Four Supreme Court Nominations for President Trump

The terrifying news tonight is one great man died, and what is left of the Republic is in jeopardy. Justice Scalia was everything a SCOTUS justice ought to be. The power usurped by the Supreme Court has been one that fundamentally makes a mockery of having a republic as a form of government. Once the left realized they could use the Supreme Court to bypass public opinion  and the constitutional amendment process, they have used it as yet another tool to fulfill their agenda. Since Lochner was overturned in 1937, upholding existing rights for individuals have been the only victories for the right. The left, on the other hand, have seen the invention of rights and powers for the government out of thin air. This mockery must end if we are to ever return to a functioning republic.

Let’s imagine a future where McConnell gives into the Democrats and allows the appointment of another left-wing judge to the Supreme Court bent on destroying our fundamental rights. Let’s imagine this issues in Trump as President. Beleaguered Republicans, still holding onto the Senate, vow to push through any agenda he decides. Trump orders the Senate to kill the fillibuster and to appoint his nominees to the Supreme Court. That’s right, its time to pack the Court in order to kill the Supreme Court’s legitimacy. That will destroy its ability to make these awful decisions by turning the body into a mockery. This is all perfectly constitutional, of course

Chief Justice Ted Cruz

Sorry, John Roberts has screwed things up enough with his awful decisions on Obamacare. There’s nothing saying he can’t be demoted from Chief Justice, so I think Ted Cruz should get the job. Roberts, of course, stays on as an associate Justice. That is only because this plan follows the Constitution, unlike Supreme Courts from the past century.

Justice Ted “The Nuge” Nugent

He’d be the first Supreme Court justice to wear cut sleeves on his robes. Is there a surer vote for the security of our 2nd Amendment rights? I thought not. After the National Review finishing purging him from the NRA board, he’ll need a landing spot.

Justice Ron Paul

A bit long in the tooth, but nevertheless, no one could be better trusted to maintain strict adherence to the Constitution as written. With this course, it will only take a year or two to undo the horrible decisions of the past century. At least you know if he errs, it will be on the side of too much individual liberty, too many rights for states and too few powers for government. That would be a great change of pace.

Justice Tim Tebow

It is important to have people on the Supreme Court with an unshakeable commitment to their faith, and Tebow certainly has that qualification. He’d have decades to establish himself as the utmost defender of religious liberty the nation has ever seen.

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Supreme Court 2017, Scalia is still there because he was a great man and if I could find a way to put 9 of him on the Supreme Court, I would

If that is not enough to turn the court in a direction which will achieve the kind of change we so desperately need, I have several more candidates to consider: Sarah Palin, Chuck Norris, and Vince McMahon.

Only by appointing a majority justices who will overturn the eight decades of arbitrary and capricious Supreme Court rule over our nation will we be able to return to the constitutional republic we once were. Choose the right men for then job.

Self-Improvement Case Study

When I first conceived this post it was very different from how it turned out. What was originally going to be a reflection on some past events became a look into the thought process that goes into my own process of self-improvement.

I started by looking at a unique experience I had a few years ago. As adults, very few of us have the freedom to do whatever we like whenever we like. We’ve got to make enough money to make ends meet, and for most of us that means having a job. That’s certainly where I am in life. I’m salaried, paid well and charge customers by the hour.

But a few years ago, I had a chance to experience “the dream”. I had just finished grad school, and because I got a research job, I didn’t spend the money I had saved to get me through school. I also had a chance to live in an oceanfront house for a couple of months, rent free, on my own. I had to pay for gas for my car, my cell phone bill and my food, but otherwise I had no expenses for the duration. I moved in a week after I got my masters degree.

I spent the next 10 weeks living exactly how I wanted every moment of every day. After a few weeks, I settled into a routine. I woke up at 7 AM, stretched, did some exercises in the basement, then went for a swim in the ocean while the beach was empty. I ate breakfast, and took a shower at 8. At this point I’d run any errands that needed doing. I’d then settle in to spend the rest of the morning working on some sort of project. When I got hungry, I’d take a break to have lunch. Then I’d go back to working until 4PM. I’d mix myself a cocktail, make a small cheese plate and go out to the deck overlooking the beach and enjoy a solitary cocktail hour with a splendid view. I’d then go for a walk a mile or so along the beach. I’d come back, make myself dinner and relax with a book until 11 or so, then I’d go off to bed to start afresh in the morning.

