John Seiler

John Seiler

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Virginia: California on the Atlantic (FREE)

The NeverTrumpers over at National Review blame Ed Gillespie’s defeat for governor of Virginia on – this is a surprise! – Donald Trump: “If the American electorate continues to have a low opinion of the president, then Republicans should calculate that drag into their electoral expectations.” Actually, Gillespie, an establishment Bush Republican, only scored as well as he did, losing 54% to 45%, after closing his campaign with Trumpian themes. But even totally embracing Trump and campaigning like him likely would not have won it for Gillespie, as a year earlier Trump himself lost the state, 50% to 44%. The...

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Guns ’n’ Liberals

How do liberals expect to grab our guns? That’s one thing they never explain when, after an incident like the shooting at the Texas church, they start calling for gun control. They’ll advance things like Dianne Feinstein’s 1994-2004 ban on “assault weapons” – which aren’t a real category, just a cosmetic description of mean-looking rifles. Her ban didn’t work anyway. Or they’ll call for a ban on gun sales at gun shows. Or registering all weapons. But the only thing that really would have an effect is something the gun controllers really want, but almost never mention: full confiscation. Liberals...

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Why Not Repeat Reagan’s Tax Cuts? (FREE)

Why doesn’t the Trump Administration just repeat Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts? The Gipper proposed a 33% tax cut on practically all taxes. He negotiated with Tip O’Neill, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, and settled for 29%. The top rate dropped to 50% from 70% of income, with lower incomes given similar cuts. Reagan made one mistake: Most of the tax cuts were delayed until 1983, supposedly to grab more from taxpayers for a year to “pay” for the tax cuts. But all that did was delay economic investment for a year, as companies and persons waited...

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End of the McCain Doctrine

Call it the McCain Doctrine. It’s the foreign policy the U.S. government pursued from the 1999 attack on Serbia to pry away Kosovo, until President Trump’s 2017 occupation of the oval office. Through three presidents – Clinton, Bush II and Obama – the McCain Doctrine has meant constant, pointless intervention around the world. In 1999, McCain was the major force in Congress behind the attack on Serbia, which killed 5,000 Christian Serbs to put the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army in charge. The KLA then drove most Serbs out of their ancient homeland in Kosovo, blowing up their churches, and turning...

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Leftist Delusions About Trump

One of the delights of the Trump presidency is seeing how he flummoxes the Left. Even less than usual, they have no idea what’s really going on. Most of them live in the D.C.-NYC Bubble and are clueless about the rest of America. A good example is the Washington Post, in particular writer Greg Sargent in his article titled, “Trump is failing, and the White House is covering it up with lies.” Except all he cites as “failure” is Trump not meeting some campaign promises 100%, in particular repealing Obamacare. But what about the actual policies and the real state...

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Leftists Are Delusional About Gun Control

Whenever one of these mass shootings hits, Leftists unanimously begin spluttering about grabbing our guns. But notice they never say how they would do it. The New York Times has run several such articles, including “news” stories and editorials, every day since the killings. Typical was Nicholas Kristof, who fired off his op-ed while the blood still was coagulating on the ground in Vegas: “Preventing Mass Shootings Like the Vegas Strip Attack.” Among his eight planks: “7. Require safe storage, to reduce theft, suicide and accidents by children.” But how could that possibly have prevented the Las Vegas massacre? And...

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Sports Break: The Internet, Not Politics, Is Sacking the NFL

President Trump caused a ruckus again, this time by telling people at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who knelt for the National Anthem. If sports fans leave stadiums when this happens, he said, “I guarantee things will stop.” Then he called for fans to boycott the game. That caused even more players to kneel. Meanwhile, attendance and TV ratings have been dropping faster than the players’ knees. The kneeling protests are against police maltreatment of blacks – some of it real, some, such as the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, exonerated even by President...

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Thinking the Unthinkable About Nuking North Korea (Free to All Subscribers)

Nuke North Korea? That’s what’s demanded by Ralph Peters in the New York Post in his article, “The moral answer to North Korea threats: Take them out!” His “morality”: “Better a million dead North Koreans than a thousand dead Americans.” He even insists, “We cannot allow moral relativism to butcher Americans,” although if anybody is a “relativist,” it’s him. He writes, “The fundamental reason our government exists is to protect our people and our territory. Everything else is a grace note. And the words we never should hear in regard to North Korea’s nuclear threats are ‘We should’ve done something.’”...

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McCain vs. Trump (Free to Everyone)

  There have been two times when I though a presidential nominee by one of the two major parties was so hawkish America could be pushed into a war of annihilation with Russia. One was last fall with Hillary Clinton, who by all accounts was the most hawkish member of the Obama administration, plumping hard for the Afghan “surge,” the 2011 attack on Libya that destroyed that country and sent millions of refugees streaming into Europe, the destabilization of Syria, etc. The other was in 2008 with John McCain, a man obsessed with pushing wars almost everywhere, in particular in...

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What’s the Good and the Bad of Trump in Afghanistan and Venezuela?

The past week saw President Trump step even farther away from his campaign pledge of America First, of getting involved less in foreign quarrels. But how far? His actions took off the front page the bad press he keeps getting from his response to the death and disaster of the Charlottesville protest. Probably anything he said would have been blasted by the fake-news media. The New York Times’ op-ed page has been even more apoplectic than usual. In Venezuela, Trump’s sanctions make no sense at all. The White House Reads blog for Aug. 25 began with this: “The Miami Herald reports the...