November Revolution

liberty2by Glenn Fairman   11/9/16
Looking at the electoral map, it appeared to be a sea of blood. And perhaps this is a visceral metaphor for the anger rising up in the nostrils of the great unwashed. I certainly did not want Trump, and my vote for him was for the lesser of two evils. But as a wise philosopher once said, there is a cumulative wisdom in the common man who articulates the popular rage. Perhaps we don’t need the prim and polished politico with the mouth that butter would not melt in. Who knows how things will shake out? First Brexit, and now this. The world is battling a managerial elite that would turn us into puny subjects of a homogenous super state. If this reinvigorates our taste for liberty, then it will have been a revolution of inestimable value.

If we have learned anything from this, it is that the elites who man the towers of media have interests that diverge from our own. With luck, they will decline and never achieve the power they once had over the American mind. A healthy suspicion of their daily vomit is not an exercise in paranoia, but of manly prudence and common sense. In effect, their bleating is the cacophony of dwarves. Parse their spirit plainly, or better yet, shut the entire stench out of your lives and learn to think again as those who cherish liberty… watchers on the wall.

Glenn Fairman returns from the wilderness and writes from Highland, Ca.
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79 Responses to November Revolution

  1. Rosalys says:

    As usual, very well said, Mr. Fairman. It’s sort of what I was going for in It’s All About Us.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Speaking of the sea of red, the last I heard is that Clinton won the popular vote (or at least leads at the moment). It could be the only way for a Republican (to the extent that Trump is that) is via the electoral college.

    First Brexit, and now this. The world is battling a managerial elite that would turn us into puny subjects of a homogenous super state.

    I remain skeptical that Brexit will ever happen in any meaningful way and I remain skeptical that the bureaucracy and entitlements that threaten our liberty will be rolled back. It is enormously difficult to get rid of an entitlement or bureaucracy once created and in place for any duration of time.

    One can throw one’s strained peas at the wall from one’s highchair and wail and wail in ear-splitting fashion. The trick is in doing something other than just having a temper tantrum. The main problem with constructing anything (or deconstructing what needs to be deconstructed) is that, aside from his natural inclination towards east-coast liberalism, Trump is not an ideological character. And without a definite political philosophy guiding him, it’s reasonable to believe that all we’ll get is the rearrangement of deck chairs on the Titanic.

    Trump is the media elite who promises all us little people that he cares and will fix the system that is rigged against us. I’ll believe that when I see it.

    • Rosalys says:

      “…the last I heard is that Clinton won the popular vote…”

      I can’t take the popular vote too seriously, considering all the voter fraud going on. I read somewhere that Virginia allowed 60,000 convicts to vote, just about the same amount that Hillary won the state by. I won’t say that Republicans never pull any vote shenanigans, but it goes appear to be a particular talent of the left.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I was watching some state-by-state results last night. Some of the states (such as South Carolina) had yuge Trump margins of victory. The reverse was true for Hillary in many places.

        But they should seriously consider rescinding voting privileges for the District of Columbia which went something like 92% or higher for Clinton. That’s simply perverse.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          D.C. denizens get to vote, but D.C. does not have any electoral college vote. It must never get one.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            DC actually has 3 electoral votes. The 23rd amendment gives them these votes. They, however, have no vote in Congress. But they do have a “delegate” who is not allowed to vote.

            • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

              That is news to me. What a joke. Giving government employees the ability to vote for more government.

              Must have been thinking of Congressional representation.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Well, at least they didn’t extent the franchise to all people in D.C., living or dead. Not officially, anyway.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              The original DC was 100 square miles from MD and VA. The latter were returned to that state long ago, and the MD portion should be as well. Then they’d have the state/federal representation they want.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          the District of Columbia which went something like 92% or higher for Clinton. That’s simply perverse

          Sounds like vote totals publicized for the ruling party in the old USSR or Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

  3. Steve Lancaster says:

    It was over a year ago I said that standing in front of a mass movement is a bad idea. I do not know what Trump will do, but this is a legitimate political victory, and he has a mandate

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I agree he has a mandate. And that mandate is for Trump to be Trump. It will sure be amusing in the coming months and years. And if we’re pleasantly surprised that this man-child can be “managed” and reined in to act like a thoughtful and responsible adult, then great. I’ll be the first to applaud.

      And we might all get some emotional satisfaction from overcoming the media. Nothing is more fun than to watch these Stalinists squirm. But unless Mike Pence and other advisors/officials have somewhat extraordinary influence in the Trump administration, I can’t imagine anything other than chaos.

      • Steve Lancaster says:

        You don’t make the kind of money he has by being childish or managed. He is his own man and will make decisions that many of us will not like and some that we do, like any other president. Don’t buy in to the chorus of chaos coming from the progs.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Steve, I like to think that, as an experience conservative, I can see through the media spin. And I don’t think it’s media spin to say that Trump has an inherent mercurial streak. He will need “managing” in ways no other president has likely ever been managed if he is to be constructively successful.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            I face a Trump presidency with a distinct lack of enthusiasm. But I would have faced a Fire Witch presidency with horror, and I’m glad the GOP found someone who could break the rust belt firewall. I also mostly like the downballot results that I know of so far.

            • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

              My first reaction to Trump’s victory was, “I am happy Hillary lost, but sad he won.”

              We must hope he does some good, and do our best to make sure he does.

              As to downballot races, I believe the Republicans gained three governorships.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                They won 3, but North Carolina is too close to call. In the Senate, they lost Illinois with New Hampshire too close to call — much better than expected. At the state legislative level they made gains in Iowa and Minnesota as well as Kentucky (where they won a devastating victory to take the State House 64-36, even defeating the Speaker). But they suffered losses elsewhere, such as Nevada.

  4. Glenn Fairman says:

    To take a bit of gloss off the evening, California will continue to sink into the 3rd world mire it has destined for itself. It will demand background checks to purchase ammunition, and tax its smokers and wealthy ad infinitum, yet it will legalize recreational pot. Remember this as your taxes rise for bonds and your children are immersed in a Spanish based curriculum. But at least you can feel satisfied with carting around your own grocery bags as a salve to your conscience.

    Silly Californians had best begin their pilgrimage to the pot dispensaries as soon as possible. Having traded the labor of their forefathers for a diet of kale, sodomy, cheap (but ultimately ruinous) Mexican labor, and an unsustainable public employee system, The Golden State looks increasingly like iron pyrite. A people who have forgotten the first things of the abundant life will find that intoxicating images and substances are the only antidote for reality that will power them through their grey days of serfdom. California is 1000 miles long and half an inch deep. When the party’s over and the check is due, the rigged system will collapse like a Jenga tower and there will be no one left to maleducate your children or to blow smoke up your parched and sundrenched asses. So roll one for the road, because the night draweth near, and morning is a furtive tear in a dead man’s eye.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      LOL. Well said, Glenn. And just about everything you said applies to the Green State (Washington).

    • Rosalys says:

      All sane, normal people must leave the state at once. Then maybe we can just give California back to Mexico, and be done with the mess.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        One of the almost impossible challenges is reclaiming space (mind space or geographical space) given over to the “no limits” religion of liberalism.

        One of the big problems (with which conservatives and Christians have very unsuccessfully grappled) is in stating and selling a positive world view model in opposition to liberalism’s many kumbayesque promises (and sometimes realities, but realities always with a price).

        When Hillary called us “the party of no,” her mindless demagoguery still contained an element of accidental truth. It’s not enough to say “no” to the many outlandish ideas and claims of liberalism. One must clearly articulate and sell an alternative vision of society.

        And even if we do, it could be that society will not buy it. But one thing Trump’s candidacy can arguably be said to have demonstrated is that unless you sell something, no one even has a chance to buy it. Too many Republicans have sold little but an indistinguishable mush of semi-liberal, semi-conservative ideas that are ultimately as non-sequitur and useless as saying one is “a little bit pregnant.”

