Cold Fury

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The Great Cuck Chuck 2018!

Yes. Yes. A thousand times, yes.

It’s fairly well grasped by even Joe Schmoe that Trump has no friends in the corrupt ruling class. The Dems, the GOPe, the media, the Creep State, academia, Big Tech, the billionaires, the Mohel Minority…they all hate Trump and all work tirelessly to thwart his nationalist populism vision. The evil arrayed against Trump is truly impressive, and terrible in scope. Even a God Emperor can’t stand against those odds and win without a little help from his friends. His friends…the half of the American people who voted for him.

As Agnostic writes, we the people are Trump’s leverage.

On that note, what we should strive toward is a Great Cuck Chuck of 2018. Political and social agitation can create a groundswell for the ousting of GOPe cucks, either by primarying them or, if necessary, by supporting any halfway sane Dems against them in the general mid-term election. Traitors first, enemies second.

Trump may have to wait until after the 2018 midterms when the cucks are swept from power to begin enacting his pro-Heritage America agenda with a vengeance. Trump can play a part in making the Great Cuck Chuck of 2018 happen by dissociating himself from Congress as much as possible. Withhold his endorsements, endorse upstart populists, talk about “working with sensible Dems because the GOP isn’t interested in making America great again”, etc.

Trump has made a couple of, shall we say, unfortunate endorsements to date. And his White House has been purged of every staunch MAGA ally, leaving the Obama stay-behinds and Deep State termites in place to sabotage and undermine the agenda he was elected to enact. One could be pretty pessimistic about that; I’m on the fence, myself. But in the end, as Codevilla says below, this uprising is a lot bigger than Trump, and will go on without him should he either be thwarted or decide for whatever reason not to dance with who brung him—choosing to betray them in traditional GOPe fashion instead.

(Via WRSA)

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Irreversible revolution

Another great one from Codevilla.

As I explained a year ago, by 2016 the ruling class’s dysfunctions and the rest of the country’s resentment had pushed America over the threshold of a revolution; one in which the only certainty is the near impossibility of returning to the republican self-government of the previous two centuries. The 2016 election is not reversible, because it was but the first stage of a process that no one can control and the end of which no one can foresee.

Donald Trump is not and never has been the issue. With or without Trump, the nightmare of those who resist the 2016 election was, is, and will remain the voters who have chosen and will continue to choose candidates who they believe are committed to reducing the ruling class’s privileges and pretensions.

Let us be clear: the 2016 electorate chose Trump and they saw Trump as the vehicle by which to challenge the ruling class. During the first half of 2017, the Republican Party finished discrediting itself as a possible vehicle for that job. Since this is so, were Donald Trump seriously to bid for the presidency in 2020, it would have to be by leading a new party focused on the identities of anti-ruling class Americans. Carrying the Republican label would be an impossible burden.

Were an energetic, unambiguous, unapologetic Trump to affirm the majority of Americans’ political identity, not all Republicans would follow. Nor does he need them all. By bringing new elements into his following and, yes, by dropping some Republicans from it, Trump would effectively build a new party, with intact credibility. The departure of major corporations from his business council—big business is deeply unpopular on Main Street America—is an example of  how to gain by shedding baggage. At any rate, it was never possible that the entire Republican Party would represent America against the ruling class.

But by the same token, each action taken by anyone who is creating a new movement must speak for itself more loudly and clearly than the words used to explain that action. Democracy does not tolerate pairing big words with small accomplishments. Today, Trump’s role in fulfilling the political marketplace’s demand is up to him even more than it was in 2016. But now as then, America’s open political marketplace invites all. The anti ruling class constituency is bigger than ever. If Trump does not lead it, someone else will.

Precisely. As Glenn Reynolds always says: if you hate and fear Trump and end up succeeding in seeing him thwarted, just wait till you see what we send you next.

Read all of it.

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Winners

And losers.

They’ve lost their reasons for not being able to do anything. Reince Priebus was on this program four days after the election, the first thing out of his mouth before I even asked him a question, “I know what you’re gonna say, and you’re right, we have no more excuses, no more excuses.”

But yet they offered more excuses. You know what the new one is? We don’t have 60 votes in the Senate so we really can’t do anything.

Well, not until they do away with the filibuster. But that’s just another false promise they don’t intend to keep.

Now, folks, after seven or eight years of the Republican Party promising every election to do everything Republican voters expect and promising to do these things, Republicans didn’t not promise, they did. They were gonna get rid of Obamacare, replace it, do something. They were gonna cut taxes, gonna stop this spending, and we were going to get control of the border.

It is an interesting question: What happens when the president of the United States is a Republican and the rest of his party is doing everything it can to undermine him and his agenda? What happens? What’s in the minds of Republican members of the House and Senate? After two years of openly opposing Trump, openly thwarting. After seven years of promises and now the chance to do it all, the Republicans have a chance to do everything they said they were gonna do, they control Washington, electorally.

Folks, they have an opportunity to do everything they have been promising to do, a once-in-a-career opportunity. They’re never going to have this kind of power. And what are they doing? Nothing. In fact, it’s worse than nothing. It appears to outsiders that they are part of the effort to thwart and stop Trump.

Do they think this behavior is gonna be rewarded with reelection? Do they think that the American voters are gonna blame all of this on Trump and reelect Republicans and try to get rid of Trump? And what does Trump do when it comes time to run for reelection? Does he run as a Republican or does he say, “This party isn’t gonna exist! This party is killing itself. This party’s eating itself. This party’s committing suicide. I’m not gonna be a part of it.” There are a lot of questions here, the answers to which are open ended.

This party is a false-flag operation, in clandestine collusion with their Uniparty cohorts for years. But now they’re in one hell of a mess, because we’re onto them at last. They now stand irrefutably exposed as frauds, as phonies, as liars; the Obamacare-repeal charade did that all by itself, let alone all their other betrayals over the years—although I’d argue that the loathsome toad McConnell’s declaration of his intent to destroy the Tea Party ought to have been enough to unmask them.

They will never be part of the solution. They are part of the problem. As Bozell said the other day: they aren’t interested in draining the swamp. They ARE the swamp. They’re in a trap of their own devising, and there is no easy way out for them now. In fact, there may be no way out for them at all.

And they better be paying attention to what’s going on in Arizona. Jeff Flake, who wrote this op-ed basically trashing Trump, has an opponent, Kelli Ward. This is the woman that ran against McCain and came up a little bit short. Jeff Flake has just 21% of support from Arizona Republicans for reelection against Dr. Kelli Ward. She’s coming in at 47%. This is a poll from JMC Analytics. It was a survey of 500 Arizona Republican voters. When you’re down 25 points, this is characterized as being an almost irreparable shape.

So Trump has his rally in Arizona, where, what, 19,000 people, some inside, some outside, and there was a headline out there, “Flake Tries to Make Nice with Trump.” That was in The Politico. And we know why. ‘Cause he’s in dire straits here running up against Dr. Ward. Probably has seen these poll numbers.

And here is a pull quote: “That an incumbent U.S. Senator like Flake could be polling as low as 21 percent in his own primary, while a challenger like Ward has pulled 26 points ahead of him at 47 percent, is almost unthinkable with nearly a full year to go until the August 2018 primary…When asked if Flake should be renominated in 2018, an astounding 66 percent said that someone else should represent the Republican Party on the Senate ticket.”

Flake thought that he was endearing himself. Flake’s one of these guys that believes the media presentation of Trump and his voters. Flake thinks ’cause the media hates Trump that everybody else hates Trump so all he’s gotta do is get on the anti-Trump bandwagon and write that op-ed and he’s gonna be celebrated and hoisted up and applauded, and it’s just the exact opposite. And you know the rest of the Republican Party is watching.

They damned well better be. Because a day of reckoning is coming real soon. It’s gonna be a real come-to-Jesus moment for them, and as I said, I really don’t see a way out…except in the “out on their asses” sense.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of assholes, if you ask me.

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Bill of particulars

If you ain’t pissed off, you ain’t paying attention.

Every Republican candidate’s stock speech sounds the same, the thunderous roar about a government out of control, federal spending out of control (insert charts and graphs and why, if you stack hundred dollar bills, they will reach the edge of the universe), federal taxes out of control (insert comparisons to socialist countries), the federal bureaucracy out of control (insert metaphors about chains, yokes, and the like), the family shattered with federal funding of abortion a crime against humanity (watch for it — there! The heart-wrenching sob), and our military is emasculated.

Two more items were added to the menu, courtesy of Obama. Obamacare Will Be Repealed! and Illegal Immigration Will Not Stand!

In 2009, the Democrats controlled everything, partly due to the Republicans’ cowardice on Capitol Hill, and in part because of some of the most inept candidates and campaigns America has seen in years. The Obama folks could have played it safe but went for socialist gold, using the power of the legislative and the executive branches (and later the judiciary, thank you Justice Roberts) to advance their agenda.

That included federal spending on a level unmatched in human history resulting ultimately in a $19 trillion in debt we simply cannot pay, and with so many tens of trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities that “infinity” is not far behind. One seventh of the economy was confiscated by the federal government with the passage of Obamacare. Our national borders were declared open and discussions over our national sovereignty closed. And to top it off, the Democrats all but declared themselves above the law.

The GOP harrumphed that this would not stand, by God! If only…if only America would vote them into the majority.

And we all know what THAT got us.

Bozell goes on to recite a litany of betrayal, collusion, and deceit that of right ought to shame even the most brazen professional politician…but, somehow, doesn’t. This would have to be my favorite line of the piece:

There is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. Put them together. They are the swamp.

Which would explain why they’re all so damnably resistant to draining it, of course. As I’ve said so many times: no, we don’t need a third party. What we DO need is a second party, to stand in true opposition to the Government Party, the Beltway Bandit Party, the Business As Usual Party.

(Via WRSA)

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Gee, I hope they don’t get upset when I call them cucks

When the going gets tough, the cucks roll over.

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) has pulled out of Ann Coulter’s Thursday event at UC Berkeley, blaming the college for allowing left-wing extremists to terrorize conservatives on campus.

“When Young America’s Foundation confirmed Ann Coulter would speak at UC-Berkeley as part of YAF’s nationwide campus lecture program on April 27, we assumed UC Berkeley would take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of students attending the educational event,” the group declared in a blog post on Tuesday. “In the meantime we discovered that the University of California Police Department at Berkeley has an official ‘stand-down’ policy for any situation that develops on campus as long as the situation doesn’t involve the imminent loss of life, allowing the leftist thugs who have terrorized Berkeley’s campus to do so without consequence.”

