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Wednesday, February 6. 2019
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Why does the right continually expect reason from the left? Why is the right perpetually locked in a game played only with the left? Why the abusive relationship and the codependence? Is that really necessary?
The right is - or was - the ideology of originalism. It had one job. For 200 years If failed that job as spectacularly as any political failure in history, the period since Wilson most spectacularly of all.
Today the right is a cultural movement at best, fixated on flags and anthems and militarism and lifestyle and just a different form of statism while Leviathan is lightly curbed only by a temporary orange potus who literally flew in from left field.
What had the right's constituents demanded of their two houses - under this most conservatively compliant potus in their lifetimes - between 2016 and 2018?
And now the right baits and postures for the left? Why is that? Had the right done what it was entrusted to do the left would be in perpetual disarray and originalism would have carried the day, that being the only thing this government was supposed to observe, by official contract. But as it is the right is more likely to be abolished by lunatics in two years than so much as hold any branch of government again.
Trump Derangement Syndrome is now treatable on most plans.
Get some help.
Instinctive anti-leftist reflex compounded with rightist internet meme jargon.
Ditto. Because you are the problem.
Your first paragraph has really good questions.
This is a constant refrain of yours: The right didn't do their job. While it might be true that the 'right' failed in many key areas, we do live in a Constitutional Republic, where people are free to make choices. Those choices led us to where we are. Choices that did not always conform to liberty and personal responsibility. The percentage of people that actually get that philosophy are few and far between. And that percentage has never wavered much, in the history of the world. What would you have had the ancestors of the 'right' do, enforce personal responsibility at the point of a gun? Come down with great violence on all those that do not conform? We are to far in the minority to accomplish that, and how would that make us any different than the left? I'm not telling you anything you don't already know.
And you were doing fine too, up until the false dichotomy. Surely the only recourse isn't waiting until the end and then getting violent. That's stunningly obvious but since the 2A is all the right pins its hopes on - and not I - we are where we are.
What to do? Oh, insisting elected representatives abolish 90% of Leviathan. But that's too much work to, isn't it, because you have to grow the thing first and that only takes sloth, the same sloth that won't reform it.
Running out socialist officials for violating both their oath and the thing they pledged it to as a condition of office? Way too controversial and despite being essential and integral, "conservative" tolerance and niceness and lifestyle are too important for that.
One can list all sorts of options but what we'll get instead is the inevitable push-back from rightists that conservative activism is basically way to hard - and besides, folks like me are too unseemly - so back to bed they go.
A century and counting since 1913 and here we are, bellowing online about the consequences of not doing anything to prevent the lunacy of a minority.
Our best hope is to get the left as far away from education, and power, as possible. Unfortunately, the left, and those that can't think for themselves, the great unwashed INDEPENDENTS, who only go along to get along, fall in line with what is popular, are the majority. How do you change their mind?
There are millions of us out here trying to get elected representatives to reduce leviathan. We are a minority! People want free stuff. How do you change their mind?
Changing their mind may be impossible. The right failed to enshrine original principles. The left took the institutions and the rest is history.
First the right was complacent and slothful. Now it's lazy and intimidated. The question isn't what do we do specifically and practically after the fact but what do we do mentally and spiritually before it.
It's one thing to demand solutions to impossible problems but another to prevent them in the first place. Without the mindset to do just that, we'll never hold another hill.
There was nothing about structural originalism that wasn't about prevention. History says there are no recoveries. So why is the right satisfied heckling the left and holding on to just one amendment? What's the point when your position tacitly admits defeat and has no plan to reverse that?
B. Hammer: Our best hope is to get the left as far away from education, and power, as possible. Unfortunately, the left, and those that can't think for themselves, the great unwashed INDEPENDENTS, who only go along to get along, fall in line with what is popular, are the majority. How do you change their mind?
A lot of binary thinking there. The left is not a single entity, but a collection of people with often disparate viewpoints. Similarly with the right. For instance, a lot of people on the right want free stuff too, wanting to reduce taxes without making corresponding cuts in services.
"The left is not a single entity, but a collection of people with often disparate viewpoints."
It's true. Some leftists like to abort babies before they are born, and some like to abort them after they are born.
Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!
It was a great speech, and Trump has done more for conservatism in two years than any president before him, and that includes the great Ronald Reagan.
Peacelovewoodstock:It was a great speech.
This is an unsubstantiated claim.
Actually, by any objective measure the speech was a poor one. The Huffington Post rated the SOTU speech as "three thumbs down" for it's fake message of unity and for it's negative portrayal of Mexicans. Notably, there was no mention of the greatest threat mankind currently faces - Anthropogenic Global Climate Warming Change.
Any claim that this SOTU was "good" is simply a rhetorical flourish that attempts to handwave away the objective hate which subliminally underscored the entire speech.
peacelovewoodstock: It was a great speech.
This is an unsubstantiated claim.
Actually, it's a statement of opinion.
zachriel: Actually, it's a statement of opinion.
That is incorrect. Rhetoric can be objectively measured by the persuasive effect that it has upon the target population. The 76% approval rating of the SOTU, while impressive for the Orange Man Trump, does not rise to the level of "greatness". At best, 76% is considered a "C", or "average".
Also, if we deduct 5% because Orange Man failed to include the requisite warnings about Anthropogenical Global Climate Change Warming, the speech barely passes at a paltry 71%.
Rhetoric can be objectively measured by the persuasive effect that it has upon the target population.
Sure, but that presupposes what is meant by the subjective term "great".
The 76% approval rating of the SOTU, while impressive for the Orange Man Trump, does not rise to the level of "greatness".
As for reaction polls, that's somewhat typical for State of the Union addresses.
Zachriel: As for reaction polls, that's somewhat typical for State of the Union addresses.
We notice you provide no evidence of the Orange Man Trump's greatness. Our initial point remains unchallenged.
LOL. Look at Gasbot's utter lack of self-awareness. It has to be a machine. Funniest thing I've seen all week. Nice.
Meh: It has to be a machine.
Incorrect. We are not a machine. Our robotic repetition of leftist talking points may appear dull, disingenuous and mechanical. But the same can be said of Alyssa Milano, Alec Baldwin, and Don Lemon.
Baldwin doesn't even drive, Notgasbot, much less own a diesel 3/4 ton (Seinfield, Getting, Coffee et. al. 2012). Whattyu, some kind of hippie pinko?
Meh Whattyu, some kind of hippie pinko?
Mom says we should ignore you. She says trolls are bad. Also, she's making us vegan cauliflower yogurt for lunch.
I’m surprised “Ocasio Chavez” hasn’t caught on more.
Not only won't they but they are actively running on a platform that will reverse the economic gains made.
State of the Union Fact Check: What Trump Got Right and Wrong
“We had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth.”
This is false.
... Mr. Northam was talking about an end-of-life care discussion in the case of a child that would not live ...
Actually, Northam was talking about asking a mother whether she wants to kill her deformed child.
I wonder how many times he did this as a pediatrician.
Oh no, the New York Times. And it's fact-checking.
Bwahahaha. As if a key propaganda arm of the fourth estate had any more credibility where factuality goes than the Gasbot that promotes it, the same Gasbot that chronically spawns semantic spats favoring pro-infanticide leftist intellectuals to whom the .03% of the nation terminating life represents the contemporary backbone and essence of constitutional rigor.
What they mean of course is come and get your socialist pie for the day because look how sophisticated our big city gaslighting is. Leftist intellectuals love that crap, transparent as it is.
I miss when Maggie's Farm had nice stories about life in New England and pictures of pretty white churches. [Oops, I guess even that will be misconstrued in this politically correct age.]
So, to make my contribution, here is
"Yoga for Yankees"