The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council Has Spoken!  The votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“On every question of construction, let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” – Samuel Adams

“We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln

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This week’s winning essay,The Noisy Room’s The End Of Constitutional Government is a tour de force, her reaction to last weeks’ Supreme Court decisions. Here’s a slice:

It’s been an historic week and although I am not surprised by the Supreme Court decisions, they saddened me beyond belief. I have sadly come to the conclusion that many of my colleagues are correct… our Constitutional form of government is now dead and Obama’s transformative ‘change’ is all but complete.

Things are now snowballing and it is more than most Americans can take or bear. From gay marriage and the ensuing infringement on free speech and our religious rights, to enforced Obamacare, to forced wealth redistribution in our neighborhoods, to the EPA run amok… our freedoms are being absolutely nullified. States are now saying they won’t comply with the EPA on coal and who can blame them? Americans will get very dangerous when they are hungry and cold. And then there is the Iran deadline, which is this weekend. Instead of holding their feet to fire, we are actually giving Iran nuclear reactors while they shout, “Death to America!” in their parliament. Insanity is the norm now. There there is the increased Islamic State threat on our southern border and the attacks on our power grid coming down the pike. It’s surreal and all instigated, manipulated and planned for by our government – the ultimate enemy from within.

Adding to the tyrannical frenzy of the aftermath of the mass shooting in South Carolina, evidently America is cool with censoring her own history, but wants to hang on to the likes of Nazi Germany and bloody communist regimes. Satanism is still in vogue it would seem as well… but if you are a lover of the Confederate flag, well, you should be summarily burned at the stake. Let’s not leave out Stalin or concentration camps as making the ‘cool’ list either. And it goes without saying that Che Guevara is tres chic. Prohibition of thought and our history is all the rage now. No doubt next on the censorship bandwagon… burning books and thought police. Oh, wait…

Video: Mark Levin: Just Because Something Offends Someone Doesn’t Mean It Should Be Banned

The flaming lynch mob mentality of Progressives is burning through businesses across the former land of the free. They are feeling immense pressure to conform and be politically correct. None of them seem to have a spine. This is insane. Not only are they banning all Confederate flags and calling for Civil War statues to be taken down (which is erasing American history), they are getting rid of General Lee, an orange Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Walmart and Amazon have stopped selling anything having to do with the Confederate flag, but Walmart is still selling Che Guevara shirts, as well as Castro memorabilia and Iranian flags. Apple just removed Civil War Games from their App Store. South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama and Kentucky are all removing Confederate flags as well. It’s an all you can eat buffet of political correctness feeding a ‘get em!’ move by Progressives. Now, they want to ban Gone With The Wind. We have literally plummeted down the rabbit hole and are sipping tea with the Mad Hatter. The Constitution is now being replaced with censorship and regulation – it’s incomprehensible.

At least one good thing came out of the Supreme Court this week. During the Great Depression, the government decided that prices paid to farmers were too low and undertook to correct the problem by limiting their output. It was a fascist move then and is still one now. It is sheer theft. Marvin and Laura Horne decided not to play that game and took their beef all the way to the Supreme Court – raisin hell, so-to-speak. And they won on Monday! The feds claimed they owed $700,000 because they would not surrender 47% of their crop for over a decade to the government with no compensation. Not even the left-leaning Supremes could let that one slide.

The Raisin Administrative Committee, which operates under the supervision of the USDA, sells or gives away the raisins it takes, with the proceeds going to cover its operating costs, storage fees and promotional efforts abroad. If any money is left, the farmers get some of it. If not, they receive nada. Looks like the Road to Serfdom has been detoured on this issue, at least for now. The unconstitutional theft being imposed on farmers such as the Hornes is no more. But at least these raisin farmers can get back to raising their crops and taking care of business – liberal fascism has moved on to the next hot topic.

Then there was the ultimate betrayal by Justice Roberts and the ruling in favor of Obamacare this week. The ruling stomped all over state’s rights and bent over backwards to reinterpret the Obamacare statute in favor of federal exchanges. “The somersaults of statutory interpretation they [the Justices of the Supreme Court] have performed …will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence,” concludes Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Sam Alito. “And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Sultan Knish with No Truce With the Left submitted by The Independent Sentinel The title pretty much speaks for itself.

Here are this week’s full results. Ask Marion, Don Surber and Puma By Design were unable to vote this week, but none of them were subject to the mandatory 2/3 vote penalty for not voting :

Council Winners
Non-Council Winners

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Mark Levin: Just Because Something Offends Someone Doesn’t Mean It Should Be Banned

Video: Mark Levin: Just Because Something Offends Someone Doesn’t Mean It Should Be Banned

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Our Weasel Of The Week!

Yes, once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have a unanimous winner…the envelope please…

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Legal Surgeon, Amateur Legislator and Chief Justice John Roberts!

The Noisy Room: Justice John Roberts for his judicial activism on King v. Burwell and the ultimate betrayal with his ruling in favor of Obamacare this week. The ruling stomped all over state’s rights and bent over backwards to reinterpret the Obamacare statute in favor of federal exchanges. “The somersaults of statutory interpretation they [the Justices of the Supreme Court] have performed …will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence,” concludes Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Sam Alito. “And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”

“So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere,” he dissents. “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.” The Court’s interpretation is “absurd,” Justice Scalia opined. And right he is. Scalia is a brilliant legal mind and he is horrified by the Leftist turn of the court. This must tear his soul apart. This was simply a political power play and one has to wonder, as I have before, if Chief Roberts has skeletons in his closet that are being used to sway his opinion.
This partisan ruling will have wide-ranging, catastrophic ramifications for America. The majority opinion states that “The combination of no tax credits and an ineffective coverage requirement could well push a State’s individual insurance market into a death spiral.” And it inevitably will. Which in turn, will usher in single-payer healthcare. It’s coming.

“It is implausible that Congress meant the Act to operate in this manner,” Justice John Roberts writes for the majority. Really? Because it looks entirely plausible to me. In fact, choreographed.
Justice Scalia notes that these Justices are “presuppos[ing] the availability of tax credits on both federal and state Exchanges.” In layman terms, that means that federal tax credits that have already been given to millions of people must continue. Along with the tax credits will come higher premiums, crappier healthcare, death panels, higher deductibles and part-time employment as the national norm.

This is tyranny and what you are seeing here is the dissolution of the three branches of constitutional government we are based upon. We now have one executive behemoth branch that is drunk with power and careening out of control, right on schedule. Justice Roberts is a treasonous weasel, whose legacy will include the ending of our Republic as we have known it.

You know, this was an interesting week for Justice Roberts. One day, he’s rewriting ObamaCare for the second time, clearly disregarding what the law said and substituting what he thought the law ought to say.

A few days later he’s writing the minority opinion on same sex marriage, harshly criticizing the Court for – wait for it – legislating from the bench!

Those whom characterize Justice Roberts as lacking in testosterone have it all wrong. It takes real Weasel cojones to criticize the Court for doing what you did just a few days ago!

The truth of the matter is, like almost all Weasels, John Roberts looks out for Number One. There’s suspicion that the Obama regime has something on him, and given whom Barack Obama is and the amount of spying and data collection that’s been going on, that’s not at all and unreasonable scenario. Our it could be he’s being intimidated or bribed in some other way. But he’s not an idiot, and for him to make such a hypocritical switcheroo like that, the simplest and most obvious explanation is that he was told beforehand that his vote wasn’t needed to impose same sex marriage on America. That way, he could come out with a dissent that criticized exactly what he himself did in the ObamaCare ruling, to try and salvage some of his credibility as a PR move. It didn’t work of course, but weasels live by that old saying about dogs barking but the caravan moving on.

The damage he and his cohorts whom voted to judicially rewrite ObamaCare, redefine marriage and lay the ground for attacks on the First Amendment isn’t at all obvious to those cheering on the New Order, but that damage is severe and will last for some time. Roberts probably realizes it, at least intellectually. But the fact remains that on ObamaCare, he did what he did anyway. And I’m sure that had Justice Kennedy swung the other way and Roberts’ vote was needed to impose same sex marriage, Roberts would have voted that way.

In any event, he performed like a trained seal. He did what he was supposed to and after all, he has a lifetime appointment. And of course, a well-earned Golden Weasel.

Ask Marion: As constitutionalist Supreme Court Judge Scalia said last week, ObamaCare should now be renamed SCOTUSCare since the Court has saved the unpopular law twice. He went on to say, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State’.” Read Scalia’s full dissent HERE.

Brit Hume’s 6/29/15 commentary for Fox News focused on supreme court judges’ practice of ruling on rights that are not actually enumerated or listed in the Constitution, nor have ever previously been considered by a Supreme Court, pointing to the gay marriage decision. Hume said, “Chief Justice Roberts got Obamacare wrong (twice) saving the law from collapse, but he surely got it right on the gay marriage ruling, at least (in part) in writing, “it had nothing to do with the Constitution”. SCOTUS Gay Marriage decision now puts religious institution tax exemptions at risk; opens the door for the same argument on Polygamy; and attacks“Christianity at its core, the left’s true target, while ignoring Islam’s attitude toward gay marriage or homosexuality.

Around a dozen Federally recognized Native American tribes will continue to ban same-sex couples from getting married on their tribal lands even after the US Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 US states. Federally recognized Native American tribes have the same powers as US states to pass laws governing the lands that fall under their reservations and they are not bound by the US Constitution, like states are, so any change on the issue will have to come from within.

Well, there it is.

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it…or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Rain-bo Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Sharyl Attkisson and Simply Jews earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Happy 4th of July 2015 – Center Piece of America’s Patriotic Season

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By Marion Algier – Ask Marion – Updated and re-posted by request – Originally Posted on May 28, 2013

Memorial Day kicks off both America’s summer and longer patriotic season that ends with Veteran’s Day in November.  Although there is never a time where Patriotism and Freedom should not be at the forefront of our minds, this period including Memorial Day, Flag Day, the 4th of July, Labor America's FutureDay, Veteran’s Day, Election Day and the lazy days of summer and summer vacations affords us the the opportunity to spend more time with our kids and grandkids. While we are on vacation; visiting historical venues; going to the national parks, out on road trips, and off the the theme parks; or sending our kids on group trips to Washington D.C. or Patriot Camp from late May to early November… before rolling into the ‘holiday season’ for most Americans, it is the perfect time to educate ourselves and our children about this great country and to get involved.

The uncovering of events over the past years from Benghazi-gate, IRS-gate, Press-gateSebelius-gate, EPA-gate, Fast and Furious, Veteran’s Affairs List-gate, created chaos at the borders, voter fraud and the list goes on, has finally caused many Americans to take a second look at what is going on in Washington D.C. and the latest wave of eye-opening news for many about the Common C.O.R.E. educational program has more and more parents and grandparents questioning what is happening in our public schools.

So the ‘patriotic seasons’ of 2013 and 2014 could be a turning point in America’s apathy and a return to founding principles, fiscal responsibility and a demand for an accountable government at all levels, especially with the realization that most grass-roots, tea party and patriotic groups and organizations have been thwarted for several years, by the activities of the IRS, having come to light, which very possibly affected the outcome of the 2012 and 2014 Elections.

As we start our journey into the 2015 summer and holidays we can each initiate change by taking time to really talk to our kids, grandkids and young people in general and choosing both our and their activities wisely to incorporate both fun and learning at the same time.

One of the greatest challenges in relating to and involving the present generation in activities is getting past their addiction to using media and electronics.  So perhaps including some of the aspects of their attachments for positive is one way to relate?!?

