Of Tea Parties, Tempests, and Teapots
The Tea Party Patriots and the Claremont Institute both scheduled shindigs to welcome the Freshman class of Republicans to Washington DC on the same day, at overlapping times. It’s a classic tempest in a teapot. Leaving aside hurt feelings, territoriality and resentments it’s important to make a few points. The Tea Party Patriots event begins with brunch and goes 11:30AM to 3:30PM. The Claremont event | Read More »
Those who broke their Oath, and those who kept it
Courtney Cook wrote an infuriating essay for Salon that exposed the contempt she held for her marital oath and her first husband, a soldier deployed in an overseas combat theatre when she left him. You’d be surprised how easy it is to leave a soldier on deployment. You can do it with a letter. (He can’t argue with you. He doesn’t have a phone.) If | Read More »
Book Notes: Message to Garcia
Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard is not really a book. It is an article from the “Philistine” magazine of March 1899 that became immensely popular and was reprinted as a pamphlet in Russian, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi, Mandarin and Japanese, perhaps more. It is freely available on the Internet. Briefly, it is about two things: Excellence; One person can change the world. There | Read More »
Central Concepts from David Cameron’s Speech to the Conservative Party
The Guardian recently analyzed David Cameron’s speech to the British Conservative Party Conference for the popularity of his applause lines. I’ve extracted in popularity order all the lines that got more than 15 seconds of applause, while excluding the introduction. The interesting thing to me is that all the most popular lines are based specifically on conservative principles. David Cameron’s conference speech, 2009 Speech order | Read More »
Illegal Immigration has Consequences
K. Gonzalez, the student of unknown (by me) gender who worked so hard to get into Berkeley, to pay for one semester, and wrote this about the experience, sounds like a wonderful person, with one exception: The part that breaks immigration law. But the editorial drone who wrote the headline needs to be slapped silly. A College Dream Ends Too Soon I worked hard to | Read More »
Calling all Educators: Can the Science of Economic Success be Taught?
This naive* article at WaPo and Megan McArdle’s response have prompted a thought, as to what it would take for even impoverished hard-cases to get themselves out of poverty. For that is the true story of America, the rags to riches story. It’s the story of an orphaned boy who is so poor his shoes have holes in the soles, who starts by selling newspapers | Read More »
The Care and Feeding of Future Ex-Democrats
Today, prompted by an anecdote at the American Thinker, The Other McCain (the conservative Hunter S. Thompson for today) wrote about finding and convincing future ex-Democrats that conservatism is the shiznit. Also, on RedState pilgrim wrote that the Thugocracy Will Yield a Bumper Crop of Ex-Democrats. I think that I shall never see, A billboard lovely as a tree Future Ex-Democrat. (Ogden Nash, mostly) Like | Read More »
I Reject Left v. Right: I am a Conservative Liberal
I am a Conservative Liberal. That’s a strange thing to say. What does this mean? Does this mean I’m in the middle, a squishy centrist? I was once a registered Democrat. Then a registered Independent. Now I’m a registered Republican. Does that make me right-wing? No. Am I left or right or center? No. None of these describe me accurately. Left and Right are both | Read More »
Lefty’s Worst Nightmare: The Beaglescout Economic Plan to Permanently Restore American Greatness
In response to a goofy comment imagining apocalypse from free market solutions to last fall’s economic SNAFU, I imagined what I would have done if I were Emperor of Ice Cream for a day last September. Introducing the Beaglescout Economic Plan to Permanently Restore American Greatness™ (until the socialists ruin it again with their caveman economics). THE PLAN No bailouts, no stimulus, no TARP. The | Read More »
Why Go To a TEA Party? Why Go Now?
Rasmussen blares the reason why the Tea Party movement is important on its poll results. Just 53% Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism Yes, that’s partly spin and partly obfuscation, but it’s also partly truthful (and lefty ignoramuses at HuffPo love it because it confirms their elitist, socialist illusions). I plan to de-spin it later, but for now let it stand. Folks, there’s good news. If | Read More »
What is Marriage, Really?
Tradition does not come from nothing. It distills the experience and wisdom of generation upon generation of human lives. The first man and woman lived their life in a natural way. They first behaved in instinctive ways and modified their behavior based on the results of their actions until they assembled a coherent way of living. Their children imitated their way of living, as children | Read More »
A Message for Progressive Republicans
For those of you who want the Republican party to become a “progressive” party, and by that I mean a party that endeavors to incrementally increase the power and reach of the government ever more, until finally we live in dependency on the government that supplies all our needs, then I submit you should join the Democrats.
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Relentless: The Ten Year Campaign
One thing Republicans should have learned from the last sixteen years is when campaigning stops it is as good as surrendering to the Democrats. I just hope that the next time we Republicans grab the big brass ring our President realizes the two years of campaigning that just ended isn’t enough, and he or she will have to campaign for eight more years. Two years | Read More »