April 5, 2016
Trump And The Farmer's Mule
Just a few days ago, B.H. Obama, former cocaine snorter, blamed white folks for the crack epidemic in black neighborhoods. Apparently B.H doesn't see the irony of his own in-your-face drug use and damning white folks as being responsible.
It shows how far we have tumbled from the quaint idea of personal responsibility. In the 1970s, Flip Wilson, one of the first major black comics, made it big with the punchline "The Devil made me do it!"
It was a reliable punch line because it was funny. Everybody got it.
Today's Ivy League indoctrinees would never laugh at a Flip Wilson joke. They have been abused so often by the humorless commissars of P.C. that they'd be afraid to laugh. Or maybe they just wouldn't get why "The Devil made me buy this dress!" is funny. Certainly Barack and Michelle would flash their famous rage faces. No genuine laughter for them.
Such is our moral and mental decline from the innocent days of Flip Wilson to our guilt-ridden mass cult today.
Obama comes out with that "white folks made me do it!" line at least once a day and twice on Sunday. Everybody in the Party Media falls for his constant rage and blaming, because the media are afraid of him.
I wonder if Donald Trump is popular because he stands up to the massed ranks of P.C. commissars. Our colleagues at National Review seem to despise Donald Trump, but they haven't really told us why. Instead, we are seeing a kind of undifferentiated rage, like the ed board of the New York Times: full of contempt, fear, and anger for people stupid enough to think that Trump is on to something.
Which is not really "mental," as the estimable Ann Coulter just told us, but rather a rational response by white, male, heterosexual, hard-working, child-raising (etc., etc.) Americans:
who feel sick and tired of being lied to every single day by the Big Media and
who are finally hearing their lives and their values being expressed in public by Trump, who doesn't bother to use legally defensible words.
Those words would never make it through the media firewall. After all, who reports accurately on Ted Cruz?
Trump gets through the barrier precisely because the media are always sure they've finally scored drawn blood. He'll never get away with this! Trump shocks the commissars, so they end up amplifying his words, always expecting to kill him this time.
To people who are used to being media scapegoats, Trump is coming through loud and clear.
Take the latest shock and outrage from the usual suspects — a few seconds of videotaped hassle between "journalist" Michelle Fields and Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. The WaPo has pronounced Lewandoski guilty of battery, which is enough for the libs to believe it.
But here is British journo Piers Morgan writing in the Dail Mail:
Crucially, DailyMail.com has now established from a member of Trump's Secret Service detail that in the process, she (Michelle) touched Trump twice and was warned by agents to stop.
Lewandowski, walking a few steps behind his boss, saw this happening (he may well have heard the warnings too) and raced forward to prevent her asking more questions and put himself between Trump and the reporter. …
Lewandowski can be seen putting his arm up to block the journalist. In doing so, he also appears to grab her arm for less than a second as he moves on.
This is all rather different from what Ms Fields herself claimed had happened when she wrote about it for her then employer, Breitbart.com: 'I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground but was able to maintain my balance. Nevertheless I was shaken. Campaign managers aren't supposed to try to forcefully throw reporters to the ground.'
I've watched the video multiple times and cannot conceive any sensible interpretation that he is committing any kind of deliberate assault.
I don't know who's right. Piers Morgan is a predictable socialist, but in this case, he may be committing an act of…journalism. I don't trust a few seconds of video when people are interacting very fast. Professional sports referees can't even be sure, based on a few seconds of tape.
But the WaPo thinks it's got him, and so do all the party line media.
But then we've seen outrageous media lies every single day since Bill Clinton. If you're one of the scapegoated Americans, all you bother with is the headline. But you've learned not to believe news headlines. When you hear Trump accuse the reporter the next day, you might rationally think she's lying.
Which is possible, given everything we know about journos.
I'm not saying who is right or wrong. I also get the willies when Trump seems to cross another line, only to take it back the next day. The great majority of people will not remember this incident in a few weeks. They'll have a vague feeling that Trump hates women. I'm waiting for Trump to "pivot" to show he's a warm and cuddly guy. I'll bet he's got this strategy taped out.
A guy who can sign million-dollar contracts that have to be studied down to the last detail doesn't act impulsively — not if he doesn't want to. He can be shooting his mouth off when his lawyers are going over the contract word by word in a back room.
Right now we're seeing Trump blabbing anything that comes to his mind, as long as it's provocative, and dammit, he always gets big headlines. I would have zigged or zagged to build a better impression weeks ago.
It's like the farmer and the mule. (This is not a P.C. story, but keep in mind what mules do to each other). The farmer hits the mule over the head every time he wants the animal to go somewhere. He hits him — okay, let's make it a foam baseball bat — every time, even before the mule can even move.
Some kind soul is watching this horrible behavior and asks the farmer, "Why do you hit that poor animal before it can even move?" And the farmer chews his 'baccy for a few seconds, spits it out, and says, "First you gotta get his attention."
That's Donald Trump and the U.S. media. So far he's better at getting their attention than any Republican in the last half-century. I keep waiting for him to pivot to a more sensible strategy, and still he's doing the same thing. It's like watching a tightrope walker without a net.
Ann Coulter is getting antsy, and so am I. But Trump has done this stunt in most of his TV shows. First he provokes his audience, to get them mad, and twenty minutes later he's got them laughing and liking him.
It's a well practiced trick.
The big question is whether he can get away with it this time, when the stakes are about as high as they can get.
I don't know, but I can't stop watching it.
April 3, 2016
Donald Trump and the Farmer's Mule
By James Lewis