The Conservative Apologist Twitch

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Robert Ringer


Though I rarely watch Sean Hannity anymore, I’m nevertheless grateful to him for unmercifully pounding away at the Dirty Dems day in and day out.  That said, I am obliged to point out a habit of his that makes me cringe when I do watch his show.  It’s his seemingly compulsive need to make apologetic, qualifying statements.

Example:  Whenever Hannity starts to talk about corruption at the FBI, he immediately interrupts himself and assures his viewers that “This isn’t about the tens of thousands of rank and file FBI agents who are honest, hardworking patriots.”

Question:  How does Hannity know that corruption at the FBI is only at the top?  All FBI agents have power, and we all know that power corrupts.  The only thing different about top-echelon FBI officials is that they have virtually absolute power, and Lord Acton clearly warned us about the danger inherent in such power.

If rank-and-file members of the FBI are so pure, where have all the whistleblowers been throughout the fraudulent Russia-collusion investigation?  Certainly, there must be many rank-and-file agents who are aware of at least some of the corruption involved in this massive hoax.

Likewise, Hannity repeatedly says that 98 percent of illegal immigrants are “hardworking, law-abiding people who just want a better life for themselves and their families.”  Question:  What evidence does he have to back up such a statement?

But being fair to Hannity, he’s far from alone when it comes to this compulsive habit.  Such qualifying statements seem to be ingrained in the apologetic psyches of a majority of conservatives.  We all remember Malevolent Mitt’s reference to Barack Obama as “a nice guy” and Mush McCain’s calling him “a decent family man.”  Question:  On what did these two political jellyfish base such statements?

Even the great Laura Ingraham, a giant among conservative populists, had one of those apologetic-twitch moments recently when she said of Michelle Obama, “… for all of her beauty, her glamour, her obvious accomplishments, the former first lady just can’t get past race.”  C’mon, Laura, there’s no possible way that you believe Michelle Obama is beautiful, glamourous, or accomplished.

So, why did someone of Laura Ingraham’s exalted status say such a thing?  I call it “the conservative apologist twitch,” a kind of nervous self-intimidation.  Radical Left zombies are so vicious that conservatives intimidate themselves into believing that they have to prove they are kind, gracious, fair-minded people.

Sorry to break the news to those who can’t seem to rid themselves of the conservative apologist twitch:  The Dirty Dems are not impressed!  In fact, they’re laughing at you.  And they certainly will never respond in kind.

That’s right, the enemies conservatives face day in and day out never qualify anything and never apologize for their words or actions, no matter how despicable they may be.  On the contrary, they religiously stick to the teachings of dear leader Saul Alinsky:  “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”  No apologist twitch in that, for sure.

Wake up, conservatives!

The Real Immigration Issue

I was glad to hear someone finally touch on the real immigration issue when Rush Limbaugh appeared on Fox News Sunday, because it’s a subject that has annoyed me for quite some time.  However, since Rush didn’t make the point as crystal clear as I would have liked, I will try to do so here.

When it comes to illegal immigration, everyone — including Donald Trump and most Republicans — is focused primarily on drug smuggling and violent crime.  They have fallen into the same old diversion trap that the Dirty Dems spring on them on just about every major issue:  Divert the focus of the debate away from the foundational issue and bog everyone down in minutia:

“Undocumented immigrants commit less crime than regular citizens.”

“Most drugs are coming in through ports of entry, so a wall would not help prevent it.”

“Undocumented immigrants contribute to the economy.”

Blah, blah, blah.

All of these “arguments” are intended to distract from the real issue — illegal immigration itself.  Drugs and other crimes are just subsets of the underlying problem — i.e., that millions of illegals have entered the United States over the past 50 years and are continuing to do so today.  (The fact that most of these illegal immigrants are poor and low skilled is, again, just a subset of the underlying problem.)

Advice to President Trump:  When it comes to illegal immigration, stop talking about drugs and crime, as it only invites debate from the Loathsome Left.  Instead, focus on the indisputable fact that entering the United States without government authority to do so is, of and by itself, a violation of laws passed long ago by both Republicans and Democrats.

The real solution to illegal immigration is to do whatever it takes to put an end to all illegal immigration.  If you stop illegals from entering the country, you stop all of the subsets of illegal immigration in the process, which includes drugs and other serious crimes.

C’mon, guys, stop tiptoeing on this subject and get to the heart of the issue:  All men, women, and children who are in the United States illegally should be removed — immediately.  No discussion needed.  And no, compassion is not a justification for breaking the law.  Sorry about that, Dems.

Bob “Perv” Menendez Back in Form

Speaking of illegal immigration, suspected pedophile New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, who escaped a long stint in prison in 2018 by the skin of his teeth, is apparently pursuing a career in standup comedy.  In his latest attack on Donald Trump, Menendez said that “if you cross the border undocumented, (Trump) has now made you a criminal.”  Attempting to outdo himself, he went on to say, “If a person has a ‘driving while under the influence’ violation, he is now making that, saying that that’s a criminal.”

Hey, Bobby:  Trump doesn’t need to make DUIs and illegal entry into the United States criminal offenses. They already are!  Both of them have been codified law in this country for decades.

Robert Ringer

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30 responses to “The Conservative Apologist Twitch”

  1. Belinda Consten says:

    You are completely right Robert. In their attempt to appease and appeal to everyone the Right cannot bring themselves to state the obvious: What part of ILLEGAL don't they understand?

  2. Gary says:

    You make so much sense regarding Illegal Aliens, yet, many US Citizens do not understand.

  3. Dep42 says:

    People such as Hannity and Ingraham have a desire to be seen as fair-minded and nice, an unfortunate weakness when faced with an implacable, ideology-driven opposition that will say (or do) anything as long as it advances their position.

  4. Richard Lee Van Der says:

    Yes, Sir! Tell it LIKE IT IS! Thank you!

  5. Jerry Spillane says:

    So what's the problem with being "kind, gracious, fair-minded" — principally a "fair-minded"?
    Well, I guess RR wouldn't know a lot about athe with his infantile name-calling, etc.
    Point taken on "The Real Immigration Issue",

  6. Mic says:

    I think the issue here is that there is a vast swath of our population that many call the middle or moderates. These individuals don't typically subscribe to positions that are too far in either direction on *most* though not all issues. I once read an article where the author surmised that most of these moderates break into degrees to the left and right, i.e. some are a little more right on most issues and some are a little more left on most issues, but generally, don't subscribe to extremes in either case.

    If that is true then I believe what Hannity, Ingrahm and many others on the right are attempting to do is strike the balance by not offending this group of what they believe to be the moderates. To win them over to their side. I think they believe that by saying things like 98% of illegal immigrants are hardworking and decent people they feel that appeals to this moderate group, while still retaining some semblance of leaning to the right. I believe the hard left doesn't care if this group goes there way because they will NEVER be happy until they have converted our country into a socialist country and simply don't care if this moderate group follows them because this moderate group is flawed in their opinion anyway.

    Whether that will work remains to be seen, but clearly every election cycle you always here the pundits claim whoever can claim more of this group to their campaign will win the national election. I think they are just trying to find a way to make sure those people go more right than left.

    It does seem to surprise me how this group in the middle does seem to influence national elections a lot so possibly there is something to it.

  7. Ivan says:

    DUI laws have become more strict for reason as they have become more criminal if death occurs. In the last couple days in Ca 6 victims including a cop were killed by dui’s. Try to joke to the families Menendez and see if your ass is on a stick. Immigration laws cover the full spectrum of character, background records, job skills, and being sponsored by someone of integrity. And don’t buy your way in, wait your turn. It’s an area of the law that should become even more strict in today’s world.

  8. Rick G says:

    Good article, Robert! For a good while, I've noticed that people in general make statements when talking that tend to be irritating at times. For example, people who keep using the word " sorry" over and over in a sentence. "……blah, blah, blah, sorry……" It is, this "sorry", and that " sorry" that drives me nuts. Women tend to do that more than men I notice. I knew one girl who once said, "So sorry, so very, very sorry.", over and over. And what gets me is, even though they say they are "sorry", they do whatever it is that they are doing anyway.. They could have said, "Ha, ha, ha, too bad for you that you are annoyed, I'm going to do it anyway!" Same result, same outcome.

    And people, who in the course of talking, use the word "right?" over and over. For example, "Last night, I was driving home from work, right? So, I stopped in 7-11, right? And picked up a 12-pack, right?…….? I feel like saying, "I don't know, did you?"

    Another bit of annoyance to me is, when a white person is saying something negatively about a particular black person or persons. They say, "I'm not against black people, but……." Or they say, "I'm not a racist, but……….". I think, "Why are you being so offensively defensive?"

    But, as far as this article is concerned, the Radic-Comms never mince words when they attack, unlike Conservatives. That is why, I never mince words when striking back against them (the Radic-Libs). After all, what is good for the goose, is good for the gander. And every likeminded person should do the same.

    I'd like to give more examples and talk more SORRY! But gotta go! SORRY!

    • Rick G says:

      Just thought of another one. A person who repeatedly says, "Are you serious?" over and over in a conversation. I feel like saying, "No, I'm just joking!"

  9. larajf says:

    It amazes me when people spin the words. If someone comes across the border undocumented, they broke a law. The act is illegal. What part of it's against the law don't they understand. And it wasn't Trump who put the law there…wasn't it Clinton? AUGH it just makes me want to scream sometimes at the hypocrisy and chosen stupidity. And I don't know why pundits feel the need to apologize or soften their tone. They shouldn't. It's like they're expecting someone to judge them…..well the Dems do judge harshly….so if you're going to get judged anyway, maybe you shouldn't care?

    • Jean says:

      Actually, immigration laws have been in place for over 100 years. Anyone crossing the border or entering the country without valid documents was considered illegal and was subject to deportation. The difference is that thanks to Teddy (Bare) Kennedy's push in congress, we began giving amnesty to lawbreakers and that set a precedent.

      And you're correct in your assertion that the left will always judge you harshly if you disagree (Stalin was lightning on that – he had you killed and your history expunged), so you may as well just say what you think and be done with it. That is the major change that has occurred in the national dialogue, and the reason for the move toward speech suppression by social media outlets such as Twitter, Disqus and Facebook. Leftists aren't used to pushback, and like every other bully, they start screeching about how your speech hurts their feelings.

  10. Smith says:

    We should not qualify; illegal acts are illegal, not a tough concept. This should also include the many violations by many current laws of the U.S. Constitution. During my 30 years as a LE Trainer I learned that we are all cut from the same cloth, the human race. There are good and bad actors in every walk of life, at all levels. We were training during the Randy Weaver events and I was pretty vocal about his probable guilt and the FBI being a shining example to LE. Someone later anonymously sent me Gerry Spence's Move for Dismissal in that case which included not so good things done by FBI. I was shocked as I had FBI on a pedestal. I was still young and dumb and viewed things as they should be, not necessarily as they actually are.
    The fact is we have been corrupted by actual Russian influence by their Active Measures programs in place since the end of WWII, not to mention during and before that. No probably cause to investigate the Clintons and others? Only in a corrupt Justice Department. Many of those people are the results of our corrupted education system, at all levels. It is obvious to anyone who has been on the planet longer than 30-40 years. Thank you Mr. Ringer for your efforts to educate.

  11. Scott theczech says:

    It is perfectly acceptable to be an apologist, argue and debate, without qualifiers. If the point one is making is valid and defensible, then one should just make the point. Come, let us reason together – right? It is too bad that a powerful political class (re Democrats/Socialists) exists that will not and probably cannot, effectively argue their thesis. The conservative class would do well to heed RJR’s advice here; quit begging their pardon!

  12. Stephan F says:

    “The real solution to illegal immigration is to do whatever it takes to put an end to all illegal immigration.”

    Absolutely correct…here’s how:

    The solution to illegal immigration is not to build Trump’s wall.
    The solution to illegal immigration is not to force employers to use e-verify.
    The solution to illegal immigration is not to send in the National Guard to patrol the border, and
    The solution to illegal immigration is not to legalize millions of undocumented workers.

    The solution to illegal immigration is to eliminate each & every freebie the federal, state & local govts currently grant these lawbreakers when they come here.
    The solution to illegal immigration is to fire, prosecute, & jail each & every govt employee that spends one dime of taxpayer money (meaning any money at their disposal) or provides any free service or benefit to an illegal alien.
    The solution to illegal immigration is to enforce current legal immigration laws on the books. And if we need to modify or update those laws, then lets do it – no more anchor babies.

