Category: Progressivism

Would George Washington call out the National Guard against the Tea Party?

Progressive Twitter gadfly and public employee union fan Brian Higgins seems to think so:

Brian T. Higgins

First, refresh your memory about the Whiskey Rebellion:

President George Washington issued a congressionally authorized proclamation ordering the rebels [resisting federal whiskey taxes in western Pennsylvania] to return home and calling for militia from four neighbouring states. After fruitless negotiations, Washington ordered some 13,000 troops into the area, but opposition melted away and no battle ensued. Troops occupied the region and some of the rebels were tried, but the two convicted of treason were later pardoned by the president.

Now ask yourself a few questions. Have the Tea Partiers burned down anybody’s home, as the Whiskey Rebellion did? Have the Tea Party activists committed any violent acts at all? Have they committed any crimes, period? Have they even left litter behind after their rallies? Do they deserve to be prosecuted for treason?

The answer to each question is obviously no.

20120612-084909.jpgSo why does Brian Higgins, who describes himself as a classified staffer for Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine, think George Washington would call out the National Guard to suppress the Tea Party? The National Guard is the modern organized militia, after all. Could it be that Mr. Higgins simply despises his political opponents so intensely that he fantasizes about having them beaten into silence? A reasonable person could conclude as much from his statement.

Should he choose to retract, revise, or reiterate his opinion on the justification for suppressing the Tea Party through military force, I’ll update this post. If he drops his post down the memory hole, I’ll point that out too.

Your turn, Mr. Higgins.

Bust Ohio public employee unions in 2013

Governor Scott Walker’s resounding victory in Wisconsin yesterday speaks volumes. It was a battle with constitutional conservatism and fiscal sanity on one side, and parasitic government employee unions on the other. Given that Walker and company won in Wisconsin, the home of the modern progressive movement, we should try to do the same here in Ohio.

We lost the SB5 battle a few months back, but we haven’t lost the war. If our side tweaks the proposed legislation to exempt the union privileges of police, firefighters, and first responders, we’ll have many more supporters. We should make sure that the new law prohibits mandatory public union membership and mandatory dues collection. We should also remind people that we correctly predicted there would be widespread layoffs among teachers and other public employees if SB5 was repealed … and it’s still happening.

We probably can’t get everything we want in one fell swoop. We should achieve what we can next year, and when the voting public sees how the state budget and local budgets retreat from the brink, we can push for more — namely, evisceration of the unions for police, firefighters, and first responders.

If Ohio can try again in 2013, we’ll almost certainly benefit from economies of scale. Every conservative governor and legislature watched the fight in Wisconsin, and today they’re thinking “If Wisconsin can win against the public union thugs, why can’t we?” The full might and fury of the nationwide union machine rained down on Scott Walker and the Wisconsin legislature … and failed. Now imagine the union response when five, ten, or twenty states simultaneously apply the Wisconsin Strategy. The union thugs will be forced to divide their dwindling resources, and their natural constituency will be weaker here in middle-of-the-road Ohio than in über-liberal Wisconsin. What an opportunity to apply maximum force to the opponent’s weakest point!

One more optimistic factor: a 2013 special election will be dominated by activists. 2012 is a presidential election year, so we’ll see high turnout among low-information voters. Next year, grassroots conservative activists have a much better opportunity to push the electorate because we’ll be a larger percentage of the folks who actually show up to vote. The low-information voters will stay at home to watch American Idol and the Kardashians. Leftists will be listless and demoralized if Barack “I’m A Cool Celebrity” Obama suffers defeat, making them less likely to go to the polls.

It took decades for progressives to eat away at our constitutional republic. Restoring it will take decades too. We have been asleep too long, but it’s not too late to cure the cancer that ails America. Next year we can excise a big chunk of the malignant tumor known as the public employee unions.

Time to get back to work.

What progressivism leads to

Modern “progressives” are just utopian statists wrapped in warm fuzzy language and feel-good slogans. Utopian statism leads to this:

Lest you think this is all theoretical opposition on my part, allow me to refute that notion right now. My parents, uncles, aunts, and grandparents are refugees from the Soviet invasion of Estonia and Latvia in 1944.  Had they not escaped in time, many of them would have been deported to Siberia — or worse.  My father’s earliest memory involves being helped onto the very last German troop transport ship fleeing the capital city of Tallinn on his 4th birthday, and being given a precious gift of a piece of candy by a German soldier.  That was September 22nd, 1944.  Members of my family who couldn’t leave in time did wind up disappearing into the Gulag Archipelago in Siberia. Brutally warring communists and nazis — utopian statists all — very nearly got my father killed at age 4.

I will resist progressives, their agenda, and their lethally foolish theories until the day I die.

Who was Derrick Bell?

Professor Derrick Bell was one of the earliest and most strident advocates of Critical Race Theory:

Bell believed then, as he does to this day, that whites would support civil rights protections for blacks only if those protections would also promote white self-interest and social status. Since Bell maintains that racial minorities are a permanently oppressed caste — and that racism is a normal, permanent aspect of American life — he reasons that equality before the law is unfair to blacks, whose moral claims are superior to those of whites. He has endorsed a journal dedicated to the “abolition of whiteness,” called Race Traitor, whose motto is “Treason to the white race is loyalty to humanity.”

According to Professor Bell and his fellow Critical Race theorists, existing legal structures are, like American society at large, racist in their very construction. Critical Race Theory suggests that to combat this “institutional racism,” oppressed racial groups have both the right and the duty to decide for themselves, which laws are valid and are worth observing. Critical Race Theory also promotes the use of storytelling narratives in law-review articles to better reflect the “oral traditions” of black experience. Bell has used the technique of placing legal and social commentary into the mouths of invented characters extensively in his writings. While acknowledging that this “style of storytelling” is “less rigorous than the doctrine-laden, citation-heavy law review pieces,” he employs it nonetheless.

He was also a mentor to a young Barack Obama, who idolized the aging racist and organized at least one student demonstration supporting him while the future president was a law student. Selectively-edited footage of that demonstration leaked today, but the raw footage will air tonight thanks to Andrew Breitbart’s happy warriors.

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3/8 Update: More on Bell and his past.

3/8 Update 2: Well, look what we have here.

Globaloney

The observed data doesn’t support the theory that humanity is causing global warming.  Read that again, and focus on the word data.  You can talk all you want about government grants, the consensus of “all reputable scientists,” sophisticated computer models, or anything else, but hard data always trumps scientific theory.

The Scientific Method:
1) Define a question
2) Gather information and resources (observe)
3) Form an explanatory hypothesis
4) Test the hypothesis by performing an experiment and collecting data in a reproducible manner
5) Analyze the data
6) Interpret the data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypothesis
7) Publish results

See what got missed there?  This is Science 101.  No amount of cover-ups can fix this, you environmentalist wackos and media leftists.  Give it up.  The fraud has been exposed.  Find your next scam to push.

Eric Allie toon on global warming

The Obama budget

This chart comes from the White House (check page 58 of the monster PDF file), not from some crazy right wing extremist oppressor of downtrodden poor people and kicker of puppies.

Obama's 2013 budget

This is the Obama Administration’s current plan, in a document never intended to actually be passed.  It’s published strictly for election propaganda (“Look!  It’s a do-nothing Congress!!!”), so it’s a very mild version of what they actually want.  They tout this as responsible stewardship of your money.  Imagine what they’ll actually spend when the election’s over, and they have four years of freedom to enact their agenda without worrying about re-election.

Are you sure you want to gamble on this bunch of geniuses again?  Their record is eye-opening.

The Occupy movement vs. the police

Chief of Police Joel Shults of Adams State College has a point.

The Occupy movement was met with great restraint by political leaders all over the country until push literally came to shove. And guess who got to do the shoving? That’s right — your friendly neighborhood armed government agents. Mayors and college presidents and governors have their private armies to do what begging, negotiating, and persuasion cannot — the police officer. Why don’t mayors send in a phalanx of social workers or public relations staff? How about the street cleaning guys or the city engineer’s office? Are the interns in the mail room so busy they can’t go down to the park and get some trespassers to move along? Or hey, get the firefighters — they have uniforms and everybody loves firefighters!

Why the police? One word: force. We have the license to hurt. Gosh, that sounds mean — and on video, it looks even meaner.

The thought process goes like this: person violates law, politician looks the other way, violator decides to continue to violate law, politician decides law should be enforced and warns violator, violator decides to continue to break law, politician orders police to enforce law, police confront violator, violator still breaks law, police exercise force to gain compliance, violator screams bloody murder, politician investigates cops for using force.

