Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Confirmation that conservatives are on the correct side of the ideological divide is emphatically confirmed by comparing the Left and Right responses to the death of one of history's most notorious tyrants, Fidel Castro.
Barack Obama --
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans - in Cuba and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.
For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements...
...Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro's family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.
Compare this to Donald Trump's statement --
Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.
Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.
While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.
Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.
I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.
With this statement, Trump has already shown himself superior to Obama in his understanding of good vs evil.
Austin Yack compiled a ten worst list of responses to Castro's death - Jimmy Carter, Jeremy Corbin, Michael Higgins, Jesse Jackson, Jean-Claude Juncker, Ban Ki-moon, Enrique Pena Nieto, Barack Obama, Jill Green, Justin Trudeau --
Some notable tweets marking the occasion --
Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) tweeted at 10:05 AM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
The passing of a totalitarian Communist dictator is a great occasion to observe which people are morally decrepit and which are not.
Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) tweeted at 8:57 AM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Seeing who's fawning over a dead dictator and who's not is a good guide to which political leaders & commentators to respect, and which not.
Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) tweeted at 8:24 AM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Jimmy Carter, Justin Trudeau, Jeremy Corbyn, Ken Livingstone. All who we thought they were.
Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) tweeted at 10:22 AM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Impossible to take seriously people who think Trump is a threat to freedom when they praise Fidel Castro.
Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) tweeted at 9:17 AM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
My eight-month-old just looked up at me and said, “Daddy, why are people making excuses for one of history’s most egregious monsters?”
(Cooke is making a parody of the leftist notion that children are fountains of innate knowledge).
Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) tweeted at 10:54 AM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Cuba's got great health care facilities for foreigners and gvt officials. Regular Cubans...they're SOL. Ask Miami relatives to send aspirin.
Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) tweeted at 10:47 AM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
President Obama issued a pathetic statement on death of dictator #FidelCastro with no mention of thousands he killed & imprisoned.
David Burge (@iowahawkblog) tweeted at 10:56 AM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Cuba Libre- official drink of the #CastroDeathParty!
4 oz Coca-Cola
2 oz Bacardi 151
1 oz lime juice
mix with ice while dancing
Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) tweeted at 7:46 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Fidel Castro was a symbol of the struggle for justice in the shadow of empire. Presente!
And some responses to Stein's despicable comment --
Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) tweeted at 9:39 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) tweeted at 10:33 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Fidel Castro was a symbol of the fact that people of other countries would be better off if America were more committed to liberal empire.
Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) tweeted at 8:09 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
While you're at it, you should ask for a recount of the last Cuban election. 100% for the incumbent seems a bit fishyTruly amazing how the Communist Party of Cuba won so many elections with 98 or 99% of the vote. They must have been really popular.
Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) tweeted at 11:00 AM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
We know those (Cuban) elections are legitimate because Jill Stein never demanded a recount.
Matthew Continetti (@continetti) tweeted at 2:37 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
The American Left: Praising a ruthless dictator while undermining democracy with fatuous recalls almost 3 wks after election.
David Freddoso (@freddoso) tweeted at 1:59 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
I just got around to reading PM Trudeau's statement, and I'm suddenly a lot less embarrassed about my country electing Trump.
GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) tweeted at 7:00 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
What we've learned is you can never judge a country by its horrid leader. But enough about Trudeau - so I hear Castro croaked.
Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) tweeted at 10:27 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Media re: Stalin in 1934: we've seen the future and it works!
Media re: Castro in 2016: we've seen the past and it works!
Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) tweeted at 11:30 AM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Nothing says "People's Revolution" like that trademark two-Rolexes-at-once thing Castro favored.
Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) tweeted at 0:56 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
You should never say bad things about the dead, only good. Fidel Castro is dead. Good.
Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) tweeted at 9:37 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Fascinating to find out that so many liberals support sending homosexuals to labor camps.
Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) tweeted at 9:47 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
The only tragedy in Castro's death is that it happened several decades too late and that his legacy of terror and cruelty lives on.
Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) tweeted at 9:03 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Obama's statement on Castro's death is a travesty, and reveals the moral emptiness that links American radical leftism and communism.
Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) tweeted at 5:55 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Today is a reminder that deep within some social democrats lurks a fear that they are wimps and compromisers and the Communists were right.
Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) tweeted at 10:21 PM on Sat, Nov 26, 2016:
Donald Trump demonstrated more moral clarity today than any current world leader. Welcome to bizarro world.
nly tragedy in Castro's death is that it happened several decades too late and that his legacy of terror and cruelty lives on.The only tragedy in Castro's death is that it happened several decades too late and that his legacy of terror and cruelty lives on.The only tragedy in Castro's death is that it happened several decades too late and that his legacy of terror and cruelty lives on.
This and That --
Kevin Williamson wants Hillary Clinton where she belongs - in prison.
And he looks at the Pelosi model of arrogance politics.
Williamson on Castro --
Lee Habeeb writes about Cuban dissident Armando Valladares. Required reading for Castro sycophants. --
National Review editors take on Castro's death. From its style, this piece was almost certainly fully written by Jay Nordlinger.
Andrew McCarthy gives a thumbs up to Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
Conrad Black trashes the Obama legacy.
The cure for our polarized electorate is federalism --
Progressives' moral certitude blinded them to the possibility of a Trump victory --
And speaking of moral certitude...Hamilton Actor and VP lecturer Brandon Victor Dixon reveals his moral degeneracy with this tweet (just one of several) --
St. Patty's day weekend is like Christmas for black dudes who like white chicks. Happy holidays boys.
Finally, Rep. Tom Price, Trump's choice for HHS secretary and a forceful opponent of Obamacare writes this about one of the health care law's pernicious effects --
In his 2008 campaign for president, then-candidate Sen. Barack Obama repeatedly promised to cut annual health insurance premiums by $2,500. When he took office in 2009, annual family premiums for employer-provided coverage, the most common of private insurance coverage, cost $13,375 according to Kaiser. In 2016, those premiums are $18,142. That’s an increase of $4,767.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
As someone who didn't vote for Trump (or Hillary, of course), I have to admit he's looking a lot better post election. Some of this is due to his team's competent management of the transition (contra MSM reports), but much of it is related to the meltdown by the left over the results of the election. Anti-Trump riots, academic cry-ins, whining about the unfairness of the electoral college, and condescending lectures from Broadway actors are making the PEOTUS look mature, calm and in control by comparison. As several commentators have pointed out, the left's collective tantrum is having the unintended effect of cementing Trump's support, as well as shifting former NeverTrumpers over to his side. (On the other hand, the Clinton campaign supported violent anti-Trump demonstrations during the primaries, were intended to firm up his support. And they did).
If this keeps up, Trump can look forward to an easy re-election with (at the very least) Virginia, Colorado, New Hampshire, Nevada, Minnesota, Maine and New Mexico moving into his column in 2020. And then it's Pence in 2024. As David Burge recently tweeted,
Those who forget the lessons of histrionics are doomed to repeat them.
Matt Walsh --
Dear Liberals, don't lecture us about Trump when you nominated #GalCapone
Stephen Miller --
"Gosh I'd love to fly to NYC & see a $850 a ticket musical but I have an Obamacare penalty to pay" - Every union voter in Wisconsin
Erick Erickson --
Don't be too hard on the Hamilton cast. Smug lectures while Pence undoes Obama's legacy is all they have left.
John Schindler --
I can't believe POTUS will be an inexperienced, media-created fraud who's supremely self-confident but unqualified.
But enough about 2008.
Note - All the guys quoted above were strongly anti-Trump.
But enough about 2008.
Note - All the guys quoted above were strongly anti-Trump.
In his latest G-File, Jonah Goldberg celebrates the demise of the Clintons. Joyous schadenfreude. (I guess that's redundant, isn't it?)
Haha. A rude comeuppance for a would-be Trump sign stealer. --
Larry Elder -- Why we need vouchers --
Think Obama or the Clintons would ever do this? Mitt Romney waiting in line in a NY airport for a cab to take him to his meeting with Donald Trump.
For that matter, think Obama or the Clintons would forego their $400K annual presidential salary as Trump has said he will? Even when that sum is a mere pittance compared to the Crooked Couple's usual hourly rate?
Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows.
London Daily Mail --
Bill Clinton was once paid an astonishing $1.3 million for two days worth of speeches, an analysis of Clinton's finances published today shows.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Evidence that we're currently entering a little ice age, similar to the period 1250-1870...
The fracking revolution, which cost taxpayers nothing, which provides high paying jobs and government revenue, which was commenced and was developed without government planning or support, and which has been fought by central planners seeking to subsidize the "green" industry, has stemmed the rapid rise of CO2 emissions.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Kevin Williamson reflects on precedents set by Barack Obama coming back to haunt the left.
And here he is in a related discussion with Charles C.W. Cooke. Quite entertaining.
Progressives won't read or listen to this but they should. They really should.
Also -- An excellent analysis (as always) from Andrew McCarthy on whether Hillary Clinton should be pardoned.
Added 11/15 --
The most satisfying consequence of Donald Trump's election (so far) is the pain, angst and embarrassment it has generated among the smug and condescending left.
Now I see why some people think John Oliver and Stephen Colbert are funny.