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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Back to the Future?


Friends, everyone should read this stimulating analysis of "Bidenomics".  It proposes that Biden is essentially returning to the big spending, inflationary policies of the 1960s and 70s.  If so, he risks steering us into another bout of "stagflation" -- possibly much worse than before, because, once we've printed and borrowed our way into an historically deep hole, we won't have the equivalent tools to rescue ourselves.  Anyway, Pinkerton's article merits our attention.  See what you think.  BTW, he glosses over just how Reagan got us out of the stagflation mess.  He says it's all about tax cuts.  He doesn't mention that Reagan raised taxes after he cut them.  In addition, he doesn't mention the punishingly high interest rates we suffered under in the late 70s and early 80s.  He doesn't mention the influence of oil prices either.  He doesn't mention a lot of things, but he nevertheless provides food for thought.

Friday, April 9, 2021

A Prince Among Men


Friends, today we bid "Adieu!" to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, consort to Queen Elizabeth II.  There's much to be said about Philip and the extraordinary life he led, but I will confine my remarks to this: he was, in a sense, a good stand-in for most men of his generation, insofar as he was, by all accounts, a man's man, but a man who lived day-in-and-day-out in the shadow of a woman.  And that, it bears mentioning, is not so easy a thing to do.  Philip's role was never clear, and the contours of his responsibilities changed as social mores evolved, or degenerated, depending on your perspective.  Certainly life taught him the importance of humility and of the infamous "stiff upper lip".  One thing Philip never was for even a split second was a whiner. And for that, and for much else, I salute him.


Prince Philip may always have deferred to his wife -- who to her immense credit seldom belittled him in the bargain -- but he still spoke his mind, sometimes to the immense consternation of "the Palace".  My favorite Philip-ism?  To Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay, "It’s a pleasant change to be in a country that isn’t ruled by its people."  Quite!


In other news, there's much gnashing of teeth and rending of (gender-neutral) garments among lefties today because of Senator Joe Manchin's recent disavowal of efforts to "weaken or eliminate" the filibuster.  As Chris Cillizza, a lefty true believer if ever there was one, says, Joe Manchin's obstinacy means that progressives' fondest hopes and most heartfelt desires, vis-a-vis the Biden presidency, are officially kaput...unless, of course, they can get themselves some bigger majorities in 2022.  Good luck!


The movers and the shakers in the GOP are getting together in South Florida to chart the future of the party, and that means that potential 2024 nominees are auditioning.  Notably absent will be Mike Pence, who presumably feels uncomfortable standing in the shadow of his former boss. 

Here's some witty advice for parents seeking to insulate their kids from the perils of wokeness.  It ain't easy!


And, finally, there's nothing sadder than a young person walking down the street with a mask on.  I mean, get a grip, man!  The coronavirus poses little danger to the young, AND you're freaking alone, AND you're outside, where infection is virtually impossible.  Such behavior ought to laughable.  Well, we'd laugh if we weren't crying (on the inside), anyway. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Boycotts, Boycotts, Boycotts!


Friends, you may have noticed that lefties love to protest injustice and boycott anything and everything that offends them.  President Trump says we conservatives need to get in on all the fun.  I'm not so sure.  I propose an alternative to the politics of (feigned) outrage...  It's all in my latest article, soon to appear at Townhall.  Enjoy!

How Conservatives Can Avoid the “Nice Guys Finish Last” Trap

Left-wingers have always had a knack for activism. In the 60s and 70s, they were the ones flooding the streets, protesting civil rights violations and the Vietnam War. Now, they're conjuring Twitter mobs out of thin air, organizing boycotts galore, and hectoring politicians, celebrities, corporate CEOs, and even their family members, friends, and neighbors, in response to any and all perceived violations of wokeness. Leftists seem always to be poised on a hair-trigger, ready to pounce on their enemies, and when they do...God help whomever bears the brunt of their searing wrath.

Often, we hear the argument on the right: why can we be as organized, as shrill, and as relentless as the Left? Why are corporate boards and advertisers, for instance, seemingly unafraid of offending us, when they blanch in terror at the first sight of a progressive with an upraised fist?

The answer, as usual, is staring us in the face: no one is afraid of us because we aren't scary in the least. Conservatives are mild-mannered (by and large), law-abiding, church-going, family-oriented, and usually polite and deferential. Heck, most of us even have jobs, which makes throwing rotten produce, or hurling digital invective, at those we find disagreeable difficult to reconcile with our busy schedules.

President Trump recently encouraged conservatives, and not for the first time, to follow the Left's playbook and begin boycotting companies that publicly condemned Georgia's new voting law. Let Coke, Delta, and Major League Baseball have it! “Don’t go back to their products until they relent.”

And, in response, you guessed it: Coke, Delta, and baseball didn't bat an eyelash. In fact, the MLB Commissioner wasted no time in moving the All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver. Meanwhile, have Coke, Delta, or Major League Baseball's profits withered overnight? Hardly. In fact, we have no reason to suppose even that President Trump has given up his beloved Diet Coke, which for him is the elixir of life.

The lesson here? Conservatives will simply never be as ruthless as progressives. We don't believe in the politicization of every consumer decision. We don't seethe with rage in our spare time, waiting to be told who and what to hate next. Besides which, we're not naive enough to believe that, if Coke, Delta, and Major League Baseball occasionally knuckle under to leftist intimidation, that makes Pepsi, or United, or the NFL any better. Give them time: they'll disappoint us with their cravenness too.

The answer, I suggest, is to organize conservatives as much as possible not around protests, boycotts, and upsurges of outrage, as around positive demonstrations of solidarity with those rare — very rare! — politicians, celebrities, corporations, organizations, and ordinary citizens who make themselves conspicuous by their decency, their rationality, and their patriotism. If the symbol of leftism is the clenched fist, then why not make the symbol of conservatism the high five?

The most successful demonstration of such constructive conservative “activism” in recent years was the failed leftist boycott of Goya Foods, and the much more effective right-wing “buycott” that followed it. When Goya CEO Robert Unanue, a Hispanic, triggered liberals with his praise of President Trump in July 2020, they vowed to bring his company to its knees. Conservatives, however, rallied, and many, including me, bought Goya products for the first time in our lives. Goya sales soared.

Americans of all stripes already know that leftists can be powerful, implacable, and vicious enemies. There's no need for conservatives to demonstrate the same malice and fanaticism. Instead, let's show that we can be loyal and generous friends to those who have the courage to stand up to the Left's incessant tirades and bullying.

After all, as Ben Franklin once reminded us: you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.

Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: He appears on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480/106.9.


And here it is at Townhall: 




In other news, I've spoken on many occasions about how deluded leftists are about race in America.  The less prevalent racism is, the more breathless their condemnations of omnipresent white supremacy become.  Here's a landmark study that deconstructs the Left's narrative on race and racism...not that a single progressive will ever read it, of course. 

Tucker is giving United Airlines a rhetorical broadside for its declaration that future pilots will be hired partly on the basis on race and gender.  Good for him.


The Republican Party is growing!  The GOP has a golden opportunity in Nevada, where the Dem party apparatus has been captured by socialist radicals.  Let's turn Nevada red! 

Things keep getting worse at the border, because...Trump!  That's the line the Biden administration is taking anyway.  Good luck with that.  I learned something new from this article: Mexico is unwilling to accept the deportation of "family units" including children under 7.  That means it's not just "unaccompanied minors" that we are saddled with nowadays.  Any toddler will do as a "Get-Into-America-Free" card for his parent(s), guardian(s), or kidnapper(s).


Lastly, at least in a political sense, this story is among the most important you will read today, or this week, or this month.  Our democracy is largely in the hands of avuncular, folksy Joe Manchin, the Democratic Senator from West Virginia.  If he and Krysten Sinema from Arizona agree to ditch the filibuster and pass a cornucopia of extremist bills, well, we're boned.  Manchin is a bit mercurial, but he's still making noises about how devoted he is to the filibuster, and thus to bipartisanship and respect for his Republican colleagues.  As long as that remains the case, most of the "Biden agenda" isn't going anywhere.  That's good!  Above all, we need to keep Sleepy Joe's approval numbers on the downslope, because if we do Manchin is highly unlikely to cave.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Flying the Friendly (If Chaotic) Skies


Great news, friends!  In future, commercial airline pilots won't be chosen for their experience or ability, but to satisfy some woke fussbudget's notions of "equity".  United claims that 50% of its future pilots will be women and minorities, which would represent a huge and rapid increase in their representation, presumably only achievable by re-imagining what it means to be a "pilot".  For example, is it really necessary to land the plane safely 100% of the time?  Psh!  I say 80-85% is pretty good.  That's a "B", right?  Very respectable!


Coke is facing criticism because of its...criticism of Georgia's new voting law, but will that flak translate into lower demand for Coke, or a diminution of Coke's profits?  That remains to be seen.  Probably the key question is: will President Trump find a substitute for his beloved Diet Coke?  One option: purchase grocery store brands of soda.  They're often indistinguishable from national brands, they're cheaper, and local grocery chains seldom weigh in on national politics. 

Politics is, in large measure, a numbers game.  Right now, "President" Biden's approval numbers are good but not great.  They've mostly been trending down slightly, as you see here: 


Now, in general we would expect a president's approval numbers to fall back down to earth after their post-inauguration "honeymoon" period.   Rod would doubtless tell us that Biden's numbers are bound to shoot up once the post-corona boom starts to bite.  I have my doubts.  Biden clearly didn't expect illegal immigration to be as much of a headache as it has become, and doubtless other obstacles and challenges will emerge, many of which we can't even imagine at this stage.  In any case, as this analysis demonstrates, not only are Republicans justified in expecting to pick up the House in 2022 -- if the circumstances are right they could win back the Senate too.


It would appear that reports of Kamala Harris's leading role in resolving the current border crisis were greatly exaggerated.  Harris is barely engaged with the crisis, and the press doesn't seem inclined to "press" her on the issue.  That's just as well -- who would want to take responsibility for this fiasco? 

And here's an analysis of the media's disdain -- nay, visceral detestation -- for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.  Methinks they doth protest too much?

Monday, April 5, 2021

Giving Ron the Business


Friends, if you're a fan of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and you're rooting for him in 2024, here's the bad news: the mainstream media is increasingly choosing him as their favorite whipping boy.  Their attacks on the Governor are escalating.  And here's the good news: their attacks are escalating.  In other words, they take Ron seriously -- deadly seriously -- as a contender in 2024, and they want to head him off at the pass, i.e. destroy him preemptively, as they did once upon a time to Chris Christie and many other Republicans angling for the presidency.  Will they succeed?  Who knows, but I have a sneaking suspicion that DeSantis is up to the challenge.  Anyway, CBS's recent hit piece is the latest MSM contribution to the anti-DeSantis, anti-Florida campaign.


Meanwhile, another Floridian is defending himself from an avalanche of mostly personal, ad hominem attacks: Rep. Matt Gaetz.  It remains to be seen whether Gaetz's enemies can deliver the goods...or if they're hoping that a "narrative" alone can slay him.  Stay tuned. 

Justice Thomas is right: Big Tech's decision to ban Trump from their all-important platforms stinks to high heaven, and if we don't find a way to rein in these social media titans, future U.S. elections are going to anything but "free and fair".


Mitch McConnell is saying something reasonable for a change!  He's pointing out that businesses that go along with the demands of woke activists risk alienating their conservative customers...and permanently damaging their brands.  Well, that's true, but only if conservatives punish these companies for their outrageous conduct in some measurable, meaningful form.  Right now corporate America is about a hundred times more intimidated by the Left than it is by the right.  Unless we change that equation, these cultural battles are lost to us before they even commence.


For his part, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is signalling his disapproval of the politicization of baseball.  My guess is that MLB ratings will sink ever lower in 2021, partly because of this odious wokeness.  Does the League even care?  I guess we'll find out.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Waddy = Freedom! Un-Waddy = Un-Freedom!


Friends, my (metaphorical) musket is always trained on the enemies of liberty!  Recently, I sounded off on the evils of Big Tech, which is seeking to silence voices of which it disapproves, including that of President Trump.  I told Sputnik News exactly what I think of that kind of Bolshevist thought control!


Meanwhile, the battle continues to rage over Georgia's Voter ID law and the Dem/progressive campaign to make Georgia pay for its insolence.  President Trump is calling for Republicans, conservatives, and patriots to boycott companies like Coke and Delta which are buckling under to leftist pressure.  I'm torn, personally.  I hate the politicization of everything, even soda pop and air travel, but the truth is that the squeaky wheel really does get the grease.  If the Left leans on corporate America and the right sits on its hands, well, you do the math...  Anyway, it's nice to see Georgia standing up for itself and standing by its new law, and it's refreshing that the PGA, at least, is refusing to cave.  Baseball is officially no longer "America's game", if you want my opinion!  The good news is that these small-minded boycotting tactics may well backfire: Georgians don't appreciate the "punishment" that the Left is now inflicting on them.  I predict Georgia will be back in the red column in 2022!


In other news, there's some confusion about whether the U.S. is seeing another coronavirus "surge", but there's little doubt that there is a surge in other parts of the world that are lagging in vaccine distribution.  Perceptions of risks relative to the dreaded virus continue to have little to do with actual patterns of risk, however. 

Could Republicans be competitive in New Mexico's upcoming House special election?  Don't bet on it, but if the GOP candidate were to win, it would show that the Dems are in very serious trouble in 2022.


I don't know what to make of the latest DC sex scandal involving Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz.  He denies all the charges, so we just have to hope that the DOJ investigation will be (uncharacteristically) fair. 

The "beauty" of cancel culture is that eventually it leads to the cancellation of everyone and everything.  Even Robespierre eventually got Robespierred!  I believe it's called a "purity spiral" or something to that effect?  Anyway, it's nice to see Barack Obama get dinged for his insufficient wokeness...


Now here's an intriguing story.  What do you suppose would be the media reaction if a troubled member of the Proud Boys, or just a wide-eyed Trump supporter, drove his car into a barricade around the U.S. Capitol and killed a police officer?  Would tempered analysis of the perils of mental illness ensue?  Yeah, right.  The media would beat the drum of "right-wing extremism" and "white supremacy" for days, if not weeks.  Curious, then, that the partly political and racial motivations of the recent attacker at the Capitol don't seem to trouble the press or the reigning Democrats at all... 

SUVs for me, but not for thee?  Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg got caught staging a photo op.  He wanted to be seen arriving at a Cabinet meeting via his eco-friendly bike, instead of a fleet of SUVs.  You gotta love these people!


Finally, heed the words of Charles Barkley.  The modern political and media environment really is designed to foster hatred, bitterness, vengeance, and anxiety.  It's toxic, simply put.  Here at WaddyIsRight we know this and try to analyze politics and cover the news more responsibly.  Sure -- we mock the Dems and their acolytes.  A good laugh at their expense is more than called for.  But hate Joe Biden?  Despise the woke SJWs?  Froth with rage at the decline of Western Civilization?  No thanks.  Life is too short.  Plus, I've met plenty of leftists.  They're arrogant and blinkered, but very few are bad people.  Cut off the constant flow of misinformation that deludes them, and most would return to sanity and decency in short order.  That's why Trump's number one error was not damming up the rivers of bile flowing out of the mouths of "journalists".  But I digress.  America just isn't such a bad place, and Americans aren't such bad people.  It's a shame, however, that our two-party system and our media is expressly designed to conceal these essential truths from us.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Have a Coke and a...Scowl?


Friends, Coca-Cola ain't what it used to be.  What is?  The iconic American brand has gone full "woke", or so it seems.  On Wednesday, the company bowed to pressure to condemn Georgia's new voting law, perpetuating the myth that it's racially discriminatory and designed to impede Americans from exercising their right to vote.  What's worse, the company remained silent until left-wing calls for a boycott became deafening, making it crystal clear that Coke was bullied.  On the upside, all this mealy-mouthed talk seems exactly that: TALK, backed by no meaningful action.  Still, it's depressing to see this kind of leftist group think infiltrate corporate America.  Truly, the world has gone mad, and the Left is running rampant.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Love Bites?


Friends, you guessed it -- that's the iconic kiss between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honecker in 1979.  It's symbolic of the awkward embrace between the USSR and East Germany, which took its most tangible and historically ominous form in their joint membership in the Warsaw Pact, a military alliance that rivaled our NATO.  Well, in today's Newsmaker Show, Brian and I tackle the termination of the Warsaw Pact in March 1991, along with many other intriguing historical developments, including: the construction of the Eiffel Tower, Spain's expulsion of the Jews in 1492 and the history of European anti-Semitism, the reign of Oliver Cromwell in England, the long battle over Irish "home rule" and the future of Northern Ireland in the age of Brexit, and the extent of public support for Britain's (socialized) "National Health Service".

Believe it or not, we also tackle some current events, including: China's deceptive PR on green energy, the threat China poses to its neighbors, and the notable constancy in US-China and US-Russia relations, despite occasionally hot political rhetoric.  We also discuss Cuomo's ongoing travails with women accusing him of inappropriate behavior, and his wily survival strategy.

Man, oh man!  What a lineup.  Only a crazy person wouldn't listen to such an informative show, am I right???


In other news, bankruptcy gets a little closer every day! 

And, in case you had any doubt, even the WaPo agrees that Biden's claims about Georgia's election integrity reforms are bogus:


Great news!  There will be soon be a lot more potheads in New York State!  In other words, Cuomo's reelection committee is about to get a big shot in the arm.  Meanwhile, the mayor of my hometown, Rochester, New York, is proposing that marijuana revenues be used to fund reparations.  Man, we truly do live in the best of all possible worlds...


We could soon see the reemergence of Trump rallies!  That would be a huge relief to CNN and MSNBC, which have missed Trump (hatred) terribly.  Heaven knows nobody's tuning in to watch Biden mumble his way through a speech.


In its ongoing effort to embody the spirit of Big Brother, Facebook won't allow anything "in the voice of Trump" on its platform(s).  What a mockery of democracy and free speech!  FB ought to be ashamed. 

Finally, you'll be pleased to learn that the flag of transgenderism is flying proudly over the White House!  Really, though, shouldn't there be separate flags for L, and G, and B, and T, and Q, and...whatever else the Left is celebrating these days?  In addition, surely we can't forget the BLM flag, and there ought to be a flag to fete Asians as well (just, for the love of all that's holy, don't make it yellow!).  Oy.  When will the virtue signalling stop???

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Guess What, Joe? We're Laughing At You, Not With You


Behold!  As promised, I bestirred myself to write an article, and here it is!  I analyze how SNL's recent satire of Biden portends real problems for Sleepy Joe, insofar as, even hermetically sealed in his protective bubble, he's only been modestly popular.  Exposed to the light of day -- and to comedic, not to mention editorial, scrutiny -- he'll wither instantly.  It won't be pretty either.  I predict that Biden's average approval numbers will soon dip below 50%, and with that decline all hope the Dems have of passing most of their harebrained agenda will go up in smoke.  In short, things are looking up!  See if you don't agree...


In other news, you might enjoy this preview of Governor's races in 2022.  In 2022, control of the House and the Senate will be on the ballot, for sure.  In addition, we need to keep our eye on races for Governor and even Secretary of State, because these state-level officials help to oversee elections, and as we all know unless the 2024 election is fair we haven't a snowball's chance in hell of winning it...which we need to, if this country is to avoid falling into the pit of Bolshevik despair.  Ergo, these state-level races matter! 

Here's Tucker Carlson's (characteristically brilliant) take on the legacy of George Floyd's death.  In essence, the politicization of Floyd's demise, and the demonization of law enforcement, have led inexorably to a rise in violent crime and the consequent victimization of thousands of innocents.  So, if the goal of BLM and its fellow travelers was to kill as many black people as possible, so far they're doing a bang-up job!


Finally, if you listen to liberals (and I'm not sure why you would), you've heard that Georgia's new election law is just like "Jim Crow", i.e. just like early 20th century segregation in the Deep South, which systemically denied blacks the right to vote.  Well, it ain't.  Once again, the Dems are crying "Wolf!" when they're practically swimming in sheep. 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Digging Biden's Grave


Friends, I've been remiss in writing articles lately.  Expect all that to change soon.  

There are several stories catching my eye.  One is SNL's recent pivot to mockery of Sleepy Joe.  Believe it or not, this could be the biggest political development since Jan. 6th.  Why?  Biden's "popularity", such as it is, is one of the only cards the Dems have to play in forcing their agenda through a divided Senate.  Biden's popularity, moreover, is undergirded by the extraordinary deference that journalists and opinion leaders have shown him.  They've treated him like a Faberge egg, as a matter of fact.  Sooner or later, their natural cynicism and meanness has to kick in.  When it does, Biden will wilt and stumble...and the progressive agenda will pass away like a fever dream.  Mark my words.


Why will Biden fail?  For many reasons, but first on the list is this one: he's ridiculous.  He's a semi-animated corpse, a tired old white guy, leading a party and a movement that hates the past, and white guys even more so.  Wise up, Sleepy Joe!  When they're done with you, they'll toss you aside without a second thought. 

Here's a FANTASTIC analysis of where we are in terms of race-baiting in America.  Why does the Left insist that everything is racist these days, and that the only way to combat racism is to hate white people?  Read on and find out.  The second article is telling: "color-blindness" has been turned into a sin instead of a virtue.  It's all part of the plan.