Total Boycott of the Republican Party

Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes 1 at The Atlantic call for a total boycott of the Republican Party:

This, then, is the article we thought we would never write: a frank statement that a certain form of partisanship is now a moral necessity. The Republican Party, as an institution, has become a danger to the rule of law and the integrity of our democracy.

Ah ha! truth to power!

We’re suggesting that in today’s situation, people should vote a straight Democratic ticket even if they are not partisan, and despite their policy views. They should vote against Republicans in a spirit that is, if you will, prepartisan and prepolitical. Their attitude should be: The rule of law is a threshold value in American politics, and a party that endangers this value disqualifies itself, period. In other words, under certain peculiar and deeply regrettable circumstances, sophisticated, independent-minded voters need to act as if they were dumb-ass partisans.

…more of this, followed by their reasons:

This is not about the Republican party’s extremism or even about policies. This is not about Trump being awful (though he is), but about the Republican party being unwilling to check his abuses of power; Anti-Trump forces in Republican party have been shut out, and Trump owns the base now. This presents the Republican party as not just complicit by inaction, but actively operating to support Trump and his program of political destruction.

Conclusion?

  1. The GOP has become the party of Trumpism.
  2. Trumpism is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.
  3. The Republican Party is a threat to democratic values and the rule of law.

And a final appeal:

We understand why Republicans, even moderate ones, are reluctant to cross party lines. Party, today, is identity. But in the through-the-looking-glass era of Donald Trump, the best thing Republicans can do for their party is vote against it.

We understand, too, the many imperfections of the Democratic Party. Its left is extreme, its center is confused, and it has its share of bad apples. But the Democratic Party is not a threat to our democratic order. That is why we are rising above our independent predilections and behaving like dumb-ass partisans. It’s why we hope many smart people will do the same.

Total Boycott of the Republican Party

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  1. Neither of these gentlemen are Democrats, much less liberal pinko fags. They’re both famously non-partisan researchers & senior fellows at the Brookings Institution. Remember that as you read their conclusions.

The Kardashians

Despite all the phoniness, rehearsed dialogue and fake scenarios, however, there is some grain of authenticity to the Kardashians to which fans respond: when I asked teenagers at Dash why they liked the show, the most common reason was that, despite all the drama, “they all really love each other and are such a close family”. Like the Osbournes before them, the Kardashian family unit is convincingly tight. There is something unexpectedly soothing about this.

For the record then, what is Kardashian’s talent?

“What is my talent?” She cocks her head to one side. “Well, a bear can juggle and stand on a ball and he’s talented, but he’s not famous. Do you know what I mean?

Indeed.

Rêves doux

Cyberdyne Systems Unveils Its Latest Robot

The PETMAN robot was developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from the DoD CBD program. It is used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature. Partners in developing PETMAN were MRIGlobal, Measurement Technology Northwest, Smith Carter, CUH2A, and HHI.

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On Mind

The human brain is a physical mechanism for storing, retrieving, and re-storing again, each special-case experience. The experience is often a packaged concept…

Mind is the weightless and uniquely human faculty that surveys the ever larger inventory of special-case experiences stored in the brain bank and, seeking to identify their intercomplementary significance, from time to time discovers one of the rare scientifically generalizable principles running consistently through all the relevant experience set. The thoughts that discover these principles are weightless and tentative and may also be eternal. … It seems also to follow that the more experiences we have, the more chances there are that the mind may discover, on the one hand, additional generalized principles or, on the other hand, exceptions that disqualify one or another of the already catalogued principles that, having heretofore held ‘true’ without contradiction for a long time, had been tentatively conceded to be demonstrating eternal persistence of behavior. Mind’s relentless reviewing of the comprehensive brain bank’s storage of all our special-case experiences tends both to progressive enlargement and definitive refinement of the catalogue of generalized principles that interaccommodatively govern all transactions of Universe.

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