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2012 – “No, I don’t regret anything”

2012 – “No, I don’t regret anything”

Fighting the conservative media on Newt, including attempts to strip Newt of his accomplishments and history.

Defending Rush against Media Matters and StopRush.

Helping advance Mia Love to national attention.

Fighting the false racial narrative in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Helping to defeat Richard Lugar.

Uncovering, documenting, talking about and videotaping the truth about Elizabeth Warren.

Starting College Insurrection, and exposing what goes on at campuses like Fordham.

Empty Chair Day.

Operation Counterweight.

Fighting the media narrative on Romney in the general election despite Romney not fighting the narrative himself.

Standing by the Tea Party movement.

Sticking up for Chick-fil-A.

David Gregory.

Fighting against a bad deal on the “fiscal cliff.”

It was quite a year.

Things didn’t always turn out as hoped.

But non, je ne regrette rien.

And neither should you.

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Perfect attitude, Wm: “Je ne regrette rien!”

If you regret any of the things that have made you a hero in our eyes, Wm, we’ll stop reading you. After we ask you to repent, of course.

While I’ve had my moments over events of the past year, I have to agree that I have no regrets.

But I think we’re going to need to make sure our seatbelts are fastened and the trays are in an upright position–it’s going to be a rough ride in 2013 (and beyond).

There are never regrets when you follow your core values.
Happy New Year, Prof. And thank you.

There is only one regret that those of sane mind share, with this fellow.

I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” Nathan Hale.

Professor, sometimes the most character is shown not by the side that wins, but by the side that keeps on losing and still fights the good fight, for a good cause.

I can’t recall where I saw it, but I remember a quote, “In a good cause, there are no failures – merely delays”.

I personally suspect that some day you will find yourself surprised to find that you (and your blog) one of the more influential sites out there. For the simple and compelling reason that you don’t make claims – you present carefully researched facts. And in these days of Photoshopped docs, false testimony, “depends on your definition of ‘is'” politics, integrity is like gold – it can’t be manufactured, and it is acquired only at great expense.

Happy New Years – I hope that your blogging has not kept you too much from your family, and please extend my thanks to your wife, for her support in you doing this.

1. Bill, thank you for your efforts and contributions. (P.S. Per radiofreeca, a special thank-you to Mrs. Jacobson.)

2. Happy New Year to you and to all LIans. Best wishes that future elections go better than this one did.

3. I regret nothing. There’s the rub.

If you mean you do not regret your decisions based on the information available at the time, I don’t quibble.

However, a year ago the GOP aimed—arguably, it expected—to retake the White House and the Senate. It failed to do either, losing seats in both houses of Congress to the campaign of a failed President. This, in a Republican year. Continue business as usual and imagine what will happen when the lay of the land favors the Democrats.

So when the GOP or a subset thereof says something like We were completely right all along and still are, I throw up my hands. When this attitude (way too smugly, way too glibly, way too often) surfaces at LI, my temptation is to post something that could get me banned.

4. We regret nothing? Okay, no argument from me. The question is what we should have done—and should do—differently, knowing what we know now (and knowing what we should be figuring out).

“Perhaps the most important bottom line in girding for 2013, is, if you care about capitalism and freedom, about a strong America and a safer, freer world, do not give up. There is a struggle of ideas going on here; and even when much seems lost — spun off the road, over the cliff — plenty may yet depend on even a few who keep the faith, and at the right moment, are ready with a plan.”

I agree with that.

The third of three really rough years is ending, for me. The future doesn’t look too bright, either. But I have no regrets, for much the same reasons as you, Professor. The decisions of a loving heart and a sound mind are not bad, regardless of the outcome.

For the coming year, I hope you will make the point that your type of conservatism is actually a solid way of obeying the command “Love your neighbor.”

I don’t see where you should have anything to regret, Professor. You did your best. Where is the regret in that?

I do have a few regrets…but I’d rather be sorry for something I’ve done than for something that I didn’t do.

Happy New Year, all. See you at the insurrection.

Joseph Farnsworth | December 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

Kudos, Professor. You are in my personal pantheon of pundits which includes Steve Pinker, Jonathan Haidt, blogger Steve Sailer, Jon Entine, the late Arthur Jensen, William A. Levinson,PE, and the late David B. Cohen. People who can or could be respectful and reasonable at the same time. And still make good cogent arguments. This definitely excludes the late Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Lewontin, Steve Rose, and Leon Kamin – all who, despite being bright and educated, could not extricate their shrill emotions from their discourse.

For the accomplishments enumerated above, and for surviving a personal encounter with LukeHandCool, I hereby nominate Professor William A. Jacobson 2012 MAN OF THE YEAR.
Is there a second to this motion?

Bravo, Professor. And thank you for all you do.