Dov Fischer at The American Spectator has an interesting, depressing, but an ultimately hopeful article on why Trump backers should be encouraged by the current polls, despite national polls showing that virtually any halfway sentient creature that enters the Democrat race will easily beat Donald Trump. It’s depressing because part of the reason is the bias of the polls themselves (which led me to predict a Trump win weeks in advance in 2016, to the smug bemusement of liberal commentators) and part is the ignorance of the general public due to the constant drumbeat of anti-Trump propaganda from 95% of the “news” media (this will be particularly frustrating to readers of my newsletter, because you are so incredibly well-informed!)
But ultimately, it’s hopeful, because as I have pointed out for years, polls taken months or years in advance of an election are meaningless. The vast majority of people have other things to do than follow politics. They don’t start paying attention until sometime after Labor Day of an election year, when the ads crank up and they have to seriously consider what will happen to their jobs, bank accounts and children’s futures, depending on which of these people get into power.
This helps to explain why the Democrats can have prominent voices in their party openly advocating for socialism (some would call their “ideas” outright communism), and even declaring that far-left, radical “revolution” is what they’ve always been about and are finally just coming home to it, and it doesn’t reduce their approval rating to 0.1%.
For now, just let them keep prattling on. They’re creating the Republicans’ campaign commercials for them. I assure you, we’ll see all this again when people who don’t usually follow politics are forced to start paying attention and imagining what their lives would be like with a President Bernie Sanders and AOC running his Cabinet.
I hope you had a great Veterans Day, and that you participated in some of the festivities that help to remind Americans what this day is all about.
President Trump became the first sitting President to accept the invitation to appear in New York City’s Veterans Day Parade, an event he saved years ago with a very generous personal check during a financial crunch. Despite a handful of anti-Trump protest signs from the Usual Gang of Idiots, the event was remarkably free of politics, with even Mayor Bill DeBlasio urging New Yorkers to put that aside for one day to observe something bigger (although that didn't stop some New Yorkers from yelling insults at DeBlasio during the parade, either.)
Trump gave a moving speech, highlighted by the incredible story of Army Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds standing up to the Nazi guards at a POW camp. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t heard it yet, but you must hear it. You can see the video of the full speech here:
This is another very moving Veterans Day story that I won’t even hint about because I want you to read the whole thing and see the photos. Trust me, you won’t be sorry you clicked on this.
While it happened on the night before Veterans Day, another must-hear moment came at Madison Square Garden, when 96-year-old World War II vet Peter “Harmonica Pete” DePre played the National Anthem before a Knicks game.
Veterans Day was especially happy for 70-year-old Army vet Ernest Dodson of Greensboro, North Carolina, who is finally debt-free with enough money left over to have a little fun after winning a nearly $275,000 jackpot in the Cash 5 state lotto. Although I admit it galls me a bit that he got to keep less than $196,000 of it because the government held back so much of it for taxes.
Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” (often seen following “Huckabee” on TBN) offered a great tribute to the military as the greatest meritocracy in the world, and a place where people still realize there are higher ideals than constantly arguing over trigger words and safe spaces and other nonsense that divides people into opposing factions instead of adopting the “band of brothers” mentality.
Finally, I’m very pleased to relay that after “Huckabee” on TBN spotlighted the group Patriot Angels on our Veterans Day show this weekend, they got a flood of messages from veterans seeking help in obtaining the benefits they’re entitled to. If you or someone you know is in that situation, you can learn more at www.patriotangels.com.
I wanted to make sure you also read this comment:
If you wonder how “journalism” has reached the sorry state that it’s in now, look no further than the “educational” institutions that trained its current practitioners. Reporters used to learn the job by burning shoe leather. Now, it’s something you “learn” in universities, which have become expensive embarrassments in recent years.
Latest cases in point: the Harvard Student Government sided with activists who demanded that the Harvard Crimson stop quoting ICE officials in stories about immigration protests, because only one side of the issue (the one they agree with) should be in the media. And the Daily Northwestern of Northwestern University apologized for “traumatizing” some students by covering a campus appearance by (gird yourselves!) Jeff Sessions, and actually printing the names of protesters who gave the paper quotes about the event.
Here’s a quote from the editors’ astounding drivel, and as a real journalist, Dave Barry, might say, I swear I am not making this up:
“We know we hurt students that night, especially those who identify with marginalized groups.”
...by reporting that Jeff Sessions spoke on campus and actually quoting what people said about it. Or as that used to be known, “practicing journalism.” Well, I accept their apology because I’m sure they’ll never do it again.
(FYI for parents and potential students: the average cost of tuition and fees to get a journalism degree from Northwestern is $54,620 a year. Buyer beware.)
And as long as we’re on the subject of universities kowtowing to delicate leftist snowflakes in ridiculous ways, here’s a Veterans Day twist: The University of Virginia is under fire (ooh, sorry!) for canceling the traditional 21-gun salute to veterans by ROTC cadets, citing anxiety over gun violence. This could mark the first case of someone claiming to be triggered by triggers. I’m happy to report that many people are taking potshots at this idiocy.
On a related subject, the Wall Street Journal has a disturbing piece about how veterans who return to get an education at elite universities are appalled by the spoiled leftist students insulting them and denouncing the rights they risked their lives to defend for them (like the First and Second Amendments) and their sneering insults designed to divide people into warring identity groups, the exact opposite of the merit-based teamwork of the military. The whole article is behind a paywall, but Instapundit has a substantial excerpt here:
There are also a lot of good comments. I especially appreciate those from other veterans who brush off the childish insults from the ignorant and ungrateful junior socialist rich brats. As one put it, military members “have been abused by experts...and we laugh,.”
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer."
- Romans 12:12
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