Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I was wrong

On April 28, 2015, I predicted that Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner would succeed Gwyneth Paltrow and Sandra Bullock as People Magazine's Most Beautiful Woman in the whole effing world for 2016.

Apparently the grandmothers and great-grandmothers who comprise the bulk of People Magazine's readers are not prepared to go that extra mile yet, so the magazine settled on another peri-menopausal female, childless, 47-year old Jennifer Aniston.

So I was wrong.

The "transgender" debate of course rages on, as North Carolina has apparently run afoul of the NFL, Bruce Springsteen, Target, and others eager to defend the basic human right to go into whichever bathroom you want. Tyler Cowen returns to the fray on this. If you're interested you can run "McCloskey" on his site's Search option and see his conflict over the strange saga of his friend and fellow academic economist, Donald/Dierdre McCloskey. Incidentally, McCloskey is an erudite, smart, free market economist, whom one might describe as frankly conservative.

Men indulging in feminine affectations have been noted, and condemned, since Sts. Paul and John Chrysostom, and it would appear these people got along just fine without tromping into the opposite sex's bathrooms by indulging their kink at private parties and in theatrical performances. (+John Chrysostom spends some amount of time in one of his sermons railing against effeminate performers at Christian wedding receptions.) This being modern times of course, we can't just let things muck along at the private, local level. And so a matter that used to be in the closet is now out in the public space, prompting well-intentioned legislation from the putative conservative side, and generating an equivalent reaction from the Left, who declare the behavior of a tiny, deviant minority to be a fundamental human right.

The conservative side have my deepest sympathies, because we all know this is not just about "transgenderism" but a truly diabolical and gnostic effort to declare gender and family entirely fluid. In reality, if you tell us you’re a tiger, or that you are receiving extra-terrestrial transmissions in your head, we diagnose a mental disorder. Similarly, if you have an XY or XX chromosome in every cell in your body, manifesting themselves in the typical ways, it’s easier to diagnose some body/gender dysphoria than that your mind was somehow metaphysically deposited in the wrong place. Can anybody even explain that process? Is there any research being done on it? Or is this one of the secular faith’s Sacred Mysteries, to be hedged off and protected from skepticism and critical inquiry?

Speaking of being in the wrong place, is there any child or adolescent who doesn’t dream on some unhappy occasion that they’re actually a foundling, that their “real” parents (not the current meanies who sent them to their room) are actually fantastic royalty, or that one or another circumstance of life was just somehow not meant to be in some mystical sense? We tell them that such feelings are part of growing up and coming to terms with the world as it is. By contrast, transsexualism is the only disorder where we scream at everybody else that they have to accommodate the individual’s delusion.

U.S. foreign policy, January 20, 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you, and thank you to the Center for the National Interest for honoring me with this invitation.

I would like to talk today about how to develop a new foreign policy direction for our country – one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace.

It is time to shake the rust off of America’s foreign policy. It's time to invite new voices and new visions into the fold.

The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people, and American security, above all else. That will be the foundation of every decision that I will make.

America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.

Unfortunately, after the Cold War, our foreign policy veered badly off course. We failed to develop a new vision for a new time. In fact, as time went on, our foreign policy began to make less and less sense.

Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, and this led to one foreign policy disaster after another.

We went from mistakes in Iraq to Egypt to Libya, to President Obama’s line in the sand in Syria. Each of these actions have helped to throw the region into chaos, and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper.

It all began with the dangerous idea that we could make Western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interest in becoming a Western Democracy.

We tore up what institutions they had and then were surprised at what we unleashed. Civil war, religious fanaticism; thousands of American lives, and many trillions of dollars, were lost as a result. The vacuum was created that ISIS would fill. Iran, too, would rush in and fill the void, much to their unjust enrichment.

To all our friends and allies, I say America is going to be strong again. America is going to be a reliable friend and ally again.

We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy based upon American interests, and the shared interests of our allies.

We are getting out of the nation-building business, and instead focusing on creating stability in the world.

We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies.

A pause for reassessment will help us to prevent the next San Bernardino or worse -- all you have to do is look at the World Trade Center and September 11th.

And then there’s ISIS. I have a simple message for them. Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how. We must as, a nation, be more unpredictable. But they’re going to be gone. And soon.

Many Americans must wonder why our politicians seem more interested in defending the borders of foreign countries than their own.

Americans must know that we are putting the American people first again. On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy – the jobs, incomes and security of the American worker will always be my first priority.

No country has ever prospered that failed to put its own interests first. Both our friends and enemies put their countries above ours and we, while being fair to them, must do the same.

We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.

The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony. I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down, and will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs.

Donald J. Trump, April 27, 2016.

America first. Nation-states over globalism. The Machiavellian principle. No more nation-building.

What does an old, fat scold like Hillary say to top this? What does the oleaginous Ted Cruz say? The political and pundit class have no idea how strongly this message will resonate with the American people.

I assume a video recording of the speech, which I watched, will be available at some point and I'll update with the link.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going outside to have a cigarette.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Voice Of The Prophet

"We don't know what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans." ... "We don't know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasions."

Muammar Gaddafi, August 2010.