Chum, sodomy and the lash

One fascinating way to journey through American political history is to read the long list of campaign slogans – many brutal and hilarious – used by reigning and wannabe presidents. A personal favourite is the manly 1868 entreaty of Ulysses S. Grant: “Vote as you shot.” It still packs a wallop. And there was no arguing against the 24 stone incumbent’s plea in 1912: “It is nothing but fair to leave Taft in the chair.” In 1928, a slimmer but no less epicurean Al Smith led with the case for abolishing Prohibition: “Make your wet dreams come true.” Excepting Sarah Palin, no subsequent candidate for national office could have credibly revived that one. John Kerry considered it. Which brings us to the Star Wars bar scene of present-day Democrat Party contenders.

Forget about the old standards: Hope and Change, peace and security, jobs and growth, bread and circuses, bla and bla. Behind whatever slogans they decide on for next year are the most extreme and sinister proposals ever offered for sale to an American electorate. The Democrat hopefuls may be at theatrical loggerheads but they agree on the most important thing: their utterly insane 2020 platform – given its finishing touches at yesterday’s bizarre religion-bashing “LGBTQ” town hall in Los Angeles. Whoever gets the (conceivably rigged) nod from the DNC will run on three big things: endless wars, buckets of rancid bait for journalists about ‘foreign interference’ and radical new plans to tax and prosecute Christians professing Christianity.

Joe Biden has gone further on the last-named pledge. Expect to see more of this as the befuddled former Vice-President and co-frontrunner vies to plug gaps in his woke cred as he once did his hairline. Biden announced yesterday that, as President, he will withhold food and provisions from foreigners who refuse to promote homosexuality. Strangely akin to the old evangelical soup kitchen trade-off of a meal for a heeded sermon, this is as ugly and extreme as it gets. Racist too, arguably. While the gay agenda obviously heads the list of Stuff White People Like – having first toppled Hotel California and then Barack Obama – there is no zeal for it in most of the world. Let’s be clear about what the LA Declaration constitutes: Democrats are promising Jim Crow 2.0, with Christians on the run from the police dogs. Donald Trump must be pinching himself.

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33 Responses to Chum, sodomy and the lash

  1. Ellie

    Yes to slogans!

    You have come up with the best – Chum, sodomy and the lash!

    Am enjoying your writings which focus on sodomy.

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Didn’t Richard Nixon run for office, with the slogan “You Can’t Lick Our Dick?”

  3. I was in Texas recently and went to the LBJ and GWB Presidential Libraries. The worst campaign slogan I saw was at GWB. Proudly displayed in a case was a sticker proclaiming “Women for Bush”.

  4. Gab

    Now that the “guest post: Currency Lad” header has been removed from your posts, CL, I try and guess which ones are yours by the headline. So far, I’m rating 100% correct. 🙂 You devise better headlines than Tim Blair!!

  5. Tom

    As someone who has observed and reported on politics since he was 17, it is astonishing to me that a retail political party like the Democrats has strayed so far from the mainstream to make itself utterly unelectable in 2020.

    The Democrats evidently believe the election will be decided by loopy coastal media talking points on another planet from the American heartland in the flyover states.

    And yet there is zero indication that they will abandon their suicidal plunge to electoral oblivion any time in the next 13 months. The strategy seems to be total faith in the anti-Trump brainwashing of what we formerly called the “news” media.

    The American ruling class has lost its mind.

  6. Herodotus

    If the Dems thought they’d discourage Trump from running again they’d be alarmed to watch him launching the campaign in fine style, with more of those public meetings in Minneapolis and way down in Louisiana.

  7. Herodotus

    Unelectable in 2020?
    Tom, can you tell me why they have a majority in the house?

  8. Catfeesh?

    I was in Texas recently and went to the LBJ and GWB Presidential Libraries. The worst campaign slogan I saw was at GWB. Proudly displayed in a case was a sticker proclaiming “Women for Bush”.

    He was just ahead of his time.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    I put up a quote yesterday, it seems apt to repeat it today:

    “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like us.” ― St. Antony

    The Democratic Partly platform is insane and disastrous. Yet any criticism of any part of it leads to such hostility and persecution that few dare do so. They want us to be mad like them.

  10. Iampeter

    The Democrat hopefuls may be at theatrical loggerheads but they agree on the most important thing: their utterly insane 2020 platform

    The Democrat platform is not that different to the Republican platform at this stage.
    Some of the more scarier and cunning Democrats, like Elizabeth Warren, even has conservatives proudly agreeing with her on policy, so you can imagine what she will accomplish if in office.
    I believe Tucker Carlson even went so far as to describe her as “Trump at his best” in one of his segments.
    You guys still haven’t figured out what’s going on and seem to think statists and central planners are totally the opposite of statists and central planners because of which party they belong to and not the positions they hold.

    This is another example of that inability to think in terms of fundamentals.

    Basically, if you support Trump you can’t oppose the Democrats.

    So good work conservatives. Good work.

  11. Karabar

    Al Capp nailed it with his created Senator, Jack S. Fogbound: “There’s no Jack S. like OUR Jack S.”

  12. mh

    Basically, if you support Trump you can’t oppose the Democrats.

    Thanks Iampeter for setting us straight.

  13. notafan

    Id be surprised if Tucker waa suggesting Warren had tge best policies.

  14. notafan

    Except if you are an insane democrat

  15. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    For Iampeter, Statism is the bogeyman. Well, yes it is, if you are a died in the wool libertarian and don’t care about anything else but living in a society where there is no state at all; libertarianism at its loony extreme, anarchism without the bombs. Hate the State. Therefore one party has the same policies as the other party, because State.

    So silly. And probably unrepresentative of many who would see themselves as libertarian in approach.

  16. Indolent

    Unelectable in 2020?
    Tom, can you tell me why they have a majority in the house?

    Cheating and spygate (but I repeat myself).

  17. a happy little debunker

    “Women for Bush”

    Obviously the slogan worked on Ellen Degenerate….

  18. Chum, sodomy and the lash
    or
    Chum, sodomy and the rash

  19. Iampeter

    I’m sure I heard it or read it somewhere so I just did a quick Google and here’s the segment.
    I’d actually forgotten how completely insane this entire segment was and how much it vindicates my criticisms of the hopeless conservative movement.
    Some key quotes:
    “If you regularly vote republican is there a single word you disagree with? Probably not.”
    “A Republican didn’t say this. Sadly.”
    “Many of Warren’s policy positions make obvious sense

    “She sounds like Donald Trump at his best” at about 5:27.

    Also note his mockery at the idea of “violating the principles of Austrian economics.” Sounds like an average cat poster, doesn’t he?
    Then there’s the fact that he agrees with Warrens plan for “Economic Nationalism” ie fascism, because it doesn’t contain talking points re environmentalism or identity politics.
    This is another perfect example of the fact that today’s conservatives know nothing about politics and will be lead around by the nose with simple buzz words. They will help bringing about socialism/fascism and not even realize they are doing it.

    This stuff makes posts trying to discuss how bad Democrats are and how Trump and his supporters are a counter to them, nothing more than a joke.

    Exit quote:
    “Libertarian zealots under the control of the banks, yammering on about how we need to cut entitlements”

    Sure glad those commie republicans are here to fight those commie democrats.

  20. Iampeter

    For Iampeter, Statism is the bogeyman.

    For any right winger statism is the bogeyman. But neither you, nor most people here are even remotely right wing. Nor even politically literate, as the rest of your post demonstrates.

    Well, yes it is, if you are a died in the wool libertarian and don’t care about anything else but living in a society where there is no state at all

    Um no. The alternative to statism is not no-state or anarchy. Statism is just a form of anarchy anyway.
    The alternative to statism is, rights-protecting government.

    You need to learn what these terms are before you go on a right wing blog to lecture those who do know, from the point of view of a confused leftist.

  21. Dr Fred Lenin

    Me too Herodotus ,him and numbers dont read aword they post ,they are like the English Remoaners full of it .arrogant and totally out of touch.

  22. Chris M

    “Women for Bush”

    Obviously the slogan worked on Ellen Degenerate….

    Not so well for little Bush Jeb!

  23. Howard Hill

    scroll past.

    Why, because he’s right?
    Lets bring up the subject of gun ownership, self defense, health care, real money, then we’ll see all the confused leftists standout from the real people.

    I don’t think any real conservatives exist in this country anymore. Nothing has been conserved for decades, it’s just about all lost.

  24. aidan maconachy

    Howard said: “I don’t think any real conservatives exist in this country anymore. Nothing has been conserved for decades, it’s just about all lost.”

    It’s true so-called conservatives caved over past decades when they should have been standing their ground. But noxious leftist ideology eventually drives the conditions for healthy reaction and new alignments on the right. In Canada the federal Conservatives are virtually indistinguishable from Trudeau’s Liberals. The vacuum on the right is being filled by the new People’s Party of Canada (PPC). It’s early going but the PPC certainly speaks to a need for the real deal as opposed to compromise-conservatism.

  25. Bruce

    “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

    “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

    “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

    “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

    From “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

    Smart fella, that Lewis Carroll

  26. Roger

    I don’t think any real conservatives exist in this country anymore.

    You insult my honour, sir.

    Pistols at dawn.

    20 paces.

  27. Percy Popinjay

    “Women for Bush”

    “Women with Bush”

    I know who I’d vote for.

    Hint – not Iamplonker’s mob.

  28. Percy Popinjay

    I don’t think any real conservatives exist in this country anymore.

    They’re so unfashionable, why would we admit to being one, I asks ya?

  29. Bruce

    See also:

    “”When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – – that’s all.”

  30. Howard Hill

    They’re so unfashionable, why would we admit to being one, I asks ya?

    Now that’s what I call hitting the nail square smack on the head!
    Why indeed?

    If you’re as real as your scribbles, I’ll stand right beside you as you let everyone know what you stand for! I’ve got your back as they say.

    And Roger, save the gunpowder, we’re gunna need it!

  31. John A

    Pebbles said:

    You guys still haven’t figured out what’s going on and seem to think statists and central planners are totally the opposite of statists and central planners because of which party they belong to and not the positions they hold.

    But I can happily say, as I do to telemarketers “I am not in your demographic.”

    That’s why I mostly scroll past.

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