Populism: The Downside


The latest from Virginia Freemen.

Greatly reduce government, and this universal suffrage madness diminishes in threat.

Or maintain current course and speed.

Good luck with that.

10 responses to “Populism: The Downside

  1. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.

  2. ALCON,

    This essay reads likes a fan of Jeb Bush wrote it. What he calls “populism” is nothing other than people waking up and smelling the stench of the establishment politicos. “Please clap” as the blog author reminded us several mastheads ago.

    Populism ? I’ll take it over any other political “ism” out there.

    • I realize it’s unseemly to defend your own work elsewhere, but I like you Dan. You’ve read enough of me to know that someone who sees Trump as a pseudo-liberal is hardly going to be a fan of Shrub Inc.’s latest offering. Populism isn’t a left-right political ideology, it’s a political methodology. The distinction is important. What concerns me is the stunning amount of ignorance present in the population and the fact that this methodology places enormous amounts of power in their hands. I wouldn’t care except I live here and am forced to subsidize said population. It’s not about the policy, it’s the method. When we both sides begin putting groupthink about the rights of the smallest minority, I see it as a problem. People may not like me for it, but it’s only a matter of time until whatever side you’re on is no longer the ‘voice of the people’ and now you’re the ‘enemy of the people.’ The answer is ‘we aren’t in the business of that,’ not ‘you’re one of us so it doesn’t matter if we do it to the other guy.’ Usually you wind up being the other guy at some point. I’m glad people are waking up, but it does us absolutely no good if they don’t arrive at the correct solution. If they don’t, we’ve just opened a second front. Food for thought.

      • JJ,

        Here’s the problem I have with your remarks….they are “food for thought” as you concluded and are best discussed face-to-face in a Friday-Night-Roundtable sort of way. Sure would love to have such a get-together.

        Quite often I’ve thought of how thought-provoking, invigorating and educational it would be for me to have the luxury of sitting with guys like you and a 1/2 dozen, select WRSA commenters. But, that scenario will never be. Geographics alone would prevent such a meet-up, unfortunately.

        Take care of yourself JJ.

        • My email’s always open and we can always go from there, Dan. My proverbial door is always open. Round table can happen, even if it hast to be digital, I can make it if there’s interest.

  3. “…The wise seek counsel, the Bible clearly states as much, but the counsel must be qualified. The Latin root qual- means ‘of what kind’ or more apropos, the nature of it. I may have an opinion on Smith-Corona typewriters, but unless the opinion is qualified by ownership or expertise of some kind, then what real use is it? Populism declares that consensus may be conflated as expertise and places no value on whether the opinions are qualified are not…”

    The Internet of Garbage™ defined, in four short sentences.

  4. Universal suffrage was a gigantic mistake. It is self evident.

  5. POd American

    I personally find very little to argue about with this article.
    Extracts from the article and personal email are italicized and in quotes.
    “The last two years we have seen a successful appeal to populism; the UK, US, France and half a dozen other EU countries have all seen massive public opinion shifts in that direction.”
    True statement, the formerly silent masses (majority yet to be proven) are sick and tired of being run over by their overwhelming tyrants.
    “I defy someone to explain populism to me without embracing the communist duality of society.”
    Ah the argument of the haves and the have nots. Well, here I’ll disagree with the author. The recent haves worked for their wealth (I’m not referring to bankers, stockbrokers, but honest hard working folks that have made their wealth through hard work…not everyone with money is evil like Soros. Many of the have nots have just been shit on while working their butts off and many are just stupid with their money and their futures (ie: middle class Americans). The others I’ll call will nots is that permanent welfare class, and in my opinion, have no weight in this equation. What is at stake here is society’s Middle Class finally taking a stance against the puppet masters that control the government and the world’s wealth requiring/demanding global serfdom.
    “The rise in populism is a clear indication that the inmates are running the asylum and a further illustration that the politics of the United States are converging rather than diverging. Priebus and others are happy so sign on to whatever nets them seats and offices in Mordor on the Potomac, regardless of whether the very philosophy they are embracing has been the prime mover in nearly every Communist revolution since the politics of evil finally had a name.”
    Allow me to take the other side of the argument from what’s been posted so far. You may want to reread and rethink your positions. Did the author say which current political side this article was addressing….maybe. He mentions Priebus by name (a well-known meat puppet for the FRHINO party). Does the rest of the article mention Trump by name? Not in this paragraph. I’ll personally cut him some slack with this statement because he’s trying to make a broader point (try not to be butt hurt here by this paragraph, but read further).
    The collective majority is always a mob when viewed from the minority position (it’s just a fact). Question for those that previously posted: If Hillary had won, (the other side would be the collective populist side)…would you consider their political and social agenda correct? The point is: being a majority does not make you necessarily correct or incorrect, just numerically superior.
    “The only right one may claim to an opinion in a matter is to be a stakeholder in the venture.”
    Just consider all of the illegals and non-tax payers that get to vote for candidates promising to steal your wealth and freedoms! I think anytime someone denies that we need voter registration should be beaten to death with their own arms. Voter registration should be your W2, until and only until we get this behemoth feral government back within its proper constitutional bounds and size.
    “Before the last vice presidential debate nearly half of the people polled couldn’t name Tim Kane as a VP candidate and 40% couldn’t name Mike Pence as one either. People who cannot be bothered to even be familiar with the name of the people they are casting a vote for are still fully vested partners in this process. People who are mentally handicapped are fully vested partners. People who don’t actually fund any part of the government are vested partners. It’s madness, and anyone who sits down and actually thinks about it in a non-emotional manner realizes it.”
    To bolster this point (just watch the pussy parade videos) and read what a friend recently sent in an email.
    While I was getting a coffee, I overheard 7 young people (22-26 years old, 5 males, 2 female) who have been protesting in downtown Portland the last two nights. I told them I was doing research and asked nicely if they would answer some questions. They were cool with it, so I sat down and went for it. Three voted. Of the four who didn’t, none was registered to vote. None of them researched independently either candidate. All were for Hillary but preferred Bernie.
    Why the Democratic Candidate? “More things are taken care of.” “Time to have a woman President.” “Democrats aren’t sexist or racist.”
    Six of them live at home. All are under their parents insurance. Two have “real” jobs. Three aren’t working, nor are they trying hard to find a job either. Parents pay for everything in their life or subsidize it. Six get money from mom or dad every month. Two have been on unemployment for 6+ months. One is at Portland State U, doesn’t work, and parents pay for everything.
    All 7 said Trump is a racist/sexist. I asked to cite proof … “That tape, man!”
    When I asked, as a man myself, “Have you ever said anything like that when you’ve been hanging out with your buddies? All five males said “Yes.”
    Would you say it if you knew you were on tape? All five answered “No.”
    What’s the difference? I asked. “You’ve all said bad stuff like that. Does that mean you hate women and are a sexual predator?” Nothing. No answer.
    None could tell me how our government works … They didn’t know how laws are passed, how the House of Representatives or the Senate work. None could explain how a bill is passed. Only one could tell me the difference between legal and illegal immigration. One of them said, “Legal immigration is when you immigrate legally.” Seriously.
    None could explain the purpose of the Electoral College or how it works.
    In 10 minutes they felt they had explained everything. Nice kids … But so ignorant. I know some awesome, phenomenal young adults; but I’m afraid the majority are like these seven. Too many participation trophies, too much coddling by parents and teachers.

    We would be kidding ourselves if the statists will not align their rhetoric and political strategy to mimic the Trump campaign. Populism can bring into perspective issues that have been largely unaddressed, which is a positive. The flip side is absent a populace that is capable of self-control, it opens a political pandora’s box that historically has led to very poor outcomes. I feel no need to consult the population, only a fraction of which have any semblance of a qualified opinion on any given matter, to operate in daily life. We are the subject matter experts in our own life and the shift to populism is a shift away from the individual and towards the collective. Populism is the morality of consensus.”
    I cannot add anything to this paragraph except to say “I agree with his statements.”

  6. POd American

    Sorry, forgot this site does not allow special fonts/italics, etc…..you’ll just have to be careful if you read my post.

  7. We need clearly defined “tests” of the insidious invasion of Demoncracy. The awareness, knowledge, desire, and willingness of a majority of the populace to “correct” it is the fundamental question. Whether this populace is willing to limit their power with repeal of the 17th Amendment is as doubtful as the congress is to limit their power with term limits.
    A Republic once lost to Demoncracy has never, in the course of recorded history, reversed the downward spiral into Tyranny of a form of Dictatorship. The “Bill of Rights” is only given lip service by the Government Elites regardless of Pol.Party. The “form” of the government from the Constitution is adhered to only as it ensures the continuity of these elitists.
    The future direction is clearly following the historical model of Create, Continue, Destruction, the timing is the variable.