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November 16, 2016

Anti-Trump Protests: Searching for A Method to The Madness

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 9:30 am

The year was 2000, and Maximum Rock-n-Roll editorialized that there is no difference between Al Gore and George W Bush. Both candidates were defenders of the existing order, and in MMR’s view the system was rotten. W’s election, the radicals reasoned, might even be preferable because, unlike Gore, he was a self-proclaimed conservative, which gives kids a reason to rebel, which is better for rock-n-roll.

Then 9/11 happened, then the War in Iraq, and MRR subscribers poured out onto the streets and joined the anti-war protests. While it’s doubtful that any of it was good for rock-n-roll, which for the most part remained rather dull during the Bush presidency, they certainly had fun.

Leftists don’t necessarily make winning elections a priority. They prefer to think of themselves as beautiful losers; they romanticize opposition. In their worldview, people on the streets have the power to force historical change. They remember that in the last half a century Richard Nixon was the best presidents for their cause.  On the surface, Nixon was  law and order, elected on the backlash against the People like themselves. And yet Tricky Dick gave them a lot of what they wanted both domestically and internationally (think withdrawal from Vietnam and the EPA). And, oh, did the left have fun protesting!

The hard left will vote for a candidate if he’s in full agreement with their zeitgeist, like a younger, overeducated black man whose only long-term job was that of a community organizer. And yet, even after the war in Iraq, they will not compromise themselves by voting for the wife of a former centrist president who was recently in charge of the State Department.  It’s easy to laugh at superficiality of it all, but look at it from another perspective: the left deserves credit for refusing to vote for their corrupt crony.

Who is Donald Trump anyway? A tacky, crooked perhaps billionaire with little discernible policy agenda whose favorite daughter’s federal maternity leave proposal was met with applause at the RNC.

The jokes about the thin-skinned septuagenarian write themselves. His never-ending flirtation with the alt-Right makes him a perfectly legitimate object of resentment.  The Left will go to town opposing Trump.  They are the maestros of the Hamilton Rule.

The kids protesting the president-elect are not necessarily Hillary voters.  In blue states like California, New York and Oregon, the states most affected by riots, a vote for Hillary was a wasted vote.  There was never a doubt that she was going to win there.  If they went to the polls at all, they probably pulled the lever for Stein.

I’m not sure how much individual protesters understand about the goals of their movement.  There is, no doubt, a grass roots anger about Trump.  Directing this anger are community organizers, of course, as the ready availability of pre-printed signs suggests. There is a method to the madness.

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I bet the organizers are prepping a grass roots movement for the entire presidential term. Step one is to let a sense of illegitimacy set in. There are plenty of reasons to feel that Trump is not their president. International and domestic  spy agencies played a role in this election. There is a feeling that voter suppression took place in North Carolina and Wisconsin. Although the ballots are still being counted, it looks like Clinton won the popular vote by over a million and a half ballots.  Vast swaths of the left-leaning America will never accept Trump.

He won the electoral college on a razor-thin margin in a four key states. The GOP has the control of both chambers, but it’s very narrow in the Senate. Suppose The Donald attempts to appoint an originalist to SCOTUS. Originalists themselves are highly skeptical of such a turn of events. Suppose he does; Democrats threaten filibuster, protests break out: “Not my president!” “Pussy grabs back!”  Trump turns around “Sorry guys, I have to compromise” and appoints a moderate with a fascist bent. Evangelicals, who during the election were told that their salvation depends of voting for Trump, swallow hard.

Amnesty is a key issue for the protesters.  While it was always doubtful that Trump will build the wall and deport illegals, he didn’t waste a minute after the election to start walking back his promises. The ink is still wet on the ballots, the chads are still hanging, but he already talks about “the wall” being a fence, and deporting 2-3 million with criminal record, or about the same as Obama.

Mexican flag-wavers will get what they want. Just watch. Alt-Right might be slightly upset of course, but presently their goal is to grow their movement. They intend to take care of the untermensch later, via a race war.

Likewise, there is a talk of Democrats mobilizing to save Obamacare:

Trump was originally a supporter of Obamacare who said during the presidential debate that he would prefer single payer.

I, for one, would like to see the Tea Party conservatives to regroup and oppose the Republican president whose proposed trillion dollar infrastructure spending is already dubbed Trumpulus. If you opposed Obama for reasons other that he is our first black president, please raise your hand. We were successful in putting breaks on Obama’s big government agenda (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!) because Obama’s second term was pretty much a bust. We are also on the verge of a Constitutional Convention. It would be a shame to allow Donald Trump to highjack the Republican Party now, after all our hard won victories.

October 9, 2013

Break out The Bubbly!

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:58 pm

H/t El Rushbo: Baracka’s approval rating is currently at 37%.  I once mentioned that our household was planning to celebrate ‘Bamser’s popularity falling below 40% with champagne, and finally the day has come.  Why the One is going out of fashion faster than randomly assembled bright colored cloths held together by a boob belt is anyone’s guess.  It could be the Obamacare roll-out fiasco, the park closure theater, his generously-butted wife putting schoolchildren across the fruited planes on grass and water diet or simply the plebs finally getting tired of his likeness.

And yet, being the guardian of climate stability, O did part seas, as promised at the hour of his anointment.  Or so it seems — because, did you know that it’s already snowing in the Sierras?  Patron saint of Alpine skiing, he.

Granted, everyone in the federal government, tasked with overseeing notoriously ungovernable citizens, is unpopular at this moment.  But, being a bit of an anarchist on account of my Tea Party sympathies, I’m not troubled by that.  Destroy!

[BTW, DH has counted 17 dog whistles in this post. A new record!]

December 30, 2012

Pity The Loving Niece

A Slate contributor found it difficult to admit regret about not having had children (via Instapundit).  But then she concludes:

OPC. Other People’s Children. Rent not buy. I have the best of both worlds, a long-term care policy, a retirement fund, and a deal with a loving niece—you make sure that I’m in a nice place that doesn’t rip me off and takes care of me if it comes to that, and you get the trust. Everyone wins. We love her. She loves us. We trust her.

So the niece, one of two children of the contributor’s sole sibling, is now trusted with care of not only her parents, presumably still alive, but an auntie who refused to raise a progeny.  No word if the niece has/wants to have children and how she will balance her own family with attending to two sets of elderly relatives?

Speaking of children, my uncle forwards a bit of Russian emigre humor in re Russia’s ban on American adoption:

the three sisters

The title above reads “The Three Sisters”, like the Chekhov play. The message on the bottom left: “The two younger ones were adopted by Americans”. On the bottom right: “But I am the lucky one — I dwell in the Motherland!”

For all of you skeptics, the demotivational is not at all over the top.  A Russian woman whose sisters were adopted would looks like the one in the poster.  And she probably has a few of her own in the country’s sad orphanages.

I’m on the edge of my seat watching the 11th hour fiscal cliff negotiations on TV.  If we will go off the cliff, our taxes will go up, you see, so our hard-working representatives in DC are working overtime trying to negotiate tax hikes to pay for whatever that is they want to spend.

California is so other people’s money hungry, Prop 13 is on the table.  But there is hope.  For real.  Bakersfield is developing oil, and unemployment is dropping there.  There is so much oil in Cali, that if we get over ourselves (and our environmentalists) and start drilling, we can develop a welfare state to rival  Saudi Arabia’s.  To bad we busy ourselves developing a  “Homeless Bill of Rights”.

Elsewhere on the web, Leslie Eastman gives Tea party New Year’s Resolutions.  She has some excellent links with practical suggestions (enjoy the decline, protect yourself from Obamacare).  It’s not unlikely that people on the right, the pick yourself by the shoestring, make the best of a bad situation, help your neighbor types, will probably coast through the age of Obama.  His supporters — not so much.

Read a Zionist super-rino story at Maggie’s Notebook.  And speaking of Israel, on corporate level Trader Joe’s appears to be indifferent to calls to boycott Israel.  After repeated vandalism and customer intimidation, their Castro Street store in San Francisco created a display showcasing some Israeli products.  I recognize (and highly recommend) the Israeli couscous.

DH got me the new Camille Paglia’s book for Hanukkah.  Paglia wrote the book to promote fundamental understanding of the arts, something that the American educational system failed to do.  It gets worse.  Today, the “common core standards” adopted by 46 states favor non-fiction over literature.  And by “non-fiction” educational system bureaucrats mean bureaucratic drivel.

I am honored to be included in Citizen Tom’s list of the best of 2012.  It’s an impressive round up of small blogs, go read it.

Circling back to Russia, The People’s Cube has Soviet accident prevention posters — I remember a few of these.

July 22, 2012

Aurora Massacre: Not Lone Gunman?

Filed under: politics, society — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 12:40 am

A second person of interest is sought in connection with Aurora massacre.  So it’s not work of a lone nut?

I saw The Other McCain reporting yesterday that the suspect James Holmes might have been involved in Black Bloc.  I commented that Holmes is likely insane, and if #Occupy had anything to do with this murder at all, it’s that they probably encouraged Holmes to self-medicate.  That police is looking for a person of interest doesn’t mean that the horrific event was a work of #Occupy — or that it was somehow politically motivated — and what we are learning about Holmes seems to confirm that he was crazy.  Even if he is a lone nut, it will be interesting if he will turn out to be connected to #Occupy and not the Tea Party as per Brian Ross.

UPDATE: The shooter described himself as “middle of the road” politically.

June 7, 2012

Hope for The East Bay

Filed under: Bay Area politics, politics — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 5:30 pm

The city of Alameda sits on an island between Oakland and San Francisco, and is a former home of a Navy base.  Since the base closed two decades ago, it became swarmed with hipsters, who evidently, go there to breed (provided they are too lazy to move to the Pacific North-West) and lesbians who settle to pop out babies.  A few years ago, Alameda Unified School District made it to Fox News for mandating sex ed in elementary school under the guise of anti-bullying.  Although some old-timers are pretty darn conservative, Alameda politics have been of the deep blue variety for quite some time.

In March 2011, Alameda scrambled just enough votes to get the necessary 2/3 majority to approve a new parcel tax, purportedly to stave off school closures.  The School District Superintendent quickly proceeded to give herself a fat raise.  The teachers wanted to follow her example, and were offered only a modest increase in compensation.  A few days ago, an under-enrolled elementary closed its doors — as it should have.

This Tuesday, another tax hike, Measure C, was on the ballot.  This measure would have imposed an additional .5% sales tax promising to allocated the funds towards “public safety” and vaguely-worded projects.  I guess some people got burned by the parcel tax, because the measure was rejected by nearly 50% of the town voters.

By all standards the proposal was poorly written.  No specific need was demonstrated (at least the school district can point to cuts in state funding and threaten to do away with arts, phys ed and AP classes) and no specific projects were guaranteed, only some rather vague talk of kids, libraries and public safety. The City Hall already had the funds for some of the proposed projects.  Personally, I suspect that the proponents noted that some surrounding towns have higher sales taxes and decided to match them.

Then it came to light that police and firefighter unions are financing the Yes on C campaign.  Although that particular Bay Area bedroom community is not reflexively anti-cop, Police and firefighters got bad PR lately following a tragic incident when, a year ago, they stood around watching a man drown.  The death was probably a suicide, and union rules precluded the city employees from saving the man.

In anticipation of the election, the Alameda Sun newspaper published a Tea Party-like front page upper spread headline: Average City Salary Well Above Average Residents’.  Turns out, the Fire Chief gets$361,583, and the highest paid employee, police captain —  $409,879.  Seriously, that’s in a quiet town of 70,000 where few houses are taller than two stories.  And of course, the city is on the path to bankruptcy.  We are a bit slow on the uptake here, but eventually we might figure it out.

The No on C yard signs seemed to outnumber the Yes on C signs, even though residents complained that their No on C signs were stolen and that Yes on C signs were placed illegally on private property.  And here is the kicker: Rob Bonta who was running for State Assembly sent out mailings promising to restore fiscal sanity to Sacramento.  Of course, Mr. Bonta was endorsed by every local politician and union member, and Rob Bonta signs stood right next to Yes on C signs, so his promises have to be taken with a grain of salt.

While defeating a small tax hike is nothing like the hard-headed reforms passed the same night by the voters in San Diego and San Jose, we are talking about the geographical space between Oakland and San Francisco.  If fiscal sanity can even begin to prevail here — wow!  The Tea Party is winning.  Don’t get me wrong, San Francisco is most definitely not in play this November.  Obama 2012 bumper stickers are now gracing more and more cars, and residents will obediently vote for the man who remains their idol.  Outside the ballot box, however, fiscal conservatives might be making gains in the war of ideas.

October 13, 2010

American Ideas

Filed under: society — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 4:32 am

Yesterday I read a great essay by Zombie that highlighted the similarities between the Tea Party movement and hippies.  Among them were:

  • A craving for independence;
  • A celebration of individualism;
  • Joy in the freedom offered by self-sufficiency;
  • And an acceptance of the natural order of things. (emphasis in the original).

Zombie  drew a chart where various ideologies spanning over the last half a century were mapped along more/less government control and innate/constructed human nature axes.  In the bottom left corner (bottom left?) she grouped Tea Parties, hippies, Libertarians and hobos.  All of those ideologies hold that human nature is innate and government control should be limited.  I want to put Declaration of Independence in the same corner though a bit closer to the center on the government control axis. Because:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. (Bold is mine, doh!)

So there you have it: both limited government and the innate nature.  If political bonds can be dissolved (and dissolved by the governed) then government control is limited.  If people are entitled by “Laws of nature and of Nature’s God” then there is something innate about humanity.  More on that innate humanity in the second sentence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Founding Fathers of course were no anarchists:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.  (Bold is mine again, doh!)

Hence closer to the Center on the Government control axis.

Tea Partiers, of course, consciously channel America’s founding principals.  That’s why Jonah Goldberg called them restorationist.

Growing up abroad I didn’t see any tension between United States’ founding and counterculture.  Both stood for some sort of expression of freedom, perhaps ideas I later recognized as Libertarianism.  When I later arrived in the US, I found it odd that many underground figures were so anti-American, but I filed them under “lovable eccentrics”.  After 9/11 I realized that gosh, I guess they really do hate the country.  Then I listened to what they were really saying and realized that they really are socialist.  It’s some sort of suicidal cognitive dissonance.

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