This one felt real bad. The budget deal was a declaration of war by the progressives and globalists in the GOP against changing the course of a declining America. Too much money at stake for the grifters and elites.
The target is US. Our support, our enthusiasm. It is all POTUS has to counter the money and power arrayed against him.
He made a call. They offered him a poison pill which included the desperately needed military funding if his trade and foreign policy will have any credibility in exchange for pissing off his vocal supporters.
I expect he and Mattis talked it out and Mattis explained just how bad Obama and the GOP had left our defenses and nuclear deterrent.
I expect he decided to take the hit , get the tangible that he must have and then begin earning back the trust.
It is a six month deal, which by my watch puts it as expiring five weeks before election.
Right now, all the people who want MAGA need to decide what is their alternative? Sit home and let the bastards win, or double down and send some help.
If he begins the funding push right now, pushing the House to pass real funding bills well before the magic next deadline, and then puts the senate on display on television pushing their bills before the deadline he might get this positioned right for the election. I sure hope he has the house races being managed by someone he can trust.
Also still due is the IG report and whatever fallout that will bring.
I see no alternative. We either support his moves or we turn our backs. There is no other play.
I was working this morning , and as usual had the local talk radio station on as background noise.
The local news was on and carried the ever so woke Mayor of Portlandia intoning in NPR announcer tones that he was holding a seventeen minute silence during the city council meeting, not allowing the graft, corruption and stupidity to continue in honor of the slain at Douglas School in Broward County.
Immediately thereafter, the news break closed with the station engineer cueing the audio of:
“This local newsbreak was brought to you by Rich’s Gun Shop”
Suspend disbelief. Just do it and be quiet a minute. Indulge me if you will.
It has been a long hard slog, oftentimes feeling like we were sure to lose. We have been betrayed, lied to and despised for our beliefs and simple patriotism.
We have seen our memories of the land and country becoming faded and with it our dreams
We may still lose, but then again , right now, from my cynical perspective we are in better shape than I ever hoped to see again in what’s left of my lifetime.
Assume we move forward with our unconventional and unexpected leader from the private sector continuing to just keep getting stuff done.
Think about what kind of world can emerge from this near miss with Progressive Death.
Assume we can defang NK, Kim becomes the King of Korea with appropriate living allowance and the South gets to run the place and reunite the country with ‘guidance” from the Chinese to not become a threat.
Assume the economy rebuilds and the US becomes the energy, breadbasket and manufacturer it can be , with market access barriers re-arranged to improve things a bit.
Assume immigration gets controlled to a merit based approach, where the entrepreneurs of the world flock in.
Assume Iran gets checkmated by Sunni, Israeli and US moves worldwide, with NK nuclear aid shut off. The populace there decides they have had enough.
In such a world what are the dreams of children? What do they want to become?
A complete retooling of skill building and learning needs to take place to take the energy unleashed from a reborn America and give it direction. We have the technology and the skills to make videogames that entertain, that can span the universe of all history in infinitesimal time and can allow kids to take in information in a completely customized manner for each individual.
The amount of waste of money and human capital in our current methods is a disgrace. We have been boring generations to tears to sustain a state monopoly.
America walked away from Space and now Americans are returning. Private sector profit is a far more powerful force than political gamesmanship. Working out how we will move to this frontier will set the stage for centuries.
Resolving the Urban-Suburban-Rural political divides will test our system. Family formation by Millennials will foster an urban exodus fueled by telecommuting. It will put our traditional politics into a blender for decades. Urban cores will rot as the rebuild cost will be prohibitive compared to making them museums of failure. In the days of total communication connectedness, there is no need for density of people.
What is scarce and expensive today that will be cheap and common tomorrow? What trends exist today that cannot continue?
So, what should the Populist-Liberty loving -Wealth is good Party do in the second term?
Or is getting a private sector doer an aberration and we will all go back to ex governors, legal talkers , policy donks and well bred docile elites for our leadership?
Tell us your dreams of what is next .
And this is vaguely related , but can set the mood for musing:
Saint Andrew (Breitbart) said “Politics is downstream from culture” and many people have paid lip service to that, especially the professionals.
I have heard conservative after conservative bemoaning how will the ideal ever live on with the kids today and their silly leftism and lack of respect for tradition.
I am sensing a difference emerging, , similar yet not the same as when the tumult of the sixties led to the polyester valley of the seventies and then the bright shining city on the hill of the late eighties.
The kids who watched Woodstock in the movies and saw their parents act silly were part of the Reagan boom, where there was money, prosperity and big hair.
We are just starting the resurgence cycle, and I see a group of young adults who think college is a debt building bad investment, who are now seeing for the first time jobs everywhere and labor scarce.
The government is sclerotic and not hiring but the private sector is growing. If you can drive, show up on time and are willing to learn, there is money.
They still bring the values from their environment , but those are changing. Discrimination is not cool, but picking by color to get ahead in line is not cool either.
Smart kids are becoming the blue collar elite, where network techs and IT support have more in common with machinists and welders than the suits in the office.
Many are finding on line college and certifications fills their credential void.
Many are settling down with families.
It is easy to be a socialist when there is little opportunity and you have little to lose, or when your parents pay for it all and you have no worries.
It gets harder when you work and succeed at work.
I have a feeling we may have a wildly different culture feeding politics by ,say, 2025.
If the boom continues for a good run, it will be the formative adult years for the millennials. It will set in motion the people they will be for most of their adult lives. Such is the inflection point we are sitting on.
America cannot last as a Republic with 10% elites and the rest serfs, which is where we have been headed by the explicit snobbery and the policy direction of our elites. The constitution does not work in that society.
America and it’s constitution requires a nation of Yeomen, people who can work smart with their hands and minds and are mostly gainfully employed. A frontier then becomes necessary to grow. We stand at the edge of the frontier now.
We need to explicitly reject the elitist culture and grasp the future with dirty hands. I know the kids can do it. Our job is to let them know it.