Jan 252016
 

Donald Trump is a boorish, vulgar, narcissistic self-parody, for whom simple civilized and polite discourse is an apparently impossible task.

Oh, and you better get used to him, because he’s going to be the 45th President of the United States.

The Republican establishment’s primary response to Trump’s candidacy has been to try to run out the clock. Oh, Trump’s out there saying ridiculous things and acting foolish, because that’s what he does, sniffed the GOP leadership. He’ll get bored. Or the voters will come around. Or both.

Despite the fact that this strategy has been an obvious failure for several months, I didn’t consider Trump a legitimate threat to win until this past weekend.

When National Review published its latest anti-Trump editorial late last week, I mostly yawned. There are few fans of The Donald among the National Review writer ranks, and their output has consistently reflected that. (It’s occasionally very funny, too.)

What happened next, however, was yuuuuuge. Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly slapped National Review across the face for it:

“Trump is the only hope to defeat the Kingmakers. Because everybody else will fall in line. The Kingmakers have so much money behind them. I think that we need to respect the will of the majority. Republicans ought to be a grassroots party. And the grassroots certainly agree with Donald Trump on most issues, but certainly on the immigration issue… I certainly think he represents everything the grassroots want.” – Phyllis Schlafly

Certainly, a lot of circumstances have coalesced put the United States here. I think two terms of a sitting president who drips with contempt for the country he ostensibly leads is a significant factor. I think two terms of fawning, obsequious “journalists” who lick his boots is another. Love of country is an important trait that Americans want in their president, and Trump has been extremely effective in tapping into eight years of resentment stemming from its absence.

However we’re here, we’re here. If you’re inclined to vote Republican and you haven’t started making room in your world view for President Trump, it’s time.

What’s that old saying about not standing on the tracks when the train comes through?

 Posted by at 11:47 am
Jan 132016
 

Well, our esteemed president’s final State of the Union address was last night. It was full of self-congratulatory pap, false dilemmas, and comically insincere appeals for civility in our discourse.

So, it was a standard Obama speech. It wouldn’t take a particularly clever software program to write them at this point.

I don’t like what the State of the Union address has become. It’s infected with pomp and pageantry that is far beyond dignified, just like too much of the rest of the presidency. And when the president is a self-important twit who nakedly loves to be hero-worshiped, it’s just that much more obvious how much of a problem it’s become.

Of the plausible 2016 winners, I think only Ted Cruz might tamp down this nonsense. Hillary would fan it, but at least try to do so unobtrusively. Trump would pour gasoline on it.

Before radio and television, the president commonly communicated the state of the union with a written report to Congress. Wouldn’t you love to have a president who would resume that practice?

Do we have any hope of recovering the presidency from excessive celebrity?

 Posted by at 9:35 am
Dec 192015
 

The Clarion Project has put together an excellent 15-minute documentary on radical Islam called By The Numbers. Soberly presented by Sunni Muslim and anti-terrorism activist Raheel Raza, it provides rigorous documentation of the magnitude of this single greatest threat to civilized society. Many people believe that radical Islam and Islam are two separate things; that […]

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