Comment Of The Day, On Ann Althouse’s Post About AG Merrick Garland’s Disgraceful House Hearing Performance In Discussing His Memo Threatening Dissenting Parents

I’ve never done this before and may never do it again; nor am I lacking candidates for Comment of the Day among the recent posts here. However, this comment by Althouse reader “This Person” was so gloriously to the point that I couldn’t resist.

Ann is accepting comments again after a brief interruption following her ill-considered tantrum over people paying more attention to commenters than her, or something. The Comment of the Day is, as regular readers here will immediately see, about the Ethics Alarms Rationalization #64, “Yoo’s Rationalization,” or “It isn’t what it is.” This has become the operating principle of the Democratic Party as it has forsworn accountability among its leaders and embraced the Big Lie tactic as enthusiastically and destructively as…anybody in history.

What clinched the COTD prize for This Person was his perceptive focus on Barack Obama as the most forceful instigator of this now routine party reflex. (Do note that #64 is named after the Republican lawyer who argued that waterboarding wasn’t technically torture. Both parties have used Yoo’s Rationalization, but only Democrats (so far) have become addicted to it.)

Here is This Person’s Comment of the Day on this Althouse post.


“Garland apparently has no capacity for shame. Maybe that’s a good trait, I don’t know. The people who hate Deplorables probably are proud of him.

“At this point, it seems obvious that never admitting making a mistake is part of a deliberate strategy. Obama had no scandals. No one was punished for IRS targeting conservatives. Holder refused to testify on Fast and Furious. Afghanistan withdrawal was an unprecedented success. Shortages mean lower your expectations for your treadmills, plebes. The FBI didn’t let their obvious political animus affect their Russiagate actions, in what turned out to be one of the most damaging own goals in recent times.

“But they won’t admit it. Lying. Gaslighting. And if admitting the problem is the first step in solving it, we’re not even on step one to a solution.

“So, what are we to do?

“If your philosophy is to reduce the power of the government, the options are limited. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve seen a single plausible, let alone likely, solution that fits with that philosophy.

“Sure, take back the government by winning elections. Then… what. Govern like Coolidge and wait for the pendulum to swing back so they can pick up right where they left off persecuting conservatives with mostly impunity?

“We’re going to have to wake up and set aside our distaste for government intrusion. Point it at them and turn it up to 11. If we don’t make them understand how it feels to have the boot on their neck, they will never understand or admit that it’s a problem.

“I’m sorry it has to be like this.”

2 thoughts on “Comment Of The Day, On Ann Althouse’s Post About AG Merrick Garland’s Disgraceful House Hearing Performance In Discussing His Memo Threatening Dissenting Parents

  1. My goodness. Today’s word is “incisive.” Can you say “incisive” children. Of course you can.

    I read a piece recently that referred to the (alleged) Biden administration as Obama’s third term. As this astute commenter says, the Dems just pick up where they left off. They are relentless.

  2. I’ve considered this before… And the problem he describes is real and on the nose.

    We have to stop thinking in terms of the current election, or the next election… What progressives were good at was taking the fight to where it would matter in a generation. The current progressive generation is progressive and fragile with good reasons; They’ve been shown that fragility is a strength, and they use the empathy of their opponents against them, and also because they were inculcated in a culture that didn’t have a conservative narrative. They’ve never heard a conservative thought not put in the worst possible light, and they’ve never had their beliefs seriously challenged.

    We need to find a way to do that, both because in the short term it would be nice to win an election or two and actually show what good governance looks like (and while in the short term, people absolutely hated Trump’s personality, I think that in a decade, people will look back to 2016-2020 as a legitimately functional time in government.), but also in the longer term, so that Conservative wins don’t merely translate to speedbumps on the inevitability of legitimately bad progressive policies.

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