VDH - "Russiagate"

Victor Davis Hanson on the absurdity of "Russiagate": So far, we know that the U.S. government decided to intervene in a political campaign to help one candidate and to smear the other — under the pretext of Russian “collusion.” And so it hired or made use of spies and informants including Hank Greenberg, Stefan Halper, Felix Sater, and others to contact Trump campaign officials to catch them in supposed collusion traps. It enlisted the help of foreign intelligence agencies, specifically the British and Australians. It misled FISA courts into granting warrants to spy on Americans and, post factum, threatened long prisons sentences with those surveilled and interviewed. And as a result, it has so far found no collusion but may well find some misleading statements in hundreds of hours of testimonies from the likes of Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, and perhaps Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone. Mueller cannot fulfill

How Red turns Blue

From   John Hayward Democrats have made inroads by courting electorates in purple states that absolutely LOATHE the rest of the state, many of them transplants from elsewhere. Dems caught hating on their own states may have lost last night, but they didn't implode. I've seen this process play out in Florida. It begins with arrivals from blue states complaining about the crapholes they fled, then lecturing the locals about how "you people do everything wrong down here," sometimes within a few breaths. This is very amusing to locals at first. The thing is, many of the new blue-state arrivals have money. In Florida you get well-heeled retirees. In other states you get entrepreneurs fleeing oppressive business environments. They get plugged into Dem politics and start making big donations. You might ask yourself, "Why the heck would rich businessmen fleeing Democrat dumpster fires vote for Dems in their new state? Why vo

Goldberg Explains the Divide

Jonah Goldberg : One of the great intellectual and philosophical divides — a chasm really — is between those who believe in the “perfectibility of man” and those who side with Kant’s observation that “out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made.” The perfectibility of man comes with a lot of associated intellectual baggage. It tends to rely on the idea that we are “blank slates.” How could it be otherwise? If we come preloaded with software that cannot be erased, we cannot be perfected. Rousseau, one of the great advocates of the perfectibility of man, got around this by arguing that, in our natural state, we were perfect: “noble savages,” as John Dryden put it. According to this theory, what makes us sinful isn’t our nature but the oppressiveness of our civilization. “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains” is the way that Rousseau put it, arguing that civilization was unnatural and soul-warping. But, since we couldn’t go back to

D Hawthorne Series at American Greatness

My buddy and former blogging colleague Don Hawthorne has a series up at American Greatness offering his perspective concerning these times in which we live.  We don't necessarily agree, Don's a smart guy and worth the read. Part 1: Weaponizing the Government for Leftist Political War Part 2: Rogue Ruling Class Grabs Power, Removes the People’s Sovereignty Part 3: An Imminent Counterattack Begins the Fight of Our Lives    

Harassing Pigs

So far, it looks like the only way to keep your job once it's discovered you've sexually harassed/assaulted someone is to be a politician. Journalists, entertainers, executives...all have gone down. So what does that say about the whole "power dynamic" in our society? What makes politicians so special? In a world where politics has increasingly become part of peoples' identity (or even a near-religion) we have seen a sort of "political morality" - with politicians as the "high priests" - displace what would be considered common decency. This relativistic political morality can be defined as needed so long as it serves the purpose of maintaining power - particularly power over your ideological opponents. And the vessels for that power are our ideological representatives in government. Politicians. George Orwell was correct: "Some pigs are more equal than others." Unless their constituents hold them accountable. I'm not holding my

"Uncivil" May not be "Unbiased"

As a subscriber to the Crimetown podcast (Season 1 covered Providence - it was great), I recently received a new episode that was really a promotion for another podcast called "Uncivil", which will delve into little-known stories of the Civil War. Well, as a history nerd, that sounded cool.  Glad they sent me the promotion!  Included was a sample episode to preview the podcast, which is hosted and produced by Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika.  So, they set up the story and started with a discussion with a descendant of the protagonist.   It was intriguing (I'm eliding over the setup, go ahead and listen if you're interested). Anyway, then one of the producer/narrators made an analogy. Hitt: “The story Uncle Baby told Falon was that right at the beginning of the Civil War Pa Shed was sold to a plantation in South Carolina called Hazel Farm.” Falon – “And when he gets to Hazel Farm, OK, he hates his overseer or whoever it is that’s there. So he decides t

Jefferson and Confederates - a difference

Via Jason Lee Steorts at NR Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens: The prevailing ideas entertained by [Jefferson] and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away. . . . Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral tru