In the news: A ramble

I have big news to share, but I’ll save that for tomorrow.

Today you’ll get my take on current events.

(Don’t mind the trash pandas.)

I got an e-mail this morning from the retiring US Senator from Ohio, a message entitled, simply, “Farewell.” I didn’t read it. I didn’t even open it. I had precisely zero interest in a prepared statement bemoaning gridlock and the adversarial atmosphere in Washington.

Again, I didn’t read it. But that’s what he said.

Over his 25 years in Congress, sometimes he helped limit damage wrought by the Left, though as a career swamp creature he was more reliably Uniparty than conservative. Eventually he caved on Second Amendment rights, among other issues. His parting shot last week was voting for Democrats’ multi-trillion-dollar “omnibus” spending bill, robbing the incoming Republican majority of valuable leverage.

He had nothing to lose. And he wasn’t the only one — other outgoing legislators did the same.

Those of you who believe that “term limits” are the cure for what ails American politics might want to take a lesson from that reprehensible vote.

Say it with me: “unintended consequences.”

Meanwhile, it looks like the slim GOP majority in the House next year could shrink by two — if, that is, a newly elected Republican from New York has the decency to resign before assuming office; and if Gov. Chokehold appoints a Dem in his place.

The guy blatantly lied about his own name, as well as his education, his work history, his address, his family heritage, his religion, his sexual proclivities… it’s a long list. Now he’s bobbing and weaving, displaying no capacity for shame. If he doesn’t choose of his own volition to tuck tail and slink away, he needs to be ridden out on a rail.

And no, dammit, it doesn’t matter that the current occupant of the Oval Office is himself a lying sack of shit, as are most progressives. The Right needs to start fighting dirty, sure, but on principle.

If you use TikTok, you’re an idiot.

In related news, if you think our own government isn’t gathering the same kind of data that the Chinese are, you’re no less an idiot.

We can’t avoid that sort of espionage, by the way — any of it. We can’t go dark. I’ll go so far as to say that we can’t even go gray these days. We can limit our exposure, but only to a degree.

And we should.

Liberty dictates that individuals make the choice. The State has no business banning or blocking citizens’ access to the tools of technology — and that’s coming soon to a mobile phone near you.

Our southern border is in crisis and it’s getting worse. We all know that and we all know why. Now there’s opposition, mostly from the Right, to the lifting of Title 42, a WuFlu-era mandate that (ostensibly) had the effect of slowing the influx of illegals.

Yesterday SCOTUS ordered that Title 42 remain in place, pending review. Rather than telling you why I believe that’s a bad idea, I’ll defer to Justice Gorsuch — this from his dissent:

“The only means left to mitigate the crisis, the States suggest, is an order from this Court directing the federal government to continue its COVID-era Title 42 policies as long as possible… for my part, I do not discount the States’ concerns.”

“But the current border crisis is not a COVID crisis. And courts should not be in the business of perpetuating administrative edicts designed for one emergency only because elected officials have failed to address a different emergency. We are a court of law, not policymakers of last resort.”

That’s the role of the Court. I understand States’ desperation, but this is the wrong tool for the job.

If we’re to call the situation at the border what it is, first we have to stop calling it what it isn’t. It’s not fundamentally a “humanitarian crisis.” It’s not a parade of asylum seekers, refugees or migrants. It’s not under control, it’s not lawful and it doesn’t represent the failure of a “broken immigration system.”

It’s an open border. Far from a failure, it’s a smashing success for the Left — the destruction of sovereignty, the abdication of federal responsibility for national security and the crushing of states’ efforts to protect citizens’ safety.

It’s an invasion, arguably one of the greatest threats to America as we know it.

The federal government is engaged in strong-arming local interests, attempting to prevent them from blocking, apprehending or otherwise defending against the invaders. Most states, counties and municipalities have acquiesced.

That has to stop.

What I mean by that is that these jurisdictions must stop complying. Governors, sheriffs and mayors need to grow balls, actively disobey and do what the feds won’t. Citizens themselves must withdraw “the consent of the governed” and, where necessary, take sovereignty and security into their own hands.

Yes, that’s revolutionary.

(And no, I didn’t use that word by accident.)

A business trip from Ohio to Oregon in 2015 was the last time I traveled by air. Before that it was 2005, when professional duties put me on a plane to Albuquerque. And while I’ve always enjoyed flying, I have no stomach for the post-9/11 experience.

I hope never to board a commercial airliner again. I doubt I’ll have reason to.

Last week’s severe winter weather, combined with breathtakingly awful corporate management, caused the US air-travel system to crumble over the Christmas holiday. The worst offender was Southwest, which canceled more than 13,000 flights, a whopping 87% of total groundings around Christmas Day.

It’s bad enough that travelers nowadays have only an 80% chance of their flight leaving on time — these recent circumstances show that airlines can’t manage predictable adversity and that they don’t value their customers. I have direct knowledge of a honeymoon that didn’t happen. Friends of ours surprised their children on Christmas with tickets to a college bowl game, only to be forced to disappoint the kids because an airline couldn’t find its ass with both hands.

I can’t help wondering how many Americans missed holiday gatherings, funerals, soldiers and sailors and Marines home on leave. Countless firsts and lasts.

Naturally there’s public demand for government to “do something” — investigate, sanction, regulate, something. Much of that ire, obviously, is directed at Southwest. I’m sure that something will happen — but once again, that misunderstands the proper role of government.

The fate of Southwest, in this case, should be decided by the marketplace, not The Permanent State.

Think about this — as recently as May, Southwest was rated the best low-cost airline despite a dismal on-time record (73%,) and the most canceled flights. Southwest earned love for one reason — price.

Compare that to Delta, considered the highest-priced US carrier, with the second-best on-time record (84%) and the fewest cancellations, about half Southwest’s total. Over the holiday, in fact, Southwest canceled ten times more flights than did Delta.

No airline’s coming out of this smelling like a rose. But is it possible, just maybe, that we do get what we pay for? Could we have predicted that a budget airline with sub-par on-time performance and more cancellations than any other carrier might be brittle enough to collapse on itself in a crunch?

Ya think?

But hey, the tickets sure were cheap.

Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.

#WiseUp #LibertyOrDeath

#LetsGoBrandon #FJB

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