Sunday, February 19, 2017

No Moral Equivalence Between Anti-Trump Protestors and Tea Party

The Tea Party cause:  righteous, noble, anger-worthy

The Anti-Trump cause:  phony, immoral, bratty

“Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.”

Samuel Johnson, The Rambler

One of the funniest lines I heard throughout the crazy presidential campaign was Michelle Obama’s wildly laughable claim that “When they go low, we go high.”  This from the wife of the guy who famously called on his supporters to punish their enemies.  Some people suffer from delusions of grandeur.  Democrats suffer from delusions of righteousness.  The latest case in point is the bizarre comparison some are making between the pointless protests of rage that have spoiled the landscape since the election of Donald Trump and the angry protests that emerged in response to the anti-liberty agenda of Barack Obama.  There’s absolutely zero moral equivalence between the two.

We live by a contract in this nation.  It’s called the Constitution.  The contract essentially says, ‘You respect my rights as outlined below and in return I will respect yours, and we won’t need to go to war with each other.’  It’s a truce, when you get right down to it, but sadly human nature dictates that some will never be satisfied with the mutual respect of basic freedoms.  As the Founders predicted would happen, the truce is constantly under siege by those who seek to expand their own “rights” on the backs of others, and little by little they’ve made progress to that end, hence the term “progressivism.”  For the most part the progress has been slow and incremental, as the progressives have been careful to avoid that one giant overstep that will finally cause the other side to give up the truce and push back with violence.  With the election of Barack Obama, however, the tactics changed.  Obama came to town saying, for all intents and purposes, “We’re going to take what we want.”  And what they wanted and got was the taxpayers’ wealth in the form of massive welfare expansion and expanded government.    The Tea Party and its peaceful protests were a righteous response to the assault Obama led on our rights and on the Constitution.  It was, if anything, too tame in my humble opinion; nonetheless it was a cause that was morally rooted just as the American Revolution was moral in its roots.

Fast forward to today and the silly tantrums masquerading as righteous anger by the regressive progressives.  What are these supposedly noble causes driving the leftwingers out of their student centers and coffee houses en masse?  Do they really think there’s something morally righteous about fighting for the right to continue a lawless immigration coup?   “The law for me, but not for thee,” is that it?  We all have a right to an opinion on immigration, and by contract that right is exercised through our representatives in Congress when they write the laws.  Anything else isn’t righteousness it’s thuggery.  That’s Rule #1.

What else are you angry about, dear snowflakes and thumb-suckers?  Some imaginary assault on women and minorities?  Made-up bans on entire religions?  Fairy tales about white supremacy?

Rule #2:  Protests driven by fake news are fake protests.

I have a bit of news for you.  If you only love democracy when you get your way then you don’t love democracy at all.  You’re just a wannabe tyrant with a stupid sign.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

You Might Be Low-Information If……

You don't mind sitting through an entire episode of ‘The View.’
Your man-on-the-street interview with ‘Watter’s World’ made the cut for TV.
This is the first time you’re hearing the term “low-information.”
You were glued to the TV when Nancy Pelosi explained to us what a scapegoat is.
You had to Google “Nancy Pelosi.”
You think “social justice” has something to do with social justice.
The prospect of immigration enforcement shocks you.
You think The Huffington Post is a news website.
You can’t remember what the front of your protest sign says.
You think Donald Trump is evil for banning worldwide travel and the religion of Islam.
You bring a coin to the booth with you when you vote.
You approved of Barack Obama.
You think ‘fake news’ is a new phenomenon.
You’re 34 and plan to retire on Social Security.
You’re parading topless to protest gender inequality.
You think globalization is cool.  Wait….what’s globalization?
You still think winning a Pulitzer Prize is something to brag about.
You can’t name one member of the U.S. Supreme Court.
You aren’t deaf, dumb or blind but still believe the U.S. is the worst country on Earth.
You can’t hear the opinions of others because you’re too busy shouting them down.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Maya Kosoff and Fake Headlines at Vanity Fair

I once picked up an issue of Vanity Fair that someone had left lying around.  I wasn’t impressed.  It was, as is typical for every magazine aimed at a female audience, saturated in leftwing politics.  How bold, eh?  Not a one of them can summon the courage to challenge the stereotypical notion that all women are liberals, and that’s a big disappointment for this lady.

