George Floyd…Not Murdered?

I saw a post at the Powerline blog that really caught my eye.  It through into question the entire idea that George Floyd had been murdered by Officer Derek Chauvin, the entire raison d’etre of this summer’s rioting and civil unrest.

Floyd’s case became internationally famous because of cell phone video that showed him slowly becoming unconscious while a police officer knelt on his neck. Surely he was asphyxiated! That conclusion seemed inescapable, especially since, while lying on the street with officers restraining him, Floyd complained of being unable to breathe. “I can’t breathe” became a Black Lives Matter battle cry.

But video that came out later showed that Floyd had been complaining of inability to breathe when he was standing up and walking around, long before he was on the street. And it emerged that the toxicology report associated with his autopsy found that he had at least double the dose of fentanyl in his blood that is normally considered lethal, along with other drugs. And shortness of breath is notoriously a symptom of fentanyl poisoning.

That he was high on fentanyl wasn’t a new aspect of the story; that came out when the initial autopsy report was released.  The new part was that he had a fatal dose of fentanyl in his system and that his lungs were filled with fluid consistent with fentanyl overdose.

In other words, he died from an overdose, not from whatever Derek Chauvin did to him.

And of course the prosecutors sat on this information all summer, while their own city and many others burned over a lie.  I guess I would say that’s par for the course.

As for me, I accepted the narrative that Floyd was murdered by Chauvin.  That’s what the video looked like, and I didn’t have any reason to question it until now.  In fact I even argued with a commenter “Curle” in a post discussing that very issue here.  I was wrong, and Curle was much closer to right than I was.

In the meantime none of this matters.  The match has already been lit so burn baby burn.

Normal vs Woke II: Electric Boogaloo

If it hasn’t already been obvious to you that CNN is beyond parody, it should be now.

Fiery But Mostly Peaceful

At this point, even the most distracted business traveler staring numbly at CNN in the passenger gate at the airport must realize how absurd their coverage is.  I mean, if even CNN dimbulb Don Lemon is starting to get it, it’s obvious to everyone

“The rioting has to stop,” Lemon said. “Chris, as you know and I know, it’s showing up in the polling. It’s showing up in focus groups. It is the only thing — it is the only thing right now that is sticking.”

Showing up indeed as some polling from Minnesota, which has undergone almost three months of riots after the death of George Floyd, is finally making an impact on the election.

Hillary Clinton took Minnesota in 2016 and in spite of previous Trump campaign efforts to push it in the red column for 2020, wasn’t making much headway.  But now look, in July, Biden led in polling by 13 points.  But the week ending in August 18th has the campaign at a virtual tie.

Minnesota is still a mostly blue state, and it could go for the Democrats anyway, but nothing about either Trump or Biden has changed in the past month, this is all riot related.  Riots that, should have been put down immediately rather than being indulged by woke state and local officials seeking to make common cause with BLM and Antifa rioters.

But normal people don’t like their cities and communities turned into war zones and being burned to the ground.  As I wrote about in June:

“It’s possible that the political re-alignment the country has been going through that began with Trump could veer off in unexpected ways.  We’ve mostly been looking at the 2020 election as elite vs deplorable,  managerial class vs blue collar workers, nationalists vs globalists, even the comments page vs the editorial board.  But this year it could spin around to normal people vs the Woke. “

If Don Lemon is aware of the threat this is to Democratic electoral prospects, than smart Democrats have probably been aware of this danger for a couple of months.  But so far the Democratic Party seems to be at the mercy of the mobs. If Trump wins in November, it may be on the backs of Democratic mayors, governors, and city councils which facilitated the destruction of their own communities.

Wokeism is insanity.  I’ll be anxious to see the polling next week from Wisconsin.

 

How to End Inequality-This Won’t End Well

I find myself constantly surprised that professors of history are not all reactionaries.  Studying the ebb and flow of multiple human societies, from struggling rise to decadent fall, should give those who study it some humility about what is possible, what can be accomplished, and the obstacles that are faced.

But no, almost all who teach history at the University level are wide eyed leftists, as if the topic they’ve dedicated their professional lives to has had zero impact on how they view the world.  It’s like an atheist theology student.  If you don’t take your subject seriously, why even study it?

Which brings me to Ibram X. Kendi, Professor of History; director of the “Center for Anti-Racism Research” at Boston University, and author of the well timed book, How to be an Antiracist.  The man who once wrote that “Europeans are simply a different breed of human” now has figured out how to fix what ails America.  The disease of course is racism and the cure?  Antiracism silly!  Kendi’s book, along with White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo has in a matter of months become the new doctrine on which all public policy in the US is to be judged.

Apparently these are America’s new Bibles.

In the pages of Politico in their How to fix… section Kendi turns semi-religious Woke ideology into actual public policy via a Constitutional amendment:

Reading this proposal, it reminded me of the source where Kendi may have stolen it from, author Kurt Vonnegut’s short story Harrison Bergeron (full story here).  Wikipedia describes it as a “dystopian science fiction story” in which in the future, constitutional amendments have mandated equality by mandating handicaps.  In the story George is intelligent, so is forced to wear a device that blares noises into his ears at intervals to interrupt his train of thought, beautiful people are ordered to wear masks and so on.  But the thing about dystopias is that we live in an age in which one man’s dystopia is another man’s utopia.

It doesn’t take too much thinking on this antiracism amendment idea to realize it would require the US to become probably the most totalitarian regime in world history to pull this off.  I’m sure that would be just fine with Kendi.  He does tend to see racism as the world’s number one problem and by any means necessary as the path to fix it.

So  Department of Anti-racism or United States Handicapper General, whatever we name it, it’s the same thing.

 

 

The Civil War Election

Civil War talk has been all the rage since the election of Donald Trump.  For myself, I don’t see a secessionist struggle of competing armies maneuvering across North America.  The imagery of civil war comes from our last civil war, with two competing governments and two professional armies engaging in more or less conventional warfare.  However Trump seems to have changed everything, including the 150 year old national consensus that there should be no further attempts at secessions.

Sure, there are State secession movements here or there.  Alaska, Vermont, and Texas have them, but these are small crackpot groups that are not really going anywhere politically.  Calexit is probably the biggest state secession movement, but I’ve always assumed there were too many competing interests that would oppose such a move to ever get it moving.

Until recently that is.

The New York Times recently ran a story called How the Media Could Get the Election Story Wrong. Ostensibly, the story is about the very likely possibility that we may not know who the new President is by the day after, or even the week after Election Day.  This seems a likely prospect to me.  The expansion of mail in voting and ballot harvesting means that like 2018, where several Republican wins on Election Day were turned to defeat a few weeks later, the ballots will just continue to trickle in until the right number is achieved.  It’s not over until the Democrat wins.  Democrats thrive in election chaos and in a tight race will want to draw out the process as long as possible.

However as bad as election chaos is, the Democrats are planning for something worse.  At the end of the article, there was this stunner.

“But conveniently, a group of former top government officials called the Transition Integrity Project actually gamed four possible scenarios, including one that doesn’t look that different from 2016: a big popular win for Mr. Biden, and a narrow electoral defeat, presumably reached after weeks of counting the votes in Pennsylvania. For their war game, they cast John Podesta, who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, in the role of Mr. Biden. They expected him, when the votes came in, to concede, just as Mrs. Clinton had.

But Mr. Podesta, playing Mr. Biden, shocked the organizers by saying he felt his party wouldn’t let him concede. Alleging voter suppression, he persuaded the governors of Wisconsin and Michigan to send pro-Biden electors to the Electoral College.

In that scenario, California, Oregon, and Washington then threatened to secede from the United States if Mr. Trump took office as planned. The House named Mr. Biden president; the Senate and White House stuck with Mr. Trump. At that point in the scenario, the nation stopped looking to the media for cues, and waited to see what the military would do. “

 

Well that’s unsettling.

Of course, one must keep in mind that the “Transition Integrity Project” is a lefty group.  Even the so called Republicans participating were never Trump Republicans.  But that seems to go to the point that this is giving us an idea of how the Democratic Party is really thinking.  After all, you can hardly get more establishment Democrat than John Podesta, and in this scenario he was the one who instigated the civil war.

I’ve recently been worried that this election will be the most chaotic and fraudulent in American history.  The bleating about mail in balloting is just another gadget in the election chaos toolbox.  And I’ve been worried about Electoral College shenanigans.  I wrote about this after the last Presidential election in which members of the establishment urged the electors to be “unfaithful” and vote for the establishment choice.  The Democrats even managed to sneak in one of their own as a “Republican” elector.  I hope the GOP is aware of this and screens their electors a lot better this time.

A year ago, I would have thought the worst I would have to worry about is Democratic get out the vote efforts in the nation’s cemeteries.  After all, the Democrats do have the Dead-American vote locked up. Now I have to worry about Democrats contesting an election that they’ve legitimately lost.

If 2016 was the Flight 93 Election, 2020 could well be the Civil War election.  Whether that’s the case this year or not, the clock is winding down on the American experiment.  I would hope for another reprieve but this little view into how the Democratic Party is strategizing makes me think I may not get one.

Is there a Secret Trump Vote for 2020?

Back in 2016, right about 4 years ago, I opined that in spite of the hopes of conservative media, there didn’t seem to be the hoped for Secret Trump voter; the voter who was not going to respond to polls, not going to have bumper stickers on their car or a sign in their yard because they didn’t want the blow back, but were going to vote for Trump anyway.  However as I noted at the time, the scant evidence of surprise votes for pro-Trump candidates in the 2016 Republican primaries didn’t really leave much evidence that they existed.

Trump still won, but barely, by a few tens of thousands of votes in a handful of key States that Hillary Clinton put almost zero effort into.  However, each election is a new opportunity, so what do the primary races look like so far?

From the Washington Examiner

Kris Kobach loss continues a bad election cycle for Trump-style populists

The defeat of former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the state’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday night continued a bad election cycle for populist, nationalist conservatives in the mold of President Trump.

While many Republicans celebrated Kobach’s loss to Rep. Roger Marshall, believing Marshall is much likelier to win the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts and will require fewer party resources to do so, the immigration hard-liner’s defeat raises questions about how much Trump has transformed the GOP into his own image — and how important populism and nationalism were to his 2016 appeal in the first place.

Already in this election cycle, Rep. Steve King lost a Republican primary in Iowa, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was defeated in a primary to reclaim the Alabama Senate seat he held for 20 years. Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio also narrowly lost a primary to win back his old office on Tuesday night. All are immigration restrictionists with ideological and stylistic similarities to Trump. Sessions and Arpaio were Trump endorsers in the Republican primaries four years ago.

“We may learn that Trump hasn’t changed the party as much as we thought,” said a Republican strategist who requested anonymity to speak candidly. “But that might not be decided until November.”

 

Although I’m not sure I would count Arpaio as indicative of Trumpism either way, Kobach and Steve King were longtime immigration restrictionists.  Jeff Sessions of course was a Trumpist before Trump was, but Trump endorsed his opponent, a typical establishment type simply out of his personal spite for Sessions.  The irony of that is if Trump and Tommy Tuberville both win their elections, Tuberville may well end up opposing Trump on key votes; votes that Sessions would have sided with Trump on.

Sometimes Trump can be his own worst enemy.

But endorsements aside, if there really were a large group of populists in hiding, they managed to stay pretty well hid during the primaries.  Sure there likely some are in big blue cities where pro-Trump sentiments could end you socially and professionally, but their votes are like raindrops in the ocean; they won’t make a difference in the election.

However there is a difference between populists and Republicans and moderate Democrats and Independents who are voting for Trump and just not talking about it.  As I noted in June, The Democrat decision to hitch it’s carriage to BLM and all matters of Woke nonsense could scare off a lot of normal Independents and Democrats, including those that live in competitive States.  If there is a secret Trump voter of any significance, it will be those voters that matter, and I’m pretty sure they have no interest in being outed or otherwise identified until Election Day.  We’ll just have to see.