Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Fighting Words

 

Powerline just posted a must-read essay from the great David Horowitz. The whole thing is frighteningly perceptive as you might expect (Horowitz spent 20 years as a communist radical in his younger days, and he understands the left as few do), but here is a very brief taste:

Democrats are not democrats; they are totalitarians. They have declared war on the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Electoral College, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the election system, and the idea of civil order.

I would love to hear my Democrat friends attempt to argue with any of those points.

Conservatives tend to believe in freedom to do as one pleases. So conservatives naturally tend to allow those they don’t agree with a great deal of latitude: “Well, I don’t see it that way. But whatever makes you happy, buddy. None of my business.” So while polite conservatives like Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, myself, David Horowitz, and millions of others were playing nice, the left was using any means at their disposal to accumulate power.

Democrat voter fraud is not a new concept.

In the last election, the Democrats made it clear that they didn’t care (and it didn’t matter) who voted for whom. Biden didn’t even bother to campaign, which seemed odd at the time. But not now. This blatant power play has scared a large number of previously deferential conservatives into the realization that we are involved in a war, whether we choose to participate in it or not. And that this war has been going on for some decades.

And that has many of us, like me and Mr. Horowitz for example, rapidly evolving from disappointed to pissed off.

Voter fraud is an important part of all this. But it’s not that simple – read Mr. Horowitz’ quote above again, if you like. As he points out in that passage, a nation of free people is faced with an invasion of totalitarians. This election matters, but not as much as everything else Mr. Horowitz discusses in his essay.

What should be done? What can be done? I’m not sure.

But a good first step would be acknowledging the situation we find ourselves in, and recognizing what exactly we are up against.

And Mr. Horowitz’s essay is a good place to start.

Published in General
This post was promoted to the Main Feed by a Ricochet Editor at the recommendation of Ricochet members. Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

There are 109 comments.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. Arahant Member

    Dr. Bastiat: Democrats are not democrats; they are totalitarians. They have declared war on the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Electoral College, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the election system, and the idea of civil order.

    Yep.

    • #1
    • November 22, 2020, at 1:07 PM PST
    • 13 likes
  2. OmegaPaladin Moderator

    I get the outrage. This is outrageous behavior. 

    The question is what to do with the outrage? It is dangerous to just rile people up without some outlet. It’s like heating a pressure vessel without a relief valve or outlet.

    • #2
    • November 22, 2020, at 1:08 PM PST
    • 12 likes
  3. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    I get the outrage. This is outrageous behavior.

    The question is what to do with the outrage? It is dangerous to just rile people up without some outlet. It’s like heating a pressure vessel without a relief valve or outlet.

    So very true. I really don’t know.

    They say that the only way to stop a man with a gun is with a man with a bigger gun. In this particular application, I’d rather not think about that.

    I really don’t know how conservatives should respond to this.

    • #3
    • November 22, 2020, at 1:11 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  4. Django Member

    We did what we could: We elected Trump. Then, there were the back-stabbing fools who undermined his efforts and got Biden elected. 

    I’ll do the best I can from memory: “The apocalyptic nature of my vision is rejected by my siblings, but I believe out of of a sentimental nostalgia obscuring reason. … They simply don’t want to believe that a once-beloved country has become unlovable, its legislatures ineffectual, its institutions corrupt, its citizens vile and servile, and its vision solipsistic, materialistic, and on almost all accounts, contemptible. . . . Well, that’s that.” 

    I hope the man who wrote that is wrong. 

    • #4
    • November 22, 2020, at 1:11 PM PST
    • 8 likes
  5. Blondie Thatcher

    Think small. As an individual, I can’t expect any results yelling and screaming at the TV or here, even. What I can do is push back when my place of employment starts in with the “all white people are racist” mantra. We had more republicans run in local elections this time than I can remember (most dems would run unopposed on things like the school board). We have sat back and lived our lives while the other side has pushed forward their agenda and taken control. 

    • #5
    • November 22, 2020, at 1:17 PM PST
    • 19 likes
  6. MichaelKennedy Inactive

    I am not optimistic about the final resolution of this stolen election. The plan was so extensive and the corruption so deep, and not all Democrats by the way, that there is not enough time to unravel all the plots. I fear this corruption will continue and, unless there are some efforts, that I do not expect, to remedy the situation, I see no honest election in our future. The one hope I see is that the ruling class is so incompetent that their assumption of power will turn out like the rollout of Obamacare.

    • #6
    • November 22, 2020, at 1:26 PM PST
    • 18 likes
    • This comment has been edited.
  7. Flicker Coolidge

    This post is banal enough to go to the Main Feed, isn’t it? (I liked it.)

    • #7
    • November 22, 2020, at 1:39 PM PST
    • 12 likes
  8. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat

    Flicker (View Comment):

    This post is banal enough to go to the Main Feed, isn’t it? (I liked it.)

    I doubt it. We’ll see, I guess…

    • #8
    • November 22, 2020, at 1:42 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  9. Django Member

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    This post is banal enough to go to the Main Feed, isn’t it? (I liked it.)

    I doubt it. We’ll see, I guess…

    Well if it doesn’t, I might as well stop recommending posts and just hang out in the PIT until my term expires. 

    • #9
    • November 22, 2020, at 1:49 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  10. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Django (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    This post is banal enough to go to the Main Feed, isn’t it? (I liked it.)

    I doubt it. We’ll see, I guess…

    Well if it doesn’t, I might as well stop recommending posts and just hang out in the PIT until my term expires.

    I purposefully “lost” my link to the PIT since I was happily wasting too much time there.

    That and the member feed might be the only remaining spots worth checking in on, considering some recent feedback from the powers that be.

    • #10
    • November 22, 2020, at 1:59 PM PST
    • 10 likes
  11. Franco Inactive
    FrancoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Flicker (View Comment):

    This post is banal enough to go to the Main Feed, isn’t it? (I liked it.)

    Ricochet is the debating society in the Potemkin village of the “center right”. I’m sure there are interesting things to discuss all us conservatives can agree on! Right?

    • #11
    • November 22, 2020, at 2:05 PM PST
    • 11 likes
  12. Arahant Member

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):
    I purposefully “lost” my link to the PIT since I was happily wasting too much time there.

    Heh, heh. 😈

    • #12
    • November 22, 2020, at 2:07 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  13. Chris Oler Coolidge
    Chris OlerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Gazpacho Grande’ (View Comment):
    I purposefully “lost” my link to the PIT since I was happily wasting too much time there.

    Heh, heh. 😈

    Oh, boy. My innocent eyes…

    • #13
    • November 22, 2020, at 2:27 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  14. CACrabtree Coolidge

    Who would have guessed that Brenda Snipes would become the symbol of a voting process that has fallen to Third World levels? Sort of like Alfred E. Neuman piloting an SR-71.

    • #14
    • November 22, 2020, at 2:39 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  15. Manny Member

    I love David Horowitz. I don’t have many answers. The Dems are radicals and they cheat and they have the media for cover. What kills me is that there are people on our side that turned against us because of Trump’s boorishness. 
    The one thing I can think of is that we as a unified party must insist and fight for and not cave on election reform. There has to be a system that guarantees that only registered voters vote and only vote once. 

    • #15
    • November 22, 2020, at 2:44 PM PST
    • 17 likes
  16. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat

    Manny (View Comment):
    there are people on our side that turned against us because of Trump’s boorishness.

    I really don’t think that’s why. There have been RINO’s for years. “I’m conservative. But not like those uneducated rubes over there. I’m a thoughtful moderate, not an extreme ideologue.”

    They might be using Trump as an excuse right now. It’ll be something else after this. Whatever.

    They’re just trying to be seen as deep thinkers, above the rest of us. Whatever.

    • #16
    • November 22, 2020, at 2:58 PM PST
    • 26 likes
    • This comment has been edited.
  17. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This needs to be a party of fighters, not appeasers. If you get a phone call trying to book you for one of their Sunday morning propaganda-fests, tell ’em to pound sand.

    • #17
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:00 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  18. DrewInEastHillQuarantineZone Coolidge

    This essay puts into words what so many of us feel but cannot adequately express. This is why a lot of us are fed up with people like Jonah Goldberg or David French or Noah Rothman or JPod or everyone at The Bulwank, et al, because they simply cannot comprehend the threat from the Democratic Party. And those who do see it are just dismissed by them as crazies. 

    I’ll throw my lot in with the crazies instead of the appeasers.

    • #18
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:07 PM PST
    • 32 likes
  19. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    This essay puts into words what so many of us feel but cannot adequately express. This is why a lot of us are fed up with people like Jonah Goldberg or David French or Noah Rothman or JPod or everyone at The Bulwank, et al, because they simply cannot comprehend the threat from the Democratic Party. And those who do see it are just dismissed by them as crazies.

    I’ll throw my lot in with the crazies instead of the appeasers.

    If you want a friend, buy a dog.

    Jonah already has one.

    • #19
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:16 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  20. Django Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    This essay puts into words what so many of us feel but cannot adequately express. This is why a lot of us are fed up with people like Jonah Goldberg or David French or Noah Rothman or JPod or everyone at The Bulwank, et al, because they simply cannot comprehend the threat from the Democratic Party. And those who do see it are just dismissed by them as crazies.

    I’ll throw my lot in with the crazies instead of the appeasers.

    I’ve heard of Hanlon’s Razor, the stupidity instead of malice saying. Is there a “Razor” for cowardice instead of stupidity? Or is stupidity the more generous assumption?

    • #20
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:19 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  21. RufusRJones Member

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):
    They’re just trying to be seen as deep thinkers, above the rest of us.

    So many of them are so dumb and uninformed and they act just like that. 

    If you listen to any long interview of Michael Anton, he’s very hard to argue with. 

    • #21
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:21 PM PST
    • 1 like
  22. Paul Stinchfield Member
    Paul StinchfieldJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Flicker (View Comment):

    This post is banal enough to go to the Main Feed, isn’t it? (I liked it.)

    I’ve never seen the word ‘banal’ used in connection with anything about David Horowitz. :-)

    • #22
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:26 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  23. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil FawltyJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    This essay puts into words what so many of us feel but cannot adequately express. This is why a lot of us are fed up with people like Jonah Goldberg or David French or Noah Rothman or JPod or everyone at The Bulwank, et al, because they simply cannot comprehend the threat from the Democratic Party. And those who do see it are just dismissed by them as crazies.

    I’ll throw my lot in with the crazies instead of the appeasers.

    If you want a friend, buy a dog.

    Jonah already has one.

    Did the other one get sent to the pound?

    • #23
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:26 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  24. Dr. Jimmy Carter Member
    Dr. Jimmy CarterJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Django (View Comment):
     Is there a “Razor” for cowardice instead of stupidity? 

    Never attribute to strategy that which is adequately explained by cowardice. 

    • #24
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:27 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  25. Arahant Member

    Django (View Comment):
    I’ve heard of Hanlon’s Razor, the stupidity instead of malice saying. Is there a “Razor” for cowardice instead of stupidity? Or is stupidity the more generous assumption?

    I think it’s more over-confidence. They have friends who are Democrats. The Democrats would never do anything extreme. But some of us have studied history and know better.

    • #25
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:28 PM PST
    • 12 likes
  26. DrewInEastHillQuarantineZone Coolidge

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):
    Is there a “Razor” for cowardice instead of stupidity?

    Never attribute to strategy that which is adequately explained by cowardice.

    I like this one.

    • #26
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:32 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  27. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil FawltyJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):
    Is there a “Razor” for cowardice instead of stupidity?

    Never attribute to strategy that which is adequately explained by cowardice.

    I like this one.

    The reverse is also often true.

    • #27
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:34 PM PST
    • 3 likes
  28. RufusRJones Member

    Democrat radicals know what they want and where they are going. As a result, they are tactically and organizationally years ahead of patriotic Americans who are only beginning to realize they are in a war. The Democrats’ plan to steal the 2020 election was hatched many years ago when Democrats launched their first attacks on Voter I.D.s, and then every effort to secure the integrity of the electoral system. Those attacks metastasized into an all-out assault on Election Day itself with early- and late-voting grace periods, and a flood of 92 million mail-in ballots, hundreds of thousands of which were delivered in the middle of the night to be counted behind the backs of Republican observers after Election Day had passed.

    The result of these efforts is that Election Day no longer really exists as a day when the votes are cast and counted. This is a fact that offers generous opportunities for the election saboteurs to do their work. Those saboteurs’ opportunities were greatly enhanced this year with the installation in battle ground states of voting machines specifically designed to calculate how many votes were required to steal an election and then to switch ballots already cast and deliver them to the chosen party. Mail-in ballots were indispensable to the realization of this plan.

    Hans von Spakovsky had a great interview this weekend on Breitbart news Saturday about all of the lawfare, lack of controls, and ballot harvesting going on. The Democrat party paralyzed with lawsuits a federal election commission that was looking into all of this. Normal government oversight. 

    He needs to do a bunch of interviews just like that on talk radio.

    • #28
    • November 22, 2020, at 3:36 PM PST
    • 8 likes
  29. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    This essay puts into words what so many of us feel but cannot adequately express. This is why a lot of us are fed up with people like Jonah Goldberg or David French or Noah Rothman or JPod or everyone at The Bulwank, et al, because they simply cannot comprehend the threat from the Democratic Party. And those who do see it are just dismissed by them as crazies.

    I’ll throw my lot in with the crazies instead of the appeasers.

    If you want a friend, buy a dog.

    Jonah already has one.

    Did the other one get sent to the pound?

    No, I believe he died. 

    I am not making fun of Jonah for having a dog. I love dogs.

    • #29
    • November 22, 2020, at 4:21 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  30. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil FawltyJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Man of Consta… (View Comment):

    This essay puts into words what so many of us feel but cannot adequately express. This is why a lot of us are fed up with people like Jonah Goldberg or David French or Noah Rothman or JPod or everyone at The Bulwank, et al, because they simply cannot comprehend the threat from the Democratic Party. And those who do see it are just dismissed by them as crazies.

    I’ll throw my lot in with the crazies instead of the appeasers.

    If you want a friend, buy a dog.

    Jonah already has one.

    Did the other one get sent to the pound?

    No, I believe he died.

    I am not making fun of Jonah for having a dog. I love dogs.

    Sorry to hear that. Which one? 

    • #30
    • November 22, 2020, at 4:26 PM PST
    • Like