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The Origins of Progressive Agony

Victor Davis Hanson is one of my favorite writers.

Even party chairman Tom Perez concedes that there are “no moderate Democrats left,” and lately the rantings of Cory Booker, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez confirm that diagnosis.

Paradoxically, Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 and 2012 and yet helped to erode the old Democratic party in the process. He ended up in opulent retirement while ceding state legislatures, governorships, the House, the Senate, the presidency, and the Supreme Court to conservative Republicans. Continue reading

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The Exploding Resistance

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From Victor David Hanson at National Review [edited for length]:

After the 2016 election, the so-called deep state was confident that it had the power easily to either stop, remove, or delegitimize the outlier Donald Trump and his presidency.

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The Media-Dem-NeverTrump Resistance Isn’t Working

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Trump’s disapproval numbers are running at around 56%, while his approval numbers are around 39%. But, Legal Insurrection, Politico, and Victor David Hanson all seem to agree that Democrats would be naive to assume this means they’re going to win big in the midterms.

For one thing, his numbers haven’t changed since he was inaugurated. That’s unusual. Most presidents get a honeymoon period when folks are giving the new guy the benefit of the doubt.

For another, privately done research shows the so-called “resistance” may be backfiring. Hanson writes:

There is a populist and growing resistance to the Orwellian idea that free speech is hate speech, that equality of opportunity is defined only by equality of result, and that identity politics determines the degree of government-mandated penance and reparations. … The quiet resistance is far larger than the loud Resistance and far more revolutionary. Its nature is still not fully understood by the elite Left.”

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Two smart guys talk about the campaign

Both of these are long, but well worth watching.

Dec 6, 2016: James O’Keefe – The MSM Is Dead  [17:06]

Victor Davis Hanson – The Mythologies of the 2016 Election [44:37]

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Afternoon Delight

Starland Vocal Band had their one and only hit in 1976. At the time it was almost scandalous. Just think, adults exchanging bodily fluids before supper. And in front of the dog! The cat acted aloof and couldn’t care less.

Republicans Stole the Supreme Court
Democrats, don’t let them get away with it.
SLATE MAGAZINE STILL SUFFERING FIT OF APOPLEXY. THIS WILL LAST AWHILE.
We are told to give him a chance, to reach across the aisle, and that we must all work hard, in President Obama’s formulation, to make sure that Trump succeeds. But before you decide to take Obama’s advice, I would implore you to stand firm and even angry on this one point at least: The current Supreme Court vacancy is not Trump’s to fill. This was President Obama’s vacancy and President Obama’s nomination. Please don’t tacitly give up on it because it was stolen by unprecedented obstruction and contempt. Instead, do to them what they have done to us. Sometimes, when they go low, we need to go lower, to protect a thing of great value.

Vets group wants Congress to wait for Trump to pass more aggressive VA reform bill
A massive veterans reform bill backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs will face resistance in Congress’ lame-duck session starting Tuesday from a group intent on letting the new Republican-controlled Senate and President-Elect Donald Trump have a say in how expeditiously VA employees can be fired.
With only a couple of months left as VA Secretary, Bob McDonald is making one final appeal to Congress to pass the reform bill that’s the culmination of his two-year tenure. The 400-page Veterans First Act contains dozens of provisions to streamline the appeals process for disability compensation, allow more leeway in disciplining employees and grant VA medical staff the ability to work flexible hours, among other things.

Obama’s looking forward to a vacation after the White House
POOR GUY NEEDS SOME REST. THREE WEEK VACATIONS IN HAWAII, 300+ ROUNDS OF GOLF, HANDING AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY OVER TO THE U.N., IT’S ALL BACKBREAKING WORK.
President Obama’s first executive action after leaving the White House will be to take some R&R.
“I will take a vacation for a couple weeks after my presidency is over,” he told Democratic National Committee stakeholders in a conference call Monday evening, without specifying a location.
“But then we’re going to get back to work,” he added.

Conway: ‘I Completely Agree’ With Obama That Trump Is Pragmatic and Not Ideological

At his first news conference since Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, Obama addressed the transition process and what he expects from his successor on Monday.
“I don’t think he is ideological. I think ultimately he is pragmatic,” Obama said. “And that can serve him well, as long as he’s got good people around him.”
Conway said she “completely” agreed with that description from Obama when asked about it by Today host Savannah Guthrie.

An Arrogant and Lazy Presidency
It’s safe to say that there has rarely, if ever, been a president more absolutely sure of the utter and total correctness of his positions than Barack Obama.
It is also quite accurate to say that there has never been a president who implemented such fundamentally impactful policies while circumventing the usual legislative process as Barack Obama. No president has ever announced that he has “a pen and a phone, and I intend to use them if Congress won’t act.”
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Carpe Diem, Mr. Trump
cwy9kvnukaa-3exFROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE WRITERS,VDH
While we speak, a jealous age will have fled. Seize the day! Trust as little as you can in tomorrow. The Latin poet Horace’s advice of carpe diem— to seize the day and not worry about tomorrow — should be Trump’s transitional guide.

Steve Bannon and Keith Ellison: Do the Democrats Really Care About Anti-Semitism?
The record is clear.
President-elect Trump has enraged the establishment media by choosing Steven K. Bannon as his chief strategist, because Bannon, they claim on the flimsiest of evidence, is a white supremacist and an anti-Semite. Meanwhile, that same media is hailing Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) for announcing his candidacy for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee – despite Ellison’s very real links to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, two groups that are outdone by no one in anti-Semitism.

Donald Trump’s granddaughter a viral sensation in China
(CNN) — She’s just five years old but might just be Donald Trump’s biggest diplomatic win in China.
A video of Trump’s granddaughter Arabella Kushner reciting Chinese poetry is being shared across the country.
During his bid for the US presidency, Trump had nothing but tough talk for Beijing.
But the little girl’s command of Mandarin is being interpreted by some as a hidden sign of Trump’s affinity with the country.
In the video, Arabella is wearing a red Chinese style ball gown standing on a table. Other traditional Chinese elements — the Chinese character for happiness, lanterns and Monkey stickers — are visible in the background.

Election results give momentum to worker freedom
Does a Trump presidency mean public employees across the country will be freed from being forced to pay government unions against their will?
If Trump nominates one of the roughly two dozen people he pledged to consider to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, it’s likely public employees nationwide would earn freedom from being forced to support politics they disagree with.

To Democrats’ Dismay, Trump Will Inherit Obama’s Expanded Presidential Powers
With a new president much loathed by the mainstream media and progressive elites, it shouldn’t be very long until we start hearing about the dangers of the “imperial presidency.” Where were they, we wonder, during the Obama years?
It’s quite an irony that the one whom many on the left said they couldn’t stomach as president should become president and inherit a whole panoply of new presidential powers that President Obama used and no one other than conservatives objected to. Because now, a President Trump can use the same powers.

Why Did Trump Win? Obama
e7zv9zkDonald Trump’s upset victory is being attributed to many factors, from Hillary Clinton being a corrupt and flawed candidate to the rise of the angry white male. Never mind that Trump secured more white women support than did Clinton. Maybe it was due to the FBI investigations and Director Comey’s schizophrenic opening and closing the investigations.
What really gave Trump his victory is one person: Barack Obama. This election was nothing less than a complete and total repudiation of his presidency, his policies, his “fundamental transformation of America” that he promised and delivered.

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President Coward: CEO of Untruth Inc.

OBAMA Cowardly Liar

These may be the two most important things you can view/read this week.

Sep 5, 2014: President Coward by Bill Wittle [7:10]

President Obama delayed the Osama bin Laden raid for months out of fear of what a failed attempt would do to his re-election chances. He sent the men in the rescue helicopters back to their bunks as he watched our people die in real time at Benghazi. And he delayed the mission to rescue James Foley and other ISIS hostages so long, it failed. Why? Because he didn’t want to be “Carterized.”

Sep 9, 2014: Obama’s Untruth Inc. by Victor Davis Hanson

“The two fuels that run Untruth, Inc., are, first, a realization that most of the president’s policies, whether deliberately or as a result of indifference and laziness, run counter to what most Americans support, and, second, a media establishment so invested in his agenda that it will not call the administration to account. So the engine of lying keeps humming.

On any given day the president of the United States can step up to the teleprompter amid the latest disaster and swear that he did not do what he just did, or insist that someone else, not he, did the dastardly deed, or simply skip over recent history and make things up. The press at first quibbles, then nods in agreement, and Obama is empowered to do it again and again. We have not seen such a disingenuous president since Richard Nixon — but he, at least, was countered rather than enabled by the media.”

Read the rest @ http://www.nationalreview.com/article/387410/obamas-untruth-inc-victor-davis-hanson

H/t Pistol Pete

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THE FRIDAY GRUDGE

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Today is DW’s 62nd birthday.She’s aging like fine wine,unlike Walter,who says his wife ages like…..milk.

REID’S ‘NUCLEAR OPTION’ CHANGES RULES,ENDS REPEAT FILIBUSTERS

Remember when the Republicans were going to do this to stop the dems from blocking Bush’s judicial nominees?

That self-righteous prick McLame and his ‘gang of six’ snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/06/reids-%e2%80%98nuclear-option%e2%80%99-changes-rules-ends-repeat-filibusters/

VDH SAYS IT SO MUCH MORE ELOQUENTLY

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/279295

KRAUTHAMMER:OBAMA ‘INCREDIBLY DULL,ALMOST DISINTERESTED’ IN JOBS PRESSER

http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/06/krauthammer-obama-incredibly-dull-almost-disinterested-in-jobs-presser/

NBC HIGHLIGHTS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANITA HILL’S SPEECH

Does anybody doubt the motive here is to smear Clarence Thomas ahead of Obamacare hearing?

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brad-wilmouth/2011/10/06/nbc-hightlights-anita-hill-speech-georgetown-university#ixzz1a3eIPYIc

KELLY:PROTESTERS WILL BE ‘MET WITH FORCE’ IF THEY TARGET OFFICERS

You don’t mess with people who have guns and arrest powers–and little patience with unwashed little brats

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/10/06/kelly-protesters-to-be-met-with-force-if-they-target-officers/

RUSH ON OCCUPY WALLBAGGERS:’THERE’S NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT OBAMA’S BEHIND THIS’

Rush is spot on.He absolutely must foment class warfare to distract from his pathetic existence.That’s why MoveOn and the unions are rushing in to rouse the rabble.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/10/rush-limbaugh-on-occupy-wall-street-protests-theres-no-doubt-in-my-mind-the-white-house-is-behind-this-video/

MATTHEWS COMPARES OBAMA TO A CLUNKER-‘WOULD YOU BUY THIS LOUSY CAR AGAIN NEXT YEAR?

Et Tu,Tingles?

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/10/06/matthews-compares-obama-clunker-would-you-buy-lousy-car-again-next-ye

WOODY ALLEN EYES MOOCHELLE OBAMA FOR MOVIE ROLE.

The mind reels;

how about-‘Attack of the 50 foot Wookie?’

or:Prisoner of Saks 5th Avenue?Can you think of any more?

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni16332003/

OBAMA TO MEDIA:STOP PRETENDING GOP HAS A JOBS PLAN

I’ll do your thinking for you;just shut up and do as I command you.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/obama-to-media-stop-pretending-the-gop-has-a-real-jobs-plan/2011/03/03/gIQARDEVQL_blog.html

OBAMA TELLS DEMOCRATS BIRTH CONTROL IS ‘PREVENTATIVE CARE’

Birth control=abortion-that’s what you really mean,isn’t it?

http://www.lifenews.com/2011/10/06/obama-tells-democrats-birth-control-is-preventative-care/

STRETCH PELOSI: ‘GOD BLESS’ THE OCCUPY WALLBANGERS

This bitch is a few rungs down the evolutionary ladder from whale snot.

(how’s that for snark?)

TIPPING POINTS IN THE RACE FOR PRESIDENCY?

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/10/tipping_points_in_the_race_for_the_presidency.html

BANK PROTESTERS ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO CASH $673B CHECK

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-bank-protestors-arrested,0,4824902.story

OBAMA:I’LL WIN IF 2012 CHOICE IS BETWEEN ME AND REPUBLICAN CONGRESS

News flash Barky:You’ll have one opponent to run against–pray it’s not Herman Cain

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/186035-obama-dares-gop-to-let-him-run-against-do-nothing-congress

BOEHNER:OBAMA HAS GIVEN UP ON GOVERNING TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION

It’s not as much fun when you don’t get your own way 100% of the time.Damn Republicans

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/186013-boehner-obama-has-given-up-on-governing-to-campaign

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH PROFIT?ASK OBAMA

He wants a nation of Oliver Twists asking for more gruel

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/10/how_much_is_too_much_profit_ask_obama.html

DC WALLBAGGERS PROTEST AT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Medea Benjamin(who the hell calls themselves ‘medea’?)speaks at rally.

This Code Pinko trash must be a lesbian;no man I know would get near it for fear of contracting whatever disease she obviously has.

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THE TUESDAY GRUDGE

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DAY#972–OBAMA REVEALS A DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/09/obama-deficit-speech-taxes-.html#more

IT’S TIME THE DEMOCRATS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE!

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_091911/content/01125109.guest.html

OBAMA’S $1.5T ELECTION PLOY

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/585300/201109191844/The-Jobs-Plan-A-15-Tril-Ploy.htm

OBAMA’S DEFICIT PLAN IS ALL TAX HIKES,NO CUTS

Democrats won’t cut anything but defense

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/277699/obamas-deficit-plan-all-tax-hikes-no-cuts-andrew-stiles#

TEA PARTY PRESSES PERRY ON IMMIGRATION

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/tea-parties-press-rick-perry-immigration/

BEATING THE RACISM CARD

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/beating_the_racism_card.html

STRIKING WASH. TEACHERS COULD BE REPLACED

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TEACHER_STRIKE?SITE=NCAGW&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-09-19-20-23-08

OBAMA CAREENING DOWN THE WRONG PATH

Written by Hillary’s former campaign manager.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/09/19/obama_is_careening_down_the_wrong_path_111385.html

DANGEROUS MESSAGE,WRONG MESSENGER

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/09/dangerous_message_wrong_messenger.html

THE PUBLIC HAS REJECTED THE DEMOCRATIC AGENDA

By VDH,one of my favorite writers

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/09/19/the_public_has_rejected_the_democratic_agenda_111384.html

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY BIZARRE

REPUBLICAN LEGAL GROUP FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST WASHERWOMAN-DOLTZ

http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/19/republican-legal-group-files-ethics-complaint-against-debbie-wasserman-schultz/

BILLO:I HAVE MORE POWER THAN ANYBODY EXCEPT THE PRESIDENT

http://www.therightscoop.com/billo-i-have-more-power-than-anybody-other-than-the-president/

CORNY:OBAMA CLEANING UP BUSH’S ‘ELEPHANT TENT’

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/09/19/carney-obama-cleaning-bushs-elephant-tent/

THE BUFFETT ALTERNATIVE TAX

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904194604576580800735800830.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

THE POSTMODERN PARTY

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/the_postmodern_party.html

REPUBLICANS TAKING AGVANTAGE OF WANING OBAMANIA AMONG YOUTHS

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2011/09/19/republicans_taking_advantage_of_waning_obamania_among_youth

OBAMA YIELDS TO LIBERAL OUTCRY ON ENTITLEMENT REFORM

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/19/obama-yields-to-liberal-outcry-on-entitlement-reform/

DOJ TAKES TEXAS TO COURT OVER REDISTRICTING MAP

Only red states get this kind of scrutiny

http://news.yahoo.com/doj-2-texas-voting-maps-dont-meet-federal-211527988.html

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