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With the plethora of recent, pressing subjects to write about, it’s difficult to choose just one. How does one sum up the current heated political landscape in a simple letter. How does one convey compassion and concern with the Corona, COVID-19, Wuhan or whatever it’s called outbreak and its lingering consequences?
I do not know exactly, being the mere mortal that I am. However, as Admiral David Farragut famously cried out “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead”.
Let’s start with the political landscape. Some have said this season’s election cycle is the most divisive ever. I am not sure about that claim as I haven’t been around forever. What I do know, is that politics by its own nature is divisive. It’s supposed to be. So, politics it’s not necessarily bad as some have insinuated.
Americans are witnessing a planned well financed all-out attack on its core values, principles and imperfect history upon which it stands. One of which is, “one Nation under God”. This very phrase being omitted from the oration of the Pledge of Allegiance, not once but twice, in error (sure) at the recent Democrat Convention. Perhaps it was an honest omission but I seriously doubt it. More likely, it’s an insight into their vision of the United States. A vision devoid of God and replaced with the tyranny of the state. So perhaps the new pledge will be One Nation under US (the state, their state). A frightening prospect at best.
Speaking of the DNC and Democrats….
The violence in the mostly Democrat controlled cities, large and small, continues under the guise of Social Justice protests. Nothing about the violence and rioters is about justice. Mind you, I am not talking about the protest and protesters. As long as the protests remain peaceful and are conducted in daylight, they remain legitimate. However once darkness falls it’s been painfully obvious that the peaceful protests turn into violent riots. One doesn’t participate in a peaceful protest armed to the teeth with bats, bricks, hammers, crowbars, face shields and professional grade gas masks. No, this equipment is for one reason and one reason only. To engage in violence and riot. It’s not about social justice, nor anyone who has been a victim of injustice. The weapon wielding rioters are using the excuse of social justice for BLM as an excuse to burn down, loot and plunder. And the BLM organization is more than happy to have these ill-informed and ill-intentioned rioters unleash anarchy on the streets of America.
As with most people, Black lives matter to me. I too have Black friends and co-workers. However, it is necessary to point out that the BLM organization doesn’t represent most Black lives. How do I know. Go to their web site and read. Research their founders, their history and their current ideology. Look at Chicago and the number of Black lives lost due to the murderous gangs. All one gets from the BLM organization is complete silence. They don’t care about Chicago, Portland and most recently Kenosha. They simply don’t give a hoot about any community suffering under gangs in Black neighborhoods. It doesn’t fit their agenda. Those thousands of Black lives do not matter to them. So, what does matter to them?
For one thing, it’s power. More specifically it’s political power. They are using the social justice mantra as a cover to cause division, incite violence and perpetrate a coordinated assault on America, its institutions and its people (you and me).
They masquerade as a benevolent and worthy cause while they continue to implement the downfall of this country.
I will continue to care and support my Black friends, co-workers and fellow citizens. However, I will not offer the same for an Organization which is Marxist (Socialist/Communist) and anti-freedom at its very dark sinister core.
I pray that the violence will end. And end just as quickly as it began. I pray for and will support real social justice. I pray people will see through the charade of the Organization that supposedly champions social justice. I pray for all Americans, no matter what their skin color, to live peacefully while they pursue their dreams and live their lives.
So, let us be adults and act as adults. Caring, kind, compassionate, ready to defend one another from the evils that sometimes ensnare us.
A man far better and immeasurably superior to me, said “Blessed are the peace makers for they will be called the children of God”.
What will you do?
I saw Vox Day had a link to an article and an excerpt about Red Bull firing their North American Chief Executive and Chief Marketing Officer because they were pushing a BLM diversity and inclusion racket at the company. Apparently Red Bull is run by a billionaire CEO Dietrich Mateschitz in Austria and he’s old school. He even likes Donald Trump. Apparently these two were leading a social justice crusade. They leaked a letter to the press where 300 employees complained about Red Bull’s lack of wokeness. I’m guessing those 300 whiners may be joining the ranks of the unemployed woke very soon. I’m not the kind to drink energy drinks but I’ll have to see how to give a boost to a company that has its head screwed on right like they do.
