If you think it’s bad now…

This is Victor Davis Hanson saying much of what I think myself: Trump Compared with What? Or to be more direct, we should feel the blessings of seeing the most unlikely presidential victor in American history. How much worse things might have been is easy to recognise, except all too few seem to be able to. Ann Coulter has gone seriously mad, but if it is really true that some massive percent of those who voted for him in 2016 would abandon him if he cannot get the Wall constructed, seems to me borderline insane. Trump with or without the wall is fantastically better than anyone else I can think of, and no one else will build the wall either. But he might, and he certainly wants to.

This is now where the Democrats are heading which is the alternative government of the US. No one in 1969 could have imagined America as it now is, so anything is possible fifty years from now. These are just wisps of an indication where the middle of the road is now heading, which is what Trump is advised to lay out in his State of the Union. And these are the known knowns.

Trump should deviate from state-of-the-union custom and also point out that we are at a national intersection, in which the Democrats are offering a vision of America that is arguably the most socialist and radical since 1972 — if not ever.

The Green New Deal would essentially ban internal-combustion engines ten years after passing of the bill, and in effect destroy the current U.S. oil and natural-gas renaissance that has empowered the middle class with inexpensive fuel, provided millions of jobs, and ended our strategic reliance on the Persian Gulf.

The emerging new Democratic position on abortion is not just third-trimester abortions, but in theory infanticide upon dilation or delivery. At a time of near Medicare insolvency, many Democrats would expand it for all and thus for nobody, virtually ending private insurance.

Student debt would be abolished and college free — without discussion of where the trillions of dollars needed would come from in a nation running nearly a $1 trillion annual deficit and approaching $22 trillion in aggregate debt.

Anti-Israel and pro-Chavista Venezuela are the de facto New Democratic positions, as well as a new iteration of left-wing anti-Semitism and anti-Catholicism. As far as the border goes, the agenda is clear: Abolish ICE, issue blanket amnesties, expand sanctuary cities, and allow “refugees” to enter without documentation.

In sum, Trump should review the stark alternatives ahead — reminding the American people that the Democratic party is abandoning many of its old principles and becoming unrecognizable: Centrists are replaced by liberals who are overwhelmed by progressives who are now themselves being absorbed by neo-socialists.

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31 Responses to If you think it’s bad now…

  1. zyconoclast

    Waste of time.
    Low IQ diversity, millions of illegal voters and most the white Dems want free stuff or to give free stuff and the Republican voters literally dying out.
    They few that will listen and care, won’t matter.

  2. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    So great to watch & listen to all these people who write books & talk about my presidential campaign and so many others things related to winning, and how I should be doing “IT.” As I take it all in, I then sit back, look around, & say “gee, I’m in the White House, & they’re not!

  3. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    Large sections of WALL have already been built with much more either under construction or ready to go. Renovation of existing WALLS is also a very big part of the plan to finally, after many decades, properly Secure Our Border. The Wall is getting done one way or the other!…
    Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games! A WALL is a WALL!…
    Very sadly, Murder cases in Mexico in 2018 rose 33% from 2017, to 33,341. This is a big contributor to the Humanitarian Crises taking place on our Southern Border and then spreading throughout our Country. Worse even than Afghanistan. Much caused by DRUGS. Wall is being built!…
    …With Murders up 33% in Mexico, a record, why wouldn’t any sane person want to build a Wall! Construction has started and will not stop until it is finished.

  4. RobK

    Trump will lay the ground work for emergency measures at the southern border. There will be showmanship, i suspect.

  5. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The emerging new Democratic position on abortion is not just third-trimester abortions, but in theory infanticide upon dilation or delivery. At a time of near Medicare insolvency, many Democrats would expand it for all and thus for nobody, virtually ending private insurance.

    Any mother who wants to “abort” her late trimester child should be forced to do so with her own hands, bring the baby out and give the mother a knife to finish the job.

  6. If you watch any video by such sources as Campus Reform or Fleccas Talks, you’ll soon realise that America’s next voting generation doesn’t have a clue. It’s not just the illegals that are a concern, but the NPCs that are coming out of college.

  7. sfw

    Steve, the problem is that Trump made the wall a core part of his campaign, I’m certain that promise got more people out to vote for him. They won’t change their vote if there is no wall but they’ll stay home and not vote at all. I still can’t understand why he didn’t push it more when the Republicans controlled the house, he may have a long game but I don’t know.

    Tony Abbott made 18c a core component of his campaign, he too did not deliver and went so far as to essentially tell his supporters to ‘suck it up’ with ‘Team Australia’. He lost much support from his base with that one really dumb, craven act of cowardice.

    People will take being reamed for a long time, especially by those they don’t like, getting reamed by your own side is the worst.

  8. duncanm

    sfw – I think the difference between Trump and Abbott is that the Trumpster has made an effort (or at least the spectacle of an effort) to push through his wall, and been clearly blocked by the dems.

    Abbott didn’t try (in public, at least; which is where it matters most).

  9. sabena

    Steve,Ann Coulter was seriously mad to start with.

  10. Steve,Ann Coulter was seriously mad to start with.

    Coulter has gone full Fraser.

  11. Up The Workers!

    The Democrats/Confederacy.

    Their message was roundly rejected in 1865 and here we are 154 years later, and they are still flogging basically the same dead horse.

    Perhaps if Pelosi and Schumer wore a slave’s shackles, they might(?) see reality somewhat differently?

    Go Trump – there’s still plenty of noxious vermin in that swamp!

  12. Iampeter

    This is Victor Davis Hanson saying much of what I think myself: Trump Compared with What?

    This may have made sense in the early days of the Trump administration, but you can’t still be thinking this today. It’s now objectively clear that a Hillary Presidency would’ve been better. At least conservatives in opposition would’ve opposed something and spending would’ve been a bit more under control.
    In the early days, there was hope that Trump, with control of every branch of government, would repeal Obamacare and re-open the Hillary investigation. These two things alone would’ve made his presidency worthwhile.
    But Obamacare is not going anywhere. Everyone can also see that conservatives didn’t even try making any arguments against government run healthcare, so democrats will be comfortable running more openly socialist candidates. The idea conservatives have alternative ideas to socialism is over, under Trump.
    Re Trump’s DOJ, the only one under investigation is…well…Trump. The only people being indicted are associated with him, not Hillary. Hillary is sitting pretty, doing TV interview, selling her book and contemplating running for President again. This demonstrates unprecedented levels of incompetence from the Trump administration. You’d never see Obama’s DOJ investigate Obama. Much less for nothings like, “Russia collusion.”
    Then there’s the rest of his policies which amount to massive increases in spending, regulations and also unprecedented and cowardly appeasement of every dictator on the planet, that makes Obama’s foreign policy, look solid in comparison.
    I know people will say, “but derp, what about corporate tax cuts, derp?”
    The fact is that with spending exploding out of control, there is no “tax cuts.”
    On the flip side, Trump has massively increased taxes on everyone with the introduction of tariffs. A policy so economically illiterate, that we didn’t even see Obama try for it. This has predictably triggered the need of billions of dollars of government bailouts to various sectors directly affected. Classic, leftist, big government fail.

    In short, yes Trump won the election. Yes it was unexpected.
    But it’s been years and his administration has been an unmitigated disaster.
    It’s time to learn something about politics beyond saying the words “electoral college” or something, and get some clue about what’s actually going on. None of this is even very complicated.

  13. Mother Lode

    The Echo Chamber The Conversation has some story now about how political ageism might be denying us our best political leaders.

    They are, of course, talking about Pelosi.

    Now, our leftists are a miserably derivative lot. They generate no new thoughts. Seriously – Phatty Adams is considered an intellectual leader. Squalid Aly says nothing that we have not heard from the US, and even then he is shielded from having to defend his positions. Opinion writers just swear at people they don’t like. Our creatives think shocking people with contrived scatological and sexual treatment of mainstream values.

    While they used to be able to get away with cribbing from NYT and such when most people had no access to them – but now we are able to see as much as them we can see how limp and wan they are.

    No, championing Pelosi is something they will have picked up from somewhere else. It also most strongly distances Pelosi from the crazy-eyed manically-muddled AOC.

    Is this the beginning of their trying to rein that wildly careening donkey in?

  14. Mother Lode

    I used to occasionally read Ann Coulter.

    She had an encyclopedic recollection of so many leftist misdeeds, which are easy to miss since they are not reported and can only be found if you know what you are looking for, which she deployed with great elan in combating the untiring succession of progressive myths, memes, talking, points and flimsy sophistries.

    She enjoyed her notoriety and although heavily outnumbered seemed utterly impervious to the barbs and bombs lobber at her.

    But she was a bit overblown. She got swept up in and carried away by her persona, and it led to some content that you knew to ignore.

    Her Anti-Trumpism is, I think, where her appetite for combat of ideas and the crowds out her ability to accept pragmatism: That you might get more done with compromise than rebuffed intransigence.

    The art of the deal, in fact.

  15. Roger

    No one in 1969 could have imagined America as it now is, so anything is possible fifty years from now.

    Internecine warfare.

    Leftist insurgency leaders flee to asylum in Canada.

    Walls between states.

    Southern California cedes itself to Mexico in the name of justice.

  16. max

    The Antifederalists Were Right, they Predicted Today’s Political Morass

    Robert Yates In October 1787 worried the proposed constitution would create a government unaccountable to the people and that those in power would use it for the “purposes of gratifying their own interest and ambition.” “It is scarcely possible,” Yates wrote, “in a very large republic, to call them to account for their misconduct, or to prevent their abuse of power.”

    First, the Anti-Federalists predicted that the federal government the Constitution created would increase its power until states were merely secondary considerations. Second, that this powerful federal government would be too big and distant for the people to effectively control, and thus vainglorious men of ambition and avarice would control it to enrich themselves off the common people.

    For Yates and other Anti-Federalists, the Constitution’s Necessary and Proper Clause, which grants the federal government power to make all laws “necessary and proper” to executing government’s powers, contained the seeds of absolute control.

    The Anti-Federalists were proved correct. When combined with other clauses, in particular the Commerce Clause, the Necessary and Proper Clause has been used precisely as they predicted. Applying the Necessary and Proper Clause to the Commerce Clause has permitted Congress to reach nearly every non-commercial activity imaginable, turning the Commerce Clause into more of a general powers clause.

    Centinel concluded that “the organization of this government…is devoid of all responsibility or accountability to the great body of the people, and that so far from being a regular balanced government, it would be in practice a permanent ARISTOCRACY.”

  17. CameronH

    Without the wall and a secure border nothing else matters. That is why Coulter is becoming unhinged. Millions of illegal Democrat voters and low IQ third world immigrants will turn the US into a Latin American dystopia no matter what else Trump managers to do.

  18. candy

    But it’s been years and his administration has been an unmitigated disaster.

    Excellent employment statistics and North Korea de-nuclearizing says otherwise, Iampeter, in my opinion.

    If Hillary had done it you would say the Hillary administration was successful. If employment stats are good, you would have to say that is a positive. I don’t know how one could call that an unmitigated disaster, no offence, but how do you come to that conclusion?

  19. Leo G

    I don’t know how one could call that an unmitigated disaster, no offence, but how do you come to that conclusion?

    By starting from the same position.

  20. Iampeter

    North Korea has not denuclearized. Even conservative media has grasped this obvious fact.
    As bad as Hillary is, she never would’ve granted the Norks such a huge PR victory, as the sanction of a US Presidential visit, in exchange for absolutely nothing.

    If Hillary had done it you would say the Hillary administration was successful. If employment stats are good, you would have to say that is a positive.

    That’s clearly the opposite of what I’m doing and is in fact MY argument. When progressives do something, you monkeys boo, when conservatives do the exact same thing, you cheer.
    No understanding of politics, just mindless tribalism.

    I don’t know how one could call that an unmitigated disaster, no offence, but how do you come to that conclusion?

    You mean, the points in the rest of my post that you seem to have only half read?

  21. candy

    If H. Clinton had managed those employments stats and de-nuclearized the NK I would still consider it’s been a successful time for her administration.

    To me, the bottom line is employment and ease of finding or getting a new job for people to improve and better their life. Poverty is bad.

  22. win

    There appears to be an internationally orchestrated socialist agenda to infiltrate political parties and remove sitting members from with in. The Turnbull Photios gang in Australia,the UK Labour ousting New Labor in the UK and now the US Democrats. There must be a central figure or group that has instigated this surely, or is this the new political process ,if you can’t remove them in the ballot box go for the grass roots members by stacking the party. Let’s see how they go with Abbott.

  23. max

    Carroll Quigley: Tragedy and Hope

    American foreign policy had been little more than an extension of American oil and banking interests.

    What he thinks is at stake in the war ?


    The Left loves crusades. So does the Right. They join hands as they go marching.


  24. max

    The Left wants to defeat evil. So does the Right. The Left wants to make America the launching pad for world democracy. So does the Right. The Left wants to expand the federal government. The Right wants to expand the Defense Department. They compromise.

    After the latest war is over, the Left wants to get its hands on the tax money that is now flowing into Washington because of emergency wartime taxes. Why? To fund bigger and better social welfare projects. The Right still wants to fund the Defense Department. The Left is officially uncomfortable with the Defense Department. The Right is officially uncomfortable with high taxes. They compromise.

    Then they agree to fund each other’s projects with deficit spending. Banks buy bonds. Taxpayers then pay the banks. J. P. Morgan and friends applaud bipartisanship in action.


  25. Kneel

    Iampeter:”It’s now objectivelysubjectively clear to me that a Hillary Presidency would’ve been better.”


  26. duncanm

    It’s now objectively clear that a Hillary Presidency would’ve been better.

    interesting that you can be ‘objective’ when comparing something measureable (Trump’s presidency) with something completely fictitious (Hillary’s).

  27. Ellen of Tasmania

    “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”

    “We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace – business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me – and I welcome their hatred.”

    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

  28. Dr Fred Lenin

    So that sick confused half demented old woman would be better than a brilliant businessman like Trump,?
    The aparat wantedher there so their donors cpuld run the country fpr their own benefit ,they even threatened sanders with total exposure in their media if he didnt pull out,he quickly did in total fear ,and there is no way he will stand again the threat is still hanging over his head . The elites will probably find some other stupid bitch to put up against Trump,the males are too compromised and like sanders subject to exposure and Trump has the goods on them . Politicians are the scum of the earth .

  29. max

    Franklin Roosevelt’s Big Bank Bailout: March 6, 1933

    Fact: Roosevelt saved the New York banks in his first week in office. He saved the banks from their depositors, who were never again allowed to get their gold. They broke their contracts with the full support of the new government. This was theft, pure and simple. It was the end of the gold standard.
    He was a Wall Street banker, bond salesman, and cartel builder, 1921-1928. The textbooks never mention this.
    The New Deal confirmed his speech’s thesis: oligarchy masquerading as democracy.

    It is a masterful piece of deception. He attacked bankers as money changers in the temple. He had been one of them in that temple, 1921-28. Yet within 48 hours of his Address, he bailed them out. He saved them from the #1 threat facing them: a run on their gold.


  30. Eyrie

    FDR was commie/fascist scum.

  31. max

    The Delano family proudly traces its ancestors back to the Actii, a 600 B.C. Roman family. They are equally proud of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Indeed, the Delanos claim that the Delano influence was the predominant factor in FDR’s life work and accounts for his extraordinary achievements. Be that as it may, there is no question that the Delano side of the family links FDR to many other rulers and other politicians. According to the Delano family history,12 “Franklin shared common ancestry with one third of his predecessors in the White House.” The Presidents linked to FDR on the Delano side are John Adams, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, and William Howard Taft. On the Roosevelt side of the family, FDR was related to Theodore Roosevelt and Martin Van Buren, who married Mary Aspinwall Roosevelt. The wife of George Washington, Martha Dandridge, was among FDR’s ancestors, and it is claimed by Daniel Delano that Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt were “eighth cousins, once removed.”13 This almost makes the United States a nation ruled by a royal family, a mini monarchy.

    Frederic A. Delano took office as vice chairman (called “vice governor” before 1935) of the Federal Reserve Board on August 10, 1914. He was one of the five members appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to the first Board. He held that position until August 9, 1916, and remained on the Board until July 21, 1918. 
    Delano was born in Hong Kong in 1863 and grew up in Newburgh, New York. In 1885, he received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. Delano was an uncle to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the thirty-third president of the United States.

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