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What to say Today

July 6, 2022

Most essays at https://dickbishirjian.com are premeditated, but some fly in “over the transom” like today when I received a note of appreciation for mention of the late Bill Schulz.

I replied:

How nice of you to remind me of Bill Schultz and of a time when we young conservatives turned our backs on a dominant “Liberal” ideology and cut our own paths through life.

Some chose journalism (Schulz, Tomlinson, Evans), some went into publishing (Greg Wolf  https://slantbooks.org), some took the think tank route (Ed Feulner, Paul Weyrich), others became scholars (Angelo Codevilla) and, well, you can read about them at https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/ennoblingencounters.

“Honor thy father and mother that though mayest live long on the earth” is a verse from the King James version that I remember. When just a kid I didn’t think living a long life was so great, but I now see that if so blest you can actualize your humanity by remembering.

A 4th of July Lament

July 4, 2022

American politics has been in decline since “Progressives” forced acceptance of the 17th Amendment on threat of convening a Constitutional Convention that would re-write the Constitution of 1787.

The 17th Amendment provided for direct election of U.S. Senators and introduced “ideology” as a factor in election of the U.S. Senate.

James Piereson’s important essay in the Weekly Standard tracked the influence of these “Progressives” who became socially dominant at the end of the 19th century. They were critics of the classical liberalism of Adam Smith and rejected the Scottish “common sense” of the Scottish Enlightenment and British empiricism. Gone, Piereson writes, were David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Reid, Adam Ferguson, James Beattie, and Dugald Stewart. In their place stepped Thorstein Veblen (economics), John Dewey (philosophy), Charles Beard (history) and Oliver Wendell Holmes (law). Piereson observes that “these thinkers were not only academics but more importantly graduates of the new university.”

All believed that the Constitution was “inadequate to the challenge of modern life.”

Throw away the philosophy of limited government fixed in the Constitution by the Framers, provide for direct election of U.S. Senators, abolish the electoral college, expand the Supreme Court and Progressive ideology will have achieved its aims. Unfortunately, that end will not be a beginning but the last moments of democracy in America.

The Spirit of Jeff Zucher

July 3, 2022

When Jeff Zucher was removed from his position as editor  of CNN, I thought I saw modification of CNN’s hallmark radical Progressive “reporting.”

This morning in CNN’s “New Day” programming, however, an interview was conducted with Georgia State Senator Jan Jordan, a candidate for Georgia Attorney General.

Jordan has opposed recent limitations on abortion—what “progressives” call “Women’s healthcare”–by stating that she will not prosecute violators of current abortion law.

Sen. Jordan is beautiful in appearance but holds a frightening view that she defends as “prosecutorial discretion.”

Since I’m not an attorney and this is the Sunday before our national celebration of Independence, I won’t delve into the fine points of “Prosecutorial Discretion,” except to observe that Jan Jordan’s interpretation of that “Power” reduces the doctrine of “Nullification” to personal whim.

As noted here, we have an  “Attorney problem”: badly educated attorneys whose understanding of Constitutional Law begins in the early 1900 Progressive view of the “living Constitution,” one that does not turn on original intent of the Framers of limited government of 1787, but defines a “Progressive” predilection not to prosecute standing law that endangers “women’s healthcare,” i.e. the power to kill your baby.

That is a view that dominated CNN during the reign of Jeff Zucker and still resides in CNN’s “New Day” editorial suite.

More “Varsity Blues”

July 1, 2022

Georgetown University Tennis Coach Sentenced

What parents need to know.