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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

L' Etat, c'est Moi

       The progressive era was the beginning of the United States having a nation that considered its people as so much cattle.  Progressives had little use for constitutional restraints upon government power.  They wished to give presidents godlike power;  the president should be an elected monarch.  
        The first president to treat himself as a god among men was the vile racist Woodrow Wilson.  The chronically dishonest Wilson pretended that the United States had no preference as to who won World War I.  Wilson censored the news, preventing Americans from knowing about the hundreds of deadly acts of sabotage conducted against factories by German agents.  In 1916, he had the temerity to run for reelection based on keeping the U.S. out of the war, only to enter the war on the pretense of outrage over German submarine attacks.  Wilson then indulged his grandiose delusions by creating fourteen platitudes, and reshaping Europe according to his own whims.
     Next came Franklin Delano Roosevelt, America's answer to Henry VIII.  A truly revolutionary president, Roosevelt seemed to think he had the right to occupy the White House forever.  His economic schemes were often ruled unconstitutional;  Roosevelt's answer was packing the Supreme Court with syncophants who would allow him to do anything he wished.  To this day, the decisions of New Deal era justices allow the Court of King's Bench to justify unlimited distortions of the Commerce Clause.
        Of course, Oh Blah Blah was the ultimate destination for the United States.  No American president ever embodied the spirit of Louis XIV better than our forty-fourth president.  Not only did Obama think he had the power to enforce only those federal laws he fully agreed with, his Justice Department was fully politicized.  And who could forget the way he ignored the War Powers Act of 1973 in order to engage us in Libya and Syria!  "I am the State," thundered Louis XIV, and Obama agreed entirely.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Goodbye, Weather Channel!

       Estase has been a longtime fan of the Weather Channel.  In the last three years, it has become clear that TWC has become a hotbed of carbon dioxide hysteria.  I gave up on the otherwise interesting Weather Underground program because its politics are too much like their namesakes'.  The tipping point has been reached today.  TWC actually broke into their weather coverage to propagandize (with Bill Nye, sodomy guy) about the decision by Orange Blatherskite to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Accords.  Hey NBC, why don't you keep your politics on MSNBC?  Maybe those of us who want to make sure we don't get rained on could care less what former childrens' TV stars think about carbon dioxide.  They actually acted as though the fact that corporations which would never need to burn fossil fuels endorsing the Paris Accords was some sort of compelling argument for them.  No, I'm not surprised that the commies at Starbucks want us to stick with the Paris Accords.  Perhaps TWC needs to see a drop in viewership to get them to lay off the politics.