PowerLine – Vice-Presidential Speculation
- The spirit of Entebbe
- Vice-Presidential Speculation
- Trump’s Star of David tweet, a dissenting view
- Keep the Gov’t Away from Your Grill (Updated)
- Randy Barnett on the Declaration
|The spirit of Entebbe
Posted: 04 Jul 2016 04:37 PM PDT
(Scott Johnson)Israel’s incredibly daring operations to free Jewish hostages held by murderous terrorists at the Entebbe airport in Uganda took place forty years ago today, as we celebrated the bicentennial of our Independence. It was a great day for freedom all the way around. Suffice it to say that the spirit of Israel’s Operation Thunderbolt holds much in common with our Independence Day.
Almost unbelievably, Prime Minister Netanyahu–the brother of the rakishly handsome Israeli officer who died leading the operation on the ground–celebrated the anniversary of the operation today as the honored guest of Uganda’s current president. (Operation Thunderbolt is now referred to as Operation Jonathan. The site honoring Jonathan Netanyahu’s memory recounts the raid on Entebbe that he led.)
If I understand correctly, and I’m not sure that I do, Netanyahu spoke the following remarks in Hebrew, the translation of which is provided at the link above. I thought our readers might be interested in the remarks as translated by the Office of the Prime Minister in addition to the remarks spoken in English on the video:
Another reason to celebrate today.
Posted: 04 Jul 2016 04:31 PM PDT
(John Hinderaker)Donald Trump met with Senator Joni Ernst today, fueling speculation that she could be a front-runner to be Trump’s running mate. Possibly so. But more interesting to me was Senator Tom Cotton’s appearance yesterday on Meet the Press, and Trump’s reaction to it.
Tom did an excellent job, as usual, discussing foreign policy and the Obama administration’s failures. Chuck Todd then floated the idea that Cotton’s foreign policy views are the “exact opposite” of Trump’s, and that he seems much closer to Hillary Clinton. Cotton explained that his views are nothing like Hillary’s, which led Todd to urge the senator to make the case not just against Hillary Clinton, but in favor of Donald Trump. In the ensuing exchange, Todd noted that Cotton doesn’t come across as an enthusiastic Trump supporter, an observation that Tom didn’t really deny. Here is the seven-minute video:
What is interesting about all of this is Trump’s reaction. He tweeted:
I find it revealing that Trump went out of his way to praise an appearance that included nothing very positive about Trump. That suggests–I speculate–that Trump has considerable interest in the qualities that Cotton could bring to his ticket. With all due respect to Joni Ernst, of whom I am a fan, one would have to place a lot of value on her gender to put her on an equal footing with Tom Cotton as a potential vice president.
It is easy to understand why Trump would want to ally himself with Senator Cotton’s ability, foreign policy and intelligence credibility, youth, and reputation for seriousness and probity. Whether Cotton would want to associate himself so closely with Donald Trump is another question, but a place on a national ticket is hard to turn down.
|Trump’s Star of David tweet, a dissenting view
Posted: 04 Jul 2016 12:27 PM PDT
(Paul Mirengoff)A friend and long-time reader disagrees with my post about Donald Trump’s Star of David tweet. I thought the tweet displayed incompetence; my friend (and he is not alone) sets forth a darker explanation:
Having independently ascertained on Saturday that the graphic Trump tweeted out had originated at least as early as June 22 on a web forum apparently dedicated to — to put it mildly — “politically incorrect” homemade images, I would suggest an alternative (and considerably less innocent) explanation as to how “realDonaldTrump” came to cast that particular offensive bit of bread upon the waters.
I went to the aforementioned site on Saturday, having learned of it and wanting to see for myself if the origins of the Trump graphic was indeed to be found there, and was greeted right off the bat with a more recent graphic, featuring a picture of the late Elie Weisel, with the caption “Ding, Dong, the Kike is Dead!”
See, I’m not as inclined as some to make excuses for the repulsive man that the GOP seems prepared to nominate for President. I don’t myself think that the Clinton/Star of David graphic just “migrated” into the Twittersphere, at which point some clueless Trump lackey found it, and passed it along to whatever further clueless Trump lackey happened to then be in control of Trump’s twitter handle. Trump, et al. are not, to my mind, entitled to that much benefit of the doubt.
Rather, my working assumption is that many of the persons directly associated with Trump’s “campaign” — if what Trump is engaged in at the moment can in any sense be called a “campaign” — are the persons who make a habit of frequenting white supremacist/neo-Nazi sites in search of the latest memes that their dimwitted boss can use to appeal to the misogynist, racist, Jew-hating troglodytes that seem now to constitute a plurality that calls itself the Republican party.
Is Donald Trump himself a misogynist, racist, Jew-hating troglodyte? Heavens no. I would surmise, in complete seriousness, that there is not enough substance to that shallow, self-absorbed cartoon of a man even to BE a misogynist, racist, or an anti-Semite. Perversely, for Trump to be a misogynist, a racist or an anti-Semite would actually require him a measure of introspection (albeit, in a warped form) that he rather obviously lacks. Rather, the world begins and ends with Donald Trump. Nothing, and no one else, even exists.
That said — and I suppose this is my only point — this unstable, repugnant charlatan certainly seems to be surrounded any number of people who, while they might not be honest enough to say out loud, “Ding, Dong, the Kike is Dead,” do in fact think in such terms. They now contaminate the Republican party.
I note that you will find that some of them have even commented on your Power Line post on the matter.
Again, I’m not inclined to make excuses for such a thing, although I suppose reasonable minds can disagree. I just find it to be unfortunate if “Clinton derangement syndrome” drives otherwise sensible, sober, and responsible men to make any sort of excuse for what we’re seeing, or rationalize it away.
|Keep the Gov’t Away from Your Grill (Updated)
Posted: 04 Jul 2016 10:29 AM PDT
(Steven Hayward)Not sure whether I shared this Remy video back in 2003 when it came out, but it’s worth running again on this July 4, as a healthy reminder to annoy liberals everywhere by grilling your beef rare, drinking domestic beer (from a can—bonus points), waving the flag, and enjoying fireworks. (more…)
|Randy Barnett on the Declaration
Posted: 04 Jul 2016 09:45 AM PDT
(Steven Hayward)Randy Barnett, currently professor of law at Georgetown Law School, is one of the most important constitutionalists today. His latest book, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People, will have a long shelf life as an important treatise on constitutional originalism. Barnett is all the more interesting for having come to his interest in constitutional law indirectly. As he explained in a previous book (Restoring the Lost Constitution), he began his academic career in practical legal fields like tax law, with little interest in constitutional law until by degrees he came to see how modern legal doctrine was perverting the substance of the Constitution.
Today in the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy subsite Barnett has a great piece drawn from the second chapter of his book about the centrality of the Declaration of Independence for understanding the Constitution—a proposition that is often controverted or denied even by conservatives. Beyond the argument about natural right and consent in the famous second paragraph, Barnett understands clearly the important of “one people” in the first paragraph, and the importance of the list of specific grievances against the king in the bulk of the Declaration that too many people skip over or do not give enough weight.
The whole thing is worth reading, but here’s one highlight: