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It’s now been three and a half years since the Senate passed a budget. I don’t feel a need to comment on the absurdity of that fact. The absurdity is self evident.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is making a play for chairmanship of the Senate budget committee. She doesn’t even have the chairmanship yet and she’s already saying that she can’t commit to actually passing a budget. Ace of Spades has some good comments on that here.

My question for Sen. Murray is simple. If the Senate can not or will not pass a budget, why does the Senate continue to have a Budget Committee?

Some scrappy Senator, maybe Rand Paul or Tom Coburn, should introduce a resolution abolishing the Budget Committee. It obviously wouldn’t go anywhere but it would be a great way to make the point.

Is this John Galt?

I’ve always been fascinated by some of the unreasonable demands modern day unions make and the absurd things they are willing to strike over.

The Hostess company (you know, the company that makes Twinkies, chalky powdered donuts, and other confectionery treats favored by patrol officers everywhere) is going through bankruptcy to try and survive these tough economic times. As part of the process, the bankruptcy court is forcing the company and employees union to sign a new contract that will cut some pay and benefits.

In response to the new contract the union went on strike. Here’s what one union member had to say about the new contract.

“You put in the time, you put in the years, I mean, we all have dedicated our lives to the company and they just don’t appreciate it.”

The thing is, it’s not a matter of whether or not the company appreciates its employees. It’s a matter of survival. Hostess CEO, Greg Rayburn says the company doesn’t have the finances to make it through a lengthy strike and doesn’t have the leeway to meet the union’s demands. So now Rayburn is going with the only rational option left – he issued an ultimatum telling the striking workers to get back to work by the end of the day Thursday (today) or he’ll liquidate the company and they won’t have jobs to come back to. We’re talking 18,000 jobs here.

So now the ball is in the union’s court. They can either maintain the strike and hope that Rayburn is bluffing, or they can tell their folks to go back to work while they still have jobs.

Math is hard. That’s what the guy who works out of the Oval Office says. Hopefully the unions can figure out that going back to a job with reduced wages is better than not having a job at all. It’s a simple matter – no complex equations involved. With 18,000 jobs on the line, I hope they get it right.

In the fight to secure our rights as citizens, we must be relentless. We must take advantage of every opposition weakness. We must create weakness where none exists. We must hit first and hit hard. We must seize every opportunity. We must grind down the opposition and make them wish they had never taken the field. Here’s a little peak at what that looks like. (Video clip gratuitously stolen from Ace of Spades.)

Now, we fight.

Yesterday was the most demoralizing day conservatives and defenders of liberty in America have suffered since the onerous health care law was signed into law by the lawless President Obama. The Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold Obamacare is nothing short of a disaster for liberty loving people in this nation. Congress can now punish American citizens subjects for any economic activity or inactivity so long as they backstop the mandate with a tax.

If Congress wants to force you to buy legal insurance and you don’t want it, no prob, you can pay a tax instead. If Congress wants every American to own a 2012 or newer vehicle, no problem. If you don’t want or can’t afford a new vehicle you can just pay the tax for not buying one! See how that works? We can play this game all day long.

But the question becomes, what now? Now that the concept of individual economic choice is dead, now that the government can force us to buy crap we don’t want and tax us if we don’t obey, what now?

Now, we fight. We fight like hell. Tooth and nail. We seek no quarter, we take no prisoners.

We conservatives have always tried to play nice. We’ve always played by the rules. We know the dead vote, so rather than trying to convince the dead to vote for us we work to get enough of the living to vote our way that the dead can’t swing the margins against us. No more. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more McCain style “I’d rather lose gracefully than win by playing dirty.” Nope. We’ve passed the line of demarcation. We’ve crossed the Rubicon. The point of no return is in our rearview mirror.

Pelosi, Reid, Obama, and the rest of the gang proved conclusively that the only thing that matters is absolute and total power. Not just the accumulation of power, but the unapologetic wielding of that power.

So now we fight to accumulate power. We accumulate enough raw unchecked power to roll back the socialist, bureaucratic entitlement, liberty-infringing tide that has drowned our country in debt, regulation, and fear. We fight not just to win, but to defeat, to crush, to leave the other side in utter devastation. We fight to reclaim our way of life. We fight to throw of the burden of being a Subject and to reclaim our rightful title of Citizen. We fight to abolish the Crown.

Our fight must be at every level. Every election must be contested. From dog catcher to school board to city council to county executive to state legislature, governor, congress, and president. We have to utterly destroy the idea that once instituted, a burdensome law can never be repealed. We have to roll back the bureaucracy and remind the Executive that they don’t make laws, they enforce them. The nightmare of bureaucratic rule making must end. Congress must reclaim its authority and its power over the purse.

Yesterday we got shellacked. Badly, horribly shellacked. Today we man the barricades. We mount an offensive. We charge the field with reckless abandon. Today, we fight.  In November, we win. In January, we repeal. President Romney’s signature accomplishment should be entered into the Federal Register before Former President Obama’s plane lands in Chicago on 1.20.2013.

If you’ve never been politically involved, get out there and volunteer. If you’ve never donated money, donate. Set aside your Starbucks money or your McDonald’s money or whatever small luxury you allow yourself, and put all of it into the campaign between now and November. Make phone calls, knock on doors, talk to your friends and neighbors. Join your local GOP GOTV operation. Leave no (Republican) voter behind. If you’re unsatisfied with the candidates in your local races, run for office yourself. We can’t bitch about bad candidates if we’re unwilling to step into the ring ourselves. Argue. Persuade. Fight. Win.

Remember, winning is all that matters. The accumulation of abject power, and the exercise thereof, is all that matters now. It’s the only way we roll back the tide. Now let’s get out there and do it.

As of today, Americans are no longer citizens. We are subjects.

In his immortal Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

Now we know the answer to the test. The answer is, no, such a nation can not long endure. That nation, our nation, is no longer a nation of liberty. Our nation is no longer a nation wherein an individual can choose to participate, or to not participate, in commerce of his preference. Today,  the Supreme Court held that Congress has the power to compel any individual to purchase a product (in this case health insurance) under its Constitutional power to tax.

As of today Congress can officially mandate that you purchase a product that it deems good for you. Today it’s health insurance. Tomorrow….what?

The Supreme Court ruled that the penalty levied for not purchasing insurance under the individual mandate is a tax. And therefore, the mandate is Constitutional because Congress has the power to tax. So, the concept of Federalism in America is dead. According to the Supreme Court, Congress has the power to mandate citizens to do anything, so long as there is a tax levied for noncompliance. Totally stunning.

Subjects, not citizens.

Long live the crown.

Photo taken with my iPhone just minutes before the ruling was handed down.

Based on this chart that I swiped from the boys at Ace of Spades, the answer is a clear and resounding NO.

If Americans choose to re-elect Barack Obama while all of the above holds true, we are well and truly screwed. The very thought that the electorate could keep America on the suicidal path we’re currently on is totally depressing. Even for a Zombie.

 

Looks like we’ll get to go through this whole song and dance again later this week.

Back to work everyone.

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