101 Reasons

I’ve been doing these since 2004. It’s a different list every time. More different than most, this year.

So without further ado – 101 Reasons I’m Voting GOP.

  1. Because most of politics is local…
  2. …and locally, the DFL has made a hash of both cities at every level.
  3. And although I can’t vote in CD5, replacing Ilhan Omar with Lacy Johnson would shake Minneapolis’s smug, sclerotic establishment to its core.
  4. Ditto, replacing Foung Hawj with Alexander Buster Deputie.
  5. Double-ditto Diane Napper vs. Patricia Torres Rey in SD63. Torres Rey has benefitted from the sandbagging of her district for long enough.
  6. Because Amy Wazlawik thinks she can just say “it’s not my job, man” when her party’s hateful inner id comes roiling out. Elliot Engen will actually represent District 37B.
  7. Speaking of the DFL’s inner id – a good chunk of my neighborhood got burned, looted and covered in graffiti…
  8. …and the drug store I’ve been doing to for decades, which has done business in my neighborhood for over 100 years, got burned to the ground…
  9. …and because one of the shops I take my guitars to got burned and looted…
  10. …and the powers that be in this city seem to be trying to benefit from it.
  11. Because the two businesses in my neighborhood that actually decided to put on a show of force to try to deter the Democrat mob – one run by immigratns, the other by a black family, by the way – were more likely to get punished within an inch of their lives than anyone doing the actual burning and looting.
  12. Because of March 4, 2017, when a bunch of “Anti”-Fa attacked a Republican rally.
  13. And one of them turned out to be the son of Hillary’s VP nominee.
  14. And they didn’t even whisper “slap” at his precious widdle wrist. There are two justice systems in Minnesota.
  15. Because the Minneapolis City Council believes that “law and order” is racist, and “expecting the police to provide the public order that is local government’s one unambiguously valid reason to exist” is “privilege”.
  16. And they’re right. It’s a “privilege” every single taxpayer and voter deserves to get, because they trade not only their tax dollars but a little bit of their inalienable freedom to get it. Government had %$#@ best deliver.
  17. Becasue it is a fact that until the President started talking and tweeting about sending in the 82nd Airborne or the 10th Mountain Division, Governor Klink was playing passive-aggressive games with Mayor McDreamy with the Minnesota Guard. Suddenly, once the President started flexing, the Guard showed up.
  18. Because Governor Klink plays passive aggressive games with every f****ng aspect of government…
  19. …while Trump plays aggressive-aggressive games with government. I’ll take aggressive aggression every single time.
  20. Because instead of peace and order, our tax dollars are getting us social engineering and city goverment as tinker toy set for the political class.
  21. And I’m not a ^%$#@ tinker toy.
  22. Because the DFL has had sixty years of unfettered control in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul. There is nobody to blame but them.
  23. And because the only thing they do besides yap about “privilege” is call for bike lanes and trains.
  24. Because you – whoever you are, whatever your ethnicity or gender or orientation or whatever – are being gaslit.
  25. If you’re white, you’re being gaslit to try to get you to think you’re not only a racist, but that your “whiteness” is a pathology of which racism is only one of an endlessly growing litany of symptoms.
  26. If you’re black, you’re being gaslit to believe the only way you can succeed is by exhibiting “unity” with your race…
  27. …but only the parts of that race that vote Democrat. Because your contribution to Democrat power as part of your identity group is the only thing that matters about you.
  28. Same for Latinos – provided, again, that you vote Democrat.
  29. Same for Asians. Except the work ethic that makes up a big part of the cultural stereotype about you will be turned against you when it becomes inconvenient – say, when assessing who benefits from affirmative action.
  30. Gays? Ditto.
  31. And that gaslighting is being weaonized to not only minimize and dehumanize people, but to manipulate and control them.
  32. Because my old neighborhood, South Minneapolis, looks like Beirut in 1982, but is probably not quite as safe for civilians…
  33. …and people in Beirut in 1982 could at least defend themselves.
  34. Because businesses in Minneaolis and Saint Paul are boarding up again, even as I write this…
  35. …and it ain’t because they’re worried about Trump supporters rioting.
  36. Because the DFL wants to take your guns.
  37. Because I’d like to stop worrying about whether my mom is OK in a long term care center in Minnesota…
  38. …and Governor Klink is worthless in that regard. Utterly worthless.
  39. What Governor Klink is, is an arrogant little man who runs an executive branch that thinks peasants should know their place and not get all uppity about “checking the “experts” work” and all that smart-people stuff.
  40. Because Governor Klink’s “health economist” thought the “Model” – which predicted 70 times as many deaths as happened by July – was too complicated for mere peasants to look at.
  41. Because the Iron Range deserves to go back to work, in actual mines, making real money. Not stocking shelves and cashiering at casinos, to make metro environmentalists feel better.
  42. Because Governor Klink (and, let’s be honest, the state’s real co-governors, Peggy Flanagan and Melissa Hortman) play relentless identity politics.
