Saturday, May 18, 2019
Friends, it is an article of faith on the Left that Trump=racism, and therefore the victory of Donald Trump in 2016 must have unleashed a flood of racist incidents and attitudes throughout the nation, right? There is a lot of evidence that the supposed cresting of American racism under Trump is purely imaginary. This article helps to illuminate the truth: that racial attitudes are, broadly speaking, about as tolerant as they have ever been in our history, despite the Left's constant efforts to stoke division and discord.
Don't count the Left out yet, though. They've been wanting to undermine the use of standardized testing in American college admissions for years. The reason? Blacks and Hispanics don't do as well on these tests as liberals think they should. Moreover, concerted efforts to make these tests more "accessible" to people of color have had little effect. Clearly, the only solution is to throw out standardized tests altogether, or grade black and Hispanic students on some kind of a curve, right? Assuming you discount the idea of judging people on their individual merits, sure. This article argues that the "adversity score" that the College Board is instituting could be a bridge to an even more naked adjustment of test scores to give students of color a leg up. Could be. In any case, the analysis here is superbly well-informed.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Friends, the John Durham situation fascinates me. I don't know, frankly, whether to be pleased or chagrined about this latest twist in the Trump-Russia saga. But here are my thoughts. See if they match up with yours.
In other news, here's a great defense of the importance of free speech and pluralism. We are, as the article suggests, becoming increasingly intolerant of dissenting views, and that bodes ill for our democracy.
Now here's an interesting development. The College Board will soon be reporting "adversity" scores to colleges, as well as SAT scores. Apparently, the organization feels competent to decide who's had a hard time in life and therefore deserves a leg up. What colleges do with the scores is, of course, up to them, but the truth is that class diversity has never been that important to higher education anyway. A lot of the applicants from poor and lower-middle class backgrounds that colleges might be interested in otherwise are white or Asian, and that naturally lowers their progressive stock value. The real miracle is that the College Board doesn't already adjust students' actual test scores based on their race or class. That may be coming soon, if we're not careful.
Lastly, take note of this ad sponsored by Tom Steyer's "Need to Impeach" group. It seems that the Trump-haters are growing frustrated with the Democrats in Congress. Sure, the Dems love to investigate Trump and drop endless hints about impeachment, but the last thing in the world they want to do is put it to a vote. The Dems are, in effect, stonewalling, and at some point the hard left is going to realize it. Unpleasantness will ensue, mark my words...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Friends, don't miss this week's Newsmaker Show with me and Brian O'Neil. We take a historical detour to the all-important Seven Years' War of 1756-63, and to the defeat of the Red Army in Afghanistan in the 1980s, which paved the way for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Naturally, we also cover the naming of John Durham as the lead prosecutor investigating the surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016, and we hit on the currents wars in Afghanistan and Syria, Robert Mueller's blindspot, i.e. Democratic "collusion" with Russian intel agents, whether there can be obstruction without an underlying crime, the case of the fired Harvard Dean who represents Harvey Weinstein, Biden-mania in the Democratic Party, the likely reaction of progressives to a Biden nomination, and the future of David Hogg.
Check it out!
Friday, May 10, 2019
Friends, take a gander at my latest article, which analyzes the lessons of South Africa's recent general election. I suggest that the racialized nature of South African politics mirrors what Democrats are trying to achieve in this country -- and South Africa's decline could presage our own...
Democrats Look at South Africa, and They Like What They See
Even in the wake of its latest free election, held on May 8th, South Africa is not, on the face of it, a model of vibrant democracy. The country suffers from persistent racial divisions, a stagnant economy, poor service delivery, rampant crime, and the world's worst income inequality. Surely this would not be the kind of society that any American would want to transplant to our shores. And yet...the America that Democrats envision and are striving to create looks very similar to dysfunctional South Africa. We should therefore view the country's steady unraveling as a cautionary tale.
South Africa's democracy got off to a promising start in 1994 with the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as President. Mandela strove to reconcile whites and blacks, and to improve public services for the nation's poor while safeguarding private property and expanding foreign investment and tourism.
In more recent years, however, South Africa has suffered under corrupt, incompetent leadership. Its economic growth rates slumped (averaging less than 1%), unemployment is close to 30%, rates of murder and rape are among the world's highest, and the government has embraced a policy of expropriating white-owned farmland.
Mandela's African National Congress has kept a firm grip on power, but the Economic Freedom Fighters, who espouse socialism and demonize whites, are gaining support. Voting preferences also remain overwhelmingly race-based. Large majorities of whites, Asians, and people of mixed race support the opposition Democratic Alliance, while less than 10% of blacks do so. Only 4% of whites vote for the governing ANC.
A racially Balkanized and dysfunctional one-party state: that is, sadly, what South Africa has become. It is also what Democrats want to turn America into.
Yes, Democrats claim to want racial harmony and opportunity and rights for all, but in fact the modern Democratic Party cannot survive without constantly stoking racial hostility and reopening old wounds, from slavery and reparations, to police brutality, to illegal immigration, to so-called voter suppression. Simply put, the day that Americans set aside their racial divisions and view one another as brothers is the day the Democratic Party ceases to be electorally viable, and Democratic insiders know it. They want to keep racial minorities on the Democratic plantation for as long as possible, and the media, which pushes every narrative emphasizing white racism and the oppression of non-whites, is helping them do it.
Economically, Democrats claim to want to narrow income and wealth inequality, but look at the evidence: the most unequal areas in the U.S. are the bluest of blue cities and states, mostly on the coasts, where Democratic policies of high taxes and expensive government programs have been in place for decades. If anyone wants to know what a thoroughly blue America would look like, they need only visit San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., or New York. There, the rich pay taxes through the nose, yes, but the poor and even middle class Americans can barely afford to get by. Housing costs are exorbitant. Education and other public services are theoretically egalitarian but practically abysmal. If one wants to live a decent life in these “socialist paradises,” the only way to do so is to become rich. Money talks — especially, as it turns out, in blue America.
The important thing from the Democrats' perspective, though, is not that the problems of the poor and the middle class are ever truly addressed. It is that their ongoing, even escalating, grievances are useful rather than threatening to Democratic dominance. The worse inequality, crime, and public services become in these blue areas, the more Democratic politicians can blame old bugaboos like the KKK or the GOP. And Democrats keep on winning elections — just as they were always supposed to.
None of this should surprise the American people. The same Democratic Party that spent the last two and a half years hoping against hope that the President could be proved a traitor does not shrink from exploiting, or even manufacturing, racial and class divisions to ensure its own electoral success.
South Africans are slowly coming to realize that the political elite that governs them is more parasitical than patriotic. Unfortunately, they are too mired in racial animosity to do anything about it.
Americans had better wise up before it is too late. The Democratic Party thrives on racial hatred, economic misery, and democratic dysfunction. It is a cancer on America's body politic, and in the long run the survival of it and of democracy itself are not compatible.
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.
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Thursday, May 9, 2019
Friends, something momentous just happened: the United States seized one of North Korea's merchant ships, alleging that it was involved in the illegal export of coal. International sanctions are supposed to put irresistible economic pressure on North Korea to abandon its missile and nuclear programs, but of course the North Koreans have been cheating systematically for years. The fact that we are now prepared to enforce those sanctions and seize North Korean ships and assets is a major escalation of the sanctions regime, and it threatens the viability of the North Korean economy and state. I say: kudos, President Trump! The North Koreans need to understand that we mean business. The sooner they realize that obfuscation and intransigence aren't feasible strategies, the sooner we can get back to the negotiating table, and peace can finally prevail on the Korean Peninsula.
Also, check out this superb editorial in the New York Post. I couldn't have said it better myself. The trade war with China may involve some short-term pain, but the matter needs resolving. In fact, we've put off this battle for far too long.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Folks, don't miss this week's Newsmaker Show. Me and Brian O'Neil take a trip down memory lane to V-E Day and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In addition, we talk about the unfolding investigation into the Trump-Russia hoax, especially as its relates to the entrapment of George Papadopoulos, the accuracy of polls, who deserves credit for the strong U.S. economy, whether the 2016 election was "stolen," the right (or lack thereof) of former felons to vote, the Nick Sandman lawsuits against the mainstream media, the politics of Trump's tax returns, the prospects for a trade deal/trade war with China, and much more!
While you're at it, see what Mitch McConnell has to say about the Democrats' refusal to acknowledge the end of the Mueller investigation. They were hoping against hope for high treason, it seems, and they just can't accept that it isn't there. Sad. More than sad, however -- unpatriotic, unhinged, and unacceptable!
And don't give up on the House of Representatives just yet. There's real hope that it could return to the Republican fold in 2020:
Monday, May 6, 2019
Friends, despite the fact that the Mueller investigation was obviously biased and illegitimate, out of an abundance of caution and respect for the rule of law, President Trump allowed the "18 angry Democrats" to complete their inquiry utterly unhindered. In fact, he cooperated with it at all levels. You would think, having been exonerated by a hostile team of investigators and prosecutors, and having cooperated with their work, Trump would get a lot of credit. But of course he doesn't, and he won't. There's no appeasing the Democrats or the mainstream media -- they will crucify Trump, more or less regardless of what he says and does. Ergo, there is nothing to be gained by humoring them or cooperating with their inquisitions in any way. For this reason, I'm glad that the Trump administration is refusing to turn over the President's tax returns, that Attorney General Bill Barr is declining to appear before the House Judiciary Committee, and Trump's lawyers are seeking to quash subpoenas seeking his financial records. Good! The Trump administration is finally developing a backbone, and it's treating these inquiries with the contempt they so richly deserve. Remember, the Dems and the media will be outraged no matter what -- so don't sweat it. Let them stew.
In other news, you might want to read this fascinating article about the genesis of the Trump-Russia hoax, specifically as it relates to George Papadopoulous. How easy is it manufacture an intelligence inquiry and/or an FBI investigation? Mighty easy, when you're willing to set the bar for evidence monumentally low -- and when you're willing to ignore the huge conflicts of interest that many of your star witnesses possess.
Lastly, things are coming to a head in our trade war with China. Within a matter of weeks, we will either have a deal -- and that would be a big political win -- or we'll have much stronger tariffs, and the dispute will escalate significantly. That may, of course, lead us to a deal too, but by a more circuitous route. The important thing is that the Trump administration is playing hardball, and that's exactly why the American people elected Trump in the first place. Let China have it, Mr. President! Let them know that we won't be trifled with, and, when they make an agreement with Donald Trump, they better honor it. All we want from China is a fair shake in their market, and honesty and integrity in their trading relationships. In other words, we want them to live up to the commitments they've made time and time again. Put up, or shut up, President Xi.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Friends, I've been thinking about the future of the United States and the world on the strategic level. It seems to me that we've moved beyond "mutually assured destruction" and the preeminence of blue-water fleets, to a large extent. More and more countries now have sophisticated missile capabilities, which can be used to visit conventional or nuclear destruction on ANY country, including the United States. In a sense, we got a taste of this in the Falklands War. The British won that war, thanks in large part to their technological superiority, but they lost a number of valuable warships, because the Argentines, although they couldn't really compete with the U.K., could afford a few modern anti-ship missiles.
In the future, I'm predicting that the U.S. Navy will be imperiled, and missiles will be so threatening that only a robust, reliable anti-missile program can maintain U.S. global hegemony. I also believe that such a program must inevitably focus on space, because to destroy enemy missiles you need satellites that can detect them early on, and ideally destroy them within seconds or minutes.
Take a gander at my latest article, and see what you think.
In other news, could Nick Sandman be the key to reining in the irresponsibility of the mainstream media? In the end, only financial consequences could ever persuade the media elites to stop their attacks on America, conservatives, Republicans, Trump, and Trump-supporters. These lawsuits could be huge!
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Friends, the picture above is from that innocent time when Time Magazine was a news outlet, rather than a paid political advertisement for the Democratic Party. The cover is of Francis Gary Powers, the unfortunate U.S. pilot of a U-2 spy plane that was shot down over Russia in 1960. Oops! Was it pilot error, or just a lucky shot by a Soviet missile? The important thing is that it gave the U.S. a black eye at a very sensitive point in the Cold War. Even old Ike, with ice water in his veins, was knocked off his game. Be that as it may, the U-2 was an incredible technical achievement, and before the age of satellites is was one of the few ways for us to obtain accurate intelligence about what was going on in the U.S.S.R. All in all, it was a project well worth the risk.
This is just one of the many topics Brian O'Neil and I discuss on this week's Newsmaker Show. We also cover Tony Blair and the Labour Party's victory in the 1997 election in the U.K., "presidential harassment" and the persecution of the NRA by the New York Attorney General, a proposal to divest New York's Common Retirement Fund from fossil fuels, the Biden juggernaut/apology tour, Trump and unions, anti-Semitism at the New York Times, the relentless assault on the extended Trump family, the presidential prospects of Stacey Abrams, and more! Check it out.
And, if you have time, read this superb debunking of the claim that President Trump ever defended white supremacists, Nazis, and Klansmen as "very fine people," courtesy of none other than Ann Coulter!
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Friends, the biggest news these days is that several polls are putting Joe Biden way ahead of his rivals for the Democratic nomination. He's getting a bump, for sure, and he continues to benefit from a divided opposition. If I were a non-Biden Dem running for President, I'd be nervous!
You may want to read this article, which suggests that the house of cards (so to speak) built by Democrats and deep state operatives in the attempt to steal the 2016 election from Donald Trump, and then to derail his presidency, may be close to collapse. Maybe. I'm not convinced, and I'm also of the opinion that in many ways it simply doesn't matter what we find out about the apparent coup based on the Trump-Russia hoax, because even the most alarming revelations will be dismissed or ignored by the mainstream media. Only an aggressive prosecutor who obtains indictments and convictions against the coup plotters would truly make a difference, politically -- and only bringing the plotters to justice can protect our democracy from similar threats in the future.
Is the fate of the Supreme Court the most important thing at stake in 2020? Almost certainly. This article suggests that Democrats and liberals may not rise to the occasion. I sincerely hope they won't!
We all know that Fox News is arguably a proxy for the right, and CNN and MSNBC are arguably proxies for the left. For the same reason, the ratings of these networks can give us a clue about which side has momentum. Since the 2018 election, and since the denouement of the Mueller inquiry, it would appear that the wind has gone out of liberal sails, while conservatives are energized. This bodes well!
Lastly, you know how I feel about erasing history. Maine has just decided to jettison Columbus Day in favor of "Indigenous Peoples' Day." Ick! I have nothing against American Indians, but Columbus represents the fusion of European culture with that of the Americas and, eventually, of Africa and Asia as well. If we reject Columbus, we essentially reject America itself! We are saying that we wish all those nasty white people had stayed put. I won't accept this. Boo, Maine!