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Friday, June 14, 2024

Not Your Average Joe

 


Friends, if you're like most people who read this blog, you view Joseph R. Biden as something of a walking joke -- a senile has-been who couldn't govern his way out of a wet paper bag.  Well, that may be so, but my latest article argues that, if you want Trump to prevail in November, you might want to root for ole Sleepy Joe in the first presidential debate on June 27th.  Why on Earth would I do that, you ask?  Read on and find out...

 

 

Run, Sleepy Joe, Run!


With the first and presumptively most important presidential debate coming up in less than two weeks, many Republicans and conservatives are exultant. Their candidate, Donald Trump, has enjoyed a consistent if small lead in the polls, especially in those that most accurately reflect the true nature of the race – by allowing voters to choose between Trump, Biden, Kennedy, West, and Stein. Trump's advantage hasn't been dented by a wide-ranging campaign of lawfare, up to and including his recent felony convictions in New York City. Many Trumpers expect the first debate to consolidate Trump's dominance – mainly because they take it for granted that Biden's senility will be laid bare. From that point on, they assume, Trump will be on a secure glidepath to a second term.

Much of this logic is sound, but the last part – the idea that a poor debate performance by Biden will cement Trump's status as the frontrunner – is dangerously naive. Trump is currently ahead, and has been ahead more or less since the campaign began, but this advantage, if one digs deeply into polling data, does not necessarily reflect any particular strength on Trump's part. His favorable ratings, and the percentage of Americans who say they will vote for him, are not significantly changed from 2020, when he lost by more than four points. At this same point in the race in 2020, in the RealClearPolitics average of head-to-head polls, Trump was receiving around 42% of the vote. Today, he is receiving roughly 45%. That's a significant difference, but hardly an earth-shattering one. Joe Biden, by contrast, was receiving 50% of the vote in 2020, versus less than 45% now. In a five-way race, Biden currently receives under 40% – an extraordinarily weak performance for a sitting president. The lesson here is that Trump's dominance at this stage of the race is mostly a factor of Biden's unpopularity, and the divided field of candidates, rather than Trump's own appeal.

But why, then, would a flawed debate performance by Joe Biden not serve to improve Trump's prospects of victory still further? That's simple: because Trump's chances of victory rely on the assumption that his main opponent is, and will be, Joe Biden. While it would be difficult, and maybe even excruciating, for Democrats to pull the plug on Biden's reelection bid and choose another candidate, it is far from impossible, especially before the nomination has been officially bestowed on Biden at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August. A different Democratic candidate, needless to say, would upend the presidential race entirely, and this would threaten Trump's primacy by injecting new blood into the contest. No one can say whether the Democrats could find themselves a dream candidate, but at the very least they could find one who wasn't burdened by all of Joe Biden's baggage, and who wasn't obliged to defend the status quo, which so many Americans find repugnant.

If, therefore, Trump's likelihood of winning in 2024 depends on Democrats sticking to their guns and following Joe Biden like lemmings over the abyss, then the best way to ensure that they do so is to hope that Biden puts in a performance in the first debate that will be judged...satisfactory. That debate is, and will be seen as, the greatest and most important test of Biden's political viability before the Democratic National Convention. If he passes it, he will most definitely be the Democrats' nominee. If he trips up modestly, Democrats will probably still be stuck with him. If, however, he crashes and burns, as so many Republicans and conservatives seem to expect he will, and hope he will, then it would be shocking if Democratic Party elders, along with members of the Biden family, did not take Sleepy Joe aside and explain to him that the time to retire gracefully is now. And, in that case, the modest lead that Trump has built – over one of the least popular presidents in modern history – could evaporate overnight.

Elementary political logic dictates that the candidate who is ahead in any race should do everything in his power to ensure that the dynamics that helped to craft his advantage should be left as undisturbed as possible, and he should hope that nothing dramatic or even interesting happens in the course of the campaign to change voters' minds. A mediocre debate performance by both candidates on June 27th, or a debate that surprises and excites no one, would be entirely to Trump's advantage. Thus, while it may appear highly ironic, those Americans who sincerely wish for a second Trump term would be well-advised to hope and pray for a reasonably solid debate performance by none other than Joe Biden. Such a result would keep Biden's struggling campaign on life support – but decidedly alive – and that is exactly where Republicans, conservatives, and Trumpers should want it.


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/2024/06/14/run-sleepy-joe-run-n2640460

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Walls Work!

 


Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show reflects on President Reagan's bold speech in Berlin in June 1987, when he challenged the Soviet leader to "tear down" the Berlin Wall.  Such a suggestion seemed far-fetched at the time, but just two years later -- presto!  Down the Wall came!  Maybe Reagan was clairvoyant.  Maybe he was a great statesman.  Maybe he was just plain lucky.  Be all that as it may, he said what he said, and the Russkies did what they did, and the rest is history.  Speaking of which, Brian and I also reflect on the recent anniversary of the D-Day landings, and the fact that so few WWII veterans are left to partake in these remembrances.  We also look back on the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush.

 

When we turn to current events, Brian and I ponder the political impact (or lack thereof) of the Trump and Hunter Biden guilty verdicts, whether a Trump victory in November would unleash an almighty "bloodbath" and a campaign of vengeance, the fallout from the recent E.U. elections, and the travails of Nigel Farage and his Reform Party in the U.K.  It's a milkshake a minute in British politics!  Never a dull moment.


Please do listen in when you get a chance.  You won't be disappointed!


https://wlea.net/newsmaker-june-12-2024-dr-nick-waddy/

 

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In other news, while Joe Biden has publicly ruled out pardoning his son Hunter, a commutation of his sentence might still allow Daddy's boy to escape meaningful consequences for his actions.  It would be a miracle if Hunter ever went to prison, believe me!  Even aside from the fact that Sleepy Joe obviously loves his son, he needs to stay on his good side, as the Bidens can most easily escape justice for any crimes related to their influence peddling if they stick together.

 

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/06/12/report-joe-biden-says-hunter-is-victim-of-weaponized-system-of-justice/ 


North Dakota has passed a law applying age limits to its federal representatives, i.e. its Senators and its member of the House of Representatives.  Such a law is very unlikely to be upheld by the federal courts, however, so get used to octogenarians telling you what to do!


https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/06/12/north-dakota-becomes-first-state-to-enact-age-limits-on-federal-lawmakers/

 

Finally, the post-verdict polls continue to pile up, and there's just no evidence that everyone's favorite "convicted felon" has taken a tumble.  Quite the contrary -- Trump remains in the driver's seat.

 

https://www.breitbart.com/2024-election/2024/06/12/national-polls-donald-trump-leads-joe-biden-post-conviction/ 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Guilty...of Being a Great Son!

