Andrew Klavan Memorial Head for an Orange Winner, Week 3: October 20, 2016

The Nobel Committee for Literature

You’ve got a cushy job at an institute funded by an endowment and there are many thousands of great writers in all the nations of the Earth writing brilliant works every year. All you have to do is pick one. You don’t have to write a great literary work, or choose a great literary work to publish, or even critique literary works. Other people do all those things for you. All you have to do is select one. If you really want to be lax you could spend less than an hour a year on the task and still get it right, or close to right most of the time. You have one of the easiest jobs ever created by man, and you didn’t even have to create it. Even that was done for you.

But that’s not good enough for you. You are going to show the world just how much more clever you are than the hundreds of those who have come before you and you’re going to make a statement! Good on you, Nobel Prize for Literature Committeemen and women! The prize isn’t about great literature. Nor is it meant to honor those who produce great literature. You have shown the world it’s really all about you!

To quote a previous Nobel winner, “Not with a bang, but a whimper.”

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The Vote Farm

Dem Voters

Conservatives are often confused by the arguments of Democrats, since to a logical person they appear to be a baffling, tangled mess of inconsistencies, hypocrisies and outright contradictions. These include, but are certainly not limited to:

-Referring to themselves as “pro-choice” because they support abortion, while wanting to limit our personal freedom when it comes to education, religious expression, self-defense, nutritional and health choices, what products we can buy, and so on.

-Putting their own millions in tax shelters, while insisting that everyone else “pay their fair share.”

-Being vehemently anti-war, unless there’s a Democrat in the White House.

-Claiming to care about women’s rights because they support abortion and free birth control, while refusing to support any other rights for women, voting for candidates who abuse women, and treating female Republicans like dirt.

-Claiming to care about minorities, while leaving them to wither on the vine in failing schools and crime-infested, poverty-stricken communities in every Democrat-run city in the country. And of course, treating black non-Democrats with about the same level of respect that blacks could expect from white Democrats on plantations 200 years ago.

-Demanding that middle-class and poor people sacrifice jobs and quality of life in order to combat global warming, while flying in private jets and living like royalty themselves.

And so on. (Feel free to add your own in the comments – the examples are pretty much endless.)

But I submit to you that none of these are contradictory, for one simple reason: the Democratic Party is not a political party, not really. Hasn’t been for decades, since at least the LBJ administration. A political party is, to put it simply, a group of people who come together to promote a particular ideology through political power. The Democrats do not meet this definition, strictly speaking, because they have simply dispensed with the ideology and skipped straight to the power. You need to understand one basic thing about the Democrats, and once you do, their many seeming contradictions and hypocrisies will make perfect sense.

The Democratic Party is not a political party. It’s a vote farm.

That was probably an inevitable turn of events. It’s the party of big government, after all, so by definition it attracts people who love power. And people who love power really only value one thing: more power. Sure, they may tell themselves that they are doing it all for some vague greater good, but at the end of the day it’s as Orwell said: “power isn’t a means, it’s an end.” The current party leader, Hillary Clinton, embodies this philosophy to the very core of her being. Willing to say or do anything to climb ever higher up the rungs of power, she believes in nothing and will change her beliefs on a dime to please her constituents. Because you see, the Democrats don’t really have constituents. They have a crop of voters that they occasionally sprinkle with lies, scare tactics and taxpayer-funded freebies to keep them on the farm.

Over the last half-century, the Democratic Party has morphed itself into a self-perpetuating vote creation machine, designed to keep itself in power, and nothing else. They will say and do whatever it takes to win, and they couldn’t care less if that means being hypocritical or contradictory. They don’t care if their arguments are consistent because the point isn’t to be consistent, it’s to do whatever it takes to stay in power this week. They don’t care about violating their own principles because they have no principles, only power. They don’t care about the fact that their big government policies never work and cause only harm, because making people’s lives better is not their goal, power is. They act like they’re the Democrats in “The West Wing”, when actually they’re the Democrats in “House of Cards”.

This is in contrast to their liberal base, which actually does believe in something – statism – and which the Democrats are more than happy to exploit, but they embrace leftism only because it’s the easiest way to obtain the power they crave. If the entire country moved to the Right politically, the Democrats would gladly become more conservative than the GOP in a heartbeat. Whatever it takes to keep winning elections.

It wasn’t always that way, of course. The party used to be about something, and exemplified by bold, patriotic leaders like FDR and Harry Truman, who loved Americans and protected us from both enemies abroad and what they considered unfair working and living conditions at home. They were misguided big government-loving hypocrites, but at least they believed in something. The last Democrat with any principle was John F. Kennedy, whose presidency ended abruptly in 1963 when he was murdered by a deranged Marxist for not being far-left enough. (The left to this day has refused to face up to that reality, and they continue to concoct absurd conspiracy theories to blame Kennedy’s death on right-wingers.)

Since then, the Democratic Party has slowly but surely purged itself of any leaders that actually believe in anything. Both parties have their own establishments, but the difference is, the Democrats are the establishment. There is nothing else. Sure, they occasionally trot out a crazy socialist dinosaur like Bernie Sanders and hold him up to energize their base like a slab of meat being strung up in front of a starving dog to keep it salivating and compliant, but it’s all for show. To understand how the Party got there, let’s go back to JFK’s death.

Kennedy’s successor, the racist and vile Lyndon B. Johnson, laid down the template for all future Democrat leaders to follow when he famously expanded the welfare state as part of his Great Society programs. Unlike FDR, who genuinely (but incorrectly) believed that his New Deal programs were helping people, LBJ created the welfare state solely for political reasons, to win over the black vote. He explained his reasoning thusly: “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”

That last sentence sums up the modern Democrat philosophy perfectly: hand out just enough Free Shit to create a reliable voter base, but don’t do anything to actually make anyone’s lives better. And it’s worked like a charm. Blacks have reliably voted Democrat in the 80-95% range ever since, despite remaining mired in poverty and crime in Democrat-run black communities for generations, a permanent underclass. LBJ’s policies destroyed the black family, substituting Uncle Sam for the black father, and a whole generation of black Americans growing up in broken homes was the result. How’s that been working out for us all? (Because it’s been working out great for Democrat politicians.)

Blacks are only about a tenth of the national population, though, so Democrats need to keep giving out more and more freebies to expand their voter rolls with other groups – further expansions of the welfare state, increased minimum wage, free birth control, and most recently the unholy mess known as Obamacare, which has been a disaster in its stated goal of improving the healthcare industry, but has been successful in its true goal, which is to get people more and more dependent on the government, and get us a step closer to single-payer. How many people will vote for less government once we’re all depending on it for our healthcare? It’s ironic that Democrats are such anti-capitalist liberals, because in their hearts they understand the basic truths of capitalism: that people respond to incentives, and will usually do what’s in their own best interest. They understand this aspect of human nature fully, and use it to trade Free Shit (paid for by the taxpayers) for votes. (President Obama, who bragged that getting more people on food stamps was a success story of his presidency, certainly understands it.)

This is also the reason why the only “rights” Democrats want to support – nontraditional marriage, abortion, birth control – are not in our founding documents. They weren’t endowed by our Creator, but were invented by leftists and granted by the government, which means the government can take them away whenever it wants, so you’d better start voting for more government if you want to keep them.

Of course, Free Shit isn’t enough to keep the voter rolls as high as Democrats need them, as it’s also human nature to want to break free of dependency and better one’s station in life. Despite Democrats’ best efforts, this is still a land of opportunity, and people who break out of poverty into the middle and upper-middle classes don’t need the Democratic party anymore, and stop voting for it. So they used an even more powerful and harmful weapon to create new supporters: identity politics. They used the concept of political correctness, given to them by the socialist Frankfurt School, to stifle debate and keep the country divided. If you’re not familiar with the origins of political correctness and how it is used as a political tool by the Left, do yourself a favor and take 13 minutes to let my hero Bill Whittle break it down for you:

With this weapon, Democrats (or more specifically what Andrew Breitbart called The Democrat-Media Complex) have spent decades turning us against each other and keeping us ever more divided. Rather than living in an age of E Pluribus Unum, as a nation of individuals pursuing our own interests, we are instead living in the age of the New Tribalism, divided along demographic lines.

Again, happy and self-sufficient people don’t vote Democrat, so they must infantilize Americans, turn us into helpless, child-like victims of someone else’s oppression that need a politician to ride in on a white horse and rescue us (in return for our vote, of course.) So they convince us that we can’t succeed, that we’ll never make it and shouldn’t even try, and it’s always some other group’s fault.

-You’re a racial minority? Well, your problems are because of racist white supremacy. (Even if you’ve never experienced racism yourself, guess what, you’re still a victim of unprovable “microagressions” and “white privilege”.)

-You’re a woman? Then you’re a victim of The Patriarchy, who is keeping you down with their pay gap and their rape culture.

-You’re LGTB? Well, America is full of homophobic bible-thumping rednecks who want to hang you from a tree. Here, we just threw a Christian baker in jail for not baking you a cake, remember to vote for us in November!

-You’re poor? Well, that has nothing to do with your life choices and there’s no way for you to pull yourself out of poverty, because the 1% has rigged the game against you.

-And if you’re a straight, rich, white male who doesn’t fall into any of those categories? Well, here’s a big heaping helping of guilt for a bunch of stuff you didn’t do! And the only way to resolve that guilt is to vote for more government, more taxes, and more regulations. (And if that doesn’t work on you, it’ll definitely work on your kids when you send them to a liberal-run university.

But keeping us divided and resentful is just the beginning. They also use political correctness as a shield against criticism, stifling free speech and accusing their opponents of bigotry (or whatever character assassination charge they can come up with), making sure that alternative viewpoints are either never heard or never seriously considered.

The effect is an unspoken agreement between Democrats and their supporters: we’ll “fight” for you helpless victims against all those evil Other Americans and give you the Free Shit you need to make it, and in return you give us your vote, every election, without fail. (This is why Democrats are so incredibly enraged at conservative women and minorities – not because someone disagrees with them, but because the programming didn’t work on them, and that means one less person signing that unspoken agreement and helping to keep them in power.)

Using these two tools – Free Shit and political correctness – to dupe people into becoming mindless voting drones has allowed the Democrat Vote Farm to operate very effectively, year after year, without its leaders actually having to do a single positive thing for their constituents. And the best part (for Democrats) is, it never, ever stops. It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, reaping votes and burning our taxpayer money as fuel. After an election is over, Republicans stop campaigning and go back to their jobs, but Democrats don’t. Regardless of whether they win or lose the election, they get up the very next morning and keep right on farming, sending out their union armies and left-wing activists, contacting their media and pop culture allies to start gathering votes for the next one. And if they can’t dupe enough voters to win, they’ll simply import them or invent them out of thin air. That’s how they beat us, you see – they simply never stop. They focus all their resources on winning at the ballot box, while Republicans are busy trying to actually get things done. They are the Terminator to our John Connor – powerful, relentless, and mindlessly hyper-focused on destroying us.

That’s the bad news. The good news is, I believe we can beat them at their own game, and we can do it without being corrupt or abandoning our principles the way they do. Tomorrow’s post will be about that.

*Disclaimer: I know that some of you will read this and think, “But the Republicans…!” Yes, the GOP obviously has an establishment also (*cough* Mitch McConnell!), but the difference is, that establishment doesn’t define us the way it does the Dems. As much as I dislike the man, the very fact that Republicans nominated an inexperienced, unpolished outsider like Donald Trump proves that we are not beholden to that establishment – otherwise our candidate would be Jeb Bush right now – and the fact that we are fighting a civil war over Trump proves that we actually have principles.

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