November 12, 2016 2 Comments
Yeah, I was out all day yesterday, and so got caught short. So here’s Bill Whittle on the election.
The view from the Anglosphere
November 9, 2016 8 Comments
Well, we did it, we elected Donald Trump. Maybe it’s a good thing, I think so. But mostly because Hillary and her entitlement is so yesterday. In fact, maybe the day of dynasty in America has passed as well, Jeb didn’t do so well either. Something we’ll have to see about. Greg Gutfeld nailed a good bit of it here.
One of the more interesting things for me was that I ended up watching the election results on the BBC, there too it was a continuous broadcast until I gave up about 1:30 CST. What we do here is important. America is important to the world.
Trump, of course. But strangely with the NY business dealmaker, who is somewhat reminiscent of a used car dealer, small town America won. It’s a potential victory at this point, but it could be a full on counterrevolution. Lots of work ahead, though.
See also: Brexit, and all the so-called right wing parties in Europe, this should give them hope as well. Again, America leads.
Both political parties, maybe. They’ve both become too much of the Acela corridor.
Dynasties, as I said above.
And biggest loser of all: The old media, they threw off their cloak of objectivity, and while most of us said, “So, what’s new about that?” There were, I suspect, a lot of low information people who suddenly had a glass of cold water thrown in their faces.
A new day in America? Well, the sun came up in the east this morning, for the rest, it will be what ‘we, the people’ make of it. Because what really won yesterday, was America. Always new, always revolutionary, but the oldest continuous government in the world. On we go.
October 1, 2016 6 Comments
Ever wonder what’s stalled the economy and killed the American dream?
Clinton’s lie ratchet, yes, yes it is just like this
And it’s the same here, only the subject is different.
And poor little Hillary just isn’t a match for a man, not even Trump.
Hillary Pole dancing, now that’s deplorable!
February 12, 2016 2 Comments
I’ve been reading some of Reagan’s old speeches to confirm something to myself. At the Trump-less debate, Rand Paul finished his closing statement by saying something like, “And I’m the only Republican who’ll balance the budget.”
This provoked a reaction from me, because I thought — would Reagan have just made the promise that he would balance the budget? In a closing statement, in which he could chose his own words as he liked?
Looking back at Reagan’s speeches, I don’t see him just promising some government action. I see him promising a government action and then immediately telling you how this will directly and tangibly benefit you.
This has something to do with Trump’s appeal, he does it crudely, but “we’re gonna get rich” is surely a benefit. But other things we talk about have them too. Reducing regulatory burden? More jobs and/or better pay because business’ aren’t spending mega bucks doing government paperwork, and trying to comply with nonsensical ideas imposed by government lawyers. And so on, ad infinitum.
This ties into what economists call ‘opportunity cost’. Every dollar spent complying with Washington (or Lincoln, for that matter) could have been spent in other ways, buying a car, expanding operations, saving for college, whatever. It’s true for us all, business and labor, rich and poor, whatever. What the government takes, we can’t spend for what we want or need.
So often I hear candidates lapse into Conserva-Speak where they trouble themselves over points of policy, shorthanding years or decades of conservative ideological infighting on the issue.
But they do not end their statement with:
* This will make you freer.
* This will make you safer.
* This will make you richer.
* This will make you happier.
* This will make a better world for your children.
There is a principle called the 80/20 principle. You surely know it: 20% of the work produces 80% of the gains. But the next 80% of the work only produces the last 20% of the gains.
Trump is being taken seriously because he’s not forgetting the most important thing: to tell people
YUP!! Talk like Reagan, it a good part of why he won, twice.
A friend of mine published a so-called rant yesterday. I don’t think it is, really. To my mind, it is simple common sense, from those of us out here on the fruited plain, expressed quite clearly. Here’s part of what Cultural Limits had to say:
Two states into the 2016 presidential primary season, and the Republican “establishment” has yet to finish above third place. Not that two states is all that much in the larger scheme of things (especially when the states in question are Iowa and New Hampshire, important only because they butted in at the front of the line), but out of the gate, the people who supposedly know what they are doing are losing, and losing badly.
Why? Well, as so many of us have observed since 2009 when the electorate decided exercise their first amendment right to peacefully assemble, and over a million of them did so in Washington on September 12 of that year (a day that scared the $#@! out of all political operatives, according to one insider at the time), the American people are…how do we put this…PISSED OFF. No one in Washington seems to be listening to the great unwashed masses that foot the bill for the government and everything else that seems to get stuck in the swamp that is the District of Columbia. At that point over six years ago, the issue was mostly taxes, and the specter of ObamaCare, that has been every bit of the nightmare predicted. Now…now the issues are so numerous that the people of the country fear for survival: the culture, the country, and, well, we the people ourselves.
We out on the fruited plain see an emasculated “establishment” that cannot or will not put our best interests ahead of their own and those of their donors.
[…] These are real, actual results which are the consequences of real, actual resentment stemming from real, actual betrayal.
The establishment may not see it that way, but the people do. And that is what matters this time around. 2016 is the most important election in at least one hundred years in the United States. The “dumbed-down” people are proving that they aren’t as much the blind followers as the “establishment” would like to believe. The people aren’t falling for the narrative. We are making up our own minds. And we want America to be great again.
Now the question is who actually can facilitate that happening….
Yes, and that is what We the (sovereign) People of these United States are going to decide this year, not the establishment (whoever they are). Us!
December 10, 2015 9 Comments
Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) was out in San Bernadino the other day, and he has some things to say.
He’ll get no argument from me on any of that since it’s simple common sense. But since he’s being Nebraska nice, there’s more to it than that. Because the Islamic Jihadis aren’t the only ones who dislike our freedom. Kevin D. Williamson writing at the National Review had this to say.
There are many popular demons in American public life: Barack Obama and his monarchical pretensions, Valerie Jarrett and her two-bit Svengali act, or, if your tastes run in the other direction, the Koch brothers, the NRA, the scheming behind-the-scenes influences of Big Whatever. But take a moment to doff your hat to the long, energetic, and wide-ranging careers of three of our most enduring bad guys: laziness, corruption, and stupidity, which deserve special recognition for their role in the recent debates over gun control, terrorism, and crime. The Democratic party’s dramatic slide into naked authoritarianism — voting in the Senate to repeal the First Amendment, trying to lock up governors for vetoing legislation, and seeking to jail political opponents for holding unpopular views on global warming, etc. — has been both worrisome and dramatic. The Democrats even have a new position on the ancient civil-rights issue of due process, and that position is: “F— you.” The Bill of Rights guarantees Americans (like it or not) the right to keep and bear arms; it also reiterates the legal doctrine of some centuries standing that government may not deprive citizens of their rights without due process. In the case of gun rights, that generally means one of two things: the legal process by which one is convicted of a felony or the legal process by which one is declared mentally incompetent, usually as a prelude to involuntary commitment into a mental facility. The no-fly list and the terrorism watch list contain no such due process. Some bureaucrat somewhere in the executive branch puts a name onto a list, and that’s that. The ACLU has rightly called this “Kafkaesque.” […]
Why do we put all the T. Kennedys on the list instead of the actual sack of it we’re interested in? Because running that information down and systematizing it is hard work. Reviewing that information is a lot of work, too, which is why our friend Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard and Fox News ended up on the terrorist watch list. (Amusingly, he found himself being subjected to heightened scrutiny by a dedicated cable-news viewer who instantly recognized him.) That’s all the stuff of good stories for a Stephen Hayes or a Ted Kennedy, but if you’re a bodega operator in the Bronx without connections and resources, you’re pretty well hosed. […]
The Democrats and their intellectually corrupt apologists at the New York Times and elsewhere are willing to strip Americans of their constitutional rights, to micturate from a great height upon the entire concept of due process, and to treat all of us like criminals — while doing precisely nothing to prevent school shootings, terrorism, or ordinary crime — because they don’t have the guts to tell their political clients in the schools, the mental-health bureaucracies, and the criminal-justice system that eventually they are going to have to do their goddamned jobs in exchange for the hundreds of billions of dollars we lavish upon them.
Do read it all at: Gun-control-debate-government-laziness-stupidity-corruption.
Charles C. W. Cooke adds this, and, boy howdy, do I agree with him.
Traditionally, we have used an old-fashioned tool to sort out who deserves to be punished and who does not: It’s called “the justice system.” If, as the watch list’s proponents insist, there are people among us who are too dangerous to remain at liberty, then those people must be arrested, charged, and tried tout de suite. Until that happens, they must be left the hell alone, lest the pitchforks and smoothbores that subdued the last set of usurpers start to twitch and grow restless in their retirement..
But for plain common sense on the subject, where it matters, let’s go back to Senator Sasse
June 3, 2015 11 Comments
— Lodi Silverado (@LodiSilverado) June 2, 2015
Well, that’s nice, I guess. I’m glad he cleared that up. Personally, I thought respect was defined much as Oxford says,:
And by that standard I think he might have misapprehended the world’s reaction, indeed, he might even be deluded. For me, at least this about sums it up
Or maybe the White House Chef really does have a stash of magic mushrooms.