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Nazis Under the Bed

August 14, 2018

There’s a lot of interest in parallels between Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini. The President’s autocratic rhetoric leaves him open to such comparisons, but better than calling him a Nazi or Fascist, we should ask if President Trump has “totalitarian” tendencies.

Totalitarians are prepared to destroy real people, cultures–reality itself—in order to bring about a better reality.

I’m not seeing that in President Trump, so why all these criticisms of Trump  as a Nazi or Fascist?

One of my colleagues who was a television producer used to refer to the History Channel as the “Hitler Channel.” My mother’s family got out of Germany before WW I, so I’ve not been personally touched by the actions of Hitler’s Germany.  But there is an abundance of German newsreels from that era to remind me of what happened after they left.

My life was more affected by the Soviet Union, Castro’s communist Cuba, the Cuban missile crisis and Ronald Reagan’s decision to invade Grenada. Given all that, why isn’t there much about the former Soviet Union and the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev in documentary and feature films. That there isn’t is too bad since the Gulag Archipelago was larger than the death camps in Nazi Germany and crushed more lives.

Why can’t our film producers delve into that history, go to Russia and buy up films of that era and conduct  interviews with survivors of the Gulag? Or, better yet, go to the People’s Republic of China and attempt to produce a documentary on Mao Tse-tung?

The reason, I fear, is that our journalists, documentary and film producers, were indoctrinated in Progressive Left ideas when in college and are just plain ignorant of this other evidence of man’s inhumanity to man. Before there were penalties for “hate speech,” we would call these journalists “stupid.”

Russia’s Takeover of Georgia

August 14, 2018

I caught an interview on Fox with House Intelligence committee chairman, Devin Nunes, outlining the aggressive buildup of Russian military in Georgia. This is an important issue so, in order to learn more, I turned to a podcast recorded on August 10 of John Batchelor’s radio program.

There Batchelor in an interview with former Deputy Assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka. delved into this problem in greater detail. Gorka resigned his appointment about the time Steve Bannon departed the White House staff. Gorka’s and Bannon’s absence left a gap in Trump’s foreign policy team that was buttressed only by appointment of National Security Advisor, John Bolton. Such changes in staff should not materially affect a nation’s foreign policy, but this Administration’s foreign policies are never certain.

Russian aggression in Georgia and Ukraine is the beginning of Vladimir Putin’s attempt to rebuild the Russian Empire. President Trump’s lack of a foreign policy directed at Putin’s ambitions is a threat to stable relations between our two countries.

A Second Civil War

August 13, 2018

After the election results in the November 1964 Presidential election were tallied, we young conservatives–fresh out of college–had to decide what to do next. Many of us were intellectuals who were captivated by Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom, Russell Kirk’s Conservative Mind and Eric Voegelin’s New Science of Politics. We figured that if we could earn a Ph.D. we could obtain employment as a college teacher and adjust to a socialist America and Soviet dominated Europe and Asia. If we became attorneys we could make a good living and maybe run for political office. Many of us hunkered down and joined the family business.

After half a century, we still got a quasi-Socialist American economy, but the seventy-five year domination of Russia and Eastern Europe by a Marxist-Leninist Communist Party ended in 1991.

That was twenty-seven years ago and what do we have to show for it?

Something happened to “us.”

If we remained political or economic conservatives–even with PhDs–employment was blocked except at third and fourth tier colleges. If we were theologically inclined Protestants, our religious denominations were more interested in salvation in this life.

Few of us who were Catholics were inclined to the Catholic priesthood because the rules of obedience and celibacy are just too much to ask in a Church that is committed to “Social Justice.”

But, we still are looking at a coming collapse of the American economy from Entitlement programs, and spending to which we cannot say “No.”

Beyond our shores, a renascent Russian government is engaged in recovering the Russian Empire.

Western Europe no longer is tethered to the philosophic and theological principles of the Christian West.

Here at home, our system of education, public and private, is corrupting our youth.

As we look ahead two years to the November 2020 Presidential election we can see only possible calamity–dissolution of even the strongest political Party bonds–and a high likelihood that what the Framers of our Constitution hoped would become our future will be discarded in a likely military solution.

We went through a similar period in the years leading up to our first Civil War.  But, that war was between States. The coming Civil War will be between “us” and “them.”

May God help us as we face the next two years of self-government.

Trump’s Racism

August 11, 2018

Over many years, I’ve encountered a variety of forms of racism. The most alarming was a vicious anti-Semitism expressed in the New York City “rug market” by a Syrian merchant. A lesser type of anti-Semitic racism took form by referring to Jews as “Kikes.”

At a wedding I attended as the guest of a high school buddy who is now a Reform Rabbi, someone threw a hub cap into our dining area. The other guests who were Jewish took something like that for granted. But, I was outraged since anti-Christian acts were not anything I had experienced. I probably should have remembered what my grandfather and grandmother experienced during the Armenian genocide.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, I heard hundreds of racial epithets aimed at African-Americans. That was Pittsburgh in the 1960s through 1980s.  At a Pitt/Notre Dame football game, I heard Pitt fans say “Look at that little monkey go” when Notre Dame’s Raghib “Rocket” Ismail ran for a touchdown. And baseball’s Jackie Robinson endured terrible harassing for breaking the color barrier in professional baseball.

Gender epithets were aimed at women who were called “Sluts,” and Poles were called Pollocks and Hunkies, Irish were called “Micks,” and Italians “Dagos” or “botchagaloop.”

Today the epithet “Racist” is directed at Donald Trump for some rough language he has used and because he appeals to a form of ethnic nationalism first used effectively in the late 1960s by the British MP, Enoch Powell.

One of my former consultants was an Egyptian Christian who endured anti-Christian attitudes by Muslim citizens of Egypt.

That type of racism is quite obvious, but there is a less obvious form that might be called “Reverse Racism.” So much is made of President Trump’s alleged racism that one wonders if those throwing that label at Trump are not themselves “Racist.”  MSNBC and CNN are the worst examples of that, so concentrated is their “anti-racism.”  If I were an African-American, I’d begin to ask– “down deep, are they racists?”

I’ve noticed that some men who are super-Feminists actually hate women, as if they are overcompensating for deep animosity they feel toward their mothers or ex-wives.

What’s the bottom line? People like being around people like themselves. That’s the origin of ethnic, religious and even political tribalism. So, be careful whom you call a Racist, that bell tolls for thee.

What next?

August 9, 2018

One of the causes shaping the election of a Celebrity President is a fundamental reality: American political culture is in decline.

We see that in the low public opinion of Congress whose members are so “ordinary,” lack of interest in political careers by our “best and brightest,” “journalists” who believe they are citizens of the world, and an essential materialism that infuses American society.

American political culture is on a “downer” unlike in any other, more exuberant, eras that defined the American people.

After the French and Indian War, American colonists became conscious of shared interests independent from the British Crown. From that came the “Spirit of ’76.”

Other positive eras were similarly defined:  World War I (the Roaring Twenties) and World War II (anti-Communism). In 1991 the “Evil Empire” collapsed releasing the energies of formally “captive nations,” but in the United States American political leaders were defined by peripheral impulses, not central virtues.

Jimmy Carter’s impious moralism, George H.W. Bush’s Kennebunkport “Internationalism,” Bill Clinton’s rapacious sexual appetite, George W. Bush’s recovery from addiction and, of course, Donald J. Trump’s “Celebrity.”

We would not be Americans, if we didn’t ask “What next?”

That question reveals some difficult problems. The ranks of Congressional leaders are composed of the lackluster, Paul Ryan, the cunning, Marco Rubio, the zealots, Ted Cruz, and socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. None exists to give confidence that after Trump we’ll find anything better.

There is a solution: change the culture. How can we do that?

Remove the Progressive Left from dominance in American higher education. Institute tough libel and slander laws and constrain the citizens of the world who make up our ranks of “Journalists,” and recover civic education as a component of our high schools and colleges.

Do that and Jesse Watters’ “World” will feature interviews with sensible, knowledgeable citizens not unlike those who fought a war to establish the independence of the American colonies.

Female “Conservative” Impersonators

August 6, 2018

How many times have you seen the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin described as “conservative.” Perhaps that word describes Rubin’s hatred for conservatives, but not one of her columns or television appearances at MSNBC has commented positively on conservatives.

Rubin is a female conservative impersonator.

Another conservative impersonator is MSNBC’s Elise Jordan who has been described as a former “staffer” to Sen. Rand Paul, Republican strategist and NR contributor along with other “conservative” roles she has performed. Jordan, too, is a Leftist, impersonator, and parrots the MSNBC line for the newly packaged Liberal centrist, Joe Scarborough.

Another is former communications director for George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain’s campaign for President, Nicolle Wallace, In that role she undercut McCain’s VP running-mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, presumably in order to curry favor with NBC’s Katie Couric. Wallace now has a regular program each afternoon at MSNBC.

And then there’s Andrea Mitchell who parlaed her marriage to former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, into access to GOP circles, but never utters a favorable word about the GOP on her MSNBC program.

There are, of course, some terrific women conservatives in media and various think tanks, but none makes it into the Leftist precincts of MSNBC owned by Liberal Democrat partisan Brian L. Roberts. I’m inclined to believe that Roberts and AT&T that owns Warner Media manager of CNN need to put a couple of real female conservatives on their programs or risk having their wings clipped.

Whom should they consider?

How about Susan Ferrechio or the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway.

There would be more women media persons to consider, but you need a “break” to get started. If you study “Journalism” at a major Journalism school you’ll be indoctrinated in PC ideology. Stan Evans ran a Journalism Center for conservatives who wanted to crack into journalism, but Stan died in 2015. Here’s a link to alumni of Stan’s school. Young America’s Foundation continues Stan’s program, but there are very few conservatives like Stan who believe in education and YAF’s focus is on high school age students.

Paul Weyrich did something special when he founded National Empowerment Television. Bright young college educated conservatives were employed at NET and learned video programming, production, and the many skills that support television programming. Today, there is no track like that that to guarantee a job in media; you have to create your own. One way to do that is to become active in your college’s radio station and parlay that experience into an entry level job at a local radio or TV station. Other than that, good luck–and don’t let potential employers know that you like Susan Ferrechio or Mollie Hemingway.

 

 

 

Trump Outclassed

August 5, 2018

If you read the transcript of the press conference in Helsinki on July 16 you will see one responsible national leader and another who is outclassed. Apparently the American electorate came to the same conclusion and the Trump White House has played “Defense” for four weeks.

Read Putin’s statement carefully because he came prepared and touched on topics vital to the national interest of Russia:

  • the conflict between the US and Russia is no longer “ideological”;
  • absence of “mechanisms” for resolving conflict;
  • terrorism;
  • economic problems;
  • environmental issues;
  • nonproliferation on weapons of mass destruction;
  • disarmament;
  • extension of the Strategic Offensive Arms Limitation Treaty;
  • American anti-missile defenses;
  • INF treaty;
  • Cyber-security;
  • Weapons in outer space;
  • mutual cooperation of intelligence services;
  • Syria;
  • Israel;
  • North Korea;
  • JCPOA and Iran
  • Ukraine;
  • Russian interference in the 2016 election;
  • expansion of business and cultural contacts;

President Trump’s response indicates that he came unprepared to the Helsinki Summit and no preparatory meetings of any depth were conducted by sub-Cabinet executives at State, Defense, CIA, DNA or the U,S. Treasury. That is dangerous to the American national interests and Trump needs to compensate for his inexperience and general incompetence by developing a team that meets with their Russian counterparts before the next “Summit.”