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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.


https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2021/04/10/pinkerton-joe-biden-first-elected-in-the-1970s-is-bringing-back-the-1970s/

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.


https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/prince-philip-queen-elizabeth/2021/04/09/id/1016943/

 

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!


https://www.irishexaminer.com/world/arid-40262198.html

 

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!


https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/08/politics/joe-manchin-filibuster-gun-control-voting-rights/index.html

 

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.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-2024-gop-contenders-retreat 


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


https://americanmind.org/salvo/how-to-woke-proof-your-kids/

 

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.

 

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/04/09/only-0-1-per-cent-irish-coronavirus-cases-outdoor-exposure/ 

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: www.waddyisright.com. He appears on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480/106.9.

 

And here it is at Townhall:

 

https://townhall.com/columnists/nicholaswaddy/2021/04/10/how-conservatives-can-avoid-the-nice-guys-finish-last-trap-n2587592 

 

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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.

 

https://www.manhattan-institute.org/social-construction-racism-united-states 


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.


https://video.foxnews.com/v/6247341243001#sp=show-clips

 

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!

 

https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/north-las-vegas-mayor-john-lee-announces-he-is-switching-to-republican-party/ 


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).


https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-sky-high-border-numbers-blame-trump-administration

 

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.

 

 https://www.newsmax.com/politics/manchin/2021/04/07/id/1016756/

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!


https://www.newsmax.com/finance/streettalk/united-airlines-new-pilots-women-minorities/2021/04/07/id/1016654/

 

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.

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/coke-blowback-resistance-georgia-voting-law 


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:


https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president-biden-job-approval-7320.html

 

https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/biden_administration/biden_approval_index_history 

 

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.  


https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/04/06/a_senate_majority_if_you_can_keep_it_145531.html

 

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?

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9444413/Kamala-Harris-not-visited-Mexico-border-taking-charge-migrant-crisis.html 


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


https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2021/04/06/why-do-they-hate-ron-desantis-so-much-n2587465

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.


https://thefederalist.com/2021/04/05/60-minutes-ignores-democrat-governors-scandals-invents-one-about-desantis/

 

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.

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/rep-matt-gaetz-oped-the-swamp-is-out-to-drown-me-with-false-charges-but-im-not-giving-up 


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".


https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/05/justice-clarence-thomas-trump-twitter-ban-479046

 

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.

 

 https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mcconnell-georgia-voting-law-businesses-consequences-delta

 

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.


https://www.newsmax.com/politics/gregabbott-mlb-georgia-all/2021/04/05/id/1016419/

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!


https://sputniknews.com/analysis/202104031082529955-trump-interview-ban-tech-giants-want-to-reverse-social-media-driven-democratisation-professor-says/

 

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!


https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/546349-trump-calls-for-sweeping-boycott-of-companies-protesting-georgia-voting

 

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/georgia-mlb-coca-cola-voting/2021/04/03/id/1016247/ 

 

https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2021/04/04/patchwork-braves-cover-all-star-logo-on-jerseys-shift-hats/ 

 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/coca-cola-required-id-in-2020-shareholder-meeting 


https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2021/04/03/pga-tour-to-keep-tour-championship-in-georgia-despite-outcry-over-voter-law/

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/georgia-democrats-stare-down-a-mob-of-their-own-making

 

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.

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-cases-drop-vaccine-distribution-picks-up-how-open-is-america-11617528601 


https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases

 

https://fee.org/articles/why-young-adults-are-the-most-frightened-of-covid-even-though-they-are-the-least-at-risk/ 


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.


https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/gop-eyes-new-mexico-house-special-election

 

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.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gaetz-says-he-wont-resign-as-pressure-mounts/ar-BB1ffIb1?li=BBnb7Kz 


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...


https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/546285-wokeworld-comes-for-oppressor-obama-activists-rip-school-being-named

 

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...

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9431911/How-college-football-star-lost-job-devout-Nation-Islam-follower.html 


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!


https://www.foxnews.com/politics/buttigieg-mocked-security-seen-unloading-bike-from-suv-before-white-house-trip

 

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.


https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2021/04/03/watch-charles-barkley-our-system-is-set-up-for-politicians-to-make-us-not-like-each-other/

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.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-georgia-voting-companies/delta-coca-cola-blast-home-state-georgias-voting-restrictions-as-unacceptable-idUSKBN2BN1M9