How about using positive message and historical movies as an activity to watch together?  Then discuss and perhaps make the leap to doing some research and reading a few books that expand on the themes that interest them and you from there?  Investing in some of those movies and books to have on hand throughout the summer and ‘patriotic season’ could be a great investment. Movies that apply to our history are great anytime, any will generally apply directly to Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Veteran’s Day, and much of what is going on in the daily news, so can be a great bridge into discussions and further study, conversations and activities.

Choosing vacations to presidential libraries,  Washington D.C., battlefields, national parks and the like and then discussing the activities from a historical point of view or tying them into current events are positive activities as well.  Even a trip to Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm can lead into discussions about history, changes in culture, family history and possibly to research and reading after the trips, as well as items from the daily news.  Just this past week Jean Stapleton passed away… a discussion of both her life and her character as Edith, the wife of Archie Bunker on All In The Family, could lead to a fascinating discussion about changes in our culture, in politics and in the affects on our lives.

On the July 4th 2015 Weekend here are a few suggestions for long weekends, vacations and the entire patriotic season:

  • Start reading a book about our Founding Fathers, American History, or something related to present day politics, current events or the economy. (Some Suggestions Below) Read the Declaration of Independence (Download a copy of the Declaration of Independence), the U.S. Constitution and The Federalist Papers.
  • Have everyone in your family read a different book and discuss what everyone has learned each afternoon or evening over lunch, dinner or dessert.
  • Rent or buy some patriotic movies and watch them with family or friends and then discuss them. (Most of the movies and books listed herein worth owning.)
  • Take a trip for the day at a nearby U.S. Presidential Libraries or historical site.
  • Attend or participate 4th of July Freedom March: Showing Your Support for the Constitution… or the like.
  • Visit a National or Historical park and explore some of the history of the park or area.
  • Attend a local parade, rally, reenactment or patriotic event over the weekend.
  • Research a candidate, patriotic group, group supporting an issue or the like to volunteer for, support and/or donate to and make your kids part of it.
  • And listen to a mixture of music this weekend: patriotic music, oldies, show tunes, marching band favorites, jazz and other truly American music.
  • Begin your personal or family preparedness program.
  • Consider joining TheBlaze/TV. It is the media adventure of the decade and will supply valuable information leading to the November Election and preparing you for possible events and emergencies before us.
  • Rent, watch and discuss patriotic and historical movies.

A Patriotic Salute to the Movies

(Below is a compilation of movies originally compiled by Advancement of Education that stopped in the 1990’s and missed some very important films… that we at AskMarion filled in and enhanced. Sorry if I/we missed your favorite!!).

Hollywood has a long history of paying tribute to the nation’s glory on screen and a long history of protesting against it off screen but of course they have often taken artistic license with history in their films especially lately; some harmless that makes a better film, some intentionally political. But for those who don’t read or only read and watch fictional tripe the list of movies below would serve as a reminder or even a new look at America’s history, especially for the young that are no longer being taught history or a sanitized version in school. It is a place to start.

Reading and reading original sources is the best way to learn about America’s rich history; the good and the bad, but sometimes movies can spark an interest. M~

FOR TWO GENERATIONS in my family, the required Fourth of July movie-viewing experience has been “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942 academy award winner), the biography of patriotic songwriter and playwright George M. Cohan starring James Cagney. Later with teenagers, the holiday began to necessitate a flag-waving double bill of “Yankee” and Will Smith’s world-saving turn as an American hero in the fittingly entitled “Independence Day” (1996).

Unlike the natural correlation between some holidays and a matching film genre such as Valentine’s Day and romantic comedy (and of course even there, there are some cross-over like the The Way We Were) or Memorial Day and war films, there is no comparable one-on-one connection with regard to the Fourth of July. Nevertheless, there are five categories or themes which provide a high proportion of holiday viewing: biography, populism, westerns, war movies and, most predictably, patriotism.

Most significant is the importance of World War II when discussing patriotic films. While not all Fourth of July movie screenings are connected to that conflict, a high percentage of the pivotal examples have that shared subject. There are several reasons for this preponderance of patriotic pictures with World War II ties. First, as the title of historian Michael C.C. Adams book, The Best War Ever, suggests, fighting the forces of Adolf Hitler and Emperor Hirohito was a no-brainer where patriotic wars are concerned. Unlike the moral morass associated with the containment wars in Korea and Vietnam, World War II films set a standard for patriotism which still applies, as demonstrated most recently with “Saving Private Ryan” (1998).

A second reason for the special patriotic hold of pictures from and/or about the 1940’s war years is they address viewing habits. Pre-1930 silent films are largely a lost art form for most modern audiences (yet 2012’s Oscar winner for best picture was the silent film The Artist… with digital or Blu-Ray   ). Thus, epics like director D.W. Griffith’s still impressive take on the Revolutionary War, “America” (1924) silent… America (1924) talkie, (and a new version of America which has just been produced) or director John Ford’s celebration of Pres. Abraham Lincoln and the building of the transcontinental railroad, “The Iron Horse” (1924) or part of the Ford At Fox Collection, are all but unknown to today’s audiences. Moreover, the pivotal American movies about World War I, both in the silent and early sound eras, were patently anti-war pictures, often keying upon the soldiers of other nations, such as “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930), from Erich Maria Remarque’s eloquent novel (Journey’s End) of German boys as soldiers, and “Journey’s End [VHS]” (1930), from the R.C. Sheriff play about British troops. Therefore the more recently made, The Patriot with Mel Gibson, is a good addition to the movies about the Revolution.

Considered by many one of if not the best movies, and definitely civil war films, ever mad was Gone with the Wind (1939) with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. The mini-series North and South made in (1986) with Patrick Swayze is also a great depiction of the Civil War era, as well as Tom Berenger in Gettysburg / Gods and Generals.

A third reason for the dominance of 1940s-related patriotism is that the U.S. was struggling with the Great Depression for much of the 1930s. The country’s basic values were often being called into question, which is not exactly the best mind-set for making patriotic pictures. It was not until the late 1930s that a new sense of nationalism began to surface, fueled by America’s weathering of the Depression and a sense of approaching war.

With these parameters, I would posit that a patriotic parade of films best begins with director Frank Capra’s watershed populist work, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939). A 1999 newspaper poll documented this homage to American idealism as the country’s favorite political picture. Besides being a touching comedy showcase of the values upon which the U.S. is based, with Jimmy Stewart’s career-making turn as the patriotic Jefferson Smith, the movie is most rewarding when it freely shows flaws such as political corruption in the system. Throughout the years, a hallmark of American populism has been a willingness to show weaknesses as well as positives of a democratic state. This is best demonstrated years later by the Capraesque “All the President’s Men” (1976), which movingly illustrated how a free and open nation could uncover and ultimately attack a crime against democracy like Watergate. (A great discussion point would be why that could happen then versus why Leakgate and Fast and Furious is now being buried.)

Other patriotically pivotal Capra pictures would include “Meet John Doe” (1941) and “State of the Union” (1948). The former has Gary Cooper’s title character initially being duped by, but then fighting, an American fascist (Edward Arnold). The latter has Spencer Tracy running for president as a Wendell Willkie-like idealist. (Willkie was Pres. Franklin Roosevelt’s Republican opponent in the 1940 election. After his defeat, the former liberal Democrat Willkie acted as a presidential emissary abroad during World War II. His 1943 best-selling book, One World, was a popular articulation for liberal internationalism shortly before the founding of the United Nations.)

The Willkie mix of patriotism and internationalism in “State of the Union” was nothing new to Capra. In his 1971 autobiography, The Name Above the Title, he makes it clear that his populist movies are in the cracker-barrel Yankee tradition of Will Rogers, a personal Capra hero. As early as 1930, Rogers’ character in the film version of “So This Is London” (George M. Cohan starred in the original play) (book: So This is London, A comedy in three…) observed, “There isn’t much difference in people World over [they’re] just about the same [good].” The picture closes on the shared harmony of Rogers singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” while his British counterpart sings the English lyrics for “God Save the King” (both of which are set to the same music).

Capra seems to footnote his ties to Rogers with his pivotal casting and utilization of actor Harry Carey to play the president of the Senate in “Mr. Smith.” Besides bearing a striking physical resemblance to Rogers, Carey’s folksy mannerisms–the slouching posture, the bit of hair falling on the forehead, the half-suppressed smile–are especially reminiscent of the humorist. Though Carey’s is a small part, his largely visual support of the filibustering Smith is both entertaining and central to this segment of the film. Fittingly, Capra’s stars–including Stewart, Cooper, and Tracy–are now seen as archetypal American actors

In 1939, the same year as “Mr. Smith,” Hollywood’s other key populist director, John Ford, made two classics: “Young Mr. Lincoln” and “Drums Along the Mohawk,” both starting Henry Fonda. Lincoln, the ultimate real-life cracker-barrel figure, often turns up in populist films (Ford alone uses him in several pictures), though “Young Mr. Lincoln” is uniformly considered the portrayal of the country’s favorite president, by Ford or any other director. As with “Mr. Smith,” the movie shows a less-than-perfect America, including Lincoln talking down a lynch mob. Still, by working within the system, justice ultimately triumphs. Even this, however, is tempered at the picture’s close by a gathering storm, symbolizing Lincoln’s future Civil War trials, as well as the threat of World War Il.

Drums Along the Mohawk” is a beautiful Technicolor tapestry of frontier life at the time of the Revolutionary War. The perseverance of the pioneers as they flip-flop between farming and fighting the enemy is as moving a tribute to the American spirit as Ford has ever produced. At the close, the settlers are told the Revolutionary War has been won and they see the Stars and Stripes for the first time. After one of their number observes, “So that’s our new flag,” it is proudly raised to the highest point at the fort. While “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” plays on the soundtrack, the principals return to farming. Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves – Extended Cut gives a little different perspective on the wilderness and interaction with the native Americans.

Following the patriotic populism of “Mr. Smith,” “Young Mr. Lincoln,” and “Drums Along the Mohawk,” the early 1940s saw the release of three pivotal nationalistic biography films: “Sergeant York” (1941), “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and “The Pride of the Yankees” (1942), about baseball legend Lou Gehrig. Each presents its patriotic message in different, but complementary, ways. “York,” with Cooper in the title role, depicts the extraordinary evolution of a man from conscientious objector to war hero. While ostensibly about a reluctant World War I patriot, it is just as much about getting America prepared for World War II.

Yankee Doodle Dandy” takes a patriotic entertainer, whose heyday was the World War I era (Cohan’s “Over There” was the period theme song), and plugs his needed values into the then new conflict. Thus, Cagney’s Cohan visits the White House by the picture’s close and receives a tribute from FDR. Once he is outside again, a passing parade is marching to “Over There.”

Despite the battle deaths of the Sullivans, the film spends little time with them in uniform. Instead, it is a movie about growing up in heartland USA–Waterloo, Iowa. The constantly scrapping brothers (thus the title, “The Fighting Sullivans“) are likable, funny, and loyal to their siblings. They could be anyone’s children, and that is just the point–populism is about the common man and woman always being available when democracy is in danger. (The True Story of the Fighting Sullivans…)

Countless other pictures dealt more specifically with battle. A good literary starting point is the 1943 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls. Although the book was about the Spanish Civil War, this conflict was the dress rehearsal for World War II. By having as the central character an American (Cooper) who sacrifices his life for freedom, the movie puts a positive patriotic spin on a conflict that should have generated more attention from the democracies of the world.

The novel also had a more direct impact on World War II motion pictures. When the lone America sacrifices his life for others by manning a machine gun against impossible odds, the world of war movies had an inspired icon of resistance. By the time Cooper replicated the stirring finale in the film version, variations of the conclusion had already occurred in “Wake Island” (1942) and “Bataan” (1943). A more upbeat take on this scene occurs in “Sahara” (1943), when Humphrey Bogart and company keep a detachment of German infantry from a source of water.

