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December 26, 2023

The Morning Report — 12/26/23


Good morning, kids. Hope you all had a blessed and joyous Christmas. We're still light on the links as is usual post-weekend, as well as post-holiday and as the year winds down, yet the seriousness of what's going on reflected in what we do have for sure makes up for it on a number of fronts.

While Governor Jared Pole-Smoker flits about and utterly butchers an alleged rendition of "Feliz Navidad," you'll wish you were as blind as José Feliciano and as deaf as Marlee Matlin so as not to have to endure it.

No doubt, that horrid display was his attempt at "His-pandering" to the newly-minted illegal alien Democrat voter base, despite the fact that much of the current Latino base in the state and elsewhere were as revolted as we all were. Meanwhile, the shrinking number of normal Coloradans as well as the rest of normal America cannot avoid the illegal alien invasion that his party set in motion with the intentional erasure of our border and immigration controls, along with the erasure of the rule of law and morality with the state's supreme court's naked tyranny in removing Donald Trump from the primary ballot.

Once again, Ace cruelty fan-boi Victor Davis Hanson posts a double-whammy, first a plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose with the Colorado court:

In the election of 1860, southern Democrats in 10 states of the soon-to-be formalized Confederacy made it almost impossible for their own voters to cast ballots for Abraham Lincoln for President. In that sense, the Left in Colorado would have felt right at home in the ante-bellum South—erasing the name of a presidential candidate whom they loathed and by whom they were similarly terrified.

In eerie fashion, and also similar to the old ethos of the Confederacy, the Democratic Left now believes in state nullification of federal statutes. So like the would-be secessionist states of 1860-1, over 550 jurisdictions, almost all in blue states, claim that federal immigration laws no longer apply to them. Thus they brag that they can breezily be defied. (Not so easily or willfully are federal gun laws, or EPA mandates, or federal endangered species lists, ignored in red-state jurisdictions.)

The essence of sanctuary cities is an arrogant sense that federal law means nothing to morally superior local and state governments. So they nullify federal immigration laws in the manner of defying tariffs by South Carolina in 1832, or racial integration by Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1963. . .

. . . The echoes keep popping up periodically and predictably in the news, as we saw with the Colorado erasure of Donald Trump from Colorado’s primary and likely general election ballot. Take also racial fixations and obsessions. Is the current diversity/inclusion/equity—woke movement based on similar racial essentialism? Or in Confederate terms, are we back to certifying one’s particular DNA (now by blood tests, but then by genealogists)? Does the South’s old one-sixteenth/one-drop rule (ask Elizabeth Warren) still determine racial status and privilege?

Do our DEI/woke racially segregated campus dorms, segregated safe spaces, segregated graduations, and segregated events echo Wallace’s 1963 Inauguration Address chant—“Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!”? Are blue-states becoming like one-dimensional “King Cotton” economies of the past? . . .

. . . In the years before the Civil War and in the ante-bellum Jim Crow South, southern states bled populations fleeing to the new territories in the West or to the manufacturing and industrial boomtowns of the North. They were escaping a fossilized society of have and have nots—eerily representative of the current ethos of the blue-state paradigm. California has the richest zip codes and greatest number of billionaires, and near highest poverty rate. New York is close; both have largest number of residents escaping their states—ironically to a new South that is becoming as dynamic as the old bygone North.

So the recent ballot erasing of Colorado fits this larger picture of blue-states emulating the values of ante-bellum southern states—erasing ballots, defying federal laws, fixating on race and racial privileges, and catering to a one-dimensional medieval economy and caste, amid a growing underclass struggling with neglected infrastructure, poor schools, and growing poverty. . .

. . . So what will be the new/old Democratic 2024 election mantra? "Vote for us—and ballot deletion, states’ rights, federal nullification, racial essentialism and segregation, and a one-party, one-economy plantationist nation”?

The entire post is fascinating insofar as the parallels of 1860 to 2023/4 are concerned, vis a vis the run-up to the first Civil War. Whether or not the current situation once again tears the nation apart in another hot civil war is yet to be seen.

But one thing that has not changed in all that time, and really since Aaron Burr murdered Alexander Hamilton while parlaying with Spain to seize control of a large chunk of the nascent American nation, is the fact that 99.999% of the suffering, misery, strife, discord, dissolution and discontent that have befallen us since the founding of this nation – in short, everything wrong with America is the direct result of the policies and actions of the Leftist movement and its home base of the Democrat Party. All of it.

That is my political philosophy in a nutshell, and the sole determinant now of my voting habits, the vicissitudes of the candidates and paucity of real leadership insofar as reversing course to pre-1913 American government notwithstanding.

Now, on to VDH part deux:

We should remember the now modern proverb of Nixon-era economic advisor Herb Stein to the effect that what cannot go on (without destroying the nation), simply will not go on.

In some sense, the country for recent years has been cruising on the fumes from prior and likely better wiser generations and institutions. In 2024, the tab for our current apathy, toxic politics, and incompetence will come due. So next year we will likely see the climax to a number of current dangerous ideas, events, and forces, which finally will either overwhelm us or be addressed and remedied. We live in a Neronian age but can recover if we first understand how we got here and the nature of the suicide we are committing. . .

. . . After the 2021 Kabul debacle, the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the 2023 brazen Chinese spy balloon’s uncontested trajectory over the United States, the recent Hamas invasion of Israel, the serial Iranian-fueled terrorist attacks on U.S. installations in the Middle East, and the terrorist Houthis’ veritable absorption of the Red Sea, many of America’s opportunistic enemies drew conclusions and adopted strategies that would have been previously unthinkable. Either adversaries will be so emboldened to start regional wars—an impotent Iran now brags it will block the entire Mediterranean—or a United States will be shocked into action and have to deter Iran, the Houthis, and Islamic terrorism, while dealing with an opportunistic China eager to annex Taiwan, and Russia determined to finish off Ukraine. . .

. . . No one in government has offered any projected costs to states and federal agencies of offering health, food, housing, legal, and education subsidies to millions—who broke the law by entering the U.S. and continue to do violate it while residing unlawfully here. Is that the sign of a promising American citizen—that the first thing he does upon entering America is to break his host’s law? Incredibly, no one has even explained to Americans why millions of illegal aliens are exempt from the vaccine mandates, background checks, and adherence to the law that is demanded of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants. We will soon demand “real” IDs of American citizen airline travelers, while we fly illegal aliens all over the states without any identification?

In fact, those who blew up the border can’t honestly even explain to the American people why they did so. Was it to ensure future (or even present) political constituents? Cheap labor? To ensure higher taxes to pay for more government services and to “spread the wealth?” Obeyance to the diversity/equity/inclusion lobbies? To make up for fleeing blue-state population? The United States has now exceeded, both in real numbers and in percentages, all past numbers of non-native born American residents—at a time when civic education, the idea of the melting pot, and adherence to assimilation have never been more under assault. . .

. . . The October 7 Hamas invasion of Israel and premodern massacring of nearly 1,200 Jews—and the virulent anti-Semitism that swept our elite campuses and big cities even before the October 27 Israeli Defense Forces’ retaliatory invasion of Gaza—was a wakeup call about the racialized hatred and anti-Semitism now endemic on the Left. Campus protestors dropped the prior protestations that they were not anti-Semitic in their hatred of Israel. Instead, they now call out Jews by name. They disrupt their homes and businesses, regardless of their views on Zionism. Pro-Hamas protestors feel free to harass Jews, and with impunity and arrogance chant genocidal chants promising the destruction of Israel and its Jewish population. . .

. . . The apogee of such extremism was evident in the congressional testimony of  three ethically challenged Ivy-League presidents. They reminded the nation that no campus president would unequivocally condemn, much less punish, any anti-Semites on a campus, who openly called for the destruction of Israel and its Jewish population. And they lied about “free speech” constraints on their punishment of mainstreaming anti-Semitic and genocidal threats—given they routinely expel, censure, and variously punish all sorts of “hate speech,” but only if it is directed against their own DEI constituencies. All this is not tenable. . .

. . . They understand that half the country knows the January 6 “riot” was the work of unarmed, overzealous, and buffoonish protestors, who broke the law by entering the Capitol, but otherwise had no master insurrectionary plan. And the majority surrounding the Capitol did in fact obey the president’s call to protest “peacefully” and “patriotically.” The left privately understands that their latest weaponization of government follows their “Russian collusion hoax,” their “laptop disinformation” farce, their two politicized impeachments, their performance-art Mar-a-Lago documents raid, and thus are all part of a systematic degradation of our campaigns, elections, and political customs, tradition, and discourse.

A jaded public knows too well that such punitive measures never applied to the 2016 Hillary Clinton crimes of destroying subpoenaed emails and devices, or the FBI’s illegal alteration of FISA documents or its contracting out social media to suppress news stories, or its hiring of a foreign national Christopher Steele, who compiled a fake “dossier” to destroy the candidacy of Donald Trump. . .

Pause while I remind the estimable Dr. Hanson, who somehow never mentions this rather salient point, that aside from the fact that the "buffoonish protesters" as he calls them did not break into the Capitol but were literally escorted into the building by the police, the violence he seems to attribute to them was instigated by scores of agents-provocateur; FBI/DOJ confederates or actual agents themselves. Back to the action. . .

What then do the campaign and election of 2024 foreordain? We will be in entirely new and completely dangerous territory. The likely Republican nominee who currently leads incumbent president Joe Biden will be for most of 2024 the constant target of a coordinated state and local Soviet-like effort to destroy his candidacy before the voters can even vote for or against him in the November election.

In sum, in 2024, we will either see the destruction of presidential electoral politics as we have known them or a complete repudiation of lawfare. The current new normal that the party in power indicts the leading candidate of the opposition is not sustainable or compatible with the idea of America.

Will we meet these challenges or ensure the ongoing decline?

If what we saw after October 7, or the wild and out-of-control reign of weaponized local and state prosecutors, or what we watch nightly on television at the border, or the paralyses we witness abroad of our military, or the breezy way in which our officials promise groups here and abroad billions of dollars in easy money, continues into 2024, then the country as we knew it will become unrecognizable.

Dr. Hanson, the country as we knew it is already completely unrecognizable. More to the point, you ask us if we are going to "meet these challenges." My question to you, and every other smart, erudite historian, commentator and pundit who writes these very well-thought essays on the state of play is simple:

H O W ? !

With a thoroughly corrupt government that has weaponized law enforcement and intelligence to target any voice of opposition, a media that is a propaganda house organ that silences voices of dissent while pumping out bald-faced lies and smears to prop up the regime and destroy all opponents, an educational system that has created at least two generations of useless brainwashed dolts instead of citizens, and a private sector that more and more is crony-fascisticly in bed with the regime, how is the average person supposed to "meet these challenges?"

In Dr. Hanson's defense, he is great at being able to articulate and catalogue the problems and their causes. If you have read him over time, he has become more and more alarmed at the speed and depth of the dissolution. Yet, he is still reticent, like so many others, at identifying real solutions, especially as the situation descends into an existential threat. Can't say I blame him.

The fact of the matter is the challenges are meeting us, with brass knuckles to the face. For the moment, that's rhetorical, but for those still languishing in the Garland Archipelago that you labeled "buffoons" it's not rhetorical at all.

As we roll into 2024, it's become more and more obvious that it'll either be ballots or bullets. And as we all saw in 2020, ballots are likely not going to cut it. If by some miracle they do, then for sure the bullets will be coming right at us.


  • Richard Moss, MD: "Medical schools embraced DEI, and it’s now beginning to infiltrate medical practices across America."
    DEI Comes to Jasper, Indiana
  • Victor Davis Hanson: "Will we meet the challenges or ensure the ongoing decline?" (Even the great VDH is not immune from perfectly diagnosing the situation without addressing the fundamental question of fighting back: "How?" - jjs)
    2024—The Year of Our Reckoning

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