Are We on the Verge of Civil War?
Hanson is usually a good read and this article is relatively clear on why the US is such a polarized environment. But I have to wonder if it’s even necessary to ask the question any more as to whether the country is going to go through an (at least metaphorical) civil war. We’re already engulfed in it now. For the most part it doesn’t involve pitched battles and mortar rounds but the two sides are inextricably locked in a winner take all struggle. And unfortunately it’s also going to last for the rest of our lives (unless it does come to bullets and bayonets).
I think that is the reality I have finally come to terms with. The progressives will never change course. If we are to successfully resist imposition of the hive existence they are working toward, it will be necessary to formulate strategies that will succeed in the long run, not just for a day or an election cycle or even two. We need to build structures that are self sustaining and self correcting. The family is, of course, the basic unit and much needs to be done to strengthen it and protect it. That will require building local associations to replace the ones that have been infected. In the old day you had your church and the local civic organizations and organizations to promote children’s activities like sports teams and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Those are mostly in ruins. But that is where the most constructive effort can be directed, right at the grassroots. And I think this where the baby boomers might actually become part of the solution instead of the source of the plague. Parents are so busy with work and child rearing, they hardly have the time to start up new organizations. but grandparents do. It would be fitting that grandparents help to re-establish the world that increasingly is only remembered by people who were alive before the 1960s bulldozed traditional family values into oblivion.
This is something I’ve started to think about and I’ll try to formulate something coherent in the future but it’s good to acknowledge that we’re beyond the point of thinking things will go back to normal and that we’ll coalesce back into one nation anytime soon. We’re going to have to move forward.
The Z-Man, in addition to possessing the Voice of Saruman, does an excellent job of chronicling the evolution of political theory. Even for anyone who considers himself an accomplished student of political science this podcast is worth listening to. And the ending brings things right up to the present age of identity politics, social justice hysteria and right wing reaction. Highly recommended.
I skipped all the hoopla last week and after Kyl was named interim Senate replacement I figured I didn’t have to bother McCaining at all. But Angelo Codevilla wrote an article over at American Greatness and I find his stuff almost always exceptional. Well, it hit the right note for me so I’ll point to this one to anyone who is looking for a succinct summary of the whole McCain travesty. RIP.
The Kitchen Sink and John McCain
And believe it or not it kind of makes sense. Can we trade in USA.1.0 for USA.2.0? Stay tuned and see I guess.
Several months back President Trump stated that Mueller’s investigation must end before September in order to avoid interfering with the midterms. Well, there has been a little bit of back and forth about September 7th versus September 1st, but for all intents and purposes here we are. There are all kinds of rumbling in the media. The most tempting headlines come from politico and the New York Times so I skipped looking at those. Instead I’ll use my own marvelous logic to analyze the situation.
Tomorrow is September 1st and it’s a Saturday. Saturday is typically the perfect day to do something that you don’t want maximally covered in the news. What better day to fire Mueller! Do I think this will happen? I give it a 20% likelihood.
What I do hear, is that Giuliani is compiling a report on the deficiencies of the Mueller investigation. He is going to highlight the partisan decisions in the choice of targets. This will allow him to characterize the investigation as biased and therefore illegitimate. And this I assume will be the basis for pulling the plug on Mueller. I figure it’ll take at least a few weeks to unfold this little passion play. But I don’t imagine once it gets started that it’ll have to be much beyond September 15th before some definitive action will occur. My take on this is that it’s a 50% likelihood. It’s as likely as not to happen within the next two weeks.
And finally, what is the likelihood that nothing will happen until after the election. Well, previously I would have said very likely. But I think things seem to be shifting. That is reflected in a 30% likelihood. I think Mueller has done a lot of damage and seems to be intent on poisoning the mid-terms. President Trump recently said that Jeff Sessions will remain until after the mid-terms. I no longer think that’s true. I think it’s as likely as not that he’ll fire Sessions and begin a counter-attack against Mueller and company before the mid-terms.
Now what would that look like? I assume that firing Mueller, Sessions and Rosenstein will be just the tip of the iceberg. He must appoint a prosecutor to start actions against all the co-conspirators. He must begin proceedings to appoint replacements in the Justice Department and FBI. He must provide public information to the US citizenship and he must do all this without panicking the cowardly sheep in the Congress.
So, all of that’s fine. Good stuff. But look at the risk associated. The screeching from the media could be enough to throw the mid-terms to the Dems, even the Senate. So this is an enormous risk. Then why do I think it’s more likely than not that he will move before the midterms? Because Mueller is going to come out with a late October, maybe even early November surprise to absolutely sway the election. And I think Trump is a risk taker. I think he will roll the dice to prevent Mueller from calling the shots.
We definitely live in interesting times. If you have an opinion, leave it in the comments.
The New York Times published a story about a Facebook employee who started an employee group as a protest against the leftist mono-culture at the company. If you read the article you’ll see that all the charges he makes are reflections of the obvious and pervasive anti-conservative nature of Facebook . Since I try never to link to the Times I have a derivative article on zero-hedge. The fact that the New York Times published this item leads me to believe that this group inside Facebook will be the controlled opposition used to allow Facebook to pretend to be tolerant of other points of view.
The only good thing about all this is that it indicates the President is putting at least some pressure on these Silicon Valley types. Other than that I’m sure it will be business as usual at FacebookGoogleTwitter.
First, full disclosure, this is a link to a NY Post article so I won’t be luring you into clicking on a left-wing site. The Post is a clickbait nightmare but it’s decidedly right leaning. https://nypost.com/2018/08/18/cbs-news-pollster-reveals-why-blue-wave-is-unlikely/
Hearing them admit that the numbers don’t look anything like a Democrat landslide is music to my ears. I calculate that if CBS News, the home of 60 Minutes and the former home of Dan Rather, admits that the Blue Wave has been downgraded to a puddle that even a six-year-old wouldn’t bother jumping in then it’s time to start planning for what legislation President Trump will dictate to the spineless slugs that are the Republican Congressmen. Maybe they can repeal the Patriot Act and shut off the funding for Google and Facebook.
Seriously though, if the mid-terms end up going in our favor and we keep the House and gain at least three or four seats in the Senate, then President Trump has the potential of moving forward on several fronts. Most importantly he can get the funds for the wall. Then he can end the Mueller farce and finally clean out the Justice Department. After that I hope he continues with his plans to restore American business health by removing the incentives for companies to off-shore their factories to China. And he should continue filling the federal courts with conservatives. Imagine if he has the chance to flip the Ninth Circuit Court, that would be monumental. And finally, he needs to attack the leftist monopolies in the social media and internet advertising world. Maybe even bust them up. But definitely sic the Justice Department on their discriminatory practices. If he does those few things he’ll win the 2020 election by a landslide and he will make this not only a great country again but also a free country again.
Of course, here I am spinning everything in the rosiest light. Reality very rarely goes that far but even just knowing that the House probably won’t return to Nancy Pelosi’s control is a great victory. That will end the impeachment chanting and return the Dems to the pits of despair that they inhabited back in November 2016.
Think about that. It makes me want to go back to YouTube and watch that blue-haired screeching harpy flipping out in some kind of rage spiral screaming for some all-powerful parental figure (God?) to fix this before she had a heart attack. Or how about that great clip where the Young Turks start out at the beginning of election Day euphoric and smug and end up in despair with every third word bleeped out as the female component of the cast devolved into an expletive laced tirade against white women who voted for Trump. And who can forget the cutaways to Clinton Campaign Headquarters gradually going from riotous party to funereal despair over the course of the evening with the finale witnessing women and even apparently men sobbing uncontrollably over the fate of Hillary. And finally, we can’t pass up Rachel Maddow with her final statement that what the audience was watching wasn’t a nightmare but actual reality. Good times, good times.
I could have included the spectacle of Miley Cyrus lying on her bed weeping and moaning about how unfair it was for Hillary to lose because Hillary had waited so long and deserved it so much. But even my schadenfreude has limits. That video represents a vision of infantilization that I find too disturbing to even witness. After watching that spectacle, the competent authorities should have committed her to a lunatic asylum for ice water immersions and electro-shock therapy until they broke through her psychosis. Billy Ray, you let the world down.
Well anyway, things are looking up.
How can you blame him for taking the victory lap and congratulating his minions on a job well done?
Maybe next year the winning book will be a time travel adventure where a brave trans-gendered woman goes back in time and warns Hillary not to set up the server in her bathroom and also stops John Podesta from using the password “password” on the DNC e-mail system. And then she wins the Miss America pageant, marries George Clooney and cures breast cancer but not prostate cancer. Grand Slam!
Short article. David Horowitz walks us through a dust-up he had with Jonah Goldberg on Twitter. The venom spilled by Jonah at the end is predictable but what was interesting was Horowitz’s comments at the end cataloging examples of President Trump’s loyalty to his allies. Goldberg was pounding away at Trump’s infidelities to his wives. Horowitz is cataloging his ability to stand by associates that former Republican presidents would have thrown under the bus for convenience. I think Horowitz made the stronger case. I used to enjoy Jonah Goldberg’s witty column but he has let himself drift out to sea on the NeverTrump iceberg. Problem with icebergs as a transportation platform is they eventually melt away and leave you to drown in the middle of nowhere.
Trump’s Character and Trump’s Presidency