Most of the time, I retain my equanimity when dealing with Trump haters and Biden lovers. Today, I cut loose just a little bit.
I am in an unusually feisty mood today. I try not to be in feisty moods. I tend to write or say things I regret when these moods descend upon me. I was hostile to two people on Facebook and just stopped myself from responding to a very hysterical letter about Trump.
I’m sharing everything with you now because maybe that will get it out of my system and allowing me to return to the imitation of serenity that I try to impose on myself most of the time.
I’ll start with that hostile letter. The letter writer – a leftist Jewish woman — was deeply offended that conservatives would care about Jews, because we’re all going to die here from the virus, and it’s all Trump’s fault. She also said that millions will die from preexisting conditions because of Trump and that Trump will replace Roe v. Wade. Also, Trump is a dictator who can only be compared to Hitler. He doesn’t give a damn about Jews, blacks, Hispanics, immigrants, and LGBT people. He is, in other words, evil personified.
I wrote the letter below and decided, at the last minute, not to send it. I’ve learned that engaging with crazy people is like getting sucked into a black hole and, while there, being gnawed relentlessly by thousands of rabid rats. But this is what I wanted to say before common sense reasserted itself:
I meant to begin this email by stating how impressed I was that you could correspond from the concentration camp in which Trump has placed America’s Jews preparatory to slaughtering them. You don’t deserve that kind of sarcasm, though. I can see that you’re genuinely upset here.
I might also have pointed out that Trump cannot take away Roe v. Wade. Only the Supreme Court can — and the most that the court can do is return the matter to the states, which may make their own choices about whether to allow abortion within their borders or not. Along the way, I would have said that the slaughter of 61 million babies since 1973 is quite a Holocaust, but one that doesn’t seem to concern you much. But again, I see that you are frightened of the prospect of de-federalizing the abortion question, so I’ll leave that one alone too.
As for his not caring about the blacks, well, I will admit that Trump doesn’t seem interested in defining people by and limiting people to their skin color. The fact that he’s past laws that help get out of prison the black men whom Joe Biden put there with his 1994 Crime Bill is surely an accident, as is the fact that he’s finally funded Americans Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Other than that, all he did was deliver a roaring economy that most benefitted blacks and Hispanics — but he was trying to benefit all Americans when he did it, so you’re right, he doesn’t care about blacks or Hispanics.
My parents were indeed immigrants. They waited patiently for nine years to come to America. It wouldn’t have occurred to them to sneak into the country and live here illegally while taking benefits from taxpayers. I guess there was something very wrong with my parents.
I can’t write about Obamacare as I can’t afford it. I’m not in the class of people who are heavily subsidized, but I am in the class of people who’s private market policies went up so dramatically in price that insurance is beyond my means. Let’s just say I’m not a fan of Obamacare. But clearly, it means a lot to you, and I respect that. I believe in the free market. Government mandates always strike me as costly, inefficient and reeking of political favoritism.
As for the virus, we must agree to disagree. While Trump was closing the borders and creating task groups, Biden was calling him a xenophobe and making vague statements about sending money abroad as he did during the incredibly incompetent Ebola response. While Trump was mobilizing the American industry to provide PPE and ventilators, Biden was still talking about Ebola. Only later did Biden start saying that he would use the government to make PPE more available.
Trump also had the opportunity to use the virus to become a full-blown tyrant and take over all of America — but he didn’t. Instead, he respected federalism and told the states to do what they felt they needed, knowing that he would support them in all ways. He rushed equipment to them, mobilized better testing after the CDC’s dismal failures, and helped built emergency hospitals (or send hospital ships), which were never used. New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and one or two other states had the brilliant idea to lock up healthy people and mandate that nursing homes, filled with the old and sick, must take virus-infected patients. The death rate was appalling.
You’re obviously someone of strong opinions and deeply felt emotions. I think it’s fantastic that you reach across the political divide to read a conservative site. I would urge you, though, to gather more facts, think more deeply, and, for God’s sake, turn off MSNBC. It’s rotting your brain.
As I said, I refrained. That letter-writer was a tar baby, and I was not going to show myself to advantage in that fight.
On Facebook, I got irritated when someone re-posted this ridiculous Facebook post:
I posted a snarkily disingenuous reply:
What did Kazu Haga think needed to be changed in the fundamental system? The evidence for the following came from third-party testimony, from the boyfriend himself, from police body cams, from forensic evidence, and from tapping a drug lord’s phones.
Breonna was identified because she had extremely close contacts with someone who was the head of a large drug ring in Louisville. Should the police stop investigating drug rings, which mostly harm poor people?
According to a third-party witness, the police loudly knocked and announced themselves, which gave the boyfriend time to arm himself and prepare to shoot. Should they have conducted a no-knock raid instead? Breonna would probably be alive if they had.
The moment the police entered, as they are allowed to do by law to preserve evidence, the boyfriend, with Breonna at his side, shot one of the police in the femoral artery, a potentially fatal wound. Should the police have stood there and waited to see if he shot again?
I have problems with Biden because he used his political power to block Ukraine’s anti-corruption investigations into a business that was paying his son tens of thousands of dollars a month.
I have problems with Biden because he called his political opponent Goebbels, something that completely debases American political discourse. Trump is not a Nazi, and it is an insult to those who died because of the Nazis to throw the term around.
I have problems with Biden because he still posts about his 1994 Crime Bill, which sent generations of black men to prison, rather than giving them the opportunity to be fathers and role models in their communities. Trump is getting those men out of prison if they’ve proven to be model prisoners and rehabilitated.
I have problems with Biden because he views Americans solely based on race and sex. If he didn’t, he would not have promised that his vice president could only be a woman, and any Supreme Court nominee could only be a black woman.
I have problems with Biden because he’s on tape calling our troops “stupid bastards” because they didn’t clap at something he said.
I have problems with Biden because I’m not okay with the fact that Biden’s campaign is hiding him, which seems to suggest that they’re hiding a problem with him.
I have problems with Biden because of his continued love affair with China, a country that gave his son $1.5 billion in business contracts, that has genocidal concentration camps for Uighurs, that uses slave labor, that unleashed a virus on the world, and that is systematically stealing American technology and jobs.
Everybody should stop pretending that Biden is okay. He’s not okay at all. He is a corrupt man with a long history of lying and bad judgment, and he’s now lapsing into dementia.
I’d have a lot more respect for Biden voters if they would admit that they are not voting for him but are voting instead for the policies his administration will enact: higher taxes, pro-choice judges and funding for Planned Parenthood, amnesty for illegal aliens, the reinstatement of Critical Race Theory training in the federal government, government healthcare, government support for unions, etc.
It’s different with Trump, who is obviously leading the decisions from his administration. Biden is a placeholder. Those who support him would do so if the only thing that showed up at the debates were a giant letter D.
I need to stop doing this because I’m talking to people who cannot change their minds. This is different from just be stubborn.
These are people whose world view is so diametrically opposed that we’re from different planets. We don’t have the same goals, in which case we’d just be arguing about policies to achieve those goals, something that’s been the norm in elections up until Obama. The current point in American politics truly is socialism (plus that all-important abortion) versus a free market, individual liberty system (with states’ rights determining abortion policy).
All the arguments about Trump’s taxes and even Biden’s dementia are just window dressing. This is the most values’ driven election we’ve ever had. If you’re arguing with someone who wants socialized medicine, open borders, 90% wealth taxes, appeasement of China, a reversion to pre-modern energy usage to save us from natural climate change, using race as the highest value for determining citizen rights (the darker the skin, the greater the rights), abortion up until and even after birth – there is no common ground. There is no persuasion. There is nothing left.
And that’s why I shouldn’t get in these feisty moods and say the things I said or that, just in time, I drew back from saying.
Newly released FBI texts show that middle-class people will usually ignore principles and take whatever path helps them pay their bills.
In May 2017, Trump fired James Comey. Comey, of course, presented himself (he still does) as the most virtuous man in Washington. But even then, before we knew that Comey had participated in a coup against an American president, it was clear that Comey was not a straight shooter.
At the time, people were talking about how, while the FBI fish might have been rotten at the head, the rank-and-file agents FBI surely still believed in truth, justice, and the American way. In my post about rumors of FBI agents coming clean, after quoting language that some agents “bravely” but Comey’s face on their Facebook pages, I said,
According to Gateway Pundit, though, some agents are thinking of going public about their disagreements with Comey. The link in that article is to an October 17, 2016 article in which anonymous FBI agents say they’re displeased with Comey’s handling of matters.
I was less sanguine. Heck, I totally disbelieved that attitude! This is what I wrote then:
You know what? I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for those agents to go public. I think FBI agents’ courage is limited to Facebook profile pictures.
I say that for the reasons I stated back in April 2016, when I predicted (accurately) that Hillary would get a pass [from the FBI and DOJ]. The basis for this prediction is my unchanging belief that middle class civil servants crave job security and will not allow principles to get in their way. (Please note that I don’t give myself any moral high ground as I have the same cowardly, middle class mindset.)
No matter how principled they’d like to think they are, most middle-class people will turn a blind eye to corruption in their midst rather than run the risk of being unable to pay their mortgage or fund all of the other payments necessary to support a middle-class lifestyle. They don’t think of themselves as dishonest or complicit in dishonesty. They think of themselves as cautious people who aren’t going to risk their children’s future for some grand-standing that, rather than resulting in applause, could leave them unemployed and desperate.
This episode from my past makes me doubt very strongly that Hillary Clinton will be indicted. I know that the rumor mill keeps saying that FBI agents, from Comey on down, will quit if Loretta Lynch lets Hillary walk. Some of the FBI agents whispering this to friendly reporters may even believe that they’ll quit.
Mostly, though, this is a bluff. Why? Because the people talking about quitting are middle-class people with mortgages, and school fees, and insurance, and all the other expenses that keep us in the middle-class living up to our own expectations. If Hillary really does walk, 99% of those “I’ll quit if she’s not indicted” agents will manage, very quickly and easily, to convince themselves to stay in their jobs, and get their salaries and pensions.
We middle-class people — the ones who collect paychecks for showing up and doing our job — are not paying the piper. We’re not entrepreneurs who get to make our own decisions. Instead, we are dependent on the good will of the very people who may stand accused of corruption. It’s the government, the high-level management, the business owner, who pay the piper and call the tune. We just dance. And if we miss a step, we’re out on our derrieres with nothing to show for all the skillful dancing we did for so many years before we alienated both piper and payor.
Human nature is fixed. Those of us comfortable with our status are also trapped by our status. While there are people with sufficient moral courage or insufficient investment in their middle-class status who will take a stand, most of us will manage to tell ourselves a series of comfortable lies that enable us to live with the embezzler [and] the corrupt politician. . . .
I’m doing a cynical victory lap right now. We now have proof that many people in the FBI knew exactly what was going on. That proof, ironically enough, comes about because the appellate court and Judge Sullivan refused to let the Flynn case go away. To explain why dismissing Flynn’s case is the right thing to do, Barr’s Justice Department did another document drop and it’s big.
Sidney Powell, in her latest brief for Flynn, includes text messages between FBI agents expressing their concern that the FBI upper management had a monomaniacal, and obviously wrong, fixation on Trump and supported Clinton. I’m including only a few of the text messages here but all of them are devastating.
The messages have a few abbreviations and codes. The agents refer to the Flynn investigation as either “Crossfire” or “Razor.” “FOIA’d” means a request from members of the public for government documents under the Freedom of Information Act. “NSL” or “nsl” refers to a National Security Letter, which is a subpoena demanding documents. It does not require a judge’s authorization. Also, I’ve highlighted pertinent language for clarity. The highlights are not in Sidney Powell’s brief.
In the following four images, you can read as unnamed FBI agents chat with each other about the fact that Flynn was clean, that management insisted on keeping the case going, and that the agents were pretty clear that (a) management supported Clinton and (b) management was intentionally (and without basis) gunning for Trump:
In sum, these agents knew something bad was going on. Did they take advantage of the whistleblower statutes that, to this day, protect Eric Ciaramella, who blew a false whistle regarding Trump’s Ukraine phone call last summer? Of course not. Did they quit their jobs on principled grounds? No way. Did they try to signal their concerns to leadership? You must be joking.
Here’s what they did: They bought insurance. And it wasn’t only these two chit-chatters who bought insurance — it was the entire department and, moreover, they bought the insurance on the taxpayers’ dime:
Did I call it or what? I said all along that the rank and file FBI agents would not speak up. The pressures of maintaining a middle-class lifestyle, especially when living in an expensive area like D.C. and the surrounding suburbs, would outweigh any moral considerations.
Let me say again that, much as I feel disdain for the choices these employees made, I’m not sure that I would have had the moral fiber to do better. I’d certainly like to think that, if I saw the Federal Bureau of Investigation plotting a coup against a duly elected president, I’d speak up, but I don’t know. I can imagine myself thinking, “I’ve got a Mortgage, college funds, insurance payments, car payments, a house in a good neighborhood with good schools,” and a whole laundry list of other things (and people) dependent on my salary and, even more importantly, my benefits. I can then imagine telling myself that the FBI management must know what it’s doing, that everything will work out or, maybe, that I should have the taxpayers buy me insurance to protect all my middle-class concerns.
Middle-class fragility is real. This isn’t like that stupid “white privilege, white fragility” garbage that Critical Race Theory spouts. CRT holds that whites will viciously protect their turf to make sure that all the various non-white groups don’t take from them. Nonsense. Middle-class people aren’t driven by race fear. They’re driven by mortgage payments fear. And these FBI agents were willing to go along with trying to overthrow an elected president to keep paying those mortgages.
Shame on them! And, God willing, if I ever face that kind of moral dilemma, I hope I make better choices.
I’m abandoning the rule about not speaking ill of the dead. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a politician in robes and we’re in a political season.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died. These are my first, rough thoughts, and they’re not in any particular order. I’ve also skipped hyperlinks, although I’m pretty sure my facts are correct or, at least, correct enough. Please feel free to add your thoughts to the comments.
1. My thoughts are with her family. Losing the mama and the matriarch is a painful thing, even if you’ve known it was coming. Having said that, let’s talk about the public figure, not the private person. And considering that everything Ginsburg did was political, this seems appropriate.
2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an appalling anti-constitutionalist, who always put her politics ahead of both the constitution and the law.
3. All of the leftist and RINO encomiums for her refer to her “fighting” for “equality and justice.” The mere fact that they can say that proves what an awful judge she was. If you’re “fighting” for “equality and justice,” you’re a politician. As a justice on the United States Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s focus should always have been on the Constitution. Had she had any respect for her job, she would have understood that it was for the voters and their representatives to “fight” for equality and justice. Her political side also showed in the fact that, disgracefully, she voiced an opinion in the 2016 election.
4. A good judicial opinion relies on the solid building blocks of precedent and statutory authority. The decision then rises clean and strong, like a house made of the finest materials, standing firmly on a stone foundation, with that stone being the Constitution. Ginsburg’s opinions, especially on issues that mattered to the left, were amalgams of random bits and pieces of law that could be cobbled together in a rough simulacrum of a shack. Ginsburg and her clerks hid this shoddy construction in muddy and muddled writing surrounded by myriad case citations that were never quite on point. Ginsburg’s decisions were one of the reasons I became a conservative. As a lawyer, I realized that she could reach the conclusions she did only through dishonesty and judicial sleight of hand. If she couldn’t reach those “principled” conclusions honestly, how principled were they?
5. Ginsburg long ago gave the game away on abortion. She knew that it wasn’t about giving women choices and making their lives better. Instead, as she said, it was about getting rid of population groups that Ginsburg and her elite, most white, leftists didn’t want around. Ginsburg didn’t frame it in terms of race, but it certainly worked out that.
6. Ginsburg had no respect for the Constitution she was sworn to defend. I have a link somewhere of Ginsburg saying that, if she had the choice, she would have done it differently. She didn’t say so explicitly, but she implied that doesn’t like our Constitution because it is built upon a weak(ish) central government and inherent individual rights. She would prefer something along the lines of the EU’s constitution, which has a massive centralized government micromanaging individual lives, with “rights” being predicated upon people’s relative situation vis-a-vis the government class’s preferences. Moreover, despite being labeled as rights, they’re clearly mere privileges that the government can bestow and withdraw as it wishes.
7. Ginsburg’s politicizing the Court is part of why we’re at the situation we are today, where a Justice’s death can throw an upcoming election into an uproar. When judges legislate, as she and her fellow leftists on the Court have been doing, the Court takes on oversized importance. For decades, leftists who couldn’t get their fellow citizens to vote on their policies were able to use the Court as a super-legislative body. This is not what the Constitution intended, and it means that we Americans are being ruled by a cabal of 9 people who hold their positions for life. They are, in essence, a form of non-democratic absolute monarchy.
8. Ginsburg was a terribly selfish lady. Apparently she said on her deathbed that she didn’t want Trump to nominate her successor. If she didn’t want a Republican to do that, she should have retired on Obama’s watch. At the very least, despite a Republican Senate (it was Republican in his last two years, right?), Obama could still have pushed through a mildly leftist judge. After all, the Senate was a RINO funhouse then and, if Obama had nominated a black man, even a communist, they would have said yes.
9. Mitch McConnell apparently sent out the message that he stands ready to confirm whomever Trump nominates right now. The problem is that Lisa Murkowski has already said she won’t do anything until the inauguration. Mitt Romney has proven that he will always place his ego over the good of the country, proving that he’s McCain’s spiritual heir. Why, oh why, do voters choose such awful, weak people. There’s also speculation that Susan Collins is in a tough race, implying that she can’t win if she votes for a new Supreme Court Justice in the next 45 days. My current thinking is that a conservative Supreme Court nominee is more important even than a Republican majority in the Senate in the next term. We might be able to survive a “Harris/Biden” administration, but I don’t know that we can survive a Harris/Biden administration and a strong leftist Supreme Court. That means that Collins should put her country ahead of her career.
10. We have to brace for the storm. Combine the Ferguson riots with the George Floyd riots with the Kavanaugh madness, and you will have a rough sense of the temper tantrum the left will throw. We have two choices. We can say, “No, no, let’s just wait for the election to happen. If it’s Biden, well, it’s all over anyway. And if it’s Trump, well, then we’re ready to deal with the left.”
That’s wrong. The moment we say that, we’ve already yielded to the mob’s veto. Americans in 2018 gave Trump a Senate majority because he promised to give us a non-activist Supreme Court that’s guided by the Constitution, not Das Kapital, as run through a modern “social justice” filter. We’ve still got that president and that Congress for a few more months and we should get what’s promised. Yes, the left will run amok but we have to stand up to them. Otherwise, America becomes Mogadishu. The blackmail of violence has got to end.
11. I think Trump needs to nominate Amy Coney Barrett. As far as I know, in addition to being a superb judge in the strict constructionist mode, she’s as pure as the driven snow. The only way the left can attack her is that she’s Catholic, and I don’t think American voters outside of the leftist Swamp will like that approach.
Ricky Rebel not only created a sparkling YMCA/MAGA parody video, but he also uploaded a video beautifully expressing why he supports Trump.
Okay, maybe it’s because I hit my teens in the 1970s, but I think that the Village People’s YMCA will go down as one of the great songs of the 20th century. It is an infectious bit of musical joy that makes everyone want to jump up to dance and sing.
I remember going to a wedding in the mid-1990s. They had a dance floor and a DJ, but nobody moved as the DJ played one hip-hop song after the other. Then, in an inspired moment, the DJ put on YMCA, and everyone in the room, young and old, was up dancing. The DJ then went on disco roll. We got Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, The Village People’s Macho Man, lots of the BeeGees. It was great and everyone was having a blast. And then he went back to the songs of 1994 and everyone sat down again.
I’m taking you on this trip down memory lane for a reason. A few days ago, Ricky Rebel, a delightfully flamboyant gay Trump supporter, got together with friends to do a pro-Trump parody of YMCA:
A few days later, he took that same song to the streets in a video that went viral:
What’s fascinating is that anti-Trump gays were outraged that conservatives would use “their” song. Moreover, they actually believed that conservatives gave a damn (as in would have felt bias) had they known it was a “gay song.”
Ricky Rebel just released a video responding to the people who complain about his using YMCA for a pro-MAGA parody. What’s great about the video is that, after responding to the complaints about the song itself, Ricky explains why he likes Trump. It’s an excellent explanation and one that deserves watching. (Hat tip: American Digest):
The Democrats have played a long game and are confident that, when they begin their openly planned coup, the military will support them.
Michael Anton’s essay is framed as a question: “The Coming Coup?” In fact, Anton proves that the planned coup is already in play. Unlike the ordinary conspiracy theory that requires a wild-eyed, paranoid person to connect imaginary dots to create invisible lines, with wildly disparate facts forced together into an impossible scenario, Anton simply points to the Democrats’ own words:
Over the summer a story was deliberately leaked to the press of a meeting at which 100 Democratic grandees, anti-Trump former Republicans, and other ruling class apparatchiks got together (on George Soros’s dime) to “game out” various outcomes of the 2020 election. One such outcome was a clear Trump win. In that eventuality, former Bill Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, playing Biden, refused to concede, pressured states that Trump won to send Democrats to the formal Electoral College vote, and trusted that the military would take care of the rest.
The leaked report from the exercise darkly concluded that “technocratic solutions, courts, and reliance on elites observing norms are not the answer here,” promising that what would follow the November election would be “a street fight, not a legal battle.”
Let me repeat what might have been lost on you: One of the scenarios was a “clear Trump win.” That is, the Democrats are not talking about making an uproar if there’s a repeat of the 2000 election when one state (Florida) had a narrow victory for Bush. Instead, the Democrats are saying that if Trump has a repeat of Nixon’s 49-state sweep, they’re going to take to the street.
What you really need to pay attention to in the above plan is how important the military is to this plan. As you see, the Democrats assume that “the military would take care of the rest.” Anton talks about retired military officers who are all on board:
It started with the military brass quietly indicating that the troops should not follow a presidential order. They were bolstered by many former generals—including President Trump’s own first Secretary of Defense—who stated openly what the brass would only hint at. Then, as nationwide riots really got rolling in early June, the sitting Secretary of Defense himself all but publicly told the president not to invoke the Insurrection Act. His implicit message was: “Mr. President, don’t tell us to do that, because we won’t, and you know what happens after that.”
The problem with the upper brass isn’t new. I already wrote last fall about the way Obama seeded the Pentagon with Deep Staters who have more reverence for permanent power than they do for the Constitution. After all, Trump, by making peace in the Middle East and in the Balkans, and by refusing to engage in wars that don’t directly benefit America, is a threat to these officers — and that’s despite the fact the Trump has built up the military like crazy. Once the military’s built up, the retired officers no longer have well-paid sinecures in the military-industrial complex and the active-duty officers have fewer opportunities for promotion. For them, Trump’s a career killer.
By the way, just so you know that my post touched a nerve, let me interject something here. My post on that point has a fairly unique descriptive title that spells out the premise: “Under Obama, there came to be a cancer in the Pentagon.” That ought to be easy enough to find . . . but it’s not.
Even though my blog is no Breitbart, which Google routinely censors, the people or algorithms at Google took note of my post and buried it — and as of this writing, I can prove it. Go to Google and run this search: “Under Obama, there came to be a cancer in the Pentagon site:bookwormroom.com”.
If you’re like me, Google returns five pages of responses, none of which list that post — and that’s despite providing Google with both the website and the name of the article. At the end of the 5th page, Google coyly provides this message:
Your search – Under Obama, there came to be a cancer in the Pentagon site:bookwormroom.com – did not match any documents.
To provide a control test and prove that I’m not paranoid, go to Bing and search for “under Obama there came to be a cancer in the Pentagon.” My post pops right up as the first item:
The mere fact that Google is censoring me, a fairly undistinguished blogger, tells you that my post is right over the target.
So both Michael Anton and I are on the same page: The Pentagon has a core of corrupt high-level officers, both current and retired, who will not honor an Electoral College result. That’s scary enough but there’s more.
The other sign that the Democrats are preparing a coup involving military cooperation is the Jeffrey Goldberg Atlantic article that accuses Trump if disrespecting the military. The obvious purpose behind the article is to suppress the pro-Trump military vote. The secondary, and more important purpose, is to tell the troops that, once the coup starts, they shouldn’t support Trump because he does not support them.
That’s it. That’s the whole reason for anonymous statements that bear no resemblance to Trump’s excessive concern for the military, whether it’s funding it, blowing up Soleimani, withdrawing troops from war zones, or generally treating the military with open love and respect.
Some of us might say, “No, the military will never fall for that hoax,” but I’m not so sure. A Military Times poll from the end of August purports to show that the troops prefer Biden. On this surface, this is bizarre. Biden, after all, was at Obama’s right hand when the Obama administration gutted the military, threw the troops into pointless military operations, never bothered to take out terrorists like Qassem Soleimani, and abandoned former military people in Benghazi. Obama’s also the man who memorably said that our troops callously air raid villages, killing civilians.
Then again, remember what else Obama and Biden did during their eight years: They turned the military into a social justice experiment, that went far beyond ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and, instead, allowing gay troops to serve openly. In the new order, the military starting celebrating and elevating people like “Harpy Daniels“:
Years before he became a yeoman 3rd class in the United States Navy, Joshua Kelley was entertaining exuberant crowds under his drag name, “Harpy Daniels.”
The 24-year-old Berwick, Pennsylvania native, who currently serves as an administrative supervisor aboard the forward-deployed aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, brought Harpy along for the ride when he decided to join the Navy in February 2016, a choice he said was heavily inspired by his father.
Now, despite the furious operational tempo the Navy demands of its personnel, Kelley manages to find time to perform as Harpy Daniels on ship during MWR-sanctioned events designed to boost morale and provide sailors a much-needed break from daily burdens. He even took home a $1,000 Navy Exchange card for a second place finish in a recent lip sync competition.
Within his first year in the Navy, Kelley was voted to be the president of Strike Fighter Squadron 115′s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions, became the public affairs officer for the carrier Reagan’s Gay, Lesbian and Supporting Sailors association, was named VFA-115′s Blue Jacket of the Year and earned his first Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Navy release said.
Sure, the Navy’s always had a reputation for “rum, sodomy, and the lash,” but gay drag queen performers is carrying things a bit too far.
Another example of the effect Obama and Biden had on the military was the cross-dressing exercises at Arizona State’s Army ROTC during the Obama-Biden years:
Blisters, sweat and perhaps a little bit of blood was the sight at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex on Monday, when the men and women of ASU Army ROTC braved the Arizona heat to run in fabulous (and some not-so-fabulous) heels to raise awareness of sexual assault.
On Monday afternoon, ASU Army ROTC program hosted the event, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” which consisted of students in the ROTC program wearing heels and running 1.26 miles as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
When ASU Army ROTC decided to hold an event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it realized walking a mile in high heels would bring school-wide attention to such an important issue, ROTC Cdt./Corporal Alexis Johnson said.
“The purpose of the event is to create a basis of understanding about sexual violence, stigmas and rape culture in the military as well as in our community and to reinforce standards of behavior, active bystander mentality and to be peer advisers to one’s unit and community,” Johnson said. “By walking in heels, the hope is to instill standards of behavior that will resonate.”
I’m thinking that there might be ways other to make that point than to have the ROTC cadets cross dress.
And let’s not forget that the military, just like other parts of the permanent Deep State, told its troops that MAGA stands for white supremacy. The rot runs very deep. Who cares about destroying unit cohesion by pitting against each other the different races within a remarkably well-segregated military? It’s more important to defeat Trump.
So are the military polls favoring Biden real or not? Who knows? There are undoubtedly more leftists in the military than there were before. Also, given that the military’s claiming that supporting Trump is a sign of white supremacy, those troops who do support Trump probably wisely keep their mouths shut.
The point of this whole post is to get you very worried about what has happened to the American military since 2008. Obama and Biden had eight years to change it into an organization that, at the top, wants to continue to fight wars to keep their careers going — something Trump’s extraordinary diplomatic skills are ruining — and, at the bottom, has young people who have been marinated in identity politics, LGBTQ theory, and critical race theory. Trump may have had minimal sway over the upper ranks because his policies are killing their jobs and he may have minimal sway over the lower ranks because the ideological corruption runs too deep.
The polls show that the public hates the “mostly peaceful” riots, so CNN published a deeply dishonest “article” blaming Trump for the riots.
On May 25, George Floyd, an overweight, violent ex-felon with serious heart disease, who took over three times the lethal dose of fentanyl, along with some other drugs, managed to die on camera while under police control. Floyd was turned into a saint, complete with halo. The Black Lives Matter had found its next martyr and, despite the lockdown, leftists took to the street.
Some of the protests were indeed marches, with only a few peculiarities:
First, the same Democrat media members and politicians who had insisted (and, indeed, continue to insist) that Americans had to remain under house arrest because of a virus, said that mass protests were perfectly okay.
Second, very few of the protesters were actually black. The majority were extremely woke whites, especially angry, neurotic white women.
Third, although the protesters had as one of their core tenets a demand that police should be defunded across America, whenever something went wrong, they wanted the police.
Fourth, all the protests happened in Democrat-run cities that were almost (although not quite) always located in Democrat-run states.
Fifth, when the protests turned violent, the Democrat politicians in charge refused to criticize the protests, saying instead that they were peaceful, and also refused to imprison the protesters, churning them through the system and spitting them out within 24 hours of any arrests.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, all over America, the protests quickly turned violent. Minneapolis lost more than 1,500 buildings, with most of the damage being done to black-owned businesses. Those stores that stood were looted of everything, including the stuff that was nailed down. From there, the mobs spread. From Chicago to Los Angeles to Charleston and everywhere in between, mobs took to the streets, tearing down statues, defacing buildings with ugly graffiti, burning buildings, and looting stores.
In Washington, D.C., the mob tried to break into the White House and also set a historic church on fire. In Seattle, the mob took over six square blogs and created a deadly and destructive autonomous zone. And in Portland, the mob spent weeks attacking a federal courthouse. They tried repeatedly to set it on fire, tried to blind the federal agents who protected the courthouse and attacked the courthouse and the agents with firecrackers, rockets, rocks, bottles filled with ice, and whatever else would cause maximum damage. When federal agents clearly identified as such arrested people, the mob, the media, and the local government screamed that these were Stasi tactics.
Portland’s Mayor Wheeler and Oregon’s Governor Brown, both Democrats, insisted that, if that the problem wasn’t the protesters, who often self-identified as Antifa or BLM, but the presence of federal agents. Merely by being, apparently, the agents sent Portland’s leftist protesters into an uncontrollable rage that could only be slaked through violence. After sixty days, the feds withdrew.
Had Wheeler and Brown been correct, with the federal withdrawal, peace should have returned. It didn’t. Instead, the mob became only more violent, only now it turned its nihilistic wrath on the Portland police, going so far as trying to burn the police alive in a building.
Despite the bloodshed, the death, and the destruction, right up until last week, Democrats and other leftists insisted that what conservatives call “riots” were, in fact, “peaceful protests.” Here are a handful of videos making that point.
Here’s what Biden said in July:
And here’s the clever campaign video showing the lie:
Tennessee Democrat, John DeBerry Jr. castigated his own party for the pretense that the protests are peaceful:
During their convention, the Democrats did not once mention the violence on the streets, nor did the words BLM or Antifa pass anyone’s lips
What changed all this was the polling after the leftists tried to burn little Kenosha, WI, to the ground. They did this because police were called to arrest wanted rapist who fought with them, had a knife, didn’t respond to tasering, and then tried to reach into his car for a weapon. Now, BLM and leftist all over America (especially basketball player) are celebrating a violent man who repeatedly raped a woman. That’s the heart of the left. In 2017, it’s #MeToo and Believe All Women. In 2020, it’s “hey, this rapist is a martyr. Let’s burn up a city in his honor.”
Here’s how Kenosha people really feel about Trump:
We don’t have to guess about the post-Kenosha polling. Don Lemon stated the truth in a rare moment of unfiltered honesty:
With lock-stepped, statist precision, the Democrats in the media and in political positions turned on a dime. Suddenly, Biden was no longer talking about peaceful protest. Instead, in one of the most dishonest speeches in American political history, he accused Trump and an imaginary horde of right-wing militias of causing the violence in America. As was the case at the convention, the words Antifa and BLM never passed his lips.
CNN, which was at the forefront of the “peaceful protest” meme, has now published a hysterical screed that is, if possible, even more dishonest than Biden’s speech. Let’s start with the title: “Trump’s depraved plan to try to win reelection.”
Over the years of blogging, I have read many media articles that played with the truth or presented an alternative view of facts. In my entire life, though, I have never seen anything like this. The author, Frida Ghitis, a former producer and correspondent for CNN who also writes for the Washington Post, is delusional. Or if she’s not delusional, she’s evil, for only an evil person could lie with such fervor and aplomb.
The remainder of this post fisks her article. There’s a lot of dishonest filler, which I’ll ignore. I’m just going to go for her purported “facts,” each and every one of which is a lie or something that mutilates a small core of truth:
That Trump wants chaos and mayhem is not a secret. It has been confirmed repeatedly by his team. In one of her last Fox News appearances, his now-former strategist Kellyanne Conway confirmed what we all knew: “The more chaos, anarchy and vandalism reigns, the better it is for the very clear choice on who’s best on public safety and law and order,” she said. Lara Trump, daughter-in-law and campaign adviser, later told Fox that the violence is bringing voters to Trump.
Breitbart debunked this. I’ll just summarize. Pete Buttigieg was one of the first to blame Trump for the violence. When Conway appeared on Fox and Friends, someone asked her about this claim. Conway referred to this video, where the speaker is obviously a Democrat furious that the mob’s violence will undoubtedly push people into Trump’s camp:
Windows of businesses and residential buildings being smashed on University Avenue — which were not preemptively boarded up. This Papa John’s employee asks protesters, “Do you want Trump to be elected?” pic.twitter.com/IbSubGfGs6
When Conway spoke the quoted words, she was echoing what that business owner said, which is that sane people understand that the Democrats are in the grip of a violent impulse and that they will pull back in revulsion and vote for Trump. That’s what the polls showed and that’s why Lemon told people to chill. Lara Trump made exactly the same point.
In other words, Ghitis withheld information from her readers in order to tell a bald-faced lie.
“You know me,” Biden said, “Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters?” vowing he will work for “safe America, safe from Covid, safe from crime and looting, safe from racially motivated violence.”
It’s Biden’s opinion that Trump is toxic. An equally valid — hey, way more valid — view is that the left is making the narcissist’s argument: I can instigate anything I want, whether it’s violence, censorship, tribalism, etc. If you take it, all is good; if you push back against my illegal or immoral efforts, you are the violent, toxic person.
As for Biden, he’s a moron, an opportunist, and a corrupt politician. He’s also senile and desperate to win, making him a sock puppet for the radical leftists who now control the Democrat party.
The response was needed because Trump is trying to blame the Democrats as he stokes chaos.
The chaos is already here. What is Trump supposed to be stoking? It was the Democrats who encouraged their shock troops for three solid months.
Ghitis lacks even the minimal honesty necessary to acknowledge that Kyle Rittenhouse has a superb self-defense claim. Even the New York Times was honest enough to put together a timeline based on videos that showed that Rittenhouse was attacked when he tried to put out a dumpster fire, that he fired his first shots only in self-defense, that he was then again attacked with an intention to kill, and again shot only in self-defense. Rittenhouse’s weapon control was superb because he hit only those who were trying to kill him
As for Governor Evers who let this madness happen, he is pleading with Trump to stay away because (a) he’s afraid people will be happy to see Trump and (b) it looks awful for Trump to be shown against the backdrop of an essentially war-ravaged American city, while Biden cowers in his basement.
The visit and idea that Trump is better for public safety is all a sham, of course, for many reasons. First, Trump is not better on law and order. Consider how many of his associates have been indicted and convicted. When it comes to street violence, this is occurring on his watch. The President who vowed “American carnage” was stopping with his inauguration, has ushered in and stoked violence and divisions.
This is Trump’s America. He owns the violence.
The first sentences make up a nonsensical non sequitur. Even assuming solely for the sake of argument that the Democrats’ unrelenting attacks against Trump, in the leftist New York court system, in the leftist federal court system, or in the House, had any validity, that is a different animal from whether a president is pushing for law and order on American streets. Unlike Obama who ignored whatever federal laws he didn’t like, one of the things Americans value in Trump is that he believes in the law as written and believes in applying it equally to all citizens. The left cannot point to a single law that Trump, in his role as America’s chief executive, has violated.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
Again, Ghitis lied spectacularly by writing statements that lacked the proper context. Here’s Ghitis again:
Still, he wants Americans to blame Democratic governors and mayors — and fear that Biden will make it worse. But it is Trump and his supporters who bear much of the responsibility for turning mostly peaceful anti-racism protests into battlegrounds. And the strife is not just continuing, it is intensifying; becoming bloodier, deadlier and riskier for the nation.
Democrat protesters in Democrat-run cities, with Democrat mayors and prosecutors who refuse to arrest or even stop them, in Democrat states, with Democrat governors who have refused to augment their resources with federal help. But it’s all Trump’s fault. Only a madwoman or an evil one could write this and believe it.
Desperate to win reelection amid the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression and the worst public health catastrophe in a hundred years, Trump is playing with fire. How far he will go is anyone’s guess. Some fear America could unravel into civil war. But that’s something no one — save the most extreme of the extremists — wants to see.
The leftists cannot point to a single time in the first five months of the COVID craziness that Trump did not follow Fauci’s advice, no matter how awful that advice was. The Democrats pushed the lockdown as hard as they could. One has to believe that they were motivated by more than blind fear. At a certain point, they must have realized that the lockdown would trash the economy, which was Trump’s strongest card going into the election. Having trashed the economy, they then blamed Trump for its collapse.
As for the “public health catastrophe,” we know a few things: Lockdown or not, most states and nations have exactly the same virus curve. Like an earthquake, it hits hard, and then has aftershocks, going up and down until the disease is integrated into a society like all other coronaviruses.
The real carnage was from those states that forced sick people into nursing homes, turning them into abbatoirs. The elderly are less than 4% of the population, but the Democrat governors turned them into around 40% of the deaths. (I’m not looking at statistics now. I’m going by memory for these numbers, but I think I’m close.)
Whether or not they support Biden, it’s hard to believe many Americans disagree with Biden’s plea, “We must not become a country at war with ourselves; a country that accepts the killing of fellow Americans who do not agree with you.”
Biden’s words are too little too late. They come, not from a commitment to America’s well-being, but because of poll testing. They’re good words but from an unreliable source.
Most Americans are horrified by the violence. I have no polls to prove that. But I know most, including most Trump supporters, don’t want deadly clashes between Americans who have different political opinions. Most Americans, Democrats or Republicans, don’t want to see looting, arson or vandalism, and certainly not killings.
Really? Most Americans? Not Chris Cuomo:
Leftists reveled in the violence when they thought it would hurt Trump. They backed off from that reveling only when polls showed otherwise.
Remember the arson and destruction in Minneapolis after police killed George Floyd? A video went viral showing a black-clad man with an umbrella in one hand and a hammer in another, smashing windows.
Minneapolis police said he was suspected of white supremacist ties and was trying to incite rioting. He succeeded. “Until the actions of…’Umbrella Man,'” police said, “the protests had been relatively peaceful.”
Did you know that no one has ever found “umbrella man”? The above is all speculation. But even assuming, once again solely for the sake of argument, that umbrella man started it, all over America, Antifa and BLM have been finishing it.
In the chaos, Trump found a possible path to reelection. He sent federal forces to Portland, where their presence inflamed the protests. The mayor implored Trump to remove them. When he finally did, Portland turned much quieter until this past weekend.
No, it didn’t turn much quieter. Three weeks ago, long after the federal agents left, rioters set a police station on fire. Last week (that is, before this past weekend), they used rebar and quick-dry cement to try to burn police alive in a station. Those are just two examples of dozens or even hundreds. If Ghitis had access to actual news, rather than CNN, she would have known that the mob accelerated their activities.
But by then, Trump’s game plan was already underway. The White House wanted to amplify and publicize the strife as much as possible, according to officials. “It was about getting viral online content,” an administration official admitted to the Washington Post.
Yeah, Trump was no fool. He couldn’t go into states with the governors’ say-so, so he sat back and watched, and America watched with him, as leftist cities self-immolated.
Interestingly, unlike the Antifa and BLM rioters, while these “ultra-extremist” Boogaloo members may have shown up, they didn’t attack anyone, burn anything, loot any place, or kill anybody. Go figure….
Most anti-racism protests and protesters are peaceful. Not all are. Trump backers, with fervid encouragement from the White House, from Fox News and from prominent voices in the far right, are doing everything in their power to paint protesters as the enemy. Even the Republican convention gave a prominent spot to armed civilians made famous by waving their weapons at protesters.
Those armed civilians were the McCloskeys who used their legal weapons (one of which couldn’t even fire) to warn off hundreds of people who broke down a fence to get to the McCloskeys’ property and, as they walked by, threatened the McCloskeys with rape and murder. Thankfully, we have a Second Amendment, because the “defund police” mentality and the sheer volume of violent protests, meant the McCloskeys were on their own.
Last week, when a 17-year-old allegedly killed two protesters in Kenosha, the far-right propaganda machine rushed to support the accused. Tucker Carlson seemed to justify him on his show saying, “How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?”
Trump was wise. He learned what happens when presidents give their opinions about cases. When Charles Manson was being tried for the Helter Skelter murders, Nixon opined that he was guilty. Manson’s defense lawyer promptly moved for a mistrial on the ground that it was now impossible to find an impartial jury. Trump knows better than to be accused of tainting a case.
On CNN, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) also refused to outright condemn the killing. “It’s a tragedy,” he told Dana Bash. She insisted, “It is a tragedy, but do you condemn it?” A morally bereft Johnson squirmed, repeating that the situation was a “tragedy” before saying that he “condemn[s] it all.” Maybe he was scared of being insulted by Trump.
Ron Johnson learned the same message. Both Trump and Johnson also know that the mainstream media always gets the story wrong in the first instance. It’s better to keep quiet while facts develop than to say something that has to be or, worse, can’t be walked back.
When a caravan of armed Trump supporters headed to Portland this weekend, undoubtedly emboldened by praise for the Kenosha murder suspect, more death was in the cards.
Here’s that narcissism again. We can do it and it’s not violent, no matter the death or destruction in our wake. But if you stand up to us, you have magically created violence and it’s all your fault.
In the clashes, one apparent member of the pro-Trump group was killed. Police and witnesses haven’t said what exactly happened.
Witnesses are talking. As of now, the available evidence shows that BLM hunted Danielson down and that one of their members, with a BLM tattoo on his neck who’d already been arrested and released for having an illegal weapon, shot him in cold blood. Afterward, they partied.
Unethical campaign strategies are nothing new. But this is certainly one of the most depraved, most dangerous electoral strategies in memory. This is not what most Americans want. It’s not what most Republicans or Democrats want. It’s what Trump, running out of arguments for reelection, has deliberately created.
CNN is trying to start a civil war. This article is grounds for charges of sedition. Ghitis is lucky that there’s a Constitution that protects her right to be stupid, evil, hate-filled, and anti-American.
A Democrat victory in November will soon find us all living in the ultimate narcissistic world in that famous Twilight Zone episode, It’s a Good Life.
I’ve spent time in the company of narcissists, so I know how they operate. One of the things that’s most irritating about them is that, in their own minds, they never bear any responsibility for anything negative. No matter what it is, it’s the other person’s fault. The perfect example is something a long-ago boyfriend told me regarding our fights over things both inconsequential or serious: “They’re always your fault.”
When I demanded an explanation, he said that the problem was that I disagreed with him and, worse, that I voiced disagreement. There would not be any fights, he said, if I just kept my mouth shut.
Think about that: In the narcissist’s world, any disharmony is the other person’s failure to conform to his facts and his outlook. Every narcissist is Anthony Freemont, the little boy in the famous Twilight Zone episode, It’s a Good Life. That’s the one in which Anthony (played by Bill Mumy) has the powers of a god, for he can read minds, as well as create, transform, and destroy anything. In the village over which he holds sway, the people may only give voice to happy thoughts or he will horribly alter or destroy them. They live an existence of horrific fear, one made worse by the silence imposed upon them even in interactions with each other.
The notion of a narcissism that, if unfettered, can quickly turn into Anthony Fremont’s physical and mental dictatorship struck me with particular force today. The reason? I read about why Mary Trump, Donald’s nephew, is “heartbroken” by Trump’s nomination speech:
Mary Trump, whose scorched-earth book about her uncle and his troublesome ascent to the presidency remains high on best-seller lists, said she struggled to make sense of the president’s “bizarrely convoluted messaging,” but highlighted his blaming of political opponents for his own failures, negligence on coronavirus, disregard for ethics and his divisive rhetoric.
“It’s as if he thinks Joe Biden is president now and we have to save the country from Joe Biden,” she said. “If the country is a place of division and decadence as he describes it, then I would think that’s down to him, as he’s currently in the Oval Office.” (Emphasis mine.)
She also said the address was a kick in the teeth for anyone wanting to make the country better. She noted, in particular, her uncle’s portrayal of peaceful anti-racism demonstrators. He sought to cast them as violent mobs while declaring himself the “law and order” president. An apparent white vigilante who was photographed at a Trump rally in January was charged with shooting three protesters, killing two, but president nevertheless pointed to protesters as the problem.
That emphasized language is the essence of narcissism. In their own minds, leftists like Mary have no agency when it comes to disputes. They are always innocent. To the extent there’s discord, it’s because the other side refuses to abide by their facts, their values, and their rules. Having caused discord (unhappy thoughts) they must be punished. Also note that, in Mary’s case (and in the case of the Yahoo! News “journalist” who wrote the linked article), one of the specific reasons Trump is causing that specific discord by even mentioning violence in connection with those peaceful protests:
Because we don’t live in the leftist bubble, we know that those “peaceful anti-racism demonstrators” have been anything but peaceful. We’ve watched the violence spread unabated since the beginning of June. Downtown Kenosha was turned into a war zone in just three nights. Portland has been the site of warfare, including rockets, arson, lasers intended to blind, heavy projectiles, and germ warfare (for that’s what fecal-filled balloons are — bags of germs). Seattle’s CHAZ/CHOP (aka the home of “the summer of love”) was the site of three murders, one of which is the basis for a $3 billion lawsuit. Minneapolis may take decades to recover from the more than 1,500 buildings, most of them once functional businesses and many of them black-owned, that are now piles of ash.
As for the claim that a “white vigilante” killed two peaceful protesters, even the prosecution’s charging documents set out facts for a perfect case of self-defense. It’s doubtful any criminal defense lawyer has ever seen that kind of thing in the charging documents. There are several theories for this, one of which is that the prosecutors are preemptively protecting themselves against the inevitable outrage when the case is dismissed. Another of which is that the reason the prosecution instantly charged Rittenhouse wasn’t cowardice but was to position him in such a way as to protect the mob from going vigilante on him.
As for the claim that Kyle Rittenhouse is a “vigilante” or “white supremacist,” Lin Woods, who has effectively represented Nick Sandmann, is licking his chops at the thought of taking on the politicians and media figures making that charge. It’s high time that private citizens stop being martyrs to leftist defamation and Lin Woods seems to be the general leading this counterattack.
When the left is in charge, we are all living the dystopian It’s a Good Life that narcissists with unlimited power impose on those unlucky enough to be in their orbit. Keep in mind, too, that It’s a Good Life is an allegory. Back in 1961, everyone understood that the episode was really about socialism in the 20th century, from Hitler’s National Socialism to the Soviet Union’s communism.
I’m so frightened of that future that I now conclude just about everything I write by urging people to vote for Trump. He is a brash, bold, often crude, sometimes vindictive person, but he is not a narcissist. Instead, he’s a visionary genius.
Trump’s the man who disagrees with the press in public but does nothing to them. Obama, as you may remember, spied on the press, whether the press he attacked (Fox news) or just any media (AP). That’s narcissism. Trump is just BIG. Big is not a clinical defect.
If Biden wins and, worse, the left takes Congress, there will be nothing between you and an Anthony Fremont/It’s aGood Life world, one in which anything you say or two can be tracked and punished through the alliance of government and Big Tech. And remember, no matter what goes wrong, it’s all your fault. The narcissists in power are never wrong. They are always right and all fights, divisions, disagreements, and mistakes are on you.
I had the germ of an idea and a very smart person turned it into the perfect campaign video, one that should be widely shared.
On Monday, I boasted that I had come up with a great idea for a pro-Trump and Pence political advertisement. I based it on the anti-drug television commercials from the 1980s. If you’re over 40, you may remember them. They identified an egg as “your brain”; a frying pan as “drugs”; and a sizzling egg as “your brain on drugs.” The group that created these ads was the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
The ad played in my head whenever I read anything about how Antifa and BLM — both of which are the paramilitary arms of the Democrat party — were engaged in destructive violence in Democrat-run cities. I’ve been to a lot of those cities — e.g., St. Paul, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Portland — and remember them as very beautiful places. Seeing them torn apart, burned down, and bloodied is terribly disturbing.
With those images and the old ad campaign playing in my mind, I used my minimal visual, creative, and computer design skills to rough out a poster about the Antifa scourge in America’s cities. Here’s that poster:
Imagine my delight when one of my readers put together a clean, simple, and very powerful campaign video to bring my flat idea to life:
I think my idea’s decent and I think the video is incredible. I urge you to share the video far and wide.
I think I’ve come up with a brilliant Trump/Pence advertisement for people who remember the 1980s.
If you’re old enough to remember the 1980s, you’re also old enough to remember this famous anti-drug advertising campaign:
I woke up with that commercial imprinted in my brain (Lord knows what I was dreaming about) and realized that it worked perfectly for what’s happening in America today. I did a mock-up for a Trump-Pence 2020 version of that commercial:
If I had any technical know-how, I’d make a video . . . but, sadly, I don’t. I suspect that this idea ends right here, right now.
For four years, the left has up-ended everything that was once considered normal. An overwhelming Trump (and Republican) victory can bring normal back.
Over the past few days, when reading articles, conversing with friends, listening to podcasts, or just contemplating life, one word rings in my brain like a tocsin: “Normal.”
It’s not a very inspiring or impressive word. Like “nice,” it’s often one of those words you use when you want to damn something with faint praise. If you’re a kid in high school, you don’t want your prom date to be reduced to the words “nice” and “normal.” You want that date to be dazzling, gorgeous, popular, fun, cool, or whatever other superlatives we heap upon those things or people we desire.
But there’s a lot to be said for things that are nice and even more to be said for things that are “normal.”
One hundred years ago, there was another presidential election. It pitted Warren G. Harding, the Republican, against James M. Cox, the Democrat. Harding won with 60.3% of the electoral college votes. Cox got the South (except for Tennessee), but Harding won every other state. It was a decisive victory.
Harding’s winning slogan was “A return to normalcy.” That was what Americans desperately craved.
Although American participation in World War I was short compared to England’s and the Continental powers, that year had exposed a generation of American men to the incredible brutality of modern trench warfare. After only a year at the front, 116,516 men didn’t make it home. Those who did come home were changed both by the war experience itself and by their exposure to the wider world.
Another profoundly disruptive event was the Spanish Influenza. It started working its way through the troops the moment they were mobilized to military camps across America and then followed them to Europe. Meanwhile, it worked its way across the home front. At a guess, the flu may have killed 675,000 Americans out of a population of fewer than 106 million people, with most of the deaths taking healthy young people.
There was also tremendous socialist and anarchist ferment on the home front in the lead-up to the 1920 election. On September 16, 1920, a bomb went off on Wall Street, killing 38 people and wounding hundreds. This came on the heels of a series of bomb attacks across America by anarchists following Luigi Galleani.
Thinking about it, the parallels between now and one hundred years ago are uncanny. As in 1920, we’re heading into an election in 2020 on the heels of war (two decades of it), one epidemic disease (that politicized decision-making turned into an economic disaster), and a series of anarchist riots and terrorist attacks across America. All of which gets me back to Harding and his slogan: A return to normalcy.
While everyone likes a bit of excitement now and then, people crave the normal, especially people who care for young children or who are elderly. At least, they crave normal when normal is virtuous. In North Korea, normal is awful.
For the majority of Americans, however, normal has been a good thing. When our troops came home from WWII they craved the American normal as much as their fathers had upon their return from the first European War.
I was a child of the WWII generation (meaning that I was born after the war, but every adult in my world had experienced it, sometimes with incredible brutality), so I saw firsthand how all these adults also embraced normal. They walked out of the camps and off the battlefields, got jobs, got married, had children, and lived normal lives.
It doesn’t mean that they were necessarily all normal people. Looking back, my parents and many of their peers were deeply damaged by their experiences — but they were still creating lives of studied American normality. We boomers benefitted from it, although most of the boomers have been anything but grateful.
The same is true in the black community. Once the Republicans freed blacks from the slavery imposed upon them, they exploded into productivity. Leftists briefly obsessed about the deadly and vile Tulsa race riot in 1921 because they thought it would hurt Trump. What they didn’t note was that the Tulsa black community was an extraordinary, vibrant, and productive community only 60 years after blacks emerged from two centuries of slavery. Noting that, of course, would destroy the narrative that, 155 years after slavery ended, American blacks still can’t recover.
In fact, before the left got its tentacles into blacks with the welfare state, blacks were thriving. As Larry Elder points out in his extraordinary Uncle Tom documentary (which everyone should see), in many regions across America after WWII, blacks had more intact families (mom, dad, and kids), and faster economic growth than any other racial group. And think about the incredible creativity and growth of the Harlem Renaissance. Despite overt prejudice and the South and equally malevolent covert prejudice in the rest of America, blacks were still managing to thrive.
With welfare, though, leftists told black men that welfare was a form of reparations, so they should give up their jobs and their family should look to the government. That made men redundant, so many of them turned to fathering illegitimate children and engaging in crime to give their lives meaning and purpose, and created generational poverty with single mothers raising fatherless children. The left killed black normalcy.
One of the main differences between 1920 and 2020 is that, for the first time in American history, we have a major political party that absolutely rejects the entire notion of normal. They rejected it on racial grounds. They reject it on sex grounds. They reject it on climate grounds. They reject it on law and order grounds. They reject normal wherever it tries to take root. This is the leftist’s way of accruing power.
Andrew Sullivan looked at “the roots of wokeness,” which is the left’s vehicle for power today, and found those roots in “critical theory,” which rejects reality — including the reality of the norm or normal. He even uses the word “normal” to explain the concept:
Most normal people have never heard of this theory—or rather an interlocking web of theories—that is nonetheless changing the very words we speak and write and the very rationale of the institutions integral to liberal democracy. (Emphasis mine.)
What the book helps the layperson to understand is the evolution of postmodern thought since the 1960s until it became the doctrine of Social Justice today. Beginning as a critique of all grand theories of meaning—from Christianity to Marxism—postmodernism is a project to subvert the intellectual foundations of western culture. The entire concept of reason—whether the Enlightenment version or even the ancient Socratic understanding—is a myth designed to serve the interests of those in power, and therefore deserves to be undermined and “problematized” whenever possible. Postmodern theory does so mischievously and irreverently—even as it leaves nothing in reason’s place. The idea of objective truth—even if it is viewed as always somewhat beyond our reach—is abandoned. All we have are narratives, stories, whose meaning is entirely provisional, and can in turn be subverted or problematized.
During the 1980s and 1990s, this somewhat aimless critique of everything hardened into a plan for action. Analyzing how truth was a mere function of power, and then seeing that power used against distinct and oppressed identity groups, led to an understandable desire to do something about it, and to turn this critique into a form of activism. Lindsay and Pluckrose call this “applied postmodernism”, which, in turn, hardened into what we now know as Social Justice.
Sullivan has more to say on the subject and he’s worth reading because he’s made a stellar analysis about woke culture and intersectionality. For the purposes of this post, I’m interested only in the abandonment of objective truth.
Most people think they’re pretty clear on objective truth. When you look into your underpants, you know if you’re a boy or a girl. When you see yourself in the mirror, you know you’re a person, not a dog or a dragon. And while you recognize that your skin color may bring you closer to one racial classification than another, reality also tells you your species: You’re a human being, same as the people next to you, whether their skin is darker or lighter or their eyes narrower or rounder.
We also have the human capacity to look around and evaluate things. If you’ve learned that young black men with their pants hanging off their butts and expensive, unlaced shoes are dangerous, you avoid them. It’s not their race, it’s the choices they make about their appearance. If you saw those same young black men, neatly dressed, standing outside a church with their family, all of them holding Bibles, you wouldn’t give your safety a second thought.
We intuitively understand that the immensity of climate is far beyond human control. We can affect our local environment and climate by excessive pollution or clearance, but ultimately Nature is always bigger. For urban dwellers who are far removed from Nature, this may be hard to understand. The moment you get outside the city, though, whether you’re in a desert, on a mountain top, in a tropical jungle, or a northern forest, you realize how insignificant we are in the grander scheme of things.
This is why the left has to pound away relentlessly at the idea of Anthropogenic Climate Change. If the left lets go of the issue for even a second, it knows that the rest of us, the normal ones, will revert to the healthy norm: If we like our local environment we should take care of it (something that wealthy nations do with greater ease than poor ones) because we can affect our locale. However, whether we respect our environment or not, Nature will always come roaring through, whether with big things like earthquakes and hurricanes, or little things like cockroaches or locusts.
We intuitively understand that men and women are biological matched sets that exist to produce children. Because we have a higher intelligence than other animals, we can function beyond our biological baseline, building things, inventing things, and doing all sorts of other wondrous activities. Still, at bottom, we’re male and female who come together to make babies, same as all the other animals on earth.
We humans can also accommodate and respect the fact that, when it comes to human sexuality, there are people whose desires don’t mesh with biological imperatives. Gay men can impregnate women and lesbian can get pregnant, but they’d rather rely on science for those functions and keep the fun within their own sex. So the human range of normal comes with a bit of flexibility on the side. But it still boils down to man and woman, boy and girl, male and female. There is no “today I am a man, tomorrow I enjoy being a girl” in Nature.
Normal also means we crave peace. We will fight if we have to and, if our society is terribly out of wack, we’ll do terrible things. However, the healthy human brain wants peace and, to achieve it, understands that wrongdoers need punishment, both because it is justice as to them and their victims, and to dissuade others from doing the same. Because we are a civilized, Judeo-Christian society, though, we Americans want that punishment to come through a fair, reasoned, and reliable process that does not embrace cruelty for its own sake. When we look at screaming mobs in the street, violating all norms of law and order, we are instinctively revolted.
Both candidates promise peace. Trump promises peace by reinstating the normal, which is the rule of law. Biden promises peace by saying that, if we give the rioters, Marxists, and anarchists what they want, they’ll go away and leave us alone. He’s too demented, perhaps, to remember that appeasement has never worked in the history of all humankind, but the leftists surrounding him should and do know better. They don’t want peace. They want chaos because they see that as a path to power.
We can certainly be intelligent enough to conclude that even mobs sometimes have reasonable demands. For example, I’ve long been saying that police are not social workers and shouldn’t be asked to carry out those duties. Once Kentucky town experimented with a police-social worker partnership, and it seems to have worked. (You have to be careful, though. In California, most social workers are hard leftists and they interested more in critical race theory than in solving problems.)
Conceding that there is some reason inside the madness, though, is not the same as giving the mob what it wants. The logic of law and order — of a reliable system that protects citizens from criminals and criminals from outraged citizens — demands that society must punish those who use violence to put their ideas forward. They have the choice to use persuasion and the ballot box, not screaming, violent attacks on valuable institutions. Make the wrong choice; go to jail.
Incidentally, those screaming, violent anarchists actually look abnormal. That is, they’re not normal warriors; they have a frightening aura of mental illness hanging about them.
Anyway, I’m waffling here. I’ll just wrap up. As in 1920, the lead-up to 2020 is a world of abnormality. What’s unusual this time around is that it’s not just war, disease, and anarchists that have created the abnormal. Instead, half of our political class is working on denying reality and normalcy altogether.
The ruling class does this because the only way to convince people that socialism works is to force them to believe that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, that boys and girls are interchangeable, that violent anarchists are mostly peaceful, and every other bit of nonsense and fantasy leftists foist on us. Oh, and of course, they’re telling us that a manifestly senile old man is a fit candidate to be president of the most powerful nation in the history of the world.
Trump tried to bring normal back in his first term (borders, rule of law, foreign allies who actually like us, lower taxes, etc.) but was consistently blocked by the forces of anarchy, resistance, and downright madness. If we can get Trump returned to the White House by an overwhelming popular vote plus a huge Electoral College majority, plus giving him a Republican Congress, American can get what it truly needs: