His buttons are bigger than your timidity

Trump was right about Jerusalem despite the nervous nellies

Well, what do you know?

Our liberal etc. acquaintances took to the fainting couch when Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The networks dutifully posted images of Middle East rock-throwers as proof of this disruptive president’s reckless disregard for prudence and precedent. But then, they throw rocks in the Middle East on any day ending in Y.

The brain trust here at the Policy Werkes is properly critical of Trump’s crudity. Belittling war heroes who were caught and a lady’s appearance is goes beyond bad manners all the way to troubling character flaw. But when the man is right, he’s right. We said early on that, for those who voted against us in the U.S. — which was everyone except some island reefs in the South Pacific and, inexplicably, Guatamala and Honduras — that the U.S. should move its French embassy to Vichy, its UK embassy to Edinburgh, and its Spanish outpost to Barcelona.

That was then — “The US can no longer pretend to be an honest broker of peace,” lamented The Nation magazine, the English-language arm of the PLO, one month ago.

This is now — Sunday (01-07-18) the New York Times reports “… Tacit acceptance by Arabs of Jerusalem decision.”

Turns out the Arab world has bigger worries than Jerusalem or, for that matter Israel. As in Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, and Obama’s favorite charity, Iran.

In language Lil’ Kim can understand

My buttonTrump is handling North Korea with the same aplomb, which rhymes with bomb. The President warned, “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Un-presidential! “Loony,” shrieked the never-Trump conservative Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post.

But Trump’s direct language breaks through the dull background hum of dulcet-voiced diplomats expressing grave concern and promising “accommodations.” “My button is bigger …” translates directly in any language. It is why the lion roars. Why the tiger growls. It’s a smell-the-fallout, wake-up call for the boy dictator of a cloistered state surrounded by sycophants at home and appeasers abroad.

“My button is bigger …” has historical provenance. The bien pensants sounded the same klaxons of alarm when Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union the Evil Empire. (“Most unsettling,” U.S. Rep. Bob Kastenmeier tsk-tsked.) State Department officials tried to warn him off demanding “Tear Down This Wall.” His strategy, “We Win, They Lose,” was decried as simplistic. The Left has been reduced to “Yah, buts” ever since.

Some mighty big buttons

It is easy, in hindsight, to dismiss Hitler’s appeasers. They were some of the best and brightest: Ambassador Joe Kennedy, air flight hero Charles Lindbergh, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, and the president of France. The senseless carnage of the first world war remained fresh in 1940, the death camps were off in the future, Germany was prospering and Hitler looked unbeatable. As for FDR, he was convinced Winston Churchill was drunk and dangerous.

Only when Churchill ordered the sinking of the French navy off the coast of Algeria in July 1940 did he win FDR’s trust and admiration. Dunkirk, barely a month earlier, showed the world that Britain could still fight, Mers-el-Kébir showed the world Britain would fight.

darkest_courtesy-of-focus-featuresHistorical whoppers — The story of Britain’s lone holdout against Nazi aggression is heroic enough without inventing history. By all means, do see the movie Darkest Hour.

But that scene in the subway (or “underground”) where Churchill gets fortified by the courage of everyday blokes is pure humbug — a travesty that marred an otherwise fine movie of a Great Man. This grandson of a duke came to 10 Downing Street with his opinions well formed. His interactions with the hoi polloi were almost non-existent.

It’s also a fabrication that parliament met Churchill’s first speech — his ”Blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech — with deafening silence, supposedly because Chamberlain signaled his disapproval. That thing with the hanky. Rubbish! Just does not make sense. How is Churchill summoned to leadership if he does not enjoy significant support from Conservatives, the majority party?

Although not included in the movie, the money quote during the so-called Norway debate of 7-8 May 1940 that deposed Chamberlain came from a Conservative, Leo Amery:

“You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.”

King George VI never called on Churchill at the latter’s apartment, announced or unannounced. Just not done. And that backward, “up your bum” V-for-victory sign is also doubtful. That’s four crimes against history.

Go see Darkest Hour, anyway, because Winston Churchill had some mighty big buttons.

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20 Responses to His buttons are bigger than your timidity

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    ”Go see Darkest Hour, anyway, because Winston Churchill had some mighty big buttons.”

    My Dear Mr. Blaska;

    Accounting for your tireless efforts to accommodate Lefty’s propensity to become triggered at the drop of a beret, I find it necessary to humbly recommend you apprise your…um…touchier readers (@hankdog/old baldy, et al) that the following disclaimer is included after the “Darkest Hour” credits.

    “The depictions of tobacco smoking contained in this film are based solely on artistic consideration and are not intended to promote tobacco consumption. The surgeon general has determined that there are serious health risks associated with smoking and with secondhand smoke.”


    Forewarned is forearmed, they may plan ahead and bring additional pearls to clutch during scenes where actors aren’t doing what’s best for them.

    Now that I think about it, does ”Chappaquiddick” similarly identify that cavorting with inbred Kennedys carries with it a modicum of risk?

    The Gotch


    • old baldy says:


      I occasionally enjoy a good cigar. If you were trying to get a rise out of me you failed once again.


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @hankdog/old baldy;

        ”If you were trying to get a rise out of me you failed once again.”

        Due to feebly flaccid…um…circumstances beyond yer control, nothing gets a rise out of you.

        I’d hazard a guess that the only effect Viagra has on you is making you taller.


        The Gotch


      • old baldy wrote, “I occasionally enjoy a good cigar. If you were trying to get a rise out of me you failed once again.”

        Logic dictates that if Gotch really didn’t get a “rise” out of you then you wouldn’t have said anything; therefore, this comment from you was trolling to get a rise out of Gotch. Old baldy, you’re an illogical idiot.

        Old baldy sounds just like the old madison.com comment thread internet troll named hankdog who’s now outfitted with a new moniker.

        Troll: Those that post inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, often for their own amusement.


  2. The anti-Trump resistance left is suffering from Traumatic Political Stress Disorder and will find any way they can to condemn anything and everything Trump does regardless of what it is.


  3. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    In reference to a recent post, Reagan not only called the Soviet Union an evil empire, he also predicted it would end up in the dust-bin of history, making clever use of Trotsky’s phrase. I’m old enough to remember when Reagan’s arms build-up and his refusal to meet with Soviet leaders simply for the sake of appearance caused massive worldwide protests fueled by the left’s hysterical predictions of a nuclear apocalypse. Reagan used strong language against America’s foes AND followed up with appropriate actions. Today history repeats itself–somewhat more farcically this time around. Trump’s language is a little (ahem) saltier than Reagan’s was and his foe seems more like a comic-book villian, but the outline of events is eerily similar. And of course, the left’s script is unchanged: imminent world destruction caused by a deranged and probably senile president who (gasp!) has his finger on the red button. If Reagan had listed to the unhinged lefties demanding appeasement, we’d still be negotiating nuclear arms-reduction treaties with the Soviet Union.


  4. madisonexpat says:

    How is it when Reagan bombed Khadafi he was a cowboy, imperialist warmonger but when Hillary and Obama did it it was “smart power”?


    • madisonexpat wrote, “How is it when Reagan bombed Khadafi he was a cowboy, imperialist warmonger but when Hillary and Obama did it it was “smart power”?”

      Well duh; it’s because the intent of Hillary and Obama’s bombing was pure as the driven snow and the intent behind Reagan’s bombing was pure evil. (snark)


  5. madisonexpat says:

    Yesterday we read that thousands of Nigerians are being raped, robbed or killed while waiting in Libya to debark for Europe. That is on Hillary/Barack too. Legacy.


  6. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    No worries. Come 2020, President Oprah will sort everything out. Loving the liberals’ gushing support of her “candidacy”–i.e., the same folks who are constantly bewailing Trump’s lack of political experience and his TV stardom. There’s no hypocrisy like liberal hypocrisy.


  7. richard lesiak says:

    Thanks for the movie review. Go easy on the popcorn. It’s that salt and butter thing ‘ya know. How you made the leap from trump playing “button, button, who’s got the button” to Churchill is a little confusing, No problem with W.C. and Stalin becoming buddies? I guess the old commies were better than today’s commies that you say has taken over Madison.


  8. Jerry Jututta says:

    To Blaska and his supports: Get a job instead of sitting on your asses and commenting all day


    • David Blaska says:

      And give up my payment checks from the Koch Brothers?


    • madisonexpat says:

      Gee JJ, is it ok with you if I’m comfy in my retirement and reading this blog?
      You voted for Hillary didn’t you.


    • Jerry Jututta wrote, “To Blaska and his supports: Get a job instead of sitting on your asses and commenting all day.”

      Well that’s pretty funny coming from an ignorant hypocrite that’s sitting on his ass commenting all day. Got any mirrors in your home bucko?


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @Jerry Jututta;

      “Get a job instead of sitting on your asses and commenting all day”

      You perhaps have mistaken commenters for the democrat Party base?

      Speaking of the base, maybe it’s YOU who should be getting to work.

      To wit:

      “Food Stamp Enrollment Drops by 2 Million Under President Trump”

      That can’t be good; less, Less, LESS high quality/quantity free shit will NOT keep ’em in the fold am I right?

      It gets worse.

      “The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age — so-called ‘Dreamers’ — a ‘critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.’ ”


      And worse yet!

      “Top Clinton Adviser (Phillipe Reines) Worried Millennials Will Vote Republican if They See Their Taxes Go Down”

      That’s gotta chafe yer pucker; must suck to be a Lefty, am I right?

      The Gotch


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