Category: Liberty’s Labors Lost

What a Principled Constitutionalist Does NOT Do

Ted Cruz, who for years banked his whole political career on being the most principled constitutionalist in the room, along with Ben Sasse, who has played for that same audience since beginning his political career, both voted to support Trump’s national emergency declaration, while simultaneously expressing “deep concerns” (aka backside-covering phony reservations) about giving any president such powers. In short, they just fell...

Remember when… [Updated after Senate vote]

Remember when Americans who called themselves “constitutional conservatives” got all excited when an elected Republican stood up to the party leadership and refused to budge on principle, come what may? Now those people call themselves “patriots” and prefer Mitch McConnell’s cloying cleverness to Mike Lee’s constitutionalist principles. Remember when Ted Cruz was that constitutionalist standing up to McConnell and the rest of the...

The Wall Gets Higher

The day Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign, in the summer of 2015, a large chunk of irrational mass movement hatred broke off the old Tea Party constitutionalist ice cap, and that idol-worshipping chunk has been growing continually ever since, finally eclipsing its source in size, fervor, and power. Today, in as clear a rejection as possible of the principles that created the...

Clutching at Pearls (tight around your neck)

Lindsey Graham, who is either a brave American patriot or a weak-kneed traitor to the republic, depending on whether the Trumpanzees think he is agreeing with Trump this week or not, is currently back in the traitor category again — though in fact he is once again agreeing with Trump. Remember, his status is determined by whether the Trump cult thinks he is...

Crying Out for a Tyrant

Rand Paul has waited until the last moment to announce that he will vote against Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, all but insuring that the Senate will officially reject the presidential power-grab. In response, Trump’s cultists and other Republican establishment lovers are taking to the internet to decry Paul’s treason — not treason against the United States, or against the Constitution, but against...

Trump’s Foreign Policy, Summarized

After two-plus years of watching Donald Trump in action as President of the United States of America — I use that full title in the hopes of jabbing his somnambulant idolaters into some awareness of what they have created with their childish fanaticism — his governing style and priorities have become quite clear. And in no arena are his implicit principles of governance...

Trump vs. Trump (Updated with Trump’s announcement that there is NO EMERGENCY)

Patterico has this very amusing screen shot at his website, dating from 2014: Trump is everything Washington is and has long been, only dumber. He is a parody of the democratic political disease of tribal hypocrisy, and what we might call the morality of convenience. Oh, I know, all the best conservative pundits are out there hammering home the point that there is...

Winning!

Donald Trump and his owner, Mitch McConnell, spent two years of Republican control of the White House and Congress doing exactly nothing to advance Trump’s “signature campaign promise” (most hypnotizing cult mantra), “The Wall.” Then, with Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, Trump rejected a deal that would provide less border funding than he allegedly wanted, which in turn was far...

New York Values

New York State legislators and other criminal minds are cheering today because Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill essentially removing all restrictions on abortion at any stage of pregnancy, right up to natural birth. In other words, a bunch of people who want to kill babies are cheering because they just passed a law to make this easier. Okay, I...

Trump About to Offer Democrats More DACA than They Asked For (Again!)

Okay, President Dealmaker is about to attempt to end the government shutdown by pulling one of his brilliant negotiating ploys: offering his “opponents” more than they asked for, and hoping they wake up from their fainting spell or recover from their laughing fit in time to accept it. This time it’s apparently going to be an offer to protect the “dreamers” covered by...