Ok, I want to make this one official. As the head of the Blind Lemur Conservative Party (motto: Vel Caeci Facere Maius Lemur [Even a Blind Lemur Could Do A Better Job]), here are the party endorsements for 2016. Since I, and thus the Inner Party, are in
Crook Cook County, that’s what you get. While some snark is present, the points are sincere.
U.S. President/U.S. Vice President
Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine – Democratic Party ; Donald J. Trump & Michael R. Pence – Republican Party; Gary Johnson & Bill Weld – Libertarian Party; Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka – Green Party
Nope. None of them. Not. A. One. Even the Great Corporate Hope, Evan McMullen is a nope. And he isn’t even on the ballot in IL. Seriously, this is the worst field since…well, any in North Korea. We have a dishonest career politician and lawbreaker running against a small-handed vulgarian. With a side of clown show and hippies. Yeah, this is bad. This is one of those points, I hope, that is described in future history books as ‘the moment the people began taking back their government, and replaced the inept and corrupt system with one that was not only truly answerable to the voters, but required to be so’. BLC Endorses None Of The Above / Sweet Meteor of Death.
U.S. Senator (Illinois)
Tammy Duckworth – Democratic Party; Mark Steven Kirk – Republican Party; Kenton McMillen – Libertarian Party; Scott Summers – Green Party
While I wish I could endorse Cyclops, the Green Party is something I cannot ever support. This is another nightmare, since Kirk has to run as a Democrat to win, Duckworth is one, and that leaves McMillen. Who I, honestly, never heard of. But he is the only sane choice. BLC Endorses McMillen.
U.S. Representative (Illinois’s 1st congressional district)
August (O’Neill) Deuser – Republican Party; Bobby L. Rush – Democratic Party
Another ‘vote against’ race. Rush needs to go. He has been in office far too long, but, like most leftist, can trust the minority voters to know their place, and will be reelected. It doesn’t matter, Cook County is owned and run by the Democrats, as the multitude of failures here shows. Plus, I know someone named August. BLC Endorses Deuser.
State and Local below the fold… (more…)
I know, you hate your candidate almost a much as you hate theirs. I know, your candidate was robbed in the primaries, colluded against, maligned, whatever. I know, you really want to support that third-party candidate, but it feels like a wasted vote, and you worry about the other party winning because your party fractured.
I get it.
But you have to get out there and vote anyway.
Look, it doesn’t matter if you can’t stomach the Presidential candidates, vote down-ballot. Vote for your representative at the state or local level. Vote for a Congressional representative or senator. Vote on ballot measures. Vote on whatever there is on the ballot past the Presidential race.
Just vote. It does matter.
When I started blogging, back in 2003, it was about politics. Mostly about John Kerry being unfit to be President due to his self-confessed war crimes. Yes, really.
But that was a long time ago, and now we are faced with the reality that the next President will be, regardless of who wins, manifestly unfit for the office. I am more fit, by far, than any of those appearing on the ballot. Mostly because I am not actually seeking the office. I think we lost a lot when we moved from the original style – the candidate didn’t campaign, their friends and supporters did. This allowed the winner to claim, even if no one quite bought it, that they served at the behest of the people, and not for any self-aggrandizing motives. Modern campaigns, by way of comparison, are nothing but rampant self-aggrandizement, at the expense of clarity, honesty, integrity, and any other positive traits.
The other reason I am over it is that the rise of social media has turned so many people into raging assholes. People attacking their friends over who they support, mocking people for not being qualified to have X opinion, then continuing to offer their equally unqualified Y opinion. Frankly, this is as good a reason to boycott social media as any I have ever seen. We all have opinions, and I have had long, friendly, productive discussion with people holding political views a full 180 from mine. But I see Facebook…and people just need to stop. Stop virtue signaling, stop lowering yourself to the level of the brain damaged on the far ends of the spectrum, stop intentionally misconstruing metaphors (and similes, and analogy, and simple phrases you know you understand perfectly well), stop encouraging the false dichotomy that says your candidate embodies pure virtue while the opponent is pure vice. Stop encouraging and reinforcing the echo chamber. Just stop.
Stop. Acting. Like. Fucking. Children.
Start remembering that you are supposed to be friends with these people, and insulting their beliefs is a great way to lose them. Start remembering that no one, even you, is perfect, and that we all err. Start remembering that you need to forgive to be forgiven. Start acting like adults.
