The Delusions of Ana Marie Cox
A history major who doesn’t grasp history
Ana Marie Cox is the founding editor of the leftist blog Wonkette and a former employee of the embarrassing Air American Media. According to Ben Shapiro, editor of Breitbart, she talks more like a sailor than a lady. She wrote a review of Mark Levin’s new book, The Liberty Amendments, for The Guardian which was filled with third grade playground level insults.
Cox is usually a half way decent writer, despite her ideology. Therefore, perhaps this incoherent ridiculous article stemmed from her jealousy that Mark Levin has had numerous best selling books. She stepped into the trap of admitting she wrote this review without even reading the book when she stated there were ten proposed amendments when there are actually eleven outlined in The Liberty Amendments. Read the rest of her article with this in mind knowing every word she spews comes from her imagination only. She criticizes Levin for the insanity of his project but the real insanity is that there are seemingly educated people like Ms. Cox who are delusional about the crisis our nation faces. This isn’t about the Republicans versus the Democrats. Both sides have grown our federal government and both sides have increased our debt and our deficit. If America doesn’t wake up soon, the whole country will look like Detroit. We can’t stay on this course. We must find solutions and Levin’s book is a best seller because he is a constitutional expert and the first person to really research what the founders would do and lay out an idea for the people of this nation to discuss and debate. Does Ms. Cox offer a solution? No. Levin never said using Article V would be quick or easy. He actually says the opposite that it will be long and arduous but we must never surrender if we want to save our nation. He compares what we must do to the hardship that George Washington went through and to what Levin’s own relatives who fought at Iwo Jima, Guam and Guadalcanal endured. Surely if past generations had shed blood for freedom, then we can withstand whatever it takes to fight in the battlefield of ideas, hearts and minds. This is our generations battle and liberty is never easy.
In Cox’s column she argues the case that if 11,000 proposed amendments in the past were not passed then there is very little chance that any new amendments could be ratified. She doesn’t take into account the reason why the country had to start looking for new amendments in the first place because she is completely oblivious to the fact that our system is broken in numerous ways.
Levin channels his silken outrage into a generous read of the constitution’s article V, which he describes as a mechanism for “restoring self-government and averting societal catastrophe (or, in the case of societal collapse, resurrecting the civil society)”. The parenthetical aside is telling: he means to impress upon readers – ahem, again – “the fierce urgency of now”. With the alarm bells ringing so loudly, we hardly notice the improbability of actually using article V, which theoretically allows state legislatures to directly propose constitutional amendments – amendments that would not be filtered through Congress. (Congress is part of the problem, of course: it “operates not as the framers intended, but in the shadows.”)
State legislatures, as Levin fully knows, have become increasingly conservative over recent years – due to the older, whiter, smaller electorate that turns out in off-year contests. If any layer of our government is likely to approve of the amendments Levin puts forward, it’s them. Indeed, as he points out, many states already have adopted, for instance, terms limits and balanced budget provisions in their constitutions.
I think this lady Cox needs to lay down on a psychiatrist’s couch because the only person channeling silken outrage is herself. Thank God some people like Levin break free from the Beltway Bubble and sound the alarm bells like modern day Paul Reveres because unbeknownst to urban elites, the rest of America is suffering and with ObamaCare and Amnesty on the horizon things are about to get much worse. And has she looked in the mirror lately? She is as pale and pasty as it gets. I would even go as far as to say she is translucent. What is with all these super progressive ultra white Caucasian people bashing their own skin color as if it is something to be ashamed of? Red headed freckled kids usually are the ones who get bullied the most in school. Maybe she was called a ginger one too many times near the lockers and it’s what’s causing her to fling all this hate onto conservatives. I’ll leave it to her shrink to diagnose her disorders.
Levin’s complaints and his ideas about how to solve them have the perfect structure of a luminous Mobius strip: if you believe his indictments, then you’ll believe his solutions. But once you leave his twilit logic, the structure crumbles. Phyllis Schlafly, who plays on the same ideological team as Levin, wrote a response to his article V plan that could be summed up as “LOL”: Levin and his supporters are “fooling themselves” if they believe an article V convention can achieve their goals. They can “hope and predict, but they cannot assure us that any of their plans will come true …The whole process is a prescription for political chaos, controversy and confrontation.”
Cox had to dig pretty hard beneath the dozens and dozens of positive reviews most top notch conservatives have given to The Liberty Amendments to find Phyllis Schlafly, the one respectable conservative who disagreed. Even though Schlafly is very admired for what she has accomplished, like Cox she did not read Levin’s book and she hasn’t studied the issue as well as some of her peers.
Even constitutional lawyer, Michael Farris, who is both a colleague and a friend of Phyllis Schlafly disagreed with her and sided with Mark Levin on this issue. Farris states ” I fear Washington, D.C., far more than I fear the Founders, the states and Article V.” I could not agree with him more. Michael Farris is leading the effort to make this idea a reality with The Convention of States Project.
Rob Natelson is a retired Professor of Law (The University of Montana) who taught constitutional law and constitutional history, and currently serves as Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Independence Institute. Natelson gave The Liberty Amendments a glowing endorsement and rebutted the points Ms. Schlafly tried to make. According to his bio, Natelson is a widely-published scholar on the Constitution and on the amendment procedure, and several Supreme Court opinions have relied on his work.
Levin may be able to muster Federalist Paper-footnoted arguments for term limits for supreme court justices, a national voter ID law, and the strengthening of states’ ability to override federal law and supreme court decisions, but the real-world impact of such amendments would be to turn America back toward the Federalist era in terms of civil rights as well.
Turn America back in terms of civil rights? Hasn’t it almost become a cliche how every time a progressive is losing an argument they cry racism in one form or another? We conservatives are the civil rights movement, Ms. Cox. We want to restore religious liberties, the Second Amendment and the entire Bill Of Rights that your side seeks to destroy. It’s the progressives who use Saul Alinsky tactics and The Cloward–Piven method which reduce civil rights and liberty as they expand big government.
But it does not come fried, only half-baked. The passages from the founders are not invigorating (or tasty), but dry coughs of rationalization. Yet, it is their frequency that makes Levin’s book curiously impressive: it debuted at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. And it is as boring as a phone book – or a recitation of the Affordable Care Act.
Sorry Ms.Cox, but Mark Levin doesn’t have ten million listener on the radio, numerous best selling books and lines of thousands of people wrapping around city blocks waiting to see him at book signings because he is boring. Now it is you who is being delusional and perhaps you should look in that mirror again. As the President of Landmark Legal Foundation, Mark Levin has litigated against statist’s policies in the Supreme Court. As an author and as the host of one of the highest rated talk radio shows Mark Levin single handedly started a Constitutional resurgence through this nation. His books and his radio show are compelling. He has found a way to make American history fascinating and show how we can apply ideas from the past to solve problems we are facing today. Levin articulates both the worry and the hope that the people of this nation feel. He gives a loud voice and a microphone to the tens of millions of Americans who are voiceless thanks to the media and the politicians in Washington D.C who are ignoring their concerns.
I must say I do enjoy watching these leftists like Cox wring their hands and get their panties in a knot over the thought of a conservative comeback. Cox and her progressive buddies only have two choices, join us conservatives or get out of our way. Like it or not they will not be able to stop the uprising of conservatives that are coming to restore the republic.
It is a blessing to the Americans alive today that George Mason was persistent in his assertion that the states be given the power to propose amendments without Congress just in case the federal government began abusing power. Now we can begin putting power where it rightfully belongs in the hands of the American people.
Below Ms. Cox pals around and hugs her buddy Karl Rove.