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Donald Trump is a despicable human being. He’s not a conservative. His policies, to the extent that they have any consistency, stand no chance making America great again. I would not trust him alone in a room with any woman I cared about.

And yet, I am voting for Trump. Simply put, a Hillary Clinton presidency would signify the end of the republic as we know it.

This sort of talk gets dismissed as hyperbolic. I can understand why. Surely similar things were said of Reagan, Bill Clinton, Dubya, Obama, and probably most previous Presidents going all the way back. But I don’t think the negativity around this election can be dismissed as bombast. Things have fundamentally changed in America.

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I clicked this just to see how stupid it could be.

The answer was, “Very”.

I’ll save the first for last cuz it’s the stupidest.

2 The devil you know.

The second most stupidest reason.

That’s exactly the reason most of us are voting for Trump. I’ve said it was being shot with a .50BMG or an unknown gun, I’ve seen it as ‘Russian roulette with a semi-auto or a revolver’, I’ve seen it as the Flight 93 election, and I’ve seen a few others that are similar.

The devil we know is going to finish the destruction of the American Experiment In Self-Rule. The other? Eh, who knows? But at least he gives us a chance.

 

3 The Alexander Hamilton argument.
A wise man once wrote, “If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”

 

That’s the “Head in the sand” reason.

As we’ve seen, we cannot “oppose” the gov’t anymore. Giving Hillary! control over the FBI that just destroyed the rule of law, the weaponized IRS and all the various SWAT teams (EPA, NASA, Social Security, etc.) is not a recipe for being able to “oppose” her. It’s a recipe for lots of midnight raids, Hillary!’s re-education camps, IRS harassment, and spurious prosecutions.

 

4 The Supreme Court is already lost.

 

That’s the”I’ve told General Washington and I’ve told Sam Adams and now I’m telling you, we can’t beat them Redcoats!” reason. (with thanks to Heinlein for the bastidized quote)

We’ve already lost so why fight?

How about you blow me?

 

5 Could Clinton be not horrible for the economy?

Depends. Are you talking about the economy that involves Teh Peepul or the economy that includes people who give money to prominent Democrats?

If you’re talking about the first, we’ve seen what crony capitalism has done for a long time now. How about we try a man who knows how to run a business?
I know, that’s thinking outside the box!

 

And now, for the Most Stupidest Reason For Conservatives To Vote For Hillary!……….

 

1 The conservative movement grows under Democratic rule.

Because when a Democrat is in office, especially when a Democrat is the president, conservatives have a very public enemy, and they tend to focus on conservative principle.

The Tea Party movement blossomed under President Barack Obama.

 

You stupid son of a bitch.

We don’t want to be fucking ‘activists’. We want the fucking gov’t to leave us alone and we want to ignore them.

And how has that Tea Party thing worked out? Day 1251 with the only repercussion being people promoted or retired with full benefits while lying to Congress and telling judges to suck their balls.

We did get rid of a bunch of asshole GOPers but the Empire Struck Back and now we have Paul Fucking Ryan and his ilk who are totally ignoring that the IRS was used as a club to beat us (see also, idiotic reason #3) while telling us to shut up, vote for them and send in that sweet, sweet money.

 

I am pretty well sick and tired of idiots telling me that voting for Hillary! is the only Conservative!!!!!!!!!!!! thing to do.

No, voting for Cruz or Walker or a bunch of the others running was the conservative thing to do, but our fine betters in the We’re Better And Smarter Than You Party, with Minitrue’s connivance, closed off that avenue to try to get us to vote Jeb!, so here we are.  Voting for Trump.

We’re not just fighting the Dems and Minitrue, we’re fighting Paul Ryan, John McCain, Mitch McConnell and

little lord graham

 

And the only person who’s with us fighting that coterie of establishment pricks is Donald Fucking Trump.

trump-has-the-best-shirts

 

Related, When Did PJ Media become Establishment Pricks?, Link

The Associated Press (AP) botched a presidential debate “fact check” last night when it rated false Trump’s claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian army were fighting the Islamic State.

 

No, they didn’t ‘botch’ it. They accomplished exactly what they wanted.

SCREAM the accusation, whisper the correction.

Most people will see the first, “Trump Lied!!!!!!!” article and will not see the correction.

So now, we’ll be seeing CNN and Foxnews talking heads and probably some Hillary! ads, quoting the first, Trump Lied!!!! article and anybody who tries to note the correction will be shouted down.

Jebus. Have you fools not watched them perfect that in the Great Global Worming ‘Debate’?

 

It’s getting ugly out there and Trump is the only one fighting the ones who are trying to grind Teh Peepul under their high-heeled, trans-gendered, jack-boots.

 

As a totally unrelated aside, this Lemur King link is hilarious. I’m not sure why I went to his site, I am still boycotting him, but I saw that post and I was going to link it and comment on the article.

His post in its entirety.

This is rather toothless in terms of action.  Reeks planning to pour oil into an engine with a cracked block every time you fill up.

While President Obama is focused on getting money to friendly-ish Syrian rebels, Congress is increasingly demanding he take more steps to stop militant fighters from coming to the U.S. by stripping Americans of their passports if they join the fight and by suspending countries that have large contingents of foreign fighters from the Visa Waiver Program.

 
What about stopping the porous borders?  Perhaps opting for security takes a back seat to ensuring an easy voting bloc.  That’s sad.
 
But counterterrorism officials say they are far more concerned that an ISIS militant will enter the United States the same way millions of people do each year: legally, on a commercial flight. Their efforts have focused on the more than 2,000 Europeans and 100 Americans who have traveled to Syria to fight alongside extremist groups, nearly all of them crossing over its unprotected borders. Without markings in their passports to show that they traveled to Syria, American border authorities have few ways of determining where they were and stopping them from entering the country.
 
And if they come here across the Mexican border authorities will have nearly 100% certainty of checking those visas to see if terrorists went to Syria.  Good call, guys.  Good call.

That’s all I can write, this whole scenario is making me nauseous.

 

Surprise! That’s from 2 years ago, not a few weeks ago.

Everything old is new again and everything new is getting pretty damn old.

 

 

So she’s been made captain of the Trump-Titanic.

I have to wonder what her motivation is. Did Reince ask her to do the party a solid and make sure Trump doesn’t lose too badly to mitigate down-ballot losses?

Or is she serious in thinking he can win?

Or is she just in it for the money? I have to think the money thing is the least likely factor. Going forward, who is going to hire the lady who tried to salvage the Trump campaign?

She never struck me as a rocket surgeon from her media appearances in the past.

 

In the revolt against The GOP Establishment, it’s important to differentiate several distinct clusters of entities that might occasionally be called “establishment”, and to narrow down who rightly deserves the moniker.

First and foremost are the axis of the Donor Class and their agents in the government. This includes the Chamber of Commerce, any company that might benefit from the Ex-Im bank, Wall Street firms, the Big Agriculture/Ethanol axis, etc. The subservient politicians of those entities are more than willing to pretend to support free markets, stricter immigration, and generally smaller government… for about the first thirty seconds after they are elected and have to vote on something that contradicts one of their benefactors’ interests. In case there is any question, all national GOP bodies (and probably most of the state bodies) fall into this category.

Secondly, there are the “Business of Conservatism” crowd. These people sell conservatism and conservative-flavored-outrage products to individual voters in exchange for donations to keep fighting for the cause. Much like charities, there is a spectrum of honest effort toward effecting change versus callous and parasitic exploitation of their donors. I leave it as an exercise to the reader precisely which groups belong in this category and where they belong on the spectrum.

Lastly, there are the intellectuals, writers, and pundits. This includes National Review, The Weekly Standard, the American Spectator, individuals such as George Will and Thomas Sowell, and I would probably include such organizations such as AEI and the Hoover Institution.

Some organizations such as Heritage probably straddle these last two categories since they do put out quite serious public policy analysis but also engage in the Business of Conservatism. Certain talk radio hosts also straddle these last two categories since they too sometimes engage in both serious policy discussions but also outrage peddling. Again, the exact identities of these radio hosts and their position on the spectrum is left as an exercise to the reader.

I consider the intellectual-pundit category not to be engaged so much in the “Business of Conservatism” in that business is generally not so good. These folks rely on what Dennis Prager has termed “moral bank accounts” for their paychecks. When they make a “withdrawal”, they risk making a bad business decision. And yet, occasional withdrawals are a necessary part of the job.

When I say “Establishment”, I mean primarily the Donor Class and their agents in the government and party infrastructure.

So when National Review and other noted and respected writers take a principled stance against Trump while simultaneously agents of the donor class are warming to Trump, I don’t think it’s entirely accurate to suggest that “The Establishment” is trying to take out Trump. NR is much less “The Establishment” than are Bob Dole and Trent Lott.

To the extent that The Establishment has let conservatism down, it is much less NR than it is the Donor Class. NR, whatever missteps they might have made over the years, doesn’t get rich by selling out conservatism. The Donor Class does.

Myth: If you aren’t for Trump, you’re in favor of the Establishment.
FACT: A lot of us have been working against the Establishment for years. Also, the Establishment hates Cruz more than Trump.

Myth: Trump is the only reason we’re talking about immigration.
FACT: Would that be why John McCain was forced to lie about supporting a fence back in 2010? Because nobody was riding him about that?

Myth: Trump is the best bet to beat Hillary Clinton.
FACT: Hillary may have defeated herself with this email stuff, but Trump has absurdly high negative ratings. (And yes, I would still vote for Trump over Hillary and/or Sanders. As a long-time GOP voter I am very familiar with voting for the lesser evil.)

Myth: Trump’s previous positions don’t matter.
FACT: Somebody who doesn’t understand conservatism and feel it viscerally is unlikely to be able to defend or promote conservative positions on an ongoing basis. (See Romney, McCain, etc.)

Myth: Trump is conservative.
FACT: Anybody who has been in the conservative movement for more than five seconds knows Trump isn’t conservative. Trump has a history of actively undermining conservative causes.

Myth: Trump will get things done to fix our problems.
FACT: This is the new version of Obama’s “Hope and Change”. Long on rhetoric, short on substance. Trump is almost certainly a stronger and better deal-maker than Obama, but so is a head of cabbage.

Given my lack of posting at all I hope I can be forgiven for double-posting on the Palin endorsement of Trump.

Consider me officially out of the Sarah Palin fan club. It’s been a long time coming, but here it is.

Up until yesterday you might have gotten me to be a Palin apologist.  She was treated poorly by McCain’s stooges, Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, who did not even remotely understand the great gift that they had squandered. This gave license (-as if they needed it) for the major media to crucify her.

When properly prepared, she could give a damn good speech.  Once upon a time even her off the cuff stuff wasn’t too bad.  Obama had in fact palled around with terrorists, namely Ayres. “Drill baby, drill” was not only right, but downright prescient.  In stark contrast to Obama and the progressive movement generally, she once displayed a healthy epistemological humility that folks like me appreciate in a politician — the kind of humility that keeps a person from trying to half-assedly socialize a fifth of the economy with some slap-dash legislation that nobody ever bothered to read.

Naturally, after her career as an office-holder was clearly over, she got lazy. I get it. I’m lazy too.  If I could be paid to crack-wise at CPAC with Big Gulp in hand I’d do it in a heartbeat.

But this Trump endorsement… dang.  I just can’t wrap my head around that one.

I could give two wet farts about Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner.  But I’m amused at how disgusted the other folks in this video are at the suggestion that overly generous social programs can be a disincentive to work.

The fundamental thrust of any libertarian-ish ideology rests on two ideas:

  • That people should be free to pursue their own happiness.
  • To the extent that it can be avoided, nobody else should be compelled to subsidize or participate in another person’s pursuit of happiness.

What individual welfare entitlement programs have to do with being trans or gay or female or black or Martian is beyond my comprehension.  It’s a rather annoying little trick that the Democrats play that if you’re anything other than a WASP then you should clearly be for socialism.  And it’s particularly annoying because Republicans by-and-large let them get away with it.

Hillary just recently said that GOP noise about de-funding Planned Parenthood would “deny access” to women’s health services.  Because everything which is not forbidden is compulsory.

As far as I can tell, nobody on the right said a fucking thing about Hillary’s ridiculous statement.

We’re not even talking about shutting Planned Parenthood down, we’re just talking about the concept that maybe some people don’t want their tax dollars funding a highly politicized criminal syndicate that traffics in baby parts for profit.  If you want to murder babies and sell their organs, do it on your own dime.

But no, that simple, minimalistic argument is beyond the national GOP’s messaging scope.