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Romney for President?

May 19, 2019

On Sunday, May 17, 2019, CNN’s Jake Tapper conducted an eleven minute interview with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) that will raise the hackles of Trump supporters and even traditional Republican voters.

Candidate Donald Trump, for reasons not clearly expressed, did not attract the endorsement of Republican voters who are members of the Church of Latter Day Saints. “Mormons” are very serious about saintliness and the evidence is clear:  Donald Trump did not live a saintly life and exhibited serious character flaws.

What was unusual, however, was Mormon rejection of this particular Republican once Donald Trump was nominated.

After all, Mormons and traditional Republicans had nowhere to go, but vote for Donald Trump.  Most Republicans voted for Trump reluctantly. Reasoning that President Trump would nominate conservative jurists to the Supreme Court of the United States and protect American culture from Godlessness, Fundamentalist Protestant Christians unanimously supported Donald Trump.

The interview that Sen. Romney gave today signified that Willard Mitt Romney may challenge Donald Trump in 2020 and that, most certainly, he will be a candidate for President of the United States in 2024.

Underlying this decision are some geological faults in American politics. The largest broken aspect of our politics is the unwillingness of qualified persons to seek public office.  Our media is designed by training to expose the faults of Republicans and especially conservative Republicans. Who needs that?

None but the morally callused, power hungry, or ignorant office seekers are willing to endure this gauntlet. In Mitt’s interview with Jake Tapper, he placed Donald Trump in the category of the morally callused, power hungry, and ignorant.

 

Andrew Marshal & War with Iran

May 16, 2019

The U.S. military services–Navy, Army and Air Force–are as good as the current war. After hostilities end, the skills learned tend to lead to planning to fight the last war. The recent death of Andrew Marshall, director of the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment from 1973 until he retired in 2015, informs us about why strategic thinking about national defense cannot be left to the Generals and Admirals.

After all, if you’re a career officer in the U.S. Navy, you want as many naval weapons as the President and Congress will give you. President Trump wants to add a 12th aircraft carrier to the fleet.

If you’re in the U.S. Army you want tanks, infantry and whatever else it takes to win land battles. And, of course, Generals in the Air Force want ballistic missiles and welcome President Trump’s call for a “Space Command.”

Once all those toys are accumulated, they require a national strategy designed to deter our enemies from gaining advantage.

For that type of thinking, for forty-two years, we had Andy Marshall.

One of the strategic tools for fighting wars developed effectively in WW II was the aircraft  carrier. That is no longer the case.

Today, all Naval warships, including aircraft carriers, are vulnerable to attacks from missiles. Here is a link to the People’s Republic of China’s anti-ship missile capabilities.

Russia has them, too, and Iran, in response  to the repositioning of the USS Abraham Lincoln has deployed small boats armed with missiles in advance of that aircraft carrier’s arrival.

The Mullahs in Iran are aware that during the Falkland war in 1982, Argentina used French “Exocet” missiles to destroy Britain’s HMS Sheffield, a 4,100 ton destroyer.

As far back as 1982, Andy Marshall understood that carriers potentially are “floating coffins.”

CNN 1 AT&T 0

May 12, 2019

A little more than a month ago, AT&T’s purchase of TimeWarner was finalized. That acquisition gives a telephone company access to big bucks in entertainment, streaming media and news and information.

One of the businesses that AT&T acquired was Left-of-center CNN. CNN is for Progressive “journalists” what Liberty University is for political conservatives–“Home.”

Unfortunately, the telephone executives in charge of WarnerMedia are from the American Southwest and MidWest, not the Left coast, and they feel in their bones that the tilt at CNN needs balance.

So, John Stankey, the Midwestern fella in charge of WarnerMedia, has made some changes that are visible to some viewers of CNN. Nothing dramatic, but there are subtle differences, namely Republican officeholders are interviewed.

Balance is good, but there is balance and the appearance of balance. Witness yesterday’s interview of Florida Congressman Ted Yoho by weekend anchor at CNN, Christi Paul.

