It’s all over the news, and every American politician (and French) seeking re-election is repeating it: Trump has betrayed the Kurds to Turkey, set ISIS fighters free, and is actively running the U.S. military in a way that benefits only Russia.
The danger with facts everyone knows is that there’s no easy way to convince people they’re wrong. Usually the problem boils down to oversimplification; it’s easy to be wrong when you don’t know anything. In this case, it’s that — plus, everyone’s got a massive axe to grind and Trump’s a great target to score points off.
But some of it’s definitely true, so we’ll start there and move on. (more…)
I keep having to say the same thing over and over: That Donald Trump said something does not in and of itself constitute proof that what he said is wrong. Today’s case in point is the proposed purchase of Greenland from Denmark.
There’s two reasons this isn’t insanity. The first is that, on its face, the offer isn’t insane.
Half a dozen times in our history, the United States has purchased land from other countries. All things being equal, it’s easier (and cheaper) than conquering it outright, so from an American viewpoint it makes good sense. From a Danish perspective, it’s one of the last of their colonial possessions, so national pride would likely (more…)
I want to be clear on this: The Epstein case is outside my baliwick.
It’s a matter of justice. So long as it remains so, it’s for courts; it’s not politics. There may be political results, and when there are I’ll discuss them. Until then… it’s not that I don’t care; it’s that I’m focused on other things. Besides, any opinion I might have on a criminal case will necessarily be uninformed (more…)
Several times in the past few weeks, by several different people, I’ve been asked the following question in one form or another:
“What’s to stop Donald Trump simply refusing to accept the results of an election where he’s voted out?”
Several potential justifications or complex scenarios were presented for my consideration. In one, Trump would challenge in one or more states (such as California) on the grounds that illegal immigrants make up enough of the electorate to invalidate the results. Others, less (more…)
In point of fact, I rather think they will. Just… not now.
Let us leave aside all discussion about whether Mr. Trump deserves impeachment. There’s a widespread public belief that he does, and the present House was elected at least partly in order that he might be removed from office. In the Mueller Report, the suggestion of obstruction is enough on which to base a charge — if not in court, then at least in Congress. This plus a majority opposed is all that is necessary for him to be impeached, and any discussion of whether or not he deserves it is beside the point. (more…)
Frankly, it’s because the real truth is hard to admit:
Russia didn’t cost Clinton the election and give it to Trump.
It’s possible you did.
What did Russia do? They stole information — true information — and leaked it to the voters. They did so at the most effective moment and in the most damaging way. They did it less to sway voters than to create hatred and division between the parties. Looking out there today, you can see they were successful. (more…)
In this article, I intend to demonstrate the absolute necessity of a new, modern, and effective approach to the War On Drugs in order to address the intolerable conditions along our southern border. (more…)
Following the press conference between Trump and Putin, the internet was filled with cries of “Treason!”
Today, congressional Democrats have been shouting loudly for the president’s head; remarkably, so have congressional Republicans. CNN and MSNBC talking heads have echoed this; even Fox News has criticized Trump’s statements. Everyone seems to agree: Heads should roll.
I haven’t been writing here recently, and a few of you now have asked about it.
It’s not that there’s nothing new to say; that’s for sure. Every time I read the news, something jumps out at me that begs for a response. The media is constantly over-hyping the unimportant; that’s worth a mention. Likewise, during the ensuing firestorm, there’s always things that get missed. Then too, most of last week’s stories were misreported, but now they’ve fallen off the front page there’s nobody out there correcting the record.
So there’s plenty of worthy topics, and that’s if I just stick to commenting on the media and politics. (more…)
The news stories on the current government shutdown are composed almost entirely of quotes from various lawmakers who want nothing more than to try and cast the blame on each other and on the President. After all, there were three perfectly good compromise plans (they say), and if only there were effective leadership and reasonable people on the other side of the aisle, we could have picked one and got on with our lives.
What they all carefully avoid mentioning is that a shutdown is arguably better than us passing yet another continuing resolution.
Let me explain, and then you can tell me if you agree. (more…)