In the aftermath of the absolutely terrible shooting in Oregon, there are renewed calls for the United States to act in order to stop gun violence and mass shootings. Unfortunately, the calls to act don’t usually come with any solutions, so the debate usually involves endless repetitions of the Politician’s Syllogism. I certainly want to try to steer the debate in a more constructive direction, but in order to actually have a constructive debate about this matter, we not only need to discuss what might work, we also need to make clear what might not work, and what might instead be some combination of (a) ineffectual, and (b) restrictive in terms of actually limiting the rights that the American people enjoy. [Read more…]
I will freely admit that despite all that has happened to her, Hillary Clinton remains in an enviable position relative to many of her rivals. I will also freely admit that the Clintons are remarkably good at surviving scandals that would destroy lesser politicians, so no matter how bad the news gets for them, their doom cannot necessarily be presumed.
Donald Trump may be doing his best to make life miserable for Republicans, but that doesn’t mean that Hillary Clinton has had an easy time of it recently. Quite the contrary; her campaign has been busy blundering from one disaster to the next. And now, Democrats–who must be watching the Clinton campaign with a sense of horror, and must be wondering whether Clinton learned anything from her 2008 presidential run–are beginning to look towards alternatives to Her Inevitableness. [Read more…]
Donald Trump’s Supporters Could Not More Effectively Undermine the United States if They Were Agents of an Enemy Foreign Power
As we contemplate the completely lunatic project that is the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, and as we consider the total and absolute awfulness of the candidate himself–and there is no doubt among sentient beings who have thus far successfully maintained possession of their frontal lobes that Donald Trump is a genuinely awful and despicable human-resembling-thing–we should remind ourselves that Trump’s rise in the polls and his ability to hijack the political conversation here in America would not have been possible without a significant group of followers who are, to put things mildly, entirely insane.
The insanity and repellent nature of Trump supporters has been discussed before on this blog, but while Bret Stephens is to be commended for telling us that “[i]f by now you don’t find Donald Trump appalling, you’re appalling,” we need to go further than Stephens in order to understand how Trump’s supporters helped turn the American landscape into a cross between a clown show and a night terror. One note is worth making at the outset: If in reading this post, you are led to believe that I consider Trump supporters to be beneath contempt, that’s because–wait for it!–I consider Trump supporters to be beneath contempt. [Read more…]
There is no limit to what one can write about Donald Trump’s deficiencies. His time in the spotlight has made it clear that he is an awful human-resembling-thing, whose presidential run is more about himself and not at all about serving the country. Every day, it seems, Trump does something to confirm the impression that as a president, he would be out of his depth, and as a candidate, his strategy is to bring out the worst in the country he claims to want to lead–apparently, even Trump knows that his best chance of winning is to appeal to our baser instincts as a nation.
So, let’s go through some recent stories concerning Trump and his impact on our day-to-day political life, and despair for our republic in the process. [Read more…]
I am something of a history buff (or at least, I try my best to be), so when someone gets history wrong, I tend to get . . . oh, how to phrase this? . . . annoyed. To be sure, honest mistakes are sometimes made when discussing history, and your humble servant makes those mistakes as well (too often, for your humble servant’s own tastes). But while the occasional error is understandable, when history is deliberately misread for political purposes, then the civilized response to such a misreading is–and ought to be–outrage. [Read more…]
Martin O’Malley decided to state the obvious by pointing out that the muckety-mucks in the Democratic party are rigging the primary and caucus process in order to help Hillary Clinton–a flawed presidential candidate if ever there was one–to get the Democratic presidential nomination. I am sure that O’Malley’s speech–delivered while Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was in attendance–didn’t win him many friends among Democratic party muckety-mucks. But someone had to make the points that O’Malley made–notwithstanding the fact that anyone even remotely familiar with politics already knew the truth of what O’Malley was saying: [Read more…]
I look forward to the time when we will have a Republican president, and anything resembling the politicization of intelligence will be vigorously denounced by just about every media outlet in existence.