THE STATE OF THE UNION (According to Honey’s experiences of the last few weeks)

Within the last few weeks I have had conservatives lambaste liberals to me as a Fifth column, never to be trusted. They tell me liberals are inbuilt enemies of this country with whom we must not associate in any capacities. They are disgusted with the way the left constantly puts down Trump and uses this crisis politically, almost celebrating this disease and our stock market’s decline, Anything that could help bring down Trump is okay by the liberals. Conservatives fill my inbox with bombardments of columns expressing the anger that they constantly feel against liberals and their stubbornness in facing the truth about how horrible their party has become, full of socialists and anti-semites.

Contemporaneously, I have had liberals accosting me with expressions of their terror, panic for our doom all because Trump isn’t doing enough and never takes it seriously and is incompetent and doesn’t care about this country – and don’t bother me about China being the cause when we all know, even if you don’t, the real cause is our horrible president and why is he allowed to be president when he is aiding in bringing about our doom, etc. And you are the only one who feels the way you do and will defend Trump no matter what. How can you finally refuse to face the truth that your president is horrible and causing this disease to spread because of his stupidity, his incompetence and his lack of caring for America? This president is making me sick and I can’t stand it and you refuse to agree with me.

Talk about living in alternative universes. Only this time it is me living in both at the same time.

How can we ever become the UNITED States of America when we are so divided? Is this unfixable?

Of course I sympathize with the first point of view for several reasons. I despise the way the current dem party is full of socialists and anti-semites. It used to be that one could always count on the dem party to protect Jews and love and support Israel. Now dem party platform is outright anti-semitic and the Marx Sisters are so egregious in their attitudes and statements and the party is not even able to summon the courage to condemn their rhetoric. When Trump moved the Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, not one Democrat could see fit to go to celebrate that glorious occasion. NOT ONE.

And if you listen to the dem debates, they were all jumping over each other to move further to the left in their economic choices and central government planning choices. No one condemned Bernie for his love affair with all countries communist. I cannot associate myself with a party for whom these are the best it has to offer.

And with liberals I know blasting me all the time because I refuse to see the light when it is they who run from the truth and have limited knowledge because they pay attention to news sources like CNN and associate only with fellow liberals, it would be easy for me to condemn all liberals outright because they are so obtuse and do not know how to argue and if I make a good point, they can’t stand it and out comes the immediate “I don’t want to talk about it.”

But where I draw the line is when I am told to reject them as anti Americans and the enemy. My liberal friends love America and are good, kind people who simply mean well but are fighting the wrong causes because they are being inundated with wrong information and closing themselves off from learning the other side’s thoughts. They are in fact cultish.

However, I believe they too want what is best for our country. They are just people I do not agree with. If they are frantic about global warming and abortion rights and the social issues, I have other things that concern me.

I tell them all the time, “I don’t impugn your motives. Give me the same courtesy and don’t impugn mine.”

That is where I draw the line with the first point of view above. I like to quote Dennis Prager (and I do often). He talks about liberals as being distinct from The Left. It is a good idea. So I am not ready to throw out my liberal friends because we disagree or because we become panic stricken over different things.

It is much easier for me to be absolute in disagreeing with those in the second category.

While I didn’t want Trump at all in the beginning, from the moment he chose Pence (my first choice before Pence backed out and then my support went to Ted Cruz) and for most of what he has done since, I have been in his corner and with some few disagreements about some of his policies, I think he is second only to Reagan as my favorite president in my lifetime. I agree with his mockery of the media and enjoy his driving liberals nuts. He is fun. And he is getting some serious things done for us that are beneficial for the long haul. I am sickened by those who despise him, especially by liberal Jews who should learn some gratitude for such a president, particularly after what we had to contend with with the last one.

And, above all, I tell my liberal friends, you will not change my mind so do not discuss politics with me. They hate when I discuss politics because they will not changer their minds, either, but it is usually they who bring it up to me, though they do not realize it.

I am put in a terrible bind.

So now we have this current panic. At first my question was why is this the first time dances have been cancelled when this has never happened before. Then I asked why does everyone hate Trump and blame him when there are so few cases here and, according to one Rush rant, in 2010, 60 million Americans caught the Swine Flu and 20,000 died, 1800 of which were children, and Obama did nothing and I don’t remember one Republican chastising him or one person in congress or the media. And I am sick of this selective indignation.

