Links for 7-4-2015

  • Andrew McCarthy approves of Ted Cruz’s proposed constitutional amendment to hold judicial retention elections for Supreme Court justices. George Will holds the opposite opinion, and claims Cruz is turning the Supreme Court into a third political branch. McCarthy explains reality to Will:

    Cruz is not “turning the court into a third political branch.” Will has mistaken the coroner for the surgeon. The Court already is a third political branch. Cruz is trying to rein it in the only way a political branch gets reined in: by requiring political accountability.

  • A new Rasmussen poll suggests more people want state governments to confront the federal government and fight back against the latter’s unconstitutional overreach. Michael Patrick Leahy writes that electing conservatives and libertarians to Congress hasn’t changed the federal government’s direction, so the Rasmussen poll makes sense:

    One hundred and fifty years after the end of the Civil War, it is becoming increasingly clear that there are two Americas—one where the principles of constitutionally limited government and individual liberty are still revered, the other where statism and the trampling of individual rights are on the rise.

    The Tea Party movement arose in 2009 to restore those principles of constitutionally-limited government. But despite electoral victories that placed Republicans in control of the House of Representatives in 2010, and the Senate in 2014, it is undeniable that the Republican establishment those elections empowered is instead aligned with the forces of statism.

  • Angelo Codevilla reminds us that you can’t stand up to the Ruling Class by being silent:

    Typically, however, people who live under unaccountable power follow fashion publicly and keep to family and friends such opinions as can get them in trouble. Crouching protectively, they secede from the regime individually. Thus lacking confidence in the future, they hollow out the country. America used to be an exception. No more. The official opposition in the Obama era — the Republican party’s leadership — now leads ordinary citizens in self-censorship, further convincing us that our dissent is lonely and futile. But to approve of officious lies, thereby tacitly normalizing unaccountable power, is to become worthy of it. As the great Solzhenitsyn reminds us, the sine qua non of liberty is refusal to live by lies.

    Later:

    The practical problem in America has been that when the ruling class trains its united wrath against persons in any one sector — e.g., supporters of marriage as the dictionary and the law have defined it, or those who support economic probity or the right to keep and bear arms — the general public quietly stands by. No longer accustomed to speaking together, Americans hang separately. For the members of the public to transcend their isolation enough to threaten the ruling class’s hold on the commanding heights of American society would require a nationwide movement with which disparate individuals could identify, and which could encourage them to join together and speak up.

    Codevilla concludes with this:

    In our time, if a candidate were to challenge his opponents to bare-knuckle, Lincoln–Douglas sessions, his example might lead fellow citizens to reject the combination of poisonous sloganeering and of dominance, submissiveness, and corruption that now passes for politics. Retaking control of our lives requires us to reason with one another and to decide for ourselves what is good and bad, better and worse, true and false. This is how it was when we were free.

  • Hillary Clinton appeared at a Fourth of July parade in New Hampshire, and her advance team created a moving rope line for the press – they literally wrangled the media:

  • The next Wisconsin state budget passed out of committee containing provisions that gut the state’s open records laws: “The proposal blocks the public from reviewing nearly all records created by lawmakers, state and local officials or their aides, including electronic communications and the drafting files of legislation.” Not surprisingly, there’s no record of who added the provisions to the budget bill, and state lawmakers are playing dumb.

  • “America the Beautiful” performed by the Hillsdale College Choir: