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The Implicit Racism of Hillary and Bernie’s Campaign

One thing that’s been fascinating to watch this election cycle is Hillary and Bernie tacitly repudiating Obama. One would expect — after eight years of a Democratic Presidency that’s been lauded as so successful by the media — that they would be saying, “Obama did a fantastic job, the country has never been more secure or more prosperous.” Instead, both of them are running on a platform, essentially, that “America sucks.” The economy is terrible. Income inequality is terrible. Race relations are the worst they’ve been since the 1950′s. This is what you would expect an opposition candidate to be saying, not the incumbent party. When Bill Clinton references “the awful legacy of the last 8 years …” that’s pretty disrespectful to the Man in the White House.

At the same time, they are not repudiating Obama’s actual policies, but promising to accelerate and expand them across the board. Therefore, the implication is not that Obama’s policies are wrong-headed but that Obama has not implemented them properly. So what they are saying, in effect is, “Democratic Socialism will work, but only if old white people like us are in charge of it.” And they point to some of the whitest countries on Earth… Sweden and Denmark… as their “proof.”

Also, the Democrat policy prescriptions they embrace are all pretty much the kind of Government Paternalism that was once called “The White Man’s Burden;” the notion that minorities and the poor are simply incapable of looking after themselves. Therefore, they must have welfare programs, they must have housing programs, they must be given preferential treatment. Not only that, but the Government must even micromanage their diets, mircomanage their health care, and constantly talk up how wonderful these communities are because they are like sensitive, dysfunctional children whose feelings must not be aroused lest they start screaming and breaking things.

The condescension with which Democrats treat minorities is fascinating; the fact that minority communities seem to lap it up and reward them with votes is even more fascinating.

Do you ever wonder if the incessant media/elite focus on “social justice” — hissy fits over transgender bathrooms, accusations that anything and everything is racist — primarily serves to keep their ill-educated, resentful base preoccupied from questioning why the people who claim to care so much about income inequality have proven to be really good at keeping and even growing their own wealth while the rest of society declines?

As the “GapKids” item from earlier this week indicates, the left can literally find racism anywhere they look. Hillary and Bernie’s campaign seem to be a bit more obvious in the disrespect they show to America’s First Black* President, but they seem to be pretending not to notice.

A Word to the Wiseau

Posted by V the K at 1:33 pm - March 30, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Donald Trump issued a response today to Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, who has charged his campaign manager with battery.  I believe it went something like this.

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Democrats Against Democracy

This weekend in Arizona (where I used to live), some Progressive Leftwing Fascists (Hillary and Bernie Sanders supporters) tried to stop Trump supporters from exercising their Constitutional Right to Peacefully Assemble.

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Makes me wish this were a real thing.

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The Anti-Trump Fascists were chanting about “Racist Police” and such all. At that same Trump rally, a left-wing agitator dressed up in KKK drag and got punched out by an African-American Trump supporter. I wish our national politics had not devolved to “Idiocracy,” but… hey, that’s where the Progressive Left has brought us.

You Don’t Have to Like Trump to Love This Ad

Posted by V the K at 8:24 am - March 17, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

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GOP leaders fear a President Hillary more than their own obsolescence

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 11:01 am - March 11, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

If you watch what some Republican higher-ups are finally saying about Stopping Trump!, their main fear seems to be a Hillary presidency. Their logic seems to go like this: We have to Stop Trump! because if he’s the Republican nominee, Hillary is sure to win. She’ll mop the floor with him.

Two thoughts on that:

First, who’s to say? It’s curious to me that the reason they’re finally taking Trump seriously and (hopefully, but futilely it seems) trying to thwart his candidacy is based on the exact same thing that’s allowed this clown to come this far already: A tremendously low estimation of his ability to garner support. They’re convinced of a Hillary presidency if it’s her versus Trump. But why no fear of a Trump presidency?

Secondly, check out its reason for panic:

Not because the party may be about to nominate someone who full-throatedly supports and defends Planned Parenthood at two consecutive Republican presidential debates!; Not because the party may be about to nominate someone who wants to remain “neutral” between Israel and the Palestinians; Not because the party may be about to nominate someone who personifies the whore-like relationship between big government and special interests; Not because the party may be about to nominate someone who would start a trade war based mostly on his lack of knowledge, it seems, about how trade even works; Not because the party may be about to nominate someone who’d make Obama’s Imperial Presidency look restrained; Not because the party may be about to nominate a habitual liar and shyster.

