March 24, 2010 - March 17, 2010
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
What to Do:
Forget about the
Obama-Carville-Begala vs Limbaugh show. Now!
. I don't know how many of you have noticed what Republican
politicians and conservative journalists and pundits don't seem to, but
let me spell it out in clear language. In a few short weeks, the Obama
administration has hijacked the United States of America.
This is not
usual, no matter how much TV shows, newspaper columns, blog forums like
National Review Online and RealClearPolitics, and, yes, even talk radio
shows make it seem so because of their stolid, predictable formats.
While everyone with access to a microphone frets about this issue, that
controversy, and the other inside the beltway gossip, Barack Obama is
taking this country apart in huge bloody chunks.
He has doubled the whole history of U.S. national debt totals
with one stroke of his pen. There is no end in sight to the level of
additional spending, wealth transfer, and outright wealth destruction
he yet intends within a matter of mere
. The stock market is plunging like a rock precisely
because the people who must make economic decisions about the future
aren't convinced the president of the United States isn't driving us
single-handedly into a decade-long depression.
Why aren't they convinced? Because if that were indeed his stated aim,
he still couldn't have chosen a better set of policies to achieve it.
His income tax, capital gains tax, and payroll tax increases on $200K
and up earners, coupled with his projected limitations on their
deductions, including charitable deductions, will increase their tax
burden by as much as 50 percent. This giant act of theft will
significantly diminish new business investment and reduce job creation
in the private sector. His unimaginably huge, unfunded increases in
government spending will certainly suck vast sums out of private
capital markets and result in enormous inflationary pressure, which
will not only devalue pensions and individual savings but constitute
another crippling tax on every income-earner in the nation. But even
that isn't enough for him. He also intends to tax U.S. corporations for
the income they earn overseas, which will decrease profitability and
reduce jobs further at home by making our products uncompetitive in
world markets. AND his planned carbon tax will ripple endlessly through
the U.S. economy. hitting all businesses and individuals in wave after
wave of additional costs -- for fuel itself and for all goods and
services made or transported with fuel. But he also has already quietly
buried the possibility of drilling for more oil at home.
All of this is mandated by what he has already signed, quietly decreed,
or put on the legislative calendar. He is on course to destroy the
entire American economy for a generation. The union card check bill he
promised again this week to the AFL-CIO will doom small businesses. His
mortgage bailout scheme will add more costs to every mortgage procured
by solvent homeowners. His proposed healthcare system will represent a
brand new tax for young workers who opted out of health insurance as
well as for corporate employees, whose health benefits he intends to
tax as income to subsidize indigents. The slate of new programs and
government jobs in his $800 billion "stimulus" package will also
eventually hit every taxpayer, hard -- because when the stimulus money
runs out, those programs and government jobs will be a permanent part
of the government infrastructure requiring funding (and increases) in
Overseas, he has already signalled his intention to cut Israel off at
the knees by publicly chastising them for not reopening the roads to
Gaza and by sending multiple envoys to friendly meetings with Israel's
mortal enemies the Syrians. But he hasn't been too busy to insult the
Prime Minister of the U.K. and to humiliate his own country with a
moronic and weak attempt to bargain away missile defense for a kind
word from Putin. Which he didn't get. All this has made him too busy to
spend any time on working out a rational plan for leaving Iraq. We're
just going to do it. As quickly as possible. Because we need the money.
But he wasn't too busy to float the possibility of a New Deal for the
whole globe, whatever that means. And he's openly shopping for ways to
cut defend spending and the U.S. military while devolving the war on
terror to its pre-9/11 status as a matter for law enforcement and the
His social assault is also already well underway. He has restored
funding for abortions in international medical aid. He is moving toward
suspending the "conscience rule" permitting health care workers to opt
out of procedures and drug sales that violate their standards of
personal morality. He has allowed his goons in the executive branch and
congress to begin the task of restoring the Fairness Doctrine,
or a sneakier equivalent, to silence talk radio. And he has smuggled
huge funding for racially motivated voter fraud and greenmail
organizations like ACORN into his spending bills.
He is taking our country away from us at breakneck speed. It's
happening so fast it's hard to keep up with the dozens of large and
small explosions in the fabric of the nation that are occurring every
So what are the politicians and pundits of the loyal opposition talking
about? Rush Limbaugh. Or the outrageous total of $8 billion in earmarks
in the latest leviathan spending bill. ($8 billion? That's all John
McCain can find to get worked up about?!) Or whether Obama's staff
isn't acting a mite high-handed with congress. Or whether there's
something wrong with the fact that all his cabinet-level appointments
are lobbyists or tax cheats or both. Or whether the Republicans
shouldn't try a little harder to seem more cooperative and less
obstructionist. Or how much more time Obama has to blame everything on
Bush before voters start holding him accountable. Or what the latest public opinon polls say. Or if it's any kind
of a long-term problem that Nancy Pelosi is filling the Speaker's role
like the brain-damaged harridan she is. Or who it is exactly who has
the gravitas and vision (or spiffy enough education) to rebuild the
Republican Party before the midterm elections...
This is insane. I N S A N E. Everything is on fire, people.
So here's what everyone needs to do. Drop everything else and get busy
with letters, phone calls, and emails. To all the Republicans in
congress. To all the conservative journalists, columnists, bloggers,
and media pundits. All of them. Tell them to wake up to what's going on
and start talking about the only subject that matters -- the ongoing,
well advanced hijacking of the United States of America. Tell them to
oppose it, to fight it with all their strength, to talk and write about
nothing else because every little thing is only part of the one great
big thing, which is all-important. This
president is already the biggest disaster ever elected to the office.
It doesn't matter how much the clueless and inattentive love him.
They're wrong. He's already had enough time. Now he must be opposed,
stopped in his tracks, and condemned for his truly damnable intentions.
Tell them. All of them. Now.
Friday, February 27, 2009
From his website.
He calls it a mugshot
. He's under arrest here too.
. I'm not going to reinvent the wheel here. John
Derbyshire's assault on conservative talk radio is here
is also competently fisked here
Which means that if you're interested, you can read up on the flap
created by this inveterately grumpy National
contributor and then come back for my few additional
Blaming talk radio for the present misfortunes of conservatives is just
plain idiotic. According to his own voluminous c.v.
Derbyshire is a Brit who first lived in the United States in 1986. He cannot
know what it was like growing up in this country before the Reagan
administration terminated the Fairness Doctrine. The only
broadcast on which you could
hear conservative voices was Firing
. And it may be news to Derb, but you didn't have to be a
lowbrow to object to much of Buckley's presentation. He was so self-consciously
enraptured by his own vocabulary and semantic complications, that even
genuine intellectuals frequently felt like smacking
him on the back of
the head. Brilliant? Yes. Also often laughable. That conservatives in
the population at large did not respond eagerly to conservatism as an
elaborate gentleman's game does not make them lowbrows or deny them
qualification as the middlebrows Derb claims to value.
Populism is an extremely argumentative term to throw around. By
connotation at least, it usually refers to political movements which
organize and manipulate the have-nots in an effort to extort benefits
from the haves. It implies simplistic rabble-rousing rhetoric, phony
"common man" leadership, and continual resort to the ugliness of class
warfare. That's not Rush Limbaugh's shtick and it's not his audience,
either. Limbaugh tapped into a huge population of "the Forgotten Man"
intellectual conservatives claim to speak for, the ones who pay the
bills for the social engineering delusions of liberals. But oddly
enough, they're too busy living their lives and paying the bills to
have much patience with the inside baseball affectations of the National Review
. To them, politics
is not an abstract philosophical debate that mutters on through the
centuries in panelled drawing rooms and stylish cocktail parties.
Someone who figures out a way to reach the people who are paying the
bills is not a populist. He's an educator, a communicator, a common
sense analyst, and, yes, an entertainer. He expands the political base
among the competent doers on which the whole nation depends. That's a
far cry from the populist bomb-throwing of a Huey Long or William
Of course, not all conservative talk radio hosts are of the same
caliber. Just as not all National
contributors are quite as brilliant as Buckley even if
they're ostentatious about wrapping themselves in his mantle. What's
strange is that some of Derbyshire's charges indicate that he hasn't
actually listened to talk radio any more than the liberal haters have.
It's absolutely not true that Limbaugh and Hannity defended everything
Bush did. Their objection to his spending, to his failure to veto
outrageously wasteful legislation, was almost a drumbeat. But they
knew, as so many intellectual conservatives seem to have forgotten in
the past year, that the alternative waiting in the wings was worse,
disastrously worse. Now we have Obama. Our country is vanishing down
the rabbit hole at truly terrifying speed. And this is to be blamed on
Limbaugh and Hannity? I don't think so. And quoting turncoat
Christopher Buckley's disdainful sneer at comparisons between his
father and Limbaugh in the course of making such a wrongheaded
accusation is frankly odious.
insightful, and thought-provoking. This time he is none of the above.
He's being an ass.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
What the hell is
Is it just me, or is this really
. So Drudge linked this silly
from Germany and I guess we're supposed to chuckle at the
continuing adulation still flowing from the country that greeted Obama
as if he were the world's new fuehrer:
A carnival float depicting a flying
U.S. President Obama with Europe being dragged along is seen during the
traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, Feb.
23, 2009. Rose-Monday-Parades in the carnival strongholds of
Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne are watched by hundreds of thousands of
revelers and mark the highlights of Germany's carnival season. (AP)
But I can't help seeing some imagery here that begs for some
explanation. See what I mean?
left to right, the "cloud" upholding the flying Obama, the sculpture
"Monumental Woman," and the oldest sculpture of a woman yet
"The Venus of
Willendorf," (c. 24,000 BC)
discovered in Lower Austria.
I don't know what it signifies. Lots of things occur to me. The weird
embraced by the New Age paranoids of Global Warming (or
climate change as it seems to be termed during a particularly harsh
winter). The continuing elevation of all things female as somehow wiser
and superior to the, ahem, male patriarchy. Also, the fact that the
Germans have always been crazy pagans,
curiously resistant to civilization ever since they
managed to avoid
and de-barbarianized by the Roman Empire. (Don't
believe it? See this
. The other two parts, too. A pivot of history.)
looming inevitability of the nanny state mentality which seeks to
transform free adults into populations of helpless whining children,
permanent wards of government largesse and control. Heck. Maybe it's Angela
Is this a hint, a joke, an insight, a promise, a warning, a threat... or do I just
need stronger reading specs? You tell me.