Pat Condell places American politics in the larger context of European versus American style governance. As he says, Obama has already pushed America very close to the European model, whether one looks at economic issues, social issues, national security issues, or immigration policy. Condell’s clarity is enormously helpful in understanding what I’ve been pushing: This is not a Hillary versus Donald election: This is a “European one-world government” versus “Constitutional America” election. Again, I recommend not only watching this video but also sharing it if you can:
Christine Amanpour is not a journalist. She’s a vicious, unprincipled, loud-mouthed, bullying partisan hack, who has no interest in investigating issues but, instead, simply wants to imprint her hard Left, anti-West narrative on everything she touches. That’s why it’s so delightful to see Daniel Hannan refuse to let her bulldoze him and then put her firmly in her place.
Amanpour, incidentally, is typical of the transnational self-styled “elite” who have sought to control the Western world for their own benefit for the past 20 or so decades. While they’ve enriched themselves, they’ve impoverished the middle class, and reduced the very poor to such an infantile, dependent level that they can no longer care for themselves. My dream is to see the middle and working classes throughout the Western world rise up and, through the democratic process (i.e., the ballot box), remove all power from the hands of Amanpour and her ilk. They are fatuous, yet horribly dangerous, people who need to be sidelined. In a just world, Amanpour would be cleaning the toilets at a gas station, not broadcasting her toxic (and often highly antisemitic, and therefore anti-Israel) effluvia to the world.
Probably others have already noticed this, but it suddenly flashed on me that the transnational elites’ response to the successful “Leave” vote for Brexit is precisely the same as the #NeverTrumps’ endless temper tantrums about the fact that the wrong man won. When push comes to shove, the sophisticates, whether in the EU, the Progressive Left, or the GOP, believe in democracy only when they win. Otherwise, it’s “You’re stupid and I’m not going to play with you and I’m taking my marbles and I hope you die or that the bully beats you up because you’re stupid!” Or, as The Razor says,
Some things are too important to put to a vote when that some thing is your pet project. Democracy doesn’t work when votes are cast and you lose. The meltdown of the progressive transnational elite isn’t surprising to those of us who have raised kids. It’s nothing more than a toddler laying down in the aisle of the grocery store to have a fit when you refuse to buy him a breakfast cereal sugar-bomb, just those freaking out are much older, better dressed and speak with pleasant accents. Many of these people truly believe that they know better than others, and they cannot believe that the ignorant masses ignored them to do the opposite.
The Razor is referring to the post-Brexit meltdown amongst the “Remain” supporters, but what he says applies as well to those who insist that they will not vote for Trump because their principles are so important that they’d rather see Hillary turn the Supreme Court into a Progressive playground; seize Americans’ guns; continue Obama’s refusal to acknowledge that there’s a cancer in Islam that needs to be excised before it kills us; leave us with an open, unsecured southern border; accelerate amnesty to create a permanent Progressive voting base; turn the White House into a pay-for-play scheme the likes of which no one — not even her husband — contemplated; and at all times be vulnerable to blackmail by multifarious actors such as Russian, China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and anyone else who wants to have a behind-the-scenes role in American politics.
When Hillary’s had her day in America, the same principles that allowed sore losers to take a stand against Trump are going to be cold comfort to them and to the rest of us.
I have lots — and I do mean lots — of interesting links for you today. Before I start, though, I want to address a point I read from someone worried about what Brexit and Trump mean. In an age of anti-intellectualism, he said, bigotry is inevitable.
Believe it or not, considering that I wholeheartedly support Brexit and grudgingly support Trump, I agree with that sentiment. Where I probably differ from the person voicing the idea is that I don’t see the anti-intellectualism and resulting bigotry amongst the Trump and Brexit voters. Instead, I see it on the Left — in the universities, in the media, and in the offices of politicians and financiers.
You see, I’m a little old-fashioned in the way in which I define an “intellectual.” You don’t get to denominate yourself an intellectual simply because you attended or teach at a university, or have a white-collar job that first required one of those university degrees. Instead, when I think of an intellectual, I think of someone with a very broad, and often very deep, fund of knowledge about myriad things, ranging from history to literature to science. This person has read widely, has been exposed to the great thinkers of the Judeo-Christian, Western intellectual tradition, and is as open to true knowledge as a dry sponge is to water.
In today’s world, you will not find this broad-minded, rich intellectual in any of the universities, whether among students or faculty, nor will you find this kind of mind in the post-university white-collar professions. These academics and professionals may style themselves as an intellectual elite, but the evidence on the ground shows that universities no longer teach, they propagandize. Students are no longer exposed to broad swathes of history, literature, and science. Instead, they drill down endlessly into victim studies, victim literature, and climate change “science.” They come out of college less educated than when they went in. To the extent they might have entered with open minds and a basic grasp of logic, they emerge with tightly-closed minds and a ferocious bigotry, one that is based entirely on skin color, sex, and sexual orientation.
This bigotry holds that the only white people who aren’t evil are women and people from the LGBT spectrum. All other white people (i.e., straight men) must constantly virtue signal that they have accepted that they were born sinners and must spend their lives expiating that sin. This same bigotry holds that persons of color, any color, are weak and childlike, and must be protected from white males who fail to do constant obeisance to the victim hierarchy. “Good” whites, of course, understand how delicate persons of color are and treat them with the appropriate combination of reverence and condescension.
It is these anti-intellectual bigots who support a transnational elite that exists without regard to national boundaries or national values. The problem for these self-styled elites is that, while they benefitted from their transnational Progressivism, those over whom they’ve had power have suffered as the masses always do when an elite group parts ways with democracy and looks out for itself. This is why Trump and Brexit represent the triumph of democracy over the elite class’s anti-intellectualism and bigotry.
And now to the links, of which I have many:
The backdrop to my latest insane conversation with a Leftist is Brexit: The Movie. If you haven’t yet seen it, you should, because it explains how utterly unaccountable the EU’s decision-makers are to the people whose lives they control. It explains why the British wanted to leave this profoundly undemocratic entity.
In one small section of the movie, as a way to illustrate the overwhelming number of regulations governing every aspect of life in the EU, the film purported to follow someone from the time he woke up and looked at the number of regulations affecting him. This includes an allusion to a number of regulations governing pillows. You can see that bit starting at 32 minutes into the video:
I would say that the Brexit vote left me EUphoric, but that would be wrong. From now on, I’m just phoric. And for added phoria, some great political cartoons and a few just plain silly things:
Being a fast reader, I find it hard to watch longer videos, which unfold at the video’s speed, rather than mine. Occasionally, though, there’s a long video that’s so compelling I can’t take my eyes off of it. Yesterday, I watched one of those videos: Brexit: The Movie.
Clocking in at a little more than an hour and detailing every single reason the British should vote to leave the European Union, Brexit: The Movie should be the kind of video that makes your eyes glaze after five or ten minutes. This compelling video, though, is never dull or confusing. Instead, clearly and often amusingly, it walks the viewer through the EU’s labyrinthine bureaucracy, the fundamentally anti-Democratic nature of the EU, the damage the EU has done to the British economy, and the way economies can roar if freed from the EU’s bureaucratic rot.
An especially compelling segment graphically counts some of the seemingly innumerable regulations that govern every aspect of life in the European Union. Oh, and the video does all this with a lot of people strutting fantastic English accents from all regions and classes.
Regarding the economic points, the video is also an accessible primer about free trade versus government-controlled trade and damaging trade barriers. If a country’s people are freed to build lots of better mousetraps — whether we’re talking computers, toasters, steel, solar panels, cheese, or anything else — the world will beat a path to its door. Moreover, consumers at home and around the world will get the best quality everything for the lowest cost.
I urge you to carve out some time and then, armed with popcorn and a drink that makes you feel happy, settle down to enjoy Brexit: The Movie: