Bonfire of the Sophisticates (Part 1)

 

Just a few days before Christmas, National Review’s Rich Lowry — easily one of my favorite writers — penned a sober analysis titled, “The Right’s Post-Constitutional Moment,” in which he laments that, “Trump has captivated a share of the Tea Party with a style of politics utterly alien to the Constitution.” This is especially vexing, Lowry continues, in light of a movement which in 2010 produced “… a class of constitutional obsessives, such as Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, who were focused not just on what government shouldn’t do, but on what it couldn’t do, and why.”

Interesting turn of phrase there, using the designation, “constitutional obsessives,” to describe people who took a solemn oath of constitutional fidelity. I suppose I could be described as “matrimonially obsessive,” since I took a solemn and sacred vow of fidelity to my wife, but the term seems a bit quirky somehow, underscoring the Republican view of these upstarts and the voters who sent them, as borderline fanatics. In any event, Lowry goes on to describe Donald Trump in terms that strike this observer as disconcertingly accurate:

Donald Trump exists in a plane where there isn’t a Congress or Constitution. There are no trade-offs or limits. There is only his will and his team of experts who will figure out how to do whatever he wants to do, no matter how seemingly impossible. The thought you can’t do that doesn’t ever occur to him.

“The Problem of Whiteness”

 

Radical academia strikes again at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and an angry Republican state assemblyman has had enough.

We are all aware that the curriculum of many universities has little to do with education, and everything to do with Leftist propaganda. This course is part of a long list of attacks on undergraduate education, and yet little has been done to stop the damage.

Damon Sanjani designed this course called “The Problem of Whiteness” as part of the African Studies Department curriculum:

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Echelon Insights just released the 3rd annual “The Year in News” containing great visualizations of the 2 billion tweets throughout the course of 2016. My favorite is this one which illustrates how much attention controversies during the general election get relative to events during the primaries. The study is based on Twitter alone, and despite all the […]

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Let’s Stop Making the Strategic Argument for the US-Israel Relationship

 

Folks, let’s be clear about something: Israel is not a strategic asset for the United States.

I am a Zionist and a supporter of Israel. Have been for years. I took time off from college to do the kibbutz thing. I have been to the Western Wall, read from the Torah and put a little note for God in a crack between the stones. I love Israel. I believe Jews should be able to live in their historic homeland—historic for more than 3000 years—and it would be nice if this notion had more recognition from the so-called “international community”, or at least from Israel’s immediate neighbors. Whatever sympathy I may at one time have felt for the Palestinians was exhausted years ago. It’s been nearly a quarter century since Oslo, and by now it should be clear that the Palestinians’ entire national self-understanding is invested in a hopeless project to destroy someone else’s country and sweep the Jews into the sea. If they want my sympathy, they should get in line behind many much more deserving people.

Operation Dribble: The Game

 

“I demand equality,” Elizabeth “Dances With Wolf Blitzer” Warren screamed at the half-court line. “They have all the height. Our players need their fair share.” She pointed at Sheriff David Clarke Kent and his cowboy hat. “And, he’s a ….”

“Democrat,” I yelled to drown out whatever epithet she was attempting to hurl. “The R’s made him an honorary R, so under the rules of this game, he’s eligible to play on the RNC team.”

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A discussion about libertarianism immediately brought into the discussion the War Between the States. Was the South the aggressor when it opened fire on Fort Sumter or was that a response to Northern aggression when they began fortifying that battery as a signal of forceful retention in the Union? Naturally, the person who actually throws […]

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The Thing Most Needful

 

If you have a moment free, read Steve Hayward’s “Crisis of the Conservative House Divided.” If you have hardly a free moment, read it anyway. Then read it again. It is that important.

Steve has cut through the muck — the list of good things that conservatives favor — and he has focused in on the only thing that really counts: whether elections matter any more.

Back in 1733, Charles Louis de Secondat, baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu published an exquisite little book entitled Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline. In a sly passage directed against the French monarchy, he focused in on an advantage that Rome possessed, which everyone reading it in that year would have  recognized that France did not possess: the capacity to correct course. Then, he alluded to England’s ability to do so.

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Vladimir Putin isn’t going to even bother retaliating to what he dismissively called “kitchen diplomacy” after President Obama’s latest attempt to pee in President-elect Trump’s pool. I have to say I love this response. The presidency of Barack Obama can’t end soon enough… Preview Open

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UK Prime Minister Blasts Kerry’s Anti-Israel Speech

 

It appears that the Obama administration’s broadsides against Israel have damaged America’s relationship with Great Britain. From the Telegraph:

Theresa May has attacked the current US administration over its condemnation of the Israeli government, in comments which appeared to align her with Donald Trump.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman criticised John Kerry, the outgoing US Secretary of State, after he described the Israeli government as the “most Right-wing in history”.

The City I Was Born In

 

Chicago Has A Problem 

My love for the city of Chicago runs deep, I was born here and worked at a prominent Charter School in the Englewood neighborhood. The neighborhood has been documented as the focal center for why many refer to Chicago as Chi-raq. The Inspiration for the spike lee movie is a bit of an exaggeration but the city does have a real problem with violence. The Ferguson Effect as proposed by the right might have some validity but the left will have nothing to do with it.

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On the Weekly Substandard podcast from early December, Vic Matus, Sonny Bunch, and Jonathan Last discussed guilty pleasures of the TV and movie variety. Confessions ranged from Gilmore Girls to Party of Five to Bring it On. I’m serious about that third one. Very amusing stuff. But in the course of the podcast, Last suggested […]

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We came home tonight after a wonderful dinner in Old Town Mt Pleasant which is just across the harbor from Charleston SC. We usually enter through the garage but we rode with friends and thus used the front door. We immediately knew something was wrong. We could smell it. Something was in the air also […]

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You won’t have to wait long before it happens. Most likely, it will occur within the first few minutes of the day. You’ll be engrossed in giving direction and notice movement out of the corner of your eye. A student has sidled up to you, a sweet, charming little figure. She gazes at you, small hand held […]

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