I underwent a couple of big changes in living exactly as I wanted to, with very few limits. First is diet and exercise, two things that I normally have to expend willpower to maintain, came entirely naturally and without trying. Eventually, I just felt like doing them more than I wanted to sit on my ass eating junk.

I also barely watched TV, surfed the internet, played video games or otherwise “wasted time”. I lost the desire to do any of those when I could be working on a project or reading instead.

I found I had a natural desire to be doing something productive. I had all sorts of projects. I learned programming languages and web design. I practiced writing. I did academic research. I did yard work and fixed things around the house.

Eventually, I got tired with that and I was itching to start my job and work on bigger, tougher problems. So after 10 weeks I went home and got started at the job I had lined up.

This got me thinking about the “Perfect Day” from Gorilla Mindset. I talked about the book extensively a few weeks ago.

I was originally going to write this article about all the benefits I had from living like that, but then the question struck me: why am I not still living like that?

 

The answer is complicated. For one, once that summer was over, I wasn’t going to be living at the beach for free again. I was going to need a source of income eventually. And, as I said, I had a desire to get back to my career, new degree in hand.

So, rather than try to jump back to that place, I’ve asked myself: “how can I make my life more like that?”

I was struck by my ability to effortlessly live a productive, healthy, happy life. I thought back to that summer at the beach and I realized that while I was being productive, I was choosing where my focus would be. When there was something interesting me, I worked at it. When I needed a break I moved onto something else. That’s not the way things are at my job; I’ve got a piece of a large project to work on over a long period of time that I’m supposed to be focused on for half of my waking hours every day without switching to another task for very long, if at all.

When I hit a plateau, I need to step away from a problem and accomplish something else before I come back to it. If I can’t do that, I spend an equivalent amount of time futilely trying to make progress on the problem while struggling to maintain focus. In an 8 hour workday, I don’t have a chance to step away from a task and do something else long enough to reset. The fact of the matter is, I can’t shift from programming to yard work and back again when I need to switch gears. When I was at the beach, that’s exactly what I would do.  Taking time off of project A and focusing on project B makes me more efficient at project A when I return to it.

That gave me a hypothesis for why my life now is not like my life at the beach: trying to maintain focus on a single problem all day causes me to lose energy and willpower. When I can switch focus between many different things, I accomplish more in aggregate. I just finished Scott Adams’ “How to Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big”, and my personal energy levels are something I observe very closely.

Now that I had identified a specific problem, identified a time when I didn’t have that problem, and identified a potential cause of the problem, I was ready to brainstorm solutions. So far, I’ve come up with a pair of items I can use to try and improve things.

First, is, I think the situation I am in at work is reflective of my current position. Looking back, these problems started as I started to rise in my career. I am not so junior that I’m constantly given small bite sized pieces to do. Nor am I managing a big project with several large parallel tasks. I tend to work in a serial manner, doing whatever seems most relevant and important at the time. I need to start setting aside time to become my own manager so that I can create tasks I can perform in parallel. This will give me the opportunity to switch focus when I need to while still working on my project.

Second, is I have realized I use my limited supply of willpower to stay focused on my job while I’m at work, and it leaves me feeling drained when I get home and I am not motivated to work on side projects until late at night. However, I always have lots of ideas and energy to tackle side projects when I first get up in the morning. I normally wake up and drag my heels as I get into work. However, I don’t work in an office with set hours. So if, when I wake up, I feel like working on side projects, I will allow myself to do so before going into work. My hope is this will allow me to spend more and higher quality time working on my various side projects. I believe that this will lead to me spending less time on an unproductive morning routine, and make it easier for me to go to bed earlier since I’ll already have worked on my side projects before coming home.

Notice, that these are systems, not goals. I’m going to change my process, not going to seek a new goal. If you haven’t read Scott Adams’ “How to Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big” yet, that’s how you succeed in bettering yourself.

Now, I’ve got to go and give these ideas a chance and see if they are improvements over what I normally do. I’ll update this post with how successful they’ve been.