Open Thread

An indicator of how it’s going: Swalwell wants to reserve judgement on impeachment. I’m sure in the end if articles are brought forward he’ll vote for them…but that he’s even semi-hedging shows the Democrats have not made their case. And likely won’t. I haven’t watched today’s legal professor hearing because why should I? Its just some people offering opinions…and their opinions are no more valid on this than any random person dragged in off the street. The flavor is shown by the fact that one of the lawyers testifying called for Trump’s impeachment before he took office. I did see on Twitter a little blurb from an MSMer that the Democrats are having a caucus meeting and Nancy is making sure that only lawmakers are in the room – no aids – and that no one has a phone with them. Something is up…don’t know what; but I wonder if its Trump-district Democrats in a panic about next year?

Robert Stacy McCain has an interesting article on how we must defend our own – when the Left gets out there to smear an effective member of our coalition, we have to stand up and be counted. But one thing in the article rather struck me – how a Conservative was destroyed in the early 80’s with the assistance of other mainstream Conservatives. Bet its been like that. We all know of how Buckley famously purged the Birchers from the movement…and, to be sure, a lot of Birch ideas were kook…the water fluoridation thing being most famed. But, on the other hand, does the Left ever purge their kooks? Remember, it was some years ago that the Left asserted that gender was a social construct. Can’t remember how far back I first heard that, but it wasn’t beyond 1995. That was insane kookery…but no one on the Left denounced it, and now the major Democrat candidates for President are adhering to that notion. And the core contention of the Birchers – that nearly everyone is in on the scam to take away the self-governing aspect of the American people – has proved true. My goodness, it is really brazen these days…they aren’t even hiding it any longer. Perhaps if we hadn’t been in the business of purging our own – you know, trying to make the Left like us by pointing out that we, too, hate the Right – we wouldn’t have got so far into this hole?

Boris Johnson seems set for a remarkable victory in the upcoming British elections. We’ll see: you know how polls can be…but it is astonishing that all polls, even the most Left friendly, show him crushing it. His margins are +6 to +15. So, let’s split it and say his Tories win it by 10. If so, he’d have a sizeable majority in Parliament and be able to get whatever Brexit deal he wants. My view: even a lot of people who voted Remain during the referendum are probably tired of this and want it resolved…Johnson promises to resolve it, both Labour and Liberal-Democrats are essentially promising to drag it out indefinitely. I think that if Johnson wins, he only wins a mandate to Exit…after that, the Brit people will look at how things are going and judge him on the other merits of his stewardship. Don’t think that a Johnson win means an era of Tory dominance is dawning.

Related: Hugh Grant is stumping for a Liberal-Democrat and calling out Labour’s anti-Semitism. Good for Hugh Grant – who is a pinko – but it won’t matter. Labour has made the calculation that there’s far more money and votes in anti-Semitism than there is in opposing anti-Semitism. The Democrats have made the same calculation.

What do we do post-Trump? Its an important question – even if he wins, he’s out after the 2024 election. What then? Angelo Codevilla starts writing the answer. My short answer: More Trump. Meaning, we can’t let Trump’s successor be GHWB to Reagan. Whomever we select in 2024, it must be someone we can rely on to right…and fight actually even harder than Trump has. I do detect the weakness in Trump: he appears to assume people are on the level. Not that he’s naive, but he takes people as they present themselves…and how many shivs has he got in his back from supposedly Conservative and GOP people? We need a merciless housecleaning of the old hacks and Deep State loyalists.

What are the Limits of Tolerance?

A couple things I saw recently struck me with some force. Once was some weird Church out there – used to be Christian, claims to remain so…but, they’re lying very badly – which put up a Garden of Eden picture with same sex couples. Other thing was this nitwit Never Trumper whom I used to respect yammering on about how True Conservatives don’t want Conservative judges because that might overturn Roe. This, plus a few other things, got me wondering: what are the limits of tolerance? That is, in an admittedly pluralist Republic, just how much difference can there be before the whole thing comes crashing down?

