Get PJ Media on your Apple

Belmont Club

Earthquake

May 26th, 2014 - 1:55 pm

There’s something strange in the neighborhood.

The ‘right-wing’ BJP has taken control of India. The ‘far-right’ UKIP has won a large share of Britain’s local councils. And now France’s ‘far-right’ National Front has won “24.95% of the vote in France, according to official estimates, well ahead of mainstream parties UMP and the Socialist Party. Le Pen said the win showed that people want to see change in Europe. France’s Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the result was more than a warning. It is a shock, an earthquake.’” It’s being called an earthquake.

Ms Le Pen called for the dissolution of the French national assembly on Sunday after exit polls showed her anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic party winning European Parliament elections in France.

“What else can the president do after such a rejection?” Le Pen told reporters at National Front headquarters when asked if President Francois Hollande – whose ruling Socialists were well behind in third place – should dissolve the national parliament.

An earthquake it may be, but the papers will say the voters still like socialism, just as they still want Obamacare, which the Washington Post recently reported hit a new low in the polls. Just like Hillary’s still going to be president in 2016. The New York Times’ Brendan Nyham writes “Forget Benghazi. Clinton’s Real Problem Is Obama Fatigue”.  A fresh face and makeover is all they need to come out on top again.

The current woes of the left are being put down to style because naturally, by definition there can be nothing wrong with the ideology itself. If the left has any failings it must put it down to the pious observation that it hasn’t tried hard enough.  A few more taxes, a tad more political correctness, a soupcon of additional fascism and surveillance and they would have made it. That’s the lesson for Next Time.

The Huffington Post even has a gallery of monsters to frighten its readers. “European Elections: 9 Scariest Far-Right Parties Now In The European Parliament “.

One has a leader with a swastika tattoo, one wants to rid his entire country of Muslims, another has a founder who suggested releasing the Ebola virus on migrants. This is the class of 2014, the parties set to enter the European Parliament as part of the Union’s most eurosceptic, far right, anti-immigrant intake of all time.

If the left think it’s scary looking at its foes, they should try looking in the mirror.  The media must have thought the recent rampage in Isla Vista would scare people of guns. And while it may have scared some, not half so many as were utterly terrified by a glimpse into the nihilist wasteland of My Twisted World.   The left believes it has the moral high ground as fervently as Elliot Rodgers thought he was the Supreme Gentleman.  The grand prize for unintentional irony in news coverage should be given to the Daily Mail which briefly captured how complicated things have become.

The filmmaker father of virgin killer Elliot Rodger sells erotic black and white photography of naked women’s behinds.

While his son produced numerous videos and a 140-page manifesto plainly spelling out his raging hatred of women, Peter Rodger has composed a rather more tasteful, albeit risqué portfolio.

Second prize goes to Otto von Bismarck who remarked that “preventive war is like committing suicide out of fear of death,” a motto those intent on establishing Obamacare should study carefully.  Humanity muddles through. There are no gods upon the earth.

It would be wrong to think that voters love the man with the Swastika Tattoo. They may hate him in fact. It may just be that they hate the left wing, which is well stocked with grotesques of its own, even more. At the moment the biggest selling point of the surging “far-right” is that simply they are not “far-left” or as they like to put it “mainstream”.  It’s hard for someone inside the bubble to fathom how much resentment has piled up against incessant lies and smarmy preaching of the PC brigade.

Readers may be astonished to learn that Nigel Farage only finished high school. Ironically that may be his selling point; perhaps because the voters have long been looking for someone who attended neither Oxford nor Cambridge, just so they can cast a ballot in his favor.

Which isn’t to say that the “right-wing” movements now ascendant won’t make a mess of things in their turn.  Many of their leaders have risen through the same twisted political system that made their rivals.  In any case they are men, who like other men can be vain, stupid and venal.

This notwithstanding, they are a change from those leftists who were also vain, stupid and venal.  The left has undeniably taken a hit. Like the Black Knight in the Monty Python skit, they are too chopped up to plausibly shrug off setbacks with a “’tis only a flesh wound” remark.  Nice arm you had there. Where is it? If the American Democratic party still thinks they can sell Obama as a secret success the voters are too stupid to appreciate they should think again.

Of course they will conclude that “something” is wrong — though never Obama. And the answer will still be that ‘we failed to try hard enough’.  Whom the gods wish to destroy they stick on stupid. Only a few years ago the Left was acting as if History had spoken; mumbled on about permanent majorities, described their beliefs as ‘scientific consensus’. They acted as if they had some holy writ, even when that writ consisted entirely of talking points written by their own hacks.  And come what may they still believe that He Shall Overcome. For if they stop believing it, they’ll mill around like frightened children who realize they’ve been following the Pied Piper into a cavern all along.  Ideologies, like the religions they profess to hate, are really churches themselves, shelters against an encroaching dark which ironically, is of their own making.

What shall the left do now that their ant-heap has been stepped on? Mill around in disorder for a season, one hopes.

The greatest benefit of political earthquakes lies in the simple destruction of the incumbents. Kicking the incumbents out of power, whatever party they may hail from — and not installing a specific set of permanent replacement bums — is what usually improves matters most.  It’s beneficial in itself. William F.Buckley was being completely nonpartisan and rational when he said that he would rather be governed by the first 50 names in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of a famous university.

Politicians are like underwear. Change them early and often. Eric Schmidt once wrote: “Washington is an incumbent protection machine. Technology is fundamentally disruptive.” And so too perhaps is democracy. Discontent is the blinker bulb of the political Christmas tree.

Bum.
Throw the bums out.
Bum.
Throw the bums out.

It’s nature’s way.


Recent items of interest by Belmont readers based on Amazon click-throughs.

Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Hill 488
How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them: 11 Rules for Winning the Argument
The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History
The New Physics
Samsung Galaxy S III SGH-i747 16GB GSM Unlocked Blue
Ten Years That Shook the World: The Gorbachev Era As Witnessed by His Chief of Staff
No Way In


Did you know that you can purchase some of these books and pamphlets by Richard Fernandez and share them with you friends? They will receive a link in their email and it will automatically give them access to a Kindle reader on their smartphone, computer or even as a web-readable document.

The War of the Words for $3.99, Understanding the crisis of the early 21st century in terms of information corruption in the financial, security and political spheres
Rebranding Christianity for $3.99, or why the truth shall make you free
The Three Conjectures at Amazon Kindle for $1.99, reflections on terrorism and the nuclear age
Storming the Castle at Amazon Kindle for $3.99, why government should get small
No Way In at Amazon Kindle $8.95, print $9.99. Fiction. A flight into peril, flashbacks to underground action.
Storm Over the South China Sea $0.99, how China is restarting history in the Pacific
Tip Jar or Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the Belmont Club

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
OT or not, you decide. Today I discovered that the USS Cole does not have an assigned DCA (Damage Control Assistant). Any Congresscritter that can't make hay out of that factoid should give up his pass to the Cloakroom and standing appointment at Madame Exoticas.

My caution is based on a memory. about 19 months ago some people were giddy with assurances, based upon crowd turnout and enthusiasm for Romney vs. Obama and shifting poll numbers and accumulating scandals, that Romney would win by 6 to 10 points. I was doubtful for the reasons, fraud etc others have given. Certainly the Democrats were serene as if they knew the fix was in. The results were what they expected.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
>>>It may just be that they hate the left wing, which is well stocked with grotesques of its own, even more.<<<

We were discussing this on another site. There will be no "Republican Wave" if we have elections in 2014. First, because there is no reservoir of goodwill and hope for the ascension of the Republican Party. Even amongst the Republican base, the Institutionals who run the party are considered to be Democrat-lite. And any change of power will be because of disgust with the Democrats.

Second, any "Wave" will be moderated, if not reversed by Democrat vote fraud and Institutional Republican collaboration. Anyone who assumes an honest vote count is a prime candidate to buy my interest in a rather large, albeit singed, bridge in southern Colorado.

The Nomenklatura of the various Statist and/or Collectivist parties and governments in Western culture are ... disturbed by the lack of faith of the Untermenschen. There is absolutely no chance that said Nomenklaturiki [not sure about that Russian construction] will ever moderate either their conduct or their beliefs, regardless of how reality reacts.

We already know that the current regime in the United States has created every prerequisite for a full-on police state. We have a militarized "civilian" Executive Branch aimed exclusively at the American people. We have .... differential .... application of laws by the Justice Department, the IRS, and regulatory agencies. We already have vote fraud enshrined in our system. The Constitution is openly mocked and ignored by the Left.

The EU government shares the same view of their population, and has similar capabilities and is doing the same things.

There is no way that they will allow the Untermenschen to win by the rules. If that seems about to happen, the rules will be changed, unilaterally.

Socialism, Communism, Marxism, "EU-ism" are all religions, as much faith-based as the penance and prayers of a Carthusian monk in his cell. The sacrifice of the Son of God for the sins of man is by them replaced by the sacrifices of mere man for the Material Dialectic and rule of the Enlightened; but have absolutely no doubt. The Left lusts after an auto-de-fe and regardless of country will fullfill that lust with the modern version of the GULAG, the KZL, the Laogai, and a new and improved Endlösung.

Any counter to that process will not be electoral any more than their answer to the electoral process was.

This vote is a Richter 3.9. It is a foreshock. There is a 9.0 coming.

Subotai Bahadur
(show less)
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
What is it that occurs in the mind of the progressive or liberal that enables them to perceive so clearly the solutions to the problems of the time? What causes them, then, to be so adamant in their opinions and ideas, so obdurate in the pursuit of their utopian visions?

Two things emerge as ubiquitous traits of the fertile liberal minds. First, the deeply held belief that they understand the essentials of life. They have, by virtue of their experience of life, a comprehensive understanding of the way things work. They understand people and they understand the world.

Second, they cannot be wrong in the first attribute. Anyone holding a conflicting opinion, or expounding contradictory beliefs is clearly wrong. No one can have quite as thorough a grasp on important precepts a themselves. In fact, those who disagree are necessarily defective in some way, such as racism or phobic in some other way. They are especially savage judges of those who disagree.

In short, an absence of humility, for it's that attribute that allows us to recognize, eventually, that others may have knowledge that does not reside within the narrow confines of our individual cranium. Others often know more. Therefore, to continue learning, we must reconcile that particular hurdle. Listening and absorbing ideas and viewpoints from others demands that we hold their thoughts and utterings in high regard.

If we suggest to one of these insufferably arrogant fools that their solution is not only worthless, but not even original in the history of mankind, we can expect, at the very least, indifference and rejection.

Reasoning and logic are anathema to the arrogant mind. Only the confirmation of self-deception and the approbation of others of like mind are admissible sentiments.

It's hopeless, therefore, to expect them to learn from history, from failure. They can only be outnumbered and removed from power.

21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (114)
All Comments   (114)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Wretchard said: "What shall the left do now that their ant-heap has been stepped on? Mill around in disorder for a season, one hopes."

No Wretchard. Speaking figuratively, the left should die.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Stray thought, inspired by some of the comments in this thread yesterday.

If the American people love socialism and welfare so much just why does the left have to spend so much effort on vote fraud?

That's endless, by the way. The witless GOP never says much about it and does less, but it still is obvious enough that occasionally leftists get caught.

Stray anecdote: A few weeks ago a women was found dead in her car in suburban Detroit- I forget the city. The coroner determined that she had been dead since about 2008, but somehow had managed to vote in 2010.

Neat trick, huh?

21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
>>>That's endless, by the way. The witless GOP never says much about it and does less, but it still is obvious enough that occasionally leftists get caught.
<<<

They are not witless. It is deliberate. In the 1980's the Republican National Committee signed a Federal Court consent decree, agreeing to NEVER take action against vote fraud. It was renewed in 2012

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT No. 09-4615

http://fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/rnc-v-dnc.pdf

Never expect them to stand up to vote fraud. It is growing. It will continue to grow. Right now the results of elections have no relationship to the consent of the governed, unless the Leftist manipulators slip. That says much about the legitimacy of any government elected and its actions.

Subotai Bahadur
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Point taken. But a political party that agrees to never take action against vote fraud aimed against it strikes me as a textbook definition of witless.

Plus, I skimmed over some of that pdf. If the GOP is too dense to figure out a way around the restraints it describes then, yeah, witless applies.

But since I agree that the failure of the GOP to resist the left has a good amount of collusion as a cause, witless is certainly incomplete.

Vile should be added, among other descriptions.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
If there were no voter fraud occurring, why would people object to voter ID requirements? Oh, Oh, it's more difficult for certain groups to get ID, so it's really voter suppression.

This seems at odds with the impressive get-out-the vote effort displayed in the last presidential election. Can't they use the same methods to help the same voters get their ID in advance?

But, but voter fraud has never been shown to be a problem. This argument is similar to "the debate is over" and there's 97% consensus on AGW.

Please, AG Holder, show us the investigation report. Let us judge for ourselves how thoroughly voter fraud was investigated and what are the findings of the investigation. Isn't that how AGs operate? Investigation first, then indictments next. Seems like Holder has reached the decision no-bill-of-indictment before the investigation has been conducted.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
The voting public around the world is starting to noitice that after spending almost all of everyone else's money in the socialist utopia, they really are worse off than before. With NO hope of a brighter future.

This is just a pendulum swing. The Santa campaigners will eventually get enough gullible people to support them again for the Free Lunch platform. It always wins when misery increases.

So...what is the plan of conservatives? Are we gong to actually install a process to insure fairness? Not some fake fairness but actual fairness so we can see what the government is doing?

There are trillions of dollars that have been written on checks to individuals but there is no responsibility assigned to it. A wage slave gets their W2 and a contractor gets their 1099-MISC for their income, but recipients of income(redistributed) don't get a 1099-GOV.

Where's the fair there?

When a 1099-GOV is given to all those receiving income(redistributed) THEN we'll have some eye on what is happening. Putting conservatives in power to slash spending on people's food will only increase misery and lead to the next swing. Making people responsible for their income will make politicians responsible to us.

When a person's 1099-GOV total is anywhere near a wage slaves W2, that WILL change!
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
It's not immediately clear what you mean by fairness. You imply that fairness would enable us to see what the government is doing. What means this?
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Weird Thoughts from the stationary bike:

As I mounted (sorry) the bike, I pictured the Alpha Phi House In Islla Vista and remembered that although Poor Elliot was locked out, an Alpha Phi came out and stole my virginity in the Outside World.

That lady probably saved a lot of lives.

...that and the fact that the NRA was not yet all-pervasive.
---
Addendum:

Although we mentioned David Attias, we forgot to add that a student was shot dead as others were burning the B of A to the ground. There's a "Peoples Park" there now.
Power to the People!

10 years for Mass Murder: Not bad:

"David Attias is a former student of the University of California, Santa Barbara who became known for his perpetration of the Isla Vista massacre. He was held in Patton State Hospital in September 2002 until ruled to be release in September 2012."
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
The default setting of American society is ever more liberal and statist.

And if comprehensive immigration "reform" (it is to laugh) is enacted, America will become extremely liberal and statist. Mexican immigrants (those who aren't already voting, it is to laugh) and Mexican ethnics will tip the balance. And then, into the abyss we go.

I'm even more unkindly disposed toward white ethnics in my hometown of Chicagoland who will vote Democratic even if Democrat candidates have horns and 666 emblazoned on their heads.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
How America treats illegal aliens vs. veterans

A government that fails to secure its borders is guilty of dereliction of duty. A government that fails to care for our men and women on the frontlines is guilty of malpractice. A government that puts the needs of illegal aliens above U.S. veterans for political gain should be prosecuted for criminal neglect bordering on treason.

Compare, contrast and weep:

In Sacramento, Calif., lawmakers are moving forward with a budget-busting plan to extend government-funded health insurance to at least 1.5 million illegal aliens.

In Los Angeles, federal bureaucrats callously canceled an estimated 40,000 diagnostic tests and treatments for American veterans with cancer and other illnesses to cover up a decade-long backlog.

In New York, doctors report that nearly 40 percent of their patients receiving kidney dialysis are illegal aliens. A survey of nephrologists in 44 states revealed that 65 percent of them treat illegal aliens with kidney disease.

http://michellemalkin.com/2014/05/23/how-america-treats-illegal-aliens-vs-veterans/
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
(NOT referring to 'Bill' Clinton):
"Bill proposes licensing undocumented immigrants to practice medicine"
http://www.bizjournals.com/losangeles/news/2014/05/12/bill-proposes-licensing-undocumented-immigrants-to.html

"According to the Times, Hernandez cast improper votes in “every major election” since 1976"
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303980004579579951153008452?mg=reno64-wsj
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
OT and FWIW?

PJM has apparently given up on Mozilla/Firefox.

I assume that PJM is woefully understaffed and "under-resourced." Not a good sign.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Thanks for reminding us about clearing cache, itellu3times.
That's probly why Chrome worked so well right after I installed it.

Haven't cleared much yet, as there are lots of niceties here and there and I don't want to accidently throw those out...

Installed a free Flashblock:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/flashblock/gofhjkjmkpinhpoiabjplobcaignabnl?hl=en
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
I have a Flashblocker called "FlashSwitch"

It used to work...

Anyone have a good one?
I'll go ask Google.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Blogger is Free, and Keeps getting better.

Pay the content providers the money saved on supporting this IT Disaster and Blogger is FASTER.

More time not wasted for EVERYONE, Writers, Readers, et al.

Nightly stoppages for "Maintenance" is absud.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
There was a period a week or so ago where I could not get into PJM at all. But Mozilla Firefox works just fine for me here.

I don't use IE 8 any more because on too many sites it simply does not work, and on others it is slow.

However I also have started refusing to let Adobe continue with its endless upgrades of its video player. The one good thing about IE 8 was that the Adobe player would crash and you would not have to fool with those annoying videos.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
I can get all of PJM on IE except the Belmont Club, so I installed Chrome just for this site and that works. On IE the Belmont Club is stuck forever in the middle of the comments on the 13 May post. Just weird.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
How old an IE? My IE8 started working again after being frozen out for a week. If you're on IE and still having issues, try clearing your cache.

Actually it occurs to me lately that maybe it only started working again for me when my cache cleared itself after a week! So it goes.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Just in passing, I am on Firefox and things seem to have settled down. Pondering the move to Pale Moon, but that is based on the Firefox engine. The great meltdown was a pain, but since then there have only been a couple of glitches; back down to the normal level of idiocy.

Subotai Bahadur
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
We should all count our blessings, what these scandals are doing is making it nearly impossible for 0bama to get his third (fourth, fifth and Life time position) as President… What everyone should be boiling mad at is if (and that’s a extremely big IF) a non-RINO gets Free Room and Board at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in 2017 they will sweep everything that has been done and has still to peek out from under the rocks before 2017 under the rug… Only way anyone gets frog walked is while this Pinocchio is still in Office! Otherwise it’s as if it has been since the 20th Century and all is forgiven once the White House changes actors!!! Now that should burn everyone’s fuse!
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
News this morning that over the weekend the White House sent out a press release that named the CIA Station Chief in Afghanistan.

When will the special prosecutor be named? Is it going to be Fitzgerald again? And will the person found responsible be placed in the same cell that once held Scooter Libby, who was not convicted of outing a CIA agent but nonetheless went to jail for lying about it.

Is not it a bit strange that following the Intelligence leaks of the Bush years, in the Obama years we have one intelligence disaster after another? From the Iranian capture of our UAV, to Pvt Manning, to Snowden, to Wikileaks, to Benghazi, it's been one disaster after another. And those are just the ones we know about.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Is there any way to determine if the CIA Station Chief in Afcrapistan was in Benghazi on the night of Stevens' death? Gotta tie up those loose ends somehow!
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
seal Team 6, Stuxnet
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Bin Laden raid info leak for political purposes - which led to Seal Team 6 getting whacked.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
SEAL Team 6 murdered
Stuxnet operatives neutralized and methods of operation hopelessly compromised
Is there a pattern?
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
I have no idea why you would say that.

Signed,
Christopher Stevens
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
W: "Ideologies, like the religions they profess to hate, are really churches themselves, shelters against an encroaching dark which ironically, is of their own making."

“The religious aspects of socialism may explain the extraordinary attraction of socialist doctrines and their capacity to inflame individuals and to inspire popular movements. It is precisely these aspects of socialism which cannot be explained when socialism is regarded as a political or economic category. Socialism's pretensions to be a universal world view comprising and explaining everything also make it akin to religion. A characteristic of religion is socialism's view of history not as a chaotic phenomenon but as an entity that has a goal, a meaning and a justification. In other words, both socialism and religion view history teleologically... Finally, socialism's hostility toward traditional religion hardly contradicts this judgment--it may simply be a matter of animosity between rival religions… It is certainly true that socialism is hostile to religion. But is it possible to understand it as a consequence of atheism? Hardly, at least if we understand atheism as it is usually defined: as the loss of religious feeling… The term "atheism" is inappropriate for the description of people in the grip of socialist doctrines. It would be more correct to speak here not of "atheists" but of "God-haters," not of "atheism" but of "theophobia." Such, certainly, is the passionately hostile attitude of socialism toward religion. Thus, while socialism is certainly connected with the loss of religious feeling, it can hardly be reduced to it. The place formerly occupied by religion does not remain vacant; a new lodger appeared.” Igor Shafarevich

http://www.robertlstephens.com/essays/shafarevich/001SocialistPhenomenon.html

21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
What are political officers? Priests.
What are priests? Political officers.
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others... We are different from all the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we're doing... Power is not a means, it is an end… The object of power is power... Always there will be the intoxication of power... We are the Priests of Power." George Orwell - 1984

21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Power and Control:
powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/

I THINK that's our occasional poster, M. Simon, but Java Update REFUSES to let me view the page.

Oh for the days of Netscape Navigator 3.0
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
From Wretchard

It would be wrong to think that voters love the man with the Swastika Tattoo. They may hate him in fact. It may just be that they hate the left wing, which is well stocked with grotesques of its own, even more. At the moment the biggest selling point of the surging “far-right” is that simply they are not “far-left” or as they like to put it “mainstream”. It’s hard for someone inside the bubble to fathom how much resentment has piled up against incessant lies and smarmy preaching of the PC brigade.


The truly pernicious thing about political correctness is that it seeks not just to destroy the "right" but also destroy the "center". Our host pointed out, a year or two ago, something to the effect that democracy can only survive when reasonable people are allowed hold every possible position on the political spectrum; right up to the extreme fringes. A healthy democratic society needs its John Keynes, Adam Smiths, Ayn Rands and everything in between and beyond. What political correctness has done is lump Rand and Smith together (and in some cases Keynes as well) with the "man with the swastika tattoo" as the now extreme right. The elections in Europe represent this new dichotomy. Since there in no real liberal, centrist or conservative representative, because they are now labeled extremists, who do you throw your support behind; the truly extreme leftist/marxist or the truly extreme right wing "man with a swastika tattoo" who are the only people remaining.

KRB
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
Steyn:
. . . In my own state, where the Democrats ran the board on election night, the “Live Free or Die” license plates look very nice when you see them all lined up in the parking lot of the Social Security office. But, in their view of the state and its largesse, there’s nothing very exceptional about Americans, except that they’re the last to get with the program.

Barack Obama ran well to the left of Bill Clinton and John Kerry, and has been rewarded for it both by his party’s victory and by the reflex urgings of the usual GOP experts that the Republican party needs to “moderate” its brand.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/333116/edge-abyss-mark-steyn#
21 weeks ago
21 weeks ago Link To Comment
1 2 3 4 5 Next View All