In his acceptance speech before the RNC last Thursday, Mitt Romney quoted Barack Obama’s 2008 promise that his election would “slow the rise of the oceans” —at which point he paused a full twelve seconds before finishing the quotation. This was a brilliant rhetorical gesture: to let the absurdity of such unmerited self-regard sink into the audience’s mind anew. Romney was asking us to consider choosing a man of deeds over a man of words. That’s what I’m doing.
Hippies, don’t let your intellectual pride compel you to make the same mistake twice. But if you don’t have the integrity to admit you were wrong the first time, you could at least have the decency to not vote this time.
Just think about all the eerie similarities between the Religion of Global Warming and certain monotheisms we know:
There’s certainly prophecy.
As well as eschatology.
And a seemingly inexhaustible measure of zealotry.
Did I mention disputes over doctrine and the constant striving for orthodoxy, generally?
Could also mention tithing and rituals and martyrdom and all the lying.
Lying? You bet. There’s a lot of nonsense that one is obligated to believe. Credo quia absurdum. But the hippies don’t see it my way. Instead, they believe themselves to be heroic saviors of the Earth because of where they come down on the “issue” of carbon dioxide.
This carbon tax that Henry Waxman and other discredited Californios are trying to implement is a giant fucking Socialist power grab. Wherever you live, tell your Congressman that you don’t want to fork over a mortgage payment’s worth of taxes every year to some United Nations-managed treasury of carbon-meritoriousness. This is a scam, dude. A post-American economy-destroying scam intended to enrich the Democratic Party and its collaborators.
If you’ve got some money to invest —and who doesn’t?!— I would recommend following and supporting any company that’s got a plan to launch a space trash removal service. They don’t have that already, do they? Oh. Launch platforms and interorbital rockets and guidance systems, even? But with camera systems for ID’ing all that junk and laser systems for destroying it, there’s got to be a great many markets out there.
In other news, I love the Hubble Space Telescope and I wish everybody up there this week great success and safety.
The surest evidence that what we are witnessing in this country is a Socialist power grab is the Democrats’ pursuit of the carbon tax. It is a measure that, by any measure, is unnecessary and highly ideological. The Leftists have convinced themselves, however, that their ideology in this regard is entirely justified by Science. Therefore, they seek to impose a tax on fossil fuels that will immediately burden the Little Man in the name of [higher reason]. And to what other end and into whose pockets? Well, uh, we’ll get to that later. But Science is God and God says let there be penance paid and sins remitted. The United Nations, I guess, will become the Arbiter of Nations and administer the programs funded by this disgusting tithe that is to be extracted from the pocketbooks and wallets of the American People.
To the Marxist, every truth may be divined by a deconstruction of the economics of a particular society, but there are equally essential cultural considerations that are never fully weighed by these people. There are morals and mores and folkways that do not submit to the quantifications and the soulless calculations of the America-hating Leftist because he pursues only [economic and scientific truth].
But do not doubt the turbulence of the thought now coursing through the ranks of what Nixon called the Great Silent Majority. I predict there will be moments of full volume to come when real Americans will speak out against this crime and demand proportion from their Government again and at last.
Barack Obama’s glib and assholish response to a recent question put to him regarding the legalization of marihuana really pissed me off. A very large number of people submitted questions to him about this online for his so-called town hall meeting on Thursday and here is how he dismissed them:
I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy — (laughter) — and job creation. And I don’t know what this says about the online audience — (laughter) — but I just want — I don’t want people to think that — this was a fairly popular question; we want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is, no, I don’t think that is a good strategy — (laughter) — to grow our economy. (Applause.)
No rationale given, no acknowledgement of the seriousness of the question, no nothing: just the usual ignorance from someone who is in a position to finally stop a very wasteful and destructive front in the so-called War on Drugs —but who will not because of his essential cowardice.
The question isn’t going away, Barry. Hemp is for victory. You’ve got the wife out in the backyard growing vegetables, so why are you afraid of this plant? Hell, you’re a tobacco smoker! You fucking smoke poison every day of the week —so what is your argument against marihuana? Well, there isn’t one —unless you’re an asshole who would prefer to keep marihuana illegal as a pretext for prosecuting and investigating other actual crimes.
At some point, critical political mass will be reached and the logic of ending the criminalization of marihuana will become inescapable. You want cellulosic ethanol? Industrial grade hemp will give you that. It will also give you tens of thousands of “green jobs.” Those are the good ones, right? The ones that don’t get “shipped overseas”? You want natural alternatives to pharmaceutical pain management for people fighting cancer and other diseases? Safely and domestically grown marihuana varieties will give you that. They will also give you hundreds of thousands of home farmers and cottage industrialists of every imaginable kind. And do you want to see a dramatic reduction in the violence and lawlessness inflicted on this country by the smuggling operations of the Mexican criminal class? Then disincentivize what they do, dumbass! After 70 years of ostensibly trying to stop marihuana, how about some real change in the Government’s “thinking” for once?
At The Corner, Andy McCarthy links to this report in the New York Times on its recent interview with the President (emphases mine, per McCarthy):
During the interview, Mr. Obama also left open the option for American operatives to capture terrorism suspects abroad even without the cooperation of a country where they were found. “There could be situations — and I emphasize ‘could be’ because we haven’t made a determination yet — where, let’s say that we have a well-known Al Qaeda operative that doesn’t surface very often, appears in a third country with whom we don’t have an extradition relationship or would not be willing to prosecute, but we think is a very dangerous person,” he said.
“I think we still have to think about how do we deal with that kind of scenario,” he added. The president went on to say that “we don’t torture” and that “we ultimately provide anybody that we’re detaining an opportunity through habeas corpus to answer to charges.”
Aides later said Mr. Obama did not mean to suggest that everybody held by American forces would be granted habeas corpus or the right to challenge their detention. In a court filing last month, the Obama administration agreed with the Bush administration position that 600 prisoners in a cavernous prison on the American air base at Bagram in Afghanistan have no right to seek their release in court.
This is why the Left cannot be trusted with America’s security, military, and foreign policy: because they believe —apparently unconscious of the incoherency— that people living in other parts of the world who hate and wish to destroy us are entitled to American Constitutional protections. As though they were American citizens! I take this as evidence of the Left’s essential childishness. They are so softly and decadently accustomed to the civil rights and privileges of living in American Society that they simply assume these same things are to be found the world over. Thus, to them, America is no longer a unique geographical location or culture or civilization, but a transferrable notion. Bill Clinton used to say that America was an “idea,” too.
America will survive as a Republic, but only with fixed borders and some simple rules. This rush of the degenerate Left and its squeezings in the Democratic Congress to reduce America to a mere state amongst the many is something I intend to resist in my own life. I choose to remain a part of the last best hope of Earth and not get swept up in the disgusting carnival of a post-American Neo-Socialist order.
Oh, and long live Texas.
You know, until Al Sharpton brought it up, I hadn’t really thought of the President as a chimpanzee. And then, when I did think about it, I thought to myself, “What the fuck is Al Sharpton talking about?!” Only a mind as decayed with syphilitic reasoning (or over-perming) as his would conjure up a connection between a dead ape in a political cartoon and the President.
For one thing, Al, the cartoon in question is clearly drawn against those who wrote this huge new spending package we have to deal with now. Obama had nothing to do with writing it. In fact, it’s been a criticism against him by even some in his own party that he didn’t do enough to put his own guidance into it. Instead, he left it up to the party hacks. That’s why we have this giant new mess of porculicious obligations piled onto the rest of a lame economy.
So, since you missed the point —and took offense at nothing— how will you look people in the eye? Is this how you’re going to advance the cause of Eric Holder’s America? By imagining stupid shit like the ridiculous paranoiac and race exploiter you are?
By the way, those of us who supported the previous Commander-in-Chief were subjected to eight years of constant reference to his supposedly chimp-like features and expressions. Talking about the “Chimperor” was standard-issue fare with degenerate hippies everywhere. But now that we have a self-identified black man as our President, what do you suppose will be the fate of that term? I suspect that Obama’s biggest critics —those who happen to be white— will be extra careful not to make references to his racial characteristics because they know, as a political matter, they dare not. And why should they? Leave it up to Sharpton and his simian imaginings to continually resort to that lever —like the frivolous rat he is. America’s more grown up than some want to believe.
I oppose Obama as a politician and even as the President of my country, but I have no reason to oppose him on account of his race because I think that is stupid and because that’s how people thought before me. If I choose —and I do every day— to interact with and learn from people who are not like me, then I am manifesting America’s genius. If I choose to move past racial and class and ideological identities —and I make the effort every day— then I am closer to health than those who segregate themselves away.
Get it, Eric? I don’t have to “talk” about race if I am living right by the world.
(Oh, for future reference? The cartoon in question alludes, as such things do, to a current topic of great curiosity: on Monday, an old woman in Connecticut who kept a chimpanzee around as her lover and drinking buddy had to stab the poor thing to keep it from shredding her best friend’s face apart. She failed. When the cops showed, they had to put him down. I don’t know why a person would choose to live with a chimp in such intimacy, but it certainly seems crazy and out of control. Like an ape on psychotropics. Like this spending bill they just enacted. Total apeshit socialism.)
A long time ago, when I believed I had what it took to write a book of philosophy, I wanted to develop the idea of unprecedence in History. I wanted to show how scale is the wheel upon which most transgenerational analogies of economic phenomena are broken. This was —and remains— part of my politics: that there are too many people in this country and that the things that kept the American Economy intact and thriving sixty-plus years ago will no longer suffice. They won’t suffice politically or morally in this age of identity politics or multicultural relativism.
The population of the United States at the end of the Second World War was about 140 million. Our population is now over 300 million. Well within the space of a single lifetime, our size has more than doubled. How will the financial infrastructure of this society survive when its retirement, pension, and benefits systems are collapsing under the weight of too many takers and not enough makers? How will health care make it under the burden of people who live too long? And why do we still make phone books? Think of all the probably hundreds of thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on giving us phone books. Good God! I haven’t needed a phone book in years. And cell phone companies charge more for texting than voice telephony even though texting costs the cell phone companies far less to provide! Manufactures go away not just when a sweatshop in Thailand can do it cheaper than us, but when we—
Oh, to hell with it. We’re all cannon fodder now.
Drudge links to this Bloomberg report:
Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s administration will examine a “buy American” requirement in economic stimulus legislation that has raised concern among U.S. trading partners, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.
The administration “will review that particular provision,” Gibbs said today at his regular briefing. The president’s advisers understand “all of the concerns that have been heard, not only in this room, but in newspapers produced both up north and down south.”
It may have made the citizens of the world all warm and fuzzy to watch Barack Hussein Obama take the White House —and it may have given liberal partisans great satisfaction to see the stranglehold of the Democratic Party on Washington strengthened— but the reality of a Leftist America is one that will soon unnerve the whole planet and invite new disasters. The first post-American American President is some sort of internationalist, right? I certainly regard him as a cosmopolitan. I am interested in knowing how he is going to reconcile that with trade protectionism here in Unionized and Subsidized America. Our trading partners and neighbors depend on us —and now his own party wants to withdraw and make this Plantation America.
Which is Leftist America’s most ferverent secret wish.
ADDENDUM: “Ferverent” is more interesting than “fervent,” which is somehow lacking, perhaps in its induplicative labio-dentality. If you’re already in tha hiz-ood, the extra syllable is effortless and cold kickin’ it ai’ght p/0<3
I just watched about as much as I’m ever going to watch of Al Gore’s world-changing masterpiece An Incovenient Truth. It was something I had DVR’d off the Science Channel, so I can only hope that none of his sage insights were lost to the commercial breaks. And I stuck it out, too, for probably 90 percent of the whole sermon, so give me my propers.
The verdict? It is easily the most self-serving product I have ever seen a politician deliver. It was like a cross between Nixon’s Checkers Speech and a highly speculative episode of NOVA, like that one they did about the species of hobbit-people who once lived on the island of Flores. The Gorebot is a doctrinaire man and only superficially recognizant of systems that exist off the program. But this was the apologia he had burned to issue, so peace be upon him. What is it to me? Gore was an example to me in my early 20s, but now he is an object lesson. He doesn’t practice as he preaches, so he’s easy to ignore.
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