What America Needs Is a Good Sense of Humor

How can you tell when someone has a good sense of humor?

Worth asking, given the extreme polarization in America these days. After all, it’s hard to poke someone in the eye when you’re sharing a good laugh. Am I right? It’s easier to appreciate the jokes, of course, when you’re the one writing them. And for decades, liberals in New York and Hollywood have been creating most of the funny stuff the rest of us have consumed via movies and television.

That means more often than not the joke is on the “stupid” Republican, the “heartless” conservative, or the “antiquated” values of middle-America. But, heh, Americans are used to that. Our liberal media have spent these past several decades training us — at least those of us who do not self-identify as liberals — to laugh at ourselves and our values. All the while, American culture erodes in an unrelenting deluge of deprecation.

Want to try something really funny? … Turn the tables by getting the liberal establishment to laugh at, say, Harvey Weinstein … you’ll be making light of sexual harassment. Or the lunatic ravings of Hillary Clinton on her self-vindication tour … you’ll be a misogynist. Or the many glaring hypocrisies of Barack Obama … you’ll be a racist. Hmmm … so, how does one get around this conundrum?

Nearly thirty years ago, Rush Limbaugh began doing his part on national radio, lampooning the left’s sanctimony, snobbery and sacred cows. He did it with humor and irreverence — traits liberals thought they owned — and the left went bonkers. They despised and tried to destroy Limbaugh. But he has thrived because he speaks with sincerity to a vast audience that New York and Hollywood have taken for granted. And what is his secret trick, the one so obvious that liberals cannot see it? Limbaugh has never laughed at his core audience … only with them, and that’s why they’ll never poke him in the eye.

Something similar is playing out in our polarized politics. When President Trump mocks and ridicules the establishment, even irreverently, so long as he laughs with his base, not at them, they will not abandon him. After decades spent laughing happily at themselves, they take in Mr. Trump’s irreverence like a breath of fresh air. And this drives the liberal establishment crazy. They cannot get their heads around this phenomenon, because these comic geniuses remain oblivious to a key ingredient in good comedy.

How can you tell when someone has a good sense of humor?

When they can laugh at themselves.

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It Isn’t Just Hollywood

Regarding the public flagellation of Hollywood uber-producer Harvey Weinstein, for his decades of allegedly horrid behavior toward women, there’s an elephant in the room. And it’s not a Republican. Some observations.

First, the entertainment industry has for decades treated sex and violence as commodities, to be exploited and marketed to their viewing public. Is it not ironic for those who monetize the objectification of women and men (but mostly women) to castigate anyone for not doing enough to empower them?

Second, where were these suddenly horrified people in the 1990s … the decade of ‘Billary’ … when the President of the United States was a serial predator of women, and quite possibly a rapist; and his greatest enabler was his wife, Hillary Clinton, who submitted to her husband’s humiliations, lied on his behalf, and intimidated his accusers … when instead of condemning the Clintons for their well-documented, horrid behavior toward women, liberalism’s self-appointed arbiters of morality gave the Clintons a pass (and still do) because they were ‘politically correct’ on abortion and what have you?

Third, would all of this be coming out now if Hillary had won the presidency last year? Would mass media be, by implication, putting the lie to Bill and Hillary’s own abuses if the Clintons had re-consolidated their power, with the breadth and might of the federal bureaucracy behind them? Would those whose business model monetizes objectification be blowing down their own house of cards if the Clinton money machine were still in full-swing, doling out political access, instead of relegated to the brink of irrelevance?

Just asking.

As Children Often Do

What do children, really little children, do when they don’t get their way?

Quite often, they throw tantrums: screaming, crying, kicking furniture, laying face-down on the floor, etc. in order to get what they want. We all know the drill because, at various times, we’ve witnessed this ultimate negotiating tactic of the very young and immature.

We see a similar phenomenon these days among Democrat politicians, the celebrity set, the Liberal Media Complex, assorted DC swamp-dwellers and denizens of social media — purportedly grown-ups, mind you — refusing to accept the fact that their preferred candidate lost the presidency.

The most immature brat of them all is the candidate herself, Hillary Clinton, currently touring the nation, whining, blaming, casting aspersions and otherwise setting a poor example for her emotionally fragile cadre.

One hopes, perhaps against hope, these dour souls can exhibit the emotional grace of at least a five-year-old, stop behaving so poorly, and get on with the business of governing, entertaining, reporting the news or clogging up the works … as their talents dictate.

Why Comey Had to Go … And How the Fallout Fits a Pattern

Let us begin with the obvious. Former FBI Director James Comey needed to be fired. President Trump did this nation and the FBI a favor by sacking Mr. Comey earlier this week. One regret is that it did not occur sooner.

Last year, in a July press conference, Mr. Comey  detailed elements of criminal behavior in Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material, making a criminal prosecution seem imminent; then, in the same press conference, he stunned by declaring that no such prosecution would occur. Merely holding that press conference was inappropriate, since the FBI, as a matter of long-standing policy, does not publicly announce that criminal investigations are taking place, much less completed; and the Attorney General and Justice Department, not the FBI Director, determine whether to pursue criminal prosecution.

Details emerged about what a sham Mr. Comey’s purported investigation of Mrs. Clinton had been — conducted without a grand jury, subpoenas or search warrants, and cutting inappropriate immunity deals. In a matter where America’s national security was gravely compromised by Mrs. Clinton, her staff, and perhaps others within the Obama Administration, Mr. Comey botched it, in a manner both unprofessional and reeking of political influence.

Matters got worse for James Comey. He continued to act in bizarre and inappropriate ways regarding Hillary Clinton’s email imbroglio. He provided recurring  congressional testimony that cast doubt on his judgement. He upset Democrats, Republicans and career FBI employees — constituencies that he needed. He showed himself to be incompetent and compromised in his ability to lead such an important institution as the FBI.

A parallel and compelling aspect of this drama is the politicized response to Mr. Comey’s dismissal. Democrats and their lib-media allies are going bonkers; Republicans and those on the right seem generally, though not universally, pleased. The Liberal Media Complex openly thirsts for a special prosecutor to investigate the Comey firing and Russia’s purported ‘collusion’ in the 2016 elections, as a whisper campaign of impeachment bubbles up from the DC swamp.

Mr. Comey’s ouster was long overdue. Under new leadership (assuming congressional Democrats don’t block Mr. Trump’s pending nominee) the FBI may soon re-establish its tarnished credibility. But the liberal establishment — lib-media, Democrat party and assorted DC swamp-dwellers — may never recover from the withering defeat and utter humiliation they suffered in 2016, at the hands of Donald Trump. They’re out to vindicate themselves and to restore their own warped sense of honor and entitlement. They have ridden their ‘Russian collusion’ narrative so long and hard it has become a dead horse … yet, one they will not stop beating.

The Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump

Two brief observations, from today’s Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States.

First, our new president gave one helluva speech.

It was bold, blunt, visionary and strident. Telling the world it’s going to be “America first” from here on out, puts other countries, and their leadership, on edge. Not the most diplomatic way to bolt from the gate. However, putting Washington DC bureaucrats on notice, that they’re going to start serving the people of this nation, and not the other way around, crystallizes what President Trump’s campaign has been about all along. It serves him, and the country, well to keep the latter sentiment dear and prominent.

Second, why are Democrats such assholes?

More than sixty Democrat members of Congress refused to attend the inauguration, displaying their contempt for our constitutional, republican (note the small “r”) form of government. Many openly proclaim that President Trump is not a “legitimate” president, some even suggesting Hillary Clinton as a “legitimate” heir to former President Obama — hogwash beyond the pale of sour grapes. The Democrats’ Senate leader, Chuck Schumer, gave a speech from the inaugural podium as subtly divisive as it was dismissive of President Trump, and as he watched Mr. Trump make the rounds, shaking hands across the podium, one imagined Mr. Schumer thinking to himself, “I can’t wait to impeach you.” The liberals already speak openly of impeachment, and it’s only day one of the Trump Administration.

We noted, long ago, that the politics of President Trump’s tenure would get ugly. In fact, they already are. And now, he has put his political adversaries on notice … You play nice, and so will I. Otherwise, take your best shot, cause no one hits back harder than I do.

Happy first 100 days, everyone!

 

Hillary Hoisted by Obama

By now we are well aware of Hillary Clinton’s little email problem, the one about to sink her candidacy. Do not, however, believe the Democrats’ latest line, that this is all due to James Comey informing congressional leaders of a reopened FBI investigation — the same James Comey whom Democrats, across the board, praised effusively in July, when he broke with protocol to give Hillary a ‘get out of jail free’ card.

Here’s what we know.

First, the electorate is trending toward Trump. This has been ongoing for the past week, since well before Comey’s announcement last Friday. It is, indeed and in large part, due to Hillary’s illegal use of a private email server, her efforts to mislead Congress, the FBI and the electorate, and her efforts to destroy or otherwise hide evidence of widespread, serial criminality.

Second, it’s not just her emails. Equally significant are the ongoing Wikileaks revelations that lay bare the corrupt manner in which the broader liberal establishment compromises our government and our electoral process. Any movement toward Trump has a lot to do with the overall sense among voters that we’ve been lied to and abused by our political leaders, our government institutions, and the news media who are supposed to look out for us, for a long time; and we just want it to end. Hillary offers more of the same abuse. Trump offers a clean break from it.

Third, this is President Barack Obama’s legacy, one built on a foundation of brazen deceit and overt politicization. He lied, for example, about his own political origins in order to hide his radical leftism from voters. He lied repeatedly about his signature legislative ‘achievement,’ ObamaCare, in order to get it through Congress. He and his then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, lied about the Benghazi disaster, and sent out surrogates to do the same, in order to conceal whatever scandalous revelations are yet to be revealed. He has politicized the monumental power of our federal government in order to, as he put it, “fundamentally transform the United States of America” and to destroy his political opposition; perhaps the most egregious example of which is a deliberate, still ongoing effort within the IRS to target and harass groups and individuals opposed to Mr. Obama’s radical agenda.

Which brings us back to Hillary’s email mess. If Mr. Obama had wished to treat this scandal appropriately, and limit its influence over the electorate during a national election’s waning days, he would have called for a special prosecutor, well over a year ago, to investigate the matter, and thus, removed it from the realm of political influence. But he did no such thing. Nor did his Justice Department, under Attorney General Loretta Lynch, impanel a grand jury to hear evidence and perhaps issue subpoenas in the matter, which would have taken the FBI’s investigation in a more substantive direction than where it has gone. Instead, Hillary was enabled in her nefarious scheme by Mr. Obama’s politicization of the Justice Department, something that began in 2009, with the deplorable Eric Holder (the only U.S. Attorney General to be held in contempt of congress), and continues today, with this painful, ongoing Bill and Hillary Clinton/Loretta Lynch/James Comey/Barack Obama imbroglio. Now she, and they, are hoisted on their own petard.

A lesson to be learned: When all is politicized, all credibility is lost. One of our major presidential candidates seems open to absorbing this. One hopes he’ll do so, and get a chance to make it count for something.

Hillary’s Obscene Orchestration

During Monday’s debate, Hillary Clinton launched an orchestrated, full-on assault against Donald Trump, claiming he behaved in a sexist manner toward a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, insulting her after she gained an inordinate amount of weight (some twenty years ago, when she was the reigning Miss Universe, and under contract with the pageant to keep her weight within strict limits). The liberal media (a.k.a. ‘mainstream’ media) have joined forces with the Clinton campaign to promote this story, attempting thereby to damage Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.

It is all quite sordid and hypocritical, how Mrs. Clinton is hailed in liberal circles as a role model for women everywhere, as a feminist icon — an odd aspect of her otherwise insane candidacy. On this point, the case against her is easy to make. And since her allies in the liberal media have shown great reluctance in making it … here we go.

Mrs. Clinton’s husband comes to mind. As President of the United States (1993 to 2001) Bill Clinton was impeached, and later disbarred, for obstructing a federal investigation, for lying to a federal grand jury and for conspiring with others to do the same. He made fools of his own cabinet members when he had them publicly vouch for his veracity in the matter of Monica Lewinsky, the young White House intern upon whom President Clinton enacted a sexual predation that surely would have prompted the resignation or removal of a Fortune 500 CEO or a General in the U.S. military, not to mention any Republican holding high office. Mr. Clinton also lied to the American people when he stood before news cameras, pounded his fist on a podium and denied having had sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky. Indeed, it is well documented that while Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States, Bill Clinton was a sexual addict, a serial predator of women, and quite possibly a rapist.

Bill Clinton’s most consistent defender, and therefore, greatest enabler in his various, sordid affairs was none other than his wife, Hillary. She submitted to her husband’s humiliations, she lied on his behalf, and she insulted and otherwise intimidated his most ardent accusers. Aside from whatever else may have motivated Mrs. Clinton, insuring that her husband survived his presidency was an immense boon to her own political ambitions. She parlayed her White House stint into a successful U.S. Senate campaign … and now look where we are.

The Clintons’ ethically and legally dubious shenanigans continue — note Hillary’s ever-worsening email imbroglio and the Clinton Family Foundation scandal — and severely limit Mrs. Clinton’s appeal among voters. A visceral opportunist, Hillary will use any means available to advance her candidacy. Her snarky debate jab at Mr. Trump (whereby she teed up the liberal media to continue an orchestrated assault) is absurd. Promoting herself as a role model for women everywhere, as a feminist icon, is worse than absurd. It is obscene.

(An earlier version of this column was published July 31 2015. It is updated to reference intervening events.)