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Lift Up Your Hearts: The Democrats Are in a Shambles
American Greatness ^ | january 10, 2019 | Conrad Black

Posted on 01/11/2019 5:58:55 AM PST by billorites

It is time to rekindle our political spirits in this new year, and to take stock of the subjects of encouragement.

First, the takeover of the House of Representatives by the Democrats was, on balance, not as jarring to the vital organs as was feared. As a figure of horror, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has become almost like Bette Davis, one can believe she just acts the part, though she acts it convincingly. And she has earned her spurs as a Democratic legislator with staying power, the first speaker to serve non-consecutive terms since Sam Rayburn (D-Texas). She certainly didn’t get much back-talk from all those bushy-tailed Democrats who were going to send her off to knit antimacassars for her grandchildren. She does not, however, appear to be an effective spokesperson as leader of the opposition, and is strangely inarticulate for someone who must have spent more time in public speaking for the last 40 years than almost anyone in the country.

A second source of happiness, despite the Democrats’ window-rattling ululations of joy, is that they have no mandate to do anything, and they have taken the bait the president dangled to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Pelosi at the White House three weeks ago. The Democratic leadership seems to think they can convince the country that the well-being of 800,000 federal employees, which could be ameliorated without capitulating on the spending bill, is more important than dealing with the protracted shambles in immigration, which most Americans acknowledge to be the country’s greatest problem.

Third, the official debut of Schumer and Pelosi as leaders of the opposition where one of them is actually at the head of part of a branch of government, following the president’s address from the Oval Office on Monday, was a hilarious fiasco. They made an American Gothic apparition with forked tongues rather than a pitchfork and looked like an off-duty pantomime horse doing straight-up. They aren’t making it. They failed to convince anyone that a few weeks of furlough for government employees is more worrisome than the unarmed invasion of the United States by millions of unskilled foreigners.

Fourth, Speaker Pelosi is shutting down her caucus-members who were calling for impeachment of the president, the surest sign that the whole idea is made of straw and hot air. Jerry Nadler, congressman from Liberty Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, and the World Trade Center (a supreme gerrymander), who had everything but a panel adhering to his forehead illuminating the words “Impeach Trump” for the last two years, has suddenly become almost as judicious as the chairman of a judiciary committee should be.

Fifth, the conduct of the Chinese indicates that the tariffs are sobering their aggressive trade strategists and some sort of rebalancing of what was a ludicrously one-sided arrangement is in sight, with the reduction of the deficit and of the industrial espionage and piracy which the Chinese perfected. No one would know this from the American national political media, but all China’s neighbors, led by Japan, are cheering President Trump’s efforts, as he gives the regional bully his comeuppance.

Sixth, Michigan U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib’s outrageous reference to the president with a particularly vulgar bit of slang must backfire, even if imperceptibly. The Democratic Party chairman, the singularly ill-favored Tom Perez, frequently has been exceedingly vulgar about the president, and there is an implicit attempt to create a general attitude that this president is so gauche and illegitimate that it is in order to deluge him with four-letter words, unlike any of his 43 predecessors in his great office.

Of course, this is preposterous and this president is an impeccable Edwardian gentleman compared to some of his predecessors. This coarsening of public discourse is partly the consequence of a general relaxation of the use of once-unacceptably crude expressions in public, and partly an escalation of the informality of public life in which this president has played a role, but clearly not the leading role. In general, it is lamentable. The country will be relieved when a change of personalities and of the political times makes more civil discourse fashionable again. But even in this contentious atmosphere, the country will not approve degrading the political process by gratuitous denigration of high office-holders. Those who civilly dissent from it and maintain decorum will be rewarded.

Mattis Deserved Better from Trump Before getting to my clinching point of why we should, in the words of the Christian liturgy, “lift up our hearts,” a thought commends itself more generally about the political ambiance of the times.

The president had no business saying of former Defense Secretary James Mattis that “President Obama fired him, and so, in effect, did I.” The implication was that they were both right to have fired him. But when Trump engaged Mattis in that extremely important post, and he was unanimously confirmed, there was no thought then that Obama was right to fire him: that was rather implied to be an excellent commendation.

Mattis is an outstanding citizen who has served the nation with the utmost distinction in modest and great positions, in war and peace. He was right that the president deserved a defense secretary who agreed with him in vital matters, and he deserved a dignified leave-taking.

The president would jump appreciably in public esteem if he were just a little more gracious to distinguished dissenters; his dismissal of the asinine comments of Meryl Streep at a Hollywood self-reward gala two years ago would have been more effective if he had just said her remarks were bunk, as time has shown. She is a brilliant actress and a political moron; there is plenty of precedent for that. She doesn’t have to raise her game after 21 Academy Award nominations; in this area, Trump does. He is the president, not Mrs. Gummer (Meryl Streep). He is a good president and should demonstrate the confidence of one.

Illustrative of the Republican side of this degeneration of public political discussion is the description of the Democrats as “the Democrat Party.” This use of a noun as an adjective was first popularized politically by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis.), as he portrayed “the Democrat Party” as an infestation of Communists and traitors in the 1950s. It is like British anti-Semites referring to “the Jew question.” It is all very distasteful, and even lamentable, and while no one is asking for priggishness, and Trump’s deflation of the pomposity of the system is often refreshing, I believe that most Americans, even those quite dissatisfied with one or both parties, do not wish the public dialogue to be conducted at the level to which it has now descended: of a piece with harassing cabinet members and senators in restaurants and bandying about outrageous suggestions of treason.

Hidden Political Blessings Finally, in this catalogue of hopeful facts for our Januarial delectation, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the hyperactive socialist motormouth, though acoustically and ideologically grating, has her good points. She deserves some credit, if only by accident, for causing Anderson Cooper to blink as if being attacked by flies when she called for confiscatory taxation on “the tippy top of the rich.” Cooper is a descendant of William H. Vanderbilt, the son of the Commodore, who bestowed on America one of its greatest socio-economic insights: “The public be damned.” More important, and vastly transcending her ignorance, the new congresswoman babbles nonsense about the Middle East and thinks that universal health care will eliminate funeral expenses—everyone will live forever, like Swift’s Struldbrugs; but she proclaims her religious faith.

Readers may think this irrelevant, and Ocasio-Cortez’s religious practices are irrelevant except to her, but she believes in a divine intelligence and the existence of spiritual forces, which means that she does not believe in the perfectibility of man, or that the possible occupation of the vacuum vacated by the expulsion of religious belief can be filled by humans, i.e. that men become Gods, as in ancient Rome. Readers may wonder, too, what earthly or unearthly relevance the congresswoman’s otherworldly views, unlikely to be more penetrating than her mundane thoughts, may have. The point is that her unembarrassed references to her Catholic religiosity implies that ultimately she will dissent from any notion of totalitarianism. The hot chick of the new Democratic Left believes in worshiping God, confessing bad conduct, repenting sin, and respecting life. For this, we may be thankful. I wish her well. In her way, she is one of us.

And a sorbet, or digestif, has been offered by an unlikely source of political reassurance: Joe Biden has said publicly that he can’t find anyone better qualified to be the Democratic presidential nominee than himself, and presumably he knows all these ciphers milling and jockeying about and portentously thinking about it. He may well be right.

America is truly blessed in unsuspected ways. Sleep soundly, Mr. President.

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To: JamesP81
Agreed. The author also assumes that by touting her Catholicism we should all assume it will guide her. Politicians lie about everything and some, like Pelosi, have their own ideas about the faith.
21 posted on 01/11/2019 7:11:33 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: GOPJ; Jane Long; MinuteGal; jsanders2001; V K Lee; HarleyLady27; stephenjohnbanker; ...
Lift Up Your Hearts: The Democrats Are in Shambles
The vaunted Democrat takeover of the House was not as jarring as was feared.......not a blue wave....more like a puddle in a pothole.
22 posted on 01/11/2019 7:14:53 AM PST by Liz (Our side has 8 trillion bullets; the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use.)
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To: All
Carrying her precious gavel everywhere, even to pee, Speaker Pelosi is shutting down (and shutting-up)
any caucus-members calling for a Trump impeachment, the surest sign that the whole idea is made of
straw and the usual Democrat hot air.

Cong Jerry Nadler represents (a) Liberty Island, (b) the Brooklyn Bridge, (c) Greenwich Village, and,
(c) the World Trade Center (gerrymandering at its finest). Nadler had everything but a blinking neon sign super-glued
to his forehead spelling out “Impeach Trump” for the last two years but has suddenly become incommunicado on impeachment.

23 posted on 01/11/2019 7:24:37 AM PST by Liz (Our side has 8 trillion bullets; the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use.)
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To: billorites

“Lift Up Your Hearts: The Democrats Are in a Shambles”

indeed. and just when the Dems though they had achieved a national spotlight on their get-Trump, free-everything-for-everybody and no-guns-for-anyone agenda, Trump sucked the oxygen out of the air and brilliantly forced the national spotlight to focus on border security by shutting the government down BEFORE the Dems even controlled the House, thereby leaving them a great big ol’ tarbaby as a welcoming present to get trapped in ...

24 posted on 01/11/2019 7:29:44 AM PST by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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To: billorites

The unmentioned fly in this soothing balm is the sheer number of democrat-leaning voters; they care nothing for your logic and are concerned not with the vacuity of their leadership.

They know that we on the right - with Trump at the fore - are EVIL - they KNOW it. Their righteous indignation, the depth of their moral certitude (with atheism at it’s core - AOC’S “piety” not withstanding), will not be overcome by merely showing them the error of their ways. They are fanatics.

They have the upper hand; they control the schools and the media. And their fanaticism, given enough political power would would have us in camps. We have a long row to hoe.

25 posted on 01/11/2019 7:34:39 AM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Liz

More like an overflowing septic tank.

26 posted on 01/11/2019 7:36:08 AM PST by TADSLOS (Confuse your doctor by putting on rubber gloves at the same time he does.)
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To: All
In no time flat, every Democrat will be sounding like a refugee from a Werner Erhard est Training Session where they will transform the way they see and make sense of political life so that the current situation they had been trying to change (or had been putting up with), will be cleared up.

The point of est training, of course, is to leave participants free to be, while increasing their level of effectiveness and the quality of their lives. The Training is famous for challenging est participants to be themselves and live in the present instead of playing a role that had been imposed on them by their past and to exist beyond their own current points of view, into a perspective from which they could observe their own positionality.

Watch for Democrats supporting projects expressing their commitment to altering what is possible for humanity:

<><> The Hunger Project,

<><> The For The Children Project,

<><> Majority is Not Everything Project,

<><> Democrats at Risk Programs.

Democrat politics will be full of est buzzwords about "knowing who you are" and "sharing" and being "eternally grateful" for learning that they are responsible for their own lives....not just yours. The Democrat theme song o be played at every campaign event is "Believe in Yourself".

27 posted on 01/11/2019 7:40:39 AM PST by Liz (Our side has 8 trillion bullets; the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use.)
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To: billorites

A wounded animal is when it is most dangerous, as it is hurt, probably no escape, is threatened, and has nothing left to lose....

28 posted on 01/11/2019 7:42:40 AM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Oh boy!)
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To: billorites
The Democrat Party is and was infested with communists and traitors. The author needs to man up and face the facts.
29 posted on 01/11/2019 7:46:46 AM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Liz

LOL....or, a yellow trickle....since all they (and the MSM) do is LIE :-)

30 posted on 01/11/2019 7:58:12 AM PST by Jane Long (Praise God, from whom ALL blessings flow.)
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To: duckman
The Democrats Are in a Shambles

Rs are not any better. We had both houses of congress and the presidency for two years and did not ram thorough border security funding the way the RATs rammed through Obamacare when they had the power. To me, that's a shambles.

31 posted on 01/11/2019 8:19:54 AM PST by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: Jane Long

HeH......good one.

32 posted on 01/11/2019 8:34:24 AM PST by Liz (Our side has 8 trillion bullets; the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use.)
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To: billorites

The freaky thing about the hyperactive socialist motormouth is the brain washed slackers vote for her a result of democrats have had any power to long,good part their parity is on death row.

33 posted on 01/11/2019 8:54:33 AM PST by Vaduz (women and children to be impacIQ of chimpsted the most.)
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To: JamesP81

I agree entirely. Cortez is a Godless communist.

34 posted on 01/11/2019 8:55:42 AM PST by jmacusa (Made it Ma, top of the world!'')
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To: Liz
Lift Up Your Hearts: The Democrats Are in Shambles...


35 posted on 01/11/2019 12:05:58 PM PST by GOPJ (Replace furloughed government workers with illegals for ten bucks an hour. Show dems how it feels.)
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To: Liz

“He is a good president and should demonstrate the confidence of one.”

* * *

Notice how a true friend criticizes the President. Tactful criticism like that will get Trump’s ear. And it’s a far cry from what the elite backstabber Romney said.

I thoroughly enjoy reading Conrad Black’s editorials. As an elder journalist and publisher, he still has the flair of fine language. Calling Trump an “Edwardian gentleman” had me scurrying to google’s dictionary.

Between Cher, Conrad Black, and the bullish stock market and economic news, Trump may very well get We the People’s Protective Southern Wall.

36 posted on 01/11/2019 5:03:06 PM PST by poconopundit
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To: poconopundit

Nice analysis.

37 posted on 01/11/2019 5:12:46 PM PST by Liz (Our side has 8 trillion bullets; the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use.)
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To: JamesP81

There is a funny meme about Cortez with the wild eyes asking if you believe in the “Government as your lord and savior.” It’s a riot.

38 posted on 01/12/2019 3:26:18 PM PST by SaraJohnson ( Whites must sue for racism. It's pay day.)
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