Thursday, August 29, 2019
A hearty thumbs up from those of us at WaddyIsRight (so mainly me) to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who, by his prorogation of Parliament, is throwing down the gauntlet to Brexit saboteurs: they must now either throw him out of office, pass a law preventing Brexit on October 31st, or get used to the fact that the will of the British people will FINALLY be done, despite their bellyaching. Well done, Boris! Make those Europhiles sweat! Even the New York Times seems to be swooning over you, just a bit:
Another big thumbs up to President Trump who, despite the unpatriotic whining of the mainstream media, is sticking to his guns in our trade war with China. Why the Chinese have been so obstinate I still can't fathom, but we certainly can't afford to buckle under. Does the current round of tariffs weigh on the economy and American consumers? You bet. But it's a means to an end, and the end we seek is trade fairness and a more balanced trading relationship with China, which will ultimately be in everyone's interests. All Americans ought to be lending their support to the only U.S. President bold and public-spirited enough to challenge the Chinese. Instead, all too often Trump is going it alone. That's a disgrace, but we happy few who love this country and honor our President are still with him!
Finally, a big thumbs down to James Comey, former Director of the FBI, who this week was rebuked by the DOJ's Inspector General for repeated violations of procedures, including leaking secret and privileged information to engineer a special counsel's investigation into the President. Comey, my only regret (and I suspect one of Trump's biggest) is that you weren't fired on January 20th, 2017. You're an embarrassment to American law enforcement, and all the book deals and CNN appearances in the world won't change that. Shame on you! You were supposed to serve the public, not twist it around your little finger.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show with me and Brian O'Neil covers a lot of ground, as usual. First, me and Brian analyze the state of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden appears to be slipping, but he's still the frontrunner -- for now. Sanders and Warren are both showing a lot of tenacity, and those who anticipate that Sanders will fade away and Warren will take up the mantle of progressive standard-bearer must be disappointed at this stage. Brian and I also talk about the inconclusive G-7 summit, the prospect of negotiations with Iran, the relentlessness of the media's Trump-hatred, and the question of whether Donald Trump is a "liar".
In our history segment, Brian and I cover Allied advances in France in August 1944, German brutality on the Easter Front in WWII, the marriage and divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Martin Luther King, Jr's 1963 "I have a dream" speech, and the ugly anti-war protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968.
We set the bar high! All you have to do is listen and enjoy...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Friends, things are getting really interesting in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The polls are tightening generally, and in at least one Joe Biden isn't ahead anymore! That's news in itself, because every poll in this cycle has confirmed his standing as the frontrunner. To me, it looks like both Warren and Sanders are nipping at his heels. That shows weakness on Biden's part, yes, but the dynamic it sets up between Warren and Sanders is equally fascinating. My latest article breaks down the race in all its various dimensions. The big conclusion? It's a three-way scrum at the top, and I haven't a clue who will emerge as the victor...but I'm looking forward to some real nastiness in the months ahead!
While you're at it, check out this spectacular article on the idiocy which is the Left's current obsession with Amazon forest fires. They've made a mountain out of a mole hill for one reason only: they can't abide Brazil's conservative President, much as they can't abide President Trump.
Friends, many of you are wondering whether we're going to have a recession. There's been a lot of talk in the mainstream media about that possibility, and clearly world leaders at the G-7 summit were concerned about blowback from the U.S.-China trade war. Fair enough. The fact of the matter is, however, that, as of now, there is no recession. The economy continues to grow, and consumer sentiment is strong. Witness the latest figures:
Frankly, I'm impressed by how resilient that American people have been, and the American economy has been, in the face of the media's trash-talking, and of the very real economic dislocations caused by our ongoing trade war. The truth, though, is that the American economy is VAST, and trade with China, although it's important, is far from the whole enchilada. In addition, trade with China just hasn't been affected that much by tariffs. Americans have continued to buy Chinese-made goods, despite higher prices. No doubt the fact that Americans have jobs, their wages are going up, their taxes have gone down, etc. all combine to explain why consumers have shrugged off our trade war.
The upshot? The ingredients for a slowdown, even a recession, are out there. They always are! Economics is an art more than it's a science. Economists might find that insulting, but it's a fact: no one has a crystal ball. Nonetheless, there is a lot of dynamism in our economy, and a natural, irresistible tendency for America's capitalist engine to hum along in growth mode, and only exceptionally adverse circumstances can knock us off stride. So far, those factors just aren't in place.
Sorry, lefties, but the recession you've been pining for isn't here yet, and there's a strong probability that it won't arrive in time to rescue your sorry excuse for a candidate in 2020. Better luck next time!
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Friends, frightening and disheartening though it is for me to say it, you could very well be looking at the face of the next President of the United States: Elizabeth Warren. There are polls that show her beating President Trump. Of course, that's because the news media smears Trump a thousand times a day, and most of the American people barely know Warren. Still, it will be an uphill climb to educate voters. Let's start today with this great article that exposes the calumny she recently directed at former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. Warren is not just a radical socialist -- she's also hateful and dishonest. The American people need to be told this, and we need to make the case over and over again between now and 2020:
Here's a great article on the climate change hoax. Is climate change in general a hoax? Well, that depends on how you look at it. The climate is changing. That much is true. Of course, it's always been true. The "hoax" part comes into it in this sense: the claims that the eco-liberals make about climate change are often disingenuous, and their predictions of future climate-related catastrophe have a terrible record of inaccuracy. We need to hold them to account.
Lastly, here's a great article by Newt Gingrich about the New York Times and its agenda for 2019 and 2020. Essentially, having failed to dethrone President Trump on the thin pretext of Russian collusion, the political and journalistic Left is now pivoting to race as the fundamental narrative that will sweep away Republicans and empower Democrats in the next election cycle. The constant drumbeat of stories about white racism will do one of two things: it will manipulate the American people into evicting Donald Trump from the White House, OR it will sicken the American people by its sheer repetitiveness and its brazen appeals to anti-white prejudice. Much hinges on the success or failure of this race-based narrative! We cannot afford to let these lies about America, and about whites, Republicans, and conservatives, go unchallenged.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Friends, my latest article, soon to appear in American Greatness, addresses the kerfuffle over President Trump's interest in the purchase of Greenland. Many leftists are lampooning the proposal, but, and this may shock you, I regard it as...brilliant! The United States hasn't had the vision to pursue further territorial expansion in generations. Leave it to Trump to rediscover the charms of Manifest Destiny! There are excellent economic and strategic reasons why it would benefit the United States to acquire Greenland, and there are good reasons to believe the transaction would benefit the Danes and the Greenlanders too. Read all about it:
The Great Greenland Gambit of 2019
Recently, a small-minded tattletale revealed that President Trump has been exploring the possibility of the U.S. purchase of Denmark's overseas territory of Greenland. Greenland is a vast, icy wasteland lodged in the northern Atlantic and southern Arctic Oceans. It is also, however, the home of key U.S. military bases — controlling space assets and providing early warning of potential nuclear attacks — and contains a treasure trove of natural resources, including a variety of metals, gemstones, oil, fish, and hydroelectricity. It is sparsely inhabited by impoverished native Inuits and could benefit tremendously from an infusion of U.S. investment and technical expertise. For the Danes, Greenland is a financial burden they would likely be glad to shed.
The proposed U.S. purchase of Greenland therefore makes a great deal of sense, but whomever leaked word of the hypothetical transaction seemingly did so with only one end in mind: giving a black eye to the international pariah and supervillain, Donald J. Trump. Sadly, the people of the United States, Denmark, and Greenland may all suffer because of this leaker's slavish devotion to Trump Derangement Syndrome. There is a chance, however, albeit a slim one, that the damage wrought by this agent provocateur can be undone.
The reaction in the United States and in Denmark to the precipitous release of information about the proposed purchase of Greenland has been predictable: U.S. liberals and the vast majority of Trump-hating Danes have recoiled in horror, thunderstruck by the notion that the hapless natives of Greenland would be handed over to the tender mercies of the cruel and “racist” dictator Trump. They have also cast the hypothetical transfer of sovereignty as a crass real estate deal writ large (an analogy unwisely embraced by Trump himself), when the full implications of the sale of Greenland to the United States are far more complex.
Not just profits and losses are at stake, for all three peoples, but livelihoods, identities, and questions of national security. Trump, and those who support the deal, instead of describing it as a massive exercise in property development, would have been better off focusing on the transaction's human dimensions. They should have cited, for instance, the many communities of Native Americans in the United States, especially in Alaska, which are thriving because of federal assistance, entrepreneurship, and private-sector exploitation of their natural resources. Greenland's natives, by contrast, suffer appalling rates of suicide, alcoholism, and unemployment.
Yes, transformative change can be frightening, but it is those who embrace it who prosper in this world, not those who cocoon themselves against modernity. Given the fact that climate change is opening up huge new expanses of Greenland to settlement and economic development, Greenlanders can legitimately question whether the tiny Kingdom of Denmark is the logical choice to lead their ice-bound land into the future.
Proponents of the U.S. purchase of Greenland can also point to the fact that the inherent logic of such a move has caused it to be proposed before: Secretary of State William Seward, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867, also wished to buy Greenland. In addition, President Truman (ironically, a liberal icon) wanted to purchase Greenland in 1946 because of its strategic value in the Atomic Age.
In the end, we must hope that the people of the United States, Denmark, and Greenland, once they have had time to recover from the latest paroxysm of Trump-hatred, reconsider their hasty dismissal of President Trump's outside-the-box proposal. The existing state of affairs may be acceptable to the three peoples concerned, but the potential benefits of a transfer of sovereignty are tremendous.
At a stroke, the United States of America would be close to one million square miles bigger, and it would have a permanent presence in the North Atlantic and Arctic for the first time. Denmark would be richer and it would be rid of one of Europe's last colonies left over from the Age of Exploration and Imperialism. The people of Greenland would live in a land as dynamic and rich as Alaska — America's “Last Frontier” that has become a mecca for industry and tourism, as well as the home of some of our proudest and strongest native communities.
Let's take a deep breath and, instead of condemning President Trump for his boldness and ingenuity, acknowledge that the U.S. purchase of Greenland could be, instead of “Trump's Folly,” a masterstroke of diplomacy and economics.
There is a saying that all great empires are either expanding or they are dying. Kudos to President Trump for having the vision to propose that our American Empire expands (peacefully and benevolently) to the north.
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com. He appears weekly on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Friends, on this week's Newsmaker Show with me and Brian O'Neil, we consider the question: can Joe Biden go the distance, given his (hilarious) gaffes, which seem to occur on an almost daily basis? As Brian pointed out, Tucker Carlson has dismissed the idea that Biden could be the nominee. I'm not so sure. Biden benefits from the fact that his gaffes are either ignored or shrugged off by the media, which would never question his basic humanity, decency, and intelligence. That sort of treatment, needless to say, is reserved for Republicans, and at the moment Donald Trump is sucking down the vast majority of media scorn as though he were the journalistic equivalent of a black hole. I believe, therefore, that Biden can win the Democratic nomination, and he can win the presidency. Anyone who underestimates him does so at his own peril. Having said all that, if I were a betting man I'd wager on Elizabeth Warren at this stage. She has the crazed look in her eyes that makes progressives go weak in the knees. To put it another way, she is every bit as sanctimonious as her own supporters, and that gives her a natural edge over the old political hand, Uncle Joe. Can she shake off Bernie, though, and can she connect with minority voters? Those are the $64,000 and $128,000 questions, respectively.
In addition, Brian and I talk about: whether Antifa is a terrorist organization, where our lack of civility may be taking us as a nation, the future of U.S.-Israel relations in light of "the Squad's" anti-Zionism, and the prospects for a recession.
Historically, we cover the 1940 murder of Leon Trotsky in Mexico by Stalinist agents, Saddam Hussein's mustache, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and the legacy of Leonid Brezhnev, Hawaiian statehood and the future of statehood in our divided country, and the contrast between anger and unrest in the United States in the Vietnam War era and today.
Don't miss it!
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Friends, we're hearing a lot from the impartial, professional analysts in the mainstream media about the inevitability of a recession...and how said recession will doom President Trump in 2020. Take it all with a boulder-sized grain of salt. Here's an excellent analysis of the likely path the U.S. economy will take in the next two years. A slowdown is possible. A recession is unlikely. Sorry, Dems -- you might actually have to win the election on the merits!
Monday, August 19, 2019
Friends, we don't always agree with one another here at WaddyIsRight, but we express ourselves respectfully, we listen to alternative points of view, and we don't descend to name-calling and ad hominem attacks. This is, in other words, a forum for mature adults who believe in the basic precepts of American democracy. Unfortunately, those precepts have never been less secure in American culture than they are today. Civility is -- how shall I put it? -- circling the bowl, and in a few years there may not be much good will left in this country.
The campaign to smear our President as a criminal and a traitor, which is just now winding down, will be replaced, it seems, by a campaign to label him, and everyone who supports him, as a racist, a white supremacist, even a terrorist. The inflation of our rhetoric is getting out of control. Granted, we conservatives are not immune from this baleful habit. We too use outrageous rhetoric at times to tarnish the image of our enemies, and we express intolerance as well. The point is that this explosion of hatred and of vitriol in America is fundamentally un-American, and if it continues it will be the undoing of our constitutional system, of the rule of law, and of democracy itself. These things simply can't endure if people have no respect for one another. The orderly transfer of power from one leader to another, or from one party to another, just won't happen if red and blue America see each other as despicable.
What can be done? We happy few with a grip on sanity can model maturity and civility, to the best of our ability. We can switch off the worst manifestations of toxic and irresponsible "journalism". We can also make a point of listening to and pondering the merits of alternative viewpoints, no matter how silly they may appear at first blush.
In the end, though, we have to acknowledge that a tidal wave of lunacy and narrow-mindedness is sweeping over not just America, but the Western world. We may not be able to keep the barbarians on the other side of the gate forever. We frankly may not live in a democracy much longer. The freedoms that our ancestors took for granted -- we may have to struggle to preserve, or even to recapture, them. These are sobering thoughts, but they are, I'm afraid, the honest truth.
Am I being alarmist? You tell me. I would love to be proven wrong.
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Friends, today I bring you an article that artfully demonstrates what you and I have long known: that the agenda of the mainstream media is to defeat President Trump. For three years they seemed to believe that Russia-gate would be the sword with which they would slay the dragon of Trumpism. Those false hopes have evaporated, so it's only natural that the Left would go back to the deepest well they have: racism! If you can't beat Trump with allegations of corruption, or sexual harassment/assault, or collusion, or obstruction of justice, well, why not just call him a racist, oh, a thousand times a day until the American people believe it? It's not a subtle plan, but, by sheer repetition, the liberals and the Democrats might just get their wish. Time will tell. Anyway, read on, and never underestimate how utterly deluded the Left has become on the issue of race -- to the point that they believe their own vicious propaganda about conservatives, Republicans, and white people. As Trump would say, SAD! Just sad.
In other news, Britain is continuing its descent into PC madness by implementing its ban on advertisements containing "harmful gender stereotypes". I hate to see fair Albion degraded by such nonsense, but it's a sign of the times, and in many ways the Europeans are afflicted with a worse case of political correctness than we Americans are -- and that's saying something!
Friday, August 16, 2019
Friends, in countless ways the Thin Blue Line, which endures tremendous sacrifice and risk on the public's behalf, is under continuous assault. Sometimes those attacks are literal, like the recent shooting in San Antonio that targeted ICE officers. Sometimes the slings and arrows suffered by law enforcement are more political in nature, like in the case of Elizabeth Warren's recent slander against Darren Wilson, the unfortunate officer who was involved in the Ferguson, Missouri debacle in 2014. However you slice it, being a police officer isn't easy, and it's getting less so all the time. We need to ask ourselves, therefore, how can we, as ordinary citizens, pitch in and come to the assistance of the police? The maintenance of law and order, I would argue, takes more than a well-trained and well-equipped police force. It also takes a citizenry eager to help the police, to report instances of criminality, to visit harsh justice on evildoers, and to support candidates and causes that enhance rather than degrade public order. That, my friends, rules out voting for Democrats, at least in the present climate. Those of us who value law and order, and who cherish the brave men and women of law enforcement, therefore, need to circle the wagons. As the old saying goes, "All that is required for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing." My advice, then, is: do SOMETHING! Do whatever you can to show that, in the war between criminals and lawmen, your loyalties are clear.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show covers a lot of important ground. Most importantly, Brian and I talk about the unrest in Hong Kong and the ongoing US-China trade war, and how these developments might play out. The Chinese autocracy is playing with fire! Let's hope the whole world doesn't get burned.
In addition, Brian and I talk about the Jeffrey Epstein suicide debacle, plus Elizabeth Warren's racial incitement. In terms of history, Brian and I cover the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, China's belligerence in World War I, the massive blackout in 2003, and the historic announcement of Japan's surrender by Emperor Hirohito in August 1945. This show is action-packed! Don't miss it.
Monday, August 12, 2019
Friends, if you want to learn just how far down the rabbit hole of reverse racism the Democratic Party has traveled, read the story below. On the 5-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, numerous Democratic candidates for President are blaming the police officer who acted in self-defense (according to the Obama Justice Department!). But that's not all. Left-wing loony Elizabeth Warren even flatly accused the policeman of "murder"! I say: keep it up, Liz! Loose talk like that will win you the Democratic nomination, but it will also torpedo your chances in 2020 against President Trump. Sounds perfect to me.
In other news, the Left is decrying President Trump's new regulations for immigrants, which are designed to penalize them for using public assistance. The law already says that immigrants should be denied welfare, but for years they have skirted these requirements. Keep in mind that U.S. law, despite the idealistic pronouncements on the Statue of Liberty's tablet, has always sought to encourage desirable immigration and discourage immigrants who would be a burden on the country. That's just common sense. No wonder Democrats are offended by it!
Lastly, consider the dilemma of a parent whose child wants to become "transgender," but the parent is concerned that this may not be in the child's interest. The Left's position, and therefore the education establishment's position, is that any person, even a minor, can change their gender instantaneously and on request. Moreover, in blue states, it is perfectly legal, and very PC, to help a child change his or her gender -- but it is ILLEGAL to try to convince a child that transgenderism is not the answer. This, after all, would be "conversion therapy," which offends the Left because it suggests that being trans, or gay, might be in some way less than ideal. My heart goes out to parents facing this predicament!
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Friends, my latest article concerns a topic of burning interest to the mainstream media: "hate" and whether or not it thrives on the political right. You can guess my point of view: "hate" exists everywhere on the political spectrum, but if anything conservatives and Republicans are less guilty of indulging in hateful violence than liberals and Democrats. See if you agree...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show is the usual tour de force. In our "This Day in History" segment, Brian and I talk about the Battle of Guadalcanal in WWII, Operation Desert Shield in 1990, and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964 that laid the groundwork for U.S. belligerence in the Vietnam War. I give old LBJ his due: he was crude and dishonest, but he had a peculiar knack for getting his way politically, and in the process he changed the world -- for better or worse.
In terms of current events, Brian and I discuss the horrific mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, the state of play of the British-EU negotiations over Brexit, the controversy over the alleged murder of an Italian Carabinieri officer by two American teenagers, the issue of police/community relations, and more! Check it out.
Monday, August 5, 2019
Friends, I recommend to you this great article that parallels what I've been saying for a long time: in an objective sense, there has never been a better time to be human than right now. War, hunger, disease, and tyranny are all at a low ebb. Life expectancies have surged. Life in the developing world has made huge strides in the last few decades. None of this is in dispute. And yet we feel sorrier for ourselves than ever before, and we overwhelmingly seem to believe that civilization is going off the rails. Why? This article gets to the heart of it: the media misleads us, and, to an extent, we mislead ourselves. Give it a read and see if you agree.
In other news, I naturally condemn the horrific mass shootings that occurred recently in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Nonetheless, I believe that Americans' Second Amendment rights are inviolable, and we must resist the urge to solve every problem by granting even more authority to the federal government. Better law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels, and better detection and treatment of extreme mental illness, are the best solutions to the problem of mass shootings. We should not lose sight of the fact, moreover, that such shootings are rare, and far more Americans are killed by the drug-related and gang-related violence that plagues many inner city neighborhoods. The media may not care about this kind of violence, because it can't be weaponized against Trump, Republicans, or whites, but it is infinitely more prevalent than anything that white supremacists inflict on innocent Americans. We should keep a sense of proportion, therefore, and attack the problem of violence rationally rather than hysterically. Easier said than done, perhaps.
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Friends, it's no secret that many Britons and Europeans are rooting for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to fail in his quest to make Brexit a reality. He will need everything in his bag of tricks to drag an unwilling Parliament and Euro-elite over the finish line. My latest article gives him some helpful advice on how he might be able to manipulate Parliament and the EU. Essentially, I recommend breaking Brexit into pieces, and deferring action on the most contentious elements until after Brexit, in a legal sense, is a fact. See what you make of it.