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Charlie Kirk's rightwing group "Turning Point USA" is allegedly all the rage with the young folks on "campus," although it's funded by a bunch of decidedly non-college-aged billionaires. The group does wholesome political stunts like wearing diapers to own the libs and sharing funny rape jokes on one official chapter's discussion channel. They're such a big success that they want to bring diapers, rape jokes, and other solid conservative values to Britain, which is why the internet is dropping its collective jaw today at some December video from a little talk given in London by TPUSA leader Candace Owens. Answering a question about whether anyone should be put off by the term "nationalism," Owens explained that it's a perfectly acceptable term, especially since it opposed (((globalism))), which is a very bad thing indeed. Oh sure, maybe the term makes some people think of Hitler, but that's mistaken, because in truth, Hitler was a globalist. If he'd just stuck to being a nationalist, he woulda been fine!

Here's the conservative thought leader sharing her thoughts:

I actually don't have any problems at all with the word "nationalism." I think that the definition gets poisoned by elitists that actually want globalism. Globalism is what I don't want.

Oh, OK. Kind of a weird thing to be saying in another country that your organization is trying to spread to, maybe, but sure. Now, do you have any thoughts on, say, Hitler?


Whenever we say nationalism, the first thing people think about, at least in America, is Hitler. He was a national socialist. But if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK, fine.

The problem is he wanted, he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize, he wanted everybody to be German, everybody to be speaking German, everybody to look a different way. To me, that's not nationalism. So in thinking about how it could go bad down the line, I don't really have an issue with nationalism, I really don't.

See? If Hitler had merely confined his ambitions to making Germany great again, then who could judge him? And maybe Austria and the Sudetenland, too, because like that was greater Germany, he believed. It was when he started fiddling around with other countries that he went wrong.

Gosh, it's almost as if she is forgetting something that Hitler was pretty big on in his program of regreatening Germany. Perhaps someone in the class can tell Ms. Owens.

No, Candace Owens literally has no idea what you're talking about, nationalism is fine as long as you only exterminate your own Jews.

Also in the People Who Do History Good bin today is Hugh Hewitt, who, thank Crom, knows why the Nazis were actually bad. It is because the Green New Deal is simultaneously communist and fascist, you see. He explained it all on his rightwing slob "radio" program today while talking about how dumb certain congressladies are with their socialist fascism!

Hewitt asked his guest, Larry Arnn, president of the rightwing educational powerhouse Hillsdale College, what he thought of silly girl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's contention that a massive public investment in green jobs could put the economy on a clean, sustainable footing. Poppycock! Arnn replied! Ocasio-Cortez may think the US government spent its way to prosperity with the New Deal and WWII, but don't be silly, he explained. "We paid for all that by people working." Oh! So the part of the Green New Deal where people will not work is definitely a non-starter, then. Good thing it's not in there. Then he went on a tangent about Austrian economics (those Austrians again!) and the beauty of the free economic choices of Americans, which kind of makes us wonder if he really thinks Americans during WWII just built their own bombers in their garages to sell to aircrews over in England.

Also, that young lady is pretty impertinent!

[The] energy in work is located in the individual. And this woman thinks that's it located in her, all of 29-years-old or however old she is, can't write grammatically. And she thinks that "I understand now how to remake the greatest nation in the history of the world. And if I do what I do, everybody will be well off, and I don't even have to refer to their freedom."

Hewitt got excited about the beauties of the free market himself, as if he'd just got back from Bible Camp, and explained that when government tries to accomplish anything, like addressing climate change, the result is inevitably war and/or genocide:

Let's depart for a second and pause on modesty, about the ability to human engineer. Because Adam Smith's brilliance was the invisible hand of millions of decisions acting independent of each other. Those who are immodest about their ability to shape humans end up murdering millions of them.

How true this is. The Moon program is a great case in point: Sure, we got TANG and Velcro, but we also had millions murdered by all that government spending. This is just logic. Same with the New Deal, which if you look at it, probably caused Hitler!

But what about freedom? If you tax me, or, worse, say I can't have a gigantic pickup truck, then you have become a despot. Given the choice between limiting my desires for a really nice truck and having a planet my grandkids can inhabit, I will always choose the truck, because FREEDOM. Then followed a little Freedom Duet:

Arnn: This idea that we look away from the people of America in order to get the power to tell them what to do in detail, that's despotic.

Hewitt: It is despotic. That's it. It is not socialism, it is communism, it is fascism, it is despotism. It drains all freedom out of America and if we had a media class that understood a lick about history, they would know this.

How true this is. Why, if you even TRY to do anything to stop the runaway warming of the planet, then we might as well live in SOVIET NAZI GERMANY, because Hugh Hewitt knows who is Hitler, and it is the Green New Deal!

Which honestly, we hear, would be OK as long as it had no globalist aspirations.

And now, barring Mueller Time, we end this long-ass day with THIS, your OPEN THREAD!

[BuzzFeed News / Daily Beast / Media Matters]

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Hello! Here a beautiful open thread for you to not comment all over, so that you don't not comment all over Dok's book club post.

I was gonna drop my Nonnie's recipe for Easter bread in here, but apparently it has to proof overnight and is also for approximately 87,000 people, so not much of a point to that! (Though here it is if you really want it. She doesn't do the egg thing, but if you want, you can put some dyed raw eggs in the braided dough before you bake. And you can add sprinkles, and anise if you're gross and like gross things) I was gonna try and make it myself last night, but have instead opted to just make waffles. Waffles are FINE.

So instead, I shall just leave you with this absolutely terrifying version of The Velveteen Rabbit starring Marie Osmond as said velveteen rabbit. Coincidentally, Marie Osmond is also Nonnie's 2nd arch-nemesis, after Rachel Ray (Rachel Ray because she doesn't pull her hair back when she cooks, and Marie for reasons I'm not entirely clear on but which I believe are related to a Weight Watchers commercial).

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT starring Marie Osmond - full length feature youtu.be


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Happy Day Before Half-Priced Easter Chocolate Day, Wonkers! Time to wrap up our Wonkette Book Club discussion of Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal, by Erich Rauchway, a historian at UC-Davis. We're increasingly convinced the book might have just as well been titled Herbert Hoover: Christ, What An Asshole! As ever, even if you haven't finished the reading, jump in anyway -- there won't be a test!

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