Mitt the Madcap Bully

The story about Mitt Romney being a bully — or engaging in hazing activity — brings up a serious issue (besides whether the Obama campaign will ever discuss “the issues” — as opposed to continuing their “Slander of the Week” strategy as a diversion from the country’s real problems).

The issue is this: whether the press actually believes what they report.

Here’s where I’m going with this: If Mitt Romney exhibited cruelty toward a classmate 47 years ago, the press is implying that he may still be the same guy today (not to realize the game they’re playing by asking this question is to reveal one’s self to be the lawful prey of propagandists).

Presumably those pushing this story must either think he still is a bully (silly on its face) — and that unlike themselves, they think Mitt has engaged in no introspection, maturation, or other indicator of growth as a human being over the last 47 years — or else they they know it’s BS, and are, again, slandering him.

But there’s a way to test whether the press and the left (but I repeat myself) really believes what they say:

The next time Mitt Romney is speaking at a conference, let’s see how the MSM reporters behave. Let’s see if they check each others’ backs for signs Mitt Romney may have placed signs there reading, “KICK ME!”

Let’s see if they go to the men’s room together in teams of two (even the males) in case a rascally Mitt Romney may be in there — waiting — for the opportunity otherwise to give some lone journalist a “swirlie.”

Let’s see if they ever turn their backs on Mitt.

After all, he might give them a wedgie.

via Doug Buck.

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Little Chevy Volt (Sung to the tune of, “Little GTO”)

c. 2012 Doug Buck

Little Chevy Volt — oh no it’s caught on fire;

Three squirrels and a some double-A’s, and some bailing wire

listen to her tachin’ up now,

listen to her why-ee-eye-ine

C’mon and charge it up, start it up, run it down — Chevy Volt

Wa-waa, (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, waa (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa-waa, (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa waa (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa-wa (yeah, my little CHEVY VOLT) Waa, wa, wa, wa, wa, waa

You gotta see her on a road course; she’ll go a quarter mile

She’s just a modified golf cart, but one with plenty of style

She beats the mopeds and the rickshas,

She really drives ’em wi-ee-eye-ild

C’mon and charge it up, start it up, run it down — Chevy Volt

Wa-waa, (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, waa (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa-waa, (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa waa (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa-wa (Yeah, my little CHEVY VOLT) Waa, wa, wa, wa, wa, waa

(solo; key change)

Gonna spend all my money (turnin’ it on —  runnin’ it down)

And buy a CHEVY VOLT (turnin’ it on —  runnin’ it down)

Got a government subsidy (turnin’ it on —  runnin’ it down)

But even so I’m still broke  (turnin’ it on —  runnin’ it down)

Take it out to Pomona (turnin’ it on —  runnin’ it down)

And really let ‘em know (yeah yeah)

That I’m the biggest dork around

I ain’t never gonna live this down

C’mon and charge it up, start it up, run it down — Chevy Volt

Wa-waa, (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, waa (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa-waa, (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa waa (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa-waa (My, little CHEVY VOLT) Waa, wa, wa, wa, wa, waa

Wa-waa, (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, waa (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa-waa, (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa waa (Yeah, yeah, little CHEVY VOLT)

Wa-waa (My, little CHEVY VOLT) Waa, wa, wa, wa, wa, waa

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Justice Ginsburg’s Quote

“I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.”

–Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Me:

Well, human nature being what it is, certain principles will never change. I’d perhaps do some translation, updating, perhaps even tightening — and other tweaking if I were to be charged with the task of drafting a new constitution for the Egyptians or even some extraterrestrial alien race. Ambition always needs to be checked against ambition, as Madison, et. al, recognized.  But I’d look first to our Constitution as a model.

Beware above all, the man who says, “Give me supreme power but for a short time; and I can set the world aright.” Twenty-first Century Man, or any other race, whether here in the US or in Egypt or elsewhere, will eternally have to recon with this immutable iron fact.

The immediate flame of sudden passion, represented by Congress, should ever be checked by the more deliberative Senate. And to check both of them, some body of scholars, represented by a supreme judiciary, insulated from popular passion, is needed to keep the other two branches tethered to terra firma and Law.

Our Founders have already done the background research.

So you know, regardless of the context, I’d simply ask Justice Ginsberg what would cause her to utter such words without irony or at least without qualification. I don’t care if we were talking about a race of Martians.  As for me, I’d look first at our Constitution as a model, for the reasons outlined above, and then I’d ask if the hypothetical race under discussion has somehow managed to transcend human vice and folly — and if therefore they have learned pure disinterested altruism. For without that, the whole damned lot of them will desperately and always need watchdogs aplenty.

Which is my entire point.

ADDENDUM:

Sorry to mention the hypothetical drafting of a Constitution for extra-terrestrials. Just a Newt Gingrich brain fart.

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Romney takes Florida

I’ve been dumping on Newt, and tonight it looks as if the voters in Florida’s GOP primary are dumping on him tonight, too.

I’ll admit: Who has said the most things over the years that have made me want to stand up and cheer (among the current candidates) as a conservative? Newt. Well, why am I dumping on him then?

For the same reason I would have dumped on those who were trying to undermine George Washington after he was driven out of New York and after he had his butt kicked at Brandywine and Germantown. Sure he had crossed the Delaware in a daring raid on Trenton, but what had he done for us lately? Philadelphia had fallen. Meanwhile, Gates had kicked Burgoyne’s butt at Saratoga.

But all of the men who were trying to trying to undermine GW were relatively unstable compared to GW himself, as events were to make plain in due course. But at the time, those looking for fireworks and immediate success may have been tempted to back Gates.

Romney has said some puzzling things, and some disturbing things. And he may be no George Washington. But he seems to me to be the more steady hand on the tiller. And there are more things in life than ideological purity. Like steadiness of the hand on the tiller.

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Tebow vs. Brady

Tim Tebow faces one of his biggest tests tonight as he faces Tom Brady. (I’m writing this before the game so that my comments will be more honest).

Who knows what will happen? We all know Tebow prays frequently and in apparent fervent faith (he prays too publicly for some high-church tastes). But is he praying to WIN? I don’t think most Christian athletes pray to WIN per se. For example: what about the case of two Christian teams meeting on the gridiron, and both pray? (And what about the Civil War?). I don’t think most Texas high school coaches are so dumb that they’d miss the irony of both teams praying for something as crass as racking up more points than the other guys.

It seems, though, that a large segment of the sophisticated secular commentariat understand “the ol’ time religion” not a whit. Judging from the remarks of some, they seem to think that religious athletes simply pray for victory—as if God were some sort of giant vending machine (and if you don’t get what you asked for, well, you apparently didn’t have enough faith).

But surveys show that while a large number of Americans believe in God, only about half believe God helps sports teams win. This shows to me that while there may be some people out there who are a little superstitious, there are many more whose faith is a bit more sophisticated than the snark merchants on the tube realize, and that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in the philosophy of those who look only at statistics and win-loss records.

Actual religious Americans—and I’m assuming, based on his erstwhile comportment that this includes Tim Tebow—hold a different view. They believe that they should pray to God before any significant challenge or contest, not so that God would make them win—and not so that God would make “the heathen” look foolish—but so that God would be glorified. God could be glorified in a loss, for example, depending on how his servants conducted themselves. After Tebow’s humiliation at the hands of the Detroit Lions on October 30, 2011, for example, Tebow did a great service to his creator and to the game in his mature and magnanimous conduct, including his generous comments afterwards toward those who mocked him (he was utterly free of bitterness). Who, then, was the real victor: the Lions, who are now out of the playoffs? Or Tebow and the Broncos, who are now still alive deeper into the playoff schedule? Even if he had lost last week, though, Tebow has been conspicuously faithful, and such faithfulness and the fruits of such faithfulness are among the chief objects of prayer.

Tebow could be humiliated tonight in worldly terms. But my guess is that he has not prayed for victory as much as that his God be glorified. Even a humiliation could be a victory, as it was on an infinitely larger scale at Golgotha.

Somehow I think Tim Tebow’s prayers will be answered tonight, regardless of the score.

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Ron Paul

Here is my view of Ron Paul:

The MSM afraid of Paul, the GOP establishment is afraid as well. Paul’s emphasis on first principles has been bracing and inspiring — as has been his defense of basic constitutional liberties. He has earned the attention he has received, and although he may never be president, we are all better off if we decide to think seriously anew about why his message has resonated with as many people as it has.

Having said that, much of liberty-loving America is suspicious of Paul, because they fear that he would be insufficiently vigilant to signs of emerging threats from abroad. After all, we do need to keep sea lanes open, to keep the oil flowing, to secure the conditions necessary for free trade peaceably to take place. This is not to say we need to be as grandiose in our foreign policy aims as was Bush 43. I don’t see why, for example, we need to build a hospital in Iraq just so some insurgents can blow it up, so we can then rebuild it. But we do need to be mindful of the old aphorism about how, “you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you” — often misattributed to Trotsky — but we could update this saying to reflect the truth that “Foreign Policy” may at some point become interested in You (Think 12/7/41).

But Paul’s popularity has been an overall positive, in my view. He has made many people rethink first principles — the Constitution, economic freedom, etc. And his support among the young has been heartening to see. But it may be RAND Paul — rather than Ron Paul — who may eventually break out some day.

As for Jon Stewart, who recently “praised” Paul, he’s pretty effective at exposing the fatuities of the GOP establishment, but he’s left of center and therefore no friend of liberty.

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TEBOW

I want to say something about Tim Tebow, and I was ready to write this before I knew he would win tonight.

Whether anyone agrees or disagrees with his public displays of religiosity, he practiced what he preached on October 30, 2011 after the Lions’ Stephen Tulloch sacked him and then immediately mocked his “Tebowing” gesture.

Tebow at this point could have resorted to anger or bitterness, as most modern public figures—sophisticated egotists and ironists that they are—would do. As most of us would do, probably, being too hip ourselves to imitate Jesus. Instead, what Tebow actually said was, “He was probably just having fun and was excited he made a good play and had a sack. And good for him.”

We’re all used to media portrayals of phony Christians. When a prominent public figure is caught in some humiliating moral failure (and usually that person has run out of other options), we often hear about a religious conversion that we then—reasonably—suspect as being too convenient to have been sincere.

And Tebow himself has arguably complicated matters (See, e.g., Matthew 6:6) with his public displays. But when a man has a choice between vindictiveness and magnanimity, and chooses the latter on religious grounds, I have to give him credit for religious sincerity.

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