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Saturday, July 23, 2016

THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE IN ONE HEADLINE

Summing up a publication's essential spirit in one go is a risky temptation.  This, however is just too telling to resist.

WHY I AM A CONSERVATIVE LEFTIST

BY Daniel Oppenheimer
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-i-am-a-conservative-leftist/comment-page-1/#comment-8016288  


[The May/June issue of The American Conservative featured Jonathan Bronitsky’s review of Daniel Oppenheimer’s new book Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century. This article is the first in an exchange between Bronitsky, Oppenheimer, and Samuel Goldman. Be sure not to miss Bronitsky’s“Who Are the Ex-Conservatives? and Goldman’s The End of Political Conversions?”]


Thus a colloquia among Oppenheimer, Broditisky and Goldman encapsulating the essence of TAC.  That is three characters who are in no way conservative themselves sharing their deep thoughts about a movement alien to them.  Isn't this TAC in a nutshell?   

Almost from the beginning, TAC found itself a sort of tiki bar for those shut out of the harsh sun of  corporate and neocon political dominance.   It's all about losers resentment.  And like all losers, TAC wants to be on top.  That is why TAC also hates paleo-conservatism.  How can they ever have influence if they also adhere to traditional, national conservatism?

TAC has been trying and failing to make itself into  a sort of movement for years now.  I suggest that this is a fools errand given that they are a haven for resentful particularists.  Normal citizens demand parties and movements with clear, plausible goals and messages.  TAC's editorialists and writers are incapable of delivering anything like this.  All they have uncommon is that they can't get on FOX. 

In their long exile from actual politics, they posture as the thoughtful, reasonable conservatism  Americans  really wanted. This has been their pose for so long they know no other.  They will never succeed because they are  driven by their own need for otherness.  

Trump's primary triumph must be deeply galling considering that he borrowed so heavily from the hated Paleo's  playbook.  I wonder how they propose to proceed in a political climate where their allies are liberals and Neocon's?   Perhaps some of them might revel in the "Strange new respect" references that might come their way.  Then again, the Neocon's are much better poised for this role.  Some Neocons, like Kagan have already defected  to Hillary.  

They will survive in the short term. As the headline suggests they will endure as the home of those who see conservatism as a topic to be picked over rather than a cause.  I suspect TAC will simply fade away at some point due to lack of plausibility and a lack of academic and journalistic hacks willing to write for it.   

Or perhaps some conservative  Daddy Warbucks will pick up the tab and TAC will become a journal of some sort of Trumpism.  If Trump wins, he and his cohorts will need an outlet of their own.  That would be  the ultimate justice for the TAC humbugs.

NOTE: A thoughtful friend brings up the point that Trump has no defined political philosophy.  So, let me make this clear re the Daddy Warbucks option.  I do  think that Trump  has a core set of  impulses.  If he becomes President, some vehicle for his thinking and that of those advising him would be necessary.  His movement would not be the first to have to make itself up on the forge of events as it went along.





Sunday, July 10, 2016

BLACKSPECTATIONS


This is a comment I left on Lihn Dhin's article at the Unz Review on "Race War".  Dinh makes the commonplace observation that unfettered Third World immigration hurts the black underclass.  He also points out that the Democratic Party blacks vote for in virtual lockstep is very much the architect (along with the cheap labor GOP) of their displacement in the available workforce.  
http://www.unz.com/ldinh/blacks-cops-and-a-sinking-economy/
Lind Dinh:  “How ironic, then, that blacks are loyal to a Democratic Party that has robbed them of employment and dignity. Liberal immigration policies harm blacks more than anybody.”
 Me: I’ve heard blacks speaking of this directly. What they say comes down to this; blacks expect inclusion into government work as a reparation for all the scutwork they’ve done in the past . I’ve heard this from black government workers specifically. “we won’t do that menial stuff anymore.”
This is why they are passive in the face of mass latino immigration. They naively assume that the latinos will always be on the bottom, collecting the garbage and washing dishes. I think this also hinges on the idea that blacks, as part of the left coalition of aggrieved fringes, will always have the clout to keep getting government employment in an ever expanding administrative state. In this way their strength is in their weakness. As long as they are poor, and concentrated in large urban voting blocks, they will always have a relatively free ride. This is a fool’s paradise but they cling to it with surprising tenacity.
I've noted over the years the degree to which blacks I've known who occupy positions within  government have peculiar notions about the role of productivity and competitiveness. Even at high levels they truly believe that wealth and advancement are allocated rather than generated or earned. It’s as though once hired and in place, the organization they inhabit becomes the whole bountiful universe. This makes them a particularly disruptive element in our overall system. They live to advance within systems they don’t understand. Given the chance, they will run things to ruin as long as they profit personally. When ruin arrives, they refuse to see their own part in bring it about. At this point the white power structure – the dispenser of all good things, must be to blame.
As I write this, I realize that I am describing President Obama, Colin Powell, and a great many other blacks who show great skill at rising inside systems while at the same time destroying them.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

AR15 MON AMOUR?

Every time some Muslim, or nutter, or Muslim nutter goes on a firearm rampage all the ninnies with the bullhorn  start caterwauling against the 2nd Amendment.  From our head ninny, the President, to our more manly ninny, Hilary Clinton it's all about the guns.  And the gun that now holds pride of place among taboo objects in the AR15.  

I trained on an AR15 but have never owned one.  I almost certainly never will.  All the academics and other goody goodies proclaim that the little Armalite is an "Assault  Rifle" and an artifact of the devil.  Not that they believe in the devil in any case, but that's another topic. 

My writing this is probably a fools errand.  The anti-assault weapon mania rests not even vaguely on knowing what one is.  I just had this confirmed today when a good friend informed me that owning an AR was exactly like owning my own jet fighter plane.  

So let me share what I know and or observed.  

1. The AR15 is of course not an assault rifle.  No firearm lacking automatic fire capacity can be an assault rifle.  The entire point of creating actual assault rifles was to get a short length, fully automatic weapon firing a smaller than normal cartridge in the hands of infantrymen.  It's true that all such weapons were meant for combat.  But once you make such a weapon semi, rather than fully automatic, the whole concept is compromised.  How?

If you are going to design a firearm to be hand held, you must take into account the reciprocating nature of all automatic weapons.  The gun is going to try to jump around in the users hands so, fine accuracy is not as important.  The sights on an AR or that other metallic boogyman, the AK, are not designed to be terribly accurate.  They aren't just ornamental, but since the gun is made in mass quantities and fires a less powerful cartridge, it's far from a target gun.  So a nutter or Muslim using sights meant for a full automatic is actually at a disadvantage.

This was brought home to me the first time I held an AK.  The front and rear sights are quite close and the front sight is up on a kind of stalk.  This is not an ideal arrangement unless you are spraying rounds automatically.  The AR15 has a similar arrangement, that's why people modify them with optical sights.

BTW, while I'm on the topic.  Assault Rifles are themselves not rifles.  As they were designed to be short, handy weapons they should be called Assault Carbines.  I suppose it too late for that though. 

2. The AR15 fires a 22 caliber bullet.  Yes, it's a more powerful 22 than the plinking round we are all familiar with,  but it is the same diameter.  This round and the rifle that fires it are always described by the press as "Hi-powered."   That is poppycock.  It's illegal to hunt dear with this round in my state and many others.  The cartridge (223) has always been classified as a varmint cartridge.  That is, suitable for foxes, groundhogs and such.  Of course it can be, and is lethal to humans.  But to be frank, it ranks far down the list in lethality. 

It is well to remember that the army adopted this cartridge in the Sixties, under pressure.  It's also important to understand that from a military point of view, a wounded enemy is actually more desirable than a kill.  A dead soldier is a loss; a wounded soldier is a liability to the enemy. 

This is borne out in AR15 mass shootings.  Because of the relative weakness of the cartridge, most people either die on the spot or are released from hospital in a few days.  If you are to be shot by a Muslim crazy man, I hope it's not with an obsolete 30.06 from WWI. You can kill and Elk with one of those. 

3. Press ninnies usually know little about firearms and care less.  In this case, few of the ninnies know just how popular the AR15 is and how many are in use.  I was surprised to see how many versions of the AR are available now.  The gun has been around for a long time (Sixty Two years) and I suppose the patent has run out so everyone and his brother in the gun world is making them.  

For reasons expressed above, I don't personally get the AR15.  The AR must be made in modified form to be really useful and still fires a lackluster cartridge with limited range.  I can only hunt ground hogs with it and there are a lot better firearms for me to defend myself with. 

Understand dear reader that Americans have always had a way of adopting their military long arms for personal use.  Springfields, M1's, M1 carbines have all been sold to civilians in huge numbers over the 20th Century.  Varmint hunting, target shooting, personal home defense are all popular AR15 applications.  The little AR is reliable and I think ammo is relatively cheap.  There is little recoil so it's popular with teenagers and the mounting numbers of women shooters.  And it looks mean.  It's cool to look mean. 

This means that our cultural masters have no idea how ubiquitous their taboo object is.  They might as well try to confiscate all the lawnmowers.       



Monday, May 30, 2016

BACK FROM THE INFESTED ROAD

Back from a punishing, fraught vacation to Florida.  No need to go into details except to say that Route 95 is now the realm of Patel managed motels infested with bed bugs and roaches.  It matters not that the names are well known, so long as some Patel is running it,  beware!

One thing not to be blamed on the Indians was the weather.  They can't really bring their monsoons with them can they?  Giant storms going in both directions, made driving the distance much more tiring and at time a bit harrowing.  I will take the Amtrak car train from now on when going south. It's a pity that Amtrak doesn't offer this service to other destinations.  

Was marooned for three days on the return journey with a massive mechanical car failure.  Three days in a non-Patel hotel (LaQuinta) on the outskirts of Charlottesville VA.  Not good for the wallet.  Three days late into Washington and another deluge on leaving.  Sky cleared at the Pennsylvania border.  Could this be an omen?   

So, those of you who are regular readers should seriously consider making a contribution to my cause at the top of the page.  Paypal payments to me help in ways you can't imagine. I intend to write a lot more in this presidential year as well as sharing my efforts published elsewhere.  Feedback in the form of rings to the tip-cup have a very positive effect.  Thanks.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

TRUMPS FOREIGN POLICY SPECULATION

The following is my comment on UNZ Review to Phil Giraldi's excellent article on Trump's foreign address.

To hypothesize about Donald Trump's foreign policy agenda is what we all have to do as citizens facing an election.  Without the requisite mind reading machinery we are thrown back on what The Donald talks about most,  domestic economics and the effect foreign trade agreements have on same.  He appears to be a pragmatic nationalist with little investment in the status quo.  One suspects that in some cases he will veer from conservative  orthodoxy in order to get what he thinks is the best deal for the greatest number.  He has a refreshing tendency to speak of our "allies" and "trading partners" as consenting adults in a healthy competition; a much more rational approach than we are used to. 

Naturally this frightens all those parties whose rice bowl is filled by the status quo. Lets ber honest, if Trump had the mannerisms of a Harvey Mansfield he would still be called a dangerous nut.   Too many factions in American life depend on the repression of any healthy nationalist sentiment.  When these factions win, ordinary Americans lose. It must count for something that  both the Neocons and the internationalist economic parasites are his declared enemies.  Neocon antipathy to Trump is particularly revealing as it is a tacit admission that what is good for America  is bad for Israel.    

Donald Trump's personality is a legitimate cause for concern; but we must choose between a problematic new actor in the White House and a veteran operative among the wreckers of our prosperity and way of life.  What Trump might do vs what Hillary and company will do if given the chance.  

Sunday, May 8, 2016

MY TRUMP PROPHESY

In 2011 it was already clear to me that someone like Trump was going to make an appearance on our public stage.  I don't count myself as a sage or prophet, just a man who payed attended to the politics of my time as actually practiced, and with a view to History out of the corner of my eye.  After the Ron Paul phenomena, someone like Trump was almost inevitable. 

This is my comment  of 2011 posted in The American Conservative.  

Thomas O. Meehan says:
My perception is that the Tea Party is an outgrowth of a more important phenomenon. The masses of small business people, middle class Republicans and elderly patriots who have supported the party for many years have finally smelled the rat. That is, the National GOP responds to inputs from big donors and big players far more than it does to their own interests.

So while Ron Paul, the Tea Party and the populists still have a hard time getting heard, they are getting some traction. I believe that as the middle class base of the GOP is squeezed no matter who is in charge, they will listen to these messengers because everyone else they hear from is sticking it to them. They already have sent more than a few freshmen to Congress. Lets see if they keep it up with the Senate races.
There is the feeling of a real shift in the air. A feeling that things just cannot go on as usual. The difference between now and before is that the people ticked off are capable of organizing and funding primary challengers. They are setting up networks and the GOP is reluctantly listening to them. This isn’t some great jubilee but it is a ground swell.

Decrying the lack of character or wisdom within the GOP feels good but it does nothing for our agenda. For the better part of eight years, legions of so called conservatives have backed Bush and all the wars out of loyalty and a simple minded belief that questioning the war was equal to betraying “Our Side.” We need to remember that loyalty and persistence are not in themselves evil. The Tea Partiers know something has gone wrong. It won’t take all that much to get them to see that our eleven carrier battle groups and their kids unemployment have something to do with one another. Even the arm chair bombardiers will come around when their wallets are empty enough.

I went on to write this:

The crucial question is this, how do we rejigger the political rewards system to drive the congressional whores into doing our bidding. General Electric will always seek to influence government to its own survival and profitability. If Obama wanted to build pyramids instead of solar farms, only an idiot would believe that General Electrics pyramid division wouldn’t be up and running in a fortnight. A player that big in the US economy is tethered to government by a labyrinth of regulations, contracts and trade agreements. Of course they are going to be on the side of big government if their continued existence remains contingent on their government dependence. No plan of action can succeed without an overture to such large entities that guarantees their survival in the context of a low regulation, low military industrial output environment. In short, the way to cripple the “Welfare-Warfare” complex is to reduce it to the “Welfare Complex” alone. You can only get so much in campaign contributions from people dependent on the government in the first place.

Trump surely understands this.  Unless we believe that it is impossible to change the economic incentives of our system toward activities and sectors that actually benefit the American population, Trump is our only option.  He understands that Americans are not inclined toward philosophical altruism as motivation to action.  They will move mountains to succeed and make a buck.

The essence of success then, is to open ways for them to do both in objectively good causes.   

This is not a prediction. Trump is the only political actor on the scene who has both the inclination and the force of will to try this approach. He is our only hope for a break with a lethal status quo.  His is defects of temperament must be weighed in this light.  We must choose and hope.  

Monday, April 18, 2016

PROOF OF GUN USE BY NEANDERTHALS?

What to make of this image?  It appears for all the world like a fossilized Colt revolver sans barrel.  Perhaps it was taken under water.  In any event the NRA used it as cover art in a story about American Mariana's  draconian gun laws.  Still, it's an intriguing image.