After last night’s SOTU, Americans instantly proved their innovation, creativity, intelligence, and can-do spirit by putting out great memes. USA! USA!
I didn’t care that the State of the Union speech went long. It was great: patriotic, optimistic, and filled with classic American values and common sense.
My response? I loved it. It went on too long and I didn’t agree with all of Trump’s promises, primarily because I think some of the things he promised aren’t the federal government’s job, but I loved it.
“Americans are Dreamers too.” The relentless celebrating of a unified American people of all races, colors, creeds, etc., and of the American spirit. Sour-faced black caucus members when Trump boasted about historically low black unemployment. Nancy Pelosi sucking her tongue as if it were a sour lemon lozenge. Democrats desperately trying to decide whether their base would like or more or less if they applauded when Trump praised the American people, America itself, freedom, and government’s role as the people’s servant, not its master.
Judging by the responses from Progressives on my Facebook page, those Democrats fared best who applauded least.
Unfortunately, I’m working on deadline and can’t write more. But I hope some of you can. What did you think?
I want to help inner city residents and minorities learn that the Democrats are not their friends — and that Trump is. I’ve tried to do so in this letter.
If you look at economic numbers for the years from 2008 through 2016 (when Democrats-controlled Congress or when President Obama was making rules without running them through Congress first), you will notice a few very clear trends:
- The overall economy was bad following the 2008 recession.
- The overall economy never recovered for people living in inner cities, especially blacks and Hispanics. These groups had the highest unemployment and the lowest wage recovery. Incidentally, inner city communities, Hispanics, and blacks are all loyal Democrat voters.
- The communities that did spectacularly well during that same time — enjoying high employment, high wages — were government workers in and around Washington, D.C. and a whole bunch of Democrat white people clustered in places like the San Francisco Bay Area or the wealthy suburbs of New York and Chicago. Many of these rich white Democrats, by the way, got rich(er) thanks to policies that allowed them to grab lots of government money. These people, too, are overwhelmingly Democrat voters.
Conclusion: Democrat policies are great for Washington bureaucrats and Democrat rich people and not so great for inner city residents, blacks, and Hispanics.
In the year since Trump became president, there have been a few more very clear trends:
- The overall economy has grown spectacularly.
- When it comes to jobs, the biggest beneficiaries have been blacks and Hispanics.
- Under Donald Trump, the number of government employees is shrinking drastically: employees who quit aren’t being replaced; employees who do a terrible job (for example, Veterans Administration employees who let vets die without medical care) are getting fired; and President Trump is challenging and sometimes firing upper level employees in the FBI, the IRS, the DOJ, etc., who refuse to acknowledge that he is president or to work with his administration.
- The people protesting most loudly against Trump, and the ones pouring the most money and energy into destroying him, are those same people who got rich (or richer) during the Obama years and who are now seeing their cozy relationship with government vanish. That is, they want to restore their glory years, not preserve and protect yours.
Conclusion: Democrats don’t care about you. If they did, they would embrace President Trump’s policies because those policies are benefiting you in ways Americans haven’t seen since the 1980s. Instead, they care only about themselves and this is true no matter how often they insist that they, and not Donald Trump, have your interests at heart. [Read more…]
The Gorilla Channel spoof of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a gift that keeps giving because it reveals the Left as credulous, incurious, and hate-filled.
Between actual paying legal work and endless college application forms for one of the Little Bookworms, this is my first quiet moment at the computer. Since neither the legal work nor the applications are done, you’ll get nothing profound from me today. Instead, I offer you a variety of Gorilla Channel jokes, some other laughs, and a few things to make you think.
Here’s the parody tweet that started it all:
Wow, this extract from Wolff’s book is a shocking insight into Trump’s mind: pic.twitter.com/1ZecclggSa
— the gorilla channel thing is a joke (@pixelatedboat) January 5, 2018
The original Gorilla Channel:
And the jokes are irresistible, starting with credulous Leftists making fools of themselves through confirmation bias:
My first illustrated edition for 2018 and it’s a doozy. I know you’ll get some good laughs with this one as well as some big smiles and thoughtful moments.
Following his unexpected victory, Trump is quickly becoming America’s most consequential conservative president, making him a one-man flock of Black Swans.
