Goodbye Chile, Hello Venezuela

And another one bites the dust:

Wild celebrations have been seen across Chile after the country voted to rid itself of its dictatorship-era constitution left behind by Augusto Pinochet’s regime.
Chileans voted overwhelmingly in a landmark referendum on Sunday to replace the constitution, long seen as underpinning the nation’s glaring economic and social inequalities.
Thousands of people flocked onto the streets of Santiago amid a cacophony of horn-blaring to celebrate a crushing victory for the ‘Approve’ campaign – by 78.28 percent to 21.72 percent, with over 99 percent of the votes counted.

And its replacement?

People hope a new constitution would expand the role of the state in providing a welfare safety net, ensuring basic rights to health, education, water distribution and pensions.

Ah yes, an expanded state… [sigh]

And why not?  After all, they voted for it, despite the dismal track record of an “expanded state” failing everywhere it’s been implemented.

My post title says it all.

Milestone Election

I read Roger Kimball’s A Momentous Election, and not for the first time I was struck by the thought in his conclusion:

The prospect of that malign dispensation is why I believe the 2020 election is the most momentous of my life.

The expression “this is the most important election” (or similar) has become so common it risks losing its meaning.

But it shouldn’t.  Several elections — most especially in recent times — have qualified for the title, such as Trump’s near-massacre of Hillary Bitch Clinton’s latest attempt to become Nanny-In-Chief in 2016.  That election was hugely important, because had Her Filthiness won, the country would have continued along the slide down to perdition started by Obama’s destructive social- and foreign policies.  Trump’s victory in 2016 at least delayed that process, and in places halted it altogether (and reversed it in lamentably few).

But that was when the socialist welfare- and malignant state was still a work in progress, and to many people (such as NeverTrumpers), the dark purposes of such policies were not as apparent as they are now.  Hillary Clinton, for example, may have been on the side of the anti-gun faction;  but she certainly did not threaten to send police around to confiscate guns.  (That’s not to say she wouldn’t have, at some point;  but at least she didn’t come right out and say she would, as Joe Biden has certainly done since, in saying he would appoint arch-antigunner Beto O’Rourke as his firearms commissar.)

Now, however, the Radical Left (a.k.a. Communists) have not only taken over the Democrat Party, but made no attempt to hide that fact from us — and the proof thereof is that after winning the Democrat Party primary, Biden and Harris have made no attempt — in the slightest — to back away from their more radical primary proposals and tack back to the center, as both parties have had to do in the past.  And the implications of that takeover, in terms of this coming election, have made voting choice about as simple as it’s possible to do so:  on the one hand, a return to a more conservative — more originally-American — ideal in voting for Trump, and on the other, a handing over of power to a movement that will set about undermining everything — every institution and every Constitutional freedom — that has made this country the envy of the world.

By the way, I have no time — absolutely none — for those people who absolutely hate the Left but can’t bring themselves to vote for Trump and are going to chuck their vote away on the Raving Loony Party / Libertarians [some overlap]  or write in some cutesy choice like Mickey Mouse.  That’s really dangerous this time, because every vote that’s not for Trump will reduce his voting support, and once again we’ll have to put up with the tiresome chants of the Left calling for a “popular democracy” to replace our Electoral College.

To refresh our memories, G.W. Bush absolutely trounced John Fuckface Kerry in 2004 in the popular vote, largely because of Fuckface himself as well as because we were still fighting a full-blooded war in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Now, thanks to Trump, we aren’t fighting a war in Iraq and are in the process of ending the stupid adventure in Afghanistan;  but the overseas wars have been replaced by a domestic war — and believe me, it’s very much a war, ask anyone who lives in Seattle or Portland — between two political philosophies that are not only mutually incompatible but mutually destructive.  There are no compromises between the Communists and the Conservatives.  Not any more.

Every conservative voter, of whatever stripe, needs to forget all their misgivings about Trump because now more than ever, a vote that isn’t a Trump vote is very definitely an enabling vote for Communism, at best, no matter how you try to justify it.  Forget that “protest” vote bullshit — it was bullshit in 2016, and it’s bullshittier in 2020.  The stakes are just too damn high, this time.

This is especially true when it comes to conservative voters in places like New York, California, Illinois and New Jersey.  Yes, your vote may not achieve anything in your state — but in the big picture, your vote is critically important in helping to take away one of the Communists’ most strident talking points — and yes, it could make the difference if they try to win the vote by fraud.

And I’m not even going to talk about how important it is for us to take back the U.S. House and increase our majority in the Senate.  Unless, of course, you want to flirt with the idea of Speaker Nancy Pelosi hooking up with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and sending their anti-Constitutional Communist bills to President Kamala Harris (forget Biden;  he’ll be pushed out within 96 hours of his inauguration) for her rubber-stamp signature.  (Here’s a slam-dunk prophecy:  if the Communists control the House, Senate and White House, there will not be a single presidential veto of any legislation during the next four years.  Not one.)

Do we really want to live under those circumstances?  I’ll spell it out:  if the Communists take over, say goodbye to your gun rights, your freedom of speech,  your children’s school curricula, your history, the Supreme Court, and (eventually) your vote, to name but some that they have targeted.  The United States of America will become no different from the average Third World nation, and misery, not the pursuit of happiness will become our currency.

And that is why this 2020 election is the most important one we’ll ever face — until the next one, if we get to have it.  There is no magic wand.  There is just a long, grinding and quite possibly an unending struggle.

There is a great saying that says (from memory), “Civilization will flourish as long as old men plant the trees whose shade they’ll never see.”  Well, I’m an old man;  and I’m going to plant as many trees as I possibly can because our republic deserves it.

Monday Funnies

GET OUT OF BED IT’S MONDAY YOU ASSHOLE !!!!!

That’s the message from your alarm clock, anyway.

So start laughing NOW !!!

Y’all can call them “actresses”, as long as it’s in the traditional sense.  And speaking of which:

And this probably describes Mondays as well as anything:

And speaking of sunny days, it’s (finally) starting to cool down in North Texas, which is a Good Thing.  On the other hand, cooler weather means fewer sightings of Daisy Dukes, so here are a few to keep us going till the spring.

Black & White

Nothing to do with race, of course;  just a glimpse of Bygone Times, before color was invented (as my kids used to say).

Anita Ekberg

Ann Dvorak

Anna Magnani

Anna Netrebko (okay, she’s more modern, but belongs here anyway)

Anouk Aimee

Carole Landis

Catherine Deneuve