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Economic Justice, A Constitutional Right?

Posted by Max Barron on January 7, 2009

Economic equality, a constitutional right?  It isn’t yet, but mark my words, if the left has its way, it will be.  How is this to be accomplished in a capitalist society?  The 14th amendment.  The 14th amendment, benevolent in its intent, will be flipped on its head and bastardized into a constitutional law providing economic equality as a right.  Remember the 2001 audio clip, in which Mr. Obama was discussing the Warren Court, that resurfaced during the presidential campaign?  In this interview, Mr. Obama states:

“Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of the redistribution of wealth and sort of basic issues of political and economic justice in this society, and to that extent as radical I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical.”

It is, and has been, clear from day one that Mr. Obama has socialistic leanings (in the same sense that Karl Marx had them).  What has not always been clear is the methods that he will use to achieve his end goal – economic “justice.”  While his tax plan is a clear enough example, it may not see its way through Congress.  It is my opinion, and prediction, that Mr. Obama will use the courts.  More specifically the U.S. Supreme Court.  It has already been stated that Mr. Obama will have the opportunity to appoint at least two new judges with the possibility of a third.  While the religious right and social conservatives have mostly focused on these appointments as a way for the left to maintain Roe and pass FOCA; I submit to you that, while the aforementioned are important, the real “snake in the grass” – the most critical area for concentration, will be the interpretation of the 14th amendment.  In its current form it states:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

To any person with common sense, something that most liberals clearly lack, this amendment is straight forward.  When it was written, it sought to protect the civil rights of the then newly freed slaves (13th amendment circa 1865) by properly defining citizenship.  However, as Mr. Obama so eagerly revealed in the previously metioned interview, the Warren Court – in its application of the 14th amendment – was not nearly radical enough.  To Mr. Obama the Warren Court’s failure was that it did not address the issue of redistribution of wealth.  It is my contention that Mr. Obama will attempt to right this wrong through the appointment of like minded activist judges.   I believe that Mr. Obama hopes to create a Warren-esque Court, only more radical.  Mr. Obama will attempt to stack the bench with no less than five justices who are willing to not only legislate from the bench, but also willing to transform the constitution.    He would like for these judges to share his view of “economic justice” and shape the constitution accordingly by interpreting, or rewriting, the 14th amendment to provide all citizens an equal share of the economic pie.

During President Bush’s judicial appointment process, the Democrats used judicial litmus testing to reject or confirm appointments to the bench.  We learned, during the presidential campaign, that Barack Obama is in favor of judicial litmus testing.  Knowing this, one could safely bet on a reoccurance for Mr. Obama’s appointments.  The key difference is that the Democrats will be looking for activists, and the Republicans will be trying to block those types of appointments (I hope).  The tendency for Republicans will be to test based on the judge’s stance on Roe Vs Wade and FOCA.  I would caution them also to look carefully at that judge’s stance on domestic issues as well.  Mr. Obama intends to use his appointments to reshape forever this country through the constitution.  While it may begin with the bastardization of the 14th amendment, it most certainly will not end there.  It bares reminding what Mr. Obama’s idea of the constitution is.

 “[The Constitution] Says what the states can’t do to you… what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.” 

Mr. Obama believes that the constitution should not be the limiting document that it is.  In that it shouldn’t describe what the government can not do.  He believes that it should, instead, describe what the government must do on your behalf.  Hold on to your wallets, folks, someone else may soon have a right to it.

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What issues do we draw the line on?

Posted by Max Barron on December 26, 2008

While sitting in the quagmire of D.C area traffic on my way home today I was tuned into 630am talk radio.  I was listening the the Sean Hannity show (stand in host today) and the host posed an interesting question: “What is the most important issue that we, as conservatives, should draw the line on with the incoming Obama administration?”.  I would have called in and given my answer but, alas, I do not carry a cell phone anymore (they’re a menace).  So instead I figured I would blog it.  I also figure that I will take it one step further and ask all of you to post up your answer to the question.

There are many issues on which we can and should take a stand.  FOCA, energy, foreign policy, taxes, etc are all very important.  What I want to know is which one do you think is the most important.

Here is my response:

We should fight the redistribution of tax payer wealth and the welfare system.  Yes I know, those are two issues.  However, I think that they go hand in glove (especially since the former is essentially a form of the latter).  The reason that I think that this is the most important and pressing issue is fairly simple and can be summarized with one word.  Socialism.  Socialism (economic justice as the liberals call it) fails every time.  Not only does it fail miserably but it also topples economies and breaks the back of a nation each and every time it is implemented.  Now, I know what some of you are thinking: “Redistributing tax dollars isn’t complete socialism.”  My response – Yes it is.  It may not be complete control of all enterprise and our daily lives immediately… but once you have this tax plan the rest is inevitable.

Here is what the redistribution of wealth means for us.  Success, should you be fortunate enough to achieve it, will be penalized in the form of taxation.  What is the point of putting in all of the time and effort, the hard work, the blood, sweat, and tears to become wealthy and successful if you are going to wind up paying so much more in taxes that you may as well not make that extra money.  Why would people continue to strive for excellence and individual worth when you can sit back, do very little, and let someone else carry the load?  As things are right now 40% of the nation does NOT pay income tax.  That’s right, not a bit of those heinous taxes.  They do, however, receive the same benefits as those of us that pay income tax.  Under the Obama plan that 40% (and that figure would likely increase greatly) will get a check.  Yup, the people that don’t pay get paid instead.  The arguments in favor of this plan are based solely on class warfare.

The “wealthy” already carry the burden.  The already provide the jobs, the investments, and plenty of tax dollars.  Under this tax plan those same individuals will, in essence, pay directly into well-fare as well.  Why should the entrepreneur that worked hard and took opportunities to the betterment of their lives be punished for their success?  This isn’t a simple matter of raising taxes on a higher income bracket.  No, this is cutting taxes further for people that already don’t pay them and forcing the tax payers to give the untaxed a hand-out.  This IS socialism.  What’s more is that the motivation for success dwindles.  People will stop trying.  This will cause a sharp decline in business creation (thereby job creation), innovation, the standard of living, and a rise in unemployment.  If you ever want an example of trickle-down economics… Raise taxes on the wealthy and businesses.  They pass the buck on to the consumer (that’s you and me) in the form of higher prices for goods and services.  Isn’t there an old adage about this?  Something to do with shit and a hill?  However, prices can only be raised so far before people will simply no longer purchase the product.  This leads to businesses being shut down and unemployment for the workers.  That means that there is less wealth for the government to repossess.  Eventually the government will have to lower that income threshold for the higher taxes.  This will continue until there is nothing left to tax.  If you don’t believe me ask the U.S.S.R. oh wait… It no longer exists.  Hey, you can ask Venezuela and Cuba.

You see?  It leads to failure of the economy.  When the economy fails so does the nation as a whole.  National security disappears.  Standard of living plummets.  Education goes into free fall.  The entire system collapses.

I know what some will say in response to that: “Well, that isn’t the most important because at most Obama has 8 years.  A new president can reverse that.”  To that I reply: “Once the system is in place it is fait accompli.  It is immeasurably more difficult to remove a system of hand-outs once they are in place.  People are not likely to give up their free money.  *cough*welfare*cough*”  You see, if we allow Mr. Obama to put this tax plan in play, mark my words, we WILL have socialism.  The ground work is already laid with the recession (courtesy of Congress) and the bailouts (ala Bush).  We are on the precipice… it won’t take much of a shove to send us tumbling, irreversibly, down that hill.

What do you all think?  What do you think is the most important issue to take a stand on and why?  Comment away.

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