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Saturday, January 9. 2021
As for so many if not most people, Trump's fate was in himself, not in his stars. Hubris is part of it.
One year ago we commented that Trump's 2020 adversary would be himself. That is a tragic hero.
Heather always gets it right: Trump's Exit
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Heather is not in touch with reality, but does have solid TDS. Antifa stormed the capital well before POTUS was even finish speaking. The whole narrative from MSM is Pelosi astroturf.
Second, Trump won the election there is no doubt.
I have a good deal of respect for Heather MacDonald, but she is nevertheless afflicted with TDS.
To look around and say Trump's chief foe is Trump is to insist that Epstein killed himself.
Yes Trump has no ass kissing to get along in his politics.
The weak fear such people. Lets face facts our politicians could
never build what Trump did. They like bribes and easy money. I
am sure Trump donated to many of the same politicians that hate him.
The news Junkie is begging to bore bore me.
ALREADY "BORED" ME!
Try a piece about stolen elections and CCP interference and my Spidey sense might pick up!
Til then, STUFF IT, Newsy!
I defy this "Heather" or anyone else to maintain an even keel after the 5 years of hell this man went through.
The media, the establishment, his own party dogged him 24/7 from day 1. Lies, fake news, all designed to bring him down.
Because he chose to at least try and represent the everyday person in this nation while simultaneously ending our imperialism paid for on the backs of Americans who can least afford it, in blood and money.
How DARE he put the average person ahead of the deep state and foreign interests. How DARE he threaten their subverted cash flows and deals that enrich everyone but the average American.
For that he will be sentenced to a public concentration camp. They will hound him until he is dead, and even then it will continue.
If he were smart he would do a farewell fuck you speech, declassify everything he can get his hands on, pardon every damn person he can and move to Russia or Poland, the last bastions of Western Culture and the only countries that are fighting for our values.
Hell, the leftists arch enemy Russia is more like America was than we are. Putin would accept Trump and his family with open arms I am sure.
Get out now Trump and don't look back. I wish I could go with you.
Trump will win in a landslide in 2024 and wipe away 60 years of liberal bs.
Trump 2024 campaign stuff is already available on line.
The man deserves his own Mt Rushmore.
He won 2020 in a landslide. Anyone who knows math and statistics knows it.
Amen! Trump 2024. MacDonald is hated by the left. Now she has nobody. For a (seemingly) smart woman, she is pretty dumb.
unless we use verified ballots, the Republicans will never win again.
The uniparty and its paying sponsors have been lining their pockets at our expense since at least JFK. But money is not enough...they need more power and more control and wish us to remain silent. The DC event and DNI Radcliff's report have put the fear of GOD in them...just look at their faces and their panicked reactions. Hubris is in the eye of the cult of elitists and the battle is not over. They are now out in the open and can no longer hide...no cover and no camouflage.
Trump 2024, NO. We need some one of real conservative integrity that can cajole the left to support him or her. Then
flip the script. No more bulls in the china shop. Off course
in 4 years we may not have a electoral college. Too many
years of the great silent majority have brought us to were we
are . George Sorose is still buying state attorney generals, and secretaries of states that control elections and out comes. To
many BS bloggers and no plan to take back control in individual
states. What happened to the convention of states ?????
I live in the insane asylum of massachusetts. I have really enjoyed your site, but I do not need to read anymore attacks on the only, let me repeat, the only politician who ran on a platform that he either did and/or attempted to deliver. In other words the only President that kept his word to me. Too bad you don't value him. I wish you a not a heartbreaking future after seeing the politicians we are now cursed with. And after reading your site, I more understand who the voters for Biden are.
Yeah, if Trump didn’t have such a toxic personality instead of gaining 11M votes, he’d have gained 12M.
Maybe if he didn’t tie his ties so long, those nice poll workers wouldn’t have have kicked out the Republican observers so they could dump a bunch of (illegal) votes.
If only he had done something about his hair, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court wouldn’t have broken Pennsylvania law and changed the voting rules.
If he had just kept his yap shut, he wouldn’t have, according to Rasmussen, gained several approval points after the Capitol Building “siege.”
I don't remember this tone of essay after this: Flashback
ps. It's not about the dropped charges. It's about the violent rioting on the President's Inauguration Day, and then the dropped charges.
Feckless junkie gibberish.
"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt"
I will repeat what I have been saying for decades, long before it had anything to do with Trump. Whenever people say "unquestionably," "obviously," "without a doubt," "always," "never," "only" or such absolutist terms back away and look very hard at their ability to reason. A person who thinks it's 100%-0% on anything but a very narrow range of hard science questions is likely a fanatic who is unable to even hear what others are saying. They just dismiss who they cannot bear to hear, usually with insult. They have been far more numerous on the left in my adult years, but this last year that has changed. The left retains its traditional percentage of absolutist, not-listening people, but now some conservatives are giving it a run.
If Republicans had known a year ago that Trump was going to claim that millions of votes had been stolen without being able to supply even evidence, let alone proof, that a more than a few hundreds, maybe the occasional thousand actually had been, and that he was going to turn on Pence to the point of recklessly endangering him, I don't think he would even have gotten the nomination.
I voted for the guy, but reluctantly, as did most of his voters. The fanatics among his supporters keep talking - because they believe it - that they are the overwhelming majority and controlling force in the party. Trump encourages this by speaking about the 75 million as if they all agree with his assessment of the election and support his actions. They don't. Most of his voters in 2016 and 2020, in fact the overwhelming majority, were going to show up and not vote for any Democrat anyway. Trump proved masterful at finding and leveraging new voters, which previous candidates had been ineffective at doing. But he only built upon a base built by many others stretching back years.
All news you don't like you dismiss by saying that everyone who contradicts you is lying, bribed, or cowardly. How convenient. How adult of you. In my career I have listened to many who talk like that: criminals and paranoids. Many of you will be unable to hear this at this point. You have invested too much emotionally and cannot bear to lose face by even considering the possibility that you might be 1% wrong. I do not see in the comments anyone saying "Yes, but, you have to remember..." or "You make a decent point, but here is where I think your argument fails." It is all absolutism.
And that is fanaticism. Always has been, on any topic.
When you comment at Maggie's you must feel like the only sane person in a room full of crazies.
… that Trump was going to claim that millions of votes had been stolen without being able to supply even evidence, let alone proof…
This shows you are either uninformed, misinformed, willfully ignorant.
"Whenever people say "unquestionably," "obviously," "without a doubt," "always," "never," "only" or such absolutist terms back away......"
"And that is fanaticism. Always has been..."
I think it's possible to be a Trump supporter while engaging in critical thinking. I also think of fanaticism a little differently, maybe as more of a spectrum. For instance, when someone wins a contest, and then thinks it necessary to not only defeat an opponent, but annihilate them, that is rather extreme fanaticism - right?
Like Twitter closing accounts with no explanation aside from a non-specific 'violation of terms' statement - as they have for several conservative-themed commenters over the past few days. Today they closed down WalkAway's account, because they were saying bad things about the Democratic and Progressive movements.
Like Parlor being de-platformed from Amazon's hosting service, as was just announced.
Like You-Tube de-monetizing the cash flow of conservative bloggers, or removing their work entirely from the site.
Like Democrat politicians calling for a 'cleansing' of republican voters who support Trump.
'Cleansing' - now there's a word with some history, when it's used in the context of an opposing group or people. Is that politician a fanatic for using that word? Or is he just 'inciting'? Or isn't it called that, if he's a Democrat and there's no place for any objection to be registered anymore, without being cancelled?
I think a lot of people are tired of the election, are weary of Politics' intrusion into every aspect of their lives. I think people long to return to civility and an atmosphere of speaking freely. But I also think that world is probably gone now, and not coming back.
But it's not due to some diehard Trump fans complaining about a lost election that could reasonably be said to have been stolen. It's due to a much worse form of fanaticism, the kind that leads to 'cleansing'. For the moment, it's a symbolic extermination of identity, but with real world consequences. How much ground is there to cover before it becomes literal, do you think? Today's Nazi's sure do seem to have the support of a lot of Good Germans.
AVI, I agree that there are Trump advocates that are flaky in various ways. And I agree that "obviously" and its kin are often danger signs. But more narrowly, I find a disagreement.
You wrote "If Republicans had known a year ago that Trump was going to claim that millions of votes had been stolen without being able to supply even evidence, let alone proof, that a more than a few hundreds, maybe the occasional thousand actually had been, and that he was going to turn on Pence to the point of recklessly endangering him, I don't think he would even have gotten the nomination."
If Republicans had known in gory detail how bad Trump's passive aggressive whiny impulsive tweeting schtick would be for reacting to the situation, then maybe they would've turned away. But I think probably not, even then. It's hard to get a political coalition in the US to abandon an incumbent President in any case. And what of the alternatives? The Republican establishment in general and various possible alternative candidates in particular have done a surprising amount to freak out the base in their own ways. It is customary for the bipartisan establishment to leave $100 credibility bills on the sidewalk, and to use flaming $1000 credibility bills to light their celebratory doobies. Trump still has some credibility change left over from e.g. the $100 illegal immigration bill he was left to pick up when it turned out that smacking Eric Cantor out of office wasn't nearly enough to get the attention of the political professionals of the establishment.
Also, not everyone has the vocabulary to express "reversing the burden of proof" but then many people don't know the word "schadenfreude" either. Just because they don't have the active vocabulary doesn't mean that they don't have a working understanding of the concept, and I expect many of the people in the base would willingly reveal (e.g., to a Socratic questioner) that part of their disagreement with you is that (they judge) you are reversing the burden of proof. You might think they use the wrong burden of proof, and you might go on to judge that it's mostly groupthink rooted in blind partisanship, and in many cases you might be right. But some of them (again, perhaps with some help from a Socratic questioner) might be able to make a reasoned case for their position. In short, they think they see a helluva lot of smoke, and that at some point in the past it became unreasonable to treat circumstantial evidence as "nothing to see here, move along". And this comment is more than long enough, so although probably I have more to say about that, I will leave it to another comment.
Also, for those CS Lewis fans among you, it's all in Macaulay, all in Macaulay: bless me, what do they teach them at these schools! In his History of England (available from Project Gutenberg; useful history of early Anglosphere foundations, and marvellous time capsule of at least one strand of 19th century Whiggish orthodoxy)... (1) M. makes a point (esp. re. Monmouth) that the masses can remain stubbornly fond of their flaky champions even when revealed as unworthy. (2) There is an interestingly close analogy between the prerogative to decree something like DACA and the "dispensing power" asserted by James II to nullify legislation against Catholics in the runup to the Glorious Revolution. (History only rhymes, though: the Supreme Court overruling the power of the successor to cancel the earlier decree seems to be entirely new.) (3) M. describes a reputation for deceit sufficient to get the masses to, more or less, disagree about the burden of proof regarding the authenticity of the son of James II. He also describes how it collides with the establishment's lofty disinterest in allowing credible witnesses.
Trump is a hero. He pulled the mask from the REAL anti-Americans.
Who was it that said any organization not overtly conservative will be co-opted by liberals and become a liberal organization with time?
She is right. Trump betrayed our trust and hopes. He became exactly what the left accused him of all along. An egomaniacal buffoon swimming in hubris caring only about himself and much less about us. I voted for him twice and still would have done that. But never again. He did good things mostly. I will miss that. Trump should and must resign immediately. An impeachment is the Democrats victory dance over a dead enemy. They will exult in his demise. This must be stopped by his resignation. Trump was wrong.
Can you explain this 'betrayal' in more detail, and defend the logic of your conclusion he should resign, please?
A review of this might help, if you have the time.