Thinking About Rules and Politics Open Thread

When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws. – G K Chesterton, 1905

That’s why I like Chesterton – he was mostly writing a hundred or more years ago, but almost everything he wrote is applicable today; especially as prophecy.

We have so many rules these days – Hulu got hit massively yesterday because they Tweeted out their desire that no one “culturally appropriate” in their Halloween costumes. The pushback was good (and hardly anyone defended Hulu: a possible indicator that very few are still afraid of violating PC demands), but the real problem is that Hulu felt it had to say something like that. To follow PC demands on costumes we’d probably need a thick book of rules which lays out which costumes are acceptable and which not, and who can wear which acceptable costumes: and given the vagaries of race and gender these days, we’d need really granular detail on that. Or, we can just stick to the old Big Law of “don’t be vulgar”. True, in that old Big Law there was a lot of subjectivity and someone could show up at the costume party looking like a fool, but it was certainly a lot more convenient than worrying if the use of a sombrero is racist.

The thing about Rules is that only enforcers really like them – which is why most of us prefer a few clear, simple rules that everyone knows and understands. God has Ten Commandments – and Jesus really boiled that down to two. The Constitution of the United States is amazing for its brevity. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof”: that covers religion. On the other hand, Title IX rambles on for quite a bit, and that’s before you get into the mountain of words in the regulatory and judicial aspects of it. In the end, you don’t really know what Title IX means – it doesn’t even really define what “discrimination” means. This sort of thing is, in my view, deliberate. Make a long, rambling law that no one can fully understand and, presto!, you’ve got your mechanism for doing whatever it is you want as long as you have the power to enforce it. Of course, it should be noted, that only tyrants like this sort of thing.

A CNBC poll, of all things, discounts the possibility of a Blue Wave. OTOH, I’ve seen some worrying for the GOP polling data out of Pennsylvania. On the Other, Other Hand, the Democrats are sending $3 million to New Jersey (!) in an attempt to save Menendez. My guess: no one really knows what will happen on the 6th. Both sides are fired up and donating. I’m pretty sure we’ll see a very high mid-term turnout. I’ve noticed that the Democrat ads out here in closely-fought Nevada are turning away from attacking Trump and getting more general, as well as dragging out the time-worn “The GOP will take away your social security” accusation. Not sure if this means the Dems feel they’ve locked down their base and are now stretching for older voters who tend GOP, or if they have lost part of their base and are now trying to get it back. Guess we’ll find out soon enough. One thing you can rely on: if it is reported in the MSM, it is almost certain to be a lie in one fashion or another…the MSM, at the orders of the Democrats, will try to suppress GOP voter enthusiasm and boost Democrat voter enthusiasm. All political stories (with possible rare exceptions) will be pitched with this in mind.

Meanwhile, the weirdness of having a Democrat represent North Dakota in the Senate since 1960 might be coming to an end.

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38 thoughts on “Thinking About Rules and Politics Open Thread

  1. Cluster October 18, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Where are the feminists??

    A Democratic operative for American Bridge 21st Century, a group founded by David Brock and funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, was arrested Tuesday after the female campaign manager for Nevada GOP gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt accused the operative of grabbing and yanking her arm and refusing to let go.

    Kristin Davison and other officials for the Nevada attorney general’s campaign said the “battery” left her “terrified and traumatized” — and with bruises on her neck and arms.

    And evidently, the dysfunctional and socialist parasites from the third world south of Mexico have no respect for our laws. I think they need to be taught a lesson in civility and respect.

    • Retired Spook October 18, 2018 / 9:47 am

      As far as I know no one has been killed yet, but you know that’s inevitable when “the ends justify the means.”

    • M. Noonan October 18, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      Oddly, Sisolak seemed to have been nip and tuck with Laxalt – this should probably prevent him from becoming governor. Here’s the typical thing about it: Sisolak has presented himself as the champion of women. He even used his daughters in a campaign commercial to laud Planned Parenthood and swear that he’d fight to keep it funded. Naturally, his actual campaign doesn’t match his stated goal…or, more realistically, of course a party committed to abortion will actually treat people like sh**.

    • M. Noonan October 18, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      As an aside: found out that the GOP has seen a net gain in New Hampshire voter registration of 26,000 since 2016. Trump lost the State by 1,500 votes. This is the sort of data point I’m looking for…my theory is that the GOP is growing; that is it now larger than the Democrat party. We’ll find out for sure when the votes are counted…but something like that is worth more than all the polls ever taken.

      • Retired Spook October 18, 2018 / 1:26 pm

        That is significant and something you’re not likely to see on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and probably not even on FOX. IIRC, the big increase in GOP voter registration in PA in 2016 was what tipped you off that Trump might actually win. If you look at historical poll results, the majority of polls are not even close, but they tip the average toward Democrats. So when you see that such and such Dem is leading by 4, 5 or 6 points in the Real Clear Politics average, it includes a couple polls that him him or her up by 13.

  2. Cluster October 18, 2018 / 8:21 am

    Be sure to vote, and be sure to vote R

    The Democrats only want your money and your obedience – give them neither

  3. Retired Spook October 18, 2018 / 11:57 am

    Kind of OT, but a really interesting essay today at Public Discourse about trends in the family and human sexuality.

    • M. Noonan October 18, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      It is interesting – but I think he gets close to and then nimbly dodges away from a crucial aspect of it all: fashion. Or, more vulgarly, fad.

      The reason for the rise in transgender identification is simply because it is fashionable. Same reason we’ve seen an increase in bisexual identification. The kids are relentlessly propagandized in favor of non-traditional sexual activity and the last thing you want to be is just straight. How boring. Plus, you get no awards for being straight. Come out as bisexual or transgender, and you’re an instant hero. You might even get on TV!

      The idea of kids as rebels and pathfinders is a stupid legacy of the 60’s – kids are not rebels: kids a relentless conformists. All those hippie rebels of the 60’s were exactly alike. Because all the kids were, at the same time, doing precisely what they were told to do: dress weird, listen to Jefferson Airplane, smoke pot and protest the war. That was, back in the 60’s, how you fit into the herd.

      Kids are learning how to be people. They are learning what is rewarded, and what is punished. They are learning how one gets on top of the heap. How one fits in with the social group. And they are desperate to learn this – because when you first enter this world, you haven’t a clue about it. Used to be that the family and the Church were your primary means of learning how to be a social being…now, it is school and internet (pop culture) which teaches the kids. And what does school and pop culture teach? That is precisely what the kids learn – and only the most vigorous of parents can stand against it.

      • Jeremiah October 19, 2018 / 2:53 am

        colo-rectal cancer is on the rise.

  4. Retired Spook October 18, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    Erik Erickson has an excellent piece on social justice.

    Christian humor site The Babylon Bee has the best actual working definition for what modern “social justice” is. According to the Bee, social justice is “a Marxism-inspired construct that sees everything in terms of power versus the powerless.” Social justice, in other words, is not caring for the widows, orphans and poor, but embracing the idea of classes and identity politics. Intersectionalism comes into play thus: The more you identify with supposedly powerless classes, the more power society must give you. In other words, a one-armed black Muslim homeless lesbian must be given greater standing in society than a one-legged white Southern heterosexual Christian male who lost his leg in Afghanistan because he represents the white male patriarchy.

    • M. Noonan October 18, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Yep – but everyone is leaving aside just how Nazi it is…how your condition you have no control over determines your social worth.

  5. Retired Spook October 18, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    Every time I think Kurt Schlicther can’t get any more entertaining, he does.

    But it’s the liberal elite that actually imagines that we buy into the same bizarre constellation of racial weirdness that dominates their clique. They rank and rate everyone by their perceived position in the grand hierarchy of grievances. Warren gets 5 victim points for being a girl, and 20 points for being an Indian. If she only dug chicks, wore a burka, and had a limp, she would hit a grand slam in the victimhood World Series.

    It’s all just so weird, basing your self-image on who your grandmother was. And in the Commie Squaw’s case, it’s her great-great-great-great-great-great grandma. It’s even creepier basing your views of others on the same meaningless criteria.

    Their racism, sexism, and other -isms and -phobias are all so stupid that you can’t help but point at their prejudices and laugh, which really sets Shoveling Bull on the warpath because to her and her elite pals, it’s all so very, very serious.

    They actually believe this bigoted garbage. And they hate us because we don’t. And they really hate us when we laugh at them.

  6. jdge1 October 18, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    I’ve seen multiple commercials / ads where Democrat candidates try to peg their opponent as a bad choice because they voted FOR the tax cut. How is it that Democrats looking to get elected / reelected think ascribing a negative label to their opponents who voted for tax cuts for the majority of Americans and American businesses, is a good thing? What kind of mindset would the typical American have to have to believe getting a tax cut is a bad thing and want to revert it?

    • Retired Spook October 18, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      Walter Mondale ran on raising taxes against Reagan in 1984 and lost 49 states. But, keep in mind, the lions share of the Democrat base pay no taxes, so anyone who is higher up on the economic ladder is really of no concern to them — unless, of course, their boss (assuming they’re employed) lets them go because his taxes went up. But the vast majority of lower economic class Liberals don’t think that far ahead.

      • jdge1 October 18, 2018 / 4:35 pm

        “But, keep in mind, the lions share of the Democrat base pay no taxes… Point taken. But then even if a third of those who vote predominately Democrat are hard working tax paying households, (and I know many who are) using the approach mentioned above as a campaign slogan seems like a doomsday scenario for the left.

      • Retired Spook October 18, 2018 / 4:49 pm

        No one ever said Liberals were smart. And, quite frankly, I don’t think the vast majority of Leftists realize the extent of the political realignment this country is going through, primarily due to Trump. Their old playbook just doesn’t work anymore, at least not with most people who are paying attention. And I think it’s pretty obvious that MORE people are paying attention.

      • jdge1 October 18, 2018 / 7:09 pm

        “And I think it’s pretty obvious that MORE people are paying attention.”

        I think the upcoming election will show just how much that’s true. I’m hoping for a major transition away from the left, but even a small percentage of voters moving away could have catastrophic implications to liberals. If that happens, I anticipate they will step up their violence too. The recent video Jeremiah posted showing the clash with Antifa members comes to mind as a possible episode we could see more of. That kind of interaction could certainly be a trigger to a physical civil war. Let’s hope saner minds prevail. Not holding my breath when those with the power to stop it tell the police to stand down.

  7. jdge1 October 18, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    “The state of Indiana is asking the Supreme Court to uphold a ban on sex, race, and disability-selective abortion in what may be the first abortion case heard by a now-majority conservative bench.

    I fail to see how this law, as stated, can be enforced. Wouldn’t a person wanting an abortion simply provide a reason different from the specified criteria such as those listed? Unless I’m missing something, it seems like a foolish approach to limit abortion, even if well intended. I’m all for ending abortion with the exception of saving the physical life of the mother with well defined terms, but this seems like a losing battle.

  8. Cluster October 19, 2018 / 8:13 am

    Morning Joe is FREAKING out this morning due to the lack of “message” from the Democrats and terrified that the GOP will retain the House and the Senate !!!

    I love the smell of liberal panic in the morning.

  9. Retired Spook October 19, 2018 / 10:45 am

    Rush had an interesting call several days ago with enlightening follow-up by listeners. The caller said he was concerned by the lack of GOP candidate yard signs in his area. A couple days later Rush said he had been inundated with emails and texts from Republicans who said they were afraid to put candidate signs in their yards for fear they would be assaulted or their property would be vandalized.

  10. Jeremiah October 19, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    please, please everyone vote. We can’t these college kids to get their wishes.

    • Retired Spook October 19, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Words escape me! And I suspect that most of those people breed.

  11. Retired Spook October 20, 2018 / 11:41 am

    I had an interesting exchange with a neighbor of mine last night. He lives abut a half mile from me, but I’ve known him for over 20 years — what I’d call friendly acquaintances, although the last few years he’s gotten more and more vocal about his hatred for Republicans, not particularly aimed at me since I’ve never identified my political preference around him. I ran into him in the supermarket last night, and mentioned the yard signs I had seen in his yard for the Democrat nominee for U.S. Congress — not judgmental, just an observation. He really went off on how they (Democrats) were going to mop up the floor next month with the fu*king Republicans who had just fu*ked up this country beyond recognition. And then they were going to impeach Trump and Pence and Kavanaugh and correct the horrible mistake of 2016. When he was done ranting, I said, with every unhinged thing the Democrats have done and said since Trump was elected, I didn’t see how anyone with half a brain could identify with the Democrat Party. Before he could respond I said, on second thought I COULD see how someone with half a brain COULD identify with the Democrat Party — and then I walked away. I don’t really care if he ever speaks to me again. Life’s too short.

    • jdge1 October 20, 2018 / 4:34 pm

      Nice response 🙂

  12. Retired Spook October 20, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    Anyone else notice that many pundits, including Dems, are beginning to dial back their expectations for the election. The “blue Wave” is becoming a narrow ripple with the Dems gaining 25-30 seats (23 needed to change the balance of power).

    • Cluster October 21, 2018 / 10:07 am

      It’s 2016 all over again ……. I don’t think they see the train coming. As I type this Chuck Todd is claiming that there is “unprecedented energy for Democrats amongst millennials” – really? I am not seeing it. If they’re relying on the millennials to actually go and vote to put them over the top, I don’t see that happening either. And of course anyone over 40 and with half a brain will vote R.

  13. Cluster October 22, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Seeing this headline:

    CARAVAN SWELLS TO 7,000
    PUSHES DEEPER INTO MEXICO
    ‘NO STOPPING US’

    Reminds me of the line in the movie “Full Metal Jacket” – “how can you shoot the women and children”

    Answer – “it’s all in how you lead them”

    • Retired Spook October 22, 2018 / 10:09 am

      This is not a bunch of people who packed a picnic lunch and headed north in search of a better life. This is a well funded, well coordinated invasion. Cut off who’s paying them and feeding them, and you stop it.

  14. jdge1 October 22, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    This is rather disturbing. Technology is for the most part is neither positive or negative, mostly dependant on how it is used. In this case the moral & ethical dilemmas are off the chart.

    • Cluster October 22, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      That is disturbing and let’s just say that when I read stuff like this, I am glad I am on the back half of my life on this planet ….

  15. Retired Spook October 22, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    Interesting article about the caravan. His math is a bit suspect, though.

    The caravan is currently in Tapachula, Mexico having already passed through Honduras and El Salvador. If the caravan is heading to the nearest part of the US border, it will probably travel along the eastern Mexican coastline and head for the southernmost tip of Texas. From Tapachula, that trip takes about two weeks on foot.

    Distance from Tapachula to McAllen, TX: 1,857 KM or 1,154 miles. Distance per day required to make it in two weeks – 82.4 miles. Walking speed required to average 82.4 miles per day – 3.4 mph non-stop for 336 straight hours.

    So why “two weeks?” What happens two weeks from tomorrow?

    A more realistic scenario is walking 2 mph for 10 hours a day which would take 58 days and get the caravan to McAllen, TX just before Christmas.

    So you can rest assured that if this caravan arrives at our southern border in 2 weeks, they didn’t get their under their own power, and significant amounts of money changed hands to make it happen.

    • Cluster October 22, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Have you seen the pics and/or video of the caravan? Not many women and children. I see a lot of young men …..

    • M. Noonan October 22, 2018 / 10:10 pm

      Yep. It is carefully organized and supported – but, what I wonder is who thought that immigration debate would be moved in the US by getting together thousands of foreigners to shout anti-American slogans?

      Our opponents are just not very bright.

  16. Retired Spook October 22, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Third quarter GDP numbers are due Thursday. If they meet or exceed the latest estimate of 3.9%, it’s even more bad news for Democrats.

    • Cluster October 22, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      Headline on Drudge:

      HONDURANS PAINT SWASTIKA ON AMERICAN FLAG, SET IT ON FIRE; WAVE HONDURAN FLAGS, GIVE US THE FINGER

      And these are the people who want to live here ……. why are they so hateful? I wonder what, or more importantly who made them angry?

      • Amazona October 23, 2018 / 4:50 pm

        They are recruited by the International Left, which pulls the strings of the domestic Left and writes its narratives for it as well.

        Clearly there are two messages being sent. One is to the Bleeding Heart contingent of “but they just want to escape danger and have better lives” whined to the background of violins playing, and the one sent to the “refugees” is that this is an evil but rich nation ripe for the plundering and deserving of hate, and probably responsible for all that is wrong with their own.

        The problem is that in the age of instant communication it is harder to hide the second message, and this is the one we need to pay attention to.

  17. jdge1 October 22, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    That the Republicans are ahead or near even with the Democrats in various fund raisings, based on this article, I have a renewed enthusiasm for the upcoming election. Why? Mostly due to where I believe these funds come from. I believe much of the money the Democrats generate comes from unions (often forced contributions), leftist billionaires, outside influences (non-voting foreign involvement), and illegal or shady source (kickbacks). On the other hand, it seems much of the money the Republicans generate comes from businesses and grass roots efforts, meaning the voting public. Though I have no idea what the actual turnout will be, this give me hope that the right will hold both houses, and potentially show increases in the senate. I pray to God that our country continue on the road back to Him.

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