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Friday, May 13, 2016

Conservatives as smug as a Prius owner

With his anti-Trump stance, Ben Howe at Red State is coming of as smug as a Prius owner. Don't think I and my fellow Trumpkins do not notice the liberal-like way the Never Trumpers put us down. Ben tweeted from atop his Belgian horse, 20 hands tall: "I will always be happy I chose the less popular and more honorable route."

Ah, our moral and intellectual superiors. Always there to remind us of that.

But while they stand athwart history, I live amid poverty. West Virginia once had more manufacturing jobs than coal mine jobs. Now we have more government jobs than anything. Well, someone has to ladle the food stamps and other welfare programs to the unemployed. Less than half the state's adults are in the workforce. These are not stay-at-home moms either.

The state is the beehive of opioid abuse, which is why we lead the nation in the rate of drug overdose deaths. You want to know why Williamson turned its back on Hillary? The good people who live there are sickened by the OxyContin abuse. They know taxpayers buy most of those prescription drugs. They know why the jobless turn to drugs.

Granted, free trade is a minor part of this. With 82 years of Democratic Party control of the Legislature came and 80-plus years of Democratic-control of the state Supreme Court came a thicket of laws, regulations and court rulings that companies don't want to bother trying to cut. Existing companies invested in factories elsewhere rather than modernizing plants here. Environmental laws accelerated that. Why spend a billion retrofitting an old factory when for half the price you can build a bigger and better plant for new in a state that is not anti-business?

But unbridled free trade does have a negative impact on West Virginia, and we know our partner countries cheat. Why not rein free trade in?

However, to question free trade among certain conservatives is to question global warming among any liberal. The anti-intellectualism among the Conservative Commentariat is as thick as it is in academia today. Ideology means never having to say you're sorry.

The Guardians of Conservatism in Washington today is as useless as liberalism. They care nothing about the people of this country. How do I know this? Read Kevin Williamson's Father Fuhrer piece in National Review. This in particular:
If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy — which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog — you will come to an awful realization. It wasn’t Beijing. It wasn’t even Washington, as bad as Washington can be. It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico, excessive and problematic as our current immigration levels are. It wasn’t any of that.
Nothing happened to them. There wasn’t some awful disaster. There wasn’t a war or a famine or a plague or a foreign occupation. Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence — and the incomprehensible malice — of poor white America. So the gypsum business in Garbutt ain’t what it used to be. There is more to life in the 21st century than wallboard and cheap sentimentality about how the Man closed the factories down.
Donald Trump is exposing the Conservative Commentariat for what it is: Vapid, vain, and vile. The maliciousness that the National Review shows toward Trump voters is just as nasty and unacceptable as the dung the Left threw at Sarah Palin.

One difference. One very big difference. Trump can handle himself and the press. The people will rise and smite their moral and intellectual superiors -- or at least the sallow saps who think they are our betters -- on both the left and the right.

By the way, Ben Howe is the founder of Howe Creative (obviously the answer is not very) whose clients include: the Heritage Foundation, the Daily Signal, Ted Cruz for Senate, John Cornyn for Senate, et cetera. His claim to fame was a 2014 documentary, "Bankrupt: How Cronyism and Corruption Brought Down Detroit,"

I will allow readers to decide what level of irony that is.


  1. I noticed the same about the Cruzzers very early on - the pretensions to intellectual superiority and ideological purity.

    Very Lefty and then the revelation that they were, to great extent, Libertarian said a lot. Libertarians are, largely, Leftist Democrats, they just want to keep their money (NTTAWWT) without any guilt imposed upon them - feigned or otherwise.

    The name-calling and the misrepresentations only solidified it.

    How many were just Lefty trolls, we'll find out some day. For now, it just matters that they lost.

  2. Bezos has cashed almost 2 bill in stock this past week. Short AMZN HARD. He's decided to wage a war against Trump. Guess what, you tiny bald're gonna lose. I'm only a few hours away from cashing out my balance and then telling Amazon to kiss my ass. Your loss, SUCKAHS,

  3. I am one who believes that our DNA is a major influence in our lives and the role we play in society. A male, IMO, has problems with his identity when he cannot support his family. So government programs, replacing his manhood, causes a gradual slide into self loathing. Thus the need for something to make one forget the situation one finds in his life; thus alcohol and/or drugs fit the bill. Women have the conflict of the maternal drive and the feeling they need to work to help support the lifestyle of the family. The guilt of not being a true mother for the children can do the same thing to a woman that unemployment can do to a male. Even without the alcohol or drug problem, the family unit will be under severe stress and can result all to easily in violence and/or divorce with all of its unintended consequences.

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  5. Wow, bro, that's some uplifting stuff. Thanks for brightening my day.

  6. These "conservative" hacks are about as clueless as the heralds of the court of Versailles was in 1789. They learned the hard way and so should Williamson, Howe, Loesch and the rest of their ilk.

    I'm going long on guillotines...

  7. Trade treaties/partnerships and reciprocity. I always felt that our trade should be based, in great measure, on reciprocity. If we can't buy land in their country, they can't buy land in ours. If we can't open a factory there, they can't open a factory here. They cheat, we reciprocate. I'm tired of the American habit of forgiving poor treatment by foreign governments. If they're trying to screw us, we should screw back twice as hard.

  8. The only reason a Prius can be considered a "clean machine" is because the pigeons reckon they're not worth crapping on.

  9. The most #NeverTrumper people always seem to be those who are in commentary. A few actually active in politics, but otherwise it seems to be a real phenom amongst those who run their jaws for a living, but otherwise are not responsible for doing anything else.

    In other words it seems to be centered on drama-queens and attention hogs.

    Not surprising.

    - Mikey NTH

  10. Anonymous "going long on guillotines"...

    Advocating the murder of people with whom you have political disagreements is reprehensible.

    I'm not surprised you are too much of a wuss to write this filth under your real name.

    1. How do you know he is not espousing "symbolic" or professional "guillotines? Your presumption and automatic virtue signalling of superiority is just what Surber was pointing out. How is a suggested end to a sub-category of useless hacks such as yourself PROFESSIONALLY feeding off the body politic FILTH but freaks such a Kevin Williamson advocating the genocide of a entire demographic group in the United States is acceptable. You and your ilk started it and now the nasty name calling and dehumanization tactic is on the other foot. Don't dish it out for decades if you find you are no longer so special you can't take it. Anonymously (because I can) yours.

    2. Oh please, you are a humorless scold, someone who can't recognize an itsy bitsy joke when it stares you in the face. But thank you very much for posting under your real name. From now on I will use it as a trigger warning to avoid the trauma of being harshly lectured by you. I now retreat to my safe space.