Sunday, June 21, 2015

Can Republicans Ever be Populists?

Since by the Left's identity politics victory in the Culture Wars and imposition of political correctness, every formerly "political" or "moral" issue/problem has been mystified into an immutable and unalterable (multi-)"cultural" one, or totally mutable and alterable "identity" one.
What? You want me to get a job? I don't currently "identify" as Caucasian, so I now insist that you stop attacking my assumed culture by pretending that you racist right-wingers don't really think that we are all "lazy"!


Gert said...

I thought ‘modern’ Republicans want to be populists? Anti-intellectual, religious, anti-science; Palinesque in short?

Micropoll: Confederate flags flying high over G’ment buildings:

1. Take down
2. Take down and burn
3. Take down and put in the ‘memory hole’ of a small museum
4. Leave as such

I’m not talking about nostalgic twits who want to display the symbol of their heritage on bumper stickers, baseball caps or their front lawns. That kind of suppression is not the answer here.

-FJ said...

FYI - The flag is currently flying over a confederate soldier monument on SC capitol building grounds, not a "government building" (since 2000). So get your facts straight next time before adopting the liberal knee-jerk cause du jour.

-FJ said...

True context v. Faux context.

This is truly a matter of "perspective".

-FJ said...

...and it's getting harder and harder to get the "liberal" perspective to work without physically cropping out half of the statehouse.

WomanHonorThyself said...

watching the vid now my friend..poor Sarah!..lolz

FreeThinke said...

The ROOT of the social evils created, fostered and vigorously promoted by Marxian-Collectivist-Fabian-Communst-Socialist-Progessive-Liberal-Statist-Dictocratic-Tyrannist thinking may be found in these definitions:


The tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.

The doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications.

The doctrine that consciousness and will are wholly due to material agency.


The Marxist theory [adopted as the official philosophy of the Soviet communists] that political and historical events result from the conflict of contrasting social forces and may be interpreted as a series of contradictions and their solutions. The conflict is believed to be caused by material needs.

All that boils down to the frankly insane notion that mental and spiritual aberrations (i.e. compulsively self-destercive attitudes and resultant behavior) may be cured or dispelled with unlimited amounts of money and an ever-tightening noose of restrictive legislation.

Thersites said...

I'm currently reading Slavoj Zizek's "Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism". His take is that they can never be cured... that they're "built-in"... and that all aberrant effects are symptoms of inherent "structural" problems. AT least, that's where I "think" he's headed.

-FJ said...

Happy Father's Day, Angel! My boys treated me to a Brazilian "Churrascaria" (Steak House) in Baltimore's Inner Harbour last night. Very nice!

Gert said...

'Knee-jerk cause du jour'? As if the issue of flying that flag hasn't been brought up before?

Thersites said...

As if the issue of flying that flag hasn't been brought up before?

And solved. The flag moved from the capitol dome to a pole by the monument in 2000. Racists kill someone, and now it has to be moved to a museum in New Jersey. Get a grip.

Thersites said...

Maybe next we should delete references to the Civil War in History textbooks after removing the Battle flag from ALL public view. The we could pretend that "racism" NEVER existed.... and let liberals explain the need for ever increasing doses of "affirmative action" and "monetary restitution".

Thersites said...

...because it's the LATTER which makes a racist like Dylan Roof write "manifestos", not a longing or admiration for an heroic military past. If the government and media ever reported honestly about race, instead of "affirmatively", this attack would have never happened.

Thersites said...

Black's became Dylan Roof's "shark" (ala "Jaws" - Zizek). He thought that he had uncovered a real conspiracy to advance the interested of a specific racial group, not his own. And then he was "shocked" to discover, that there really WAS a conspiracy to do so, and so he sought to resurrect an "offsetting" conspiracy from the recent past.

You can't erase the past. It's only from the past that you can learn to correct your mistakes.

Liberals are in denial if they think that somehow hiding a flag from the past is going to change the future.

Thersites said...

The real secret to changing the future lies in de-contextualizing and re-appropriating such symbols as one of "rebellion". Ala Laibach and Rammstein. Or has even the term "Rebel" now become "racist".

Thersites said...

If the KKK were to march down the streets of Charleston, SC, tomorrow w/o police protection, they would be PUMMELED by the Sons of Confederate veterans and have their Confederate flags confiscated. Racists are persona non grata EVERYWHERE they go, but especially with the descendants of Confederate soldiers.

Thersites said...

btw - here are the lyrics from my OFFICIAL State Song. Please tell me which lines I need to modify to satisfy your new revisionist history.


The despot's heel is on thy shore,
His torch is at thy temple door,
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Hark to an exiled son's appeal,
My mother State! to thee I kneel,
For life and death, for woe and weal,
Thy peerless chivalry reveal,
And gird thy beauteous limbs with steel,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Thou wilt not cower in the dust,
Thy beaming sword shall never rust,
Remember Carroll's sacred trust,
Remember Howard's warlike thrust,-
And all thy slumberers with the just,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Come! 'tis the red dawn of the day,
Come with thy panoplied array,
With Ringgold's spirit for the fray,
With Watson's blood at Monterey,
With fearless Lowe and dashing May,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Come! for thy shield is bright and strong,
Come! for thy dalliance does thee wrong,
Come to thine own anointed throng,
Stalking with Liberty along,
And chaunt thy dauntless slogan song,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Dear Mother! burst the tyrant's chain,
Virginia should not call in vain,
She meets her sisters on the plain-
"Sic semper!" 'tis the proud refrain
That baffles minions back amain,
Maryland! My Maryland!


I see the blush upon thy cheek,
For thou wast ever bravely meek,
But lo! there surges forth a shriek,
From hill to hill, from creek to creek-
Potomac calls to Chesapeake,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Thou wilt not yield the Vandal toll,
Thou wilt not crook to his control,
Better the fire upon thee roll,
Better the blade, the shot, the bowl,
Than crucifixion of the soul,
Maryland! My Maryland!


I hear the distant thunder-hum,
The Old Line's bugle, fife, and drum,
She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb-
Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
She breathes! she burns! she'll come! she'll come!
Maryland! My Maryland!

Gert said...

Haley calling for option 3.

It's not revisionism, Farmer. Nothing's being written out of history books. The flag exists but possibly not on state grounds any more.

Gert said...

SC's a thoroughbred Red State and Haley's Rep. Liberal knee-jerk? Think not.

FreeThinke said...

_____________ On the Floe ____________

The sun is setting in the east these days.
The north pole traveled southward long ago.
The penguins in the tropics now wear leis.
The roses in the tundra sweetly blow.

The tides receding come in nevermore.
The geese now migrate from the south to north.
The ocean vast is nothing now but shore.
The semen towards the egg will not come forth.

Negativity we worship now as god.
Perversity is wholesome; Virtue’s vile.
Normality’s regarded now as odd.
Whatever’s queer is welcomed with a smile.

Darkness has become the Guiding Light.
To stay alive we must not fight the Blight.

~ FreeThinke

Gert said...

If the government and media ever reported honestly about race, instead of "affirmatively", this attack would have never happened.

Humbug. Residual racism causes idiots like him to take 'the law into his own hands'. There are still those who admire him for it. Fringe nutz for sure but they exist.

Thersites said...

Reverse racism causes idiots like this to take the law into their own hands. Fifty years of affirmative action is thirty years "too much". We're going on three generations already.

Thersites said...

Haley's an idiot. So is anyone who listens to this crazy "confederates made me do it" argument.

Gert said...

Who's claiming 'confederates made me do it', Thersites?

He identified with a Confederate symbol, like idiots do. It's entirely normal that others understand that. The war's over: put that flag away. Or fly it on your own lawn/house/private property and look like a twat.

Gert said...

Nikki Haley's speech was excellent, BTW. Smart.

Thersites said...

The war's over: put that flag away. Or fly it on your own lawn/house/private property and look like a twat.


Thersites said...

Would you ban THAT flag from poles? How about this one?

Thersites said...

Why not ban the "white roses" while you're at it... ;p

Thersites said...

Think of it this way. When people IN America want to p*ss off their government, we do it with the St. Andrew's Cross of the Stars and Bars! It's an American's way of saying, "F_ck off, Uncle Sam!"

Red Herring said...

PS - If the British ever wanted to prove themselves truly "inclusive", there'd be a Welsh dragon somewhere on that Union Jack!

Gert said...

It's an American's way of saying, "F_ck off, Uncle Sam!"

There are far better ways of doing that. The Confederate flag is too tainted. Say the People, it appears by the groundswell of initiatives re. this issue.

Being an "outlaw" suits you, be grateful for small blessings. ;-)

Gert said...

@Red Herring:

Yup, keep the irrelevant whataboutery coming.

Everyone here knows the Welsh only have to ask. They don't seem to bothered so far. ;-)

Thersites: maybe in MD you've the misfortune of sitting on an old fault line? Unless you don't live at the same address as your alter ego, of course!

Red Herring said...

Hey, the Mason-Dixon runs right through. ;)