Category Archives: Politics

UPDATED: Rex Tillerson: Private Sector Top-Performer Makes Pols Look Dumb

Business, Donald Trump, Human Accomplishment, Intelligence, Logic, Politics

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s pick for US secretary of state, instantiates the deep differences in intelligence and competency between politicians (those grilling him) and a top-performing individual, at the top of his game in the private sector (Tillerson). It’s night and day.

Impressive are Tillerson’s command of the issues, in-depth insights and meticulous, careful, logical approach. Tillerson’s confirmation hearing is what “no-experience-in-politics” looks like, when exhibited by a legendary top performer in the private-sector.

As historian Clyde Wilson has observed, politics is a degraded sphere. Poor pickings is all you get in politics (with negligible exceptions).

UPDATE:

Marco Rubio delivers, during the confirmation hearings, a neocon laundry list & lecture about what the US government must do with its people’s taxes to liberate the world. America First, moron. #MAGA

UPDATED (1/9): The Unbearable Banality Of Fox News (Tucker Carlson Excepted)

America, Conservatism, Intelligence, Media, Politics, Pop-Culture, Republicans

“Tocqueville in the 19th century, and Solzhenitsyn in the 20th, noted that conformity of thought is powerfully prevalent among Americans.” Thus, the possibility that a lonely voice telling an unwanted, original truth might be heard on Fox News is small.

With this in mind, I couldn’t resist bringing you the “mind-blowing” Fox headlines for December 22, 2016, the kind of insights that are off-the-charts brilliant (cynicism alert):

“Germany’s Refugee Policy Has Been a ‘Complete Disaster.'” [You don’t say!]

“Gutfeld Slams ‘Divisive, Alienating’ YouTuber Who Claimed Racism on Plane.” [Yawn.]

Meghan McCain, one of the dumbest women on TV: “‘I’m So Blown Away’ That Some Dems Want a 3rd Hillary Run.”

“‘Russia Didn’t Elect Trump, America Did'” [OMG!]

Prepare for the clincher: “‘Tolerance Is One-Sided’ on the Left.” [The truly brilliant Christopher Hitchens must be tossing in his grave. His brilliance has finally been bested.]

Mediocrity.

UPDATE (1/9):

UPDATED (11/20): Boycott Hamilton. Brandon Dixon: ‘Shut-Up And Sing’

Art, Etiquette, Politics, Pop-Culture, Propaganda

Everybody’s a preacher and a scold these days; nobody is professional. Nobody sings well, tells a good joke, writes proficiently or acts well anymore. It’s all polluted. It all bleeds into A Giant Finger Wagging and Lecturing.

Brandon Dixon is pathetic and insufferably pompous, not “powerful,” as Rolling Stone called the actor, who saw fit to lecture VP Mike Pence, who was naive enough attend the crappy Broadway show, “Hamilton.”

I won’t repeat the trite stupidities and cliches that tumbled from Dixon’s mouth. Read them if you like:

The cast of Hamilton addressed Mike Pence with a powerful speech after the Vice President-elect attended the Friday night performance of the Tony-winning hip-hop musical.

Pence had initially received an icy reception from the New York audience, with video of the Indiana governor being roundly booed upon entering the Richard Rodgers Theater quickly circulating on social media.

However, upon the show’s curtain call, the cast and crew of Hamilton, led by actor Brandon Victor Dixon, had a strong message to deliver to the VP-elect. “There’s nothing to boo here, we’re all here sharing a story of love,” Dixon said. “We have a message for you, sir.”

UPDATE (11/20): It’s all about etiquette; that and professionalism.

Is Trump Going Limp on Immigration? Naturally

Donald Trump, Ilana Mercer, IMMIGRATION, Politics

In my libertarian book of Trump, “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed,” I credit Trump so far only with breaking stuff that needs breaking, prying open The Political Spoils System as never before, getting it to rattle as in a death rattle, we hope. That’s all.

Katie Pavlich of Townhall.com is right: the signs of softening were there all along. But contrary to what Ms. Pavlcih writes, these signs were not, in my opinion, the opinions Trump shared as his pre-political persona.

Rather, the ominous signs were in Trump’s firing of good people, in his hiring of rubbish, and in his heeding what I term the family’s Pink Brigade or faction.

MORE Ms. Pavlich.

Discussion on Ilana Mercer Facebook.