Todays historical perspective: The Presidential Loser Who ‘Won the Future’

The Presidential Loser Who ‘Won the Future’

Edwin J. Feulner · Jan. 17, 2019

Fifty-five years ago this month, Barry Goldwater launched his quixotic campaign to be the Republican candidate for president. In the process, he turned American politics upside down.

He won the nomination, but lost the general election — badly — capturing only six states, 52 electoral votes and 39 percent of the popular vote. It was the largest margin of defeat in a presidential race up until that time.

And yet Mr. Goldwater affected American politics more than many winning candidates have.

“Again and again in American history,” the political historian Theodore B. White wrote, “it has happened that the losers of the presidency contributed almost as much as to the permanent tone and dialogue of politics as did the winners.” Mr. Goldwater was just such a candidate in 1964.

Like an Old Testament prophet, he warned people to repent of their spendthrift ways or reap a bitter harvest. Anti-communist to the core, he urged a strategy of victory (not containment) over communism by a combination of strategic, economic, and psychological means, including military superiority over the Soviets and the cessation of U.S. aid to Communist governments that used the money “to keep their subjects enslaved.”

More than almost any candidate before or since, Mr. Goldwater placed ideas at the center of his campaign. He talked, for example, about the partial privatization of Social Security and a flat tax. Denounced as extremist in 1964, today such proposals are considered mainstream.

Mr. Goldwater laid the foundation for a political revolution that culminated in the election of Ronald Reagan as president in 1980 and the Republican capture in 1994 of the U.S. House of Representatives. He inspired more people, including myself, to enter the world of politics and policy-making than any other losing candidate in modern times.

In his 1988 memoir, he insisted that he didn’t start a revolution, that he simply began “to tap a deep reservoir [of conservatism] that already existed” in the American people. That is like Thomas Paine saying he didn’t ignite the American Revolution by writing his fiery pamphlet “Common Sense.”

On the first page of his landmark book “The Conscience of a Conservative,” Mr. Goldwater declared that America was fundamentally a conservative nation and that American people yearned for a return to conservative principles. He then blamed conservatives for failing to demonstrate “the practical relevance of conservative principles to the needs of the day.” His book, he said, was designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

He dismissed the idea that conservatism was outdated, arguing that that was like saying that “the Golden Rule or the Ten Commandments or Aristotle’s Politics are out of date.” The conservative approach, he said, “is nothing more or less than an attempt to apply the wisdom of experience and the revealed truths of the past to the problems of today.”

Unlike the liberal, Mr. Goldwater wrote, the conservative believes that man is not only an economic but a spiritual creature. Conservatism “looks upon the enhancement of man’s spiritual nature as the primary concern of political philosophy.” Indeed, he stated, the first obligation of a political thinker was “to understand the nature of man.”

In his memoir, Mr. Goldwater stated that his presidential campaign helped to broaden and deepen the conservative movement. Today, he said, “conservatives come from all regions, every social class, every creed and color, all age groups. The new GOP,” he wrote, “was forged in the fires of the 1964 presidential campaign.”

And it emerged triumphant in the 1994 congressional campaign when 14 Republicans captured Congress for the first time in 40 years and which was based on the ideas first proposed by Goldwater — smaller government, lower taxes and spending, tougher anti-crime measures, and less Washington meddling in people’s lives.

Not a bad legacy for a man who, in the words of George Will, “lost 44 states but won the future.”

Oh how far we have descended into madness: To Say ‘Stop Raping Me!’ in English, Press ‘1’ Now by Ann Coulter

To Say ‘Stop Raping Me!’ in English, Press ‘1’ Now

Ann Coulter · May 12, 2017

The same media that slavishly ignored the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by two illegal immigrants in Rockville, Maryland, spent last week crowing about the prosecutor’s refusal to bring charges.

It turns out that illegal aliens gang-raping a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom stall is not a statutory rape because … the girl had previously sent one of her assailants prurient text messages.

Somebody better tell the college campuses.

Columbia University’s Mattress Girl, Emma Sulkowicz, became an international cause celebre after alleging rape against a fellow student to whom she’d sent dozens of desperate and salacious messages — including, most memorably, “f—k me in the butt,” and “I wuv you so much.”

She’d also had consensual sex with him several times, only one of which she deemed “rape.”

Sulkowicz’s “f—k me in the butt” texts were no impediment to her becoming the face of silenced rape victims on campus. She was sympathetically profiled everywhere; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand invited her to Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address; and she dragged a mattress around campus with her as her senior thesis project …

“… a succinct and powerful performance piece …” —The New York Times

“… like ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ only more subtle …” —Ann Coulter

In its lavish coverage of our brave mattress-toting heroine, the Times reminded readers: “False reports of rape are rare, many experts say.” In fact, according to the FBI, there are more false rape claims than false reports of any other crime.

That’s why normal people like to look at the facts. For example, how long did it take the alleged victim to report the rape? How sophisticated is she? Is the story plausible? Did the accuser have any other motive to cry rape? And is there any record of her begging the suspect to sodomize her?

Mattress Girl waited seven months to report her rape — even then, only to college administrators, not the police. In the intervening months, she strenuously, albeit unsuccessfully, pursued a relationship with her alleged rapist.

Rolling Stone’s “Jackie” never reported her apocryphal rape, explaining to The Washington Post that after allegedly being violently gang-raped, she was “unaware of the resources available to her.” (Heard of 911?)

By contrast, the 14-year-old girl in Maryland emerged from the bathroom stall and immediately reported her rape to the police.

According to the police report, she had run into her friend, 17-year-old Jose Montano, and his friend, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian, in a school hallway. (The 17- and 18-year-olds are both in the 9th grade. We really are getting the best illegal immigrants!) She knew Montano, but not Sanchez-Milian. Montano hugged her, slapped her buttocks and asked her to have sex with both men.

She says she said no — something generally missing from the corpus of cases making up the “campus rape epidemic.”

Montano and Sanchez-Milian then forced her into a boys’ bathroom, according to the report, where she grabbed the bathroom sink to stop them from dragging her into a stall, repeatedly saying “no.” In the stall, the illegals took turns holding her down, as they penetrated her orally, vaginally and anally. As she was screaming, they yelled at one another in Spanish.

Although there was no hard evidence, like the victim dragging a mattress around for a year, police investigators did find blood and semen in the bathroom stall.

If even one story on the Left’s via dolorosa of campus rape had allegations like these, the accuser would be on a postage stamp, have laws named after her, and she’d be the one giving the State of the Union address. She’d be having lunch with Lena Dunham, Emma Watson would play her in the movie, and Lady Gaga would write a song about her.

Instead, because the accused rapists (“Dreamers,” as I call them) are illegal aliens, the media want to submit their names for sainthood. The prosecutor, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, wants to know how short the 14-year-old’s skirt was.

McCarthy dropped rape charges against both suspects, reportedly on the grounds that the girl had previously sent nude photos of herself to Montano. This, the prosecutor interpreted as consent to have multi-orifice sex in a bathroom stall with him, as well as any of his friends.

Can we get the pre-consent-by-text rule written into college guidelines on sexual assault?

However risque her texts were, can’t a girl change her mind? Evidently, she thought it was rape when she emerged from the bathroom, inasmuch as she promptly notified authorities. Isn’t it possible she also thought it was rape as it was happening, an hour or so earlier?

Mattress Girl was old enough to attend college, vote and buy a mattress, but it was rude to mention her text requests for anal sex and previous romps with the alleged rapist. Only when the accused is an illegal do the victim’s X-rated texts become binding consent to all forms of sex with the illegal — plus his friends.

