Sex, Lies and Politics

The Kavanaugh hearing weaponized the movement. Instead of handling the 36-year-old allegation in private in a timely manner it was manipulated to achieve maximum political advantage; blocking a critical appointment at all cost and providing an opportunity for massive fundraising.  In the course of this strategy the most fundamental differences in the two parties took clear form, amplified by the passions of the #MeToo movement.

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How to Kill the #MeToo Movement

Corroborating witnesses, due process, and timely reporting are still necessary.  This is difficult in such matters because the abuse is usually committed in private.  But without these norms guilt and innocence become arbitrary and the entire legal system become a tool for personal and political abuse. Yes, some of the guilty will go free and unpunished, but that is a price we pay for the presumption of innocence.

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The Private and the Public

The cause, which is usually a permanently revolutionary one, always matters more than any individual’s possible innocence. You are, in fact, always guilty before being proven innocent. You always have to prove a negative. And no offense at any point in your life is ever forgotten or off the table.”

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The Convergence on Kavanaugh

“First the #MeToo movement, which mostly has been a force for good, is entering its moral-panic phase. “

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The Boxer Standard

The willingness to compromise critical institutions is a great threat to our nation.  In the absence of these institutions we are left with nothing but government and arbitrary power.  Justice is the first victim.

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Belief is Not Justice

If there was ever a case to be made that politics has replaced religion as the preferred faith of the left it is the use of the word ‘believe’ in determining legal liability. They believe because they want to believe.  They want to believe the opposition is so sinister and evil that no evidence is required.

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“I Don’t Like the Republicans, but I Can’t Stand the Democrats”

The 2018 midterms are an important test.  Was the humiliating loss of Hillary to Trump only because of her incompetence and corruption or is the party itself out of touch?  The House races are the first opportunity to begin recovering from this loss. If the Democrats fail to take the House, it will be a far more devastating defeat than losing to Donald Trump.

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The Democrats’ Destruction of #MeToo

These movements gained a power that is too seductive.  Like any power that is poorly defined it is subject to abuse as the Senate Democrats have proven.  By hijacking the #MeToo movement in their shameless pursuit of political power they have destroyed the movement’s credibility.

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The Longest Bull

The tariffs and the growing debt are threats, but bull markets do not require perfection. They just require sound fundamentals and a dearth of alternative investments.  

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The Complex and the Difficult

College has largely become an over priced trade school.  Demonization has been substituted for understanding; virtue signaling has been substituted for humility.

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J’accuse Kavanaugh

“The accuser has to prove the allegation in a court of law or in some other venue where the accused can challenge the facts. Otherwise we have a Jacobin system of justice in which “J’accuse” becomes the standard and anyone can be ruined on a whim or a vendetta.”

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The Dogma Within You

Donald Trump is the devil, removing any need for rationality, morality or honesty from the resistance movement.  The evil of Donald Trump  is required to justify the batshit behavior we have witnessed at the Kavanaugh hearing.

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Failure is Progress

“What can’t be stressed enough about what happened in 2008 is that for economies to grow and markets to rise, it’s necessary that the mediocre and lousy constantly be replaced by the good and brilliant. “

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The Resistance is the Establishment

The belief in a ‘general will’ or the ‘people’s will’ is a myth. It is the calling card of the progressives as well as the socialists and Mussolini’s brand of fascism. We are a collection of interests and factions and the constitution is a system to balance those interests, not to ignore them or oppress them.

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Questions from the Era of Trump     

What is the difference between populism and democracy?  What if the populist movement is not nativist or anti-pluralistic, but in favor of restoring the right of free speech to illiberal college campuses with their stifling political correctness, and abject intolerance?

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Teacher’s Union Political Clout

“The California Teachers Association (CTA) boasts a stunning 325,000 members. Their political clout is no small matter, since this one union from one state has “spent more in political campaigning over the last decade than the pharmaceutical industry, oil industry, and tobacco industry—combined.”

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The Catastrophe of Student Debt

“The only way to undo this “vast blunder,” says Mr. Gilder, is to forgive student loans across the board and “extract the money from all the college endowments and funds that were used to just create useless departments and political campaigns.”

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Keeping the Mob at Bay

“If Wyoming has to do things the same way as New Jersey, then the battle over federal power — and especially the metastatic power of the ever-more-princely presidency — must be understood by partisans and culture warriors as existential. That, and not the endangered state of what remains of American federalism, is what most deeply ails the body politic.”

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The Political Mirror

“The financial crisis revealed a horrific meatloaf of bad policy and bad actors, but it does not excuse an individual for refusing to keep personal financial commitments.”

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Liberalism vs Democracy

“In a liberal democracy, the role of liberalism very often is to prevent democracy from doing what democracy wants to do — liberalism is the grown-up who tells democracy, “No.”

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