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Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Future of the Electoral College



Friends, I recommend this very interesting article about the electoral college, and whether or not Republicans can rely on winning it, even if we lose the popular vote.

https://amgreatness.com/2018/05/20/the-trump-coalition-and-the-electoral-college/

Now, personally I support the electoral college.  I do so partly because I support states' rights, and the college gives states an important role in selecting the President.  I also wish we would go back to allowing state legislatures to pick U.S. Senators, but that's a battle for another day...  Now, the gist of this article is the idea that, if Republicans increasingly rely on the electoral college to win Presidential elections, but steadily lose support in the popular vote, the legitimacy of Republican rule will be questioned.  I disagree, and for one overpowering reason: Trump-haters hate Trump, yes, and the Left hates the Republican Party, but frankly the fact that Trump won the electoral college and lost the popular vote is THE LEAST OF THEIR CONCERNS.  Collusion, emoluments, strippers -- you name it, they'll take any excuse to criticize, delegitimize, and hopefully destroy President Trump.  Increasingly, this kind of bare knuckles politics is common in the trenches too -- at the level of House, Senate, and even state and local elections.  To put it simply, more and more often, the two parties and their adherents have no respect for one another or for the "process".  They want to WIN, and they don't care how they do it.  Thus, in my opinion, just as it's unlikely for any real change in the electoral college to occur, it's also beside the point.  American politics has gotten ugly, and it will stay that way, unless and until the media environment, which stokes these animosities, changes.  In short, OF COURSE the legitimacy of Republican rule will be questioned.  Get used to it, because it will happen regardless of who wins the popular vote and/or the electoral college.

My belief is that the electoral college does, in fact, benefit Republicans, and it is likely to help our candidates win Presidential elections, just as the two-Senators-per-state formulation is likely to help us keep control of the Senate.  We could move to a system more oriented towards the popular vote, yes, but since this would only help the Left, which I do not see as devoted either to democracy or the U.S. Constitution, I don't believe this would be sensible or proper.  I say, therefore, keep the electoral college in place, and keep the presidency, the Senate, the House, most governorships, most state legislatures, and above all most judgeships, in safe, Republican hands.  The alternative is...bleak, to put it mildly.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Elon Musk's Latest Space Fantasy



Friends, I've written before about the American-Canadian-South African tech titan Elon Musk.  He has some great ideas, and he has some not-so-great ideas.  This article is about his "Starlink" project, which aims to provide global satellite-based broadband internet access.  Sounds nifty, right?  Perhaps not so nifty when you consider the technical challenges and expense -- and, I don't know about you, but I already have good internet access.  A few thousand more satellites floating in space won't change that.

https://townhall.com/columnists/nicholaswaddy/2018/05/19/elon-musk-needs-to-dial-down-on-his-galactic-ambitions-n2482081

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Too Many Companies are in the Business of Breaking the Law



Friends, my latest article, coming soon to The Daily Caller in a more abbreviated form, takes on one of the most bedeviling issues related to illegal immigration.  Millions of illegals are working for a living in this country, despite numerous laws that are designed to make hiring illegal aliens impossible.  To solve this problem, we need an entirely new, and much more aggressive, approach to punishing employers who violate our immigration and labor laws.  Are you with me?  If we can eliminate the "job magnet" for illegal immigrants, I believe much of the problem will solve itself.  The illegals will simply stay home.

The Battle Over Illegal Immigration Will Be Won or Lost with Employers

Recently, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has stepped up its enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. More and more raids are targeting illegal immigrants, especially dangerous criminals, and sometimes these raids occur in the illegals' workplaces, much to the chagrin of “sanctuary” mayors and governors, who feel that these hapless “immigrants” are being terrorized. However, the fact is that these raids are still few and far between. Even with more vigorous enforcement of our immigration laws, and even with increased deportations of criminal illegal immigrants, the number of illegals in the U.S. has barely budged, and illegal aliens continue to stream into the country. Businesses also continue to employ around 8 million illegals. 

President Trump, and many Republicans, are apt to focus on the need for a wall on our southern border. Such a wall is indeed a necessity, in order to promote the security and integrity of our border with Mexico. The President should thus insist that Congress funds the wall before the midterm elections, as he has stated he will. 

The problem, though, is that even a wall will not solve the problem of illegal immigration. This is because many illegal immigrants, and possibly most of them, don't hop the border in the first place. They come to the U.S. as tourists, or on student or temporary work visas, and then they never leave. A border wall will do nothing to halt this species of illegal alien.

We should also consider the fact that, once an illegal enters the country, even if he/she is eventually identified by federal authorities, the average wait time for a hearing in our immigration courts is 718 days! This means many illegals are simply released pending a hearing, and, predictably, few of them choose to show up when their day in court arrives. In so many ways, therefore, the traditional immigration enforcement system is hopelessly broken. Merely expanding it won't fix the problem of illegal immigration. A more fundamental change in direction is needed.

As many in ICE realize, the ultimate draw for many illegal immigrants is the ability to work in this country, despite their “undocumented” status. Millions of illegal immigrants work for U.S. companies, large and small, and it is abundantly clear that most of these firms believe they can violate immigration laws and labor laws with impunity. It's easy to see why: very few employers are ever punished for hiring illegals, and very few companies pay fines for doing so, and when such fines are assessed, the amounts involved are laughably small. The result is that America is open for business, vis-a-vis illegal immigrant workers. It has been for decades, and it remains so today.

Why has the problem of illegal immigrant workers been allowed to fester? To Democrats, in essence there is no such thing as an illegal immigrant. There are only “immigrants,” and they can do no wrong. Republican elected officials, though, are equally unlikely to tackle the illegal immigration problem at its source – with employers – because of their pro-business attitudes, and because such workers are cheap and pliable. In fact, illegal immigrant workers are subjected to systematically abusive and exploitative treatment by their employers, which neither party seems to mind. In addition, Republicans are generally afraid that any serious effort to enforce immigration laws will result in accusations of “racism!” The end result is what amounts to a tacit conspiracy in Washington, D.C. to ignore the rampant violation of our country's immigration and labor laws.

I would argue that the presidency of Donald Trump represents the best opportunity our country has had in the last several decades to tackle the problem of illegal immigration energetically and successfully. To do so, however, we cannot afford to target only the illegal immigrants themselves. We also need to target the government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that facilitate illegal immigration. As I have argued before, this means prosecuting public officials who implement “sanctuary” policies that are designed to obstruct the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. This should also mean the prosecution of NGOs that exist to harbor and protect illegal immigrants. Where the rubber meets the road, though, is with employers, and here we have much work to do.

Every year, hundreds of workplaces are raided by ICE, and millions of dollars in fines are meted out to employers. Under President Trump, these enforcement actions are multiplying, and more businesses than ever are being “audited,” but given the scale of the private sector economy – and the sheer numbers of illegal immigrants employed – this traditional approach to enforcement simply won't yield significant results. What is needed is a change in the culture of American business. As it stands now, frequently U.S. companies are more afraid of illegal immigration activists picketing or boycotting them if they cooperate with ICE than they are of federal authorities punishing them for violating the law. This is outrageous.

Two simple steps could turn this situation around. First, ICE should reward informants who provide tips about employers who routinely hire illegal immigrants. The flow of intel that this unlocks could be used to prosecute hiring managers who knowingly violate the law or conceal the “undocumented” status of their employees. Such white collar criminals should face serious jail time. This is what federal prisons are for, if you ask me. The mental calculus of hiring managers and HR departments across America would change overnight if this tactic were utilized. Presumably, the use of the federal government's E-Verify system, that aims to detect illegal immigrants and prevent their employment, would skyrocket. Under current law, use of the system is mostly voluntary.

Secondly, the fines assessed on companies violating immigration and labor laws need to be dramatically increased. If one were to add three zeros to the aggregate amount of fines collected by immigration authorities from U.S. businesses every year, one would thus add a serious expense for these companies that would undoubtedly change their attitudes and behavior. We would be hitting these rogue businesses where it hurts: their bottom line. Probably, though, this tactic would require Congress to reform our immigration laws, which, as we have seen, is apparently next to impossible.

Whether an enforcement crackdown of the sort I have proposed will emerge is uncertain. As vigorous as the Trump administration has been when it comes to tracking down and deporting criminal illegal aliens, it has shown remarkable restraint in other respects, and it has shown little appetite for making U.S. companies pay a price for their complicity in illegal immigration. We should not allow our desire to promote economic growth to undermine our dedication to the rule of law, however.

If we want to end illegal immigration once and for all, it's clear that not only illegal immigrants, but also their enablers, need to face justice. ICE understands this. President Trump may not, as yet, but let us hope he will come around.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.

And here's the published version!  My thanks to The Daily Caller.

http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/20/illegal-immigration-battle-won-or-lost-with-employers/

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Getting to the Bottom of the "Collusion Delusion"



Friends, don't miss my latest interview on WLEA's Newsmaker program.  Brian O'Neil and I consider Rush Limbaugh's bombshell allegations that members of the Trump campaign were set up by people working for the FBI...not to engage in real "collusion," but merely to talk about "Russian emails" so as to provide a pretext for an investigation, FISA warrants, leaks to the press, etc.  The implication is that the whole "Russian collusion" narrative was cooked by up shadowy figures on the left long before the election happened in November 2016.  If this is true, it's one of history's most successful conspiracies...not in the sense that it succeeded in destroying the Trump campaign or the Trump presidency, but in the sense that it's captivated the world's attention and hoodwinked millions, and possibly billions, of reasonably intelligent people.  Conclusion: the "deep state" knows what it's doing, and no one should underestimate it.

Brian and I also talked about North Korea, illegal immigration, the resurrection of Last Man Standing, and more.  The sound quality is better than ever, and you can listen in right here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqal7F1OEmM&feature=youtu.be

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

In Defense of the Thin Blue Line



Friends, there are few Americans braver and more essential to our safety and well-being than police officers and other law enforcement officials.  Nonetheless, many on the left think they can malign and even threaten our men in blue with impunity.  Hatred of the police, and violence against police officers, is on the rise.  Part of the blame lies with those who give aid and comfort to police-hating zealots.  Be that as it may, President Trump has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with law enforcement throughout his campaign and his presidency.  How refreshing! 

Do I support an automatic death penalty for those who kill police officers?  No.  I support the rule of law, and fair but severe punishment for anyone who commits a violent crime.  We don't need to make policemen into superheroes, nor do we need to give them special rights or privileges.  All we need to do is support their efforts to enforce the law, obey their lawful instructions, respect their professionalism, and thank them for their service to our nation and to the ideal of justice.  Is that asking so much?  No!

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/15/trump-anti-police-prejudice-589034

Friday, May 11, 2018

The American Male: Could He Be Making a Comeback?



Friends, many conservatives will be familiar with the furor that was caused by ABC's cancellation of the sitcom Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen as a conservative white male who was, shockingly, portrayed as a decent human being.  Fans of the show petitioned for it to be resurrected, and now it has been...by Fox, no less!  This is some rare good news from Hollywood.  Waddyheads across the land will be nodding approvingly.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/last-man-standing-resurrected-fox-194553456.html

A Cornucopia of Conservatism!



Friends, be extra thankful, because this week WLEA's Newsmaker program is serving up a veritable cornucopia of Waddy-branded conservatism.  Brian O'Neil and I discuss the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea, disgraced NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Mueller and Cohen, and so much more.  Give it a listen!

https://wlea.net/newsmaker-may-10-2018-dr-nick-waddy/

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

No More Free Rides



Friends, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is announcing a zero tolerance policy for illegal immigration -- that is, he intends to prosecute 100% of those who cross the border illegally, and they will then face punishment for that crime of border-hopping.  In addition, this will mean that parents who illegally cross with their children will be separated from those children.  This is "tough love," but it's a big improvement from the old policy, which said that, if a family shows up at the border, we'll release them into the U.S. population, and even bus them wherever they'd like to go, while we consider their "status".  What a joke!

This new tack is a breath of fresh air, but does Sessions have the moxie to follow through?  Let's keep his feet to the fire, shall we?

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/ct-sessions-border-crossers-20180507-story.html

Friday, May 4, 2018

To Parley, or Not to Parley? That is the Question



Friends, the wheels are turning in the White House, and the President's lawyers are debating whether or not to subject him to an interview with Robert Mueller's hit squad. Check out my latest article, in which I analyze all the legal and political ramifications. My bottom line: I think Trump should do an interview, if for no other reason than because it will bring this fiasco to a close sooner rather than later. In said interview, however, Trump should say as little as possible!

https://amgreatness.com/2018/05/04/mr-president-talk-to-mueller-now-or-plead-the-fifth-later/

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Making Government Work...For a Change



Friends, anyone who has worked in government, or with government, knows that the process to gain approval for any major (or minor) construction project can be agonizing.  Many of our environmental laws, in particular, seemed designed to obstruct progress.  They're also designed, in many cases, to enrich the lawyers, activists, and special interests that profit from the need to comply with said laws.  Now, no one is against Planet Earth, despite what the environmentalists want us to believe.  The question is...how do we protect the environment sensibly?  Too often, regulations require builders to spend vast amounts in order to comply with requirements that produce no meaningful environmental benefit whatsoever.  This needs to end.  Long delays in finishing important infrastructure projects are also endangering our economy, and it some cases our safety.  The article below advances some common sense solutions that ought to be incorporated in any infrastructure bill.  As the article points out, President Trump can only do so much.  Congress needs to get in on the act.

https://townhall.com/columnists/billwalton/2018/05/02/taking-action-now-can-save-lives-in-the-future-n2476857

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

All The News That's Fit to Broadcast



Friends, listen in to my latest appearance on the Newsmaker program of WLEA 1480, in which Brian O'Neil and I discuss some very hot topics, including Trump hatred, the Mueller investigation, Watergate, Governor Cuomo's threatening letter to ICE, and gun rights, to name just a few.  To give you some added incentive, the first five listeners get a Nobel Peace Prize (but not if your last name is "Trump")...  Enjoy!

wlea.net/newsmaker-may-2-2018/

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Et tu, Apu?



Friends, you may or may not have noticed, but the PC culture wars have come to The Simpsons, which I have watched and enjoyed for many years.  Hank Azaria, who voices many of the characters, is under fire for propagating an admittedly stereotypical Indian character named "Apu".  Does Apu make Indian immigrants look ridiculous?  Most assuredly, but the whole point of The Simpsons is to make EVERYONE look ridiculous.  The sad fact is that all too many leftists lack the necessary sense of humor to see what a valuable service to society this sort of satire is.  We need a safety valve, after all, and we need to preserve the ability to think critically, even about cherished institutions and ideas.

The best part of the article below comes at the end, when the author reminds us that PC bullying only works if we allow it to work.  If we self-censor out of fear that the PC police will read us the riot act, or if we back down when they do, it only encourages them.  There are levels of "insensitivity" that all of us should avoid, I'm sure, but let's not throw the baby out with the bath water -- let's maintain our ability to laugh at each other, and at ourselves.

https://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/the-little-tragedy-of-hank-azaria/

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Did Cuomo Go Too Far This Time?



For those of you who are, like me, denizens of the forced labor camp known as "New York State," you may wish to pay special attention to Governor Andrew Cuomo's latest swipe at the Trump administration, and ICE in particular.  Cuomo is doing his level best to make the enforcement of federal immigration laws impossible in New York, and he is trumpeting his insurrectionary tendencies to curry favor with his base.  No doubt he's worried about winning in November, and holding on to the Democratic nomination in the meantime.  He should be.  He's almost universally disliked.  As I explain in my latest article, electioneering ought to be the least of his worries.  He ought to be prosecuted for a litany of crimes.

https://artvoice.com/2018/04/27/could-cuomo-be-arrested-for-obstructing-ice/#.WuS70pcpDIU

I also recommend this article, which highlights the success of the Trump administration in reducing the number of Americans on various forms of public assistance.  You won't see these statistics in the mainstream media, needless to say:

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/food-stamps-disability-welfare-medicaid-enrollment/

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Doing My Part



Friends, this may shock you, but I am notoriously unwilling to part with my hard-earned money.  Nonetheless, the future of America is a pretty good investment, and in the last Presidential election I gave repeatedly to the Trump campaign, because, as we all know, the outcome of that election was IMPORTANT.  Personally, I consider the upcoming midterm elections almost as important, because they will help to define the success (or failure) of the Trump presidency.  They will also impact President Trump's ability to appoint conservative judges and Supreme Court Justices, which is arguably the most momentous task before him.  Now, there isn't much that little people like ourselves can do to help determine the future of the nation -- nay, the planet -- but we CAN vote, and we CAN donate our time and money to causes and campaigns that we support.  I encourage each of you to give, according to your means, of course, to the candidates you believe in, and above all to the Republican Party, so it can target resources strategically to ensure that the House and Senate remain in responsible hands.  It doesn't take much, assuming we all pitch in...  Thank you.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

If It's Wednesday, It Must Be Waddy



Friends, don't miss out on my latest appearance on the Newsmaker program on WLEA 1480, hosted by Brian O'Neil.  We discuss Earth Day, North Korea, and one of my favorite topics: President Richard Nixon (and the historical parallels between Watergate and "Trump-Russia Collusion").  Enjoy!

wlea.net/newsmaker-april-25-2018-professor-nick-waddy/

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Earth Day and its Discontents



Friends, believe it or not, I'm no expert on biology or climate science.  Nonetheless, I have found the predictions of doom about climate change/global warming dubious for some time.  Partly, this is because predictions of doom are a dime a dozen on the left, and especially among environmentalists.  The left also routinely ignores all the progress that has been made in cleaning up the environment.  Above all, I believe we need to guard against the danger of groupthink when it comes to dealing with environmental problems.  We need to base our assessments on ACTUAL reason and science, rather than hysteria and intolerance.  I recommend to you these two articles, which provide a different perspective on environmental issues than you're likely to see in the mainstream media:

https://fee.org/articles/18-spectacularly-wrong-predictions-made-around-the-time-of-the-first-earth-day-in-1970-expect-more-this-year/

https://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2018/04/24/did_you_know_the_greatest_two-year_global_cooling_event_just_took_place_103243.html

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Turning the Page on the Korean Peninsula



Friends, as the old saying goes, "Only Nixon could go to China."  What this means is that only someone with the credentials of an ironclad anti-communist could go to Red China and attempt to make peace with an execrable regime.  Nixon's opening to China was a prerequisite of our victory in the Cold War, as it turned out.  Likewise, perhaps "Only Trump can bring peace in Korea."  Why do I say that?  Because previous U.S. Presidents have failed utterly to deflect North Korea from its seemingly irrational and iconoclastic course, especially its infatuation with nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.  Trump, however, by talking tough and by being demonstrably willing to use force, has caused the regime of Kim Jong-un to take stock and reconsider its potentially suicidal policies.  North Korea has now suspended its nuclear and missile testing, and it has pronounced a willingness to consider full denuclearization.  Meanwhile, Trump is prepared to meet with Kim Jong-un.  These are revolutionary developments that create the possibility, though certainly not the certainty, of a major breakthrough.  I, for one, am very pleased. 

