Both my computer and I have been moving sluggishly this weekend, but things have been happening at WOW! Magazine, the collaborative online magazine from the Watcher’s Council. If you crave more than my blog can offer, check these out:
Another day in which I didn’t blog as much as I would have wished. Thankfully, the team is working away at WOW! Magazine. If you check in today, you’ll find all of these great posts:
- The Bookworm Beat 9/21/16 — the “I’m mad as Hell” evening edition and open thread
- Hillary Clinton And The Second Amendment: Avoiding The Necessity
- Hillary, you are the deplorable one
- Black Lives Matter Hits Charlotte; Burning, Looting, 18 Cops Injured
- Noted Pervert caught sexting with 15-year-old girl
- Here we go again? Yet another false narrative begins
- Social Justice Narrative Sends NFL Ratings into Free Fall
- One Group Of Black Voters Trump Will Carry By 100%
- Dancing With The Stars: who got voted off the dance floor?
- The Bookworm Beat 9/21/2016 — the “hurry up” edition and open thread
- How to Write a Screenplay
- Those Were The Days
Trump has an ideology and it’s a good one. Trump has an actual plan that explains his appeal. How do I know this? Because, for unclear reasons, Politico.com decided to engage in actual journalism. Rather than viewing Trump as Satan in the Church of Leftism, Joshua Mitchell, a Georgetown professor looked at Trump’s actual platform and came up with some surprising conclusions.
It turns out that Trump is not Hitler reincarnated. Instead, he’s breaking the existing political paradigm and coming up with new ideas in American politics (although I view some of them as tried-and-true traditional ideas that worked well for everyone before the Democrats in the old South and the new Progressive party perverted them):
If you listen closely to Trump, you’ll hear a direct repudiation of the system of globalization and identity politics that has defined the world order since the Cold War. There are, in fact, six specific ideas that he has either blurted out or thinly buried in his rhetoric: (1) borders matter; (2) immigration policy matters; (3) national interests, not so-called universal interests, matter; (4) entrepreneurship matters; (5) decentralization matters; (6) PC speech—without which identity politics is inconceivable—must be repudiated.
These six ideas together point to an end to the unstable experiment with supra- and sub-national sovereignty that many of our elites have guided us toward, siren-like, since 1989. That is what the Trump campaign, ghastly though it may at times be, leads us toward: A future where states matter. A future where people are citizens, working together toward (bourgeois) improvement of their lot. His ideas do not yet fully cohere. They are a bit too much like mental dust that has yet to come together. But they can come together. And Trump is the first American candidate to bring some coherence to them, however raucous his formulations have been.
Put that way, how could I not support Trump?
When I was in school, I hated being forced to work with groups, since I too often ended up doing the lion’s share of the work (and, on a couple of occasions, did nothing, which made me feel uncomfortably guilty). As an adult, however, I’ve discovered the joy of working voluntarily with a group of like-minded people towards a single goal.
In the case of WOW! Magazine, the new collaborative online publication from the Watcher’s Council, we are a group of like-minded people who want to read and think about as many things as possible and then, being writers, to share that information, those thoughts, and the resulting analyses with others. In just the past 24 hours, we WOW! Writers have generated the following articles:
- When I say it is impossible to parody the Left…..
- Latest threat to mankind? American BBQ!
- School Attacks: Feeling Good Or Saving Lives, Part 5
- Barack Obama: The Losing Narrative
- New Polls: Black And Hispanic Voters Are Turning From Clinton To Trump
- [VIDEOS] Hillary and your Second Amendment rights
- [VIDEOS] Review: Monday’s episode of Dancing With The Stars
The stabbing jihad at the Crossroads mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, ended with no civilian deaths and only nine wounded because, entirely providentially, Jason Falconer, a firearms expert and certified NRA firearms instructor, was on the scene to take out Dahir Adnan. Adnan, in the course of a few minutes, had already stabbed nine people. Thankfully for the people at Crossroads shopping center, Minnesota allows concealed carry and the mall made a minimal effort to enforce its “gun free zone” status.
Israel’s experience in the last year shows that, in a fight between a gun and a knife, the gun prevails. In Israel, during the ongoing stabbing intifada, most of the terrorists have been quickly killed or disabled by gun shots from armed civilians, police, or members of the military. Israeli civilians weren’t always armed, although mandatory military training has meant they all know how to handle weapons. Israel, however, long ago realized that jihad takes seconds, but official responses can take a lot longer. It therefore substantially loosened its formerly strict gun control laws.
That moment of American-grown DIY jihad — and the way it illustrated the fact that guns can save more lives than they take — brings into sharp focus the issue of Second Amendment rights in America under either Hillary or Trump. Even before the stabbing jihad happened, Trump had already reminded Americans that, while Hillary wants your guns, she believes her life is more precious than yours and therefore is deserving of armed protection:
Now you know she’s very much against the Second Amendment. She wants to destroy your Second Amendment. Guns, guns, guns, right? I think what we should do is she goes around with armed bodyguards like you have never seen before. I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm. Right? Right? I think they should disarm. Immediately. What do you think? Yes? Yeah, yeah. Take their guns away. She doesn’t want guns. Let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away, okay? It would be very dangerous.
The media immediate tried to claim that Trump is inciting Hillary’s assassination, but people with half a brain (i.e., not Leftists) understand perfectly well that Trump was making a hypothetical point to highlight Hillary’s hypocrisy. Her worldview is “guns for me, but not for thee.”
On the heels of Trump’s speech and the Crossroads jihad, the NRA has released a short, powerful ad that graphically shows a world in which Hillary has “armed bodyguards like you have never seen before,” while the rest of us — you, your family members, your friends — are disarmed, sitting ducks:
People living in Chicago know exactly what that woman feels like. The Democrat regime in Chicago has disarmed the law-abiding, leaving guns in the hands of feral young men who have no compassion, no empathy, and no conscience. We are one Supreme Court justice away from turning America into the United States of Chicago — and the next president gets to nominate that one justice. Hillary will nominate the justice who believes you are undeserving of a tool that allows you to defend yourself and others. And of course, if Hillary wins, it won’t just be guns that make us the United States of Chicago. It will also be government corruption, economic despair, high crime, and a whole bunch of other social and economic ills endemic to areas under total Democrat control.
I could go on and on and on, but I’ll spare you that. If you’re interested in my thoughts on the Second Amendment (and they are, if I do say so myself, decently explored and explained thoughts), let me recommend my ebook, Our Second Amendment Rights In Ten Essays, which can be yours for only 99 cents. I estimate that it will take between 1 to 2 hours to read, which isn’t a bad money-to-time ratio.
If you are constantly on the lookout for up-to-date, thoughtful material on current issues, check out WOW! Magazine, the new collaborative website with posts from members of the Watcher’s Council and their friends.
Here it is: Your daily reminder that the revamped website for the Watcher’s Council is a brilliant collaborative online effort called WOW! Magazine. Since I last posted an update, Council members and their friends have uploaded all of these spot-on articles:
- Gang Rape A Girl, Get A Slap On The Wrist; Help Convict Them? 16 years In Jail
- Jill Soloway — Exhibit A for the premise that if Leftists didn’t have double standards, they’d have none at all
- VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren Flees When Student Calls Her Out For Lying About Her Ethnicity
- Forum: Can America Unite Again?
- NY/NJ Islamic Terrorist Taken into Custody after Gun Battle
- Jews and Guns
- Democracy In Action
- Colin Kaepernick: You Have the Right to Remain Silent
- Amazing Israel – Doctors Cure Paralyzed 6-Year-Old Girl
- U.S. wire payments to Iran Prove Obama Lied About Money Laundering
- The Bookworm Beat 9/18/16 — the “people are singing” edition and open thread
- The Trayvon Martin Case: Once More Out Of The Twilight Zone
- Does Progressivism — and its claim that there’s a “rape culture” — unduly burden boys?
- Sally Kohn appoints herself Chief of Speech Police
- Hillary Is Telling The Truth (For Once)
- Another predator takes advantage of a “gun-free” zone
- Special Sunflower Stricken with Offendeditis over Trump Hat
- Noted Gun Control Cultists do what they do best, lie
- American Workforce Shrinks While Foreign Workforce Increases
I don’t believe I’m exaggerating when I say that, if you visit WOW! Magazine regularly, you will be as caught up on the headlines as a New York Times or Yahoo News reader except that, unlike the readers of those publications, you’ll have a solid grasp of facts and be thinking about serious and honest indepth analyses.
I’m going to divide this post into “Hillary stuff” and everything else. Let’s go to town and have fun.
Ah, Hillary’s “basket of deplorables.” It’s the gift that will keep giving and giving and giving. Scott Adams believes that the same people who feel guilty knocking her off their mental ballot just because she had the (ahem) “bad luck” to get pneumonia will grab onto the “deplorables” remark as the lifeline they need to vote against her. Since he’s been darn near psychic about everything else in this crazy election cycle, I’m inclined to believe he’s got a point.
Trust James Taranto to dig deep into what Hillary Clinton said. I love his observation about Hillary’s differing standards for Americans and illegal or potentially dangerous immigrants:
Apart from “half,” she stands behind every word she said on Friday, including these: “They are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”
As Mollie Hemingway suggests, “They are irredeemable” is a strange thing for a professed Christian to say about anybody. Theology aside, it is a shocking thing for someone who aspires to the powers of the presidency to say about fellow Americans, even if she rightly thinks they hold deplorable views.
But according to Mrs. Clinton, “thankfully they are not America.” They are voting in an American election, which means by definition they are Americans. People beat up on Trump a while back for proposing an “ideological test” for naturalization. Here is Mrs. Clinton putting forth an ideological test for people who are already American citizens.
Assuming she makes it to the debate two weeks hence, a good question to ask her would be about the policy implications of all this. What if anything, as president, would she do about the “deplorables”?
David P. Goldman, one of the smartest, most objective conservative commentators around thinks that Hillary’s “deplorables” remark was the headshot that kills her campaign. From his keyboard to G*d’s ear, that’s all I can say.
What’s certain is that the Trump campaign is making hay out of the comment while it can:
WOW! Magazine, like the Watcher’s Council itself, is a collaborative effort. That means we all publish — and we all publicize. The latter task is a pleasure because I like the thought of sharing with you all these wonderful posts by my fellow Council members. It’s an especially great pleasure on a day such as today when I got calls from so many friends and family members that I didn’t make it to my computer until quite late in the afternoon. Knowing there are people who value my company offsets the stress for me — compulsive writer that I am — of not blogging.
- Barack Obama: Dangerous Transformation
- No Guns For You!
- Unarmed, of course does not mean what the Cult of Gun Control thinks it means
- Hillary Allows Kids To Ask Her Questions — At $2,700 apiece!
- One More Great Reason Not To Buy Anything Here Ever Again
- NYC: J’Ouvert, West Indian Parade Violence leaves 2 Dead, 5 Wounded.
- Obama Judicial Appointees: ‘Murder Jews, No Harm, No Foul’
- Of Course! Obama Gives Thumbs UpTo 49er Kaepernick’s ‘Protest’
- Why yes, I did do my part to increasing gun sales this past month
And again, the current plan is to add to the site a section in which we link to articles by non-Council members that we think you would enjoy.
Hillary’s cough has sounded awfully familiar to me — and today I finally figured out what Hillary’s endless coughing jags bring to mind. To back up a minute, though. . . .
As anyone following the news knows, Hillary’s been coughing a lot . . . an awful lot. Just today, while campaigning in Cleveland, Hillary practically coughed a lung out. Moreover, she was rude enough to cough into her hand, which has been de trop ever since the swine floor, rather than her elbow, the more socially acceptable way to cough:
Watching Hillary hack away, I finally figured out where I’ve heard that cough before. Think back, way back, to the Ernie Kovacs Show. I’m too young to have watched it in its first iteration, but I did see it when it was replayed on PBS back in the 1970s. One of the images that stayed with me was Kovacs’ character “Eugene,” who brings sound effects to everything he does. Near the end of a sketch, he checks out the books on a shelf, with one of those books being Camille (the English translation of Alexander Dumas fils’ La Dame aux Camélias). I’ve queued the following clip to the correct moment, but if it doesn’t start correctly, go to 9:51.
Yup. Hillary sounds exactly like the consumptive prostitute coughing in Ernie Kovacs’ comedic moment. I won’t draw any analogies, although I can’t help but add that the prostitute in Camille was surprisingly virtuous, ending any actual comparison with Hillary. What I will say is that I’m glad to have chased down the fugitive memory that was haunting me every time I heard Hillary hack.
Fifty years of data show that Democrat policies harm American blacks. All the promises of the post-Civil Rights era have failed. Worse, America’s Democrat leadership, especially its black Democrat leadership, no longer makes even a pretense of serving the needs of the American Black community.
Democrat elites, both white and black, are just like the European Union’s elites: serving themselves — their values and their bank accounts — without no regard for the people they ostensibly represent. Both the Democrats and the EU leadership ride roughshod over ordinary people’s values and ignore their needs. It’s high time, therefore, for American Blacks to have their own Brexit moment — call it a “Blexit” if you will — and turn their backs on the Democrat Party that has served them so badly.
In 1964, you had to give the Democrats credit for adaptability: After spending the late 1950s and early 1960s fighting desperately against the Civil Rights Movement, once it was a done deal they surveyed the landscape and realized that they could use the movement to their advantage. By attaching African Americans firmly to the government teat, Democrats figured that they could rely on a pacified black voting bloc to achieve perpetual political power. Indeed, LBJ is alleged to have made the politically incorrect boast that the Civil Rights act ensured that “I’ll have those n*****s voting Democrat for two-hundred years.”
Sadly, the Great Society legislation that LBJ and his Democrats instituted, while it has ensured those reliable black votes, has continued an American pattern: Every bad thing that has happened to blacks in America has been the result of government forces. Slavery lasted because the Southern legal system brutally supported it. Likewise, the Jim Crow era lasted as long and as virulently as it did because, again, the Southern legal system brutally supported it.
It’s almost certain that, without rigorously enforced laws separating facilities, criminalizing “miscegenation,” and foreclosing education and work opportunities, the free market would have improved black lives in the South. As Milton Friedman explained, in Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition, the free flow of wealth, without legislation and regulation impeding non-violent, non-fraudulent conduct, is the single best and fastest way to end just about any type of discrimination:
Trump is an unpleasant mixture of bullying, bombast, and boasting. I don’t like his style. But to those who are worried about his authoritarian streak, I’d like to point out that there’s only one candidate on the presidential ballot who has called for weakening both the First and Second Amendments — and that candidate isn’t Donald Trump. Indeed, unlike all tyrants everywhere, Trump supports an armed citizenry.
It may be because Trump’s too much of a damn fool or an egotist to believe Americans won’t love his version of heavy-handed authoritarianism (as opposed to anybody else’s), but the fact remains that he’s willing to let us stay armed . . . and Hillary is not. Moreover, once Hillary’s done packing the Supreme Court, the Second Amendment will be a thing of the past, with the First Amendment rapidly vanishing in the rearview mirror of American life.
Moreover, as I keep pointing out, while Democrats in Congress will do anything Hillary asks and Republicans will be as cowed by cries of “sexist” as they were by cries of “racist” during Obama’s presidency, when it comes to the Donald, Congress critters, both Democrat and Republican, will suddenly discover separation of powers, checks, and balances, and some spine.
Conservatives have a choice — They can gamble that they will be able to save some pure form of the Republican party or conservativism if they vote for Hillary or sit out the election, or they can gamble that they will be able to save some remnant of our Constitutional republic if they vote for Donald.
My take is that the first tactic is not a gamble at all: It’s a sure loser. Whether Donald wins or loses, the Republican party and traditional conservativism are dead. If you like, you can think of Trump as the zombie remnant of the Tea Party. The Tea Party was enthusiastic, polite, and committed to the Constitution. Progressives and Democrats naturally wanted to kill it. The real shocker, though, was the vengeful glee with which the GOP slashed, stabbed, maligned, undercut, and otherwise destroyed a truly grassroots movement.
The Tea Party is dead and buried, and Zombie Trump has risen in its place — coarse, powerful, and very effective at getting into the heads of both Democrats and Republicans alike. The GOP can never be resurrected, but perhaps we can raise up a stronger, purer form of conservativism in the place of that which the GOP destroyed.
And what about the gamble of voting on Trump? The way I see it, it’s anybody’s guess now whether Trump will be sufficiently conservative to leave some salvageable remnant of a constitutional America, or if he’s the Devil in disguise and will destroy it. Definitely a gamble. But Hillary’s a sure thing — she’ll destroy the country from Day 1, expanding government, packing the court, limiting speech, destroying the right to bear arms, flooding the country with immigrants who will quickly become Democrat voters, refusing to acknowledge the Islamic jihad directed against us, abandoning Israel to the wolves, and entering into grotesque cabals with anyone, foreign or domestic, who’s willing to pay her in cash.
Bottom line, I’d rather take a gamble to save my country, then pretend I’m preserving a party and ideology that have already committed suicide before our eyes.