Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

by Brad Nelson1/20/17

The end of Obama’s presidency is akin to the mild pleasure one gets from flushing the toilet and disposing of the waste. Obama empowered the worst in us. “Social justice,” in reality, means empowering the complainers, loafers, and ne’re-do-wells under the guise of compassion and compensation. And the deeper the passion for “social justice,” the larger the net has to be to find the appropriate villains.

I somewhat wished we lived in Egypt after the heretical reign of Akhenaten. After this disgraced pharaoh died, all of his monuments were chiseled clean of any reference to him. Obama hated America, was a racist, and did what he could to divide people in the interests of his personal animus.

But it’s probably better that we remember our failures. Listen, I have no illusions about where Americans are right now. The Agitator-in-Chief left office with high approval numbers. After all, he fulfilled his destiny which was to be “the first black president.” That few care about the destructive things he did with his presidency shows how little that ideas matter, at least non-superficial ideas.

Enter Trump. He is, by the looks of things, the very embodiment of our superficial culture which wants only to be entertained. Style over substance. The hard work of being a citizen of a republic is not what people signed on for. What we can say positively about President Trump is that he does not hate this country and has no Utopian impulses about redressing every grievance (real or trumped-up). He knows that life is what you make of it. No one is going to hand you things just for showing up.

So instead of an effeminate elite we now have more of a man’s man in office, just what the doctor ordered. And for the legions who don the rose-tinted glasses (or would that be orange-tinted?), my words are not for you. My words are for the five or ten sane people remaining in the country who are at least aware of the idea of “substance over style.”

We know that Trump has very strong statists tendencies. That is a danger. However, there is a valid argument to be made that the bureaucracy and vested interests have their hooks so deep into our republic that it will take a strong man to fix things. No Trump supporter I ever heard from made that case, but the case could be made. Perhaps their attraction to Trump was visceral, although informed by this idea. But I simply got the impression that Trump was their social justice warrior who would redress with counter-grievances.

We shall see. I suspect that Trump is a clever marketer and that we can have little idea what he will do. He’s bound to surprise us, both in ways we like and don’t like. But thank God that Obama is gone. May people learn a lesson from these kinds of hucksters. May Trump do the opposite and appeal to our better natures and, by doing so, bring light to a country that has been darkened by grievance in all quarters.


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66 Responses to Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Good riddance to Barry Screwtape Obama. Unfortunately, he’ll continue speaking out — but as such he’ll really be no worse than any other liberal bloviator. At least he didn’t pardon Bowe Bergdahl on the way out, to the surprise of many of us (especially after he did commute the sentence of Bradley/Chelsea Manning).

    As for Trump, his inaugural speech had very little to appeal to limited-government conservatives, but his appointments have been good. Liberals are furious that he just named John Gore, a lawyer with a history of defending the states against the Holder/ Lynch feds (including the North Carolina bill on transgenders in bathrooms), to head the Civil Rights office at Justice. Red State commented that he needed testicles the size of watermelons to do that. Mike Pence’s transition team turned 20% of the money it got from the government back to it.

    There will be a lot we like about the Trump administration. There will also no doubt be a lot we don’t like — and we, and all conservatives, had better be ready to squawk about that when it happens.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      he’ll continue speaking out

      Goldberg had an interesting thought about that, in general:

      Barack Obama nearly destroyed the Democratic party by thinking he could translate the transcendence of the crowd into a governing style.

      Don’t get me wrong. Perhaps this is just appropriate skepticism learned at the table of Mr. Kung, but I don’t think the Democrat Party or the Left is in decline. As I’ve said before, Trump is the tightening down of a least a couple of the ratchets left, particularly on the social issues. That he doesn’t hate America is certainly a good thing and in his favor.

      Obama’s presidency couldn’t quite get that concept ratcheted down completely, although we both know that the propaganda mills of the media, entrainment industry, and education are working 24/7 on that even as we speak. But no doubt he will drone on and on and make a hell of a lot of money getting foolish people to pay for his airless musings.

      But I view Obama’s presidency as a great success. He has helped to ratchet the country leftward. No longer are we talking the *if* regarding socialized medicine but the *how.* This is no small thing. It wasn’t that long ago that Ronald Reagan was warning us about socialized medicine.

      Societies don’t stay stagnant (although some eastern ones have done a very good approximation of it in their history…China, for instance). Things change. But I roll my eyes every time I hear about “Now…finally…the defeat of the Left.” Well, if you adopt the ways of the Left, whom have you defeated?

      Surely it’s true, though, that Trump’s America-first attitude is a 180 degree turnabout from Obama and the Left’s anti-Americanism. And I cheer that. But we’ll just have to wait and see if his statist, FDR-ish outlook on economics isn’t the ruin of the economy instead of its savior. But because what he says and what he does are not in exact alignment, it’s hard to know what he will actually do.

      But indeed, Obama will still drone on and on. He’s not going away. But unlike the Clintons (particularly Bill who does have some kind of charm, such as it is), Obama could become a parody of himself (yes…he is already to me…on day one). He may lapse into just an irrelevant scold. He was black. He was elected. He was the Messiah of cleansing our guilt over slavery. Next page please. This is a man who will be endured by many but probably not particularly liked.

      We don’t know what will emerge from the Left, but the Clintons and Obamas are old news. It will likely be some swingin’, hepcat “New Generation” of really stupid second or third generation Kennedys or Browns or Trudeaus (do we have those?) who will pick up the “hope and change” mantle and beguile so many with transient transcendent rhetoric that translates directly to “free stuff.”

      Mr. Kung, have I achieved my Bachelors of Skepticism yet?

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    My favorite moments in and around the inauguration of Trump:

    + When Hillary Clinton was announced (at the Capitol luncheon, I believe) there were heard clear shouts of “Lock her up!” from the crowd. Trump himself was gracious and heaped praised upon the Clintons, singling them out for a standing ovation. This added to the whole unreality of the situation and it was political theatre in condensed form. Anyone suspicious of what Trump, or any politician says, was vindicated. I didn’t expect him to snarl at her, let alone to ever actually lock her up. Beware campaign rhetoric, especially that which you agree with. Being gracious was the classy move. But it’s a word of warning to those who drank the kool-aid and verification of an old adage: “How do you know when a politician is lying?” Answer: “When his lips are moving.”

    + Sorry, but Michelle Obama is a dour, big-assed, America-hating nag. But, goodness gracious, I thought I was having flashbacks to 1961. Melania Trump was just stunning in her powder blue (is that the right shade, ladies?…or is it robin’s egg blue?) outfit and was Jackie Kennedy reincarnated. Making America well-dressed again, at the very least. Contrast that with the hideous white thing Hillary was wearing.

    + I have never been in the halls of power. Not even the outer corridor. But I have, from time to time, been that little boy by his father’s side riding in the wake. I will say, ten-year-old Barron seems to be a poised and delightful young man. No tattoos that I can see or aboriginal holes punched in his ears. He nonchalantly (as much as you can do next to the president on national TV in the reviewing stand on the north lawn of the White House) picked his nose in a polite way by rubbing his finger horizontally along the button of the nose, never inserting a digit vertically in the nostril. Overall, he just seemed very natural and in control, especially considering he was definitely the kid let loose in the candy store. Imagine taking all that in. I read Unlimited Access by Gary Aldrich a number of years ago and apparently Chelsea’s attitude toward her Secret Service agents was one of master and servant. I can imagine The Donald slapping his son if he was ever disrespectful to his protectors. And whatever you may think of Trump’s policies, I don’t think they’ll trash the White House as the disreputable Clintons and their girly-men did.

    + Okay, I think gold-plated toilet fixture are over-the-top. But I like that Trump replaced the girly-man burgundy curtains in the Oval Office with gold ones. And the bust of Churchill is back. And the Obamas are gone. Has America now finally paid the price for the crime of slavery? One hopes so.

    + During the parade, a Trump supporter was trying to cross to the other side of the street to take his place in the reviewing stand or along the parade route and was blocked by a group of protesting Snowflakes. They screamed at him “This is what democracy looks like.” The quick-witted Trump supporter answered, “I don’t know. You’re not letting me cross the street to get to it.”

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      was Jackie Kennedy reincarnated

      I have to say, Melania looked much better than Jackie ever did. And it would be nice if the Trumps could influence the sartorial tastes of this country for the better.

      How did you like the jute-sack outfit Michelle wore at the inauguration?

      • Rosalys says:

        As for the jute sack, meh. The thing about Michelle, when she smiles and wears the right outfit (in my opinion, her wardrobe ran the gamut from horrible to stunning – truly all over the place) I think she can be quite attractive. Unfortunately, about two minutes into the new Pres’ inaugural address, she put on that famous Moochelle Scowl, and didn’t take it off for the duration. In fact, none of the former presidents looked too happy. I don’t really blame them. Trump kinda took them woodshed – and I loved it!

      • Rosalys says:

        Further comment on the O’s. When standing side by side, Michelle absolutely dwarfs Barry. He looks like a spindly little runt next to her.

    • Rosalys says:

      The color is powder blue. You may be interested to know that Melania’s and Hillary’s suits were both by Ralph Lauren. Same designer, polar opposite effects. In the case of Melania there was some great stuff to work with – not so much with dumpy little Hillary.

      Apparently, Hillary chose to wear white because it is the color of solidarity with the plight of women around the world. I’m getting a little tired of these color crusades. I think most of the colors are “taken,” and if one isn’t careful, one could find oneself unknowingly in league with the devil! Hopefully powder blue hasn’t acquired any nefarious associations. And if it has, I hereby rename it Melania Blue and claim it for our cause of liberty and the restoration of the Republic! (Mostly because I still want a sweater in just that color!)

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        The color is powder blue.

        You must have skipped the women’s victimhood march the other day and done something womanly in order to know these nuances of color, Rosalys. Instead of hurling f-bombs and screaming on the sidewalk or burning your bra, I’m guessing you’ve put your time to better use. And I guess robin’s egg blue would have been a touch lighter with (I’m in the business of colors to some degree) less magenta in the mix?

        I appreciate your nice and fair words about Michelle, but she’s always seemed a frumpy dresser as well, but never to the extent of Hillary’s Mao fascination. There are some women (large, small, or whatever) upon whom clothes just tend to look good. Cher, for instance. My thoughts regarding Hillary’s frumpiness is that she’s deeply imbibed the whole feminist schtick whereby looking truly feminine (in the traditional sense) is to knuckle under to male domination. It’s hard to believe her awful white pantsuit was from the same designer as Melania’s.

        Obama, on the other hand (mirroring the whole wolf in sheep’s clothing deception) looked good in his suits. Reagan was a very snappy dresser as well. Trump is pretty basic with his suit and red power tie. But with Melania draped on your arm, a basic power-tie and suit is all you need.

        It’s such an interesting thing to see all these women in their mass-mob rallies try to make an argument based solely on their gender. That seems very sexist to me. Even Winton Marsalis (one of the few artists/celebrities who hasn’t completely lost his mind) said wait at least until Trump has done something worth protesting. I love women and respect women but have never shied away from exposing this sexism of trying to make one’s vagina some kind of argument. It’s not. It’s just feminine fascism. It’s a soft kind of bullying. A swastika even in rainbow shades is still a swastika.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          This is a point that was made at Town Hall or Hot Air (or maybe even both). They’re protesting someone who at that time hadn’t actually done anything yet. The same thing is true of the Inauguration Day protestors, rioters (to the extent that they actually had a cause other than nihilism), and Screamer. They’re showing how deranged liberals can get just over losing an election. We can look forward to 4 years of thuggish mobs, at least until someone strikes back — hard.

        • Rosalys says:

          Hillary’s sack was Ralph Lauren, same as Melania’s. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/presidential-debate-hillary-clinton-dons-939969

          It’s the cyan and magenta mix that give us the blue thru purple spectrum, right? To the non-printer’s eye, cyan looks turquoise-ie, which appears to have a greenish cast and thus would seem to have some yellow in it. But, no folks – no yellow. Therefore, your assessment of less magenta in Robin’s Egg Blue seems correct to me.

          Concerning that picture of Hillary and Mao… Not only does Hillary look like a Communist, she looks like she just climbed out of bed! What’s with the awful rumpling between buttonholes? Give that junior high, home economics class seamstress a failing grade for that project!

          Those screeching feminists on their global, gazillion vagina marches just looked so very irrelevant to me. But I’m happy they are doing it. I’m thrilled that the unhinged left are unhinging exponentially. They look so ridiculous that sanity may return to some of the borderline cases. I’ll bet a lot of the I-don’t-pay-attention-to-politics crowd are having attention thrust upon them and waking up the fact that we dodged a bullet.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            There are two color systems that I primarily deal with: Pantone Colors (pre-mixed colors in a wide variety) and CMYK color (the four-color process that produces 99% of color printed images with mixes of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and BlacK). There are six-color (and more systems) for reproducing color as you’ll find in many ink-jet printers which use CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta. There are also presses which use slightly (or full) fluorescent shades (or additional shades) of the primary CMYK colors to extend the color gamut. You’ll also find fancy-schmancy presses that have metallic gold (or silver) colors as well, which you’ll find used in many high-end product advertisements.

            The above use the subtractive color process whereby it subtracts certain wavelengths from light reflected off the paper (or surface). In theory, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow at 100% would reflect no light and you’d get a rich black. In practice, those three colors produce more of a very dark brown, so Black is needed as well.

            Your computer monitor uses the additive color model whereby the colors are created via various additive (transmited…directly to the eye) intensities of RGB — red, green, blue.

            And no doubt clothing manufacturers have their own system of thread colors and die mixtures. But if robin’s egg blue is more of a pure cyan then, at least to my eye, if I were to try to reproduce Melania’s dress I would add a touch of magenta to it. Maybe even 2% black as well.

            And that’s probably more color theory than anyone wanted to know.

            Speaking of the vagina march, I think my older sister took part in one yesterday. Oh well. I don’t think Trump actually has plans to outlaw women, but you never know.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Cyan technically means “blue-green”, which wuld be blue with a little bit of yellow. (Would someone with blue-green eyes be cyan-eyed?) I have somewhere a set of car paint color chips (a legacy of a long-ago programming job), but I don’t know where (or how) they came up with all their colors.

              • Rosalys says:

                Except that cyan is a primary color (in the subtractive scheme) which is supposed to mean it can’t be gotten by mixing; but to a generation (mine and before) who grew up being taught that the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue, cyan does indeed appear to have yellow in it.

                As for those car paint chips… Where I worked, we once had an OCD client come in with a paint chip card which had the exact color she wanted for the background on her business card. (It was a pale beige.) We spent a week or so tinkering with the shade and got really, really close – but no cigar. Finally the boss had enough and told her we weren’t going to make her happy and she should go find someone who could.

                Don’t ever go to your local print man with paint chips!

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        As you know Rosalys, the three most important things needed to make a garment look good on someone are 1. Cut, 2. Cut, and 3. Cut.

        Of course it helps tremendously when one has a beautiful manikin upon which to drape said well cut garment. But I am still surprised at how unattractive Hillary’s garment looked. I guess it shows that even a well cut garment cannot make a giant- butternut-squash-like figure look good.

        • Rosalys says:

          Butter nut squash? Now, now, Kung. If you can’t say anything nice… But I have to admit, the only thing keeping me from laughing (only barely) is that I’m looking a little butternutty myself lately! 😉

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            This article has a video showing a deranged leftist hoisting herself with her own petard. After they tell her she is going to be escorted off the plane she then tries the sympathy approach by saying she and her husband are flying back because his mother has just died.

            What a dumb ass. Maybe she should have thought about keeping a civil tongue in her head before starting the trouble. One might feel sorry for the husband, but he could have stepped in and told her to put a sock in it before things got out of hand. Looks like Richard in “Keeping Up Appearances.”

            http://www.theamericanmirror.com/video-passengers-cheer-woman-berating-trump-supporter-kicked-off-plane/

            • Rosalys says:

              I saw that on Drudge yesterday. Just goes to show that it’s not necessarily the young who make up the snow drifts.

              About her husband… One thing that puzzled me is that I didn’t see any indication that he followed her off the plane? Maybe he had also finally had enough and this was his big chance to disappear?

              • Rosalys says:

                Oops! I see he did get off with her. Perhaps I missed it at first because he is such a shadow of a man, he’s barely there at all.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                That reminds me of one of my favorite Sinatra song: Lean Baby. Change the gender, and it fits:

                My lean baby – tall and thin
                Five feet seven – of bones and skin
                But when she tells me maybe she loves me
                I feel as mellow as a fellow can be
                She’s so skinny – she’s so drawn
                When she stands sideways – you’d think she’s gone

                And every night, when I hold her tight
                The feeling is nice – my arms can go around twice
                My lean baby – she’s so slim
                A broomstick’s wider – but not as trim

              • Timothy Lane says:

                And these days, the sexual reversal would be appropriate for a male singer, whereas in my younger days it would have been done by a female one. (Though not always; Carly Simon kept “I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town.”) An interesting variation on that is Vikki Carr doing “Honey” from the viewpoint of the (dead) woman.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            Rosalys,

            As gravity is working on me as well, perhaps I am the pot calling the kettle black. But I guarantee you, I could dress myself better than Hillary dressed herself. Hell, I could probably dress her better than Lauren dressed her. But I suspect she gave him some guidelines which precluded him from doing his best. I can’t recall having seen her in a dress for many years. An A-line would have looked better on her. It wouldn’t have made her look good, but better. A moo moo with a lei would have looked better than that pants suit.

            But I have long thought that Hillary has long positioned herself for the less-than-attractive, unhappy, grievance-ridden woman voter sector. Her natural base.

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      Contrast that with the hideous white thing Hillary was wearing.

      Hillary’s default is to wear white. All that is missing is the miter and a staff. She views her self as pure and the leader of the faith full and she will continue despite election results, polls, and possibly inditement and like a doppelgänger of Eva Peron continue to be around even when her grave has vanished. Bill, on the other hand, will be laughed at and about, much like a crazy uncle you don’t leave your children alone with, and like Nixon will get a sentimental send off.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        That sounds about right. Clinton is seen as having a more successful presidency than Bush 41, Bush 43, or the Black God — and those who rate such things will never place Trump above him if he deserves it. Never mind the scandals, never mind the foreign policy drift.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Hillary’s default is to wear white. All that is missing is the miter and a staff.

        Everything for these Communists is political. I do believe there is a commie-religious element to even their clothing. I know at one time they tried to deceive us about how dry and man-hating this woman really was when they made that big thing about her chocolate chip cookie recipe back in the early Bill presidency years in order to try to make her look domestic. But she’s rot-gut man-hating feminist through and through. So I view her drab attire, in part, as a way to look androgynous. And she certainly pulled that off.

        But there is that commie-religious aspect of the white as you point out. I don’t doubt it. If you believe as I do that these Leftist bastards have all the worst instincts of the Puritans or Quakers (who had many good instincts as well), you might even see a sort of Quaker-like “plainness” being expressed…which, of course, is another version of the Mao suit.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Hillary’s default is to wear white.

        I thought, for a moment, she might be going Chinese on us. In Chinese culture, white is the color of mourning.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    This man (and I use that word liberally) is in need of a safe space.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      If it weren’t for the rioters, I could feel a touch of sympathy for him, though such a scream is a bit over-the-top. But the rioters forfeit any sympathy for any liberal.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        One wonders if in the deep dark recesses of the liberal self-image that they know that Trump is potentially fatal to their own high self-regard.

        We know the double-standard. Conservatives would not do anything like this. And that, of course, is never reported (or if something is reported, it’s truly fake news as with the Pelosi gavel incident).

        But what if — big if — the game is up, or nearly up? What if the American public (we’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time) is waking up to this Leftist baloney?

        I’m not saying it’s happening. But could this rant not be the beginning of the end but at least the end of the beginning in terms of finally marginalizing these creeps? We’ll see. Again, it will require someone to confront them.

        • Stuart Whitman Stuart Whitman says:

          Your getting closer. It IS the beginning of the end for exactly those reasons. The media, which sets the narrative, HAS been confronted and exposed as intellectually dishonest. And these protests are simply a reflection of this and an attempt to continue to control the narrative. The media will give them coverage for a while but the ratings won’t be there because America isn’t buying the baloney any more. It’s got nothing to do with Trump. It’s about waking up and finding out you’re irrelevant.

          They had their chance to show us the merits of liberalism and the country has rejected it soundly. Making America Great Again has much more appeal at the moment.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Oh…and my bad. A friend who originally sent me this link corrected me. That’s a lady, not a dude. And I use the word “lady” liberally.

        • Rosalys says:

          I wondered that myself, but couldn’t be sure. I’m still not sure. This “thing” appears to be androgynous. May God have pity on it’s soul!

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Geg Gutfeld showed the clip several times at the start of last night’s show, and did refer to her as a woman. And he oughta know.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Are you sure it was a man? I think you would not find a man’s genitals there.

    • Rosalys says:

      He needs a straight jacket.

  4. Stuart Whitman Stuart Whitman says:

    Obama is a total loser. As are those who will forever sing his praises. America was very very good to Mr Obama and he gave us the finger in return. He blew his opportunity and blamed everyone around him. The definition of a loser. I’m guessing he will come out of the closet, Michelle will leave him, and he’ll move to Key West and write a book on famous gay muslims.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      One of the interesting dynamics playing out is that politics has devolved (right and left, if you ask me) to a question of mere identity. The thing is, whatever Trump does it’s that big “R” next to his name that has the liberal panties all in a bunch. Never mind that he and his family have very liberal social views.

      Trump is also a thoroughly urban man. You’re not going to see him on a Texas or California ranch mending fences. Much like the successful woman (who you’d think would be seen as a feminist success story) such as Sarah Palin (who might indeed be found mending fences), Trump’s main fault with the Left isn’t ideological. It’s that “R” he wears on his vest. And “R’s” shall forever and ever be hated. So let it be written. So let it be done. (And I think a lot of people overlooked Trump’s faults merely because of that “R”.)

      My shtick involving Trump is “Don’t judge him on his rhetoric because the man will say anything.” And now that he’s president, “Let’s see what he actually does and grade him on a curve…after all, we could have had Hillary.”

      Trump married a pretty wife. He’s rich. He’s thoroughly urban. He and his family have thoroughly liberal social values. He lets Bruce Jenner pee in the ladies room. Trump has even lived up to a Clintonesque sexual morality (by all accounts). The Clintons attended his wedding. So why are the Snowflakes melting down?

      Identity. Perhaps, though, it’s more of an identity crisis at this point. Slap a “D” after Trump’s name and I’m convinced he would have been a villain according to the right and a hero according to the Left. The right has certainly had to eat a thick layer of excrement sandwiches adapting to Trump. But they have. What comes from this, whether there is any lasting damage, we shall see. But it’s not like the party isn’t already full of RINOs.

      But for the Left this must be maddening. Trump could have been their hero. He’s bold. He’s rich. He’s socially liberal. Being an urbanite he’s “one of us” in terms of the biggest identity point of all: living in the height of liberal civilization, the modern city. He’s not from fly-over country.

      But the “R” gets in the way. For you or me, we’re truly broad-minded enough to pick and choose, to withhold final judgment, and to at least try to see beyond the smoke-and-mirrors and lofty rhetoric.

      But the Snowflakes have been thoroughly propagandized. They are living in the Orwellian world wherein their Masters have taught them well the Two Minute Hate. Yes, amazing as this is, the very same people carrying signs that say “Love, not hate” are the biggest, most intolerant haters of all.

      That’s not exactly news here, of course. Still, it’s fun to watch the meltdown. Let’s hope it lasts. Let’s hope Trump does a good impression of Ronald Reagan, not FDR.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Mr. Kung, have I achieved my Bachelors of Skepticism yet?

        I think you are well in to post-graduate work now!

        Trump’s main fault with the Left isn’t ideological. It’s that “R” he wears on his vest. And “R’s” shall forever and ever be hated.

        Ding, ding, ding, ding! You just won the golden ring.

        When one hears much of the nonsense being spouted by the left against Trump, one wonders about their sanity, or at least, their ability to listen.

        But identity politics is not rational, it is all about emotion. And the more bizarre the identity one assumes, the more crazy one seems to become. I find the left’s eruptions about how Trump is going to take away the rights of the queer community particularly humorous, (for much the same reason you mention.)

        No, the emotional incontinence being displayed by the left is due to the R after Trump’s name, and on a deeper level, what the R represents to these anarchists. It represents the people who voted for Trump. Fly-over country, particularly working white male Christians.

        The sexually confused, economically-parasitic, American-hating, grievance-mongering and power-hungry communists hate the mere idea of those Americans who don’t openly buy into the perverse ideas of the left. This, in spite of the fact that much of the population which voted for for Trump occupy common ground with the left, on a good number of issues.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I’ve noted before that liberals have a tribal ethical standard. And one effect of the Obama terms (aka the Era of Bad Feeling) has been to turn a large number of liberals (the young ones in particular) into snowflakes. They’re no longer emotionally capable of enduring disappointments such as losing an election. Until they’re forced to look into the Mirror of Reality (one way or another), this will all continue.

        • Stuart Whitman Stuart Whitman says:

          “When one hears much of the nonsense being spouted by the left against Trump, one wonders about their sanity, or at least, their ability to listen.”

          I wonder about the editorial decisions made to give them air time. Are these media executives completely brain dead? The sixties are finally over. If they want to continue to sell airtime they better come to grips with that fact fast.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            One thing I’ve gained (some) renewed respect for is Freudianism. And I mean that in the sense of outward displays being an expression of internal conflicts or propensities.

            Of course, for Freud a leaf didn’t fall to the ground without some sexual meaning to it. I think he took things way too far. I’m not sure about things such as the Oedipal Complex. But I do believe in the Peter Pan Complex, the desire to stay a juvenile (and dependent) forever.

            Take that one link of the man (woman…whatever) having a tantrum on the sidewalk. That is truly childish behavior. We’re dealing with an entire (mass…aka “mob”) movement that spreads dependency. It’s not just because of a restrictive moral framework that straight white Christian males are so demonized. It’s because that identity (a good one by any standard) is one of various virtues, not least of which is growing the hell up and taking responsibility for one’s life.

            True story: I was out hiking today and came upon a somewhat exasperated father who was yelling at his 4-year-old son. It’s unfortunately that he hurled an f-bomb while making his point. But he did make a good point to his son. I don’t know what happened. I assume his son stumbled and hit his shin or something. But what I heard coming up from behind them on the trail is, “There are worse things in life than pain.” That sound like words that could have come out of the mouth of our own Pat Tarzwell when he imparts the masculine wisdom of “Suck it up, buttercup.”

            Perhaps that father should have avoided the strong language. But the kids were well dressed and he was, after all, out hiking with them…spending very quality time with what I think were his three children. It was a handful and you know how easy it is to get frazzled.

            But who (including Trump) is telling people to “Suck it up, buttercup”? Instead, our entire society now (aka “social justice”) is built on babying people to the max, treating them as if there’s no way they could make it in this big, bad America without government to wipe their noses and their asses.

            And so you get the end product which is juveniles, even if they are well into their thirties. And with (in my humble opinion) the feminine virtues having replaced the masculine ones, there’s no more asking people to suck it up. We’re now supposed to be “sensitive” and “compassionate” and basically never tell anyone engaged in dysfunctional behavior (or just running into the realities of life) that they’ll have to make do and learn from their experiences.

            It is quite obvious, as Dennis Prager notes, that it is deeply embedded in human nature to want to be taken care of by others. Most parents understand this about their children and know the time comes when they must fly the nest and take care of themselves. But nearly everything in our society now caters to what we used to refer to as a “spoiled brat.” In a sane world (which we do not inhabit at the moment) the media would use the words “spoiled brat” to describe that sidewalk screaming behavior from the anti-Trump anarchist. But don’t hold your breath waiting for the Nice Nazis to do any such thing.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Even Freud didn’t think everything had sexual symbolism. After all, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” I’ve seen it suggested that his theories (such as the Oedipus Complex) reflected his patients, who were mostly Viennese Jews.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            One of the advantages of the present cable TV model for companies such as CNN and MSNBC is that they receive a large sum of money for simply being included in a cable package. Viewership is not nearly as important as remaining part of the bundled programs offered by Comcast and other cable providers.

            But it does appear people are opting out of cable due to the whole bundling question. Yippee!

    • Maddox says:

      How I wish you were right but Obama will stay and be a thorn in our side.
      Perhaps enough of us can laugh and point at him to humiliate the weasel and drive him away….I can dream, can’t I?

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Maddox, I think you’re right. I don’t see Obama having the lasting appeal that Bill Clinton did/does. But who knows?

        Leftism is a secular religion. These people at the top are the equivalent of Bishops or even popes. This is certainly one big reason why they are not judged on what they do. They are symbolic of a Grand Utopian Dream, as well as vessels for a secular kind of redemption. Barrack Obama couldn’t have gotten anywhere near the White House if you did a blind taste-test of his ideas behind a plain paper bag. It was truly his skin color that got him elected. He was perceived as redemption for the sins of slavery and racism. And that’s more or less how he marketed himself as well.

        Although Hillary is seen in the role regarding the chronic victimization of womanhood, there’s just something about her personally that is unlikable. I mean, with all due respect, she lost to arguably one of the weakest candidates the GOP could have nominated. Not that Trump didn’t have a modern type of appeal to a population that thinks cage fighting is high art. But he seemed to do all he could at times to paint himself as a crazy man. Still, Hillary was just unlikable enough not to get elected.

        And you can see why with the horrible white outfit she wore at the inauguration. In what could have been a display of “I’m happy and getting on with my life” if she had been decked out in something truly stunning, she instead looked like a frumpy and joyless martyr.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Do you want to know the exact definition of a RINO or Establishment Republican? They eschew conflict.

    Michael Medved replayed Spicer’s haranguing of the press during his first press conference. This type of stuff could get carried away, of course. Beware too much ideological foam and fervor. But I think what Spicer said was spot-on. Basically, he was taking it to the Left instead standing there like a punching bag.

    And Michael Medved, the paragon of neutered Establishment Republicanism, didn’t like it at all. In the view of Medved and his type, there is never a proper or appropriate way to take the battle to the opposition.

    Granted, I have major reservations regarding Trump. But one thing I’m pleased with is his willingness to take the battle to the opposition. I’m just not sure who his opposition is yet.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I gather that Spicer (saying what Trump wants him to say) isn’t as honest as we would like. But I doubt he’s any less so than his targets, and given their arrogant claims to inerrancy, they deserve every criticism.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        The gist of what Spicer said was, “Quit lying.” And I quite agree. It’s about time someone took the media to task for being so biased.

        And, of course, only a rube or a Snowflake could possible suppose that Spicer doesn’t have his own agenda. But having an agenda and lying are still two different things. I want to see some push-back from this White House. My enemies list looks like this, in no particular order:

        + The “climate change” fraud

        + The bigotry against Christians, white people, straight people and, frankly, people who work hard instead of trying to sell themselves off as victims

        + The poor quality of government schools and the rank indoctrination that takes place there now

        + The biased news media as bad as anything George Orwell could have imagined

        + The hysterical bias against business

        + Environmentalism being turned into a kooky religion

        + Feminism having run amok and become a war against men

        Feel free to add to that list. But one reason we all dislike RINOs is because, except for when they’re running for office (and even then), nary a word is heard from most of them on these topics. And George W. Bush/Karl Rove were the best examples of why you should not turn yourself into a punching bag.

        The fight should always be guided by truth and a certain kind of even-handedness. There should be passion, but not foam. But for god’s sake, do fight.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          A good list there, though the first item is just a specific example of the sixth. The feminist war on men goes back a long way, at least to the 70s. That’s when they openly chosde to allow with man-hating lesbians instead of sympathetic men. Along with the Orwellian news coverage (I sometimes refer to the synoptic media as Minitrue), I would add the Orwellian corruption of language and history.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            One of the amazing things about mankind, in general (at least these days), is the lack of just plain, basic integrity. Gone are the days when one would first bring the facts out and then see how they fit into the big picture and what they meant. They might help your case or hurt your case. But they are the facts. Now facts are suppressed if they don’t fit into the big picture and/or their meaning is fudged so that they do.

            I was listening to some black author whine on the Michael Medved show about how many blacks were killed by cops, and disproportionately so. And I just wanted Michael, or someone, to ask: What if the plain fact is that blacks are disproportionately committing the crimes?

            Apply that simple standard to anything. What are the facts first? And then what, if anything, can we glean from them? Might it not be helpful for blacks, or any group of people, to not have their misconduct be excused and explained-away without question?

            It’s certainly been disturbing to me to see so much knee-jerk apologizing for Trump, for example. This standard cuts all ways. I think that you, myself, and Mr. Kung have been the most “fair and balanced” commenters on the web. We have no axe to grind. We’re open enough and willing enough to admit that even good things can come in somewhat distasteful packages, not judging a book by its cover and all that.

            We’ll wait and see. But no kool-aid, please. America has lost its mind because it is no longer able to parse facts. Truth does indeed become a revolutionary act.

  6. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    This article describes what appears to be a major difference between Trump and Obama.

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/donald-trump-white-house-charm-offensive

    Trump is a realist and understands the need for smoozing to get things done in human relations .One must build up personal alliances and foster cooperation to get things done on any lasting basis. Obama simply had a pen and a phone. His accomplishments will be fleeting.

    Another point is that Trump’s ego allows him to mix it up and try to convince people what a great guy he is. Clearly achieving a goal is more important to him than worrying about having to deal with the plebs, i.e. everyone else. Obama’s self-image would appear to be less robust or possibly somewhat grandiose.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      This probably reflects the difference between someone in Big Business and someone in academia. Deal-making will lead to some bad results depending on who he makes deals with, but it is a useful skill that the Black God lacked.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Much of my business life has been in international trade, otherwise known as deal-making. Nobody goes into a deal to make a bad one, but sometimes the view of the market which one has taken turns out to be wrong. In such a case, one tries one’s best to mitigate further losses and learn from one’s mistakes.

        Most important however is the understanding that the guy you are dealing with is out to make the best deal for himself so one should not go into any negotiation thinking otherwise. Thus one doesn’t give away one’s “bottom line” position before discussions start.

        I have long wondered at many politicos’ lack of this basic understanding.

  7. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Oh, you gotta read this:

    I’m beginning to get a sense of what it was like to be alive in ancient times when a marauding warlord melted down your village’s golden calf. Weeping. Gnashing of teeth. Rending of garments. Wearing of vagina hats. Their god failed to protect the village, and now he’s a bracelet on the warlord’s wrist.

    It’s pathetic, really, the emotional reaction to Donald Trump’s victory, but the intensity of the emotion is nothing new. Remember the ecstasy when Barack Obama won? Remember when somebody actually wrote this, and a mainstream newspaper actually published it?

    Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

    Remember the shining faces in Chicago the night of Obama’s first victory? Remember the promise that the rise of the oceans would stop, and the planet would start to heal? That wasn’t politics; it was religion, and Obama was — if not actually Ba’al — then his high priest, the central figure empowered to enable the hopes, dreams, and very evolution of the American people.

