Tonight is the moment that Donald Trump’s running mate, Governor Mike Pence, is introduced to the nation. As I explained after he was chosen, I think much of the furor over Pence’s impact, both positive and negative, is pointless. Read More »
Tonight’s headliners can be loosely classified under the rubric of the Surrender Caucus. In addition to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Speaker of the House, Luis Gutierrez’s gringo friend Paul Ryan, will take center stage. By the way, Mr. Ryan is facing a conservative, anti-mass immigration primary challenge. Read More »
One of the most heartening aspects of Donald Trump’s candidacy is his eagerness to give a national platform to the men and women whose families have been devastated by criminal, illegal aliens. It’s hard to conceive of any other nominee-Republican or Democrat-willing to use the news media to highlight the victims of illegal immigration, but that’s precisely what will be happening tonight in Cleveland. Read More »
Some initial thoughts:
-Without being able to peer into the mind of Donald Trump, it’s hard to discern what prompted him to pick Governor Pence. If we take his words at face value, party unity was one of the primary motivating factors. That undoubtedly played a role, although I doubt it will sway Republicans in the Dump Trump camp, whose obsession borders on the pathological and will undoubtedly persist through Cleveland. My take is that this choice is a bid to boost the perceived statesmanship of the GOP going into November. The gravitas deficit, a la Dick Cheney and Gaffes Biden, who was at one point inexplicably believed to add stature to a presidential ticket, is something HRC’s media lapdogs have tried to play up throughout this campaign. Keep in mind, Donald Trump’s opponent is a woman who owes her political career to the slanders she professed in defense of a man who used the Oval Office as a brothel, but this is the world we live in.
-While some analysts have already mocked Pence’s pronounced lack of charisma, the truth is that this is one area in which the Republican ticket needs no artificial enhancement. If Republicans had nominated another sacrificial lamb like Mitt Romney, a man who can be emasculated by the likes of Candy Crowley in front of a national television audience, then perhaps a fire-eater would be in order. However, Donald Trump is an individual who is not only capable of eviscerating his Democratic opponent and her myrmidons in the press, but relishes the opportunity. As Michael Malice has pointed out, Trump has already neutralized nearly the entire playbook the Democratic Party has used to great effect in previous campaigns. He has the rhetorical equivalent of a Predator drone at his disposal, while Hillary will be bringing a pistol whose cartridges are mostly blank. The need for Pence to assume the traditional attack dog role of a presidential running mate has not only been lessened, it’s been virtually eliminated. Read More »
I have some thoughts on the Republican ticket, one of them slightly unconventional, but will save them for another day. It’s worthwhile spending a post on what’s occurring in the UK, which has important implications for the West going forward.
Peter Hitchens sums up the surreal political dynamics at work within post-Brexit Great Britain. A nation which voted decisively to sever its ties to the unnatural, dysfunctional European superstate, yet now finds itself led by someone who wouldn’t look out of place at the European Commission. In fact, the former chair of the EC, now holding a lucrative sinecure advising Goldman Sachs, could serve as the model for Ms. May once she retires from 10 Downing Street. It truly is remarkable that the Conservative Party is now led by a full-fledged social justice warrior, with a concomitant dedication to militant feminism, sharia compliance and utterly meaningless political cliches. Someone who believes there’s a direct correlation between a fire department’s efficacy and the percentage of its employees who aren’t white.
It seems fitting that someone without the courage to campaign on behalf of her professed beliefs has become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom without the consent of her party’s voters. Read More »
Update: The jihadist truck driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, was known to police, naturally.
English language updates from Michael Horowitz.
A timeline of the attack.
The Nice attack: a firsthand account.
What pathological altruism looks like.
The despicable whitewashing of Hillary Clinton’s malfeasance continues to generate outrage in the unlikeliest places, including the usually ridiculous Huffington Post. The exoneration of the former Secretary of State at the hands of someone who has shown a penchant for overlooking the crimes of Clintonian public officials has raised the hackles of people across the political spectrum. Read More »
Today marks the 240th anniversary of the moment America officially cleaved itself from its colonial master, Great Britain. Although there are a number of ways to commemorate this occasion, I would suggest learning more about the events which led up to this momentous historical decision. To that end, you can peruse my recommended reading list here. Read More »
Even as the collectivist enterprise in Venezuela implodes, spreading misery, resentment, and hopelessness among the 30 million people suffering under Chavismo-whose tales of woe are easily accessible-there are those who refuse to acknowledge the destruction their ideas have caused. The allure of Marxism, in spite of its astronomical body count, to public intellectuals and elite opinion-makers cannot be underestimated, in spite of its dismal track record.
One of the more astonishing moments during last month’s lecture in favor of open borders occurred when I brought up the Rotherham outrages, which the speaker-perhaps out of ignorance-declared to be a “recent” phenomenon within Europe. Actually, the systemic kidnapping, rape, sex grooming, and beating of white, Christian, English girls by Muslim Pakistanis-and the coverup of these abuses by the political class and law enforcement-has been occurring for well over 2 decades. Although it’s seductive to believe the Islamic predation sweeping Europe is a recent phenomenon-an aberration caused by the current political turmoil in the Middle East-that is simply not the case. Read More »
One of the defining features of our society is its strange approach to citizenship. We live in the only major Western nation which operates under a policy of unrestricted jus soli, which means that individuals seeking to acquire American citizenship for their children need only birth them on United States soil in order to do so, even if they have no tangible ties to this country. Read More »