February 3, 2014

Outlawry, revisited

This was forwarded along to me by serr8d, likely for the ungodly, almost transcendental irony:

“GOP Declaration of ‘Principles’ Regarding Immigration”

I guess I need to do a post on the new GOP “Declaration of Principles” that says we will give illegals a “probationary” status that we will never ever ever take away for any reason, as long as something something border security.

So, here is the post.

Republicans have to do this because it’s how they will get tons and tons of Latino votes. We know this because Democrats tell us so. And why would Democrats lie about that?

I don’t have a huge problem with some sort of DREAM act style of path of legalization for young people whose illegal status is no fault of their own. I have no problem legalizing folks who want to serve this country in the military. I am happy to completely transform immigration laws to allow multiple times the number of legal immigrants from Mexico, as long as they are free of diseases and criminal records. What I cannot support, what I will not sanction, is an effort to reward adult people who break our laws as their first act in this country.

But mine is a lone voice in the wilderness. It has been decided that, for the good of the Republican party, we must say to hell with our laws. Give the illegals the vote.

Well, I guess somebody has to be brave enough to be that lone voice willing to rail against the GOP “realists” and “pragmatists”.  Kudos for stepping up and doing the job other significant American conservative pundits won’t do!

I can’t say it better than Ace:

GOP Announces Declaration of Principles For Why You Should Vote Third Party

And they’re compelling reasons, too.

This is part of the reason I gave up on politics and stopped identifying as a Republican. There is no point supporting a Team of Losers who furthermore don’t even actually have the same goals in mind I do. Not that that would make a big difference, as they are Losers, and cannot advance their goals.

I have listened a lot to libertarian podcasts lately and while I love love love their economics, they are insane in the membrane on international policy and criminal law. So it’s not like there is an organized and viable alternative.

But, like Ace (and many others) I don’t consider myself a Republican any more. I could, in a party that got behind someone like Ted Cruz. But this party doesn’t. So they don’t deserve my support and they don’t deserve yours. Until someone gets serious about actually doing something about the looming fiscal crisis that we all know is going to destroy this country, they should not get a dime. Save your money for the Ted Cruzes of the world.

The best solution, I think, is a very controversial one, and deserves a post of its own. Consider that a hint. I will say this: the answer is not legalizing millions of new Democrat votes.

Here, let me help:  try saying “outlaw!” Use the italics to set the timbre, too.  Go on.  It’s therapeutic, you’ll see!

Only this time, try it without sneering,  without irony, and without concentrating so intently on marginalizing those who recognized early on what was happening and as a result were punished by the sanctimonious “realists” on their own side, not just for noticing, but more especially  for pointing out that the mistakes in logic being promoted by their “own” side that exacerbated the problem and, in ways large and small, actually promoted, unwittingly, leftist kernel assumptions that made the march of its ideology inevitable.

Too, and as long as I’m giving advice, may I suggest that when outlining the new principles required to rescue this country from what is — and has been — an ongoing leftist coup, helped along by a feckless and self-interested GOP that has thrown in with the statists to create a one party, big government status quo masquerading as an adversarial two party system of representative government, try to remember that it is often the most pragmatic move to assert and defend one’s principles as a matter of political strategy, just as it is essential that we learn to rob the left and the “pragmatists” (who adopt their own sort of antifoundationalism, even if they reimagine it a “realism”) of the structural methodologies they deploy to institutionalize and enculturate their long march, much of which happens unnoticed, through bureaucratic maneuvering, or court rulings, or executive orders, and the infiltration into our education system of a multiculturalist ethos that is no more than a way to tribalize us and deconstruct the Enlightenment concentration on individualism upon which this country was founded and under which it once so flourished.

Or if “remember” is too loaded a term, given that it suggests the arguments are those you might have heard elsewhere for, say, the last dozen years or so, no matter how hard you may have tried to cast them off as unserious, and their promoters as useless, dangerous, fringe “True Believers” and pseudo-intellectuals worthy of being intentionally (heh) excommunicated from the ranks of high-profile conservative punditry, at least show us some sort of revelatory moment, a staged epiphany wherein you discover all this for yourselves, independent of any outside influences.  One in which you suddenly are able to contextualize 5+ years of experience.  Or one in which you describe finally opening up your goddamn eyes.

Also, you may want to include in the list of as yet unnamed organized principles the caveat that poisonous whisper campaigns, coordinated networking, and organized excommunication of your critics on individual issues (who elsewhere had proven to be your allies), is not terribly in keeping with the idea that speech needs be answered by more speech, in an effort to press intellectual discovery and pressure the common assumptions that have kept us moving leftward as a country for the last hundred years, with an eight-year respite during the 80s.  And we want to be in keeping with that idea, because it is the first that was enshrined in our Bill of Rights precisely because it enforced rigor and created an engaged citizenry capable of governing itself.

Either way, welcome aboard.  Or rather, enjoy engineering your new train.   Whichever way you play it.

Point is, we’re all OUTLAWS! now.   And it was only a matter of time.

Too bad it took so long.  To the point where it may be too late. Yet another in what is becoming a long string of surreal historical miscues.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 9:06am
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Comments (39)

  1. He’d have listened to you long ago, if he could get over your filthy Joo-ness. Or at least that would be the case, if he were an anti-Semite, which I believe is still an unsettled matter open to investigation. There may be some other reason he ignored and marginalized you lo these many years, one which has nothing to do with hating the filthy Joo-people. I’m sure he’ll tender an explanation soon. It’ll probably go on for 4,000 words without saying much of anything, but you know how lawyers can be.

    Perhaps a reader poll is in order?

  2. GOP thought process: “Illegals will be grateful to us if we get them citizenship and will then vote for us.”

    Democrat thinking: “Bwahahaha, the GOP is falling for it again, little do they understand we’re the ones who set up the free sh*t welfare state and know how to buy the necessary votes.”

  3. Devalue the coin of citizenship repeatedly, and soon find that none but the choiceless will desire it. Then what?

  4. Devalue the coin of citizenship repeatedly, and soon find that none but the choiceless will desire it. Then what?

    Then learn what happens when “I’m an Oklahoman” means more than “I’m an American,” and what happens when inter-state rivalries involve more than just college football.

  5. This morning Beck said that Lord Rove’s organization’s (Crossroads) donations are down by 98%.

    And so he’s spawning a bunch of PACs that conceal his involvement to raise $$$ by other means.

    GOP thought process: “Illegals will be grateful to us if we get them citizenship and will then vote for us.”

    Is that their thought process or is that the B.S. they hope we’ll buy? They’re doing this for the Chamber of Commerce, who wants the cheap labor without the legal entanglements. They’re OK with being the minority party as long as they’re getting their share of slop from the trough.

  6. In a post by the Diplomad:

    The political environment for the opposition is a target-rich one. The Republicans should be rejoicing at the prospect of a clean sweep in November’s mid-term elections and the Presidential ones in 2016. Instead GOP leaders engage in attacks on Tea Party activists–who have been consistently right on policy issues, by the way–and let the Democrats set the agenda and tell us what is and is not open for discussion. Bengahzi, IRS, EPA Solyndra, Fast and Furious, those are all phony scandals … Even worse, we have prominent, once conservative and common sense politicians such as Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan going along with and promoting the Obama misadministration’s push to completely undo what is left of our immigration system, reward lawbreakers, and spit in the face of the overwhelmingly majority of American citizens who reject yet another amnesty for illegal aliens.

    To which I say:

    “I’ve believed for years that one of the consequences of the Left’s idea that politics, national politics is for them the real war, the true war, albeit a cold war for now, is that the means of war are seen as legitimate. Infiltration, espionage, bribery, blackmail, all the arts of the cold war are, to them, not just okay but required to win.”

    Why should we believe that the left haven’t engaged in all the black arts of intelligence agencies, engaged not just recently, but for many, many, years in the infiltration of their agents into the power circles of the GOP and agents of influence into the consultant-staff penumbra surrounding all in authority on the right? Blackmailing those they can’t nudge by words or bribery.