There’s also the fact that she’s 14 years old! Her alleged rapists are 17 and 18. Under about 700 years of Anglo-Saxon law, that’s statutory rape. (Statute of Westminster of 1275.) Apparently, diversity — in addition to being a “strength” — requires us to jettison our statutory rape laws.

This is the case the media are howling with glee about — demanding that President Trump apologize for even mentioning it.

The New York Times and Washington Post both editorialized about Trump’s “reflexive immigrant-bashing” — after first telling their readers about the alleged rape that neither paper had bothered reporting when it happened.

CNN — which also didn’t mention the Rockville case until charges were dropped — is in a state of high dudgeon at Trump for citing the rape.

Erin Burnett announced: “Tonight, the White House not backing down, refusing to retract its comments on an alleged rape case used — that they used as an example of why the United States should crack down on illegal immigration.”

Correspondent Ryan Nobles raged that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer referred to what happened to the 14-year-old girl as “tragedies like this.”

“Tragedies!” This milquetoast, boring American girl got to experience diversity, up close — vaginally, anally and orally — AND THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY CALLS THAT A “TRAGEDY”?

In multicultural America, sexually active college coeds are treated like naive 14-year-old girls, while naive 14-year-old girls are treated like hardened hussies — depending on who the accused rapist is. A “frat boy,” an athlete (black or white) or a white male: Always guilty, no due process allowed. Illegal aliens: She was asking for it.

NY Slimes: Hungary Slams NYT for Comparing Migrants to Victims of the Holocaust

Hungary Slams NYT for Comparing Migrants to Victims of the Holocaust


By Jen Krausz | Friday, 21 Apr 2017 02:51 PM

Hungarian spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs strongly defended his government Friday in a blog post that accused The New York Times of biased and inaccurate reporting of its immigration policies.

The New York Times wrote on Tuesday that "unwelcoming" Hungary was putting migrants into "prison camps" that evoked "ugly and unavoidable echoes of rounding up Jews, Roma and others during World War II."

The camps were built to hold asylum seekers while their cases were decided, and some asylum seekers currently in Hungary before the camps were assembled might be relocated to the camps as well, the NYT reported.

What the NYT did not report, Kovacs said in his blog post, was that the detention facilities were not holding people by force—they were free to leave at any time as long as they did not enter Hungary or the EU’s Schengen Area, which Hungary is responsible for securing.

"That comparison [between the detention facilities and prison or concentration camps] is so wrong and so outright offensive it probably ranks among the most outrageous statements about Hungary that we’ve seen in the media in years," Kovacs wrote.

"If you need a reason why the migrants don’t have the freedom of movement in Europe, I’ll give you several: Stockholm, Berlin, Brussels and Paris," Kovacs continued. "Is that bigoted? No, tragically, the perpetrators of terrorist attacks have exploited Europe’s porous borders and lax asylum procedures, and they’ll try to do so again.

"We’ve reached a truly low point if I have to explain the difference [between Hungary’s camps and WWII concentration camps] to the New York Times," Kovacs said.

Sad, pathetic, dumb, and hypocritical: Celebrity divas insult half of America with their Trump ‘resistance’

Celebrity divas insult half of America with their Trump ‘resistance’

By Kyle Smith

January 7, 2017 | 9:25pm

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From left, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Evans, and Chrissy Teigen. Getty Images

At the Golden Globes Sunday night, and the Oscars next month, expect lots of gold-plated bitching about Donald Trump. Honorees will mourn the “dark times in America” in their $20,000 frocks. Or they’ll mutter “fight the fascists” as they head back to their Malibu estates.

They’re going gaga in La La Land. Chris Kelly, co-head writer of “SNL,” said in March that “Donald Trump is winning because everyone you’ve ever been on a bus with gets to vote too.” The tweet wasn’t shocking because of its sneering disdain for Americans. What was breathtaking was the blitheness with which it dismissed a principle as formidable and established as democracy.

Four days after Donald Trump was elected president, “SNL” transmuted that disgust for the people into contempt for its own animating principle — that it should at least try to be funny. It opened the show with an open display of grief, Kate McKinnon’s weepy, earnest (and consequently) embarrassing performance of “Hallelujah” while dressed as Hillary Clinton. The show’s first post-9/11 segment was not nearly as sorrowful in tone.

McKinnon, Kelly and many other entertainers might as well have told 46 percent of their audience to take their business elsewhere. How contemptuous is that? Even Krusty the Clown, in one of his darkest hours, vowed to spit on only one of every 50 Krusty Burgers to punish America. That’s only 2 percent! When you hate 23 times as much as Krusty, seek therapy.

Jennifer Lawrence, who wasn’t strongly identified with liberal politics before the election, wrote an angry open letter after it, telling America, “Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before.”

Her latest movie, “Passengers,” which will need to earn well over $300 million to be profitable, has fizzled, bringing in only $130 million in its opening weeks. Might be a coincidence. Or maybe her new Dixie Chick shtick is turning off her fans.

“RISE UP” and “THE REVOLUTION IS COMING” tweeted Katy Perry in defiance of Trump’s election. “This is an embarrassing night for America. We’ve let a hatemonger lead our great nation,” agreed Captain America, Chris Evans, whose tweet virtually tagged 46 percent of American voters as supporters of the hate that Trump supposedly mongered. Chrissy Teigen, also on Twitter, called Trump a “POS” (meaning “piece of s–t”) for saying Mike Pence should not have been hectored from the stage by a star of “Hamilton.”

Michael Shannon — General Zod in “Man of Steel” — joined fellow actors Debra Messing and Rosie O’Donnell in signing an open letter published in The New York Times exhorting, “Fill the streets of DC with millions, millions more demonstrate in every major city and small town all over US and the world, demanding that Trump-Pence be prevented from taking office before January 20.” It was an open call for mob rule to overturn the results of an election. And somehow Trump is the fascist?

Celebrities have every right to say what they think, including the remarkably dumb things they think, and if they want to turn their backs on half of America, their diminished relevance and pay is of little concern to the rest of us.

Possibly the craving of performers to be taken seriously is understandable when you consider how intellectually insecure they can be. Lawrence has been acting since she was 14 and didn’t attend college. Shannon is a high-school dropout. Perry left high school at age 15. Evans did not attend college. Teigen attended community college “for a couple of days.” They look around and see a Nobel Prize winning columnist like Paul Krugman of The New York Times inveighing against Trump, and they long to be valued as much for their thoughts as their looks. They hunger to be known as “activists” in addition to mere actors or singers.

But they’re supposed to spread joy, not rancor. And they’re oblivious to the way they motivate Trump supporters. A central reason for his victory was the widespread conviction of his backers that progressive politics, as relentless and fanatical as the Viet Cong, was infiltrating and attacking every nook of American life, not excluding bakeries, the national anthem, restrooms and now even pronouns. (Don’t call her a her if she wants to be called zir, zid or indeed Zod.)

Dragging politics in where it doesn’t belong makes life more combative, irritating and exhausting. It means no escape, no outlet, no letup, anywhere. The Viet Progs not only never give up, they never take a week off or stop advancing into new territory. We keep saying the country is too divided and it is. But five minutes ago the national anthem was considered uncontroversial. Now it’s a fount of disputation and bitterness. Whose fault is that, progressives?


Kyle Smith

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AND WE REPEAT: Business Owner to CNN, Liberals & Springsteen – ‘We’ve Had It With You Idiots’!

Business Owner to CNN, Liberals & Springsteen: ‘We’ve Had It With You Idiots’

Todd Starnes · Jan. 8, 2017

A small business owner in Oregon has a message for CNN, ignorant liberals and Bruce Springsteen: “We’ve had it with you idiots.”

Kevin Kerwin is the proprietor of Kevin the Geek Computer Repair store in Lake Oswego. He’s also one of the few conservatives around town.

“Oregon is a very beautiful state, but it’s infested with liberals,” Kevin tells me.

Kevin was especially bothered by the militant liberals who tried to burn down Portland following the 2016 presidential election.

And it did not help matters when Bruce Springsteen, one of his favorite singers, raged against Trump’s supporters and suggested the president-elect appealed to un-American tendencies.

“When you let that genie out of the bottle — bigotry, racism, intolerance — they don’t go back into the bottle that easily, if they go back in at all,” Springsteen said on the “WTF” podcast. “Whether it’s a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American. That’s what he’s appealing to.”

Just hearing him say that kind of stuff makes me mad, Kevin said.

But when four black suspects kidnapped and tortured a mentally challenged white man and pummeled him on Facebook Live — well, Kevin decided enough was enough.

“When that kidnapping happened, that was one of the last straws,” he said.

So Kevin posted a giant sign on the front of his computer repair shop — and it’s pretty epic, folks.

“To all the ignorant liberals including Bruce Springsteen… The 4 people who kidnapped & tortured a disabled teenager just because he supports Donald Trump — Just shows everyone you are a party of complete morons. I’m embarrassed to call you Americans. Go straight to Hell where you belong. We’ve had it with you idiots.”

For the record, there’s no clear evidence the young man who was tortured was actually a Trump supporter. However, it’s clear the victim’s attackers were displeased with not only Trump but white people, too.

Oh, he also had a message for CNN, calling it “Comedy News Network, Fake News all the Time, Propaganda for Liberals.”

Again with the brilliant analysis!

It’s not the first time Kevin has posted a message on the front of his store — and it’s not the first time he’s posted his true feelings regarding liberals.

“They’ve all boycotted my store, (but) I don’t care what they think,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of great conservatives here and they support my shop.”

WE WONT MISS YOU A BIT: Narrow-Minded A-List Celebs Could Learn Lesson From Patriotic Marching Band

Narrow-Minded A-List Celebs Could Learn Lesson From Patriotic Marching Band

Todd Starnes · Jan. 7, 2017

The Palmetto Ridge High School Marching Pride Band erupted in cheers when they learned they would be representing the town of Naples and the state of Florida at the 2017 presidential inauguration.

“It’s not really about politics, this parade, it’s the position, we’re marching for the President of the United States, not specifically Donald Trump, even if it had been Hillary, not specifically for Hillary,” Drum Major Robert Colvin told Fox 4.

In other words, the Marching Pride has American Pride.

It will be the first time any band from Collier County, Florida, has marched in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. And I suspect there are many proud moms and dads and grandparents in that part of the state.

“It’s one of those things you tell your kids, ‘I was in this,’” the drum major told Fox 4.

This is the moment when the marching band discovered they would be performing for the president-elect:

And here is some video of the young musicians preparing to make the Sunshine State proud on Inauguration Day:

The school’s student government association posted a congratulatory note on Facebook: “It is an honor to play in such an historic event, and showcase what Palmetto Ridge is; a place of diversity, love, and acceptance.”

I know a good many Hollywood celebrities who could learn a lesson from the students at Palmetto Ridge. There’s a time to put politics aside and unite as one free people.

I’d rather see young patriots like the Marching Pride than a bunch of auto-tuned, lip-syncing, Hollywood A-Listers!

With Gratitude and Thanksgiving: From two of the finest true blue American Patriots

Alexander’s Column

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

"I do recommend and assign Thursday … next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be." —George Washington (1789)

Alexander’s Column

With Gratitude and Thanksgiving

By Mark Alexander

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from the President-elect “Let us give thanks for all that we have, and let us boldly face the exciting new frontiers that lie ahead”

PJ Media watching Donald J. Trump.

"Let us give thanks for all that we have, and let us boldly face the exciting new frontiers that lie ahead," the president-elect said.

Trump Leapfrogs Media Yet Again, Issues Thanksgiving Message on YouTube

"It’s time to restore the bonds of trust between citizens."