Monday, March 18, 2019
Friends, the latest machinations over Brexit have me very worried. If the British elite succeeds in postponing Brexit for months or even years, it seems to me that Brexit is unlikely ever to occur, at least in any meaningful sense. Was this Prime Minister Theresa May's secret agenda all along? I'm beginning to think so. Read all about it in my latest article:
In other news, check out this fascinating poll, which shows that support for impeachment is dropping and more and more Americans are coming around to the view that Trump has been the victim of a "witchhunt" and a vendetta. Given the duplicity of the mainstream media on the issues of Mueller and collusion, it's a small miracle that so many Americans are clear-eyed. God Bless the good sense of the American people!
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Poor Christopher Columbus just can't catch a break. Not only is he dead -- long dead -- but to add insult to injury now the Left is insisting that statues of the "discoverer" of the Americas must be torn down. Why? Because Columbus reminds them of the agony of the American Indian, and liberals, in case you haven't noticed, can't abide being reminded of anything unpleasant. You don't have to BE offensive, bigoted, or cruel, in their view -- you simply have to rub them the wrong way, and...OFF WITH YOUR HEAD! Victor Davis Hanson has written an excellent article about why this trend is both dangerous and misconceived:
You may also wish to cast a glance at this superb analysis of the current state of climate change "science". "The science is settled," say the climate catastrophists. Is it really???
Lastly, let me add my voice to the growing chorus of Brexiteers who are immensely dismayed by the derogation of duty exhibited by Parliament last week. Parliament won't support ANY positive course of action on Brexit. All it can agree on is that MPs need more time to decide. More time, though, is inherently dangerous, because it will afford anti-Brexit forces more opportunity to hatch schemes to scuttle Brexit. I sincerely hope the EU says NO to an extension, and that a no-deal Brexit unfolds on March 29th. If it doesn't, British democracy will be in jeopardy.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Friends, don't miss this week's Newsmaker Show with me and Brian O'Neil. We cover some hot topics in the news, like the state of the Democratic presidential contest -- especially the prospects of the mercurial Joe Biden -- and Nancy Pelosi's startling admission that she's against impeachment, because Trump "isn't worth it". We'll see if the rest of her caucus agrees... We also touch on some fascinating historical topics, including the anniversary of Hernan Cortes' landing in Mexico in 1519, Mikhail Gorbachev's accession to the premiership of the Soviet Union, and the unmitigated tragedy that was Bolshevism. Don't miss it!
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Friday, March 8, 2019
Friends, this article is a must-read. It exposes many of the fallacies that are eating away at the modern environmental movement like a cancer. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Friends, you're probably aware that Stalin was a baddie. You may not be aware, however, just how much he was revered in the West, especially America, before and during World War II. FDR had something of a crush on the brutal dictator, and leftists the world over admired the Soviet Union for its socialist virtuosity and its rapid industrial and technological progress. The excesses of the Stalin regime were widely denied by liberals, in addition. We explore this anomaly in my latest Newsmaker interview with Brian O'Neil. Even today, while Nazism is universally despised, communism, for some strange reason, continues to be socially acceptable in elite, intellectual, and academic circles. Perhaps, then, President Trump is right: the battle against socialism/Marxism, which was joined in earnest in 1917, has yet to be won.
Other topics this week include: my recent anti-Cuomo article in the New York Post, the espionage threat posed by China's Confucius Institutes, the first deployment of U.S. ground troops in South Vietnam in 1965, the Rosenbergs and the "Red Scare", Russophobia and the modern Left, the importance of "original intent" in constitutional law, liberal chagrin at the booming Trump economy, and the increasingly wide-ranging Congressional witchhunt against President Trump and his entire family.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Friends, my latest article, appearing in the Daily Caller, explores Elizabeth Warren's struggling presidential candidacy. How is a woman who can't keep her own ethnicity straight supposed to capture the Democratic nomination? The answer: she isn't, and she won't. Read all about it...
The Primaries Haven't Started Yet, But Elizabeth Warren Has Already Lost
Although the titanic struggle in the Democratic Party between its moderate and liberal/socialist wings has yet to be decided, one thing is certain: the candidacy of Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is going nowhere.
Warren is a darling of class-warfare-loving leftists. She inspired President Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and thus can take partial credit for the tepid growth of the Obama years (especially the tepid part).
Although her “progressive” economic philosophy bears a striking resemblance to the socialist vision of Bernie Sanders, Warren passed on endorsing Sanders in 2016. Instead, towards the end of the nominating process she embraced the stultifying candidacy of Hillary Clinton, assuming, no doubt, that she would surely triumph over Donald Trump. When Clinton fizzled, Warren got the worst of both worlds: Sanders supporters viewed her as a sellout, while her association with Hillary, a two-time presidential loser, paid no political dividends.
The bad news kept coming. In October 2018, Warren decided that, in preparation for a presidential run of her own, she had to preemptively defuse the charge that for years she had falsely claimed to have Native American ancestry. The method she chose was unfortunate: she trumpeted genetic test results that indicated that she is, at best, infinitesimally Indian — in fact, she may even be less Indian than the typical white American. Her claims to Native American heritage thus became laughable, whereas before they were merely suspect. President Trump's perceptive mockery of Warren as “Pocahontas,” and her inability to respond effectively, sealed the judgment of the mainstream media: Warren had been bested by the Belittler-in-Chief.
Nonetheless, Warren persevered, and on February 9th she launched her presidential campaign with great fanfare in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Weeks before, her stilted appearance in a campaign video, offering her bemused husband a beer, had elicited guffaws, but in Lawrence her fiery speech roused the liberal base. More than a few Democrats were wowed by her intellect and by her obvious passion for throttling Wall Street fat cats.
Warren struggled vainly, however, to break into the double digits in nationwide polls of Democratic primary voters. In fact, since February 9th, Warren hasn't reached that critical threshold in a single poll, and her trendlines have been pointing downwards. Alarm bells are sounding in Taxachusetts, and with good reason.
The worst was yet to come, however, as Bernie Sanders announced his own candidacy on February 19th. This was a double blow to Warren. Not only did Sanders threaten to siphon off many affluent, educated white liberals who otherwise might have found a natural home in the Warren campaign, but in addition Sanders quickly surged to the top of the polls in the all-important New Hampshire Democratic Primary. For Warren to capture the Democratic presidential nomination, she absolutely must win New Hampshire (much of the state is essentially a bedroom community for Boston: the heart of Warren country). Bernie's star power in the Granite State makes that next to impossible. In fact, Warren is currently running in fourth place in New Hampshire — behind even Senator Kamala Harris of California. Ouch!
Additional revelations about Warren's “Indianness” may prove to be her undoing. The Washington Post unearthed evidence that she had, in 1986, listed her race on an application to practice law in Texas as “American Indian.” The persistent rumor that she had disingenuously claimed to be Native American in the formative years of her legal and academic career, in order to benefit from minority status, seemed to be confirmed. Her recent sop to Native Americans — a promise that they too should be “part of the conversation” on reparations — can't undo the severe damage to her credibility.
Warren remains a force in the Democratic Party, and she remains near the top of Democrats' vast field of Presidential candidates — for now. It appears very unlikely, however, that she can win the nomination. As more liberal and more authentic candidates steal her thunder, Warren may eventually come to the conclusion that the best she can hope for is the Vice-Presidential slot. Chances are rising that she will drop out of the race before a single caucus or primary vote is cast.
That would chagrin President Trump, who clearly relishes the idea of running against a “phony Indian.” Warren's tin-eared version of crypto-socialism would also have been a perfect foil for a President who has achieved massive economic and job growth.
Alas, Republicans will have to look elsewhere for their nemesis. Warren is a clunker.
She may not be the Democrats' biggest loser in 2020, but she is their first.
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com. He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.
And here's the Daily Caller version:
Monday, March 4, 2019
Friends, there's much in the news. First, Vice-President Pence (a really decent guy, if you hadn't heard) has penned an op-ed in the Washington Post about the need for Congress to grant authority for the creation of the new Space Force, to be housed in the Air Force. One assumes many Democrats will oppose the Space Force simply because it was Trump's idea. Perhaps they will deny that space even exists? Oy.
We've just begun to see the ugliness that will develop on the Left as various Democrats -- some more "socialist" than others -- vie for the Democratic presidential nomination. Just today this Bernie supporter is complaining that MSNBC is plotting against his guy, and an article also appeared in the New York Times calling on Democrats not to go too far to the left, lest they scare away centrist voters. This tug of war will be fascinating to watch!
In what may prove ultimately to be the biggest news of the Trump era so far, the U.S. and China are nearing agreement on a new trading relationship. Will it fundamentally alter the commercial balance of power and reverse Chinese abuses? I have my doubts, but it will represent a major win for the U.S., and it will undoubtedly create many thousands of U.S. jobs. It will be hard for the media to sweep this one under the rug, folks...
As you no doubt saw coming, the House Democrats are positively giddy with anticipation about all the "dirt" on Trump, and his family, which they're intending to dig up. As usual, they can't pick a focus for their Trump-hatred, but they're sure that, if they attack on all fronts, he's bound to cry uncle. Ha! Clearly they haven't met the man. That Congress will drag the Trumps through the mud from now to November 2020 is certain. That the American people will be persuaded by any of these antics is doubtful. Democrats run the very real risk that their harassment of the President will backfire -- and that they will lose control of the rabid, impeachment-craving faction in the party. Pelosi and Schumer would love to keep a lid on calls for impeachment, but for those who watch CNN and MSNBC for a living, and there appear to be millions of these lost souls, nothing will suffice except summary execution for all Trumps.
Socialism is emerging as one of the key themes in the 2020 race, and there is every indication that this line of attack against Democrats could be a powerful and effective one. The American people don't cotton to socialism. The Dems have yet to figure this out, and some of them, like Bernie, could never change their spots, even if they wanted to.
Finally, you remember all that nonsense about how tax refunds were down, and thus the Trump tax cuts were actually a tax increase on "working families"? It was always a total fraud, and now we know it for sure:
Crazy times we live in, eh? It's only going to get crazier!
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Friends, the Left keeps getting loonier and loonier. Four years ago President Obama and the two main Democratic candidates for President had the good sense not to touch the concept of "reparations" for the descendants of slaves with a ten-foot pole. Heck, even Bernie knew better! Now, though, to compete for the votes of the party faithful, apparently you have to embrace any and every left-wing proposal, no matter how unrealistic, no matter how expensive, and no matter how deeply unpopular. Democrats are backing themselves into a corner, and they're making President Trump's task of winning re-election easier by the day (not that I imagine it will be all that easy, in the final analysis).
My latest article explores in some detail the sheer futility and wrongheadedness of the concept of reparations. Thanks to Townhall for publishing it!
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Friends, don't miss my latest Newsmaker interview with Brian O'Neil. We cover Michael Cohen's incredible shrinking credibility, the Brexit chaos plaguing the U.K., AOC's absurd suggestion that having children in this day and age is morally irresponsible, the Reichstag fire in Germany in 1933, and the legacy of the liberation of Kuwait by American and coalition forces in February 1991. Check it out!