The riots that have swept across America’s largest cities are the end result of the Democrat party’s depraved indifference to the Constitution and the law itself.

Soon after Donald Trump announced his candidacy, the Obama administration began spying on him, on the absurd premise that he was a Russian spy. Democrats used the Justice Department and FBI to spy on senior Trump campaign staff, and ultimately Trump himself. Never before in American history has an incumbent administration used the power of US law enforcement to spy on a political campaign of the opposition party. No prominent Democrat has denounced this or called for an investigation into the Obama administration, FBI or Justice Department for this. But the Democrat party’s deep dive into lawlessness continued.

Presidential elections are really 50 separate state elections. The victor wins the votes of Electors from that state, members of the Electoral College, who then cast their vote for President. This Constitutionally mandated system has been in place since the founding of the republic. When Trump won a majority of electoral votes and therefore the presidency, the left was outraged. They tried to intimidate individual electors into casting their votes for a candidate other than the legitimate winner, Trump. Never mind the law, tradition or the Constitution; Trump’s victory could not stand. No elected Democrat criticized the effort to overturn the 2016 election.

Immigration is a Federal responsibility. Federal law determines who is allowed in the country and who can remain. But the progressive left wants as many illegal immigrants as possible – they want their votes, and have created so-called sanctuary cities, where they violate Federal immigration law and obstruct Federal law enforcement. Democrats have gone so far as to warn illegal aliens of upcoming operations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), aiding and abetting fugitives from justice and endangering Federal agents. They have prevented Federal authorities from apprehending and deporting violent gang members.

The death of George Floyd led to peaceful protests which were hijacked by the Marxist Black Lives Matter (BLM) and ANTIFA. The protests became riots in Democrat-run cities. Businesses, many of them black-owned, were looted and burned to the ground. While the cities burned, Democrats were silent. Why? Until recently, they thought the riots were increasing their chances of success in November. But the polls have turned against them, leading to tepid denunciations of the riots, which they now blame on Trump.

Ever since Trump’s election Democrats have cynically lowered the bar on political discourse, broken the law, and, by their silence, encouraged rioting. They have done incalculable damage to the institutional fabric of this country. Their election loss in November will be richly earned.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.


Dear friends:

I decided to shift to shorter articles.  I still plan to keep a sharp eye out and ear open to things that interest.  But I think shorter is better for now.  Don’t get the idea that I’m done writing more lengthy pieces: I just might write a long one if the spirit moves me. But for now, I’ll be trying to hit singles instead of homeruns.

The shorter format was inspired by Dr. Thomas Sowell who is now retired. He used to write articles entitled, Random thought on the passing scene—short pieces contained in a longer article.  The new heading—CODGERTATING:WHEN OLD GUYS THINK.— is me laughing at ageing. What else is there to do?  So look for these shorter bits.  They’re likely to appear with  more often and they’re fun to write.

Thanks for reading my stuff.  I really appreciate it.



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Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry: “A man’s got to know his limitations.”

Recently, forty people died in mass shootings in El Paso and Midland, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. We’ve had too many of these, and we need thoughtful and honest discussions about causes and solutions. But as usual, before the bodies are cold and the facts are in, progressives call to ban guns, confiscate guns and hyper-regulate lawful gun owners. Progressives attack the NRA as if the NRA and its members pulled the trigger. Many progressives oppose the 2nd Amendment. While some nominally support it, they could easily change their minds. What’s to stop them from legislating the 2nd A. out of existence?

Uber-progressive New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pretending to support the 2nd A.  Gun owners: Does seeing Cuomo with a gun make you feel better?

The fundamentals of progressivism should frighten all who value individual liberty as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Progressives believe in a “living Constitution,” which means the Constitution changes with time and circumstances. But as if by magic, their reading of the Constitution always grows government and empowers progressives.

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Woodrow Wilson on the Constitution: “…It is modified by its environment, necessitated by its tasks, shaped to its functions by the sheer pressure of life.  Woodrow Wilson on government: “…no line can be drawn between private and public affairs which the state may not cross at will….”

Woodrow Wilson was a founding member of the progressive movement and our 28th President. For Wilson and present-day progressives the Constitution is an evolving document, which makes it possible to evolve the 2nd Amendment out of existence. I can hear the Democrats bleating now: “The 2nd Amendment was written for a different age. It doesn’t work in modern times. To protect our children we must outlaw all assault rifles.” They’ve already done it. Democrats passed an assault weapons ban in 1994. An assault weapon is a political construct. The ban did not reduce gun crime one bit but it did frighten voters, which was the point. And again, progressives attack so-called assault rifles—a stealth attack on semi-autos. That’s one trigger pull and one shot. What happens if the next madman uses a bolt action rifle? Then it will be: ban the bolt. Think it won’t happen here? It’s already happened in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are based on natural rights, the idea that we are born with rights that predate any government. Natural rights are rooted in our humanity. The will to survive and to protect our loved ones is as human as breathing. That is the basis of the 2nd Amendment. Progressives do not believe that we are born with rights. Instead, they believe that our rights come from government. But what the government gives – the government can take away.

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The Constitution codifies the principles of the Declaration of Independence.  Our freedoms are precious and worth fighting for. If we lose them, they’re gone forever.

Progressives are not bound by the principles embodied in the Declaration. Nor are they bound by the text of the Constitution, or by tradition. Theirs is a political philosophy motivated by the needs of the moment, a political movement with no limits, and they are the core of the Democrat party. To them, your right to defend hearth and home is obsolete, a relic of a bygone era and part of a deeply flawed Constitution that needs fixing. Deleting the Second Amendment is high on their to-do list. Don’t let them. They are absent internal limits so it falls to us, the freedom-loving people to impose limits via elections, law, political contributions, participation in political parties and joining organizations that will defend our rights. If they don’t know their limitations, let’s show them what limits are.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.