Donald Trump’s moving Memorial Day speech, plus a few other reminders of why we honor the fallen today.
A Victor Davis Hanson article and a Progressives’ fact-free attack text perfectly offset Conservative rationalism against Progressive emotionalism.
This blog’s motto is “conservatives deal with facts and reach conclusions; liberals have conclusions and sell them as facts.” One of these days, I’ll get around to changing the word “liberals” to the word “Progressives,” so that my motto is completely accurate. Otherwise, I think it’s correct in all respects.
Certainly Trump’s election has highlighted the vast difference between Right and Left, with the former hewing to what I call Conservative rationalism and the latter giving themselves over completely to Progressive Emotionalism. Two things that I saw yesterday are exemplify these differences.
The first thing that I saw yesterday was Victor Davis Hanson’s really extraordinary article entitled “Regime Change By Any Other Name?” Hanson offers five different, but interrelated, views of America’s political scene since 2008. He opens by identifying all of the horrible, and provably fake, accusations leveled against Trump. Here are just a few of the many falsehoods he calls out:
Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election.
There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton.
Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered people begin killing themselves in alarming numbers.
Nor were there mass resignations at the State Department upon his inauguration.
Nor did Donald Trump seek an order to “ban all Muslims” from entering the U.S. Instead, he temporarily sought a suspension in visas for everyone, regardless of religion, from seven Middle Eastern states that the Obama administration had earlier identified as incapable of properly vetting travelers to the U.S.
The first lady did not work for an elite escort or prostitute service. She never said that she and young Barron Trump would not be moving to the White House. Barron does not have autism.
The multitude of fake news stories Hanson identifies make a compelling, logical case that Trump is on the receiving end of an exceptionally vicious smear campaign. Having established this fact, Hanson moves to the second part of his essay, in which he offers one jam-packed paragraph identifying everything the media has ignored in its rush to lead with a false Trump narrative: [Read more…]
Saudi Arabia respects Donald Trump because he promises to partner with it against Islamic extremism, without trying to change the Sunni Arab nations.
From the first moment Trump’s plane landed in Saudi Arabia, things were different:
Ignore those who try to say that, once off the tarmac, Trump finally did bow to the King of Saudi Arabia, just as Obama did. What the footage actually shows is that the tall Trump stooped to receive an honor from the shorter Saudi king (who was seated next to an unveiled Melania). Trump’s was no act of obeisance:
There was also the fact that King Salman, the aged ruler of Saudi Arabia, shook hands with Melania, an unveiled woman:
Perhaps even more amazing was that the leadership in Saudi Arabia sat with and spoke to an unveiled Jewish woman:
So what’s going on? It was Obama who had the love affair with Islam but in Saudi Arabia, it’s Trump and his family who are being feted with tremendous respect. Here’s what I think is happening: [Read more…]
Impeachment is a Progressive, GOP, #NeverTrump pipe dream. On known facts, there’s no basis, so here’s a slap in the face to snap you out of your fear.
I see it all over my Facebook feed: triumphant Leftists, certain that we’re on the verge of impeaching Trump and weak-kneed conservatives, egged on by ever-hostile #NeverTrumpers, certain that the Progressives are correct and that it’s all over now. Well it’s not all over.
The only reason Progressives think they’re in the catbird seat is that Trump voters are allowing the media to live in their heads. As for #NeverTrumpers, I suspect that they imagine a halcyon future in which a dignified, refined President Pence presides over a dignified, refined Republican golden age. As if!
I don’t care how wonderful Pence is (and I think he’s awesome). The reality is that, if the Democrats can bring Trump down, no Republican will ever again be allowed to occupy the White House. If Trump goes on the shoddy, fake grounds currently asserted, so goes our republic.
Russia? So what if people, including Trump people, talked to Russia? Russia may be a geopolitical foe in the larger sense, something that’s theoretically true for every nation in the world, but during the entire Obama administration, Russia was not the enemy. Remember this? [Read more…]
A look at the bad (the media’s slow motion assassination attempt) and the good (which is that your vote for Trump was a good thing and he’s doing fine).
My post title blatantly copies Scott Adams’ post today — The Slow-Motion Assassination of President Trump” target=”_blank”>The Slow-Motion Assassination of President Donald Trump. Adams pulls no punches. After making the point that there is nothing impeachable about the President saying he “hopes” his friend is cleared, Adams explains the slow motion assassination that’s taking place before our eyes:
Watch the headlines and pundits today transmogrify “hope” into “asked to end the Flynn investigation.”
That isn’t news.
That is an assassination.
I also think we are seeing with the recent leaks the first phase of Mutually Assured Destruction of our government. The leaks will destroy Trump if they continue. But if that happens, no Democrat and no anti-Trump Republican will ever be able to govern in the future. Payback is guaranteed. The next President to sit in the White House will be leaked to the point of ineffectiveness. And that’s how the Republic dies.
Adams actually things the digital revolution which pave the way from our Constitutional representative democracy into some sort of electronic direct democracy. I’m not so sanguine. I see chaos, followed by a dictatorship (because that’s invariably what ends chaos), followed by . . . well, I don’t actually know, but it’s not good.
I don’t want to talk long-term now, though. This post is dedicated to a series of quick links examining the current state of our politics, the slow motion assassination that Adams identified, and the reasons that you’re not crazy to have voted for Trump and to continue to support him. Indeed, if you pull back from the obsessive media behavior and the puppet-like responses in D.C. to media malice, you’ll see that things really aren’t that bad.
A full-throated intellectual defense of Donald Trump. This article came out in January and I’m just shocked that I missed it. Daniel Bonevac, an academic (yes! an academic) from the Univesrity of Texas in Austin (where he’s the only conservative in his department), explains precisely why he voted for Donald Trump. And he gets it. He totally gets it.
The article is long and I can’t find a specific quotable quote because it’s so dense with ideas (although never stuffy, confusing, pompous, or boring). I can assure you that you’ll feel smart, happy, patriotic, and reasonable once you read it. Then you should share it with your fellow Trump supporters because, in the face of months of sustained attack, it’s a real morale booster. I’m not exaggerating. Bonevac’s post one of the best things I’ve read in I don’t know how long and every non-Leftist, whether a Trump supporter or not, should read it. [Read more…]
Cultural appropriation be damned. I am finally coming out of the closet as a trans-cultural Redneck and proud of it. Allow me to explain.
I was raised in the belly of the beast, San Francisco, by European immigrant parents who fully embraced upper class, European culture in all of its arrogant glory. We didn’t have the money, but I was taught to have all the right attitudes. They were drilled into me from the cradle: imported cheese, classical music, foreign movies, and a sneering disdain for the ordinary Americans who liked working with their hands, watching fights and drinking beer.
Still, despite this pressure to be an American elite, I kept slipping up. While the family was cooing over a nice runny Brie, I was in my room, squirting quick hits of canned Velveeta in my mouth, hoping no one would catch the tell-tale orange stain around my lips. Instead of being grateful for my Mom’s carefully packed school lunches, complete with brown bread and vegetables, I was desperate to get my hands on my schoolmates’ Wonderbread™ sandwiches and Hostess Twinkie™ snack cakes.
Music was an issue too. I kept my face politely bright when I was dragged to the symphony or the opera, feigning interest in Mozart’s Requiem or Verdi’s Madama Butterfly, but my heart wasn’t in it. Even as the musicians played and the singers sang, I had a separate track in my head playing Slim Whitman, Hoyt Axton, Marty Robbins, and Johnny Cash. I wasn’t a purist, by any means, of course. There was plenty of room throughout my school years for Top 40s music, but opera made me wish I could break out in hives as an excuse to leave the room.