And anyway. Just let’s get to work. We are America and when there is a crisis, we get out of it together. And if Trump was not exercised about it at first, neither was I until I learned more.

Trump’s knowledge was delayed we now know because China told no one what was going on. Once Trump learned about the disease and how it spread, he sprang into action and has not made one false move since as far as I’m concerned, mobilizing private industry and getting what we need started. I don’t love all of his proposed legislation of bailouts and money payouts, and prefer tax vacations and such and regulation drawdowns. But for the most part Trump is getting it right.

So there I am seeing and hearing both sides and having to sort it all. But what to do?

My prescription for this divide is simple and both sides have to want it.

I don’t need liberals to agree with me and there is surely small choice of my agreeing with them. I told one friend, “I am going to give you the best advice anyone ever gave you in your life. I love you and I am talking to you like a loving mother. Turn off CNN and never watch it again as long as you live. Listen to Rush if you want to know anything and Dennis Prager. Don’t read or watch anything if it disturbs you so much. But whatever you do, keep away from CNN!”

We must respect each other, liberals and conservatives. We can openly despise and put down The Left. But reasonable people everywhere can come to terms especially in a crisis like this. We are all in this together and we have to work together to fix things. We are Americans and we know how to do that better than anybody else.

Let’s be filled with love and gratitude for this great country and let’s get to work to fix thing.

Yet talking about contrasts again:

Here is an excerpt of a column I liked a lot by a realist, not a liberal (David Harsanyi):

But, on the other hand, there is no nation that can scale up production the way we can when we do take a war footing. I suspect that the risk-taking and entrepreneurial spirit embedded and fostered in American life will pay off. It took a week for an open-source project to come up with a 3D-printed ventilator validation prototype for hospitals. It takes only days for trucks to arrive with more food and supplies. In the United States, the instinct to hoard is psychological, not a matter of survival.

It’s difficult for us, the healthiest and safest generation in history, to contemplate that some things are beyond our control. People are dying. Even if we avoid the worst of the medical emergency, the economic one will be devastating for millions. Still, I’m not being a delusional patriot when I say there is no place I would rather be to ride it out than the United States.

And, on the other hand, another excerpt of a recent column about the new hope from the anti malarial pill which might help a lot, this bit of negativity, not surprisingly, from The New York Times:

With Minimal Evidence, Trump Asks F.D.A. to Study Malaria Drugs for Coronavirus,” the headline reads. And the subtitle: “The use of the existing drugs against the new virus is unproven, and some shortages have already been reported.

The article went on to claim that the president had “exaggerated the potential of drugs available to treat the new coronavirus, including an experimental antiviral treatment and decades-old malaria remedies that hint of promise but so far show limited evidence of healing the sick.”

Another Times article on the topic bore the headline “Trump’s Embrace of Unproven Drugs to Treat Coronavirus Defies Science.

You see what this liberal sheet just did? They took the great good news of hope that an inexpensive drug in conjunction with another, both already approved and easily available, and used the usual filthy things like, some experts believe or, we don’t really know enough to jump on a foolish bandwagon as Trump is ready to do, or warning that there are already reports of shortages – anything to mock hope, anything to disrupt belief in the possibility that something could fix this.

Disgusting people.

No one, not Trump nor his team of doctors, has announced that this has conclusively been proven to work 100%. It is merely something that, tested in a small controlled group, did work. And is that not a good thing?

To the left it is never a good thing if it brings credit to Trump or anyone on our side. It is only good if it helps them to have more power.

I may regret mentioning this, but here is a note I wrote recently to a friend mocking the liberal establishment for its hope that this at last will bring Trump down:

I tried to tell two friends that this was caused by China and they blew me off saying it doesn’t matter what caused it, we have to stop it. Translation, if you don’t have anything bad to say about Trump, I have no interest.

Leftists, as opposed to my liberal friends, need this crisis, any crisis, to hang their hopes on. The worst thing that could ever happen to the left is if that anti malarial pill could do the trick. Their depression would be palpable.

Global warming, they would intone. Alarm, alarm. Look over here. Please, we need some climate catastrophes soon. Anything. Help. Please, help. I’m drowning. Nothing is working…..h e l p p p p p p p…

On civility

Consider this:

A democrat president nominates a person for the Supreme Court. Hearings are not used to demolish the character of the nominee or to lie about the choice. Republicans, generally polite, agree that elections have consequences and a president gets to choose his nominee and usually the nominee gets the votes of the vast majority of the Republican senators.

