Elections Have Consequences

The Madison St. Clair Record

Tad Armstrong

Soon after President Obama’s  inauguration in January of 2009, he told a group of congressional Republicans that “elections have consequences…I won.”

My, oh my, such arrogance in a president. So unpresidential. A diplomat that truly believed in unifying our nation would not start his tenure with such hubris, right? But, progressive hypocrisy and presidential diplomacy aside, he was absolutely correct. Elections do have consequences for the winners as well as the losers, as they should. If you gain nothing by winning, why run for office? Why pay any attention to the desires of voters wishing to move the nation in the direction of the candidates they choose if elections do not have consequences? Just makes common sense.

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Good Riddance Chicago…If Only

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Tad Armstrong

I would be first in line to support dividing the State of Illinois into the State of Chicago and the State of [Blank].

The first task would be to arrive at a name for the State of Not-Chicago that would absolutely and forever insure that no person alive today or (and, here is the tricky part) to be born hereafter would ever be offended by the name we choose. Not an easy task when you think about it.

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Some King Corona Observations

Tad Armstrong

Observation #1: Some People Are Just Now Coming To The Realization That People Die

After over 5,000 years of recorded history, it seems like people are just now waking up to the idea that people die…all the time…in great numbers. In fact, there have been over 100,825,272,791 deaths since the beginning of time…over 100 billion! (I speak of the absurd because our response to this challenge has been absurd.)

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Freedom Is A Risky Business…So Is Life If You Dare To Live It

Tad Armstrong

This op-ed will be hard-hitting…it’s time to tell the unvarnished truth. It is lengthy because I cannot shorten what needs to be said. If you care about Constitutional freedom, you will take the time. If your goal is to take America down the path of socialism, perhaps you might be interested in reading this, as well, to better understand your adversary.

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What Price Freedom?

Tad Armstrong

Michiganders are not permitted to purchase garden seed or paint. Boating is forbidden – even if the manifest are members of one household – even if the passengers are masked — even if those aboard maintain social distancing — and, yes, even if just one fisherman dares to push off for an hour of communion with nature. Hey, Illinoisians, we have cause to rejoice. We can now add one state to the short list of states worse to live in than our own! Whitmer for vice-president? Uncle Joe, please pick her.

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Masterpiece Cakeshop, LTD. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Click on the link below to read the Opinion:

MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP, LTD. v. COLORADO CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

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The Obama Standard: Has It Been Met?

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Tad Armstrong

The Democrats’ convention theme is always one of “optimism,” while painting the Republicans’ convention as dark and pessimistic. “Optimism” is normally defined as hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. But, the Obama/Clinton brand of optimism is laden with additional baggage, to wit: hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something while contemporaneously covering up, hiding or utterly disregarding the facts. I suppose it can be labeled “blind optimism.” It’s the type of political campaign optimism that, in the wake of a terrorist attack, says “Move on. Nothing to see here. No need to worry. After all, these random acts of violence aren’t challenging the very existence of our nation. America is no less safe than it was a week ago. We have it under control. Move on.”

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The Rule of Law Is On Life Support

Chaos and Tyranny Await At Bedside

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Tad Armstrong

President Obama described the recent police officer ambush in Baton Rouge as an attack upon “the rule of law.” Indeed, it was. Yet, such anarchy is a predictable consequence in a nation whose leaders disrespect “the rule of law” on a regular basis, especially so when that nation is a constitutional republic.

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What Qualifies a Supreme Court Nominee for Confirmation?

A seldom heard message on judicial review.

Tad Armstrong

There are so many moving pieces to this election year puzzle. It makes it hard to choose which of several serious issues to address first. 

Let’s start with media abuse (on the right and the left) of the role the Senate plays in the confirmation process. According to most of them, the Senate has a duty to confirm whomever a President nominates as long as he is “qualified,” but what does that mean? Last night on Fox News Megyn Kelly labeled Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, as “incredibly qualified,” implying, however, that he would “nevertheless” not likely be confirmed by a Republican Senate because the process has become more about ideology and power politics than “qualifications.”

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Freedom’s Slow Death

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Tad Armstrong 

The life of a lemming, a small rodent of the Arctic region, has become metaphorically linked to a class of people willing to be led to their death by unquestionably following the popular sentiment.

I’m not sure when American freedom began its slow death march – perhaps shortly after it was attained with the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791. President Reagan is often quoted thusly: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction…It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

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