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Bob's Message To Sarah Palin.
Steven Hayward has a grand idea on how to use the Leftist offensive against Bill Cosby* to our advantage:
Writing in The New Republic yesterday, Rebecca Traister says the charges against Cosby, though previously reported, were willfully disregarded because Cosby made white people feel just too good about themselves:
One reason that we have collectively plugged our ears against a decade of dismal revelations about Bill Cosby is that he made lots of Americans feel good about two things we rarely have reason to feel good about: race and gender. . .
White people loved “The Cosby Show,” especially liberal white people. . . Any suggestion that white people were culpable in the history of racism that the show addressed mostly through reference to mid-twentieth-century activism. White audiences were never made to feel bad about themselves or confront any hard questions about how they had benefitted from American systems from which black Americans had not benefitted. .
But when Cosby began to do his moralizing on race and responsibility, some of the cracks in the show’s gender politics were exposed. It became clear that he placed a lot of blame for racial inequality not just on black people, but on black women who were not like Clair Huxtable. . . This was a brutal language of misogyny, blaming women—women unattached to men—for the social disintegration of the family.
Message received and understood: depart from the liberal party line at your peril.
Actually I think the whole racial angle on Cosby should be turned on its head: How come Roman Polanski’s film career wasn’t ended after a conviction for rape? Or Woody Allen’s career after the facts of his behavior emerged? And if we’re now going to end careers over old charges, can Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey now get their due against Bill Clinton, whose sexual assaults didn’t end his career. To the contrary, he is honored as if he were the Dr. Huxtable of politics. The double standard here is obvious: if you’re a powerful (liberal) white man, you can survive being a rapist. Maybe the liberals are ironically right for a change.
As John McLaughlin used to say: the Left ‘has stumbled into the Truth’.
They certainly would never find it any other way, even if Jesus Himself returned and told it to them, because, as Sultan Knish points out rather eloquently, the Left In America is full-on deranged [tip of the fedora to Newrouter]:
The great tragedies of the last two centuries were brought about by men and women like these, obsessed, maniacal, filled with churning hatreds and fears, commanding crowds, spreading lies, manufacturing ridiculous philosophies out of thin air and spreading them like an infection on the wind.
The Democratic Party has been contaminated by the madness of the left through its alliance with the left. Its one night stand has developed into a syphilitic infection and it’s slowly going insane. You can see the derangement in Nancy Pelosi, staggering through aimless rhetoric, or Harry Reid, burning with inchoate anger, telling increasingly implausible lies, doing anything to hang on to power.
Desperation and madness are both not pretty, but the worst thing about these demented conditions is that those suffering from them ALWAYS hurt innocent people in their plunge into the pit of Nihilism.
The Sultan ends his post with this remark:
One of America’s two major parties has become deranged and the entire country is paying the price.
True, but let us not forget that the other Party is riding beside them in a short bus.
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*I have no idea whether Mr. Cosby isguilty or not at this point. I would hope he’s not because he is talented and has brought much needed laughter into these sorry times. However, if the this turns out to be nothing but a smear campaign for him having gone-off the Leftist Reservation, he will be partially to blame because he has promoted and endorsed many aspects of the Leftist Agenda throughout his whole life. A petard up the butt really, really hurts, sayeth Noah.
[Rousing and humorous music starts]
[The whole cast enters and sings]
Something for everyone
Something for everyone
Act like a king
Not with a crown
Bring on the Latins
Bring on the browns
Bad Constitution – set it aside
Something for Illegals
Something for Democrats
Acting like gods
Sealing our fate
Will just have to wait
Nothing that’s legal
Nothing that’s normal
Teleprompter to recite
Open up the border…
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sodomheine & Kal Penn
The Cold War got hot again because Big Picture Barry is a small c communist trying to community organize the world. Nobody else is buying his faculty lounge fluff. Rules for Radicals doesn’t work against bigger radicals. It’s Little League extremism, fringe culture weekend warrior bravado.
Our Cold War is now operating hot on every side. Obama treats ISIS like gangbangers with "root caused oppression" who are "acting out" due to disenfranchisement, poverty and lack of opportunity. He doesn’t want to oppose them as much as console them.
He approaches every enemy in the same way. That’s not "big picture", it’s Big Lie.
His "reset button" is locked in the off position.
The Bill Ayers/Rashid Khalidi/George Soros approach to world affairs has us reeling on every front. His faculty lounge radical fluff is not merely "little picture book small c communism" it’s dangerously fascist domestically and reflexively treasonous internationally.
"Liberalism" has either been hijacked by traitors so that it is no longer recognizable…or "liberals" have morphed into tyrants and their belief system now…sucks.
"Liberals" have to pick a side. Because this "big picture" is for very small minds.
This is the result of the Cult Of Personality we have allowed to be legitimized around those considered by American Society to be ‘Cool’ and ‘Educated’ and ‘Compassionate’.
Only a spoiled culture that had forsaken it’s hardiness, it’s Rugged Vigor, and it’s Virtue could ‘evolve’ into such a state where such thinking is considered healthy and proper.
Americans are governed by Amateurs who are totally out of their League. We have sent puny, inept dilettantes up against ruthless and seasoned practitioners of Tyranny, and the World has become a much more dangerous place for Freedom-loving peoples.
Whether we want to accept it or not, we are, in Reality, the preservers of Freedom and Liberty in the World. This does not mean that we must shed blood and spend our wealth across the battlefields of the World. It means we have a duty to keep the Lamp Of Ordered Liberty preserved here as a Beacon to the rest of the World, as it’s last, best, and only hope.
There are certain Rubicons which cannot be "uncrossed." This President is intent upon crossing as many of them as possible, because he does not have the respect for our system, nor does he have the restraint which is necessary for a leader in a republic such as ours. I had held some small hope that he would step back from the abyss, but he will not. He is determined to destroy what’s left of this country on his way out, and the feckless Congress will let him, simply because they’re more concerned for their own places at the trough than they are with the oath they took to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution.
Dead solid perfect.
Crossing Rubicons is part of the Grand Leftist Strategy. They believe [and are probably correct] that, once a Rubicon is crossed, the tendency in the vast majority of cases is not to go back to the status quo ante, the way things were before the particular Crossing.
The Left are high-stakes gamblers who, forgive me, ‘know when to hold ‘em / Know when to fold ‘em / Know when to walk away / Know when to run’.
While it is not in the Conservative Nature to be such a kind of Gambler, there are times when adopting such a tactic is necessary to preserve our Freedoms and Liberties. Many of The Founding Fathers were in possession of a Conservative Nature, yet, they eventually and individually came to realize that the time had come in 1776 to effect a separation from Great Britain. And they boldly and courageously stepped aboard that ‘skiff made out of paper’ — The Declaration Of Independence — and sailed against the prevailing high winds into uncharted rough waters.
We conservatives must be willing, to use a uniquely American cliche, to saddle-up and ride.
Those in Power And Control in America — the Leftists and the Useful Idiots in the GOP Establishment — have declared us, we who seek nothing more than to live under The Constitution Of The United States, preserving the Spirit that animated The Founders, they have branded us as Outlaws.
Well then: Time is running out / Let’s roll…
Speaker Of The
Souse, er, House, John Boehner thinks he’s being quite clever in hiring Leftist Attorney Professor Jonathan Turley as Chief Counsel in the suit he plans to file [and has been planning to file for months] against El Presidente Baracko Husseinez j Lopez Cara de Tiron Antonio de Gatito Marfa Alinsky Debil Tonto de Santa Obamanna
Andrew McCarthy points out what a Boehner-head move this is [worth quoting in full]:
I am with Powerline’s Paul Mirengoff on the too-clever-by-half choice by Speaker Boehner to retain leftwing law professor Jonathan Turley as counsel in the House’s long-delayed lawsuit against President Obama. In the end, I don’t think it will matter. As Paul points out, judges tend to decide cases based on the merits. When they don’t, their own political leanings matter a lot more than those of the lawyers for the parties.
Moreover, as I’ve opined, the lawsuit is frivolous: The Framers gave Congress its own powers to deal with a rogue president and would have been appalled at the thought of the powerful first branch asking the “least dangerous” third branch to do its heavy lifting. Moreover, as I recounted in Faithless Execution, Obama pays no more attention to court decisions against him than to statutes he dislikes. Since judges have no power to execute their rulings (they need the executive branch for that) a decision against Obama would have no effect – which makes it even less likely that a judge would agree to hear the case, in which the House already faces a daunting challenge to establishing legal standing to sue. (And by the way, that standing challenge now includes not only the fact that courts are not meant to resolve these policy disputes between the political branches, but the problem of mootness: Boehner talked a big game on the lawsuit but has waited so long to file it that many of the president’s Obamacare “waivers” that the suit was to target are about to lapse.)
But even if we indulge the dubious assumptions that a court will take the case and could give a rat’s rump about the politics of the lawyers, the relevant fact about Professor Turley is not that he is a liberal taking a principled stand against a Democratic president’s lawlessness. It is, as Paul notes, that he is an extreme opponent of executive power, even in areas where the president has broad inherent authority. So if a judge bothered to weigh Turley’s politics, he would either discount the professor’s advocacy as the product of excessive skepticism about presidential action; or adopt Turley’s theories and issue a ruling that hampers future Republican presidents in matters of foreign affairs and national security.
That is the problem with political stunts like the lawsuit. They don’t have real upside but they’re not always harmless.
So…once again, this fool from Ohio wine ['whine'?] country shows what an absolute amateur he is, what an incompetent putz.
Dipsomania is a horrible affliction, kids.
President Obama previously said he could not issue an executive amnesty because ‘I’m the President of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.’ Well, apparently we now have an ‘Emperor of the United States.’ President Obama’s immigration order would provide illegal immigrants with the exact benefits Congress has repeatedly rejected….
Naw, Senator: Obama’s just a king — King Barack The Unready…..for now.
This sickness doth infect
The very life-blood of our enterprise.
—’Hotspur’, Henry IV, Act IV, Scene 1.
A question for all of you: Is the Left In America, by it’s actions, committing suicide? Or are it’s endeavors going to result in a consolidation of it’s Power And Control over us?
This latest folly by ideologically-motivated Democrats [the voting down of the Keystone Pipeline by the Senate], who put their party before the people they supposedly serve, is a prescription for suicide. We witnessed part of that ritual earlier this month when the people issued their tart referendum on Obama’s policies. The concluding pieces will come in the following months as Obama endeavors to circumvent Congress and the Constitution and govern by dictatorial fiat. The Founders feared just such an eventuality, and they provide a mechanism for dealing with a rogue executive.
Before the election there were few voices on the right that dared to utter the i-word. Now you can scarcely turn on a television news show or scan the latest headlines without stumbling across the word. The country’s experience with Bill Clinton still has people terrified of impeachment. But an errant president, bent on imposing his will on the country, in contravention of the Constitution and against the wishes of the majority of the people, has no mandate. On the contrary, he has lost the confidence of the country. With every day that passes, the chances improve that his impeachment would be followed by conviction in the Senate.
We’re not there, not yet. But the president has made it clear that, far from being chastened by his humiliating defeat at the polls, he is ready to “double down,” go it alone, and engage in an all-out dictatorial press. The people, I predict, will not stand for that. And once that is clear, the Senate will, however reluctantly, take up the process where the House will have left off. Impeach. Convict. Remove. Unless the president changes course, and soon, that will be the mantra in 2015.
Your thoughts would be appreciated.
The headline of the post by Doug Powers reads:
Some of us have been praying and have prepared for the Sweet Meteor Of Death since early in 2009.
There’s gotta be an app for that.
The murder of four Jews in a Jerusalem synagogue by
Radical Extremist Devout Muslims, along with the death of a heroic police office [a Druze] is not unexpected in a world where Totalitarianism is flourishing via Hegemonic Leftist and Mohammedin regimes, where hatred of the Hebrew is fashionable and emerging out of the dank and putrid shadows once again.
-In Washington, Moral Equivalency reigned, per usual:
In a statement delivered to the White House press pool, President Obama responded to the attack by declaring that “too many Palestinians have died,” as well as Israelis, in the struggle between the state of Israel and the terrorist group Hamas and its affiliates, including the internationally active Muslim Brotherhood. “At this difficult time,” the President told reports, “I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence.”
“We have to remind ourselves that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace,” the statement concludes, before the President begins remarks on the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The President did not take questions.
Of course not. Why risk having him make a mistake in speaking off-the-cuff and revealing his utter hatred for Israel and believing Jews.
-In Israel, Resolve and Courage held sway:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would “reply harshly” after police said Palestinian assailants wielding knives and axes killed five people after attacking a Jerusalem synagogue.
After the attack, Netanyahu ordered the demolition of the alleged attackers’ homes and arrested multiple members of each man’s family. He told reporters he would also demolish the homes of other Palestinians accused of recent attacks against Israeli citizens.
“We will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers,” said Netanyahu.
This the first attack of this kind on an Israeli synagogue.
Netanyahu earlier had denounced the attack as a “cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers.”
During a news conference Netanyahu blamed Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority for helping to incite violence against Jews and warned Israelis to be alert for other potential attacks.
“As a state, we will settle accounts with all of the terrorists and those who dispatched them,” Netanyahu said….
— Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) November 18, 2014
Deuteronomy, Chapter 6
4 Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one.
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart;
7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.
These three headlines from Drudge say it all…
White House taunts GOP on ‘climate change’…
‘I don’t believe they can stop us’…
Christie calls on Republicans to compromise…
To paraphrase ‘Gunnery Sergeant Hartman’:
…you are a puke. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even a human fucking being. You are nothing but an unorganized grabastic piece of amphibian shit!
With a friggin’ cherry on top.
In the Comments section of a post by Stacy McCain, commentator Fail Burton makes an outstanding point on those people who claim they are oppressed in the America of 2014. Stacy cites the example of one Jaclyn Archer who asserts:
…I suffer from oppression. I am black, I am a woman. I am bisexual. I am an atheist. Various systems, including a flawed justice system, the patriarchy, institutional heteronormativity, and Judeo-Christian philosophical dominance (in the United States) actively marginalize and repress my experience and limit my social freedom, to the benefit of others unburdened by these characteristics….
FB dissects this woman [and all who believe as she does] with a finely sharpened scalpel of Truth:
This is the new con game racial and sexist bigots use to at once mask and flaunt their prejudice by hiding it within fake anti-oppression narratives falsely linked to Jim Crow, women’s suffrage and anti-homosexual laws. The idea this woman is in any way really oppressed is laughable. It’s the same basic patter Nazis used to demonize Jews and explain it was all really about noble justice.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone this rhetoric was created and refined over a period of 50 years by radical lesbians to mask, rationalize and reconcile their own psychosis, failures, shared hysteria, and phobic bigotry towards heterosexual white men. The rationalization is that a simple demographic majority, normal sexual relations or paradigms of success are in and of themselves oppressive and therefore constitute an ideology.
Again and again we’ve seen radfems portray normal sex and the mere act of being a man as a political act and ideology. That’s means Mother Nature herself and the stars in the sky act as an oppressive ideology. That shouldn’t be a surprise coming from a cult with endemic mental health issues and bigots running a con game who jump on board.
It also shouldn’t be a surprise these women are institutionally gnawing away at the right of any straight white man to have equal protection while blowing up their own piece of that pie.
Dead solid perfect. Obviously Fail Burton has a deep understanding of the Leftist Mindset.
Mzzz Archer and her comrades on the Left accuse us of being Ideologues because, in their raging Narcissism and rank Ignorance, they think we approach Life as they do [in Reality: a conservative is anti-Ideology], where everything is political and individuality must be sacrificed to a System Of Ideas [ie: Ideology].
Will no one rid us of these troublesome Ideologues?
Commentator Melmoth asks:
How will anthropologists of the future figure all of this out? How will they make sense of the simultaneous triumphalism and victimhood of the American female?
They will shake their heads in disbelief that we gave these mentally disturbed people Legitimacy.
What miserable Traitors we have become.
British Prime Minister Toff Twit continues to whistle past the graveyard as he ignores the English dead’s demands for Justice.
From Mark Steyn, we learn that the Anglo-Saxon-Viking Spirit does not exist in the Halls of Westminster:
…You may have vague memories of David Cameron doing some tough-talking soundbites on “British” jihadists signing up for the Islamic State. But fortunately the tough stuff is no longer necessary. Instead, returning veterans of the Islamic State will be encouraged to enter “jihad rehab“:
Returning Islamist fighters are being offered ‘jihadi rehab’ instead of prosecution for supporting blood-thirsty terrorist groups.
The vast majority of more than 300 young men who have arrived back from Syria and Iraq are being allowed to continue their normal lives.
Many have been offered places on the Government’s counter-radicalisation scheme, known as the Channel programme, which has seen a substantial rise in referrals…
One [Whitehall source] told the Sunday Times that investigators also want to balance the approach towards returning jihadists with the need to avoid being perceived as ‘anti- Muslim’.
The official said: ‘The police and MI5 are being careful about how to handle the returnees because they don’t want to disturb community cohesion.’
And, if the Allahu-Akbar-management classes don’t work out and the returning traitors decide to run over a soldier or hatchet a policeman or stab the Queen, well, the authorities will cross that bridge when it blows up. Better dead than “being perceived as anti-Muslim”.
Surely Mr Cameron and his ilk must likewise be exhausted by Islam, terror, Sharia, grievances, grooming, day in, day out. It would not be good “optics”, as they say, for the Queen to be stabbed by a fanatical Muslim, and it might stretch beyond breaking point the Prime Minister’s tinny trope that insert-today’s-atrocity-here is nothing to do with Islam, but one can be certain he’d trot it out nonetheless. Mr Cameron’s ministry has decided that, when it comes to “rings of steel”, it’s easier to put them round Islam’s critics:
Anyone who criticises Sharia law or gay marriage could be branded an “extremist” under sweeping new powers planned by the Conservatives to combat terrorism, an alliance of leading atheists and Christians fear.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans last month for so-called Extremism Disruption Orders, which would allow judges to ban people deemed extremists from broadcasting, protesting in certain places or even posting messages on Facebook or Twitter without permission…
“Our proposal to introduce Extremism Disruption Orders reflects the need to go further on challenging the threat from extremism and those who spread their hateful views so that we can keep that democratic society safe.”
David Cameron and Theresa May have signed on to the Choudhary line: whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject not to capital punishment – not yet – but to an “Extremism Disruption Order”. I happen to think that the price of mass Muslim immigration is too high, and we need an end to it. Is that still legally Tweetable under Mrs May’s strictures?
For now, dear boy, at the pleasure of Her Majesty’s Mandarins.
One of the books I’ve been reading lately is Peter Ackroyd’s Foundation: The History Of England From Its Earliest Beginnings To The Tudors, and it is quite clear that the special spirit which animated England for many centuries and gave birth to Freedom and Ordered Liberty is now in a terminal vegetative state. People like Cameron and May, in their vile wishy-washiness, are slowly — and cowardly — allowing her to starve to death as they piddle, twiddle, and diddle like the mediocre hack weaklings they are.
Next year will be the 800th Anniversary of the forcing of King John to sign the Magna Carta. It will not be a time of celebration, but of lamentation. Tragedy as Farce.
The Flames are growing swiftly.
But words can wait until some other day…
Released 17 September 1945 on 78 rpm.
Never thought that you would be
Standing here so close to me;
There’s so much I feel I should say,
But words can wait until some other day!
Kiss me once, then kiss me twice
Then kiss me once again.
It’s been a long, long time.
Haven’t felt like this, my dear
Since I can’t remember when.
It’s been a long, long time
You’ll never know how many dreams
I’ve dream about you.
Or just how empty they all seem without you.
So kiss me once, then kiss me twice
Then kiss me once again.
It’s been a long, long time.
[music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn]
Is anybody there?…
Does anybody care?…
Does anybody see what I see?
—’John Adams’, 1776
In previous Dispatches I have recommended reading The Belmont Club blog by Richard Fernandez because he is in possession of a very insightful mind and much Wisdom.
I have quoted one of his regular commentators, Subotai Bahadur, many times because he is cut from the same wise cloth as Mr. Fernandez. Here is his latest:
Obama is going to rule by decree, granting amnesty to any and all foreign invaders, and apparently make them wards of the state at our expense. The response of the Institutional Republicans has been to say that under no circumstances will they shut down the government, and impeachment is off the table. There has been some mention of filing a court action. I seem to remember Speaker of the House John "the yellow-skinned Weeper" Boehner [ I can say that, I'm Chinese and
he is fake-tanned into the 580.0 nm wavelength. That and he is a
coward.] promised 5 months ago to sue Obama over Executive Orders, and absolutely nothing has been done beyond the announcement. We are supposed to believe that this time, after all the lies, he is telling the truth?
In short, there is no legal or Constitutional route for anyone to oppose Obama.
Obama knows this.
So why should he give an obese rodent’s juicy gluteal musculature what the American people, the Institutional Republicans, or anyone think about Obamacare; or their reaction if he ignores any court rulings against him?
He may want an uprising against him. He may be working to provoke one. And he may well be successful. Beyond his wildest dreams and/or nightmares.
There is a core group of Americas — a Remnant, if you will — that have the potential to crush the Utopian dreams of the Left In America and begin the process of Restoration.
The trouble is, they / we are not coordinated as yet — and it will require a coordinated effort to defeat those in Power And Control and their grievance group foot soldiers.
The country is Balkanized because of the successful way the Left In America has encouraged the growth of Tribal Attachments and done everything to destroy an American Identity among the people here.
Someone once described The Declaration Of Independence as a ‘brilliant expression of the American Mind’. Where is that American Mind now? It resides in the hearts and minds of that Remnant only, The rest of our fellow countrymen are spoiled Narcissistic rent-seekers who care only for the continuation of their gilded cage lifestyles, besotted as they are in the pursuit of endless pleasures.
The vast majority of Americans are infused with a raging Hubris.
Nemesis is waiting in the wings, ready to pounce and unleash her storm.
A hard rain is gonna fall.
It’s time for we in The Remnant to get our act together.
It’s time for we Outlaws to form our posses and make the Leftist Dream a bad nightmare.
Resistentiam Tyrannis nunc.
Resistentiam Tyrannis saecula.
Resistance to Tyranny now.
Resistance to Tyranny forever.
Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a star
And everybody’s in movies, it doesn’t matter who you are…
..seems that with Barky daily dragging down Democrats’ prestige (acting all nicotourettes’ in China; being deftly placed amongst in Old Wives’ Club for photos), some taciturn “gentry liberals” might wistfully eye another role for him..
First thing Republicans should do when they convene next year? Superfund the Secret Service.
It wouldn’t surprise me if The Jarret Junto is considering the Martyr Option because I’ve been getting the feeling lately that they’ve watched way too many movies and TV shows and have come to think the World works like what they see in them.
I mean, it seems like we’re living in a Rob Reiner movie or Aaron Sorkin show, except the fourth acts are always being taken over and written by Nemesis. Hence, the embarrassing serial FAIL’s.
I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die…
Oh celluloid heroes never feel any pain
Oh celluloid heroes never really die
Special guest post by M. Joseph Sheppard.
GOP Chair Reince Preibus looked forwards towards the 2016 presidential campaign after the Republican’s mid-terms”tsunami” with a measured outlook. He would have been justified in much hubris given the outstanding results in state houses, governorship’s and congress but his professional eye sees the challenging Electoral College scenario.
Preibus said “a 2016 win requires an about perfect GOP campaign and he is absolutely correct in that assessment. For the Republican presidential nominee to get to 270 electoral college votes the finest of needle threading is required with every state on the possible list needing to be won.
The Democrat’s start with the massive advantage of California, New York and the New England states giving them a substantial base to which only a few contestable states need to be added. For the GOP there is only Texas as a major bankable state with the entire farming states electoral votes just about equaling California.
So challenging for the Republicans is the EC battle that if Florida is lost then that’s game over right from the start. North Carolina and Ohio are must wins as are Virginia and Colorado. Basically the core of the Bush 2004 states, with a small leeway from population shifts giving the equivalent to an Iowa to the GOP has to be won-almost without exception.
This is what a Republican victory in the 2016 presidential election would, realistically, look like:
Thus Colorado or Iowa are not essential wins if North Carolina and Virginia are won but if either are lost then, barring an unusual result in Wisconsin or New Hampshire it’s game over.
The midterms hold out much hope for Preibus’s “perfect campaign” to be translated into an electoral college win as the senate result map (Alaska is still not decided at this point) shows:
The brown colored states were previously held by Democrats, and were won on election day by Republicans.They are exactly the key states required to recreate the Bush 2004 win.
Iowa and Colorado,won by President Obama twice and North Carolina, won once, are absolutely key wins looking towards 2016. That Virginia which was also won comfortably by President Obama both times ended up, beyond anyone’s expectations at an under 1% win to the sitting Democrat senator puts in very much in play. Even if Virginia were lost, New Hampshire,which went for Bush in 2004 could still put the GOP over the top-but, threading the needle indeed.
Looking towards 2016 the Republicans can take great heart from the midterms.Their ground game was as good, if not better than the Dem’s, Priebus is focused on the fundamentals and they are competitive, in fact substantially so, where they have to be. What is required is a candidate who can bring to the polling booths the millions of conservatives who sat out the 2012 Romney election.
Running yet another “moderate centrist to capture the mainstream” hasn’t worked and there seems little reason to expect it would in 2016. Sarah Palin, whose endorsement record in the midterms was a startling 19 out of 21 candidates winning the seats would be guaranteed to bring the missing voters to the polls.
She could not only recreate the Bush win of 2004 though conservative support but could also bring in the blue collar Democrats that Reagan did. There is no margin for error in a deeply challenging electoral college map and it would be tragic if, in search of the “moderate center, the party throws away the tremendous benefits of the 2014 midterms
Mr. Sheppard is the proprietor of the blogs Point Of View and Palin4President 2016. He also writes occasionally for American Thinker and is a man of refined taste. Follow him on Twitter: @MJosephSheppard.
Jeff Goldstein proposed an idea yesterday in a post about the revelatory Jonathan Gruber video [two others have been unearthed since then, by the way, where the little Tyrannical bastard says the same thing]:
Still, they can be beaten back. And the way to do that would be for the RNC to cut an advertisement that shows this smug jaggoff Gruber admitting that an already wildly unpopular — and soon to be more so, as lesser than expected enrollment figures force dramatic increases in premiums and deductibles — “signature” piece of Obama legislation was written precisely to fool them, to take advantage of their lack of political sophistication and to tout an intentional lack of transparency as a stroke of policy genius.
Boasting about the political efficacy of misinforming voters in a representative republic is akin to boasting about the relative ease of the velvet coup they “progressive” left has engaged in to overthrow it: that, after all, is what fundamental transformation is, and what it was always intended to be.
The GOP, in concert with this ad I believe should be cut, should, after all waivers expire, begin sending repeal bills to the President weekly, forcing him to veto and then justify his veto to an American public made newly and widely aware that they were not only lied to — but that the lying was part and parcel of the plan to get the legislation passed and institutionalized. I suspect such a campaign would put pressure on vulnerable Democrats and lead even to some crossover, turning repeal into a bipartisan cause.
This leaves Obama (and a sycophantic media whom people are beginning to see as protectors of the President, not antagonists of the powerful) alone on a political island: I suspect even many in the legacy media, relying on an intuitive imperative for self-preservation, will be loath to provide the President with too much cover, particularly after the effects of the unwieldy, unworkable, unconstitutional law are felt on a wider scale by the public.
Each time the repeal bill is passed and Obama vetoes it, the leadership from both Houses should call press conferences highlighting Obama’s obstructionism in service to a law one of its architects boasted only passed thanks to the stupidity of American voters and a concerted effort by those who drafted it to keep it confusing and to make its redistributive attributes as non-transparent as they could. They should note that sweeping GOP gains in the House and a comfortable control of the Senate — along with changes in governorships and state asssemblies favoring the GOP — represents a mandate to repeal the unpopular and financially devastating law, with many of those who unseated Democrats having run on the repeal of ObamaCare. They should refer time and time again to the denigration of the American electorate by one of the law’s main architects (who also was an architect of RomneyCare, for those of you who are interested in such things), and reprising the key phrases Gruber used, first, about the “stupidity of the American voter” and second, how a “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” when trying to fool the electorate.
Such ad and political campaigns would be quite successful in disabusing some of the more ‘distracted’ of our fellow citizens of the notion that The Jarret Junto and it’s allies mean well. This would provide more potential support for any efforts to repeal Obamacare — which is the ONLY way to begin the restoration of the proper relationship between the Sovereign People and their government.
However, as Jeff points out:
That none of this will happen is proof the GOP establishment has no plans to repeal the law, and that they’re own campaign promises were also lies. The truth is, many parts of this law benefit their business cronies; and having redefined the relationship between the citizen and the government, with the citizen now a subject, tremendous new institutionalized power rests with the governing elite, who now will vie for who controls the balance of power and so whose favorited constituencies get to benefit in any given governing cycle.
The GOP will tell us they need full power before they attempt repeal. And this is a strategic appeal: they feel they will be rewarded politically if the people suffer, and that’s all they care about.
It is already easy enough to tie ObamaCare to Hilary; so there’s no reason, politically, to wait. But wait they shall, passing a few show votes, attempting to repeal small bits of the law beneficial to their heaviest lobbyists (the medical device tax), and hoping that they’ll be swept into presidential power — holding the Senate — on the coat tails of Obama’s unpopularity.
As he points out in a follow-up post from today:
It is all well and good to issue press releases or go on shows seen only by news junkies. But if the GOP were serious about its campaign promise to repeal ObamaCare, they’ve been handed the material necessary to do so — and in the process, show Obama as the obstructionist and harm, in the process, Hilary Clinton, who can likewise be tied to ObamaCare, or at least to nationalized health care.
Will they do it? Probably not.
But that doesn’t mean, say, the Koch Brothers and other big name libertarian and constitutional conservative donors can’t finance the very ad campaign I’ve suggested. It beats pouring money into the coffers of a party or candidate who, in the end, tries with remarkably tenacity to maintain the status quo, regardless of what political party it putatively favors.
Our only hope for the ad campaign Jeff suggests is some private citizens having the Will to fund it and carry it through as far as it needs to be.
And I see the main purpose of the ad campaign to be helping us get the necessary support for a Convention Of The States. The national government, so infested is it with Leftist Cancer Virus, is a lost cause at this point. Our Article V effort is the sole hope of avoiding violence and/or effecting a separation of several of the Several States.
My extensive readings of primary source material from, roughly, 1760-1776 over the past two years have convinced me of this.
We are, in many ways, in a much worse situation than The Founding Fathers were before they felt compelled to act: our governments at all levels are much more Tyrannical and dangerous than King George and Parliament ever were. The British, at least, were not Ideologues committed to bringing about Heaven On Earth by using any means necessary. They had absolutely no desire to tear down everything we hold dear and sacred and build Paradise on top of the rubble. They did not seek to remake Man in the image of Man as seen through a funhouse mirror. Even fat King George did not think himself, a Man, as a god.
Time to saddle-up and ride — OUTLAW.
The Conservative Treehouse has published another brief on the backstory to the Massacre At Benghazi by intrepid investigator Sundance [tip of the fedora to Fred Zeppelin].
It is quite long, but all I can tell you is (1) it is very well researched, (2) it is well-reasoned, and (3) I came away from it with a greater, clearer understanding of why the Massacre happened and the perfidy, the treachery, of the Administration, the State Department, and the CIA and the collusion of certain members of the Congress [including McConnell and Boehner] than I have ever had since the facts from that sad night of 11 September 2012 began to emerge.
I strongly urge you to take an hour or so and read it, and then contemplate the disgusting behavior of this Administration and it’s Treasonous actions that result in the murder of four Americans.
There is blood on the hands of this President and his minions, and it will never wash away.
Thank you, Sundance.
…And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed as though nothing could fall…
—Heroes, David Bowie
—Ronald Reagan, 12 June 1987
And The Berlin Wall fell on 09 November 1989.
It had stood for twenty-eight years, the construction of it having begun on 13 August 1961, an ugly scar the Soul of Europe that bisected the city of Berlin, Germany.
The Wall was also a festering wound on the body of Western Civilization that never stopped causing pain and reminding The West of it’s duty…and it’s failure to prevent the descending of the Iron Curtain over half of the continent.
It fell, not because the USSR allowed it to — although they could have used their troops to try to prevent it — no, the Communists did not try to prevent it because they had been made decrepit by Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II [now 'Saint' and 'The Great']. Mikhail Gorbachev had been rendered impotent and the Politburo’s puppets in Eastern Europe feared for their sniveling, bureaucratic, banally Evil hides.
It was a moment of grand triumph for The West, brought about by the courageous efforts of a few Cold Warriors who refused to give in to the Fifth Columnist Traitors, Fellow Traveling Nihilists, and relentlessly stupid Dupes in their midst.
This great Victory was squandered, smothered underfoot by the jackboots of Western fools marching towards The Age Of Leftist Hegemony. The West won The Cold War, but lost The Peace to the Barbarians inside it’s gates.
I was born in 1961, not too long after the construction of The Berlin Wall began; I was as old as she was. I will never forget everything The Wall stood for. As I age and as more and more of those who lived during it’s existence die off, I fear all that will be forgotten.
East German Peter Fetcher lies dying
after he is shot by the Stasi for trying
to escape to Freedom in West Berlin.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It did not fall, of course. It was felled. It was felled by ordinary East German men and women who decided they were not willing to spend the rest of their lives in a large prison pretending to be a nation. On the other side of the wall – the free side – far too many westerners were indifferent to the suffering of the east. As I put it in my new book:
The presidents and prime ministers of the free world had decided that the unfree world was not a prison ruled by a murderous ideology that had to be defeated but merely an alternative lifestyle that had to be accommodated. Under cover of “détente”, the Soviets gobbled up more and more real estate across the planet, from Ethiopia to Grenada. Nonetheless, it wasn’t just the usual suspects who subscribed to this feeble evasion – Helmut Schmidt, Pierre Trudeau, François Mitterand – but most of the so-called “conservatives”, too – Ted Heath, Giscard d’Estaing, Gerald Ford.
There were three key figures who stood against the détente fetishists, and in large part against the disposition of western electorates. Their names were Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II – all heroes in Eastern Europe to this day, yet, as Richard Fernandez notes, all absent from the coverage of today’s observances. The A-list guest is Mikhail Gorbachev, whose plan was to preserve Soviet Communism by putting a cosmetic gloss on it. Today, the old passivity has returned: The Wall “fell”.
…Here, from his Brandenburg Gate citizen-of-the-world speech in 2008, is Obama’s characterization of what happened a quarter-century ago:
People of the world – look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.
No, sorry. History proved no such thing. That’s comforting pap, but it’s not what happened. In the Cold War, the world did not “stand as one”. One half of Europe was a prison, and in the other half far too many people – the Barack Obamas of the day – were happy to go along with that division in perpetuity. And the wall came down not because “the world stood as one” but because a few people stood against the pap-peddlers. The truly courageous ones were the fellows like Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel and a thousand lesser names, who had to stand against evil men who would have murdered them if they’d been able to get away with it. That they were no longer confident they could get away with it was because a small number of western leaders had shoveled détente into the garbage can of history and decided to tell the truth. Had Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and John Paul II been like Helmut Schmidt and Francois Mitterand and Pierre Trudeau and Jimmy Carter, the Soviet empire would have survived and the wall would still be standing.
Reagan and Thatcher won the war. Obama and Schröder and the like inherited the peace. Which is why today’s anniversary has that strange, passive, evasive quality. Or as Obama would put it:
There is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.
Generally speaking, when the world “stands as one” it’s in the cause of inertia: Right now, the world stands as one in feeling it’s no big deal if Iran goes nuclear, or Putin gobbles Ukraine, or the Islamic State starts head-chopping its way into Jordan, or members of certain unspecified multicultural communities plot to kill the Queen. The alternative to waiting for the world to “stand as one” is to stand up yourself, and stand for something. And now as in the Eighties there are few takers for that.
Both in foreign matters and domestically.
We need more Outlaws, like Reagan and Thatcher, Walesa, Havel, and Wojtyła in this New Dark Age.
Warsaw, Moscow, Budapest, Berlin, Prague, Sofia and Bucharest have become stages in a long pilgrimage toward liberty. It is admirable that in these events, entire peoples spoke out – women, young people, men, overcoming fears, their irrepressible thirst for liberty speeded up developments, made walls tumble down and opened gates.
—Saint Pope John Paul The Great
-From that Richard Fernandez post Mr. Steyn refers to:
If the media is trying its level best to avoid talking about what the fall of the Berlin Wall was about and how it came to be, then they’re doing a good job. We are left with the bare event and its consequences. But of song and lay there is none, for the bards have fallen silent on the subject. Not that the heroes of old mind. Ronald Reagan once said “there is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit”. If one cares not for glory or tale, the deed is enough.
Yet some things still remain in their absence. For example there is in Air Force tradition of the Missing Man Formation. A finger four “flown with the second element leader position conspicuously empty … the flight approaches from the south, preferably near sundown, and one of the aircraft will suddenly split off to the west, flying into the sunset.”
In the Missing Man it’s not the aircraft we see that are important, but the one we can’t see. This is the poem that is traditionally associated with the ceremony.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
And they soar far aloft, chasing the shouting wind, too far for even memory or forgetfulness to mar.
Dead solid perfect, Richard, beautiful.
The world is full of lesser lights
And full of lesser men
Who fly their paper ego kites
Denying where and when
The history of the time was changed
By greater men than they
And so their galas are arranged
As taking place today
Where mum’s the word on who did more
Demolishing that wall
No mention made of Reagan nor
Of Maggie or Pope Paul
-The Atlantic has up a very good slideshow here on The Berlin Wall.
-I’m looking over the wall and they’re looking at me…
-We could be heroes, just for one day…