Thursday, February 23, 2017

Warren to the Front


For John, BLUFI love it.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is from Hot Air and Writer Ed Morrissey, yesterday.

Here is the money quote:

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is dismissing the GOP’s efforts to make Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) the face of the Democratic Party.

“It’s not going to work,” Schumer said of the strategy, according to Politico.

While, Chuck Schumer can't be right all the time.

And I hope the Republicans here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts make our elected Attorney General, Maura Healy, the face of Democrats here.

By the way, has Senator E Warren ever come out one way or the other on if she thinks President Trump was elected legitimately, or is she going with her friend, Representative John Lewis, in saying he was not?  Or is she waffling?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Alan Colmes (RIP)


For John, BLUFA gentleman.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is very sad news.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Elites Never Listen


TRIGGER WARNING:  In which I suggest that the elites can be wrong from time to time.

For John, BLUFWhat is Local Girl Makes Good's line?  "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here is the sub-headline:
Forget the conspiracy theories. Something much more dangerous is seeking to gut our government and change the character of our society.
This is from the magazine Foreign Policy, which, in this Trump Era, has become relentlessly anti-Trump.  The author is Mr David Rothkopf and the dateline is 22 February 2017. A friend of mine noted that "This could be read as a defense of the elite."  Yes, the bien-pensant.

Here is an except:

The shallow state is in many respects the antithesis of the deep state.  The power of the deep state comes from experience, knowledge, relationships, insight, craft, special skills, traditions, and shared values.  Together, these purported attributes make nameless bureaucrats into a supergovernment that is accountable to no one.  That is a scary prospect.  But the nature of bureaucracies, human nature, inertia, checks and balances, and respect for the chain of command makes it seem a bit far-fetched to me.  (The bureaucracy will drive Trump, like many presidents, mad, and some within it will challenge him, but that's not the same thing.)

The shallow state, on the other hand, is unsettling because not only are the signs of it ever more visible but because its influence is clearly growing.  It is made scarier still because it not only actively eschews experience, knowledge, relationships, insight, craft, special skills, tradition, and shared values but because it celebrates its ignorance of and disdain for those things.  Donald Trump, champion and avatar of the shallow state, has won power because his supporters are threatened by what they don't understand, and what they don't understand is almost everything.  Indeed, from evolution to data about our economy to the science of vaccines to the threats we face in the world, they reject vast subjects rooted in fact in order to have reality conform to their worldviews.  They don't dig for truth; they skim the media for anything that makes them feel better about themselves.  To many of them, knowledge is not a useful tool but a cunning barrier elites have created to keep power from the average man and woman.  The same is true for experience, skills, and know-how.  These things require time and work and study and often challenge our systems of belief.  Truth is hard; shallowness is easy.

So, darned if you do and darned it you don't.  The elites think they know what is good for the rest of us.  But, their track record isn't so great.  Think of all the nations they have led into ruin.

If a bunch of people think their nation is going in the wrong direction they can vote the politicians out, and if that isn't possible (my wife just asked me "Can't the people of Venezuela do anything about their Government?) the only thing left is Revolution, and you know how that usually turns out.  We were lucky, as were the British.  Others not so much.

And speaking of the Elites, what is that line from Oliver Cromwell?  "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

One Analysis of the First Thirty Days


For John, BLUFA dialogue, short and pithy.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Four folks from the FiveThirtyEight Blog talk about the first month of the new Trump Administration:
Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.
Harry Enten is a senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight.
Clare Malone is a senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight.
Micah Cohen is the politics editor.
I found it an interesting and informative analysis, albeit from the perspective of four folks who probably voted for Mrs Hillary Clinton.

There are places where their numbers approach misses some historic nuances, such as President Andrew Jackson's famous line "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!".  That seems a pretty broad swipe at the US Supreme Court.

As for the Press, I think that Mr Trump is not wrong to point out that the Press is wrong from time to time and mischaracterizing his actions.

Regards  —  Cliff

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Michael Novak (RIP)


For John, BLUFA loss for clear thinking.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Writing in City Journal, Mr Brian C. Anderson gives us an appraisal of the late Michael Novak, who died on 17 February of this year, at the age of 83.  Mr Novak has been writing about Capitalism from a moral point of view for years.  I think this is a good paragraph from the article"
Novak showed that democratic-capitalist societies did promise—and often instantiate—moral goods.  Respect for the individual conscience, the rule of law, the ignition of creativity and entrepreneurialism, general prosperity—these were remarkable achievements by any historical standards.  Novak’s social thought proved hugely influential, cited by Margaret Thatcher and Poland’s Solidarity activists, who read it in Samizdat editions.  Many believe that Novak even helped Pope John Paul II change his mind about free markets.
Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Trump Rallies the Faithful


For John, BLUFTrump is on a roll.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




In which Ann Althouse talks about the Trump Rally.  Her fourth (numbered) point is about President Trump quoting Thomas Jefferson, who knew a thing or two about the Press.
"Nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper.  Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle."  Trump quotes Thomas Jefferson.  Is that a real Jefferson quote?  Yes!  Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, 14 June 1807:
The colon is because she then quotes the whole passage, which you can read at the link.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Democrats Want Trump Gone


TRIGGER WARNING:  In which I suggest that large numbers of Democrat Legislators are unhinged.

For John, BLUFCould happen, but thinking this is it is foolish.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is Power Line and the author is Mr John Hinderaker.  The topic is the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution.

The lede:

After three months, the Democrats still refuse to accept the result of November’s election–an idea they denounced when they thought they were going to win.  Now, as Byron York notes, many Democrats are scheming to remove President Trump from office.  How to do it, though, is a knotty problem.
Democratic Party Congresscritters like Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) are pushing the 25th Amendment idea.  The idea that the Vice President and half the Cabinet members would agree the President was incapacitated seems a stretch. Mr Hinderaker notes:
They need to get out more.
Too right!

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff