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Friday, October 18, 2019

Trump Has America's Back; We Should Have His

Friends, my latest article is a full-throated defense of President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria -- and an encouragement to him to finish the job and get us all the way out of Syria's civil war.  See if you agree...

America First or Kurdistan First — Take Your Pick

Democrats, talking heads in the media, and even most establishment Republicans are united in their condemnation of President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the border area between Syrian Kurdistan and Turkey. Trump has “betrayed” a faithful ally, they say, destabilizing the region and emboldening dictators in Turkey, Syria, and Russia. How dare he?

The fact is, however, that the conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C. is wrong. U.S. intervention is not a panacea that can fix any international problem, and the time has come for U.S. forces to leave Syria and let the Syrian people decide their own destiny. 

President Trump's only mistake lies in the timing of his decision. A phased withdrawal from eastern Syria, begun when Trump first announced his decision to pull out in December 2018, would have mitigated some of the negative consequences we see now. But that America does not belong knee-deep in Syria's civil war has been clear from the start.

First, we should consider the disingenuousness of many of the arguments advanced against Trump's withdrawal. Democrats and Republicans are saying that it is wrong to pull support from a trusted ally. Many of these Democrats, and some of the Republicans, were opposed to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War...and yet the U.S. withdrawal from South Vietnam precipitated a bloodbath, and consigned many of America's closest friends to a miserable fate, sometimes worse than death! 
Moreover, the U.S. was fighting alongside the South Vietnamese for years, on a much greater scale than we ever fought in Syria, and almost 60,000 Americans died in the conflict. Surely, then, our moral obligations to the South Vietnamese, and to fallen American soldiers, greatly exceeded any duty we may now feel to help the Kurds maintain their autonomy on Syrian soil. But the cacophony of voices criticizing President Trump sees no hypocrisy in its support for withdrawal from Vietnam — and in many cases for the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq as well — versus its determination to stay put in Syrian Kurdistan.

Consider also that the media is showcasing civilian casualties in Turkey's new “safe zone” in northeastern Syria, in order to justify U.S. intervention to protect the Kurds. The fact is, though, that as many as half a million people have died in Syria's civil war. Over 12 million have been displaced. In terms of scale, therefore, what is happening right now on the Syria-Turkey border is a sideshow compared to the tidal wave of misery and death that has washed over Syria since 2011. The D.C. establishment and the media know-it-alls, however, never advocated large-scale U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war to end the bloodshed. That is because human suffering is not the real reason for intervention, either now or then. The powers-that-be are ganging up on Trump, and critiquing his decision to leave northeastern Syria, not to “save women and children,” but because it is a convenient way to buttress the agenda of interventionism, which many D.C. politicians and reporters believe in implicitly and unthinkingly. It is also a fun and easy way to make Donald Trump, super-villain, look bad. In other words, for the Washington elite, it's a twofer.

As weak and self-serving as the arguments against President Trump's decision to withdraw may be, we have to acknowledge that ending U.S. protection of the Kurds does subject them, and the region, to certain risks. Americans must weigh these risks, though, against the risks borne by U.S. servicemen every day in Syria, where a handful still serve. The battlefield in Syria is complex and extremely dangerous. ISIS was our principal enemy there, and it was — and is — notorious for its extreme brutality. Many of the other forces in Syria, however, including the Kurds, can be just as unsavory.

Moreover, every second that U.S. forces remain in Syria creates more potential opportunities for conflict between our servicemen and women and the armies and air forces of the Syrian government, of Iran, of Turkey, and of Russia. The Syrian conflict, in short, is a tinderbox, and we have been fortunate that we have not yet been burned, in a major and dramatic fashion, by our decision to wade into that quagmire. Make no mistake — if we stay in Syria, and especially if we stay there indefinitely, as the D.C. elite wants, we run the risk of being pulled into a much wider and deadlier conflict, and one which ultimately advances no vital American interest whatsoever.

The time has come, therefore, for the U.S. to pull out of Syrian Kurdistan, totally and permanently. Only if a global threat like ISIS reemerges should we ever contemplate returning.

Syria, then, will be, and should be, ruled by Syrians. The Syrian Kurds will need to make accommodations with the Syrian government, as they are now doing, and with the Turks. That is the only way that they can preserve their autonomy in the long run.

The days of the U.S. military fighting the Kurds' battles for them are over.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Boris Back on Top?

Friends, Boris Johnson's Conservative government has struck a new deal with the EU.  If Parliament approves it on Saturday, then Britain could be in the position of leaving the EU on time on October 31st with a deal that will cushion the blow of Brexit.  Since Johnson's opponents have said all along that he couldn't strike a new deal, and didn't even want to, needless to say he has put them on the defensive.  Moreover, since most MPs claim to want to avoid a no-deal outcome at all costs, how can they justify voting "no" on Boris's new and improved deal?  The answer is that most of them hate Boris so much that they'll vote "no" automatically, and quite a few probably think the alternative to this new deal is yet another extension, so what's the rush?  The outcome is far from assured.  Nigel Farage is urging MPs to vote "no", because he believes a no-deal Brexit is still in the cards and would be preferable.  He may yet get his way.  If Parliament won't play ball with Boris, then Boris can legitimately say to the EU, "I may be legally required to ask you for an extension, but you would be crazy to grant it.  It's time to put this nightmare to bed and accept that a no-deal Brexit is the best we can do."  All he would need is one EU state to agree, and that's all she wrote...  In that sense, whatever Parliament does on Saturday, Boris Johnson -- and the British people -- may come out ahead.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Best of Luck to You, Syria!

Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show with me and Brian O'Neil focuses on questions of war and peace.  President Trump has come under heavy (media) fire for taking U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria.  This sets up a clash potentially involving Kurdish, Syrian, Turkish, and Russian forces.  The press says that Trump has precipitated a humanitarian disaster, but the truth is that the U.S. has overstayed its welcome in Syria.  It's time to let local forces determine the country's destiny, and to acknowledge that we don't "own" other people's land.  Discretion is sometimes the better part of valor, and the longer we stay in Syria, the greater the risks.  I say: well done, President Trump!

Brian and I also talk about the feuding between the Bidens and the Trumps, the impeachment saga and the machinations of "Shifty" Adam Schiff, and the question of whether Mike Bloomberg, left-leaning know-it-all and billionaire, will insert himself into the Presidential race.

It's all pure gold, so listen in!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Go, Liz, Go!

Friends, on behalf of the WaddyIsRight commentating empire, I want to wish Senator Elizabeth Warren all the best in tonight's Democratic primary debate.  Warren has taken on the mantle of "frontrunner," at least in Iowa and New Hampshire, and that means she may be subjected to unprecedented scrutiny.  On the other hand, we can expect the Dems to be talking a lot tonight about Hunter Biden and impeachment, so in that sense it might still be Joe Biden on the hot seat...  We shall see.  However you slice it, I'm still in Warren's corner.  She's straight out of central casting as a Presidential loser, if you ask me.  Just what the doctor ordered!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Liberals, Which Is It? Do You Love Communist China or Mother Earth More?

Friends, my latest article focuses on Chinese and liberal hypocrisy. Red China likes to claim that it is at the forefront of both technological innovation and every progressive cause.  The truth is very different.  In terms of protecting the environment, which is both a technological challenge AND a moral/political quandary, China is all bark and no bite.  China pollutes on a gargantuan scale -- and Western environmentalists barely notice.  Meanwhile, "woke" American and European liberals can't say enough complimentary things about China and its wonders.  They give the Chinese, and the whole developing world, a pass when it comes to labor protections, human rights, AND the environment.  I say: no more!  The article you're about to read focuses on Elon Musk as a prominent example of this eco-hypocrisy, but there are countless members of our political, economic, and cultural elite who are guilty of the same sins.  But we at WaddyIsRight are keeping score!

By the way, this article will soon be appearing at WND: WorldNetDaily.  That's an exciting new venue for the propagation of Waddyism!

When Will Liberals Wake Up to China's Environmental Hypocrisy?

Recently, in the context of a conversation about green energy, Silicon Valley icon and noted environmental nag Elon Musk observed that China “is the future. Either Musk is spectacularly naive, or he is purposely misleading his investors and the public (and not for the first time?). If anything, China is the future of pollution and poor global citizenship, not green energy.

True, the Chinese government is positioning itself, and scores of Chinese companies, to profit handsomely from rising global investments in green energy, including solar and wind power. It is also prioritizing the electric car market. Musk himself is planning to build more and more of his electric cars in China — no doubt tempted by China's low wages, lack of unions and labor protections, and loosey-goosey environmental standards. China, in other words, is brimming with profit potential, even if a serious commitment to conservation is lacking.

And that, as it turns out, is an understatement! As corporate America and the mainstream media fawn over China's green energy virtuosity, the truth about China and the environment is enough to turn anyone's stomach...literally, if you take a deep breath of Beijing's smog, or drink some of its toxic water.

But it’s more than that. For the PRC (People's Republic of China), environmentalism is merely a front. Political and economic power is China’s endgame, not green energy. That’s what makes Musk’s latest declaration all the more dangerous. In his quest for Chinese profits, Musk is legitimizing a regime that wants nothing more than to expand its influence across the globe. Musk’s decision to embrace the PRC is even more troubling in the light of his environmentalist rhetoric, coupled with China's record of complete indifference to environmental protection.

Consider the facts. China is the leading emitter of carbon in the world, and it isn't even close! China overtook the United States way back in 2006. Since then, U.S. emissions have declined, thanks in part to the rise of natural gas, while Chinese emissions have risen steadily. Why? China's economy is growing fast. That's one explanation. The other is that the Chinese are building dirty coal-fired electrical plants, and putting highly-polluting cars on the road, at a record pace. Although the Chinese brag about building solar panels, they actually use remarkably few of them. Those panels are for export to affluent tree-huggers in the developed world. Meanwhile, the Chinese economy is flying high on its carbon “fix.

Everyone has now heard of the veritable archipelagos of plastic forming in the Pacific. One “garbage patch” is reportedly twice the size of Texas. Eco-fascists wag their fingers at Americans for daring to use plastic straws, but the reality of marine pollution is that China is responsible for a much greater percentage of it than the United States. China is leading the charge when it comes to despoiling our seas, while the rest of the world buys its shoddy products and pumps billions of dollars into its relentless expansion. Do environmental activists care? Seemingly not, to their everlasting shame.

The hypocrisy of the U.S. political, economic, and cultural establishment — in blaming President Trump for a “climate crisis,” while at the same time holding China blameless for its rampant defilement of Mother Earth — is breathtaking. Musk, who goes hat in hand to beg for the PRC's tax credits even as he boycotts President Trump's advisory councils, is a prominent example of this hypocrisy. Just recently, in fact, Musk had the audacity to announce the launch of a new Tesla construction division in China. There, he will supply jobs and investment to the nation with the single worst environmental record on Earth, all while railing against President Trump’s climate policies in the United States.

Keep in mind, Musk and his companies receive millions of dollars each year in the form of federal grants, contracts, and subsidies. Even as he courts America’s foremost political and economic adversary with promises of factories in China, Musk works as one of the principal contractors for the U.S. government. In effect, American taxpayers are funding Musk’s escapades — and, when he gallivants off to China, handing out new factories like they were candy, the taxpayers are funding that as well. The question is: why?

Americans should hold Musk and his companies accountable. They should insist that Musk, and his fellow liberals, stop taking the side of the PRC's communist overlords, and stop doing business with the country most responsible for damaging the environment.

Unfortunately, at the moment, carbon emissions, marine pollution, and many other environmental problems are only getting worse, because the people who claim to be battling them are, in fact, in bed with the worst polluters of all.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.

