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Do You Share My View That Cohen’s Ideas Are Symptomatic Of Why Progressivism Must Be Utterly Rejected?

Posted on | September 25, 2010 | 29 Comments

by Smitty (h/t HotAir)

I wish good health and long life to Richard Cohen. Let’s start off in a positive vein, as, turning to the risible pile of false ideas he served up in Tuesday’s WaPo, the opening sentence represents the nicest part of this post.
The title refers to the survey in the right column of the page posing the question “Do you share Cohen’s view that the GOP is ‘unfit to govern’?” Fit to govern, Cohen? Do you really want to go there, after a Democrat brought a comic in on Friday to have his colonoscopy result read into the Congressional record? On the same day where the Civil Rights Commission heard just exactly how little the Democrat party and its political appointees care about the sanctity of elections? Unfit to govern. Allow me to wish good health upon you again, in lieu of expressing a less savory opinion, Cohen.
Moving on to the column proper, “Republicans under a spell”:

Cohen Smitty
Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party candidate from lil’ ol’ Delaware, confesses to have once “dabbled into witchcraft” — a fittingly ungrammatical revelation that not only was to be expected but explains what has happened to the Republican Party. Someone — possibly you know who — has cast a spell on it, and now it has a candidate whose main contribution to political thought or, indeed, the plight of the poor is to have railed against masturbation, which she likened to adultery. Only a spell can explain such thinking. Or she was referring to High School. Of course, you were, no doubt, too busy translating The Odyssey or whatever to have a life, explore, do anything regrettable.
Only a spell also can explain how Newt Gingrich, possibly a presidential candidate, can attribute the politics of Barack Obama to “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior.” Obama allegedly picked up this behavior from his father, whom he knew only fleetingly, which is to say almost not at all, and who has long been dead. This, as Gingrich and others under the spell can tell you, is proof of the demonic power that can come out of the grave, enter the White House (look, the gate-crashing Salahis did it) and pervade the very body and mind of the commander in chief. It’s enough to give you the willies. Look, if you don’t know about Bill Ayers, then what exactly is it that you know, Cohen? The Newt segue is a non-sequitur from your Tea Party starting point. Or maybe Newt trolled you like you troll your readers.
Similarly, only a spell can explain why much of the Republican Party insists on calling Obama a socialist. To apply this label to the very man who saved Big Finance, who rescued Goldman Sachs and the rest of the boys, who gave a Heimlich to the barely breathing banks, can only be explained by witchcraft or voodoo or something like that. It has caused the GOP to lose its mind. Obama did something similar to the American auto industry, saving it from itself. He did not let it fail or nationalize it, as a socialist would have done, but pumped cash into it so that — this is me speaking — it can fail later on. At least give some linkage in the web version to where you think any of these things occurred, Cohen. The truth is that We The People think TARP was a big fat stinking lie, a run on the till by thieves knowing that the economic jig is essentially up, and a payoff for electoral favors done. One way of telling if your opinions are idiotic is whether they are congruent with those of Paul Krugman, the World’s Ugliest Cheerleader. After the election, when we shine a light down the dark hole, we’ll grasp the depths of the falsehood of the current fiscal policy.
The unseen effects of witchcraft are clearly the reason about one-fifth of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim. In fact, as time goes by, more and more people subscribe to this belief — a phenomenon so at odds with logic or rational thinking that the explanation has to lie in the darkest of arts — witchcraft and voodoo. (The GOP does the voodoo that you do so well.) Many other Americans think Obama was not born in the United States but abroad, in Indonesia or Kenya or even Hawaii, which unknown to a lot of people is an American state. (It’s Alaska that’s a foreign country.) The new GOP Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite in Alaska, Joe Miller, answers almost any question by referring to the Constitution. Nothing in it about Social Security, he observed. It also permitted slavery, he fails to observe. Since you bring it up, Cohen, why do you bring it up? Has it occurred to you that bringing it up tends to bring up the number? If you think the idea not worth discussing, then we could at least agree on something. But you insist on bringing this up. Possibly you are in the 20% who feel comfortable making that kind of assertion about another person’s relationship with the Almighty. However, precious few bloggers deign to mention it. The idea seems to have the most traction on the Left. Is that because the Left are the 20% (I doubt that) or the Left feels this is a fine, shiny distractor? Ah, now there we may have something.
This fatuous infatuation with the Constitution, particularly the 10th Amendment, is clearly the work of witches, wiccans and wackos. It has nothing to do with America’s real problems and, if taken too seriously, would cause an economic and political calamity. The Constitution is a wonderful document, quite miraculous actually, but only because it has been wisely adapted to changing times. To adhere to the very word of its every clause hardly is respectful to the Founding Fathers. They were revolutionaries who embraced change. That’s how we got here. [breaking format for readability]

Really, Cohen, really? The oath I swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, is fatuous? The millions who have endured, bled and died for the ideals in that document are “witches, wiccans and wackos”? Would you go on an FSO tour and tell that to the troops, please? Because they would cheerfully tell you that they support and defend your First Amendment right to sound like an utter worm in print, sir. “nothing to do with America’s real problems”, you continue? The very problems themselves are predicated on the ignorance you espouse. Lacking the eminent domain over the individual wallet, an un-elected, un-accountable Federal Reserve to support endless irresponsibility, your ideas, your ilk, are the source of our economic and political calamity. This may help explain your vigorous finger pointing.
“wisely adapted to changing times” when, exactly? Abstract principles like liberty are invariant. Available technology varies over time. The historical truth is that Progressives perverted princiles in ways that may have seemed expedient at the time, but have proven devastating, giving rise to a Ruling Class of incumbents that are currently robbing the country blind in their avarice. Have I wished you long life lately? I sincerely want you to outgrow these moronic ideas and repent of them.
“To adhere to the very word of its every clause hardly is respectful to the Founding Fathers. They were revolutionaries who embraced change.” While I am toeing a pleasant, relatively civil line here, Cohen, I submit that those founding fathers would not. They were revolutionaries against the kind of Ruling Class authoritarianism in front of which you cannot wait to genuflect. They embraced liberty, and, I daresay, have put a bayonette through falsehoods like ObamaCare.
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Cohen Smitty
To hear Republican conservatives at the recent Values Voter Summit was to hear speaker after speaker talk about things that could not be seen and did not exist. One is the so-called homosexual agenda, which has made a political movement out of sexual orientation. This agenda, whatever it may be, must be a mystery to gay conservatives, of which there are several. And so what exactly do you think Harry Reid was recently trying to attach to the defense authorization bill, Cohen? A lousy Hardy Boys mystery? An Archie comic book? Stephen Colbert’s colonoscopy results? One of your columns, insofar as it differs from a colonoscopy result?
O’Donnell is where the GOP has been heading for some time. The party’s leaders have steadfastly refused to take a stand against any idiocy, even suggesting they agree that Obama might not be a Christian. Their intellectuals have supported and advanced the know-nothingness of Sarah Palin. Nothing to them is beyond the pale. This party is not fit to govern. It would support the Joker but not Batman, who hangs too much with Robin. Here’s the deal, Cohen: if the American people agree with you and the Democrats, we’ll know on 02 November. When We The People drive an electoral bus right over the Progressive falsehoods you espouse, my suggestion is that you just retire and go work on a memoir. I’ll give you one last read, as you weep for Socialist Utopia Lost, but then we must truly set about ignoring your useless distractions. You’ll have ceased to be fun, and be just another brick in a wall of false prophets.
So now it has a candidate in Delaware who truly is a career politician. She seems to have no means of support except campaign funds. She supposedly lives in her headquarters, although this is somewhat in dispute. Whatever the case, she has no job and no views worth a moment’s consideration. (She even appalls Karl Rove.) She’s not likely to win, but the way things are going this year, she just might. People are angry. People are mad. The night is dark.
Witch way out of here?
The ~$2 million she raised in a week are a clear sign the correctness of your guage of We The People. Oh, and your guage is broken, Cohen. Your snarky little troll editorial is spent, and my rage at your lousy ideas with it. Truly sad stuff, your ideas. The real work will be explaining to everyone the Progressives have thoroughly rooked the American people. If we had a philosopher’s stone that could turn your distortions and finger pointing into cash, we could afford your Utopia.

You stay healthy, Cohen.


29 Responses to “Do You Share My View That Cohen’s Ideas Are Symptomatic Of Why Progressivism Must Be Utterly Rejected?”

  1. nicholas
    September 25th, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    If Cohen has looked at the broad based rise of public opinion against the massive government expansions and crushing debt we have been buried in, and concludes that it can only be explained by witchcraft, he is as dense as any toad.

    Cohen’s fears for the Republican party are duly noted. If O’Donnell is where the GOP has been headed I’m fine with that. She is talking a lot of sense, is arguing for the conservative position with energy and determination, and all I can say is its about time.

    Cohen can keep his masturbation. I’m sure Christine O’Donnell doesn’t care. The question of cultural decline and the need to take a hard look at what it is we are saying to our kids about the world in which we want them to grow up in are serious questions for grown-ups. If he is smirking and wiggling in his seat, perhaps he are not ready for the discussion. Anyway, it wasn’t directed specifically at Mr. Cohen. He can whip his skippy to his heart’s content, disappointingly pathetic and pointless though it may be.

  2. Robert Stacy McCain
    September 25th, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

    As they say down home, Smitty: Dayum!

  3. smitty
    September 25th, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

    He’s just a tool.

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  5. Mike
    September 25th, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    I wuz gonna say Dayam!!, but ya beat me to it. I’ll just have to be satisfied with linking this post on my little blog. 😉


  6. Adobe Walls
    September 25th, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

    The wailing and gnashing of teeth Nov. are going to fun.

  7. Roxeanne de Luca
    September 26th, 2010 @ 1:07 am

    Or she was referring to High School. Of course, you were, no doubt, too busy translating The Odyssey or whatever to have a life, explore, do anything regrettable.

    You know, between Belvedere going after Volvo drivers and you going after people who have read The Odyssey in the original Homeric Greek, I’m feeling a little beat up on these days.

    Otherwise, awesome post. 🙂

  8. Estragon
    September 26th, 2010 @ 2:53 am

    Dude, you actually read Richard Cohen? Why punish yourself that way?

    I mean, if you are really into that sick stuff – NTTAWWT – you should just see a dominatrix. Their rates are reasonable – so I’m told – and at least the scars they leave heal eventually.

    Of course, the real perverts just read Krugman. Doesn’t bother me – as long as they register like they’re supposed to.

  9. Rich Fader
    September 26th, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Memo to self: Never ever piss Chris Smith off.

  10. Kojocaro
    September 26th, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    B-but she dabbled in witchcraft o’donnell is unelectable althouigh she is down by 8% to coons


    i’d rather have someone who dabbled in witchcraft instead of dabbling in bitchcraft[Heres looking at you Pelosi]

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