Every time a GOP Establishment Hack insists that even though the Republicans suck and are 100% as statist, corporatist, and corrupt as the Democrats, I still have to vote for them because if I don’t the Democrats will win, I cannot help but think of this passage from So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish.
It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”
“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that some companies cannot be forced to provide birth control and abortifacients to their employees on First Amendment grounds.
The left claims that by not forcing third parties to provide contraceptives and abortifacients to women, these companies are “denying women access to health care.” The left apparently believes that 1.) women are just life-support systems for uteri, and the only health care needs they have are for contraceptives, so that they may provide sexual gratification to men without risk of creating children and 2.) women are stupid, helpless creatures, who must have their contraception provided to them because they are incapable of getting it on their own.
It’s like saying companies are denying women access to food by not buying their groceries for them.
Birth control, by the way, runs about $9 a month for most women.
The left was really, really hoping that Church would once again be forced to bow at the feet of State, but it didn’t happen. So, they responded in the usual manner and spewed the f-word like a sailor with Tourrette’s while threatening Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court, churches, and America generally with vandalism, arson, and murder.
And then, of course, some of us question why, in a free society, the Government has any business whatsoever dictating to private companies what benefits they must provide to their employees.
Ralph Nader has a new book out in which he proposes an interesting thesis: Since both the left and the right are appalled by the corruption, abuse of power, and freedom-crushing excesses of the crony corporatist oligarchic state, why not join forces to press for much needed political and economic reforms?
In Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, Nader lays out an agenda to bring together conservatives, libertarians, and liberals in the battle against corporate welfare, rampant surveillance, and the military-industrial complex.
It’s an intriguing notion, but it will never work. The key place where Nader gets it wrong is that he still sees the left through the idealistic lens of the 1960′s, and not in its modern incarnation which is very much statist and very much fascist. The typical leftist today doesn’t want to expand the horizons of individual liberty but to confine them; whether it’s getting people fired from their jobs for holding a politically incorrect opinion on gay marriage, telling football teams what to name themselves, or dictating the size of sodas the proletariat may enjoy. The left is the Establishment, and the left is wallowing in their political and cultural power.
They are not going to risk losing it over anything as mundane as freedom, liberty, and an accountable political class.
And then there is the other problem, an electorate so stupid and disengaged they re-elected a walking disaster as president because they thought his opponent was going to outlaw tampons.
Allahpundit, Streiff at Red State, and Patterico agree; after the sleazy, Democrat-like tactics employed by the Thad Cochran, Duke of Porktrough, campaign and the National Republican Senate Committee in Mississippi, the GOP needs to be slapped down hard. And if all they care about is winning, then losing the Mississippi senate seat would be the best way to send them the message: Conservatives don’t want a GOP that’s no different than the Democrats.
Allhapundit makes the point that control of the senate in 2015 is inconsequential. Obama is going to rule by executive decree regardless of a Republican majority; and the Republican party will do nothing to stop him. As for the Supreme Court, Obama is going to get his nominees through regardless; even if John McCain has to put together another Gang of Whatever. Obamacare repeal is not on the table, and the GOP is going to push Amnesty whether in the minority or the majority.
And Travis Childers (the Democrat in Mississippi) is no worse than Joe Manchin, and as a Democrat in a red state, can be kept on a pretty short leash. He might even jump parties in the future. Who knows?
The only weapon we have against the GOP establishment is the vote. If they learn they can attack fiscal conservatives with impunity and win on a Democrat-style campaign of racial smears and promises of Free [Stuff] From the Government, then they will have earned the title of The Junior Democrats; and shame on all of us for letting it happen.
This isn’t a case of a Republican candidate who is “imperfect” on one or two issues. This is a case where the GOP has been corrupt and downright sleazy in order to keep a big-spending porker in office. And, fortuitously, it comes at a time when defeating said porker will have relatively few political consequences.
If you’re unwilling to risk a protest vote for a Democrat after the grotesque spectacle of a group of GOP cronies using liberal votes to prop up an elderly man whose heart isn’t in it anymore, you’ll never be willing. And if you’re unwilling, maybe it’s time to stop complaining about Cochran and cronyism and the rest of it and accept that this is who we are and who we’re going to be.
So, here’s what happened. In Mississippi, a thug went into a convenience store and started stabbing the manager to death with a knife. A customer with a concealed carry permit entered the store with a gun, held the thug at gunpoint until the police arrived, saving the victim’s life and allowing the thug to be apprehended.
The next day, the store posted a sign on the door: “No guns allowed.”
Knives are still okay though, apparently.
Because, clearly, the problem was the gun-owner.
I often think that maybe the by-gone eras lefties mock derisively and constantly shriek that Republicans want to return us to… really weren’t the non-stop horror show the left makes them out to be.
