You can’t negotiate with progressivism. You can’t reason with it. You can’t compromise with it.
You have to destroy it, utterly, root and branch.
Understand that progressivism isn’t just another way of looking at things. It isn’t an equally valid lifestyle that we should treat with respect and courtesy. It is not an intellectual peer of conservatism.
Progressivism is the hapless Cousin Oliver of the collectivist Brady Bunch. Whether you label it “progressivism,” “socialism,” “communism” or “fascism,” it’s all just the same collectivist tyranny, varying only by degrees of bloodshed and fashion choices. Differentiating them is like choosing between herpes strains – it’s just a matter of the size of the chancres.
We need to know our enemy and understand it, because when we do we can destroy it.
Expect hypocrisy. Expect lies. Highlight them certainly, but not for ourselves. We know that hypocrisy and lies are essential components of progressivism. Do it instead for those who don’t yet understand. Do it for the undecided in the battle for the soul of America.
It’s that mass of people who are not aware of just what a sick power grab progressivism really is behind its false front of “caring” and “social justice” that we need to reach. If their hearts and minds weren’t in play, the progressives wouldn’t bother lying to them. They would enforce their will with storm troopers.
We must continue to highlight this truth: Progressives care about gays, women, blacks and other groups only to the extent that appearing to do so brings short-term political advantage.
Does anyone think progressives wouldn’t abandon their belief in their right to government-funded abortion at will if having that belief stopped being useful? You could ask the gays in Iran about how pro-gay progressives are when liberal leaders need to change the news cycle, except they’ll be hard-pressed to answer with nooses around their necks.
Arguing with progressives is a waste of time because they believe in nothing except that they should rule over us. Progressives don’t seek justice. They seek power. Treat them accordingly.
Pst! Time Magazine is doing a thing where you vote for who is the most influential throughout the year and it's Rand Paul vs. Wendy Davis. Paul is winning, but there's a post floating around tumblr insisting that people "fix" it.
According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics measure of unemployment and underemployment, known as the “job distress rate,” Americans who lack work constitute 14.3 percent of the workforce. That includes those who are unemployed plus “marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.” That’s almost double the official unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.
During an Oct 21 Rose Garden appearance designed to push back on the bad news surrounding the ObamaCare rollout, President Obama told America that he had received a grateful letter from a single mother. After 15 years of being uninsured, ObamaCare had finally made it possible for Jessica Sanford to purchase health insurance. Unfortunately, that ended up not being true.
It turns out that Ms. Sanford was not eligible for the tax credits the Washington state exchange told her (and 8,000 others) she had qualified for. When she wrote the president, Ms. Sanford was thrilled that her qualified tax credits meant that she would pay only $169 a month for a plan that would otherwise cost her between $500 and $600 a month.
To make matters worse, after Sanford was informed of the original error, the state told her that she still qualified for some tax credits, so she signed up for a less expensive ObamaCare plan that would still fit her tight budget. But the state had goofed again. Turns out she doesn’t qualify for any tax credits.
Today, a disappointed and frustrated Sanford is back where she started: uninsured.
This sort of cracks me up, because I listened to him give this speech and tweeted that someone needed to a do a follow up on this letter from Jessica Sanford, because so far there hadn’t been a single true story about a satisfied customer from this administration. Looks like I was right.
AKA for anyone who ever thought that talking to their politically apathetic friends was pointless.
I went to a party last night and my little brother (not biological, just a very close guy friend from high school) gave me a ride home at about 1 am.
He has always put up with my obsession with politics in a sort of bemused way, since he thinks that politics is ridiculous and rarely took a strong stance on anything, but over the last few months I had noticed a change.
A few months back we had an hour long conversation on illegal immigration. He is a legal immigrant, but had been very ambivalent on the issue for a long time. During that conversation he came down fully on the conservative side of the issue, but he’s never really chosen a side on our current administration.
In the car last night HE brought up the economy. We were talking about his job and some silly observation about how many strip clubs were on the street we were driving on and during a lull he said:
Statewide, an average of about 672,874 Texans voted on those 10 constitutional amendments in 2011. In 2013, the number of votes cast in Texas reached 1,099,670.
In Hidalgo County, which is 90 percent Hispanic, just over 4,000 voted in the constitutional amendment election in 2011. In 2013, an average of over 16,000 voted according to the Texas secretary of state’s office.
Greg Abbott, the Republican attorney general and likely governor nominee, stated that critics of the voter ID law had “run out of claims” about those struggling to vote without an ID.
If Obama had any humility, his rug would read simply, “Memento Mori”; an acknowledgement that life is fragile, death is inevitable and human capabilities limited in the face of their own mortality. It’s not that we shouldn’t resist death and fight to extend life, but that we must do so knowing that the power to temporarily give life or take it away does not make us immortal or infallible.
Ethics come from humility. The recognition of our own mortality teaches us our limitations. The worst tyrants and monsters, like Joseph Stalin, did not believe that they would die. The USSR’s persecution of doctors was motivated by its leader’s faith in his own immortality.
Obama has no humility and therefore no ethics. He does not believe in his own immortality, but in his invincibility; political and otherwise. He really does believe that the only thing to fear is fear itself. And 100 million Americans will lose their health insurance plans because their bad apple president was too arrogant to question his own bad judgement.
That is why Healthcare.gov does not work. It’s why ObamaCare is such a disaster.
A standard model president understands risks and consequences. A substandard model like Obama does not. A good apple president apologizes when he chops down a cherry tree. A bad apple president blames Bush, the cherry tree, the axe and Global Warming.
Objectively I know I’m not a sociopath, even a high functioning on like Sherlock.*
Sociopaths don’t cry over commercials about babies or articles about strangers giving their kidney to a dying man.
They just don’t.
Because they don’t care.
But sometimes the thought crosses my mind, especially when I’m talking to other people about politics. Normally I brush the thought aside as a recognition that other people are far too emotional about politics and they ignore rational responses to political problems or antagonism from people who don’t like them.
In simpler terms, they get their feelings hurt a lot.
2. Apparently Texas is #1 in Carbon emissions. Oh lordy, here’s another statistic that simply ignored the population of the state in question in order to push an agenda.
Here’s the funny thing, I looked at the exact same EPA reportthat this study cites and I got #14 as the Texas rating for Carbon emissions.
Sure, the state of Texas is #1 in emissions based on those EPA numbers…if you ignore population completely, which no decent study would.
Texas is 2nd only to California in population, thus the amount of emmissions PER CAPITA is not #1 in the country by any stretch of the imagination.
Once you correct for population, Texas comes in at 25.98 metric tons of Carbon emissions per capita, which leaves 13 states with more emissions than them. Wyoming actually comes in at the top, with 114.99 metric tons of emissions per capita.
That’s a pretty stark difference, which this Texas on the Brink study should really have accounted for.
The Kentucky freshman Republican has introduced a constitutional amendment that would preclude senators and congressmen from passing laws that don’t apply equally to U.S. citizens and Congress, the executive branch and the Supreme Court. The amendment is aimed squarely at Obamacare provisions specific to members of Congress and their staffs that became a central point of contention during the government shutdown.
The MSM is, naturally, cheering on the infighting, not so subtly proclaiming it a shattered movement with no clear goal.
Circular firing squad and internal squabbling notwithstanding, perhaps now is a good time for a reminder of what conservatives — whether grassroots/Tea Party or GOP ‘Beltway’ establishment — still have in common:
Thus, I ask you — are conservatives really that fragmented?
And, should the current circular firing squad be treated with ridicule, or praised as the sign of a movement that does not march lock-step?
What you call a circular firing squad, I call the sign of an intellectually vibrant movement.
Let’s focus on what unites us rather than divides — 2014 awaits.
Atheists* Are Basically Giant Babies
Actually they’re much worse, because babies don’t troll through popular culture, the internet, and…
Yale law professor Dan Kahan posted on his blog this week that he analyzed the responses of more than 2,000 American adults recruited for another study and found that, on average, people who leaned liberal were more science literate than those who leaned conservative.
However, those who identified as part of the tea party movement were actually better versed in science than those who didn’t, Kahan found. The findings met the conventional threshold of statistical significance, the professor said.
Kahan wrote that not only did the findings surprise him, they embarrassed him.
“I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I’d be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension,” Kahan wrote.
“But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the tea party,” he continued. “All my impressions come from watching cable tv — & I don’t watch Fox News very often — and reading the ‘paper’ (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused Internet sites like Huffington Post and POLITICO). I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly, I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.”
Just before the weekend, the National Park Serviceinformed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was “closed” due to the shutdown. Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown.
The Park Service will also have rangers on duty to police the ban… of access to an ocean. The government will probably use more personnel and spend more resources to attempt to close the ocean, than it would in its normal course of business.
This is governing by temper-tantrum. It is on par with the government’s ham-fisted attempts to close the DC WWII Memorial, an open-air public monument that is normally accessible 24 hours a day. By accessible I mean, you walk up to it. When you have finished reflecting, you then walk away from it.
At least that Memorial is an actual structure, with some kind of perimeter that can be fenced off. Florida Bay is the ocean. How, pray tell, do you “close” 1,100 square miles of ocean? Why would one even need to do so?
Okay liberals, are you going to admit your current commander in chief is a giant, whiny, baby throwing a temper tantrum now or what?
Someone put him down for a nap and then let him cry himself out so that the rest of the country can go on about our lives?