Finally, The First Amendment Gets The Second Amendment Treatment


“When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.” Most people know this quote from the Dune books, where it is retroactively attributed to Louis Veuillot. The attribution may or may not be true but the saying itself is a truth that has an echo in history all the way back to the dawn of man.

For the past twenty years or so, I’ve had a saying of my own: “If we treated the First Amendment like we treated the Second Amendment, it would only apply to Revolutionary-era printing presses and actual wooden soapboxes.” After all, the only firearms in this country that enjoy authentic Second Amendment protection are blackpowder muzzle-loaders. Your right to order a blackpowder muzzle-loader and keep it loaded by your bed is basically the only undamaged firearms right left. It even applies to felons, although felons may not have the cap primer that makes modern blackpowder rifles vaguely reliable. Every other kind of gun is subject to a Byazntine admixture of state, federal, and local laws.

Our Supreme Court has continually interpreted the Constitution as a “living” document. Which means that they’ve been free to whittle down the Second Amendment as they like, while expanding the First Amendment to cover everything from the airwaves to the Internet to public defecation “art” to the infamous Citizens United decision. The word “militia”, which originally referred to the “militia” that overthrew King George, has been redefined as the National Guard. Meanwhile, “speech” has been expanded to mean every form of communication imaginable plus money plus behavior. That expansion is the lever by which socially liberal people and organizations have reshaped America in their desired image. Without the freedom to carpet-bomb Americans with everything from freaky old titties at the Super Bowl to a coalition of media that lampoons and undermines traditional family life, we’d probably still be living in the early Sixties.

Whether this is a good or bad thing is a matter of opinion, or perhaps a matter of degree. I like having the freedom to read D.H. Lawrence but I’m not sure I would want my eight-year-old daughter, if I had one, to be exposed to a bunch of swinging dicks in bathrooms just because such a “freedom” is the current cause celebre in California. Regardless of the merits of America’s social transformation, however, you cannot argue that it could have been done without hugely liberal (in the classic sense) interpretations of the First Amendment. But remember that maybe-Herbert quote above, because it applies starting now.

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What’s Wrong With The Economy, In Brief


The always-fascinating Mickey Kaus reviewed Hillary’s coronation speech for Breitbart recently. I’m not going to recommend that you click on a Breitbart link — I don’t want to make this a partisan-politics website. However, Mr. Kaus offers a uniquely perceptive pair of paragraphs about the economy that I think make sense when viewed from either side of the aisle.

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Sorry, Baby, You’re British Now


Well, it’s common and delightful for beautiful young women to have all sorts of silly ideas in their heads. Not that young men are any better; I still have a “Clinton/Gore ’92” sticker on the BMX number plate I was running at the time.

Yesterday, the United Kingdom voted to take control of its own affairs. This is a good thing. Local government is always a good thing. If we had more local government, then San Francisco could be a sanctuary city if they wanted, with no repercussions. Small towns in Ohio that don’t have any crime and any diversity issue could have all the guns and trucks and country music they wanted, while Chicago could do whatever they think is going to solve their issues. Local government means you have a voice. Yes, it might affect the financial markets. So what? As we’re all coming to learn, that’s a rigged game anyway, a massive system to transfer trillions of dollars to the sixty-two people who own half of the world.

The British citizens who voted for Brexit were voting against those sixty-two elites, and their unelected thugs in Brussels, forcing the Calais Jungle on them. They were voting for self-determination. That’s a very American thing to do — but I should point out that all of this country’s founding ideals were conceived by men who were educated in the English system. It’s nice to see the mother country voting for its own independence, isn’t it?

Complete Transcript Of Donald Trump’s June 22, 2016 Speech


(I’m reposting this, after cross-checking Politico and NPR to confirm that it’s correct, because I believe that it’s worth discussing. I cannot say that I personally disagree with Mr. Trump regarding any of the significant positions laid out in this speech. That doesn’t mean he’s going to do what he says, but it’s worth noting that Mrs. Clinton has effectively stopped even bothering to promise any significant change to Americans— JB)

Today I‘d like to share my thoughts about the stakes in this election.

People have asked me why I am running for President.

I have built an amazing business that I love and I get to work side-by-side with my children every day.

We come to work together and turn visions into reality.

We think big, and then we make it happen.

I love what I do, and I am grateful beyond words to the nation that has allowed me to do it.

So when people ask me why I am running, I quickly answer: I am running to give back to this country which has been so good to me.

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The Amazing And Thoroughly Repugnant Creature Known As Alondra Cano


There are times that I honestly wonder if #BlackLivesMatter is some sort of false-flag operation run by ultra-powerful white nationalists or something. To begin with, the whole movement appears to consist of people who are bad at math. Its core assumption — that African-Americans are beaten and killed by police at a disproportionate rate to their actual involvement in crime — is unsupported by the facts. Yes, there have been some absolutely inexcusable examples lately of Black citizens suffering at the hands of police, but this treatment is not meted out exclusively to people of color. Just last month, two Black cops murdered a six-year-old autistic boy in cold blood. A white teenager was executed by a cop a month before that. Nor do the “BLM” folks have any horror story to compare with when Lon Horiuchi deliberately shot Vicki Weaver in the face as she held her infant in her arms or when the BATF killed twenty-two white children with flammable CS gas under the orders of Attorney General Janet Reno. The fondness on the part of the American government at all levels for using deadly force against its own citizenry is not exclusively a black or white problem and to suggest that it is amounts to political gamesmanship for the purposes of obtaining power.

Regardless of that, everyone under the age of fifty in this country has lived their entire lives being carpet-bombed by hagiographic depictions of the Boomers’ Vietnam-era protests and therefore anytime the opportunity to protest comes up we eagerly take it so we can have a taste of that sweet, sweet self-righteous slacktivism. The brilliant guerilla tactics of Marissa Janae Johnson and Mara Jacqeline Willaford, the women who forced Bernie Sanders to lick their boots in front of a Seattle crowd earlier this year in the most self-abasing, humiliating way possible, have done a lot to further embolden the #BLM folks. Imagine the power of jumping on a stage and making a man who might be President do exactly what you tell him to do, up to and including a two-hundred-and-seventy-second “moment of silence” in honor of shopkeeper-choker Michael Brown. No Vietnam-era protester ever made a Presidential candidate get on his knees and suck the metaphorical cock of a dead criminal. Were I in charge of the Democratic party, I’d forget this primary business and I’d immediately put Marissa and Mara on the ticket, because those women understand power in a way that Bernie “Free Shit For All White College Kids” Sanders never will.

But I digress. I want to talk about Minneapolis councilwoman Alondra Cano. She was elected in 2013 as an “activist” but so far her primary activism has consisted of taxpayer-funded vacations to Barcelona and Paris. No surprise, then, that she would obnoxiously insert herself into the Minneapolis #BLM protest this week, helping to blockade the airport and close the roads in the area. This business of self-appointed non-African-American female overseers making themselves part of #BLM protests reached a recent low with Melissa Click attempting to coerce black men into attacking an Asian-American reporter but I suspect we haven’t seen the bottom of the well just yet. Mrs. Cano’s decision to help blockade the airport of her home city, therefore, was not just likely but expected in light of the situation.

What wasn’t expected was the way she threatened her own constituents when they called her on her behavior.

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Never Mind The Southern Strategy, Here’s The Mexican One


Okay, I admit it: I’ve been reading The Nation a lot while I’ve been laid up. I cannot recommend you do the same. The youngest generation of the publication’s writers grew up taking Orwell as an instruction manual rather than as a cautionary tale; you won’t get through any two random features on the site without being lectured that Hillary Clinton’s decision to host classified e-mail in a bathroom closet is a “non-issue” and that race is the only issue of any importance facing America today. Words like “racist” and “racial” appear everywhere with a frequency approximately equal to that enjoyed by “cock” and “wet” over at, and for the same reason: the average millennial is constantly battered with demands that he or she be racially outraged and/or sexually stimulated and therefore they require ever-stronger imagery to get it up for the cause.

Take the audio from a Sasha Grey porn, overdub every one of her groans with the word “RACISM”, and you’d basically have created a Books-On-Tape version of The Nation. This is not to imply that the people who write the magazine are stupid. They are not stupid and neither is Ms. Grey. The idiots are the people who consume the product at the cost of their critical thinking and the expense of their own humanity.

Today, I was one of those idiots. I started off by reading a rant about how working whites are racist. And then I started to read another piece that I thought was simply more concern trolling about Joe Biden, but it turned out to be far more than that. It was a neat explanation of why we will have single-party rule in the United States within twenty years.

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