ZMan talks about the present disruption that afflicts young men and women and how it has led to all the aberrant behavior we see today. His conclusion is that the society we’ve allowed to evolve no longer functions to bring men and women together to form normal functioning families. Well, that seems accurate. But it doesn’t go into what needs to be done. I think it goes without saying that leaving things the way they are will only make the problem worse. What needs to happen is for the society at large to incentivize young people to get married and raise families. Lobby for government policies that make families affordable; school vouchers, tax deductions for dependents and a subsidy for married stay at home moms, tax benefits for companies that provide family benefits to their employees. And on the individual front it’s necessary for all of us to start recreating traditional social organizations to provide a place for young people to meet. If the churches and the old line fraternal organizations have been converged and destroyed it’s necessary to form new ones. With the Supreme Court finally out of liberal hands perhaps it’s possible that the right of free association may resurface and we can again organize our personal lives to exclude the mentally ill and the disruptively abnormal. I think we’re in a bad place but I think it will improve when we have more control over the anti-traditional forces that are continuously attacking the normal roles of men and women in a functional society. Anyway, that’s my thought.
What a guilty pleasure! Here’s an analysis of why the Blue Wave has turned to Red and synergy between the SCOTUS hearings and the Red State Dem Senators up for re-election in the upcoming mid-terms could turn into a real boon for the Republicans. Enjoy.
Michael Anton (aka Publius Decius Mus) performs a fisking of Bret Stephens’ paean to untrammeled immigration. It goes without saying Bret doesn’t come off very well. Can you imagine Stephens used to be considered conservative? It’s a long article and I doubt Bret even deserves the honor of this much attention but Mr. Anton does cover the bases very thoroughly. I would say this article is preaching to the choir but if you are interested in just how crazy the house conservatives at the New York Times have become check out Anton’s dissection of exhibit A.
As the Conservative Treehouse linked to the results of the Harvard-Harris monthly poll we find three very encouraging results. Look at the answer percentages on these three questions:
Do you think current border security is adequate or inadequate? 61% Inadequate / 39% Adequate
Do you support or oppose building a combination of physical and electronic barriers across the U.S.-Mexico border? 60% Support / 40% Oppose
Do you think that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, known as ICE, should be disbanded or not? 31% Disbanded / 69% Not Disbanded
And this poll skews to the left with 37% Democrat, 32% Republican and 29% Independent. Look at that number, 60% support building a wall. That represents basically all the Republicans and all the Independents. But if you go to the Harris Poll site and look up Harvard Harris you’ll see this headline:
“Latest Harvard-Harris Poll Finds More than 6 in 10 Registered Voters Oppose Border Wall Between U.S. and Mexico.”
But that’s the opposite result. How can that be? Well the poll they tout was taken back in April and preceded this one. But wait a minute, you might say, how could 20% of the country change its mind in a month or two? And you would be right. That doesn’t happen. The older poll reflects what we’ve been fed from pollsters for the last decade. Americans want more immigration and they love those whacky, fun-loving drug runners from M13. We can’t get enough of their idiosyncratic drive by machine gunning and intimidation of our high school children. What’s not to love?
So how did the new headline occur? I don’t think you’ll find a documented answer that makes sense. I’ll give you my theory.
The narrative collapsed.
The people who put out these polls have a pretty wide latitude when it comes to selecting the participants, phrasing the questions and massaging the data they receive. And I think they use this elasticity to produce results like the 99.9% certainty that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. So, I’m guessing that the difference between the April poll and the June poll was relatively large, not twenty percent but maybe five percent. But my guess is that the real percentages in those two polls were 65% and 70%. But you’d say, wait a minute, that’s impossible. How could a 65% majority for the wall be turned into a 40% minority? That’s a 25% inaccuracy. And why then would they not just adjust the 70% to 45%. My theory is they’ve been maintaining the same narrative that they fabricated to prop up the Obama presidency and they juiced it as hard as they could during the Clinton campaign and they held out hope that the Resistance would bring down Trump’s popularity and allow his presidency to collapse. But the numbers keep moving farther and farther in the other direction and now they’re literally afraid of being caught cooking the books and losing their gig. After all, other pollsters are already showing different results on these same poll questions and it must be getting a little thick for our friends at Harris and Gallup. They don’t want to be the ones flapping in the breeze when the next Brexit or Trumpocalypse occurs. It might mean having to get real jobs. So the jig is up and they’ll have to start only slightly slightly tipping the scales, let’s say 5 to 10%.
