It would not be fair to judge the left on the violence and property destruction carried out by unhappy anti-Trump protesters. After all, didn’t Anti-Obama conservatives smash windows, assault Obama supporters, and set fires after Obama won the election?
Oh, wait, we didn’t do any of those things, did we?
These people call themselves Anarchists, and yet they are committing violence because they want more socialism, socialism being a maximized amount of Government control. Do they see the irony? Or are they just violent and stupid and have latched onto the progressive left because that side of the political spectrum is more accepting of hate and violence?
And I’m sure some lefties are saying (nasal, high-pitched, know-it-all liberal voice), “Oh, I think violence is wrong no matter which side does it.” Yeah, nice virtue signaling, but you’re just evading the reality that most of the time… an overwhelming amount of the time… it’s *your side* that’s doing it. Mainly because, your side tells people that temper tantrums and hatred are okay if they are directed against Republicans, conservatives, rich people, Christians or whoever it is you hate this week, which may be totally different from who you hate next week. e.g. Russians.
A soldier who went through basic training with the LGBT Community’s newest most favorite traitor has an interesting account of what it was like to be in the same company as Private Manning, and wishes to set the record straight about the left-wing propaganda being circulated in order to gain sympathy for Manning. .
These are the facts: Chelsea Manning was timid and small, but she certainly wasn’t the only one. There were dozens of recruits – male and female – in the last cycle of Charlie 82d that autumn who were under 5’4” and couldn’t have weighed more than 140lbs. Some were physically uncoordinated and seemingly had never spent a day outdoors in their entire lives. Others were natural athletes with a killer instinct that always seemed to put them on top, no matter what the challenge. Some had nothing to prove, and some had everything to prove. It wasn’t size, or stature, or speed, or strength, or even the ability to finish all the events that decided how high a recruit could hold her head in the community. That is a fact.
What is not accurate is the false and felonious image of the U.S. military on which the defense of her conduct has been, at its root, predicated: that somehow everyone in her formative years in the military was practically part of a tribe of 6’2”, overly-aggressive Alpha males pumping testosterone out their pores who ganged up on the smallest in the group and tore her apart out of hyper-machismo intolerance; that War is so brutish and nasty, that Warriors too must be. That is simply not accurate. Chelsea Manning wasn’t being picked on at the Shark Attack when the Drill Sergeants said she had to lift her own bag like everyone else, and she said she couldn’t. She wasn’t being picked on when those Soldiers tried to help motivate her to lift the Jerry Can over her head and even picked up their own and did the exercise again, with her, out of solidarity. And when she faked a choking fit in the middle of the Dining Facility, it wasn’t because someone else was tormenting her – she was tormenting herself.
Cannot get enough of this. YThis person chose to make a public spectacle of herself. Because what’s the good of conspicuous virtue signaling if there’s no one to watch?
Bruce wants you to remember, Donald J Trump is the first American President to have been pro-gay marriage right from the start.
On Inauguration Day, my feelings are a mixture of relief that Obama will gone by lunch time (off on another luxurious, taxpayer-funded vacation), and a desperate sort of hope that Trump and Pence don’t screw up this chance.
A friend shared this…
“Trump is not going to put you all in camps and install a Nazi state. He can’t, because George W. Bush already put you all in camps and installed a Nazi state. Oh, wait, he never got to do it, because we were already all dead in the nuclear war our cowboy president, Ronald Reagan, started by talking tough to the Russians. “
Also, I saw this picture on Twitter last night. What I know about fashion you could fit on a Post-It note with enough room left over to copy the Declaration of Independence. Seriously, if you look in my closet, it’s flannel shirts and hockey jerseys as far as the eye can see. But, gotta say, Ivanka Trump looks stunning. It will be nice to have some grace and elegance in the White House again.
Why does looking at this picture make me crave Arizona Green Tea?
Also, in a change from eight years ago, the new First Lady will not be wearing sofa upholstery to the inauguration.
“No, we’re not a compassionate society in terms of our relationship to poor and working people. Our record is worse than virtually any other country on earth. We have the highest rate of childhood poverty than any other major country on earth and half of our senior, older workers have nothing set aside for retirement. So I don’t think compared to other countries we are particularly compassionate.”
This guy would have been the Democrat nominee if the nomination process hadn’t been rigged because he reflects the philosophy of his party better than Hillary.
Ten (?) year old kid out on a school night setting a fire in the street, but it’s OK because he hates Donald Trump. (Or maybe Obama. Or maybe the kid doesn’t even know.)
It was a remarkable live-TV moment. During Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, reporter Griff Jenkins was at the scene of an anti-Trump demonstration in DC where a fire had been set in the street. Suddenly, a young boy [maybe 10-11] stepped up to say that he “kind of started the fire.”
When Jenkins asked why he started the fire, the boy, who identified himself as “Carter,” said “because I felt like it and I’m just sort of saying, screw the president.”
Yeah, I saw the video. It was a dinky little fire, but think about what this snotty little brat’s parents are teaching him: “It’s OK to set fires as long as you can claim a political justification.”
Wonder if the parents will remember this night when they’re bailing him out of jail for his third aggravated felony/drug charge.
A new Pew Research survey finds 86% of Americans describe the country as more politically divided today than in the past, while just 12% say the country is no more divided.” I’m sort of curious who the 12% are.
It’s curious that the country has become so divided when almost every politician preaches the gospel of “national unity.” Barack Obama: “Instead of giving in to cynicism and division, let’s move forward with the confidence and optimism and unity that define us as a people.” George W. Bush: “We are showing the world the strength of our country, and by our unity and tolerance and compassion.” Donald Trump: “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.” Everybody claims to want unity, instead our divisions harden and deepen.
Since the 1960′s, the autocratic left has sought to politically unify the country by systematically taking over not just political institutions, but also cultural institutions: the entertainment media, journalism, higher and lower education, religion, even sports… (have you watched ESPN lately? It’s turned into a kind of sports-themed MSNBC.) The idea has been to indoctrinate all Americans with common, leftist political philosophy with the aim of creating progressive leftism as the common currency, not just of politics, but of everything.
Why hasn’t the constant whine of leftist progressive indoctrinated united the country as its designers dreamed?
I would suggest that a constant drumbeat of political correctness fails for several reasons. First, there will always be people who disagree; in our case, conservatives and libertarians. The very intolerance of alternative ideas paradoxically enhances the appeal of those ideas. Also, the unquestioned assumptions monocrop political correctness leads to laziness and sloppiness among its adherents which makes it easy for smart dissidents to seize on the weaknesses of leftist arguments. (It is also helpful, in this regard, that socialism invariably fails in practice.) Finally, the adherents of left-wing political thought themselves become smug and intolerable. i.e. The annual exhortations to leftists to get in the faces of ‘your conservative uncle’ at Thanksgiving and Christmas. When people have internalized the dogma that they are right and anyone who disagrees with them is not just wrong, but evil and stupid, they get kind of obnoxious. And the people on the other side are even less likely to listen to them.
Therein lies the paradox, the more you try to force political unity, the more you deepen and harden divisions in the body politics. We would actually be unified in a society that took pains to segregate politics from the culture. There would be less disagreement if it was normative just to keep one’s political opinions to oneself. The absence of a Dominant Political Culture would make it easier for people to talk to each other and listen to each other.
I'm just gonna post pictures of President Obama for the next 24 hours to cheer myself up. https://t.co/CsI02RGUxh
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) January 19, 2017
In their fantasy scenario, Trump’s entire Government is wiped out and Obama remains president. And they wonder why Trump won’t take their questions.
As the nation prepares for the peaceful transfer of power on Inauguration Day, CNN is dreaming up scenarios whereby the Obama administration can keep power if President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence were blown up as they prepared to take to oath of office.
On the Wednesday, January 18 broadcast of CNN’s The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer aired a segment with a chyron featuring the headline “Developing Now.” During that “developing” segment, Blitzer and correspondent Brian Todd discussed what would happen if the unthinkable occurred on January 20.
By the way, have you heard about the wealthy Democrat donor and friend-of-Bill-and-Hillary who threatened to assassinate Donald Trump? There’s also a tenuous Ellen DeGeneres connection.
Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.
At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.
I’m gonna see a doctor if my response to this article lasts more than four hours.
Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish GHWB any ill, like all decent Americans, I wish him a speedy and thorough recovery and many happy years left on Earth. However, the symbolism of Bush 41 being possibly on his death bed as Trump takes office is so strong I’m surprised Peggy Noonan hasn’t written four columns about it.
The Bush Brand of Republicanism has dominated the GOP ever since 1989, when Bush 41 took office and almost immediately began repudiating everything Ronald Reagan had accomplished. “Bushism” could be characterized as using ‘conservative’ as a brand for electioneering, and occasionally paying lip-service to social conservatism and fiscal responsibility. In practice, it meant continuing to expand the Federal Government, deficit spending, and expensive-but-indecisive foreign wars. The Bush Style of Republican politics was a tacit acceptance that liberal Democrats and the media were the natural owners and operators of Washington DC, and Republicans should consider themselves temporary, unwelcome guests and defer to their hosts as much as possible.
Bush 41 gave us the largest tax increase in history up to that point, foreign interventions in Panama and Kuwait, the Americans with Disabilities Act (well-intended, but a massive regulatory burden) and David Souter on the Supreme Court.
Bush 43 gave up a minor, temporary tax cut (that left tax rates higher than his father had raised them), monstrously expensive but ultimately indecisive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a massive influx of illegal immigrants, massive increases in domestic spending, No Child Left Behind, McCain-Feingold, Sarbanes-Oxley, the TSA, the Incandescent Lightbulb ban, a doubling of the National Debt, the Prescription Drug Entitlement, and John Roberts on the Supreme Court.
In the Obama years, Bushism has meant that Republican majorities in the House and Senate verbally attack the progressive policies of the Obama administration, occasionally pass meaningless symbolic votes against them…. but at the end of the day fully fund every initiative even ones like ‘Exectuve Amnesty’ that they claim to oppose.
We don’t know that President Trump will bring, but he has already made it clear, he’s not going to just play nice with the Democrat Media Complex that seeks only to destroy him. He has appointed General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and put Jeff Sessions in as Attorney General. He has nominated an advocate for school-choice as Secretary of Education, and a skeptic of Global Warming Hysteria as head of the EPA. He is rumored to be considering repealing as many as 100 of Obama’s Executive Orders upon taking office, and ordering his agency heads to pursue 20% budget cuts. And he really does intend to get serious about stopping illegal immigration.
It is impossible to imagine Jeb Bush doing any of this.
Remember how I said that the Faustian Bargain of the left was that they will happily sacrifice national security, economic growth, domestic tranquility and all the liberties listed in the Bill of Rights in exchange for unlimited, consequence free sexual license? We have confirmation on that: Thanks, Obama, for 4 Years of Glorious, Worry-Free Sex.
Obama spent his presidency fighting for every American woman to be entitled to a worry-free sex life—the undersung bonus side effect of which is plenty more worry-free sex for men, too. He and his administration made a firm commitment to putting women’s minds at ease, reassuring them that kids were only in their futures when and if they wanted them. And in doing so, Team Obama also gifted you a golden era of fun, low-risk banging with your wife, your girlfriend, or the friendly gal who was nice enough to accompany you home from the bar. Because, surprise! Turns out we’re all more fun to have sex with when we’re not preoccupied with the worry of not accidentally creating babies.
This woman is celebrating the fact that under Obama, money was literally stolen under the color of law and used to pay for birth control for affluent women who could easily afford it on their own.
So, when you wonder why the left never give two shots about the doubling of the National Debt; billions of dollars given to the terror-supporting Iran regime; mass domestic spying; economic decline; foreign policy that turned the Middle East into a massive dumpster fire; the weaponizing of Government agencies against political opponents; the flood of unvetted Islamist refugees into the United States; the worsening of race relations; or anything else the Obama regime did… it was because they got free contraception and abortion-on-demand.
Andrew McCarthy via Instapundit:
The degree to which Obama has wielded executive power in favor of America’s enemies and against his own political opponents and scapegoats is breathtaking. The treasonous Manning gets an 80 percent shave off his sentence. Now we learn Oscar Lopez-Rivera, an unrepentant FALN terrorist convicted of waging war against the United States, has also had his sentence commuted. Taliban commanders are released, replenishing our jihadist enemies even as they continue prosecuting a terrorist war against our troops and allies, in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter who may, at least indirectly, have caused the deaths of American soldiers. Iran is enriched and empowered with tens of billions of dollars – including ransom cash – and a mammoth nuclear energy program (with the certainty that it will yield a nuclear weapons stockpile) even as it remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism calling for “death to America.”
But if you are Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative Obama critic, the Justice Department inflates an administrative violation into multiple felonies and aggressively advocates (thankfully, without success) for a stiff prison sentence. If you are a tea party group gearing up to fight Obama’s re-election, here comes the IRS. If you are “anti-Muslim video producer” Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Obama needs a scapegoat for his derelictions in Benghazi, you end up in the slammer. If you are a deep-pocketed financial institution that Obama wants to make the culprit for the government-driven financial meltdown, or to raid so the radical left’s legion of “community organizers” can be funded, prepare to pony up a 9- or 10-figure “settlement.” If you are a police department, be ready to be scandalized as a practitioner of racially malicious enforcement. If you are Israel, brace for the “international outlaw” smear.
This tilt in favor of America’s avowed enemies and the abuse of State Power to punish domestic dissenters has been a recurring theme throughout his presidency. So the question is, do Obama’s fan-boys in the media, academia, and elsewhere refuse to see this, or are they on-board with it?
I think this guy… this guy right here… is going to bring the alt-right Neo-Nazi bitter clinger deplorables to their knees.