photog Goes Full-Pollyanna On the Trumpocalypse

Any fans of Tropic Thunder know by analogy that you never go full-Pollyanna.  And it would be wise for me to tamp down any outbursts of unbridled enthusiasm but I gotta tell you I can’t do it.  And this isn’t predicated on the IG report burying Comey & Company or Mueller calling it quits in the near future or even the Republicans holding onto the House.  I no longer think any of those things are required for Trump to get some big things done.  The country at large is starting to see what really is going on in their government and I think they see who is doing things that help them and who is not.  The G7 press conference and the Singapore meeting have provided President Trump with a stage from which to address the country directly.  They are seeing an active leader who actually addresses American concerns in the international arena.  Even his enemies like Bernie Sanders have no choice but admire his negotiating talent and ability to get off the dime with such tough customers as China and North Korea.

I think Donald Trump is intent on using his instincts for deal-making to renegotiate the globalization project in a way that re-establishes America as a manufacturing nation.  And I think Trump wants to dump all the international relationships with countries that hate America.  And that is my favorite side of him.  He is a vindictive bastard who holds a grudge like nobody’s business.  By a funny coincidence, so am I.  It would warm my vendetta-loving heart to see him giving all our many false friends in the United Nations a hearty heave-ho over the side of USS America First.  Every tin-pot Latin American, African and Middle Eastern dictator who ever chanted death to America should get evicted from his digs on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and sent packing back to the inhuman hellhole he came from.  And I think he intends to use the NAFTA negotiations to address the illegal immigration problem.  After all, why would you give free trading access to a country that openly advocates flooding your country with illegal aliens?  And I think the NAFTA negotiations are the basis for President Trump’s statement that Mexico will pay for the wall.  He will make them pay for the NAFTA agreement with a closed border and repatriation.

So that’s why I’m a big old optimist.  And every day The Donald says or does something that makes me smile or chuckle with unrestrained schadenfreude.  Every shot he takes at Hollywood or The Press or The Swamp or the Dems is music to my ears.  And now, even when I hear of the latest anti-Trump atrocity (like by that imbecile De Niro), I am only mildly amused to think that these buzzing gnats are impotently attacking a giant that doesn’t even have a weapon small enough to use on them.  They can only be mocked or ignore.

Of course, this does leave me with a problem.  Ginning up outrage is sorta my whole stock in trade.  I’m going to have to find a new source of outrage.  Hmmmm.  Well, I could go after nuns.  I still owe them payback for the 8th Grade.  That might work.  Okay Sister Gertrude, put on your game face, it’s on!

10JUN2018 – Looking Ahead to the News Week That Will Be

Camera Girl and I hosted some friends last weekend that we haven’t seen in almost thirty years.  Suffice it to say we had a lot of catching up.  Kids, grandkids, deaths, relocations, you name it.  And we definitely ate too much and stayed up too late.  So, I sort of lost rack of events.  I knew the G7 was going on and I read that the North Korean summit was coming up but I didn’t really pay much attention to the actual dates.

I come to find out that the G7 is over and the North Korea summit is coming up.  So, I watched a clip on CTH  https://youtu.be/WC0qDoAE2H4  of the President’s press conference after the G7 and in anticipation of the summit.  Man, this guy is so much fun.  He just bats these idiots in the press around like they’re punching bags.  I love the bravado and the shots he takes at his enemies and the pounding away at the message, “the era of taking advantage of the United States through tariffs is over.”

And when one reporter asks him a loaded question, Trump shoots back, “Who do you work for?”  When the reporter admits CNN, Trump smirks and says “Knew it, fake news.”

So, this week we have G7 results, North Korea summit and the report from the DOJ Inspector General.  The G7 was an example of pygmies posturing around a giant and not doing a very convincing job of it.  Trudeau from Canada made noises as if he were going to put Trump in his place.  But instead Trudeau just looked like a three-year-old holding his breath hoping to get his way.  With respect to North Korea, Trump was honest and said it was slightly better than fifty-fifty as to outcome.  But he seems fine in the knowledge and stresses that just making the effort is a worthwhile thing.  Personally, I have no illusions about the reliability of Kim.  But I definitely think something positive may develop simply because Trump likes to stir the pot and see what develops.  It makes me hopeful that he may interject himself personally into other areas of foreign affairs.

But the elephant in the room is the IG’s report.  At this point expectations have gotten so high that it’s almost inevitable that it will be a let-down.  Let’s face it, anything short of McCabe pointing the finger at Loretta Lynch will feel like the opener rather than the headliner.  I mean let’s face it, unless someone pretty big is facing a decade in prison he isn’t going to spill his guts on his bosses.  And make no mistake that’s the only thing short of firing that will put Mueller out of business.  I think the report is fifty-fifty.  It could be dynamite, it could be a nothing burger.  If no one is getting arrested (or at least indicted) I’ll consider it a huge disappointment and a major setback for the President’s agenda.

But just to reiterate, watching a President Trump speech or news conference is incredibly entertaining and encouraging.  I’ve said a million times, what we really need is for Trump to name a successor (not Pence) before the end of his term.  If we could bottle what he’s got it would make it possible to turn the table on these awful leftists and their endless onslaught against normalcy.

Trump vs The Big Boredom

Dramatis Personae: President Trump – (PT); Melania Trump – (MT); photog – (PH)

Scene 1- 8am White House West Wing; Presidential Living Quarters; President Trump and Melania sitting at the breakfast table

PT – Schmoopey, I’m telling you, I can’t take it anymore.

MT – Schmoopey, what is all this big deal about? What can you not take more of?

PT – Washington, I can’t stand this place anymore. It’s so boring. I’m ready to jump on Air Force One and go hang out with Putin.

MT – No, please Schmoopey do not. There are terrible women there who do not know what a shower is and so they wet the bed. Be wise. Stay far away from them.

PT – But I’ve got to do something or I’ll explode. Think of something.

MT – Can I call Vice Mike? He is a smart man.

PT – Nooo!!! He’s more boring than Crying Chuck Schumer. Maybe I should go see Bubba Clinton.

MT – You will not call that awful, awful man. The way he stared at me during your in-swearing made me think of the devil. Lying Hillary must be a witch to live with such a devil.

PT – Well then who is left?

MT – You must summon the photog.

PT – What, that loser? He’s no fun.

MT – But he knows about the boredom. He is after all poor.

PT – That’s true, I’ve seen the truck he drives. Sure, I’ll call him. If worst comes to worst I can have the Secret Service waterboard him, that might be fun.

MT – And you are smiling already!

Scene 2 – 8pm White House West Wing; Oval Office; President Trump sitting at desk, photog just entering the door.

PH – Here I am Mr. President.

PT – What the hell took you so long? I called for you ten hours ago.

PH – Mr. President, I was at work when you called. I didn’t get your call until I got back to my desk after a three-hour morning meeting.

PT – Desk? What about your cell phone?

PH – I don’t own one.

PT – For pity’s sake, what are you, Rip Van Winkle?

PH – They seem like an annoyance to me.

PT – Sure they’re annoying but how can you get anything done without one? How do you get your messages and read your tweets?

PH – Yeah, I manage to muddle through with a laptop and a land line. I don’t “tweet.”

PT – You’re like that frozen Neanderthal. They should put you in the American Museum of Natural History.

PH – Yes, that’s what they should do. Anyway, how can I help you.

PT – Well after finding out what a luddite you are I’m pretty sure you’re not the guy I should talk to about overcoming boredom. You’ve got snooze tattooed on your forehead in three inch letters.

PH – Well since you’ve already dragged me here why don’t we take a stab at it anyway. Why are you bored?

PT – What a stupid question! I’m bored because Washington is the most boring place on earth. Everybody is a phony and a liar and a loser.

PH – Actually that is true. Why don’t you get out of Washington once in a while and talk to some actual humans instead of Washington pod people?

PT – I can’t. The Secret Service keeps me penned up in here like a zoo animal.

PH – Well, they let you do those arena events where you talk to the crowd.

PT – Yeah, but that’s just me talking. I’m pretty much sick of hearing myself talk and tweet and everything else. I want to get some interesting talk.

PH – Hmmm. Well how about your voters? They’re an interesting group.

PT – photog, if you’re representative of them then I can’t afford to let them know just how much I despise them. For instance, I can barely restrain myself from having the Secret Service waterboard you just to shut you up.

