11 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-8-16

  1. If you feel up to reading a very long piece, here’s a good one on the current “Flight 93 Election.”

    http://www.claremont.org/crb/basicpage/the-flight-93-election/

    “Only three questions matter. First, how bad are things really? Second, what do we do right now? Third, what should we do for the long term? Conservatism, Inc.’s, “answer” to the first may, at this point, simply be dismissed. If the conservatives wish to have a serious debate, I for one am game—more than game; eager. The problem of “subjective certainty” can only be overcome by going into the agora. But my attempt to do so—the blog that Kesler mentions—was met largely with incredulity. How can they say that?! How can anyone apparently of our caste (conservative intellectuals) not merely support Trump (however lukewarmly) but offer reasons for doing do?

    One of the Journal of American Greatness’s deeper arguments was that only in a corrupt republic, in corrupt times, could a Trump rise. It is therefore puzzling that those most horrified by Trump are the least willing to consider the possibility that the republic is dying. That possibility, apparently, seems to them so preposterous that no refutation is necessary.

    As does, presumably, the argument that the stakes in 2016 are—everything. I should here note that I am a good deal gloomier than my (former) JAG colleagues, and that while we frequently used the royal “we” when discussing things on which we all agreed, I here speak only for myself.

    How have the last two decades worked out for you, personally? If you’re a member or fellow-traveler of the Davos class, chances are: pretty well. If you’re among the subspecies conservative intellectual or politician, you’ve accepted—perhaps not consciously, but unmistakably—your status on the roster of the Washington Generals of American politics. Your job is to show up and lose, but you are a necessary part of the show and you do get paid. To the extent that you are ever on the winning side of anything, it’s as sophists who help the Davoisie oligarchy rationalize open borders, lower wages, outsourcing, de-industrialization, trade giveaways, and endless, pointless, winless war.

    All of Trump’s 16 Republican competitors would have ensured more of the same—as will the election of Hillary Clinton. That would be bad enough. But at least Republicans are merely reactive when it comes to wholesale cultural and political change. Their “opposition” may be in all cases ineffectual and often indistinguishable from support. But they don’t dream up inanities like 32 “genders,” elective bathrooms, single-payer, Iran sycophancy, “Islamophobia,” and Black Lives Matter. They merely help ratify them.

    A Hillary presidency will be pedal-to-the-metal on the entire Progressive-left agenda, plus items few of us have yet imagined in our darkest moments. Nor is even that the worst. It will be coupled with a level of vindictive persecution against resistance and dissent hitherto seen in the supposedly liberal West only in the most “advanced” Scandinavian countries and the most leftist corners of Germany and England. We see this already in the censorship practiced by the Davoisie’s social media enablers; in the shameless propaganda tidal wave of the mainstream media; and in the personal destruction campaigns—operated through the former and aided by the latter—of the Social Justice Warriors. We see it in Obama’s flagrant use of the IRS to torment political opponents, the gaslighting denial by the media, and the collective shrug by everyone else.

    It’s absurd to assume that any of this would stop or slow—would do anything other than massively intensify—in a Hillary administration. It’s even more ridiculous to expect that hitherto useless conservative opposition would suddenly become effective. For two generations at least, the Left has been calling everyone to their right Nazis. This trend has accelerated exponentially in the last few years, helped along by some on the Right who really do seem to merit—and even relish—the label. There is nothing the modern conservative fears more than being called “racist,” so alt-right pocket Nazis are manna from heaven for the Left. But also wholly unnecessary: sauce for the goose. The Left was calling us Nazis long before any pro-Trumpers tweeted Holocaust denial memes. And how does one deal with a Nazi—that is, with an enemy one is convinced intends your destruction? You don’t compromise with him or leave him alone. You crush him.

    So what do we have to lose by fighting back? Only our Washington Generals jerseys—and paychecks. But those are going away anyway. Among the many things the “Right” still doesn’t understand is that the Left has concluded that this particular show need no longer go on. They don’t think they need a foil anymore and would rather dispense with the whole bother of staging these phony contests in which each side ostensibly has a shot.”
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  2. If this were really “The Flight 93 Election”, the people who bravely rushed the cockpit that day would have been trying to replace the suicide pilot with their own orange, deranged suicide pilot.

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  3. OTOH, another thought for the day from Jeremiah
    18:8 “If that nation, against whom I have prounounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do them.”

    We need a prophet. I think we’re too far gone for a politician. Reasons are many.
    We have depleted our military.
    We have run up unsustainable debt.
    We have opened our borders to thousands of terrorists.
    We have forgotten the God who stepped in and saved this nation through miraculous outcomes of at least two battles. Gettysburg and Midway come to mind. Maybe more.
    Etc.

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  4. We have forgotten God … Now there’s the crux of our problems.

    We aren’t the first and we won’t be the last. It’s an old story.

    But it is through even this that God is at work to accomplish his will. It will someday all be clear, but only in retrospect.

    Right now, it all feels like quite the hopeless mess, doesn’t it?

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  5. Here’s an update on the illegal alien bus driver that killed 2 and wounded 40 others. Seems he’s not the only illegal involved. And it looks like some republican politicians are as well, although they claim ignorance.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/09/08/fatal-louisiana-bus-crash-recruiter/89991858/

    “The person who arranged for the bus to take a crew of at least 24 workers to flood cleanup work in the Baton Rouge area also was an undocumented immigrant with a troubled history, but lots of paperwork to establish his legitimacy as a businessman.

    Edgar Emilio Rueda Betancourth used falsified documents in 2011 to try to get a Louisiana driver’s license, according to a state police report. Rueda managed to set up businesses and register them with the Secretary of State, which allowed him to set up a long-term relationship as a labor recruiter for WRS Inc., a staffing firm owned by two Republican elected officials.

    The revelations raise new questions about just how interested contractors and other employers are in weeding out undocumented immigrants before hiring workers, and just how intent the federal government is in catching them.”

    “Conservative politicians, including both of Louisiana’s U.S. senators and Attorney General Jeff Landry, questioned how Amaya had managed to stay in the country illegally after five violations for driving without a license and an arrest for domestic abuse battery in 2011, criminal charges that were later dropped.

    The same questions could be raised about Rueda, who has been caught without a valid driver’s license multiple times and once was arrested for allegedly trying to trick the state into giving him one.

    He got in a car accident in Jefferson Parish in 2009 and was cited for driving on a New Mexico license more than six months after moving to Louisiana.

    It appears that license was bogus, however, because two years later he showed up at the Office of Motor Vehicles in Westwego, La., with a Puerto Rican birth certificate and Social Security card with someone else’s name on them, according to a case report by State Police Sgt. Pat Bradle.”
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    Once again, illegal immigration is NOT a victimless crime.

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