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September 21, 2020 |

THE SAME REACTION

I often remind readers that I’m not a lawyer (I don’t even play one of TV, like some of CNN’s “legal analysts.”) So I was gratified to see that Instapundit blogmaster Glenn Reynolds, who is a law professor, had the same reaction that I did to the hysteria and threats sparked by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: that it’s proof the Supreme Court has become much too important.

We now have nine unelected judges, appointed for life, all from similar elite, Ivy League backgrounds, making political decisions that affect all Americans and that should be the sole province of the people and their elected representatives. No wonder people go insane when one of them has to be replaced.

Since Democrats are threatening to expand and pack the Court anyway, Prof. Reynolds has a novel suggestion that would really expand it, and in the process, make it much less powerful and important and far more representative of the entire country. I’ll let you click over to read it and tell me what you think in the comments.

THREE ARGUMENTS FOR RBG REPLACEMENT

Here’s why Sen. Ted Cruz was a champion debater in college: he lays out three unassailable arguments for why Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement needs to be approved and seated by Election Day. And #3 is one the Democrats created themselves by threatening a massive lawsuit assault if Trump wins, which could put the election results into the hands of the Supreme Court, which couldn’t decide it with a 4-4 tie, so what will we need by Election Day? A ninth Justice. Thanks for making our argument for us, guys!

PRAYERMARCH 2020

Next Saturday, the Rev. Franklin Graham will lead PrayerMarch 2020, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol in Washington. This is not a partisan event, and participants are asked not to bring any political signs. The purpose is purely to ask God to heal our land.

Here’s more information about the event…

And here’s the event’s website, if you’d like to come to DC to participate, or join in from home via live-stream.

UNSURPRISING STORY

In a shocking but somehow unsurprising story, a professor at Marshall University in West Virginia is on suspension pending an investigation after allegedly telling students during an online class that she hoped all of Trump’s supporters would get the coronavirus and die before the election. I thought universities were supposed to create “safe spaces” for students. How safe would a Trump-supporting student feel in her class?

I say it’s unsurprising because this is the kind of nasty, dehumanizing, violent, radical left rhetoric that’s become all too common among university faculty who fancy themselves smarter and better than the rest of us. At least this one is still clinging to enough shards of self-awareness to say she’s sorry she’s “become the type of person” who wishes death on people who disagree with her politically.

That prompted this interesting blog post on how apparently intelligent and well-educated people who live in a bubble where only one view is ever expressed can let a steady diet of political hatred turn them into soulless tyrants with no regard for human life.

What is missing from these people’s lives that has left such a huge hole in their souls that they would prioritize ideology over human life? I think I know what it is, but she works in a university so I assume I wouldn’t be allowed to give her a Bible.

A TALE OF TWO NYC MURALS

While New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio was shutting down businesses but allowing protesters and rioters to fill the streets, he was also cutting the budget for police to protect New Yorkers but finding the money to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the street in front of Trump Tower and making police guard it from vandals 24/7.

Well, early Saturday morning, there was a block party in Brooklyn, and participants painted their own message to DeBlasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a giant mural on the street. It took the Department of Transportation less than 24 hours to cover it up, proving that DeBlasio can actually get something done in the city.

(Warning, it’s a bluntly profane New York-style message, although the offensive word is blurred out.)

Funny that the Mayor believes so strongly in free speech when he’s protecting a message that he approves of, but one that’s critical of him was immediately covered up. I suspect it reflects the thoughts of many New Yorkers, even if a lot of them no longer live in New York.

CONGRATULATIONS PRINCETON, YOU DESERVE THIS

Leftists want us to take them very seriously, up until the point they’re held responsible for what they say or do, and then they become like Gene Wilder in “Young Frankenstein”: “I was JOKING! Don’t you know a JOKE when you hear one?!!”

One delicious example came last week when Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber decided to engage in some fashionable virtue signaling by releasing an open letter declaring that "racism and the damage it does to people of color persist at Princeton" and that "racist assumptions" are "embedded in structures of the University itself." This came after hundreds of Princeton faculty members released an open letter claiming that "anti-Black racism has a visible bearing upon Princeton’s campus makeup."

So, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (hooray!) sent a letter to Princeton, announcing a federal investigation into the school’s admitted racist practices. It points out that since Eisgruber became president in 2013, Princeton has received over $75 million in federal funds by repeatedly representing to the government that it was in compliance with the ban on racist practices required under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The letter orders Eisgruber and a corporate representative of the university to appear under oath for questioning, to answer written questions about these admitted acts of racism, and to produce records related to them and to the school’s sworn (possibly perjurious) declarations that they do not engage in racism when they applied for grants.

Seems to me, Princeton has two options:

1. Admit they are racist and return the $75 million-plus any penalties for misrepresenting themselves on federal forms. Or…

2. Admit their president was just talking through his hat and engaging in empty public self-flagellation because that’s what liberals are expected to do these days: virtue-signal about racism, even though they don’t really mean it.

Either way, Congratulations Secretary DeVos for finally forcing these pompous phonies to put up or shut up.

IN OTHER NEWS

In other “I’m a liberal, I don’t have to tell the truth or face consequence” news, former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy writes in National Review about all the justice system attorneys and officials claiming that the legal system is full of “systemic racism,” even though they run those systems in their states and cities. He says most of those he’s worked with are liberals who are proud of how professional and non-racist they are in doing their jobs, yet they reflexively ascribe racism to other people in the very same system. But when pressed, they can’t name a single example of a prosecution or conviction that hinged on the cops, attorneys or judge being racist.

AND...

ABOUT "CRITICAL RACE THEORY"

You’ve heard a lot about “critical race theory,” how it’s ripping America apart (by design), and how President Trump is trying to get it out of government and schools. But what, precisely, is “critical race theory”? If you’re a little fuzzy on the concept, this is a good primer that may help explain what it’s all about.

You’ll notice that buried under that pile of empty jargon and buzzwords is the same self-defeating message for every identity group: if you have problems or failures or just don’t like biological reality, it’s never your fault. All those things can be blamed on some evil “others” who are engaged in an invisible conspiracy to keep you down.

In truth, the real victims of a destructive conspiracy are the taxpayers who have to pay to disseminate this poison, the workers who are forced to suffer through it, the school kids who get it spoon-fed it into their heads, and anyone who doesn't take responsibility for improving his or her own life because it's easier to blame someone else.

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  • Robert Carter

    09/22/2020 05:27 PM

    Mike
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  • Emma Hood

    09/22/2020 04:20 PM

    No antecedent other than ALL should be used with “Lives Matter”, God creates every person in His image and likeness out of LOVE! He didwise so in order to share His love. He gives every person free will to choose right or wrong. We are all His family; working together for the common good will bring happiness. Otherwise, chaos will prevail!

  • Carolyn Wright

    09/22/2020 03:32 PM

    To LA Huston, I know how you feel because I get the same, on my email and on my phone, I to am retired . I know they must do this because the Republican base is the people not the Gates, Bloomberg's and Soroes of the Demaocratic Party. So just do as I do and delete them, it will be over soon. Also if possible everyone should call your State Senators along with Susan Collins, (202-224-2523 ). Mitt Romney, ( 202-224-5251 ), Lisa Murkowski ( 202-224-6665 ). Let them know to stand with their fellow Senators and vote for the Supreme Court Justice before the election.
    I am asking them all to be united with Christ and his people, those who stand for truth, peace, justice and morality. to be stronge and courageous as we battle against sin and evil, you will be fighting on the winning side good over evil.
    I will go to the polls on November 03, 2020 and vote for truth, peace, justice, morality, good over evil.
    CMW

  • Jerry

    09/22/2020 10:06 AM

    When someone brings feeling into today’s political area that one must exit immediately Pelosi shumer and most of the left do have a feeling and it is hate and the goal is destroying the United States bring your feelings and get burned down

  • Ruth Hoefert

    09/22/2020 10:06 AM

    Prof. Reynolds idea is brilliant! Representation would be more realistic and self-importance should be lessened.

  • Laura Baker

    09/22/2020 09:40 AM

    Great commentaries! Thank you for maintaining your sense of humor; you are a bright spot on the FOX NEWS TV.

  • I. Frank and Treasure Smith

    09/22/2020 09:32 AM

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    I PRAY THAT THE ONE THAT OUR LORD WANTS WILL BE THE ONE SELECTED. TS

  • Bill Hall

    09/22/2020 09:01 AM

    Thank you for your incites. These seem to be based on a long forgotten method in the world of reasoning . Common Sense

  • David R Perry

    09/22/2020 08:54 AM

    In Buffalo,Wyoming we are praying on the 26th in support of Rev. Grams hope to heal our nation and focus on what is truly important...Jesus and His teaching. My prayer is other churches will do the same.
    Thank you,
    Dave Perry

  • Jerry Korba

    09/22/2020 08:52 AM

    We are in a time where the Left is in all out attack on America they know the people are against them the Left is attacking the Constitution and want to overthrow it, cancel it out, and start over. To start over means forget the Greatest countries values and dissolve them and bring in a one party government modeled after the CCP China Communist Party or something that mirrors the CCP. The country needs to bring in military forces around the country place them in sites where problems are likely to happen; It needs to dismantle and incarcerate the Domestic terrorists on the spot. Portland is the prime example its Mayor is the rodent on the spinning wheel its time to take the wheel and its rodent and put it in a secure place so it doesn't effect the public any longer. Do the same in New York City and and all the cities with the rodents and its wheels meet in the middle of the country with all the rodents and spinning wheels make America Safe again put them in a secure environment and make America Safe Again.

  • Stephen Russell

    09/22/2020 08:46 AM

    Glen Reynolds idea: I say Yes to his plan
    & end the USSC deciding political issues for the US
    NO More

    NYC Mural:
    Goes both ways for Dems
    I say paint more citywide
    Hoorah

  • Mary Lou mcKillip

    09/22/2020 08:29 AM

    Radicals (demonized) and liberals are just a cop out.In society and it is so sad our children are being brained wash in these colleges. Return to God.

  • John Newell

    09/22/2020 07:55 AM

    Thank you soooooo much for helping us “keep our heads above water”. It’s good to hear things from a Christians point of view. Keep up the good work and may God bless you??

  • Daman collins

    09/22/2020 03:05 AM

    The USA Today opinion piece on the Supreme Court was good up until it reloaded the 5th time..I gave up..

  • Robert Kaschner

    09/22/2020 02:25 AM

    Even as a die hard Christian conservative, I feel that even mentioning "replacing Judge Ginsberg" before she gets buried is in VERY bad taste. Sure we want a conservative judge, but "come on man" (Tee Hee) let her get cold before agitating the Dims.

    In fact, wouldn't waiting until after the election to replace the judge (No doubt in my mind that Trump will win) be received as as fair minded, and considerate act by both sides? Realistically, wouldn't waiting have avoided two months of venomous rhetoric from the lunatic left???

    I just think this has stirred up a hornets nest that should have been avoided.

  • Marshall Love

    09/22/2020 12:25 AM

    Glad to have you back..."computer glitch" blocked your messages!!! Certainly enjoy your honest comments. M

  • Sue VonderOhe

    09/21/2020 11:51 PM

    Mike, I’m not for increasing the SC any more. When they went to 9 that’s the limit I think it should be. My reason is the more you have, the more it becomes divided into factions as now. As it’s said to make a decision don’t form a committee. Also, I agree w/what Senator Cruz says, just from my own understanding w/out a law degree. Thanks for the good articles.

  • Cherilyn Calhoun

    09/21/2020 11:40 PM

    Professor Reynolds has a very good solution to the problems with the Supreme Court.

  • Jo Cluck

    09/21/2020 11:09 PM

    Threats and more threats. God bless President Trump. He's ignoring them Pray they get a nominee and get her confirmed SOON. This sick society of hate-filled Democrats and a few Rhinos here and there is enough to make people gag. I kept my tv off for the most part today as it was my 88th birthday and I wanted to be happy!!! Have a blessed day.

  • TOMMIE Houser

    09/21/2020 10:48 PM

    This is not the time for Appeasement on the Republican side. The Democrats
    have no respect, love for Our America or American’s ,whom they are sworn to represent but do NOT; and it is they that want Total control , power, and to enslave. Who needs Russia with Domestic enemies such as the lost and sick Democrats?

  • Carol Fraser

    09/21/2020 10:15 PM

    Read the book, The Nine, and you’ll understand the politicization and how long it’s existed of the Supreme Court.

  • Renee Kendrick

    09/21/2020 10:02 PM

    The DIMS are desperate and drawing at straws. They are trying to see what they can get away with at every angle. All they have are a pack of lies to fall back on! They are so angry that things are backfiring on them. God is still in control. The best thing to do is vote them out! Also if you receive a mail-in ballot and do not plan to use it, keep it in your home until there is a victory in the election! That way you have the document showing that you did not mail in a ballot, if necessary. If enough people show up with unused mail-in ballots, the "lost" ones will have to be disqualified. The American people need to do their own harvesting of mail-in ballots and vote in person! There are such people called dumpster divers who search through garbage for mail in order obtain people's names and addresses for identity theft. (Seriously!) Who's to say that the DIMS won't have such people working for them to confiscate ballots! So hold on to your ballots, folks. Don't hand them over to anyone. Even shredding them before the election could prove to be detrimental. The more unused mail-in ballots that can be provided after the election, the more the DIMS will have to concede. They just need to go sit down and take a time out. They are the biggest bunch of whiners I've ever witnessed. All of them should have to pass a constitutional law exam - prepare by SCOTUS - before they can be elected to Congress!

  • Judy Dulski

    09/21/2020 09:57 PM

    Love all that you do for our country keep up the good work.