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Reimagining Donna Brazile

Loose lips sank ships and caused carnage at sea during the Second World War. But loose lips today—mouthing the Democrat Party and Black Lives Matter police brutality canard—cause carnage in America’s inner cities.

Donna Brazile, a Democrat operative, wrote this recently in the Wall Street Journal:

As a black woman, I’ve experienced plenty of discrimination… [I]n the past year I’ve watched the same videos and read the same accounts that millions of people around the world have seen—images of police killing unarmed black people in American cities. I cried over these horrific killings.


Except it’s really not right, it’s mostly wrong. People in the public policy space should know better.

Last year this writer took after Catherine McGehee, the headmistress (you can still say “headmistress,” but not “headmaster” and certainly not “house master,” at least not at Yale) of Foxcroft, a girls’ finishing school in Middleburg, Virginia. McGehee had said, “We struggle with the loss of yet more unarmed Black men and women, which regrettably continues as a cruel legacy of our nation’s racist history.” We remarked that if Ms. McGehee had bothered to determine how many “unarmed Black men and women” had been “lost,” she might not have had to struggle so much.

If McGehee had bothered to look up the statistics, she would have discovered that, in the year in which she struggled so much, just one unarmed black woman was killed by police, and nine unarmed black men were. Of the 10 killings, only two resulted in criminal prosecution because the rest were considered justified.

Ms. McGehee runs a secondary education organization, while Ms. Brazile, au contraire [see below], is a public policy maven—she’s the person who helped Hillary Clinton cheat in one of her debates with Donald Trump, and she is a former chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“Au contraire,” incidentally, means “to the contrary” in French, a language many schools have probably given up teaching, much like Princeton has given up requiring Latin and Greek in the Classics Department(!) because the “history of our own department bears witness to the place of Classics in the long arc of systemic racism.”

Of course, a viewer can’t tell, as she watches killings by police on television, how many of them will not result in criminal prosecution. Even so, there wouldn’t seem to be enough to justify Brazile’s phrasing (“images of police killing unarmed black people in American cities,”) which implies, obviously, multiple images. Yet that was her phrase, and written in a column, not ad-libbed in an interview.

Maybe Ms. Brazile thinks two unjustified killings is a scandal requiring wholesale uprooting of policing and the broader criminal justice system. But adults, at least those who don’t help people cheat on exams, might ponder that number (it was two) in relation to the population of the United States, which is about 340 million.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the “defund the police” movement has been causing havoc and death, especially in black communities, and you might think that would receive special attention from people like Donna Brazile.

Murder is up everywhere. According to the Council on Criminal Justice, “Homicides, aggravated assaults, and gun assaults rose significantly beginning in late May and June of 2020. They jumped by 42 percent during the summer and 34 percent in the fall when compared to the summer and fall of 2019.” This trend has continued. Murders are up 800 percent in Portland, 56 percent in Minneapolis, 40 percent in Philadelphia, and 27 percent in Los Angeles.

Some people have blamed the Chinese Flu, but murder rates in other countries have not gone up. In this country, however, crime rates have soared where Democrats have “re-imagined policing,” which is woke-speak for defunding, or cancelling, the police—even as Princeton has re-imagined the Classics by giving up Latin and Greek.

Brazile’s piece may have been primarily about anti-Semitism, but someone in her position obviously can’t resist playing the race card. Too bad she couldn’t spare a few tears for the dozens of black Americans killed in the inner cities by other black Americans in the last few months, though not—alas?—on national television. Now there’s a scandal, and one that far outpaces police misconduct.

But unfortunately for the people who live in the inner cities, that carnage is not a scandal easy to blame Republicans for, and so it will be forgotten or ignored—as World War II is soon likely to be. After all, President Roosevelt described it as “a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization,” which does not align with the woke ideology.


June 8, 2021
The American Conservative

Wake Up, America

What a disaster!

Even sensible people are calling on President Donald Trump to resign. The gravamen of the complaint against him seems to be that he repeatedly said the election was fraudulent—and that those comments stoked the fury that was on display at the Capitol last Wednesday.

To which the most succinct reply is: nonsense! Trump has only been saying what about a third of the country also thinks. That means Trump is in good company—good company if you like Americans. Of course, if you think Trump supporters are just a bunch of deplorables, then you don’t care much about them, and you probably think they should all go too.

But go where? Not to Hell, because most of the people who don’t like deplorables don’t believe in Hell. Guess they’ll all have to go with the Trumps to Mar-a-Largo.

Of course, the “woke” left don’t really want him to resign: they’d rather impeach him.

But truly, leftists must have no god: Newsmax reported that a source close to the Rasmussen polling company told them that Trump’s approval rating went up, to 51 percent, the night after the breach of the Capitol.

It’s important to focus on what’s actually going on here. The left don’t care about Trump: he’ll be gone in a week any way. What the left want to do is discredit what Trump has accomplished. And they want to discredit his supporters as well. And a lot of weak-kneed Republicans, many of whom never wanted Trump to be president to begin with, some of them in Congress, will go along with it—unless it interferes with cocktails.

Of course people shouldn’t break into the Capitol. But people shouldn’t have looted all across America following the death of George Floyd—who actually may have died of a fentanyl overdose. The refusals, month after month, of the left (the politicians and the media) to condemn the rioting by Antifa mobs and their hangers-on were teaching moments. But what they taught was Rioting 101—or maybe Rioting 301 (a graduate course). We were told, all summer, ad nauseam, that the rioters were just peaceful demonstrators expressing their frustrations with the system. Nothing to worry about here. Keep moving.


But now—of course!—last Wednesday’s demonstrators are criminals. And surely many of them were. But the left-wing politicians and their media allies have no credibility on the matter, which suggests the mob will return. Someday. Perhaps someday soon.

Meanwhile, the left will try to discredit everything Trump has done and everyone who supported him.

His foreign policy successes are significant, but they’re deeply resented by the foreign policy establishment. When Trump told NATO’s member countries to meet their financial obligations, we were told by the left that it would wreck NATO. It didn’t. It made NATO stronger.

His peace-promoting initiatives in the Middle East would have won a Nobel Prize, perhaps several, for anyone else. But not for Donald Trump.

His solicitude for downtrodden blacks in this country was historic. His policies produced the lowest unemployment numbers for them ever. Did you see that praised by the New York Times? Please. We’re being serious.

Trump won about 8 percent of the black vote in November, which was a 2 percent improvement on his 2016 vote. That is a problem—for the left. How do you get away with calling Trump a racist (no, a RACIST!) when more blacks voted for him the second time around?

In September 2019, the jobless rate for Hispanics hit a record low, about 3.9 percent. And in the 2020 election Trump got approximately 32 percent of Latino votes, about 4 percent more than he received in 2016. That’s another problem.

Of course the 2020 election was stolen, as the 1960 election, it’s widely agreed, was stolen: the point being that stealing elections is neither impossible nor new. Richard Nixon decided not to fight. He has been praised (though almost always very quietly, because after all he was, well, you know, Nixon) for not putting the country through the ordeal of that fight. As a result, we got Kennedy, and then Johnson and his Great Society programs, from which the country, and most especially blacks, have never recovered.

Nixon was wrong not to have fought, wrong to have abandoned the Americans who voted for him. Wrong to have set the precedent. Probably he was afraid of the press and their friends.

Trump is not afraid.

If the Republican Party is afraid now, it will disappear. And it will never be missed.

None of this is to condone rioting. But the riot was the sideshow. The main event is what the woke left Democrats (office holders, media baron accomplices, mega-billionaire monopoly tech giants) plan to do to this country: enact left-wing programs, and control the flow of all information.

Pay attention, America. We’re entering a Dark Age.


January 12, 2021
The Epoch Times