And here it is on WND:

And, in other news, our illustrious Vice-President is touring the nation, visiting swing districts to drum up support for a Republican House takeover in 2020.  This is music to my ears.  We need a Trump win in 2020, sure, but it is very achievable to retake the House as well -- and this would drive the Left bonkers!!!  Isn't that our number one goal?  I'd say so!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

To Impeach, Or Not To Impeach -- That Is The Question

Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show is even more mind-blowing than usual!  Naturally, Brian and I get caught up on the latest developments surrounding the effort to impeach President Trump.  We also ask whether Democrats are truly in earnest about impeachment, or whether they're hedging their bets.  We also discuss corruption and back-scratching in American politics, the NBA-China kerfuffle, the "extinction rebellion" destabilizing Europe's cities, Ellen DeGeneres's bold decision to defend her "friend" George W. Bush in the face of leftist attacks, and the end game for Brexit.

Historically, Brian and I wade into the death of Che Guevara in 1967, President Nixon's efforts to bring peace to Vietnam, and the bombing of St. Paul's Cathedral during the Blitz.

Be there or be square -- or, in other words, listen and be amazed!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Noses Ahead in Democratic Horse Race

Friends, the news is coming thick and fast!  Today, for the first time, the RealClearPolitics polling average has Liz Warren narrowly ahead of Joe Biden.  This is BIG!  Biden has been flagging for a while now, but if these trends continue he may have to get much more aggressive if he hopes to save his candidacy.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- Warren benefits from the fact that NO ONE in the Democratic Party is currently bothering to attack her.  It's about time that Liz takes a little incoming fire, don't you think?

In other news, President Trump's tactics at the border are working -- and naturally the media is taking no notice.  When Trump runs for reelection in 2020, the wall will be only partially built, but he will certainly have done everything in his power to put our house in order, immgration-wise.  He has much to be proud of!

Over in Europe, the last chess pieces are being moved in the Battle over Brexit.  Will Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the EU bigwigs manage to strike a deal?  Gamesmanship is the order of the day right now, but time is running out.  British and EU leaders have about ten days to resolve their differences.  After that, Johnson is supposed to ask for an extension to the Brexit deadline, but swears no extension will happen.  In other words, matters will come to a head!  The best case for Johnson, and for Britain, is that the EU (meaning at least one country in the EU) will say a definite "no!" to further extensions.  Then it's a no-deal Brexit, whether Parliament likes it or not.  My fingers are crossed!

Finally, the bad news is that polls indicate that support for impeachment and removal of President Trump is distressingly high.  Democrats and the media have successfully hoodwinked about half of the American people.  The good news is that Democrats don't really care about the practicalities of impeachment, as this poll shows, and they may therefore pursue it even if its popularity sags, which I believe is likely.  Impeachment fatigue will set in soon enough.  By then, it may be too late for the Dems to back out.  Stay tuned.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Bang, Bang! You're Dead...And Other Flights of Fancy

Friends, one of the key differences between the United States and virtually every other "developed" country in the world is that here we still value and respect the right to keep and bear arms.  Other allegedly civilized countries believe that the citizenry cannot be trusted with firearms.

One reason why gun rights have been rolled back elsewhere, and why they are under constant threat here, is because the powerful, elitist gun control lobby masterfully uses emotional manipulation to delude the public about the danger guns pose.  That danger is real, but the perception of it is woefully inaccurate in important ways...and the Left wants to keep it that way.

My latest article examines the irrationality of the liberal case for gun control.  Since left-wingers routinely claim to be both smarter and more rational than conservatives, it's worth reflecting on just how irrational they can be!  Read on, and see if you agree.

And here are two other gems for you, if you have the time.

The first is an article by Eric Trump, in which he highlights how hostile and dismissive the media has been towards all members of the Trump family -- compared with how keen they are to shield Hunter Biden from any scrutiny.  Can you say "HYPOCRISY"???

And the second article details Joe Biden's dwindling fundraising totals.  I can't say I'm surprised.  Biden lacks energy, and so does his campaign.  As his aura of inevitability fades, his campaign may spiral down into irrelevance.  Then again, if he's got any fire in the belly, he may soon start taking shots at Warren -- and there's plenty there to attack, isn't there?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Holy Schiff! Is This How Democracy Ends?

Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show with me and Brian O'Neil covers a lot of ground.  We consider the prospects for impeachment under Chief Inquisitor Adam Schiff.  We also ponder how many Americans will be fooled by the latest "witch hunt" against President Trump, and whether it has a potential upside for Republicans and conservatives.  In addition, we ask whether Presidential conversations with foreign leaders ought to be kept secret.  Historically, Brian and I talk about the anniversary of the creation of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the fate of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, the choice of Thurgood Marshall to be the first black Supreme Court Justice in 1967 and the role of the court in American politics, and Operation Typhoon: Germany's go-for-broke attack on Moscow in Fall 1941.  It's a little of everything this week -- don't miss out!

Consider also this very interesting impeachment analysis.  The Dems are already wavering!  The appearance of party unity is just that -- for appearances' sake only.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Brett Kavanaugh: The Deciding Vote on Impeachment?

Friends, Frank Miele at RealClearPolitics has a habit of churning out very thought-provoking, insightful articles.  Check out his latest:

Miele makes a very good point that few pundits have raised: impeachment, like everything else Congress does or may do, is subject to judicial review.  There's an old saying that a prosecutor can "indict a ham sandwich," which is a way of making the point that indicting someone (usually via a grand jury) is easy -- but convicting them in a court of law is hard.  Impeachment is like an indictment.  Congress can, by all appearances, impeach the President for ANY reason.  Then there would be a trial in the Senate.  As we all know, the Senate is virtually certain to lack the two-thirds majority required to convict President Trump...but the likelihood is that the matter will never get that far.  First, the House Democrats would have to keep their nerve and pass articles of impeachment.  Don't bet on that!  Even if they did, as Miele points out, their actions would be subject to judicial review.  The Trump administration could argue that the impeachment vote is null and void, because Congress did not impeach based on "high crimes and misdemeanors," but based on a strong dislike of Donald Trump, or based on a flawed process.  Would the Supreme Court agree?  Who can say, but it's possible, and given the dynamics of the court it would probably be the Left's bete noire, Brett Kavanaugh, who would cast the critical vote in any impeachment case...  Wouldn't that be...poetic justice?  Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Impeachment Variety Show: Always Good For A Laugh

Friends, you can criticize the Democrats on many levels, but no one can say that they're not creative.  They've been beating the impeachment drum based on Russian collusion and obstruction of justice for years now, but along comes a story about Ukraine and -- what do you know -- all of a sudden, before the Democrats even see any of the underlying evidence*, it's the impeachment headliner!  I guess that tells you how thin the evidence was for all the other charges...  To say that the Dems are "desperate" to get Trump would be an insult to desperate people!  Be that as it may, the question arises: how seriously should we take the latest push to impeach the President?  Is he in any danger?

You already know my views on these questions.  There's virtually zero chance that Trump will be removed from office, and, despite the fulminations of Nancy Pelosi, AOC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, there's very little chance that the full House will ever vote on impeachment, let alone approve it.  I explain it all in my latest article, coming soon to American Greatness:

On Impeachment, the Democrats Are All Talk and No Action

This week we've seen much breathless speculation in the media about how close the Democratic House of Representatives may be to impeaching President Trump. The answer to that question is straightforward: about as close as they were last week, and the week before — that is, not close at all.
How can this be? Didn't Speaker Nancy Pelosi declare in solemn tones that an “impeachment inquiry” is now underway? Don't White House reporters suddenly have a gleam in their eye that wasn't there a week ago? Yes, but... 

In Washington, D.C., nothing is as it seems.

True, the Democrats practically wet themselves in their excitement over the news that, according to a so-called whistleblower, Trump may have “pressured” the Ukrainian government to investigate his potential opponent in the 2020 election, former Vice-President (and one-time Ukrainian policy supremo) Joe Biden. 

Finally, the Democrats seemed to cry out collectively, we caught Trump in the act!
Indeed, they were so giddy that they decided not to wait for any of the underlying evidence to emerge before selecting the nuclear option of impeachment. Strike while the iron is hot, right? Better yet, strike before the iron is even chemically identifiable as iron.

Of course, the facts of the Ukraine matter do not, well, matter to Democrats nearly as much as the perception of wrongdoing that their bellyaching and finger-wagging can generate. By that inexact measure, indeed, Trump's conversations with the President of Ukraine are somewhere on the scale of malevolence between the Nazi terror bombing of Guernica and NBC's cancellation of Star Trek — in other words, really really bad.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, however, their brand of amateur political theater has long since worn thin. The American people are increasingly apt to view all politicians as self-interested and dishonest, including Democrats. Will a plurality of Americans support the impeachment of Donald Trump, therefore? Most assuredly. But a comparable number would probably support the impeachment of Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer — which is merely a reflection of how polarized and embittered voters have become.

The point, though, is that this week's Ukrainian brouhaha changed nothing fundamental about American politics, or about the standing of Donald Trump in the eyes of the electorate. Trump's approval ratings are holding steady, or even ticking upwards. Support for impeachment is significant, but nowhere near a majority. Democrats are still salivating at every opportunity to give Trump a black eye, or worse, but independents and Republicans either like and admire the man, or they think Democrats should take a deep breath and let him get on with his job.

Likewise, Nancy Pelosi's bloviating about impeachment and how “No one is above the law” should be seen for what it is: it gives her seal of approval to yet more investigations of the President, but it does not make inevitable by any means actual impeachment proceedings. Impeachment, were it ever to come to pass, would involve the House Judiciary Committee considering and approving specific articles of impeachment, and the full House then voting on whether or not to approve them. If the House passed any one of those articles, then President Trump effectively would have been indicted by the House, and he would next be (assuming Mitch McConnell's cooperation) tried in the Senate. There is no reason, however, to believe that the Democratic leadership in the House is anywhere close to pulling the trigger on impeachment by bringing it up for a meaningful vote.

This may come as a surprise, when the media is reporting constantly that X number of House members “support” impeachment. What they mean, however, is that many House Democrats “impeachment inquiry,” to borrow a phrase from Ms. Pelosi herself. In other words, Democrats can agree that they dislike Trump, and that they want to subject him to constant scrutiny and abuse, but beyond that any consensus on what should be done to or with the President breaks down. The number of House Democrats who would vote — today, on the basis of what is already known — to impeach the President is small. None of the developments of the last week have changed that simple fact.

President Trump and his supporters, therefore, should breathe a sigh of relief. The talk of impeachment has always been mostly hot air. 

The Democrats will get only one chance to remove Donald Trump from the White House — in November 2020 — and, if they keep up their hyperventilating and their steady drift to the left, they will almost certainly blow that opportunity too.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.

And here's the American Greatness version: 

*I encourage everyone to read the whistleblower's complaint.  That it was written by a team of anti-Trump lawyers is patently obvious.  That the man who nominally wrote it actually knew nothing of the events he describes -- and offered no evidence to support almost all of his charges -- is also clear.  The best response to this memo would have been to fire the Swamp Monster who wrote it.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Trump Brings His "America First" Road Show to the U.N.

Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show features an analysis of dueling U.N. speeches by President Trump, who defended national sovereignty, and Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who whined about our alleged climate emergency.  No contest, right?  In addition to covering the action at the U.N., Brian and I talk about tensions with Iran, the British Supreme Court's anti-Brexit moves, plus the phony scandal over Trump and Ukraine (and the real scandal involving Democrats and the 2016 election).  Historically, Brian and I talk about the Bill of Rights (especially the Tenth Amendment), the integration of Little Rock High School in 1957, and the leading personalities of the Eisenhower era.

Don't miss it!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

An Impeachment Fake Out?

Friends, there was a remarkable confluence of events today.  One, President Trump's approval rating reached a two-year high.

Trump has shown a remarkable ability to prosper politically even as Democrats and the media hit him with everything they've got.  Case in point: the phony whistleblower scandal, which is currently the talk of the town in D.C.

Nancy Pelosi today announced the start of a formal impeachment inquiry, and the main justification appears to be the whistleblower's accusations.  Keep in mind that Congress has not yet seen the whistleblower's complaint, it has not yet spoken to the whistleblower, nor has it read the transcript of the all-important phone call between President Trump and the President of Ukraine.  Nevertheless, Congress is already prepared to launch an impeachment inquiry, and to imply strongly that Trump must be guilty.  Ridiculous!

Before you get too worked up, however, keep in mind that the House has arguably been engaged in an "impeachment inquiry" ever since January 2019, when the Democrats took control.  Pelosi has shied away from calling it that, but other Democrats have been clear that impeachment is in play.  Pelosi is under great pressure, moreover, to move ahead with impeachment.  It is an immensely popular idea with Democratic voters and with liberal Democrats in Congress.  Even if the Democrats know that the removal of President Trump is unlikely, most of them would like to impeach him anyway -- for the sake of tarnishing his reputation, one assumes, and demonstrating Congress' contempt for him.  You would think, however, that moderate Democrats would want no part of impeaching the President, since such an extreme move could easily backfire, especially given the unpopularity of impeachment with independent voters.

So what's happening here?  Do the Democrats really believe that the President's conversation could be the "smoking gun" that will finally win over Americans, including Republicans, to the idea of removing Trump?  Maybe, but they would have to be rather naive to believe that Trump, who has survived a thousand slings and arrow up to now, is suddenly vulnerable.

The other possibility, which I believe is more likely, is that this impeachment announcement is yet another fudge on the part of the Democratic House leadership.  Under pressure to breathe the word "impeachment," they finally did so, but without any firm conviction that Articles of Impeachment will or ought to be passed by the House Judiciary Committee, and without any intention of bringing the matter up to the full House for a vote. In this scenario, various House committees will investigate the President ad infinitum, and they will lavishly consider impeachment, but they will never quite get around to taking any action.  The smart money still says this is what will come to pass.

Make no mistake, however -- the Democrats are playing with fire.  The American people are increasingly sick and tired of a strategy of endlessly attacking and investigating President Trump.  Democrats are risking the very real possibility that a full-blown "impeachment inquiry" will help President Trump win re-election, and it may well help Republicans retake the House as well.  For that reason, today's announcement, although it may not seem so, is a win for the GOP -- and for America.


Lost in the shuffle of all the huge stories breaking today was this gem: major progress in reasserting control over our southern border.  Will the media give the President any credit?  The question answers itself...

Monday, September 23, 2019

Cuomo the Luddite

Friends, my latest article explores the hypocrisy and downright kookiness of our esteemed Govenor Andrew Cuomo.  I've written before of Cuomo's vendetta against fossil fuels.  He's still hard at work trying to deprive you and yours of power and heat.  No one can fault him for lying down on the job!  So far New York politicians' ability to stymie the energy industry and utility companies has been minimal, but don't count them out.  If the Greta Thunbergs of this world have their ear, you can bet the attacks on our economic lifeblood will intensify.

Meanwhile, check out this article on the decline of the coal industry:

Coal's long-term decline is, as the article suggests, mainly due to economic factors, especially the cost-effectiveness of natural gas, but political factors still play a role.  Wouldn't it be nice if, instead of thinking up ways to torpedo whole industries and hundreds of thousands of American jobs, we spent just as much effort trying to reduce the carbon emissions and other pollutants those industries produce?  Then we could have our cake and eat it too.  The truth is that "clean coal" is closer to becoming a reality than it's ever been, but liberals seem determined to drive a stake through coal's heart, regardless of changing circumstances.  I can hear the nuclear industry saying, "Tell us about it!"  Above all, we need an energy policy based on reason, not on mass hysteria.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Elizabeth Warren: Alpha Female

Friends, several recent polls are confirming what political soothsayers have been predicting for a while: Elizabeth Warren is becoming the woman to beat in the race for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020.  Two polls now put her ahead in Iowa.  That's big!  Iowa is the first caucus state in the nation, and it sets the tone for the rest of the race.  A win there can give a candidate the precious momentum to triumph in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and beyond.  Note to the Democratic establishment, therefore: if you truly want a moderate like Joe Biden to be the nominee, then you had better start sharpening your knives, because you're going to need them.  So far as I am aware, no candidate or outside group has yet run a negative ad in this race.  That tells you something, because negative ads are, whether we like it or not, the lifeblood of American politics.  You can't win any race without taking it to your opponent and driving up his or her negatives, especially when your opponent is the darling of elite journalists, as Liz Warren is, let's face it.  Pete Buttigieg recently observed that Warren's expensive proposals are not backed by a realistic plan to pay for them.  Duh.  That's an understatement, Pete.  Warren's ideas are all pie-in-the-sky.  Biden started to make this point as well in the last debate.  What's more, Warren has embraced a whole series of far left positions -- essentially out-flanking even Bernie Sanders, the socialist -- which will make her vulnerable as a general election candidate.  No wonder the national polls that show Biden trouncing Trump show Warren under-performing.  She's a dreadful choice for Democrats...which leads me to wish her all the best!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Ties That (Used To) Bind

Friends, we used to take it for granted that politicians from both major parties would celebrate America, its Constitution, and its people and their traditional values.  No longer.  Constitution Day is a great reminder of all the blessings our system of government has bestowed on us, but it's also a time to reflect on how fragile that system is, and how much it depends on the character and judgement of the American people to sustain it.  This is one of the topics that Brian and I cover in this week's scintillating Newsmaker Show.

In addition, Brian and I talk about the critical Israeli election, the last Democratic debate, the prospect of U.S.-Saudi retaliation against Iran, Washington's Farewell Address and its endorsement of isolationism, the latest shameless onslaught against Brett Kavanaugh, the credibility (or lack thereof) of the Democrats' anti-corporate rhetoric, the proper legal standard for "libel", and the life and legacy of Mao Zedong.

Check it out!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Impeachment Mania

Friends, the Democrats will use every trick in the book to try to get their way, but lately they may have gone back to the impeachment well one too many times.  Democrats running for President jumped all over the recent (bogus) New York Times story about yet another unsubstantiated allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  These Dems were happy to throw Kavanaugh under the bus long before all the facts had come in -- they even suggested that he should be impeached for "lying".  (Remember, all Republicans "lie" constantly, according to the Left.  Are you a conservative?  Did you open your mouth today? Then you're a liar!)  My latest article tackles this outrage, and it suggests that misuse of the impeachment process could be more than just a toxic talking point -- it could be a threat to our way of life.

Democrats' Impeachment Obsession is a Danger to Democracy

Sad to say, but Tom Steyer, even though he's an out-of-touch and unlikable billionaire, may be the most representative face of the Democratic Party these days. That's because, almost since the day President Trump won the 2016 election, Steyer has been bawling like a toddler and insisting that Trump's prompt removal from office, via impeachment, is a moral and political imperative. 

Steyer and his “Need to Impeach” movement offer a laundry list of reasons why Trump should be impeached, from alleged obstruction of justice to violations of the emoluments clause, Russian collusion, racism and bigotry, recklessness, “persecution” of political opponents and the free press, mistreatment of “immigrants”, and paying hush money to Stormy Daniels. 
Or, to put it another way, Steyer's rationale for impeachment is so diffuse that it's utterly incoherent. Steyer presumably is bargaining that, if he throws everything but the kitchen sink at Trump, one of these charges — it doesn't much matter which one — will stick, and Trump will go down like a ton of bricks.

Tom Steyer, for all his malevolent fury, is just a private citizen, albeit one who has plowed hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money into a campaign to subvert American democracy. What's more worrying is that Steyer's no-stone-left-unturned approach to impeaching President Trump now seems to be the official strategy of the House Judiciary Committee under Chairman Jerrold Nadler. Nadler has made it clear that any anti-Trump narrative, no matter how obscure, laughable, or deficient in terms of evidence, is potentially acceptable as a pretext for impeachment. Again, he doesn't much care why Trump is impeached, just so long as he is.

Now, though, Democrats are taking their impeachment obsession to the next level. Brimming with enthusiasm for the removal of President Trump from office, they are beginning to apply their convoluted impeachment “logic” to other political enemies. Their latest target is Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Even before Kavanaugh was confirmed in 2018, there were whispers among Democrats that, if this alleged abuser of women should be added to the nation's highest court, Congress would be entirely justified in impeaching and removing him. Never mind that the charges made against Kavanaugh were unsubstantiated — in fact, they were specifically rejected as untrue by many of the people who were present at the time of the alleged offense. No matter. The new standard of proof — for Republicans and conservatives only — is that, if someone says you did something wrong, you assuredly did. Moreover, if you deny it, or if you defend your honor publicly, you are merely compounding your sins with lies (the definition of “lies” being “that which Democrats and liberals do not wish to hear”).

The suggestion last year that Kavanaugh should be impeached because of Christine Blasey Ford's politically-motivated and uncorroborated accusations was outrageous, given the hallowed principle of American justice that we are all innocent until proven guilty. Now, though, prominent Democrats are doubling down. 

Presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, among others, are calling for Kavanaugh's impeachment anew, because a biased news story appeared in the New York Times alleging another incident in which Kavanaugh is supposed to have mistreated a young woman. The Times neglected to mention that the woman in question has no recollection of her own mistreatment.

The truth or falsehood of the latest accusations against Kavanaugh are, of course, irrelevant to his tormentors. They know only two things about Kavanaugh for certain: that he is a bad man in the eyes of feminists, who have made him a poster boy for sexual assault, despite the fact that he has never been charged with or convicted of any crime, including crimes against women; and that he is a bad Supreme Court Justice in the eyes of progressives, who believe that the real function of the court is to mandate nationwide obedience to the agenda of the Left, whenever that agenda cannot be, for practical reasons, advanced through legislation or executive action instead.

The moral of the story seems to be this: in the banana republic or pseudo-democracy that leftists are trying to create, impeachment, like every other legal and constitutional tradition, exists for one reason only: to help liberals crush their enemies and conquer power. In other words, leftists want to transform impeachment from a tool to punish abuses of power into a tool to facilitate such abuses, and in effect to criminalize dissent.

The miracle, then, is that no one has yet called for the impeachment of Neil Gorsuch, or Mitch McConnell, or hundreds of other Republican and conservative judges and office holders. For they too are guilty of the only real crime that the modern Left recognizes: standing in its way. 

Heck, from the liberal perspective, why stop there? Why not cut to the chase and impeach GOP voters too? After all, are not the 63 million Americans who put Trump in office ultimately responsible for the “high crimes and misdemeanors” that he commits on an hourly basis? Surely therefore the voters should share in his condemnation and his punishment.

Mark my words: it is only a matter of time before the impeachment dragnet is widened. The knives are already out for President Trump and Judge Kavanaugh, but liberals won't be satisfied until all of their enemies have been driven from the halls of power, and ultimately from politics itself.

Then, one assumes, the leftists will turn on each other, at which point some of them will rediscover the beauty of the phrase “innocent until proven guilty”...

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.

And here it is at American Greatness: 

But that's not all!  Check out this article, if you have the time.  It discusses the spread of leftist "ethnic studies" classes in American high schools.  Political indoctrination isn't just for higher ed anymore.  Oh no!

Monday, September 16, 2019

The Unsinkable Donald Trump

Friends, I recommend to you today this thought-provoking article by Victor Davis Hanson.  It reflects on the remarkable staying power of Donald Trump.  For four years he has been hammered relentlessly, so much so that Trump-hatred has become an obsession for about half the country.  And yet...he survives, even prospers at times!  Hanson suggests that pillorying Republican leaders has become de rigueur on the Left.  Any Republican, even one more "polite" and conventional than Trump, would be savaged day in and day out.  He would be called a racist, a "Nazi", a dictator, and worse!  Liberals would even fantasize about killing him.  All this, sad to say, is now NORMAL in America.  The question is, however, how would the Republican leader in question respond to these assaults?  Would he smile and carry on?  Would he turn the other cheek?  Would he mouth some pleasantries about "compassionate conservatism"?  Would he embrace elements of the Democratic agenda in order to seem more moderate?  This is the conventional playbook, after all.  Trump, however, plays by different rules.  When someone throws a punch at him, by God he punches back!  Could that explain the fact that he's still standing after all these years, and after so much adversity?  It bears consideration, I'm sure you'll agree.

Friday, September 13, 2019

TDS Just Went Off Into The Wild Blue Yonder...

Friends, have you been following the ridiculous story about USAF aircrew staying at Trump's resort near Glasgow, Scotland -- and how this supposedly represents another attempt by Trump to profit from his office?  Well, it was always malarkey.  Here's the proof:

Anyone in the media or the Democratic Party who pushed this story ought to be ashamed of themselves.  They were smearing the honor and integrity of the U.S. Air Force, after all, in addition to that of President Trump!  These non-patriots ought to be asking themselves: do I really want to pick a fight with people who have B-52s at their disposal?  I think not!

In other news, last night was the third Democratic debate, and all the big guns were on the same stage for the first time.  My overall view is that this debate will do nothing to alter the dynamics of the race.  At times Vice-President Biden was fumbling and inarticulate, and at other times he was reasonably effective and apparently sincere.  He's still uncomfortable answering questions about race, and honestly I don't see why.  He has nothing to be ashamed about -- except his current endorsement of the Left's reverse racism masking itself as egalitarianism.  Warren was her usual self.  For a woman with a plan for everything, I must say her pronouncements in debates are remarkably vague.  She hates corporations -- that much is clear.  If anyone can prove that she's worked hand in glove with corporate interests at any point in her career, that could be a major blow to her "brand."  Bernie was Bernie.  Some of the other contenders put in good performances, but no one shone on stage.  I suspect poll numbers won't budge in the short term.  Frankly, it surprises me how passive many of the Dems have been to date.  You would think that if you were languishing at 1-5% in the polls, and Biden, Warren, and Sanders were leaving you in their dust, you'd want to shake things up a bit, and you'd be willing to throw a few bombs to do it.  But no -- the disagreements are mostly very polite, and no one seems to be in a big hurry to win over primary voters.  I keep wondering when these candidates will take the gloves off...  If the answer is never, then I'd say there's a good chance that the top three will all limp to the convention with a sizeable collection of delegates but with no majority, and then things could get really crazy!  We shall see.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Black and Red at the Same Time, You Say? Impossible!

Friends, today I bring you a very interesting article on Dan Bishop's win on Tuesday in North Carolina's 9th District.  As you'll see here, there was an interesting pattern indicating a combination of low minority turnout for the Democrat and higher than expected minority support for the Republican.  Could this trend repeat itself in 2020?

One of the little-reported stories of the 2016 election was that Trump did much better among female, black, and Hispanic voters than many pollsters had predicted he would.  This article suggests that, because of the strong economy, Trump could exceed those numbers in 2020 and confound his detractors once again.  I will hazard a correction, though: it is a mistake to see the economy as the only issue that can allow Trump to improve his performance with black and Hispanic voters.  Other issues, like the border, trade, an America First foreign policy, taxes, and abortion, to name just a few, can be a draw for some black and brown Americans.  It's a mistake to view minority voters as monolithic.

The key question in 2020, as always, will be: how successful will the usual Democratic snow-job on minorities be?  Democrats will try to convince black voters in particular that the KKK is at the gates once again, and Donald Trump is their honorary Grand Wizard.  Will this nonsense carry the day?  It has plenty of times before...but we must hope that minorities are growing tired of being played for fools.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

How Soon We Forget

Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show explores all the hot topics, including the dismissal of John Bolton, President Trump's erstwhile National Security Advisor, the ramping up of our trade war with China, the media's toxic fixation on President Trump, and the latest machinations in the political battle over Brexit.  Brian and I also discuss the legacy of the 9/11 attacks -- on the 18th anniversary of that fateful day!

Check it out:

In other news, congrats to Dan Bishop, who won a critical House special election in North Carolina!  The Dems spent millions, and they came close, but the good people of the Tar Heel state still did the right thing...

Finally, check out this article, which explores the relationship between conservatism and the environment.  Chris Buskirk, a big wheel at American Greatness, makes some excellent points.  Conservatives are caricatured as enemies of the Earth, but of course that isn't fair.  We all have to live on this planet, at the end of the day, and we all want to protect the natural environment.  Much of the time, we even agree on how to do it.  What we don't agree on is the liberal assertion that anyone who questions their agenda of environmental extremism is, ipso facto, a monster.  BTW, I like what Chris has to say about China.  China is one of the worst environmental offenders around, and, as we limit our dependence on China for manufactured goods, we can look instead to companies and countries that engage in more responsible practices.  You'd think this would be yet another argument for getting tough on China and supporting Trump's trade war -- but for some reason the Left has always had a soft spot for China and for the whole "developing" world.  They can pollute to their hearts' content, because it's only Westerners who offend Mother Earth.  Nonsense!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

From Downing Street With Love

Friends, we can only hope old Boris has some tricks up his sleeve, because the political establishment is uniting to stop him from delivering Brexit for the British people.  Can it still be done?  Will Boris and his merry band of Brexiteers have the last laugh?  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, check out my latest article, in which I proffer some advice to the P.M.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Trump Drops The Bomb On China (Metaphorically)

Friends, big news today!  Check out this article, which demonstrates the real effects of the US-China trade war.  At first, tariffs weren't even putting a dent in trade figures, including our massive trade deficit.  Now, that's turning around.  You could see this as searing agony for American exporters and consumers...or you could see it as a sign that Trump's pressure tactics are working.  China's exports have fallen more than US exports.  The trade deficit has narrowed considerably IN OUR FAVOR.  Give Trump some credit?  Oh no -- the MSM wouldn't think of it...but I just did!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The (Brexit) Allies versus the Axis of (Remainer) Evil?

Friends, the political establishment in Britain is doing its best to throw Brexit into the dustbin of history, just as the "Swamp" is working hard to send the Trump family back to New York City (and preferably to Rikers Island).  Boris Johnson, though, Britain's courageous Brexiteer P.M., has an ace up his sleeve: Britain is (nominally, at least) a democracy, and that means that the people get a say!  Right now the rebel Conservatives, Labour, the Greens, the Scottish Nationalist Party, and the Liberal Democrats are all conspiring to prevent a quick election, because they fear Boris would win it.  It will happen, though, probably by November, and all parties must begin to consider their strategy for victory.  It would seem that the Conservatives are embracing Brexit more strongly than ever before, and as a result an opportunity has arisen to form an alliance between Nigel Farage's Brexit Party and the Conservatives.  Such an alliance would be formidable, especially as the two strongest opposition parties, Labour and the Liberal Democrats, seem far apart on many issues and look set to divide the Remainer vote between them.  I endorse a pact between the Conservatives and the Brexit Party wholeheartedly!  Indeed, I would love to see old Nigel in Boris's next cabinet.  Can you imagine the horror that would cause among the globalists and the elitists?  I can!  Bring it on!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Brexit Makes Britain Go Bonkers (Boris to the Rescue?)

Friends, recent days have seen some high drama at Westminster.  The opposition and 21 rebel Remainer Conservatives have taken over Parliament.  They are close to passing a bill that instructs the Prime Minister to request yet another Brexit extension from the EU -- and it more or less requires him to accept it.  The bill is designed to take a no-deal Brexit off the table, and thus, according to many Brexiteers, to sabotage Brexit itself.  This is because, if Britain can never threaten the EU with a no-deal Brexit, the EU can say in response: okay, then take the Brexit deal we offered you (a very soft form of Brexit that effectively binds Britain permanently to the EU customs union) or cancel Brexit!  It's a complicated picture, but in essence a Remainer Parliament has just pulled the rug out from under its own Prime Minister.  They want to ensure that, either there will never be a Brexit, or it will be postponed indefinitely, and if it ever happens it will be so mild that no one will notice its effects.

Boris's response?  He finds Parliament's actions outrageous, and totally at odds with the June 2016 referendum in which the British people chose Brexit.  He believes that the government -- his government -- no longer enjoys the support of Parliament.  It doesn't.  He believes that the only solution is to have another parliamentary election, so the British people can decide, hopefully once and for all, whether they want to elect Brexiteers or Remainers.  Based on the polls, in which the Conservatives have a solid lead, Boris expects that, if an election is held, he will win it, he will obtain a safe majority, he can repeal the law forcing him to seek another extension from the EU, and Britain can leave the EU on schedule on October 31st, either with a deal (struck by him, applying maximum pressure given the imminence of no-deal), or without a deal.

The opposition's position?  They have sought an election for years, believing it would give them the opportunity to capture power.  Now, though, in the face of the polls, they are hesitating.  First, they say, let's get that precious extension, and then we can talk about elections...

The upshot, I believe, is that Parliament has steadfastly refused to implement the people's will.  Now Parliament is undermining the Prime Minister.  The best solution is an election.  We must hope that the polls are right and that Boris will be the victor.  Then Britain can have Brexit at long last, and the British people can get on with their lives.  Hopefully, some decorum can also be restored to British politics.

The only question is: when will this election be, and how much mischief will Parliament get up to in the interim?

Also, apropos our discussion about leftist tyranny on college campuses, check out this shocking poll:

Those numbers ought to shame any liberal academic who dares to mouth the words "tolerance," "diversity," or "inclusion"!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

James Comey Pulled a Fast One on America

Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show addresses some major news items, as you would expect.  First and foremost Brian and I tackle the Brexit fiasco.  Will Parliament pass a law forcing the Prime Minister to accept endless Brexit extensions, thus potentially scuppering Brexit?  Will P.M. Boris Johnson call a new election to obtain a safe, pro-Brexit majority?  Will opposition parties try to obstruct an election, out of fears they might lose it?  All this and more will be analyzed on this week's show.  In addition, we cover the dangers of "gun control" and the news that James Comey, former FBI Director, will NOT be charged with leaking secret and confidential information to the press.  This last development concerns me greatly, because, if no one is charged with a crime in connection with the plot to frame President Trump for "Russian collusion," these sorts of dirty tricks -- and worse -- will be perpetrated again.  Here's hoping the DOJ had some very good reasons for showing mercy, and that it will come down hard on other big fish in the scandalous machinations to surveil and then smear a major-party candidate for President.

Brian and I also cover some fascinating historical items, including the 1957 integration of Little Rock High School and its constitutional and foreign policy dimensions, the anniversary of Britain and France's declarations of war against Germany in 1939, the pattern of recovery in Europe after the war, and the death of Ho Chi Minh in 1969.

Don't miss it!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Value for Money and Tolerance: Not American Higher Ed's Cup of Tea

Friends, I bring to your attention today a thought-provoking analysis of American higher ed and its many faults by Victor Davis Hanson.  I disagree with many of his assumptions -- his romanticization of the academy in the 60s and 70s, his condemnation of tenure, and his suggestion that many student debts should be forgiven -- but I agree with his overriding points that higher ed has become bloated with administration, slavish to the fashion for (selective) "inclusion", and oblivious to the marketability of many of its degrees.  I have little doubt that many who are in college don't belong there, and they could find better ways of establishing their credentials for gainful employment.  Above all, Hanson is right that too many professors use their positions to indoctrinate their students in leftist orthodoxy.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but writ large the academy is deluding millions of our best and brightest into supporting socialism, abortion on demand, environmental radicalism, reverse racism, anti-religious prejudice, Trump-hatred, and a host of other misconceptions.  Higher ed may never be a hotbed of conservatism -- but it could at least be more dedicated to professionalism and even-handedness.  That's not asking for too much, is it?