Dec
09
2014
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Ferguson and the Boston Tea Party: or, On speaking truth to political auto-eroticism.

My friend and RedState colleague Dan McLaughlin has written an article for the Federalist on the myriad differences between the Ferguson riots and the Stamp Act protests/ original Boston Tea Party*.  It is well-written, historically-aware, perfectly correct… and absolutely useless in terms of its original purpose, which was to try to educate writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates and/or Jamelle Bouie (both named in Dan’s essay).  There’s a reason for that.

I see this happen a lot, actually: there’s a definite core goal mismatch between the Right’s writers and the Left’s here. OK, OK, to be fair: some of the Right’s writers and some of the Left’s. There have been a noteworthy number of people pushing back against their own side’s various narratives in the last few weeks.  But in this case Dan ended up addressing and countering an ‘argument’ that Mr. Coates and Mr. Bouie don’t actually take seriously at all.  You see, both of them are actually producers of what is frankly an extremely narrow and stylized form of political pornography: Coates and Bouie are not trying to really convince anybody of anything.  They’re trying to disseminate pay copy that will make their largely white, affluent, and progressive audience feel good.  That is not entirely why they have their jobs (both can write coherently in English**), but it is the primary reason that they’re making their mortgage/car payments.

Don’t get me wrong.  I understand the need to engage the arguments of the Other Side.  It’s just that, under the circumstances, I don’t see much point in doing so here.  How do you engage somebody when the primary motivation of that somebody is to fully experience how wonderful their hand is feeling, shoved down there inside their pants?

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: I should probably note that I don’t particularly begrudge Ta-Nehisi Coates or JamelleBouie their gigs: I might if they were selling to the same audience as I was, but they’re not.  In other words, I look upon their work the same way that I would look upon any other personally distasteful fetish pornography that nonetheless involves consenting adults: it’s all very furtive and sticky, but somebody has to peddle it, apparently.  Just don’t expect me to take their work any more seriously in a public policy context than I would a clown porn video.

*Short version: Ha! Not even close.  And anybody who tells you otherwise should wear a sign that said “Hi! I flunked all my classes in American history!”

**This particular quality can be surprisingly hard to find in this business.  And don’t get me started on the people who think that they can write poetry…

May
01
2014
9

Why is it that every time somebody wants to give the Tea party advice…

…it always seems to come down to Advocate for the issues that I want you to advocate for, not the ones that you want to advocate for? In this particular case, Slate would like the Tea Party to – after, mind you, repeating every nasty thing ever said about it – go fight crony capitalism.  As defined by Slate, whose definition notably does not include a single Democratic politician or heavy donor by name.

If you’re a Democrat who is reading this and you don’t understand why I’m making that point, congratulations: you know precisely nothing about the Tea Party.  Better still, you probably think that you do.

Moe Lane

PS: The Activist/Establishment Left simply doesn’t get populism, does it? – More accurately, they simply don’t get that the stuff you get on the Right is qualitatively different than the ersatz gunk you get on the Left.

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Apr
23
2014
1

Bruce Braley pushed IRS to crack down on Tea Party groups.

Of course he did: Bruce Braley is, after all, a liberal lawyer-loving Democrat.

Four days after the head of the Internal Revenue Service denied the agency was targeting conservative social welfare organizations applying for tax exempt status, Rep. Bruce Braley signed a letter urging a probe into the political activities of social welfare organizations.

Braley was one of 30 Democratic members of Congress who signed the letter, dated March 26, 2012, to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman urging him to investigate whether “any groups qualifying as social welfare organizations under section 501(c)(4) of the federal tax code are improperly engaged in political campaign activity.”

Braley later – as in, ‘after the 2012 election’ – called the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups ‘shameful.’  Which it certainly was: but they learned it from you, Bruce!  They learned it from you.

Via the Washington Free Beacon.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

Jan
23
2014
7

Chuck “Little, Porky Amendments” Schumer thinks that he can split up Tea Party.

Why don’t you go ahead and make your play there, Chuck.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ political guru, has a plan to poison the Tea Party by driving a wedge between its rich funders and its blue-collar rank and file.

Schumer, one of the Democrats’ most influential strategists, will argue in a major speech on Thursday that super-wealthy Tea Party donors have hijacked the grassroots movement that grew out of the economic anxiety of the 2008 financial collapse to suit their pro-big-business agenda.

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Oct
17
2013
2

Yale professor finds hint of a suggestion that Tea Partiers aren’t scientific illiterates; *doesn’t* suppress it.

It is a general indictment of our current system of academia that I can’t decide which of these passages will offend said academics more. First, this observation:

Yale Law professor Dan M. Kahan was conducting an analysis of the scientific comprehension of various political groups when he ran into a shocking discovery: tea party supporters are slightly more scientifically literate than the non-tea party population.

(Um. No, it’s not actually shocking*.) Anyway, here’s Professor Kahan’s reaction: (more…)

Oct
07
2013
4

An entertaining proposed compromise on the Washington Redskins thing.

Worth it, just to see the screaming. From Constant Reader BigGator5:

I am going to go against the grain and agree with President Obama. Change the name

President Barack Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would “think about changing” the team name, wading into the controversy over a football nickname that many people deem offensive to Native Americans.

…To the “DC Tea Party”.

And oh, my, but there would be screaming.

Sep
12
2013
4

Harry Reid: “…ANARCHISTS! Anarchists roaming the halls!”

No doubt leering at the staff, too:

Reid (D-Nev.) said Tea Party Republicans are preventing progress on an energy efficiency bill by offering amendments on ObamaCare and other unrelated issues.

“We’re diverted totally from what this bill is about. Why? Because the anarchists have taken over,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They’ve taken over the House and now they’ve taken over the Senate.

“People who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.”

Actually, what that is is a lie. On a variety of levels: (more…)

Jun
13
2013
10

The IRS and Barack Obama: mission, as they say, accomplished.

(H/T: Instapundit) Annnnnnd here we go.  Two meaty bits from a Fox News poll:

irs poll 1

Translation: people don’t particularly believe that the Executive Branch didn’t know about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups all along. (more…)

May
02
2013
3

Tweet Of The Day, This Is Indeed The Media Flowchart edition.

And far too many in the Media live for the day that they can finally blame it all on the Tea Party.

Whether or not that will work is another question.

Dec
10
2012
7

Yet ANOTHER call for a Leftist Tea Party.

The best sort of clueless person is the sort that pats themselves on the back for actually being all with-it, and suchlike.  Today’s example: Larry Lessig.  Lessig didn’t really write anything that was good enough stylistically to quote, so I’ll summarize: Lessig hates Citizens United, likes to beat the dead horse of public financing of elections (mind you, that horse was shot four years ago by Barack Obama), and thinks that there should be an organic grassroots movement designed around the bedrock principle of Do Whatever Larry Lessig Says.  And that said grassroots movement needs to be cultivated by the Democratic Establishment (which includes Larry Lessig, despite his no-doubt vehement protestations otherwise).  Because, you know, the Democrats need to create their own Tea Party.

(pause) (more…)

Apr
08
2012
3

#rsrh Yet another attempt to brew a Lefty pot of tea.

Via Instapundit: Van Jones is trying to create a genuine imitation artificial left-populist movement again.

[Van] Jones is now attempting to lead a social movement. The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reports today that Jones is launching “an Egypt-styled ‘Arab Spring,'” designed to rally “the 99 percent.”

Hopefully, this time without the rapes and violence*.  Seriously, though: how many of these initiatives by Jones have we seen by now?  There has to be at least a half-dozen of these schemes of his: at what point will Jones confront the possibility that maybe the reason that he and his can’t replicate the Tea Party is because that he and his, well, suck?

Moe Lane

*Well, I hope.  I can’t speak for the people who would be planning to attend said “Egypt-styled ‘Arab Spring.'”

Mar
07
2012
4

#rsrh QotD, Doing Unto Others As We’ve Been Done By Edition.

The New York Times, discussing the alleged politicization of the IRS in an election year:

Jay Sekulow, a conservative lawyer known more for his stands on religious freedom than for his tax work, said he is representing 16 Tea Party groups that are claiming harassment by the I.R.S., and the number is growing. He said he intended to demand an explanation from the Treasury Department on Wednesday for what he called “McCarthyism” tactics and that he would contact Republican lawmakers this week.

“This is obviously a coordinated effort by the I.R.S. to stifle these Tea Party and Tea Party-affiliated groups, and to stifle free speech activities,” Mr. Sekulow said. “It’s as onerous as what they did to the N.A.A.C.P. in the 1950s, and I plan to make that point.”

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