Our long-planned post-election vacation begins…
Time to rest up with good friends, strong drink, and too much food.
Was hoping for some suggestions re the ‘strong drink’ category before you left.
Not even Obama’s re-election is cause to drink lousy booze.
Two questions come to mind:
1/ If God is just, how can He allow this to happen?
2/ Because I don’t see any good coming out of last night’s results, does that mean that there can’t be any?
Thanks for the hard work, Steve.
This nation did survive 8 years of Woodrow Wilson, and 12 years of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Now is not the time to be discouraged, it is the time to be determined.
As long as my liver holds out.
This nation did survive 8 years of Woodrow Wilson, and 12 years of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Did it? The seeds of 2012 weren’t only sown in 2012.
Oh yes, it did. In fact, we were able to go all the way to the moon afterwards. We may be down, but we’re not out. I am not giving up yet.
Just because we put a man on the moon before the cancer debilitated us doesn’t mean the cancer wasn’t there in 1920 or 1944.
Maybe we can start trading moonshine recipies and other going gault stuff.
Don’t know why, but I feel like you & Glen Reynolds are my best buddies at PJ Media. Really haven’t corresponded that much with either of you, but you guys are the best on this blog. This “virtual” affinity moves me to offering some unsolicted advice.
After such a devastating loss to the cause of individual rights, it is a good time to take stock. I sense your Objectivist bend and the fact that you often mask it around your colleagues on the religious right. This may be a mistake. Please consider seriously the prudence of hiding your rational philsophy and not challenging the mysticism & acceptance of altruism around these folks. The philosophy and morality which logically supports the concept of freedom & individual rights is properly based upon a rational morality not the irrational morality of religion. You undercut the concept by deferring to people with inferior arguments. With friends like these, who needs…
Losses like this can actually be liberating in a way. The current approach (closely allying yourself with the religious right & subordinating your own views) is obviously not working & will not stop the accelerating trajectory of the country. So try something different& more aligned with what you actually believe and likely feel more passion than you often show. Support the morality of rational self-interest more forcefully and help quiet the failed moral arguments of the religious right. If you are going to lose, just as well lose arguing what you really believe, donchaknow.
Some intellectual ammunition: Tara Smith’s book, “Viable Morality”. It more exhaustively presents the Objectivist morality and in updated language from Miss Rand’s essays on personal morality.
Have fun Steve, you’ve worked very hard. Relax and enjoy the time off.
A beer for me, bartender, in which to cry for the late, lamented U.S.A.
Enjoy your well-arned break, I look to your return, tanned, rested and ready. The gaping maw must be fed.
There is always American Idol….
Where is the apology to Nate Silver? Oh yeah, conservatives would have to be capable of self reflection and acknowledged when they are wrong. Instead everyone blames others.
Did you look around for apologies to nate silver by those who owe one? Or was this opportunity to denigrate someone you don’t like just too good to risk with fact-finding?
Hey steve, any word on when you’ll be back? Or do i need to check for new posts every morning?
Sir, step away from the chile relleno and I’ll take that margarita. Steve, you were spotted by New Mexico highwat patrol south of Raton Pass, ranchero music blastinf from your radio. Big Sis has been notified.
Thanks for all the free ice cream. Midterms coming up in two years.
Maybe it’s time to go rope-a-dope. Maybe this is the moment for Boehner to call a news conference on the steps of the capitol, with all House and Senate Republicans clustered behind him, to say something like: “Fellow Americans. We are here to congratulate the President and the Democrat party and the media for their election victory. For the past four years, we’ve been warning you that our ship of state is about to hit a fiscal iceberg. To make our case, we bombarded you with numbers, because numbers – math! – are the only way to calculate the distance between us and the iceberg. But we miscalculated. We forgot that most democrats and most media members neither like, nor understand, math, so all those numbers we were throwing out might as well have been in Chinese for all the impression they made.
The numbers also failed to make an impression on the Captain we elected four years ago, which isn’t surprising when you consider that he had never steered anything bigger than a rowboat in his life. And yet, last Tuesday, after four years of chugging at half-speed towards the ice field, the children in America reelected him, because he was cool, and hip, and because he promised us all more candy from the inexhaustible candy tree our forefathers planted a couple of centuries ago.
Now, as conservatives, we face a dilemma. We know the candy tree isn’t inexhaustible. Unlike the rest of the electorate, we understand numbers. We can do the math. And the math tells us we’re heading straight towards a great big iceberg, which we’ll hit in about five years – at the latest. So what are we to do? One option is to get up there on the bridge, argue with our captain, and try to slow the ship down. To many of us, that seems like the responsible thing to do. But we also know that here on the Titanic, being responsible is considered unhip and uncool, and we know the media will tell us after the inevitable collision that our fearless Captain was steering just fine before we butted in and threw him off course. And,same as it ever was,we’ll be responsible for all those bodies floating around in the cold sea.
But guess what? We’re done. We’re sick and tired of being your convenient whipping boy. So, after considerable debate, we’ve decided to follow option number two – call it Going John Galt Lite: we grownups are just going to sit back in our deck chairs and watch the children run the ship into the ice. Yep. You heard correctly. Bring any bill you want to the Congress and we’ll all do what our Captain has done so successfully throughout his career. We’ll vote present.
You want more candy? We’ll give you all the fucking candy you can eat. Higher taxes on the rich? You got it — nothing like a depression to sharpen the senses. Fast track for Obamacare? Let’s accelerate that sucker so the wait time for an MRI is a couple of months by 2016. Amnesty for illegal aliens? No problemo. Let’s open the borders tomorrow and get those welfare rolls fattened up pronto. After all, you’ve told us we have enough candy in America to feed the whole world.
So, to sum up: math tells us that an iceberg is lying straight ahead of our supposedly unsinkable ship. History tells us that there is no such thing as an unsinkable ship – not even this magnificent vessel our forefathers built and handed down to us. And hindsight tells us that if the Titanic had rammed the iceberg head on, it would have stayed afloat. So we’re not going to try to wrestle the wheel away from our teenaged Captain and his adoring crew of nincompoops. We’re just going to tell him, and his crew, and all the other passengers on board, that we’re about to hit a shitload of ice. So wear a warm coat. Full steam ahead.
Will it work? We have no fucking idea. It kind of depends on you. Thank you and goodbye.”
You may have some PR work to do upon your return:
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