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NEW COLUMN: Still Addicted To That Rush: Revisiting The ‘09 CPAC Speech

Barack Obama, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Economy, Neoconservatism, Republicans, The Establishment, War, Welfare

NEW COLUMN, “Still Addicted To That Rush: Revisiting The ‘09 CPAC Speech,” is now WND.COM and The Unz Review.

Excerpt:

Rush Limbaugh died on February the 17th. In the encomiums to conservatism’s radio king, mention was made of his 2009 address at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

CPAC for short, or CPUKE before Trump.

At the time, I had surveyed the perennial, Republican Party dynamics surrounding the event. “Addicted to that Rush,” the March 6, 2009 column’s title, came not from Rush’s brief addiction to painkillers, following surgery, but from an eponymous hit by the band Mr. Big. (It, in turn, came from an earlier time when the American music scene produced not pornographers like Cardi B, but musicians like Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan.)

Nevertheless, that title alluded to one of Rush’s missed opportunities: Speaking against a war into which he was involuntarily drafted and by which he was almost destroyed: The War on Drugs.

Still, how petty does that war, in all its depredations, seem now?! How unimaginably remote do the issues Rush spoke to, in 2009, seem in light of a country that has come a cropper in the course of one year, due to an unprecedented consolidation of state power around COVID, compounded by an amped up, institutionalized campaign against white America. And, in particular, against white Trump voters.

Other than champion tax cuts and globalization, the Rovian cadre of the GOP had been doing what it has always done: Calling for a more upbeat, inclusive and diverse party. Michael Steele, then chairman of the Republican National Committee, today an “analyst” for MSNBC, had derided Rush as a mere entertainer, describing “The Rush Limbaugh Show” as incendiary and ugly.

Then as now, Steele’s main concerns were not those of main-street Americans. Rather, Steele’s cares were “conciliatory.” The Rovians, like the Never Trumpers and the Lincoln-Project perverts, believed in the urgent need to broaden the Republican Party’s base and “appeal” to traditionally hostile minorities, when in fact the GOP had been courting traditional Democratic constituents with every trick possible, with little success, all the while sticking it to the base.

The Steele-Limbaugh spat fell into Barack Obama’s lap. The former president was losing it—throwing everything and the kitchen sink at the thing he called “the economy,” but which is really no more than the trillions upon trillions of voluntary, capitalistic acts individuals perform in order to make a living.

Introduce government force and coercion into this synchronized spontaneous order, and it starts to splutter. The economy responds poorly to economic planning and planners. BHO had imagined that he could walk on water. America facilitated his fantasy. The former president was realizing that he was not the magic man he imagined he was. Desperate times called for desperate distractions.

In short succession, Democratic henchmen—Paul Begala, Stanley Greenberg, James Carville, and Robert Gibbs—began picking on Limbaugh. Strong-armed too by the Obama administration was CNBC reporter Rick Santelli, who led a revolt from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange against the bailout billions for mortgage delinquents. Little wonder, then, that the contents of Limbaugh’s speech at CPAC garnered less attention than the characters involved.

Rush spoke stirringly. He railed against the enormous expansion of government in the first few, frightening weeks of the Obama presidency.

But, as I noted at the time, not a word did one hear against the man who began what Barack was just completing. George Bush set the scene for Barack. Stimulus, bailouts, a house for every Hispanic—these were Bush’s babies. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights had been abandoned well before the fist-bumping Obamas moved into the White House. …

…  As rousing as his speech was, not a word did Limbaugh devote to the Warfare State, every bit as corrupt, corrupting, and bankrupting as the Welfare State. As I observed, at the time, over $1 trillion was being spent yearly on imperial expeditions that were awash in American blood, but offered few benefits to the sacrificed, stateside and abroad.

Besides, I asked, “what kind of a nation neglects its own borders while defending to the death borders not its own?” …

… READ ON. NEW COLUMN, “Still Addicted To That Rush: Revisiting The ‘09 CPAC Speech,” is now WND.COM and The Unz Review.

 

UPDATED (3/9/021): Why MAGA America Has Reached The End Of Stupid-Party Politics

Conservatism, COVID-19, Donald Trump, Elections, IMMIGRATION, Left-Liberalism And Progressivisim, Liberty, Republicans, Secession

The 2020 election, I marked with “a positive, anti-politics message to 74 million patriots,” in which the emphasis was on “creative, informal acts of secession.”

We have reached The End of Politics, or, at least, a tipping point in politics was my message. MAGA America ought to go into post-politics mode. It is a matter of urgency to understand the precarious nature in which the Deplorable voting block finds itself and develop a plan.  An adaptive post-politics reality would not be found in anodyne Republican assurances.

Consider: Your favorite pundit makes out like a bandit but offers you “no direction or solution other than to vote for the Republican politicians for whom they daily apologize. …

As you read this, the meaning of post-politics will become clearer.

We are, to all intents and purposes, two parallel nations, I argued. Why force MAGA America into the company of the loathsome Left? Slowly but purposefully we must congregate in compounds of like-minded individuals. Migrate we must to our own free-speech social networks. And withdraw we should from the Left’s miseducation system, primary, secondary and tertiary.

Commentator Jack Kerwick has been thinking deeply on the meaning of it all—the never-changing cycles of elections and the tension that keeps the duopoly going, at the expense of MAGA America. Excerpted here are the most poignant tracts in his latest thinking on what I’d frame as the end of politics and on an adaptive post-politics reality.

Key paragraph: All the horrors we’ve experienced of late have “occurred in a country with a Republican President, a Republican-controlled Senate, a Supreme Court dominated by Republican appointees, and a majority of whose state legislatures and governors are Republican.”

The writers and talkers of both the Big Conservative Media Complex (“the Big Con”), as well as lesser known libertarian and conservative outlets inexhaustibly wax hysterical about the impending and, to hear them tell it, imminent leftist Apocalypse—all while making fortunes, achieving fame, and, critically, supplying their followers with no direction or solution other than to vote for the Republican politicians for whom they daily apologize. …

Those who compose the Big Conservative Media Industrial Complex promote, tirelessly, the anxiety, depression, helplessness, and demoralization of the millions whose fears they exist to stoke.  To what end, one finally has to ask, for the only prescription these merchants of fear offer their customers (their audiences) is to vote Republican.  However, besides the fact that the leftward drift of the country has proceeded apace for decades, even while Republicans held power, the election thievery of 2020 should suffice to show that it is not now (nor has it ever been) possible to simply and solely vote one’s way out of this cesspool.

It is time for patriotic, God-fearing men and women to focus upon their own self-empowerment.  This means ridding their lives, as much as it is possible to do so, of all potentially toxic influences.  This, obviously, requires the expungement from their orbit of all Democrat Party propaganda organs, those which President Trump rightfully referred to as “fake news,” but, as well, that of the conservative (and libertarian) media outlets that, in their way, also purvey fake news. (“BE STRONG–and Live WELL.”)

(“Of Fraudulence and Fear: The GOP/Big Conservative Media Machine“)

And from Post-2020: The Time for NeverGOP“:

… your average conservative [must move] beyond his comfort zone and adopt a mindset dramatically different in many respects from anything that he has ever experienced before. It will require the average conservative to liberate himself from the Matrix, the Fake Reality that has been concocted by the Big GAME (Government-Academia-Media-Entertainment) Complex and to the construction of which the Republican Party and Big Conservative media axis has contributed much.

… There is mountainous, incalculable, ubiquitous evidence that the country has steadily moved, and continues to move, leftward.  Due to space constraints, however, I won’t bother going back decades.  I’ll keep it simple and just focus on…2020.

Consider all that has occurred since just last March:

Almost overnight, the country bequeathed to us by the generation that, in the midst of a smallpox epidemic, fought and defeated the most powerful empire in the world in order to be a self-governing union of sovereign states—subjected itself to a nationwide internment.

The United State of America became the Interned States of America as the Constitution of the Old Republic was indefinitely revoked, the economy crushed, and “the little platoons”—as Burke referred to those buffers between the individual and the State, those forms of community constitutive of civil society and in the absence of which human flourishing would be impossible—were radically undermined. …

… And all of this occurred in a country with a Republican President, a Republican-controlled Senate, a Supreme Court dominated by Republican appointees, and a majority of whose state legislatures and governors are Republican.

Then, but two months after the Internment began, Black Lives Matter and Antifa violence exploded throughout hundreds of American cities. Police stood down as they and, crucially, their supporters were victimized by thugs.  The White House itself was besieged as monuments to American heroes and other symbols of Western civilization were vandalized and destroyed with impunity while both the street vermin who were directly culpable for the destruction as well as the vermin who funded this campaign escaped the punishment that they deserved.

And all of this occurred in a country with a Republican President, a Republican-controlled Senate, a Supreme Court dominated by Republican appointees, and a majority of whose state legislatures and governors are Republican. …

“The Republicans, along with Big Conservative media, not only didn’t prevent it; they encouraged it.”

Yes, MAGA voters handed the Republicans the presidency and both legislative chambers. There is nothing more voters can do.

So, why exactly is it imperative to vote Republican?  How, exactly, will Republicans stop the left, and stop them from doing what, exactly?  These are the questions that honest people, and honest conservatives, must ask themselves—even though the questions are self-evidently rhetorical. ” (“Post-2020: The Time for NeverGOP“)

UPDATE (3/9/021):

The GOP is RIP to me: Typically, Sen. John Kennedy, with his contrived Southern act (he’s Ivy League) and rehearsed, overwrought cracks, puts Trump’s party back decades, tells “Fox News Primetime” host Trey Gowdy that Americans love 1 million legal immigrants coming in annually, object ONLY to illegal, Biden-created chaos on border.

The Punishers Are Coming For MAGA America

Constitution, Donald Trump, Elections, Free Speech, IMMIGRATION, Islam, Multiculturalism, Republicans, The Therapuetic State

People with names you must cut-and-paste to get right, like Azadeh Shahshahani, are increasingly and aggressively leading movements and initiatives to punish Americans with names like Marjorie Taylor, for voting to import fewer Punishers.

“Repealing the Muslim ban is not enough.” Shahshahani demands “accountability” in the name of “countless people whose lives were altered by the Muslim ban.” These victims of MAGA America are “still waiting for closure.”

Translated from a culture not-based in the Bill of Rights: They want revenge for the way Americans voted.

*Image courtesy ACLU, or what’s left of it.

UPDATED (2/11): Trumpeting The Hardcore Libertarian Take On Jan. 6 Capitol Incident

Democracy, Donald Trump, libertarianism, Paleoconservatism, Paleolibertarianism, Propaganda, Republicans, Taxation, The State

It bears repetition, hence the repetition in this week’s column, “Trumpeting the Hardcore Libertarian Take On The Jan. 6 Capitol Incident“—an incident, riot, certainly not an insurrection—which has intensified the real insurrection, ongoing against MAGA America:

Excerpt:

…It’s no secret that rock-ribbed libertarians—as opposed to the lite, fluffy establishment libertarian—view the State, certainly in its current iteration, as a criminal enterprise. For it operates with force and without the consent of the governed.

If you are tempted to argue this theoretical point, think only of the meaning of the 2020 election:

Upwards of 81 million people, or 51.3 percent of those who voted, not of the people, get to impose their will on more than 74 million, or 46.8 percent of the voters, as well as on the millions who didn’t vote.

Moreover, the winner in an election is certainly not the fictitious entity referred to as “The People,” but rather the representatives of the majority. And while it seems obvious that the minority in a democracy is openly thwarted, the question is, do the elected representatives at least carry out the will of the majority?

The answer is No! In reality, the majority, too, has little say in the business of governance – they’ve merely elected politicians who have been awarded carte blanche to do as they please.

Carte blanche because we are no longer a republic in which central authorities have only limited and clearly delineated powers. Certainly, all the people in the commonwealth are compelled to do as the Permanent State and the new, incoming state dictate.

No! Government governs without the consent of the governed, for the most, and with the backing of often-brutal police powers. …

MORE on WND, The Unz Review, or The Quarterly Review.

UPDATE (2/11):

Jan. 6 shows the difference between the paleoconservative (Pat Buchanan) and the paleolibertarian (me): Buchanan: “Of all the riots in 2020 and 2021, [Jan. 6] was the unforgivable one.” Me: Destroying private property is way worse than harming the state.