America is a divided country in part because half of Americans live in a fantasy land, predicated on fear and gossip, and entirely unrelated to reality.
(This is a companion post to the No. 7 Bookworm Room Podcast, which is embedded at the bottom of this post, or which you can find at Libsyn or at “>Apple Podcasts. If you like the podcast, please spread the word.)
I finally realized why I’ve been having such a hard time blogging (and podcasting) for the past few days. It’s because there’s nothing going on. Despite the 24-hour news cycle, the non-stop screaming from the Left, and the insanity of social media, nothing of note has happened in the world. Nothing at all. Instead, we’re getting made up headlines intended to convince credulous people — by which I mean most of the people amongst whom I’ve lived for the past several decades — that the world is coming to an end.
And that’s not an exaggeration. These people really do believe that Trump is a colorful amalgam of Satan, Hitler, the KKK Grand Wizard, and some hysterical television evangelist who wants to kill gays. That there is no evidence to support any of those claims is entirely irrelevant. Let me walk you through some of the madness.
Exhibit A is a little video that comes up every time I open Twitter. It doesn’t matter that I don’t follow Kirsten Gillibrand. It doesn’t matter that this was posted over 22 hours ago. And it doesn’t matter that this is not news. It’s the top of my Twitter feed no matter what:
This is not easy to watch.
But the face of this little girl, crying for her father who was taken from her in an ICE raid, is not something we can turn away from. Americans need to know the pain this administration is inflicting on families.
It also doesn’t matter that it was President Obama who separated families and put kids in cages.
The stunning thing about this bathetic crying child video is that the Left is advocating an entirely new standard here: If you commit a crime and have children, it’s wrong for you to be arrested or punished for your crime.
The unspoken caveat, of course, is that this applies only if you’re in this country illegally. If you’re a born and raised American, whether white, black, or Hispanic, and you commit a crime, the fact that you have children is irrelevant. You should have thought of that before you ran afoul of the law. But not if you’re in this country illegally, taking jobs from Americans, getting free education for your kids, and getting free healthcare, if only by showing up in the ER when you can’t pay. Then, children are your “get out of jail free” card.
Exhibit B is the outrage over a photograph of Donald and Melania Trump with a baby that survived the shooting in El Paso:
When I see the photo, I see an affirmation of life. Out of the carnage, a baby survived. To me, this is a good thing. To Slate’s reliably over-the-top Dahlia Lithwick, this is proof that Trump is a man bereft of a soul:
That’s the president, grinning and giving a thumbs-up, as the orphaned child is held out like a trophy. If words weren’t inclined to fail, ghoulish and surreal might serve. This child has no parents because a shooter spouting Trumpist talking points about foreign “invaders” went to El Paso to kill them. And while the president refused to speak to reporters, who were scolded by the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, in a statement saying that the visits were all “about the victims” and not a “photo op,” hours later, Trump released a campaign-style video of his triumphal comforting tour.
It is clearly a horrifying spectacle of degradation when even consummate soulless showman Anthony Scaramucci is forced to say that the trip proved to be a “catastrophe” for the president, who was incapable of demonstrating the requisite quantum of “compassion” and “empathy” to win the reality show seal of approval. But for all its failures as a television event, Trump’s failure served to remind us how truly small he really is. And maybe that is enough.
(Of course, Slate also insists that all the Fast and Furious movies are gay. No, that’s not the Babylon Bee. It’s really Slate.)
The trip through a Leftist fantasy land continues with Exhibit C, which is Elizabeth Warren’s blatant lie that a white police officer murdered Michael Brown in Ferguson five years ago. Again, I’m not exaggerating. That’s what she tweeted out:
5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.
Now, I’ve always known that Warren is a liar, something I’ve been telling people going back to my unpleasant experience having her as my banking law professor. Nevertheless, the little lies she told about exams and assignments pale in comparison to her advancing her presidential ambitions by telling a lie intended to increase racial divisions in this country.
And yes, it is a lie. Obama’s own DOJ concluded that Brown was attempting to wrestle Officer Darren Wilson’s gun out of the officer’s hand when Wilson shot Brown in self defense. And the “hands up, don’t shoot” line is predicated upon that lie.
Moreover, Warren should not get any credit for using Biden’s formulation that Leftists believe in “truth over facts” and arguing that, even if Brown wasn’t the victim of a race based police murder, America is nevertheless awash in such murders. Statistics show with relentless regularity that officers are less likely to shoot black suspects, not more likely. Just the other day, Heather MacDonald again debunked the lie, relying on yet another study about officer shootings:
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demolishes the Democratic narrative regarding race and police shootings, which holds that white officers are engaged in an epidemic of racially biased shootings of black men. It turns out that white officers are no more likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot black civilians. It is a racial group’s rate of violent crime that determines police shootings, not the race of the officer. The more frequently officers encounter violent suspects from any given racial group, the greater the chance that members of that racial group will be shot by a police officer. In fact, if there is a bias in police shootings after crime rates are taken into account, it is against white civilians, the study found.
Of course, Warren’s lie pales before Exhibit D, which is the fact that Joe Biden’s entire campaign is predicated upon the “very fine people” hoax. Here’s Biden’s announcement that he was throwing his hat into the ring:
If you didn’t have the patience to listen to him slur his way through his “I’m throwing my hat in the ring” announcement, Biden explicitly accuses Trump of calling neo-Nazis “very fine people.” But of course, that’s not what Trump said at all. As any person who hasn’t been brainwashed knows, Trump was referring to those who were distressed at the Orwellian impulse to destroy history. Moreover, Trump noted, quite presciently, that no figure in American history would be free from purges. He then explicitly stated that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville were bad people who should be completely condemned:
Nearly 200 years after his death, Jefferson’s birthday is set to be removed as a city holiday in Charlottesville, VA. Instead, the city’s mayor proposed replacing it with “Liberation and Freedom Day” in March to celebrate the emancipation of slaves in the area. The day is already celebrated, but Mayor Nikuyah Walker appears to want that day recognized as a paid holiday instead of Jefferson’s birthday.
Again, if you haven’t yet seen the PragerU video about this vile hoax, you must — and then please share it widely:
I have one more item to add to the Exhibit list when it comes to the fact that there is no news today, there’s only a fantasy world. Exhibit E is the fact that everyone — left, right, center, outer space, pro-Trump, anti-Trump, pro-Clinton, anti-Clinton — does not believe that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself. On my Facebook and Twitter feeds, I’ve seen people say the Clintons did it (to protect Bill), Queen Elizabeth did it (to protect Prince Andrew), the Russians did it (to protect Trump), Trump did it (to protect himself), the FBI faked it and he’s in a room somewhere being debriefed, or that every single high profile person in Epstein’s famous little black book paid off the prison guards. The one thing that nobody says is that Epstein offed himself.
In other words, in the fantasy land that is the American political scene in 2019, the only thing that binds Americans together is their shared disbelief that a high profile prisoner who was supposed to be on suicide watch successfully offed himself. If we could vote on that one thing and that one thing alone, our nation would finally have harmony….
My sense is that Jeffrey Epstein will not hurt Trump, even if Epstein names names, because Trump is all about stopping pedophiles, not being one.
I first learned about Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest for sex trafficking when I saw this tweet from News-weak:
I found News-weak’s framing to be interesting, to say the least, given that the politician mentioned most frequently in connection with Jeffrey Epstein isn’t Trump but is, instead, Bill Clinton. After all, it’s Bill Clinton who famously flew at least 26 times on Epstein’s plane to the latter’s infamous “Lolita Island.” Clinton also apparently ditched his Secret Service agents for at least a few of these trips. Those are facts, not rumor. I leave you to draw your own conclusions about Clinton’s behavior.
Another tweet makes it clear that Trump, while he may have said nice things about Epstein (probably because it’s his usual shtick to compliment people who is not his enemies), nevertheless appears to have steered very clear of Epstein’s unsavory activities and, indeed, to have meted out what consequences he could to Epstein:
As of now, I’m not too worried about Trump being swept into the hopper with Epstein and his activities.
I’ve also seen Leftists make accusations against Alan Dershowitz, claiming that he too will be caught up in Epstein’s wake. Again, I have my doubts.
Dershowitz is an interesting case because he’s completely honest about Israel, which ought to reveal to him that the Left is dishonest about everything. Nevertheless, he continues to self-identify as a Progressive.
You’d think that Dershowitz’s 98% Progressive track record would keep him in good odor with his fellow Leftists, but that’s not the case. Because he supports Israel, the Left is trying to destroy him. The engine of this destruction is the claim that Dershowitz, who represented Epstein as a defense lawyer in 2008, traveled on Epstein’s Lolita Express airplane and partook of the underage offerings on Lolita Island. Dershowitz has vigorously challenged these claims, but they dog him nevertheless.
What makes me believe that the charges against Dershowitz really are the garbage he says they are is the fact that it was Dershowitz, working with Mike Cernovich, who obtained the documents that re-opened the case against Epstein. Logic says that opening sealed records is the act of a man sure of his innocence. Were Dershowitz guilty as alleged I would imagine he would be working hard to keep all records sealed forever.
Generally speaking, what’s happening now reminds me of what happened a few years back in England, only the consequences here are going to affect the living, rather than rearrange the memory of the dead. To refresh your recollection about England’s pedophile sex scandal, it started after the death of BBC personality Jimmy Savile (or, to use his honorifics, Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile OBE KCSG), long-time host of the popular Top of the Pops. What emerged then was the undisputed fact that Savile was a major, extreme, highly-predatory pedophile. When his crimes became public, Savile was already beyond the reach of the law, so one can only hope that a higher power is giving him the punishment he so richly deserves.
The posthumous investigation into Savile’s conduct opened the floodgates. It turned out that, starting in the 1960s and continuing through the 1980s, what seemed like battalions of famous British media and political figures either participated in Savile’s pedophilia or covered it up. Moreover, the BBC — a so-called news outlet — knew about these people (some of whom it employed) and, rather than covering such an obvious news story, also engaged in a cover-up.
As my post caption notes, though, I want to make a bigger point than Epstein’s arrest: Starting from Day One of his administration, Trump has been quietly but powerfully focused on bringing down pedophiles and sex trafficking:
President Donald Trump is making good on his pledge to use the “full force and weight” of the U.S. government to break up child sex trafficking rings and lock up sexual predators.
Since Trump was sworn in, authorities have arrested more than 1,500 pedophiles in the United States.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order giving the FBI extra power to crack down on human trafficking offenses.
“This should be one of the biggest stories in the national news. Instead, the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?” Liz Crokin wrote for Townhall.com on Feb. 25.
The numbers are “staggering” when compared to the less than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests made in 2014 according to the FBI.
Keep in mind that the above article was published only a month into Trump’s presidency.
Moreover, when I read the news lately, especially the Daily Mail, I routinely see stories about mass arrests of people involved in child sex trafficking and pedophile. A lot of these arrests take place at the state, not the federal, level, but I can’t help feeling that the apparent acceleration in arrests comes from the top — that is, it’s a priority for Trump, so it’s a priority for the FBI, so it’s a priority for state investigators. And just as Dershowitz’s determination to re-open sealed Epstein documents is inconsistent with his having participated in Epstein’s perversions, I can’t help feeling that Trump’s priorities are inconsistent with any insinuations that he is himself a pedophile or someone who went along with illegal sex trafficking and pedophilia.
People are also finally beginning to realize that the real “#MeToo” movement in Hollywood isn’t sex abuse against women (although it’s bad), but pedophilia. Half a year ago, Kyle Smith wrote a powerful article on the subject, calling Hollywood a “sex-grooming gang.” Just the other day, another Disney child star went on record about the sexual abuse she suffered. Considering how many former Disney stars have gotten into substance abuse or, like Miley Cyrus, become both substance abusers (pot) and extremely weird, aggressive, and exhibitionistic about sex, one has to believe that Bella Thorne wasn’t the only victim. Someone also put together a long tweet thread with very creepy imagery coming out of Nickelodeon’s child star factory. Although that account has since been suspended from Twitter, you can still find articles about Dan Schneider, the subject of those deleted tweets.
In a world that sees the advertising and entertainment industries increasingly sexualize children, we shouldn’t be surprised that people in power want to have sex with them. It should be very interesting watching the Epstein chips fall. I’m pretty sure, though, that News-weak’s dream notwithstanding, Trump will not be a falling chip.