Mollie Hemingway at the Federalist just rips to shreds the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. In the course of doing so, she points to an overarching problem: The establishment of the administrative state, in which Constitutional government is replaced by administrative agencies, which have the power to make laws, enforce them, and judge and punish those who do not comply. That is to say, we now have bureaucracies that have legislative, executive, and judicial power. [Read more…]
A district attorney who was in charge of the public integrity unit (!) was convicted of drunk driving. So Texas governor Rick Perry called on her to resign. If she didn’t resign, he said, he would veto the funding for her office. (Which he did.)
So now the Democratic machine in Austin has indicted Gov. Perry for abuse of office and coercion of a public official, felonies that carry penalties of up to 99 years. [Read more…]
I just got back from St. Louis, staying just a few blocks from the riots in Ferguson over the police shooting an unarmed teenager. I didn’t see anything and I don’t want to address the incident, as such. But the Cato Institute’s Walter Olson raises some interesting questions:
Why armored vehicles in a Midwestern inner suburb? Why would cops wear camouflage gear against a terrain patterned by convenience stores and beauty parlors? Why are the authorities in Ferguson, Mo. so given to quasi-martial crowd control methods (such as bans on walking on the street) and, per the reporting of Riverfront Times, the firing of tear gas at people in their own yards? (“‘This my property!’ he shouted, prompting police to fire a tear gas canister directly at his face.”) Why would someone identifying himself as an 82nd Airborne Army veteran, observing the Ferguson police scene, comment that “We rolled lighter than that in an actual warzone”?
Now Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky), citing what happened in Ferguson and quoting his fellow libertarian Olson, challenges the militarization of the police, which has happened thanks to the federal government. [Read more…]
Hillary Clinton played the role of a loyal soldier when she was Secretary of State, but now that she is not working for the administration and now that she is gearing up for a presidential run, she is harshly criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy, promising to be more forceful, proactive, and hawkish. I wonder how the left wing of the Democratic party will take this. [Read more…]