“Let them eat ice cream.”

In the 2020-04-19 issue of The Libertarian Enterprise, L. Neil Smith’s column is titled “President of the Future”.   He writes,

Not mentioning the highly significant fact that he was not Hillary Rotten Clinton, that’s why, to the hysterically vocal dismay of many of my fellow “libertarians”, I cast my vote in 2016 for Donald J. Trump, who has consistently made me proud, since then, of my vote, with virtually every decision the man has made. It is what compels me now to predict that, in the 22nd century, Trump will be regarded with the same awe and reverence that the left has always reserved for that worthless lump, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Remember, you heard it from me, first.

This video, posted on Donald Trump’s official YouTube channel, is explicitly positioning him as the “champion of the little guy”, just like FDR.

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Author: John Walker

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21 thoughts on ““Let them eat ice cream.””

  1. I owe Nancy so much.  I, finally, see the light (inside the refrigerator).

    For the record, I am a 60-ish het cis white male college educated citizen of the upper middle class who considers the Republicans to be shallow and incompetent and the Democrats to be capital-E Evil. And I’ve had more than a few finger-wagging fascist wannabes scold me for my alleged “white privilege”, which appears to consist largely of the honor of subsidizing the finger wagging uncomplainingly and enduring their lectures quietly.

    Obviously, my personal characteristics are liabilities in this day and age. So, I have taken steps towards mitigating that.

    Since identity is all, I hereby announce that I am henceforth to be seen and interpreted as an undocumented trans black lesbian disabled furry nonbinary plus-sized Muslim from Ceti Alpha V. My pronouns are “ge, gim, and GFY”.

    And, above all, I now identify as Democrat, which lets me get away with having $24,000 refrigerators filled with ice cream without shame or recrimination.

    All of you reading this: You owe me reparations for your privilege-enabled oppression of me. I accept cash, check, credit cards, and Bitcoin.  Get with it.  Jeni’s ice cream is expensive.

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  2. You know, I don’t know if prior to Trump this type of political ad would have been made. I just can’t see a GOP run by the likes of Mittens and the Bushes an ad like this where they use the intimate settings of a political opponent as a way of demonstrating how utterly vapid and out of touch the Dems are. One thing about Trump, he sure has ripped the mask right off of the bipartisan consensus party that runs DC.

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  3. Robert A. McReynolds:
    You know, I don’t know if prior to Trump this type of political ad would have been made. I just can’t see a GOP run by the likes of Mittens and the Bushes an ad like this where they use the intimate settings of a political opponent as a way of demonstrating how utterly vapid and out of touch the Dems are. One thing about Trump, he sure has ripped the mask right off of the bipartisan consensus party that runs DC.

    Yes, and it solidifies my utter contempt for anyone in the Never Trump category. Trump definitely upset everyone’s apple cart, and they can’t control themselves because they are consumed with hatred and anger. Pelosi really can’t see how people will view this. Also this weekend the WHO put on that ridiculous concert to raise the funds that Trump pulled. I don’t know who would donate to that because the WHO has been totally outed as a puppet of China. These celebrities have sold their soul and they know it. Ricky Gervais was right when he said “If ISIS started a streaming service you all would call your agents”. The mask really is off.

    I have been thinking about forgiveness recently and how important is it. Forgiveness is important, not so much for the person who did you wrong, but for yourself. If you are so consumed with hatred, and animosity, it starts to cloud your judgement and it ends up corrupting you. I see so much of this in people with Trump derangement syndrome. They can’t think outside their own hatred and will do anything or cheer on anything,  that may hurt him, but they end up hurting innocent people instead, making them the evil ones. Which is why I have to forgive these people who are doing all of this to hurt our country, it’s difficult because I get really annoyed with the lies and power grabs but wallowing in despair or anger isn’t helpful.

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  4. We saw “Dairy Antoinette”  at the Metropolitan  Opera, oh maybe 8-10 years ago.  My BMD, who will accost anyone, introduced himself at intermission and started telling her about Clinical Documentation Improvement  to make health care reimbursements more cost effective.  (He was then working for a company in that field.)

    She was eating M&Ms, which shows a certain ideological consistency…..

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  5. Gerry_D:
    She’s up for re-election again this year. That with the reports of double voting high in her district make me wonder.

    She won her last election 83% to 12%.  She’s well-beloved out here!

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  6. Just as the Dems rallied people to the cry of “Wall Street Fat Cats” and “Racists” and “Women Oppressors” for years, they have a glass jaw when a street fighter appears and uses the “Elites Hate You”, “Grifters and Con Men” and the “Globalist Fat Cats” better than they can imagine.

    In order to be an effective populist, you must sincerely identify with the rabble you are representing. The Dems used to but lost that personal identification.

    Trump is effective because he sincerely likes the rabble. He would rather get his information from Sergeants and Shop Foremen, from Mothers and Fathers, from Truckers and Nurses than from the Elites In Their Own Mind (EITOMS)

    You cannot beat the genuine article…

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  7. Mate De:
    I have been thinking about forgiveness recently and how important is it. Forgiveness is important, not so much for the person who did you wrong, but for yourself. If you are so consumed with hatred, and animosity, it starts to cloud your judgement and it ends up corrupting you. I see so much of this in people with Trump derangement syndrome. They can’t think outside their own hatred and will do anything or cheer on anything,  that may hurt him, but they end up hurting innocent people instead, making them the evil ones. Which is why I have to forgive these people who are doing all of this to hurt our country, it’s difficult because I get really annoyed with the lies and power grabs but wallowing in despair or anger isn’t helpful.

    I don’t hate the political class and their useful idiots, and I do forgive their followers for their misguided views. However, I do consider them beneath me. That’s right, I said it: they are beneath me. I look down upon them as moral and intellectual inferiors because they are unwilling or unable to engage their brains in the service of improving the lot of their fellow humans, preferring instead to signal their virtue while sitting on their hands or hiding under their beds. I’m also not too crazy about their callous disregard for the suffering of others.

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  8. drlorentz:

    Mate De:
    I have been thinking about forgiveness recently and how important is it. Forgiveness is important, not so much for the person who did you wrong, but for yourself. If you are so consumed with hatred, and animosity, it starts to cloud your judgement and it ends up corrupting you. I see so much of this in people with Trump derangement syndrome. They can’t think outside their own hatred and will do anything or cheer on anything,  that may hurt him, but they end up hurting innocent people instead, making them the evil ones. Which is why I have to forgive these people who are doing all of this to hurt our country, it’s difficult because I get really annoyed with the lies and power grabs but wallowing in despair or anger isn’t helpful.

    I don’t hate the political class and their useful idiots, and I do forgive their followers for their misguided views. However, I do consider them beneath me. That’s right, I said it: they are beneath me. I look down upon them as moral and intellectual inferiors because they are unwilling or unable to engage their brains in the service of improving the lot of their fellow humans, preferring instead to signal their virtue while sitting on their hands or hiding under their beds. I’m also not too crazy about their callous disregard for the suffering of others.

    Forgiveness gets interesting when we are speaking of political matters.  Many Christians do not see politics as a matter to discuss in terms of repentance and forgiveness.  I was nearly called ‘unChristian’ just last week because I was unwilling to extend forgiveness to political actors who had made bad political policy decisions.

    But political policy decisions have real world consequences, and harm people (especially lower-class people) in ways that policy-makers may not see or care to know about.  Some political policy choices promote self-destructive attitudes and self-destructive behaviors.  There are grave outcomes for many of ‘the least of these’ on account of Leftist policies implemented by “well-meaning” politicians who are more concerned about their posturing than about the results of their policies in the lives of the affected families.  With Wuhan Virus we are seeing the smallest of small business owners getting hit hard by state government policies, with very little action, other than by the federal government, to provide assistance.

    Politicians who make self-promoting policy choices and show no interest in the fact that the outcomes of their policies harm many families  are guilty of moral infractions.  If they see their errors, repent, ask for forgiveness and seek to reverse bad policy choices, then forgiveness should be readily extended.  But I see no repentance, no recognition that the harmful effects are the results of their own policy choices, no request for forgiveness, and no acts that would improve the situation.  I am unwilling to extend forgiveness until something changes.

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  9. MJBubba:

    drlorentz:

    Mate De:
    I have been thinking about forgiveness recently and how important is it. Forgiveness is important, not so much for the person who did you wrong, but for yourself. If you are so consumed with hatred, and animosity, it starts to cloud your judgement and it ends up corrupting you. I see so much of this in people with Trump derangement syndrome. They can’t think outside their own hatred and will do anything or cheer on anything,  that may hurt him, but they end up hurting innocent people instead, making them the evil ones. Which is why I have to forgive these people who are doing all of this to hurt our country, it’s difficult because I get really annoyed with the lies and power grabs but wallowing in despair or anger isn’t helpful.

    I don’t hate the political class and their useful idiots, and I do forgive their followers for their misguided views. However, I do consider them beneath me. That’s right, I said it: they are beneath me. I look down upon them as moral and intellectual inferiors because they are unwilling or unable to engage their brains in the service of improving the lot of their fellow humans, preferring instead to signal their virtue while sitting on their hands or hiding under their beds. I’m also not too crazy about their callous disregard for the suffering of others.

    Forgiveness gets interesting when we are speaking of political matters.  Many Christians do not see politics as a matter to discuss in terms of repentance and forgiveness.  I was nearly called ‘unChristian’ just last week because I was unwilling to extend forgiveness to political actors who had made bad political policy decisions.

    But political policy decisions have real world consequences, and harm people (especially lower-class people) in ways that policy-makers may not see or care to know about.  Some political policy choices promote self-destructive attitudes and self-destructive behaviors.  There are grave outcomes for many of ‘the least of these’ on account of Leftist policies implemented by “well-meaning” politicians who are more concerned about their posturing than about the results of their policies in the lives of the affected families.  With Wuhan Virus we are seeing the smallest of small business owners getting hit hard by state government policies, with very little action, other than by the federal government, to provide assistance.

    Politicians who make self-promoting policy choices and show no interest in the fact that the outcomes of their policies harm many families families are guilty of moral infractions.  If they see their errors, repent, ask for forgiveness and seek to reverse bad policy choices, then forgiveness should be readily extended.  But I see no repentance, no recognition that the effects followed causes related to their own policy choices, no request for forgiveness, and no acts that would improve the situation.  I am unwilling to extend forgiveness until something changes.

    when Jesus said forgive them father they know not what they do, that included the Pharisees who put him to death knowing he was innocent. Right?

    my bigger point I can’t just get angry and despondent. Nor do I want to hate anyone. I can feel contempt, perhaps, pity but I can’t hate. I really don’t know. I just see how hate has clouded so many people’s judgements. Can they see past their own ego or self interest? Maybe they think that,  sure the people can suffer now for better times later once we get better leadership in. Which is probably the case. People would rather rationalize their bad decisions rather than admit the truth. This was just something I was thinking about because I was going to a dark place and needed the God’s Grace to help me through it.

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  10. Damocles:

    Gerry_D:
    She’s up for re-election again this year. That with the reports of double voting high in her district make me wonder.

    She won her last election 83% to 12%.  She’s well-beloved out here!

    Yeah, but in that district the rotting corpse of Che Guevara would have won in a landslide.

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  11. Ace Fungo:

    Damocles:

    Gerry_D:
    She’s up for re-election again this year. That with the reports of double voting high in her district make me wonder.

    She won her last election 83% to 12%.  She’s well-beloved out here!

    Yeah, but in that district the rotting corpse of Che Guevara would have won in a landslide.

    Are  you sure you can tell the difference between that and Pelosi?

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  12. Mate De:
    when Jesus said forgive them father they know not what they do, that included the Pharisees who put him to death knowing he was innocent. Right?

    my bigger point I can’t just get angry and despondent. Nor do I want to hate anyone. I can feel contempt, perhaps, pity but I can’t hate. I really don’t know. I just see how hate has clouded so many people’s judgements. Can they see past their own ego or self interest? Maybe they think that,  sure the people can suffer now for better times later once we get better leadership in. Which is probably the case. People would rather rationalize their bad decisions rather than admit the truth. This was just something I was thinking about because I was going to a dark place and needed the God’s Grace to help me through it.

    I think there is a big difference between spiritual forgiveness and political forgiveness.  This is at the root of the tension in the conversations recently about forgiveness.

    We get tangled up because some political errors are so harmful to families that they amount to spiritual as well as political sins.

    I am not the judge; I am simply called to announce that there is a Judge and that an ultimate Judgement is coming.  The lack of political forgiveness, hopefully, may cause some of the proponents of policies that harm families to reconsider why it is that our side thinks they have gone too far to be able to get along any more.  But they think every rebuke is only a political rebuke, because that is how they operate.  They have turned away from God and adopted politics as their religion.   They are headed in a very wrong spiritual direction.  I wish to see them change direction, both spiritually and politically.

    Also, I have friends that I think are headed in the right direction politically but the wrong direction spiritually.  As much as I can I try to call their attention to spiritual matters.

    The folk who are headed in the right political direction will have less to account for at the Judgement; they have not been actively harming ‘the least of these’ in our midst.

    Ultimately, I think spiritual forgiveness is only going to be available to those ‘with ears to hear’ a spiritual call.

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  13. Mate De:

    MJBubba:

    drlorentz:

    Mate De:
    I have been thinking about forgiveness recently and how important is it. Forgiveness is important, not so much for the person who did you wrong, but for yourself. If you are so consumed with hatred, and animosity, it starts to cloud your judgement and it ends up corrupting you. I see so much of this in people with Trump derangement syndrome. They can’t think outside their own hatred and will do anything or cheer on anything,  that may hurt him, but they end up hurting innocent people instead, making them the evil ones. Which is why I have to forgive these people who are doing all of this to hurt our country, it’s difficult because I get really annoyed with the lies and power grabs but wallowing in despair or anger isn’t helpful.

    I don’t hate the political class and their useful idiots, and I do forgive their followers for their misguided views. …

    Forgiveness gets interesting when we are speaking of political matters.  ...  I am unwilling to extend [political] forgiveness until something changes.

    when Jesus said forgive them father they know not what they do, that included the Pharisees who put him to death knowing he was innocent. Right?

    my bigger point I can’t just get angry and despondent. Nor do I want to hate anyone. I can feel contempt, perhaps, pity but I can’t hate. I really don’t know. I just see how hate has clouded so many people’s judgements. Can they see past their own ego or self interest? Maybe they think that,  sure the people can suffer now for better times later once we get better leadership in. Which is probably the case. People would rather rationalize their bad decisions rather than admit the truth. This was just something I was thinking about because I was going to a dark place and needed the God’s Grace to help me through it.

    It is good that you cannot hate.  It is good to recognize that temptation to anger and hate, and temptation to despair and fear, are not good; these are feelings you are called to resist.  They get in the way of your efforts to spread the Gospel.

    We have to keep striving.  Where we have the luxury of a republic for our government, then, as much as we are able, we should lobby for public policies that do not harm families.  Where we have the luxury of free exercise of our religion, we should live so as to model good behavior in our lives as well as in our expression of worship.  Where we have the luxury of free expression, we should tell the Good News, and we should call out harmful public policies as harmful.

    And much of public policy is harmful.  America pours enormous public tax resources into programs that are so poorly designed that they encourage self-destructive behaviors and have clearly been shown to hinder family cohesion.  This has been going on for so long that both political parties are complicit; though one side is clearly at greater fault than the other.  The thing is, conversations about these bad policies do not stay focused on the policies.  No, anyone who goes to publicly address these bad policies is personally attacked with lies, slanders, whispers, lawfare, and harassment.

    It used to be relatively easy to extend political forgiveness over policy disagreements, and to not consider the political dispute to amount to a spiritual matter.  That was a long time ago.  In the present age of the ‘politics of personal destruction,’ spiritual sins are wrapped up with political disputes.  When spiritual issues permeate political disputes, how do we separate spiritual forgiveness from political forgiveness?  Yet, these are two very different things.

    However much you may struggle with temptations to anger or despair, please remember that, even while social distancing, we are in the liturgical season to celebrate the Resurrection.  Look forward to a bright Resurrection Day.

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  14. Thanks MJBubba for the uplifting words. Also, you are so right about this

    “spiritual sins are wrapped up with political disputes”.

    This is why it is hard to have a rational conversation with some people when it comes to politics.

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