Category Archives: Presidential Politics

Mark Steyn — Quote of the Day


Mark Steyn writes about those occasions when Donald Trump goes off script, and declares them to be excellent:

The trouble is Trump is left to his own devices less and less. The Republican base voted for Trumpism: an end to illegal immigration, an end to one-sided trade deals, an end to the spiraling cost of and dwindling access to health care, an end to decade-and-a-half unwon wars, an end to the hyper-regulation of every aspect of American life, an end to freeloader “alliances” like Nato, an end to the toxic bargain of “globalism” wherein all the jobs in your town migrate to the Third World and all the Third World migrates to your town.

And this, when Angela Merkel dared to call terror “Islamist.”

“What about Mohammed? Was he an Islamist?”

I think we all know the answer to that. President Erdoğan certainly does. Having previously declared that the concept “moderate Islam” is ugly and offensive because “Islam is Islam”, he recently rebuked Angela Merkel, mutasarrıf of his German sanjak, for using the term “Islamist terrorism”. “Such an expression is not correct because Islam and terror cannot be associated. The meaning of Islam is peace.” Or else.

Yes, or else exactly.

 

 

 

Victor David Hanson Takes on ‘Never Trumpers’


So much can go wrong in a Donald Trump presidency, but Victor David Hanson notes that most of the predictions have been wrong.

One of the biggest and baddest smears comes from the left, convinced that Trump is a totalitarian thug. Hitler with crazier hair and a prettier wife. Yeah, about that:

From American Greatness: 

So far all the political violence associated with the election of Trump, from Inauguration to the latest campus rioting, has been on the Left. No pro-Trump crowds don masks, break windows or shut down traffic.

Okay, this time when I tell you guys to “hit Starbucks…” I actually mean “let’s get some cappuccino with soy after the demonstration.” 

 

The crudity in contemporary politics—from the constant sick jokes referring to First Family incest, smears against the First Lady, low attacks on the Trump children, boycotts of the Inauguration, talk and dreams of killing the president—is on the liberal/progressive side. The entertainment industry’s obscenity and coarseness have been picked up by mainstream Democratic officials, who now routinely resort to profanities like s–t and f–k to attack the president. Almost every ethical code—television journalists do not report on air private conservations with their guests during breaks, opposition congressional representatives do attend the Inauguration, Senators do not use obscenities—have been abandoned in efforts to delegitimize Trump.

They’ve lost what was left of their civility, courtesy and minds. 

h/t Instapundit — who picked just about the same quote. Because it is important and true.

Hate Violence is Worse than Hate Speech, You Know


hate violence – n. The attempt to silence political speech through violence, especially as practiced by leftists who are convinced that they possess the moral authority to judge which speech is proper. (see also shutuppery, douchebaggery and peace riot)

They got away with it last time, so the peaceful old hippies of Berkeley and their black-clad storm troopers mixed it up with attendees of a pro-Trump rally. We’ll never know who started it, but it doesn’t look like the Trump supporters went looking for a fight.

SFGate:

Violence broke out and at least 20 arrests were made in Berkeley on Saturday as supporters and opponents of President Trump clashed in a public display of the deep-seated tensions still roiling the country since the November elections.

Sorry, that was a peaceful, lawful election. Please stop dating the deep-seated tensions from November 2016. In general, losers go home quietly. After this election, the whining has continued.

Lincoln Smith, a 45-year-old man who came to show solidarity against Trump, acknowledged that some of the attendees were overly intense, including a woman who had accused him of being a Trump supporter because he was wearing red shoelaces.

“I’m here to support the message that hate speech is not free speech,” Smith said.

Some people there were on hand to support the message that Trump supporters are fair game for violence. That hate violence is acceptable because they perceive hate speech might occur. Do they not understand how obviously wrong that is?

They think they are on the side of angels, and that they are justified bloodying up Trump supporters. 

In short, they’re thugs.

By now, a lot of us have seen this video.

Under some circumstances, it is acceptable to gently place the flag of your country on the ground. This guy needed both hands. 

Make no mistake. These people want your right to assemble taken away. They want the heckler’s veto against your speech. They are leftist fascists looking to take back by violence that which they lost at the ballot box.

Keep it up, Berkeley. This is how you got Trump in the first place. 

 

 

About Time


From the Libertarian Republic:

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The downside of course is that liberals, Democrats ans the press will be calling for criminal investigations of Republicans forever. We’re going down that road anyway. 

If Lerner and Rice are actually convicted of crimes, I’ll eat my hat. It’s a very long shot. But if I’m correct about the level of corruption, Nixon was an amateur. A couple of break-ins. A slush fund. A failed attempt to get the CIA to get the FBI to back off. These are minor compared to the crimes under the Obama administration.

If you use the apparatus of government to gain an advantage over political rivals, using the tax code, federal spy agencies or even the post office to do your dirty work…you deserve to be locked up.  

 

 

Shia LaBeouf Film Tanks


Man Down

As it should.

Man Down,” a war thriller with Shia LaBeouf, grossed just £7 ($8.70) when it premiered in a single U.K. theater over the weekend, according to ComScore. That’s the equivalent of selling a single ticket, given that the U.K. Cinema Association puts the average movie admission cost in the country at £7.21.

“Poor Shia,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. “That opening could be in the Guinness World Records or something.”

The film played in one location, Reel Cinema in Burnley. It was simultaneously released digitally on demand, making the theatrical release something of an afterthought. It launches on DVD and Blu-ray next month, according to the Guardian.

His unhinged anti-democracy protests might have hurt him. Good.
All the celebs who are calling for impeachment or worse, take note. This is your future. Talk down to us, preach against us and tell us why we’re stupid…
Nice career yah got there. Shame if people stop going to your films.
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Not the Real President


Are judges deciding these immigration cases this way because they somehow think of Donald Trump as ‘not the real president?’ If so, the greatest threat to the United States might not be poverty, debt, Islamic radicals or the failed educational system.

The greatest threat might be from judges, protesters and elites who don’t give a damn about what is right. They care only that by raw power, violence and fear that their will be done.  

From the blog Lawfare (h/t to Eugene Volokh)

It goes, not to put too fine a point on it, to the question of whether the judiciary means to actually treat Trump as a real president or, conversely, as some kind of accident—a person who somehow ended up in the office but is not quite the President of the United States in the sense that we would previously have recognized.

That is exactly what the rest of the shadow government – the bureaucracy – has been doing. Just to reiterate: Donald J. Trump is the Commander in Chief, and folks who don’t get that are living in a fantasy world.

During the election, many folks doubted Trump’s candidacy, even after he secured the nomination. There were many formerly rational people who supposed the Republican Party was prepared to ‘step in’ and prevent his candidacy. Later, others figured an Electoral College revolt could correct this ‘mistake.’justice_SRB 1

Similar fantasy scenarios also played out with Hillary Clinton.

Fact is, votes matter.  

He’s in the White House, and yes there is a fellow trailing him with a nuclear football. Folks gotta deal with the reality.

Perhaps everything [Judges] Blackman and Margulies and Bybee are saying is right as a matter of law in the regular order, but there’s an unexpressed legal principle functionally at work here: That President Trump is a crazy person whose oath of office large numbers of judges simply don’t trust and to whom, therefore, a whole lot of normal rules of judicial conduct do not apply.

If that’s what they think, they’re no longer serving the Constitution. They are undermining the framework of the country in a way in which Donald Trump has not.

Imagine if the military took that position.

The judiciary actually has greater domestic influence. Frankly, I fear the judges more.

(Update:typo fixed.)