George Will, The GOP, And Conservatism

 

George Will has a new piece at NRO about the relationship between the conservative movement and the Republican party. I’d like to focus on his second to last paragraph in which he writes,

The beginning of conservative wisdom is recognition that there is an end to everything: Nothing lasts. If Trump wins, the GOP ends as a vehicle for conservatism. And a political idea without a political party is an orphan in an indifferent world.

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I was reading a post the other day about the current pronoun panic that’s sweeping various parts of the culture.  You know, referring to someone as ‘ze’ and ‘zim’ rather than he/she and him/her.  The left is basically triumphalist right now, insisting on revolution, and the sudden emphasis on pronouns is all part of that. […]

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Still Stunned

 

I hoped taking a day’s break from the debate would provide some much needed impetus for creative writing. It hasn’t. I’m disgusted, had enough and tired of it all. The debate offended everyone’s intellect, especially those who actually know things. Both candidates made profoundly idiotic and patently false statements. While each raced toward the bottom they jettisoned whatever dignity was left of the American electoral process. Furthermore, their sycophants continue to insult our intelligence by proclaiming what our lying ears and eyes didn’t hear and see.

Note to the travel weary, fast-food inhaling surrogates who have sold their souls to the devil who pays most: Who the hell do you think you are? Your candidate dishonored themselves and their party and appears to be preaching to their lowest hanging pliable demographics.

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Diplomats are among the most privileged people in the world. Diplomatic immunity gives them the ability to ignore traffic laws and citations, refuse to pay bills, and get away with just about anything short of murder. Diplomats from corrupt countries are especially prone to abusing the privileges granted by their host nations. The costs and […]

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Hey, What Happened to Hillary Clinton’s Middle-Class Tax Cut?

 
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Bernie Sanders listens as Hillary Clinton answers a question about college affordability in Durham, New Hampshire, Sept. 28, 2016.

The NYT’s David Leonhardt thinks Democrats risk again becoming the High Tax Party. Recall that during the 2008 presidential campaign Barack Obama contrasted his middle-class tax cut plan to John McCain’s, one Obama contended favored wealthier Americans. Here’s what tax-cut enthusiast Larry Kudlow wrote back then:

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First of all (and I know this is tough right now, really tough) we need to look at our strengths and not our weakness. I know, I know, I watched the debate too…. All of it. Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable. But take a pause and consider this map. It’s the map of Republican and Democratic govenors.  […]

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According to Keith Toffler( http://www.whitehousedossier.com), Obama hosted the US Olympians at the White House today, but not just this year’s winners.  Among those invited, were Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the black olympians who raised the black power solute on the podium in the 1968 olympics and subsequently were thrown off the team. From the article by […]

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Trump Truce

 

We’ve reached a point in this cycle a lot like the end of the SSM debate. One side is currently ascendant and the other is acutely sensitive to anything that seems like gloating or punching down. We would encourage the former group to show a little sensitivity and the latter to grow a thicker skin.

For those who are now planning to vote for Trump, continuing to scold the Never Trump members is doing a disservice to the site and to the members themselves. It is one thing to work to try and persuade them to come over, it is another to morally castigate them. Trump is the nominee, that battle has been won. Psychoanalyzing, name calling, and gloating over Never Trump members will not bring them over, but it will poison the well for civil discussion after the election regardless of the outcome. It would be well to show some grace here.

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 I don’t  know if this will survive the C of C editor but I found it interesting video especially if you turn off the sound and read it.  I came across it on Lucianne. Com today. I especially found interesting  the hand shake between WJC and the cleaner. It reminds me of the usher at […]

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One of my impressions of the Presidential debate was Trump’s disappointing, but unsurprising, opening salvo against free trade. Trade is a major issue for me in this election, because it is the only major area in which I strongly disagree with Trump’s apparent position. Going back and reading the transcript, I see that Trump didn’t […]

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Trump Threatens Clinton Over Lewinsky? Really?

 

CtUykGZUIAA4rx8Donald Trump, always the hero of his own tales, closed out the first presidential debate with a tribute to his own courtesy and high-mindedness: “I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family,” he said. “And I said to myself, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. It’s inappropriate, it’s not nice. But she’s spent hundreds of millions of dollars on negative ads on me.”

Later, the candidate’s son, Eric Trump, offered that it required not just magnanimity for Trump to avoid mentioning the topic, but “a lot of courage.”

The rhetorical term for what Trump is up to here is called paralipsis. It’s raising something by claiming to abjure it. “I could mention your DUIs, but I’ll refrain.” Thanks.

“Ballot Selfies” Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

 

Ballot Selfie 2It is hard to tell who is being more silly here: New Hampshire, the First Circuit, or voters. It seems odd that New Hampshire would spend its precious legislative time worrying about whether voters are taking selfies in the polling booth. If there is any threat to the integrity of the electoral process, it is who is doing the voting, not what they are doing in the booth. Will New Hampshire next ban selfies in other public places? How about banning ones in poor taste, which might give the police too much to do.

On the other hand, it is also hard to believe that the First Amendment guarantees the right to take a selfie in a polling place. The core purpose of the First Amendment is to protect political speech. The court forgets that this means speech about politics, not speech that happens to take place in a political location. While New Hampshire here is being silly, it is possible to imagine more important protections for the ballot booth, so as to prevent the exertion of undue influence. What if voters wanted to live-stream their voting to prove to others that they voted the way that they had promised? What if they wanted to bring in third parties to witness their vote?

But the worst of all are the voters. Why are people taking selfies of themselves voting? Have Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber succeeded in driving our culture to yet new lows?

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Definition of Corkering To bluster loudly criticizing one side of an argument making it appear that you hold that side responsible for all that is wrong with the situation. Then without warning pursuing a course that wrecks the opposing point of view while completely enabling the side that you appeared to criticize. Preview Open

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The dismaying choice facing us this November in the presidential race raises the question of whether we as a society are still capable of self governance. Thomas Jefferson and other founders made it plain that the success of the Republic required a literate and informed citizenry: “I think by far the most important bill in […]

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It Takes A Village of Idiots…

 

While watching the debate Monday night, every time Hillary spoke, a bomb of incoherence would explode in my head. Some words were particularly effective in debilitating me: invest, fair share, rich, justice, income inequality, trickle down, minimum wage. It’s a wonder I did not have a stroke. These words are absolute proof that there is nothing new coming out of the left. It is all about the government as the active arbiter of the wealth of the world, of success, of justice and even, of capital itself. This must echo within the empty heads of fellow travelers and the limitless victims of the greatest conspiracy of all; of white men at the levers of capitalism successfully hoarding all wealth, success and goodness for themselves.

Hillary said, twice I believe, that supply side economic policy caused the meltdown in 2008. That is an amazing leap of Marxist faith! Forget that FDR’s banking restructure failed in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. That wounded beast, which Republicans thrice attempted to revive with adrenal hits of liquidity (Fanny to the rescue of S&Ls; quick IPOs of S&Ls and finally, relaxation of investment rules and the yields on CDs), was fatally wounded by Carter’s stagflation and died when technology brought immediate valuation and liquidity to the money market and mutual funds, siphoning off the last vital fluids keeping the S&Ls alive. Rather than wait for banks and insurance companies to enter the mortgage finance market, the government opened the cash drawers at Fannie and created its twin, Freddy, complete with fresh cash from the Fed to fund mortgages. Banks no longer carried mortgages; they brokered them to the government. Now the orphaned Carter inspired, Bill Clinton revamped, Community Reinvestment Act could be put in play to help the poor (read: minorities/victims) obtain mortgages while the banks (eager to finally become giants now that all the barriers were gone) could claim they were not racist white guys (i.e., no redlining) while passing all risk to the GSEs.