And so, here we are. With no good choice for the office. Obviously, this is my opinion, but let me lay this out a bit… (more…)
Some years ago, a friend of mine, on reading the then-new Harry Potter book’s line about a ‘wretched American President’ declared he was done. And that Rowling had, in intending to insult Bush, instead insulted Clinton, the whole of the series (excepting Philosopher’s Stone) being set in the Clinton administration. Seems she forgot her own timeline.
Anyway, I then expressed my opinion that a liberal bent in an author is not exactly a shock. Wedging in an attempted insult for no good reason is a sign of being a hack, to be sure, but the political leaning is to be expected.
And it continues. Every election cycle, we get the hoary trope of the current crop of popular actors making the usual impassioned plea to elect whomever the Democratic party is running, lest the world end, movies all become ‘Birth of a Nation’ (the original), and art wither and die. And, like a Pavlovian response, conservatives decry this as spoiled, irrelevant, and likely highly uninformed twits mouthing whatever pabulum they have been instructed to. Which isn’t wrong, but is very, very tiring.
Look, unless you live in a fantasy world, which far too many conservatives seem to, you can safely assume that every single actor, writer, singer, dancer, artist, et-fraking-cetera is a leftist. Seriously. It is like assuming fire is hot. You just do it.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. The political left is usually aligned with the concerns of the arts community, so it makes sense to support those who support you. Duh.
Can we stop pretending this is a surprise, and move past it. Constantly rehashing the same tired nonsense is one of those things that hurt the conservatives more than anything, and we, as a body, need to stop. And to those in the arts, please look critically at the policies and practices of the Democratic party before doing as they ask, and blindly supporting them. You might be surprised at just what it is they are supporting…
DNC Convention site as it appeared on June 29, at about 9:30 CDT. Not responsible for any changes on their part. While I may not hit every one, nothing from their post has been edited in the least (just blockquoted).
So, as I hope we all know, I am so not a Democrat. I want to go over some of the planks on their platform draft, and ask some pointed questions – because some of this is common sense, and some of it is a sign they need to hire someone who understands cost of living and basic economics. This is copied from the
Quick topic guide, since there is a lot here: Jobs Minimum Wage Education Death Penalty Tax Immigration Healthcare Energy Abortion Prison Drugs
Let’s start at the top…
Summary: No such animal.
Well, not exactly. There can be some common sense that is not an infringement on the 2nd Amendment, but so far it seems like that is the land beyond the fields we know. Inaccessible and alien. But there is a place for regulation that is at once smart, effective, and not placing an excessive burden on anyone.
Let me get one thing out of the way – the absolute nonsensical suggestion that we ‘ban anyone ever investigated by the FBI for terrorism’ thing. First, investigated is not convicted. We do not punish people for being suspected of crime. Except sexual or racial ones, but that is another post (preview – it’s total bullshit leftard assholes doing it, and they need to grow the fuck up). All it takes to be on that investigation list is an anonymous phone call claiming that person X has started talking about jihad, and you are concerned. That’s all. Bang, investigated. Even if all that consists of is a phone call to the local PD to see if there is anything to it. It’s still a file, still an investigation. Those advocating this seem to fail to understand that simple reality. Likewise, the no fly/terror watch list. Two lists, both easy be added to, and nigh impossible to be removed from. The Star Chamber has no place in America, despite the President using it to sanction assassinations of American citizens.
We can be better than that.
So what do I propose? It is simple, and breaks down into 3 tiers, and one dealer/manufacturer tier. A mere 4 points. I think it is simple, effective, and mostly foolproof. Yes, I know the universe is constantly inventing better fools (see Oberlin College, Mizzou, etc.), but this is both specific enough to work, and general enough to deal with new developments and information. It even scales. So here is what I think would work… (more…)
As this is rapidly becoming the realistic choice in November (and no, your Green/Libertarian/Birthday or other parties are not realistic), there has been a lot of discussion about how Donald Trump became the Republican candidate. It seems, from what I see, to boil down, on the Republican side, to two arguments. One is that he is the candidate furthest outside the establishment, obviously true as he has never entered politics before now; and that he is a skilled con artist and has duped the electorate into supporting him. The latter seems to be the establishment view, which reinforces those who take to the first explanation.
On the left, the general argument seems to be that his supporters are stupid, ignorant, racist, assholes. Needless to say, this is neither correct nor helpful. But that is the left’s modus operandi of late.
Let me offer a different view. On that may give some insight into how intelligent, reasonable people can support a candidate that approaches the election like a bad reality tv show, and wasn’t wrong to do so.
First, look at the reason we support any candidate. Broadly, I see two reasons that are valid, and one that is terrifyingly common but invalid. The valid reasons are that the person has or appears to have the same values and beliefs I do, or that they are promising (and seem likely to actually do or attempt) to do something I want done. These are your positive, valid, reason to support any candidate. The invalid one is to support them because they are X party. And only support them for that reason. I am ignoring, intentionally, the idea of voting against someone as opposed to for someone.
So, in the reasons we support candidates, Trump hits both marks. He is, or appears to, have a set of values that people like, and is saying he will do things they want done. But, then, so were the other 17 Republican also-ran types a year ago. So why Trump?
I think the reasons are many, but to a large chunk of the population (and remember, he has been winning by insane margins) Trump is saying words they can hear as ‘things will be like they were when I remember them being good’. That ignores the actual time you are remembering, by the way. Trump is speaking to the majority of the nation that doesn’t instantly embrace whatever screaming micro-minority issue the hard left has decreed we all must make the kowtow before. Not that these voters would not, in time, support these things. The huge swath of the nation that the left denigrates as ‘Jesus Land’ or ‘flyover country’ is, in the end, very much in favor of personal freedom, and rights of self-expression. They do not, however, change their views quickly, as there is something to be said for letting things come gradually and be better understood. And there is a belief that any view rammed down someone’s throat is inherently questionable (else why the ramming?), and that if you need to do that for acceptance, maybe there is a flaw in the view. And Trump speaks to that.
Trump speaks to the people that feel left behind by the growing political overclass – the all too frequently expressed that the people should shut up and let their betters in the government tell them how to think, speak, do their jobs, etc.
Trump speaks to the idea that we can return to the Pax Americana years of the 1950s. We can’t, not in the same way, but it looks good on paper. Without the segregation, of course. And it is of course, there are and always will be racists that oppose it, but the vast majority of people support equality.
Trump also knows that the political system has devolved, at the national level, into a reality TV show.
Trump doesn’t back down. This is one of those things I like in theory, but think the practice might not work so well for anyone who isn’t Trump. In short, there is, I believe, a vast frustration with the politicians and others who, if presented with a negative response, immediately apologize and claim they were taken out of context. Seriously, stand for yourself, if you honestly had a moment of unthinking anger, and said something that you can demonstrate is wildly against who you are, then yes, apologize. But if you simply say something unpopular, stop apologizing. It makes you look pathetic. The phrase ‘courage of your convictions’ is there for a reason. For example, Trump’s famous ‘all Mexicans are rapists and thieves’ comment is actually
“What can be simpler or more accurately stated? The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc. This was evident just this week when, as an example, a young woman in San Francisco was viciously killed by a 5 time deported Mexican with a long criminal record, who was forced back into the United States because they didn’t want him in Mexico. This is merely one of thousands of similar incidents throughout the United States. In other words, the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government. The largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs. The Border Patrol knows this. Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border. The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world. On the other hand, many fabulous people come in from Mexico and our country is better for it. But these people are here legally, and are severely hurt by those coming in illegally. I am proud to say that I know many hard working Mexicans—many of them are working for and with me…and, just like our country, my organization is better for it.” -http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trumps-epic-statement-on-mexico-2015-7
Notice that he never says or even implies all immigrants are criminals. So no apology. This, as much as anything, has garnered him support – he says what he believes, and then refuses to back down.
Lastly, this seems to be an electoral cycle where the greatest qualification a candidate could claim was to be outside the establishment. Your establishment candidates on the Republican side were the first out. The people rejected them resoundingly. There is a lesson there, and the kingmakers in both parties should pay attention – you work for the people, you are not our masters. Why is a deranged muppet like Bernie Sanders still going? It isn’t just because in a just world Hillary Clinton would be under multiple federal indictments over mishandling classified information, it is because she is a purely establishment candidate, and if the Democrats had not instituted superdelegates in the wake of (and to prevent another) Jimmy Carter, there is a very real chance she would have dropped out by now.
Do I support Trump, no. Not at all. I disagree with his blustery personality. For those who know me, this is a no-brainer. I don’t like loud, blustery, people. But do I think that any supporters are ignorant, racist, hateful people? No, because unlike those inflicted with the far left’s mental instability, I know there is room for dissent and disagreement in a political system. And I embrace that – alloys are always stronger than the pure element. I just wish we had picked someone better.
But then again, maybe we picked who we deserve.