Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Jeb! . . . Hang it up.
Yesterday, I demonstrated
that the GOP establishment has angered the Republican base to their own
political hurt, heck, near destruction.
Now some more numbers on how Jeb Bush is politically dead in the water.
On a CNN Poll of registered
voters (Yes, it’s CNN. But it is
of registered voters, not just adults.
And the poll actually has Bush doing better than some other polls.), Jeb
Bush’s favorables are as follows:
And it is worse among
Yes, it is not 2016
yet. But is opinion really going
to change that much on a long term politician named Bush? He is too much a known quality – an
establishment Republican . . . named Bush.
The irony of this is that
for decades the Establishment Republicans have told the base that the only way
to win is to nominate one of them.
But it is hard to escape that nominating yet another Establishment
Republican would be the surest way to another defeat in 2016. The Republican base, including me, is
that fed up.
I am doubling down on the
prediction I made late last year.
If the GOP Establishment manages to get Jeb! nominated and Hillary! is
the Democrat nominee, the two hated candidates would create a political vacuum
that begs for a strong Third Party run.
Put an “!” on that.
But I don’t think Jeb!
gets nominated. Money can’t buy
everything. And he is that weak.
Labels: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, politics, third party
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Do You Hear Us Now, GOP Establishment? UPDATED
There should not be any
doubt about the Republican base’s frustration with and now rejection of the
Republican Establishment and of their enabling of Obama and of illegal
immigration. But in case there is,
the latest Fox Poll on the Republican race for POTUS should dispel it:
I need not rehash all of
Trump’s enormities and reasons not to support him. (And I am not supporting him.) But his numbers continue to be a big hairy finger raised at
the GOP Establishment, particularly on immigration. Really, GOP failure to do what the base elected Republicans
to do – twice, in 2010 and 2014 – namely S.T.O.P. OBAMA, is the chief reason
for Trump’s success so far. But
moving along . . .
In second is another
non-politician, Ben Carson (who I think would make an excellent Veep candidate, by the way). In third
is the Republican senator who has most vociferously opposed the Republican
leadership, even saying on the Senate floor that Majority Leader McConnell lied,
Ted Cruz. Anti-establishment
And in fourth with less
than 10%? The establishment fave,
Jeb Bush . . . with less than 10%.
Do you hear us now,
MORE: Maybe still the “GOP
Establishment just doesn’t get it.”
But Elizabeth Price Foley does get it. Like me, she is not a Trump supporter, but she understands
well what is going on behind his support:
Oh, how the establishment loves to talk tough on immigration
when it suits its purposes of ginning up conservatives on election day. But
when a candidate comes along who actually wants to do something about the issue–and isn’t afraid to defy political
correctness to do so–the GOP establishment suddenly cries foul, and brands him
a fool, dictator, or police state zealot. The necessary implication is that the
GOP establishment is all hat, no cattle on immigration.
No wonder increasing numbers of those who
self-identify as Republican now openly abhor the party, and it totters on the
brink of implosion. But hey, I’m sure that’s all Donald Trump’s fault,
right? Time for some GOP introspection.
Labels: Donald Trump, politics, polls, Republicans, RINOs, Ted Cruz
Friday, August 14, 2015
The Pro-Abortion Crowd’s Dirty Secret
Decades ago, when I was
even more of a political nerd than I am now, I perused the report of the 1981
Human Life Bill hearings. And in
the appendix, I found something shocking.
(And my apologies for not having details. My copy of the report is long
lost. But you may find it and
numerous other statements to the subcommittee here.) The leader of a
pro-abortion organization wrote opposing the bill, of course. That is not shocking. What did appall was her stating that
the question of when human life began was “irrelevant.”
I had already suspected,
less than ten years after Roe v Wade,
that the pro-abortion crowd did not care whether abortion killed human lives or
not. But I was surprised to see
one of their leaders virtually admit it to Congress.
Since then, advances in
medical science have made clear that abortion does kill human life, often
profoundly developed human life.
Of course, the pro-abortionists do not want attention brought to
that. Just as the Nazis and
Soviets labeled their victims as non-persons, lesser life, or less than human,
the Feminazis distract from and downplay the lives of unborn children.