A Republican nominates a Supreme Court Justice and then it begins – the tearing down of the reputation, the lies about what America would look like if this nominee were on the Court, the witnesses and speeches and whatever they can use to destroy this person.

And though some Dems may vote for the President’s choice, the majority of the dems will vote no.

Consider the same kind of behavior for almost any other thing you want.

Consider how often the Tea Party members, Republicans in the congress, the Republican President and his supporters are called all sorts of hideous things. Nazis, treasonous (punishable by death), racists – you name it.

Show me the Republican public official who uses such name calling of Dems. More often there is a discussion of why we disagree with them. If we call them socialists, it’s because that is what they call themselves.

If we call them anti-semites, well, it is difficult not to the way they speak. But generally we talk about disagreements rather than call them names.

In colleges the fight against freedom of speech of those you may disagree with does not come from the right. It is leftists who promote violence and refuse to allow freedom for certain speakers to speak.

The IRS under Obama singled out conservative groups and delayed their ability to get tax exempt status. I can’t recall the IRS under any Republican president doing that against liberals.

Facebook punishes and restricts only conservatives, never leftists. Same with other social media.

And finally the press helps out the left by using the same tactics as the dems.

I ask you is civil discourse possible under these conditions?

Apocalypse Now forty years on

Always irrelevant when discussing Viet Nam is that communists are bad and did horrific things.

And when art becomes a soapbox, it becomes an editorial instead of art.

There is definitely art in this movie. But the soapbox gets in the way and the selective indignation of those who love this movie, the “war is not the answer” crowd, annoys me.

That said, I have never seen any review of AN that talks about the most interesting thing of all about it.

The interminable and pretentious speech by Marlon Brando at the end of the movie is worth it for its last line.

Kurtz goes on and on about what he is doing and why people follow him and then he tells about a child who had gotten an injection from visiting doctors from the West to save his life and the parent cut off the child’s arm rather than have him corrupted by western poison. And Brando’s concluding line is something like we in the West can never win this war against people that fanatic .

It was to me the best thing about that movie and the truest.

Communists are horrible and destroy for the sake of their power and will go to any lengths to win. Americans are idealists and do not understand the real nature of war and until we realize that fanatics will stop at nothing and we must be as ruthless, there is no point to going into war. We might as well lay down and surrender to all tyrants in advance.

They are in it to win it and so we must be.

The movie had lots of gorgeous images and startling ideas. But nothing in it understands what the free world is up against until that last sentence from Brando’s interminable tale.

Welcome to the party, pal!

Better late than never, I guess…

Twitter used to be interesting. I signed up a decade ago and quickly became addicted. You could meet smart people with similar interests, funny people with disturbing interests, and get breaking news a day before the cable nets got around to it.

A lot has changed in 10 years. Today, Twitter is mostly dumb people yelling at each other and self-appointed hall monitors trying to shut down accounts they don’t follow. On Saturday, feminist Meghan Murphy was permanently banned for stating that men aren’t women. Sunday, conservative commentator Jesse Kelly was permanently banned for … who knows? Twitter gave no explanation. In response, ur-blogger Instapundit deactivated his account and others are likely to follow.

With every dead account, Twitter gets a little less interesting. And since the social media site hasn’t been very interesting for years, that’s something CEO Jack Dorsey can little afford. There’s an obvious anti-conservative bias at play — most of the big names are booted for disagreeing with leftist narratives. Meanwhile, charmers like Louis Farrakhan say whatever they want.

Perhaps in a few years, everyone on the site can agree with each other about everything. Problem for Twitter is, there’ll only be a dozen members.

I’ve considered deleting my Twitter account a few times in the past year. Instead, I just spend less time there. I’ll tweet a joke or two, toss in a couple of links, then disappear for a few days. Sometimes, a few weeks. Then I enjoy real life, whether reading, writing, or hanging out with friends and family. (I also enjoy napping.)

Hopefully, Twitter will restore Murphy and Kelly’s accounts soon and Instapundit will return. But for their sakes, it might be better if they don’t. Real life is a lot more interesting than a dying social media service. […]

I guess this black life didn’t matter…

I’m disgusted beyond words…

One of the three Baton Rouge police officers killed by a gunman on Sunday penned a heartbreaking Facebook post about treatment of law enforcement roughly one week ago.

The officer’s words, now with new meaning, were going viral hours after the shooting.Montrell Jackson, a 10-year veteran with the Baton Rouge Police Department, was a husband and father to a newborn son.

“I’m tired physically and emotionally. Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart. I still love you all because hate takes too much energy but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me or my wife it was needed and much appreciated. I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat. I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have tested me to the core. When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don’t really know you at all. Look at my actions they speak LOUD and CLEAR. Finally I personally want to send prayers out to everyone directly affected by this tragedy. These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I’m working in these streets, so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer. I got you.”

The Democrat party has this poor man’s blood on their hands. They can all go to hell.

Hell Yeah, “He Lied”!

Remember during Barack Obama’s 2009 joint address to the US Congress while Obama was beaming and glowing like a healthcare savior that his self-named legislation to take over the nation’s healthcare system would be glorious, and that everyone against it, and him, was just spreading nasty lies about ObamaCare, especially about it covering illegal aliens … and republican Congressman Joe Wilson shouted about the disbelieving mumbles “You LIE!”?

Over and over again Rep. Wilson has been vindicated … And again…

(UPI) – California could become the first state to ask the federal government to let undocumented immigrants buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation Friday that attempts to allow people in the country illegally to purchase the insurance through Covered California without costing the state or federal government anything.

Undocumented immigrants are barred from the insurance exchanges but Obamacare allows states to apply for a federal waiver if the federal government doesn’t have to pay for the costs. Up to 390,000 people who earned an income too high for Medi-Cal could purchase the insurance through the exchange.

“The current policy disallowing immigrants from purchasing care with their own money is both discriminatory and outdated,” Sen. Ricardo Lara, who wrote legislation, said in a statement. “I thank Gov. Brown for advancing justice today.”

Republicans in the legislature said it would overburden the healthcare system, possibly increase premiums and attract more undocumented immigrants to the state.

Brown last year signed a bill allowing 170,000 people under the age of 19 who are in the county illegally to sign up for Medi-Cal.

The state also has allowed immigrants there illegally to apply for professional licenses and for drivers licenses.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director for the National Immigration Law Center, hopes California’s new law will spur other states to pass similar legislation.

[…]

Uh-huh…

And this: Report: New evidence of rising ‘Obamacare’ premiums

Liberal Tolerance 2.0: Kill The Republicans

Not to worry.
It’s all good.
He’s a democrat.
He’ll get away with it.

The Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson, Pulitzer Prize winner, is apparently beyond pissed off at the state’s republican legislatures over a recent vote concerning public school funding vs. charter school funding…

(The Federalist) – The reason? The lawmakers voted for legislation that would give parents more choices to avoid Michigan’s failing public schools. Detroit’s public schools are failing academically and nearly insolvent, the New York Times wrote in January. The Detroit News wrote in March that “the statewide opinion of K-12 education is downright ugly.” That poll showed residents didn’t think throwing money at public-union-controlled schools was the answer, with 63 percent saying it takes more than money to improve education.

While teacher unions and the politicians whom they support fight many changes to the educational system that give parents more leverage, charter schools have been making a difference in educational outcomes…

[…]

Yesterday Michigan’s Republican legislators voted to bail out Detroit’s abysmally run schools with $617 million in taxpayer funding. The same bill also fought efforts to constrain charter school choices in Detroit. Prior to the vote, Stephen Henderson wrote on his editorial page:

“We really ought to round up the lawmakers who took money to protect and perpetuate the failing charter-school experiment in Detroit, sew them into burlap sacks with rabid animals, and toss them into the Straits of Mackinac.”

After noting that charter school advocates support charter schools, he doubled down on the violent rhetoric:

“It is every bit deserving of an old-school retributive response.
A sack. An animal. A lake.

No lover of actual democracy could weep at that outcome.”

But the big question to push in Henderson’s smug face when you bump into him today at the sidewalk hotdog cart, especially if you are one of these parents, is, “Okay, so, you want the same fascistic politically-driven punishment for us too, Comrade Henderson?”

The publication Henderson works/writes for is ironically called the Detroit Free Press and oddly enough the title of his bloodthirsty editorial missive: “Michigan House’s Detroit schools bills are pure garbage, not about kids” is in and of itself deeply ironic, given Henderson no doubt strongly supports the teachers union(s) dictated public school system and this is what the unions really feel is their primary concern: