Trump’s Trumpet

As many start a conversation, I’m not the biggest fan of Donald Trump…

… But, as I say, he’s certainly making the right kind of enemies these days.

Just a few thoughts on Trump.

Our wonderfully tolerant left now no longer even wants to debate anything, it simply responds to anything it doesn’t approve of with a hyperaggressive social blitzkrieg designed to loudly, rapidly destroy the target or, at least, banish it from society.

Why didn’t any leftie out there say something along the lines of, “Hey, Donald, not all the Mexicans that have illegally entered the country are the dregs of Mexican society. Some of them are very hard-working and law-abiding, other than that border crossing thing…”

Did any of them even try to meet him sort of halfway? “Yes, Donald, there have been a few that were criminals and they should have been rightly sent back but the majority just want better lives for themselves and their children…”

But, no, it was more important to drop a ton of bricks on The Donald to shut him up, rather than have a civilized discussion on immigration. Make an example out of him so everyone understands what thinking similar thoughts will bring about for them.

It’s become crystal clear that many of our large corporations are run by liberals and/or spineless weenies. ESPN is now on my boycott list for its stiffing of Trump on a PGA/ESPN co-op event at one of his golf courses. To be honest, ESPN was on my “do not unnecessarily patronize” list before but that’s the last straw.

Even tossing the execrable Keith Olbermann is not a bone I accept. You should not have chosen sides.

NBC-Universal’s quick dumping of the Miss Universe pageant demonstrates that it is more interested in furthering liberalism than being a provider of entertainment. Boycott list – and I was enjoying its sports cable channel, NBCSN (especially the NHL coverage)…

As for Univision, which also dumped the pageant (and several Spanish-speaking countries love beauty contests), it has morphed over the last decade into a highly politicized operation.

Both NBC and Univision own TV stations (and Univision also owns radio stations). Perhaps complaints should be lodged with the FCC concerning license renewals of those properties. They are merely the leasers of “public” airwaves, after all. It’s supposed to be a no-no to use the public airwaves to settle partisan grievances.

Interestingly, I believe Trump is only a part (minority) owner of the pageant. If so, it shows the left’s willingness to do anything to attack those it disapproves of and further its power, even if that means harming innocents. Collateral damage — but all in a good cause, right!

Macy’s decided that it’s high-brow crowd need not deal with Trump, now that he was on the outs. Fickle as ever, Macy’s. Doesn’t matter. I never shop at Macy’s anyway, and now never will.

Just this week we were treated to the usual suspects protesting in downtown Washington, D.C. about one of Trump’s operations redoing the Old Post Office building. They whined about him “acquiring” the old building and how it should now be taken from him. How wonderfully Bill of Attainder of them. I guess that’s merely considered a “gringo” concept.

It’s actually undergoing a renovation with the Trump Organization promising to turn it into a luxury hotel (for a city of its size and importance D.C. is bereft of hotels, crummy or quality) but why let the facts get in the way of a good political campaign? Trump’s group was lauded by city and federal government officials when they signed a juicy contract a couple of years ago, promising to pump in over $200 million to a facility that has had its ups and downs over the last 50 years (being effectively abandoned for many of them).

In the wake of this several “celebrity” chefs cut ties with him. I suspect you’ll find a few of them crawling back when this blows over,. Trump pays well and does drive traffic and “celebrity” cred.

Some (many) people have accused Trump of being a racist to say such things. That response is oh, so typical of our poisoned political discourse and the stupidity that has been bred into our public knowledge (Thanks, NEA and AFT!).

Firstly, Hispanics and Spanish-speaking people aren’t a race.

Oh, sure they can become a “race” when liberals need to make political hay out of something by throwing the accusation “racist” around. They become “white” in cases like Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman but they become “people of color” for academics, politicians, media types and activists needing to gin up some kind of conflict between groups. Can’t have a “racist” without “race,” right?

Secondly, there is no second point other than Trump’s not a racist (on this issue, anyway).

Let’s be frank. This was pretty much a small potatoes thing. Trump’s words would have faded in a couple of weeks as his hopes for the nomination faded in the face of sane reality but the left is no longer what it once was, even remotely tolerant of difference of opinion.

It has moved into a Puritan/Jacobin phase where purity of thought is demanded of all; everyone/everything not aligned is considered dangerous and needs to be destroyed (to pave the way for the beautiful, diverse, dignified, healthy, green, sustainable, carbon-free, discrimination-free, counterrevolutionary-free, free-stuff-for-everyone utopian future!!!).

Trump, as much a goofball as he is, has hit a nerve. He’s not a movement conservative, he’s a selfish businessman. He’s given as much money to Democrats as he has Republicans and has been known to switch positions in a heartbeat but on this issue he’s much closer to the truth. The left knows that. It doesn’t want a “conversation” about illegal immigration and that’s why it is furiously trying to shut Trump down.

I also think that Republicans jumping on the Trump condemnation bandwagon are making a big mistake. This issue resonates and selling Trump out isn’t going to garner you any more votes than you’re going to lose by pandering to people who weren’t going to vote for you in the first place. Get out front and explain why you’re not anti-Latino or anti-Hispanic in expecting laws to be enforced. This issue has to be finessed because a lot of Hispanic/Latino (pick your pigeonhole) voters are strongly for law and order. Don’t let the Democrats and media get away with “War on Latinos” rhetoric.

Riddle Me This

Riddle me this — if, according to Lincoln, et al, the Confederate states never seceded but were just rebelling against the central government, then why did they have to apply for readmission to the union after the war? If you never leave, how can you be readmitted? Why would you need readmission?

Oh, and for the public school- and elite school-educated folks: Tennessee was readmitted in 1866 (sorry, Andrew Glass at Politico, Arkansas wasn’t the first); Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina in 1868 (not all the same day but mostly in the summer); and Georgia, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia followed in 1870 (there’s some confusion as to which days they were let back in). Georgia was actually readmitted in 1868 or 1869 but kicked back out in 1869 before finally being allowed to stay in 1870.

You know, self-righteous, supersmart SJWs  and others (wearing your Che Guevara t-shirts), sometimes history can be a bit more complicated than it appears in a PSA, NPR story or on a recyclable paper coffee cup.

Recommended Reading

Robert Tracinski has an excellent piece at The Federalist — Be Kind To Bigots: Repeal the Anti-Discrimination Laws and I recommend its reading.

This is an idea I’ve grown more fond of as the years have gone by. The truest expressions of free speech, the heart of our founding, are the utterances of unpopular things. It’s of no great courage to say something most everyone agrees with nor does that require a shield of rights for protection.

I’ll write on this in the future but for now give the Tracinski piece your attention, and forward it.

Paging Carl Clausewitz…

I really wish someone would track down historian Michael Beschloss and ask him whether he sticks by his c.2008 claim that Barack Obama was probably the smartest president evuh!

If this tidbit at Hot Air is not taken out of context, this has to be the dumbest, most soporific, most infantile thing a sitting president has ever publicly uttered – “Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by better ideas.”

A mildly intelligent fourth or fifth grader could poke so many holes in that one. Any serious reader of history could possibly laugh so hard they might rupture something.

Oh, and King Barry had the nerve to utter that specious silliness at a Pentagon press conference, in front of actual soldiers.

Of course, Dear Leader would probably respond after he had been brutally mocked and even late night comics began to make fun of him, with, “Well, one of those better ideas would be to have a better army! So there! I’m right! Nah-nah!”

Beware of Greek Canaries Bearing Gifts in Coal Mines

I was mildly amused hearing on the news a Greek woman in Athens after the Greeks had rejected on compromising with their debt creditors. She said something along the line of “We have voted ‘No’ to their demands. Now they will listen to our demands!”

The Greeks seem to be saying, “How dare they ask for repayment, Don’t they know how special we are?”

You can’t get much more arrogant or economically illiterate than that. Sadly, there are many more like her across the planet, including plenty of Americans. Perhaps even a majority, looking at King Barry’s vote totals.

I’m aware of the old saw about how in reality heavy debtors really are in control of the debt debate. It’s along the same line that masochists are really in charge in BDSM. And there is some truth in that.

However, it looks like the Europeans, actually the Germans, are prepping for the worst, a Greek collapse, and therefore do not plan to compromise. Sometimes you have to cut the alcoholic off. The Greeks will have to pay the piper (or at least not kick him in lieu of payment and claim the piper should have been honored to play for them).

Some people have tried to get the Germans out of their Scrooge McDuck mentality by claiming that half of Germany’s debt after World War II was forgiven.

Apparently these people think there was a world war recently and Greece was bombed to smithereens and those members of its previous government responsible are in prison or planted six feet under.

Why do people make such absurd arguments for not paying one’s debts?

No one forced the Greeks to max out their national credit card and ask for an increase in its limit, year after year. No one forced Greece to overregulate the economy, overpay an overstaffed civil bureaucracy, overpromise retirees and instigate socialist policies for decades. Greece has been run for decades as liberals would have the United States run. It is the Democratic economic platform writ small — high taxes, powerful government unions, increasing government control over everything, regulated and inflexible labor and commerce markets, etc. In a sense — making everyone dependent upon the government for daily survival; an open discouragement of old-fashioned independence and self-sufficiency.

(Nota bene — the Republicans are not wholly innocent in this.)

Except, in the long run, it doesn’t work. Greece just got there earlier because it is smaller and less flexible; and it can’t print the world’s currency franca.

Dear Leader and his supporters freely talk about “forgiving” the tens of billions (or is it hundreds of billions?) in rapidly mounting student debt (while also encouraging more such spending on student ‘loans’ or even making them unaccountable ‘grants’). It’s nice of them to forgive that which is not theirs to forgive. And that’s exactly their angle — grab the political glory and enduring fealty of youth while sticking the bill to those of us who scrimped, saved and paid our taxes. Remember, these very same people pushed out most of the private student loan lending a couple of years ago because the private lenders actually expected to be paid back. But in King Barry’s eyes, along with the smug graduates, education is an “investment” that you just can’t put a value on… How convenient (and expensive).

We saw a very similar pattern with the “housing bubble.” The federal government aggressively pushed banks to make loans to the uncreditworthy so they could “share the American dream.” Banks that balked at such nonsense found the government’s boot on their neck. So the banks ultimately went along, some eagerly looking for a silver lining. Attempts to reform this bottle of nitro glycerine that was being juggled were choked off by (mostly) Democrats, often under the accusation of racism. Paging Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, et al.

When the uncreditworthy lived up to their name and reputation, the bubble burst (aided amply by house flipping dominoes and collateralized debt obligation shenanigans). In an instant, the federal government performed the most perfect 180-degree pirouette in history and laid the whole blame on the banking industry. It then used reeling markets as an excuse to semi-nationalize parts of the banking industry (‘too big to fail’) and to formulate regulations that left other parts enthralled to Washington. Dumbfounded bankers didn’t know what to say as they were rounded up for the cattle cars, figuratively.

It helped that a surprisingly large number bankers, especially at the largest banks, are major donors to the Democratic Party — and don’t mind working hand in glove with the government. Some saw this as an opportunity. It can be easier to placate a few bureaucrats and politicians than shareholders and consumers.

(One of the left’s and the media’s greatest crimes has been to convince so many people that all businessmen, especially bankers, are top-hatted Republican bully-boys.)

And it was wash, rinse, repeat with “The Stimulus.” Admittedly, that inane Keynesian wet dream was conceived in the last days of the Bush administration but The One’s flying monkeys larded it up with even more nonsensical “green” projects and turned loans into “grants” so the pretense of ever paying back the original money no longer weighed on anyone’s mind (as if it ever did). Many of the projects were helmed by Democratic Party contributors while other chunks of money went to party stalwarts such as public employee union members. Eight hundred billion dollars down the drain, never to be seen again, and so many politicians shrug their shoulders, and some demand even more spending (we can fill that rat hole if we stuff enough taxpayer dollars down it!).

I don’t want to sound like a gold bug but the age of fiat currencies may be coming to an end. When money loses its value it will be a Hobbesian world.

There are far too many people who seem to think they are entitled to spend other people’s money and then demand more. To top it off, the original loaners will be cast as the villain if they don’t hand over more money. That’s rich. Sadly, that’s the way many who should know better see it. I’m pretty sure Paul Krugman, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the New York Times, etc., see it that way.

Because someone had to say it