I say that because everything seems to be revolving around him – especially regarding our Progressives. I think a week ago or so I was thinking that the left’s lunacy about Trump had peaked. I was wrong. One of the accounts I follow on Twitter is that of Godfrey Elfwick (@GodfreyElfwick), who describes xirself thusly:
Genderqueer Muslim atheist. Born white in the #WrongSkin. Itinerant jongleur. Xir, Xirs Xirself. Filters life through the lens of minority issues.
Someone like that is going to have a hard time over the next four to eight years as satirizing the left is getting difficult. However, Godfrey xan’s up and comes up with this:
Calling people racist worked a treat during both Brexit and Trump. We just weren’t screaming it loud enough is all
And that does seem to be what the left is doing – but as Godfrey also discovered today, there are quite a lot of tolerant, caring Progressives who figure that peace, justice and unity will best be created by calling for actual violence – scroll through his TL to earlier today for some samples of it.
I’ll make this prediction – unless we’re sitting on 25% unemployment in 2020, Trump will get re-elected. The left is just going to keep going bonkers, as far as I can see, and thus just continue to remind all of us why we sucked it up and voted Trump.
There is a wonder – will Obama be booed as Bush was? Decorum says it shouldn’t happen – if it does, though, it is because of the nastiness Obama has injected into American life.
Godfrey definitely looks like an Elfwick.
He’s a Galactic Overlord level troll…I’ve seen the guy keep people going (both left and right) for hours with his Twitter comments…all of them more outrageous than the last, but some people just never seem to figure it out.
I heard that once upon a time he managed to get on the radio to explain why Darth Vader is a racist manifestation…apparently, the Progressive hosts took quite a while to figure out their legs were being pulled.
America is open for business. Today is the day I have been waiting for for 10 years, following the swearing in of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to the leadership of their respective chambers back in 2007. That was the day America began the slide into the regulatory, identity political nightmare that was accelerated with the inauguration of Obama in 2009. Today however, common sense, center right Americans will finally have their voices heard and will have an administration that promotes their values and respects their economic and personal freedoms. It is Morning in America once again.
I guess there could still be a last-minute push by the anarchists, but with 2-1/2 hours to go it appears the “massive” protests may end up being a dud. I thing the crowd is so interspersed with groups like Bikers for Trump, Oath Keepers and 3%ers that if the protesters do anything illegal, arrest will be the least of their worries.
Fox is saying there’s about 1,000 of them causing some ruckus in part of DC…I guess Progressives gotta Progressive…showing their love and tolerance by smashing windows and pooping on the street…
Loved it. He called out everyone.
He acknowledged that the old emperor had no clothes. He addressed the mess this country has become, in contrast to the happy-smiley-all-is-wonderful claims of Obama and the Left about all our advances and improvements. The UK Guardian was PO’d that he, as they put it, …depict(ed) a bleak American dystopia. He spoke of “American carnage”, of gangs and drugs, crime and decay.
Yep, he sure did. For once I have to agree with Trump fans who say he tells it like it is.
Wow. This feels surreal. Our transition of power has taken place.
Striking to watch the news coverage and notice how much air time MSNBC is giving to the Obamas exit as opposed to Trumps entrance. Just a sense of mourning over there. What children.
Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Poppy Bush.
If he accomplishes that he will go down as one of the greats, at least in the minds of those of us who value freedom and self-governance.
It was a very muscular speech – didn’t back down a bit from his campaign rhetoric. We’ll see if he can do it – I was chatting with one of my Twitter peeps last night and he was still very down about the whole Trump thing…I pointed out that if Trump can just get 20% of the cuts to government he’s proposing, it’ll be a good thing.
Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge, and the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
And my personal favorite:
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice
Oh and Rusty, great post yesterday
And here is the take on the speech from the radical Left. From an article in the Guardian:
The Trump on the steps of the Capitol was the same Trump the world has come to know and fear. As he did at his party convention in Cleveland, he came with a message full of anger and foreboding, slamming the record of his predecessor and depicting a bleak American dystopia. He spoke of “American carnage”, of gangs and drugs, crime and decay.
