Bonfire of the Sophisticates (Part 2)

 

(Note: This is the second of a two-part essay, the first part centered on the proposition that the Republican party, through its own self-destructive tendencies, has reduced conservatism itself to little more than an academic exercise.)

The second proposition is as follows:

Donald Trump is less an instrument of political vandalism than of utter and complete exasperation.

There is a certain lunacy that we’ve come to expect from the left. For example, Tricia Bishop, the Baltimore Sun’s deputy editorial page editor, opined recently that she fears licensed gun owners more than she fears gun-wielding criminals:

I’m less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners. I know how to stay out of the line of Baltimore’s illegal gunfire; I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by, ‘the game.’ The closest I typically get to the action is feeling the chest-thumping vibrations of the Foxtrot police helicopter flying overhead in pursuit of someone who might be a few streets over, but might as well be a world away. But I don’t know where the legal gun owners are or how to ensure that their children, no matter how well versed in respecting firearms, won’t one day introduce that weapon to my daughter.

The poor dear, whose heart no doubt bleeds (metaphorically of course) for those poor chaps in the “black neighborhoods,” but whose pointed head would rather consign them to defenselessness in the face of armed criminals to assuage her angst in the relative safety of her middle class enclave, is boringly typical. But as I say, we expect that sort of condescending twaddle from the left. We don’t expect it from our own side.

“The problem with the Tea Party, I think it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, who probably still wonders why it was his presidential campaign that died out instead. Meanwhile, Graham’s sorority sister, John McCain, refers to those few senators who actually tried to make good on their campaign promises as “whacko birds.”

And of course, every Republican big wig, medium wig, and toupee immediately set their rugs on fire when Donald Trump serenely ignited national interest in illegal immigration and the government’s bipartisan refusal to follow the voters’ wishes. Both Trump and his supporters were branded as racists for calling attention to the mayhem that would not have occurred and those whose lives would not have been cut short had the government simply enforced its own damned immigration laws and controlled the nation’s border. That the concerns being raised by Trump were neither fictional nor petty was underscored with the ghastly killing of Kate Steinle by an illegal alien who had been deported five times, returned, and was released from jail to roam about freely.

Fox News examined a patchwork of local, state and federal statistics and concluded that 11.7 million illegal aliens within our borders account for 13.6 percent of those sentenced for serious crimes, with 12 percent of murder convictions, 20 percent of kidnapping convictions, and 16 percent of drug trafficking convictions. While the federal government removed some 315,943 criminal illegal aliens from the US in 2014, they simultaneously released into the general population 30,558 criminal illegal aliens who had amassed a combined 79,059 criminal convictions among them, including 86 homicides, 186 kidnappings, and thousands of sexual assaults. They roam freely.

The nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies has concluded that the majority of what our government euphemistically calls “Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC),” which unfortunately include criminal gang members, have been simply lost by the feds. Of the 84,820 UAC cases filed between October 2013 and August 2015, only 29,307 were completed. Of those, 17,382 UACs were ordered removed from the country — except that 14,014 of those cases were tried in absentia, meaning the minors never showed up for the hearing, and thus remain at large. A total of 313 UACs were permitted to stay in the US, while 11,610 applied for asylum or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and their cases apparently continue. That leaves 55,513 cases still pending, meaning that out of 84,820 UAC cases filed, only 3,360 UACs have actually been removed. But there’s nothing to see here, says the political-industrial complex, move along you knuckle-dragging racists, and stop listening to Donald Trump.

Only this time the people aren’t buying it. They’ve seen European utopianism come crashing down, or rather blown to bits, after Germany admitted 1.1 million asylum-seekers last year. On New Year’s eve, some 500 men, including some newly-arrived asylum seekers and many other immigrants, groped, robbed, and raped hundreds of women, in Cologne and other cities, in what appeared to be a coordinated assault. Vigilante mobs then roved through the streets and attacked men of foreign appearance, leaving at least two in the hospital. Neo-Nazis went on a violent rampage in Leipzig.

A few days ago in Canada, a couple of guys named Mohamed shot up a Calgary nightclub, prompting Mark Steyn to write:

Occam’s Razor would suggest that Mohamed and Mohamed shot up that bar for the same reasons as their fellow Mohameds turned a Paris rock concert into a bloodbath and the German New Year into an auld lang rapefest – because the infidels (rockers, boozers, women) have to be intimidated into accepting the supremacy of Islam.

Americans look at this, and at the shooting in San Bernardino, and conclude that importing tens of thousands of Muslim refugees, a great many of whom appear to be healthy military-aged men, is probably not a good idea. Yet again, right on cue, they are chastised not only by the usual cadre of open borders enthusiasts, but by those ostensibly on the same side of the aisle. Even if a few bad actors slip in, the sophisticates assure us, it won’t be many — a statistical anomaly, really. We are supposed to forget that it took only 19 “bad actors” to slaughter over 3,000 innocents on 9/11, or that a mere two fanatics killed 14 people and wound 22 more in San Bernardino, or that it took only two barbarians to detonate a bomb at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring over 260 others.

Americans are increasingly looking at both major political parties and seeing a gaggle of well-heeled and well-protected elites who think it a demonstration of their own intellectual and moral superiority to play Russian Roulette with the lives, property, and safety of others, and they have simply had enough. They’ve had enough of people staring at them as if they just sprouted a third eyeball when they suggest that those who hold public office really ought to keep their promises. They’ve had enough capitulation, enough inaction, enough excuses, enough of playing loose with their lives, safety and property, and enough mockery. They are angry, yes, — and they are desperate, as if trapped in a runaway car, flipping all the switches and mashing all the pedals in the hope that something, anything, will please, Lord, bring this thing to a stop before it sails over a cliff. To wit, my final proposition:

It isn’t about Trump, Cruz, et al. … it’s about the American people.

Has anyone stopped to notice that when the old guard rants and insults Donald Trump, his poll numbers climb? His followers identify rather closely with him, so that insulting him becomes tantamount to insulting those whose votes a politician might need. It’s been entertaining to watch representatives from the consultant class speak of both Trump and his supporters in terms they would never use on Barack Obama or his devotees, and then wonder why the voters rebel. Republican consultant Rick Wilson, whose Twitter feed suggests that he is trying to replace Bill Maher as the nation’s preeminent vulgarian, went as far as to write a sexual slur against Trump supporter Ann Coulter that would make Bill Clinton blush. “But hey, don’t forget to vote for us in November,” they say. Not very bloody likely, comes the response.

So they rant, they slander, they insult, and they exhibit some of the worst qualities they assign to others, moving more people into the Trump column by the day because — because why, exactly? Because, one gathers, it wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. The conservative candidates were supposed to divide their votes, leaving the last moderate standing as the presumptive heir to a string of moderate losers in November. As lug-headed as voters are are assumed to be, it appears they finally caught on. From which, the GOP has learned positively zilch, zero, zip, nada, nothing.

In the Republican response to the State of Trump speech Monday night, Governor Nikki Haley delivered another sterling lecture to the benighted citizenry:

During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation.

No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.

At the same time, that does not mean we just flat out open our border. We can’t do that. We cannot continue to allow immigrants to come here illegally. And in this age of terrorism, we must not let in refugees whose intentions cannot be determined.

We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.

And what, Governor Haley, if their religion, or at least their subsection of it, requires that they convert or kill us? What if they reject American constitutional law in favor of Sharia? And, as Mark Steyn patiently reminds us:

That’s not actually true. By “centuries,” Mrs. Haley means half-a-century – since the 1965 immigration act. Before then, America, like all nations, reserved the right to pick and choose which non-citizens it wished to admit.

The point in this discussion, however, is that Americans have figured out that it isn’t really Donald Trump, or Ted Cruz, or Ben Carson, or Carly Fiorina who is being lectured. It’s the American people themselves. It’s the ones who get up early each day, who work hard and play by the rules, but are constantly being told that they are insufficiently trusting of a government whose IRS and EPA abuses them; or of a health care system that not only features skyrocketing premiums, but that imposes fines if they can’t afford them; they are called nativists and worse if they are found insufficiently welcoming to people from regions that call for death to America; they are deemed racist if they don’t submit to the false narratives of those who defy the law and attack those who who enforce it; and they are expected to subsidize their own harassment as they watch their incomes dwindle and their country disintegrate while their interests rank somewhere behind that of criminal aliens and domestic wards of the state.

They are lied to by a bipartisan cabal of politicians, and condescended to when they voice their resentment. In the final analysis, it isn’t about Mr. Trump or any of the other outsiders. It’s about the American people themselves, whose ire has been raised and who are very likely to upset a great deal of the established order, for better or worse. Perhaps the sophisticates, with all their erudition, should have seen this coming?


This post was originally published on Jan. 16, 2016.

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  1. The King Prawn Inactive
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    Whiskey Sam: We are not in the rebuild phase yet. We’re just beginning the burn down and piss phase

    The problem I foresee is dying in the fire.

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  2. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    @DaveCarter

    My apologies for posting and then disappearing,…a trait which I loathe. But I have to earn a paycheck and the freight calls.  I’ll respond to the comments as soon as I’m able.  So while they unload 42,000 lbs of giant paper rolls from this beast (the truck, that is, not me), let me get to it….

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  3. Dave Carter Podcaster
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    Franco:

    The King Prawn:To quote an old chief of mine, “don’t come bitching to me about your problem unless you propose a solution as well.”

    Forgetting the inaccuracies, what you’ve said is what we all know and all agree on. There’s still no solution there unless the base yelling to the establishment, “I’ll fix you; I’ll kill me!” is considered a solution. Burn it down and piss on the ashes may be the mood of the electorate (especially conservatives), but it is not a solution to the problems causing them to feel this way.

    Solutions have been proposed for years. Enforce existing laws. Is that so difficult to comprehend?

    Depends on your definition of “me”…

    I think Franco hits this one squarely on the head.  The GOP proposed some pretty solid solutions,…promised their implementation even.  So the first solution is under their nose, which has grown to such lengths from all the lies, that they’ve lost track of them.

    Additionally, another solution of sorts would be to (for the love of all that is holy) stop insulting and belittling the people whose votes you solicit. “Vote for me you hopelessly ignorant nativist, you bomb-thrower, you hayseed Trumpkin Trumpinista Trumpster,” hasn’t shown great success thus far.  The GOP doesn’t want to see its house burned down? Stop throwing gasoline on the fire, first of all,…and then, as Franco says, enforce the law and take seriously your own promises to the people who voted for you.

    Other than that, as I said yesterday, I’m a Cruz guy, but I understand that there is only so much that Washington can and will do to right the ship.  Hence, my support of the Article V Convention of States effort.  Simply cheering for the guys with an “R” next to their names isn’t going to cut it.

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  4. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
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    Franco:Absolutely nails it.

    ….

    Within this river of refugees will swim jihadi sharks. This is unlike any other subset of immigrants in the history of the USA. Sure there are bad apples in any barrel, but this barrel contains apples that explode and can kill thousands, perhaps millions. There comes a time when we must shed our vaunted ideals and look at the reality. We can’t have our wonderful, open, blank-slate society in the face of this threat.

    We reject this imbalance of the protected class making decisions subjecting ordinary citizens to wonton slaughter, rape, frotteurism, and general contempt, while they congratulate themselves for their virtue and magnanimity.

    Agreed 100 percent.  And thanks.

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  5. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    “Legal guns are worse than illegal guns because legal guns kill rich whites while illegal guns only kill poor blacks.”

    I … I can’t even …

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  6. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    @DaveCarter

    genferei:Let me leave links to a couple of interesting papers by Eric Weinstein.

    First, “Migration for the Benefit of All: Towards a New Paradigm for Economic Immigration” [pdf] (which takes seriously the idea that low-skilled immigration leads to a transfer of wealth from workers to employers).

    Then, “How and Why Government, Universities and Industry Create Domestic Labor Shortages of Scientists and High-Tech Workers” (pushing back against the idea that Americans are unable and unwilling to do science and engineering).

    Thanks for the links. When the day settles down, which should be sometime tomorrow, I think, I’ll take some time to read this.

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  7. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    @DaveCarter

    The King Prawn:

    LesserSon of Barsham:

    The King Prawn: “don’t come bitching to me about your problem unless you propose a solution as well.”

    While I agree that there needs to be a solution to this, I’ve never liked the idea that unless you have an alternative, keep your mouth shut. Just because I don’t know how to fix something doesn’t mean I shouldn’t point and say “Hey, I think something is wrong, this doesn’t seem to be working right.”

    We’ve all known this since at least ’08. If we haven’t come up with a better solution than Trump at this point, then maybe the establishment has a point that we shouldn’t be trusted with ideas.

    Cruz is an appropriate response to McCain, McConnell, Graham, et al…Trump is the electoral version of Heathers.

    I agree that Cruz is a very appropriate response.  Notice the reception he gets from the party leadership.  See a trend?

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  8. lesserson Member
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    Misthiocracy:“Legal guns are worse than illegal guns because legal guns kill rich whites while illegal guns only kill poor blacks.”

    I can’t even…

    0ad

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  9. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    @DaveCarter

    Red Fish, Blue Fish:I no longer think Trump is crazy or, for that matter, a disaster. Yes, I said it. In fact, his presence is very healthy for the Republican Party. Finally, someone is speaking a language that one very large otherwise natural constituency of the Republican Party understands.

    Take the China answer. I hear people describe him as saying he does not support a 45% tariff, blah blah blah, and then I do support a 45% tariff. Crazy, right?

    Last night, I finally understood what he was saying and why I am convinced he is being consistent. He is trying to say that he would not impose a tariff, but he would threaten it as the logical counterpart to China’s devaluation, which is in effect a tariff on American goods that he estimates has a roughly 45% impact. He always talks about how we need better negotiators and that we have tremendous leverage. He is not making an argument about a tariff. He is making an argument about how to negotiate better deals. On that point, he is completely correct. He knows he cannot come out ans say I would never put in place a tariff because then he could never negotiate that deal. China would not believe him.

    But many of us (myself included, at first at least), listened to him and analyzed it in terms of the babble we hear from pundits and “experts” all the time. We concluded he was being a demagogue or didn’t understand. But when I asked my high-school educated construction worker brother about it, he explains it to me in seconds. (With great pride I might add).

    It’s amazing.

    Good point. When you announce your limits in advance, it makes about as much sense as Barack Obama announcing the when he will withdraw troops.  And the results are the same. Republicans announce how far they are willing to go in advance of negotiations, and so their bluff is called. Obama announces the rules, parameters and timetable of planned military action, and things go badly.  Besides, as more than one person has commented (when discussing foreign policy), it’s a good thing generally to have the opponent wonder if you just might be crazy enough to do whatever it takes to win.

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  10. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Dave Carter:

    “Vote for me you hopelessly ignorant nativist, you bomb-thrower, you hayseed Trumpkin Trumpinista Trumpster,” hasn’t shown great success thus far.

    Don’t forget “Trumpalo”.

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  11. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    @DaveCarter

    Mike LaRoche:

    Dave Carter:

    “Vote for me you hopelessly ignorant nativist, you bomb-thrower, you hayseed Trumpkin Trumpinista Trumpster,” hasn’t shown great success thus far.

    Don’t forget “Trumpalo”.

    My bad.  Thanks.

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  12. Ontheleftcoast Member
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    Dave Carter:My apologies for posting and then disappearing,…a trait which I loathe. But I have to earn a paycheck and the freight calls. I’ll respond to the comments as soon as I’m able. So while they unload 42,000 lbs of giant paper rolls from this beast (the truck, that is, not me), let me get to it….

    Work is the curse of the blogging classes.

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  13. The King Prawn Inactive
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    @TheKingPrawn

    Dave Carter: you hopelessly ignorant nativist, you bomb-thrower, you hayseed Trumpkin Trumpinista Trumpster

    This is in response to Trump supporters labeling everyone who questions his divine right to enthrone himself in our name as establishment water carrying cuckservatives. As I’ve said elsewhere, rejection of Trump does not equal acceptance of Bush … or the Hildabeast. There’s a lot of space between Trump and Bush, and it’s filled with some pretty decent candidates, each with both strengths and weaknesses. We shouldn’t be forced into choosing between the extremes of squishy moderates and whatever Trump is.

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  14. The King Prawn Inactive
    The King Prawn
    @TheKingPrawn

    Ontheleftcoast:

    Dave Carter:My apologies for posting and then disappearing,…a trait which I loathe. But I have to earn a paycheck and the freight calls. I’ll respond to the comments as soon as I’m able. So while they unload 42,000 lbs of giant paper rolls from this beast (the truck, that is, not me), let me get to it….

    Work is the curse of the blogging classes.

    On the right at least.

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  15. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    @DaveCarter

    The King Prawn:

    Dave Carter: you hopelessly ignorant nativist, you bomb-thrower, you hayseed Trumpkin Trumpinista Trumpster

    This is in response to Trump supporters labeling everyone who questions his divine right to enthrone himself in our name as establishment water carrying cuckservatives. As I’ve said elsewhere, rejection of Trump does not equal acceptance of Bush … or the Hildabeast. There’s a lot of space between Trump and Bush, and it’s filled with some pretty decent candidates, each with both strengths and weaknesses. We shouldn’t be forced into choosing between the extremes of squishy moderates and whatever Trump is.

    Except, as I pointed out yesterday, the scorn heaped on those who now support outsider candidates preceded Trump by quite awhile — at least as far back as when the newly minted majority after the 2010 election began backpedaling on their own promises.  You can’t campaign to the right, govern to the left, and not expect some blowback. Well,…you can, but then you’re likely to get steamrolled at some p0int, which is what we see happening now.

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  16. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    @DaveCarter

    Gotta get back on the highway now. Someone has to pay the tab to resettle refugees who may/may not want to slit our throats. I’ll get back as soon as possible.

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  17. Ontheleftcoast Member
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    Franco: Within this river of refugees will swim jihadi sharks.

    Will swim?

    For more than a decade the U.S. government has known that “Arab extremists” are entering the country through Mexico with the assistance of smuggling network “cells,” according to State Department documents obtained by Judicial Watch that reveal among them was a top Al Qaeda operative wanted by the FBI. Some Mexican smuggling networks actually specialize in providing logistical support for Arab individualsattempting to enter the United States, the government documents say. The top Al Qaeda leader in Mexico was identified in the September 2004 cable from the American consulate in Ciudad Juárez as Adnan G. El Shurkrjumah. The cable was released to Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act.

    For StratFor fans out there, compare and contrast (from a 2014 StratFor report):

    Could a terrorist operative take advantage of the U.S.-Mexico border? Possibly. Is one likely to attempt such a crossing when so much publicity and extra enforcement has been directed to that border? Probably not.

    Oops.

    More State Department goodness:

    Recent congressional efforts to tighten gaps in the U.S. visa waiver program were blocked by the Obama administration out of fear the counter-terror effort would upset Iran, which opposes the reform to the visa process, according to a letter sent by a delegation of leading senators to Secretary of State John Kerry.

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  18. The King Prawn Inactive
    The King Prawn
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    Dave Carter: You can’t campaign to the right, govern to the left, and not expect some blowback. Well,…you can, but then you’re likely to get steamrolled at some p0int, which is what we see happening now.

    I don’t think they’ve governed on the left. I think they’ve been spineless because they won’t shut this thing down, but there are at least rational arguments for that course of action. What’s happening now might be blowback as you say, but it looks like more than that to me. It looks like a destructive fire rather than a cleansing one. I may be proven wrong, and I hope so, but right now I can’t see how using the tactics and tools of the left, the very thing we exist to oppose, benefits our constitutional cause. Running farther away from our constitution and the ideals it was instituted to enshrine and protect seems like a rather incoherent way to get back to it.

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  19. Ed G. Inactive
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    The King Prawn:[…..] but right now I can’t see how using the tactics and tools of the left, the very thing we exist to oppose, benefits our constitutional cause. Running farther away from our constitution and the ideals it was instituted to enshrine and protect seems like a rather incoherent way to get back to it.

    Who is running farther away from our constitution and in what way?

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  20. Whiskey Sam Inactive
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    LesserSon of Barsham:

    Whiskey Sam:

    The King Prawn:

    Whiskey Sam: You cannot rebuild on a rotten foundation. You must remove the old, yes burn it down and piss on the ashes, before you can begin to rebuild. Trying to patch up a rotten foundation for the last half-century is what has gotten us into this mess.

    There’s much to this. I don’t see how the current direction of the party (or at least a very vocal third of it) rebuilds anything.

    We are not in the rebuild phase yet. We’re just beginning the burn down and piss phase (and I want attribution when people use my phrase!)

    Do you prefer Whiskey Sam or Chain Smoking Monkey?

    Big Papa Burn is also acceptable.

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  21. lesserson Member
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    @LesserSonofBarsham

    Whiskey Sam:

    LesserSon of Barsham:

    Whiskey Sam:

    The King Prawn:

    Whiskey Sam: You cannot rebuild on a rotten foundation. You must remove the old, yes burn it down and piss on the ashes, before you can begin to rebuild. Trying to patch up a rotten foundation for the last half-century is what has gotten us into this mess.

    There’s much to this. I don’t see how the current direction of the party (or at least a very vocal third of it) rebuilds anything.

    We are not in the rebuild phase yet. We’re just beginning the burn down and piss phase (and I want attribution when people use my phrase!)

    Do you prefer Whiskey Sam or Chain Smoking Monkey?

    Big Papa Burn is also acceptable.

    Big Papa Burn it is.

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  22. BrentB67 Inactive
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    Dave Carter:Gotta get back on the highway now. Someone has to pay the tab to resettle refugees who may/may not want to slit our throats. I’ll get back as soon as possible.

    I thought you hung up the CDL now that you have a wonderful Mrs. Carter.

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  23. Arahant Member
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    BrentB67: I thought you hung up the CDL now that you have a wonderful Mrs. Carter.

    He’s doing local runs last I heard, so he goes home at night.

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  24. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
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    The King Prawn:

    Dave Carter: You can’t campaign to the right, govern to the left, and not expect some blowback. Well,…you can, but then you’re likely to get steamrolled at some p0int, which is what we see happening now.

    I don’t think they’ve governed on the left. I think they’ve been spineless because they won’t shut this thing down, but there are at least rational arguments for that course of action. What’s happening now might be blowback as you say, but it looks like more than that to me. It looks like a destructive fire rather than a cleansing one. I may be proven wrong, and I hope so, but right now I can’t see how using the tactics and tools of the left, the very thing we exist to oppose, benefits our constitutional cause. Running farther away from our constitution and the ideals it was instituted to enshrine and protect seems like a rather incoherent way to get back to it.

    Well, rather than quibble how far to the left is left,…let’s just say that they campaigned on various promises to fight back against the left’s war on liberty,…and they not only didn’t fight, the funded the left’s weaponry.

    As for employing the tactics of the left, I’ve been away from Ricochet for awhile, but I’m going to assume that you’ve been just as quick and unequivocal in denouncing those in the GOP that played the race card against Thad Cochran’s conservative challenger Chris McDaniel (and his Tea Party supporters) in Mississippi, as well as the multiple GOP politicians and pundits who have inferred racist motives to those who want the border secured and immigration controlled.  The race card, after all, occupies the preeminent spot in the left’s rolodex of reprehensible golden oldies, and it’s a shame that it’s been co-opted by those in the GOP hierarchy to use against their own voters, wouldn’t you agree?

    As to who is running the farthest from constitutional ideals, I refer you to the history outlined in yesterday’s column. Beyond that, I fear we may be talking past each other, which I regret.

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  25. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
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    Arahant:

    BrentB67: I thought you hung up the CDL now that you have a wonderful Mrs. Carter.

    He’s doing local runs last I heard, so he goes home at night.

    Yes,…I’m out each day, but generally home sometime in the evening, and on weekends. Feels like I’m getting away with something after so many years doing long-haul work.

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  26. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    @DaveCarter

    Whiskey Sam:

    LesserSon of Barsham:

    Whiskey Sam:

    The King Prawn:

    Whiskey Sam: You cannot rebuild on a rotten foundation. You must remove the old, yes burn it down and piss on the ashes, before you can begin to rebuild. Trying to patch up a rotten foundation for the last half-century is what has gotten us into this mess.

    There’s much to this. I don’t see how the current direction of the party (or at least a very vocal third of it) rebuilds anything.

    We are not in the rebuild phase yet. We’re just beginning the burn down and piss phase (and I want attribution when people use my phrase!)

    Do you prefer Whiskey Sam or Chain Smoking Monkey?

    Big Papa Burn is also acceptable.

    Never with a straight face. I don’t care where the meet-up is, or how many adult beverages are involved,…never, ever, with a straight face.

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  27. WinterMute Coolidge
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    I wasn’t a member in January, so it was a real joy reading this for the first time. Change a few things to past-tense and this would be the equal of most of the election autopsies I’ve seen since November. Hit the nail right on the head.

    Dave Carter: “The problem with the Tea Party, I think it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, who probably still wonders why it was his presidential campaign that died out instead. Meanwhile, Graham’s sorority sister, John McCain, refers to those few senators who actually tried to make good on their campaign promises as “whacko birds.”

    This gave me a hearty laugh, especially given the pair’s various joint statements in the last two weeks.

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  28. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
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    WinterMute (View Comment):
    I wasn’t a member in January, so it was a real joy reading this for the first time. Change a few things to past-tense and this would be the equal of most of the election autopsies I’ve seen since November. Hit the nail right on the head.

    Dave Carter: “The problem with the Tea Party, I think it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, who probably still wonders why it was his presidential campaign that died out instead. Meanwhile, Graham’s sorority sister, John McCain, refers to those few senators who actually tried to make good on their campaign promises as “whacko birds.”

    This gave me a hearty laugh, especially given the pair’s various joint statements in the last two weeks.

    Well, that’s very kind of you! I’m compelled to find some comedic value in that rollicking pair of senators. Ideologically, they’re like Siamese Twins, joined at the spleen.

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    Graham and McCain, though technically disqualified due to lack of impediment in their reach, still call to mind Bierce’s definition of the word “honorable.”

    HONORABLE, adj.
    Afflicted with an impediment in one’s reach. In legislative bodies it is customary to mention all members as honorable; as, “the honorable gentleman is a scurvy cur.”
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  30. Ontheleftcoast Member
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    Ross Douthat was pretty good today. Here’s his key insight. Emphasis added:

    The more time you spend complaining about a given feature of the political or cultural landscape, the more you can come to take its power and permanence for granted, to imagine that its decadence must be too resilient to overthrow.

    In the case of the G.O.P., that decadence was the party’s “Reagan yesterday, Reagan today, Reagon forever” commitments, which seemed to me misguided but powerfully entrenched, so that an assault on party orthodoxy as frontal as the one that Trump mounted would eventually forge a defensive unity among the party’s politicians and ideological enforcers.

    He’s right. The pre-Trump Republican party was profoundly decadent; it even preferred President Hillary to a major disruption of the status quo. It is not going to let one electoral defeat keep it from striking back. While

    … from the talk radio dial to the halls of Congress to Fox News, Trump’s assault revealed that the party’s would-be statesmen were mostly hollow men and its enforcers were mostly ratings-hungry cynics. I had thought that the G.O.P. was run by true believers in a dated catechism. But really it was run by people for whom the Reaganite catechism only mattered because they controlled the inquisition, and once Trump’s army of heretics refused to disperse they had no stomach for a fight.

    No stomach for a fight with Democrats, anyway. But with Trump…

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