atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6938: The last politics post until Friday

Because Thanksgiving is not a day for politics.

Shut the fuck up, you leftist asshats, and let us enjoy the holiday. Of course they can't stand American traditions, and nothing makes them feel more powerful and superior than fucking up a nice holiday for everyone by splattering their leftist diarrhea all over the dinner table.

They don't realize how childish, churlish, and asinine they come off as, and I suspect they don't really care, either.

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"Today progressives tell us that we must not offend new arrivals with our Christmas traditions."

To which I say, "Fuck off." America is predominantly Christian. If you don't like it, do not come here.

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Anti-American asshat Colin Kaepernick is radioactive. Kaepernick has two problems. First off, he's just not all that damned good at playing football. He's a pro-level player, but there is a hierarchy even in that rareified territory, and he's nowhere near the top of it. I'm not going to say anything negative about his skills, but simply assume he's a median-level professional football player, because his actual prowess at the game has nothing whatsoever to do with why teams won't hire him. There's nothing wrong with being an average professional football player; as I said that's pretty rareified territory. A very exclusive club.

If Kaepernick were the best damned quarterback the sport had ever seen, he could might get away with being an anti-American piss-head. But he's not; he's a mediocre player, at least among professionals. The fact that he could clean up against even decent college players is true of everyone who wears an NFL football uniform...and many people who do not, who don't make the cut simply because there are better players out there than they.

The second problem is that the adulation given to him by the left has given him a big head, making him think he is a lot better and more important than he actually is, and more prone to thinking that his unemployment is due to his race rather than any other factor. He thinks it's because of discrimination--racism--that he's not playing pro football. As if NFL teams ever failed to employ black players who could, you know, play the game at the pro level.

But it comes down to simple economics. His antics cost the NFL as a whole a lot of money, many times his annual salary. And because there are many more pro-level athletes than there are NFL slots to fill, teams can afford to bypass him for unknowns who play just as well as he does (if not better) and who don't come with the enormous political baggage he does.

Being signed by Nike for his endorsement was the worst thing that could have happened to him, because it validated his political stance and further allowed him to think of himself as a victim of racism rather than someone who made some very, very poor choices about when, where, and how to voice his political opinions.

All the leftists just loved the shit out of him for doing it, but leftists don't own football teams and don't go to football games and don't buy football paraphernalia. He's grandstanding to their cheers, and enjoying their adulation, but that doesn't pay the rent.

I don't think anyone's surprised that no pro team is interested in hiring him. What team wants to take the hit in ticket and merchandise sales that hiring him all but guarantees? When hiring him is otherwise like hiring any other median-pro player? He's not going to ensure you win any games, but he sure as hell will ensure you don't fill stadium seats.

As I said, he's radioactive. And it's all his own damned fault.

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The only thing congress is doing is investigating and trying to impeach President Trump. They're not getting anything else done.

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The left will now be saying that there's something suspicious here and it must be investigated so President Trump can be impeached for it. Obviously, they will say, Trump had the guy killed and it was made to look like a suicide.

The same people will say this with a straight face even as they deny that the Clintons had anything to do with the death of Vince Foster. Or Jeffrey Epstein. Or....

[insert "Arkancide" list here]

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Sarah Hoyt is confident that the pendulum is swinging the other way.

Heck, I could have told her that. It swung left for decades; now it's time for it to go the other way.

The interesting part for me is the bit about how the USSR financed communist revolutions. Remember that asshat from the other day, things we had the USSR to thank for? Remember that bit about "home-grown" revolutions? Yeah.

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The fact that this happens does not make me feel good. And it's not just one party, either.

For a long time, I've had the feeling that the GOP and the Democrats worked out a deal where they trade places in the executive branch every so often. GOP for two terms, Democrat for two, and so on, subject only to the vagaries of a still largely-uncontrolled voting process, one in which one party can tamper but not too obviously or on too large a scale.

I went to a Republican caucus in Iowa in 2000, and I was surprised when the vote went for Bush. I honestly wonder what it was like in 2016 when Trump got the nod? Were the precinct captains (or whatever they're called) surprised and annoyed by it then?

Trump didn't go through the process, starting at the bottom and working his way up; he just declared for President and won it. And I think much of the never-Trump GOP is unhappy because they can't control him the way they can control those that were captured early on, as is the case here.

Vox Day's last paragraph is the telling point of all this:

Keep this in mind if you're tempted to accuse people of being jealous of those who are wealthier, more famous, or more successful. I can only speak for myself, of course, but I'm not jealous of anyone who has taken the ticket. I know the price they are paying and it isn't one that I was willing to pay.
What does it cost you to be rich and successful in this world? I don't mean "upper middle class"; I mean, to have millions in the bank and hobnob with the elites? There is a certain level of wealth that you cannot attain through mere hard work; it takes connections and clout and "luck" to be super-rich.

One of my brother's in-laws is a lobbyist. After he married my brother's sister-in-law, he had a 40-room mansion built. Not too many years ago I heard through the grapevine that he'd built a condo in Florida. The guy is loaded with money--probably the richest person I know--but I cannot stand to be in the same room with that man, at least not for long. The aura that surrounds him is not a good one. He's friendly and likable but there's just this vibe that I can never shake.

That sounds like a cop-out...but I suspect it sounds like one only to those who took the ticket and rode it to their lives of earthly success.

I know that I've never been presented with that choice. Prior to about 2009-ish I would have taken the ticket immediately, thinking I was in control of my destiny...and I would have been tragically mistaken. These days I suspect that I'd hesitate long enough actually to consider the ramifications of taking it.

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Well, I've got brine to make and pans to clean and a whole slew of other chores that must be done before bedtime tonight, and that means I'd better get my ass in gear.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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