A sound way to judge a person is by his deeds – as opposed to his words. By this standard, Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, has acted in a way deserving of the support of people who are tired of politicians such as Donald Trump – who talk but never act.
Or act wrongly, ineptly – serially.
Earlier this week, DeSantis acted, again – by publicly firing a prosecutor who would not prosecute – when it came to laws (as regards abortion wrongs) he personally doesn’t like. DeSantis correctly pointed out that it is wrong for a prosecutor to selectively enforce laws and that he would not tolerate it.
This is not the only example of DeSantis acting.
He didn’t just talk about Disney’s disgusting practices. He acted to deny Disney the preferential status – as regards taxes and other things – it has enjoyed for decades.
He has also combatted the vicious misinformation peddled about “masks” and “vaccines.” He brought forth Dr. Joseph Ladapo to serve as the state of Florida’s surgeon general. Dr. Ladapo says “We must make health policy decisions rooted in data and not in fear.”
Contrast the actions of Dr. Ladapo with those of the doctor enabled by the man who talks. Who let that man – the other doctor – sow fear for almost an entire year, while the man who talks stood by his side looking like a spray-tanned wooden Indian.
That man continues to talk-up the “vaccines” he personally “warp speeded” into the arms of tens of millions of people, many of whom were pressured to take them. The man says he “saved millions of lives.”
It says much about this man.
Meanwhile, DeSantis has acted – to thwart (by not financing or forcing) the mass “vaccinating” of toddlers and children. “I would say we are affirmatively against the Covid vaccine for young kids,” DeSantis said. “These are the people who have zero risk of getting anything.”
He encourages people to not “mask” – as when he publicly (in front of media) told an assembled group of high school kids that they didn’t have to wear the loathsome apparatus.
But it’s also much more than that, in that the example of Florida helped undermine the mass hysteria confected by the little man who was enabled by the Orange Man – who talked but failed to act. Had it not been for the example provided by Florida – of people not “masking” (and not dying) it would have been much harder to separate out the fact from the fiction peddled by the odious little man, enabled by the Orange Man.
This actually is – as the Orange Man likes to say – yuge.
Actions matter. Talk is cheap. The latter is the currency of the Orange Man, who sells talk – which all-too-many people continue to buy. They hear him talk and impute actions that they hope will happen but never do. “Lock her up.” “Build a wall.” “Repeal and Replace”…
They heard what they wanted to hear – and refuse to see what didn’t happen.
Some of them refuse to see what did happen – such as the Orange Man’s pushing of “Red Flag” laws that obviate laws protecting people who’ve not even been charged (much less convicted) of any crime from being treated as presumptive criminals. And his bending-of-the-knee to the ideology of “gun control,” by concurring with its proponents that things – e.g., bumpstocks – ought to be criminalized rather than actions.
A fine precedent to set, don’t you think?
But never mind that. He says what some people want to hear.
Meanwhile, Governor DeSantis acts.
And what he says is pretty good, too – in that he says it intelligibly, in complete sentences. He is not a braggart-bloviator who touts his own wonderfulness while not doing anything wonderful. Instead, he backs up his talk with action, which requires no bloviation because actions speak for themselves.
This is not to suggest DeSantis is our savior. That is not the job of any mortal man. Nor that he is perfect, an expectation as silly as it is impossible. Heaven is not a place on Earth.
But – based on his actions thus far – DeSantis has shown that he is a good man. A man not just talking about doing good things – intelligibly, reasonably – but actually doing them and defending the doing without bloviating.
That is worth supporting – for the same reason it would be worth keeping the Titanic floating, even if listing, rather than sinking. The better is halfway to the good – and far from the worse.
This man could do what Orange Man failed to do. Or rather, he might undo what Orange Man did.
If the Orange Man will only get out of his way.
And that will only happen if a sufficiency of his supporters come to the realization that acting matters more than talking – and send the Orange Failure packing.
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Here is a chance for De Santoes to act decisively. In fact if he does I will go back to the regular scheduled programing, I may even vote next time. Trump palace now under attack by the Eff Bee Eye. Cmon RON, where are all the brave sherifs? The FBI has no business pulling political stunts like this in your state. Show us how tough you are. The presidency is yours for the taking.
More tell-tale signs:
DeSantis thinks it was ‘weak’ to pull ‘the troops’ out of Afghanistan, and he thinks Bidet has not taken “a strong enough’ stance against Pootin’.
That,. and the Israeli ass-kissing should tell us everything we need to know, just like when Trump, who sounded promising, picked Pense and the Generals….. The handwriting is always on the wall if we will only look- not that we should expect to see anything different though.
Dammit, man… you’re persuading me.
Eric, these guys who inhabit the positions of authoritarian power are all cut from the same cloth- else they wouldn’t be there. The icing we get to see at the stage level is just to keep ignorant voters and those who subscribe to a particular branch of authoritarianism happy and participating. There’s no reason that we should fall for any of this, nor give our consent, as if by doing so after 100 years of the same crap we are somehow going to get different results. Let the authoritarians bicker among themselves for their champions- it doesn’t matter- all that is accomplished, no matter who wins, is more authoritarianism…more war, more NWO agenda, more economic destruction….
Every four years we are less free.
You were probably too young when Ronald Reagan was running. Some of the things he said were downright Libertarian-sounding….but after his two terms, we saw the biggest change (for the worse) in this country since the days of FDR, and the biggest expansion of government in my lifetime. Hre sure could act though. His eight-year part deserved an Oscar.
The handwriting is always there…we just tend to ignore it to keep hope alive- but it’d be better to abandon that false hope and make realistic plans for the reality that always materializes.
Nunz, the “deliver us from evil” petition in the Lord’s Prayer has become particularly poignant of late.
Amen, Roland! I doubt there has been this much evil in the world since just before the Flood! We are most definitely at the beginning of a time of trouble the likes of which has never been before….just as the Word says.
If there’s any good thing though, I have to say being born when I was has certainly allowed me to witness the most unique transitional period in history! I got to see just a taste of the old world (The 60’s/early 70’s)…then the transition….and now the ushering in of the end, and the fulfillment of what immediately precedes it.
Evil times indeed- but to see what we have seen- what a unique opportunity, and what a perspective it has given us! -And to see these things coming to pass before our very eyes! I remember in the mid 80’s when I first started reading the Bible- it seemed impossible that the things prophesied for the end could possibly be accomplished in my lifetime. How could society change so radically in a few decades? Yet here we are!
And that we have the consolation of knowing how it ends!!! (And we can be sure, if the evil prophesied to occur has come/is coming to pass…we know that so will our salvation, eh?).
I look at it like this: If I had lived in more peaceful times, I may well have been content with this life and thus may have disregarded or at least not been diligent to seek better things.
That sucks, Nunz.
Though Biden did a really shitty job, likely deliberately, at withdrawing the troops, and essentially gifting the Taliban with $billions in weapons and equipment.
About which I will always remind anyone when they support background checks for firearms purchases! You trust the federal government deciding who can buy a .22, when they leave airplanes, missiles and tanks to people THEY THEMSELVES have labeled “terrorists”! Not to mention what they’re doing in the Ukraine. Who knows who is receiving those $billions in advanced missiles and so forth?
But about all this talk of “weakness”. And the Orange Man did what to scare Vlad the Impaler? Would anything had gone differently in that case were he still POTUS?
There’s a commercial stating Kari Lake (Az gubernatorial candidate) is dangerous because she’d legalize rocket launchers, which is right on and +1 for her if that’s true.
Sounds like the Demogogues are just exaggerating…Lake probably just wanted to oppose criminalizing pea-shooters or something….but it’s a good enough sign that at least she’s probably fairly strong on 2A, so of course, that’s good.
Yes, this would be a positive. Still not sure about her. Like so many others, she appears to want to militarize the border, which will result in mission-creep, I have no doubt. Also, she seems a bit… Nazi, at times? “Ze party must not show veekness!” type rhetoric.
We’ll see what happens. I imagine she’ll be the next governor, here.
I made a dollar by leaving a tooth for the Tooth Fairy (Damn faggot! Stay out of my house!)
FYI, DeSantis has Bill Kristol’s support. That’s all you need to know about the guy.
DeSantis may be an excellent governor, but he’s also a scheming opportunist like almost all politicians.
Sadly, the system is so entrenched with evil that not even a President Ron Paul would be much of an improvement.
I don’t trust ANYONE who has a “chief diversity officer”.
All voting is, is choosing which tyrant you would rather have shepherding the tyranny.
