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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE:

WHO NEEDS THAT LEARNIN' STUFF?  From Fox:   A Biden judicial nominee was unable to answer basic questions about the U.S. Constitution posed by Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., during a Senate hearing on Wednesday.  Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren, of Spokane County Superior Court in Washington State, was nominated by President Biden to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bjelkengren could not answer Kennedy's questions about what different parts of the U.S. Constitution do and how courts might interpret laws.  "Tell me what Article V of the Constitution does," Kennedy instructed Bjelkengren at the beginning of his question time.
"Article V is not coming to mind at the moment," the judge said.  "How about Article II?" Kennedy followed-up, but she was unable to recall the answer.  Article V of the Constitution concerns the amendments process, and Article II invests the Executive power in the president of the United States, enumerating the powers of the Executive Branch.  Next, Kennedy asked if Bjelkengren knew what "purposivism" is, but she was again unable to give an answer. Purposivism, or the purposive approach, a philosophy of interpreting the law that emphasizes the law's purpose – advocating for judges to enforce the spirit of the law when it contradicts with the text of the law, according to Harvard Law professor John F. Manning, writing in the Columbia Law Review.   How impressive.  But I'm sure she'll be confirmed, and maybe someday she'll be qualified for the job.

NATIONAL SURVIVAL:  From American Thinker:  As recently as 2004, 91% of Americans were extremely or very proud to be American, and the United States ranked first in the world in national pride. However, in less than twenty years there has been a stunning reversal that portends a dire future for the United States as a precipitous erosion in national pride has undermined societal confidence, self-reliance, optimism, and cohesion.  A recent poll revealed that a record low of just 68% of the citizenry are extremely or very proud to be American. However, underlying that overall dismal outcome is the reality that among the two youngest generations only 38% of Millennials and 16% of Gen Z are proud to be American despite being the beneficiaries of living in a unfathomably prosperous nation that has not known any profound national adversity since the Great Depression.  What we are seeing play out is the reality of demographic change in America as the younger mal-educated generations account for over half of the populace and are increasingly becoming culturally and politically influential. Within these generations an overwhelming majority have been indoctrinated by socialist/Marxist ideologues to believe that a capitalist United States as founded is irredeemable and must be transformed.  One of the best histories of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is called "At Dawn We Slept."  A history of the present American period might someday be called "For a Generation We Slept."  There are some signs that America may be awakening, realizing what's been done to our national character.  The spreading revolt of parents against the educational establishment is perhaps the most encouraging sign.  We'd better hurry, for the time to save America is getting short. 

January 26, 2023