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Happy Independence Day my fellow Americans.

Now, one with the jokes…

OK, now I'm really worried.

The Fed Chair just announced that the economy "has gone all Amber Heard."


2016: Didn't jog.

2017: Didn’t jog.

2018: Didn’t jog.

2019: Didn’t jog.

2020: Didn’t jog.

2021: Didn’t jog.

2022: Still haven’t jogged.

This is a running joke.


As part of an overall effort to better align military capabilities with European allies, the United States today announced that the Pentagon will direct PTSD-affected military personnel, both current and future, to move away from the current U.S.-standard 1000-yard stare and instead adopt the NATO 1000-meter stare for troops that have seen a lot of shit.

“Our nation has always taken the physical and psychological trauma experienced by our troops very seriously,” said Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby. “That’s evidenced in the way Congress has worked speedily over the past 10 years to pass legislation to care for troops exposed to burn pits and toxic environments. Similarly, this action shows just how seriously we want to care for troops with PTSD.”

The current 1000-yard stare has been in use for as long as there’s been an American military, and traditionalists have voiced skepticism that American mental trauma can’t be shoehorned into a European model. However, Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth disagrees.

“By standardizing the vacant, unfocused distance that troops scarred by the horrors of war peer into with that of our NATO allies, we can better treat the afflicted with more efficient economies of scale,” said Wormuth. “Plus, the 1000-meters gives the tormented soul an additional 280 feet with which to relive the soul-crushing sights that torture them nonstop.”

Officials and medical staff with the Veterans Affairs Department, while largely supportive of the change, worried that the technical aspects of changing the diagnosis from “yards” to “meters” may crash the computers used to run VA hospitals.
“I simply mentioned this in a VA e-mail, and the system somehow lost the medical claims appeals of a couple dozen folks,” said one VA hospital administrator. “I hope they weren’t for anything important.”

Those currently using the 1000-yard stare will have a 12-month period to transition to the new standard. Those unable to adjust to the longer distance will be considered “recovered” and discharged from treatment.


Of all the letters which has the most hemoglobin?

According to the British, it’s the Bloody 'L'.


Two people fell into a vat of chocolate last week at the Mars Wrigley factory in Pennsylvania.

After fighting off rescuers for almost an hour, they were finally pulled out.

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Just in case you were solely fixated on a SCOTUS Roe v Wade decision - a decision that does not make abortion illegal - the G7 took a final move, banning Russian gold transactions that will ensure a Russian debt default, forcing about 90% of the world to choose Russia or the United States. To date, most are choosing Russia, including almost all of Africa, China, and India. While you were watching the left meltdown over Roe, the US Government essentially put all of its chips on the table, and the odds are not in its favor. It's all a distraction. - @PadraigMartin

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Flown over: The impact of airlines cutting service to flyover country by Salena Zito

SWANTON, Ohio — Twenty years ago, the Eugene F. Krantz Toledo Express Airport here in western Lucas County was abuzz with commuter traffic. The planes flying in and out were bigger, the fares were more competitive, and there was a multitude of options to choose from at this Midwest port city, located on the western tip of Lake Erie and the Buckeye State.

The airport began in 1955 as a civic-corporate effort to address the needs of the area. What was then called the Toledo Municipal Airport (now the Toledo Executive Airport) was perceived as inadequate to serve the booming post-World War II industrial city. Two years later, the Official Airline Guide showed there were 13 daily flights moving people in an out of the city. Twenty years later, nine major airlines were running several daily nonstop flights.

Things peaked here in 1997, as they did across the country in other medium-sized cities. In the time since, places like Toledo, Ohio, started their decline from being directly connected to the rest of the country to dangerously becoming overlooked as passengers’ options went from local access to an hour's drive to Detroit to conduct their travel.

At the time, airline experts said that rising fuel costs made a lot of routes in places like Toledo unprofitable; aviation consultant Robert Mann said at the time that the first goal for airlines was “to get rid of the losers.”

Last week, American Airlines announced it was ending daily passenger service from the Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport after Labor Day. It wasn’t just here, either. Dubuque, Iowa, and Islip and Ithaca, New York, have also lost passenger services from their regional airports.

In short, as Detroit newsman Gary Miles phrased so eloquently said on social media: “Flyover Country just got more flown over.”

American Airlines is not the bad guy in this story; the cuts are in response to a regional pilot shortage affecting the entire industry, which could last for a long time.

But as the very phrase "get rid of the losers" implies, many influential people in elite institutions just shrug off or ignore the economic and emotional effects that this kind of thing has on a small-to-medium-sized city. It is much like when they shrugged when manufacturing, opportunity, and stability left such cities between 30 and 50 years ago.

When an airport stops serving your city, it denies the region's industries (and travelers) the use of the aviation network, the common denominator that determines successful business and tourism across the country and the globe.

And it creates yet another small death to places that are trying to recover from a series of other small deaths they have endured over the years due to automation and destructive trade deals and the loss of Fortune 500 companies keeping their headquarters in their hometown; here in Toledo, there were seven located here until the late '70s.

My personal favorite line in reaction to a story like this is, “Why don’t they just move?” My favorite personal reaction to that is, why don’t you come here and ask people who live here that question? And since you can’t fly here and ask them, you might learn a few things along the backroads that you'll probably have to take from New York or Washington, D.C.

More than 50 years ago, few blinked outside of the towns and mid-sized cities that the railroads began to bypass. Transportation had made towns alongside the rail lines' trading centers, where farmers sold cattle, businessmen could trade and receive their goods, and local lawyers and doctors could continue to call their small towns home because of their access to travel.

It also meant tourism and new commerce — money coming into the town meant a town continued to flourish. But when they started to leave, the towns became ghosts of what they once were, and the elites just shrugged.

In the same way that the railroad was a major factor in a region's economic viability, so are smaller cities' airports. This is a story that few in our elite class will care about because they cannot see how it affects them, just as they could not see how a factory closing down so many years ago would affect them. But it did, it does, and it will.

The disdainful term "flyover country" implies a world of bitter Bible-and-gun clingers, deplorables, and ultra-MAGAs. It implies that the lives and industries of half the U.S. population are ignorable — that is, until the people, places, and problems they ignored begin to affect national politics. That is about the time the elites in New York and Washington start asking again what happened when another election result blows their closed minds.

They think it's because they are narrow-minded, uneducated, or bigoted. The voters here and other places across the country know it is because they ignored once again the impact of things like an airline having to cut them off.

And what was the root cause of the airline pilot shortage to begin with?

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The teacher wrote on the blackboard: "I ain’t had no fun all summer.”

“Now Paul,” she began, “what shall I do to correct this?”

“Get a boyfriend?” Paul replied.


COVID is like fashion…

We started hearing about it in Italy…

Became popular in LA and NYC…

Florida ignored it…

And it was all made in China in the end.


"Dad, cancel my allowance immediately, rent my room out, throw all my clothes out of the window, take my TV, and stereo, and iPhone, and iPod, and my laptop. Please take all of my jewellery to the Salvation Army or Cash Converters. Then sell my new car, take my front door key away from me and throw me out of the house. Then disown me and never talk to me again. And don't forget to write me out of your will and leave my share to my brother.”

Well, she didn't put it quite like that... she actually said...

“Dad, this is my new boyfriend, he supports the Washington Commanders."


Sally: Hmmm... there was something else I had to buy, and I can’t think of it.

Mary: Was it tuna fish... or cereal… or sugar… or coffee?

Sally: No, none of those things. Especially not coffee! I don't drink that awful stuff, it makes me nervous!

Mary: They have decaffeinated coffee, you know?

Sally: It's not the caffeine that makes me nervous... it’s the price!


It was so hot today...

That I actually saw two fire hydrants fighting over a dog.

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Just remember this lesson from history. First comes registration, then comes confiscation, followed by genocide.

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In a World of Widespread Slavery, America’s History Is Not Exceptional In History by Jeff Minick

History is always more complicated than we think.

Nowhere is this more clear than with the issue of slavery. The way Americans treat the issue makes it seem like slavery was solely a sin of the United States. Yet a look at history shows that nothing could be further from the truth.

Slavery in world history is the norm, not the exception. For the Greeks and Romans, slavery was widespread and a key component of their economic system. And Arabs for centuries raided the coasts of Mediterranean Europe and enslaved hundreds of thousands of people. The Chinese made slaves of their conquered enemies, kept their peasants in a state of perpetual servitude, and even purchased African slaves from Arab traders. Many African tribes themselves practiced slavery. The Aztecs not only sacrificed captured enemies to their gods, but also enslaved them. Europeans in South America and the Caribbean owned slaves as well.

Throughout human history, untold millions more people lived as slaves, including many renowned individuals, such as the Roman philosopher Epictetus, who was born into slavery. Likewise, the Roman emperor Diocletian may have started life as the property of another. Saint Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders, enslaved, escaped, and later returned to that country as a missionary. And the greatest of all Spanish writers, Miguel de Cervantes, spent five years as a slave in North Africa.

Native Americans often enslaved their conquered enemies. Before the Civil War, the Five Civilized Tribes living in the South—the Cherokee, the Seminole, the Chickasaw, the Creek, and the Choctaw—owned Black slaves and “were deeply committed to slavery.” At the same time, several thousand free African-Americans living in the South owned slaves. In Louisiana in 1860, for example, an African-American widow, C. Richards, and her son owned a large sugar cane plantation and 152 slaves.

Beginning approximately two centuries ago, slavery in some parts of the world came under attack. The forces behind this assault were the failed economics of slavery, Christianity, and Western liberalism. To purchase and maintain a human being is more costly than paying that same person some sort of wage or hiring them as sharecroppers. The religious faith of people like William Wilberforce and Harriet Beecher Stowe forged them into strong abolitionists. European and American reformers assailed the practice of slavery as flying in the face of the self-evident truth that “all men are created equal.”

Those efforts eventually eradicated this institution in the West, but slavery still exists in the world today. Today, one out of every 200 people in the world is a slave. That totals 40.3 million people, more than three times the number of persons trafficked during the entirety of the transatlantic slave trade. Per capita, North Korea and Eritrea head this list, and slavery is not a crime in more than half the countries in the world.

In the United States, a horrific Civil War ended slavery. Though our system may contain flaws, human errors, or prejudices, the law itself is unequivocal in its position that all Americans have equal rights under the Constitution. But slavery, for all intents and purposes is a thing of the past in the United States. Unlike places such as China, where millions are imprisoned, indoctrinated, and forced to work for the state, we are still free to make of ourselves what we want.

It’s time to recognize that slavery was once common around the world and not unique to the United States, and that to this day it remains a blight on humanity. It’s also time to recognize that the United States has worked, in some fashion or another, to end this evil practice and protect all citizens’ God-given rights of liberty.

The bogus critical race theory (CRT) training sweeping our colleges, corporations, government, and even our military, seeks mainly to divide Americans, not unite them. Rather than pointing us to racial cooperation and neighborliness, CRT aims to split us into groups based on skin color, thereby increasing the very bigotry it claims to oppose.

If our country continues to buy into CRT, we will make ourselves slaves not to a particular human master, but to an ideology rooted in race hatred and division.

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Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle are going to team up for a comedy special later this year.

Since both were attacked on stage, I'd like to suggest the name of the concert be, "We Double Dog Dare Ya!"


When the new patient was settled comfortably on the couch, the psychiatrist began his therapy session.

"I'm not aware of your problem," the doctor said. "So perhaps, you should start at the very beginning."

"Of course." replied the patient. "In the beginning, I created the Heavens and the Earth..."


Son: Dad... can I have $450 to buy a moped?

Dad: Son, listen to me very carefully. Due to the escalation of my personal monetary obligations brought on by spiraling inflation and the ever-fluctuating ramifications of the Petro-dollar, it behooves me to rule in the extreme negative when responding to this issue.

Son: Huh?!? I don’t get it!

Dad: Exactly.


"Your call is very important to us...

... Please enjoy this 40-minute flute solo."


Top 5 Signs that Gasoline has gotten way too expensive:

A gas station is offering a free car with every fill up!

Any purchase over a gallon requires a credit check.

Price is now in gold bullion.

Texaco now offering monthly payment plans.

You're excited to find gas at under $5 a half cup.

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When they say "White supremacy," what they really mean is "Christian supremacy." This is why they even call black people like Ben Carson "White supremists." - @TonyMicelliAyOh

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A Joyous Return by

Distraction is a primary tool of politics, used most often by politicians who are in trouble with their voters for some reason. Boris Johnson is in trouble for partying like a rock star during the Covid lockdowns, so he never shuts up about Ukraine. This has the added benefit of providing an excuse for inflation, shortage and energy costs. If he can get everyone to pretend that Ukraine is more important than feeding their kids or paying their light bill, maybe they forget about the partying too.

Joe Biden is trying the same act with guns. Unlike Boris Johnson, Biden has many more problems to hide via distraction. Eighteen months into his tenure and just about everything has gone wrong. Biden is about as popular as rectal cancer. The reason is incompetence. This is compounded by the fact that Biden is a vegetable, barely able to function most of the time. Even when lucid, he reminds people why no serious person ever thought Biden was anything but a clown.

His handlers are hoping they can have him stand over the corpses of dead children, pointing the finger at white people and his troubles will go away. This is what passes for clever politics in a world disconnected from reality. Everyone is onto this stunt and no one is fooled by it. Instead, people rush off to the gun shop and pick up something, just in case this time things are different. Gun grabbers have sold more guns and gun company stocks than John Browning.

The gun issue is particularly bad for Biden because it reminds people of his reputation for being an outlandish liar. Most people know the facts on guns. When the gun grabbers start in on their nonsense about “military-style rifles”, “weapons of war” and “gun show loopholes”, everyone knows they are lying. For Biden, it brings to mind all of his other whoppers. Instead of distracting from the administration’s problems, the gun issue refocuses the mind on the source of the problems.

It will be interesting to see what the summer brings. The administration seems to be poleaxed by the economic troubles. They try to avoid mentioning it. Ukraine was supposed to be the main topic, but that is now joining gas prices, food shortages and inflation on the list of forbidden topics. They will need something to distract people, so we will just have to wait and see. Who knows? Maybe they produce something inventive to keep people busy over the summer.

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A farmer in Rhode Island just grew the largest pumpkin in North America, weighing over 2,200 pounds.

The only downside, the man’s wife no longer thinks it’s cute when he calls her “pumpkin.”


Mr. Bigger and Mrs. Bigger have a baby.

Who’s the biggest in the family?

The baby of course; because he’s a little Bigger.



At this point, if I get abducted by aliens, it's no longer considered an abduction, it's a rescue mission.

Sometimes, late at night, I dig a hole in the backyard to keep the nosey neighbors guessing.

After my funeral, I want one of my friends to take my phone and text all of my contacts, "Thanks for coming."

It's just a theory on my part, but I don't Marjorie Taylor Greene will ever be an official Crayola color.

I've reached the age where my mind says, "You can do that!" but my body says, "Try it and you'll be sorry."

If you have anxiety, the first two drinks don't count because they just make you a normal person.

Prince Andrew has been stripped of another royal title, wasn't happy about it, but he did enjoy the stripping part.

Your Kentucky Derby horse name is a symptom of one of your mental illnesses and the last thing you ate.

You can't change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.

I wonder what the part of my brain that used to store phone numbers is doing these days?


SHE: I thought you said you had a Porsche.

ME: No, I said I was poor. Shhhh.


People have always named their children after expensive things: Mercedes, Dior, Chardonnay.

Next year, watch for kids named Electricity, Regular and Supreme.

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In cases of an abuse of the delegated powers the members of the general government, being chosen by the people, a change by the people would be the constitutional remedy; but, where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy. - Thomas Jefferson, Fair Copy for the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798

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Why is Canada Euthanizing the Poor? by Yuan Yi Zhu

There is an endlessly repeated witticism by the poet Anatole France that ‘the law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.’ What France certainly did not foresee is that an entire country – and an ostentatiously progressive one at that – has decided to take his sarcasm at face value and to its natural conclusion.

Since last year, Canadian law, in all its majesty, has allowed both the rich as well as the poor to kill themselves if they are too poor to continue living with dignity. In fact, the ever-generous Canadian state will even pay for their deaths. What it will not do is spend money to allow them to live instead of killing themselves.

As with most slippery slopes, it all began with a strongly worded denial that it exists. In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada reversed 22 years of its own jurisprudence by striking down the country’s ban on assisted suicide as unconstitutional, blithely dismissing fears that the ruling would ‘initiate a descent down a slippery slope into homicide’ against the vulnerable as founded on ‘anecdotal examples’. The next year, Parliament duly enacted legislation allowing euthanasia, but only for those who suffer from a terminal illness whose natural death was ‘reasonably foreseeable’.

It only took five years for the proverbial slope to come into view, when the Canadian parliament enacted Bill C-7, a sweeping euthanasia law which repealed the ‘reasonably foreseeable’ requirement – and the requirement that the condition should be ‘terminal’. Now, as long as someone is suffering from an illness or disability which ‘cannot be relieved under conditions that you consider acceptable’, they can take advantage of what is now known euphemistically as ‘medical assistance in dying’ (MAID for short) for free.

Soon enough, Canadians from across the country discovered that although they would otherwise prefer to live, they were too poor to improve their conditions to a degree which was acceptable.

Not coincidentally, Canada has some of the lowest social care spending of any industrialized country, palliative care is only accessible to a minority, and waiting times in the public healthcare sector can be unbearable, to the point where the same Supreme Court which legalized euthanasia declared those waiting times to be a violation of the right to life back in 2005.

Many in the healthcare sector came to the same conclusion. Even before Bill C-7 was enacted, reports of abuse were rife. A man with a neurodegenerative disease testified to Parliament that nurses and a medical ethicist at a hospital tried to coerce him into killing himself by threatening to bankrupt him with extra costs or by kicking him out of the hospital, and by withholding water from him for 20 days. Virtually every disability rights group in the country opposed the new law. To no effect: for once, the government found it convenient to ignore these otherwise impeccably progressive groups.

Since then, things have only gotten worse. A woman in Ontario was forced into euthanasia because her housing benefits did not allow her to get better housing which didn’t aggravate her crippling allergies. Another disabled woman applied to die because she ‘simply cannot afford to keep on living’. Another sought euthanasia because Covid-related debt left her unable to pay for the treatment which kept her chronic pain bearable – under the present government, disabled Canadians got $600 in additional financial assistance during Covid; university students got $5,000.

When the family of a 35-year-old disabled man who resorted to euthanasia arrived at the care home where he lived, they encountered ‘urine on the floor… spots where there was feces on the floor… spots where your feet were just sticking. Like, if you stood at his bedside and when you went to walk away, your foot was literally stuck.’ According to the Canadian government, the assisted suicide law is about ‘prioritis[ing] the individual autonomy of Canadians’; one may wonder how much autonomy a disabled man lying in his own filth had in weighing death over life.

Despite the Canadian government’s insistence that assisted suicide is all about individual autonomy, it has also kept an eye on its fiscal advantages. Even before Bill C-7 entered into force, the country’s Parliamentary Budget Officer published a report about the cost savings it would create: whereas the old MAID regime saved $86.9 million per year – a ‘net cost reduction’, in the sterile words of the report – Bill C-7 would create additional net savings of $62 million per year. Healthcare, particular for those suffering from chronic conditions, is expensive; but assisted suicide only costs the taxpayer $2,327 per ‘case’. And, of course, those who have to rely wholly on government-provided Medicare pose a far greater burden on the exchequer than those who have savings or private insurance.

And yet Canada’s lavishly subsidised media, with some honorable exceptions, has expressed remarkably little curiosity about the open social murder of citizens in one of the world’s wealthiest countries. Perhaps, like many doctors, journalists are afraid of being accused of being ‘unprogressive’ for questioning the new culture of death, a fatal accusation in polite circles. Canada’s public broadcaster, which in 2020 reassured Canadians that there was ‘no link between poverty, choosing medically assisted death’, has had little to say about any of the subsequent developments.

Next year, the floodgates will open even further when those suffering from mental illness – another disproportionately poor group – become eligible for assisted suicide, although enthusiastic doctors and nurses have already pre-empted the law. There is already talk of allowing ‘mature minors’ access to euthanasia too – just think of the lifetime savings. But remember, slippery slopes are always a fallacy.

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What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?



My wife's cooking is so bad...

How bad?

So bad the flies are taking up a collection to get the screen door fixed.


How many mystery writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?


One to screw it in most of the way and the other to give it a surprise twist at the end.


GENIE: I grant you 10 wishes.

ME: Isn't it usually just 3?

GENIE: Yes, but you've got a lot of issues going on here.


I accidentally sat on my phone.

Siri suggested several local gyms.

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"The Democrat party is the party of weak men and unhappy women." - Tucker Carlson

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The New Normal Is Failure by Kurt Schlichter

Look around and all you see is failure.

A bunch of kids are being murdered by some semi-human, so what do you do? Draw your weapon and put him down or die trying? Or do you sit there, doing nothing?

The same government we’re supposed to give up our guns to because they have it all under control chose Option B. It chose failure.

Tell me more about how the real problem is that we have the capacity to defend ourselves.

But the real problem, to our enemies, is not that murderers murder. The real problem, to our enemies, is the very fact that we can defend ourselves. The objective of our trash elite is not to have a country that runs well, where people are secure, and where rights are respected. The objective is to rule. And if a bunch of kids die for that, they’re fine with it. They can live with failure, but not accountability.

The clusterfark in Uvalde is just a symptom of a much bigger pathology. It is a symbol of the failure of every institution in our society. And the solution is never to revamp the institutions and eject the parasites heading them. It’s always – always – to take power from us and give it to the people who screwed up in the first place.

Show of hands – who was shocked to hear that this creep was on law enforcement’s radar before his killing spree?

I see a distinct lack of hands.

But the failure is not limited to being unable to stop murderers. It’s not even the only failure involving schools. The schools are churning out a generation of quasi-literates and have been turned into a Grindr for perverted weirdos to use for grooming their prey. We got a good view of the failure during another epic failure, the COVID response.

This is systemic.

Everything is failing.

Go try to get baby formula.

See if you can afford gas. Hell, roll up to a Mickey D’s drive-thru and try to roll away with lunch for four under $30.

The courts don’t work, the Congress doesn’t work, and our alleged president is a borderline clinical moron who is lying when he’s not merely stupid. This human sex toy got up at Annapolis and told the Naval Academy grads that he had been accepted there. It was a lie – of course, he’s senile so maybe he believed it – and the regime media skipped over it like they skip over everything else that offends the official narrative.

Failure, failure, failure.

What is one institution that works? Just one.

Our military? Oh please. Just last week the military demonstrated its real priorities when it released a list of proposed new names for various forts and bases that are currently labeled with insufficiently PC monikers. Now, here’s a meaningful list challenge for them: Provide a list of names of real wars these people have won since 1991.

Here it is: ___________________________.

We’re getting tired of nothing but disasters, debacles, and decline. And that’s when things get dangerous. What cannot go on will not go on, and we Americans are not going to accept muddling through forever, lurching from crisis to crisis created by our garbage ruling class and that cannot be solved by our garbage ruling class. Jimmy Carter was like that – President Peanut tried to tell us to embrace the suck. We told him to suck on his malaise. We turned to Ronald Reagan, and Carter was in a funk for forty years until Grandpa Badfinger finally relieved him of the title of “Worst President of the Last Century.”

We will turn to someone, because this is unsustainable. The question is “Who?” And that is not precisely a question of individuals. It might be Trump, it might be DeSantis, it might be someone else. The question is what kind of person. Will it be a positive American leader in the vein of a Ronald Reagan, or will it be an American Caesar?

I write about the authoritarian temptation in my upcoming nonfiction book We’ll Be Back: The Fall and Rise of America:

“His rise would come as the result of a backlash against the left, and it would be propelled by a sense that the institutions, left to their own devices, would frustrate the true intent of the Framers and the people. He would call himself the restorer of American democracy (which sounds better to American ears than “restorer of the Republic” even if not technically correct). He would observe the rituals and symbols of the old United States, yet his reign would be distinguished by the unbridled use of his power. He would ignore the norms and unofficial rules of American politics that have so far restrained the conservatives but, to their mind, not the left. Checks and balances? Nah, it’s an emergency. We’ll get back to having those later.

And later never comes. His supporters would see him as cutting through the obstacles to enact the necessary reforms to restore America to greatness. His opponents would call him an authoritarian. And they might have a point.”

The danger of systemic institutional failure is not merely the damage from the fallout, though as we saw in Uvalde, it can be monstrously horrific. The danger is that the failure is so pervasive and the ruling caste behind it so committed to retaining its own power at the expense of anything else that people may confuse this perversion of our constitutional system with the real thing and simply give up on the Founder’s vision. They might embrace a strongman who is empowered sufficiently to break the hold of our garbage ruling class – at the price of our republic. The failure we are seeing is so complete, so comprehensive, that maybe Americans will come to think that this harsh cure is not worse than the disease. But, of course, it will be. Maybe not with the first dictator, or the second, but it will. Augustus was okay, unless you crossed him. But a Caligula is eventually going to come along.

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