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  • They Stink

    09/12/2017 6:05:59 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | September 11, 2017 | Scott McKay
    Cultural institutions dominated by the Left seem to be populated by the unqualified and incompetent. Here’s something you probably already know but may not have noticed: in any institution which has been taken over by the more egalitarian/iconoclastic/redistributionist elements of our society, which at this point generally includes nearly every one of the industries which control American culture, a very wide space is made for the inclusion of people who are manifestly, unquestionably and ridiculously unfit to contribute at the level they are appointed for. This is a phenomenon not exclusive to the Left, mind you. Before cultural institutions like...
  • A Flawed President Whose Pugnacious Divisiveness Uniquely Suits the Moment’s Need

    09/05/2017 4:07:23 PM PDT · by Twotone · 21 replies
    American Spectator ^ | August 31, 2017 | Dov Fischer
    Any fair assessment of our President is that he is flawed as a person. His sense of self much exceeds the norm. Some of his insults famously transcend those we associate with the meme “Politics Ain’t Beanbag.” On discrete occasions, he has disappointed staunch supporters by punctuating certain powerfully valid viewpoints with “facts” that are so demonstrably wrong that they approach the coveted Gold Standard for Public Falsehood established by the dual-gender political tag-team of Clintons and exceeded only by Barack Obama. (See also: “Shovel-ready jobs”; “If you like your [ ], you can keep your [ ]”; “More young...
  • Antifa: The New Ku Klux Klan

    08/29/2017 4:47:19 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    American Spectator ^ | August 29, 2017 | Jeffrey Lord
    Over at Conservative Review a while back, in a column titled “The Left’s Violent DNA,” I noted the following after the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise: Question: What do the Ku Klux Klan, the labor movement, Students for a Democratic Society, the Weathermen, Occupy Wall Street, and congressional shooter James T. Hodgkinson have in common? Answer: They all emerged from the murky depths of leftist politics. And all have a history of violence associated with their politics.” As if to prove the point the fascists of Antifa — stunning, I know, that real fascists would label themselves “Antifa” for PR...
  • Trump’s Irrelevant Approval Rating, and Other Various and Sundry Items

    08/24/2017 10:08:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 25, 2017 | Scott McKay
    Musings upon a sultry August. Earlier this week, I spoke to a local Republican women’s group, and one topic of conversation which came up is something often discussed in this space; namely, the Left’s tone-deaf insistence on cultural aggression as a form of power politics. In my speech I described the effect of this thusly: it makes little difference what Trump’s approval rating is, because the Democrats’ rating is a lot lower. That might be hard to poll, because the Democrat Party might poll better than Trump and at the moment none of the potential candidates of that party are...
  • Donald Trump’s Problematic Device

    08/23/2017 6:39:30 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 08/23/17 | R. EMMETT TYRRELL, JR.
    Seeing both sides of a problem could be seen as a no-no. WashingtonPresident Donald Trump is in trouble again with his Moral Superiors. His problem, of course, is that he cannot throttle his B.S. Detector. Trump it seems at some point in life acquired a B.S. Detector that has usually served him well. It certainly served him well during his long years in business and during his brief time in politics. Now, however, it is problematic. The Detector sounds an alarm when it perceives B.S., and during the Charlottesville disruptions it went wild. Every time the Mainstream Media or a...
  • Steve Bannon Was Fired in February

    08/20/2017 3:40:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 08/18/17 | Marcus Calpurnius Flamma
    For all their faults, Democrats have always been far more astute at the long game. Sadly, Steve Bannon was effectively fired in February. Bannon’s long road to exile began on December 29 last year, when Michael Flynn had an innocuous conversation with the Russian ambassador eavesdropped on and unmasked by Obama officials. After leaks to the Washington Post (probably from the recently fired Sally Yates or her cohort), Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor. Trump needed to fill the position quickly, with someone Democrats calling for Flynn’s scalp wouldn’t object to. He reached into the swamp, and pulled out Army...
  • Obamacare: Time for Trump to Make Congress Share Our Pain

