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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Our Incredible Shrinking Democracy


Friends, don't miss out on my latest article, published by World Net Daily.  It's a slightly altered version of my reflections on the fallout from the Dobbs decision that I posted yesterday.  Once again, you get to read my honeyed words for a second time!  But then I assume you read and re-read my posts as a matter of course, so steady as she goes!  Enjoy.


In other news, is one poll indicative of the likely results of the November midterm elections?  Probably not, but overall we see no signs of slippage in terms of Republican strength, despite the ongoing circus of the January 6th hearings and the pearl-clutching re: Roe v. Wade.  My takeaway: the Dems' efforts to change the subject and thus alter the trajectory of the midterms have failed, are failing, and are likely to keep failing indefinitely.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Roe v. Wade Gets Aborted


Friends, the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and thus of a woman's supposedly constitutional right to an abortion, was expected, but that doesn't make it any less historic.  Constitutionally and judicially speaking, we conservatives view this action as the righting of a gross wrong, committed by the high court in 1973 when it decided to manufacture the concept of abortion rights, or rather to pull it out of thin air.  We are, first and foremost, a federal republic, and, if you ask me, the ONLY part of the Constitution that impinges on the issue of abortion is the Tenth Amendment, which states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."  Pretty simple, really.  Abortion is an issue that ought to be in the hands of the people's elected representatives, and it ought to be decided at the state level...and now it will be again.  That's all to the good.

Practically speaking, this decision will lead to many states enacting restrictions on abortion, and even outright bans.  On the other hand, as we've already seen, many states, localities, and corporations are taking steps to ensure that no woman will be denied her "right" to terminate a pregnancy.  There are plans afoot to subsidize women's travel to states where abortions are legally performed, and to pay for the resulting abortions.  Can states criminalize the behavior of women even if their receipt of abortions takes place outside of their jurisdiction?  I don't know, but I doubt it.  And, if they can't, it's possible that the number of abortions in America might actually increase in future years, because the Left will create a vast infrastructure to encourage the practice.  Ergo, anyone who thinks "life" is now secure should think twice.

Lastly, I think it's prudent to reflect on the political fallout from this decision.  Will Dems ride the furor over abortion rights to victory in 2022?  I very much doubt it.  Public attitudes on abortion are murky, at best, and the Dems would be wise not to overplay their hand on the issue.  In a more long-term sense, however, decisions like Dobbs will strengthen the hand of those Democrats and progressives who assert that the Supreme Court, as an institution, has become "right-wing" and has thus lost its legitmacy.  As you'll see below, Maxine Waters says, "The hell with the Supreme Court, we will defy them."  Keith Olbermann was calling for the abolition of the Supreme Court the day before the Dobbs ruling, in reaction to the Court's decision to strike down a gun control law in the state of New York.  "It has become necessary to dissolve the Supreme Court of the United States...", according to Olbermann.  Failing that, he advises progressives simply to ignore the Court's rulings: "Hey SCOTUS, send the SCOTUS army here to enforce your ruling, you House of Lords radicals pretending to be a court." The fact is that such voices of scorn and defiance are becoming more normative on the Left, as frustration mounts with a federal judiciary that is behaving more conservatively than at any point in human memory.  It is by no means inconceivable that, as Olbermann suggests, a blue state could defy SCOTUS.  It is also depressingly plausible that, at some point in the near future, the executive branch might do so.  Conservatives would be outraged, but the likelihood is that Democrats would be unfazed, because, to them, "democracy" means getting their way, period.  And, as Olbermann so perceptively indicated, the Supreme Court has no practical means of enforcing its decisions, except the hitherto near-universal compliance that flowed from the prevailing assumption that its rulings are legitimate and decisive.  In a nutshell, therefore, any political advantage that the right possesses because of the current composition of the Supreme Court and other federal courts is fragile, especially so in any age when none of our institutions are respected as they used to be.  The $64,000 question now is: how far right does SCOTUS need to drift before the entire Democratic Party, and its standard-bearer, President Biden, endorse a strategy of undermining it?  Indeed, have we reached that point already?  And, if so, will the Democrats and progressives arrogate to themselves the Court's powers gradually, or all at once?  We may, I fear, learn the answers to these questions sooner rather than later.

Below, you will find an article about the overturning of Roe v. Wade, some speculation from Clarence Thomas on how Dobbs ought to cause SCOTUS to second guess other decisions about birth control and homosexuality (don't hold your breath), some early indications of corporate solidarity with abortion rights advocates, and the ramblings of Maxine Waters and Keith Olbermann, already described. 

In other news, fortune is no longer favoring Ukrainian forces on the battlefield in Donbas, and questions are being raised about the long-term viability of Ukraine's strategy of resistance.  In addition, Russia is upping the pressure on Germany by reducing its supply of natural gas.  This is a potentially very effective tactic, because public support for Ukraine in the West is already softening.  A few months ago, it looked like the conflict was a massive humiliation for Russia and a big win for the West, whose unity in the face of Russian "aggression" impressed many.  The bottom line, however, is who wins and who losses the war, and, if our clients are on the losing end, we may have to retract all the boasting we did back in the spring.  More to the point, we might have to start giving new and more circumspect advice to our Ukrainian allies, like: "Cool your jets, Volodymyr.  Sooner or later, you and the Russians are going to have to make nice and live together as neighbors again." 

Finally, although the Beltway crowd is obsessed with the January 6th Committee hearings, the fact is that few Americans are watching them.  This poll is interesting, but the real question is: who is paying attention, and are any genuine swing voters likely to swing based on this one issue?  I would be shocked if they did.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Still Kicking


Friends, when Sir Winston Churchill heard that I was being entertained by Admiral Nelson, he refused to be upstaged.  He invited me to the Spencer-Churchill family home, otherwise known as Blenheim Palace.  It was a nice change from the guest wing at Buckingham Palace, where I felt cramped and the Queen's snoring left me a tad narky.  As for Winston himself, he wasn't as animated as I had expected, but, for a man of 147, he's doing all right.  He's got the "stiff upper lip" down to a science.  None stiffer, I daresay!

In other news, check out these intriguing stats on continuing declines in college enrollment nationwide.  Yikes!  In recent years, the federal government has plowed tens of billions of dollars into higher ed -- a covert subsidy to the most left-leaning institution in America -- and that has deferred any pain and sacrifice that this enrollment crisis might otherwise have caused.  Can government funds hold off the day of reckoning forever, though?  One assumes not.  In other words, hundreds of colleges and universities -- some of them in your backyard -- could face financial ruin and closure in the years ahead.  And maybe that's for the best.  I mean, demographics are changing, and the value of a college education isn't what it used to be.  More to the point, the price isn't what it used to be, and I'm not just talking dollars and cents.  These days, to obtain a degree, one more or less has to become a fellow-traveler to neo-Marxists.  I say: no sale!

Sunday, June 19, 2022

England Expects Every Man to Do His Duty


Friends, as you can see, I met Lord Horatio Nelson today.  I found his personality a little wooden, but his achievements speak for themselves...

In other news, so you think Ukraine is a model Western democracy?  If your idea of "democracy" is crushing all opposition and dissent, then I guess that's true.  And, since that truly is most leftists' concept of democracy, I imagine the fulsome praise of Ukraine will continue.  Some of the measures being taken by Ukraine's government, in any case, smack more of fascism than Western-style democracy.  Choose your "friends" carefully, and your role models even more so.  That's my advice.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Is the West Having Second Thoughts About Its "LIttle Brother" Ukraine?


Friends, a couple of months ago, pretty much everyone in the West who consumed the mainstream media version of the Russia-Ukraine War had talked themselves into an expectation that Russian forces were about to collapse, and Ukrainian victory was imminent.  Well, now that prediction looks darn shaky.  Ukrainians are being pushed back, slowly and steadily, in Donbas, and, because of Russia's superiority in heavy weapons, Ukrainian security forces are taking lots of casualties.  What's more, it's inevitable that Western voters will sour on the conflict and grow more skeptical, as the losses and costs mount, and as energy prices remain high.  Check out this article, therefore, that hints at a possible change of direction in the Biden Administration.  The weapons and funds keep flowing, sure, but Biden appears to be thinking of an endgame that leaves Russia in possession of large swathes of Ukrainian territory.  And, like it or not, isn't that the only probable outcome here, assuming that the Ukrainian state even survives?  My guess is that a lot of mixed messages are flowing these days between President Zelensky and his Western counterparts.  A messy war may get messier!


Was a ruckus at the Capitol foreseeable on January 6th, 2021?  I'd say so!  Apparently there was plenty of intel in the weeks leading up to the fateful day.  That begs the question: why would leaders in Congress refuse the offer of National Guard reinforcements to bolster security?  This article doesn't answer that question, but my guess -- and it's only a guess -- is that too many Democrats find soldiers and policemen triggering, and too many of them suspected that federal troops would be used by President Trump to instigate a coup.  Frankly, though, with or without National Guard soldiers present, it should have been possible to foresee a potential disturbance, and then to contain it.  The security failures on January 6th were inexcusable, in my humble opinion. 

Finally, the title of this article speaks for itself!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Across the Pond


Friends, as you know, I'm currently in Jolly Old England, enjoying my first overseas trip since 2019.  Above is a picture of my guest quarters at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen has been the most welcoming of hosts.  Sure, she spends a lot of time watching her soaps on the telly, but otherwise she's an absolute delight.

In other news, a Republican has won a rare victory in a special Congressional election in south Texas, and, in South Carolina, yet another pro-impeachment RINO went down to defeat to a Trump-endorsed rival.  Note to Liz Cheney: Be afraid.  Be very afraid. 

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Gun Rights: Not Dead Yet!


Friends, if you care about the 2nd Amendment, you were no doubt curious whether the "compromise" struck by Democratic and Republican Senators on "gun safety" would end up cancelling your own right to self-defense.  It appears that, at least in the short term, most of your rights are safe.  That's because the compromise announced today doesn't really impinge on anyone's right to keep and bear arms.  It expands funding for mental health resources, to support state-level red flag laws, to better secure our public schools, etc.  It expands background checks for potential gun purchasers ages 18 to 21 (which may or may not be constitutional), but otherwise it represents a mighty timid effort at "gun control", which falls way short of what Democrats want, and of the list of demands they issued in the wake of recent mass shootings.  In fact, one has to ask: will we see Democrats in Congress balk at voting for this bill, given that it's so watered down, from a progressive perspective?  That a small but significant number of Republicans will vote for it seems guaranteed.  That the hard left will play ball is less sure.  President Biden is on board.  That counts for something.  Maybe not much these days, however.  We'll wait and see.  All in all, assuming this bill does pass, I'd say gun rights enthusiasts can count themselves relatively lucky.  Every mass shooting puts the Left in a position to threaten your gun rights -- ALL of them -- and to win over, via scaremongering propaganda, a significant portion of the citzenry to their way of thinking.  Thus we have to be thankful, on a certain level, that we have any rights left!  Those Dems are canny, of course.  They'll be back.  This law likely won't prevent a single shooting anywhere, so, just as soon as another mass shooting occurs, the Dems will say: the current bill was a good start, but it was only a start.  Now let's finish the job by prying that AR-15 out of Joe Public's law-abiding hands.  And it could easily happen, as we all know.


Chris Jacobs isn't going quietly into the night.  He's doubling down on his love of gun control, and it sure looks like he wants a package WAY more ambitious than what those Senators just agreed to.  Jacobs must be asking himself: I torpedoed my political career for this??? 

Congrats to France's moderate conservative President Emmanuel Macron, whose followers look like they will retain their parliamentary majority.  Hey, Macron may be a French RINO, but he's still better than the alternative!


The New York Times has published an analysis of Joe Biden's political future that is stunningly candid about his, uhh, limitations, and the need for Democrats to explore other options.  This is big news, people!  On the left, when the Times turns on you, you're in major trouble.  And, again, just imagine how these whispers will be magnified once the Dems get scorched in November... 

Finally, here's a great perspective on the January 6th hearings, and how the media's indulgence of this Dem dog and pony show demonstrates, once again, how the Left is determined to control the narrative and redirect the public's attention away from real-world problems, like inflation.  As usual, Tucker knows the score!

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Can DeSantis Pull It Off?


Friends, my latest article won't come as a startling revelation to you -- at least not if you read Thursday's post.  It's a reworked version of my reflections on Florida Governor Ron Desantis's efforts to prevent a complete leftist takeover of the state's public colleges and universities.  While there isn't much new content here, it is a chance for you to imbibe my words of wisdom for the second time in as many days...  You're welcome! 


In other news, while the mainstream media focuses obsessively on gun control and January 6th, most Americans are battling much more immediate problems, namely a slowing economy and skyrocketing inflation.  Check out these data points.  Good luck, Dems, changing the subject.  You better be PR geniuses, because, if you're not, your electoral goose is assuredly cooked! 

Thursday, June 9, 2022

How To Rein In Higher Ed


Friends, it's no secret that our higher ed system in America has become a playground for woke maniacs.  In other words, it's become an environment in which left-wing extremists feel empowered to bully, harrass, and intimidate anyone who dares to differ with leftist orthodoxy.  It's also increasingly common for professors to take advantage of their leverage over students to indoctrinate them in neo-Marxist ideology.  


Now, theoretically, many of our colleges and universities are publicly owned, run, and financed, so shouldn't, well, the public have a say in all of this?  If our higher ed system is taking its left-wing bias too far, shouldn't there be a way for the people's elected representatives to push back?  Again, theoretically, the answer is yes, but almost never, even in the reddest of states, do politicians find effective ways of doing so.  Leftists are so dug in at most colleges, and reign so supreme in administrations and faculties, that challenging their dominance is largely a wasted effort.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, not surprisingly, is taking on this herculean challenge.  Under his watch, Florida has already passed a new law to loosen tenure protections for professors, and to require them to face a formal review process every five years, even after gaining tenure.  Professors are also supposed to "remain productive" and refrain from "indoctrinating students".  


Those goals sound appealing enough, but the devil is in the details, as we all know. And some of those details may be fleshed out in the months ahead, as Florida legislators weigh new proposals to take hiring decisions away from college presidents and to give them instead to Boards of Trustees. There would also be a blanket ban on instruction in "critical race theory". 


Such proposals are well-intentioned, to be sure, but one has to question whether they would achieve any meaningful change in the ideological orientation of Florida higher ed.  What constitutes a "productive" professor is subjective, and what constitutes "critical race theory", at least according to Florida lawmakers, is likely to be equally murky.  And who, in the final analysis, will make such determinations?  Are Boards of Trustees likely to be any more trustworthy, or any less woke, than college administrators and faculty members?  Possibly, since many trustees are directly nominated by the Governor, but what would happen if that Governor were, at some future point, a Democrat?  The leftward tilt of Florida higher ed could actually be exacerbated! What Governor DeSantis is proposing, in effect, is the increased politicization of Florida's public colleges and universities, which, since the state is currently red, may seem attractive, but it offers no permanent solution to the problem of ideological bias.  


Frankly, there is also an argument to be made that the bias of individual professors is healthy, insofar as it exposes students to strident views that could stimulate the development of their own worldview.  The problem arises when only professors from one ideological camp are allowed to pontificate, and when students are afraid to push back when they have legitimate disagreements with their professors.  On a day to day basis, such battles will be fought in the trenches of college classrooms and, ocassionally, in deans' and HR offices.  Trustees are not likely to be aware of many of these clashes, and are even less likely to intervene in them successfully.  Trustees overwhelmingly take a passive role in the administration of the colleges and universities in their charge, after all, since they are only part-time overseers.

If much of this analysis sounds pessimistic, even despondent, that's because conservatives need to face facts: it will be next to impossible to save higher ed from its leftist overlords, and to reclaim it for the ordinary Americans who it is supposed to serve, if all we employ is half measures.  My advice to conservatives, therefore, is, in the meantime, to vote with their feet: simply don't attend, and don't advise your friends and family to attend, the wokest colleges and universities.  And my advice to Governor DeSantis would be similar: if a given college or university in the Florida public higher ed system repeatedly and flagrantly violates its mandate or disrespects the values of the people of Florida, cut it loose!  Let it ply its Marxist idiocies freely as a private institution, but don't waste a single cent of taxpayers' money subsidizing its subversive ravings.  (Florida's "Stop Woke Act", HB7, starts down this path, but does not go nearly far enough.)  


And that, I suspect, is the only realistic path to reclaiming American higher ed: starve it of students, starve it of public funds, and starve it of attention and legitimacy, unless and until it rediscovers the love of learning and the respect for real diversity of opinion that were its founding principles. I won't hold my breath, but, as a denizen of higher ed myself, I will never give up hope.


In other news, here's a good analysis of the Senate races that are likely to determine which party will control that chamber after January 2023.  Most experts say that a Republican takeover in the House is a foregone conclusion, but the Senate hangs in the balance and is where the fiercest battles will be fought. 

The economic skies are darkening, but when exactly we will slip into recession territory is unclear.  As bad as things seem in 2022, the consensus is that 2023 is likely to be even worse! 

Finally, what do you think the reaction of the MSM would be if a crazed Trump supporter were to try to assassinate a leftist Supreme Court Justice, or Congressman, or Cabinet official?  I dunno about you, but I strongly suspect they would be OUTRAGED, and they would beat that drum -- about how extreme and dangerous and inherently violent Republican rhetoric and ideology are -- for days, weeks, months, or years!  And so, by contrast, what was the MSM's reaction to the recent plot against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, hatched by a mentally disturbed leftist (in other words, a regular leftist)?  Crickets!  That's what!  For shame, "journalists", for shame.

The Radio Show To End All Radio Shows


Friends, assuming you've mastered the internets, you'll be impressed and amazed by this week's Newsmaker Show.  Brian and I tackle current newsworthy barnburners like the January 6th hearings, the delegitimization of democracy, the dangers of escalation in the Black Sea, gun control/gun rights, and more!  

When we get to "This Day in History", Brian and I tackle not one, but two World Wars, with a little generational analysis of warfare thrown in.  We also cover the wave of assassinations in the 1960s and 70s, and how our own Era of Bad Feelings compares.

Tune in today!  You won't hear me on the radio again until the end of June, when I return from my triumphal tour of the United Kingdom.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Another One Bites the Dust


Friends, even though I'm currently on a good will tour of West Virginia, I couldn't resist posting this breaking news story that affects many of you profoundly.  Western New York Conngressman Chris Jacobs, who is currently my Congressman, has decided not to run for reelection, because he -- precipitously and inexplicably -- came out in favor of gun control, and his constituents were not amused!  On one hand, this is a shame, because Jacobs seems like a fine man and a good public servant.  On the other hand, our constitutional rights are important, and we want, as conservatives, to be represented by men and women (and people of innumerable other genders) who share our values.  Chris Jacobs, it appears, had spent a little too much time in the Swamp.  Now he gets a chance to refresh himself in the open spaces of WNY and reconsider what really matters.  We wish him well.  We also ask the obvious question: who will take his place???


Very relevant to Jacobs' demise is my latest contribution to Sputnik News, which relates to the issue of gun control/gun rights.  See what you make of my perspective: 

Friday, June 3, 2022

Rubbing It In


Friends, the U.S. military is expanding its purge of Confederate memorials and symbolism, as part of its campaign to promote "diversity", which of course means giving the middle finger to a major geographical region of these United States.  High on the list of targets, not surprisingly, is Robert E.Lee, and you know how I feel about the Old Man...


In other news, the Department of Justice has chosen to pursue formal charges against Peter Navarro, for the unforgivable crime of refusing to testify before Nancy Pelosi's January 6th star chamber.  As this article makes plain, it's one thing to enforce Congressional subpoenas.  It's another thing to do so selectively and with obvious partisan/ideological bias.  For shame!

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Be Fruitful and Musk-iply


Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show focuses on several of the hot-button issues that people are chattering about, including a perennial favorite, gun rights/gun control, the exoneration of Clinton lawyer Michael Sussman, and Elon Musk's surprising advocacy of pro-natalism.

When we get to "This Day in History", Brian and I talk about the Battle of Gettysburg, America's involvement in the "liberation" of Cuba circa 1898, and the persistence of yellow journalism throughout U.S. history.


Check it out! 

And here is an article about Musk's views on demography and procreation:

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Sussman Syndrome


Friends, this guy is pretty happy.  He's Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, and he was just found not guilty of lying to the FBI -- by an arguably biased jury impaneled by an almost certainly biased judge.  But hey, in our system, not guilty=innocent, so good for him!  And so ends almost any possibility that any of the framers and purveyors of the Trump-Russia hoax will be held legally accountable for their mendacity.  And I, naturally, am not in the least bit surprised.  These are people who know how to skirt the law, and how to avoid legal jeopardy when they break it.  The real problem here, though, is that, in fact, almost everyone who shopped around the idea that Trump worked for Putin probably believed it.  These people are that deep in a rabbit hole of their own making.  More to the point, we can rest assured that there are plenty more hoaxes to come, because, as the Clinton crew proved in 2016-present, you really can accuse a sitting president of treason, day in and day out, without anything resembling credible evidence, and get away with it.  Expect a lot more to come!


In other news, it was just a matter of time before our wokest schools started to grade students differently based on their race/ethnicity.  That's "equity", in case you were unaware.  And what could be more equitable than treating people unequally!  Makes perfect sense. 

Canada is itching to terminate its citizens' gun rights, once and for all, and Justin Trudeau is the man to make it happen.  Hey, Canadians -- you recently had an opportunity to send this left-wing radical packing, and you chose not to.  Some would say you deserve what you get!

Monday, May 30, 2022

Heading for the Exits


Friends, sometimes people vote in a voting booth, and sometimes they vote by mail, and sometimes they vote with their feet.  Dems and lefties would have us believe that big government and progressive leadership always makes life better.  Well, a simple head count tells us otherwise.  People have been moving from the moribund, statist hellscapes of the Northeast for decades now, and they invariably move to the much redder zones of the Sun Belt.  It's pretty simple, really: in red states, people enjoy more freedom and opportunity.  That seems to be a popular combo.  Go figure.  So why would we want to replicate the mistakes of Blue America, including our major metropolitan areas and our most Marxist of states, like California, New York, and Taxachussetts, on a national scale?  That's easy!  We don't.  Case closed.


You know, I think many Americans, like me, can just about wrap their heads around the concept that a man might prefer to be a woman, or a woman might prefer to be a man, but I can't for the life of me comprehend the idea that there are an unlimited number of genders, and we should all be able to redefine our gender identity minute to minute, if we feel like it, and anyone who doesn't humor us in the attempt to do so should be pilloried, at best, and blasted into atoms, at worst.  I mean, the new gender orthodoxy of the Left is just nuts, and you know that's the case because even leftists themselves can't keep up with the evolving insanity of it all.  It's time to say: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! 

Finally, polls differ, but almost all of them agree on one point: "President" Biden is unpopular and Americans have very little confidence in his ability to solve our nation's problems.  And, for those Dems who thought that Ukraine, or Roe v. Wade, or Uvalde, were going to rescue their despised party from its plight, there's simply no polling evidence that you've turned any kind of corner whatsoever.  I'm not saying it can't happen.  I'm saying it hasn't occurred yet, and historical trends suggest it ain't going to.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Liz Cheney's Swan Song?


Friends, apparently Wyoming's GOP won't decide who its candidate for the state's lone seat in the House of Representatives will be until mid-August, but, for my money, this will be the premier Republican primary of this election season.  There's simply no GOP representative who Trump and Trumpers would more dearly love to eject from the House than Cheney, and there's no current Republican officeholder who would more dearly love to embarrass Trump than our old friend Liz.  Based on all the polling I've seen, it's more or less certain that Cheney won't win the GOP nod, but, I assume, she has a backup plan, which may or may not include running as an independent.  It'll be fun to watch! 

In other news, Russia has reconstituted its forces in the Donbas region and has been steadily pushing the Ukrainians back to the west.  This comes as no surprise to me, but may shock those of you who've been imbibing pro-Ukrainian propaganda courtesy of the MSM, including Fox News.  The intriguing question at this point is: will we ever reach a point where the Russians are satisfied with their gains, and the Ukrainians are content to accept their losses?  Much depends on what's percolating inside Vladimir Putin's unique brain.  I certainly haven't a clue!


It turns out that the contraction of the U.S. economy in the first quarter was due almost entirely to a spike in imports, combined with poor performance from our export sector, especially re: manufactured goods.  Is all this "transitory"?  Let's hope so, because, without a strong manufacturing base, all we've got left is intellectual property and the "good faith and credit" of our federal government, which still prints the world's favorite currency, the dollar (lucky for us!).


Is the U.S. economy currently looking shaky?  Yes!  Coincidentally, the Chinese economy is also struggling, perhaps more so than at any time since the 1970s.  Now, those of you who fear and resent Red China, as I do, may be inclined to celebrate, but not so fast!  The fact is, China's behavior on the world stage, which, for all our complaining, is generally quite timid, could get a lot more aggressive, if the CCP's "trump card", a constantly rising standard of living, is no longer playable.  You thought Russia's adventurism in Ukraine was upsetting?  To paraphrase Bill Bixby, "Don't make China angry.  You wouldn't like China when it's angry."

Thursday, May 26, 2022

In Defense of Your Most Beleaguered Liberties


Friends, today you're in for a treat: a guest essay by the incomparable "Jack", whose devotion to our Constitution, and to the liberties guiaranteed therein, is legendary.  See if you agree with his take on gun rights, in the light of the recent calamity in Texas...

Since the "American" left cannot be as gracious as to allow a decent interval after these insane tragedies before hastening to disarm law abiding real Americans, we are constrained to defend our 2nd Amendent rights now.  There is only one defense against force: FORCE. The gun truly IS the great equalizer. Practically the only defense against an armed maniacal thug is a good person(s) with lawfully possessed guns.  Andrew Cuomo presumed to go to Buffalo after theshooting and preach about his "tough gun laws". Ehh, Buffalo is in "safe" NY state as is the NYC shooting gallery. Go figure, Andrew. If law abiding citizens were not as justifiably afraid of NY's gun laws, there might have been lawfully armed citizens able to stop that subhuman in Buffalo! But in NY we KNOW that to fire in self defense is certain to invite prosecution! 


The definition of an assault weapon is a firearm with full automatic selected capability (one pull, continuous fire). Such arms are almost totally illegal. Semiautomatics (one pull, one shot) have been popularly owned since at least the '50s. But these truly insanely presumptuous atrocities did not occur with such sickening frequency until the moral rot (thanks Dan Bongino for the term) so obvious since the late '60s in far left infested America!


The American left disingenuously blames assault weapons, which can only be possessed by the military and law enforcement for atrocities. It means to convey the falsehood that civilians can obtain the weapons used by our armed government forces. They lie!  


It is incumbent on our country to effect IMMEDIATE PHYSICAL DEFENSE, at the point of attack,in all likely settings. Let the chattering classes dither about"causes" endlessly and unproductively. THE REAL AMERI CA NEEDS ACTION NOW! School shootings could be stopped overnight by increased police presence coupled with lawfully gun armed community volunteers present in and around the schools. This would be especially practical in rural areas where everybody has guns, and knows guns. Of course the touchie feelies and the antigunrights demagogues like frantic 'ol Beto, will not hear of it. C'mon real America: tell those types to step the hell off! Then DEMAND that responsible authority immediately enable the defense of our kids I have urged.


Then for personal defense in other settings: let the real America INSIST  that antigun legislators and executives CEASE their endless, counter intuitive crusade to block or intimidate or discourage possession of firearms by lawful Americans!!! Scotus may be close to dealing a body blow to the gun grabbers, who extol criminals  but who distrust the law abiding. That may help. 


Finally: to those of good will who sincerely believe that increased gun control means increased public safety; please, consider anarchic DC, Chicago  and NYC. Their "tough" gun laws have served only to disarm the innocent and encourage thugs. Please consider reading John Lott's book More Guns, Less Crime.


And there you have it!  I'm sure Jack would welcome your reactions and questions.  Above all, let's not stand idly by while the Dems hurl themselves, and our country, directly into the politicized muck and mire of finger-pointing self-righteousness, while America's wounds are still (literally) bleeding.  Let's give the victims the respect they deserve, and let's temper our rancor with compassion and reason, shall we?

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Provoking the Dragon


Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show features a dialogue between me and Brian about the reckless boast by our "President" (God help us!) to the effect that, if China attacked Taiwan, we would intervene militarily.  It's not generally the policy of the U.S. to threaten the PRC, so the wisdom of these remarks is...questionable, and plenty of analysts on the Left agree.  In addition to the potential Taiwanese quagmire, Brian and I also discuss Colombia's dalliance with Marxism (let's hope it doesn't go any further), the re-electability of Joe Biden, the political future of AOC, the perils of "stagflation", and the risks of NATO expansion.

When we get to "This Day in History", Brian and I hash over the English Restoration of 1660, the legacy of JFK in the space race, President Lincoln's violation of Americans' habeas corpus rights, the massive economic and cultural changes in Red China since the 1970s, and the rise of the modern environmental movement and the creation of the EPA.

I guess the only question is: are there any themes that Brian and I didn't cover in this week's show?  Not many!!!




In other news, here's an insightful, intriguing analysis of where we stand economically, written by a pal o' mine.  Are things really as bleak as he says?  Darned if I know! 

Apropos of questions about the future of Joe Biden, and whether the Dems could really stomach him as their candidate again in 2024, check out this article, which explores the issue from a lefty perspective.  Progressives are starting to question -- sometimes openly -- whether Biden is their man.  I guess they're not as delusional as we thought?


AOC has had it with Elon Musk!  So much so that she's dying to ditch her Tesla...  That may seem like trivia to you, but to Tesla it could be the leading edge of a serious problem: progressives may soon stop believing that owning/driving a Tesla is cool, simply because Musk, who runs Tesla, dares to defy leftist orthodoxy on censorship.  Basically, Musk, by advocating free speech, is taking a "reputational risk", and Tesla may suffer because of it.  Of course, all this makes Musk's bravery even more praiseworthy! 

Finally, Beto O'Rourke recently heckled the Governor of Texas in the aftermath of the school massacre in Uvalde.  The Governor was nonplussed, but the Mayor of Uvalde was apoplectic, and frankly I don't blame him.  Beto is the lowest of the low.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Dangerous Decade


Friends, my latest article is a tour de force of historical analysis, according to authorities no less respected -- nay, adored --!  I argue that, so far, commentators are suggesting that we could experience in the 2020s something akin to the "stagflation" of the 1970s.  Well, duh!  I go further and suggest that we could experience some of the same financial/fiscal turbulence, combined with high food and energy prices, triggering mammoth levels of political instability on a global scale.  See if you're convinced by my arguments...

Are We in For a Bumpy Ride in the 2020s?

Many talking heads have made comparisons between the inflation and decelerating economic growth we face now, and similar conditions of “stagflation” that beset the West and the world in the 1970s. Few have contemplated the full range of potential consequences of these economic headwinds, however, besides the obvious: the party out of power, i.e. the GOP, is likely to benefit in the short term by a simple process of electoral elimination.

The 2020s are starting to look like the 1970s in several other important respects, however, and these may prove determinative not just of partisan success or failure, but of more fundamental issues like global security, prosperity (or the lack thereof), and the degree to which democratic norms and institutions are respected and upheld.

In purely economic terms, broad-based inflation and slow economic growth were only part of what made the 1970s so challenging. The decade also saw much instability in commodity prices (and not just oil), which was highly injurious to the economic performance of many “Third World” countries, and contributed to a debt crisis that hamstrung these developing countries well into the 21st century. In some cases, the aftershocks are still being felt today.

Likewise, commodity prices have seesawed in recent years, partly because of the global COVID pandemic, which produced wild fluctuations in demand. This, in turn, coupled with higher inflation and higher interest rates, threatens to make government finances untenable once again, but not just in the developing world. OECD countries are also treading on thin financial ice.

Imagine, for instance, a fiscal environment in the 2020s in which interest rates rise to 10% – a not entirely absurd hypothetical, given that current inflation levels in the U.S. are touching double figures. In that case, for the U.S. federal government to service our national debt, which approaches $30 trillion, it would have to commit $3 trillion/year just to making interest payments.

To put this in context, the entire annual budget of the federal government for 2023 is expected to amount to $5.7 trillion. In other words, it is conceivable, if not yet likely, that the U.S. government, and other Western governments, could soon be called upon to spend most of their public funds servicing their considerable debts. Needless to say, this would make sustaining normal public spending on social services, defense, and other important priorities impossible – unless, of course, such governments were to print money (or “add liquidity”) even more wildly than they did during the recent pandemic, which in turn would make inflation and interest rates even worse.

In short, like in the 1970s, in our own decade many world governments could face fiscal and debt crises. Unlike in the 70s, though, Western, developed countries are carrying much higher debt loads, and public spending is generally higher as well, meaning there is less fiscal cushion and more exposure to the risk of a serious financial emergency, up to and including default, which, we can only assume, would produce in turn a depression equal or greater in terms of severity to the one seen in Greece in the wake of that country's sovereign debt crisis, which began in 2009. Greece saw its GDP plummet by at least 25%, a worse performance than in the U.S. during the Great Depression.

It is also worth recalling, though, that the economic turmoil of the 1970s helped to produce alarming levels of political instability. The incidence of coups, civil wars, and mass unrest surged in the 70s, leading to such political sea changes as the Soweto Uprising in South Africa, the reign of terror of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, and the Iranian Revolution.

One has to wonder, therefore, whether the “stagflation” of 2022, which may or may not persist, coupled with higher energy prices and food insecurity, both of which have been exacerbated by the Russia-Ukraine war, could trigger similar episodes of violence, instability, or even regime changes in certain countries. If so, Western governments, battered by their own internal problems and by severe fiscal restraints, could struggle to respond effectively to the upsurging forces of chaos. That they might be distracted in such attempts by the exigences of a new “Cold War” between NATO and Russia might make the successful management of these challenges even harder.

In short, the 1970s were a time of grave uncertainty, and an era in which the West skirted not just a profound sense of “malaise”, but also a host of real and very serious economic, political, and strategic challenges – challenges formidable enough that they could have upended the global order. Instead, we powered through the vexations of the 70s, conquered high inflation and high interest rates, won the Cold War, and ushered in a prolonged era of price stability, economic growth, low levels of military conflict, and widespread democratization.

All of these achievements are now hanging by a thread – even the West's victory in the Cold War, which seemed settled and permanent. The decade of the 2020s, moreover, could be every bit as challenging as the 1970s, but with one crucial difference: this time, the U.S., and the West, may not have the fiscal resources, or the political unity, to navigate these troubled waters as successfully as before.

The danger, therefore, is that, by the time the 2020s are over, analysts will find that comparisons to the 1970s have grown stale, and that the tests we face are actually on a scale not seen since the 1930s. And, needless to say, when the experts start wheeling out the decade that gave us Hitlerism and Stalinism, we'll know we're in trouble!

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 American Greatness: 




In other news, Sleepy Joe has done it again: he's overstated America's willingness to intervene in foreign conflicts, potentially provoking our enemies and endangering our national security.  And, once again, his own underlings have had to walk back his ramblings. 

Finally, here's an informative poll that reveals why the Biden Administration may have decided to pull the plug on its own "Disinformation Board": in a nutshell, only Democrats were inclined to trust anything it said.  Of course, that never bothered Biden and Co. before, so why now?

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Left's Betrayal of Black Americans


Friends, it's a point that has been made before, but it ought to be made again and again: when the Left and the Democrats attack the police and undermine our system of justice and the rule of law, they leave all of us vulnerable, but inevitably some more so than others.  The demographic category that has suffered the most from de-policing, bail reform, and the refusal of left-wing prosecutors to do their jobs is, of course, black Americans.  For many of our black fellow citizens, therefore, concerns about crime and violence have become more pressing than ever.  I would remind every Republican politician in the country that this represents an opportunity area for the GOP.  Black Americans have a fierce hunger for justice, safety, and public order.  The Democrats are temperamentally and ideologically incapable of satisfying this hunger.  It's about time we on the right stepped up to the plate!


Could a global food shortage be on the horizon, caused, in part, by disruptions resulting from the Russia-Ukraine war?  It appears so.  Many are blaming Putin, but the truth is that our massive arms shipments to Ukraine aren't designed to achieve peace and prosperity ASAP.  On the contrary, they are much more likely to prolong and intensify the suffering and carnage.  The result, in any case, could be instability, caused by food insecurity, all over the globe, with political ramifications we can only guess at.  To put it another way, the mess we've helped to create in Ukraine is probably going to foster equal or greater messes elsewhere in the world. 

Republican voters seem to favor Donald Trump over Ron DeSantis as a potential presidential standard-bearer in 2024, but in at least one "unscientific" straw poll, that pecking order has been turned on its head.  Are Republicans really turning against DJT?  Is DeSantis's star rising?  Would Trump and DeSantis be foolish enough to target, and potentially destroy, one another?  For the sake of the GOP and the nation, I hope the answer is no.

Friday, May 20, 2022

The 70s Are Back...With a Vengeance!


Friends, Niall Ferguson is a thoughtful, insightful fellow -- he kinda reminds me of myself -- so it's no surprise that I highly recommend his article about how our current predicament tracks in certain intriguing ways with the broad-based "malaise" of the 1970s.  He sees a recession in our future, possibly a deep one, although not until 2023.  Could our present downturn be just a foretaste?  Let's wait and see (I mean, what's the alternative?)...


It's dangerous to allow ourselves to get too giddy about Republican prospects in November, but this article suggests that, based on one important metric, the GOP is very well positioned, indeed.  Take it for what it's worth. 

Finally, the war in Ukraine doesn't appear to be headed for a speedy resolution, but one chapter has finally come to a close: resistance at the Azovstal steel facility is kaput.  It will be fascinating to see how the conflict takes shape in the weeks and months ahead.  Obviously, the fate of the Ukrainian people hangs in the balance, but so, in a very real sense, does the fate of the world.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Nordic Nemesis?


Friends, it seems like the Russians just got done chasing those imperialistic Swedes out of their backyard, and now they're back!  Okay, sure -- the Swedes haven't been a major military power since the beginning of the 18th century, but, when those Aryan Supermen put their mind to something, there's no telling how much damage they can do!  Just ask the guy with the funny mustache.  Adolf...something.  Look him up.

In all seriousness, the accession of Sweden and Finland into NATO, if it happens, is a game-changing development in terms of the broad sweep of European history, and it won't give the Russians a warm,. fuzzy feeling either.  This is just one of the topics that Brian and I cover in this week's edition of the Newsmaker Show.  Brian and I also talk about Elon Musk's brash declaration that he might, this Fall, vote Republican...for the first time in his life.  We also cover the fallout from Tuesday's primaries, where we stand in a potential Trump candidacy in '24, the prospects for a recession in the next few months and how that could play out politically, the remarkably short lifespan of the Biden Administration's bureau of "disinformation", and the "ultra MAGA" canard now featuring so prominently in the Democrats' talking points.

When we get to "This Day in History", Brian and I talk about the (failed) pro-democracy movement in China in 1989, and how it laid the groundwork for the collapse of communism elsewhere; the significance of D-Day in Allied strategy in WWII; and the curious 1967 agreement to prohibit the deployment of nuclear weapons in outer space, and where we stand with "missile defense" now.

Man, oh man!  This is quite a show, people.  Maybe the best radio show ever taped?  I dunno.  I might be biased...

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

MAGA Monsters


Friends, my latest article is about to hit the digital presses, and as usual you get a sneak peek.  The topic is Biden and the Dems' new attack line against the GOP: we're all "ultra MAGA" fanatics, apparently.  Ultra MAGA?  Really?  That's the best you can do?  Apparently so.  I let the Dems have it for this lame tagline.

If “Ultra MAGA” is the Best the Dems Can Do, the GOP is in Great Shape!

Recently, Dear Leader Joseph R. Biden of the People's Republic of America coined a new epithet, aimed squarely at the slavering, hate-filled right-wing fanatics who still dare to oppose him (that's you and me, in other words): “ultra MAGA”. According to Biden, you can easily tell who's “ultra MAGA”, because we're invariably “petty”, “mean-spirited”, “extreme”, and “beyond the pale”.

Yup, that's me, all right! You too? You have to hand it to ole Sleepy Joe: he's got us pegged. His incisive intellect is matched only by his biting wit. They're a perfect match, as a matter of fact, insofar as both are microscopic.

The Washington Post reveals that President Biden's latest rhetorical tack – his broadsides at the “ultra MAGA” crowd – are the result of six months' worth of furious political consulting and poll-testing. Apparently, according to the pollsters, most swing voters don't care for the term “MAGA”. They associate it with the worst features and excesses of Trumpism. Granted, Trump isn't on the ballot in 2022, but the Dems are increasingly finding themselves nostalgic for the days when he was. I mean, what's the alternative? Run on their record? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Also, ha.

To this end, Biden and his cronies have made the decision to go negative, and hard, in the months leading up to the midterm elections. They were relying, heretofore, on the “startling” revelations from the January 6th committee/star chamber to render all Republicans unelectable (and probably incarcerated) long before the midterms took place. Well, that gambit isn't paying off, at least if the polls can be trusted. Ergo, the best minds of the Democratic Party – all 1.6 of them – had to be refocused on the urgent task of “rebranding” the GOP, yet again, in some monumentally menacing way. And – voila! – “ultra MAGA” was born.

Part of the genius of this line of attack is its sheer meaninglessness. What specific views or positions make one “ultra MAGA”? It could be anything: questioning climate change, opposing race preferences, wanting a secure southern border, objecting when someone mugs you, demurring at the possibility of nuclear war with Russia, proposing tax cuts, proposing tax increases, not wearing a mask, wearing a red hat, singing the national anthem (unironically), owning a gun, owning a car that runs on gasoline, or just knowing what a “woman” is, and whether you are one. Yes, the “ultra MAGA” put-down is serviceable against any and all enemies of “democracy”, which, as we all know by now, means those who oppose and/or criticize the Democratic Party.

But that's not all! Oh, not by a long shot. I am in a position to give you a sneak peek into Phase Two of the Dems' brilliantly-conceived rhetorical offensive against the New Fascism, sometimes erroneously referred to as “conservatism”. Once the “ultra MAGA” label becomes tiresome – so, right – the Dems plan to roll out their really big guns.

Has anyone ever called you an “ultra Nazi” for proposing that all races should be treated the same? Have you ever participated in an “ultra insurrection”? (That's an insurrection in which more than zero people remember to bring guns.) Have any of your posts on social media ever been flagged or removed because you committed “ultra hate”? Well, get ready, because all the things that you so regularly do, say, and think, which used to be just “bad”, are about to become...ULTRA bad!!! Take that!

What's even more worrying, though, is that these propaganda geniuses are rumored to be toying with the ultimate weapon of electioneering: the word “very”. Don't be shocked, therefore, if, by early November, someone accosts you on the street and accuses you, due to your American flag lapel pin, of being a “very ultra MAGA hyper terrorist”!

No doubt your feelings will be hurt, but, when the election returns come in, I confidently predict that you'll be feeling much better.

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 World Net Daily: 




But that's not all!  Not by a long shot.  There's a ton of fascinating stories in the news today.  For instance, Dear Leader Biden visited Buffalo, NY, in order to make some political capital off of the horrifying supermarket massacre that recently occurred there.  One of Biden's signature lines: " We have to refuse to live in a country where fear and lies are packaged for power and for profit."  I couldn't agree more!  Step one: the Democratic Party should stop lying to black people about the omnipresence of racism and "white supremacy" in this country -- a strategy that is designed to terrorize blacks, and all people of color, into voting blue as though their very lives depended on it.  Biden, however, clearly doesn't see how his own words indict him and his fellow Democrats.  What else is new?


In transgender news, a Republican Senator was booed for making reference to the fact that there are only two biological sexes -- imagine the cheek!  It's the tone of this article that really gets my goat, though.  It's so lopsided in its toadying to the trans agenda that it's not even funny.  For instance, it refers to sex change operations, carried out on minors, as "gender-affirming care"!  Now that takes the cake, doesn't it? 

In Fairfax County, Virginia, elementary school students can apparently be hauled off in chains for "misgendering" their classmates, i.e. labeling them, in gender terms, the way God intended.


Elon Musk says it's possible that he's never voted for a Republican before -- you'd think he'd know, one way or the other -- but he intends to do so this fall.  Well, that's good, and it's a sign that the momentum has swung our way, but it's also a reminder that Musk is not "one of us".  Don't be surprised if he drifts back into the lefty camp after the November elections.  I would be shocked, moreover, if he supported Trump in 2024. 

In my home state of New York, it looks like the court-drawn Congressional maps that may well be imposed, nullifying the deep blue gerrymander that Hochul and pals tried to foist on us, would be a massive improvement from a Republican perspective, and could shift a bunch of seats to the GOP.  And, really, why shouldn't a significant number of Republicans represent the people of New York in D.C.?  Sure, we're a minority here, but a large one.  We deserve a voice too!


I've written before about how California judges are striking down laws passed by the legislature that endorse racial quotas.  Well, another judge is saying "No way, José!" to gender-based quotas, too.  Kudos to the Golden State's judiciary, which is proving far more judicious than I would have expected! 

Finally, before we congratulate ourselves for strangling the Russian economy with sanctions, we might want to consider the fact that the present hostilities have contributed to a massive increase in energy prices, and the Russians are one of the world's biggest exporters of energy.  So...guess who's making out like a bandit?  Putin -- that's who!  All that oil and natural gas money will buy a lot of missiles, I'd wager, so don't count those Russkies out just yet.