Morning Briefing: July 30, 2012
by Jen Green
The Headlines are Misleading
Fox New’s Chris Wallace, remarking on how “central” a role the Supreme Court plays in our government (it’s supposed to be the weakest branch, not the “central” branch), asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Sunday morning how he comes to his decisions. Scalia says his way (and what should be the only way) to decide is “textualism and originalism”– vrs. “purposivism.” I recommend you watch this entire video, it’s extremely enlightening, including a horrifying clip of Justice Breyer where he gives his excuse/reason for believing the Constitution to be a living, breathing document rather than fixed as stated.
Scalia explains why he voted against ObamaCare and says that Justice Roberts was wrong to “interpret” the statute the way he did stating, “”You don’t interpret a penalty to be a pig,” he said. “It can’t be a pig. … There is no way to regard this penalty as a tax.”
In maybe the most interesting/disturbing section of the interview, Scalia relents to Chris Wallace that a textual and original review of the second amendment “may” provide for some limitations on what weapons Americans can buy. I know the headlines you’re reading today say his interview “opens the door” for limiting the 2nd Amendment, but if you listen closely to his answers, you’ll see he says it’s the Amendment itself and the context in which it was written which may limit itself. He specifically points to the words “keep and bear”–which he suggests means the amendment probably cannot limit any hand held weapons, but maybe other types of weapons say “like a canon.”
The interview is really a must watch–don’t believe the headlines until you’ve listened for yourself.
Denial Ain’t Just a River in Egypt
And even with his new heart, Dick Cheney can still find no love for America’s grassroots darling Sarah Palin. Proving once again just how much the establishment hates us, Cheney said McCain putting Palin on the ticket was “a mistake” because she “didn’t pass the test of being ready to be president and that McCain’s campaign didn’t handle the vetting process well.”
In other words, if you’re still holding out hope that Romney is going to put a conservative on the ticket, prepare to have those hopes dashed. Even though Palin is the reason McCain did as well as he did with his base, even though the day after her announcement speech was one of the biggest fundraising hauls for the GOP, and even though she continues to be a conservative rock star while McCain continues to stab his fellow Republicans in the back at every opportunity (ask Michele Bachmann), the out-of-touch establishment hacks are still blaming her for his loss.
They Know . . . But Do They Care?
The liberal New York Times has come to the conclusion that ObamaCare is going to exacerbate a serious shortage in doctors. Of course, we’ve have expert after expert say that on our show for the last two years, but sometimes we just have to be patient to let the rest of ‘em catch up with our keen insight.
In what might be the most humiliating and indicting comment about the condition of our society, one expert states we will have a shortage of every kind of doctor “except for plastic surgeons and dermatologists.”
We’re going to hell in a handbasket, but by George, at least we’ll look good while we do it.