Oh, cruel irony! On September 9, 2022, American Thinker published an article of mine, headlined “Why ‘Educated’ Liberal Women Are the Real Threat to Our Republic.” The article began thusly: “When last Thursday night Joe Biden told America, ‘Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans’ threaten ‘the very foundations of our republic,’ he missed the mark. The real threat comes from the unlikeliest of suspects: educated liberal females, or ‘ELFs’ for short.”
On September 9, 2023 — a year to the day later — I was scheduled to give a free talk at the Darwin Barker Public Library in Fredonia, New York. This pleasant little town, located in New York’s westernmost county, Chautauqua, is nearly as close to Chicago as it is to New York City. My wife and I have been spending the greater part of our summers in Fredonia for 35 years. Two weeks ago, I thanked a female librarian for putting my novel, 2006: The Chautauqua Rising, on display, concluding, “Love the library. If there is anything I can do to help let me know.”
Oh, it all started out so innocently. My wife noticed that the charming local library in Fredonia, New York, had my first novel, “2006: The Chautauqua Rising,” on display. We spend much of our summers in Chautauqua County, the county in which Fredonia is located. My wife donates to the library.
“I wanted to thank you for putting my book on your shelves,” I emailed the librarian. “That book launched my career.”
“You are so welcome,” she responded. “Would you be willing to do an author talk/book signing at Barker Library in regards to your newest book, ‘Untenable: The True Story of White Ethnic Flight from America’s Cities’?”I readily agreed. On July 31, the librarian sent me “a copy of the notice that we will be putting in The Library’s August newsletter for your approval.” “Join us September 9th at 12:00 p.m. as we welcome Jack Cashill to speak about his newest book ‘Untenable: The True Story of White Flight from America’s Cities,'” the notice began. I promptly approved.
On August 2, two days before Barack Obama’s reported sixty-second birthday, the Jewish journal Tabletpublished an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning civil rights historian David Garrow.
Asking the questions and providing extensive commentary of his own was the well-traveled journalist David Samuels. Although Garrow is a progressive and Samuels something of a centrist, their evaluation of Obama’s tenure in the White House borders on cruel.
The exchange between the two deserves to be read in full. Rather than summarize that exchange, I will focus on a few key truths, both those they nailed and those that squirmed away. Most intriguing in the latter category are the questions about Obama’s literary talents and about his birth. Garrow’s opinion matters. His 2017 bio, Rising Star. The Making of Barack Obama, is easily the boldest and most accurate of the Obama biographies.
The headline in the otherwise useless Kansas City Star caught my eye, “Kansas City man spent 6 seconds in Capitol on Jan. 6. Now he’s charged with 4 crimes.”
As veteran Star reporter Judy Thomas gleefully informs the paper’s dwindling reader base, “The arrests have come as the massive Capitol riot investigation has picked up the pace, more than 2½ years after the Jan. 6 breach. The arrest tally now stands around 1,100, on charges ranging from demonstrating in a Capitol building to seditious conspiracy.”
Why, one wonders, has the FBI “picked up the pace”? This is the same FBI that sat on Hunter Biden’s laptop for nearly a year, doing little but hiding it.
Just two days apart, I watched the movie Oppenheimer and read the most recent indictment of Donald Trump by the “United States of America.” In watching the film, even before reading the indictment, I sensed parallels in the hounding of both Oppenheimer and Trump.
The indictment suggests that the two men were persecuted for the same offense — free speech. “The defendant had a right, like every American, to speak publicly about the election,” insists prosecutor Jack Smith. Similarly, no one denied Oppenheimer his right to lobby for one-world government and international cooperation. The problem in each case is that the speaker had too big a platform and too loud a voice. That said, the motives for shutting down Oppenheimer were far more substantial than they are for Trump. The penalties imposed on Oppenheimer, however, were far less. He lost his security clearance. That’s pretty much it.
August 16, 2023
It has never been more dangerous to be a black boy from Chicago than it is today. As of June 2023, 172 young people under 18 have been shot in Chicago just this year, 29 of them fatally. Roughly 80% of those shot have been black, roughly 85% male. Five of those killed were 12 and under.
Seeing no political advantage in addressing today’s crime, President Joe Biden last week chose to exploit the Mississippi murder of a Chicago boy 68 years ago. On Tuesday, Biden signed a bill creating a series of three national monuments in Illinois and Mississippi honoring Emmett Till, the 14-year-old murder victim, and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, an outspoken advocate for her son.
Said Biden in a shamefully dishonest effort to secure the black vote, “At a time when there are those who seek to ban books, bury history, we’re making it clear – crystal, crystal clear: While darkness and denialism can hide much, they erase nothing.”
In late June I left Kansas City by car on my annual jaunt to New York and to my native New Jersey. The day I left it was 97 degrees, with hotter weather forecast for the next several days following.
It had been weeks since we had had any appreciable rain, and the landscape reflected it. All across northern Missouri, central Illinois and Indiana the lawns were withered, and the corn seemed to be hanging on for dear life.
Worse, on day two of the trip, a brown haze, smellable and all but tangible, obscured my vision. As I drove across Ohio, I felt as if I were driving into a dystopian future as fast-tracked by Justin Trudeau and his Royal Canadian mountebanks.
For the month I was gone, I shut out news from Kansas City, but it was hard not to hear rumbles about searing heat and global warming, coming not just from friends but from Kansas City, Missouri’s, City Hall.
On Twitter this week, Republican congressional candidate Lavern Spicer, a black Floridian, recalled a conversation she had with a California cousin. According to Spicer, the cousin told Lavern she should leave Florida because it was “racist and homophobic,” citing a recent NAACP travel ban.
The Republicans, the cousin insisted, wanted to put blacks back in chains and “make us slaves again.” Said Spicer in response, “Y’all Democrats need to start thinking for yourselves and stop letting the News make you stupid!” Working through their allies in the news media, the Democrats have of late been stupefying their voters with a barrage of racial nonsense.