        Anyone who wishes to write a thoughtful article on how to sell an alternative to liberalism, as well as what would be on that alternative menu, is more than welcome to do so. But simply presenting a laundry list of grievances against the left (as is often the case) is not what I am talking about in this regard.

      • Rosalys says:

        Wow! Maybe we won’t have to kick them out!

        Of course I don’t really believe them. But I can dream, can’t I?

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      Now you know why I moved out 16 almost 17 years ago

  5. Glenn Fairman says:

    People are praising Obama on his call for unity and reconciliation. The left repeatedly do this when they are plowed underfoot. Yet, where was that middle ground when he had the funnel jammed down our throats and was forcefeeding us the dregs of Sodom and Marx? Where was that vaunted prudence when he defecated on the Spirit of Liberty for his twisted vision of a Post American world? Where was this passion for mercy when he bypassed the constitution to institute executive orders that were counter to the spirit of Main Street while sucking up to the tyrants and anti-semites of the Earth? Or in passing Obamacare under the filthy cloak of darkness?

    May your proud old grey head go down to Sheol in blood. Is that conciliatory enough for you?

    • Rosalys says:

      Correct as usual, Mr. Fairman. This is no time to be magnanimous toward this fake humility. They are serpents speaking with forked tongue, and are just trying to regroup.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      As my older brother noted this morning from his media watching, the left is basically saying once again, “We must be united…therefore you Republicans have to move left to make us feel better.”

      Trump, in my opinion, doesn’t have to travel very far to make that happen. But I’ll give him his due that I don’t think he’s the kind of namby-pamby type who is going to give a flying fart if Hillary voters are in tears over their dear female Stalinist’s defeat.

  6. Glenn Fairman says:

    When it all comes down to dust, the woman thing is just a mask for Progressive identity politics and the aggrandizing state. Surely, this show of weeping and wailing would not have been ritually performed for a conservative woman—which shows you how myopic and manipulative liberals are—even to their own selves. The best thing that could happen to them—-something they would never dream of —is to be thrust out into the frigid cold consequences of their ideas and to reap the full wrath of socialism.
    As long as collectivists live on the borrowed labor of others, evil capitalism will be the bogeyman that threatens their snowflake existence of artificial egalitarianism. The is no safe space in the world of unredeemed men.

    • Rosalys says:

      They could have had Sarah Palin. Instead they destroyed her (politically,) keeping up the the attacks for years beyond the election. But it’s not about the first woman president. It’s about keeping the satanic, Utopian dream alive.

  7. Glenn Fairman says:

    And as for Hillary, she is finished. There will be no political redemption for what she has done. Even her own syncophants knew that deep down she would not be their utopian savior. With serious health issues and alcoholism adding insult to her moral anomie, she will pass into infamy—choking on the blood of those that were placed in her care. They and America should have merited far better than the dregs of her own ruthless ambition.

    • Rosalys says:

      “And as for Hillary, she is finished.”


    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I was trying to be at least a *little* magnanimous. But it was on my mind that I expect the lifestyles and political gluttony of both Bill and Hillary to very much catch up with them. I don’t wish them ill health. But, goodness, it is what it is.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Couldn’t agree more. I believe we will soon see most of those around her will melt away like snow in the bright sun. Contributions to the Clinton Foundation will dry up like a drop of water on a hot stone.

      The Clintons no longer have anything to offer to the grasping greedy globalists, race mongers and other deplorables.

      I see no long-term possibilities because, unlike the Bushes and Kennedy’s, they have no progeny capable of carrying on the family business. Forget Chelsea.

      I suspect Rudy might be the next Attorney General. If so, I hope Trump will let him go after the corruption in the Justice Dept, which will then lead to the Clintons.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I do think the Clintons may be a spent force in terms of American politics. And yet they are the High Priests of the Religion of Leftism. And religions do not die so easily.

