Conservatism: Every Moment is a teaching moment

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Conservatism: Every Moment is a teaching moment

It was from such an unlikely begin­ning as an unwanted fun­gus acci­den­tally grow­ing on a ster­ile plate that Sir Alexan­der Flem­ming gave the world peni­cillin. James Watt watched an ordi­nary house­hold ket­tle boil­ing and con­ceived the poten­tially of steam power. Would Albert Ein­stein ever have hit upon the the­ory of rel­a­tiv­ity if he hadn’t been clever? All these tremen­dous leaps for­ward have been taken in the dark. Would Ruther­ford ever have split the atom if he hadn’t tried? Could Mar­coni have invented the radio if he hadn’t by pure chance spent years work­ing at the prob­lem? Are these amaz­ing break­throughs ever achieved except by years and years of unremit­ting study? Of course not. What I said ear­lier about acci­den­tal dis­cov­er­ies must have been wrong.

Monty Python A book at Bed­time 1973

One of the things you tend to learn in busi­ness when you decide to go out on your own is the value of hard work.

When it comes right down to it there is no sub­sti­tute to get­ting out there and doing what needs to be done, you can stall, you can it, no mat­ter how many con­sul­tants you speak to, no mat­ter how cool your apps no mat­ter what kind of tech­nol­ogy you use suc­cess at any endeavor involves the will­ing­ness to get involved and work at it.

A lot of peo­ple talk about luck but it’s a lot eas­ier to be at the right place at the right time when you con­stantly show up.

It’s the same think with being a father it takes effort to raise good kids and part of that effort is to con­stantly remind and con­stantly teach the moment you stop teach­ing bad habits start.

And that brings us to the Immi­gra­tion bill and conservatism.

Marco Rubio con­tin­ues to push the ille­gal immi­gra­tion bill with his aides in the belief it will make him clean with the throw­ing out really inter­est­ing words while, Lind­sey Gra­ham declares with­out such a bill the GOP can’t win in 2016. They are look­ing for that magic bul­let to make repub­li­cans in gen­eral and Rubio in par­tic­u­lar clean for 2016.

Some like Rush think it’s a ques­tion of money

What’s at play here is money. If these elected Repub­li­cans are told by their donors that the money is gonna dry up if this amnesty thing doesn’t hap­pen, what are they gonna do?

And if there’s a lot of it, if there’s a lot of cor­po­ra­tion PAC money, cor­po­rate per­sonal dona­tion money com­ing from peo­ple who want amnesty, what’s gonna happen?

and while one should not dis­count the influ­ence of big cash I think even more so they are look­ing for the easy way out.

I’ve argued over and over again that the argu­ment for con­ser­vatism is an easy argu­ment to make but what can be hard is to per­se­vere in mak­ing that case.

You can’t sim­ply say it once and go away, you have to go back, day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year and keep dri­ving home the case for free mar­kets, self-​reliance and the advan­tage of free­dom vs depen­dence. Some­times it takes a lot of years to sink in. Con­sider this video that con­ser­v­a­tives are going crazy over.

It’s a pow­er­ful state­ment, but take a look at Sen­a­tor Guil­lory. He’s not a young man, it took a lot of years to finally make him see what lib­er­al­ism is.

How many times do you think he heard the mes­sage of con­ser­vatism and rejected it before he finally saw it? What would have hap­pened if the peo­ple who per­suaded him decided it was too hard to keep mak­ing the case and instead choose to do some­thing cosmetic?

Learn­ing any­thing is hard, teach­ing any­thing is hard, it is rep­e­ti­tion, it is train­ing it is work, no mat­ter how basic the mes­sage it has to be con­stantly rein­forced, reg­u­larly made, through events, through speak­ers through peo­ple going directly to the com­mu­ni­ties mak­ing the case over and over again, never stopping.

Con­sider this pas­sage from the book The Bat­tle for the Falk­lands by Max Hast­ings and Simon Jenk­ins (the def­i­nite work on the subject)

An SAS offi­cer remarked dur­ing the cam­paign on the prob­lem that affects many Third world armies of con­cen­trat­ing on acquir­ing expen­sive tech­nol­ogy rather than apply­ing basic train­ing and skills. On his own trav­els abroad, he said, he found again and again that his hosts dis­be­lieved all that he told them about the achieve­ments of the SAS being based on inten­sive, cease­less metic­u­lous train­ing and prepa­ra­tion. “They all secretly believe that there is some pill you can take if you will tell them what it is.”

