A Storm is Coming

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Christopher Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal quotes Michael Moore who truly seems to understand the angry wave that Trump is riding:


Broken, morbidly-obese, planet-sized clocks are right twice a day.  Mike Moore on Trump:

“Whether Trump means it or not is kind of irrelevant because he’s saying the things to people who are hurting. And it’s why every beaten-down, nameless, forgotten working stiff who used to be part of what was called the middle class loves Trump,” Moore told an audience in an Ohio theater during the one-man show that served as the basis for Michael Moore in TrumpLand.

“He is the human Molotov cocktail that they’ve been waiting for,” Moore added. “The human hand grenade that they can legally throw into the system that stole their lives from them.”

“So on November 8th, the dispossessed will walk into the voting booth, be handed a ballot, close the curtain and take that lever, or felt pen, or touch screen and put a big f___ing X in the box by the name of the man who has threatened to upend and overturn the very system that has ruined their lives: Donald J. Trump.

“They see that the elites, who ruined their lives, hate Trump. Corporate America hates Trump. Wall Street hates Trump. The career politicians hate Trump. The media hate Trump, after they loved him and created him and now hate him. Thank you, media. The enemy of my enemy is who I’m voting for on November 8th.

“Trump’s election is going to be the biggest ‘F___ you’ ever recorded in human history,” Moore adds. “And it will feel good.”

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  1. Wow. Settle down Michael!. Talk about Hate speech! He wants to be incendiary, a fire bomber but it is over the top. I hope people would just turn away from his ranting.
    I think he is way wrong. He should give the American people more credit.

  2. It is overstated Anzlyne, hence my choice of video to accompany it. However, the anger is real enough. The mismanagement of this country is also real, and the exploding Obamacare rates are only one small sign of that mismanagement. Clinton promises more of the same, and Trump promises a new path.

  3. Michael Moore is right. Working folks have been largely screwed by the globalist system managed by the government and the forces of profit and competition that drive big business. Both the government and big business secure their power via monopolistic and totalitarian policies. We are now in the process of establishing a world wide wage equilibrium which means higher wage countries will see their wages decline unless there can be an increase in productivity and a sharing of profits. While Trump is right about the problem and it’s effects it is doubtful he will be able to do much about it if elected. Socialism will continue to march forward until it collapses due to overspending and lack of motivation to improve productivity. For example, at the present time big business and the government are inflating stock prices with borrowed cheap money instead of investing in their businesses or raising wages. This helps the rich get richer and gives the government bragging rights that the economy is improving. What we have is a government sanctioned Ponzi scheme. Utterly corrupt.

  4. A snake in the grass…no more is Moore than that.
    He is trying to 1.) Sell his film first.
    2.) Sneaky Pete his choice Hillary into the minds of the disenfranchised, once known as middle class.

    The interview on the View is telling.
    “I’m showing a side of Hillary that isn’t being shown to the American people.” MM.

    Michael Moore is an elitist!
    The worse kind. He will try his best to pretend he loves Flint and the forgotten auto worker, while he helps to destroy the employment base. If we continue to tax the hell out of large corporations and demonize then, then what’s the incentive to stay stateside in their operations?

    Bowling for Hygiene is a snake.

  5. “Trump promises a new path.” For most, Trump simply represents someone who will actually stand up to the establishment and will get something done. Sadly, that is a new path. Among other things, Trump is a consequence of failed Republican “leadership”.

  6. Donald R McClarey wrote, “Clinton promises more of the same, and Trump promises a new path.”
    Whenever I hear of a “new path” or “hope and change,” or the like, I cannot help recalling John Stuart Mill on the rȏle of the bureaucracy. Mill was an arch-liberal, but he had also spent 35 years as a senior administrator in the East India Company, when it was, effectively, the government of India.

    “[N]ot only is the outside public ill-qualified, for want of practical experience, to criticise or check the mode of operation of the bureaucracy, but even if the accidents of despotic or the natural working of popular institutions occasionally raise to the summit a ruler or rulers of reforming inclinations, no reform can be effected which is contrary to the interest of the bureaucracy. Such is the melancholy condition of the Russian empire, as is shown in the accounts of those who have had sufficient opportunity of observation. The Tsar himself is powerless against the bureaucratic body; he can send any one of them to Siberia, but he cannot govern without them, or against their will. On every decree of his they have a tacit veto, by merely refraining from carrying it into effect. In countries of more advanced civilisation and of a more insurrectionary spirit, the public, accustomed to expect everything to be done for them by the State, or at least to do nothing for themselves without asking from the State not only leave to do it, but even how it is to be done, naturally hold the State responsible for all evil which befalls them, and when the evil exceeds their amount of patience, they rise against the government and make what is called a revolution; whereupon somebody else, with or without legitimate authority from the nation, vaults into the seat, issues his orders to the bureaucracy, and everything goes on much as it did before; the bureaucracy being unchanged, and nobody else being capable of taking their place.”

  7. They are convinced that Trump is a racist and sex predator, but millions of Hillary-worshiping imbeciles and establishment GOP traitors are (I’d say “willfully” if they weren’t idiots) unaware of Hillary’s corruption and incompetence and do not “hold the State responsible for all evil which befalls them.”
    It’s obscene. Hillary and her criminal cabal lie and the malicious media and asinine actors/entertainers swear to it.
    So far, Crooked Hillary (should be in Leavenworth) has spent $1 billion slandering Trump and $0 on her accomplishments and qualifications . . . because she has none.
    A Hillary regime (God forbid) would be a disaster. Trump cannot be worse than corrupt, incompetent Hillary.
    What would we do without central planners?
    Here’s the scoop from Ross Douthat.
    Dangers of Hillary presidency, Ross Douthat, “They’re the dangers of elite groupthink, of Beltway power worship, of a cult of presidential action in the service of dubious ideals. They’re the dangers of a recklessness and radicalism that doesn’t recognize itself as either, because it’s convinced that if an idea is mainstream and commonplace among the great and good then it cannot possibly be folly.” This mindset is responsible for the wars and crises of the past 15 years.

    “This record of elite folly — which doesn’t even include lesser case studies like our splendid little war in Libya — is a big part of why the United States has a “let’s try crazy” candidate in this election, and why there are so many Trumpian parties thriving on European soil.”
    Trump is our only hope to stop Hillary; to end the incompetence and corruption, to slow the decline and fall of the American Republic which will accelerate under Hillary.

  8. I don’t see a storm. It seems like another episode in a process of putrefaction which has been ongoing since the adults left the room around about 1960. If you consider how rapidly the country managed demoblization after the 2d World War (which incorporated a massive spending reduction and a balanced budget within a couple of fiscal years) or recall how durable was the Glass-Steagall regime (enacted in haste in 1933) or recall that the original Social Security Act was about 35 pages long, the horrendous performance of Congress in recent decades is maddening and embarrassing at the same time. If you recall that Sherman Adams was shuffled out of office for accepting some gifts from a character who had some interests at stake or that Randolph Thrower told the Nixon minions there wouldn’t be any audits of the political opposition, the latter-day conduct of the press, the tax collectors, and federal prosecutors is just disgusting.

  9. Strange times. Michael Moore is adored. Yet Erick Erickson is considered a blowhard for a tweet that tweaks political correctness.
    Michael Moore’s profanity laden speech is poppycock. It’s self-promotion. It’s an attempt to profit on other people’s trials and miseries. It’s an attempt at a career reboot. And “never been more conservative” Republicans are falling for it.
    He credits Trump for standing up to a Ford executive. (“Look! It’s Roger & Me!”) When it happened, Trumpers said Ford’s plan pause was the Trump Effect. Ford would abandon its move they claimed. I called such theory absolute rubbish. And it was as Ford is moving passenger car manufacturing to Mexico after all.
    What Moore and anti-free marketers fail to ask is “Why did Ford move manufacturing to Mexico?” Passengers cars have the lowest profit margins in the vehicle portfolio. So Ford had no choice but to move manufacturing these vehicles to Mexico after the UAW negotiated fat raises for their members. Ford can’t build these cars profitably in America. Not because of government, though it is an influencing factor. Not because of Japan or Germany. But because the UAW made it financially difficult to do so.
    Moore’s speech, while attention grabbing, is nothing new. If I had to guess, I think he ripped off Cracked who proposed the Why is Trump Popular theory first.
    To those ignored, suffering people, Donald Trump is a brick chucked through the window of the elites. Sound familiar?
    [language warning] http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-about/
    Look. I know Moore has to pay some bills, e.g. the divorce, the large luxury home. But it makes his message about average people’s plight as sincere as Sanders tweeting from his new $575,000 “vacation” home about income inequality.
    It’s time for a little Milton Friedman debating Trump on this issue…

  10. Erick Erickson is considered a blowhard for a tweet that tweaks political correctness.

    Erick Erickson is an opinion journalist. Generally not the most edifying crew, and less so now as the economy of opinion journalism has collapsed in recent years.

  11. @Art, I was referencing a previous comment by Donald. Curious what you mean by opinion journalism collapsing? In audience or profit? You have some stats?

  12. “Strange times. Michael Moore is adored. Yet Erick Erickson is considered a blowhard for a tweet that tweaks political correctness.”

    No adoration of Mr. Moore who is a fatuous blowhard like Mr. Erickson, who last December made up a story about his mother not serving Asian cuisine on Pearl Harbor day, and who, when his mother denied this fantasy, claimed that age must have affected his mother’s memory. However, even fatuous blowhards are occasionally right, and Moore has been warning his leftist colleagues about the power of Trump’s movement for some time:


  13. @Art, I was referencing a previous comment by Donald. Curious what you mean by opinion journalism collapsing? In audience or profit? You have some stats?

    With the exception of New York Review of Books, The New Yorker. and perhaps The Atlantic, quality magazine journalism has been a part of the philanthropic sector for some time. Once upon a time, Harper’s and Saturday Review were commercially viable, but that ceased to be the case around about 1975. National Review has never made money and neither has The New Republic, The deficits of The New Republic were financed for decades from the proceeds of Martin Peretz investments in broadcast licenses and hedge funds and from the private income of his wife, who was heir to the family which founded Singer, the sewing machine manufacturer. Mrs. Peretz admitted that the magazine was costing them $3 million a year before she pulled the plug.

    What’s happened in the last 20 years is that the efflorescence of online text has hammered the circulation of print publications of all sorts. However, you just cannot monetize electronic delivery very effectively. The revenue stream to pay reporters and commentators has been drying up and people with other options haven’t been entering the field. You can see this at National Review, which hasn’t propagated the work of one interesting debut contributor in about 15 years. The last wave of recruits worth reading hit the town around 2000, and about half of them have salaried employment in other venues (e.g. Stanley Kurtz, Victor Davis Hanson). Among the youngest worth reading now and again is Jonah Goldberg, who is 47 years old. Commentary is a collecting pool of geriatrics. The American Spectator began life in1967 as a student publication at Indiana University. The current editor is about 70. As we speak, Thomas Sowell is one of the few contributors to National Review worth reading (as Dr. Kurtz, Dr. Hanson, and Dr. Owens are no longer offering much copy). Dr. Sowell is 86. As for newspaper columnists, the most capable 30 years ago are still the most capable today if they haven’t died in the interim.

    Look at some of the characters Richard Lowry has hired in the last 15 years. Workmanlike but dull (Ramesh Ponnuru) are some. ‘Pathetic’ would describe others (Robert ver Bruggen, Daniel Foster). The managing editor for a dozen years or more is a man named Steorts who is despised by the magazine’s most vociferous readers. He offers an online commentary and they savage him (and with some justice). You can see this in and among Christian publications as well. Crisis is a shell of what it once was (and harbors some dubious characters on its staff) and First Things is now a pointless and soporific extension of the theological academy.