It was not, however, just a man’s war. There were several excellent pictures keyed on the bravery and sacrifice of women. The most memorable was probably “So Proudly We Hail!” (1943), which chronicled American nurses at the siege of Bataan. At the time termed the first film tribute to women in World War II, it starred Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, and Veronica Lake. An excellent companion picture is “Cry, Havoc” (1943), also focusing on American nurses and women volunteers at beleaguered Bataan, starring Margaret Sullavan, Joan Blondell, and Ann Sothern. For a different slant on heroic women at war, there is “Ladies Courageous” (1944), a saga of the WAFs (Women in the Air Force) and the part they played in air warfare. The picture starred Loretta Young and Geraldine Fitzgerald. (This is a collector’s item if you can find it.)

This female perspective was especially pertinent going into the cynical post-World War II era, when trusting patriotic populism was sometimes revitalized by casting a woman in the focus role. Witness the Academy Award-winning performances of Loretta Young in “The Farmer’s Daughter VHS” (1947), Judy Holliday in “Born Yesterday” (1950) and Three Came Home (1950) with Claudette Colbert. “The Farmer’s Daughter” was originally called “Katie Goes to Congress.” As “Mr. Smith” used a real, martyred president (Lincoln) as an ongoing inspiration for a young idealist in trouble, “The Farmer’s Daughter” works, in large part, through its celebration of Pres. Woodrow Wilson’s insight in supporting the League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations. A watered-down version of this phenomenon–which might be labeled “Ms. Smith Goes to Washington”– occurred much later in Goldie Hawn’s “Protocol” (1984).

By the mid 1950s, Ford’s vision of the West would turn dark as he questioned the country’s treatment of Native Americans. Although his earlier frequent cinematic battles between cowboys and Indians would later be labeled politically incorrect by some critics, this is a shortsighted take on his artistry and misses the moving sensitivity of earlier pictures like “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1949), with Wayne as a cavalry officer about to retire. Ford’s celebration of the longtime ties of U.S. men in uniform, as filtered through Wayne’s character, has seldom been rivaled.

The 1950s are a difficult time in which to find patriotism in Hollywood films. Between the Cold War and the climate of fear and blacklisting created by the communist witch-hunting (or maybe not… Read: Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies – It proves that McCarthy was actually telling the truth) of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, there seemed to be little about which to raise flags. Nevertheless, a few movies slipped by, including one from a most unlikely source–the normally cynical writer/director Billy Wilder. His biographic film of Charles Lindbergh, “The Spirit of St. Louis” (1957), is an inventive portrayal of the famous flight by that celebrated American hero.

Other 1950s biographies with a patriotic twist would include “The Jackie Robinson Story – In COLOR & B&W…” (1950), with the future Hall of Famer playing himself in an engaging look at breaking the color line in baseball, and “Story of Will Rogers” (1952), an often poignant take on the country’s favorite pre-war entertainer/ ambassador-at-large, with Will Rogers, Jr., playing his father. An interesting variation on the 1950s flag-waving biography is the World War II drama, “To Hell and Back” (1955), with Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. soldier of the war, playing himself in a movie based on his best-selling autobiography. Murphy also starred in director John Huston’s classic 1951 adaptation of Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage.

Even though Korea was the decade’s hot war, patriotic film depictions of conflict still keyed on the noncontroversial World War II. The best straight drama on the subject was “Twelve O’Clock High” (1949), a taut examination of American flyers in England starring Gregory Peck. Not to be outdone, 1955′s comedy-drama “Mister Roberts” proved equally entertaining, with Fonda in the title role, Cagney as the overbearing captain, and Jack Lemmon taking home a best supporting actor Academy Award as Ensign Pulver. After playing the part for years on stage, Fonda was able to re-create movingly for the screen his restless cargo officer anxious for combat action. (After almost two decades of working together, Fonda and director Ford had a falling out, and Mervyn LeRoy eventually finished the movie.) Being reared in a Clark Gable-loving family, I would be remiss if I did not mention “Run Silent, Run Deep” (1958), possibly the best World War II submarine film. There is also a great World War II Heroes Film Collection … And in 1957 Disney released Johnny Tremain

Until the escalation of the Vietnam War in the second half of the 1960s, the “flower child” decade had its fair share of patriotic pictures, too. Again, “the best war ever” produced the most high-profile pictures. Critic Leonard Maltin has called “The Longest Day” (1962), about the Allied invasion of Normandy, one of the “great epic World War II films.” The following year saw the production of another World War II blockbuster, “The Great Escape,” an imposing depiction of a massive POW escape plan from a German prison camp. Both movies had large international casts, with the latter making actor Steve McQueen’s career.

Cinematic depictions during the 1960s of earlier conflicts included John Wayne’s debut as the director (with uncredited assistance from Ford) of the epic “The Alamo” (1960), with Wayne also starting as Davy Crockett. (Remade by Dennis Quaid; The Alamo) Before Italian director Sergio Leone’s anti-establishment “spaghetti westerns” changed audience expectations for the genre in the mid 1960s, the traditional horse opera was still being made at the onset of the decade. This was best demonstrated by the blockbuster American event, “How the West Was Won” (1962), whose all-star cast included Wayne, Fonda, and Stewart, with narration by Tracy. (Ford directed the Civil War sequence.)

In the world of patriotic biographies made in the first half of the 1960s, it was largely a Roosevelt story. For example, Dore Schary adapted his acclaimed play to the screen in “Sunrise at Campobello [VHS]” (1960) with Ralph Bellamy re-creating his Tony-winning stage performance as FDR, heroically battling through both polio and politics. In 1965, (Re-make: Sunrise At Campobello), “The Eleanor Roosevelt Story” won an Oscar as the best feature-length documentary. This inspiring account of the former First Lady also broke new ground by making several top-10 lists, territory normally reserved for fiction films. Truman with Gary Sinise completes that era.

