A friend of mine put up a blog post this morning that describes RINO’s perfectly. He was talking about Low-Energy Jeb Bush’s recent criticism of the Trump presidency, and noted how Low-Energy Jeb’s politics “guarantee losing while maintaining some arbitrary moral high ground.” That is the best description of RINO’s I’ve ever heard. When left to their own devices, RINO’s are guaranteed defeat at the polls, but that’s okay, because they maintain their “values” and “standards” while getting their rear ends handed to them. Of course, they never get to actually legislate their values and standards because they lack the authority to do so, because they are LOSERS.
From yesterday’s Rush Limbaugh Show, leading off the second hour:
Ladies and gentlemen, I never thought I would live to see the day. I mean, I never even contemplated such a thing could be possible, so I never even thought about it. It’s not that I thought about it. Could it happen? Could it not? I never even considered it. It never entered my cranial area. The idea that the leader of the Russian Federation, the Soviet Union — a KGB veteran by the name of Vladimir Putin — has gone public and is warning the Democrat Party in the United States of America and the American media that it’s gone too far! … It never even occurred to me — not even as a germ of a thought, not even as a synapsis flutter, never anything — that the Soviet KGB leader would warn publicly worldwide the American left and the Democrat Party and the media that it’s gone too far and is paralyzing its own country’s domestic agenda.
“The tyrant may oppress while the object of his tyranny exists; but the historian possesses superior might, for his power extends even beyond the grave.” — Washington Irving
Rush Limbaugh’s opening monologue today:
I have been laughing all morning long. I have been laughing starting with last night. Can we agree that Donald Trump is probably enjoying this more than anybody wants to admit or that anybody knows? So he fires Comey yesterday. Who’s he meeting with today? (laughing) He’s meeting with the Soviet, the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov! I mean, what an epic troll this is. The Democrat Party is going bananas — completely, totally unhinged — on the road to literal insanity.
(Source: The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals, ed. Odell Shepard)
It is discouraging to talk with men who will recognize no principles. How little use is made of reason in this world!
He is in the lowest scale of laborers who is merely an able-bodied man and can compete with others only in physical strength.
It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature. Those qualities which bring you near to the one estrange you from the other.
I lose my respect for the man who can make the mystery of sex the subject of a coarse jest, yet, when you speak earnestly and seriously on the subject, is silent.
Most men can be easily transported from here to there, for they have so little root — no tap-root — or their roots penetrate so little way, that you can thrust a shovel quite under them and take them up, roots and all.
One man lies in his words, and gets a bad reputation; another in his manners, and enjoys a good one.
…[S]uch is the labor which the American Congress exists to protect — honest, manly toil.
Toil that makes his bread taste sweet.
I prefer to finish my education at a different school.
By my intimacy with nature I find myself withdrawn from man. My interest in the sun and the moon, in the morning and the evening, compels me to solitude.
Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it. It would not leave them narrow-minded and bigoted.
I find myself oftenest wise in little things and foolish in great ones.
I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him.
Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age.
The savages they described are really salvages, men of the woods.
…[L]ife is a battle in which you are to show your pluck, and woe be to the coward.
The blue sky is a distant reflection of azure serenity that looks out from under a human brow.
It is for man the seasons and all their fruits exist. The winter was made to concentrate and harden and mature the kernel of his brain, to give tone and firmness and consistency to his thought.
The following are taken from The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals, edited by Odell Shepard, of which I have almost completed my second reading.
When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.
It takes a man to make a room silent.
The words of some men are thrown forcibly against you and adhere like burns.
The wise man is restful, never restless or impatient.
Nature refuses to sympathize with our sorrow.
And this is the art of living, too — to leave our life in a condition to go alone, and not to require a constant supervision.
This lament for a golden age is only a lament for golden men.
Great thoughts hallow any labor.
I am startled that God can make me so rich even with my own cheap stores.
Those who work much do not work hard.
The stars are the apexes of what triangles.
If I should sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, neglecting my peculiar calling, there would be nothing left worth living for.
The maker of me was improving me.
With all your science can you tell how it is, and whence it is, that light comes into the soul?
It is a rare qualification to be able to state a fact simply and adequately.
Who are you whom the world has disappointed? Have not you rather disappointed the world?
What is the influence of men of principle, or how numerous are they? How many moral teachers has society?
Whatever may befall me, I trust that I may never lose my respect for purity in others.
Any excess — to have drunk too much water, even, the day before — is fatal to the morning’s clarity.
The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or perchance a palace or temple on the earth, and at length the middle-aged man concludes to build a wood-shed with them.
A few days ago, I posted on the value of having a peaceful home to return to after a trip. It turns out that Henry David Thoreau thought much the same way, even though travel was much slower back in his day. Today, while reading a few pages of Heart of Thoreau’s Journal, I came across the following pair of statements:
At best, Paris could only be a school in which to learn to live here…. Only that travelling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better. That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
I just finished reading (the day before yesterday, in fact) Brett Baier’s new book, “Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission.” The core subject of the book is that brief transition of power between President Eisenhower and President Kennedy in January, 1961, and hones down even deeper to Ike’s farewell address to the nation just before he left office in which he warned the American people (and the president-elect) about the growing military-industrial complex. The Cold War and an arms race between the United States and Soviet Union was going full throttle by then, and President Eisenhower was trying to keep us balanced between strong national defense and runaway military spending. Also built into the novel is a loose biography of our (highly underrated) 34th president, who saw himself, even in retirement, as more of an Army general than former chief executive.
This is a fabulous book. Baier is an excellent writer, and the material was thoroughly researched. I first heard about Baier’s book a few weeks ago when he was a guest on the Rush Limbaugh Show. It is extremely rare for Rush to invite guests onto his show to talk about a book. It literally only occurs once every few years. So I figured it had to be a special book to warrant this level of attention from the Maha Rushie.
There is one quote from the book that I’m adding to this post, because it allows me to segue into some commentary on liberalism and the Democrat Party, and it’s a quote that serves as Baier’s interpretation of how President Eisenhower viewed Soviet communism:
But what was its appeal? He looked at the scene and saw an illusion where people were promised liberation at the expense of personal freedom; community at the expense of individuality. There was the myth of superiority grounded in a rickety economic system.
As I read this, my immediate reaction was, my gosh, this sounds a lot like liberalism in the 21st century.
There are two elements here that warrant explanation.
1). Liberalism promises liberation at the expense of personal freedom. In the end, you get neither.
For example, let’s look at ObamaCare. What does ObamaCare presume to offer? It’s not just health coverage, because ObamaCare isn’t just about health coverage. It’s about putting government in control of health care. And when government controls your health care, it controls YOU. With ObamaCare, liberals presume to offer a person liberation. Liberation from what? Liberation from the whims of free-market health care and greedy, heartless insurance companies. Liberation from being one hospital stay away from bankruptcy. You know the left’s arguments.
In the end, you lose personal freedom because government is now in control of your health care. But the liberation you were promised also proves elusive; since ObamaCare places enormous mandates on health insurers, competition is discouraged, premiums skyrocket, and on top of that, your deductibles are often so high that you end up paying thousands of dollars out-of-pocket before you ever get to use your health coverage. So instead of of liberation, you find yourself in bondage to government.
2). Liberalism promises community at the expense of individuality. In the end, you get neither.
This is particularly ironic since we just had a community organizer as our president for eight years. Yet we’re more divided as a nation now than we were before. Liberalism discourages individuality in the name of equality. But what liberalism ultimately produces is sameness, not by elevating those on the bottom, but by reducing everyone to the lowest common denominator. The only sense of community under liberalism is among homogeneous groups. This is because liberals drive a wedge between different groups by pitting one against the other, thus discouraging any sort of cross-group sense of community.
With liberals, it’s poor vs. rich, women vs. men, blacks vs. whites, gay BLT’s vs. homophobes, Muslims/jihadists vs. Islamophobes, transgenders vs. bathroom signs, etc. Each homogeneous group is united around one thing: victimhood. The left seeks to turn all these protected groups into victims. Most often, the victimhood is contrived, and the ones doing the victimizing are simply straw men created by the left. So with liberals, you lose your individuality, and really the only sense of community is among homogeneous groups united around a contrived grievance against made-up bogeymen.
This comes from yesterday’s Rush Limbaugh Show at the very end of the second hour. The topic is the “day without a liberal woman,” and tha Maha Rushie is quoting an email from a “female friend” who describes the feminist march and feminism in general:
Feminism, Mr. Limbaugh, is about one thing today, and that’s abortion. And abortion is immoral. And I believe, Mr. Limbaugh, they all know it. You can call it a choice, you can call it an unviable tissue mass, but it isn’t. It’s a life and they’re killing it, and they know it. It’s immoral. So to assuage the fact that they are supporting the immorality of abortion, they have these monthly rage rallies to scream about wages and wear these silly pussai hats and smile and blame evil white men. It’s the only way to make them feel better about themselves and have meaningful lives because deep down they know they are supporting immoral action.
Here’s a portion of Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue at last night’s Oscars:
I’m not the man to unite this country, but it can be done. You know, if every person watching this show — I don’t want to get too serious, but there are millions and millions of people watching right now — and if every one of you took a minute to reach out to one person you disagree with, someone you like, and have a positive, considerate conversation — not as liberals or conservatives, as Americans — if we could all do that, we can make America great again. We really could. It starts with us.
Then, immediately afterwards, like the good liberal he is, Kimmel eschews his own advice:
I want to say thank you to President Trump. I mean remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?