“As of 4:00 p.m. today, Young America’s Foundation will not be moving forward with an event at Berkeley on April 27 due to the lack of assurances for protections from foreseeable violence from unrestrained leftist agitators,” they continued. “Berkeley should be ashamed for creating this hostile atmosphere.”

And you guys should likewise be ashamed for folding like a cheap, piss-soaked accordion rather than fighting back, and thereby letting them win.

YAF added that they are still pushing forward with their lawsuit against the college, and that the group “looks forward to the day when First Amendment freedoms are enjoyed by conservative students.”

Lawsuits ain’t gonna do it, bub. I mean, more power to ya and all; I hope you win, for all the good that might do anybody. But when your only hope is an appeal to the judiciary, and said judiciary is wholly converged—infested top to bottom with anti-Constitutional Progressivist termites who are openly hostile to your First Amendment freedoms—well, can you reasonably hope for a good result?

Worse, when the cops are sitting back and refusing to maintain civic order and uphold your most basic human rights against the violent Progressivist onslaught…well, let’s just say their weak-kneed, puissant optimism would seem to be, shall we say, misplaced.

“Ms. Coulter may still choose to speak in some form on campus, but Young America’s Foundation will not jeopardize the safety of its staff or students,” they concluded. “For information on Ms. Coulter’s plans, please contact her directly.”

Gee, nice cop-out there, boys. If the restoration of Constitutional liberty is reliant on this sort of wet-pantied cowardice, then the restoration of Constitutional liberty is something we won’t be seeing for a long, long time. On a positive note, though, this IS Berkeley we’re talking about here. And Berkeley—along with most of the rest of California—was lost a long time ago, and is no longer worth bothering about. Let them go their way. We’ll go ours.

The civil war I’ve been mulling over here for a good while now has started; it began in Berkeley, of all places. There may still be some small chance of avoiding the shooting part of it, but probably not. Either way, there was never the remotest chance of a victory for FreeFor in Berkeley, of course. It’s merely the place where the battle’s contours are taking shape, and its inevitability made undeniable. We cannot peacefully coexist with Leftist vermin implacably committed to denying us our God-granted liberty. They are not going to leave us alone without getting their noses severely bloodied first, and until the consequences of their fascist arrogance are unmistakably spelled out.

Once again: they will not stop. They will have to BE stopped.

It never should have come to this, though, and we will all come to rue it in the end. But the hard, insuperable fact is that we no longer share any common ideological ground with the Left, any at all. There is no reasoning with them, no meaningful dialogue possible, no chance of true or equitable compromise.

In fairness, I understand YAF’s motivation here, and I know they think the wording of their capitulation will maybe matter someday, to somebody. I also understand their unwillingness to confront the violent, authoritarian Left without some assurance of police protection. It’s Berkeley, for God’s sake; they’re surrounded, without hope of reinforcement anytime soon. Nobody wants to be on the wrong end of a beating; nobody wants to get killed over what seems a mere political disagreement, especially in a place where the cause was so long ago lost.

But at this point, they—and we—are going to have to provide our OWN protection, under whatever terms and ROEs WE deem necessary and appropriate. They punch us, we punch them—harder. This is much more than an ordinary political disagreement. This is a fundamental, bare-knuckled dispute between two ideologies that cannot coexist within the borders of a single nation, and can only be settled by conquest and unquestionable victory for one side or the other.

I say again: if you wish to “compromise” with them, then which of your most basic and precious liberties are you willing to give up? And do you really believe that, once you’ve surrendered one or two, that will be the end of it, and their demands will end? CAN you have any faith in such a risible notion, having seen how greedy they are, how unslakable their thirst for absolute power over you is?

If so, may I have some of what you’re smoking?

The time for us to docilely soak up their repeated assaults and pat ourselves on the back for “taking the high road”—expecting approbation from the Powers That Be that will never come, while our honest blood clogs the gutters—is over. Vox spells it out:

This is yet another reason why the Alt-Right is replacing the conservative movement. Conservatives are social cowards who are manifestly unwilling to fight for their sacred principles against internal enemies. Sure, they’ll bravely fight external enemies to the death so long as they have the State’s blessing, but they cave every time they don’t have its approval.

That, in the end, is the fatal weakness of the conservative movement; the need of its members for the approval of authority. As long as the Left can wield the trappings of authority, conservatives will fall in line.

It seems they can’t even conceive of such a notion, or wish to hide from it, but it’s spelled out right in the Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution they claim to revere: enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC.

We are now all on a path none of the sensible and historically literate among us really wants to walk. I hate it. But so be it.

Update! Two from Ace’s HQ, spelling out exactly who the Leftymedia wants you to blame. Guess who it is; go on, guess. I dare ya.

And here’s a typically twisted, depraved take from the NYT:

In Ann Coulter’s Speech Battle, Signs That Conservatives Are Emboldened

“Emboldened.” To have the lunatic audacity to expect that the fucking US Constitution applies to them too, the bastards.

Yep, we’re off to a typically NYT start here.

Ms. Coulter, the acid-penned conservative writer, canceled a planned appearance on Thursday after the political organizations that invited her rescinded their support over fears of violence. “It’s a sad day for free speech,” she said.

But across the country, conservatives like her are eagerly throwing themselves into volatile situations like the one in Berkeley, emboldened by a backlash over what many Americans see as excessive political correctness, a president who has gleefully taken up their fight, and liberals they accuse of trying to censor any idea they disagree with.

I know, right? I mean, how DARE any conservative speakers have the temerity to think they might be permitted to give a speech on a college campus expressing ideas liberal censors disagree with?

Oh, and damn that damned Trump, for gleefully taking up this fight on behalf of “emboldened” conservatives.

President Trump’s victory was, to many of his supporters, a defiant uprising against what they saw as a cultural and political elite that told them their values were wrong and their beliefs bigoted.

WHICH IS PRECISELY WHAT THE FUCK THEY’VE BEEN DOING, AND CONTINUE TO DO, AND WILL NEVER STOP DOING.

And Mr. Trump, who has routinely used racially charged controversies and social movements like Black Lives Matter to his political benefit, has leapt to their defense, ready to fan the flames.

Catch that? Why, both sides are equally to blame here, and Trump most of all, for wantonly “fanning the flames” purely for his own “political benefit.” If those provocative, dangerous, belligerent “conservatives” would just shut up and go back to being their usual docile, humble selves and accept the “fact” of their racist, misogynist, homophobic bigotry—why, none of this would be happening!

And actually, they’re right about that, when you get down to it. But you’re getting the gist, right? The uprising against stifling political correctness—against all the direct insults; the contempt for the culture that shelters and provides for them; the adolescent resentment of those without whose forbearance their self-indulgent hatred could not exist for more than five minutes; the childish rebellion against reality—is to be blamed not on those whose irrationality provoked the uprising, but on those who are merely responding rationally to that witless provocation.

Hey, they told us Trump was horrible, and after witnessing the folly of their attempted destruction of the very way of life that they rely on for their continued existence, we voted him in anyway. So now, we must pay. I mean, how DARE we?

All that aside, get ready for a bona fide rarity here: I am about to compliment Bernie Sanders. Sincerely, with no sarcasm or smart-assery at all.

No, really. Not joking; I mean it. The blind pig has found his truffle, and trust me when I tell you that I am just as gobsmacked as you are. Better sit down for this, folks.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a self-described democratic socialist, this week scolded anyone who would shut out Ms. Coulter. “What are you afraid of — her ideas?” he asked.

Uhhh, yes, that is EXACTLY what they’re afraid of. But bless your heart for saying it.

“Unfortunately, Berkeley and other universities have played into a narrative that the right would love to advance,” said Robert B. Reich, a former Labor secretary under President Bill Clinton who is now a professor of public policy at Berkeley. “The narrative assumes a cultural plot against the free expression of right-wing views in which academe, mainstream media — every facet of the establishment — is organized against them.”

Mr. Reich, noting the parallels to Mr. Trump’s message, added, “That’s a narrative Trump used to get into the White House.”

Because that narrative is the simple, obvious truth—as has been proved over and over, and was once again in Berkeley.

Can someone tell me, please, the last time a speech by some stupid commie dickhead—ANY commie dickhead, anywhere—was shut down on account of a wholly credible threat of violence by us Reich Wingnuttzzz Nazi Deathbeasts? Anywhere at all, on any pretext whatsoever? Can anybody tell me the last time a speech by some stupid commie dickhead was even protested at all by a Reich Wingnuttzzz Nazi Deathbeasts, even something as simple as just walking around on the sidewalk outside, carrying a sign or something?

There may have been one or two, I guess. But I can’t remember any offhand.

The university breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday, but it criticized Ms. Coulter, who has a knack for provocation and a history of inviting disruption wherever she speaks, for being wanton and reckless given that it had offered to accommodate her at a later date after canceling her originally scheduled speech. The Berkeley chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, said in a note to the campus, “This is a university, not a battlefield.”

Well, not until your violent campus SJWs—utterly devoid of any “knack for provocation,” and with no history at all of “inviting disruption,” natch—decide to shut down and de facto ban a speaker whose ideas they don’t agree with, apparently—thereby making it a battlefield, at least metaphorically. But when they do it, all bets are off, all declamations supporting “freedom of speech” are flushed, all tolerance renounced, all minds closed…and battle is eagerly joined, no matter how you may choose to refer to the ground on which it is fought.

The REAL problem here is, now you twerps just might get some fight back, at long last.

Once again, all they had to do was leave us alone; they didn’t have to attend Coulter’s speech if they didn’t want to. But the very idea that she might be allowed to speak at all was intolerable to them, and via credible threats of violence, they shut free speech down, and directly trampled not just Coulter’s Constitutionally-protected rights, but, indirectly, everyone’s.

And that says all about them that anybody should ever need to know. They are fascists; they are not just un- but anti-American; they are a direct threat to absolutely everything this country is supposed to be about. They are precisely what the Founders feared most, and warned us most explicitly about, in every word and writing.

May the dimestore dictators wake up before it’s too late to avoid the cataclysm they’re forcing on us. Failing that, may they have joy of their choice—in Hell, alongside all the other vanquished would-be tramplers upon human liberty.

Sad denouement update! Leave it to Steyn to get to the bloody heart of it:

The left is increasingly confident in its ideological enforcement mob. Yet, as we saw a week or two back at Berkeley, when you incentivize thuggery, it’s careless to assume you’ll always have a monopoly of it. That too is a free-speech lesson – because, as I always say, in a society without freedom of speech, without vigorous public debate, all you can do to express yourself is punch the other guy’s lights out.

So here we are seven years on from the show not going on in Ottawa, and free speech is despised even more. I should note one other small change: in the old days, columns such as the one below used to attract emails from US readers pointing out that “We’re not like you Canuck pussies/Euro-wimps/[Insert Despised Foreign Jurisdiction Here]. Americans won’t put up with this nonsense.” But it’s 2017 and, from Middlebury to Berkeley, Americans are putting up with it. The organs of the state – from taxpayer-funded schools to law enforcement – are colluding with the thugs against the only diversity that matters: diversity of opinion. A First Amendment that doesn’t extend even to public universities is in pretty poor shape. What matters is public support for the broader culture of free speech and in the US, as in Canada and Europe and Australia, the left’s hostility to freedom of expression is ever more brazen.

He then goes on to repost a 2010 column which is depressingly even more germane now. The meat of the whole thing:

Remember Allan Rock? Oh, come on, he was all the rage for 20 minutes back in the nineties. Was it only a decade ago that he was briefly a rising star among Liberal cabinet ministers and that week’s prime-minister-in-waiting? Having drunk from the poisoned chalice M. Chrétien reserved for his many putative successors, Mr. Rock landed with his bottom in the butter and, for not entirely obvious reasons, is now president of the University of Ottawa. After M. Houle’s Houligans had gone to work, president Rock felt obliged to defend his institution. “We have a long history of hosting contentious and controversial speakers on our campus.”

That’s good to know. By “long history,” you mean 50, 70 years ago? Because the speakers hosted in recent seasons seem to be the usual parade of dreary publicly funded identity-group ward-heelers living high off the hog of diversity. Anyone else has a tougher time wiggling through. The howling gang of rent-a-leftists that greeted Miss Coulter at Ottawa is the natural product of this shrivelled, desiccated environment. I don’t suppose M. Houle gave his email much thought, other than that it would impress the many colleagues to whom he copied it: what a man! Speaking truth to power blond! But most of the diversity-peddling faculty are old enough to have some residual acquaintanceship with the inheritance they affect to revile. Whatever bollocks they spout in class, they have no wish to live anywhere other than an advanced Western society: for one thing, it’s the only place you can make a living selling fatuous pap about diversity; in that and many other ways, multiculturalism is a unicultural phenomenon. In some deep unacknowledged sense, they understand they’re engaged in a pantomime.

But their students are another matter. If you’re born circa 1990, you have been raised entirely in a François Houle world: this is all you know; it’s the air that you breathe. It’s like the difference between the first generation of rock ‘n’ rollers and those nineties gangsta rappers. Elvis sang, “If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve come to the right place / If you’re looking for trouble, look right in my face.” But when you did, as the novelist Tony Parsons noted, you couldn’t help noticing he was wearing a little too much mascara. Whereas when you looked into Snoop Dogg’s or the Notorious B.I.G.’s face, you really were looking for trouble. Asinine ham-fisted clods like Houle are play revolutionaries; I’m not so sure about his young charges. When he threatened criminal charges against Miss Coulter, it was a cheap rhetorical sneer. To his students, it was a call to arms. One was struck in news reports of the riot at the complete worthlessness of the “disciplines” the protesters are “studying”: “Sameena Topan, 26, a conflict studies and human rights major.” Twenty-six, huh?

As for Ottawa’s coppers, they certainly demonstrated that famously Canadian “restraint.” Faced with a law-abiding group engaging in legal activity and a bunch of thugs trying to prevent it, the police declined to maintain order. As George Jonas wrote, “Ottawa’s finest exemplified Canada’s definition of moral leadership by observing neutrality between lawful and lawless.”

There seems to be rather a lot of this in the True North restrained and civil. I’m not just referring to obvious surrenders such as Caledonia, but to the bizarre episode of TVO’s The Agenda broadcast from the Munk Centre last week. No Ann Coulter around, only the finance minister of Ontario. But a Coulteresque mob rushed the stage, and the host Steve Paikin had to insert himself between protesters and the minister. “Regardless of what you thought of yesterday’s budget,” wrote Paikin, “I don’t believe guests who agree to appear on The Agenda ought to get beaten up.”

Oh, c’mon, you pussy. Where’s your commitment to social justice? As in Ottawa, law enforcement declined to enforce the law, the OPP remaining in the wings as thugs rushed the stage. “The police, I’m told, were urged not to intervene,” Paikin explained, “lest pictures of demonstrators being hauled off by the cops show up all over YouTube.”

True. You might haul off a Muslim or a lesbian and find yourself in “human rights” hell. Better just to linger nonchalantly by the side until it’s all over: O Canada, we stand around for thee. Her Majesty’s Constabulary seem to be sending the message that violence pays-—at least for approved identity groups. That doesn’t seem a prudent strategy.

Well, it depends on what your desired end-state is. If your goal is the humiliation of the West and the destruction of its culture—and you feel assured enough by prior meekness in its defense, previous pliant acceptance of your raw aggression, that such meek acceptance will continue—well, what’s not to like? You get to go on winning without resistance; you get victory without real battle, conquest sans combat. You get to march off the field without even getting your clothes dirty or your hair mussed.

But if your goal is the ongoing well-being of the very culture without which you cannot exist, but which your demented ideology demands you revile and undermine…well, yeah, imprudent is probably putting it mildly. But that realization would require an acknowledgement the Left is not capable of, and a logic that is far, far beyond them. It would require humility; it would require an admission of dependency and inferiority that, while perfectly proper and accurate, they can never, ever be reconciled to. Nobody ought to expect it for a moment. As my mom always said: wish in one hand, shit in the other. See which one gets full quickest.

Plain and simple update! That’s about the size of it:

This is who we are up against. They don’t want to debate. They want to destroy. They have created a straw man and that straw man needs to be punished for the fictional crimes he has committed until society suffers so much decay, the freaks appear normal.

There is a culture war going on, and it’s apoplectic idiots with nothing to say vs. perfectly sane people who want everyone to have their say. Our world includes them. They can go have a talk about how Nazis are lurking around every corner and Trump is Hitler. We won’t “shut it down,” as Yvette Felarca brags. Their world doesn’t include us. They don’t tolerate Nazis, and by Nazis they mean anyone who doesn’t take their radical views seriously. If you think there are two genders (as doctors do), if you don’t support gay marriage (over a third of Americans oppose it), if you think illegal aliens are illegal (as the law does), if you think women are different from men (as reality does), you are a Nazi and you need to be punched in the face. This kind of harassment works for a while. Sane people aren’t looking for trouble. We have jobs and we want peace and quiet after a hard day’s work. However, when you burn down a gay immigrant’s talk because you think he’s a homophobic xenophobe, we start to question your cause. When professors need a neck brace after trying to escape a talk that was already shut down, we begin to wonder what you’re thinking. When pedophiles start telling us what to do, we begin to question their morals. When feminists embrace Sharia, we begin to consider the possibility that none of these people have any idea what they’re doing. Then, when breathtakingly gorgeous intellectuals get maced for daring to question the anarchist narrative, we begin to get angry. This is where we are. We’re angry. And you’re not going to like us when we’re angry.

Leftist propaganda is done because we know the truth, and the truth is they’ve all been lying. Alexis de Tocqueville recognized that democracy was much less efficient than aristocratic society, but when the people finally do get off their asses and fight, nothing can stop them. This is where we’re at. The momentum has finally hit its stride and nothing can stop it now.

Yeah, feels that way to me too. After reading this entire post, something smacked me upside the head: they’re absolutely obsessed with us, but we really don’t give much of a shit about them. Very few of us are at all interested in wasting any precious time pondering what they think; let them huddle in their decaying urban rat-traps and mutter about us all they like, we don’t care. They can live however they like; we have no interest in stopping them, or shielding them from the consequences of whatever mad lifestyle they may dream up.

And in the end, that’s what drives them mad, I think: we don’t care. They don’t matter in the least to us. Their opinions are their own, and we aren’t humbled by their view of our benighted failure to share them. At long, long last, try to provoke Daddy all they like, Daddy is no longer paying attention; Daddy is bored, and Daddy has better things to do. The ensuing hissy-fit probably shouldn’t surprise any of us, really.

We wanted a President who didn’t despise America, who didn’t blame America, who would put our national interests first instead of last, when they were considered at all. Who would be unabashed and unembarrassed by his patriotic affection for his country. We elected that President fair and square, against all odds. Beyond that, well, know what? Honestly?

We. Don’t. Care. Sorry, snowflakes, but there it is.

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Disgrace…or collusion?

Roger Simon nails it pretty good overall, but shies away from acknowledging the now-obvious.

The Republicans in the legislature are a disgrace.  They can’t get it together to compromise on anything and move forward — no tax reform, no healthcare, no nothing.  They are overwhelmed by a combination of overweening ego and rigid ideology — a lethal cocktail.  What their behavior is doing is creating an inevitable situation where they lose control of Congress and ultimately the White House to the Democrats, when they had everything handed to them.  Evidently, the Republicans can’t stand prosperity.  Or maybe they really are the Stupid Party.

At the same time, the Evil Party today is worse than it ever was, an amalgamation of aging Marxist professors, snowflake Social Justice Warriors with an allergy to free speech, thugs in Guy Fawkes masks who smash windows and pick fights with just about anybody for no discernible reason, leftover identity politics exploitation hacks like Maxine Waters and equally leftover feminists, and, oh, yes, some rich Hollywood and media types who love to virtue signal their love for the common people while cavorting on a superyacht in Polynesia — not to mention lying or moronic (you pick) politicians who still insist on claiming Trump is in collusion with Vladimir Putin! Do we seriously want to give control back to them?

Of course not. But the real question is: did the Republicrats ever really want to take it away?

I have to admit I was stunned and gratified when McConnell actually did go through with invoking the Reid option to confirm Gorsuch, so maybe there is still some hope. But it couldn’t be more clear by now that most of the time, they’re going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming into fulfilling the promises they’ve been mouthing since 2010 at least.

Yes, there are some good ones alongside the DC-status-quo apparatchiks, but not all of them—maybe not even most of them—are persuaded by Trump, even yet. There will certainly be times when some truly conservative resistance to Trump’s more liberal tendencies might be perfectly in order. I don’t think that time has come yet, but I am willing to countenance the idea that it may happen.

But not yet.

All speculation aside, the fact remains: we had to go around the GOPe to get an outsider into the Presidency at long last, pushing Trump hard against the machinations of the business-as-usual types from both Uniparty wings. There’s nothing that says we must always and forever choose between two parties, and that those two parties must always and forever be the Demicans and the Republicrats. The GOP establishment needs to remember the saga of just how their party came into existence in the first place…and why.

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Rynocare fails

Lest any of you dared to hope that government health care was ever going away.

House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor Friday afternoon, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn’t get a vote.

“We were very close,” Trump said in the Oval Office after the bill was pulled. “It was a very, very tight margin.”

The decision to delay the vote marks an acute embarrassment for the President, who had gambled big by presenting holdout House conservatives with a take-it-or-leave it ultimatum Thursday night and put his own credibility on the line.

But Trump repeatedly pointed the finger directly at Democrats, who all opposed the measure, rather than at his own party, which holds a significant majority in the House.

“We had no Democratic support,” he said. “I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we could do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It’s exploding right now.”

The failure also puts Ryan in a much weakened political position, after being defied by his own conference, which seems just as unsuited to governing in the Trump era as it was when it was effectively a protest coalition under Obama.

They’re not interested in governing. They’re interested in pretending to be in opposition while actually working to undermine any measures that might tend to truly reduce the size and power of the federal government. I’ve said it many times: federal control of health care was the Progressivist brass ring for many, many years now. They finally got it, and not one—not ONE—professional politician of either Uniparty stripe is truly willing to derail that gravy train.

As soon as the phrase “repeal AND REPLACE” entered the nomenclature, the writing was on the wall. Government healthcare, as I’ve said all along, is a permanent feature of American life now. The Progressivists won that one; the permanent-politician class, the Ruling Class, the Uniparty, won. It will never be done away with by any measure short of a shooting war. There’s only so much Trump, or any other President, can do here, and I don’t think he really sees it as the death knell of Constitutionally-guaranteed liberty and independence that it truly is anyway.

All that said, the free market will always find a way:

Two frustrated Lancaster County doctors are separately launching new family practices with an old-fashioned twist.

Instead of accepting insurance, they’re going to charge patients a monthly fee. In return, they promise unlimited visits with no copays.

“We’re looking for a way to kind of make medicine the way we envisioned it when we went to med school,” said Dr. Patrick Rohal.

So in January, he’s planning to open CovenantMD in East Hempfield Township with monthly fees ranging from $10 for children to $80 for seniors.

He anticipates offering: same or next-day visits of 30 to 60 minutes, in the office or at the patient’s home or work site; after-hours care for urgent and emergency issues; and 24/7 access via cell phone, text, email, or Skype.

He also plans “substantial cash pay discounts” on medications, lab work, and radiology.

The insurance industry as it now exists will ultimately be destroyed by federal health care, as it in fact should be; in return for an empty promise from Obama to subsidize their inevitable losses under Obamacare, they agreed to support the government-health-care abomination; Obama knifed them in the back right away, and now their doom is written on the walls in plain English for all to see who can. The Obamacare “death spiral” is no more than their treachery merits.

Meanwhile, these intrepid and daring DPC doctors are opening clinics all over the country, stepping right around the Obamacare morass and caring for patients in a creative way that serves the interests of caregivers and patients alike, without bending the knee to Leviathan in any way.

But now that Obamacare must be acknowledged as the way things are and shall remain, look for our tyrannical, grasping government to eventually attempt to seize control of the good DPC folks as well, and force them into the same subservience we all currently stagger under, one way or another. It’s just another reflection of the unalterable central truth of liberal-fascist government: it cannot, it WILL not, leave ANYONE alone. Not ever.

All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. Gee, sound familiar at all?

And with that in mind, look for a whole lot of pedantic misdirection and harrumph-harrumphing from false-flag “conservatives” when they help their partners in Progressivist crime to come kick in liberty’s door once again. They’re going to for sure, and with every passing day it looks more and more like there’s only going to be one way to stop them, much as I hate to have to admit it.

Update! Thought-provoking take from Bill:

What many have missed in all the kerfuffle over this bill is that Trump has said things about it like, “If it doesn’t help the American people, I won’t sign it,” and “The smart thing would be to do nothing and just let Obamacare fall apart and fail on its own.”

This is called battlespace prep, I suspect.

Hm. Just might be; Trump is a smart guy, and I doubt he wants another failed, floundering, big-government clusterfuck known forevermore as “Trumpcare” on his hands. I still don’t think he’s entirely opposed to government-run healthcare in and of itself—I’ve never heard him express any deep philosophical objection to it that I can recall, and such wouldn’t be in keeping with some of his other professed opinions anyway—but maybe he wasn’t entirely enamored of the direction Ryanocare in particular had taken, and saw letting it die the death as more of a practical necessity than anything else. We’ll see, I guess.

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SLAP!

Ouch. Just…ouch.

It is often argued that the appeal of politics is that it allows people to gain power and wealth, without having to invent a better mousetrap or figure out a better way to build a mousetrap. The reality is that the main attraction for guys like Kristol is they see punditry and commentary as fields where there is no right answer. Science, math, business, these are fields with right answers and more important, wrong answers. In the productive world, wrong answers have consequences.

Third rate men will always be drawn to endeavors where everyone can claim to be right, by simply saying that everyone else is wrong. That’s how a Bill Kristol can trade on the family name and his father’s accomplishments to lever himself into positions of authority within the Republican Party. He is good at the small strategies of parlor room politics, but entirely worthless at everything else. It is no wonder that he fell for every crackpot policy idea of the last 25 years. He had no basis from which to judge them.

Bill Kristol imagines himself as a hawk, soaring the skies looking down upon the world and seeing its parts move before him. In reality he is just a frog leaping into the air, catching glimpses of the world on his way down.

Man, that one stung from all the way over here.

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Another mewling loser heard from…and dismissed

Yet another handwringing, limpdick “conservative” argues for conserving nothing.

Amidst the schadenfreude of Hillary Clinton’s defeat and the rebuke of progressive predictions of a new age dominated by their chosen, sometimes bizarre, new mores, we need to be careful. Perhaps Clinton’s most effective ad against Trump was the one in which children watched his uncouth statements on television. I say this as a dad who has to explain to my son why the President-elect is calling people rude names, when I teach him that is wrong.

A big part of what conservatives are meant to conserve is decency, decorum, and respect. We should oppose shouting expletives at those we disagree with. We should oppose public shaming and boycotts. We should oppose cruel mockery as a legitimate means to achieve our ends.

Those on the alt-right and their apologists tell us that we must use the Left’s tactics to defeat them. This is wrong. It’s wrong because there is no distinction between tactics and politics, you cannot defeat something by becoming it.

What many on all sides are feeling these days is that we are locked in an ugly struggle with no way out. Those who believe in biology and not a sliding scale of gender are tired of being called bigots. Those who oppose abortion are tired of being called sexists. Those who do not accept their privilege and guilt are tired of being called racists.

On the Left, a terrible fear is emerging, that the outsized and ugly rhetoric that has been their calling card is about to be used against them; and that their concerns about fairness and equality are going to be set back by Trump and his band of deplorables.

And the pathetic thing is, you seem every bit as terrified by that supposedly hideous prospect as they are.

Well, hide and watch, Dainty McFailypants. No battle was ever won by curling into a fetal ball and pleading for mercy—and no conservative cause was ever advanced by being polite to Leftists. To paraphrase Lincoln’s crack about McLellan and the Army of the Potomac: if you don’t propose to do anything with the election victories we keep handing you, we’d like to borrow them for a while. As Vox says:

I don’t know what I despise more about conservatives, their fecklessness or their smug, shameless, self-righteous dishonesty. Tactics are not politics are not objectives are not ideals; just as the US Marines did not become the Wehrmacht by adopting maneuver warfare, the Alt-Right will not become SJWs due to the effective use of rhetoric and going on the offensive. The fact that the ends may or may not justify the means does not mean that the ends are the means.

American conservatism is a failed political posture; it can reasonably be described as the political philosophy of failure. That is why the Alt-Right is the only reasonable political philosophy for anyone who wishes to oppose the madness of SJWs and the Left’s dream of a fully converged social justice state. Nothing else offers more than the promise – usually false – of holding one’s political ground.

In this vein, I absolutely adore Glenn’s idea of restoring the 20 percent tax on motion picture theater gross revenues and applying it to all Hollywood products. Trump and the GOP should institute it immediately. Tax EVERY Democrat-dominated industry at the highest rate applied by the US tax code; after all, Democrats just love high taxes.

Pull some hair. Kick some ass. Bring more cowbell. Remember, the Alt-Right doesn’t believe in noble defeat, it believes in WINNING.

BINGO. Kick their asses, don’t piss on ’em. The joke Glenn mentioned that Vox refers to elsewhere in the post above is worth repeating here too:

There’s an old joke about a boy who complains to his mother that his little sister keeps pulling his hair.

“Oh,” responds the mother, “she doesn’t know that it hurts.”

A few minutes later, the mother hears the girl scream and runs into the other room. “She knows now,” the boy explains.

There’s a lesson for Republicans in that old joke, if they’re smart enough to absorb it.

They’re not. We’ll just have to go around them instead. And we’re going to pull some damned hair out by the roots, whole hanks of it; in the end, Left or Milquetoast Right, they’ll be damned well aware that it hurts. Another great and pertinent quote:




“A year from now, ten, they’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people…better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave.” Seems incredible that Joss Whedon, of all people, is a blasted Mark-1 Mod-0 Leftard when he can come up with stuff that good, ain’t it? But, well, there it is.

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Robert the Bruce Republicans ready to snatch defeat from jaws of victory

Sundance—one of a handful of us who were right about Trump from the start—nails ’em to a cross:

We’re rapidly entering a very familiar conservative complacency phase again.  The last two visits through this exact geography were January to March 2010, and April through July 2014.

Within the complacency phase interested observers generally forget how much corporate money is behind all of the “visible conservative opinions”, and how they are beholden to their benefactors to paint a very specific color of camouflage to the Potemkin village that disguises the UniParty.

Paul Ryan (Eric Cantor, John Boehner), Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn etc. cannot exist without an audience willing to stand at CPAC and applaud the Omnibus spending bill construction crew.

Malkin etc. will customarily lead the cheering, hat in hand.  They haz plans.

After watching the show, Pavlovs’ battered seal clappers exit the arena dosed, yet again, to ensure they don’t notice nothing ever gets accomplished.  But, don’t forget to buy the books folks… wait for the bell, pull lever, get pellet – go nap.

Watch! If this is your first time to the CONservative corporate media rodeo, you’ll see it unfold in real time. It’s as predictable as Dana Loesch selling Superbeets.

The real question, as always, remains: which of the Status Quo GOPers are merely incompetent, and which are actively in cahoots? Either way, the Hard Left agenda advances, all the Beltway apple carts remain un-upset, and that’s all that really matters in the end. Another perfect example:

West Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, generally told President-elect Donald Trump to lay off attacking Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., on Saturday.

“Dude, just stop,” tweeted Amash, who linked to a tweet from Trump.

Hey Justin: you and your wonderful colleague Hillary lost. Deal with it. As for Lewis, he may be a beloved Democrat Socialist “civil rights icon” thanks to getting himself a good whomp over the head a couple hundred years ago, but what he is now is a hard-Left scumbucket, an irredeemable liar, and a complete moron…and absolutely nothing else.

Oh, and by the way, Justin: Lewis attacked Trump, not the other way around.

Fuck John Lewis, fuck Justin Amash, and fuck all Robert the Bruce RINOs, too. Right in the liver, with a rusty railroad spike. They’re all part of the problem, and as long as Donald Trump is willing to keep fighting them and brushing them aside like the ankle-biting shitweasels they are, I’m all for him.

Update! They just keep losing…and America keeps winning.

Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said they will spend $3.1 billion in the U.S. in the next five years, joining other vehicle manufacturers in announcing investment plans amid threats from President-elect Donald Trump of higher levies on auto imports from Mexico.

The planned U.S. investment by South Korea’s two largest automakers is about 50 percent more than the $2.1 billion they spent in the previous five-year period, Hyundai Motor President Chung Jin-haeng told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday. The group is considering building a new factory in the U.S. and may produce Hyundai Motor’s upscale Genesis vehicles and a U.S.-specific SUV in the country, said the executive, who also oversees the strategic planning for Kia.

“We expect a boost in the U.S. economy and increased demand for various models as President-elect Trump follows through on his promise to create one million jobs in five years,” Chung said. “We will actively consider introducing new models that have increasing demand and profits.”

Well gee, whaddaya know: if you so much as talk about getting overregulation, punitive taxation, and a greedy, grasping, out of control bureaucracy out of the way, the economy comes roaring back again. Who woulda ever thunk it.

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Ewan McMuffin soldiers on!

Courage. Or, y’know, something.

In case you have forgotten who McMullin is (though you and most other Americans might find it impossible to forget someone you never really knew), he worked for the CIA for 10 years overseas, followed by a stint at Goldman Sachs, and then spent a few years as a House staffer until earlier this summer. He was flattered into running for president by the same brain trust that hatched a failed scheme to recruit David French, a relatively obscure writer and lawyer at National Review, for the purpose of thwarting Trump and electing Hillary Clinton. French, however, was self-respecting enough to understand when he was being taken for a fool; McMullin, not so much.

To no one’s surprise, McMullin’s candidacy was largely a sideshow, aimed at providing cover for movement conservatism in the event of the “inevitable” loss these gurus were convinced was coming for Trump. His campaign was straight out of a Christopher Buckley novel; though he evidently wasn’t in on the joke. Self-awareness is not one of McMullin’s strong suits, to say the least.

McMullin ran on the platform that if only Americans would invoke the principles of the Declaration of Independence enough, and apply them to the whole world with verve, we could solve our national problems. Never mind the hard work of connecting principles to policies that serve the common good. Statesmanship is for chumps. Simple sophistry will suffice to bind our nation’s wounds. The rednecks in Appalachia just need to quit their incessant yapping about their trials and travails and read their trusty pocket Constitutions everyday. That’ll do the trick.

At this point, McMullin has resigned himself to being a Twitter warrior, calling out Trump for everything under the sun.

McMuffin is a shameless fool, and a perfect marker for absolutely everything that’s gone wrong in this country over the last, oh, sixty years or so. As Sabo says, it’s going to be hard for Americans to forget completely about somebody they never knew about in the first place. But I’m confident that we’re up to the challenge.

Read all of this one, too. The closing paragraphs are priceless.

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To dine with the devil

Don’t do it, Donald. Just don’t do it.

President-elect Donald Trump invited former failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to dinner as he is considering the former Massachusetts governor for a position in his administration.

The pair was joined by Trump’s chief of staff pick, Reince Priebus.

It remains unclear whether Romney will serve in Trump’s administration as Secretary of State, although he reportedly wants the job.

A case of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer, maybe? I’m willing to reserve judgment and wait and see—as I only just said, he isn’t even president yet—but dammit, I still don’t like it. Romney is the very walking, talking definition of an establishment RINO-cuck, and what Trump might imagine he brings to the table as a prospective SecState I’m sure I don’t know. Unless it would be complete puppyish obedience to the will of Da Boss, maybe.

In the end, here’s what it comes down to, seems to me: are we draining the swamp here? Or just topping it up?

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A conservatism that conserves…nothing

Publius addresses the big issues in an ongoing spat with Jonah G.

If I may address professional conservatives directly: It seems to me undeniable that you have already failed. Don’t take it personally. I can rephrase that as “we” if you like, even though I was never much of an operative within Conservatism, Inc. But I was a fellow traveler and supporter, so if you want to lay part of the blame on me, fine.

We failed. We didn’t do what we set out to do. We lost the political and culture wars decisively. Our economic victory turned out to be fruitless: all the gains have accrued to those we nominally “defeated,” as evidenced by the fact that the Democrats are now the party of the super-rich. Our victory in the Cold War also turned to ashes, as we lost our heads pursuing unrealizable foreign ambitions while fighting in ways that preclude the possibility of victory. Not that we know what victory entails or have any idea what to do with it if we achieve it—but that doesn’t matter, because since 1991, we never have. Worse, we were crushed in the war of ideas:

It would not be the first time that a nation, defeated on the battlefield and, as it were, annihilated as a political being, has deprived the conquerors of the most sublime fruit of victory by imposing on them the yoke of its own thought.

You don’t have to be alt-right to see that this is a perfect description of the USSR’s posthumous intellectual victory in the form of “Cultural Marxism.” Climb down from the egghead mountaintops and the defeat becomes even clearer. A principal Soviet export was crude anti-Americanism—grounded in high theory, to be sure, but simplified to be understandable by even the meanest capacities. We “won” the Cold War, but that export nonetheless spread like a virus—so much so that anti-Americanism is now and has been for at least 20 years the civil religion not just of all Third World populations, not just of Western allies, but of American elites and their foot soldiers.

We failed to preserve a true understanding the principles of the Declaration of Independence. We failed to preserve the proper working order of the Constitution. We failed to protect and nurture that virtue in the people necessary to sustain the Constitution. We failed to defend the family from relentless assault. We failed to maintain any semblance of a shared public morality. We allowed—through a combination of active cheering and ineffective opposition—demographic and cultural replacement. We lent a great deal of our talent to serve rapacious interests in the name of “economic freedom.” All the things we were supposed to conserve—the nation, its people, its way of life, its governing structure—we have not conserved.

This all seems irrefutably clear to me. Yet official conservatism says I am insane for saying so. So I ask: what do we have in common anymore?

And then he gets down to specifics—something that Goldberg openly refused from the onset to do, for whatever reason. That alone tells me who has the better argument…and by more than just a little.

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To Trump or not to Trump

VDH makes the case.

Conservatives who sit out the election de facto vote for Clinton, in the manner that Sanders’s liberal supporters, should they stay home, become votes for Trump. Oddly, renegade Democrats seem more eager to return to their fold than do their louder Republican counterparts. The idealist Bernie Sanders is not nearly as bothered by WikiLeaks and other hacked revelations of how Hillary Clinton sabotaged his campaign, cozied up to big banks, and admitted to talking progressively while in reality serving Wall Street, as are Republicans by Trump’s potty mouth. Yet in a veritable two-person race, the idea of expressing positive neutrality, to paraphrase the Indian statesman V. K. Krishna Menon, is to suppose that tigers can be vegetarians.

The tu quoque argument suggests that Trump’s rhetorical excesses — media obsessions aside — are unfortunately not all that different from those of Obama and Hillary about the “clingers” and the “deplorables.” Name a Trump cruelty or idiocy — unfamiliarity with the political discourse, ethnic insensitivity, cluelessness about the world abroad — and parallels abound, from Obama’s mispronunciation of “corpsman” as “corpse-man,” his mocking of the Special Olympics, and his remark about “punish[ing] our enemies” to Hillary’s statement that believing David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker required a “suspension of disbelief,” her “what difference does it make?” glibness about the Benghazi attack, and her past pandering to “white Americans.” And these Democrats’ frauds — from the Tony Rezko sweetheart lot deal with Obama to Hillary’s $100,000 profiteering in cattle futures — are even more banal grifting than Trump steaks and Trump vodka.

Trump’s defeat would translate into continued political subversion of once disinterested federal agencies, from the FBI and Justice Department to the IRS and the EPA. It would ensure a liberal Supreme Court for the next 20 years — or more. Republicans would be lucky to hold the Senate. Obama’s unconstitutional executive overreach would be the model for Hillary’s second wave of pen-and-phone executive orders. If, in Obama fashion, the debt doubled again in eight years, we would be in hock $40 trillion after paying for Hillary’s even more grandiose entitlements of free college tuition, student-loan debt relief, and open borders. She has already talked of upping income and estate taxes on those far less wealthy than the Clintons and of putting coal miners out of work (“We are going to put a whole lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business”) while promising more Solyndra-like ventures in failed crony capitalism.

We worry about what Citizen Trump did in the past in the private sector and fret more over what he might do as commander-in-chief. But these legitimate anxieties remain in the subjunctive mood; they are not facts in the indicative gleaned from Clinton’s long public record. As voters, we can only compare the respective Clinton and Trump published agendas on illegal immigration, taxes, regulation, defense spending, the Affordable Care Act, abortion, and other social issues to conclude that Trump’s platform is the far more conservative — and a rebuke of the last eight years. There is a reason the politicized media — from biased debate moderators to New York Times reporters who seek to pass muster in the Clinton team’s eyes before publishing their puff pieces — have gone haywire over Trump.

There certainly is—and that alone is very nearly reason enough all by itself to vote for him.

But get into the comments for some truly stunning and dismaying stuff. The crybaby, sore-loser illogic on display there is…well, stunning, and dismaying. It mostly boils down to a handful of facile arguments: “there’s no telling what Trump might do” (as if we didn’t know all too well exactly what Hillary has planned for us); “he’ll damage/destroy the country” (and she won’t?); “we must vote Hillary, then rebuild the GOP and win in 2020” (and just how much space do you think Hillary as president is going to allow for that, pray tell?).

Ultimately, it comes down to the same nonsensical stupidity I’ve mentioned here before: how exactly do you think you’re going to “restore conservatism” by electing Hillary Goddamn Clinton, for God’s sake? I mean, come on: really? Seriously?

I’ve said repeatedly that I can understand not liking Trump, and not being entirely thrilled about his winning the nomination. What I cannot for the life of me comprehend is preferring Hillary Clinton to him. And honestly, I don’t much want to. But these people do, they really do. The mind, it reels.

I wonder sometimes just how many people are voting less for Trump and more for that rebuke of the last eight years Hanson mentions. I certainly lean that way myself; I think such a rebuke is the first small, halting step on the long road to reclaiming the country and maybe, just barely possibly restoring it to something the Founders might not hold in profound contempt. But either way, the reality is that we have only two choices here: it’s him, warts and all, or it’s…her. If it’s her for you, well, fine; that’s your good right. But call it such however much you may like, it ain’t no kind of conservatism I’m ever going to want any part of.

Update! Ironbear makes the complete case. No excerpt, just read it. As Bill says, it’s glorious.

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Sad!

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

In 2004, with the left in the grip of anti-Bush fever, 48 percent of Democrats nonetheless said they were “very confident” that their votes would be counted accurately. Today, among Republicans, it’s 38 percent. That’s not all Trump’s doing. Some of it is a partisan effect of the out-party’s voters always having less faith that the party in power will play fairly, some of it is Clinton-specific in fearing that Bill and Hillary will find some nefarious way to tilt the board towards them, and part of it is the general decline of public faith in American institutions over the last 10 years.

And “some of it” is the incredible corruption and megalomania of the Democrat Socialist Party and its obvious willingness to rig or steal elections, brazenly on display now since at least the mid-1800s, if not before.

It may be that we’d be seeing unusual high fears of vote-rigging this year regardless of who the GOP nominee is. Even so, though — just 11 percent of Trump supporters are “very confident” in the national vote count and a bare majority of 50 percent are either “not too confident” or “not confident at all.” Some of that is Trump. If you believe that the national books can be cooked on Election Day, you’re probably also a hard sell on the idea that Hillary’s winning right now nationally. Why, if anything, the pollsters are probably coordinating with Hillary to prepare public expectations in anticipation of the Big Rigging in November. Just look at her crowd sizes compared to Trump’s, after all.

Yeah, it’s just ridiculous to suggest that elections could ever be rigged in this country…and just never mind Tammany Hall, and the precincts in Philadelphia in 2012 that showed not one single vote for Romney, and the 108 percent of voters who went for Ogabe in some Ohio county or other (those are just from memory, mind; it’s by no means an inclusive list). All perfectly legit and aboveboard, natch.

And while we’re at this debunking of silly, paranoid conspiracy theories, let’s dispense with the whole idea of a liberal media/entertainment/academic monolith working relentlessly at inculcating the notion that socialism is a system vastly superior to Constitutional government and economic liberty, why don’t we? Why, according to AP’s line of reasoning above, that would be just stupid, you stupid, stupid Trumpkin. So stop being so paranoid and help us restore conservatism by supporting Hillary. It’s the only True Conservative option.

See, the sad “truth” is that the election is over, and Trump, who never had a chance of winning, was defeated soundly. In fact, he never had a chance at the nomination, which was proved overwhelmingly when The Right Reverend Holy of Holies, the oily Ted Cruz, coasted to the nomination with a record number of votes. It’s August, for Cruz’s sake, and polls three months away from voting day have always proven absolutely, positively correct. Just ask president Mike Dukakis about that. Or look at Jimmy Carter’s successful re-election campaign in 1980, for that matter.

Might as well give up now, Trumptards. All the liberal-leaning polling organizations like Pew, Gallup, and Brookings have spoken, and their premature word is holy writ. If you don’t believe it, hell, just ask ’em. Or ask a frothing NeverTrumper/I’mWithHer type, they’ll be glad to set you straight.

Sheesh.

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Remain calm

Vox sees it:

The Khan/Implosion narrative (is) nothing more than the Democratic hasbara that we’ve been seeing on this blog and others, writ large. As for the polls, I remind you of my previous assessment: they don’t mean ANYTHING until 30 days after the end of the second convention.

If there is no discernible Trump trend by then, it MIGHT be time to start considering the possibility of a Hillary win. In the meantime, pay no attention to the media’s attempt to establish a false narrative. Remember, they are trying to shape reality, they are not honestly reporting it.

Let’s look at this rationally. If the media was genuinely convinced that Hillary Clinton was going to win, do you really think they would engage in this sort of mass narrative-shaping instead of triumphantly slinging insults at Republicans while victory-dancing?

As to how long it will be before they pivot, I would say one week after the polls start showing Trump within striking distance of Hillary again. Which should be in about one month.

UPDATE: from the comments: “Ricky Vaughn 99 has suggested for months that it all starts with one push from Labor Day. He has said Trump does pushes and retreats in waves.

I have noticed this too. Remember there were similar lulls around the time Michelle Fields was raped, murdered, and dismembered at a Trump rally and again after the Ohio loss cost Trump the Republican nomination.

No need to get all distressed and handwringy over the media doing what it was always going to do, what it has always done, and what it was going to do regardless of who the Republican nominee was. Remember when Mitt Romney—that nicest of all nice-guy perennial-loser candidates for whom the libtards and Republicrats (pardon the redundancy) now so winsomely yearn—was pushing grannies in wheelchairs off cliffs, deliberately giving female employees cancer, raping companies and destroying entire economies to enrich himself and his greedy-bastard cronies, and murdering his dog by putting it in a rooftop car carrier? If not, you damned well ought to.

This is all just business as usual, folks, the principal difference being that fewer of us than ever are agreeing to get into the van with the nice Republican conman to take some of that candy he’s been offering on our way home from school. Don’t let’s be fooled again, and don’t let yourself be hoodwinked and stampeded by these conniving swindlers again either.

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The FAIL is epic with this one

I said before that Kristol’s doomed attempt to hitch David French to a broken wagon amounted to not much more than an embarrassment. And now, well, here we are.

Even smart guys screw up and smart guys who think they are smarter than everyone tend to make big mistakes. There is also the fact that Kristol is no spring chicken. He is 63, which is not ancient, but that’s when some men start to slip. I’m not saying he is ready for the home; it’s just that he is not going to be as politically nimble as he was twenty years ago. There’s also the fact that he has been in the bubble for a long time and his connections to the currents of American life are now entirely indirect.

He and many other neo-cons seem to be trapped in 1995, unable to appreciate that the world has changed, the culture has changed and, most important, neo-conservatism is not so “neo” anymore. Their ideas all seem dated and out of sync with 2016 America. Listen to Kristol or his half-orc sidekick John Podhoretz talk about America and it’s as if they just awoke from a twenty year nap. They keep repeating the same slogans from two decades ago as if the last two decades never happened. It’s cringe inducing.

That’s probably the biggest error Kristol made in his attempt to unhorse Trump. The Bill Kristol brand of conservatism was a horrible flop that nearly killed the Republican Party and turned the word “conservative” into an epithet. In 2000, conservatives had full control of government for the first time in a century. Instead of rolling back the welfare state, they expanded it and launched into a massive war with Islam that we still can’t figure out how to end. We have been dropping bombs on Muslims for a quarter century now and things are worse.

People can be forgiven for thinking that maybe these neo-cons were never all that conservative. You can only scold people for so long about your principles before they expect to see you act on those principles. It seems like the only principles the neo-cons hold dear are the ones that allow them to take a powder when it is time to take on the Left. The last time conservatives won back any ground against the Left was in the mid-90’s. Since then it has been a long bloody retreat.

But if someone is willing to hold the football for them, there will always be a Charlie Brown willing to run up and try kicking it again, I guess.

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Saint George VICIOUSLY ATTACKED; Enter The Donald!

About time somebody besides me and Bill said it.

Is there anything more laughable than all the former members of the George W. Bush brain trust torching conservatives for getting behind Donald Trump? The stale complaint is that conservatives are tossing overboard their “core principles” when they get behind the fairly elected Republican nominee.

I won’t mention names, but here is the latest offensive rant of one longtime Bush aide who wrote in — where else — that bastion of conservative thought, The Washington Post:

“Now loyalty to party is causing many to abandon their ideals. Conservatism is not misogyny. Conservatism is not nativism and protectionism. Conservatism is not religious bigotry and conspiracy theories. Conservatism is not anti-intellectual and anti-science. For the sake of partisanship — for a mess of pottage — some conservatives are surrendering their identity.”

Wait.

This from the Bushies who shoved down our throats the biggest expansion in Medicare in decades and the No Child Left Behind buildup of the Department of Education, who spent money at twice the pace of Bill Clinton, who wrote Hank Paulson and the Treasury Department a $700 billion check to bail out financial companies, who sent American troops into Afghanistan for the Wilsonian purpose of “nation-building” with no apparent result, and who passed the worst energy bill in American history — a bill that regulates every electrical appliance in your home, from the light bulbs you put in your bedroom to the energy efficiency of your refrigerator.

Trump supporters have to listen to holier-than-thou sermons from these people? Really? This is like being lectured to by Snoop Dog about smut on the radio.

I more or less gave up on Rush Limbaugh back in 2000 when Dubya became the nominee and Limbaugh started pimping him as a “true conservative” when anybody could see he was no such thing—all amid the most vehement denials from Rush that he was any kind of “party shill,” no less—and have only in the last year or two started occasionally listening to him again. It just annoyed the hell out of me, and went right on annoying me, and still does, even though I ended up rallying around Bush myself after 9/11.

And now, as Moore says, those of us whose main concern is seeing the business-as-usual nature of our National Election Shows taken by the scruff of the neck and shaken a bit have to listen to lectures about conservative purity? Um, sad for them and all, but…no. Not listening; not interested, not even slightly. Put another way:

You can disagree with the priorities or even the values of Trump voters. But to call them misogynists, bigots, anti-intellectuals and anti-science? Shameful. What’s next: calling Trump voters fascists? No wonder the grass roots thumb their noses at the Republicans’ intellectual leadership. They’re just returning the favor.

Like it or not, the times, they have a-changed, while the Republican Party went right on hitting the snooze button. To adapt a quote from 1635: The Tangled Web: the current Republican approach—to Trump alone, and never to phony “severe conservatives” like Romney or McCain or, yes, Bush—falls into “the category of the pursuit of the perfect driving out the ‘good enough for the current circumstances,’ leaving us with the ‘nothing at all.'”

It’s sometimes said that some group or other would rather have a prospective adversary “inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.” Well, Trump is outside pissing ON the tent. Because it’s on fire. And the people inside seem to be intent on sleeping right through the whole thing.

It’s all well and good to be concerned about Trump not being a “true conservative.” I get that, I really do, and to some degree I even sympathize with it. But “true conservative” ain’t on the menu, and it never was except—perhaps—in the person of a too-slippery-by-half professional politician who never did stand a chance of being elected to any higher office than the one he already has, and whose “true conservative” approach has proven to be entirely ineffective.

Here’s a Litany of Grievances from a FNG who I already slapped into Ye Olde Blogrolle on the strength of his inaugural post, which I happened across via Bill:

So Americans have suffered in silence for over a quarter-century by now. But what is it we’ve suffered? You, Kevin, wrote an internet boogeyman article a while back. The idea was that Americans are bent, and the reason we’re bent is because we think the Mexicans stole all our jobs, made our communities crumble, and left us economically worse off. You then went on to demonstrate that Americans haven’t really suffered economically on average, so we’ve got no real reason to be bent. We’re just a bunch of selfish whiners and losers. QED.

Equating economics with happiness is a leftish mistake, by the way. But I’ll grant that Americans are bent. Why are Americans bent? Because shitty stuff is happening to our country, and the perpetrators are not only getting away with it, they’re living high because of it. Here’s the short list of what Americans see happening (the long list would suck the rest of this letter into a black hole):

  • Fast and furious: ATF perpetrates a fraud to get people killed and pin the blame on Americans.
  • Obamacare: obviously unconstitutional with its individual mandate, and wrecks the healthcare system
  • Massive bailouts and spending initiatives from a drunken, insolvent government
  • EPA out of control, DOE sadly in control
  • The Feds going to some trouble and expense to make government shutdowns exceptionally painful for Americans
  • Bungled, interminable wars
  • The Benghazi debacle and coverup
  • The Secretary of State conducting illegal business on an illegal email server, greatly to the benefit of a hostile foreign power
  • The creeping normalization of NSA snooping on Americans not involved in any official investigation
  • The OPM hack: A strategic defeat both devastating and historically unique. Agents of a hostile foreign power were put in charge of securing our most sensitive information, with predictable results.
  • The VA scandal: veterans dying while bureaucrats falsify records and collect bonuses
  • The transmutation of our institutions of learning into hotbeds of mental illness and hysteria
  • A general “can’t do” attitude as regards securing our border with Mexico
  • The President, in negotiation with Iran over nuclear weapons, actively and energetically represents Iranian interests, without trying to win even the most marginal concessions for America.

This kind of thing makes Americans feel sick with rage. And the perps prosper, instead of swinging on the end of a rope. It’s intolerable.

Enter Donald Trump. Now, nobody really knows what kind of President Trump will be. It’s pretty clear that he himself hasn’t worked out the details. Trump’s ideological integrity is an unknown, and he has a streak of violence and unpredictability.

But Trump’s social identity is clearly American: crass but competent, vulgar but victorious. And when you look at that list up there, it’s hard to picture Donald J. Trump being the perp in any of those cases. Can you imagine him getting as raw a deal as Obama did with the Iranians? (By the way, a touch of violence and unpredictability is a huge asset in those kinds of negotiations.) Do you suppose Trump would smile benignly on the incompetence and corruption that led to the VA scandal and the OPM hack? Would Trump be tempted by bribes from the enemies of America? Trump has already pledged, in writing, to secure the southern border and repeal the individual mandate. Are these bad things?

According to GAGA Republican hysterics and Democrat-Socialist Benedict Arnolds alike (with apologies to the shade of Arnold for the grievous insult), they most certainly are. But note the common theme in that list above: in every case, what you see is either the Ruling Class or the federal gummint itself united in opposition to the best interests of ordinary Americans. In some of them, outright working with enemies of the former Republic against a clear and easily definable American interest. And the Republicans, far from stopping it, did nothing meaningful even to oppose it—despite gaining absolute control over the purse strings for the last six years.

When considered all at once like this, one can easily see that we’re well past being “governed against the will of the people,” as the saying goes. In truth, you can’t even see the will of the people from where we are, and nobody governing us, Republicrat or Demican, is much interested in looking for it anyway.

If you’re still baffled and discombobulated about the Trump Thing, well, I don’t think there’s anything more I can say to put you wise. One more excerpt from the esteemed FNG:

We Americans tend to be vulgar. It’s fun. America really was a better place when you could make “Blazing Saddles” in it.

…And in the meantime, you talked quietly amongst yourselves about classical liberalism. But the real vessel of classical liberalism is the USA, not the GOP. And if we’re serious about classical liberalism, that means big dramatic things will have to happen, very soon. Classical liberalism is utterly incompatible with the bloated, incompetent, and fraudulent government which Republicans have so effectively shielded against reform.

Americans do not want a soft-spoken, beta-male, non-threatening, baby-steps executive. There are some people we definitely want to feel threatened, like our geopolitical enemies and the traitors and bed-featherers currently thriving in the Deep State.

What will President Trump do? I have my doubts. But any doubt is preferable to the certainties that come with, say, Jeb Bush. And the possibilities on the upside are YUGE.

Yes indeed. Trump amounts to the last throw of the dice for a great many of us. If we come up craps, well, how are we any worse off than we would’ve been with ¡Yeb! or Rubio or any of the other pre-approved losers? At this point, we’re in a war, and we’re going to war with the army we have, with the intention of living on our feet rather than dying on our knees, to mix and mingle a few fine old slogans.

And given this, I don’t think there can be a whole lot of serious doubt about the outcome.

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Scurry, scurry, little rats

Another example, as if any were needed, of how Republican professional politicians–and the pundits who love them–have learned absolutely nothing.

Asked around 9:10 a.m. yesterday on CNN’s State of the Union if he would reject the plaudits of white supremacists, Trump replied, “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay?”

Tapper gave Trump two more opportunities to spurn Duke and his ilk. Trump just repeated himself.

“I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” Trump insisted. “So I don’t know. I don’t know. Did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists.”

Perhaps Trump’s memory is failing. He knew very well who Duke was in 2000, when Trump explained why he chose not to run for president under the banner of the Reform party, in which conservative commentor Pat Buchanan and liberal activist Lenora Fulani were involved. “The Reform party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani,” Trump declared. “This is not company I wish to keep.”

At 12:35 p.m., Trump took to Twitter to recapitulate something he had told journalists two days earlier, “As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke — I disavow.”

But this was way too little, way too late. Trump’s detractors quickly recognized what a pile-up he created. And they pounced.

“We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan,” Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) told a crowd in Loudon County, Virginia. “How are we going to grow our party with a nominee that refuses to condemn the Ku Klux Klan? Don’t tell me he doesn’t know who the Ku Klux Klan is.”

“Any candidate who cannot immediately condemn a hate group like the KKK does not represent the Republican party, and will not unite it,” said Senator Tim Scott (R., S.C.), a Rubio supporter and the first black American to represent a southern state in the Senate since Reconstruction.

“Really sad,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) via Twitter. “Donald Trump you’re better than this. We should all agree, racism is wrong, KKK is abhorrent.”

Looks more to me like Trump just downplayed yet another meaningless gotcha question from a liberal journalist, dismissing it with the rough equivalent of “Eh, who cares?”

And the truth is: who DOES care about Duke and the KKK anymore? Who–besides liberal-media types looking to make another Republican humiliate himself by crawling to their dissonant tune–gives a single shit about the Klan? Both they and Duke are little more than punchlines to a very sad joke by now. Back when the Klan amounted to the armed militia of the southern branch of the Democrat Socialist Party, they had some small clout, sure. And there was a time even further back when they were a very occasional threat to individuals in more backward pockets of the country.

But those days are long since past. Why on earth would anybody be the least bit interested in anything they might have to say now–unless you happen to be a propagandist looking to stir up trouble for a candidate you oppose? They mean nothing. They affect nothing. They influence nothing. They ARE nothing. It’s been a very long time since they amounted to anything more than a handful of drunk yahoos lighting the occasional cross way out in a field someplace where nobody will see ’em, talking big, tough talk about a Race Revolution that just ain’t ever going to come, no matter how many Coors Lights they manage to swill at the monthly klavern konfab.

But McConnell and the rest of his spineless crowd just can’t help themselves. They’re still so terrified of being tarred by the “RACIST!!™” brush they jump like electrified frogs whenever some libtard picks it up and waves it at them.

With his half-bored response, Trump showed exactly what Duke means to him: nothing whatsoever. Duke is a justly-forgotten footnote to history, a dull if disgraceful outlier who hasn’t been any kind of news for decades.

The ironic thing is, some of the very Republicans who angrily accuse Trump of standard-issue Northeastern liberal sympathies are the very ones most apoplectic about his clear disinterest in whatever Duke might be trying to accomplish with his meaningless endorsement. Even they can’t possibly imagine any Northeastern liberal having any truck with Duke at all, in any circumstances, for any reason. So how come they’re so eager to insinuate Trump might harbor such sympathies now?

Because they’re sneaks, cowards, and shitweasels, that’s why. And they still don’t know any better than to leap obediently to their feet and start their little me-too-me-too dance when the Left calls that same old tired tune–every single time.

The correct response to any such charge from any blithering Left idiot has always been a Trump-like shrug and a half-hearted “meh.” Because no answer any conservative can ever give will placate the libtards one iota–their base assumption is always going to peg the needle at the big red RACIST!!™ detent no matter how vehemently said hapless conservative may protest.

So why bother about it?

A party whose supposed leadership can’t bring itself to sneeringly dismiss obnoxious, thinly-veiled insinuations about irrelevant non-entities like David Duke and the KKK–preferring instead to eagerly bark on command and reinforce those insinuations with their usual groveling subservience–is a party that has entirely earned its perpetual also-ran status. By working themselves into another squealing girlish lather on liberal demand, the GOP establishment demonstrates yet again that they just don’t get it…and they never will.

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Trump derangement syndrome in full flower

Okay, it’s becoming just sad now.

Rubio and Cruz atop the GOP
And Republicans could do a lot worse.

‘Ted Cruz is only going to be popular,” a lefty correspondent sniffs, “in those places where the Osmonds are still popular.” If that is true, then the news for Senator Cruz could not possibly be better, inasmuch as this puts Nevada into play: Donny and Marie signed up for a six-week stint in Las Vegas back in 2008, and extended, and extended, and will be performing in the showroom now named for them until the end of 2016, at least. Good tickets for the reliably sold-out show are $260 each — no laughing matter when one considers that the Osmond demographic includes some pretty large families. It can be hard to see it from Williamsburg or Petworth, but the culture isn’t (only) what the hipsters think it is. If Senator Cruz proves as popular as Shania Twain and NASCAR, he won’t just be president — he’ll be president-for-life.

And that is of some interest, given that Wednesday’s debate very much left the impression that this is a Ted Cruz–Marco Rubio race.

About those other guys…

Yeah, about them. Including most especially the one who still–STILL–leads Rubio and the other deeply-buried also rans by a mile in just about every poll and poll aggregate, and the only other guy who could honestly be said to be in the running with him, both of which you try to wave away with a bit of pedantic harrumph-harrumphing and a lot of blithe self-delusion.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I suggested that the next step for the GOPe no-hopers and Trump-haters was to start pretending that he wasn’t even there, and to start talking about their preferred business-as-usual crawly things as if they were actually winning instead of being perennially stuck in sixth or seventh place, rolling about in the muck fighting over their measly four to six percent?

Yeah. That. Not that I’m saying I consider Cruz to be one of those crawly things, mind. But still.

Update! Next up from the GOPe: it’s Dewey MITT BY A LANDSLIDE! No, really, you guys! Guys…?

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Progressivist in conservative’s clothing

I repeat: to hell with Hucklebee. He is and always was, as Bob Grant used to say, a fake phony fraud.

Huckabee isn’t as severe as the progressives of yore, but the same impulses are there. When he was governor of Arkansas — and on a weight-loss kick — he wanted Arkansas schools to track the body-mass index of students. In 2007, he favored a national ban on smoking and argued that we have a Biblical duty to fight global warming. In 1992, he told the Associated Press, “I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public-health risk.”

It’s worth noting that the progressives of yesteryear Huckabee resembles were not “right-wing” back then. The original progressives, so beloved by contemporary liberals unburdened with historical knowledge of their forebears, were overwhelmingly religious (and quite often very, very racist). The main reason Huckabee is placed on the right side of the political spectrum today is that liberals have largely jettisoned the Christian rationalizations for government activism.

But their pious faith in government activism itself remains intact. For liberals today, it is right and good to use the state to impose your values on others, but don’t you dare suggest that Jesus told you to ban smoking or cut down on sugary soft drinks. The new preachers in the pulpit are public-health activists and social-justice warriors imbued with religious fervor sans religion.

Which just means that with Hucklebee, you get the worst of all possible worlds. As Jonah says later in the piece, I have as little use for a nanny state anointed by Jesus as I do for a nanny state anointed by bureaucrats. And if conservatives are content to have the Huckster as their standard-bearer–not that there’s a whole ton of evidence that they are–I got little to no use for them either.

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Questions, questions, questions

Gotta part ways with Klavan on this one:

I’d rather put up with frustrating RINOs than continue in the minority with our country under attack from within. But let me know what you think.

Well, there’s another way of putting that, although it’s not as pithy: would you rather give your time and effort supporting phony “conservatives” who are more than happy to use you like a cheap truckstop-rest room condom until they’re in power, then betray you and the ideals they dishonestly profess, thereby enabling the Left to continue its marauding and destruction? Or would you rather remain true to your own principles and support honest candidates (if any) who believe in Constitutional government and are willing to enunciate those principles passionately, and forcefully stand up against the tide of authoritarian collectivism washing over this nation as if from a burst sewer-pipe, knowing in your heart that you did your best to support what you know is clearly right against what you know is clearly wrong, and need not thereafter feel soiled and dirty by a tarnished electoral “victory” that in the end is no such thing?

More questions: if you are dismayed by the hideously low, grubby level to which our career politicians have sunk, and wish for better men to run for office, how do you think going right along with the business-as-usual slimeballs and denying support to those better men is going to help improve things? If you want better candidates, do you really think holding your nose and voting for another garden-variety megalomaniacal, sociopathic, amoral douchebag because he has an “R” after his name is going to encourage them? Do you really expect to get those better candidates by failing to demand them?

Another: if you think conservative/Constitutional principles are so distasteful and alarming to the majority of the electorate that they can’t possibly win on their merits and must instead be ground down into digestible pap in campaigns and abandoned after elections, then how can you possibly hold out any hope at all for restoring proper governance?

Y’all ought to all realize by now that there’s no voting our way out of this anyway, not with the alphabet-soup bureaucracies who actually run this country so thoroughly co-opted and corrupted. That being the case, why on earth would you want to waste your time voting for anyone who believes the way out is via “reaching across the aisle” and compromising with the very socialists who have slowly dismantled the old Republic and replaced it with EUro-lite?

Lastly, for anyone else who believes voting for mushy “moderates” is the only way to win: how’s president Romney workin’ out for ya? How many times are real classical liberals to be required to shut up and eat your shit sandwiches–watching your guys lose again and again, watching the country continue its Leftward lurch even when you do eke out a win–before they’re allowed to vote for a candidate they actually believe in without you joining the Democrat Socialists in attacking them as “traitors” and “obstructionists”?

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Can’t stand (with) Rand

Glenn only gets one thing wrong here:

BRIAN DOHERTY: Rand Paul’s Filibuster: Its Historical Context, and Its Encouraging Friends.

It also has some enemies, as John McCain and Lindsey Graham are bitching about it. Hard to see why. It forced a concession from Obama, galvanized supporters, made the Senate GOP look dynamic, and ultimately cost nothing except a bit of foot-and-bladder discomfort for Paul. One suspects that McCain and Graham are mostly jealous of the attention. Paul, Cruz, Lee, Moran, et al., made McCain and Graham look old and tired. Then McCain and Graham made themselves look out of touch. Time to up your game, guys.

Well, no; undermining conservatives and Constitutional government in exchange for a mess of liberal-fascist pottage IS their game. Actually, it’s time for these two hack career politicians to go. They’re both long past their sell-by date, and whatever usefulness they may once have had–if any–has long since faded away. Along with whatever principles they may have had. If any.

Update! Yes indeed. Right down the line.

Further, Mirengoff suggests that Paul is cleverly using all the unnuanced Hobbits, who will rally to his cause because, well, they don’t see Obama as just another liberal Democrat President, but rather as something more sinister, their imaginations having run wild, and their opposition to perfectly righteous policies coming out of this White House a sign of their unthinking, knee-jerk rejection of anything advanced by Obama. And “conservatives who are serious about national security and fighting terrorism,” Mirengoff counsels, “should resist the temptation.”

But what temptation is it that we should resist, specifically? The temptation to see the line of legal reasoning the federal government will use to determine if, when, where, and under what specific circumstances if it can target American citizens with a drone strike here in the US? The temptation to pin down on constitutional rationale a Justice Department that ran a gun running operation without informing the Mexican government? A Justice Department that, as J Christian Adams has demonstrated, is so heavily politicized and radicalized that it often seeks ways to pressure established US law in order to subvert it to its own political ends, often at the expense of vast swaths of the citizenry whom the Attorney General doesn’t consider “his people”?

And honestly, how did it happen that those who are in favor of “comprehensive immigration reform” — which always seems to end with amnesty but never with any significant improvement in border security — come to speak for  “conservatives who are serious about national security and fighting terrorism”?

The bottom line is this: Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Pat Toomey, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and John Barrasso — most of whom were fought by the GOP establishment in the Republican primaries — stood up to the Obama administration in a way that a GOP-controlled House and the Senate Republican leadership have been unwilling to do.

Paul’s campaign showed that old-style parliamentary procedure — which when done right asserts the proper checks on legislators, and between the various branches of government — can be effective, and can galvanize not only the party, but can attract bipartisan support.

That is, Paul and the TEA Party conservatives in the Senate showed what is possible in an actual adversarial two-party representative republic: namely, that the ruling class and its reliance on autopilot can be slowed down, and that — even more — we, the people, want to see more of that.

Well, sure, Jeff, that’s all well and good and all. But it’s just so very unhelpful, don’tchaknow. And darned impolite, too. And if we can’t show courtesy and respect towards a bunch of lying, anti-American, neo-Marxist swine who are all too clearly trying to–and succeeding quite handily in–destroying Constitutional government once and for all–well, my God, man, what have we become?

Oh, drat. Guess I haven’t quite gotten the hang of this whole New Civility thing just yet. But while I’m struggling with that, let me just note what’s really unhelpful here: a bunch of mealymouthed, legalistic dancing around the central issue–which is that Ogabe and Holder are not to be trusted with our liberties, much less our very lives, having demonstrated their malign intentions a thousand times over and their whole lives long, no matter how comforting it might be for more collegial types to avert their gaze from the truth about them in either fear or stubborn disbelief–and a refusal to look the enemies of freedom straight in the eye and recognize them as such without flinching, or equivocation.

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