Should the state legislatures dominate the EU’s legislature? The British state government says yes. Would the Union wither and die? Source: mapperywordpress.com
At the end of May 2013, William Hague of the British government delivered a speech advocating that state legislatures should be able to block E.U. laws proposed by the European Commission. At the time, a state legislature could use a “yellow card” to object to a proposal that could presumably be better legislated and enforced at the state level. Hague wanted a “red card” option that a state legislature could use to block legislation. There are several problems with Hague’s proposal.
Should the state legislatures dominate the EU’s legislature? The British state government says yes. Would the Union wither and die? Source: mapperywordpress.com
Presumably, such a card from just one of the 27 state legislatures could block a proposal. It would be difficult to imagine virtually any law surviving at the E.U. level. Why then have the E.U. at all then? Were such a card to block the proposed E.U. law only in the particular state objecting, the E.U. would be faced with the problem that President Jackson faced in the U.S. in 1930 when the South Carolina legislature passed the Nullification Act, which enabled the state’s legislature to block any U.S. law detrimental to the state’s interests. If every state can pick and choose among federal laws, what force would any federal law have?
Finally, Hague was assuming that the European Parliament is not democratic at all, whereas the state legislatures are fully so. However, the members of the European Parliament are directly elected by EU citizens. The representatives represent those constituents rather than states (or state governments). Perhaps this is why Hague proposed to have the state legislatures essentially replace the European Parliament. To be sure, the legislative districts at the state level are smaller and thus more democratic in this respect. This does not render federal legislative bodies like the European Parliament and the U.S. House of Representatives non-democratic. At most, the differential in terms of democracy between the two levels is an argument for greater subsidiarity.
“William Hague Demands Right to Show ‘Red Card’ to European Union,” The Huffington Post, May 31, 2013.
We’ve gotten to the point where you need a guide-book to keep track of all the scandals in Washington. As a fiscal policy wonk, I focus mostly on the sleaze at the IRS, but I also recognize that the other scandals are equally troubling. So I’m amused by Lisa Benson’s portrayal of the…um…plumbing problems at […] . . . → Read More: Washington’s Culture of Corruption . . . → Read More: Washington’s Culture of Corruption
It’s Conservative Comedy Friday at the Strident Conservative. As we do every week, we are proud to bring you the latest from Jodi Miller and Newsbusted, along with the Conservative Comic at Hope n’ Change. In addition, we are bringing you our newest contributor to party, Steven Crowder. With John McCain demanding that the U.S. arm rebels radicals in Syria—a nation at war with Israel—I found a great video from Steven’s archives that explains why America needs to avoid arming Israel’s enemies. This week, we take a satirical look at the Benghazi, IRS, and AP scandals, James Rosen, drone strikes, Anthony Weiner, and a potpourri of other current events. Have a great weekend! . . . → Read More: Conservative Comedy 5/31/13 . . . → Read More: Conservative Comedy 5/31/13
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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.
“What does it matter? “ – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s Midnight In Benghazi – What Really Happened deals with the who, what and most especially the why of what happened in Benghazi.And especially, why it matters more than many Americans perhaps realize. It was a piece I worked on for quite some time as information trickled in from various sources. Here’s a slice:
The recent Benghazi hearings before the House Oversight Committee were extremely valuable in that America (or at least that part of America that was paying attention) heard three courageous whistle blowers testify as to the events on the ground as they happened. Even if it merely confirmed what a lot of us knew beforehand,it had value that these unimpeachable witnesses confirmed it. And also let the nation know the kind of pressure they were subjected to by the State Department and the Obama Administration to keep their mouths shut.
It’s been said that the problem with Benghazi is that the whole affair is now so convoluted that the average person has trouble following all the threads. There’s some truth in that, and the lack of dinosaur media coverage that would have been wall to wall if this were a Republican administration involved has aided and abetted that confusion. The one most honorable exception has been Sharyl Attkisson at CBS, and her honesty and conviction is likely to cost Ms.Attkisson her job, because she’s been a little too good at it.
Perhaps what’s really needed is a short summary that tells exactly what happened in Benghazi, to make it easier to follow.
What happened is that an American ambassador, Chris Stevens was stationed in the Benghazi consulate for some unknown reason, even though the British and the International Red Cross had already pulled their people out because it was too dangerous. The consulate was left without adequate security, even though Ambassador Stevens begged for it. On September 11th, 2012, that consulate was attacked by al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood forces armed with heavy weapons from Libyan government arsenals that the attackers obtained thanks to American aid in overthrowing Libyan dictator Moamar Khaddaffi. Four Americans died in the attacks, which were spread over nine hours. Even though there were ample security resources on the ground who could possibly have saved those four dead Americans, someone gave them the order to stand down. Instead, carefully edited talking points were concocted by the Obama Administration and an entire narrative was fed to the nation via a cooperative media that the attacks were a spontaneous protest over an obscure YouTube video, and that nothing could have been done to save the ambassador and the others whom were murdered.
