This spells things out pretty clearly:
Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly declares that the people of this State have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent State, and shall exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right pertaining thereto, which is not expressly delegated by them to the United States of America in the congress assembled …
The body of the resolution is here.
So the question is: What’s next?
As Joe Biden told ABC News, “Opportunity presents itself in the middle of a crisis.” And the Obama Administration is clearly using the current crisis to reconstruct the nation, including the imposition of socialized medicine and central control over the entire economy. Will the government continue to provoke in order to justify martial law? As more States assert their sovereignty, at some point DC may well decide to use the situation as an excuse to tighten its grip. Obama could then take care of that Constitution he finds so restricting.
And then Obama’s dream of imitating Lincoln may very well come true.
I managed to watch the glorified pep rally last night that was President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress. Like virtually all of the speeches he’s given as president thus far, it had the typical characteristics of a campaign stump rather than a serious leader presiding over a crisis. He was the man of the hour once again, with Pelosi and other fellow Democrats playing the role of cheerleaders. It would be comical if it weren’t so sad and pathetic.
And what was the gist of Obama’s speech? What does our President have planned to save us all from the evils of market-capitalism? In his typical condescending, paternalistic tone, he gave us his strategy: higher taxes, more regulations, socialized medicine, further centralization of education, nationalizing the auto industry, central planning on energy policy, and consolidating the major banks under Federal protection–all of this with massive spending, of course. Hugo Chavez would be proud. Continue reading
You’ve got to give up something for Lent so as of Ash Wednesday, I am giving up blogging. See you all in 40 days.
In general American Spectator is better than National Review and it is certainly better than the Weekly Standard. Am Spec has some writters who are at least paleo-sympathetic if not paleo and who are not reflex interventionists. Jim Antle and Robert Stacy McCain have both written for TakiMag.
So I was a bit disappointed to see this article on immigration repeating the demonstrably untrue conventional wisdom that a hard-line on immigration costs the GOP votes. But the discussion thread has been very spirited.
As I explain in the thread, too many conservatives are still PC whipped. That is why so many try to innoculate themselves from charges of racism or nativism by emphasizing their opposition to illegal immigration. But illegal and legal immigration are both the problem. The current rate of immigration, both legal and illegal, is unprecedented in American history despite what nation of immigrants mythology would have you believe.
Conservatives need to quit fretting about being called bad names by the PC police. They are NEVER going to win the praise of that crowd so they should quit trying.
Patrick J. Buchanan’s latest piece is so on target that I am quoting it in its entirety:
Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America . Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation.White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to. This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these: Continue reading
Amnesty International is calling on the UN for an embargo on arms sales to both Israeli and Palestinian groups following the Gaza Conflict which killed around 1,300 Gazans and 13 Israelis in a mere 22 days of fighting.
Amnesty International came across many white phosphorus 155mm artillery carrier shells throughout Gaza with markings M825 A1 – a US-made munition.
I thought he was a shoo-in for Best Actor. He deserved it. But Sean Penn for Milk? Was this a case of Academy snobbery and/or leftism? Giving the Oscar to someone sympathetically portraying a homosexual?
President Obama wisely nixed this disgusting proposal.
Pat Buchanan’s has a good article up on Obama’s military solution of a non-military solution in Afghanistan. Also check out this brilliant essay by Buchanan breaking down the War Between the States.
Richard Perele wants you to believe in the Tooth Fairy, Leprechauns, and that neconservatives don’t exist and they’re not to blame for Iraq.
Nearby Minnesota has joined the campaign for state soverignty. The bill was introduced by an Iron Range DFLer and House Majority leader Marty Sertich so it may actualy have a chance for passage. Website like the Daily Paul and Campaign for Liberty have updates on the sovereignty movement if you want to keep track.
Justin Raimondo writes about Joan Walsh Syndrome on the Left and asks for your help in Antiwar.com’s recent fundraising drive.
And while Lindsay Graham thinks our nation is sliding towards socialism, he’ll give us a good push towards North Korea by nationalizing banks.
One of the new avenues of activism that’s been an offshoot of the Ron Paul campaign and the new Campaign for Liberty has been the state sovereignty movement.
Here’s an email I got on the progress on a new state soverignty law passed by the Oklahoma legislature:
Our new Attorney General, Eric Holder, says that America is a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race relations. The race-baiting cabinet official made his remarks yesterday in honor of Black History Month. Apparently being the first black attorney general serving under the first black president isn’t indicative of progress according to Holder. Listening to him, you’d think that Jim Crow had just ended with Obama’s election. Continue reading
The Washington Post had an insightful article on Sunday: The war in Iraq isn’t over. The main events may not even have happened yet.
Almost every American official I interviewed in Iraq over the past three years agreed. “This is not a campaign that can be won in one or two years,” said Col. Peter Mansoor, who was Gen. David H. Petraeus’s executive officer during much of the latter’s tour in Iraq. “The United States has got to be willing to underwrite this effort for many, many years to come. I can’t put it in any brighter colors than that.”
Many of those closest to the situation in Iraq expect a full-blown civil war to break out there in the coming years. “I don’t think the Iraqi civil war has been fought yet,” one colonel told me. Others were concerned that Iraq was drifting toward a military takeover. Counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen worried that the classic conditions for a military coup were developing — a venal political elite divorced from the population lives inside the Green Zone, while the Iraqi military outside the zone’s walls grows both more capable and closer to the people, working with them and trying to address their concerns.
After telling America how “urgent” it was that this “stimulus package” be passed, President Obama waited a whole four days before signing it. Once again, the American people have been bamboozled by this notion that a “stimulus” was necessary to save us from economic doom. Just like when the USA PATRIOT Act was passed in 2001 right after the 9-11 attacks–another time of panic–no member of Congress was able (or allowed) to read that legislation either. Beware of anything passed during a “time of national distress.” That’s how tyranny wins at the expense of liberty. Continue reading
I just received an email saying that Preserving Western Civilization‘s first conference last week was a success. (I was not in attendance.) Speakers included Peter Brimelow, Roger D. McGrath, Srdja Trifkovic, and Brenda Walker.
Kirsten Gillibrand, the former upstate NY Congresswoman who’s replacing Hillary Clinton in the Senate, was unique in one respect for a NY Democrat: she had a long record of opposing amnesty. (AFBI gave her a career grade of B.) But now that she is a senator, she has “learned” a new approach:
As an upstate congresswoman, Kirsten Gillibrand opposed a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally. She also supported financial penalties for so-called sanctuary cities like New York, which don’t enforce immigration laws and even favored federal legislation to deputize local police officers to enforce immigration laws. A little more than a week into her new job as senator, she’s abandoning those positions in an interview with our sister station, NY1 Noticias, and is staking out new ones. When asked if she will commit to asking President Obama to stop deportations immediately, Gillibrand said, “Yes. I think it’s the wrong approach and based on all the information I’ve now learned, I believe that to be the case.”
Two recent posts suggest that evolutionary theory supports, not undermines, conservative thought.
Daniel Larison’s article on moden-day Lincolnism that appeared in its Chronicles’ February is outstanding. Given all the discussion about “Is conservatism dead?” (Is God dead? Is the theater dead? Is post-exestentialism dead? Do you see how trite this gets?), Larison really cut to the heart of what is the ruling ideology of the U.S. (regardless of president and party) and the world really and what must oppose it. That opposition in the U.S. one can trace a linear from Stephen Douglas to Grover Cleveland to Robert LaFollette to Charles Lindbergh Sr. to Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater and so forth.
If what is dead is “movement conservatism,” so be it. Conservatism was never intended to be a “movement”, it’s supposed to be a state of mind and yet thanks to a bunch of leftists (who cares if they are ex or not they still retained the same mindset) from Willi Schlamm on down to Irving Kristol, an ideology was created no different than the ideologies spewed forth from the Englightenment. As Austin Bramwell pointed out, this ideology, like all ideologies, soon quickly degenerated into a totalitarian mindset that tolerates no dissent and attacks its enemies in the shrillest and most shameless forms possible. What we here at CHT and others who write in blogs and publications throughout the country and the world represent is a group of writers, intellectuals and just plain ordinary people who are fed up with being told from isolated so-called “leaders” on high what to say, how to say it and which leader we must support and or listen to in order to be considered a part of the “movement.”
On the other hand, if conservatism can become a broad critique of the dictatorial rule of the monied interest and the multicultural interest and its rule over Washington and the Western World and can be broadened into a coalittion with likeminded libertarians and liberals also willing to break free of establishment rule, then you’ll have something alive and kicking.
Read this good article from Kevin DeAnna at Takimag.com on the meltodwn in Iceland and why the Left will benefit more so than the right and for this reason, something conservatives must ponder seriously:
“However, the center-right in Iceland, as the Communists in China, defined the core of their legitimacy as ensuring economic growth. Once this was lost, they have nothing else to offer.…. Is there a right wing alternative to capitalism? If not, is there a way to build a movement behind real capitalism as enduring as that behind the fighting spirit of the Left? These are the questions that need to confronted by those of us on the Right today, if we are to build a fighting faith that resist the End of History represented by social democracy. Iceland holds a warning, but no answers.”
Here’s Chuck Baldwin’s latest: “President and Congress Grovel Before Fed”
Pat Buchanan’s latest “Buy American or Bye-Bye America.”
I like Austin Bramwell’s defining the two faces of libertarianism in this Takimag.com. article. I would include Virginia Postrel in the comic category with her book The Future and its Enemies. Oh, she is a hoot.
In another good Takimag article, Justin Raimondo writes about the old California.
Showing both the harmful effects of the so-called “War on Drugs” and why prisons should not be privatized and reason No. 1,123,456 why our justice asystem is beyond scrwed up is this horrible case in Pennsylvania where judges were bribed by private prison companies to incarcerte non-violent offenders. Got to fill those cells!