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June 16, 2017


It is not so surprising that there are and will always be morally bankrupt individuals whose selfishness causes them to rationalize their sociopathic tendencies. It is more surprising that their rationalizations are so lame.

But I guess they feel that they don't need to work very hard at doing this. I guess they feel that they can get away with anything. I guess they feel that the false-equivalence tendencies of today's press will simply accept their blatherings as one of the "two sides" to any story.

According to Mr. Needham should we personify packages or fellate philatelists? I just don't get it.

I saw this. Another up-is-downism from the right wing. They never cease to come up with shit like this, do they? This is something another Post writer, Marc Thiessen, would come up with.

I just don't get the P.O. as universal punching bag. I still marvel that a piece of paper can go from my hand in Oregon to my sister's hand in Florida in two days for 49 cents. In my 66 years I have never had a letter lost or even significantly delayed. I can't say that about Amazon. Neither I nor anyone I know has ever worked for the USPS. I'm just a customer who appreciates their reliability and efficiency.

American conservatism is intellectually and morally bankrupt beyond hope of recovery. It sold its soul to Ayn Rand, and now offers glib snidery like this in place of the pretense of even a tissue-thin rationalization for its policies. Does anyone doubt that they would celebrate the deaths of millions of insurance-less people from lack of access to health care? Ayn Rand certainly would have celebrated, and that's more than good enough for them.

John Rogers put the appeal of Ayn Rand's thought into the most telling perspective:

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”

Can we just call modern conservatism what it really is? Nihilism.

That's spot-on, Anne.

The problem is that the mainstream media refuses to do so. Because, you know, "both sides" and that they're afraid that the GOP will call them "liberal" and that's sooooo mean.

That's exactly what it is. No longer the party of personal responsibility, of family values, of national security - just a degeneration into a freak show.

I completely agree and you put it very well. It's a miracle agency. They're so happy to see when it's recognized.

Randianism is the Marxist-Leninism of the right wing. The notion of someone like Paul Ryan being both a Catholic and a Randian is the definition of absurdity; they're diametric opposites. (Give Buckley some credit, as he drummed her out of his conservative movement.)

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." -- John Kenneth Galbraith

To finish this favorite quote:

"...It is an exercise that always involves a certain number of internal contradictions and even a few absurdities. The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor."

From a more political perspective, I just read the "Health 202" at the WaPo. My reading is that the R's don't even have the language of the legislation nailed down yet and are still bickering over it. I had previously thought that this was all done and it was already turned over to the CBO for a score, even if it was a secret kept from Democrats and the press.

But no. McConnell says he wants this done in two weeks, by early July. Sounds like he and they are blowing smoke, hallucinogenic smoke at that.

Think of every job your boss insisted you had to do but you knew it was a stupid idea so you did it half-assed just so you can say you did it. That's Congress and the AHCA.

Count me in on that one. And it's not just the postal service. Back in the day, before I was banned for pointing things out at Crooks and Liars I had one of those exchanges with the infamous Susie Madrak. There was a recall of eggs, you might remember it, because of a dangerous listeria strain they might be infected with. She went on the usual rant about how ineffective the government was, tools of the corporate farming system that they were. So I pointed that within two days they had tracked down about three hundred million eggs for recall. They knew exactly where they had been sent. Those stamped codes on the packages mean something. Want to eat dangerous eggs? Buy them fresh off the commune uninspected at all.

This is what government does, as Lincoln would have it, better than the private sector.

I'm not in favor of violence but some days you just wish nihilists would get what they deserve:

I only wish Rogers had used hobbits instead of orcs, since more non-Tolkien fans know what hobbits are than what orcs are.

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