July 5, 2019

Slate's Trump-of-July headline is not a complete left-wing nightmare.

"Donald Trump’s 'Salute to America' Was Not a Complete Authoritarian Nightmare."

That's the headline. From the text:
Credit where it’s due: The president did not go full authoritarian on the National Mall today.

At his “Salute to America” event, Donald Trump did not reference his reelection campaign; condemn undocumented immigrants; describe journalists as enemies of the people; or attack Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, or Bette Midler while standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial flanked by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and some of the world’s deadliest military hardware. Yes, this is a low standard, but the president has not always shown the same level of restraint in military settings.

Except for a few brief mentions of border security and the defeat of ISIS, there was almost no discussion of current events, debates, or controversies.... [I]n truth, the speech itself was fairly innocuous as Trump speeches go....

Trump closed his speech on a note of unity, describing Americans as “one people chasing one dream and one magnificent destiny.” But the event, which will likely be viewed by half the country as a patriotic tribute to men and women in uniform, and the other half as a corrupt, quasi-fascistic boondoggle, only highlighted yet again that as a people, we are anything but one.
Well, you guys backed off from calling it "a corrupt, quasi-fascistic boondoggle." Why do you assume that the rest of us are so set in our ways?

I know, they didn't call it "a corrupt, quasi-fascistic boondoggle," but they got those words in there. They did that by attributing the thought to other people — the other people being HALF the people in the country.

It's delusional to think that 100% of the people in the country pay attention to politics and have a specific, set viewpoint. I'd bet most Americans, when forced to think about political matters at all on July 4th, are amenable to the notion of coming together and feeling reasonably good about who we are as a nation. But Slate ends with the idea that we're just split down the middle, and the best Trump could do is just not make it any worse — that is, he was "fairly innocuous."

106 comments:

Dave Begley said...

Another example of our two movies played on one screen reality.

Leland said...

It's a beautiful Friday morning. I hope the folks on the left get out a little and enjoy it. It cannot be healthy constantly believing any moment Trump will order the military to take control of DC, and the military will comply. Portland... maybe..., but not DC.

Mr. D said...

Some bring light to the world. Others bring gaslight.

Jersey Fled said...

If Trump gave every kid in America a kitten, Slate would call it "a corrupt, quasi-fascistic boondoggle,"

Rusty said...

We're split down the middle because certain people want us split down the middle. Of all the things my liberal acquaintances focused on yesterday was Trumps misstep in his speech. "See! That proves he's not qualified to be president!"
Despite all of that Trump is turning out to be quite the statesman.

Meade said...

"fairly innocuous."

Orange Man Not So Bad

henry said...

Propagandists must split us to put [fill in candidate here] in office in 2020. A passing attempt to look less crazy by saying Trump was oddly less crazy seems a long shot. Yet it is what they do. (I wonder if they have an upcoming FARA declaration to make).

tim maguire said...

Journalists like to put their ignorant irresponsible beliefs in someone else's mouth. And they're not above chastising the American people when the ignorant irresponsible things the press believes is revealed as ignorant and irresponsible.

All par for the media course.

Birkel said...

This is the best the Left has to offer.

Meade said...

Sam! If you will let me be, I will try him. You will see.

Say! I like Orange Man Not So Bad!
I do! I like him, Sam-I-am!

And I would like him in a boat! And I would like him with a goat. And I will like him in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree.
He is so good so good you see!
So I will like him in a box.
And I will like him with a fox. And I will like him in a house. And I will like him with a mouse. And I will like him here and there. Say! I will like him anywhere!

I do so like Orange Man Not So Bad! Thank you!
Thank you, Sam-I-am.

I'm Full of Soup said...

Can one of the loony liberals here explain what Trump has done to warrant being called an authoritarian?

Birkel said...

Full of Soup:
I can take a whack at the Leftist Collectivist position.

All they crave is power over others. Trump got in the way of their authority over others. Therefore, Trump has power, er... authority, over the Leftist Collectivists. Therefore, Trump must be using that power in the same way the Left would. Therefore, Trump is an authoritarian.

I think that's how projection and circular (or geometric) logic works.

Dave Begley said...

I'm Full:

Yesterday in Iowa, Senator Harris said the President is a predator. She also suggested he is a tyrant.

Kevin said...

I know, they didn't call it "a corrupt, quasi-fascistic boondoggle," but they got those words in there. They did that by attributing the thought to other people — the other people being HALF the people in the country.

Some say...

Polls show...

It’s been reported that..

Unnamed sources state...

People not authorized to speak on the record confirmed...

We are living in a time of opinion as news.

pchuck1966 said...

Slate....they still around?

tim in vermont said...

What is this “corruption” they are talking about? I simply don’t see it. All I see is people noting that he is a bit uncouth, and a bit louche, and therefore he MUST be corrupt. Which is pretty funny coming from people who are upset that Hillary Fucking Clinton lost.

Birkel said...

I visited Slate back when Mickey Kaus was on staff.
Now I can simply imagine what every dingbat Leftist would say.

Melvin Udall helped me crack the code.

Hagar said...

I wonder if the alphabet soup overstepped when they got together and announced in unison they would not cover "Donald Trump's 4th of July show."
I think this made it clear that hey indeed form his political opposition.
This also looks like a "combination in restraint of trade" to me, and particularly dangerous because it is the media refusing to cover an official event for political reasons.
Also, I believe all of the TV channels except Fox is owned by large firms not in the media business, but much interested in politics for money reasons.

This is some very dangerous stuff.

rhhardin said...

I'm more unified the less I watch.

It used to be that you simply didn't pay any attention but now it's all made into clickbait inviting the respective mobs to outrage. That's where the money is.

On the other hand there are fewer bus plunge stories (any small column space to be filled will be a bus plunge story, it used to be.).

Somebody should do a bus plunge story clickbait site.

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William said...

The reasonable, thought out approach to celebrating the Fourth of July is by burning the American flag. That's how true Americans celebrate their rights and freedoms. Defacing Civil War monuments is well and good, but burning the flag is the traditional, time honored way of demonstrating your love for this country.....Come July 2020, perhaps we can have a festive gala on the Mall. Before the burning of the flag ceremony, various celebs like Jane Fonda and Chelsea Manning can read patriotic passages from Howard Fast and Naom Chomsky, then Kaepernick can run up the steps of steps of the Lincoln Monument with a torch held aloft and set fire to the flag. I;m sure there won't be a dry eye in the country. It's moments like that that bring us together as a country.

rhhardin said...

Trump's a showman so likes shows. People who never watched Trump aren't particularly interested in shows, without being against Trump at all. Just the show leaves them baffled. What the fuck was that all about.

Kevin said...

Trump is going to run on whether you’re better off than you were four years ago.

His challenger is going to run on whether you want four more years of resistance by any means necessary.

They’re hoping, like parents of a screaming toddler, you just give in and give them the US Government to shut them up.

tim in vermont said...

The “quasi fascist” thing is also pretty rich. Hillary invades North Africa “We came! We saw! He died! (Chortle, guffaw)” and then runs for president on a slogan “Stronger together” that Mussolini himself would have approved. Sticks won’t break in a bundle, right Hillary?

Howard said...

rhh: "fewer bus plunge stories"

That elegantly encapsulates the online zeitgeist

Bravo

tim in vermont said...

I engaged with a liberal who brought up the 4th of July parade and he seems to genuinely believe that the only people who dislike Hillary are people who wouldn’t vote Democrat on a bet and that the Democrats lost because they didn’t go hard enough left. I told him he was falling into a trap and he said that the vast majority of Americans believe in what seem to me to be talking points about wasteful spending on the parade.

Therefore, the way to get rid of Trump is to elect a socialist. No, that’s the way to reelect Trump.

iowan2 said...

President Trump must have given a fantastic, pitch perfect speech. The Today Show could not find, even 10 seconds, of an entire speech that they could twist into proof, "orange man bad".

Short version of the 4th in DC? Standard celebration of National pride. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing like the media has been hyperventilating about for a week.

rhhardin said...

The way to celebrate America is celebrate the constitution, namely its promise; and disparage failures to live up to them as momentary. It's the promise that needs to be maintained.

Which the left wants to undermine, and the right overlooks by celebrating what doesn't matter instead.

Tom Hanks got it right in Bridge of Spies (2015) (though the actor Hanks never learned from his lines)

You're Agent Hoffman, yeah?
Yeah.
German extraction.
Yeah, so?
My name's Donovan. Irish. Both sides, mother and father. I'm Irish, you're German. But what makes us both Americans? Just one thing. One, one, one. The rule book. We call it the Constitution... and we agree to the rules, and that's what makes us Americans. It's all that makes us Americans so don't tell me there's no rule book... and don't nod at me like that, you son of a bitch.
Do we need to worry about you?
Not if I'm left alone to do my job.

-nothing about military might and everything celebrated by the right.

Also why muslims won't become citizens. They don't agree to the rules.

Howard said...

I think we all know that Trump backed down once again due to appropriate democratic criticism of his planned over-the-top summer rerun season variety show. The system worked to retrain the tyrant to at least appear to honor our democratically mediated liberal republic.

tim in vermont said...

Plus it’s funny how quick Democrats seem to go right to class snobbery. Republican trailer trash. That wins over a lot of people! I am a class snob, I admit. I hate those pontoon boats the way some people hate loud music on a wilderness trail, but I also know they cost half of what the equivalent conventional boat costs, maybe even less, and so I shut up about people with no taste getting a chance to enjoy the lake.

tim in vermont said...

The system worked to retrain the tyrant to at least appear to honor our democratically mediated liberal republic.

Maybe you should look up the word “tyrant.” Nah, You be you. Believe everything you think, no matter how irrational. Keep those frissons of a feeling of superiority coming! If you start thinking about what you say, you might have to question your whole self. Don’t worry Howard, we all know you are what you are and are impervious to logic, don’t ever change.

Birkel said...

rhhardin,
When you buy a brush, it's ok to buy a size that's not the biggest available.

Howard said...

The way to celebrate America is action. Invent something novel in the useful arts, serve on a local commission or board, start a business, raise a family so the kids are better people than the parents, be a good neighbor, help the poor, crippled, stupid and aged, enjoy healthy, wholesome hobbies and activities, celebrate life with family and friends, consume alcohol and cannabis responsibly, avoid meth and opiates.

Howard said...

Blogger Birkel said...

rhhardin,
When you buy a brush, it's ok to buy a size that's not the biggest available.


So your saying he should make his points tedious and precious. That describes you to a tee, Birkel.

tim in vermont said...

Tyrant: An absolute ruler who governs without restrictions, especially one who seized power illegally.

Obama fit the description far more, disregarding the election that stripped him of congressional majorities and resorting to his “pen and phone” air-quotes “lawmaking.” Trump just tries to enforce the laws on the books as passed by congress.

Howard said...

Thanks for biting, Nobody. Nothing is better than the feeling of a panicked, thrashing fish on the line.

Howard said...

Keep hitting that bait. It's the strip of squid that makes the hook easier to swallow.

Meade said...

"avoid meth and opiates."

Maybe a little blow? (when you could afford it.)

tim in vermont said...

“Nothing is better than the feeling of a panicked, thrashing fish on the line.”

You are right, you got me. You throw out nonsense with no serious intent non stop here. "Clown nose on, clown nose off."

rhhardin said...

There's a patriotic ham activity every year, work each of the 13 colonies k2a through k2m, and in addition wm3pen in independence hall.

NJ is asleep at the switch. I've got everybody else, even k2k in NH with his 5 watts, but NJ is never on the band as far as I can tell. k2i. I missed him last year too.

Jeff said...

Anne has it right here. Partisans on both sides, but mostly on the left, like to pretend the extremists on the other side are on the edge of achieving a majority. The idea is to scare people who aren't paying attention into supporting their own side on the grounds that it is less extreme than those other guys who are about to take over IF YOU DON'T ACT NOW!!

I've always associated the capitalized phrase above with TV commercials for Ronco and other hucksters selling weird "as seen on TV" items. It was always a sure sign that someone was trying to hustle you. So I shouldn't have been surprised that when I Googled the phrase, most of the links it came back were calling for action on climate change.

stevew said...

Classic. Damning with faint praise. This article is an acknowledgement that for those that listened to the speech it did not live up to Slate's and the Left's predictions. Sad!

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Rhhardin@7:23AM The right is all about the sanctity of the Constitution, the left implies it is a "living document" subject to the whims of contemporary politicking, when they're not dismissing it as a relic "like, a hundred years old".

Swing and a miss. Go play with your radio.

Swede said...

Once again, the drama queens were wrong.

Surprising absolutely nobody.

Fernandistein said...

Slate's Trump-of-July headline is not a complete left-wing nightmare.

Oh wait, yes it is.

Speaking of left wing nightmares, some wise guy said to Buttiegieg

"I have a solution for you, and I’d like you to make a comment on my proposal. Just tell the black people of South Bend to stop committing crime and doing drugs."

The Left-wing Nightmare responded with a magnificent example of condescending double-talk:

Sir, I don’t think that racism is going to help us get out of this mess … The fact that a black person is 4 times as likely as a white person to be incarcerated for the exact same crime is evidence of systemic racism. It is evidence of systemic racism and with all due respect, Sir, racism makes it harder for good police officers to do their jobs. It is a SMEAR on law enforcement.”
(H/T: Sailer)

Seeing Red said...

Democratic criticism of his planned over-the-top summer rerun season variety show.

Summer rerunning for 243 years. Still on our first Republic and the longest in the world.

1776-1783; 1812-1815; 1860-1865 were rocky, but we managed.

It’s nice to officially establish Howard doesn’t like the show. You shouldn’t watch anymore. What show do you prefer? China? Canada? France? There’s 200 others to choose from.


Hagar said...

80+/- years old, and some 1960's campus radicals are getting desperate that the revolution has not come yet.

Bob Boyd said...

Meade.
He's both kinds of funny.

Howard said...

Blogger Meade said...

"avoid meth and opiates."

Maybe a little blow? (when you could afford it.)


Touche.

Quaestor said...

Keep hitting that bait.

Nothing like the tempting bait Trump uses to chum the fever swamp. The bilge published by Slate and WaPo is only adding to the avalanche that will bury the Democrats in 2020.

...help the poor, crippled, stupid and aged...

Is Phil Kennicott crippled and stupid, or is he a paid secret agent of Trumpism?

Angle-Dyne, Servant of Ugliness said...

Slate, eh?

I understand why you you abjure "trashy" sites like Breitbart or Daily Caller. Yet you read the high-school-newspaper gossips at Slate and Salon and find their content worthy of analysis and criticism.

I can understand (to a degree) why you and other people are willing to take trashy (by any even-handed standard of "trashiness") writers at the NYT and WaPo so seriously. Slate and Salon? Eludes me.

narciso said...

Not a single CNN reporter was shot, and they passed on strafing their head quarters, what kind of ruthless tyranny.

Wince said...

Here's video of what the left had in mind.

I like the "Stormtroopers" in raincoats kicking each other.

tim in vermont said...

“The 8-year-old child actor who went viral for impersonating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, is no longer going to make videos due to death threats and harassment she and her family have received.”

There are certainly quasi fascists afoot in the US though.

tcrosse said...

Mostly harmless.

tim in vermont said...
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tim in vermont said...

“Kim is readying his entire citizenry for reconciliation with America as stated in this propaganda film. Few in America will pick up on significance of this. You don’t raise your citizens’ expectations for nothing because if not delivered on, could be worse.”

IDK, but if it plays out, watch for Trump to not win the Nobel Peace Prize anyway, you know, because ending a sixty year war with nuclear ramifications is not worthy, and Trump is probably only doing it to be popular.

Howard said...

Trump is a mostly harmless Troll.

WK said...

Next year it can be the “Trump of July 2020” with special guests:
The King Family (with Alvino Rey)
The King Cousins
Sha Na Na
Shields and Yarnell
Topic Gigio
Some type of animal act
A contemporary group for the kids

Trump did deliver a very good address to the world yesterday.

JAORE said...

No puppies were killed on camera.....dammit.

Temujin said...

I'm still waiting for him to go Full Authoritarian. I've not seen it since he took office, yet I read about it almost daily.

DavidUW said...

They’re just realizing that literally spitting on the flag on the 4th polls poorly outside of SF and nyc

TJM said...

Since Trump derived his inspiration from the French, doesn't he get a pass? I thought libs loved everything French?

rcocean said...

Full authoritarian = means what? I don't understand this phrase. Its seems that the Left/Never-trumpers want to call Trump a "Right wing Dictator" but of course, can't because that's stupid. He's just the President.

So, they've come up with an insult "Authoritarian" which sounds like he's trying to be "undemocratic" and "Dictor-like" without any real proof. IOW, its just a smear word. And smears always work - because people are stupid. As Scott Adams said, most people don't base their opinions on facts/reason but emotion.

narciso said...

Because macrom has 100,000 troops, on the streets and they are still pretty useless. That's like 500, 000 here accounting for population

rcocean said...

Again, the Liberal/Left doesn't care about the country or patriotism. Its just a tool to them. When the R's are in power, they're against it. When the D's are in power, then "They feel proud of America for the first time". Its all about pushing the Left-wing agenda. Naturally, they project his onto Republicans and Conservatives.

Howard said...

Blogger narciso said...

Because macrom has 100,000 troops, on the streets and they are still pretty useless. That's like 500, 000 here accounting for population


No, it's more like a US Division, accounting for effectiveness.

narciso said...

They've been using that same line since Nixon, actually going back to goldwater, it comes from the Frankfurt school notably teodor adorno Reagan was too affable, but pynchon's vineland illustrates the crazy in crayon.

Howard said...

Blogger Quaestor said...
Is Phil Kennicott crippled and stupid, or is he a paid secret agent of Trumpism?


Apparently, Phil attended Deep State College in the 1980's.

narciso said...

Perspective actually it would be more like 700,000 people, Germany's the country with 60 million people and they boast of national healthcare that's New York and california

rcocean said...

Bridge of Spies war moronic. We're supposed to think Tom Hanks is a big hero because he gets a Commie spy off on some legal technicality. Ridiculous. Its like saying there's nothing more American than dissent. Because the people burning flags are the "REAL" patriots.

Phidippus said...

"Trump's Salute To America is better than a burning stick in the eye."

"Trump's Salute To America is better than the heartbreak of psoriasis."

"Trump's Salute to America is better than two flying reptiles."

Alternative non-lefty nightmare headlines.

Howard said...

Germany population and GDP = New York + California. Those blue states really kick some capitalist pig ass

narciso said...

Donovan also brokered the pow deal tractors for the bay of pigs prisoners including my distant cousin. Mark rylance who is a great actor who plays abel. The spy ring leader, but hes a full prog idiot.

narciso said...

You still leave out 4/5th of the country, with the additional proviso that they dont have to pay for their military. The Russians could take then in two weeks.

Michael K said...

The system worked to retrain the tyrant to at least appear to honor our democratically mediated liberal republic.

Poor Howard. Still deluded after all these years,

Read McGovern's op ed. in 1992, he wrote this

In retrospect, I wish I had known more about the hazards and difficulties of such a business, especially during a recession of the kind that hit New England just as I was acquiring the inn’s 43-year leasehold. I also wish that during the years I was in public office, I had had this firsthand experience about the difficulties business people face every day. That knowledge would have made me a better U.S. senator and a more understanding presidential contender.

We finally have someone successful in business running the office of the President. He has a lot of resistance from career politicians who could not run a lemonade stand and Howard is unhappy,

rcocean said...

These are the REAL PATRIOTS:

Led by activist Joey Johnson, a group from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, linked arms and set an American flag on fire outside as they chanted, “America was never great.” The Secret Service intervened quickly to extinguish the fire.

“Burn, baby, burn,” the protesters chanted.

In a news release before the event, Johnson said he was leading the protest because “I’m going to be speaking to the people of the world letting them know that there are people inside the borders of this country who stand with the people of the world.”

Birkel said...

Germany population: 80 million
California population: 40 million
New York population: 20 million

Germany GDP: 3.7 trillion
California GDP: 3 trillion
New York GDP: 1.7 trillion

Howard is a poorly informed buffoon.

Fen said...

I know, they didn't call it "a corrupt, quasi-fascistic boondoggle," but they got those words in there. They did that by attributing the thought to other people — the other people being HALF the people in the country.

Yah that's a sleezy tactic journalists often employ when they want to state something but don't have time to find a source to misquote:

"There's a growing perception that Obama hates America"

And they are upset that Trump didn't deliver the "corrupt, quasi-fascistic boondoggle" they were hoping for. Because now they have to go back and do maintenance work on the alternate reality they have crafted for themselves to live in, one where Trump is Hitler reopening the concentration camps and MAGA vigilantes stalk the streets with balls of twine and bottles of bleach. Trump has dispelled their narrative. Again. Expect more madness from the Left over that.

Fen said...

letting them know that there are people inside the borders of this country who stand with the people of the world.

LOL. Little trust fund brats that talk big but don't want to live with "the people of the world".

I know a nice little village in Somilia that will take you, spoiled little fat brat. Be sure to pork up on the buffet before you depart.

Fen said...

Those blue states really kick some capitalist pig ass

There is no such thing

Only Blue-City states who's GDP is dependent on the rural rubes that they hate.

You'll see if this cold war ever turns hot - those blue cities are precarious and will fall overnight. Food riots will burn them to the ground inside of 2 weeks.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

Hey I found an apt metric for measuring American interest in politics: voter registration. Seems only about half of Americans even bother to register. Of that number only about 1/2 to 3/4 show up to vote. So only 1/4 to 3/8 of Americans actually participate in the franchise. And how many care about it in non-election years like this one? Pitifully few. About 1/10th of 1 per cent tune into CNN on a given day. About the same number subscribe to the NYT. Most people ignore and disdain politics. That’s what the numbers show.

Michael K said...

Howard prefers the Chicago Way

or maybe the Flint Way.

For the second time, the city of Flint, Michigan, is poised to reject the results of its contract bidding process after an experienced local firm provided the lowest offer.

“This is unethical, it is bid rigging, and I certainly won’t be a part of this,” city Councilwoman Eva Worthing said during a Tuesday meeting. “Does council and the city want to deal with a lawsuit over unfair bidding practices by this city? This is favoritism, cronyism … This is basically a sham, it’s unethical, and if council votes [to rescind this contract we signed], we’re in trouble.”

Residents may have to wait six months longer for repairs because WT Stevens — the company owned by the wife of a former NBA player and which Worthing suspects may have a corrupt relationship with Flint politicos — is still months behind schedule on finishing the last water contract the city gave it, the low-bidding company, Goyette Mechanical, said.

“The mayor wants us to take away Goyette’s bid and just give it to WT Stevens,” Worthing said during the meeting.

On Monday, Mayor Karen Weaver’s administration abruptly said it would rescind the $12 million contract from Goyette Mechanical, a local firm with 90 years of experience that specializes specifically in municipal water. On Tuesday, it asked the city council to approve the move, but uproar from multiple factions of the city council led to discussions being tabled until July 8.


Of course, you could call it "The Democrat Way."

rhhardin said...

Ha. Got all 13 colonies. See?
$ 13col.sh
6133:Wed Jul 3 08:41:39 EDT 2019 k2a 599 ny 599 oh 13col
6138:Thu Jul 4 10:31:03 EDT 2019 k2b 559 va 599 oh 13col
6136:Wed Jul 3 21:38:19 EDT 2019 k2c 599 ri 599 oh 13col
6137:Wed Jul 3 21:41:31 EDT 2019 k2d 599 ct 599 oh 13col
6132:Wed Jul 3 08:12:51 EDT 2019 k2e 599 de 599 oh 13col
6130:Tue Jul 2 15:37:30 EDT 2019 k2f 599 md 599 oh 13col
6125:Tue Jul 2 12:15:42 EDT 2019 k2g 599 ga 599 oh 13col
6128:Tue Jul 2 15:02:42 EDT 2019 k2h 599 ma 599 oh 13col
6139:Fri Jul 5 12:12:53 EDT 2019 k2i 599 nj 599 oh 13col
6126:Tue Jul 2 12:17:25 EDT 2019 k2j 599 nc 599 oh 13col
6127:Tue Jul 2 13:46:35 EDT 2019 k2k /qrp 599 nh 599 oh 13col
6131:Wed Jul 3 07:34:59 EDT 2019 k2l 599 sc 599 oh 13col
6129:Tue Jul 2 15:14:22 EDT 2019 k2m 599 pa 599 oh 13col
6135:Wed Jul 3 12:15:30 EDT 2019 wm3pen 599 pa 599 oh 13col

Is that patriotic or what.

Birkel said...

rhhardin,
You misspelled pathetic.

AllenS said...

Good for you, rh.

gerry said...

You'll see if this cold war ever turns hot - those blue cities are precarious and will fall overnight. Food riots will burn them to the ground inside of 2 weeks.

Stalin starved the Ukraine to feed the big cities. He hated the people who did not live in cities since they were not so easily collectivized.

In Stalin's USSR, the peasants starved to death, but only because they were unarmed.

That's the most important difference between Stalin's USSR and the contemporary United States. The "peasants" here are not unarmed.

gerry said...
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Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Orange Man Not So Bad

He went from intense orange to....mmmm, peach.

Bilwick said...

Because, you kn0w, if there's one thing "liberals" and other State-fellators hate, it's authoritarianism!

Night Owl said...

Anyone who was surprised by Trump's Fourth of July celebration is so far out of touch with reality that their opinions should not be taken seriously. Unlike the hysterics in the media I wasn't surprised by Trump's speech.

Parades, patriotic speeches, tanks, fly-bys -- this is all fairly standard Fourth of July stuff. What exactly did the lunatics think Trump would do? I can't put myself in their mindset because I haven't been driven insane by irrational hatred of the man.

Night Owl said...

Leftists imagine Trump as some sort of monster. I guess they envisioned Trump's 4th of July celebration in DC would be like Godzilla trampling Tokyo.

Those of us view Trump as an ordinary man with extraordinary skills as an entertainer and communicator got the 4th of July we expected.

Kirk Parker said...

Fen,

"Those blue cities are precarious and will fall overnight. Food riots will burn them to the ground inside of 2 weeks."

And that's only if no one targets their water supplies.

Kirk Parker said...

A quick perusal of The Interwebz shows that NYC does basically have a Just-In-Time water supply. Details omitted, of course! But their vulnerability is indeed as expected.

Howard said...

The inverse Atlas Shrugged fantasy pipe dream scenario of you impotent cucks is quite cute. In Rands great tome, it's the elites with all the great innovation and intellect who go on strike. In your pathetic version, it's the great unwashed blue collar heros who will go on strike. Better do it before the libtards achieve the robotic final solution. Like Fen said earlier, you guys are too pussified and comfortable to do the revolution thing.

Jim at said...

Can one of the loony liberals here explain what Trump has done to warrant being called an authoritarian?

He won an election he wasn't supposed to win.

That's it. Full stop.

Howard said...

Kirk: please flesh out this theory of yours without using a simpleton catchphrase.

n.n said...

The Cult thought he would hold an abortion rite (e.g. selective-child, social justice adventure) outside the privacy of walls and press, and expose their sordid ethics to the general public...

RMc said...

I know, they didn't call it "a corrupt, quasi-fascistic boondoggle,"

What exactly would a quasi-fascistic country look like? I mean, would the trains run only part of the time?

Char Char Binks said...

Slate scooped all other news outlets on what the "Salute to America" wasn't.

Kirk Parker said...

Howard,

Kindly F**D. I will do no such thing. Do your own bloody wargaming.

Kirk Parker said...

FWIW, Howard, your ignorance (or dishonesty) begins with not knowing (or pretending not to know) the difference between "theory" and "observation".

Howard said...

In other words, Kirk can't back up his dubious claims. However, he is quite adept at spit flecking... you go gyrl

Birkel said...

Jim at,
I disagree a bit. Trump interrupted the acquisition of power by the Leftist Collectivists. Without power the plan to force others to bend to the will of the Collectivist Left cannot be realized.

That is the only goal. Everything else is secondary. Useful idiots are stalking horses.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

They’ve been talking about this kind of thing since Trump came down the escalator at Trump Tower.

I’m still waiting fir the horrors of Trump confiscating contraceptives. I don’t think that’s happened yet.

And what n.n said.

‘He’s got the whole world, IN HIS HANDS’
‘He’s got the whole world, IN HIS HANDS’
‘He’s got the whole wide world, IN HIS HANDS’
‘He’s got the WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS’
!!!!!!!

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