Swedish Rapper Calls For White People to be Shot

Swedish Rapper Calls For White People to be Shot, by Paul Joseph Watson.

Nigerian-born rap artist Jesse Ekene Nweke Conable called for his fans to “shoot” white people while urging, “Take them as slaves and treat them even worse.” …

The comments were made in a rant posted on a closed Instagram group called Barasvarta (“Blacks only”), according to news outlet Samhällsnytt.

“We, blacks” will “become number one and take over these whites,” said Conable, adding, “Like these whites took us as slaves we should take them as slaves and treat them even worse.”

“We’ll take their bitches and we’ll take their money,” he continued. “To be perfectly honest, we will be the best race ever. We are African warriors, they are not on our level. This is just the beginning, black power.”

Making the shape of a gun with his hand, Conable asserted, “If any white guy or white girl is trying to talk shit about you, shoot them! If they talk shit about your family, shoot them!”

The rapper appears to think he has carte blanche to make violent racist threats against white people, posting a meme that says, “You cannot be racist if you are not white.” …

Conable, who emigrated to Sweden in 2008 and now has citizenship, has a combined total of 280,000 subscribers on YouTube.

How progressive! As Lenin said, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. Sweden is a progressive paradise.

The white Swedes fancy themselves a humanitarian superpower, and they’re right! They will thoroughly deserve their Darwin Award.

NRA sues San Francisco over terrorist declaration

NRA sues San Francisco over terrorist declaration, by Lisa Pane.

The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday over the city’s recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and says the city is seeking to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA. It asks the court to step in “to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”

Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization,” contending the NRA spreads propaganda that seeks to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence.

The left can be sued, for falsely calling people nasty names? Who knew? Can we all sue them?

A Good Word for Christianity

A Good Word for Christianity, by David Daintree.

It’s getting harder to be a Christian, especially if you’re a white male. Everybody admires spirituality if it’s Buddhist, Muslim, indigenous or just plain save-the-planet Green. But Christian spirituality is viewed with distaste …

Jesus was a political revolutionary. By saying that all men are equal in the eyes of the Lord, and that this life is but a forerunner or test before an everlasting life in the next world and you will be judged on it, he set in motion changes that transformed the world:

There is absolutely no evidence that anybody before St Paul had ever said anything like ‘There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’

In other words, the rich and powerful do not get to ride roughshod over everyone and behave abominably, as was the practice in those times. Might does not make right. There is more to life than doing whatever pleases you in this life, and there are consequences.

Preferential option for the poor, public hospitals, pensions, free education, justice for prisoners and minorities, even feminism itself, and socialism too — all these things have taken root readily and abundantly in Christian societies. The fight against slavery (still being waged today) continues to be led by Christians. Amnesty International and the Red Cross were Christian foundations.

We now live in what many call a ‘post-Christian world’, and many now claim that these social goods have nothing to do with Christianity, or even that they took place in spite of Christianity. That amounts to a scandalous misreading of history. A Christian world view was fertile ground for the emergence of great and just social changes and the evidence for it is overwhelming. We can argue that socialism and feminism, for example, may have sometimes gone too far, but generous impulses lay at their roots.

Many of these reforms and developments took a long time to emerge. Too long. In every society there is corruption and self-interest and the fight against slavery, for example, was a protracted and terrible one.

But Christianity is the white religion. Anti-white racism took hold once the left switched from championing the working class to exploiting identity politics to gain power. What started as prejudice and promises of privileges for non-white-male identity groups has steadily blossomed into anti-white racism. The left used to demonize the rich, but now they increasingly demonize whites.

In addition, from the time of Marx the left has always viewed Christianity as their main enemy. Along with the family, Christianity stands in the way of their project to remake humanity and society, to sweep away all that is right and replace it with their own model Soviet man. Christianity represents reality — social and spiritual anyway, if not supernatural — that impedes the leftist fantasies. To say nothing of the sexual mores those on the left might prefer.

That’s a point of view that is mostly lost nowadays. The left control the media. They are hardly going to spell it out for you, are they?

