Michael Anton (aka Publius Decius Mus) very, very rarely underwhelms. This is no exception. He lays out the strategy of the left and the uselessness of the NeverTrump Right.
None of the indictment is novel or complicated. The bottom line is the Left has abandoned any recourse to objectivity, due process or even sanity. All’s fair in love and war and everything is war for the Left. Character assassination, perjury, intimidation, harassment of wives and children and any amount of media manipulation are not only acceptable but mandatory. The #metoo playbook requires the accused to curl up in the fetal position and allow every kick from the sisterhood to land squarely. And it requires every good Republican loser to join the accused on the floor for his well earned kicks. And right on cue Flake curls up and presents his “head” for kicking.
But, surprise, surprise, neither Kavanaugh, Trump or even McConnell played dead. They decided to fight back instead and they even won.
Anton says that the bright spot in this nightmare is that the orgy of dishonesty against one of their own (Kavanaugh is a Beltway insider) is bound to wake up many of the establishment Republicans from their stupor. He thinks this tawdry exercise is providing an example to the spineless Republican leadership of what it’s like to stand up to a leftist lynch mob and win. Maybe next time a psychotic leftist harpy accuses a man of some crime of passion that no one in his right mind would want to commit on her the Republicans will wise up and laugh her out of the Capitol Building. Maybe, but I wouldn’t bet on it, the worthless worms.
The Gillibrand Standard
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.
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
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
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.
America Is Not the Common Property of All Mankind
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.
NeverTrump is Now NeverSCOTUS
The author uses a list of qualifications that President Trump lacks to show why he should be unable to screw things up the way the experts in the Bush, Obama and Clinton White Houses were supremely gifted at doing. Kinda fun.
Thank God Trump Isn’t a Foreign Policy Expert
Professor Codevilla must be reading my Trump vs … parodies. But I like it and endorse President Trump to at least put the first item into action. Just don’t wait until Labor Day. Do it now.
President Trump’s September Surprise
Walsh reviews the pedigree of the bureaucracy’s hold on Washington going back to the Progressives proclaiming the need for wise men to tell us rubes what’s best. Pretty good read. Like his example at the end of the Trump alternative. Put our embassy in Jerusalem and tell the Israelis we won’t punish them for defending their own people from rioters and terrorists.
Great Men, Black Swans, and the End of the Mandarins
My post here is an echo of an echo. Hanson is giving a description of Conrad Black’s biography of Trump, “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other“. Victor Davis Hanson is very often a good read, no matter the subject, and this article is no different. It has inspired me to get this biography even though I recently read a different (and less friendly one) one. I liked Hanson’s review so I reviewed it! Seriously, there’s nothing groundbreaking in this article but if you are interested in the biography and like Hanson’s style it’s a nice read.
[post script – After further reflection this is actually an echo of an echo of an echo. I’m writing about Hanson writing about Black writing about Trump]
Why Trump Is a President Like No Other