I think we’d all agree that, by and large, we don’t care what goes on in San Francisco. Our only real complaint, to this point, has been that San Franciscans seem to care very much what we do and want to force us to be like them. Our theory has been that we can beat them back and they can have their multi-gendered otherkin SJW San Francisco while we have, well, sanity; everyone is happy. But, would we really be? Would they?

I strongly doubt they would – Crusaders out to free the Holy Land would envy the zeal with which our SJW Left pursues it’s enemies. They can’t leave well enough alone – they seem to have a built-in need to harass, hector and bully everyone. When they can’t find out an outright enemy to pester, they simply turn upon one of their own. It is just the way they are – and only the power of God can possibly convert them. We can’t. And even someone officially not SJW Left – like the Never Trumper mentioned above – still revealed a desire to impose…for all his talk about small government, the last thing he wants is a small government out there looking after itself. That is, he doesn’t want you and me getting together to decide what we want in our little corner of the world. Nope: we all have to be the same.

How are we supposed to live with people like that? Also, would we be wise to even try? How smart am I if I commit to the absolute defense of some nutcase “Church” which puts up pictures deliberately to insult me? If I commit to defend people who are then free to undermine my ability to govern myself? We know, with certainty, that a free society will generally produce the best results because when people are able to dare and to dream, they will resolve problems which have bedeviled humanity for ages. So, we know we must have freedom – but does this include tolerating the freedom to destroy?

I’m really just asking the question here. I don’t know the answer. I am hopeful that a bit of debate about it might produce some point I’m missing or enlighten some dark patch in my mind. But as it stands right now, I’m really puzzled as to whether or not we can, as we are, survive as a nation…and whether or not we should.

Open Thread

There is talk of Michelle Obama entering the Presidential race. This is a sign of extreme desperation. The power people in the Democrat party are clearly dismayed at the current crop, are watching impeachment backfire and seeing President Trump starting to rise high, buoyed by an increasingly booming economy.

I doubt she’ll get in. I could be wrong, but I never saw in her a desire to enter electoral politics. If she did get in, the MSM would treat her as the Second Coming, of course…but I think that most people just don’t give a darn what the MSM is saying these days. It would be positive coverage in a void and I believe that most would see it for what it would be: a ploy to avoid defeat in 2020.

The British Labour Party is going so anti-Semitic that the chief Rabbi of the UK penned an op-ed about it in the Times of London – and was seconded by the Archbishop of Canterbury. I understand that polling indicates that 80% of British Jews will opt for some other party in the upcoming elections. The op-ed, of course, called upon Britain’s Labour Party to address the problem and correct it. The op-ed will fail in its intent: the British Left – followed now closely by the American Left – has made the calculation that there is vastly more money and votes in Islam than there is in Judaism. Offending Jews – especially as long as the MSM keeps covering up for you – is a nearly cost-free exercise…and if by so doing you can get Muslim votes and (really more important) Muslim oil money, then its all good. It must always be kept in mind that for the Left, power is everything – the only thing that matters. There’s a meme which goes around that if it was found that Mexicans were voting Republican, Democrats would build the wall 50 feet high at the border. And this is an exactly correct analysis. It is all about power.

But here’s the real problem: for Labourites, they see it as a calculation…for the anti-Semites they’ve invited in, it really is about massacring the Jews and destroying Israel.

