Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

STOP FIGHTING BACK!!

Kass makes some good points, and then mars them with nonsense.

Those angry loner white boys with guns, this time in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have again erupted on the body politic.

And those with eyes to see are reminded that the American culture is ill.

But what of the mass shootings in Chicago, the 55 people shot over the weekend, with seven hit near a park and then eight more not far away?

You might think these are “mass shootings” too, but, in political/media terms, they’re not treated as such. The victims, and in all likelihood the shooters, are black. And Democratic politicians find no political advantage in weaponizing the victims of everyday street violence in a Democratic town. So Chicago’s dead are stepped over by national media and national Democrats on the way to 2020.

Republicans want the focus moved from President Donald Trump and his idiotic, often incendiary tweets to the violence in Baltimore and Chicago. Presidential daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted, somewhat desperately, “we mustn’t become numb to the violence faced by inner city communities every day.”

Nice try, but she failed, and she was immediately condemned. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, under pressure to do something, anything, about the slaughter, must be thankful that the Trumps give her cover and a target for sarcasm. Lightfoot dismissed Ivanka Trump’s tweets as “nonsense.”

Oh, absolutely. Trump simply MUST start acting with proper GOPe decorum and roll right over for these liars and their slimy manipulation without demur, the uncouth ape. Right, John?

Years ago, before Trump was elected president, there were white boys with guns too, slaughtering innocents. And those of us who made the culture argument back then, rather than advocate ripping the Second Amendment out of the Bill of Rights, were denounced, predictably, as know-nothing conservatives.

There had already been tens of millions of legal abortions serving as grim building blocks of an American death cult. And there were increasingly violent video games that fed the isolation, growing nihilism and misogyny in those sad, angry, mentally disturbed boys who nonetheless pass their background checks, buy their guns and make the news.

Now? They are lost in public schools that teach them about their toxic masculinity, they are loners, they are armed, in a culture that turns its face away from God.

But Trump is president now, and his constantly belligerent rhetoric, used to wage war against the corrupt status quo, has given the left great license to conflate complicated issues. They see opportunity and power to be had, and before the victims from El Paso and Dayton were buried, the dead were weaponized.

All Trump’s fault too, natch. Because they had never, EVER done anything of the sort before. And once that awful, obnoxious Trump is gone, why, they’ll surely stop and go back to treating us respectfully and civilly again, like before. Right, John?

Right?!?

Jeez, what a fucking dope. Insty approvingly heads his own link to this bilious twipe with: “JOHN KASS IS UNSPARING.” As I said before, he does indeed make some good points here, and his mention of true American hero Pfc. Glendon Oakley at the end is most welcome. But all in all, as per usual with effete NeverTrumpTard status-quo snobs, Kass only winds up “unsparingly” shooting himself in the foot.

Update! Important reminder from Schlichter.

Weird how the liberal solution to every problem is always to make you less free.

One of their tactics is exhaustion – to exhaust the weak among us and get them to say, “Gosh, if we just give in we can put this unpleasantness behind us.” But you can’t put anything behind you with these people, because there is nothing to put behind you. It’s all a lie. You are not a racist. Your guns won’t hurt anyone but criminals and aspiring tyrants. And the leftists know it. They know they are spewing skeevy slanders, and if you give in on this one – handing over your AR-15 and hanging your head over prejudices you don’t possess – the libs and their newsprint lackeys will just club you with another set of grievances that you can only atone for through further submission.

It will never end. They will always hate you. Always. Nothing you can do will change that. Nothing. So get used to it and invite them to pound sand.

It would be nice to have libs and their media goons not sliming us all the time with manifest falsehoods. It would also be nice to have a pet unicorn named Chet always ready to make a run to the liquor store to pick up a sixer of Dos Equis and some Doritos. Neither one is going to happen, and you can’t change that by giving in. No matter how much you abase yourself it will never be enough for them to not hate you. 

They are always going to hate you, so get any idea out of your head that if you just surrender then this endless tsunami of lies will finally be over. It won’t, because it has nothing to do with what you actually think or have actually done. Nothing. It’s a means of oppression, a tactic to stop you from exercising your right to be a citizen instead of a serf.

Defenseless, silenced and paying for everyone else’s stuff, all while being abused and disrespected – that’s what the left wants for you.

Everything the left says or does is designed to make them more powerful by making you less free. You can never give enough of your money or freedom away to make them stop hating you, so don’t try. Get woke to their scam – luckily we have a president who is – and don’t play along. They’ll always hate you, so stop caring about their lies.

You listening out there, John? You and the other Surrender-Monkey GOPers? Because y’all damned sure oughta be.

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Whoooaaa, big fellow!

So what with the same-old-crap nature of the news after the advent of The Trumpening, combined with the pressure of eking out my meager living every day, I haven’t felt just incredibly motivated to do any posting the past several days, as y’all were no doubt aware. But then up jumps this little slice of irritation.



Now, this is all just SOP, the state of play nowadays, right? Note that nowhere in this horrible, awful, abominable, horribly horrible “racist” Tweetstorm did Trump mention A) anybody’s name, or B) anybody’s race. All he did was exactly what he’s done from the very beginning: unabashedly articulate and bring right out into the open the very thing that Real Americans have been saying and thinking for a very long time now. In fact, I’ve already said the exact same thing here myself, and more than just once too.

I’m quite confident it won’t come as anything like news to any of you here when I inform you that the Left, as is their wont, went absolutely hyper-ballistic bug-fuck nuts immediately. TEH RACISM! TEH BIGOTRY! TEH HATE! THE UNAMERICAN, THIS-IS-NOT-WHO-WE-ARE AS A NATION OF TEH IMMIGRANTS, ILLEGAL OR OTHERWISE! TEH OUTRAGE! All perfectly par for the usual course by now, part of the dismal tide of RACIST!!™ that greets every timid, half-hearted proposal that maybe we might should maybe just possibly make a start at the beginning of some kind of effort to get something resembling control over our borders, just perhaps possibly. No, the shitlib shriekers will brook no such nonsense, and them going into orbit with their Mark-1 Mod-0 howls of high dudgeon are nothing whatsoever new. Certainly, it wouldn’t be nearly enough to penetrate my blogging torpor enough to inspire a mention of it tonight.

No, what annoyed the living crap out of me was this recockulus Powerline post, lovingly linked to by one Ed Driscoll. The Cuckitude is strong with these ones, folks. Try not to let any of it splash back on you, it’ll stain most any fabric you might happen to be wearing.

A BLUNDER OF EPIC PROPORTIONS
Regular readers know that I am a fan of President Trump, and more often than not, a fan of his use of social media. But today he committed the worst unforced error of his presidency, one that we will hear about from the Democrats from now until November 2020.

Now, as John avers right away, he is by no means your garden-variety #NeverTrumpTard cretin; no David French, he, and good on him. But he’s wringing his hands over nothing here. I mean, come ON, dude; we’re going to “hear about (this) from the Democrats from now until November 2020”? Think so, do ya? In the first place: no, it’s not likely we will. In reality, this is likely just another of their everything-but-the-kitchen-sink stratagems, another wheeze from their bag of tired tricks that will be gone in about ten days, like all the others.

Moreover: if they DO decide that this is the one worth really trying to make stick, well, so the fuck what? Does anybody expect anything more from them at this point than a relentless, dogged, unceasing campaign to smear Trump, snooter him, keep him tied up in knots and preoccupied with anything and everything they can conjure up until they finally stagger across something that DOES hit home? Unfortunately, poor John’s unfounded hysteria is only just gathering steam:

The Democrats have been self-destructing, with the progressives denouncing Nancy Pelosi and other members of the party’s leadership as racists. That conflict has dominated the news, and I am sure Trump is right that Nancy Pelosi would be happy to work out travel arrangements to get rid of the Squad. But now she won’t have to. Trump’s attack on the Squad was so foolish that I would assume it to be a case of drunk-tweeting, except that the President doesn’t drink.

This is the headline in my home town paper (“Leave the US, Trump tells liberal congresswomen of color”—M), the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It will be the same in every newspaper across the country…

Again: AND? If it wasn’t that, do you seriously think it wouldn’t have been something else, and that they wouldn’t have puffed and blown quite as hard over it?

Of course not. Didja maybe notice how meticulously they crafted that headline, putting words in Trump’s mouth in order to dishonestly imply that Trump thinks every “liberal congresswomen of color” should leave the US immediately? Anybody out there believe that was either coincidence, or an honest mistake committed in good faith by the insidious Strib hacks?

At the risk of beginning to sound repetitious: THIS IS WHO THEY ARE, THIS IS WHAT THEY DO. They lie, they manipulate, they scheme, they play their game of jiggery-pokery with the truth until it’s completely unrecognizable. Trump did not one thing more than what he’s done all along: he stated an obvious but purportedly off-limits truth bluntly, without hesitation, shame, or regret. Far from being any kind of foolish “blunder” on his part, that sort of thing is exactly why Real Americans elevated him to the Presidency over the entire clown car of shambolic, hapless GOPe perennial also-rans in the first place.

We WANT him to say things like this. We NEED him to say things like this. We DEMAND it of him, in fact. It is precisely moments like these that help to paper over the inevitable disappointment and frustration with him here and there, shoring up his base of support. It is just as Limbaugh often says: this is what fighting back looks like, people. If you find it puzzling or discomfitting, well, it’s probably because it’s been so very damned long since you’ve seen it. Fighting back aggressively against shitlib swine—rising from the long-accustomed defensive crouch to take the offensive on our behalf—has become an unfamiliar, alien thing to Real Americans by now.

Happily, as John finds himself ever more deeply mired in the slough of despond, Steve Hayward steps in to offer a measure of clarity and calm, if only a somewhat lukewarm one:

I concur in part, and dissent in part (as they say at the Supreme Court). I agree with John that this is a case where Trump should have followed the old adage, “When your enemy is destroying himself, get out of the way.”

Not if you see a way to speed them along.

But Trump’s animal instincts come into play here. With a wedge opening up between the Democratic Party leadership and the noisy Four Freshmen reps (and I can guarantee that AOC is the least popular member of the House Democratic caucus), Trump has now forced Pelosi and every other Democrat to come to their defense, elevating their profile further and cementing them as the authoritative face of the Democratic Party. What’s the downside of that?

Ain’t none. And you can be assured he knew just what he was doing, too.

And if you read Trump’s language carefully (and the absence of typos and other typical Trump flourishes like CAPITAL LETTERS and “sad” make me wonder if Stephen Miller wrote them), it is like his clumsy Charlottesville remarks, taken out of context and twisted. Trump’s subtle target here is multiculturalism and “diversity”—the tacit premise of the left that America should be guilty and abject before the supposedly “oppressed” nations of what we used to call the Third World. Trump goes way too far as usual, but his bit about “come back and show us how” is actually a good argument. Once again, Trump may know what he is doing. What is it the old left liked to say? “Heighten the contradictions!”

Actually, Trump’s Charlottesville remarks weren’t “clumsy” at all; they were carefully excised from their proper context, distorted, and lied about so as to create something the toxic shitweasels of the shameless Left could use to their advantage. And they’re still being used that way, and will go right on being so used, as long as the Housebroken Right can be counted on to play along. Any among us who doesn’t expect such from the Left by now is mentally deficient, a pure simpleton.

I still wish Trump would lose his phone. But the over-reaction to this is utterly predictable.

Of course it was. Then, after letting this froth and boil for a week to ten days, it’ll be on to the next contrived Democrat-Socialist tempest in a teapot. Lather, rinse, repeat; count on it, the cycle is as reliable as an atomic clock. Or has anybody seen that nuthatch habitué, whats’ername, that Trump supposedly “raped” at Bloomingdales or Neiman-Marcus or someplace, around? Any ideas where the Democrat-Socialists’ favorite big-donor pedorapist, Jeffrey Epstein, might have suddenly taken himself off to? Say, whatever happened to that nice Alva Johnson lady anyway, she seemed like a decent sort?

What Trump has done here, is doing, is the very thing the Vichy GOPe’s Coup Cucks Clowns always refused to: he’s staying on the offensive, taking the fight to his enemies by any and all means he can think up. That’s just in his nature, bless his cantankerous heart. It’s yet another reason why I remain solidly in his camp, and most likely will for the duration. For now, I’ll let the last word on this brouhaha be Sefton’s; I anticipate having plenty more to say myself shortly, perhaps enough to break it out into a new post.

I don’t think I need tell you the reaction this received from the casting couches to the faculty lounges to the Lido Deck of The Kristol Ship of Fools, but my reaction is “fuckin’ A.” Amazing how despite being painted as irredeemably racist, sexist, bigoted, misogynistic, homophobic, Islamophobic, oppressive to non-whites and illegitimately founded, millions of people from all over the world (and possibly the M-79 star system) risk their lives, their children’s lives and other children’s lives to get here. Why is that Kaepernick? Why is that Rapinoe? Shouldn’t you and your ilk be doing everything you possibly can to dissuade people from coming here? No, of course not, because you and everyone like you lack even two brain cells to rub together to ignite even a spark of a clue as to what the reality is. Many people see the miracle that is this nation from the misery and squalor of the third world shit-holes they seek to escape, while far too many others sadly are being enticed here as a means to overwhelm and collapse us from within, while filling up the voter rolls of the Democrat Party and depressing the wages and even displacing the American worker so the Koch/CoC whores can squeeze one last penny out of the strained cloaca of the golden goose before it disappears in a bloody mass of feathers and fat.

From a tactical standpoint, this is once again Trump being brilliant. He has forced the Democrat-Left Media Complex to choose sides, and by defending Nancy Palsi from being labeled as a racist, he’s put her in the uncomfortable position of having to agree with him in order to defend herself from the charge. No doubt her enemies are going to have a field day with that while spewing even more insanity to turn off even more voters.

Fuckin’ A, buddy, right down the line. Really, y’all, a “blunder of epic proportions”? Only for the sinking Cruise Ship Cuck crew, too staid, dainty, and clueless even now to bother noticing the water slopping over the gunwales—much less save themselves by grabbing a bucket and bailing.

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Escalator ride of Destiny

Another Steyn rerun that bears repeating, re-posting, and re-reading. From the intro:

Three weeks after Donald Trump launched his campaign – on July 10th 2015 – I wrote the column below on the two old white males shaking up their respective nominating contests. Four years on, Bernie is running again in an entirely Berniefied party: His rivals are all presenting themselves as merely younger, comelier, blacker, gayer versions of the original, or in the case of the pitiful Joe Biden, unloading every morning positions he’s held for half-a-century, an even more geriatric Bernie. On the right there are NeverTrumpers but on the left no NeverBernies.

Is it necessary to say anything about those NeverTrumpers? The guys who told us it was a stunt, he’d be out by Labor Day, he wouldn’t win a single primary… Some very smart people were just incredibly stupid. My old National Review colleague Kevin Williamson:

Witless Ape Rides Escalator

Soooo, how’d all that work out for ya, Kev? Here’s how: shortly after the gratuitous, nasty bit of snobbery above, dear old ULTRASUPERTRUECONSERVATIVE!!! Kevin tried his hand at another act of typical Conservative Inc rumpswabbery: peddling his wares in the rarified climes of The Atlantic—from whence he was sent back, howling and tail tucked, to his comfy NRO sinecure with a quickness. He’s still licking his wounds and hacking away at Trump from there.

