Our National Train Wreck

January 7, 2021

So, what the hell happened yesterday?

On the day Congress was to certify the Electoral College vote and confirm Joe Biden’s win, President Trump held a large rally for his supporters, denouncing what he called a “stolen election” and telling his followers “we will never accept” that.

And then Hell happened.

Hundreds of the rally attenders stormed the Joint Session, Capitol police were overwhelmed, assembled legislators had to shelter in place, Vice President Pence had to be whisked away by security, shots were fired, and a woman, one of the rioters, was killed by Capitol police. You can find various accounts on the Web

Let’s be clear: this was a national disgrace. It was a shameful, humiliating, disgusting, horrifying, and outrageous catastrophe for the American polity.

And President Donald Trump bears blame. A heaping helping of it. Indeed, the lion’s share.

He had every right to pursue legal action to prove his claim the election had been stolen, but he couldn’t prove it. He couldn’t even show any strong evidence. Once the Supreme Court refused to hear his last challenges and the states certified the election results in December, he should have had the grace to concede. He could have complained for the rest of his life – a lot of people would have believed him – rested on the laurels of some genuine accomplishments, and had the most influence of any former president since Teddy Roosevelt.

But, no.

Instead, seemingly driven by a desperate need to be seen at all costs as a winner, he kept yelling about a stolen election. He kept egging his followers on with wild claim after wild claim, and he helped cost the Republicans their Senate majority by convincing enough Georgia voters that their vote would never count, anyway, so why vote?

And, finally, intentionally or not, Donald Trump incited a riot at the Capitol Building of the United States.

To be honest, I was surprised this morning to wake up and see he was still president. I had expected him to be impeached and removed today (he deserves it) or neutered via the 25th Amendment (he deserves that, too), but, not yet. It makes me wonder if someone or “someones” had a talk with him and said “Sit here and be quiet for the next two weeks, if you want to avoid any further humiliation. We’ll run things, you just sign where you’re told.” Allahpundit at Hot Air reports that Pence was running the security operation at the Capitol last night and talking with the Secretary of Defense. Trump… wasn’t.

I guess we’ll find out, eventually.

A little digression for my own history (from a distance) with Trump. Go back through the archives and you’ll see that I was adamantly “never Trump” in 2015 and 2016. But, after his administration had been in office for a while, my opinion softened. He was doing some good things, and the outrageous attempts to cripple his administration and drive him from office made me more and more sympathetic toward him. Borrowing from Ben Shapiro, I decided to call “balls and strikes,” criticizing Trump where needed, praising him where warranted.

By 2020, I had become a Trump voter, based on the belief that, for all his deep personal flaws, what he was offering was a lot better than what Biden and the Democrats promised to do. I still think that was the right choice.

But yesterday he showed I was also right when, in 2016, I said he had the instincts of a caudillo, a populist demagogue. He’d largely kept those instincts in check over his administration, but, in recent weeks, he increasingly gave in to them, his followers listened, and we suffered through the worst incident at the Capitol since Senator Sumner was nearly beaten to death.

So it looks like I was right both times. Lucky me.

But what comes next?

Whether he’s removed now or serves out the last few days of his term, Trump is done. And there is no chance of him being re-nominated in 2024. The man who desperately wanted to be a winner will now go down as a loser, held in contempt by many of the people whom he once led.

The political ambitions of some are done, too, senators and representatives who enabled Trump’s demagoguery. Some were even fundraising during the riot. Seriously??

The policy damage from this will likely be immense, too, for conservatives and Republicans.. and America. For the foreseeable future, progressives will denounce and smear any opposition to even their worst ideas (and they have many) as “Trumpism.”

Thanks, Mr. President.

But what of the future? It’s beyond a doubt that faith in our electoral process is badly tattered. In that sense, what happened yesterday was a visible symptom of a problem that’s been building for years, something Democrats and the Left have played their own large role in. Last night online I was accused of “Trumpism” for stating that, but I stand by it. I think a sober look at our recent history shows that, placing the desire for power ahead of everything else and justifying the breaking of almost any political norm to gain power, they helped destroy that faith. Like I said, Trump should be removed from office for what happened yesterday, but the Democrats have shit on their shoes, too.

But that’s a post for another day.

For the future, I think the Jonathan Turley’s suggestion for a national electoral commission to look into the 2020 election – a real commission, not the “lay no blame” commissions Washington uses to bury a problem – is not just good, but must be done. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R) has introduced legislation for what sounds like something along those lines. If we’re to restore faith in self-governance, then an honest, transparent, and unsparing examination of what happened has to take place.

There also has to be a hard look at how these yahoos were able to take over the Capitol. What happened yesterday was also a huge failure in security planning and preparation. Heads need to roll.

In the meantime, maybe America should just have a Snickers.

PS: I forgot to add, regarding the national commission, that I do think there was serious cheating in the election, just not enough to change the results. Part of that “unsparing examination” will have to be a look at how various measures pushed by Democrats to loosen election security made such fraud as occurred easier to accomplish.


Great advice for the 2016 political season

December 30, 2015

Via someone on Twitter, I forget who:

Stop being stupid

Yep. smiley cowboy


Hey, kids! Did you know alligators have sharp teeth, too?

April 13, 2012

"You mean he wasn't a complimentary snack?"

This must be the day for “dangerous animals meet dumb people” stories:

Authorities in Louisiana say a 6-foot alligator showed up at the front door of a Super 8 Motel outside Baton Rouge and bit a guest.

(…)

Matt Marszal, the motel’s front desk clerk, says the gator bit one of the motel guests who tried to catch it before Animal Control workers showed up.

The alligator was subdued by Animal Control in five minutes and taken away, while the would-be gator-wrangler wound up in the hospital. No word on if he still has all his limbs.

Guess this makes him qualified to run for governor.

via @nettie_b

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Biden: the gaffer who keeps on gaffing

August 23, 2011

So, our vice-president is in China. While there, you would think our nation’s second-highest constitutional officer would do his best to represent American values to our biggest creditors China’s rulers with wit, intelligence, and grace.

But then you would remember this is Joe Biden we’re talking about.

And when it comes to the Chinese national policy of once child per family, with its forced abortions, near genocide of female infants, and forced sterilization, Joe fully understands:

D’oh! 

Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review quotes Speaker John Boehner to blast Biden’s… well, Biden’s moral stupidity:

“It’s disappointing that Vice President Biden did not mention the severe women’s rights atrocities that are committed in the name of the One Child Policy — forced abortion, involuntary sterilization, and gendercide,” Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights without Frontiers, says. “China’s One Child Policy causes more violence to women and girls than any other official policy on earth. To merely mention the economic consequences is to turn a blind eye to the terrible human suffering caused by forced abortion. Chinese women are literally dragged out of their homes, strapped to tables and forced to abort.”

KJL also mentions in passing the demographic bomb that will set off an economic disaster for China: briefly, China’s one child policy means that fewer and fewer workers will be available to support an increasingly aging and huge population, and it’s going to hit soon, by 2039, in some estimates. It is also a danger to their military, and thus China’s global ambitions. By any measure, China’s one-child policy is a self-inflicted slow-motion national disaster.

But Joe fully understands.

LINKS: My blog-buddy ST has a spot-on post with several good links of its own.

AFTERTHOUGHT: This is the guy Obama picked to lend “gravitas” to his administration? In that case, I’d hate to have seen what his idea of “buffoonery” was.


I can see dumb people

January 28, 2011

This was the sight I saw on a bridge over the San Diego Freeway on my way home from the market:

 

Some very stupid, pathetic people

…and…

Proof that a brain is not required to live

 

There were about a dozen or so of these paranoid morons on the bridge, holding up their signs and offering free DVDs of THE TRUTH!!1!1 to anyone unfortunate enough to cross their path. I’m surprised no one stopped to punch their lights out.

Here’s a message for the 9/11 Truther crowd, and I hope at least some of the mental giants on the bridge right now see this:

You people make me sick.

Your paranoid fantasies are a grotesque insult to the thousands who died that day, the President and all the members of the government who spent the next 7 years making sure that nightmare never happened again, and our entire nation. You are an embarrassment to us all. You make me feel unclean for even coming within 50 feet of you.

You people are sick.

Really. You need help, because you have obvious problems dealing with reality. It’s not uncommon with people who are frightened by a complex world; there’s so much comfort to be found in reducing everything that’s too much for your fragile minds, such as the idea that fire can melt steel, to simple conspiracies. It makes you feel powerful again, doesn’t it, because you know the truth? Well let me tell you the truth:

You are mentally ill, you nauseating wretches.

And this guy is probably your leader:

Now go away and go back to eating paint chips.

PS: Since this also goes out to my Twitter feed, if anyone reading this is sympathetic toward 9/11 Trutherism and follows me on Twitter, please unfollow me. Now. I don’t want to be dirtied by even the merest association with you.


Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) is a disgrace

January 26, 2011

In the past she’s been a shameless race-baiter; now she’s revealed to the nation, her district, and her caucus just how dumb she is:

Behind closed doors, California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez has proposed removing Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) until she recovers from injuries sustained after being shot in the head on Jan. 8 in Tucson, The Daily Caller has learned.

The proposal sparked an outrage, according to those in the room — including from those in Sanchez’s own party.

“It’s not appropriate,” Texas Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes told The Daily Caller, adding that there was outrage among some members in the room when Sanchez made the suggestion. “It’s bad for morale during her recovery period.”

Reyes and Rep. Adam Smith of Washington put up most of the fight against Sanchez, and helped squash the idea.

Politicians and pundits like to talk about the “optics” of a situation, how it will look to the public. You can imagine what went through the Democratic leadership’s minds when nitwit Sanchez suggested this: “Sure let’s kick to the curb the most sympathetic member of our caucus, just after she’s taken a bullet to the brain. That’ll play well on TV and talk radio!”

Then there’s the legislative side of this nonsensical idea: the Republicans hold a seven-seat majority on HASC.  Giffords’ vote wouldn’t be decisive without several Republican defections, so replacing her is meaningless. Sanchez’s staff tried to pass this off as making sure Giffords’ interests were represented, but that can be done by other members of the committee (such as Sanchez, since she cares so deeply) without putting the boot to a colleague who’s already been through so much. (And Reyes has a good point. Morale in rehab counts for a lot, and learning that the work she enjoyed so much is being taken away from her, however temporarily, wouldn’t help.)

Really, I don’t see how Sanchez benefits from this proposal, so I’ll have to put it down to congenital stupidity. She may not be the worst member of California’s 54-seat delegation (There’s stiff competition for that honor), but she’s definitely in the bottom five.

UPDATE 10/30/2014: Edited to remove an error in which I confused her with her equally execrable sister, Linda.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Is the race card the only one in their deck?

August 11, 2010

Because the Democrats seem to play it any chance they get. The latest example comes from US Senate Majority Leader Harry “Pinky” Reid, who said publicly he couldn’t see any reason why a Hispanic would vote Republican:

Get it? “Without us you campesinos would have nada, so shut up, get back on the hacienda, and vote the way we tell you!”

Harry Reid is one mean-spirited, condescending, arrogant, and petty old man. And those are his good points.

LINKS: See more on Harry Reid’s ethnic pandering and the Left’s contempt for ethnic conservatives. Also Hot Air, which suggests Harry might want to ask Nevada Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Sandoval just why a Hispanic might dare be a conservative.

(via Legal Insurrection)

UPDATE: Florida US Senate Republican candidate Marco Rubio* reponds:

*(Psst, Harry! Don’t be alarmed, but Rubio is Cuban-American. You know, “Hispanic.” Just FYI.)

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


He got on with no passport??

December 27, 2009

If this is true, then several executions are in order for gross stupidity:

A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport.

Kurt Haskell of Newport, Mich., who posted an earlier comment about his experience, talked exclusively with MLive.com and confirmed he was on the flight by sending a picture of his boarding pass. He and his wife, Lori, were returning from a safari in Uganda when they boarded the NWA flight on Friday.

Haskell said he and his wife were sitting on the ground near their boarding gate in Amsterdam, which is when they saw Mutallab approach the gate with an unidentified man.

(…)

While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.’”

Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab’s lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee.

All I can say is that al Qaeda apparently knows how to play our society’s multiculturalist, PC guilt-trip like a Stradivarius: “Oh, you poor victim! It would be racist of me to demand a passport of you (forget that passports are regularly issued to stateless refugees), and there is no way I should ever ask the well-dressed gentleman for proof that what he says is true. No, if I take what he says at face value (or push it off on my manager who will do likewise), then I will prove myself wise, sophisticated, and tolerant. And get to go home on time.”

My God. We are all Thanksgiving turkeys waiting for the farmer’s ax.