A Roaring Giant or Crying Baby?

by Victor David Hanson
Stanford University

Marshal Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto commanded the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II until he was killed in April 1943. Despite the dialogue from the 1970 WWII film "Tora! Tora! Tora!" Yamamoto probably did not say in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

But Yamamoto likely either wrote or said something similar: "I can run wild for six months ... after that, I have no expectation of success."

Yamamoto summed up a general feeling among the Japanese admirals that the huge industrial capacity of the U.S. -- which had been asleep during the Great Depression -- along with the righteous anger and frenzy of an aroused American democracy would ensure the destruction of the Japanese Empire in short order.

They were right.

In 1940, there were fewer than 500,000 service members in the U.S. military. At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, that number had grown to nearly 2.2 million. By 1945, more than 12 million Americans were in the armed services. It was an astonishing mobilization for a nation of fewer than 140 million people.

The U.S. started the war with seven fleet aircraft carriers and one escort carrier. By war's end, it was deploying 27 fleet and 72 escort carriers.

The U.S. Navy ended the war with a fleet eight times larger than it was at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The American armada would become larger in total tonnage than all the world's fleets in 1945 combined.

More incredible, by the end of 1944, the American gross domestic product exceeded the economic output of all the major belligerents on both sides of World War II put together: the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy and Germany.

As we struggle to defeat the coronavirus, an aroused America is talking grandly of restructuring the U.S. economy.

Politicians promise that major industries -- pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, rare earths, military technologies -- will return home to create millions of new jobs and better protect the population in times of crisis.

There are other vows to recalibrate our relationship with China to ensure that when the next successor to SARS and COVID-19 hits, American lives will not be jeopardized by the duplicity of the Chinese government. At the beginning of the outbreak, Beijing hid the origins, nature and transmissibility of the virus, then lied about its supposedly brilliant control of the epidemic.

The American public is already asking tough questions.

Does the U.S. really need almost 15,000 people flying in from China each day? At a time when American students owe $1.5 trillion in student loans, it is smart to have some 360,000 Chinese students enrolled in U.S. colleges? Is it safe to fund hundreds of labs on university campuses that conduct joint research with Chinese academics?

Does the United States really wish to curtail fracking, which has made it the largest producer of natural gas in the world and ensured that a quarantined America has plenty of fuel?

Is it prudent to release precious irrigation water out to the Pacific Ocean when California is the richest and most diverse producer of food in America?

Post-virus America can awake from this epidemic and economic shutdown in one of two different ways.

One, we can wake up as we did on December 8, 1941, to ensure that Americans control their own fundamentals of life -- food, fuel, medicine and strategic industries -- without dependency on illiberal regimes. The military can refocus our defenses against nuclear missiles, cyberwarfare and biological weapons. On the home front, diversity is fine, but in a national crisis as serious as this one, the unity that arises from confidence in shared American citizenship saves lives.

Our other choice is to keep bickering and suffering amnesia, remaining as vulnerable as we were in the past.

We can scapegoat and play the blame game. We can talk not of an America in crisis, but of the virus' effects on particular groups. We can decide that it is mean or even racist and xenophobic to hold the Chinese government accountable for its swath of viral destruction -- and so we will not.

We can ridicule the idea of Americans again making their own things and call it protectionism or economic chauvinism. We can conduct endless congressional inquiries about who said what and when about the virus, and perhaps reopen impeachment.

Or we can have bipartisan commissions decide how best to return key industries to the U.S., prepare for the next epidemic, and pay down the enormous debt we have incurred to defeat COVID-19.

In other words, the choice is ours whether America awakens as a roaring giant or a crying baby.

4 Simple Steps to Save the Planet --- And Destroy the Human Race

By Hayden Ludwig
The Heartland Institute

Population control is back in the news—and for Progressives, what’s old is new again.

In November, a group of 11,000 signatories calling itself the Alliance of World Scientists released a dire public letter urging the return of population pseudoscience by declaring “clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.

“The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected,” according to these experts, whose ranks are rife with psychologists, computer consultants, sociologists, and about 1,100 PhD students. “It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.” Left unchecked, global warming could “potentially [make] large areas of Earth uninhabitable.”

In other words, it’s a typical news day for the climageddon folks, who have ratcheted up the alarmism so much recently that Oxford dictionary made “climate emergency” its 2019 word of the year.

But don’t worry, they have the solution—and it only involves surrendering your car, your lifestyle, your dinner, and your children.

Big Green is a big business. With billions of dollars in research grants at stake it’s little wonder that liberal academics use ever-worsening scare tactics to justify their unscientific assertions. After all, in how many industries can you be called an “expert” after being wrong in every prediction for the last 40 years?

Hence the transparently ridiculous claim that the world has “just over a decade to get things under control” before climate change kills us all, hyperventilated by such luminaries as Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). These politicians aren’t scientists, nor are they even serious policymakers; yet their histrionics are tacitly endorsed by the supposed experts in climatology.

In any other field—like nuclear power—that would be considered unconscionable. Instead, we’re treated to a doubling down of far-left ideology disguised as an optimistic commitment to the welfare of future generations.

Supporters of the radical Green New Deal want a marshalling of the country’s resources akin to World War II to combat global warming. Activist Al Gore has also likened global warming to war: “It is [our] Thermopylae, Agincourt, Trafalgar, Lexington and Concord, Dunkirk, Pearl Harbor, the Battle of the Bulge, Midway and Sept. 11,” he wrote last year in the New York Times.

It’s an intriguing metaphor—save one obvious difference. Those were wars waged against other countries; the eco-Left wants to fight a war against ourselves. Why else would the 11,000 signatories to the latest doomsday letter bemoan “excessive consumption of the wealthy lifestyle”?

Profoundly troubling signs from human activities include sustained increases in both human and ruminant livestock populations, per capita meat production, world gross domestic product, global tree cover loss, fossil fuel consumption, the number of air passengers carried, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and per capita CO2 emissions since 2000 [emphasis added].

In short, there are too many people making too much money, flying and driving too often, and eating too many hamburgers. Unsurprisingly, this cabal has a list of demands posing as “solutions”:

First, dump all cheap and abundant energy—oil, natural gas, and coal—and replace it with unaffordable and unreliable renewables like wind and solar.

Second, get rid of the cattle—you should be eating a “sustainable diet” of vegan soy bratwurst and avocado toast, anyway.

Third, reduce income inequality. That’s right, billionaires are the leading cause of global warming—and you thought the climate had something to do with it!

Fourth, organize unprecedented global population controls to end growth entirely. Think I’m kidding? Never mind that it would take the kind of totalitarian world dictatorship the Soviets dreamed of—this has been the overt goal of environmental leftists since the 1960s.

There are a whole host of groups that want to just that, such as the appropriately named Zero Population Growth (now Population Connection), founded by arch-doomsayer Paul Ehrlich, who thought the world would end in mass starvation in the 1980s. The Atlantic even proposed “voluntary family planning” in 2014, the updated name for eugenics policies favored by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and other Progressives in the last century.

Or take it from left-wing evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, who tweeted fondly about eugenics in February:

It’s one thing to deplore eugenics on ideological, political, moral grounds. It’s quite another to conclude that it wouldn’t work in practice. Of course it would. It works for cows, horses, pigs, dogs & roses. Why on earth wouldn’t it work for humans? Facts ignore ideology.

It goes without saying that these extremists’ demands aren’t scientific. Why else use Sierra Club-style chants like “keep it in the ground” to propose serious public policies, or humor wingnuts like Ehrlich who supported adding sterilant to Americans’ drinking water to reduce population growth and pressuring “pregnant single women to marry or have abortions”?

There are real consequences to this unfounded and dangerous alarmism. Teenagers told all their lives that the end-of-days is nigh are now seeking therapy for nightmares and eating disorders emanating from their “eco-anxiety.”
Case-in-point: the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, whose parents have described her descent into “some kind of darkness” in which she “refused to speak to anyone but her parents and stopped eating to the point where her family considered admitting her to emergency care.”

The world would rightly condemn anything which afflicted this kind of mental disease on children; instead, the Left rewards it as “heroism.”

One day, when the fantasy of global warming has gone the way of global cooling, phrenology, and eugenics, future generations will shake their heads in disbelief that we once entertained such mass delusions—and wonder why we ever listened to pompous plutocrats in the first place.

Politics is Downstream of Culture

Excerpts from an editorial by Nick Searcy, actor, director and writer:

The most overused quote in 21st Century conservative columns and speeches has got to be this one, and the reason it is so overused is that we have not addressed it to this day. As the late great Andrew Breitbart famously said, “Politics is downstream of culture.”

We have let the Hollywood Left define the culture for at least the last 50 years. We had already conceded academia to the leftists, and as a result of their long march through the institutions, we have an army of socialist youth that rally to socialist superstars like Bernie Sanders and AOC because of their sheer ignorance of the death cult that is socialism. But now, we have been given an opening...

We ceded academia to the Left 70 or so years ago, and they have been running up the score in our school systems and universities ever since. You can see the consequences of that at any Bernie Sanders rally. We now have a vast number of historically ignorant and poisoned college students who want to vote for an unashamed Communist, and who think Chernobyl, if they even watched it, is about Trump...

Now add the fact that nearly every bit of mainstream entertainment they consume reinforces the same ideas — Republicans are racist, Christians are hypocrites, progressives are compassionate, policemen are corrupt, real socialism has never been tried, America is evil and imperialist, etc. — and you have a societal problem among our younger generation that is a hell of a lot worse than vaping...

So stop fooling yourselves, conservatives, that they give a damn whether you watch their shows or not. They don’t. They are no longer making shows for a mass audience comprised of both left and right, Democrat and Republican. There aren’t any more MASHes or Andy Griffiths. They are making shows to impress each other, to prove that they are in the Club. Their next job is not going to come because the audience liked their show. It’s going to come from impressing the person above them in the food chain...

At their insufferable awards shows, the winners use their speeches not to thank anyone or show the slightest bit of gratitude, but to go on and on about how morally superior they are to you awful people sitting out there in your little pink houses ruining the planet by eating Doritos and watching NASCAR. They are intentionally sending this message to other artists: if you ever want an award, you better get in the No Trump Club. And if you want to make a movie that conservatives might like, you are OUT...

The Left never wants to win fair and square in the marketplace of ideas because they know they can’t. The Left’s intention is always to keep their opposition off the field and march down it unopposed. They throw the word “fascism” around, and they couldn’t define it if their next bloated government program depended on it. They try to silence anyone who disagrees with them, whether on campus or onscreen. They are the fascists, and that is why they call us that...

See part 1 here.

See part 2 here.

See part 3 here.

Headlines: More of What the Media Gets Wrong

Biden and Whitmer ticket?

Former Vice President Joe Biden confirmed this week that he is considering Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to be his running mate if he is chosen as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.

I guess one incompetent deserves another.

Democrats Gear Up For All-Out Attack On Trump

Congressional Democrats are gearing up for another all–out assault on President Trump, this time even more absurd than the last.

Despite being in the midst of fighting a pandemic that is tearing through the nation, Democrats are more concerned with waging war on the president as he looks to guide the nation through this troubling time.

Democrats are reportedly in the early stages of putting together a “9/11-style commission” to investigate the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to an NBC News report, “informal discussions” have begun on the possibility of forming up an investigative committee, and that plans are still “very preliminary.”

Schumer re-writing history

Sen Shumer claims today on MSNBC that on Jan 26 it was he that declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national disaster. Good thing he did that on MSNBC, which has the lowest viewership of any news outlet and its audience is rather ignorant. Shumer at that time was focused on the impeachment and called Trumps ban on China travel as racist and xenophobic.

See: After attacking Trump's coronavirus-related China travel ban as xenophobic, Dems and media have changed tune

April 1

As in any crisis, it's easy to pick out the winners, the losers, the heros and those that seem to be against what all of us are trying to do: get through this in the best way possible with the best outcomes. 

I've come to learn -- or have reaffirmed -- that the left-wing and the Democratic Party in this country, supported by many in the media, have been not only abusive, but outright assholes and liars. Some names come to mind: Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Chuck Todd, as well as others. 

Dems are Saying Trump Didn’t Act On the Virus Soon Enough, So Here’s a Supercut of How Serious They Were Taking It Themselves

The Democrats are clearly trying to rewrite history here. For example, while Pelosi was handing out impeachment pens, Trump was meeting with CDC and other officials to come up with a plan. Even as late as Feb. 24, Pelosi was urging people to visit China town. There are too many examples of this, but I'm sure they are depending on the ignorance of the average voter.

Still others claiming that President Donald Trump or Fox News is somehow responsible for “downplaying it.”

But what was Trump doing in January? He was activating the CDC, forming a task force, cutting travel with China and declaring a public health emergency.

What were Democrats doing? They were trying to impeach Trump and calling cutting travel racist or xenophobia.

So if we accept the Democrats/media new rewrite then what can we have to say that people like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in NYC and New Orleans who urged people to go out to events and mingle with people? Pelosi, touring San Francisco's Chinatown on Feb. 24: "We do want to say to people, come to Chinatown, here we are ... come join us."

March 31

Joe Biden Makes a Pathetic Attempt to Achieve Relevance and Claims Credit for the Wuhan Virus Response

With his campaign stagnating and reduced to ‘live,’ nearly embalmed would be a better description, statements on Facebook where he loses his place and falls asleep, Biden has been further shunted to the side by the Wuhan virus crisis. Now, in an attempt to show President Trump how ‘it’s really done,’ Biden has attempted to interject himself into the management of that travesty.

CNN Called Trump a Liar a Month Ago, Now They Admit He Was Right 

If you’ll recall, about a month ago, the liberal news network was trashing the President for suggesting that the death rates for Wuhan virus in the U.S. would be lower than some of the results we were seeing from other places. At the time, the rate was 3.4% globally, a number anyone with the ability to critically think should have been questioning.

Well, CNN is changing its tune, as they are now reporting the death rate will be under 1% via a new study.

BLACKOUT: TV News is Silent on New Biden Sex Abuse Allegations

It’s been nearly a week since a former Joe Biden staffer leveled disturbing accusations of sexual misconduct against the Democratic presidential frontrunner, and yet ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN haven’t said a single word...

Party’s over, Florida. Advisers see trouble looming in state’s economy

A recession could be coming for the Sunshine State, says a Wells Fargo Securities analyst. This is why I don't use a financial adviser. They are usually a day short.

I'll leave it at that. And to make matters worse. the climate change alarmists are starting to get involved. Climate change and the virus. 

Interesting times.

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