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Remember when… [Updated after Senate vote]

Remember when Americans who called themselves “constitutional conservatives” got all excited when an elected Republican stood up to the party leadership and refused to budge on principle, come what may? Now those people call themselves “patriots” and prefer Mitch McConnell’s cloying cleverness to Mike Lee’s constitutionalist principles. Remember when Ted Cruz was that constitutionalist standing up to McConnell and the rest of the...

The Wall Gets Higher

The day Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign, in the summer of 2015, a large chunk of irrational mass movement hatred broke off the old Tea Party constitutionalist ice cap, and that idol-worshipping chunk has been growing continually ever since, finally eclipsing its source in size, fervor, and power. Today, in as clear a rejection as possible of the principles that created the...

Random Stupidity

A few passing thoughts of a Tuesday afternoon (Limbo Standard Time), all of them — sadly but typically in these times — thoughts of stupidity: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the fastest-fading cutie in the history of passing novelties, is doing what the very stupid always do when faced with the daily refutation of all their bright ideas: making even louder declarations of even more ludicrous...

Clutching at Pearls (tight around your neck)

Lindsey Graham, who is either a brave American patriot or a weak-kneed traitor to the republic, depending on whether the Trumpanzees think he is agreeing with Trump this week or not, is currently back in the traitor category again — though in fact he is once again agreeing with Trump. Remember, his status is determined by whether the Trump cult thinks he is...

Weekend Reflections: Eric Hoffer and America’s Collapse

Both the revolutionary and the creative individual are perpetual juveniles. The revolutionary does not grow up because he cannot grow, while the creative individual cannot grow up because he keeps growing. — Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition, p. 62 Elizabeth Warren, an old Marxist windbag, is trying to distinguish herself from Bernie Sanders, an old Marxist windbag, by claiming that she...

A Question for “Rational Baby Killers,” or Ayn Rand on Abortion

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine gave birth to her first child. Actually, she did not “give birth” so much as her child was wrested from her. She was diagnosed with toxemia, endangering both her own life and that of the fetus; her daughter was therefore delivered by emergency caesarean section, six weeks premature. Mother and baby are now, thankfully, doing...

The Psychology of the Bootlicker, Part Two (Bolton for the win!)

I will not bother reiterating all the reasons I have previously offered in support of my minority opinion that John Bolton is none of the things his “conservative” admirers claim he is, and is in fact almost the exact opposite of all those things. Nor will I bother reminding you that I called him out as a cowardly sycophantic lifelong bureaucrat who would...

A Glossary of Progressive Ideas: Part Two

Today, we continue our lexical stroll through progressivism. Two more terms to help you wend your way through modern life without getting lost in the thought-distorting maze of linguistic corruption. “Peer-reviewed” (Prefatory note: In proper English, this term literally means a person’s research has been accepted by one or more reviewers for publication in an academic journal, or for presentation at a professional...

Crying Out for a Tyrant

Rand Paul has waited until the last moment to announce that he will vote against Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, all but insuring that the Senate will officially reject the presidential power-grab. In response, Trump’s cultists and other Republican establishment lovers are taking to the internet to decry Paul’s treason — not treason against the United States, or against the Constitution, but against...

Trump Surrenders (Again)

In my initial remarks on Donald Trump’s failed second summit with Kim Jong-un, I quipped that no deal could be reached because the two sides couldn’t find anything else for Trump to concede to Kim after last year’s summit. Of course, I was only joking — there is naturally plenty for Trump to concede, and in spite of reaching no deal this week,...