WE’RE A NATION, NOT THE CHARITY OF THE WORLD: New Asylum Rule: You Can’t Have it Both Ways.
WE’RE A NATION, NOT THE CHARITY OF THE WORLD: New Asylum Rule: You Can’t Have it Both Ways.
JON MEACHAM, WORLD’S WORST PSYCHIC AND ALSO STONE COLD PARTISAN AND BIGOT: Historian Says Trump Tied for Most Racist President.
… Unless socialism is a race. than i suppose trump is racist. of course in that case, i’m also racist. and you’re racist, and you’re racist, and any sane person is racist.
Fortunately socialism and stupidity are just flaws of human nature. not races.
NOTHING EXCUSES ILHAN OMAR. SHE WAS OFFERED THE GIFT OF CITIZENSHIP IN THE GREATEST LAND ON EARTH, AND SHE WASTES IT ON HATRED AND STUPID SOCIALIST AGITATION: Length of Citizenship Excuses Ilhan Omar.
OH, IT’S JUST MORE ATTEMPTS TO SHOCK THE SQUARES. THEIR PROBLEM IS THAT THE SQUARES THEY IMAGINE NEVER EXISTED AND WE, NORMAL HUMAN BEINGS WITH JOBS AND FAMILIES DON’T FIND THEM SHOCKING AT ALL. WE FIND THEM TIRESOME: Slate: Crude and Classless is Now “Revolutionary”.
JUST A DASH OF LSD. AND ANOTHER DASH OF LSD. BAM: Salvador Dalí’s Eccentric Cookbook Is Being Reissued for the First Time in Over 40 Years.
YEAH. BECAUSE THE CURRENT ART WORLD IS A VEHICLE FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND CORRUPTION. IT’S WHO THEY ARE, IT’S WHAT THEY DO. WELL THAT AND FUTILE, STUPID ATTEMPTS TO SHOCK THE SQUARES: Disgraced Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s Art World Connections.
THIS IS DEDICATED TO SQUID-MEMBER (WHAT? YOU THOUGHT “SQUAD” WAS A THING? NO. THEY’RE A SQUID QUARTET. UNDER THE HUMAN SKIN THEY’RE ALL OLD-ONES. THIS IS WHY NONE OF THEM HAS ANY ACTUAL IDEA WHAT HUMANS FEEL OR THINK.) AYANNA PRESSLEY SHE WHO THINKS THOUGHTS AND MINDS HAVE “COLORS.”
LOOK, ONE OF THESE LIZARDS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER: Between Lizards.
TOM FRIEDMAN REVIEWS RECENT EVENTS: ‘Trump’s Going to Get Re-elected, Isn’t He?’ “I’m struck at how many people have come up to me recently and said, “Trump’s going to get re-elected, isn’t he?” And in each case, when I drilled down to ask why, I bumped into the Democratic presidential debates in June. I think a lot of Americans were shocked by some of the things they heard there. I was.”
So he’s a week or two behind.
Plus: “Dear Democrats: This is not complicated! Just nominate a decent, sane person, one committed to reunifying the country and creating more good jobs.” The problem is, they don’t have any of those.
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HARSH, BUT FAIR: “Warren is a shrewish, nagging middle school principal; Sanders is a crazy dude who wandered in off the street and smells faintly of vomit and patchouli; Harris is a nasty and hectoring backstabber who rifles through the overcoats in the den looking for wallets; and Buttigieg looks like a cartoon character who wandered in from another dimension. And the rest of them? Even weirder and dumber.”
JEW-HATERS GOTTA STICK TOGETHER: Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke Heaps Praise On Rep. Ilhan Omar.
UPDATE: A friend on Facebook writes: “Four months ago, the House majority couldn’t pass an unqualified condemnation of anti-Semitism. Today, the same House majority condemns racism quite easily. Whatever could account for the change of heart? At the center of the delegitimization of the elites is not a popular conviction that they’re wrong. They may be right, and often are, and are often known to be. Their fatal flaw is what everyone intuitively understands: even when they are right, they don’t mean it.”
Related: The Suicide of Expertise.
LINDSEY 2.0: HE’S NOT WRONG. Lindsey Graham Calls Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Freshmen Democrats ‘Communists’: ‘They Hate Our Country.’
Leftists hate two things: Patriotism, and having their patriotism questioned. . . .
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FRUITS OF THE DEMOCRATS’ VIOLENT EXTREMIST RHETORIC: Vashon Island man sent manifesto before he was killed at detention center. “More than a year ago, Van Spronsen was accused of attacking a police officer during an immigrants rally that turned violent outside the same detention center, some of it captured on cell phone video.”
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PHONY BETOMANIA HAS BITTEN THE DUST: Campaign Death Watch: Beto’s Fundraising Craters in Second Quarter.
“A Ford appointee, Stevens retired in 2010 as one of the Court’s most liberal members. He became increasingly outspoken after his retirement, calling for the repeal of the 2nd Amendment and abolishing the death penalty,” Jan Crawford of CBS tweets.
ARGUMENT: Low-Profile Tires Are Ruining Modern Cars. Our tire guy said something like that to the Insta-Wife recently.
ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Report: Planned Parenthood president ousted for refusing to use trans-inclusive language. “They kicked her out because [Dr. Leana Wen], a certified MD wouldn’t say trans can’t have abortions… holy god.”
NO. NEXT QUESTION: Does Ilhan Omar Speak The Words Of A Patriot Who Loves America? (Video.)
“WE LIVE IN AN AGE IN WHICH IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO BE FUNNY. THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE, NO MATTER HOW LUDICROUS, THAT WILL NOT PROMPTLY BE ENACTED BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, PROBABLY BY SOMEONE WELL KNOWN,” Tom Wolfe wrote in 1989. He might have added, or by a very well known institution.
Here’s the popular “xkcd” Internet-themed cartoon series on YouTube commenters from 2007:
Here’s the New York Daily News’ Twitter feed today:
Meanwhile, WTOP, an ABC-affiliated DC-based FM news station gets the vapors over the problematic origins of manned space flight: “DC news outlet pulls feature crediting Nazi rocket scientist for Apollo 11 moon landing.”
Washington radio station WTOP apologized Tuesday after pulling a story that commended Nazi aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
The story removal and apology came after the news outlet described von Braun as a “brilliant German-American rocket scientist.”
“After careful consideration, WTOP has decided to remove the article from our website. This story did not meet WTOP’s standards and should not have appeared on any of our platforms,” WTOP wrote in a tweet to its more than 280,000 followers.
The historic origins of rocketry include some horrific elements which von Braun was in the center of, not least of which, using slave labor to build the V-1s and V-2s that he aimed at London. But after WWII, he was one of the chief architects of the American program to land men on the moon, an achievement near-universally praised in 1969, from figures as disparate as Walter Cronkite, who would come to believe in the importance of “one world government” in his dotage, to the mother of libertarianism herself, Ayn Rand.
Apparently, the bifurcated nature of von Braun’s life was too much for WTOP’s news people to handle. Both their meltdown today and that of the New York Daily News’ social media account may very well be attributable to a phenomenon described by Obama flack Ben Rhodes in his infamous 2016 interview: “The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”
And it’s only going to get worse. As Joel Kotkin writes at Quillette, we live in an “Age of Amnesia:”
This trend was most marked in the British colonies of North America. Benjamin Franklin noted that high levels of literacy helped American traders and mechanics instigate the rebellion against the Crown and sustain it. But now, with access to information unimaginable in the past, our knowledge of history is fading. Information is increasingly separated from actual knowledge; blogs replace books, and tweets replace essays. Knowledge of even relatively recent events, like the Holocaust or D-Day, is become scanty. Four in 10 American millennials, and at least one in three Europeans, say they know “very little” about the Holocaust, and one in five young French respondents are not even aware it took place.
As we’re seeing today, Apollo 11, once a global event, is subject to the same “Great Forgetting,” to sadly invert the title of Tom Wolfe’s increasingly unlikely 1987 hopes for a better 21st century.
Related: An accusation in search of an argument. “Today, Sullivan defends the practice in news stories of labeling President Trump’s utterances ‘racist.’ She calls this a ‘service to the truth’ (quotation from headline in paper edition). But one searches Sullivan’s column in vain for an argument in support of her claim that Trump’s comment about the four congressional rads (or anything else Trump has ever said) is racist. Arguments aren’t Sullivan’s thing. Name-calling is.”
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ROBERT GEORGE CALLS ON CONSERVATIVES TO BE MORE COURAGEOUS: May I add that this is especially needed in the area of race-, ethnicity-, and sex-based identity politics? You’ve never seen terror until you’ve asked a Member of Congress or Congressional staff member to do some tiny thing to help stem the tide of this destructive trend. “Deer in headlights” doesn’t do justice to the look.
The current identity-obsessed state of the nation isn’t just a cultural change. It is the result of law and policy. The left has passed federal laws and instituted policies that beg people to think of themselves as members of victim groups. Perfectly sound laws have been interpreted by courts and agencies to mean to opposite of what they say. All the while conservative leaders ignore it, because they haven’t thought enough about it to recognize the long-term consequences or because they understand completely, but are afraid to speak up. Until something is done to change significant parts of that body of law and policy, things will not get better.
(Here is an extremely minor example. This bill should have been a no-brainer, but when opposition was voiced from an ill-informed civil rights advocate, who clearly didn’t understand the bill at all, it died.)
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The link just goes to the official tweet so that you can enjoy the replies without having to follow a WaPo link.
AFTER THE SQUAD’S FRACAS WITH TRUMP, ILHAN OMAR’S CURIOUS CASE SUDDENLY RECEIVES A DRUDGE REPORT LINK: Powerline’s Scott Johnson continues his series of posts on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s strange (possibly bigamous) marriage, likely fraudulent tax filings and other troubling shenanigans. In his post today he notes that The Drudge Report has now linked to a June 23 page-one Minneapolis Star Tribune article that “provides mainstream validation to points” Powerline’s been making for three years. The Strib reporters attempt to soft peddle Omar’s situation, but do admit “Omar declined to make her tax and immigration records available for this report.” Hmmm. Well, Trump has raised her profile. Will she now receive the scrutiny she deserves?
And from the replies: “He runs the Democrat Party from his Twitter account. Stable. Genius.”
CRIME OF THE CENTURY: Colombian caught in Spain with cocaine under toupee.
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But here’s the kicker, from a note Tyler sent to me: “I didn’t realize this until researching, but neither Bill Barr nor Jeffrey Rosen, whom Kamala said should recuse themselves from any Epstein case, worked at the firm when it handled the Epstein case.”
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TO WHAT END — SERIOUSLY, TO WHAT END? Mark Sanford Considers Challenging Donald Trump for President in 2020.
DEM REP. AYANNA PRESSLEY: Your Skin Color Determines Your Legitimate Opinions. “If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t come, because we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.”
CHRISTIAN TOTO: ‘No Safe Spaces’ – Our Last Chance to Save Free Speech?
“No Safe Spaces” reveals the Left’s plan to squash free speech as we’ve known it for 243 years.
That’s not hyperbole.
The evidence speaks for itself over and again in 90 riveting minutes. “No Safe Spaces” could have gone on for another hour, maybe two, had all the free speech attacks made the final cut.
The film will be released in the Fall, but one thing stands true following an early preview. It’s hard to imagine a more vital film hitting theaters by year’s end.
Read the whole thing. And see the movie in theaters.
THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE AMERICAN LEFT CONTINUES APACE: “Former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill claimed that news outlets like NBC and ABC were ‘Zionist organizations’ that produced ‘Zionist content,’ during a panel at the annual Netroots Nation summit.”
More: Rep. Ilhan Omar Refuses To Denounce Al-Qaeda, Islamic Terrorism. “Earlier on Monday, President Trump recalled Omar’s previous comments about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Omar still refuses to answer the question of who she believes was responsible for the attacks. Multiple requests from The Federalist for a comment from Omar have gone unanswered.”
IF YOU’VE EVER TRIED TO PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO, YOU KNOW WHAT MADNESS THIS IS: San Francisco plans to reserve parking lot for homeless living out of vehicles.
DON’T QUESTION HER PATRIOTISM: Ilhan Omar Refuses to Condemn Al-Qaeda: ‘I Will Not Dignify It with an Answer.’
FLASHBACK: Free market needs some ‘Sunshine.’
BUT IF YOU CRITICIZE HER YOU’RE RACIST: Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib wrote a column for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s blog in 2006.
To be fair, it’s been a long time since NASA let astronauts do anything terribly exciting, and hasn’t had a manned launch vehicle in years.
MEN ARE BETTER AT EVERYTHING, I GUESS, EVEN WOMEN’S WEIGHTLIFTING: Another man wins gold in women’s weightlifting.
Well, these are the Crazy Years. And speaking of the Crazy Years:
TRUMP SAID PUERTO RICO’S LEADERSHIP WAS SCREWING ITS CITIZENRY. NOW THE CITIZENRY HAS FOUND OUT HE WAS RIGHT. Police Fire Tear Gas to Quell Protests Over Puerto Rico’s Governor. “The tense confrontations marked an escalation of the dramatic political crisis that began in Puerto Rico after hundreds of pages of a private chat on the messaging app Telegram between Mr. Rosselló and some of his closest aides were leaked on Saturday, revealing a slew of crude and inappropriate exchanges. The leak, coming on the heels of high-profile federal corruption arrests last week, unleashed months of pent-up frustration over Mr. Rosselló’s handling of Hurricane Maria, his education policies and the federal oversight board that controls Puerto Rico’s troubled finances.”
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To simplify its offerings, the automaker on Tuesday limited variants of its Model X sport-utility vehicle and Model S sedan to “Long Range” and the more expensive “Performance”. It also trimmed the price of its now entry-level Long Range variants.
The discontinuation of the standard-range variants, however, means a rise in starting prices – to $84,990 for the Model X and $79,990 for the Model S, excluding potential buying incentives.
Tesla also lowered the starting price of its mass-market Model 3 to $38,990.
Increasing the exclusivity of its more exclusive models while making its budget model even more budget-friendly is not a bad indicator at all.
COMING SOON FROM MATT MARGOLIS: Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy.
NONSENSE, RHETORIC IS ONLY DANGEROUS WHEN IT COMES FROM THE RIGHT: CBP Chief Said Democratic Rhetoric Fueled Attempted Terrorist Attack On ICE Facility. “They are attacking the men and women of ICE. They are attacking the men and women of CBP. It’s unjust, it’s unfair, it’s misinformed — and outright, sometimes they are just lying to the American people, and it’s undoubtedly fueling this.”
REMEMBER, TRUMP’S SUPPOSED TO BE THE CRAZY, IRRESPONSIBLE ONE: New Republic retracts its nasty hit piece on Mayor Pete, claims it was supposed to be satire. “If you told me in 2016 that the lion’s share of opposition to a gay presidential hopeful would come from left-leaning newsrooms, I would not have believed you. Yet, here we are.”
I love a good history session in the morning, and this is one.
GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT: After two decades and much criticism, researchers defend the ‘implicit bias’ test. “Though they caution that it might not tell you anything about your actual biases.”
VIVIENNE MING: Why I’m turning my son into a cyborg.
Imagine if everyone spoke a language you don’t understand. People have been speaking it around you since the day you were born, but while everyone else picks it up immediately, for you it means nothing. Others become frustrated with you. Friendships and jobs are difficult. Just being “normal” becomes a battle.
For many with autism, this is the language of emotion. For those on the spectrum, fluency in facial expressions doesn’t come for free as it does for “neurotypicals.” To them, reading facial expressions seems like a superpower.
So when my son was diagnosed, I reacted not just as a mom. I reacted as a mad scientist and built him a superpower.
This isn’t the first time I’ve played mad scientist with my son’s biology. When he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I hacked his insulin pump and built an AI that learned to match his insulin to his emotions and activities. I’ve also explored neurotechnologies to augment human sight, hearing, memory, creativity, and emotions. Tiger moms might obsess over the “right” prep schools and extracurriculars for their child, but I say why leave their intellect up to chance?
This is a longer piece, but thought-provoking and worth your time.
Some exotic-sounding solutions involve harpoons, nets, magnets, even lasers. Now NASA has Purdue University-related startup Vestigo Aerospace money for a six month study that looks at using drag sails to de-orbit space junk, including satellites, spent rocket boosters, and other debris, safely.
Vestigo Aerospace was started by David Spencer, an associate professor in Purdue’s College of Engineering. “Through the six-month study, we will advance drag sail technology for the deorbit of small satellites and launch vehicle stages,” Spencer said in a press release. “The safe disposal of space objects upon mission completion is necessary to preserve the utility of high-value orbits.”
Drag sails are a bit different than other methods. While the harpoons, lasers, and nets proposed by various agencies are meant to deal with the space junk that’s already accumulated, drag sails are designed to be built into a satellite and deployed at the end of their useful life.
Faster, please — it’s getting crowded up there.
LIZ SHELD’S MORNING BRIEF: The SQUAD Holds a Trump-Bashing Press Conference. “At the presser, out came accusations of racism, xenophobia, sexism, Islamophobia and the usual clap trap. But Trump didn’t single out these exhibitionists because of their religion or gender. Trump attacks all his detractors equally. These ladies and the larger progressive coven have made horrible charges against Trump for years: he’s a white supremacist, he’s a Nazi, he runs concentration camps, he’s a racist, he’s abusing children, he’s killing children, he’s a retard, he’s a cheeto, he’s a rapist, he’s a RUSSIAN spy, he’s a crook, blah, blah, blah. Why shouldn’t he hit them back? There was no pearl-clutching about the hateful environment the leftists have created with their dehumanizing name-calling that facilitated violence like a crazy antifa malefactor trying to fire bomb an ICE agency over the weekend, or a Bernie Bro trying to assassinate a group of GOP congressmen. Were there calls to tone down the rhetoric following any of the hateful anti-Trump rhetoric? No. Well guess what, we are all going to follow the same rules, so suck it up buttercup.”
TAXPAYER-SUBSIDIZED ACTIVISM: Public university shares ‘Toolkit’ to combat ‘Trump’s deportation machinery.’
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PRIME WARTHOG: Corrosion control technicians apply primer to an A-10 Thunderbolt II. Photo taken July 2, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Related: The RNC Just Torched Ocasio-Cortez And Her ‘Squad’s’ Presser By Rehashing All The Things That Back Up What Trump Said About Them. It’s racist to bring up their records and prior statements.
Flashback: ‘A Powerfully Corrosive Internal Culture.’
GOLDIE TAYLOR: Trump Is a Racist. If You Still Support Him, So Are You.
Trump isn’t a racist, a charge I’ve been defending him even when I opposed him during the primaries. Trying to make millions of other non-racists feel guilty for something they aren’t or haven’t done is likely going to have the opposite effect of the one Taylor is shooting for.
AT THIS POINT, TWITTER’S BASICALLY A DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUPER-PAC: Twitter exec: ‘Jail,’ ‘impeachment’ for Trump, calls social media chief ‘racist d–k.’
Still not sorry I left Twitter.
IT COULDN’T HAVE BEEN THIS LONG ALREADY, COULD IT? B-2 Bomber 30-Year Anniversary Special.
PLEASE DON’T THROW HIM INTO THAT BRIAR PATCH: Al Green to force impeachment vote following incendiary Trump tweets.
PLUS: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday urged members to support a forthcoming resolution to condemn what she described as the president’s “xenophobic” tweets.
That’s weird. I thought Pelosi only believed in condemning bigotry in general, but not particular individuals — or does that just apply when the individuals are members of her caucus?
RICH LOWRY: Woke Assimilation: Teaching Our Politicians To Hate America. Oikophobia, like other forms of hate, must be taught.
HARSH, BUT FAIR:
But even before that, defending her was a bad idea, and any serious person should have known it: Omar Holding Secret Fundraisers With Islamic Groups Tied to Terror: Closed-door events spark further questions about anti-Semitic rhetoric.
UPDATE: From the comments: “You do realize that, at some point, and much sooner than you expect, she’s going to be failing to condemn Antifa bombing the RNC headquarters. Then failing to condemn Antifa assassinating Republican candidates? This is headed towards a pretty ugly place if we don’t put a stop to it.”
We’re basically already there: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.
REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: The Labyrinthine Ways and Wages of Stefan Halper. “Stefan Halper, the shadowy Cambridge academic who may have helped the FBI spy on the Trump campaign, was paid more than $1 million by a U.S. agency for research papers of dubious value, according to new government report. But even as it shed new light on Halper’s work, the report left unanswered central questions about his Trump-Russia role and raised new ones about the circuitous winds on which Washington dollars manage to fly out the window.”
CALIFORNIA: HERE BE MONSTERS. Trucking apocalypse continues: California truckload carrier latest victim. Regulations blamed. “Retail average diesel fuel prices in California have shot up 75 percent since Feb 2016, while only jumping 58 percent on a national basis during the same period. California has added two fuel and excise taxes during the period, first with a 20-cent per gallon increase in 2017 and another 20-cent increase initiated this July. If taxes weren’t enough of a burden for California’s operators, the company’s environment czar, the California’s Air Resources Board (CARB), creates its own set of challenges.”
(Classical reference in headline.)
TO BE FAIR, THEY WERE GOING TO VOTE REPUBLICAN: Flashback: Jerry Brown, Biden and other Dems refused to accept Vietnamese refugees.
KEVIN DRUM: Are Democrats Now the Party of Open Borders?
I have to admit that it’s hard to see much daylight between Warren’s plan and de facto open borders. As near as I can tell, CBP will be retasked away from patrolling the border looking for illegal crossings; if border officers happen to apprehend someone, they’ll be released almost immediately; if they bother to show up for their court date, they’ll have a lawyer appointed for them; and employers will have no particular reason to fear giving them a job.
Am I missing something here? Does Warren’s plan explicitly make it vanishingly unlikely that anyone crossing our border will ever be caught and sent back?
Did the Dems just make a Trump voter out of Kevin Drum?
Well, probably not. But if he’s going all wobbly, you can imagine how things are shaking out in the center — only you don’t have to imagine, because Axios has the numbers.
WELL, THEY CAN RELY ON A COMPLICIT MEDIA NOT TO ASK THEM: Dems Quiet on Whether Own Student Loan Debt Should be Forgiven: Only 1 of 41 Dems in Congress with student debt said lawmakers should be exempted from loan forgiveness. Thank goodness for the Free Beacon.
Related: What Pelosi Versus the Squad Really Means: The progressive-liberal civil war isn’t just a conflict of what’s too far left. “Critics on the left argue that liberalism is a set of seemingly neutral procedures that the privileged adopt to mask their underlying grip on power. Left-wing critics detest liberalism’s incrementalism and argue that only a complete revolution will uproot injustice. They do not share liberalism’s belief in the primacy of free speech.”
Also related: How David Brooks Created Donald Trump.
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CHARLES C.W. COOKE: On Gratitude And Immigration.
Legally, Ilhan Omar has exactly the same rights as someone born here. And she should, without exception. Culturally, though, the idea that Omar does not “owe a special debt of gratitude to the” United States is ridiculous, as is the idea that Omar’s views of the United States should not be affected by that debt. Of course she should be grateful! The United States saved her from a warzone, let her stay, accepted her as a citizen, and then elected her to Congress. If one can’t be grateful for that, what can one be grateful for?
Should Omar “temper her critiques of American politics and culture”? That depends. Again: Legally, Omar should enjoy every Constitutional protection available. And, as a matter of course, she should feel able to take part in the political process on the same terms as everyone else. But, culturally, it is absolutely reasonable for Omar’s critics to look at her behavior and say, “really, that’s your view of us?” It’s absolutely reasonable for Omar’s fellow Americans to dislike her and to shun her as a result. It is absolutely reasonable for them to consider her an ingrate — or to believe, as David does, that she is “a toxic presence in American politics.” And it is absolutely reasonable for them to wonder aloud how a person who hails from a dysfunctional, dangerous place built atop dysfunctional, dangerous institutions can exhibit the temerity — the sheer gall — to talk about America in the way that she does. There is a big difference between saying “I oppose current federal tax policy” or “I want more spending on colleges” or “the president is an ass,” and saying that America needs complete rethinking. As this Washington Post piece makes clear, Omar isn’t just irritated by a few things. She thinks the place is a disaster.
Interesting that recent immigrants like Cooke, or Sarah Hoyt, seem to get this point more clearly than virtue-signaling natives.
And this is just disgraceful:
This is the logic of a domestic abuser: I only hit you because I love you, and you’ve let me down so badly.
Related: Trump is not a racist; he’s pushing the Overton window to normal. “Trump stated the obvious. And by his willingness to state the obvious, he has returned the obvious to the realm of public discourse. He has shifted the Overton window back to a more normal, common sense debate. It wasn’t a mistake of epic proportions. It was a brilliant insistence on having public debate occur in reality world, not in the Leftist’s dystopian fantasy world.”
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RHETORIC IS ONLY DANGEROUS WHEN IT COMES FROM THE RIGHT: DOUBLE STANDARD: Man Who Attacked ICE Facility Used AOC-Like ‘Concentration Camp’ Rhetoric. Media Remain Silent.
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IN AMERICA, CLASS WARFARE IS DISGUISED AS CULTURE WAR: The death of the working class reporter: Journalism is becoming an elite profession—and that’s bad news.
SHOCKER: #TheSquad Press Conference Backfires Spectacularly. As Jim Treacher says, the left wants the right to shut up. The right wants the left to just . . . keep on talking.
GOODBYE, ILLINOIS: A fond farewell to state I love that doesn’t seem to love me.