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The Might of Idiocy

Here’s a little Thanksgiving untreat — the dumbest story of the year. It is revelatory of how stupid a large portion of America is and how polluted our cultural and educational system has become.

Hilary Duff, a B List actress and singer who had some success as a teen on, I think, the Disney Channel back in the 1990s, went to a Hollywood costume party dressed as a Pilgrim and her boyfriend accompanied her as an Indian.

Admittedly, the saucy outfit wasn’t exactly what real Pilgrim’s would have worn (a bit much leg, ahem), but harmless enough. The Indian outfit was a typical buckskin and feathers outfit, relatively historically accurate. The beard was a bit off since Indians don’t sport beards.

But of course, as with everything under the sun, libtards had to freak out and turn it into an issue. Apparently self-appointed libtard cultural commissars have declared dressing as a Pilgrim and an Indian to be not acceptable. In fact such activity seems to be equated with a major crime.

An example of such idiocy is Hilary Duff And Boyfriend Offend With Racist Pilgrim And Native American Costumes,” from professional clown HuffPo’s Colby Delbyck.

Young master Colby declares these to be “the worst couples costume ever.” I rather doubt that. People have dressed as Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun, as various grotesque diseases, Jack-the-Ripper and victim, etc. Ah, the libtard, everything is such an extreme.

Then Commissar Colby asserts, “cultures are not a costume.” Really? Then what would a costume be? Costumes have long been defined by various cultures. They are often identifiers of particular cultures and subcultures. Colby, were you awake in anthropology class?

Sadly, it is ignorant fools like Colby (named after a cheese, which is a cultural thing, too), who provide cultural material to people. Readers might assume that the writers of such material are somewhat informed but they would be disappointed. Most writer/reporters today are shockingly ignorant of even the basics. But that doesn’t stop them from going into overdrive on almost everything. They seem to try to make up for their ignorance with passion (usually anger).

Colby somehow drags in protests over a pipeline in North Dakota. Like I said, the libtard will politicize everything because in their shallow minds, everything is connected. Halloween Party Costume=Oil Pipeline Protest.

Such mentality used to be recognized as a mental defect, or simply sloppy thinking. Today it is the pure form of libtard intellect.

Amusingly, Colby insists that Hilary and beau have committed “racist” offenses, unaware that Pilgrims aren’t a race. But then “racist” doesn’t mean what it used to, being nothing more than an invective hurled these days wantonly like “dummy.”

As for the legions of people allegedly being offended, I doubt anyone not with a hypersensitive nitro glycerine-level of offense-seeking was remotely moved by these costumes. If anything, I’m offended by the infantilism of people like Colby. Humanity is doomed with folks as moronic as Colby (and so many others whining) proliferating.

I realize that “Pilgrims” have been declared politically incorrect and there’s an attempt to distort their history and expunge them from their important role in American history. That’s very sad and doesn’t say anything positive about the folks doing the purging — including large numbers of supposedly “educated” people and people responsible for educating the next generations.

Needless to say, the average Pilgrim, women and children included, are easily twice the man as people like Colby and the typical Pajama Boy libtard of today. Colby and his ilk would have lasted about 8 seconds in 1620 North America.

Actually he would have never survived the voyage. In fact, he would never have had the intellectual fiber to be the independent thinking, deep believer in God that the Pilgrims were. People like Colby need coddling mother government, fueled by the fruits of people Colby hates, to keep him living in the luxury he so deplores in others.

Furthermore, Colby would not be enjoying the life he leads now were it not for people like the Pilgrims. Ingrate is too weak a word to describe the libtard of today. It is a grain of sand on a vast beach of ingratitude and hypocrisy.

In addition, weak, easily moved minds loathe those who have deep beliefs. The believer is to be mocked by those subsumed in neverending doubt papered over by conceit and arrogance.

But back to the main point. Why can’t people like Colby let others wear what they wish to a harmless costume party? These very same judges eagerly shout down anyone commenting on “slut-wear” sold to children for everyday clothing. “Do not judge!” they intone as they immediately rush to judgment.

Why the constant public trials and the eventual pressure to make Duff grovel like a penitente from the ages of the Spanish Inquisition?

Ah, but that is just the point, it is an inquisition; a modern inquisition, conducted by a religious movement which deludes itself that it is not a religion.

These people are stoking a cultural war.

Outrage

That’s a frequent position of so many, if not all, liberals.

They are constantly outraged about something and just can’t let it go. No matter nor event is too small to be above (below?) outrage.

The latest is the Trump video with Billy Bush, wherein Trump sounds like a frat boy. Of course liberals are “outraged.” As are more than a few Republicans.

That Trump spoke as he did shouldn’t surprise many. He’s known as a crude braggard. The surprising thing to me is that more of these haven’t appeared. They should, I think, be about as remarkable as Bob Costas talking about sports or King Barry talking about himself.

And, let’s be honest, has no one spoken this way about the opposite sex amongst “friends”? Seriously. I’m pretty sure even Hillary Clinton, at least when she was younger, might have a few times lasciviously spoken of some desirable amongst her fellow liberal feminists and journalist pals.

Heather Mac Donald, in the always readable City Journal, hits this topic perfectly in “Trumped-Up Outrage.”

She notes the left’s supernova of hypocrisy. The left has been the encourager for decades of the “Let it all hang out and don’t be judgmental about it” mode of behavior. Isn’t it the left that tells us the unbridled id is the source of truth? Isn’t it the left that killed sexual “morality” and “old-fashioned” social values? Didn’t they dance on the grave of “Victorian Values” and “Eisenhowerian/1950’s” square America? Isn’t “Getting Your Groove On” and “Hooking Up” the desired goal of all interaction according to the left?

Mac Donald is particularly harsh on the left’s schizo approach to campus life wherein women are encouraged to act like rabbits in heat on the one hand, yet we are to be aware of the “Campus Rape Epidemic” and also be utterly focused on the brittle shrinking violets on campus who need constant protection from language and behavior which they disagree with or don’t like and must have “safe spaces” where they can shelter from the harsh or mildly uncomfortable realities of life.

As we saw during the Clinton years, such behavior can be quickly excused and buried. All one needs are flexible morals, a single-minded focus on power and a compliant puppet media.

I ask you this, if Donald Trump were the nominee of the the Democratic Party and, say, Mitt Romney the Republican Party, would this video have ever surfaced?

Now to look at the Republicans running for the tall grass. Many of them are the usual RINO suspects and more than a few had not even endorsed Trump – yet suddenly the media treats them as respectable party grandees. That was to be expected. The worrisome thing for me is the more pragmatic conservatives who suggest that Trump should resign or step aside.

I don’t know what they could be thinking. Perhaps they have become delusional in the way that people facing some horrible decision become delusional or focus on side issues.

Trump is not leaving nor is some white knight coming to our rescue. The simple reality is that it’s either Trump or Clinton. Ronald Reagan is not coming from the grave to save the day.

I say it again, it’s either Trump or Clinton. It’s either an imperfect vessel or a black hole of evil from which no goodness of light can emanate. Take your pick.

Trump might not be a very good though constantly disappointing president. We don’t know.

What we do know is that Clinton will be at permanent war with conservatives and the Constitution. She will stop at nothing to destroy her enemies, expand the size of regulatory state, put the populace into the service of the Democratic Party and under the boot of the central government.

All the while fattening her wallet and those of her cronies.

Her little dog, Grinch Kaine, is less personally corrupt but even more committed to building the socialist state.

If Trump loses, we’ll almost certainly have eight years of Clinton (unless she dies) and then we’ll be fighting the same battle in 2024. There likely won’t be some kind of return to sanity in 2020, as many seem to imagine, because by that time a whole generation of “yutes” will have grown up knowing nothing but Mother Government and the liberal-controlled culture, while their Obama-loving/Clinton-excusing procreators will have never educated them as to the real birds and bees. The only thing they will know is that the past was bad and filled with racists, sexists, greedy robber barons and other oppressors and exploiters who ruined everything and they knew nothing of any use to the sophisticated modern person. The past should be ignored.

These man-children will have no concept of personal responsibility, independence and self-sufficiency. To them everything will come via the government or be overseen by elite school-educated enlightened (and highly-compensated) technocrats and all social interaction will be overseen by the same as well while a great purge of those uttering “unacceptable” speech is embarked upon.

Businesses of any size will act as government surrogates, if they want to survive and provide “employment” for legions of “right-thinking” party supporters. They will also be holding pens for bureaucrats and the well-connected who will be richly compensated for their good service. People with unacceptable views or those engaging in “hate” speech will be fired of pushed out through social and managerial pressure. Firms retaining “unacceptable” people will find themselves ineligible for government contracts or government-regulated business, under regulatory investigation (including from newly-minted cultural commissars), the victim of social campaigns from NGOs empowered and financed by the government and agitation from within by right-minded, culturally progressive “employees.”

The U.S. will resemble an enormous public school, with the president being the principal, politicians and bureaucrats being the teachers and staff while the rest of us are consigned to learn how to be proper, politically correct people. All the great angsts of growing up will manifest themselves as society-wide problems that can never be solved, yet will consume so much human energy. The touching but firm guiding hand of elementary school through the social awkwardness of junior high to the hormonal frustration and constant feeling of inadequacy will be the life, while one is incapable of being relieved because one will never graduate to adulthood. You will be a child and always will be…

Now let Mother Government tuck you in and keep you safe from those haters who want to oppress you. Don’t forget to pay your taxes and do everything I say, my little genius. Maybe there’ll be a treat for you in the morning. Mommy knows best.

All “national” elections will then depend on who can seem the coolest, promise the most goodies and offer the greatest protection of the personal smartphone-controlled cocoon. And we know which party is best at that.

Reality will have been banished until it can no longer be denied when it returns in some kind of quasi-Biblesque deluge.

Is Trump “Unqualified” to Be President?

That Donald Trump is “unqualified” to be president is the latest meme peddled by Democrats, their Republican allies and, of course, the Democratic parrots known as the mainstream media.

So is Donald Trump “unqualified” to be president?

Here’s the relevant language from a document called the United States Constitution. You might have heard of it.

Article II Section 1 Clause 5:
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Amendment XIV Section 1:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

Trump meets all those criteria so he is qualified to be president.

I’m sure there are some very clever folks, many of them with Ivy League degrees, who will play the semantics game. “That’s ‘eligibility’ not ‘qualified,’” they’ll cluck.

These will be the same people who voted for a wet-behind-the-ears senator with a nonexistent record as a state legislator, an undistinguished career as a part-time contract lecturer at a university, a checkered past as a “community organizer” and an even sketchier academic career. His only success looked to have been to write an autobiography before he had done anything. He was also good at guilting white liberals with his black skin.

These people are also backing a woman who should be on trial; should be disbarred; who has a past of numerous legal violations; has aided and abetted numerous other crimes of accomplices; had a disastrous period as Secretary of State; had an undistinguished career as a senator; lies with a rare abandon; has lived off the taxpayer much of her life; and enabled her husband’s numerous crimes and misdemeanors as president.

On the other hand, Trump can point to successfully building things, employing people and working with large corporations and local governments. One can also point to failing on some of his projects as well.

The semantictarians are using the rubric that Trump is not “temperamentally” suited to be president.

Again these are the same people who voted for a two-faced narcissist who kept much of his past hidden (with the able aid of the American news media’s willingness to turn a blind eye).

There is no cuddle factor requirement for the presidency. As for insulting various people and groups, Trump is not much more insulting than Obama. The difference is that Obama insults the right groups while Trump goes after politically and socially correct groups.

As for other elements of of disqualification, that he doesn’t know the name of some obscure foreign politician, well, Obama thought we had 57 states… Trump has also threatened to push around some nations while Obama cowers and apologizes. Bellicosity is not a disqualifier for the presidency. Until King Barry the Apologetic, many presidential candidates had made a strong foreign policy part of their campaign.

What I think is really the point is that Trump, for all his faults (and they are not insubstantial), is not part of the professional political coterie that populates the upper levels of both parties. To narrow this down further, it is a group of (often Ivy League-educated) lawyers and people who have done nothing in their life but live off of the taxpayer in a series of governmental and elected jobs. They have little to no experience in the private sector and what little they have is tied to the government in some way. They have done little to nothing in the way creating jobs, businesses or economic activity (they would vehemently disagree with that, thinking that government is the source of all). They have, in many ways, been parasites living off of the public all of their lives.

These are the so-called “political elites.”

Trump offers a stark contrast to these people. Say what you want, by and large, Trump has had to work with people to get his projects done. Unlike the professional politicians he has usually not been able to simply demand that something be done and it gets done through the power of the government hammer.

I actually like the idea of having someone outside of the cushy, comfortable political ecosphere occupy the White House for a little while. The elites need to be humbled and reminded of what they have and what they should be grateful for (rather than demand as an entitlement).

One last point. During the reign of King Barry the Malignant, people have, perhaps more than with any other president, absorbed the idea of the president as omnipowerful king. That’s one reason they are so edgy about a Trump presidency.

But a Trump presidency will not be the way they fear. He will be constrained, as a president should be. Perhaps he might even, in a case of opposite day, remind people of how limited and small the presidency can and should be.

Is Trump “Unfit” to Be President?

I do enjoy greatly the roil that Trump has brought to the political landscape.

Half of me wants Donald Trump to win just to put a thumb into the eye of the Republican establishment and possibly, finally, drive a stake through the heart of the Clinton vampire criminal syndicate.

The other half would like to see Trump lose just to shut the mindless, iconoclastic, ultra-annoying Trump-supporting barbarians up.

A third half of me laments that we are in this choice of two people — one of whom will be a terrible president, possibly Obama-level awful and the other might be almost as bad. Wake me up when it’s over!

Daniel Hannan has an interesting piece, “The Real Reason Donald Trump Is Unfit to Be President.” He makes many valid points about Trump. I express a skepticism here.

But even if Trump is “unfit” to be president, is there a “fit” alternative?

Hillary Clinton is even less fit to be president. She’s a serial liar. She’s likely committed one or more felonies and that’s not including the email imbroglio. She was stunningly incompetent as Secretary of State and did nothing as Americans were killed in Benghazi.  If she were a Republican she’d have been declared a greater criminal than Nixon by now (and by the American media).

This has led me to a “Eureka!” moment.

I’ve often thought that we put too much into the presidency. The president has gotten too big (and I’m not just saying that because of the fool occupying it now). The presidency is too powerful (and that is especially aimed at the fool) and needs to be whittled down. The trappings of the president have gotten too large. The streets in front of the White House have been blocked off. Whenever the president wants to go anywhere even more roads get blocked off. I know this from living about a mile or so as the crow flies from it.

This president, King Barry I, travels with an entourage of several armored vehicles and when he travels abroad a small air force is involved and over a hundred vehicles can be transported across the ocean. He’s protected by an army of handlers and Secret Service agents.

Yes, he’s being protected from assassination but is that what we really want to do?

When one makes a fetish of protecting someone, doesn’t it make it an even more tempting target?

I say we should knock this effort down. Make the White Hose the people’s house once again.

Make all our enemies know that the president is a replaceable person. Kill him (or her) and another will step in. We’ll continue on. We are not dependent upon a particular leader.

We could, of course, help this transition along by shrinking the size of the federal government elephant that he rides. If Washington did not command so much power over our lives, fewer people would be interested in controlling it or fighting it.

So, to bring this back around to Trump. I like that Trump is shaking up the establishments of both professional parties. A President Trump might (that’s a big ‘might’) fire some people. That scares the Washington professional class because they all believe they are unfireable. Or a Pres. Trump might be isolated from the bureaucracy that he putatively heads. In which case it would lumber along on autopilot, proving that we don’t need a president (and that the federal bureaucracy is out of control and lives only for itself — a secret they do not want you to know).

Finally, President Trump could do a little to make real that fantasy that anyone in America can become president. That you don’t have to be a lifelong politician with a lot of connections to get there. I like that idea.

We idolize the presidency too much. Maybe it’s time to bring it back to Earth. I’m sure if there is a Pres. Trump Democrats will be reminding us of how little power the president really does have. Heck, they might even unpack the Tenth Amendment!

Catch me while I swoon.

Impeach Obama?

Is there an honest Democrat? Is there a Democrat that would put the nation ahead of party gain?

I seriously doubt it. Joe Lieberman was probably the closest and he was almost thrown out of the party at the end for thinking too much on his own. (And he voted to save Bill Clinton during the impeachment.) I think he actually has left the party but maintains a Saturn-distance orbit.

I’d dare say that many of today’s Democrats view the party’s well-being as being the same as the nation’s.

I bring this up because I see a lot of people saying that the reason they support Donald Trump is that the Washington-based GOP establishment has failed them. An agreeable point I’ll happily acknowledge.

But a subset of this group takes it further. They complain that the GOP Congress should have impeached President Obama — and thus failing to do so has lost their support.

Sadly, these people simply do not understand how our political system works. One could argue that they shouldn’t need to understand how it works; that they have jobs and that they thought they had left it in supposedly good hands.

The simple fact is that impeachment of a sitting Democratic president is impossible and will be impossible as long as that party is in existence.

If Bill Clinton couldn’t be impeached with his unarguable list of crimes, there is no way the “first black” president is going to be impeached.

Remember, during the Clinton impeachment (1999) not a single Democratic senator voted guilty on either article (one was perjury and one was obstruction of justice). The only splits came from the Republican side where Slade Gorton, Richard Shelby (say it ain’t so, Richard!), Ted Stevens, Fred Thompson (say it ain’t so, Fred) and John Warner gave Clinton a pass on the perjury charge — after everyone knew that he had lied. Lincoln “The Original RINO” Chafee, Susan Collins, “Weasel” Jim Jeffords, Olympia Snowe and Arlen “Scottish Law” Specter actually voted with the Democrats to save Clinton on both articles.

The point here is that Democrats NEVER break rank. Republicans will break rank — or as some might put it, think for themselves. But Democrats all move in lock-step. They move as one – with one goal: consolidating power in Washington under a Democrat-controlled socialist totalitarian central government.

They are The Borg.

Not a single Democrat looked at the evidence collected in a secure room. There is a lot more to the Clinton impeachment than has been made public. All of it, I understand, quite damning to the Clinton case (notably more interns seduced). But when the DNC ordered the senators not to view the evidence, they turned the blind eye to justice, and American decency. They didn’t need to know anything because they already knew all they had to know — vote not guilty.

Not even putatively “conservative” Southern Democrats like John Breaux, Bob Graham, Ernest Hollings and Charles Robb were willing to go against the party though their constituents wanted them to. None of these gentlemen ever ran for elected office again (Breaux, Graham and Hollings had just been returned to office in 1998 so it made a great thumb in the eye of their constituents).

(And our American news media strangely lacks curiosity about this whole episode yet it can always summon the energy for, say, the ‘33 and 1/3 anniversary of Watergate!’)

If a sorry sack of dung like Bill Clinton couldn’t be impeached, in times when morality in America still had a few breaths left, how on Earth could Obama be impeached when the vast majority of Americans haven’t the faintest idea how he’s violated the Constitution and his oath.

As a party the Democrats would be endlessly sabotaging the whole process. Rich liberal-funded Astroturf groups would be demanding that Republicans “stop their assault on the Constitution” (in that amazing way these groups accuse their opponents of just the opposite of what they are actually doing). The media would be screaming racism, remember their amoral conduct during the Clinton years? Not a single Democrat would vote to impeach Obama, ever. That’s EVER.

He could eat a live baby on TV and they’d complain that Republicans were racist for complaining about that. He could surrender the United States to a troika of Iran, North Korean and Venezuela and the Democrats would defend him. The media would make excuses and do stories about Republican “obstruction of peace.” And a few Republicans would be more than squishy on the matter.

There is a difference between the parties. Democrats have a goal — an omnipotent/omnipresent federal government under party control.

Republicans really don’t have a unified goal. Some want a little more government, others want no more (but maybe it could work better) and some want less. The split makes it difficult to get things done and it makes it nearly impossible to check the Democrats’ never-ending press on government expansion. Essentially, Republicans are always on the defensive.

(On a side note, the Democrats are also at war with the Republican Party and seek its destruction. The Republicans, especially in Washington, don’t understand this and think the old days of national comity still exist.)

If your measure of Republican support is based on whether it would have or will impeach Obama then you are never going to be happy. It is not possible to make you happy. Trump won’t make you happy either.

George Mason Would Not Be Proud

I’m watching the George Mason University/University of Dayton basketball game on TV.

Sadly, the announcers just informed us that Mason’s students are wearing for the game “green” t-shirts which promote GMU basketball on the front and clean energy and zero emissions on the back. Mason’s colors are green and gold, so there’s a clever indoctrination angle for these free t-shirts.

This is a rather sad thing for George Mason. It’s one of the few state schools in the U.S. where some conservatives have been able to survive and even prosper. It’s economics department has been the home of many solid conservatives such as Jim Buchanan and Walter Williams. It’s law school has developed a strong and conservative reputation, thanks to the work of people like Henry Manne. There’s also a strong libertarian intellectual strain at the school.

I’m sure that the real George Mason would find such shenanigans silly and blatant thought control disturbing. Just another example of how the left makes itself omnipresent and insistent. A simple basketball game can be used for messaging. The left will never sleep until we are all under its control, all of the time. There will be no refuge.

Greg Abbott for President!

A must read from Glenn Reynolds in USA Today, “Blow Up the Administrative State.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s suggestions are all good and several don’t even require Constitutional amendments to be enacted — merely the courage to enforce the law, tradition and Constitution.