Squaring the Culture




"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

04/27/2010 (10:41 am)

Dems Flout Godwin's Law and a Few Other Things

Does anybody here recall the ungodly flap that was made by Democrats over alleged Tea Party comparisons between Barack Obama and Adolph Hitler? How for weeks, Tea Party activists had to defend themselves against charges of overheated, over-the-top rhetoric that endangered the public by inciting potentially violent activists? How Tea Partiers were responsible for (gasp) Tim McVeigh (who bombed the Murrah Building more than a dozen years before the first Tea Party?)

Roll forward about 2 weeks now — yes, their complaint is that fresh, although it started ‘way back in the summer of ’09 and probably earlier — and listen to US Representative Jared Polis (D, CO) regarding Arizona’s attempt to enforce US border policy:

A Colorado Democrat says Arizona is on its way to becoming a “police state” and its new immigration law is “reminiscent” of Nazi Germany.

“It is absolutely reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II when they had to have their papers with them at all times and were subject to routine inspections at the suspicion of being Jewish,” Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo), who is Jewish, told POLITICO…

“I think it’s a very fair comparison and I hope that we’re not headed on the same trajectory that Nazi Germany was,” Polis said. “But this was a very recent experience for Jewish Americans and Jews worldwide and it’s something that when we see similarities we start ringing alarm bells.”

This may be just a minor flouting of Godwin’s law, but it signals a much deeper rejection of Natural Law, the laws of decency that God lays on all humankind.

I sincerely hope nobody here needs an explanation regarding how checking papers to determine whether a worker is in the United States legally is dissimilar from checking papers to determine whether a person is a registered member of a deprecated minority. Immigration policy is enforced by every nation on the planet except ours; if enforcing it puts a nation “on the same trajectory that Nazi Germany was [sic],” then the entire world is on that trajectory. American citizenship is not a universal right, it’s a privilege appropriate for those who obey the laws that govern it. The national government refuses to enforce a perfectly reasonable law; Arizona is stepping up and doing it for them. Good on ‘em, say most of us.

Official_Photo_Congressman_Jared_Polis_3-9-2009What we should notice here is who’s calling “Nazi.” Polis is 1) a US Representative, and 2) Jewish. That makes this far from the random fringe-moonbat holocaust reference; this is a deliberate move by the Democratic party to float a new sound bite and see how it plays in public. It has the key element of the Democratic party tactical maneuver: identity politics. Polis is a member of a class whose invocation of Nazi Germany is supposed to be irrefutable. It would be insensitive to call him a flaming, mindless idiot for the comparison. Of course he has every right to be afraid. And he’s anonymous but highly placed; he has a ready platform from which to speak, but few know him personally, so he can recede into obscurity if the sound bite doesn’t work, his career uninterrupted and his reputation unsullied.

And of course, Politico has every reason to be calling up Rep. Polis out of the blue and asking his opinion of Arizona’s law, right?

We now have sound evidence that they don’t really believe there’s anything morally wrong with making Hitler comparisons. They were just engaging in yet another Alinsky tactic — make the adversary live up to their morals, while you, yourself, have none.

That’s the key, right there. They have no morals; they are above them. They will literally do anything they can get away with, moral or immoral, legal or illegal, to secure their power to control. They believe that their vision for the world is so irrefutable, so obviously superior, that no tactic is too vicious or too low if it will result in the ultimate good — the good of their own control of everybody’s lives, to make of us all the slaves that build their Utopia, like the Israelites built Pithom and Rameses for Pharaoh. Human rules do not apply to them. They are gods.

Somebody made a comment in another thread on this blog playing the leftist meme on Tea Parties (I originally mistyped it as “Parities,” an apt mistype,) observing that while both sides of the American political divide have their violent elements, the incendiary talk on the left comes only from the farthest fringes, while the incendiary talk from the right comes from the mainstream. This is precisely backwards from reality: the dangerous people on the right are a few, literally insane people, and the comparable talk on the left comes from core strategists of the Democratic party. This is not the first Nazi comparison we’ve heard from a Democratic Congressman.

The left’s complaint about Tea Parties is a result of the fact that the Democrats are deliberately and systematically trampling core liberties. Tea partiers are the best of America: law-abiding, civil, and productive citizens who have to use up vacation days from stable jobs to engage in protests, who actually take the Declaration of Independence seriously. Leftists should hardly be surprised that an enormous cadre from middle America are rising up and showing their support for core American liberties, and yet, surprised, they are.

They were living in a fantasy world (and I’ve said so many times before.) Having taken control of the White House and Congress on what amounted to a Vote of No Confidence against the Republican party, in barely more than a year they flouted campaign financing rules, nationalized or began micromanaging half a dozen industries, ran up more than a trillion dollars in new, annual deficits, advocated laws violating the consciences of doctors and spending tax monies on abortions, started redistributing income in a manner reminiscent of communist countries, demonized ordinary American citizens over several issues, engaged in open corruption, apologized for American exceptionalism around the world, dismissed our allies, coddled our enemies, and recently told the majority of the American people “Oh, shut up already” while gulping 1/7 of the economy and turning health care into a government-dominated, bureaucratic nightmare. Now good people are starting to object en masse, and the Democrats are saying “What? What did we do?” as though they didn’t know they were deliberately snuffing out the American system of government and replacing it with something more similar to Stalinism.

I actually think they don’t know. They’re that completely out of touch with reality. They’re that completely out of touch with themselves. They really think they should be regarded as heroes, and not as the overweening tyrants they are at heart.

Jared Polis is a front man on an experimental sound bite. If nobody swallows it (they won’t) he’ll disappear. But make no mistake: the act he’s engaging in represents the very core of the Democratic party, and their ongoing war against civility and honesty in American politics. Real communication is not possible with such people. They are the rot at the heart of the American tree of liberty. It makes no sense to continue to cooperate in a political venture with such people. Liberty requires partition.

04/09/2010 (4:52 pm)

…and Why The Republican Party Will Be Replaced By the Tea Party

Moving on from yesterday’s excursion into the frank and deliberate dishonesty of the media in support of the Democratic party’s habitual character assassination, today we get to see why the Republican party continues to shrink.

W. James Antle III at the American Spectator censured Sen. John Cornyn (R, TX), the leader of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, for backing down from “Repeal and Replace” with respect to the Democrats’ shove-it-down-our-throats crap sandwich called, misleadingly, “health care reform.” Granted, his basis for doing this was yet another dishonestly-written AP article, this one by Charles Babington and Philip Elliott, attempting to cow Republicans into going along with their fellows who are backing down from “Repeal and Replace” on the advice of — wait for it — Democratic party strategists.

Still, it appears that Cornyn has backed off his staunch repeal platform, opting instead for one that focuses on the immediate economic impact of the bill to which several corporations have attested. This may be a tactical shift rather than a strategic retreat. As the AP article finally notes starting in paragraph 20:

Republican strategist Kevin Madden said the repeal message is “a call to action” that excites many conservative voters, who will be important in November. But the risk of talking only about repeal, he said, “is you only define your position by what you’re against.”

Madden said GOP candidates should advocate “repeal and reform,” which will let them discuss alternative ways to control health care expenses, quality and access. Because an actual repeal is unlikely, he said, candidates should not get bogged down in the mechanics of how it might work, and focus instead on issues such as costs.

“The legislative track is largely finished,” Madden said.

The point about stating an alternative strategy — the “reform” part of “repeal and reform” — is well taken, but let’s hope that’s all he means. Even if there are portions of the bill that make sense, the Republican party needs to repeal the entire bill, then go back and pass the parts they want as individual measures. They don’t know all that the Democratic party intends with this Everest of paper with its Machiavellian flood of subterfuge, and I doubt their ability to figure it all out.

In particular, the Democrats are attempting to talk Republicans into claiming that they’ll keep the measure that forbids insurance companies from refusing customers with pre-existing conditions; if that measure remains in force, health insurance is dead as an industry, as the right to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions constitutes the very heart of insurance underwriting.

This seems to be the Democratic party strategy: make the Republican candidate commit to repealing the bill, which they believe will eventually be more popular than it is now.

Menendez said Democrats in many states will ask their GOP opponents why they want to restore insurance companies’ ability to deny coverage to people with medical problems and to young adults who otherwise can stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.

Candidates seeking the GOP nominations in many states, Menendez said, “are facing tremendous pressure from the tea party, from the party base” to embrace a position that could hurt them when more independent and moderate voters go to the polls in the general election.

Republicans who listen to this deceptive pap will pay for it. Recall Gingrich’s speech that I posted a few days ago. He observed correctly that the 2006 and 2008 elections were a referendum on Republican governance, and resulted in a profound vote of no confidence. If the Republicans back off from repealing the health care tyranny, that result will be repeated. Conservative voters will not settle for tyranny on the installment plan, nor will they accept Republican candidates who lack the spine to stand up to tyrants. If civil war is going to be avoided, it must be by decisive action to roll back unacceptable measures using traditional means.

The Tea Party as a group is popular with a much larger number of Americans than is the Republican party. The recent revelation of misspending among high-ranking offices in the Republican National Committee was damaging enough, but if the party consents to the new health care regime with only an attempt to adjust a few items, we’ll probably see the Republican party representing fewer than 20% of the voters within the next year or two. While most of us have spent a lifetime believing that a third party was not a real possibility in American politics, we may actually be watching a major shift in party loyalty, such that the Republican party will disappear and be replaced by a party representing the traditional Constitutional view of American politics

03/22/2010 (12:22 pm)

The Campaign, Yes. The Leader, No.

Mitt Romney has penned the correct words.

America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

He calls his accomplishment “historic” — in this he is correct, although not for the reason he intends. Rather, it is an historic usurpation of the legislative process — he unleashed the nuclear option, enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber, bribed reluctant members of his own party, paid-off his union backers, scapegoated insurers, and justified his act with patently fraudulent accounting. What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, “what starts twisted, ends twisted.”

His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today.

Great words. Amen.

RomneyPublicHowever, the campaign needs a leader. Mitt Romney, as governor of Massachusetts, championed a health insurance plan for citizens of Massachusetts that looks remarkably similar to the main elements of the Congressional Democrats’ health care plan. I have heard him say not a single word in criticism of that plan, nor any explanation why it would be good for Massachusetts, but bad for America.

I can attest from my own experience here in Massachusetts that the plan does not solve any significant problem, and causes several. It is nearly impossible for a citizen receiving the forms of insurance for earners of below-average income — that’s 50% of the citizens, keep in mind — to find a doctor. The state, meanwhile, is going bankrupt, and the medical plan is horribly above budget.

So, yes, the campaign starts today, and yes, the campaign needs an aggressive, forward-looking and savvy leader. But Mitt Romney is not it. He’s just an opportunist running for President. We’ve had our fill of opportunists.

Nice try, though, Mitt. Great tactics. Now, please step aside for citizens of conscience.

For the record, I would be thrilled to have Mr. Romney as head of the Office of Management and Budget, or possibly as Treasury Secretary, under a genuinely conservative President. He’s a highly competent financial administrator.

03/19/2010 (10:37 am)

House Votes For Revolution

Reconciliation_Obama_MaksThe House yesterday passed the rule authorizing the vote for the Senate health care bill “fixes” to be deemed final passage of the health care bill, the so-called “Slaughter Rule,” by a margin of 222 – 203. All but 28 Democrats voted in favor of the rule; all voting Republicans voted against. Six Representatives did not vote. Michael Barone has the math and some analysis about what it all means.

We can be sure that no member of the House is so dense as to miss the intent of the rules legislation, so I think it’s actually safe to assert that voting “No” to the “fixes” will constitute voting “No” to the bill. That said, the maneuver guarantees extremes of ill feeling around the nation and especially in the House, and guarantees that whatever measure passes will trigger a flood of Constitutional crises unlike anything we have seen in this nation.

We have already seen the beginning of this flood in the Tea Party movement, in the actions of independent legal organizations, and in the actions of individual states to declare their intent to resist the national law. Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation has already posted its intended lawsuit against any bill passed through the procedural legerdemain the Democrats are attempting. Yesterday Idaho became the first state to sign into law a measure requiring its state attorney general to file a lawsuit against the federal government if the government passes a mandate requiring citizens to purchase health insurance. Idaho ran neck-and-neck with Virginia, which passed a similar measure through its General Assembly yesterday but did not have the bill signed into law by the Governor. Florida’s attorney general has already indicated that he intends to sue, and similar measures are being considered in 37 states besides Idaho.

It is not clear that these lawsuits will succeed, nor that they will fail. It is clear, however, that the citizenry will not quietly accept what it considers to be tyrannical dictate from Congress. If ObamaCare passes, campaigns for Congress in the fall will be filled with candidates running on reversing the health care legislation. Courts will be swamped with litigation attempting to stymie the implementation of many of the legislation’s mandates. Secession movements will rise in several states.

Libertarian cynics speculate that the chaos arising from the Democrats’ headlong effort to “kick through the door” is exactly what President Obama wants in order to impose martial law and take over the government altogether. While I find this far-fetched, I’m pretty sure that such an order to impose martial law would be resisted throughout much of the military, and would initiate the opening phase of a civil war pitting progressives against libertarian/conservatives. This is the cataclysm that timely secession could avoid, but it may be unavoidable if the President really does have takeover intentions. So be it. War is a horror, and I’m sure we all would prefer to avoid it, but as Earnest Hemmingway said, there are worse things than war, and they happen after defeat.

Speculation about cataclysms and conspiracies aside, the most likely scenario at this moment, assuming ObamaCare passes, is that the legislation will get tied up in the courts, Congress will change hands, and the new Congress will vote to rescind the measure. This is where the Democrats’ current accretion of ill will will become important. Democrats will need only 40 votes to stymie rescission measures as the minority, as opposed to needing 60 to pass as the majority, but Republicans will have no compunction against drastic measures to bypass the Senate filibuster in the wake of this spring’s procedural madness. Democrats will scream like stuck pigs, of course — when do they not? — but who will take them seriously this time around? Passing such unpopular legislation using such unsavory means amounts to a declaration of war.

Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Coburn has nailed a resolution to the Capitol door, declaring what is going to happen to those Representatives who think they’ll get cushy federal appointments when they lose their re-election bid over voting “Yes” on ObamaCare, or who want to hide the fact that they sold their votes. It’s good to know that a few of our Congressmen have something resembling a spine left.

We live in interesting times.

03/05/2010 (5:01 pm)

The Cutting and the Crying: Suck It Up

I picked up on two reports today from around the country that highlight citizen complaints in response to government cutbacks, another sign of what we should expect through the coming decade.

In the first, students at universities around the country are protesting the cutting of state funding for education, and apparently doing so in a disruptive fashion, blocking freeways and freeway on-ramps, slugging police officers, pulling fire alarms for no reason, and so forth.

The article reporting this, written by a half-dozen AP reporters, is a prime instance of leftist media bias, in that it carefully masks the political orientation of the protesters. It also avoids producing a hard count of the protesters, although one particular protest at UC Davis apparently produced about 300 people. The writers attempt to make this into a revolt by Everyman:

Students, teachers, parents and school employees rallied and marched Thursday at college campuses, public parks and government buildings in many U.S. cities in what was called the March 4 Day of Action to Defend Public Education.

Of course, this was a nationally-coordinated effort by hard leftists. Check the list of sponsors for the March 4th Strike and Day of Action in defense of public education in California; it reads like an exhaustive list of unions, union organizers, and hard-left action committees. We’re looking here at the classic strategy of neo-Marxists, using growing political instability as a springboard for fomenting revolution.

Imagine how the Tea Parties would have been reported if any of them had produced even a fraction of the deliberate, disruptive action this small protest produced.

The second instance is closer to grass roots. Citizens in Arizona are starting to complain about the state closing down highway rest stops as a cost-cutting measure. It apparently costs the state about $300,000 a year to keep a single rest stop clean and functional. The state closed 13 out of 18 rest stops; this is clearly only one of dozens of measures they’ll be taking to save money, as the Arizona Dept of Transportation is about $100 million in the red.

Frankly, I can appreciate the importance of a stop in the desert as well as the next man, but this highlights the sort of re-adjustment we’re all going to face in the coming years. The simple fact is that we have all gotten used to government activism in any number of public functions, a level of activism that government simply cannot sustain over the long haul. Even in a good economy, government cannot guarantee that your life will be easy, and will go bankrupt if it tries.

In 1997, my wife was incapacitated for about 6 months, and I had to take on the role of Mr. Mom. I had four kids aged from 6 to 16, and we had one television. I attempted to arbitrate the use of it so that each got to watch at least one show they really liked, but so they did not watch too much. That attempt failed, and they were all spending too much time in front of the tube; so one day, in a moment of lucid frustration, I unplugged the damned thing from right in front of the four of them, and carried it out to the curb.

The outcome was remarkable. The kids complained bitterly from the lack of TV for about a month. Then, suddenly, they all discovered reading and board games, and the complaints stopped. Suddenly, they were all using their brains during their leisure time. It was one of the best moves I ever made.

I bring it up because it illustrates what is going to happen as government recedes from our lives by necessity, as we start forcing government to live within its means. We’re not going to like losing what we have to lose. We’re going to feel the pain. We’re going to complain. And then, once we’ve gotten it out of our system, truckers will start carrying their own port-a-potties in the backs of their trucks, and we’ll learn to do without rest stops. Parents will start saving for college educations again instead of counting on the state to provide it for free. We’ll all begin doing for ourselves again.

So, expect to see two types of citizen unrest in the coming years: organized, opportunistic attempts to produce revolution, and sincere, well-intentioned griping about losing important services. Regarding the third type, citizens rebelling against an intrusive and overbearing government, let’s hope we don’t have to produce anything more disruptive than those actions we have already produced.

03/03/2010 (2:44 pm)

Gov Christie Models Politics For The Coming Decades

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Speaking, as I was this morning, of politicians with the stones to make the necessary cuts in spending…

Mike Shedlock (with a hat tip to Michelle Malkin) reported on a remarkable speech by New Jersey’s new governor, Chris Christie to the New Jersey League of Municipalities, that illustrates what Real Men® who hold office will have to be doing for the next several decades.

He minces no words:

  • government programs will have to be cut
  • government salaries and benefits will have to be cut to the size and scope of comparable private sector salaries and benefits
  • government-worker unions will have to cede power
  • tax increases are not an option, and
  • politicians will have to behave as though the next election does not matter.

In just five, tense weeks of holding office, he already has actions to match his words; budget officers showed him 378 ways to freeze spending to close a $2.3 billion gap in a $6 billion pool of money in the budget, and he signed 375 of them.

Listen to a few of his words:

What’s happening now, what you’re hearing is people are setting up a false choice, the same false choice that’s been set up in this building for decades, where they make you believe you can have everything you want to have. “Don’t worry, someone else will pay for it. We’ll tax business, or somebody else, to be able to pay for everything that you want. Don’t worry, you won’t have to do it.”

I heard someone in the legislature say two days ago that they wanted no fare hike in New Jersey Transit, no cuts in service, and no cuts in subsidy. And I was thinking to myself, man I should have made this guy treasurer. [Laughter] Because if you can pull that one off, you’re obviously magic.

This is the type of awful political rhetoric that people sent me to this city to stop.

I would love to be able to do that, but I can’t. I would love to tell you that municipal aid will stay level, but it’s not. And it’s not because we don’t have the money. So you need to prepare. You need to prepare for what’s coming down the line because we have no choice but to do these things.

… the political class is lagging behind the public on this. The public is ready to hear that tough choices have to be made. They’re not going to like it. Let me not confuse the two. They’re not going to like it, they’re not going to be happy, but they are ready to hear the truth.

In fact, they find it refreshing to hear the truth, and the pablum that gets spewed sometimes about “Don’t worry, I can spare you from the pain,” they’re tired of hearing that, because they have been hearing that for a decade, as we have borrowed and spent and taxed our way into oblivion.

You all know that these raises that are being given to public employees of all stripes, we cannot afford. You all know the state cannot continue to spend money it does not have. And you all know that the appetite for tax increases among our constituents has come to an end.

And so the path to reform and success is clear. We know what it is. We just have to have the courage to go there. What we are doing is showing people that government can work again for them, not for us. Government has worked for the political class for much too long. We have retreated, all of us at times, to the easy decisions, the painless decisions, that delay for another day the day of reckoning.

There’s no time left. We have no room left to borrow. We have no room left to tax. So we merely have room left now, to do this:

We are all reaching the edge of a cliff. And it reminds me a bit of that part of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where the had a seminal decision to make. So what did they do? They held hands and they jumped off the cliff.

We have to hold hands at every level of government, state county, municipal, school board. We have to hold hands and jump off the cliff.

Go read Mish’s partial transcript, or watch the whole 21-minute speech at New Jersey Network. It’s deeply refreshing.

And then find somebody like that to run for governor in your own home state.

02/25/2010 (10:31 am)

Two Videos We All Need to Watch

I’ll do the easiest one first.

Democrats are contemplating unmaking Senate rules allowing for filibuster, because the Republican minority has been using the filibuster effectively to impede the progressive agenda in Congress. Naked Emperor News produced a superb video reminding leading Democrats of the things they said back in 2005, when they were the minority and the Republican majority was considering a similar rule change. The topic then was Democratic obstruction of Bush judicial nominations. Republicans decided, for whatever reason, not to change the existing Senate rules. Let’s hope the Democrats decide similarly.

The key point is made by, of all people, Sen. Joe Biden, at around the 3:42 mark. “You may own the field right now, but you won’t own it forever.” He then prays that Democrats won’t make the sort of power grab that Republicans were contemplating but did not make. Wonder what he’s praying now?

This next video is a bit more troubling, because it involves sober consideration of civil disobedience, and it does so at a point where the danger of the governmental action is not immediately obvious — the census. An accurate count of citizens is mandated by the Constitution, and is essential for proper apportionment of representatives. However, the 2010 census asks for a flood of personal information for which the government has no Constitutionally-legitimate need. Given the hyper-partisanship of the Obama administration, and given his apparent proclivity for asserting government’s power to control individual decisions, it is crucial that we ask precisely what he intends to do with the information, and that we refuse to comply if we do not like the answer. And by the way, the information is said to include the GPS coordinates of your front door — whether you want them to have it or not.

There exist reasonable-sounding explanations for the census as it is being done in 2010. The questions to which this video refers occur in the American Community Survey, ACS-1, which is not directed to every citizen, but rather to 1 out of 10. The information is the sort that people give out to pollsters and researchers, and sometimes publish on facebook. I can see a reason why the local Fire Department might like to have the GPS fix on my address. The government needs valid statistics for the sake of regulation-making and policy evaluation.

However, all of these facts, which I’ve heard or read in defense of the current census, speak of information given voluntarily to those who have legitimate need of the information. The ACS-1 is information gathered by force of law, with statutory penalties for non-compliance, by an entity that has no legitimate need for it beyond the Constitutionally-mandated head count. If the government needs survey data for regulation-setting purposes, they can commission a survey that does not have the force of law, that can be answered anonymously, and with which citizens can choose whether or not to participate. The census is the wrong place for this sort of data-gathering.

So I’m saying, listen to Jerry Day’s questions, consider them carefully, and take the time to decide in advance whether you’ll cooperate with the ACS if you’re chosen to answer it.

There exists a separate question regarding President Obama’s attempts to bias the census in order to create a perpetual Democratic majority. That’s actually a separate topic. It occurs to me that by refusing to participate in the ACS, we could actually be aiding that effort; what if the Census Bureau decides to discard counts from houses that refuse to participate? Haven’t we self-selected a conservative cadre to be removed from apportionment considerations? I think it would be a violation of Census Bureau procedure to discard counts for that reason, but I would not put it past the progressive-activist volunteers that the government has commissioned to help with the census this year; in fact, I have to imagine that that’s the very reason he partnered with all those activist groups. We need to be on the watch for indications of fraud and mishandling of data with respect to the census.

A tip of the cap to Cal Twitty, a friend and one of my readers, for bringing the Jerry Day vid to my attention.

02/17/2010 (9:57 pm)

Another Little Lesson in Democrat Tactics

From Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government:

Last week, former President Clinton was rushed to the hospital in New York for an emergency heart operation… But, Big Government has learned of at least one other conference call/meeting around this time. A meeting of former Clintonistas and senior Democrat political operatives to coordinate a push-back to the burgeoning tea party movement. Consider it a Democrat party relief effort…

Big Government has learned that Clintonistas are plotting a “push/pull” strategy. They plan to identify 7-8 national figures active in the tea party movement and engage in deep opposition research on them. If possible, they will identify one or two they can perhaps ‘turn’, either with money or threats, to create a mole in the movement. The others will be subjected to a full-on smear campaign. (Has MSNBC already been notified?)

Big Government has also learned that James Carville will head up the effort.

Bribery. Espionage. Character assassination. I really do want those folks leading the nation, yessirr…

When I do research on a political leader, it’s because I want to know what that person genuinely stands for. If I discover that the person is of bad character, I say so, and I use that information to temper my support and warn others. But I never, ever, do research with the intent of finding dirt with which to smear an opponent. Anybody who does, I want no part of. If I discover that anybody in the party to which I belong does that sort of thing, I’ll call for that individual’s removal from all political activity. Digging dirt for the sake of ruining political reputations is vile.

I don’t know, call me old-fashioned, call me naïve… This is disgusting, and I want no part of individuals in either party who engage in this sort of thing. That it’s practiced by the highest levels of the Democratic party reinforces my estimation that the Democratic party stands for evil. I sincerely hope there’s nothing like this at the top of the Republican party, and I’m fairly certain that it’s the ambition of most Tea Party activists to flush this sort of vile behavior out of American politics altogether. Count me with them.

I’ve said it many times: character assassination is the only thing Democrats do well. They’re expert at it. What does that say?

02/16/2010 (4:51 pm)

Root, Blind Hog

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Democrats are scrambling for explanations for the impending electoral disaster in the wake of Evan Bayh’s retirement announcement yesterday, according to Sam Stein at Huffington Post. It’s like watching a blind hog rooting for acorns. And we who understand how toxic the Democratic party policies are, hope they continue to root in similar fashion.

Listen to the “wisdom:”

Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the blog Daily Kos, said that the best way for Democrats to salvage the fate of the party before the 2010 elections is clear: “Deliver on their campaign promises.”

“No one is asking them to go out on a limb and do something they didn’t first run by the American people,” Moulitsas said, in an email to the Huffington Post. “The Dems are where they are because they got elected promising to be a party able to govern, and then spent the last year proving themselves wrong.”

Absolutely. Attempting to ram a health care disaster down the nation’s throats that 65% of Americans believe will make things worse, after declaring a health care crisis in an environment where 85% of Americans express satisfaction with their current health care, is certainly not asking anyone to go out on a limb to do something they didn’t run by the American people first. No, sir. You just keep talking, Markos.

And then there’s Lanny Davis:

On the opposite end of the Democratic Party spectrum, Lanny Davis, a longtime Clinton confidant and purveyor of the politics of compromise, offered a similar diagnosis.

“I know this will work because of what happened to Bill Clinton,” Davis said of the ability of policy accomplishments to turn around a poor narrative. “[President Obama's] failure to pass something showed him to be an ineffectual president. And the absence of effectiveness combined with the cynicism of government because of that absence of effectiveness… is toxic. It is Barack Obama that has to change that dynamic, and do it in a dramatic fashion to show he is an effective president.”

Yes, that’s it, Lanny. America is disappointed that President Obama did not succeed in passing everything that he has proposed. Keep saying that, Lanny. Please.

Kos Kid again:

“Republicans never doubt their agenda, and will use any tool at their disposal to ram it through,” Moulitsas wrote. “Democrats have internalized the criticisms about their agenda… dilly and dally and beg Republicans to join them… instead of following the lead of their opponents.”

Fascinating. I wonder what Markos calls midnight meetings, locking out opposition party members, voting on bills that have not even been read, bribing moderates with pork, threatening lack of re-election support, lying, demonizing, and all the rest. What tool did Democrats not use in their attempt to pass health care legislation, military assault? The irony is so thick you can cut it. But please, Markos, please keep talking this way.

Listen to Tad Devine:

Tad Devine, another longtime Democratic hand was just as blunt, advising lawmakers not to be wary of re-introducing voters to the previous White House’s record.

“We as Democrats seem to think there was some sort of sunset provision on the Bush administration,” Devine said. “That an administration that nearly bankrupted the country… is something that after six months we can’t even talk about any more is absurd. We have to be like Reagan and always remind people of the situation we walked into.”

Oooooh, yeah. Blame Bush. That’ll do the trick. Just keep on telling them that,Tad.

It would be hilariously funny if they were not so completely destructive. It does not even begin to occur to them that somewhere between 60% and 80% of the nation is dead-set opposed to turning more of their lives over to government, and opposed to increasing government spending in any significant way. They’re missing the central point: what they believe is the right thing for America, most Americans reject.

Mr. Kos is right on one item, but he does not know it. When he says “deliver on campaign promises,” if he meant for Obama to actually become what he promised he was during the election season, it might actually work. He posed as a post-partisan moderate; it was a lie. He’s a hard leftist, and has governed as one. The Democrats could salvage some credibility if they dropped their vicious tactics, their vicious rhetoric, their character assassination assaults, their doctored statistics, and actually cooperated in government with opposition party members to produce the sort of economically sensible, limited government most Americans want. But then they’d have to become something they’re not.

02/10/2010 (9:18 am)

Morning Snorts

A handful of culturally relevant shorties from this morning’s browsing.

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From the Wall Street Journal:

As long as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were responsible for keeping Americans safe, Democrats could pander to the U.S. and European left’s anti-antiterror views at little political cost. But now that they are responsible, American voters are able to see what the left really has in mind, and they are saying loud and clear that they prefer the Cheney method.

Yeah, I thought that might happen when the children took over. The Obamanites are gradually learning that what they assaulted as “evil” during the Bush years is actually the moral, well-considered, and correct policy… but they’re so badly caught in their own rhetoric that they can’t publicly do what makes sense.

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From Mary Katherine Ham at the Weekly Standard:

Gibbs … scribbling notes on his palm today, featuring “eggs, milk, bread, hope and change.”

This would have been funny if Sarah Palin hadn’t already made the joke, and better, herself… [N]ow the Left is forced to write about how totally lame Palin’s joke was while simultaneously praising Gibbs’ truly lame copy of it. That’s gonna be some tough blog-writing, but I believe in them.

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From humorless, enviro-fascist writer David Roberts who, incredibly, didn’t get the Audi “Green Police” ad at first:

The ad only makes sense if it’s aimed at people who acknowledge the moral authority of the green police…

“Acknowledge.” Heh. Toldja that’s exactly what they plan to do…

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Sen. Chuckie Schumer (D, some other universe), responding to the report showing that 80% of the roughly 6000 jobs created by US wind turbine orders from TARP funds went to overseas firms:

“This is one of those stories in Washington that when you tell people five miles outside the Beltway, or anywhere else in America, they cannot believe it,” Schumer told ABC News, “It makes people lose faith in government, and it frankly infuriates me.”

Uh… no. This is what people five miles outside the Beltway, and everywhere else in America, were saying all along was going to happen. What we can’t believe is that a senior Senator is so completely freakin’ clueless about economics that he’s surprised.

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