No, they’re afraid that a guy like that might not win in November. Huh? I thought the whole point of the Republican party was to ensure the losses of such candidates…

The leaders of the Republican party are not panicking now because nominating Trump would erase any distinction between their party and the Democrats (and nobody will ever out-Democrat the Democrats) and render the GOP obsolete. No, they’re concerned that their Democrat would lose to the Democrats’ Democrat.

“Their guy” winning is ultimately more important than “their guy” destroying everything that they’re supposed to represent. It’s odd that the prospect of a Trump presidency didn’t motivate them to rally against him, but the thought of a Hillary presidency does. Forget that the basis for such a fear is based on the same sort of unsupported logic (‘he could never win’) that’s led to their underestimations of him so far. It’s curious that they’re not motivated by fear of his becoming president.

In the end, perhaps it doesn’t matter. One thing at least, it seems the current operational goals of the ‘establishment’ finally seem to be aligned with those of conservatives and Constitutionalists. And if it works, America will be better off to not have a President Trump (or another President Clinton, for that matter). But how long do you suppose the cooperation would last if Cruz (for example) wins the nomination? Or the White House?

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

Two Personality Cults; No Winners

Posted by V the K at 9:43 pm - March 10, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Hillary Clinton commits multiple felonies, lies about Benghazi, and engages in pretty much straight up influence peddling. Her followers don’t care.

Donald Trump’s goons rough up a young woman reporter from a Trump-friendly media outlet. His followers don’t care.

So, the question is, whose followers are worse in their blind loyalty? Or do they both just suck?

Trump Derangement Syndrome Gets Even Stupider

Posted by V the K at 11:15 am - March 10, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Getting deranged because of a politician can lead one to do very silly things.

An Ohio married couple with two young daughters has launched a movement called “Vote Trump Get Dumped,” which calls on people to refuse to have sex with Donald’s supporters. “I don’t want a sexist, racist, war-crime-threatening man leading my country,” wife, mother, and Vote Trump Get Dumped co-founder Chandler Smith told National Review Online on Wednesday. “So, we’re doing something about it,” she added.

Yes, technically, doing something juvenile and stupid is, nonetheless, “doing something.”

Did these people, at any point, say to themselves, “This is actually rather silly?”

If this is the sort vitriol people who don’t like Mr. Trump are driven to, I may have to give his candidacy another look. Doing the opposite of what crazy people do is often sound advice. Then again, the pro-Trump and anti-Trump people in my Facebook feed both seem equally nuts to me.

Hillary deceives, too few notice.

Surely we’ve all known since the 1990s that when a Clinton speaks, one must parse the precise words assiduously and meticulously.

Two days ago, the former Secretary of State appeared on CBS’s “Face The Nation” where host John Dickerson interviewed her about a range of issues. At about the 13-minute mark (sorry, in my browser, the time-scroll thingy doesn’t show where you are, so you may have to suffer through some asshole going on about how great he is for the first part), Dickerson asks about Brian Pagliano which introduces the email topic. At about 13:30, in response to his question about the classification of emails on her server, in toto she says the following (my emphasis added):

I also know that there were reports today about the hundreds of officials and the thousands of emails that they were sending back and forth that have been been looked at and classified retroactively. This really raises serious questions about this whole process I think. Colin Powell summed it up well when he was told that some of his emails from more than 10 years ago were going to be retroactively classified; he called it an absurdity. So I’m hoping that we’ll get through this and then everybody can take a hard look at the inter-agency disputes and the arguments over retroactive classification. Remember I’m the one who asked that all of my emails be made public. I’ve been more transparent than anybody I can think of in public life. But it’s also true that when something is made public everybody from across the government gets to weigh in, and that’s what’s happening here, and we need to get it sorted out and then take action from there.

Dickerson then moves on to Libya and doesn’t return to the topic of the emails.

Notice what she’s not saying. She’s not saying that the information was retroactively classified, but that the emails were retroactively classified. If you’re paying close attention, you’ll note that this is a meaningless tautology. Of course the emails weren’t classified until after the fact… Who would have classified them when they were sent?

As background, when sending email via the secured systems used to house classified information (at least in the DoD, with which I’m familiar, but I’m betting State has a similar system), every time you hit send, you’re prompted to select a classification for the email. Is it Top Secret? Secret? Confidential? Is it SCI? Or is it Unclass? If so, is it FOUO? Does it contain PII (personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers, etc.)? Depending on which box you tick (and you can’t send without ticking a box… the message will remain in your Outbox), markings are automatically affixed to the message, i.e., ‘the email gets marked classified‘. Naturally if you’re sending emails from an unsecured system, these procedure doesn’t exist, and at that time, the email isn’t designated as ‘classified’.

