Poll Watching: Monday 10/31/2016

Source is realclearpolitics.com, taking the last 7 polls, and dropping the highest and lowest as outliers. An average is taken of the remaining five polls.

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Source is realclearpolitics.com, taking the last 7 polls, and dropping the highest and lowest as outliers. An average is taken of the remaining five polls.

Fear and Loathing: The Culture War

The fight for the future begins today. It begins right now.

“…to the last, I grapple with thee; from Hell’s heart, I stab at thee;
for hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.”
-Herman Melville, Moby Dick-

In just a matter of days, on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, the dawn will break over a country in political turmoil, even as this bitter election finally comes to a close. From the burning embers will rise an entirely new conflagration, fueled by sightless rage, as the same nationalists who seized control of the Republican Party through a coup of bigotry and spite seek to hold everyone in the world accountable for their predictable loss except themselves, the only ones that actually deserve the blame.

The smoke will clear over the House and Senate races, and we will know to what extent political forces have shifted in Washington. What’s left of the Republican Party will have to fight the ascendant leftist utopianism of ever expanding budgets, taxation, regulation, and control, at the same time their own party collapses from within. This will remain a difficult political landscape to navigate for many years for conservatives, so we must be prepared.

This will require that the conservatives realize that we have lost our way. Clearly, far too many people mistakenly claim to be conservatives because they bitterly cling to their guns without any understanding the nature of rights, justify all manner of bigotry with their Bibles while ignoring Matthew 5:44, and claim to uphold the principles of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence while being woefully ignorant about what’s actually in either document.

Because we have allied ourselves for decades with the blind and intolerant bigotry of nationalism, is it any surprise that this is how most people in society see conservatism?

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance
on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge
to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
-Declaration of Independence-

Have absolutely no illusions, nationalists are as much our political foes as the socialist left, perhaps worse, because they are motivated by a bigoted tribalism that justifies any measure, no matter how extreme. On the other hand, rank and file leftists are at least motivated by a misguided collectivist philosophy of generosity. Whenever conservatives have tried to engage the left, our message of inherent natural rights is always lost in the fascist rhetoric of nationalism.

This is why we have lost the Culture War and why we must abandon the Republican Party. If we remain, everything we will be forced to carry the dead weight of the repugnant bigotry, intolerance, and jingoistic idiocy of nationalism that infects the GOP. If we have learned nothing else from the 2016 election cycle, it was the rank and file nationalists are simply too ignorant and too deluded by their own incoherent, ad hoc, paranoid political theories to reason with.

Conservatism needs its own political party, away from the mass hysteria of nationalism, guided by principle, not political expediency. We must divorce ourselves from the political relics that have gotten fat and rich pushing the Republican Party brand, because it’s not about conservatism for them. It’s about corporatism, feeding off of the same lobbies and political insiders that have traded away our Liberties for decades for their own power and influence.

In this age of social media, a grass roots political party is only weeks, not years, away. Let’s take ownership of our political voice. We start today. How?

  1. Take ownership of the message. The airways and the media are polluted with the filth of corporate backed political profiteers. They have been the voiced of the right for decades now, living on the teats of corporate and Republican Party benefactors. What do we have to show for all their decades of “service“? 2016. Enough said.
  2. You’re here for a reason, so spread this message. If you aren’t here to fight the Culture War, why are you even here? We aren’t here to whine about the Culture War. We’re here to win it. This is the message. You are the messenger. Take ownership of the message and share this message via the social media links below.
  3. Contribute $1.00 a month. If you’re following me, then you should understand that nothing is free: not medical care, not education, and definitely not Liberty. If $1.00 a month is too high a price for the cause of Liberty, but you spend money on Netflix or Hulu or, worse, the Republican Party, I seriously have to wonder if you’re really invested in this fight at all. We don’t need cheerleaders. Put skin in the game.

The fight for the future begins today. It begins right now. Get in it to win it, or go back to listening to SHAMity and the corporate “patriots” who have been spinning their wheels for decades now. The gloves are coming off today.

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Losing Washington

Only when we find ourselves again, when Liberty is written on the hearts of every man and woman, when we remember who we once were, only then will we deserve “the greatest man in the world”.

Through cunning and grit, General George Washington’s Continental Army and French allies had harassed, outwitted, evaded, and, at times, out fought the British Armies for six grueling years. At long last, General Washington had the advantage of both position and numerical superiority over the British Army under General Lord Charles Cornwallis. After weeks of indecisive battles, Cornwallis was ordered back to Yorktown, Virginia in August 1781, where prepared, should the need arise, to evacuate his 9,000 man army by sea, with the protection of the British fleet under command of Admiral Sir Thomas Graves.

Having underestimated the size of the French fleet, under command of Admiral Count de Grasse, Graves’s fleet was defeated on September 5th, leaving Cornwallis cut off from both reinforcements or retreat. By September 28th, 1781, the combined forces of General Washington’s Continental Army and Rochambeau’s French Army had surrounded Yorktown to the west, with de Grasse’s French fleet controlling the waves to the east. After three weeks of constant bombardment from all sides, Washington ordered the attack, and the Continental and French Armies overran the British positions.

On October 19th, 1781, General Cornwallis surrendered his Army to General Washington and General Rochambeau. The Revolutionary War was over. As news of the war’s end reached King George III, the British monarch cynically assumed George Washington would crown himself “King of the Americas“, because that’s what men in Washington’s place had done for millennia. When told Washington would instead retire to his farm, a shocked George III declared, “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.

On December 23rd, 1783, General George Washington resigned his commission from the Continental Army and returned to his farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

“I will be changing very rapidly. I’m very capable
of changing to anything I want to change to.”

-Donald Trump-

As the election careens toward its final destination, shedding pieces as fast as it sheds poll numbers, the mythology of “electability” will be the first horrific casualty of what will undoubtedly be a fairly extensive list. It was, after all, “electability” that propelled the Republican nominee’s candidacy beyond sixteen far more qualified candidates. The impending defeat of the candidate primary voters deemed the most “electable” begs the very serious question, does anyone actually know what “electable” even means?

From the very beginning, it became obvious that “electable” didn’t mean “competitive“, because of the final four Republican candidates for president, the three candidates that were the most “competitive” in hypothetical general election polling were not nominated. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich all polled either better or at least within one or two points in head-to-head polling against Hillary Clinton. In fact, of the seventeen candidates, Donald Trump was one of the few that consistently polled well below Hillary.

Does “electable” mean “constitutional“? Obviously not, because Donald, like most of his supporters, doesn’t have the faintest clue what is actually in the Constitution. In a private meeting with Congressional Republicans last July, months after effectively securing the nomination, Donald boldly declared he would “protect Article I, Article II, (and) Article XII“. As Article VII, regarding the ratification process of the Constitution that took place over two hundred years ago, is the last Article of the Constitution, we can only wonder what Donald even thought he was talking about.

Since the Constitution clearly doesn’t have anything to do with being “electable“, perhaps Donald’s supporters meant he’s “relatable“. That unfortunately depends on a few factors, however. For one, if you happen to own property that Donald Trump wants to turn into a parking lot for a casino or even a mediocre golf course, you are unlikely to find that Donald to be “relatable“. If you happen to be a woman who finds Donald’s hands roughly up your skirt, it’s hard to see how you might find him “relatable” either. As far as the majority of Millennial, minority, and women voters, Donald Trump is demonstrably pretty far from “relatable“, so that’s out.

What’s left?

“In my opinion, we don’t devote nearly enough
scientific 
research to finding a cure for jerks.”
-Bill Watterson-

Say whatever else you want to about the man, but Donald Trump has always been the poster child for the ham fisted hard sell. Everything in his professional and personal life has ever been a reflection of his own brand of unchecked, over the top, narcissistic, masculine bravado. He has leveraged this brand to propel himself to great wealth, into great bankruptcy, back into more wealth, into even more bankruptcy, and once more into great wealth. It is his loud, unfiltered, and often totally incoherent mouth that somehow resonated with rank and file Republican voters.

Everything Donald has ever thought, he has said, regardless of the consequences to himself or others, and, with a considerable pass from the mainstream media during the primaries, the sheer power of this shoot from the hip (and only the hip) personality carried him through the primaries. Donald’s supporters thought that because they liked Donald’s smash mouth politics that America would like Donald’s smash mouth politics.

He had a popular reality television show. He was a living parody of the fabulously wealthy. He was going to make great deals. He was going to bring jobs back to America. He was going to defeat ISIS. He was going to make America great again. How in the world, asks the incredulous Donald Trump supporter, could he not win? It’s actually quite obvious. He’s an unrepentant jerk. That’s how.

“And the LORD told him: ‘Listen to all that the people
are saying to you; 
it is not you they have rejected,
but they have rejected me as their king.'”
-1 Samuel 8:7-

Of all the wretched tragedies of this election season, and there are many, one stands out above all of the rest. Of the possible Republican candidates for president available this year, the one Republican voters chose to represent them was Donald Trump. While it’s true that Donald Trump’s habitual dishonesty, clumsy bigotry, entitled promiscuity, sociopathic vanity, and callous imbecility has poisoned our nation, what does this say about the people who chose him to represent America?

If nothing else, this election shows that we have a lot of soul searching to do as a nation. We are a nation lost. Only when we find ourselves again, when Liberty is written on the hearts of every man and woman, when we remember who we once were, only then will we once again deserve “the greatest man in the world“.

Be Brave. Be Free.

Liberty is For The Win!


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Against All Odds: American Idealism

If the ideals of Justice and Liberty for all are certain and true, then we are morally obligated to fight tirelessly toward what ought to be and never simply accept what is.

Mass hysteria rules the hearts of the American people, and now many are convinced that the nation’s future depends on their candidate winning at any cost. Others stubbornly believe that good moral character is a necessary prerequisite for any leader and that the absence of good moral character is disqualifying no matter the cost. Given these two opposing arguments, the entire election hinges upon which of these world views is true.

Are conscientious voters morally obligated to vote for a candidate they do not believe possesses the character necessary to lead? How much moral debt do we incur when we elect someone we know to be wholly unfit for the office of president? Are we, on the right, exempt from the same criticisms that we have leveled at the left for decades now? Do the same character flaws we found in Bill Clinton become less repugnant now that our candidate exhibits them? Do objective measures of character exist at all?

If voting is quintessentially political speech, then I hold that caveats of conscience are at the discretion of the voter. If the fate of the republic is indeed in peril, then every citizen who is concerned for the future of the republic has a moral obligation to vote for the candidate whom they believe is most capable to secure the future of the republic against all threats from without and within. For many of us, a morally ambiguous billionaire whose moral failings are both numerous and persistent is a nonstarter.

The issue, however, clearly remains far from settled, so we must decide what is worth fighting for against all odds: what is or what ought to be?

“What is right is not always popular and
what is popular is not always right.”

-Albert Einstein-

This “is/ought” dichotomy is at the heart of the “culture of pragmatism” that has been eating away at our nation’s culture like a cancer for over a century, continuously pushing back the lines of objective idealistic virtue and allowing moral relativism to rush in to fill the philosophical void. If we are to have any hope of reigniting the revolutionary ideals upon which our nation was founded, then this ideology of pragmatism must be dealt with once and for all.

Part of the appeal of pragmatism is its superficially intellectual argument to necessity, which discards issues deemed too emotional or idealistic for practical consideration. For men and women who consider themselves to be intellectuals, guided by reason and common sense, this is very enticing. It is, after all, a sensible approach to problems facing society that require a dispassionate solution. It is also a distinctly and demonstrably unAmerican approach to civil society for one simple reason: tyranny is itself pragmatic.



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Facing the excesses of King George III’s rule, pragmatism undoubtedly favored avoiding the thousands of deaths that would result from a war against the world’s undisputed supreme military power, not to mention the threat of execution for treason and the predictable suffering of American colonists. Were our Founding Fathers guided by pragmatism, rather than fiery idealism, the revolution would have been stillborn, likely never to have come at all. Fortunately for us, the Founders pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the ideals of Liberty, against all odds.

This is not to say that they were ever and always guided by idealism, because pragmatism guided more than a few of their choices. In the middle of the uncertain Revolutionary War, pragmatism, not idealism, made it easy to push contentious questions aside for the sake of unity among the colonies. The resulting Articles of Confederation, a no nonsense political document, succeeded in keeping the thirteen colonies together for the duration of the war. It also proved to be such an abject failure that most Americans aren’t even aware of its existence.

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”
(Who will guard us from the guardians?)
-Juvenal-

While pragmatism successfully sidestepped obstacles to the Articles of Confederation, it soon became clear that the very compromises that made the Confederacy possible in the first place also doomed it to fail. Forced to drag each unanswered controversy into the open, from federal taxation to slavery, the Founding Fathers hammered out an improved, albeit still imperfect, Constitution of the United States of America. The remaining imperfections in the Constitution, born of yet more concessions to political pragmatism, only delayed the inevitable.

It was idealism, not pragmatism, on the issue of slavery and equality that birthed the Republican Party. The conflagration between what was ideal and what was pragmatic claimed the lives of over six hundred thousand Americans in the American Civil War. In the aftermath, pragmatism once again guided the reunification of the Republic, but it was idealism that again rose to fight the many terrible injustices suffered by black Americans for more than a century afterwards.

It has been pragmatism, not idealism, that has lead the party of Lincoln away from its stances on moral equality and into expedient alliances of corporatists and nationalists. It was this poisonous pragmatism that has propelled a morally bankrupt, habitually dishonest, adolescent billionaire to the candidacy of the party of “Honest Abe“. It must be idealism, not pragmatism, that will tear down the Republican Party in order to save it from this disgrace.

To save our republic, we must keep our fiery idealism away from the watery pragmatism that has ever been the douser of Liberty. If the ideals of Justice and Liberty for all are certain and true, then we are morally obligated to fight tirelessly toward what ought to be and never simply accept what is. It is through idealism, and only idealism, that we can successfully reignite the fires of Liberty against all odds.

On these things, there can be no compromise.

Liberty is For The Win!


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Poll Watching: Monday 10/24/2016

Source is realclearpolitics.com, taking the last 7 polls, and dropping the highest and lowest as outliers. An average is taken of the remaining five polls.

Picking through the Pieces

We need Donald’s supporters to understand that we want to restore our country as much as they do, but we understand this requires reacquainting ourselves with the blueprints left to us by its architects.

The incessant screaming grows ever more shrill as the election draws closer, and the shadow of doom predicted months ago finally finds the Trumpian Tower of Babel. As the darkness of its own corruption washes over its tumorous bulges, the edifice begins to crack and crumble, and those who worked so hard to build up an unworthy man become confounded and their speech incoherent, without sense or reason. Doing what is right becomes wrong. Doing what is wrong becomes right. Finally, there is a shout from Gamorrah that no standard of good or just matters at all, and the great and terrible tower crashes to the ground.

Now we find ourselves talking in two tongues, one the language of political expediency, justified by political necessity, and the other the language of philosophical necessity, without which our very identity becomes meaningless. The very same political tongue that shamed the behavior of the likes of Anthony Weiner and Bill Clinton justifies the exact same behavior by Donald Trump. For us that were unwilling to ignore such obvious moral lapses and cry foul, there has been no mercy. We have been driven out into the political wilderness.

This change is unsettling and intimidating. After all, life in the political hinterlands asks much of those who will yearn for the comfort of one time friends and allies who became persecutors and foes. The adjustment requires a moral fortitude that breaks the back of lesser hearts as well as a bleak humor that many people simply cannot appreciate. It is, however, when you’ve lost everything that you truly begin to appreciate those things which have real and lasting value, and it is only then you discover what you’re willing to fight tooth and nail, life or death for.

“You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hanging out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud…
-Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone-

In September, Gallup polled Americans regarding their Satisfaction with the United States and found that 70% of Americans were dissatisfied “with how things are going“. Rasmussen found similar results in their October 9th-13th Right Direction or Wrong Track poll, with 66% of Americans feeling that America is on the wrong track. With about 2 out of every 3 Americans feeling unhappy with life in the United States, many people were looking to this election for positive change.

No matter who wins, with Donald polling at 61%  Unfavorable and Hillary polling at 52.9% Unfavorable, a great deal of angst will remain after the election, but as election day nears, Donald’s loss remains the least unpopular and most likely outcome. With his failure to win even one of the debates against Clinton and all of the October surprises that we knew were coming, Donald’s popular support among uncommitted voters has continued to crumble. At the same time, Hillary’s base has continued to grow and solidify. This means, of course, that Hillary will be our next president. Despite our best efforts as conservatives, the worst case scenario has come to pass.


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It is bad. It is very bad. But is it all bad? As dangerous Hillary Clinton’s political ascendancy could be for the cause of Liberty, Trump’s loss may actually work in favor of conservatives caught on both sides of the Trump divide. Without the pressure of supporting the most unlikable presidential candidate in living history, those conservatives who chose to back Trump are no longer at cross purposes with us who remained against him. We won’t be split between those who are “in” and those who are “out“. We’re all outside looking in now, which puts us into an unusually powerful yet precarious position.

“When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You’re invisible now, you’ve got no secrets to conceal…”
-Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone-

Forced to face a doom of their own creation, some of the men and women who succumbed to nationalist pride are getting a bitter lesson in very simple arithmetic: “Every vote is needed.” While many will continue to listen to emotional voices of contention rather than measured voices of reason and will blame Donald Trump’s loss on principled conservatives who refused to bend a knee, there are still many who will finally realize that Donald’s own actions, words, and tenor had more to do with his loss than our principles.

Instead he turned a good and decent country’s political system into a vicious cut throat reality show, taking the candidacy via the low road of undermining everyone else. For the first time, many among his supporters may finally realize this, so it is crucial we start turning the corner and begin the real work of creating a positive message that will bring these people on board with us for the sake of the country. We need Donald’s supporters to understand that we want to restore our country as much as they do, but we understand this requires reacquainting ourselves with the blueprints left to us by its architects.

Yes, we must continue to tell the truth about Trump, but we must do so without malice or vitriol. This will be hard, because there remains hard feelings between the factions, and this has fueled a cycle of brutal partisanship. We’re past the point where we have to defend our conscience. Anyone that doesn’t get that by now is never going to get it and is useless to our movement anyhow. Frankly, we’ve got nothing to lose anymore, and everything to gain now, so there’s no reason to waste time on these people.

For the good of Liberty, let’s seek to be the messengers of Liberty that Liberty deserves.

Be brave. Be free.

Liberty is For The Win!


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Poll Watching: Monday 10/17/2016

Source is realclearpolitics.com, taking the last 7 polls, and dropping the highest and lowest as outliers. An average is taken of the remaining five polls.