Random Stupidity

The Rational Middle today makes the natural progression from the insane to the sublimely stupid, as my depression of last week is turned to blunt astonishment by events local, national, and international.

Around The World

Afghanistan’s U.S. installed puppet leader (it would really be more appropriate to call him the Governor of Kabul, as Afghanistan lies outside of the Western views of nation-state) has apparently decided that it is politically expedient to not be friends with the United States. I guess I don’t blame the man, when we leave there will be a healthy number of folks ready to settle scores with Karzai, but is it really advisable to be so overtly belligerent?

Closer To Home

In other news almost as bizarre as it is stupid, Oklahoma freshman representative Jim Bridenstine shared an interesting (I am being charitable of course) viewpoint on ObamaCare and the Supreme Court:

Just because the Supreme Court rules on something doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s constitutional. What that means is that that’s what they decided on that particular day given the makeup of the Court on that particular day. And the left in this country has done an extraordinary job of stacking the courts in their favor.

Actually, when the Supreme Court rules on something, it establishes that item’s constitutionality; don’t believe me, then read about it in the Constitution. Heck, I’ll make it easy:

The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;–to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;–to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;–to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;–to Controversies between two or more States;– between a State and Citizens of another State,–between Citizens of different States,–between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

Of course the even more comical and incredibly stupid notion expressed by Mr. Bridenstine is the idea that the “left” has stacked the Court. First, five of the nine members were appointed by the “right”, and most SCOTUS observers believe this to be the most conservative Court in decades. Second, and more importantly, why should the democratic process whereby voters elect people, and those people do their jobs, be invalidated because Jim Bridenstine doesn’t agree with them? This is of course the crux of the Fox-Rovian Conservative Ideology:

  1. All laws, executive orders, and spending that favor and/or are founded on Fox-Rovian precepts shall be considered both democratic and constitutional.
  2. Where history, prevailing wisdom, written statute, or tradition of law find laws, executive orders, and spending that are founded in Fox-Rovian precepts either or both undemocratic or unconstitutional, then the sources and circumstances of those histories, collected wisdom, and legal traditions must be treated as themselves suspect.
  3. All laws, executive orders, and spending that favor and/or are founded on current liberal, progressive, or 20th Century conservative precepts are automatically undemocratic and unconstitutional.

Twenty years ago, the bulk of what is now ObamaCare (including the individual mandate) was written as the conservative answer to the Clinton Plan. Today, many conservative politicians are so thoroughly Fox-washed that they refuse to accept the constitutionality of the same plan in the face of a conservative Court upholding the law. Stupid.

In My Back Yard

One of my pursuits is education, the result of which is that I teach business courses to inmates. One particular inmate was due for parole some six weeks ago. He is a Mexican national who will be instantly deported, an action he has no intention of fighting (having served his sentence, he was intent on spending the whole of spring eating his mother’s cooking far, far south of the border). I will repeat, he is being deported; he will not pass go, he will not collect $200. He will be delivered by the Department of Corrections to the I.N.S., and be shown to the border. I am not writing this as a plea for him. I am not making a statement about immigration.

What I am stating is that this man should have been gone (to Mexico) six weeks ago (let’s rephrase per current statistics, he should have been gone $1,832 tax dollars ago)…but he isn’t.

The Parole Board won’t release him because he does not have an approved domestic parole location.

Think about that…but take some aspirin first.

 

The Rational Middle is listening…