Nov
17
2012

Sentiment of the Day, You Already Know The Context edition.

You won’t have to click through to see the rest:

What goes around has a tendency to come around…

…but go ahead and click through anyway. Just keep in mind that Paul Rahe is a little more pessimistic than I am (I also contest the redistricting thing).

Via Instapundit.

10 Comments

  • Subotai Bahadur says:

    I think that Mr. Rahe is more than a tad overoptimistic. Yes, things are going to get bad as the economy and foreign policy inflict pain, and possible death, on large numbers of Americans. Winter is coming and is almost here.

    Looking to 2014 as a corrective is premature. It presupposes that:

    a) The “Margin of Fraud” that was a major if not determinative factor in the last election can be overcome. When there is a dogged effort by the Republicans to pretend that it was not a factor, overcoming it is not likely.

    b) The Republicans will not proceed with their highest priority goal, the suppression of the Conservative base, over defeating Democrats. We have more than a few examples of the priority hierarchy.

    c) Obama despite how bad it gets, still has access to the “coercive organs of the State” to bolster his power.

    Everything that Rahe says can come true, on steroids, and it does not necessarily impact any thing more than Obama’s digestion. The balance of political power may well not change.

    • acat says:

      At what point, Subotai, does “shrug, baby, shrug” (or “going Galt” to be clearer) start to take hold as an idea?
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      I ask because the idiots at the White House managed, with their auto-petition system, to move the idea of *secession* from kook to legitimate-discussion…
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      Mew

      • earlgrey says:

        The pace at which everything is changing would make one think that something “should” be taking hold in our society.

        My apolitical husband remarked to me today how Obama seems to have so much time for photo ops and sport picks. He asked when does he actually do something.

        At the same time you have people so enamored with Obama and liberalism that they have turned their entire identity over to it– and then proceed to call “right wingers” ignorant and stupid.

        THe way I see it you have three groups: conservative activists, liberal zombies, and the apolitical (you could throw in there the “off the grid types”.

        For any real “shrugging” to happen the apolitical–that don’t really want to have to do anything–have to find a reason to care and a reason to think that anything they do will matter.

        You need both. Right now a lot of people are resigned to the idea that nothing they do will matter and are trying to make the best of it.

        • acat says:

          I’ve been reading Ace of Spades’ thoughts on the election, earlgrey, and .. one of the points Ace makes is that Romney didn’t lose because of his message, Romney lost because not enough people *heard* that message.
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          That is, Romney lost because nominal GOP-leaning but low-information voters stayed home in significant numbers.
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          So. You’re exactly right to wonder how to reach the off-the-grid types, but there’s an even larger potential if, instead of battleground-myopia, the GOP can run a wider race, a national race…
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          That doesn’t necessarily take money, but it does take semi-coordinated effort, eh?
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          Mew

          • earlgrey says:

            The thing is though the GOP can’t even get the little stuff right. I am tired of being disappointed by them.

            I’d like to see some of the Grassroots groups get involved on local levels in metro areas. These people are basically at the mercy of the democrat party since they refuse to consider the GOP. We may not receive any electoral benefit, but the metro areas tend to drive media narratives.

            I don’t k ow who to get behind moving forward.

          • acat says:

            You’re right, earlgrey … there’s a reason the GOP is the stupid party.
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            I would suggest, if you want to get into the metro areas, that it’s at the intersection of religious (charitable) and political (economic) that you’ll both find partners and change minds.
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            See if you can put together enough volunteers, for instance, to kick in for some CafePress T-shirts – get a big GOP elephant on ‘em or something – and then go volunteer together at a Habitat for Humanity project.
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            For that matter, it wouldn’t *hurt* various state-level GOP types to put the logo on and swing a couple bucks toward inner-city volunteer efforts of other groups.
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            Mew

          • acat says:

            Put more baldly, earlgrey, I don’t think “we the GOP” is *avoiding* the inner city.
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            I think, though, that when most of the inner city see someone who votes conservative, they can’t tell who we are.
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            Mew

  • Subotai Bahadur says:

    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Two catchphrases we use around here are “Let It Burn” and “Darwin Never Sleeps”. We know we are scrod [past pluperfect subjunctive]; and that any effort to avoid collapse will be blocked by the Democrats. My personal inclination, since electoral politics are now moot, is to let the Democrats raise taxes to whatever they demand. We cannot stop them, and if we did it would just be done anyway by Executive Order because the House is irrelevant because they will not fight.

    All I would hope for is that our side votes “present” and let the Democrats have it all in their name. Save our fight to preserve what little we can of the Bill of Rights. After the Long Night, hopefully enough of us will survive to try again.

    And yes, I am taking more than a little bit of joy at what happened with the unions at Hostess. And since the faculty at the Pennsylvania State University just voted for a strike, when the state is broke, enrollment is plummeting, and there is record unemployment; I am looking forward to replacement instructors being hired, given the number of unemployed college graduates out there. Darwin Never Sleeps.

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