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Why So Serious? Is
Conservative Despair
Justified?

PJ Media, by Andrew Klavan

Original Article

Posted By:Judy W., 1/8/2013 6:15:35 AM

So last week, in what was perhaps a moment of madness, I posted a request on my Facebook page: Tell me your political predictions for the year. Among the more restrained answers: “Hyperinflation,” “Civil War,” “financial collapse,” “terribly awful things.” Optimist though I am, I can’t help feeling there’s something to this downhearted consensus. After living through the most peaceful and prosperous half century that any nation has ever experienced in the history of humankind, it seems impossible to believe we would re-elect a mediocre reactionary out to “fundamentally transform” our success into failure. But we did,

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This is a great, thoughtful piece and you won´t get anything out of it by just reading the bit that´s posted here. Also, at the end Klavan presents three trends that might be reasons for some optimism.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 1/8/2013 6:28:18 AM     (No. 9104397)

An excellent read from one of the most articulate and entertaining writers in the business and PJ Media is blessed to have him. If you havent joined PJ Media for the short videos and interviews with everyone who is anyone, join. And enjoy Klavan´s work!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: shamus, 1/8/2013 6:32:42 AM     (No. 9104404)

George Will takes the view that Democrats made a huge blunder in the cliff deal. Liberals apparently didn´t realize that it´s impossible to finance their social welfare programs without much higher taxes on the middle class.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: steveW, 1/8/2013 6:51:22 AM     (No. 9104432)

I needed that!
Quote of the day: "Reality is on our side".
Indeed it is.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Crosscut, 1/8/2013 6:51:50 AM     (No. 9104433)

Will enough Obama voters wake up to the fact that they have been played for chumps by Obama and the Democrat Party? Will they realize that Obama and the Democrat Party pose a genuine threat to the future of America and our children? Will they finally realize that everyone can´t be on the government teat, either as a public service employee or an entitlement parasite?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/8/2013 7:20:10 AM     (No. 9104460)

Obama getting re-elected is only half the equation. The other half is that there were enough zombie voters to put him back in.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: geo11, 1/8/2013 7:24:44 AM     (No. 9104466)

The Democrats are rigging the system. They are allowing more illegals into the country with the ability to vote, they have taken over the ballot box thru voter fraud, vote machine manipulation, creation of a dependency population and dumbed down electorate. The GOP does not stand a chance unless it addresses these problems.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: BarryNo, 1/8/2013 7:56:58 AM     (No. 9104504)

Everything that I´ve looked into seems to indicate that the Dems have a lock on National Elections for the foreseeable future - and possibly on loc al elections as they get bolder. This is entirely through massive election fraud. I´ve been able to talk to people in both Conservative and Liberal voting districts and Conservative Districts were generally massively interested in defeating Obama, while Liberal voters were largely apathetic - many hadn´t even paid attention to the fact that election day had come and gone. This does not jive with reported numbers, not to mention dozens of districts in critical swing states where Obama reportedly got 100 percent of the vote.

´Why so serious?´

Because there is only one solution that I can see to this tyranny. And that´s MY opinion.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: O.S. Banker, 1/8/2013 8:03:57 AM     (No. 9104515)

The article is a good read, and his three ending points are strong, however...

The liberal-progressives/communist have a long history of denying reality. The fact that 52% of the voters supported He who must not be named to me indicates that a great segment of our citizenry join in this self deception regarding reality. I know that there were vote-fraud issues, but when no one contest a fraud, has a fraud truly occurred? How do you know?

Federalism may save us, but only if we can clear the lifeboats from the vortex that will be created as the failed ship of state sinks.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/8/2013 8:09:13 AM     (No. 9104522)

Liberals think they can finance their entitlements. All they have to do is do away with the military.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LZK, 1/8/2013 8:11:42 AM     (No. 9104527)

Bingo!!

LZK

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/8/2013 8:12:57 AM     (No. 9104529)

It is so bad now that the net immigration from Mexico is near zero.

Fatherless children, Obamacare, unemployment, loss of manufacturing base, crooked CEOs and Wall Street sharks, free housing, national debt, a weakened Military, liberal courts, green energy fools in agencies and media lies will overwhelm us.

Without societal collapse and rebuilding, we are done.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Judith, 1/8/2013 8:25:22 AM     (No. 9104547)

How do you put a pretty face on a majority of the populace who voted for a pirate promising to steal someone else´s wealth?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: saraguay, 1/8/2013 8:26:42 AM     (No. 9104550)

until some of the elected republicans in congress are vocal long enough and loud enough about the reality of washington politics the low info voter will not know that he/she has options. most people still listen to the free and well known networks and read their local paper (all liberal). the ignorance out there is astounding and republican leaders must talk and talk and talk about what is going on. eventually, they will be heard IF they will do that. unfortunately, the love of power and fear of losing their job may well keep most of them silent.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: djcdjc, 1/8/2013 8:33:56 AM     (No. 9104561)

With the dissolution of the MSM and the rise of the internet we may find a viable candidate willing to employ basic math to the American dream.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: olcap, 1/8/2013 8:49:37 AM     (No. 9104588)

Conservative despair IS justified, because conservatives have ZERO representation in federal government. And that is a FACT.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Barbarian Heretic, 1/8/2013 8:52:43 AM     (No. 9104594)

I agree with Klavan, and I´d like to add the following "point #4"- with apologies to L-dot alumni who have read this "Barbaric Truism" for many years as I have repeated it almost ad- nauseum...

#4- "Liberals always overreach- ALWAYS."

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 1/8/2013 9:02:25 AM     (No. 9104617)

We offer candidates who articulate a compelling vision of the future not a return on to the past. Obama´s vision of the future is straight out a 1968 graduate seminar. Unfortunately for many voters Romney´s was from an Ozzie and Harriet rerun.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: coldborezero, 1/8/2013 9:04:12 AM     (No. 9104620)

RE #17: True, liberals always overreach. Unfortunately, each time they overreach they set a new line of departure from which to launch their next offensive, incrementally advancing their cause. It has taken over 150 years for them to get us to this point. They will never stop.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Dixie, 1/8/2013 9:39:52 AM     (No. 9104686)

I enjoyed this article and I thought this excerpt was a "keeper" phrase:

"...academics love to be off-beat and radical as long as everyone around them is being off-beat and radical too." Andrew Klavan


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Reply 20 - Posted by: saryden, 1/8/2013 9:47:41 AM     (No. 9104704)

Agree #19, but this time is rather different. Look at events in Europe: as socialism/communism has impoverished the countries and weakened their defenses, Islam has been able to take over.
I believe the Free World is in crisis.. and our Congress has "the love of power and fear of losing their jobs" (thanks, #14) .. that´s why so serious.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: RancherJack, 1/8/2013 10:20:50 AM     (No. 9104775)

Klavan ... another "Reasonable Man".

The tyranny of reasonable men is how we got into this mess. Give an inch here, go along to get to a larger goal there, push back instead of break the mold ... reasonable men ALWAYS have a ready platitude for why our outrage is unreasonable and not "helpful". Reasonable men talk down to us like we´re idiot children even as they hand us a shovel reassuring us there really is a pony under all that failure. Just Keep Digging

The Tyranny Of Reasonable Men is the seduction of fear. Step out of line, the Man take you away ...

Klavan is telling us to go along to get along.

Thank our Lord the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence (at the risk of their lives) did not quail and become "reasonable".

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Reply 22 - Posted by: privateer, 1/8/2013 10:22:31 AM     (No. 9104778)

I believe #7 gives the best explanation for how we got where we are today, AND why it will be nearly impossible to reverse the slide into Socialist Tyranny.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 1/8/2013 10:28:45 AM     (No. 9104791)

The question I have been asking for the past 4 years is: "Are we Weimar Germany in 1932, France in 1788 or Russia in 1914?". Yes, "reality was on their side" too, but I don´t want to have to go through what they went through before things got better. I really worry about the next few generations.
The saddest part is that it all avoidable, but the low information voters don´t understand that.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Cleanhousein2012, 1/8/2013 10:36:14 AM     (No. 9104805)

Mr. Kalgan overlooks a complicit Republican Party leadership, either by design or by incompetence, who ends up supporting the destruction on the basis of "compromise", without having an opportunity to weigh the real impacts of what they do. They just go along to get along, with apologists along the way touting their genius to satiate the complainers.

If you believe the news stories, they chickened out of voting for a new Speaker, despite the evidence of Boehner´s discomfort, incompetence in being able to work with zippy.

The despair is because of the recognition that there realy aren´t anymore good guys.s now.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/8/2013 10:41:02 AM     (No. 9104817)

Fracking is wonderful but up to the states on whether it can used. NY decided they needed to rewrite the rules and are still going through a seemingly endless review process. TX decided their rules already covered the process and have doubled their oil production from 1 million bpd to 2 million. OH hasn´t made up their mind. Once you get oil and gas to the surface, you still need to pipe them to market. The feds do have some say in permitting pipelines, so even in TX they have to wait for approvals.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/8/2013 10:45:14 AM     (No. 9104831)

Good piece and not too long - even the inveterate headline-and-intro one graph posters may read it!

#17´s point is good. But if the majority of the voters subscribe to what the Liberals are giving (not selling) them, there could be no pendulum swing.

In the meantime, I am thrilled when Obie and the missus muff it in their own "mediocre reactionary" way. I like to think that each overreach puts another nail in their political coffin.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: yuban, 1/8/2013 10:57:59 AM     (No. 9104876)

Most folk in the GOP need to read this since they will be going down with the Left as well. Some day Conservatives WILL win and the price the Left, and many in the GOP, must pay will be very high.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 1/8/2013 10:58:12 AM     (No. 9104878)

Reality may be on our side, but unfortunately, the dominant, ineradicable characteristic of every left winger is the inability to grasp reality, or, if by some fluke that lefty does suddenly come up against reality, he will immediately ignore and dismiss it, and retreat ASAP to his fantasy world.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: NYbob, 1/8/2013 11:06:33 AM     (No. 9104925)

I ´despair´ because the theory that America has survived worse times therefore we will survive this new direction is not really very comforting. I would rather not see if the interment camps of WWII will be repeated or exceeded. I don´t want to find out what happens if this government decides to surpass the Nazis in their zeal to confiscate every legal firearm. We have had currency crisis before and changed all the money, but not at this scale. The difference this time is now we have a mass brainwashing technology that will gleefully promote every disaster as great TV and it´s audience will clamor for more of the things that created the disaster.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 1/8/2013 11:26:20 AM     (No. 9104976)

The problem Mr. K. is that time is not necessarily on our side for the repair of the damage. Outside forces are encroaching as well as a change in the character of our citizens. Many of the people who vote in this country do not share our heritage and our past spirit means nothing to them. In addition, our press has failed us, and our Congress is not far behind.. oh, have I mentioned our Supeme Court decision on Obamacare?
Under the circumstances, it is a little hard to regroup.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: flhub, 1/8/2013 11:29:38 AM     (No. 9104987)

All this talk about the Liberals overreaching, maybe very valid.

According to Dr.Jean Twenge, noted Psycologist, in her study on narccism,

´In the long-term, what tends to happen is that narcissistic people mess up their relationships, at home and at work, though narcissists may be charming at first, their selfish actions eventually damage relationships."

You can almost see it happening now with this president.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Zumkopf, 1/8/2013 11:49:27 AM     (No. 9105038)

Klavan´s analysis is flawed because it assumes eventual rational action. The universal (over both time and space) response of socialists to the failures of socialism has been to apply stronger socialism. Obama’s re-election is proof of the dominance of that mechanism even here.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: dman, 1/8/2013 1:06:35 PM     (No. 9105218)

Sorry: I,like a few Ldotters above, am not so optimistic.

1. Fracking: If the EPA doesn´t shut it down outright, the rights will wind up with China and other foreign lenders to prop up a weak dollar and stave off collection of a soaring debt. Then the gas will be liquified and shipped overseas.
2. Federalism: A packed SCOTUS will neutralize states´ rights and unbridle the federal behemoth - all in the name of "fairness".
3. Reality: In politics, perception is reality. The media controls perception, and we know which side they´re on.

No, this is no time to take solace. It is time for hard choices what to do next. Our forefathers pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. The graves of the Greatest Generation testify to their sacrifice. What shall be our burden? Are we up to the task?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: absalom, 1/8/2013 1:26:09 PM     (No. 9105258)

Voter fraud was marginal at best. More importantly, R´s controlled the Executive and Legislative Branches of virtually every battleground state! Simply, Romney was a horrendous candidate; feckless, inept and unprincipled. Stone cold reality!!!
Larger point is that the GOP leadership is a DC creature and viscerally hostile to conservatives. Their candidate will always be a lefty jackass like Schwarzenegger, Christie, Romney etc. Until the rank and file grasps this, the GOP will continue to get their kiester handed to them.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/8/2013 1:37:01 PM     (No. 9105285)

Fracking is definitely a very likely game-changer.
Which is a major reason for libnuts and greenho´s to fight it.

The U.S. is and will be the "Saudi Arabia" of natural gas... and soon of oil...
it has long been the Saudi Arabia of coal.

People in the U.S. will quickly get sick of the taxes and regulations of Obamacare.
They will hate the declining quality of life.
They will demand more choices and a vast prosperity.

Liberoids cannot deal with these reactions.
Only conservatives can deliver.

When Obamacare starts its oppressive rule in Jan. 2014, the rotten economy etc will
help us do the traditional thing in the midterm elections.
The party of the incumbent prez loses in the second term midterms.

We will soon own the House, Senate, and probably by 2017 the WH, too.
People who are upset now will enjoy the changes coming eventually for us.

We have a lot of silly doomsday posts continually.
There is no accuracy to them.
Just the usual whining.
Bet a number of them did not vote for Romney.
Look what you reap!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: johngalt1, 1/8/2013 1:46:27 PM     (No. 9105306)

Posters #7 and #17 hit the nail on the head.

#7, Joseph Stalin, who was reputed to have said “The people who cast the votes don´t decide an election, the people who count the votes do” is on the short list of dictators and political strategists revered by leftists.

This list also includes Karl Marx, Mao Tse Tung, propaganda minister Joeseph Goebbels, Saul Alinky, and Richard Cloward/Francis Fox Piven. These people all share at least one trait: they have a talent for knowing how to tear down existing societies, but no clue how to build better ones.

#17, the leftist motto is “Always overreach.” This applies to the size and scope of government, any labor negotiation, expanding people’s “rights” and diminishing their responsibilities, and reducing our ability to defend ourselves as a nation and as individuals.

Leftists will never stop trying to push the boundaries of high taxation, overregulation, entitlements, and socially acceptable behavior, even after they reach the point of unsustainability.

If the leftist motto is “Always overreach,” their anthem is a ballad by Warren Zevon entitled “Laywers, Guns and Money.” The lyrics describe the misadventures of an irresponsible bloke who recklessly keeps pushing the limits.

“Well, I went home with the waitress
The way I always do
How was I to know
She was with the Russians, too

I was gambling in Havana
I took a little risk
Send lawyers, guns and money
Dad, get me out of this”

When the s**t inevitably hits the fan, guess who gets to be Dad?


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Reply 37 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 1/8/2013 3:49:41 PM     (No. 9105588)

The obvious answer to number four is NO. They can´t understand that the majority of tax money has to come from the ordinary folks i.e. The middle class because that is where most of money is.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/8/2013 5:01:00 PM     (No. 9105708)

Lemme see here. Klavan´s argument boils down to "it´s hopeless, but keep on trying." Ooooohkay. I knew there was a reason I turned in my Mensa card.

I´ve officially made my New Year´s Resolution: stop reading conservative bloggers until they get through their Pippa Passes phase.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: smcchk, 1/9/2013 12:54:42 AM     (No. 9106250)

Hic opus Hoc labor est That must be the conservative´s motto!

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Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
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Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a


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