Sunday, January 6, 2019

In Victo Veritas


The media turned the swearing-in of the new Congress into a frenetic victory-party for the Democrats -- including an hour-long puff-piece on MSNBC adoring Nancy Pelosi.  Apparently, it's possible to get as drunk on political victory as on booze -- drunk enough to lose common sense and admit to truths that do not automatically please the voters. 

There's no other explanation for Rep. Rashida Tlaib's happily obscene anti-Trump rant, at a victory party thrown by MoveOn.org last Thursday, in which she promised: "We're gonna impeach the motherf*cker", among other things.  It didn't occur to her that along with all the supporters who cheered and clapped for her there were other witnesses with cell-phones, who made video-clips of her and put them up on YouTube, so that she had to do some quick and fancy explaining the next day.  She couldn't have been drunk on booze;  she's a loudly proclaimed Muslim. 

Likewise, Ilhan Omar -- another well-advertised Muslim who has made several borderline anti-semitic comments in public -- whose first day's work in Congress was to sponsor a bill allowing Reps to wear head-coverings, such as her hijab, in the House.  She also denounced the "PayGo" rule -- originally proposed by Nancy Pelosi -- which requires that the federal govt. must come up with a spending cut for every spending increase.  This did not look like a good first day's work to many of the voters, and a lot of them were watching.

And then there are the amazingly ignorant statements by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which have impelled the DNC to tell her outright to please stop making speeches in public lest she embarrass them further.  None of this is concealed from the public.  It's clear that the flush of victory is encouraging the shiny-new cluster of socialist-Democrat-young-minority-women Reps to reveal too much of themselves, and too soon.  If they keep talking, they'll make Trump look good -- even on CNN and MSNBC. 

The gods know, we've seen over-eager politicians hang themselves with their own mouths before this.

The Democrats mounted a truly epic campaign to elect lots of socialist-young-minority-women to the House of Reps in the midterms election, thereby giving themselves a more-than-slightly stereotyped public image.  Now they have to live up to the stereotyping, and cracks are already appearing in the image -- and the supposed unity. 

Now this is the age of the ubiquitous camera, the all-seeing public eye, where everybody has a camera and a phone to transmit what they've seen.  This universal public eye is not controlled by any central authority -- and public manipulations, even very good ones, can't last long against the attrition of a steady rain of publicly-displayed facts.  The steady storm of daily revelations that the media has been using on Trump can be -- is already being -- used on the Democrat favorites too.  Any political weapon is a two-edged sword.

In fact, the average American is not anti-semitic nor Islamophiliac, not misogynist nor snowflake-feminist, not racist nor globalist, does not automatically hate Latinos and does not believe in open borders either -- and therefore neither falls into the Liberal stereotype nor falls for it.  Those shiny-new Reps have already revealed their real attitudes, which are not as popular as they -- and the DNC -- like to think. They won't be able to conceal their intentions constantly, and they'll be revealed, repeatedly, soon enough. Then the public disillusion will set in.  The only question is, how fast?  How long before the voters say "A plague on both your houses"?

2020 just might be a great election year for the Libertarian Party.

--Leslie <;)))><             

7 comments:

Paradoctor said...

Tlaib's language was rough, but I'm glad she spoke her mind, and said what many others were thinking, despite political correctness.

- oh, did I just sound like a Trumpist? Goose, meet gander.

Paradoctor said...

AOC and friends were _not_ the DNC's idea, but they have them anyhow. Trump proved that these are transition times, in which passion trumps caution. AnonymousQ unearthed a video of college-age AOC doing a dance; he thought that would humiliate her; this backfired. I say she should use that video in her 2028 presidential campaign. She's exuberant, and therefore hawwwt. She'll go far.

The Libertarians need to be hawwwt too. Or failing that, Cool.

Leslie Fish said...

The problem with Tlaib was that she lost control and *did* speak her feelings, without thought. Now people are going to wonder about those antisemitic comments she's made in less public surroundings. AOC did a video (clearly directed by a good advertising company) trying to make herself look cool and smart -- but it was a little too slick, a little too obviously made by professional ad-video experts -- and then she went and blew it all with her latest pronouncement: free college for all, free medicare for all, and 70% tax to pay for it. Worse, she was wearing her usual bug-eyed toothy expression when she said it. I've heard/seen comments of "She looks like a vampire, too!" And now she's openly arguing with Saint Pelosi about the PayGo rule. Bad move.

The Libertarians have a better chance of being really cool. Heheheheh. I'll be writing campaign slogans for them.

Paradoctor said...

70% top marginal tax rate? Meh. The top marginal tax rate in the 50s was 90%. You know, the Ike years, when the USA built the interstate and bestrode the world like a colossus.

The Green New Deal has potential. For one thing, we're past time for another Great Compression. And my name for 'renewable energy' is 'owned power'.

That last is a matter of marketing. If you call it 'renewable energy', then well, my gas tank is renewable, you just have to buy more gas. If you call it 'green energy', then that wins you the support of the Green party, period. If you call it 'clean energy', then people's reptilian brainstems will say 'me likes dirty'. But if you call it 'owned power', then those same brainstems will say 'me wants it'.

So maybe the Libertarians can sell 'owned power'. To heck with those rent-seeking senator-owning megacorporations; own your power! How's "own your power" for a Libertarian slogan?

Vampires are emo; AOC has a 100-watt smile, like Reagan. But I agree that she'll need some time to figure out the DC swamp. That's why I guess that she'll run for President in 2028 and not 2024.

Leslie Fish said...

Better still: "Own your *own* power"! There are already a *lot* of people doing home-grown power systems: solar (very big here in AZ, for obvious reasons), wind, mini-hydro... Many of them are called "preppers", which sounds less political than "survivalists". They're not necessarily "right wing" unless you include under that label anybody an inch to the right of Hillary.

It's actually a blessing that the Dem's don't know what to make of the LP, and therefore don't know how to demonize us...yet.

jimf said...

Clearly the Dems are trying to ensure continued Republican leadership...

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