Modern racists are almost entirely on the left

On the way home but a few notes on our experience here in the US. First this.

Every racist I have come across is on the left. The left are the only people today who seem to notice and dwell on anyone’s racial identity. You cannot say a critical word about anyone associated with the left-side of politics without being accused of being a racist. Even Candace Owen is attacked for being a racist, a white supremacist even.

If you say that a straight out anti-semite is anti-semitic, such as The Congresswoman from Minnesota, the automatic, and only response, is that you are a racist. What she actually said is omitted from the record and ignored. The Moad Squad have only one thing to say about their perpetual accusations is that whomever criticises them, does so only because they harbour racist beliefs. Can this really work all the way to the election? I doubt it, but you never know. But what is clear as day is that no one other than representatives of the left ever says a word about someone’s race. Taking myself as an example of one, it is possibly because it makes no difference whatsoever to anything.

These are my brief notes from Candace taken on Friday. There was more but you will get the idea.

What is the left good at? Marketing.

Blacks are on a Democrat Plan of Action. The left has won the culture wars. One dumb actress is used effectively “to promote ideas to ten million others”.

Conversation must become more colloquial. We have a “hashtag culture” which we need to capture for ourselves. We must laugh more at the left.

What are the true answers: “hard work, family and faith”.

She was speaking to a packed audience of libertarians and conservatives with a standing ovation at the end. What’s this about the content of one’s character being the only criterion for acceptance? It is the one and only criterion that should matter, but unfortunately it is a criterion accepted only on the right.

Additional Note: This was the advertisement for Candace at FreedomFest.

Candace Owens, spokeswoman for TurningPointUSA, will be joining us for the first time to talk about her emotional confrontation and debate with House Democrats on Capitol Hill.

What’s the most overblown issue of our times?

That was the question posed to a panel last night at FreedomFest, the most spectacularly interesting conference year after year I ever make my way to. In Las Vegas each year in July, a city more interesting than you might ever expect, and it has nothing to do with gambling or gamboling.

More later, but on the panel, each went for global warming (or whatever the in-fashion term might be) but the last panelist chose “White Supremacy” which, to me, won hands down.

Last night we were listening to Herman Cain, today it’s Candice Owen. If you want “diversity”, this is the place too come. Candice will be speaking on open borders.

And yet, in the hotel, Fox News was not in amongst the fifty or so stations I could choose from until I complained to management. The local paper politically is a super-charged version of The WP or NYT. How Trump keeps ahead is only because he is as articulate as he is, though every supposed error is featured beyond imagination.

And let me add these two items from Instapundit to round things out. Accusations of racism is the only arrow in the Democrat quiver and when you listen to “The Squad” – the new public face of the Democrats – there is nothing more repulsive and racist.

TAMMY BRUCE: Trump vs. AOC and ‘the squad’ – What bare-knuckle fight means for 2020.

Trump’s comments may be blunt, but they’re not “racist,” an accusation now thrown about by the Democrats as casually as saying hello. That, in fact, is the cold, hard strategy.

As Clay noted in his comments about Ocasio-Cortez accusing Pelosi of racism: “You’re getting push back so you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable.”

Unfortunately, it’s all too believable when smearing your opponents is the only card you have.

Still, after years of lies about his character and intention, USA Today reported the president’s approval rating among Republicans is now at 93 percent and the GOP’s approval rating among Americans is at 51 percent.

Trump is shoring up his base while at the same time turning Democrats against one another.

I’m not getting cocky, but this tumultuous week has nevertheless been a good week.

And then there’s this.

PAUL CURRY: The Squad to Re-Elect President Trump. “Donald Trump, by injecting himself into the Democrat’s civil war and compelling the Pelosi establishment to embrace the Squad, may have just pulled off a classic Tom Sawyer move. Rather than allowing the Democrats to reign in their extreme left flank and quell the temper-tantrum-like calls for impeachment, he has gotten the left to embrace their darker demons and make the Squad the face of the party. In doing so, he has made four freshman Congresswomen the Squad to Re-elect the President.”

It might be a Grand Master-level trolling event if Trump were to send them all campaign donations in the maximum amount.

It’s a pleasure to be at FreedomFest. Staying with my family in Toronto I never talked politics a single time. My wife, alas, wandered into a conversation with a cousin and never saw her insufferable indignation and anger coming, until it was too late. The shallower they are, the more angry they get is all I can say.

So interesting to see

Still in North America and this PDT tweet is the most intense issue in American politics at the moment, especially on the right. Of course the left is thundering on about it, but many of those whom I read among right-side bloggers think this is the greatest blunder Trump has made and will cost him the election. Everyone who has said so has had 90% of their commenters disagreeing with the bloggers and agreeing with Trump. The tweet:

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

This issue is still running across the page at Drudge which is now anti-Trump and has been anti-Trump for quite a while.



He was just saying what he thinks

Trump publicly defending Pelosi is the easily the most savage thing he’s ever done to anyone. She’s struggling to maintain control of her party and she’ll be forced to reject his “gesture of goodwill” or her rabid base will become even more convinced she’s a sellout. Genius.Jesse Kelly

A how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing

Via Instapundit. What you already knew and what no amount of evidence will convince the gulls on the left how true this is. We are continuously menaced by utter fools led by unscrupulous rogues.

The Washington Post have a glowing profile of Saikat Chakrabarti, AOC’s chief of staff, and the author of her infamous Green New Deal rollout in February, with a curious, and not at all unexpected admission. Just look for the “unexpected” below.

On a Wednesday morning in late May, emissaries of two of the strongest political voices on climate change convened at a coffee shop a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), was there to meet Sam Ricketts, climate director for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who is running for president almost exclusively on a platform of combating global warming. A newly released plank of Inslee’s climate change agenda had caught the attention of Chakrabarti and his boss, who had tweeted that Inslee’s “climate plan is the most serious + comprehensive one to address our crisis in the 2020 field.” Pleased by the positive reception from the demanding Green New Deal wing of the climate struggle, Ricketts had set up this meeting with Chakrabarti to establish a personal connection and share approaches to climate advocacy.

“Congrats on the rollout,” Chakrabarti told him as they sat down. “That was pretty great.”

“Thank you again for the kudos you guys offered,” said Ricketts. “We wanted to be pace-setting for the field, and I think we’re there now. … I want to ask you for input … in addition to hearing what you guys are working on.”

Chakrabarti had an unexpected disclosure. “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” he said, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.” Ricketts greeted this startling notion with an attentive poker face. “Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?” Chakrabarti continued. “Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

As conservative national security commentator John Noonan tweets in response, “One of the central tenets of Climate Change skepticism is that the threat is exaggerated to achieve political ends that are divorced from environmental health. Here’s an outward admission that the issue is used as a stalking horse for ambitious economic restructuring.”

As in the Venezuelan New Deal for America and everywhere else.

Universal university education for all

University education is a human right. No one should ever be denied entry. If someone wishes a university education, they should just be allowed to show up, choose their courses and come to class. The university should provide that education with no questions asked. And if they pass their exams, they should be given their degrees.

I will just add, since I often do feel I am dealing with fantastically stupid people when I discuss the idiocy of open borders, that this is meant as a bit of satire, just a joke. I don’t really mean it. But Andrew Sullivan does mean it [via Instapundit]:

Take the tragic tale of Oscar Ramirez and his young daughter Valeria, the father and daughter captured in death in that heartbreaking photograph. Ramirez’s widow explained to the Washington Post why her husband wanted to move to America: He wanted “a better future for their girl.” This is an admirable goal, but it is classic economic immigration, and it would appear, based on what we know, that it has absolutely nothing to do with asylum. Here again is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services definition: “Refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.”

But somehow the courts have decided that you qualify for asylum if there is simply widespread crime or violence where you live, and Ramirez was also going to use that argument as well. A government need not persecute you; you just have to experience an unsafe environment that your government is failing to suppress. This so expands the idea of asylum, in my view, as to render it meaningless.

Courts have also expanded asylum to include domestic violence, determining that women in abusive relationships are a “particular social group” and thereby qualify. In other words, every woman on the planet who has experienced domestic abuse can now come to America and claim asylum. Also everyone on the planet who doesn’t live in a stable, orderly, low-crime society. Literally billions of human beings now have the right to asylum in America. . . .

This is in a new century when the U.S. is trying to absorb the largest wave of new immigrants in our entire history, and when the percentage of the population that is foreign-born is also near a historic peak. It is also a time when mass immigration from the developing world has destabilized liberal democracies across the West, is bringing illiberal, anti-immigration regimes to power across Europe, and was the single biggest reason why Donald Trump is president.

I’m told that, as a legal immigrant, I’m shutting the door behind me now that I’ve finally made it to citizenship. I’m not. I favor solid continuing legal immigration, but also a reduction in numbers and a new focus on skills in an economy where unskilled labor is increasingly a path to nowhere. It is not strange that legal immigrants — who have often spent years and thousands of dollars to play by the rules — might be opposed to others’ jumping the line. It is not strange that a hefty proportion of Latino legal immigrants oppose illegal immigration — they are often the most directly affected by new, illegal competition, which drives down their wages. . . .

When I’m told only white racists favor restrictionism, I note how the Mexican people are more opposed to illegal immigration than Americans: In a new poll, 61.5 percent of Mexicans oppose the entry of undocumented migrants, period; 44 percent believe that Mexico should remove any undocumented alien immediately. Are Mexicans now white supremacists too? That hostility to illegal immigration may even explain why Trump’s threat to put tariffs on Mexico if it didn’t crack down may well have worked. Since Trump’s bluster, the numbers have measurably declined — and the crackdown is popular in Mexico. I can also note that most countries outside Western Europe have strict immigration control and feel no need to apologize for it. Are the Japanese and Chinese “white supremacists”? Please. Do they want to sustain their own culture and national identity? Sure. Is that now the equivalent of the KKK?

World’s highest IQ and MQ

Washington, possibly the city with the world’s highest average IQ but also the world’s highest MQ (Moron Quotient).

The party of the KKK (100% Democrat) who had a stage full of Venezuelan-type socialists are attacking Joe Biden because he opposed Federally-funded bussing 40 years ago. Meanwhile PDT laughs in their face: front page of the NYT: “Trump and Putin share a chuckle about meddling: Warm Greetings at G20: President makes light of Russian interference in US election”.

These people are an embarrassment. But they are also disgusting and repulsive. Picture of a migrant woman and her 3-year-old daughter at the border being looked after by some agent in yesterday’s WP. She will never create a dollar of value in her life, but she and millions of others will be a continuous drain. And no one even pretends these people are seeking refuge. They are economic migrants who intend to live on welfare for the rest of their lives if they are allowed to. They will therefore vote accordingly.

Second Democrat debate live blog

This time from Washington where reading the local press is truly a hallucinatory experience. Front page, WP: “Amid squabbles, a consensus: More government activism”. If you think they think that’s a bad thing, you should read the rest of the paper. Anyway, no doubt more softballs for the ten Dems on stage tonight. From 11:00 am Melbourne time.

Begin now.

Government benefits. Will taxes go up and how will you sell that. Bernie Sanders. “Time for real change” Must have a single payer system. Education is the future. Free tuition paid for a tax on Wall Street. Will you raise taxes for the middle class. Will pay more taxes but less for health care.

Biden. We have to return dignity is returned to the middle class. We have enormous inequality. Must fix.

Sen Harris, how do we pay for this? Where was this question asked of Donald Trump. Rules are in favour of the rich. Going to provide a $500 tax credit.

Hickenlooper. We must specifically deny we are socialists. Cannot eliminate private health insurance. I’ve done this.

On and on.

Buttiegieg. Free college for low and middle class income earners. Need to raise the minimum wage to help those who didn’t go to college.

Yang: how will you give everyone billions of dollars every year. VAT and via having a mentally healthier country.
Q: $1000 a month and a VAT? Yang: Would increase spending power of 94% of the country.

Stawell: “Pass the torch”. A quote from Biden.

Biden: Everybody needs an education. Focus on schools in distress. Free community college. No one under $25,000 pa does not have to repay debt.

General commotion.

Bernie: Must take on the big money interests.

Sen Harris. “America does not want a food fight. They want to have food on the table. In our America no one should have to work at more than one job.

Health Care. Abolish private health insurance to have a singleton’s payer district. Who would? Sen Gillebrand and Sanders.

Buttigieg. Medicare for all who want it.

Where do we go from Obamacare – Biden asked. Tells an anecdote. Must build on Obamacare. Make sure everyone has an option. People right now.

Sanders. Want to scrap insurance. Answer: Canada does it. Aim is to do the same. How it will be done. We will have Medicare for all when everyone tells the insurance companies they have had enough of a profit-driven system.

Sen. Bennett: Families need this choice. We can have medicare for those who want it.

Sanders. We will stop the greed of the insurance companies.

Sen Harris. Tells a story about how insurance companies rob families.

All would provide health care for undocumented immigrants.

Buttigieg: This is not a hand-out. We should not have undocumented immigrants. They also pay taxes.

Biden: Must provide cover to everyone. They are contributing to the economy. We can deal with insurance companies by putting some of these insurance company execs in jail.

Move to an ad.

Migrant children are being apprehended. What would you do, Sen Harris. She will reinstate DACA. Meaningful process to assess refugee status. No locking people up. Why would some mother bring her child across America? Let them in. Will applause.

Hickenlooper. Bring them in. Reform ICE. Address the whole needs of these migrants.

Williamson: We open our hearts to the stranger.

Gillibrand: Trump has torn the moral fabric of our nation.

Decriminalisation of border.

Buttigieg: Accuses Christians of being unChristian.

Biden: We would reunite families. Trump is outrageous.

Should an undocumented migrant be deported. Biden: only if they have committed a crime. Those who see asylum, we should bring them in. Undocumented migrants should NOT be deported.

Sanders: Must look at the circumstances of why they are leaving. Need to have a meeting of Central American leaders.

Stawell and Harris. Should not deport. Harris runs on and on.

Trade. Greatest geopolitical threat. How would you deal with China.

Bennet: Russia is our greatest threat. Goes on a tirade on border security.

Yang: Russia is our greatest threat.

Buttigieg: China is a major threat. Their authoritarian system is being held up as a model.

More ads.

Race and community relations. Buttigieg: we are trying to fix the problem, until we move policing our from the systemic racism that plagues it.

Hickenlooper. Why doesn’t every city have accountability?

Sen Harris: An issue that is not being discussed honestly. But Biden is a friend of former Senators who were racists. Cannot just be an intellectual debate. [Wild applause]

Biden: I have stood up against racism. Was Obama’s VP. Supported bussing. [Kamala Harris attacks Biden directly.] Defends himself.

Sanders: We encourage diversity, but we also have to ask something else. Diversity is not enough. Must stand up to the special interests.

Gillibrand: Washington is being run by the special interests.

Will gridlock disappear if Dem Pres? Bennet: No, must also win the Senate. Need to root out corruption.

Biden: I was able to get bi-partisan agreement on various measures.

Bennet attacks Biden. Gillibrand joins in about the corruption in Washington (she’s a senator!!!).

Supreme Court and abortion. Sanders: politicians should not affect a women’s right to choose. Need to fix the courts. Plus Medicare for All gives women automatic right to abortion.

Gillibrand: Rant, rant, rant. No applause.

Climate change. Sen Harris: An existential threat to our existence. Support Green New Deal. Rant, rant, rant.

Buttigieg: Need to start adapting right away.

Hickenlooper. Share the urgency. Socialism is however not the solution. Working with the oil and gas industries. China is the worst polluter.

Biden. We drove down the price of renewables. Aims to have a 100% green automobile economy by 2030.

