Author: Christopher McDonald

Why Democrats Can’t Admit Defeat

Admitting failure is hard, and admitting outright defeat is even harder. Admitting a loss means it stops being a possibility and it becomes real to you. You can’t avoid it by saying, like Scarlett O’Hara, “I won’t think about that today. I’ll think about it tomorrow!” Democrats have done Scarlett one better: they think about nothing but their loss, but they’re determined to not take the blame. Democrats and the media trotted out several narratives to explain why they are losing. First, it was “whitelash,” coined by Van Jones. Then, it was “fake news” and “alternative facts.” And, from start to...

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Being Right Won’t Save Steve King or Geert Wilders

Rep. Steve King recently said something so frightening that we might as well start calling him Steven King, the New Master of Horror.  What did King do? He voiced his support for Dutch politician Geert Wilders. King publicized this horrific statement on Twitter last week: Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies. https://t.co/4nxLipafWO — Steve King (@SteveKingIA) March 12, 2017 As is now standard operating procedure, media sources and the commentariat are running wild. Journalists have flown free from the concrete world of context into a realm of fancy, in which...

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Trump’s Great Moment

In President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress, he again managed to raise eyebrows and amaze the nation. Where many feared that he would louse up his first major speech before Congress, he showed a strong streak of self-control. He came across as (dare I say it?) presidential. CBS News asks us, “Who was that calm, composed man, and what has he done with Donald Trump?”  He was busy delivering, “a message deeply delivered from my heart.” While Trump’s Inaugural Speech was of a dark and shattered America, this speech struck a different tone. Trump spoke of our coming 250th...

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Milo’s Fall

Milo’s Mistake The provocateur has at last provoked too much. He’s gone a line too far and been taken to task for it. Yes, Milo Yiannapoulos has taken a fall. The king of going too far has finally gone too far. The evidence being offered against Milo is roughly as follows: On a YouTube show with Joe Rogan, Milo made comments on his sexual beginnings as a homosexual. He credited a priest with his introduction to sexuality. Milo claimed that he was a ‘sexually aware’ 13-,14-year old, who was capable of giving consent for sexual acts between himself and...

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Today’s Civil War II

The estimable Dennis Prager has argued for a comparison between antebellum US and present day US. He is trying to draw a comparison between the divide between North and South, today’s pro-Trump and anti-Trump. We can extend this to South Carolina’s threat to secede over the Tariff of Abominations and California’s threat to secede over Trump’s ascension to power. But do these constructs really hold up that well?   North-South divide was not wholly about slavery, though that was part of it; it was also about money.  As Charles Adams has argued, the debate was whether the US would have a high tariff or not. The Northern industrial and shipping interests favored a high tariff on foreign imports. Such a tariff would serve to put extra tax revenue at their disposal, through the Federal government, as well as create a favorable balance of trade. The South opposed the tariff because, as a largely agrarian slave-economy, it could not afford a high tariff on the hundreds of commodities which it was forced to import. These two divides can hardly be dragged to today. Tariffs are not a major issue, and slavery is dead.   Today’s divide between Californian and the flyover country is one of ideology, and only partially one of money. Conservatives and Republicans, generally, want to see less taxation, not more, and almost none favor Trump’s absurd suggestions of economic protectionism. California...

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