    And finally,

    The solution to illegal immigration is to once & for all QUIT APOLOGIZING when talking about issues like illegal immigration.

    It’s too bad those born in a foreign country that didnt have the opportunities the U.S. use to have, but you and I are not our brother’s keeper. I think it’s a shame I wasn’t born with the looks of Clark Gable, the personality of Cary Grant, or the physique of Jack LaLanne. That’s life, you just have to make the best of it, so get over it. And thank your lucky stars you weren’t born in Russia or Europe in the early 1900’s.

  13. Mary M says:

    Stephan, Thanks for your comments which are right on. If the illegals couldn't get any more free benefits in the U.S. they would be marching back to their homelands in caravans.

  14. Dave M. says:

    Well written my Tortoise Friend. I've also stopped watching the RINOS Hannity, Ingrahm get al for the very same reason. Do they really believe the Dems will give them credit for their appeasement? Nope! Words do mean something. Illegal means not legal. Period.

  15. WILLARD says:

    Send all illegals back to their own country and save our country,

  16. Xping49 says:

    You're right. I get tired of the "hug a lib" approach some conservatives have. They won't get credit for it. Just speak truth and hold firm.

  17. Rip Read says:

    About 15 years ago, I became a LEGAL immigrant to Mexico. I'm an artist, and relocated for a couple of years to Cabo San Lucas, opened a small gallery, and had a great experience in the process. To make all that happen, I engaged a top attorney there that was very politically connected. The process took nearly a year and about $10K in legal fees and "other" costs…to not only move there, but to LEGALLY work there…an almost impossible thing to make happen because it might possibly displace a Mexican national's job/income. You would not believe how consistently protective the Mexican government is, when it comes to anyone wanting to "work" there, not just simply retire there and contribute money to their economy, of which there are hundreds of thousands.

    During my time there, I became aware of about 100 INSTANT DEPORTATIONS, by Mexican officials. They don't mess around…NO due process…NO questions asked…NO investigations…NO hearings EVER. The deportee, even if they have an established LEGAL business, are NOT afforded ANY concessions…period.

    The deportee is NEVER made aware of any potential to be deported! Here's how it works…EVERY TIME…A group of heavily armed police show up at your house between 2 and 5 AM (while you are most likely sleeping). They pound on the door…rip you out of your residence with NO courtesy of any kind…not wearing clothes, no shoes, no problem…NO excuses or questions allowed. After an aggressive 30 minutes of screaming at you, handcuffing you, shoving a Deportation Order in your face…and more, they allow you to pack 1 bag under heavy "supervision" and force you (and your family members, if any) into the back of their vehicles…not even allowing you to ask a single question…or to even lock up your house or apartment.

    The next move is to take you IMMEDIATELY to the nearest commercial airport, where their agents "guard" you closely until the very next flight to the US departs. It doesn't matter where you came from. If you're from California, and the next flight out is to New York, Dallas, or Detroit…it matters not…that's YOUR problem…YOU are a criminal…YOU are aggressively made aware of that FACT…and you are GONE…as is, usually, any assets, including real estate, belongings, etc. which are confiscated and DISAPPEAR.

    That's how Mexico handles ALL "ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS"…with or without "papers"…and, sadly, anyone else that they deem either a threat or detriment of any kind to their economy, culture, or "national interests". I've long wanted to point this out…the other side of the equation…how, just on the other side of the border things are very different. Even if you were brought to a "hearing", and had a great lawyer, thanks to their justice system, based on Napoleonic Law (no presumption of innocence…and no juries)…ALL burden of proof is on YOU.


  18. Gary Waltrip says:

    The apologetic conservative twitch has made me uncomfortable for some time, though not on a conscious level. Your post has made me consciously aware. There is one exception where I have been more aware. In defense of Southern heritage many bumper stickers proclaim “Heritage Not Hate.” However, the slogan inadvertently gives credibility to the notion that Southern heritage may be reasonably interpreted as hate. By denying the slander you highlight it. We should not shoot ourselves in the foot.

  19. Chris says:

    I think that Robert and many of you are missing the point of the "conservative twitch". Nobody thinks that Dems care about what we really think. It is for the purpose of possible converting the fence-sitters, those who call themselves Independent or Moderates. Most of those people can be swayed – either by the Reps acting fair-minded, or the Dems denigrating the Reps.

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