Gavin Newsom’s commercial is terrifying

After the Charlottesville protests the liberal establisment went all in to slander Trump and his supporters as racist Nazis. And Gavin Newsom, presumptive Democratic nominee for California governor, went all in on that message with this commercial:

Though this commercial is about Trump’s actions on DACA, we need to backup to Charlottesville to see just how committed the Democrats are to a lie. A mantra of mine is, pan in for propaganda, pan out for journalism. The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was painted as some big scary march of Nazis emboldened by Trump. Some placed the number at 10,000. Which is a blatant lie. Here’s the propaganda shot:

Unite the Right, panned in

Big and scary, yes?  Well, here’s a more journalistic shot:

Unite the Right, panned out

When you notice that a lot of the marchers carried two torches, the number dwindles a lot further.  So at most, maybe 200 people, more like 100.  That number is far closer to the usual number of people at a right wing rally.

That doesn’t prevent the Democrats from smearing half the country as in bed with these people.  And they have help too.  Gavin Newsom mentions giving money to four different organizations.  First off, the ACLU has defended the right of Nazis to march, in their famous Skokie case.

And the very fact that now the left is denying the right of Nazis to march undisturbed should already terrify all of us.  But that’s beside the point.  The real point is groups like ADL and SPLC are sullying their names to paint everyone as a Nazi.

As you can see I’ve written about this before – you may as well replace the word “Nazi” with “witch”.  These are hardly standout cases.  Indeed 2017 is the year of the false narrative.   Black Lives Matter, the “Muslim Ban”, and now DACA.  All based on running with hyperbole into full out lies.  Remember this SNL skit about DACA?

People saw DACA for what it was when Obama passed it – flagrant executive overreach.  And now the Democrats are calling its revocation “cruelty”.  Implying that their president had the right to pass whatever he wanted and the rest of us have to honor it.

Here’s the thing.  I can understand when the media sensationalize things.  It gets them ratings.  But when politicians do it, they are pushing a dangerous agenda that is ruinous to democracy and debate.   They are not fit to hold office, and they need to be vigorously extricated from government.

This is what we mean when we say “drain the swamp”.

Today’s GOP – a Song of Ice and Fire

Winter has come to America. Not a winter as in the end of our hallowed republic, but a winter of trial and tribulation, before we can meet the dawn of a new spring. Of that, there is no denying, regardless of what family you side with in this conflict. We can’t trust our media, our politicians, religious leaders, seems anything and everything we’ve come to rely on has become weaponized and suspect.
In this era, both parties are going through major cataclysms. Yet while the Democrats still languish in ancient ways, the GOP has real promise to come out as a brand new party that leads us into the rest of the century. And heroes are already stepping forth. We do not know them as heroes yet, as the story is not finished being written. None can deliver us, and yet they all have their role to play.
The wake of the Trump election has brought forth a new passion and fury in his supporters – Trump’s victory has infused them with new passion, taking their issues to the streets, speaking them loud and clear. But their ideas are rough and unformed, prone to conspiracy and superstition, they do not understand the intricacies of American covenants and loyalties. And if they take over the Republican party they will immolate it into a heap of useless ash.
On the other side is the GOP establishment. Tried and trusted, they act with calculating intelligence. Theirs is the icy dance of loyalties and ritual. They deal in the expected calculus of donors, think tanks, pollsters. And yet theirs is a legacy of icy defeat, election season after election season. If they are to stay in charge and blot out the new militants, they will condemn the GOP to an eternal winter.
This makes the GOP a dance of two factions – of ice and of fire. There is a way to combine the two. How it plays out will be seen in the 2018 election. But I can offer some insights based on what I’ve seen so far.
First off, Trump’s election blew the whole political landscape wide open. So established campaign managers need to be able to think creatively about races. Don’t rely on established financing goals or established slogans. Learn to follow social media groups and join the conversation happening there. Ask questions. Prod people’s assumptions. Learn about redpilling and the art of trolling.
To those militants who are wild with theories of what’s happening in Washington and Trump: cool your jets a bit. Remember that by the time politics makes it to the newspaper front page, it’s all theater. Don’t fall for it. When established politicians speak, they have hidden meanings behind what they say. Those meanings refer to important policies and covenants. If you still want to throw any of those out the window, understand the repercussions.
Most of your internet provocateurs are just that – provocateurs. They have a role to play by pushing the envelope of discussion. But if you take what they say for reality then you’re not getting the full story.
And for heaven’s sake don’t think it’s all the fault of the Rothschilds or Soros or any human face. I think even the Night King is not going to be your typical villain we just destroy and everyone lives happily ever after. And in real life there are no villains.
In the end, the fate of Westeros won’t be revealed to us until 2019, not too long after the 2018 midterms. We can make predictions, we can bite our nails in anticipation, and in the latter case, some of us can rise to the occasion. But I get the feeling the fates of the two thrones will be intertwined.

What happened in Charlottesville

Charlottesville is a teaching moment in how liberal democracies should work.  And it’s also a distressing barometer of just how many have betrayed it.  What went so wrong?

The first thing to remember is white nationalists, white supremacists, and their rallies are nothing new.  My first thought was the Nazi rally in the Blues Brothers.   Take the analogy however far you want.  The fact is rallies of people you don’t like with repulsive agendas have always been around, and the right to hold them is still guaranteed under the first amendment.  This is no different under Trump as it was under his predecessors.

Here’s the basic timeline: a bunch of white supremacists and white nationalists organized a #UniteTheRight rally in Charlottesville, starting Friday night August 11th, to protest removing the statue of Robert E. Lee.  They got the necessary permits, it was a peaceful assembly.

Things went smoothly enough until the next day.  The New York Times gives a good timeline of events, but beyond that the details are sketchy and the passions are heated.  I’ve seen reports that people wanting to attend the rally were forced to walk through Antifa counterprotests which attacked them a number of ways.  But the big detail is the one the New York times pointed out – that police were forced to stand down right when passions got most heated and they were needed most:

Barricades encircling the park and separating the two sides began to come down, and the police temporarily retreated.  People were seen clubbing one another in the streets, and pepper spray filled the air… Declaring the gathering an unlawful assembly, the police had cleared the area before noon, and the Virginia National Guard arrived as officers began arresting some who remained.

Finally, things climaxed when a man ran his car through a crowd of counter-protestors, killing one and wounding 19.  Even the details about this are sketchy.  The driver is identified as James Fields, with a history of Nazi and White Nationalist sympathies.

The tires of his car were still smoking when everyone started pointing fingers and shaking fists.   Everyone tripped over themselves to call the white supremacists disgraceful, disgusting, as if that’s the only thing that matters.  The media tried to tie this to Trump, thinking they could force him to distance himself from people he never had anything to do with.

All of them are missing the point: this is not how a liberal democracy works.  People you don’t like get to have their rallies, and they get to be protected at those rallies from those who would do them harm.   If you act violently against someone who is not committing a crime, it is you who are now the criminal.

When you don’t protect people from exercising their right to speak and peaceably assemble, this is the escalation you encourage.  The white nationalists, all too familiar with previous rallies, start defending themselves with helmets, sticks, stones, and this time a car.  People get bloody, people get killed.  Because those charged with governing have abandoned their responsibilities.

This event is symbolic of everything that’s wrong with the country. Law-enforcement officials don’t enforce the law.  Politicians make political hay out of every atrocity imaginable.  And people revert to cavemen when they think their tribe is being threatened.

Indeed Jeff Sessions is already opening a Civil Rights investigation into what went wrong here.  It would be nice to pay attention to this investigation, and it would be nice to make our conclusions based on what we find out.

I suspect that high into this investigation is negligence on the part of the police or the mayor.   Why did they order the police to stand down, right when they were needed most?  Did the police so fear for their lives that they felt better off letting people go at each other’s throats?   That could be the case, as the VA state police spokeswoman puts it.

Another charge claims the mayor purposely told them to stand down while letting the unpermitted counter-protest run rampant, to somehow score political points with the left.  This would certainly be consistent with rallies throughout the country, where mayors feel they can thwart a rally they don’t like by withholding security.   This isn’t limited to white nationalists.  Milo’s speech in Berkeley was shut down with the same tactics.

I shouldn’t have to say I’m not a fan of Nazis.  The very idea that people need to say it gives me hives.  You know how you defeat these people in a free country?  Sargon of Akkad gives a great example in his interview with Baked Alaska, an outspoken white nationalist.  He lets him speak, he has a discussion, and Baked Alaska refutes himself quite nicely, as he both denies the Holocaust and gloats about memeing a Laura Loomer in a gas chamber.

And here’s the thing.  Your representatives need to have cooler heads about this.  Their job is to collect the facts and communicate them to their constituents.  Any of them who came out and made blanket judgments about people in this country yesterday, anyone who tried to score political points, these are demagogues who should not hold public office.

 

 

 

It’s time to break up Google

James Damore’s firing this week has uncovered a truth we need to face:  the internet giants have become monopoly utilities.  And it’s time we started treating them as such.  Their bias has had too much of an effect on our political process to ignore.

For those who are still catching up: Google employee James Damore issued a ten page memo titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”.  In it he contested Google orthodoxy that the proportional lack of women in the tech industry was a problem rooted in sexism and “toxic masculinity”.  More so, their commitment to this orthodoxy has created a terrifying culture where nobody’s allowed to dissent or argue.

For this, he was immediately fired.  This was a direct violation of California labor laws, which “prohibit employers from retaliating in any way (including through wrongful termination) against an employee for his/her political beliefs or activities.”

The ensuing internet firestorm was quick and devastating.  This wasn’t just about Damore being fired immediately after his memo.  Now other Google employees are coming out with how Google suppresses search results it doesn’t find politically correct.

For those who are obsessing about the Russia collusion story, if they were anything other than partisan hacks, this should be terrifying.  If Russia collusion had a distant star’s effect upon our election, Google’s effect is like the Sun itself.

Keep in mind Google doesn’t just decide what you see when you search.  They also own YouTube, which is already purging and demonetizing conservative voices from its platform.  To the point where even innocent apolitical Youtubers like Pewdiepie have been getting redpilled by the smears and repression they’ve encountered.

So what’s the solution to all this?  The pure laissez-faire solution is to just leave the platform.  People are already switching search providers to Bing.  But really, given Google’s reach, there’s only so much we can do privately.  They are a major provider of cloud services, identity management, search services, you name it.  Really, they’ve become a utility.  Leaving them is about as easy as leaving your cable provider or electricity provider – yes it’s technically possible but going off the grid isn’t very efficient economically.

I’ve talked before about what we can do with internet giants that have become politically damaging.  In light of recent events it’s worth expanding on it:

  1. Sites like Facebook and Google/Youtube have worked for years to become established online public spheres.  As such, they are liable to the same 1st amendment laws that malls are.  We need to extend current laws to the online sphere.
  2. We need an investigation into how these internet giants are swaying elections in their favor. If the alleged Russia collusion had a distant star’s effect on our 2016 election, Google’s effect is like the Sun itself.
  3. Loathe as we Republicans are to institute new regulations, we have to consider treating internet giants like a utility, and regulating them as such. If they monopolize the public sphere, they can’t be allowed to manipulate it in their favor.  This kind of manipulation makes 19th century political machines seem like child’s play.

I think these principles are a good start to bringing internet giants to heel and making them a contribution to our democracy and not a brake on it.  And may I add – it’s quite the irony that the Democrats and the left, the champions of government intervention, all of a sudden turn laissez-faire whenever a company does something they support – no matter how illegal or immoral.

 

 

 

 

Politicon wrapup

Politicon was bar-none, the event of the year.  In all my years in politics, I have never seen so many young people, so engaged in politics, and so questioning of leftist orthodoxy.

Indeed, we are in the throes of a conservative awakening.  Everywhere you looked there was a young person you could engage.  And I mean engage – they were open to new ideas, even curious.  I met artists who wanted to ditch the Shepard Fairey leftist drumbeat, a 20 year old reading the Economist article on Venezuela, a marine reading the Drudge report, and a whole lot of kids wearing conservative regalia: from Trump caps to Reagan/Bush t-shirts.

Here’s the full photo album.

As for the panels – the best way to describe the mood was asteroid versus dinosaur.  You had all the old guard television personalities and strategists who had Russia on the brain and wanted to undermine Trump by any means necessary.  Meanwhile the new guard were self-made internet personalities who want to forge a new identity and new politics from Trump’s victory.

I went to a number of panels, a few of the most interesting ones:

Tomi Lahren v. Symone Sanders: this was a debate of new media vs. old media.  Tomi Lahren managed to build quite an online following after she was fired from TheBlaze, apparently for revealing her pro-life stance.  Symone has a career as a Democratic Party strategist and is a regular contributor to CNN.  Both are about the same age.  Tomi showed a gift for triggering Symone, who kept invoking her black history every time she was asked an uncomfortable question.

Now What, Republicans?  Dennis Prager, David Frum, Michael Steele, Tomi Lahren.  Again, David Frum and Michael Steele represented the dinosaur, thinking the GOP can recapture the center by yielding to Democrat demands, like single payer, Russia collusion, or smearing Trump as a rapist.  Tomi tried to explain why people voted for Trump and how we can move forward with it, but was unfortunately talked over way too often.  And in the dinosaur vs. asteroid debate, Prager was the eternal mammal.  He was one of a small minority who are hip to the social revolution we are going through.

And finally, the Cenk Uygur vs. Ben Shapiro debate.  This was well deserved as the headline event: both internet media giants, reflecting the philosophical divide between right and left.  Both with raucuous devoted fans.  I’m withholding announcing who won the debate, because I think there’s a lot of confirmation bias coming into this: Cenk’s people cheered everything he said, Shaprio’s everything he said.  So who won depends on who you ask.

But Shapiro did tear into some of Cenk’s arguments, and if we focus on continuing to tear these apart we can make inroads into disaffected leftists.  Cenk is still blaming the right not just for the Iraq War, but for Southern Strategy.  He kept avoiding Ben’s argument on health care “who will pay for it?”  Which you’ll notice Ben Shapiro also is going after leftists for Venezuela.  I don’t share Ben’s purist laissez-faire streak, as did many others I talked to.  But we do all agree government is too big, spends too much, and we need to pare down entitlements, especially to non-citizens.

So, what does this mean for us?  What can we do with this now?

We can look to Mike Cernovich for a bit of advice.  He pointed out that the CNN stars barely got any draw, while conservative online personalities dominated the popularity contets.  Politicon featured some surprise stars, which shouldn’t be all that surprising.  Ann Coulter, Tomi Lahren, Ben Shapiro – they all had huge draws.  Other conservatives with smaller draws, like David Horowitz or Dennis Prager, still did well and are aware of this new trend.  And they are all sympathetic, even enthusiastic, about our cause.  If we can get in touch with them and court them in any way, we’ll get far.  Dave Rubin wasn’t there but he’s another classic disaffected leftist with his own online draw.  He’s got his show “The Rubin Report”.

And it’s not just the personalities but the new gatekeepers we need to look out for.  Breitbart, Drudge Report, Daily Caller, Daily Wire – if we can get more press releases and contacts in these groups, we can get far more publicity than by contacting newspapers or television stations.

And if we can keep pushing our way into the colleges, kids are yearning to talk to us.  Milo is doing a “Troll Academy tour” at the college campuses, and in September we’ll have another controversial free speech week, hosted by conservatives, in Berkeley.

Meanwhile, we need to push our own presence online.  We can have a separate talk about this.  But I feel our efforts are much better spent pushing for online reach than using telephones or sending snail mail.

I’ll end by saying I took my stepdaughter to Vidcon last month – this was the YouTube creators’ convention.  I’d say between these two conventions we had everyone under 25 in the city.  Both have enjoyed explosive popularity, reflecting a new generation that gets all its information through online sources.  I imagine in the next few years these two conventions will merge.  But we need to keep on top of this.