Over at American Consequences, radio host Buck Sexton has a piece on The Death of the Republican Party, detailing the possible consequences of a Democrat sweep in the 2020 elections. Excerpts, with my comments, follow.
What would happen if Joe Biden and the Democrats win full control of the government?
That is, a Democrat in the White House with a consolidated Democrat majority in both houses of Congress.
So in CIA parlance, it’s worth doing “red cell” analysis to work through what could happen if this event takes place. This is not an assessment of what will happen or how likely it is. Instead, it’s about what could happen, given the right opportunities.
And two years is plenty. Look at some of the things the Democrat leadership has already said they want to do: Pack the Supreme Court, add new states to gain permanent control of the Senate (which, mind you, requires 2/3 of the states to approve) and eliminate the Electoral College, among other things. They accuse the GOP of wanting to overturn the established order, but the Dems want to wipe their asses with it.
January 20, 2021
Inauguration Day Speech, President Biden
After a tight election that came down to narrow victories in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, newly sworn-in President Joe Biden tells the nation that the hour of healing is upon them. His speech is filled with boilerplate Democrat slogans, with a clear focus on “unifying the country.” He takes shots at his predecessor, promising that he won’t “govern by tweet.” Biden tells America that dignity and decency have returned to the White House.
However, Biden does noticeably stumble a few times during the speech, occasionally seeming a little confused while staring into the prompter. The national media declare that a new era of responsible government has arrived, and ignore the potential cognitive decline of the new commander in chief.
All of that first paragraph would, of course, be horseshit of the first water. Why? Look at the predictions for a
Biden/Harris Harris-Biden administration:
February 22, 2021
President Biden’s First State of the Union Address
The gloves come off. Biden gives a speech beginning with the usual bromides about helping working-class families and celebrating the diversity of our nation.
Then he turns his fire on Republicans… He claims they’re unwilling to be reasonable on critical legislation that will address climate change, undocumented workers, income inequality, gun violence, and health care. They’re in the pocket of special interests, he says, and refuse to budge on issues of economic, environmental, and racial justice.
Biden announces that while he wants to work with Congress, he has an obligation to bypass the Republican minority in the House and Senate because of their “obstructionist” ways. Biden tells America he will issue a series of executive orders on major policy areas because as a result of the need to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the American people “simply cannot wait any longer.”
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi coordinate a series of legislative actions to unleash the moment that Schumer eliminates the filibuster – announced one week after Biden’s State of the Union.
And, if this were real, we could set aside all of Groper Joe’s self-serving horseshit about “healing and unifying the country.” All of these actions, if they took them – and they have said they would – are all about sealing in a permanent one-party rule for the country.
December 7, 2021
Biden’s Address to the Nation From the Roosevelt Room
With his first year in office almost finished, President Biden stands in front of the American people…
In bittersweet tones, he announces that he is stepping down from the office of the presidency for unspecified health reasons. Rumors fly that his early-onset dementia was growing worse, and his staff and friendly press corps were no longer going to be able to cover for him.
Teary-eyed Biden proclaims his endless love for the American people, then announces that the country is in “the best possible hands” with Kamala Harris. President Harris becomes the first black female president of the United States.
Read the rest. It’s a progressive democrat’s wet-dream list of statist horseshit, and again, in their own words, they are determined to do precisely this.
Now, it’s certainly true that pols routinely make all sorts of bullshit promises and then don’t keep them. They could have done all of these things (save those that require amending the Constitution) in President Obama’s first term, and they didn’t.
But things are changing now. I’ve been watching politics since the Carter Administration, and I’ve never seen things get this nasty. We’re approaching late Roman Republic-style politics; we’re approaching the point where some modern-day Cicero has his hands nailed to the Senate doors. (OK, there is no modern-day Cicero, but you take my point.)
A lot hinges on this upcoming Supreme Court nomination and on this election. Everything might hinge on it. I know that’s a bromide that is repeated a lot, but I really think this time it’s true – and I’ve never said that about an election before.
Given the unrest now so common across the country, and given that not all venues allow sidearms, I recently made a purchase; a Cold Steel City Stick. In fact, even in venues that do allow sidearms, a non-lethal and immediately-to-hand alternative never hurts.
I received mine from MidwayUSA only Monday.
This is something of a throwback, of course, to the days when any well-turned-out gentleman would carry a stick as a matter of course, in the event one has to deal harshly with a drunken lout, a strong-arm robber or some low masher who offended the honor of a lady. But nowadays, the prospect of being accosted and beaten for paying insufficient homage to any number of leftist fever dreams should result in a resurgent of this sort of accessorizing.
Cold Steel describes the City Stick thusly:
The Cold Steel City Stick features a glossy black shaft made out of eleven layers of fiberglass which, in impact tests, proved to be virtually unbreakable. The stick is topped with a 6160 Aluminum head that’s been given a mirror polish finish. The head is removable so it can be easily engraved or modified to suit your taste. The base is fitted with thick rubber ferule to keep you from slipping on the mean streets and cracked sidewalks.
From my few days of handling and using it, I can attest that the City Stick lives up to its intended purpose. It’s a solid, stout fiberglass shaft with just enough flex to allow for one hell of a blow, and a stout, heavy aluminum head (detachable for engraving!) to administer a well-deserved attitude adjustment to the cranium of a miscreant.
Best of all, few folks will question a man of my age, with a fair amount of visibly gray and, yes, even white hair, will think twice about that man carrying a walking stick. I most assuredly need no assistance walking, as loyal sidekick Rat will attest after a decade or so of elk hunts; but the casual observer won’t know that, and neither would an
AntiProfa thug, until the aluminum knob lends him a concussion.
I suspect I’ll be toting this thing around a lot.
It’s been a few days now, and while the bloviating and posturing is only warming up, we’ve had time to digest the passing of Justice Ginsburg. At this juncture I won’t discuss her personal opinions or her judicial decisions; she was a human being who had a family who loved her, and they are suffering a terrible loss. Our hearts go out to them. I’ve lost grandparents and parents, I know all too well how that feels, and sympathy for the grieving should – must – cross political lines.
And that’s all I’m going to say about Ruth Bader Ginsburg for now; the nomination of a new Justice, though, that’s fair game for discussion, so see the bonus header below.
With that off my chest:
On To the Links!
Haw haw haw! What was that about chickens coming home to roost?
Speaking of which, this could be the October surprise to end all October surprises.
What if Earth had rings? Speculative but cool.
A bonus header for the Supreme Court issue:
It seems we should expect an announcement of a nominee this week. My money’s on Amy Coney Barrett, but we’ll see.
The NY Times: It’s gonna get ugly. No shit, Sherlock.
Remember this last time?
“Boy, y’all want power. God, I hope you never get it.” pic.twitter.com/HEXjR7cpU6
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) September 21, 2020
Want to know why I think they should ram through President Trump’s nominee as fast as possible? Want to know why I’d love to see every Republican in the Senate shoot Chuck Schumer the bird? Because of what those assholes on Team Blue did to Brett Kavanaugh. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Senate Dems have a family-size serving coming to them.
This Week’s Idiots:
Vox seems to employ a lot of idiots.
New York city’s restaurants are having a hard time. How could the city mess them up even more? Have them collect a 10% sin tax! The New York City Council are obviously idiots, every one.
Not much more to add, so here’s an interesting little bit of French-Canadian music from Quebecois band Harmonium and their eponymous 1974 album; this is Un Musicien Parmi Tant D Autres. Enjoy.
Last Friday, Rob Crisell had an article over at The American Spectator explaining why he thinks Groper Joe will evade the three scheduled debates. I have thought that over some, and I’m not sure I agree, although I imagine there is some chance he may well try to duck out. Excerpts, with my comments:
While Biden has said “he can hardly wait” to take on Trump in the debates, I don’t think his team or his proxies will let him. Even before Kenosha, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Lockhart, and others were publicly urging their candidate to pull out of the debates, ostensibly because of Trump’s alleged incorrigible dishonesty. I expect that the drumbeat to withdraw will increase steadily over the next two weeks. The usual anti-Trump “bombshells” by the media (like those in the Atlantic and in Bob Woodward’s latest book) will provide the Democrats some cover, though dodging the debates will hurt them in some circles.
I think dodging the debates will hurt the Groper Joe campaign more than in “some circles.” I think it will hurt him with a large number of voters. It’s an admission of weakness, and an admission that this old dotard is just not up to the task. If his campaign people are not completely incompetent (and this assumes facts not in evidence) they have to know that the President will be looking for ways to punch Groper Joe’s buttons, to upset and distract him and to provoke a meltdown. But withdrawing from a tradition of debate that goes back at least to the Lincoln/Douglas debates will hurt even more.
If Biden defies my prediction and proceeds with the debates — whether out of misplaced confidence or desperation — they are far more likely to be a disaster for him than a success. Although he and Trump are roughly the same age, right now they are worlds apart in terms of their mental and physical abilities. Moreover, Biden’s former, more moderate positions on law and order, patriotism, religious liberties, business, even pro-life issues — are at loggerheads with the progressive stances he’s been forced to adopt in the new Democratic Party.
Here I agree completely; the debates are likely to be a disaster for Groper Joe. The one thing that is likely to make them a disaster is the one thing the President excels at – finding people’s buttons and pushing them.
For instance, he’ll have no choice but to defend the protests, which have become associated in the minds of many Americans with rising violence and chaos in Democratic-run cities. He’ll have to praise BLM and its anti-police rhetoric, which also goes against his grain. His critique of Trump’s response to COVID will also ring hollow, since it was he and other Democrats who downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic early on, and who later instituted the most draconian lockdowns.
Yes, he will have to do all of those things, and he’ll have to offer some form of defense for those positions. Otherwise, the President’s campaign will be free to define them for him.
It won’t take much work on Trump’s part to confuse and frustrate the former vice president on these and other issues. When this happens, Biden will likely misstate his party’s positions, veer wildly off topic, make up facts, or even fly off the handle, as he did with a Detroit autoworker in March.
Of course he will. But in any conflict, if you let your opponent define the terms of the battle, you’re on your way to losing. I learned that when in a U.S. Army Infantry unit, but it applies to almost any form of conflict.
Groper Joe can’t duck these debates. His staff will load him up on Adderall and coach him as best they can, but he can’t back out. If he does, he’s conceding the election. If he doesn’t, he’ll look like a befuddled old fool (which is, after all, a pretty fair assessment) and almost certainly lose. He just simply does not have any good choice.
Moving right along: You can tell who your real masters are by finding out who you’re not allowed to criticize. Newt Gingrich has some observations on that score. Excerpt:
It seems there is suddenly a movement in media to silence anyone who speaks out against George Soros—and, specifically, his funding of radical prosecutors seeking to change the criminal justice system by simply ignoring certain crimes.
This happened to me personally this week while I was being interviewed on Fox’s Outnumbered. When I brought up Soros’s plan to get pro-criminal, anti-police prosecutors elected across the country, two of the show’s participants interrupted me and forcefully asserted that Soros was not involved.
Host Harris Faulkner, it seemed, was stunned by the interruptions, and did her part to move the show forward after some awkward silence. The next day, she addressed the strange moment during the show and condemned censorship.
Immediately after the show, Twitter and other social media went crazy. People were alleging that any criticism of Soros’s political involvement is automatically false, anti-Semitic, or both.
This is ludicrous. Soros’s plan to elect these prosecutors has been well documented already—and it has nothing to do with his spiritual or ethnic background. The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Politico, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, CBS, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel—even Fox News itself, among others, have all thoroughly reported on it.
