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Friday, November 23, 2012

The Stupid Party

From iSteve: GOP announces foolproof plan for winning elections:
House Republicans still smarting from their poor showing among Hispanics in the presidential election are planning a vote next week on immigration legislation that would both expand visas for foreign science and technology students...
QED, Republicans can't even pander to Hispanics correctly since, as Sailer points out, it's not like Silicon Valley and the universities are clamoring for all those Meso-American Ph.D.'s to cash in on their patents and Nobels up here. Of course, as one commenter notes, Congress is doubtless just getting warmed up.

This "natural conservative" bloc of Hispanics voted for Obama at rates of 70% and more (around 60% in Florida, where the Hispanics are more Cuban). I wouldn't count on Hispanics jamming the county offices to register Republican once they hit US soil. In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say Republicans will never win the presidency again. They split the white vote by roughly 55-45, everybody else is a Democratic lock, and that's that. Republicans are done as a national party.

(Speaking of which, this quadrennial exercise apparently cost six billion dollars, and if you're a Democrat, the only places you really have to bother campaigning are Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. All that for them? Remind me again why I should vote.)

Now is the time for some serious Republican thinking outside the box, right? Just like all that neo-conservative soul searching after John McCain had his tent packed by 8 p.m. on election night in 2008. True to form, the party's Deep Thinkers have responded by weeping great tears over their failure to prostrate sufficiently before Hispanics and everybody else who never votes for them.

To the extent they remain the "conservative" party (highly doubtful, and definitely not libertarian!--don't even get Lindsey Graham started), Republicans should be giving thought to the war outside electoral politics. The Democrats adopted Gramscian methods early on, and have been incubating Democratic voters and opinion-makers in the academy, government and the clergy since at least the 1950's. Over at Mangan's (where no respectable Republican would be seen), the idea is raised, why not defund the Left?

1. Check rapacious intellectual property law. Big IT, Big Music, Big Publishing, Big Media and Big Hollywood, all anti-conservative and more often than not, anti-American, are subsidized heavily by ridiculous patents, near-perpetual copyright, draconian anti-piracy, etc.

2. Make student loans dischargeable in bankruptcy. A thousand gender studies departments expire. Tenured Marxists discover their true value as Starbucks baristas and vet-techs. We'll all be better off.

3. Unbundle Big Cable. MSNBC, the anti-male Lifetime, Oxygen, WE, SyFy and others can chase female viewers on their own merits. For that matter, nationwide wi-fi, so men can free up disposable income to browse their favorite hate-sites.

4. Tax the rich. They are globalist, fund huge, toxic, tax-exempt foundations, and absolutely despise the American middle class.

5. Regulate Wall Street. And the Fed. Open market operations and the primary dealers network are the reason government can rack up trillions of dollars in debt-financing for destructive social engineering schemes. Let Wall Street crumble--you take public monies, you can dance to the public's tune.

Of coure, it won't happen. That would be sharp practice, unfair, not cricket, not Queensbury-rules, kill the economy, hate, whatever.

10 comments:

Scotsman said...

Not sure about the taxing the rich part. Years ago I read a study on who actually votes Republican, and one of the consistent groups was the old rich, ie the old established American families including the northeast WASPs and descendants of Southern aristocrats. But not many of these families are into politics any more. When was the last time you heard about an Adams running for political office? The Roosevelts (Teddy's branch) all seem to be college law professors now.

It would be interesting to see what categories 'the rich' could be divided up, and not just on tiers of financial worth.

Maybe its only a certain kind of rich that is bad. (Rothbard used to say that the rich connecting to finance were inherently bad no matter what, for instance) I havent looked into it much so Im not completely sure.

Scotsman said...

I also agree about IP law.

It's amusing to hear the 'Pirate Party' Scandinavian types rant about how right wing IP law, when the organized left has always been one of the strongest supporters of draconian IP schemes.

I have to say I dont agree with the abolishment of copyright law like Lew Rockwell and CO are now pushing.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Years ago I read a study on who actually votes Republican, and one of the consistent groups was the old rich, ie the old established American families including the northeast WASPs and descendants of Southern aristocrats.

Kind of like how Britain's Lords used to occasionally shoot down Blair's more mad schemes.

As you note, the old families in the US seem mostly to have withdrawn from public life, and not just in politics. Dynastic decline, disenchantment or cynicism; I don't know.

Maybe Georgia could offer a kingship to Prince Harry.

elvisd said...

A thousand gender studies departments expire. Tenured Marxists discover their true value as Starbucks baristas and vet-techs

I'd say this ad about nails it.

Visibilium said...

WSJ's Strassel wrote a nice piece about why the Repubs received less Hispanic support than usual. Maybe showing a localized interest would make sense. I rarely like Strassel's stuff, but this article was thoughtful.

As a Randian, I supported IP in a knee-jerk fashion, but then I made a conscious effort a couple of years ago to discuss this issue with Stephan Kinsella over at Mises Institute. IP (like the Post Office) is in the Constitution, and getting rid of it is a nonstarter. Narrowly defining it, on the other hand, may accomplish a similar end.

IanH said...

Am I the only one who is starting to really dislike The American Conservative? No sooner is the election over than Ron Unz starts rambling about how this wonderful diversity will mean an end to war. Now today they've got Bruce Bartlett with an absurd screed whining about how nobody buys his books and saying that the GOP should start reaching out to blacks. And worst of all the comments were filled with liberals who loved it.

I'm tempted to quit that site for good.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

The Unamerican Conservative
The Emasculated Conservative
The Deracinated Conservative

Yes, that site drives me up a wall. Rod Dreher may be salvageable.

Conservatives, generally polite people with a strong sense of fair play, cannot admit the obvious. Democracy in America is becoming zero-sum, tribal politics and whites are the only ones playing by race-neutral rules.

SixtusVITh said...

I'm glad to see someone else has thought about using IP law to break the "culture" industries. This is one of the places where genuine right wing thinking overlaps with the more populist elements of the left.

Joseph said...

if you're a Democrat, the only places you really have to bother campaigning are Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

15 years ago I was an aide in the Ohio General Assembly and it was a source of annoyance that Ohio was generally a federal "donor state" sending $1 to Washington to get 80¢ back as opposed to Cali sending $1 to get $1.2 back...

15 years later I am a new Cali resident (moved 13 months before election) and people here asked if I had considered voting absentee in Ohio where my vote "was needed".

That's funny to me!

lannes said...

One of your more brilliant essays.