So I had to laugh today when I stumbled upon this headline from Vanity Fair


By Maya Kosoff

Of course, any honest person who’s been following this story understands that Elizabeth Warren lost her speaking privileges because she broke the senate rules about not impugning another senator, but that kind of headline wouldn’t advance the Left’s agenda and journalism exists for the purpose of advancing the Left’s agenda, right?  Silly you if you thought it was about informing the public and letting the public form its own conclusions.  The feeble-minded public must always be nudged in the right direction by those who understand these things so much better than they do.

We can debate about whether or not the senate rule is a good rule or whether it’s been applied fairly.  That’s not the point of this post.  This post is about fake news created by fake headlines, a trick of the Left’s trade that’s been going on since before I was born.  A headline that says Republicans silenced Warren for reading Coretta King’s letter would be akin to a headline declaring that Democrats were up in arms because Donald Trump issued an Executive Order.   One can almost excuse Ms. Kosoff since she was taking her cue from Elizabeth Warren herself who, in typical leftist fashion, tried to make it seem as though Republicans had a problem with Coretta King rather than her; but substance matters.  Ms. Kosoff needs to put on her big-girl panties and see if she can make it as a journalist without resorting to fake news.  In the meantime I thank her and Vanity Fair for providing another perfect example of why liberals should never be trusted to report the news. 


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Understanding the Left’s Love Affair with Islam

They say politics makes strange bedfellows, and boy are they ever right.  Nothing could be stranger – on the surface - than the Left’s sudden and nearly fanatical embrace of those who hail from the Muslim faith.  After spending the better part of the past century belittling organized religion and bombarding our courts with challenges to anything that smacks of religion in a governmental setting, the Left has suddenly discovered a newfound loathing for religious intolerance.    These are the same people who condescendingly sneer about “flying spaghetti monsters” and “bible thumpers,” but Islam and the Koran?  That’s all good with the Left for some reason.  And if you think it’s odd that the purported champions of women’s issues and gay rights are now ferociously defending a religious group that mistreats women and gays, well you would be right.  It is indeed odd. 

They say if something doesn’t make sense then it isn’t true.  Well it doesn’t make sense that the Left has made itself the best friend of the Muslim community on the basis of their love for religious freedom.  If they stood for religious freedom as a principle they’d be taking up the mantel of Christians as well, and yet the opposite is true.  Christians are routinely under attack by the Left.  So now the question is, why would the Left go out of its way to pamper and appease Muslims?

To thoroughly explain the Left requires a bit of time and a good psychiatric dictionary but to keep it pithy I’ll sum it up this way:  Liberalism is a mental disorder that manifests itself as an absence of maturity.  A liberal is an adult child with a child’s constant need to gratify his ego, so much of what liberals do is for the purpose of showing the rest of us how superior they are.  Liberals also crave power and control.  Every odd thing they do can be explained by understanding these simple truths. 

After 9-11 most Americans naturally began to look at Islam and Muslims with a bit more circumspection because that was the reasonable thing to do given the horror that transpired.  Liberals allowed us to grieve for about five minutes before they could no longer resist the prime opportunity they saw to feed their massive egos and to divide us in ways that could be politically useful to them.  After all, Muslims vote, don’t they?  They set out on a devious mission to portray our natural, self-protective instincts as “hate” and “religious bigotry” so that they could smugly show us how much more open-minded and resistant to stereotyping they are (not that the Left never stereotypes, but when they do they have good reasons, you see).  The truth is that there was commendably little backlash against peaceful Muslims following the bloody carnage of 9-11, but rather than applaud our maturity and restraint liberals began incessantly campaigning for “tolerance” as if Muslims were the ones under attack.  Muslims - the latest conquests to be pulled into the Democrat Party’s harem - are now the honorary guests of Democrats at highly visible events such as the State of the Union address, where they are paraded out like orphans at a charity telethon.  The intent is to create a false narrative of pervasive bigotry on the Right and foment a sense of victimhood among Muslims.  Does that game sound familiar?  It should.  Victimhood, after all, is the Left’s specialty, because when you don’t have principles to unify your party, you need victims.  And it’s working, of course. 

Guess which way the Muslim vote is trending?  In the year 2000 80% of the Muslim vote went for George Bush.  By 2008 85% of Muslims reportedly voted for Obama.  Now, Democrats, Wikipedia and liberal journalists will tell you that the mass movement of Muslims to the Democrat Party was a consequence of the rhetoric and military policy of George Bush and the “neo-cons.”  But those of us paying careful attention would question whether it was the campaign against Islamic terrorism that turned the tide or whether it was the Left’s orchestrated scheme to cultivate victim status among Muslims that turned the tide.  And though the hard stats are difficult to pin down, one can find article after article talking about the high levels of welfare and other public assistance within the Muslim community, particularly the thousands of refugees brought in by Barack Obama.  Someone remind me which is the party of welfare, and which is the party that threatens (emptily, alas) to turn off the spigot?  


Like every other special interest group wooed by the Left, Muslims know a useful idiot when they see one.  Once satisfied to assimilate and reasonably blend with American culture, Muslims now boldly establish Islamic enclaves here, secure in the knowledge that any resistance we show will be attacked by the useful idiots with loud shouts of “Islamophobia” or “religious bigotry.”  They know, as conservatives do, that the Left will foolishly sacrifice anything – even its own culture – for fleeting moments of power and the heady feeling that they’re better than everyone else. 

That’s it in a nutshell, folks.  Muslims and the Left make natural allies.  There are now two Muslims in the U.S. House of Representatives:  Keith Ellison, Democrat from Minnesota, and AndrĂ© Carson, Democrat from Indiana.  Both are radical leftists.  Surpise, surprise.  In February of 2012 USA Today reported that the number of U.S. mosques was up 74% since 2000.  In November of 2014, C-SPAN carried video of the Islamic Opening Prayer to Allah in the House of Representatives.  In the meantime we’ve watched as our friends in countries all over Europe grapple with the consequences of letting their Left prove how open-minded they are over there. 

It’s got nothing to do with religious liberty or religious persecution.  It’s got everything to do with expanding the Democrat Party tent.  The question is:  At what cost to the rest of us? 


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

On SCOTUS Pick or Anything Else, There’s No Moral Equivalence between Left and Right

Let’s get one thing straight.  When it comes to the United States government and the sworn duty of our representatives to uphold and protect our Constitution, conservatives and progressives are not created equal.  One side takes its oath to heart.  The other side takes the oath with one hand behind its back, fingers crossed.  Guess which is which?  There are multitudes of ways in which these two forces differ from a moral perspective, but in the interests of time let’s just focus on the role they play in our government.

Despite the Democrats’ long and stable history of trying to undermine the Constitution, the ongoing battles within the auspices of our government are routinely portrayed by the media as though the two sides are equally righteous in their pursuits.  This is a calculated effort on the part of the leftwing media (aka the MSM) to normalize what should never be normalized, i.e. the systematic undoing of the Constitution by unconstitutional means.  When Barack Obama attempted to rule by Executive Order, for instance, the leftwing media covered for him by focusing on the number of Executive Orders, rather than the substance.  I don’t need to give you the list of the many ways in which Barack Obama attempted to go around the Constitution.  You can Google it if you are really that uninformed.  What’s important to know is how little news coverage his plan of destruction provoked.  The Left is apoplectic over the supposedly illegitimate election of Donald Trump, but never for one moment did they question the legitimacy of a president who undermined the Constitution as a normal matter of policy.  Much to my disappointment neither did the Right to any measurable degree.  We’ve all simply come to accept the Left’s quest to undo the Constitution as a routine part of the game, nothing more than fair play.  The seriousness of that concession cannot be overstated.

Fast forward to 2016 and the tragic passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  The ensuing political battle has been completely predictable, with Democrats arguing about “precedence” and “balance of the court” and Republicans, sadly but also predictably, giving these arguments validity by virtue of responding in kind rather than insisting that they will fulfill their duty to confirm a justice who will uphold the Constitution.

Listen to typical leftist Erwin Chemerinsky at the leftwing site, American Prospect, on the Republicans’ refusal to consider Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy: 

“Democrats are right to be furious that the Republicans acted in an unprecedented manner in refusing to hold hearings or a vote on the nomination of Chief Appellate Judge Merrick Garland. This was the 25th time in American history that a vacancy occurred during the last year of a president’s term. In 21 of the 24 prior instances, the Senate confirmed the nominees, and in the other three, the Senate refused to approve. This time, the Senate did nothing at all, and there was nothing that President Barack Obama or Senate Democrats could do about it.”