There are plenty of specific examples of Soros’s work in action.
Now, I think the utterly despicable George Soros has a right to dispense his cash wherever he sees fit, as does everyone else. But I also think it’s perfectly appropriate for anyone to broadcast far and wide where this leftist fuckstick dispenses funds, as in supporting elections of DAs who rotate looters, rioters and other criminals back out onto the street.
And Fox News has the right, as a privately owned operation, to dispense or not dispense whatever information they see fit.
But I have to admit to being a bit baffled as to why they shut down this conversation. Soros may not be directly involved in this summer’s unrest – as in, he wasn’t personally out there throwing rocks and starting fires – but his support of progressive DAs has certainly enabled it. A responsible news channel would be broadcasting his involvement far and wide. Instead? Crickets.
There’s an apocryphal quote attributed to Voltaire, which I paraphrased above; the exact quote is generally given as “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Voltaire may or may not have actually said this, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Today’s media just keeps proving that out.
One of the most unlikely philosophical bestsellers in recent decades was retired Princeton University professor Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit. Published in 2005, it remained on the New York Times best seller list for 27 weeks. It opens:
One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, or attracted much sustained inquiry. In consequence, we have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves.
What is bullshit? Frankfurt distinguishes between lying and bullshitting. A liar knows that there is a difference between getting things wrong and getting them right—and opts for falsehood. A bullshitter, by contrast, believes that it is not possible to distinguish the false from the true. Yet this realization does not prevent him from making assertions about the way things are.
To be fair, President Trump is something of a bullshitter himself, but a fair amount of his bullshitting is perhaps better described as bloviating. The President, his accomplishments in life aside, is prolix and bombastic; I know more than a few people (myself included) who vote for him despite that, not because of it. I will indeed vote to re-elect the President, but because of what he’s done, not because of what he says. Talk is cheap, but results are golden.
On that note:
In my view, the ascendancy of bullshit can be explained in part by the changing media through which we have become accustomed to communicate. The 1858 U.S. Senatorial debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas famously lasted three hours and were reproduced in their entirety in the newspapers of the day. Today, by contrast, political discourse often takes the form of soundbites, and the most salient political medium seems to be Twitter. Where there were once melodies, now there are tweets.
This, perhaps, is the key point.
I don’t use Twitter and rarely even look at it. While there is occasionally a gem, it’s unusual; my estimate is that Twitter has the worst signal-to-noise ratio of any internet platform save perhaps Facebook and YouTube video comments. One simply cannot say anything of substance in this format, and if you engage the regular Twitter mobs who generally post what is little better than autistic screeching, you give credence to the maxim that ‘if you argue with idiots, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.’
And speaking of bullshit; one of the most egregious pieces of bullshit ever spoken by any pol, agitator or “activist” is the line “we need to have a national dialogue.” That can only be accurately translated as “you should shut the hell up and do what we tell you.”
I’m not sure what the answer to all this is. The review linked here offers no methods of coping with bullshit.
We have a failing, government-run education system that emphasizes indoctrination rather than education, and a media that continually spouts, well, bullshit. It’s going to take a major cultural shift to fix it.
National treasure PJ O’Rourke nails it again. Excerpt:
What’s the matter with kids today? Nothing new. A large portion of the brats, the squirts, the fuzz-faced, the moon calves, the sap-green, and the wet behind the ears have always been “Punks for Progressives.”
As soon as children discover that the world isn’t nice, they want to make it nicer. And wouldn’t a world where everybody shares everything be nice? Aw … kids are so tender-hearted.
But kids are broke — so they want to make the world nicer with your money. And kids don’t have much control over things — so they want to make the world nicer through your effort. And kids are very busy being young — so it’s your time that has to be spent making the world nicer.
For them. The greedy little bastards. Kids were thinking these exact same sweet-young-thing thoughts back in the 1960s, during my salad days (tossed green sensimilla buds). Young people probably have been thinking these same thoughts since the concept of being a “young person” was invented.
That would have been in the 19th century — during America’s first “Progressive Era” — when mechanization liberated kids from onerous farm chores and child labor laws let them escape from child labor.
Example #3,495,393 of the “soft people make hard times” phase of societal development. As I’ve stated before in these virtual pages, I think we are transitioning to this phase from the “good times make soft people” phase; events of the last summer make me think we’re on the downhill slope of that transition.
They’ve got it coming. Young people are not only penniless and powerless, they’re also ignorant as hell. They think of wealth as something that’s limited, like the number of Hostess Ding Dongs on the 7-Eleven shelf. They think rich people got to the 7-Eleven first and gobbled all the Ding Dongs, leaving poor people to lick the plastic wrappers.
Young people don’t know that more Ding Dongs can be produced. They don’t know how or why more Ding Dong production is possible. And they certainly don’t know how to get the cream filling inside.
(Leaving aside the wild indignation of young people about the very existence of synthetic industrial and undoubtedly poisonous food such as Ding Dongs. They eat them anyway. Watch them shop at the 7-Eleven when they think nobody’s looking. But I digress.)
Young people believe that the way to obtain more wealth is to take it away from rich people.
You can’t do it. Well, you can do it. But you can only do it once.
You can take the Ding Dongs from the Hostess factory for free, but once you’ve eaten them you can’t go back to the Hostess factory and take more Ding Dongs for free. The Hostess factory is out of business.
The rise of socialist “thought” (I use scare quotes here as I doubt any of the young people O’Rourke described are doing much, if any, actual thinking) speaks to the softness of our society, the failure of our education system, and the rather baffling shift away from understanding the value of liberty.
So how do we get these kids to start, you know, thinking?
We didn’t go out after sage grouse. Mrs. Animal had a couple of tight deadlines to make for her publishing business, I had plenty of work around here to do to advance getting this Colorado house ready to sell and, to be honest, I didn’t really feel like getting up early and driving up to North Park by myself.
But there is plenty more upland bird hunting to be done; the pheasant population on the eastern plains is doing reasonably well as I hear it, and there are always waterfowl to pick up out there along the South Platte. So we’ll see.
I might even lease a goose pit for a morning or two. The Hate Birds, the Birds That Hate may hate, but they also are better than fair eating.
On To the Links!
In a decision just issued in County of Butler, et al. v. Governor Wolf, et al., Judge William Stickman, IV of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has ruled that “(1) the congregate gathering limits imposed by Defendants’ mitigation orders violate the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment; (2) that the stay-at-home and business closure components of Defendants’ orders violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment; and (3) the business closure components of the Defendants’ orders violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.” A glimmer of hope?
Speaking of which: If the shoe fits, Queen Nancy.
School choice could be great for rural communities. And urban communities. And everywhere. Hell, let’s just get government out of the business of education everywhere, at all levels.
Now this is a threat, especially given the violence and looting that’s been going on. Note that this was 2018, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this kind of crap this year; in fact, I’ll be a bit surprised if both sides don’t do it.
Speaking of violence; two LA-area sheriff’s deputies were just shot from ambush. And some protestors blocked the ER entrance where the officers were taken. Honestly, at that point I wouldn’t have minded if officers opened fire. This is the fruit of the “defund the cops” ranting. Anyone still doubt that civil order is breaking down in our major cities?
Groper Joe’s campaign has been up to some shenanigans. In other news, the sky is blue, water is wet and cake is fattening.
Speaking of which, the Democrats may try a nuclear option to overturn the election.
This Week’s Idiots:
No further comments; today I’ll leave you with the woman I believe to be one of the best, if not the best female vocalist alive today. This is Mary Fahl, with a song based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid (the actual story, not the idiotic Disney take.) This is Ariel. Enjoy.