December 13, 2018

Trump cuts unnecessary expense

Jack Kemp

Trump cancels White House Christmas party.

"Members of the media will likely attend many holiday parties this season, but among them will not be the White House Christmas party, as President Trump has canceled the event, FoxNews.com reports."

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Colorado energy company Xcel goes crazy green

Paul Driessen

Colorado’s giant utility company Xcel recently announced that it plans to become 100% "emissions free” by 2050. As energy analyst David Wojick suggests in this informative and provocative article, "Xcel serves eight states from Colorado to Michigan, so a lot of people should be grabbing their wallets.” He also says the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Trade Commission ought to look into possible fraud surrounding these claims and plans.

Dr. Wojick lays out the facts surrounding this scheme: from the "zero emissions” scam, to the energy and dollar costs of unproven "carbon capture and storage,” to the monumental land and raw material demands associated with wind turbines – to the human rights abuses involved in mining and processing the special metals needed to make wind turbines, batteries and other "clean, renewable, planet-saving” pseudo-substitutes for the fossil fuels that now provide over 80% of US and global energy

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For THIS We Should Have a Constitution Overhaul? I Don't Think So!

Dana Mathewson

The Left never misses an opportunity to beclown itself. Now they want a quick Constitutional Amendment to lower the age requirement to run for President. Why? Can't you guess? So that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can qualify, naturally.

But not everyone agrees, even on the Left, it appears.

Liberal political website Vox is getting accused of jumping the shark after publishing an appeal to "fix the Constitution ASAP” so that 29-year-old incoming Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can run for president – claiming"there’s no time like the present to start working to abolish arbitrary qualifications.”

Wednesday's lengthy piece, "It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president,” declared that everyone from immigrants to recent college grads should be eligible.

Vox co-founder and senior correspondent Matthew Yglesias wrote that "phenomenon” Ocasio-Cortez "is the biggest star in the Democratic Party,” and therefore it is "completely ridiculous” that the Constitution makes anyone under the age of 35 ineligible to run for president of the United States.

"There’s nothing wrong with old people per se, but essentially everyone has lost a step or two both mentally and physically by their mid-70s,” Yglesias wrote. "The really awful thing about being old is that you just keep getting older over time.”

Even Ocasio-Cortez pushed back on the premise: [emphasis mine]

"How about... no,” she wrote. "Sometimes political media is too fixated on personalities instead of policies. The whole country JUST went through an exhausting midterm election. We need a break.”

"This is truly Vox’s jump the shark moment. Not exactly sure how you can claim to be anything other than pure parody when you are publishing pieces like this. I guess they believe - wrongly - that all publicity - even negative publicity- is good,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News.

NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck told Fox News that Vox is "supposed to be knowledgeable and explain things to the masses” but "always finds a way to baffle people by showing that they're the ones who struggle with basic facts and trying to explain things.”

"Vox is quickly becoming a parody of itself and this fantasy of wanting her to be president even though she hasn't been sworn in yet is ludicrous,” Houck said. "At least Barack Obama had served in the state Senate and then the U.S. Senate for a few years and could have claimed to have had some experience in office.”

Entire article here. Worth the read, especially if you haven't had your belly-laugh for the day yet. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/vox-mocked-after-calling-for-constitutional-amendment-so-that-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-can-run-for-president

Look, I understand that after Barack Obama, the bar is pretty low, but really!

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Vikings' Stadium on Craigslist

Dana Mathewson

For all you sports fans...

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/minnesota-vikings-fan-puts-teams-home-stadium-up-for-sale-o n-craigslist

 

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Send 'em to Guyana!

Timothy Birdnow

Writing in Conservative HQ Doug Bandow argues for allowing Pakistani Christians to obtain refugee status in the United States.

From the article:

"here’s not much the U.S. government can do to ease Christians’ plight in Pakistan, other than press Islamabad to protect the lives, dignity, and liberties of all its peoples. But Washington could accept the few thousand Pakistanis stuck in Bangkok, essentially people without a country. Even the Trump administration should welcome religious minorities fleeing Islamist oppression."

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"Washington should take in Pakistani Christians currently stuck in Bangkok. The number is quite small. Having been persecuted, they are among the best candidates for U.S. citizenship, almost certain to appreciate their new home. Opening America’s door, even only a crack, would help ease criticism of the administration for its ungenerous approach to refugees.

It is easy for Americans to forget how blessed they are. Washington should allow Pakistani Christians stuck in Thailand to make the U.S. their home, to replace the one they gave up in their search for respect, safety, and liberty." more...

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Chancy

Timothy Birdnow

Pop culture is full of those cute little couples' names like Branjolina (Brad Pitt and Anjolina Jolie). It occurs to me we have a perfect name for the Chuck Schumer/Nancy Pelosi power couple. Chancy! Lord knows the name fits....

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Hey, amigos, this is NOT the way it's done! No way, Jose'!

Dana Mathewson

Caravan Groups To Trump Admin: Pay $50K To Each Migrant And We'll Go Home


These dudes are seriously cursed with Attention Deficit Disorder, among other things. A few weeks ago (wasn't it?), the President told them they might as well turn around and disband, as he was not letting them into the U.S. and That Was That. The idea that they weren't going to get any money out of the deal was not, as I remember, mentioned, because it was frankly too silly to even register on the Trump Radar Screen.
 

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Las Castas

 Timothy Birdnow

When the Spanish built their colonial empire they did so not on largely unpopulated territory that would define the English and French settlements to the north but rather on lands that were civilized or nearly so, lands with reasonably high aboriginal populations. The first Spaniards to come were men, and without Spanish senioritas to comfort them at night they turned to the local women. A vast number of Mestizos - mixed Indian and European peoples - were the fruits of those early unions. After a while the Spanish brought in slaves from Africa who then bred Mulatto children, and the African and Indian peoples interbred, too as well as the Mulatto and Mestizo peoples. The Spanish - who were quite race conscious as all peoples were in that era - created a carefully plotted chart, Las Castas or genizaros https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedi
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, to keep track of Spanish "pure" blood.

 There were 4 main racial categories: Peninsular Spanish born in Spain, Criollo (native born Spaniards), Indio, and Negro. Each of these was divided into innumerable sub-groupings based on how much blood of each category an individual possessed. These classifications determined the course of the individual's life. Their place in society, their professions, their levels of taxation, etc. Casts - the mixed race individuals - would come to over a hundred different mixes, each with specific status and obligations. Peninsular Spanish aka Espanoles were at the top while those of pure Negro descent occupied the lowest rung of the ladder as slaves. The lower levels were generally expected to pay more in taxes than the higher casts while their livelihood was limited to the least desirable levels. The Peninsular and Creoles ran the government and all major businesses.

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Protesting carbon taxes with the Gilets Jaunes

Paul Driessen

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December 12, 2018

Swamp Thing Kavanaugh

Timothy Birdnow

Joseph Farah echoes my sentiments in a scathing piece on Brett Kavanaugh at World Net Dailey.

From the article:

"Now we know, for certain, that Brett Kavanaugh is a fraud. He should never have been President Trump’s first choice. He’s a weakling. He buckled to the extreme left to salvage his own reputation. I had a bad feeling about this guy – ever since his role in the Vincent Foster cover-up and his tutelage by former independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

How many times do we have to see this kind of betrayal by Republican nominees of Supreme Court justices – Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, John Roberts?

Let’s review the facts.
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You will keep your prices high or else!

Timothy Birdnow

A St. Louis gas station owner is being charged with pricing his gas too low - and it could wind up costing him $5.6 million dollars!

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"A St. Louis jury awarded Westmoreland $1.8 million in October after he and his attorneys said that Midwest-St. Louis LLC had violated the law by pricing gas below cost.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Elizabeth Hogan ruled Nov. 30 that under the law, the jury’s award should be tripled. She also added in about $200,000 in attorney’s fees, for a total of $5.6 million.