In the 1950s in rural Washington, a teenage boy learned an important lesson about self-acceptance. Patrick Haggerty, now 70, didn’t know he was gay at the time, but says his father knew what direction he was headed. …
“Now, I’m gonna tell you something today, and you might not know what to think of it now, but you’re gonna remember when you’re a full-grown man: Don’t sneak. Because if you sneak, like you did today, it means you think you’re doing the wrong thing. And if you run around spending your whole life thinking that you’re doing the wrong thing, then you’ll ruin your immortal soul.”
“And out of all the things a father in 1959 could have told his gay son, my father tells me to be proud of myself and not sneak,” Haggerty says.
National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown posted a photo with one of his young sons after a FoxNews appearance, and the pro-gay marriage left let loose with the hate. And, interestingly, the gay left taunts the poor kid by… asserting that he looks effeminate and might be a homosexual. Bullies and hypocrites, the lot of them.
When a viewpoint (leftism) goes against reason, logic and civil society – when its basic doctrine is in essence an attack on the rights of the individual – we should expect at least some of its adherents to be rude, “entitled” people in the encounters of daily life. Because the person and the viewpoint gravitate toward each other. Leftism fundamentally denies other people’s rights to life, liberty and property. Therefore, committed leftists should tend – not always, but on average and over time – tend to be unreasonable people who disrespect others.
It’s much better to laugh at these people than to feel upset by them. Consider this an open thread for posting your own favorite “ridiculous leftie encounter” stories, in the comments.
I’ll start with a very little one, that just happened. Picture a large gym, a bank of 12 large TVs shared by many exercise stations. A woman is exercising in front of TV #4. She watches #4 intently, with perhaps an occasional glance to TVs 3 or 5. TV #2 is far out of her field of vision, and clearly nothing that she’s watching. So she won’t mind if I change it, as I’m about to work in front of #2. I pick a sports channel. Oops! TV #2 had been set to MSNBC, and she’s a Ridiculous Leftie who must dictate everything that happens. She stops exercising and strides to the far wall just to change #2 back to MSNBC, glaring at me with vicious hostility. And then – get this – she *still* doesn’t watch it. (Probably since she would have had to strain her neck, to keep it up for long; or do even liberals dislike MSNBC?)
The story ended OK for me (I did speak with her and have reason prevail) but that’s enough. Tell yours!
Clay Aiken is certainly turning into a handsome middle-aged lesbian.
As pissed as I am at the GOP right now, I’m kind of hoping he wins.
So, earlier this week, adolescent president Obama was sarcastically and snarkily deriding global warming skeptics as people who don’t believe in Almighty Science.
Then, he’s whining that Republicans are mean because they won’t rubber stamp his policies, like that nice, cooperative Venezuelan legislature.
“They don’t do anything, except block me and call me names,” Obama said.
Also, people write him mean letters, that say mean things to him, because they’re mean.
“You’re an idiot and the worst president ever,” says President Obama, describing some of the critical letters he gets.
I don’t recall George W Bush… or any other president… whining about what grown-up people would call “stuff that comes with the job.”
I wonder if he feels like that mean old Supreme Court is picking on him too. What with those unanimous rulings against his abuses of power.
Obama reminds me of a character in a movie I saw once or twice.
Between the intrusive data collection mandated by Obamacare and the ability of credit card companies to track data on every purchase, it’s not possible for hospitals and health care providers (which are a de facto branch of Government under Obamacare) to examine your private behavior for indications of potential health issues.
You may soon get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out counter or begin shopping at plus-sized stores.
That’s because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.
Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops, the food they buy, and whether they smoke. The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is plugging data for 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients, while Pennsylvania’s biggest system uses household and demographic data. Patients and their advocates, meanwhile, say they’re concerned that big data’s expansion into medical care will hurt the doctor-patient relationship and threaten privacy.
Which begs the question of what happens when Big Health Care and Big Credit notice a lot of charges on certain people’s cards for gay nightclubs (or bath houses), trips to Fire Island, and Sandra-Fluke levels of Aqualube purchases.
But, hey, at least they aren’t intruding into your bedroom, right? And it’s just the State looking out for your health, which is a good thing. Right?
Remember how Ronald Reagan rounded up all the gay people and put them in concentration camps?
Michael Stipe does, apparently.
“In the early Eighties, as a 22-year-old queer man living during the Reagan-Bush administration, I was afraid to get tested for HIV for fear of quarantine, the threat of internment camps and having my basic civil rights stripped away,” he said.
The deranged paranoia of the gay left is something to behold; as are the politicians who enable it for political gain. And notice how Rolling Stone and the LOGO network act like his paranoia was completely reasonable and justified his choice not to take basic measures to protect his health and the health of others.
