EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for April 1, 2010
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Today from 6:00 am ET to 9:00 am ET, I’m launching RedState Radio.
My friend Chris Krok left WMAC-AM in Macon, GA for Dallas, TX. I have filled in for him on occasion in the past and . . . well . . . today Cumulus is turning the reins over to me full time, at least for a little while.
It’s a 50,000 watt station and it broadcasts Rush Limbaugh. I’m excited, but getting up at 4:30 in the morning regularly is gonna suck.
I won’t be there for a long time. They’ll get a permanent host. But in the meantime, you can listen to me live every day by clicking here or going to http://www.wmac-am.com/.
The call in number is 478-742-0940.
If Congress can force us to do things outside of its powers, then it very clearly can force us to do things inside its powers. And if Congress can compel us to do things, why then do we have a thirteenth amendment prohibiting slavery?
Isn’t the logical conclusion of all of this, however radical some might suggest it is, that we then become slaves to the government? If Congress can compel us to do things we do not want to do merely because Congress says we must in the name of the national interest regardless of those 18 clauses in Article 1, Section 8, then are not we slaves to Congress — or more simply put, slaves to a tyrannical majority?
And Congress is not compelling us to do things such as avoiding the commission of crimes or filing and paying taxes. Congress is ordering us to buy a product Congress says you must have if you want to live. There is very literally no opt out other than death. A Congressional majority says I must take an action — not just refrain from acting, but actually act in a way Congress demands. It is “you go buy insurance. You go buy this type of light bulb. You go buy this type of food. You go get this type of job, whether you want it or not. You work in a certain way. You don’t get to choose.” Congress makes a determination of what benefits interstate commerce and compels you to act accordingly.
I don’t buy slippery slope arguments generally, though a lot of conservatives do. But I can at least see where the slippery slope ends should we slip down it. If Congress can compel us to take actions for our own good, whether or not we agree and that are outside the jurisdictional powers of Congress, then Congress can compel us clearly to buy things inside interstate commerce that we do not want to buy. And if Congress can compel our actions in that way, then Congress can compel our actions ad infinitum.
At some point the thirteenth amendment becomes meaningless because we do become slaves to government. Instead of government working for us, government becomes our master. And once the buck is passed to unelected bureaucrats who stay long after we have voted out the politicians who imposed this legal regime on us, even the basic right to control our destiny is removed from our hands.
By including areas of the East Coast, Eastern Gulf of Mexico and offshore Alaska in its new Five Year OCS Leasing Plan, the Obama Administration would appear to be throwing a bone to the “Drill. Baby, Drill” crowd.
Of course, everyone expects that there’s a quid pro quo in the deal: in exchange for this Open Access, you will support some form of Cap and Trade proposal. Isn’t that about it, Senator Graham?
But don’t mistake oil and gas leasing as a green light for an oil operator to “Drill. Baby, Drill”. An oil and gas lease is full of all kinds of “subject-tos”. Most significantly, an operator’s ability to drill and explore a lease is subject to his ability to secure the requisite approval from the various government agencies that issue permits for that activity.
So, theoretically, the Feds could issue a lease, but if one of the regulatory bodies refuses to issue a permit, there’s no drilling.
But that would never happen, would it?
Well, it did, less than two weeks ago.
Well, the young adults. However, since 26 year olds are now still considered children under Obamacare, encouraged to mooch of their parents and their insurance policies like new millennium slackers, I feel safe in calling them children. The Democrats, with this bill, are, thus, harming The Children ™ and the newly minted as adults thirty-somethings.
Remember when Google CEO Eric Schmidt laughed at you for questioning Google’s commitment to your privacy? Remember when he asked you if you’d rather the government do what he does, as though there were an imperative that somebody gather and cross-reference everything they can about you?
It turns out that line between Google and government is pretty sketchy. Very sketchy, in fact.