One of the many interesting sub-plots of the 2014 election year is the possibility that Congress may welcome its first openly gay Republican.
Dan Innis is running for a House seat in New Hampshire. He is a businessman, entrepreneur, Dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and is married to a man. It was his husband who convinced him to run, saying “You’ve got to do this” to see if Innis could “make a difference.”
Richard Tisei is running again for a House seat in Massachusetts. He lost by just 1 point in the general election to John Tierney, and will face him again this time around. He has already served as a state senator. He is also married to a man.
Carl DeMaio is running for a House seat in California. He is a businessman who provided training and consulting specifically to financially-troubled government entities to help them become more efficient. He has also served as a city councilman for San Diego. At the time of writing this I do not know if DeMaio is married to his partner, but it is my understanding they have been together for six years.
None of these men are making their sexuality part of their campaign. It will be interesting to see what the liberals do, should these men make it through the GOP primaries. Kevin has often pointed out that liberals reveal their ultimate hypocrisy when faced with an opponent who would traditionally be a liberal. As a living example, DeMaio and his partner were booed while walking in the Gay Pride parade, because DeMaio is a Republican and was running for Mayor.
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Governor Sarah Palin has posted an essay up at Breitbart.com. Please go read it in full.
I love this woman…and to this day find it surprising when she says the things that are inside my head…and largely says them the way that I would say them. I have no ties to Alaska, didn’t grow up a hunter, and I’m a gay conservative living in Chicago…but I’ve always been on the same wavelength with Governor Palin and remain grateful that she continues to speak her mind and provide leadership, no matter what the Left does to malign and demonize her. She’s an honest to goodness American hero.
I think her essay hits the nail on the head: enough IS enough.
But, the big questions that even she can’t answer are: “When will people decide they’ve been afraid long enough?” and “How exactly do we go about joining together to stand up to the IRS and other rogue federal agencies in the Obama Regime?”.
I’m at a loss here because I’ve never been terrified of the government…since I see the government as servants of the public and people who work for us. I also think there’s nothing the government can do to you that public exposure and subsequent civil rights lawsuits won’t rectify…in that if you’ve done nothing wrong and the government targets you, then you will become the plaintiff in a successful suit against these tyrants in your near future. Governor Palin discusses in her essay how people are so scared of the IRS because they are afraid they will have their lives ruined…and I wonder again why Americans allow the IRS to have that sort of boogeyman cachet with the public.
For some reason, conservatives are a very scared people by nature. I don’t know why that is. I was raised a Democrat and I’ve always lived in big cities…so more often than not I think I might scrap for a fight. I have never been afraid of bullies, because when someone tries to push me around I just push back…and I am not afraid of taking things as far as they need to go to force the bully to back down and walk away. I think that a lot of conservative people are horrified by confrontation, since they just want to live their lives and not be bothered (while simultaneously never bothering anyone else). That’s really admirable…and it makes me think of people living in a peaceful little village on an edge of a forest somewhere, like in a storybook.
Only, every once in a while terrible dragons and hideous beasts emerge from the forest…and even the villagers in the fairytales put aside their fear and turn their shovels and hoes into effective weapons against the monstrous invaders. We really are in a time like this, where the agencies of the federal government have become the monsters that terrorize people.
It’s time to push back against the IRS, the Justice Department, Homeland Security and the rest.
It’s time to put aside the fear and to protect the things that people love most about this country…including the freedom to live without fear of our own government.
Like Governor Palin said, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you fear our government? Are you afraid to speak out against the abuses of the IRS? Do you ever feel like the problem is too big and there is no way that someone like you can make a difference or be heard? Be honest…because the first step in overcoming fear is admitting you have it and talking about it openly. Once you do that, you’ll see you are taking the first step to overcome fear entirely!
It’s no secret that we are big fans of Allen West around here. In a single paragraph, here is why:
There is no doubt that President Obama and his liberal acolytes in Congress have unleashed upon our nation the greatest economic policy failures in our 236 year history. The amazing thing is that they are so arrogant that they will not admit their own failure. Never in history have socialist egalitarian nanny-state economic policies ever been successful. The President needs to stop making excuses and stop blaming others. It is President Obama’s signature law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, that is a massive tax increase that will further cripple our economy. If America is so intellectually bankrupt to re-elect President Obama then as Benjamin Franklin stated, we get the government we deserve. However, I believe the American people are awakening to the dangers of liberal progressives and their incompetence.
This man is amazing. His ideology is spot on. His courage is unquestionable. He says what he means and does not back down. Unlike so many of the wishy-washy members of the Cocktail Party GOP who only offer a half-hearted defense of conservatism, Lt. Col. Allen West not only defends with brilliance, he mounts an impressive assault on progressivism as well. And man… he punches like a jackhammer!
West is going to be a main figure in the future of the conservative movement. He’s already tying liberals in knots because they’re not used to truly being called to the mat, and they REALLY have a problem with his skin color. Allen West’s rise to national political stardom is going to reveal the true racism of the so-called “progressive” left. As Michelle Malkin put it:
How dare we “people of color” stray from the left’s ideological plantation? If we choose personal responsibility over entitlement, capitalism over statism or self-determination over identity politics, presumptuous white liberals appoint themselves spokespeople for our forefathers and deciders of our true destinies.
If you’re not following West on Facebook, you should be.
I decided to post this because of two stories I heard last week.
The first was about Keith Olbermann dejectedly wandering Central Park. Obviously the article is making many assumptions about Olbermann’s state of mind with very little direct evidence. However, Olbermann has certainly had a turbulent career, and his firing from CurrentTV (not to mention his failure to draw the expected viewers) was just the latest in a long string of fiery exits.
I can’t say that Olbermann has “hit rock bottom,” But his career does seem to be coming unglued. The interesting thing to me is that Olbermann is worth tens of millions of dollars. Yet here he is, wandering through Central Park almost as if he’s seeking the validation of being recognized by a random stranger. “Am I still relevant?” he might be wondering.
Normally I wouldn’t be focusing on a rich person who might be depressed. But Olbermann is a progressive. A believer in social justice. A redistributionist. A man who seems to think we can solve all the country’s problems by taking money from the wealthy and giving it to progressive government to redistribute as they see fit. And yet here he is, more money than 99.999% of the world, and still unhappy. It just goes to show you that if you think money is the answer to your problems, you’re wrong.
The second story was about Mel Gibson absolutely losing his mind (language warning). Mel Gibson is a very talented actor. Anyone who hasn’t seen it should pick up We Were Soldiers for a great movie and a great performance by Gibson. It’s one of those films that brings tears to a grown man’s eyes.
Unfortunately for Mel, being a rich, famous, talented actor is not enough to maintain even the most basic level of rational behavior. In his latest rant, he sounded like the grown-up version of a child throwing a giant temper tantrum, as if yelling and using entire breaths to say a single word somehow makes his point more relevant.
Was it fueled by alcohol? Is Mel Gibson psychotic? I can’t say for sure, but it would certainly seem that after a very messy breakup and so many tapes of insane rage coming to light that Mel is well on his way to rock bottom, at least in terms of human behavior.
Although I’ve used two celebrities in this post, it’s not just the rich and famous who suffer from this sort of behavior. Every now and then you hear stories about rich folks who throw their lives away on foolishness, or even commit suicide for no apparent reason. I bet it happens a lot more than anyone realizes, but we don’t hear about it because the people aren’t famous.
Which brings me back to my original point. Progressives would have us believe that money is the key to happiness. Class warfare is their game. They try to make it a fight between the “haves” and the “have-nots”. But “what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Or in Mel’s case, his mind? If progressives are correct that redistributing money is the key to happiness, then why are so many rich people unhappy?
It’s actually dehumanizing to suggest that happiness can be purchased like a commodity. If you have a hole in your heart, you can’t fill it with “stuff”. Sure, being poor can be stressful. I know, I used to be fairly poor. I used to have debt. But by God I worked my way out of that hole and I’m a better man for it. I dare say that if Uncle Sam had been there to bail me out with someone else’s money, he would have stolen a piece of my humanity at the same time.
What say you?
For years now I have been engaging in arguments with various lefties, from the typical casual liberal to the committed progressive to the more complicated personally-conservative social liberal (who never lowers themselves personally to the liberal standard, but is nonetheless outwardly supportive of liberalism for social connections or career reasons).
I am big on facts. The lefties I argue with are big on empty rhetoric. For years my initial reaction to any point made by a leftie is to bombard them with facts that completely and utterly destroy their argument. I thought that this was successful. To a certain extent, it is. I’ve never met a single leftie who could best me on the facts – I suppose this is because the vast, vast majority of lefties aren’t big on rational thought. I’ve even had people come up to me later and privately thank me for arguing with so-and-so, and that they themselves weren’t brave enough to stand up and do it for fear of losing a friend or whatever.
But the “success”, if you can call it that, was limited. Yes, I had won on paper, but it didn’t FEEL like a victory. My opponent left with the same absurdly smug aura of self-proclaimed righteousness with which he came. My cascading litany of facts and reason had fallen on deaf ears. I began to believe that these folks were unreachable, unbeatable. It did not matter how right I was or how wrong they were because their close-mindedness and intellectual bigotry would never allow them to engage in a substantive debate on the issues.
To someone like me, this defied logic. I am so driven by a desire to continually pursue the truth that it’s almost impossible for me to comprehend a person who can ignore that truth. But eventually it hit me: liberals do not see truth in the same terms as I do. Whether they realize it or not, whether they intended to or not, their ideology engages in explicit or de facto moral relativism. To them, “right and wrong” does not exist on a fixed linear scale.
To them, the ends justify the means.
In other words, “facts” are not absolute (and, therefore, not “facts” at all but rather tools for achieving a goal). No wonder these people were not swayed by my data. They naturally assumed that any fact with which I presented them was merely a tool that *I* was using to achieve my goal… because that’s what they would do in my position. This little intellectual loophole allows them to maintain their belief in their own righteousness no matter how many facts or rational counter-arguments are presented to destroy their ideology.
In a way, it’s bloody brilliant.
So lately my strategy has been shifting. Partly because I grew tired of long, relentless arguments in which I contributed copious amounts of detail only to have it cast aside or countered with some mind-numbingly inane bit of shallow “wisdom”. Partly because Breitbart identified the strategy first and began utilizing it himself.
Now, I just ask lefties to explain themselves. I simply ask “Why?”
Breitbart was brilliant, really. When he talked about challenging the left with the simple idea of asking them to rationalize their position, he explained that it naturally puts them on the defensive. Liberals aren’t used to having to explain themselves. They just dutifully repeat whatever glib talking point they happened to pick up that day, “RAAAAACIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSTTTT!!!!” being the most common lately. “Tax the rich!” is quickly taking over now that Romney is the presumptive nominee.
For a few months now I’ve been working on this. I admit, it’s hard for me. Pithiness is not my strong suit. But I have to say, it has yielded results. I do get a sweet satisfaction seeing lefties stumble over their own rationale, and it actually makes picking them apart easier. Where I used to deploy “shock and awe”, now I’m a careful sniper. I lure them onto my turf, let them think they can beat me at my own game, and then watch as they tangle themselves up in their own web of unsubstantiated rhetoric.
I can’t claim to have changed minds, but the strategy has definitely forced them to soften their argument. Where initially they were fervent in their position, by the end of the conversation they are subdued, even backtracking from their original stance. One person I recently debated even went from condemning all Republicans at the outset to openly calling for bipartisanship at the end.
This is not to say that simply asking “why?” is a complete substitute for facts and figures. On the contrary. While the typical “casual liberal” will never be able to explain his position, and you can dismantle him with very little effort, the committed progressive will actually be able to take it to the next level. He will come with a basic set of information with which to support his ideology. But remember, he will have one, or maybe two volleys at most. If you have three, you will probably win. If you have 5, you’re almost guaranteed a victory.
