Andrew Klavan has been making me laugh and think since I found him at PJ Media about a decade ago. His “Klavan on the Culture” videos were hilarious and brilliant skewering of leftist thought and action that brightened up many a depressing day of the Bush and Obama presidencies. He continues his video presence on the Daily Wire but he put up an article at PJ Media that was linked on Real Clear Politics ( https://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2017/05/05/thanks-gop/ ) that I think addressed the endless negativity that not only defines the MSM but also infects right wing publications on a daily basis. Klavan is far from a Trump cheerleader. He’s a smart guy who sees the contradictions we are living with. The alleged intellectual leaders of the republican party were complicit with the progressives in handing over the government (all three branches) to radicals who have basically dismantled our world and reassembled it into a grotesque parody that assaults our moral and physical senses with its depravity. The spectacle of men masquerading as women in every corner of the public space is only the latest symptom of the systemic infection that has been allowed to overrun the normal outline of our world. It’s a case of life outdoing art and so much so that a Fellini movie would now be considered a taming down of the real world.
So, the thesis of his article is that Trump and the Congress should be cut a little slack. They have lately been making headway in reining in the excesses of the former administration and have even made some progress toward improving the situation. One point that I thought was important, was that Trump took advantage of a rule (the Congressional Review Act) that allows any government regulation less than 60 days old to be deleted with almost no effort at all. He set about the job of negating all the poison pill regulations that Obama enacted after finding out Trump had won the election. Klavan noted that the New York Times (“a former newspaper” as he always adds) decried this Trump action, in a tear drenched article, as a part of the demolition of the Obama legacy. This panic on the left hardly jibes with the non-stop lamentations that the right wing has been ululating for the last week or so. So, what is going on then? Who is right?
Isn’t it lucky for all of you that I’m here in all of my Olympian objectivity and divine wisdom to pronounce on who is right and who is wrong and the generic whichness of what?
Of course it is.
Well they’re both right (of course). The right wing faithful are rightly aggrieved at the current state of affairs and the slowness of improvement. With the Presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court all nominally under right wing majority you would expect the guillotine working overtime piling up the severed heads of progressive malefactors at the base of Capitol Hill. You would imagine Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton and Barney Frank would be in the docket trying to plead for clemency while a special prosecutor was loading up a list of high crimes and misdemeanors long enough to reach the orbit of Mars. Rats like Stephen Colbert, Lena Dunham and Al Gore would be reduced to pushing shopping carts around on the streets of Los Angeles hoping to score a cheese rind or grapefruit peel from the dumpster behind the local Trader Joe’s.
And the republicans in government are right to remember how the American people punished them for shutting down the government when Clinton rejected their budget balancing work in the 1990s. That left a mark that they never forgot. Careers were ended and democrats took seats in red states. It’s pretty much a truism that people get the government that they deserve.
So I’m going to throw the tie to Trump on this one. He’s making a dent. And one other thing Klavan notes in his article, Trump’s continual trolling of the left is a gift that keeps on giving. It enrages them and provokes them to ever higher heights of moonbattery (e.g. Colbert’s recent ravings). These people have reached a frothing state that’s bound to take a toll on their public image. Whereas Trump’s rating seems to be slightly rising.
So in conclusion, the sky is not falling and I’m not even close to being tired of winning.