Views on the News

Views on the News*

March 17, 2018


The odds of Democrats taking over all of Congress (House and Senate) are long.  While historical trends, special elections, and generic ballot polls point to a blue wave coming in November, the reality may not be so rosy for the Party of Pelosi.  While the House of Representatives could reasonably be predicted to fall into Democrat hands, it is distinctly possible, even probable at this point, that not only will Republicans hold the Senate, but they will actually gain seats there.  Should the economy continue strengthening, the anti-Trump messaging that seemed the go-to-strategy for vulnerable Democrats just a few months ago may not do the trick.  If it all plays out this way, far from advancing any agenda of their own, the Democrats will have to take solace in merely grinding Trump’s to a halt under the gavel of Nancy Pelosi.  

(“Republicans May GAIN Seats in Senate Midterms” by Peter Heck dated March 15, 2018 published by The Resurgent at https://www.themaven.net/theresurgent/contributors/republicans-may-gain-seats-in-senate-midterms-LKxQjoGfUU67oS_jbwEAWQ?full=1 )

A recent Washington Post headline blandly suggested: "It's time to give socialism a try."  Sadly, Elizabeth Bruenig, the author, doesn't seem to be too well-acquainted with the history that where there's socialism, there's only misery.  That a person could suggest such a thing as "give socialism a try" in a major national newspaper suggests that both our educational system and our media are in a state of terminal collapse.  It is a fact that every time people have given "socialism a try" it's been an utter disaster.  Bruenig insists she's no "totalitarian nostalgist," and that she yearns for a "kind of socialism that would be democratic."  Socialism often starts democratic with lots of squishy egalitarian promises, and ends up as a prison camp with starving inmates and vicious armed guards.  Bruenig doesn't mention any "socialist" successes around the world, because there are none.  Venezuela, the most oil-rich nation on Earth, is now starving, with its once bustling middle-class reduced to killing pets for food, stealing and even prostitution to make ends meet.  Thousands of Venezuelans are crossing their border to neighboring states to escape the oppressive regime of Nicolas Maduro's socialist "Bolivarian Revolution."  Venezuela suffers from endemic corruption, 800% inflation, a -19% annual GDP growth rate, and interest rates of over 20%.  Rampant food shortages are causing malnutrition, and all the diseases that come from that.  One area of improvement: Income inequality.  Now, most of the country is equally poor, with the exception of those in power.  Zimbabwe was once the richest economy in Africa, but under arch-Marxist Robert Mugabe, it is today besieged by hyperinflation, soaring unemployment, near-nonexistent rule of law, and plunging incomes.  All this came about after Mugabe and his followers seized the property and farms of fellow Zimbabweans, who happened to be white.  North Korea has followed the Socialist road, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" to disaster.  North Koreans are routinely imprisoned and executed for even small transgressions, such as criticizing the government.  Starvation is a feature, not a bug, in this system.  Rural North Koreans often must resort to eating bark and dirt just to survive, and there is no freedom of speech or thought whatsoever.  Socialism is a horrible system, one that has led to the deaths of millions and has never enriched anyone, except corrupt leaders, and that a respected American newspaper would suggest "giving it a try" speaks volumes about the depths to which our media have sunk.

(“The Media’s Socialism Delusion” dated March 9, 2018 published by Investor’s Business Daily at https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/the-medias-socialism-delusion/ )

The Democrat Party was once considered the home of working people, but that changed as mainstream liberals of the 1960s such as Hubert Humphrey, John and Bobby Kennedy, and AFL-CIO leader George Meany were replaced by radicals and their ideological offspring.  A key moment in the transition came during Obama’s first presidential campaign, when he spoke condescendingly of people in small towns in Pennsylvania and the Midwest where the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them.  It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.  Democrat operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.  All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class was effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment: professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.  After the 2014 election in which 64% of “white” voters without college degrees favored Republicans, they were characterized as people deeply alienated from American life, both culturally and economically.  Soon, those “alienated” people had a candidate.   Thanks to Donald Trump, American elites are finally paying attention to blue-collar, white America, and they do not like what they see.  Angelo Codevilla, professor emeritus at Boston University, noted that America is now ruled by a uniformly educated class of persons that occupies the commanding heights of the bureaucracy, of the judiciary, education, the media, and of large corporations, and that wields political power through the Democrat Party.  In addition, rabidly anti-Trump Republicans shared Democrats’ disdain for Trump supporters.  What you’re seeing now, played out every night on the news, is class warfare.  America’s privileged elites refuse to accept Trump as president and support any effort, no matter how absurd, to bring him down.  Trump may be a New York billionaire, but to the elites, he’s a man of Queens, rather than a sophisticated Manhattanite, who would be fit for the presidency.  It’s a pattern repeated throughout history: members of one group dominate members of another group.  In the minds of the elites, the advantages they experience must be the result of their innate superiority; they are more moral, more sophisticated, more intelligent than the lower classes; They’re just better.  On Inauguration Day, President Trump said, “January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” But you can’t give power to “the people . . . the forgotten men and women” without taking it from those who have it. Members of the elite will fight for what’s theirs, because what’s theirs is theirs by right, which means the 2016 election must be nullified, by any means necessary.

(“Welcome to the New Class Warfare” by Steven J. Allen dated March 9, 2018 published by American Greatness at https://amgreatness.com/2018/03/09/welcome-to-the-new-class-warfare/ )

When one considers the current condition of California, what stands out in a state that was once prosperous are the consecutive years of ever increasing inner-city violence, poverty, and homelessness.  If crime, poverty, and poor quality of life were diseases and liberal Democrats were the doctors responsible for rendering treatment, given the dysfunctional remedies and steady increase in patient misery, those "doctors" should have been arrested and charged with malpractice a long time ago.  The first proof of malpractice revolves around the fact that liberal Democrats have a vested interest in keeping their California patients sick - sickness means dependence on the habit-forming drug called government assistance.  Once hooked, these drug addicts will vote for whoever supplies them with their fix.  Second proof is the endless supply of future addicts found just over the southern border in Mexico.  Now, these liberal politicians may be treasonous, drug-pushing pimps concerned only with holding on to power, but they aren't stupid.  The more addicts they can create, even if it means destroying half of the state's tax-paying population in the process, the more job security they will enjoy.  The third proof is the liberal mainstream media, who are more than merely complicit in the destruction of California.  They are active participants who misdirect public attention and wrongfully characterize California's homelessness, escalating crime statistics and shrinking of the middle class as causes of the misery when, in fact, they are results of failed liberal policies.  The difference between the two is in the efforts to find a real cure.  Liberal Democrats are incapable of offering a cure for what ails California because to do so would mean working against their best interest and giving up power and control.  With the increase in lost elections and negative sentiment regarding Democrats across the country, a sort of lawlessness has been initiated by these liberal ideologues in a desperate attempt to stay in power.  Some short-term intervention by the federal government would be considered proper, given the radicalism of leftists still in power, but the fate of California ultimately rests in the hands of Californians.  But even with good intentions and outside help, the challenge centers on whether or not Californians can break their addiction cycle and once and for all fire their liberal doctors.  That won't be easy, but hopefully, California doesn't have to hit rock bottom before its addictions and bondage to the leftist programs leading to societal suicide finally ends.

(“Liberals Make Horrible Doctors” by Rick Hayes dated March 12, 2018 published by American Thinker at https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/liberals_make_horrible_doctors.html )


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David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY