May 10, 2012

A pithy comment at HotGas

"What is government? What is political power?

Government is the local monopoly of physical violence. That is the most basic definition of government.
That is it. It is forcing you to behave by it’s rules.

A little mental exercise. If you do not pay your taxes what happens? A man with a gun comes and threatens you with violence. Do not follow any government dictate for long enough and you will end up with a gun pointed at you. Which is why every time you hear someone say "They should do something about X”, where "they” invariably means the government you should ask the complainer if the problem is really important enough to have someone get a gun pointed at them.

Now, what is political power at its most basic level? The ability to direct the government to do your bidding.

Is this basic enough for you to understand why the accumulation of massive political power should concern everyone, not just Conservatives?"

Nathan_OH on May 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

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May 05, 2012

The Rally In The Fox Valley (Updated)

Today I'll attend the Rally in the Fox Valley right here in good ol' Sloshkosh.  All four Republican US Senate candidates are slated to attend and speak, along with such luminaries as Lt. Gov Kleefisch, Mark Block, Rick Gudex, and others.  Governor Walker, Paul Ryan, and Herman Cain are invited to attend and address the rally, but there has been no confirmation.  I'll be happy either way. 
It is currently overcast and dreary outside, and I'm hoping like hell the rain holds off.  If I don't drink too much beer I'll post photos and shit later, but if it isn't raining I'll burn wood in the backyard.  And drink beer.

Rally in the Fox Valley

The rally was well attended, and I happened to meet my brother and nephew there under the TGFSW (Thank God For Scott Walker) banner.  I showed a bit late due to family obligations, but compared to previous TEA Party rallies the crowd size was at least double.  The takeaway:  people are ginned up for the recall election, and boy howdy am I optimistic. 

After the rally, I recommended a nearby dive for drinks and conversation with like-minded folks.  Yeah, the Trail's End is a townie tavvie, but I know the owner.  I believe he is a conservative because he's crabby, and to me it's pretty much the same thing.  I made a couple friends, and came away with a sense of optimism which I previously lacked.  Mark these words:  Scott Walker shall serve AT LEAST eight years as Governor of the State of Wisconsin.  TGFSW.

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May 03, 2012

Pre-Election Jitters

I highly respect Steve Eggleston of, and was lucky enough to run into the guy on an excellent WI recall thread posted by CAC at the HQ. 

126Hey steveegg... what is your prediction? You first, then I'll share mine.(full disclosure: I picked Prosser to lose by a point)
Posted by: the botnet at May 03, 2012 09:43 PM (6PDiu)

Walker by 4.

Posted by: steveegg at May 03, 2012 09:49 PM (o44nj)


132Walker by 4.
Posted by: steveegg at May 03, 2012 09:49 PM (o44nj)

Walker loses by 1. I'm an eeyore. Not willing to wager, and not hoping I'm right.
Posted by: the botnet at May 03, 2012 09:52 PM (6PDiu)

While I trust steveegg's judgement and acumen more than my own, I'm not feeling real optimistic about our beloved Governor's recall survival.  It's going to be a nail biter.  While CAC places a high value on the Prosser/Kloppenberg matchup, the gubernatorial recall election turnout will eclipse the already sky-high State Supreme Court election turnout by at least twofold.  The commies are on the march, and they're sick of losing.  I believe their turnout will be akin to the way in which good patriotic Americans coalesced to enable the 2010 landslide, but in reverse.  Not as brilliant, but enough to win.

I hope I'm wrong.


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