Quick Hits and Dangerous Reads: Guns & Tariffs (2 March 2018)

First, we’ve got more on the gun debate in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting.

The Z Man is just about at his wits end with Trump over his Guns Roundtable stuff from earlier this week. Honestly, I’m surprised given Z has shown to be better than the average commentator at understanding Trump’s political machinations. In general the blackpilling over the whole thing is completely unwarranted in my view.

An hour of Trump talking shit has flipped the script in terms of the screeching twaddle from anti 2A folks since Parkland. Trump knows there is zero political benefit in gun-grabbing, so his BS will only entice Democrats into putting their names on Gun Grabbing going into the midterms.  Gun Grabbing and Immigration are just about the biggest stimulants for Trump supporters to get engaged and to vote Republican in November, in with two Round Tables in two months; the President has awakened that sleeping giant.

When Trump ultimately does the right thing, and his governing position strengthens, the blackpillers will be overjoyed about how they ‘got to Trump’ and saved him from doing something catastrophic. They’ll be patting themselves on the back, until the next time Trump ‘abandons’ them.

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In other gun news, a Democratic congressman is fine with a situation in which only a rich, ruling elite own guns, thus cementing their power over the Dirt People. Rarely do they make their ambitions so clear.

I can forgive Z Man for going so hard at Trump, given that any flirtation, even in jest, with neutering the Second Amendment should be verboten in America. The reason it is exists is so that things like this don’t happen:

SOUTH Africa’s parliament has voted in favour of a motion that will begin the process of amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation.

“The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,” Mr Malema was quoted by News24 as telling parliament. “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”

Tim Newman has some analysis of that development here. Furthermore, the deteriorating conditions in South Africa bring up the issue of a potential refugee crisis – for Afrikaaners, which in turn would raise some interesting political debates given the refugees would mostly be whites.

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President Trump has placed tariffs on steel and aluminum, much to the chagrin of the globalists in the media and around the world generally. You can read a typified bawling session here, from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. You can read the antidote here.

Zero Hedge points out what happened the last time such tariffs were imposed, but the difference between those Bush tariffs and Trump’s are that Trump’s cover Mexico and Canada. The past tariffs were short lived because they were easily circumvented by the Chinese dumping in Cananda and Mexico, who in turn could dump into the US via NAFTA.

Speaking of globalist media wailing sessions over things not going their way, The Atlantic has published this piece in which it laments the fact that the ‘CNN Effect’ – the idea that merely showing humanitarian injustices on TV will lead to intervention, military and otherwise – has been undercut by New Media and the Internet:

Gowan recalled how NGOs and Hollywood activists had marshaled evidence of genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur to pressure China into supporting a UN peacekeeping force in Sudan in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “That sort of extended media-driven shaming process would just fall apart in the current environment,” he said. “Now it would be so easy for trolls and spoilers to undercut that campaign.”

Visuals of human misery in Syria have occasionally cut through the noise. In 2015, several countries staked out more welcoming positions on Syrian refugees partially in response to a viral photo of a dead Syrian boy washed up on a beach. Two years later, U.S. President Donald Trump cited pictures of stricken children as one of the reasons he decided to strike the Syrian military for using chemical weapons against civilians. Trump’s reaction was “a reminder of how the CNN effect was meant to work,” which was fitting for “a cable-news junkie,” Gowan said. But these humanitarian interventions have been ephemeral (sympathy for refugees quickly faded, Trump’s strikes were a one-off) and arbitrary (many hundreds of boys and girls have died since the boy on the beach, the Trump administration has held its fire as Assad has unleashed barrel bombs and chlorine gas on his people).

“We have a level of real-time information about conflict that would have been unimaginable two decades ago, but it’s actually coinciding with a decline in our ability to respond,” Gowan observed. “The sheer amount of information we get, coupled with the fact that we often don’t know if it’s real, contributes to a sense of hopelessness. … Because no one is ever quite certain whether that picture of a dead kid is real or whether it’s going to be revealed to be a photo from two years ago that’s been recycled, it creates cynicism.”

In a similar vein, our betters in the press were not happy that Marion Le Pen, niece to RIGHT WING EXTREMIST Marine, spoke at CPAC last week. It shouldn’t be surprising that the Washington Post is ringing alarm bells, but it shouldn’t be surprising that the squishy ‘moderate conservatives’ are stomping their feet either.

It is just another reminder, as Pat Buchanan gleefully put it on The McLaughlin Group last week, that “it’s over.” As in Bush/Buckley Republicanism is a thing of the past, and the Hostile Takeover by President Trump is nearly complete.

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We’ve got some Russian Collusion Delusion stuff as well this week. The much anticipated OIG Report is set to reveal that Andrew McCabe leaked to the press, among other shady misdeeds. The Conservative Treehouse covers it here, and the NYT and WaPo crank up the spin machines (here and here).

For reference, here is a comprehensive list of the events of the Russian Collusion Narrative put out by the consistently excellent Sharyl Atkisson.

A few fun topics in closing:

That’s your lot. Until next time.