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My television must be a time machine

My television must be a time machine

For years, I have followed the news on my bedroom television each morning to get up to speed on the latest events.  This morning, however, that flat-screen oracle turned into a time machine.

In the first manifestation, I was reliving the election of almost two years ago – and a riot on Capitol Hill about a year and a half ago. There were those oh so familiar scenes of rioters marching up the stairs of the building – and running through the halls and chambers, many vandalizing and purloining on the run.

At the time of the riot, I thought the nation – left and right, Democrat and Republican – agreed that those were dastardly acts, and the rioters should be punished. And many have been arrested.

When a story runs in the news for a period of time, it is said to have “legs.”  Using that analogy, this story is a colossal centipede of the same species as the old mythical Russian collusion thousand-legger that ran for more than two years. 

That Capitol Hill story is suffering from another journalism term, “story creep.”  That is when a story grows larger and larger over time on the wings of hyperbole.  In this case, those “wings” are the result of partisan political biases.  The largely organic riot turned into an insurrection … and coup attempt … a massive seditious conspiracy. The event on Capitol Hill evolved into a nationwide ongoing coup that will bring down the American Republic – if voters empower Republican.  That is what it is all about.

In this one, unhinged Democrats and unethical journalists are following the methods of arguably the most infamous propagandist of all time, Joseph Goebbels.  They have created a preposterous narrative – a big lie – and are repeating it over … and over … and over … and over – expanding it as they go long.  Story creep, by definition.

While my television appears to be stuck in the past regarding the Capitol Hill riot, it seems to have flipped forward to the 2024 presidential election.  Entire news segments on MSNBC (where I usually start my morning) were devoted to evaluating the various potential presidential candidates.  One report noted that 64 percent of Democrat voters do not want Joe Biden as their standard-bearer.  Slightly less than 60 percent of Republican voters do not want Donald Trump to be the GOP candidate.  That was the story on CNN, as well.

Regardless, the news did cover a poll that showed Biden beating Trump 44 to 41 respectively.  (Is it only me, or does a match up between two people who are not considered likely to be the nominees of their respective parties seem … uninformative?)

Regardless, there were those among the panels of pundits who were speculating – some saying Trump will be the Republican candidate.  Others disagreeing.  Interestingly, most of the pundits tended to agree that Biden would not be the Democrat candidate.  Of course, there were a few who believed Biden will be on the ballot, but they included White House officials and Vice President Kamala Harris.

There were stories about possible other contenders.  The name most mentioned (and not favorably) on the GOP side was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.  Some Democrat pundit said that if it is not Biden, it is Harris.  Others disagree.  Interestingly, the pundits who picked Harris were black women.  Those who disagreed were white men.  Do Democrats have a racist issue?

As I watched, I wondered if I had become some political Rip Van Winkle and had slept through the 2022 midterm elections. But alas … CNN slipped into current events and FOX was covering a range of significant stories that CNN and especially MSNBC avoid like Covid.  The obsessive MSNBC continued their time-warping coverage as I moved on to make breakfast.  They were still at it when I went to bed.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. tom

    In short, yes, the Democratic Party is racist and its roots are racist as well. They have simply become a little more crafty about the way they practice racism. I am an unaffiliated independent voter. I have little use for either party. I watch CBS and they did cover the poll where Biden beats Trump by a few. What really infuriates me is that we independents are the largest voting block and they rarely include us in their comments. So, I would choose Biden over Trump and then vote straight GOP in my state to disable Biden’s left wing from running the country into the ground. Yes, I prefer a lame duck over a Trump. I would vote DeSantis over Biden and over Trump and split my state ticket based on the issues. I would never vote for Harris. And if DeSantis is the GOP choice, I would hope he would tap William Barr for the VP slot. A DeSantis-Barr ticket would give us the state governance knowledge needed to understand how states work, and Barr would deliver international experience as well as sound legal advice like he did for Trump but Trump would not listen.

  2. frank stetson

    well, there goes the “bromance.” :>)

    DeSantis is clever, he is capitalizing on Trumpism big time, not sure he believes beyond the electability of the whole thing, but Barr politicized the DOJ and I can not forget his Muller Report letter of strange legalities to which Muller basically said: “nah, that’s not what the report said…..” Still hurts a bit even with his Big Lie disclaimer.

    As leftist, commie, etc. as seen around here, I voted for Reagan — the first time — right man to heal the country best. Had that hope for Biden, but left is too fragmented and the right is Trumplicant and just wants to obstruct. Fuck, yesterday they blocked a law protecting the right for people to cross State lines. We know what’s coming — abortion bans and making it illegal for the pregnant to cross state lines… We know where this is going — totally national if THEY control both houses and the oval office. Likewise, the other way if the other side, the good guys :>), take over. Hey, I own guns. I’m a country guy, they are part of my everyday life. Need to send those ground-pounders to meet their maker before they break the legs of the livestock. Have a taste for Pheasant as well. Or an unwelcome stranger….

    But right is right. And if Larry is upset, just wait until we go full one-sided, all-partisan, Benghazi on him just like the right trained us to do. We could write songs about that, except they are not protected language ’round here :>) Yes, Democrats are racist, systemic racists just like Republicans. But the days of the Dixiecrat are replaced by rabid racist Southern Republicans, extremists like we saw on 1/6 that lean to Trump and Republicans, and Real Republicans, a vanishing bread as Larry’s reluctance to be real shines though.

    • Ben

      It’s amazing how much better our country would be if democrats didn’t exist

      • Ben

        Yup, if you don’t like them, they must go. If you you don’t agree with them, they must go. Diversity bad. Different ideas, bad. Compromise is losing. We need only one mind, one view, one way. Our way, Trump’s mind, Trump’s way, and then we will be good.

        Trump 2024; you can make make The Big Lie true if only you believe in Trump and Trump alone. .

        • Kyle

          Stfu boy. You should.respect your betters

  3. Ben

    Not a problem. Show me one :>) Cuz it ain’t you. No, no, no, it’s ain’t you.

    • Kyle

      You support the democrats. That says it all Decent people don’t do that. Only low lifes