George Soros and Article V

In 2015 George Soros launched his campaign against Article V. The BBA movement and the Wolf-PAC movement for campaign finance reform had both been motoring along, and he stopped them both. When he stopped the BBA in Montana it was a blow from which we never recovered. Wolf-PAC hasn’t made any progress in eight years.

Any Article V effort will struggle to overcome Soros’ opposition. His method is simple: bribery. He offers money to Democratic legislative leadership PACs. It’s quid pro quo. Kill Article V in your state legislature, and I’ll give you all the campaign donations you want.

Five years ago, in my blog entry of April 2, 2018, I swore we would beat Soros. And we will.

Speaker Mc Carthy and Article V

Kevin McCarthy and colleagues appeared on the Hannity Show this evening, and outlined an ambitious conservative agenda for the next two years. But there was one word I didn’t hear, and one agenda item that was not included. The word was “federalism” and the missing piece of the agenda was Article V.

Forget about any Congress, conservative Republican or not, from touching Article V. It will have to come from the states, and they will have to enforce their constitutional rights in court. If it’s to be done, it needs to be done now. And it needs to start, of all places, in Alaska.

The Day that the Rains Came

It appears that the climate is changing. Babbie and I live in the foothills of the Sierra, at 2700 feet, and we’ve been in a severe drought. That could be changing. Or not. God only knows.

The one constant of mother earth’s climate is that it changes. Always has, and always will. Humanity must adapt or die. We came close to dying around 70,000 years ago, during a global heat wave. A small band of humans managed to survive in a small ecological pocket in Africa. All of us homo sapiens are descended from them.

We’re survivors. By definition, every living thing is a survivor. Thank the Lord you’re alive..

Deep thoughts from Fritz

We seem to live in two different worlds, but that can’t be true.  There is only one reality, one truth. 

There is such a thing as human nature.  It’s in our genes.  You can ignore it, or pretend it’s not there, but that doesn’t alter its reality.

I feel like we’re heading to a “come to Jesus” moment, when the bizarre, the fanatic and the perverse will be confronted by reality, and have no choice, in the end, but to face it.

But that’s not a sure thing.  Mental illness is not always cured.

The Rabinowitz Legacy

“40 Years of politics on the AKSCT”

40 years ago I was in my political prime.  I was a 37 year old lawyer with a beautiful wife and three fine looking little boys.  For services rendered in his 1978 reelection campaign, Gov. Jay Hammond had designed a seat in the State Senate especially for me, and I was ready to start my legislative career.

I’d come back to Alaska in 1974 after law school with the intention of taking out Democratic U. S. Senator Mike Gravel, a liberal and a whack job.  But Frank Murkowski beat me to it, so now I had my sights on liberal Republican Senator Ted Stevens.  I couldn’t run against Congressman Don Young because Don was a good conservative and there would be no point to it.

I made no secret of my intentions, and I had my political game plan all worked out.  In 1980 I’d been chairman of Reagan for President, Alaska.  In 1990 I would run in the Republican Senate primary hard to Stevens’ right, and attack  his liberalism as out of touch with the majority of Alaska’s Reagan Republicans.

A few months after I was sworn in to the State Senate, Justice Jay Rabinowitz handed down his opinion in Carpenter v. Hammond, 667 P. 2d 1204.  It threw out Hammond’s 1980 reapportionment, and gave Democratic Governor Bill Sheffield a free rein in reapportioning the whole state.  Sheffield hated my guts, so my career in the State Senate would end in 1984.

 To this day legal scholars have a hard time figuring out Carpenter v. Hammond.  Legally, it’s nonsensical.  But it wasn’t really a legal opinion.  It was purely political.

My political momentum was stopped cold.  I was never able to regain it, and I never ran against Ted Stevens.

For 40 years Alaska’s Supreme Court has been faithfully fulfilling the Rabinowitz legacy of left wing political activism and judicial imperialism.  Republican Governors have attempted to appoint conservatives, but have been stymied by the lawyer-dominated Alaska Judicial Council, which refuses to nominate them.  They’re trying it again right now, giving Governor Mike Dunleavy a list of exclusively leftist activist nominees, all in the mold of Jay Rabinowitz.

But this year there’s a difference.  Dunleavy is the first two term Republican Governor in 44 years, so he doesn’t have to worry about reelection.  The leftist lawyers and media can hold their breath, roll on the floor, and turn purple, but he doesn’t have to pay any attention.  It’s an historic opportunity, which let’s hope he takes advantage of.  He doesn’t have to appoint any of these people.

He can just say no.

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