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Archive of posts published in the tag: National Review

The Tucker Carlson Debate

“It’s not the free market that is financializing the American economy and empowering Wall Street’s leveraged buyouts of American businesses. It’s the federal government’s preferential tax treatment of corporate debt and guarantee of “too big to fail” bailouts.”

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Utopian Fascists

Utopian political movements — and all totalitarian movements are basically utopian — love the world, except for all the people in it.”

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The Real Purpose of a Bailout

Pouring money into a problem without fixing the underlying problem accomplishes the political task of surviving an election cycle.  The people who voted for this nonsense are long gone and no longer held to account.

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The Political Organization of Hatreds

“Simply put, we live in a populist moment when many of the gatekeepers have either abandoned their posts to join the mob or stand lonely vigil at gates that are no longer needed because the walls are crumbling. To borrow a phrase from Julien Benda’s landmark Treason of the Intellectuals, our age is marked by the “political organization of hatreds.” What McCarthy did with letters and telegrams, President Trump does with Twitter.”

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Why Was It Even Close?

His combative tone is welcomed by his supporters and hated by the opposition.  He is solidifying his base and turning his reluctant supporters into committed supporters, but Trump is less effective at getting new supporters.  

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The Big Factory

“Being so focused on Washington, it is natural that the Democrats have allowed the atrophy of their political muscle in the states, leading to diminished power in them. At the same time, the people in the more rural states have not failed to appreciate that the Democrats’ Washington-first approach devalues them and their communities — precisely the problem that our constitutional order was designed to ameliorate.”

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A Better Presidential Perspective

“The fact that America just keeps on trucking irrespective of the qualities or character of the man in the Oval Office ought to make us think rather less of the presidency and rather more of ourselves — and think better of our neighbors, our businesses, our public institutions, our civil society, and much else — including the citizens who do not share our political views.”

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Performance Outrage

“Our politics is full of performative outrage, histrionics that are designed to imbue unserious people with an air moral seriousness and to keep the rubes emotionally invested long enough to get them to a commercial break.”

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The Progressives’ Last Line of Defense

Having lost most state governments, both houses of Congress and the White House, The Supreme Court was their last line of defense. They defended it with desperation and conviction, but without any sense of honor.

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Selective White Priviledge

“It’s not a coincidence that many of the loudest critics decrying white privilege are . . . privileged whites.”

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There Is No Emergency

From Kevin Williamson at National Review, The World Keeps Not Ending: The argument from our Democratic friends is that these are not normal political times, that current events present a unique threat to our institutions, a clear and present danger,…

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The Tyranny of Sore Losers

“They bitterly lament the unfairness that a Wyoming or Montana might have as many senators per state as California or New York, though they had no such complaint in 2009 when they had a Senate supermajority — a margin they won in part because a tiny progressive state such as Rhode Island had the same number of senators as odious conservative Texas.”

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No One Left to Blame

If the Democrats fail to take the house this November it will be a greater loss than losing to Trump in 2016.  There is no one left to blame but themselves.  The Republicans are likely to increase their hold on the Senate by at least 3 seats.

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Challenging the Divine Right to Rule

“The ordinary political processes of the United States have produced results that the Left does not like, and, hence, those processes and the institutions that enable them must be considered illegitimate.”

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Our Exaggerated Demise

While we should not ignore the problems we do have, we should also not ignore the means that have given us the exponential improvements we have enjoyed.  Jonah Goldberg in The Suicide of the West emphasizes that human progress is neither natural or inevitable.

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So Much Promised, So Little Delivered

Elections hinge on magnified passions, and fleeting if serious events.  Crisis fade in the passage of time. Depending on crisis to justify political action requires the manufacture and exaggeration of more crisis.

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Steering #MeToo into Destruction

“Once #MeToo became an arm of the progressive political movement, as witnessed by the Kavanaugh debacle, it lost credence as a movement of righteous indignation whose targets were mostly contrite predators. “

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Cruelty in Deeds vs Words

“And as far as his demonstrable crudity and uncouthness, the hearings showed that the Democrats were far crueler and crass in deed than Trump was in word. So perhaps half of the small minority of Republican Never Trumpers, in horror at the Antifa tactics of the Democrats, retreated to the old adage of “hang together or hang separately.”

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The Avenatti Toxin

By bringing such extreme unfounded allegations he tarnished the far more believable act contended by Ms. Ford, even if her case had no corroboration.  He also tarnished the credibility of his other client, Ms. Daniels.

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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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