Although he certainly did not intend to, the drugged and despondent 17-year-old who wandered through a failing Florida subdivision on a rainy February night ten years ago Saturday launched a new phase in the American civil rights movement.
This was to be the Jacobin phase, the phase in which traditional civil rights standards such as equality before the law and innocent until proven guilty yielded to mob rule and race-based outcomes.
Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin would not live to see this transition. The 28-year-old man who shot and killed Trayvon, George Zimmerman, has lived in the shadows of Jacobin justice every day of the last ten years, always with an eye out for assassins like the one who nearly killed him in 2015.
Ten years ago, March 1, 43-year-old Andrew Breitbart dropped dead on a Los Angeles Street, ostensibly – and likely – due to an enlarged heart. So came to an end a public life that lasted for only about three years, but that was more consequential than that of a half-century of Peggy Noonans, George Wills and other such media fossils.
Breitbart used the phrase “new media” to describe the world he pioneered. I prefer “samizdat,” the Russian term for the underground media, new or old, that defied Soviet orthodoxy.
No one defied mainstream media orthodoxy more effectively or cleverly than Breitbart. A child of Hollywood and a recovering liberal, Breitbart had a preternatural grasp of the way the media worked.
According to legend, 11th-century monarch King Canute ordered his chair to be placed on the beach while the tide was rising. “You are subject to me,” Canute told the sea. “I command you, therefore, not to rise on to my land, nor to presume to wet the clothing or limbs of your master.”
Of late, ex-President Barack Obama seems to be testing his Canute-like powers. This past week he was spotted maskless conferring with masked construction workers on the site of his new beachfront mansion. Located on the southeast edge of the island of Oahu in Hawaii, the property alone sold for $8.7 million.
This new mansion will help Obama fill out a real estate portfolio that already includes a 7,000-square foot, $12 million waterfront home on Martha’s Vineyard, a short bicycle ride from Chappaquiddick.
“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg found herself in hot water this week for making much too explicit what the liberal establishment has been concealing for the last half century: Liberals are idiots.
This week’s idiocy began with an argument as to whether schools should be removing books from libraries, one of which was “Maus” – a graphic novel about the Holocaust that a Tennessee school board removed for nudity and profanity.
Co-host Joy Behar promptly showed her contempt for Tennessee’s deplorable class by saying, “I’m not sure they don’t use the naked part as a kind of a canard to throw you off from the fact that they don’t like history that makes white people look bad.”
Last Friday influential liberal journalist Bari Weiss triggered shrieks of outrage on the left when she told a sympathetic Bill Maher, “I’m done with COVID. I’m done.” For the previous two years, Weiss confessed, she had been as paranoid as any of her progressive friends, but a growing body of evidence convinced her she had been misled.
“This is going to be remembered by the younger generation as a catastrophic moral crime,” said Weiss. “People are killing themselves, they are anxious, they are depressed. … It’s a pandemic of bureaucracy.”
The response on the left was predictable. “800,000 dead Americans disagree with Bari Weiss and Bill Maher,” said one typical commenter. “And we COULD get back to some form of normal if more people were vaccinated, boosted and wore masks.”
Last week, in one of the more grating speeches of his flailing presidency, Joe Biden asked Americans a series of rhetorical questions that would have challenged a “Jeopardy!” champion.
“Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace?” stuttered the president. “Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?” For the record, Wallace, Connor and Davis were all Democrats.
So is West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Today, perhaps, Democrats should be asking themselves: “Do you want to be on the side of Sen. Manchin or Sen. Byrd?” The right answer might surprise them.
January 19, 2022
The photo of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) dining happily with her beau outdoors in South Beach just before the New Year confirmed what Floridians already knew: Florida had emerged as an international symbol of sanity and liberty. “Welcome to Florida, AOC!” Team DeSantis tweeted. “We hope you’re enjoying a taste of freedom here in the Sunshine State thanks to @RonDeSantisFL’s leadership.”
In his State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. DeSantis reiterated the theme. “Together,” he said, “we have made Florida the freest state in these United States. While so many around the country have consigned the people’s rights to the graveyard, Florida has stood as freedom’s vanguard.”
The Florida gubernatorial election of 2018 may well prove to have more impact on the history of the nation than the 2020 presidential election.
There was nothing inevitable about Florida’s emergence as a vanguard of freedom. A photo out of South Beach in the COVID-panicked month of March 2020 reminded Floridians of the bullet they had dodged just a year earlier. There, in a Miami Beach hotel room, lay popular Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum — on the VP short list for every White presidential candidate — naked and incoherent among a sea of meth bags. Gillum’s “date,” a White male stripper in even worse shape, lay nearby. The charming “family man” had a lot of ’splainin’ to do.
My source on this story is an unusual one. I refer here to mob hitman and labor organizer, Frank Sheeran, the central figure in Charles Brandt’s non-fiction saga, “I Heard You Paint Houses.”
When the book was published in 2004, the media took little or no notice of Sheeran’s revelations about Joe Biden, then a U.S. senator from Delaware. When the “Irishman,” the movie version of the book, was produced in 2019, the Biden material did not make the cut.
Ironically, as shall be seen, the 1972 incident in question prefigured in a low-tech way the high-tech shenanigans that got Biden nominally elected president nearly 50 years later.
Merriam-Webster defines “insurrection” as “an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.” This being so, the one real insurrection within anyone’s memory was hatched on Jan. 5, 2017.
The conspirators met in the White House on that day to plot a quiet coup against President-elect Donald Trump. Presiding was President Barack Obama. Joining him was his national security team including all the usual suspects: the FBI’s Jim Comey, the CIA’s John Brennan, Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
Following the meeting, Obama asked Yates and Comey to stick around along with Rice, his trusted scribe and factotum. Obama had a reason for singling out Comey and Yates. Unlike the others, they were staying on in their jobs.
“Growing up, I was told that a woman cannot pursue a man’s job,” a woman says in an FBI recruitment video. “But I want to prove them wrong. Now that I’m here one of my primary goals is to help in the FBI effort to recruit more diversity, more women.”
For the last 30 years or more, under pressure from feminist groups, local police forces across the nation have been doing what the FBI is doing now: adjusting their standards to recruit more women. As the case of Brooklyn, Minnesota, police officer Kim Potter proved, however, feminists are quick to abandon the very women their propaganda has helped recruit.