Friday, June 24, 2016

THEY BUILT IT- Redstate Blog Editor Calls it

These guys have been in the front lines of the war for revolutionary conservatism in America for many decades.  Preaching that America's soul and the fate of western civilization is always teetering on the brink of extinction - the apocalypse is always near, these rabble-rousers have waged a generational struggle to reverse the dismal tide of "progress." And though cloaked in righteousness, their harvest has been perpetually tainted with sorrow as defeats consistently outweigh victories in breadth and number.

But this time was supposed to be different.  The Teahadist Movement that marked the begging of the Obama, era provided a ray of hope that promised to wash away the unnumbered bitter tears of defeat. At that new dawn, a promising front in the struggle would be opened with offensives like "Operation Leper" in which any GOP establishment figure critical of Sarah Palin would be shunned and any Right Wing Political Organizations that hired her would be marginalized.

Potential martyrdom operations like "Hills to Die On," which if the gods be willing, could turn from sacrificial acts of disobedience against the RINO elite into glorious victories against the vile establishment foe in a primary challenge.  In this phase of the struggle, no vice would be spurned, no bridge would be too far to burn, and no act of decency could be allowed to go unpunished. Retribution and recriminations were to abound.

And soon "it" would come. This time would be different. Maybe not tomorrow, but as History marched ever nearer to that glorious moment when the people would realize that their true interests were best served by "conservatism" the People would rise up peacefully. They would cast off the chains of oppression. Conservatism would be their salvation. And its glories would wash away all that came before ushering in New Best Hope for Freedom. The Future glimmered tantalizingly near.
But it was not to be. Instead, as often occurs in great struggles, war, etc., the law of unintended consequences drives events and the best laid plans of men, tend to spiral wildly out of control:
Many Republicans have groused that running the Trump nomination could result in a permanent shifting of the electoral map similar to that of 1964, when Barry Goldwater’s candidacy more or less turned the black vote into a permanent monolithic Democratic voting block. The concern is that Trump’s candidacy will have the same effect with the Hispanic vote.
To some extent, I think the comparisons to 1964 are overblown – I don’t think, for instance, that Trump will lose as decisively as Goldwater did or that the bloodbath will be as bad for Republicans in this election. Democratic primary voters saved the GOP from that scenario by nominating their weakest general election candidate since Eugene McCarthy. Pretty much no matter how much people come to hate Trump (and I don’t think he’s scraped NEARLY the bottom of that barrel), there will always be a huge segment of the population that hates Hillary worse – and she will help them along throughout the upcoming campaign. Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t see Trump losing 40+ states when the dust settles.
On the other hand, the long term effects will likely be worse – in fact, much worse. Like, existential threats to the existence of the Republican party worse. ...You can see the start of this with yesterday’s poll that shows that Clinton only trails Trump by 7 in Texas. There are places like Texas where Republicans have made significant inroads with the Hispanic community and this allows them to be competitive statewide. Nationally, Republicans have likewise remained competitive for between 25-40% of the Hispanic vote. In a post-Trump world, all that might well be undone, and the Republican party relegated to permanent (small) minority status.
I don’t envy the task of the Republican delegates in Cleveland. If Trump is denied the nomination, it will probably cause a massive rift in the party that might well lead to a bigger loss than would otherwise be suffered by Trump. ... It’s a sticky situation and one without an obvious victory condition. 
As movement conservatives joined by hucksters, "war" profiteers and con men launched its war to save western civilization against an imaginary foe of its own making (the Kenyan Strongman and progress itself), the ground troops base actually started believing in all the mis-truths, half truths, outright  lies and apocalyptic propaganda that it was being fed. America was on the verge of collapse. America's best days were behind her. Western Civilization was nearing an end as the President of the United States deliberately weakened allies, uplifted enemies all in an attempt to harm America.
“(W)e’re about where Germany was before World War II where they became a social democracy. You still had votes but the votes were just power grabs like you see in Iran, and other places in South America, like Chavez is running down in Venezuela.”
~ Congressman Jim DeMint (R-SC) - July 2009
And that meant, with America's continued existence on the line, that the most extreme tactics were warranted. Because the threat posed by the Kenyan Strongman was  existential and unlike any threat to the nation in history (expect for the last time), except maybe slavery - which might have been worse than Obamacare, the most extreme reactions became acceptable.

If a true believer is trying to save America, any action can be and was justified - thus propelling a race to the bottom in which the most extreme voices were rewarded. Crazy rhetoric begat Batshit Crazy Rhetoric which begat Barking-Mad-Howl at the Moon-bang-a-gong- Tinfoil-Hat-Powerline-Blog-Crazy Rhetoric. And all joined in unison to  levels of Lunacy not seen since the last time the Lunatic Fringe took hold of the GOP. And so the Lunatic Fringe took over the heart and soul of the GOP Base.

And with this faction, a Carnival Barker became the leader and this cause was declared holy.

And so it goes. Reaping. Sowing. Karma. Life.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

YOU BUILT THIS - Wingnut responsible for the rise of Trump

Here is a blast of excess and vice from Powerline Blog circa 2015 labeling the Obamunist Strongman a Tyrannical Tyrant not seen since the days of King Dred Scott:
In his assumption of monarchical powers and his accompanying demagogy, Barack Obama is the man our founders warned us against. That is the thrust of David Bernstein’s important new book, Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law.
Bernstein devotes a chapter of his book to the depredations wrought in the name of Obamacare, a few of which have been blessed by the Supreme Court. Lincoln famously disparaged the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dred Scott case as “an astonisher in legal history.” I think the same can be said of the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Obamacare cases.
Its crazy shit like this. Over. And. Over. That Donald J Trump rode to the top of the GOP primary. And that's basically what the Donald did. He ran as a right wing blogger mainstreaming the crazy shit posted within conservative counter-culture.

When you are one of those who helped enable the lunatic fringe - by misrepresenting' basic facts, exaggerating the significance of these misrepresentations and then by validating and mainstreaming fears based upon the same - YOU are responsible for what comes next.

To think. Health insurance reform in the 21st century is the equivalent to 19th century chattel slavery?

There's a case for it I guess. If Lincoln were alive today, he may indeed be leading a secessionist movement alongside Rick Perry in the states of the Old Confederacy over the working poor and the self employed getting to go the Doctor when they are sick.

