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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!



I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and please don't forget to say a prayer and give thanks for all the blessings that come with living in the US of A!  We're very fortunate, despite all our gripes.  It pays to remember that.

Gobble gobble!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The China Syndrome



Greetings!  As many of you know, I am concerned, like so many Americans, about the rise of China, and I wholeheartedly support President Trump's agenda of recasting our relationship with China to protect U.S. interests and American jobs.  We should anticipate, however, that many big corporations will be more concerned with their bottom lines than they are with U.S. national interests.  Qualcomm is a case in point.  It is increasingly becoming a Chinese company rather than an American one.  The stakes are high, because Qualcomm, and companies like it, possess technology secrets that underpin American strategic and economic dominance.  We cannot afford to see these advantages compromised.  Luckily, President Trump is showing a lot more vigilance in the protection of our national interests than any President in recent memory.  That's no reason for complacency, though.  Read my article, and you'll have a better understanding of the dangers that we face:

https://townhall.com/columnists/nicholaswaddy/2017/11/21/qualcomms-love-affair-with-china-jeopardizes-national-security-and-us-technology-dominance-n2412471

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trump and the UFC



Friends, containing the growth of big government is an endless task.  Even most Republicans in Washington are lukewarm fiscal conservatives and states' righters, and most Democrats are a lost cause.  It turns out some in Congress, in fact, would like to work some federal magic on the mixed martial arts scene, which, as you probably know, is flourishing.  Let's tell Uncle Sam to mind his own business, shall we?  Here is my analysis of the issue, published in Townhall (another new venue for Waddy prose):

https://townhall.com/columnists/nicholaswaddy/2017/11/15/uncle-sam-dont-pick-a-fight-with-the-mma-n2409837

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Marxism and Racism: A Primer



I would like to recommend the article below, which sets in historical context the modern leftist/socialist claim to carry the banner of anti-racism.  There are indeed historical connections between leftist ideology and racism, and certainly there is no lack of evidence that Marxist ideas can inspire mass murder.  Where the author falls short, however, is in his failure to recognize the fact that race has become the ideological touchstone of the modern left -- that literally everything and everyone the left dislikes is now "racist".  Moreover, the knee-jerk anti-white prejudices of the left are themselves racist, albeit a form of racism that probably the likes of Marx and Engels never foresaw.

https://capx.co/socialisms-obsession-with-race/

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Brave New World



Friends, you didn't think for a moment that the transgender movement was the endpoint of liberal wackiness, did you?  Oh no.  There's more to come.  Much more.  Witness this article about a man who is, in addition to being transgender, "transracial".  He was born white, but identifies as Filipino.  Now, here's where it gets interesting, because the law is very clear about who can be defined as "white", "black", "Hispanic", etc., based on ancestry, because, lest we forget, many tangible benefits provided by government are based on one's race or ethnicity.  Thus, we can't have (loathsome) white people redefining themselves as (noble) minorities willy-nilly, now can we?  Moreover, as this man admits, he fears being accused of "cultural appropriation".  In other words, people of color sometimes jealously guard their cultural uniqueness, which they are unwilling to share with unworthy white people.  Issues like these, needless to say, tie up liberals in knots.  You might recall the white woman who redefined herself as black, and became, for a while, the head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, until she was laughed out of town.  Why, you ask, is every transgender individual to be celebrated to the nth degree, while people who are "transracial" are suspect, in liberals' eyes?  You would think, given that gender is much more rooted in biology than race is, that it would be easier, not harder, to make a claim of bring transracial, but such is not the case.  The question, as always, is one of leftist sensitivities.  Leftists like the transgender crowd.  Years of propaganda have convinced them that transgender people can be permitted into the hallowed halls of victimhood, and thus every transgender person, even if they betray their country, is a hero.  Perhaps in a few years liberals will feel the same about transracial folks.  I doubt it, though.  Much as liberals profess to disbelieve in the reality of race, it is such a defining characteristic in their eyes, and minority status is so precious to them, that they will be loath to share it with anyone who doesn't make the grade.  Mark my words: the political and legal definitions of gender and sex will get slipperier and slipperier -- but race will remain inviolate.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/13/transracial-man-born-white-says-he-feels-filipino/858043001/

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Not So Fast, Democrats!


I hope you're all having a happy and/or solemn Veterans Day!  FYI, today I appeared on WLEA's "Top Story" program, and the main topic of conversation was the recent election results in Virginia, New Jersey, etc.  My position is that, far from signaling the ruin of the Republican Party, the real takeaway is that the political dynamics haven't changed much from November 2016 to now.  Listen in and decide for yourself:

http://wlea.net/newsmaker-november-11-2017-professor-nick-waddy/

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Rural America Shouldn't Be Forgotten



My most recent article addresses a critical problem that all too often the mainstream media completely ignores: rural poverty.  One of the best ways to create opportunity for rural Americans is to bring broadband internet to every corner of this nation.  It's a technical challenge, but we're making considerable progress, and more may be coming.  Read on for additional details.

Incidentally, one of this blog's most faithful and insightful followers, who you will know as Jack, pointed out to me that an additional benefit of bringing broadband internet access to millions more Americans is that they will be empowered to access information, education, and entertainment NOT approved by the mainstream media and/or the corporate/academic/Hollywood/Washington elite.  Now THAT is a goal worth embracing, wouldn't you say?

Here's the aforementioned article, published first in the Olean Times Herald:

http://www.oleantimesherald.com/commentary/trump-s-fcc-can-lend-helping-hand-to-rural-america/article_a3ed6220-c1b9-11e7-959b-cf811f69c1ac.html

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fighting the Good Fight



Recently, General Kelly got himself in hot water for daring to praise (gasp!) General Robert E. Lee, the scrupulously honorable commander of the Army of Northern Virginia.  I feel General Kelly's pain, insofar as I too have been lambasted for having the temerity to state the obvious about Lee.  Here is a fine analysis of the issue of Lee's legacy:

http://nypost.com/2017/10/31/kelly-is-right-about-robert-e-lee/

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Trump-Russia Hoax Never Dies



Friends, you may be concerned about the indictments of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates that were issued this week by the Special Prosecutor investigating Trump-Russia "collusion".  Well, don't lose any sleep over them.  The substance of the charges has nothing to do with collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and it has absolutely nothing to do with President Trump himself.  The purpose of these charges is to capture headlines and to put pressure on Trump associates to give Mueller what he wants (dirt on Trump)...or else!  In reality, though, Mueller's case against Manafort appears to be weak, and in any case whatever nuisance charges Mueller contrives to press, President Trump has the pardon power to quash them, if need be.  Now, maybe Manafort is a sleazebag.  Stranger things have happened.  In that case, he deserves justice.  The bottom line, however, is that, lacking evidence to support their broader conspiracy theories, all the left has is threats, bluff, and spin.  Unfortunately, sometimes that's enough.  Should Mueller be fired?  Probably that would be counterproductive.  If you want my opinion, though, Trump should fire Rod Rosenstein, who is the Deputy Attorney General who brought us the Special Prosecutor in the first place.  He also gave Mueller his exceedingly vague mandate, which ensured that he could investigate Trump and friends for anything and everything, but that he wouldn't dream of prying into any Democratic scandals, corruption, "collusion", or miscellaneous malfeasance.  The terms of this inquiry are indeed an outrage, and the Obama administration's, the DNC's, and the Clinton campaign's subversion of the justice system and the intelligence community in order to blacken the name of their political adversaries ought, by rights, to be the bigger story, and the real focus of any Special Prosecutor.  Alas, such is not the case.  Anyway, to get you up to speed on the significance of the latest developments, I recommend these two excellent analyses:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453244/manafort-indictment-no-signs-trump-russia-collusion

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/10/31/that_other_plot_--_to_bring_down_trump_135406.html

Oh, and Happy Halloween!  Don't let those ghoulish lefties give you a fright...

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Left's Doomsday Weapon: Lawyers!



Behold, my latest article, published in Morning Consult (thanks to the editors!), which concerns the newest front in the left's ongoing campaign to subvert democracy.  That's right -- I said it -- the left wants to subvert democracy.  They can talk all they like about phony Russia conspiracies, but the simple fact is that liberals have no compunction about overruling the will of the people and accomplishing their goals through the courts.  Indeed, they think, and are not shy in saying, that the law and the constitution are "ever-changing".  Friends, that means that the left gets to reinterpret the law and the constitution as they please to suit their agenda.  It also means that when people like Donald Trump win elections, the left will use the courts to prevent them from exercising power.  We saw that just today, with a federal judge's injunction against President Trump's order excluding transgender people from the military.  Now, every American can decide for themselves what they think about the issue on the merits, but shouldn't the elected representatives of the people, and not unelected judges, have the final say?  Well, liberals think not.  My article is about leftist efforts to sue the pants off of energy companies, which they blame for climate change, and don't think that they'll stop there.  Gun manufacturers -- liberals have their eyes on you too.  President Trump can expect to be confronted with a Great Wall of judicial activism and obstruction as long as he's President.  The Supreme Court will have to work overtime to clear away some of this judicial troublemaking.  As conservatives, we'd like to think that winning elections will guarantee us the opportunity to accomplish our policy goals, but with the courts, lawyers, the media, the education system, Hollywood, and corporate America largely arrayed against us, nothing comes easy.  Brace yourselves, therefore, for a long, hard slog!

https://morningconsult.com/opinions/left-wants-lawyers-not-voters-shape-u-s-climate-policy/