Lind­sey Gra­ham and Marco Rubio are appar­ently not up to it. They’d rather have a short­cut, a big friendly but­ton to make all their polit­i­cal prob­lems go away.

If they think this 1000+ page bill is that magic pill then the edu­ca­tion has to start with them.

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The great pay­check drought had a slight break as I noticed a tip jar hit I missed. We’ve actu­ally reached the $27 dol­lar mark for the week.

That $305 pay­check is still almost $280 away but a sin­gle big day can change that.

Will this be the day? It’s your call, con­sider hit­ting DaTip­Jar below if you wish to move things forward.

It was from such an unlikely beginning as an unwanted fungus accidentally growing on a sterile plate that Sir Alexander Flemming gave the world penicillin.  James Watt watched an ordinary household kettle boiling and conceived the potentially of steam power.  Would Albert Einstein ever have hit upon the theory of relativity if he hadn’t been clever? All these tremendous leaps forward have been taken in the dark. Would Rutherford ever have split the atom if he hadn’t tried? Could Marconi have invented the radio if he hadn’t by pure chance spent years working at the problem? Are these amazing breakthroughs ever achieved except by years and years of unremitting study? Of course not. What I said earlier about accidental discoveries must have been wrong.

Monty Python A book at Bedtime 1973

One of the things you tend to learn in business when you decide to go out on your own is the value of hard work.

When it comes right down to it there is no substitute to getting out there and doing what needs to be done, you can stall, you can it, no matter how many consultants you speak to, no matter how cool your apps no matter what kind of technology you use success at any endeavor involves the willingness to get involved and work at it.

A lot of people talk about luck but it’s a lot easier to be at the right place at the right time when you constantly show up.

It’s the same think with being a father it takes effort to raise good kids and part of that effort is to constantly remind and constantly teach the moment you stop teaching bad habits start.

And that brings us to the Immigration bill and conservatism.

Marco Rubio continues to push the illegal immigration bill with his aides in the belief it will make him clean with the  throwing out really interesting words while, Lindsey Graham declares without such a bill the GOP can’t win in 2016.  They are looking for that magic bullet to make republicans in general and Rubio in particular clean for 2016.

Some like Rush think it’s a question of money

What’s at play here is money.  If these elected Republicans are told by their donors that the money is gonna dry up if this amnesty thing doesn’t happen, what are they gonna do?

And if there’s a lot of it, if there’s a lot of corporation PAC money, corporate personal donation money coming from people who want amnesty, what’s gonna happen?

and while one should not discount the influence of big cash I think even more so they are looking for the easy way out.

I’ve argued over and over again that the argument for conservatism is an easy argument to make but what can be hard is to persevere in making that case.

You can’t simply say it once and go away, you have to go back, day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year and keep driving home the case for free markets, self-reliance and the advantage of freedom vs dependence.  Sometimes it takes a lot of years to sink in.  Consider this video that conservatives are going crazy over.

It’s a powerful statement, but take a look at Senator Guillory. He’s not a young man, it took a lot of years to finally make him see what liberalism is.

How many times do you think he heard the message of conservatism and rejected it before he finally saw it? What would have happened if the people who persuaded him decided it was too hard to keep making the case and instead choose to do something cosmetic?

Learning anything is hard, teaching anything is hard, it is repetition, it is training it is work, no matter how basic the message it has to be constantly reinforced, regularly made, through events, through speakers through people going directly to the communities making the case over and over again, never stopping.

Consider this passage from the book The Battle for the Falklands by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins (the definite work on the subject)

An SAS officer remarked during the campaign on the problem that affects many Third world armies of concentrating on acquiring expensive technology rather than applying basic training and skills. On his own travels abroad, he said, he found again and again that his hosts disbelieved all that he told them about the achievements of the SAS being based on intensive, ceaseless meticulous training and preparation. “They all secretly believe that there is some pill you can take if you will tell them what it is.”

Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio are apparently not up to it.   They’d rather have a shortcut, a big friendly button to make all their political problems go away.

If they think this 1000+ page bill is that magic pill then the education has to start with them.

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Olimometer 2.52

The great paycheck drought had a slight break as I noticed a tip jar hit I missed. We’ve actually reached the $27 dollar mark for the week.

That $305 paycheck is still almost $280 away but a single big day can change that.

Will this be the day? It’s your call, consider hitting DaTipJar below if you wish to move things forward.