Trump’s starting to win big on controlling the southern border

Trump’s starting to win big on controlling the southern border, by Jonathon Tobin.

To listen to most Democrats, they’ve got President Trump on the run when it comes to immigration.

The “big beautiful” wall he promised to build along the border with Mexico hasn’t gone up, and House Democrats will no longer fund even the border-security projects they supported in the past. Federal courts have also been preventing Team Trump from pushing through its efforts to crack down on illegal immigrants, let alone to attempt to fix a broken asylum system gamed by economic migrants from Central America who don’t fit the traditional definition of refugees fleeing for their lives.

But anyone who believes sanctuary-movement backers and Dems seeking to decriminalize illegal immigration are beating the president needs a reality check.

Courts make policy:

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled to permit the administration to go on refusing to accept applications for asylum from migrants who have passed through another country without being denied asylum there, while a case challenging this common-sense policy works its way through the courts.

That comes on the heels of the court’s decision in July to allow Trump to use money from the defense budget to build the border wall. It was yet another significant victory for the administration’s initiatives and a sign that the left’s judicial guerrilla war that had been stymieing the president is starting to crumble.

Expect liberal efforts to prevent Trump from overturning President Barack Obama’s executive orders that effectively granted amnesty to millions of illegals to meet the same fate.

Trump’s threats to Mexico on tariffs got results, and didn’t need approval from judges:

Fact is, despite the beating Trump has continued to take from the media about government tactics aimed at stemming the surge of illegal immigrants over the southern border, his policies have started to show signs of success.

While no one expects Mexico to pay for Trump’s wall, it is doing something more important: using its resources to stop its people from crossing over into the United States illegally. It has, for example, reinforced security on its southern border and set up checkpoints on highways leading north, dispatching 21,600 police and troops across the nation in the effort. …

The message has also gotten through to those seeking to come to the United States illegally. Mexican officials have said there has been a “significant decrease” in the number of Central Americans entering their country this year for the purpose of illegally immigrating to the United States.

The flow of new Democrat voters is somewhat reduced from the high under Obama:

It makes sense. The campaign by Obama and other Democrats to grant amnesty and a wide array of benefits to illegal immigrants fueled the surge across the border, with new migrants seeking the same lenient treatment. That led to the crisis in which federal resources were overwhelmed by the sheer number of asylum-seekers, prompting much grandstanding and crocodile tears from the left.

Trump’s critics have libelously denounced his attempts to enforce the law — and restore order at the border — as reminiscent of the Nazis and evidence of racism. Yet those efforts seem to be having the intended effect on those contemplating coming here without permission.

It may be time for helicopter money

It may be time for helicopter money, by Alan Kohler.

In July 2012, Draghi set off a three-year, 50 per cent global stockmarket rally when he said: “The ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough.”

In the seven years since, the ECB’s policy rate was zero for two years and negative for five, and much money was printed under the heading of quantitative easing, yet the European inflation rate has declined from 2 per cent to 1 per cent. Growth has fared no better.

Will Thursday’s package of measures do the trick? Unlikely. What got the Euro up a bit during the Draghi press conference was that it became another “whatever it takes” moment, except that this time it’s, in effect, “as long as it takes”.

But it’s all rather forlorn, as are the Reserve Bank of Australia’s efforts: after 14 rate cuts over eight years, the inflation rate here has declined from 3.3 to 1.6 per cent. GDP growth has fallen from 2.5 to 1.4 per cent.

It’s time, you would think, for central banks to stop messing about with the diminishing returns of rate cuts, and buying bonds from banks so that long-term interest rates decline even more than the cash rate, and doing something more direct — such as printing money and handing it out.

Helicopter money

It’s called “helicopter money”, and is starting to gain traction in respectable circles, at least in Europe, but before getting into that, perhaps we should examine what’s wrong with 1 per cent real GDP growth and 1 per cent inflation. …

There are two problems with it, one practical, one theoretical.

The debt burden is way too high by historical standards. All debts are paid eventually, either by the borrower or the lender. With inflation the lender pays, but they might not catch on to how much until too late.

With global debt approaching US$250 trillion, more than three times global GDP, the only way this is going to be reduced without massive disruption and hardship is through inflation, and capitalism requires economic growth in order to work, because its foundation – investment – requires a return, and because the pie needs to grow if the inequality inherent in capitalism is not to cause social breakdown.

So independent central banks, concerned with more than their narrow mandates, are stolidly trying to get both growth and inflation up. Unhappily what they’ve been doing hasn’t worked.

The recipe for inflation that always works: print new money.

The other lever is labelled “helicopter money” and it’s not that different to the quantitative easing they have actually been doing, and RBA Governor Dr Lowe has started talking about (while adding that they’re not about to start doing it).

QE involves printing money and buying government bonds from banks to give them cash. Why not just give the cash straight to the government? Presumably because central bankers don’t trust politicians, although why they would trust bankers more is a mystery.

Anyway, fair enough, politicians are not to be trusted with printed money. They might get used to it, and take control of the printing presses by passing a law that ends central bank independence.

In that case, is the current suggestion gaining increasing support, just give the money directly to the people – deposit cash into everyone’s bank accounts.

Wheelbarrow of money in 1920s Germany

German central banker at work, 1921. Loaf of bread, coming up!

As Moritz Kraemer, chief economic adviser of Acreditus, a risk consultancy headquartered in Dubai, wrote in a recent article, the central bank could “commit to making a monthly transfer to every euro-area citizen with a checking account, until inflation hits 2 per cent. It could apply a sliding scale, adjusted monthly, by paying €200 into every account if annual inflation stands at 1 per cent or below. This payment would be reduced by €20 for every 10 basis points beyond 1 per cent, reaching zero upon inflation hitting 2 per cent”.

Now that’s what you’d call unconventional monetary policy, but at least it would work.

Saudi Oil Output Cut in Half After Drones Strike

Saudi Oil Output Cut in Half After Drones Strike, by Robert Wenzel.

Saudi Arabia’s oil production was cut by half after a swarm of explosive drones struck at the heart of the kingdom’s oil industry, setting the world’s biggest crude-processing plant ablaze, reports Bloomberg. …

Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have launched several drone attacks on Saudi targets, claimed responsibility. Facilities at Abqaiq and the nearby Khurais oil field were attacked at 4 a.m. local time, state-run Saudi Press Agency reported. The attacks were carried out with 10 drones. …

“For the oil market if not global economy, Abqaiq is the single most valuable piece of real estate in planet earth,” according to Bob McNally, head of Rapid Energy Group.

There was no immediate reaction of oil prices on global exchange since markets are closed for the weekend.

$100 oil coming up?

The attack was likely by Iran, either directly or by proxies in Yemen. Amazing what some ingenious fellows with ten drones and some explosives strapped on can do. Who needs mega-expensive military hardware any more?

More seriously, we are entering an era of domination by cheap missiles/drones. Anything that can be seen can be hit by a cheap drone with explosives, or by a fast missile. China and Russia now have carrier-killing ballistic missiles, and soon everyone will have missiles capable of finding and attacking any ship at great distances. Airplanes are harder to hit, especially if they are deploying countermeasures, but swarms of drones are far cheaper than an airplane so their reign may be over soon too. From this point of view, an aircraft carrier is just a bladder of aviation fuel wrapped around an arsenal of high explosive bombs. Naval vessels are either submarines or targets.

Australia’s role in Anglosphere’s finest hour

Australia’s role in Anglosphere’s finest hour, by Rebecca Weisser. First Hong Kong:

The visit to Australia of Hong Kong pop star and activist, Denise Ho, exposed the pusillanimity of Australian officialdom. An event at the National Gallery of Victoria called ‘Be Water: Hong Kong vs China’ with Ms Ho and political cartoonist Badiucao to discuss art and resistance in Hong Kong was cancelled due to ‘security concerns.’ Ms Ho rightly tweeted that ‘self-censorship is real’ and ‘if everyone turns away due to fear, what will our world become?’

At Australian campuses, the fear is real. This month, a motion in support of Hong Kong at the University of Sydney Student Representative Council brought the meeting to a standstill. When one student moved the motion, another stood up to yell in Mandarin, ‘I love China’ along with other profanities. Those who support Hong Kong were so worried about the threat to their safety posed by pro-Beijing activists that everyone had to put their phones into Airplane mode. Even so, the vote was thwarted and had to be tabled for the next meeting. …

Brexit:

There is only one response in Australia to the suggestion that Britain would face shortages if it crashes out of the EU with a ‘No Deal’ Brexit and that is, ‘not if we can help it!’ Australia already feeds some 36 million people around the world and could easily ramp that up. Our prime minister has said a free trade agreement with the UK could be concluded in less than a year and our trade minister said a deal could be done in months, maybe even weeks. …

All EU member states owe their liberty to the preparedness of British and Commonwealth peoples to lay down their lives in the fight against Nazi and German imperialism but where is the gratitude? Australia is used to this. …

When Australia was unceremoniously booted out of the UK market on its entry into the European Community in 1973 — a hard exit if ever there was one — our butter exports to the UK dropped by more than 90 percent and our apple exports by more than two thirds. But what we lost in trade to the UK, we more than made up for in exports elsewhere. More importantly, we retained that most precious commodity of all — our sovereignty. …

At this distance, the hysteria in Britain about a ‘no deal’ Brexit seems incomprehensible.

BBC Tells Schoolchildren There Are ‘over 100’ Genders

BBC Tells Schoolchildren There Are ‘over 100’ Genders, by Thomas Williams.

The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) tells primary schoolchildren that there are over 100 genders as part of its “Teach” video series, which has some concerned parents and observers up in arms.

“You know, there are so many gender identities,” declares the head teacher in response to child’s question. “We know that we have got male and female, but there are over 100, if not more, gender identities now.”

The video for schoolchildren aged 9-12 is part of nine new BBC Teach films produced as support material for the personal, social, and health education (PSHE) curriculum in UK schools.

Celia Walden:

Even by today’s Emperor’s New Clothes gender diversity narrative, 100 is pushing it. ‘Woke’ Facebook currently lists 71 complex and hilariously repetitive options for those who feel manacled by the oh-so-reductive ‘male’ and ‘female’.

And, despite four years at medical school (where you’d hope the basics had been covered), your local GP will ‘only’ recognise six genders: male, female, gender-neutral, non-binary, gender-fluid and gender-queer. …

Beyond my horror at the propagation of misinformation and the upholding of this noxious nonsense by a corporation whose journalistic duty it is to deal not in fads, but facts, is the fear that we’ll make this new generation of children as self-obsessed as the supposed grown-ups wilfully warping their minds.

Self-expression may have been prized since Ancient Egyptians first began daubing hieroglyphics, but not until the 1960s did it start becoming fetishised in the way it is today, when ‘expressing yourself’ no longer means appreciating individuality and producing something of wider cultural value to be enjoyed by others — a work of art, say, that might enrich the world around you — but folding in on yourself and behaving in an unashamedly selfish way.

So like teenagers (with far more tools of ‘self-expression’ at their disposal than the old hair-dye, piercings and tattoos we had to make do with), people will play around with their identities and pronouns well into adulthood: going into work dressed as Alex one day and Alexia the next. Because they’ve been told they can. …

All of which is likely to leave us with a generation of lost, confused and angry young adults asking a question we will find it very difficult to answer: “How did you let this happen?”

Tyler O’Neil:

If there are more than 100 gender identities, what is to prevent every unique individual in the world from claiming his or her own “gender identity?” Then, if anyone refuses to call that person by his or her unique pronoun, that offender could be considered guilty of “hate speech” and carted off to prison.

Of course, this ideology is all about power. Those who claim to be marginalized can force others to do what they want, with the threat of prison if they refuse. Independent thought will be punished, even if it is more accurate to the reality of the biological binary.

It’s now “incendiary” to say there are two genders

It’s now “incendiary” to say there are two genders, by Jazz Shaw.

Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham of Louisiana is running for Governor in his state and his team recently released their first television ad. …

Here’s what he says:

“Here’s the truth. Life begins at conception. Government is too big. Our taxes are too high. And our car insurance is too expensive. President Trump is doing a great job. Facts matter more than feelings. The Second Amendment is self-explanatory. And as a doctor, I can assure you there are only two genders.”

The left is up in arms, but at which bit?

As you might expect, this prompted an immediate reaction. The claim wasn’t going over well at all at MSNBC….

An indignant [MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing] told viewers she found Abraham’s remarks to be “incendiary.” …

So it’s apparently now simply gospel at MSNBC to say that a medical doctor stating the human race is composed of two genders by design is “incendiary” rhetoric.

“Progress” comes in so many unexpected forms. What next? Well, wait and see what happens to you if you disagree with their fantasies:

But this is apparently the state of play in American politics today. We’ve traditionally tolerated people with all sorts of rather questionable ideas, but as long as we were all able to agree to disagree we generally just got on with our lives. Now, holding a different opinion than someone in one of the entitled classes isn’t just a case of disagreement. It’s verbal violence that makes people feel unsafe. So you’re a bad person for doing it.

We’re not debating an issue along the lines of whether yellow mustard is better than brown here. (It’s not, by the way, but I’m not going to try to lock you up for thinking so.) This is just science. You can’t wake up one day and decide that reality has shifted simply because of how you feel about it. That applies even if you really, really, earnestly believe it. You might honestly believe that you’re a werewolf. (The condition is known as clinical lycanthropy.) But unless you can show us that you can somehow transform into a canid creature of some sort, I’m sorry to say that you’re still just a human being. A very confused human being who may be dealing with some mental health issues, but a human being nonetheless.

Hate speech will see you silenced, then banned, then terminated. You know they want to. You know it’s the only way they can win debates. Etc etc. But this isn’t so funny really, because they are serious.

A Political Party Stupid Enough to Call You a Racist Is Too Stupid to Govern

A Political Party Stupid Enough to Call You a Racist Is Too Stupid to Govern, by Rick Moran.

What happens when a political party is hijacked by fanatics, ideologues, and hysterics who don’t care whether they win or lose an election?

They lose elections.

That’s where the Democrats are headed because they’d rather be “right” than clever. And when it comes to the issue of race, Democrats think they have a corner on “right.”

They’ve got a small problem, though. In order to appeal to the fanatics, ideologues, and hysterics to tap them for money and support, they have to at least give lip service to their warped views on race. And that includes calling you and me and about 70 percent of the American voters “racist.”

After 20+ years of calling all of us who disagree with them in any way a “racist,” is there anyway they can make it up to us? No, they’re doubling down:

Once again, Democrats think they have a winner. Because nobody minds being called a “racist,” do they. …

[From USA Today] “For decades progressives have denounced America as hopelessly retrograde and racist. Naturally, they’re talking about everyone except themselves.

The insult-them-until-they-join-our-side strategy has gained devotees since the mass shootings. While no fewer than five presidential candidates have called Trump a white supremacist, their fellow progressives are shedding their reluctance to say the same of his supporters.” …

This is really, really stupid. Most Americans don’t hate Trump as much as most liberal Democrats do. Most Americans see through the hysterical exaggerations about Trump and many appear bewildered by the vitriol. Even if they don’t like Trump — and there are many reasons not to — the Democrats’ rhetoric offends their sense of fair play. Thus, every time Democrats go off on Trump, accusing him of all sorts of perfidy and hateful things, Trump probably gets another 10,000 votes.

Most voters believe that if a political party is smart enough to win a national election, they should be smart enough to govern. Using a hateful epithet to describe tens of millions of potentially persuadable voters is a losing strategy and spectacularly dumb.

The left is really going out on a limb over climate and over “racism” and the whole blank slate idea.  They are going to be proven wrong over the next decade by science, as the flaw in the climate models is revealed and genetic advances largely settles the nature versus nurture disputes. I’m pretty sure they don’t have a plan B or any retreat options.

China Hurting for Protein

China Hurting for Protein, by Michael Yon.

Soy and pork are protein, which is a chronic problem in all national food chains, but more so in China.

Between their traditional plant based diet and the cultural prestige of eating pork (the middle class literally measures its affluence by how many nights a week they eat pork and the lower classes and villages use pork as a celebratory meal), China’s protein consumption is very narrowly restricted to soy and pork (fish is common, but not nearly as available as soy and pork). …

China recently removed their tariffs on US soy and pork. Nothing else, just these two products.

By lifting the tariffs, China has just admitted it cannot produce enough protein for national consumption, both as a staple or as a preferred meat.

Imagine a US shortage of wheat and chicken, with no real access to corn or beef, and a couple dozen urban areas of 20 millions or more with just a third arable land as now. That’s China.

So, what’s the problem with China’s agricultural industry? Basically, they simply do not have enough land to grow the volume of soy they need; and, their pork production is highly diffused and is ravaged by a massive and seemingly uncontrollable swine flu epidemic. In fact, it is estimated that up to 60% of China’s pigs are infected with the flu.

To compound a bad situation to worse, Chinese officials are both incapable of enforcing a quarantine and too corrupt to stop the spread of the flu.

Wow, I wonder why we haven’t heard about that in the media? Too busy chanting “orange man bad” and “Trump’s tariffs going to cause a recession” perhaps?

If the price of US pork rises, it is the same for the Chinese consumer as tariffs on US pork imports. It would hurt China and assist US efforts to rein in their bad behavior such as intellectual property theft. So, American readers, go and buy ridiculous amounts of bacon!

Everyone Knows the Truth About Politics

Everyone Knows the Truth About Politics, by Peggy Noonan.

Everyone knows Donald Trump can be taken in 2020, but everyone doubts the ability of the current Democratic field to do it.

Everyone knows Elizabeth Warren has successfully created and inhabited a persona — the determined, high-energy fighter full of plans — and is killing it. She knows she has gone too far left for the general electorate and will introduce nuance and an air of greater moderation once she gets the nomination. Everyone knows this.

Everyone knows the Democratic moderates are going nowhere and cluttering up every stage, but no one minds their being there because they make the party look sane.

Joe Biden may have about 30% in the polls, but that means all the candidates to his left have about 70%. … The Democratic Party really HAS gone sharply left, and everyone knows.

Shall we be rude? Oh, let’s. Everyone knows Donald Trump is a mental case, including I believe Donald Trump. Why else does he keep insisting he is an “extremely stable genius”? It’s as if he knows a lot of people are certain he’s neither.

It would be nice here to say, “I don’t mean mental case. I mean his mind is a raucous TV funhouse; that he is immature, unserious, and at the mercy of poor impulse control; that he doesn’t exercise power intelligently but emotionally, and with an eye, always to personal needs.” But mental case will do. …

By my observation something is going on with Mr. Trump’s supporters. They now concede much more about him in private than they did in the past. They use words like “unpredictable” or “emotional” or “a little chaotic.” They say, “Well, he may be crazy but maybe that’s what’s needed to keep his enemies hopping.” He may not be a good man, they concede, but the swamp has defeated good men.

What is interesting is that they no longer say what they used to — “You’ve got it wrong, he’s stable, a successful businessman, a realist.” And they no longer compare him to Reagan.

His most frequent public defenders now believe he’s a screwball, which is why they no longer devote their time to lauding him but to attacking his critics.

They’re uncomfortable. He is wearing his own people down. …

More likely it’s just the hyper-critical and biased media “reporting” on Trump that is wearing everyone down.

The latest Democratic Party candidate’s debate shied away from previous extreme leftism:

There seemed to be some recalibrating. No one bravely declared they’ll outlaw all private health insurance. Ms. Warren in fact repeatedly and rather brazenly ducked the question. It must be showing up in her polls that telling more than 100 million people you’ll take away their health insurance isn’t a “popular idea.” No one called for open borders, or federal funding for abortions for transgender women. There was a lot of identity politics and autobiography.

My first impression was that so many of the contenders are such accomplished TV performers with such rounded, practiced sentences that are so dramatically delivered. It is hard to remember but JFK and Nixon were a little shy to be on TV in their 1960 debate, and a little formal. Jimmy Carter, too, 20 years later, with Reagan—they had a certain muted tone. Up until 2000 or so, national TV was a place where you would appropriately feel nervous. Now candidates are so smooth, so TV-ready. Performers in their natural habitat.

This isn’t new, of course. But each cycle it seems a little more so, and a little more unsettling. …

As Mr. Sanders spoke and gesticulated in his wide and ranty way I remembered that sometimes the thing that works against you is also what works for you. He comes across like your angry Menshevik uncle in the attic, but like that uncle he means what he says, is sincere and convinced, and that has its own power.

Biden or Bust?

Biden or Bust? By Victor Davis Hanson. Biden is still the clear Democrat front runner in the polls.

Biden remains what he always was—a deep state fixture. And his brand is mainstream Democrat left-liberal orthodoxy …

As far as the diagnosis of the Biden gaffe machine, the only debate is whether Biden at 76 is addled and suffering early signs of dementia — that is, hardly the sharp and energetic septuagenarian that Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Elizabeth Warren seem to be. Or, in fact, is he just now back in the spotlight and thus resuming his forty years of characteristic embarrassments, some of which blew up his prior two presidential bids.

Is Biden in fact not any more unhinged than he was at 40 — the difference now being only that what was seen as eccentric and obnoxious then is now recalibrated as demented due to his advanced age?

After all, we remember a much younger Biden’s lies about his college résumé, his plagiarism in law school, his decades of creepy hugs and breathing into the ears and curls of prepubescent girls, his intellectual theft of British Labourite Neil Kinnock’s stump speechand padding it with family distortions, his trademark appropriation of the ideas and buzzwords of others, his racialist commentary (e.g., Barack Obama is our first “clean” and “articulate” major black presidential candidate, Delaware donut shops are all stuffed with Indian immigrants, Mitt Romney would put blacks “back in chains”) and on and on. …

The other choices:

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren almost daily remind us what socialism is: a belief that the government innately owns our labor, property, and capital, and “built” our wealth. It properly oversees us by using its superior morality and wisdom to redistribute resources to unappreciated deserving parties at the expense of the over-appreciated undeserving parties — at least as the grandees Bernie and Liz see it, who of course are exempted from the ramifications of their own bromides.

Kamala Harris by now has no idea who she is or who she is supposed to become. She is now well into her third or fourth adopted persona. Beto O’Rourke — dropping f-bombs on live television, calling for gun confiscations, and libeling his country as inveterately racist — would be lucky to be elected to a Texas county commission in 2020. His once apparent eccentric speech and demeanor are now gratingly obnoxious as he reverts to his pre-adolescence.

Corey Booker has not evolved beyond his confused puerile Spartacus moment during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Goofy seems his new sobriquet. Saintly Pete Buttigieg thinks his role is to make up biblical exegesis to fit 2020 race-class-gender parlance — and then condemn any who disagree with him as Christian apostates.

Any Democratic candidate who has seemed somewhat normal or centrist — Michael Bennet, Steven Bullock, John Delaney, and Tim Ryan — long ago melted down. The rest of the pack like Andrew Yang or Julian Castro are probably to the left of Beto and Kamala and pose the question of why are they running at all.

Which way will they choose?

In sum, Biden’s continued polling and viability are testaments to the poverty of the Democratic field — at least as currently seen by the Democratic establishment itself and a third of the primary voters.

Rightly or wrongly, they believe it is for now either the gaffaholic Biden or a socialist bust — and Democrats seem to prefer random senselessness to pre-mediated lunacy.