PH – Thanks so much. Well look, the people who voted for you run the gamut from idiots to geniuses, saints to sinners, billionaires to bums. If you want to hear some interesting stuff figure out how to engage all these people in some communication with your government. You tweet, but that’s a few words at a time and it’s a one-way flow of information. You need something like your rallies but with some kind of messaging. Maybe a live stream event. If you can get a team to sift through the messages you’ll find a gold mine of interesting questions and suggestions. And you can craft answers to those questions and you’ll find that it will capture the imagination of the right wing if they feel like they can talk to the President. And you’ll have interesting things to talk about and you won’t be bored.

PT – You know, that’s not the stupidest idea I ever heard.

PH – So, do you think you’ll do it?

PT – Either that or nuke Sweden. It’s six of one, half dozen of the other.

PH – Wow. Well, is there anything else?

PT – No, you can go now. Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. But make sure you tell the Secret Service that the aterway oardingbay is ancelledcay.

PH – Good seeing you again too, Mr. President.

 

On a more local note I’ve been intrigued by the general dearth of comments.  Now this is my first blog so maybe it’s how it works but I’m curious, so I have a survey poll on it.  I’ll leave it on the next few posts and I look forward to the info I get.

11MAY2018 – American Greatness Post of the Day

Chris Buskirk interviewed Michael Anton ( link ) about his tenure in the Trump Administration.  There are a number of interesting things in the interview.  But toward the end they talk a bit about Anton’s opinion of Donald Trump.  As opposed to the usual disillusionment we typically hear from former administration members Anton is extremely positive about his former boss.  Here are the more important ones I gleaned from the audio interview.

“He was just right about the issues that mattered right now and that’s why I supported him.”

“I knew him reasonably well … wasn’t having dinner with him … was a staff guy … but was around him a lot over the course of fifteen, sixteen months.”

“Liked him enormously, respected him enormously …  there is a patriotic core to him that burns very hot.”

“He’s in it for the right reason, is doing it for the right reason … he didn’t have to do any of this.”

“He’s governing as President almost purely out of love for this country.”

Both Buskirk and Anton were educated at Claremont-McKenna College and were pupils of Harry Jaffa who was associated with the Claremont Institute.  I have found the people associated with the Claremont Institute to be extremely aware of what is currently at stake in our political situation and perceptive about the actual value of the various players on the political landscape.

Heinlein – What Was He?

I’m a Heinlein fan.  That’s not to say I like everything he wrote.  I believe “I Will Fear No Evil” is remarkably bad.  I know of several other of his books that I don’t think very highly of.  But a lot of what he wrote, especially during his heyday was very good.  And comparing him to those writing at the time when he came on the scene it is striking how much better he was.

So why was that?  What made him so good?  First of all, I think Heinlein happened to be a very intelligent man.  Secondly, he was well educated and this included the fact that he had an upper middle-class upbringing that included good literature.  Thirdly, he had a decent work ethic.  Between these things he probably brought much more to the table than most of his peers.  And finally, I think he modelled his stories not on other science fiction authors but rather on successful authors in the wider literary world.  And I think this has been recognized for a long time.  Many years ago, I read some literary criticism that posited that Heinlein had taken Kipling’s British Raj and mapped it onto the Solar System or some such thing.  Another critic said that Heinlein created America as Science Fiction.  While I don’t think either of these premises are completely true I think they hint at the fact that Heinlein wanted to take science fiction out of its ghetto and make it interesting to the grown-ups.

And to a great extent, he succeeded.  Especially in his early future history stories, the feel is very much of a mid-twentieth-century American dynamism.  It combines wit, enthusiasm and confidence.  It belongs with such other products of the time as John Houston’s motion pictures The Maltese Falcon and Treasure of the Sierra Madre.  He has turned the American Century into the source for his characters and their ethos.  And in some of his stories like Citizen of the Galaxy and Double Star, Heinlein did borrow some of the flavor of Kipling’s British Empire.

But really all this shows is that Heinlein wanted his stories to belong to the Anglo-American tradition of storytelling.  He recognized good work and he incorporated the spirit of the best works from his time and of the literary past that he enjoyed and projected them on the future.

Some might say that he thereby lacked originality.  This may be somewhat true.  But it is also universal.  Even James Joyce when he wrote his stream of consciousness in Ulysses is using Homer for his plot basis.  And to the extent that Ulysses is original it is also a failure as literature.  Every writer borrows from the past.  He has to.  As Solomon said, there is nothing new under the sun.  The trick is making it new and making it your own.  I think Heinlein was well within fair usage.

Coming back to the question of what Heinlein was, I believe he was the right man at the right time.  He was an intelligent, literate American at just the moment in the American Century when science fiction was becoming mainstream and relevant to the culture.  Atomic bombs and space craft were crossing over from science fiction to front page headlines.  Science fiction readers were seeing their stories become respectable and even literary.  Legitimate periodicals included some of the more refined writers between the glossy covers.

Will we see his like again?  I would have to say no.  Not so much because he was some towering genius, but because the times have changed.  No one would mistake our present culture for 1930s America.  Even in the depths of the Great Depression there was an optimism and solidarity that just doesn’t exist anymore.  Authors today reflect that despair.  And maybe that is interesting to some, a sort of decline of the Roman Empire sensibility, but I don’t think it lends itself to good storytelling.  Even in the most realistic story I think you need something beyond fatalism and ennui.  Otherwise it feels like the story is not even worth your time to read.

But, of course, maybe a change is just around the corner and an American renaissance is on the horizon.  Well, if that’s the case, I better reread Green Hills of Earth.  Delilah and the Space Riggers?  Sure why not?

19APR2018 – Quote of the Day

When John Paul Jones was engaging a much abler ship than his own Bon Homme Richard in the British Serapis he ran the bow of his ship into the stern of the Serapis.  When the British commander mockingly asked “Has your ship struck?” Jones answered,

“I have not yet begun to fight.”

And later on as his ship was badly damaged and again he was asked if he’d surrender he declared,

I may sink, but I’ll be damned if I strike!

His ship did sink but he had already captured the Serapis at this point.

Who’s Running the Asylum?

With all the items in the news about Silicon Valley de-platforming anyone that doesn’t parrot the Progressive Talking Points it is becoming crystal clear that we are no longer one nation, indivisible. We are demonstrably two nations.    And what is also becoming clear is that we don’t like each other at all.  Of course most of us don’t react the way the YouTube shooter reacted to her demonetization.  But she was a vegan so that may be an extenuating circumstance.  Regardless, we are seeing a sea change in the way Americans react to each other.  And nothing makes this point more than who we elected President.  And Trump was a direct result of Obama.  Obama was the moment when the Left took off the mask and went for broke.  The Democrats used up all their political capital to get Obamacare over the finish line.  It cost them the House and the Senate and a bunch of state legislatures and governorships.  And once he lost the legislative option he started using  Executive Orders and the Justice Department to start punishing the country for rejecting his agenda.  He supported BLM thuggery and punished the police any chance he got.

So now it’s our turn. President Trump is a gigantic thumb in the eye to all the Obama Administration personnel hanging onto their executive branch jobs.  He cancels all the programs they favor and prunes away the excess jobs that they dole out to their various sychophants.  And he always adds insult to injury.  He mocks them on Twitter and names names.  He continues to provide help to the normal people.  He goes after the illegal immigrants and the criminals and he calls them names while doing it.  It’s like having George Costanza as President.  Spite is almost the highest policy imperative there is.

And where does this all go? Damned if I know.  I expect the program to continue as long as Trump is President.  I hope he makes a second term.  Eight years with him in charge may be enough to break down the Deep State.  And if he manages to tutor Pence or some other hopeful republican in the nuances of Trumpian politics maybe we can get a total of sixteen years under a non-leftist regime.  And that should be enough to find out if there are enough Americans left in America to take back the country from the lunatics.  I’m pretty sure it’s a long shot.  We’ve never been able to string together enough luck to do more than slow down the long march down the slippery slope to Hell but at least we have a shot.

But, enough daydreaming. Let’s look at what we have to look forward to in the next couple of years.  Google and Facebook and Microsoft and Amazon and all the other thought-police are going to demonetize anyone they don’t like (which is us) and try to completely de-platform the right wing.  And for the most part they will succeed.  Will the right-wing manage to build its own platforms?  Maybe.  Will it happen smoothly? No.  But I have a feeling that the Silicon Valley Grandees will have plenty of their own problems.  President Trump doesn’t particularly like them.  And he has a funny way of making trouble for the folks he doesn’t like.  So I think it will be an interesting world we’ll live in and I think it’ll be bumpy but I think we are going to see the landscape begin to tilt in our direction.  Hopefully I don’t sound too optimistic but I think those who are discouraged should be patient.  Do your part.  Support the stuff you like and support Trump.  He’s our last best hope.