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The Worst is Yet to Come

September 18, 2018

President Donald Trump ran for the office of President of the United States having had no experience in elective office, no contact with the Conservative Movement, little experience with the Republican Party and a host of illicit entanglements from his family business.  It is likely that his son and son-in-law will be indicted, and the GOP will lose its majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.  And, even if the GOP retains control of the U.S. Senate, that majority will be gone after the 2020 Presidential election.  American politics and civil society may be roiled by the introduction of three Impeachment resolutions.

Impeachment 1: Mr. Justice Clarence Thomas will face Impeachment in a revival of allegations by Anita Hill.

Impeachment 2:  Judge Brett Kavanaugh, if confirmed without a full field investigation by the FBI, will face Impeachment as the claims of his current accuser are revived.

Impeachment 3:  President Donald Trump will be Impeached on several charges:  violation of regulations governing his family’s charity and knowing acceptance of investments from Russian oligarchs (money laundering), and soliciting support of a foreign nation during his campaign for President in 2016.

All this is the beginning of an era of turmoil in American politics and civil society that will see development of a multi-party system common in Western Europe, the entry of “celebrities” seeking public office, and violence and civil disturbances in local municipalities seen during major natural disasters: looting, random shootings, food shortages and martial law.

Judge Kavanaugh’s Dilemma

September 17, 2018

Seeking political office or nomination to an agency of the U.S. government can be dangerous to your reputation and your career.  New York Times vs. Sullivan gave “journalists” free rein to print libels and slander without fear of consequence.  That decision held that  public officials could win a suit for libel “only when they could prove the media outlet in question knew either that the information was wholly and patently false or that it was published ‘with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.'”

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was aware that everything about his life, actions and government service would be subjected to extreme–and malicious–scrutiny.  If the allegation of sexual assault by a young 17-year old Brett Kavanaugh is true, he should have known it would become public.

Judge Kavanaugh denies that the assault occurred, but the claim has been made. He has few options. He can deny the charge and demand a hearing and he can sue for slander.

In today’s environment of intolerance of men who sexually harass or abuse women–even at age 17–Judge Kavanaugh may not expect a vote on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court without a hearing at which his accuser personally testifies against him.

What was intended to be the latest Supreme Court achievement of the Trump Administration’s judicial appointments will come to a screeching halt.

Before we condemn Judge Kavanaugh, we need a clearing of the air and, after review of New York Times v. Sullivan, legislation should be considered, suggested by President Trump, that toughens laws of libel.



Goodbye to the GOP

September 11, 2018

Seldom do I repeat a former post, but as early as June 6, 2016 I saw that Donald Trump would destroy what was left of the Republican Party.

The decline of the GOP was of a piece with the rise of an adversarial, “Progressive,” class of journalists. Their pursuit of “Progressive”–i.e. Leftist, utopian, big government– solutions placed every candidate identified as “conservative” in the crosshairs of negative reporting.

Who wants a mistake or mistakes you made when you were 17, or two years ago, broadcast to everyone who watches the local news or reads the local papers?

The seventeen “plain vanilla,” lackluster, candidates for the Republican nomination in 2016 were beaten by a candidate so morally calloused that he didn’t care what was revealed about his sexual escapades. Only his business interests and personal taxes were off-limits, and even there Donald Trump thought he could evade scrutiny.

The final result of Donald Trump’s election will be the destruction of the political party that won the American Civil War, freed the slaves, abolished slavery and became the vehicle of partisans for free trade, freedom of enterprise, and limited government. They put up a good, mostly losing, fight, but that party is gone.

Goodbye, GOP. It was nice knowing you!

JUNE 6, 2016

Finally, a consensus is building that Donald Trump is not the beginning of a new GOP, but the death of the GOP. Even the tired. old, Democrat Party will have more life in it by the end of this Presidential election, than a defeated Trump-led GOP.

That need not have happened, but The Donald is an imperfect carrier of ideas that made him the Republican nominee. Two of those ideas were long in coming–the limits of an ideology of free trade and open borders. But, apparently, millions of Republican primary voters were waiting for someone to advocate closing our borders and limiting free trade.

My guess is that many of the “new” voters that Trump attracted are long time Democrats, straight Party line voters, who felt that the Progressives within the Democrat Party had gone too far.

Trump figured that out, and ran with ideas that enabled him to defeat the internationalist faction within the GOP and those who for religious or ideological reasons feel that it is America’s obligation to impose democracy on the world–by force of arms.

The Bush, neoconservative, War Party faction in the GOP, promoted by News Corp’s Wall Street Journal and Fox News, has been given a comeuppance by The Donald and was not able to find a candidate to run on a Third Party ticket. They’ll be back, for sure, but not as Republicans.


Aspiring Writers–Take Heart!

September 9, 2018

You’ve heard it a dozen times, learn IT.

And well you should learn some form of computer programming, just to see if that’s a “fit” with the way you reason.

Not all reason alike.

Computer programming requires “serial” reasoning, but most other disciplines require what I call “synoptic” reasoning. Aristotle distinguished the two by observing that serial reasoning is “deductive,” the kind of thinking in which Sherlock Holmes excelled.

But, there’s also “inductive” reasoning by which a person sees the whole of what’s in front of him and from there burrows into the depth of what he sees. Albert Einstein was an “inductive” reasoner and, if that describes you, take heart.

Something revolutionary has happened in media as great as the break from silent films to “talkies.” You can read about that in an excellent report by Sam Adams on the battle between Netflix and Cannes in Slate. Mr. Adams reports that the famous French film festival at Cannes will not permit a film to be considered for one of the many prestigious awards given out at Cannes, unless they first had a theatrical release.

Fortunately, this led the managers of the Venice Film Festival to take the opposite position

Films, motion pictures, even low budget ones that you can write scripts for, or produce after one or two film production courses, no longer require theatrical distribution! Major companies, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu are distributing “first run” feature films via the Internet!

If you like to read and like to write–the two skills go together–you can write a script and attempt to sell it to Netflix–or one of the other new entrants into the motion picture business–and KaBOOM, you’re famous.

Most people just watch Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu and couldn’t care less about the protectionist ways of the French. An enormous number of eyeballs are watching films on TVs, PCs and hand-held devices! That spells opportunity for all you synoptic thinkers out there who can write!


Obama vs. Trump

September 8, 2018

Yesterday, Friday, September 7, former President Barack Obama outlined how Democrats can attack President Donald Trump in a speech at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.   Click here for the text of that speech.

He was there to accept the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government.  The University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign was founded in 1867 as a “Land Grant” university and established to advance the application of scientific standards to agriculture.  “Land Grant” universities today are the backbone of the system of public higher education in the United States. Paul Douglas served as a U.S. Senator from Illinois for eighteen years. He was defeated for re-election by Charles Percy.

It is appropriate that a University was host to a former Democrat President for a major political address. Universities are home to our Politically Correct “intellectuals.” Watching the faces of impressionable U of I students in the audience, I was struck by how representative they were of the effective use of university classrooms across America to foster Progressive ideology.

Former President Barack Obama, as Stanley Kurz has demonstrated in Radical-in-Chief, is not your usual Progressive. He is a trained Marxist-Leninist who taught at the “Mid-West” Academy, a staunch socialist training school for agitation and propaganda according to a model fashioned by Lenin. Evidence of that orientation is visible in his September 7 speech

“Progress doesn’t just move in a straight line.” Obama said. “There’s a reason why progress hasn’t been easy and why throughout our history every two steps forward seems to sometimes produce one step back.”

“Two steps forward” and “one step back” reflects a formula for the Bolshevik Party that Lenin promulgated in “One Step Forward Two Steps Backin 1907.

Though “reviews” by commentators at CNN and MSNBC were mixed, Obama’s speech will be used, and was designed to be used, as a plan for action to take “one step forward” by Democrat-socialist activists.

At stake in the 2019 elections is the possible reversal of Obama Administration programs that, Obama told his audience, have “led to unrivaled prosperity and the rise of a broad and deep middle class and the sense that if you worked hard, you could climb the ladder of success.” This road to prosperity is uneven, and forces had to be combated by return to “our founding ideals, that all of us are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.”

Wrapping himself in the inspirational language of the Declaration of Independence, Obama called his audience to take forward steps that previous generations acclaimed in “Onward Christian Soldiers.”

Onward, Obama urged his young audience. Onward against the “status quo” by people fearful of change. Defense of the  status quo  has led to some being left behind like the “factory worker, …the office worker, or even middle managers.” That has given those at “the top of the economic pyramid” the power to ”skew things” to their benefit.

When Obama took office in 2009, he told his audience of students who were nine years old at the time, he was fighting a 40-year trend begun–if we count correctly–in 1969. Those were bad years, apparently, when Presidents Nixon,  Ford, Reagan and George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush dominated national politics until that great day when Barack Obama was elected.

All that is necessary to assure a return to the successful time in America of the Obama years, Obama urged his student audience, is for us to vote, and not take our basic rights for granted.  But, we must pay attention to what’s going on around us. Though most in his audience spend their time texting or looking at their iPads and not “paying attention to what’s going on,” Obama asserted, that we must focus on what is happening today.

Obama–who doesn’t “text” but keeps his eyes on the big picture–believes that  “A politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment: has taken hold and “demagogues promise simple fixes to complex problems.”

Though no one party has always been responsible, “over the past few decades, the politics of division and resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican party.”

Since we can count, “the past few decades” to which Obama is referring are most likely those four bad decades of big, bad, Republican Party dominance that were overcome by the election of Barack Obama.

We are also fortunate, he declared, because “Democrats aren’t just running on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage, they’re running on good new ideas like Medicare for all, giving workers seats on corporate boards, reversing the most egregious corporate tax cuts to make sure college students graduate.”

I could go on, but you get the idea: big government can be saved, if you students vote, become activists, and devote your time and actions, not to studying, but to defeating Republicans like Donald Trump. Only 1 in 5 young people voted in 2016, Obama noted, so get your heads out of those iPads!

It remains to be seen if Obama will arouse the 19 to 34 year old cohort of voters to take time to vote in 2019, but others surely will, and Obama will make many more appeals like this one in order to make certain that occurs.






Who are they?

September 6, 2018

Dick Bishirjian

Early in the third year of Yorktown University, members of our Board of Trustees met at the office of the Free Congress Foundation. In the lower left the late Paul Weyrich, to his right is Paula Jones’ attorney, Gilbert K. Davis, and behind Gil Davis is Louis Barnett, former Reagan aide and to Lou’s left, Dick Bishirjian.

Mr. “Resistance”

September 6, 2018

The OpEd “Resistance” letter from a high Trump Administration official is published in today’s The New York Times. That The Times would publish an anonymous criticism of the President is part and parcel of the adversarial nature of journalism today.

We have two problems: one is the incompetence of President Trump which has been a theme of blogs in this space since 2017 and the other is the power of a New Class of intellectuals who shape public opinion.

There are many reasons why conservatives who regularly vote Republican took a chance on the election of someone so flawed a candidate as Donald Trump. He captured the GOP from a weak list of seventeen contenders for the GOP nomination for President in 2016.

One of the best, in terms of prior experience, Jeb Bush, would have been a reprise of his brother’s Presidency and rejection of “W” was governing the selection of a nominee in 2016.  No more Bush family members was the silent thought of the Party faithful.

Then, some voters wanted a Republican President because he would name the next member of the U.S. Supreme Court. That sounded to me like the strategy of the Federalists who thought they could control American government from the Judiciary. Thomas Jefferson showed them they were wrong.

But, the deciding factor in the election of Donald Trump was white, working class, Democrat voters, many of whom had been unemployed, or underemployed, for decades. These were the least among us, the non-college educated workers, many of whom lost their jobs in the manufacturing sector when their employers moved production to Mexico.

That a literally bad man with no understanding of how government is managed, no ties to the conservative movement, who cannot read easily due to dyslexia, was elected was a dangerous precedent. The only thing Donald Trump brought to the public was his celebrity and for being known for his “knowness.”

The author of the “Resistance” letter is not a typical Presidential appointee because he violates a code of political appointees: leave in silence. This person chose to stay and openly criticize the man who appointed him. Who he is is irrelevant. He should never have been appointed in the first place.

But this example of perfidy is a mere bump along a more troubled path now being affected by a New Class of “journalists,” college teachers, administrators of charities and “Progressives” in other important sectors of our advanced industrial economy administered by a centralized State.

That “State” now dominates American State and local government and is fed by poorly educated university graduates in a system of “higher” education, so lacking in intellectual diversity, that it is difficult to find a single conservative voice on most of the more than 3,000 college and universities in the United States.

That exclusive form of thought control assures that our political waters will be roiled by persons who in other times would not aspire to public office, nor would they be elected, if they did..