Aug 162017
 

Say you’re watching a cooking show. If, in step three, the chef pisses in the mixing bowl, do you care what comes in step six or seven? Or even what he’s making at all?

And here we have the problem with the so-called “alt-right.”

“They” say some appealing things, frankly. They tend to be federalists. They support a strong national defense. They tend to favor lower taxes. (These would be analogous to steps one and two of the recipe on the cooking show. It’s easy to nod along with steps one and two.)

But then step three comes—the piss-in-the-bowl step. It’s something about the blacks and the Jews.

Oops.

And these alt-right people claim considerable common cause with mainstream conservatism. How many “UNITE THE RIGHT” signs were at that foolishness in Charlottesville? (You should translate those signs as “LEGITIMIZE US.”)

In the early days of National Review, William F. Buckley Jr. noted that he had similar “clowns in his house.” He used his nascent (but already influential) magazine to effectively evict them from conservatism.

President Trump faces a similar issue today. He must break conclusively and unambiguously with the alt-right, saying these are not our people. He must stress that alt-right support for him damages his agenda, not helps it. And finally, he must flush his administration of alt-right apologists and/or sympathizers. That means Steve Bannon has to go.

It is a considerable understatement to call Donald Trump an atypical president. And despite my refusal to support him, his brash unorthodoxy is something I have thought might be an effective weapon against the ongoing metastases of political correctness and identity politics. I hope it still can be.

But he must take this trash out first.

 Posted by at 10:34 am
Aug 092017
 

I have blogged about my friend Marianne before. She is my old high school friend from Oxford who was somehow born an adult.

Her daughter Mileena has this year escaped from an abusive relationship that is threatening her health and could have easily ended her life. She has shared the terrifying narrative of her last sixteen months on Facebook, and made the post public so that anyone can read and share it. Please do so. Take it to heart. Share it with someone who needs to read it. I’m so glad Mileena is out of her situation, and I’m so proud she has the courage to tell her story and encourage its dispersion.

I believe there are few human betrayals more heinous than gaining the trust and love of a woman, then violating her with abuse. It is truly disturbing dissonance: one of this life’s greatest blessings answered with wanton cruelty.

I don’t know whether there is a fire and brimstone hell, but if there is, I hope it is stuffed with unrepentant monsters who terrorized women in their own homes.

It is never all right to live in fear of abuse. If you have nowhere else to turn, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. They can help you get out.

 Posted by at 3:21 pm
Jun 302017
 

I had something a little lighter in mind today, but social media blew up yesterday with something I find rather morally disturbing, so I’ll have a word about that instead. It seems Christine Braswell returned to her SUV in a North Carolina Wal-Mart parking lot to find Robert Raines inside it, going through her purse. […]

 Posted by at 2:06 pm

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