Sunday, June 28, 2015

National security stories of the week with Barry Jacobsen

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The latest in US-Cuba talks with Jorge Ponce & Alain Castillo

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Justice Kennedy “y la tremenda corte”

Over the last 48 hours, our Supreme Court has turned into “La tremenda corte”, as John Hindenraker posted:
“Two hundred twenty-four years after the Constitution was ratified, Anthony Kennedy and four loyal Democrats have discovered, hidden somewhere in its provisions, a right to gay marriage. This so-called right, deemed “fundamental” by the five-justice majority, was undreamed of until a few years ago. If you want to read the decision, it is here.
Yesterday’s Obamacare decision told us that we do not live under the rule of law.
Today’s gay marriage decision tells us we do not live in a democracy.
These are dark days.”
With all due respect to those who support same sex marriage, this is not the way to do it.    It would have been a lot more legitimate to go through the state legislatures and voters.   (Ironically, the Court’s decision stopped what was already underway in many states)
Again, honest people can disagree about same sex marriage.    I happen to believe that marriage between a man and a woman is best, as centuries of civilization have proven.    At the same time, I’d be willing to accept same sex marriage if it came about by the will of the people.
Last, but not least, this Supreme Court decision gives many Democrats a victory that they were never willing to fight for in the political arena.
It’s weird.   At least “La tremenda corte” was a comedy.

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Another ugly episode of 'SCOTUS knows best'

(My new American Thinker post)

On the surface, this is a victory for so-called "gay rights."

In fact, it is a serious defeat for the Constitution, and for those of us who believe in what the Founding Fathers created.

The Wall Street Journal makes a good point today:
The complication is that the Constitution is silent about marriage and social-policy preferences, which are supposed to be settled by the people and the political branches.
And that's the point!

Over the last 24 hours, I've been hearing words like love or phrases like "right to marry."

In fact, I don't have a problem with love or marriage.  I'm delighted that people in love want to get married.   

My problem is that Justice Kennedy, and four others, found a right that isn't there.  They decided that they know best rather than to let the legislatures and voters make the call.  (By the way, many states had already done so.)

There are huge problems coming down the road:

First, the justices have not settled anything.  They've simply poisoned the political well by imposing their definition of marriage on the rest of us.  
Did Roe v. Wade settle abortion?  No.  It is still a contentious issue, because it happened by judicial fiat rather than voters and state legislatures.   

Second, this new ruling will turn every judicial nomination into a battle over abortion or same-sex marriage.  I can hear the questions: do you believe that the decision over same sex marriage is settled law?  Can you guarantee that you won't overturn it?

David Brooks saw this in the battles for now-justices Alito and Roberts:
Justice Harry Blackmun did more inadvertent damage to our democracy than any other 20th-century American. When he and his Supreme Court colleagues issued the Roe v. Wade decision, they set off a cycle of political viciousness and counter-viciousness that has poisoned public life ever since, and now threatens to destroy the Senate as we know it.
Every judicial appointment, especially any from a GOP president, faces a "Borking" from people who want guarantees that he or she will not reverse the abortion, and now, the same-sex marriage decisions.  It's insane and vicious.

Third, what happens to those of us who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman?  In other words, what happens to those of us who agreed with Senator Obama in 2008 and Senator Clinton in 2004?

Are we suddenly bigots?  Are we going to get sued if we refuse to participate?  Will Catholic schools, or others, have to teach something that they don't believe in?  What happens when some sister in a Catholic school or black minister says that homosexuality is a sin?  Will they be sued on a civil rights challenge?

The Founding Fathers had wisdom, and that's why they left these issues to the people.  The five Justices, Kennedy and the four liberal robots, are arrogant and disrespectful of the people.

Last, but not least, President Obama, and many liberals, were just handed a victory that they never had the courage to fight for in the political arena.  President Obama never went into the political arena and fought for "gay rights."  He gave vague speeches but never went out in 2008 or 2012 and called for same-sex marriage.    

Nothing got settled.  I expect this issue to poison our political rhetoric for years.  We can thank Justice Kennedy for that.

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The US Supreme Court, the debt crisis in Greece plus terror in France...

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