Fact: The IRS Targeted 104 Conservative and Tea Party groups to deny them tax exempt status during the 2012 election cycle.
Fact: Not a single progressive group (of the 7 audited) was denied tax exempt status in this period.
Fact: Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive “crashed” within ten days of Congress beginning an inquiry into the IRS targeting of Conservative groups. According to the IRS, this resulted in the loss of all of her emails to outside agencies… including the White House.
Fact: Six other people with close ties to the IRS targeting of Conservative groups also had all of their emails destroyed.
Fact: The IRS abruptly canceled its contract with a company that backed up its emails externally after Congress initiated an inquiry.
Now, a reasonable person looking at the above set of facts might say that the pattern is consistent with an agency that did something wrong and then undertook to destroy the evidence of wrongdoing.
But according to the Democrats, to draw such a conclusion from that set of facts is akin to believing that the Earth is Secretly Run by Alien Lizard People.
You begin to wonder how any intelligent person could still be a Democrat and not be in it for anything other than the graft.
The economy basically collapsed in the first quarter. The Middle East is burning, and World War III is brewing. The southern border has collapsed and illegal immigrants are flooding in. The IRS has proven to be a hotbed of political corruption. And the list of other Obama-caused disasters could fill the whole rest of this page. But instead of addressing any of it, the President is playing the “King who walks among the Commoners” game in hopes of raising his approval rating.
The president will travel to Minneapolis on Thursday and spend a day “in the shoes” of a mystery woman identified only as Rebekah. The woman, whose last name has yet to be revealed, recently wrote a letter to Mr. Obama, inspiring the president to visit her and learn more about her daily struggles.
And instead of trying to avert the takeover of the Middle East by a group that was so violent even Al Qaeda spurned them, John Kerry’s State Department is yammering on-and-on about LGBT rights (while simultaneously pandering to the Islamist regimes that are the most abusive of gay rights).
So, I ask the question in the threadline: Do women and gheys really say, “This presidency has been a disaster on every front, but I like the way Obama panders to my sex/sexual orientation, so he’s got my vote.”
And then I remember the 2012 election.
Identity politics can be fun when rival victim-privilege groups turn on each other.
A white professor is suing Alabama State University (ASU) over claims the historically black university discriminated against him and his partner based on their race and sexual orientation.
According to the lawsuit filed in federal court on June 11, Dr. John Garland is suing the ASU and eight current and former employees for racially discriminating against applicants for university positions and subsequently targeting him when he retaliated against those practices.
Garland, who is a member of the Choctaw Nation but is identified as white by colleagues, was hired by the university in August 2008 as an adjunct professor. In January 2009, Garland was rehired as an assistant professor for the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Studies in the College of Health Sciences (COHS).
His white same-sex partner, Dr. Steven Chesbro, was hired at the university around that time. They legally married in Maryland in February 2013.
Hat Tip: Peter H
Commenter Steve notes this article at Frontpage Mag where in left-wing gay activists cheer that the state of Iowa has reduced the penalty for lying about one’s HIV status in order to deliberately expose sex partners to HIV; a practice I believe is known as “Stealthing.” Of course, this is not enough for the Gay Left. Nothing is ever enough for the gay left. Gay activists demand that “Stealthing” be completely decriminalized because it hurts the feelings of HIV positive people and inhibits their sex lives:
HIV transmission should not be criminalized—ever. HIV criminalization laws do absolutely nothing to prevent the spread of the virus. They stigmatize HIV-positive people, dissuade people from getting tested, and undermine public health goals. They are exceedingly difficult to enforce and based on junk science. They should all be repealed, entirely, immediately.
There may be a Libertarian argument for decriminalizing HIV transmission. After all, everyone is ultimately responsible for one’s health and the choices one makes. But it is so typical of the left to make the argument that it should be decriminalized to spare the feelings and facilitate the sex lives of people who want to spread HIV.
In Mississippi, corrupt Republican fossil Thad Cochran, Duke of Porktrough, prevailed over his Tea Party opponent by… essentially… becoming a Democrat. He recruited Democrats to vote in the runoff, he called the Tea Party a bunch of racists, and he ran on a promise to keep bringing pork (a.k.a. “Free [Stuff] From the Government”) home to Mississippi. And the GOP
Establishment Aristocracy applauded as he did so.
In New York, corrupt Democrat fossil Charlie Rangel — tax cheat and rent-scammer — also prevailed against a challenge from a less corrupt challenger.
Both parties suck and the country is screwed. Have a nice day.
The Obama State Department recently honored Masha Gessen, a lesbian activist who had this to say on the topic of gay marriage:
I agree that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it is a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. . . . Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change, and again, I don’t think it should exist.
Democrats and Republicans holding hands and singing. I figure this has either got to be about Amnesty or some new massive pork-laden stimulus bill.