How did conservatives get so lucky? The great blackjack dealer in the sky throws down Donald Trump. The next card up is either Hillary Clinton or AOC. Dumb luck or Providence? We report, you decide.
Russ Douthat in the Sunday New York Times (02-10-19):
The first major policy intervention from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez … is a quite-extraordinary document: a blueprint for fighting climate change that manages to confirm every conservative critique of liberal environmental activism, every Republican suspicion of what global-warming alarm is really all about.
… They’re actually seizing opportunistically on the issue to justify, well, #fullsocialism — the seizure of the economy’s commanding heights in order to implement the most left-wing possible agenda.
A conventional liberal, up until now, would dismiss that belief as simply paranoid, the product of Fox News feedback loops and the science-denying fever swamps. But the Green New Deal that Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey are sponsoring — and that four leading Democratic contenders for the presidency have already endorsed — responds by saying: Yes, that’s absolutely correct.
Thou shalt be expunged
UW-Madison graduate Fredric March — in his life and with this art — probably did more to fight fascism and intolerance than any of today’s virtue signalers. Nonetheless, Stu Levitan defends removing this notable artist’s name from a campus theater because, as a freshman student in 1919, he started a fraternity unwisely named Ku Klux Klan — a name that was a few years later scrapped when the horror of that hate group reached the snowy frontiers of Wisconsin.
Gerard Baker in the Wall Street Journal:
It’s tempting to indulge a bit of schadenfreude over the metastasizing crisis unfolding at the top of Virginia’s state government. Here we have all these Democratic politicians who’ve been quick to lambaste their political opponents as racists and sexists now desperately defending themselves against charges of behavior in their own past that is decidedly unbecoming. …
Still, whatever Gov. Northam’s transgressions, the rush to defenestrate him raises some difficult questions for our increasingly outrage-sensitive times. First, what is an outright offense, and what is merely offensively insensitive? There’s no evidence that Mr. Northam was ever a member of the KKK or any sort of bigot. Contemporaries attest to his racial tolerance. …
How far back in our past do we have to go before we can be forgiven for poor judgment? Does it make a difference if we were 20, 25? What if we did or said terrible things then but have spent decades in acts and words that atone for those behaviors?
I wonder what today’s virtue police would have made of St. Augustine or St. Paul. … Even criminals are entitled to rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, in socialist Finlandia
HELSINKI, Finland (Reuters) — A basic income made recipients happier than they were on unemployment benefits, a two-year government experiment in Finland has found. But it did not, as proponents had hoped, make them more likely to work.
And in woebegone Ohio
The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reports that, after females fought to be included in the Boy Scouts, an all-girl Boy Scout troop has formed in nearby Wooster, Ohio.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Question: What did socialist use to light their homes before candles?