Gogel cautioned that an appeal by Midwest was likely.

Westmoreland’s original suit, filed in St. Louis Circuit Court in 2015, says that Midwest, which does business as Gas Mart 6, began cutting prices at a station at 209 East Grand Avenue in 2012, ultimately driving Westmoreland’s Go West Mart gas station, at 6020 North Broadway, out of business.

Gogel said that the owners of Midwest had since bought Westmoreland’s old station.


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Funny; I thought we lived in a free market society. Didn't know we had to get permission to cut prices on things. America is now a Corporatist state, with an economic policy Mussolini or Hitler would find very comforting.

The Communists had a saying "first Brown then Red". America is clearly Brown as the Mississippi River.

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Judge to Stormy Daniels: You owe Trump $293,000 in legal fees

Dana Mathewson

A few days ago, Jack Kemp posted Don Sturber's article about how so many people who take on our President seem to end up losing the argument.

Here's another one. This is from Power Line:

A federal judge in California has ordered Stormy Daniels to pay $293,052.33 in attorney’s fees as a result of the defamation suit she brought, via her lawyer Michael Avenatti, against President Trump earlier this year.

The suit concerned Trump’s tweet that Daniels’ allegation that an unknown man threatened her in a parking lot to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump is a "total con job.” Federal District Judge S. James Otero tossed the case. He found that the tweet in question constitutes "rhetorical hyperbole normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States” and that therefore it is protected by the First Amendment.

Judge Otero also ruled that Trump was entitled to attorneys’ fees under a Texas statute that requires the losing party in these kinds of cases to pay the winning side’s legal fees. Today, he determined the fee amount to be just under $300,000.

Trump had sought $340,000, but Otero knocked the amount down a bit, finding that Trump’s attorneys worked more hours than they reasonably would have been expected to. The rate of return here, about 85 percent, isn’t bad in an attorneys’ fees case.

Avenatti says Daniels will win substantially more than what she now owes Trump in another lawsuit. We’ll see. I wouldn’t bet on it.

I have to say this is really funny, especially considering the judge who ruled in Trump's favor is from California. It's great to see the President keep winning. And I don't mind seeing Avenatti keep losing, either, when it comes to that.


My favorite quote from the article is:
In addition, Daniels is making money stripping throughout America. She has stormed through Washington, D.C. at least twice. I’m told she’s a good dancer, but that might have been a polite way of saying she’s too old to be stripping.
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Bronze Age Collapse

Dana Mathewson

Food for thought:

One of the biggest mysteries in history is the late Bronze Age Collapse. There's no good explanation for why an early globalized civilization should suddenly disappear at around 1177 BC. "Within a period of forty to fifty years at the end of the thirteenth and the beginning of the twelfth century almost every significant city in the eastern Mediterranean world was destroyed, many of them never to be occupied again."
Modern archaeologists have advanced a number of theories to explain this catastrophe, several of which will sound familiar to modern ears. Climate change -- not the anthropogenic kind, since "fossil fuels" had not yet been developed -- might have caused drought and starvation. A technological revolution caused by the replacement of bronze with iron could have destabilized the international system. Perhaps the most modern-sounding of all explanations is "complexity." The interdependence fostered by trade left the linked empires open to a general systems collapse as the failure in one place unleashed a cascade of effects in others:

The growing complexity and specialization of the Late Bronze Age political, economic, and social organization in Carol Thomas and Craig Conant's phrase together made the organization of civilization too intricate to reestablish piecewise when disrupted. That could explain why the collapse was so widespread and able to render the Bronze Age civilizations incapable of recovery.

