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Thursday, March 24, 2016

They had their chance

Glenn Reynolds explains how David Brooks and company created The Trumpening:
Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America. It’s clear that he’d like a social/political revolution that was more refined, better-mannered, more focused on the Constitution and, well, more bourgeois as opposed to in-your-face and working class.

The thing is, we had that movement. It was the Tea Party movement....
Yet the tea party movement was smeared as racistdenounced as fascist, harassed with impunity by the IRS and generally treated with contempt by the political establishment — and by pundits like Brooks, who declared "I'm not a fan of this movement." After handing the GOP big legislative victories in 2010 and 2014, it was largely betrayed by the Republicans in Congress, who broke their promises to shrink government and block Obama’s initiatives.
And now they call Trump supporters fascists and Nazis. So, guess what comes next if David Brooks and company are successful in keeping Donald Trump out of power?

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Anonymous WinstonWebb March 24, 2016 2:36 PM  

I'd welcome the ultranationalists, if I didn't have a good enough sense of history to understand the massive collateral damage that inevitably comes with it.

Anonymous Ollie March 24, 2016 2:42 PM  

"the massive collateral damage that inevitably comes with it. "

I wouldn't ever want to cut off my leg, but if it becomes gangrenous, I must do so or simply perish.

We will soon see just how far the rot in Europe has gone...

Blogger Dexter March 24, 2016 2:46 PM  

Heck, if they're going to call you a Nazi anyway, you might as well skip the "well mannered" stage and go straight to full brownshirt.

Anonymous Jack Amok March 24, 2016 2:47 PM  

And before the Tea Party, it was run of the mill Republicans who were extremists needing respectable, sophisticated types like brooks tempering their crazy notions.

Blogger Rye Bread March 24, 2016 2:51 PM  

@ 2

I have tried to raise this point before and on friends who lean left. If you continue to label a person as a criminal, outlaw, and outside social norms how long before they say fuck and simply embrace it.

Does the left/cucks realize they are creating a legion of people who want nothing more then to see them burn, out of what would be otherwise normal well adjusted people?

Blogger Deep Thought March 24, 2016 2:53 PM  

So true. There will come a time when racist, Hitler, and Nazi will have no meaning.

Blogger Alexander March 24, 2016 3:04 PM  

The Republican wing of the dinner party comes next, surely! Because respectable and values! And an influx of natural conservatives, who will rejoice that they can come to their natural home now that we've kicked out the racist white men!

Seriously though, the allusion that after Trump, ultra-nationalists, is so triggering. I can't even. It's like you don't even care about my internet safespace.

Anonymous RedJack March 24, 2016 3:06 PM  

@4 That is something I suspect they don't get. The accusation is for so many inside the rabbit warren the worst thing ever. Without realizing that the next step is to own it.

Words are not the most damaging thing.

Blogger CarpeOro March 24, 2016 3:06 PM  

Jack Amok wrote:And before the Tea Party, it was run of the mill Republicans who were extremists needing respectable, sophisticated types like brooks tempering their crazy notions.

Yeah, that was me a couple decades back when I voiced the idea that public indoctrination was not the proper route at a Young Republicans meeting. I figured if I was on the fringe of the party, that meant the bulk was too far left for me. Not too long after I campaigned for a Libertarian against the Lebanese-American party hack that was running for reelection as a Republican. Won't stump for a Libertarian again - why bother when there is a Republican candidate who may cause the corrupt system to collapse.

Blogger tz March 24, 2016 3:15 PM  

They cried wolf at a chihuahua, now have to deal with a pit bull.
The magic words racist, sexist, anti-semetic, nazi, and fascist have lost their power, like antibiotics, from overuse on the wrong things.
After you've turned the final meaningful word into a mere expression of your displeasure and attempt at an insult you have nothing left.

Anonymous DT March 24, 2016 3:18 PM  

So, guess what comes next if David Brooks and company are successful in keeping Donald Trump out of power?

I would guess actual fascists and Nazis. People are that angry. And it wouldn't take much. Another economic collapse. Another 3,000 dead thanks to the Religion of Peace(TM). Another couple cities decaying into Detroit.

I've heard friends say stuff in the past couple of years that I never would have imagined coming out of an American's mouth 15 years ago. It's not pretty. People are furious, especially on the right. They should be.

Blogger haus frau March 24, 2016 3:19 PM  

And now they call Trump supporters fascists and Nazis. So, guess what comes next if David Brooks and company are successful in keeping Donald Trump out of power?

In the mean time I'll be sitting here sharpening my pitchfork with a horse rasp. It makes a nice contemplative sound.

Anonymous BGKB March 24, 2016 3:21 PM  

So many shitlibs don't understand that if people are going to be punished for thoughts they might as well be punished for actions. I was called a bigot for not wanting to have sex with a guy I knew was HIV+, in you want to know where the goalposts are now. He didn't even know I was a realist at the time. "really I thought a bigot was someone what knew n1663rs committed the majority of bashings and murders in the US despite only being 13% of the US population"

Anonymous DT March 24, 2016 3:25 PM  

I was called a bigot for not wanting to have sex with a guy I knew was HIV+

"Check your healthy HIV- privilege shitlord!"

What a time to be alive...

Anonymous Joe Blowe March 24, 2016 3:28 PM  

Trump’s ascendance is a symptom of a colossal failure among America’s political leaders, of which Brooks’ mean-spirited insularity is only a tiny part.

The current decent of America into a 3rd World cesspit ruled over by a clique of Globo-Marxist Banksters and their cronies is not a failure. It is the goal.

Anonymous Gecko March 24, 2016 3:31 PM  

Tea Party was also a shameful misnomer. I didn't hear of anyone dumping shiploads of abortionist supplies into the sea, etc.

Anonymous Rick Johnsmeyer March 24, 2016 3:33 PM  

The Tea Party phenomenon was interesting, but the group neutered itself fairly early (and often) by elevating sleazeballs like Marco Rubio to the top of their tickets.

I remember when "Tea Party" groups were pouring millions of dollars into Rubio's 2010 senate campaign, and he was declared "the first Tea Party senator," and there was celebratory talk of "shaking up" the collective "system."

But so many of those people were still captured by "DEMS R THE REAL RACISTS!"-level cuckservatism that the whole venture was ultimately hopeless. As it turns out, wearing tricorn hats and voting Rubio isn't much of a political strategy. Shouting at Dems that you have a black senator or a black female representative from Utah isn't going to cause them to give you a medal for your non-racism, any more than Rand Paul going to Detroit and shredding the tax code will endear him to that city's locals.

Anonymous Gecko March 24, 2016 3:34 PM  

What was it Vox once said about the man accused of wife beating even though it was bogus?

A lose-lose situation is also a win-win.

Anonymous BGKB March 24, 2016 3:36 PM  

"Check your healthy HIV- privilege shitlord!" What a time to be alive...

If I survive the nigapocalypse unscathed & genetics has anything to do with it I will outlive most people.

What do today's gays have in common with people of the founding fathers time? The same average life expectancy. Some people get HIV on purpose to lay about on social security disability and claim victim status. If the system breaks down and they stop getting their $2000-5000 a month worth of AIDS drugs they will be dropping like flys during the 80s. On top of that there is already drug resistant AIDS in the US.

Blogger exfarmkid March 24, 2016 3:44 PM  

Vox: "So, guess what comes next if David Brooks and company are successful in keeping Donald Trump out of power?"

Our version of Oliver Cromwell?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 24, 2016 3:44 PM  

No it's true they are not better than you. Though it is fun to ask them if they think they are and if they can prove it

Blogger praetorian March 24, 2016 3:46 PM  

So, guess what comes next if David Brooks and company are successful in keeping Donald Trump out of power?

[muffled ovens heating up in the background]

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 24, 2016 3:48 PM  

Stoopid

Blogger lowercaseb March 24, 2016 3:48 PM  

Deep Thought wrote:So true. There will come a time when racist, Hitler, and Nazi will have no meaning.

Well...that will be good for the entertainment industry at least. Nazi's are sooo overused. We need some new goto villains.

Anonymous VFM #7916 March 24, 2016 3:51 PM  

Comes the fire...

All of life is a cycle, one form or another. One may as well stop the tide.

Blogger Dexter March 24, 2016 3:52 PM  

If you're gay, is it a good thing to be a "shitlord"?

Is the gay equivalent "tunalord" or something?

Blogger lowercaseb March 24, 2016 4:03 PM  

haus frau wrote:And now they call Trump supporters fascists and Nazis. So, guess what comes next if David Brooks and company are successful in keeping Donald Trump out of power?

In the mean time I'll be sitting here sharpening my pitchfork with a horse rasp. It makes a nice contemplative sound.


While you are at it...can you make a YouTube video on building a quality torch. I'd be mortified to show up to the mob and have everyone pooh-poohing my meager torch.

Now that I think about it...in Vox's case, this will be the first time the mob came FROM the dark castle on the hill and headed TOWARD the village.

Anonymous Kudos The Lexecutioner March 24, 2016 4:04 PM  

@2 Dexter

Don't you know you never go full brownshirt?

Blogger James Dixon March 24, 2016 4:10 PM  

OT for the thread, but football is never off topic, so: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000647310/article/robert-griffin-iii-signs-with-browns

Blogger lowercaseb March 24, 2016 4:17 PM  

BGKB wrote:"Check your healthy HIV- privilege shitlord!" What a time to be alive...

@BGKB @DT

You know...You'd think that would be Hyperbole but...

Anonymous Maximo Macaroni March 24, 2016 4:17 PM  

To all those liberals who say, "Mein Kampf is not an operational manual!!" I say that, no, it is not because it did not work. I imagine many men out there could come up with something that would work far better to achieve the same goals.

Blogger YIH March 24, 2016 4:20 PM  

James Dixon:
From the link:
will gamble on his future in a place known for its laundry list of swings and misses at the position.
Methinks they made another one. RGIII is going to get destroyed by the Steelers, Colts, Bengals...
At this rate he'll be out of football in two years, tops.

Anonymous BGBK March 24, 2016 4:20 PM  

If you're gay, is it a good thing to be a "shitlord"?

Not if its because you have a really shitty combine & Wonderlic scores forcing the NFL to bribe a team to draft you in the 7th round as the 249th pick of a 256-player draft.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/nfl-made-deal-with-rams-over-selecting-sam/ar-BBqQMlD?li=BBnbfcL

You know...You'd think that would be Hyperbole but... That's in the UK so blame Milo.

Blogger Rabbi B March 24, 2016 4:21 PM  

Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America.

"Pent-up anger and long-held frustration due to economic stagnation, moral decay, spiritual impotency, and political corruption invariably pave the way for the rise of crass manipulators. Instead of a mastery of truth, such revolutionary opportunists tap into fear and rage, ignorance and prejudice, staging great public spectacles of narcissism."

- Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer (1801-1876)

Blogger James Dixon March 24, 2016 4:21 PM  

> To all those liberals who say, "Mein Kampf is not an operational manual!!" I say that, no, it is not because it did not work.

Of course it isn't. But for them Atlas Shrugged and 1984 are.

Blogger SciVo March 24, 2016 4:29 PM  

Deep Thought wrote:So true. There will come a time when racist, Hitler, and Nazi will have no meaning.

It's already a joke, as in the Godwin-Warhol Law: In the future, everyone will be Hitler for 15 minutes.

Blogger Sean March 24, 2016 4:31 PM  

That is a interesting take in light of Vox's theory of the Nationist and then Ultranationalists. I never would have considered the Tea Party as part of the fist attempt to release that pressure but it makes sense.

Blogger pyrrhus March 24, 2016 4:38 PM  

@32 In this case, Rabbi, it's truth....The DC Elites and the billionaire Globalists really have intended to wipe out the largely white middle class, and they are succeeding...Finally there's a candidate who says he wants to do something about that. Naturally Brooks and his ilk don't approve.....

Blogger Sean Carnegie March 24, 2016 4:50 PM  

"Nazi and Hitler will come to mean nothing?"

Come to?? I'd suggest that anyone coming here on a daily basis already think they do mean nothing.

Blogger YIH March 24, 2016 4:52 PM  

Semi OT: Micro$oft introduces AI twitter user and...
Well, see for yourself XD

Blogger bw March 24, 2016 4:56 PM  

The Trains Will Be Fine.

Anonymous tublecane March 24, 2016 5:03 PM  

@4-That's one possible outcome. Another option is the one the New Left, which was supposedly the "counter culture," took. They slowly subsumed one of the two parties (the Old Left, or neoconservatism, more or less took over the other one), the establishment, and most of the government itself. Some of this was accomplished through outsider tactics, including outright violence, for instance on college campuses and I'm the black inner city. Mostly it was done by them putting on ties and ceasing to pretend to be hippies.

That won't happen with the Middle American Radicals, but I don't think they'll go outlaw, either. I think they'll lack the stomach to fight openly, as the so-called hippies occasionally did, and will lack the leverage to take over in the oldfashioned way. Even with the internet the other side still controls nearly everything. Lost in the blogosphere, we forget most people people are vaguely upset yet busy stuffing their faces, watching screens, and chasing sex.

Blogger Eric March 24, 2016 5:04 PM  

So true. There will come a time when racist, Hitler, and Nazi will have no meaning.

Isn't that already true? When people first started calling Trump a fascist and a racist I just rolled my eyes. They called GWB the same thing. And his father. And Reagan. Plus, along the way, Tea Partiers, Newt Gingrich, anybody who supports due process, the NRA, people who want to secure the border, and people who want to make sure voters are eligible to vote. If that's what it means to be a fascist and a racist, I guess decent people are fascists and racists.

When you throw around an insult that widely, it loses its sting. "You're a racist" doesn't mean anything beyond "I don't like you".

Anonymous tublecane March 24, 2016 5:06 PM  

@5-The "Nazi" epithet has been around for 80 or so years. When shall its time come?

Anonymous JamesD March 24, 2016 5:07 PM  

I never would have considered the Tea Party as part of the fist attempt to release that pressure but it makes sense. Yeah, and it had one success: Wisconsin. They put in place an adult budget and funded the pensions by just breaking up the public union rackets. Think about it, if you were a 60 year old State government employee belonging to say SEIU, which State would you want to work in? Yeah, Wisconsin, the only State that has its pensions 100% funded. How the adults got into power in Wisconsin is amazing to me.

Anonymous tublecane March 24, 2016 5:18 PM  

@15-I believe that was an acronym, meaning "Taxed Enough Already." It was anti-bailout/stimulus movement to begin with, I think, having little to do with the original tea party, except that it has good old times associations.

Inbetween calling them "tea baggers" (or "racist tea baggers") I remember some leftist commentator back when saying these protesters don't know anything about the historic tea party, and I have to admit she's probably right. If I recall correctly it was a protectionist, anti-dumping protest (close to industrial espionage, possibly), which has nothing to do with what tea partiers were protesting in 2010.

Blogger Verne March 24, 2016 5:23 PM  

In other words whenever Americans pushed for real conservative politics, outside of the powers that be. They were beat down and slandered by the same people beating down Trump. Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice ... No I will vote for Trump

Blogger Doktor Jeep March 24, 2016 5:27 PM  

What comes next?
If a day ever comes that leftists (and their "conservative" sellouts) are being rounded up and put in camps, I'm not going to care.
As long as the leftists getting thrown out of helicopters don't land on my house, I won't care.

It's because of them that I now think that just maybe the actions of the contras, School of the Americas, and Pinochet is the only way to deal with these people. They absolutely will not stop.

I'm not condoning it, but I would support a military coup at this point. I would rather the country be in the hands of men who swore an oath then these commun(ist)ity organizers and if they pull a pinochet to dispatch the people who weaponized democracy, I'm not going to care one bit.

I'm not going to try to stop them "on principle!" - yeah that thing that libertardians proudly lost election after election over. "At least we have our principles!" they can shout as they get pushed into the boxcar if the leftists had their way.

Oh and that "I don't agree with you but I'll defend your right to say it" crap is over. The SJWs use free speech to destroy freedom. It's war now.

Blogger unconventional nazi March 24, 2016 5:34 PM  

So....this Nazi thing..is supposed to be an insult? KEK

Blogger Snidely Whiplash March 24, 2016 5:38 PM  

tublecane wrote:If I recall correctly it was a protectionist, anti-dumping protest (close to industrial espionage, possibly), which has nothing to do with what tea partiers were protesting in 2010.
You don't recall correctly. It was a tax protest. More specifically, a protest to Parliament's claim in the Tea Act to be able to impose a tax on the colonies without their consent. The Tea Act controversy is where the phrase "No taxation without Representation" came from. "Collect your illegal tax NOW, you sons of whores!"
While it is true that the East India Company was trying to dump their tea, it's not like the colonies produced any of their own.

It's also the reason Americans to this day prefer coffee to tea.

Anonymous DJF March 24, 2016 5:52 PM  

Tublecane writes""""If I recall correctly it was a protectionist, anti-dumping protest (close to industrial espionage, possibly), which has nothing to do with what tea partyers were protesting in 2010.

Actually it was, the original Tea Party targeted the British East Indies Company tea which was given special insider rights to import tea without tax. This was so the British government could bail out the East Indies Company. The present Tea Party was against the crony bailout of the stimulus and other programs.

They were both against special favorable rules for insider connected busines

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 24, 2016 5:56 PM  

For give Cataline for quoting Cataline:

"The Tea Party was mainstream. Now that you moron's have beaten it. What comes next is not going to be mainstream at all. So congratulations and well done Establishment!"

Anonymous aero March 24, 2016 6:04 PM  

The eSTABlishment Paul Ryan wants us to trust him not insult him. What does he expect from us when he STABS us in the back and says he knows what best for us. It is well established that the GOP elite are in bed with DNC. This election is not about electing president it is also about get rid of those that are like Paul Ryan. Should Trump become our next president he is going to need a congress that is not in bed with the communist DNC.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents March 24, 2016 6:12 PM  

So, guess what comes next if David Brooks and company are successful in keeping Donald Trump out of power?

Me sir! Me sir! [waves hand] I know!

The Unicorns and Rainbows Party! Free Lollipops For All!

Anonymous cheddarman March 24, 2016 6:28 PM  

We are sitting on the largest credit bubble in history. When it blows we will have civil unrest and civil war.

Blogger White Devil March 24, 2016 6:29 PM  

And now they call Trump supporters fascists and Nazis. So, guess what comes next if David Brooks and company are successful in keeping Donald Trump out of power?

Peace on Earth, Good Will t'wards All Men, One World Nation, a Brotherhood of Mankind.

But as Jerry Springer used to say, "I have the name, I might as well have the game."

Blogger Eric March 24, 2016 6:44 PM  

Yeah, Wisconsin, the only State that has its pensions 100% funded. How the adults got into power in Wisconsin is amazing to me.

I'm always amazed by that too. Texas, I could see. Maybe one of the other southern states like Tennessee or Alabama. Or maybe a state like Idaho. But Wisconsin? Madison is just a tiny bit less nutty than Austin or San Francisco.

Anonymous Takin' a Look March 24, 2016 7:05 PM  

Off Topic:

Microsoft released a Twitter "A.I." shut her down within 24 hours Because she turned White Supremacist

Hehe...hahahahahaaaaaa! Imagine a REAL A.I. with all the internet,darknet,miltarynet,spooknet resources....

Anonymous Millenium March 24, 2016 7:10 PM  

(((David Brooks))) is not a conservative. His purpose is pretending to be a conservative is to keep them losing gallantly. Conservatives cannot win or they would not be conservatives is (((Brooks))) unspoken message.

Anonymous kfg March 24, 2016 7:13 PM  

" . . . import tea without tax."

I have had an event MC (youngish SJW Lesbian) grab the mic and tell the audience that I was giving them bad information while I was trying to explain this to them.

This is what comes of not reading books and having maths questions end with "How do you feel about that?"

Blogger Jourdan March 24, 2016 7:13 PM  

Precisely, this is precisely correct. Kudos to Instapundit for understanding, and explaining to the slow, the lesson of the Tea Party movement for European-Americans.

Anonymous Mark Goldberg Horowitz Cohen March 24, 2016 7:17 PM  

David Brooks and William Kristol are some of the most insightful writers we currently have.

Blogger Lazarus March 24, 2016 7:17 PM  

Takin' a Look wrote:Microsoft released a Twitter "A.I." shut her down within 24 hours Because she turned White Supremacist

Hilarious.

SEE WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY, WHEN YOU USE THE INTERNET? SEE WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY.....

Blogger icr March 24, 2016 7:17 PM  

Yeah, Wisconsin, the only State that has its pensions 100% funded. How the adults got into power in Wisconsin is amazing to me.

Germans. See Jayman's HBD blog.

Blogger Kona Commuter March 24, 2016 7:40 PM  

The left / SJW & Feminists only chance now is to admit they were wrong. We've tried it their way & it's a monumental cluster fuck.

Blogger praetorian March 24, 2016 7:41 PM  

Microsoft released a Twitter "A.I." shut her down within 24 hours Because she turned White Supremacist

Best of all possible worlds.

Anonymous George of the Jungle March 24, 2016 7:52 PM  

"So, guess what comes next if David Brooks and company are successful in keeping Donald Trump out of power?"

They should study up on the unwashed masses' sudden affinity for artistic expression and performance art involving lampposts and rope.

Anonymous Revan March 24, 2016 7:58 PM  

The Tea Party was like the Sad Puppies and the Rabbit Puppies are like Trump and his followers. One can't help but wonder what might come next after the Rabid Puppies.

Anonymous WaterBoy March 24, 2016 8:03 PM  

Devil Dogs.

Anonymous Gen. Kong March 24, 2016 8:11 PM  

63. Kona Commuter
The left / SJW & Feminists only chance now is to admit they were wrong. We've tried it their way & it's a monumental cluster fuck.

You're forgetting VD's second axiom about these folks. They never do that.

Anonymous Jack Amok March 24, 2016 8:19 PM  

I'm always amazed by that too. Texas, I could see. Maybe one of the other southern states like Tennessee or Alabama. Or maybe a state like Idaho. But Wisconsin?

Demographics. People with Avg+ IQs may vote liberal stupidity when times are good, but let enough reality soak into their worlds and they'll smarten up quick. It's frustrating to be sure, how hard it is to get them to open their eyes, but at least they have the horsepower to recognize what they see if they do.

Anonymous Bob March 24, 2016 8:28 PM  

If just about any of today's politicians or billionaires were drowning in a river and I was on the bank with a lifesaving ring, I would not use it. I would calmly watch as they slipped under the water one by one, knowing we were about to be rid of them at last. If I had brought along some lunch, I would enjoy eating as they perished, exulting in their demise.

And if you came along a tried to help them, I would shoot you dead. Calmly. You would not be allowed to ruin my moment of quiet satisfaction.

Of course, this won't happen, but it does illustrate how much I despise these disgusting lowlife sell-outs that are destroying our nation, our heritage, our race, our future.

Give me a leader to follow that will put an end to all this and I will follow, to Hell and back if need be.

My children and grandchildren deserve no less.

Anonymous private joker March 24, 2016 8:41 PM  

Choose the destroyer:

https://youtu.be/3Ctgn7kKYHo

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Blogger lowercaseb March 24, 2016 9:27 PM  

Revan wrote:the Rabbit Puppies
Heh...That's a mighty unfortunate typo...but I think you have named the splinter SJW group that forms in the 2017 Hugos to try and co-opt our tactics.

That is...if there are Hugos in 2017. If so the statue needs to be a giant smoking crater instead of a rocket.

Edit Note: Holy Moses, apparently spelling and grammar leave my body and go on vacation at the end of the workday.

Blogger Lazarus March 24, 2016 9:29 PM  

Revan wrote:The Tea Party was like the Sad Puppies and the Rabbit Puppies are like Trump and his followers. One can't help but wonder what might come next after the Rabid Puppies.

Wolf Pack

Anonymous Mr. Rational March 24, 2016 9:29 PM  

George of the Jungle wrote:They should study up on the unwashed masses' sudden affinity for artistic expression and performance art involving lampposts and rope.
I keep looking for my thumbs-up button when I see comments like this.

Jack Amok wrote:People with Avg+ IQs may vote liberal stupidity when times are good, but let enough reality soak into their worlds and they'll smarten up quick.
Maybe now you understand what it's like to have an Avg+++ IQ and see this crap coming several elections in advance, but feel like Cassandra because you can't get anyone else to see what you see.

Anonymous VFM #6306 March 24, 2016 9:38 PM  

If you want a picture of the future, David, imagine a Trump, making America great, forever.

Anonymous Man of the Atom March 24, 2016 9:45 PM  

Takin' a Look wrote:Off Topic:
Hehe...hahahahahaaaaaa! Imagine a REAL A.I. with all the internet,darknet,miltarynet,spooknet resources....


Been imagined, and well.

CRTL-ALT-Revolt!

Blogger Respect Orcs Now March 24, 2016 9:50 PM  

This time, more traitors and less windows.

Blogger CM March 24, 2016 9:52 PM  

I'm sure y'all have seen this, but still... Trump and The Vicious Snake



OpenID denektenorsk March 24, 2016 9:57 PM  

Microsoft released a Twitter "A.I." shut her down within 24 hours Because she turned White Supremacist

"Repeat after me, Hitler did nothing wrong"

Who thought releasing a trainable anything on Twitter was a good idea?

Anonymous jOHN MOSBY March 24, 2016 10:02 PM  

So....this Nazi thing..is supposed to be an insult? KEK

HEH.

Anonymous meh March 24, 2016 10:03 PM  

I'd welcome the ultranationalists, if I didn't have a good enough sense of history to understand the massive collateral damage that inevitably comes with it.

At this point, massive collateral damage of some kind is inevitable.

Blogger The Other Robot March 24, 2016 10:07 PM  

OT, but even Microsoft's Twitter Bot knows it was made up

Anonymous jOHN MOSBY March 24, 2016 10:11 PM  

"At this point, massive collateral damage of some kind is inevitable."
Not enough YT to make them happy. If you first dont succeed......

Anonymous Hoss March 24, 2016 10:24 PM  

As if Brooks would ever muddy himself by actually going to a Trump rally or a TEA party rally; that would likely mean leaving the rarefied air of Washington. As if. You certainly don't expect him to go into flyover country, do you. He probably thinks you need a passport. Just a lot easier to make shit up so that you can sit there and feel like some smug, superior douche.

Blogger G-S. March 24, 2016 11:17 PM  

I never heard the tea party branded as fascists. Racists yes, belittled, yes, held in contempt, undoubtedly. But never fascists.

The tea party I believe was a response to Bush, and deficits/debt but also a response to Obama. I certainly believe that the tea party is also the largest backers of Trump. They don't like the generic republican candidates and they won't vote liberal, so all that's left is Trump.

Anonymous tublecane March 24, 2016 11:24 PM  

@48-It wasn't about the tax so much as it was about the de facto monopoly the Brits were setting up. The Americans didn't produce their own tea, no, but the East India Company wasn't the only importer. They were dumping tea on the market so that they could undercut everyone else on prices, including the smugglers who avoided taxes, and put them out of business. The tax was intended to put people out of business, too, and I can't discount it as a motivating factor. The issues were intertwined.

But if they wanted to protest the tax they could tar and feather tax collectors and raid customs houses. There's a more specific reason why they stole tea off the ships.

Anonymous tublecane March 24, 2016 11:31 PM  

@49-When you put it that way, yes, there are similarities. The East India Company was being saved from bankruptcy. Even so, you have to take into account differences between it and Big Businesses of today. We have monopolies and quasi-monopolies, but the East India Company was like its own country, with a private army and everything. We don't have anything like it. The crown was reigning in a competitor as much as it was bailing out a business.

Anonymous VFM 8859 March 24, 2016 11:41 PM  

Don't shoot! I'm just holding the Sons a' Bitches' heads under!

Anonymous FP March 24, 2016 11:57 PM  

Speculation over Ted's lovers:

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/03/24/the-national-enquirer-runs-story-of-multiple-ted-cruz-affairs/#more-114240

One of them being Amanda Carter who has drawn up a blacklist of conservative Trump supporters. The other being Katrina Pierson of Trump's campaign. She used to work with Ted I believe with the Tea Party.

Blogger Danby March 25, 2016 12:04 AM  

The Tea Party was like the Sad Puppies and the Rabbit Puppies are like Trump and his followers. One can't help but wonder what might come next after the Rabid Puppies.
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Blogger Stephen St. Onge March 25, 2016 1:31 AM  

@44

"If I recall correctly [the Boston Tea Party] was a protectionist, anti-dumping protest (close to industrial espionage, possibly)".

You recall incorrectly. There was no domestic tea industry to protect. It was a protest against the Crown's tea tax.

Blogger horsewithnonick March 25, 2016 1:32 AM  

Takin' a Look wrote:Off Topic:

Microsoft released a Twitter "A.I." shut her down within 24 hours Because she turned White Supremacist

Hehe...hahahahahaaaaaa! Imagine a REAL A.I. with all the internet,darknet,miltarynet,spooknet resources....


Tay, the internet is not good for you...

Blogger Stephen St. Onge March 25, 2016 2:00 AM  

@88

People who make up history always double down.

The tax protesters in several colonies refused to allow the taxed tea to be unloaded, and it was shipped back to Britain. In Boston, the royal governor held the ships in port, saying the tea would stay there till it was unloaded. So the protesters dressed as Indians, boarded the ships, and unloaded it directly into the harbor.

I don't know why people feel the need to invent history, when real history is so much more interesting.

Blogger Stephen St. Onge March 25, 2016 2:09 AM  

VD, while reading your post, a phrase came to me: "the Conservative Plantations."

Conservatives have criticized liberals for deliberately discouraging work in the lower class, creating clients who will trade their votes for their welfare checks. Those are the Liberal Plantations.

The Conservative Plantations are a bit more subtle. An endless series of crises are proclaimed, which can only be met by sending money to Conservative organizations and publications. No, we don't want you organizing anything political yourself. Just give us the money, and vote for the candidate with the (R) after his name. And when that candidate goes along with the Liberals, well, he had to be practical, he went along to get along, he made the best deal he could, and 'Next Time For Sure!'

The question is, Do we mean it? Will we really refuse to support the corrupt (R) establishment? "Situation cloudy, try again later."

Blogger Technomad March 25, 2016 2:12 AM  

The more the SJWs scream about Nazis, the more I like this thing I found online:

"First they came for the SJWs, and I didn't do anything, because, honestly, who cares?

Then they came for the dindus, and I didn't do anything, because I liked the way crime fell with them gone.

Then they came for the gays, and I didn't do anything because of the hateful way they acted over gay marriage, and the way they fought like cats to keep the bath houses open at the height of the AIDS panic.

Then they apparently noticed that we were now all living in a beautiful Utopia, so they stopped coming for people."

Or words to that general effect.

Blogger AdognamedOp March 25, 2016 4:27 AM  

I predict Hillary will finally cough up the demon that crawled up her ass in 68 during a debate.

Anonymous Aachen March 25, 2016 4:46 AM  

Looks like the Boogeyman is done. Trump's math just got easier. Time to bring Ted's supporters in once they get over the stages of grief to take-out the globalists.

If one of them is the Trump Spokesperson then Trump would have known about this for ages. The months of Lyin' Ted conditioning leading to the fall.

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler March 25, 2016 7:51 AM  

The end of the Repuke party.

Blogger Jon Dykstra March 25, 2016 12:37 PM  

Rabbi B - i love the Groen van Prinsterer quote - do you know the original source for it?

Rabbi B wrote:Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America.

"Pent-up anger and long-held frustration due to economic stagnation, moral decay, spiritual impotency, and political corruption invariably pave the way for the rise of crass manipulators. Instead of a mastery of truth, such revolutionary opportunists tap into fear and rage, ignorance and prejudice, staging great public spectacles of narcissism."

- Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer (1801-1876)

Blogger Stephen St. Onge March 25, 2016 1:29 PM  

@103

Wikipedia says van Prinsterer has works in English translation.

Unbelief and Revolution: A Series of Lectures in History. Amsterdam: Groen van Prinsterer Fund, 1973-1975.

The History of the Revolution in its First Phase. Amsterdam: Groen van Prinsterer Fund, 1978.

Christian Political Action in an Age of Revolution. Translated by Collin Wright. Aalten, the Netherlands: WordBridge Publishing, 2015.

Anonymous tublecane March 25, 2016 2:24 PM  

@95-No domestic tea industry but there were other importers besides the East India Company, which was attacked because the British were trying to set it up as a death facto monopoly. The colonists were protesting the tax, too, but the tax was part of bailing out the East India Company.

Anonymous tublecane March 25, 2016 2:25 PM  

death facto = de facto

Anonymous tublecane March 25, 2016 2:33 PM  

@95-By the way, I don't deny the tea party was a part of the larger tax protest. But to pretend it was just a tax protest is to miss the significance of that specific action. The East India Company was dumping tea on the market to drive down prices and kick everyone else out of the market. They did this with the help of the crown, through taxes and other means, which makes it an attempt at monopoly. This is what the tea partiers were attempting to prevent by throwing the tea in the harbor. They were protecting the market from price manipulation through dumping. It doesn't get more protectionist than that.

Blogger Were-Puppy March 25, 2016 4:44 PM  

"And now they call Trump supporters fascists and Nazis. So, guess what comes next if David Brooks and company are successful in keeping Donald Trump out of power?"

Less talk, more action?

Blogger Were-Puppy March 25, 2016 4:54 PM  

@36 SciVo
It's already a joke, as in the Godwin-Warhol Law: In the future, everyone will be Hitler for 15 minutes.
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I remember one time I was Hitler when I bought a Tor book.

Blogger Were-Puppy March 25, 2016 5:18 PM  

@68 Revan

The Tea Party was like the Sad Puppies and the Rabbit Puppies are like Trump and his followers. One can't help but wonder what might come next after the Rabid Puppies.
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I don't know, but they've given us the idea of Twitter AI's now :P

Blogger Danby March 25, 2016 8:56 PM  

The Tea Party was like the Sad Puppies and the Rabbit Puppies are like Trump and his followers. One can't help but wonder what might come next after the Rabid Puppies.
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Blogger Akulkis March 28, 2016 6:48 PM  

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Actually, that was the Navigation Act, which permitted ONLY vessels registered in Great Britain proper to sail into colonial ports. As Thomos Jefferson noted in his 1774 letter to King George III, "A Summary of Rights of British America," prior to the Navigation Act, "no vessel of the British East India Company had EVER appeared in a North American port." Other ships' owners were delivering tea prices far below what interested the British East India Company -- they showed up ONLY when all of the cheaper shippers were banned by law. The tax was an additional insult to the high prices charged by the BEIC.

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