Chet| 5.18.09 @ 10:44AM One more time: Conservatives tend to be in positions of moderate authority in society. That means that those of us who have hire/fire capabilities should MAKE SURE that any layoffs which occur, are layoffs of those who HELPED bring about the insertion of this inexperienced punk into the highest office of the land. They voted to essentially: 1) raise taxes on responsible achievers (YOU) 2) give themselves raises ( as lower-wage earners) 3) spread YOUR earnings around 4) limit your decision-making ( as managers ) 5) give voting privileges to illegals ( it's coming..) 6) require you to pay for abortions domestically 7) require you to pay for abortions abroad 8) limit your gun ownership & usage 9) subject you to bogus climate-change BS If someone has to be cut from the payroll, MAKE SURE it's one of THEM.... Yes, we are officially split into TWO CAMPS: Those that achieve & earn... Those that take from those who achieve & earnOh, do be sure it's one of THEM. Please. They're easy to spot, too, if y'know what we mean.
Monday, May 18, 2009
There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals. The strongest man on the block will run the neighborhood. We have government to insure that we don’t each one of us have to carry a club to defend ourselves.Just trying to make sense of that string of cliches is tough, but placing them in any context of "libertarianism," as was attempted in the comments of a Washington Independent item from David Weigel on Paultards vs. Non-Paultards in one of the Carolinas (the one that everyone who can leaves for the other one where the Kraut car-makers still offer the occasional non-union job) would send any sensible human mad. We were under the (perhaps mistaken) impression that the strongest man on the block running the neighborhood was the central idea of libertarianism, or as those awful sub-human mutations, the kids today, like to say: It's a feature, not a bug.
[T]there can be no lasting liberty without virtue, public and private."Liberty" & "virtue." Where is there "private" virtue in the Republican assemblage of perverts & deviants? Are religious war & attempted denials of "liberty" "public" virtues? Did any one see any "public virtue" in the "liberty" granted Wall Street con artists these last few yrs.?
These are not just conservative ideas but American ideas that have their roots in the Founding of the Republic and are endorsed by a majority of the American people. Every poll continues to report that a near majority of Americans call themselves conservative while about one-fourth of Americans call themselves liberal—that gives conservatives a 2-1 advantage.American self-identification as "conservative" (2-1 over the debased verbal currency "liberal," yet!) as anyone who's observed these types knows, is central to the typist's point that indoctrination by teachers' unions, the vast leftist academic conspiracy & the corporate, statist media is all that allowed a terrorist-sympathizing whitey-hater into the White House. (And has turned our children* into socialist Obama-worshiping campfire-singers.)
Next, a political movement must have a broad-based, broad-minded national constituency. Yes, conservatives are independent, individualistic. They like to argue about ideas and institutions with friends as well as adversaries. But they come together and stay together when the times require it and under the right leadershipWell qualified there, Lee. Thanks for wasting our time.
a remarkable group of philosophers, popularizers, politicians, and philanthropists.Last & far from least: Philanthropists. Ideas? Principles? Don't mean a thing w/o that kah-ching!
But the philosophers would not have been able to write their books and the popularizers would not have been able to publish their magazines and the politicians would not have been able to run their campaigns without the support of conservative philanthropists—men of means and vision—such as Sun Oil Company’s J. Howard Pew, who gave ISI its first $1,000; Colorado beer baron Joseph Coors, whose $250,000 investment enabled the Heritage Foundation to open its doors; and California oilman Henry Salvatori, who put up much of the money for Reagan’s historic TV address for presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.
Third, a political movement must have a sound financial base. Thanks to technical proficiency and political success, the number of conservative donors has grown exponentially, from as few thousand in the 1950s to more than eight million today. The fiscal strength of conservative organizations is impressive. The combined annual budgets of the 16 most influential groups—including Heritage, ISI, Young America’s Foundation, and the Media Research Center—total $544 million, in 2008 dollars.Big nut to make there, boys. (How much does a "Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at The Heritage Foundation" get a yr., anyway? No, we don't think you could say that a Distinguished Fellow "earns" anything.) Let's face it, those Randian industrial supermen (well, beer & oil salesmen) of means & vision who make up the donor base, being Randian industrial supermen (at least in their own minds) aren't really psychologically disposed to continue their munificence to what they'll soon come to see as parasitic moochers. Here, an example of the effort these non-producers put into what little they do for their backers: Mr. Conservative Thought can't even rationalize the "paradox" he uncovers here. (Not unless he were to admit that everything he & his little buddies proclaim so loudly & regularly about the media is a contemptible lie.)
Next, a political movement must be media savvy, familiar with and expert in the use of the latest mass communications. Here there is a paradox. Conservatives have displayed mistrust, anger and contempt toward the mass media for decades. Yet, the number one newspaper columnist in America is conservative Cal Thomas. The number one radio talk show host is conservative Rush Limbaugh. The number one cable news network is conservative Fox News.Yet indeed. No attempt to think through that decades-long mistrust, anger & contempt for whatever it is that so enrages them about the monolithic media. Reality & its left-wing bias, we guess. But we see what passes for distinguished thought on the right-wing. The final indication that this optimistic over-view of a flailing, failing & (Literally, you old white jesus freaks. Bye-bye!) dying movement is little more than an inside plea for funds to keep Edwards & his fellow distinguished thinkers from competing w/ illegals selling produce & flowers at freeway on- & off-ramps is at the very end.
The above is a slightly condensed version of a lecture delivered May 14 to a group of the nation’s most prominent conservative leaders in the nation's capital.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
From the "Where Are They Now?" FilesWe'll go them one better & steal the photo so you needn't click for today's schadenfreude. You may click to enlarge, if you like.
A little less than five years ago, Keyes was making a (admittedly desperate) run against Obama to be Illinois's junior senator. Today, Obama is president and Keyes has been relegated to a small crowd pic accompanying a piece that only bothers to mention his name in a photo caption.
Poignant, and yet deeply satisfying.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
What happened next was more interesting, however, as it suggests that a certain degree of disingenuousness (or delusion) is now mandatory for anyone who hopes to remain a "conservative" in good standing. Taylor, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, allowed that he was not a fan of either Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, and questioned, quite reasonably, whether "either of these guys actually convince anyone (elitist or not) outside of the choir? Limbaugh’s popularity numbers suggest not."Alas, no Jonah Goldberg, but plenty of K-Lo, Mark Steyn & also Rich "Starbursts" Lowry, also.
And that's where things seem to stand at the moment. I encourage anyone with the time and interest to follow the links, as there was far too much to quote directly.
What's most discouraging, perhaps, is that the Holder Justice Department is so firmly under the control of leftist ideologues, who care little if at all about either American honor or the safety of American troopsWhereas the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush DoD being under the control of neo-con ideologues whose concern for the safety of American troops lead to the deaths of thousands of those troops, the permanent maiming of thousands of others, the loss of billions upon billions of American dollars, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis & the displacement of millions more Iraqis, in an unnecessary, illegal war of choice, which somehow besmirched* our honor around the globe, well, that's not nearly as important as the release of photographs & a Bizarro World fantasy about honor & "troop safety." Any "troop safety" issues should be taken up w/ the personnel who authorized, ordered & committed the abuse. They're the ones w/o concern for our people or "honor."
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The threat to our country from the Obama administration cannot be underestimated. They are proceeding pell mell to nationalize major industries, to exponentially increase the size, power and intrusiveness of the federal government, to undermine free enterprise and free markets, to raise taxes to a confiscatory level, to strap future generations with enormous unsustainable debt, to debase our currency, to destroy traditional values and embrace a culture of death, and to weaken our national defense and retreat from the war on terror. Unless stopped, we will not recognize our country in a few short years.Quite an agenda. And not to quibble, but isn't the Obama administration (Hey, first time we've typed that, we think.) going to take the bitter clingers' guns away, besides all the other Obamanations it will be perpetuating? (Despite the lack of any statements even implying gun confiscation?) How could they forget that? It's as if they were scared to agitate the most immediately dangerous group, the tar paper-shack brigade w/ 50,000 rounds of Soviet-era ammo buried in rusting oil drums next to the $1,000.00 in Krugerrands down by the big tree over where the bears shit. (Maybe "culture of death" means letting them keep their heat & just wipe each other out in purity purges.)
The special RNC meeting has now been scheduled for May 20th, in conjunction with the previously scheduled RNC State Chairman’s meeting in Washington, D.C.
First: the resolution will pass. “I don’t know of any opposition to it,” said Bopp. Second: the media is largely missing the point of the resolution and has mistook it for an official RNC policy change or a whack at Chairman Michael Steele. “We’re not asking Steele to say or do anything,” said Bopp. “It is an effort to accurately describe and thereby educate the American people on what agenda of the Democratic Party is. We have two jobs, historically, in the RNC, in order to be successful in elections. One is to accurately describe what Democrats are doing as they try to hide their agenda. And the other is for us to be true to our conservative principles. That’s what we’re doing with this resolution.”Another conservative principle is belief in magic spells. Ronald Reagan, after all, brought down the Soviet Union merely by naming it "The Evil Empire." Don't believe us though, read Bopp, Jr.'s e-mail:
Just as President Reagan’s identification of the Soviet Union as the evil empire galvanized opposition to communism, we hope that the accurate depiction of the Democrats as a Socialist Party will galvanize opposition to their march to socialism.We wonder Bopp's RNC Conservative Steering Committee became the Republican National Conservative Caucus linked in our prior item. Still mad because his guy lost, we suppose.
We are committed first to God, then to family, then to country, then to conservatism, and only then to our political party.In that order, and do not forget it! Whatever happened to "Country First?" When was it replaced by "Nepotism Second, Country Third?"
Consequently, although we are proud Republicans, we will not hesitate to hold everyone in account based on not only words, but also deeds, including ourselves, when we fail to adhere to founding principles.Try adhering to grammatical principles first. Did the liberal left-wing academic TAs who tried to teach you Bonehead English scare you away? Some of the resolution:
WHEREAS, the Democratic Party and its leadership have dedicated themselves to a new taxing objective of direct income redistribution which takes additional taxes from one group of people and gives it in direct cash transfers to another group of people who pay no federal income taxes at all; and WHEREAS, the American people are crying out for truth, honesty and integrity in politics; therefore be it RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee recognize the Democratic Party’s clear and obvious purpose in proposing, passing, and implementing socialist programs through federal legislation; and be it further RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee recognize that the Democratic Party is dedicated to restructuring American society along socialist ideals; and be it further RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee call on the Democratic Party to be truthful and honest with the American people by acknowledging that they have evolved from a party of tax and spend to a party of tax and nationalize and, therefore, should agree to rename themselves the Democrat Socialist Party.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
We needed to laugh. Heaven knows, Giuliani must have needed it as much as anyone.We'll bet. Between locating NYC's Emergency Operations Center at Ground Zero, & not funding proper communications equipment for the police & firefighters (There's blood on your hands, Rudy, & it won't wash off!) he probably did need a laugh. The trivial aside, K-Lo starts toward denial.
We are at war. We are in a war not of our choosing. And the responsibility to protect and defend America weighed heavily on our elected leaders each day.Pardon us, Ms. Lopez, that little war in Iraq is completely & absolutely of our (if "our" means Dick Cheney's) choosing.
It was unpresidential when Bush did that (remember looking for weapons of mass destruction at the Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner?)Mocking your own justification for a war that resulted in the murders of hundreds of thousands is exactly the same as saying your children are "grounded" for taking Air Force One on a joyride.
Somehow Dick Cheney, who continues to stand athwart unseriousness yelling “Stop,” is the enemy. Somehow Rush Limbaugh, conservative stalwart, the embodiment of capitalist success, a man who has struggled with adversity with an inspiring humility, is someone we’re to disdain so much as to laugh at the prospect of his kidneys’ failing.The TNR writer noted "inspiring humility," as we did on first reading it. That is funny. Funny because it's not true.
Somehow we are supposed to be pining for one of the nastiest men on television to do something that everyone laughing at the joke presumably considers torture to Sean Hannity, who, agree with him or not, is the happiest of warriors compared with Keith Olbermann.That is incomprehensible. More so in context, as the last two blockquotes compose one paragraph in Lopez World. Who's "one of the nastiest men on television?" It can't be Limbaugh, his tee vee show didn't last too long. She may mean Olbermann, who suddenly appears from nowhere at the end of the paragraph. And Hannity being "the happiest of warriors" compared to K. O.? In other words, everything Hannity says is bullshit, & he knows it. He's "happy" because he has a big scam going. Not a "warrior" of any kind. If Olbermann isn't a "happy warrior," it may be because he's not running a Hannity-style scam, but is actually concerned about the America that Ms. Lopez imagines to be better than dirty, un-happy hippies.
But that dinner Saturday night —in the jokes the president of the United States of America was willing to make and to laugh at — was beneath America.Yeah, sure. Run the residents off, grab people from another continent to be chattel slaves, & so on. Didn't stop us for 30 seconds. Nothing is beneath this shithole of ignoramuses & hypocrites. Nothing.