Sanders: We have 12 years. The future of the planet etc etc etc.

First priority? Lists of this and that.

Ads. (Thankfully. These people are insane.)

Guns. Buy-Back. Stawell – “If we can but save a single life”. “We must be a nation that loves our children more than we love our guns.”

Sanders: Need comprehensive gun reform.

Harris: Give Congress 100 days and will ban by exec order ….

Buttigieg: Worst part of being a mayor is dealing with the violence. Weapons have no place in American cities.

Biden: Have a record of bringing in gun control.

International leadership. Rant, rant, rant answers.

First international repair job? Irrelevant rubbish from each of them.

Asking Biden about foreign policy. He voted for Iraq War so how can he be trusted? Long answer – no applause.

Sanders: This and that but prevent a war with Iraq priority.

More ads.

Final 45-second case.

Stalwell: ??

Williamson: Wants to “harness love for political purposes”.

Bennett: Build a new era of ???

Hickenlooper: Must not turn towards socialism.

Gillibrand: “I will take on the fights no one else will.”

Yang: Only question is who can beat Donald Trump. It’s me.

Harris: Need to prosecute the case against PDT. She has “the 3:00 am agenda, to deal with the things that keep Americans awake at 3:00 in the morning.

Buttigieg: A new generation philosophy.

Sanders: Take on Wall Street and greedy industry.

Biden: Restore the soul of America. Restore the backbone. There is not a single thing we cannot do if we stand together.

And so it ends. Incoherent and inane. Shockingly shallow.

Being on the left is merely a vanity project

I am off to the first ever Heterodox Academy meeting in New York which almost overlaps with the meeting of the American History of Economics Society meeting which is also in New York. When I’m in New York I always go here, which I like even more now that I understand the entrepreneurial vision of its owner. She must be the last of her kind among the Democrats.

Chaser: New York City Landmarks Historic Bookstore The Strand Over Owner’s Objections.

New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Committee (LPC) just wouldn’t take no for an answer. The group has conferred landmark status on the 119-year-old building at 826 Broadway, which has housed The Strand Bookstore since 1956. The owners of The Strandbought the building in the late 1990s and the third-generation owner of the store, Nancy Bass Wyden, opposed the action, telling Reason earlier this year:

The Strand is not going anywhere. There’s no need to protect it. Our family’s been a great steward of the building. Landmarking would add another component of government. You add bureaucracy, you add committees, you add people having opinions about what we should do inside the store as well as outside the store. And that does not allow me the flexibility to change with the retail book environment and to serve our customers.

Bass Wyden (who is married to Sen. Ron Wyden, the Democrat from Oregon) presented 11,000 signatures to the LPC in hopes of dissuading landmark status. Such popular support for what is generally considered New York’s best bookstore cut no mustard.

Being on the left is merely a vanity project. How what they do affects everyone else hardly matters at all, to them.

Defining socialism in the modern world

Here is the original story: Socialism is losing its stigma thanks to Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez as a MAJORITY of American women age 18-54 would prefer living in a socialist country to living in a capitalist country. That story was replied to here: 55% Of Women Prefer Socialism To Capitalism. Here’s Why They’re Wrong. But what is of particular interest is the list of attributes being sought in the socialist system these women are seeking to have introduced, in descending order of approval, from 76% for the first through to 52% for the tenth.

  1. Universal healthcare (76 percent)
  2. Tuition-free education (72 percent)
  3. Living wage (68 percent)
  4. State-controlled economy (66 percent)
  5. State control and regulation of private property (61 percent)
  6. High taxes for the rich (60 percent)
  7. State-controlled media and communication (57 percent)
  8. Strong environmental regulations (56 percent)
  9. High public spending (55 percent)
  10. Government “democratizes” private businesses—that is, gives workers control over them—to the greatest extent possible (52 percent)

“State-controlled economy” pretty well defines socialism with 66 percent signing up for whatever it might mean in practice. Goes very neatly with “State-controlled media and communication”. The full socialist box and dice.