  43. Seirously – it’s literally the only message any of them have. Competence? Value for tax dollar? Check your privilege, peasant!
  44. Because Ilhan Omar is so corrupt, Chicago called and said “dial it back, toots”.
  45. Because if my stance helps deliver Lacy Johnson to Congress, it’ll be time well spent.
  46. And if that helps Kendall Qualls beat Rotgut Dean, that’ll be almost as awesome.
  47. And if Tyler Kistner sends Angie Craig back to Human Resources, where she blongs, so much the better.
  48. Because there is no way CD 7 should be represented by a Pelosi-upsucking turncoat like Collin Peterson. The Dakotas chucked their Democrats; it’s time for CD7 to do it too.
  49. And because I want to make Pete Stauber the first of what I hope to help turn into a safe GOP district for a few generations.
  50. Because sending Jim Hagedorn back to Congress is not just right for southern Minnesota…
  51. ..but would be q wonderous slap in the face for Kim Norton, mayoro of Rochester and a woman who would be more in place in some central American banana Republic.
  52. Because the DFL has its crosshairs on gun rights in Minnesota.
  53. And they work for the same people that’ve promised to use “red flag” laws to harass gun owners.
  54. Because all of Joe Biden‘s “plans“ – curing the epidemic, create 5 million jobs – reek of unicorn farts.
  55. And in normal times, government making vapid promises it can’t possibly deliver on isn’t a bad thing…
  56. …but getting the Democrats into complete control of the wheels and levers of government at any level is going to be a disaster…
  57. Because the Demorat party at all levels is talking about “Unity” – the dumbest, most facile cliche in an industry built on facile cliches…
  58. …but it’s more toxic than just a cliche. The unspoken codecil to “Unity” is “behind our beliefs, only, peasant”.
  59. Because the Democrats had a chance to exploit whatever anti-Trump sentiment is out there by meeting disaffected Republicans halfway…
  60. …and stuck with tax hikes
  61. …and gun control…
  62. …and the destruction of healthcare…
  63. …and abortion on demand up until birth…
  64. …and even after…
  65. …and the further dilution of whatever’s left o education…
  66. …and “the Green New Deal” – aka “an untrammeled transfer of wealth and power”
  67. …Because their “Unity” means your subjugation.
  68. Because Joe Biden is a delivery system for Kamala Harris
  69. And Kamala Harris is a delivery system for The Squad
  70. And The Squad is a delivery system for Bernie Sanders and his pack of apparatchiks.
  71. And Bernie is a delivery system for socialism.
  72. Because of the Venezuelan restaurant owner that tossed Kamala Harris from his establishment.
  73. And the reasons he did it.
  74. Because I’m a Second Amendment activist – and whatever “progressives” are condescending cooing these days, they are coming for the second amendment.
  75. Because while I’ve been a Trump skeptic, at best, for a generation – literally – the alternative is worse.
  76. Because the “never Trump” movement, given a chance to provide a genuine conservatisve third way between Trumpism and (let’s be honest) Communism, chose to enable Communism.
  77. Because the Lincoln Project is to “conservative principles” what Vox.com is to “Journalism”.
  78. Indeed, because many of Trump’s enemies are people and organizations I respect far, far less even than Trump.
  79. Because while I was juuuust this side of “Never Trump”-ism four years ago, and he’s got immense flaws as a conservative and as a President, he’s accomplished far more than I had hoped in the past four years.
  80. And I’m a principles voter – and my principle is “screw up the country less than the opponent”. It’s a low bar. Biden doesn’t surmount it.
  81. Because of Justice Gorsuch.
  82. And Justice Kavanaugh.
  83. And Justice Coney Barrett
  84. And the possibility – admittedly slim – that yet another seat might come up for grabs in the next four years.
  85. Because the Democrats have said plainly (or been quite plain in their selective silence) that they plan to pack the Supreme Court…
  86. …and otherwise gut checks and balances on executive power.
  87. Because our “elite” media, starting in December of 2016, dropped all pretense and went full in-the-bag for the Democrats
  88. …and they deserve to lose.
  89. Because blue half of our country sees the red half of our country as a little less human, and that must not be rewarded…
  90. …much less put in a position where they can give that attitude teeth.
  91. Because Democrats are calling for a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” – in other words, they want to settle scores for the impudence of defeating Hillary.
  92. Because of every smug little progressive prick who yaps about red voters “voting against their interests”…
  93. …without how the policies and politics that gave us Newark, Detroit, Baltimore, NOLA, Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati, Saint Louis, Stockton, Camden and North Minneapolis are “in our best interests”.
  94. And because every time I ask progs to answer that for me, they skip away in a cloud of deflection and ad homina.
  95. Because of the Vietnamese, Cambodian, H’mong, Polish, Russian, Cuban and other immigrants who came her to escape communism, socialism, warlordism and all manner of other high-and-low-brow authoritarianism…
  96. …and keeping it from happening here.
  97. Because I believe in the best of western civilization.

  98. And while Donald Trump may not be the finest example of the western intellect at work, he at least respects Western Civilization, with all its imperfections and (this is important) incredible successes on behalf of humanity.

  99. And modern progressivism repudiates it.
  100. And western civilization is worth fighting for. Preferably peacefully – and voting against the death of western civilization is better than literally going to war.
  101. And so I’m voting GOP.

21 thoughts on “101 Reasons

  1. Whatever happens, this carnival barker will go down in history as the 45th president of the United States. Which is a sad reflection of the current times.

    But Trump has vanquished Covid without lockdowns, built a wall, locked up Hilary, bought peace to the middle east and bought North Korea in from the cold. Also no one in America uses an iPhone because those naughty Chinese manufacturers assemble them.

    So taken in the round a successful first term.

  2. Excellent post, Mitch. Thank you.

    My list has never been so complete, but I’m not one of those dreaded single-issue voters, no sir. I weigh candidates based on three issues – abortion, guns, and taxes – and based on the candidates’ positions on those three issues, I have ended up voting straight-ticket GOP every election since I proudly voted for Ronald Reagan.

    Going to stand in line tomorrow to proudly vote for Donald Trump again.

  3. Another fucking trollbot threadjack, but that’s OK, Mitch will just pat his head and give him a treat instead of swapping his nose with a rolled up newspaper.

    And while Mitch is feeding the troll, he might ponder why he still lives in MN. Because nothing will change and in 2024 we’ll get yet another list of belly aches. Some parts of the country have ceased to be part of the USA. They do not follow laws and piss on the Constitution. Your living in their jurisdiction and paying higher and higher taxes just empowers the reprobates to tax and enslave you more. I am surprised “It is not easy being green” is not your theme song.

  4. If Sniffin’ Joe wins, the first thing President Harris will do is open the borders wide, tear down the 400 miles of wall completed to date and instruct CBP to escort border jumpers to the nearest degenerate run city in a Red state, dump them off and get the degenerate city councils there to get them registered to vote. This will continue until we are neck deep in enough illiterate, unskilled GuataMexidorians and Somalians to ensure no White man wins an election ever again.

    If Trump wins, the wall gets finished and they all go home.

    If Sniffin’ Joe wins, the next thing President Harris will do is declare war on white Americans. She will declare the NRA a terrorist organization; bet ya $20. She will task the FBI, CIA and DHS to round every Caucasian up and if they cannot prove a history of voting a straight reprobate ticket, tearing a monument down or burning a city, either get them serving life prison sentences, of kill them outright when possible.

    In case you think I’m kidding, or hysterical, hear it straight from the reprobates newspaper of record:

    “Trump’s Last Stand for White America”

    “We face a choice between a true renewal and a warped fantasy of the past.”

    I’m a single issue voter. Last time around, it was all about SCOTUS for me (huge win). This time, it’s the survival of my people and Western civilization.

  5. You’re right, jpa, it would be nice to be live in a place where only decent, right-thinking, clear-headed people lived; where they ran their town/state/nation the way things ought to be run; where meanness and stupidity were things that happened to people in other places.

  6. JD, those days and places indeed existed – in the past. But the days when you could disagree on policies and yet abide by the rule of law and follow the constitution are gone. Just like conventional warfare – gone. We are in an asymmetric battle now – to the death. To think your vote matters or counts in places like MN or CA are pollyannaish at best. Ever heard of a saying “vote with your feet”? Get moving – this once-great country is headed for a breakup and you do not want to get stuck on the wrong side of the fence.

    And boy, do I wish, want, desire, to be so absolutely wrong on this account. But I doubt anyone is willing to bet against me.

  7. My reasons for voting GOP are quite a bit simpler;

    * Law enforcement ought to be empowered to do their job, not defunded. Get rid of rogue officers, yes, but Romans 13 matters.

    * I would hope that even pro-choice people could agree that government ought not compel those who are pro-life to furnish funds to keep abortion clinics open.

    * The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

    * I would hope that even radically pro-immigration people would agree that our nation is not so short of criminals and infectuous disease that we need to keep violent criminals and those who carry “neat new diseases” here.

    * There are a lot of nations out there that cannot achieve U.S. style prosperity with their economies, but think they may attain it by force. Hence it is critical that we defend ourselves.

  8. It’s almost like this election is sending a message. Can’t quite put my finger on what it is….

  9. I’d be interested to read the previous 101 Reasons posts (or whatever the numbers/titles are). I’d really like to see if Mr Trump Skeptic was just as skeptical about compassionate (read faux – read fake) conservatives like Bush (I and II) as well as utter eff-ups like McCain, Romney – let’s add in Mr Republican himself, Ryan, who curled up in a fetal ball to a loser like Biden.

    I mean, otherwise a guy might think that our host is a kind of hypocrite who is happy to enjoy the results of a president who has pursued policies that make him one of the most conservative ever (yes, together with Coolidge and Reagan – who had lower bars given the societal changes since the 20s and 80s). The number and quality of policies pursued (and justices appointed) that apparently came about by sheer blind luck because Trump has no intelligence, no principles, and otherwise immense flaws.

  10. Trump set a very low bar. He coasted on Obama’s economy and then tanked it by mishandling COVID-19. After Trump, anyone would look like a genius.

    One of the strangest parts of this Trump era has been my growing respect for Republicans that are members of the Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump. My previous dislike for some of them who championed things like the Iraq War has been replaced with an appreciation of their decency and genuine love of this country.

  11. Nice try at a threadjack, Emery, but reality is that if Trump had done nationwide what Cuomo and Whitmer did to their states, the death toll from COVID would have been far, far higher–sending patients into nursing homes.

    Also worth noting is that the economic impact is far, far lower in states run by responsible adults, i.e. Republican governors and legislatures. Just sayin’.

  12. We will look back in time and reflect how Europe and the US completely underestimated C-19.

    Asia and Australasia are laughing at the incompetence at all levels. You have to be united to enforce a hard lockdown at the start. Unfortunately Europe and the US are divided by politics so now it is almost impossible to stop.

    Europe and the US could well be in the same situation this time next year whilst Asia will continue to power ahead even with lower tourism.

    Covid is bankrupting the West.

  13. It’s not worth it, bike. The little weasel (finally) got the email with today’s talking points and he’s got to make those points. Tediously. Laboriously. Stupidly. Or else not get paid. I mean, it’s not like he’s engaging in debate or anything.

  14. But the days when you could disagree on policies and yet abide by the rule of law and follow the constitution are gone.
    Once you abandon the rule of law, you are headed for disaster.
    No one on the losing will accept as legitimate a government that says “one set of laws for me, and one for thee.” And they shouldn’t.
    The people who make up the rule makers in the federal buraucracies are not much like the rest of America. They have advanced degrees in law or management or the soft sciences. They are the bosses, the bourgeois, with little attachment to anything other than social rank and money.
    And bourgeois values are not universal values. They are not normative. Bourgeois values are competitive advantages, not absolute advantages. Investing more in your children only gives you an advantage over people who invest less in their children. Getting a bachelor’s degree only confers and advantage over those w/o a bachelor’s degree. Marrying and staying married only gives you an advantage over those who do not get married, etc.

  15. Max, everything you said makes sense even though I do not understand if you are agreeing with me or not. I am making a point that we already have two Americas with two sets of laws, ie no laws nor constitution in the libturd-controlled states. And that this divide is irreversible and denizens of the blue states are getting boiled alive, just like the proverbial frog.

  16. “Iran just dropped a nuclear weapon on Tel Aviv…”
    Emery-“but it’s not as bad as Trump’s handling of the virus….”

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