Yes, I know, everyone is talking about President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee from last evening. That’s fine, but I want to give you just a short assessment as to why the Supreme Court is important, actually all of our courts. See, the left is going nuts because they know that the courts is the best avenue to impose, “legally,” their ideological agenda. It’s what we call judicial activism. For some odd reason, the progressive socialist left believes that the courts are not the guardians of our Constitution — but rather the keepers of their stupid ideas.
Where are many of those stupid ideas born? Yep, you guessed correctly: the infamous “left” coast. We recently witnessed the dumb socialist idea to impose an employee Head Tax in Seattle, WA. That idea was reversed, but it has found a new potential home, Silicon Valley, as we shared previously. But now there is another absurd liberal progressive socialist idea emanating out of the so-called “Golden State.”
As reported by CNN Money (an oxymoronic title):
“Just 80 miles east of Silicon Valley, one of the wealthiest regions in the country, is Stockton, California — once known as America’s foreclosure capital. Soon, the former bankrupt city will become the first in the country to participate in a test of Universal Basic Income, also known as UBI. Stockton will give 100 residents $500 a month for 18 months, no strings attached. The nontraditional system for distributing wealth guarantees that citizens receive a regular sum of money. The goal is to create an income floor no one will fall beneath.
The concept of Universal Basic Income has gained traction and support from some Silicon Valley leaders, including Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg. It is seen as a way to possibly reduce poverty and safeguard against the job disruption that comes from automation. “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas,” Zuckerberg said at a Harvard commencement address in May 2017. The Stockton project has its roots in Silicon Valley, too. Its financial backers include Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes’ organization, the Economic Security Project — a fund to support research and cultural engagement around Universal Basic Income. It contributed $1 million to the Stockton initiative.”
Now, let me be very honest: I do not care one bit if these really wealthy leftists wanna hand over their own money. Funny huh, rich fat cat progressive socialists? I do not care if they want to redistribute their own wealth, or that of their own private sector company. They can take that decision up with their shareholders. What I do disagree with is saying they have some proof-positive of their little socialist egalitarian experiment, and try to make it public policy. I would not put it past these chuckleheads to take this insidious concept — “free money” — to California’s Governor Jerry Brown, and the rest of the lefty lemmings, in the California state houses and get approval for this to become law. Now, of course, we, here in Texas, can just get ready for more corporations, and people, to flee the failed state of California, if this does become policy.
Why are the courts so very vital? Because the left will mandate businesses, corporations, and individuals to surrender their wealth for redistribution. That socialist economic idea will then be challenged in lower courts, and would eventually reach the Supreme Court. Remember, it was the Supreme Court that ruled Obamacare was “constitutional” based upon the taxing authority of Congress. Now, imagine this, what Chief Justice Roberts claimed, in borrowing the idea from SCOTUS potential nominee Kavanaugh, is a dangerous precedent: that our legislative branch can use the power of taxation (individual mandate) as a means to force compliance by citizens — i.e. purchase health care insurance.
What happens when government decides that wealth redistribution for the purpose of an ideological agenda — Universal Basic Income — is legal? And, you know it’s not. The left is worried because in the next session of the Supreme Court, they will hear the case on Obamacare’s constitutionality, since the individual mandate has been repealed. But what if a far leftist court like the west coast Ninth Circuit was to rule that a State has the right to impose a Universal Basic Income tax on its citizens? Did you know that the most overturned court in these United States of America is, yes, the Ninth Circuit Court.
What if local municipalities decide that one only has to be a resident to vote in an election? Where does such a challenge go? And back to our topic du jour, who decides which people get the $500 per month for 18 months? Can it be given to someone in the United States illegally? See, this is why we need Constitutionalists sitting on our courts, not progressive socialist judicial errand boys and girls, who just seek to do the bidding of their ideology.
French economist Frederic Bastiat discussed how “The Law” is perverted by way of naked greed and misconceived philanthropy — namely wealth redistribution, mandated.
Pay close attention to this universal basic income stupidity, it is being incubated, and at some point, there will be an attempt to mainstream it. It is just another example of progressive socialist economic enslavement, dependency . . . and at whose cost will it come?
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom. His forthcoming book, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, is due fall 2018 from Brown Books Publishing Group.