The Obama Administration deliberately lied about what happened and has been trying to cover that up ever since.
That’s essentially the basic summary of what happened. Or for those of you whom need a slogan to chant , here’s an even simpler one:
“Obama Slept and Hillary Lied
The media is still very much involved in trying to bury this. Here’s the amazing testimony of Greg Hicks, a career diplomat and Ambassador Chris Steven’s Deputy. This is probably the biggest national scandal since Watergate, yet wasn’t carried on any major news outlet in full except FOX:
Among other things, Greg Hicks revealed that he called Hillary Clinton at 8PM EST that night to tell her that the consulate was under attack by al-Qaeda terrorists and that Ambassador Stevens was now missing.He called again at 9PM after he received a call from the then–Libyan prime minister, Abdurrahim el-Keib, informing him that Ansar al-Sharia had brought Stevens’ mutilated body into a hospital and that the ambassador was dead. was dead. Hicks immediately called Washington.
It’s important to remember the time frame here. The attack was spread over nine hours, and no one in Washington knew how long it was going to last. We’re not talking about a game of basketball here, where the clock runs for a certain period and the action stops.The Obama Administration made a conscious decision not to get involved, so the nonsense peddled about ‘not having security assets who could get there in time’ is a despicable lie.
As Hicks testified and others have confirmed, Lieutenant Colonel Gibson had a special forces team in Tripoli that twice suited up to go to Benghazi to rescue the Americans under siege and twice got stand down orders. Meanwhile, back in Benghazi, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty held off the numerically superior jihadis for hours virtually alone before dying on a rooftop while waiting for back-up that never came.
Again, this is not some DC-based functionary. This is Ambassadors Stevens’ deputy, his second in command, the man who took over the Libya station after Ambassador Stevens was murdered before he was demoted for not keeping his mouth suitably shut. And he says his jaw literally dropped when he heard Hillary and Susan Rice blaming this on a video.
No one should be under the assumption that this ends with Secretary Clinton either. One of President Obama’s first acts as president was to remove the post of UN Ambassador from the authority of the Secretary of State and to make it a full cabinet post under his direct orders that reported to him.So if Ambassador Susan Rice was making the rounds of the Sunday shows lying about how the attack on our embassy was caused by an obscure video, she was not doing it without President Obama’s full knowledge and consent.And someone gave the orders to our military not to go in. That ordinarily would be a presidential prerogative – unless President Obama was AWOL again.
One of the most despicable scenes in American history was played out at the funerals of the murdered men, where the president and Mrs. Clinton acted as though ‘Chris’ was their best friend. This was the same woman who lied repeatedly about ‘Chris’s’ death, who denied she’d received cables from him desperately asking for more security and even had the heartlessness to lie to the the Woods family about how Tyrone Woods died, telling them at the funeral that “we’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video.’
Okay, that’s the what, at least so far. Some aspects of ‘who’ are still in the process of being discovered. So let’s get to the far more important question, ‘why’.
To find out the all important why, read the rest.It’s the key to understanding the whole thing.
In our Non-Council category, the prize was carried off by Mark Steyn for To The Slaughter submitted by Joshuapundit. It is Steyn’s essay on the murder and beheading of a serving British soldier in Woolwich in broad daylight last week and what it says about what the UK and about the West. Do read it.
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OK, here are this week’s full results. Only Gay Patriot was unable to vote this week and only he was affected by the mandatory 2/3 vote penalty:
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Our culture has a tendency to shy away from poetry. We think it’s either too hard to understand or disdain it as something for intellectuals and angsty teen girls. We no longer even use the word “poetry.” Now it’s “spoken word.” Pshaw. You’re a poet, and you know it. Poetry is really just storytelling. In […] . . . → Read More: Fine Arts Friday: Poetry . . . → Read More: Fine Arts Friday: Poetry
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This would be hysterically funny if it wasn’t for the fact that Senator McCain is pushing for us to supply US funds, arms and even boots on the ground to support an al-Qaeda and Islamist takeover of Syria. Senator John McCain claim’s that we can identify who the jihadis are, except…while visiting Syria this week he posed in a photo with rebels who kidnapped 11 Lebanese Shi’ite pilgrims…:
“A number of the Syrians who greeted Senator McCain upon his arrival in Syria asked to take pictures with him, and as always, the Senator complied,” Rogers said. “If the individual photographed with Senator McCain is in fact Mohamed Nour, that is regrettable. But it would be ludicrous to suggest that the Senator in any way condones the kidnapping of Lebanese Shia pilgrims or has any communication with those responsible. Senator McCain condemns such heinous actions in the strongest possible terms,” Rogers said.
Well, yes. But the point is that he wants us to spend American blood and treasure to support replacing a Shi’ite theocracy’s client state with an Islamist, salafist dictatorship and even Senator McCain, who claims to be well informed is clueless when it comes to telling who’s ‘moderate’ and who isn’t.
The arguments he makes above for an American intervention are ludicrous.
At 2:40, he says that we can “handle this”. In other words, we ought to get involved regardless of whether it makes sense or not, but just to show we can. If Russian missiles shoot down out planes, then what? And if we send in the 1,800 American Marines based on Jordan’s border with Syria in to fight Hezbollah, Assad’s troop and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, is Senator John McCain going to guarantee that they don’t go in handcuffed by the same ridiculous Rules of Engagement they’re saddled with if Afghanistan that’s gotten so many of them killed and maimed?
With this particular Islamist friendly commander-in-chief in the White House?
McCain has been sitting in the Senate while Christians have been ethnically cleansed from Iraq and hasn’t said word one about it to my knowledge, let alone trying to do anything about it. Ditto with what’s going on with the Copts in Egypt. Does he have any bold plan to stop the ethnic cleansing and massacre of Alawites, Druse and Christians in Syria when his Jihadi friends take over? Is it really worth us fighting a war to add another piece to the emerging Islamist caliphate? As bad as the status quo is, how does it help our interests to spend blood and treasure to change it? It doesn’t, not in the least.
McCain is even more farcical when he tries to talk knowledgeably about how we can ‘weed out’ jihadis from the rebels. He says there are only 7,000 fighters in the openly al-Qaeda faction al-Nousrah (more like 10,000 according to my sources) and that we can avoid the arms and money falling into their hands. How, exactly? If you give an anti-tank weapon to someone, what guarantee do you have he won’t sell it or transfer it? None whatsoever in those conditions. Has he not been paying attention to what’s going on in AfPak?
Also, he seems to forget that the vast majority of the fighters actively involved are jihadis and Islamists even if they’re not in al-Nusra. Even Libyan arms dealers selling off the arms they got from Khaddaffi’s armories thanks to President Obama’s intervention couldn’t care less about the distinction:
[F]irst, the Libyans wanted to know who the Syrians were exactly and which rebel group each represented. There was a representative from Jund-Allah (Soldiers of God), which operates in and around the capital Damascus; a commander from Ansar al-din (Supporters of the Faith) in Lattakia province; and most significantly a man who is one of the seven members of the political office of Jabhat Syria il-Islamiya (the Syrian Islamic Front), one of the country’s largest, most cohesive and strongest Islamist militant coalitions, led by the Salafi Ahrar al-Sham Brigades. (The extremist al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra is not part of this alliance.) Coffee was ordered — Turkish coffee for the Syrians and cappuccinos for the Libyans. The Libyan from Zintan, wearing faded black jeans, a cream-colored shirt stretched taut across his waist and a gray sports jacket, did most of the talking. He fingered black worry beads, while his colleague from Benghazi listened. His first question was about whether the men around him recognized the FSA and its 14 provincial military councils. All said they did not. “Their commanders are failures, they are corrupt,” the Syrian from Ansar al-Din said. “There is not even one battalion, in all honesty, that they can control,” the Islamic Front representative said. “These people [senior defectors in the FSA like the one the Libyans had met the night before] were placed as facades, in the beginning, as media personalities, but as real commanders on the ground? Not at all.”
The Free Syrian Army, which is also dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood is commanded by General Idris, who McCain met with in Syria a few days ago and who he’s pushing as some kind of moderate ‘freedom fighter’. In reality, the FSA is rapidly merging with jihadis like al-Nousrah and Idris is just a figurehead, a convenient mask.
McCain actually says, at 4:40 that the rebels “are trying to achieve the same thing that we have shed American blood and treasure for for well over 200 years.” I wasn’t aware that America made a practice of fighting for sharia rule, the suppression of women,the murder and ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians or Islamist theocratic fascism. But then John McCain is a sitting Senator, and he undoubtedly knows better than me. Talk about calling someone else ‘wacko birds’…!
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MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson called Attorney General Eric Holder “the Moses of our time” Wednesday on “Martin Bashir”:
MARTIN BASHIR: Professor, we heard Mr. Sensenbrenner say the attorney general should stop down. Congressman Bob Goodlatte is also calling for resignation. Of course, he did that two years ago over fast and furious. Is this actually going to lead to something, do you think, or more of the same, more continuous calls for the attorney general to step down?
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON: I think the attorney general should step down to off of that plateau where he resides on high principle and whip some head. But he shouldn’t give up his office. What he should understand is that he is the chief law giver of the United States so to speak. He’s the Moses of our time and at least for this administration. […]
Now, if Jews were like Muslims, I’d be calling for a fatwa on both of them for insulting my religion and for blasphemy. As it is, I’ll just note the despicable anti-semitism involved and move on. This coflating Moses with a corrupt ideologue who perjured himself and has done nothing but lie and engage in racism throughout his tenure shows you exactly how insane the Left has become. In fact, it appears he even lied to a judge when he was judge-shopping in order to get a warrant:
Right and wrong, legal and illegal, holy and unholy simply have no meaning for these people any more. It’s all about the Agenda, and in Dyson’s case, racist solidarity über alles.
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