Read about what may happen next in my latest article, kindly published by American Greatness:

https://amgreatness.com/2018/04/21/a-common-sense-strategy-for-north-korea/

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

It Was a Dark and Stormy...Radio Show



Friends, this week's Newsmaker interview on WLEA 1480 was a doozy.  Among other things, we got into the Michael Cohen-Stormy Daniels-Sean Hannity morass.  We also discussed everyone's favorite budding Bolshevik: David Hogg.  Best of all, we solved our pesky audio problem.  This time I think you'll be able to identify my voice as recognizably human!  Enjoy.

wlea.net/newsmaker-april-18-2018-professor-nick-waddy/

Monday, April 16, 2018

Governor Moonbeam Strikes Again



Friends, my latest article, well, must be read to be believed.  I wrote it at the intersection of Californian lunacy, illegal immigration, and women's and transgender rights.  Intrigued?  So was I!  Enjoy...

Governor Moonbeam: Slayer of Genders

By now the American people are well-accustomed to the unmitigated kookiness that emanates from the Golden State, a.k.a. California. Governor Jerry Brown, affectionately known as “Moonbeam,” is naturally entitled to be recognized as Bedlamite-in-Chief, and he seldom disappoints in terms of the absurdity of his remarks, which is to say nothing of his policies (the less said about these, the better).

Recently, Governor Brown uncharacteristically agreed to President Trump's request that troops of the California National Guard be deployed to assist in enhancing security along our country's border with Mexico. He was careful to observe that these National Guardsmen would not be used to enforce immigration laws, however – they would instead focus on other criminal activity on or near the border, including drug smuggling and human trafficking. "This will not be a mission to build a new wall," Brown declared. "It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life."

The proviso “It will not be a mission to round up women and children” passed without any great furor in the press, but it is precisely this throwaway remark that I wish to analyze, because it cuts to the quick of casual Democratic/leftist bias on matters of sex/gender, and as such it merits our full attention.

The only possible interpretation of Governor Brown's remark is that any immigration policy that leads to the “rounding up,” i.e. detention, of “women and children” is wrong, or at least highly suspect. Consider that attitude and its implications. If children are not to be “rounded up” at the border, what this means is that all children worldwide have what amounts to an entitlement to U.S. residency. Already, children are entitled to preferential treatment upon their apprehension by immigration authorities, based on the protections they receive under U.S. law, but no law currently on the books insists that it is out of bounds to detain children, or to deport them. Governor Brown is making such a claim, albeit not on legal but presumably on moral grounds. Undoubtedly, this will be an encouragement to children who may be considering hopping the border. After all, Jerry Brown is saying that, not only are they presumptively entitled to residency, but even to detain them, or to impede their passage into the United States, is unacceptable. Extraordinary.

Governor Moonbeam goes further, however, and opines that “women and children” (emphasis added) should not be “round[ed] up”. Now, in doing so, it must be noted that Brown is using a time-tested formula, “women and children,” which presents these two categories together, based on the historical assumption that they are vulnerable and thus deserving of greater protection than that offered to men. “Women and children first!” was one of the last announcements that many passengers on the ill-fated Titanic heard. Its officers and crew were following the then standard practice of offering places on lifeboats first to women and children, and only later (if some places remained) to men. This was an act of chivalry, as well as an observance of the “Cult of Domesticity,” which seemed entirely appropriate at the time, but it cannot be denied that the ideology that undergirded it was patriarchal. Why should women receive places in lifeboats before men? Because women were presumed to be the “weaker sex,” and it was men's duty to protect them. In our allegedly more enlightened age, such an attitude would ordinarily be considered patronizing at best, and sexist at worst, but Jerry Brown invokes it without batting an eyelash. Presumably, he does so because he knows that, as a liberal Democrat, he can be as racist or as sexist as he likes, without meaningful consequence to his reputation. In any case, Brown is certainly not the first Democrat to dust off this patriarchal trope and deploy it for leftist purposes, but his invocation of the old attitude is one of the more arresting modern examples, simply because of its sweeping policy implications.

For, lest we forget, liberals no longer consider gender a fixed category, as certainly the officers and crew of the Titanic did. One's “gender identity” in this day and age, according to the left, is purely a matter of personal preference. To put it another way, Governor Brown presumably meant to say that the California National Guard would not “round up [people who identify as women] and children”. We will give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he was saving time by referring only to “women,” but, as a believer in transgender rights, it is inconceivable that he meant to exclude those who are transitioning, or have transitioned, or may someday transition, to femininity.

Consider, then, the full implications of Governor Brown's reimagining of immigration law and policy. The deportation of “[people who identify as women] and children” is unimaginable; even to detain them is abhorrent. Therefore, what is to stop anyone, anywhere on the globe, from relocating himself/herself/?self to the border and surrendering to the Border Patrol? If this imaginary “immigrant” had the misfortune to be born a man, this presents little difficulty, because he could simply redefine himself as a woman. Could this be seen as opportunistic? Surely, but the left has made its position clear: no legal or social standard can be imposed that limits a person's ability to define, or redefine, their own gender identity. Presumably, therefore, our imaginary male/female immigrant could, if he/she wished, reacquire his masculinity after receiving permanent residency. Why not? Not that we would count this as likely, however. After all, since Jerry Brown and people like him have already decided that men ought to possess inferior rights, who in his/her right mind would willingly embrace manhood, when there are so many more attractive categorizations, including femininity, at hand?

In such a way, Governor Brown may have found the silver bullet that can produce the abolition of all policies of border enforcement. Indeed, he may have found the formula for the left to eliminate international borders and men simultaneously! Brilliant! The world will never be the same.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.

You can also find the article at Townhall.com:

https://townhall.com/columnists/nicholaswaddy/2018/04/16/governor-moonbeam-slayer-of-genders-n2471318

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Rule of Law



Friends, I strongly recommend to you this article by Carl Cannon about the recent raid on President Trump's personal lawyer.  Cannon is right -- we have arrived at a place where the rule of law and our constitutional/democratic order is under threat.  The law itself is being weaponized and twisted in the effort to destroy a duly-elected U.S. President.  Ultimate responsibility for this fiasco rests with liberals, who are adding fuel to the fire on a daily basis, but some responsibility must also reside with Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein, who hired the attack dog Mueller in the first place.  We should probably take seriously the possibility, however, that Mueller is trying to bait Trump into firing him, or Sessions, or Rosenstein, or otherwise to overreact in such a way as to bring about his own downfall.  Our response should therefore be measured and carefully considered.  Nonetheless, I think we need to confront the likelihood that Mueller will, by whatever artifice, create a pretext for impeachment.  Hopefully, a Republican Congress will see that pretext for what it is: a coup in disguise.  The best way to ensure that outcome, moreover, is to keep the House in Republican hands.  That must be priority one.

You can read Carl Cannon's analysis here:

https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/14/raid-on-trump-lawyer-crossed-the-line-into-special-prosecutorial-abuse/

Friday, April 13, 2018

Beware the Corporate Lefties



Friends, leftists are smart, as they never tire of reminding us.  They're very good at achieving their aims, and by no means is the ballot box the primary means they employ.  They have our education system, the media, Hollywood/popular culture, the courts, and very often corporate leaders on their side.  How did we go from a nation that wouldn't tolerate "gay marriage" and which consistently voted against it, to one in which gay marriage is the law of the land and the media won't even dignify opposition to it as a defensible position?  It wasn't "democracy".  It was a subtle and gradual recasting of the issue in the media, and a steady erosion of support for traditional marriage in corporate America and the courts.  Drip, drip, drip -- and, before you know it, everything has changed.  The lesson is simple: we cannot assume that, just because Republicans win elections, the left has been contained.  Far from it. 

On the question of gun rights, Tucker Carlson has exposed yet another leftist tactic to undermine the 2nd Amendment.  He's right -- denying loans to companies that manufacture guns may in the end prove more destructive to your gun rights than any incremental change in the law ever could be.  Corporations, including banks, are led by men (and very occasionally women) who often share a social/cultural worldview with liberal elitists.  In addition, corporations are scared of liberal activitsts, who use assorted bullying tactics, including social media campaigns, street protests, and boycotts, to pressure them to tow the line.  Don't underestimate the power and importance of these tactics!  If conservatives don't learn that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease," then they better get used to losing, because that's what will happen.

Here's what Tucker had to say:

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/04/12/tucker-carlson-monologue-companies-vs-gun-rights-danger-corporate-power

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Circling the Wagons



Friends, in my latest interview with Brian O'Neil at WLEA in Hornell, we discussed a number of topics, including the raid on the office of Trump's attorney Michael Cohen (pictured above on the far right), "catch and release," and trade.  You won't want to miss it!

On a side note, I wish to convey my good wishes to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is retiring and refocusing his life on his family.  Frankly, I don't blame him.  Washington is a cesspool, and being the Speaker of the House has got to worse than herding cats.  Ryan has served his country well, and I sincerely hope we haven't seen the last of him.

https://wlea.net/newsmaker-april-12-2018-nickwaddy/

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tooth and Nail



Friends, I'm seeing some signs that President Trump is playing nice with China, and it makes me nervous. I believe that we need a trade war with China, and we need to solve the inequities in our relationship once and for all.  This would ultimately be best for both sides.  A deal that only tweaks our trade deficit in order to create the illusion of progress, however, would be kicking the can down the road...  Here's my latest analysis of where we stand:

President Trump: Give No Quarter to the Chinese

Recently, President Trump tweeted: “President Xi and I will always be friends, no matter what happens with our dispute on trade. China will take down its Trade Barriers because it is the right thing to do. Taxes will become Reciprocal & a deal will be made on Intellectual Property. Great future for both countries!” The upbeat, conciliatory tone of the President's message surprised many observers, since the media is trumpeting a looming “trade war” with China, and Trump himself has condemned abusive Chinese trade practices in very strong terms.

I respectfully submit that the President's tweet may be counterproductive to his aims. His goal is to pressure China to make meaningful concessions on trade. That is, China needs to open its market. It needs to stop strong-arming U.S. companies into surrendering their proprietary technology and know-how as a cost of doing business in the world's largest emerging market. It needs to stop using punitive tariffs and other more subtle measures to freeze out American manufactured goods. It needs to stop violating U.S. patents, trademarks, and copyrights with impunity. It needs to stop subsidizing and sheltering many of its industries. It needs, most of all, to stop putting Americans out of work, as a result of all of its other trading shenanigans.

These are not minor adjustments in our relationship with China. They are not concessions that it will be easy to extract. And yet they should be non-negotiable demands for U.S. trade representatives. If they were met, the U.S. trade deficit with China, which currently stands at $375 billion per year, would contract rapidly. It has not contracted in a long time. On the contrary, it has grown inexorably – and previous U.S. presidents have sat idly by as it did so.

Mr. President, it seems as though you are trying to reassure the Chinese, the markets, and the American people that we will not, in fact, have a trade war with China. You have directed your Secretary of Agriculture to make sure that U.S. farmers do not suffer if we do. You have promised President Xi your friendship no matter what. However, you have also threatened to level the biggest set of tariffs in history against the Chinese. These are mixed messages, at best.

As a negotiator, you must know that, to extract maximum concessions from a negotiating partner, you need to apply maximum pressure. In fact, you need to be willing, and you need to be seen to be willing, to walk away from the negotiations entirely. Your adversary, in short, must believe that he needs you more than you need him.

By telegraphing your reasonableness, Mr. President, and by reassuring all parties that real pain and conflict will be avoided, you may make it impossible for the U.S. to “win”. Perhaps your goal in threatening China with tariffs is to obtain incremental changes – to win on a small scale and claim victory. That would be unfortunate, because a $375 billion trade deficit, compounded over years, even decades, equals millions of American jobs. It means that our economy is bleeding freely, and, if any body bleeds long enough, it dies.

I suggest that you take the opposite tack. I suggest that, instead of reassuring the Chinese, the markets, and the American people, you tell them that a trade war is actually coming. I suggest that you give a primetime address to the nation, and that you spell out the seriousness of China's trade violations, and the horrendous human cost in terms of unemployment and economic dislocation in this country. I suggest that you declare that America demands radical, permanent changes in Chinese trade practices. I suggest that you instruct your foreign affairs and national security teams to assemble a coalition of nations around the world to join with us in a broad-based effort to punish China for its trade manipulation. Most of all, I suggest that you ask the American people to ready themselves for sacrifice, which a trade war will surely require.

The Chinese believe that they can win a trade war, for the simple reason that they believe Americans are weak, selfish, decadent, and incapable of sacrifice. They are wrong. The media may be unwilling to contemplate paying a few cents, or a few dollars, more for certain products, to save the American economy and the American worker from a slow but inexorable decline. The American people, however, will gladly take on this burden, if it is explained to them that they do so for a just and honorable cause, and ultimately for each other.

Mr. President, now is the time to right the wrongs of the unfair trade deals that you made a central theme of your campaign. Unfortunately, this can only be done by risking a full-blown trade war, which will inevitably hurt many Americans, at least in the short term. Hopefully, a united front and a strong negotiating position will cause the Chinese to back down quickly. If not, they will soon learn that the “sleeping giant” of America, once roused, can defeat any foe.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.

You can also find the article here, courtesy of American Greatness:

https://amgreatness.com/2018/04/11/trump-should-give-no-quarter-to-the-chinese/

Sunday, April 8, 2018

California Dreaming?



