What was the riot all about? Nobody seems to know for sure, especially the rioters. Between that and the Fake News there is a lot of analysis going on that the Primal Scream Day may have done more damage to the Left than anything else. What is becoming more clear is that those engaged in screaming, vulgar, rants are protesting their own positions.
A proper response to the insanity, bigotry, hatred, and vulgarity shows up on occasion. See the FoxNews story about a Woman kicked off plane for berating Trump supporter in viral video. Note the response from the other passengers:
Koteskey said, however, the reactions of his fellow passengers were heartening.
“As the lady was removed I saw that I was surrounded by blacks, Latinos, Asians, and whites, all who had chimed in asking her to be removed and who had defended me,” he wrote on Facebook. “I was touched and moved knowing later that not all these people were Trump supporters. The black man who took the seat next to me was a registered Democrat and he and I had a very good discussion about the beauty of free speech and coming together when people insult and commit acts of violence just for having differing views.
“It truly was a great demonstration of AMERICA and its people coming together and standing up for one another.”
Luboš Motl comments on this: “Maybe many of the leftist spoiled brats in the U.S. must prepare for a wobbly ride because so many exemptions from the laws and rules that they have enjoyed throughout their life will no longer work for them.”
A Sane Look at EO1 provides another example. David Catron says it’s The Right Prescription: Trump’s Obamacare Order Is Bigger Than You Think – “It is no mere sop to his supporters nor is it a symbolic gesture.” What is worthy of note is that the Executive Order is about following the law, not trying to bypass it. That includes the recognition that ObamaCare must be changed by law and not fiat.
Section 5 shouldn’t even be necessary. It merely requires that executive agencies follow the law when they promulgate new rules and regulations. The atrocious record of the Obama administration, however, has been such that Trump and his advisors felt the need to remind the various agencies that they are not above the law: “To the extent that carrying out the directives in this order would require revision of regulations issued through notice-and-comment rulemaking, the heads of agencies shall comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable statutes in considering or promulgating such regulatory revisions.”
The reality that his opponents have forgotten is that much of Obamacare can be repealed by this executive order for the same reason the justly reviled contraception mandate can be tossed onto the ash heap of history. Even the much-hated individual mandate can be effectively neutralized by simply expanding the eligibility for hardship waivers to anyone without insurance coverage. It just takes the stroke of a presidential pen, and Donald Trump has clearly shown with Friday’s executive order that he isn’t afraid to wield that particular weapon.
Joel B. Pollak takes up the Propaganda Machine efforts as Fake News: Three Mainstream Media Lies on Trump’s First Day – “The mainstream media lost no time in attempting to undermine President Donald Trump, as opposed to actually reporting information.”
After eight years of kowtowing to Obama, they have suddenly discovered a civic responsibility to hold the government accountable. But they are focusing on minutiae, and in some cases actually telling lies, both of omission and commission. That risks alienating the public even further — making it harder, actually, for the media to act as watchdogs.
Lie #1: President Trump was focused on the crowd size at the inauguration.
Lie #2: President Trump insulted the CIA.
Lie #3: The anti-Trump protests in Washington, D.C. were important.
The crowd size thing is particularly indicative. It was based on a snapshot taken from the Washington Monument that contrasted with a similar snapshot take at the 2008 inauguration. The contrast became a rationalization for TDS of the ‘vox populi’ fallacy variety. Much like with the ‘warmest year evva’ claims, the analysis should be about the motivations and methods behind the assertions rather than the assertions themselves. Here’s from Glenn Reynolds:
Trump knows that the press isn’t trusted very much, and that the less it’s trusted, the less it can hurt him. So he’s prodding reporters to do things that will make them less trusted, and they’re constantly taking the bait. They’re taking the bait because they think he’s dumb, and impulsive, and lacking self-control — but he’s the one causing them to act in ways that are dumb and impulsive, and demonstrate lack of self-control.
This leads to a more subtle example of bias. In this case, it’s Taylor Millard about Thank Barack Obama for Donald Trump’s war on the media – The topic is a Saturday press briefing and he thinks “Sean Spicer has become a bit of a laughingstock for some of his Saturday night comments to the media.” What Spicer said was “There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable. And I’m here to tell you that it goes two ways. We’re going to hold the press accountable, as well.” Millard says that “only support our beliefs that Trump doesn’t really support free speech.” The question is how holding someone accountable can be construed as not supporting the Constitution? Free speech is not a license to speak unchallenged and the Administration has never expressed any proposal to censor others. It has only challenged veracity and often with rather obvious credibility based on reality.
Another item needing a bit of examination is The Soros Coincidence. Scott Johnson cites research of Asra Nomani published in the NYT that revealed the coincidence.
Johnson also takes a look at a Rumor of Schumor and finds Republicans are still surprised when they find they can’t trust Democrats. “In case you didn’t know this about Schumer: what a weasel.”
Paul Mirengoff takes a look at Trump at the CIA – this is an example of Trump bypassing the barriers of the swamp establishment.
As has been the case for months, the mainstream media has an ally in John Brennan, the anti-Trump former CIA head. A spokesperson for Brennan said:
“Former CIA Director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes. Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself.”
Brennan’s hyperbole confirms his status as a hyper-partisan and a Trump hater.
In its self-absorption and desire to slam Trump, the media has intentionally missed the real story of the Langley visit. The real story is Trump’s show of support for the CIA.
The distinction between the brass and the rank-and-file also sets up an easy refutation of the media’s claim that Trump is a hypocrite for blasting the CIA and then coming to Langley to praise it. Trump was blasting John Brennan and his crew, not the folks he addressed yesterday.
If your new boss, a crass guy, comes to your house for dinner, he’s going to talk loud, brag, and possibly burp, even if you serve dinner on china handed down from your great-grandmother. But the main takeaway will be that the boss thought it worthwhile to dine with you, and that he praised you and expressed his support.
Make it clear. Put it on the table. Confront the obfuscation, misperception, propaganda, deceit, dishonesty.