    Fast-forward eight short years and the ecstasy has turned to agony. The people whose faces shone in 2008 have weeping eyes in 2016. Some can’t function. In the energy department, staffers are offered counseling. At the EPA, they come to work in tears. Some skip work entirely. Colleges offer safe spaces and opportunities for “self-care,” and even workers in “real America” are taking time off to gather themselves. I’m getting reports from friends across the country of bosses and colleagues who are gone for days and return deeply depressed.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      An emotional reaction on the night of the election, hearing that one’s candidate either won or lost, is quite understandable, though even there I think some people emote too strongly. But to do so months later is an indication of serious mental problems. But that’s what liberalism will do for you.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      That quote in blue by some nut case named Mark Morford, proves Michael Savage’s contention that leftism is a mental disorder.

      This being the case, most leftists cannot be reasoned with. They must be defeated and kept in some quiet place where they might rest their nerves.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I think French is correct in noting the religious reaction. This is someone’s religion we’re talking about. And unlike Christianity, it is an escapist religion. It is about feel-goodism. It is earthly transcendentalism. You could even say it is making an idol of one’s emotions.

        Christianity, properly understood and practiced, is not escapism, although it can and does certainly provide comfort. But the story is:

        + You have a cross to bear
        + You will struggle as you deal with your propensity to do evil
        + You will love the Creator *despite* your pain…and even because of it if you aim for saint-like clarity

        A Christian is not shocked when his bread lands butter-side down. A liberal Snowflake, on the other hand, requires a safe space.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I have long noted that liberalism is, in essence, a political religion (much like Islam, which is one of many affinities between them). But this religion of feelings seems to be something different, though related. Note that the Inner Party don’t actually share it, though they encourage it in others.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            One of the hardest thing’s to do is mastering one’s emotions. The non-Freud-based Christian view (traditional Christian view, not the view of heretics such as the current fraudulent pope or the kumbaya crowd) is that the wearing off of the rough edges — that denial (even self-doubt) is what human beings inherently require to some extent — not the sating of every impulse lest this lead to the harm of “suppression.”

            There is no doubt that our society has been made dumb and coarse by the doctrines of Marx, Freud, and Darwin.

            In the Christian view, there are implicit reasons to not trust your every impulse and to at least give them a second thought. There is the context of wisdom, something that the Religion of Leftism does not have nor respect. (It is a youth cult, after all.)

            And it’s not just the Christian view. The entire shtick of Western Civilization is that there are things to learn, especially from those who came before us. And this is balanced with a dynamic view of change and invention. But it is a change based on real work and invention, not air-headed musings of some political messiah being a “Lightworker.”

            There is every reason to mock the Religion of Leftism — especially because these hypocrites and zealots have proclaimed that all religions (except Islam, of course) are a retrograde force in society, based not on the idol of “science” but on superstition. So they create a religion that they declare is merely neutral, reason-based, and “secular” while castigating all others — all while engaging in the most dogmatic of behavior.

            • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

              There is every reason to mock the Religion of Leftism — especially because these hypocrites and zealots have proclaimed that all religions (except Islam, of course) are a retrograde force in society, based not on the idol of “science” but on superstition. So they create a religion that they declare is merely neutral, reason-based, and “secular” while castigating all others — all while engaging in the most dogmatic of behavior.

              I would suggest the normal state of mankind is lacking self-awareness, i.e. not looking into oneself and understanding one’s motivations. I believe Christianity, having a theory of humanity if you will, went a long way to raising self-awareness and with this went the conscious attempt to control one’s urges/emotions and better oneself.

              There is a case to made that Leftism is simply paganism. One does not try to better oneself, one simply tries to convince the various gods to help one navigate this world and help with material things. Cynicism is part of it. Spiritual improvement plays little role in it.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Mr. Kung, I like your formulation of self-awareness which we could also call “self-evaluation.” Dennis Prager notes that studies have shown the those in prison have higher self-esteem than the population at large. Simply having nice thoughts about oneself clearly is not the answer to a good and humane society.

                When “esteeming” one’s emotions and wishes is the primary “value,” then you get this combination of Snowflakes and ugly bullies. You get a population that cannot even make it to first base on the dictum: First, control yourself.

                But I do think self-awareness is an appropriate distinction. Man is a rabid animal by birth and needs to become civilized. To do so, he must take a hard look at himself. Those (such as myself) who bemoan the unnecessary wars and violence throughout the ages find it truly sinister that those supposing to be the ambassadors of kumbaya peace do not seem to value the idea of controlling themselves. A mob runs contrary to the self even mattering.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                Note that pagans allow ordinary people to be deified (though one can argue that this is probably similar to sainthood in the Catholic Church). I, Claudius has a nice scene in which Livia Augusta gets Claudius to promise to deify her, despite her crimes — after all, none of the Olympian gods (as he admits) sets a good moral example. But if she is not deified, her afterlife will be grim.

  8. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It appears Melania Trump’s philosophy is similar to Donald’s.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-melania-lawsuit-idUSKBN15M22B

    Good for her. I hope she is successful against the Daily Mail.

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