There’s a lot to hate, unfortunately:
1.Trump took a couple of left turns that resurrected some conservatives’ worries about his ideological consistency. His post-Parkland statements about guns may have been well-intentioned, but were not helpful. I think the left’s instinctive gun grabbing dishonesty has earned our slippery-slope-based resistance to their efforts: they say they’ll only go after “assault-style” weapons, or automatic weapons, or energy-pulse weapons that only exist in science fiction movies. But the next thing you know, they’re talking fondly of British or Australian-style handgun confiscation.
That being said, I’d rank Trump’s proposals — from justified to unjustified — as follows: allowing teachers with gun training to carry at school, banning bump stocks, and raising the age to buy rifles from 18 to 21. I like the first one, don’t care a lot about the second, but am bothered by the third.
In a perfect world, I’d like to see us decide on a single age of maturity, and make that consistent across the board. Let’s decide when people are old enough for adult responsibilities: consuming alcohol, voting, buying rifles/guns, etc. Let’s make up our minds whether that age is 21 or 18. I wouldn’t mind seeing it raised to 21, if that meant we’d have fewer 18, 19 and 20 year olds voting! (No offense, 18-20 year olds. But c’mon. Too many of you know who DJ Khaled is, but not who Johnny Cash or John Prine is. Plus, very few of you pay taxes, and a lot of you voted for Bernie in 2016. So a lot of you would do way more damage at the polls than at a gun range.)
In fact, I’d rather see a mandatory IQ test before you vote:
Question 1: Is Elizabeth Warren (we should never stop mocking her) a Cherokee?
Question 2: Would you rather trust Sheriff Steve “not an Israeli” Israel to protect you more than you would trust yourself with a gun to protect you?
Question 3: Should any country be forbidden from controlling its own borders?
Question 4: Does socialism work better than free market capitalism?
Anyone answering “yes” to any of these questions should be banned from voting. Problem solved, and you’re welcome.
The worst part of the gun debacle, for me, was Trump’s castigating GOP pols for being “afraid of the NRA.” That’s the kind of shoddy talk that we expect from Dems, and it’s not justified. The NRA has sway in Washington – to the extent that it does – because millions of Americans value the 2nd amendment and support the NRA’s agenda. The NRA doesn’t give nearly as much money as Big Labor or George Soros or a bunch of other interest groups, and it’s lazy to make the ad hominem “bought and paid for” charge. I love to see Trump slap around GOP pols when they deserve it, but in this case they don’t.
Next: tariffs. Ugh. CO knows more about this than I do, but even I know that trade wars aren’t great things, and easy to win. Again, Trump’s heart is in the right place, but his head isn’t.
Finally: Stormy Daniels. I think this story has been overblown by the hypocritical media and Dems, who were more than happy to cover for girlfriend-murdering Ted Kennedy and rapey perv-meister Bill Clinton. And don’t get me wrong: if the alternative is voting for leftist Clydesdale Hillary or socialist mummy Bernie, I wouldn’t care if Trump came down the escalator with an unconscious stripper draped over his shoulder in a fireman’s carry, he’d have my vote. But it’s still depressing to see a GOP president credibly accused of affairs with strippers.
It’s also depressing that someone named “Stormy” is involved. At first I assumed that that was a nom de nude, but it turns out that her sisters are Misty and Sunny. (Oddly enough, her other sister, “Occluded Front Daniels” went into accounting. True story.)
- On the other hand, the Dems have engaged in a lot more hate-worthy behavior, as always:
Creepy CA senator Kamala Harris said that she 100% supports creepy Oakland mayor Libby (HA!) Schaaf’s decision to warn a bunch of criminal aliens about pending ICE raids, allowing hundreds of them to avoid capture. If there were any justice in the world (full disclosure: even though I’m a Christian, I sometimes think I’d prefer my Deity with 10% more Old Testament in Him, with the wrath and the smiting and the plagues of boils), the very next victims of criminal alien attacks or robberies in CA would be Schaaf and Harris.
Skeevy Hollywood lefties rolled out another unwatchable Oscars, and proved themselves impervious to all objective feedback about their condescending politics. My favorite part was when Jimmy “waaaah!” Kimmel defended a movie featuring a 17 year old gay kid having an affair with a 24-year old man, and admitted that the Best Picture nominees were mostly financial losers. Old Quiver Lips said, “That’s not the point. We don’t make films like “Call Me By Your Name” for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence.”
So let me get this right: if Trump sails a few “Stormy” seas, that’s an outrage. But when moral dinosaur Mike Pence – with his anachronistic “fidelity” and “wedding vows” and “Christian principles” – seems to object to adult-adolescent sex (even when both parties have the same genitalia!), he’s also outrageous.
Okkkaayy, Jimbo. And by the way, re: “we don’t make these movies to make money?” Mission accomplished.
Thankfully, there’s been more to love than to hate:
1.Along with the Bad Trump, we’ve had a few servings of Good Trump, as during his boisterous speech the other day, when he laid into many worthy targets, including labeling Maxine Waters as a “low IQ individual.” And before you object that that isn’t presidential, let me point out that truth is an absolute defense to charges of slander.
Also, to say that Waters has a room temperature IQ is an insult to the temperature in most rooms, which in my experience is usually quite comfortable. Okay, sure, she might actually have a room temperature IQ … but only if that room is in an uninsulated house in northern Minnesota in the third week of January, and the house is heated only by solar panels, and the sun hasn’t been out since St. Crispen’s Day.
Once someone explained to Mad Maxine – repeatedly, and slowly, and in very small words — what the president had said about her, Waters shockingly accused him of being a racist.
2. The unwatchable Oscars turned out to be… unwatched, with the lowest ratings in years. The preening leftists in Hollywood have made it clear that they hate more than half of their (former) audience, and that audience is saying, “Right back at ya, you bunch of preaching Polanskis!” It always warms my heart to see people vote with their remotes, and their feet. Although there are some good people in high-tax, business-hostile blue states, it is gratifying to watch productive citizens fleeing CA and IL and NY for places like TX, TN and FL. It’s also satisfying to see big gains in NRA membership after the shameful post-Parkland straw-man bonfire. Reap what you sow, you condescending jerks.
3. Ah, Elizabeth Warren — the gift that keeps on Indian-giving. (HA!) She went on Fox on Sunday, and be-clowned herself yet again. When John Roberts told her that a local MA paper had asked her to take a DNA test to once-and-for-all settle the question of her alleged Indian heritage, she declined, saying, “I know who I am,” and repeating the slanderous stories about how her Injun’-hatin’ paternal grandparents objected to their son marrying a (blue-eyed) squaw like her mom.
Because who would believe something as sketchy as DNA evidence, when you’ve got family gossip and rumors? The Party of Science™, that’s who!
Tragically, Warren said that she won’t be running for president in 2020. Say it ain’t so, Liz!
4. Finally, my favorite kind of favorite stories: another dumb criminal tale.
This time, let me take you to Hartford, Connecticut, where an upstanding young man named Jonathan Rivera went to Superior Court to answer a charge of car theft from February. While he was in court talking to the judge – mentioning how he was the victim of a corrupt judicial system, and racial profiling, and the kind of brutal capitalism that prevented him from getting access to transportation, I’m guessing – parking enforcers were scanning license plates in the courthouse parking lot.
One set of plates came up stolen, and when the parking cops checked the VIN on the car, it turned out to be stolen, too. So they set up an elaborate sting operation. By which I mean, they stood around until someone came out of court and got into the stolen car, and they grabbed him.
Guess who he was?
Ha! I’m kidding of course. Because the car was not in fact a 15 year old girl, but a 4 year old Subaru.
And the driver was Jonathan Rivera.
That’s right. This criminal mastermind went to court to contest a stolen car charge, driving a stolen car, with stolen plates on it.
I give you the next Democratic candidate for Governor of Connecticut: Jonathan Rivera!