        We on the right tend to be short-sighted. We gain a victory and then declare “The barbarians have been vanquished.” But the barbarians did not exit toward the gate. They often gain renewed strength, if only in their self-declared martyrdom. Never is the cause more glorious for the Left than when they have lost a battle.

        I seriously doubt that Trump will pursue criminal charges against Clinton. One must not forget that these two people are of the same class and type. They will not actually eat their own, no matter the rough rhetoric during a campaign.

        And it’s doubtful that either Obama or Clinton will leave possible criminal charges to chance. He can pardon her (and himself if necessary). But if Rudy would go after the corruption in the Justice Dept. or wherever, there would then be a man never short of work to do.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        And not just DOJ. The IRS, EPA, and VA have much to answer for. Leavenworth should be filled with former bureaucrats.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          If Trump went after the corruption in these departments it would be a win-win. Not only would it be healthy for the departments, it would be a wonderful sign to the public that he means business about clean government. It is vital that the people regain confidence in the government. Of course, it is even more important that the government is in fact clean.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Agreed. And like him or hate him, Trump is in the somewhat unique position of being perceived as the outsider. I won’t quibble that he’s been a part of his own sort of establishment for decades now. The point is, he can go after the corruption and it has a good chance of being seen not as R-vs-D payback but as “draining the swamp.” We’ll see. The opportunity is there. Hide his Twitter account. Duct tape his mouth. Whatever it takes. The opportunity is there.

  8. Glenn Fairman says:

    One thing is certain, Trump will make mistakes, but he will never be as faithless and aloof as that poisoned sodomite who has blackened the name of America in the eyes of our friends and given succor to our enemies. There is no more loathsome stain of excrement fouling the American legacy than that traitorous and effeminate scourge: Barack Hussein Obama.

    • Rosalys says:

      Right on!

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      If “ifs” and “butts” were candies and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas. That is, I would be hard-pressed right now to articulate a rational and effective foreign policy in the face of the clusterf**k of the Middle East, the insane socialists of Europe, China, Korea, and the evil Putin. I won’t hold Trump to an impossible standard merely for my pound of ideological flesh. Any president will find present circumstances difficult.

      But one of the problems with Trump is his lack of political philosophy other than the strong man’s will to power. He might not do worse than Obama and Hillary (and Bush and Company). On the other hand, there is actually plenty of opportunity to do worse.

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      Its ok Glenn tell us what you really think

  9. Glenn Fairman says:

    And once again, the vaunted arab money that would have turned America into Beirut was on a shaky horse that dropped dead in the stretch from hoof and mouth. Truly it is said: They never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity……..

    • Rosalys says:

      Your on a roll, Glenn!

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      LMAO. Well…the pessimist in me will point out that the current election was not likely a repudiation of authoritarian Arab governments or Islam. But there are some days ahead of us. We shall see.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      the vaunted arab money that would have turned America into Beirut was on a shaky horse that dropped dead in the stretch from hoof and mouth.

      But it came too damn close. Cleaning out foreign money in our politics is an imperative.

      Trump has already said he will get a law passed which forbids anyone who has worked in the Executive Branch of our government from lobbying for any foreign government. A good first step.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Any Trumpsters out there (and I’m serious about this) who wish to keep a running total of the Executive Orders and other acts that make such reforms as Mr. Kung noted (and/or that Mr. Trump promised) should do so. We should have a scorecard, both to give credit where credit is due and to make sure we’re not floating on the fumes of delusion about what he hopes to do but, darn it, just never got around to it for one reason or another.

  10. Glenn Fairman says:

    Perhaps there is a smidgen of hope when the power of an idea still holds sway over the possession of a vagina………

  11. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    An interesting article on the Trump victory through the lens of FDR’s legacy.

  12. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    The latest numbers which I read indicate that Trump received 10% more votes than Clinton.

    In Collin County, not one Democrat won any office. Not even Constable or Tax-Collector.

  13. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    An interesting article from NRO which shows that Trump would have likely beaten Obama in 2012.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Iateresting. I doubt it would actually have worked that way, especially that razor-thin margin in Pennsylvania.

      Incidentally, Trump currently stands at 290 electoral votes, having been called the winner in Arizona. He barely leads in Michigan and Clinton in NewHampshire. Kelly Ayotte trails by a few hundred, and wimped out hy conceding and agreeing not to call for a recount.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        I am not totally convinced of the article’s conclusions, but I do believe the thesis is one which can be reasonably argued. More importantly, it is goes someway to removing some of the aura from the Obamanation’s 2012 win. Romney was a very bad candidate.

        I wonder if Ayotte knew it was time to leave. Having crossed Trump, I suspect she would have little influence in future government policy. In any case, she votes like a Democrat so perhaps she will change parties. Or maybe she was just bought off. During last night’s coverage, I believe I heard something like $100 million was spent on the N.H. Senate race. If this is true, it is insane. Maybe she thought it a good idea to take some of what’s left and run.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Romney was a very bad candidate.

          I haven’t read the article yet. But surely one thing Republicans can learn from Trump is to go on the offensive instead of apologizing for every slander thrown their way. This may sound nasty, but I hope one of the first things Trump does is find some dirt on Paul Ryan so that he is ousted as Speakers so that they can get a real leader in the House.

          I have grave doubts that Trump has the wisdom, skill, or attention span to pursue the kinds of policies that are any more complicated than just signing an Executive Order. But if he assembles a good team (I love your idea of Rudy as Attorney General), and he lets these people do their jobs, he could be an effective president.

          But if he gets bogged down by his natural inclination to be petty and vindictive, the Democrats will be living rent free in his mind for the next four years. I think Kellyanne Conway is likely the true hero of this story, doing what previous campaign managers could not: get Trump to act like something other than an oaf. I hope she remains a key advisor.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            I think Kellyanne Conway is likely the true hero of this story, doing what previous campaign managers could not: get Trump to act like something other than an oaf. I hope she remains a key advisor.

            I agree with you.

            I believe Conway has had, as you would say, the traditional civilizing effect on Trump.

            I have no doubt Trump has grabbed a lot of “pussy” and chased a lot of skirts. But I also have no doubt that the pussy he grabbed and skirts he chased gave the signal that they wanted to be chased, or were at least willing to negotiate the possibility in some sort of Quid Pro Quo.

            But after having watched Trump for many months now, I suspect he has an old-fashioned side to him where he will treat “ladies” with great deference and respect.

            I would bet Kellyanne was one of the few people on his team to whom he would be deferential, as she is a lady who handles herself properly. I think most men have an incredible weakness for such women and are willing to give them time they would not give another man.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Conway was the first woman to run a campaign — and she struck gold on the first try. Note that Trump has a good record on his treatment of women in his business (and pays them better than Hillary does).

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                I don’t think Trump was a groper or abuser of women. I think he is/was in the same category as Major League baseball players for whom women line up to give themselves to the players at the various road bars and hotels. I doubt that Trump forced himself on anyone. But I think a lot of women threw themselves at this rich celebrity and that he was very very good at understanding which pussies he could at least figuratively “grab.”

                I believe that Trump burned through a couple campaign managers (men) before the success of Conway. I’m guessing, but I think it’s a reasonable guess, that this hyper-competitive alpha male finds it very difficult to be told by other males (outside of his family) what to do. I think it took a woman to be able to reach him. And because Kellyanne Conway is a reasonably attractive woman, I think that helped as well.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                And because Kellyanne Conway is a reasonably attractive woman, I think that helped as well.

                No doubt it helped a lot that she was not a harridan.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                No doubt it helped a lot that she was not a harridan.

                Could someone please furnish the lyrics to a parody song substituting “harridan” for “Harrigan”? I’m sure it would go viral. Or at least relieve constipation.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                Never underestimate the value of being attractive in a woman. It’s no accident that so many of my favorite singers are women who happen to be attractive.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Which reminds me (speaking of attractive women), I found an old Petula Clark album in the old homestead (Petula Clark Sings for Everybody). I’ve been meaning to give that a spin on my nice-quality Pioneer PL-500 turntable. It’s unlikely I’ll ever actually be able to give Dame Clark a spin nor would I treat her as such. My loss for (although it’s highly politically incorrect to say), you never know what some girls want until you try. I hazard to guess Trump has tried and succeeded more often than not.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                I believe Petula Clark Sings for Everybody is the same album I have under the title The World’s Greatest Hits. which begins with “Never on Sunday” and ends with “Hello, Dolly”, and includes “The Boy from Ipanema” as well as the haunting “I Who Have Nothing”.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                It’s a different list of songs on this album, Timothy, although it has a “promotional copy” sticker on it. (My father used to work at a radio station for a while.) A subsequent release could have been different. I’ll give you the track listings if I get a chance.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              I completely agree with your analysis of the Conway and Trump dynamic and wrote what I wrote in reply to Timothy before I read what you wrote. Another case of “great minds think alike.” 🙂

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                Must be “Mind Meld”.

                One positive point I am hearing is that Conway may become Trump’s Chief of Staff. I think that would be great. She could have a very calming effect on the Donald.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Chief of staff would be a very effective position if our analysis of her is in the ballpark.

  14. Glenn Fairman says:

    Snowflake Tantrums

    When the education of the children is left to the state, and moral training has gone fallow in the hearts of the young; when appetites and amusements are laid before them as if they were princelings beholding to no authority but their own; when the lodestone of goodness becomes a wholly subjective enterprise, then look out before you and gaze upon a generation immersed in the foolishness of their own tyrannical desire — where nothing is sacred or holy or worthy of honor, save their own unremitting hunger for a childish dream for which they will not be denied.

    Having been bewitched with the lie that their political adversaries are evil incarnate, they tilt their gaunt rage at windmills for whom they will grant no quarter. Bastards of their own weakness, will they not commit the laws of their fathers to the flames because that abstract perfection of grim equality, that is denied all flesh, cannot be lifted from the earth?

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      where nothing is sacred or holy or worthy of honor, save their own unremitting hunger for a childish dream for which they will not be denied.

      It is important that we have good and wise leaders. I hope Trump proves to be one of those, which I think can only be the case if he delegates a lot of authority to good staff and officers while he joyrides on Air Force One.

      That said, I was listening to an author on NPR earlier this evening who was talking about a recent book in which he noted that politics in America has become like a religion — analogous to the Sunni/Shia split in Islam. That he said this on the purveyor of thick blue kool-aid, NPR, and that the host made no comment, was interesting. (Okay….I chuckled to myself while listening to this.)

      It’s a reminder not to be rope-a-doped into the cultural Punch-and-Judy game that is precisely set up (or at least promulgated) by our supposed betters in order to manipulate us. And when they see that they so easily can, that we play the country bumpkin (or the city slicker libtard), why should they stop their game?

      We cannot “take back our country” until we take back our own sense of proportionality. I’m glad Hillary is out of office, but either way my life would go on. To inflate her into a witch (although “bitch” is more than okay) is to be rope-a-doped. There are legions of sad-sack, feeble, ignoble, and/or weak-minded emotionally fragile people in mourning today on the Left. (And…Jesus H. Christ, there seem to be more than a few sore winners amongst the Trumpkins.)

      I tell you the absolute truth that when Obama beat McCain, I had a bounce in my step the next day (while my liberal California friend — we no longer are friends — was even crankier the day after). The result was what it was, but I consider it pathetic to define myself by a president (unless that president is Washington or Lincoln, of course…and maybe Reagan).

      We’ve just got to grow the hell up. If you want things to change, work for it, but don’t pout when you don’t get your way. Redouble your efforts if need be.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Among the stations I watched last night was NPR. The whole crew, including the so-called Republican commentators were quite muted.

        Judy Woodruff got irritated when she asked one Republican guest to explain Trump’s accusation that the election was rigged and he said the polls were dishonest as well as the media. (He was not so direct) She tried to get him to mute his comments, but he didn’t.

        This happened again tonight when a group of people were asked about the election. Someone wondered how Trump could be elected after all the nasty things he had said about various groups.

        One guest, a conservative talk-show, host called them on this point. And went into the litany of things Hillary and her crew had said about us deplorables, Catholics, Evangelicals and some others.

        He pointed out that the media was not diverse as they claimed, but monolithic and biased. Woodruff got irritated and basically asked how/on what basis he could say that? He said he had been part of the msm having been a journalist for a large newspaper and then TV station (I blv). He then pointed out the fact that virtually everyone employed by the msm was a liberal who had the same prejudices as Hillary.

        In the last couple of days, I have seen a few people break out of the P.C. straight jacket and speak the truth. This is good and necessary. And for the right to have any success, it must be continued, on TV. I doubt most Americans read much so to expand truth telling on broadcast media is important.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          This happened again tonight when a group of people were asked about the election. Someone wondered how Trump could be elected after all the nasty things he had said about various groups.

          That’s actually a good and reasonable thought. And perhaps, Mr. Kung, that question is tinged with a bit of jealousy, even admiration. Remember (as I know you do), these people have to live in the Stalinesque world where one wrong word could get you fired and ruin your whole social standing. It must therefore be truly baffling and amazing to these people to see a man who brags about grabbing pussy (amongst other blunt statements) breeze to the presidency.

          They all live in a stilted and confining world of political correctness. Myself, I think people (voters) judged Trump by a different standard. He was seen as a media star or personality. And the rules and expectations are just different. And as Rush Limbaugh said, Trump has been in the spotlight for decades so he’s a known quantity. It’s as if Howard Stern were to run for the Senate. He may or may not win. He may or may not be the kind of person any sane electorate would want representing them in the Senate. But few would be shocked to learn that he had engaged in “locker room” talk.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            That’s actually a good and reasonable thought.

            It would be a good thought except it is hypocritical. The Left and MSM either don’t perceive their hypocrisy or they are lying to us.

            The masses (at least some large portion of such) have noted this for years now and are finally so fed up with this that they are calling both on this fault.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              It would be a good thought except it is hypocritical. The Left and MSM either don’t perceive their hypocrisy or they are lying to us.

              I was speaking, of course, from an Orwellian perspective. I think we conservatives have a general grasp of the psychology and group dynamics of oppressive Leftist regimes. What happens to some extent is that people become habitually alienated from their own emotions, thoughts, and reason. We often forget that this is what “political correctness” is about. It’s about the authoritarians on the Left getting people (with unstated coercion as a backdrop) to self-censor themselves.

              This can becomes so regular that I do believe people lose site of the fact that they have been programmed. So in regards to surprise at Trump winning despite being so politically incorrect (or at least vulgar), I think there is some true surprise and consternation there, even a subliminal envy. As much as we on the right often restrict ourselves to our own kind to Two Minute Hate toward the media, one can have some sympathy for the awful cage they continue to build for themselves…but little sympathy for their attempts to stuff us into the same cage.

              I despise Hillary. I agree with my older brother that she and Bill and many others ought to be in jail as a visible example of cleaning up the corruption. I think the Clinton Foundation alone warrants this. But I don’t sit behind the keyboard with raging hate against these people. To do so is simply to get trapped in the daily drama and become a useful idiot for the right.

              Nor do I hate Trump because he’s such a loose cannon and emotional child. But I do think he will have to be carefully handled and managed by his staffers and aids if he is not to be a four-year wreck. I put the odds at 25% that he will be impeached (but not necessarily convicted) before the end of his term. I think we are living in some interesting times.

              And I find it difficult to gauge what “the masses” have said about this election. That Trump won against Hillary suggests that any warm body would have eked out a victory. Trump did so despite himself. The “masses” may be angry but that and 10 cents still won’t buy you a cup of coffee or a solution to our problems. The “masses” have rightly rejected Hillary, if only because of her corruption (although most in America likely agree with her Progressive ideology). But the “masses” seemed to be acting more like a petulant child than the kind of people who rise up and throw off their masters. We’ll see. Many fireworks to come, I’m sure.

        • Steve Lancaster says:

          I do not mind a partisan media, what I object to is the fiction that they are sooooooo non-partisan. In the 19th century the press was just as partisan, but they were up front about it. You knew what you were getting with a Hurst Newspaper, there was no pretense of objectiveness.

          The beauty of what trump did was making them cover him more than any republican ever has, billions of dollars of free coverage all the time hoping that he would say something so outrageous to make any idea of his election impossible. In fact what it did was ensure his path to the WH.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Steve, I couldn’t agree more. All I want them to do is be honest about being dishonest. And your historical perspective is welcome. From what I’ve read, having a completely partisan press (it used to be centralized in specific newspapers) is no new thing. But I think (maybe) people back then understood that “this” was a Democrat newspaper and “that” one was a Republican one, etc.

            Still, one pines for integrity in all walks of life, including journalism. Hopefully what we do here, while opinionated, is not dominated by kool-aid. My aim is for a frank, fair, and proportionate analysis (when we do such things and I caution against getting one’s panties in a bunch over the daily drama) of the day’s events. And to do so, one must have good information to begin with which is not so easy to gain in this culture that has seen it fit to honor disinformation and half-truths as a norm.

            The “plan” regarding the media (to the extent that they have a plan) was to promote The Donald because he was perceived as the easiest Republican to beat. It’s unclear whether groupthink or behind-the-scenes coordination is responsible for this (probably both to some extent). It’s indeed funny how that backfired on them.

            By the way, I try to keep an even-keel about all this, but it’s hard not to despise punks such as Michael Stipe of REM. What a kool-aid-drinking creep. Geez, when you feel sorry for Alec Baldwin, you know you’ve got a crazy outlier.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              It’s pretty hard to be honest about being a liar, but one can be honest about being partisan. Note that it was a Democrat reporter who exposed Rev. Burchard’s reference to the Democrats’ being the party of “rum, Romanism, and rebellion” (and the failure of Blaine to rebuke him).

  15. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    It’s pretty hard to be honest about being a liar, but one can be honest about being partisan.

    Timothy, given Trump as the president-elect and the reality of him (I don’t think it’s time to gloss over this reality, as succinctly grasped by Mona Charen), one can be somewhat sympathetic to the news readers who live inside their clean, well-paid bubble stocked with the finest foods, the nicest clothes, and swank places to live and be seen. The “masses,” after all, did vote in an oaf of a man for whom the jury is necessarily still out.

    If we don’t want to be dismissed by the elites, there’s a certain amount of introspection that is required. First off, we ought not to act like a rabble. And with the election of Trump, we have to some extent as, even now, we are surrounded by sore losers for whom it is not enough that we acknowledge the victory of Trump. We must, I guess, also kiss his ring. We’ll see how this all works out. With the right advisors, and a humble attitude by Trump (even though this goes completely against character), he could be a good president.

    But that won’t happen by just letting the kid romp loose in the candy store. It will take a Conway or someone to discipline this natural oaf. But the presidency has changed many a man. The basic story of all heroes is the needs of the urgent moment changing a man as he either rises to meet the challenge or does not. As they say, adversity doesn’t make character, it reveals it. We’ll see.

    But, good golly, if I’m sitting inside the media bubble, I must be tickled pink to have such a media-friendly star such as Trump in the oval office. It was required by the media to praise Obama even though he was his own kind of blunt oaf and, at best, talked in canned phrases suitable for Kindergartners. His “soaring” rhetoric was only soaring if people looked at each other with fear of being called a racist and agreed that it was soaring. But to you or I his speeches were not only thin but comically cynical and and destructively acidic.

    With Trump they will be getting a professional at media-worthiness. They will love castigating him, but they’ll never be able to take their eyes off of him.

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