Links for 1-21-2016

  • New York voting records show that Donald Trump has never voted in a Republican presidential primary election. Trump did, however, contribute more than $60,000 to a super PAC that worked to re-elect Mitch McConnell to the U.S. Senate in 2014. McConnell was facing a primary opponent who campaigned to his right, Matt Bevin (who is now Kentucky’s governor).

  • The new issue of National Review features essays from conservatives arguing that fellow conservatives should not support Donald Trump.

  • Mario Loyola writes that we’re on the road to serfdom, thanks to a federal government that’s by and for special interests:

    So why would a majority of the people lose faith in a system of government that elevates the tyranny of the majority above all else? Because once the protections that the Constitution affords passive citizens are lost, the tyranny of the majority systematically elevates politically organized special interests above the public interest. Nowadays, federal law abounds with examples where special interests extract egregious benefits at the expense of common Americans, without Americans’ ever knowing it. It’s poverty by a thousand little frauds. As Milton Friedman once put it, “Each of us…has more concern with our role as a producer of one product than we have as a consumer of 1,001 products.”

    Hence the powerful practical significance of the argument Michael Greve makes in The Upside-Down Constitution: The progressive transformation that began with the New Deal has left us with a constitutional order that no free people would or could chose in a moment of real constitutional choice. No people would very consciously choose a system of government that empowers political elites and special interests to systematically extract rents and other benefits from society as a whole.

    Later:

    If you’re part of the U.S. government at all, at any level, you do not serve the American people, try as you might. You serve special interests. You hold office according to elections created by the original Constitution, but the authority you wield is not the authority of that original Constitution as envisioned by the Framers. It is the far greater authority of the New Deal Constitution: government of special interests, by special interests, for special interests. As Richard Epstein has written, the purpose of the progressive’s rewriting of the Constitution was to “make the world safe for cartels.” Now it is those cartels we serve, whatever our oaths of office.

  • Joy Pullmann writes on the Project Veritas Common Core videos:

    These Project Veritas videos help illuminate the well-known and long-standing reality of the U.S. education system that its guardians willfully ignored when telling us all about the magical fairy goodness land Common Core would bring American children and industry. It is that centrally planned education cannot fail but impose leftist ideology on American children, thereby helping morph a unique country founded on self-government into a sclerotic, quasi-socialist welfare state like all the others in the world, where inhabitants are slaves to swarms of regulators and their own passions rather than free citizens.

    The third Project Veritas video features a former Pearson executive (she now works for National Geographic) spouting the liberal ideology Pullmann describes:

  • A recently published theory posits that the Earth was due for an ice age by the 1800s, but human-caused global warming prevented it. Some global warming advocates believe this is horrible news – apparently it would have been better for millions of people to die.

  • Breitbart writer and editor Milo Yiannopoulos created the Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant, “a scholarship exclusively available to white men who wish to pursue their post-secondary education on equal footing with their female, queer and ethnic minority classmates.”

  • The Obama administration released two more Club Gitmo residents. One of them went to Bosnia, the other to Montenegro. A third was supposed to be released today but he refused to leave – he didn’t want to be released to a country where he has no relatives.

  • The Taliban claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack in Kabul that killed seven journalists for Tolo News, and warned other media organizations “not to promote immorality and foreign cultures” lest they suffer a similar fate.