Did Trump really take a political risk in telling Omar to go back to her country?

Did Trump really take a political risk in telling Omar to go back to her country? By Monica Showalter.

Omar, it turns out, is a massive liability for the Democrats.  Making her the face of the Democrats is a pretty good way of triggering a GOP landslide, not just in the White House, but in the House of Representatives.

American Congresswoman Omar.

Among the working-class voters Democrats must win over to win the presidency, and, for that matter, both houses of Congress, Omar sports an abysmal 9% approval rating along with a 53% recognition rate.  She’s the most unpopular of all of them. According to the Daily Wire:

A new internal Democrat poll in swing districts released on Sunday showed that socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are extremely unpopular and that they may cost the Democratic Party the presidency and the House in 2020.

“Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view,” Axios reported. “Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.”

Oh, and Democrats are kind of worried these days about losing the House.

This is deadly stuff, and clearly, Trump is targeting the weakest link among this far-left squad and seeking to get all of his Democratic opponents (blocking his border wall, refusing to pass any legislation both could agree on) personified as Omar.

Trump is not a racist; he’s pushing the Overton window to normal

Trump is not a racist; he’s pushing the Overton window to normal, by Bookworm. At last, it’s not just moving left anymore. About time!

What I think Trump did was to drag the Overton window back to some semblance of reality. For those unfamiliar with that expression, the Overton window is a way of describing ideas that are allowable in public discourse. …

For the past 60 years, Leftists have been pushing the Overton window steadily . . . (duh) left. From the manic colors of the LGBTQRSTUV+ rainbow, to contending that people can magically use hormones and surgery to “change” their gender, to “shouting your abortion,” Leftists are introducing entirely new (and frequently insane) ideas into the realm of acceptable public conversation.

At the same time — and this is what Trump fully understands — Leftists are closing the Overton window on ideas that were once considered perfectly normal. Think of ideas that were normal just a decade ago: using pronouns consistent with biological sex, worrying about Muslim-inspired terrorism, admiring the Founding Fathers, believing that a traditional male-female marriage is optimal for raising children, mentioning the Judeo-Christian God in public, questioning anthropogenic climate change, or being anything but mindlessly positive about a member of a “Progressive protected victim class.” Nowadays, thanks to relentless media, entertainment, political, and educational pressure, voicing those ideas creates the risk that the speaker will be shouted down, humiliated, fired, or even physically attacked.

It was not so long ago that we expected people who came to America as immigrants to (a) recognize that they were invited guests, rather than entitled squatters; and (b) not to bad mouth their new country. … The viewpoint I’ve just described was Overton window on the subject of immigration for centuries …

Dog-whistles: White civilization and whites are bad.

Within the last decade or so, the Leftists changed this immigration Overton window. Pretty much ever since Obama hit the White House, Leftists have insulted America and then doubled-down on insulting America, and than increased their insults to America.

Even as people from around the world have illegally stormed America’s borders, the Left has told us — and instructed these new immigrants to believe — that America is a stinking pile of poop country, filled with evil plutocrats and redneck racists.

To the Left and the new immigrants they indoctrinate, America is a country to be loathed, not to be admired. Moreover, immigrants are told to believe that whether we graciously invited them in or they voluntarily broke in to our country like common criminals.

You know that and I know that this is what the Leftists have done. Moreover, the millions of Americans who aren’t as political as we are know that this is what Leftists have done. They intuitively recognize that the new Overton window is as unrelated to reality as the current gender madness, but because of the Leftist Overton window shift, they are cowed into silence.

The silent, sane majority in of Americans know that they can lose their jobs, get doxed, be socially humiliated, or be subject to brutal attacks if they suggest that people who were living in dirt poor, war torn, corrupt countries were blessed to come here.

It would be even worse were these silenced Americans to state the obvious conclusion: If these new immigrants cannot show gratitude for the country that took them in, but insist that it’s the most evil country in the world and that their dirt poor, war torn, corrupt homeland is better, they should stop taking up space in America and return to their natal lands.

In other words, Trump stated the obvious….

Re Trump referring to “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries,”…. Many have pointed out that only Ilhan Omar is actually from another country. However, by that phrasing, he reminded me — and may have reminded others — that Rashida Tlaib, when elected, celebrated, not with an American flag, but with a Palestinian flag, making one wonder which country she thinks she represents. It would be typical for Trump to use that underhanded way to get people to start looking at the national loyalties these more extreme Progressives espouse, no matter their natal land.

Getting more explicitly tribal now. Skating dangerously close to going openly tribal, a place we will all regret going to and from which it is hard to return from. The left are relentlessly pushing us there.

Trump Is Baiting Democrats

Trump Is Baiting Democrats, by David Frum.

Plan or no plan, though, Trump hit the Democratic Party at its point of vulnerability. He is driving it toward ever more radical outcomes: against the enforcement of immigration laws and for the acceptance of virtually all border crossers; against the bread-and-butter issues that will mobilize the voters the Democrats need and for the symbolic actions that will gratify the educated urban progressives who live in the safest Democratic districts in the country.

Who is leading and who is following is debatable. Trump has now joined the left in its dance towards tribalism, simply by opposing it.

Trump Points Out The Obvious. Everybody Apparently Loses Their Damned Minds.

Trump Points Out The Obvious. Everybody Apparently Loses Their Damned Minds. By Thomas Kendall.

Yes, the only person of AOC’s infamous “squad” to personally come here from another country is Ilhan Omar. Ilhan Omar was born in Mogadishu and she came here around 9 or 10 years old. She is the only first-generation immigrant. It’s kind of an academic point. Honestly, like she booked the travel herself. She’s from an immigrant family, that’s the point.

And Ocasio-Cortez is the daughter of a Porto Rican [Sure, it’s a “territory” so she was technically born American. Have you ever been there? Looked at how people live there? Look at what she IDENTIFIES with? Yeah.] She is, in fact, a second-generation immigrant [Very Latin. Much minority. What she never identifies as is… one of us]. This is a common term.

So is Rashida Tlaib. Her parents were “Palestinian” immigrants… She is also a second-generation immigrant….

Since the Democratic party is suddenly the party of open borders, I feel like it’s maybe important to the discussion that three of their battiest socialist yahoos are, in fact, from immigrant families.

For those who are behind on the issue, the Democrats want unchecked illegal immigration because… supposedly… it’s fair and just that we let literally anybody who shows up at the border become an American. All they need to do is come from, oh, what’s a good term for it… a shithole. Their home country has to suck. That’s the only qualification. Which really means, given our neighbors, that if they have a pulse and can cross the border, then they’re just as American as the next person. …

If you question the wisdom of letting all comers in, you’re wrong because… ah, I just got the argument back from the professional logicians… ahem… “shut up racist”. I hope that clears things up.

Now hang on! Just look at all the societal benefits to be reaped from this policy. After all, the proof is in the pudding, right? Why, look at these three American success stories, every one of them from, I think we agreed, an immigrant family. And every one of them is a vitriolic, America-hating, openly socialist, race-baiting pain-in-the-ever-loving-ass. Just imagine how many more families just like theirs we could bring in with an open-borders policy that had an even lower bar for… say, where are you going? Come back, damn it! Diversity is our strength, I tell you!

So, genuine question… why shouldn’t we call them on their bullshit? Somalia and Porto Rico are shitholes. So are the pieces of land around Israel still occupied by “Palestinians”. Two of those are occasionally explosive shitholes, arguably the worst kind. Their families came from places that are objectively worse, compared to the United States. But, uh, boy, you’d never know it listening to them. They sure have a lot of problems with us, considering. Why the Hell should we suffer in silence while these wanna-be commies back-seat drive our government? …

If they dislike America so much why do they stay? It’s like if you join a club and your friend joins a while later and all he talks about is how much it sucks.

Dude. Fucking… leave. What’s the problem, here?

Wow, listen to that replay and her tone. Tribal mindset, or what?

Democrats and Republicans agree — Donald Trump will be re-elected

Democrats and Republicans agree — Donald Trump will be re-elected. By Michael Goodwin.

Broadly speaking, Trump’s focus on borders is the linchpin of his presidency and the essence of putting Americans first. His commitment, which has ebbed at times, was always popular with his core supporters, but the appeal is spreading because of the unrelenting surge of illegal crossers and the Dems’ rigid opposition to any ­measure that could stop it.

More than 100,000 people were apprehended in June and officials say many more crossed undetected. No rational American can say the situation is acceptable, yet even Friday, Ocasio-Cortez was still calling it a “manufactured” ­crisis.

Similarly, the widespread hysteria over the planned roundup of those with outstanding deportation orders is bizarre. If deportation orders are meaningless, why bother with the expense and trouble of having a border at all?

Incredible as it seems, an America without borders appears to be where the left is going, with AOC the latest to say that Homeland Security should be eliminated. … But if AOC gets her way, it’s bye-bye FEMA, airport security, the Coast Guard, border control, the Secret Service and nearly a score of other agencies.

No phoenix in Labor’s ashes

No phoenix in Labor’s ashes, by Jennifer Oriel.

Labor is searching for answers to explain its long losing streak. … But the problems besetting Labor cannot be resolved by perception management. The party is floundering in no-man’s land.

Throughout the election campaign, former Labor leader Bill Shorten .. could not master the narrative because Labor could not reconcile its origins as a party of the working class with the identity politics that has come to consume it. …

Between the Labor Left’s war on mines and the Right’s PC elitism, all that’s left for workers is outdated class-war rhetoric. …

The Western left’s transition from a movement of workers’ rights and legal equality to a party of political correctness and affirmative action seems irreversible.

The decline in support for left-wing parties is partly attributable to the popular backlash against PC. One response has been to turn hard left. The discredited ideology of socialism is making a comeback. Red chic is returning to campuses teeming with undergraduates born long after the fall of the Berlin Wall. …

The left’s experiment with socialism has taken a turn for the worse in Britain, where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is dealing with fresh allegations of anti-Semitism from numerous former party officials. The BBC interviewed more than 20 former officials and uncovered up to 1000 allegations of anti-Semitism. Labour leaders have rejected the claims.

Corbyn has a long record of sympathising with Islamists and communism. The BBC revealed that his communications chief, Seamus Milne, “worked for a magazine produced by the Communist Party of Great Britain”. …

A recent YouGov poll for The Times showed that only 18 per cent of respondents said they would vote Labour. It is the worst result since polling began. …

Whoever takes the role of rebuilding [Australian] Labor will need all the skills of a master craftsman. It is unclear what foundations of the party still stand. All that remains is the ghost of class warfare and the sound of PC fury signifying nothing.

Get the printing press ready! Australia to lead the West!

Get the printing press ready! Australia to lead the West! By Percy Allen, a public policy, management and finance adviser and a former secretary of the NSW Treasury and chairman of the NSW Treasury Corp. (I changed the title, as will become obvious.)

Both the IMF and the OECD say monetary policy is largely exhausted: fiscal policy must now be used to ramp- up economic growth that has been held back by the triple Ds of high debt, ageing demographics and disruptive digitisation, which includes robotics. The Reserve Bank of Australia has come to the same conclusion. …

In Australia this issue has now come to a head. The governor of the Reserve Bank, Philip Lowe, has urged the government to start pump-priming the economy by sponsoring a massive capital works program. That would lift aggregate demand given that over-indebted households are underspending. Lowe is right.

By contrast, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has vowed to maintain a fiscal surplus – covering operating and capital accounts – since this is Australia’s best safeguard against another global financial meltdown. In such a crisis, economies such as Australia with a Triple-A credit rating stay buoyant: why squander that advantage? Frydenberg is also right. …

Let’s paraphrase: Government can’t afford any more debt. But governments need more money, if only because they think they need it to simulate the stagnating economy. The best (the only remaining?) place to get it is out of nowhere, so let’s do it in the most equitable way we know.

Governments today could issue equity – for example share certificates – against public works and request their central banks to buy them. This would sidestep debt limits. That’s not presently permissible for the US Federal Reserve, though former governor Janet Yellen ventured the Fed should be given authority to buy stocks in a recession.

Government shares, unlike bonds, would not pay interest nor add to public debt which is important because sovereign debt across the OECD area has jumped from US$25 trillion in 2008 to US$45 trillion in 2018. …

My suggestion is QI – quantitative investing – whereby central banks print money for the public good rather than private gain.

Does this proposal sound crazy? Sure does, but so did quantitative easing (QE) when it started because it was tantamount to central banks printing money to buy government bonds and other securities mainly from banks. The banks in turn used the proceeds to lend largely for asset speculation and corporate share buy-backs because most businesses refused to borrow for new plant and equipment.

QE saw bond, property and share prices soar, but there was little expansion of productive capacity and earnings. Financial centres flourished while economic hinterlands struggled. The asset-rich enjoyed rising share and property prices. Ordinary people whose wages stagnated, then revolted by electing Donald Trump, supporting Brexit and flocking to populist parties across Europe.

That’s why the burning question for the developed world, including Australia, is what should replace QE given that we have reached a monetary and fiscal impasse?

My suggestion is QI – quantitative investing – whereby central banks print money for the public good rather than private gain. Any return to QE which increased economic and social inequality could further strain class, regional and inter-generational tensions. That could imperil liberal democracy. …

We have being saying for two decades now that when the crunch arrives, the political class will choose inflation to debt repayment. They will choose an inflationary mess rather than risk repeating the Great Depression. This is inevitable, and was always foreseeable.

Normally a national Ponzi scheme such as this would be inflationary, but if the developed world is in a liquidity trap exacerbated by high debt, an ageing population, a shrinking workforce and low productivity gains, then weak aggregate demand would be bolstered by a large infrastructure program funded by government share certificates bought by the central bank. It would be preferable to governments loading themselves up with more debt given already excessive levels.

Author: It’s inflationary, but we have to do it. We have no choice. Besides, the new money will be spent by us, big government! Which will be lots of fun for us and our friends, and the people in receipt of government spending.

Money is implicitly a promise, that you will be able to exchange it sometime in the future for roughly what it’s worth now, in terms of goods and services. Issue too many promises, and they cannot all be kept. Inflation follows, whereby each unit of currency buys much less in the future.

Gold, anyone?

Trump Says Ilhan Omar Should Go Back to Africa: ‘You Can’t Leave Fast Enough’

Trump Says Ilhan Omar Should Go Back to Africa: ‘You Can’t Leave Fast Enough’. By Tommy Christopher.

On Sunday morning, Trump referenced the recent tension between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the four freshman Democrats who voted against the House version of a border bill — Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump wrote.

Only Omar was born outside the United States, and all four were elected to the House of Representatives, where their job is literally to govern this country.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how……..it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!” Trump wrote.

Rep. Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 4, 1982.

The inevitable collision just drew a step closer.

All this nonsense is not really sustainable. The point where it is coming to a head first is in immigration, as the third world is encouraged to pile into white countries.

Trump, a white man, has proved very adept so far at leading and listening. It  will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Ilhan Omar: Illegal Immigrants Are Dumb

Ilhan Omar: Illegal Immigrants Are Dumb. By John Hinderaker.

Speaking at Nutroots Nation, Ilhan Omar … said that the U.S. treats illegal immigrants worse than dogs because we are racists …

Yes, that is why we brought you here from Kenya at our expense, Ilhan. Congresswoman Omar might be the least self-aware person in world history. …

Would Central Americans having no legal right to emigrate to the U.S. try desperately to enter our country if they thought we were a racist nation that would treat them worse than dogs?

Apparently Omar thinks illegal immigrants are too dumb to hate America the way she does.

Omar is the first Somali-American elected to Congress. She arrived in the United States when she was 12-years-old after she fled Somalia during a civil war for a Kenyan refugee camp with her family.

A Blunder of Epic Proportions

A Blunder of Epic Proportions, by John Hinderaker.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of President Trump, and more often than not, a fan of his use of social media. But today he committed the worst unforced error of his presidency, one that we will hear about from the Democrats from now until November 2020.

I assume Trump is talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad,” and I share his low opinion of those ill-informed leftists. And no doubt he had in mind Ilhan Omar when he referred to “countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe,” etc. His description certainly applies to Somalia. …

This is the headline in my home town paper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It will be the same in every newspaper across the country:

Note that the Associated Press accuses Trump of “starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats.” But Trump didn’t say a word about race. It was the AP that starkly injected race into the controversy. Which, of course, doesn’t excuse the single stupidest act of Trump’s presidency.

See also As Democrats Fight A Civil War, Trump Strips Naked And Runs Onto The Battlefield.

Massive blog response in the US.

Glenn Reynolds:

This is barely even 2D chess. Trump is pointing out that these “it” girls are ungrateful asses who don’t like America. By not naming them, he’s forcing their defenders, and his critics, to admit that they’re ungrateful asses who don’t like America before they can even talk about the issue. This isn’t hard.

But if you want more, there’s this way of putting it: All the Democrats have to do is not be crazy, and Trump’s making it impossible for them to do that.

Bookworm:

He’s doing the typical Trumpian thing of saying aloud what sane people have been thinking to themselves but have been too cowed to say. In other words, he’s pushing the Overton window back towards a more normal understanding of immigration and gratitude.

Bob:

The Standard Pussified Republican Response (SPRR) is to say nothing or apologize or maybe prattle on about “diversity” or “inclusion.” Trump don’t play dat….he says what we ALL are thinking, and….we LOVE IT. Ridicule these America hating Marxist Progs all…day….long. Drive their noses into the shit they laid on the carpet.

God Bless Trump. Finally a Republican with a pair.

Severn:

The people stripping naked and running on to the battlefield are all the retarded neverTrumpers. …

Most of “right-wing media” acts like a false-flag operation being run by the left.

What exactly is supposed to be so objectionable or incorrect about what Trump wrote?

Steve Skubinna:

This is obtuse. Trump has thrown gasoline on the fire, that’s all. Now defenders of Pelosi have to deal with finding Trump in their corner, so what do they do, throw Nancy under the bus?

The only thing he could do to improve on this is to give weapons to both sides and wall them in.

But honestly, what’s so bad about the question? You came here as refugees. You chose to become a citizen. You are given the privilege and honor of serving your fellow citizens as a representative, and you keep telling us all how horrible we are. You keep screaming how racist and exploitative your new country is. Why did you want to be a citizen here in the first place. You have choices. Go back to where you came and improve that great place if you think this place sucks. What’s so controversial about that?

A few days ago an ICE center in the US and the attackers raised the Mexican flag over it. Increasingly there is no attempt at assimilation, just colonization.

Anglo-Saxons deserve reparations for the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons deserve reparations for the Norman Conquest, by Sahil Mahtani.

If these wrongs are not righted through compensation they will live on in our collective shame and the descendants of the victims will continue to suffer….

One glaring example is the great evil visited on the Anglo-Saxon population by the Norman Conquest of 1066. By any standard, the effect on indigenous English society was enduring devastation. Through war, invasion and genocide, the Anglo-Saxon ruling class was almost entirely replaced, control of the church and state surrendered to foreign adversaries, English replaced by Norman French as the language of government, and England’s entire political, social and cultural orientation shifted from Northern Europe to the continent for the next thousand years.

This matters because, just as the pain of colonialism continues to be endured by its descendants, the Conquest continues to have lasting effects. In his study of surnames and social mobility, economic historian Gregory Clark concluded that Norman surnames continue to be 25 per cent overrepresented at Oxbridge to this day relative to other indigenous English surnames. As Clark put it: ‘The fact that Norman surnames had not been completely average in their social distribution by 1300, by 1600, or even by 1900 implies astonishingly slow rates of social mobility during every epoch of English history.’ Not for nothing did Nonconformists and Whigs loudly oppose ‘the Norman yoke’ during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Cambridge University, which still drips with Norman money and influence, should now consider to what extent it needs to compensate its Anglo-Saxon victims. The Sutton Trust estimates that Oxbridge graduates earn £400,000 more during their lifetimes than graduates from other UK universities. These figures imply that descendants of the rapacious Norman invader class could be earning tens of thousands of pounds more than other graduates — an undeserved lifetime premium that has survived 31 generations. So, reparations must certainly be made. But who shall pay, and who shall receive? …

We are learning every day just how deep our roots in the past lie. The more we learn, the more necessary it is to see the past in terms of the attitudes of the present, and to rectify regrettable aspects. Eventually these may encompass events as old as the Indo-Aryan invasions of 1500 bc, which produced the Hindu caste system, as well as more unheralded travesties such as the American conquest of the Philippines, which introduced junk food, soap operas and general bad taste. Ultimately, only by demarcating a special class of victims and making grievance inheritable can we address the sins of the past and promote harmony in our own world. …

Once the Anglo-Saxon population has been compensated, surviving descendants of the ancient Britons will understandably want to seek redress from the Anglo-Saxons themselves for crimes committed during that earlier settlement. Justice must be served, even if it means even more public money disappearing over the Severn Bridge into Wales. But hopefully it will be made up for by the billions we are owed by present-day Scandinavians in compensation for all that rape and pillage by the Vikings.

Etc. etc.

France: Algerian Football Fans Riot, Wield Chainsaws, Loot Stores

France: Algerian Football Fans Riot, Wield Chainsaws, Loot Stores. By Paul Joseph Watson.

Algerian football fans in Paris, Marseille, Lyon and other cities celebrated their soccer team’s Africa Cup of Nations win by rioting, looting stores and wielding chainsaws in a night of chaos. …

Police were deployed to the center of Paris to keep order as vandals threw fireworks. One video even shows a man wielding a chainsaw. …

The fans shouted “Allahu Akbar!,” “Nique la France” (Fuck France) and “on va baiser des keufs” (We are going to fuck the cops) as they attacked store fronts.

Will these rioters ever become responsible, high-trust French citizens? Or will the nature of France change, to something more like Algeria?