And that got me thinking, what would it look like if the narrative collapsed completely? And what would it take to cause that implosion? My guess is that what would cause the implosion would be the success of the Trump Revolution. Specifically, if the Republicans hold onto the House and expand their lead in the Senate and use this majority to provide President Trump with the funds to build the wall and enforce the immigration laws and the country supports this effort by re-electing him convincingly, then all of this would be enough to collapse the Narrative completely.
So this is the long answer for why those poll answers seem so different from expectations. But there’s a short answer too. A one-word answer. Trump.
Ever since the primary debates he’s been telling us the Emperor’s New Clothes are fake news. Jeb! told us that illegal immigration was love. Trump told us it was crime. The Media and the pollsters said Trump was part of a small, shrinking, bigoted minority. The election showed that wasn’t so. He keeps hammering away at the lies and evasions. And he’s definitely winning. And they know it. And now they know that we know it too.
Emerald Robinson (don’t know her) over at the Spectator has a doozy. Oh the schadenfreude, it’s very delicious. Enjoy.
Julie Kelly has a nice article (NeverTrump is Now NeverSCOTUS) that reviews how the remaining NeverTrumpers have gone so far off the rails that they not only still deny Donald Trump’s achievement in saving the Supreme Court but even claim that throwing the next Court pick to the Democrats is the right thing to do. Guys like Bill Kristol want the Dems to take over the House and Senate just to destroy President’ Trump’s term in office. It’s hard to believe that they were ever actually on our side. In fact I don’t.
Well we’ll know soon enough. Today’s the last day of the session. Not sure I’m convinced.
Well, Well. He was right! Let the games begin!!!!!
There’s an old Air Force expression, “If you’re not catching flak, you’re not over the target.” Well the White House and the Cabinet are certainly taking plenty of flak. And I’m pretty sure it’s because they’re over the target. Yesterday I saw this headline 51% favor wall . And at the same time the media and the craziest of the Dems (e.g. Maxine Waters) started advocating harassing anyone to the right of Nancy Pelosi, Dems gin up a mob to harass the White House . It got so bad that Schumer and Pelosi had to come out publicly condemning open calls for harassment. I’m guessing that the Dems are starting to see the handwriting on the wall. They’ve gone from blustering about a blue tsunami to whistling past the graveyard, to full panic mode. Of course, desperation can spark irrational behavior and that can have unexpected results but on the whole, it looks to me like a sea change is beginning to occur in public opinion. When the public sees Italy closing its ports to refugee boats and even the Germans demanding an end to open borders it’s hard to not see the writing on the wall.
What’s next? Will Jeb Bush and Bill Kristol show up wearing MAGA hats and asking for face time with the President? Hopefully not but I wouldn’t be shocked to see them begin the great rapprochement. After all, the GOP establishment hated Reagan’s guts until he conquered the world. Then they canonized him.
As I stated previously, I’ve gone full-Pollyanna on the future under Trump and so I’m slightly delusional but I suspect that even the deepest pessimists are starting to see daylight.
Of course, the real test is when CNN or MSNBC switches sides. Expect to see Satan wearing mittens and a parka but don’t be too surprised when it happens. My guess is if the midterms go particularly well for the Republicans and Mueller throws in the towel then the floodgates will open and it will be everybody jumping on board the Trump Train.
Gee, do you think it’s too late for Rosie O’Donnell to mend those fences.
His thesis is that the Democrats ran out of gas in the 1970s and the only things that have kept them in the game since then is
- The Media’s mendacity
- The monumental uselessness of the Bush presidencies.
I think he has a point. Of course considering the demographic trajectory we are on it may have been enough to permanently doom us to Democrat hegemony.
Sundance over at CTH will be mining gold out of that report until long after Peter Strzok is wearing stripes in Sing Sing. Honestly, the list of broken laws and examples of political bias are endless. Our servant masters have grown arrogant indeed.