If you could go back to the day before Election Day (November 3rd) last year, knowing what you know now, what would you say to your #NeverTrump friends and family members? My answer: nothing. This may sound contradictory, because there are volumes and volumes worth of examples to demonstrate that Joe Biden the president is every bit as awful as the millions of enthusiastic Trump supporters, myself included, predicted. This is definitely the case, though I don’t feel a need to
“Put your money where your mouth is.” Or if you prefer a slightly more concise Biblical version, it’s found in Matthew 6:21, which reads, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It’s something everyone’s heard at one time or another, in church or perhaps on the school playground. The innate human need to self-promote is stronger in some people than others, yet there comes a time in any contested conversation and boastful claim that your counterpart will d
If you’re alone and confined to an island, where do you go? Theoretically, the question’s already been answered in the literary world and by Hollywood over the years. The famous British novel Robinson Crusoe wasfirst published in 1719, thought to be one of the first -- if not the first -- serious work of fiction that paved the way for an entire new genre in publishing, and also made into numerous movies in the 20th century. (Note: Of course, Crusoe was not completely alone on
As devoted students of American cultural lore, we often hear of wisdom one bit at a time. One Charles Dudley Warner quote (often misattributed to Mark Twain) is, “Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Perhaps Warner -- and Twain -- would be heartened by the left’s contemporary push to not only do something about purported global warming and its more recognized cousin “climate change” -- liberals are planning on cooperating with other “science”
It’s hard to imagine something that’s already red-hot getting even hotter, but that’s exactly what’s happened of late with the speculation surrounding who will end up the 2024 Republican presidential nominee. Whereas it’s often alleged that human nature never changes -- and I believe that’s definitely true -- it could also be argued that politics never stays the same. In our modern, internet driven world where the news cycle is literally 24/7/365, a politician’s fortunes coul
There’s a scene in the 1983 classic comedy movie “Trading Places” where one of the story’s two main characters wakes up in his familiar and comfortable surroundings on Christmas morning and declares to his butler standing by his bedside, “It was all a dream. I’ve had this terrible awful nightmare.” Lewis Winthorpe III (played by a young and thin Dan Aykroyd) then elaborates on his epiphany. He thought he’d been dreaming as rotten thing after rotten thing happened in his life;
“I wish this moment would last forever.” The thought passed through my mind the other day as I watched legendary 50-year-old golfer Phil Mickelson make his way through a massive throng of mask-less and jubilantly free spectators to approach the 18th green (at Kiawah Island, South Carolina), pour in his final putt and win the PGA Championship. In so doing, Mickelson became the oldest player ever to win one of the sport’s four majors, a feat that gave hope to everyone who’s sli
That Mitch, he’s a good guy, ain’t he? This isn’t a sample snippet from a conversation between two mafiosos. It’s what a lot of Republican establishmentarians are uttering these days, trying desperately to think of ways to bring the always cautious senate Minority Leader Mitch “murder turtle” McConnell back into the good graces of former president Donald Trump. It’s a poorly kept secret that the two had a tepid-at-best relationship when Trump was battling furiously against th
Happy Birthday, Nancy Pelosi! Most people probably didn’t realize it, but today is our Speaker of the House’s 81st annual commemoration of her existence. Just think, the leftist San Francisco nutjob has occupied space on top of this rotating ball of soil, rock and water for 81 years now. Born in 1940 to a privileged political family in Baltimore, Maryland, (her father was a U.S. Representative from there as well as mayor of the city a few years later, so no wonder the place l
For you parents out there (including dog lovers), how many times did you take something away from your child and have his or her conduct improve instantaneously? Self-destructive behavior is a funny thing (well, not to the people who must put up with it). All of us at one time or another engaged in habits or activities that were contrary to our well-being, which drove our guardians, spouses, teachers and friends crazy. Doctors tell patients that they’d best lay off the booze
Ever since Ronald Reagan’s 70’s and 80’s campaigns we’ve heard a lot about “Reagan Democrats”. More recently, with the rapid rise of the inimitable Donald J. Trump, the term “Trump Democrats” has also been a common refrain, even among charter members of the establishment media. But is there any such thing as… “Joe Biden Republicans”? Don’t laugh. With the internal power struggle in the Republican Party today, it’s certainly possible if not likely that there’s a small but stat
In politics, is having lots of ideas a good thing or a bad thing? The answer depends on your ideological predilection and to some extent, your party affiliation. Liberty-loving conservatives (loosely identified as Republicans), for example, don’t care much for pols who claim they’re planning to “transform” the country that gave them their start and nurtured them with opportunities from their first breath until the current moment. Similarly, people who prefer limited governmen
“The world is laughing at us.” This or a similar refrain was often heard during Donald J. Trump’s presidency. Whenever the former commander in chief did or said something contrary to the accepted protocol of Democrats, swamp leaders, #NeverTrumpers or the ever-judgmental establishment media, some or all of them would quickly suggest that President X in country Y would find it humorous that a political neophyte like Trump would dare express an opinion on the topic. Sometimes t
We knew it would come to pass; we just didn’t know it would happen this fast. Speaking of the establishment’s incessant fixation on the ruminations of former President Donald Trump. The outsider president’s only been out of office for a little over a month and it seems that media talkers on both sides of the political no-fly zone can’t get enough of the New York real estate developer-turned reality TV celebrity-turned anti-establishment political candidate-turned president of
One of many curious things we observed last week was the seemingly emboldened clique of know-it-all establishment Republicans emerging from their forced isolation (during the Trump years, at least) to suggest that it would be a good thing for party senators to join with the certain-to-be unanimous Democrats in their upcoming (?) impeachment trial to vote to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection.
These shortsighted pontificators maintained that it
A Trump “destroyed” Republican Party is a fiction that doesn’t exist and won’t last long
We’ve heard it a lot in recent times, that Donald Trump has “ruined the Republican Party.” Since roughly half of Americans and the world have been engaged in a gigantic game of “Let’s Pretend” over the past year, perhaps now is a good occasion to examine the question of Donald Trump’s “damage” to an entity that, at its purpose level, exists only to get candidates elected.
The same med
Trump’s reelection was never a sure thing, even before the CCP virus ruined 2020 In the aftermath of last month’s election, many a commentator at both ends of the partisan spectrum has said or written that President Donald Trump was defeated in his reelection bid due to the onset of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP, or Wuhan, if you prefer) virus and the ensuing global pandemic and its disastrous effect on the world economy. For sure, the virus is the proverbial “shiny object
Democrats still swear Trump is purposely destroying the GOP. Are they right? The scene was surreal this past Saturday night when President Donald Trump went down to Georgia to conduct a campaign rally. Such a headline wouldn’t have shocked anyone a couple months ago as the incumbent president, running for a second term, held numerous similar assemblies in states purported to be in contention during the 2020 election. Only this mass gathering of thousands of boisterous and che
Weighing personality versus the most important signature in the world It seems hard to fathom, but one week from today Americans will go to the polls (if they haven’t already dropped by the mailbox) to vote in what is undoubtedly the most important and consequential election of our lifetimes.
Undoubtedly many (about half?) will do so motivated by support for their candidate. Others will do it as a civic duty. And the rest will likely make the journey out of personal prefe
Grampa Joe Biden and the last desperate Democrat crusade No doubt, 2020 will go down as one of the most -- if not the most -- unusual elections of all time. With two candidates each battling their own political bugaboos to attract voters’ favor, there’s never been a greater example of true theatrical partisanship than we’ve experienced this year. President Donald Trump is up against the fiercely antagonistic forces of both the DC establishment and the radical left. He’s been