Looking back on election night, I'm not so much happy that the Republicans won, as I am that the Democrats lost.
We did put some good people in, but once again the pros are taking credit for public enthusiasm. That's what the Dems did in 2012, taking credit for black turnout, which they now failed to repeat despite their super amazing ground operation. Now it's the turn of the Repubs to claim that they're political geniuses. Said claim is mostly based on message discipline and purging conservatives.
You won't find me saying, "Don't vote." Voting is important. Even as in New York City where it mainly means casting a protest vote.
But we ought to remember that if McCain had won in 2008, we would have gotten amnesty years ago. If Romney had won in 2012... I wouldn't have bet against it.
The triumphant establishment is rolling out a Chamber of Commerce wish list, much of is worth doing, but the Republican Party didn't get the keys to the Senate to cater to a few powerful interests. If the Republican Party isn't seen fighting for the middle class against powerful liberal interests, it's never going to win on its own merits. It'll remain a default vote or a protest vote.
Here's what I wrote right after Obama's first election
With sole control in the hands of the Democrats, everything wrong in government can be and should be laid at their doorstep. The key thrust must be to characterize Congress and the people around Obama as corrupt and Obama as incompetent and a failed leader.
Every policy, every proposal, every appointment, every statement must be linked to one or more of these messages.
During the election we were warned not to use Obama's middle name. Well let's give him a new middle name now Failure. Failure must be closely associated with everything Obama does with reference to a "Pattern of Failure."
That finally kicked in, less because of Republican messaging, than because of a series of crises. Obama is now associated with failure. He has belatedly lost credibility. And it only took six years.
Here's what I wrote about what the GOP needed to do back in November 2008.
By harnessing the frustrations imposed by government on the ordinary American, the heavy tax burden, the waste, the pork, the Republican party can take back Congress and the White House... but it has to be more than rhetoric. It has to be a real agenda...
Reagan's ability to connect with the ordinary American lay in his understanding of the frustrations that most people had toward an impersonal government. There is a lot of talk about Reagan's legacy, but his real legacy should be a Republican party capable of genuine revolutionary action backed by rhetoric devoid of condescension that connects to the experiences and frustrations of the ordinary American. We should not shy away from partisanship or from radical proposals. It is the only way to survive...
Finally Obama's election is a preview of things to come if the immigration problem is not dealt with within the decade. The Democrats want nothing more than a large underclass which has not absorbed American traditions and history and is easily gulled into voting bread and circuses for itself. If we do not drastically slash third world immigration, not only will we face the indigenous Islamic terrorist threat by second generation Muslim immigrants that Europe already faces, but the American electorate will no longer be American.
The American voter whose confidence we need to win is frustrated by illegal immigration, by having to shell out tax dollars for social benefits for immigrants and by the transformation of his towns and communities into something alien to his experience. The Republican party can win big in district after district by taking up his cause. It will however lose big if it panders to the La Raza crowd in the hopes of winning a few thousand Latino voters here and there.
All this unfortunately still remains relevant today. Too many Republicans have not learned how to talk compellingly about individual freedom, opportunity and big government in terms that relate to ordinary people.
The Democrats are quite good at painting vivid pictures of life under oppressive social and economic injustice. The Republicans counter that with blue sky rhetoric rather than doing what Reagan did and showing how big government makes life worse. And there's a reason for that.
Quite a few of them like big government in what they think is the right dose. So do some of their biggest backers.
Obama Aide: “He Doesn’t Feel Repudiated.”
75% of Americans Say Obama Needs to Rethink Issues
Harry Reid: It’s Obama’s Fault!
Biden: “I Predict We’re Gonna Keep the Senate.”
Michelle Nunn: “We Stand On the Cusp of an Extraordinary Victory”
Charlie Crist Loses 3rd Time, Which Party Will He Switch to Now?
Democrats Offer Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Job to FOX News Host
It’s not the job of the Secretary of State to “put real Islam out there” and in deciding which Islam was the real Islam, Ayatollah John was functioning as an unlicensed Muslim leader.
ISIS Jihadists are denounced as Takfiris for declaring other Muslims to be infidels. Ayatollah John receives communion at the Paulist Center and then moonlights as a Muslim Takfiri by claiming that the Takfiris of ISIS are infidels.
This is the trap of “moderate Islam.” Once we distinguish a “good Islam” from a “bad Islam,” we have established the “good Islam” as a state religion. And then we have to support it and enforce its laws. Few leaders demonstrate the folly of trying to defeat Islamic terrorism by embracing Islam better than the Ayatollah of State.
Are You There Allah? It’s Me, John Kerry
Director of Org Funded by Nazi Collaborator to Head ADL
While liberalism’s War on Women meme and the sexism of Islamic law may seem like two opposites, they are actually mirror images of each other. Muslims teach men to hate and fear women. Liberals teach women to hate and fear men. Liberalism promotes paranoia about the intentions of men while Islam teaches men to be paranoid about the intentions of women.
Liberalism treats masculinity as a pathology. Islam treats femininity as the root of all evil. Both ideologies insist that one gender and everything related to it is inherently tainted and that the only way to maintain a good society is to purge that gender and everything it represents from the public square.
Liberalism and Islam both seek to create conditions of divisiveness that make trust between the sexes impossible. Even when men and women do connect, both ideologies work to create power imbalances, social, religious and legal, that make family life inherently unstable.
The Leftist and Islamic War on the Family
COMMITMENT AND COMMITTAL
“That’s a commitment I made not just to the American people — and to businesses and the evangelical community and the law enforcement folks and everybody who’s looked at this issue and thinks that we need immigration reform — that’s a commitment that I also made to John Boehner, that I would act in the absence of action by Congress.”
Obama has to illegally amnesty a bunch of illegal aliens because he made a commitment to Boehner that he would do it if he didn’t get a bill.
I think Obama is confusing “commitment” with “threat”. Also blackmail.
But he also made a commitment to law enforcement, even though everyone from the border patrol, the relevant agency, has been firmly opposed. Also evangelicals, by which he means a bunch of lefty plants.
And he made a commitment to the American people to illegally bypass Congress for a measure that they don’t want him to do.
Obama Must Amnesty Illegal Aliens b/c of Commitment to Boehner
PLEASE AVOID HOMOSEXUAL RAPE WHILE IN THE UK
A man in his early 20s allegedly was approached by two Libyan soldiers who subjected him to a serious sexual assault. Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abogutila, 22, were charged with rape on Monday.
A Libyan soldier has spoken to BBC News from the Cambridgeshire barracks at the centre of Britain’s controversial training mission for the Libyan army.
“They didn’t tell us about British law and what’s the difference between right and wrong here.”
Can We Make a Pamphlet Telling Muslims Not to Rape?
Anti-Israel Left: Netanyahu Threatened to Kill Obama by Saying “Lawn”
BDS KILLS ITS OWN
The American Studies Association’s radicals decided to take a break from studying sixth wave feminist anti-capitalist readings in Navajo weaving to boycott the only country in the Middle East that protects their kind from being murdered in the street by angry mobs.
Whom did the boycott hurt?
The aptly named Sternhell is a radical anti-Israel leftist who compares Israel to the South. Now she’s having problems organizing an anti-Israel conference accusing Israel of Segregation… because the participants are boycotting Israel.
This is like the time that Hitler accidentally bombed Mussolini.
First Victim of American Studies BDS Boycott of Israel was Palestinian Student
Saudi Woman Arrested for Questioning Length of Mohammed’s Beard
Jim Gerstein isn’t really a pollster, he’s an advocate. He’s been entangled with J Street all along and his polls remain controversial because they’re pushing an agenda.
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to him.
“As an American, you have a say in what your country is trying to do, and can try to affect its policy,” said Gerstein, in one of several wide-ranging interviews with Tablet Magazine ahead of the conference. “How do you get the people who are typical American Jews, who care about political causes and went out and volunteered for Obama, to engage on this issue? The question is how to translate the support Jewish individuals have for progressive issues in America and put that together with their views on peace.”
Why J Street’s Exit Poll of Jewish Voters is Phony
I’m sorry I lied about all the racism. I did it because of the racism.
When Alyza Lewin, the family’s lawyer, protested, Sotomayor said, “How could you tell me it’s not a lie? You, the United States, are being asked to put on the passport that you believe the place of birth of this individual is Israel, and … the executive has said, no, we don’t think it was Israel, we think it was Jerusalem.”
The Wise Latina seems to be too stupid to understand the difference between a political position and a statement of fact.
Bizarrely she’s attacking a twelve-year-old boy and his family for wanting the government to uphold its own law and accusing them of lying and of wanting the government to lie.
Obama’s Supreme Court Justice Accuses Jewish Boy of Lying About Being Born in Jerusalem
...from a comment on Instapundit on my Unbearable Lightness of Feminism article
A few years ago, I would have considered myself a supporter of feminism. Back when I thought it was mostly about equality and protecting women from harassment, rape and abuse. Back when I bought the line that the radical feminists are just a fringe group that didn't represent the movement as a whole.
Thank you, petty, totalitarian and asinine modern feminists: you've killed any chance I will ever support a movement calling itself "feminist" ever again. I don't know exactly what it was that tipped the scales. Maybe it was hearing you say that wearing a burqa is liberating and that women in Muslim countries are treated better than those poor, oppressed women in America. Maybe it was having you accuse me of supporting rape when I said that the best way to stop rape was to arm women and have them kill their would-be rapists.
Or maybe it was the 2008 election where, after years of hating the c-word myself, I got to hear hundreds of so-called feminists use it against Sarah Palin. Or the people who told me that they hoped Sarah Palin would be raped and murdered. Classy stuff.
Somewhere in there, I realized that the real perpetrators of rape culture, the real haters of strong women, the real misogynists were you.
ON LIBERAL JEWISH SELF-HATRED
I found this observation from Korean-American author Euny Hong interesting.
During the process of conversion and for the first few years, it almost was not worth it. I was younger and more tolerant. I was not the kind of person who would just walk away because of being insulted or whatever. Generally, the more religious somebody was, the more accepting they were. I had very positive experiences in Modern Orthodox synagogues, for example. If you go to an Orthodox synagogue, even if you don’t look Jewish, they kind of assume there must be a reason that you’re there. At a Reform synagogue or Conservative synagogue, which is what I converted to, they’re just very suspicious because there are so many people who go to shul and aren’t religious; a lot of them don’t even want to be there themselves unless it’s the High Holidays. So they’re suspicious of anyone who wants to be there who doesn’t have to be there. A lot of it, frankly, is self-hatred. “If you want to be like me, there must be something seriously wrong with you” kind of thing. I think it’s really unfortunate I had to see that side of people. It’s definitely something I’m still not okay with.
I've only been on the Orthodox and white side of the line, but it matches my experience. Her experience of racism in liberal congregations is interesting and unexpected. As is her interpretation that it stems from self-hatred.