June 30, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
MICHAEL FLYNN SPEAKS OUT, WITH A WAKE-UP CALL
Michael Flynn knows firsthand what it’s like when a small group of highly motivated people gets together behind the scenes to “affect change.” He was “changed” right out of the White House.
Lately, he’s applied that wisdom to the country at large and doesn’t like what he sees. Now that he can glimpse the light at the end of his own personal tunnel, he’s raising alarm bells to all Americans who want to continue their way of life. This is no time to be complacent, he says in an op-ed for the WESTERN JOURNAL. If we stand by, it’s not too much to say that America as we know it will be destroyed.
Reading this piece, one can’t help but think that its author would have made such a fine national security adviser. (Who did we end up with after the FBI interfered? John Bolton.) It’s clear that he would be encouraging President Trump right now to set up a tough line of defense. This is a man who loves America while recognizing its flaws --- having almost been done in by them himself --- and who knows how vulnerable our democracy is.
CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS GOES ROGUE
Once again on Monday, Chief Justice John Roberts made it clear that he can no longer be considered part of the “conservative” wing of the Supreme Court, as he joined with the liberals for the third time in two weeks on major cases. This time, it was a 5-4 ruling striking down a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges to some hospital within a 30-mile radius.
While the pro-abortion lobby (and probably Kermit Gosnell from his cell) celebrated this ruling as a victory for “women’s health,” it is anything but. They fight tooth and nail against any laws that hold abortion clinics to the most basic standards of safety and hygiene that any other medical clinic has to meet. This is because to them, nothing must interfere with aborting babies, even protecting the health of the mother by ensuring that if something goes wrong during this invasive surgical procedure, that she can be quickly taken to a real hospital where they know how to save lives instead of just ending them.
As the article at the link makes clear, once again, Justice Roberts engaged in his patented form of legal reasoning that begins with choosing your preferred outcome, then working backwards to find a way to justify it. In this case, he argued that since the Court overturned a similar Texas law four years ago, “the legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike. The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”
Here are the problems with that: the Louisiana law was not as restrictive as the Texas law, yet four years ago, Roberts was on the dissenting side of the ruling against the Texas law. Also, in his dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas scolded Roberts, pointing out that stare decisis is usually applied only to historic rulings with a long record of decisions stemming from them, not a case that was just decided four years ago.
I know it’s disheartening for conservatives to stand by as a so-called “conservative” Justice (he’s earned those sarcastic quotation marks) appointed by a Republican President (George W. Bush) stabs them in the back more times than Norman Bates, and then see any point in voting for a Republican President to appoint SCOTUS Justices. But it’s actually all the more reason why we need to do so.
There is a natural tendency inside the Beltway for judges to become more and more liberal with age (the rare principled Justices such as Thomas being the blessed exceptions.) Roberts now "swings" more than Hugh Hefner, so this can no longer be considered a majority conservative Court. The only way to protect the Constitution is to reelect Trump, whose most important contribution to America might not be his work on the economy but his many conservative judicial appointments. Given four more years, he could appoint another two or more SCOTUS Justices. Then Roberts could attend all the liberal cocktail parties he wants, and invent all the half-baked excuses for violating the Constitution that he wants, and it won’t make any difference because when he votes with the liberals, they’ll still lose 6-3.
But if, Heaven forbid, Joe Biden (or actually, his handlers) are picking those SCOTUS nominees, we might as well sell the Constitution to the Charmin company.
A SUPREME COURT WIN
President Trump did score a Supreme Court win by default when the SCOTUS declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling against environmental groups trying to halt border wall construction
The plaintiff, the Center for Biological Diversity, claimed that Trump was violating the Constitution and building a wall that would devastate the fragile ecosystem of our “beautiful borderlands.” But I suspect they might have harmed their case by letting their true political motivations show, if their legal argument was anything like this revealing excerpt from their statement reacting to their court loss:
“The U.S.-Mexico border wall is part of a larger strategy of ongoing border militarization that damages human rights, civil liberties, native lands, local businesses and international relations…The border wall impedes the natural migrations of people and wildlife that are essential to healthy diversity.”
They might have been more convincing if they’d just stuck to arguing that we need to let the buffalo roam free and not added that we need to let illegal immigrants roam free.
NEWS FROM OUR LEFTIST UTOPIA
A “peaceful protester” was arrested for murder after opening fire and killing a man at a Louisville, Kentucky, protest. He was wounded after other armed protesters fired at him. The Democratic Mayor tried to suggest that the shooter was part of rightwing infiltrators who came in to cause trouble, but he had been in the protest camp for weeks, had been the focus of multiple complaints for his disruptive behavior, and has multiple arrests on his record.
In St. Louis, protesters from Black Lives Matter and other groups viciously attacked Catholics who were praying for and trying to protect a statue of St. Louis. One elderly Catholic man had his walking stick taken away and was beaten as the protesters called him a “skinhead.” (Warning: disturbing video.) One victim of the mob violence said, “The police were called six times by others on the sidelines and never showed up.” Maybe they saw no point, since the last time they arrested violent rioters, city officials released all of them from jail the very next day.
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)