Good job Powerline Blog. Enjoy the ride. You've earned it.

Friday, June 17, 2016

HEARTLAND INSTITUTE- Google in on insidious Conspiracy

The Former Big Tobacco Flacks and Current Global Warming Deniers over at the Heartland Institute are out with a BOMBSHELL - A conspiracy so nefarious that you'll need to hear it in their words to appreciate in its fullest:
Google Is Rigging Searches For Hillary Clinton
This is huge news – but it is hardly surprising.
Google – President Barack Obama’s biggest crony in a sea full of armadas full of legions of Obama cronies – has been cozying up to the woman Obama just endorsed to succeed him: Hillary Clinton.
And by “cozying up” – we mean warping their search results to hide Clinton’s decades of scandals and scandalous behavior.
Last year, Wired magazine warned us about the election-manipulating power of Google:
Google’s Search Algorithm Could Steal the Presidency: “‘We estimate, based on win margins in national elections around the world,’ says Robert Epstein, a psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and one of the study’s authors, ‘that Google could determine the outcome of upwards of 25 percent of all national elections.’”
...Eric Schmidt and his Google are doing their very best to rig the election for Clinton – in the hopes of delivering themselves another crony president.
So as to continue to reap for another four (or eight) years the ridiculous regulatory favoritism they have been so generously delivered these last eight.
Big Government, Big Business – and scratch-my-back cronyism on steroids between the two.
Welcome to 21st Century America.
And that is telling - the "Welcome to the 21st Century" part. With some of these Right Wing Operations you understand that this is their main grievance - modernity.

They are not enthusiasts fans of the 21st Century but it also seems like they are not much fans of the 20th century either.

BUT that is the state of the right fringe of the GOP where a  reflexively urge to return to the good old days dabbled with conspiracy theory dominates. the base.  So they got their man.  Donald J Trump.

If anyone can turn back the clock to when cigarettes were good for your health, its him, man.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

JOBS AMERICANS WON'T DO - "Foriegner" appointed editor of NRO

Via Lowry
I’m delighted to let our readers know that I have appointed Charlie Cooke editor of National Review Online. Charlie doesn’t need any introduction around here — everyone knows his trenchant and fearless writing. Charlie may be a Brit, but is an impassioned and deeply knowledgeable advocate of American liberties. Don’t expect radical changes in the site....Charlie will be guiding NRO in its next phase....
Next Phase. Its appears obvious to me. An operation founded, in part, upon White Cultural Superiority could transition into European style Racial-nationalism fairly easily, I would posit.

They have Trump - a guy basically running for President by parroting crazy things Right Wing Bloggers have been writing for some time now. As a matter of fact that is a good way to describe Trump. He's running to be president as a right wing blogger.

NR now has this Foreign-chap, and they have their organization's history and baggage, i.e., jim crow fetishing, global warming denial, bashing of experts and the new-Know-nothing-ism that goes with it, etc., etc.,

So yes. Why pretend anymore. Hire back all the white supremacists they fired over the years and go back at it but twice as hard.  Maybe that the next phase....

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

FEVER on the RIGHT - If Powerline Blog were a dog, it woulda been put down by now, cntd

From the Archives - back in September of 2010, its almost as if John Hinderaker was in a Pre-Trumpian fugue-state leaving him vulnerable to phantasms of imaginary straw-men and the coming wave that would be Donald J Trump:
At this moment, Sarah Palin may be a more important figure than Barack Obama, despite his infinitely greater powers. Obama's most basic problem is that he has never been a thinker. He has not invested the years of hard work that are needed to develop coherent policy positions. Superficiality has always been good enough to get by for Obama, and now, when his policies are in tatters, he has neither a philosophical foundation nor a deep knowledge of the issues to fall back on. He is left staring into the headlights like a doomed deer.
I am certain (not really) that ever since Hinderaker shared this insight, that the Obamunist Tyrant and Kenyan Strongman Barack Hussein I - First of his Name, has stayed up late each night consumed by the fear of Sarah Palin's growing prowess. How could he do otherwise?

These bastards have played the extremism game, nurturing nutcases and playing to the most base elements of the fringe for the last 7 years.

If anyone is to earn blame for the miserable state of the GOP, its people like these guys. They "built it," so to speak.

THEY BUILT THIS - Instapundit lays foundation for Trump

From the Archives, Instapundit Blog plays the crazy game back on March 6, 2015:
It’s obvious Boehner is being blackmailed or otherwise manipulated. Good Lord, the left has done that throughout Europe, why would here be any different? Maybe that’s why the crying. He knew he’d have to cave.
So primary him. Remove him. Elect men who will say “publish and be damned.” Get someone in the presidency who AT THE VERY LEAST doesn’t hate the US. ... And then we’d have a president who can keep the 1/3 (or less by then) of RINOS in check.
But ... several trends are going our way.
Technology is freeing people from the fortress of doom the left and Soviet agit prop built around our vital institutions: there are new ways to get news, new ways to get entertainment, and the homeschooling movement grows by leaps and bounds. ...
The future is ours, if we can stay the course....
For a hundred years, they’ve patiently been working. They took over one of the major parties. They took over education. They took over the mass media and entertainment and the arts. They had a whole wall of coordinated messages and it all imploded. ... I say we keep taking over the GOP. We’ve been at this for what? Optimistically 20 years. Not a fraction of their (at least) 100.
As for those other democrats? The stooges of a long-dead system? Putin’s best buds?
Yeah. We’re coming for them too.
And then, once we’ve pulled our ship off the rocks, once we’ve made the dems into a wreck, or alternately into an American party again, THEN we can have a grand fight Libertarians against Socons. I’m looking forward to it! I’ll be seventy or so, and if I run like my family, a little old lady scary beyond all reason.
...
But this is no time to get wobbly. Keep Calm and Keep Taking Over the GOP.
They’re corrupt bastards, but we’re stuck with them, until we pick them off one by one. And we already have our sort in their ranks.
Steady as she goes. We’ll win this.
[em-mine] 
And so they chose Trump as their champion - a bit ahead of schedule, but still!

In doings so, Blogs like Instapundit lent a helping hand by mainstreaming the Lunatic Fringe within that party instead of slapping 'em down - as in phone book to the side of the head style. This would be rhetorically of course, not condoning actual violence.

Instead, folks like Instapundit did the opposite. They, as members of the GOP elite, raised up the rabble beyond their natural station and let 'em run a muck without guidance, without structure, signaling that such "distemper" was now acceptable behavior. When in reality the affliction infecting the Fringe was similar to what got old Yeller put down. Again, rhetorically of course as in radical behavior harms the party's ability to shape public policy and continue on as a viable force in government for another 160 years. or maybe 6 years.  

You guys built it. Enjoy it. Its the new conservatism.  Its on you.

Monday, June 13, 2016

WHIG WATCH - Canary in Coal Mine

Et Tu Jen-Jen?
the stain of intellectual dishonesty and rank prejudice will not, we believe, be obliterated if Trump loses. To the contrary, if the majority of Americans repudiate him because of his noxious views toward women and minorities, then those Republicans who defended him will find themselves estranged — individually and as a party — from the majority of Americans.
To recover from this debacle and rid themselves of the stench of Trumpism, center-right voters will need to allow the GOP to go the way of the Whigs. Just as slavery spelled the birth of the Republican Party, revulsion against a nativist, divisive and xenophobic bully will likely require its demise. With a sharp break from the past, center-right voters, activists and politicians can then recast their priorities, expand a center-right party’s appeal (which will require it reject Trumpism) and step away from groups and individuals (e.g., evangelical boosters for Trump) whose exclusionary views and hypocritical support for Trump made it impossible for the GOP to become a 21st-century, inclusive party.
A new party will need to embrace some aspects of the libertarian agenda (support for legal immigration, tolerance of gay marriage, criminal-justice reform) and to modernize a domestic agenda that has grown stale and unresponsive to the needs of too many workers. It will need to connect a robust and rational foreign policy to our continued security and prosperity, rejecting the notion that we can isolate our economy and hide from the world. That means a new center-right party must eschew demonizing groups of Americans, and instead foster shared prosperity and, above all, protect the individual dignity and right of each and every American to reach his or her potential. You see how the party that supported Trump cannot possibly be that party.
This new third party that Jennifer Rubin is hawking sure sounds a lot like Obama's and Hillary's democratic party minus the center-right label. So she's almost there!

The neoocons are always first to jump ship once something better comes along. Rubin is just following to form with this gratuitous Trump Bashing. Maybe she should have been bashing on Trump earlier on instead of stabbing "Mitt 2016" in the back.

So yeah, its one thing to ride the tiger and bang the gong with the rest of the "Losers" in the GOP establishment. Obama is a tyrant; experts are pinheads; Health Insurance is slavery; etc.  Going along for the ride can be fun. BUT those who play that game tend to end up inside the Tiger. Looks like Jen-Jen wants to be the first one off.

TRUMPISM is CONSERVATISM - GOP Elite "surrendered" to "better" men

Trump is King and the RINOs are his servants. All HAIL TRUMP!!!!

Via the Lamestream Media:
Trump had put countless Republican lawmakers in excruciating political predicaments. Senator John McCain, who told me last summer that Trump had ‘fired up the crazies,’ now needs Trump’s voters to support his own reĆ«lection in Arizona—a state that Trump won by twenty-two percentage points in the primaries—and has said that he will support him. Marco Rubio, whose last days as a Presidential candidate were spent mocking the size of Trump’s hands and the orange hue of his face, recently apologized for the personal attacks, and said that he would speak on Trump’s behalf at the Convention....
Governor Chris Christie, of New Jersey, another of Trump’s opponents early in the campaign, has transformed himself into a sort of manservant, who is constantly with Trump at events. (One Republican told me that a friend of his on the Trump campaign used Snapchat to send him a video of Christie fetching Trump’s McDonald’s order.)
Plus this from 2009 - The Salad Days of the Teahadist movement in America - from Racial Conservative John Derbyshire (i.e., Racial Conservatism - Ideology  that gets someone banned from the NRO these days).
Much as their blind loyalty discredited the Right, perhaps the worst effect of Limbaugh et al. has been their draining away of political energy from what might have been a much more worthwhile project: the fostering of a middlebrow conservatism. There is nothing wrong with lowbrow conservatism. It’s energizing and fun. What’s wrong is the impression fixed in the minds of too many Americans that conservatism is always lowbrow, an impression our enemies gleefully reinforce when the opportunity arises. Thus a liberal like E.J. Dionne can write, “The cause of Edmund Burke, Leo Strauss, Robert Nisbet and William F. Buckley Jr. is now in the hands of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity. … Reason has been overwhelmed by propaganda, ideas by slogans.” Talk radio has contributed mightily to this development. ...
In place of the permanent things, we get Happy Meal conservatism: cheap, childish, familiar. Gone are the internal tensions, the thought-provoking paradoxes, the ideological uneasiness that marked the early Right. 
There is nothing wrong with lowbrow conservatism. Ideas must be marketed, and right-wing talk radio captures a big and useful market segment. However, if there is no thoughtful, rigorous presentation of conservative ideas, then conservatism by default becomes the raucous parochialism of Limbaugh, Savage, Hannity, and company. That loses us a market segment at least as useful, if perhaps not as big.
Conservatives have never had, and never should have, a problem with elitism. Why have we allowed carny barkers to run away with the Right?
And the Carnival Barkers shall inherit the earth. Or at least they have a pretty good claim to parts of it called Real America. Good job RINOs and Conservagentsia. Nobody can say you didn't build this.

In the meantime, John McCain can spend time in front of mirror practicing saying "Yes Sir, Mr. Trump, Sir," while hoping that Sarah Palin does not post mean things about him to the masses.

Its how the Conservative Movement has rolled for 30 years. Man.

Friday, June 10, 2016

CONSERVAGENTSIA- Its waaay too late to stop Trump

AmCon Blog:
“The time to stop Trump was in the 1990s, when the movement’s intellectuals were busy prostrating themselves before Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell as they sought to remake the GOP into a party for white Christians. The time to stop Trump was during the George W. Bush administration, when Republicans swallowed the nonsense that deposing secular dictators was a great way to promote moderate Islam. The time to stop Trump was in 2009, when Sarah Palin was dumbing down conservatism into an alternative lifestyle that glorified anti-intellectualism. The time to stop Donald Trump was in 2013, when Ted Cruz was opportunistically telling Republican voters that obstreperousness was the equivalent of conservative philosophy....
2016 was far too late to stop the Trump Train.”
Marrying the Grand Old Party to white evangelicals in the 1990s had its benefits.  You pump up the white vote with reinforcements which allows the Southern Strategy to keep rollin' for a couple more decades. You get George W Bush, Dan Quayle and Sarah Palin, Too. So that's awesome except for the parts about the disastrous foreign policy and trashing the economy.

While the "side effects" of this strategy are bad indeed, these unfortunate events can be explained away.  If Obama was better at community organizing back in 2002 none of that bad "stuff" woulda happened. So don't worry!  Or so reassures Fox News. Sigh.  BUT if you identify the GOP as a vessel for an ideological movement, ultimately this kinda short term "dumb ass" strategy will bring you down eventually.

So, like one of those signs of the apocalypse in the Book of Revelations like that rider on a "Pale" horse clearing brush with one had and bringing democracy to  Babylon, Assyria, Nineveh and  the coastline of Canaan with the other, it becomes obvious that the end is near when you get the likes of the 9-9-9 Guy, Michele Bachmann and Donald Trump leading the parade. So that ain't awesome in any way - no matter what Fox news says.

BUT this is only a problem if the GOP's paramount purpose is to pursue an ideological agenda of small government activism and local-ism for some and deregulation of dangerous and greedy industries and tax cuts for the super rick for others.  Since the Nixon Era and its earlier "abortive" attempt in 1964, "White Rights," has been a key part of the GOP's electoral strategy along with the ideological "stuff."  Now in 2016, some 50 years later, mayhaps its the Southern Strategy that ends up crowding out the anti-government ideologists and relegates them to junior partners as the party adopts a new primary mission. If the new wise men like Donald J Trump and Tailgunner Ted Cruz have anything to do with it.

And so it goes.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

KEN STARR is AVAILABLE - Wingers want Independent Counsel to investigate Clinton

The 1990s called. They want their playbook back.

In what can only be filed under "The more things change, the more they stay the same," the Right Wing Nuts are back at it with demands for another Clinton Independent Counsel. And now that Ken Starr has been torched for his role in the Baylor University Sexual Assault scandal, Wingers have their man.

Via the Federalist
Republicans ought to demand that Loretta Lynch... appoint a special prosecutor.
If Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong, if no laws were broken, no classified information was mishandled, and no American men and women were put at risk as a result of her actions, then she has nothing to fear from an independent investigation of her activities.
Where she stands right now is the worst of all worlds: she could still be prosecuted by FBI/DOJ, but if she’s not, everyone will assume that political interference saved her. She can never get out from under that cloud, no matter what happens.
An independent prosecutor, however, can put all of that to rest. If he or she finds evidence of any crimes, then the case will be prosecuted. And if the prosecutor decides not to charge, we’ll know that it wasn’t a political decision.
This is actually the best of all worlds for Hillary, because it actually gives her the opportunity to clear her name, if she’s innocent. It also happens to be the best solution for the American public. We deserve a justice system that actually delivers justice. We deserve a law enforcement system that actually enforces the law. A special prosecutor can deliver it. The current system that is so obviously rigged in favor of certain politicians cannot. 
Sigh.

Maybe its just me, but I am having a hard time believing that hard core wingers associated with the semi-crazed Federalist Blog can be sincere when they voice their concern about the legitimacy of a Democratic President.

I mean its what they learn on day one of right wing activism training. Democratic Presidents are never to be treated with any legitimacy. See Obama, Barack H and Clinton, William J.

Now they want us to believe that their advice about a Special Prosecutor is  anything other than concern trolling on steroids? Count me as skeptical - not as in Global Warming is a hoax skeptical but still.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

THUGGERY on the LEFT - Southern Strategy still Haunts GOP

 Via Jonathan Chait - The GOP needs them their Racists:
“There is nothing inherently racist about Ryan’s policy agenda. The arguments for enormous, regressive tax cuts, deregulation of finance and carbon pollution, and large reductions in spending assistance for the poor may be unpersuasive, but they have no intellectual connection to racism.”
“The trouble for Republicans is that building a real-world constituency for these policies does rely on racism. Conservatives stopped the momentum of the New Deal in the mid-1960s only when they associated it with support for the black underclass. Republican politics has grown increasingly racialized over time, a trend that has dramatically accelerated during the Obama era.
Over the last eight years...Republican voting support is increasingly coterminous with white racial resentment even as conservatives firmly believe in their own racial innocence. Conservatives have built an alternative history in which racism, rather than migrating to the Republican Party as white Southerners revolted against the Democratic Party’s embrace of civil rights, remained in the Democratic Party all along.
Racism, they insist, is a practice of the race-conscious left, not the right, which has long been cleansed of the racist taint. Republicans constantly liken President Obama and his policies to segregationists or to slavery, and cast themselves as the heirs to the civil-rights movement. Conservatives deny the existence of racism in the Republican Party as a matter of doctrinal sanctity, just as Soviet authorities had to officially deny the existence of poverty in the USSR.
Very Mean Stuff.

I am reminded about the line that former Iranian President Amhadinejad used while speaking at Columbia University a few years ago.

One of the students asked him about the human rights of Gay people in Iran. Amadinejad said with a straight face something to the effect "There are no gay people in Iran." The students burst into laughter.

Monday, June 6, 2016

THEOCON SELLS OUT for TRUMP - By their works, they will be known

One should overlook Trump’s style of evil —the wives, the gilded lifestyle, the blustering vanity, the crassness, the pornographic vulgarity, the off-the-cuff horrors and situation ethics of the second, his reflexive lurch toward fascism and his "white makes right" pandering toward racial resentment.

True believers need not be troubled by such trivialities, or so it is said on parts of the wingnet. There is a higher law that demands clean "white" hands to be sacrificed on the alter of the Culture War:
Social conservatives should not be looking for a hero on a white horse or a savior in the federal executive. If America is going to be rebuilt it will be rebuilt at the grassroots level, and that grassroots effort is actually going remarkably well. The grassroots simply need an umbrella to ward off the federal government’s ubiquitous efforts to shut them down. ....If Trump nominates a Supreme Court justice from his recently announced list of possible candidates, signs legislation passed by a Republican Congress on pro-life and religious freedom measures, and advances policies that undo Obamacare and roll back federal regulations, we could be looking at a considerable reprieve.
Some people might think that by not voting, voting for a third party candidate, or writing in someone else entirely they are keeping their lily-white hands clean. They think of it as the “Benedict option.” These people have apparently failed to recognize that under a Clinton regime there will be no refuge in the small communities...“within which the moral life could be sustained so that both morality and civility might survive.” Such small moral and intellectual communities are the target of the leftist administration’s destructive agenda. The new dark age would be darker by far than the old.
Susan Hanssen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Dallas.
These right wing professors can pump out the crazy.  Its true!

As a matter of fact, sometimes, it is the Right Wing Professor, scribbling nocturnally in fevered haze, that crystallizes the crazy like no other. When your ordinary wingnut pounds a keyboard in a suburban basement and comes up short, these "titans" stride nobly forward to bang out the good "stuff."

Take the use of the word "regime." Any wingnut can throw it around as in the Totalitarian Obamunist "Regime" in the Federal City did this or that outrageous thing.   However when the right wing professor does it and crosses that line, the word obtains a little panache. It give cues to others that extremism in defense of "liberty" ain't no vice.  Rather, extremism becomes a civic virtue. Crazy begats more crazy begats a shit-storm of extremism. Each and everyday the Kenyan Strongman is claimed to be up to some new outrage that seems to require an evermore strident response. .And that's a problem.

Its a problem in the sense of extremism is not a virtue and its a problem because when the extremism gets mainstreamed, a Carnival Barker or Reality Show Performer can come in an take the reins and lead your tribe leaving you to wonder what the fuck just happened but determined to make the most of it.

Somewhere in the bible, perhaps in the back or maybe its in the middle or at the beginning even, there is a "post" about reaping what one sows. If you live by the cray-cray, nurture the crazy at right wing counter culture outfits, crank it out 24-7 on the Foxnews and the AM radio and the wingnet, it turns out that eventually the crazy eats you up.

So there is that.

Friday, June 3, 2016

BATMAN and ROBIN - Ryan joins up with Trump to "Make America White Again"

Sigh.
 (The Borowitz Report)—In what is being hailed as a productive closed-door meeting between two leaders of the Republican Party, Donald J. Trump promised House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday that he would try to sound slightly less like the former German Chancellor Adolf Hitler.
Speaking to reporters at the U.S. Capitol after the meeting, the presumptive G.O.P. nominee said that Ryan had expressed concern that so many of the billionaire’s public utterances were reminiscent of the Third Reich.
“Paul basically said, ‘Can you help me out here? Can you not sound like Hitler all the time?’” Trump said. “And I was like, ‘Paul, I can absolutely do that for you.’”
As an example, Trump said, “Instead of saying I am going to round up people based on their religion, I’ll say that’s just a suggestion. Just like that, I’m fifty per cent less Hitlerish.”
Trump acknowledged that the challenge for him will be to sound somewhat less like Hitler to please congressional Republicans while still sounding enough like Hitler to avoid alienating his key constituencies of Nazis and white supremacists.“Figuring out just how much like Hitler I’m going to be at any given time is the kind of thing I’ve always been fantastic at,” he said.
So sad.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

YES SIR EXCELLENT IDEA MR. TRUMP, SIR!- Paul Ryan Surrenders to Trump

 Sigh.

What would Ayn Rand say if she was alive today?
By Washington Post Staff June 2 at 3:18 PM
After weeks of saying he was not prepared to back the presumptive GOP nominee, the House speaker said he will vote for Trump in the fall. "I'm confident he will help turn the House GOP's agenda into laws," Ryan said in a tweet.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.

Well you have ideas - big ideas and then you have Trump's plan to "Make America White Again." 

In the end, Ideas take a back seat to racial resentment. But that how Conservatism has always rocked in the USA.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WHITE FLAG: NRO GUY surrenders to King Hillary

I recommend this course of action.

A grizzled old warrior has sadly announced that he will fight no more forever, (i.e., until the next time .....):
I am not voting for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Given a choice between Donald Trump and David Duke, I would vote for Trump. (I would also vote for Clinton if Duke was the only alternative.) But given the real choice between a candidate who is corrupt and reckless, and a candidate who is reckless and corrupt, I will write in someone’s name. 
There are a multitude of people I know (including in my personal, offline life) who are supporting Trump.  I respect their reasons. I fear that, even if he were elected, Trump would betray and disgrace those who support him.  Also, Trump wouldn’t just betray them on some select issues ... I fear that Trump would betray them comprehensively and maliciously, but only after first disgracing his supporters by getting them to excuse or shrug at behaviors they would condemn as unacceptable in anyone else. 
My opposition to Trump isn’t especially interesting, and I don’t plan to write much about it.  I am more interested in the weaknesses of Republican Party politics, conservative political thought, and American political culture generally, that made Trump’s rise possible.
That's a lot to chew on.

The weakness of the Party of (NO) Ideas other than burning down the American Social Compact hoping to reconstruct a more perfect union on top of the ashes, persecuting experts, crying witch and all the old faves, etc., etc., is a lot by itself.

Add to the mix the wholesale absence of meaningful "Conservative Political Thought" over the past 40 years and you have a career. And that is the key because if you are going to write and theorize about "Conservative Political Thought" in the 21st century it will have to be done in a meaningful way that engages the reality based community.

Sitting back and cashing wingnut welfare checks from right wing benefactors while telling 'em what they want to hear ain't gonna get you anywhere.  If  "conservatives" are unwilling to leave the "conservative echo chamber" and enter into the future, they might as well crank up the AM radio to 11 and start practicing goosestepping. It's a skill that will come in handy at party rallies in the future.

Mic drop.

Friday, May 27, 2016

DEEP THOUGHTS with REDSTATE BLOG - Let us dispel the myth that Rubio is not empty suit

WOW. Who coulda/woulda ever thought the world would come to this.
There are going to be a lot of people who opposed Trump in the primary who are going to be able to get away with supporting him in the general with a straight face. Marco Rubio is not one of them.
Donald Trump, for his part, called Marco Rubio “Little Marco” – a man of no substance and no principle who would say anything to get elected. He attacked him as a choker (or chocker, if you prefer) and a lightweight (or lightweight). Another one of the politicians who was all talk, talk, talk and no action.
Marco Rubio was right about Donald Trump.
Which now means that Donald Trump was also right about Marco Rubio.
Shocking.

The Tea Party Insurgent Candidacy of Marco Rubio and his Florida Senate primary challenge was once a labeled a "Hill to die on" in the war against the GOP establishment.

That's how the fine folks that bring the world RedState Blog, labeled it - a hill to die on. Drama Queens.   According to them, young Marco's ascendancy from Florida State Legislator the US Senate was a necessary step to making America Great Again and winning the war.

But that is what happens in war time - unintended consequences. Good job guys.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

THUGGERY on the LEFT - Next Stop FEMA run camps

Obama just keeps bringin' the "hurt" down on America's political dissidents:
(News Satire from The Borowitz Report)—President Obama handed the Republican Party a gift for the general election by making a series of offensive pro-knowledge remarks at Rutgers University over the weekend, a leading Republican official said on Monday.
According to Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, the President’s inflammatory comments, in which he offered full-throated praise for such controversial fields of knowledge as math and science, are sure to come back to haunt the Democrats in November.
“If President Obama was trying to alienate millions of Americans in one speech, mission accomplished,” Priebus told Fox News. “When I watched him speak, I said to myself, ‘Well, Christmas came early this year.’ ”
While many Republicans expected Obama to walk back his ill-advised praise of knowledge, facts, and evidence, the White House as of Monday morning had refused to do so.
“The President seems to be doubling down on this, which is not surprising,” Priebus said. “This is a man who never met a fact he didn’t like.”
The R.N.C. chairman said that the Party was already creating negative ads that would make extensive use of the President’s polarizing pro-knowledge rant.
“This fall, we will ask the American people, ‘Do you want four more years of knowledge, or do you want something else?’ ” Priebus said. “Because the Republican Party has something else.”
Sad but "basically" true - in a representative way.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WINGNUT HOWLS at MOON - Obama hurts my feelings!

Via the Tinfoil Hat Brigade at Powerline Blog
... there is the fact that Barack Obama is a scofflaw. Repeatedly, he has ignored the Constitution and violated federal law, refusing to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, imperiously changing his own Obamacare statute with no legal authority, and so on. Years later, the courts sometimes catch up with him; the administration has lost a number of 9-0 Supreme Court decisions where its lawbreaking was indisputable. But more broadly, the Obama administration’s campaign of lawbreaking and stonewalling has succeeded.....Which is why this year’s election is so important. Barack Obama’s legacy must be repudiated, root and branch.
Translation- Among Right Wing Malcontents and over the decades and now centuries, any policy preferences of the opponents progress tend to be labeled as "violations" of the constitution.

In recent application of this maxim can be seen in the fact that the supreme court has been controlled by conservatives for over 4 decades, but during this period this branch of government, which is tasked by the "constitution" to interpret the "constitution," has failed to invalidate these Obamunist policy preferences and other acts of liberal madness as "unconstitutional" routinely.

The contradiction between obvious "violations" of the constitution shouted from the street corners by malcontents and disagreement of the same by conservative majorities on the supreme court is either ignored at best or, perhaps, in more fevered moments just part of some goddamn conspiracy.

The incongruity is further demonstrated by the winger's citation of a 9-0 supreme court decisions against unspecified Obamunist Policies. The fact that these outrageous actions - whatever they were were overturned by the court is a self-refuting argument. Where the conservative majority sees an inconsistency with the constitution it acts. Where it does not, it does not. This is not and should not be surprising.

In any event, there is a Universal Law at play here. Whenever the blessings of American democracy enjoyed by favored groups are extended to historically disadvantaged groups, The Right Winger will Howl in Outrage and in doing so he will justify his rage as a defense of the constitution.

The Nutbags have always done this. They always will.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

EXPERTS - WHIG Style Split on Horizon

The Social Scientists tell us what "the data" says about the problems facing the Former Party of Lincoln:
As we argued in our last post the Republican Party in the House seems very likely to split into two factions as the result of the 2016 elections. Many Republican voters (enough to make Donald Trump the nominee) are angry at the Republican “Establishment” for not stopping President Obama on a variety of issues. The various charges that Paul Ryan is some sort of secret agent of “The Establishment” echo craziness from the days of None Dare Call it Treason (1964) and A Choice Not an Echo (1964) with their conspiracy theories about Communists and New York Bankers.
Unlike in the 1850s there is no second dimension of Congressional voting. Almost all issues — including lifestyle and affective — have been drawn into the first dimension. The split in the Republican Party will occur on this strange dimension that mixes economic and the classic “social” issues.  ...
Suppose the split occurs somewhere to the right of [House Benghazi Conspiracy Theory Committee Chairman Trey] Gowdy. Not everyone to the right of Gowdy listens to “talk radio from Area 51”. So some sorting out will occur between the two factions — traditional Republican Conservatives vs. “Conspiracy Republicans”. Assuming that Hillary Clinton wins the 2016 Presidential election, it is difficult to see how the Republican Party could ever again win the Presidency given the alienation of Hispanics, Blacks, and Social Liberals from the Republican Party. In addition, the traditional Internationalist Conservative Republicans will be willing to make deals with President Hillary Clinton to increase Defense Spending which will mean the end of the sequester. This will further divide the Republicans.
But what might finally trigger a realignment of the New Deal Party System are the obvious divisions in the Democratic Party that to this point have been papered over by their solid opposition to the Republicans.
All persuasive observations from the Experts. Two points to consider.

1) the Democratic party's tendency toward unity in face of a dangerous opposition party may dissipate if the GOP goes "Whig."  As the insurgent forces trying to destroy parts of the American Social Compact lose their effectiveness as  fighting units, Allied Coalition forces formerly threatened by this common foe may disband from their current alliances.

2)  If the current and corrupt version of the GOP goes "Whig," individual pieces, factions, groups, etc., will group into a new alliance. The two-party system is likely to survive just in a different configuration.

Whatever the next iteration becomes, the current version of the GOP is wholly unfit for governance and its toxic influence should be limited at the federal level to the extent practicable. BUT - the next WHIG party, however it shakes out, has gotta be better than today's GOP. Its gotta be.

THUGGERY on the LEFT - Matt Taibbi is mean

--- A WHIG WATCH  is in effect ---

This is a very mean way to describe the former party of Lincoln:
“If this isn’t the end for the Republican Party, it’ll be a shame. They dominated American political life for 50 years and were never anything but monsters. They bred in their voters the incredible attitude that Republicans were the only people within our borders who raised children, loved their country, died in battle or paid taxes. They even sullied the word ‘American’ by insisting they were the only real ones. They preferred Lubbock to Paris, and their idea of an intellectual was Newt Gingrich. Their leaders, from Ralph Reed to Bill Frist to Tom DeLay to Rick Santorum to Romney and Ryan, were an interminable assembly line of shrieking, witch-hunting celibates, all with the same haircut – the kind of people who thought Iran-Contra was nothing, but would grind the affairs of state to a halt over a blow job or Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube.”...
“A century ago, the small-town American was Gary Cooper: tough, silent, upright and confident. The modern Republican Party changed that person into a haranguing neurotic who couldn’t make it through a dinner without quizzing you about your politics. They destroyed the American character. No hell is hot enough for them. And when Trump came along, they rolled over like the weaklings they’ve always been, bowing more or less instantly to his parodic show of strength.”
Trump is just the guy holding the match. It is not like he built the modern republican party. Its not his fault that the party is a 5 alarm fire just waiting to go up in flames.

Shit happens after all. Its a fact of life. Everyone know this is true.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY -Thomas Sowell blames RINO scum for Trump

Poor Deranged Bastard:
We must frankly face the fact that the front runners in both political parties represent a new low, at a time of domestic polarization and unprecedented nuclear dangers internationally. This year's general election will offer a choice between a thoroughly corrupt liar and an utterly irresponsible egomaniac.
The Republican establishment, whose serial betrayals of their supporters created the setting for a Donald Trump to arise, must now decide how best to deal with the apparent inevitability of his candidacy. ...
Seeing the freedom for which generations of Americans have fought and died eroded away by judicial sophistry in the coming years is certainly a grim prospect.
But
nuclear annihilation is one of the few prospects that are even worse -- and a man with a runaway egomania may not have the finesse or the depth to steer through troubled international waters that include a nuclear Iran and a nuclear North Korea.
Extremism begets Extremism. Loosing control of the Supreme Court after 40 plus years of domination is not almost as bad nuclear annihilation.  Sigh.

When your readers vote for Trump due in part to the crazy shit you write (see above), look in the mirror for a culprit.  Sure blaming the RINOs has its place, but there is a verse in the bible about throwing stones while living in a glass house. Its goes something like that - the point is that you should not do it. Instead you should attend to your own sin first.

If you were one of those guys who pumped out "bat shit crazy" rhetoric urging the mob to roll out the guillotine, you don't get to whine about collateral damage. The mob is attending the business that you urged it to address.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NATURAL LAWS of the WINGNET - Law of the "Bright Shiny Object"

One of the universal "Laws" affecting how the internets operates is the Law of the Bright Shiny Object.

On the wingnet and within the conservagentsia, the Bright Shiny Object can take many forms. In its core essence, the Bright Shiny Object is that thing, person or event that will, for once and all, cause the masses to peacefully cast aside the current social contract for a new more perfect (i.e., Utopian) set of social norms preferred by hardcore right wingers.  The masses, when the circumstances are appropriate, will do just that.

Larison explains the Right Wing Utopian's Dilemma
The desire of some movement conservatives to recruit Sasse for their pointless, doomed effort might seem strange until you remember that these people excel at identifying future political talent in the GOP and then going out of their way to destroy it by seeking to promote it too quickly. The moment they see a promising first-term senator or second-term governor, they start talking about him as the party’s deliverer, but no politician is ever able to live up to the hype. If Sasse were foolish enough to listen to the people trying to get him to run, he would be humiliated and then the same people that urged him on would cast him aside and look for the next new talent to waste.
If you think highly of Sasse, it makes no sense to encourage him to make himself politically radioactive to the vast majority of Republicans, but it is perfectly in line with the mentality that has touted and ruined one Republican “rising star” after another. Given time, Sasse might eventually become a credible national figure with a shot at higher office someday. His increasingly silly #NeverTrump fans want him to throw all of that away right now to satisfy their need to make a point.
The next "Reagan" is an example of the "Bright Shiny Object." Under current movement conservative ideology, "conservatism" never fails.  In practice, conservative policies may appear to "fail." However, when such is the case, it is people, fallible human beings, who fail conservatism. It is not conservatism failing the people.

The "Next Reagan" will be that individual who can effectively communicate the "good news" of how tax cuts for those at the top of the economic scale and deregulation of dangerous and greedy industries better of the lives of people that actually work for a living.  This next Reagan will be a man among the people -  someone who has acquired the smell of the sheep from having walked among the flock.

S/he'll animate conservatism as the next Bright Shiny Object who delivers the "Gospel" and leads the people to the promised land of low marginal tax rates, a state that could be drowned in a bathtub but yet ironically would still be strong enough to mandate government sanctioned prayer. Or whatever.

But reality intervenes as it always seems to do for Utopians throughout the ages. The hopes and dreams of the true believer will be dashed until the next time a New Reagan appears on the horizon.

Where once The National Review proclaimed that Starbursts of conservative brilliance shone from the smiling eyes of Sarah Palin casting The Way toward an enlightened future, today most know her as a blundering fool - who is in no way fit to manage a Walmart in Wasilla much less be the leader of the conservative movement in America.

The process of discovery and disappointment repeats with each Bright Shiny Object.  As I said it is a Natural Law. But the Bright Shiny Object does not have to be a person. It can be a "Symbol" of the modern state such as Obamacare.

Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe explains how allowing working class Americans and the self employed to purchase health insurance on the same Tax Preferred Basis as folks working for larger corporations could usher in a right wing revolution:
So sit back, my friends; put your feet up; and pour yourself a tumbler of Scotch. Things are about to come unraveled as the prevarications of the Great Prevaricator catch up with the man and consume him as well as his allies. The counter-revolution that the Democrats successfully dodged in 2012 may still happen. 
Obamacare may be remembered as a turning point in American history. It may be remembered as the time when Americans woke up, saw to the heart of the administrative entitlement state, and began the process of dismantling it and restoring limited government.
Wingers, like raccoons, cannot escape the lure of bright shiny objects. Starbursts, Scary Obamacare, Benghazi, anything that reinforces a previously held belief. It does not matter.

And so it goes.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

REAPING THE WHIRLWIND - Erick Erickson edition

In the history of American Politics has there ever been a bigger LOSER and/or CLOWN than Erick Erickson?

Who knows for sure. Some might think not while others may disagree. I remain undecided but acknowledge that reasonable people could disagree on the issue. Whatever the conclusion, it is beyond doubt that the guy is seriously one F'd up dude.

While these days the Former RedState Blog honcho writes anti-Trump screeds directed at his former readers, Erickson was once a band leader urging folks down the very same road that leads to a Donald Trump. Which, by the way, is an irony that has seemed to escape the poor bastard. Your peeps take your lead down the path to radicalization and ruin at your urging. And it is all all so shocking.

But whatever.

Anyway here's a blast from the past with Erickson playing around with what would become Marco Rubio's "Let us dispel Myth" line:
For the longest time I have chosen to chalk our President’s stumbles, bumbles, and disasters up to incompetence. He is in over his head. He is inexperienced. He is out of his league. It is hard to accept otherwise.
But it is clearer and clearer that is not true. It is clear that President Obama’s disastrous policies are premised not in incompetence, but in maliciousness. Our President — and he is our President — is not a stumbler and a bumbler, but a Nero who when not persecuting Christians, plays golf while the world burns.
President Obama has surrounded himself with a group of people who comport to his own world view. That world view is very simple to explain: Barack Obama and his advisors belief that in order for the world to be safer, they must make the United States less safe. In order for the world to be stable, the United States must be less stable.
In short, Barack Obama blames America first.
Sweet wingnuttery comes with a price.

BORING RINO - rules out independent Presidential Bid

Yesterday the Lamestream Media reported that Ohio Governor John Kasich has ruled out an independent run at the White House.

Sources around Kasich attributed the decision to lack of interest. "John hasn't burned any shit down since the 1990s," said one unnamed source. "I mean those were good times. Impeachment, shutting down the government, countless oversight hearings, Dan Burton shooting those melons trying to prove Hillary Clinton had some guy whacked. Classic times." He added" but since that time, John's had to move on like that saying in the bible about putting away childish things." Back in the day, we could shit where we lived. That ain't the case anymore."

Explaining why Governor Kasich couldn't get more support from the electorate, the source offered more. "...this hasn't been John's life in a long time. So it turns out that winning over the GOP base  was not really a possibility for us in 2016. They want today's freak-show with the bells and whistles - Not the type of mellow adult vibe that John tries to offer. But man you shoulda seen us back the day. We were freakin' Giants, man."

 And so it goes.

Monday, May 16, 2016

DOLCHSTOSS - Layin' groundwork for next conspiracy

Say what you want about Snidely Whiplash but the Senator from Canada sure knows how to run the con old school-style. As in Old School, I mean that "The LIBERAL Media" sat on "damning" Trump stories until he won the GOP nomination. Then "they" took out the knife and stabbed Real America in the back by printing the truth.

Cue the maniacal laugh:
This Cruz-inspired grievance is suspiciously convenient for every faction of the fractured right: It works for anti-Trump conservatives wanting to explain why they failed to stop him; for Republican candidates trying to rationalize their 2016 difficulties; and for Trump supporters who’ll be eager come November to lay his general-election failure at the media’s feet. That means the liberal-media conspiracy will become a central and unquestioned piece of the GOP’s inevitable 2016 revisionism. But everyone on the political right articulating this theory—everyone who knows how campaigns work, at least, and understands their interplay with media—will be consciously perpetuating a myth. And in so doing, they’ll be passing off blame that rightfully belongs to them....
Don't hate the winger. Hate the game. There simply is no need to give 'em Hate when the Truth will do. They'll see the Truth and call it Hell.

So its all good.  The no hate part is good for you. The Hell part is justice and justice is what is good for folks.

Friday, May 13, 2016

CIVIL WAR on the RIGHT - Sarahgeddon comes to Wisconsin

Paul Ryan has a primary opponent:



Sounds plausible to me.

DERANGEMENT SYNDROME: Wingnut Professor just can't quit Obama

Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe is, once again (sigh), back at his nocturnal scribblings - lashing out wildly at Obama, condemning all things decent and railing against the sun, moon and the very existence of the tides. Devoid of rational thought, its the Derangement Syndrome and the attendant delusions, the hard right nut jobber can't quit his obsession with the President of the United States.
Never in the history of the American Republic has there been a President as devoted to self-referential pronouncements and to self-praise. Nor have we ever had a President before who supposed that his knowledge and ability was superior in every particular to that of the experts whom he had hired to advise him. The self-confidence of Barack Obama knows no bounds....we have a President who sees us as pawns in a work of fiction designed to demonstrate his greatness. Most politicians think of themselves as public servants. Most suppose that any glory they will achieve will be a function of the actual service they perform. In Barack Obama’s world, those of us who make up the public are simply extras, and he is the impresario, staging a drama for his own adulation. If he has been careless in a thousand ways, it is because he really does not care at all about our welfare.
I care about Rahe's welfare. I think he is sick and needs help. That Rahe needs professional treatment is demonstrably true.

Otherwise one would think after having leveled every charge he could feverishly dream up about Kenyan Strongman and his Street Thugocracy and having been beaten back resoundingly at every turn - there was no Romney Landslide from the Jersey Shores to the suburbs of Portlandia. Obama is not "George Wallace." Fighting the Ebola outbreak was not Obama's deliberate attempt to KILL Americans, by plague, Bill Cosby is not the only African American who cares about black folks in America, SIGH, etc., that he'd take a moment of retrospection. Possibly, maybe, his judgment is less than keen.

But not Rahe. The poor devil has got the derangement syndrome bad.