Since in all likelihood the Occupy movement will be back once the weather warms up and the Democrat Party needs their help ginning up the leftist base for the election, Chief Shults has an interesting idea for police caught in the middle.  Follow the link above to find out what it is.

Since the Occupy movement is joined at the hip with the labor movement, I find the whole situation darkly funny.  Police officers tend to be members of unions themselves.  Government employee unions are some of the most corrupt and dangerous organizations in the country, and now they’ll be cracking each other’s skulls while advancing “solidarity” and the re-election of their Democrat friends.

Conservatives suck

Leaving childhood behind and facing adulthood sucks, man.

It’s more fun to be childish, gutless, and foolish. I want to bleat empty slogans like “Hope and Change!” Personal responsibility, ordered liberty, limited government, and thinking past next Tuesday is for dorks. I think I’ll become a progressive. Now gimme your house, oppressor.

If you’re on Twitter, follow @BillWhittle.

Romney advisor: Obamacare repeal is off the table

If Norm Coleman’s prediction comes true, kiss the Republican Party goodbye.

Norm Coleman – the former senator from Minnesota and a prominent advisor for Mitt Romney – suggested over the weekend in an interview that no matter who the Republican nominee is, they are unlikely to fully repeal Obamacare.

The conservative base of the GOP did not bust its butt to return Republicans to control in the House because we like pragmatism, bipartisanship, and tinkering around with Obamacare in an effort to “fix” it. The majority of Americans want it repealed. Obamacare is a malignant tumor on the Republic. If the GOP proves unwilling or unable to cut out that tumor before 2014 — when it goes into full effect — then we conservatives will eviscerate the GOP as a political entity and start over. The party cannot survive without us. Google the sad fate of the Whig Party; it can happen again.

If the GOP doesn’t bleed to get Obamacare repealed, we’ll bleed the party dry. Bank on it.

The rich, the poor, and the middle class are treated unequally

As you watch President Obama’s class-warfare-soaked State of The Union address tonight, keep two things in mind.

  1. He’s a liar and a demagogue.
  2. Taxation is only half of the story at best.

You have to watch spending too. The poorest Americans got back $8.21 for each $1.00 paid in taxes. The middle class got back $1.30 for every $1.00 paid in taxes. The rich got back $0.41 for every $1.00 paid in taxes. Yes, really.

We do do not have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem.

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The financial wizardry of Sherrod Brown

I was just checking the latest posts over at Ace of Spades HQ and saw the following. Click it to zoom in:
Sherrod Brown advertises on conservative blog
My own senior U.S. Senator, the radically left-wing utopian Sherrod Brown, apparently thinks it’s a smart move to spend campaign funds on ads at conservative blogs. This genius has already shown that he’s supremely confident in his ability to spend your money better than you can, since he’s delighted to grow every conceivable government program or entitlement you can dream up (except for national defense, which he’d like to gut). Is it any surprise that he’s equally profligate when it comes to spreading around that sweet, sweet union cash?
Let me know when his challenger Josh Mandel starts buying ads on Democratic Underground, won’t you? I’ll try my best not to hold my breath while I wait.
Barack Obama and Sherrod Brown

The bigger the government, the crappier the economy

Veronique de Rugy points out a study just released by economists at the European Central Bank:

Basically, an increase in government spending (whether financed by taxes or by borrowing) reduces economic growth. This is consistent with a paper from a few years ago by Harvard Business School’s Lauren Cohen, Joshua Coval, and Christopher Malloy. To their surprise, those authors found that federal spending in states caused local businesses to cut back rather than grow.

But … but … what about the multiplier effect of government stimulus spending?
Keynesian economics
Bummer, dude.

Changes in the United States Coast Guard Ethos

What’s different? At first glance, not much.

2008: The Guardian Ethos

I am America’s Maritime Guardian.
I serve the citizens of the United States.
I will protect them.
I will defend them.
I will save them.
I am their Shield.
For them I am Semper Paratus.
I live the Coast Guard Core Values.
I am a Guardian.
We are the United States Coast Guard.

2011: The Coast Guard Ethos

I am a Coast Guardsman.
I serve the people of the United States.
I will protect them.
I will defend them.
I will save them.
I am their Shield.
For them I am Semper Paratus.
I live the Coast Guard Core Values.
I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.
We are the United States Coast Guard.

Wait a minute. Whom do they serve?