Sunday, February 24, 2019

Roy Cohn's revenge

Having secured 3% annual economic growth and 4% unemployment, President Donald John Trump restored America's faith in capitalism. That positioned him to take up the crusade that Republicans and Democrats abandoned. He is fighting communism.

In his State of the Union address to Congress, President Trump laid it all out. He is denuking North Korea, halting the flow of goods from Red China, and taking on communism in our hemisphere.

President Trump said, "We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom -- and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.

"Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence --- not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country."

That second paragraph was a repudiation of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was most correct the other day when she said, "I’m the boss! How about that?"

She is. She is the soul of the Democrat Party. She has the nancies in the party shaking in their boots because she represents a generation they indoctrinated that now demands reparations, the end of fossil fuels, open borders, and all the other junk the party elders promised. Democrats created AOCenstein.


President Trump, too, forced his party to stop being Democrat lite. He has restored the protective tariffs that every Republican president not named Bush supported. In President Reagan's case, his actions belied his words.

Now President Trump openly takes on communism to the surprise of a dullard press. David C. Adams and John Feeley wrote for Univision, "What triggered the escalation of US-Venezuela policy?"

Then in their subheadline, they answered that question: "For two decades the US was powerless to alter the course of Venezuela’s socialist rule. But, in recent weeks Trump has turned the screws on the Maduro regime. So, what changed? How a casual meeting at Trump Tower and a photo op at the White House, dovetailed with the evolving crisis inside Venezuela."

There is some nonsense in that. The USA was not powerless. Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama didn't care. It was just Venezuela to them.

The globalists are always more worried about what is far away than what is happening next door. It's always Vietnam, Iran, Kuwait, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and the like. It's never Venezuela.

American foreign policy in the 20th century (and now this one) is the inverse of the Monroe Doctrine, which said we would worry about the New World, let Europe handle the rest.
Over there, over there
Send the word, send the word over there
That the Yanks are coming
The Yanks are coming
The drums rum-tumming
So prepare, say a prayer
Send the word, send the word to beware
We'll be over, we're coming over
And we won't come back till it's over
Over there
Of course, it is never really over "Over There." The Army sent me to Germany on D-Day plus 31 years. That was in 1975.

President Trump is dumping that. He is withdrawing not just from Syria but the whole Middle East. The Gulf States and Israel can handle all that.

The Koreas will take care of their peninsula.

Univision's simplistic explanation of the interest in Venezuela is that President Trump just learned where the country is.


When he ran the Miss Universe pageant which all those Miss Venezuelas won, he didn't know where they came from?

The Univision piece said, "In August 2017, Trump went as far as announcing that the military option was on the table. The Trump administration also began to raise the rhetoric, calling Maduro a dictator, and a madman.

"But it wasn’t until 2018 that Trump assembled a new more hawkish foreign policy team. Out went Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Council Advisor General HR McMaster. In came conservatives Mike Pompeo and John Bolton."

Timing is everything in comedy and politics. President Trump needed to wait and see what happened in the election. Communists never accept election results when they lose. Witness the 2016 election.

President Trump also needed to muster within his own party. Had he said "America will never be a socialist country," Mitt Romney would have blasted his rhetoric.

The press always gets this wrong: Donald Trump is a patient man. He waited 30 years to run for president.

Now the time is right to liberate Venezuela by backing its duly elected government. This can be done without military force.

While Univision said the president's son-in-law and Marco Rubio influenced him, Donald Trump at 72 long ago knew the evils of communism, which did not end with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

His real influence was his first lawyer, the brilliant and powerful Roy Cohn, who died from AIDS in 1986 at age 59.

Cohn at age 24 prosecuted Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for espionage, which led to their executions in 1953. That marked him as a target by the Left for the rest of his life. He showed Donald Trump how to handle that by fighting the bastards every step of the way.

Now as his client and protege takes on Red China, North Korea, and Venezuela, Roy Cohn smiles from that special place in heaven where martyrs go.


  1. If the 20th Century proved anything, it's that socialism does not work.

  2. The prior diplomats were more concerned with the feelings of their peers and their next global retreat with six-star dining at seven-star resorts and all the Brie and Chardonnay one could consume.

  3. It has always seemed to me that part of the agenda of the left in the 20th century was to overturn the Monroe Doctrine, ignore the threats to our domestic safety, and focus foreign affairs elsewhere. Remember how FDR had to send all kinds of goodwill ambassadors to South America when WII broke out? He didn't even know where those countries stood vis a vis the Axis. Reagan spent a lot of effort trying to help friends of liberty clean up the diplomatic hell left by Carter. As we look at the messes made by the commies old and new down there, it looks like helping the occasional strongman into power back in the day wasn't such a bad thing. And anyone who doubts this should go back and reread the Dictators and Double Standards piece by Jean Kirkpatrick in Commentary in the late 1970s (when it was a good magazine).

    What Trump is doing seems to me a return to an active beneficial relationship with our southern neighbors.

    And Russia doesn't want us involved because getting Venezuelan oil back into the market just makes them weaker. So much more for the Putin pulling strings bullshit.

  4. "halting the flow of goods from Red China,"

    Seriously? This is fake news at its worst. You want a King who has such power to overrule the decisions of millions of consumers who love Chinese products? Obviously you do. So your no different than AOC and her ilk.

    Next week Surber will give us a report of Trump's prostate, if he ever removes his head from up Trump's ass.

    "Now the time is right to liberate Venezuela."

    Right. Just like Libya, Iraq, Afgan, and Syria! Surber loves RAW executive power when his side is in charge of course. Its the essence of a tyrant and one who despises the Constitution. Absolutely disgusting.

    1. Surber is just another wealth redistributionist. He wants to force consumers to pay more for Asian products to subsidize manufacturing at home.

      That is wealth redistribution all of which means Surber is no conservative but a neocon is disguise. Proof of that is how much he wants us to invade and liberate Venezuela. For democracy of course. Just like George Bush said 17 yrs ago.

    2. Thank you for pointing out a point I did not make fully.

      I added to that sentence: "Now the time is right to liberate Venezuela by backing its duly elected government. This can be done without military force."

      Invading Venezuela is silly.

      I don't get your "wealth redistributionist" remark. If you mean shunning the products of slave labor and having actual free trade, then by all means call me that.

    3. The policies Surber is talking about predate the neocons.

      Trade protectionism is a fact of life that has been ignored as a diplomatic tool since the combination of neocons and libertarians became preeminent in the Republican party. Sure, people might pay more for Chinese goods, and some American manufacturing will have a little bit of protection. But are we seeing inflation from that now? No. We still get pretty cheap stuff from, of all places, Vietnam. And Thailand, and Korea, and on and on.

      You're in such a tizzy about China we might as well assume you are Chinese.

      And his attitude toward communism in South America both predates the neocons, but also has a few things in common with the ones who used to work with Reagan.

      What is amazing to me is how people who claim to be obsessed with nuance in government and diplomacy can be blind to it when they find themselves in the opposition.

    4. Hey, Nony, Nony...

      No one is trying to "overrule the decisions of millions of consumers," just to get rid of an unfair advantage that affects those decisions. If those millions of consumers want to still pay more to buy Chinese, no one will stop them. Likewise, this isn't "subsidiz[ing] manufacturing at home," any more than NYC was going to "give" Amazon 3 billion dollars.

      And I guess neither of you can read a simple paragraph: "Now the time is right to liberate Venezuela **by backing its duly elected government. This can be done without military force.**" So no, Don isn't talking about invading, your respective blathering to the contrary.

    5. Let's see.

      Less than 9 minutes between comment and first posted reply to comment.

      Enough time to either generate a phony reply or to wait, and then post a pre-written phony reply.

      All = Too fucking bad for commie china. Ya got an unearned mega boost to your shit economy and you don't appreciate the it. Make your own fucking nation better. In every way. Try not accepting the insect thinking that has dominated you for generations. Unless you are actually insect minded humanoids.

  5. Ah, name calling in the comments section. That's the kind of thing that drops the value of an otherwise great site right into the basement. Do the rest of a favor and check your egos at the door. A rolling IQ death match is boring in the extreme.


    1. Gary bee

      What bothers thee?

      Art thou not fed and watered sufficiently?

      Dost thou fancy thyself to be the definer of value for all?

      Could it be, most certainly, that it be thee who boreth most decidedly, any who may cross thy path?

      There is none so bored as the one who is boring.

      How bored are you, gary bee?

      So bored that you trim your nose hairs with a lit match?

      So bored that you scratch that itchy bung hole with a cactus branch?

      So bored that you even contemplate your own boring nature?

      Is it not thee to whom your admonishments be much more appropriately addressed?

      Or are thee the one, perfect object within this world of imperfection?



      Tick tock.

    2. WTF = What The Fuck.

      CKL = fuck if I know.

      The search for clues begins!!!!

  6. I rest my case.

    Gary B

    1. Indeed thee do.

      And, thus, thee fades into oblivion.

      Take heart, oh gary of the bee!!!

      Thy legendary comments shall endure!!!!

      All two of them.


  7. Another generous helping of self-important, off-the-subject column inches. Perhaps it's my fault. Maybe I don't understand the purpose of a Comments section. My bad. I better quit this before I get sent to a re-education camp.

    Gary B

    1. Well, ya got a bit schlonged.

      Because you started it.

      With your 1st comment.

      And you know it.

      Now you play the "don't unnerstain..." gambit.

      Here's the thing, slick:

      You define the purpose of you posting comment upon blog.

      The blog master decides to permit or to delete.

      And the band plays on.......


  8. Now that, Don, is MAGA level efficiency!!!!

    I tremble at the thought of being ranged into your crosshairs..... Seriously.

    The Master of the Blog is King!!!!

    Seek not, in comments section, the wisdoms wisely sought, and found, within the posted article.

    Seek to exchange expressions, both profound and profunky, within said comments, for the comments are only as varied as the Blog King allows.

    For what, pray tell, is the dancing of the Tango when only one is dancing?

  9. It's a veritable name-calling jamboree, having nothing whatsoever to do with Don's excellent commentary.

    Have you considered starting your own blog? You seem to have the talent, energy and the overpowering urge to pontificate.

    Gary B

    1. Gary bee

      Begins to see

      Yet not agree.

      Progress or Regress?

      Maestro, a little Tango!!!!

  10. Don, you really stirred up the anonymous commie nest!

    1. Gee, poopsie, do ya gotta always default to that "commie" lazy adjective?

      You were almost persuasive as not being a lazy brain until this.

      Or is is just ghat you don't Tango?

    2. Poopsie, there's always one, isn't there? I guess my message to Anonymous is, "Judge not..." He's pretty smart and quite creative, yet he's wastes his talent bashing people in a blog Comment section. Are there any psychologists here who can help out? Wasted talent is a sad thing.

      Gary B

    3. Felt bashed, did he?

      This gary bee

      Seeks solace from this awful thee

      With feeble thoughts for all to see

      Or, maybe, just a thought for


      Is it love or mere infatuation?

      Is it true or just a fickle game?

      What to do concerning this vexation?

      Post a blurb and call it a day.

  11. Well, at least Gary B has the sack to post his name...

    I just got to spend a day in AOCVille, without power. But I righteously (though involuntarily) reduced not only my own carbon footprint but my 84 year old mother-in-law’s too.

    Seriously. Socialism blows worse than that wind did. No shit.

    1. Socialism is economic cannibalism with a 100-year record of failure. So, yes, it blows worse than that wind did.

      In addition to name calling, the Democrats have finally settled on a message: Socialism. How original.

      As long as your audience is young and naive, the offer of free stuff, paid for by evil rich people, sells pretty well. With Trump's growing and inclusive economy, I hope that audience is limited.

    2. Oh Zee

      Oh Zee

      Not thee, too!!!

      "Posts his name"?

      Holy quackahmolie!!!!

      What happened to "Trust, but Verify"?

      Posts his name.....hilarious.....