Every time I make something idiot-proof, someone goes and makes a better idiot

Occasionally, I am overcome by hubris and momentarily believe that nothing the left do can shock me anymore.  Then some leftist does something so egregious, so insane, so outlandish that my hubris recedes to a slight throbbing headache and stunned amazement.

This time, the pajama-boy in question is a self-styled “serious journalist”, a “Writer, Journalist, and Professor” who reports for “NPR, Time, Slate, Others”.  His name is Adam Ragusea.

Pajama-boy recently tweeted that journalists should stop using the word “terrorism”.  The “serious journalist” didn’t really enlighten us as to his reasoning (though my use of that term is rather loose).  One option would be that we are being too mean, cruel, and unkind to the nice Islamic people who behead each-other and their perceived enemies, kill babies, and otherwise demonstrate the epitome of leftist kindness and goodwill.  Another option might be that he wishes to appease those self-same nice Islamic people so they won’t kill him.  This kind of appeasement has never before worked in human history, but I rather doubt that the “serious journalist” has bothered to study much history.

He does articulate a rather inchoate argument that the term “terrorist” has become rather “uselessly arbitrary and loaded” and goes on to blather about how ISIS “uses terrorism as a tactic” but not every member of ISIS is a “terrorist.”  Hence my first paragraph.

And yet, it is not really pajama-boy’s silly and outlandish argument that raised my ire and overcame the aforementioned hubris.  It was how he acted when challenged.  Here’s a reconstruction of the twitter exchange, with my comments in green:

VP:  So maybe leftists should stop using “arbitrary and loaded” terms for their opponents: racists, bigots, etc.
PB: How about if I labeled you “55 followers”   Sure, because the validity of my argument has everything to do with my number of followers.
VP: I call leftists the “modern inquisition” because the wnat [sic] to burn anyone who dissents from their orthodoxy”
PB:  how nice for you.  Unfortunately that has nothing to do with what we’re talking about, so bye.       I’m responsible only for what I say, not for what you understand.
VP:  guess you don’t understand that arbitrary terms go both ways.  Not surprising.
PB:  Guess you don’t understand that straight reporters already generally don’t label individual people racists/bigots.   Really?  Read the HuffPo lately?  Or for that matter the WaPo or the Fishwrap of Record?
VP:  Guess you don’t understand that there hasn’t been a “straight reporter” in U.S. major media for decades.
PB:  feel free to keep moving the goalposts until you think you’ve won, but do it away from our mentions.  Your bias is clear.  Pretending it doesn’t exist doesn’t make it go away.  Same with terrorism, by the way.
VP:  let me introduce you to Twitter.  It doesn’t work that way.  But thanks for the typical leftist “shut up” argument”
PB:  oh, hey.  it does work that way!   As usual, leftists can’t stand having their position challenged, presumably because they’re so clearly superior that they don’t need to.  No matter how idiotic their position.
VP: completely predictable that you’re unable to defend your position.
[PB blocks VP]

So this leftist imbecile came up with an idiotic argument based on the fact that he knows nothing about terrorism (nor counterterrorism) and then is unprepared to even have a rational discussion about it–still less to admit that he and his fellow travelers use similarly “arbitrary and loaded” terms about their opponents whenever they like.

The key fact here is that Pajama-boy is really denying that terrorists are his opponents–which may be true, since it appears that he generally supports the idea that the United States and its free-market Republic should disappear.

Calling the Socialists’ Bluff

President Obama and his accomplices on the left have a long habit of denigrating and demonizing anyone who dares disagree with them.  His most recent slander—with a hat-tip to his pathetic idea of humor—was saying that Republicans are like “grumpy cat”.  His attempt at humor fell flat, except among his sycophants, but it does show his oh-so-sophisticated way of dealing with dissent.  No other president in history—Republican or Democrat—has exceeded his partisanship.

Similarly, his fellow-travelers have lately showed that they are as bigoted and intolerant as their fearless leaders.  In fact, because they are unfettered by trying to maintain even the faintest patina of civility, they have gone to levels that have not been exceeded in U.S. history.  In one case, Senator Kerry, currently the most hapless and inept Secretary of State since the abysmal Hillary Clinton and the hopeless Warren Christopher suggested that anyone who has the temerity to disagree with their orthodoxy regarding the Holy Church of Climate Change should be banned from public office.  This is a level of Stalinism that has never been seen at such a high level in the United States.

And then we have the charming ideologue and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse who suggested—in a move redolent of the Salem Witch Trials—that anyone who dares disagree with him about Climate Change should be prosecuted.

In the pièce de résistance, the delightful bigots at Salon magazine, in what I suppose was designed to be a daring provocation, suggested that anyone who owns a gun should be shot.  This notion, in my opinion, takes the level of bigotry and intolerance of anyone who dares disagree with leftist orthodoxy to an entirely new level–and that level justifies a strong response.

It is obvious to anyone who is not a Stalinist—meaning roughly 99% of today’s Democrat party—that their bigotry and intolerance grows ever more blatant and extreme by the day.  I suppose that we shouldn’t be surprised, since this is the party of the KKK, Bull Connor, and segregationists like William Fullbright (and his protégé William Jefferson Clinton and his wife) and Albert Gore Sr. (and his son).  But we are surprised and disappointed.

I know full well that there are good, honorable Democrats.  There must be at least one or two.  I even suppose that there might be a few of them left that aren’t Socialists who advocate that the U.S. follow the path of Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Che Guevara, Castro, and Hitler, but I don’t see very many of them.  It seems that today’s Leftists are in a headlong rush to see who can most closely approximate those sociopaths.

Therefore, I would suggest that the American left has forsaken America and its fondest ideals and aspirations.  (It may be true that we’ve never achieved those aspirations, but it is nevertheless noble and good to continue to strive for them.)  And by their violent rejection of those ideals, I submit that they have declared themselves ineligible to participate in our American Republic.  If they so desperately wish to live a life of those ideals, let them create their socialist utopia elsewhere.

So I’ll call their bluff:  It’s time to strip anyone in the United States who is registered as a member of the Democrat Party or who has donated to them in the last eight years of their right to vote.  They have proven that they are not sufficiently responsible to participate in our Republic.  If they are going to be that intolerant of those of us who believe in liberty, let us respond in kind.  We have fought and won one revolution to secure ourselves from their folly, we can do so again.

I am NOT a Neocon

I find it amusing when those on the left misuse the term “Neocon”.  I am far less amused when they attempt to refer to me that way.

Let’s review, class.  Both Merriam-Webster and the font of all knowledge, Wikipedia, agree that “Neoconservatives” are liberals who came around to conservatism.  Wikipedia, on this occasion, puts it quite well:  “The term “neoconservative” refers to those who made the ideological journey from the anti-Stalinist left to the camp of American conservatism.”

I have nothing against Neoconservatives, but I deeply resent the notion that I was ever duped (or foolish) enough to believe any leftist ideology.  I am not, nor have I ever been ANY kind of leftist, since at a very young age, I lived in countries where the effects of leftist ideology were plain even to a very young person.

So, lefties, if you really must label me, I would prefer to be known as a “Conservative”.  Though I won’t object if you want to distinguish me from the others by calling me a “Paleocon.”

Do lives really matter to the left?

The kerfuffle about “Black Lives Matter” is a perfect illustration for many of the things that are wrong with the modern left.

They assert that “Black Lives Matter”, with dire overtones of racism and victimhood.  They attempt to shout down any suggestion that “Police Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter” as if that would detract from the notion that black lives matter as well.

So–by their choosing–we end up in a situation where ONLY black lives matter.  Nothing else is allowed to.

So what we end up with is the zero-sum game: the exaltation of one preferred group over the others.  A veritable leftist triumph of divisiveness.

Parenthetically, let’s remember that according to National Review, there are more black children aborted in New York City than there are live births.  By a large margin:  31,328 abortions to 24,758 live births.  That totaled out to more than 40% of all abortions in New York City.  Talk about racial disparity.   About 25% of New York City residents identify themselves as black, with another 4% identifying themselves as “more than one race.”

Despite the yowls and gripes of the left, Conservatives are fairly consistent in wanting to treat all people similarly.  “Let’s not favor black college applicants over white, but rather design a program where as many students as possible can succeed–regardless of the color of their skin.”  But the leftist then claims that we’re helping the “majority” student more than the “minority” student.

So what do we have:

  1. To the left, black criminals like Michael Brown or Freddie Grey, are exemplary human beings who are so important to a twisted idea of justice that it’s worth burning and looting entire cities.  And their willing accomplices in the media play along, even when it’s discovered that there are significant facts pointing to their guilt–or at least that they were less than angelic human beings.
  2. At the same time to the left it’s just fine to slaughter 31, 328 black babies–in one large city alone–and call it “social justice” or a “civil right”.  (For whom?  Certainly not the baby.)
  3. Above all, treating people equally with dignity and respect is not sufficient.  Why this is so is never explained.

For my own part, I’m willing to be the contrarian–and to risk the cries of “raaaacism” that are practically certain to come from the left: Black lives do matter–but not more than any other lives.  White lives matter too.  As do all lives.

There are also times when the right thing to do is to end those lives–as police, military, and others sometimes have to do.

Yeah, life is tough, children.  Deal with it.

The “Criminalizing” of Conservatism

Here is a conservative article about the criminalizing of conservative views.  The author, Paul Mirengoff, argues that this trend targets mostly conservative and/or Republican views.  (Powerline is written by three conservative lawyers who attended Dartmouth together.)

In a very similar article, Slate magazine (a heavily left-leaning outlet) argues nearly the same thing here , but claims that the trend is both against left and right wing groups.  I don’t think the numbers favor this view, but it does argue against the notion that this observation is merely a fantasy of those of us on the right.

Between the legal cases that the left has filed against Scott Walker, those against Rick Perry, the IRS scandal(s), the Chris Christie “Bridgegate” affair, the criminal charges against Scooter Libby, and even the nuisance cases filed against Sarah Palin, there is not a lot of room for doubt that the left is using the legal system in a manner that a) specifically targets their political opponents and b) is not appropriate in either the political context or in a legal manner, nor is it a “civic good” in the way that the founders intended our political and legal systems to work.  While it is true that there are some examples of Republicans or conservatives retaliating in similar ways, there are significant differences both of substance and in terms of the number of cases that can be cited.

When you add to that trend the related trends of the purge of senior military officers, attacks upon military personnel who support conservative views (here is just one of many examples), and a number of other cases, I don’t think that there can be much room for doubt that this is a systematic and deliberate phenomenon.

This trend is pernicious in several ways:

  1. While it is not unusual for totalitarians (like virtually all of the modern left) to try to silence any dissent, it is unusual in the sense that  they are using the U.S. legal system for the exact opposite purpose for which it was intended.  The U.S. system of justice is intended to ensure liberty for all Americans, not to try to limit their ability to think and express their political views–even if they differ from orthodoxy.
  2. Like the IRS scandal, the use of the mechanisms of government to target political views is damaging not only to our system of government, but to the polity itself.   We risk turning our own country into a banana republic–where political leaders (of any stripe) are likely to be jailed, persecuted, or worse after leaving office–or even while still in it.  (The trend toward impeaching every president may be a harbinger of this problem.)

Most of all, as the Slate article concluded, the U.S. political system is intended to be a safe alternative to violent action.  The criminalization of politics is, by its very nature, violent–in that it can (and does) result in incarceration.  The alternative is for voters to dispose of politicians using the ballot box, not the court system.


Adopting the Tactics of the Left


For some time now, I have been considering whether we of the right should consider adopting some of the tactics of the left.  While it might be more difficult to get conservatives to “take to the streets” because more of us have jobs and families and so on, (Unlike the Occupy Movement, some of us even have decent personal hygiene, which might be a challenge…) I’m starting to think it might be a good idea.

Consider a few of the following scenarios:

  • Next time Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. makes one of his trademark obnoxious statements, like suggesting that the lefties “take us out,” maybe we should consider picketing his home, just like the lefties do to selected people whom they dislike.  We don’t need to go as far as his thugs do and frighten his sons half to death.  (David and Geoffrey are graduates of Michigan State University, so I doubt that’s much of a factor.)
  • How about some picketing?  It doesn’t take more than a few dozen people to set up a picket line outside the offices of one of the more objectionable leftist groups or one of the unions.  One wonders how, say, the SEIU thugs would take to being picketed.
  • Best of all, how about we try some of the less disgraceful things that the Occupy nuts did?  (We certainly don’t need to stop bathing or start raping women, as they did.)While I would oppose defecating on their automobiles, it might be fun to do a “mike check” at the next big NEA or SEIU meeting.  Or to set up drum lines outside the hotel at the next big function, whatever it might be.  Or even a sit-in or two in some place where leftists gather.

If we were to do some of these things, I think we need to recognize, in advance, the likely reaction.  First of all, the media are likely to ignore or downplay whatever we do.  It will take a major effort to get any media attention at all.  Secondly, even if we do manage to get some “ink,” we will be attacked and disparaged. 

But it might even be worth the attacks, because I suspect that it would drive great fear into the hearts and souls of the leftists.  It is, after all, taking them on their “home turf”.  And I can’t imagine that the Hoffa types would like having their homes picketed.  (Not to make this too much of a point, but a few minutes of internet research suggests that 2593 Hounds Chase Drive, Troy, MI 48096 might be an interesting place to try to find him.  It looks like a nice place.  I bet he’s not one of the 99%…)

Nor am I suggesting that we should limit ourselves to Mr. Hoffa.  George Soros home on Cantitoe St. in Katonah, NY might also be a fun place to visit.  Or why should we ignore some of the Hollywood types that lend their support to the left?  Barbra Streisand is famous for her fondness for privacy—so demonstrating at 6838 Zumirez Drive in Malibu might be amusing.

Occupy Union Halls is the last initiative that I’d like to float.  Practically every town in America of more than modest size has a union hall.  All some people might need to do is pick the most thuggish of the lot—which might be a difficult choice—and start the sit-ins.  (Warning:  Union thugs are known to be a violent bunch.  It might be prudent to take steps to ensure the safety of our sympathizers.)

I really would like some feedback on whether this would be a good idea or not.  I like the fact that we manage to keep it classy most of the time—unlike our opponents on the left.  The Tea Party proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt.  I don’t want us to lose our manners.  But I think we need to stop ceding ground and go on the offensive a bit—and this would certainly get their attention.