Raging Right Wing Republican

For those of us who are politically informed, and therefore Republican.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Dinesh D'Souza on morality

In my view, the great intellectual challenge facing conservatives is to make the case for morality at a time when many in the West have ceased to believe in an external moral order. The decline of belief in such an order is the most important political development of the past two centuries. Indeed, this decline has created the "crisis of the West." This crisis is simply not one of the "death of God." Rather, as Friedrich Nietzsche predicted, if religion withers away, so does morality. The reason is that religion is the primary source of morality, and therefore morality cannot long survive the decay of religion.

What is the liberal response to this decline of morality? To welcome it, in the name of freedom. That was Nietzsche's response as well. Liberals, like Nietzsche, speak about creating "new values." Some liberals even dream about creating a "new man" free from the traditional impediments of human nature. The liberal commune, based on shared possessions and free love, is one such social experiment. The Nazis and the Communists also tried to create new men and new values, with less benign results.

Conservatives recognize that efforts to change human nature and invent new values are both foolish and dangerous. Conservatives accept human nature for what it is, and are cautious about schemes to alter it. More-over, conservatives prefer to stand by old values while recognizing that they need to be adapted to new circumstances. Our challenge, different from that of conservatives in the past, is to articulate reasons for those values to a society that has lost its moral compass.

(Dinesh D'Souza, Letters to a Young Conservative [New York, NY: Basic Books, 2005], 110-111)

Progressives

Don't let liberals hold a monopoly on the concept of progress. A "progressive," surprisingly enough, is somebody who believes in progress. But what that progress means is different for liberals and conservatives. So liberals are only progressives if you believe that liberal policies are what will bring progress. To a conservative, liberals are not promoting progress, but regress. After all, progress for a conservative is limiting the government to its proper spheres of influence. It's a useless term, except to satisfy the vanity of the one using it.

"How to speak Democrat": A lecture by Rep. Thad McCotter

This is great.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Surprise: Phelps force heckles Russert's funeral


They call themselves protesters, but really, what the heck are they protesting? The guy's dead, do they want that overturned?

Illiberal liberals

Canada is going totalitarian. Apparently freedom of speech is an American concept.

ADDENDUM: A Canadian court overturns a father's punishment for his 12 year old daughter after she refused to stay off the internet. She was talking to anonymous people and posting "inappropriate pictures" of herself online, but apparently fatherly concern in this regard was too much for the good court to bear. We can add parental rights to that list of disappearing freedoms.

Muslims barred from Obama at campaign event

God, he's such a fraud. That's not the Obama I know.

I love how he puts things. "Obama campaign outraged at itself over treatment of muslim women."

Monday, June 16, 2008

Private sector makes oil secreting bugs

That's right: bugs that poop oil. How's that for an "alternative energy source"?

Oil

Liberals say, "we can't drill our way out of this." To that I say: yes, we can. The solution to the high price of oil isn't to seek alternative sources of energy. It's to drill for more oil. Half of the current cost is artificially inflated due to speculation and fears caused by uncertainty about the future. People think that disasters are on the horizon, and that will cause oil to be scarce, so they bid up the price of oil non-stop. Drilling for oil will not only increase the actual supply to deal with the increased demand, but will also serve to put a damper on the speculators who will think twice before bidding the price of oil up again, as it won't be a sure bet anymore.

We already have tons of it just laying around, waiting to be taken. In the Rocky Mountains there are untapped oil reserves with three times the amount of Saudi Arabia. Off the coast of Florida there is oil that China is going take if we don't. Canada has untapped reserves as well. The solution is right in front of us. All we have to do is reach out and grasp it.

You've got a friend in me

Apparently conservatives are nicer than liberals, being more likely to help out somebody in need, more honest, and friendlier. Cheer up, liberals.

It makes sense, when you take into account the fact that conservatives place the burden of maintaining a good society on their own shoulders, whereas liberals outsource that responsibility to the government. Conservatives also place a higher importance on polite society, decor, manners, and so forth, whereas liberals tend to reject that as being untrue to yourself.

It's also my experience that liberals think they are the ones that like people, in contrast to conservatives that hate them of course, but really, every time I hear them talking about something, it's about how backwards, dumb, stupid, racist, etc., etc., they are and wouldn't be able to find their way out of a paper bag if it wasn't for such conscientious liberals to lead their way for them. They just like "people" in the abstract, as a concept, but when it comes to actual people, they hate them. It's only a useful crutch to highlight their own generosity, intelligence, superiority, and so on. Conservatives, on the other hand, recognize that humanity as a whole is corrupt, so the debauchery that surrounds us is only to be expected, but we are able to cherish the actual people in front of us who do not conform to that because of it.

If I had a soda for every time I've heard a liberal complain about this or that being wrong without actually lifting a finger to do anything about it when they were in the position to do so... I'd be in the hospital.

D. C. Stove (1927-1994) on Utilitarianism

That our primary obligation is to increase human happiness, or decrease misery, is an idea only of the last ten minutes, historically-speaking. The human race in general has always supposed that its primary moral obligation lies elsewhere: in being holy, or in being virtuous, or in practising some specific virtue, (loyalty, or courage, for example). An obligation to increase the general happiness has occupied little if any place in most moral systems, whether of the learned or of the ignorant. But for the contemporaries of whom I am speaking, anything morally more important than human happiness is simply inconceivable. You can easily tell that this is so, by asking any of them to mention an example of something which they regard as extremely morally bad. You will find that what they give, in every case, is an example which turns essentially on pain.

(D. C. Stove, "Why You Should Be a Conservative," Proceedings of the Russellian Society 13 [1988]: 1-13, at 9 [italics in original])

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Kill the umpire

This pitcher and catcher must've thought the umpire was making real bad calls to do this. It's supposedly unintentional, but then again it wouldn't be anything else when the guy's considering legal options.

J. W. N. Watkins on conservatism

Once an hypothesis has somehow got accepted into the body of science it should not be ejected without reason. By analogy, a person's moral standards, and those standards of his society which are not at present under fire, though unjustified, should not be discarded without reason. Here, too, the onus is on the critic and the reformer to give us reasons for modifying them.

(J. W. N. Watkins, "Negative Utilitarianism," The Aristotelian Society, supplementary volume 37 [1963]: 95-114, at 104)

Obama quote generator

DO IT.

"You know, there's a lot of talk in this country about freedom. Well I think Americans are tired of the same old independence. Ordinary Americans believe in raging against the machine, they want less achievement, they just aren't sure if their leaders believe in solidarity."

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

ANWR

Huckabee for VP?

He's probably the only viable choice. The drawback is that he's ignorant on economics, but that hasn't stopped Obama.

"When I was a boy, America was a better place"

He's right. Forty years of liberal social engineering and experimentation only to begin going back to what was abandoned.

Death penalty

This is why we have it. Some people are animals and live beyond the borders of the civilized world, and thus do not deserve its protections. It is because we cherish life in our society that we levy the ultimate punishment on those who take it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ludwig von Mises on Romanticism

Romanticism is man's revolt against reason, as well as against the condition under which nature has compelled him to live. The romantic is a daydreamer; he easily manages in imagination to disregard the laws of logic and of nature. The thinking and rationally acting man tries to rid himself of the discomfort of unsatisfied wants by economic action and work; he produces in order to improve his position. The romantic is too weak--too neurasthenic--for work; he imagines the pleasures of success but he does nothing to acheive them. He does not remove the obstacles; he merely removes them in imagination. He has a grudge against reality because it is not like the dream world he has created. He hates work, the economy, and reason.

[Socialism, 1922]

McCain: Hey, let's regulate "extravagant" CEO salaries

Here we go again:
"Americans are right to be offended when the extravagant salaries and severance deals of CEOs ... bear no relation to the success of the company or the wishes of shareholders," he will say, adding that some of those chief executives helped bring on the country's housing crisis and market troubles.

"If I am elected president, I intend to see that wrongdoing of this kind is called to account by federal prosecutors. And under my reforms, all aspects of a CEO's pay, including any severance arrangements, must be approved by shareholders," he will say.
The guy who thought no one would pick lettuce for $50 an hour now thinks he knows how much executives should be paid. Since when is it the government's job to regulate salaries? What a CEO is paid is between him and the company he works for.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Mission accomplished

That ain't no woman, it's a man, man

Why is this person getting called the world's first pregnant man? "He" is not a man. "He" is a she. The fact that "he" is pregnant in the first place should kind of make this obvious. Just because she mutilated her body and attached a plastic member onto her crotch doesn't magically turn her into a man, anymore than some guy taking a meat cleaver to his penis suddenly turns him into a woman.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

You are the weakest link

This Green website shows where the true colors of environmentalists lie, telling children at what age they should die so as not to use more than their "fair share" of the planet's resources. And no, it's not a parody.

How many years do you have? Apparently I should have died when I was 1.4 years old. That's the price for daring to live beyond third world standards! Who do these people think they are? If they're so concerned about keeping the Earth "pristine" and free of the scourge of human life, why don't they start with themselves?

Global warming

A climate researcher asked for his data offers his interesting view of science:
We have 25 or so years invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it. There is IPR to consider.
Oh, right, that's how science is supposed to work: refuse to share your data with potential skeptics so it can be verified. That's how you make sure your research is as accurate unchallenged as possible. After all, if the "data" doesn't show that, gee, the Earth is suddenly getting warmer, it must not be worth looking at.

QUANTUM MECHANICS RESEARCHER: Eureka! I've found the QED formula for making the perpetual motion machine! I'm sending this off to Nature; and I'm getting a big money Nobel Prize; and girls will finally start talking to me.

GLOBAL WARMING RESEARCHER: We have 25 or so years invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it.

Photo of the day

It's almost beautiful in a way.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

World temperatures fall in May

This global warming burns like ice.

If only there were some sort of natural factor that could explain all these variances in global temperatures... it would have to be massive, though. On par in magnitude with our own sun, even.

Pride goeth before the fall...

Here's Karl Rove dishing out his electoral wisdom once again. I think he's off here, though. Hillary's organization came into the game with the same strengths that McCain's has, if not more, and got beat handily by Obama's. Obama has more grassroots support, money, and is building a national organization. McCain, on the other hand, is famously known for looking down on such mundane things as organizing a campaign structure, preferring to lean back on the Bush / Rove organization that failed in 2006.

It's no longer 2004. The Democrats have had time to analyze the Republicans' organizational structures and have caught up. Just playing the same old game isn't going to work.

Kill whitey

There's rumors floating around the 'net that there's a video of Obama's wife going on a rage about whitey. Obviously there's a lot of whispers going around because if it's true it could single-handedly sink his candidacy. But it's not. If it was, it would've been leaked to the media by now. Apparently it's "common knowledge" that it's around for those "in the know," but hasn't been touched. But why would somebody like Hillary just leave something like that sitting around when she could've won?

Even if it was true, the media and Obama's supporters are too deep in the tank for him now to ever consider getting back out. They'll just circle the wagons and we'll find out how racist the people who think such sentiments are an issue really are.

Obama: "This isn't the Tony Rezko I knew"

At this point, is there anybody he hangs out with that he knows?

Science: Hillary lost because she's a woman

Obama's a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn. That's what kind of man he is. She's just a woman with a small brain. With a brain a third the size of us. It's science.