Robinson Jeffers: “Be Angry at the Sun”

[JFK: Here's a poetic perspective on politics some may call cynical, some may say stoic. Jeffers referred to his philosophical distance from people as "inhumanism." This should not, however, be confused with inhumane-ism. Jeffers built a house of stone in Carmel, CA overlooking the Pacific in the days before Carmel was a haven for wealth…

A Response to Rick Perlstein’s “I Thought I Understood the American Right . . .”

Writing recently in The New York Times Magazine, prominent historian Rick Perlstein attempts to figure out how exactly American conservatism could produce, as if out of nowhere, a candidate and a president of such "intellectual embarrassment" as Donald Trump. What had American historians, particularly those of conservative focus, failed to see since William F. Buckley, Jr.…

Rumple Oxbridge: “Playing the Trump Card”

  By Rumple Oxbridge (imaginary imaginer at The Pacific) House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke Donald Trump "is not conservatism." Thus many Repubs are chumps because they think the Donald is the purest for of all the raving ranters he's the surest. (When it comes to bigotry Trump's a purist.) Trump wins the most conservatively-correct according…

House Speaker Ryan offers no “alternative” except a worse one

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin did some major speaking out yesterday, saying he wants to offer "a complete alternative to the left's agenda." Exactly which "left" agenda he was referring to he didn't say, but his initial remarks on this subject suggest that Ryan's alternative would look pretty much like the political vision of…

Let’s just build a wall around Wisconsin

Since the building of really big walls for the good of the nation is now a popular idea among some Americans, especially Republican presidential candidates and a former Republican presidential candidate,  Wisconsin Republicans now governing the state should consider building a wall around the state's borders. Such a wall would keep the wrong people out and…

“VOT_ for Republicans!”– An Issue Ad for Our Times [Satire]

We at the Wisconsin Institute for Insisting that Issue Ads are Not About Electing Anybody (WIII . . .) have teamed up with the Wisconsin Club for Circumventing Justice and the Wisconsin Supremely Conservative Court to bring you the following nonpartisan advertisement on the issue of campaign finance reform.                                                       VOT_  for Republicans! Narrator: Are…

And the very next day, the House Speaker resigns . . .

Perhaps inspired by a genuinely religious (that is, generally liberal) sermon, House Speaker John Boehner decided the next morning he had nothing more to say politically and told House Republicans and the nation yesterday that he is quitting and leaving Congress. Boehner did not say, however, that he will take a vow of poverty to work among the poor in Calcutta or…

Congress gets schooled in some liberal religion

At present the "golden rule" of many in Congress is he who has the most gold is the most to be loved and pandered to, so it was no doubt a bit of a shock for our representatives in Washington, D.C. to be reminded of the Christian Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them…

Gov. Walker, would-be warrior, quits the race on Peace Day

Some ironies are so fitting and delicious you are tempted to think that God Herself has something to do with it. Yesterday, September 21st, a day chosen as "Peace Day" celebrated around the world,  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced in Madison, Wisconsin--a liberal city he hoped to leave far behind-- that he was getting out of…

Candidate debates: Get journalists more involved

The typical presidential debate involves a number of candidates being asked a number of general questions which all are expected to answer. The journalists involved (usually TV types) are there to "moderate" the debate: ask the general question and step back, allowing the candidates to say whatever they wish. If the answer is challenged, it…