Reclaiming American pride

Patriotic movies during the second half of the 1960s and throughout the 1970s were relatively rare, as the handling and reporting of Vietnam and Watergate did much to drain American pride. Still, there were some memorable exceptions. In 1970, a year that produced such watershed antiwar pictures as “M*A*S*H” and “Catch-22, (hard to find)” And the mini series Roots gave us a better look at the black American history George C. Scott gave the performance of a lifetime in “Patton,” his portrayal of the complex patriotic American warrior. This milestone biography is mesmerizing from film frame one, when Scott as Gen. George Patton gives the ultimate battle pep talk in front of a huge American flag. Despite the period’s antiwar climate, the critical and commercial success of “Patton” should not be seen as a total surprise since the politics of World War II sometimes put limitations on the controversial general’s ability to wage war, and there was MacArthur and Tora! Tora! Tora! After all, part of the frustration centering on Vietnam, at least from the conservative right, was that politics limited the U.S.’s war-making abilities in Southeast Asia. John Wayne made a patriotic Viet Nam War move, The Green Berets. And The Deer Hunter, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now round out the war movies of that era. The National Archives released: Immigrants in America, 1970 and The Immigrant Experience gives us another look into American immigration. And Fess Parker released Daniel Boone a collection of his favorites of this top hit TV show of the 1950’s where every child was wearing a coon skin cap and knew the stories of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett and A&E released the The Crossing, about George Washington.

Fittingly, two additional patriotic movies from the period opened in 1976 — the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: “Rocky (Full Collection) and “All the President’s Men.”, but also 1776 and Liberty’s Kids, a collection for the children. As a footnote to the latter picture, Robert Redford’s involvement as both actor and executive producer foreshadowed a proclivity for his future involvement in other Capra-like populist films. “All the President’s Men” lost the best picture Oscar to “Rocky,” a fact which now seems surprising because Sylvester Stallone subsequently went to the “Rocky” well too many times (five installments), but the original was fundamental sports populism at its best.

Rocky Balboa was the classic American underdog, topped off by his being from the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence–Philadelphia. The only one of the sequels to rival the patriotism of the original was “Rocky IV” (1985), wherein Stallone’s aging boxer battles a Soviet fighter and capitalizes on Pres. Ronald Reagan’s U.S. vs. U.S.S.R. Cold War brinkmanship. One might best close the decade out with the Capraesque populist comedy “The Electric Horseman“(1979) … not a favorite of mine, but which among its charms, includes a scene where Redford and Jane “antiwar activist” Fonda are engaged in singing “America” (with “purple mountains’ majesty” in the background).

The 1980s gave the U.S. two types of patriotic military pictures–the contrived romantic melodrama, which focused primarily upon looking good in uniform and having a “top-10″ soundtrack, and the phenomenon one critic labeled “the genre of Idiot Action Movies.” The former group would include “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982) and “Top Gun” (1986), while the “Idiot” category is defined by Stallone’s “Rambo Trilogy” (1982, 1985, and 1988). With the exception of Lou Gossett’s Oscar-winning performance as a tough drill instructor in “Officer,” these are mainly pictures about Richard Gere and Tom Cruise as beautiful boy toys, set off by all that jet plane gadgetry in “Top Gun.” The Cruise picture, as well as Stallone’s “Rambo” exercises, are largely comic book in tone and are inspiringly spoofed in “Hot Shots!” (1991) and “Hot Shots! / Hot Shots! Part Deux” (1993). 1991 also gave us Kevin Kostner’s JFK – Director’s Cut.

For those viewers who brought a brain to the 1980s, Redford introduced a mythic dimension to American populism in “The Natural” (1984) and “The Milagro Beanfield War” (1988). The former has Redford starting in a poignant fantasy set in the national pastime (baseball). “Milagro” has director Redford applying Capraesque populism to people of color in yew Mexico–underdogs vs. corporate land developers, with the assistance of an old, white-haired, poncho-draped angel.

We Were Soldiers and Black Hawk Down take us into the the next phase if war movies.

A complementary closer for the decade would be “Field of Dreams” (1989), another populist baseball film with links to “Milagro” as well, including a pivotal character of color (James Earl Jones’ writer) and a foundation in fantasy. A more controversial choice would be “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989), which heralds a new twist on patriotism (in the tradition of Henry David Thoreau and civil disobedience). Cruise is electric as he moves from Vietnam vet to anti-war activist while playing real-life hero Ron Kovic. With a title that plays upon George “Yankee Doodle Dandy” Cohan’s old claim to being “Born on the Fourth of July,” Cruise and director Oliver Stone have never been more patriotically provocative. Then look back to the Reagan era, Rendezvous with Destiny, was made after the millennium, looking back.

A must read (Nineteen Eighty-Four) and watch (1984) considering the times we are now living in is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four1984“. His predictions have become ever more true; it just took a bit longer to get here.  Some prefer the re-mastered version original “1984”.  Turning this trend back is part of what the 2012 Election, at all levels of government, is about.

By the 1990s, Hollywood seemed much more willing to embrace patriotic themes. The decade began (2001) with The God Father Part III…Series which gives a look into Italian immigrant (Mafia) life Several large-scale, big-box-office hits are peppered through the decade, starting with the unlikely critical and commercial smash, “Forrest Gump” (1994), with the title populist simpleton played so effectively by Tom Hanks. Then there was the nation’s ultimate science fiction patriot, Will Smith, saving the planet from aliens not once, but twice–in “Independence Day” and “Men in Black” (1997). The runner-up trophy in this All-America category goes to Bruce Willis’ take on saving the world–”Armageddon” (1998).

Populist American movies from the 1990s were bolstered by veteran filmmaker Redford and young director Ron Howard. Growing up on the ultimate populist television program “The Andy Griffith Show,” 1960-68 (Andy passed away yesterday on 07.03.12 at age 86) and then Happy Days. Howard’s best film work falls in this genre, from homage to his Irish immigrant heritage in “Far and Away” (1992) to the updated Yankee ingenuity (synonymous with America’s earlier cracker-barrel philosophers) so pivotal to getting “Apollo 13” (1995) back to Earth safely.

A River Runs Through It” (1992, director) and “The Horse Whisperer” (1998, director and title character). While both deal with families in crisis, the salve for these wounds, in standard populist tradition, comes from the grandeur of the American West. One might also link Redford and Howard’s 1990s work to writer/ director Barry Levinson’s “Avalon” (1990), a movingly patriotic look at his immigrant family.

A final look at patriotic films of the 1990s would key on today’s two most archetypal American actors, Hanks and Harrison Ford. As novelist Tom Clancy’s ex-CIA agent Jack Ryan, Ford has made the world a safer place in “Patriot Games” (1992) and “Clear and Present Danger” (1994), while “Air Force One” (1997) casts him as a two-fisted president who cannot be held hostage for long. Two-time Oscar winner Hanks has scored great critical and commercial success in “Forrest Gump,” “Apollo 13,” and “Saving Private Ryan,” as well as the World War II-era salute to a women’s baseball team, “A League of Their Own” (1992). And then there was Primary Colors with John Travolta (1998) (hard to find) the story was based on the Clintons.The new century has a rich and varied patriotic film legacy upon which to build.

There has been a reduction in patriotism, conservatism and history focused entertainment in Hollywood in the 2000’s, but nevertheless there are some good works. Beginning with HBO’s Mini-Series: John Adams and (2004) Tom Selleck’s Ike – Countdown to D-Day. Charlie Wilson’s War with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman shows us another side of politics. A Nation Adrift and The American Heritage Series are good reminders of where we’ve been and where we are. Pearl Harbor (2001) with Ben Afflick plus Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima are WWII classics produced by Clint Eastwood and Gran Torino starring Eastwood is a comment on our times. The Hurt Locker brings us to our present war and the The Blind Side shows us our better side. 2010 also brought us America and 2011 gave us the mini-series The Kennedys, (Blu-ray) that almost didn’t get made or seen.

Band of Brothers, The Pacific, War and Remembrance, and The Winds of War are all mini series that take us back to WWII. And The Shirley Temple Ultimate Collecti… takes us back to simpler times and her films are definitely a great addition to your library. Biography – Shirley Temple

And 2012 – 2015 additions:

The Iron Lady’ [Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo). The story of Margaret Thatcher which includes her political relationship with Ronald Reagan and their hand in ending the Cold War.

Argo (CIA Operations – Iran): A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.

Lincoln (Civil War Era): Covers the final four months of Lincoln’s life, focusing on the President’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

Zero Dark Thirty (War on Terror): Billed as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man”, the film dramatizes the United States operation that found and killed Osama bin Laden leader of al-Qaeda.

The Monuments Men (WWII):  A positive war movie based on a true story… George Stout, puts  together a mission to preserve, and protect the world’s greatest art. The Group is named ‘The Monument’s Men’ who are sent on an almost impossible mission as they risk their lives, in a race against time to avoid destruction of the art, and return it to their rightful owners. The art is trapped behind enemy lines, with the German Army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell. This movie is based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, as the artistic Masterpieces are planned to be rescued from Nazi thieves.

American Soldier: The Complete History of U.S. Wars : As Seen On PBS : Complete 4 Disc Box Set -With Bonus: A Historical Overview Of American Weapons

Unbroken (WWII): Story of an American Hero. The true story of Louis Zamperini, as written by Laura Hillenbrand in her bestselling book, Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive. Louie started out life as a juvenile delinquent during the late twenties. Thankfully, his older brother, Pete, got him interested in running track at school. That was where Louie first persevered and showed the townspeople in Torrance, California that he had the capability to break existing records.

American Sniper (Iraq War):  Story of an American Hero. The true and emotional story or sniper Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history who was deployed to Iraq four times.  It takes you from his childhood to the end of his far too short life. The movie American Sniper is based on the book: American Sniper written by Chris Kyle himself with a lot of input from Kyle’s father and Kyle’s wife, Taya Kyle.

Wes D. Gehring, Associate Mass Media Editor of USA Today, is professor of film, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. –  COPYRIGHT 2000 Society for the Advancement of Education  and The Gale Group

We all know that Hollywood leans to the left and even more so at certain times during our history… like now. But if you have watched some of these classic movies (and there are plenty more good ones and not so good ones out there); read some of the books on the lists below, visit some historical spots in our Country; keep up on what is going on; get involved and talk about it all to your children, neighbors, and friends… we just might be able to re-start the “great discussion” (American style… where people discussed politics, history, religion, philosophy and their thoughts regularly at the kitchen table, at work and with their friends, families and neighbors… and weren’t afraid of repercussions because of political correctness) to save the “great experiment”!

There are some great books out right now that are filled with valuable information for Americans of all ages, but especially for voters.  Nothing like a great book to take to the beach or a park event and a perfect season to start a weekly reading night with the family or friends where everyone can share and discuss the book they are reading.

Some  Suggested Reading:

The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the United States Congress, The Amateur, Screwed!, Barack Obama and the Enemies Within, Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say , Hostile Takeover, The Jefferson Lies, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic, What the (Bleep) Just Happened?: The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback, Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns

Here are few older suggestions: Being George , Killing Lincoln, Original Intent, The Original Argument, Stop the Islamization of America, The Shadow Party, Bonhoeffer, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

Books by or about Obama: Dreams from My Father (try to find a copy published before the re-written 2012 election version),  The Audacity of Hope, The Obama Nation, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, Where’s the Birth Certificate?, The Plan, Obama Zombies, The Manchurian President, The Case Against Barack Obama, Welcome to Obamaland, Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas and Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment

You Cannot Love and Honor What You Don’t Know or Miss just like you cannot honestly  and effectively vote for what you don’t understand, including the consequences thereof, yet for far too long we have cheated ourselves and future generations of the knowledge needed for America to survive.

