Hillary for Iowa Photo
The pulse rises on reading Breitbart's rundown of the Central-Americanization of Virginia, but the pulse really rises on reading that Trump may be pro-amnesty! Even the Washington Post headline -- Reach of the Day -- pales a little, although it is pretty good:
"During Iowa campaigning, Clinton confronts enthusiasm gap."
The Enthusiasm Gap -- makes the Gender Gap look good.
Silly Iowans. What could be more stirring than listening to Hillary Clinton talk about, "yes, equal pay for equal work"? Or, her yet-to-be-announced "climate-change initiative"?
"I'm going to set some high national standards and I know we can meet them," she told Iowans.
Clinton called for harnessing the power of the sun to generate
enthusiasm for her campaign enough renewable energy to run every home in the country within the next decade.
But even Hillary Clinton's Enthusiasm Gap is not enough to compensate for Trump's pro-amnesty comment. Here's hoping he walks this one back -- and that his candidacy doesn't rise on sloganeering vapors only. Maybe the save-America-first, anti-amnesty candidate is Walker after all.
Bonus: Walker is already drawing comparisons to the late, great Joseph McCarthy. In a column headlined "Why Scott Walker is so dangerous," the WaPo's Lefty Milbank writes:
He is not as outrageous as Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but his technique of scapegoating unions for the nation’s ills is no less demagogic. Sixty-five years ago, another man from Wisconsin made himself a national reputation by frightening the country about the menace of communists, though the actual danger they represented was negligible.Scott Walker is not Joe McCarthy, but his technique is similar: He suggests that the nation’s ills can be cured by fighting labor unions (foremost among the “big government special interests” hurting the United States), even though unions represent just 11 percent of the U.S. workforce and have been at a low ebb.
"Scapegoating," "demagogic," "menace of communists" -- don't these people have thesauruses? Oh, I forgot; this story writes itself, and has for the past 65 years. Too bad for us (and US) that is devoid of facts and filled with propaganda. Too bad it deceives Americans who deserve and actually need to understand the extent to which the federal government (state governments, too, and other institutions) was corrupted and "occupied" by ideological Communists and Kremlin agents, many of whom were subsequently brought to public attention by McCarthy and his committee.
How many? How about fifty right off the top? There were hundreds more McCarthy didn't get to, couldn't get to before his ... (grave voice) Senate censure -- which, more posion-fog-mythology, rested on exactly one count out of the 46 original charges. (At the last minute, they tacked on a second charge.)
Today, even the limited and redacted releases from the US and Russian governments confirm that over 500 Soviet agents infiltrated the US government and related institutions -- and that's just the "known knowns." Expert estimates of as-yet uncracked Communist rings number as high as the thousands.
So, did all of these spies and agents of Marxist paradise just sit there like statues in the halls of power, representing Milbank's negilgible danger as they quietly read their copies of The Daily Worker under their desks?
As I researched American Betrayal, weaving the weirdly separate storyline of intelligence history into the history we "know" (politics, diplomacy, war, biography, etc.), it became evident that these covert Red ops did everything in their power to destroy our constitutional republic, and with stunning, still unacknowledged success. (We can start with something easy, such as the United Nations, guided into being by its first secretary general, Soviet agent Alger Hiss, or the international banking system, guided into being by the IMF's first US director, Soviet agent Harry Dexter White. Much more here.)
Joseph McCarthy is hated, reviled and fetish-objectified into perpetuity because he was so fearless and effective at bringing this massive, Mafia-like conspiracy to light -- something rather beyond the dead buzz phrases and Pavlovian cliche-prompts of the media-academic-political herd.