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I actually read the following article during Dragon Con, but I never found the time to post it:

The Unseen Class War That Could Decide the Presidential Election

Why should you read this? Because I think Joel Kotkin has correctly identified what divides us as a nation. It’s not the rich versus the middle class; it’s the public sector versus the private sector. Every dyed-in-the-wool Obama supporter I know is a member of Kotkin’s secular clerisy and consequently has a vested interest in keeping our government large and expensive. (See also: the numerically-challenged professor of political science who lost his mind on Facebook a while back when some of us questioned his devotion to Obamacare.) Many Republicans I know, on the other hand, are business owners and have therefore personally experienced the weight of the government boot on their necks. (See also: my boss — or the chairman of my county’s Republican committee.)

The question is, is this rift bridgeable? I wish I could say yes, but the aforementioned clerisy is pretty damned proud of itself right now and is thus incapable of engaging in a civil debate. When anyone takes legitimate exception to Obama’s vision of an America denuded of its intermediary institutions (like the family, the churches, private charities, etc.) and rendered wholly dependent on the government for all of its nice things, public-sector liberals and their fellow travelers in the media roundly berate such dissent as “arrogant” and “racist.” How can you have a genuine conversation with people who operate this way?

On a related note:

Oh, please, dear God, let Romney publicly respond to this because it is awesome!

Mike Rowe is seriously my new celebrity crush. He’s an out-and-proud voice for Kotkin’s yeomanry and understands – on an intimate level – how damaging it is to try to force a bunch of square pegs into round holes. We still need plumbers and welders and pavers – actually, we desperately need them – but since our schools are controlled by the clerisy, our kids aren’t actually encouraged to pursue such trades. So yeah: I hope Romney does more than read Rowe’s letter; I hope he acts to address it.

EDITOR’S UPDATE!

News is flying around the Twitterverse and blogosphere that Romney has indeed read Mike Rowe’s well-crafted letter and that his campaign has let it be known that he read and appreciated it. Expect to see Romney’s people reach out to Rowe for commercial spots. It would not in the least surprise me.

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Left’s Latest Attack – Our Ideas are Old

Here’s another banal truism that the left is trotting out, alongside the obvious fact that no business today succeeds without infrastructure.  Hey, get this – conservative ideas are OLD!

Um…no sh*t, Sherlock!

Conservatism – as the name implies – dates back to the time of the American founding and seeks to elevate those brilliant ideas which, for for 200 years have made this the happiest and most productive piece of land on the face of the Earth.  The literary heritage underpinning modern American Conservatism goes back 400 years or more, but…aren’t you leftists always talking about the need to preserve antiquities and lauding the protection of landmarks?  You, on some level at least, recognize that what has gone before can still have value.  But the fact is that Conservatives look back through history for evidence of which ideas work well, while you prefer only to dream about the future because a modest glimpse of those history books (the ones you didn’t sanitize to protect children from the truth) reveals that your ideas have failed at every turn and that those failures have resulted in a spectacular string of human misery and death.

Oh yes…our ideas are old.  Your ideas are, in some sense, OLDER.  The age of the idea does not matter.  What matters is the results.  What is now called conservatism produced an unbridled and unending string of economic growth and prosperity here in these United States until you came along to explode the size of government and climb on the backs of wealth creators in a desperate attempt to slow them down and bring them to your level.  At which point, our successes stopped.

But that’s neither here nor there…at least…it’s not in Charlotte, NC, where Democrats go on pretending that NO IDEA is better than an old idea that worked before.

With middle finger proudly extended…I now return you to your brainless idolatry.

SANTO, SANTO OBAMA!
PADRE DE TODOS LOS NINOS!
DE LOS TIRANISADOS,
DE LOS DESCAMISADOS,
DE LOS TRABAJADORES,
DEL ESTADOS UNIDOS!!!!

(repeat with fingers in your ears as loud as you can – because the truth is loud and you don’t want to be exposed to it)

TV Ratings Mean Nothing

Just a quick note to moron liberals and Conservatives who still think Sarah Palin is a goddess.

The 2012 RNC got lower ratings on the six major news networks this week than it did in 2008 by 25-35% depending on which data source you believe.  There are, in fact, three reasons for this, and none of them has anything to do with public opinion about the GOP or about the star-quality of the convention.

The ratings were down because:

1) Those ratings never count off-brand networks like CSPAN (which, thankfully, cover the entire convention WITHOUT having to listen to annoying talking heads applying their spin to it).

2) The GOP debuted an internet launch of the convention called the “RNC Without Walls” which encouraged members to follow the festivities via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube – on their mobile devices, through exclusive PodCasts, and via alternative media sources the world over.  Does anyone really watch TV anymore for their political fix?  Well, certainly no one under the age of…oh…40.  In fact, the RNC YouTube channel had upwards of 35 MILLION hits on its’ videos from this year’s convention BEFORE Thursday’s big ticket items (Romney, Rubio, Romney’s congregation and former business associates) – likely, some 10 million people saw the convention speeches on YouTube alone.  That’s not counting the cross-linking and viewership of the key speeches on Twitter and Facebook.

3) The nation’s morale is at an all-time low in the post-Depression era.  We haven’t been this dispirited about our politics since 1929.  The DNC will have similarly soft viewership.  And none of that has anything to do with Ryan being less interesting than Palin (POPPYCOCK!) or the RNC not putting on a good show.

Some of the comments about ratings just blow my mind.  *sigh*