DNC Media frames the Hunter Biden stuff as if Joe just helped his poor kid get a job at Wal-Mart so he could put food on the table between stints in rehab.
Hunter had a THRIVING influence peddling business that raked in millions, year after year. His customers seem satisfied.
In fact, has anyone yet come up with evidence that any of the shady foreign operators and agents of hostile powers that stuffed money into Hunter's pockets were dissatisfied with his services? Nobody seems to regret paying him off. No one acts like they wasted money on him.
The bombshell emails uncovered in the Forbidden Story of Doom, and other evidence discovered since then, make it crystal clear that all of those dodgy business partners and enemy agents knew EXACTLY what they were buying from Hunter: influence and access. No pretense otherwise.
Joe Biden exemplifies the kind of witless globalist foreign policy that allowed fascist China to become a hegemonic world power. They think every problem is "solved" by holding meetings and issuing press releases.
It's an extension of the left-wing dogma that domestic problems are "solved" by loudly announcing how much you care about them and demanding billion-dollar government programs to address them. What the programs actually DO, or fail to do, is irrelevant.
China long ago mastered the art of exploiting the globalists by studying their bloviations in Western media telling them exactly what they want to hear. Then China actually DOES the exact opposite, but it doesn't matter because they said the right things at the right forums.
Remember, aggressive ignorance is an important way for left-wingers to signal their unthinking, absolute loyalty to The Cause. They make a point of knowing nothing about guns or gun laws while yelling for gun control; likewise with immigration, abortion, etc.
Imagine if someone in one of these buzzing lefty hives spoke up and said, "Actually, guys 'coyote' is a well-understood term for human traffickers and there's a ton of documentary evidence about them being involved in the big migration waves of the past few decades."
They'd be torn to shreds by the rest of the hive. It would be like those scenes in The Walking Dead where people are covered in zombie guts, trying to shuffle through a horde, but they make a false move and the zombies devour them.
If Trump wins despite oceans of polls giving Biden big leads, Big Tech putting every thumb it has on the scales for Biden, and legacy media smothering stories that hurt Biden like WW2 soldiers throwing themselves on hand grenades, it will shake the pillars of punditry Heaven.
Of course, Trump's 2016 event was a "black swan" event as far as pundits were concerned - a black swan the size of Mothra descending upon Washington D.C. Remember how they promised they'd get in touch with voters, learn from their mistakes, become bubbled and blinkered?
Yeah, none of that happened. DNC Media doubled down on its political biases, made its bubble thicker, made its blinkers bigger, and effectively took over the Biden 2020 campaign while their candidate hides in the basement. Fake news stories became their hottest product.
I recall @MarkSteynOnline observing that free people could defeat Islamists by defying Islam's blasphemy laws en masse - they'd realize they can't kill us all to keep us from drawing Mohammed cartoons. The same is true of Big Tech's blasphemy laws against news that hurts Dems.
@MarkSteynOnline The media would, of course, understand this and loudly trumpet the need for "resistance" if some conservative tech company was suppressing left-wing news organizations or stomping on news that harmed Republican candidates. They would proudly run the forbidden news in defiance.
@MarkSteynOnline The real "resistance" is, and always was, among the enemies of collectivism and the increasingly totalitarian Democrat Party. The @nypost is a real Resistance outfit, not the shrieking nincompoop roleplayers who spent the last four years wailing about Orange Hitler.
The root of that madness is sadly easy to understand. Western politicians have lost the ability to measure costs against benefits, to weigh one problem against another, to understand that no "solution" is perfect and they always have drawbacks.
Easily stampeded by the media, eager to use crises to increase their power and batter their opponents for not taking the marquee crisis seriously enough, politicians across the free world collapsed into a singularity of opportunism and political posturing.
The latest addition to the lexicon of totalitarianism is "Badfact."
A Badfact is objectively true, but it damages the political narratives of the ruling elite, so everyone must be prevented from thinking about it. The accuracy of the Badfact is never seriously challenged.
The most common technique for suppressing Badfacts is the "mostly false" factcheck, which is based not on disputing the accuracy of the Badfact, but on insisting that some mystical "context" is needed to understand the "greater truth" surrounding it.
With this technique, totalitarians convince their victims that thinking about the 100% true Badfact is, in essence, lying to themselves because there is a secret Deeper Truth that is more important than the deceptively simple truth they have been told to ignore.
The Wuhan coronavirus is perhaps the worst example of "narrative journalism" to date, especially since the media's preferred narratives track so closely with the political goals of the Chinese Communist Party.
The CCP's first objective was to prevent domestic panic and political unrest from becoming a threat to its power. Global media obligingly ran with a narrative that draconian measures taken by the Chinese government swiftly brought the virus under control.
Next the CCP needed the virus to spread rapidly beyond China's borders. Global media was suddenly humming with stories about how travel bans were irrational xenophobic evil and nothing could keep the virus from spreading around the world.
One of the most polarizing things about this election is that nobody can imagine anyone voting for the other guy after listening to him talk for five minutes. "You Gotta Be Kidding Me" should be the slogan for the entire contest.
I confess I have this reaction too. Trump frequently says, and tweets, things I find exasperating. Rarely have I seen anyone work so hard to talk himself out of a job. But I listen to Biden talk and I can't believe anyone would be foolish enough to vote for him.
Biden can't even finish his sentences properly when he's regurgitating 30-year-old talking points. The man clearly is not all there. I guess his supporters are just talking themselves into ignoring it because they hate Trump, or because they know Biden's just a figurehead.
Why would hostile foreign powers and shady characters keep paying Hunter Biden millions of dollars for access, year after year, if he never delivered any?
The media/Biden campaign (but I repeat myself) framing for this story is that some shifty foreigners stuffed cash into Hunter's pockets one time, then found him passed out in a bathtub with a crack pipe and cursed themselves for fools, as if he had conned them.
But that's not what happened AT ALL. Shifty foreigners and outright enemies of the United States paid Hunter Biden huge sums to buy access, over and over again, for years. He's not some fake Nigerian prince who swindled people one time and then scurried away with the loot.
I wrote about Internet freedom a few hours before it suddenly became a massive crisis in the United States, so the post (and the Freedom House report I discussed) became an instant time capsule. The questions I asked are more urgent than ever:
"Disinformation" is treated by analysts as a menace to Internet freedom, but so are the measures employed to combat it. The worst totalitarian regimes on Earth justify Internet repression as efforts to control disinformation. We're getting a taste of that in America right now.
"Cyber sovereignty" means states like China establishing their own little Internet backwaters, ruled according to their definitions of acceptable speech, hate speech, disinformation, and sedition.
We have that too. In America, cyber sovereignty is imposed by Big Tech moguls.
It's so weird that the big social media platforms simultaneously decided to throw away their "platform, not a publisher" protection to suppress a flimsy nothingburger story that should be like the buzzing of flies to a candidate with an insurmountable lead in the polls.
It almost makes you wonder if maybe that candidate knew even worse revelations were coming, so he got in touch with his very dear friends at the social media giants and told them to crush the early releases at all costs, to shut the whole chain of stories down.
DNC Media long ago mastered the art of the soft embargo. They simply refuse to amplify stories that don't fit their precious political narratives, while the stories that DO fit get wall-to-wall coverage. They don't confront Democrats about inconvenient stories.
It's funny how so many people who claim to worship "democracy" also dismiss nationalism as selfish xenophobia. Democracy is absolutely meaningless without strong national sovereignty. Under globalism, citizens of any given state have little influence over how they are governed.
Nationalism isn't just mindless tribalism. People are correct to insist their government has a responsibility TO THEM that vastly outweighs any imagined responsibility to foreign governments they have absolutely no influence over, or foreign populations.
We've seen that point taken to absurd extremes by the Left during the Trump administration, with whack-job judges ruling that foreigners have rights that EXCEED those of American citizens, including absolute rights to enter the U.S. and influence its government.
The media's complaints about transparency in the Trump White House are hilarious when you consider how opaque Obama's was, and Biden's would be - with the active complicity of the media. Reporters will block damaging stories like Secret Service agents diving in front of bullets.
Given a media as thoroughly corrupt, lazy, and partisan as ours, and the immense power of the central government, no one truly concerned about in "transparency" can possibly vote Democrat. You're literally voting for the media to become PART of the administration.
There is simply no possibility of an adversarial relationship between the degenerate mainstream media and a Democrat administration, especially not after they push Biden into the White House. "Reporters" would be taking victory laps right alongside him.
A Biden win would decisively hand the 21st Century to China. I think it's very important to prevent a fascist superpower from ruling the world. Funny how so many self-professed "anti-fascists" seem untroubled by the prospect.
Of course, some of the people sleeping at the wheel on China think of it as "communist," view communism as super-sized socialism, and think socialism is good. They should be thinking harder about how China demonstrates the shared DNA between socialism, communism, and fascism.
China, at any rate, is more clearly fascist than anything else. Its core structure long ago shifted to fascism - nominal private ownership of capital, but absolute control by political dictators. Chinese Marxists frequently get thrown in jail for complaining about this.
A great deal of the coronavirus confusion among national and global health experts, with confident pronouncements constantly modified or retracted, is because they never want to be seen endorsing the one thing that really works: travel bans, aka quarantines.
Funny how so many of the "experts" either tacitly or explicitly accept China's claims to have controlled the pandemic with amazing speed and absurdly low infection rates, but they won't talk about the biggest difference in China's approach: stern quarantines and travel bans.
China did everything it could to spread the coronavirus OUT of the country - this was obvious and quite deliberate - but they brought iron walls crashing down around cities with coronavirus outbreaks. They were literally locking sick people inside their homes.
Those who think the polls are wrong will see this amazing "better off than four years ago" number as strong evidence of a hidden Trump vote that will overwhelm Biden's edge in the polls. How can people give historic high marks to Trump - better than Reagan! - but throw him out?
A related possibility is that Trump really is lagging behind, but much of his deficit against Biden is transitory anger at things he says, fueled by the relentless media campaign against him. It will dissipate and they'll vote more on the "better off than four years ago" feeling.
I don't understand the need for elaborate theories that Pelosi is wasting America's time with this wackadoo 25th Amendment stuff because she's setting up some elaborate plan to replace Biden with Harris after the election.
This is what Nancy Pelosi DOES. She thinks nothing of wasting the time and money of the American people on dingbat political stunts. Remember the impeachment farce, which Dems were pulling right when the coronavirus started flaring up? Not a second thought entered her head.
If Donald Trump had raised alarms about the Rona while Dems were picking your pocket to finance Impeachment Theater, Pelosi would have howled that Trump was fearmongering about a virus to distract from the sacred and solemn impeachment hearings.
Excellent analysis! One of our biggest problems is that people think "democracy," all by itself, is a sufficient check on power. I frankly don't understand how anyone can still believe that, but of course they probably won't be taught otherwise in school.
The disturbing flip side of thinking democracy is a magic talisman against tyranny is the belief that democracy sanctifies power - the essence of majoritarianism. "They can't be dictators if we can vote them out of office!" is one of the most dangerous ideas in the world.
The restraints placed on power are MORE important than the process of choosing who gets to wield it. You would be more free under a tightly restrained hereditary monarch than in a "democracy" with totalitarian centralized power.
Who know if this veep debate will matter more than any of the previous ones, but rarely has a running mate done more to help his ticket than Pence did tonight, and rarely has one hurt her ticket more than Harris.
This debate SHOULD be important because Harris is going to end up in the Oval Office and everyone knows it. It matters a lot that she's a lightweight who can't give a straight answer, credulously repeats every hoax she's ever heard, and thinks China is the top dog nation.
Harris' servility to Communist China is ASTOUNDING. Xi Jinping should send her a hammer and sickle pin as a reward for a job well done. She took Beijing's line every chance she got, on every issue. She even straight-up lied about global opinion surveys about Beijing.
This election is a contest between reality and illusions, including the illusion of perpetual fear. Trump's troubles flow from how he speaks into the social media hall of mirrors, but what he's saying is fundamentally true. Don't underestimate how many people prefer illusions.
As the WSJ put it, "Trump doesn't do nuance." Nuance belongs to the realm of illusion. With enough nuance, the plain meaning of words can be inverted and the truth can be completely obscured. Many Americans are sick to death of getting "nuanced" into ruin.
But many people PREFER illusions - role-playing, virtue signaling, social media freakouts. Cancel culture flows from children achieving illusory "victories" by silencing people they hate, without changing a damn thing about the great social issues they claim to care about.