We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Is it any wonder, then, that the pragmatic and commonsense Americans, along with those whose consciences and religious freedoms were constantly violated, revolted at last? Is it any wonder that when an elite few invent a world without any relationship to reality, the rest of unconverted society refuses to accommodate itself to their confabulist insanities? Is it any wonder that honest Americans saw, as did the late theologian John Webster, that “The lie can be kept intact only if anything which threatens to expose it is destroyed?” Is it any wonder that the mere mortals among us have seen that the progressive gods are mad, and that their insistence that we retrofit our existence and all of society to accommodate their insane demands was a potentially fatal assault on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
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Calling modern Progressives “the Left” turns history on its head. Progressives are the champions of privilege and advocate what amounts to the return of active and passive citizenship. They and their attendants will be the active citizens while the rest of us, including whoever happens to wander in from who knows where, will be the passive citizens. The only difference is the 18th century aristocrats were honest about what they wanted. The modern aristocrat prefers to lie about his intentions.
The pendulum swings, perhaps?
It's happened before; Woodrow Wilson was supposed to be the second coming, the be all and end of all of American progress. “During the presidential election of 1916, many leftists had embraced Woodrow Wilson as an almost supernatural leader of near messianic promise, but in the wake of repression at home and revolution and diplomatic disappointment abroad, he came to be seen as a Judas, and his affected rhetoric came to be seen as mere mummery (supercilious hypocrisy).” He was so discredited that the label "Progressive" had to be dropped in favor of "Liberal".
Michael McGerr (U of Ind and historian of the Progressive Movement) writes, “Amid race riots, strikes, high inflation, and a frenzied Red Scare, Americans rejected the Progressive blueprint for the nation. The climax of Progressivism, World War I, was also its death knell. Modern Republicanism — in the form of Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and modern liberalism both emerged as reactions to the excesses of Progressivism."
Historical note for post above: It's almost 100 years ago that the be all and end all, of Woodrow Wilson's presidency, thoroughly discredited the Progressive agenda. I don't know if history will repeat; government dependency is exponentially greater today, and not just by individuals. OTOH, the elites cannot grapple with the offensiveness of their overreach or their increasingly glaring incompetence.
"Regardless of what he does, I assume. There will be no honeymoon this time."
What are ya saying, "He's damned if he does, damned if he doesn't" Let's hope that most people realize this.
Meanwhile, let us also hope that most people are on to the media, which has resorted to throwing anything at the wall, in the hope that it sticks. Not to mention that America is a bottomless pit of clucky "church lady" types who live to scold and correct others; it justifies their existence.
They have been reduced to this, in part, by technology and the class cultural divide. They are forced to rely on "click bait: as their revenue streams: melodrama based on rumours, fantastical speculation, crying wolf, baiting of public figures, hoaxes, and the never fails, "sky is falling" meme.
I hope Bannon does have some fresh ideas. I happen to think that if you can fix the jobs situation for the Middle, a lot of other problems go away or are mitigated, even though this is not necessarily the President's job. I don't know about "Economic Nationalism", I was just hoping for a shift in emphasis that didn't put the corporatists and Special Interests first, for a change.
In any case, this is a tough job, finding a path through a minefield of unintended consequences, not to mention, complicated by Automation.
For anyone interested, see the posts on automation featured on "Chicago Boyz" http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/54256.html
I don't want to pay for (and shouldn't have to pay for) someone else's cosmetic surgery. Not in mental institutions, not in jail, not in the military, not in the VA, not noway, not nohow. Any judge that rules in such a manner should be impeached and removed from the bench.
Now that (impeachment) would be a good form of "judicial activism" and something for the new administration to look into regarding over-reaching federal judges. I'm tired of penumbras, reflections, wisps of swamp gas, smoke, mirror-images, and whatever being "found" in the Constitution by knuckleheaded judges.
Thanks to AVI for posting this worthwhile link on the performance of the media this cycle.
The author was trying to keep his article short so that it would be read widely. He did not include the monetary pressures on media. I wonder how much insight Trump had, if it was his strategy to manipulate the weaknesses of the media, in that they sabotaged there own credibility, or if he was prepared to just roll through all the flak?
And lest we forget, this works both ways. There is a lot of contrived kr@p written about Clinton as well.