A Plague on Both Your Houses – Biden and Trump

Neither of the presidential candidates is appealing to me.  Trump is boorish, uncouth, impolite, mean and stupid.  He has been a policy disaster on virtually every issue from foreign affairs to health policy.  He has been good for business, but only by creating a mountain of debt for future generations to pay off.  He has created an enormous welfare program for the rich.  He did not make America great again; he made it worse.  In particular he failed miserably to get control of the immigration influx which was his main campaign pledge.  As a result, the US has become the United States of Latin America.

Biden appears weak, but mainly he is a Democrat, a hostage to the Democratic Party’s ideology.  My main objection to the Democratic Party is that it hates Southern white men like me.  The Democratic Party is racist, and the race it hates is mine.  Hillary Clinton summed up the Democratic Party’s position when she called many of Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables” characterized by “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” views.  When Hillary was first lady of Arkansas, she clearly despised the people of Arkansas because they were not East Coast liberal intellectuals.  Now, in addition to the Hillary wing, the Democratic Party has the Bernie Sanders wing of young progressives who wish to give the generous welfare benefits to every minority, paid for by what is left of the old white majority.  Biden has been a relative moderate on these issues, but he is captive to the leadership of the Party.  He doesn’t have the personal character or the political power to stand up to them.

Two of the most appealing political figures to me at the moment are Chris Christie and Michael Bloomberg.  Bloomberg has lost my support by coming out whole-heartedly for the Democratic Party, thus putting him in the same category as Biden.  He is stronger than Biden, and he would be a good chief executive.  His current support for the Democrats is due mainly to his desire to get Trump out of the White House, but he is still too wedded to the Democratic Party.

At first I was disappointed that Trump did not make Christie part of his administration.  Now, it is a big plus for Christie that he has not been part of the dumpster fire that is the Trump presidency.  I don’t really know where Christie stands politically, but after Trump I don’t care that much as long as he has not gone crazy on social issues, like race, sex, etc.  I think he is a reasonable man.  I would expect him to be left of me on hot social issues, but not as far left as Biden.  And he is funny.

At the moment, the choice between Biden and Trump seems to me like a choice between Stalin and Trotsky or between Hitler and Rosa Luxemburg.  I choose none of the above.  The political parties have failed America.  They did so four years ago in nominating Trump and Hillary.  Now, they are doing it again.  Thus, I am leaning toward writing in Chris Christie as my vote for President.

NYT on the South

Last Sunday’s New York Times went on a crusade against “white supremacy,” but white supremacy or white nationalism is an exaggerated concept promulgated by blacks, liberals and progressives who hate regular old white people.  These haters include white elitists like Hillary Clinton, and her “basket of deplorables” comment, which still represents the opinion of the bulk of the Democratic Party, including Joe Biden.  They are prejudiced against non-elitist whites.  Although it may not be racist, since many of the elitists are white, it is hatred of a certain group or type of person, based on geography, social status, personal interests, etc., whatever makes a Southerner a Southerner.

Ironically, the NYT obituary of Julia Reed brought out good aspects of the South.  Meanwhile the book review section contained bitter criticisms of the South.  Jon Meacham figured in both coverages.  He had nice things to say about Julia Reed’s Southern charm, and bad things to say about the South’s Lost Cause, which he characterized as a fight for white supremacy.  Meacham has made his progressive leanings apparent during his many appearances on “Morning Joe.”  Although a native of Tennessee, he is no friend of the old South, like host Joe Scarborough, a Floridian and Alabama graduate, who long ago abandoned his Southern roots to please the Eastern elites.

Besides Meacham, there is a review of a book by Edward Ball, called Life of a Klansman, in which Ball is happy to vilify his great-great-grandfather for being a member of the KKK.  Another review, “The Hate You Give,” covers a book about three weird women, including a tattooed bodybuilding porn star, who support white supremacy, Sisters in Hate.  The implication of these articles is that the NYT believes most Southern whites are neo-Nazi, genocidal murderers, except for Julia Reed, who is now dead.  Interestingly, Ms. Reed died in Newport, Rhode Island, among the rich Eastern elites.

Black Lives Matter Embraces Criminality

Almost all of the people killed by police and embraced by Black Lives Matter have been criminals.  They did not deserve to be killed by police without a trial, but they were the dregs of society.  Most were convicted or accused criminals, high on drugs, who had beaten their wives and abused their children.  They resisted arrest when the police tried to arrest them, which causes the police to react physically whether the person resisting is white or black.  Many of them had significant mental problems.

Black Lives Matter needs to find some exemplary black people to embrace, rather than painting criminals like George Floyd on buildings.  George Floyd did not deserved to be killed, but he should not be held up as a model for black children.  He was an awful man.  Blacks need better role models, starting with Barak Obama, and people like Colin Powell, George Washington Carver, Thurgood Marshall, Booker T. Washington, or Oprah Winfrey. None of the current heroes of the Black Lives Matter movement are in the league of those people.

In general, Black Lives Matter reviles their ancestors rather than honoring them.  The New York Times today has an article about an Omaha diner being closed down because it called its biscuit and gravy breakfast “the Robert e. Lee.”  This ignores that fact that if he had them, Robert E. Lee’s biscuits and gravy were prepared by a black cook, cooking food that black people liked.  Southern cooking is largely black cooking, and it has a significant African influence in its ingredients and preparation.  So, should blacks be upset that Robert E. Lee liked food cooked by blacks? Slaves built the White House and Capitol; is that reason to tear them down or another reason to respect them?  They are still standing; why do blacks disparage their slave ancestors who built them?