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on: July 22, 2017, 08:27
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In A Column Most People Will Hate: We are the Real Reason Politics is Screwed Up in America, John Hawkins writes:

We blame the media, but we CREATE the media. Liberals want to hear anti-conservative propaganda; so that’s what they get. Conservatives reward people who lie to us and worse yet, people who hate us. So much of what has gone wrong with our country from the conservative perspective comes down to that old saying, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Liberals are loud; we are quiet. The Washington Post pisses us off, but we don’t cancel our subscriptions. Hollywood stars come out against everything we stand for, but we keep watching their movies. Colleges openly work to brainwash our kids to hate everything we believe in and we send them there anyway. We might as well wear “Kick Me” signs.

At the end of the day, most Americans love snark more than wisdom and they would much rather be entertained than informed, catered to rather than challenged.  That’s why we have the culture we do, the media we do and the politicians we do. If we change ourselves, then all those things will change, too. Cross your fingers, but don’t hold your breath.

What we “did” about it was vote for Trump. In Trump, Party of One, Jonah Goldberg quotes Ben Shapiro:

All of which suggests that Trump isn’t the engine, he’s the hood ornament for a certain movement that now feels liberated from traditional rules of decent behavior. Trump allows us to indulge our id and feel righteous while doing it. We grew up believing that decent behavior made you a decent person — but then we realized that breaking the rules not only makes victory easier, it’s more fun than having to struggle with the moral qualms of using moral means to achieve moral ends. So we’ve constructed a backwards logic to absolve ourselves of moral responsibility. The first premise: The other side, which wants bad things, cheats and lies and acts in egregious ways.

He also quotes Kevin Williamson:

Americans and Republicans, remember: You asked for this. Given the choice between a dozen solid conservatives and one Clinton-supporting con artist and game-show host, you chose the con artist. You chose him freely. Nobody made you do it.

It’s not just a quibble that we were never presented with a “dozen solid conservatives.” Maybe one (Ted Cruz). Still, we did choose the Clinton-supporting con artist and game-show host, and we chose him freely. We, the electorate, are the major part of this problem.

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Post Re: Blame Us
on: July 22, 2017, 10:04
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most Americans love snark more than wisdom and they would much rather be entertained than informed, catered to rather than challenged. That’s why we have the culture we do, the media we do and the politicians we do.

We at ST have been saying these things for a long time. In fact, I believe we have been saying these things longer than most "conservative" pundits.

To be redundant, the Obamanation and Trump are merely manifestations of the sickness pervading our country. That is why I am so pessimistic about America's future.

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on: July 22, 2017, 11:31
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This "squeaky wheel" business is why business seems to lean left (of course, quite often they really do. Leftists will talk of boycotts when displeased, and conservatives by contrast are generally decent. The boycotts are usually harmless in reality, but the businesses would rather not take the chance.

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on: July 23, 2017, 11:29
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To be redundant, the Obamanation and Trump are merely manifestations of the sickness pervading our country.

Ditto, Mr. Kung. And I think Shapiro said it well when he noted that “Trump allows us to indulge our id…” We’ve become a vulgar, thoughtless people, more interested in motion than where we are going. The comments section under even thoughtful conservative articles around the web gives evidence to the “little monsters” we often talk about finally becoming the majority.

We can be sure now that the vast majority of conservatism is not a reform movement. Most who identify as conservative are either liars, posers, opportunists, or just complainers. It’s time to admit the left has won and won decisively. Where we go next would make an interesting discussion. But I won’t post pictures of guns and bacon on Facebook and pretend that this is somehow a creed and effective action.

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on: July 24, 2017, 07:19
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To coin an over used phrase, "Mega Dittos", Mr. Kung, et al.

For you Brad, (I cannot figure out how to post a picture so I will give you the punch line.)

LGBT???

Does that stand for Liquor, Guns, Bacon and Tits?

Happy Birthday Brad.

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Post Re: Blame Us
on: July 24, 2017, 11:55
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Thanks, Pat. I don't drink, but I generally love guns, bacon, and gazongas.

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on: August 5, 2017, 14:51
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As much as I dislike Trump, he must be doing something right to get the blow-back mentioned in the below-linked article.

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/345404-federal-employees-step-up-defiance-of-trump

Getting rid of bureaucrats in a timely manner is one of the best things he can do to help the country.

As for that idiot Coast Guard admiral, I would give him the order and bring him before a court-martial if he did not follow the directive or resign.

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on: August 5, 2017, 16:17
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"They love him for the enemies he has made." Trump hasn't done much to clear the swamp, but the swamp certainly has gone after him full force. Sadly, most have chosen defiance rather than resignation.

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