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Jan 14, 201609:29 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Obama’s State of the Union speech introduced his successors: Ryan and Haley

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America is no better than …

So the speech was strong but it was also wrong, especially in its moral equivalence. The current incumbent needed to tell America all is well if he wants to become only the second president in 68 years to bequeath the job to someone of his own party. He might, therefore, remind Hillary, Bernie, and That Other Guy (I borrowed that) to quit running against the status quo.

Obama is correct that ISIS and al Qaeda pose no existential threat to the U.S. True that 9/11 never threatened the end of America, in contrast to Pearl Harbor. But the very random nature of radical Islamic terrorism (we can say it here at the Stately Manor) undermines personal security and national comity on the cheap.

So Donald Trump is at fault for demonizing Muslims, not Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, or Paris, or the refugees in Germany on New Year’s Eve.

You will recall that San Bernardino was all about workplace violence before it became a gun control issue. (Surprise of the night: Only once did Obama mention guns, and only as a dot point in a quick laundry list.)

In the wake of over 500 complaints of sexual assault in three German cities, Brett Stephens in the Wall Street Journal takes dead aim at the moral equivalency of the politically correct.

“In the spirit of Christian charity,” German’s Angela Merkel “has imported Muslim misogyny,” he writes.

Among the hard lessons of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, surely one of them is that it’s foolish to expect that backward and often barbaric societies can be transformed into functioning liberal democracies. So why do liberals seem so surprised that so many people from these societies behave in barbaric ways after they’ve shoved their way into the West?

The World Economic Forum ranks the status of women in 142 countries; Muslim-majority countries populate the bottom of the list.

“There is a pronounced tendency among Middle Eastern men to view women either as chattel or as whores,” Stephens continues. “This is not a pleasant reality to acknowledge, but it’s an even more dangerous thing to ignore. So, why is it ignored?”

Multiculturalism is a liberal fetish … a simultaneous belief in individual autonomy and cultural equality, irrespective of whether different cultures believe in individual rights or not. Typically, liberals have elided this incoherence by pretending, as President Obama often does, that Western cultures are no better than non-Western cultures.

Fifteen years in …

Trump’s deconstruction of proto-feminist Hillary Clinton as enabler of her husband’s serial predations may be taking hold. The Quinnipiac poll has Sanders up 49% to 44% in Iowa; Monmouth has Feel the Bern up 53% to 39% in New Hampshire.

Here is what a New York Times columnist had to say about Hillary Clinton:

The Clintons may or may not be led away in handcuffs someday. But whatever happens with the criminal investigations, it’s time for the Democratic Party to wise up. … You can’t lead a nation if you are ashamed of the leadership of your party. The Clintons are a terminally unethical and vulgar couple, and they’ve betrayed everyone who has ever believed in them.

As neither Clinton has the grace to retire from the scene, the Democrats have no choice but to turn their backs on them. It won’t be easy, but the Democrats need to try. If they succeed they’ll deserve the compliment Bill Clinton offered Gennifer Flowers after she lied under oath: “Good for you.”        

That was Bob Herbert on Feb. 26, 2001.

The State of the Union showcased Obama’s and Biden’s successors: Paul Ryan and Nikki Haley.

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Jan 14, 2016 09:41 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

blaska,

and your an expert, how?

Jan 14, 2016 11:07 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

"My biggest regret is the rancor in our political conversation. I blame the Republicans."

The only thing I'll miss about President Obama is this kind of inadvertent comedy.

60% of the country say the USA is on the wrong track and rightfully see our emperor is naked. Some 20 % say, "Lovely suit, your worship."

Jan 14, 2016 12:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Your Tea Party friends, but not you? Kudos for not referring to the president as the "current occupant" this time.

Jan 14, 2016 12:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

By comparing Trump to your beloved Ronald Reagan, you're inching closer by the minute to a full-throated endorsement. Good luck with that one.

Jan 14, 2016 12:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

A few days after the mass sexual assaults in Cologne and other German cities, a Syrian refugee was interviewed on CNN. He claimed that many of the young men he knew who took advantage of Europe's open door policy on immigration had the attitude that since European women were notoriously "loose," it would be easy to get a "white, preferably blonde girlfriend." When that didn't happen, they took matters into their own hands during New Year's Eve celebrations, confident that their refugee status would shield them from legal retaliation. Now there's a real concern that Merkel's party will be defeated in the next round of elections as well as a well as an anti-immigrant backlash in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, where citizens are finally recognizing the suicidal folly of opening their borders to people whose attitudes and values are antithetical to those of Western democracies.

Not so long ago, immigrants to the US were eager to assimilate--and absolutely determined that their children do so. But those immigrants at least shared some common ground with their new country. Immigrants from Muslim countries share NO common ground with American democracy and in many cases are hostile to it. They're here strictly for economic reasons (or like the hoards of young men from Syria, to avoid military service). It's time to recognize this unpleasant truth--yes, I'm looking at you, liberals. Your Sesame Street view of the world would be amusing if it weren't so dangerous. How is welcoming Middle Eastern refugees with open arms any less radical than Trump's call to ban them altogether?

Jan 14, 2016 02:22 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

Hey kids! Tune your crystal sets to Wisconsin Public Radio Friday, Jan. 15, from 8 to 9 a.m. (A date that will live ... in INFAMY!) That's when Your Humble Squire takes on Bill Lueders of The Progressive Magazine. Let the bodies hit the floor!

Jan 14, 2016 02:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The longer Trump leads the polls the better chance we have of electing another Clinton. If that is the choice presented I'll hold my nose and vote D.

Jan 14, 2016 03:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This comes from a guy who had Walker in first place as the next President. LOL. Sorry bro... you have no cred!


Hey Dave - Care to comments on that? Didn't think so. That would take integrity and honesty. Oh wait.....I am sure you have some really great explanation cough cough, I mean excuse.

Jan 14, 2016 03:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You seem to find the worst in everything. Unfortunate.

Jan 14, 2016 03:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Delusional as ever, Blaska. The unfortunate truth is Republicans and the GoP will never allow themselves to admit this country is 1000 times better off after President Obama's two terms then it was after President Bush II's two terms. This administration has done us all a great service.

On a side note, Paul Ryan is the pinnacle of what is wrong with the Republican party. Keep on believing he will be your savior.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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