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Wrong Litmus Test

Posted on | March 3, 2013 | 16 Comments

by Smitty

Sorry, Mickey:

You’d think the rule that should govern pundits is “if it’s a deal within the bounds of reason, and a net plus for the country, it’s good. If not, it’s not.”

No. It’s still “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Not buying any squishy re-phrasings with ambiguous, who/whom “net plus for the country” verbiage. Liberty. It’s what we want for breakfast, and these Progressives can just get plowed for all I care.

via Instapundit


16 Responses to “Wrong Litmus Test”

  1. t1m3w4v3z3r0
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    RT @smitty_one_each: Wrong Litmus Test #TCOT #TGDN

  2. JohnInMA
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Long gone are the days of compromise. Those days may be as historic as the days of liberty being the top concern in DC.

    However, in my outlook, in the days of compromise there was at least a better than zero chance that beneficial actions would come about. By actions, I’m referring to new laws or even in rare cases to modify laws (repealed? almost never). And by beneficial I mean to the advantage of any citizen’s liberty. Now the primary goal is to inflict as much damage on the other party as any decision might. If we can revamp the welfare state under a liberal president, other actions improving liberty should be possible. Not under this vindictive WH and its willing party members. All of their actions since 2010 seem to be focused exclusively on the next election.

  3. McGehee, a.k.a. Scribe of Slog
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Both parties.

  4. Kevin Trainor Jr.
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Kevin Trainor Jr. liked this on Facebook.

  5. Adjoran
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    Judging by the invited and uninvited to CPAC, some animals are more equal than others.

  6. DaveO
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    Kaus made 3 errors: he did not define the ‘bounds of reason,’ what is reasonable, and ‘good of the country.’ There are many who believe a murderous autocracy is reasonable and good for the country.

  7. Bob Belvedere
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    We have not seen compromise be worthwhile since the time before Progressivists entered politics. Before this Leftist Cancer gained influence, men on different sides of issues shared the same core values and disagreed over methods. Once the Left became a ‘player’ in politics any – any – compromise with this alien, anti-American philosophy meant that the lovers of freedom and liberty lost a little ground. Compromising with Evil results in a gain for Evil and a granting of legitimacy to it.

  8. K-Bob
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Well, as long as your murderous autocracy is run by the right sorts of people, it could probably work.

    That’s how the left would see it.

  9. K-Bob
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    Picture if you will, two men, struggling for control over an airplane that is in a steep dive. One is trying to continue the dive, one is trying to pull up the aircraft to avert a terrible crash.

    Where is the compromise between these two men?

    We have reached such a point in our history. With the left, compromise is no longer possible. Anyone in a leadership position fool enough to believe otherwise must be retired, and quickly.

  10. K-Bob
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    Well stated, Smitty!

  11. DaveO
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

    Exactly. Obama’s mentor, Ayers, plotted the murder of 23-25 million Americans. Obama’s de facto Chief of Staff, Valerie Jarrett, loves Mao for whom 23-25 million dead was called ‘Monday’s work.’

  12. Quartermaster
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    A murderous autocracy is just peachy if I’m the autocrat.

  13. JohnInMA
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    I get your point when it comes to debt and deficit. But I still find it hard to put every possible opportunity to compromise into that analogy. Even if a compromise results in reducing deficit spending by, say 20%, it is still better than not.

  14. K-Bob
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    Yeah, but they had their chance to pass GOP bills in the Senate. Several times. And nobody has the balls to cut spending on either side.

  15. K-Bob
    March 3rd, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    Heh. It can be a fine system. Until you get old enough to need a successor.

  16. K-Bob
    March 4th, 2013 @ 12:58 am

    Ayers also wanted re-education camps. What a waste of oxygen that guy is.