The critical flaws of the Late Bronze Age are its centralization, specialization, complexity, and top-heavy political structure. These flaws then were exposed by sociopolitical events (revolt of peasantry and defection of mercenaries), fragility of all kingdoms (Mycenaean, Hittite, Ugaritic, and Egyptian), demographic crises (overpopulation), and wars between states. Other factors that could have placed increasing pressure on the fragile kingdoms include piracy by the Sea Peoples interrupting maritime trade, as well as drought, crop failure, famine, or the Dorian migration or invasion.
 
Entire story here: https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/surprise-collapse/

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Trump was right about "raking" Finnish forests

Paul Driessen

News anchors, editorial writers, late night hosts and social media users recently ridiculed President Donald Trump – raked him over the coals, one could say – for suggesting that California should do what Finland does: "rake” forest areas that have been thinned or clear-cut, to remove leaves and other debris that could otherwise start conflagrations. Many of the clever comments were accompanied with pictures of garden rakes. Hah, hah.

Only it turns out that Mr. Trump was right! As Finnish professor and think tank advisor Mikko Paunio explains in this article, Finland really does do this – using heavy machinery to "rake” branches, pine cones and other material into huge piles. The biomass is then chipped onsite and hauled to heat-producing plants that help warm local homes. The crews also till the areas thoroughly, so that any fires cannot move easily through them to incinerate other areas.


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Nate Silver blasted for claiming Ocasio-Cortez criticism rooted in sexism, racism

Dana Mathewson

This could be written better, and argued better. Not sure it's Aviary-worthy. But it's rather funny, without intending to be. For one, it assumes that New York City and Washington, DC are the pillars of the American political Universe.

And you'll note that the racism and sexism cards are played about equally, while Silver ignores the fact that Ms. O-C is severely lacking in brain-power.

The comments are wonderful. Especially the exchange about how she's getting the same kind of criticism that Sarah Palin did.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/nate-silver-blasted-for-claiming-ocasio-cortez-criticism- rooted-in-sexism-racism

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My thoughts on this Mankato "Professor"

Jack Kemp

I want to add the following comment to this story about the Mankato "professor" insulting a basic tenet of Christianity.

The website has a picture of this smug punk professor. Somehow I believe that if this smug young punk professor had come to America as a refugee after WWII, such as myself or that other former refugee writer at Amer. Thinker, a Christian whose name escapes me now, he wouldn't be in such a hurry to make up unprovable inflamatory arguments on matters of faith that insult the majority of Americans.

Stalin once replied, when told the Pope disagreed with him, "How many (military) divisions does the Pope have?" I believe both Catholicism and Protestantism have a lot more divisions than this jerk from Mankato State - and a lot better argument.

I once wrote a blog post at American Thinker, long before Dinesh D'Souza wrote something similar, that if an atheist tells you there is no right or wrong, you should ask them for the address of their grandmother so that you can go beat her up and take her Social Security check on the first of the month before she deposits it. Likewise, if this Satanist professor operates under the delusion that only he can make up his own morality and rules.

The next time he encounters three tall, muscular young men on a dark street at night he will well wish that they are not satanists such as himself because they might decide to beat, rob and perhaps even rape him. He has no idea what real street thug satanists would do to him, given the chance. The professor is, ironically, assuming a level of Judeo-Christian based civility and culture that others will hold to while he abandons it himself. This could be a deadly mistake on his part. And I doublt, were he teaching at a high school in Minneapolis with a large number of Somali students, that he would risk insulting "Issa" (the Arabic name for Jesus who is considered a prophet but not a messiah in Islam) in such a manner. His trip to the parking lot after work on a winter's early sunset night in Minnesota might include a detour to the local hospital.