Kevin and a lot of others – including many of the right’s most illustrious names – didn’t grasp how disconnected Conservatism, Inc had become from its base. Donor-servicing masquerading as doctrinal purity had fewer and fewer takers, even before you offer it in the ludicrous form of a third Bush presidency in twenty-five years. Actual voters wanted something else, and no house-trained Republican was willing to give it to them. So cometh the hour, cometh the witless ape. Four years on, the Democrats have a base, Trump has a base, but, as Bill Kristol and The Weekly Standard learned the hard way, it’s not clear pre-Trump Republicanism has any base at all.

True, unlike Bernie re the Dems, the President does not preside over a wholly Trumpified Republican Party. The Ryan-McConnell Congress spent the new commander-in-chief’s first two years acting as if the program that got him elected was so self-evidently crazy they didn’t need to go anywhere near it. They’re still figuring Trump is an aberration, and that once he’s gone normal business will resume and they can go back to nominating milquetoast candidates who know how to give a great concession speech.

The closer of Steyn’s rerun piece:

The Donald is not really a conservative, nor much of a Republican. He’s given more or less evenhandedly to both parties over the decades, because, at Trump’s level, that’s just the price of doing business in a sclerotic and corrupt republic. The Clintons attended one of his weddings, because, for New York operators, that’s like the King of Spain attending the Prince of Wales’ wedding: it’s just A-list power-schmoozing. Whether the Chinese Politburo would respond positively to a President Trump whose opening conversational gambit is “Now listen, you muthaf**kers” is doubtful.

Yet Trump, like other philosophically erratic politicians from Denmark to Greece, has tapped into a very basic strain of cultural conservatism: the question of how far First World peoples are willing to go in order to extinguish their futures on the altar of “diversity”.

As Ann Coulter’s new book Adios, America! lays out in remorseless detail, Kate Steinle is dead because the entire Democratic Party, two-thirds of the Republican Party and 100 per cent of the diseased federal-state-municipal bureaucracy prioritizes myths over reality. Yes, it’s distressing to persons of taste and discrimination that the only person willing to address that reality is Donald Trump. But that’s because he’s not the reality-show freak here. The fake-o lame-o reality freakshow is the political pseudo-campaign being waged within the restraints demanded by the media and Macy’s. So, if Donald Trump is the only guy willing to bust beyond those bounds, we owe him a debt of gratitude. If, as Karl Rove proposes, other candidates are able to talk about the subject in a more “inclusive” way, so be it. But, if “inclusive” is code for not addressing it at all, nuts to that.

Step back and let’s be bipartisan about what Rove calls the “disruptiveness” factor: Be honest, which would you prefer and which is a bleaker comment on the political health of the republic – Bernie vs the Donald? Or Hillary vs Jeb?

Unfortunately, Steyn is wrong for once when he names Trump’s Big Bee-yooty-ful Wall proposal as his most consequential act as President. As we’ve seen, he’s been thwarted at every turn on that one, and will continue to be. A seriously effective border wall will never be in play as long as the Vichy GOPe remains on the field.

It’s disappointing, sure. But politically at least, Trump isn’t entirely wrong to adjust his rhetoric to a more modest position, declare victory anyway, and move on, pecking away at the Wall as and when he can without doing damage to himself. His only other option is to go to outright, full-tilt war with Mordor On The Potomac entire—something I’d actually love to see, but unlikely in the extreme due to Trump’s old-fashioned patriotism and his stubborn if erroneous belief that the American ship of state can be righted and put back on its proper course. Total, scorched-earth war against the hopelessly corrupt establishment would be simply too alien, way out of character for him, and it’s unrealistic to expect it.

No, Schlichter knows what Trump’s real achievement is, and it’s something that almost nobody but me (ahem) saw coming:

The greatest thing about Donald Trump is how his election has caused our enemies to reveal exactly what kind of seedy, corrupt weasels they truly are. 

Yep. The most important thing Trump has done—UNEXPECTED!™—is to clarify the battle lines, expose the frauds (or drive them to expose themselves), lift the lid on the boiling cauldron of Deep State worms, and reduce the Democrat-Socialists and their freakshow-base to uncontrollable paroxysms of daylight barking madness.

In short: he has lifted Real Americans from their accustomed defensive crouch and demonstrated what the offensive might accomplish. In graphic terms, Trump is what I’ve always said he is; this, right here.

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From Real Americans to you—all of you—from deep in our trousers, with feeling: Swamp rats; shitlibs; butt-sucking, fake-“conservative” NeverTrumpTards one and all; Enemedia propaganda hacks; jet-setting Climate Change (formerly Global Warming, formerly Global Cooling, formerly “the weather”) alarmists; witless, hectoring Hollywood twits and entertainment-industry celebutards; scurrilous race-pimping grifters; imported Muslim grievance-mongers like Omar and Talib; man-hating, home-wrecking Feminazis; LGBTQWERTY fruits, flakes, and nuts who get in our faces to demand not tolerance but applause; and the whole goddamnable flea-circus of rent-seeking, crony-corporatist assholes, from soup to bugfuck nuts.

Yes, we really, really mean it. To paraphrase a maudlin, sobbing Sally Field’s Oscar-night ejaculation: We don’t like you. We really don’t like you.

More rich, buttery goodness from the Schlichter piece coming, which I’ll jailbreak into a separate post because reasons.

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Another day, another win

Why no, I’m NOT tired of it yet.

President Donald John Trump once again roped the dopes in the media with his Mexican tariffs.

Like Wile E. Coyote thumbing through the Acme catalog, they knew better but gave into their worst impulses.

To be sure, President Trump was deadly serious about the imposition of tariffs.

But he also knew he would not have to.

President Trump had the battle won the instant he tweeted tariff. The Mexican government did not bother putting up a fight. The words were kind and diplomatic, and the capitulation was swift and painless.

The government seized the money of human traffickers, sent thousands of its National Guardsmen to its southern border, and agreed to stop the caravans.

But the political side also had a success as President Trump watched his critics throw their grenades — into telephone wires that shot the grenades right back at them.

National Review’s editors huffed and puffed, “The president here is unnecessarily complicating his own life. He has just overseen the successful renegotiation of NAFTA, which will be reconstituted as the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). But that agreement has not yet been ratified — not by the United States, and not by Mexico. Imposing punitive tariffs over a policy dispute unrelated to trade five minutes after negotiating a new trade pact makes the Trump administration — and the United States — look like an unreliable negotiating partner. Mexico is not wrong to resent it, and even Trump allies such as Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) are against him on this.

“Also, it’s a good rule of thumb to fight one trade war at a time. If the administration, correctly, wants to focus on China’s malign trade practices — and not just during the current dispute but over the long term — it needs good trading relationships with its allies, especially here in North America.”

Who knew there was a rule of thumb on trade wars?

Y’know, you’d think #NeverTrumpTards, having been wrong every damned time about every damned thing, would be getting tired of all the losing already. And now, after having shrieked their throats raw and bloody in indignation over the abominable, inhuman atrocity of tariffs, they find themselves looking at yet another piping-hot, jumbo-sized platter of delicious crow on the menu. It still comes down to the same thing I’ve always said it would: Trump The Disruptor.

Democrats and their allies in the media continually bemoan President Trump breaking long-standing political norms. They still seem unwilling to grasp one of the central tenets of the 2016 movement that led to his election. Yes, accepted practices and “norms” of Washington worked well for apparatchiks of the administrative state and their crony allies among big business and K Street influencers. But this crooked system failed miserably to enhance the well-being of millions of working-class Americans who therefore chose, very knowingly, to send an agitator to Washington, D.C.

President Trump has been particularly forceful in breaking protocol and bucking conventional Beltway wisdom in the international arena. For example, he scuttled our participation in the unfair Paris climate accord. He also successfully shamed NATO partners into paying their proper share of the alliance’s defense burden. In international trade, he demands reciprocity and honest dealings from China, a country that has serially abused America for decades. 

Trump also smartly confronted Mexico over its inaction regarding our volatile shared border. The recent situation there has grown totally untenable, on pace this year to send over 1 million unvetted and uninvited trespassers pouring into our country. The overwhelming majority of these people, contrary to media narrative, are economic migrants willfully abusing our nation’s generous and well-intended asylum provisions. But, because the Democrats in Congress seem to prefer a controversy to a solution when it comes to illegal migration, the internal options for Trump and his Department of Homeland Security remain limited. But thinking creatively, the president determined that our immense economic leverage over Mexico could be summoned to coax them into acting as a good neighbor. For too long regarding Central American migrants, we have allowed Mexico to transfer its temporary trouble into our permanent problem.

But President Trump warned Mexico of imminent trade sanctions unless it shared proactively in the burden of stopping this dangerous flow of people and the attendant humanitarian border crisis it caused. Predictably, critics shrieked in disapproval over the last week.

But Trump did precisely what Trump was elected to do. He saw past the prevarications of the media, the self-serving platitudes of corporate plutocrats, and the pusillanimity of purported allies in the legislature. He took decisive executive action that forced the Mexican government to honor its obligations and respect the sovereignty of our land. After all, if Mexico or any other country wants access to the crown jewel of global commerce — the American consumer market — then it must act as a responsible partner. Our nation seeks prosperity and friendship with all nations, but will not be abused. 

And, note ye well, THAT is a big part of why they loathe him so intensely. The American consumer market is by orders of magnitude the largest in the world—the most powerful economic force on the planet. Corrupt, destitute Mexico simply cannot afford to be denied access to it. Like wise China, who needs to avoid being shut out of the American market WAY more than America needs rack upon rack of shoddy, ill-fitting, poorly-made 4XXXXL cargo shorts at Wal Mart.

No, the only strange thing about all this is that Trump seems to be the only one in Mordor On The Potomac who knows it—or, more accurately, the only one to whom it matters, and who is unashamed about acting as if it mattered. Thus:

Assuredly, these steps will not end the border crisis. Longer-term, our country desperately needs reform of our inane migration laws, particularly as they relate to asylum. We need a wall. We must harness technology to better track visa overstays. But given the options available to him at present, President Trump negotiated masterfully in this confrontation. He recognizes that in the global trade “poker game” America has the strongest hand and must play like it. His steadfast refusal to accept the status quo or cower to the elites validated the hopes that tens of millions placed in him when the voted to send a “disruptor-in-chief” to the Oval Office.

I remain convinced that, try however he might, Trump ain’t gonna be getting any wall; the Ruling Class has too many ways to stymie and stall, and it’s probably the one issue they’re least likely to ever yield on. But he’s still winning anyway, and even the most trivial loss for the Democrat-Socialists is still a win for America.

Update! Desperate, defeated, discombobulated.

Trump’s success in getting Mexico to agree to do more to curb the flow of illegal immigrants through their country and into the United States should be receiving universal praise, but unfortunately, Democrats, who we all know want to see illegal immigration increase to help secure their party’s power in government, couldn’t concede that Trump’s plan worked.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s tariff threat, which succeeded in its goal, a counterproductive exercise in “threats and temper tantrums.”

“President Trump undermined America’s preeminent leadership role in the world by recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor to the south,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said Saturday morning. “Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy.”

Ummm, actually, Stretch, those “threats and temper tantrums” are more widely known in grown-up circles as “negotiating from a position of strength,” you clown-faced buffoon.

Pelosi said she was “deeply disappointed” by the asylum provisions of the deal, which she claimed “violates the rights of asylum seekers under U.S. law and fails to address the root causes of Central American migration.”

But the most absurd comment came from Senator Chuck Schumer.

And boy, did it ever:



I’m sorry folks, but it would take a heart of stone not to laugh right out loud at that pitiful, all-thumbs attempt at spin. Again: when Democrat-Socialists are crying, America is winning.

Can’t repeat it often enough update! Sefton puts it well, especially with the closer.

Good morning kids. Start of a new week so let’s get with it. The big story over the weekend and continuing is President Trump’s yuuuge win over Mexico, who folded like a wet taco when for the first time in my lifetime a US president actually threatened to seriously punish them with tariffs if they did not stop aiding and abetting the depopulation of Central America (and their own failed kleptocratic third world shit-hole) into our country. From a purely political perspective, it represents a Nelson Muntz laugh of epic proportions to the Democrat-Left-Media Complex and their remoras in the GOP-e who claimed it would destroy our economy, it’s racist and xenophobic or who just openly hate America and have no phony excuses but are grumbling at being kicked hard in the nadlers by Orange-Man-Bad. Yes, the winning – I ain’t now ways tahr’d of it.

Heh. Good as that is, JJ knows this is no real solution, and also knows what is:

Look, we can talk about walls, and troops on the border and all the rest of it all we want. The real long-term solution is to create a virtual wall that for sure is 100% impenetrable: Disincentivizing these people from coming here in the first place. No welfare, no food stamps, no free schools, no college tuition, no free medical care, no drivers licenses…Nada del Tio Azucar, nunca. It’s bad enough that upwards of 30 million foreigners are eligible to drain our Treasury legally. But take a look at the story in the links about a blood-sucking tick convicted of substantial food stamp fraud and multiply that by millions as well and, to quote Everett Dirksen, sooner or later you’re talking about some real money. The other half of that equation, as I stated, rests with our own citizenry. Any person or business that knowingly hires illegal aliens should be punished with severe fines and serious prison time. Does that mean someone who has a lady from Guatemala come in once a week to clean the apartment? Not sure. But something like a food processing plant, garment factory (if we still have them here anymore) or other industry employing masses of illegals should be shuttered, the assets seized and the owners chucked in D-Block.

He’s right, and you know he is. Now on to a truly golden meme, ripped off from elsewhere at the ol’ HQ:

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Jeez-O-Pete, Trump yuks it up with the Queen while Her Herness can’t draw flies even at a Costco warehouse—a place hardly known for drawing celebrities to hang out there. Hope poor old Hils found herself a good deal on pallets of cheap gin to ease the pain and humiliation, at the very least.

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With friends like French…

Lowly cuck-boy David French is sure getting himself a most thorough reaming this week, ain’t he? Not that he’ll notice, natch. First up to take a swing of the Almighty Clue Bat, Julie Kelly:

French responded to his critic the next day in a piece for National Review Online titled, “What Sohrab Ahmari gets wrong.” Insisting he’s not a “milquetoast,” French proceeded to attempt to debunk Ahmari’s “misrepresentations” by citing his service as a U.S. Army judge advocate general in the Iraq War and his past court victories for maligned Christian college professors. (Commendable, of course, but hardly dispositive.)

But then French misrepresents himself in the piece. He portrays himself as “walking humbly,” careful “not [to] fan the flames” of political enmity—but French can be as vituperative, dishonest, and petty as anyone in the public square, especially if his target is Donald Trump, his family, or his supporters. The Mueller report, a political document based on an investigation into a fabricated crime, should “shock our conscience,” he wrote in April. “The lies are simply too much to bear. No Republican should tolerate such dishonesty.”

He often brags about his personal and professional achievements to both assert his moral authority and blunt any criticism of him. He occasionally injects his adopted black daughter into political battles, using anecdotal evidence to accuse Americans, particularly Trump supporters, of being racists. (As the mother of an adopted Asian daughter, I find this tactic offensive and out-of-bounds.)

French claimed that he did not promote the Russian election collusion hoax, as Ahmari stated in his piece. That is patently and provably false.

