Dec 9, 201504:17 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Here’s your nuance, you ‘despicable right-wing crazies’
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The next president of the United States will take the oath of office with less than half the support of the nation’s deeply divided voters. Bernie Sanders will run as an independent to the political left of Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump will do the same to the right of the Republican party’s nominee. I hope that nominee is Paul Ryan.
American politics is a free for all. Our politics are suddenly Italian. We’re missing only pistols at 10 paces.
Although others rebuked Trump for his proposed ban on all Muslims, only Paul Ryan has the national stature to command the attention of the nation’s mass news media. The party will turn to Ryan as it did when it asked him to take over the fractious Congress.
The over-crowded herd of presidential candidates have canceled each other out. Only Ryan has the unique combination of policy chops, government experience, and conservative pro-life cred. He’s young (45), climbs a tree stand, sleeps in his office, and goes back home for family weekends. Paul Ryan is grounded in the middle class — a member of the 90%, unlike Hillary or The Donald.
No one can better articulate “the vision thing.” Ryan is the best communicator since the Gipper himself. He is untainted by the sleaze of the never-ending Clinton soap opera.
Give Trump credit, however, for dramatizing the contradictions. Trump is the (too) plain-talking un-P.C. antipode to The Current Occupant’s constant hectoring and sermonizing. With none of his equivocating “nuance,” Trump has stripped The Emperor bare. Unfortunately, The Donald substitutes Obama’s inanities with his own craziness. But it is craziness that generates big polling numbers — numbers that make Ted Cruz mainstream.
War on guns but not terrorism
Because our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances are headed off their own cliff in the other direction. After 50 years of Big Gummint entitlement programs, they’ve now discovered that those programs failed only because they’re not big enough. Sandra Fluke wants someone to pay for her birth control. Bernie promises free college. The Atlantic magazine makes the case for billions of dollars in racial reparations. Police are the enemy. Guns must be confiscated from good people because criminals and terrorists won’t give up theirs. If the president attends an international summit meeting it’s about “global climate change” not terrorism, which has been “contained.”
Denmark, not Plymouth Rock, is their model.
All the while, Progressives openly mock their inferiors for clinging to their guns and Bibles and for (supposedly) voting against their own economic interests. They’re certain the unwashed mob is one sheet short of a Klan cross burning.
Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal deconstructed The Current Occupant’s “sterile, scolding [Sunday evening] homily.”
Terrorism, as he sees it, is to be feared less for the harm it causes than for the over-reaction it risks eliciting. [The president suggests] that Americans are always on the verge of returning to the wickedness whence we came.” — “Fighting terror by self-reproach.”
Stephens sums up the first 48 hours of the investigation into the San Bernardino slaughter as “a nationwide flight from the obvious, an heroic exercise in cultural sensitivity … as every motive except for jihad was mooted.” Our liberal- etc. acquaintances “Pretend … that the extreme branch of Islam to which Farook plainly belonged is a protected religion rather than a dangerous ideology. By supposing that it is somehow immoral to harbor graver reservations about 10,000 refugees from Syria or Iraq than, say, New Zealand.”
On the same page, William McGurn puts it right between the eyes: “Today’s liberalism cannot deal with the reality of evil. … So they demonize guns while fighting approaches that try to identify threats.” — “The liberal theology of gun control.”
Guns are a foreign substance to mystified Madison Democrats. Last month State Reps. Lisa Subeck, Terese Berceau, Melissa Sargent, and Chris Taylor proposed legislation to ban “semi-automatic assault weapons.” Except their bill (LRB 3635, explained here) would have banned almost all pistols and some of the most popular hunting rifles and shotguns. Retroactively! The bill was quickly withdrawn.