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The Vision Thing: A Past President's Achilles Heel

Brian Birdnow

George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st President died last week, at age 94, the longest-lived in American history, although Jimmy Carter will break that record if he lives for another five months. The mainstream media, most of whom treated Bush with varying degrees of scorn, ridicule, and occasional hatred back in the day, have mostly bent over backwards to heap praise upon his memory today. Conservative and Republican-leaning media have stressed the former President’s undeniable human decency, while liberal outlets have praised mistakes like Justice David Souter, and legislative errors like the Clean Water Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act, that bonanza for ambulance chasing personal injury lawyers. Some members of the liberal media, the always wrong E.J. Dionne in particular, have labeled the former President as a "Burkean Conservative”, celebrating Mr. Bush for his cautious center-right leanings, which supposedly saved the nation after eight years of dangerous Reaganite true-conservative excess. These tributes might have been more convincing if those who now celebrate Mr. Bush would admit that they didn’t always like him, but no matter.

It is customary when a great man passes away to stress his virtues, and to downplay his mistakes, as, out of common courtesy, one does not speak ill of the dead. Those who have noted President Bush and his shortcomings have pointed out that he sometimes trusted his opponents, especially Pat Moynihan and Dick Gephardt, a little too much, and some noted, too, that Bush never felt any kinship with the movement conservatives, whom he considered a noisy distraction, who got in the way of his governing the country. Still, few commentators have noted that the 41st President’s most significant handicap, one that he, himself, identified in 1987, namely the lack of "…the vision thing”.

Before we plunge into a discussion of this somewhat misunderstood, and certainly terminologically-challenged phenomenon, we must understand a few facts for background purposes. The late President Bush was, as most people know, a walking Curriculum Vitae of honors, positions, and achievements. He became the U.S. Navy’s youngest pilot in 1942, and he served gallantly during the Second World War. After time spent in the oil industry, Bush moved into public life, serving two terms in Congress, a stint as the Republican National Committee chairman, Director of the CIA, and American envoy to the People’s Republic of China. Bush, though, had never been associated with a movement or an idea. He had usually served capably in appointed, not elected, positions, and those positions were mostly of secondary importance, leading some to question whether he was up to the challenge of leadership. In fact, Mr. Bush resembled some Republican figures of the past, namely William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, and Richard Nixon in fashioning impressive records, only to find that the Presidency is an entirely different affair.

In any event, Bush noted that his biggest problem, when seeking the Presidency on his own, was the fact that he had no overarching goal or plan for the nation. He couldn’t quite put this into words, so he dismissed it as "…the vision thing…”, and assumed that all would work out for the best. It all started well enough, when Bush won a very comfortable election victory in November of 1988.

Yet, in the end, the lack of the "vision thing” caused Bush to lose his bearings on numerous occasions. He could not imagine American victory in the Cold War, so he worked with the Russian leadership to keep the Soviet Union intact, contravening the greatest achievement of his old boss, Ronald Reagan. He could not envision a world infused by entrepreneurial energy, free of big government and high taxes, so he allowed Moynihan and Gephardt to maneuver him into the tax increase of 1990. He could not envision a world in which federal agencies like OSHA, HHS, and the Environmental Protection Agency were not sticking their noses into everyone’s business, so he became, as the Wall Street Journal noted, "The Regulatory President”.

Throughout all this, Bush maintained his temper, his sense of proportion, and his decorum, but was attacked for seeming aloof, and distant. He saw the Presidency as a business of supporting good legislation and sensible policy but could not rise above the role of the tinkerer or the national mechanic-technician. If you were expecting Bush to be a Roosevelt, a Kennedy, or a Reagan, you were out of luck. He was more in the mold of a Gerald Ford, in terms of being well-meaning, and somewhat successful, but hardly inspiring. So, a good man and a passable President, has now departed this world, and God grant him rest. Though a man of limited "vision”, Bush served his country honorably and ably. That is an epitaph for a life well lived!



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Marcato, er, Mankato Prof is a Satanist

Jack Kemp forwards this follow up story:



A Minnesota professor who appears to be a Satanist argued this week that the Virgin Mary did not consent to becoming pregnant with Jesus.

Dr. Eric Sprankle, a psychology professor and sex therapist at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has Satanist posts peppered throughout his social media feed.

On Monday, as Satanists frequently do, he criticized Christianity by pointing to the story about Jesus' virgin birth, Campus Reform reports.

"The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays" Sprankle wrote on Twitter.

A Twitter user named Tom Cleary responded with a biblical passage that contradicts Sprankel's claim.

"Sorry. [Luke] 1 26:38 states clearly that the angel communicated God's plan for Mary and in verse 38 she agreed. Whether you believe or disbelieve, it helps if you actually read the text" Cleary wrote.
Sprankle refused to back down.

"The biblical god regularly punished disobedience" he wrote. "The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying 'no' negates her 'yes'. To put someone in this position is an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst"

Abortion activists have been using a similar consent argument lately, claiming that consent to sex is not the same as consent to pregnancy, therefore aborting an unborn baby is ok.

Sprankle appears to be a Satanist. His Twitter biography says "Ave Satanas" or "Hail Satan" and he recently tweeted a picture of his Christmas tree decorated with Satanic ornaments.

Read the whole story at Lifenews.




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NPRgatory; the Socialist Sweatshop of Public Radio

Jack Kemp forwards this:


Bozell & Graham Column: NPR Shamelessly Exploits Cheap Labor


"National Public Radio is out begging for donations this week, with major stations like Washington's WAMU offering gifts like those silly reusable grocery bags touting the "The Power of Truth". But the truth can be pretty embarrassing. Apparently, NPR exploits cheap labor.

Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi has revealed that according to union representatives, 20 to 22 percent of NPR's 483 union-covered newsroom workforce, or one in five employees, are temps...and they've been doing this for decades

"Without temporary workers” who are subject to termination without cause ” NPR would probably be unable to be NPR," Farhi reported. "Temps do almost every important job in NPR's newsroom: They pitch ideas, assign stories, edit them, report and produce them. Temps not only book the guests heard in interviews, they often write the questions the hosts ask the guests."

This is an unusual arrangement in the media. About five percent of the staff at a typical TV station is employed on a part-time or temporary basis, according to the Radio Television Digital News Association. Radio stations, with smaller news staffs, reported an average of just one part-timer or temp in that survey.

The pay isn't awful $21.63 per hour, or $45,000 a year if you worked full time but there's no guarantee you will be working consistently. There's health insurance â€" if you work consistently. And it takes a toll, even on the people still working there. One wrote:"any, if not most, of the folks I work with in the newsroom started in this ugly purgatory"


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December 11, 2018

America's Trivial Pursuits

Jack Kemp

I pretty much have to agree with Buchanan's assessment of the situation. Something more has to be done to fix this nation and end its overriding trivial pursuits.


How Democracy Is Losing the World


From the article:

"Does the world still envy us our free press, which it sees tirelessly digging up dirt on political figures and flaying them with abandon?

Among the reasons democracy is in discredit and retreat worldwide is that its exemplar and champion, the USA, is beginning to resemble France's Third Republic in its last days before World War II.

Also, democracy no longer has the field largely to itself as to how to create a prosperous and powerful nation-state.
This century, China has shown aspiring rulers how a single-party regime can create a world power, and how democracy is not a necessary precondition for extraordinary economic progress.

Vladimir Putin, an autocratic nationalist, has shown how a ruined nation can be restored to a great power in the eyes of its people and the world, commanding a new deference and respect.

Democracy is a bus you get off when it reaches your stop, says Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After the attempted coup in the summer of 2017, Erdogan purged his government and military of tens of thousands of enemies and jailed more journalists than any other nation."

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"What does American democracy now offer the world as its foremost attribute, its claim to greatness?
"Our diversity is our strength!" proclaims this generation.

We have become a unique nation composed of peoples from every continent and country, every race, ethnicity, culture and creed on earth.

But is not diversity what Europe is openly fleeing from?

Is there any country of the Old Continent clamoring for more migrants from the Maghreb, sub-Sahara or Middle East?
Broadly, it seems more true to say that the world is turning away from transnationalism toward tribalism, and away from diversity and back to the ethno-nationalism whence the nations came."

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