So, to briefly recap then: the Last True Principled CONservative is all in for the Mueller impeachment swindle; supported the whole Russia Collusion conspiracy from go; demanded that one of our vanishingly few Congressional stalwarts, Devin Nunes, step down even as he defended nefarious liar Adam Schitt; ridiculed those who saw right through the Klown Kar Koup attempt as the “Conspiracy Theory Right”; eagerly parrots the Left’s despicable accusations of racism, dishonesty, and corruption against the most successful Republican President since Reagan at least. All that and more, but still he arrogantly refuses to admit to either error or bad faith on his part. Apart from abortion, can anybody think of a way in which the PRINCIPLED CONSERVATIVE™ French differs even slightly from the Democrat-Socialists, pray tell? Bottom line on both French and every other faithless Cruiseship Cuck:

Let’s say “French-ist” Republicans take over the GOP after Trump is gone. Is there any doubt that they would compromise with Democrats on some form of a Green New Deal? Or an expansion of government-paid health care? Or college loan forgiveness? Or higher tax rates on the wealthy? Or laws that impose quotas on private industry to force the hiring of more women, minorities or LGBT workers? Or the continued deplatforming of controversial figures on the Right? Or the requirement to teach a variety of destructive, anti-family, anti-Christian, anti-capitalist garbage in public schools?

Would “French-ist” Republicans have the stones to effectively challenge, and defeat, any of these proposals under a President Kamala Harris or a House Majority Leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Having already seen it demonstrated time after time from the Vichy GOPe over the course of several decades, we know the answer all too well. Next in the batter’s box is Ben Domenech:

When French asks, “what did politeness, respect, and dignity cost anyone?”, he sounds like a hockey coach planning to run an all-finesse team out onto the ice. Perhaps their politeness, respect, and dignity will be awarded with a honor in defeat medal. Ahmari is more interested in a form of victory, as he sees it – which could be defined as a restorationist aim, or perhaps “leave us alone, or else” – and he blames French’s mindset for much of the losing.

“What did politeness, respect, and dignity cost anyone?” Damned near everything, you blibbering fool. You weak-ass TrueCon pissants stood idly by, abhorring breaches of an etiquette observed only by yourselves, as the Left hijacked a nation from under us. And STILL you either can’t seem to see it, or you’re hoping nobody else notices. Which means that anybody who might be thinking you’ll ever be of the slightest use in taking it back is a blasted idiot. Thus:

I had the good fortune to grow up around a great many Christian people with Frenchian sentiments. They are very good and decent, but they also had a skewed perspective on politics and culture that assumed their foes in the public square would abide by certain rules and expectations that went out the window decades before.

There is a sweet naïveté and optimism to this belief, unburdened by awareness of the cultural Hindenburg we all currently inhabit. How could the ACLU, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders take stands against the active expression of religious belief when they all endorsed RFRA themselves two decades earlier? Bill Clinton signed it! Wouldn’t the hypocrisy shame them straight into the corner? Haha, you bigoted saps, watch and learn.

It is not particularly comforting to recognize we have reached a point in America where politeness and decency is no longer the best approach to politics.

Well, perhaps not. But honestly, now: was it ever? Look back at political cartoons and op-eds from all the way back to the Civil War, when Lincoln was lampooned as a semi-sentient ape, and not just in fringe newspapers either. Go back further yet, when a writer clandestinely hired by Thomas Jefferson outrageously smeared John Adams as “a repulsive pedant” and “a hideous hermaphroditical character.” Then try again to convince me that politics has ever been anything but a dirty, stinking cesspool in which the very worst of us happily bob and swim in their quest for power. Go ahead, try.

Most of the political class agrees with French. They would vastly prefer a world where everyone in politics has an approach like Paul Ryan. But even as the political elite, both leaders and staff, have insisted on that approach for years where culture and policy fights are concerned, something has come along which disrupts their chiding message about a cultural defense with the ease and give of a soft-boiled egg. It embraces the happy while forgetting the warrior part. Domesticated animals are always more welcome at the garden party atmosphere of the plexiglass roundtables shot through the airwaves, where people say “I think” about the news.

Consider the possibility that the people, honorable or dishonorable alike, who forever urged politeness and good behavior are wrong. Consider the possibility that the progressive movement has embraced views that will no longer tolerate even the presence of offensive views, as they are now practically the same as violence. Consider the possibility that a lifetime New York limousine liberal, mugged by the reality of abortion and convinced of the transactionalism of Christian voters, recognized a more brutal approach, an approach which actually spells out on national television what happens in a late term abortion, could be a better cultural defense than a thousand phone-ins to the March for Life.

It would be comforting to believe David French is correct about all of this. Many, even if they believe he is wrong, will continue to personally emulate his approach, unwilling to choose a more confrontational approach. The distaste with the Molotov is understandable. But the truth is the culture has long ago passed the point of consensus where it is possible for a peaceable navigation of the conflict.

True, with bells all over it a-ringing. Koup Kucks Klowns like French, bitterly clinging to a politesse that hasn’t existed since the 60s at least (if it ever did), should maybe ask the fella who brought a knife to a gunfight how things worked out for him. They’d get themselves a schoolin’, assuming any of them have any interest in learning something.

Lastly, Taylor Lewis steps to the plate for his innings:

Cross-dressing storytime is what set New York Post op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari off in a scathing attack on one right-wing writer. In First Things, which has latterly become a kind of authorial billet for non-traditional traditionalistic conservatives, Ahmari takes issue with what he calls “David French-ism,” which takes its name from National Review essayist David French.

Ahmari treats French like a synecdoche for all hail-fellow-well-met conservative types who think the Left will leave them be with their personal religious beliefs, even if they’re viewed as bigoted. Ahmari contends that French and other libertarian-friendly conservatives believe that “the institutions of a technocratic market society are neutral zones that should, in theory, accommodate both traditional Christianity and the libertine ways and paganized ideology of the other side.”

Ahmari is not so dewy-eyed. He knows the score, and it’s heavily weighed against the side of conservative Christians. A converted integralist and recent recruit of the “politics as war and enmity” vision, Ahmari thinks rapprochement with a cultural left that showers preteen strippers with dollar bills is unrealistic. Instead, he’d rather bring a sword, capturing the state to carve out a permanent place for the faithful. In his own words, Ahmari wants to fight the “culture war with the aim of defeating the enemy and enjoying the spoils in the form of a public square re-ordered to the common good and ultimately the Highest Good.”

French, in Ahmari’s dichotomy, wishes for only a respectful counterpoise to liberalism’s ever encroaching reach into private and public life. Ahmari forthrightly wants to beat it back into submission.

Lewis goes on to offer a few ‘graphs in defense of French, saying “Ahmari chose the wrong figure to personify naïveté.” Sorry, but as long as French and his ilk prefer to caterwaul about Trump and his Deplorables without once condemning venomous Swamp snakes like Schitt, Mueller, Comey, et al ad nauseum, I can no way no how agree. French, well-meaning though he may be, is and will assuredly remain part of the problem. In the twilight struggle against creeping Leftist tyranny, he and his effete compadres are worse than naive, and worse than useless—they’re obstacles, an active hindrance. Thankfully, they’re already fading from view, whatever influence they may once have had speedily dwindling into nothingness, as the rest of us keep slogging on without them.

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Men without chests

Sucks to be cuck.

First, there was the essay against David French. Then there was the answer that was a defense of David French. Then French defended himself. Ahmari takes the knife to French. Dougherty defends him, but it sounds more like a defense to keep French in the big tent. They both have points. I like Dougherty, but I agree with Ahmari. I care not what French says.

French symbolizes the Never Trump scum that revealed their controlled op status in ’16. They were willing to throw away just about everything to lose with honor. French is the symbol for it because of his failed entry into the presidential race to do what else but run a spoiler campaign. Even better, he grasps the knife and stabs his fellow conservatives in the back whenever possible. French represents the idiots who will adhere to the procedure when the procedure is obviously a sham and the other side will do whatever it takes to win and rule. French symbolizes the thought leaders who will gladly lose but tell their flock that it was a good, righteous loss. This might be understandable if the left was still pretending to adhere to any procedure. They do not. They also have escalated every single crazy identity politics fight. They are not stopping, and they will only formalize into law and regulation what the loons on campus shout now.

I will concede to Dougherty that French represents a wing of the right that we want to include. But wait one second… did French and his ilk grant that to us? Do they forget when French and Erick Erickson accused patriotic Americans of being Russian bots, Democrats and then Russian bots again? I clearly remember NRO guys sharing on Twitter screencaps of a blogpost of mine noting how Erickson and his Never Trump crew were like W.F. Buckley with ostracizing and purging the right, and them calling me and our crowd conspiracy theorists. After ’16, there was no integration of the populist nationalist crowd into the main right wing propaganda outlets. Tucker Carlson has carried that banner, and takes flak for it from the French crowd. On deeper reflection, it can be argued that many young right wingers were abandoned and tossed out into the cold for associations with what is now deemed evil, icky identitarians.

This hurts us today as these losers of a dying movement still control things, well them and the deep state plants. Who do you think has a better shot of getting a job in the Trump admin: a nationalist who openly states his support of the president or a neocon from Westchester or an evangelical from the Southern network that worked for every other candidate and likely pulled the lever for McMullin or Gary Johnson?

The ground shifted beneath their feet and they still act like nothing happened. These are the same people who mocked universities while letting the left completely dominate them. Any single one of them recommend deep red state governors and legislatures defund universities and take a baseball bat to hiring practices? We are two generations into the cultural revolution and are seeing the fruit of it with socialist chic.

Dougherty ends his essay with the following line, “My intention is to bring good men such as David French into that fight even if I have to drag him there“. I do not remember any mainstream right winger asking Ricky Vaughn for his help. I do agree with Dougherty in one way. Having every warrior on our side matters as the empire declines and the left goes insane. One word of warning. Do not be surprised if you drag French to the fight and he stabs you in the back.

This treacherous, false, cuckish breed—Frenchy, McCain, McMuffin, Kristol, Flake, et al ad nauseum—”good men”? It is to laugh. As for backstabbing, no one should expect otherwise from such; they always fought a lot more ferociously against their own side than they ever did Obama’s. But at this point, there should be no surprise in any of this. Might be a fine time to trot out the full Chesterton* quote from whence my title was swiped:

And all the time—such is the tragi-comedy of our situation—we continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity’. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

Anybody who thinks the best way of demonstrating fidelity to their “principles” is to pimp for the likes of HILLARY!™ over absolutely anybody else on the fucking planet has got the wrong damned principles.

*Duke of P-burgh points out that it ain’t a Chesterton quote, but a CS Lewis one. I knew that, I swear I did, but my tired old brain just ain’t what it once was—and it wasn’t much to begin with, alas. Thanks to the Duke for the heads-up.

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A war unfought is a war unwon

The Koup Kucks Klowns, exposed.

A common occurrence is to hear or read “conservative” commentators discussing the notion that the left and right are engaged in some sort of grand kulturkampf for the soul of the West.

If only.

The left throws at us wave after wave of panzer battalions and we respond with water balloons.

To call the pantomimic resistance proffered by the pundits of the so-called “conservative” movement a war is a ludicrous overstatement. The left throws at us wave after wave of panzer battalions and we respond with water balloons.

Sure, every now and then an intellectually honest and professionally brave culture warrior sticks his head above the parapet and returns some decent fire, but these brave voices are few and far between and do little to repel the relentless onslaught of “progressive” modernity.

Moreover, both discouragingly and damningly, those happy few who dare resist the left’s cultural revolutions with anything more aggressive than a shrug are often felled by not-so-friendly fire. It seems whenever we get a warrior, there are already voices on our side ready to defenestrate them. This is of course hardly surprising, given that the Mainstream Conservative Movement is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalism Inc.

Conservative timidness was bad enough in the 90s and early 2000s, when the left was promoting things like affirmative action and civil partnerships, and invasions of migrant masses were but a distant nightmare confined to the pages of The Camp of the Saints. 

Now we have blatant anti-white bigots like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar in Congress and self-obsessed LGBT mayors running for office lecturing us on the true meaning of Christianity. Meanwhile, crossdressers are brought into children’s libraries for story-time, and white kids are picked up from school in tears because their curriculum is so virulently racist against them.

The sour cherry on top of this dystopian progressive cake is that anyone that dares to resist the madness is deplatformed, depersoned, and dehumanized. We are living in the age of thoughtcrime, and it is clear beyond doubt that those who question either progressive or globalist orthodoxy will be reprogrammed or ruined.

The refusal of many in the so-called “conservative movement” to engage fully in any sort of cultural war is a sign that they are not really on our side.

Exhibit A:

WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed a new federal judge in Eastern Texas, despite comments he made disparaging former President Barack Obama.

Lawyer Michael Truncale was confirmed, 49-46, on Tuesday. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote against President Trump’s nominee.

Romney said in a statement that his “no” vote was not a matter of qualifications or politics, but because of Truncale’s 2011 comments in which he called Obama an “un-American imposter.”

Romney, who lost to Obama in the 2012 presidential race, called the comments “particularly disparaging” and said that “as the (former) Republican nominee for president, I just couldn’t subscribe to that in a federal judge.”

Got that, folks? This, from a “severe conservative” who has thrown much worse, again and again, at Trump, calling him “a phony, a fraud,” “very, very not smart,” and more. He’s accused Trump of “bad character,” incompetence, and dishonesty. And then there’s this cheap smear from the 2016 campaign:

“Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism. Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these,” Romney wrote in a Facebook post at the time.

So here we have a “man” who has viciously insulted Trump, doggedly worked to undermine his agenda as a Senator—in other words, NOT a guy who has any real problem with talking some smack about his political adversaries. But now, in a petty, cheap gesture of defiance towards Trump, this “severe conservative” has joined the Democrat-Socialists in voting against the appointment of a conservative judge because he once expressed a derogatory opinion about…BARRACK FUCKING OBAMA?!?

Yeah, fuck that greasy weasel over, under, sideways, and down—with a rusty razor blade, and sand in the Vaseline. He’s a grimy, grubby, vindictive pissant, a snake in the grass of the same filthy stripe as his pal Obama. He’s a two-faced rumpswab, all butthurt from being passed over for the SecState job after he so obsequiously kissed Trump’s ass trying to get it. Unfortunately, Mittens has plenty of company in the ranks of “Conservative” Inc:

You probably don’t know Senator Richard Burr (R-Chamber of Commerce), because he’s utterly undistinguished in everything except his total commitment to doing the bidding of his corporate donor masters in service of reinforcing the Establishment’s grip on power. He allegedly represents North Carolina, but he is actually the Distinguished Gentlemen from Open Borders. 

And he’s a sap.

He’s chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee – go ahead and insert your own oxymoron joke – and it was with him that Donald Trump, Jr., agreed to give 20+ hours of testimony about the whole bogus RUSSIA TREASON EMOLUMENTS TRAITOR COLLUSION lie on the condition that his testimony was once and done. In the end Mueller, who would have gleefully charged Don Jr. with anything he could have found or invented charged Don Jr. with nada. So, after Mueller reluctantly put a stake in the heart of this garbage scandal – because you know Mueller and his pack of Democrats was slobbering at the thought of a Trump scalp – what did Burr decide to do?

1.Celebrate the total exoneration of the President of the false charges made against him by Democrats and their lying mainstream media transcriptionists?

Or

2.Decide to play along with the Democrats’ craven and malicious effort to keep the lie alive by subpoenaing Don Jr. to testify again about claims made by Federal Convict #86626, aka Michael Cohen, currently a resident of the old stoney lonesome for lying to Congress, as part of an attempt to frame the President’s son for perjury?

“Well, gosh,” you might think, “Only a Democrat-collaborating hack, or slack-jawed idiot, or both, would choose Option Two,” but then you remember we’re talking about an Establishment bot like Richard Burr.