A “Black Swan Event” is one that:
- Comes as a surprise – i.e., a “high-profile, hard-to-predict, and rare event . . . beyond the realm of normal expectations in history, science, finance, [or] technology;
- Has a major effect, and
- Is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact because of psychological biases that blind people, both individually and collectively, to uncertainty and to a rare event’s massive role in historical affairs
A year and a half ago, pundits and pollsters gave Trump virtually no chance of winning the Republican nomination for President. Indeed, over half of America thought it was a joke when Trump entered the GOP primary in 2016. Feel free to raise your hand if you were one of the many.
Our country was in dire straits at that point. Obama, through regulatory overreach, new taxation, and Obamacare, had shackled our economy. Worse, Obama had taken our nation so far past the point of a constitutional crisis that it threatened a de facto end to our American experiment. As the November 2016 election approached, we were (and still very much are), to quote Victor Davis Hanson, in an “existential war for the soul of America.”
That war needed to be fought at multiple levels. Congress needed to have its Art. I Sec. I power restored. Only Congress has the power to pass and amend laws. But during the Obama era, we suddenly had “laws” from the President through executive orders (a constitutional violation so egregious even Saturday Night Live spoofed it); the regulatory bureaucracy, the FCC, the Courts, the DOJ, and even the Sec. of Education.
Our Supreme Court system, with its unelected justices, was poised to sit as a Politburo, subject to the addition of just one more Proggie justice. It badly needed to be reformed in line with Art. III.
Obama had entered into oppressive so-called foreign “treaties” — i.e., the Paris Accord and the Iran Deal — without Article II approval from the Senate. Those Frankenstein’s monsters needed to be revoked.
The list of necessary domestic battles at the end of Obama’s eight years went on and on: The economy had to be unleashed by rolling back the regulatory explosion under Obama. Rule of law and equality of justice for all — Hildabeast included — needed to be reestablished.
None of the above even touches upon Obama’s foreign policy accomplishments (or, more accurately, disasters), which left us with a Middle East in flames, ISIS ascendant, Iran on a glide path towards developing a nuclear arsenal, and North Korea building out its nuclear arsenal. Our new President would have to deal with a far more dangerous world than the one Obama had inherited in 2009.
As the 2016 primaries heated up, sixteen of the seventeen candidates, all of those not named Trump, seemed to be up to the task of righting at least some of the above. Then came the first of Trump’s Black Swan Events: he clinched the Republican nomination. Every aspect of that moment ticked off an item on the Black Swans checklist:
- Unforeseen: You bet’cha. By the end of the primary season, pundits were describing Trump’s victory as a “hostile takeover” and a “coup.”
- Consequential: Yes, because at a critical moment for our country, when we most needed an effective leader to stop the prog juggernaut, we instead got the seemingly least capable man for the job, and probably the only man who could lose the election for Republicans. (Or so I believed at the time. Given how close the election was, and given that probably only Trump could successfully make the case to Reagan Democrats in the mid-West states that he would turn the economy around to their benefit, I question whether any other Republican could have won Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and with them, the 2016 election.)
- Inappropriately rationalized afterwards: Yes, in the extreme, by me and a lot of other NeverTrumpers, but few as unhinged as Bill Kristol. Most NeverTrumpers, however, came back to the Republican fold over the issue of a Supreme Court nomination and Trump’s promise to nominate a constitutional conservative.
Then came the second Black Swan event, when Trump won the Presidency on November 8, 2016. Again, the Black Swans checklist plays out:
- Unforeseen: Virtually no pollster or pundit gave Trump any realistic shot of winning the general election — at least until votes were being tallied across the nation at about 9:30 Eastern Time on election night. Talk about shock and awe. If you need a quick shot of schadenfreude, YouTube has many videos showing pundits making a real quick trip through Kübler-Ross’s first four stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, and depression, with acceptance still not having kicked in).
- Consequential: Yes, because, as Kurt Schlicter has been wont to put it, Trump’s election meant “not Hillary.” The final Progressive offensive on the fabric of our nation that a Hildabeast presidency promised had just suffered a defeat akin to — and as consequential as — Drake’s defeat of the Armada Spain sent across the Channel in 1588 A.D. to overthrow the British government.
- Inappropriately rationalized afterwards? Heh. Lol. ROFLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. The Proggie left still hasn’t come to terms with the election, believing it to have been the culmination of Trump voters releasing their inner racist (according to the race hustlers), Trump voters releasing their inner misogynist (according to the 3rd wave vagina voters), and Trump’s evil plan, hatched in a urine soaked room in Moscow with Vladimir Putin and hookers, to steal the election by having Russia: (a) release actual DNC staff emails showing that the DNC did in fact rig the primaries to make sure Bernie lost to Hildabeast; and (b) by running what we now know was about $350,000 worth of ads on Twitter and Facebook, most of which did not appear until after the election. Russia’s laughably small outlay managed to steal the election from Hildabeast, who spent $1,200,000,000 on the election. My but those Rooskies are efficient.
And now we come to question of the moment. Was Trump’s first year in office so surprising and consequential as to itself rise to the level of a Black Swan event? This post says “yes”:
- Unforeseen: I and many another NeverTrumpers thought Trump could well be the death of the conservative movement.
- Consequential: Given that Trump is on track to be the most consequential conservative president in our nation’s history, I think that the answer must be a “yes — it was consequential.” As Mark Tapscott put it at Instapundit, Trump may well be “out-gippering the Gipper.” It is astounding that Trump is following through with a vengeance on virtually all of his campaign promises.
- Inappropriately rationalized afterwards? Given the daily inundation of MSM primal screams that Trump is an _________________ (fill in the blank with your favorite pejorative). . . . Well, I’ll leave you to answer that one yourself.
With that as preamble, let’s examine the specifics of Trump’s first year accomplishments: [Read more…]
Wow! In an epic tweet, Trump really spelled it out to North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un. It’s going to be wild if the rest of 2018 is like this.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
I’m not sure I can stand the excitement. I know that, even as I write these words, Progressives are taking turns fainting on couches, certain that the above tweet marks the first shot fired in a nuclear war. I think, however, that those who like a strong America as a bulwark against war-crazed tyrants are comforted knowing that we have a president who will not back down from a despot’s threat. Trump understands that you must stake out your position before the hyenas begin to gnaw on your body, not after.
For the Bookworm Beat, 2017 has been a wonderful and entertaining year. Moreover, this Bookworm predicts that 2018 will be even better.
I only believe the good polls. While the polling did prove accurate in Alabama, the reality is that for the past couple of years, those people who rely on polls are probably the same people who read their horoscope in the local paper every morning to plan their day. Nevertheless, how can I not like a poll — from Gallup, no less — that sees President Trump as the second most admired man in America, coming in only 3 percentage points behind Obama.
I’m not even bothered that Obama leads. Think of it this way: For nine years, the media has practiced a form of idolatry when it comes to Obama. This is not an exaggeration. From the beginning, he was a “magical negro” and a “light bringer.” He was regularly photographed so it appeared that he had halos, rainbows, or streams of sunlight radiating from his head. He was touted as the smartest man ever to occupy the White House and the greatest president since Lincoln, FDR, and Kennedy combined! Just when one thought the hagiographers couldn’t sanctify him more, they did. They always did.
Meanwhile, to continue the religious analogy, Donald Trump has been the Prince of Darkness. No, not the Prince. The Knave, the Garbageman, the Drug Dealer of Darkness. He’s been castigated as a rapist, a Hitler-esque fascist, a bigot, a homophobe, a misogynist, an antisemite, an Islamophobe, a liar, a traitor, and an incompetent — and that’s just in the news for any single day in the past fifteen months. And yet Trump still manages to be the second most admired man in America. Talk about a tortoise and hare victory for him.
- It appears that despite the media’s effort to destroy the Trump presidency, people have noticed a few things:
- they’ve noticed that the economy is soaring;
- they’ve noticed that race riots have stopped;
- they’ve noticed that gay people are still getting married;
- they’ve noticed that the actual rapists, with few exceptions, are Progressives;
- they’ve noticed the increased economic freedom that comes from fewer regulations and they anticipate the roar of the economy from lower taxes;
- they’ve noticed that an unchained American military wiped out ISIS;
- they’ve noticed that Europeans are voting like Trump supporters not Obama supporters in their own elections;
- they’ve noticed that the Trump administration is breaking up child sex rings and MS-13 gangs;
- they’ve noticed that China and the rest of the world are working with Trump to isolate North Korea;
- they’ve noticed that multi-million dollar football players look silly and uninteresting when taking a knee against the country that made them rich;
- they’ve noticed that the world isn’t warming, it’s cooling; and
- they’ve noticed that Trump’s rhetoric is about America and Americans, not about various race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation categories.
