A couple of days back, I posted a reaction to the presidential debate which noted how different it was from previous debates, specifically the polite one between Jack Kennedy and Tricky Dick Nixon in 1960.
I posed the questions: What is happening with the world? Where is decorum? Where is civilization? In this brief video. Dinesh D’Souza nails the basic reason. The political parties once agreed on goals while disagreeing on how to attain them. That agreement on goals has vanished, taking civility along with it.
I am embarrassed — embarrassed, I tell you! — that I was a Democrat all my life until 2007. What excuse do I have? Nary a good one. I was living in one of those bubbles. Thank God that Barack Obama combined with my increased loathing — since the early 1990s — of Political Correctness burst that bubble for good. I saw the light.
And now I am free!
This past week, the Democrats provided another reason to celebrate my departure. They are so disturbed at the possibility of Trump’s adding another conservative to the Supreme Court that they vow to pack the court with added justices as soon as they can.
This will sound familiar to those with a grasp of history. Another Democrat, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, tried to pack the court too and for the same reason. By Jove, he wanted decisions to go his way! His court-packing was thwarted, however.
The Democrats have a long, sordid history.
I won’t start back in the 1800s, which is what most folks do when they highlight the party’s ugly past. I’ll start more recently. Welfare reform during Democrat President Johnson’s administration effectively removed fathers and husbands from black households, creating the abysmal situation we now find in America’s ghettos.
Let’s look at the Civil Rights Act of 1957, introduced by the Republican administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower who first proposed it in a State of the Union address. Ike later signed it into law, the first civil-rights legislation since Reconstruction. Lyndon Johnson, then a Democrat senator from Texas, opposed the legislation.
Later that same year, Republican President Eisenhower sent Army troops to Little Rock, Ark., to integrate schools because Democrat Gov. Orville Faubus refused to do so.* Moving on to 1960, Eisenhower — a Republican, mind you — signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960 after 81.5% of House Republicans voted for it, but only 59% of Democrats did.
When LBJ became president after Jack Kennedy’s assassination, he noticed the tenor of the times, changed his tune, and introduced the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Senate Democrats filibustered the legislation until the filibuster was broken by Republicans.
On final passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 80% of House Republicans voted for it while only 63% of Democrats did. In the Senate, 82% of Republicans voted yes, but just 69% of Democrats did the same. A more complete rundown of all this is available at The American Thinker.
Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
Digging deeper into the past, it was Republican President Abe Lincoln who signed the Emancipation Proclamation. You’d be surprised how many Americans today think Lincoln was a Democrat. After the Civil War, it was Democrats who founded the Ku Klux Klan. It was Democrats who lynched blacks. It was Democrats who initiated Jim Crow laws.
Democrats are smart and slick. They’ve labeled themselves liberal and progressive, which is laughably wrong. They’ve donned the Hat of Tolerance, which they are blatantly not. They call Republicans “racist” on a daily basis, which turns reality on its head.
And now, yet again, if Supreme Court rulings go against their desires, well, they’ll just pack the court with as many cronies as necessary to insure the contrary. Let’s hope they don’t get a chance. And I hope that if you’re a Democrat, you’ll wake up, as I did.
* Ike invoked the Insurrection Act of 1807 to do this, force Democrats to behave. Trump has indicated that he will also invoke the act to stop violence that will erupt in Democrat cities following his re-election. This is good and appropriate.
Bigwigs of the Democrat Socialist Party predict an election sweep in November! And Kamala Harris, who did lousy in the primaries, lets slip a reference to the upcoming Harris Administration! Oops, she meant to say Biden Administration.
Meanwhile, I enjoy watching Trump rallies around the nation. Here’s a brief video of one in California this week. How did that black dude get in there? He must have taken a wrong turn while heading to some “inclusive” Biden rally nearby.
But look at all the other blacks at the rally. How is that possible? My head is spinning. Someone must be paying them to be there. Sure, that’s it.
The blonde is the wonderful Limey Katie Hopkins who’s traveling around the United States enjoying the Trump fervor. If you do a search on YouTube for Trump rallies, you’ll find lots. Some are official rallies in which Trump is speaking to huge, enthusiastic crowds. Other rallies are unofficial ones, organized by Trump supporters.
The rally above is one of those. Good-humored people having a great time.
If you do a YouTube search for Biden rallies, you will find one that has taken place since the primaries. Just the one. Here it is.
The audience is never shown. When there is applause, it sounds like maybe 12 people
Meanwhile, Tuesday night, Trump participated in a “Town Hall” on ABC, a hostile network, hosted by George Stephanopoulos, a hostile moderator. It lasted 90 minutes. ABC offered the same opportunity to Sleepy Joe, but his handlers “couldn’t find an open date.”
You read that right. Joe’s handlers turned down the opportunity for 90 minutes of prime time, free, nationwide TV exposure on a sympathetic network.
Meanwhile, the Blond Bomber has been nominated for two Nobel Peace Prizes, prompting The Atlantic magazine to suggest that Nobel Prizes should be eliminated.* The Atlantic was in the news recently for saying that Trump insulted dead war veterans, an absurd claim that was quickly and soundly debunked.
* I agree with this due to Obama’s laughably winning the Peace Prize for doing absolutely nothing and Bob Dylan’s hilariously winning the Literature Prize. I guess the science prizes still mean something, however.
As promised a couple of weeks ago in Roses of September, the final monster aloe vera has been cut down to size, not totally eliminated as we did with the other one in July, but made more manageable, more petite.
One reason I did this is because when the rainy season fades away, we’ll be hiring guys to uproot the grass you see in the photos and replace it with stone and concrete as my ongoing lawn-replacement campaign soldiers on, perhaps to be completed before I die.
The aloe vera was poking way out over some of the grass, plus it was long overdue for some stern discipline anyway.
The rear gate was open during the butchery yesterday, so in walks the cheeky kid who lives out back, uninvited. I was sitting on the yard patio in a web chair overseeing the aloe vera trimming when he walks up and sits with me. I took his photo.
He had never been into our yard before and was quite impressed.
He, his parents and numerous siblings live across the street in what would accurately be called a miserable hovel. But he has a good attitude and is likable. When I stood up to go inside for breakfast, he walked to the dining room window and peered through the glass. I waved.
The work ended. The guys drove off with the green garbage in their pickup truck to dump God knows where — I don’t ask — and the neighbor boy was ushered out the back gate by me. Adiós, kiddo! Everything returned to normal.
The aloe vera appears as if it returned from a week at Weight Watchers.
Before you depart today, it will be fun to chuckle at the notions of the nutty folks on the other side of the political divide. Enjoy!
It neglected to mention the (half) black president!