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Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes & Toxic Conservative-Celebrity Culture | National Review

Moreover, the degradation to our culture far outweighs any short-term, tribal political benefit. The message sent when conservatives rally around the flag to defend the indefensible is exactly the message the Democrats sent so loudly as they continued to prop up the Clinton machine through scandal after scandal. Only winning matters. Ambition is everything. Political movements are about personalities, not ideas — so you’re left with the political equivalent of warring mafia families in which the highest value is loyalty, and the ends always justify the means.

Jamie Dimon on Trump, Taxes, and a U.S. Renaissance - Bloomberg

I think it’s a reset moment for how businesses are going to be treated: 145 million people work in America; 125 million of them work for private enterprise; 20 million work for government—firemen, sanitation, police, teachers. We hold them in very high regard. But you know, if you didn’t have the 125 you couldn’t pay for the other 20. Business is a huge positive element in society. But for years it’s been beaten down as if we’re terrible people. So I think it’s a good reset.

Quotation of the Day... - Cafe Hayek

Not only will power still, in practice, be exercised chiefly by a small cadre of individuals – who by this very reality will be, or will inevitably become, elite – the fact that the power that is exercised by the state will be no less, and perhaps more, than is the power that is exercised under the system displaced by populism means that the the poison remains.

Misty Callahan

But why "fact-check" anymore when fiction make you feel good? We have become, as a culture, more obsessed with feeling right than actually being right.  Which is good for the ego, but it's not good for soiciety in general. If we only accept that which appeals to our biases, or our feelings, it creates echo-chambers or emotional enclaves that reason can not penetrate. When you get to a point where reason nor reality can penetrate the psyche of an individual, at best at best you're dealing with denial, at worst, a delusion. Both can give way to a mob-mentality which, historically, is often detremental to society.

Shirtless Trump Saves Drowning Kitten - MTV

But at some point, the American right — starting with the non-alt version, the one before the one we just elected — took another look at the postmodern critique of the linguistic basis of virtue and tumbled absolutely spinning into love with it.

Donald Trump's Victory is a Victory for Populism | PJ Media

Donald Trump is Theodore Roosevelt's true successor. He's charismatic, has a sense for style, knows how to play the media, and he believes in the power of government to do good. To him, the problem of the last eight years wasn't that President Obama made the government bigger than ever before, but that his policies and the folks he put in charge were "stupid." That's populism in a nutshell: the idea that government can do much good by being active and involved in the economy, but that politics has to be taken back by 'the people.' His wasn't a battle against Big Government, but against The Elites. And he has won that battle decisively.

Queen Elizabeth Gives Orders to Hillary - WSJ

But having failed to get its way in Congress or the courts, the left wants to use the regulatory power of the SEC to cut off corporate support for the Chamber of Commerce, trade associations and other groups that oppose more taxes and regulation. The idea is to impose heavy reporting requirements on business—but not on labor unions—for providing financial support to groups engaged in public debate. Left-wing activists will then take the information and use it to beat up CEOs or boycott companies that donate.

The case against esoteric Trumpism

But the esoteric case for Trump is only possible because Trump is so obviously a buffoon, a bluffer, a kind of living cartoon. The only way people with a certain kind of dignity or intelligence can convince themselves that he would make a worthy president is through an elaborate form of self-delusion. The esoteric case for Trump is just that, a form of hypnosis.

Donald Trump's theory of love

And whether it's Hillarynomics or Ivankanomics, the core belief at work here is that social insurance must everywhere and always be a government-supplied or mandated benefit.

Our Republic Doesn’t Need Imaginary Flight 93 Heroes

The aggressive toadies that drop all pretense of persuading and skip straight to the bullying. The glassy-eyed, delusional enthusiasts so obviously enamored of The Big Guy to the point of disengaging their rational faculties. The laughably transparent Big Guy shtick, obviously calculated to make an all-too-human personality look like a modern-day Hercules. Above all, the efforts to paper this over with a lot of frenzied flag-waving. Not Uzbek flags this time. American flags.

Sean Hannity Will Own a Share of Any Trump Defeat - Bloomberg View

Hannity, then, owns a share of any Trump defeat. If it’s narrow, the result will in part be the effect of his failure to make a persuasive case for the Republican nominee or to get him to run a better campaign. If it’s big, it will mean that helping Trump in the primaries as much as Hannity did was an invaluable contribution to the Clinton campaign. But who owns Hannity? Nobody forced conservatives around the country to listen to him. If other conservatives in the media, including those who oppose Trump, thought he was a hack who people should ignore, they -- we -- did not say so. Maybe we should have.

Tom Morello takes on 2016 election with Prophets of Rage group; 'We couldn't remain silent' - Washington Times

“There’s that cliché: If voting really matters, they’d make it illegal. If some candidate ran on a platform of decentralizing the banks, abolishing the IMF and a zero-tolerance policy for war crimes, then they would not allow that.” “I do vote, and I will continue to vote until Trump takes the vote away from black people again,” said the guitarist, the son of an Kenyan revolutionary who fought against British colonialists in the 1950s.

That Confusing Berning Sensation - Story

Take comfort in this: most Bernie Sanders Millennials didn't know what they were voting for. Test Millennials yourself. Ask them, “What Wisconsin businesses would you like the government to own?”  They may be confused because they have been taught that Socialism is good, but not what Socialism is. A credible conversation points out that Socialism replaces individual liberty and choice with government decision- making. Historically, Socialism has failed and is currently causing humanitarian crises in places like Venezuela, Brazil, and Greece.    The Millennials are the most diverse generation our country has ever seen. If we can educate them on what Socialism is, then the rejection of this growing Uber-riding, micro-brew drinking, choice-loving group of consumers will be “swiping left” at Socialism's one-size-fits all policies.

Trump and the World: What Could Actually Go Wrong - POLITICO Magazine

But America First won’t strengthen America. It will alienate friends and embolden rivals. In the process, it will badly damage U.S. commercial interests. It will undermine the institutions that the U.S. and its allies created from the ashes of World War II and which continue to extend U.S. international influence into the future. It will cast grave doubt on what America stands for. A Trump foreign policy will undermine U.S. exceptionalism, the consensus-based conviction that America will fight for more than its self-interest and is therefore worthy of emulation. That idea has sustained plenty of damage in recent years. It will sustain more. But the biggest risk posed by a Donald Trump foreign policy is that he will destroy this worthy aspiration once and for all.

White House admits it played us for fools to sell Iran deal | New York Post

Samuels makes clear, Rhodes and Obama believe they’re the only sensible thinkers in America and that there’s no way to get the right things done other than to spin them. “I mean, I’d prefer a sober, reasoned public debate, after which members of Congress reflect and take a vote,” he tells Samuels. “But that’s impossible.”

Sen. Warren: My Opponents Keep "Saying Whatever They Want About Washington Policy Debates" | Cato @ Liberty

It’s unsettling, to start with – as critics were prompt to note – that a powerful Senator should seek legal consequences for private actors whose “predictions” in Washington policy debates “prove to be inaccurate.” Predictions about effects are the standard way of arguing about public policy – one side predicts, say, that a certain change in policy will cause a slowdown in business or make some good more costly, the other side predicts it won’t, and eventually we find out who was wrong. Pundits, social scientists, and Senators themselves regularly offer predictions that prove wildly inaccurate, yet ordinarily without legal as distinct from reputational consequences.

Is the US having a populist moment? - The Boston Globe

The irony of all of this is that we know, or should know, that populism doesn’t work. In the part of the world where constitutions have repeatedly failed to keep populists out — Latin America — it has been tried again and again, both by the right and by the left. Bankers get arrested. Tariffs get imposed. Border fences get built and sometimes fought over. The result? Visit Venezuela.

Representation: Edmund Burke, Speech to the Electors of Bristol

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

Christian Schneider - Republicans shouldn't give up on cities

It's a mistake for Republicans to treat cities with smarmy derision. America is not, as Thomas Jefferson had hoped, an agrarian society where individuals live off the land. Trash-talking cities simply feeds the perception that Republicans are averse to culture, diversity and progress.

The book every new American citizen — and every old one, too — should read - The Washington Post

“A presidential election in the United States may be looked upon as a time of national crisis,” Tocqueville writes. “Long before the date arrives, the election becomes everyone’s major, not to say sole, preoccupation. The ardor of the various factions intensifies, and whatever artificial passions the imagination can create in a happy and tranquil country make their presence felt. . . . As the election draws near, intrigues intensify, and agitation increases and spreads. The citizens divide into several camps, each behind its candidate. A fever grips the entire nation. The election becomes the daily grist of the public papers, the subject of private conversations, the aim of all activity.”

Making Peace With President Trump | The Daily Caller

Is it a surprise that a society that values symbolism over substance would enthusiastically support an entertainer? Not if you’ve ever seen Idiocracy. My point is that, in America, we generally get what we deserve. That’s how I made peace with Barack Obama’s election (and re-election), and it’s how I’m grappling with Donald Trump’s continued popularity.

The team behind 2016’s most outrageous viral videos | MSNBC

We’re “speaking to the Internet in the way it wants to be spoken to,” Johnson told msnbc, explaining that he strives to create content that balances “Wow, I’d like to see that” with newsworthiness. “Yes, it’s cooking bacon on a machine gun,” Johnson said of the Cruz video, “but also on a very rich level it says something on his stance on the Second Amendment.”

Hillary vs. the Wisdom of Crowds - WSJ

Capitalism will never be heaven, but to imagine that America’s trouble is not enough rules, that the tax code is not complicated enough, that its distortions are not distorting enough, seems insane.

The Wisconsin Targets Tell Their Story - WSJ

I’ve been in or around politics for two decades and I would have thought this happens in other countries but not the U.S., and not in Wisconsin. In this country, we don’t leverage the justice system to punish our political opponents.

Primary Amnesia - Jeff Greenfield - POLITICO Magazine

So when we read stories of staff shakeups, awkward answers in an interview, balky sound systems at rallies or the scandal of a candidate’s traffic tickets, it might be worth asking: Who are these stories for? Is this ever-expanding cottage industry of political journals more about informing the public—which has every rational reason not to be paying attention at this point—or more about ourselves? And if we’re convinced that we’re informing a broader electorate than those who watch C-SPAN 2 for erotic arousal, shouldn’t we be accompanying such coverage with a new warning label: “Caution: What You Are Reading Will Likely Have No Impact On What Happens In 2016.

The Federalist's Big Month

Liberals generally under President Obama have sought to govern the country as they would a big city – installing policies which regulate to the nth degree the actions, property, and choices of Americans. But we are seeing here a different and more damaging strain of the left emerge in the latest stage of the culture war – one that seeks to govern the nation as if it were a college campus. In their childish view, society is a hermetically sealed environment totally controlled by authority, and when the assertion of traditionalism itself is nothing more than a giant trigger, rights to speech, association, religion are subject to permission.