Archive for April 2016
Are we insane or what? Just saw this story out of California about John Wayne:
What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments.
The state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne Thursday after several legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee and John Birch Society.
To be honest, I am a lot more familiar with John Wayne’s movies than his political
affiliations. It may be true that he made statements years ago that were not suitable for framing, as they say. However, so have others, including Democrats like the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia or President Woodrow Wilson.
John Wayne is a symbol of the legendary West or the cowboy culture. He is arguably the best known cowboy in the world. His movies are watched today in a number of languages. Wayne is one of the most popular Americans of all time. Do you hear any people of color objecting to his movies? (Not to mention that two of his three wives — Esperanza Baur and Pilar Pallete — were Latinas.)
So what’s going on here? What would drive a state legislator to pick on John Wayne?
My good guess is that this legislator does not like American history or he or she sees our past as a racist one. Everything is about “racism” with many in the left.
Furthermore, all of this obsession with racism is not solving real world problems in California. Maybe state legislators in California should show this kind of hostility against the teachers’ union holding back black and Hispanic kids in lousy schools or the Obama stimulus that did nothing to stimulate the state economy.
We are going insane in the U.S. and the left is leading the way. Thank God I don’t live in California and can celebrate John Wayne every day.
Back in the 2000 debates, I recall then-Governor Bush taking a very cautious approach toward intervention and nation building:
If we don’t stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we’re going to have a serious problem coming down the road, and I’m going to prevent that.
Well then 9/11 happened and everything from the 2000 debates and speeches were thrown out the window.
Also, one had to see Saddam Hussein’s WMDs in a different context, as most Democrats reminded us when they enthusiastically voted for the Iraq War.
Yesterday, Mr. Trump delivered a good speech that should please a lot of voters who feel that the U.S. needs to look out for its interests rather than those of others.
I agree with the NY Post that voters will like it:
He started by identifying the key problems: Too few resources, with a weakened military and a weakened US economy. Allies who aren’t stepping up — in part because they no longer trust Washington to have their backs.
Enemies who don’t fear us, and rivals who don’t respect us.
Above all, “America no longer has a clear understanding of our foreign-policy goals.” And we haven’t since the end of the Cold War.
Mr. Trump will get good reviews but time will tell whether we will or not remember what he said.
On nation building, I agree that we shouldn’t intervene unless there is a national interest.
Well, I think that there was a national interest in Iraq and the “nation building” worked rather well until President Obama pulled the plug for political reasons.
As for NATO countries, it’s fair to say that many are not paying their way. My guess is that every president from Truman to GW Bush has told our NATO allies that they should do more. At the same time, having a military presence in Europe was in our national interest as a check to the USSR. It may not be anymore and Mr. Trump may be right in seeking a different direction.
Mr. Trump wants to destroy ISIS quickly and come home.
However, leading is more than dropping bombs and coming home.
We would have lost Korea and Germany if we had not done some nation building in the past.
We often have to stay around to make sure that our gains are preserved. We did in Korea and Europe. We didn’t in Vietnam and Iraq. The first two are success stories of “nation building” but the last two are not. It was not the nation building that failed but U.S. weakness.
Mr. Trump will remember, or be reminded of, what he said. It depends on what lies ahead and no one has a clue of what that will be.