Fake News you can trust!
Was ever a team more over-rated than the pre-season Wisconsin Badger football team? Sheesh!
Attention Comrade Nichols and subscribers to The Progressive and The Nation magazines. The New York Times this Sunday (11-25-18) warns our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances to avoid crazies like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the heartland:
Democrats are seeing their already weak standing in rural America erode even further. The campaigns of Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Andrew Gillum in Florida and Beto O’Rourke in Texas may have electrified black and progressive white voters … but they had an equal and opposite effect as well: in rural county after rural county, this trio of next-generation Democrats performed worse than President Barack Obama did in 2012.
More ominous for Democrats was that the deep losses this year among rural and some exurban whites were not just confined to Southern states where they nominated unabashed progressives with hopes of transforming the midterm electorate. They lost four Senate seats, as well as governor’s races in states like Iowa and Ohio, with more conventional candidates whose strength in cities and upper-income suburbs was not enough to overcome their deficits in less densely populated areas.
Let’s face it, acquaintances, Tony Evers is / was no Mark Pocan / Chris Taylor.
Trash the Constitution?
The monkish policy wonks here at the Werkes don’t mind studying on-line with screen writer Aaron Sorkin. They will study Steve Martin’s comedy lessons with the utmost seriousness. But economics from voodoo that you-do Paul Krugman? America’s most partisan economist? Fuhgeddabouddit!
Like other international socialists, Krugman trashes the work of America’s Founders (rich white men, all). The very institution of the U.S. Senate is an abomination, Krugman argues. Because it represents white America, not “Real America.” Toujours l’identity politique.
A resident of the redolently named Bonne Terre, Missouri, (11-25-18) offers a corrective. “We live different lives here in flyover country. But one thing that we have in common with New York is that we are equally represented in the Senate. We are not “real America” or “Senate America”; we are simply America.”
Our founders got it mostly right. They knew what could happen if protections like the Senate and the Electoral College weren’t put into the Constitution. They knew that without that check, the largest states (primarily on the coasts today) would be able to completely ignore the rest of the nation.
My suggestion to liberal elites like Mr. Krugman would be this: Quit whining about how stupid the voters are and work harder to convince us in flyover country that your policy beliefs are the best way forward for our nation.”
In any event, Article 5 of the Constitution provides that “no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”
On the other hand, states may be subdivided. This might produce a Democrat(ic) senator in Texas but also a Republican senator in California.
Attention Jane Fonda, traitor!
While the Policy Werkers are parsing the Sunday N.Y. Times, let us give thanks to the review of a book on the Vietnam War, Vietnam, An Epic Tragedy, by Max Hastings, with the courage, according to the reviewer, to excoriate the hideous brutality of the Communist regime many of my contemporaries fought against.
Hastings’s judgment falls most harshly on the Communists. Drawing on new sources from Vietnam and recent studies of Hanoi’s decision-making, he condemns America’s adversaries as ruthless ideologues willing to spill any amount of blood to conquer the South. Ho Chi Minh, often romanticized as an amiable nationalist, was in fact a merciless despot who inflicted “systemic cruelties” on his people.
Even worse was Le Duan, the little-known zealot who displaced Ho in the early 1960s as North Vietnam’s chief warlord and climbed a “mountain of his people’s corpses” to final victory over the South in 1975.
That victory ended three decades of war but also brought new waves of repression and deprivation for the Vietnamese.
Your tax dollars, wasted
Finally, the City of Madison paid $376,000 to a Berkeley, California policy boutique to critique (it rhymes) Madison police. Today, 49 meetings and a full year later, alders have not implemented a single one of its 146 recommendations.
Among the OIR Group’s pricey recommendations: that Madison police suffer a lower standard of self-defense in the face of a hostility. Another oversight committee superseding the statutory Police & Fire Commission (also composed of citizens).
The ad hoc committee parsing the report isn’t meeting, and committee members are dropping out — including members of Freedom Inc., the anti-cop pressure group notorious for shutting down Madison’s school board.
Then again, Freedom Inc. wants control over police “in their neighborhoods.” Which, judging from their demands that police be expelled from our troubled high schools, means NO police in the neighborhood.
“Only once or twice has the committee had all members in attendance for a meeting.” (Despite the evidence, “It’s actually working,” says the committee’s co-chairman.)
R.I.P. Bishop Robert Morlino.