This kind of nonsense is just part and parcel of what Never Trump is. See, though Burr is apparently not running again in four years, he’s laboring under the delusion that by then America will come to its senses and welcome him and his gooey ilk back into unchallenged power. He’s counting on some sort of Establishment payback down the road – a nice job on K Street, an appointment as the token GOP Secretary of Mediocrity for President Creepy Joe, or maybe some CNN hits along with Ana Navarro. He’s burnishing his credentials as one of the Republicans the ruling class can always count on to submit and obey.

He’s Mitt Romney without the dog tormenting. BTW, Mitt was last seen voting against a federal judge nominee because of True Conservatism™ or something.

Heh. Also: ouch. That invidious comparison had to have hurt Barr some.

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Losers, by choice

Kurt unloads so resoundingly on Conservative Inc, I just…can’t even.

Now, it’s not really fair to imply that the Never Trumpers hate Trump solely because he’s vulgar and crude – or, as normal people see it, unwilling to meekly take the guff the Never Trumpers’ country club class pals dish out like a proper gentleman should. They do find him aesthetically displeasing, but it also gnaws at them because every time he stands up to the garbage Democrats, the garbage press, or the garbage jerks and pervs of Hollywood, his refusal to knuckle-under reminds Team Fail that they don’t have the stones to do the same. He shames their cowardly weakness.

It’s clear, in retrospect, that George W. Bush’s supine acceptance of the abuse the elite heaped upon him was not because he was too classy and too decent to respond in kind. Since Obama left office and he rediscovered his vocal cords, Bush has had zero problem trashing Trump and Trump supporters who, like many of us, stood by Bush in the ’00s while Bush was treading water in a sea of mediocrity. No, it’s clear that W was afraid to fight back against fellow members of the ruling class. He cared about being part of the club. Not The Donald. Trump, by fighting, demonstrates that the establishment GOPers are weak. And it eats at them.

But besides providing a manly contrast to their own gimp-like submission to the leftist establishment, Trump infuriates the Never Trumpers for another reason. He’s kicked them out of their comfy sinecures. One of Trump’s magical powers is to make his enemies reveal their own grift complicity, and boy, have they ever. As a result, while once the mandarins of Conservative, Inc., traded on their insider influence and privilege, under Trump they are outsiders. Copies of the Weekly Standard used to be all over the Bush White House. Now, if its inept crew had not slammed it into an iceberg, you would be lucky to find a few pages at the bottom of Barron’s pet iguana’s cage.

Bill Kristol, Max Boot, and all the rest are nobodies, relegated to occasionally joining CNN panels and fighting with Ana Navarro over the doughnuts in the green room. Where’s Bob Corker now? Jeff Flake hasn’t even got an MSNBC gig; I think last week he was the dude who offered to supersize my order.

Pretty stinging bitch-slaps on Bush and the rest of the Koup Klux Klowns, to be sure. But just wait till you get a load of what he has in store for poor ol’ Mittens.

They are reduced to occasionally popping up on Twitter to inspire a session of Weakheart Whack-A-Mole from actual conservatives. Just look at Senator for Some Reason Mitt Romney. The guy I am sorry I voted for in 2012 is always eager to say something prissy about the president to try to please the same people who, back in 2012, accused him of being a racist and giving a lady cancer. For his obedience, he gets a tasty treat and a pat on the head, like the good doggie he is. But everyone knows that if the elite ever thought that the Distinguished Gentleman From Whatever State He Thinks He Can Get Elected In Next might actually pose a threat to the status quo, he’d be figuratively caged up and driven to Canada on the roof.

As Jed Clampett always said: WEEEEEEEELLL DOGGIES! Schlichter really outdoes himself with this bilious, incendiary masterpiece; I must say, I can’t recall ever coming closer to just saying to hell with fair use and reposting the whole dang thing. But I’ll restrain myself, so you can click on over and revel in every righteous word of the original.

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Reptilia

With apologies to actual reptiles for the insult.

One of those iron laws of life that will not go away, despite every attempt to pretend otherwise, is the Opposite Rule of Liberalism. Whatever the Left is howling about at the moment, you can be sure something like the opposite is the truth. Their need to deceive and their natural habit of projecting their sins onto others, combine to create a predictable part of Progressive culture. Wherever they are focusing the attention of their cult, find the spot 180 degree the opposite and you are getting close to the truth.

The release of the Mueller report is one of the great confirmations of this rule we have seen since the the Left’s reaction to the Tea Party. In 2015, as the Clinton campaign was struggling to deal with the slow releases of e-mails from WikiLeaks, they started howling about Russian hacking. The claim was Boris and Natasha had secretly gained access to the computer systems of the Clinton officials and the DNC. The point was to have the media focus on that rather than the contents of the e-mails being leaked.

The Russian hacking conspiracy soon morphed into Russian collusion and we have close to three years of frivolous investigations and media coverage about alleged collusion between Trump and Boris. The truth of course, using the opposite rule here, was that it was the Left colluding with the Russians, or someone, to undermine the election. That was really just the tip of the iceberg, as it turned out to be the FBI and the Obama White House conspiring to undermine the election. Once again, the opposite rule of liberalism holds.

Again, this is the tip of the iceberg. For years, the media has been peddling this nutty conspiracy, while at the same time waging jihad against what they consider to be conspiracy theories. The Progressive media is full of pink hat types scolding about the proliferation of conspiracies on line. CNN spearheaded the de-platforming of Alex Jones on the grounds he was spreading falsehoods. In truth, Alex Jones is a rock of sober-minded empiricism compared to the aluminum foil hate crazies of CNN.

Think about how the Alex Jones types respond to their conspiracy ideas versus how the Left responds to their theories. The guys worried about the lizard people are spending their time learning about lizard people and interstellar travel. They create on-line groups to compare notes. The Left, in contrast, forms mobs to attack local statuary, believing the statues are casting evil spells on the locals. In comparison to the Left, the people worried about the lizard people come off as sober-minded and prudent.

Of course, the Left will never let go of this. It will be their JFK conspiracy, operating as a rallying point until Trump is gone. Mueller probably tried hard to find something he could use to support the theory. He was no doubt under intense pressure to find something to confirm it. His report being sequestered will feed a new round of conspiracies, but in reality, the opposite rule will apply here as well. The details of his report will reveal it was the FBI and Obama’s White House all along. That was the grand conspiracy.

Precisely so. But what else were they going to do? After their plot to steal the election failed, they had absolutely nothing to go after Trump with other than to try to distract from their own skullduggery by pinning it all on him—and nothing to lose by trying it. That would have had the added potential benefit of washing themselves clean of their own slime and insulating them from any consequences, had the thing only worked. But even this sleazy, squalid little failed conspiracy is still only the tip of a much larger iceberg:

Trump wins. America wins. The progs and their insane enablers and followers lose another one. The Russia Collusion story joins the Fake Narrative Club of Christine Blakely Ford, Jussie Smollet, Fast and Furious, Mattress Girl, UVA Rape Victim, Covington High School kids are racists, etc.

On foreign meddling, I have written before about another country’s meddling in our political processes, a meddling which far outweighs any by Russia. One guess. Yes, Mexico! See posts here and here. Not only do Mexican senior officials, all the way up to the Mexican presidency, openly encourage their citizens to vote in the US and tell them how, but our own President Obama made clear he would not prosecute foreigners voting; the Dems continue that policy by encouraging aliens to vote and making it easier and easier for them to do so. Time to build the wall and to shut down some of Mexico’s fifty-two diplomatic and consular offices in the US.

The whole Russia collusion investigation hoax formed a major component of the ongoing Demo/Progo effort to undo the 2016 elections, in other words, to engineer an America coup (here and here). This attempt involved getting foreigners to vote (as noted above), insisting on no voter id requirements, use of vote harvesting, calling on electors of the Electoral College not to vote for Trump, incessant recount demands, a faked up dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign, calling for a military coup, misuse of the FISA process, the weaponizing of the IRS, EPA, and our law enforcement/intel agencies for use against American citizens, and more. The progos were and are willing to destroy our core institutions in order to gain and keep power.

I know everybody is sick of investigations, but for our country’s sake, we need to investigate and hold accountable all those who ginned up and perpetuated this colossal hoax. Heads must roll. Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Strozk, Page, and others of that ilk must face justice. The list goes on: Rice, Powers, Yates, Lynch, Clinton, Podesta, and, yes, Obama need to be haled before investigators to explain their reptilian actions, their effort to do nothing less than rip and flush away the Constituion. The fake news journalists and those “experts,” including former senior and mid-level officials, who appeared day after day pushing this bogus story, citing non-existent evidence need to be shamed and fired. Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi, to name just two in Congress, who almost daily told us of the “mountain of stone cold evidence” of Trump-Putin collusion, need to be reprimanded and forced out. We need justice for the people falsely accused and smeared, some of whom have gone bankrupt with legal fees trying to defend themselves against the Lord High Inquisitor.

I am in no mood for mercy or for moving on.  Get’em all; dig out, expose, and punish the snakes in our system who sought to pull off this coup.

Yes, let’s. And while we’re naming and shaming here, spare not the Koup Kucks Klan:

The emotional restraint and intellectual mooring that once distinguished Beltway conservatives from their counterparts on the Left is gone. Instead, the NeverTrump Russia conspiracy theorists have been as unhinged, gullible, and dishonest as the most craven commentator on MSNBC or in the Washington Post.

This rogue’s gallery includes people who at one time were some of the most trusted influencers in the Republican Party. Bill Kristol, the founder of the now-defunct Weekly Standard, accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from a left-wing tech billionaire and Trump foe to “defend” the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He was in on the Russian collusion story from the beginning, clearly parroting Fusion GPS talking points in a July 2016 article, “Putin’s Party.”

Kristol, now the editor-at-large of what appears to be a satirical “conservative” blog called The Bulwark, has an obsession with Russian collusion that borders on insanity; in November, he tweeted a remake of a “Fiddler on the Roof” tune to include the word “collusion” several times. Just last month, he posted an article about Paul Manafort’s 2016 meeting with an alleged Russian political operative at a D.C. cigar with a one-word title: “Collusion,” he tweeted. (He has dozens of tweets with the word “collusion.”)

Kristol’s Trump-Russia collusion fixation has been shared by his pals Jonah Goldberg and David French at National Review. Although Goldberg has publicly insisted he is a “collusion skeptic,” he has promoted several collusion plotlines, including the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Russian lobbyists and Trump’s campaign team, including the president’s oldest son.

There are other lesser-known NeverTrumpers who have peddled the collusion hoax over the past two years: Tom Nichols, Jennifer Rubin, Evan McMullin, and Rick Wilson to name a few. None of them appears to be backing down or owning up to their own participation in this seditious plot.

What the Trump-Russia collusion hoax has laid bare is that so many of the people who Republicans trusted and respected for two decades were undeserving. They are as fundamentally dishonest and intentionally ignorant as the those on the Left. Their animus for the president and his supporters exceeds that of the most faithful Democratic partisan. Their eager participation in the greatest political scandal in American history—intended to overthrow a Republican president—should never be forgotten. Or forgiven.

I gots no problem with that. But as for these buffoons backing down or owning up, it strikes me as an unreasonable expectation. Their core falsity placed them in an impossible position, one from which there can now be no dignified way to extricate themselves. What I said above applies to them too: what the hell else are they going to do but try to brazen it out as best they can? Nobody should be looking to them for contrition or humility; they’re between a rock and a hard place here, with no good options at all that would suffice to restore the credibility they so rashly threw away.

The contemptible NeverTrumpTard cucks have been happily residing as squatters in the Russia-collusion house of cards from the very start; when the roof fell in, it fell on them all. So how could the cucks not be crushed right along with everybody else in there? Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of assholes, I say.

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“Then on November 8, 2016, America fired them all”

Gravy train, derailed.

When the nation chose Donald Trump, the anti-neoconservative for her 45th president, it sent a politically revolutionary message to the self-anointed coastal elites. In choosing a non-politician who self-identified as conservative but who had absolutely nothing to do with the Establishment GOP, America flipped the bird not only at Hillary and her organized crime cartel on the Left, but it blew a massive raspberry at the pseudo-Right as well.

What was the aftermath?

Well, the Left reinvested in crazy as the unhinged radicals took over the DNC asylum. First, we witnessed all the official Democrat candidates for president signing on AOC’s Green New Scam, a vision that would result in a centralizing of government power never achieved by any Communist state. And, yes, that does include taking your cheeseburgers. Then the almighty Pelosi tried to take on the anti-Semites in her own party but proved too weak and surrendered to the radicals.

The Left has made its decision: Trump won, they are convinced because they weren’t Left enough. But what about the Right?

They moved from gullible conservative donors to taking money from hardcore left-wing billionaires. They rebranded themselves under a new masthead, and as The Bulwark—sounds manly right?—and decided the best thing is to outdo the Daily Beast and Buzzfeed in anti-Trump sentiment. No more pretending to be the heirs of Kirk and Chambers while enjoying tony parties in Adams Morgan with their MSNBC, NPR, and Obama Administration pals. No, they will rebuild America by giving in to their inner Arianna Huffington and unleashing their hidden Glenn Thrush.

Whether it’s attacking Salena Zito for not being a “real American” (I guess because her name isn’t WASP-y enough), or mocking the appearance of a veteran conservative commentator who just ended chemotherapy, these people who say—and this isn’t a put on, they actually had this on their masthead—that they are “Conserving Conservatism” have sunk as low as it is possible to go. Or at least that’s what I thought until this week.

Gorka goes on to wax righteously revolted by the vile smear of VDH recently perpetrated by Phony Right sewer-crawler Gabriel Schoenfeld (mentioned here, among other places), recounts a conversation with Hanson himself about the matter, and wraps things up thusly:

The day after the outrageous calumny was dropped, I attended the launch of the good professor’s book at the D.C. satellite of his professional home, the Hoover Institution. When we met he asked me: “Have you heard? Now I’m a Nazi!” My response: “Well if that’s all they’ve got, you must have them very worried.”

At the end of the superb event, the pieces all fell into place. As I said my goodbyes, the gentle professor turned to me and said: “You know, Trump is the one thing standing between them and America going socialist.”

As if by prophecy, the next article the Bulwark posted was: “Is Socialism Really that Big of a Threat?”

Ouch. If these shitweasels had a brain in their heads, that one would really sting. Then again, though, if they had a brain in their heads they wouldn’t be who and what they are in the first place.

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“When Presidential Character Once Mattered”

An uncharacteristically sarcastic blast from VDH.

Here’s why I did not vote for Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan—despite their records.

1944: Sorry, I am not voting for a fourth term for Franklin D. Roosevelt. He’s a vindictive character and has brought disrepute into the White House. When he didn’t get his way, he pouted and tried to pack the Supreme Court. When critics went after him, he threatened them with targeted regulations and taxes to silence them. He signed the order putting Japanese-Americans in internment camps—another one of his “executive orders” that he so often has abused.

Then there are those rumors. Have we ever had a president who used his own daughter as a conduit to conduct an affair while in the White House? And who knows what Eleanor was doing at the time? Why hide the truth about his health? Anybody who sees or hears the president, knows his army of conspiratorial aides are lying about his ailments as they always do. We’ve known all along that he was paralyzed—and not simply partially disabled, when his braces and aides staged his standing up to make us believe he could almost walk.

The president is now wasting away. Rumors are that his blood pressure is dangerously high and won’t go down. It’s Woodrow Wilson all over again, when they lied that his stroke was never serious, even as the guy was near comatose as his wife ran the country. FDR’s advisors know that he won’t make it six months if elected a fourth time. (What president before has even run for a third term?) They are hiding that fact to make sure the Democrats keep control of the presidency once he dies in office. There should be a constitutional amendment or something to remove an incapacitated president.

I cannot vote for a candidate who flat out deceives the American people. Character is destiny, and without it policy means nothing. Storming Normandy was a brilliant success, but it should not come at cost of endorsing an adulterous president. Even if FDR is leading us to global victory, his record is stained by his mendacity.

1951: If Harry Truman runs again for a second full-term—that would make almost another 12 years of one-party governance—I would not vote for him.

Why? Try his character. Truman entered the Senate from the corrupt Kansas City political machine. For good reason, he was branded “the Senator from Pendergast.” Truman has never disavowed those mob machine ties—and never been investigated for his part in mainstreaming Missouri’s endemic corruption. The guy failed in almost every business endeavor he tried until Tom Pendergast found a job for him. As president, he’s been both petty and profane, using salty language and stooping so low as president to threaten bodily harm to a critic of his daughter’s singing career.  He drank with cronies and wasted precious time playing poker. Truman couldn’t even make it through a semester in business college—and it showed.

The bull-headed, go-it-alone grifter Truman has never listened to his far better experienced and educated advisors. He knew nothing of the Manhattan Project but soon just dropped two atomic bombs on Japan without a scintilla of doubt. Sober and judicious pros in the State Department like Alger Hiss warned him of ginning up a Cold War and adopting a polarizing “containment” policy against our former wartime ally Joseph Stalin. Truman ignored him. And who exactly lost China?

Again, Truman never listened to expert diplomats and generals, who also advised against sending troops into the Korean quagmire, or recognizing Israel, or integrating the armed forces, or establishing the CIA, or firing hero General Douglas MacArthur, and on and on. Just a bully whose motto really wasn’t “the buck stops here” but “my way or the highway.” I suppose he did a few good things, but they’re canceled out by his uncouth and unpresidential comportment.

1956: I just cannot vote to reelect Dwight Eisenhower—even if that gives us left-wing Adlai Stevenson. We never really have addressed Ike’s character flaws. While he was supreme commander of our forces in Western Europe he seems to have conducted a veritable affair with his chauffeur Kay Summersby, whose fiancé was killed on the front lines. She even visited the country for months when Ike was thinking of running for president—to his embarrassment. For me, Ike’s dalliance cancels out D-Day and all that.

When Ike wrote his best-selling memoir, he concocted a ploy to declare his huge royalties as capital gains, not income—to avoid the sort of taxes we all pay. Even salty Truman didn’t do that.

When icon George Marshall was attacked by the McCarthy crazies, the trimmer Ike kept silent—with his finger in the air to measure the political winds. So, he let his former boss and patron be slandered.

Ike ran against Truman’s war, but when he got elected, he more or less did the same thing as Truman. Not a lot of character there. Which is more important, being right about the go-ahead order for the June 6 invasion or being wrong in cheating on your wife?

I think the better strategy for 1956 is “NeverEisenhower,” and just hope Stevenson wins. That way, the Democrats will go so hard left-wing that they will turn off the country. Their extremism will allow us time to rebuild the Republican Party and get ready for 1960 with known establishmentarians and good party men like Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.—or at least a guy who has held one office before thinking he could become president.

Heh. I see what you did there, Hanson, you wily old Nazi, you.

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Putting the boot in on Boot

Pissing over a pissyv little pissant. Preamble:

It is odd to watch Boot bemoan his ostracism from the right when the upsides have been a Washington Post column and contributor gigs on cable news. And it took a certain mania to solicit reviews from people who, I suspect, have steered clear of The Corrosion of Conservatism for old times’ sake. When a former friend publicly burnishes his own rectitude by casting doubt on yours, the most gracious thing to do is keep silent.

I’m not as gracious as others, so permit me to accept Boot’s invitation. Perhaps the encounter between two conservative writers, who vigorously objected to Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign but took different paths after his election, will clarify the American right’s internal tensions. The divergence has proved poisonous to friendships. It has derailed some careers while catapulting others (on both sides of the divide). So be it.

Behind the shifting lines of friendship and enmity among America’s conservative pundit class lie big questions: Should the right make peace with today’s autonomy-maximizing, technocratic arrangement? Or does our moment require a more combative posture toward that arrangement? Is conservatism merely an adjunct to liberalism—liberalism, but a little less? Or is it something else? Does the conservative vocation involve aggressively defending and expanding the empire of liberal norms and proceduralism? Or, is it about offering a substantive vision of the common good, one in which autonomy and liberal norms and procedures take their rightful place but are neither fetishized nor treated as ends in themselves?

Or is it perhaps time to consider another option: stand aside and watch as what we’ve been pleased to misnomer “conservatism” for all these years continues to shrink away until it vanishes into the ether, a victim of its cringing eagerness to hoover up whatever measly crumbs Left/liberalism might deign to toss out for their tame “opposition” to consume? But on to the pleasure of reducing the contemptible Max Boot to his constituent atoms:

Max Boot is among those who see conservatism as an adjunct to liberalism. He takes it as self-­evident that his style of conservatism is the only kind with moral legitimacy; ­everything else is Continental “chauvinism,” “blood-and-soil” ­thuggery, or odious Trumpism.

He was, and remains, a social and economic liberal (in the classical sense). He was, and remains, militarily hawkish. He regrets supporting the Iraq War, mainly on prudential grounds, but he still supports nation building. He has reconsidered Second Amendment absolutism. He is a bit more concerned about climate change. Most notably, he is now a full-on progressive on matters racial and sexual.

“Whether I realize it or not,” he says, “I have benefited from my skin color and my gender—and those of a different gender or sexuality or skin color have suffered because of it.” (The worst thing about Boot’s recent roaming beyond his writerly comfort zone—military history and counterinsurgency—is this dripping earnestness. Has any major American columnist had so little room in his soul for anything besides moralistic fulmination and wonkery?)

The positions he has now abandoned—which weren’t all that different from the ones he holds now—Boot attributes to “brainwashing” at the hands of his former editors at the Wall Street Journal (where I also worked for several years, though we didn’t overlap) and the wider conservative intellectual milieu. Boot always depicts himself as the golly-gee naif—“I had not realized how tribal politics was and how divorced it could be from principles or conviction”—and his ex-friends and ex-colleagues as craven crypto-bigots. Thus, he neatly shirks all intellectual responsibility for a lifetime spent peddling ideas.

So, what did conservatism ever mean to Max Boot?

I’d guess the same as it did for temporary faux-conservatives like Jennifer Rubin or Andrew Sullivan: a convenient, comforting citadel from which they could advocate for Endless War after having had the wits frightened out of them when the 9/11 attacks hit just a little too close to home for them—quite literally, in some cases.

Boot is keeping company with all the other gormless NeverTrump irrelevancies like George Will, Jeff Fake, Kap’n Bill “Krunchberries” Kristol, and NRO entire in their sudden but well-earned obscurity. And really, the thing that pulled the rug out from under them all is also the very thing that makes any attempt to resuscitate or defend now-remaindered “conservativism” itself pointless: the ground has shifted under their very feet, without their knowlege or permission, and they lack the legerdemain to adapt. The political terrain has been radically altered, necessitating an equally-radical new approach by anyone hoping to negotiate it successfully.

The Old Guard is now simply lost, with only a tattered, outdated map by which to navigate. Whatever influence Boot and the rest may once have (arguably) enjoyed, they for sure and certain have none now. Their input is no longer solicited, needed, or even wanted, least of all by the Left from which they now must openly seek succor. If moribund “conservatism” has become naught but a dead end, a nullity, then how much more profoundly so must its false advocates be? Even abandoning their gossamer-thin masquerade can avail the homeless NeverTrumpTard vagabonds but little now, as they all drift away on a new, fresher breeze like the wraiths of nothingness that, despite their pretention and posturing, they always really were. The denouement:

If Trump’s election really is a ­Hitlerian-scale catastrophe for the West, then civic friendship between Trump America and non-Trump America is impossible. And indeed, that is a premise shared by the #­Resistance and the most hysterical of the Never Trumpers, Boot chief among them. They speak of “defending democracy,” as Boot does throughout his memoir, but what they really mean is defending the technocratic liberal consensus, even if that means undoing the popular will as it was expressed at the ballot box.

We should decline to go along.

Trust me, we will. In fact, most of us aren’t even listening to babbling boobs like Boot anymore, those who ever even did. He’d probably have difficulty “influencing” the corner bodega enough to cream and sugar the coffee for him these days, I’d bet. Which public loss of face is the sharpest cut of all for people like these; for them, it’s the blow to the ego that really smarts.

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It’s ON

VDH says: don’t start no shit, won’t be no shit.

I wrote a book, The Case for Trump, in an effort — as an outsider who has no career investment in Trump and has never met him or visited the Trump White House — to analyze how and why Donald J. Trump was elected president and why his agenda so far has been successful. One Gabriel Schoenfeld has just published a hysterical attack on that effort in the Bill Kristol–Charles Sykes new Bulwark, and it is emblematic of that venue’s promised Never Trump ad hominem assault on individual supporters of the president.

In his review, Schoenfeld tosses out names such as Carl Schmitt and Martin Heidegger, the Third Reich Jew-haters in service to Hitler, to suggest, with a wink and nod, that I play a comparable role in relation to Trump.

Hanson adds more specifics on the disgusting cuck Schoenfeld’s ham-handed smear-job, then strops his razor and cuts the boob to ribbons by the numbers, rounding the righteous bloodletting out thusly:

Schoenfeld only fuels the popular perception of The Bulwark Never Trumpers as an angry, coastal elite who are anguished that their warnings about Trump were ignored by both hoi polloi and their conservative “grifters and trolls.” In careerist fury, he now damns others for his own self-immolation — as if the country must suffer for the sins of not listening to his own genius, which would probably have given the country a 16-year Obama-Clinton regnum.

That Never Trumpers at The Bulwark were wrong about the Trump nomination, the general election, and the first two years of the Trump administration seems only to have fueled their spitefulness. If Schoenfeld is representative of this rump movement, then they are engaging in projection.

How strange to suggest that writing a book about why Trump got elected and why he has done well is proof of one’s careerist effort to gain favor with a politician or perhaps find employment in his administration. This is a charge against those who have never worked in a campaign or sought administration employment, leveled by those who most certainly have done one or both in the past and no doubt will in the future — at least if they can pull off yet another careerist contortion in 2024.

The bitter hostility of Schoenfeld reflects the Trump-assassination theme pushed by celebrities. Just as Madonna, Kathy Griffin, and Johnny Depp vie to see who can most grotesquely envision Trump’s death, so too Never Trumpers seek ever-more-creative ways to gnash their teeth at Trump and his supporters. Instead of trying to smear those with whom they disagree, they might have at least offered a coherent defense of their own creed, such as it is.

Instead of shrill charges and exclamations, Schoenfeld might have explained why Trump got elected, and why the preferred candidates of The Bulwark did not. And why have Republicans not won 51 percent of the presidential vote since 1988, in an era when they’ve done well at the state and local level? And, most important, why exactly do Schoenfeld and his associates oppose a president who has enacted a conservative menu that was once mostly their own? Why do they attack a president who is trying to stop a neosocialist agenda that was once likewise anathema to them?

Were some always closet progressives, and have they now found Trump hatred a convenient entrée into the progressive world? Or is it that Trump’s agendas must be stopped because his handprints on them soil what they once favored? But for that paradox to be credible, the Never Trumpers would have to show us that past successful presidents have not engaged in behavior comparable to Trump’s during his tenure and therefore did not earn commensurate outrage from them, or that the current hatred of Trump is not due in part to singular media bias and a new electronically wired age.

Would they argue that the mostly unreported details of the White House behavior of FDR, JFK, or Bill Clinton, or the past business and career practices of Harry Truman or LBJ, nullified their presidencies, or that the behavior of these presidents was more reprehensible than Trump’s in the White House?

Like it or not, most Americans do not always have the choice to vote for presidents largely on the basis of their personal comportment rather than on the issues the candidates embrace and the likelihood that they will keep campaign promises and seek to carry them out — and can win the election. Nor do non-elites see candidates in a vacuum, without regard to the alternative.

“Little rocket man” may or may not be a puerile presidential outburst, but not achieving annualized 3 percent GDP growth for a decade, or leaving the border wide open, or writing off the industrial heartland, or doing little to address minority unemployment — or for 20 years soberly and judiciously giving billions to the Kim dynasty as it sought its present arsenal of nuclear-tipped missiles pointed at the West Coast — may be a far greater moral sin.

If America had listened in 2016 to such Never Trump advocacy, we would now be in the eleventh year of a likely 16-year Obama-Clinton continuum, a tenure well on the way to completing the much-vaunted fundamental progressive transformation of the country — to the detriment of millions of Americans. Donald Trump for the time being has interrupted that arc of history. In 2020, he will likely be the Republican nominee. The Manichaean choice will be between his policies of 2017–20 and what is shaping up as a radical neosocialist agenda not seen in 90 years that will include, but not be limited to, an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic venom, veritable legal infanticide, reparations, the Green New Deal, the abolition of ICE, virtual open borders, a wealth tax, a 70–90 percent top income-tax bracket, Medicare for all, and who knows what else in the next two years.

That’s a lengthy excerpt of a lengthy piece, admittedly, but I would have liked to include even more of it. However, there’s a grotesque irony involved that we need to get to, which I’ll let Ace lay out for ya:

Meanwhile: Guess how David French stands up for his colleague Victor Davis Hanson?

By doing a podcast with Charlie “3-Wives” Sykes, who commissioned the hit-piece on Hanson.

A friend says: “Victor Davis Hanson must quit NR over this.”

That, or make it clear that either French goes, or he goes.

Or maybe he should just tell Lowry: Professional courtesy is out the window, now; David French is a valid target for me. And if you don’t like it — fire me, and explain to the donors why French gets special privileges and I get a pink-slip.

Yes, I like that best. Put the coward Lowry into a position where he has to make a decision.

What venomous, sneaky little shits.

I got nothing whatever to add to that. Hanson is a giant bedeviled by midgets: a better conservative, a better writer, a better thinker, and a far better man than any of these bothersome blowflies. Be sure to check out Ace’s post for Julie Kelly’s Tweet, too. As the man said: venomous, sneaky little shits. And still they wonder why Real Americans flatly told them to fuck off and die in 2016, and why their increasingly hysterical hissy-fits have been ignored and mocked ever since.

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Death throes of NeverTrump

Cruise ship taking on water.

Months before the midterm elections last fall, several self-described “conservatives” implored Americans to vote for Democrats. Still stung that Republicans ignored their advice to reject Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and unmoved by Trump’s solid record of conservative accomplishments in office, these embittered outcasts claimed that a legislative branch controlled by Democrats would cauterize Trump’s alleged “authoritarian” tendencies.

The most notable of these windmill tilters, attacking an authoritarian impulse that wasn’t there, was George Will. For decades, Will occupied a vaunted perch in the hierarchy of the conservative commentariat. He also was deemed acceptable by media outlets hostile to the Right including the Washington Post, where he now is a contributor. Disgusted at the Trumpification of the Grand Old Party in 2016, Will officially renounced his party affiliation just weeks before the Republican National Convention.

Other lesser-known commentators jumped on Will’s “Vote Democrat” bandwagon, including author Tom Nichols, losing presidential candidate Evan McMullin, and Will’s Post colleagues, Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin. Former George W. Bush aide Michael Gerson argued that a Democratic House was needed because “American politics is in the midst of an emergency.” National Review’s David French announced right before the 2018 election that he no longer was a Republican and would consider voting for third-party candidates.

It’s unclear whether their collective edict had any bearing on the outcome of the November 2018 election and—given that their audience is now so contracted as to include, primarily, Democrats—it is likely that most of their readers needed little persuading. Nevertheless, they got their wish: Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in January.

And what a revealing two months it’s been so far.

Will’s prediction that congressional Democrats would be a basket of left-wing deplorables vastly underestimated the reality. What Will, Nichols and other NeverTrumpers encouraged to be foisted upon our nation is a cabal of cretins devoted to crushing the economic, political, and cultural bones of our body politic in the most ruthless and irreversible way.

So, in a little over 60 days, the Democratic Party has revealed how truly dangerous it is and how much hostility it holds for almost all Americans. Their deep contempt for our traditions, our laws, and our beliefs has little or nothing to do with Donald Trump; it has been festering for decades, gaining traction in boardrooms and newsrooms and lecture halls while many of the NeverTrumpers, like Will, were insouciant.

Now we know, and all Americans finally see, what we are up against in 2020. To that extent, we owe George Will and his outliers a debt of gratitude. Their bitterness might have hastened a reckoning with the Left that only a Trumpified Republican Party is equipped to confront. Will and his fellow outcasts still are invited to continue cohabitating with the Left—we certainly don’t want them back.

They’re isolated, clueless wannabe-elites, Swamp fringe-denizens whose cozy sinecure was unexpectedly yanked out from under them by a boorish outsider, as they see it. But they don’t see the whole picture. What they miss—and it’s by far the most important part—is the widespread public disgust with their obsequious jockeying for an exalted status they’ll never be granted; the forlorn hope for reinstatement of their perpetual-loser shellgame as if nothing had ever happened; Heritage America’s rejection of their tired, false excuses and rationalizations for failure; the anger towards them for openly advocating the election of Democrat-Socialists after years of smarmy lectures about the paramount importance of Muh Principles!™.

These factors, among others, combined to topple the NeverTrumpTards sudden-like from their shaky perch atop a pedestal that turned out to be neither as lofty nor as secure as they had imagined. May they have joy of their choices, and may their new Casa Proggy home suit them as nicely as it fits them. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of assholes, if you ask me.

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Swamp rats keep biting

A more apt metaphor for these villainous frauds might be Swamp leeches.

President Trump’s antagonists inside the Republican Party now have a fallback plan to scuttle his re-election: using the 2020 primary fight as a bludgeon to inflict irreparable political damage on him in the November general election.

The “Never Trump” movement’s preferred strategy is to recruit a formidable Republican who might block the president’s renomination, or at least mount an aggressive challenge that presses him all the way to the convention in Charlotte set for late summer next year. Efforts are underway to woo Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland and other top Republicans uneasy with Trump.

Aww, come on guys, why not go with Eggan McMuffin again?

Short of that, key renegade Republicans are preparing to settle for Plan B: mortally wound him.

“The example of Pat Buchanan is certainly in the minds of many of us of a certain age; impossible to win, eminently possible to wound,” Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant and leading Trump foe, told the Washington Examiner.

Buchanan, now 80, is a conservative pundit and former White House adviser who challenged President George H.W. Bush in the 1992 GOP primary, foreshadowing the rise of Trump populism. Buchanan was a long shot from the outset and never seriously threatened Bush for the nomination. But his campaign proved a major irritant and is partly credited with weakening the incumbent and boosting the inevitable victor, Bill Clinton, in the general election.

In 2020, that is the sort of primary challenge some “Never Trump” Republicans envision pursuing against this president if their favored option — running a contender strong enough to win — doesn’t come to fruition. For Republicans committed to dislodging Trump at all costs, wounding him in a primary would be adequate. No president challenged for renomination in the modern era has won a second term.

Beyond despicable. And now beyond debate what these swine really are too, and what they’re really all about. Hint: it is NOT “conservatism,” or the good of the American people, or anythihng else they might lie to your face about. As Ace has it:

As usual, these True Conservatives are so full of integrity and Eternal Conservative Principles is that their go-to move is just to fucking lie to other conservatives about their actual goals.

They may be realistic about their prospects, but they’re still lying about those prospects, pretending “Plan A” is a possibility when it’s not. Their goal is the same goal they had in 2016 and 2018 — Elect Democrats, elect as many Democrats as possible to “teach a lesson” to the party which has deposed them from the power to which they believe themselves entitled.

Annnnd BINGO! There you have it. But fine, let them carry on as they will. They’ll soon fix things so that, aside from Trump, no Real American will ever vote for one of their filthy, sleazy number again. Which is exactly how it oughta be.

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The problem

Trump is on the horns of a real dilemna—a tough enough one that even Codevilla can’t quite seem to work it all out in what, for him especially, is an uncharacteristically muddled column.

Trump’s bravura performance in El Paso on February 11 was a quintessential act of national leadership. His words and manners to a cheering audience—half of whom likely were once Democrats—were such as to energize a majority of Americans to reject every aspect of leftist dominance. Especially forceful and persuasive were his promises to fulfill the key promises on which he had been elected: building “the wall,” and ending at least the most horrific aspects of abortion. The ruling class’s increasingly brazen insistence on importing migrants, and on undisguised infanticide helped. First, “the wall.” Better late than never. Yes, he had signed that bill without funding. But the next one would include some, and he would get the rest by declaring a national emergency. Nothing would stop him. The political road forward seemed clear.

Reality is foggier. The bill Trump signed on Feb. 15 explicitly prohibits, procedurally, using any of the “wall” money before the end of the fiscal year. Explicitly, it increases legal pathways to illegal entry, and sets up legal challenges to the use of national emergency funds. It is one big poison pill. That makes clearer than ever the alternative between full use of the president’s powers and abdication. As the 2020 election gets closer, either “the wall” will exist, or it will not.

Trump slid into this bind as more than half his presidency slid by because he relied on the Republican Party’s establishment. This reliance was his choice. Nobody else’s. Recall that Trump won both the nomination and the presidency by running as much against the Republican part of the ruling class as against the Democrat part of the ruling class.

Since the Republican Party is part and parcel of the ruling class that is ruining America, relying on it to make America great again was doomed to be self-defeating.

All true enough, as far as it goes. BUT…Trump is a member of the Republican Party—was elected and now serves as a Republican president. I myself said back during the primary season that I’d love it if he withdrew from the despicable GOP and ran either as an independent or just started up a party of his own. Admittedly, that would most likely have doomed him to the fate of all third-party or independent candidates; the time and the electorate seem still not quite ripe for that sort of bold move, however disenchanted they may claim to be with the two parties as they now exist in other circumstances. Codevilla then gets down to it:

Our problem’s practical core is that we have a ruling class that controls one of our major parties absolutely and the other substantially, but do not have any party that opposes the ruling class. Donald Trump was elected with the expectation that he would work with anti-ruling class elements wherever they might be found to transcend both parties. Instead, he started and has stayed with Republican leaders whose primary interest is the Republican party’s cohesion. For Trump to blame Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell for being who they are is an attempt to pass the buck. Presidents don’t get to do that.

What is to be done with the Republican party is now the practical question, for Trump first, then for the voters. The Wall Street Journal’s Feb. 14 reaction to Trump’s announcement of the National Emergency was that it splits the Republican Party, implying that the sooner it fails, the better. Two days later, WSJ longtime columnist Peggy Noonan, though sympathizing with that earlier opinion, noted that the problem with the Republican Party is broader: “As the earnest, dimwitted governor of Virginia thoughtfully pointed out, [current U.S. laws] allow the full-term baby to be born, then make it comfortable as they debate whether it should be allowed to take its first breath or quietly expire on the table. A party that can’t stand up against that doesn’t deserve to exist.”

But the Republican Party has no wish or capacity to act against infanticide, or against any major ruling class trend. The voters had already figured that out. They voted for Trump because they wanted someone to lead a real anti ruling class party.

Wellll…uhh, maybe. Arguing against that, though, is the ugly fact that this is the self-same electorate that, unbelievably, just returned the Democrat Socialists—the fucking Democrat Socialists!—to power in the House. This advice I like and devoutly wish Trump would take, right to the very hilt. But honestly, I just can’t see it happening.

On the other hand, Trump really might carry through in deed the role he previewed in his El Paso rally. In that case, through Obamian-Bushite behavior toward existing law (selective enforcement, executive orders) and Jacksonian behavior toward the courts (“now let them enforce it!”) he would create pressure on the Republican establishment to bet their jobs on the outcome of the next election. For which outcome he would set the agenda.

Damned unlikely, largely because of his belief in, faith in, and reverence for the American system; Trump’s Achilles Heel, as I dubbed it the other day. In fact, I’d love to see him go even farther than that. Something like, say, this:

I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we crossed the rubicon ages ago. Frankly, given the nature of who and what the Democrats are, as well as their stooges in the GOP establishment, if President Trump here and now declared martial law, dissolved Congress, took control of the legacy media, outlawed the Democrat and other leftist parties as well somehow rooted out ever anti-American element in society, I would cheer.

So would I, JJ, so would I. Such a radical move, alas, is unlikely in the extreme to even be on Trump’s radar, much less something he’d seriously consider doing. It also presents plenty of problems of its own, not least being the likelihood of its leading directly to unrest, violence, and even civil war. Whatever you might personally believe about those things being near-inevitable at this point anyway, I can’t see Trump being in any way eager to light the match to that powderkeg. Back to Codevilla for what is probably the biggest problem of all—not Trump’s, necessarily, but ours:

Regardless of what Donald Trump will do, we know that our ruling class has no way of moderating the course on which it has set itself, and that, hence the rest of Americans have no choice but to fight for their own freedom, whether under Trump’s leadership or whomever’s.

“Whomever’s”? And pray tell, just who might THAT be? Like it or not, Trump is, at least for now, all we have. As frustrated as some of us may have grown with him recently, he remains the only guy out there who is even TALKING about waging this war, let alone actually trying to do it. If you doubt that, go ahead and name me one other politician out there who is. Just ONE.

Another thing I droned endlessly on about right from the start was that Trump was never going to be able to win this war himself; that, try as he might, feisty as he no doubt is, the sorry state our country is in didn’t happen overnight. Nor was it the doing of any one man. To think, then, that it might all be undone in a four-year term, accomplished by a guy despised and actively undermined not just by the Democrat Socialists but by his own party as well, and by the Deep State apparatus entire, was no more than a fantasy, a delusion.

Despite any insipid mewling about his “divisiveness,” Trump has in fact been a uniter: he united the entire American political and bureaucratic establishment in opposition to him. Enough so, actually, that several of those same bureaucracies were willing to launch a barely-clandestine coup attempt against him and pursue it for years—an attempt that continues even now, after its real ambition has been brought to light. Many of his own appointees now openly admit to using their power and position to thwart him—the guy who gave them that power in the first damned place.

All of which adds to make Trump just about the loneliest man in Mordor On The Potomac these days…or ever, more like. I said after last fall’s Black Tuesday fiasco that the Trump presidency was officially finished, that he’d find it close to impossible to get anything further done, most particularly when it came to illegal immigration and the Wall. So yeah, be mad at Trump all you like; wash your hands of him, withdraw your support, declare him a disappointment, a failure, a phony, whatever. The fact remains: he was the last real chance for positive, lasting change in the right direction, the final hope for truly Making America Great Again without violent upheaval.

Last fall, the American people foolishly voted against all that in favor of…well, something else entirely, who the fuck even knows what. Now they’re gonna get it, good and hard. Apres Trump, le deluge. Trusting in his own party to act at last in accord with their lying rhetoric, well, that’s on Trump right enough. The rest of it, though? I’m afraid that’s all on us.

Achilles Heel update! More on Trump’s trust issue.


Bill adds:

Tucker Carlson was making the same point just a minute ago, and I have myself alluded to it several times: These are Trump’s people. He hired them and/or kept them on. He can fire them if he wants to. Why doesn’t he?

And the same goes double for the NeverTrump troops and their new Great White Hope, now that the Mueller investigation seems to be sputtering on fumes: The Southern District of NY’s Federal attorner’s office.

All Presidents, upon taking office, are traditionally offered the resignations of all the federal attorneys held over from the previous administration. And most Presidents accept most of the resignations. BJ Clinton, for instance, turned over 93 federal attorneys when he took office.

All of these attorneys serve at the pleasure of the occupant of the White House.

So it is a legitimate question: Why does Trump permit his Deep State enemies continue to launch assaults on him from the comfort of offices that serve at the pleasure of the man they are trying to destroy?

Puzzling for sure, and I got no good answer handy myself. If I remember right, Rosenstein is scheduled to leave soon anyway, but Trump certainly did himself no favor by letting him stay on long after his sinister intent and skullduggery was plain to see.

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The talentless, prospering

Tucker unleashes another good rip. This one is a long ‘un indeed—a thorough takedown of execrable NeverTrumpTard tough guys Max Boot and Bill Kristol—but it’s a delicious read nonetheless. From the Kristol portion:

Under ordinary circumstances, Bill Kristol would be famous for being wrong. Kristol still goes on television regularly, but it’s not to apologize for the many demonstrably untrue things he’s said about the Middle East, or even to talk about foreign policy. Instead, Kristol goes on TV to attack Donald Trump.

Trump’s election seemed to undo Bill Kristol entirely. He lost his job at The Weekly Standard after more than 20 years, forced out by owners who were panicked about declining readership. He seemed to spend most of his time on Twitter ranting about Trump.

Before long he was ranting about the people who elected Trump. At an American Enterprise Institute panel event in February 2017, Kristol made the case for why immigrants are more impressive than native-born Americans. “Basically if you are in free society, a capitalist society, after two, three, four generations of hard work, everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled, whatever.” Most Americans, Kristol said, “grew up as spoiled kids and so forth.”

In February 2018, Kristol tweeted that he would “take in a heartbeat a group of newly naturalized American citizens over the spoiled native-born know-nothings” who supported Trump.

Then, just to bookend Kristol’s Leftward transmogrification:


Once again, we go to Ace for the coup de grace: “True Conservatism never smelled so grifty.” And once again, I can only add: OUCH. Do tell us again all about exactly what Muh True Conservative Principles!™ might require from us, guys.

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Trump’s Achilles heel

I started working on a post on this topic a week or two ago, abandoned it, deleted it, and now have decided to try, try again, inspired by the good Rabbi Fisher’s latest.

Even President Trump’s supporters do not fully realize the job he has done. As I have written in the past, during the course of a wonderful rabbinic career that has given me so much personal satisfaction and fulfillment and that hopefully has touched the lives of my flocks, I once endured the Twilight Zone interlude of being rabbi of one of the worst Nightmare Congregations in America. (Two of my dearest friends, both Christian pastors, have enlightened me that the experience was not unique, and both pointed me to an extraordinary book, Clergy Killers, that lays out the despicable phenomenon of Houses of G-d of all faiths where outlier ego-driven laity can destroy spiritual harmony as they superimpose their personal social pathologies on everyone in their church, temple, or synagogue.) During that brief thirty-month journey in the Twilight Zone, there was a coterie of only a dozen jerks out to sabotage my every effort despite the warm support and even deep love I enjoyed among the vast majority of that congregation of 250 or so people. But the jerks comprised the inner circle, the “Board of Directors,” comprised of some wonderful people out-shouted by determined ego-driven laity who knew so very little about conducting a religious community but a great deal about internal political manipulations and striving for crumbs of vainglory.

I recount this brief nightmare — and thank G-d Almig-ty it was only a passing phase, a blip in a pulpit career of more than a quarter century — because I therefore appreciate more deeply from that personal experience what President Trump has accomplished against all odds.

Let us be forthright: Here is the President’s one flaw, and Chris Christie has been spot-on, though self-serving, through his book tour. Donald Trump came to Washington. D.C. too cockamamie-sure that he knows everything about everything and therefore can navigate anything on his own. He took on a chief of staff and a press spokesman blithely because, oh, may as well. He picked cabinet members based on considerations — and I do get it — as to what would satisfy the Mediacracy wolves’ thirst for blood. So he owed Jeff Sessions eternal gratitude — he really did — for being the only United States Senator to back him during the rough-and-tumble GOP primaries, and made him his Attorney General. He put Rex Tillerson in charge of State because Tillerson had carved a phenomenal career in dealing effectively with the Russians including Putin on energy issues. He put Mad Dog in charge of defense because the name sounded good, and Gen. Mattis seemed the guy. In all these, Mr. Trump failed to appreciate that, no, you cannot be maximally effective as President without help you can count on — help that is the best of the best, and that is the most loyal of the loyal, and people who share precisely your vision, not aiming to advance their own.

His great mistake was that — quite the opposite of his public persona — he was too nice a guy, too willing to make others happy and play to others’ expectations. So he put faith in Paul Ryan to be an improvement over John Boehner, and that was a mistake. He brought in Reince Priebus, a wonderful guy, and Sean Spicer — but those jobs were above their pay grades; he should have begun with Gen. John Kelly. Omarosa should have been made his Secretary of TV Shows and stationed in Bosnia. Mike Pompeo should have been his Secretary of State from Day One. John Bolton belonged on the inside from the outset. Nikki Haley proved a shockingly great United Nations ambassador, but he blew it with the A-G. It should have been Chris Christie, or the ever-tongue-slipping Rudy Giuliani, Joe diGenova, or even the best we have had in years, Michael Mukasey. That one last botch — picking the wrong Attorney-General — will be recorded in history as his worst mistake. It doomed so much of his first term. Look how great Eric Holder was for Obama, followed equally by Loretta Lynch. Each knew how an A-G with guts and fortitude, bold and brash, fast and furious, on the tarmac and off the tarmac, can make or break so much of a President’s agenda. Indeed, that is why John Kennedy decided that “Gee, nepotism may look bad, but I want my brother in that role.”

Close but not quite, Dov; you need to think a little bigger. His REAL weakness is something that could easily end up ruining him, although there’s really no shame or disgrace in harboring it. See, Trump is old enough and patriotic enough that he still strongly, strongly believes in the American system of government. He believes not that it has been intentionally destroyed and rebuilt as a grotesque perversion of its former self, but that it has merely gone astray and can still be repaired. Worse yet, he believes that most of the elected officials in charge of the monstrosity share his ambition to put it back on the right track, needing only proper leadership to help steer things out of the ditch and back on the highway again.

None of that is true. The people he’s relying on to either be persuaded or respond positively to the will of the people they misrule are the ones who wrecked things in the first place—and, as I said, they did it on purpose. Even his own damned party is actively working to thwart his attempt to drain the Swamp; it couldn’t be more obvious by now that the Vichy GOPers don’t want the damned thing drained, despite years of promising to do exactly that. They’re all good with the dysfunctional and nonviable status quo, thanks, and are quite willing to fight vigorously to sustain it. Rabbi Fisher has a fiendishly clever idea for how Trump might move forward from here, though:

Donald Trump came in with no prior legislative experience. If he had known then what he finally has learned now, he would have shoved that border wall down Ryan’s throat, and he would have gotten it. If he had had the right A-G, he would have crafted his entry ban a bit more cleverly, and each of his subsequent Ninth Circuit debacles would have been more elegantly situated for Supreme Court review. Indeed, if he had me— and I am utterly not qualified, nor would I want it because I like being a rabbi and law professor, and I hate participatory politics — but if he had had even me, I would have advised him that, every single time he issues a new Executive Order, he should counter-intuitively have the pro-Trump Texas or Louisiana Attorney General race immediately to the Fifth Circuit to attack him and his Executive Order… so that the first court that rules with a national injunction would be the pro-Trump, pro-conservative Fifth Circuit. Race to the Fifth before the Left gets to the Ninth. That would have changed the whole dynamic on everything from the Keystone XL Pipeline to the various issues on the southern border.

He has more ideas still, all of them good but none likely, because they depend on the same false premise Trump holds:

As these next two years unfold, I hope that gutless GOP Senate committees, if only to save their own hides, start subpoenaing every Clinton thing they can think of: Clinton Foundation, Clinton speaking fees and secret speeches, back to Benghazi, back to the 33,000 yoga and wedding-dress emails. Investigate who lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Kavanaugh hearings and make them roommates with Manafort and Cohen. Get Lois Lerner back; we miss her. Investigate Comey and all his crew: Macabre McCabe, Strzok, Page. Investigate that Obama CIA director, John Brennan, who voted for Gus Hall, the Communist candidate for President. (Did we actually just have a CIA director who had voted for a pro-Soviet Communist President of America? And that guy is accusing others of treason and collusion with the Russians?) And, taking a cue from Mueller, just name a Special Investigator to investigate “the Clintons” — with the proviso that he or she is authorized to follow the trail wherever it leads. It will lead everywhere.

Yeah, but the “gutless GOPe Senate commitees” have NO desire to go there, or anywhere near it. They intend not to take a single step in that direction, because THAT’S what they believe “saving their own hides” depends on. In fact, I think Trump himself may just be reluctant to do such a thing himself, believing that the damage it could do to our existing institutions and federal-government structure far outweighs the benefit of re-establishing the rule of law and demonstrating that it applies across the board. It’s a real dilemna the Prez is facing here, and he’s all alone in wrestling with it. I can’t say I envy him in even the slightest way.

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A different view

Aesop vigorously begs to differ on last night’s McConnell-treachery post.

As a moot law, it’s completely unenforceable, and Trump could tell the entire Congress to f**k themselves and bring every troop home tomorrow, and there’s jack and squat that Bitch McConjob and Queen Alzheimers can do about it except piss their Depends.

That’s why the Constitution cleverly didn’t make Congress the executive branch.

The military will leave Syria and/or A-stan the minute the CG says “GTFO!”, and anyone from private to CJCS who half-steps will have a long time in military correctional custody to rethink insubordination, sedition, and treason.

Congress’ sole say in military affairs is writing the laws under which they operate, and funding them (or not). That’s it. They can starve a war, but they have no more say over where and whether the military deploys than they have over when the tide comes in.

If POTUS decides they’ll all be deployed to Alaska tomorrow, they’ll be packing long underwear and Mickey Mouse boots by sunset.

If the idiot who wrote this and the layers of editors at Conservative Treehouse are too stupid to figure all this out without being told, they’re not tall enough for the internet.

I promise you President Trump, the entire White House executive staff, and the entire DoD down to a recruit just stepping into the yellow footprints tonight knows it without anyone telling them.

I missed the SOTU because of work, but I’m pretty sure neither Bitch McConjob nor any other swinging Richard sh*tweasel in the Congress was granted emergency authority to suspend the US Constitution while I was sleeping. 

Ahh, but there’s the rub: we’re well past the point where the Swamp creatures concern themselves overmuch about what the Constitution, or any other law, might or might not say. I think Sundance’s main point about this being a warning shot from the USS McTurtle across Trump’s bow letting him know that he could conceivably be on board with the impending Democrat-Socialist impeachment circus (another shifty Deep State defensive move which has no sound basis in law or the Constitution whatsoever, but is still going to happen anyway, you watch) still holds up.

Sundance has done some damned fine work over many years, digging deep, doing the research, and bringing things buried out into the light for everyone to see. But just like the rest of us, he ain’t right every single time. My feeling is he’s more right than wrong about what this is really all about underneath the hood, but I could be wrong too. Take a look at the slippery wording of the thing, and it does seem to make Aesop’s point sure enough:

WASHINGTON — The Senate approved a Middle East policy bill Tuesday that includes a provision urging President Donald Trump not to precipitously withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Syria until terrorist groups there are destroyed.

“Urging,” is it? That there’s Cocaine Mitch and his cabal acknowledging just how much legal leverage they have to pry against Trump’s CinC role. To wit: no more nor less than Trump lets them have. Thereby are the forms observed, etiquette observed, and the charade maintained. The Deep State will never countenance the closing of the perpetual-war playground without serious resistance, in whatever way they can conjure to mount it.

And it makes it easier for states and localities to approve laws to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement against Israel.

Democrats are divided on the BDS component of the bill, some saying it impinges on free-speech rights of Americans to support boycott efforts against Israel for its treatment of Palestinians and other concerns.

They complain that the Republicans purposefully added that provision to a package that otherwise has bipartisan support to put political pressure on Democrats to vote against a bill that is viewed as pro-Israel.

Meh. It ought to be crystal-clear by now that GOPe Senate lifers are way more interested in pressuring Trump than they ever will be their “esteemed colleagues across the aisle.”

As for Yertle’s leverage, note well that, despite Trump’s pledge in December that “they’re all coming back, and they’re coming back now” accompanying a direct order that the Syrian withdrawal would be completed in 30 days, there’s no sign of anybody having left the shithole country as of yet…in February. Funny too, isn’t it, how the peace-lovin’ Democrat Socialists, after howling for years about “endless war” and all that crap, suddenly turned on a dime and screamed about the dire security threat represented by leaving Syria—and Iraq, and Yemen, and Afghanistan, and etc—before “the job is done.”

Why, it’s almost as if what they claim to be concerned about isn’t really what concerns them at all, eh? But hey, like I always say: Deep Staters gotta Deep State. And I think that, at least, is something me, Aesop, and Sundance can ALL agree on.

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True colors

The ever-treacherous and wily Yertle McTurtle ensures there’ll be no end to America’s futile, pointless wars.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announces he is “especially proud” of passage for his amendments requiring the U.S. military to continue operations in Afghanistan and Syria…

It ain’t just McConnell, mind.

The bill passed 77-yea, 23-nea. The only Republican who voted against perpetual war in the middle east and supported President Trump was Rand Paul.

Gee, imagine my surprise.

Let’s be clear, CTH has watched this process, on a very granular level, for well over a decade; specifically about Senator McConnell. Mitch McConnell doesn’t give a hoot what any voter, constituent, or member of the national electorate thinks about his action. He is entirely unfazed and bound to a power ideology that sets him above all considerations.

Senator Mitch McConnell, just like all of the power brokers within the DC beltway, views himself as your ruler.

Yeah, well, Deep Staters gotta Deep State, you know. But might there be an even deeper agenda than just keeping the US fully entangled in their precious perpetual-war tar baby? Why, yes; yes, there just might.

Those who have followed Mitch McConnell for a long time will immediately notice the republican names in his coalition. They are the identical recipients of direct payments made by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue.

In addition to demanding perpetual war (and all the financial benefits therein), the republican vote is a signal to the republican President that he will not be allowed to defy the will of the Big Club.

In many ways this is also the deep swamp protecting themselves from the structural reform which would happen as a consequence of President Trump draining the swamp. Remember, the 2016/2017 Intelligence Community (CIA, DOJ, FBI) operation against Donald Trump was NOT exclusively supported by Democrats. Just like the Republican apparatus supported the DOJ/IRS targeting of the Tea Party, the Republican wing of the same apparatus also supported the ‘Spygate’ agenda against Donald Trump.

With this vote McConnell is warning President Trump he has enough votes to support the Pelosi/Schumer impeachment agenda; if needed.

I just bet he does. And anybody out there thinking along the lines of “He wouldn’t DARE!” has some more thinking to do.

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NeverTrump NeverLearns

The fruits of falseness and betrayal are bitter indeed.

Three years ago this month, National Review published its controversial and now infamous entreaty, “Against Trump.” The issue was singularly devoted to making a case against Donald Trump’s then surging primary candidacy; it featured a roster of notable conservative influencers explaining why the brash Manhattan billionaire posed a dire threat to conservatism.

Exactly three years later, the magazine’s online version issued an apology for its early condemnation of Covington Catholic High School students, who, while attending the March for Life in Washington D.C., became the innocent victims of a social media ambush orchestrated and executed by the Left. Some conservative commentators who had contributed to the “Against Trump” issue quietly deleted their tweets criticizing the teens, without apology.

The irony surrounding the coincidence of the dates of those two circumstances might be considered either karma, comeuppance, or both. And it once again highlighted why Donald Trump is in the White House and Jeb Bush isn’t, and why Trump—and none of the self-proclaimed conservatives who opined in the pages of National Review three years ago—now is considered the standard bearer of American conservatism. When the Left attacks, the Right caves.

The NeverTrump crusade sparked by the “Against Trump” issue is adrift and angry. In the past three years, self-proclaimed conservatives of this variety have embraced the climate change agenda, opposed tax reform, and saved Obamacare. Some encouraged Republicans to vote for Democrats in the 2018 midterm election. Any suggestion that the ruling class has failed large swaths of the American electorate and willfully ignored the plight of millions of our countrymen in order to advance their own interests, as Tucker Carlson proposed a few weeks ago, is met with scorn.

NeverTrumpers have been silent about, or worse, helped to justify, the unconstitutional and alarming weaponization of the world’s most powerful law enforcement and intelligence apparatus to undermine a rival presidential campaign, then sabotage a duly elected president.

They now are poised to back a challenger to Trump in the 2020 Republican primary. Two possible candidates are former Ohio Governor John Kasich and current Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. There is nothing identifiably conservative about either candidate; in fact, their conservative credentials looks worse than Trump’s did in 2016.

So, three years after the nation’s leading conservative outlet published a lengthy appeal to purge Donald Trump from its ranks, the president has an 80 percent approval rating among American conservatives. Trump has cut taxes; restrained the regulatory behemoth; appointed a legacy bench of conservatives federal judges; challenged lazy, ungrateful allies; rewritten outdated trade pacts; confronted a chronic border crisis; and reinvigorated the country’s manufacturing base. He’s defended the unborn, the working class, the patriotic, and the faithful while rejecting the stultifying chokehold of identity politics.

Meanwhile, his so-called conservative detractors are scrounging for primary challengers that sound more like Barack Obama than William F. Buckley, Jr. The damage they’ve done to the modern-day conservative movement will long outlast Trump’s presidency.

Nah, it ain’t as bad as all that. The damage they’ve done is mostly to themselves—exposing themselves as what they really are—Lefty Lite, standing athwart liberalism yelling, “Hey, can we slow it down a tiny bit, guys? No? Okay, never mind then!”—for everyone with eyes to see. True, they’ve also undermined Trump and hindered the implementation of his agenda. But that was always going to happen anyway, and it’s useful to have it all out in the open; anybody still taken in by these con artists deserves whatever fleecing they get.

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Dog-piling cucks

The Decepticons of True Conservative Inc™ WERE awfully quick to join the rat-pack smear of the Covington Kids, weren’t they? Particularly egregious and repellent was the effete/elite gangtackle from the once-relevant NRO, which spared no effort in disgracing themselves just as soon as the Left deployed their usual liar’s-hit-and-run tactic to attack a group of fine, upstanding young men who had done absolutely nothing whatsoever wrong. Unfortunately for them, Ace is PISSED, and he’s all over ’em thusly:

And remember, National Review and the various other cucklings were right there alongside the hard left and CNN (But I repeat myself) in proclaiming that wearing a MAGA hat was/is itself a hatecrime — a hatcrime — which is provocative and deserves a response up to and including violent assault.

Oh — and don’t forget, they were white and male and Christian, so that means the left is going to lynch them for nothing, and that also means the Cuck Fake-Right is going to help string up the rope to do it, so they don’t miss an invitation to the next cocktail party.

Oh — and National Review continues pretending it wasn’t part of the lynch mob.

Here, have another:

Personally, I don’t read National Review any more, and have not in literal years. The only time I see it is on the rare occasion someone tells me that Andrew McCarthy has written something worth reading (something that isn’t his customary defend-his-former-colleagues-at-all-costs reflex).

That, and when I’m alerted that Jonah Goldberg is plagiarizing me again.

I’m not even aware of National Review any longer. They’re…they’re just so far out of the arena they have no effect on the game at all. (Except when they want to add credibility to a leftwing lynching operation.)

Tim Pool is not a conservative, but he does know that the hard left — the “identitarian left,” the antifa left– plays dirty and he does not like it.

Tim Pool is worth fifteen cucks from National Review — and he’s actually a left-winger to boot!

If a one-man operation, consisting of one left-of-center commentator, is a better defender of innocently slandered conservative boys and a better critic of leftwing panic-mobs than our alleged right-wing institutions:

What is the point of having these institutions?

Maybe it’s time to do some trimming of the deadweight. Maybe it’s time to start funding other people who do not have a proven track record of complete failure and fecklessness, and who actually have an impulse to fight the left’s brutalizations of conservative voters instead of saying, “Hey, if we surrendered some more, it might confuse them!”

What cannot be reformed must be destroyed.

Expect more snark from AllahPundit and the other preening cucks about how Trump should stay out of this and leave the kids’ defense to the Adults in the Room who can really protect them, like National Review, Bill Kristol, Ana Navaro, Seth “The Beefcake Avenger” Mandel, etc….

Hugh “This shit sandwich sure is tasty!” Hewitt—quite possibly the first known specimen of Cuckservapithicus to rise from the primordial political soup, an eons-old whipping boy for us rougher, crustier, more cantenkerous sorts—comes in for his share too:

And while Hugh Hewitt is still attacking the Covington Kids, he has decided to issue an apology.

Not about jumping on the Covington Lynching Party bandwagon.

No, he’s apologizing to Media Matters (!!!) because he said that Joe Biden had “transgendered” to Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez, and that’s offensive.

So Biden gets an apology, and Media Matters gets and apology, and the Tranny Mafia gets an apology, and the Covington kids get… lectures and harumphing from an old limpdicked c*nt.

Eh, fuck ’em. They’re little people. Just some hicks from the sticks. They’re not True Conservatives like Joe Biden is.

Courage. The cucks are just plum full of it. Overflowing with it, in fact.

Yep. Integrity, too. Trustworthiness and reliability. Above all else, the will and determination to FIGHTY FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!! for dem True Conservative Principles, right down to the last DC cocktail party hors d’oeuvre on the silver salver. If the Left gives ’em permission first, natch.

Oh, and if any of you CF noobs are scratching your heads over that “shit sandwich” reference above, it’s from the early Cretaceous Period of the warblogosphere—happily preserved in amber for our posterity by our old friend Physics Geek, who used the Wayback Machine to gingerly prize it from the earth:

Shit Sandwich Suprisingly Tasty; I Give It A B+
by Hugh Hewitt

I know what you’re thinking: “Why should I try a shit sandwich?” I might have felt the same way a few days ago, but now I’m a believer.

I was chatting with an administration insider over the weekend. During a sidebar in the conversation, it was intimated to me that President Bush’s favorite late-night snack was a “shit sandwich” with tartar sauce on the side. That encouraged me to give it a shot with an open mind. I know the president is intuitive yet discriminating  in his choices, and isn’t afraid to go against the conventional wisdom. He also needs a lot of energy to get up early and fight the GWOT each day.

So I tried it. The verdict? Earthy, no-nonsense flavor. The tangy contrast of the tartar sauce is initially off-putting, but like Bush, I’m in this game for the long term. I’ll give it some time to grow on me. It’s easily a B+ snack.

UPDATE: My insider friend just called me again; apparently I misheard his end of the conversation, it was a fish sandwich. Well, that shouldn’t surprise me. In addition to introducing bold new ideas, Bush has always shown an appreciation for the traditional eating values that made this country great in the first place.

I laughed like hell at it then, and I’m still laughing like hell at it now. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I’ve mentioned it several times over the years, including this two-bagger slap at both Hewitt and Romney from ’07. As for PG, he still pops up in the comments here once in a while, and I’m damned proud to have him too. Ace promises a whole week of this stuff, and I’m gonna use another of his posts on it as a springboard for closing out that Larger Thoughts post I’m currently mired to the wheelwells in myself.

“Shameful” update! Et tu, Julie? Oh, you betcha.

But this time they crossed a line. It wasn’t their usual hyperventilating about Trump-Russia conspiracies or “shithole countries” comments or exit strategies for our troops in the Middle East. No, this time they exploited innocent high school students for their own political gratification. They abandoned not just their professional duty but their self-proclaimed conservative principles and any sense of decency—all in order to Get Trump.

It’s hard to see how they can stoop any lower.

And these weren’t just any group of random high schoolers. These are boys who were attending an event to support a cause that conservatives have championed—despite immense cultural opposition—for the past four decades. Young boys who attend a religious school and presumably are from faithful families trying to instill traditional values in their children despite the Left’s continued assault on those values. Young boys who probably represent everything that the modern-day conservative movement has claimed to promote since its inception. Young boys who probably view their MAGA hats as a sign of patriotism and respect for the president, not a symbol of Racist Rube Nation. Young boys who we now know acted in a polite and deferential manner even while they were under attack by grown men taunting them and hurling hateful epithets at them.

But what did Trump-hating “conservatives” do? They betrayed boys who, by all appearances, are the progeny of conservatism. They aided the Left in the virtual thrashing that prompted death threats against the children and their families. They acted in the same way—worse!—they accuse the president of behaving. They sided with the enemy.

And when confronted with evidence, there is no real apology or soul-searching. The public and the maligned families are just supposed to accept their vague, “oops, my bad” tweets and move on.

Further, the same crowd of call-out conservatives, the nags who constantly are telling us which Republican lawmaker or presidential aide or Fox News anchor must be reprimanded for one imagined offense or another, have been silent on calling out their own tribe for joining the Covington High School outrage mob. Where is David French “calling out” his pal, Bill Kristol, for his two (deleted) tweets about the kids, including calling them “MAGA brats”? Where are the Referees of the Right demanding that Ana Navarro or Ben Howe or Jennifer Rubinapologize for vilifying innocent kids? Where are the conspiracy trackers like Jim Swift condemning Jim Swift for peddling this fiction? And why isn’t one conservative demanding that S.E. Cupp be fired from CNN for slandering these kids on her program? (She unconvincingly apologized on Twitter on Monday.)

I’m still firm in my belief that GOPe politicians and party officials are actually acting as collaborators with the Democommies to preserve the Deep State and keep increasing its power and reach, but I’m willing to accept for consideration that these Muh Principles! pundits are just stupid, officious, and easily-led. Pay attention to Julie’s third ‘graph above; I bolded it for ya, because you will be seeing this material again.

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You have to cut the grass to see the snakes

And the yard is overrun with them.

Nearly two years after Donald Trump was sworn into office, NeverTrump still has no compelling policy alternative to what they derisively call “Trumpism.” Instead, they embody the approach they endlessly ridicule in the president, using insults, obfuscation, and emotional outbursts to avoid answering a very direct question:

What Would NeverTrump Do?

Alarmed the president wants to pull a few thousand troops out of Syria? NeverTrump should convince Americans that the loss of one U.S. soldier is worth the risk—and use something more than the banal “it’s in the interest of our national security” trope.

Object to the president’s planned withdrawal of 14,000 troops from Afghanistan after we’ve partially occupied that nation for more than 17 years? Tell us, NeverTrump, why the 12 American soldiers killed in that country this year alone, four years after our combat mission officially ended, was a necessary sacrifice.

Instead of mourning the murders of Jamal Khashoggi and (even more pathetically) the Weekly Standard, perhaps NeverTrump should’ve devoted one column—just one—to mourn the murders of the brave Americans who are our real guardians, not the phony warriors celebrated by Time and Commentary.

Don’t like the Tariff Man? Then what, NeverTrump, is your plan to halt unfair trade practices and tariffs levied on American products? How would NeverTrump have exacted a steep reduction in Chinese-imposed tariffs on U.S. automobiles, as Trump succeeded in doing this year? Please explain to a farmer friend of mine who told me earlier this year that “China has been screwing us for years” how NeverTrumpers will stop this one-sided screwing? If only NeverTrump had devoted a tiny portion of the time it’s devoted to the threat of Russian Twitter bots to the legitimate threat of Chinese piracy. How would NeverTrump halt the theft of hundreds of billions of dollars in intellectual property by the Chinese each year?

There is no such thing as free trade between nations no matter how many times NeverTrump clicks its loafers and repeats it in the CNN green room.

Ditto for border security. If a wall won’t fix anything, as most NeverTrumpers insist, then what will? The security and humanitarian crisis at the border—starkly described by John Daniel Davidson at The Federalist this year—is real, and it’s a crisis that establishment conservatives and the GOP not only have ignored for more than a decade, it is one they were complicit in allowing to be manufactured.

It did not have to be this way. Last summer, while admitting the “scene at the southern border is a horror,” the best solution Goldberg could come up with to mitigate the flow of unskilled, destitute migrants was “to make poor countries rich as quickly as possible.” Neat idea, Jonah. Probably nobody has ever thought of that one before.

That mindset exposes NeverTrump’s most egregious flaw: Their shared sympathy for the downtrodden from other countries while ignoring, if not straight up mocking, Americans who face economic and political alienation in their own country. Trump has tackled the lethal opioid epidemic; the exodus of working-class job opportunities in rural communities; and the nation’s costly gambit of prioritizing climate change mitigation over expanding America’s energy production. And, NeverTrump, what say you on these issues?

They’ve got nothing.

They never did have—other than naked fraud and duplicity; preplanned failure and “surrender” to the Left; eternal futility; forked-tongue promises of “fights” and “victory”; pointless never-ending wars; and chin-pulling, condescending lectures about “principles” they constantly betray themselves. Meanwhile, as Kelly says, Trump is still in there working at the thankless task of trying to hack back the Deep State/Uniparty weeds as best he can, beset on every side by Ruling Class Clowns. To hell with the venomous, despicable Decepticon phonies, every man Jack of ’em.

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Slow suicide

Just deserts.

Reports indicate that The Weekly Standard soon joins LifeLookCalling All GirlsHit ParaderGeorge, and Oui on the great newsstand in the sky. (Perhaps loyal “readers” find Oui on some lower-elevation newsstand.)

Death by internet seems a tempting obit but it does not capture the self-inflicted nature of the magazine’s demise. Like the obituaries of others who “died suddenly at home” at 23, an accurate death notice for the Standard requires some reference, however oblique, to the magazine killing itself by rebuffing its lifeblood, conservative readers. The notion of a “Never Trump” publication appealing to a mass conservative audience during The Donald’s reign seems a difficult trick to pull off. The Standard sought to walk this tightrope by transitioning from Bill Kristol, now a familiar talking-head to MSNBC viewers and 140-characters-or-less-wordsmith to Twittericans also following Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Paul Krugman, to the able and less alienating Stephen Hayes as editor seemed a last-ditch survival gambit. But the magazine’s convoluted identity, aiming for that sliver of conservative America still not sold on a tax-cutting scourge of political correctness who appoints solid judges to the Supreme Court, unsurprisingly did not attract much of an audience.

Perhaps the magazine planted the seeds of its end much earlier.

Take, for instance, the publication’s response to the changing fortunes of big government during the Clinton years. The year after declaring “We Win: ‘The End of Big Government Is Over’” on its cover, the Standard schizophrenically called for “A Return to National Greatness” in the same spot. The David Brooks-penned piece seemed a response to a conversation nobody was having. This familiar problem for the Standard became the problem for the Standard, a supply-driven phenomenon powered by donors and editors in search of a magazine and not by public demand to read such a magazine.

Ultimately, it was a magazine by, of, and for the effete, smug, perennial-loser collaborationists now scornfully referred to as cucks—and the cucks and their Liberal-Lite governing philosophy have finally exceeded their sell-by date. The Left despises them, in spite of the cucks’ eternal quest to court their favor and acceptance; the new New Right—brash, muscular, eager to do real battle with the Left not on the Left’s terms but its own, undeterred by the necessity of getting down and dirty in order to secure meaningful victories—has no use for them; and the market for mushy, ineffectual, dithering pedantry has become, shall we say, bearish. So the Standard is going out not with a bang but with something more akin to the squeaky honk of a halfheartedly-suppressed fart in public: mildly embarrassing, and best overlooked by all present.

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You lie down with Government…

You get up with fleas, a sore ass, and…obligations.

Trump’s threat (to cut GM’s subsidies) triggered the usual bout of shock and horror that we have come to love and expect from America’s “virtuous” conservatives—the sort of people who still prudishly read the Economist or think elitist lapdogs like Ben Shapiro are edgy.

This faux outrage is omnipresent: “How dare the President tell a private company how to manage its affairs. GM should be free to replace as many Americans with foreigners as they like!” This is more-or-less the argument made by Veronique de Rugy in her piece for National Review.

Her argument is flawed—and not only because it ignores the existence of moral and fiduciary obligations beyond the scope of mere profit, but because it is grounded in a number of false assumptions.

De Rugy opens her piece with the standard “virtuous” refrain:

[President Trump] seems to believe that because the government bailed out GM…that that company owes the U.S. jobs and factories. It doesn’t.

It does. GM filed for government-assisted Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on June 1, 2009. American taxpayers subsequently bailed-out GM to the tune of $11.2 billion—and this does not include the plethora of subsidies and kickbacks GM received over the past decade. GM only exists as a going concern because the U.S. government wanted it to exist. This is a cold, hard fact: a fact de Rugy cannot simply ignore because it offends her free-market dogma.

Uncle Sam doesn’t do charity. Uncle Sam is a gangster. If he gives you money you better believe he expects something in return. The moment GM accepted public money is the moment GM ceased to operate as a purely private company. GM owes Uncle Sam. GM owes us. GM cannot accept our money and then close down our factories. The company currently operates five plants in Mexico and four in Canada—those should be first up on the chopping-block. If not, then what do we pay them for?

Let me be clear: I’m not arguing that this is the ideal situation or that the bailout was a good idea. Not by a longshot. I’m merely observing that this is the situation.

In her article, de Rugy claims she opposes cronyism. And of course, Trump is engaging in cronyism by threatening a poor, helpless “private” corporation like GM. Get a grip. Cronyism is giving GM $11.2 billion with no strings attached. By demanding that GM protect American jobs and maintain our industrial base, our president is making sure we didn’t spend that money in vain. He’s making the best of a bad situation. That’s not cronyism, that’s leadership.

All part of the old “free market” wheeze, now being pimped by cucks polishing the NeverTrump knob.

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