The nation that believes every culture is equal must expect new immigrants and new generations of previous immigrants to find little need for patriotism or loyalty.

The Harm Done

The Unacceptable Candidate

According to Commentary (29 February, 2016), Trump has “…embraced torture for its cathartic effects and has endorsed the commitment of war crimes”. He asks Republicans…

… to support the Trump conceit that George W. Bush intentionally lied the nation into the Iraq War and declined to prevent the 9/11 attacks. The Party of Trump would be one that supports individual mandates to patronize private companies like health insurers, opposes equitable global commerce, and backs reckless trade wars with its most valued partners. It would be a party that declares Hispanic immigrants rapists and is suspicious of foreign, naturalized, and native-born Muslims. It would be a party that rallies toward a figure that advocates the crushing of dissent, and flirts with political violence toward that end. It would be a party that subtly nods toward rather than disavows anti-Semitism and anti-black bigotry, and which brings those distasteful elements out of the shadows.

The situation has unfolded unexpectedly: first, yes, crackpots have long lurked around the GOP, but now it appears as if a majority of nominal Republicans has lost their moral compasses. Second, the Obama administration has evoked widespread voter frustration with its concept of a paternalistic big government that ignores some of the rules (such as the nation’s constitution). Third, support for Trump is plainly at odds with modern US conservatism’s rational foundation.

The Case For Trump

Here, thanks to The Tramp Abroad, is an e-mail message that tries to explain Trump’s virtues. Evidently texts like this have been circulating widely.

I have been drawn between candidates and have not made up my mind. Trump does bring some new ideas to the table. I just need some particulars before I follow the Pied Piper.When was the last time you could vote for the ideal candidate? I’m old, and I’ve always voted. I can’t remember ever thinking any were ideal. We always have two choices, usually Tweedledee and Tweedledum. If you did not vote for Tweedledee you got Tweedledum. That’s the way it is folks.

Now consider this: An interesting analogy

You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean, raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately so you hire a guy. A pro. You don’t care if the guy smells, you need those raccoons gone pronto and he’s the guy to do it! You don’t care if the guy swears, you don’t care if he’s an alcoholic, you don’t care how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he has plumber’s crack…you simply want those raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He’s the guy. He’s the best. Period.

That’s why Trump. Yes, he’s a bit of an ass. Yes, he’s an egomaniac, but you don’t care. The country is a mess because politicians suck and we are all sick and tired of Tweedledee and Tweedledum choices. The Democrats are killing us, the Republican Party is two-faced and gutless, liberals don’t have a clue, and illegals are everywhere. You want it all fixed!

You don’t care that Trump is crude, you don’t care that he insults people, you don’t care that he had been friendly with Hillary, you don’t care that he’s been married 3 times, you don’t care that he fights with Megyn Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell, you don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorists,… this country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hamid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in; AND WE JUST WANT it FIXED. Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want. You’re sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and sick of illegals. You just want this thing fixed. Trump may not be a saint, but no person or company he has ever done business with has come forward and called him corrupt, or hard to do business with. He doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him, and he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him. All you know is that he has been well educated at the university of Pennsylvania business school, seems to have boundless energy, has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, and he’s not a cowardly, deceitful, professional politician. And he says he’ll fix it.

You don’t care if the guy has bad hair.

You just want those raccoons gone.

Out of your house.

What Is Trump Really Up To?

The bizarre candidacy of Trump has evoked speculation that he is actually Hillary’s agent, running to guarantee her victory. This conspiracy theory assumes that Hillary would admit privately that she faces defeat in battle with any Republican except Trump, and it explains why Trump has felt free to sound like a braying ass.

In fact, as The Tramp Abroad points out, there are good reasons to suspect that Trump embarked on his crusade in order to shatter the Republican Party, or possibly simply to aid Hillary. Read the intelligent speculation found here, and consider the possibilities.

Now consider this quote provided by The Tramp Abroad:

This is a cut ‘n paste from a posting a retired Army friend (and a very right wing, 2nd amendment believer) put on Facebook. Quote: To all my friends who are considering voting for Donald Trump. Please don’t be offended by this post but I need to pose this question and solicit your response. Do you think that Donald Trump could be a “shill” for Hillary Clinton? I read, listen to and watch many political so called pundits. Many of the most conservative have posed this exact question and I didn’t think much about it until today. Today an audio cut had been leaked of a conversation between Mr. Trump and a cohost of MSNBC’s The Morning Joe. In it you can clearly hear the conversation between Mr. Trump and Mika Brzezinski asking Mika not to field him any hard questions. Why would MSNBC want to help Mr. Trump? Add to that all the time Mr. Trump buddied up to Hillary over the past years. Something to me is just not right.

A Likely Scenario

Now of course rumination of that sort downplays or even ignores the implications of the fact that the wrong chief executive (such as Obama) can be so disorienting that principled leadership becomes widely perceived as stupid and disastrously weak. That interpretation might explain why the US electorate now faces the unpalatable prospect of having to choose between — of all people! — Hillary and Trump. Only a contest as outrĂ© as Martin Sheen versus Nancy Grace could be more inane.

Perhaps a more cogent summary of the current disaster would say simply that when times are bad, a desperate electorate is likely to take huge risks.

Note well, please: if Obama can be president, anyone can, and some voters have responded to understandable anxiety by supporting a madcap figure. Unfortunately that has prompted a lemming-like escape from rationality.

Indeed, Trump is doing well (another hat tip goes to The Tramp for this report). He’s defeating other Republicans, and will almost certainly be the GOP nominee.

But is Trump inevitable? True, stolidly principled folks like Newt Gingrich are still trying to push Trump aside (this is a well-written piece in support of Kasich), but Trump certainly seems to have won by igniting fed-up GOP voters. This newsletter has to reckon with a preponderance of the depressing evidence.

Addendum

This link was added after the publication of Number 420 of this newsletter. Call up this URL and read the document found there.

Trump Can Not Possibly Win The Presidential Election

The GOP is the minority party, which means it must attract Democrats if it is to win the national election. Reagan could do that; no current Republican can match his appeal to “swing voters”.

Democrats will view Trump as a freak or a joke — certainly not as a reformer. His rhetoric has profoundly alienated Hispanics and virtually all ethnic minorities. He has no traction whatsoever with black voters. A significant number of Republicans, appalled by the nomination of Trump, will stay home.

Accordingly, this newsletter confidently predicts that Trump will lose to Hillary.

The Republicans who nominated Trump are going to put Hillary and Slick Willy back in The White House. That’s nauseatingly perverse.

An English Preposition Worth Resuscitating

Pace exists as a noun and a verb; both relate to walking. Pace is also a respectable and useful preposition. Call up this website, which will tell you the two very distinct ways to say pace correctly. The less familiar pronunciation is employed when pace means “contrary to the opinion of”. For example, one can say, “Biological evolution is generally accepted as a fact, pace a minority composed of fundamentalist Christians”. The preposition is often italicized, though that is not a hard and fast rule.

Links Courtesy Of The Tramp Abroad

What is driving the upsurge of American authoritarianism, and, consequently, the popularity of Trump?

Here is the official unofficial story of what happened when those US sailors were captured by the Iranian navy.

Turkey: what is a country to do when the president says that he neither respects nor will obey the decision of the Constitutional Court?

Sometimes you just have to cry over spilled milk. And the aftermath? Here. Surely the TSA has her “name and number” and is just waiting for a chance to take revenge.

Brazen thieves clean out a FFL gun shop in Houston: video, video with commentary, and the news story. None of the bad guys passed the federal background check.

Don’t kill those nasty terrorists; capture and interrogate them.

Anyone interested in AGW should — no, must — read this! (Ed.: A takeaway quote is, “I fear the end of the Enlightenment. I fear an intellectual Gulag with Greenpeace as my prison guards”.)

Neanderthaler and Homo sapiens might have cross-bred 100,000 years ago, 50,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Here is a retrospective on the heinous terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

Kofi Anan and the editor of this newsletter agree — on this issue, at least.

Those upstanding people who represent us US citizens in our government always seem to get preferential treatment. Links: one, two, three. Only five years and a fine…I would bet that he does not spend more than three years behind bars, and those will likely be in a minimum security facility.

Is the negotiated ceasefire really a cessation of hostilities between the Syrian Army and the rebels trying to oust al-Assad? Probably not.

Ordinary Links

No matter what you think of Edward Snowden, you must see this video. It is essential.

This could prove interesting, if Hillary’s former assistant is truthful and forthcoming. Don’t bet that he will be either. In all probability, he will try desperately to steer a course between the law and the facts of political life.

Here is a forty-minute interview with a Congressman who calls himself a Libertarian Republican. He provides a brief introduction to economics and principles of governance that “Progressives” and other Utopian collectivists will find appalling.

Just when Hillary least needed it, doubt about the death of Vince Foster is back to haunt her. Some folks claim that evidence has recently been found that the suicide managed to shoot himself twice: once in the head, and once in the neck. So far, the major media are very deliberately paying no attention to claims that he was murdered, so you will have to go to this internet source to learn more.

If you like to worry, you will love this.

The masthead includes a quote from the works of Nick Adams.