THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS CHANGING
Instapundit has a very interesting comment on the changes in the Republican Party that the convention is making clear – and for the first time for many Americans.
It notes that while rich white elitists are leaving, hard-working Americans of all backgrounds are joining, which is making the GOP more “populist,” but that can only be good for the Party and for America. While the Democrats and the media make snarky racist, sexist and xenophobic comments, suggesting that the minority, female and immigrant convention speakers are just “tokens” or sell-outs, they’re deliberately missing the real story: the GOP is evolving, and Trump is the one who’s forcing that change.
All those “lifelong Republican” Never-Trumpers who are endorsing Biden and his radical left agenda are largely longtime DC swamp dwellers who’ve made a fat living for decades by giving lip service to issues that Conservative Christians and blue collar Americans care about, but then delivering nothing but bigger government, endless foreign wars, and trade deals and lax immigration enforcement that enriched other nations and their wealthy donors while exporting American jobs and undermining wages.
One thing that these two conventions have shown is that these are not your granddad’s GOP or Democratic Party. The Democrats gave us professional politicians and Hollywood celebrities with a dark, pessimistic view of America. The Republicans are showing real heroes and success stories from the ranks of everyday Americans. The old media stereotypes of “rich white Republicans” and Democrats who “care about the working man” are headed to the ash heap of history, and Trump is emptying out the ashtray, with policies that might appall the rich donor set but are winning over blacks, Hispanics, immigrants and other patriotic working Americans.
Trump came into office owing nothing to the political/donor class, and despite their relentless attacks, he keeps doing whatever he thinks is right for America, whether it’s keeping our promise to move our Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem, bringing our troops home, defending religious freedom and pre-born children, or demanding that our allies pay their fair share of their own defense and that our trading partners give us better terms. The establishment political class may be aghast that he’s finally keeping their empty promises, but they made a hash of things for years. Trump’s getting things done that they claimed were impossible without a magic wand, and despite the blare of anti-Trump propaganda, more and more people are waking up to that reality.
I find this especially gratifying because this is the sermon I’ve been preaching for years, and I paid dearly for it. When I first ran for President in 2008, I warned the Party that just because Wall Street was doing fine, and their donors had big bonuses and corner offices, that didn’t mean that all was well in the economy (that was proven out within a year, with the mortgage meltdown.) I traveled what they call “flyover America,” talking to regular working people, and they were fed up with empty promises and selling America out to the highest bidder. When I said this, I was accused of being a “populist” (with the same disdain as they might say “socialist”), and the big money PACs like the Club For Greed (Club for Growth) set out to destroy my campaign with ridiculous lies about how I was secretly a lover of big government and high taxes. I think that’s been debunked as thoroughly as the claims in 2016 that Trump was a New York liberal who would destroy the economy and a fascist who would get us into World War III.
If the “P” in “GOP” starts to stand for “populist,” that’s fine with me. It refers to the population, or the people of America. We should be a party that, with malice toward none and charity for all, puts our own people’s interests first. I think Democrats are terrified that Trump is actually accomplishing that, which is why the media are so desperate to keep you from seeing the convention and why the Dems can’t let their opponents speak freely. People of all backgrounds are starting to look past the dusty false stereotypes that they’ve been fed for years and realize who is truly on their side and who’s been playing them.
If so, then Trump really will have saved the Republican Party, not just from the Democrats but from itself.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Photo of the Day: Summing up CNN in one jaw-dropping screen capture, as it pushes the “fiery but mostly peaceful protest” narrative.
It appears as if the shortened NBA season might be aborted completely. Wednesday’s games were called off after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted the playoffs over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Now, the entire season may be scrapped after the L.A. Clippers and Lakers voted to boycott it. The meeting turned tense when LeBron James led a walk-out and later issued some unrepeatable tweets.
Side notes on the Blake shooting: Newly-released video shows that Blake scuffled with police officers while resisting arrest...
Police say Blake did have a knife on the floorboards of his car that he was reaching into when he was shot. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers didn’t wait for these facts to come out before pouring gas on the fire by accusing the police of racism…
And Blake’s mother no doubt stunned CNN’s Don Lemon by apologizing to President Trump for not being home when he called to offer condolences and saying she has “the utmost respect for you as the leader of our country.” She also condemned the Kenosha rioters, looters and arsonists, saying, “And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name. … [T]o use my child … our tragedy, to react in that manner, is just not acceptable…It’s not helping Jacob or any other of the men and women who have suffered in these areas.”
Back to the NBA: the teams’ boycott sparked polarized reactions. Many black athletes and sportscasters supported it, saying that stopping police brutality is more important than basketball. But critics also blasted the teams and James in particular as ungrateful hypocrites for walking out on their fans and employers to protest police in America while saying nothing about the NBA’s ties with communist China and the reported slave labor that makes the merchandise that enriches them.
UFC Champion Colby Covington tweeted, “Oh wow, you postponed your games?! Wanna prove you’re really about change? Quit your multi-million dollar jobs and soft privileged lives playing a kid’s game, take a massive pay cut and perform the toughest job in America. Become cops!!!!”
At first reading, it does appear that the police could have handled this without deadly force, and that’s a tragic failure of training that must be addressed. However, it’s always much easier to know exactly what a cop should have done when you’re safe at home watching a video of it than when you’re actually there and have a split-second to access whether a suspect who’s already resisting arrest is going to turn around with a gun in his hand and kill you.
I also have a job – several in fact, that together don’t pay anywhere near what LeBron James makes. When I heard of this story, I was saddened and worried for the people of Kenosha. I said a prayer for Jacob Blake to recover, for justice to be served, and for Blake’s family, the police who would have to deal with the aftermath, and all the citizens of Kenosha. And then…I went to work. Because as a responsible adult, I know that there are many people who depend on me showing up and doing my job, so they can support their families, just like the vendors, ushers and other stadium workers depend on the NBA teams showing up. I’m sure many of them are black. Do their livelihoods not matter?
Athletes who were lucky enough to score NBA contracts should consider that between all the racial politics, badmouthing America and virus shutdowns, millions of former fans have already found better things to do with their time. Walk out now, and by the time you finally do decide that America has lived up to the high standards you don’t apply to communist China and deign to come back to work, you just might find that nobody cares anymore. Then you may have to take Colby Covington’s advice, take a massive pay cut and find another job where your boss will expect you to show up and keep your politics to yourself on company time.
FIND THE FLAW
This isn’t so much a news story as an IQ test. Read it and see if you can spot the flaw in this argument:
Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor and Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told Fox News’ Bret Baier: “The simple reality is that we are seeing more and more chaos and violence under the Trump presidency, and there’s no reason to expect that it would get any different or any better if he were reelected.” While Trump has offered federal help to the riot-torn cities that have been controlled by Democrats for decades, and their Democrat mayors and Governors have rejected it, Buttigieg said, “The President’s strategy has obviously not helped because all of this chaos is happening on his watch.”
Did you spot the logical fallacy in his argument? If not, your I.Q. falls under the category of “House Plant.”
On that subject, I didn’t think it would be possible for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to get any funnier with her “fact-checking” of the Republican Convention than when she debuted by claiming Trump isn’t really a champion of religious freedom because of the “Muslim ban” hoax. But I underestimated how deranged things could get at MSNBC.
Maddow “refuted” Gov. Kristi Noem’s claim that violence and rioting is rampant in Democrat-run cities by bringing on…wait for it…Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan! Yes, the poster child for obliviousness to riots. She claimed Noem's comments were “really, really wrong,” and that is a false image created by Fox News and Trump, who " tried to make it sound like there were mobs rampant throughout Seattle. It's not the case."
Yeah, the violent mobs that she let riot and loot and threaten citizens were only in certain parts of Seattle. The rest is like the “Summer of Love,” am I right? It goes to prove that turning to Rachel Maddow for a “fact-check” is like trying to order barbecue in a sushi restaurant.
NYT REPORTER CHANGING HER STORY YEARS LATER
Yesterday, I linked to a story about CNN suddenly changing its chyron headline to remove the reference to violence in the Kenosha protests and whitewash the news before your eyes in real time. Now, here’s an example of the long game version, courtesy of the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman.
2016: “Donald Trump’s more accepting views on gays set him apart in GOP.”
2020 (Same paper and writer): “After three years of attacking LGBTQ rights, Trump suddenly tries outreach.”
To be fair, in 2016, she never imagined he’d actually win so it wasn’t worth the effort of painting him as a homophobe.