Thursday, November 30, 2017
Accountability - Elected Officials Edition
Which is to say, what you’re about to watch is a civic catastrophe with Clyburn as the effect, not the cause. It's possible, even likely, that Moore will win; it's possible, even likely, that if Conyers's district held a snap referendum today on whether he should continue to hold his seat despite the harassment allegations against him, he'd win with 85 percent of the vote. Accountability is a casualty of tribalism and Americans of all political stripes have turned exceedingly tribal. "This was the national argument we had in 1998, and it was settled in [Bill] Clinton's favor," writes Ben Shapiro. "Character doesn't matter. Only agenda does." Correct, and you're looking at the wages of that here. Public outrage can reach the rich, the famous, and the powerful but it no longer reaches the people who ostensibly work for the public. We've created a kakistocracy.
Monday, October 30, 2017
What happens when there are no doctors?
Compare health care with education. Public schools are essentially single-payer education systems within the areas they cover. When was the last time we heard anyone argue that public schools are a great tool for containing education costs? When has Bernie Sanders or any Democrat called for the government to push down teacher salaries in order to save money? Any suggestion that teachers should be paid less is met with the obvious counter-argument that teaching quality would suffer. And yet single-payer health care, which comes with the explicit promise to pay doctors less, is supposed to reduce costs without reducing quality. By what magic?Perhaps we should set up a similar system for lawyers.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Tear it down!
And, of course, the Democratic Party has to go. The party that tirelessly defended slavery, refused to accept defeat after the Civil War, employed the Ku Klux Klan as its militant arm, and enforced segregation for nearly a century after the war ended, should disband in shame. Many of its leading politicians-former Klansman Robert Byrd, William Fulbright (no more Fulbright scholarships), Richard Russell (we have to rename the Russell Senate Office Building), Sam Ervin, and many more-were proud racists and segregationists. Such a party should no longer be permitted to exist.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
We are awash in the spirit of the mob and mob violence. It feels something like the defining feature of the present moment. The true home of such mob violence is on the left and embodied, for example in the forces of Antifa. These forces have been abetted and indulged by authorities on the left. We need to plant a flag of principled resistance.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
The U.S. limits legal immigration. If one person is granted legal status, typically it is at the expense of someone else who wanted it, at least in theory.
I've never understood how it is in America's interest to grant legal status to Muslims [sic] immigrants instead of non-Muslims with similar skills. Listening to Sarsour's remarks convinces me that doing so is not in our interest.
Health Care Repeal?
Got that? The Republicans are repealing health care. Apparently health care was nonexistent until 2010. And Pelosi doesn’t mention the millions who had health insurance, but lost it because of Obamacare.I really wish everyone would be more careful about distinguishing between health care and how we pay for health care when discussing this issue.
Brought to you by Democrats
Liberals love to talk about slavery. In fact, kids who go to public schools could get the impression that the only thing that happened in American history between 1600 and 1964 was slavery. Unfortunately, involuntary servitude is long gone, the Republican Party having disposed of it by brute force. So now, apparently, we need a fantasy to bring it back so liberals can pretend they are as heroic as the Republicans of 150 years ago.
This is old, but still worth posting. From the BBC:
But Ms Linde told the Aftonbladet newspaper that she was not willing to break Iranian law. She said that since the only other option would be to send an all-male delegation, she was required to wear a headscarf.Um...how about not doing a trade deal with barbarians? More here and here.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.-President Calvin Coolidge
(First posted on July 6, 2011.)
Friday, June 30, 2017
College administrators love to look busy by doing useless things and often they rope in those on campus who have better things to do than to go along with their notions. One of those notions is that everyone must undergo "training" for lefty enthusiasms like diversity and Title IX compliance.
Worst Idea Ever
And thus we return to our often repeated lesson which everyone should be taking away from the unfolding chaos in Venezuela. This is how socialism ends. This is how socialism always ends. We are now entering the phase of the game where the true face of the monster is revealed and we move from marching and chants to bullets and blood. God help all the citizens of Venezuela.