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Monday, May 07, 2018

Crisis-of-democracy porn

"The proliferating crisis-of-democracy literature, like the 'Fast and the Furious' franchise, has only one plot," wrote Jedediah Purdy of Chloe in Calhoun County. He went on to Harvard, and Yale Law, is now teaching law at Duke.

His was a review of five books.

He doesn't really review the quality of the books, satisfying himself at acknowledging the genre.

"Likely none of these books would exist — certainly none would be remotely the same — if Hillary Clinton had pulled a hundred thousand more votes out of the Midwest in 2016. All are organized around the shock of Trump’s victory," Purdy wrote.

Ya think?

"Through this prism of moral and political affront, the light of more distant events coalesced into a pattern. Brexit had been a shock; now it became a prophecy. Countries that had seemed quite disparate or outside the American media’s line of vision altogether became warnings of democracy’s capacity for self-dissolution: post-Chávez Venezuela, Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines, and Viktor Orbán’s Hungary. The strong-man populisms of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey, Narendra Modi in India, and, most ominously, Vladimir Putin in Russia, all became variations on the crisis of democracy," he wrote.

Or he could have alluded to the strong-man populism of Barack Obama who used the IRS on political opponents and who spied on reporters (including the Associated Press) and political rivals.

But the complaint is not about strongmen. It is about the non-communist ones. Hugo Chávez gets a pass.

Purdy is not interested in Obama's use of our national security apparatus to spy on political opposition. You can call wiretapping "monitoring" all you want, but it is still an anti-democratic abuse of power that we have failed confront. No one wants to be called racist, which was the reason Democrats selected Obama, as their figurehead.

The purpose of crisis-of-democracy porn is to undermine the legitimacy of President Trump's regime, and to assure the elitists that Americans erred, and it is up to the loyal elitists to depose him by any means necessary.

When they say he is a threat to our democratic institutions, they mean he is a threat to the institutions that Democrats have taken over. Suddenly, the Department of Justice is in the hands of others. Their fear is Trump will do unto them what they did upon others.

"Beneath the lines between center-left and center-right, young intellectual entrepreneurs and silver-haired veterans of the actual Cold War, everyone is telling a version of the same story. The crisis-of-democracy authors are disciples of 'norms,' the unwritten rules that keep political opponents from each other’s throat and enable a polity to plod along. Being unspoken, norms are often invisible until someone breaks them. You hardly notice that everyone on the highway is taking turns merging until That Guy screams through, splitting lanes, leaning on his horn and rolling coal, with truck nuts flapping from his trailer hitch," Purdy wrote.

Ah, and there is the self-deceit of this political porn. Like the girl in the miniskirt, Trump was just asking for it. The whole political world is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart now. The New York Daily News showed the president of the United States as a piece of feces on its Page One, and somehow it is his fault.

Cable news channels have become gloryholes filled with pundits who pleasure the pussyhats with Fake News about orgies of peeing prostitutes in Moscow, and the like. They see the threat as not with the people Trump replaced who want to hang onto power, but rather that the "norms" have been broken.

Purdy peppered his review with "norms" 27 times. By norms, he means keeping in power the Democrats who run the bureaucracy.

But the actual norm that Obama and his regime broke is the peaceful transition of power. While briefing the president-elect on national security, Clapper and company planted the Russian dossier on him. National security be damned. Trump was the threat to their power.

Give the Kim Dynasty and the ayatollahs of Iran what they want, but do not allow the American people to elect the president of their choosing. That threatens a world of James Comey, Sally Yates, and the rest of the unelected, unaccountable power brokers who really write the laws (through the promulgation of regulations) and select which laws to enforce and on whom.

Purdy sees Americans as the problem. They are in his mind nativist and racist. You know, deplorable.

This raises the question of why such intellectually pure and principled people would want to live among such heathens.

Ah, to rule.

But Purdy also pointed out that Trump rose because the establishment failed. I agree. Failure has its consequences.

A government that fails to protect the people gets replaced. There is a reason why history holds that republics devolve into empires. Hoover's failure to protect people from financial ruin led to FDR and his Marxism-lite.

Now Marxists are baffled to see people in the poorest states back Donald Trump. He's a billionaire, they protest. He's from New York, they protest. He's using you, they protest.

Each of the last four American presidents had a bit of Hoover in him. The working class became the Forgotten Man. The press and both political parties sold the North American Free Trade Agreement on job creation and immigration reduction.

I devoted a chapter of "Trump the Establishment" to NAFTA, and wrote, "The U.S. trade deficit with Mexico grew from $2 billion in 1994 to $60 billion in 2015, a thirtyfold increase."

Jobs?

"Under NAFTA, the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States fell from seventeen million in 1994 to twelve million in 2016, according to the Department of Labor," I wrote.

National Review -- or as I call it, the Never Trump Review -- sneered that 31 million jobs were added post-NAFTA. I did my own research.

"The gain of thirty-one million jobs in twenty-two years sounds impressive until you consider there was a forty-two million gain in the previous twenty-two years. To put it another way, in twenty-two years before NAFTA, we had a 52 percent gain in the number of jobs. In the twenty-two years afterward, we had a 25 percent gain," I wrote.

The last time I looked, 42 million was larger than 31 million. We cut job growth in half after NAFTA. We easily missed out on adding 40 million more jobs.

Add in the illegal aliens who flocked here, and you realize that Washington lied about NAFTA. and still lies.

Which brings us to Trump. He's a billionaire? Begone, that argument has no power here. Marxists sold West Virginians on Jay Rockefeller as being too rich to be bought. Coming on the heels of Governor Wally Barron's scandals, one can see the appeal.

But 40 years after Rockefeller's election as governor, West Virginians still needed a champion.  Times being what they were, Trump accepted the job.

He was the only politician to take on NAFTA. The experts thought the best a fellow could do with the anti-NAFTA rhetoric was 15% like H. Ross Perot got in 1992.

But that run was two years before NAFTA. His run in 1996 was two years after, which proved to be too soon to gauge the effects.

More than two decades later, here we are with H. Ross Trump as president.

If Trump fails -- either through poor policy (doubtful), impeachment, or some other removal from office -- expect someone far worse. The reason we have peaceful transitions of power is to give the losing side a chance to recuperate. Obama refused to follow that, which is the real crisis of democracy.

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From Leslie Eastman's review at Legal Insurrection:
Surber, a recovering journalist with over 30 years of experience, has been cataloging the #FakeNews that has been regularly offered as serious analysis of President Donald Trump’s actions, policies, and opinions. He has brought his enormous collection together in the longest, most serious book he has yet written: Fake News Follies of 2017.
Fake News Follies of 2017 is available on Kindle and in paperback.

Autographed copies are available. Email me at DonSurber@GMail.com for details. I am including a "director's cut." I will give you the original Chapter 1 that I cut because while the chapter was amusing, it really had nothing to do with the Fake News Follies of 2017.

14 comments:

  1. I confess I tried to read through the two quotes you provided, but midway through the second one, I gave it up as a bad job. It was totally confusing and stupid. I hope just reading the commentary was sufficient, as Don is pretty good at sorting out the usual BS.

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    1. He writes thick. It's jargon to keep non-intellectuals out

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    2. Don,
      ZMAN has a pretty good take on the elites and their conundrum that keys into your piece well, imho.

      http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=13702

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  2. Don is so confused. One day, the U.S. is on the path of greatness because of the unprecedented success of R politicians being elected on state and federal levels and then the next day.... this post. The country is coming to an end because unnamed Democrats control everything and are subverting President Dennison unchecked.
    Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein, Haley, ... the list goes on. All Republicans. But somehow, it's still Obama's fault, just like 10 years ago, it was all Bush's fault.

    "When they say he is a threat to our democratic institutions, they mean he is a threat to the institutions that Democrats have taken over. Suddenly, the Department of Justice is in the hands of others. Their fear is Trump will do unto them what they did upon others."

    President Dennison is entering the home stretch of his self-induced demise - though Giuliani is greatly helping - and shadowy Dems are to blame.
    Paranoid much??

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    1. The only person confused is you. You're simply far to dense to understand what is going on.

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    2. Comey, Mueller, and Rosenstein are as Republican as Felonia von Pantsuit. - GOC

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    3. Your fake intellectualism is barely hilarious anon. but you do what dumocrats like to do - often. Don was quite clear as to what has happened - the paragraph you yourself quoted is quite clear also. The only one that can't figure it out is you.

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    4. I'm confused as to why George Soros thinks paying semi-literate buffoons to embarrass themselves in internet comment sections is going to influence elections.

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  3. The argument by this fool is that if it weren't for 100,000 yahoo savages everybody in the usa would be happy. What about the other 60 million who were unhappy with the Golfer's dark path to Oblivion?
    The dictators always blame a small group of obstructors for the misery they propose to fix, usually with a pistol to he back of the head. Jews, kulacks, munitions makers, the rich, Negroes, neoNazis, white supremacists, Shia, Sunni,have all been blamed at one time or another. For this token intellectual it is the deplorable whites, the "Budwiser uneducated" as one Democrat called them on election night, who need a bullet. But he lies. He really means the 60 million, all of them. If his hero Stalin could off 20 million to save his country and the world for socialism, why not all 60 here? Can he say it? No. Does he wish it so? Oh,Yes, he does.

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  4. Whoa. I can’t top that. I was just gonna call our Nony a dooshbag and leave it at that. You took care of it, in spades.

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    1. Z - showing off your great command of the English language again (because you missed it, that was sarcasm). Still voting for Blankenship after your President Dennison said not to?

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    2. Hellz yeah. I’m not a mind numbed robot like you Dimmicrats are.

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    3. Don Blakenship: "We all really like President Trump's policies but we know he doesn't get things right. He recommended people vote for a guy that was basically accused of pedophilia in Alabama."

      Happy voting Z!

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  5. Purdy’s theory is purdy flimsy to me. Intellectuals can talk big and make up theories that they think cannot be disproven. Sorry Purdy. I ain’t buying your bs.

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