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Weekly Opeds 16

by Christopher Chantrill

Transition: Sauce for Obama is Sauce for Trump
Over at the Murdoch kids’ blog the bribed apologists of the ruling class are in a tizzy over Trump’s foreign policy “forays” during the presidential transition.

President-elect Donald Trump is upending the modern convention that the U.S.

|  more  |  12/25/16

Trump Heard the Cry of the Unprotected
I got to talk to a retired special forces guy last week, and he said that President-elect Trump won by appealing to voters that have long felt “unprotected.”

Now, everywhere I look, I see the word “protector,” as in a woman

|  more  |  12/18/16

“Do You Now or Have You Ever Known A White Supremacist?”
I get what the peerless Jen Palmieri was getting at a week ago. She was doing the liberal thing, hurling a liberal pejorative at Kellyanne Conway, breaker of the

|  more  |  12/11/16

Hello Democrats, I am Here to Help
In the last week, as the enormity of the Trump and Republican victory has started to sink into the group mind of the ruling class, various thoughtful people have stepped in to help our Democratic friends to get back on track.

For instance, Ted Van Dyk in The Wall Street Journal proposed that the Dems should

|  more  |  11/29/16

We Must Push Back Against the Borkers of Bannon
Last week the left tried to Bork Steve Bannon, a key Trump campaign aide and proposed “chief White House strategist and senior counselor” and until August executive chairman of Breitbart News, by linking him to the alt-right. The Trumpist response to the attack was haul out Breitbart journalists and others to deny that Bannon and

|  more  |  11/22/16

After Political Correctnes Comes Trumpidor
I take as revealed truth that to get voters to reach 90% on any issue, you have to scare the pants off them. That is why blacks voted 88% and LGBTs voted 78% for Clinton in the CNN exit polls.

On that view it makes complete sense that the Clinton voters have been rioting for the

|  more  |  11/15/16

If There Were No Partisan Divide, We Would Have to Invent It
I have to laugh at our liberal friends getting all worried at the deepening partisan divide. Golly, what did they think would happen after a century and a half of Marxist class warfare and a half-century of Frankfurt School identity politics? The whole point of Marxism is that there is an irreconcilable conflict between the economic classes, which

|  more  |  11/08/16

2016: Mean Girl Culture Takes Over the Nation
I do not know about you, but I am a profound sexist, and I believe that men and women are different.

For instance, men will engage in a direct debate on the issues man to man, while women will only talk about people not present. Men will argue with and insult each other when they are sitting at a bar, whereas women having lunch together will

|  more  |  10/25/16

Hey Kids! The Deficit was $587 Billion Last Year!
While you chaps are processing salacious tales of gropings and collapsings on the presidential trail, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service has faithfully discharged its obligation to publish the actuals for the federal government for fiscal year 2016 ending September 30.

It’s amazing, really, that a federal government that can’t cobble

|  more  |  10/18/16

The Political "Education Divide" and Me
All of a sudden the experts are bellowing that the educated are voting for Clinton and the uneducated are voting for Trump. Here’s Tim Alberta in National Review, and here is David Runciman in The Guardian to tell you all

|  more  |  10/11/16

Gloablism, Soros, and Charlotte: Now I Get It
For the last few months I’ve had a question in my mind: Just what is George Soros up to? Because I could not understand why a great capitalist speculator, a financial operator that makes the Koch Brothers look like altar boys, would be interested in funding a lefty activist group like Black Lives Matter. It didn’t compute.

But now

|  more  |  09/27/16

Les Déplorables: Make America Fun Again
They say that Rule One in politics is that you don’t insult the voters. OK, so Hillary Clinton failed on that one, but everyone makes mistakes.

I am now starting to think that her Deplorables remark is going to end up being one for the ages. It will be the story that every little budding political activist is told by xim carer before

|  more  |  09/20/16

Hillary’s “Deplorable” Ain’t the Half of It
I was going to write a lighthearted piece about the Deplorables, but Hillary Clinton’s 9/11 collapse makes that inoperable. Somehow, her “basket of deplorables” just isn’t a laughing matter any

|  more  |  09/13/16

Vast Right, Alt-Right, Dead Right?
I was sitting at the bar at Morton’s in West Palm Beach when I saw them reporting Hillary Clinton’s “alt-right” speech. I knew, from the faces of the CNN operatives with bylines and the chyron on the bottom of the screen, that this was serious, and that Hillary was finally putting away her racist fascist

|  more  |  08/30/16

Obamas Biggest Mistake
This week the conservative media is noticing that even the president’s cheering section at The New York Times is wising up to Obama’s mistakes, in Syria, Libya, Iran, etc.

