Happy 727 Day!
Once upon a time, it was explained to me – at great length – that I “needed” to get on board and support an increase in pay for some legislators who were feeling like they weren’t being paid enough. If the pay rise didn’t get passed, they explained, it would be tragic. Not for themselves, you see, but for the long-term health of government. Without higher pay, you see, the “best people” would never be interested in serving in government.
Uh-huh, I said… so if it’s such a crappy, low paying, difficult job, why did you want it in the first place? Read the rest of this entry
I had never watched Shark Tank before last night. That might change in the future…
Look, I get it, most of my Sharkness is in fun. It all started one afternoon long, long ago, when Jill the Überchick had a story about a fellow whose dog had somehow or another ended up in the jaws of a shark off Monterey (as I recall). The guy dove in and beat up the shark, saved his dog, and started my own obsession with sharks and shark news. Later fun With news would revolve around Shark news to the point that the greatest local band of all time, E.A.R.L., wrote a song about it.
Through it all, I have done what I could to use my position and what influence I had to support shark protection and legislation that helped protect these magnificent creatures. At one point I even had democrat Legislators on the show – believe me, they had a hard time accepting that I wanted to talk about sharks and not politics – to help them get California’s Shark Finning Ban passed.
On the show yesterday, we read an excerpt from St. George Tucker’s Annotations to Blackstone’s commentaries on the Law. now, let me say first off, that I am enthralled by Tucker’s story. His writings are immensely important and underappreciated by Conservatives and Constitutionalists alike. Virtually all of my personal reading over the past thirty-six hours has been Tucker.
Second, in the excerpt we shared yesterday, there was a single sentence that distracted me: “[T]he unqualified use of the term equality has furnished the enemies of democracy with a pretext to charge it with the most destructive principles.”
That singular sentence has captured me in a way that rarely happens. I have pulled, twisted, poked, prodded, diagramed, dissected, and even analyzed that sentence for hours. Why? Because it is a prescient vision of a time that both was and is again when the concept of “fairness” takes on a new definition, and in that definition seeks to undo the original meaning and ideas of American democracy…
I know that it is Wednesday, but yesterdays Young v Hawaii ruling has me off and chasing through the streams of history as we consider what the ruling might – it may still not be clear – actually means.
Our examination of the ruling starts in 1752 in Port Royal, Bermuda, where a boy was born to Colonel Henry and Anne Butterfield Tucker. Some generations before, the family had married into the St. George family, and so the boy was christened, St. George Tucker.
It is this young man, who will eventually find his way to Virginia, where in 1772 he will become a lawyer, trained under George Wythe, will serve his adopted State and his new country, who will one day sit down and compose his notes on Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Law. And what is that to us today? Read the rest of this entry