A Tale of Two Essays


First is Victor Davis Hanson:

Medieval Liberals
Unlike classical liberals, the liberals of today hew to doctrine in the face of the evidence.

A classical liberal was characteristically guided by disinterested logic and reason. He was open to gradual changes in society that were frowned upon by traditionalists in lockstep adherence to custom and protocol. The eight-hour work day, civil rights, and food- and drug-safety laws all grew out of classically liberal views. Government could press for moderate changes in the way society worked, within a conservative framework of revering the past, in order to pave the way for equality of opportunity in a safe and sane environment.

Among elite liberals today, all too few are of this classical mold — guided by reason and empirical observation. By far the majority are medieval and reactionary. By medieval I mean that they adhere to accepted doctrine — in this case, the progressive doctrine of always finding solutions in larger government and more taxes — despite all the evidence to the contrary. The irony is that they project just such ideological blinkers onto their conservative opponents.

Reactionary is a good adjective as well, since notions of wealth and poverty are frozen in amber around 1965, as if the technological revolution never took place and the federal welfare state hadn’t been erected — as if today’s poor were the emaciated Joads, rather than struggling with inordinate rates of obesity and diabetes, in air-conditioned apartments replete with big-screen TVs, and owning cell phones with more computing power than was available to the wealthy as recently as the 1980s. Flash-mobbing sneaker stores is more common than storming Costcos for bags of rice and flour.

There’s a bunch more and you should go read it.

Then compare and contrast it to this:

Thinking like a Republican…

(I don’t mean the Eisenhower-Lincoln-Teddy Roosevelt kind, I mean the hardass Ted Cruz, Grover Norquist, Eric Cantor kind)

… if I were a Republican who was really ambitious and had adopted the values and attitudes of my sponsors, I would see this debt ceiling battle as possibly my party’s last stand. With the gullible generation dying off, my party is going to start losing seats gradually. It’s going to get harder and harder to do what I was elected to do, that is, kill the New Deal and that pesky Social Security.

I don’t have to kill it all by myself. All I have to do is cripple it enough that people start seeing it as welfare. I just have to drive a wedge between generations and make sure that younger people start seeing seniors as spoiled, bigoted, whiney, freeloaders. They’ve gotten a pass up to this point because my party has made sure that they feel that their own benefits are not under attack.

But if I don’t hold out for “entitlement reform”, which unsophisticated seniors who watch Fox think is medicaid, food stamps and student loans or something for younger people who haven’t had to “build character”, then I haven’t done my job. And if that means that the US has to default on its loans to generate enough of a crisis that cutting social security and sending it on its way towards oblivion is presented as the ONLY option for saving all of us from catastrophe, then I will have fulfilled my mission and my sponsors will reward me generously even if my party loses in the next mid-term election. In fact, sacrificing my party is Ok. We’ll just become like the House of Lords or something for awhile and let the rifts in the Democratic party deal with our new normal.

I gotta go, I gotta sink to fix.

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107 Responses to A Tale of Two Essays

  1. jeffhas says:

    ‘Gullible generation’

    ‘Unsophisticated seniors’

    I had to dismiss the whole dang thing right there.

    Thank goodness for spell-check, too bad about that hubris-check.

    I’m tired of being told by the self-declared intellectuals who the unwashed are….. You’d think karma would’ve been a cold splash of water (or maybe it will be again someday).

    • angienc says:

      “hubris-check” LOVE IT!!
      The person who invents it gets my vote. Of course, half the Internet (the non-porn half) will take a major hit in content.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Yeah, she lost me at “unsophisticated seniors who watch Fox”. The rest made no sense to me. Maybe she should try thinking like a wacko-bird tea party conservative ? Republican is a political party with many liberals 🙂

    • 49erDweet says:

      A mind wasted on self-aggrandizement is a tragedy. She is certainly too full of something.

  2. Lulu says:

    I am always amazed at people who claim to know what someone else is thinking without proof of contact (speaking, reading their work, or heavens forbid LISTENING). Are they mind readers? Picking up vibrations from their brain? Or do they just imagine it all and make shit up. I don’t pretend to know what the hell anyone is thinking unless I talk to them. Automatically assigning personal and mental traits based upon some prior negative personal experience twenty or thirty years ago is the height of bigotry. Vile progs are enormous bigots in class, region, and age as well as race.

    Vile prog-ism as a reactionaries. Duh. It is obvious. I’ll make another parallel to the monastic life. It was basically involuntary at least at the beginning of their being culled and made to conform then they got used to it. Most monastics (though not all) were committed to it by their families because they were extra kids (often illegitimate) or when they had run out of money that they really did not want to deal with. Younger sons and extra daughters were shuttled into it at a young age and told they were smart and going to be literate even if they were idiots. Quite a few did it because making a living was too difficult and the easy way was to go into a monastery and supervise the peasants. Sound familiar? Also the only way to be an academic was to join the monastic club. Heresy was forbidden as it is now in the academic cloister. When there are too many of the monastics for the system to bear there usually comes a purge, plague, or Reformation to clean it out. We may be reaching that point.

    • Constance says:

      I think we are reaching the point of a purge of government parasites who are bleeding us taxpayers dry while simultaneously wrecking our economy and schools so we can’t achieve our goals. The Truckers and Vets and Bikers march on DC give me hope. They are real Americans and they aren’t going to stand by and watch while the government idiots piss away our country.

  3. Lulu says:

    Zerocare rates are going to be determined also by credit scores. I don’t remember that part being touted by the Dem leadership. If you got shit scores you get shit rates. Is there anything that Zerocare doesn’t allow to increase rates? They say insurance can’t be denied based upon pre-existing conditions but “”If someone is defaulting on all of their bills they may not want to have them as part of their health plan,” said Packham, the lead Navigator in Florida. So you CAN be denied coverage. http://www.clickorlando.com/news/credit-scores-impacting-new-affordable-care-act-insurance-plans/-/1637132/22341034/-/l0jmq3z/-/index.html

    • votermom says:

      What a nightmare.

    • jeffhas says:

      I thought the idea was to give ‘depoor’ health insurance?

      Aren’t depoor going to have lousier credit scores (in general) because they are poor?

      • Lulu says:

        It is a vicious cycle. If you slip into that economic demographic you cannot get out. I wonder if student loans are part of the credit score that is going to be used to rate jack? I bet it is.

        • votermom says:

          Feature, not bug. As part of the permanent underclass you are more likely to vote for your next handout.

          (Also note in the comments that starting in Jan 2014 any medical bills that you defualt on stay on your credit report forever, can’t be purged by bankruptcy.)

        • Totally agree votermom. When I read that one needs to stay within 140% of the poverty line (about $35k for a family of 4) to qualify for big subsidies, I was like, duh, how many people are going to try to make LESS (reportable) income in order to qualify?? It’s incentivizing tax cheating, black market employment, and, yes, laziness!

        • DeniseVB says:

          darragh – it’s why the Fair Tax makes sense to me. Unreportable income will be taxed when it’s spent. It’s why they propose to get rid of income taxes and the IRS. Even drug dealers need to buy toilet paper 🙂

        • votermom says:

          Absolutely – expect the rise of black (cash only) markets as people figure out that the only way to survive is to hide their earnings. That’s the way it is in corrupt 3rd world countries like we are turning into.

    • mcnorman says:

      The navigator screwed up. She let the cat out of the bag.

      She is backtracking the story now.

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  6. DeniseVB says:

    Oh my, Obama’s approval just dropped to 37%. Congress must be in the single digits then. 😉

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    I am in a lot of pain today.from my exertions yesterday. Please send pain pills or heroin.

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    • Mary says:

      Too late, Harry. Military death benefits are the responsibility of the executive branch, and Americans know The One could have CHOSEN for this to never happen at all.

      We’re not as stupid as you think, Harry.

      • Lulu says:

        Nothing like causing a problem and running out to the microphones to “solve” it. Isn’t that common among arsonists?

      • DeniseVB says:

        As long as the clueless obots think Harry’s saving the day from the Evil Republicans, then it was worth using dead soldiers and their families as political fodder. Creeps.

      • Somebody says:

        Unfortunately many Americans only parrot what they get from the MSM. For instance my hairdresser this morning was going on about how the tea party is holding the entire country hostage. He even got animated and teary eyed and expressed fear of republicans and the tea party.

        He went on and on mostly about the NPS tactics and blamed the tea party for every single act. No matter what I said, no matter how hard I tried to make him realize Congress, let alone a small faction of Congress, does not have the executive powers that enabled the NPS, he just didn’t buy anything I said. He’s completely convinced Ted Cruz somehow forced the NPS to close the memorials and hold seniors hostage at Yellowstone. You can’t convince him that the administration or any of the D’s hold any responsibility for any part of the shutdown. I know other people like that too.

        • votermom says:

          Pls tell me you live in someplace like CA or Portland…

        • Lulu says:

          I hope you removed all sharp objects from their immediate vicinity. Wouldn’t want them poking their eye out with a fork or a pencil or even their car keys.

        • Somebody says:

          No I live in Florida in the red part of Florida.

          It was clear my hairdresser wanted to pick a fight. I generally try to avoid politics while someone is applying scissors to my hair. I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut though. He kept claiming that Ted Cruz and the tea party were responsible for the actions of the NPS. He acknowledged that in previous shutdowns such actions weren’t taken, however he kept insisting it was all the fault of Ted Cruz.

          I kept telling him Ted Cruz simply didn’t have that kind of power. The left has really built Cruz up as the ultimate boogeyman. He refused to even consider that sainted Obama was responsible for any of the NPS’s actions. Quite the contrary he kept basically saying poor, poor Obama’s hands are tied because of mean old Ted Cruz holding the country hostage.

          He finally tried to end the discussion with the following…….”Well the republicans need to realize they lost the election, Obama is the President and they need to just shut up and do what he says”.

          You might imagine that didn’t go over well with me. My haircut was finished at that point and I only had time to ask rhetorically if he felt that way when George W. Bush was President and to make a passing sarcastic remark about our system of government not being a monarchy. I searched my brain quickly to try and remember any kind of simple song about the branches of government to really be a bitch, unfortunately I couldn’t think of anything quickly so that was that.

          He’s not alone, facebook, google plus, CNN.com, a myriad of other websites all continue to parrot basically the same talking points.

        • mcnorman says:

          My waiting room has some interesting conversations. Not all is happy in Barryland. The talking points are not making sense when it affects them personally in the pocketbook. Hell, they are pissed. Yet, they can’t quite point the finger in the Barry direction.

        • Lulu says:

          Sorry that your hairdresser is a monarchist. Does he like being a peasant?

        • votermom says:

          I generally try to avoid politics while someone is applying scissors to my hair.

          I don’t blame you!
          Only thing worse than arguing politics with a hairdresser armed with scissors is trying to argue with a dentist armed with a drill. Eeek!

  17. foxyladi14 says:

    Obama will talk to Iran just not Republicans. 😡

    • Lulu says:

      But they are very good at “spitework”. Maybe an award from the public to the bullshit job of the year would be good.

      • votermom says:

        I like that: BS Job of the year.

        • Lulu says:

          It could even have subcategories like maliciousness, pointlessness, and redundancy. US Parks Service gets maliciousness in a unanimous decision. Pointlessness goes to Obamacare navigators for navigating something that doesn’t work, etc. Soul killing tedium should be a category too perhaps.

  18. helenk3 says:


    always had the silly idea that the pentagon people were there to protect America and took an oath to uphold the Constitution not whatever party was in power. guess that has changed

  19. helenk3 says:

    something that should not be forgotten


    valarie jarret’s words

    after we win this election its our turn payback time

  20. helenk3 says:


    backtrack bunch threatens to stop sending vets their check unless shutdown is resolved by end of month.

    he really does have a problem with people who fight for this country. wonder why? know he has daddy issues, maybe grandpop issue too

  21. wmcb says:

    The most striking thing about those two essays is that the person who most fits the description of the sneering closed-minded politically driven asshole drawn in the second essay is….. the writer of the essay. It’s as if he wrote it to demonstrate that Hanson’s essay is true.

    The contrast is glaring. Whether you agree with all of VDH’s points or not, which of the two essays seems to contain the more thoughtful and reasonable observations?

  22. helenk3 says:


    good article on the actions of the backtrack brownshirt brigade NPS during the shutdown

  23. wmcb says:

    Jake Tapper tells the truth. And I agree with him that not all of it is necessarily political. A lot of it is cultural, and a feeling of superiority or just plain ignorance and xenophobia of the great unwashed.

    “Do you believe there is bias in mainstream media?” a Reddit user asked. “If yes, which way does it slant and which networks?”

    “Yes I do,” Tapper replied, “but I also think it’s more complicated than just liberal bias.”

    “I think there are a lot of hard-working reporters in NYC and DC who have never fired a gun, or never worked a 9-5 manual labor job, or lived in the middle of the country, or worried about their next paycheck, or have anyone in their family who serves in the military and I think that creates a cultural bias,” he continued.

    • angienc says:

      He says “cultural” when he means “class.”

      Fuck him. He knew what was going on in the 2008 Dem primary & he said nothing. Just because he didn’t join the dog pile of the MSM on Hillary and then — four years later — half-heartedly acknowledged the dog pile happened, doesn’t make him better than the rest.

  24. The Klown says:

    I miss OSH. Lowes is inside an airplane hanger but they don’t carry individual washers, you have to buy two whole new connector hoses. I was figuring less than $5 but ended up paying over $12

    Fuck Lowes. Home Depot too.

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  27. helenk3 says:

    i tried to e-mail nancy pelosi

    I wrote
    when I read and saw you standing with people who broke the law and sneaked into the country, I thought that’s about right for you.
    when I read about you not standing with the WW2 vets, at first I was angry. then I thought they do not need a present day Axis Sally fouling the air around a monument to people who fought for and loved this country, it was better that you were not there.

    but she is only accepting E-Mails from people in her own district. refuses e-mails from other people

    she represents the 12th district entirely in San Francisco

  28. helenk3 says:


    one the first day of the shutdown, the backtrack bunch gave almost a 1/2 billion dollars for public broadcasting but nothing for fallen troops

  29. DeniseVB says:

    Scott Walker makes it sound so easy-peasy, I could support him for our next Saviour (which we’ll need after Obama). He’s survived some pretty tough battles and a recall too.


  30. Lulu says:

    Moody’s says Obama is “wrong” about default threat. Wrong is a euphemism for lying. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics-live/liveblog/live-updates-the-shutdown-4/?hpid=z2#c1e3ada3-dc00-41d8-92cb-327c5c814d82 “The memo offers a starkly different view of the consequences of congressional inaction on the debt limit than is held by the White House, many policymakers and other financial analysts.” They are calling him out for making shit up.

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    Michael Savage is a loon.

  33. DeniseVB says:

    Did Trump push the Obama-Harry Spite House to cover the military death gratuities ?


    Time stamps were early this morning ?

  34. helenk3 says:


    sheila jackson lee calling for martial law.
    guess the democrats do want a civil war in this country

    • leslie says:

      That was what I suggested a week ago. AND bronco gets to call out the troops. All the NPS troops ill the bill or will he use the Natl Guard? And as I tweeted earlier, is he prepared to use bullets against US citizens?

  35. westcoaster says:

    The US Postal Service canceled Just Move stamps because they show “unsafe acts”. Personally, I thought they were vibrant and positive.
    They are shown at michellesmirror:

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      My understanding as that the postal service was told to get rid of the stamps by one of the special committees of the Office of the President. USPS did not make a unilateral decision.

      What makes no sense, is that these prints would have gone through a long process to be approved in the first place. So how did they get as far as a press run ?

      • westcoaster says:

        Yes, I forgot to mention the most important part- that it was the Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and not the USPS that was behind the decision. As to the late disapproval, I’ve seen that alot from Obama, and I think it’s laziness and incompetence, if not just pure malice.

  36. ecoast says:

    They lost Blitzer.

    CNN’s Blitzer: Obama Should ‘Accept GOP Advice, Delay Obamacare’ Over


    • Lulu says:

      He has been on a real tear about it. He got huffy last week and said sarcastically “you only had three years to get it done”. I don’t watch CNN but I saw a clip. I thought he must be on new meds or something.

    • swanspirit says:

      I saw that , I thought I was hallucinating …

  37. helenk3 says:


    so far just to build the website for obamacare taxpayers paid $634,320,919

  38. ecoast says:

    O is meeting with Dems this afternoon and invited House Repubs for a meeting tomorrow. Boehner is taking with him only 18 members, not the entire caucus. WH is pissed.


    • Lulu says:

      He thought he was going to demagogue the entire Republican House caucus. LOL. Boehner had to pick people who wouldn’t throw shoes at him.

  39. votermom says:

    LOL. Tweeted this before going on an errand and came back to a bunch of RTs

  40. votermom says:


    President Barack Obama is acting like a high school girl who calls her boyfriend to tell him she’s not talking to him, Rep. Mick Mulvaney contends in an exclusive Newsmax interview.

    That is what the president sounded like when he called House Speaker John Boehner to tell him he would not negotiate on defunding Obamacare, the South Carolinian said.

    “He called John Boehner yesterday to tell him he wasn’t negotiating with him,” Mulvaney said Wednesday. “I had a girlfriend call me in high school and tell me that she was giving me the silent treatment; that’s sort of what it sounded like.

    “The president calls John Boehner to say, ‘By the way, I’m still not negotiating with you’ — that’s not a discussion.”

  41. helenk3 says:

    just because


    if only we taxpayers could get as much for our money

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