A Tyranny of the Good

Oh, this is profound:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

From “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment”. “God in the Dock”. Book by C. S. Lewis, 1970.

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The Joe Biden Theory and the Ukrainian macguffin

The left has proven over the last few years that it can’t meme, and they can’t conspiracy theory either. This is very good. In homage to just how good it it, I’m using (borrowing, horking) the subject from that post.

Point 7 out of the total eight is emblematic:

What are the Dems covering up in Ukraine? It must be big if they staged an impeachment and risked their entire political capital over it. Otherwise they wouldn’t have spied on Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine trying to tarnish his investigation and to besmirch him personally. They even identified Giuliani’s two Ukrainian associates and had them arrested for exceeding a political campaign donation. If Michael Cohen’s story is any indication, the men were likely threatened with imprisonment and then offered a deal in exchange for dirt on Giuliani and Trump.

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Thirty Rounds to Hunt

True dis.

Democrats say “If you need 30 rounds to hunt, you suck at hunting”

I say “If you need a disarmed society in order for you to govern, you suck at governing”.

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Oikophobia Revisited

Some time ago, I provided a helpful definition. At the time I neglected to include other interesting aspects about its usage. For example, from the intro at Wikipedia, there’s this:

In 1808 the poet and essayist Robert Southey used the word to describe a desire (particularly by the English) to leave home and travel. Southey’s usage as a synonym for wanderlust was picked up by other nineteenth century writers.

Roger Scruton’s usage, mentioned in the original link, was the first in a political context.

SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) has produced a textbook example of the term oikophobia which conveniently operates under both definitions above. It has caused quite an uproar, so the link here is a google search term.

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NeverTrumpers Examined

John Hayward always has an interesting perspective and this time it’s about Never Trumpers (see especially the bolded section).

NeverTrumpers claim they’re only on board with getting a Dem elected for one term, because they hate Trump – and more importantly, his voters, who they badly want to purge. If Dems took them at their word, they’d be fools to accept them as allies or take their advice.

After all, you’ve got a little gang of Benedict Arnold types who are openly, and very loudly, declaring they’re only willing to betray their side one time, to deal with a supposedly unique threat. In theory, they’re ready to sabotage their Dem allies the day after the election.

Also in theory, if the NeverTrumpers get what they want, they claim they can rebuild the GOP into an unstoppable True Conservative electoral force once Trump and his voters have been purged and/or re-educated. Dems are supposedly courting doom in 2024 by working with them.

But of course, no one in the Dem political leadership takes any of that junk from NeverTrumpers seriously. They see the movement for what it really is: a bid to surrender on electoral politics and resume a comfortable position as gentleman losers, a theatrical opposition.

Watching the NeverTrump movement embrace Mitt Romney as its patron saint goes a long way toward confirming that analysis. What Democrat doesn’t relish facing a string of Mitt Romneys for the rest of our lifetimes? It would be a dream come true for them.

Not only was Romney easy to beat – and the same playbook would work, with few adjustments, against every GOP candidate who runs like he did – but he was vicious toward his GOP primary opponents, especially those who showed a glimmer of populist promise.

People forget that about Romney. He was a milquetoast pushover in the general, spending the entire 2012 campaign on stunned defense against waves of vicious populist attacks from Obama, but he was a shark in the primaries. He excelled at damaging other Republicans.

Romney was the beta test for NeverTrump: aggressive against other Repubs, with enough money and clout in GOP circles to land body blows, but passive and purely defensive against Dems. Only passionate about “principles” and “morals” when fighting other Republicans.

Let me put it bluntly: Romney would NEVER have voted to convict a Democrat president on the same terms he used against Trump. Just try to imagine him saying the same words about Obama or any other Democrat. You’ll have trouble holding in the laughter.

That’s what NeverTrump really offers to Democrats, and that’s why they’ll make common cause. Promises to purge Trumpism and whip the GOP into an unbeatable Reaganesque fighting machine is hot air – or, at best, nostalgia for a political landscape that no longer exists. /end

The NeverTrumpers are not good people and Hayward has their number. They will continue to try getting that horse back in the barn or the toothpaste back in the tube and any trick will be tried.

Like the holier-than-thou trick, a David French special. Instapundit takes on David French’s newest. He mentions the term pharasaical (as being like a Pharisee), but this is the nugget.

On a broader note, so long as we’re talking about sin, I’ll note that pride and envy seem to play a major role in the NeverTrump movement in general: Pride in (self-proclaimed) moral superiority, and envy of Trump’s accomplishments, which make him by any reasonable measure the most conservative president of my lifetime.

The commenters are even more vicious.

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The Marketplace of Ideas

I’ve seen something like this before and I think – thought anyway – that I may’ve blogged it. But alas, I can’t find anything else and so, this, a fine example in its own right will have to do:

[I]f mainstream politics does not give the Normals’ security & order then the Normals will vote outside the mainstream for any party that provides security & order

It’s interesting (well, aggravating actually) to note that after Brexit, Trump’s election, the still small but growing anti-immigrant parties of Europe, the Yellow Vest movement in France (and now Spain), etc, that mainstream politics continues to employ the very same arguments and policies that have proven so disastrous.

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Gentry Liberalism

I moved the following commentary from this post a few days ago because it is interesting on its own and not as a mere aside.

There were a few comments that disagreed with Adrian Vermeule’s tweet. To which Mr Vermeule responded by bringing up the topic of “gentry liberals”:

That’s exactly the gentry liberal pattern: “live 50s, talk 60s,” as the sociologists say. If you have a lot of money and education the chaotic world of social liberalism is easier to navigate; not so for everyone else.

So, anyway, when I was reading this post from that Buck Throckmorton fella (from Ace’s place), I was reminded of the gentry liberal comment above. Mr Throckmorton discusses recent gas prices:

Your typical American tends “to feel“ gas price fluctuations more than most any other economic trend, and lower income and lower-middle-class workers who drive to work feel it the most. Where I live, gas prices have just dropped below $2.00 per gallon, and people are buzzing about it.

And then he mentioned

When President Lightbringer was running for re-election in 2012, the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.64. ($3.80 when adjusted for inflation.) Per AAA, the current average price per gallon in the USA is $2.46, which is 32% less than it was 8 years ago. For a person who drives 15,000 miles per year and gets 20 mpg, that is an additional $75 in his wallet each month. That matters to the average American. It matters a lot.

Naturally, the Democrats running for President are promising to raise gasoline prices.

So, cycle back to the top and the comment about the world of social liberalism.

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Nice and Succinct

NEVER FORGET

Barack Obama weaponized the IRS, the State Dept, the DOJ, and the FBI. He targeted citizens, journalists and political orgs that opposed him via law enforcement. And he oversaw a conspiracy to spy on a presidential candidate.

But they impeached Trump.

Hey Let’s not forget this (a few hours later):

Amazing, when you think about it, that the two most disloyal Republican Senators in the last five years were former Republican nominees for President

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A Desolate Post-Christian Dystopia

I don’t quite know how to approach this, but I think it is worth noting. Instapundit has, for a while now, linked to the writings of Adrian Vermeule, a Harvard law professor. He’s usually interesting in an off-beat, meta- sort of way, and this is no exception.

In this case, Mr Vermeule retweets another tweet that itself retweets a tweet from Guy Verhofstadt, a big wheel in the EU hierarchy, with a campaign video from a Northern Irish political party, the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. I say campaign video but I can’t find any indications at this time that there actually is an electoral campaign going on in Northern Ireland. This video is either an effort to “cheer up” those Remainers (ie, remain in the EU) living in Northern Ireland after Brexit a few days ago or a campaign video from some past election. Regardless, Verhofstadt seems to like it.

The video is quite dark and dour and not very appealing. The retweeters seem to agree

If anyone still had any doubts that the European Union is anything other than a desolate post-Christian dystopia, this terrifying video will wash them away. A barren, bleak Europe of unnamed masses and freaks living joyless, isolated lives.

To which Vermeule bluntly adds

If one understands why this video features no married couples with children, the implicit political theology of the current EU becomes clear

Update (20200207): Moved the comments that were here to a new post.

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Lots of reactions to that halftime show

The subject comes from a troll here in which it was insinuated that it is a Bad Thing that “Conservatives sure are concerned with decency”. I asked for an explanation and as of yet am still waiting.

YouTube put together a video of the halftime show within minutes of its completion (I wasn’t really watching the game nor show) and so I jumped through it looking for something interesting. There was none. The two partially clad women were “fun”, but music was tedious and uninteresting. Meh.

Heading over to Powerline, there was a post there about this very topic, Halftime for Halfwits. The most popular comment there (as of this writing) makes a good point that enunciates what I was implying (poorly) above (my bold below):

The purpose of most of the sexualized grandstanding in popular entertainment it to cover up the lack of genuine original ideas. The music thumps without melody, harmony or rhythmic variety. The words are banal and stupid. The dancing is just synchronized aerobics.

It makes perfect sense to object to the obscenity. But the obscenity is just there to distract from the stupidity.

Redstate also commented on the hyper-sexualization:

No matter how you slice it, and no matter what “cultural” aspects you add to it, the halftime show with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were essentially a burlesque show that, on multiple occasions, had the camera focus on body parts and had suggestive movements.

A burlesque show. Good one.

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