We’re not voting for prom king

A moderate can see both sides of an argument.  Moderates are practical, pragmatic people.  They want things to function properly.  In this country, politically. that means they want the economy growing, and improving people’s lives.  If it works, it’s good enough for a moderate.

The left understands all this, and it means they can’t allow the election of 2020 to be about the economy.  It’s got to be about Trump.  The issuance of the Mueller report is just the end of one phase of the resistance.  It continues until election day.  But as Nietzsche said, if it doesn’t destroy me, it makes me stronger.  Trump won’t back down or be bullied.  He was born for this kind of combat.  He’s in his element, in the ring, no holds barred.  He’s the first bold man to be President since Andrew Jackson.


Moderation in the pursuit of social justice is no virtue

The left hates the swamp, almost us much as anyone does.  They know Pelosi and Schumer and the whole crew is totally corrupt.  Bought and paid for by Big Pharma, Wall Street and all the other pigs at the trough.  Except for the AOC Gang, and a few others, they’re as much the enemy as Trump.  They corrupt the Democratic Party, and it must expel them.  Only then can the political movement needed to enact the New Socialism be built.

For someone of AOC’s generation, the election of 2020 is just the beginning.  She’s in it for the long haul, and first business first.  Putting Pelosi and Schumer on the ash heap of history is job one.


The Sanders, and Goldwater, Insurgents

The Bernie Brigade reminds me of my first campaign, for Barry Goldwater.  We knew Goldwater wasn’t going to win the White House.  But the important thing, for us, was taking control of the Republican Party, and defeating its east coast, moderate establishment.  When Barry beat Rockefeller in the California primary in June of 1964, we had won the battle.  Winning the war would take more time.  16 years, in fact, but it was worth the wait.

The Bernie Bros feel the same.  They begin with the rejection of the Democratic Party establishment.  It’s not only the Clinton corruption they disdain, but all the Washington fat cats, of both parties.  Once the stench of money grubbing is driven out of the party, then the task of building a national movement. If the movement isn’t strong enough to take out Trump, they’ll win in 2024  . We had to wait 16 years, for Reagan.  They think they can do better.

What this means is that the Democratic nominee will be held strictly to account on all the various pathologies that make up the agenda of the far left.  Purity, above all, will be insisted on.  Electability is not a valid concern.

Next year, the Democrat will be the most radical major party nominee in American history.  It’s almost as though the Good Lord is smiling on Donald J. Trump.  I think Barry Goldwater is.  And Ronald Reagan.

Walmart, the handicapped, and the American Way

By the time of our revolution an American in the northern states had the highest standard of living in the world.  The common man was better off here than anywhere.  It’s been that way ever since, and it will continue as long as there is an America.  We live in a blessed land, and thus are a blessed people.

The common man did well because there weren’t that many of them, and labor was expensive.  For one thing, an American could always pack up and move on, to greener pastures.  For another thing, the main source of government revenue from the tariff, and high tariffs allowed for high wages.

Trump was elected by the common man, and he wants them to elect him again.  He’s doing everything he can to get higher wages, and to the extent that he succeeds, his prospects improve.  Controlling the border will result in higher wages for the common man, and that is part of why he will not stop until he gets it.

Here in Sonora, California, it seems to be working.  Over the last year I’ve seen a change in the workforce at Walmart.  They are now hiring the virtually unemployable.  No one else would hire these people.  They can only do simple tasks.  They’re the bottom of the labor pool.  But they’ve got jobs now, probably the first in their lives.

Giving them a job is the best thing anyone could do for these people.  If they can keep the job, and the income, they’ve got a shot at a normal life.  I think that for some of these people, and their families, this job is a very big deal.

More of the common man for Trump.

Taking out Jon Tester with a great Dane

Tester’s not that good, but he’s been lucky.  He first won against Denny Rehberg in 2012, and last year beat Matt Rosendale.  Rehberg was a terrible candidate, and Rosendale wasn’t much better.

Because Rosendale has some money, he got elected statewide, as Auditor.  This apparently made him think he had some political skills.  In fact, he’s an awful candidate, phony, mawkish.  He tries so hard to be Montanan that it’s pathetic.  With Trump’s full-throated support, any half way decent Republican could have won.  But Rosendale doesn’t connect with people.

Now the word is out that Rosendale will be running for the U. S. House next year, to take Gianforte’s seat, who’ll be running for Governor.  This could mean, and probably does, that Rosendale wants another shot at Tester in 2024.  Bad idea.  Rosendale has proven he doesn’t have the skill to take out Tester.

There should be at least two alternatives.  One is former Speaker Austin Knudsen, who  will run for Attorney General next year, positioning himself perfectly for a run at Tester four years later.  The other is State Senator Al Olszewski, who will be running for Auditor, also in perfect position.

Olszewski’s a great guy, and a good conservative, but Austin Knudsen is by far the better candidate.  He’s 37, with a wife and two kids, and a Montana native and MSU grad, as well as the Montana Law School.  His great grandfather immigrated from Denmark in 1917, joined the army, and served in World War One.

He supported legislation opposed by the oil industry, and it cost him his job with one of the few law firms in his part of eastern Montana.  He paid a high price for his personal integrity.  This is my kind of guy.

I’ve never met Austin, but I hope to later this year.  A race for Attorney General of Montana can’t be that hard to win.  And after that, it’s Knudsen for Senate in 2024.