I’ve started reading Stanislaus Lem’s “Cyberiad.” War Pig had mentioned it and I remember I was interested in reading some more of his stuff way back when. It’s off-beat and very humorous and that’s something you don’t get in sf&f very often so I’m thinking this will be good.
I’m looking for someone who has a background in guns to write some articles on classic and state of the art handguns. I’ve always thought those kind of articles will be popular and useful for the readers here. If anyone is interested leave a comment or e-mail.
I’ll put up a review of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” It’s not my usual movie but it was recommended and it has some interesting points. But it is a Quentin Tarantino film and he is a strange dude.
I’ve gotten some more of Olivier’s Shakespeare movies. I’ll throw those on the pile and watch them soon. I’m thinking I need to do a series on classic westerns. I should make a point of buying the dvds before the studios decide to destroy them out of woke spite.
And finally I made a point of buying a Columbus biography written before the revisionists blackened his name. It should be just the thing for ammunition against the brainless when they screech against him.
So today is the President’s birthday. I wish it would be a more peaceful time for him but that is not in the cards. But I wish for him the strength he’ll need to deal with the madness that is engulfing our world.
I have a post I wrote yesterday but it already is somewhat overtaken by events. I may strengthen it or just skip it. Things are accelerating and we may see resolution of some things and new priorities emerging. But certain things still hold. Ground yourself in reality and focus on the things that will be important to you regardless of the outcome of political and cultural events.
We’re getting into unknown territory. Some of the rules we thought were laws of nature are starting to break down. Don’t take too much for granted. Situational awareness could be very important. If you live in or adjacent to unstable areas be especially careful until things settle down. Keep in touch with family members and be ready to lend support if the need arises.
So as Sgt. Phil Esterhaus used to say on Hill Street Blues, “let’s be careful out there.”
President Trump seems to understand effective use of military assets. Apparently, he is leveraging intelligence capabilities, possibly Israeli, to surgically remove key actors that pose the greatest threat to our interests in the Middle East. Qasem Soleimani was known to be the operational brains behind the Iranian proxy strategy that allowed them to sow chaos and control large swaths of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq without the necessity of sending significant numbers of Iranian fighters into those areas.
Knowing precisely where and when to send a drone weapon requires real time eyes on the target. I would be surprised if it was an American agent that provided this intel. Maybe it was an Iranian or an Iraqi but it is surprising to think we have that network in place there.
Regardless of the source of the intel. President Trump has demonstrated that, militarily, he is very careful about engaging in military operations but he isn’t averse to using them when the reward is extremely valuable. Killing fifty or even several hundred street fighters in Baghdad or Syria is relatively counterproductive. The reduction in the number of hostile gunmen is negligible and the ill will it produces significant. But killing Soleimani represents a force multiplier of several orders of magnitude above killing even a few hundred gunmen. His strategic and tactical value is hard to overemphasize. Soleimani’s network of personal connections and his power within the Iranian regime will not be quickly replaced. While some other agent will be placed in his spot it is not likely that the same level of effectiveness will be realized soon or even over the long haul. Good generals are relatively rare and ones who can work cooperatively with far-flung and dissimilar groups even less common. Good.
This willingness to use military capability is surprising to me. There are so many possibilities for disaster that I am surprised that President Trump has ventured to perform these missions. But maybe I underestimate just how critical was the need to eliminate Soleimani. We still have untold thousands of servicemen in the Mid-East. It’s possible that the Iranians have been ramping up the violence of their proxies in order to embarrass President Trump who has proven to be much tougher on them than the groveling Obama. Or maybe I have underestimated President Trump’s military abilities. I won’t anymore.
It is painful to think that if someone like President Trump had been in the White House after 9/11 that the United States might have achieved all the strategic aims called for by that tragedy without the disastrous cost in American lives and the other unanticipated consequences of George W. Bush’s inept wartime command. Handled differently, all the weapons programs of Iraq and Iran might have been confiscated and all the middle eastern immigrants that now clog Europe and America might still be where the belonged at home. And all of this could have been achieved without any significant cost in military lives. Well, that’s in the past now.
There is a certain amount of doubt about the fallout from an action such as this. It may be that the Iranians will do something large and disturbing. There is always that outside possibility. But based on the shaky domestic situation in Iran itself, with the population openly hostile to the regime, I don’t think there will be much downside. In fact, maybe this will give the Iranians pause and bring them to the negotiating table. Time will tell. My guess is that this elimination will end up improving the overall middle eastern condition both for us and our allies. Good work, President Trump.
I didn’t post anything extra yesterday or today, just the Photo and Quote of the Day, because all the action was Monday. All the rest is the spin going back and forth and honestly I’ve grown bored with that. When Durham does something then I’ll remark on that. As far as the impeachment jazz, ho-hum.
And I guess we’ll all have to wait for tomorrow for Boris and the Brexit election results. Looks like he’ll win the day whether it’s a 28 seats or 68 seats majority, it’s more than enough to finish off Brexit. If he still fails then it will reinforce the far right’s conspiracy theories. But I am convinced Boris will get it done. He may finesse a few things because he isn’t a social conservative but he will cut the cord with the EU.
As far as the Dem primary, there hasn’t been anything funny enough to mock lately. But I’m sure it will errupt soon so hang in there for that. I’ll start doing some Christmas stuff soon becuase I enjoy that. And some more reviews and of course Star Trek continues.
So pardon the lull but I just don’t want to say the same things over and over.
In Part 2 of this review I said that the Great Revolt is divided into a number of chapters, each named after a particular group of Trump voters that because of their circumstances either flipped from the Democrats to Trump or stayed with Trump despite an ideological conflict with him.
For each of these categories there are several individuals who exemplify the profile but live in a different location. These locations are rural, or towns and cities located in the ten counties in question in Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
In each of these categories and in each of these locations we are shown how the Democrats started out as the natural or default political party but ended up becoming the reason to vote for the unlikely personage of Donald J. Trump. Although the list includes some individuals who are affluent and highly educated they all reside in areas of the country that have been taken for granted and at the same time abandoned by the Democratic Elite. The people interviewed range from pillars of the community and entrepreneurs to folks who have barely survived hard economic times that coincided with personal tragedy and challenge. But they all look to Donald Trump to correct problems. Economic problems, cultural problems, moral problems. Not all of these people are conservatives or even moderates. Some are demonstrably old school Democrats. But what they all are is self-described Americans. None of them think of themselves as citizens of the world. None of them have bought into the globalist perspective and many of them are obviously mourning for the death of their homes. Places like Erie and Freeland Pennsylvania are for all intents and purposes dead. There aren’t any growing industries and even the few employers left are slowly moving out to the sunbelt. Young adults leave for opportunities elsewhere. Parents and grandparents stay because they can’t sell their houses. Who would buy them? All they are left with is memories of happier times when they were part of a thriving community with a future and the dignity of earning a living and raising their families. In these places voting for Donald Trump is almost a reflex. A final self-defensive movement.
But other examples show communities that are still viable and even thriving but even in these places the inhabitants recognize that the Democrats don’t pretend to share the values that these communities still believe in. Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio. These are all places that are seeing themselves ignored because they are the areas where remnant blue collar communities are supposed to disappear and be replaced by the new constituencies that are earmarked for inclusion in the “coalition of the ascendant.”
So, speaking in broad generalities, who are the Trump voters that handed him Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa? For the most part, they are the union guys who stopped voting for Republicans after Ronald Reagan. If we start in the worst hit spot in the Rust Belt we’re in Pennsylvania. Places like Erie and Wilkes Barre have been deconstructed to the point that it’s remarkable anyone at all is left. After all the industries from yesteryear shut down and off-shored to China Obama finished it off by outlawing coal. Places like Wisconsin are comparatively healthy. Many of the largest manufacturers are gone but entrepreneurial types have stepped in and started smaller companies in emerging industries that still employ many people and keep the areas as viable communities for families and young adults to remain in. In between these extremes is the rest of the gradient. What they all share was a dependence on large scale union employment in heavy industry. And because of this history they typically voted Democrat. And they thought of the Republicans as their class enemies. What they didn’t see happening was the Democrats moving on from needing them or more specifically pretending to care about their votes. Once the Democrats had built up the “Coalition of the Ascendant,” these mid-west white union workers were an embarrassment to the rest of the coalition. They weren’t college educated and they didn’t eat the right foods or care about the right causes and they might even believe in God. So, the best thing to do was quietly stop talking about them and wait until they dropped dead so they could be replaced with some Central Americans or Middle Easterners. But somehow, they are still there so they are looking for a new political home. Donald Trump provided that. He was the first Republican since Ronald Reagan to acknowledge their plight and actually come up with a plan for helping them. Finally, let’s sum it up.
Boiling down all the cases and places it comes down to this. Donald Trump was elected president by the Rust Belt blue collar working areas because he was willing to promise to save them.
In the last part of this review I’ll give my thoughts on where we go from here.
In Part 1 of this review I said that there were a number of personal accounts by Trump voters in swing states that provided remarkable insight into how Trump was able to topple the Midwestern “Blue Wall.” After finishing up the book I can confirm that this is the case. But this only one of several facets that the book reveals about the current state of the American electorate and how it intersects with the political parties, the media, corporate America and the globalist elites in general.
I will divide the review into appropriate topics that correspond to the book’s logical components. But first I’ll give a general synopsis of the overall conclusion of why Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
The bottom line is that Donald Trump ended up with a healthy majority of electoral votes (304 to 227) because just ten counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa flipped their votes from Democrat to Republican. Each of these counties had voted for Obama in both 2008 and 2012. Trump was able to convince Democratic voters to vote for a Republican presidential candidate. The rest of the book is devoted to figuring out why this happened and what the larger significance is.
The book is divided into a number of chapters, each named after a particular group of Trump voters that because of their circumstances either flipped from the Democrats to Trump or stayed with Trump despite an ideological conflict with him.
The categories are:
- Red Blooded and Blue Collared
- Rough Rebounders
- Girl Gun Power
- Rotary Reliables
- King Cyrus Christians
- Silent Suburban Moms
The category names are probably transparent enough to more or less figure out what each group is defined by.
For each of these categories there are several individuals who exemplify the profile but live in a different location. These locations are rural, town and cities located in the ten counties in question:
- Lee County, Iowa
- Howard County, Iowa
- Macomb County, Michigan
- Lake County, Michigan
- Ashtabula County, Ohio
- Stark County, Ohio
- Erie County, Pennsylvania
- Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
- Kenosha County, Wisconsin
- Vernon County, Wisconsin
In each of these categories and in each of these locations we are shown how the Democrats went from being the natural or default choice to instead become the reason to believe in the unlikely personage of Donald J. Trump. Although the list includes some individuals who are affluent and highly educated they all reside in areas of the country that have been either taken for granted or abandoned by the Democrat Elite. They range from pillars of the community and entrepreneurs to folks who have barely survived hard economic times that coincided with personal tragedy and challenge. But they all look to Donald Trump to correct problems. Economic problems, cultural problems, moral problems. Not all of these people are conservatives or even moderates. Some are demonstrably old school Democrats. But what they all are is self-described Americans. None of them think of themselves as citizens of the world. None of them have bought into the globalist perspective and many of them are obviously mourning for the death of their homes. Places like Erie and Freeland Pennsylvania are for all intents and purposes dead. There aren’t any growing industries and even the few employers left are slowly moving out to the sunbelt. Young adults leave for opportunities elsewhere. Parents and grandparents stay because they can’t sell their houses. Who would buy them? All they are left with is memories of happier times when they were part of a thriving community with a future and the dignity of earning a living and raising their families. In these places voting for Donald Trump is almost a reflex. A final self-defensive movement. But other examples show communities that are still viable and even thriving but recognizing that the Democrats don’t pretend to care about the values that differentiate these communities from the progressive narrative. Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio. These are all places that are seeing themselves ignored because they are the areas where remnant blue collar communities are supposed to disappear and be replaced by the new constituencies that are earmarked for inclusion in the “coalition of the ascendant.”
In the next installment I’ll give my thoughts on some of the stories and what I think they mean to me, in other words, how they square with my own understanding of the American situation.