    07/31/2017 8:03:25 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 22 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 07/31/17 | David Catron
    The President has the authority to eliminate its illegal exemption immediately.President Trump, having watched the Senate writhe in protracted labor for weeks without giving birth to even the ridiculous mouse dubbed “skinny repeal,” has taken to Twitter and issued this ultimatum: “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” It would be unwise for Trump’s enemies — on either side of the aisle — to disregard this as bluster. The President not only possesses the authority to follow through on both threats without consulting Congress,...
  • About Those Trump Supporters

    07/18/2017 11:33:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 19, 2017 | Judah Friedman
    For years, millions of Americans have been held hostage by the leftist liberal and media platforms. Living in the shadows of society as they watched their incomes flat line, and factories and professions shut down. They have been mocked for their faiths and ridiculed for their beliefs, constantly being told that’s what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander. Pushed so hard, they collectively screamed: “We are mad as hell, and we aren’t going to take it anymore.” So, on that fateful November 8th, Americans didn’t necessarily vote for a president, as much as they voted for the...
  • Trump’s Defense of Universal Truths in Poland

    07/07/2017 7:15:08 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies
    american spectator ^ | George Neumayr
    In one of the most powerful passages of his speech, he recalled the religious resolution of the Polish people against the Soviets: Through four decades of communist rule, Poland and the other captive nations of Europe endured a brutal campaign to demolish freedom, your faith, your laws, your history, your identity — indeed the very essence of your culture and your humanity. Yet, through it all, you never lost that spirit. Your oppressors tried to break you, but Poland could not be broken. And when the day came on June 2nd, 1979, and one million Poles gathered around Victory Square...
  • The Life & Death of the American Spectator (Oldie with important lessons)

    07/02/2017 6:59:58 PM PDT · by LS · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 2001 | Byron York
    One Friday afternoon last July, Wladyslaw Pleszczynski, the No. 2 man at The American Spectator for twenty years, from its time as a small-circulation conservative intellectual review through its run as the shouting voice of anti-Clintonism, rummaged through the magazine's shut-down office in Arlington, Virginia, cleaning out his desk before movers arrived, on Monday, to cart everything away. The Spectator had been sold nearly a year earlier to the high-tech guru George Gilder, who, in changing the magazine to a journal of the New Economy, decided to fire the staff and move the operation to his headquarters, in Great Barrington,...
  • Obamacare and the Gutless Wonders of the GOP

    05/01/2017 6:44:43 AM PDT · by ctpsb · 40 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 05/01/2017 | David Catron
    Their timidity on Obamacare repeal has made them a national laughingstock. "....Yet the party that ended slavery and successfully championed women’s suffrage, both in the face of violent Democratic opposition, can’t muster the courage to repeal even the worst provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This cowardice has now inspired the law’s apologists to openly mock the GOP and President Trump."
  • Trump Wins YUGE in a Government Shutdown

    04/23/2017 11:51:36 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 101 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 24, 2017, 12:04 am | LARRY SCHWEIKART
    We’re looking at a possible government shutdown next Saturday, and that’s got some conservatives nervous. They shouldn’t be. Admittedly, past government shutdowns — or threats of shutdowns — have worked against conservatives. With Trump, however, it would likely be a different story.... even a partial shutdown plays precisely into the Trump agenda and his campaign promises of draining the swamp. Trump’s base, as well as “swing voters” who are fed up with out of control spending, would, of course, be cheered by such a move. Moreover, such a shutdown plays into Trump’s hands by giving him every excuse to slash...
  • Ben Stein’s Diary Bombing Syria: Six Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Have

    04/11/2017 10:17:14 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 88 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 04/07/17 | Ben Stein
    I used to have a best friend, recently in his eighties. I’m not allowed to talk to him any longer because I voted for Trump. That’s the law from his wife. Anyway, just before I was cut off, I asked this great man if he could summarize all the wisdom of his life in one sentence. He looked at me with a smile and said, “Peace is good.” With that, a few words about Mr. Trump’s getting us into the war in Syria in a big way: First of all, the happiest people on the planet right now must be...
  • Steve Bannon Is Not the Imaginary Hobgoblin Portrayed by the Media Elite

    02/07/2017 5:48:31 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    american spectator ^ | Ralph Benko
    Donald Trump, on some issues, also has disputes with Bannon. But now hear this: Bannon is coming from the space of “civic society,” not hate. I get where he’s coming from and going to albeit am not always am in full accord as to how he plans to get from here to there. Such disputes aren’t grounds for fury. Bannon also shows self-awareness and winsome self-deprecation: “We’re the know-nothing vulgarians.” As for his supposed cocktail party trope about being a Leninist it’s doubly hilarious for his inversion of Leninism to mean anti-Statism and in watching the left recoiling in horror,...
  • Obama, Lewis, and Booker join in the fun.

    01/15/2017 4:02:44 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 47 replies
    spectator.org ^ | Ross Kaminsky
    The modern political equivalent of “blood libel” is the incessant claim — sometimes by people ignorant enough to say it explicitly and sometimes by people too cowardly to say what they mean, instead resorting to cheap innuendo while slaying quivering white straw men — that Republicans are irredeemably racist. *snip* On Wednesday during the second day of hearings for the confirmation of Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions to become the next Attorney General of the United States, we saw the latter. It came in the form of testimony against Sessions by Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), a man who sacrificed much...
  • Dear Democrats: Just Keep It Up and See What Happens

    11/18/2016 6:17:10 AM PST · by pabianice · 21 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/18/16 | Friedman
    The Democratic Party is broken, beaten down, shell-shocked, and scratching its heads wondering what went wrong. So, I have decided, being the noble American that I am, to offer some aid and comfort, not to the enemy, but to my fellow Americans as well as some friendly suggestions on how they can rebuild their party and image to compete in four years. President Obama should keep going around the world making incendiary comments about President (elect) Trump. There is nothing Americans like more than hearing negative comments about the person for whom they voted, and themselves, even more so when...
  • Where Was Hillary?

    11/15/2016 8:22:28 AM PST · by logician2u · 91 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 14 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    Losing it on a losing night. Ever since the early hours of Wednesday November 9, skeptical minds have been musing over what happened to Hillary and her concession speech. She was supposed to deliver it shortly after it was apparent she had lost on Tuesday evening. She was going to speak. No, she was not ready. Then it was coming Wednesday morning. No, it would be put off for a while. She supposedly was very gracious in talking to Donald Trump later that night, but was still not ready to concede publicly until late morning Wednesday. At 2 a.m., a...
  • The Inchon landing, 66 years ago next month, was brilliant. But what made it necessary?

    08/20/2016 9:57:10 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 51 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 19, 2016 | Robert Zapesochny
    When back in June 2015 Donald Trump announced he was running for president, he said during his speech, “I will find the General Patton or I will find General MacArthur. I will find the right guy. I will find the guy that’s going to take that military and make it really work.” Since then, Trump has frequently mentioned Douglas MacArthur in his speeches. It is worth discussing his importance in American history, especially as we are approaching the 66th anniversary of Battle of Inchon. While MacArthur’s greatest achievement was the creation of modern Japan, the Inchon landing on September 15,...
  • The Debasing of Our Civic Currency

    05/06/2016 2:05:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | May 6, 2016 | Gilbert T. Sewall
    Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 concludes a long, concerted drive to reimage U.S. currency. More to the point, it illustrates a profound, probably permanent shift in American historiography. Tubman joins the historical pantheon of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, and Ben Franklin. Going forward Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and Susan B. Anthony will decorate the back of the $10. The New York Times calls the changes the “most sweeping and historically symbolic makeover of American currency in a century.” OK, no problem, we say, and maybe a good thing. Tubman on the $20...
  • RELEASE THOSE 28 PAGES NOW

    04/21/2016 12:29:02 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 27 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 21 April 16 | Scott McKay
    President Obama made his fourth trip to Saudi Arabia Wednesday, ostensibly to “clear the air” in an attempt to repair the damaged relationship with the Kingdom brought about by what many will regard as his administration’s mistakes — cozying up to the Islamic Republic of Iran, for example, and embracing the Arab Spring which toppled the Saudi ally Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. But perhaps the biggest mistake Obama has made with regard to the Saudis is the one they’ll likely thank him for; namely, opposing — and threatening to veto — a bill authored by Sens. John Cornyn and Chuck...