Tag: 2020 Presidential Election

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It seems to me that the fix is in. Joe Biden will be the Democrat Party’s nominee for President in 2020. A clear-eyed look (pun intended) at the state of former VP Biden in 2020 leads one to the conclusion that he is increasingly unstable and erratic in the normal ways for an almost-octogenarian. Add […]

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Winter Turning to Summer of Discontent?

 

There is a useful fiction that “politics stops at the water’s edge,” but that has always been only a fiction. So, we should not be surprised that politics drive divergent responses to the death of a terrorist mastermind, an actual general, with a real uniform, in the “terror war.” At the same time, we should be cautioned by the contrast between the opening lines of Richard III and the end. It was not just a rapid change of political weather, but also of the seasons, as winter turned to summer only to turn back to winter for the house of York.

Remember that the line after “now is the winter of our discontent” is “made glorious summer by this sun of York.” At the time, the Duke of Lancaster and the supporters of his house, might have said, “now is the summer of our repose made gloomy winter by this storm from York.” So it has always been with political power. “Can’t we all get along?” Not when there are even the smallest stakes (see Henry Kissinger’s (?) snark about academic internal politics).

It is astonishing, in a way, that no one had previously seriously sought to kill the leader of the best resourced, best trained, best led transnational terrorist network in the world. What apparently stopped both Bush the Second and Obama, to say nothing of Netanyahu, was the uniform. More precisely, the uniform of a sovereign state, the Islamic Republic of Iran. As the House of Saud sought to extend its global reach through building mosques with Wahhabist imams around the world, so the Khomeinist regime in Iran sought to extend its influence and interests through paramilitary and outright terrorist organizations. The man in charge would naturally be a general, Major General Qassem Suleimani.

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Notice that the players entering the ongoing impeachment inquiry as hostile witnesses, including the alleged whistleblower,  mostly have Ukrainian connections that predate their role in the Trump Administration. Those who protest too much can be suspected of having undeservedly benefited in an earlier political life. What I find hard to understand is why they start […]

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  Yesterday, I came across this post by Christopher Tremoglie at the NRO Corner. August 9th was the 5th anniversary of the justified shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren sent out this tweet in honor thereof; Preview Open

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Ayatollah Air Power

 

If push comes to shove, could American air power lay waste to the Iranian regime in a cake walk, a turkey shoot? Consider what we know, publicly, of Iranian military capabilities in the air. They have aircraft from the pre-stealth era, drones, and extensive surface-to-air missile defenses. Perhaps, however, their best “air” assets are computer coding and diplomatic shuttle flights.

RQ-170

Photo by Gene Blevins/LA DailyNews

It was not big news when fairly rag-tag forces shot down a low and slow flying armed MQ-9 Reaper drone. After all, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has a wing dedicated to advising foreign forces, including the Yemeni forces fighting other Yemeni forces backed by Saudi Arabia. This is not secret, so the U.S. Central Command was willing to claim Iranian participation in the June 2019 shoot-down:

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I was doing some Saturday errands this morning and listening to the radio.  Somehow I landed on a Sirius XM channel called Progress.  Two women were discussing the election and abortion. They aren’t too thrilled with Biden because he hasn’t “proved he’s really pro-choice” what with the whole Hyde amendment issue ya know. Then they started […]

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In 2016, Donald Trump won the nomination by separating himself from the rest of the contenders. In The Donald’s own words, as imagined by a psychic here on Ricochet: “A woman and a Black guy, they are not going to nominate those two. Then there’s six governors and four senators. Most voters don’t even know […]

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Mr. President, Don’t Campaign for Re-Election

 

President Donald Trump // photo credit shutterstock.com

Donald Trump is so “unpresidential.” So say his detractors, with a frown. And so say his admirers, with a smile. In 2020 the electorate will have its chance to be rid of Trump and return to politics as usual, which offers a straight-line path to further Leftist influence. I prefer to continue our experiment with this unusual leader who dares to agitate and excite the political world.

An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

 

Dear Mr. Romney:

I read your opinion piece in The Washington Post under the interesting heading: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”. You called it: “The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.”

You say, “A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”

Haley’s Comet Triggers Soothsayers

 

President Trump an UN Ambassador Nikki Haley at the UN in September, 2018 / shutterstock.com

President Trump and Ambassador Haley had a joint press availability in the White House, which triggered rampant, fact-free speculation in conservative media space. We were even treated to self-appointed guardians of TruMAGA recycling the old innuendos about President Trump being subverted by falsely converted NeverTrumpers, his daughter, and his son-in-law. The truth is so much simpler, but relies on experience unfamiliar to most of the nattering class. It’s about the Benjamins and real leadership; in the end, the sun will come out tomorrow.

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On 9 November, 2016, (and probably earlier) astute commentators picked up that the next presidential election would occur in 2020. Just ripe for hindsight is 2020 slogans and I’ve seen a number of people suggest/joke that is what Hillary should go with next time. Today I saw an example in the wild. A car on […]

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Implicit Bias is the New Original Sin

 

Voltaire once said that if God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him. Fast forward to today, and the left has invented everything required for social control that used to be provided by religion, except a replacement for God. Their most recent innovation in this field is “implicit bias,” which acts as a stand-in for original sin.

Before we dive into the technical details, it’s worth taking a moment to review how America got here. The left in America for at least the past few generations has viewed the world with an implicit Marxian frame. That is, they view the world as consisting of groups of people who are oppressed, and other groups of people who do the oppressing. In the traditional Marxist (note the subtle difference here, between -ist and -ian) formulation, that would be the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, respectively. This was a psychologically useful delusion until the end of the Cold War decisively proved that communism is a complete failure whenever it is implemented. It’s pretty hard to convince people they should create a Worker’s Paradise in America when so many of the Worker’s Paradises look less like an actual paradise than the status quo. There’s only so many times you can say “well, nobody has really tried communism yet” before normal people smile, nod, and walk backwards toward the nearest exit.

Unfortunately, like most people with unpopular ideas, the left looked at all of this and said to itself “Well, our ideas are obviously correct in spite of all evidence to the contrary, so the problem must be that we cannot communicate such that American people can understand us.” So, this is where the new fad “intersectionality” comes in. Intersectionality is a theory that basically says that you can be oppressed in a multitude of ways depending on your identity, and because most approaches to dealing with oppression usually only address one of those ways in which you are being oppressed, the “structures of oppression” “intersect,” e.g., coordinate their activities accordingly such that the “cycle of oppression” is free to continue indefinitely.

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Unlike a lot of people on here, I’m not a fan of Marco Rubio. I wouldn’t be voting for him, but on the other hand, I am pretty sure there’s no video anywhere of Marco Rubio talking about grabbing women by the hoo-hoo-dilly. I do think he can consider himself the presume frontrunner for 2020, […]

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