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.

The Kochs are jokes

Rich people think they’re rich because they’re smart.  Take the Kochs.  Please.  Their daddy was a very smart man, and he left them his company.   They’ve managed it well, and must be smart in business.  Politically, they’re morons.

They have pissed billions of dollars away on politics, and have nothing to show for it.  Instead of giving their money to people who knew what to do with it, they kept tight control of every penny, refusing to contribute to what they didn’t control.

Why, in the name of all that’s holy, do they think anybody cares what they think about Trump?  Nobody cares.  They are a contrary indicator.  They are politically clueless.  The Kochs are jokes.


Trump is a man of his time

And mine, since I’m a year older.  We share a lot of memories from when we were kids.  We remember wonderful things, and some frightening things, that will be forgotten once we’re gone.

Trump occasionally lapses into a Jackie Gleason persona, from the old TV show, The Honeymooners.  I’ve heard him make a joking reference to “Alice”, Gleason’s wife on the show.  Trump and I remember it well.  He’s definitely a Jackie Gleason kind of guy.  He’s a New York City American patriot.  He’s not blood and soil, as it is for those from the heartland.  But his patriotism is as strong as any.  It’s the patriotism of a capitalist.

Another TV show we watched as “The Millionaire”, about random people who are given a million dollars from an anonymous donor.  The idea of making a million dollars was beyond my comprehension.  But when Trump saw that, what did he think?  A million?  Chump change.

So we’re different, but nonetheless we see the world through the same eyes.  Trump is doing everything I’ve wanted a President to do, and some things I hadn’t thought of.  I feel sometimes as though I’m channeling Trump.  Because I understand, and approve of, everything he does.

Right now he’s thinking of the next twenty months, counting down to election day.  Above all, he wants a roaring economy in November of 2020.  He’ll get his deal with China in plenty of time.  Taxes will stay cut, and regulations will continue to be rationalized.  Important work, such as the rejection of “disparate impact” as a proof of discrimination, will continue.  The entire executive branch of government will be devoted to boosting the economy.

Congress is gridlocked, and dysfunctional.  If he can get a decent infrastructure bill, great.  But there will be no important legislation in the next 20 months.  And the markets like gridlock.

Meanwhile Trump rolls along.   It’s as though he was made for this job.  We’re all along for the ride, on the “Trump Presidency”, a reality TV show, starring Donald Trump, along with the stunningly beautiful First Lady, and the First Family.

It’s the greatest.