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I love PJ O'Rourke, and while his fears have some some merit about Trump, his pretending Hillary was not worse is troublesome. He is just wrong.
But since Trump got Gorsuch in, we are way ahead already. I am not at all into the alternative to Obamacare or the spending bills, but ultimately the kleptocrat Hillary would have been worse. O'Rourke misses that part--yes Trump is one of the left, yet the left is pushing him to the right. Do you think the left and media would have done that with Hillary.
Evi L. Bloggerlady
Yep. Hit the nail dead on. Gorsuch on the court is huge and singularly separates the courses of history by a wide margin. The country has a chance. A brief window to thwart and slow the progressive overtake of the country. So far, so good.
I agree. I had various degree of respect for Glen Beck, George Will, and a host of others who were never Trumpers. I can understand, especially during the primaries. I can also understand chafing against the consideration that those who are against the lunacy of the left have no other choice than Republicans (but I think that's the truth). But when you you vote for Hillary - who has no record of accomplishment in any arena in which she participated, who savaged women who alleged sexual misconduct against her husband, who is very likely a party to pay for play schemes, who treats classified material with carelessness at best, who wants to continue Obama's policies, etc. You've lost me going forward.
As I write this and listened to O'Rourke discuss the need for the rule of law, I have to laugh. Does he actually think Hillary would be better for the rule of law than Trump?
Many years ago, I attended a book signing of his and I was very impressed. It's just sad what he's become.
With equal power, Trump would almost certainly be worse. However they do not have equal power. Trump is constrained by a hostile media, the Stupid Party, and a bureaucracy that absolutely despises him.
I like PJ and have several of his books but his libertarian bent does not work at all. I could go on about the shortcomings of libertarianism in this day but Vox Day has a very good recent piece on why libertarianism and conservatism have failed in this country. Good luck PJ but libertarianism is a dying political philosophy as practiced here in the US. Smash the uniparty globalists!
Yup. When Parliament of Whores cam out I thought it was just about the funniest thing I had ever read. I have 6 or 8 of his books, and I, too, went to a book signing in the mid-90s. (The only book signing I have ever attended, btw. THAT'S how much I liked the guy).
As a reformed ex-hippie/leftist, PJ has the same problem that I see in a lot of ex-alcoholics/dopers/whores/etc. have when the "see the light" and give their life to Jesus. They can't shut up about their new religion. One extreme to the other, and lose a sense of pragmatism. PJ's libertarianism is no different.