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I have mixed feelings over expressing my disappointments with the Trump administration. I voted for the guy; I’d vote for him again against any Democrat I can think of, and most Republicans.

And hey: We got Jeff Sessions at Justice, and a Supreme Court Appointee who isn’t an anti-white, man-hating Social Justice radical. So I’m still hoping for the best.

And, I’ll say this for President Trump: He’s still hated by all the right people. Boy, how they hate him! Trump Derangement Syndrome shows no sign of abating. If anything, it seems to be getting more intense.

One of many recent examples: The New Yorker magazine, as I mentioned in my April Diary, just had a 4,000-word anti-Trump philippic by the editor, David Remnick—and a week later a much longer piece, nearly ten thousand words, by notorious staff writer Evan Osnos [Email him] Endgame: What would it take to cut short Trump’s Presidency? [May 8, 2017]

Osnos stops short of calling for an assassination, but probably only because New Yorker doesn’t want the FBI banging on its door. Still, as in the late Soviet Union, when physical elimination is bothersome, you can always incarcerate an Enemy of the People in a psychiatric ward. Osnos actually considers this possibility at length, as well as impeachment, a remedy that was (of course) utterly unthinkable when VDARE.com proposed it—quite appropriately— in the case of Obama back in 2014.

I read the whole thing with a sort of grim fascination. This is wish-fulfillment fantasy for Trump haters. They can’t accept it, they just can’t accept it, that a person with heterodox opinions got elected President, that 62 million Americans voted for him.

But now my disappointments:

Three weeks ago, I grumbled about what I called The Big Cuck. Last week, I upgraded my disgust: not merely a Big Cuck, a Cuck-o-rama. Following the congressional budget deal announced Sunday night, I’m going to have to take it to the next level: no transient, footling Cuck-o-rama—this is the Acuckalypse!

[Clip: “Ride of the Valkyries.”]

Quote from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: “The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall.”

Quote from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “The [budget deal] does not fund President Trump’s immoral and unwise border wall or create a cruel new deportation force.”

Note the word “minority” in the congressional titles of both Schumer and Pelosi. As representatives of the minority in both Senate and House, how were these reptiles able to get their way on a major issue in the Trump electoral agenda? What was the majority doing while the minority killed off the biggest vote-getter of the last election season?

Cucking, that’s what. You remember that TV show Bowling for Dollars? Well, the GOP congresscritters are cucking for donors.

Thus not only did last weekend’s spending bill trash the wall, it also allowed a big expansion of H-2B guest-worker visas. CITE

The H-2B visa is for low-skilled seasonal, non-agricultural workers. Landscaping firms use them, for example: not much landscaping work gets done in the winter. Logging companies, which don’t count as agricultural, use them. So do summer resorts and amusement parks. National parks, too: If you stopped off for a snack at Yosemite Lodge Food Court last summer, that young lady from Kazakhstan who served you was on an H-2B visa.

A good alternative name for the H-2B visa would in fact be the Keep American Kids Out of Summer Vacation Jobs visa.

Apologists for the visa tell you they can’t get American teenagers to do these jobs. I don’t know which teenagers they’re talking about. My son, who is not sensationally industrious, used to work landscaping in the summer vacation w hen he was at high school. His best friend’s father owns a landscaping firm, so the two lads would work together for him. My boy greatly appreciated the few dollars he made landscaping. Is he really such an outlier among American youngsters?

Don’t take it from me. Here’s Daniel Costa (right) of the Economics Policy Institute testifying before a Senate committee last June:

Despite … claims from industry groups — other than employer anecdotes — no credible data or labor market metrics have been presented by non-employer-affiliated groups or organizations — let alone by disinterested academics — proving the existence of labor shortages in H-2B occupations that could justify a large expansion of the H-2B program.

The H-2B temporary foreign worker program|Examining the effects on Americans’ job opportunities and wages, June 8, 2016

A “large expansion” is what we just got, though. What’s going on here is of course the same thing as with the H-1B for skilled workers. In a nutshell: Foreigners are cheaper.

This didn’t come out of the blue. Congressional donor-puppets have been scheming to get H-2B expansion into the first available piece of spending legislation since the last expansion in 2015. Here’s a report from Politico.com:

The H-2B Workforce Coalition, a lobby group that includes dozens of business associations, wants the visa total to rise again

There’s bipartisan support for an expansion: 32 Republican and Democratic senators sent a letter to DHS Sec. John Kelly in March to protest the limited number of visas. In addition, Sens. Tom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Angus King (I-Maine) have cosponsored legislation that would make the exemption permanent.

Clock ticking for H-2B expansion, By Marianne LeVine, Politico, April 14, 2017

you heard the word “bipartisan” in there. There is nothing in this world so bipartisan as a measure to screw American workers. H-2B expansion is, plain and simple, about importing cheap labor. And GOP congressroaches are totally on board with that.

A side benefit is of course to enrich lawyers. We mustn’t forget the lawyers! Applying for H-2B visas is a long and complicated process — so much so, there are lawyers who specialize in that one visa.

And because, as everyone knows, immigration is an unqualified good, and ours is a nation of immigrants, and American workers are lazy and useless, these immigration lawyers are doing God’s work.

Here by the way is the next sentence from that April 14th Politico report:

You might expect an “America First” president to oppose the H-2B program, but President Trump has steered clear of the issue so far.

I’m not going to trust myself to comment on that. I leave it there for your reflection.

Note one: Foreigners who don’t want to go to the trouble of acquiring an H-2B visa or some other guest-worker visa can just get a tourist or student visa and overstay it.

Huge numbers of foreigners do this. How many? In 2015, for the first time ever, the Department of Homeland Security tried to find out. In February last year they produced a report. [Homeland Security produces first estimate of foreign visitors to U.S. who overstay deadline to leave, By Jeffrey S. Passel and D’Vera Cohn, February 3, 2016]

In that year, the year 2015, the report says that 45 million non-worker visas — these are tourist and business visas — 45 million visas expired. Of that number, more than 400,000 visa holders — a bit less than one percent — overstayed. Lead countries for visa overstays: Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany.

The problem here is crappy IT. Quote from a Daily Caller report by Ethan Barton, May 4th, quote:

Information on visa holders is held in 27 DHS information technology systems that can’t communicate with each other.

Report: Massive Overstayed Visa Backlog May Threaten National Security

ORDER IT NOW

Obviously the DHS needs to upgrade its IT. If they’ll drop me an email here at VDARE.com I can put them in touch with a body shop in India that will be glad to send over as many IT programmers as they need on H-1B visas. Just let me know.

Note two: Numbers USA’s Chris Chmielenski has pointed out in an email that spending bill

gives the Administration full authority over the visa increase. We’re hoping that the Administration will tell Congress ‘thanks, but no thanks” on the increase and remain true to Trump’s campaign pledge to protect the jobs and wages of American workers.

But why are we having to sit around “hoping” anyway?

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He’s had two books published by VDARE.com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and From the Dissident Right II: Essays 2013. His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.

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  1. Trump is another vassal/tool of the power elite. as all Presidents have been for decades. Some unhappily, but all completely.

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    • Replies: @erolwolf43!
    True. It is called a plutocracy.
    , @Olorin
    THAT's the best you can come up with in reply to Host Derb's excogitational effort-post on this topic?

    Good lord. That's laziness worthy of a Bernie Bro.
    , @Wally
    The alternative was HILLARY.

    In First 2 Months in Office – Trump Reduces Debt by $100 Billion – Obama Increased Debt by $400 Billion – Half a Trillion Dollar Difference!
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/355719/
    Obama left the federal government approximately $9,400,000,000,000 deeper in debt than it was when he took office eight years ago, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury.
    The increased debt incurred under Obama equals approximately $76,000 for every person in the United States who had a full-time job in December, 2016. That debt is far more debt than was accumulated by any previous president. It equals nearly twice as much as the $4,889,100,310,609.44 in additional debt that piled up during the eight years George W. Bush served as president.

    Trump’s 100 Days a Success
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/28/making-america-great-again-donald-trumps-100-day-success/

    Illegal Immigration Down by Unprecedented 73%
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/29/trump-illegal-immigration-down-by-unprecedented-73/

    20 Ways Trump Unraveled the Administrative State
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/11/20-ways-trump-unraveled-administrative-state/

    Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies
    http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/89ae8247abe8493fae24405546e9a1aa/Article_2017-04-03-US--Trump-Undoing%20Obama/id-c4fa9fa659394514aa645a7cfd3c31ed

    Illegal Entrance into U.S. Lowest in 17 Years, Mexicans Too Afraid of Trump
    https://www.prisonplanet.com/illegal-entrance-into-u-s-lowest-in-17-years-mexicans-too-afraid-of-trump.html

    2010 Dems lost the House
    2012 the Dems lost the Senate
    2016 Dems lost the White House

    The Democrats lost more than 1,000 seats at the federal and state level during Obama’s presidency, including 9 Senate seats, 62 House seats, 12 governorships, and a startling 958 state legislative seats.

    Fake Law
    How Trump-hatred warps the judiciary.
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/fake-law/article/2007934

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  2. A former psychology professor of mine who also worked as a counselor at a crisis center told our class that he could tell the real suiciders from the wannabes by whether, after the “bang” of the supposed gunshot to the head, he could actually hear the phone dropping onto the floor. If he didn’t, then presumably the caller was clinging to some hope, which it was his job to nurture.

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    • Replies: @Delinquent Snail
    A former boss of mine tried to explain why 2/3 is the same as 3/4. He broke it down and explained in detail why it was true. It was utter bullshit, but to people that dont know math, im sure they would believe him.
  3. And, I’ll say this for President Trump: He’s still hated by all the right people. Boy, how they hate him!

    That is the smoke-screen that allows him to cuck so hard. They can’t very well congratulate him without the Trumpentroopers getting suspicious.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Give the man credit where he is due. I agree he is moving much slower at domestic policy than we'd like, but he is still getting some things done, and as Derb points out, his results have been many miles beyond where we'd be with Hillary. I'd add to Derb's list that he has caused quite a few 'undocumented' to deport themselves south of the border. He's called 'bullsh*t' so many times on the media and gotten them to pull back the curtain and reveal themselves to America- he's completely discredited them in the minds of many millions, and drawn attention to the issue of the 'boiling frog', as Derb puts it.
  4. Still hoping for the best from this President. But it’s apparent he isn’t fighting the Democrats, he’s fighting the DC Uniparty. I wish him luck.

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    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
    I'm getting less and less sure about what Trump is really up to.
    Maybe nothing.
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    @Felix Krull

    And, I’ll say this for President Trump: He’s still hated by all the right people. Boy, how they hate him!
     
    That is the smoke-screen that allows him to cuck so hard. They can't very well congratulate him without the Trumpentroopers getting suspicious.

    Give the man credit where he is due. I agree he is moving much slower at domestic policy than we’d like, but he is still getting some things done, and as Derb points out, his results have been many miles beyond where we’d be with Hillary. I’d add to Derb’s list that he has caused quite a few ‘undocumented’ to deport themselves south of the border. He’s called ‘bullsh*t’ so many times on the media and gotten them to pull back the curtain and reveal themselves to America- he’s completely discredited them in the minds of many millions, and drawn attention to the issue of the ‘boiling frog’, as Derb puts it.

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    • Replies: @Randal

    Give the man credit where he is due. I agree he is moving much slower at domestic policy than we’d like, but he is still getting some things done, and as Derb points out, his results have been many miles beyond where we’d be with Hillary.
     
    Sounds exactly like all the previous "conservative" parties in US or UK government over the past few decades, then. It's a double sided ratchet process.

    The establishment left party gets in and pushes through all sorts of radical changes to society, concentrating on bigger government and social radicalism, while the establishment right shouts and screams about it and eventually enough people decide "enough is enough" to elect the establishment "conservative" party into office. They then proceed to huff and puff and evade issues and fail to unite, and somehow fail to act on almost all of the big government and social radicalism, whilst ruthlessly pushing through the pro-business tax cutting for the elites side of the globalist agenda, until they are discredited and people vote in the establishment left again, who return to pushing their side of the ratchet forward.

    The only question was whether Trump was telling the truth when he pretended to be different. All the evidence so far is that it was just a performance and he is going to be the same in office as all previous Republican administrations.
  6. The Trumpocalypse is already building a wall in the minds of the prospective immigrant.

    Amid immigration setbacks, one Trump strategy seems to be working: Fear Most notably, Trump signed an executive order during his first week in office that, among other things, vastly expanded the pool of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants who are deemed priorities for deportation. [...] The most vivid evidence that Trump’s tactics have had an effect has come at the southern border with Mexico, where the number of apprehensions made by Customs and Border Patrol agents plummeted from more than 40,000 per month at the end of 2016 to just 12,193 in March, according to federal data.

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  7. Had a similar story, mutatis mutandis, been written by somone French in France about French immigration, he or she would have been labeled extreme right, or even fascist.
    In other European countries the same, except now for Britain, where they want to control immigration, what, being an island, is not too difficult there.
    EU Frontex, supposed to control the EU’s borders, in the Mediterranean, is just a ferry service for immigrants.

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  8. @Bragadocious
    Still hoping for the best from this President. But it's apparent he isn't fighting the Democrats, he's fighting the DC Uniparty. I wish him luck.

    I’m getting less and less sure about what Trump is really up to.
    Maybe nothing.

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  9. @Realist
    Trump is another vassal/tool of the power elite. as all Presidents have been for decades. Some unhappily, but all completely.

    True. It is called a plutocracy.

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  10. @Realist
    Trump is another vassal/tool of the power elite. as all Presidents have been for decades. Some unhappily, but all completely.

    THAT’s the best you can come up with in reply to Host Derb’s excogitational effort-post on this topic?

    Good lord. That’s laziness worthy of a Bernie Bro.

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    • Replies: @Realist
    "THAT’s the best you can come up with in reply to Host Derb’s excogitational effort-post on this topic?"

    Yes, I am not inclined to use gibberish such as yours.
    There is no such word as excogitational . Your statement should have read: Host Derb’s excogitative effort on this topic?"

    Or better yet ....Derb’s thoughtful effort......

  11. In that year, the year 2015, the report says that 45 million non-worker visas — these are tourist and business visas — 45 million visas expired. Of that number, more than 400,000 visa holders — a bit less than one percent — overstayed. Lead countries for visa overstays: Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany.

    The problem here is crappy IT.

    Look on the bright side: if these agencies were more efficient/less merdetastic, things would likely be even worse.

    Experience led me to conclude that one of the functions of civil service was to keep things from happening, or anyway put an Executive branch brake on the Legislative and sometimes even the Judiciary.

    My big question is–who is exploiting this for financial and political gain? Names and addresses.

    I do realize that Following The Money is the last thing anyone in the Chattering Class wants to do. For one thing, it’s too much like work.

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  12. @Anonymous
    Give the man credit where he is due. I agree he is moving much slower at domestic policy than we'd like, but he is still getting some things done, and as Derb points out, his results have been many miles beyond where we'd be with Hillary. I'd add to Derb's list that he has caused quite a few 'undocumented' to deport themselves south of the border. He's called 'bullsh*t' so many times on the media and gotten them to pull back the curtain and reveal themselves to America- he's completely discredited them in the minds of many millions, and drawn attention to the issue of the 'boiling frog', as Derb puts it.

    Give the man credit where he is due. I agree he is moving much slower at domestic policy than we’d like, but he is still getting some things done, and as Derb points out, his results have been many miles beyond where we’d be with Hillary.

    Sounds exactly like all the previous “conservative” parties in US or UK government over the past few decades, then. It’s a double sided ratchet process.

    The establishment left party gets in and pushes through all sorts of radical changes to society, concentrating on bigger government and social radicalism, while the establishment right shouts and screams about it and eventually enough people decide “enough is enough” to elect the establishment “conservative” party into office. They then proceed to huff and puff and evade issues and fail to unite, and somehow fail to act on almost all of the big government and social radicalism, whilst ruthlessly pushing through the pro-business tax cutting for the elites side of the globalist agenda, until they are discredited and people vote in the establishment left again, who return to pushing their side of the ratchet forward.

    The only question was whether Trump was telling the truth when he pretended to be different. All the evidence so far is that it was just a performance and he is going to be the same in office as all previous Republican administrations.

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    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    Exactly.

    The Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld wrote about the example of the Bundeswehr. (He's a military historian, so he will tend to write about the Bundeswehr instead of other instititutions.) He mentioned that the Bundeswehr used to have units named after (non-Nazi) WW2 war heroes, for example (van Creveld's example) they had a unit named after Werner Mölders. Now, Mölders wasn't a Nazi, and he did a number of decidedly non-Nazi things which met the disapproval of the Nazi authorities, like having a Catholic marriage ceremony performed by a priest who had preached against the Nazi regime (thereby breaking German law, which forbade preaching against the government). He also died as early as 1941. In other words, if you wanted to choose a German war hero from WW2, you could hardly find one more politically correct than him. (Except the July 20 people, of whom later.) Still, in the late 1990s, a then leftist German legislative simply abolished the honors of all people who participated in the Legion Condor. (Against a Stalinist/Anarchist Spanish government...) So Mölders was out. After 2005, a mainstream conservative government came back, but - even though they wouldn't have abolished the honors of Mölders in the first place - they didn't rehabilitate him.

    So now the Bundeswehr is left with only July 20 heroes (except those, who are later found to be "problematic" for various reasons, like having served in Spain). The problem is that, as van Creveld mentions, while it's impossible to deny their courage, they are not really military heroes - after all, they are basically celebrated for conspiring to murder their commander-in-chief. Not very inspiring for young men to fight a war at the orders of some bloodless and soulless commander-in-chief who happens to be anti-nationalist politician.

    I read van Creveld's book in 2007 (I was mostly still a goodthinker then), and it was revelatory to me.
    , @utu

    The establishment left party gets in and pushes through all sorts of radical changes to society, concentrating on bigger government and social radicalism, while the establishment right shouts and screams about it and eventually enough people decide “enough is enough” to elect the establishment “conservative” party into office. They then proceed to huff and puff and evade issues and fail to unite, and somehow fail to act on almost all of the big government and social radicalism, whilst ruthlessly pushing through the pro-business tax cutting for the elites side of the globalist agenda, until they are discredited and people vote in the establishment left again, who return to pushing their side of the ratchet forward.
     
    Very good description of D and R parties behavior. Don't you think however, that this is a part of a bigger strategy that goes beyond the D/R division? In other words, what you see is exactly what TPTB wants to be happening.
    , @Alden
    That's Lenin's formula; 2 steps forward 1 step backward = 1 step forward.
  13. Anyone who thought Trump could wipe clean 50 years of accumulated government grime in 100 days has excrement for brains. He’s got entrenched interests in D.C. that will not just give up their incomes and influence. He’s got a hostile media eager to bring the ‘homeless’ back to front page status after they miraculously vanished during Obama’s terms. Sob stories without end. A Congress that is full of RINOs and 48 Democrat Senators.

    But progress is being made if you look. He is thinning out the herd of visa issuing State Department apparatchiks. If the US embassy in Yemen is closed there can be no Yemenis showing up in Dulles airport. Cubans can no longer gain permanent residency in the US by stepping on US soil. Making health care a matter for the states to determine will erode Medicaid outlays as the states simply cannot afford to hand out free medical care to their ‘needy’.

    It will take time to drain the swamp and it will be incremental but with every judge he appoints to the Federal courts, with every Federal bureaucrat retiring and with Republican Governors and legislatures doing their thing it will start to dry up.

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    • Replies: @bluedog
    You have to be joking leave health care up to the states, most of which have little to no money to even think of fixing their roads bridges culverts etc, well it will sound good like Reagans big tax cut, until the bill came due in higher property taxes school taxes because of the cut in federal aid, and after Trump leaves office and hits the glory trail well maybe he will receive the "Profile in Courage " award..
    , @utu
    "Cubans can no longer gain permanent residency in the US by stepping on US soil. " - It was Obama!
    , @Intelligent Dasein

    Anyone who thought Trump could wipe clean 50 years of accumulated government grime in 100 days has excrement for brains.
     
    Straw man, much?

    Nobody here thinks that, you sanctimonious jerk-store. Nobody here ever thought that. We fully expected the Trump presidency to be even more difficult than the campaign, not less. We are angry because Trump has reversed himself and sold out to the swamp. He is putting zero or negative effort into the core issues that got him elected.

    , @Bill
    Right. When evaluating Trump, don't look at his actual, visible, high-level personnel decisions. Instead, look at his future, invisible, low-level personnel decisions. That's where the real action is.
  14. @Olorin
    THAT's the best you can come up with in reply to Host Derb's excogitational effort-post on this topic?

    Good lord. That's laziness worthy of a Bernie Bro.

    “THAT’s the best you can come up with in reply to Host Derb’s excogitational effort-post on this topic?”

    Yes, I am not inclined to use gibberish such as yours.
    There is no such word as excogitational . Your statement should have read: Host Derb’s excogitative effort on this topic?”

    Or better yet ….Derb’s thoughtful effort……

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  15. “EXPANDING” H2B visas ? The mere EXISTENCE of such a visa leaves me mindboggled. A visa to import landscapers, waiters & retail workers ?? In a country of over 320 million & a “real” unemployment rate over 8% ? Oh, give me a break !
    The H2B is a simple example of a law made to benefit one class at the expense of another…regardless that the national interest ALSO suffers (a nation (as opposed to its elites) has no interest in the unemployment of its own lesser skilled citizens to the advantage of NON citizens.)
    Incidentally, as a secondary negative affect, I’m willing to bet that compared to H1B & tourist visas, your H2B’s send a hell of a lot more money directly out of the US back home – so even the old “but they spend their wages HERE” argument doesn’t hold much water.
    H2B is a clear example that those researchers from Stanford (?) where right: that the views/interests etc of 80-90% of Americans has exactly ZERO influence over government/s policy.

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  16. @Randal

    Give the man credit where he is due. I agree he is moving much slower at domestic policy than we’d like, but he is still getting some things done, and as Derb points out, his results have been many miles beyond where we’d be with Hillary.
     
    Sounds exactly like all the previous "conservative" parties in US or UK government over the past few decades, then. It's a double sided ratchet process.

    The establishment left party gets in and pushes through all sorts of radical changes to society, concentrating on bigger government and social radicalism, while the establishment right shouts and screams about it and eventually enough people decide "enough is enough" to elect the establishment "conservative" party into office. They then proceed to huff and puff and evade issues and fail to unite, and somehow fail to act on almost all of the big government and social radicalism, whilst ruthlessly pushing through the pro-business tax cutting for the elites side of the globalist agenda, until they are discredited and people vote in the establishment left again, who return to pushing their side of the ratchet forward.

    The only question was whether Trump was telling the truth when he pretended to be different. All the evidence so far is that it was just a performance and he is going to be the same in office as all previous Republican administrations.

    Exactly.

    The Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld wrote about the example of the Bundeswehr. (He’s a military historian, so he will tend to write about the Bundeswehr instead of other instititutions.) He mentioned that the Bundeswehr used to have units named after (non-Nazi) WW2 war heroes, for example (van Creveld’s example) they had a unit named after Werner Mölders. Now, Mölders wasn’t a Nazi, and he did a number of decidedly non-Nazi things which met the disapproval of the Nazi authorities, like having a Catholic marriage ceremony performed by a priest who had preached against the Nazi regime (thereby breaking German law, which forbade preaching against the government). He also died as early as 1941. In other words, if you wanted to choose a German war hero from WW2, you could hardly find one more politically correct than him. (Except the July 20 people, of whom later.) Still, in the late 1990s, a then leftist German legislative simply abolished the honors of all people who participated in the Legion Condor. (Against a Stalinist/Anarchist Spanish government…) So Mölders was out. After 2005, a mainstream conservative government came back, but – even though they wouldn’t have abolished the honors of Mölders in the first place – they didn’t rehabilitate him.

    So now the Bundeswehr is left with only July 20 heroes (except those, who are later found to be “problematic” for various reasons, like having served in Spain). The problem is that, as van Creveld mentions, while it’s impossible to deny their courage, they are not really military heroes – after all, they are basically celebrated for conspiring to murder their commander-in-chief. Not very inspiring for young men to fight a war at the orders of some bloodless and soulless commander-in-chief who happens to be anti-nationalist politician.

    I read van Creveld’s book in 2007 (I was mostly still a goodthinker then), and it was revelatory to me.

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    • Replies: @Wally
    Poor reiner Tor.

    If you start with false premises, everything you subsequently extrapolate from those premises will likewise carry along the original error and thus exhibit error within themselves; aka: garbage in, garbage out.

    Israeli "historian"? Now that is laughable.

    It's revealing that July 20 coup leader Stauffenberg & Co. never claimed anything like an extermination program as one of their motives for the attempted coup.

    There were the ‘Nazis’ with the mythological '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers' and there were the ‘Nazis’ without the mythological ’6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’.

    The '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers' are scientifically impossible frauds.
    see the 'holocaust' scam debunked here:
    http://codoh.com
    No name calling, level playing field debate here:
    http://forum.codoh.com

    Let's actually recall what the impossible storyline says. It says that 6,000,000 Jews, AND 5,000,000 others were murdered in the same ways in very centralized sites where enormous mass graves are alleged, the precise locations are supposedly none.

    However, not a single one of these alleged enormous mass graves has been excavated, it's contents verified and shown. Why? Because they do not exist.
    Imagine. In what other mass murder cases where human remains supposedly exist in locations supposedly known, go without being excavated, identified, and shown? None. And we're talking about an alleged 11,000,000 people.

    Recall 900,000 Jews supposedly buried at Treblinka, 250,000 supposedly buried at Sobibor, 34,000 Jews supposedly buried at Babi Yar, on & on. But yet we see not a single excavation of the allegedly known sites.

    Not to mention the absolute scientific & logical impossibility of the gassing claims & cremation numbers claimed.
    Not to mention the war time aerial photos at the time which do show what is alleged.

    , @German_reader
    I somewhat disagree with your asessment of the July 20 conspirators...but in any case I think they too will be shown the door eventually in modern Germany. They weren't democrats after all, and German nationalists as well (who didn't want to surrender to the Soviet Union), definitely not a fitting "role model" for the pathetic joke that today's Bundeswehr is.
    And btw, it was clear well before 2005 that Merkel is extremely politically correct. Just google "Martin Hohmann", that was back in 2003, and already showed her character.
    , @Alden
    General Franco and his troops are my great heroes of the 20th century. They and later the Greek royalists after WW2 were the only forces that won resounding victories against the communists..
    , @Dan Hayes
    reiner Tor:

    For what it's worth I've always respected van Cleveld.

    Some time ago he provided unequivocal historical evidence for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians as well as his belief that it was necessary for the founding of the Israeli state. He was honest in establishing this cleansing as a historical fact. He was also honest in stating up-front his own personal belief that this cleansing was necessary for the founding of the new nation.

    You may or may not agree with his value judgements about the founding of Israel, but you must acknowledge his historical credibility.

    BTW van Cleveld has some serous issues with modern Israeli feminism! Another thing in his favor!

  17. Trump’s plan was to build a wall and get Mexico to pay for it. Not to hit Congress for the money. If Trump doesn’t get Mexico to pay it, he doesn’t get his wall. Period.

    For the rest of the agenda other than the wall – I agree, but… Trump was elected as the lesser evil of two. Not because his agenda is supported by a majority. The 40% approval rating Trump enjoys – that’s how many support his agenda. It’s not a majority. The other 10% that gave Trump an electoral college victory voted because they wanted to keep Hillary away from the levers of power. Not because they care for Trump’s agenda. Mission accomplished on dodging the danger of a Hillary presidency. Now Trump is evaluated on his own dangerousness and needs to be reigned in. His agenda is not particulary popular among people that voted against Hillary, not for Trump. Support for it is soft, and as Trump continues a divisive agenda push that creates too much opposition – soft support withers away.

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    If there is any real opposition to Trump then why do paid, organized, and scripted disruption agents have to be bused in to universities and town hall meetings?
    Trump is maligned with simple lying in every mainstream media broadcast longer than thirty seconds. That's media lying, not Trump dividing. I recognized Trump's case against the F-35 fighter as being exactly the same as Rachel Maddow's. (I used to be a leftoid and watched Maddow nightly.) The leftist response to Maddow's case against the F-35, when made by Trump, was incoherent insults about his maturity and masculinity. That's not division or opposition. That's not anything political.
  18. he is going to be the same in office as all previous Republican administrations. Worse: Hard to see how the following story can be interpreted as anything up Trump-Kushner selling visas for personal enrichment. This is FILLING the swamp … with corrupt Chinese .

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/china-pitch-by-kushner-sister-renews-controversy-over-visa-program-for-wealthy/2017/05/07/59d18360-3357-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.72006b5909d6

    Mr. Derbyshire is a very smart guy and is worried about Trump. But I worry Mr. Derbyshire is not worried enough.

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  19. There’s been all kinds of cucking from Trump. I knew it would happen eventually, but never dreamed it would happen within the first 100 days.

    His latest cuck is leaving DACA in place and agreeing to accept the 1250 Muslim refugees who Australia did not want after blustering that Obama made a “stupid deal” and we would not take them. You can’t take anything Trump says to the bank as it could change tomorrow or next week and he acts like it’s nothing.

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  20. Pretty good video on how the West failed and “we’re all doomed.”

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  21. @unit472
    Anyone who thought Trump could wipe clean 50 years of accumulated government grime in 100 days has excrement for brains. He's got entrenched interests in D.C. that will not just give up their incomes and influence. He's got a hostile media eager to bring the 'homeless' back to front page status after they miraculously vanished during Obama's terms. Sob stories without end. A Congress that is full of RINOs and 48 Democrat Senators.

    But progress is being made if you look. He is thinning out the herd of visa issuing State Department apparatchiks. If the US embassy in Yemen is closed there can be no Yemenis showing up in Dulles airport. Cubans can no longer gain permanent residency in the US by stepping on US soil. Making health care a matter for the states to determine will erode Medicaid outlays as the states simply cannot afford to hand out free medical care to their 'needy'.

    It will take time to drain the swamp and it will be incremental but with every judge he appoints to the Federal courts, with every Federal bureaucrat retiring and with Republican Governors and legislatures doing their thing it will start to dry up.

    You have to be joking leave health care up to the states, most of which have little to no money to even think of fixing their roads bridges culverts etc, well it will sound good like Reagans big tax cut, until the bill came due in higher property taxes school taxes because of the cut in federal aid, and after Trump leaves office and hits the glory trail well maybe he will receive the “Profile in Courage ” award..

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  22. Apr 3, 2017 President Trump Could Drain the Swamp in 2 Seconds

    Demand that President Trump sign the American Anti-Corruption Executive Order.

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  23. Please, someone come up with a better word than “cuck” for describing cowardly or fake conservatives. (Or two words — one for cowards and one for fakes.)

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  24. Where I live, in Montana, young white guys still work construction and landscaping jobs. It’s an amazing oasis, really.

    What scares me is that immigration decisions are being made by people who just can’t imagine themselves or their family ever working these kinds of jobs or anything close. They’re out of touch. They have no right to capitulate like this.

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  25. @Realist
    Trump is another vassal/tool of the power elite. as all Presidents have been for decades. Some unhappily, but all completely.

    The alternative was HILLARY.

    In First 2 Months in Office – Trump Reduces Debt by $100 Billion – Obama Increased Debt by $400 Billion – Half a Trillion Dollar Difference!

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/355719/

    Obama left the federal government approximately $9,400,000,000,000 deeper in debt than it was when he took office eight years ago, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury.
    The increased debt incurred under Obama equals approximately $76,000 for every person in the United States who had a full-time job in December, 2016. That debt is far more debt than was accumulated by any previous president. It equals nearly twice as much as the $4,889,100,310,609.44 in additional debt that piled up during the eight years George W. Bush served as president.

    Trump’s 100 Days a Success

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/28/making-america-great-again-donald-trumps-100-day-success/

    Illegal Immigration Down by Unprecedented 73%

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/29/trump-illegal-immigration-down-by-unprecedented-73/

    20 Ways Trump Unraveled the Administrative State

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/11/20-ways-trump-unraveled-administrative-state/

    Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies

    http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/89ae8247abe8493fae24405546e9a1aa/Article_2017-04-03-US–Trump-Undoing%20Obama/id-c4fa9fa659394514aa645a7cfd3c31ed

    Illegal Entrance into U.S. Lowest in 17 Years, Mexicans Too Afraid of Trump

    https://www.prisonplanet.com/illegal-entrance-into-u-s-lowest-in-17-years-mexicans-too-afraid-of-trump.html

    2010 Dems lost the House
    2012 the Dems lost the Senate
    2016 Dems lost the White House

    The Democrats lost more than 1,000 seats at the federal and state level during Obama’s presidency, including 9 Senate seats, 62 House seats, 12 governorships, and a startling 958 state legislative seats.

    Fake Law
    How Trump-hatred warps the judiciary.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/fake-law/article/2007934

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    • Replies: @bluedog
    And yet they say in 8 years years he will have added ten trillion to the debt as they continue to raise the level on the debt to keep the government running,strange but with all those hundreds of millions he's saving one would think he would start paying on the debt instead of having to push it ever higher..
    , @Realist
    Cut the bullshit.
  26. @reiner Tor
    Exactly.

    The Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld wrote about the example of the Bundeswehr. (He's a military historian, so he will tend to write about the Bundeswehr instead of other instititutions.) He mentioned that the Bundeswehr used to have units named after (non-Nazi) WW2 war heroes, for example (van Creveld's example) they had a unit named after Werner Mölders. Now, Mölders wasn't a Nazi, and he did a number of decidedly non-Nazi things which met the disapproval of the Nazi authorities, like having a Catholic marriage ceremony performed by a priest who had preached against the Nazi regime (thereby breaking German law, which forbade preaching against the government). He also died as early as 1941. In other words, if you wanted to choose a German war hero from WW2, you could hardly find one more politically correct than him. (Except the July 20 people, of whom later.) Still, in the late 1990s, a then leftist German legislative simply abolished the honors of all people who participated in the Legion Condor. (Against a Stalinist/Anarchist Spanish government...) So Mölders was out. After 2005, a mainstream conservative government came back, but - even though they wouldn't have abolished the honors of Mölders in the first place - they didn't rehabilitate him.

    So now the Bundeswehr is left with only July 20 heroes (except those, who are later found to be "problematic" for various reasons, like having served in Spain). The problem is that, as van Creveld mentions, while it's impossible to deny their courage, they are not really military heroes - after all, they are basically celebrated for conspiring to murder their commander-in-chief. Not very inspiring for young men to fight a war at the orders of some bloodless and soulless commander-in-chief who happens to be anti-nationalist politician.

    I read van Creveld's book in 2007 (I was mostly still a goodthinker then), and it was revelatory to me.

    Poor reiner Tor.

    If you start with false premises, everything you subsequently extrapolate from those premises will likewise carry along the original error and thus exhibit error within themselves; aka: garbage in, garbage out.

    Israeli “historian”? Now that is laughable.

    It’s revealing that July 20 coup leader Stauffenberg & Co. never claimed anything like an extermination program as one of their motives for the attempted coup.

    There were the ‘Nazis’ with the mythological ’6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’ and there were the ‘Nazis’ without the mythological ’6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’.

    The ’6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers’ are scientifically impossible frauds.
    see the ‘holocaust’ scam debunked here:

    http://codoh.com

    No name calling, level playing field debate here:

    http://forum.codoh.com

    Let’s actually recall what the impossible storyline says. It says that 6,000,000 Jews, AND 5,000,000 others were murdered in the same ways in very centralized sites where enormous mass graves are alleged, the precise locations are supposedly none.

    However, not a single one of these alleged enormous mass graves has been excavated, it’s contents verified and shown. Why? Because they do not exist.
    Imagine. In what other mass murder cases where human remains supposedly exist in locations supposedly known, go without being excavated, identified, and shown? None. And we’re talking about an alleged 11,000,000 people.

    Recall 900,000 Jews supposedly buried at Treblinka, 250,000 supposedly buried at Sobibor, 34,000 Jews supposedly buried at Babi Yar, on & on. But yet we see not a single excavation of the allegedly known sites.

    Not to mention the absolute scientific & logical impossibility of the gassing claims & cremation numbers claimed.
    Not to mention the war time aerial photos at the time which do show what is alleged.

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  27. @unit472
    Anyone who thought Trump could wipe clean 50 years of accumulated government grime in 100 days has excrement for brains. He's got entrenched interests in D.C. that will not just give up their incomes and influence. He's got a hostile media eager to bring the 'homeless' back to front page status after they miraculously vanished during Obama's terms. Sob stories without end. A Congress that is full of RINOs and 48 Democrat Senators.

    But progress is being made if you look. He is thinning out the herd of visa issuing State Department apparatchiks. If the US embassy in Yemen is closed there can be no Yemenis showing up in Dulles airport. Cubans can no longer gain permanent residency in the US by stepping on US soil. Making health care a matter for the states to determine will erode Medicaid outlays as the states simply cannot afford to hand out free medical care to their 'needy'.

    It will take time to drain the swamp and it will be incremental but with every judge he appoints to the Federal courts, with every Federal bureaucrat retiring and with Republican Governors and legislatures doing their thing it will start to dry up.

    “Cubans can no longer gain permanent residency in the US by stepping on US soil. ” – It was Obama!

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  28. @unit472
    Anyone who thought Trump could wipe clean 50 years of accumulated government grime in 100 days has excrement for brains. He's got entrenched interests in D.C. that will not just give up their incomes and influence. He's got a hostile media eager to bring the 'homeless' back to front page status after they miraculously vanished during Obama's terms. Sob stories without end. A Congress that is full of RINOs and 48 Democrat Senators.

    But progress is being made if you look. He is thinning out the herd of visa issuing State Department apparatchiks. If the US embassy in Yemen is closed there can be no Yemenis showing up in Dulles airport. Cubans can no longer gain permanent residency in the US by stepping on US soil. Making health care a matter for the states to determine will erode Medicaid outlays as the states simply cannot afford to hand out free medical care to their 'needy'.

    It will take time to drain the swamp and it will be incremental but with every judge he appoints to the Federal courts, with every Federal bureaucrat retiring and with Republican Governors and legislatures doing their thing it will start to dry up.

    Anyone who thought Trump could wipe clean 50 years of accumulated government grime in 100 days has excrement for brains.

    Straw man, much?

    Nobody here thinks that, you sanctimonious jerk-store. Nobody here ever thought that. We fully expected the Trump presidency to be even more difficult than the campaign, not less. We are angry because Trump has reversed himself and sold out to the swamp. He is putting zero or negative effort into the core issues that got him elected.

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    " We are angry because Trump has reversed himself"

    First of all you can't fool anybody because obviously you are angry because HRC lost the election.

    Look you are a German , and Germans hate the US Republicans with a fury unknown anywhere else on earth.

    You, if you have US voting rights, you voted for HRC, and I would bet my last buck on this.

    Ich blicke bei Ihnen durch, und Sie können mir nichts vormachen : Sie hassen DT, and Sie weinen sich jede Nacht in den Schlaf weil HRC die Wahl nicht gewann.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.
  29. @Randal

    Give the man credit where he is due. I agree he is moving much slower at domestic policy than we’d like, but he is still getting some things done, and as Derb points out, his results have been many miles beyond where we’d be with Hillary.
     
    Sounds exactly like all the previous "conservative" parties in US or UK government over the past few decades, then. It's a double sided ratchet process.

    The establishment left party gets in and pushes through all sorts of radical changes to society, concentrating on bigger government and social radicalism, while the establishment right shouts and screams about it and eventually enough people decide "enough is enough" to elect the establishment "conservative" party into office. They then proceed to huff and puff and evade issues and fail to unite, and somehow fail to act on almost all of the big government and social radicalism, whilst ruthlessly pushing through the pro-business tax cutting for the elites side of the globalist agenda, until they are discredited and people vote in the establishment left again, who return to pushing their side of the ratchet forward.

    The only question was whether Trump was telling the truth when he pretended to be different. All the evidence so far is that it was just a performance and he is going to be the same in office as all previous Republican administrations.

    The establishment left party gets in and pushes through all sorts of radical changes to society, concentrating on bigger government and social radicalism, while the establishment right shouts and screams about it and eventually enough people decide “enough is enough” to elect the establishment “conservative” party into office. They then proceed to huff and puff and evade issues and fail to unite, and somehow fail to act on almost all of the big government and social radicalism, whilst ruthlessly pushing through the pro-business tax cutting for the elites side of the globalist agenda, until they are discredited and people vote in the establishment left again, who return to pushing their side of the ratchet forward.

    Very good description of D and R parties behavior. Don’t you think however, that this is a part of a bigger strategy that goes beyond the D/R division? In other words, what you see is exactly what TPTB wants to be happening.

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  30. @unit472
    Anyone who thought Trump could wipe clean 50 years of accumulated government grime in 100 days has excrement for brains. He's got entrenched interests in D.C. that will not just give up their incomes and influence. He's got a hostile media eager to bring the 'homeless' back to front page status after they miraculously vanished during Obama's terms. Sob stories without end. A Congress that is full of RINOs and 48 Democrat Senators.

    But progress is being made if you look. He is thinning out the herd of visa issuing State Department apparatchiks. If the US embassy in Yemen is closed there can be no Yemenis showing up in Dulles airport. Cubans can no longer gain permanent residency in the US by stepping on US soil. Making health care a matter for the states to determine will erode Medicaid outlays as the states simply cannot afford to hand out free medical care to their 'needy'.

    It will take time to drain the swamp and it will be incremental but with every judge he appoints to the Federal courts, with every Federal bureaucrat retiring and with Republican Governors and legislatures doing their thing it will start to dry up.

    Right. When evaluating Trump, don’t look at his actual, visible, high-level personnel decisions. Instead, look at his future, invisible, low-level personnel decisions. That’s where the real action is.

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  31. Trump evolved in the cut throat world of real estate and mega deals big business over decades of time. It took dozens of years of deal making to become powerful, wealthy, and President of the United States. He is in this for the long game. He has to make deals with the worst sort of political, military, and business psychopaths, to play the long game. He has to trade the best outcomes for the people in exchange for not letting the very worst outcomes prevail. His (and our) insane and ruthless opponents still have great power and influence. Attacking them directly in a frontal attack would be political suicide. Always the pretend retreat then flank attack when the enemy loses cohesion and unity.

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    • Replies: @Bill
    Yes, he has a secret plan which can only be revealed eight years from now.
  32. @ThreeCranes
    A former psychology professor of mine who also worked as a counselor at a crisis center told our class that he could tell the real suiciders from the wannabes by whether, after the "bang" of the supposed gunshot to the head, he could actually hear the phone dropping onto the floor. If he didn't, then presumably the caller was clinging to some hope, which it was his job to nurture.

    A former boss of mine tried to explain why 2/3 is the same as 3/4. He broke it down and explained in detail why it was true. It was utter bullshit, but to people that dont know math, im sure they would believe him.

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    If you really want to throw them for a loop, ask them what two thirds of three quarters is. Probably 95% of adult Americans couldn't get that right.
  33. Mr. Derbyshire, like you I chuckle whenever Pres. Trump’s makes the PC crowd clamor for a safe space. But if you are concerned with the vilification and death of traditional America then snark doesn’t cut it. If you voted for Trump, then sorry, the joke’ on you, bloke.

    We probably both miss the Scranton PA or Binghamton NY of 1955, but Trump or any pol is powerless to bring them back. The best we rubes stuck in the heartland can hope for is that the transfer payments from the costal elites keep coming, and that the dollar remains a reserve currency so that the government can borrow to support us. As I see it, Trumps policies , gutting healthcare, tax cuts for the investor class, will hurt us “badwhites”. That is a bad bargain for seing Rosie ODonnell cry, no matter how sweet.

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    "and that the dollar remains a reserve currency so that the government can borrow to support us"

    LOL! That is exactly what all nations, sans the evil empire (including some of its most intimate bedfellows ;) ), should work towards abolishing, so that white trash the likes of you, don't get what they don't deserve.

  34. @Clark Westwood
    Please, someone come up with a better word than "cuck" for describing cowardly or fake conservatives. (Or two words -- one for cowards and one for fakes.)

    Whats wrong with cuck? Too similar to f*ck and c*ck?

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  35. ” How were these reptiles able to get their way on a major issue in the Trump electoral agenda”

    Very simple : Because they, the Democrats, own and wield the “Racism” bludgeon, and there is nothing which terrifies a meek, mild-mannered “Fair” Republican politico more than being labeled as a :

    RACIST

    ( not forgetting : ” Enemy of women” , Homophobe, etc)

    period.

    And until these cowards learn to do their duty and persue that which they were elected for, and ignore the tauntings of racism, and until they begin to just throw it back, the racist label, at the crazy democrats, they will be in the losers seat, period.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

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  36. @Intelligent Dasein

    Anyone who thought Trump could wipe clean 50 years of accumulated government grime in 100 days has excrement for brains.
     
    Straw man, much?

    Nobody here thinks that, you sanctimonious jerk-store. Nobody here ever thought that. We fully expected the Trump presidency to be even more difficult than the campaign, not less. We are angry because Trump has reversed himself and sold out to the swamp. He is putting zero or negative effort into the core issues that got him elected.

    ” We are angry because Trump has reversed himself”

    First of all you can’t fool anybody because obviously you are angry because HRC lost the election.

    Look you are a German , and Germans hate the US Republicans with a fury unknown anywhere else on earth.

    You, if you have US voting rights, you voted for HRC, and I would bet my last buck on this.

    Ich blicke bei Ihnen durch, und Sie können mir nichts vormachen : Sie hassen DT, and Sie weinen sich jede Nacht in den Schlaf weil HRC die Wahl nicht gewann.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

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    @JT smith
    Mr. Derbyshire, like you I chuckle whenever Pres. Trump's makes the PC crowd clamor for a safe space. But if you are concerned with the vilification and death of traditional America then snark doesn't cut it. If you voted for Trump, then sorry, the joke' on you, bloke.

    We probably both miss the Scranton PA or Binghamton NY of 1955, but Trump or any pol is powerless to bring them back. The best we rubes stuck in the heartland can hope for is that the transfer payments from the costal elites keep coming, and that the dollar remains a reserve currency so that the government can borrow to support us. As I see it, Trumps policies , gutting healthcare, tax cuts for the investor class, will hurt us "badwhites". That is a bad bargain for seing Rosie ODonnell cry, no matter how sweet.

    “and that the dollar remains a reserve currency so that the government can borrow to support us”

    LOL! That is exactly what all nations, sans the evil empire (including some of its most intimate bedfellows ;) ), should work towards abolishing, so that white trash the likes of you, don’t get what they don’t deserve.

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  38. Worry not! The vice grip has been tightened , and now it’s welded. You think a con man from New York will betray his cabal buddies for a down on his luck, beer chugging, and his world possession of a lifted 4×4, when he has resorts to build and secure his little Zionist grand children that one day will inherit the earth….Keep dreaming!

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  39. @Joe Hide
    Trump evolved in the cut throat world of real estate and mega deals big business over decades of time. It took dozens of years of deal making to become powerful, wealthy, and President of the United States. He is in this for the long game. He has to make deals with the worst sort of political, military, and business psychopaths, to play the long game. He has to trade the best outcomes for the people in exchange for not letting the very worst outcomes prevail. His (and our) insane and ruthless opponents still have great power and influence. Attacking them directly in a frontal attack would be political suicide. Always the pretend retreat then flank attack when the enemy loses cohesion and unity.

    Yes, he has a secret plan which can only be revealed eight years from now.

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  40. @Wally
    The alternative was HILLARY.

    In First 2 Months in Office – Trump Reduces Debt by $100 Billion – Obama Increased Debt by $400 Billion – Half a Trillion Dollar Difference!
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/355719/
    Obama left the federal government approximately $9,400,000,000,000 deeper in debt than it was when he took office eight years ago, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury.
    The increased debt incurred under Obama equals approximately $76,000 for every person in the United States who had a full-time job in December, 2016. That debt is far more debt than was accumulated by any previous president. It equals nearly twice as much as the $4,889,100,310,609.44 in additional debt that piled up during the eight years George W. Bush served as president.

    Trump’s 100 Days a Success
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/28/making-america-great-again-donald-trumps-100-day-success/

    Illegal Immigration Down by Unprecedented 73%
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/29/trump-illegal-immigration-down-by-unprecedented-73/

    20 Ways Trump Unraveled the Administrative State
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/11/20-ways-trump-unraveled-administrative-state/

    Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies
    http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/89ae8247abe8493fae24405546e9a1aa/Article_2017-04-03-US--Trump-Undoing%20Obama/id-c4fa9fa659394514aa645a7cfd3c31ed

    Illegal Entrance into U.S. Lowest in 17 Years, Mexicans Too Afraid of Trump
    https://www.prisonplanet.com/illegal-entrance-into-u-s-lowest-in-17-years-mexicans-too-afraid-of-trump.html

    2010 Dems lost the House
    2012 the Dems lost the Senate
    2016 Dems lost the White House

    The Democrats lost more than 1,000 seats at the federal and state level during Obama’s presidency, including 9 Senate seats, 62 House seats, 12 governorships, and a startling 958 state legislative seats.

    Fake Law
    How Trump-hatred warps the judiciary.
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/fake-law/article/2007934

    And yet they say in 8 years years he will have added ten trillion to the debt as they continue to raise the level on the debt to keep the government running,strange but with all those hundreds of millions he’s saving one would think he would start paying on the debt instead of having to push it ever higher..

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  41. Congress is the problem – not the president. Congress is dysfunctional. Getting reelected is everything to those people. First and foremost, congress people represent themselves – not their voters. Taking campaign money from lobbyists to stop challengers in jerrymandered districts and blue or red states, is paramount.

    The last time congress really accomplished something was in the Clinton administration. Newt Gingrich did good things (balancing the budget and changed welfare). Other than open ended war, Bush congresses did nothing. Obama’s congress got a disastrously bad healthcare bill passed and nothing else.

    For sixteen years, the Bush and Obama congresses just spent more and more money driving up the debt.

    Trump is going to show his colors, when in a couple of months – a new long-term spending bill is coming up for a monumental vote.

    Will Trump veto the trillion-dollar deficit that congress will send to him or not?

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  42. @Wally
    The alternative was HILLARY.

    In First 2 Months in Office – Trump Reduces Debt by $100 Billion – Obama Increased Debt by $400 Billion – Half a Trillion Dollar Difference!
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/355719/
    Obama left the federal government approximately $9,400,000,000,000 deeper in debt than it was when he took office eight years ago, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury.
    The increased debt incurred under Obama equals approximately $76,000 for every person in the United States who had a full-time job in December, 2016. That debt is far more debt than was accumulated by any previous president. It equals nearly twice as much as the $4,889,100,310,609.44 in additional debt that piled up during the eight years George W. Bush served as president.

    Trump’s 100 Days a Success
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/28/making-america-great-again-donald-trumps-100-day-success/

    Illegal Immigration Down by Unprecedented 73%
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/29/trump-illegal-immigration-down-by-unprecedented-73/

    20 Ways Trump Unraveled the Administrative State
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/11/20-ways-trump-unraveled-administrative-state/

    Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies
    http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/89ae8247abe8493fae24405546e9a1aa/Article_2017-04-03-US--Trump-Undoing%20Obama/id-c4fa9fa659394514aa645a7cfd3c31ed

    Illegal Entrance into U.S. Lowest in 17 Years, Mexicans Too Afraid of Trump
    https://www.prisonplanet.com/illegal-entrance-into-u-s-lowest-in-17-years-mexicans-too-afraid-of-trump.html

    2010 Dems lost the House
    2012 the Dems lost the Senate
    2016 Dems lost the White House

    The Democrats lost more than 1,000 seats at the federal and state level during Obama’s presidency, including 9 Senate seats, 62 House seats, 12 governorships, and a startling 958 state legislative seats.

    Fake Law
    How Trump-hatred warps the judiciary.
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/fake-law/article/2007934

    Cut the bullshit.

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  43. @Delinquent Snail
    A former boss of mine tried to explain why 2/3 is the same as 3/4. He broke it down and explained in detail why it was true. It was utter bullshit, but to people that dont know math, im sure they would believe him.

    If you really want to throw them for a loop, ask them what two thirds of three quarters is. Probably 95% of adult Americans couldn’t get that right.

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    If you really want to throw them for a loop, ask them what two thirds of three quarters is. Probably 95% of adult Americans couldn’t get that right.
     
    If 95% of Americans could get it right, then the US wouldn't be the US, it would be a new Switzerland or Finland.
  44. The H1B talk does seem to be mostly organized distraction. Even most tech immigrant workers are here on other types of visas like the H2B, if they bother with a visa at all.

    The owners of one business I know of bring in as many as 10-12 people on whatever visa at a time, who then pay the owners while they’re angling their way into tech startups. A lot of the Asians, in particular, have figured out how to create shell companies and get banks to extend them credit, which they can engineer strategic defaults on the way Trump does. I guess these shell companies are the businesses that then sponsor the next group of immigrants. Immigrants can essentially make money selling American visas like the Kushner family does.

    Most of the physical work is done by Latinos. In one Asian immigrant business I know of, a fresh batch of Mexicans comes in every few weeks who just got to American and don’t know the game. They stay until their first payday, when the owner shortchanges them or doesn’t pay them at all, then they quit, then a new batch comes in.

    There’s a Thai restaurant nearby where they import all their waitstaff from Thailand. They fly in, work 12-16 hours a day, mostly off the books, and hand over money to the owner. The owner wears a big gold watch and an even bigger watch. Each summer, a new crop of collegiate-type Eastern Europeans arrives. They are a pleasant, hard-working group who sleep 3-5 to a room and work around the clock. Some of them come back every so often, and they tell me that they see a pronounced decline in opportunity here even for themselves as the immigrant population swells.

    Of course, the Thais, Eastern Europeans, and Mexicans who come here will take a fortune home in their own currencies due to the strong dollar. Living in crowded rooms and working like slaves is very attractive when the pay you take home after a summer will cover a down payment on a house or several years’ living expenses while at a university. The government has obviously extended them an invitation, so why shouldn’t they take it?

    Supposedly, it is not illegal to come here and have an anchor baby if you have a visa to do it and various American consuls in China actually issue visas for just that purpose. Trump says he wants to stop the anchor baby practice, but has he stopped the issuance of these visas in China? He can do that by executive fiat, can’t he? Or would that have a negative impact on the family business ventures?

    Young Americans can’t really take advantage of the strong dollar to find opportunity abroad, and it isn’t only the law in those countries in their way. American law now hounds Americans wherever they go to double tax their incomes and make even opening a foreign bank account too difficult to do. These laws don’t seem to apply to large corporations. Aren’t they people, too?

    I’ve heard that some Americans are denied passports due to student loan debt. I don’t know if that’s true, but importing foreigners to take the jobs they might have done is surely a tactic to produce debt slavery and prevent family formation.

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  45. […] Error is supposed to result in reflection and reconsideration. The only way to learn from a mistake is to actually learn something from it. The take away from the Bush years, for me at least, was that the Buckley Conservatives are yesterday men untethered from reality, so it’s time to go another way. Many reading this learned from the Obama years that democracy is a suicide pact with the dumbest people in your neighborhood. The solutions lie outside the political process. Who knows what we will learn in the Trump years. […]

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  46. Geesh! This guy is four months into his first term and everyone seems ready to throw in the towel. I remind myself, everyday, that the Democrats hate him with a fanaticism, the Main Sewerage Media and Trump are like Cuba and the U. S. Govment… (no; it’s worse than that.) and half the Republicans detest him, as well. So, he’s not doing too badly considering many want his head on a platter. I refuse to allow the media to form my opinion e en though that’s what they intend to do. Let’s wait and see, shall we?

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    Geesh! This guy is four months into his first term and everyone seems ready to throw in the towel.

    We were invited to our friends' barbecue. We do sometimes have barbecue weather in England during the summer. But as we arrived, dark rain clouds were approaching.
    John was happily cooking. Pointing to the sky, I said: You're optimistic!"
    I loved his reply: "I've tried pessimism. It doesn't work."
    Ten minutes later, the clouds had moved away, and the entire evening was unspoiled by rain.
    Oh, the power of positive thinking!
  47. @Zogby
    Trump's plan was to build a wall and get Mexico to pay for it. Not to hit Congress for the money. If Trump doesn't get Mexico to pay it, he doesn't get his wall. Period.

    For the rest of the agenda other than the wall - I agree, but... Trump was elected as the lesser evil of two. Not because his agenda is supported by a majority. The 40% approval rating Trump enjoys - that's how many support his agenda. It's not a majority. The other 10% that gave Trump an electoral college victory voted because they wanted to keep Hillary away from the levers of power. Not because they care for Trump's agenda. Mission accomplished on dodging the danger of a Hillary presidency. Now Trump is evaluated on his own dangerousness and needs to be reigned in. His agenda is not particulary popular among people that voted against Hillary, not for Trump. Support for it is soft, and as Trump continues a divisive agenda push that creates too much opposition - soft support withers away.

    If there is any real opposition to Trump then why do paid, organized, and scripted disruption agents have to be bused in to universities and town hall meetings?
    Trump is maligned with simple lying in every mainstream media broadcast longer than thirty seconds. That’s media lying, not Trump dividing. I recognized Trump’s case against the F-35 fighter as being exactly the same as Rachel Maddow’s. (I used to be a leftoid and watched Maddow nightly.) The leftist response to Maddow’s case against the F-35, when made by Trump, was incoherent insults about his maturity and masculinity. That’s not division or opposition. That’s not anything political.

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  48. Those of us outside the US who have only a vague idea of US domestic politics have different concerns…
    From the global perspective, for at least 2 decades, America has faced an existential choice – saving the country, or saving the Empire. It simply has no way to save both, but its elites are split between these two fundamental options. The resources needed to maintain Empire will have to come from the country, while saving the country means resources have to be pulled in from the Empire. There is no 3rd place to get resources from. Both are in desperate need of maintenance, if not full re-builds.

    Within, the productive economy has gone into reverse, infrastructure is crumbling, and socio-political gridlock has frustrated any attempts to revive it.
    Without, rivals have emerged, vassals have become recalcitrant, the USM has proven itself inadequate as an Imperial Army, and the financial plane is floating on bubbles over a sea of pins.

    Russia, China, and many others have offered the US a “soft landing” and a seat, even the pre-eminent seat, at the table of Great Powers. However, that table is round. Great Empires, even at the edge of collapse, don’t sit at round tables unless their elites understand the position they are in. The Kissingers do, but the McMasters don’t.

    The 2016 election, as garish a spectacle as it was, was America’s messy decision making process, and Trump’s victory looked very much like America had, in aggregate, made a historic decision – to save the country and take its seat at the table of Great Powers. You could hear the sigh of relief around the world.

    Four months later, looking at the aggregate of his personnel appointments, his flip-flopping position statements and actions since inauguration, it looks like Trump has come under the spell of the Imperialists and is groping from pillar to post for some third way which will allow him to save both. If so, he’s taking an enormous gamble and is much more than likely to fail in both, perhaps spectacularly. Outside the US, the world hopes the failure resembles the collapse of the USSR’s empire. Inside the US, I fear that the same, or worse than the USSR’s catastrophic collapse is in the cards.

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  49. @ThreeCranes
    If you really want to throw them for a loop, ask them what two thirds of three quarters is. Probably 95% of adult Americans couldn't get that right.

    If you really want to throw them for a loop, ask them what two thirds of three quarters is. Probably 95% of adult Americans couldn’t get that right.

    If 95% of Americans could get it right, then the US wouldn’t be the US, it would be a new Switzerland or Finland.

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  50. @reiner Tor
    Exactly.

    The Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld wrote about the example of the Bundeswehr. (He's a military historian, so he will tend to write about the Bundeswehr instead of other instititutions.) He mentioned that the Bundeswehr used to have units named after (non-Nazi) WW2 war heroes, for example (van Creveld's example) they had a unit named after Werner Mölders. Now, Mölders wasn't a Nazi, and he did a number of decidedly non-Nazi things which met the disapproval of the Nazi authorities, like having a Catholic marriage ceremony performed by a priest who had preached against the Nazi regime (thereby breaking German law, which forbade preaching against the government). He also died as early as 1941. In other words, if you wanted to choose a German war hero from WW2, you could hardly find one more politically correct than him. (Except the July 20 people, of whom later.) Still, in the late 1990s, a then leftist German legislative simply abolished the honors of all people who participated in the Legion Condor. (Against a Stalinist/Anarchist Spanish government...) So Mölders was out. After 2005, a mainstream conservative government came back, but - even though they wouldn't have abolished the honors of Mölders in the first place - they didn't rehabilitate him.

    So now the Bundeswehr is left with only July 20 heroes (except those, who are later found to be "problematic" for various reasons, like having served in Spain). The problem is that, as van Creveld mentions, while it's impossible to deny their courage, they are not really military heroes - after all, they are basically celebrated for conspiring to murder their commander-in-chief. Not very inspiring for young men to fight a war at the orders of some bloodless and soulless commander-in-chief who happens to be anti-nationalist politician.

    I read van Creveld's book in 2007 (I was mostly still a goodthinker then), and it was revelatory to me.

    I somewhat disagree with your asessment of the July 20 conspirators…but in any case I think they too will be shown the door eventually in modern Germany. They weren’t democrats after all, and German nationalists as well (who didn’t want to surrender to the Soviet Union), definitely not a fitting “role model” for the pathetic joke that today’s Bundeswehr is.
    And btw, it was clear well before 2005 that Merkel is extremely politically correct. Just google “Martin Hohmann”, that was back in 2003, and already showed her character.

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    That's van Creveld's assessment, not mine. And I don't think he meant that the only thing admirable about them was conspiring to murder their own commander-in-chief, but that that's what they are celebrated for, and everything else about them is kept under the rug, because everything else is embarrassing to the PC regime. Some people courageously conspiring to murder their commander-in-chief is hardly going to inspire young men to sacrifice their lives fighting for their fatherland.

    In any event, the Bundeswehr certainly has a lot of problems...

  51. Everyone has seen the football player who, still running toward the goal, celebrates too early, drops the ball and…well, you know. Deranged dems will insist that it’s all about Trump, but I’m not so sure. For many today, one’s political identity is central to their being perhaps more so on the left. The dems assumption that they would win…after all they’re so much smarter and better able to run people’s lives than are the people who live them…regardless of the quality of their candidate reflects a long running denial which, upon losing the election, simply overwhelms them individually and as a group. Give poor Donald a rest. It really isn’t his fault.

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  52. @reiner Tor
    Exactly.

    The Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld wrote about the example of the Bundeswehr. (He's a military historian, so he will tend to write about the Bundeswehr instead of other instititutions.) He mentioned that the Bundeswehr used to have units named after (non-Nazi) WW2 war heroes, for example (van Creveld's example) they had a unit named after Werner Mölders. Now, Mölders wasn't a Nazi, and he did a number of decidedly non-Nazi things which met the disapproval of the Nazi authorities, like having a Catholic marriage ceremony performed by a priest who had preached against the Nazi regime (thereby breaking German law, which forbade preaching against the government). He also died as early as 1941. In other words, if you wanted to choose a German war hero from WW2, you could hardly find one more politically correct than him. (Except the July 20 people, of whom later.) Still, in the late 1990s, a then leftist German legislative simply abolished the honors of all people who participated in the Legion Condor. (Against a Stalinist/Anarchist Spanish government...) So Mölders was out. After 2005, a mainstream conservative government came back, but - even though they wouldn't have abolished the honors of Mölders in the first place - they didn't rehabilitate him.

    So now the Bundeswehr is left with only July 20 heroes (except those, who are later found to be "problematic" for various reasons, like having served in Spain). The problem is that, as van Creveld mentions, while it's impossible to deny their courage, they are not really military heroes - after all, they are basically celebrated for conspiring to murder their commander-in-chief. Not very inspiring for young men to fight a war at the orders of some bloodless and soulless commander-in-chief who happens to be anti-nationalist politician.

    I read van Creveld's book in 2007 (I was mostly still a goodthinker then), and it was revelatory to me.

    General Franco and his troops are my great heroes of the 20th century. They and later the Greek royalists after WW2 were the only forces that won resounding victories against the communists..

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    • Replies: @J.Ross
    And Rhodesia and the SADF, and Pinochet, and really even Chiang Kai-Shek up until Bill Donovan decided that he wanted to screw over East Asia. In fact Commies lose every time they cannot rely on zerg-rushing. Guevara's guerrilla text has an anecdote about a position being bloodlessly overrun because all of the brave and dedicated revolutionaries fell asleep.
  53. @Miro23

    If you really want to throw them for a loop, ask them what two thirds of three quarters is. Probably 95% of adult Americans couldn’t get that right.
     
    If 95% of Americans could get it right, then the US wouldn't be the US, it would be a new Switzerland or Finland.

    Is it 50?

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    I agree that plenty of whites including teenagers would take these seasonal jobs. I see this in lots of places in Oregon and other states.
    I have seen plenty of whites in their 20s to 60s working in hotels, in fields, and in fast food restaurants and in lots of other jobs.
    They import these seasonal workers because they are cheaper and won’t usually complain about injuries, but the whites I have seen are even more hardy than the imports.
    The USA liberal media has perpetuated these false ways of looking at things.

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  55. @Randal

    Give the man credit where he is due. I agree he is moving much slower at domestic policy than we’d like, but he is still getting some things done, and as Derb points out, his results have been many miles beyond where we’d be with Hillary.
     
    Sounds exactly like all the previous "conservative" parties in US or UK government over the past few decades, then. It's a double sided ratchet process.

    The establishment left party gets in and pushes through all sorts of radical changes to society, concentrating on bigger government and social radicalism, while the establishment right shouts and screams about it and eventually enough people decide "enough is enough" to elect the establishment "conservative" party into office. They then proceed to huff and puff and evade issues and fail to unite, and somehow fail to act on almost all of the big government and social radicalism, whilst ruthlessly pushing through the pro-business tax cutting for the elites side of the globalist agenda, until they are discredited and people vote in the establishment left again, who return to pushing their side of the ratchet forward.

    The only question was whether Trump was telling the truth when he pretended to be different. All the evidence so far is that it was just a performance and he is going to be the same in office as all previous Republican administrations.

    That’s Lenin’s formula; 2 steps forward 1 step backward = 1 step forward.

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  56. @German_reader
    I somewhat disagree with your asessment of the July 20 conspirators...but in any case I think they too will be shown the door eventually in modern Germany. They weren't democrats after all, and German nationalists as well (who didn't want to surrender to the Soviet Union), definitely not a fitting "role model" for the pathetic joke that today's Bundeswehr is.
    And btw, it was clear well before 2005 that Merkel is extremely politically correct. Just google "Martin Hohmann", that was back in 2003, and already showed her character.

    That’s van Creveld’s assessment, not mine. And I don’t think he meant that the only thing admirable about them was conspiring to murder their own commander-in-chief, but that that’s what they are celebrated for, and everything else about them is kept under the rug, because everything else is embarrassing to the PC regime. Some people courageously conspiring to murder their commander-in-chief is hardly going to inspire young men to sacrifice their lives fighting for their fatherland.

    In any event, the Bundeswehr certainly has a lot of problems…

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    Total witchhunt going on, if you ask me...the real issue with the Bundeswehr isn't a few right-wing extremists, but that in all probability it wouldn't be capable of any serious operations anymore...it's totally rotten (they're even cannibalizing some of their vehicles for spare parts). Also disgusting how the media totally ignores the fact that this Franco A. managed to pass as a Syrian refugee despite not speaking any Arabic.
  57. @Alden
    General Franco and his troops are my great heroes of the 20th century. They and later the Greek royalists after WW2 were the only forces that won resounding victories against the communists..

    And Rhodesia and the SADF, and Pinochet, and really even Chiang Kai-Shek up until Bill Donovan decided that he wanted to screw over East Asia. In fact Commies lose every time they cannot rely on zerg-rushing. Guevara’s guerrilla text has an anecdote about a position being bloodlessly overrun because all of the brave and dedicated revolutionaries fell asleep.

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  58. @reiner Tor
    That's van Creveld's assessment, not mine. And I don't think he meant that the only thing admirable about them was conspiring to murder their own commander-in-chief, but that that's what they are celebrated for, and everything else about them is kept under the rug, because everything else is embarrassing to the PC regime. Some people courageously conspiring to murder their commander-in-chief is hardly going to inspire young men to sacrifice their lives fighting for their fatherland.

    In any event, the Bundeswehr certainly has a lot of problems...

    Total witchhunt going on, if you ask me…the real issue with the Bundeswehr isn’t a few right-wing extremists, but that in all probability it wouldn’t be capable of any serious operations anymore…it’s totally rotten (they’re even cannibalizing some of their vehicles for spare parts). Also disgusting how the media totally ignores the fact that this Franco A. managed to pass as a Syrian refugee despite not speaking any Arabic.

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    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    " the real issue" with Germany, aside from the fact that is the most neurotic country in Europe, the real issue with Germany is that they have now reached the implosion point of insanity with their fixation on "Rightists" : "Rechten" .

    All of their media, all of their BS artists : Philosophers, "Artists", Clergy, all of their prominent big-mouths are ranting and raging 24/7 about the influence of the " Rechten" (rightists) and the current political guideline is : If you are not a self/declared leftist, you are then a : Nazi.
    Point being everything and everybody in Germany which is not left of center is automatically "Nazi".

    Look Germany has blessed modern civilization with the most negatively impacting concepts such as Communism, Nationalsocialism , psychology, psychiatry, etc, resulting in war, mayhem and oppression : East block communism.
    Plus the Germans themselves are the most overbearing know-it-all loud-mouths on planet earth, and they see themselves as the most educated and cultured humans alive, when fact is they are a nation of pseudo-educated shallow, small-minded fools, and these, plus many more elements comprise of the "Real issue" with Germany.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" scoiety member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

    PS And their, the German, hatred for DT, for whom I pulled the lever last Oct, is unsurpassed anywhere in this universe.

  59. @reiner Tor
    Exactly.

    The Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld wrote about the example of the Bundeswehr. (He's a military historian, so he will tend to write about the Bundeswehr instead of other instititutions.) He mentioned that the Bundeswehr used to have units named after (non-Nazi) WW2 war heroes, for example (van Creveld's example) they had a unit named after Werner Mölders. Now, Mölders wasn't a Nazi, and he did a number of decidedly non-Nazi things which met the disapproval of the Nazi authorities, like having a Catholic marriage ceremony performed by a priest who had preached against the Nazi regime (thereby breaking German law, which forbade preaching against the government). He also died as early as 1941. In other words, if you wanted to choose a German war hero from WW2, you could hardly find one more politically correct than him. (Except the July 20 people, of whom later.) Still, in the late 1990s, a then leftist German legislative simply abolished the honors of all people who participated in the Legion Condor. (Against a Stalinist/Anarchist Spanish government...) So Mölders was out. After 2005, a mainstream conservative government came back, but - even though they wouldn't have abolished the honors of Mölders in the first place - they didn't rehabilitate him.

    So now the Bundeswehr is left with only July 20 heroes (except those, who are later found to be "problematic" for various reasons, like having served in Spain). The problem is that, as van Creveld mentions, while it's impossible to deny their courage, they are not really military heroes - after all, they are basically celebrated for conspiring to murder their commander-in-chief. Not very inspiring for young men to fight a war at the orders of some bloodless and soulless commander-in-chief who happens to be anti-nationalist politician.

    I read van Creveld's book in 2007 (I was mostly still a goodthinker then), and it was revelatory to me.

    reiner Tor:

    For what it’s worth I’ve always respected van Cleveld.

    Some time ago he provided unequivocal historical evidence for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians as well as his belief that it was necessary for the founding of the Israeli state. He was honest in establishing this cleansing as a historical fact. He was also honest in stating up-front his own personal belief that this cleansing was necessary for the founding of the new nation.

    You may or may not agree with his value judgements about the founding of Israel, but you must acknowledge his historical credibility.

    BTW van Cleveld has some serous issues with modern Israeli feminism! Another thing in his favor!

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    • Replies: @annamaria
    "You may or may not agree with his value judgements about the founding of Israel, but you must acknowledge his historical credibility."
    Sure. Let's add a Nakba annex to each Holocaust museum.
  60. @German_reader
    Total witchhunt going on, if you ask me...the real issue with the Bundeswehr isn't a few right-wing extremists, but that in all probability it wouldn't be capable of any serious operations anymore...it's totally rotten (they're even cannibalizing some of their vehicles for spare parts). Also disgusting how the media totally ignores the fact that this Franco A. managed to pass as a Syrian refugee despite not speaking any Arabic.

    ” the real issue” with Germany, aside from the fact that is the most neurotic country in Europe, the real issue with Germany is that they have now reached the implosion point of insanity with their fixation on “Rightists” : “Rechten” .

    All of their media, all of their BS artists : Philosophers, “Artists”, Clergy, all of their prominent big-mouths are ranting and raging 24/7 about the influence of the ” Rechten” (rightists) and the current political guideline is : If you are not a self/declared leftist, you are then a : Nazi.
    Point being everything and everybody in Germany which is not left of center is automatically “Nazi”.

    Look Germany has blessed modern civilization with the most negatively impacting concepts such as Communism, Nationalsocialism , psychology, psychiatry, etc, resulting in war, mayhem and oppression : East block communism.
    Plus the Germans themselves are the most overbearing know-it-all loud-mouths on planet earth, and they see themselves as the most educated and cultured humans alive, when fact is they are a nation of pseudo-educated shallow, small-minded fools, and these, plus many more elements comprise of the “Real issue” with Germany.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” scoiety member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

    PS And their, the German, hatred for DT, for whom I pulled the lever last Oct, is unsurpassed anywhere in this universe.

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  61. Plus the Germans themselves are the most overbearing know-it-all loud-mouths on planet earth, and they see themselves as the most educated and cultured humans alive, when fact is they are a nation of pseudo-educated shallow, small-minded fools, and these, plus many more elements comprise of the “Real issue” with Germany.

    That’s a bit extreme, but I see your point, many Germans probably do fit your description.

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  62. Look I am more than aware of the monumental achievements of the Germanic peoples :

    Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Goethe, etc.

    The list of German genius is kilometers long.

    However there is a bizarre , still prevailing “Know-it-all” mind-set, in Germany, which almost reminds one of the long forgotten “Herrenmenschen” attitude which strangely enough now resides on the left side of German society.

    And one of the most upsetting viewpoints held by German politicians is that they think that they know what is best for other nations, who other nations should install into politicial office, and this to the point of leading German politicos actually labeling DT as a “Hate preacher” : “Hassprediger”

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

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    • Agree: German_reader
    • Replies: @Miro23

    However there is a bizarre , still prevailing “Know-it-all” mind-set, in Germany, which almost reminds one of the long forgotten “Herrenmenschen” attitude which strangely enough now resides on the left side of German society.
     
    Interesting comment. Herrenmenschen on the left can cause just as much trouble a Herrenmenschen on the right.
  63. @Dan Hayes
    reiner Tor:

    For what it's worth I've always respected van Cleveld.

    Some time ago he provided unequivocal historical evidence for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians as well as his belief that it was necessary for the founding of the Israeli state. He was honest in establishing this cleansing as a historical fact. He was also honest in stating up-front his own personal belief that this cleansing was necessary for the founding of the new nation.

    You may or may not agree with his value judgements about the founding of Israel, but you must acknowledge his historical credibility.

    BTW van Cleveld has some serous issues with modern Israeli feminism! Another thing in his favor!

    “You may or may not agree with his value judgements about the founding of Israel, but you must acknowledge his historical credibility.”
    Sure. Let’s add a Nakba annex to each Holocaust museum.

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  64. @Authenticjazzman
    Look I am more than aware of the monumental achievements of the Germanic peoples :

    Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Goethe, etc.

    The list of German genius is kilometers long.

    However there is a bizarre , still prevailing "Know-it-all" mind-set, in Germany, which almost reminds one of the long forgotten "Herrenmenschen" attitude which strangely enough now resides on the left side of German society.

    And one of the most upsetting viewpoints held by German politicians is that they think that they know what is best for other nations, who other nations should install into politicial office, and this to the point of leading German politicos actually labeling DT as a "Hate preacher" : "Hassprediger"

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" society member since 1973, airborne qualified US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

    However there is a bizarre , still prevailing “Know-it-all” mind-set, in Germany, which almost reminds one of the long forgotten “Herrenmenschen” attitude which strangely enough now resides on the left side of German society.

    Interesting comment. Herrenmenschen on the left can cause just as much trouble a Herrenmenschen on the right.

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  65. @Sowhat
    Geesh! This guy is four months into his first term and everyone seems ready to throw in the towel. I remind myself, everyday, that the Democrats hate him with a fanaticism, the Main Sewerage Media and Trump are like Cuba and the U. S. Govment... (no; it's worse than that.) and half the Republicans detest him, as well. So, he's not doing too badly considering many want his head on a platter. I refuse to allow the media to form my opinion e en though that's what they intend to do. Let's wait and see, shall we?

    Geesh! This guy is four months into his first term and everyone seems ready to throw in the towel.

    We were invited to our friends’ barbecue. We do sometimes have barbecue weather in England during the summer. But as we arrived, dark rain clouds were approaching.
    John was happily cooking. Pointing to the sky, I said: You’re optimistic!”
    I loved his reply: “I’ve tried pessimism. It doesn’t work.”
    Ten minutes later, the clouds had moved away, and the entire evening was unspoiled by rain.
    Oh, the power of positive thinking!

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  66. My social compact with the government is that our maximum leaders can continue to lead us directly to Hell but they must provide me wth some laughs on the way there.

    Trump is doing that.

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  67. Well, the Derb is easily satisfied,isn’t he?
    People generally vote for a President in the hope or expectation that they will do something to improve their lot.
    But, not Derb.
    Apparently what he wants is a President who will make his enemies unhappy.

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