Earned Hypocrisies?

Commander-in-Chief? It’s the President, Stupid. Frank Miele – “The fact that Mattis is being lauded by left-wing media pundits and congressional plutocrats as a protector of the nation against the president shows just how far from constitutional authority we have fallen.” Two esteemed generals have shamed themselves lately by putting personal animus above country. VDH describes the phenomena:

Our Exhausted American Mediocracy. Victor Davis Hanson – “The point of this tour of our elite is not to excuse Trump’s often retaliatory crassness or bombast, but to remind us that our self-righteous anti- and pre-Trump aristocracy was so often a mediocracy.”

“The 2016 election and refutation of the ruling class did not signal that those without such educations and qualifications were de facto better suited to direct the country. Instead, the lesson was that the past record of governance and the current stature of our assumed best and brightest certainly did not justify their reputations or authority, much less their outsized self-regard. In short, instead of being a meritocracy, they amount to a mediocracy, neither great nor awful, but mostly mediocre.

Our ruling classes either could not or would not defend American traditions and civilization in our colleges, in our government, and in our popular culture—and they were increasingly accepting of the globalist consensus that America had a flawed past requiring some sort of reparatory future.

It is easy to suggest that much of the unprecedented hatred shown Trump is the poisoned fruit of his alleged toxic persona. And yet it is hard to calibrate whether any president has faced, from the moment of his election, the level of venom shown Trump by both political parties, and by the elite media, and the centers of progressivism on Wall Street, in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Washington, and New York.

A country that once banned for life a clown from a state fair for wearing in puerile fashion a Barack Obama mask now ritually talks of impeaching, committing to an institution, overthrowing, or beating, burning, decapitating, blowing up, and shooting the elected president.

The argument of these elites and their institutions has been not just that Trump is incompetent or inexperienced, but that he is corrupt, perverse, treasonous, criminally minded, and to such a degree that the results of the 2016 should be overturned before the 2020 election. And such an end to Trump’s elected governance is justified not merely by his toxic person, but also by the racist, sexist, nativist, xenophobic Americans—the counterfeit half of the country—who elected him.

So do the most acerbic critics of Trump and iconic members of our aristocracy inspire confidence?

Strangest of all, the elite’s furious venom directed at Trump, couched in ethical pretense, has had the odd effect to remind the American people how unethical and incompetent these people were, are, and likely will continue to be.

Bye-bye, 2018 —The Year of Living Hatefully. Roger L Simon. – “While it isn’t clear yet whether we had an attempted coup in the USA in 2018 (or earlier), we did have a year in which people despised each other seemingly as never before in our country — sometimes with reason but quite often not.” He taints his own argument by the equality assumption but does provide insight around the contradiction (falsehood). The hate goes predominately in one direction which is why the selected examples, specific evidence, all go against the equality, both sides equally evil, assumption.

“There is and has been an emptiness in American society and I am going to suggest a cause I never thought I would, not because it is unique to me — it hardly is — but because I have, until relatively recently, been a rather typical agnostic of my generation.

It is the absence of God, augmented by the ongoing secularization of our culture largely perpetrated by that same generation (mine). We now almost have in America what the French call laïcité. It doesn’t work there (they hate each other more than we do) and it won’t here.

And before you go after to me to remind me that church- and synagogue-going people can be just as bad as everybody else, I will say, “Yes, of course,” then continue on to say that the majority of believing religious people, especially in the Judeo-Christian tradition (I don’t know the others well enough to comment), tend not to live lives as dominated by hate.

The Most Memorable Leftist Hypocrisies of 2017-8. Robert Oscar Lopez – countering the ‘equality assumption’ by example…

“Jason Wilson published a column at the reliably left-wing Guardian called “How the world has fought back against the far-right and started winning.”

It celebrates Gestapo tactics against inconsequential bad guys the left labels as racists, Nazis, or whatever. Wilson glorifies “doxing,” “counter-surveillance,” and “no-platforming.” He likes pressuring governments to classify internet commenters as terrorists and deny them visas. It exhilarates him to foment betrayals within conservative camps and devastate people like Milo Yiannopoulos.

You get the feeling that Jason Wilson hates people.

Maybe the left thinks it can carry on this way and won’t go to the excesses of the Nazis because American leftists are more civilized. Or something. I doubt that the left even understands the Nazis enough to avoid becoming them.

To get Trump, the left abandons its integrity on the Middle East, Central America, and Eastern Europe

On poverty and inequality. Rudd-O – “Anyone trying to convince you that better productivity is evil, is necessarily wrong, from the most basic concepts. Anyone telling you that productive folks are to blame for the evils of poverty and inequality, is not just wrong, but also full of hate for success. Do not let them lie to you.”

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