 


Friends, according to Papa Biden, a.k.a. "the Big Guy", the key takeaway from Hunter Biden's guilty verdict -- he's now a "convicted felon", and we know how seriously the Left takes that moniker -- is that Hunter is a wonderful guy, whose victory over addiction should inspire us all...  Well, that's certainly one way to look at it.  From my own perspective, it's extraordinary that a Delaware jury would convict the president's son, when even Dr. Jill was in the room to make it clear that Hunter has the full support of the Biden clan.  Nevertheless, perhaps this conviction was just what the doctor ordered for the Dems, since it gives the U.S. "justice system" a fig leaf to hide its nakedness behind, and, after all, there's not a chance in heck that Hunter is going to jail.  His dear old Dad certainly won't allow that.  All in all, I expect the political impact to be close to nil, although Hunter's trial for tax evasion might be more consequential, because that hits closer to home, i.e. it involves the family influence peddling business, of which Sleepy Joe is a very big part.


https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c044xmnm574o

 

In other news, leftists really, really hate Nigel Farage, and they seem to enjoy throwing things at him.  So far, those things don't include anything lethal, but the election campaign is just getting started in the U.K., so don't rule anything out.  One has to wonder whether DJT will get pelted by irate progressives in the course of our own campaign.  Can't happen, you say?  When Trump was president, I attended a Trump rally, and I easily got within hurling distance of the Commander-in-Chief.  I, of course, am a model citizen who would never milkshake, or assassinate, anyone, but not everyone possesses my admirable restraint!

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cmjj1n030djo 

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Don't Get Mad -- Get Even?

 


Friends, the leftist media is full of stories about what a threat to "democracy" Trump is, and how he plans to use his second term to seek vengeance against his enemies.  Funny thing is, quite a few Trumpers are hoping all this is true: they want Trump to settle scores, put lefties in their place, and drive a stake through the heart of the Democratic Party, from which it will never recover.  As Trump himself recently said, "sometimes revenge can be justified".  Well, sure.  Sometimes one man's "revenge" is another man's "justice".  Isn't putting someone in jail for a past crime justified in part by a desire to make them pay for their misdeeds, by a sense that the scales of justice need to be rebalanced by limiting the guilty party's rights and making them suffer...for a legitimate purpose?  

 

By and large, if you ask me, all this talk of "revenge" is hot air.  The president, by himself, doesn't have much power to make anyone's life difficult.  He would require the active connivance of prosecutors, bureaucrats, law enforcement officials, and others to execute his revenge fantasies, and what are the chances that Trump would find many confederates within the federal goverment that would be prepared to assist him in bringing Democrats to their knees?  Of course, as lefties like to point out, just because Trump failed to "lock her up" in his first term, or to hurt a single leftist except in an emotional sense, that doesn't mean he won't exact retribution in Act Two...  

 

In the end, what matters most is perception.  If the Dems can convince most voters that Trump is unhinged and vengeful, they can reduce his chances of victory.  Moreover, if Biden and his cronies can convince enough powerful establishment types that Trump represents an existential threat to their power base, and possibly their lives, they might be able to justify even more unorthodox methods designed to stymie him.  "Lawfare" may look quaint and restrained in a few weeks, or a few months, if leftists take seriously their own rhetoric about Trump.  As I've said before, what means would not be justified to stop Trump, if half the things progressives said about him were true?  I mean, even if he's only a demi-Hitler, surely canceling an election, or mobilizing an assassin, would be the right thing to do to forestall his reign of terror, no?  Food for thought.  

 

It's important to remember that Trump-haters live in a different universe, for all intents and purposes, and they inhabit a completely different headspace than we do.  Thus, their claims and their actions, which often seem paranoid and profoundly irrational to us, will seem utterly commonsensical to them.  In short, then, expect the unexpected, and don't be surprised if whatever norms remain intact in American politics as I write this post are thrown out the window before this election season is over.


https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/06/09/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-fears-trump-will-throw-her-in-jail-if-he-wins/

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/06/us/politics/trump-retribution-revenge-democrats.html 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

The Longest Daze

 


Friends, as you may have heard, the 80th anniversary of the Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France was marked today by the oldest American president of all time, who heroically remained upright and semi-coherent as he lauded the courage of the few WWII veterans who remain.  He also exploited the opportunity to gin up support for his catastrophic Ukraine policy, and to suggest that anyone who opposes it is basically letting the Nazis win (which is, ironically, exactly the sort of thing that Vladimir Putin would say about his policy).  It was, as one would expect, a conclave of globalists, congratulating themselves on their wisdom and moral superiority, and glossing over the immense differences between the challenges posed by Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, and imperial Japan, all those years ago, and the conundrums posed by a flagging Russia and a surging People's Republic of China today.  Be all that as it may, we at WaddyIsRight tip our hats to all the brave men who fought in World War II, and especially to the millions of them who lay down their lives in service to their countries.  The Second World War was so much more than a didactic tool.  It was, above all, a humanitarian calamity, from which no one but the Grim Reaper emerged an unalloyed victor.


https://www.wsj.com/world/europe/biden-joins-allies-to-remember-d-day-landings-in-a-turbulent-world-7296dd13?mod=hp_lead_pos9

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

What Might Have Been

 

 

Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show considers the tantalizing "What If" of a world in which RFK (Sr.) was not assassinated in June 1968.  Kennedy romantics no doubt assume that their boy would have done a far better job of running the country, and managing the Cold War, than, say, Richard M. Nixon.  Who can say?  What we know for sure is that sometimes a lone assassin gets a more decisive voice in history than do tens of millions of American voters, and that's a crying shame.


Brian and I also consider the political fallout from the Trump trial verdict, the uninspiring nature of the two major candidates for the office of P.M. in Britain's upcoming general election, the curious logic behind the West's aggressive strategy in Ukraine, our two-tier system of justice, from which the likes of Hunter Biden benefit, the significance of Joe Biden's "tough" new policy at the southern border, and the apotheosis of President Ronald Reagan.


It's a fine show, and listening in will be the highlight of your day -- and on that you have the WaddyIsRight guarantee!


https://wlea.net/newsmaker-june-5-2024-dr-nicholas-waddy/

 

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In other news, Boeing finally notched a win, and NASA secured the secondary option for manned spaceflight that it's been pining for, as the Starliner soared heavenward, after interminable delays.  Kudos to Boeing, and may this success serve to reinvigorate our efforts to return to the Moon and journey onward to Mars.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cl4481nz4x6o 


Boris Johnson, the Conservative former P.M. of the United Kingdom who was ousted by his fellow "conservatives", is sounding off on the Trump verdict, and he sees right through the Dems' strategy of lawfare.  He argues that Trump's felony convictions will help him win.  I disagree.  The evidence so far indicates that they will have little or no effect on the overall dynamics of the race.  It was already Trump's race to lose, and it remains so.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-13480329/BORIS-JOHNSON-liberal-hit-job-political-Trump-victory-likely.html

 

Finally, I had no idea that there was a big political battle taking place in the state of Texas over the issue of school choice.  In case you didn't know, in red states massive strides have been made in recent years in giving parents more options re: where their kids go to school, or if they go to school -- homeschooling has of course become a much more viable alternative.  I've long believed that, if we want to save Western Civilization, Christianity, and conservatism, the best thing we can do is wrest control of the next generation away from leftist teachers and public school administrators.  Finally, after sitting on our hands for decades, we're making real progress along those lines.  Thank God!!!

 

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2024/06/05/after_texas_win_school-choice_groups_eye_other_red_states_151053.html 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

A Strategic Retreat at the Southern Border

 

 

Friends, Joe Biden has decided that maybe we do have a crisis at the southern border, after all.  That is, he's read the polls and realizes that the millions of illegal immigrants streaming into the country have become a political liability, so he's suddenly prepared to give them the heave-ho.  Now, it's by no means clear that the border crackdown he announced today will be effective, but it's still strident and tough enough to attract condemnation from "pro-immigrant" activists, and maybe that's the point: to earn Sleepy Joe a little street cred as a defender of our territorial integrity.  Will anyone be fooled?  I wouldn't rule out that possibility.  Democrats are smart enough to massage their least popular policies at the margins to reduce political pressure on their candidates in an election year.  That's exactly what's happening here.  A handful of independents might be seduced by the mirage -- and a handful of independents may be all that Biden needs to win.


https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-signs-executive-order-shutting-southern-border-rcna155426

 

https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2024/06/04/joe-bidens-border-shutdown-preserves-massive-loopholes/ 


In other news, higher ed is on its back foot these days, feeling the heat from the Republican House and from parents and students who are questioning whether it's worth it to spend tens of thousands of dollars a year to receive neo-Marxist indoctrination.  A case in point: Harvard not only fired its joke of a president, but it has also reinstated standardized testing (which any progressive will tell you is inherently racist, because it doesn't yield "equitable" outcomes), and now our most elite university is even dispensing with mandatory diversity statements, which had been required of all prospective new hires.  In effect, these statements forced aspiring professors and staff to align themselves with policies of reverse discrimination, broad assumptions about "system racism", and obligatory white guilt.  You know that something big is happening when elite academic institutions backtrack in their commitment to wokeness.  Could it be that they can sense that the political and cultural winds are beginning to blow in a new direction?  Advertizers and social media companies seem to be reaching the same conclusion, and they've shelved much of their most obnoxious virtue signaling as a consequence.  Let's hope all this adds up to a real civilizational turning point.


https://www.thefp.com/p/harvard-faculty-arts-sciences-dei-statements

Sunday, June 2, 2024

More Democracy Than You Can Shake a Stick At

 


Friends, even in the USA, democracy seems to have a bit of life left in it.  Despite establishment efforts to silence and/or jail opposition leaders, there's a fighting chance that the American people might have a smidgen of input into the selection of their next president.  In that regard, the first polls to be released since the felony conviction of Republican Party presidential candidate Donald J. Trump -- in a court, and by a jury, strongly disposed to tar-and-feather him -- indicate that his popularity and electoral viability remain intact.  Most interesting!  Meanwhile, a general election in South Africa has left the ruling African National Congress bruised and battered.  With only 40% of seats in the National Assembly, the ANC will have to form a coalition to govern -- and the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, would be the obvious choice.  The problem?  Among other things, the party is led by -- gasp! -- a white man.  I can't imagine someone so debased in a position of leadership, but all things are possible...  In Mexico, it looks extremely likely that a woman will soon be the president-elect, while in India Prime Minister Modi, a Hindu nationalist, is apparently cruising to reelection.  All in all, it's encouraging to see "the people" making their voices heard.  There's naturally never any guarantee that the people will get it right, but at least they can vacillate between one extreme and another, giving the body politic a good airing from time to time.  What could be healthier than that?


https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cx99vww50y5o

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cp4475gwny1o 


https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cgllg541xmxo

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Ho-Hum

 


Friends, I know many Trumpers who watched the hush money trial in NYC had convinced themselves that DJT would be acquitted, or, at worst, there would be a hung jury.  Well, not so fast!  Turns out that having the D.A. and the presiding judge working against you, in a jurisdiction where the jury pool is inclined to hate you, is pretty bad karma, judicially speaking...  Well, as many are pointing out, the American people get the last word.  The American people and the New York State Court of Appeals, that is.  Trump's convictions could be reversed on any number of grounds.  Anyway, I'll be intrigued to hear your thoughts on these developments.  Politically, I predict that virtually nothing will change, although Trump may take a minor hit in the polls temporarily.


https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c2xx1dyd70xo

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cnll59r891xo 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Sure Thing

 


Friends, you know the Dems are in a tight spot whenever they start babbling about Michelle Obama and what a dreamboat of a presidential candidate she'd be.  Ha!  That'll be the day.  Dem doubts and wild speculation are two of the themes that Brian and I cover on this week's Nerwsmaker Show.  We also hit the precedents for censorship in American history, the Libertarian Party and its likely impact on the 2024 presidential race, whether the Dems need a fundamental change of strategy to be competitive in this cycle, and the immigration crisis in the U.K. and the declining fortunes of the Conservative Party.


Some would say it's a good show.  Believe you me, those people are underselling it!!!


https://wlea.net/newsmaker-may-29-2024-dr-nick-waddy/

 

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In other news, jury deliberations are underway in Trump's hush money trial -- or should I say his "business records" trial, because that's what's really at issue.  How will twelve not-so-average New Yorkers decide?  Your guess is as good as mine.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c033m2qdm0no 


And check out this article, which chronicles the retreat of most advertizers from wokeness.  I can see where it's coming from.  Yes, corporate America still leans left, as it has for the last several years, but it is much less demonstrably leftist than it was under Trump.  You can see this in the behavior of social media companies, too.  Not so long ago they had actually banned Trump, and many Trumpers, and were proud of the fact.  Now they're striving to be more even-handed and less controversial.  So chalk all this up as a minor right-wing victory in the culture wars.  We're getting corporate suits to think twice about wearing their neo-Marxism on their Brooks Brothers sleeves -- and that's a good thing.


https://www.vox.com/culture/351890/your-favorite-brand-no-longer-cares-about-being-woke

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Abandon Ship! Captain Pike Has the Conn

 


Friends, it's amusing to see the levels of terror steadily rising on the Left.  Or, it would be amusing if it wasn't also so terrifying.  After all, a cornered animal is a dangerous one.  I'm referring, of course, to the growing realization among Democrats that their man, Sleepy Joe, is behind -- to Beelzebub, no less!  This article doesn't mention the possibility of jettisoning old Joe, but read between the lines and it's what every Dem is thinking to himself.


https://www.politico.com/news/2024/05/28/democrats-freakout-over-biden-00160047

 

In other news, did you know that criminals aren't criminals anymore?  Oh no.  The new, more P.C. term for those who murder, rape, steal, and jaywalk is..."justice-impacted individuals".  What a great turn of phrase, huh?  Even the left-wing Chicago Tribune knows this Orwellian verbiage won't go over well.

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/editorial-justice-impacted-individual-doublethink-100000509.html 


Finally, while you may have heard nothing about it, there's an election coming up...in South Africa!  The African National Congress, Nelson Mandela's party, has been in firm control of the country since 1994, but, as South Africa's problems pile up, the black population's adoration of the "freedom fighters" in the ANC has waned.  If the polls are right, the ruling party is about to see its majority eliminated, forcing it, in all probability, to form a coalition in order to govern.  Let's hope that means the country will get slightly more competent, slightly less corrupt, leadership going forward.  There's always hope!


https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/crgg2neyr65o

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/south-africas-anc-support-around-42-days-before-election-poll-finds-2024-05-28/ 

Monday, May 27, 2024

Bang, Bang -- You're Broke!

 


Friends, believe it or not, it's not politicians who are bringing common sense Americans to their knees, or moviemakers, or pop stars, or schoolteachers, or bureaucrats.  No, Enemy Number One isn't any of these.  It's...lawyers.  Most of the time, it isn't the threat of force or jail that humbles average people.  It's the threat of legal action, including the possibility of being sued.  "Liability" is the buzzword that every businessman fears most, and ordinary citizens aren't far behind, and for good reason, as a simple lawsuit can do more than ruin your day -- it can ruin your life.  The Left, of course, has picked up on this fact, and they've won over the vast majority of trial lawyers to their side, and increasingly they're enlisting them in a no-holds-barred offensive against the Constitution (as written), democratic pluralism, free speech, gun ownership, the internal combustion engine, masculinity -- you name it!  They're slowly winning the battle, too.  Time and again, conservatives raise the white flag before the fight is even joined.  That's because most of us would rather submit to the dictates of wokeness than risk our lives and livelihoods in mortal judicial combat.  And who can blame us?


A case in point is the recent lawsuit lodged against Meta, Activision, and Daniel Defense by the families of those killed by Salvador Ramos at Ross Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.  I wrote about this on Saturday, but I've turned that blogpost into a full-blown article, as you'll see below.  Enjoy, and let me know your thoughts...


The Blame Game in Uvalde Has Gotten Out of Hand


Before 2022, few people had heard of Uvalde, Texas. To those who had, it was best known as the birthplace of singer and actress Dale Evans, as well as Hollywood heartthrob Matthew McConaughey.

Now, it's also the birthplace of a massive lawsuit against Meta, the parent company of Facebook; Activision, a video game producer; and a gunmaker, Daniel Defense. You can guess the reason.

A Uvalde resident and former student, aged 18, shot up Robb Elementary School and killed 19 children and 2 teachers there on May 24th, 2022. The lawsuit alleges that Meta, Activision, and Daniel Defense have been "grooming...socially vulnerable" boys and young men by promoting first-person shooter video games and gun ownership, and these companies are therefore legally and financially responsible for the carnage at Robb Elementary.

Salvador Ramos, the perpetrator, was indeed a frequent user of Instagram, which is owned by Meta. He played "Call of Duty", which is a combat-based video game released by Activision and enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. He also bought a rifle, a DDM4V7, from Daniel Defense mere minutes after his 18th birthday. None of this is in dispute.

Now, reasonable people may question why so many young people (and not-so-young people) are obsessed with social media. They may question why so many boys and young men are spending so much time shooting fake people in virtual combat. They may also question the degree of access to firearms that ordinary citizens, especially between the ages of 18 and 21, should have.

Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that using social media, playing video games, and owning guns are all completely legal, acceptable, and even normal activities for American adults. Neither separately nor in combination do they routinely add up to tragedy and bloodshed. This lawsuit is therefore riddled with logical and legal fallacies, and it ought therefore to be dismissed out of hand.

First off, why not sue Ramos himself, or his parents, who are, quite obviously, much more directly responsible for this tragedy than Meta, Activision, or Daniel Defense?

The question answers itself: Ramos died at the scene, and no big cash payout can be had from his estate, or from his penniless family members.

Second, why should the deaths of 21 people, however horrific and avoidable, become a pretext for taking away the rights of hundreds of millions of Americans who bear no responsibility for the actions of Salvador Ramos? And, if taking away our rights is not the object of the lawsuit, how would the transfer of millions of dollars to the victims' families honor those victims or atone for their deaths?

One of the most odious features of modern American society is our monetization and commodification of suffering and victimhood. We put on a pedestal almost anyone who can make a case that they are aggrieved, and we shower the disadvantaged and downtrodden with preferments, praise, and payoffs. It's frankly disgusting, and, when it's done on the behalf of those who have died, it debases their memory. Indeed, it turns them and their legacy into a means to an end, and the end in sight is almost always...money. It's stomach-turning, if we're to be honest.

Now, it's extremely unlikely that any of these companies will ever pay a cent because of these lawsuits, and nor should they, but, even if they did, how would this serve the greater good? Does anyone think that violent video games, or TV shows, or movies, or songs, are going to disappear? Does anyone think that "AR-15 style" guns (whatever those are!) will wink out of existence because a bunch of trial lawyers start keening about it? Heck, no!

At most, the Uvalde victims' relatives (and their stable of lawyers) will get rich because of these lawsuits, and the companies in question may add little disclaimers to their products: "WARNING: Shooting actual people, as opposed to avatars, may violate our community standards." Otherwise, Americans' fascination with, and unhealthy proclivity for, violence will continue.

If you ask me, the true causes of incidents like the shooting in Uvalde aren't social media applications, or video games, or guns. What's really behind the phenomenon of mass shootings is human frailty and pure evil, exacerbated by atrocious parenting and a culture of entitlement and egoism.

This boy, Salvador Ramos, felt that nothing in the world mattered except his suffering, and he decided to take it out on anyone and everyone, without any concern for their lives and dignity. He's an extreme case, but a lot of modern Americans have similar attitudes about themselves, society, and other people. They feel aggrieved, and they want payback, no matter what the short- or long-term consequences may be. It's best understood as a form of vengeful narcissism run amok.

In that sense, I'm sorry to say, Salvador Ramos and the relatives of his victims may have something in common: a very modern and increasingly universal fixation on their own pain, and an indifference to the interests and views of others, and to the good of society as a whole.

What happened at Ross Elementary was appalling and unacceptable, but blaming social media companies, video game producers, and gun manufacturers makes no sense. In fact, going after these companies is part of the problem, because it deflects responsibility from Salvador Ramos, the man who pulled the trigger, and who was therefore the genuine perpetrator and evildoer.

Is that really the message that these Uvalde families want to send? That Ramos was a bit player, and, as long as Meta, Activision, and Daniel Defense pay up, justice has been done? I should hope not!


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 World Net Daily:


https://www.wnd.com/2024/05/uvalde-monetization-suffering-victimhood/

 

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In other news, the verdict in DJT's hush money trial is probably going to be forthcoming this week, and, while no one knows what the political consequences will be, the legal stakes are neatly summarized by this article.  Bottom line: Trump isn't likely to go to prison, but that was never the point anyway.  Dems want to turn Trump into a felon, because they assume that will be a political game-changer.  They may be delusional, of course.  It wouldn't be the first time!


https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/crgg4kv0682o

 

You may have heard that the Libertarians were not especially hospitable to DJT or RFK, Jr., both of whom spoke at their recent convention.  That's neither here nor there, but it turns out that the Libertarians have nominated a presidential candidate: Chase Oliver.  Does that matter?  Heck, yeah, it matters!  The election in November is likely to be close, especially in the key states, and the presence of candidates in the race besides Trump and Biden is very consequential, because they don't have to pull all that many votes to change the outcome.  Those who vote Libertarian tend to be right-leaning, so Trump will be particularly threatened by Mr. Oliver.  Buckle up, because our five-way race is about to become a six-way race!

 

 https://www.politico.com/news/2024/05/26/libertarians-reject-trump-rfk-chase-oliver-presidential-nominee-00160040

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Happy Trails No More

 


Friends, I had no idea that Uvalde, Texas was the birthplace of Dale Evans.  How about that?  It's also now the birthplace of a massive class action lawsuit against Meta, the parent company of Facebook; Activision, a video game producer; and a gunmaker, Daniel Defense.  You can guess the reason.  A Uvalde resident and former student, aged 18, shot up Robb Elementary School and killed 19 children and 2 teachers there in 2022.  The lawsuit alleges that Meta, Activsion, and Daniel Defense have been "grooming...socially vulnerable" boys and young men by promoting first-person shooter video games and gun ownership.  Salvador Ramos, the perpetrator, was indeed a fan of "Call of Duty", which is an Activision game played by millions of people all over the world.  Now, reasonable people may question why so many boys and young men are spending so much time shooting fake people in virtual combat, but the fact of the matter is that this lawsuit is riddled with flaws.  First off, why not sue Ramos himself, or his parents, who are, quite obviously, much more directly responsible for this tragedy than Meta, Activision, or Daniel Defense?  The question rather answers itself: no big cash payout can be had from a convict or his penniless family members.  Second, if you ask me, one of the most odious features of modern American society is our monetization and commodification of suffering and victimhood.  We put on a pedestal almost anyone who can make a case that they're aggrieved -- and few of us can't make that case these days -- and we shower the "disadvantaged" and downtrodden with preferments, praise, and payouts.  It's disgusting, and, when it's done on the behalf of those who have died, it debases their memory to no end.  Indeed, it turns them and their legacy into a means to an end, and the end in sight is almost always...money.  It makes my stomach turn.  Frankly, it's extremely unlikely that any of these companies will ever pay a cent because of these lawsuits, and nor should they, but even if they did how would this serve the greater good?  Does anyone think that violent video games, or TV shows, or movies, or songs, are going to disappear?  Does anyone think "AR-15 style" guns (whatever those are!) will wink out of existence because a bunch of trial lawyers start keening about it?  Heck no!  At most, the Uvalde victims' relatives will get rich (if they aren't already, given the sympathy they've generated), and the companies in question will add little disclaimers to their products: "WARNING: Shooting actual people, as opposed to avatars, may be ill-advised."  If you ask me -- and you didn't, but bear with me -- the true cause of incidents like the shooting in Uvalde isn't social media applications, or video games, or even guns.  It's human frailty, exacerbated by atrocious parenting and a culture of entitlement and egoism.  This boy felt that nothing in the world mattered except his suffering, and he decided to take it out on anyone and everyone, without any concern for their lives and dignity.  Well, he's an extreme case, but a lot of modern folks have similar attitudes about themselves, the world, and other people.  They feel aggrieved, and they want payback, no matter what the long-term consequences may be.  In that sense, I'm sorry to say, Salvador Ramos and the relatives of his victims may have something in common: a very modern and increasingly universal fixation on their own pain, and an indifference to the interests of others and of society as a whole.  I deplore these lawsuits and the rampant victimology that spawned them.


https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c8449dxw23do

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Mushy Peas

 


Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show covers much ground, as is always the case.  First, Brian and I consider the upcoming British general election, scheduled for July, which, alas, the Conservatives are very unlikely to win.  They jettisoned a populist conservative, Boris Johnson, in favor of a wishy-washy moderate, Rishi Sunak, and they're about to pay the price.  Chances of another Maggie Thatcher premiership are looking very dim.  Less than one-in-five, I would guess!  Brian and I also cover developments in the Trump trial in NYC, the state of the economy, Democratic doubts about Joe Biden, the ease with which "misinformation" can be replaced with...equally wrong but more politically palatable information, the criminalization of falsehoods, the ICC case against Netanyahu and the global scrutiny of Israel's operations in Gaza, and the running mate dilemma for Trump.


When we get to This Day in History, we look at the fascinating character that was Heinrich Himmler, and the role he played in the Nazy hierarchy.


From Trump to Himmler -- the lefties would say that our coverage of the news and history this week sticks to a pretty narrow range, but you and I know better!


https://wlea.net/newsmaker-may-23-2024-dr-nick-waddy/

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Frenemies

 


Friends, Donald Trump and Nikki Haley have a long way to go before they could be called allies, but Haley's announcement today that she will be voting for Trump is highly significant nonetheless.  It begins the process by which anti-Trump Republicans, and Trump skeptics, may be reconciled to the prospect of voting -- one more time -- for the Donald.  It was always inevitable that the vast majority of Republicans would return to the fold.  It isn't inevitable, however, that enough Republicans will vote for Trump to seal his victory and propel him back into the White House.  Haley's rhetorical approach today could be the key.  She didn't praise Trump at all.  Instead she excoriated Biden.  And all Trump needs to do to win in November, after all, is capitalize on the huge number of Americans -- red, blue, and purple -- who are against Sleepy Joe.  Bottom line: anyone who's rooting for Trump should be very heartened by these developments.


https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/ck77rvmp8xno

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Party Poopers

 


Friends, it may not be immediately apparent, but the whole thrust of lawfare isn't really the law -- it's P.R.  It's about sticking it to your enemies and making them squirm, publicly and often.  Sometimes the lefties take this to a comical extreme, as with their Gestapo raid on Rudy Giuliani's 80th birthday party to serve him his Arizona indictment for election interference.  Talk about petty!  And the glee on the faces of mainstream media commentators says it all: this isn't about "justice". It's about payback!  The only question is...who will get the last laugh?  So far this blistering campaign of lawfare has generated a lot of headlines and made liberal reporters incandescent, but it hasn't moved the political dial much, now has it?  Maybe, just maybe, the vast majority of Americans tuned out this nonsense long ago...


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13433503/rudy-giuliani-court-arizona-birthday.html

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/two-hours-mocking-arizonas-attorney-general-rudy-giuliani-served-birth-rcna152905 


In other news, the President and Foreign Minister of Iran are missing, after their helicopter mysteriously crashed.  Suspicious???  Oh yes!  I won't pretend to know the story behind it, but I bet it's a good one!


https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-middle-east-69035051?src_origin=BBCS_BBC

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Mr. Tough Guy

 


Friends, our esteemed leader, President Joe Biden, has waxed poetic on many occasions about how he'd like to give DJT a good thrashing.  Well, pretty soon he'll get his chance -- rhetorically speaking, that is.  The two upcoming debates between Sleepy Joe and the Donald will be, make no mistake, MUST SEE TV!!!  I'm highly skeptical, however, that they'll amount to a hill of beans politically.  And that, no doubt, is the point, as the Biden campaign is one big exercise in risk management, in case you haven't noticed...


Here's my latest article, which is an enhanced, expanded version of the post I made on Wednesday.  Enjoy!


False Bravado: Joe Biden is our Debater-in-Chief?


Joe Biden came out swinging this week, agreeing to face off against Donald Trump in two debates and taunting the former president. Biden claimed that he already beaten Trump in both of their debates in 2020, implying that he was confident that he could do so again. “Make my day, pal,” declared Biden, as he playfully suggested that Trump might be “free on Wednesdays” – a reference to the schedule of the Stormy Daniels hush money trial in New York City.

Despite Biden's tough talk, however, the truth is that Democrats, including key Biden confidantes, have been hedging their bets for months about whether any presidential debates would be held. Biden backers have been advising the president against debating Donald Trump – including, most recently, Nancy Pelosi. Their stated reason has generally been that Trump is a lying sack of [expletive deleted], so no self-respecting person should ever talk to him. Lurking underneath this flawless logic, however, is a burgeoning leftist contempt for all forms of dissent, as well as strong doubts about Biden's ability to go toe-to-toe with the fast-talking Trump.

Well, the people who tell Joe Biden what to say and do obviously crunched the numbers, and they decided that he simply couldn't dodge the obligation to debate his major party opponent -- not without looking like he was lily-livered and senile, that is. What Biden could do, however, and has done, is frame the debates so as to give himself maximum advantage, particularly since Trump had already declared that he would debate Biden "anytime" and "anywhere". Biden thus took up the challenge and accepted specific invitations to debate Trump in June on CNN and in September on ABC. The timing is favorable to Biden, since few people will be engaged that early in the process, and, if he stumbles, he will have plenty of time to recover before the voting starts. The venues are even more obviously favorable to Biden, since there is no such thing as a Trumper who works at CNN or ABC.

Be all that as it may, the mere fact that Biden has begrudgingly agreed to debate Trump is highly significant. There can be little doubt that the audiences for both debates will be massive, and the stakes will be, or at least will seem, high.

Then again, we should bear in mind that neither Trump nor Biden is broadly popular, and very few people do not already have extremely fixed opinions about both men. In that sense, no debate is likely to move the political dial all that much. Indeed, one could argue that no development, period, is very likely to change the election landscape, given the fact that, over the last six months, based on RealClearPolitics polling averages, in a five-way race Trump has been consistently ahead of Biden nationally, by a minimum of one and a maximum of six points. Trump has consistently held similar, if modest, leads in most of the swing states. Only a very remarkable debate indeed could shift this race out of the narrow channel through which it's been flowing for so long...or so an objective observer might conclude.

One other notable corollary to the announcement of these two debates is the effective elimination of RFK, Jr. from the lineup, which appears to please both the Trump and Biden camps. It is extremely difficult to see a third party or independent candidate breaking through and claiming victory in a presidential election, when he (or she) is denied the opportunity to appear at, and participate in, the highest profile clashes between the major candidates.

One thus has to wonder whether, in the wake of this setback, RFK, Jr. might propose a debate between the also-rans, including himself, Cornel West, and Jill Stein – or whether he might find some other, inventive way of maximizing his visibility as a candidate. If he does not, then the likely trajectory of his support in the polls will be, as both Trump and Biden seem to want, down, down, down.

And that, in the end, may be the most significant aspect of the Trump-Biden debates: their exclusion of any and all alternatives to the two least liked major party candidates in history.


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.

 

You can find it here at Townhall:

 

https://townhall.com/columnists/nicholaswaddy/2024/05/18/false-bravado-joe-biden-is-our-debater-in-chief-n2639232

 

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In other news, we're moving closer to the full House of Representatives holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt.  Gee, I wonder if the DOJ will prosecute Garland?  Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2024/may/16/house-panel-holds-attorney-general-merrick-garland/ 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Ike's Last Gasp

 


Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show reaches way, way back to 1960 to analyze President Eisenhower's failed summit meeting with Premier Khrushchev in Paris, which was scuttled by the U-2 incident and the perfidy of one Francis Gary Powers.  Who would have thought that the fate of the world, and the integrity of an elder statesman, could both be jeopardized by the unlikeliest of airborne mishaps?  Find out more in this week's broadcast.


In addition, Brian and I cover the blockbuster announcement that Joe Biden will consent to debate Donald Trump, the shocking assassination attempt against the Slovakian Prime Minister, the bold decision of the Biden Administration to apply severe sanctions against Chinese exports, the significance of recent Russian advances near Kharkov, the GOP veepstakes and the viability of Marco Rubio, and the startling appearance of a vigorous anti-Israeli movement in (of all places) the United States.

 

What does it all mean?  Simple: it means whatever I say it means!  Or at least it might...


https://wlea.net/newsmaker-may-16-dr-nick-waddy/

 

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In other news, here's a very perceptive analysis of Joe Biden's decision to debate DJT -- especially impressive because it comes from a leftist who (amazingly) acknowledges the weakness of Biden's position.

 

https://www.natesilver.net/p/what-bidens-debate-gambit-reveals 


Here's a thought-provoking exploration of the consequences of an "aging" society.  Will it be necessary to redefine our notions of education and retirement, for example, to accommodate legions of oldsters?  It may.


https://www.ft.com/content/a8f33209-3507-4364-98be-61b3bb464fbb?segmentId=b385c2ad-87ed-d8ff-aaec-0f8435cd42d9

 

Finally, it hasn't escaped my notice, and I know it hasn't escaped yours, that much leftist rhetoric involves the repurposing of elements of the English language to fit neo-Marxist ideological and political imperatives.  "Democracy" is a great example of an idea, and an institution, that has been shamelessly perverted by those who claim to love it most.

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/marxism-is-a-gulag-of-the-mind-soviet-union-campus-protests-3e7176c7?mod=opinion_feat2_commentary_pos2 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Better Early Than Never

 

Friends, for months a litany of high-profile Democrats have been advising Joe Biden not to debate Donald Trump.  Their stated reason was usually that Trump is a lying sack of [expletive deleted], so no self-respecting person should ever talk to him.  Lurking underneath this flawless logic, however, was a burgeoning leftist contempt for all forms of dissent, as well as strong doubts about Biden's ability to go toe-to-toe with the fast-talking Trump.  Well, the people who tell Joe Biden what to say and do obviously crunched the numbers, and they decided that he simply couldn't dodge the obligation to debate his major party opponent -- not without looking like he was lily-livered (and senile), that is.  What Biden could do, however, and has done, is frame the debates so as to give himself maximum advantage, particularly since Trump had already declared that he would debate Biden "anytime" and "anywhere".  Biden thus took up the challenge and accepted specific invitations to debate Trump in June on CNN and in September on ABC.  The timing is favorable to Biden, since few people will be engaged that early in the process, and, if he stumbles, he will have plenty of time to recover before the voting starts.  The venues are even more obviously favorable to Biden, since there is no such thing as a Trumper who works at CNN or ABC.  Be all that as it may, the mere fact that Biden has begrudgingly agreed to debate Trump is highly significant.  There can be little doubt that the audiences for both debates will be massive, and the stakes will be, or at least will seem, high.  Then again, we should bear in mind that neither Trump nor Biden is broadly popular, and very few people do not have extremely fixed opinions about both men.  In that sense, no debate is likely to move the political dial all that much.  Indeed, one could argue that no development, period, is very likely to change the election landscape, given the fact that, over the last six months,based on RealClearPolitics polling averages, in a five-way race, Trump has been consistently ahead of Biden nationally, by a minimum of one and a maximum of six points.  Trump has consistently held similar, if modest, leads in most of the swing states.  Only a very remarkable debate indeed could shift this race out of the narrow channel through which it's been flowing for so long...but never say never!

 

P.S.  One other notable development here is the effective elimination of RFK, Jr. from the debates, which appears to please both the Trump and Biden camps.  Will Kennedy find some other inventive way to propel himself into the public eye?  Maybe.


https://www.politico.com/news/2024/05/15/biden-proposes-2-debates-with-trump-ditching-bipartisan-commission-00158082

 

In other news, the Prime Minister of Slovakia, who some compare to DJT, has been shot by a man who, it appears, hated him because of his populist/nationalist policies.  It's a sobering reminder that all too often in history assassins are able to exercise an absolute veto over the deliberations of the electorate.  Let us hope that our own presidential election will not be affected by any such sinister violence.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cg6761ggxz1o 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

EVs, Yes -- MSG, No!

 


Friends, President Biden has made a very interesting move: he's upped (in a big way) U.S. tariffs on a range of Chinese exports.  As this article makes clear, jacking up tariffs on Chinese-made electric cars doesn't matter much, because they aren't sold here anyway, but the tariffs on batteries, semiconductors, solar cells, and the like could be much more significant.  This is a pretty broad assault on Chinese exports in what purports to be a stratagem to protect unions and union jobs.  Of course, Biden cronies assure us that all this has "nothing to do with politics" (ha!!!), but one suspects that shoring up union support is mighty important to a Democratic president who is languishing in the polls.  What do I make of the tariffs themselves?  I'm sympathetic to the idea that the Chinese government may be tipping the scales and engaging in unfair trade practices -- but I also suspect that U.S. unions, and big American companies, would rather not face Chinese competition, mainly because the Chinese are darn good at producing the same things we produce, only better and cheaper.  Any way you slice it, Biden's actions are, and will be seen as, a major affront to China, and they suggest that we're moving away from the old, globalist consensus with respect to free trade.  The Dems, not so long ago, were castigating DJT because his (very small) tariffs on Chinese goods were allegedly "protectionist" and inflationary.  Well, now Joe Biden himself is doubling down on the very same strategy.  Intriguing!


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-to-announce-new-100-tariffs-on-chinese-evs/

 

Here's an analysis of the "veepstakes" on the GOP side.  The author argues that Trump does not need to pick a woman or a person of color as his running mate for the sake of "diversity".  I mostly agree.  Trump is unlikely to score many brownie points with the media or with voters simply because he picks an "inclusive" V.P.  On the contrary, if his running mate is a woman or a minority who is in any way, shape, or form a lightweight, you can bet that the Left and the Fourth Estate will rip said pantywaist to shreds.  I kinda like the idea of Marco Rubio as Trump's righthand man, because I like Rubio, and I think he has the experience, the intelligence, and the moral fiber to be a good Vice-President, and, someday, an actual POTUS.  Rubio isn't perfect, mind you, but it's not easy to come up with anyone who could even begin to fill Trump's shoes, as far as the GOP base is concerned.


https://tomklingenstein.com/donald-trump-doesnt-need-a-dei-running-mate/

Monday, May 13, 2024

Unstoppable?

 


Friends, the Left and its judicial acolytes keep hammering away at DJT, but the polls have been remarkably consistent in showing him with a small but potentially decisive advantage over the incumbent, Joe Biden.  The latest New York Times polls in the swing states give Trump the edge, and the RealClearPolitics average of swing state polls now puts Trump ahead in all the critical backgrounds, albeit sometimes by the skin of his teeth.  Bottom line: despite the circus in New York City, if the election were held today, it is highly likely that Trump would win.  That's a remarkable testament to Trump's resilience...and/or Biden's weakness!


https://www.breitbart.com/2024-election/2024/05/13/nyt-poll-trump-continues-dominate-swing-states-soars-hispanic-black-young-voters/

 

In other news, more media outlets, and more politicians -- including Trump himself -- are drawing attention to the problem of mankind's declining fertility.  We're only beginning to see the practical effects of this sea change, but the medium- and long-term implications are revolutionary.  If you ask me, the defining feature of modernity is...ego.  People are less religious, less inhibited by morals, and generally less concerned about anything other than their own happiness and self-interest.  An inevitable concomitant is declining fertility, since, if one can't bring oneself to care much about one's spouse, or one's progeny, or one's legacy, then why invest time and energy in procreation when, instead, you could simply buy a jetski?  

 

https://www.wsj.com/world/birthrates-global-decline-cause-ddaf8be2?mod=hp_lead_pos7 

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Kudos to All You "Birthing People"!

 


Friends, today is a day to show appreciation to all the mothers out there.  Traditionally, most of you are female, but these days we can't assume too much, except that, if you ARE a mother, that proves that you refrained from having an abortion at least once in your life, and that was mighty accommodating of you, to be sure!  All kidding aside, mothers make the world go 'round, and I and everyone else who loiters here at WaddyIsRight honor you, and we thank you for all your many sacrifices on our behalf.  God bless you!

Friday, May 10, 2024

Beware the Marxist Horde

 


Friends, it's become mighty fashionable in leftist circles to praise socialism and denigrate, well, capitalism, Christianity, Western Civilization, phallocentrism, cisgender ideology, the internal combustion engine -- you name it!  Today I repost for your viewing pleasure a rebuttal to this progressive sentimentalism, and an argument for why Marxism is, at bottom, a dangerous, totalitarian creed.  The author is none other than your favorite right-wing curmudgeon, John/Jack Stengel.  Enjoy!


P.S.  The title of this post is, coincidentally, the title of one of the first political articles I ever wrote...for my high school newspaper.  I'm a confirmed anti-Marxist myself, but I acknowledge the fact that Marxists and neo-Marxists are capable of a certain subtlety, and they come in variety of flavors.


And now, on to Jack...

 

Here is why I hold to my view: No doubt many reform minded people (progressives if you will) were cynically used by totalitarian monsters to gain power in so many unfortunate lands. The newly empowered Bolsheviks were quickly perceived by some who had supported them, as deceitful and barbarian: Trotsky led the way in summarily savaging them though he could not prevent the desperate attempt by the Whites to save Russia in the Civil War.


I think some Marxist fundamentals obtain widely on our left even among people of good will: eg the mechanical perfectability of human nature and the belief in the inevitability of that end; the ability of science to fully comprehend history and make irrefutable predictions thereby of its "progress; the atavistic evil of free enterprise due to its production of unequal results and freedom defined as "freedom from. . . "rather than "freedom to. . . . "

 

True, most progressives probably know little of the 20th century's theretofore unimaginable suffering caused by Marxism in power and by imposition of Marxist principles. But I do not doubt the totalitarian intent, inspired by and amounting to neo Marxism, of people with real power today: eg. the Squad; those who control pathetically "progressive" Biden ; those who have reduced the American academy to a swamp of perversely antiintellectual, now apparently murderous, reflexive disdain and bigotry ( and they DO know Marxism and its record in power); corporate powers who pusillanimously succor the far left while Madame DeFarge knits and waits for them; disgracefully compromised partisan "journalists"and silly voluptuaries who dominate entertainment and delight in playing with social fire.

 

Mao, Stalin , Pol Pot and Castro had to pretend to be human for awhile at least. But I cannot think of any regime indoctrinated by any of a wide range of Marxist convictions having governed without brutality, repression and catastrophic mismanagement of the comprehensive centralized control of both public and "private" life they mandate. I think our country harbors an appallingly assertive neomarxist faction which does purpose totalitarian "fundamental transformation" and is disastrously trusted by many of good will.

 

The recent manifestation of open Jew hatred on our far left provides fair warning of their ESSENTIALLY vicious nature. Advocacy of that ancient subhuman belief and support for those who EVEN TODAY, intend to bring it to physically annihilating consummation, opens a window into their barbarian hearts. Of course, they would be similarly murderous towards any who doubt them, in a manner fully exemplified by Marxists in power already.

 I think marxism is historically proven to be ineluctably totalitarian. It was famously said that "absolute power corrupts absolutely" and Marxism in practice confirms this.

Yes. historically the American left has brought about some beneficial changes. It also gave us Eugene Debs, the "International Workers of the World", Harry Bridges , a union commie who tried to shut down the San Francisco docks in WWII, AOC, Ilhan Omar, a President who before he succumbed to the perks of office meant to "fundamentally transform" a nation already painfully evolved into a prosperous, democratic and justly intended country. I knew a loyal working guy who was convinced of the "necessity "of Stalinist Marxism in a UMW school in the 50s. Imagine the vindictive far left imposition Hillary would have visited on us had she filled those Scotus openings with devotees of the Marxist Critical Legal Studies school of legal intent. When I worked in the NY Corrections Dep't taxpayer money was used to mandate the placing in NY prisons' law libraries of books by the far left National Lawyers' Guild which advocated and gave instruction in "justified" resistance to law enforcement. Today's American left is dominated by people like that and their intent becomes more open with alarming rapidity.

 

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Thank you, Jack!  Jack awaits your comments -- and mine, of course... Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Tourism Figures in the Red?

 


Friends, no one has been a more consistent critic of the Chicoms than me, but even I will admit that the current wave of Sinophobia washing over the West is at times excessive.  An example: Americans invariably ascribe Chinese economic success to underhandedness, state manipulation of markets, etc., when of course the truth is that, very often, the Chinese sell lots of goods to America and to the world because they work hard, pay attention to detail, and, quite simply, build things that people want to own.  There's no crime in that.  


Be this as it may, a worrying sign in Chinese-American relations is the huge falloff in international visitors to China since 2019.  The pandemic is responsible for much of this decline, but the steadily worsening image of China in the eyes of Westerners is also to blame.  Granted, the overlords of Red China bear a lot of responsibility for this P.R. calamity, but the fact of the matter is that, if Westerners and Chinamen don't talk to each other and strive to understand one another, relations are almost guaranteed to go from bad to worse.  Back in the days of the Cold War, the USSR was a closed society, and that made dealing with the Soviets, let alone conciliating them, extremely challenging.  It also meant that there was a constant danger of conflict and escalation based largely on misunderstandings.  Could the same toxic dynamics develop between Red China and the West?  I wouldn't discount the possibility.  We in the woke West like to give the cold shoulder to anyone we dislike, and that habit of disdain is already destroying our societies from within.  As much as we distrust the Chicoms, I would argue that, for the sake of world peace and the future of humanity, we have an obligation to get to know the Chinese and to accord them a modicum of respect.  That way we can be sure that, if ever a hot war does develop between our two peoples, we will have done everything in our power to prevent it.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-68982645