I lied. These memes aren’t just about Ghislaine Maxwell and Black Lives Matter. They’re also about Antifa, Democrats, Biden, guns, the Wuhan virus, and more.
If you’re worried about the polls:
Leftists want a make-or-break revolution in America, forgetting that, when it comes to weapons, they’re the Stone Age tribes and conservatives are Europe.
I had an epiphany, albeit one that ends with blood. John Kerry has threatened all of America by announcing that if Trump is elected president, there will be a revolution. He’s not making a scholarly prediction; he summoning the troops.
When I read that, my first thought was, “Well, conservatives (i.e., Trump supporters) are the ones with the guns.” Leftists in America may be violent, but except for Antifa, some of whose members are armed, the lefts’ anti-Second Amendment stance means they’re armed with bricks and sticks.
And that’s when I had my epiphany. The leftists are the Stone Aged tribes of America. They paint themselves funny colors, make lots of noises, and do ritualized “violence dances.” They look scary but, just like any Stone Aged people, when the more advanced civilization’s guns come out, the Stone Aged people are done for. It’s not complicated: The side with the better weapons win, and conservatives are on that side.
The famous gun versus sword scene in the first Indiana Jones movie is a cute, graphic representation of this problem. Cute — but surprisingly accurate. Europe successfully colonized Latin America, Africa, North America, and the Caribbean because the Europeans had guns and the indigenous people — all of whom were Stone Aged in the technology, didn’t. In North America, Native Americans fought valiantly against European colonization but they were never going to win against the better armed Europeans.
Leftists would know this if they studied actual history, as opposed to made-up history.
The only thing that could change this dynamic goes back to the Obama administration’s weapon buying binge in 2013. In a recent American Thinker post, John Watson remembers how Obama went crazy arming his administrative agencies. (Watson speaks of the last two years of the administration, but I happen to know it began in 2013, so the purchases may be even more significant than Watson documents):
During the last two years of the Obama administration, some unusual purchases were made. Large quantities of ammunition were purchased, as were firearms, mostly for somewhat obscure agencies or agencies with no real need for such weaponry. Estimates are that over 1 billion rounds of ammunition were ordered, which resulted in making ammunition scarce for the normal civilian market.
Also significant was Obama’s troublesome statement made during his campaign, as follows
We cannot continue to rely only on our military … we’ve got to have a civilian security force just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set.
Moreover, Watson reminds us that it wasn’t just ordinary guns and ammo these agencies got. It was serious stuff for agencies that had no possible use for that kind of thing (emphasis mine):
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $4.77 million purchasing shotguns, 7.62mm caliber rifles, night-vision goggles, propane cannons, liquid explosives, pyro supplies, buckshot, LP gas cannons, drones, remote-control helicopters, thermal cameras, military waterproof thermal infrared scopes and more.
$426,268 on hollow-point bullets, including orders from the Forest Service, National Park Service, Office of Inspector General, Bureau of Fiscal Service, as well as Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The latter three, sure, but the Forest Service, National Park Service, and Inspector General’s Office?
These agencies are filled with Democrat denizens of the Deep State. It’s not impossible to imagine them using those taxpayer-funded weapons as an arsenal for the leftist side should John Kerry’s threatened “revolution” take place.
Of course, you can give Stone Aged fighters modern weaponry, but possessing them is not the same as knowing how to use them. Nevertheless, if the Deep State is the armory, we’re in trouble. If not, it will be a bloody war, but a short one, and history tells us that the Stone Age fighters will lose.
I am exploding with pent-up posts going back two weeks, so I thought a Bookworm Beat might be the best way to do a mental download onto the blog.
A good Obamagate overview. During their Russagate heyday, the leftist media had it easy because they could roll with a single message: “Russia! Russia! Russia!” And failing that, “Climate! Climate! Climate!”
Obamagate is harder because it is, in fact, an actual conspiracy. The nature of conspiracies is that they hide away in the dark, and involve serpentine steps to achieve nefarious goals. When brought to light, the malfeasors scurry away like cockroaches surprised by light. Then, investigators laboriously gather up the Raid and your roach motels to unravel the conspiracy and bring the conspirators before the law.
What I just wrote is a helpful analogy, but the actual facts of Obamagate are a bit harder to explain. That’s why I appreciated John Daniel Davidson’s masterful overview of Obamagate. He carefully avoids getting caught in the weeds of endless dates, actors, and lies, and focuses instead on the broad-brush outlines to reveal “the biggest political scandal of our time.” I actually disagree with that statement. I think that, as far as American politics go, it’s the biggest political scandal ever.
Anyway, if you’re struggling to get a handle on the two different narratives (FISA and Flynn) and the way they dovetail into a single concerted attack on the Trump campaign and then the Trump presidency, Davidson’s article is an excellent way to start.
Matt Taibbi continues his lonely journey as an honest progressive journalist. One of the things I didn’t get to blog about while my site was down was an article two law professors – one from Harvard and one from the University Arizona — wrote for The Atlantic about censorship. If you’re expecting to hear that they wrote a rousing defense of free speech, you’d be wrong. Instead, the professors advocated for abandoning constitutional free speech in favor of Chinese-style censorship, complete with tech giants giving the government the help it needs.
Taibbi does not agree, either with the professors or with other so-called “liberals” advocating for wiping out both the First and Fourth Amendments. While Taibbi doesn’t go back as far as Tom Friedman and his love affair with Chinese-style control, he does round up a few recent examples of how the Wuhan virus has been an opening for “liberals” to let out their inner fascist.
(By the way, I never use the word “liberal” to describe Democrats, progressives, or leftists. It is an obscene misnomer, and I won’t countenance it.)
Taibbi using that leftist drive for censorship as an opening to discuss covers the leftist love for “expertise,” its relentlessly scolding tone (think: Karen), and the severe limitations that hamper even good journalists. It’s a tour de force and deserves a read. Indeed, anyone, especially a progressive, who writes this deserves to be acknowledged, and that’s true even if Taibbi’s leftism still blinds him so that he meekly accepts as accurate the canard that Trump told people to inject over-the-counter disinfectants:
We have a lot of dumb people in this country. But the difference between the stupidities cherished by the Idiocracy set ingesting fish cleaner, and the ones pushed in places like the Atlantic, is that the jackasses among the “expert” class compound their wrongness by being so sure of themselves that they force others to go along. In other words, to combat “ignorance,” the scolders create a new and more virulent species of it: exclusive ignorance, forced ignorance, ignorance with staying power.
The people who want to add a censorship regime to a health crisis are more dangerous and more stupid by leaps and bounds than a president who tells people to inject disinfectant. It’s astonishing that they don’t see this.
Bastiat and the problem with the leftists’ apocalyptic world view. Years ago, I read, and fell in love with, Frédéric Bastiat’s famous economic essay, “What is seen and what is unseen.” In it, he examines the fallacy of those who say that even a broken window is a good thing, for it brings work to the glazier. Bastiat, however, points out that fixing something broken is a dead end. The window’s owner might have spent the same money on something more useful and necessary for him. This lost buying power is the “unseen” part for those who can see only a broken window and a glazier. Or, as Bastiat wrote, “Stop there! Your theory is confined to that which is seen; it takes no account of that which is not seen.”
Leftists have this limited “unseen” thinking about gun violence (they see only those 30,000 who die, not the hundreds of thousands or even millions whose lives guns save). They also have it with abortion, where the focus is on women (who can be seen), rather than on the millions of babies who never got the chance to grow up to be women (or men).
For an example of a “seen” woman’s suffering, think of Michelle Obama, who was very explicit about what a terrible choice it was for her to have children:
“My relationship with Barack was all about our equal partnership,” Obama recalled. “If I was going to have a unique voice with this very opinionated man, I had to get myself up and set myself off to a place where I was going to be his equal.”
“The thing that really changed it was the birth of our children. I wasn’t really ready for that. That really made it harder,” the first lady explained. “Something had to give and it was my aspirations and dreams.”
“I made that concession not because he said ‘you have to quit your job,’ but it felt like ‘I can’t do all of this so I have to tone down my aspirations, I have to dial it back,’” she added.
I didn’t particularly want children, but I knew it was a necessary thing to do to further my development as a mature human being. I realized that I’d miss the selfish life (and I did miss it), but that life also frightened me because I saw that it was preventing me from fully growing up. Now that my children are themselves grown, the pay-off for having had them is huge because they are delights to have around. For me, despite the lost sleep, boredom, and frustration, it was a win-win.
But back to Bastiat, progressives, and the Wuhan virus. Actually, I won’t spell out the argument in this post because you can read it here.
San Franciscans are paying the price for subsidizing vice. For a very long time, San Francisco has been subsidizing vice. First, it decriminalized crime. Drug taking, public drunkenness, public excretory functions, stealing (as long as the thief took goods worth less than $950) . . . they’re all allowed in San Francisco. For people who like engaging in those crimes, especially stealing, San Francisco is the place to be.
San Francisco has also been subsidizing substance abuse for quite a long time. Under the banner of decency, it’s made clean needles available to IV drug users and provided them with food, shelter, and other benefits. San Francisco’s progressives say that this is right and proper because drug users are victims too.
It’s true that many homeless people are mentally ill. Of course, it’s a chicken and egg question whether they had pre-existing issues and self-medicated, making themselves worse, or whether the substance abuse itself created the mental health issues. It’s also true that tossing junkies and mentally ill people in jail is not a solution.
These are real problems and require thoughtful approaches. However, you’d also think that someone in San Francisco might have realized that it’s a bad idea to create what is effectively a Utopian environment for disruptive, dangerous, dirty, disease-ridden druggies and other people with anti-social behavior.
Tax-paying, working San Francisco residents have been complaining about the homeless problem for a while now. Still, it’s hard to take their complaints seriously when they elect Chesa Boudin as the town’s DA, the man who promised to decriminalize everything. They also elected London Breed, another hard leftist, to be their mayor.
This is what happens when genuine lifestyle issues (such as being able to walk the streets safely or run a business) crash into virtue signaling. Virtue signaling always wins.
Anyway, the Wuhan virus (or, if you like, the New York virus) has put the whole San Francisco problem on steroids. Daniel Greenfield has a hard-hitting look at what’s happening on the streets of San Francisco:
“People are coming from all over the place, Sacramento, Lake County, Bakersfield,” Jeanine Nicholson, the first lesbian head of the San Francisco Fire Department, grumbled. “People are getting released from jail in other counties and being told to go to San Francisco, where you will get a tent and then you will get housing.”
The people coming to the City by the Bay weren’t wearing flowers in their hair, they were homeless junkies who had heard that they were going to get free hotel rooms, along with pot and booze.
And it was all true. Every word of it.
San Francisco was spending $200 a night to house the homeless, or as the current politically correct euphemism insisted that they be called, the ‘unhoused’, in hotel rooms at a cost of over $100 million.
You have to read his article to believe it and, even after reading it, you might not believe it.
San Francisco always had a wacky edge, but it was an aesthetically beautiful and still functional city. Those days are over. Large parts of San Francisco are sewers with homeless people camped on the streets and affluent citizens hiding in their homes. My old neighborhood, once a working- and middle-class bastion, is the brothel center of San Francisco. The City that Herb Caen always boasted “knew how” is dying.
Go to college; get therapy. Three years ago, I wrote a post about Macalester College, a small and expensive liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minnesota, and its proud boast about having multiple therapy dogs. I was revolted.
If you look at the photo for that post, which is simply the cover of Macalester’s magazine for parents, you’ll see that it shows girls crowding around the therapy dog. That was a familiar sight for me. When I was on a small liberal arts college campus several years ago, one that had a therapy dog, I noticed incoming freshman crowding around the dog, not in a “What a cute dog” way, but in an “I desperately need help way.” I also noticed how highly feminized the boys were, whether they were gay or straight.
Heather MacDonald, who’s a smarter, more knowledgeable, and a better writer than I am, has just written a lengthy article about the therapeutic culture at Yale and other American colleges, something that fuses feminism with mental illness. She describes how students are never told to buck up and embrace their experience. Instead, they are encouraged to revert to toddler-esque panic and equally immature means of relieving that panic. This instruction in helplessness is paired with the bizarre feminization of the therapeutic college culture:
For the last 40 years, men have been an underrepresented minority in higher education, reports American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark Perry. Since 1982, females earned nearly 14 million more college degrees than men. Colleges began a “desperate” search for women faculty in the 1970s that eroded the “intellectual rigor of elite higher education in the U.S.,” says Camille Paglia, the feminist professor and author. “Due to that sudden influx, academe’s entire internal culture changed,” she says. As the female presence has grown, so have claims of a crisis of collegiate mental health.
Nationally, about two-thirds of the students who sought treatment for mental-health disorders in the 2018–19 academic year were female, according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. At Yale, therapy use is heavily female and LGBTQ, according to students. “There are few straight men using therapy,” one self-identified “queer” girl in the GLC said. “It’s stigmatized for straight CIS men. Almost all my friends who go to therapy identify as gay or trans.”
I sent my college-attending children links to MacDonald’s article. I think they’ll recognize their classmates, especially their unstable, highly neurotic, angry, and dangerous female classmates, in the article.
You have to read this. Dov Fischer, a lawyer and rabbi, has written an extraordinary article entitled A Time to Hate. He explains how he, like other conservatives during the Obama years, hated Obama’s policies and corruption, while still accepting that Obama was the duly elected president. That is, conservatives understood that Republicans ran lousy candidates and paid the price. It was up to conservatives to step up their game at election time if they wanted something different than the Obama presidency.
Now, however, after three years of unmitigated hysteria, corruption, lies, coups, and other attacks on the core of the Trump presidency (that is, three years of attacks on our constitutional notion of the executive office) Fischer has changed his mind. He has learned to hate.
As I said, the article is extraordinary, and I highly encourage your looking it over.
That’s enough for one day. By the way, as you can see, I’ve changed my “woman writing” picture for a new one that better suits my blog’s format. When you see that image at the head of a post, you’ll know that the post is one that jumbles together a whole lot of things that interest me.
A monster illustrated edition that reminds you who Trump is and who the people are who wish to destroy him, along with the usual silly stuff and beauty.
We start with wisdom about impeachment and reminders about why we support President Donald J. Trump. Please consider sharing the first two posters, for they articulate core American principles people should know.
Some forgotten footage of Trump being interviewed back in the 1980s. He’s always been a doer and someone who loves America:
And now back to Deep State people who wish to destroy Trump. In poster immediately below, by the way, that’s Eric Ciaramella with a whole bunch of very powerful Democrats.
And now to the ordinary stuff, the stuff not about Donald J. Trump, that reminds us why, no matter how you feel about Trump the man, you need to support Trump the President:
A reminder who we are as Americans:
And I’ll leave you with lots of laughs:
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When politics get stupid, as they did last week with climate change and Ukraine whistle blowers, the memes get really good — and I’ve got lots of them.
And as a bonus, Mini-AOC is back with back with a wonderful parody:
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I admit that I got carried away in this illustrated edition — 69 pictures! — but between climate change cultism and general Leftism, I couldn’t resist.
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A lively Bookworm Beat covering gun control and suicides, Marianne Williamson (the Proggie Id), Justice Kavanaugh, free speech on campus and much more.
(If you prefer listening over reading, the companion podcast to this post is embedded below, or you can listen to it at Libsyn or at Apple podcasts. I’m trying to make a go of my podcasting so, if you like the podcasts, please share them with your friends and on social media. Giving my podcast good ratings helps too.)
Longtime readers know that I periodically do “everything and the kitchen sink” posts that I call “The Bookworm Beat.” This is the audio version of my latest Bookworm Beat.
Before I begin, though, I want to talk about my development as a podcaster – or, at least, the hope that I am developing as a podcaster. People who know me in real life know that I’m an incredibly fluent conversationalist. I don’t say this as a boast. It’s just a fact. And of course, fluent doesn’t mean interesting. It only means that, when I’m comfortable, I go – I have facts at my fingertips, I make witty remarks (or, at least, I think they’re witty), and I’m able to put together an interesting factual narrative or a compelling argument on the fly.
The thing is, though, although I’m not the least bit shy, I’ve always had stage fright. That’s what stopped my litigation career in its tracks. I froze in court and, after four years, it wasn’t getting better. Part of why I never got better was that I never much liked being a litigator. Considering how boring I found it, I really had no incentive to force myself to get comfortable in the courtroom.
When it comes to podcasting, I also have stage fright, or I guess I should call it microphone fright. My mouth gets dry, my hands tremble, and my voice gets shrill and shaky. However, because I am rapidly becoming as compulsive about podcasting as I am about blogging, I’m sticking with it.
My growth as a podcaster reminded me of a scene from Singing In The Rain. For those of you unfamiliar with this best of all possible movies, it’s a musical comedy revolving around Hollywood’s transition from silent to sound. In other words, a lot of people had to overcome microphone fear.
In the scene I want to share, Gene Kelly (as Don Lockwood) and Jean Hagen (as Lina Lamont) are filming their very first talkie scene, a very romantic scene. The producer has hidden the bulky microphone in a bush next to the actors. Lina not only has a terrible voice, she’s also a dim bulb and cannot remember where the microphone is, so 70% of her dialogue vanishes. Here’s what happens when the producer remonstrates with her.
I don’t have to learn to make love to a bush but I am working on learning to view the microphone as friend, not foe. I just hope I have a faster learning curve than Lina Lamont did.
The Second Amendment and suicide. In a recent Facebook post, a Progressive friend noted that gun deaths are catching up to automobile deaths. She’s honest, however, so she also noted that most gun deaths – 60% — are suicides. What this means is that, of the approximately 40,000 gun deaths in the last year counted, roughly 24,000 of those deaths were suicides.
Before I go any further, I’d better say up front that I have nothing but compassion for those who contemplate suicide, those who commit suicide, and those who are left behind after a suicide. I cannot imagine the despair that leads a person to give up on life and I cannot imagine the pain of those left behind trying to put together the pieces after someone they love ends it all.
Although no one close to me has committed suicide, several acquaintances have, and I’ve seen the devastation left in their wake. Please understand, then, that what I’m about to say is in no way intended to insult or belittle the horrible pain that drives suicide, a pain that transfers itself to the survivors long after the suicide has taken place.
Having said that, it seems to me that those raising suicide as a justification for gun control are saying that a person’s desire to use the most efficient option to kill himself overrides my Constitutional right to self-defense. I can’t accept that. My sympathy for that person’s overwhelming psychic pain does not override my equally overwhelming need to be able to defend myself and my family should the need arise.
Nor does it change my mind if someone says that guns are used for impulse suicides and, absent a gun, people might not kill themselves. Likewise, guns are used for efficient suicide and, absent a gun, people who use less efficient methods might survive and get the mental health treatment they need to embrace life.
I accept both of those facts as true, but I still don’t believe that the fact that around 24,000 people a year will kill themselves (with each of those 24,000 being a tragedy I wish wouldn’t occur) justifies depriving all 330,000,000 Americans of their right to bear arms to defend themselves against bad guys and bad government. After all, 24,000 is still only .007 percent of the total American population.
Am I being callous? Where do you stand on this?
Marianne Williamson is the Progressive truthteller. As I’ve written before and podcast before, behind all the airy-fairy nonsense, Williamson is a stone-cold Progressive who wants to enact every Progressive agenda item straight down the line. It would be a disaster were she to become president. (Not that there’s a snowball’s chance in Hell, but still….)
Nevertheless, Williamson’s virtue is that she’s completely unfiltered. I’d call her the Democrat party’s id. That’s how we got the wonderful sound byte of Williamson expressing complete bewilderment that Republicans are less vicious than Democrats (not that she’ll change her politics or her party affiliation over that insight).
.@marwilliamson: “What does it say that the conservatives are nicer to me? I’m a serious lefty but they are so — I understand why people on the right called them godless — I mean, it’s like, I didn’t think the left was as mean as the right, they are.” pic.twitter.com/0iXkWPRdAW
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 12, 2019
Showing her fear of those mean Lefties, Williamson then immediately walked back what were remarkably clear, unambiguous words.
The above was amusing and illuminating, but where Williamson really drilled deep into the Progressive psyche was when, in response to a question from a college student at the MSNBC climate change town hall, she urged Americans to “just say no” to nuclear power, never mind that Generation IV nuclear power, when it gets off the ground, is apparently extremely safe. Moreover, if Proggies really fear climate change but still want their smart phones, nuclear power is the only way to go. It’s not that Williamson is opposed to nuclear power that’s so striking; it’s the reason for her opposition:
Marianne Williamson on nuclear energy: go beyond “hard data” and “think about this with your hearts”pic.twitter.com/DSHcyUqLCw
— Tommy Pigott (@TCPigott) September 19, 2019
Isn’t that Leftism brought down to its purest essence? Ignore the facts; go with feelz. That’s what they do with everything.
You only need to remember Liz Warren and her “people will die” hysteria over the proposed GOP healthcare bill back in 2017 or the way in which the Proggies assure us that every one of their initiatives is “for the children.” Even abortion is “for the children” – those who survive – because they’ll be so much better off not having to fight for space with the others, the ones who didn’t make it. I hope Williamson stays on the political scene for a while because we need her naïve honesty.
One more fishy thing about the latest attack on Kavanaugh. Up until now, I haven’t commented on the Left’s latest attack on Justice Kavanaugh because I’ve had nothing to add. Those better acquainted with the facts than I have shown that the allegations are garbage. They constitute hearsay on hearsay on hearsay, not to mention the fact that the people most closely involved with both Christine Blowsy-Fraud’s claims and the latest claim out of Yale have disavowed the allegations. If Kavanaugh were a private citizen rather than a public figure, he’d be in the catbird seat for the greatest defamation lawsuit every filed.
There’s one point, though, that I haven’t heard anyone else make and it involves the latest accusation against Kavanaugh, the one about a party at Yale. The two vicious gossips, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, contend that they heard from someone who heard from a guy named Max Stier that he heard from someone else that Kavanaugh, while drunk at a party, got manhandled by his frat brothers, who alleged grabbed Kavanaugh’s penis and tried to thrust it into a girl’s hand. (This sounds as if it’s Kavanaugh who’s a victim, doesn’t it?) The girl to whom this allegedly happened denies any memory of the event, which ought to put the whole thing to rest, separate from all the hearsay garbage.
What the harpies forgot to mention is that Stier was one of Bill Clinton’s lawyers back in the 1990s while Kavanaugh was one of Ken Starr’s assistants. That is, a mere ten years after college, Stier and Kavanaugh were already opposing each other. Moreover, their oppositional relationship revolved around Kavanaugh’s side accusing Clinton of inappropriate sexual conduct and Stier’s side defending Clinton. Wouldn’t that clash have been the appropriate time to discuss Kavanaugh’s allegedly inappropriate behavior a mere decade before? After all, as I said, it was a lot fresher in people’s memories then. It would also have been a devastating blow to the anti-Trump forces to learn that one of the people arrayed against him had his own improprieties. And yet . . . nothing.
Just something to think about, that’s all.
Boston University squelches conservative speech. A year and a half ago, I wrote about a speech that a Berkeley conservative student gave. Naweed Tahmas was at Berkeley when both Milo Yiannopolous and Ben Shapiro tried to give talks and, instead, Antifa rioted, beat people with clubs, and even tried to set fire to buildings with conservatives in them.
Tahmas made clear that the Progressive thugs weren’t the only problem or even the worst problem. The real problem was the Berkeley administration, which played games with the conservative groups that were intended to make it impossible for any conservative speakers to come to campus:
When the college Republicans invite speakers to campus, the university imposes huge fees for hosting, something not demanded for any other campus speakers; insists that the talks must be given before 3 p.m., meaning that students cannot attend because of classes; refuses on-campus venues, requiring instead that speakers appear at sites far off campus; and limits the audience to students, with no alumni or members of the public allowed. All of these, of course, are impermissible preconditions on speech, entirely out of sync with the precedent from the Free Speech Movement.
As an aside, the hosting fees are ostensibly intended for security. The riots for the Yiannopoulos and Shapiro talks show that this is a lie. Indeed, Tahmas said that, when the slavering mob surrounded the Student Union building and set a fire to smoke everyone out, the police refused to provide an escort for the College Republicans. Tahmas escaped uninjured only because he ran faster than the mob chasing him.
In addition, the administration has taken to using intimidation to try to silence conservative speakers on American campuses. When the College Republicans invited Ann Coulter, Tahmas was called into a discussion with the administrators. He was told that he would be meeting with just one or two people, so he should come alone. When he entered the room, he found himself facing 15 members of the college administration. (It’s a fair fight, when you think about it: one intelligent young Republican versus 15 campus Leftists.) Throughout the meeting, they demeaned him, insulted the speakers, and were so obstructive that the College Republicans eventually had to cancel Coulter’s appearance.
To add insult to injury, just the other day, the Student Union announced that, for the first time in the history of the Berkeley College Republicans (a branch of a national group going back to the 1890s), it was refusing to give it any funds — never mind that the group’s members have a percentage of their tuition fees routed to the Student Union for the express purpose of funding student groups.
Keep that in mind as I tell you what happened at Boston University, a private school, just the other day. The Daily Wire reports what the university did when conservative students invited Ben Shapiro to speak:
Citing security concerns, Boston University has cut by half the potential audience for a scheduled Ben Shapiro campus speaking event and is demanding an exorbitant security fee from the conservative group hosting the event.
Boston University Young Americans for Freedom (BU YAF) told The Daily Wire Wednesday that they were informed in an email this week from Boston University’s Assistant Dean of Students, John Battaglino, that they must move the planned speaking event with the Daily Wire editor-in-chief to a location that can accommodate only about half the audience the previous location could hold. The university is also requiring the student organization to pay more than $12,000 in security fees administrators insist are necessary to make sure the community is safe during the event.
Among the stipulations presented in the list is the requirement that the event be relocated from a 1,500-person venue to one that only seats 700, the limitation of potential participants to members of the BU community who reserve tickets — rather than the event being free and open to the public, as originally proposed — and security fees totaling $12,720 the university expects YAF to cover.
The conservative student organization notes that in the university’s explanation for the exorbitant security charges, administrators cite the need to “provide security for protestors,” but notably do not cite the need to protect YAF or Shapiro.
This story allows me to harp on one of the bees in my bonnet, which is the need to get all taxpayer money out of America’s institutions of higher “education.” I wrote a whole post about this back in February, which you can find here (completely with citations to authority), but I’ll sum up just the high points here. Briefly, some of the worst ideas in America were incubated in academia:
That would be bad enough, but what’s utterly appalling is that these ideas don’t stay in academia. Instead, like toxic little dandelion seeds, they are dispersed throughout American society, always landing in places in which they can force cultural change. The highest concentration of college graduates is probably in Silicon Valley, and that’s given us a hard Left hi tech culture that’s using its overwhelming power to silence conservatives, force Progressive political outcomes, and change our American culture from the ground up.
Corporate America is changing too. That virtue signaling isn’t driven by market forces. It’s driven by the fact that all corporations now demand college degrees in order to hold even the lowest management position. These college grads are the ones who think it’s a great idea for 145 American corporations to demand gun control, for Nike to give star status to knee groveler Colin Kaepernick, for Gillette to malign men in order to sell razors, for Target to urge men into women’s restrooms, for Dicks and Walmart to stop selling legal guns and ammunition, and for all the other P.C. garbage that now infuses our marketplace.
Then there’s education. Between my two kids, I experienced 15 years of public school in a good school district. Those 15 years gave me illiterate English teachers who nevertheless felt called upon to hand out gun control literature; science teachers who babbled endlessly about end-of-the-world anthropogenic climate change; and administrators who routinely introduced the kids to every kind of victim ideology designed to make young people hostile to each other and paranoid about their own status.
And do I really need to say anything at all about the media and Hollywood? Everyone given a voice in media is a college grad, with the worst culprits coming from hard Left journalism departments. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, you have a slightly different phenomenon, which is a bunch of actors who never made it to college and have an inferiority complex about that fact, trying to give themselves academic chops by aping academic Leftism. It’s pathetic, but it’s also a powerful cultural force.
And you know who’s funding all this craziness? You are! We are pouring free money into these decadent institutions that indoctrinate, rather than teach. According to a 2018 FEE article, $183 billion in federal taxpayer money poured into these institutions of Leftist indoctrination – and believe it or not, that doesn’t even include student loans.
The ridiculous thing is that all this money, which costs you and me a very pretty penny, but which is essentially free to the colleges and universities, doesn’t make these places more affordable. It makes them less affordable, because free money always drives up costs. Institutions keep padding their budgets with more administrators, more Leftist departments, more boondoggles, and more fancy dorms and gourmet dining halls, rather than expanding their faculty and lowering tuition costs.
Let me say what I say at least once a week on Twitter, not that anyone listens to me there: If we want to return America to stability, sanity and, most importantly, her Constitutional roots, the fastest and best way to do that is to withdraw every single penny of federal taxpayer money from America’s colleges and universities, and let them sink or swim in the free market. I might make an exception for university research into national security projects, but I’m not even sure I’d do that. The best thing is just to turn off the spigot.
The Supernatural TV show and hints of anti-P.C. snark. We know that there are conservatives in California, for Trump collected $15 million in one day while in that arch-progressive state. There are even conservatives in Hollywood.
Some, like James Woods, Dean Cain, and Tim Allen, are outspoken; others stay low to protect their careers. As someone who still blogs and podcasts under a nom de cyber, I’m not going to speak ill of those who have concluded that paying the bills beats telling people what you really think.
Still, even those under cover sometimes can’t help leaking out what they really believe. Take the case of the often-funny fantasy horror show Supernatural, which follows two brothers, Sam and Dean, who hunt ghasties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. I’m pretty sure that, at least back in 2014, there was someone with conservative leanings on the writing staff.
In the episode entitled Hibbing 911, the two brothers are looking through the lore to find a way to rid one of the brothers of the mark of Cain. (Long story.) The setting for what you’re about to hear has Sam asking Dean how the research is going. Dean has this to say:
Keep in mind that this was 5 years before the cultural convulsions we’re now seeing about transgenderism.
In the same season, in the episode entitled The Hunter Games, the King of Hell is fighting (again) with his mother, the witch Rowena, who abandoned him hundreds of years before. You’ll get a kick out of how she explains away her decision to dump him:
Kudos to whomever wrote those bits of dialogue. They’re funny and snarky, and show that the writers are willing to take pot shots wherever they feel – you know, the way the world used to be before SJW, hysterical, feelz cancel culture came along.
How I spend my time when I’m not blogging. I actually do a lot of things when I’m not blogging, but I’m particularly pleased with my latest knitting efforts. If you go to my blog, you can see a picture of the first batch of hats I’m sending to my daughter and her friends at college.
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I had hoped to have a mountain of Democratic debate posters, but I only have a hill’s worth. It’s all good, though, and there’s other good commentary too.
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I had hoped to have a mountain of Democratic debate posters, but I only have a hill’s worth. It’s all good, though, and there’s other good commentary too.
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With Rep. Clyburn admitting that the proggies would prefer to govern without a Constitution, it’s time to take a look at their constitutional goals.
By Wolf Howling
Let’s face it. Progressives have gone a long way to making our Constitution a dead letter already. But as Rep. Clyburn makes clear in the video below, they are not yet wholly satisfied with the result. Work remains to be done.
What progressives want is nothing more than permanent power. That would be impossible to accomplish were they starting from scratch, but clearly they aren’t. A lot of the most important groundwork has already been laid over the past century. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at the state of our Constitution today, how it has already been altered, and how it would look once the proggies are done rewriting it.
Art 1 Sec. 1: Out —
All legislative power is vested in Congress. In — Government by regulatory bureaucracy and Executive fiat (Presidential pen and phone).
This is one we don’t have to imagine. Progressives won this fight nearly a century ago with FDR’s court packing scheme, but it was not until Obama that we were treated to Congress becoming a secondary, and comparatively unimportant, source of legislation. And that is how progressives want to keep it. It’s much easier to make “fundamental changes” to society when bureaucrats write the laws without being subject to any of the checks and balances written into the Constitutional scheme.
As Justice Kagan stated recently in Gundy v. U.S., if Art 1, Sec. 1 of the Constitution actually means what it says, that “all legislative power” resides in Congress and cannot be substantively delegated, “then most of Government is unconstitutional.” She says it like its a bad thing. Of course, this is the same Supreme Court Justice who accused plaintiffs of “weaponizing the First Amendment” by relying on it to challenge forced union dues. This is a woman who should not be allowed to sit on a public park bench in the U.S., let alone the Supreme Court bench.
Two notes — One, Senate Republicans and Democrats alike are fine the way things are. That way, they don’t have to make any of the tough decisions. It is the only way to interpret the fact that the Republican controlled Senate killed the REINS Act. Worthless bastards, all of them. Two, the Supreme Court as it is now sitting (and if it does not get packed by the next Democrat administration) signaled in Gundy that it is probably going to force legislative authority back into Congress, whether Congress likes it or not. The proggies will die to a man (woman, or pick your favorite fantasy gender) on the hill before they allow that to happen.
Art. 1 Sec. 2: Out —
Each State is entitled to two Senators. In — Let’s have two Houses of Representatives.
Letting small conservative states have an equal vote in the Senate with large states (the Connecticut Compromise) was necessary in 1787, but there was no progressive imperative then; now, it just sucks. Per The Atlantic just a few months ago, this equal representation of states in the Senate is a problem in need of a progressive solution.
Today the voting power of a citizen in Wyoming, the smallest state in terms of population, is about 67 times that of a citizen in the largest state of California, and the disparities among the states are only increasing. The situation is untenable.
Under the new proggie Constitution, there will be equal representation in both Houses . . . at least so long as that continues to yield a progressive majority.
Art I Sec. 8: Out —
Enumerated Powers of Federal Government; In — Unlimited Power of Federal Government (for Progressives Only)
It’s been a long, long time since progressives started running wild with the “Commerce Clause” to justify federal legislation reaching every aspect of life in America. Its reach is practically unlimited today, though it did suffer a small set back a few years ago in the Obamacare cases concerning the mandate to purchase insurance. Not to worry though, for while even the power of the commerce clause can’t be stretched that far, our inventive Supreme Court can find other justifications. Our modern taxing authority, as Chief Justice John Roberts reinterpreted it, can substitute in a pinch to save the progressive bacon.
We are already a very long way from the Founder’s Constitution of limited federal powers, but under the Constitution as rewritten this will be a settled issue.
Of course, the flip side of this new doctrine is also worthy of mention. As courts repeatedly make clear in the Trump era, most recently here, even if a Republican president uses federal power in a wholly legal way, s/he can be stopped by a progressive in a black robe who doesn’t agree with the policy.
Art II Sec. 3: Out —
The Electoral College. In — Pure Democracy
The Electoral College is, according to Chiquita Khrushchev, a “RACIST scam” standing athwart the progressive will to power. We could be enjoying nirvana under President Hildabeast today were it not for the horrible, racist Electoral College.
One man (woman, or pick your favorite fantasy gender), one vote sounds fair . . . unless you know a bit about political history and why our Founders would not even consider democracy as a viable option for this nation. As John Adams said:
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
Democracy invariably devolves into mob rule. Of course, that’s okay with the proggies, for any rule that gives them a benefit at the moment is, to hear them tell it, the only one with moral standing — whether it is actually in the interests of minorities or not.
And in that vein, a special mention here of Art 1 Sec. 2 clause 3’s Three Fifths Compromise. While it hasn’t been operative since about 1865, word is that AOC wants to revive it as part of the new proggie rewrite of the electoral college. She wants to have the votes of white people counted as only three fifths of a vote. As quoted at the Bee, AOC said “What if we count all white people as three-fifths of a person instead of a full person? Then, good votes would count more than bad, racist votes. Like, four or five times more or something, because 3/5ths is only like 10% of a real vote.”
Sometimes it is hard to figure out whether the Babylon Bee is satire or not. No wonder Snopes is so confused.
Art II Sec II: Out —
Limited Presidential Powers; In — Presidential Powers Limitations Depending on Party Affiliation
This rewrite is wholly situational. A non-Progressive President is an obscenity who cannot Constitutionally wield any power (under the progressive rewrite at least). But put a non-progressive in as President and the sky’s the limit, from unilateral legislation of DACA (the textbook definition of tyranny) to unilateral execution of treaties with Iran and the Paris Accords, etc.
Art. III Out —
An Independent Judiciary Limited to Exercise of Judicial Power; In — A Progressive Judiciary with Statutory Legislative and Constitutional Amending Powers
For nearly a century, our judiciary has leaned progressive and has busily been rewriting our Constitution by assuming the powers of legislation (Art. 1 Sec. 1) and amending the Constitution itself (Art. V) (abortion, gay marriage, etc.). Now, with the Court in danger of becoming non-Progressive, well, that cannot possibly be allowed. It would be too blatant to rewrite the Constitution to require a progressive majority on the Supreme Court, but the practical way of accomplishing that is to pack the Court.
Actually, I can’t think of anything more likely to ignite a shooting civil war in this country, but . . . what’s a civil war when progressive dominance over the evil that is non-progressives is at stake.
1st Amendment: Out —
Religious Conscience Clause; In — Progressive Conscience Clause
The whole purpose of the progressive embrace of sexuality, and in particular, homosexuality and gender identity as moral imperatives, has been as a cudgel to attack the Judeo Christian religions and drive those religions out of the public square. Bookworm had the definitive look at this years ago at American Thinker.
1st Amendment: Out —
Anti-Establishment Clause; In — Secular Religion Clause
The progressive war on the Judeo-Christian religions has been ongoing in this country for over a century. Socialism requires the replacement of a monotheistic God with government. It has been that way from the moment of socialism’s inception:
Sixty years after the French Revolution, Karl Marx, socialism’s greatest philosopher, famously wrote in his Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right that religion is the “opium of the people” and that “[t]he abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness.” The British socialist party wrote in their 1911 manifesto that “it is a profound truth that Socialism is the natural enemy of religion.” Lenin, the father of the Soviet Union’s bloody experiment in Communism, wrote in 1905, “The modern class-conscious worker, reared by large-scale factory industry and enlightened by urban life, contemptuously casts aside religious prejudices, leaves heaven to the priests and bourgeois bigots, and tries to win a better life for himself here on earth.” Lenin further noted that “every socialist is, as a rule” an “atheist.” And Hitler himself was of like mind – “National Socialism and Christianity cannot co-exist together.”
1st Amendment: Out —
Freedom of Speech; In — Freedom for Progressive Approved Speech Only
Speech control equals thought control, so that progressives’ love for speech limitations, such as on “hate speech,” almost goes without saying. It is right out of Orwell. Of course, as an alternative, if speech cannot be fully controlled, progressives are fine if it can be effectively suppressed on social media or by sending out ANTIFA thugs to shut down speakers.
2nd Amendment: Out —
Right to Keep & Bear Arms; In — The Right of Government to Disarm the Populace
This is another one that needs very little elucidation. A prerequisite for tyrannical government is a disarmed populace. Unarmed cows become Big Macs and Whoppers. Cows with guns on the other hand . . .
4th Amendment: Out:
General Warrants are per se Unconstitutional; In — The police power of government can be used against political opposition
Whether it was using the IRS to target the Tea Party or using general warrants under the guise of a counter-intelligence operation against the Trump administration, this obscene abuse of power is okay as long as progressives use it against evil non-progressives. The only surprising thing about the Obama administration’s incredible abuse of power as to the investigation of Trump is that the proggies found nothing to actually charge as a substantive crime. Beria would be most unimpressed.
So as you can see, the rewrite need not be too much more extensive than already exists. Then we can finally have progressive heaven on earth. Somehow, I think it is more likely to resemble biblical hell.
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