My dear Erwin, maybe Republicans were acting in an “unprecedented manner” as a response to an unprecedented president whose unprecedented actions forewarned that he could not be trusted with this appointment.  This was, after all, a president who, when he couldn’t get his way with the people’s representatives in congress, threatened to become dictator via pen and phone.  Furthermore, this was the same president who previously saddled this nation with the appointment of two leftist Supreme Court justices who have presumed, as leftists are wont to do, to substitute their own judgment for that of the people’s Constitution.  Republicans should have stood firm against them as well for the same reasons by which they were right to reject Obama’s nominee for Scalia’s seat.

The bottom line is that conservatives want an “originalist,” someone who will uphold the Constitution as drafted by the Founders or as legally amended.  The Left, in contrast, wants a judge who will sit in judgment of the Constitution, deigning to uphold it when he or she approves or to ignore it when they don’t.  Precedence has nothing to do with anything.  “Balance of the court” is nowhere to be found in the Constitution.  The Right is right.  The Left is wrong.  Period.


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Friday, January 27, 2017

By All Means, Let’s Face the Truth Shall We?

Yesterday I heard a news report on the radio informing us that the “Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists” (a “liberal activist group,” according to the report) has moved the hands on its doomsday clock from three minutes till midnight up to two and a half minutes till midnight.  Per CNN, “The group cited US President Donald Trump's "disturbing comments" about the use of nuclear weapons and views on climate change among other factors, including cyberthreats and the rise in nationalism, that have contributed to the darkened forecast.”

In a CBS report on the story, Bill Gertz of the Washington Times wasn’t too impressed:  “In a lot of ways, the Doomsday Clock is being used by the liberal left to try to promote its agenda for nuclear disarmament, for greater efforts to control climate change and other elements.” 

Sounds like par for the course, eh? 

Look, it’s not that I don’t worry about nuclear weapons in the wrong hands, of course I do.  But when a liberal group gets worked up over Trump a week into his presidency after they apparently ignored the dangerous Iran deal made by Obama, I take what they say with a large grain of salt.   How do I know that Obama’s deal with Iran was a bad deal?  Because Iran agreed to it.  And because the Obama Administration oversaw it.  That’s how.  I also happen to trust the wise Dr. Charles Krauthammer (“This is a sham from beginning to end. It’s the worst deal since Munich.”) and others who said as much. 

But what really caught my attention from the radio report was a comment by someone with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists which said something about not being able to fix a problem if you won’t face the truth about the problem.  I couldn’t find the exact quote anywhere so I’m paraphrasing from memory.  It struck home because I wholeheartedly agree.  In fact I’d been in the process of writing a post on the same premise, so it’s kind of nice that I can agree with a liberal on something for a change.

You can’t fix a problem if you won’t face the truth.

I wonder if the liberals who think the Right won’t face the truth on climate change have the same concern about an issue like, say, rampant violence in the black community, where the truth leads straight to the doorstep of failed liberal social/welfare policy? 

How about the truth with respect to high incarceration rates for black males?  Yes, systemic racism plays a small part; but the truth is that black males commit crimes at a far higher rate than other groups and our prison populations reflect this reality, as it should.  Why do black males commit more crimes?  Once again you need to follow the crumbs to the doorstep of failed liberal social policy, i.e. generational welfare.

Or what about some truth on Obamacare, like a comprehensive look at why healthcare costs in the U.S. are so unnecessarily high, and the truth that Obamacare did nothing to address these factors?  Instead, all Obamacare does is redistribute these high costs.  Another truth is that emergency rooms are overrun with the uninsured because we’ve made laws that prevent hospitals from turning people away even when their condition is not an emergency.  And what about this truth:  If you want/need healthcare, you should pay for it if you are able-bodied.  Strive to acquire the experience, skills and/or education that will get you into a job with a healthcare benefit included.  How’s that for truth?  Then you won’t need laws that provide healthcare for you at someone else’s expense.

How about some truth about illegal immigration, starting with the fact that being “undocumented” means you are here illegally, and insisting on politically correct terms is just the Left’s way of ignoring that truth.  While we’re at it, let’s be truthful when it comes to the so-called dreamers, shall we?  The truth is that it was the actions of the dreamers’ parents – not mean old Republicans – that led to their predicament.  Where is the accountability for them?  If I break into someone else’s house in search of “a better life,” that doesn’t excuse my crime.

Maybe the truth would shed some light on the Left’s myth that women are so poorly treated in this nation when it comes to equal pay.  But of course, the truth would mean there’s no reason for women to be hostile to Republicans, therefore the truth must not be faced.

If only there were enough time to look at all the truths that would help solve the problems of this nation.

Getting back to the truth about climate change, I assume there’s a corollary that says if you lie about a problem, that this also makes it impossible to find the solution, right? 




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Monday, January 23, 2017

What Republicans Just Don’t Get About the Left

Once upon a time there was a beautiful girl who had an ugly step-sister.  The step-sister was extremely jealous of the beautiful girl and treated her very badly, accusing her of being selfish, rude and sloppy,  even though the beautiful girl bent over backwards to please the step-sister by sharing everything she owned, by being as polite as anyone could be and by being fastidiously clean.  No matter what she did her step-sister disliked her and continued to treat her badly.

One day the beautiful girl complained to the wise old owl that lived in the tree outside their home.  “Wise owl,” said the girl, “my step-sister hates me because she thinks I’m selfish, rude and sloppy, but as hard as I try not to be these things she hates me still.  What can I do?”

The owl replied, “If someone claims to dislike you for reasons that have no merit, then clearly they are deceiving you about their true motives, and you shouldn’t take them at face value.  What is the real reason that your step-sister hates you?  Think about what makes sense."

The beautiful girl thought for a minute, then quietly said as she looked at the ground, “Well, some have said that she is jealous of me.”

“Bingo.” exclaimed the owl.

“So what can I do?” asked the beautiful girl.

The owl replied, “You can understand that someone who makes up reasons to hate you… someone who hides their real motives, is someone who can never be appeased or trusted.  Stop trying to please her and go on about your life.”

I’ve lost count of the number of times when I’ve heard conservatives theorize that the Left hates us because they believe we harbor terrible bigotries – racism, sexism, homophobia – or because of our supposed disdain for the poor or disregard for the planet.  Like the beautiful girl trying to appease the ugly step-sister, the conservative answer to these charges has often been to bend ourselves into pretzels trying to prove the charges false, as if any amount of proof could ever satisfy the Left.  This age-old game frustrates me to no end and leaves me to wonder how many more trillions of dollars we will allow the Left to siphon away and how much more of our personal liberty we will sacrifice before we engage our brains and see their game for what it really is.

Riddle me this one, Batman:  If racism is really what’s upsetting the Left, why are they so quiet when whites are the targets of racism?   Racism is racism, isn’t it?  Did you see the angry protests and rioting after the recent torture of a disabled white man by four black thugs?  Me neither.   Racism against whites is not only ignored, it is increasingly encouraged.  By the way, did you remember to check your white privilege at the door?

They supposedly detest our sexism, yet they defend and even revere Islam which views women as barely human.  Hellooo???  They take no issue with that certain genre of music that routinely calls women “hos” and “bitches.”  They supposedly revile Donald Trump for his sexist treatment of women, but Bill Clinton is just swell and dandy (Bill’s accusers, though?  The Left hates them).

They hate us because we’re “deniers,” yet never once do they complain when their leftwing idols – the Obamas, the Clintons, the Kerry’s….and all the limousine liberals they love in Hollywood – grow their massive carbon footprints with their lavish lifestyles.

Hmmm.  Are you scratching your head yet?  The serial hypocrisies and selective outrage always give proof to the Left’s lies.  Always.  My dear Republicans, tis better to educate the world on this truth than to perpetually waste our time on the futile exercise of trying to disprove the Left’s lies about us.

They don’t hate us because we’re racists, sexists, homophobes or deniers, even if they happen to believe that’s all true.  They hate us because by standing up for the Constitution, by defending our liberty and our rights, we are standing in the way of what the Left wants.  And what the Left wants is total control.  When the leftists say “Jump!” and you say, “How high?” then – and only then – will the Left finally be satisfied.

Let’s never satisfy them, and let’s stop playing along with their game.


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