Is Trump falling short on North Korea?
Now that Kim Jong Un has a launch vehicle that can hit Washington, D.C. perhaps our political leaders will now take things more seriously.
Trump came into office promising to deal more harshly than his five predecessors whose devotion to failed diplomacy enabled NK to move ahead with its nuclear program. We even helped them out financially with a billion dollar bribe that did not work.
Of course, we have always assured the American people that a nuclear NK was unacceptable even as we accepted it. In classic diplomatic double talk, we consistently said that no option is off the table even as the appeasing left has assured Pyongyang that there was no military option to be considered.
To his credit, Trump has ramped up both the rhetoric and the international pressure on NK. In keeping with the theory that China is key to the resolution of the problem, Trump has gotten China to publicly agree that denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is mandatory — and Beijing has significantly increased its sanctions. But, maybe the theory is wrong. Maybe even China cannot force NK to stop and desist. So far China has been unable or unwilling.
Trump got an unprecedented vote in the UN (including Russia and China) to pile on more international sanctions on the Kim regime. He has produced an international consensus that includes the critically important South Korean and Japanese governments. But, but so far it has not worked either.
Is Trump now stuck with the past failed policies of empty threats and ineffective sanctions? Or must he now put the military option on the table for real? Is it time to seriously consider the unthinkable?
Secretary of Defense Mattis has said that the United States has a number of military options short of nuclear war without delineating them. Maybe it’s time for our diplomats to be talking to our allies and the international community about those options and under what circumstances we WILL deploy them either as part of an international coalition or unilaterally.
Our position with China should be that they bring about regime change in NK with new rational leadership allied to Beijing or they will see South Korea take over the entire peninsula with our help.
That pesky rule of law
New York Democrat Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (you can already tell where this is heading) has called for the resignation of Michigan Democrat Congressman John Conyers over accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior. In an interview with Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor asked if that does not go against the American philosophy that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Even though many of the alleged offense making headlines today have long passed the statutes of limitation, there are still those ethics investigations.
Rice had a very simple answer. These issues should be judged and settled in the court of public opinion because they are not bogged down with the assumptions of innocence, rules of evidence and guilty beyond reasonable doubt. She also dismissed the ethics investigations as ineffective.
Think about this of a moment this lawyer, former prosecutor and now a member of Congress sworn to uphold the constitution thinks accusations of sexual misconduct — and even that may be defined too broadly (no pun intended) – should be resolved by public opinion period. No due process.
If you want to fully appreciate Representative Rice’s form of justice, you can look to the vigilantes in the Old West and the lynch mobs in the old solid Democrat Dixie. Rice is yet another example of how the left wing authoritarians subordinate law to their beliefs rather than the other way around.
The morally challenged Peronist Pope
In the midst of world condemnation of the Myanmar government for what is credibly described as the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Pope Francis paid a state visit. He met with top leaders, including the head of the military that is carrying out the Nazi-like tactics. Before, during and after the visit, the Pope failed to make anything more than banal statements calling on everyone to be nice to each other. He avoided the issue.
You may recall the Pope’s rather weak rebukes of international Islamic terrorism and his less than stellar reaction to the brutal torture and execution of Christians, including members of his own flock. He declared that terrorism must be defeated, but without violence. Really?
This accommodation to authoritarians has been part of the Pope’s history since he rose to prominence under the reign of Juan and Evita Peron in his homeland of Argentina. Even as a cardinal, Pope Francis had a reputation for being a bit too cozy and cooperative with the dictatorial regime.
If he was not going to use his pulpit to speak out against the atrocities in Myanmar, why did he even bother going there?
Ending the sports subsidies
Though it has perked to the top tier of public policy discussion, the issue of subsidizing professional and college sports has been long criticized in conservative circles. Those teams are all private or quasi-private businesses that have made instant millionaires of thousands of players and billionaires of the owners. The increase in ticket prices has far outpaced economic inflation. Even college football is increasingly operated as a business legally and financially separated from the namesake schools.
As a conservative, I have no problem with the profits and the salaries as long as there are enough people to pay the exorbitant ticket prices. That is the free market at work. However, there seems to be no reason why the humble taxpayer should be supporting these enterprises in any way for any amount of money – not tax breaks from Uncle Sam or subsidies by states and cities.
Recently, the subsidized Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons, was demolished and will be replaced by some other taxpayer-funded arena. The Dome, which opened in 1992 lasted only 25 years. And why not, as long as the government is going to help pay for new ones. Contrast that to the current home of the Chicago Cubs, which was first opened in 1914 and constructed without Uncle Sam as a silent partner.
One has to wonder why the folks in Keokuk, Iowa should be paying for some stadium in New York or Los Angeles. And why have their congressman and senator been going along with the practice? In the first move in the right direction, it appears that the Republicans in Washington are about to end much of the NFL subsidy. We should all hope the bill gets to the President who is predisposed to signing it – and this is only the first of much elimination of needless subsidies.
Is brainwashing education?
Yale University announced the results of an “experiment” designed to turn conservatives into liberals by using intense imagination and imagery. According to the test, if conservative students imagined themselves safe in all ways, they would magically change to liberals.
This is another one of those creepy things authoritarian liberals do. It is called brainwashing. First, they arrogantly assume that conservatism is some sort of mental disorder and that they – the enlightened elite – must correct the situation. First, it is blocking free speech (you know, anyone who has doubts about manmade global warming should be criminalized) and now it is outright brainwashing. Having this occur at one of America’s leading universities is no surprise. The entrenched liberal theoreticians of academia have been brainwashing our youth for decades.
Inadvertently, the study did reveal something I have long said about the left wing. They are afraid of everything – death and every other risk of being alive. They always want someone to make them safe. I think it is a form of arrested development. They want to return to their days of childhood when parents protected them from the realities of life – when life seemed riskless. Of course, it was a false sense of security then, and it is now.
If this shutting down dissent and these attempts at brainwashing have a ring of familiarity, perhaps you are recalling how authoritarian regimes operate. You may be thinking of the Communists in Russia who declare opponents to be mentally deranged or the Chinese who send apostates to re-education camps. This very day, there are hundreds of thousands of North Koreans in brutal re-education camps for not deifying the Kim family.
Yale appears to have become victim of that alien mutant liberal authoritarian gene that is sweeping the academic world. It seems to make them incapable of comprehending the basics of American history and civics – and what a constitutional republic looks like.