Things got worse when I hit my hard-Left, highly-ranked college. With every passing year, it became harder to feign respect for the professors who droned on at the front of the room, reading off of stale old notes. As they preached Marxism in the classroom, either directly or indirectly, I couldn’t get past the fact that they lived in expensive homes, complete with Hispanic maids and Japanese gardeners, dined out at fine restaurants (organic before it was in), and regularly traveled to (of course) Europe. My classmates revered them; I thought they were pompous, hypocritical windbags, and the fact that I got good grades from parroting their cant back to them only increased my disdain.
VDH comments on the most scandalous thing of all about Comey’s firing: namely, the fact that firing bureaucrats for malfeasance stopped for eight years.
Victor Davis Hanson has a habit of writing brilliant posts. When something is a standout even by the high standards VDH has set for himself, you know it’s a must-read.
Today, VDH tackled Comey’s firing, not by focusing on the firing itself, but by noting that he’s the first bureaucrat to be fired in eight years. That no bureaucrats have been fired before does not speak to their probity. It speaks to the fact that we’ve created a culture in which bureaucrats can save their jobs by batting their eyelashes at the media cameras and then boasting about their Progressive credentials: [Read more…]
Now that the media has discovered that people like to hear what President Trump has to say, it’s making sure to silence his voice.
In the run-up to the 2016 election, the media reported every single word that President Trump uttered. Every. Single. Word. It did so because its collective Leftist brain thought that, whenever he opened his mouth, he reminded his audience that he was so stupid and awful that he would be incapable of winning the general election.
So it was that during the primaries Trump got substantially more air time than his opponents. Part of this was because he said outrageous things of the type journalists can’t resist. More importantly, though, as shown in this clip from that obscene dim bulb, John Oliver, the media desperately wanted Trump to be the Republican candidate, on the theory that he could not possibly win:
Once Trump became the official Republican candidate, the media again breathlessly reported his every utterance. It was inconceivable to them that people — even those mouth-breathing conservative people the media so disdains — could listen to Trump’s sometimes elliptical, shorthand way of speaking and to his “bizarre” messages (patriotism, national security, pro-energy, pro-Israel, anti-political correctness), and actually want the man to be president. After all, how could anybody after listening to Trump not want this in the White House? [Read more…]
A delectable illustrated edition tracking today’s insanity. This particular edition is dedicated to Caped Crusader, may he rest in peace.
Comey has been playing fast and loose with his powers as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, making it entirely appropriate for Trump to fire him.
James Comey deserved the boot and I’m only sorry that he did not get fired on Trump’s first day in office. Despite being the top law enforcement officer in the land, Comey played fast and loose with every precept of law enforcement. He handed out immunity like candy, destroyed evidence, failed properly to question witnesses (including Hillary), and then did his bizarre dog-and-pony show on July 5, 2016, in which he laid out facts manifestly indicting Hillary, only to effectively usurp the Attorney General’s power by announcing that everything Hillary had done did not amount to an indictable offense.
Having set the bar so low, Comey sank even lower when he did nothing about the corrupt Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton airplane meeting, re-opened the whole Hillary matter days before the election, and then closed the whole Hillary matter days before the election. Lately, Comey has been playing the drama queen before Congress, including the drama queen’s habit of exaggeration, which resulted in his claim that Huma had loaded her sex-predator husband’s laptop with hundreds of thousands of documents. I have wondered in the last couple of days if we’ve been watching Comey’s slo-mo psychotic break play out on live TV.
The most scathing indictment of all regarding Comey came from Tucker Carlson:
Pay attention to the damning language at the end of Carlson’s riff:
Just how powerful was James Comey? Let’s put it this way: He was feared in a way that no appointed bureaucrat should ever be feared in a free society. Time and again, elected lawmakers on both sides came on this show and expressed worry and concern about his behavior. But they did so only during commercial breaks with the camera off. Why? Because they were terrified of the prospect of criticizing him in public. They certainly don’t have that fear the sitting President of the United States and that tells you everything you need to know about Jim Comey.
It was not Comey’s job to thread the political needle. It’s never been his job to thread the political needle. His job, always, has been to conduct clean, honest investigations into such things as Hillary’s national security violations (which Comey himself established she committed, despite a shoddy investigation) and the allegations regarding Trump’s Russian contacts (which, to date, are proving to be a whole lot of nothing). Everything else he did was gratuitous and improper.
What Comey revealed himself to be was a 6’8″ tall tube of ego and hubris. The Russian investigation will continue, because Trump’s got nothing to hide, and the Democrat kerfuffle and furor will go away in a matter of days when Trump does something else to trigger their horror antennae.
Meanwhile, the Comey affair has generated a vast number of amusing and smart tweets, a few of which I’ve gathered here: [Read more…]
The first hundred days concept is ridiculous as shown both by objective analysis and by a media swoon over Hillary’s first hundred days as “not-President.”
Pravda . . . um, I mean the mainstream media has been tremendously excited about what it characterizes as the failure that is President Trump’s first hundred days. A few stalwart conservatives have pushed back, and God bless ’em for doing so, but the reality is that most Americans who only passively absorb headlines are thinking “Hmmm. Maybe Donald Trump is a failed president.”
What’s great about Scott Adams is that he’s sidestepped the whole debate and pointed out how perfectly stupid the entire first hundred days concept is:
In science, you don’t have much of an experiment unless you have a control case for comparison. For example, you can’t know if a drug helped with a particular disease unless you study the people who didn’t take the drug at the same time as those who did.
But the pro-science people forget this concept when thinking about politics. Where is the control case for Trump’s first 100 days?
Is it George Washington’s first 100 days?
Is it Jimmy Carter’s first 100 days?
And which prior president came to office in 2017 with identical problems and the most polarized political environment in history?
And just how long is it supposed to take to revise Obamacare? Do we compare it to the time Abe Lincoln repealed and replaced Obamacare? Or how about the time those other presidents repealed and replaced Obamacare in the year 2017?
Only after making that objectively intelligent point does Adams discuss the subjectivity of the analysis. After all, we conservatives are thrilled by Neil Gorsuch, an appointment that the drive-by media sees as a disaster.
Those who are offended by brute force tactics in the battle against social justice warriors forget that we are in an ideological war with real enemies.
He’s been making popular, funny videos challenging social justice warriors for over a year now, but somehow I managed to miss entirely the Chris Ray Gun phenomenon. This video, which just popped up on my radar is great (and technically very well done) . . . and it’s not the only one of its kind. In fact, it’s part of a whole “Social Justice : The Musical” series Chris did. (Language warning.)
Here’s one more scene from his “musical”:
Now that you’ve watched and enjoyed those videos, I bet you’re going to do precisely what I did, which is to head over to his YouTube channel and watch his other stuff. You’ll see that, as is the case for so many of today’s noisy, clever, in-your-face young challengers to the stifling edicts of social justice warriors and Progressivism generally, he’s not a “pure” conservative. Instead, he’s a “sick of this Leftist” crap young man who’s willing to put himself out there in a big way to challenge to SJW paradigm that is dominant in education, entertainment, sports, and most of the other aspects of American culture that intersect with millennials.
Which brings me to another thought: When it comes to this “in your face” quality, Chris is right up there with others leading the fight against social justice warriors: Milo, Paul Joseph Watson, Ann Coulter, Steven Crowder, and our own President Donald Trump. None of them are much given to polite debate. They are willing to be vulgar, rude, insulting, belittling, and even obscene when they challenge the Left.
Indeed, these conservative firebrands often use the social justice warriors’ own tactics against them, even if that means digging into the Alinksy playbook. After all, the Alinsky playbook is not about core ideological issues. It’s a tactical, or procedural, manual, not a substantive one.
The firebrands are this way because they understand that this is not a college debating team. They have figured out that America is in a zero sum ideological war. Only one side is going to walk away the victor from this one. We not dealing with competitors; we are fighting dangerous enemies.