Afternoon Links

Salvador Dalí’s lobster telephone hits the auction block at Christie’s

The Rosenbergs were Soviet spies. Alger Hiss was a traitor. JFK was killed by a Communist. The Left has a hard time with reality when it interferes with their Commie love.

A party that deserves to die

Bob Dylan is not Walt Whitman. Calm down.

Correct

I imagine it often as I drink and cry.

On meeting the real Christopher Robin 

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press unless it gives some grad school garbage baby the sadz. Fuck off, infants.

I sincerely hope this is the future of the Republican Party, not Trump.

If you think Hillary should be jailed for endangering state secrets, don’t align with a group that steals state secrets.

The real Rupert Brooke?

16th-century Europe’s powerful royal women

Democrats didn’t accept the 2000 election results, but what Trump is doing is worse. He’s playing a dangerous game.

This is spot-on. Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing.

Donald Trump has been such a political and moral calamity for conservatives that liberals have been free to ignore the failings of their own mendacious, corrupt candidate and the significant role they played in destroying trust in American institutions. So forgive me if I don’t take liberal concern-trolling about the GOP’s wicked presidential choice too seriously. After all, even if Republicans had nominated the most qualified, competent, and chaste moderate in the existence of the republic, there still would be no #NeverHillary movement within the Democratic Party. No matter how many scandals were uncovered. No matter how many lies she told. What they’ve done is normalize Hillary’s behavior. Because Trump.

Actually, many of these same people treated a competent and ethically upright moderate like Mitt Romney just like they treat Trump. And even the most sexist-sensitive liberal would likely support a lecherous Bill Clinton over a virtuous Republican nominee. Because state power is the virtue. So spare us. It’s been something to watch the media engage in this smug, self-satisfying, feigned outrage — much of it aimed at real Trump scandals, and plenty of it hyper-parsing and overreactions — after giving him nearly unlimited and uncritical airtime during the primaries to ensure his nomination for the ratings and to help Hillary.

In the end, culpability for Trump goes to GOP primary voters, the RNC, and many people in the conservative media establishment — though the mainstream media did plenty of the heavy lifting for them. All these people are also culpable for the election of Hillary Clinton, who will enter the White House as the most corrupt president in memory.

There is no moral equivalency between the two! Sure there is. Granted, their sins are different, both are dangerous to the health of American institutions. Just as the authoritarianism and incompetence of Trump scares people, Hillary’s authoritarianism and her extraordinary competence at slithering through the system should scare us.

A lot of people get mad at me for being Never Trump. They like to argue that we face a binary choice. But my aversion to both is not only merely ideological (though that’s a big part of it). More than any single policy, however, I value a two-party system that checks power. If Republicans start acting like Democrats, not only ideologically but tactically, there will be no restraints on this power. And not only has Trump made this a no-win situation, he’s given the state media the high ground it doesn’t deserve.

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