The Young Turks

Sorry.  I just can’t take it.  A good friend of mine follows TYT and brings them up frequently so I thought I’d give them another chance.  I made it 3 minutes into this video before I couldn’t take the bullshit anymore.

0:52 there’s MSC right by Pence’s head. At 1:44 there is no MSC and there’s this swirling logo that wan’t in the earlier clip. These two sound bites were taken at different meetings, but the the tyt hosts act like they are from the same event.

And then tyt cuts to Jeb Bush’s “please clap” moment? So what’s their point? Everyone knows Jeb Bush is an idiot, and that event took place 5 years ago. Why not cut to a more recent clip of Nancy Pelosi’s “please clap” moment?

They make a valid point about Americans being easily lead with sloganeering, but that doesn’t mean the MAGA crowd is wrong.  Think about Europe, and the rest of the world, they say.  But when does Europe and the rest of the world think about America?  Why not put Americans first for a change?

Enough with the empire.  Re-ignite the republic.

Want to save the world?  Stop supporting globalization.  If it’s true that the 15 most active intercontinental ships are responsible for as much green house gasses as all the cars in the world then the best thing we can do for the environment is stop shipping so many things back and forth.

21 July 2018 – The Homeless

The Homeless

Wait, what?  That’s a woman?!  Ha ha ha ha ha Don’t do drugs, folks.

Seriously, though.  What, if anything, should be done about the homeless problem?  What should society do with people like the woman in the article?

She damaged someone’s property in order to steal from them and in the process callously killed a small dog.  If she were a bear she would have been shot by now.  Why is her life worth more than a disruptive bear’s?  Is it because she’s a human?  Is she?  What is a human?

You can no more say all people are humans than you can say all canines are wolves.  What makes a dog a dog and not a wolf is more than just its appearance.  It’s also its demeanor.  So if we’re going to be objective about it, then we should just people using the same metrics that we judge other species.

Why are people homeless?

  • mental illness
  • bad luck
  • choice
  • criminal history
  • drugs
  • ???

7 July 2018

Hey Democrats, Fighting Fair Is for Suckers

It was easier before Trump’s Presidency.  I disliked both liberals and conservatives equally (probably because I never thought too deeply about which side of the political spectrum I fell on; Government  was bad, ’nuff said.) and vocally opposed both the Democrats and Republicans… mostly the Republicans.  Both Parties are duplicitous but the GOP is worse because it’s blatantly hypocritical.  It’s candidates campaign on small government but always increase its size and scope when elected.  At least the Democrats are honest… they campaign on bigger government, higher taxes and a “free” lunch and deliver as much when elected.

Now, more and more, I find myself tolerant of and leaning towards the conservatives and Republicans, and despising the liberals and Democrats.  It’s not that I support the Republican party more than I used to.  It’s that the Democrats and Left in general are so bat-shit crazy that any refutation of their ideas inadvertently defends the Republicans.

Has the Left gone completely insane or are they finally showing their true colors?  Maybe the two aren’t mutually exclusive?  Their anti-Trump rhetoric has gone beyond the bounds of reason along with their belief that everyone who doesn’t agree with them is a nazi, fascist, xenophobic, homophobic, trans-phobic, misogynistic, white supremacist, racist bigot.

The article on politico.com that I linked to is a good example of this.

“If Democrats are wise, they will embrace President Donald Trump’s demonstration that there no longer are any unwritten rules in American politics…”

It’s about time that the right stop playing by those unwritten rules.  The left did so decades ago and it’s put the right at a disadvantage ever since.  As Saul Alinsky wrote, “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

We ought to be past surprise, for example, that the “let the people decide” standard invented by Mitch McConnell to block Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination no longer applies now that Trump can choose a successor for Anthony Kennedy.

Wait, what?  How is it that it’s not “let the people decide” this time?  How is it more democratic to have a President in his eighth and last year of office pick a Supreme Court justice than it is to have a President in the second year of his first term do the same?

Maybe Rob Goodman is referring to the elections this November?  I hope not because I’d like to believe he’s smarter than that.  This country holds elections every two years.  If the President waited until every petty election concluded, he would get nothing done.

The people decided when they elected Trump as President, and a lame-duck President shouldn’t try to impose his will on the people.

And that’s just the first three paragraphs (I skipped over the second, which is so full of nonsense it’s staggering).  There’s so much to debunk in this article, but I have limited time and other sites to visit.

The overall flaw with the article is that the author presumes that American liberal democracy is a thing worth preserving.  At least half the country thinks it isn’t.  American liberal democracy has metastasized into socialism and that goes against the the principles this country was founded upon.

Rap Sheet: ***174*** Acts of Media-Approved Violence and Harassment Against Trump Supporters

Quick, look surprised.

3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake

What scares me the most about this article is that there are people out there who take this seriously and agree with the author.

The Left Celebrates July 4 By Denouncing The First Amendment

 

23 June 2018 – Jubilee years

Jubilee years

I need to research the idea of a Jubilee year.  My current understanding is that it occurs every 70 years, it’s an idea from the Bible and therefore an ancient practice.

Compare the idea of a Jubilee year and Thomas Jefferson’s thoughts on the lifespan of laws and contracts.

AMLO

Andrés Manuel López Obrador is an interesting candidate and I hope he wins the election.  His socialist/leftist/progressive ideas are worrisome but at least he’s something different.  He wants to Make Mexico Great Again.

Mexico is a different culture and a different country.  Its saviour will be different from America’s or England’s or Russia’s.  There will be different levels and kinds of religious elements.  There will be different levels and kinds of authoritarianism.

I’m not sure that populism is always bad.  When a small, elite group of people have seized control of all the levers of power and are manipulating them to their own end,  isn’t populism necessary and good?

Across the country, he would encourage construction projects that used hand tools rather than modern machinery, in order to boost the economy in rural communities

I think that is a great idea.  Modern machinery saves time and labor, but it’s not cheap.  Why not put people to work instead?  That gives them a steady income and something beneficial to do with their time.  It improves their standard of living and their quality of life at the same time.

Democracy

What do politicians mean when they talk about “democracy”?  The opponents of AMLO keep talking about how his election would be a blow to the nascent “democracy” in Mexico and it  would set them back.  In 18 years (or whenever it was that PRI lost its stranglehold on the government) since “democracy” has come to Mexico things have gone from bad to worse.   And wasn’t this “democracy” the same one that was threatened every time things weren’t going PRI’s way?

“Democracy” is only brought out to bias and sway the conversation.  It’s not even a very good form of government.