Goldberg defends the Deep State

Not much doubt who the cuckservatives serve anymore. And it isn’t America:

The deep state is the right’s new bogeyman.

I’d wager that until fairly recently, few people had ever heard the phrase. I’d also bet that roughly 99 percent of those who fling the term around have no idea that it’s borrowed from Turkish politics.

The idea of a deep state, or “state within a state,” is that there are undemocratic forces within the permanent bureaucracy, the military, and the intelligence services who pursue their own interests rather than those of the people or the agenda that voters desire.

Depending on the country in question, deep states are not only real, they are sometimes as devious as people fear. At various times in the history of the Soviet Union, the secret police ran the government and the Communist party for its own benefit.

In the democratic West, the civil service and other bureaucratic institutions often accumulate enough power and arrogance that they see themselves as immune to the desires of voters or politicians. Prior to a few years ago, some people would call this sort of thing the “deep state,” and depending on the context, that was fine.

But now it’s become a partisan talking point in defense of almost everything President Trump does. It’s a warrant for widespread paranoia and hysteria. People talk as if we live in a Jason Bourne or James Bond movie, with secret deep state organizations plotting to overthrow the government or something.

In fairness, Jonah is a bona fide expert on the Deep State since binge-watching the British TV series of the same name this summer. The thing that is particularly stupid about his defense of the imperial bureaucracy is that “Deep State” is just a name that applies to a phenomenon that everyone has known existed since Yes, Minister first appeared on British television in 1980.

It’s not a canard, it is a well-confirmed phenomenon, and it is at war with the legitimate Presidential administration.

Everyone sees through conservatives now

The Babylon Bee goes for the conservative jugular:

Local conservative man Patrick Porkers thrashed liberals Tuesday for supporting policies that he himself will support in just five years.

From medicare for all and a wealth tax to free college and canceling student debt, the conservative systematically dismantled every policy liberals support, though he’s going to cave on every single one of these just a few years from now.

The man says he’s staunchly opposed to how fast progressives are changing things and prefers the conservative approach of changing the exact same things but just on a little bit of a delay.

“Liberals are ruining this country,” he said, shaking both his head and his fist. “They go and put forth all these radical ideas that will destroy the fabric of our society. Sure, I end up conceding ground to the libs and supporting policies I would have found appalling just five years ago. But I’ve got to be the voice of reason here and caution everyone against the very ideas I will come to agree with a short time from now.”

The important thing is that no one can call him racist. No one would be happier to vote for a black conservative than him! No one! And the second most important thing is that no one can call him anti-Semitic either. He not only believes in the Judeochristian values upon which America and Western civilization were founded, they fly an Israeli flag in the sanctuary at his church!

His virtue is impeccable.

The downfall of conservatism

A conservative laments the betrayal of the conservative media and establishment conservatives who have been exposed by President Trump in Human Events:

What had happened to my heroes?

I understand their objection to Trump’s style—three years ago, I myself was put off by it—but style is nothing when measured against substance. Here was a president advancing their agenda—our agenda—didn’t that mean something?

Establishment conservatives were tokens, allowing liberal elites to pretend they were objective when they were fully intent on transforming American society.

At first, I attributed their open mutiny to pride. Pride is human, and prideful men often make for sore losers.

But now, after ample time to recover from their humiliation, the persistent whining from establishment conservatives has exposed a very ugly truth about our former “leaders.” The George Wills and Tom Nichols of the world were always more interested in self-promotion than advancing conservatism.

Before President Trump’s explosive entrance onto the political scene, mainstream conservatism was somewhat tolerated by gatekeepers in the media, academia, and the arts. My heroes were nuisances to America’s increasingly liberal institutions, sure, but no real threat to the progressively progressive status quo. Establishment conservatives were tokens, allowing liberal elites to pretend they were objective when they were fully intent on transforming American society.

But Donald J. Trump was a different animal altogether, one who refused to kowtow to the cultural norms of American political theater. His frank and straightforward style was intolerable to liberal puppet masters who had spent decades corralling Republicans and forcing them to play nice.

Establishment Republicans have built entire careers out of playing nice. And it shows.

The threat of banishment from cocktail parties and university lectures—over Donald Trump of all people—has been enough to force much of the right’s pundit class to toss aside their ideals to preserve mainstream acceptance.

Three years later, it’s this cadre of tamed conservatives who are lending their efforts to the left’s never-ending coup against the President.

I am ever so pleased to have resolutely refused to ever describe myself, or allow others to describe me, as a conservative. I trust my reasons for having done so are now eminently clear to all and sundry.

And it’s good to see more and more former conservatives seeing the light about the intrinsically false nature of their pseudo-philosophy and its nonexistent principles.

Gay pirate abjures 1st Amendment

Rep. Dan Crenshaw violated his oath to the U.S. Constitution:

Congressman Dan Crenshaw suggested that criticism of Israel should not be protected under the First Amendment during an event last night. Crenshaw was asked about federal laws that demand contractors in America sign a pledge that they will not boycott Israel.

The audience member also drew attention to a law passed by the state of Florida which prohibits anti-Semitism in public schools and universities throughout the state but is written to conflate “anti-Semitism” with criticism of Israel.

“These laws are obviously flagrant and troubling violations of the First Amendment to free speech,” said the questioner. “Will you honor your oath and denounce these laws here, now and forever?” Crenshaw was asked.

Crenshaw immediately accused the questioner of “cloaking yourself in the First Amendment” as an excuse to engage in “vehement anti-Semitism.”

It’s official. The U.S. Constitution is anti-Semitic. It’s time to choose whom you will serve, conservatives.

Another Magic Dirt fail

Forget the ladies room. Conservatives couldn’t even conserve the English language in the United States:

A record 67.3 million U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home, the latest sign of the growing influence of immigrants on American culture. Census Bureau data shows that homes that do not speak English first grew seven times faster than those that do.

The data, analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies, found that in the top five American cities, an average of 48{62ab1aa1c9bbf26d4ecd8ff258d6add50bdc3525a10ec2edc8651c8fba22c204} speak a foreign language at home, mostly Spanish or Chinese. And in 90 major cities, more than half speak a non-English language at home.

The analysis said, “The Center for Immigration Studies finds that 67.3 million residents in the United States now speak a language other than English at home, a number equal to the entire population of France. The number has nearly tripled since 1980, and more than doubled since 1990. The growth at the state level is even more pronounced. All language figures in Census Bureau data are for persons five years of age and older.”

Key highlights from the newly-released analysis:

  • In America’s five largest cities, just under half (48{62ab1aa1c9bbf26d4ecd8ff258d6add50bdc3525a10ec2edc8651c8fba22c204}) of residents now speak a language other than English at home. In New York City, that figure is 49{62ab1aa1c9bbf26d4ecd8ff258d6add50bdc3525a10ec2edc8651c8fba22c204}; in Los Angeles, it is 59{62ab1aa1c9bbf26d4ecd8ff258d6add50bdc3525a10ec2edc8651c8fba22c204}; in Chicago, it is 36{62ab1aa1c9bbf26d4ecd8ff258d6add50bdc3525a10ec2edc8651c8fba22c204}; in Houston, it is 50{62ab1aa1c9bbf26d4ecd8ff258d6add50bdc3525a10ec2edc8651c8fba22c204}; and in Phoenix, it is 38{62ab1aa1c9bbf26d4ecd8ff258d6add50bdc3525a10ec2edc8651c8fba22c204}.
  • Nearly 22{62ab1aa1c9bbf26d4ecd8ff258d6add50bdc3525a10ec2edc8651c8fba22c204} of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home — more than double the 11{62ab1aa1c9bbf26d4ecd8ff258d6add50bdc3525a10ec2edc8651c8fba22c204} who did in 1980.

But don’t worry. These New Americans would totally respect the Constitution and the Federalist Papers if they had any ability to read them.

Jonah Goldberg, advice columnist

Fortunately, the God-Emperor is very unlikely to take the suggestion of a former Republican Smart Boy turned professional cuckservative:

In l’affaire Ukraine, the president is guilty as charged. And the best strategy for him to avoid impeachment by the House and perhaps even removal by the Senate is to admit it, apologize, and let voters make their own judgment. It’s also the best way to fend off a disaster for Senate Republicans.

The president is accused — politically, not criminally — of trying to force the Ukrainian president to tar former vice president Joe Biden with an investigation into his alleged “corruption” in exchange for the release of military aid and a meeting in the Oval Office. I believe a plain reading of the rough transcript of a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky supports the charge. So does testimony from the top American diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, as well as several other Trump appointees and aides, including Tuesday’s testimony from Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council staffer who listened to the phone call. There’s still due diligence to be done, but it seems implausible they’re all lying.

Common sense also works against the president. If Trump were sincerely concerned about Ukrainian corruption, why has he never expressed similar concerns about corruption anywhere else? And, why, if the issue is Ukrainian corruption generally, did the Trump administration focus on the alleged corruption of a single Ukrainian firm, Burisma, where Biden’s son sat on the board?

Assume guilt. Demand apology. Increase pressure. Sounds… familiar. It’s really remarkable to see how much cucks pattern their behavior these days on SJWs. It’s really impressive to see how desperate the God-Emperor’s enemies have become of late.

The terror of the cucks

They are beginning to realize that cucking will not save them. No one will ever be safe from SJWs. Not even if you’re a card-carrying liberal academic who votes Democrat and whose life purpose is to address inequality:

Earlier this month, Ascend, the high-performing Brooklyn charter-school network, fired its accomplished founder and CEO, Steven Wilson. What had Wilson done to deserve this? Not much.

Wilson, a school leader with decades of experience, a onetime senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the author of two books on school reform, became perhaps the most visible victim to date of charter schooling’s worrisome turn to politically correct groupthink. Woke enough to declare that his life’s purpose is “addressing education inequalities,” he nevertheless dared to talk frankly about third-rail questions of educational rigor and excellence, and paid the price.

This past summer, on June 4, Wilson penned a blog post titled, “The promise of intellectual joy” that appeared on Ascend’s website. Wilson argued that “democratic” education must strive to “grant all students the knowledge and faculties of mind that had once only been afforded the elite.” He lamented that intellectual pursuit is today too often seen not as a democratic birthright, but as an elitist affectation.

Wilson fretted that values such as “objectivity” and “worship of the written word” had been dismissed as “damaging characteristics of white supremacy culture.” He said there was a “growing risk” that efforts to make schools more “diverse, equitable, and inclusive” could “be shamefully exploited to justify reduced intellectual expectations of students.” Schools must find ways to make clear that “intellectual pursuit” and “especially intellectual joy” are good for all students, of every race and background. If we fail to do that, Wilson argued, “The distinctly American project of equal opportunity will continue to be thwarted.”

One might find all this all to be anodyne enough. Yet, in the progressive-driven culture war that has consumed charter schooling, Wilson’s lofty sentiments were grounds for angry attacks. Soon after the post appeared, a group that labeled itself “Friends of Ascend” started a petition on that sought to “hold the CEO of Ascend Public Charter Schools accountable for white supremacist rhetoric.” The petition insisted that Wilson’s post contained “offensive and oppressive content that . . .  propagates destructive messages about the community that Ascend serves.”

A few months after the petition surfaced, Ascend’s board reviewed Wilson’s “record,” and he was fired.

Wilson isn’t someone who merits defending; this is clearly a case of a man reaping what he has sown. The point is that if even someone with his unquestioned left-liberal credentials is being targeted for discrediting and disemployment, what hope do you have of being left alone?

They fear us

And they fear us more than we fear them:

I’m one of the lawyers who writes Terms of Service for software companies. We try to make these Terms as short and clear as possible, because if we don’t, it means people either won’t use the products or they may sue the company, both of which are terrible results for the company. I’m always amazed by the questions suggesting we’re trying to sneak in some sort of clause saying that if you use the product, you agree to give us your left kidney or whatever. All we’re trying to do is give you access to free or affordable software products and not get sued for the way you choose to use them.

However, it’s not hard to understand why the converged software companies run roughshod over everyone when they keep seeing people react to deplatformings like this.

“I explained to them that I live in a city with 60,000 homeless people and that they are about to make me and my wife join their ranks.”

The extent to which this guy fails to understand the actual situation almost defies understanding. Conservatives staunchly refuse to understand the “war” part of “cultural war”. He simply does not grasp that forcing him and his wife join the ranks of the homeless would be considered a feature, not a bug, of the deplatforming process.

Few of even the most converged corporations would risk these “terrible results” if they had any cause at all to expect them as a possible consequence of their actions.

Ace of Spades abandons neoconnery

It’s certainly taken long enough, but conservatives are FINALLY beginning to see through the neoclowns:

When I was younger and less experienced — and had seen less war — I was a big believer in the Rumsfeld Doctrine, “if the problem seems unsolvable, enlarge it,” that is, don’t chew about the edges if chewing about the edges doesn’t solve things, but go for the whole sandwich if need be.

I also believed the empty Neocon slogans about appeasement and Hitler and Clinton “just kicking the can down the road” in Iraq.

The empty sloganeering went like this: If we don’t permanently solve our diplomatic/military crises once and for ever, then we’re just “kicking the can down the road” and deferring problems until later.

But watching the Iraq and Afghanistan (and Libya and Syria) fiascoes, I’ve now come to understand a few things:

First, it is extraordinarily difficult to “solve” massive societal problems in foreign fucking countries. The cancer in Middle East states goes right down to the bone.

We haven’t managed to rid America of the Communist Delusion after one hundred years. And we think we’re going to cure Islam of Islamism?

It may be simply impossible to “fix” such things, and even if it is theoretically possible, it might take far more wasted men, severed limbs, and pallet-fulls of money than we are willing to spend.

Second, Americans are a bit mercurial in matters of war: They are occasionally keen on it, but quickly tire of it.

We have now had a pretty firm trial run of how many years of war America is willing to tolerate, even if offered terrific provocation (such as 9/11). The answer turns out to be “three to four years, maybe.”

Hell, even the liberal wing of the War Party — the Neocon NeverTrumpers — began calling anyone who proposed additional screening for Muslim travelers an anti-American racist within three years of 9/11.

Which brings me to the third point: Wars must be sharply limited in goals, with clearly defined victory conditions and a firm exit strategy, and must not be permitted to endlessly mutate new goals and thus new end-points.

And we must not “nation build.”

There is no question of how “it may be simply impossible”. It is impossible and it has always been impossible and those who have pushed for it knew that from the start. It won’t be long until conservatives finally start NOTICING and understanding why the neoclowns have been incessantly pushing for permanent war in the Middle East. Which, of course, is why the Alt-Right – which is to say the Post-Conservative Nationalist American Right, however you want to label it – has always been inevitable.

Of course, it could take longer than one would expect, because conservatives are almost terminally stupid.

It’s absurd. It’s already been tried and it already failed. Shall we keep on doing it, then? I think I’d rather just eat the whole sandwich and invade Iran.

Because that’s supposed to be less absurd? Since Ace has apparently just discovered military history, perhaps he will follow my suggestion to read about a little historical episode known as “the Sicilian Expedition” and a concept called “imperial overstretch”.

Smells like old pajamas

Cuck Central is live! All they need to do is add Rod Dreher and they’ll be set:

Former National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg and Steve Hayes of the now-defunct Weekly Standard have launched a conservative media company called The Dispatch.

“We aim to make The Dispatch a place that thoughtful readers can come for conservative, fact-based news and commentary that doesn’t come either through the filter of the mainstream media or the increasingly boosterish media on the right. Importantly, we want to build a genuine community, with regular engagement between those of us who work here and the readers and listeners who will pay our salaries,” Goldberg and Hayes write on the company’s website.

Visitors to the site can choose to read content for free initially or purchase a “Founders Membership” for $1,500, which provides a lifetime membership and other perks including “priority access to meet-ups, events, conference call with top staffers” and “access to robust members-only discussion room.”

“Everything will remain free for the next few months. Early next year, we’ll begin charging $10 a month or $100 a year for membership,” Hayes indicates in an email to new subscribers.

The publication’s newsletter will debut on Wednesday, Axios first reported on Tuesday.

National Review’s David French will also be joining The Dispatch as senior editor, the news outlet added.

According to Axios, The Dispatch will launch with a full-time staff of eight. It has reportedly raised $6 million from investors ahead of its debut.

It’s a blog. A six-million-dollar group blog. I wonder how long it will be before that $6 million from investors is converted into a loan. And it won’t surprise me if  it doesn’t have as many page views as this totally free blog does.

You always know a publication is going to be full of tedious squishes when it advertises itself as “thoughtful”. Because they spend a lot of time thinking very hard about how to be absolutely certain that no one can call them racist.