Dear reader, if my vindicated contempt for the Left’s protesting our election results with street demonstrations and riots shows, then you will have correctly deduced my mindset regarding these know-nothings be they of the planned-and-paid-for or spontaneous kind. As the dust begins to settle, some very telling stats are being compiled on the devastation that this election delivered to what will remain of Obama’s legacy and the Democratic Party (more here). I am still looking for one single thing benefiting our country that was delivered by Team Obama.
The motley make-up of Hillary’s supporters caused some unnecessarily raised eyebrows on the Right. Perhaps most puzzling to many people was the support she received from many seeming free-market capitalists in Silicon Valley. The puzzle quickly disappears when the background and corporate interests of these large technology companies are considered. The major companies are dyed-in-the-wool corporatists who have been working closely for years with a federal government for a globalist future premised on the demise of a world order based on Westphalian sovereign nation-states. They best of all understand how immune from the regulatory and tax policies of a partnering government they will be in these pre-Singularity years. (more here)
The useful idiots demonstrating against Trump’s and the Republicans’ victories have no idea that they are the manipulated minions of the country’s miscreant party. In government schools the history of the Democratic Party has been reformulated where possible and expunged where not. It is safe to say that only a minuscule fraction of Americans are familiar with the issues and policies that the Democratic Party has promoted and defended since they came into being under President Andrew Jackson. Most of us are ignorant of the Democrats (north and south) as being the defenders of slavery, the founders and backbone of the KKK, implementers of Jim Crow segregation, champions of eugenics and social Darwinism, students of fascist European economies, opponents of women’s rights, … the list goes on. In the aggregate, the Republicans were on the other side of every one of these issues, and then came the Big Switch. (A fully referenced summary, can be found in the recent (2016) Hillary’s America – The Secret History of the Democratic Party by Dinesh D’Souza. And here I invite refutation of the historical citations and not an ad hominem denigration of the messenger.)
No one should take from here that I would refuse anyone’s right to peacefully protest anything to their heart’s content as long as they don’t illegally gum up the process and progress of civil society which in America is founded on mores and values formalized in the US Constitution. Last I looked, this election was fair and legal with an outcome guaranteed to displease half of a very ideologically divided country.
What divides us the most is that half of us would like to overturn our constitutional government and remake our country into a borderless globalist region retaining ‘America’ as its label only for geographical convenience and continuity. The people in the streets and their elitist sponsors want to tear down what I have spent my life working to build up. Sadly, these people are no more ‘my fellow Americans’ than are me and mine theirs. Now it is time for all of us to honor our history and exceptionalism, and let the established peaceful transfer of power take place.
[Later] The highly organized anti-Trump protests continued today. I recall that after the obviously incompetent and inexperienced Section 8 president was elected in 2008, the Right just hunkered down to plan its preparations for the next election. An immediate result was the spontaneous formation of Tea Parties across the land which later united into several national political organizations that worked to elect a Republican House in 2010, and then continued on to bring about a Republican Congress in 2014. Jo Ann and I were part of the committee that formed one of the nation's seminal Tea Parties right here in Nevada County under the leadership of Mark and father Stan Meckler. We didn't protest Obama's election even though we knew it would be a giant backward step for America. The election was legal and that was that. Our job was to work the established political protocols of our land and do our best in the next election. However, that approach has never been the response of the Left here and around the world - violence and disruption has always been part and parcel of their tactics when legitimate political action fails.
[Later still] The Bullshit Department – it’s always good to revisit it from time to time. Besides being woefully wrong, the pollsters and pundits lectured us for months that Hillary was the candidate of the intellectually blessed, and only the double dummies would vote for Trump. And that would be doubly true for women, especially those who could hold down a job in the workplace.
Well, as the election results continue to roll in and are analyzed, the truth is quite different from the output of the progressives’ perpetual propaganda pump. It turns out that Trump garnered 49% of the college grads’ votes to Hillary’s 45%. And working women overwhelmingly went for Trump over Hillary 62% to 38%. It is left as an exercise to determine the aggregate qualifications of those who voted for Mrs Clinton.
In looking at these results, Democrat pundits now acknowledge that the progressives tacked too far left too quickly. What goes unsaid but not unnoticed by the astute observer is that the Left again let out how extreme are its ultimate political goals and its driving ideology.
[14nov16 update] The lamestream media has not given up on Trump, conservatives, Republicans, and everyone else they see slowing down America on its appointed road to being governed by a socialist leviathan. The so-called balanced ‘news reports’ from the Associated Press to our local Union continue their blatant ideological editorializing. This morning’s AP report on staffing the Trump White House is another thinly veiled hit piece on the new Republican administration (here).
AP correspondent Julie Pace who contributed to the story is a frequent FN panelist. There she comes across as a balanced mid-roader that bears no relation to what she writes at her day job. I have found that also to be the case with similar guest panelists who are journalists for NYT, WaPo, … . The message and its delivery is customized to the audiences.
For openers, the Left and its light-thinking terminally progressive journalists have created and launched “white nationalism” as the new pejorative label defining its (here, note the references) ideology as based on fascism, Nazism, and cozy with the KKK’s founding tenets. If you happen to be Caucasian and believe in the continued sovereignty of the United States, you are branded a white nationalist with all the implied baggage that this carries. Beyond the journalists, our population of thought-optional snowflakes are the first demographic to swallow full weight of this appellation hook, line, and sinker.
Trump’s picking Breitbart’s Steve Bannon to a senior WH staff position is the newest post-election cause célèbre to assure that the nation’s ideological schism continues to grow. HufPost pulls no punches – “At Breitbart, Bannon helped make the hardline populist website a go-to resource for white nationalists and the alt-right, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.” (emphasis mine)
Locally this soft leftwing vitriol is picked up by our own Union columnist and RR reader, George Boardman. Now to be accurate, Mr Boardman’s column makes no obvious attempt to be fair and balanced – he is a man with strong progressive predilections and hopes that you will be bathed in the same light that illuminates his world. No shame in that; I’ve been known to cobble a few words together now and then for the same purpose. But these pages do contain some of Mr Boardman’s critiques that undeniably imply that he is a man who seldom strays from the middle or has a strong ideological perspective.
Today’s Boardman column in the 14nov16 Union (here) is a stark illustration of this assessment of leftwing journalism. His piece on the election’s winners and losers describes the reaction of rightwing “militia groups” converging on Washington if Trump had lost the election. He states that “the election was rigged” since the popular vote didn’t determine the winner – well yes, the Founders’ electoral college purposely has rigged the system as a democratic republic based on the federalized states to specifically avoid giving us a popular vote destroying democracy. Mr Boardman is no dummy and knows this; however through his critique he exposes his preferences for America’s future.
He goes on to imply that President-elect Trump is a borderline idiot with whom “there is a possibility that (he) will realize he now has the most serious job in the world …”. Mr Boardman dismisses the actual email evidence that condemned Donna Brazile’s role with the DNC and CNN, instead spinning it as her “allegedly passing debate questions to Clinton” and therefore sharing the blame for Hillary’s defeat. And then we have the gratuitous slap at Senate majority leader McConnell who is accused of taking an unnamed and “unprincipled position” which is “always the best one to take when it comes to politics.”
Our indefatigable columnist then fingers Breitbart and Drudge Report for failing some on-high imposed but never claimed standards of “fairness” which resulted in biases that were missed by the seemingly guileless and fair-minded mainstream media. And then he delivers his coup de grace – “Maybe we’re evolving toward the European model, where you pick your media based on your political affiliation.” (my emphasis) There is little I can say in response to this massive insight other than, ‘Welcome to planet Earth Mr Boardman where it was ever thus.’
None of the above should be taken to imply that George Boardman is not a gentleman who labors diligently in the vineyards of dispensing progressive thought as he has every right to do. In these pages we are blessed by the breadth and vision he brings to this sometimes chaotic forum. And to put a bow on it, my own thoughts on ‘fair and balanced’ can be found here.