Kristol Ball

Short of Ronaldus dealing with that pesky Cold War spat, Trump’s getting **it done unlike any President I have seen in my lifetime.

Results matter to me. Results are the only things that pay the bills.

I am new here; well I guess everyone is, relatively. Seems many have come from an environment where the folks who voted for Trump (some with their fingers crossed) feel marginalized. Not so much as to the member writing, as there are always a few folks who throw-down representing MAGA, but from the loudest voices coming from the absolutists at Conservative Cruises, Inc.

Kristol, JPod, and the crew seem intent on burning the forest so they can save their one-tree hill. You see, their tree, whose branches drip with the tattered remains of their once widely-respected reputation, is dying. They won’t admit it, but without the largesse of their benefactors, they are no longer viable. Readership is down. Podcast downloads of the once bright conservative stars are down. Conservatism is changing. Not to the media’s described nationalism, populism or alt-right, but to an optimism.

In Celina Zito’s latest book “The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics”  she spent months crisscrossing the Rustbelt canvassing a couple thousand voters and the results were telling.

Far from a fluke, the 2016 election was a product of the tectonic plate-grinding of our society — a backlash against globalism, secularism and coastal elitism.

She spoke with die-hard Democrats who voted for Trump. She spoke to women who were pressured by friends to vote for the first female President but then voted for Trump. She spoke to union workers and small business owners, once all Democrats, who voted for Trump. And to a person, they are very pleased with their decision. They all said the same thing: Trump brings a feeling that things WILL get better. And in 16 months, I think they are being proven right.

Democrats and Progressives have a problem – namely identity politics, raising taxes, increasing the size and scope of government, free speech, and calling anyone who doesn’t tow the line racists, bigots, sexists, etc. But most importantly, no one is listening to them anymore. Calling people names isn’t going to get them ONE more vote.

The neo-con tree’s only source of nutrition no longer comes from its deep conservative roots, but the sprinkled approval by those with ulterior motives; who intend to get one last springtime crop of disdain against this President before poisoning the tree along with the rest of the Deplorable forest.

Useful idiots are only useful for so long.

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15 thoughts on “Kristol Ball”

  1. Mike LaRoche:
    They have no one left to condescend to.

    CNN and the McMuffin contingent lap it up. Noah Rothman, probably the most intellectually honest of the bunch (he at least points to Trump’s achievements), is a daily staple over at MSNBC.

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  2. Mac Allan:
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    Useful idiots are only useful for so long.

    Reminds me of Terry Pratchett: “Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

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  3. Yes, this faction within the party was there for a long time. They just learned to speak conservative values but not to fight for them very hard and never in as  nasty (effective) a way as the left. They forfeited ground so easily. They tacitly acknowledged who was master and in that they promised never to get mad about being second class citizens.

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  4. Thanks, Mac.

    They remind me of the guy who complains about how smarter they are than the guy who got the promotion. They reduce things rather than produce. Buggy whip peddlers who think the horseless carriage is a fad.

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  5. Larry Koler:
    Yes, this faction within the party was there for a long time. They just learned to speak conservative values but not to fight for them very hard and never in as  nasty (effective) a way as the left. They forfeited ground so easily. They tacitly acknowledged who was master and in that they promised never to get mad about being second class citizens.

    https://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/blog/how-the-neocons-destroyed-southern-conservatism/

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  6. Larry Koler:
    Yes, this faction within the party was there for a long time. They just learned to speak conservative values but not to fight for them very hard and never in as  nasty (effective) a way as the left. They forfeited ground so easily. They tacitly acknowledged who was master and in that they promised never to get mad about being second class citizens.

    And yet the one thing and only one thing that they were good at was making some of us feel   like second class people.

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  7. Where would we be without all those useful idiots?

    Probably yacht racing the methane seas of Titan, or building habitats in the Lagrange points.

    Americans used to be the “Can Do” guys and gals. It is good to see the archetype still exists.

    Many people seem to be waking from a slumber of accepting mediocrity in existence, and now see what might be possible.

    WWG1QWGA

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  8. Robert A. McReynolds:

    https://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/blog/how-the-neocons-destroyed-southern-conservatism/

    Explanation of how the Kristol and J-Frauds took their place in Con Inc.

    Sorry for the repeated posts guys, but when I initially tried to post this, I kept getting a message saying that I had been blocked from posting. I was on my phone, but I suddenly got the suspicion that Ratburger had been taken over by Ricochet. Anyway, it looks like things are back to normal.

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  9. TKC 1101:
    Where would we be without all those useful idiots? Probably yacht racing the methane seas of Titan,

    I’ve felt this way since the 1970s, Jimmy Carter time. The engine of progress suddenly was sputtering and stalling, for no acceptable reason. Finally, now, I’m starting to feel some optimism, yet occasionally wonder about what might have been. Oh, those useful idiots.

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