July 26, 2008 - July 19, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Why InstaPunk Isn't Popular:
Ed Morrissey of
WE'RE ON RECORD, ALREADY
. You got to go along to get along, right?
Can't do it. Most of
the conservative bloggers are Sean Hannity on a CRT -- repetitive,
dogmatic, shallow, only marginally literate, and oh-so-rarely
We've been burned enough here by superstar "conservative" blogs that we
mostly leave them alone. We no longer point out that Ace of Spades is a
strictly commercial site knocking sadly at the door of TV punditry with
no hope that the door will ever open to an indifferent writer who can't
even be bothered to proofread his headlines. We don't aim an accusing
finger at Hugh Hewitt's site, which gambled the whole pile on being an official mouthpiece of the Mitt Romney campaign -- and lost
, with a consequent crash
of his credibility on just about everything. We don't do anything to
document the pitiful truth that InstaPundit is a much more energetic
version of Mort Kondracke with even nerdier hobbies (sci fi novels,
digital photography, and a lawyerly crush on Ann Althouse). We don't
make an issue of the fact that Michelle Malkin's site consists of a
series of "look at me" setups for her various beaming appearances on
And we tried to give a pass to Ed Morrissey, who apparently needed the
job Michelle Malkin gave him to make Hotair.com a graphic-intensive
counterpart to the Huffington Post. Or something. Ed's a veteran, he's
conversant with spell-check software, and his arguments are usually
slightly better than his sentence structure. Leave him alone, we
Not that we aren't heartily sick of of his hammer-it-into-the-ground
"The Obligatory Post About..." everything current in the news. If
you're that hard up for content, admit it. (OR HERE'S AN IDEA -- DON'T
POST, ASSHOLE.) Don't pretend that because you're writing piffle about
all the biggest topics of the moment, you're only doing it because we
righty rubes insist on it
Even Ace's standard punchline ("Terrorists killed by Big Mac Flatulence
and U.S. Firepower, but Mostly U.S. Firepower..." is better than that.
But I just stopped cutting Ed a break. It happened with his
"obligatory" post ridiculing Edgar
for his claim that the U.S. government has been covering
up the existence of aliens for 60 years. Ed said:
Can we trust a man who claims his
cancer was cured by remote healing and admits to having conducted ESP
experiments while on the moon? Gut answer: No. Revised answer upon
further reflection: No — but I’ve never been more jacked for that “X
ESP experiments on the moon?! Shouldn't that be actionable, Ed? In
court, I mean? Cured of cancer... ? I can see how it would be better if
he died of cancer like everyone else, but...
Ed? Shut the fuck up. Edgar Mitchell walked on the moon. You of all
people should know that's an accomplishment people earn by a lifetime
of hard work, ability, rational excellence, extraordinary obedience to
duty and military protocol, and character.Character
. As in telling the truth
when you're too old to care about your career.
I am really really really
tired of people who dismiss the communications of those who are at last
too old to be scared by institutional threats of various kinds. Oh.
He's 77? Must be senile. And he was kind of squiffy even when he was
doing things you and I could never possibly hope to qualify to do, let
alone have the balls-to-the-wall courage to do
Sorry, Mr. Ed. If Edgar Mitchell says there's been a cover-up, I'm
interested. Your poorly written and tepidly argued dismissals don't
mean a damn thing to me
see, I've actually known a couple of 77-year-old men who were smarter
than you've ever been on your best day and in full possession of their
marbles till the day they died. Hell. A couple of them were even half
as smart as I am.
A closing question. Ed
someone had briefed you that incredibly advanced aliens were already
here, just how strange would it be to pursue the possibility of remote
healing and ESP? I mean, wouldn't such knowledge change your
worldview a little bit?
Uh. Actually, I suppose it wouldn't. Ed
But maybe you should do a litle more research before you spout your
weak-stream sarcasm at an old man who was braver and more dedicated to
his country than even most recipients of the Congressional Medal of
This can't be registered as a comment at Hotair.com, because as with
MichelleMalkin.com, the privilege of commenting is only open for
sign-up on alternate blue moons in the seventh house, when Jupiter is
voting straight Republican on a Thursday. For some reason, we
haven't been accorded this
honor, even when the stars are properly aligned for our application.
Any of you who enjoy this unique privilege, feel free to share it with
her boss, Michelle
Friday, July 25, 2008
TALKING HISTORY WITH
. I plan to leave all the highbrow analysis of Obama's
latest "Speech of the Century" to those who have more patience for
parsing and pedagogy than I do. All I can really say is that it
reminded me of the young lady who saw a stage performance of Hamlet
for the first time and said,
"I don't see what all the fuss is about. All he did was string together
a bunch of famous quotations."
The Germans in attendance seemed to like it, though, and everyone knows
they have an infallible knack for distinguishing beween soaring
rhetoric and authentic wisdom. I guess we should defer to their
judgment. I mean, isn't deferring to European judgment the single
eternal plank in the Democratic Party platform?
Jawohl, mein Obama.
not saying the bloom is off the rose. But there are signs that the rose
is slowly morphing into the plastic kind American liberals usually have
to settle for. The kind that has to be dusted off regularly and sprayed
with expensive perfumes that can't wholly cover the stink of
artificiality beneath. You know. The valorous command personaility of
John Kerry. The incandescent intellect and heartfelt populism of Al
Gore. The "I feel your pain" sincerity of Bill Clinton. Etc. All
fictions (un)scrupulously upheld for campaign purposes but never
believed. Not really. Not without a certain cynical wink they winked at
each other and never thought the rest of us could see. And certainly
not the way they have believed in Obama -- devotedly, uncritically,
irrationally, passionately, even religiously.
That's the explanation for the ridiculous displays featured in the
McCain ad above. Forget the metrosexual ramifications of the creepy
man-crush behavior exhibited by so-called hardened journalists in the
ad. It's not really sexual. It's spiritual. (Well, maybe not for the giggling women on 'O-Force One.') The immense peril of the
strictly secular culture the libs want us to embrace is that all people
need a spiritual element in their lives. That's why hard-line marxist
feminists trash all organized religions and then perversely immerse
themselves in New Age fantasies about Gaia, Wicca, Yoga, and Reiki. The
quest for meaning is not synonymous with calculating the solution to an
algebraic equation. The most determinedly atheistic adherents of
social-engineering rationalism have historically been the most
vulnerable to getting swept up in a cult of personality of the sort
Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot, and now Hugo Chavez exploited in
achieving absolute power over their followers. Having renounced the
divine in the universe itself, they must find an outlet for the
ineradicable human yearning for a higher power who can fill the hole in
their souls created by the absence of meaning.
As this site has proposed before in other
, that's the real genius of the founding fathers. What has
been called "separation of church and state" was more importantly the
excision of the divine from politics. It's a corollary of Matthew
22.21, which reads, "Render unto Caesar the things that are
Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s": the constitutional
understanding of this is, "Render unto your God the things that are
your God's, and render unto Caesar only
those things that are Caesar's." Which represents, above all, an
absolute prohibition against allowing or enabling the state to usurp --
in terms of individual belief, obedience, and worship -- the role of
private spirituality in everyday life. Politicians, however highly
placed, are only politicians
-- i.e., ambitious men who are fallible, inherently sinful, prone to
corruption, and never to be trusted as arbiters of individual values
for the populace as a whole.
The mission of secular liberals to exterminate all traces of the
Judeo-Christian tradition from any part or institution of society that
government touches -- which is, by now, all
parts and institutions --
couldn't be any more contrary to the intrinsic intent of the founders.
But the more they succeed, the lonelier they feel. As the spiritual --
and, yes, by that I mean an ineffable sense of the divine -- becomes
less and less a part of their lives, they begin to seek it in the
impoverished secular realm they have consigned themselves to. Without a
Yahweh, a Christ, a Buddha, or an Allah of their own to whom they can
pray in the dark night of private pain, they begin to long for...
want... need... absolutely have to
a savior. Behold! Here he is! Eureka! They don't know
what's happening to them. Their hyper-intellectualized worldviews are
suddenly transformed by a profundity of emotional response that has no
precedent in their experience apart from sex. But in matters of the
spirit, they have become children, and so they respond to it like
children making their first acquaintance with sexual attraction. As
worshippers they are as inept and slavish in their devotions as any
pubescent boy or girl who descends into the confusion of a hopeless
crush. When it comes to religion they are tyros (and, yes, I am
absolutely saying that Catholic Chris Matthews is no Catholic; he
couldn't be such an ass about Obama if he were a Roman Catholic in
anything but name only...)
Poor Obama. He's been set up. He's been propelled by this wave of
misplaced desire for a secular messiah to heights where he cannot help
but be humiliated, perhaps even destroyed. The MSM fever is so advanced
that none of them -- and I mean none
-- has yet perceived the horrifying irony of an American politician
standing on a podium in Germany recruiting that nation's citizens to
join him in his grand personal mission to usher in a new age of life on
earth. No one has done that in
Berlin since Adolf Hitler.
And if the Germans should like
it, does that really confirm
his mission? Or does it sound a chord that Americans most of all are
likely to respond to with suspicion and alarm?
Poor Obama. Back in the 19th century, Herman Melville wrote "Billy
Budd," a short novel offering a different kind of Christ figure -- a
pure innocent so guileless that he became the scapegoat for a multitude
of sins he had nothing to do with. He was sacrificed to relieve
everyone around of him of their very real guilt. Billy believed what
people told him. He trusted them. And they killed him.
As a politician, Obama is not entirely an innocent. But he has the
innocence of the talented neophyte in believing that he can somehow
control the vast forces that are carrying him to power. He can't. He
did not know that his messianic speech in Berlin was, however it's
reviewed today and tomorrow, a truly terrible idea. He may not have a
deeply developed sense of his
, which would make him a ripe target for manipulation
by those who read their own hopes onto the blank canvas of his
personality. And he is almost certainly unprepared for the price that
will be paid by a putative savior who insists that good intentions and
a friendly meeting of minds will solve all the problems of the world.
The consequences will be worse by an order of magnitude if he has
actually come to believe that he is
the fiction his promoters have written for him.
What the liberals don't understand is that a great many of the people
they habitually look down on are far more sophisticated about matters
of spirit and divinity than they are. When they see a Golden Calf being
worshipped by idolaters, they cock their heads and say, "Uh oh. This is
something we know about. And it's never good."
I don't believe much in the polls. Some of the conservative blogs are
trying to make hay out of the fact that so far, Obama doesn't seem to
have gotten a "bump" from the World Tour spectacle. Time will tell.
But here's the one statistic
I think might be meaningful:
The extraordinary peak for McCain
appeared suddenly on July 22.
Moreover, there are other signs of cracks in the faith called Obama.
The MSM is showing, well, some resentment
of the lordly Obama campaign.
" of the New York Times has actually employed the
phrase "jumped the shark." (And he didn't get his column mailed back to
him for 'revision
Not all the Brits
are apparently on board. (So much, btw, for the idea that there's no way to make fun of Obama.)
Even the Germans seem anxious to correct
And perhaps the troops
who have made the most sacrifices in recent years, aren't altogether
buying the act.
It may well be that (some of) the true believers are starting to realize that
their candidate is just a man, not a substitute divinity.
That would be a good thing. It may not change the end result of the
election. But if Obama remembers that he's just a man, it may improve
the end result of this campaign season, regardless of who wins.
What did the Goddess Gertrude say? "A rose is a rose is a rose." Even if it's a
plastic counterfeit. This is America. We can live with that. As long as
the rose knows what it is. Can you?