Thursday, June 30, 2022

NATO on the Warpath?


Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show -- how you must have missed my weekly appearances! -- covers a lot of ground, as per usual.  Brian and I consider NATO's moves to expand its membership and shore up the defenses of Eastern Europe.  I argue that the "permanent" deployment of several hundred U.S. troops in Poland is merely symbolic, but the accession of Sweden and Finland into NATO is historic and will set off alarm bells in the Kremlin.  You can argue that the Russkies have only themselves to blame.  Be that as it may, further deterioration in Western-Russian relations seems assured.

In addition, Brian and I talk about the recent primaries, including the widely anticipated win for Lee Zeldin in New York, the neverending clown show that is the January 6th committee, and the true significance of the recent landmark Supreme Court decisions.

When we turn to "This Day in History", we cover the phenomenon of "defections" from East to West during the Cold War, the frequency of Soviet space disasters (and the fact that they were invariably covered up), and the political/strategic calculus behind Hitler's famous "Night of the Long Knives".

Oh, mama!  You don't want to miss this one.  Tune in today!

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: