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by Christopher Chantrill
December 22, 2015 at 12:00 am
IN OUR CONSERVATIVE world we mildly judge President Obama the Worst President Ever. But the administration scribes over at Vox think differently. President Obama takes the long view, writes Andrew Prokop. Criminal justice reform? Think in decades. ISIS? “[I]n his view, he’s already pursuing the correct policies to fight ISIS and terrorism as a whole… and turn the ocean liner a few degrees.” But between the lines you can tell that the Vox writer is thinking: Oh no, it can’t be true that it has come to this.
It’s the liberal Christmas from Hell.
At this point we will say nothing about the need for bathroom protocols at Democratic Presidential Debates, because Drudge is on it, and what difference does it make?
Since liberals have been trying to make Christmas a hell for years, jolly old St. Ted of Cruz has come out with a parody Christmas infomercial to make sure that Christmas 2015 is not the last Christmas hell for Democrats. With his adorable daughters as a prop, he lists the Obama administration’s scandals as though they were children’s picture books. Ted’s special offer features old time favorites like “How Obamacare Stole Christmas,” “Rudolph the Underemployed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Speaker of the House” with cigarette and wine glass, and “the Lois Lerner masterpiece ‘Auditing St. Nick.’”
When it comes to “The Grinch Who Lost Her Emails” Ted Cruz has his daughter recite the Grinch’s evil mutterings from the much-loved children’s Christmas favorite in a suitably Seussian style.
“I know just what I’ll do,” she said with a snicker. “I’ll use my own server and no one will be the wiser.”
See what is going on here? It’s simple. We wouldn’t want Ted himself to say anything against Hillary; that would be a Republican War on Women. But Ted’s adorable blonde daughter can recite her lines and wag her finger too, Hilllary style, and that’s OK, right, liberals? Because XX chromosomes.
All this is good clean holiday fun, but there are serious political matters afoot too this Christmastide. Kevin D. Williamson reminds us what Democrats have been up to, and writes:
For those of you keeping track, the Democrats and their allies on the left have now: voted in the Senate to repeal the First Amendment, proposed imprisoning people for holding the wrong views on global warming, sought to prohibit the showing of a film critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton, proposed banning politically unpopular academic research, demanded that funding politically unpopular organizations and causes be made a crime and that the RICO organized-crime statute be used as a weapon against targeted political groups. They have filed felony charges against a Republican governor for vetoing a piece of legislation, engaged in naked political persecutions of members of Congress, and used the IRS and the ATF as weapons against political critics.
The hed for Kevin’s article is “The Democrat’s Theme for 2016 is Totalitarianism.” When you are experiencing the Christmas from Hell, you tend to lash out at the demons poking you with tridents in your own special edition of Dante’s Inferno. As it says on Google, It’s on their worst days that people show their true colors.
Look, it all makes sense. Everything that liberals built is broken. The economy is a mess; health care is a mess; the universities are broken; K-12 education is wrecked; welfare is out of control; the Middle East is been torched. And liberals did it.
Then there is the wife of my 60ish friend who’s wondering about all that women’s liberation of which she’d heard tell back when she was young. Or the college women screaming for safe spaces, not from the so-called “rape culture” but really from the anti-woman squalor of the hook-up culture. Or the “mismatched” African American college students protesting on campus in a rage of disappointed hope.
No wonder President Obama is taking the long view; no wonder liberals want to drop the hammer on the opposition. If politics is violence and government is force what would you expect a ruling classes to do when things start to spin out of control?
Liberals are so good at telling us that there’s nothing to see here that it is easy to forget just what a mess they are in. Everything, but everything they believe in and everything they have rammed down our throats during the last century is failing.
No wonder liberals want to abolish Christmas. It reminds them too much of their youth when the lights were twinkling, the presents were under the tree, everything was working and just a few more government programs would usher in peace and justice forever, a lifetime away from their 2015 Christmas from Hell.
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When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures
The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since
1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and
philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West
Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its
characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then,
once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all.
In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital