percent GDP growth was not going to happen. The stock market is up, your retirement portfolio is up, unemployment is nil, black and Hispanic unemployment are at record lows, taxes are down, but you’d give all of that back just to have Hillary. Please seek counseling for that is proof of mental illness.

Don’t you remember what Handsy Joe Biden and crew tried to do to Justice Clarence Thomas. Following what they and Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy did to Judge Robert Bork, it is the most despicable moment in our nation’s history. Handsy Joe was in charge of the Committee then too. Now the same cabal of Washington lunatics and well-paid criminals are trying to do the same to Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The sad part – there are Americans cheering this soap opera with characters in it the likes of Spartacus Booker. Do you know their fear? That it may someday be up to their state whether they can continue their infanticide and willy nilly kill unborn children.

Lord help us. I have to stop getting up so early in the morning.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal

5 AM mind dump

There’s a big friendly guy at church. He’s always smiling through a somewhat unkempt beard, shaking my hand and asking me how I’m doing. Pretty much the greeting to which no one expects a reply. “Doin’ good, how ‘bout you?” He knows I’m retired from the Army. The Sunday following the week-long celebration of John McCain, he asked me if I watched the televised funeral. The first thought that popped into my mind was, do you mean the preliminaries or the main event? Instead, I just gave him a polite but blunt nope. He got a disheartened look on his face and has hardly spoken to me since. I never shared my opinion of the late Senator with him or for that matter anyone outside a very tight circle. Suzie-Q and me. My opinion likely differs from that of the general public yet my nope was sufficient to get me the cold shoulder. I refuse to sign up for group think. I believe anyone that does is willing to be led in directions they’d rather not have gone once the destination becomes clear. I try hard, and it is hard, to remain an independent thinker in a world where that’s inclined to piss everyone off.

I suppose I could find a mountain top and live out my days in blissful ignorance chatting with the squirrels. I reckon that wouldn’t make me any nuttier than the rest of the world. In today’s America people who you believed to be genuine will turn away from you quicker than you can bat an eye simply because you do not sign up for the general narrative. The group think narrative they’ve bought into. The emotion driven fact less narrative. It is just not a friendly atmosphere. I believe we are destined to be at one another’s throats meaninglessly wasting the brief time we have in this world to actually accomplish some good. We’ve largely abandoned any moral authority. Abandoned the truth. And sent all of that to lead us from Babylon on the Potomac.

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” Mark Twain

Just because the world deems it okay, doesn’t make it okay with me. And you can begin your list here. Without getting down to the nitty gritty, some things cross the line. They may be acceptable under the law making it acceptable to most people. Just because man’s law says it’s okay, doesn’t make it okay with me. Your hero may be my villain.

It’s neither comfortable nor healthy internalizing one’s thoughts. The nod and smile are rather disingenuous agreement even when the purpose is to maintain civility. People do not seem too interested in what you truly think or how you arrived at where you are. They ask what you think, but really don’t want a truthful response. Remember that time your wife asked if the dress made her butt look big? It’s sort of like that. What they are looking for is some sort of reassurance that I’m typically not equipped to provide. I’m an introvert. Always have been. It’s why I have these self-chats. I reckon that’s okay because I am married to an extrovert extraordinaire. Opposites attract. She provides the smiles, greetings and hugs. I provide the scowls. It works out well for us. I often remind Suzie-Q that if not for her no one would ever approach or speak to me. I have not been able to lose that get away from me look that forever affixed itself to my face back in the 80’s. When I was an Army Drill Sergeant. Still, being an introvert means I’m conditioned to make sure my brain is in gear before I put my mouth into operation. So, when I look at you and tell you I think your idea is as ate up as a soup sandwich I’ve given it some thought. At least a very brief thought bounced off a lifetime of experience.

Time for more coffee and little self-reflection. Try it. You may figure out the world you believe in only exists inside your head and that people in general are not as they appear.

“This nation is like all the others that have been spewed upon the earth – ready to shout for any cause that will tickle its vanity or fill its pocket. What a hell of a heaven it will be when they get all of these hypocrites assembled there.” Mark Twain.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry

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