Lt. Dan: The Man with ALL the right enemies

Dan-ForestWhile Gov. Pat McCrory tucks tail and runs, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is sticking to his guns and standing up FOR the folks he represents:

Friday, an unelected federal judge violated the foundational principles of this great nation. In 1787, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and later by ratification, the states relinquished a limited amount of power to a federal government. The document we call the Constitution set out a detailed and enumerated list of powers to be held by the federal government, and in the Tenth Amendment the states left a reminder that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

In his 1788 speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, Alexander Hamilton said, “The state governments possess inherent advantages, which will ever give them an influence and ascendancy over the National Government, and will for ever preclude the possibility of federal encroachments. That their liberties, indeed, can be subverted by the federal head, is repugnant to every rule of political calculation.” Friday’s decision by unelected federal judge Max Cogburn showed how far we have strayed from our founding principles. Not only has the federal government asserted ultimate and supreme authority over every decision of the states, it has done so by the judicial fiat of one unelected man.

The 35th section of North Carolina’s Declaration of Rights informs us that “a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty.” Today we must remember our fundamental principles and return to them for the sake of our republic.

Sixty-one percent of North Carolina’s voters chose to amend our constitution to ensure the preservation of marriage defined as the union between one man and one woman. This definition predates North Carolina, the United States, and goes back as far as recorded history. What does it say about the state of our nation when a large majority of voters can have their reasoned decision overturned by a single, unelected individual–an individual who waited until a Friday after the close of the normal court day to issue his ruling?

The courts have essentially stated that a man “marrying” another man, or a woman another woman, is rooted in our nation’s traditions and history, inferring that states have no interest in the preservation of marriage as an exclusive union between a man and a woman. This strains credulity.Fitzcryin-eyes-closed

Our people will either submit themselves fully to a federal oligarchy of unelected judges or stand up and proclaim that federalism is alive and well. I hope that you will join me in standing against judicial tyranny, and fight to restore the balance of power intended in the Constitution of the United States.

Language like that likely has Gov. Pat’s chums in the Uptown Charlotte crowd shaking their heads and tut-tutting, while the libs are likely seething about the fact that they didn’t cheat harder to slip Linda Coleman into office.  Check out one particularly unhinged lefty, Blinkin’ Chris’s comrade (and WRAL boss Jim Goodmon’s protégé)  Rob Schofield:

[…] And then there’s Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. Forest, a longstanding and devoted soldier of the religious right (click here for a refresher on his co-founding of a group that purports to rate retailers for their adherence to “Biblical principles”), pulled no punches in a scathing and over-the-top statement decrying the ruling and, indeed, questioning the legitimacy of the federal judge who issued it. Here are some of the “highlights”:

“Friday, an unelected federal judge violated the foundational principles of this great nation. In 1787, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and later by ratification, the states relinquished a limited amount of power to a federal government. The document we call the Constitution set out a detailed and enumerated list of powers to be held by the federal government, and in the Tenth Amendment the states left a reminder that ‘the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’

…Friday’s decision by unelected federal judge Max Cogburn showed how far we have strayed from our founding principles. Not only has the federal government asserted ultimate and supreme authority over every decision of the states, it has done so by the judicial fiat of one unelected man….

Our people will either submit themselves fully to a federal oligarchy of unelected judges or stand up and proclaim that federalism is alive and well. I hope that you will join me in standing against judicial tyranny, and fight to restore the balance of power intended in the Constitution of the United States.”

You got that? North Carolina’s second-highest elected official has quite publicly thrown himself in with the “states’ rights” crowd that challenges some pretty basic and long-established principles of American law – principles like the notion that the federal courts get to decide what and what is not constitutional.

“Judicial fiat of one unelected man”? What is this, 1963? What’s next, a defense of secession?

Ah, the new McCarthyism. Shut up someone you don’t agree with by shouting “BIGOT!”  (At least McCarthy had the facts on his side.)  The problem with the modern judiciary is schofthat it is NOT refereeing disputes between approved legislation and The Constitution. It is making up stuff that aligns with their personal political beliefs and those of their political patrons.  (Gotta keep that Senate Judiciary Committee happy.) 

And why is a federal judge even involved in issues of marriage?  When you get married, you apply for a license with state and local officials.

Far too often, politicians are failing to do their jobs and govern.  They leave the decisions to the courts. The problem?  Courts were never meant to legislate. Lefties have taken advantage of these developments to shove a lot of garbage down our throats that would NEVER get approved by a popular vote of the people.

The Supreme Court  created a right to abortion out of the fourth amendment’s protections against unreasonable search and seizure.  I wonder how far I’d get by suing to throw out something — like IRS audits — that REALLY violates the Fourth Amendment?  MORE: 

A predictable reaction

Amazing as this reaction might seem at first blush to the uninitiated, it was, in fact, completely predictable to those who have paid any attention to the Lieutenant Governor’s positions on the issues and his actions since taking office in 2013. Despite his sunny public demeanor and efforts to project the image of a modernizer and a champion of improving public schools, Forest is almost certainly the most far-right statewide elected official in decades.

As reported in this space after his election two years ago, there is scarcely a hard right position (e.g. abolishing corporate income taxes and the minimum wage, championing home schools) or conspiracy theory (e.g. the notion that “Agenda 21” represents some monstrous threat to the American republic) that Forest doesn’t champion. In a speech to the John Locke Foundation after taking office, the Lt. Governor alleged that Raleigh’s News & Observer plants hidden and nefarious messages in its headlines. Forest’s chief of staff – a guy named Hal Weatherman – is a veteran conspiracy monger who has long railed against supposed threats to American survival posed by “radical Islam” (first for Forest’s mom, former Congresswoman Sue Myrick and later for a group called Act! For America).

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Where the Lieutenant Governor is headed with all of this (and whether he’s really serious about pushing or riding the far right’s amend-the-Constitution scheme very far) is anyone’s guess. Given the assiduous way in which he and his staff have been cultivating local politicians and conservative groups ever since he took office, however, there can be little doubt that Forest has big plans – both for himself and North Carolina (and maybe even the United States as a whole). Moreover, as Saturday’s statement made plain, we can all rest assured that those plans most certainly do not include equality for members of the LGBT community.

We’ve got a governor and a US Senate nominee who are running as fast as they can away from conservative principles that made this country great and brought the GOP so much modern-day success.  Dan Forest is providing the kind of leadership the grassroots has been starving for.  The fact that he pisses off Rob and his blinkin’ buddy makes it that much better. 

29 thoughts on “Lt. Dan: The Man with ALL the right enemies

  1. Way to go our Honorable Lt. Gov! I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Forest for the first time during our recent New Hanover County GOP Reagan dinner last week (Thursday at the Waterfront Hilton downtown Wilmington).

    Being relatively new to N.C. (or at least since I’d lived here in the late 90’s) I didn’t know much about our Lt. Gov, but he casually introduced himself and was very personable. I am glad he’s also a constitutionalist and an actual conservative. Here’s hoping through strong leadership like this we can actually stand up to the Feds! I’d also like for Greg Brannon to run again, we most certainly need to take back our party (and then our state) from the Raleigh-D.C. consultant class, even if Mr. Tillis wins.

  2. Dan Forest is the most decent and principled state official holding office today in North Carolina—in either party.

  3. Interesting. All of a sudden, 225 years after the Constitution is ratified, marriage between only between a man and a woman (a centuries old Judeo-Christian value underlying our civil laws) is now unconstitutional. Plus, a law voted into our own state constitution by an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians, is negated by one man who never ran for office. Thanks to at least Dan Forest who is willing to stand on principle.

    1. Oh yeah, funny how the gal raking Forest over the coals forgot to mention that 61% of people agree with Forest, at least on this issue.

      You know, if the Marriage Amendment is too extreme to stay in the NC Constitution, why stop there? Maybe the Article stating that NC shall never leave the Union should be removed as well. Just saying….

      Meanwhile, we seriously need to think hard about whether its in our interest to keep a liberal Republican in the Governor’s mansion in 2016.

  4. It is encouraging to see Lt. Governor Dan Forest standing up to the court decision on same sex marriage. He says, “The document we call the Constitution set out a detailed and enumerated list of powers to be held by the federal government, and in the Tenth Amendment the states left a reminder that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’…Friday’s decision by unelected federal judge Max Cogburn showed how far we have strayed from our founding principles. Our people will either submit themselves fully to a federal oligarchy of unelected judges or stand up and proclaim that federalism is alive and well. I hope that you will join me in standing against judicial tyranny, and fight to restore the balance of power intended in the Constitution of the United States.” I applaud Dan Forest in his stand and it seems a lonely stance on real Constitutional principles.

    Ask Greg Brannon. He has been standing up and speaking on real Constitutional principles for many years now. He even spoke specifically on the Marriage Amendment on the Bill LuMaye show on May 10, 2012. http://billlumaye.blogspot.com/2012/05/dr-greg-brannon-discusses-marriage.html . Our Constitution guarantees us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as long as that right doesn’t infringe on others. As a Born again Christian, I agree with Greg and others that marriage is a right given by God to a man and a woman. As Greg says in the show, “Do I have to change my core beliefs so you can have your core beliefs? That is the problem when the government gets control.”

    As a Christian, as a church, we need more men and women to stand up and fight for what our Founding Father’s risk their lives for: to ensure future generations have their God given rights protected. We must stand strong and witness and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. We won’t change hearts by bashing them, but with love and respect. This issue, homosexuality, will not be won or lost in the courts. It was an issue in the Bible times and will continue to be an issue. It is up to us as Christians to be a light in this world.

    “Daily Haymaker” states: “We’ve got a governor and a US Senate nominee who are running as fast as they can away from conservative principles that made this country great and brought the GOP so much modern-day success. Dan Forest is providing the kind of leadership the grassroots has been starving for.” https://dailyhaymaker.com/?p=9404.

    Dan Forest is that leader and there are others even bolder in their fight for the Constitution and our God given inalienable rights. Greg Brannon is that bold fighter! 85% of the voters did not show up to vote in the Primary. If they would have joined the fight for our freedoms and rights, Greg would be the US Senate nominee that would run as fast as he could TOWARD the Constitution! I admire Greg bending his knee to our Savior Jesus Christ and not to man. We need to find and encourage more men and women to stay strong. It is the “voting of the lesser evils” that has gotten us where we are. It is time to say, “NO” and not compromise on our core values and principles.

    1. “Greg Brannon is that bold fighter!”

      But yet he did not stand in his defense before the jury of his peers. The voters expect their candidate to take a stand. And more importantly to take the stand in their own defense! How could the voters take him seriously?

    2. Voting for evil — whether it’s a size S, M, or L — is still supporting evil. Don’t do it, regardless of the Party it infests.

      This is what comes from casting “Clothespin Votes.” If we keep rewarding these scoundrels for ignoring, disrespecting, or actively opposing conservative principles and issues, then what right do we have to scream about the hell they invariably create, once they’re in office?

      Neither McCrory, Burr, Tillis, nor any other Vichy Republican will get my vote. When I have trouble, distinguishing their actions from the declared enemies of conservatism, then haven’t they become little more than leftist tools?

      We’re in a very real war for the souls of ourselves, our families, and our country. I refuse to help Karl Rove and the RINOs inflict any further damage on the state of NC, on any more Americans, or on the nation that I love.

      If the left and their enablers bring a gun to a knife fight, we’d better bring a F/A-22 Raptor jet fighter.

