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Tuesday, November 4. 2008
Since we're voting mostly - but not entirely - Repub today, I'm thinking that it would be fun to have Wooly Mammoths around again (and just in time for global cooling). Some probably think we are such paleocons here that an extinct Wooly Mammoth should be our symbol. But maybe they can come back to life...
Richard Baehr's election predictions. Assuming that Obama wins, I wouldn't underestimate the power of the endorsements by people like Warren Buffet, Colin Powell, Bill Weld, and others who provided Establishment respectability cover for a guy whose kind of shady past would never have survived press scrutiny had he been a Repub.
Fr. West's Blog: 100+ reasons not to vote for Obama
Larry Auster is writing in Tom Tancredo. That's a de facto vote for Obama.
Re this morning's video ad, one might say "All that is missing is a statement from Obama saying that this is not the Obama that he knew…" I think this fellow is in over his head.
GRE scores ranked by field of graduate study. It helps explain why financial firms like to hire Physics PhDs: they are smart.
The "home ATM" is shutting down.
Why do some animals' eyes glow at night?
An instant Gay Test (for guys)
Americans in Israel: 74% for McCain. Duh.
Re Sarah: Typical politics. Yep, smears and insinuations stick. That's why people use them. The "politics of personal destruction" is fine when Dems use it. But where does Sarah go to get her reputation back?
Repubs have been losing the media battlefield since 1968. Indeed. We have noted that here many times. Many people seem to go into that field to save the world without doing anything themselves.
Whither Conservatism? McArdle. I read such things with skepticism, because I think politics has a lot to do with timing and the right communicative talent and tone for the time. Often those seem more important than ideology. Bush was not elected on ideology.
Obama, via Blue Crab:
From Dr. Sanity:
Related: Shrinkwrapped also waxes Chestertonian, but it's not a religious argument.
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Hi ho, Hi oh, it's off to vote I go. GOD bless us all. Feelin pretty good, passed the Queer bait test and, my rage is at a manageable level for now. I don't know what it will be at 10, or 11 tonite. Luther, I might need your help, if the vote starts going Obama's way. Where will I go next?
Where was that 100 reasons from Fr. West last night when my bro-in-law called and asked me to talk him out of voting for Øbama?
I appealed to his basest instincts by using the "he will first tax your cigar at a ridiculous rate, and then tell you to put it out" line. I think he bought it.
The daily newspaper has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember...on sunday I decided to stop taking my last paper...old habbits die hard but I realised that besides printing out of date news no paper has views that even remotely mirror mine....not even mildly conservative views.
Good points...here the only reason to have our two Chicago dailies to sop up dog urine. These papers are simply pretentious tabloids...just missing the daily "Elvis is Alive and at the Chicago Tribune/Chicago Sun-Times" coverage. Maybe that's coming soon.
Wow, Dr Sanity's long post discusses in depth the point I made yesterday: The '60's radicals, many sociopaths and nihilists among them, in many instances have become the new establishment. This is not really news to many of us who have continued to battle these forces, always swimming against the tide in academia, the media, government, and other key policy and decision making bases in modern America. We always depend on the Dems and their leftist allies to overreach as the precipitating reason for returning conservatives to power but this time we are in danger of more than their overreaching.
It always gets back to organization: Conservatives need to organize right down to the cell level if they expect to win elections. This never changes. Conservatives need to see political organization as the highest form of public and community service, organization which then translates into votes at the ballot box every two years, in good times and bad. Some might call it a "political machine" but I think "Darwinian Survival" might be a better term for it.
Organizing won't happen. Conservatives are too busy with their own lives.
It can, and it will. Why don't you stop playing with that damn bathroom of yours and start organizing, and stop drinking Sam Adams beer. Oops, rage coming back, boy that didn't take long!
Found an expanded explanation of Max Gammon's "Theory of Bureaucratic Displacement" at
jappy dear ... I'm trying to follow your advice and contain my rage at a "manageable level." How's that working, by the way? We voted this morning and it took about ten minutes total, and now we're back home, me at my computer and Downs upstairs at his.
Here's something to maybe lift your spirits. In my unoffcial poll over the past 10 months while our street has been torn up, I've talked to a lot more people than I usually do -- a lot of them Hispanics, some of them supervisors, some of them clean-up after Ike. I totted up the results last evening, and 100% of them [that's right - 100%] told me they were voting for McCain/Palin, because the Big Zero would raise their taxes sky-high and make electricity cost skyrocket, and generally make life for us ordinary hard-working folks more difficult.
Of course, I live in fly-over country, the vast unredistributed middle of our great land, but it gives me a little hope that common sense might prevail. At least I'll comfort myself with that today.
Here is the problem. In general, conservatives and libertarians hate government. As a result, most conservatives and libertarians have disdain for both serving in government or being any more involved in government than absolutely necessary.
For goodness sake, read the tag line for MF - "freedom from ...government."
Liberals, progressives and Democrats (in case there are any left) love government. They study it, think about how to manipulate it for their purposes and use it to design society as they see it (which is not a society where people are free to choose whatever).
GMP is correct that organization is needed, but the inherent conflict will make it a challenge.
I have come to believe that term limits, while imperfect, are one of the keys to maintaining balance in government.
In another thread at MF, someone trashed the Christian constituency of the conservativism. It is a mistake. The values we share are based upon our Judeo-Christian heritage.
What we do not have to do is play identity politics. All of our values, including the sanctity of human life, can be expressed without pandering to a particular group. The goal should be to expand the tent.
We need to explain why free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity and the pursuit of happiness. We need to explain why low taxes create jobs and economic opportunity. We need to explain that judges should not legislate because it take the power to decide away from the people. We need to explain why the rule of law is important and how illegal immigration hurts society and how legal immigration helps our society. We need to show we have compassion for the poor by explaining how school choice will give them an opportunity to learn and a chance at success. We need to explain why the politics of victimization only perpetuate victims. We need to revive personal freedom and personal responsibility.
We need to articulate a vision of the future based upon these and other timeless principles.
Most of all, we need to communicate this as a message of hope to people who want to improve their lives. At the end of the day, people truly value what they have worked for and not what they have been given.
People want to believe. We have the right message, but it has been delivered poorly.
Today is the day that each of us needs to pick up this mantle. It starts at home with our families. It involves our friends and acquaintences. It does not preach, but it engages.
Whoever wins and whatever happens, this needs to start. It is in our control and it is a form of organizing that we can do. We like ideas and we like to discuss ideas. It will also be fun.
God bless America!
"We need to explain why free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity and the pursuit of happiness. We need to explain why low taxes create jobs and economic opportunity. We need to explain that judges should not legislate because it take the power to decide away from the people. We need to explain why the rule of law is important and how illegal immigration hurts society and how legal immigration helps our society. We need to show we have compassion for the poor by explaining how school choice will give them an opportunity to learn and a chance at success. We need to explain why the politics of victimization only perpetuate victims. We need to revive personal freedom and personal responsibility."
Every one of these points are winners. Every one enables people to make their own choices and gives people more power. On the other hand, the "pro-life" message can only fit into this same message from a personal responsibility perspective. Using the law to interfere in peoples' lives runs counter to all of these principles.
My intent was not narrowly focused on pro-life, but more broadly on morality in general. Law has its basis in moral code. There is right and there is wrong. There is good and there is evil. One's conscience innately knows unless it is beaten into submission by whatever the means.
I do believe that human life is sacred. If we discard that belief, there is a slippery slope towards all kinds of horrid outcomes. Just look at societies where life is cheap and where enemies are dehumanized.
While I am pro-life with regarding the unborn, I do not want to turn it into a litmus test. Doing so plays the game of identity politics. I agree that personal responsibility is one key way of incorporating the message.
I think what BD means is that conservatives are not hurting enough yet to organize? What is the "pain quotient" threshold which must be crossed before conservatives forego "every man for himself" and organize to counter-attack? Or, do we all follow the example of the Cubanos post- Castro and emigrate to ?????? I would like to see a return to the "Spirit of '94" only this time initiating dedicated party regulars who will make party organization, registration, and GOTV through thick and thin, election cycle after election cycle, their mission in life. That is what it takes to become the majority party and, once there, to stay there.