Impeachment and the Salem witch trials

Biden’s time begins in the laughable theatre of the absurd, the vengeance impeachment of his accomplished predecessor. The farcical nature of this trial is a prelude to the entire two years remaining under Pelosi and Schumer. Congress has sunk low in the past, but these two years will mark a new low, lower than any Congress in the last 232 years.

Nothing will be done, but the drama will be continuous. Just like the impeachment. All show, no substance. And what a show it will be. The left hates this country and all it stands for. These people have been coddled since birth, given every advantage of a rich country. They hate themselves, so naturally they hate their country.

I feel like I’m in Salem, Massachusetts in 1693. The hysteria is reaching a fever pitch. It’s madness, but back then 30 were declared witches, and 19 hanged.

They’d do that to us again, if they could, but they can’t. They’re weak. But they’re going to damage this country, as much as they can.

But this is a very strong country, and it is defended by strong men and women. When the hysteria passes, we’ll get this country back on track.

As Webster County goes, so goes Georgia

Webster is a small, rural county in southwestern Georgia. Maybe a thousand votes. These people are farm people. 54% whites 44% black. In November Trump carried it by two. Webster just reported, amazingly early, that both R’s are winning by four.

So the first concrete sign is good. But no matter what the result, either way, we have, effectively, gridlock. Nothing’s going to get done, not a budget, or anything big. House Democrats are split, and any number of small groups of co-conspirators can block any bill. The Senate has multiple power blocs, all able to thwart any bill.

This is going to be ugly.

Alaska judicial tyranny, 1982, and now?

Republican Governor Dunleavy will reapportion the state, and Democratic Alaska Supreme Court won’t like the result. Their political opponents, Republicans, will gain seats. They hope to see a Democrat elected Governor in 2022, and they want that Democrat to do the job. That way their Democratic allies in the legislature will gain power.

Forty years ago, it was the same — a Republican Governor (Hammond) and an election for governor coming up. Jay Rabinowitz didn’t want to rule Hammond’s plan unconstitutional. There would be no point to that, if Hammond was succeeded by another Republican. If a new Republican governor could fix Hammond’s basic plan, there would be no point to overturning it.

But if a Democrat won the election, that new Governor could start over, and gerrymander the state for the Democrats. So Justice Jay Rabinowitz didn’t issue a ruling. He took the case challenging Hammond’s plan under advisement, waiting on the results of the election. Sure enough, a Democrat won, and Rabinowitz decided Hammond’s plan had been unconstitutional all along, and gave Democratic Governor Bill Sheffield unfettered authority to reapportion the state.

As a result, I only served two years in the Alaska State Senate. Governor Sheffield gerrymandered me out of my seat. I’ve been pissed off about it ever since. And I’ll do what I can to see that it doesn’t happen again.

The Revenge of Clarence Thomas and Friends

29 years ago Joe Biden chaired Senate Judiciary, and presided over the “high tech lynching” of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Since then, Brett Kavanaugh has been subjected to similar treatment by the Democratic members of the same committee. Alito, Gorsuch and Barrett were also unfairly abused, it not quite so brutally.

Clarence Thomas didn’t just take the abuse. He fought back, telling Biden to his face, ” . . . I think that this today is a travesty. I think that it is disgusting. I think that this hearing should never occur in America.” Given what Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett were forced to put up with, I think he spoke for all of them.

But given the constraints all five Justices were subject to, they could not really respond adequately to all the cheap shots, character assassination, and abuse they were forced to suffer. Now, together, they can let their actions speak for them.

Their first salvo was Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, when they told Democratic Governor Cuomo of New York to stop harassing his church-going constituents. It’s only appropriate that this first exercise of power by the new Thomas Majority should be in defense of the religion in which they were all raised — Catholicism.

There is more to come, so much more that it will amount to a judicial counter-revolution. Undoing Roe v. Wade is just for openers. We’ve got 85 years of judicial activism to work with. Talk about your target rich environments!

This isn’t the work of one term, or one presidential administration. This is the work of a generation. Thomas is 72 and Alito 70, and they are both in good health, and good spirits. For the next ten years, at least, we can expect the Thomas Majority to hold, and it’s not unreasonable to expect both Thomas and Alito will be able to retire during a Republican administration, thus assuring their judicial legacy will continue. Kavanaugh is 55, Gorsuch 53 and Barrett 48. They’re all going to be around for a very long time.

Restoring American liberty is a big job, and they’ve got all the time in the world.

In 1973 Fritz Pettyjohn ran for President of the Student Bar Association at UCLA School of Law. He promised to abolish the association if elected. He got a quarter of the vote.

The politics of oil taxation in Alaska

Democrats, the party of government, are ready to tax Alaskan oil not just to avoid reducing government, but to increase it. Republicans, the party of private enterprise and smaller government, have not favored increasing revenues from the oil industry. We don’t like imposing taxes on those producing wealth, and we don’t want to grow the government.

But times have changed, and Republicans need to change as well. Now, oil tax revenue is needed in order to fund the permanent fund dividend. If more revenue isn’t obtained, there won’t be a dividend.

But Republicans need to exact a price for their support. They must demand that the dividend be funded. And they must demand that state spending be reduced. Otherwise, no deal.

In order for this deal to be enforceable, and permanent, it needs to go into the Alaska Constitution, in the form of a guaranteed dividend. That, in turn, may require a constitutional convention, which can be called by a vote of the people in 2022. Until then, it’s up to the Republicans to enforce it.

Aside from the districts of Senators Stedman, Stevens and Bishop, Republican legislators represent people who just voted resoundingly against Prop 1, an oil tax increase. In order to justify their support for such a tax, they must not only explain that it was necessary to fund the dividend. They also have to show that it was not used to grow government.