If, say, four years later, as a result of a FOIA request, someone who knows about classification goes through and reads this “unclassified” email, guess what he’s going to do: “Holy shit! This email should be classified!” Suddenly, he’s ‘retroactively’ classifying emails. Emails containing information, by the way, that was quite likely classified at the time it was sent, but that wasn’t marked as such because the careless individual who chose to send it via unclassified (and therefore unregulated) means didn’t slap a classification on it Herself. But then, why would she do that, and raise the obvious issues at the time?

To suggest that all this was just someone going back (overzealously, and likely with malice of course) and slapping classified markings over stuff that was completely innocuous at the time it was sent is completely insincere and meant (as so much Madame Secretary and her husband says) to throw the credulous off her track.

It’s like Bill Cosby saying, ‘Yea sure. She complains now that she’s woken up. But she didn’t say anything about it at the time!’

Parse the words… remember, we were told that none of the info was classified.. Then it wasn’t marked classified. This is just the next step in the evolution.

The arrogance is astounding, but only persists because there’s a history of getting away with it.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

Caitlyn Jenner for Ted Cruz

Posted by V the K at 8:25 am - March 4, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

This is going to confuse and enrage the Democrat Plantation owners.

Caitlyn Jenner said her favorite presidential candidate is Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and is willing to be a “trans ambassador” for the conservative politician who once dismissed the idea of gender-open bathrooms as “lunacy.”

“I like Ted Cruz,” Jenner told the Advocate in an interview marking the start of the second season of her reality show “I Am Cait” on the E! network.

I am with Ted on the bathroom thing; I don’t see why it’s such a horrific violation of your human rights that you should have to use the bathroom that aligns with your plumbing.

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Real Quick Here, Just Give Me A Moment

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 10:55 pm - March 3, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Watching the debate… Donald Trump just said, in reply to Rubio’s (fair) criticism of his suggestion that he’s such a good leader that we (military officers) would follow his illegal order to deliberately target innocent family members of supposed terrorists that, “they’ll do as I tell them.”

No.

As an active Reservist officer, Mr. Trump, my oath is to the Constitution of the United States and (thank God!), I am authorized and obligated to disobey illegal orders such as “take out their families.

Please, America. Please, Republican Party. Save us from this person.
Short of that, please explain how this charlatan has fooled so many Republicans, of all people.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HHQ)

There, There, Little Snowflake

Posted by V the K at 9:56 pm - March 2, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election,Liberals

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Super Tuesday Candidate Rundown

Posted by V the K at 10:08 am - March 1, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Today, voters in… what is it, 11 states? something like that? Mostly southern states but also Massachusetts and Vermont for some reason … will go to the polls and vote. According to Very Nice People Who Support Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, all subsequent primaries will be irrelevant. (Or in Hillary’s case, all primaries period.) According to Very Nice People Who Don’t Support Hillary or Donald… Nuh, unh, there’s still like, more delegates and stuff. Whatever. Here’s a really brief summary of where America stands with each candidate as of this morning.

1. Hillary: Her victory will be a Testament to the Democrats’ complete indifference to corruption, incompetence, criminality, and their own stated anti-corporate value set.

2. Sanders: The choice of people dumb enough to think the only reason socialism failed in Venezuela and Zimbabwe is because Scandinavians weren’t in charge of it.

3. Rubio: If the last 15 years constitutes a success story for Republicans in your mind, Rubio is your candidate.

4. Trump: An angry mass of contradictory positions, childish insults, and incoherent policy statements; the very embodiment of the American electorate in 2016.

5. Cruz: Brilliant legal scholar, hated by the Washington Establishment for confronting their corruption and dishonesty, and at the end of the day, way too smart to be President in the Age of the Participation Trophy and the Low-Information Voter.

6. Carson and Kasich: Like the supporting actor and actress at the Oscars, nobody cares.

Heliotrope on Peggy Noonan Finally Waking up and Smelling the Coffee

Posted by V the K at 8:24 pm - February 27, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

A typically well-reasoned, well-stated comment from Heliotrope that I was given permission to elevate to post status. (No, it’s not because I’m lazy and want to watch ‘Gotham’ on Netflix. Who said that?). Peggy Noonan — who voted for Obama in 2008 because ‘Hope and Change’ — seems to have finally figured out why the voters are done with her and the Republicans who buy her cocktails.

Peggy Noonan nailed it as only she can when she is focused. This long except from her recent column may not seem to be about free speech, but it actually is:

We’re in a funny moment. Those who do politics for a living, some of them quite brilliant, are struggling to comprehend the central fact (of the) Republican primary race, while regular people have already absorbed what has happened and is happening.

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There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully.

The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful—those who have power or access to it. They are protected from much of the roughness of the world. More to the point, they are protected from the world they have created. Again, they make public policy and have for some time.

I want to call them the elite to load the rhetorical dice, but let’s stick with the protected.

They are figures in government, politics and media. They live in nice neighborhoods, safe ones. Their families function, their kids go to good schools, they’ve got some money. All of these things tend to isolate them, or provide buffers. Some of them—in Washington it is important officials in the executive branch or on the Hill; in Brussels, significant figures in the European Union—literally have their own security details.

Because they are protected they feel they can do pretty much anything, impose any reality. They’re insulated from many of the effects of their own decisions.

One issue obviously roiling the U.S. and western Europe is immigration. It is THE issue of the moment, a real and concrete one but also a symbolic one: It stands for all the distance between governments and their citizens.

It is of course the issue that made Donald Trump.

Britain will probably leave the European Union over it. In truth immigration is one front in that battle, but it is the most salient because of the European refugee crisis and the failure of the protected class to address it realistically and in a way that offers safety to the unprotected.

If you are an unprotected American—one with limited resources and negligible access to power—you have absorbed some lessons from the past 20 years’ experience of illegal immigration. You know the Democrats won’t protect you and the Republicans won’t help you. Both parties refused to control the border. The Republicans were afraid of being called illiberal, racist, of losing a demographic for a generation. The Democrats wanted to keep the issue alive to use it as a wedge against the Republicans and to establish themselves as owners of the Hispanic vote.

Many Americans suffered from illegal immigration—its impact on labor markets, financial costs, crime, the sense that the rule of law was collapsing. But the protected did fine—more workers at lower wages. No effect of illegal immigration was likely to hurt them personally.

It was good for the protected. But the unprotected watched and saw. They realized the protected were not looking out for them, and they inferred that they were not looking out for the country, either.

The unprotected came to think they owed the establishment—another word for the protected—nothing, no particular loyalty, no old allegiance.

Mr. Trump came from that.

This business of “thought control” through manipulation of what you are free to say only by agreeing with the political correctness police has not gone down well well with the average “useful idiot” who is not eager to be a member of the useful idiot underclass.

I got a great chuckle from a “tweet” by Christina H. Sommers:

“Want to close wage gap? Step one: Change your major from feminist dance therapy to electrical engineering. #NationalOffendACollegeStudentDay”

Colleges seems to be hellbent on nursing any little pimple of an “offense” which appears to go against the Progressive agenda.

Therefore, “feminist dance therapy” wins out because it is part of the great cultural purge of the “impure” thinking which must be stomped out in order to reach the ideological purity that undergirds the glorious revolution of Progressivism.

It is Noonan’s “protected class” which is weaving the narrative. Their gated community lives do not want to mix with the hoi polloi on any terms which they do not control.

But now, much to their shock and awe, a vox populi is rising against the establishment and it scares the living bejesus out of the protected class. For them, it is Donald Trump who must be silenced. He is reckless. His brashness might throw the whole protected class in with the common trash. Think of it. Hillary and Bernie and lapdogs among the Repugnants are part of the passing scene for the establishment. Trump doesn’t play by any of the rules. If you look through the establishment looking glass, Trump is narcissistic. He is a bully. He is brash. He is a boor. He is histrionic. He is asocial. He lacks remorse. He is self-absorbed. He is shameless. He is self-serving. He plays by a different set of rules.[Note: does this remind you of Obama?]

Yeah, maybe so, but the “unprotected class” hears him and they smell an entirely different rose. So, maybe Trump is responding to the psychological state of his supporters. So, maybe a huge chunk of the population is nuts in the eyes of the establishment. Maybe the establishment knows it is losing its control of the little people. Maybe the welfare and the speech codes and the whole manipulation of the culture has suffered a transmission breakdown. Maybe the emperor establishment has no clothes and they have no place to hide. Maybe this is how actual revolutions begin.

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Donald Trump’s Victory Speech: Honey Badger Narrator Edition

Posted by V the K at 7:31 am - February 26, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

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I understand this is the text of his actual speech.

Life Imitates ‘Blazing Saddles’

Some people showed up in KKK-drag at the Nevada Caucuses this week to promote the “Donald Trump (and All Republicans) Are Rayciss!” meme so popular among leftists who are ignorant of history. There was just one minor problem.

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They really should have washed their hands after the cross-burning

For all we know, “The Donald” hired those guys because no publicity is bad publicity, apparently.

On Gravity

As Kurt mentions below this is a dark day for America and specifically those who cherish its founding documents and principles and who held out hope that we could one day return to an embrace of these ideals.

Tonight’s GOP debate surely will carry special gravity as perhaps finally we can begin to take the choice the Republicans now have more seriously.

If anything good can come of this tragedy, perhaps it will be an awakening within the party that they alone hold the one chance our Nation has at returning to one of Laws rather than men. This truly is the moment I hope the Republican voters will begin to see the gravity of the choice they will make, and the severe consequences it will have on the future trajectory of our beloved America.

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Consider and Discuss

Posted by V the K at 6:40 pm - February 12, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

What underlies the spectacle of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders running for president on the basis of who is better at looting and pillaging.

The Democrat Party is the world’s most successful hate group. It attracts poor people who hate rich people, black people who hate white people, gay people who hate straight people, feminists who hate men, environmentalists who hate the internal combustion engine, and a lot of bratty college kids who hate their parents. However, the real secret of the party’s success is that it attracts the support of journalists who hate Republicans, and who therefore work tirelessly to convince the rest of us that we should vote for Democrats.

What This Primary Season Feels Like

Posted by V the K at 11:01 am - February 12, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

In this Ted Talk, a neurologist describes her experience when she found herself having a stroke. She knew exactly what was happening, was powerless to do anything about it, yet her academic side was fascinated by the opportunity to experience it.

Then I realized, “Oh my gosh! I’m having a stroke!” And the next thing my brain says to me is, Wow! This is so cool!

This is so cool! How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?”

Watching Trump, Hillary and Bernie produces a similar action. You know what is happening. You know the ultimate result is going to be something awful. But since there’s nothing you can do about it, you’re left with sitting back and studying the situation with a sort of detached yet fascinated horror.

 

Boom!

Posted by V the K at 10:33 pm - February 11, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

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How Did This Election Get So Weird?

Just a thought: Is Hillary really losing because she’s being “dragged down by scandals?” Because Democrats really find her duplicitous and untrustworthy? Because she’s just plain unlikeable? Or is it because Sanders is just promising a lot more free stuff and class vengeance?

I have come to believe it’s the latter. Democrats never gave a wet slap about scandals or corruption within their own party before. They didn’t care that Barack Obama got semi-trucks full of campaign donations from Wall Street and made his Administration an ATM for Goldman-Sachs. It seems odd that they would start caring about that now. I gotta believe it’s about the free stuff.

By the way, did you know that even though America’s answer to Evita Peron lost by over 50,000 votes, she gets more New Hampshire Democrat delegates than America’s answer to Salvador Allende? Hillary leaves the state with 15 delegates. Bernie leaves with 13.  Overall, Hillary has 394 delegates in hand and Bernie has 42, despite skunking her in New Hampshire and tying her in Iowa.

That “Democratic” Party is a Hell of a thing, isn’t it?

Over at the Republican side, the conservatives and the moderate establishment are both losing to a loud, boorish populist. Trump is tapping into the angst of the working class, and in a not-so-different way from Bernie Sanders. Trump also rails against the hedge fund managers, and promising to tax them more, and promising to maintain and expand the welfare state.

This is being portrayed in the media as a “populist revolt.” The narrative is that the people who have suffered twenty odd years of wage decline and economic stagnation… the people who have been losing ground economically while politicians and bankers in the DC-Wall Street corridor have built up unprecedented levels of wealth… are turning on the politicians and bankers whose policies (open borders, cheap imports, cronyism) have led to this state of affairs.

Do people really just plain hate politicians and bankers? Or do they really hate that the politicians and the bankers seem to be scheming against them to enhance their own wealth?

If you want a socialist revolution, this is how you get a socialist revolution.

In the end, this election may well come down to a billionaire capitalist supported by the blue collar working class running against an avowed Marxist supported by the trust-fund wealthy.

What an odd thing to see happening.

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