Friends, you may not know it, but I'm a California native.  It's nothing to be proud of these days, but once upon a time California was a red state.  It was the state that gave us Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.  It was a state with affordable housing, reasonable gun laws, low crime, excellent schools, and low taxes.  Well, times have changed.  Since 1992 California has voted blue in every single Presidential election.  Moreover, the stories of leftist lunacy that come out of the Golden State have become a staple of the news cycle.  Right now many California communities are in revolt because of the state's radical "sanctuary city" laws, which make virtually any cooperation with federal immigration authorities a criminal offense.  While it's tempting to give up on the California Republican Party altogether, Newt Gingrich makes a compelling argument for why we shouldn't.  While I'm not optimistic that we'll win the governorship, let's not give up on the large minority of Californians who remain, well, sane...  Some of these embattled patriots are my relatives, after all!

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/04/07/newt-gingrich-california-may-elect-republican-governor-incredible-as-that-sounds.html

In other news, this New York Times analysis of the impending "trade war" with China is pretty perceptive.  Truthfully, the proposed sanctions, even if fully implemented, would barely dent the economies of either China or the U.S.  China is playing a dangerous game, in my opinion, trying to blackmail red state Americans into betraying their President and his nationalistic trade policies.  Let's hold together, America, and fight on to victory!  I fear Trump won't get as much support as he should from either party, but if you're tired of the Chinese pushing us around, then please stand with President Trump!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/05/world/asia/china-trade-war-trump-tariffs.html

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hyper-Excellence in Broadcasting



Friends, I've recorded another interview with Brian O'Neil for the Newsmaker program, and you won't want to miss it.  We discuss sending troops to the border with Mexico, David Hogg, continuing complications with Brexit, and other topics.  So, gather the family 'round the old wireless (or follow the link below), and be amazed!

Unfortunately, we continue to experience challenges with the audio.  Could the Russians be responsible for the interference?  The Chinese?  Obama?  A Russian-Chinese clone of Obama?  These are all possibilities that I take seriously, and you can rest assured that we will get to the bottom of it!

wlea.net/newsmaker-april-5-2018-professor-nick-waddy/

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Constructive Criticism for El Presidente



Friends, I think we all know how important it is that the Trump presidency succeeds. Moreover, I think we all know that the margin for error is incredibly small.  That is, with so many powerful interests combining to destroy Donald Trump and all he represents, it behooves the President and his supporters to make a maximum effort to succeed, and to make as few mistakes as possible.  My latest article is an attempt to offer President Trump some constructive criticism on two key areas in which his administration could improve.  See what you think...


An Open Letter to President Trump


Dear Mr. President:

To begin with, let me congratulate you on a long list of achievements in your first 15 months in office. I will not be exaggerating when I say that your presidency has been a dream-come-true for many conservative patriots like myself. What makes your successes even more impressive is that, during your campaign for the presidency, the Democratic Party, the Obama administration, the FBI, intelligence agencies, the mainstream media, and many foreign governments plotted to undermine you...and they failed. Now that you are President, most of these establishment figures are still plotting against you, and they are doing their best to poison the minds of the American people. Nonetheless, your popularity has recently surged to its highest level in almost a year. Your ability to persevere and prosper in the midst of these extraordinary headwinds is nothing short of miraculous.

Nevertheless, Mr. President, given your successes, a strong case can be made that your approval ratings ought to be much higher. I believe this is partly due to self-inflicted wounds and missed opportunities, and I wish to tender some advice that may help you to flourish politically, even more so than you already have. I hope you will take my constructive criticism to heart.

First, I cannot stress enough that timing is critical in politics, as it is in most fields of human endeavor. Occasionally, you have not shown the patience or forbearance to wait to speak your mind, or to take action, until the moment is right. Your decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, while unquestionably correct, was timed poorly, insofar at it occurred when Democrats and the media were frothing with (phony) outrage over “Russia collusion”, and you were due to meet with the Russian Foreign Minister the next day. This was poor planning, to say the least. Arguably, much of the heartache you have experienced dealing with the false narrative of Russian collusion (including the appointment of Robert Mueller as special prosecutor) could have been avoided had you fired Director Comey at a more propitious moment.

More recently, your administration announced the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the same day as a critical Congressional special election in Pennsylvania. This meant that the news cycle that day was dominated by a (thoroughly contrived) media narrative of “chaos” in the White House. This was a foreseeable problem. Had you foreseen it and delayed the firing by 24 hours, the outcome of the election could have been altered. This is because the Democrat Conor Lamb won that election by only .33% of the vote (less than 800 votes). It is very plausible that a positive news cycle on that day, instead of a negative one, would have made the difference. This is important, because Democrats' victory in the special election bolstered their claim that a “blue wave” is building that may devastate Republicans in November.

I applaud the fact that General Kelly, as your Chief of Staff, has brought greater discipline and order to the functions of the White House. Many leaks also appear to have been plugged. Nonetheless, I believe that the timing of your administration's public statements and actions could be further optimized. I ask you to consider holding off on moves that are destined to be controversial until the right moment arrives.

Second, I believe you are missing crucial opportunities to speak directly to the American people to circumvent the toxic effects of media bias. I can illustrate this point in a simple way. 
 
Twice, you have delivered State of the Union addresses to the country. In both cases, while the media was hostile before, during, and after your addresses, the public reacted very positively, and your approval ratings rose. The reason is fairly evident: for a brief period, your public image, instead of being filtered through the biased media, was sculpted by you personally, based on your ability to engage with the American people. These opportunities are precious indeed for any president, but especially for you, because of the degree of media antipathy that you face. 
 
Therefore, Mr. President, I advise you to make greater use of the presidential bully pulpit by more often speaking with the American people. Other than the State of the Unions, you have delivered only one prime-time, nationally-televised address, in the classic sense: a speech about U.S. policy in Afghanistan. This is a drastic under-utilization of a forum for political rhetoric that has historically served many U.S. presidents very well. 
 
To cite only one example of a missed opportunity, your recent actions on trade, including the imposition of tariffs on China, are vitally important (and frequently misunderstood) initiatives that unquestionably serve U.S. national interests. You could easily justify giving a prime-time, Oval Office address to the American people explaining why the short term pain that tariffs and a “trade war” may entail are necessary because of China's long-time abuses, including the theft of U.S. intellectual property. The chance to make this case directly to the American people, I would add, is infinitely preferable to allowing the likes of CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times to spin your policies as they please. In fact, you owe it to Americans to make your case as effectively and as forthrightly as you can.

Again, Mr. President, I do not mean to minimize the difficulties and challenges you face, nor the singular triumphs you have won by a great deal of hard work, boldness, and granite resolve. Nonetheless, there are always ways to improve, and I hope you will bear in mind my suggestions. The stakes are simply too high for you not to make maximum use of the opportunities at hand to make America great again.

Sincerely,

Nicholas L. Waddy

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.

P.S. You can also read the article here, at Townhall.com: https://townhall.com/columnists/nicholaswaddy/2018/04/05/an-open-letter-to-president-trump-n2468034

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Double Standard?



Friends, many of you have expressed disappointment in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has so far refused to appoint a special counsel to investigate FISA abuses, the phony inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails, and FBI/Deep State collusion against the Trump campaign.  I too find Mueller's microscopic investigation of Trump/Russia "collusion" and the "hacking" of the 2016 election, coupled with the lack of focus on the misdeeds of Clinton supporters, very frustrating.  Perhaps, though, just perhaps, Sessions is playing a long game here.  Maybe he wants to set the stage (methodically) for a second special counsel and ultimately hold the left accountable.  Maybe he believes that prosecutions need not come out of a special counsel.  Maybe he's got a slow metabolism.  Who can say.  This article, though, makes the case that we shouldn't condemn Sessions out of hand.  Maybe, in fact, a thorough investigation of these leftist outrages is already underway -- but we simply don't hear about it in the media, because a) the media doesn't care, and b) unlike Mueller's team, the team(s) investigating Clinton, the FBI, the Democratic Party, etc. don't leak like a sieve.  In any case, it pays to consider what this man has to say:

https://nypost.com/2018/03/31/the-real-reason-behind-sessions-special-counsel-decision/

In other news, will the U.K. soon introduce a waiting period and a licensing system for those who wish to buy cutlery?  Stay tuned...

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/01/london-murder-rate-beats-new-york-for-month-as-stabbings-surge.html

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hannity Obsolete?



Friends, now that the airwaves are saturated with the honeyed murmurings of Waddy, is it possible that all other conservative commentary is...redundant and unnecessary?  A fine question, to be sure, but we'll reserve judgement for now.  All we know for certain is that the link below will take you to my latest appearance on WLEA's Newsmaker program.

https://wlea.net/newsmaker-march-29-2018-professor-nick-waddy/

Apologies, as before, for the imperfect audio.  We're still working on a way to improve it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Making Trade Great Again



Friends, my latest article will open your eyes to President Trump's canny, inspired strategy on trade.  The media has been blistering in its assessment of his tariffs and trade sanctions against countries that are taking advantage of us, and shortchanging the American worker.  As I reveal, however, Trump's use of the "big stick" is starting to pay off -- and there's much more to come...

Read all about it here:

https://townhall.com/columnists/nicholaswaddy/2018/03/28/crazy-like-a-fox-trumps-hardball-trade-tactics-are-working-n2465336

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Great Wall of Trump



Friends, was the much-maligned Omnibus Bill a Trojan Horse?  Could President Trump have a surprise in store for those who think they denied him the funds to build his wall on the border with Mexico?  Could Pentagon funds be used to build that wall?  Perhaps!  Read on:

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/president_trump_hints_he_may_use_defense_budget_to_build_the_border_wall_now.html

In other news, remember all the scaremongering about President Trump's tariffs and trade sanctions?  We were told a trade war is inevitable, and the economy will tank.  Well, the tariffs and sanctions were always about gaining leverage over our trade partners and adversaries.  Today we got the first sign that, as per the New York Times, the strategy is working.  The lesson here is that standing up for America ISN'T MORONIC, after all.  Who would have guessed?  (You and me, that's who.)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/business/south-korea-us-tariffs.html

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Injecting a Little Sanity (and Safety) Into Our Public Schools



Friends, the smiling children you see above presumably are unaware that leftist education bureaucrats, in collusion with some law enforcement officials and Obama's Department of Education, were working hard to keep them LESS safe.  How?  As revealed on this blog and elsewhere, leftists believe that arresting and prosecuting children, mostly teenagers, who commit crimes, and/or separating them from the vast majority of students who are not a threat, is injurious to their self-esteem and their educational careers.  School districts were therefore pressured into implementing policies that mainstreamed dangerous students, and police and prosecutors were told to "go easy", especially if the student in question was black or Hispanic.  After all, if a disproportionate number of students who are arrested or sent to reform schools are minorities, to the leftist mind this "proves" that the system must be racist!  The answer: let even violent crimes go unpunished.  Give the offenders counseling, ample hugs, and even monetary rewards for temporary good behavior, and hope that this policy of willful blindness doesn't blow up in everyone's face (as it did in Parkland, Florida). 

The good news is that the Trump administration, and the Department of Education under Betsy DeVos, are preparing to fix this problem by rescinding and replacing the "guidance" that Obama and his lackeys gave public schools.  It can't come a moment too soon!  Read about it here:

https://nypost.com/2018/03/24/trump-scrapping-obama-era-rule-that-turned-schools-into-war-zones/

For those of you who want to delve deeper into the seismic changes that are taking place in American democracy, consider this provocative article.  I'm not sure I agree that the failure of the Russia collusion narrative would effectively end the mainstream media (if only!), but certainly the media establishment is in big trouble.  The attempt to discredit Facebook of late is certainly interesting, and it may well reflect a desire on the part of more traditional media to defend their "turf".  It's also intriguing to contemplate a media landscape in which the traditional outlets become obsolete -- although personally I think the potential for disinformation in social media and digital media is every bit as great.  Dishonesty, I fear, will always be with us.

https://amgreatness.com/2018/03/23/total-political-war/

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Telling It Like It Is



Friends, today I recommend this article to you, which is a truly excellent case study in the sheer incompetence and willful blindness of the mainstream media.  When it comes to President Trump, the press is more than willing to report innuendo as if it was fact.  I would imagine there are a great many sagacious journalism professors spinning in their graves right about now...

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/john-brennan-trump-spreads-smear-media-covers-fact/

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Righter Than Ever



Friends, Rush Limbaugh ain't got nothin' on me.  This week I began a stint as a weekly guest on the Newsmaker program of WLEA talk radio in Hornell, New York.  WLEA, founded in 1948, has a storied past and, I trust, a bright future, pumping out 2,500 watts of Waddy!  You can listen to this week's broadcast here:

wlea.net/newsmaker-march-22-2018-professor-nick-waddy/

The audio quality is not the best, and I apologize for that, but it shouldn't be a problem in future.

In other news, have you noticed how asinine and juvenile many liberals have become?  When I sit down with liberals, I'm flabbergasted by how many of them want to talk about Trump gossip, as opposed to national or international news.  Much of this gossip seems to swirl around Trump's family members, especially long-suffering Melania, Ivanka, and Jared, rather than Trump himself.  Naturally, any (alleged) sex scandal also gets top billing.  Could this be the latest manifestation of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS)?  Do leftists not realize that ad hominem attacks, especially on the family members of politicians, are the height (or bottom, as it were) of calumny?  Are liberals simply regressing to childhood to soothe their triggered consciences?  It baffles me, it truly does.  Every day, our national conversation seems to reach new lows -- while our maturity and tolerance wither and die.  Consider this story, which appears in Newsweek.  Now, I can remember a day when Newsweek contained actual news!  No more.  Now it contains tips on how to avoid icky people like Ivanka, and how to virtue signal all the livelong day...  Amazing stuff.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ivanka-trump-visit-iowa-hair-153614203.html

Monday, March 19, 2018

Journalistic Integrity...and Other Myths



Friends, there are few subjects on which I am more passionate than the pure loathsomeness of the mainstream media.  The lack of balance and breadth in their coverage, the plain ignorance of many reporters and editors, and the blatant partisanship and runaway Trump-hatred is enough to drive any decent American batty...and quite a few have already succumbed.  Our excellent President has an approval rating in the 40s.  Russia's President Vladimir Putin has an approval rating closer to 80%.  What's the difference between them?  There are plenty, but from a public opinion standpoint the principal distinction is that Putin controls the Russian media, which fawns over him, while the American media works in overdrive to undermine our elected President.  One simply cannot discount how important this is, since constant toxic media coverage destroys confidence with spectacular effectiveness.  True, there are now alternative media outlets from which Americans can, and sometimes do, get high quality news and analysis, but most alternative media sources are even worse, and less professional, than the mainstream crowd.  Fake news flourishes in the alternative media, and the big networks, newspapers, and popular websites are, to a large degree, throwing journalistic standards out the window simply to stay competitive with the no-holds-barred muckrakers that dominate talk radio, social media, and other popular forums.  The point is this: our country's cynicism, quarrelsomeness, and self-hatred will never be healed until we obtain a more responsible press.  Bad and biased reporting is killing our democracy, I firmly believe, and time may be running out to reverse the downward spiral.  After all, we're already in a situation where most Americans assume the amorality of our political elite, and they take for granted that, if their chosen candidate didn't win an election, then his/her opponent must have cheated.  You simply can't sustain democratic institutions for long under these circumstances.  We need to change course! 

You can read all about it in my latest article:

Burying the Lead: The Media Ignores Trump's Victories

It's no secret that the mainstream media loathes President Trump. The coverage of the Trump administration has broken all records in terms of consistent, vitriolic negativity. (One study found that the coverage on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening newscasts was critical 90% of the time.) This leads the media to devote ample column inches and airtime to arguably trivial smears, like the alleged Russian ties of low-level campaign aides and volunteers, the dirty laundry (real and imagined) of the President's family members, and unverifiable non-claims of past affairs made by professional strippers. Essentially, the media has long since been weaponized in the war on Trump.

The other side of this sordid coin, however, is the media's indifference to important, positive stories far more worthy of the public's attention. In particular, journalists eschew any mention of President Trump's successes and breakthroughs. The list of these political victories is a long one, although you won't read about them in the Post or the Times.

Lest we forget, the economy is booming. All indicators, including economic growth rates, unemployment rates, manufacturing growth, and stock market gains, are pointing to a level of dynamism unknown in the Obama years. The relaxation of bureaucratic regulations and the achievement of a historic tax reform package certainly have played a role in this economic renaissance. Whether President Trump deserves the credit for all of this good news is debatable, but the simple fact is that, if he were a Democrat, the media would be crediting him much more often than it is.

Recently, thanks to President Trump's unapologetically aggressive policy towards North Korea, including harsh rhetoric and biting sanctions, Kim Jong-un expressed a willingness to consider denuclearization, and the U.S. announced an upcoming summit between Kim and President Trump. Had President Obama achieved a diplomatic breakthrough of this magnitude, his (second) Nobel Peace Prize surely would have arrived by priority mail the very next day. Trump's hard-won progress, though, is ignored and slighted.

Likewise, the administration's successes in protecting U.S. technological and industrial preeminence, by preventing the foreign acquisition of critical American technology companies, and by shielding our steel and aluminum industries from unfair overseas competition, is ignored, or worse, undercut with wild speculation about possible retaliation. In both cases, Trump's actions have clear precedents in the moves of previous administrations, including that of Barack Obama, but the media always frames Trump's actions as entirely novel and abjectly foolish. The inconvenient truth is that real, tangible American jobs, and American workers, are safeguarded by these actions, but those stories are simply never told.

In yet another example of the media's selective coverage, the Trump administration's unprecedented success in reducing illegal immigration, which every administration since that of President Eisenhower has at least claimed that it wanted to achieve, is completely subsumed by the media's focus on anecdotal accounts of allegedly virtuous illegal immigrants facing deportation. The media could, of course, tell the story of the crimes committed by the many thousands of violent illegal immigrants who no longer prowl America's streets, thanks to President Trump. It won't, naturally. It literally can't, since any reporter who spoke of those crimes would be besieged with charges of “racism!”

The list of Trumpian achievements goes on: a stronger military, improved services for veterans and the firing of many incompetent VA employees, ISIS on its last legs, reams of useless regulations obliterated, an increasing realization among our allies that they must solve their own problems and provide and pay for their own defense, dozens of sterling conservatives appointed to our nation's courts, etc. And the media's attitude to these triumphs is invariably the same: denial, dismissal, obfuscation.

When it comes to all things Trump, the media is hopelessly blinkered. Unfortunately, their acidic commentary on the Trump presidency has had a cumulative effect on public attitudes, and it is almost certainly responsible for Trump's artificially low approval numbers, which make no sense given the basic strength of America itself.

Years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared to his fellow Americans that they “had nothing to fear but fear itself.” What he meant is that perception is critically important, and it can even create, by its own power, new political realities. 

I would argue that the media, with its relentless and intentional efforts to undermine the Trump administration, is actually reducing confidence in America itself and its political institutions. The negativity has reached such a crescendo that the stability of our democracy is under threat.

President Trump has his faults, yes, but the irresponsibility and lack of professionalism in our media knows no bounds. It is time to turn off the mainstream media and start over. Alternatively, it is time to reconsider our libel laws in order to hold the worst journalists accountable for their fabrications.

Information is the lifeblood of democracy, and, sad to say, our country has never been so ill-informed.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.

You can also find the article here, on the TownHall website: