There has been considerable talk about the Jan. 5, 2017, White House gathering of conspirators hoping to unseat Donald Trump. Two weeks later National Security Adviser Susan Rice memorialized the meeting in a memo to self that has forever turned the phrase “by the book” into a punch line. There has been considerably less talk about the meeting or series of meeting in the White House Situation Room in early August 2016. The primary source on these meetings is the Washington Post.
I have not watched any of the videos out of Minneapolis or listened to any of the commentary. I have not watched because I resent having to watch only one genre over and over again. This is the genre in which a white antagonist, presumed guilty at the outset, kills or injures a black protagonist, presumed innocent. More than 15,000 Americans were murdered in 2019, but no movies for national release were made about blacks killing blacks, the most common scenario.
On Nov. 4, 2008, I served as a poll watcher at Saint James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, the home base of Rev. Emanuel Cleaver II, my congressman. The workers expected a lot of voters at this overwhelmingly black polling station, and they got them. Like many of us on the right, I found some consolation in thinking an Obama presidency would ease racial tension in America. On this issue, I genuinely hoped he would succeed. He did not. In fact, Obama failed catastrophically.
Missouri may be the first state in which the COVID-19 lockdown figures to be a central, if not the central, issue in a gubernatorial election. Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is particularly vulnerable to a primary challenge for the simple reason he was never elected governor. As lieutenant governor, he assumed the office after Gov. Eric Greitens was forced out as a result of an unfortunate dalliance that blew up in his face.
On the evening of June 10, in the midst of an impromptu desecration festival in Portsmouth, Virginia, the statue of a Confederate soldier was yanked off its pedestal and crowned the unfortunate Chris Green, who stood underneath. Green, now in a medically induced coma, coded twice on the way to the hospital. He may not survive. Erasing the past is a dangerous business. It has been since the communists got involved in rewriting history a century ago.
In his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” Obama claimed his father left Hawaii in 1963, when he “was only 2 years old.” Unchallenged by the major media, Obama continued to peddle this fiction throughout his presidency. It sustained what Obama biographer David Remnick called Obama’s “signature appeal: the use of the details of his own life as a reflection of a kind of multicultural ideal.” Like much of what Obama said, it was false.
On Father’s Day 2008, candidate Barack Obama made his most honest speech on race, maybe his only halfway honest speech on race. The media barely noticed. The site was the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago. From the pulpit Obama spoke to the gathered voters — excuse me, congregants — with uncharacteristic audacity.
Revolutions inevitably consume their own. Last week, more than 300 people signed an “Open Letter” calling for Laura McQuade’s removal as CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. Under pressure this week, the board of directors cashiered McQuade. It is hard to say which is more daft, the board’s buckling to the demands of staff or the staff’s willful blindness to the unholy business in which it engagesThe letter would make even George Orwell’s head spin.
On Black Lives Matter’s website, the organization’s radical founders trace the creation of their movement “to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman.” Had those founders paid any attention to the trial, they would have known that Zimmerman should never have been charged with murder, let alone tried.
“I am reliably informed that the NSA or its partners intercepted at least some of the communications between Mr. Rich and Wikileaks,” wrote attorney Ty Clevenger in a startling letter last week to Richard Grennell, Interim Director of National Intelligence. Clevenger represents Ed Butowsky, a high-profile author and financial adviser who dared to ask questions about the late Seth Rich and was sued for his troubles.