Eric Florack on August 26th, 2019

We will start with this:

I am seeing absolutely no enthusiasm whatsoever among Joe Biden supporters.

None.

The reactions I have been seeing from Iowa voters to questions about it, suggest that those people feel they must vote for Biden, bad as he is, to keep the far-left wackjobs that predominate this primary, from getting the nomination.

The responses seem to fall basically into two categories.

Either A; the understanding is if one of the far-left loons actually wins the nomination, the Democrats have absolutely no chance whatsoever in the general election.

Or, B; The rank-and-file Democrat is not going to hold his nose and vote for the leftist whack jobs, under any circumstance. Strange’s it sounds for me to suggest that Democrats have anything like principles driving them, I suggest that’s what happened to Hillary Clinton particularly in places like Pennsylvania. The Democrats simply sat on their hands and wouldn’t vote for her.

So, while Biden says repeatedly and continuously, “I can beat Trump.”.. The fact is that isn’t true either. ..

Joe Biden lacks the dynamism that is required to unseat a sitting president. The only two occasions…. the only two people that have managed to do that are Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. Joe Biden simply isn’t in that league.

Is baggage is far too great, is gaffs are far too pronounced, and he is clearly not far enough to the left to satisfy half the party.

While I’m afraid that I don’t share the childlike optimism of Rush Limbaugh which says Trump already has his re-election won. After all, there’s a long time between here and there and a great deal can happen. But in looking at the Democrats and looking at the history of this thing, (and keeping in mind the numerous investigations into the criminality surrounding the Democrats in the previous election… The results of which will be coming out before November 2020, as well as Trump’s approval numbers among blacks and Hispanics being higher then they have been for any Republican president in my memory with the possible exception of Reagan, I’d say the Democrats chances of winning the White House stand at somewhere south of 50%.

As I was saying yesterday…the Democrats screaming about slavery all of a sudden is a total ruse

A Cornell University scholar cited in a recent New York Times piece tying slavery to capitalism was previously found to have inflated statistics, invented facts, and altered quotes, according to fellow academics in his field.

I would urge you to read the whole article. I predict you will be asking yourself Wyatt is that the left has to make up stuff out of whole cloth.

To the only answer, I fear, is that the actual supply of facts that mesh with their political agenda is far smaller than their demands.

Eric Florack on August 23rd, 2019

Judicial watch has been busy lately…

Judicial Watch today released 34 pages of “302” report material from FBI interviews with Bruce Ohr, who was removed from his position as U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General in December 2017.

I would urge you to do your own research on this but…

“The FISA courts weren’t informed of this corrupted process when they were asked to approve and reapprove extraordinary spy warrants targeting President Trump.”

In all honesty I have no illusions about this meaning the leftist cabal being collectively jailed.

But you know, if it was going to happen, October would be a wonderful time.

Eric Florack on August 22nd, 2019

Those of you who understand what a flash mob is, will understand that, for example, a random group of hundreds of people does not show up at a specific place and time, sing a chorus of “Alice’s Restaurant”, and then wander calmly off in different directions again, without there being some planning, communication, and direction.

So by way of Billy Beck, this little snippet comes from the land of sucker.. errr… Zucker:

The “History of Capitalism” group has been arguing that America was made richer by slavery (sometimes going as far as highlighting that the South was the most prosperous region of the US — it was not). The facts they cite to make that case do not allow them to say such a thing. If anything, a proper understanding of slavery suggests that a counterfactual America without slavery would have been better off than the “actual” America. In this piece for AIER, I make the case that to the heavy legacy of slavery (i.e. enduring racism, segregation, violence), we must add a relatively poorer America.

Billy responds, correctly:

It is simply not true, and the left is lying about it.

Well, of course they’re lying about it, (remember, these are the folks that are calling Ben Shapiro a Nazi and Candace Owens a white supremacist)…but they’re all lying together, and that’s telling.

The argument mentioned in the passage that Billy quotes, is also being made by others on the left.

Limbaugh from day before yesterday:

Six days ago. Six days ago — you gotta keep in mind here — let me say one thing. The Russia collusion hoax is dead. It died. It failed. They did not get rid of Trump. Impeachment failed. It’s gone. Every hope, everything that they had developed to get rid of Trump was wrapped up in Russian collusion and the Mueller report. And so it failed. Therefore they have to move on to something else.

Do you know what the “something else” is? You do without me telling you. Trump is a racist. All white people are white supremacists and white nationalists. Racism is now not enough by itself. Because it’s been so overused it’s lost the impact. So now we’re all white nationalists or we are all white racists and that’s what Trump is.

So six days ago on the 13th of August there was a tweet little noticed from an infobabe at the New York Times. “In the days and weeks to come,” it begins, “we will publish essays demonstrating that nearly everything that has made America exceptional grew out of slavery.” Are you aware – I talked about it last week — do you remember that the editor of the New York Times, the executive editor Dean Baquet had to call a staff meeting because of unrest in the newsroom?

And it was recorded. Somebody recorded it and transcribed it, and it has leaked. And the subject matter was the editor of the New York Times explaining to the people in the newsroom what the next project is. Since Trump-Russia collusion failed, an attack on America as racist since its founding is now the new project at the New York Times.

Byron York:

In the Times’ view (which it hopes to make the view of millions of Americans), the country was actually founded in 1619, when the first Africans were brought to North America, to Virginia, to be sold as slaves.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of that event, and the Times has created something called the 1619 Project. This is what the paper hopes the project will accomplish: “It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

Another, more concise statement from the Times: “The goal of The 1619 Project is to reframe American history.”

The basic thrust of the 1619 Project is that everything in American history is explained by slavery and race. The message is woven throughout the first publication of the project, an entire edition of the Times magazine. It begins with an overview of race in America — “Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.” — written by Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, who on Twitter uses the identity Ida Bae Wells, from the crusading late 19th-early 20th century African American journalist Ida B. Wells.

The essays go on to cover the economy (“If you want to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.”), the food we eat (“The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.”), the nation’s physical health (“Why doesn’t the United States have universal healthcare? The answer begins with policies enacted after the Civil War.”), politics (“America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others.”), daily life (“What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot.”), and much more.

Limbaugh suggests in his piece of the other day that the whole thing is a hoax, basically agreeing with Billy. And of course they’re both right. But when a whole bunch of supposedly random individuals shows up and starts singing the same song, there is some orchestration going on. and that’s what’s going on here. Somebody is spending serious money to get this idea out into the public, prior to the next election.

Gee, I wonder who that could be?

Eric Florack on August 21st, 2019

In going through my notes of the last several days I am once again struck by the symbolism being used by the Hong Kong protesters. Singing OUR national anthem, waving the American flag.

There are several points that arise from this. The first and most obvious, is where they are getting the American flags from… the answer is that a quite large percentage of American flags are made in Hong Kong these days.

Second and perhaps more telling, is the juxtaposition the American left who has for the last number of decades has been extolling the virtues of socialism and the division of America it’s flag, it’s Constitution, it’s national anthem, and for that matter, its nationality, versus the protesters in Hong Kong extolling the American flag, singing the national anthem, extolling the virtues of individual freedom and rejecting the socialism that the American left has been pushing.

This rather stark and telling contrast is paralleled by another… Illegals on our southern border having arrived from Venezuela who have been flatly informing ICE officials that living in detention centers on our southern border is infinitely preferable to living in Venezuela given the conditions there which of course are a product of the socialism put into play there years ago.

Understandably, these are points the leftist media here in the states has not been pursuing with anywhere near the same vigor that they pursued every nuance of the Russia collusion scam. Such coverage would be counterproductive to their primary goal. Indeed, such coverage would be totally destructive to their primary goal, which has, as has been discussed many times is the advancement of the political goals of the worldwide left which Hong Kong finds itself desperately trying to escape, while the Chinese government is desperately trying to keep them under heel. (I’ll get into my suspicions of Twitter complicity at another time.)

It is clear that these protesters in Hong Kong view America as did Ronald Reagan who described it as the last best Hope For freedom in the world.

If only we can get the Democrat Party to understand that, half as well as the people of Venezuela and Hong Kong.

Eric Florack on August 20th, 2019

The protest against the Chinese communist government in Hong Kong continues to grow larger with every passing week.

So far, the protests have been peaceful. The protesters are quite aware that the slightest hint of violence will give the Chinese government looking for the crackdown on those protests. So far, that hasn’t happened.

Picture of the sheer size of these protests. I am seeing reports that last weekend’s protests were attended by one point seven million people. That’s like the entire borough of Manhattan standing up to be counted. (Ironically the residents of Manhattan would be more likely protesting in favor of socialism that Hong Kong’s people have rejected.)

Reports I’m hearing suggest that the people taking part in these protests, know very well what they’re up against. They know that got a snowball’s chance in the Sahara to actually cause positive change toward their desired democracy. Yet, they keep it up simply because they don’t have anything else to go with. They know their efforts and quite likely they themselves doomed, and they keep fighting anyway. It brings to mind the old saying about how you can vote yourself into socialism, but you’re going to have to fight your way out of it. The trouble of course is that with weapons being banned in Hong Kong as in the case of the rest of China itself, they no longer have anything to fight with but their voices… and unfortunately that has proven totally ineffective.

For its part, China has a choice before it and I sense a hesitation in choosing amongst their two choices. They can either go the path of Gorbachov or the more likley path of Tiananmen square.

II am not at all convinced this is going to end well for the people of Hong Kong, particularly with China seeking to flex its military muscle in the region and around the world for that matter.  Then again, I made that prediction back in 1984. I viewed it as merely a matter of time before any semblance of individual freedom was gone for the people of Hong Kong. The Chinese have been playing the long game on this, and that’s something that we in the west have never learned how to play.

Eric Florack on August 20th, 2019

Apparently, Arthur Chrenkoff and myself are not the only two people on the planet that have noticed the trend. In Powerline:

It has always been considered bad form to point out that the German Nazis had a conscious environmental quotient to their ideology, but what’s this? The Washington Post noted yesterday that two of the recent mass shooters—the New Zealand shooter last year and the El Paso shooter two weeks ago—embraced environmental themes, fusing them together in fact with anti-immigration views. The Post is shocked and befuddled at this seeming anomaly (though to be fair, the Post notes as briefly as possible: “Ecofascism has deep roots. There is a strong element of it in the Nazi emphasis on “blood and soil,” and the fatherland. . .) But this is only anomalous to clueless liberals, who suffer cognitive impairment when it comes to imagining the connection between the anti-natalism of the “population bomb” mentality and seeing immigration as a driver of population growth… Gee—where would these kids have learned these ideas about our despairing future?* Oh that’s right—from just about any eco-tract, university course, or leading politician (let’s recall the similarities between the Unabomber manifesto and Al Gore’s Earth in the Balance.)

Wow. Deja vu.

I made the same point, back in 1998 after a mass shooting in California. I said then, in part:

Of the people affected by cultural change… a change of the roots, if you will, it is younger people, whose roots have not been established, who would be the most affected. No shock, therefore, that the largest number of crimes, particularly the massive violence under discussion, would be teenagers.

Simply put:These teenagers have lost hope.
And why?
Let’s look at the agenda of the modern America, as driven by the left…Perhaps we’ll find a pattern there.

We’re told that man is destroying the earth. The problem is that too many of us exist, we’re told. We’re told that man is a problem for the further existence of the earth. We’re told that we can’t make it without that government handout. We learn quickly, thereby, that we have no real say in our lives, and therefore, no future. As if to give credence to the thinking that life is worthless, abortion has become commonplace. Jack Kevorkian is teaching us that killing ourselves is a valid option, and the government is at least powerless if not unwilling to deal with the issue. Every value we have ever had as a culture is now being abandoned by the government.. Indeed, the government has become outright hostile to the traditional values of the culture that built said government. Can such things be without consequence? The evidence suggests not.

Both parents now work regardless of wanting to or not, simply to pay the taxes… because the taxes imposed by the government consume upwards of 60-65% or our annual income. What kind of basic value will children hold of themselves when parents find they have to work? I understand well the forces that drive such choices, (being driven by
them myself;) but can such choices be without consequence? The evidence suggests not.

Mothers who stay at home are universally castigated by the feminist left, as ‘not being in touch with themselves’ and ‘being a burden on the sisterhood’ whatever the hell THAT is. Can this kind of disdain for traditional family values be without consequence? The evidence suggests not.

Remember when America used to have leaders whom you could look up to? Political leaders, ball players, and to a larger degree than today, even film and TV stars were people which could be held up as examples. Granted, many were never perfect, but they were trying to live up to the then universally held American ideals. Who do we have to hold up in their place today? PeeWee Herman. Tupac Shakur. Madonna. Dennis Rodman. The Spice Girls. Larry Flynt, Bill Clinton. Can this be without consequence? The evidence suggests not.

Is anyone of sound mind, foolish enough to suggest that our governmentally induced transition from a values-based society to what is now an essentially valueless society, which provides little if any hope on an individual level, has no effect negative on the people
within it?

History, I think, will record the greatest failure of the governments of the last 60 years, to be not in the financial or political areas, and not with it’s law enforcement, regarding guns, but in the cultural… I.E.; support of the majority culture, and the values that it holds dear. Because in the final view, it’s this which is causing the violence, not guns, per se’. Guns are simply a tool. What people do with guns, and for that matter, what they do with all other weapons of every type, and indeed, how they deal with all conflicts, and live their lives , is a product of their environs, as focused through their values.

And when you remove the values, our sense of right and wrong, the rest falls away.

What we need to reduce the violence, therefore, is a reinforced value structure, that, unlike what the left has been forcing on us, does not run afoul of traditional American culture.. Liberals of the last 40 years are afraid of this, they don’t want to be seen as being ‘judgmental’. This is not an issue that is going to be solved by ‘finding the middle path’. If we really want to stop the violence, instead of making political points from it…it’s time to move those of the left who have for decades be neutering our value structure, in the name of ‘cultural diversity’, out.

The sad part is there is not a whole bunch that’s changed since I wrote this in 1998.

Except, of course for gun laws, which keep getting tighter, more restrictive, more unconstitutional and proved with ever greater assurity to be totally useless.

Eric Florack on August 20th, 2019

I took some serious heat for my post yesterday, for the fact that the articles about threatened violence against GOP candidates and their supporters were not current.

The point I was trying to make with that post was that things haven’t changed much. If, at all.

To prove that point, here’s an article from the New York Post from day before yesterday.

A Democratic state senator from Illinois came under fire over the weekend after pictures were posted online showing his supporters at a fundraising event performing a mock assassination of a faux President Trump.

“The tolerant left,” wrote a Facebook user in response to the incident.

Ladies and gentlemen, I will say this to you again without any reservation whatsoever. This is the Democrat Party of today. This is who they are.

That fact needs to be widely understood if we are to save what’s left of America.

Eric Florack on August 20th, 2019

A very interesting read from my friend, Arthur Chrenkoff

“The Washington Post” beat me to taking a closer look at the Christchurch, NZ, and El Paso, Texas, terrorist attacks carried out this year by two white supremacists against Muslim and Latino targets respectively, in particular the common thread of the perpetrators’ ecological concerns. Kudos to the WaPo for doing a reasonable work discussing this topic – no doubt a controversial one for their woke readership – though with some qualifications.

Well, yes, that’s a link I’ve noticed in the past but haven’t quite known how to address it.

Arthur here, seems to have done a good job of latching onto it, however:

In this context, it is interesting – though not surprising – that the left has latched onto Christchurch and El Paso terrorists as a cudgel to bash the mainstream right for supposedly enabling today’s fascists and white supremacists with their rhetoric about immigration and multiculturalism.

It is equally not surprising that the left has failed to similarly condemn the extremist environmental rhetoric for contributing to radicalisation and normalisation of this sort of Malthusian violence we have seen in New Zealand and the United States. Apparently, Trump’s tweets directly lead to white supremacist mass shootings, but the misanthropist philosophy of the deep greens is somehow unconnected to the eco-fascism’s obsession with over-population, pollution and resource exhaustion.

It’s always more than a little bit dangerous to try to identify the links in the minds of a madman. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve been reluctant to address the links between these movements and the violence we’re seeing in some of these mass shootings.

But it is educational to observe how various groups react to the documents that these brain damaged individuals leave behind them. As a commenter to Arthur’s article suggests:

The reality is socialism leads to scarcity and people get tribal when times are rough. Fascist/ socialist/ communist Eutopia not achieved will always end up being the fault of outlander saboteurs and will always devolve into the elimination of classes of people. Blame shifts and more people die.

Indeed, Margaret Sanger, Mao, Stalin, and that guy with the funny mustache all seem to have eliminationist tendencies at the heart of their philosophies, don’t they?

From Washington Free Beacon:

CNN host Ana Cabrera read a tweet from President Donald Trump posted Saturday in which he called for Antifa to be labeled a terrorist group.

[…]

“I do want to note, the U.S. does not have a domestic terrorism law. No government agency designates groups as being domestic terrorism organizations. What’s your reaction to that tweet?” Cabrera asked Haaland.
[…]

“It’s not surprising that Trump would side away from the folks who are the peaceful protesters working to safeguard their city from domestic terrorism. Just not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists,” Haaland continued. “That’s been his mode of operation since before he was elected president.”

If the President wants to confront organized terrors, of the domestic ilk, domestic terrorism does not exit.  Then on the other paw, if Antifa was to wage low grade warfare against the political opponents under the guise of combating domestic terrorism, the it a battle that much be waged.  Just like the so-called Vietnam era peace protesters, Cabrera isn’t against the war.  Rather she has just taken a side.

Now more the President is evil department, I suppose if Bernardo Sandinista came out for purchasing Greenland, CNN would standing in like to buy ice bonds.

Eric Florack on August 19th, 2019

This is the Democrat Party of today:

Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D) says there’s “no way in hell” she will be resigning from her post, despite pleas from prominent state Democrats and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). In a now-deleted Facebook comment, Chappelle-Nadal said that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.

There was a time in this country when such comments would results in the person being handed their hat and a boot in the back side, even before the echo from such commentary died. These days, it’s all too common.

Investors Business Daily, about a year ago reported:

A California resident attacked California GOP congressional candidate Rudy Peters with a switchblade. Witnesses said the assailant was spewing profanity-laced remarks about Trump and the Republican Party.

A Republican Party office in Laramie, Wyoming caught fire — in what officials suspect was arson — just days after it opened.

A deranged driver repeatedly rammed his truck into a local Fox News affiliate in Dallas,

Texas.


Breitbart started collecting examples of attacks on Republicans and Trump supporters in recent months. Their list is now over 550. In the past couple days, someone spat at a Hispanic immigrant woman wearing a Trump hat. A black man got kicked out of a bar for the same offense.
Then there are the repeated calls — either explicit or implicit — to attack Republicans coming from prominent journalists, politicians and celebrities.

People, it needs to be clearly understood that this is the mentality we are up against.

The Democrat Party is unquestionably and unswervingly the party of hate. The party of division. The party of racism. Make no mistake, these are Nazi tactics being employed by Democrats.

Since it is clear that the government, particularly where it’s run by Democrats, isn’t going to respond to this, the least we can do is rise up at the voting booth and reject the Democrat Party, The Party of hate.

Read the report while you can

Eric Florack on August 17th, 2019

If you’re tired of the continued accusations of being Ignorant, Racist and Criminal…stop the Anti-Cop behavior and start acting in a manner that doesn’t perpetuate the negative stereotypes you claim are inacurate and insulting.

You’re welcome.

Eric Florack on August 16th, 2019
A few quick points that have occurred to me over the last few days… # Two years of the most intensive investigation ever put on an American president, and as it turns out none of Trump’s accusers have committed suicide.
# Our currently operating definition of karma is where some people weren’t allowed to go someplace.

# Apparently there are problems that occur when liberals get held to their own standards.

# The largest irony in recent times is Democrat politicians here in the states trying to limit the second amendment, while residents of Hong Kong are holding signs saying they wish they had a Chinese equivalent to the second amendment. Immediately following it on the list of irony is Democrat politicians promoting the policies that made Venezuela what it is today, while refugees on our border are saying that being held in detention camps is better than living in Venezuela.
Eric Florack on August 15th, 2019

You know, I wonder how this guy voted.