And he was unafraid of the darkest historical echoes. “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” he said, “America first” – embracing once again the slogan of the 1930s nativist movement of appeasers and antisemites who sought to keep the US out of the war against Nazism. Elsewhere, in rhetoric that sounded chilling coming from a would-be strongman who allegedly used to keep a volume of Hitler’s speeches at his bedside, he declared, “We are one nation … We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.”
Translation: We Leftists prefer to have the problems created by our political system ignored or glossed over or simply denied and freak out when they are acknowledged, especially when they are acknowledged in the context of fixing them.
Translation: If you are not in favor of ceding American sovereignty to the International Left, you are a “would-be strongman” in the mold of Hitler, who is “embracing once again the slogan of the 1930s nativist movement of appeasers and antisemites…”
Translation: We really really hate it when Americans think of themselves as Americans.
Translation: When your head is firmly planted in your nether regions, the view never changes.
And once again, the Left has its panties in a twist. The Left is politically more aligned with Russia than any other country. The Left claims Russia worked to get Donald Trump elected. The Left claims that Trump is tight with Putin and will be a Putin puppet. So one would think the Left would be happy to see Trump as president.
BUT….Trump’s election was a resounding defeat for the American Left.
So the poor babies just don’t know what to do. Comparing Trump to the leader of Germany’s National Socialist Party is another weird disconnect. They just can’t make up their minds. So they squeal.
The new lefty talking point is that “America First” is a Nazi pejorative. Horse manure. In the lead up to WW2, “America First” was the slogan for non-interventionalism, an anti-war faction that most leftists would agree with. Three quarters of a century later, Trump’s using the slogan in a completely different spirit (trade deals, immigration, etc.).
And objectively, America First is a pretty hard thing to argue against, at least if you’re an American.
My Dad talked to me of that organization – it was made out as a pro-Nazi, collaborationist group, but it really wasn’t that. It was blind to the coming Holocaust, but so was just about everyone else. Of course, the small number of pro-Nazis in the United States did latch on to America First…but our Progressives routinely forget that from 1939 until 1941, the Communists and fellow travellers were just as determined to keep us out of the war…it was only Hitler’s invasion of Russia which got the left to become pro-war.
The bottom line is that the United States is always free to choose whether or not to intervene in the world. Some historians try to drum up the idea that had Hitler – or, before him, the Kaiser – come to to dominate Europe, then that would work out to a mortal threat to the United States. This is a nonsense opinion…to transport sufficient force across an ocean to attack the United States successfully is a physical impossibility for any potential challenger nation – except China, and even that threat is still a couple decades away. Yamamoto knew that victory would only come by dictating peace in the rubble of the White House, but he also knew that Japan simply lacked the manpower to make such a thing happen, even supposing everything broke Japan’s way. Germany’s population was also too small to attempt to subdue the United States.
Outside of the inhuman monstrosity of the Holocaust – more than sufficient, in itself, to justify our going to war – the key question has been that which was raised with Germany’s attack on Belgium and France in 1914: do we wish to allow or do we wish to oppose a nation increasing it’s wealth and/or territory via military conquest? If a nation has decided to use force without limit to gain it’s desires, is this to be opposed, or not? But implicit in deciding to oppose that means that victory only comes by re-shaping the nation which launched the war. In short, if we are to intervene militarily – meaning, we weren’t necessarily directly attacked, but we’re going to war, anyway – then not only is there to be war, but there will be nation-building afterwards. If we decide to retreat to Fortress America, then all that needs be done is deflect the attack, and take back any of ours which fell to the enemy.
A case can be made either way – there is no “right” answer. It is a matter completely subject to prudential judgement.
Excellent. Mark, with your historian mindset I kind of thought you would shed some light and expand on this. Thank’s for doing so.