So know your stuff, friends, but I encourage you to try this out next time you’re arguing with a leftie. Channel your inner two-year-old. Make them enter your domain, make them commit to your playing field, make them explain WHY they are right, and please do report back and let us know how it goes!
The political world was slightly abuzz this week with the passage of the so-called STOCK Act, which banned insider trading among elected members of Congress, as well as most of their staff. President Obama, of course, heralded this legislation as evidence of bipartisanship and a victory for his administration, blah blah blah.
Don’t get me wrong. I was not opposed to the passage of the STOCK Act. But it saddens and infuriates me that passage of such a bill is necessary to begin with.
Aren’t we really saying that our Congress cannot be trusted to know the difference between right and wrong, unless “wrong” is also specifically illegal? Think about the implications of that statement. Imagine how our society would function if everyone operated under the assumption that nobody could be trusted to “do the right thing” unless there was a law saying so. What a sad and terrible world that would be.
And just to be clear, congressional insider trading crossed party lines. This is something we ALL should be angry about, regardless of our political affiliation. I’m a fairly staunch conservative, but I would rather vote for a good and decent Democrat than a corrupt, lying Republican.
The real problem with our government is that we don’t elect good people to govern. Good people are not a guarantee of good government, but bad people are essentially a guarantee of bad government. We should give ourselves a leg up by ceasing to consider bad people to be our representatives.
Consider that every time there is a poll about least-trusted professions, lawyers rank in the top 5 (usually top 3) every single time. Yet roughly 40% of Congress is made up of lawyers. For some reason, we keep electing people we inherently do not trust to represent us in government. It’s madness.
It’s even more striking when you consider that less than 1% of the population is a lawyer by occupation.
Imagine if a panel of 100 people were chosen to represent “The teams of the NFL”, and 40 of those people were all employed by the Green Bay Packers. Would anyone consider that panel to be inherently objective? Would anyone consider that panel to be representative of the NFL as a whole? Would anyone deny that if, say, the New England Patriots had 40 representatives instead, that any recommendations made by the panel might be different?
Some other fun facts:
- 3 of the 4 most “progressive” presidents in our history were lawyers (Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Barack Obama)
- The only president to ever resign was a lawyer (Nixon)
- 85% of the Democrats currently in the Senate are lawyers
This is not to disparage all lawyers. Indeed, some of the most high-quality people I know are lawyers, and I’m sure some of the lawyers in Congress are great people. But overall, it should come as no surprise to any of us that people who make money from the practice of law would continue to pass laws that help them and others in their profession make more money. Talk about a conflict of interest!
We, as a society, MUST become more selective about those who are chosen to represent us. We must elect good people. If we do not, we are doomed. I think this is one of the main ideas behind – and best results of – the TEA Party movement. Another election is coming up. Let’s carry on the trend.
There’s a meme traveling the Internet: I am the 53%
I was clicking through when I came across this picture, which is where I borrowed the title for this post.
“America is a Place for Winners, Not Whiners”
It’s the perfect slogan. Succinct, poignant, hard hitting.
Encapsulated on that simple 9×11 sheet of paper is the core philosophy of freedom-loving, Constitutional conservatives. I would love to meet this gentleman, shake his hand, and sit down to hear his story. He fell on hard times, he lifted himself up “by the bootstraps when he didn’t even have boots”, so to speak. President Obama could learn something about the indomitable human spirit from this man. Perhaps we all could.
One of my biggest gripes about the progressive left is what President Bush refers to as “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” They approach every societal issue as though people cannot possibly be expected or trusted to help themselves. They frame their positions with relative eloquence, and assail any who oppose them as monstrously greedy, heartless, and unsympathetic to the poor.
I wonder what a OWS person would say if I walked up to him and said: “You are a loser. You wander through life without purpose because despite having no physical or mental ailments, you lack the basic human capacity to be a productive member of society. You cannot be trusted with your own future, because you are incapable of caring for yourself. Because of this, I will appoint a de facto guardian ad litem to oversee your affairs, as you are clearly an incompetent fool who must rely on someone else for adequate housing, adequate salary and, based on the personal hygiene on display here at Wall Street, for wiping your own butt as well”?
Chances are good I’d probably get punched in the face. At the very least, the reaction to my comment would be hostile. And yet, that is very nearly what the progressive left says about all those they wish to “help” through cradle-to-grave entitlement programs. They say these people cannot help themselves. They are INCAPABLE of pulling themselves up by the bootstraps, even here in the USA, the ultimate land of opportunity.
Considering that millions if not billions of people throughout the world face FAR worse adversity than “being poor in the US,” how damning it is to label a human being in THIS country as incapable of helping themselves! Frankly, it robs that person of a certain aspect of basic human dignity.
It is no wonder that the progressives of yesteryear found themselves advocating for eugenics, even “human death” for the unproductive. George Bernard Shaw comes to mind. The ultimate conclusion of the progressive ideology, once the elitists at the top realize their plans failed, is that the problem isn’t with the plans, but with the people themselves. Realizing there is no longer any hope for salvaging these people’s lives (after all, if a brilliant mind from the best University couldn’t lift them out of poverty, who can?), then the ultimate progressive conclusion is that it is more humane to the collective to just kill off those who drag the society down.
To some, that conclusion seems impossible. But let’s not forget George Bernard Shaw. Let’s not forget Margaret Sanger. Let’s not forget the Frankfurt School, which infiltrated our shores decades ago. These people are the thought ancestors of a large portion of the progressive ideology, and they were also advocates of modern eugenics. If it sounds scary, it’s because it is.
America is for Winners, not Whiners. Progressives, you’re on the wrong side.
Progressivism is dangerous. Those progressives who deny this are either too ignorant to see it, too brainwashed to admit it or, occasionally, complicit in the danger. The Hunger Games offers us a peek at a universe which would only be possible under radical progressivism.
For anyone blissfully unaware of this particular cultural phenomenon, The Hunger Games is a young adult novel (the first book in a trilogy) set in a post-apocalyptic world where North America is ruled by a single totalitarian government. This successor to the United States, called “Panem”, is comprised of essentially one wealthy, advanced Capitol metropolis ruling over twelve poorer districts. Every year, 12 boys and 12 girls (one of each from each district) are selected to participate in a televised, to-the-death mega-event known as “The Hunger Games”. One victor emerges and is lavished in fame and riches.
If anyone is still planning to see the movie, I will avoid revealing any spoilers or discussing the plot of this story. Instead I will focus on the political world.
To be fair, I have not actually read the full trilogy. However, it is my understanding that the author does not get in to specific details about the post-apocalyptic event. She apparently does touch on some environmental issues, and based on some of the comments she has made, it would not surprise me if the author was herself a partial believer in the progressive movement. If so, what a delicious twist of irony that a progressive would inadvertently write a story exposing one possible endgame of progressivism.
In any case, it does not matter what the author intended us to believe. An examination of the evidence of the story gives us all we need to know. If, for example, the author tried to claim that The Hunger Games was the result of radical libertarianism then she would contradict herself.
Without further ado, let us take a look at the hallmarks of progressivism which appear in this movie.
Progressive Hallmark: Big, Totalitarian Government
The government of Panem is large and totalitarian. It controls all the means of production and all the distribution of food and other resources. Although not explicitly stated in the movie, it is implied that the government controls the entire economy.
Progressivism is rooted in collectivism, and the unavoidable endgame of any collectivist ideology is communism, and finally, totalitarian communism. Collectivism creates a downward spiral of diminishing returns, which requires further control, which spawns ever-further diminished returns and even more control. The spiral is documented in Shakedown Socialism. The ultimate end result is a government so large that is has no choice but to be totalitarian.
Progressive Hallmark: The Illusion of Democracy
Panem has a “President”, but it is clear that there is no democracy. The movie does not touch on the electoral process, but the President is an all-powerful figure who seems to have captured the unquestioning adoration of the citizens of the Capitol.
Progressives will rarely openly admit to the desire to destroy democracy, but I have personally experienced a progressive telling me that President Obama should go around Congress and “just do what needs to be done”. We’re already familiar with Obama’s huge collection of czars, a quick Google search for “Obama circumvent congress” will produce a litany of examples, and Obama’s own team announced that executive orders (“two or three a week”) will play a big role in Obama’s reelection campaign.
The world of Panem exemplifies the mentality that “the ends justify the means,” which also just happens to be the core of the progressive strategy for political change.
Progressive Hallmark: The Use of Implied Threats
The President of Panem comments that a particular person should “be careful”. The threat is thinly veiled and the message is clear: “Do what I say, or bad things will happen.”
What was it Obama said to the bankers? “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” The President used the power of his office to issue a thinly veiled threat that those bankers – private citizens in charge of sovereign corporate entities – should be careful or else. And worst of all, this made him a hero among progressives who are apparently too ignorant to recognize such a statement for what it is.
Progressive Hallmark: Ownership of Weapons is Forbidden
This is not explicitly stated but it is implied. None of the district citizens are ever shown having anything weapon-like, not even crude implements. Basic weapons used for hunting have to be kept hidden in the woods, away from the eyes of the of the Capitol.
Needless to say, a Panem-style government could never come about so long as gun ownership was as prevalent among private citizens as it is today. Do you see many conservatives advocating for abolition of gun rights? Of course not, but it’s a favorite topic of the progressives.
Progressive Hallmark: A Ruling Class
In Panem, not all citizens are poor and downtrodden. There is a ruling class – it would seem a fairly large ruling class – which resides in the metropolis of The Capitol. These people are depicted as wealthy, extravagant, and completely out of touch with reality. It is a world of pomp, circumstance, and political connectivity. People can fall out of favor quickly and suffer the consequences.
Progressives do not espouse the idea of a ruling class – in fact, they usually claim they are against such a concept. But this simply illustrates the ignorance of progressives to the reality of collectivism in general. Every collectivist society has a ruling class. Look at the former Soviet Union. Look at Communist China. Look at Nazi Germany (the Nazi party were socialists). Even something as seemingly innocuous and beneficial (to a progressive) as a trade union can give rise to an oligarchy of powerful union leaders at the expense of the general membership. From Sweden to Greece to right here in the U.S., history overflows with such examples.
Progressive Hallmark: Debauchery for the Few, Starvation for the Many
Residents of The Capitol enjoy access to fine foods, spirits, and a plethora of highly modern technology. Debauchery abounds. They live in excess, and as willing participants in the ultimate reality game show.
Progressives would argue that their ideology does not promote this. I will concede that it does not *promote* it… but it does *create* it. One should ask a simple question: if collectivism worked, why is there so much death and starvation under collectivist rule? Millions upon millions have died from starvation under socialism and communism, even while perfectly good food rotted away in government storage. Does anyone think the government officials were also starving to death along with the population? Of course not… the ruling class, their family, their friends, and their chosen accomplices were all living in the lap of debauchery while others died.
Progressive Hallmark: Collusion with / Control of the Media
It is not made clear in the movie whether or not the media is autonomous, but it’s clear that at the very least, they collude with the government.
Meanwhile, back here in reality, the collusion between the majority of the regular media and their chosen candidates is fairly obvious. It’s especially obvious on the left, and the speed with which the main-stream media collectively abandoned Hillary to support Obama only solidifies my belief that collusion already exists.
Unfortunately, collusion is not enough for the progressive left. Even now, progressives march ever-onward towards limiting conservative speech. They’ve been doing it for years by trying to control the language, and create ridiculous levels of political correctness. Even Democrat Juan Williams admits this in his book Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate. They want Limbaugh off the air. They want Fox News shut down. And these ignorant fools actually justify the involvement of government in shutting down media with which they disagree.
And let’s not forget, Obama wants an Internet kill switch… there’s no bigger government/media power grab than that!
Progressive Hallmark: Abolition of Individual Liberty
In Panem, individual liberty is nonexistent. Minors can be taken from their homes and forced to participate in a competition to the death. Even in The Capitol, people who fall out of favor fear for their lives or livelihoods. It would seem that personal property is an illusion at best.
By its very nature, collectivism destroys the concept of personal property and individual liberty. Woodrow Wilson once dismissed the inalienable right to individual liberty as nonsense. Oliver Wendell Holmes opined that liberty should not be construed “to prevent the natural outcome of a dominant opinion.”
Today, progressives carry on the assault by regularly advocating for the dissolution of contracts, seizure of private property, and excessive taxation of the wealthy… all in the name of “the greater good”.
Progressive Hallmark: Rejoicing in the Death of Other People
In The Capitol, the annual Hunger Games is a major television event and the ultimate reality show. Everybody watches. People cheer for the death of the unfavored and and survival of the favored.
If anyone questions that mankind could ever, in reality, actually enjoy such barbarism they have only to look to history. The Hunger Games event is really just a modern interpretation of the gladiatorial games which existed for around 700 years.
OK, but could we ever return to that sort of barbarism? One has only to look at the recent, untimely death of Andrew Breitbart for the answer. The Internet exploded with progressives rejoicing in Breitbart’s death. OK, that’s just one example, right?
- Ed Schultz wishing Dick Cheney were dead, and other progressives coming out to call his statement “beautifully phrased”?
- Twitter erupting in calls for death of Scott Walker
- Progressives calling for the round-up of “Tea Baggers”
- Death threats against Limbaugh following the Sandra Fluke controversy
- Salon publishing a letter to the editor insinuating that Sarah Palin should be electrocuted
- Mike Malloy hoping Beck, Limbaugh, and O’Reilly all commit suicide
- Chris Matthews waxing philosophical on a Bond-villain-esque death for Rush
- A litany of idiots on Twitter calling for the death of a variety of Republicans
I found these examples in just a few minutes on Google. I realize that progressives do not own the market on death threats, and some have been threatened with death themselves. But the prevalence of open rejoicing about the death of Breitbart is a new low and solid evidence of the decline in civility being perpetuated by the progressive movement.
Sadly, I know personally know progressives who honestly rejoice in the death, not just of conservative figures, but of regular folks who just happen to be wealthy. “Good”, they say, “they deserved it”. This may not be reflective of the ideology of the original progressive movement, but it seems to be the mentality of the newest generation of people who self-identify as progressive “soldiers”.
When otherwise regular people can find joy in the death of a fellow citizen simply because of a difference in political ideologies, how far are we, really, from a real-life Hunger Games?
Allen West: The Man Who Should Have Delivered the State of the Union Address Response (or the Address itself, actually)
So, that’s Congressman Allen West in the clips above…kicking a$$ and taking names on television. Like he does every day. He is the only elected official currently in office that someone could make a marketable action figure for.
This is the man who the Republican Party should put in front of TV cameras to deliver things like the State of the Union Response last night.
Instead, the Cocktail Party GOP establishment put forward, well, THIS…
Mitch Daniels is probably a very nice man, but he’s not ever going to set the world on fire.
He’s the male version of Kathleen Sebelius:
Why present this as the best the party has to offer on such a high profile night when you could have had Allen West do this and knock it out of the stratosphere?
The Party of Stupid fumbles yet again.
A few days ago, I took my kids to one of those places with giant inflatable slides that sane people avoid. My best friend was in town for her once-a-year visit home and in order to show the kids a “good time” took them to inflatable kid heaven, otherwise known as the Jump Zone.
It’s always a mistake, with the noise level and the creeping panic attacks (“Is my kid ever going to come out of there and if not, will I fit because I didn’t squeeze into my Spanx today?”) This time was no exception. I had a truth-moment that will be forever etched on my soul that announced over the loudspeaker in my brain, “Society is doomed. Most people are idiots.” My father says he came to this conclusion many years ago and there’s no big news in it. I always held out hope that the majority of the idiots were the ones who landed on the news for tattooing their ex with depictions of excrement or on the Maury Povich show with a 200 pound eight-year-old. Most people, I thought, are your neighbors who are sane, decent folks. Not so! It turns out the world is littered with mopes and I have proof.