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Saturday, November 28, 2020

How dare you people vote for Trump!

Never Trumper Will Wilkinson, safely tenured in a think tank awaiting a position in a future Romney administration, tweeted on November 6, "Trump is the simplest creature to ever serve as president. He will never admit defeat, ever. If he technically concedes, it's because he's leveraged the threat of chaos into a deal to escape prosecution. Then he'll take it back and say he only did it to get out of bogus charges."

Such is the level of what passes for intellect in the nation's capital. If someone disagrees with you, just call him a creature and de-humanize him.

The New York Times rolled Wilkinson out to bash President Donald John Trump's supporters on Friday in a column headlined, "Why Did So Many Americans Vote for Trump?"

He wrote an everyone-knows column in which he just assumes his hyperbole is unassailable fact -- and is stunned to discover others disagree.

Wilkinson wrote, "President Trump’s disastrous mishandling of the corona virus pandemic probably cost him re-election. Yet it seems mind-boggling that he still won more votes than any incumbent president in American history despite his dereliction of responsibility at a time of a once-in-a-century health crisis and economic devastation."

But the writer does not explain how President Trump mishandled the matter. He restricted travel in January, put together a panel of experts in February, held daily briefings in March, and met every demand of governors for masks, ventilators, and even emergency hospitals. The media mocked his Operation Warp Speed saying it would take a miracle to get a vaccine by year's end. We now have two, maybe three. 

Economic devastation? After an unparalleled crash in the economy in March and April, the economy is well on its way to actual growth for the calendar year. The stock market recovery was embarrassingly quick and lucrative. My S&P 500 investment is up 12% so far on the year.

Then there is this business of "a once-in-a-century health crisis."

In the century since the Spanish flu, America has dealt with VD, polio, AIDS, and a pretty bad Asian flu. Adjusted for population, it was more deadly than covid 19.

Wilkinson later called covid 19 the plague. Less than 1 in 1,000 Americans have died from his so-called plague, and those numbers are overblown as the death toll includes people who die of many maladies. If they happen to have covid 19, the media considers it a covid 19 death.

Now then, the Americans who fell for the hype voted for Biden.

The rest of us did not.

But Wilkinson's only explanation is that President Trump is an authoritarian demagogue -- the same thing we have heard for 4 years.

And because we have heard it over and over again, we know it is as false as granny's teeth because an authoritarian would have shut his critics down. Instead it is his critics who get him and his supporters shut down on social media.

In Wilkinson's column, he made four points:

1. Three factors — the logic of partisan polarization, which inaccurate polling obscured; the strength of the juiced pre-Covid-19 economy; and the success of Mr. Trump’s denialist, open-everything-up non-response to the pandemic — mostly explain why Democrats didn’t fare better.

2. Mr. Trump has a knack for leveraging the animosities of polarized partisanship to cleave his supporters from sources of credible information and inflame them with vilifying lies. This time, it wasn’t enough to save his bacon, which suggests that polarization hasn’t completely wrecked our democracy’s capacity for self-correction: Sweeping a medium-size city’s worth of dead Americans under the rug turned out to be too tall an order.

3. And they need to understand how Mr. Trump saved his party by weaponizing polarization. Conservatives needed a way not to get spun by the president’s destabilizing act of disloyalty, so they steadied themselves by reaffirming their loyalty down the remainder of the ballot. They were voting against a personal crisis of identity, not the Green New Deal.

4. Until the mind-bending spell of polarization breaks, everything that matters will be fiercely disputed and even the most egregious failures will continue to go unpunished.

Oh wait, that is just the same point 4 times.

His dependence on polarization reminded me of Al Gore's performance in a debate 20 years ago in which he kept repeating lockbox, lockbox, lockbox.

Sadly, the lockbox is gone as is the Social Security surplus it was supposed to hold.

But the polarization remains. People disagree. Go figure.

44 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

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  2. I do smell the desperation in that article. As more evidence comes out, the desperation will turn to panic.

    It's rather amusing watching the leftist press begin to understand that, outside of a few, their gaslighting has utterly failed.

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    1. As I stated above, the leftist media is losing its ability to gaslight:

      https://mediarightnews.com/bidencheated-trends-no-1-on-twitter-in-the-us/

      #BIDENCHEATED TRENDS NO. 1 ON TWITTER IN THE US

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    2. Gaslighting only has to work on those who make the decisions. The rest of us don't matter--until we take up arms. It's that simple.

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    3. You continue to try and pick disputes you can't finish, which will only degenerate into attempts by you to dehumanizing someone who disagrees with your empty arguments. So, once again, for the sake of the sanity of the comment section of this blog, I will ignore the comment above this one.

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  3. He is simply another piece of garbage that 90% of America has never heard of. Or ever will.

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  4. “But the most amazing thing to me is...
    I get paid for doin THIS.”

    Steve Martin, Let’s Get Small

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    1. The first comedy album of his I listened to...No comedy will ever dominate like it did in the 70' and early 80's like he, Carlin and Pryor (Chapelle is latter day close). So nice that Mr. Surber's blog allows thoughts to stray from the political morass and down a nostalgi rabbit hole! ZB

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    2. Biden - sorry i’m stalling. I’m just waiting for the drugs to take affect

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  5. "Such is the level of what passes for intellect in the nation's capital. If someone disagrees with you, just call him a creature and de-humanize him."

    You mean a creature, like say, a parrot? Hmm. I read that directed at me. I forgot which poster it was though.

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  6. But Wilkinson's only explanation is that President Trump is an authoritarian demagogue -- the same thing we have heard for 4 years.<

    5 years. Almost 5 1/2

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  7. Anybody waiting for a position in a Romney Administration will be waiting a long time.

    As for The Donald, he fights. If the Demos seriously expected him to roll over, they're getting what they deserve. The rest of us see a guy who believes in the country and its people and will go through Hell for them.

    Doesn't take much brains to figure, "I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you”, means people will stand by him Hell or high water.

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    1. Romney's job against Obama wasn't to win.

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    2. That's right. It was to stop ron paul from becoming republican nominee and therefore president.

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    3. Ironically, with what we know now, Romney probably did win in 2012.
      Maybe we wouldn’t have gotten President Trump if he had.

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  8. Trump does not have to concede, and he never should. If they inaugurate Biden, Trump should not show up, but he will vacate the White House. Talk of his staying there is just stupid talk from stupid people.

    Concession is not necessary.

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    1. If Biden should happen to steal the election — AND if he makes it to Inauguration Day* — Trump should hold a Yuuge rally in DC that starts a couple of hours before the swearing in.

      *The life expectancy of white males in the United States is 76.2 years. Biden is already 2 years past his expiration date. He may not make it to January 20.

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    2. If Biden should happen to steal the election — AND if he makes it to Inauguration Day* — Trump should hold a Yuuge rally in DC that starts a couple of hours before the swearing in.

      *The life expectancy of white males in the United States is 76.2 years. Biden is already 2 years past his expiration date. He may not make it to January 20.

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    3. If Biden should happen to steal the election — AND if he makes it to Inauguration Day* — Trump should hold a Yuuge rally in DC that starts a couple of hours before the swearing in.

      *The life expectancy of white males in the United States is 76.2 years. Biden is already 2 years past his expiration date. He may not make it to January 20.

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    4. Hey Randy don’t post using Firefox, it seems to post the same posting three times when you do. Just saying

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    5. Trump should never invite the Biden's to the WH.
      Trump should not even consider attending the inauguration. And TRUMP will call this election ILLEGITIMATE EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS .

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  9. So this maroon thinks Trump voters would be okay with AOC's Green New Raw Deal?

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  10. This moron thinks that we’re just sitting around the fire, listening in rapt attention to the bullsh*t he speaks, and nodding in agreement with his screeds of fake intellectualism. He really doesn’t get it. Maybe someone could just throw him in with the fire. Bueller? Or me?

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  11. Wilkinson is so full of $hit that a bunch of it escaped
    And found it’s way into his article.

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  12. Per the hidden Johns Hopkins article, cardiac deaths dropped precipitously, concurrent with the rise in COVID-related deaths.

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  13. Playing by the left's rules sure does piss them off.

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  14. >> 73,786,905 [source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/21/joe-biden-popular-vote-count-trump-election] official vote for Trump (I posit 80,000,000 unofficial a/k/a not stolen votes; to Biden's 55 million) Occam's razor >>> PDJT got 74,000,000 American's votes, was because they saw him as the better choice...These effete, preening journalistic poseurs can't reach that common sense conclusion. MAGA 2020, 2024 and beyond! (hat tip to Buzz LightYear). ZB

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  15. Never, ever, concede an election that was stolen. Simply say, "The vote-stealers won, and their supporters in the state electoral apparatus confirmed the theft, so I am no longer President. You will be sorry you let this happen."

    What is the big deal with concession? It's not like it makes any difference. If the Electoral College meets and elects Biden, and those votes are accepted by the Congress meeting in joint session, then Biden's the President, in name, at least.

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  16. The internet, starting with blogging, but now with social media, brought on a war of the "intellectuals". In intellectuals, I'm using Murray Rothbard's description as those who market the state (or some faction) "as legitimate, or at least better than the alternatives." The media were the gatekeepers of and as protection for the intellectuals for more than a century. But blogging let so many offer up their "expertise" and insight with ease. Instead of writing, submitting, hoping for publishing. Journalists, and academics, are quickly outed for their ignorance by people working in the field. Even here, we get little insights into how newspapers work(ed).

    Then along came Donald Trump and the chattering class allied themselves against the interloper. But he destroys them with a tweet. But their sinecures depended upon usurping Trump and marketing him as illegitimate. Even now many are calling for those who aligned with Trump to be denied access to campuses, as speaker or professor.

    But like the Soviet economy in 1988, the chattering class have been revealed as nothing close to what they marketed about themselves. And Trump will still draw them into circular firing squads even if Joe Biden is installed.

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  17. Typical leftist, often wrong, never in doubt.....

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  18. This is a spiritual war, growing daily. Put your trust in the Lord Jesus. God is sovereign.

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    1. And how did that work out for the Christians in the Coliseums of Rome. How did that work out for the Orthodox Chistians of Serbia who saw their sons taken away to serve in the Ottoman Janissary and their daughters forced into the Harems of the Caliph and his elites. Cromwell said put your faith in God and keep your powder dry. It was not prayer alone that freed the Christian's from Roman persecution but an Emperor, named Constantine becoming a Christian and by the coercive threat of force by his Legions that ended it. It took the Serbs 500+ years and much blood and battle to end the Muslim oppressors the Ottoman's rule over them. God chose 300 of Gideons army who never forgot who they were, soldiers, and not the other 700 who jumped in the water and felt God would protect them no matter what nor the 9,000 who wanted to go home to their wife and family's first vice meeting the threat at hand. Yes it is a spiritual war but spiritual wars are played out in the flesh and blood battlefields of earth. Many on our side still thinks this is just a game, shake hands, go home, and play again. Our enemy (the left) they are fighting for keeps. This is a war to them and all "war are based on deception" Sun Tzu. Another maxim of war is 'truth is the first casualty' We need to pray, but with eyes wide open and ready to repel all invaders.

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    2. My late wife and I are descended from the "Overmountain Men"
      of the American Revolution. Scots Irish and devout Christians they read the bible by firelight-and cleaned the Kentucky Long rifle while doing so...
      And defeated the best Army in the world..

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  19. So many losers jealous of President Trump and his accomplishments. RINOs will NEVER BE PRESIDENT AGAIN.

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  20. In every tragedy there is also good. While this battle is not over yet for I stand with the President till the end or as I HOPE and trust a second term it has been quite an eye opening event. The goats are being culled from the sheep. The traitors and sell outs amongst our so called leaders are being totally exposed for who they really are. From Presidents of Christian denominations to local pastors and board members of fast food chains who bow their knees and shine the shoes of Marxist. From Republican Govenors to Republican state legislatures who refuse to stand against fraud and theft of an election. We have learned a lot from this election may it not be in vain. The enemy is within the gates. Where there is no justice the people rebel.

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  21. History will remember the traitors who facilitated this coup, whether actively, knowingly, or by willful ignorance.

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