Bismarck, Trump, and a Belief in God

It has been asserted that Bismarck, the Chancellor of Prussia and eventually of a united Germany, once said that:

God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.

I don’t know if the attribution is true (apparently not), but the phrase certainly has a lot of merit. Especially to a European startled by the hard-charging success of the USA during the 19th century.

As anyone who follows this blog (that would be me) has noted, I get a lot of my commentary from Twitter, primarily Instapundit, Kurt Schlichter, and Thomas Wictor. As time passes and I read the leftist commentary to which they respond, I think about how close we came to another four years of them in charge… and then I see the extent to which they were willing to go to ensure not just four more years, but in perpetuity.

I have made a decision.

I’m not a particularly religious person, but that quote, whoever said it, is correct. Or put more bluntly, if there ever were needed a proof of the existence of god, Trump’s victory is it.
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Oppression LARPing

Sarah Hoyt explains.

The thing is that children – and LARPers – don’t play at things that are real to them. [snip]

The left is playing at being oppressed and being brave resisters because they know they aren’t. They know they’re not in any way threatened, even if they’d probably rather die than admit it to themselves. They know they can go around sloganeering and screaming and calling a freely elected president a tyrant and the equivalent of Hitler, and no one will do anything. People won’t even be rude to them. They certainly won’t be as rude to them as they’d be to anyone who so much as dares to express a conservative opinion in liberal circles.

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Privilege

The tweet which caused this response is stupid, but this is very nice:

“Privilege” is another word for having had good parents, who raised you with good values, who taught you to work hard, made wise choices & avoid bad influences

and, if I might add, in spite of yourself.

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Two, Two, Two Posts in One

Mr Uriasposten’s reputation, for me anyway, as the Danish Instapundit is verified again with these two posts.

In this, the first, he is referencing (yet another instance of) the discussion about having to pay for permission to use a TV, a radio, and/or a computer in Denmark. As this law has roots going back nearly 100 years, it has reached the stage of a tradition around which most just accommodate themselves and look askance at those who want to change it. To wit:

Der er lidt Stockholmsyndrom over de store højrepartiers forhold til licensmedier. På den ene side vil de gerne være kritiske, men på den anden side tør de ikke rigtigt tænke udenfor boksen. Forklaringen er ligetil. Den gennemsnitlige danske vælger har i velfærdsstatens navn lært at elske sine undertrykkere, og det giver umiddelbart ingen stemmer at konfrontere nedarvede forestillinger.

or

The right-wing parties exhibit a bit of the Stockholm syndrome when it comes to the licensed media. On the one hand, they would like to be critical, but on the other hand, they don’t really want to think outside the box. The explanation is simple. The average Danish voter has, in the name of the welfare-state, learned to love its oppressors and it gives no immediate electoral benefit to confront inherited concepts.

Very astute. It also explains why the most recent budget agreement passed in the US makes no effort to cut spending. No one votes for less money to themselves.

Stockholmsyndrom2018

Perhaps a bit over-the-top with regards to the question of paying a TV license, but generally applicable for so many other themes.

This image accompanied the text; I don’t know from where it came, but I really like it.

Next, the second post, Mr Uriasposten comments on how the shopping carts from Danish shopping malls are disappearing in large numbers. Most shopping malls in Denmark are located such they are easily accessible to those who want/have to walk. Even with that Aldi-esque annoyance of renting a cart for some small amount, does not prevent this: når folk finder nogle pæne vogne, der kører godt, så tager de dem med op i deres lejligher (when people find some nice carts that drive well, they take them up to their apartments).

Et multikulturelt samfund er et samfund, hvor det er nødvendigt at lovgive om alt. Der er ikke fælles normer, og alt der ikke er naglet fast, vil forsvinde ud i parallelsamfundene.

or

A multicultural society is one where it is necessary to legislate everything. There are no common norms and everything that is not nailed down will disappear into the parallel societies.

My personal opinion about this is that while I agree with the point, these shopping carts don’t carry this argument as well as they might. Way back in the 70s and 80s, the problem of disappearing carts was manifest and for the same reasons. It was not then as serious as it is now, but this problem also has roots in the apathy of those who live in wealthy societies.

By the way, the title comes from an old Certs commercial (do a Youtube search on “two, two, two mints in one”).

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Social Status

This post came into view at a time when I was reading Scott Adam’s Winning Bigly. A lot of nickels fell, I hadn’t realized how many were stuck.

While the left wing continues winning arguments by not even having arguments at all, instead simply demonizing those who espouse any contrary position, the #SmartSet (citation required) of the establishment right continues believing, apparently earnestly and definitely ridiculously, that if they just out argue their political competitors, they’ll change minds.

They won’t. Or not enough to actually matter. Because most people don’t really care enough about these issues to really engage with them on an intellectual level; they just want to know what to claim to believe so that other people won’t think they’re weird, and deem them unfriendable, undatable, and poor candidates for promotion inside The Corporation.

Within minutes of reading the post above, two confirmations showed up… and then everything started looking like a nail (cuz I had a shiny new hammer).

The first from Instapundit:

The problem with the press, like many American institutions, is that its members prioritize virtue-signaling to their peers over the well-being of the institutions they’re responsible for.

And then one of the doyens of the Never Trump rightwing-establishment goes and proves the notions of baronets:

Today in the real world it’s the test of virtue and solidarity with the actual existing Left – emitting politically correct nonsense while knowing on some level that it is nonsense is an essential form of signaling.

A comment at Armed and Dangerous:

Klavan says that political correctness keeps people from saying things that are true, out of fear that they will be called racist, or some other form of bigot. He points out that the police in the English city of Rotherham allowed Pakistani Muslim gangs to rape and otherwise sexually exploit at least 1,400 non-Muslim English girls for years — and hesitated to do anything about it, out of fear of being thought racist. Klavan sees the same malign principle at work in the pile-on of Trump.

And even Mr Crunchy Conservative himself chimes in.

Update (20180216): As I’ve found since posting this, once you get Ace’s points in this regard, you see them confirmed everywhere. All the time.

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Activism

As seen by Thomas Sowell:

Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.

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More New Rules

Geez, as of late, if it weren’t for tweets, I wouldn’t have no posts at all. Anyway, the actual topic (Porter resignation) doesn’t really matter, next week it’ll just be different. Worth noting:

I thought the lesson of the Clinton years was that your personal behavior has nothing whatsoever to do with the discharge of your professional duties. The Left was quite clear about that.

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Th’ newspaper does ivrything f’r us

Don Surber wrote in an essay about things journalists get wrong, that the notion that the job of newspapers (the media) is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, is actually part of a sarcastic diatribe against newspapers:

Th’ newspaper does ivrything f’r us. It runs th’ polis foorce an’ th’ banks, commands th’ milishy, controls th’ ligislachure, baptizes th’ young, marries th’ foolish, comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable, buries th’ dead an’ roasts thim aftherward.

Journalism. It’s odd how with people as astute as Surber around that the net effect of “journalism” is such stupidity.

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Country Over Party or…


Brit Hume explains
:

Such an empty slogan. Sounds patriotic, but remember: the reason people join political parties is that they support what the party stands for, believing it’s best for the country. And parties are the vehicles by which people pursue their aspirations for the country.

The ensuing comments are not happy.

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The Left Hates You. Act Accordingly.

I’ve referenced this article before (it’s from February of 2017), but I have never really given it its full due. It’s a masterpiece.

Leftists don’t merely disagree with you. They don’t merely feel you are misguided. They don’t think you are merely wrong. They hate you. They want you enslaved and obedient, if not dead. Once you get that, everything that is happening now will make sense. And you will understand what you need to be ready to do.

And Trump?

Understand that when they call Donald Trump “illegitimate,” what they are really saying is that our desire to govern ourselves is illegitimate. Their beef isn’t with him – it’s with us, the normal people who dared rise up and demand their right to participate in the rule of this country and this culture.

Their religious fervor:

But all [leftists] agree – they have found the revealed truth, and imposing it upon the benighted normals like us is so transcendently important that they are relieved of any moral limitations. They are ISIS, except with hashtags instead of AKs, committed to the establishment of a leftist caliphate.

This sentence is what inspired me to write this post; it was reformulated as the Kurt Schlichter Doctrine

You wonder why the left is now justifying violence [basically anything]? Because they think that helps them right now. Today it’s suddenly OK to punch a “Nazi.” But the punchline is that anyone who opposes them is a “Nazi.”

It’s just another religion.

They are fanatics, and by not surrendering, by not kneeling, and by not obeying, you have committed an unpardonable sin. You have defied the Left, and you must be broken. They will take your job, slander your name, even beat or kill you – whatever it takes to break you and terrify others by making you an example. Your defiance cannot stand; they cannot allow this whole Trump/GOP majority thing to get out of control. They must crush this rebellion of the normal, and absolutely nothing is off the table.

There’s more. Including what we need to do.

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