Happy 4th of July!!

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NBC verses Trump

We have become so politically correct as a nation and so thin skinned as a people that you can now only say what you think, even if many people agree with you and your opinion runs according to our laws, IF …. you voice what the progressive left finds acceptable.

Well, businessman, celebrity and GOP Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, love him or not, announced his candidacy by saying:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably – probably – from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.”

Having lived in both California and Texas, states with high Latino populations, I certainly have heard many more than one Hispanic American utter those same sentiments.

Video: Donald Trump Presidential Campaign Announcement Full Speech (C-SPAN)

Many think that Donald Trump just might be the wild card to beat?!? He has name recognition, business and economic prowess, knows all the big players; yet in a strange way is a man of the people because he says what many Americans think. It “resonates” both inside and outside the Republican Party, said former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

And from the moment Trump announced his candidacy both the left and the Republican Establishment have gone crazy.  They realize he is a threat and has charisma, just like they realized that Sarah Palin was a threat and had charisma.  So their destruction teams have jumped into full motion.

NBC, a White House affiliate, allegedly fired ‘The Donald’ for comments he made during his announcement speech.  As usual they are carrying water for the progressive left and for the RINOs in both parties.

You can be sure that Trump is firing back!!  He said immediately after NBC released their announcement that NBC backs a liar like Brian Williams but ‘allegedly’ fires me after making them a ton of money because I told the truth.  He has threatened to sue both Univision and NBC for breach of contract and damages. 

Trump’s campaign said, “As of today, Donald J. Trump is no longer affiliated with NBC. Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate. NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct — that is why our country is in serious trouble.”

Just when did it become the media and government’s job to censure our speech or censure the speech of our political candidates?  And let us remember, It is easy to be for Freedom of Speech when you agree with what is being said! The true test of freedom of speech and freedom in general is allowing speech you disagree with!

A very controversial fight for freedom of speech was when Larry Flynt, one of the world’s most well-known publishers of pornography, published an unflattering parody of Jerry Falwell in Hustler, Falwell waged a suit that eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled in Flynt’s favor, citing the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech, which was depicted in the film, The People vs. Larry Flynt [Blu-ray]. Funny how the left is happy when the law works for them and wants to ignore it when they disagree.

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Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees! 6.30.15

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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Weeknominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees….

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Legal Surgeon, Amateur Legislator  and Chief Justice John Roberts!

The Noisy Room :Justice John Roberts for his judicial activism on King v. Burwell and the ultimate betrayal with his ruling in favor of Obamacare this week. The ruling stomped all over state’s rights and bent over backwards to reinterpret the Obamacare statute in favor of federal exchanges. “The somersaults of statutory interpretation they [the Justices of the Supreme Court] have performed …will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence,” concludes Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Sam Alito. “And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”

“So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere,” he dissents. “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.” The Court’s interpretation is “absurd,” Justice Scalia opined. And right he is. Scalia is a brilliant legal mind and he is horrified by the Leftist turn of the court. This must tear his soul apart. This was simply a political power play and one has to wonder, as I have before, if Chief Roberts has skeletons in his closet that are being used to sway his opinion.
This partisan ruling will have wide-ranging, catastrophic ramifications for America. The majority opinion states that “The combination of no tax credits and an ineffective coverage requirement could well push a State’s individual insurance market into a death spiral.” And it inevitably will. Which in turn, will usher in single-payer healthcare. It’s coming.

“It is implausible that Congress meant the Act to operate in this manner,” Justice John Roberts writes for the majority. Really? Because it looks entirely plausible to me. In fact, choreographed.

Justice Scalia notes that these Justices are “presuppos[ing] the availability of tax credits on both federal and state Exchanges.” In layman terms, that means that federal tax credits that have already been given to millions of people must continue. Along with the tax credits will come higher premiums, crappier healthcare, death panels, higher deductibles and part-time employment as the national norm.

This is tyranny and what you are seeing here is the dissolution of the three branches of constitutional government we are based upon. We now have one executive behemoth branch that is drunk with power and careening out of control, right on schedule. Justice Roberts is a treasonous weasel, whose legacy will include the ending of our Republic as we have known it.

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Tzipras And the Greek Economy!!

Don Surber: The Weasel of the Week has to be the entire nation of Greece — Mustela Tsipras

These moochers refuse to reduce their spending and in so doing, seem hellbent on bringing down the global economy. Rather than cut their welfare checks by a few drachma, they risk losing the whole thing.

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The Supreme Court !!

Ask Marion: As constitutionalist Supreme Court Judge Scalia said last week, ObamaCare should now be renamed SCOTUSCare since the Court has saved the unpopular law twice. He went on to say, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State’.” Read Scalia’s full dissent HERE.

Brit Hume’s 6/29/15 commentary for Fox News focused on supreme court judges’ practice of ruling on rights that are not actually enumerated or listed in the Constitution, nor have ever previously been considered by a Supreme Court, pointing to the gay marriage decision. Hume said, “Chief Justice Roberts got Obamacare wrong (twice) saving the law from collapse, but he surely got it right on the gay marriage ruling, at least (in part) in writing, “it had nothing to do with the Constitution”.  SCOTUS’ Gay Marriage decision now puts religious institution tax exemptions at risk; opens the door for the same argument on Polygamy; and attacks “Christianity” at its core, the left’s true target, while ignoring Islam’s attitude toward gay marriage or homosexuality.

Around a dozen Federally recognized Native American tribes will continue to ban same-sex couples from getting married on their tribal lands even after the US Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 US states. Federally recognized Native American tribes have the same powers as US states to pass laws governing the lands that fall under their reservations and they are not bound by the US Constitution, like states are, so any change on the issue will have to come from within.

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