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You Can Tell a Lot About People from the Enemies They Attract

Posted by V the K at 9:49 pm - January 17, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Whatever else he may be, Milo Yiannapoulos is an elegant and well-spoken individual.

The extra special snowflakes who hate him… not so much.

I ought to sue your “Dangerous Faggot” tour for misleading the public. The only thing you’re dangerous to is a skinhead’s self-esteem. The world is full of very dangerous faggots, but you are not one of them. I raise a glass to the real dangerous faggots, from the AIDS survivors and queer anarchists to the gender warriors and the mincers of Fire Island. Here’s to every disobedient queer body to ever walk the streets in defiance of state and society.

If we, the gender deviant, were not dangerous, you would not be so clearly threatened by us.

As I write this, Milo, I’ve got terrible period cramps, and I’m a bigger fag than you’ll ever be. Hell, I’m probably a better top than you.

When you get here on Feb. 1, we will be waiting here to strip you of your gay identity. You can have sex with all the men you want, but you’re not gay anymore. You’ve used your sexual orientation as an excuse to spit bile and galvanize cowards for long enough. Put your badge and gun on my desk. The community rejects you. You have never been one of us.

You never should have booked this UC tour, Milo. But you want to come to my town? I say, welcome to Berkeley, mother[frack]er. I’m the meanest gay on this coast. I was assigned to raise hell at birth. You come through me

OK, A Few More Thwacks at the Expired Equine

Posted by V the K at 2:49 pm - January 10, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Actress Meryl Streep (whose estimated net worth is $45 Million and who has received over a hundred awards, but whines about being ‘vilified’) in her speech at the Golden Globe Self-Congratulation Orgy stated that without Hollywood, “you’ll have nothing to watch but Football and MMA, and these are not the arts.”

First off, most people like both of those things better… a lot better… than Miss Sloane or The Angry Birds Movie.  I liked  Heck, I like football even more than the movies I liked from last year.

Second, you realize that she is lecturing us on behalf of an industry that produces mostly sequels to comic books movies and reboots of movies done better in the 1980s. Movies written to a rigid mechanical formula developed to ensure conformity with audience expectations. I guess ‘these are the arts.’

Yeah, and also, she gave a standing ovation to a guy who drugged and raped a thirteen year old girl, but she’s our moral and intellectual superior. Because she’s in ‘the arts,’ just like the guy who drugged and raped a thirteen year old girl.

BTW, have you ever notice that the way the MFM reports it, Republicans never “respond to criticism” but always “lash out at critics.” A Republican could say, “I respectfully disagree” in a tone of voice like an NPR newsreader, and the headline would still be “Republican lashes out at critics!”

It’s kind of a tiresome cliché, don’t you think?

And Another Thing: Ed Asner, Debra Messing, and Rosie O’Donnell are calling for Hollywood to boycott America until Trump resigns; i.e. No more movies, no more TV as long as Donald Trump is in office.

“We’re calling for a general strike that would include every single person involved in making motion pictures in Hollywood, starting with the actors and celebrities themselves and encompassing companies in charge of making props, movie memorabilia and even souvenir shops,”

Yeah, that’s totally gonna happen.

Another Leftist Hates Life Because His Party Didn’t Win

Posted by V the K at 8:08 am - January 10, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

I Love America, It’s Americans I Hatewrites Tim Krieder, an “essayist and cartoonist who divides his time between New York City and Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.” So, you can just tell he spends lots of time around regular Americans. And the reason he hates Americans is because they chose Donald Trump over the decrepit, corrupt, dishonest, incompetent, Washington Insider Hillary Clinton. And the people who voted for Trump did so because they are stupid, racist and hateful, therefore he hates them.

A vote cast for Trump is kind of like a murder; there may be context to consider — a disadvantaged background, extenuating circumstances, understandable motives — but the choice itself is binary and final, irrevocable. There’s a case to be made that it’s indefensible; that his supporters have forfeited any right to be respected or taken seriously. The conservatives of the heartland have lashed back against the coastal elites’ condescending, classist prejudices by defiantly confirming them: that they’re pathetically dumb and gullible, uncritical consumers of any disinformation that confirms their biases, easy dupes for any demagogue who promises to bring back the factories and keep the brown people down.

Ignorance and bigotry are actually the best possible motives for having voted for Trump — they are at least honest, if not honorable. But I don’t believe all Trump voters are ignorant, or bigoted; most of them are just evil — evil being defined not as anything so glamorous as beheading journalists or gunning down grade schoolers, but simply as not much caring about other people’s suffering. They’re willing to consign someone else — someone Mexican, or Muslim, or trans, not anyone they know — to exile, arrest, or second-class status, in exchange for… what? A tax break? To send a message to Washington, or the mainstream media? Just out of spiteful, petulant rage?

So, I guess by ‘America’ he means he likes the landscapes and the residual capitalist wealth that enables him to earn a living by attacking it. It never occurs to him that the last eight (actually, the last 24) years have been not so great for people who don’t have large trust funds and connections to the political elite.

Later, he humblebrags about how nice he is. I don’t buy it.

I’m afraid what will probably win out over my ideological convictions is my accursed, ineradicable niceness. Niceness — as distinguished from kindness — is not something I regard as a virtue; it feels more like a weakness. There comes a time when civility in the face of barbarism is folly.

What San Francisco Thinks of America

Posted by V the K at 2:16 pm - January 8, 2017.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

The Founding Partner of TimeShareCMO (a San Francisco-based “data consultancy”) decided to lecture “middle America” (i.e. all people living farther than 50 km from a large coastal urban center) about how much they suck.

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She was dismayed that Middle America didn’t take well to being lectured from a progressive leftist superior
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Note, she’s lecturing Middle America from a city where property crime is out of control and its virtually impossible for working class families to find decent housing.

This From a Leftist Who Hates Donald Trump

In between the usual globalist/leftist blather about how Trump’s rise was fueled by racism and “fear of the other,” Anthony Bourdain pauses to make a little bit of sense.

The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we’re seeing now.

I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good. Nothing nauseates me more than preaching to the converted. The self-congratulatory tone of the privileged left—just repeating and repeating and repeating the outrages of the opposition—this does not win hearts and minds. It doesn’t change anyone’s opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us. We should be breaking bread with each other, and finding common ground whenever possible. I fear that is not at all what we’ve done.

Note, he does this while repeating and repeating the mantra of “the rise of nationalism, the fear of the Other” that bubble-headed leftists have been chanting since BREXIT went Tango Uniform.

Still, better than 99.5% of the elite left.

Michelle Obama: Election of Trump Means America Has Lost Hope

This is why those idiot leftist memes about what a gracious and wonderful pair these two really grind my gears.

The First Lady used her final interview in the White House to tell Oprah Winfrey that a ‘grown up’ should be in charge of the country.

Looking forward to president-elect Trump’s looming inauguration, she said even though hope was lost, it was necessary to move on.

“Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like.” [said the FLOTUS]

Their party lost an election, and so they have to trash-talk their successor going out the door. The Obamas don’t have any class. They have the affectations of class, the arrogance of the privileged, and the adoration of leftist saps, but they have no class.

Update: Trump responds.

“Michelle Obama said yesterday that there is no hope. I assume she was talking about the past, not the future. Because I’m telling you, we have tremendous hope. And we have tremendous promise and tremendous potential. We are going to be so successful as a country again. We are going to be amazing.”

When Arrogant, Out-Of-Touch Liberal Bigots Attack

Posted by V the K at 4:22 pm - December 6, 2016.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Paul Krugman went on a snippy little Twitter rant the other day. (In case you forgot, Paul Krugman is the NY Times columnist and Nobel-prize-winning economist who predicted the stock market would crash on Trump’s election and never recover. Within a week, it hit record highs.) He was just gob-smacked that some people are saying elite New York Times columnists are out of touch with the rest of America.

A lot of people seem to be settling on the narrative that Trumpism reflects a backlash against the arrogance of liberal elites. Really?

Yes, in no way should Trump’s victory over the favored candidate of the political and media class be seen as a case of millions of Americans turning on the political and media class who have been running the country.

Also, how can you say that liberals, who worried about wage stagnation etc. don’t care about workers? IN terms of policy, liberals have been on white working class’s side, much more than the election victors.

Why, we’re the ones who brought you Obamacare, the $15 minimum wage, the War on Coal, and all those third world migrants crowding your schools. (Not a lot of Somalian refugees at Sidwell Friends.)

The answer seems in part to be that liberals haven’t been willing to promise to bring the coal etc. jobs back because they cannot, in fact, be brought back — but insisting on being realistic is perceived as elitist, arrogant, and uncaring

Actually, the answer lies in liberal policies of over-regulation, cronyist central planning, and massive third-world immigration have been killing jobs in the first place; including coal jobs.  “Hey, we killed your manufacturing job, but we will retrain you to wait tables at Buffalo Wild Wings. Because we care.”

Plus there’s the sense that liberals don’t respect the culture of the WWC. What’s odd is that I don’t see anything like the blatant way conservatives denounce “New York values”, or declare that large parts of the country aren’t the “real America”. Sure you can find some dismissive remarks about flyover country or something — but never in political discourse, from actual politicians. So what is it?

You don’t see it? Well, I’m pretty sure fish don’t see water, either.  As far as not hearing it from “actual politicians,” refer to… “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Or, does that not count?

One answer is anti-intellectualism — the very act of trying to figure out how to solve problems makes some see you as arrogant.Another answer — which you know is partly true — is anger that liberal elites don’t respect ordinary folks’ prejudice.

In other words, “At the end of the day, people who don’t agree with liberals are stupid bigots.”

Yeah, Trump’s election will forever be a mystery to Paul Krugman and his ilk.

Arrogance Goes Before an Electoral Defeat

The Huffington Post has climbed in off the ledge long enough to put together a piece that says maybe … just maybe… it was the Clinton campaign’s loss was maybe less about “hate and racism” and maybe somewhat due to “neglect” of the upper midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin, and also Pennsylvania (which is culturally midwestern outside the suburbs of Philadelphia) and “a touch of arrogance.”

In Michigan alone, a senior battleground state operative told HuffPost that the state party and local officials were running at roughly one-tenth the paid canvasser capacity that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) had when he ran for president in 2004. Desperate for more human capital, the state party and local officials ended up raising $300,000 themselves to pay 500 people to help canvass in the election’s closing weeks. By that point, however, they were operating in the dark. One organizer said that in a precinct in Flint, they were sent to a burned down trailer park. No one had taken it off the list of places to visit because no one had been there until the final weekend. Clinton lost the state by 12,000 votes.

Neglect? Sure, I can buy that. Those states that were sneered at as ‘The Rust Belt’ by East Coast liberals were also part of ‘The Blue Wall;’ states that hadn’t gone to a Republican since the 1980′s. And it’s easy to write them off when totes everyone in the media (including the Huffers) was telling her, “This is in the bag for you, Madam President.”

But it was a lot more than just a “touch” of arrogance.

From the outset, the Hillary campaign sought to project a hip, young, urban image. From the choice of hipster Brooklyn for their headquarters, to their appointment of a gay millennial as campaign manager, to campaign themes that reflected the obsessions of urban hipsters: Climate Change, gun control (which did not play well in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, or Wisconsin),  socio-ethnic “diversity Pokémon,” feminism, and income disparities. The concerns of the working class were treated as an afterthought that could be assuaged

The insularity of the Clinton campaign was reflected in the graphic design of the ubiquitous “Stronger Together” slogan, rendered entirely in shades of light blue and dark blue. No red. The message was clear. “We’re ‘stronger together,’ without red America.”

So, I imagine that while it’s very likely the HIllary campaign simply took “the Rust Belt” for granted, there was also probably an aversion, a disdain among her staff members for even paying attention to them, much less getting out there and working the streets. “You’re sending me to Michigan?” you can imagine a staffer crying. “Why? What have I done?”

Having grown up in the Midwest and lived for a long time in the environs of Washington DC, I know the attitude people have there toward the Midwest. This Onion Article — DNC Aiming To Reconnect With Working-Class Americans With New ‘Hamilton’-Inspired Lena Dunham Web Series – is one of those satirical piece that cuts so close it’s painful. (Ms. Dunham, BTW, is off talking to rocks {I am not making this up} at an Arizona Spa to cope with the electorate’s repudiation of coastal hipsters.)

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The American Midwest as imagined by Coastal Hipster Democrats.

DC Elites Worry About Losing Hipster Cred Under Trump

Liberal elites are fretting that DC will lose its chic hipster elan when Trump and the Deplorables take over. Pretty much the Kamehameha of #FirstWorldProblems.

Michelle Obama has burned off her date-night meals at Washington’s new generation of acclaimed restaurants by pedaling at SoulCycle. President Obama has shopped for Jonathan Franzen novels with his daughters at local independent bookstores. Obama administration staff members, their barhopping chronicled in the gossip pages, have hit the 14th Street hot spots hard.

Mr. Trump seems unlikely to drop in at Oyamel, the Mexican restaurant and Obama favorite owned by José Andrés, a star chef and devoted Trump critic. For that matter, it is even unclear whether Mr. Trump, who has used his new Trump International Hotel as an outpost here, will spend weekends in the White House or in New York. And he is unlikely to feel a debt of gratitude to a city where Hillary Clinton won 93 percent of the vote.

“D.C. is going to take a really hard hit, culturally, socially, everything. We were really finding our footing; we weren’t second to New York,” said Jazmine Johnson, a graphic designer who said she now planned to move to New York.

The affluence of DC has been financed … Hunger Games Style … by sucking in the wealth of the fifty-states to finance an out-of-touch ruling elite. Washington DC produces nothing but regulation and arrogance; there is no innovative tech industry, no manufacturing, no real art, no wealth of any kind produced in the nation’s capital. (These are the people who spent $2Billion to build a website.) Their trendy expensive lifestyles are financed entirely by what they suck out from the rest of the country. If Trump is able to cut off some of the flow, it might make it harder for a hipster environmental lobbyist to find a chic wine bar in which to sip fair trade Merlot … but it would be much better for the rest of America.

Could these things be connected?

Item 1: Over 2 Million Hillary Supporters Sign Petition To Overturn Election Results. This is spectacular hypocrisy and as well, unawareness of American civic practices (or how American democracy is supposed to work).

Item 2: In October, John Podesta (Hillary campaign chair) had a lot of his emails exposed. In one, his associate oddly mentions how they all “conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry”.

Seeming to refer to the decades-long dumbing-down of America, Podesta’s associate said:

And as I’ve mentioned, we’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly.

(Emphasis added) Could these 2 developments be connected?

Masculinity Is Good

Contrary to what the feminist left teaches, masculinity is worthy of respect and emulation.

I’ll never forget when I was in high school in the eighties, and I studied abroad in Germany. Not to knock the German men, but I noticed how scrawny and frail most of the guys were. Even as a 17-year-old girl, I found something inherently unattractive about it.

At the end of the summer, when I gathered with other American students before heading home, I was struck by the muscular stature of the young men, and something about them made me feel a sense of relief, as if I were truly coming home where I was safe. I could finally breathe.

I was reminded of this recently when I went to visit my daughter at UNC Chapel Hill. I couldn’t help but notice how the men had changed since I attended college there years ago. So many looked skinny and soft.

“Where are all the real men? Where are the muscles?” I asked my daughter. Surprisingly, she knew exactly what I was commenting on. “They’re all athletes or they’re basic bros in the gym.”

Don’t get me wrong. I know there have always been scrawny guys among us. Nothing against them. But there is something more to this younger generation that was absent even among the less-developed men of days past. They’re not just smaller (because small guys can still be masculine). They’re girly, more feminized. They exude fragility. They remind me of some of the German guys I met back in the eighties.


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Men are less masculine because society no longer respects masculinity as a virtue.

Progressive Authoritarianism

Hillary has often said her idol was Eleanor Roosevelt.  Here is Eleanor Roosevelt’s progressive vision for the United States, in her own words.

The only way I can see to get the maximum service out of our citizens, is to draft us all and to tell us all where we can be most useful and where our work is needed. … complying with the wishes and doing the things which those in authority thought should be done.

Hillary “Norwegian Blue” Clinton expresses the same idea, even more ambitiously: The Progressive Left will no less than “redefine what it means to be human.”

“Let us be willing to remold society by redefining what it means to be a human being in the 20th century, moving into a new millennium.”
The ultimate dream of the progressive left is a society in which “those in authority” (by which they mean, progressive leftists like themselves) get to tell everyone else what to do. They will “redefine what it means to be human” without ever explaining what was wrong with the previous definition. And those not in authority cheerfully comply.

It baffles them that we “deplorables” reject their progressive design, and resent their efforts to impose it.

 

Brexit: Marine Le Pen vs. the Clueless Elites

Two contrasting items today, in the Establishment press.

In Foreign Policy magazine, James Traub says “It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses”. Yes, that is the title of his article.

It’s a trashy piece, packed with elitist cliches and the occasional jaw-dropper (for example, when he refers to Washington’s infamous “K Street” lobbyists with approval). Yet it’s a tortured attempt to begin to face reality:

The issue, at bottom, is globalization. Brexit, Trump, the National Front, and so on show that political elites have misjudged the depth of the anger at global forces…

Actually no, Mr. Traub. Globalization, in itself, is not the problem. -Dictatorial- globalization wherein the political elites wrongly seek to enslave people, is the problem. But kudos to you, for beginning to tell the said elites that maybe there could be some sort of systemic problem.

A good contrast: In The New York Times, Marine Le Pen says “After Brexit, the People’s Spring Is Inevitable”.

British voters understood that… only one question, at once simple and fundamental, was being asked: Do we want an undemocratic authority ruling our lives, or would we rather regain control over our destiny?
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More and more, the destiny of the European Union resembles the destiny of the Soviet Union, which died from its own contradictions.

There’s much more. As the saying goes, “Read the whole thing.”

UPDATE: Over at The Guardian, it’s even worse than the James Traub piece above. David Van Reybrouck’s article is titled “Why Elections Are Bad For Democracy” (yes, for real).

Starting from a blind premise that Brexit is obviously awful, he says “Voting is the problem” and suggests, in all seriousness, that citizen referenda should be replaced by focus groups (called “sortition” to make it sound nice and historical) which will be guided by the elite’s approved experts. (Via ZH.)

This Is Pretty Horrible If It’s True

David French wonders if the left’s transgender zeal is victimizing the mentally ill.

I ran across this heartbreaking interview of a University of Michigan-Flint social work professor whose 19 year-old daughter is “transitioning.” She’s autistic, and she’s been influenced by everything from pop culture to support group meetings to believe that she’s really a man. The story is tragic:

She started attending a local PFLAG meeting, where she met many trans people, including a number of FtoM trans teenagers who were raving about a certain “gender therapist.” Although the APA recommends a minimum of one year of “gender counseling” before surgery, this gender therapist (whom I consented to, before really understanding what I was doing) gave my daughter the go-ahead to have a bilateral mastectomy after only two sessions. This gender specialist never reviewed any of the Special Ed records or spoke to my daughter’s previous therapist, who had known her for a decade. And, crucially, she never asked my daughter, “Might you be a lesbian?”

It gets worse. As you might expect, her daughter wasn’t mentally equipped to understand the true consequences of her decision:

To give you some sense of my daughter’s level of understanding of what it means to transition, she told me recently that she believes that the testosterone “will grow her a penis.” I had to break the news to her that, although this is the mythology in the PFLAG meetings (where a number of the other young trans people are also autistic), this is not the case.

She has been taken advantage of. Healthy organs were amputated. This is insurance fraud, poor clinical practice, a violation of APA standards, unethical and unjust. It is a crime not just against women, but particularly against disabled women. So many of these young women who are “transitioning” are also autistic.

Despite stories like this, many states and professional associations are doing their dead-level best to render it not just unethical but also illegal to counsel teens away from such life-altering mutilations.

It is impossible to have an honest debate about the link between mental illness and transgenderism because to even suggest that a person who feels trapped in the wrong sex body would benefit from psychotherapy will result in accusations of bigotry and “transphobia.”

Obviously, the only “compassionate” thing to do to such people are to chemically and surgically mutilate them.

“New York Values”

On display at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, a functional, 14-Karat gold toilet titled “America.”

“Its participatory nature, in which viewers are invited to make use of the fixture individually and privately, allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with an artwork. Cattelan’s toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market, but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all, its utility ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity.”

“America” as a gold-plated toilet; Ooh, that’s so very clever, so very, very clever. I am sure that will show all those in-bred hicks from flyover country how very, very clever is the artistic palate of the New Tork sophisticate.

Taking Their Marbles and Going Home

Posted by V the K at 8:12 am - March 9, 2016.
Filed under: Arrogance of the Liberal Elites

Remember all of those times Conservative Republicans have been told to vote for moderate Republicans “because a Republican who agrees with you on 50% of your issues is better than a Democrat who disagrees with you on 100% of your issues.”

Yeah, about that.

Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier said it’s possible that some Republicans will vote for Hillary Clinton just to stop Donald Trump from taking over the party.

“Listen, there are Republicans in Washington who are privately saying that already,” Baier told TheWrap on Monday. “Maybe some don’t publicly say it, but I think there are some who are that adamant about it who would.”

Let’s be clear, Donald Trump is no Conservative by any of the fourteen or fifteen current definitions. And if he is the candidate, I can see myself voting for Gary Johnson. (I live in Ohio, now. My vote almost kinda-sorta matters.) But this seems massively hypocritical on the part of the Republican Establishment; no less so since most of Trump’s historical social positions on abortion, gay marriage, and so on put him in the “moderate northeastern liberal” category. And the GOP Establishment has lectured for decades that these are the types of positions candidates should have in order for the Republican Party to win.

Here’s What REALLY Matters About Hillary’s Emails:

So today’s the big day.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be before Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Select Committee on Benghazi, a forum through which she’ll be allowed once again to grandstand in support of her bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Pundits and talking heads are spinning themselves to distraction, while what perplexes me about the entire situation remains: I can’t understand why her popularity has ebbed and flowed as new ‘revelations’ as to the contents of her personal email server have come to light.

As a member of the military, and the possessor of a high-level security clearance, I am of course aghast at the cavalier attitude she and her underlings at State demonstrated with regard to classified information and its handling. Sure, yes, she and those charged with advising her on such matters should be held responsible and (not that I was on the verge of endorsing her anyway) this carelessness and risk should certainly demonstrate her lack of qualification for president. Bla bla, yadda yadda.

BUT…

All that aside, the most damning part of her ‘secret’ ‘home-brewed’ server is that it exists in the first place!

How is it possible that the contempt shown for the American public’s right to know, even if only for the sake of posterity, the goings-on at State not returned in kind by a Nation founded on the principles of representative government answerable to The People?

I get it; it’s an election year. There’s plenty of gamesmanship, posturing and feigned outrage.

But seriously: No less a mouthpiece for Hillary Clinton than longtime confidant and hit-man James Carville himself has acknowledged brazenly and blatantly that her purpose for having a private server in the first place was, “I suspect she didn’t want Louis Gohmert rifling through her e-mails, which seems to me to be a kind of reasonable position for someone to take.” In Mr. Carville’s opinion, does that reasonableness stem from the fact that Gohmert sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is responsible, among other things, for handling impeachment proceedings against federal officials? More generally speaking, it surely would seem “reasonable” if your intention was to, as a public official, avoid any sort of accountability to the people of America or their representatives in Congress (whose job is oversight of you and your organization) by way of completely controlling and keeping from exposure the entire catalog of your communications in your official role. Those communications belong to us, not her.

How is the party ostensibly ‘of the little-guy’ about to coronate a politician so contemptuous of Americans to be their nominee for president? How on earth does it even tolerate her in its ranks at all?

Forget (if you can) the national security risks and exposure her choice represents. Forget the “drip, drip, drip” of supposedly damaging information being squeezed out of a recalcitrant Kerry State Department. Forget inevitable-for-anbody-else-besides-the-well-connected indictments and FBI criminal investigations. Forget all that.

If we aren’t a Nation wherein someone who shows this brash level of (sorry to keep using this word, but it’s really the only one I can think of) contempt for Americans’ right to self-governance (which requires openness of government, which in turn requires Freedom Of Information, if that rings a bell) isn’t drummed out of our national dialog, but rather is actually the nominee for president of one of our major political parties, then perhaps we’re around the bend already.

In fairness, some on the Left really do seem to have conviction about responsible and representative government. Here is an excellent Q&A that boils down the importance of this issue far beyond the bombast of presidential politics and cuts to the core of the issue at hand. Jason Leopold:

The most important aspect of her emails that anyone should be paying attention to is the fact that we don’t have answers as to why she was using a private email account, and avoiding the Federal Records Act—which is a law—and why the State Department failed to respond to legitimate requests from journalists under the Freedom of Information Act for her emails years before this scandal was ever revealed.

If the fact that the person who holds the office of the #1 individual within the administration after the VP to succeed the president having a ‘home-brewed’ server for (obviously) the purpose of avoiding accountability isn’t news enough in and of itself, what sort of representative nation are we?

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

The gender pay gap: a myth?

Like others, I don’t care much about the Oscars. But I understand that Patricia Arquette made a stir on Sunday night, with her speech about “All women deserve equal pay”.

Let’s be clear: Women and men absolutely deserve equal pay, when we’re talking about equal work. That is: work of the same category and experience level, that either a woman or man could do, done with equally good results, under equally good (or bad) conditions.

The point of contention is: Are left-wing feminists really talking about that? Are they correct to claim a large gender gap exists? And are left-wing politicians correct, when they claim to be the answer?

Powerline reminds us of research from 2011 about the gender gap being a myth. And also how, on the surface at least, Hillary and Obama are hypocrites – for example, Hillary has paid her women 72 cents on the dollar (compared to her men). While left-wing hypocrisy is a delightfully inexhaustible subject, the first piece is most interesting for the points it makes.

Basically, research supports the idea that men *on average* tend to choose more dangerous (or less popular) careers; more stressful specializations within the same career; and more uncomfortable and undesirable work locations. And tend (on average) to work longer hours including more nights and weekends, and to take fewer lengthy mid-career breaks. When adjusted for such factors, the gender pay gap disappears – or even turns slightly in favor of women.

If you disagree, please feel free to post your facts/logic in the comments.

UPDATE: Peter Schiff makes a good point, that if he *could* pay a woman less for the same work, women would have a competitive advantage. He “would be an idiot to hire a man” – and would gladly hire nothing but women. He doesn’t, because it just isn’t so. (At least in financial services. Maybe, over in show business, George Clooney’s career will indeed age better than Patricia Arquette’s.)

UPDATE: At the same link, Schiff adds, “in adult entertainment [as opposed to Arquette/Hollywood] women are paid much more…this disparity has nothing to do with discrimination…The porn audience cares about the female stars…So pay rates reflect market forces…I wonder if at the next Adult Video News awards a male winner will demand equal pay during his acceptance speech?”

The Contempt of the Gentry Class

To Barack Obama, illegal immigrants are fruit-pickers and bedpan washers. To John McCain, they’re lettuce-pickers. To Hillary Clinton, illegal immigrants are busboys and dishwashers. To Karl Rove, they are the people who pick tomatoes and  make up beds so his kids won’t have to.

But it’s not just illegal immigrants they see as menial laborers; beneath the high stations they have gotten for themselves. Think about this; all of these people — and most of the economic and political “Elite” in the United States — would like to hand out American citizenship like library cards to anyone who crossed the border. It means nothing to them. They don’t hold American citizenship in much esteem because they don’t hold American citizens in much esteem, as the remarks of Mr. Jonathan Gruber have revealed.

They know that importing millions of unit of cheap foreign labor will negatively impact the wages of American workers. They don’t care, and they lie about it,  “If you like your middle class lifestyle, you can keep your middle class lifestyle,” they reassure us. The elite don’t care because they don’t see illegal immigrant labor affecting them or their class in any negative way. They see no difference between illegal immigrants and working class Americans — except, in the words of an aide to Senator Marco Rubio. “American workers can’t cut it.” To the Gentry, all of us who aren’t them might as well be fruit-pickers, lettuce-pickers, busboys, linen launderers — peasants to be ruled over by members of the Lucky Sperm Club.

The system the progressives most admire is the People’s Republic of China; a political elite wields absolute power, which they use to elevate friends and cronies to positions of wealth and status provided they profess unyielding loyalty to the party. And middle class is defined as having a 200 square foot apartment in a Proletarian rabbit warren.

Update: In California, Democrats are giving the Chinese model a trial run.

A civilization in decline

It seems as though more and more news items lately have a common element: After decades of steadily attacking, hollowing out or abandoning its own culture, the Western world is showing major signs of social, political and moral decay.

Personally, I am no traditionalist. I think all traditions should be examined in the light of logic and justice – and revised or replaced, where they’re found lacking. This is one reason why I have never called myself a conservative (and have tried not to become GP’s “main blogger”).

But my intention, as a non-traditionalist, is to ‘keep things real’ and build on what’s best in the Western tradition: which is what Jonah Goldberg has called the Lockean Revolution, the idea that the individual owns herself – and is not owned by the Massa, feudal Lord, Village, Community, Tribe, Race, Party, State or Ummah. The leftists who have attacked the West from within, for decades now, have been after the exact opposite idea.

A civilization/culture doesn’t survive unless its young women and men will mostly (regardless of particular individuals’ sexual orientation or practices) do the following together: (a) get along; (b) find a genuine sense of purpose and meaning in that culture/civilization; and therefore (c) actually create and raise new generations for it. We are seeing more and more signs that the West is decrepit, on all three counts.

I could talk about the West’s declining birthrates, or its anti-child and self-terminating “environmentalism”, or its ever-growing political insanity. But, just to restrict it to current events, GayPatriot’s main page presently notices such news items as:

And we can add more items:

I recommend that last link, Lee Smith’s opinion piece titled “Why the Teenage Girls of Europe are Joining ISIS”, for your attention. When a given civilization can no longer persuade its own teenage girls to sign on with it: it’s cooked.