By Rick Saunders
For those of you currently keeping score at home, we now have a District Court judge issuing a preliminary injunction against the congressional bar upon future funding of ACORN. You remember ACORN, do you not? That benign, benevolent “community organizing” arm of the Obama administration, dabbling in all things from voter fraud, to advising “clients” on how to evade federal taxes you have to pay, to “volunteering” to assist in the 2010 census?
Judge Nina Gershon, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York (a Bill Clinton appointee, go figure) last Friday granted ACORN lawyers’ request for a preliminary injunction upon recent legislative efforts by Congress to defund and prevent ACORN from receiving future taxpayer funding because of its–politeness is growing more and more difficult–”questionable operations” and practices. Gershon, ruling in favor of ACORN, purchased the argument that the congressional action amounted–purportedly–to an unconstitutional “bill of attainder” under Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.” In pre-Obama America, such a decision would have been laughable. No more.
The net effect of this preliminary ruling, if it metastasizes into a final decision, could well be to facilitate the recognition of a constitutional right to perpetuate fraud. After all, to criminalize that which had previously been conducted with impunity, both under and apart from contracts, constitutes retroactive punishment, a sanction which is forbidden under Gershon’s “logic.”
Next thing you know, Gershon and her ilk will find, somewhere in the Constitution, an undiscovered right theretofore lurking in the “penumbras” and “emanations” of the document, permitting robbery, perjury, and maybe even murder. Why? Well, because since the original source in this nation’s Judeo-Christian history of the proscriptions on robbery, perjury and even murder lies in the Ten Commandments, any law based on those nasty religious precepts cannot stand, not only because they constitute ex post facto laws, but because the ACLU says they violate the “separation” of church and state (a concept which, by the way, is found nowhere in the words of the Constitution).
Don’t laugh. This is the species of ruling and reasoning which has become de rigueur in the liberal mind as the occupant of the White House, Nobel Peace Prize in one hand and cigarette in the other, plunges the nation farther and farther down the road to the collectivist utopia that Marx and Lenin so successfully imposed in their country last century. And don’t forget his parallel efforts to Zimbabwicize the nation through the printing–from thin air, ink and lots of and currency-stock paper–of trillions of additional dollars so that we can “spend our way out of the recession.”
Santayana noted that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. His aphorism has evolved over time to become: “Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them.” We are now witnessing, in this nation, the truth of Santayana’s observation writ large. The Great Depression is now generally recognized as having been prolonged–by perhaps as many as twenty years–rather than shortened by the “spend-our-way-out” mentality of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his enablers. In the end, that which pulled the nation out of the Depression was not Roosevelt’s New Deal charade economics but was, instead, World War II. And the way Obama is pursuing his global agenda of appeasement at any price–including national dignity–maybe this is his ultimate plan.
Perhaps one of the most important elections in the republic’s history will come next November, when the voters (assuming that liberal jurists or administration crisis-peddlers don’t find a way to suspend free and open elections by then) will decide whether or not the “change” that has been splattered over their country is something they want to keep and deepen by re-electing Democrats to retain control of the House and Senate. Ah yes, two more years of Nancy “Partnership not Partisanship” Pelosi and Harry “what’s it gonna take, Landrieu?” Reid.-to-get-you-on-board-this-afternoon?”) Reid. Let us “hope” that, by then, enough voters will have awakened to the lunacy that has overtaken their government and will take the necessary steps to correct that affliction.
In the meantime, be nice to that ACORN operative when you open your door for the census and he or she poses their questions to you and your family. Otherwise, you might regret it. Oh, you thought the Census Bureau had severed its ties with ACORN? Fools! What do you think that “bill of attainder” suit was all about?
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.