Sunday, March 13, 2011

GOP's problem: Going on the defensive ~ By Robert Ringer

Since a person's business is his property, his right to do with it as he pleases (including banning unions) is already guaranteed by the Constitution. But, much like the Second Amendment, the purpose of a new amendment would be to underscore a specific liberty that every individual naturally possesses – in this case, the freedom of an owner to make whatever rules he chooses with regard to his business.

Progressives are not capable of comprehending the concept of liberty, but perhaps a rash of clearly worded amendments to the Constitution is what is needed to force them to behave themselves.

Robert starts out by showing how the progressives are "ratcheting up their smear tactics, vile verbal assaults and lies" in order to counter the Republicans in Wisconsin, and any other state where the unions are being reigned in. As reprehensible as it is, progressives will always stoop to utilizing any tactic because this could be their last chance. As Robert says, though, "none of this would matter if Republicans would straighten their backbones and do the bidding of those who gave them a majority in the House last November."

Robert then segues into the next subject, summarized at the top of this page, with the following two paragraphs:
In a 2008 radio interview, Barack Obama said: " … the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society." In that same interview, he went on to say that the Constitution "[says] what the federal government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf."

That's right, Barack, the Constitution did not venture into the issues of redistribution of wealth or political and economic justice, and did not say that the government was supposed to do anything on any individual's behalf. Which means that the argument from the left is based on a false premise – that public-sector unions have a right to collectively bargain. They do not.
The issue that Robert brings up is important: Property rights. Phil Elmore, in his column this last week, had made this very astute observation regarding property rights:
This means that you necessarily have the right to possess property if you can indeed acquire it. Claims to the contrary made by Marxists, collectivists and Michael Moore are empty. If you have no right to possess property once you have obtained it, those making this assertion must be making it naked while floating in empty rooms from which even air has been evacuated.
If both Robert and Phil are correct, which I believe they are, business owners have the right to do what they want with their property, whether it is to ban union activity or to allow people to smoke cigarettes on their business property. That being said, Robert is definitely right: "...perhaps a rash of clearly worded amendments to the Constitution is what is needed..."

GOP's problem: Going on the defensive

By Robert Ringer

March 11, 2011 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011

On March 4, Rasmussen Reports released a poll that showed 60 percent of Wisconsin voters disapproved of Gov. Scott Walker, and 48 percent "strongly" disapproved of him. The progressive campaign to destroy the Wisconsin governor is yet another sign that the radical left is growing ever more desperate.

They are rapidly ratcheting up their smear tactics, vile verbal assaults and lies. Knowing that they may not have another opportunity like this for decades to come if they should fail to achieve their objective to paint America red, they consider every tactical trick – no matter how reprehensible – to be on the table.

I doubt most everyday citizens ever thought about the possibility of angry government employees implementing a '60s-style takeover of a state capitol building. Or 14 Democratic senators leaving the state to avoid voting on legislation that was not to their liking. Now, the massive negative-ad blitz has gone beyond ugly, and it's clear that it's being orchestrated by Obama and his union pals. (Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president, has openly bragged that he talks to the White House every day and visits "two to three times a week.")

I find it quite interesting that the far left is a minority in the United States, as it has been in all other countries where collectivist revolutions have succeeded in taking control of the government. The reason for this noxious minority's success is that its members believe so strongly in their moral superiority that they are able to rationalize the most outrageous lies, raucous protests and, if necessary, out-and-out violence. Plain and simple, they believe their noble end justifies any and all means necessary to achieve it.

As they have demonstrated throughout history, the progressives have an endless array of tools at their disposal. First and foremost, they are masters at recruiting and utilizing "useful idiots" – e.g., the Hollywood crowd, college kids and the totally uninformed (i.e., those who are obsessed with college and pro sports, buying and learning how to use the newest digital gadgets, and tales of the latest adventures of Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen and Paris Hilton). To the government's delight, their lives are so filled with bread and circus that there is no time to notice that Western civilization is burning to the ground.

But none of this would matter if Republicans would straighten their backbones and do the bidding of those who gave them a majority in the House last November. Unfortunately, at least at this point, it doesn't appear that is going to happen.

Take Wisconsin, for example. Some Republicans are now responding to union and Democratic threats and verbal abuse – not to mention increasing violence by the protesters in the state capitol building – by going on the defensive. Sadly, they are falling prey to the progressives' age-old strategy of changing the nature of the debate.

The focus in Wisconsin should be on how to get the protesters out of the capitol building and what steps need to be taken to get them fired from their jobs. The focus should be on finding the fastest method for getting recall petitions under way to remove the 14 AWOL Democratic senators from office. The focus should be on prosecuting both teachers and doctors who were involved in the writing and receiving of fraudulent medical excuses.


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