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Musings

A couple of things have been on my mind recently, and this seeme like as good a time as any to get them off my chest. So, I’ll just skip from subject to subject until I get tired. But, I might as well start off with current events.

I guess most of you saw the debate between Eddie Munster and Smirky McAngry this week. Joe Biden’s ability to sit there and lie so magisterially and with such confident assurance really is something to behold. Like when he declared that he voted against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both of which, of course, he voted for. He just boldly asserts this utter crap, and nobody ever calls him on it.

"You know, Joe, I got a copy of the Congressional Record lying around somewhere that says you did vote to approve the AUMF in both Afghanistan and Iraq. And you voted back in 98—during Operation Desert Fox—to make removing Saddam Hussein from power the policy of the United States Government. Oh, and by the way, not that it’s relevant at the moment, back in ’83, you voted to approve a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade. You think you might want to backtrack on your last statement, there, Joe?"

Never happens.

During the debate, Joe’s smirk struck me as exactly the kind of condescending arrogance that, if it was coming at you from anyone else, you’d want to erase with an overhand right. His whole schtick was irritating. The constant interruptions, the yelling, and the condescending laughing were exactly the kinds of things that, if you pull ‘em on some guy in a bar argument, will get your ass kicked.

The Left loved it, of course. They thought Good Ol’ Joe was finally sticking it to the wingnuts. And why shouldn’t they? Anytime anyone says anything nasty about them, their vaginas get all hurty, and they start moaning about "civility". But that’s not a rule they’re all that interested in, themselves. Some Lefty dolt on twitter thought that, considering Ryan’s position on abortion, his daughter should get "f*cked and pregnant when she’s 13".

Though, really, that’s pretty tame stuff compared to what comes over the transom at Michelle Malkin or Sister Toldjah.

It’s just amazing to me that these Lefties, who see themselves as the good guys, and the oh-so-compassionate defenders of the downtrodden, have these deep wells of rage that come spewing out at the first opportunity.

Amazing, but not surprising, really, because the political divide in this country really isn’t about politics anymore. It’s a battle of Good Vs. Evil. They are the forces of cosmic justice, and if you disagree with them, then you’re "the other", and not really as fully human as they are. Your disagreement is proof of your moral deficiency.

And, hey, there are people on the Right who feel the same way about lefties. I don’t think Lefties are bad people, necessarily. I do think they tend to be dumber than a bag of hammers, though.

Which is why I really don’t see us all living together in the same country much longer.

We don’t even speak the same language anymore. For instance, take the term "fairness". To me that refers to a process that is impartial, and predictable. If the process receives input X, then output Y tends to result. To a Progressive, fairness is a result. The process is immaterial, as long as it produces equal results. If it doesn’t, the process is flawed.

Those aren’t anything like the same thing. If we don’t even share concepts, there’s no way we’ll ever be satisfied with governing each other.

By the way, who was Biden thinking would be impressed by his debate performance, other than Obama fanboys? Who was he trying to convince?

I mean, usually, when you want to persuade people to join you in a cause, you don’t try to irritate the crap out of them.  You try to appeal to them through reason, good feeling, and moral persuasion. Smirky didn’t try to do much of that.

Maybe the whole point of Joe’s performance was to reassure the base that the Obama team was willing to fight hard. But if you’re four weeks out from an election and you’re still trying to motivate your base, then you’re probably in a fair amount of trouble.

The Lefties were just ecstatic that Joe was so Rude to Paul Ryan. They think that’s exactly what he deserves: rudeness, and arrogant condescension. Because, it’s not like he’s really a human being, or anything.

There were some big spikes in consumer confidence this week. Despite rising food and gas prices—the CPI rose 1.1% last month on those two items alone—and despite 20 million or so people not having jobs, folks seemed to have more confidence in the future.

The funny thing is that the consumer confidence surveys for this week were all taken after Obama got shelled by Romney in the first presidential debate. I wonder if that spike in consumer confidence popped up because people think there’s a better chance that Obama will be heading back to Chicago in January? Or, maybe even a leading indicator of that?

Baseball is designed to break your heart. I just watched the Cardinals come back from a 6-0 deficit to go ahead 9-7 in a 4-run 9th inning and beat the Nationals. Why won’t the Cardinals just die, for God’s sake?

I’ve spent my whole life hating the Cardinals. If I were to find an actual cardinal in the forest, twittering with happiness in the dappled sunlight, and I could get it to fly gently into my hand, I would squeeze it until I heard all its little bones break like tiny little twigs.

Then I would cackle with glee.

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Dale Franks
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20 Responses to Musings

  • “We don’t even speak the same language anymore. For instance, take the term “fairness”. To me that refers to aprocess that is impartial, and predictable. If the process receives input X, then output Y tends to result. To a Progressive, fairness is a result. The process is immaterial, as long as it produces equal results. If it doesn’t, the process is flawed.”

    That is a very good point, so I want to come up with a concrete example I could maybe use in argument, though I have started to believe that’s not really useful anymore, but hey, gotta keep the brain engaged.

    So, imagine we have a lottery where everyone has one chance to win a million dollars. Is that fair? Sure it is. And I suspect that many on the left would agree with that.
    Now, imagine someone won that lottery, and then some people cried that its not fair that person has a million dollars and they have nothing. So, to be fair, we have to take that person’s million dollar and spread it around so everyone gets 3 cents instead of one person getting a million dollars.
    That seems insane. Who would participate in such a lottery if they could forsee such a result. But this is how redistribution acts – you could “win the lottery” through genes, luck, being in the right place at the right time,  and the demand is that you should then cough up your lottery winnings in the name of “fairness” – when again, pretty much a lot of success is like the lottery, with a little elbow grease added. (So its even more UNFAIR to redistribute because its not all luck, some of its due to hard work!)
    Real fairness, would be the process set up to insure everyone got at least some lottery tickets, so to speak, education, chance to inherit, court system, free market, etc. (You have to include the chance to inherit, because many people’s motivation is to provide a better life for their children.)
    OK, I think I have overwrought this and will just stick with what is fair, a lottery, or a lottery that later takes the winner’s money and divides it equally among everyone. Which is a dumb kind of lottery.

  • “I wonder if that spike in consumer confidence popped up because people think there’s a better chance that Obama will be heading back to Chicago in January?”

    Short Answer: YES!

  • “Amazing, but not surprising, really, because the political divide in this country really isn’t about politics anymore. It’s a battle of Good Vs. Evil. They are the forces of cosmic justice, and if you disagree with them, then you’re “the other”, and not really as fully human as they are. Your disagreement is proof of your moral deficiency.”

    Which is why I have stopped talking politics to an otherwise intelligent colleague of mine who, to put it delicately, is a stereotypically Democratic partisan possessing a relative surfeit of melanin.  I own an Austro-Hungarian rifle taken in turn by the Czechs, the 3rd Reich, and then the Warsaw pact, it has an Eagle and Wreath Swastika proof stamp along with the first–it a Gothic type date stamp by the Viennese Empire–and more modern proof stamps by the Czechs, one the Werhmacht, and one done in 1956, the first and only one after WWII.  I think his argument went something to the effect that my not taking a file to the Nazi’s proof stamp makes a sympathizer.  I quit taking him seriously at that point.  When he essentially said I was no better then the KKK, because I would not immediately agree George Zimmerman was an obvious murderer, I just quit talking to him.

    “And, hey, there are people on the Right who feel the same way about lefties. I don’t think Lefties are bad people, necessarily. I do think they tend to be dumber than a bag of hammers, though.”

    That colleague of mine is in a STEM career, and if he out of a lack or experience sometimes jumps to “where the F**K did that come from?” conclusions, he is bright.  Not all, even far from all, Democrats are on the low side of the bell cuve for IQ.  They have the ability to learn.  Those who are intelligent and refuse to hear and assimilate the facts contrary to their narrative are evil, Dale, and they are legion.  At least 1 out of 5 of the American populace, at least.

    “Which is why I really don’t see us all living together in the same country much longer.”

    I’ll allow I’m of two minds about this.
    A) After this debacle, the Dems will throw their crazies out, accept several decades of abject wilderness wandering, and return with same name more or less, but a different approach and new coalition of disparate interest groups to buy off.  Since they’ve been an unprincipled pack of deck bottom dealers and bottom feeders since since Jefferson decided an agrarian aristocracy with his sort at the top was a fine way to organize society, I don’t expect that aspect of them to change.  But no war or secession.
    B)  Bring it.  I prefer a war for keeping the whole of the United States under a governing structure recognizable (and hopefully far more close to) the constitution of 1789, largely as amended (17th’s gotta go).  To concede the validity of seccession is to put an end to the American Revolution, it is the negation of it, at least until some genuinely new and better ideas for how to organize a society come along, which since then they haven’t.  There will ALWAYS be people who want to tilt society’s foundation to their advantage.  Letting them have their way this once will lead to them having their way more than once later on, paring off more.  After the first “legal” secession, I give the country 100, 150 years tops, before there is no nation–and Tom Paine may as well have not bothered, nor Joseph Plumb Martin*.
    I prefer killing on a massive scale, until they other side quits or is dead.  It’s cheaper in the long run.
    It is a terrible thing to start a war lightly, it is a terrible crime against humanity to start a war you can’t win.  These are not light or transient causes.

    *An aside, I reassert that what is conservative in America is not Burkean, however wise in many things he may have been.  What is conservative in America is the militiaman like Joseph Martin, coming from the general public, drawing a not at all metaphorical bead on Burke and his peers.  Their is no natural aristocracy which deserves to rule by either decree, example, or the civil power, not by blood, not by acclamation, not by election–from time to time, those who say otherwise should be cut down.  Crimes against people and property are all that the civil power should undertake to prohibit, the “night watchman” state, and I do not mean to imply their should be a monopoly supplier of such services, either.
    Which is not remotely an anarchy such as what Burke feared, a la the tumbrels.
    American conservatism owes W. Buckley a great debt, but we must at some point undertake to unlearn what is uniquely Burkean, which is not American.  There is no aristocracy at all, there is no finer or better thing than liberty, and at the same time liberty has no contiguity with the libertine.

    • Say Dale, it was tremendously difficult to edit this, because I am temporarily sans an Office application suite, and the editing window in the blog in Firefox 15.0.1 scrolled off to the right without wrapping.  I couldn’t see 3/4s or so of what I typed in Wordpad once I pasted.  Do you know how I can fix that?

  • Maybe the whole point of Joe’s performance was to reassure the base that the Obama team was willing to fight hard

    >>>> That was exactly it. Yesterday at work I was talking to a very committed lefty and those were her sentiments. “He showed us they’re willing to fight” – to which I asked why after 4 years they needed the marginalized crazy old uncle of the Admin to demonstrate that so badly.  No answer.

    PS- Benghazi is going to kill this Admin if used properly. She’s usually very smug talking about politics, but when I mentioned Benghazi, her mood turned ugly quickly. Anecdotal, but I imagine that’s not an isolated instance either.

    “I’ve spent my whole life hating the Cardinals”
    So have I, but I can respect them. I have no respect for the Nats, so this was gratifying. PS- Davey Johnson should’ve removed Storen once the game was tied.

  • Is it possible that Vice President Joe Biden was suffering from a gelastic seizure or gelastic epilepsy ?
    The guy has had brain surgery.

  • I was with until the cardinal crushing.  The birds I mean….

     

  • “Then I would cackle with glee.”

    I think you might have some issues, dude…

  • I told someone a while back that in that way Biden is the perfect politician: he’ll look you in the eyes and lie, over and over, call you names if you call him  on it and- while he’s saying them- he’ll actually believe the lies he tells.

    Well, either that or his brain is so fried he can’t tell the difference.

  • Why won’t the Cardinals just die, for God’s sake?
    I asked the same question after the game. And I’m a Cardinals’ fan. I know that the magical ride will end sometime, but I’m enjoying it right now.

  • You couldn’t be more wrong about what Joe was doing Dale. He was spreading FUD, as much disinformation as he could. Just like hedge funds do in the market when they want to spread fear and doubt to move a stock. All he wanted to do was muddy the situation so the facts no longer have legs. He was altering the ground Obama has to fight on to a battlefield favorable for Obama. He was likely pretty effective in achieving his targeted strategy. Given the administration’s horrible record, his making the whole process seem clownish and less than serious was probably just as much the target and may explain all the facial crap.
    Look I couldn’t agree more with you about the quality of his lies. He is a magnificent liar, the Baghdad Bob of vice presidents, entertaining. Ryan lost tactically. it was a lost opportunity and big mistake. Ryan is the one that can attack the president and he did a very poor job. Joe spread the FUD and Ryan and Romney went McCain.
    Is California really as bad as the columns at PJ media describe or does it depend on what lens you look through?
     

  • When the facts are on your side, hammer them with the facts, else
    When the law are on your side, hammer them with the law, else
    When nothing is on your side, hammer the table.

    Biden tried an Alinsky variation on this old adage.

    … else when nothing is on your side, reduce the debate to a farce.

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