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July 16, 2012


Dr. Mabuse:  How Can You Say Nothing Has Changed when Everything is Different?

Lawrence Auster last week posted a short entry on his blog about the Fourth of July, and I’ve been trying ever since then to properly verbalize why I feel, like him, that somehow nothing will ever be the same again. I’m not an American, but I’ve always felt like an honorary American, as if I could be unofficially adopted into that country through enthusiasm for her ideals and history. A little like the Biblical idea of being “grafted onto” the original tree - not one of the Chosen People, but allowed in because what’s inside is more important than the merely physical.

Since the betrayal of the USSC and particularly the despicable John Roberts, I haven’t been able to shake the feeling that everything’s different now. I vaguely remember some long-ago debate here in Canada over changing and overturning traditions. The liberal, as usual, pooh-poohed his conservative opponent as some sort of unbalanced hysteric. This change - in divorce law, or abortion law, or mandatory French labelling, or whatever - wasn’t anything to be alarmed about! Why, we’ve been doing such-and-such for years anyway - nothing’s changed. The conservative finally replied, “How can you say that nothing’s changed when everything’s different?”

And that’s the truth of it: everything IS different, even though lots of people, including lots of conservatives, are insisting that this is just a little tactical manoeuvre to one side or another. I guess you could call them “Normalists”. No matter what happens, everything is still normal. On the Right, this has given rise to the cry to donate money to Mitt Romney. If June 28 is a normal act, then it can be countered by normal methods, and the typical normal method is to jog down the old, familiar road of elections. The usual pattern of behaviour is one side gets a point, then the other side gets a point, and it all works out.

Except in this case, I don’t think this is a normal situation. I think 6/28 marked an existential change in the nature of the United States. It’s like a person walking through a radioactive field, where most of the radiation passes harmlessly through his body, until finally one cell is struck and split, producing the undetectable change that will eventually completely alter the nature of the body and cause its death. Maybe “tipping point” is a better descriptor, that moment when things going over the edge can’t be pulled back. But I like the other because it better reflects my feeling that everything looks the same, only it’s entirely different.

My grief over this can’t be understood if you don’t know how fervently I’ve loved the United States.

Hie thee hence and read it all.  It is well worth the read.


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I love the Doc.  She is absolutely right about 6/28 and the Obamacare decision, a ruling that will forever live in infamy.  The Left is perpetually in search of “Year Zero” in society, and they very likely have one here.  The US is forever changed, barring an unlikely repeal, and on an inexorable path of dependency and dictates.  The US hereby joins the UK in the internalization of decline and dotage.

[1] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-16-2012 at 01:07 PM · [top]

1, this is beyond Obamacare.  Justice Roberts, invented the Robert’s tax.  A Robert’s tax is a ploy to empower the Government to do something otherwise prohibited by the Constitution.  He transformed a Government with limited powers into a Government with unlimited power, and absent a Constitutional Convention or Amendment it can’t be undone.  The repeal of Obamacare will not undo that.


I think that he also showed that liberal justices never betray their ideology and “conservative” ones can never be trusted.  And he showed that the idea of a written Constitution is bankrupt because the Courts can always craft words to nullify it.

[2] Posted by Br. Michael on 7-16-2012 at 02:53 PM · [top]

He transformed a Government with limited powers into a Government with unlimited power, and absent a Constitutional Convention or Amendment it can’t be undone. 

I disagree.  Just as in the Dred Scott decision, this court can overturn a terrible, terrible rulilng and call it as such.  They may have the opportunity with some of the pending suits coming their way.

[3] Posted by Jackie on 7-16-2012 at 03:58 PM · [top]

A great read and one that should be taken to heart.

[4] Posted by Paula Loughlin on 7-16-2012 at 04:17 PM · [top]

Yeah, I’m trying desperately to find a reason to vote for Flipper.  So far, Sarah Palin hasn’t been invited to the GOP convention.  She’s taking it in stride.  Flipper is making comments about “not setting his hair on fire.”  His commercials are even lamer now than they were during the primaries. 

McCain won my vote with Palin four years ago.  If Flip doesn’t put up a Rubio or a Santorum (or someone like them) for Veep, I’ll go third party:  They’d want my vote, but just not me.  Same could be said of the Dems.

[5] Posted by J Eppinga on 7-16-2012 at 04:54 PM · [top]

Dred Scott was never overruled.  It just became irrelevant after the Civil War.

[6] Posted by Br. Michael on 7-16-2012 at 06:41 PM · [top]

Oh and I should add:  The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

[7] Posted by Br. Michael on 7-16-2012 at 06:48 PM · [top]

I know the feeling. The good doctor has done an excellent job of expressing it.

[8] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 7-16-2012 at 07:15 PM · [top]

The ethos of this country which I thought would endure forever, just vanished. Now I feel I’m living in some sort of Bizarro world.

[9] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 7-16-2012 at 07:18 PM · [top]

My namesake, #9, once said that “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”  He meant it as a warning, but there’s a large faction in politics that took it as a how-to.

[10] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-16-2012 at 07:30 PM · [top]

#6 - you are, of course, correct.  But the action caused an outrage that caused the decision to backfire.

[11] Posted by Jackie on 7-16-2012 at 11:13 PM · [top]

Well, Jackie, I certainly hope that you are correct, but I don’t see it.  Obama continues to rule, virtually unrestrained and outside the Constitution, aided and abetted by the Democratic Party and, if polls are correct, 50% of the American population.

[12] Posted by Br. Michael on 7-17-2012 at 04:57 AM · [top]

We sang “America” on the Sunday after the 4th of July and I cried.  “Protect us by thy might, great God our King!”

[13] Posted by Ann Castro on 7-17-2012 at 07:54 AM · [top]

Look, I’m not a Romney fan; but doing ANYTHING that might help our current socialist king back into office is pure suicide for the US.

Just last Thursday, with a wave of his magic pen, he “undid” the welfare reform act that Clinton and the Republicans worked on together for how long?  Unbelievable.

His HHS lady is going after our religious liberty by stating only churches are exempt from governement mandated insurance.  I hope you understand this is just step one.

Bailing out the auto industry was all about protecting his union buddies.  If they went through bankruptcy then the union contracts would have to be re-negotiated - this way the unions were protected.

Pay attention; this is all scripted and completely evil.  It should “feel” familiar because it is - it mirrors exactly the demise of TEC.

Romney won’t save us; but he will slow it down.

[14] Posted by B. Hunter on 7-17-2012 at 08:03 AM · [top]

But will he?  If the survival of the Constitution and Constitutional is dependent on the whims of one man then its all over anyway.  Do we save the Republic by the substitution of one Caesar for another?

Where are the checks and balances that should now be kicking in to stop Obama’s lawlessness?  Where is the impeachment?  Where are the courts to enforce the law, not enable its destruction?  Does the Constitution still provide the means to save itself from a political leader and party dedicated to working outside it to its destruction?

[15] Posted by Br. Michael on 7-17-2012 at 08:23 AM · [top]

#15 you are right - and we must “turn over” those that are not true Conservatives in Congress and in all elected positions.  If we do this for the next 12 years THEN we will impact the Supreme Court as well. 

Will this fix all our woes - of course not.  It just slows down the spread of evil.

What we really need is a good old fashioned revival that changes hearts and souls.

[16] Posted by B. Hunter on 7-17-2012 at 08:36 AM · [top]

Where are the checks and balances that should now be kicking in to stop Obama’s lawlessness?

Exactly the question I’ve been wondering about for the past few years.

[17] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 7-17-2012 at 02:22 PM · [top]

For the court challenges, see THE HHS MANDATE: TRACK the LAWSUITS at http://www.becketfund.org/ .  Wheaton is the latest one.

[18] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 7-18-2012 at 03:06 PM · [top]

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