Sunday, January 14, 2018
Friends, Donald Trump couldn't have won the Presidency without the enthusiastic support of rural Americans. Likewise, rural America needs and relies on President Trump to make economic and social progress in the years ahead. Check out my latest article, which appears in the Daily Caller. I argue that the alliance between Trump and rural residents is already bearing fruit.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Hold on to your hats, New York retirees, because you're about to be flabbergasted by the political games New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to play with your pensions. Liberals love "divestment," and the latest craze is the divestment of state pension funds from any company involved in the production of fossil fuels. Of course, if one follows this logic all the way, and we eliminate all investments in state pension funds that could potentially offend leftists, well, all we may be left with is stock in minority-owned bakers who specialize in gay weddings... Read on, and find out exactly what Cuomo has in mind. Remember, this guy is angling to be your next President, so the stakes couldn't be higher!
Monday, January 8, 2018
Friends, as I've said before, it's important to keep track of the activities of men like Tom Steyer, the California billionaire who is funding impeachment ads against President Trump. Perhaps in recognition that the effort to impeach Trump is flailing, Steyer is now devoting vast resources to the 2018 mid-term elections, with a goal of taking control of the House of Representatives for Democrats. (This could, of course, be a tactical move, since only the House can impeach anyone, and Democratic control of the chamber would vastly increase the chances that a Trump impeachment vote would happen.) All of this underscores how vital an election the mid-term contest will be. We can, I feel sure, keep the House AND expand our majority in the Senate, but we need to keep our eyes on the ball... Read on to learn more about Steyer's strategy for the mid-term, and his decision not to run for office himself, for now:
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Hi, friends. Those of you who have been following this blog for the duration may know that eons ago I published an article about how to defeat so-called sanctuary cities, which refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to deport criminal illegal aliens. The gist of the piece is this: threatening federal funding of such cities is not enough. The law specifies that those who harbor illegal aliens can be punished with jail time, and if you ask me a lot of Democratic politicians fit the bill! Here is the article:
I was pleased to see that recently the Acting Director of ICE echoed my sentiments:
Frankly, I think such a move would be in the interests of the Democratic Party, which is in serious danger of creating the impression that it prioritizes criminals' rights over the rights of law-abiding citizens. Let's end this sanctuary city nonsense once and for all, shall we?
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Friends, if you follow politics as obsessively as I do, you know that control of Virginia's House of Delegates has been hanging in the balance, as various recounts were completed, based on the November 2017 election. It came down to a race that was recently declared a tie. A tie, by Virginia law, is resolved by a drawing of lots. As you'll see below, the Republican candidate, David Yancey, thus won the race! The curious thing is...I was supremely confident that Republicans would keep control of the House of Delegates, when I learned that this was the method used to break a tie. Surely luck, a.k.a. Divine Providence, would favor the good guys, no? My faith was rewarded, and David Yancey won! You can't argue with results, eh?
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Greetings from Florida, friends. I am somewhat distracted from our common crusade against the Bolshevist horde, as I bask in the glow of the sub-tropical sun. Nonetheless, before I left Rochester, I found the time to write this article, which I dare say is one of my most important. Revelations continue to percolate to the effect that it is the Democrats who tried to "steal" the 2016 election by conniving with Russian spies. The time has come, therefore, to expose their shamelessness. Read on in American Greatness:
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
I wrote recently about Tom Steyer's ad blitz designed (at least superficially) to promote the impeachment of President Trump. In fact, as I opined, Steyer's real objective was to promote himself. Below you will find the first article I've encountered making the case for a Tom Steyer Presidential bid (!). Why mess around with the Senate or the governorship of California when you can go straight to the top? Steyer has doubled down on his impeachment outlays, and that's no surprise -- he is indeed getting traction with angry liberals (is there any other kind?). Conservatives should take this threat seriously. My best guess is that 40% of the country will believe ANY negative story or claim made about Donald Trump. By no means is "Russia collusion" the worst they can dream up. In my view, there ought to be a vigorous counterattack taking place against the impeachment zealots, and against the loonier elements in the Democratic Party. Republicans and conservatives never win anything by default. The left is organized and motivated, and we need to match them, stroke for stroke.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Friends, it goes without saying, I suppose, but I'll say it anyway -- MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. It's a season to be hopeful, thankful, reverent, and maybe a little joyous (time permitting). Above all, it's a time to revel in the fact that, flawed as we miserable humans may be, God loves us anyway! Talk about a stroke of luck...
As we prepare to welcome 2018, let's also reflect on all we've accomplished as Americans in 2017, which was a big year for our country. The media is working feverishly to convince us that this is the darkest age that man has ever known. Piffle! Here is a brilliant summary of many of the things that have gone right under President Trump:
Monday, December 18, 2017
Friends, I personally was surprised when the acerbic gadfly Al Franken announced his intention to resign from the U.S. Senate. As the world's foremost debating society, the Senate was an ideal platform for Franken, whose delight in mocking conservatives and Republicans was all too evident. How could a blowhard like Franken ever give up the limelight? It seemed inconceivable, even if he had been, because of the sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against him, hoisted on his own petard.
Now, though, it appears my instincts may be proven correct. Recent reports indicate that there is a groundswell of support among Democrats and leftists for the idea that Franken should...un-resign! As you will see in the article below, the argument is that Franken was railroaded, and surely he deserves due process before his political career is forfeited. Quite right, but it is curious that liberals are discovering their fondness for one of the core principles of American justice after the defeat of Roy Moore, whose political life was ended by unproven accusations, which he steadfastly denied. This leads us to ask: was Franken's resignation mere political theater, designed to give Democrats the moral high ground, so as to allow them to deal the deathblow to Moore, and thus pick up a critical seat in the Senate? Or, alternatively, do Democrats simply dismiss the need to give conservatives and Republicans the same due process that they (occasionally) acknowledge is the birthright and constitutional prerogative of most Americans. There was no hand-wringing on the left, after all, about Moore's rights, presumably because the left was happy to assume his guilt -- and they viewed any means that came to hand to destroy him politically to be worth trying. Contrast this to the left's reaction to the innumerable allegations of sexual harassment (and worse) leveled against Bill Clinton. President Clinton was vigorously defended by liberals, and his accusers were viciously attacked, most stridently of all by avowed feminists like Hillary Clinton. The only consistency to the leftist line on sexual harassment and impropriety that I can detect, therefore, is this: conservatives who are accused of any crime whatsoever are automatically guilty, end of discussion. (President Trump will know what I am talking about.) Liberals who are similarly accused are entitled to a presumption of innocence and due process, probably (but possibly not, if they are white males and the news cycle is distinctly unfavorable to them). Liberals who are important to the left's political viability, however -- a Democratic President, for instance, or a Democratic Senator in a state with a Republican Governor -- are not only presumed innocent; they must be innocent, because the alternative (of giving conservatives a temporary political advantage) is unacceptable, principles be damned! This is, I think, the only formulation of leftist "justice" that makes any sense, given the evidence at hand...
Am I wrong? Believe me, I wish I was. My gut tells me, though, that the liberal line on sexual harassment and impropriety is the same as their line on everything else: all is relative, in their eyes, and what it is relative to is the overriding assumption that leftist ideology, and leftist ideologues, must not be deflected from their long march to victory. The achievement of a leftist utopia, therefore, justifies the negation of any and all countervailing conventional moralities. It also justifies a scorched earth approach to political combat, according to which whoever gets in their way will be burnt to a cinder. In my opinion, any conservative who does not fear immolation at the hands of these "progressive" zealots is simply not paying attention.
Here, then, is the promised article. Waddy reports, you decide:
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Hi, friends. Well, it happened -- the Democrat Doug Jones defeated Judge Roy Moore in Alabama. The Republican Senate majority is now a puny 51-49. That's a bummer, and it will make it harder to achieve many conservative goals, but life will go on, and, as I explain in my latest article, the results of the 2018 mid-term elections are anything but a foregone conclusion. To make a long story short, Alabama, and America, will rise again! Read all about it here:
When Moore is Less: What We Can Learn from Roy Moore's Defeat
Doug Jones' narrow win over Judge Roy Moore in deep-red Alabama will come as a disappointment to many conservatives. Republicans must also fear that Jones' win signals impending doom for GOP candidates across the country in 2018. Such is unlikely to be the case.
First, the circumstances in the Alabama race were, to put it mildly, unusual. The accusations of sexual impropriety leveled against Moore were devastating, especially in the context of his ambiguous denials. We may never know how much truth there is in the various allegations, but there is no doubt that they accomplished their objective, from the perspective of the Washington Post: they defeated Roy Moore. Granted, Moore was already a weak candidate with a checkered past, and, absent the sexual misconduct story line, he would only have won narrowly, but he would have won, all the same. Needless to say, though, Democrats cannot count on every Republican candidate in 2018 being credibly accused of pedophilia, so these peculiar dynamics will never be reproduced.
Second, Moore lost in large measure because he was critically handicapped by a lack of conservative and Republican support. Numerous Republicans called on Moore to drop out of the race and/or suggested that he should be expelled from the Senate if he won the election. For several critical weeks the National Senate Republican Committee severed its ties with the Moore campaign. Likewise, although President Trump eventually declared his support for Moore, he did so with a focus on Doug Jones' liberalism, rather than on Moore himself, and he refused to visit Alabama. Most importantly, Jones received a torrent of donations from across the country, while Moore's fundraising languished. Jones was able to outspend Moore on the airwaves approximately 6 to 1. Arguably, the only thing that could have saved Moore was a heavy investment in negative ads against Doug Jones, in order to level the playing field, but given the lack of establishment support for Moore this was impossible. Democrats also benefited from the fact that, because the special election in Alabama was, at the time, the only election going, they could concentrate their resources and make a maximum effort.
Because of all these singular considerations, it is fairly obvious that the political dynamics in 2018 will be extremely different from those that resulted in Doug Jones' victory. Nonetheless, Republicans and conservatives should not be complacent.
For one thing, Democrats have demonstrated, in Virginia and in Alabama, an ability to mobilize their core constituencies. It would appear that the media's efforts to keep liberals in a holding pattern of continuous frothing rage are working. Somewhat surprisingly, even black voters responded enthusiastically to Doug Jones' candidacy – or, at any rate, to the opportunity to defeat Roy Moore. This means that it is likely that Democratic turnout in 2018 will be robust.
In addition, conservatives should not console themselves with the idea that they “dodged a bullet” by avoiding Roy Moore's presence in the Senate. True, Moore would have been a potential albatross around the neck of Republicans, but the liberal attack lines against GOP candidates will be unchanged. The left will always label Republicans “anti-women,” as well as racist and homophobic, and they will always find evidence, even if it is contrived or ridiculous, to support their attacks. Republicans should not delude themselves with the idea that, by offering Roy Moore as a human sacrifice to political correctness, they can insulate themselves from charges of bigotry, chauvinism, and lechery. Far from it.
It would appear that, as the Russia collusion narrative gradually unravels, liberals believe that sexual misconduct allegations may yet become the silver bullet that slays Donald Trump. Given the success that the left achieved along these lines in Alabama, we can expect such accusations to multiply even further in number. Of course, this is a double-edged sword for Democrats, since many of their own are susceptible to the same kind of charges.
In the end, while Republicans are right to worry about 2018, especially since the laws of political gravity suggest that a party currently so strong in almost every facet of American political life is due for a comeuppance, they should realize that nothing is inevitable, and indeed 11 months are a very long time in politics.
Perhaps what should comfort Republicans the most is the fact that their present standing in state legislatures, governorships, and in the House of Representatives is so historically strong that Democrats would need to make truly massive gains in order to fundamentally alter the state of the nation's politics. There are innumerable ways in which they can be stymied, and surely, if Republicans can merely fight their way to a tie in the popular vote on election night, they will, by default, be the winners.
In the Senate, moreover, the lineup of contests in 2018 is so favorable to Republicans that they could easily gain seats in that chamber even if they suffer losses in every other political domain. There is ample reason to hope, therefore, that the slender 51-49 majority that Republicans now enjoy in the Senate will soon be growing.
Republicans and conservatives, it may seem that we have arrived at a truly desperate hour, when even the good people of Alabama cannot be counted on to vote for Republicans. The truth, though, is that the country remains fundamentally divided between left and right, blue and red, and Democrats will have no easy time of it taking America by storm. If we keep our heads, we can ensure that they never do.
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.