“Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”
—Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
For this week’s installment in this space, The American Spectator’s editors indulged me in allowing an escape from the limitation of one topic per column, for which I am thankful. Attempting as a columnist to sort meaning from a specific event on the current national and international political scene is becoming a bit like drinking from a fire hose — it’s perhaps better and less injurious to take small sips and lots of them.
With that paltry introduction, I offer the following…
…I am not Islamophobic. I am Islamofedup. Especially after the horror of Manchester and the compounding horror of the never-ending assault from the Cultural Marxist Left which demands that the racist civilized West do nothing in response to atrocities.
My friend Christopher Holton rightly observed that a society that does not act to protect or at least avenge its children is not a society that deserves to survive. In the UK, they allow Muslim gangs to sexually enslave their children when they’re not allowing Muslim loons to blow them up as they leave pop music concerts. Our betters in the American ruling class demand the same of us, as do their counterparts in Germany, France, Holland and elsewhere.
And we are told we must not reject these horrors and rout out those who commit them, because if we do we become like them. This is balderdash. The Manchester bomber wouldn’t have been in England but for the fateful decision to take his father in as a refugee. By now, it should be obvious that the smart course is to find places in the Muslim world for Muslim refugees to go, because Sharia Islam is a culture that does not mix with Western civilization and will prey on us whenever it can. It must be quarantined elsewhere.
But the political class in the West neither understands this nor has the will to practice it. So there will be more Manchesters. Lots more.
…Let’s lend some perspective to that CBO score of the American Health Care Act which came out Wednesday.
What CBO is actually saying here, whether they even realize it or not, is what a terrible product Obamacare is. They’re saying Obamacare is such a poor product that, free from the federal government forcing them to buy it, 23 million of its customers will choose to be uninsured.
Now — what CBO doesn’t have much ability to do is project what the trends of the market will be, or what new insurance products will come on line to satisfy that hole that will open up with those 23 million people becoming free agents. The point of the bill is to make an environment in which health insurance becomes more affordable, but the government is absolutely atrocious at providing health insurance — it’ll be up to the private sector to do that.
…If you believe in cultural appropriation, I suppose you believe in giving African and Asian kids polio. Do the people who push that canard, like the social-justice-warrior nuts in Portland who shut down the business of two white women attempting to sell burritos from a food truck, recognize that it’s a two-way street?
At the end of the day, trading tasty recipes and a bit of local music in exchange for the Industrial Revolution, modern medicine, the internet and air travel, among other things, doesn’t seem like such a bad deal. None of these cultures which have been “colonized” by the developed world seem to be shrinking from it — it’s only university-educated losers in the West who have a problem.
…I don’t think Seth Rich was the WikiLeaks source.
I think those Pakistanis were.
…What’s going to happen is the trickle of people departing the public schools is going to become a flood, and the education industry is going to become free.
…If what just happened in Montana had happened in New Jersey, let’s say, the election would have been postponed and the Republican Party would have been allowed to substitute a different candidate in the place of the one who had just imploded.
But events like that, which are a little more common than you might think (though only selectively publicized), merely prove the value of conservatism. You should not want to cede your freedom to politicians, because they very often have neither the moral character nor intellectual weight to carry it for you.
…Is the Maduro regime in Venezuela finally coming apart? The country’s top prosecutor is now blaming the regime for the runaway violence on its streets, which likely means her job will be as scarce as toilet paper and medicine in that beleaguered country.
It’s surprising Venezuela isn’t in the middle of an outright civil war, which the regime richly deserves to have visited on it. This hasn’t happened for a number of reasons, chiefly because the military hasn’t developed a dissident faction yet and almost as chiefly because private gun ownership has been curtailed.
Which is a nice lesson for American liberals to recognize. The Second Amendment isn’t for hunting deer, and it’s not for driving away burglars. It’s for the prevention of Venezuela. As fearful as they are of Donald Trump perhaps they’ll come around to its genius.