Category: Liberty’s Labors Lost

The Dilemma Facing a Principled American

Patterico has a very good post at his blog today, examining both sides of the “Trump vs. the socialist” dynamic that is causing principled conservatives and constitutionalists in America to lose sleep as they look ahead to November 2020. For some time, he has been toying with the idea of voting for a Democrat (hopefully a “moderate” one) as a small stand against...

America: Another Week’s Demolition Complete

Democrats must be flummoxed by Trump’s “foreign policy.” He has stolen all the moves they used to do behind closed doors or (accidently) into hot mics, and he has turned those secret anti-American subversions into boastful, brazen betrayals of American interests and America’s allies — and his supporters shout “MAGA!” and “Nobel Prize!” for each and every betrayal. Imagine if Obama had known...

The Day of the Jackasses

When all is equally agitated, nothing appears to be agitated, as in a ship. When all tend to debauchery, none appears to do so. He who stops draws attention to the excess of others, like a fixed point. — Pascal, Pensées, §382 A small event this past weekend crystallized the full ugliness of what America has become in the age of Donald Trump...

Hot Takes on Senate Impeachment Vote: Part 4

Here is Mitt Romney’s speech in the U.S. Senate, explaining why he voted for Trump’s removal from office, in spite of his entire party’s hatred of him for doing so. Don’t waste my time or yours objecting to one thing I have written today (this or the preceding three parts of today’s “Hot Takes”), until you watch the following video, listening sincerely, not...

Hot Takes on Senate Impeachment Vote: Part 3

Steve Deace, who built some name recognition and a bit of a following as an alternative, Christian conservative radio host during the 2016 primaries, has added his voice to the gutless chorus of “Trump or death!” spewing from the mainstream GOP these days: I had Republicans try to get rid of me more than once over the years for telling the truth about...

Hot Takes on Senate Impeachment Vote: Part 2

Dinesh D’Souza, a pseudo-intellectual phony-baloney who has spent the past several years pushing various commercial, Republican-friendly products as though they were important theories, throws his two cents onto the pile of Trumpkin funny money regarding Mitt Romney’s infamous vote heard round the world: Who is the more vindictive one? It’s close, but I vote for @MittRomney over Nancy Pelosi because Romney is knifing...

Hot Takes on Senate Impeachment Vote: Part 1

Mitt Romney has voted to remove Donald Trump from office, which is consistent with his earlier vote to call more witnesses. This shows that the earlier vote was not just a butt-covering show-vote, but that he sincerely disapproved of the GOP establishment’s circling of the wagons for Trump. Here is radio host and complete and utter sell-out Mark Levin — establishment bootlicker extraordinaire...

“How to Watch Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address” (because you don’t even know how to watch TV without a progressive paternalist guiding you!)

The title of this post (sans my parenthetic addition) is an exact replica of a headline appearing today at The Daily Beast, a popular leftwing political website. The post was written by one Julia Arciga, which does not mean she is responsible for that title, though she is presumably responsible for the beaming-smile-cutie-pie-tilted-head-with-raised-shoulder photograph that accompanies her byline — because in our nihilistic...

Nietzsche on Party Politics

Apart. — Parliamentarianism — that is, public permission to choose between five basic political opinions — flatters and wins the favor of all those who would like to seem independent and individual, as if they fought for their opinions. Ultimately, however, it is indifferent whether the herd is commanded to have one opinion or permitted to have five. Whoever deviates from the five...

The Constitution, Abuse of Power, and “Technical Crime”

From the “pox on both your houses” school of political philosophy, let us address the issue of presidential abuse of power, specifically in light of the question, asked by many slaves of the Republican Party establishment (i.e., Trump supporters), as to whether such a charge, brought by Democrats, is anything but a partisan political ruse for “overturning an election.” For some reason, the...