1 It’s a rainy election day in Virginia, and the Democrats must be worried, since they are in full race-baiting mode. I know it was click-bait, but I check out the political sites and news aggregators on the right, hard right, middle, left and hard left, and here was ThinkProgress’s headline: Explicit racism is on the ballot today: If Ed Gillespie wins, the GOP’s transformation into a Trumpian racist party will be complete.
Read the post. If this is the way mainstream Democrats are thinking these days, either the country is doomed or the Democrats are. The essay shows that progressives have learned nothing, literally nothing, from Hillary Clinton’s defeat, especially the part of it that emanated from her express contempt for anyone who doesn’t cheer for the au currant leftist cant. If you don’t vote Democratic, you are deplorable—a racist, a sexist, a mouth-breathing moron. Such dehumanization of political and ideological opponents is anathema to democracy; its is the beating heart of totalitarianism. “You are unworthy of making decisions that affect us, the wise and virtuous, but don’t worry, we will use our power over you for the greater good.” Now voting for unremarkable conservative Ed Gillespie is explicit racism.
Just like Donald Trump. You see Gillespie wants to enforce immigration laws—this means he is xenophobic. He objects to NFL players making incoherent, revolving topic protests during the National Anthem, which means he’s anti-black, though many of the Kneelers aren’t black—but then Michael Brown was black, and had his hands up. Or something. All right, maybe he’s not the best person to be protesting over. Ask Colin Kaepernick to explain it. He’s Rosa Parks. Finally, Ed Gillespie opposes tearing down statutes of 19th Cnetiry historical figures because the increasingly radical Left wants to veto the nation’s history as part of its indoctrination strategy. This means, says ThinkProgress, that he’s pro-slavery, you know, just like John Kelly.
Barack Obama and his party were so effective at demonizing political opposition by calling critics racists and sexists that this malignant, democracy-curdling tactic is now a reflex with Democrats. It is unethical, dishonest and destructive. If Ed Gillespie wins, it might just show that smart, principled people are sick of being denigrated for having the ability to resist political correctness groupthink.
2. It’s also election day in New Jersey, where the almost certain election of a new Democratic governor puts an exclamation point on the fall of Chris Christie. A moderate conservative Republican with brains, guts (stop it), and communications skills, Christie might have shown how a balanced governing philosophy built on bi-partisan cooperation and compromise could work in a famously unethical state, and, with success, have led the national Republican Party away from divisive politics and toward responsible leadership. (Bill Clinton once had the same opportunity from the Left.) Christie, however, failed miserably, and it was largely (I said stop it!) a failure of ethics and character, culminating in his unforgivable alliance with Donald Trump. I marked him then as an Ethics Villain, and so he is.
In the end, civilizations flourish or fall based on able and remarkable people rising to challenges and bringing the best of themselves to public service. I’m trying to think of the last time the United States benefited from one of those people. It’s been a while.
3. Now that Koigate has been debunked as fake news, unconscionable confirmation bias, and a new low of manufactured anti-Trump bile from the mainstream news media, the competition is on to top it. Here’s Mediaite on a “juicy” story from a former Trump bodyguard and aide Keith Schiller, quoting Politico:
“…when the White House kitchen staff couldn’t match the satisfaction of a quarter-pounder with cheese (no pickles, extra ketchup) and a fried apple pie, it was Schiller, bodyguard and Trump whisperer, who would head down New York Avenue to McDonald’s on a stealth fast food run.”
Headline: “Trump Bodyguard Went On McDonald’s Runs for POTUS Because WH Chefs Couldn’t Replicate Quarter Pounders.” I’m sure Maxine Waters, Charles Blow, Larry Tribe and Richard Painter will soon explain why this is impeachable. Abuse of power. Bad taste. If Trump owned MacDonald’s, it would be self-enrichment.
The post also has a fat joke about Chris Christie.
4. Re: “Do something!” —I am just barely resisting a Facebook post alienating about 40% of my Facebook friends by explaining, calmly and plainly, why their echo-chamber wailing about the Texas shooting being the fault of Republicans, the NRA, gun manufacturers and America’s soul because we haven’t passed the magic law that would stop maniacs who don’t give a fart about laws from acquiring guns without also stopping law-abiding citizens from exercising their Constitutional rights. My friends just want to signal their concern and virtue, while calling for action they cannot, when challenged, define. My breaking point was almost reached when I read two posts in a row using Obama’s fatuous “If it saves only one life” line. Of course, my friends are taking their cues from dim-bulbs with mics and cameras. There is, as always, relentless anti-gun demagogue Senator Chis Murphy (D-Conn), who issued an inflammatory and useless declaration even by his own horrible standards. It hits all the notes—no other country allows this, it’s the gun lobby’s fault, and so on, culminating in:
“As long as our nation chooses to flood the county with dangerous weapons and consciously let those weapons fall into the hands of dangerous people, these killings will not abate. As my colleagues go to sleep tonight, they need to think about whether the political support of the gun industry is worth the blood that flows endlessly onto the floors of American churches, elementary schools, movie theaters, and city streets. Ask yourself – how can you claim that you respect human life while choosing fealty to weapons-makers over support for measures favored by the vast majority of your constituents.”
Right. What’s your proposal, Chris? What laws would prevent the Texas shooting? Chris?
The left-wing site that linked to Murphy’s statement headlined it,
Sen. Chris Murphy’s sobering mass shooting reality check will have you calling for action:It’s time we did something about gun violence.
What “action”? What “something”?
Here’s my prize-winner so far: earnest, sincere, not-even-close-to-as-smart-as-he-thinks-he-is, Don Lemon, CNN’s designated New Year’s drunk:
“Our leaders should be leading, not following, and not afraid to be honest with their constituents even when it is unpopular, especially when really it is the constituents’ lives that are at stake, and they are. Leaders stand up to lobbyists. Yes, thoughts and prayers are important. So tonight I hope you will join me in praying that our leaders will actually do something of substance and action this time that precludes another ‘thoughts and prayers’ moment. Remember this: faith without works is dead.”
“Faith without works is dead”? Did you write this yourself, Don? I don’t think I want to remember it. I still remember the woman who said on “The Today Show,” “The secret is to bees contempletive, and to avoid the heckedness of everyday life,” and it haunts me, twenty years later.
But I digress. This pious junk is content free, intellectual Twinkees. What “something” do you propose? Why don’t you meet your responsibility to be honest with the public you are supposed to inform, and explain the unpopular truth that in a nation dedicated to liberty, individual rights and limited state power, confiscating guns is neither feasible nor desirable, and without that, the combination of unique liberty and a large population means that deadly incidents by maniacs are inevitable, and, still, part of the price of freedom for the rest of us?
(You bloviating hack.)
5. I know this makes me a racist in the eyes of ThinkProgress, but here is what you get when you let the inmates run the asylum, like the NBA and the NFL are doing regarding dim-bulb social justice grandstanding on the job.
“For starters, let’s stop using the word ‘owner’ and maybe use the word ‘Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset.”
Orwell. Use misleading words to distort perception, and then certain concepts can’t be imagined. The there is this: that’s stupid. It’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read. Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban was not diplomatic in response:
“For him to try to turn it into something it’s not is wrong,” Cuban said. “He owes the NBA an apology. I think he does, because to try to create some connotation that owning equity in a company that you busted your ass for is the equivalent of ownership in terms of people, that’s just wrong. That’s just wrong in every which way. I guess it’s because he went to Michigan State and didn’t take any business classes, but you own equity,” Cuban said. “When you own a team, you own equity, shares of stock. That’s called ownership. Tell him if he wants to take classes at Indiana’s business school, I’ll even pay for his classes and we’ll help him learn that stuff.”
Why should anyone pay any attention to the protest positions of someone who would say something as ignorant as Green’s comment? Why would anyone want to pay for ticket to watch such a boob’s National Anthem protest that has nothing to do with protesting the National Anthem, well, not much, well, it depends, wait, what day is it?
Shut up and dribble.
(Pointer: Other Bill)