  5. While Forest is likely the best state-wide office holder we have here in NC his position on having a Con Con aka Article V is unsettling. Why would you have a convention that 1) asks congress if it’s ok to pass the changes and 2) Allows the same well-connected lawyers/judges to determine what is or isn’t constitutional.

    The states and the people decide what is or isn’t constitutional through the 10th Amendment. This is called “Nullification” or “Noncompliance”.

  6. I am so proud of Dan Forest. I will gladly help him again on his next campaign. He and Hal Weatherman are what we all need now. RUN FOREST RUN FOR GOVERNOR.

  7. Hooray for Dan Forest. If he had been our US Senate nominee this year, we would be crushing Hag Hagan right now. Instead we are stuck with Karl Rove’s loser Tillis.

  8. Lt Gov Dan Forest has been a welcome and impressive leader in our
    once great state! Maybe he can lead us out of this abyss and restore honor to NC. McCrory needs to mash the conservative pedal if he wants to go further…

  9. Without the “activism” that brought legitimate marriage to lesbians and gays we would also still have no interracial marriage and no women’s vote.

    1. What is next? Incest? That is already moving foward in Germany, with government officials saying siblings ought to be able to marry. Bestiality? Too bad, Denmark just outlawed it. Pedophilia? There are already organized efforts saying that they are a ”sexual preference” just like homosexuals and should have their rights, too. Bigamy? Federal judges out west are already chipping at the prohibitions there.

      1. It has always been forwarded here as the advancement of relations between consenting adults as it should be. I suppose you would take away women’s right to vote or the allowance for mixed race couples to marry???

        1. Incest and bigamy involve consenting adults. I guess you lefties approve of them? And what about bestiality with adult animals? Probably okay with you, too!

          1. Not in favor:
            Incest must be defined and it is different in different states, where do YOU draw the line.
            Bigamy is a crime of love but not of the law (as are other things). I do approve but would not throw someone in jail because they were unfaithful to their spouse.
            Bestiality does not provide the consent of one of the parties (I guarantee you that).

          2. Should read; “I do NOT approve but would not throw someone in jail because they were unfaithful to their spouse.”

        2. When the “women’s vote” is directly responsible for TWICE installing a tyrannical, qualified-for-nothing, psychopath in the White House, perhaps the time has arrived to reevaluate its benefits.

          I am a woman, and I am deeply ashamed of the destruction to America and to simple decency, that has been inflicted on it by women’s votes.

          1. JBP ~

            That’s rich, coming from the Party of Slick Willie (“better put some ice on that”) Clinton, Teddy (Splash!–Oops!) Kennedy, and pResident “Equal Pay” Ebola, who pays women less than the men, working in his laughingstock of a regime.

            The Left IS “War on Women.”

            Oh, be sure to vote for “Bill Clinton’s Doormat for President,” you hear?

            Bless your heart.

          2. BOTH parties have womanizers in powerful positions in government. I would not throw stones in that glass house. At least Centrists like me are smart enough to know that women should vote.

          3. ”Centrist”?????? hahahahahahahahahahaha

            You have clearly revealed yourself as a far leftie on these boards.

          4. Yes, I suppose many of you think if C R A Z Y – NUTS to let women vote. That stand must put me WAY out there.

  10. Backlash against the court ruling may help Tillis. However, the issue of gay marriage is over and done with. A few will fight on but gay marriage is here to stay. I don’t like it but it is useless to fight on. Retreat now and live to fight another day.

      1. I guess you lefties feel that way about incest, bigamy, and bestiality? Or do you discriminate among certain of the bizarre ”sexual preferences”?

        1. See my reply to your same question above. You have yet to answer my question about women’s right to vote and mixed race marriages.

  11. Dan Forest is a real leader. Did anyone see McCrory’s cowardly statement? He seems almost excited to have same-sex marriage in NC. God save us from Charlotte Republicans.

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