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.
If the GOP, with complete control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency, can’t come up with a better budget bill than this, what is the point of the GOP? The blue wave has been guaranteed now that there is no reason for GOP voters to bother showing up in November.
Yesterday, a police officer stationed in a Maryland school ended a shooting incident one minute after it began. Two students were wounded – one seriously – and the shooter is dead. The progressive left (really Marxists, thus totalitarians) will likely have to declare a day of mourning and protest the success of a common-sense exercise of armed self-defense and defense of others. At the very least, the MSM (to call them “leftist” would be redundant) will simply not report this act of a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun. That, according to progressive rubrics, that can’t happen; if it isn’t reported, it didn’t happen.
It is, leftist dogma says, “outrageous,” insane” etc. to allow individuals in schools, including teachers who so wish, to exercise their natural and Constitutional right of self-defense. Somehow, in calling for “common sense” gun control (they never say what that actually means because their real goal is to disarm everyone except the state), common sense somehow excludes citizens being able to defend against lethal force with comparable force. The end-game of such efforts can be seen in England, where, ever since guns were all-but banned, victims of armed home invasions are frequently prosecuted for defending themselves in their own homes, even when they do not use lethal force!
BTW, the totalitarian descent of that benighted land is plain to see. Some poor subject there was just convicted of posting a “grossly offensive” video: it showed his dog raising one paw in response to his saying “sieg hell.” In England, that is now a criminal act and he faces jail time. This stifling of free speech, by way of contrast, will be cause for celebration on the left. Speech suppression is well-established on campuses most everywhere in the US and is making inroads most everywhere with widespread use of the heckler’s veto.
That language is already a casualty can be seen that the policeman stationed at the school is called a “school resource officer.”
The usual suspects, from Soros on down, acted quickly with money and media connivance/amplification (a glaring example of “fake news”) to corral the understandable outrage over the Parkland murders and forge youthful idealism of the surviving students into a potent political bludgeon. The fruition of this latest effort to incrementally undo the entire Bill of Rights, took the form of righteously-indignant students – aided and abetted by their teachers and school administrators (almost all Democrats) – agitating for more “common sense gun control,” even while calling for the death of NRA members.
Snidely dismissed as beneath contempt was the actual common sense suggestion that one possible solution might be to permit teachers so inclined to exercise their natural and Constitutional right of self-defense by arming themselves at work. Only in modern, increasingly-totalitarian America could a real common sense idea be dismissed out of hand as “outrageous,” merely because it does not comport with totalitarian leftist rubrics, most especially that only the state should have weapons (while it subjects may amuse themselves with hedonic pursuits, in place of liberty). The left asserts it is more common sensical to set about further infringing the Second Amendment right and (surreptitiously) eventually confiscating the hundreds of millions of guns in the hands of law-abiding individual citizens.
As if that does not demonstrate the growing totalitarian ethos in which we live (think, the frog placed in cool water heated slowly on the stove), consider the following: A teacher in California was suspended last week. She was suspended because a discussion in which she engaged with her history class prior to the walkout led two parents (any question of their politics?) and (purportedly) two students to “complain” (do you think parents’ “complaints” about their students being required to skip class to protest guns resulted in any suspensions?). What was the discussion about? She asked her class to discuss the propriety of student walkouts during school hours in support of or against any political causes. To clarify the debate, she asked if the teachers and school administration would permit – or in this case, encourage – all students (in one school, a student was punished for remaining in class and not participating) to walk out and protest abortion during school hours. This question led to the “complaints.” This double standard in public education is emblematic of the entire system’s totalitarian ethos and methodology. It is so ordinary as to no longer be even surprising, much less shocking. Res ipsa loquitur. Q.E.D.
It is blindingly obvious (and this is one small example of the operating system of the entire educational establishment in the US, including the universities) that even engaging in a discussion which includes alternatives to progressive received wisdom is verboten. And this by a system which purports to operate under the tenets of academic freedom and to punish bullying! And this is the system – of wall-to-wall propaganda – “educating” the voters of tomorrow, even as it immerses and coerces them in totalitarian ideology.
Sorry, I hope I didn’t spatter you with venom. It is oozing out my pores and dripping from the corner of my mouth.
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:
On Friday, February 23rd, 2018 former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice appeared on the Hugh Hewitt radio program. In a rambling discussion, she said the following about gun violence.
I will say this, Hugh. I think it is time for us to have a conversation about what the right to bear arms means in the modern world. I don’t understand why civilians need to have access to military weapons. We wouldn’t, we wouldn’t say you can go out and buy a tank. So I do think we need to have that conversation.
But then she went on to say,
But I believe that the rights that we have in the Constitution are indivisible. We can’t throw away the 2nd Amendment and keep the 1st.
Hey, I said it was rambling. If rights are “indivisible”, then what is there to have a conversation about?
People on the wrong side of this issue frequently blather that America’s Founding Fathers—who, for the most part, were aware only of single-shot muzzle-loading rifles and pistols—couldn’t have imagined civilians armed with automatic or semiautomatic weapons. On the contrary, what the Founding Fathers couldn’t have imagined is a time when ordinary citizens are forbidden to own and carry weapons fully as capable as those of the military, defeating the entire purpose of the Second Amendment. They understood what you and others like you pretend not to, that military weapons in civilian hands are for preserving civil rights and civilian lives. As leftists continuously whimper, they are, indeed “weapons of war”: humanity’s 10,000-year-old continuing war against tyranny.
So I’ll repeat: military weapons in civilian hands are for preserving civil rights and civilian lives. They are, indeed “weapons of war”: humanity’s 10,000-year-old continuing war against tyranny. I have lived through the terms of twelve United States Presidents, at least half of whom I did not trust, and who made me extremely glad there’s a Second Amendment to act as a continuous deterrent. The President you worked for had even liberals buying guns and reading the Constitution. Happily, any warm, pleasant dreams that he or any of the others may have cherished about slapping down a recalitrant peasantry would have been dashed by the icy cold water of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s apocalyptic vision of America consisting of “a rifleman behind every blade of grass”.
Military weapons in civilian hands are for preserving civil rights and civilian lives. I repeat it once again so you can get it through your statist head. They are, indeed “weapons of war”: humanity’s 10,000-year-old continuing war against tyranny. Don’t tell me that it can’t happen here. It already has. When the BATFE and the FBI, both organizations without Constitutional standing, ignored Yamamoto’s warning and illegally imprisoned and murdered 76 innocent individuals in their church near Waco, Texas, in the Spring of 1993, simply because they wouldn’t come outside when ordered to by a gang of jackbooted thugs, the armed citizenry may have lost that particular battle, but the people inside held the feds off for 51 days, and government lost the war in general, as shown clearly by the final resolution of the Bundy Ranch Standoff in Nevada.
Military weapons in civilian hands are for preserving civil rights and civilian lives. They are, indeed “weapons of war”: humanity’s 10,000-year-old continuing war against tyranny. Our Revolutionary ancestors actually had better guns—Pennsylvania rifles—than the British, armed with smoothbore muskets. Imagine a world in which the Armenians had been as well armed as the Turkish military. Imagine a world in which the Jews in Germany had been armed as well as the SS or the Wehrmacht. Imagine a world in which the Cambodian people had been armed as well as Pol Pot’s murderous thugs. According to research published years ago by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (look it up), every major act of genocide in the last century was preceded by sweeping gun control laws.