Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Redcoats Are Coming!


Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show is as hard-hitting as ever!  In our "This Day in History" segment, Brian and I reflect on the Boston Tea Party and our national tradition of civil disobedience and rebellion.  Whoever wins our presidential election, I argue that much of the country will be hopping mad.  The question is: what will those millions of hotheads do about it?  Suffer in silence?  Give up on politics and retreat to a monastery?  Marshal their forces for the 2022 and 2024 elections?  Hurl grenades?  Your guess is as good as mine.  Responses will differ, but of one thing we can be sure: however Republicans behave, the mainstream media will say what it always says: that we're crazy and dangerous.  Funny thing is, they're usually at least half right (which half depends on which of us are at issue)...  

In addition, Brian and I talk about the Battle of the Bulge and the hopelessness of Germany's situation in late 1944 and early 1945, naval warfare in World War I and the future of American naval supremacy, President Clinton's diversionary air strikes on Iraq in late 1998, and the curious way in which the Korean and Vietnam Wars were fought (maximal killing, but minimal political/diplomatic investment and risk).

When we get to current events, naturally our focus is on the electoral college results, the prospects for a reversal of fortune, and the challenges that both parties will face in the next four years as they undergo identity crises.

It's top-quality OBJECTIVE analysis, as always!  You'd be a fool not to tune in.


Yours Truly -- that's me -- has been quoted once again by Sputnik News, this time in a piece about the resignation of Attorney General Bill Barr: 


And here's a great article on the high stakes for American democracy and Western Civilization, both of which may be hanging by a thread:


In a very bad sign for President Trump, Mitch McConnell, the second most powerful Republican in the country, has acknowledged Biden's "win". 

Intriguingly, a professional audit of the Dominion voting machines used in Antrim County, Michigan has strengthened the case that they were used to rig the election.  All this is outside my area of expertise, needless to say, but I remain doubtful that such fraud, if it occurred, can ever be proven to the satisfaction of the courts, Congress, or the American people.


Interestingly, a legacy of the pandemic may be that the bad business climates and spiraling tax burdens in blue cities and states will be exacerbated, and the flight to red cities and states will accelerate -- in turn making the economies of blue areas even weaker.  The Dems may need control of the federal government, because only massive bailouts could stanch the bleeding.   Assuming the GOP retains control of the Senate (and/or the presidency), those bailouts won't happen, and it will be financial armageddon in New York, California, Illinois, etc.\


According to the Hungary, mothers are women, and fathers are men.  Whoa!  That's hate speech! 


Lastly, it's clear that any Biden victory in the electoral college would be DISPUTED, CONTESTED, and, in the eyes of massive numbers of American, ILLEGITIMATE.  Biden can stamp his feet about it all he likes, but he can forget about any kind of "honeymoon"...  He better retain the favor of his fellow Democrats, because Republicans will never view him as anything but a pretender and a corrupt machine politician. 


  1. DR. NICK

    Your statement that "because Republicans will never view him (Biden) as anything but a pretender and a corrupt machine politician" does not hold water. Sorry, but it seems that many (if not most) Republicans (and RINO types at that) have deserted Trump big time, and are now lined up to kiss Biden's rear end.

    In fact, if the majority of Republicans had stood by Trump, he might still have a fighting chance. As it stands, and with Mitch McConnell's endorsement, it looks like Biden really will take office on January 20, 2021.

    Trump's worst enemies were inside his administration all the time. I don't know if they should be called Republicans anymore. How about "RePOOPlicans"? How about "Demopublicans"? Even if they hold the Senate, what difference will it make? The top Republican in the country (Mitch) has acknowledged Biden as President elect.

    In reality, the Republicans (as we have known them) no longer exist. They can call themselves whatever they want.

    Looking back at history, our American Republican defections tend
    to remind me of all those French conservative people who lauded the French Republic until 1940 and then abruptly embraced the Germans as Vichy when they marched into France. Then after the war, they all of a sudden claimed they were members of the resistance. Ha!

  2. I suspect that in the next four years under a Biden Regime, that the once Republicans will do a final self-castration of their party by becoming a tolerated "loyal opposition in order to preserve the delusion and illusion of a Constitutional Republic. Every future president will magically be a Democrat, with a so called Republican allowed to run in an election. This will probably be nation wide, so most states will become purple, which is almost blue.

    Let's say the "New Republicans" will be billed as a right of center party, but the real power will be held by the "commissars" on the left of center, near and far as controlled by a Democrat apparatus funded by high tech. The agenda for that New World Order Reset can then move forward.

    Some 50 years from now, if not sooner, that great Constitutional Republic we used to have won't even exist in our history books. Fortunately, those of us who were privileged to grow up in a free America will be dead.

  3. Dr. Waddy from Jack: test

  4. Dr. Waddy from Jack: How will we react to apparent defeat? Lawfully,in sharp contrast to the mayhem which would certainly have ensued had the far left been deprived again of the Dem vehicle which enabled it's appalling and disingenuous exercise of real power. We may take much comfort in the reality of a lawful Scotus,thanks to President Trump and the distinct probabilty of Senator McConnell (no Rino he, he has proven it)continuing to keep Charles Schumer in futile exile, free only to sneer and pontificate.

  5. Dr.Waddy from Jack: In WWI the German surface fleet sought to bring small portions of the overwhelmingly powerful Brit battleship force to defeat in detail. That's why they bombarded those ports, which were hardly naval strongholds. And perhaps it offered the German public some perception of effective reaction to the British blockade. What irony there was in this: the Germans had the means to bring Great Britain to its knees - the Uboats! Had they put the vast resources they put into a futile battleship race with Perfidious Albion (though their dreadnoughts were of very high quality) into launching veritable hordes of the pig boats that WWI Uboats were, they would have closed the Atlantic and doomed England. First Sea Lord Jellicoe told American Admiral Sims that what Uboats there were had England within two months of defeat!

  6. Dr.Waddy from Jack: I think it possible that an all-out, decisive nuclear war could be fought at sea without a general nuclear exchange targeting the homelands. The key could be the subs. Submarine and antisub technology have not been combat tested since WW II.

  7. Dr. Waddy from Jack: A sub launched nuke will destroy a carrier and the Chinese have alot more subs than we have carriers. Unlike China's coastal oriented navy, subs can go anywhere.

  8. Dr. Waddy from Jack: The carrier is still a very important instrument for power projection. The seawise Brits confirmed that recently by launching their first two super carriers! But,the submarine proved itself an unanticipatedly harrowing ship killer in both world wars. Could it do so again?

  9. Dr.Waddy from Jack: I think the Policy of Containment was a very important factor in our wars in Korea and Vietnam. In some cursory reading about the policy I get the sense that it's sage, George F. Kennan, saw Nazi and Soviet aggression as much different. He saw Hitler's expansionism as purposeful adventurism and the very apparent Soviet postwar threat as, among other factors, propelled by traditional Russian xenophobia.

  10. Dr.Waddy from Jack: Leaving aside past Russian travails, like the sociopathic Mongols and still quite invasive Napoleon; had not Russia at the hands of the merciless Germans in both world wars and China, from the West and the murderous Japanese, suffered immeasurably savage destruction and mass misery?

  11. Dr.Waddy from Jack: Isn't an apparent determination on their parts to ensure their countrys' security from any future threat of this kind plausible? I think so. Did the apparent effort by the Soviets postwar to gain ground remind the West of Hitler's nickle and diming and of the ignored opportunities in the '30s to short circuit it? Why of course it did and this was manifested in the "Roll back" policy championed by such as MacArthur (no fool) and Taft (Mr.Republcan).

  12. Dr.Waddy from Jack: Also to consider in the late '40s -early '50s, the uniquely sociopathic, almost unimaginable reality of the subhuman, hellish fiend, Stalin! He was fully capable of blithely hazarding millions of lives, Russian or whatever, to feed his power hunger. And it took awhile for the wary West to warm to the notion that his immediate successors were not possessed ofthe consummately diabolical mien Stalin embodied!

  13. Ray, you make a good point that establishment Republicans will happily make common cause with Biden, but I was speaking about rank-and-file Republicans, who I believe will mostly view him as illegitimate.

    Ray, as you know, it's the dream of most Democrats that the GOP will become a party of no-hopers, and that they will have a lock on the presidency, and probably both Houses of Congress, for decades to come. It might happen, but I doubt it. There is a seesaw nature to American politics, and, even if one of our parties were to shrivel up, a new one would soon arise to give some balance. Only the institution of a dictatorship, or the rigging of elections, could alter this pattern, in my view -- so, again, it could happen! Remember, though, the Dems were the dominant party from the 30s to the 90s, and even in that period we had a number of Republican presidents.

    Yes, Jack, I agree that most Republicans will continue to obey the law and to respect those charged with enforcing it, even if their political masters are charlatans and sleazebags.

    Jack, it's my understanding that in both World Wars the German U-Boat fleet came close to accomplishing its key objectives vis-a-vis British maritime trade, but in both cases Germany started the war under-prepared, realizing the importance of U-Boats far too late. Ah, what might have been...

    Interesting theory, Jack, that nukes could be used only at sea. If so, though, wouldn't that virtually guarantee the destruction of all the major navies and merchant fleets? Wouldn't we inevitably end up with stalemate on the high seas?

    Agreed, Jack, that Russia was rational to fear another invasion from the West after 1945. Russia knew its own weakness, and it sought desperately to mitigate it. As is so often true in life, defensiveness can manifest itself as "aggression". So many conflicts are based on misunderstandings, in the end!

  14. Dr.Waddy from Jack: It was reasonable for the West to fear incremental Soviet expansion after the way Staln took Eastern Europe and to see in Korea yet another Soviet power grab. N.Korea used Russian arms, tanks and planes. The example of presumptuous Nazi aggression and the stupendous price paid for not killing it in the shell, had to have had very much sway.

  15. Dr.Waddy from Jack:The insane Stalin may have seen only in world domination a guarantee of Russian security and his personal safety. Hitler had taught both sides some very hard lessons .Chinese unwillingness to tolerate a western army on it's very border, if perhaps unfounded, is nonetheless understandable due to their absolute determination never again to suffer the predatory West.

  16. Dr.Waddy from Jack: Perhaps China, being a continental power, would see a stalemate at sea as a big gain for them in having hamstrung America's now overwhelmingly superiority in that setting.

  17. Dr.Waddy from Jack: That absolute dominance allows us to project very much power right up to the Chinese coast and that's a very sore point for them; eg. Taiwan.

  18. Jack, I would agree that Russian and Chinese "expansion" in the Cold War context could easily be seen as an attempt to ring their core territories with a buffer zone to protect against future invasions. In that sense, the U.S. invasion of North Korea was exceedingly naive. Much of what we do on the world stage is naive.

    The future of sea power is a big mystery to me. For one thing, how much do nukes render all those big, shiny ships obsolete? Yeah, we have all those carriers, but once the Chinese start flinging nukes at them, presumably they wouldn't last long. Seems to me navies are really built for conventional combat. Once the nuclear card is played, all bets are off.

  19. Dr. Waddy from Jack:Each world war at sea brought unprecedented change: the U-boat in WWI and the carrier in WWII. If there is another one it may be dominated by high computer technology and space based measures.Maybe we can track and destroy those subs already!

  20. Hmm. Good point. Nuclear subs may be more vulnerable than ever before, but I can't say I've heard of any satellite technology that can easily find them, or destroy them. Of course, we may have capabilities that are kept under wraps.

  21. If we do have such capabilities, I'm a little surprised that the state of Delaware hasn't been vaporized yet...