Early Morning Reads

A trio of good reads, none of which have to do with Brett Kavanaugh:

– Recent graduate Naweed Tahmas writes about life on the Berekeley campus as a conservative.

I have been harassed, stalked, chased, punched, and spat on during my time at UC Berkeley, and in early 2017, I was chased by a mob of masked, black-clad thugs. These thugs, members of a fringe political faction, threw bricks at police officers, launched Molotov cocktails, set fires, beat innocent bystanders, and cut a wide swath of destruction through the downtown area of an entire city.

This was not an outbreak of sectarian violence in a developing nation. This occurred here in the United States, on the campus of UC Berkeley, once home of the Free Speech Movement. The thugs who chased me were far-left anarchists styling themselves as “Antifa” (short for “anti-fascist”). They were responding to a planned talk by Milo Yiannopoulos, which administrators administrators canceled for the safety of the speaker and the attendees. Police made only one arrest that night.

-Dan McLaughlin with a fascinating look back on the 100th anniversary of the bloodiest battle (for Americans) of World War I.

– A brutal but fair analysis of Dinesh D’Souza.

The Lies They Must Tell Themselves

Saw this on a Facebook friend’s feed:

Another Facebook friend posted something along those lines:

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Neither of these people live in bubbles. They are both red-state Democrats who (I can attest) know enough conservatives/Republicans to presumably have a decent understanding of what we actually believe. And yet both posted these disgusting calumnies.

It’s bad enough to encounter play-actors like Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand who mouth ridiculous caricatures of Republicans in order to rile up their base. But when people – intelligent people – propagate these falsehoods, you know we are the point of no return.

Emotion has completely swallowed reason. It will only get worse from here.

 

Random Observations

– One of the talking points going around is that Brett Kavanaugh is acting “entitled” to a SCOTUS seat, because showing emotion about being accused of a sex crime is assuredly a signal of one’s entitlement. These very same people have talked about the Merrick Garland “seat” as though President Obama’s mere nomination meant Garland was entitled to the seat.

– Speaking of double standards, the Catholic left is lining up against Kavanaugh. America Magazine has urged he be  voted down, shocking no one exactly. Meanwhile detective Steven Greydanus and Dr. Watson, err Mark Shea crack the code of Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook and thus conclude that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Shea is of course one of the members of the papal online guard who resort to ad hominem attacks anytime the current pontiff is alleged to have gone soft on clerics guilty of abuse. And of course these claims contain much more corroboration than those against Kavanaugh. But Shea, nevertheless, is on the lookout to tamp down those unreasonable Christianists. (I should emphasize here why I noted my Catholicism in my initial post. This internecine warfare is another topic I will be sure to deal with in the future.)

– Yale law students are certainly free to take time off to protest, but I do hope none of those protesting wearing “Believe All Women” shirts, or shirts with slogans to that effect, ever work in a public defender’s office. Similarly, I do hope all those other online warriors who have expressed similar opinions are never assigned to a jury on a rape case.

The Radicalization of a Conservative

I stands what I can stands and I can’t stands no more – Popeye

If you think kicking off the initial post of this blog with a quote from Popeye is an indication of a lack of seriousness on my part, I will encourage you now to go ahead and peruse social media. Check out the accounts of our elected officials. Look at the profiles of “mainstream” media “reporters.” Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Now then, doesn’t Popeye seem like a sage in comparison to the drek you just read?

Let me state up front who I am. I am a politically conservative Roman Catholic of a certain age. I strenuously opposed the nomination of Donald Trump, and did not vote for him in the general election. For technical and logistical reasons I do not call myself a “Never Trumper.” I have not become a fan of Donald Trump, though I support and appreciate many of his policy goals and initiatives, none the least of which are his judicial selections – but more on that in a second. A lifelong Republican, I changed to Independent days before the 2016 Republican convention. This November I intended to vote only to reelect my governor, and then leave all other offices on the ballot blank.

After what I witnessed yesterday, and have been witnessing for the past two weeks, I will be voting straight line Republican in November. Moreover, I will not be sitting on the sidelines anymore as the left – and yes, the American left does merit most of the blame for the circus our republic has become – becomes committed to acquiring power at all costs.

This does not mean I have become a “Trumpist,” nor will I become (I hope) a blind Republican partisan stooge. It does mean that recent events have, for lack of a better term, “radicalized” me. No, you don’t have to alert homeland security. The greatest extent my radicalization will take is writing angry screeds on the internet. But make no mistake: I am angry, or at least I am angry about what our politics have become.

I intend not just to write about current events. As the blog title indicates, history is important to me, and will endeavor to write historically-informed posts. The next few posts, however, will focus on the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, and the disgusting treatment he received from Democrats on the committee, as well as what public reaction to those hearings has revealed about the mindset of the American left.