Why I Call it the “Thing that Used to Be Conservatism”…

…is nicely captured in this comment from fellow Chestertonian Deacon Nathan Allen, who writes: Anyone who uses the words “conservative” — or “liberal”, for that matter — in the context of American political discourse ought to be asked what exactly they mean by that word. Most of what is called “conservatism” these days has nothing [Read More…]

As the Boy Who Cried Wolf Discovered…

…when you scream “HITLER!” every time something doesn’t go your way, you wind up having people making making fun of your rhetoric: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor [Read More…]

Nutjob secessionism is not welcome here

So to demonstrate that our gun culture is perfectly rational, the conversation in my comboxes regarding Federico Lombardi’s common sense remarks managed to turn, rather quickly, toward fantasy scenarios about secession from the Union.  Nothing says “engagement with reality” like fantasy scenarios about violent revolution.  And all because of a couple of mild proposals made–reluctantly–in [Read More…]

Nudging the Thing that Used to Be Conservatism Toward Treating with Reality

After watching the spectacle of readers trying to justify/deny the latest eruption of ObamaHitlerStalin freakoutery in my comboxes (on today’s menu of rationalizations: 1. The Left does it, so it’s okay when we do it. 2. Drudge is read by Lefties too, so it’s not expressing a very popular view on the Right. 3. This [Read More…]

Santorum Continues Remembering Everything

…and learning nothing–and his most zealous supporters continue to be discernment-free partisans of the Thing that Used to be Conservatism who think that wearing precious feet pins confers the sacrament of baptism on every crazy war-mongering thing he says. The GOP has a choice in the coming years on foreign policy: it can become more [Read More…]

The Bourbon GOP

Remembering everything.  Learning nothing: “In the debates and in sweeping rallies across the country, Mitt Romney captured the imagination of millions of Americans.”  – Some Romney functionary, doubling down on the epistemic closure bubble Screw prolifers and become a more effective corporate tool while throwing candy and a pretence of caring to disregarded minorities, like [Read More…]

Over at the American Conservative…

Bruce Bartlett describes his experiences trying to break into the epistemic closure bubble of the amazingly delusional Thing That Used to be Conservatism. It’s oddly reminiscent of accounts of deprogrammers working to bring people out of the grip of a cult. The Thing that Used to be Conservatism, both in his account and in my [Read More…]

Andrew Bacevich…

…who has personally paid in blood for the adventurism of chickenhawks among the Ruling Class and the militarism of the Thing that Used to Be Conservatism, loyally loves his country and offers some ideas on how to recover a conservatism that conserves: In recent decades, the Republican Party’s version of conservatism has emphasized three major [Read More…]

It may come as a shock…

but I tend to be idiosyncratic, colloquial and casual in my speech when I blog.  I know.  If you need to lie down for a while as that reality sinks in, I understand. Anyway, because of this, I toss off little coinages for various ideas under the assumption that a regular reader will generally understand [Read More…]

Well that didn’t take long

Somebody wrote to emotionally defecate on me: “so how do you feel now, Mark, knowing that you helped reelect the Butcher of Kenya? you are the traitor here, and no one else. I sincerely hope you repent before you die. The supreme court will be the biggest death panel in the history of the world, [Read More…]