Thursday, July 29, 2021

The people who say they’re paying the bills

"A Tale of Two Murders: George Floyd and Ashli Babbit" (Van Buren).  "DC Police Officers Give "Harrowing Account" of "Defending the Capitol" from the "Insurrection"" (Anglin).  "What’s Decent About Torture, Assassination, and Secret Surveillance?" (Hornberger).

"Top Democrat Donor Found Guilty of Drugging Male Prostitutes to Death" (Murphy).

""New York Times reporter deletes tweets calling Trump supporters ‘enemies of the state’ (Dockery).  "January 6th Prisoners Dress Up Like Cubans So GOP Will Finally Notice Them" (revolver).

"From ‘Yes we can’ to ‘No, you moron’: Dems have selves to blame for vaccine hesitancy" (Taibbi):
"The Brookings Institute noted that Hillary Clinton won 472 counties in 2016, which accounted for 64 percent of the country’s GDP. Trump meanwhile won 2,584 counties, many in flyover territory, which collectively produced 36 percent of national wealth.

By 2018, it was also true that 41 of the 50 wealthiest congressional districts voted Democratic, with states like California, Virginia, New York, Maryland, and New Jersey dominating. Furthermore, those Brookings stats became an active talking point — for Democrats, who now began to stress the affluence of their voters as an indication of their moral supriority.

“I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product,” Hillary Clinton crowed, on a trip to India. “So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward.”

Democrats for the first time in a long time not only outperformed Republicans in affluent white communities, but essentially owned those territories.

By 2020, the divide was greater, as Frum himself noted. Joe Biden’s 509 counties accounted for 71 percent of the nation’s wealth, while Trump’s 2,547 counties accounted for 29 percent.

In practical terms, what this meant is that education and income, which track pretty closely with each other, became primary determinants in national politics.

This is why it’s no longer surprising to see people like Frum — an incomparable villain in liberal circles even 10 years ago — cheerfully identifying himself as part of the “Blue America” that’s “had enough.” Vice President Kamala Harris previously doubted the COVID-19 vaccine simply because the Trump administration worked on it. 
Like Rand’s famous Atlases, they all want to go on strike. American politics is no longer an argument about supply-side economics or war or big vs. small government. It’s about check-writers versus check-takers, the book-learned against the dolts.

The former group, the people who say they’re paying the bills, have spent years now trying to let the rabble know there’s a limit to both their patience and their generosity.

They’ve made it clear there are limits to how much speech freedom they’ll confer, how much political choice or right to assembly will be permitted, how much ignorance will be allowed to fester. 
The news landscape has become Frank’s dreaded “utopia of scolding,” with every screen full of finger-wagging Rahms and Brian Stelters telling us how “fed up” they are with others’ inadequacy. This approach not only will fail, it already has, over and over."
"Democrats at a Crossroad: Will They Heed This Data Scientist’s Advice?" ('Hunter Wallace').

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