Portrait of Edmond Duranty

Portrait of Edmond Durante – Edgar Degas

This week I am suggesting a hard look at who we have chosen to become and the consequences of that choice.  Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow observes that we are now “A Nation of Peter Pans,” living like the lost boys as perpetual children.  Stella Marbito, of the Witherspoon Institute, identifies on-going social engineering seeking to break down individual and family rights.  “A De-Sexed Society Is a De-Humanized Society,” she argues, for “… if you abolish sex distinctions in law, you can abolish state recognition of biological family ties, and the state can regulate personal relationships and consolidate power as never before.” Finally, the Hoover Institution’s Richard Epstein points outs “The Perils of Executive Power,” referencing the myriad legal challenges to President Obama’s Constitutional overreach. (Of course, the dangers of executive overreach are inherent not only in the current administration, but in the next one as well.)

 

A report was released today by the State Department inspector general investigating whether or not Secretary of State Hillary Clinton violated the Federal Records act and other guidelines for cybersecurity and records control.  The report, Office of the Secretary: Evaluation of Email Records Management and Cybersecurity Requirements, documents that Secretary Clinton knowingly failed to comply with policies and procedures. In other words, she broke the law (specifically, the Federal Records Act) and then lied about it to the public.  Here is an excerpt:

As previously discussed, however, sending emails from a personal account to other employees at their Department accounts is not an appropriate method of preserving any such emails that would constitute a Federal record. Therefore, Secretary Clinton should have preserved any Federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary. 98 At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.

The FBI continues to investigate whether Secretary Clinton’s unlawful use of private e-mail violated national security law and the Freedom of Information Act.

The White House, Congress, and federal agencies routinely ignore regulatory costs, exaggerate benefits, breach legislative and constitutional boundaries, and dictate lifestyle choices rather than focusing on public health and safety.

Red Tape Rising, The Heritage Foundation

The Obama administration has added 229 major regulations since 2009 with annual costs of over $100 billion.  The administration already has 144 additional rules being put into place for 2016.  You can read more about how the Obama administration has ignored both constitutional and legislative mandates to install these government controls here.

Liberalism is not Socialism, and never will be. There is a great gulf fixed. It is not only a gulf of method, it is a gulf of principle. There are many steps we shall take which our Socialist opponents or friends, whichever they like to call themselves, will have to take with us; but there are immense differences of principle and of political philosophy between the views we put forward and the views they put forward.

Liberalism has its own history and its own tradition. Socialism has its formulas and its own aims. Socialism seeks to pull down wealth; Liberalism seeks to raise up poverty. Socialism would destroy private property; Liberalism would preserve private interests in the only way in which they can be safely and justly preserved, namely, by reconciling them with public right. Socialism would kill enterprise; Liberalism would rescue enterprise from the trammels of privilege and preference. Socialism assails the pre-eminence of the individual; Liberalism seeks, and shall seek more in the future, to build up a minimum standard for the mass. Socialism exalts the rule; Liberalism exalts the man. Socialism attacks capital; Liberalism attacks monopoly

Winston Churchill, 1908

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Freedom of Speech?  Not in New York City. You MUST use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun.  Refusing to do so is against the law.  You will be cited for “Failing To Use an Individual’s Preferred Name or Pronoun” and fined up to $250,000. Read the guidelines from the NYC Commission on Human Rights for details.

(My preferred pronoun is “His Majesty Most Magnificent.”  And you better call me that. At least, in New York City.)