I saw some polls which indicated an astonishingly high level of support for President Trump among African-Americans. Its good that I don’t trust polls – but I did enjoy the shrieks from the Left and Never Trump…they stoutly asserted it couldn’t be possible and only an idiot would believe it. They then went on to tout polls showing this or that Democrat will beat Trump. They do love to have it both ways, don’t they? If it wasn’t for double standards, they’d have none at all. As for me: I don’t know. I do know some black people who despise Trump. I can’t say that I know a single black person who is an ardent supporter of Trump. OTOH, most black people who do back the guy would probably keep it low key simply to maintain peace among family and friends. One observation I made is what, really, are Democrats offering black voters? Do black voters care deeply for trans rights? Open borders which depress wages? Do black voters want good schools? Better job opportunities? There is an opportunity here – and even a relatively small movement of African-Americans to the GOP would be devastating to the Democrats. Someone on Team Trump thinks so…and they’re doing a big ad buy in black radio and print media across some battleground States.

The World Socialist Web – which is as far left extremist as you imagine – did an interview regarding the “1619 Project” with historian James McPherson…which means the far left commie readers of WSW will be better informed than New York Times readers. Do read it: it is very good. WSW is also better at interviewing than the MSM.

Sick of This Schiff

The Schiff-show is over – and, meh: a smart guy I follow on Twitter took the latest batch of “the walls are closing in on Trump” articles and simply linked them up with the zillion other “the walls are closing in on Trump” articles which have been put out since the day after he became President. I heard not one person outside social media talking about the hearings – and the ratings for them were low; I suspect that most Americans were only vaguely aware they were going on. At the end of the day, the Democrats had no actual witnesses to anything which could be construed as a crime…and that’s why most likely don’t care.

Where from here? Well, from what I can gather reading reports, Trump and McConnell seem to be double-dog daring the Democrats to actually vote articles of impeachment. Truth be told, I suspect both men would rather not have to go through that…but they seem ready. Even Romney came to the White House for a meeting with Trump; so, even their most likely GOP vote in favor of conviction is probably back on the GOP ranch (how? Well, Romney’s polling started to look just terrible and, well, favors were probably asked and granted…politics, you know?).

One side note that has come up is a wonder just how so many traitors managed to be working in high levels of the Trump Administration. Lots of theories have been offered up. My two are:

1. I don’t think Trump suspected just how disloyal people would be. All the hearings really showed is that the permanent bureaucracy thinks of the American government being them with a small suggestion box for the people. It is really bad: and the only cure I can think of is to revive the spoils system…ie, make all Executive positions “at the pleasure of the President”. Let the bureaucrats know that if they don’t toe the line, the President can toss them out.

2. Even those who might be technically loyal to Trump are probably more loyal to their careers. They know that, come what may, Trump will be out by 2025…and then they’ll need to get jobs and promotions in a system which despises Trump. Its a matter of helping Trump today or helping themselves later…and them selves took precedence.

The other big news is the coming IG report and the on-going investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia hoax. I’m thinking the IG report will be weak sauce…the IG is one of them, after all, and won’t really go after what happened. But even with that in mind, we’re seeing a lot of pre-spin by people targeted in the report. As it turns out, if you are the subject of an IG report, you get to read those parts relating to you before they are released…so you can ask for corrections and clarifications. Lots of stuff about the IG report started leaking in the last 24 hours and it all looks good for Comey, et al…but, remember, the only people who could leak such things are Comey, et al. You don’t worry about pre-spinning something if it makes you look good.

More important is the investigation into Trump-Russia; and the latest word there is that FBI agents are under investigation for altering documents…and gigantic no-no. It only takes one thread to break lose for the whole thing to unravel. And if someone altered a document and there is proof they did so, that person is looking at some serious jail time, even if he or she goes in front of the most Deep State-friendly jury (ie, one in DC). You can’t get around plain facts…and, so, such a person would have massive incentive to tattle on whomever gave the orders for the documents to be altered.

The whole pile of Schiff makes clear to me that we can’t just be about Trump – that we have to go Trump on steroids going forward. Our government has been hijacked by a corrupt Ruling Class and they are determined to keep themselves on the gravy train. It all has to go – agencies dismantled; military officers cashiered; bureaucrats fired; secrets declassified. In short, we need what amounts to a revolution. And let’s hope we can do it via ballots.

Open Thread

No, as it turns out, I don’t trust Vindman – of course, I have a general distrust for our military officers these days, to begin with. I somehow doubt that Obama’s DoD was promoting people based on military merit. I suspect your promotion was based upon how well you mouthed words about “diversity”, “overseas contingency operations” and “global warming is a national security threat”. Not that I trust all that much those promoted during the Bush Administration, either. It was under Bush that we started allowing JAG REMFs to charge our boys and girls with war crimes, after all. So, nope: don’t trust the guy. In addition to the mistrust, I think he’s the leaker and very likely a liar. At all events, it isn’t for a light colonel to set foreign policy under any circumstances. I’m hoping that in a 2nd Trump Administration we’ll get a thorough housecleaning in our military forces. Lets pretty much retire everyone Major General and above and seek out hard charging, combat-orientated colonels and majors for rapid advancement.

Still don’t quite know where the Democrats are going with this charade. There is nothing to this. Certainly not anything that even a compliant MSM can puff up into something the American people will consider impeachment-worthy. But if the Democrats do go forward, I hope that McConnell spins it out to the Convention and then allows a motion to dismiss to pass.

Warren’s Medicare for All plan would require rationing. You already knew this. She’ll deny it, of course; call it something else. But the bottom line is that there are not, will not and cannot be enough medical providers to ensure everyone who wants/needs care at a particular time will get it at the time requested. Rationing, by one means or another, is inherent in any market where there is a scarcity – wisdom dictates that, in most instances, we let price ration. It is understandable that in something as crucial as healthcare, people don’t want price to dictate…but if it isn’t going to be price, then it will be a faceless bureaucrat who is far more interested in pleasing other bureaucrats who will decide how much care, and when you get it.

The latest woke reboot – Charlie’s Angels – tanked at the box office and the director is blaming sexism for it. Nope. Sorry; that ain’t it. Everyone actually likes strong female characters. Celeste and Rossalyn in Mirrors are very much bad-asses. In Secrets I’m introducing two more major female characters; a wicked one and a good one. Both, bad-asses. But when it is time in the story for a bad guy’s face to be caved in, rely on it: it will be a male character administering the beat down. Because duh. People don’t want to see a movie where a 110 pound woman takes down a 200 pound man. It is just ridiculous. But even that isn’t the worst part: when you add to that absurdity a lecture on how bad men are, it just turns everyone off. Want to make money? Then have your book or movie have really good, fun male and female characters doing all sorts of really cool things…but keep the men, men and the women, women.

Burglar brings an axe to a shotgun fight.

The House tried to get Trump’s tax returns but the Chief Justice has swatted them down. It is silly. You can rely on it that if there wasn’t anything in there, some Deep Stater would have leaked them already. But, also, it is unfair to demand the President’s tax returns and let everyone else off the hook. Once Nancy agrees to have her full financial life exposed to public scrutiny, then I might agree to do the same for Trump.

Focus group claims people like Trump’s policies, don’t like his Tweets. I can see that – but, how else is Trump to intervene in the national debate? He can’t go via the MSM as they’ll just lie about what he said. Has to do something.

Heh:

“Christmas ornaments, drywall and Jeffrey Epstein – name three things that don’t hang themselves. That’s what the American people think…and they deserve some answers.”

It would be nice to find out what really happened. My view: Epstein did likely kill himself, but was helped along…if not in the physical sense, then in someone presenting the hemlock in the form of “you better kill yourself or Horrible Things will happen to you and anyone you care about”. Remember, even if it was just jail for Epstein, there’s jail and then there’s JAIL. What sort of prison, what sort of safety, who you’re lodged with…these are crucial things which can determine life or very painful torment and death for a flabby, middle-aged pedophile in prison. But I’m doubtful any investigation can get to the bottom of things: too many very powerful people are deeply compromised.

Bored With Impeachment Open Thread

I haven’t paid too much attention to the impeachment charade – because once it gets out that none of the witnesses witnessed anything, the whole point is kinda lost.

Not quite sure what end game the Democrats are hoping for out of this – if they do impeach, it goes to a Senate trial and everything comes out. I suspect that is the least desired outcome here. What I think they are trying to do is please their base and then with great fanfare they’ll hold some sort of censure vote after releasing a scathing report.

What is most infuriating to me in this is the way people supposedly on our side are treating it as if its real: as if there was something actually happening, rather than a mere partisan hit job. They do this by pretending the parade of credentialed morons are selfless public servants. They aren’t. They are corrupt hacks allowing themselves to be used in a political attack. They are un-American; downright treasonous. It is not their job to dispute with the President over policy – it is their job to carry out the policy and, if they don’t like it, quit. But the Never Trump and such people are the really disgusting players in here – their phony moralizing and pretending to be above it all disgusts me. What did they really want? They wanted there to be something – anything – that could be hung ’round Trump’s neck.

We have, on the plus side, picked up a new GOP hero in Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) who absolutely slaughtered the gross and dishonest Adam Schiff (D-Deep State’s A**). We need more like her.

The official word is that Trump is poison in the ‘burbs. Suburban women just hate the guy, so it goes. Never been too sure of that – my Mrs is the archetype suburban mom and while she’s not thrilled with the man, she doesn’t hate him, and she thinks the attacks on him long ago went past absurd. Anyways, the proof they say is in things like the defeat of the Kentucky governor, who lost because he was slaughtered in the ‘burbs. But as I pointed out at the time, all the other GOP State-wide candidates cleaned up in the same areas. So, perhaps it isn’t Trump that is toxic…and now we have a little more evidence that he’s not: Trump is doing pretty well in getting donations from suburban women. As I’ve always said: never look at what people say, look at what they do.

Vice President Pence states we’ll return to the Moon in 2024 – which I really want us to do while Trump is President so that the memorial plaque carries his name on it and we can just laugh and laugh and laugh at the liberal tears over that.

How Far Do We Let the Left Go?

The District Attorney of San Francisco – huge Commie rat – has decided that public urination will no longer be a crime. One fine person made the correct suggestion: someone should go piss on the DA’s car. But once that excellent and patriotic action is completed, what then? Well, it got me thinking (I know, dangerous!) and then I recalled Article 4, section 4 of the United States Constitution:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…

A Republican form of government is not just a bunch of voting going on. No; not at all. A Republic is a thing of dogmas and rules – and it only works if all the rules are enforced to the best of everyone’s ability. And one of the rules of a Republic is that laws cannot be set aside – but that is just what the DA is doing. In my view, per the Constitution, Trump could give the DA 24 hours to reverse himself and, if he refuses, send in US Marshals to enforce laws against public urination. A bit extreme? Sure – but extreme times do call for extreme measures.

It is best to step back a bit and think about what we’re dealing with here and the first step in that is to ask just why anyone would do anything which would allow or encourage people to piss on the streets? The answer lies in the DA – Chesa Boudin. If that surname seems familiar, it is because it is: he’s the son of Kathy Boudin, the psychotic Commie murderer. Which means that Chesa is both the son and grandson of hard core Communists. When his ma got arrested shortly after his birth he ended up being raised by Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. He worked as a translator for the Commie dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. He’s a true believer, folks; he’s Communist to the core. And that means he believes – completely – that all of the social pathologies in society are the direct result of Capitalism…and that once Socialism is in place, all of these pathologies will disappear. No, seriously: this is what Commies believe. Look it up if you don’t believe me.

The reason why a Commie doesn’t want to enforce laws against public urination is not because he likes to smell piss on the streets: it is because he’s sure that the man pisses on the streets because the Capitalist system made him that way, and no real Commie is going to do anything to prop up the Capitalist system. What the DA is doing is essentially saying, “see, you Capitalist bastards! This is what you created!”; and he’ll then go on to propose Communism as the cure; though given he’s an American Commie and has learned from the experiences of his parents and grandparents, he’s not going to flat out say that…he’ll call it being Progressive and working against the criminalization of being homeless.

Any enforcement of any law regarding property or public decency or such is seen by a Communist as a mere propping up of the Capitalist system, because all such laws were created by Capitalists for the sole purpose of retaining power. They aren’t about public safety or justice or anything such thing. Capitalists are inherently incapable of doing anything good – all the laws are merely enforcement of Capitalist supremacy (though today’s Commies will more usually say they are about supporting White Supremacy – which is just a substitute phrase for the Class Enemy; you know, Capitalists). A true believer like Chesa Boudin simply will not enforce any laws – which means most of them – which he, as a Commie, considers to be laws enacted by Capitalists to suppress the people (whom he is the Vanguard for, being that he’s a conscious revolutionary Communist, dig?). At the end of the day, electing Chesa Boudin as DA was an act against the existence of a democratic Republic…there is a good chance that even most San Francisco voters didn’t realize this but it still remains that a person is in the DA’s office who is opposed to the whole idea of a Constitutional order (remember: all of that Constitutional order was merely created to protect the power and wealth of Capitalists/White Supremacists/Homophobes/Insert-Hated-Group-Here). He is, in short, opposed to a Republican form of government. And, so, must be stopped.

Right now a whole bunch of my fellow Conservatives are going to start going, “hold on there, sparky: what about federalism and local self rule? You call yourself a Distributist and that means you say you believe in Subsidiarity (thing should be done on the lowest level possible); you some kind of hypocrite?”. I don’t think so – no more than the Founders were. They placed in the Constitution very strong protections for States and individuals…but they also did include the above quoted bit, and also permitted the federal government to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. And do note the justifications for suspending the writ: in cases of invasion, insurrection or when the public safety may require it. The public isn’t very safe if those charged with enforcing the laws decide not to because their loyalty isn’t to the Republic, but to a Communist revolution which will overthrow the Republic.

The bottom line of Article 4, section 4 is that we are not allowed – no matter how much we might want to – to vote ourselves into tyranny. 99% of the people of California could vote to impose a Bolshevik Dictatorship, and that vote would be immediately null and void per the Constitution…and if the people of California decided to resist the restoration of freedom, then the writ of habeas corpus could be suspended and everyone in California trying to support the Bolshevik government could be arrested and held without trial.

What we’re seeing in the deeply Progressive areas of the United States is people voting for tyranny – voting for DA’s who won’t enforce laws; voting to excuse themselves from provisions of federal laws (the “sanctuary cities”. eg); allowing non-left voices to be physically attacked; threatening people with fines and tortuous legal action for merely dissenting. My question: how far do we let it go? My view is that we’ve let it go far enough, other’s may dispute this; but in the end, we’re either going to enforce our Constitution or we’re not…the Left is counting on us not enforcing it until they’ve gained enough power to simply do away with it. And make no mistake about it: that is what they want – an end to liberty, and end to property, and end to free thought. Their goal is a socialist future. That they believe this to be a good thing – meaning, that some of them sincerely think they are working for our benefit – is irrelevant. We know where this leads – how long will we let them advance? Where is our line in the sand?

We have to decide that, and decide it very soon. And if we want to have this be a peaceful push back, then our best recourse is to use the tools the Founders entrusted to us, including the tools designed to protect people from their own folly. The Founders knew full well that people – being at times perverse – would vote for very asinine things. They gave wide latitude for such idiocy – and, indeed, no sane person will lightly try to interfere with local self government. But, come on: we’ve got full blown Communists undermining the rule of law; we’ve got insane homeless people defecating and pissing on the streets; we’ve got masses of illegal immigrants being protected in violation of law; things are getting a bit out of hand…and they’ll get worse if we don’t start to take action.