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UPDATED (10/14): No Notes, No Nonsense: The Genius Of Amy Coney Barrett

Argument, Constitution, Democracy, Federalism, Intelligence, Law, Reason, The Courts

After hysterical preludes, Amy Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota, questioned Amy Coney Barrett. I feared Barret’s tart tones—the American woman’s gravelly, vocal fry of a voice—would drive one to distraction, but she’s brilliant. Barrett looks disarmingly sweet and girly, but her replies are gloriously pointed and cerebral.

Advisory opinions are prohibited on the Court, Judge Coney Barrett teaches, as she explains a “concrete” as opposed to a “procedural” or “abstract” injury to the plaintiff. Her duty, as she sees it, is to address “concrete” wrongs, only, and in accordance with democratically-enacted law.

To the question of, “Why fight the Affordable Care Act, Amy Coney Barrett answered: “Ask the litigants. I don’t know.” Genius, because her replies are meta: They nail down the role of the SCOTUS in the federal scheme.

No doubt, Amy Coney Barrett will be the best mind on the SCOTUS! Her analytical reasoning—construction of an argument, the way she seals it logically, her preference for higher-order, principle- and process-oriented thinking, makes Kagan, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Roberts, Alito and Breyer pale by comparison. (Roberts is oriented toward administrative thinking; he has the mind of a functionary of the managerial State. As I pointed out in 2005, “Roberts is flummoxed by first-principle quandaries,” whereas first principles is Coney Barrett’s thing.)

For obvious reasons, Sonia Sotomayor was left off my just-cited list of SCOTUS justices whom Amy Coney Barrett easily usurps. An affirmative action baby (her term for herself), Sotomayor was advised to read children’s classics and basic grammar books during her summers, to get up to speed on her English skills at Princeton University. READ.

UPDATE (10/14):

Lots of cringe-worthy cliches and schmaltz came with the “quizzing” by Joni Ernst of Amy Coney Barrett. On being a mom, advice to young girls, exercise, role models. There is not daylight between Republican and liberal women, when it comes to this mushy drivel.

UPDATED (10/2): NEW COLUMN: Trump Floated Like A Butterfly And Stung Like A Bee

Conflict, Democracy, Democrats, Donald Trump, Elections

NEW COLUMN, “Trump Floated Like A Butterfly And Stung Like A Bee,” appeared on the  Unz Review, WND.COM, the Quarterly Review out of London, founded in 1809. It is now a feature on American Greatness.

An excerpt:

The first presidential debate, on Tuesday 29, was also the first bit of fun we’ve had in a while.

True, President Donald J. Trump failed to float his theory about that “big fat shot in the ass” Joe Biden likely got from his handlers, to allow the Democratic candidate to nimbly prance onto the debate stage and, “for two hours,” be “better than ever before.”

But, like Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxing legend, POTUS floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee. A masculine force at full tilt, Mr. Trump provided plenty energy and entertainment as he blattered Joe Biden, while being funny in the process.

“If you didn’t enjoy that debate, you are a soy-boy, beta cuck,” a fun-loving fella tweeted out. Soy-boy Shapiro was having none of the fun stuff. Glum and sanctimonious, Ben tweeted out: “I literally have no idea who won this debate. I just know we all lost.”

Deep, man.

The self-styled philosopher-king’s funereal pronouncement received the benefit of a Michelle Malkin reenactment. Don’t miss that hilarity, 3:40 minutes into her post-debate podcast.

In letting out a collective primal groan that was music to MAGA ears, Ben-Shap was joined by every liberal and Never Trumpster on the left-wing game reserve.

Dana Bash of CNN lamented a “shitshow,” in which “the American people lost.” “The debate was a disaster for democracy,” her shell-shocked colleagues yelped. (Well, good, because the founders of this republic didn’t think much of democracy.)

Certainly, judging by the rabid frothing and foaming on CNN, Trump did indeed win Tuesday’s debate. Anderson Cooper whinged to Republican commentator Rick Santorum: “It’s not even funny. Are you proud of the president? Santorum could not conceal a grin: “He came out HOT.”

Livid, Van Jones deployed his best rhetorical device: repetition. “Three things happened: The president refused to condemn white supremacy. The president refused to condemn white supremacy. The president refused to condemn white supremacy.” Gloria Borger, also at CNN, required sedation.

A man infatuated with his own cleverness, Jake Tapper bewailed “the worst debate in history, a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck.” (Who wrote that “hot mess”?) Tapper forgot an interesting tidbit: Such fires are typically lit by the “idea” called Antifa.

Yes, Biden had called Antifa an idea. …

… READ THE REST… NEW COLUMN,  “Trump Floated Like A Butterfly And Stung Like A Bee,” appeared on the  Unz Review, WND.COM, the Quarterly Review out of London, founded in 1809. It is now a feature on American Greatness.

UPDATE (10/2): In reply to the  Comment:

“The hive media”: I will have to steal that. Have you, sir, heard Ben-Shap speak? It’s hard to believe anyone would listen to a rapid-fire chipmunk. Content: mediocre, Republican fare.

Dennis Kucinich was a very nice presence in politics. The late Robert Byrd was a great constitutionalist, too, a Democrat who could not escape the idiot comments from Republicans about his past. Byrd opposed Obama Care and other extra-constitutional adventurism.

Trump Won: He Floated Like A Butterfly And Stung Like A Bee

Democracy, Democrats, Donald Trump, Elections, Media, Populism, Race, Racism

The first presidential debate, Tuesday, was also the first bit of fun we’ve had in a while. A real hoot. While President Trump failed to float his theory about that “big injection” Biden’s handlers administer in the Democrat’s behind to prop and pep him up, as POTUS did during a recent rally—Mr. Trump provided plenty energy and entertainment.

“If you didn’t enjoy that debate, you are a soy-boy, beta cuck,” a fun fella tweeted out .

Don’t get all sanctimonious. When I wrote The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed, I stipulated that “we inhabit what broadcaster Mark Levin has termed a post-constitutional America, a post-constitutional jungle, where the law of the jungle prevails.

In the age of unconstitutional government, contended The Trump Revolution, the best liberty lovers can look to is “action and counteraction, force and counterforce in the service of liberty.” Until such time when the individual is king again, and a decentralized constitution that guarantees regional and individual autonomy has been restored—the process of creative destruction begun by Mr. Trump is likely the best Americans can hope for.

Things have worsened since then. Civilized debate was not to be had, the Trump agenda having long since been discredited by the smart set. What remains is to win by brute force. The best one can hope for in country riven by irreconcilable conflict and driven to distraction by Trump Derangement Syndrome is to win a debate and score a few laughs. Those the president delivered in spades.  He blattered Joe Biden and was funny in the process.

As predicted, the first presidential debate, Tuesday, September 29, was also the first bit of fun we’ve had for a long time. POTUS circulated Biden like Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali: he floated like a butterfly and certainly stung like a bee. However, in Biden’s defense one must concede that the poor thing was not on the ropes. He held on for all he was worth.

Judging by the rabid frothing and foaming on CNN, Trump did indeed win the Tuesday debate. Anderson Cooper whinged to Republican Rick Santorum: “It’s not even funny. Are you proud of the president?? Santorum could not conceal a smirk: “He came out HOT.”

Van Jones: “Three things happened: The president refused to condemn White Supremacy. The president refused to condemn White Supremacy. The president refused to condemn White Supremacy. Gloria Borger, also of CNN, required sedation.?

What did I tell you? All the indicators of a successful evening for the president.

To top is all, Trump refused to call Gavin McInnes and his Proud Boys white supremacists. How stunningly good was that? Roared POTUS: “Proud Boys standback and standby. This is not a right-wing problem; it’s the Left. Somebody has to do something about Antifa.”

The Proud Boys are anti-Antifa street brawlers (although whites fighting back is racist by default).

“The Kids” came up again, a barometer of all things silly. Only a silly society goes by the tantrums of The Kids, who’re just aping their parents. But to our joy, they, the little perspicacious brats, brought CNN’s Dana Bash to tears. Yes, Donald Trump is bad for the nation’s well-indoctrinated kids, who perform on cue.
Winning.

Russian Interference? How About American ‘Color Revolutions’ The World Over?

Conservatism, Democracy, Democrats, Foreign Policy, Globalism, Law, Neoconservatism, Race, Racism, Republicans

Regime change abroad is not the purview of the Deep State alone; it’s the practice of the American State, Republican and Democratic administrations:

… both the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute “are chartered to promote democracy abroad with [ostensibly] nonpartisan training and election monitoring.” “Loosely affiliated with the Republican and Democratic Parties,” these institutes “were created by Congress and are financed through the National Endowment for Democracy, which was set up in 1983 to channel grants for promoting democracy in developing nations.”

As an example, take “The Adventures Of America’s Alinskyites in Egypt,” detailed in my 2012 column. Americans were outraged when Egypt expelled US nationals for fomenting regime change. Egypt was right:

The Egyptian Justice Ministry, under the authority of the military council, has detained and indicted 19 American democracy activists. To listen to the malfunctioning media stateside, however, the Egyptians are being petty, picking a fight with their American benefactors for “operating in Egypt without a license.” Or, if you want “expert” opinion, courtesy of Politico.com, the Egyptian plan to prosecute these “Americans and two dozen others” “is more over the future of U.S. aid to Egypt and who controls it.”

More…

Now, Darren J. Beattie, former Trump speech writer (who should have been kept on, if the Right had any moral courage), unsparingly reminds us of the American “Color Revolution” policy. His thinking is refreshingly original, the likes of which one doesn’t often see coming out of conservative quarters, where the same talking points are constantly recycled.

(To wit, on the same Tucker Carlson show, Candace Owens provided recycled boilerplate to the effect that the US is not in a race war, and that black violence is the doing of the Democrats. Untrue. There is most certainly a racial offensive against whites, to which conservatives can’t give expression. Irrespective of the Democrats’ undeniable agitation and incitement, this enthnocidal aggression against whites would persist.)

Essentially, Beattie empirically and analytically connected the US-launched “Color Revolutions” with the “lawfare” coups against Trump. I like the “lawfare” term Beattie has coinded. Nicely done.

Note: Beattie imputes “Color Revolutions” to the “US Government,” not merely to Democrat-run administrations. 

HERE:

There is no purer embodiment of Revolver’s thesis that the very same regime change professionals who run Color Revolutions on behalf of the US Government in order to undermine or overthrow alleged “authoritarian” governments overseas, are running the very same playbook to overturn Trump’s 2016 victory and to pre-empt a repeat in 2020. To put it simply, what you see is not just the same Color Revolution playbook run against Trump, but the same people using it against Trump who have employed it in a professional capacity against targets overseas—same people same playbook.