Every conservative, libertarian, Tea Partier, and even just plain Republicans should read Ben Shapiro‘s Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America (New York: Threshold Editions, 2013). In Bullies, Shapiro recounts how institutional (media, nonprofit, university, Hollywood), anti-patriotic, race, class (including unions and Occupy Wall Street thugs), sex (including LGBT activists), green (i.e., environmental), and secular (i.e., anti-religion) bullies are trying to intimidate Americans.
Shapiro’s writing reminds me of Ann Coulter‘s, though his tone is more conversational than I remember hers being.
Reading this book should make you angry enough to try to stop the bullies. As Shapiro concludes, “There is only one way to stop a bully: to punch back. We’ve seen who the bullies are and what they’ve done. Now it’s time to fight them” (263).
As I mentioned in a post yesterday, I’ve been rereading The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress the last few days. I ran across this description of a Loonie liberal. (Loonie being what the residents of the Moon call themselves.)
Must be a yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws–always for other fellow. A murky part of us, something we had before we came down out of trees, and failed to shuck when we stood up. Because not one of those people said: “Please pass this so that I won’t be able to do something I know I should stop.” Nyet, tovarishchee, was always something they hated to see neighbors doing. Stop them “for their own good”–not because speaker claimed to be harmed by it. (161)
Work Cited: Heinlein, Robert A. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1966.
I guess most of the people who follow me on Twitter follow so many people that they don’t have a chance read all of my tweets. I was hoping for answers to some of these questions; others are rhetorical:
- If liberals believe in evolution, why doesn’t the survival of the fittest apply in economic/financial situations?
- How did the single mother with six children who had octuplets pay for the fertilization procedure and her medical care?
- Don’t you think the liberals want us all on welfare? Isn’t that socialism?
- Where in the Constitution does the Congress have the authority to be trying to influence the economy?
- How could he [McCain] be what we (conservatives) wanted when he was selected by Democrats, independents, and the media?
- Do any of them [Republican Senators] know how to really filibuster–as Jimmy Stewart did in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?
- Can Steele tell Republican senators that if they vote for the porkulus bill, they won’t get any money from the RNC in the future?
- If the porkulus bill passes the Senate, doesn’t a joint committee have to reconcile differences, then the houses revote?
I’d still like answers to the second, sixth, and seventh questions.
“Open for Questions” at Change.gov closed at noon. There were 20,463 people who proposed and voted on questions. If you’re looking for a laugh, you can find the questions archived here.
- “Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?” (7947 votes) – Is anyone surprised that this would be the top priority of liberal voters? By the way, the president doesn’t make or abolish laws.
- “What will you do as President to restore the Constitutional protections that have been subverted by the Bush Administration and how will you ensure that our system of checks and balances is renewed?” (6054 votes) – We should be more worried about what Constitutional rights Obama and the Democratic Congress will try to abolish.
- “What will you do to establish transparency and safeguards against waste with the rest of the Wall Street bailout money?” (5982) – Safeguards against using the money to bail out the UAW?
- “Will you lift the ban on Stem Cell research in your first 100 days in office?” (5376) – There is no ban on research into adult stem cells, which is actually providing some results. There is also no ban on research with the strains of embryonic stem cells that already exist, but there haven’t been any results.
- “What will you do to promote science and mathematics education to Elementary and Middle School students?” (3964) - Education is a local issue not a national one.
Obama’s Change.gov website has a page where people can ask and vote on questions for the President-Select. (I don’t believe that the Electoral College has met yet.) Here are two of the top twenty questions right now:
- “Will you introduce legislation to enable refinancing of older student loans with high interest rates (8.5% and more) into the lower rates currently available? You can refinance any other kind of loan except student loans and that’s not fair.” [liked by 507 people and increasing]
- “What legislation will you introduce to preserve Net Neutrality and stop the telecom industry from eviscerating the greatest communication medium of all time?” [liked by 461 people and increasing]
Have these people forgotten or did they never learn that it’s the legislative branch that introduces legislation not the executive branch?
By the way, how much legislation did Obama introduce while he was in the legislative branch?
This site could provide some humor and insight into the liberal thinking processes–or lack thereof–in the near future.
According to a report at Rocky Mountain Right, “Former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis has openly argued for . . . moderating the GOP’s image and fielding more centrist candidates.” The Republican Party did just that with McCain this year and lost. A conservative might have won, but we’ll never know because the only real conservatives, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson, dropped out early in the primary, and Republicans were left with a moderate candidate who was selected by Democrats, independents, and the media.
Anyone who thinks the Republican Party should “[moderate] on social issues” and move more to the left should look at the results for Proposition 8 in California. Despite the draw of having Obama on the ticket, the proposition that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, a position supported by social conservatives, won handily.
When conservative candidates and issues were on the ballot, they usually won. Leftists will vote for Democrats not Republicans who campaign as Democrat light.