The Sophomore Jinx

Author’s note:

OK, I’m going to try something different here.  I’m sure all of you have been in this situation before:  You know exactly what message you want to convey, but you just know that it’s going to be difficult to express it in some form that meets your own literary standards.  In other words, you know that you’re going to have trouble eloquently expressing your thoughts.  Oftentimes, I spend more time changing the way say things, than I do thinking of what to say.  Not today, I’m just going to let things fly and let the chips fall where they may.  If you all think that what I write here is just a bunch of incoherent drivel, so be it.  I don’t have the time and I’m not in the mood to take the effort to make this sound good, so here I go.  It’s really a kind of experiment.  If this post gets a good number of pageviews, maybe I’ll just start half-assing everything.  That would save me a lot of time.

Liberals: I always suspected that they were full of shit, even when I was six years old, then, I knew that they were full of shit, now, I think that I can prove that they are full of shit, if you can just follow along with this poorly written, piece of shit, post.

Ummmm, that title’s kind of long.  I’m not getting off to a good start.  Alright, I want you to go back to a time when you were young, and learning something from somebody, someone who had a lifetime of experience with the subject.  It doesn’t matter what the subject was, auto body repair, gardening, baking, sewing, plumbing, using some piece of heavy machinery, whatever.  At first, you hung on to every word your instructor said.  What else could you do, coming from a position of being totally helpless and incompetent?  You may have made some mistakes, but they were relatively small and inconsequential. What difference did it make if you did a crappy welding job on a piece of scrap steel?  Your instructor would tell you what you did wrong, give you some advice, and have you try again.  This process would be repeated over and over, until you finally became at least somewhat competent, and that’s the point where you became dangerous.

A person who has no idea how to drive a semi-truck will never cause any harm to anybody with a semi-truck.  It’s only once he understands how to make the truck move, that he can be dangerous.  My father warned me about this a long, long time ago.  He referred to it as the “sophomore jinx”, the point where you’re confident enough to fly solo, but still have a lot to learn.  That’s when lessons are learned the hard way.  It’s almost always rooted in the novice either forgetting important advice, or thinking he knows better, asking himself “Why do I have to do it that way?”  More often than not, the end result is some type of small catastrophe, and the novice answering himself in a defeated tone, “Oh, that’s why.”

We’ve all been through this ourselves, and we should all be honest enough to admit it.  (Pick any piece of equipment, and I probably have some story about how I damaged something with it, and it was almost always, after the point where someone turned me loose.)

What separates smart people from stupid people isn’t whether they ever experienced the sophomore jinx, it’s whether they ever learn that the sophomore jinx exists.  At some point, people with any amount of intelligence learn that people who have a lifetime of experience, probably know better than they do, and it’s a safe bet that a lot of pain and suffering can be avoided by not questioning what they say, which brings us to...

Liberals.  Yes, you knew it was coming.  I told you it was.  It always does at this site, and it only took me six (count ‘em), six paragraphs, if you count the author’s note and that paragraph of a title. I wonder how many people have given up on this by now.  For those of you who didn’t, here’s a video for you to watch.   You don’t have to watch the whole thing, just the first few minutes, not because you haven’t seen it before (I guarantee that you have seen every image that pops up in the first three minutes), but because you have seen it before.

Do you see where I was going with that?  All those hippies.  They actually thought that they knew better than parents generation.  Most of the hippies were in their late teens and early twenties, back in the day.  That means that just ten years earlier, they were about ten years old, so they actually thought that in ten years, (and at least seven of those ten years were spent just being a kid, totally unaware of what was going on in the world), they somehow came to have a better understanding of how the world works than their parents’ generation.  Can you think of anything more arrogant?  

Back in the ‘60’s, liberals had an advantage.  Their ideas had never been tested in the real world, at least not in this country, they still had the question “What if?” not being answered, on their side.  This was a time when they could get away with regurgitating Marxist quotes like George Bernard Shaw’s famous,You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" bullshit.

Let me ask you, would you want someone who thought like that, operating heavy equipment nearby?  Would you want someone who thought like that, performing surgery on you?  Of course not, but those things could only harm you or people close to you.  We wouldn’t trust them to operate an end loader, but we gave people who thought like that, the keys to our country, turned them loose. and now, look what we got.  A $17 trillion debt, a decrease in our status as a world power, perennially high unemployment, huge percentages of entire segments of our population on welfare, record high numbers of children growing up in single parent homes, record numbers of people on disability and food stamps, a stagnant economy, taxes and regulations that make it impossible for a new generation of entrepreneurs to get a start, bankrupt and decaying cities filled with crime and gang activity, illiterate kids graduating high school, college graduates with a mountain of debt and no job prospects, and this is just what I could think of as fast as I could write it.

Now, maybe this all wouldn’t be so bad if liberals would say something like, “Hey, how were we to know?  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  It turns out we were wrong, and we are sorry.”  and maybe this wouldn’t be so outrageous if liberals would say something like, “Our ideas were sound, they just were not implemented properly.  We stand by our principles.”  The worst part is that the liberals cannot admit they were wrong and they never had any principles.

Remember the hippies?  Remember the ‘60’s?  I do, even if I was only seven years old when the decade ended.  I can remember them talking and singing about freedom.  I can remember them saying things like “Down with the man.”  and “Don’t trust the government.”  Where are we today?  Who’s trying to take away our freedom?  Who’s in our government?  Who is “the man”?

Remember the problems the hippies had with the police?  The fuzz?  The pigs?  How come now, we are witnessing this in so many cities run by liberals?

Why America's Police Are Becoming So Militarized


America’s police have become too militarised.
From the way police entered the house–helmeted and masked, guns drawn and shields in front, knocking down the door with a battering ram and rushing inside–you might think they were raiding a den of armed criminals.
In fact they were looking for $US1,000-worth of clothes and electronics allegedly bought with a stolen credit card. They found none of these things, but arrested two people in the house on unrelated charges.

Remember how the liberals distrusted and looked down upon our military? 


How come nowadays we’re seeing this?


Something strange is going on. Federal non-military agencies have bought two billion rounds of ammunition in the last 10 months. The Obama Administration says that federal law enforcement agents need the ammunition for “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions.”

Read more.

It seems so strange to me that the same people who didn’t trust the national guard several decades ago, now have no problem with arming the EPA.

The left has been so inconsistent, so self-contradictory, that I can only come to one conclusion:  They are envious failures that are hell-bent on revenge, and the only thing that matters to them is the destruction of traditional American culture, and it doesn’t matter what they have to do to bring that about.

It’s a shame that they couldn’t have a visit from the ghost of those who supported the Bolshevik Revolution, but ended up either getting killed or spending the rest of their entire lives in the gulags of Siberia.


  1. Just put you on my new blog, keep the good work.

    1. I checked out "The Paste". It looks like a very ambitious project. Thank you for including me. I wish you all the good luck in the world.

  2. There are two sides to every story: even by expressing your opinion so definitely, you are as likely to be as wrong as the next person. "No principles"? What if the principle you adhere to are wrong? Progressive politics has resulted in some of the rights you no doubt now enjoy, like the right to vote. People who are so publicly sure of their own opinion are so often so very wrong....frightening, really. I don't suppose the unrest in the cities could possibly be do with any past policies or beliefs which may have contributed to feelings of disenchantment, exclusion or inequity? What exactly ARE you saying?????,