It’s all very tiresome, Nunz.
This is no longer a country worth caring about. All I encounter in public is fat people, white gypsies, impudent jigaboos, self-important cunts, etc.. And the general unfriendliness of Americans has gotten worse. There’s hardly anything left to salvage.
Better off fleeing to Argentina or Russia. Or any country not part of the Globohomo Empire.
It’s gotten to the point where just about anywhere other than the US or Europe would be a huge improvement- ‘specially poorer places with vast areas of wilderness where they can’t be bothered to extend the tentacles of government, and where the people are long used to ignoring government, and where it would take longer than we will be alive for them to subjugate those people even if they started trying to tomorrow.
It should be obvious to all by now where this country is going/is- and it is foolish to imagine that things will somehow get better instead of worse, or that one can escape the ever-expanding tyranny within- or that voting will make ANY difference whatsoever.
Yes things are going to get worse. Much MUCH worse. Which is why its not a good idea to aid and abet them. That’s what voting is. Neither “choice” is going to make any difference in the base system. Of course there are alternatives. Are you familiar with the Stainless Steel Rat series? There are always alternatives. If one is sneaky/creative/insightful enough to see them.
You’re right, of course – in re “All voting is, is choosing which tyrant you would rather have shepherding the tyranny.”
But the lesser of two evils is the better choice when there is no other choice. I know, you will say the best choice is not choosing either. I disagree. Because that choice assures the worst outcome. I also dispute that by choosing the lesser of two evils one endorses evil, regardless. That places moral culpability where it does not belong – on the victim. It is like faulting a man in prison for “choosing” a warden who is less brutal than the current warden. He hasn’t got much choice. But his attempt to improve his lot while striving to escape the prison isn’t immoral, as I see it.
Just so, voting – when a candidate hasn’t committed an unforgivable act, such as pushing “vaccines,” say. If enough voters refuse to tolerate such things, then it might happen that our alternatives improve. Obviously they will never be perfect or even optimal. Just better rather than worse. This is the nature of things, I fear.
It does not mean we cannot advocate for reason – for all the things that flow from being reasonable. We can do both and by doing that, I think things can get better rather than worse.
All voting does, when voting for a lesser of two evils, is to provide a mandate for them to do whatever their masters demand while denying you any reason to complain about that.
This sort of voting is exactly whats led to the constant degradation of politics.
I think the problem is deeper. It is – fundamentally – that things such as our rights (which ought to be sacrosanct) are up for a vote and by dint of that have become ephemeral, vulnerable privileges that may be rescinded or revised whenever the “vote” so says. Having allowed this to happen, we are now in the position of having to defend our rights from the votes of others – by voting.
What other mechanism is available to us, shy of defensive violence?
That was initially the point back in the early days of the republic: There were a set of rules that boxed in the federal government that they couldn’t cross and it protected the people. Then they got crafty with some language and managed to pass a couple of constitutional amendments (the 16th and 17th, specifically, but also 14th) and the chains were off.
Personally, I like DeSantis and I think he’s better than all of the other alternatives, but I’m not going to fool myself that he would be some kind of massive improvement. Real change and real improvement is going to have to come from the people and from the culture and I just don’t think there are that many principled or smart enough Americans to understand the problem. As long as they are (literally) fat and (figuratively) happy, they just don’t care. Keeping the calories and the creature comforts flowing is all they care about.
Amen, JR! And let us not forget that those fat pigs are above all else envious- and that foible is being amplified and used to control them. They want “free” healthcare, and “free” college, andmandated ‘benefits’ from private employers which they have not earned- and they want to use the coercion of government to get these things- and of course, government is happily standing by after having created such desires through their “free” primary “education”- so now, we get “repeal and replace” instead of just repeal; and devotion to Israel (There will be plenty of soldier jobs!) instead of devotion to liberty and the Constitution, and free-speech as long as you don’t criticize the wrong people or ask the wrong questions, instead of just free speech- and this from the ranks of supposed conservative Republicanism- though that used to describe the most liberal of Dumbocraps- but now those Dumbocraps have gone bat-feces insane, so what used to be liberal Democratism can now be safely touted as conservative Replicuntism by comparison.
You’re right Eric, those are the only two choices available. One is a sure loser, the other has slim odds of victory.
“If enough voters refuse to tolerate such things…”
That’s always the big “if.” It is the same thing I say when someone criticizes my strategy of ignoring the bastards. If enough people did that, the government would have no power over us. We would live and trade as we saw fit, pay them no taxes, laugh at their silly decrees – and since nobody would want to work for them as enforcers they wouldn’t be able to do anything about it. If, if, if.
The prison analogy is flawed for another reason. My vote would be one of a few hundred or at most a few thousand, and my fellow inmates would surely be of like mind. I could be confident that everybody would prefer three meals a day to one, or two beatings to six.
But when there are tens of millions of votes, there is zero chance that mine will decide the outcome. And with the wardens having convinced huge numbers of inmates that raising taxes will fix inflation, that buying electric cars will bring better weather, and that a man can be a woman just by believing it is so, it’s pretty clear that lots of my fellow jailbirds have been hypnotized. They will keep begging for more, and keep terrorizing anybody who disagrees.
So what’s the solution? I don’t know.
I’d like to just ignore them, too – and do, to the extent I can. The problem, of course, is that they won’t ignore us (paraphrasing Lenin). Therefore, ignoring them benefits them. For example, if I ignore the local elections – and don’t vote against the candidate who wants to raise property taxes – my property taxes get raised. If I ignore the extortion notes that follow, they seize my property and put me out on the street…
I don’t know what the answer is – given the fact that so many people want to control (and rob) other people, using government to do it. But I don’t think it will further our cause to just let them.
Spot on, Roland. And not knowing is exactly it.. we don’t owe anyone any solutions in order for them to recognize the very real need for everyone to quit engaging in behaviors that keep us all enslaved and act accordingly.
Hi Ya Eric!
Ahhh, C’mon….same script as 2016 when The Donald was running (err…waddling?). It doesn’t make any difference whatsoever. I do agree, it is of course better to advocate for the lesser evil…..but in reality, when it comes to these politicians, it is meaningless, as they are all liars, and none of them will or are even capable of bucking the power structure that is in place, and neither is it “the will of the people” to have them do so, for the majority are blinded, being little more than the product of the media and the schools- thus programmed to believe and cheer for the perversions these sickos represent.
How did the lesser evil work out with Trump? It made no difference,as we ended up getting record tyranny (The coof; bumpstocks; CARES; warp-speed; 5G…) -only the words were more tolerable than if the alternative had been in his place…but the results have been the same- and even though he made a few token gestures to satisfy his side and thus perpetuate the pluralistic system….he was careful to do via executive order so that even those crumbs could be easily undone by his senile successor.
If we’re Libertarians, why don’t we advocate for liberty instead of supporting the “better” tyrant- often whose only ‘better’ points are in the words he uses to assuage his side?
If one chooses the lesser evil, then one is aiding and abetting evil. By Choice.
You say you are avoiding a worse outcome. Perhaps things desperately NEED to get worse? So much worse that even the typical low information voter is jarred out of their delusions? So much worse that they with draw their support of an evil system? So much worse that the evil system starts to self destruct? We are LONG past the time when voting is going to fix the endless issues tearing this system a part. That being the case, why aid and abet your own (and others) enslavement? Focus on what you can control. Focus on your principles. Focus on your family and those who share common principles. But above all else, focus on your real choices, and the consequences of those choices.
Good Cop Bad Cop Cops a Plea/d Feel …
… these votermites is all playing with themselves in public & releasing orgasmic civicious theatricalifragilisticexpialidociousness every time more of the house that sell–u-lose fed collapses.
Learnin’ ain’t got a chance against luncheon when it comes to votermites.
Voting between poo poo soup or a doo doo sandwich. I refuse to choose. It must be forced upon me at threat of imprisonment or death. I do not consent, so I sure as hell am not participating in “pick your slave masters”.
Desantis has appeal and that’s exactly why he shouldn’t be trusted and most likely scorned.
“Repeal and Replace” told me everything I needed to know about the Orange Wimp: Anything counts as “draining the swamp” as long as it was my idea.
I’d like to know who DeSantis will put in his cabinet if elected president. Trumpy-Bear hired some nice, wonderful banksters and deep-Staters in there, and I immediately knew he was a fraud.
Agreed. It is why I am heartened by his pick for Florida’s surgeon general. That man seems like a good man. Unlike the Orange Man.
Trump also hired Pete Navarro who is an America first guy. He can hardly be classified as a bankster or a fraud, but yes, there were a lot of deep staters in his administration. On the other hand, there was no administration in post WW2 history has hired any one like Navarro
That guy is opportunistic scum.
[Navarro’s political affiliations and policy positions have been described as “hotly disputed and across the spectrum.” While he lived in Massachusetts studying for his PhD at Harvard, he was a registered Democrat. When he moved to California in 1986, he was initially registered as nonpartisan, and became a registered Republican in 1989. By 1991, he had again re-registered as an Independent, and carried that affiliation during the 1992 San Diego mayoral election. Around this time, he still considered himself a conservative Republican.]
[Navarro rejoined the Democratic Party in 1994 and remained a Democrat during each of his subsequent political campaigns. In 1996, while he was running for Congress, Navarro was endorsed by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton and spoke at the 1996 Democratic Convention, saying, “I’m proud to be carrying the Clinton-Gore banner.” He positioned himself as a “strong environmentalist and a progressive on social issues such as choice, gay rights, and religious freedom.”]
[Navarro supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008. Navarro supported President Barack Obama’s phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, the adoption of wind energy, and carbon taxes in order to stop global warming.”]
I was reminded of the incandescent lightbulb thing just yesterday when paid close to $10 for a pack of “replacement” 100 bulbs that used to cost about $3 (or less).
Everywhere – down to the least little thing (like lightbulbs) – we’re being systematically impoverished in the name of “the environment”: but in fact to further our enserfment.
Man Eric I thought I was the only one losing my shit over lightbulbs this week.
Sitting in a room lit up by LED bulbs makes me queasy. Messes with our melatonin too. Ain’t healthy for us. Gonna switch to candlelight if I gotta go but won’t be long before they ban that too I suppose..
Some of the early LED lights had that impact on me. But not the new ones. I use the ones tuned to sunlight spectrum. Also in terms of melatonin, I use blue block glasses three hours before bed time. You need to be careful of those. There are some cheap knock offs that don’t work very well. I use a brand called NoCry. You can order them from their main site or from amazon.
And by the way, who cares what Trump does or says at this point? The man is a mass murderer.
I am leery of all politicians – including DeSantis. I think anyone who isn’t is naive at best. But the sore-gummed fact is we haven’t got our ideal choice – a minimalist (or even no) government. Our choice is the one presented to us. In every election, from the local to the presidential. It’s not ideal, obviously. But it’s what it is. That said, I won’t abide another Trump – let alone Trump, himself. If DeSantis continues to act in ways that – on the whole – are better than the alternative, then I’ll support him to that extent. But no further.
At the same time, I will advocate for the best and never relinquish that as the goal. I don’t see these as mutually incompatible positions, though I understand and share many people’s frustrations with voting and the system. I don’t like it, either. But the alternative (not voting, non-participation) assures a total victory by the worst and that strikes me as pretty bad.
When you vote for the lessor evil, you are then personally responsible for the evil that results. By participation in a evil system, you are aiding and abetting that evil. I simply refuse to be responsible for that. You (and others) claim we only have the “choices” presented to us. If those “choices” made any difference to the base system, they wouldn’t be offered. Thus such actions are not only pointless, but self destructive.
This is not a search for perfection. Such doesn’t exist. But it is a matter of principle. I simply will not aid and abet an evil system. You know yourself that the system is evil. Yet you continue to participate in it. That is what the system relies on. It is only through those illusions/delusions that it can continue to rule our lives. Stand on principle. It is the only firm foundation in a chaotic world.
You write: “When you vote for the lessor evil, you are then personally responsible for the evil that results.”
I disagree with your phrasing. I am not voting for the lesser evil but against the greater evil. The distinction is important, I think.
Does it make a difference? Certainly! Inarguably. Consider one example – the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade and the prior ruling affirming an individual right to (armed) self defense. These decisions – which I submit are better rather than worse – happened because of justices appointed by Republican presidents. Had a Leftist (“Democrat”) been voted in, Roe would stand and the individual right to (armed) self-defense likely would have been denied to have any 2A founding.
I understand being frustrated by the system, disgusted by the corruption and chaos. I am, also. But I do not consider that anyone who votes against the greater evil is somehow affirming the lesser. Such a vote is like triage – an attempt to salvage what can be salvaged. It does not mean we give up trying for more than that.
Its a matter of choice. Or lack there of. I can see the appeal of hoping to be eaten last, but that still results in being eaten. 🙂 Aiding and abetting a corrupt system, results in one being responsible for the results. As for the Nine Riders of the Bench, they are part of the illusions/delusions that allow the system to continue to at least semi function. As long a well intended people, continue to buy into those illusions/delusions the evil system will continue. As for triage, we are to the point that most of those who can be saved are already in the life boats. Keep rowing! The undertow will be titanic…
Raiders of the Lost South P/Arc Bench …
First they came for … eeny-meeny-miney-Niemöller
(roller back roe? too late mofos, too late … jimmy caan’s waitin’ for ya & he’s pissed, always did pissed real good)
Sigh. Not again….
Fool you once, shame on them.
Fool you twice…shame on you.
As Libertarians, should we get the warm fuzzies for tyrants just because they occasionally may do something we agree with? -(Often doing such things by exercising facets of the very tyrannical power we oppose).
I believe DeSantis will quickly become the front-runner, because his very fist act in preparation for the national spotlight was to publicly kiss Israel’s ass. He knows who the powerbrokers are and has signaled his willingness to obey.
Another ‘law and order’ Neocon, who like Trump, knows how to woo flyover folks. Looks good because it’s easy to look good compared to the rabble on the other side, and the RINOs.
This ‘lesser of two evils” stuff is really not befitting Libertarians. It is just another diversion which helps tyrants by making their tyrannies more tolerable in the eyes of the very people who are on the verge of ignoring government, and even causing them to support and participate in the very system which we are supposed to be at odds with.
For anyone who’s going to jump on this bandwagon, HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING FROM YOUR YEARS OF SUPPORTING TRUMP? Trump was the perfect example of how supporting “the lesser evil’ garners much evil. Would the she-beast have been any better? No, of course not- but likely no worse- and there would have been far more resistance and disenfranchisement, which would have worked some good- but The Orange Doofus diffused all that….and with the help of many well-meaning Libertarians.
I hear you – and I don’t like the Israeli ass-kissing, either. Still, I will support the good to the extent it is better rather than insisting upon nothing shy of the perfect – while never giving up on that as the goal. DeSantis has been not just pretty good but exceptionally so as regards the Corona Crap and we could use more of that. In particular, that he has publicly opposed “masks” and “Vaccines” on principle, which I think is very important, long term-wise, in that articulating principles is how you defeat the bad stuff, ultimately.
I support DeSantis warily. I will not be satisfied with talk. And if he acts in odious ways, I will oppose him.
The lesser of two evils is still EVIL. To tell you the truth, I really like DeSantis. But as Nunz said, he’s in the pocket of the small hat tribe. Not to mention if the bad old Orange Man doesn’t step aside, the conflict would badly fracture the GOP. Making it possible for the party of chaos to get in again. Of course, that’s even assuming there are Selections in 2024. Or much of a country, if the Usual Suspects keep attempting to start WWIII.
I know you understand that the entire system is corrupt and illegitimate. But why do you keep supporting it by participating? By the time I was old enough to vote, I understood that the system was illegitimate and refused to take part. I have never voted in my life. The closest I ever came was when Ron Paul was running. But even that wasn’t enough to get me to take part. Do you realize that around 50% of those eligible to vote, do not do so? Most have just given up. But at least some understand that one should not support an evil corrupt system. We are LONG past the time when the “right people” could make a difference. Between the various oligarch factions and some of the small hat tribe, this entire corrupt system of power works for them. Not us. “Its a big club” and you and I aren’t in it.
“But there’s a reason. There’s a reason. There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It’s never gonna get any better. Don’t look for it. Be happy with what you got. Because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now, the real owners, the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.
They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want: They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. Thats against their interests. Thats right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table to figure out how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to
passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you, sooner or later, ’cause they own this fucking place.
It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club. And by the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head in their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged, and nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people — white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on — good honest hard-working people continue — these are people of modest means — continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about them. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all — at all — at all. And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on; the fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday. Because the owners of this country know the truth: it’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
PS. Eric, I’m seeing that posting problem again. Only this time its telling me that my post is forbidden. Its also told me in the recent past to slow down I was posting too fast. Even though it was my first post. It looks like the filter back end is acting up again.
You ask: “why do you keep supporting it by participating?”
I don’t support it – no more than a man in prison supports his being imprisoned by choosing (when he has the choice) a better cell or meal than he might otherwise have had. That is the choice we’ve got. Naturally, I’d prefer to not be in prison. But that isn’t the choice. So I “participate.”
We want the good. But sometimes all we can get is the better.
Your guy’s’ conversation reminded me of things Michael S. Rozeff would write about Panarchy, and how he has no idea how ‘we’ get to there, from here.
‘Why I Am a Panarchist’
“… I’d like to have my dad’s old Mauser pistol. In Maine, I could shoot it. In New York, I am a felon if I have it in the house. Who needs this grief?” …
That’s whats known as a false dichotomy. Its like saying that the only option is attrition or submission. Given that you’ve studied Lind, you know that’s not the only options.
In this case its a matter of structuring your life to minimize external impacts. Notice I said minimize, not eliminate? Anyone who actually understands what Rothbard and many others have spoken of, knows we aren’t looking for utopia. Such concepts simply do not work with humans in the mix. That is why every system that focuses on collectives, ends up a tyranny of one type or another. Our focus MUST be on individuals. Within that, the main focus is on rights AND responsibilities. How to get there? A very old saying deals with that; “Be the change that you want to see in the world”. We get there one individual at a time. We live our principles and pass them along to our children. We seek out like minded individuals and form network communities. We help each other and learn from our mistakes. Principles matter. They are worth living and dying for. Its a long slow road. At the end of it is death. But I’d rather go out on my feet (following my principles) than live in misery on my knees. That is a choice, we will all be called upon to make.
I call it holding the line – or buying time – whichever you prefer. So long as there is a better alternative, I will choose it over the worse one. I understand the view that this is merely accepting “attrition” – the same result, just more slowly. I disagree with you that by buying time/holding the line one accedes to that. I advocate just the same as you do – focus on ourselves and our immediate circle, expanding outward into the community and beyond – while at the same time trying to buy time/hold the line. I do not see an incongruity in this anymore than I do in the case of making lemonade out of lemons. We work with what we’ve got because that’s all we’ve got to work with.
While always working toward something better!
“Holding the line” is not the doctrine you should have learned from Lind. Static defense is a non starter in modern warfare. Buying time on the other hand, can be done in a fashion that doesn’t cost you assets or your principles. The “choices” you are being offered make no difference to the base system. By choosing either of them, you are aiding and abetting. By choice. The out come isn’t under your control. It was already predetermined.
You do know that the bad old Orange Man was part of one of the ruling factions? Those behind She who would be Queen, completely underestimated his appeal and support (hubris does that…). They then spent the next four years obstructing and opposing everything he did. Hell, even the establishment GOP hated him almost as much as the Progs did. But not nearly as much as both sides hate and despise his base. The system is totally corrupt and corrupting. Don’t buy into it by playing their rigged game. It will not end well for you, or anyone else.
I am enjoying this brand of optimism. As a North Floridian, I witnessed many people change their positions on Covid lockdowns quite quickly after visiting our state. Change is slow, always will be. I too am optimistic even though I lost my career to a vaccine mandate (not in FL for the record). I started a business and I’ve watched a lot of others do the same… self reliance and self responsibility is freedom distilled into its most primal nature.
Here’s hoping more see it, or we can use the 10th amendment to really set ourselves apart from the federal govt and their new inflation reduction act, now with even more IRS.
Mike, welcome to the brotherhood of entrepreneurship – and godspeed. You can do this.
Andy Dufresne. Larry “Rain” Murphy. Clyde Shelton. A slight nod to Paris Pitman, Jr. There are probably other prisoner-characters I don’t recall.
I know what I want. And that doesn’t include anything from the wardenofthieves (another Gerard Butler flick).
All’s good. So’s nuthin’. The middlin’s the source of all the swampy muddlin’.
There’s only but a handful of politicians that aren’t controlled by corporations or Jewish oligarchs.
I think this would be better-said if said as follows: “There’s only a handful of politicians that aren’t controlled by money interests.” This assertion that it’s “the Jews” is both inaccurate and deflecting in that it absolves the countless non-Jewish “money interests” who buy and use politicians to further their ends. Yes, of course – one can name various names. But it is not all of them or even all of the key players among them. And it completely undermines the moral authority of the individualist position to collectivize anyone. The fact that “lots” of so-and-so’s have done this (or that) ought not to be the basis for presumptively assuming that everyone who shares that race or ethnicity or religious heritage has done or will do such-and-such and deserves to be treated accordingly. To take the position amounts to taking the same position as any other collectivist and that’s not not for me.
Excellent response, Eric!
‘Who Rules America: Power Elite Analysis, the Deep State, and American History’, by Charles Burris
Here’s a few more if anyone is interested, the image at the bottom, whoa boy, it’s something else now:
Also, apologies for having to manually approve a number of comments recently; it seems to be the only way to deal with the spam tsunami.
Great post, BJ!
**”I have never voted in my life. The closest I ever came was when Ron Paul was running. But even that wasn’t enough to get me to take part. “**
That’s me, exactly!
Ya know how you can tell that the person we could vote for will make absolutely no difference in rolling back tyranny, and WILL advance more tyranny? By the fact that they are on the ballot. No one gets to a high state or national position if thy constitute any threat to the ones who really rule this country and the world. And as you infer, even if that weren’t so, the majority around us are so brainwashed that THEY wouldn’t allow it, and would choose the tyrant rather than the destroyer of tyranny- whom they would classify as their arch enemy.
Americans have long been practicing communists- though they would deny it with words- their actions say otherwise- and they FEAR liberty.
Absolutely Nunz. You tell it like it is.
Billions. Season 6, episode 5. “Rock of Eye”:
The trader-gal says: “The thing about self-help is, if you’re getting it from someone else it’s not self, & if you’re doing it yourself, you didn’t really get help.”
Mike Prince, megalomaniacal billionaire says: “Carlin.”
All time great.
But not like Coach Wooden.
See, he wasn’t an entertainer.
He understood life.
Codified what he learned, taught it to his basketball players, made it available to the rest of us.
As I am now making it available to you.”
Carlin was just an entertainer spitteth a words-put-in-his-mouth-actor playing one of the owners Carlin described. But the basketball coach understood life.
Eric – I would choose DeSantis, although I think he’s proably a corporate Republipuke
Same. As I’ve stated here previously, I’ll support DeSantis so long as he deserves it; no more than that. Same as I did as regards the Orange Man. I grant and concede the whole thing is a corrupt sham. But – what else is there to do? If some good can come from a DeSantis (or Noem) presidency, then I’ll support it to that extent. Buying time is often a good thing.
This is a test comment, but Nunz, don’t take away my warm fuzzies!!!
This is a test reply, but would I do that, Brandon? Free warm fuzzies for everyone! No, wait! No warm fuzzies for anyone! (I feel a Comic Book Guy or Kodos quote coming on).
Nunz, remember how the cloth seats in cars used to be nice and fuzzy? All the nicely insulated little fibers, thousands of them. It felt so good to touch, to just sit in one of those seats and wiggle in for the long haul. Now the cloth seats are like sandpaper. And hard as a park bench. Why can’t things just be warm, soft, and fuzzy anymore?
“warm, soft, and fuzzy”… Lead me not into temptation. I can find it myself…
If this keeps up, Nunz is going to throw a freshly baked Cake at both of us. 🙂
BJ! Get yer mind outta the gutter, you palooka! Don’t make me get my flour out! (O-K, I can just conjure a cake out of thin air like Bugs Bunny…)
Ya know Brandon, you are absolutely right! The seats in my ’99 F250 are kinda like that (Fuzzy, not sandpaper). They’re not the fuzziEST, like what ya might find in an old Oldsmobile or Buick….but they’re nice soft velour, and I do really prefer them to the leather seats in my Excursions. I’m selling that truck because it’s rusty- as I want to replace it with the same thing but with no rust, so I’ll have viable vehicles in the future…but darn, that’s a comfortable good old truck, with those fuzzy cloth-velourish seats and vinyl floor covering. I like the feel of it better than the Excursions which have too many ‘luxury’ options, which I never would have bought if I had been the original purchaser. The few times I’ve ridden in more modern cars lately, I’ve noticed exactly what you mentioned- The fabric is indeed just ‘hard’ and rough, and there’s nothing appealing about it. My 23 year-old truck feels so much nicer than the brand new car I rode in a while back!
I’m going to go out and hug my truck.
You know, even the vinyl seats in cars of the 60’s and 70’s felt nicer and were softer than the cloth in many new cars!
There’s a column in here somewhere for Eric!
BJ! I said fuzzy, not hairy.
Nunz, couldn’t agree more about fuzzy velour seats. It is one of my life goals to obtain a land barge with cushy fuzzy seats and a marshmallow suspension. An old Olds or Buick or Chrysler or Panther seem like the ticket.
And Nunz, why not just cancel the insurance and keep the old Excursion for parts? You have the space. And/or it’ll make a good backup vehicle. Since you like it so much. In case something weird happens with your new one. BTW, make sure the new one is a V10 also, so you can continue bragging about how many more cylinders you have than everyone else.
[I pull up to rando who’s driving a 3 cylinder Geo Metro, put on a Count Von Count [from Sesame Street] mask, and say:”Do you know how many more cylinders I have than you? Ahahaha! One! Ahahaha. Two! Ahaha!…… …..Five! Ahahaha! FIVE more cylinders than Geo!! Ahahaha!![Lightning flashes/thunder booms]. I pick up Geo and put it in the back of Excursion [Stops to fold down third-row seat])
***”SEVEN more cylinders…”****
Sheesh…I can’t do elementary math now……
You do know that the Triton comes in V8 and V10? I’d just assumed you had the V8
(Quickly dodges flying freshly baked Cake)… 🙂
[In a Thurston Howell III voice]: [shudder] “V-8’s- How blue-collar, my boy! I only have a V-10 because that rascally Henry Ford refuses to make a V-12!”
David Knight had an interesting take on the Soros prosecutor in FL, and after thinking about it, I agree with Mr. Knight.
DK said that, by going after the Soros backed prosecutor, DeSantis undermined the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate. The doctrine basically says that lower level, local, or state officials can blunt or stop tyranny from a higher level. A good example of this is county sheriffs refusing to enforce the state gov’t COVID mask mandates. Knight says, and I agree, that we need the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate if we are to have a chance at slowing or stopping the march to tyranny.
Now, by not only going after this Soros backed prosecutor, but using the FL State Police to do it, Gov. DeSantis undermined the DLM; at the least, it puts a chilling effect on it. If any local official bucks a directive from the state capitol, then the state thugs or AGWs will be sent to deal with said local official who’s acting as a lesser magistrate and bucking tyranny. Suppose someone like Andrew Gillum becomes governor of FL and issues a tyrannical COVID directive. A local sheriff or DA says FU to that; I’m not enforcing that BS, tyrannical directive. The tyrant in Tallahassee can then send the state goon squad out to deal with the local official trying to blunt or stop the tyranny coming from the state capitol, and bring said official to heel. That is CHILLING!
What DeSantis did was basically enabled tyranny by the back door; while appearing to do a good thing that the electorate likes, he actually enabled tyranny. DeSantis pulled a Trump if you think about it. Yes, the woke, Soros backed DAs suck; yes, they need to be done away with. No, they don’t need to be done away with like this. The proper way to deal with them is for an opposing candidate to make an ISSUE out of the woke DA’s Soros backing; highlight the fact that George Soros has put millions of dollars in to his campaign! This has been done on multiple occasions around the country, and it’s worked. That’s the proper way to deal with a woke, Soros backed DA, not send the state goon squad after them.
I agree MarkyMark: “Suppose someone like Andrew Gillum becomes governor of FL and issues a tyrannical COVID directive. A local sheriff or DA says FU to that; I’m not enforcing that BS, tyrannical directive. The tyrant in Tallahassee can then send the state goon squad out to deal with the local official trying to blunt or stop the tyranny coming from the state capitol, and bring said official to heel. That is CHILLING!”
Yep. DeSantis is a full-on Banana Republic strongman petty despot, and I have no doubt that his using violent force to interfere with the “lower magistrate” (as David Knight put it according to MarkyMark) is a grossly unconstitutional breach of separation of powers.
The question is whether Warren will have access to enough Soros dough to mount a challenge in court.
I actually suspect not……………………Indeed, I suspect Soros’ minion was set up precisely to stage this kayfabe to force Florida deeper into dystopian rogue-state criminality.
He may well prove to be. But – so far – has acted in ways that suggest not as regards some of the worst – most despotic – polices of the past couple of years (e.g., “masks” and “vaccines”). He actually did something rather than just talk. I am endorsing that – not him. So long as he acts in this manner I will support him.
I was trying to draw that distinction – between DeSantis and the bloviator.
As I said, I like DeSantis. But he is all too typical of The Strong Man who will be needed in a time of Chaos… If I remember right, one of the southern governors tried that years back with one of their sheriff’s. The sheriff deputized their local militia, and was waiting for the state thugs. Oddly enough, being badly out numbered by people also wearing badges, resulted in the state types being recalled back to their lairs.
As much fun as it was seeing one of the Progs get a taste of their own tactics. Its not worth what is likely to happen going forward.
DeSantis could actually be more dangerous than the bad old Orange Man. He is an experienced politician. Who is in the pocket of the small hats, and has the charisma to charm enough people to get what he and those behind him want. Make no mistake. Anyone who gets Selected to be El Presidente IS part of one of the ruling factions. Who really don’t care about this country and its people.
‘Who let that man – the other doctor [Fauci] – sow fear for almost an entire year.’ — eric
Speaking of whom …
‘A West Virginia man was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison after he sent emails threatening ‘Doctor’ Anthony Fauci.
‘Using an anonymous email account based in Switzerland, Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr. threatened to kill Fauci or members of his family, the ‘Justice’ department said in a news release. One of his messages said [Fauci] would be “dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire.”
‘Another email said Fauci would be “hunted, captured, tortured and killed,” according to court records.’ — abcnews
Threatening public officials by email is of course stupid. But how did the perp get caught, using Swiss-based Protonmail, encrypted end to end?
Maybe Protonmail cooperates with Usgov when death threats are involved. Or maybe NSA’s blanket surveillance easily hoovers up both the text and its IP address.
While none of us here are going to threaten anyone, it’s useful to remember that we live in an oppressive, locked-down surveillance fishbowl, where even encrypted messaging apps like Anom turn out to be FBI fronts.
Protonmail is a honeytrap.
Also, I understand that if the email is sent from a Protonmail user to another Protonmail user (i.e. it is not sent to an outside email address) it can remain fully encrypted. However, when it goes outside email cannot maintain its encryption.
One must assume that just about all external services are compromised these days. Protonmail has its uses. Its software is open source, and they have regular audits.
Proton to Proton is the best option.
“…Prosecutor who would not prosecute – when it came to laws (as regards abortion wrongs) he personally doesn’t like.”
Attorney nullification? Hmmm. I DO believe in jury nullification, however.
Otherwise, I completely agree. I wish Orange Julius Caesar would step out of the way and let DeSantis run, or better yet, give him his hallowed orange endorsement.
As a Floridian, he was the lesser of two evils at the ballot box. It was either him or a far-left mayor (Andrew Gillum) who likes drugs and gay sex and who would’ve been an absolute disaster as governor.
I’ve come to respect our governor in that he kept us out of the COVID madness. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to him for a few minutes when he visited the defense contractor where I work and I found him to be humble and a good listener, something that we can’t say about the Orange Man. He also surrounds himself with people of integrity, which again was not a hallmark of Orange Man.
Are we going to vote our way out of this crap? Nah. But at least we could have someone with integrity, smarts and guts helming the ship of state. It’d be better than Buttplug, Elizabeth Warren the Shrieking Harpy or any other empty sack of excrement the Ruling Class would promote as the figurehead of the system.
Ron can achieve some successes in Florida because he has a relatively conservative (I hate that word) legislature that gets behind his policy initiatives; they seem largely responsible to their constituents. What is Ron going to do with a US Congress that in best of times leans center-left? A House with Kevin holding the gavel? With the Turtle or Upchuck in the senate? With the neocons in charge of the administrative branch?
The case of Amhad Arbery and the three (white) Satilla residents who are presently doing “hard time” for defending themselves is a prime example of prosecutorial misconduct and double jeopardy, which MUST be addressed and outlawed.
Arbery was a criminal POS who was casing construction sites for tools and other materials that he could steal and sell. He was observed at the same site previously on camera as well.
As there were break-ins and increased criminal activity, the three men were merely defending their neighborhood.
Arbery refused to be questioned which was within his right.
Arbery felt “disrespected” by being questioned and “doubled back”, attacking the man with the shotgun. Arbery attacked the man by pulling on the barrel of the shotgun causing it to fire. Anyone familiar with firearms knows that pulling on a barrel of a shotgun can cause it to fire.
Arbery could (and should) have run off in any other direction, would not have been pursued, and would still be alive today. He chose to confront the man with the shotgun. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
The original prosecutor refused to indict. The powers-that-be had to “shop” for a prosecutor who would take the case. It took three tries before they found one who would indict.
This is prosecutorial “double jeopardy” which must be addressed and outlawed nationwide. The way it stands now, what is stopping a prosecutor from one jurisdiction from indicting someone from another jurisdiction when a local prosecutor having legal jurisdiction refuses to indict? We are all in trouble if this is allowed to stand.
Also, the court was stacked against the white men just because they are white.
Arbery’s previous extensive criminal record was not allowed to be disclosed and put into evidence.
So-called “civil-rights icons”, Antifa and BLM types were in the courtroom, threatening violence if the “correct verdict” was not rendered.
The jury was also warned that there would be violence if they did not convict.
The “judge” went along with the threats and refused to run a proper court proceeding. the mainstream media fanned the flames of racial hatred against whites, making Arbery out to be a mere “jogger”, (yeah, right). Who in their right mind jogs in work boots? The “mainstream media” stated that Arbery “was studying to be an electrician” and was merely observing construction sites…yeah, right.
I pray that any appeals that the Satilla three place will be successful.
Their prosecutorial double jeopardy and kangaroo court “trial” were both sh!tshow railroad jobs from the outset.
THANK YOU for telling us the truth! I’d only heard the MSM narrative, which I knew had to be BS. It’s good to know the truth about Arbery.
I like DeSantis, because he makes decisions that I usually agree with. Would I like him if he took the opposite approach? Not a chance. We (people, in general) have a tendency to look for saviors. It is a bad habit that we can’t seem to break. Everyone’s a hero, until they take a stand we don’t like, then they become asshole.
This country has had 45 male Presidents (Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th) and everyone of them has sucked. If a man can’t the responsibility of the Executive Branch of the USA maybe it is time for a different choice. I say we give Kristi Noem a go. Is she perfect? No way, but she has more balls than any man who has ran the office over the last 30 years.
What I like most about DeSantis is that he changed his actions in re the “pandemic” once it became clear the whole thing was a purposely over-stated Fear Campaign. Orange Fail, meanwhile, continues to push the “vaccines” – and to claim “credit” for “Warp Speeding” them into people’s bodies. Disgusting.
I do not look to any politician for salvation. But since we are stuck with politicians, in the short term at least, I will defend the actions of those whose actions are sound. DeSantis is such a one.
Just not Trump. Ever. Again.
Meh. DeSantis didn’t really stray from the pack until effectively 2021.If you didn’t call bullshit after a few weeks after the start, you are too stupid or worse were complicit. Even after his “change” he signed legislation providing immunity for those providing wonderful treatments like Rundeathisnear. You would think at least one of these governors would have wagered on the potential returns of being the freedom guy. Noem sort of did and then blew her shot with the boomercons on the trans stuff, but even then it was North Dakota. DeSantis was smart enough to see a lot of people were done with diapers and distance a year ago, just like he was smart enough to see he would never win election without the Orange man. Even him being the best worst choice, the guy has zero charisma.
I agree Mr. Bobo.
What I think it was, was simply DeSantis realizing that since the backbone of Florida’s “revenue” comes largely from tourists, transients, transplants and snowbirds, if he were to have continued to shut the state down and do all of the Kabuki, both the state as well as his (and his associates) business interests would have taken a huge hit. By not playing Kabuki, not only did he maintain te status quo, but he actually grew it, by making FL the only viable alternative amidst a bunch of other similar destinations which had made themselves off-limits- and also offering a respite for the northerners who comprise a large part of FL’s tourists, from the draconian Kabuki which had been imposed on them in places like NY.
A financial decision, and not any love for liberty and truth. No one gets to the state government level without playing ball and having “the right friends” and backers- and as we’ve seen, as his very first public act in his bid to advance to a higher level, what does he do? He pledges his support…..not for us; not for his country….but for ISRAEL! That should tell anyone all they need to know. And it wasn’t for votes, ’cause there only somewhere between 7 -15 million Jews in the US, and three quarters of them vote Demonrat- so he’s obviously just signaling is submission to the Cabal.
I like Kristi Noem for the most part, and think she’d make a decent President. A DeSantis/Noem ticket, or even a Noem/Desantis ticket, would be much better than an Orange/Anyone option.
Kristi Noem seems fine until, like most Republicans, her “morals” take over any rationality. She is an anti-drug “warrior”. You know what Republicans are about when one their kids gets caught up in the drug war – then, oh, it’s just youthful indiscretion – nothing to see here.
I can’t respect anyone who agrees with locking up tens-of-thousands of individuals, who have harmed no one, over a plant or chemical.
You’re right. Many “conservatives” (such as Noem) have the same cognitive dissonance problem that afflicts Leftists – in that both support the use of coercion (state power) to force the individual to act (or not act) in ways that they consider “correct” even when the actions (or non-actions) do not harm anyone else. And arbitrarily insist.
Thus the Leftists insists on “mask” wearing and forced “vaccinations” while stridently saying, “my body my choice” when it comes to abortion.
Thus the “conservative” says, “taxation is theft!” – but supports Social Security….
That said, our choice isn’t between the best and the worst. It is between better and worse. I don’t say DeSantis is a miracle-worker (and I do say it is a bad idea to look to politicians for miracles). But his actions – so far – have been preferable to those of the Orange Fail. How much better would it be to have the guy DeSantis picked as Florida’s Surgeon General as the US Surgeon General?
Is it better for the Titanic to list – and float – or sink?
Sink. Anyone worth saving has already taken to the life boats. Do you really think that we are going be able to “vote” our way out of what is coming? The old Republic is long dead. RIP. What we have left is a collapsing Empire. Built on lies, debt and the death of millions who opposed the Empire and its cronies. This has been going on for more than a century now. But all empires fall. The American one will be no different.
“Is it better for the Titanic to list – and float – or sink?
It’s all good as long as Titanic’s band keeps playing 🙂
**”Kristi Noem seems fine until, like most Republicans, her “morals” take over any rationality”**
There’s the problem, LibX,
Republicunts want to impose their false morality on everyone.
Dumbocraps have no morality…which they also want to enforce on everyone.
That the choice voters get: Either way, a false morality, or no morality (same thing) is imposed on all- while in the background, they are all working for the same agendas below the surface and serving the same masters…and Goldman-Sachs is always in the WH no matter who one votes for.
I have a few “conservative” friends. I have tried on several occasions to get them to see what I consider to be the manifest dissonance of their disjointed positions on various things. One example being (of course) “drugs” – in air quotes because (to them) it means some “drugs” (i.e., the “drugs” the dislike, such as pot) but not others, like alcohol (which they often like very much). Another is their opposition to “big government” – except when it comes to “the military,” which is never big enough to make them happy. Then there’s “taxes,” which they say they oppose… until you say you opposed FICA “contributions.” And property taxes… for “the schools”…
At least the Left is consistent in that it makes no bones about wanting everything you have and are.
Presidency is the nozzle part of the vacuum. Gender has got nuthin’ to do.
Trump served one, and only one useful purpose, and it ended the moment he was elected. He gave us an opportunity to tell the Psychopaths In Charge we were not happy.
Politician: “One most adept at getting the most people to believe the most preposterous lies the most often. Usually a sociopath if not a psychopath. There are few exceptions.”
Desantis is one. Politician that is, not an exception. He did not get where he is by being truthful and honest. No politician does.
Nailed it again John Kable. Dunno how anyone looks at a politician and sees something they like.. Ron Paul was the last one to have me going for awhile, but ultimately the old dudes too religious and unapologetically statist. Can’t complain about mandatory clotshots one month and then pretend a fetus has more rights than its host the next. Can’t be a sovereign slave
Elements of technical doctrinaire libertarianism aside, which Ron Paul never claimed to adhere to, he spent a medical career delivering babies, literally a bringer of human life, and almost a lifetime as a figurative bringer of life to the ideas of liberty in the minds of so many. It would be a significant contradiction for him be for the creation of life and against it.
Thank you for defending Dr. Paul. Is he perfect? Is anyone? But is he, on balance, a good – a decent – man? The record so indicates. None of us is or ever will be the “perfect” libertarian; the defining thing – as far as whether we are, on balance, good and decent – is whether we seek to be. That we acknowledge and correct our errors when we see them or are made aware of them. That is what makes us human, in the best sense of that word.
Well said, Eric and Anon.
Nowadays I cringe a bit when I listen to the Liberty Report. Dr. Paul’s age is finally starting to show. I can imagine people who don’t know him thinking, “What is this crazy old man rambling about?”
But I am more than happy to cut him some slack. If I am half as lucid when I’m in my 80s – if I even make it that far – I will be very happy.
Ron has never claimed that he wasn’t a politician. But he has been humble, courageous and productive. I remember the morning in the early 90s when I first saw him on C-Span. I was changed forever.
Living in Florida, I can tell you DeSantis has stopped some of the fake covid hysterics which was definitely good. He stopped the homo’s and tranny’s from being grooming at the indoctrination centers but only up to a certain age. BUT then turns around and signs a bill to make it illegal to boycott a certain untouchable nation,,, signs with big smiles the red flag law that is obviously unconstitutional,,, sign a lunatic bill that furthers immunity to hospitals to continue CDC’s (Fauci’s) covid protocols that are killing folks here in Florida and many other states.
If one says he is a better choice so far, maybe, but please don’t think he is the answer to all our problems. Our problems can only be solved by the people. Voting for the lessor evil still results in evil. The best government is no government as there is no form of government ‘ever’ on earth that has not tyrannized its citizens. The US got close with the Articles but no cigar. The founders coup gave us what we have today,,, another dead tyrannical constitutional republic to add to histories list.
I always try to be leery of becoming tribalistic about things. While it looks like DeSantis appears to be on the freedom team for the most part (at least more so than any other politicians, save perhaps Thomas Massie), I’m not so sure I would necessarily applaud his actions here.
Essentially he removed a prosecutor because he was not imposing the power of the state on individuals as much as Desantis wanted. As much as I applaud him for most of his actions over the past 2 years or so, I just don’t like any action that will cause more state power to be applied. Perhaps I’m being blinded by my haltered for state power.
I’m interested in commenters thoughts on this point, so give me an earful.
I’m thinking a little something like that, too. Perhaps “attorney nullification”? Of course, no one would tolerate a prosecutor who wouldn’t prosecute murderers or rapists, but I think one who selected away from BS laws, or laws that create victimless crimes, might be lauded.
You can vote your way into communism. You cannot vote your way out of communism.
People who were awake enough to see the communism but who still thought they could vote their way out of it bought into the Trump deception.
In early 2012, I warned against Trump on the website I had at that time.
Last year and, again, some days ago on this website, I warned, this time against the DeSantis deception. DeSantis is all-in for the jews, on video, on record, same as Trump.
Who invented communism? The jews did. The Rothschilds, Marx, and Engels. Who does communism benefit?
An easy example of a president, as a secret jew, advancing communism in the USA was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I’ll spare you the long list of his crimes that I could write here. Since then, every president and/or his chosen administrators has advanced communism and the rest of the jew agenda against us.
That’s how we got “gun control,” destructive “immigration,” war after war in which we get no benefits, the anti-White agenda throughout media and government actions; criminal hoax after criminal hoax (ozone hole bs, global warming bs, the lie that CO2 is “pollution,” fake “mass shootings” where there’s no blood, no video of actual shooting of people; the lie that electric cars are better for the environment, etc.; the entirety of “covid”; and on and on).
Eric, prosecutorial discretion is one of the “checks and balances” that preserves the interests of minorities, and mitigates the Tyranny of the Majority. A prosecutors principled decision to forebear in prosecuting for unjust laws is perfectly legitimate, and arguably essential to the role as a prosecutor.
<b"'State Attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal agenda,' DeSantis said in a statement." https://www.reuters.com/world/us/desantis-suspends-florida-prosecutor-refusing-enforce-abortion-law-2022-08-04/
Absolutely untrue, and tyrannical. Andrew Warren was a popularly elected official, whose “duty” was to represent the rights and interests of his constituents. DeSantis appears to be abusing powers and procedures that were put in place to correct malfeasance, in order to exact political retribution on political enemies. A county prosecutor’s job, in part, is to enforce the standards of his community (county) when those standards differ from that of the statewide electorate that has cooked up regressive or unjust laws at the state level. Prosecutorial discretion is the method of protecting the community’s interest over the mob’s whims, just like jury nullification is.
This strongman tactic by the rising golem DeSantis is absolutely nothing to applaud.
It appears that the prosecutor was pretty woke, so I’m happy to see him out of government, but I tend to agree with you on this one. It’s hard for me to applaud the removal of a prosecutor for not prosecuting.
Your criticism is well founded. However, the very purpose of an excessive number of “laws” is selective prosecution. Gun laws were originally directed at blacks. They weren’t enforced against whites.
As much as I despise him, Lincoln said (paraphrased) the best way to insure that laws are just is requiring them to be strictly enforced.
Discretion is great, as long as it is not in the hands of a Soros backed attorney, and in the hands of one who has a moral foundation and ethical principals. They are not looking out for anyone’s well being, only what is Soros approved. Who seldom has anyone’s welfare in mind.
I agree with you insofar as the specific issue of discretion in the case of bad law. I also agree with a previous poster who said that Lincoln was on to something when he said that the best way to avoid unjust laws is to enforce them to the letter (thereby arousing people to their injustice).
As far as DeSantis: By no stretch do I regard him as a deliverer. Just preferable to the fraud that is Trump. The Orange Man is the inexcusable man. We are in the situation we’re in because of that man. He and his spray tan ought to be rocketed into space, the capsule opened to the vacuum once there.
It would be . . . yuge.
A soros snake…….
DeSantis Sends Cops To Physically Remove Suspended ‘Soros-Backed’ State Attorney
Absolutely untrue, and tyrannical. Andrew Warren was a popularly elected official….hahaha….he was a soros snake….lol
I guess De Santos is the best bad option left. An old drinking buddy who lives near Destin tells me that De Santos, just like Orange fail is big into this red flag business. Trump opened many of our eyes. I certainly won’t be wasting my time, or physic energy voting for the lesser of two evils again. Fool me once shame on you fool me ten times, then I’m a dumbass. The whole (s)election system is corrupt, beyond repair. It’ll take a complete collapse for the opportunity to fix it.
It also seems De Santos has a similar predilection as orange fail when it comes to a certain group we are never allowed to criticize.
Now before I’m accused of anti-something, something. Take a look at De Santos record. Yes he backs his conviction with some actions, still, how is it American to put limits on criticism, of only certain groups?
I hope he wins, as it’ll make progtard heads explode. At the end of the day we are a captured country, not exactly sure by whom, but the fact remains, after all this time and evidence we still are left with nothing but a no choice choice.
DeSantis is at best an intelligent politician, but a snake like the rest. Has he fined a single cruise company for their vaccine requirements? Punished an employer firing anyone for non vaccine compliance? Lest one also forget he did literal blockades of the Florida border during the start of the Coof madness.
This should never be forgotten: “Lest one also forget he did literal blockades of the Florida border during the start of the Coof madness.” This action should forever be condemned.
I think DSantis did come down hard on the city of Gainesville for maintaining vaccine requirements for its employees. I think he also stopped salaries for school districts that forced students to wear masks. For these actions he should be applauded.
As good as he may be in comparison to the absolute tyrants throughout the rest of the world, one should not lose sight that he’s still a politician, and therefore a snake.
I know a bunch of people who are Trump supporters. Why? Who the hell knows? While I would hold my nose and pull the lever for Trump rather than ANY Democrat in 2024, I surely wouldn’t support him in the Republican primary (note: I’m not currently registered Republican, though that may change depending on the way the political winds are blowing in my state). Give me DeSantis any day of the week.
My daughters live in Florida, and I have a second cousin there. Not sure how my youngest daughter feels, but my oldest doesn’t like DeSantis. Of course, she also allowed herself to be injected with the trial concoction from Novavax 2 years ago because she was afraid that if she caught the WuFlu she was going to die (hardly, even my 90-year-old mom isn’t worried about it). I haven’t heard directly from the second cousin, though her mom (my first cousin) is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and doesn’t like DeSantis. Cool, we’re all entitled to an opinion. Doesn’t mean that opinion is correct.
Taibbi has an interesting take on DeSantis, that the mainstream media is trying to cozy up to him in order to get thier stink all over him, thereby making Trump appealing again. Trump was ratings gold, and he’s the biggest earner the ad sales department has for Democrat candidates and PACs.
MMRA 2024: Make the mainstream media relevant again!
RK, it’s becoming increasingly evident that the entire “stolen election 2020” narrative has merely been a dramatic device to extend the Trump Era to 12 years. The lame-duck “Biden Administration” is merely a “table leaf” inserted in between two non-consecutive terms for the Corona King Trump. If Trump had just had eight years in a row, he would have then just retired to the brothel’s brandy-room like Baby Bush and Obama have. But by inserting another administration in the middle, the News Benders are prolonging the high drama and tawdry spectacle that is Trumpism to the maximum. All the Q-Tards and MAGA-Bots are able to keep projecting their deranged fantasies onto “President Trump” for four bonus years, while the ctrl+left and Libtards can continuously project their deranged fears and bigotry onto him. He’s Goldstein and the Golden Calf all tied up together with velvet rope, and the Show Must Go On!
‘DeSantis acted, again – by publicly firing a prosecutor who would not prosecute – when it came to laws (as regards abortion wrongs) he personally doesn’t like.’ — eric
Now we also have the inverse situation of fedgov prosecutors vigorously prosecuting offenses which the Trump administration chose to waive:
‘The Justice Department on Wednesday sued former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro in an effort to force him to turn over emails from his tenure in the White House.
‘Navarro used “at least one non-official email account … to send and receive messages constituting Presidential records,” the Justice Department said in a court filing.
‘Attorneys also accused him of “wrongfully retaining them” in violation of federal record-keeping laws, as Navarro did not copy the messages into an official government account.‘ — politico.com
Hillary Clinton ran her own private, non-secure email server, totally outside the State Dept official system. When Congress requested the purloined correspondence, Queen Hillary imperiously weeded out 30,000 of them before turning over the balance.
Trump hollered, “Lock her up!” But RINO attorney general Bill Barr sat on his hands.
Now the Jacobin AG Merrick ‘Raccoon Face’ Garland is going to nail Navarro’s hide to the wall for a far lesser offense, while Hillary continues to skate.
This is just a warm-up for the indictment of Trump after Labor Day, which I liken to the first shots fired at Fort Sumter. Andrew McCarthy offers a thorough legal briefing here, concluding that ‘I’ve estimated that there’s a 60 percent chance it happens.’
Weaponized partisan ‘justice’ will rip this joint apart.
I agree. I think the Left is right – elliptically – that Trump is destroying the country. His indictment will incite violence and that will be used to end whatever tattered remnants of freedom (such as speech) Americans still have. The “danger” of Trump will be used to pathologize by association everyone who isn’t a Leftist, who will be described as a “threat to our Democracy.”
God-damn the Orange Man. If he had any honor or decency he’d step aside and shut up. Leave the field to another, better man. But – no. The endlessly self-important bastard just has to be the center of attention, no matter the harm it causes.
‘The “danger” of Trump will be used to pathologize by association everyone who isn’t a Leftist.’ — eric
No doubt. Meanwhile, the smoke signals indicate that Hunter Biden’s crude influence peddling will result in a negotiated plea on some peripheral offense — the most ludicrous being that he bought a gun while addicted to crack — but burying the “laptop from hell” slam-dunk evidence to shield the Big Guy, “Celtic” himself.
Will this brazen plan work? Not if the 1973-74 analogy holds, in which runaway inflation and economic collapse turns public opinion downright murderous.
This morning’s labor report shows a stunning 528,000 jobs gained, while unemployment dipped to only 3.5%. Boom times, one would think.
But the Treasury market tells a darker story: it’s flying upside down, with 2-year yields nearly 0.4% above 10-year yields, inverted from the normal pattern.
That’s like camping on the Outer Banks without a radio, watching the barometer drop to the high 28s. The unmistakable message is, Hurricane approaching. Better run while you still can.
That is, “Biden” may yet get taken down in a corruption scandal next year, when the social mood has turned even uglier than it already is.
I am sitting here working with the financial news on and I can’t believe what I am hearing from “economists”. “The US is not in a recession”. “The US economy is the strongest in the world” Blah, blah, blah. Even Mohamed El Erian, who I generally like for his sound advice, has his blow horn out and shouting “we are not in a recession.”
We are in a recession. Two straight quarters of negative growth is a recession, no matter how the Biden Clown Show wishes it wasn’t so.
How does one explain an adding of 528k jobs? Pretty damn easy. Grandma and Grandpa decided to retire in 2020 as Uncle Sam was depositing money into banking accounts and their stock investments began reversing after March’s 2020 downturn. The Baby Boomers believed they were home free. Now with true inflation settling around 17% to 19%, the Stock Market down an average of 24%, and talk of employers predicting layoffs in the months ahead they need to return to work.
The fact of the matter is that job growth is still below 2019 figures. It isn’t job growth, but job retention, basically, people going back to their old jobs.
If my business had revenue of $200k in 2019, my sales decrease to $125k in 2020, but increase to $150k in 2021…am I more successful? Hell no, I am just less broke. My business doesn’t grow until I begin exceeding my $200k a year, that is true appreciation.
Yup. Also – as I understand it – they are counting as “jobs created” people returning to their jobs after being declared “non-essential” during the “pandemic.”
Everything costs more because money buys less, but everything’s fine fine fine…
‘How does one explain an adding of 528k jobs?’ — Raider Girl
Well, if I were being interviewed on CNBC, I’d offer:
1. Falling employment LAGS the onset of recession. Usually employment does not weaken until mid-recession. Thus, no contradiction here.
2. The establishment survey uses a seasonally-adjusted model, which is usually wrong at inflection points by extrapolating previous growth and failing to catch the downturn.
3. Initial unemployment claims — the most timely series available, published weekly — have been rising since early April, from 170,000 to 254,750 yesterday (4-week average). That’s not a bad number — claims reached an eye-popping 5,786,500 in April 2020 — but its direction is decisively up.
It’s striking to hear Federal Reserve officials discount the implications of an inverted Treasury yield curve, when their own published staff studies show a near-perfect record of an inverted curve preceding recessions.
Today’s 2y 10y yield curve — the most inverted since the year 2000 — says the economy gets WHACKED HARD next year, while unemployment soars. That’s what PISSES PEOPLE OFF, along with relentless inflation. “Celtic” beware.
Orange Man said all the right things to get elected, and then didn’t do a gotdam thing, other than pass a huge tax cut for the already wealthy. You gotta love his most recent grift, burying poor Ivana on his golf course to get a tax break; even in death she can’t get away from that narcissistic bastard.
Amen, Mike –
It’s a sound policy, I think, to judge a person – no matter who – by their actions, not their words. Ten Bears said it best in this clip that has stuck with me since was a kid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyPZFi2b380
Be thankful that the Progs are so obsessed with the bad old Orange Man. As long as they are focused on him, they aren’t going after his base in numbers large enough to get the natural reaction. They are insane/reckless enough to provoke a real civil war. But this one isn’t likely to be what they expect. As much as they hate Trump, they hate and despise his base more. But there are tens of millions of vets in that base. Many are a bit long in the tooth at this point. But they still have skills and experience far beyond what most of the Wokistas storm troopers have. Not to mention badly out numbering them. This will not end well for anyone.
Good summation of the branded one – all talk, no walk.
DeSantis is not perfect – no one is – but in a field of grass, he was a tree.
I would be willing to accept the faults if it were to give us a bulwark against the continued damage being done.
I believe DeSantis could be reasoned away from his worse positions since he seems to be one to research and analyze. But that will also come down to who pulls his strings.
I have a friend who continues to believe – to insist – that Trump is playing an elaborate “long game” and it seems no fact can counter the hope he has. It is very much of a piece with the faith Leftists have in “masks.” mention this to him and he does not like it.
Believe it or not, four years ago, Andrew Gillum was the Florida Dem’s nominee for Governor. This is how he spent the first weekend of the Orange Man’s lockdown/quarantine in March 2020.
Florida got very lucky. Lest anyone accuse me of using a biased source, Local 10 in Miami is Warren Buffett’s only remaining TV station in his portfolio.
Governor DeSantis and the State of Florida got very lucky with regard to the state’s response to Covid.
Should the Governor decide to run for President, he should be thoroughly vetted by the nomination process in a way that the Orange Man never was.
DeSantis has to get reelected first. The race four years ago, against a candidate the Dems nominated knowing they had a problem, was decided by a very narrow margin.
Florida’s — and Georgia’s — Republicans need to get a clue and stop waiting for an Orange Man-led revolution that will never come.