  14. @Donald,
    Erick Erickson story. Nothing burger started by a dead liberal site and embraced by liberals everywhere.
    Reminds me of the time when liberals went crazy over Reagan’s comments about outlawing Russia and launching the missiles in 5 minutes. Reagan the fatuous blowhard?
    Now sites I read are fawning over Moore and echoing liberal exaggerations about conservatives. Sigh.
    Your Moore interview has reasons for a Trump candidacy different than what he says today. (I guess changing the messaging for each new movie is a marketing strategy.) It was more of a back handed reasoning. “They’re all racists and crazy! They’re just not enough of them to win the presidency.”
    When Michael Moore says in the intro of this speech “I decided to write this,” I believe he means he sat down and figured out how to steal Cracked’s article.

  15. @Art,
    Thanks for the reply. All the companies you reference are rooted in “old media.” The opinion landscape is changing, not dying. Name associated with old media face more competition, i.e. smaller, nimbler enterprises. Commentary is no longer reserved to the few. It’s open to the masses. The market is less centralized and more distributed.
    Entrepreneurs can put together a web site and YouTube channel with little cost or time. Some start entire networks, e.g Beck and Levin. While some have fallen, many have risen. I know I have adjusted my bookmarks to these changes. For those that don’t fit that model, they go into syndication.

  16. “Nothing burger started by a dead liberal site and embraced by liberals everywhere.”

    Nothing burger nothing. He made up a fantasy about his Mom and when she wouldn’t back him up implied that she was senile. Fatuous blowhard is too mild a way to describe Erickson.

  17. Thanks for the reply. All the companies you reference are rooted in “old media.” The opinion landscape is changing, not dying. Name associated with old media face more competition, i.e. smaller, nimbler enterprises. Commentary is no longer reserved to the few. It’s open to the masses. The market is less centralized and more distributed.

    I was a regular viewer of Townhall when it went up. What I discovered was that the screening the newspaper business had employed reduced the quantum of satisfactory topical commentary very little. There were some people on the margins who could be picked up by new media. Mostly what you got when you democratised communications was a great glob of mediocre commentary. There is quite a mass of people who can produce occasional journalism. Producing regular columns of satisfactory quality is a rare talent and its a talent honed by working on deadline. See the work of M.S. Adams. He’s quite amusing. About 3x a year.

    Consider, for a moment Glenn Reynolds. He’s the cream of the new media. It’s side work for him, and much of it is contracted out now to associates who have learned his formula. Reynolds success was in finding a format which transcended and did not compete with a 750 word column. Consider our host. He does not offer 750 word columns. He offers brief commentary and pointers. He’s by far the most prolific of the TAC contributors, some of whom haven’t offered an apercu in years. He’s in a verbalizing occupation as well. Producing verbiage he does every day. Most people don’t have that kind of work. I myself made attempt at blogging years ago, then discovered I had only reactions to other people’s words. I have nothing to say myself, as you might expect of a spreadsheet jockey.

  18. Saying your mother does not remember

    From at least 1978 to ?, Mrs. Erickson refuses to serve certain cuisine on 7 December but now cannot remember having this rule in her house. It sounds like it was some inconsquential throwaway remark she made once. How often do you have Teryaki lamb and sake anyway?

  19. I think it more likely Art that Erickson is a fabulist to put it politely. I doubt if dietary rage at Pearl Harbor was raging at his house when he was growing up in the seventies and the eighties. His remark about his Mom’s age, rather than admitting that he simply made it up, is beneath contempt.

  20. How often do you have Teryaki lamb and sake anyway?
    More than you think given where he was living.

    The occasion he described happened once because Chinese food Wednesday was Pearl Harbor day. (China didn’t bomb Pearl Harbor. Linked article explains.) As Erick explained, it was a single event 27/28 years ago. He mentioned her mom’s age to denote she has many years of experiences. Her cup of memories is full. Missing this one event 27 years ago is understandable. (I don’t remember certain events 5, 10, or 15 years ago. Doesn’t make me senile.) The fact some interpret or twist his words to say his mom is senile is well… beneath contempt.

  21. What a pathetic liar Erickson is. His tweet said that his parents never allowed him to have Asian food on Pearl Harbor Day. In his explanation he goes on to make his parents look like idiots since they included Chinese food in this prohibition. Too bad his mother could not recall any of this, and too bad for him that someone checked out this libel on his parents. Idiots like Erickson are God’s gift to liberals.

  22. He mentioned her mom’s age to denote she has many years of experiences. Her cup of memories is full.

    Yeah, but as you grow decrepit, your memory works like a certain antiquated inventory accounting method: Last In, First Out. A dear friend of ours descended into dementia in 2004, 2005 and 2006. We visited her at the memory care unit where her son had placed her. We’re not sure she recognized us. She was reminiscing quite coherently about where her family had lived in Rochester in 1937. She couldn;t remember something she’d said to us five minutes earlier. She had no secure memory of whether her husband was dead or alive. (He died in 2005). Sometimes she spoke of him as living and sometimes as deceased. I myself have quite clear memories of events prior to age 40, sequenced and dated. After that its all a jumble. I couldn’t quite tell you the year this woman died. I think it may have been 2010. Or was it 2012? It’s the same with recalling co-workers or visits to relatives. My mother’s last illness lasted a couple of months. I couldn’t give you more than a vague precis of the sequence of events, of who was in from out of town and who was not and when. I might be able to tell you that in regard to my father, who pre-deceased her by more than 30 years.

  23. Because a tweet did not tell the full story makes him a liar? He did write the article to fully explain the background. Did you not know the Chinese food part of the story? He did say Asian food for a reason.
    The story doesn’t make his parents look idiotic. It’s just a humorous, harmless anecdote. Maybe her mom does remember now. She just didn’t know when someone came out of nowhere asking her about something 27 years ago.
    Erick is of a different faith tradition. I have not seen nor heard any reason to believe he is a dishonest person. If he messes up, he’ll admit it. He’s done so before.

  24. His mother’s not that old (b. 1942).

    The news media is supposedly short-staffed due to the implosion in add revenue, but they had a man on hand to fact-check an opinion journalist’s Tweets (see Sarah Palin’s e-mails). It’s Gawker. I last recall being conscious of Gawker when they were retailing a dubious story that the CFO of Conde Nast had had assignations with a hustler (relying on the hustler’s word – a demonstrably dubious character apart from his gay gigolo business). Given that the CFO in question had been married for a double-digit span of years and had several children, you’d think they’d be somewhat inhibited about believing this or publishing it. This guy was not and is not an attention seeking celebrity with a paid publicist. He’s a finance maven. I rather sympathize with Erickson in that case.

  25. The story doesn’t make his parents look idiotic. I

    Refusing to eat Lachoy on 7 December because the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (4 years after the Rape of Nanking) does make them look cartoonish.

  26. I have been clobbered by a stomach virus for the past day and have not looked at any news.

    Rage at the elites is palpable. I have some of it. My employer has cut Good Friday as a holiday, lenghtened the workday, taken vacation days away for the longest tenured employees and will cease contributing to the pension plan and postretirement health benefits. New hires get none of those to start with. Coal miners have been thrown out of work. Consol Energy has sold off almost all of their coal mines and has cut pensions and postretirement benefits to retirees. Gas drilling has slowed down because stupid New York State will not allow a pipeline to connect Marcellus Shale gas to New England.

    Jebby wanted to be President. He wanted amnesty. How did that work for him?

    The Clintons have been a corrupt cancer on American politics since their days in Little Rock and the media does not care what they do. Nothing Donald Trump has said or done compares to the crimes of the Clintons. These are a few reasons so many people are supporting Trump.

  27. If you characterize a one-off event as a regular practice, you’re being misleading.
    Not really regular. Erick wrote: “That random blanket prohibition…” I think it’s something akin to some people who say “I’ll never buy a German car!” Whether his parents were serious about the prohibition or they just felt the origin of cuisine didn’t fit the day, I don’t know. I certainly don’t know enough about his family to call him a liar and label him names.

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