Yet, on occasion, the
Feminazis’ dirty secret slips out – they know abortion kills . . . but they
want to kill anyway:
Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All
life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about,
lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving,
kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers. Yet a fetus can be a
human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it
resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and
her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity
inside of her. Always.
“Our lives are more
important than theirs.
Always.” I will let the
reader explore the implications of such logic. He may find it leads to the death camps and the gulag. But even if he does not, isn’t the
revelations of the Planned Parenthood videos moral horror enough?
Labels: abortion, feminists, Planned Parenthood
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Chaput Puts Cupich in his Place
With LifeSite News, I do
not know if Archbishop Charles Chaput’s statement, well titled "There is No Equivalence", on the Planned Parenthood
videos was an intentional response to Archbishop Blase Cupich’s intentionally distracting response. But it put
Cupich’s slimy statement in its place nonetheless.
I will post only the
first paragraph because . . . well, because it is amazing, a wonderfully
succinct demolition of Cupich’s sophistry.
Here's a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a
spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is
worst. There's a similar texture of ill will connecting all three crimes, but
only a very confused conscience would equate thieving and homicide. Both are
serious matters. But there is no equivalence. The deliberate killing of
innocent life is a uniquely wicked act. No amount of contextualizing or
deflecting our attention to other issues can obscure that.
And, as I pointed out
yesterday, “deflecting our attention to other issues” is exactly what Cupich
attempted to do. Thanks be to God
for Chaput’s continued clarity and courage in cutting through such libchurchly bull
Labels: abortion, Blase Cupich, Charles Chaput, Planned Parenthood, Roman Catholics
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Pope Francis’ Archbishop of Chicago Runs Interference for Planned Parenthood
Remember Joseph Cardinal
Bernardin of Chicago and his “Seamless Garment” argument? By in effect trivializing abortion by
saying real protection of life includes any number of pet liberal causes, he
did more than any Mainline Libchurcher to undercut Christian opposition to
abortion. He distracted from the
presenting issue of abortion and gave excuses to pro-abortion Roman Catholic
politicians by allowing them to say they are pro-life in any number of areas –
they really are - while being “personally opposed” to but reluctantly
“pro-choice” on abortion (Wink, wink).
I do not presume to say that
was Bernardin’s intent, although I have my suspicions, but it sure was the
effect of his sophistry.
Well, the latest
Archbishop of Chicago, Blasé Cupich is following a similar path:
While commerce in the remains of defenseless
children is particularly repulsive, we should be no less appalled by the
indifference toward the thousands of people who die daily for lack of decent
medical care; who are denied rights by a broken immigration system and by
racism; who suffer in hunger, joblessness and want; who pay the price of
violence in gun-saturated neighborhoods; or who are executed by the state in
the name of justice.
Instead of bringing focus
on the evil of Planned Parenthood, he distracts with phony lefty outrages. Who today is really “denied rights by a
broken immigration system and by racism”? Very few, and even fewer (i. e. close
to zero) are dismembered and sold off for parts by such. Is hunger really comparable to being
torn apart? Is executing the worst
of criminals really comparable to murdering the innocent then making
merchandise with their bodies?
With his lefty parade of
faux victims, Archbishop Blasé is willfully downplaying and distracting from
the murderous outrages of Planned Parenthood.
And Pope Francis shares
the blame for this shameful charade.
For he appointed Cupich
as Archbishop of Chicago in 2014.
And that even after Cupich did this as Bishop of Spokane in 2011:
Cupich discouraged priests and seminarians in his
diocese from participating in demonstrations in front of Planned Parenthood
clinics or supporting 40
Days for Life, a pro-life movement that conducts vigils at abortion
Cupich already had a
record of being soft, Blasé, if you will, on baby killing and on the foremost
practitioners of baby butchering, Planned Parenthood. He already had a record of running
interference for Planned Parenthood.
But Pope Francis
appointed him anyway.
Labels: abortion, liberals, Planned Parenthood, Pope Francis, Roman Catholics
Monday, August 10, 2015
Obama and Allies Blame Foreigners and, of course, the JOOOOS!
totalitarians have in common is any opposition to their designs is an
unprincipled attack on the Volk and
on the Fatherland! And any such
opposition is inspired by foreigners and, of course, The JOOOOOS!
And thus is it with opposition
to Obama enabling deal with genocidal Iran. Why would anyone oppose that? . . . unless they were in
league with foreigners and JOOOOOOS!
Cue Barack Obama’s
fanboys at the Daily Kos.
Yes, I am siding with
Senator Schumer here. Sit down and
take some smelling salts if you need to.
Cue Obama in saying
Republicans and hardline Iranians are in league.
"In fact, it's those hard-liners who are most
comfortable with the status quo," Obama said Wednesday afternoon.
"It's those hard-liners chanting "death to America" who have
been most opposed to the deal."
"They're making common cause with the Republican
caucus," Obama said to laughter and wild applause.
Yes, wild applause.
Praise the Dear Leader for exposing the connections of Running Dog
Republican Traitors with nefarious foreigners!
Cue any number of thinly
veiled accusations of duel loyalty and JOOOO money from the Obama regime’s
various fronts. Check out this
from Honest Reporting (scroll to item 2) for a taste of that.
This is becoming too much
for even the Left-of-Center Tablet whose editors have sounded the alarm and
What we increasingly can’t stomach—and feel obliged
to speak out about right now—is the use of Jew-baiting and other blatant and
retrograde forms of racial and ethnic prejudice as tools to sell a political
deal, or to smear those who oppose it. Accusing Senator Schumer of loyalty to a
foreign government is bigotry, pure and simple. Accusing Senators and
Congressmen whose misgivings about the Iran deal are shared by a majority of
the U.S. electorate of being agents
of a foreign power, or of selling
their votes to shadowy lobbyists, or of acting contrary
to the best interests of the United States, is the kind of naked appeal to
bigotry and prejudice that would be familiar in the politics of the pre-Civil
Rights Era South.
This use of anti-Jewish incitement as a political
tool is a sickening new development in American political discourse, and we
have heard too much of it lately—some coming, ominously, from our own White
House and its representatives. Let’s not mince words: Murmuring about “money”
and “lobbying” and “foreign interests” who seek to drag America into war is a
direct attempt to play the dual-loyalty
card. It’s the kind of dark, nasty stuff we might expect to hear at a white
power rally, not from the President of the United States—and it’s gotten so
blatant that even many of us who are generally sympathetic to the
administration, and even this deal, have been shaken by it.
We do not accept the idea that Senator Schumer or
anyone else is a fair target for racist incitement, anymore than we accept the
idea that the basic norms of political discourse in this country do not apply
to Jews. Whatever one feels about the merits of the Iran deal, sales techniques
that call into question the patriotism of American Jews are examples of
bigotry—no matter who does it. On this question, we should all stand in defense
of Senator Schumer.
But then the Tablet is
published by JOOOOOOS!
In all seriousness, the
editors of the Tablet are right. I
think it important to add and emphasize that this is how totalitarians act,
from the dictators of Venezuela and Cuba who blame their failures on the Yanqui and yes, the Jews, too, to the 20th Century Nazi and Communist regimes that
plagued Europe. Any failure of and
any opposition to the regime is never the fault of the Glorious Leaders but of
foreigners and Jews and of traitors in league with them.
It is beyond sad that here in the United States we
now have a regime that so conducts itself.
Labels: Anti-Semitism, Iran, Obama, totalitarians
Friday, August 07, 2015
“Thank God for the Atom Bomb”
This is a bit off-topic
even for me. But I have come
across an excellent compilation of refutations of those who say dropping The
Bomb on Japan was wrong.
I welcome the explanations
of anyone who thinks a ground invasion of Japan would have been better. Go ahead, have at it in the
comments. But it would not have
been better. It would have been
worse, much worse, for both sides with perhaps a million Americans dead and God
knows how many Japanese. And those
who would have done the invading were far, far more aware of that than scholars
since pontificating from academia.
And as for the puerile
thinking that Japan was the victim here, how can one dare say that in light of
widespread and systematic Japanese war crimes? Some Japanese politicians like to sweep those under the rug. We should not help them do so with
vomitous moral equivalence idiocy.
In any case, before I get
a really good rant going, go read for yourself. I will be charitable and just say if you think dropping The
Bomb was wrong, then you are wrong.
Labels: Hiroshima, history, World War 2