Donald Trump and the Order of the Iron Butt

 

Whatever one makes of the existence of the “secret society” mentioned by FBI lawyer Lisa Page in a text message to her paramour, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, no one can doubt the existence of another beltway society whose existence is now about as secret as former Congressman John Conyers’ underwear (which a former staffer says he sported rather flamboyantly at a meeting, answering for all time the age-old question: “boxers or briefs?”)

But why dwell on Conyers’ underpants when the entire democratic delegation just showed it’s collective derrière? I speak, of course, of the ancient and royal Order of the Iron Butt, whose members took a stand by sitting down, turning the other cheek, as it were, and then plopping down on it. Because when they sat, they took a stand. Against what, you ask? Against the following statements by President Trump in his State of the Union speech:

* “Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing, rising wages.” (News which Democrats greet with bitter glares and planted buns.)

* “Unemployment claims have hit a 45 year low.”

* “African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.” (Congressional Black Caucus sits, scowls, and registers the worst reception of good news also ever recorded.)

* “Hispanic-American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.” (Democrats stick to their seats, stoic as graven images.)

* “The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion and more in value. 401(k), retirement pension and college savings accounts have gone through the roof.” (Even as Democratic tushes nearly go through the floor.)

* “Millions of Americans will have more take-home pay. Three million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses.” (Still they sit, because everybody knows that your earnings really belong to the politicians, not to you, which is why they talk all that tripe about “tax give-aways.” You work, you earn, and it belongs to them first, and they dispense what they think they can afford to “give” you. It is the generosity of a burglar.)

* “Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America.” (Nope, not standing for that one.)

* “Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan.” (Now they’ve stopped blinking too.)

* “Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama.” (Something’s gone wrong with Nancy Pelosi’s dentures. How does she do that?)

* “Last year the FDA approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our country’s history.” (I think one of them started to stand, got the facelift-death-stare, and sat back down again.)

* “We have sent thousands and thousands and thousands of MS-13 horrible people out of this country.” (Senator Schumer not amused. Could have used those votes. Keisters unite,….er, keep yer seats.)

* “The coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated very close to 100 percent of the territory just recently held by these killers.” (So confusing. To stand or not to stand for the troops, or for the war against the murdering savages of ISIS? Still, the Order’s order stands: “I shall not be moved.”)

* “Freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument. This is the monument to the American people.” (Freedom? The American people? Puleeze. Talk to the tochus.)

Exactly what is it about the statement that, “In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life,” that is so repugnant and utterly distasteful that an entire political party would rather remain seated in churlish disgust than do anything which might reaffirm an historically self-evident truth? Why must they respond with sullen disdain when the President praises a 12-year-old boy for his patriotism, saying that, “Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem?” Has the left anachronized decorum and respect as well?

How can those who purport to represent the people look into the disconsolate eyes of parents who have lost their children to the savagery of those who should have never been here in the first place, and remain seated in idiotic defiance of the obvious need to defend the territorial sovereignty of America’s borders and tend to the physical safety of American citizens? At what precise point did citizens who obey the law and pay their taxes become the enemy of the government they fund and the representatives they elect? What is at the foundation of that constipated intellect which prefers the lawbreaker over the law-abiding, the entitled over the provider, and those who would disfigure and destroy the culture that transformed America into a world power over those who embrace and enhance it? Why are people who play by the rules called deplorable while those who break the rules are called dreamers?

Of the President’s speech, Nancy Pelosi said, “What he is doing is bringing tears to the eyes of the Statue of Liberty.” Now I will grant that Ms. Pelosi is an absolute treasure trove of extraordinary incoherence and that, as Bill Buckley said of Eleanor Roosevelt, “following [her] in search of irrationality was like following a burning fuse in search of an explosion; one never had to wait long.” But why should a statue cry like a sentient person over a reaffirmation of the values which energized a nation, while an ostensibly sentient person hears those same values and sits like a statue?

In his book, Ameritopia, Mark Levin said of utopianism that, “It ignores, rejects, or perverts the teachings and knowledge that have come before — that is, man’s historical, cultural, and social experience and development.” In practice, this means that experience itself becomes the enemy, and anything which underscores the truth of that experience is paradoxically denigrated as false. “Especially threatening, therefore,” Levin continues, “are the industrious, independent, and successful, for they demonstrate what is actually possible under current societal conditions — achievement, happiness, and fulfillment — thereby contradicting and endangering the utopian campaign against what was or is.”

So that the predicted and welcome news of economic growth that accompanies the lifting of the heavy federal boot from the throat of private enterprise, or the simple reminder that, “Our motto is, ‘In God We Trust,’” inevitably provokes a response among progressives very much like that of the witch doused with water. Swaddled in the discredited ideological superstitions of the last century, superstitions which have wrecked havoc and destruction from Pyongyang to Venezuela, from East Germany to Tiananmen Square, and from the inner city to a nearby faculty lounge, the left must steadfastly ignore or belittle anything which disproves or even challenges the supremacy of the state and its masterminds (even those masterminds who forget to wear their pants to meetings).

So they sit, glowering in angry defiance not only at one president, but at the exceptional character of the people and the nation he represents. Because when the Congressional Black Caucus sits unfazed and unmoved by news that black unemployment is at the lowest rate in the nation’s history, the problem is not with the news itself. The problem is with the Congressional Black Caucus. And when an entire congressional delegation can’t bring itself to applaud and affirm that the building in which they conduct the people’s business is in reality, “a monument to the American people,” the problem isn’t the building or the people who sent them to that building to represent their interests. The problem is with that congressional delegation and an ideology that is every bit as worn out, outdated, bloated and discredited as its proponents.

There are 24 comments.

  1. Member

    Thank you Dave Carter for another outstanding post!

    • #1
    • February 3, 2018 at 1:48 pm
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  2. Thatcher

    I think this is spot on. They cannot stand it that he has so many good things to talk too. They sit there like stone, while their response was a fleck-spittled tirade that was totally disconnected from the actual events of the past year.

    If they did not have total control of all forms of major media, maybe we would have more of a chance in 2018.

    • #2
    • February 3, 2018 at 1:50 pm
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  3. Thatcher

    double-post

    • #3
    • February 3, 2018 at 1:59 pm
    • 3 likes
  4. Thatcher

    Dave Carter:

    How can those who purport to represent the people look into the disconsolate eyes of parents who have lost their children to the savagery of those who should have never been here in the first place, and remain seated in idiotic defiance of the obvious need to defend the territorial sovereignty of America’s borders and tend to the physical safety of American citizens? At what precise point did citizens who obey the law and pay their taxes become the enemy of the government they fund and the representatives they elect? What is at the foundation of that constipated intellect which prefers the lawbreaker over the law-abiding, the entitled over the provider, and those who would disfigure and destroy the culture that transformed America into a world power over those who embrace and enhance it? Why are people who play by the rules called deplorable while those who break the rules are called dreamers?

    A former president said it best:

    “Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. In no other nation on earth does this principle have such complete application.”

    — Calvin Coolidge, The Price of Freedom (1924)

    The Democrats don’t give a damn about America or most of its people, and haven’t for a very long time. They stir the fires of racial and ethnic antagonism for their own short-sighted political gain, and don’t care how many Americans suffer or die as a result.

    • #4
    • February 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm
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  5. Member

    Superbly said, Dave.

    • #5
    • February 3, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    • 6 likes
  6. Member

    Outstanding. Thanks, Dave. The Democrat recalcitrance to show even nominal respect for those things and themes that should be revered will redound to their detriment in the not too distant future.

    • #6
    • February 3, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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  7. Member

    * “Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan.” (Now they’ve stopped blinking too.)

    That was just Nancy Pelosi.

    • #7
    • February 3, 2018 at 2:59 pm
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  8. Member

    The democrat party hates America, capitalism and God.

    • #8
    • February 3, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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  9. Member

    Columbo (View Comment):
    The democrat party hates America, capitalism and God.

    • #9
    • February 3, 2018 at 3:20 pm
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  10. Member

    They are refusing to acknowledge President Donald Trump in any shape, form or fashion. They would rather let the world see them as petty tyrants. Hopefully, these photos and videos will put them out of office next election cycles.

    • #10
    • February 3, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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  11. Inactive

    Damn Skippy!!!

    • #11
    • February 3, 2018 at 4:57 pm
    • 6 likes
  12. Member

    tigerlily (View Comment):
    * “Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan.” (Now they’ve stopped blinking too.)

    That was just Nancy Pelosi.

    Several years ago…

    • #12
    • February 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm
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  13. Member

    To quote myself from Wednesday morning:

    I always try to keep my cynicism to a minimum, but the dems last night gave me no option but to believe they care only about acquiring/maintaining power. They couldn’t even give perfunctory applause to the success of individual Americans because that success threatens their power. They hate every bonus given out and every pay raise received because those things might impede their retaking of government. Machiavelli would be proud. I’m scared. That kind of brutal ambition is exactly what the founders feared and labored to protect us from.

    • #13
    • February 3, 2018 at 6:44 pm
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  14. Member

    The King Prawn (View Comment):
    Machiavelli would be proud.

    I’m not so certain of that. Seems to me that if that were the case they would be applauding, hiding the way they actually feel in order to gain more power later on.

    • #14
    • February 3, 2018 at 6:54 pm
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  15. Member

    Dave Carter: Why are people who play by the rules called deplorable while those who break the rules are called dreamers?

    ^ yes.

    • #15
    • February 3, 2018 at 6:54 pm
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  16. Member

    Matt Balzer (View Comment):

    The King Prawn (View Comment):
    Machiavelli would be proud.

    I’m not so certain of that. Seems to me that if that were the case they would be applauding, hiding the way they actually feel in order to gain more power later on.

    He would be proud of their adoration of power and their commitment to obtaining it.

    • #16
    • February 3, 2018 at 6:56 pm
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  17. Coolidge

    DocJay (View Comment):
    Damn Skippy!!!

    _______

    Man, I haven’t heard that expression in a coon’s age. DocJay, you’re a trove of arcane, old-fashioned, and hip expressions. I’ve already used “harsh my mellow” any number of times and plan to use it to bedevil my wife for a long while.

    Kent

    • #17
    • February 4, 2018 at 5:31 am
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    Dave Carter Post author

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):
    I think this is spot on. They cannot stand it that he has so many good things to talk too. They sit there like stone, while their response was a fleck-spittled tirade that was totally disconnected from the actual events of the past year.

    If they did not have total control of all forms of major media, maybe we would have more of a chance in 2018.

    My favorite part of the response was when young Mr. Kennedy concluded his remarks, got into that sedan and drove it into the lake. Wait,…I fell asleep,…must have been dreaming.

    • #18
    • February 4, 2018 at 7:14 am
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    Dave Carter Post author

    Kay of MT (View Comment):
    Thank you Dave Carter for another outstanding post!

    Thank you!

    • #19
    • February 4, 2018 at 7:15 am
    • 1 like
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    Dave Carter Post author

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):
    Outstanding. Thanks, Dave. The Democrat recalcitrance to show even nominal respect for those things and themes that should be revered will redound to their detriment in the not too distant future.

    I suspect you’re right, Boss. And thank you!

    • #20
    • February 4, 2018 at 7:15 am
    • 1 like
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    Dave Carter Post author

    DocJay (View Comment):
    Damn Skippy!!!

    Thanks Doc.

    • #21
    • February 4, 2018 at 7:17 am
    • 1 like
  22. Contributor
    Dave Carter Post author

    The King Prawn (View Comment):
    To quote myself from Wednesday morning:

    I always try to keep my cynicism to a minimum, but the dems last night gave me no option but to believe they care only about acquiring/maintaining power. They couldn’t even give perfunctory applause to the success of individual Americans because that success threatens their power. They hate every bonus given out and every pay raise received because those things might impede their retaking of government. Machiavelli would be proud. I’m scared. That kind of brutal ambition is exactly what the founders feared and labored to protect us from.

    Exactly.

    • #22
    • February 4, 2018 at 7:18 am
    • 1 like
  23. Contributor

    I can just imagine that there were groups of Democrats: those who didn’t even listen and sat there nursing an unexpressed hissy fit; those who listened and at some level knew something wasn’t quite right about their refusing to acknowledge the good news; and those who actually listened and felt conflicted about whether they should at least rise up on some of his points. I don’t know which group was most disgusting. They supposedly remained sitting on principle (or as you say, their butts) when they really remained sitting out of self-serving hatred and pettiness. Very sad. Thanks for a great post, Dave.

    • #23
    • February 4, 2018 at 7:22 am
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  24. Member

    Dave deep down I think the Democrats don’t believe this is the lowest unemployment rate for blacks in history. That was when they were slaves which is where Democrats would like to keep them. Enslaved to the party.

    • #24
    • February 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm
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