Christi Paul is a contender for the Tokyo Rose award that I began to give to Leftist female “journalists” in February of last year. The current “Winner,” Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski, a shrill voice heard too often on MSNBC”s “Morning Joe,” may now be displaced by Christi Paul.

Apparently, Ms. Paul got the news from Mr. Stankey that CNN needs balance, so she interviewed Ted Yoho about critical national security issues.

My former office in Gainesville, Florida was just down the street from Cong. Yoho’s constituent office, so I got to know this Ocala veterinarian. When you were concerned that your horse might go lame, Ted Yoho was the man to see. He was good with sick and hurt animals, and everyone liked him.

If your boss tells you to introduce balance at CNN, Ted Yoho is the perfect person to put on camera and interview him about the Mullahs in Teheran, Vladimir Putin and trade with Communist China.  As intended, Ted looked like a dummy and Christi Paul looked as good as ever as she sent AT&T a message: “Don’t screw with CNN’s crowd of Leftists.”

Trump’s Re-election Chances

May 3, 2019

President Trump’s chances of re-election in 2020 depend on one choice that Democrats will make that year: choosing or not choosing Joe Biden as the Democrat Party’s candidate for President of the United States.

And much will depend on voters in Pennsylvania.

City Journal’s assistant editor, Charles F. McElwee, reveals important data about Pennsylvania in an essay titled “Biden’s Key: Pennsylvania.”

This morning I read McElwee’s essay with interest because I’m from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that has been a one-Party dominated city longer than Finland was subservient to the Soviet Union.

In 1960-1964 as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, I worked for the Allegheny County Republican Party during the Nixon/Kennedy contest for President and for Barry Goldwater in 1964. During that time I learned about “walking around money” and how that was used to pay registered Democrats to vote paper ballots marked up for Republican candidates, how to bribe union leaders and, even that long ago, with very few exceptions I understood that corporate executives with Fortune 500 companies had no political philosophy–they went along to get along.

If Joe Biden is the nominee in 2020–even given signs of ravages of old age–he will win Pennsylvania and all the states that put Donald Trump over the top in 2016.

However, the large number of Democrat Party aspirants for the 2020 nomination contain many who will assure Trump’s re-election. They include twenty of these twenty-one declared candidates.

If McElwee is right, only Biden can win.

 

The Coming Millennial Havoc

May 3, 2019

Since the French Revolution, intellectual classes throughout Western Europe have been infected by the virus of ideology. In the case of France, that ideology flew the flags of Liberty and Equality. Later, in Germany, the flags that were flown cited “Volk” and “Rasse.” In Russia, Marxist ideology destroyed traditional culture. In each case, destructive violence and murder of tens of thousands of people was seen as necessary.

May 2nd was the 500th anniversary of the birth of Leonardo DaVinci. A ceremony was held at his burial site in France where his body was placed after finding his remains at the site of a church destroyed during the French Revolution.

These murderous ideologies required centralization of power of the state in order to realize their ideological claims. Though centralization of the state was founded in France by the Monarchy, revolutionary France heightened the power of the state when it welcomed the coup d’état of Napoleon.

As Napoleon invaded Europe, the ideology of revolution was spread into higher education and that led to battles that have been waged ever since between “traditional” educators and the ideologues.

Today, the dominance of “Progressives” in the United States at every level of education, the law, media and government. threatens civil society with loss of freedom and our country’s independence.

That is the theme of a series of presentations being organized titled “Loss of Country.”

No traditional order in the West—in our case “representative government”–has survived civil war, revolution or centralization of state power once ideologies achieve dominance. In each historical case that we discuss in a series of Webcasts on the theme “Loss of Country”–China, France, Germany, Poland–defenders of tradition dealt with loss of life and personal freedom.

Here is a description of the first two presentations scheduled to be given on June 13 in Washington, DC at the Institute of World Politics:

June 13, 2019

Dr. Richard Bishirjian: The Artful Recluse. This presentation will discuss a recent study by the Asia Society of painting, poetry and politics of 17th Century China. Titled “The Artful Recluse,” the work examines a time of crisis and change during the late Ming and early Qing Dynasties and how Chinese artists and intellectuals dealt with the loss of their country to the Mongols. If you’ve said to yourself, “I no longer recognize my country,” then you realize that we are very close to being compelled to chose reclusiveness as a way to survive dangerous times.

Dr. Jack Tierney: To Lose a Country: France 1940. The title of this presentation is taken from the third volume of Alistair Horne’s trilogy on French-German relations (wars) between 1870 and 1940. France lost two and won the middle (1918) but in the last (1940) France, in effect, lost itself, i.e. its “country.” What does the loss of “country” imply and does it occur every time a war is lost?

Recovery of tradition from the long decline in university standards is the ultimate purpose of this series of presentations on “Loss of Country.”

Today, this long decline in university standards has generated a new class of college educated Americans who have no loyalty to their country. That portends a coming havoc and loss of country.

 

Watching our Media Enemies

April 28, 2019

Gabriel Sherman writes about Lachlan Murdoch in Vanity Fair on April 25 that Lachlan Murdoch is sensitive to charges that FoxNews is “State TV. ”

And well he might.

FoxNews is a business and when and if a Democrat succeeds to the Office of the President, FoxNews will be in deep doo doo.

Sherman writes, “Lachlan is a libertarian conservative, not a MAGA diehard, who in private has expressed annoyance at Trump. ‘He doesn’t like Trump,’ one person who has spoken with Lachlan told me. ‘There’s a lot of talk of the direction of the network changing under Lachlan,’ the senior Fox staffer said.”

Lachlan Murdoch already has shown his hand by appointing former Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, to the Board of Directors of Fox Corp.

Though I’m a political conservative, with a few exceptions of opinion journalists at Fox like Tucker Carlson and a Sunday program on media hosted by Howard Kurtz, I watch MSNBC and CNN.

“Keep your eye on your enemy”  is good advice when it comes to mainline media.

There is nothing good to say about MSNBC except “hopeless,” and CNN is painful to watch, not for what it is, but for what it could be if its new owners moved Jeff Zucker out of CNN and replaced Christi Paul, Nia Malika Henderson, Wolf Blitzer, Victor Blackwell, Jake Tapper, Don Lemon and Van Jones with truly objective journalists.

Instead, Lachlan has added Mara Liasson, Donna Brazille, Jessica Tarcov and flirts with Axios, a left of center, ‘objective,” source of news reporting. When he’s done taking FoxNews to the Progressive Left, I’ll have to begin watching FoxNews, so many enemies of political conservatives will it house.

 

 

The Progressive’s War against the States

April 25, 2019

We pointed out on April 20 that the Progressive’s 17th Amendment to the Constitution providing for direct election of members of the U.S. Senate in 1913 assured that few Senators of distinction would be elected to the Senate. The next Progressive attack on quality of elected officials will involve abolition of the Electoral College.

Designed to protect the interests of the States, the Framers provided for an “Electoral College.” Each state “appoints in such manner as its Legislature may direct” a number of Electors equal to the number of Senators and members of the House of Representatives. The States will then “make a list of all persons voted for, and the number of votes for each…” That list is then signed and certified, sealed and transmitted to “the Seat of the Genl. Government, directed to the President of the Senate…” (Madison’s Notes, Sepr. 4. 1787).

Many of the some twenty candidates for the Democrat nomination for President in 2020 favor direct election of the President by popular vote. If ratified, that amendment will give greater power to the States  with large populations and render citizens of smaller states to a condition of “observers” of Presidential elections. When and if that occurs, the complete centralization of power in the federal government will have been attained and the government of the United States will become more like European centralized governments than the more limited government intended by the Framers. A trend to a multi-party system will accelerate and American politics will become totally driven by Progressive ideologies.