Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Ann Althouse on Trump:
His theme is pride — self esteem. I think the message is: Even if you're poorly educated — especially if you are poorly educated — you are smart, and you are American, and you should feel great. All those other politicians look down on you, and they look down on the country. They insult it. They use the worst insults, like "racist." They'd have you believe that it's racist to say "Make America great again" and to want to preserve the benefits of America for Americans and to increase those selfishly guarded benefits. But it's not something to be ashamed of, it's being smart. And he's very smart, and we — you, with me leading the way — "are going to be the smart people."
A blog commenter elsewhere:
I think Obama and the Democrats just stepped on too many nerves for too long and the national GOP was looking like the frightened woman on the chair holding the hem of her dress because there's a mouse on the floor. The Republican Party became not only the "Stupid" party, but the "Coward" party. 

Gino, here:
yes, innovation happens. i'm not saying my plant should go back to doing 1/2 the production with twice as many people as when i started.

BUT... when a sector is declining naturally, the positions lost are lost a lot more often to attrition. nothing wrong with that.

having your livelihood of these same workers cut in 1/2 within 20 yrs due to open border importation of people here to do exactly that type of work is another thing entirely.
Trump, himself:
So I’m very proud of you, this is an amazing night. I love the country, I love the country. We’re going in the wrong direction. We’re going to keep—as you know Gitmo, we’re keeping that open, and we’re going to load it up with bad dudes. We’re going to load it up w a lot of bad dudes out there. We’re going to have our borders nice and strong. We’re going to build the wall, you know that. We’re going to build the wall. And I have a lot of respect from Mexico and you just heard we won Hispanics. But let me tell you Mexico is going to pay for the wall, right? It’s going to happen. It’s going to happen. They know it. I know it. We all know it.

We have a tremendous deficit. We have a trade deficit with Mexico. They’ll pay for the wall. They’ll be very happy about it. Believe me. I’ll talk to them. They’re going to be very, very thrilled. They’re going to be thrilled to be paying for the wall.
We’re going to be the smart people. We’re not going to be the people that get pushed around all over the place. We’re going to be the smart people. You’re going to be proud of your president, and you’re going to be even prouder of your country, OK?


jerrye92002 said...

Why do all of his speeches sound like empty braggadocio? "We're (or I'm) going to make such good deals..." is NOT a policy statement. It's "hope and change" all over again, with a different empty suit saying it.

Mr. D said...

Why do all of his speeches sound like empty braggadocio? "We're (or I'm) going to make such good deals..." is NOT a policy statement. It's "hope and change" all over again, with a different empty suit saying it.

I think so, too. Apparently we're not to care about such things.

Gino said...

You'll love it. Gonna be winners again... Yuge!

Bike Bubba said...

Jerry: because they are. Just like Obama's, and just like (to a lesser extent) a lot of other politicians' speeches. Remember Obama's speech where he claimed that the oceans were going to stop rising because he got elected? We are losing our ability to discern reality as a nation. We have lost our ability to discern brilliance, let alone be blinded by it, but sadly we can still be baffled by....and are routinely.

jerrye92002 said...

I used to believe that the voters pretty much got what they wished for and what they deserved, and that the two were roughly equivalent. One could make a good case for electing Jimmy Carter-- governor, engineer, successful farmer-- and after that went South, an even better case for Reagan. Bush benefited from a great predecessor and a terrible opponent. Starting with Clinton, I think, we started to treat our candidates like movie stars or rock stars-- famous because they were famous, like the Kardashians. Their personal peccadilloes didn't matter, it was part of their unique charm feeding their fame, and their actual job performance didn't seem to matter, either. What mattered was that we got to ride along in the limo, so to speak.

Now we are basking in the glow of our "first black president" fame, and any realistic assessment is that he is horrible at his job, and personally offensive to many. Our choices in this election include a reality TV star and an old commie throwback. There is absolutely NOTHING to recommend either of them for the job, and their large following cannot be said to be based on anything except a nihilistic, selfie-seeking stupidity.