Open Thread

Democrats are convinced that Trump will lose because Bevin lost in Kentucky last night (presumptively: as of this moment, still no concession on the part of Bevin but with him behind 4,700 votes its unlikely he’ll prevail). The Democrats – and the Never Trump Tru-Con Experts – are sure of this because Bevin lost by being blown out in the ‘burbs…and that means Trump is toxic in the ‘burbs and – presto! – say hello to President Warren.

Not so fast: while Bevin was getting crushed in the ‘burbs, all the other GOP Statewide contenders were destroying their Democrat opponents. So, it looks as though it was merely Bevin who was unpopular. I hadn’t paid much attention to it all but what I’ve been able to find is that Bevin is, apparently, quite an abrasive personality and there wasn’t a single group he hadn’t offended at some time…his approval rating is something like 36%. So the real news is that Trump nearly dragged a political carcass across the finish line. And we got as our GOP consolation prize the new Attorney General of Kentucky, Daniel Cameron…who does appear to be quite an impressive man who should go far…that he’s the first GOP AG since 1948 and the first ever African-American AG for Kentucky is just icing on the cake.

OTOH: Virginia went pretty Blue last night – on the back of Democrat power in DC-dependent northern Virginia. I don’t know how we flip VA back to red…though Trump’s plan to move federal departments out of DC might help. My advice to VA people who don’t want their State to become East California is to set up South Virginia…break up the State. Let the Democrats have their DC suburbs.

Eric Ciaramella – recently outed by Don, Jr on Twitter – appears to be the whistleblower: and he’s what you expect…a partisan hack. This is why the Democrats and the MSM (BIRM) wanted to keep him anonymous. But it is absurd to keep him anonymous. We, the people, have an absolute right to know all relevant details about whomever is accusing any public official of corruption. It is the only way we’ll be able to tell if there is something real, or if its just a partisan hit job. As this whole impeachment thing is a partisan hit job, the quicker we get the truth out the quicker we can force the Democrats to drop the charade – which is what I expect they’ll do. I don’t know, of course, but I don’t believe the Democrats want to have a Senate trial where Cocaine Mitch will set the agenda.

ABC spiked the Epstein story in 2016 because prominent Democrats – including the Clintons in an election year – were involved. You know that’s why; I know that’s why: everyone knows that’s why. You weren’t at all surprised when the story broke about the cover up. Here are some things to think about:

1. It isn’t just Epstein. Rest assured there are lots and lots of other scandals the MSM is keeping a tight lid on because their revelation would put powerful Democrats at risk.

2. Those Conservatives who were only mildly critical – making comments about how this was just not a good look for ABC – are traitors. They are angling for MSM gigs and will knife us in the back if they think it’ll help secure one.

3. As the MSM is proven to be bald-faced, partisan liars…anyone who pays attention to their reporting, polls or analysis of politics is either monumentally stupid, or a liar, themselves.

From Carpe Donktum:

Remember when the entire media had a panic attack over Trumps comments on the Access Hollywood tape? While this was going on, those same people knew that Epstein was raping children… and then decided to cover it up.

As I’ve said: in relation to his opponents, Trump is the morally superior person.

Our Matt points out that Sondland’s changed testimony is not proof of an impeachable offense. I go a bit further: it proves Sondland’s a liar.

The Moral Necessity of Voting for Trump (and the GOP)

There is a lot of talk about morality and norms of late – mostly in relation to Trump and how he is destroying both. We’ve all seen it: the endless stream of opinions deploring how Trump is corrupting America and destroying what we are. The corollary to this is that we must do whatever we can to get rid of Trump…even to electing Democrats. The bottom line in all this: nothing can possibly be worse than Trump.

Yeah, right.

Recently, Democrats have made serious proposals to pack the courts, abolish the electoral college and abolish the Senate (or reapportion it based on population). They assert the 2nd Amendment does not secure an individual right to bear arms and that the 1st Amendment does not protect “hate speech”. They believe that illegal aliens should vote, that no ID be required to vote and that unknown and unaccountable activists be allowed to “ballot harvest” on election day. The sum total of these proposals is an insistence that in no way, shape or form should anyone non-left be able to secure power in the United States and that once the left obtains power there should be no restrictions on the use of that power.

All of this stems from the leftist belief that they are absolutely right and those who oppose them are not merely wrong, but immoral in their views. I, as a Conservative, don’t want people to be judged by the content of their character because I believe it is right to do so: I want that because I’m an evil person who wishes to perpetuate injustice to benefit myself. The left, if given enough power for a long enough time, will implement, in one form or another, every one of these proposals (and more, besides) because they believe that the very survival of the human race and the planet depends upon it – and they will brook no opposition from anyone.

Do you want that? Do you want yourself to eventually be declared mentally incompetent because you will not assert that a woman can have a penis? And then have your right to bear arms and fly on airplanes denied because, as a crazy female-penis-denier, you’ve been placed on a government list prohibiting such people from doing those things? Do you want your religion forced to teach things that deny the things your religion asserts are true? Do you want your wealth confiscated in the name of fighting climate change and you forced to move into a densely populated city where you’ll have no car, no proper sanitation and whether or not you can be employed will be determined by a social credit system run by leftists? Do you want your government chosen in a flurry of urban ballot-box stuffing? Do you think I’m kidding when I say this is where the left wants to take us? And do you think for a moment they won’t go there if they have the means to do so?

We can all wish for a different set of circumstances. I could wish I was six feet tall, good looking and rich. But, the fact of the matter is that I’m five feet, seven inches, kinda dumpy looking and I think I could scrounge money for a meal at Jack in the Box if you’re hungry. Because of these circumstances, in my life I’ve had to get ahead on sheer hard work and an ability to be charming. You work with what you’ve got, in other words. And in politics, right now, what we’ve got is President Trump and the GOP – and, God help us all, that is what stands between us and a leftist disaster.

As an aside, do not doubt the left’s sincerity. They really believe they are right. They aren’t doing this for fun. I’ve been watching them a lot of late and they are seriously convinced of stuff you and I find absurd. And there is no way to talk them out of it: they are armored from ear to ear and simply won’t listen to contrary ideas or facts (the rare liberal who does wake up tends to prove the rule). They are going to do what they want because they think that they are helping – that by forcing you to say things you believe are untrue; by forcing you to surrender your property; by forcing you to live like an urban hipster, they are making you a better person and building a better world. And if you really get out of line, their punishment of you is also just for your own good…to prevent you from poisoning the minds of other people. Take them seriously and take them at their word.

So, what can we do? Well, as I noted above, I’d like different circumstances – I’d like the perfect GOP President and Congress and party organization which would do everything exactly right at all times. But, we aren’t going to get that. We’re going to have to go with what we have: Trump and the current GOP. Somehow or another, we have to award them absolute political victory in 2020 and beyond (I’d say we dare not let Democrats obtain Executive power for at least 20 years; hopefully that long out of power will force the Democrats to change). It is either vote for Trump and the GOP, or allow Democrats who are committed to enforcing a series of lies and imposing a series of oppressions to sustain the lies. It really is a time for choosing: which do you want? A flawed GOP plus Trump who’s heart is clearly in the right place, or Democrats who are pledged beforehand to destroy everything which you hold dear?

To me, there isn’t any question: if I want to live in a society where truth may be spoken; where property can be owned; where people can live as they wish; where laws are enforced, then I’ve got no choice but to back Trump and the GOP. And keep backing them until such time as we’ve either entirely rebuilt the barriers against tyranny in this country, or Democrats change back into a party where truth is allowed. It is a moral requirement, in my view, that I vote for Trump and the GOP in 2020. To do otherwise is to betray not just my moral code, but the very concept of morality. It may seem weird that a billionaire playboy works out to be the Tribune of truth and decency, but that is actually the way the world works: often it is the most unlikely person imaginable who turns out to have been granted the talisman of truth. Don’t ask me why it wound up being Trump (and Mitch McConnell) – I don’t know. Don’t really care, either. They are what they are – and they’ve all I’ve got; so, I’m going to do the right thing in 2020.