    My belief only but what is the truth behind such paradoxical events.

    Pardoxes hold a special place in human knowledge. They are markers not just for the things we do not know but for problems we do not know how to think about. As BG Sidharth once observed, “the greatest breakthroughs in our concepts of physics, and science in general, have been counterintuitive.” Progress occurs when we learn how to think about a problem. And in that respect it is the unsolved problem, the outlier, rather than in the well trodden mean where new knowledge is to be found.

    In this age of “settled science” and “scientific consensus” is often important to remember that in the end there’s the Truth and there’s us. And we learn from Truth — and not from men. Then for better or for worse, however crazy it may seem, the Truth shall make us free.

  7. Beck eviscerates the GOP at Texas GOP group: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/02/glenn-beck-hammers-republican-party-in-scathing-speech-to-texas-gop-group-likens-d-c-to-chernobyl/

    For reasons unknown, part 2 is positioned above part 1 in the article.

  8. Lord Rove’s organization’s (Crossroads) donations are down by 98%.

    And so he’s spawning a bunch of PACs that conceal his involvement to raise $$$ by other means.

    Taking his cues from the left.

    [Mark] Zuckerberg’s fake conservative front group, “Americans for a Conservative Direction,” says it has launched a $750,000 campaign to make it look like the House leadership’s legalization push is really tough, tough, tough. The Zuckerberg video implies, falsely, that the gist of the Boehner proposal is to legalize only “DREAMers” (“a chance at the American dream for those brought here as children”) as opposed to all the 11 million undocumented immigrants.

  9. Mickey Kaus has been landing some body blows on the GOP establishment as well. He plays for the other team, but at least he’s honest.

  10. The pitch to conservatives is that, since the Mexicans are Catholic, they are pro-life and thus, True American Conservatives-in-waiting. All the while they ignore that the rest of their political preferences will bring us European socialism.

  11. An example of how infiltration works to advance the left over all opposition.

    Workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., have been on the receiving end of an aggressive United Auto Workers organizing drive. And it’s getting help from company officials with ties to a powerful German union.
    [...]
    (It is interesting to note that the only officials for Volkswagen — both in America and Germany — who have spoken out in favor of the UAW in Chattanooga are officials with current or former ties to IG Metall.)

  12. This too — while starkly exposed as a kind of ‘infiltration’ – might also qualify, geoffb.

  13. Ace is a pendulum. He’ll swing away just as fast as he swung towards. And he’ll never touch either side as he wobbles to and fro.

  14. I’d say, sdferr, that George Demos is the coming thing for the establishment GOP. Bloomberg was not the outlier he seemed to be.

  15. since the Mexicans are Catholic, they are pro-life and thus, True American Conservatives-in-waiting.

    Except that Mexican Catholics take their ethical cues from the Catholic church about as well as most American Jews do from their tradition.

    IOW, they don’t.

  16. The Mexicans may be Catholic when they get here, but they often find the Catholic church to be too strict for their laid-back ways and move over to the Pentacostals and other Evangelical types.

    They do not embrace a Protestant work ethic, by any means. Their natural home is the dem party where they need only have their hands out for the freebies.

  17. Ace is a pendulum.

    I read that as “Ace is a pudenda”. I think Ill stick with that.

  18. Outlaw is going mainstream? Is there such a thing as an “Outlaw outlaw?”

  19. Jeff was Outlaw when Outlaw wasn’t cool.

  20. F’ a certain arsehole ADA.

  21. But he’s a good man!

  22. Opportunists. They’re like pesky moths to Jeff’s flame.

    OINOs.

  23. as do other states in the Soviet bloc – has the
    most powerful machinery of violence that ever existed to protect
    those in power. This is because those who created this machinery
    have learned more from historical revolts, coups d’etat and revolutions
    than any other power elite in the past. Their ‘historical solidarity’
    with all ruling groups who have ever been swept from power
    goes deeper than any ideological differences, because it is consistent
    with the principle of self-preservation. Moreover, the machinery of
    violence is continually expanding because, among other things, the
    group in power feels no reliable support from the population. The
    movement from which the ideology of the present regime derived
    originally has been marked from the outset by a traumatic awareness
    of an incongruity between its ‘historical mission’ and the
    possibility of ever gaining a sufficiently broad and spontaneous
    support to carry that mission out. Various forms of police activity,
    therefore, have always appeared in utter secrecy even before power
    was seized, and subsequently, the police apparatus has expanded to
    such an unprecedented degree, partly because the official ideology
    contains nothing to inhibit such a development. The material, and
    ultimately the moral, burden that this places on society has no precedent
    in history. To make this burden bearable, the totalitarian state
    has had to raise the policing function to one of the greatest virtues.
    In television films and propaganda programmes, it is no longer a
    worker or a party secretary who embodies all the finest human
    qualities, but a cop. The vast amounts of energy spent on maintaining
    ‘order’, however, contribute nothing to the development of
    society because its sole purpose is to prevent change. This is also the
    regime’s main concern, and in recent decades it has been ostentatiously
    stressing those aspects of the ideology. Life without change is
    unattainable, of course, but it is possible to permit only unavoidable
    changes, changes that can be approved of and ‘vindicated’ after they
    have already happened on their own and can no longer be kept a
    secret. And, to the contrary, it is possible to eliminate changes
    brought about by human will, even though it is immensely difficult
    and expensive.

    @page 199 potpl

  24. In Czechoslovakia the right to work means that renowned
    surgeons or violinists may be forced to make a living at manual
    labour and still count themselves fortunate that they can at least
    earn their keep that way. If surgeons or violinists do practise their
    real professions, they are not exercising a right, but enjoying a privilege
    that can be denied them at any time. In the course of the 1960s,
    only those against whom this elementary rule of totalitarianism was
    used were aware of its full extent, whereas in the 1970s everyone
    knows it, including children.
    Working at one’s real profession was very probably made a privilege
    that can be denied the disobedient because otherwise there
    would be nothing left to take away from people. The levelling of the
    living standard has gone so far that everyone is in the same boat and
    the totalitarian power must therefore endow even the most natural
    social functions with the qualities of privilege.
    In the early 1960s, when even the leadership of the state began to
    feel the effects of that levelling, they initiated what they called ‘delevelling’,
    which, of course, attacked the problem from the silliest
    possible end, that of wages. The real essence of levelling, in fact,
    does not lie in reducing the differences in people’s ability to
    consume, but in making sure that everyone is equally without rights,
    that there is an equally small area for everyone to exercise their
    initiative or realize their ideas – even the most insignificant
    ideas – and that the pressure of the system, compelling everyone to
    behave like everyone else and to desire what everyone else desires,


  25. Programming note: Conservative women join “The View” this week

    “liberal” means proggtard dana. stupid clown.

  26. Fascinating. The GOP finally found a hill it is prepared to die on. And yet, the existential battle will be against its own base. It is not logical.

  27. I think it’s cruel for Jeff and Patterico to make Roger L. Simon cry.

  28. BTW, Patterico’s brethren in the lawyer swamp are responsible for most of the steady, cancerous growth of Leviathan in the Panopticon States of America.

    Lawyers: Shakespeare’s solution can’t come soon enough.

  29. Ace is a pendulum. He’ll swing away just as fast as he swung towards. And he’ll never touch either side as he wobbles to and fro.

    Ditto.

  30. Ernst, what’s happened is that the parasite has convinced itself it’s the host. Now it’s taking an anti-parasitic and can’t figure out why it’s the one that’s dying.

  31. The GOP: Because sclerosis sounds really cool.

  32. “Pardoxes”?

  33. That’s a pariah dog/dachshund mix: Pardox.

  34. I think it’s politically correct treacly nonsense, like the United Way’s Diversity, It’s What We have in Common nonsequitur of a couple years back.

    If Coke were really out to dish the rubes, they’d have used that Woodie Guthrie ode to communal ownership.

  35. wrong tab

    dammit

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