But I think that the disaster of the President’s foreign policy is is least of his problems.

I think the real mistake is the President’s

|  more  |  08/23/16

US Will Not Be Fixed by Bedtime
At the beginning of the battle in King Henry IV Part One the cowardly drunk Falstaff whines to Prince Hal: “I would ’twere bedtime, Hal, and all well.”

Don’t we all. A year ago we could all imagine that the American people would sensibly decide it was Time for a Change after eight years of Obamian race and gender

|  more  |  08/16/16

I Will Tell You Why a "Leftist Trump" is Impossible
Michael Tomasky at The Daily Beast writes that a leftist Trump is impossible, meaning that

The idea that the Democrats would nominate Sean Penn or, I don’t know, Alan Grayson... or Charlie Sheen or Susan Sarandon or

|  more  |  08/09/16

All I Know Is That Gentlemanly Conservatism is Dead
Look, I do not know if the Republican National Convention was a shambles or a cunning trick. I don’t know if Ted Cruz is a genius or a cad. I don’t know if Trump’s speech was dark and dismal or if it said exactly what the average voter is wanting to hear.

All I know is that the good old gentlemanly conservatism that I have

|  more  |  07/26/16

The Muslims Aren’t The Only Ones With a Fervent Ideology
In the wake of the Nice terror attack Hillary Clinton had this to say:

Let’s be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatever to do with terrorism.

Yes. Let’s be clear. Clinton’s statement, which is the default position of the regime ever since at least

|  more  |  07/19/16

Forgive the Liberals: They Know Not What They Do
When a white racist thug kills a bunch of black Charleston church ladies we are supposed to go into the Cringe. But when a black racist thug kills a bunch of Dallas policemen we are supposed, even by

|  more  |  07/12/16

House Sit-in: Dems Jump the Shark
In a way, I feel sorry for our Democratic friends. As Rush Limbaugh has been saying for 20 years, they are playing out of a 30-year-old playbook, just running the same old plays because that’s what Ted Kennedy did.

But conducting a sit-in on the floor of the

|  more  |  06/28/16

Cut the Cringe: Because It’s Appeasement All the Way Down
You all know what I mean by The Cringe. It’s the reflex of every conservative and Republican notable when the media catches them making a WrongThink statement. When Donald Trump raises the question of a Hispanic-American judge belonging to an organization with “Raza” in its name, Republican notables go into the Cringe. When

|  more  |  06/21/16

Orlando: You Know It Means War
When an Islamic terrorist gunned down defenseless US servicemen at Fort Hood in 2009 we were told it was workplace violence. When Islamic terrorists gunned down local government employees at a picnic in San Bernardino in 2015 we were told to withhold judgment until the facts

|  more  |  06/14/16

Attention Deirdre McCloskey: Here’s the Big Thing about the Bourgeoisie
Five years after Bourgeois Dignity the third and last volume of Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois Trilogy, all 787 pages, has hit the UPS truck. Unfortunately, it doesn’t say anything that McCloskey hasn’t already said.

The new book is titled

|  more  |  05/31/16

Mark Zuckerberg: Let Us Talk about Liberal Crimes Against Humanity
Last week a bunch of conservatives got to air their gripes to programming prodigy and liberal Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. A lot of good it will do them, because culturally, Zuckerberg knows what is good for him, and that

|  more  |  05/24/16

Get a Clue, Navel Gazers. It’s Thermidor Time
I tell you what the problem is. The world has changed. All the old verities are going out of business, marked down for quick sale. And everyone is stumbling around, gazing at the price tags, and their navels, in shock.

It is like all the traditional mom-and-pop shops in Zola’s novel The Paradise about the French inventing the

|  more  |  05/17/16

With Gender Bender Bathrooms, Liberals Jump the Shark
For conservatives the sudden urgency of accommodating the transgendered in the nation’s bathrooms is incomprehensible. Where could such madness come from?

I’m glad you asked, because my Three Peoples theory explains the whole procedure

|  more  |  05/10/16

It is Grand: Three Anti-capitalist Candidates for the USA
I just got my copy of Deirdre McCloskey’s new Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the Worldwhich completes her three-volume hymn to the middle class. The first thing that jumps out,

|  more  |  04/26/16

On Tax Day Let Us Talk About Spending and Free Stuff
For some reason April 15, Tax Day, is a peak day for my government spending site, usgovernmentspending.com. I would have thought that people would be looking at the site in the weeks before filing their tax returns.

The site has a similar experience with elections. The peak day is the day after

|  more  |  04/19/16

Go Ahead Peaceful Protesters, Make My Day
Watching the Chicago street theater on FoxNews as leftist groups shut down a Trump rally, I got to thinking that even Fox follows the liberal rules. They interviewed a lefty grandma outraged about fascism; they interviewed a middle-aged African American woman outraged about Trump coming into her neighborhood. We got to see African Americans

|  more  |  04/12/16

The Answer to Islam is Jobs
It is telling that the Muslim terrorist and unemployed electrician, Ibrahim Abdeslam, arrested just prior to the Brussels bombing, was struggling by with his wife on just 1,000 euros a month from welfare. I raise that

|  more  |  03/29/16

The Primal Scream of the Policy People
I was talking with a friend, and he said that his son would probably go get a PhD because he wants to do “policy” in education.

I replied that, for me, “policy” is the problem in education. Government does not learn (Kevin D. Williamson) so adding more policy into the dead-end mess we call government education

|  more  |  03/22/16

Go Ahead, "Peaceful Protesters," Make my Day!
Watching the Chicago street theater on FoxNews as leftist groups shut down a Trump rally, I got to thinking that even Fox follows the liberal rules. They interviewed a lefty grandma outraged about fascism; they interviewed a middle-aged African American woman outraged about Trump coming into her neighborhood. We got to see African Americans

|  more  |  03/15/16

Can Conservatives Deal with a Bigger GOP Tent?
I cannot quite decide how to describe the Trump impact on the conservative movement. Is it the blousy town girls showing up at a sorority poetry reading and showing a bit too much cleavage? Or is it the oil-field workers showing up at the wine bar and ordering Miller Light?

It does seem that the unfocused and non-ideological Trump supporters

|  more  |  03/08/16

What Do the Trump Voters Want?
Now that Donald Trump has won the South Carolina primary and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are very definitely second fiddles, we are all asking the old question allegedly asked by Freud about women.

What do the Trump voters want?

Perhaps the answer is in the great question asked by Frederick Douglass. “What shall be done with the

|  more  |  02/23/16

Six Good Things About Capitalism
Everybody is recoiling in shock at the Millennial Kids. How could they be rallying to the socialist Bernie Sanders? Don’t they know that socialism has been a disaster wherever it was tried? Did they never hear of Venezuela?

OK, I do understand. Bernie is offering the Kids free college. And who ever refused a politician offering free

|  more  |  02/16/16

Bernie and Hillary Both Wrong About Evil Bankers
Everybody hates bankers and Wall Street, and so politicians hate them too. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has made much of Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street connections. “I don’t know any progressive

|  more  |  02/09/16

Do Not Get Mad, Get... Happy!
Here we are, with gas prices going through the floor and the budgets of Russia and Saudi Arabia in free fall, and Trump is up and Clinton is down and Obama is a busted flush and everyone is... Mad as hell and they are not going to take it any more.

But I say don’t get mad, don’t even get even. Get Happy!

I know that everyone is

|  more  |  01/26/16

"New York Values:" The Cruz Strategic Play Against Trump
After the GOP debate last Thursday night the big issue was “New York Values” and the next day it looked like New Yorker Donald Trump had dealt with the issue by invoking the shades of the fallen 9/11 heroes.

But now it all comes clear to me. “New York Values” is how Ted Cruz intends to take the air out of Donald

|  more  |  01/19/16

Cologne Gets Us One Step Closer to Solving the Muslim Problem
Obviously we are all supposed to be horrified by the New Years Eve atrocities in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. I get it. But, as usual, I am serenely encouraged.

In my book, each new Muslim atrocity gets us closer to the point where our useless, conceited ruling class either does something about the Muslim problem, or gives way to a new

|  more  |  01/12/16



Responsible Self

[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.

Taking Responsibility

[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050

Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust

What Liberals Think About Conservatives

[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists,” she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican

Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State

Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self

US Life in 1842

Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism

Society and State

For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008

Faith and Politics

As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable... [1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006

Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”

Conservatism's Holy Grail

What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph

Class War

In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, “The Scientist as Rebel”

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