So even though Trump came in second, I call that a strong win — and that’s why this is one poll I believe. [Read more…]
Last year was a better year than I could have dreamed and I hope that, for Christmas, we get the promise of an even better New Year.
I was delighted with Wolf Howling’s caroling contribution to Christmas. I know you’ll enjoy all of the videos he posted, but I especially urge you to watch the Daily Caller’s 12 Days of Trump. I couldn’t stop grinning as I listened.
But here’s a fact of life for me here at Bookworm Room: It’s not Christmas without Josh Groban’s gorgeous rendition of O Holy Night. Every year, I get chills all over again listening to it:
Last year at this time, we were looking ahead and hoping for the best in a Trumpian, post-Obama era. This year, we’re looking back upon a spectacular Trump year and optimistically thinking it might get even better in the year to come.
Just think: Despite the hysterical “resistance” (which rose to sedition when it came from inside the government), Donald Trump has accomplished political miracles. He’s entirely erased every single affirmative act Obama put into play, from open borders, to Obamacare, to DACA, to the Paris Accord, to the Iran Agreement. [Read more…]
Adam Serwer, who penned “Nationalist’s Delusions,” an article smearing Trump supporters as racists returns; I fisked him then and I’m fisking him again.
Roughly three weeks ago, The Atlantic published what is pretty common fare for that magazine nowadays — a fact-free, logic-free riff posing as an intellectual attack on Trump’s supporters. The piece, by Adam Sewer — er, Serwer, was entitled The Nationalist’s Delusion.
I gave Sewer’s article a well-deserved fisking here. Because Sewer’s piece was so bloated, I stopped fisking halfway through. My brain cells were dying off so quickly I couldn’t afford to spend more time in his world. It was like rolling in muck that had toxic, hallucinatory fumes off-gassing around me. My intellectual well-being is worth more than that.
Well, the Sewer is back again, although not in the pages of The Atlantic. Instead, that magazine sent around an email begging people to spend $120 per year (or $12 a month) to join something called “The Masthead.” As an enticement, the email includes Sewer’s own annotations to his bloated, slanderous, illogical Nationalist’s Delusion.” As I fisked the one, it’s clear I must fisk the other too.
Because Sewer’s annotations appear only in the email, I’ll reprint his annotations in their entirety here. The indented text is from Sewer’s original article. The non-indented text comprises his annotations. My interlineations will be in colored font: [Read more…]
The Left’s hysterics over net neutrality reveal an ideology in the midst of a mental breakdown — which is disturbing, but still good for political humor.
It would have been nice to have kept the Alabama seat in Republican hands, but the truth is Trump doesn’t need it for now — he’s doing great on his own.
I’d be lying if I said I was pleased about what happened tonight in Alabama. I strongly feel that no Republican candidate should be taken down at the last minute by scurrilous claims based upon long ago memories from women who have shown themselves to be unreliable or even dishonest.
The reality, though, is that the media has been pounding away for weeks (“pedophile, pedophile, pedophile”) and that stuff seeps into people’s brains subliminally. It’s like old commercial jingles. Just being alive in the 1960s and 1970s meant that you could then (and probably still can now) sing a word-perfect rendition of the Oscar Meyer Weiner song.
Thanks to the media, Alabamans were starting to sing, “My candidate is a pedophile,” something that was grossly untrue even if one gave maximum credence to the WaPo’s attack dogs. Even if one assumed solely for the sake of argument that those women had no agenda and were remembering with perfect accuracy events from 40 years ago, the worst facts adduced were that Moore liked teenage girls, which does not pedophile make. That didn’t stop anyone on the Left, though, and apparently affected enough people on the Right.
Here are a couple of other thing to consider is that, while Moore is a stalwart conservative, he’s also a loose cannon. Anything he did that was the least bit . . . um, eccentric, would have been used to tar Trump and Republicans. While it’s true that Trump is successfully beating back the media, his life will be easier if he doesn’t have to deal with a whackadoodle Republican in his train.
The second thing to think about is that, had Moore been elected, the media and the Democrats (as if there’s a difference!) would have used him as a cudgel to drive Trump out on sex scandal grounds. I’ve already explained why I think that’s a ridiculous standard in Trump’s case (the voters knew who he was and elected him anyway) but, again, this deprives Lefties of some ammunition.
That’s the Moore issue. I want to make the rest of this post about Trump. Let me start by repeating Trump’s pitch-perfect congratulations to Doug Jones, along with his cheerful reminder to supporters that the ideological battle is scarcely over:
Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
As I see it, Trump has gotten little mileage out of Congress until just a few weeks ago, when the Stupid Party finally got its act together about taxes. Before that, Trump may as well not have had a majority in Congress. Moreover, if tax reform is as good for America and Americans as I think it will be, the elections in November 2018 really will be a whole new ball game for Trump and those Republicans who’ve learned any lessons from his presidency to date. And what would those lessons be?
Trump’s biggest successes as president have had nothing to do with Congress. He’s successful despite it.
An email is making the rounds among my conservative friends in which they share what they think about President Trump. The consensus is that they don’t like the man, but they sure do like what he’s doing. And that’s what I’ll talk about here.
I’ve decided that, unlike my friends, I like Trump quite a lot. I like him because, as Evan Sayet said, “he fights.” McCain and Romney were too “dignified” to fight, so they lost ignominiously. [Read more…]
Trump’s new Jerusalem policy, recognizes reality, ends a failed paradigm, begins a new era that finally promises peace in the Middle East.
— Tel Aviv (@TelAviv) December 6, 2017
I was all ready to celebrate the big news but Linda Sarsour’s bakery is refusing to top my cake with the words, “Jerusalem is, was, and always will be the capital of Israel.”
I need the Government to make her do what I ask. pic.twitter.com/NR77HH21s4
— Andrew L Griner (@fake_news_u_r) December 6, 2017
The proggies are trying hard to hide the fact that Obama’s economy was pathetic and that Trumps’ economy is already setting records that win elections.
Always nice to see Ron, isn’t it? That clip is from 1980, when Ronald Reagan ran on a promise to cure President Carter’s “economic malaise.” I put that clip up to make the point that our economy is always at the heart of our elections and at no time more so than when the economy is struggling.
When Bill Clinton ran in 1991 during a mild economic downturn, his tag line was “It’s the economy, stupid.” When Obama ran on a promise in 2008 to cure the economy than in deep crisis, he had no memorable lines, but his opponent did: “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should.” (Face palm.) And in 2016, when Donald Trump ran on a promise that he could restore a struggling American economy to strength, he used the phrase “Make America Great Again.”
Proggies may pretend that the only reason Trump won in 2016 was because 63 million people suddenly channeled their inner racist (IT WAS A WHITELASH, according to professional race hustler Van Jones), but the clear-eyed among them understand that Trump ran — and was in large measure elected on — the economy. Now that Trump is unleashing the U.S. economy, they are worried indeed. As I wrote months ago: “Trump, if he resuscitates the American economy, if he gives economic life back to the working class, he will be unbeatable in 2018 and 2020.” [Read more…]
My best guess: Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to telling a lie about legal conduct because he was taking the fall for someone very important.
Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying about something that wasn’t a crime, earning himself the very real possibility of jail time. The interview in which he allegedly stated this lie was with FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Strzok is an interesting guy or, at least, has left an interesting trail of slime wherever he’s been. He was was relegated to desk duty in July when Mueller allegedly learned that Strzok had been sending seriously anti-Trump, pro-Hillary tweets to an FBI attorney with whom he’d been having an extramartial affair. I say Mueller “allegedly learned” because I wouldn’t be surprised if Strzok’s affair and his fanatical support for Hillary Clinton weren’t open secrets in the Progressive FBI bureaucracy, just as every Lefty in the business knew about people such as Harvey Weinstein or Matt Lauer.
Strzok was also the man who discretely downgraded Hillary’s overtly criminal act into just a little bit of passing carelessness and interviewed her without putting her under oath or recording the interview. And then, based upon Flynn’s failure to track perfectly conversations that may or may not have been rightfully recorded he ensured that Flynn is facing jail time.
Now that we have a pretty good handle on all of the Big Lies coming out of the FBI and Mueller’s investigation, the big question is this: Why did Michael Flynn plead guilty to lying about something that wasn’t a crime in the first instance?
I’m willing to bet big money that two things led to him pleading guilty: [Read more…]