Today’s Big Story: An Inconsequential Sequel

Today’s big story concerns Al Gore’s new global warming documentary, specifically its dismal performance at the box office.

For details … click here.

There is little interest, it seems, in yet another pompous, on-screen lecture about largely unsubstantiated climate change hysteria. And so, few are lining up to see Gore’s movie.

The longer lines are the ones to get into Trump rallies.

How the Media Rob Us of Hope

It has taken a long time, decades in fact. But the Liberal Media Complex accomplished what they set out to do. They trained Democrats and Republicans how to behave. Perhaps the liberal media are to be congratulated on a job well done. Then again, maybe they ought to be condemned for having degraded political discourse and weakened our democracy.

The liberal media have trained Democrats to stand tall and say whatever they want, with little to no fear of negative repercussion. That is why Democrat presidents, and their surrogates, routinely deny requests for special counsels to investigate their scandals — something Barack Obama did repeatedly. And they do so without pushback from our vaunted media hounds. You know, the ones charged with ‘speaking truth to power’ … blah, blah, blah.

The same liberal media have trained Republicans to cower with their tails between their legs, waiting to be beaten. This is why Republicans break ranks and turn on a President of their own party, under relentless attack, until they cave and appoint special counsels or establish congressional investigative committees or special commissions; to their own detriment and the detriment of whatever agenda the voters duly elected them to pursue.

This is how it works in Washington, DC. Democrats boldly storm about the place, as though they are in charge, even when they are out of the White House and a congressional minority. Republicans, on the other hand, even when they control the White House and both houses of Congress, cower when the liberal media raise a threatening hand.

Folks … this has got to stop.

One held hope, as President Trump came into office, that perhaps it would stop, that Republicans … finally … would find a voice and some self-respect. But with all the momentum currently against them, and the liberal media breathlessly, relentlessly in attack mode, that hope teeters on the brink.

Republicans, Wake Up! … Before It’s Too Late

For eight years, President George W. Bush acted as though it was beneath him to defend himself and his party against relentless, withering assault from Democrats and the Liberal Media Complex. Then, along came left-wing wunderkind Barack Obama; and the Complex just couldn’t get enough of the guy.

With outgoing President Bush likened to The Plague, incoming Republican standard-bearer, John McCain, reliably feckless, and the U.S. economy cratering (as if on cue), it was no wonder voters, in 2008, gave Democrats the keys to the capital city: White House, House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Democrats spent the next two years having their way with our government and our economy – in other words, careening full-throttle toward Socialism. And voters said, “What the heck? We didn’t vote for this!”

In 2010, voters awarded Republicans the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2014, the Senate. In 2016, the White House. Which begs the question: Why is it now so hard for Republicans to behave like a party in power?

From a public relations standpoint, congressional Democrats are running well-orchestrated circles around their Republican counterparts, who come off, by contrast, as bumbling chumps. For example, when your party controls the Senate, you don’t agree to hold Senate hearings on Russia’s purported collusion with your own presidential candidate in the 2016 election, while ignoring the potential shenanigans of the opposing party. But, that’s what Republicans are doing. The mind boggles at this level of political incompetence.

President Trump has enough on his plate, trying to get his fledgling administration off the ground, all the while taking flak from a Democrat party and a Liberal Media Complex openly determined to destroy him. The President should be able to rely on other Republicans to stand up for him and for themselves; and at the very least, not behave like bush-league amateurs who stumbled onto the main stage.

It’s enough to make voters cry foul. Or at least say, “What the heck? We didn’t vote for this!”

Media Are Indeed An Opposition Party … Here’s Why

It was and remains a succinct, salient observation.

In September of last year, with the presidential campaign in high gear, Salena Zito, writing in The Atlantic, analyzed the relationship between Republican nominee Donald Trump, members of the press who covered his campaign and Americans who supported his candidacy. Zito observed … the press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.

That concept remains central to Trump’s steadfast support among voters, as well as the palpable contempt with which the Liberal Media Complex (a.k.a. ‘mainstream’ media) views him. When you literally critique someone who’s overtly prone to exaggeration, and whose politics and policies you reject, expect to be driven bonkers.

Now, what if the liberal media had applied their literal standards to Barack Obama when he was president? After all, it was Mr. Obama who was fond of noting that, “Not just 99.5% of scientists and experts, but 99% of world leaders” shared the notion that “climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.”

Now, I’m not a climate scientist, or a world leader, but I can tell you that whenever someone cites 99% or 99.5% of anyone or anything, chances are they’re either ignorant or a liar … or perhaps they’re simply … prone to exaggeration.

Did The New York Times, The Atlantic or others among the Liberal Media Complex go bonkers over Mr. Obama’s repeatedly purveying such a whopper, and others like it? Of course not.

That’s because they didn’t take Mr. Obama literally … they took him seriously.

Honoring MLK, Jr. Calls to Mind President Obama’s Betrayal

As we prepare to honor the birthday of the great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I recall an interview Dr. King gave in 1968, in which he suggested that an African-American (“Negro” was then the commonly used term) would one day become President of the United States. Dr. King also suggested it could well occur within the next 28 years. In the late 1960s, that latter prediction seemed rather an audacious one, with the Civil Rights Movement in full swing and de facto racial segregation a way of life for many Americans.

It was in 1996 that General Colin Powell (enjoying a wave of popularity following his successful prosecution of the war to liberate Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion) explored a run for the U.S. presidency; and many well-placed individuals encouraged him to make such a run. Had he done so, he may well have been our nation’s forty-third president, and the first African-American elected to the office — exactly 28 years from when Dr. King made his audacious prediction.

As it turned out, America’s first African-American president was elected in 2008, and Barack Obama’s achievement was greeted by America, indeed the world, as a momentous coming of age for a great nation, the ultimate step away from a history of racial animus. Even for those who didn’t vote for him, Mr. Obama’s election was a moment to celebrate our separation from the past with hope for the future — a hope squandered, ironically, by Mr. Obama himself.

The President’s recent lamentation over what he sees as America’s indelible racism is among the latest in eight years of politically motivated, racially charged decisions, statements and policy pursuits. How sad, that in the waning days of his presidency, Mr. Obama’s public comments on race remain an exercise in bigotry. His ongoing failure to encourage racial healing and, instead, to foment racial division is perhaps the most basic of his many betrayals. It cuts to the heart of what his election in 2008 symbolized, the hope and promise that characterized his rise to political prominence, betrayed by the very man in whom a great nation placed its trust.

It should come as no wonder that, when offered a chance to repudiate Mr. Obama’s legacy in the 2016 election, American voters did so, and chose to elect the most unorthodox presidential candidate in perhaps all of American history. Mr. Obama failed miserably to bring about the change he promised and America wanted. Perhaps Donald Trump will be better at delivering on his promises.

‘Patriotism’ Returns … and We’re Not Supposed to Notice

When George W. Bush was in the White House, Democrats and their allies in the Liberal Media Complex (a.k.a. ‘mainstream’ media) often refered to political opposition and obstructionism as ‘the highest form of patriotism.’ Whoever got in Bush’s way was doing the honorable thing.

Once Barack Obama became America’s chief executive, however, dissent and obstruction became something akin to treason, according to the same liberal chorus. If you wanted Mr. Obama to fail, then you wanted America to fail. Rather clear-cut.

As Donald Trump prepares to take the presidential baton from Mr. Obama’s incredulous hands, and Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees begin testifying on Capital Hill this week, we see the Democrat party and the Liberal Media Complex once again warming to the idea of opposition and obstructionism. They assemble choreographed, often compensated street protestors, and organize opposition on a massive scale, augmented by liberal politicians’ frequent appearances at their Capital Hill podiums, and their seats on congressional committees, for orchestrated displays of feigned indignation.

There is nothing surprising about this liberal double standard. It is, in fact, as anticipated as it is apparent. What amazes is that liberals, be they party hacks or media hacks, do not seem able to notice their own hypocrisy. They drone on in a bewildered state of self-delusion. And the rest of us are not supposed to notice.

Really?

‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ Comes to Washington, DC

Newt Gingrich was the Republican front-runner to be President of the United States. The year was 2012, and Mr. Gingrich led a sizable field of Republicans vying for their party’s nomination. He was subsequently swamped by negative media and his candidacy fell by the wayside. But Newt is the type of person who learns from such experiences. It is no wonder, then, that one of the first people Donald Trump consulted regarding his own candidacy for the presidency was Mr. Gingrich.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Gingrich are individuals skilled at taking broken things and finding ways to make them work again. Mr. Gingrich did so as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1990s, delivering the balanced federal budget that Bill Clinton still loves to claim credit for. Newt would have done the same as president; alas, that was not to be. He is, however, especially well positioned to understand President-elect Trump, and what makes the man tick.

That is why Newt’s essay regarding ‘Trumpism’ is so important. Read it, and you’ll be far along in understanding two very important things. First, what to expect from the incoming Trump Administration, which will be all about taking things apart so as to rebuild them, and in the process, making them more efficient and affordable. Mr. Trump is, after all, a builder. He builds coalitions as well as large buildings. He’s a brilliant tactician and a practical business man. Quite different from the man currently flailing in the White House.

Which brings us to the second important thing, which is that the next four to eight years will witness an existential struggle between the federal government’s old bureaucratic order and … something entirely new. The threat of ‘Trumpism’ explains why President Obama and the Democrat party are behaving in such a peevish and undignified manner, doing all they can to block and delegitimize Mr. Trump’s presidency before he even takes the oath of office (these are many of the same people, hypocrites all, who demanded we fall in line to support Mr. Obama’s fledgling presidency eight years ago).

As I’ve said before, the Trump Era will be the most exciting in domestic American politics since the presidency of Ronald Reagan. It will be lively, highly animated and get very ugly, as combatants fight dirty, taking no political prisoners; reminiscent of the old MTV claymation series, Celebrity Deathmatch (in which Donald Trump actually appeared — he won). Existential struggles on such a grand scale have a tendency to do that.