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Archive of posts published in the tag: 2016 election

The Intellectual Ghetto

Over the years, I discovered the difficulty of conversation with some people.  Interruptions can be annoying and often rude, but it often seems justified by a long-winded response or statement. We should avoid interruptions, but we should also avoid monopolizing…

The Left’s New Journey

Before the election there was a very small group who called for Texas to secede from the Union.  There was never any real chance of this proceeding but it made for amusing divisive stories in the press.  It fulfilled the…

Thoughts on Trump

The ferocity of Trump opposition has caused a reaction causing his supporters to double down on their support and pushing his reluctant supporters more into the enthusiastic camp. Any criticism of Trump is rejected out of hand as disloyal.  We…

The GOP Stampede

from The City Journal, Trump and the American Divide by Victor Davis Hanson: The urban party has been getting beat up a lot, even before Trump’s surprising victory. Not only have the Democrats surrendered Congress; they now control just 13…

Hillary’s Loss Continued a Trend

from The City Journal, Trump and the American Divide by Victor Davis Hanson: Trump’s election underscored two other liberal miscalculations. First, Obama’s progressive agenda and cultural elitism prevailed not because of their ideological merits, as liberals believed, but because of his great…

The Trump Shift

From The Wall Street Journal, Trump May Herald a New Political Order by John Steele Gordon: So does Donald Trump’s stunning election herald something permanent—a shift akin to those brought by Jackson, Lincoln, McKinley and FDR? That’s a fair bet, considering…

Mixed Feelings on Russian Hacking

We do not want Russian interference in our elections.  While the intention may be the same, there is a difference between screwing with the voting process itself and selectively hacking, and releasing private information.  The investigation seems focused on the…

Ideas and Outcomes

from David French at National Review, 2016: The Year Liberal Ideas Failed A president who promised hope and change left most Americans behind. As Obama leaves office, rich Americans are doing just fine. The rest of the country is stagnant.…

Hacking Ironies

Russian intervention in the election is the latest addition to the growing list of excuses as to why Hillary lost. It does not seem that they hacked into the voting system and caused false votes, but that they released incriminating…

An Afterthought or a Relic

from Jonah Goldberg in The National Review, Democrats’ Dumbest Complaint The whole point of the Constitution is to prevent the concentration of power. The Founders understood that the only thing that can reliably check power is power. If too much…

Delusions Delay Solutions

The recount fiasco of Jill Stein, the fake news, the electoral college, the alternate right, James Comey, WikiLeaks, and now Russian hacking are all to blame for Hillary’s loss.  The integrity of the voters is also in question: racist, deplorable,…

Political Migration

From The Washington Times, The Blue State Depression by Stephen Moore: Of the 10 blue states that Hillary Clinton won by the largest percentage margins — California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut…

Political Thoughts 2016 12 01

The Democrats are in denial. The first indication is that their loss was about poor messaging; even though Hillary outspent Trump by huge amounts, and even though every outlet but Fox was in her camp, to an embarrassing degree. The…

A Political Vacation

I was less than enthusiastic about a Trump victory.  The best part for me was that is ensured a Hillary Clinton loss.  Yet I feel some sense of relief, not just that the slimy slugfest is over, but there are…

The Democrats Need a New Organizing Principle

From Jason Riley at The WSJ,   Democrats Are Obsessed With Race. Donald Trump Isn’t: Since when does a weekend gathering of “nearly 275” white nationalists in a country of more than 320 million people warrant front-page coverage in major newspapers?…

Failure to Persuade

From The New York Times, The End of Identity Liberalism by Mark Lilla But the fixation on diversity in our schools and in the press has produced a generation of liberals and progressives narcissistically unaware of conditions outside their self-defined…

Thoughts on the Transition

I did not think Trump would win the primaries or the election and I was wildly wrong.  I guess there is a chance that I am wrong about some of my fears about his policies as president.  So, for the…

The New Republicans

From Henry Olsen at National Review, Can the Republican Party Keep Trump Democrats?  They are best viewed through the lens of active citizenship. They take national identity seriously and imbue Americanism with an implicit bargain that flies in the face of…

The Rejection Election

from Kimberly Strassel in The WSJ, Trump’s Secret Weapon:Obama  All along this election has been portrayed as a referendum on Mr. Trump. Tuesday’s results are far better viewed as a thundering repudiation, at every level, of Mr. Obama’s governing and…

Shifting Coalitions

The two-party system oversimplifies the political landscape.  What we really have are two coalitions of interests and governing philosophies. The Democrats include Progressives, socialists, Capitalists (Wall Street), social justice warriors, unionists, and populists. It is the home of the environmentalists,…