Category Archives: Politics

Animal’s Daily Equal Protection News

In ever-more-loony Los Angeles, a rare act of sanity has occurred; a judge struck down California’s insane law requiring a certain percentage of women on corporate boards.  Excerpt:

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California’s landmark law requiring women on corporate boards is unconstitutional.

Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis said the law that would have required boards have up to three female directors by this year violated the right to equal treatment. The ruling was dated Friday.

The conservative legal group Judicial Watch had challenged the law, claiming it was illegal to use taxpayer funds to enforce a law that violates the equal protection clause of the California Constitution by mandating a gender-based quota.

David Levine, a law professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, said he was not surprised by the verdict. Under state and federal law “mandating a quota like this was never going to fly,” Levine said.

All well and good; this idiotic law never should have seen the light of day in the first place, as quotas of any kind, for any reason, fly directly in the face of the founding principle of equal treatment under the law.    But then, get a load of this asshat:

State Senate leader Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego, said the ruling was disappointing and a reminder “that sometimes our legalities don’t match our realities.”

In matters such as this, you imbecile, the legalities are the realities.  You tried to put in place a law that anyone with enough brains to drool would know is a Constitutional violation, not just of the Federal but also the California Constitution.  You tried something stupid and  you got smacked down.  Once in a while, something sane does happen on the Left Coast.

But wait!  There’s more!

“More women on corporate boards means better decisions and businesses that outperform the competition,” Atkins said in a statement. “We believe this law remains important, despite the disheartening ruling.”

OK, let’s see some data for this “better decisions” and “outperforming the competition” claim.  I want details.  Numbers.  Names and dates.  You know, evidence.

Of course, there is none.  This is just another leftist California pol taking a dump; she knows it, we know it, and with a little bit of luck even voters in California will eventually figure it out.  Meanwhile, good for Judge Duffy-Lewis.  We’re not accustomed to seeing much in the way of sanity come out of the once-and-former-Golden State.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In the interest of better access to Alaska’s hunting and fishing grounds, Mrs. Animal and I have been looking for an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) to get us farther afield, faster.  Such are popular and, in some cases, near-indispensable for accessing good Alaska terrain.

Something like this.

Problem is, there isn’t much in the way of used inventory available.  So we bit the bullet and ordered a new 2022 Polaris ATV.  At least, as I reckon it, buying a new one and taking good care of it should ensure that it will last, well, as long as I’ll need it to.  We should have delivery of it in late August, just in time for hunting seasons.  Watch this space for narratives!

And so…

On To the Links!

I love a happy ending.

Fucking savages.

Well, this isn’t good.

Taxation is theft.

Why Democrats are losing.  Because they’re horribly out of touch and their policy positions are shit?

Wild boars are ransacking Rome.

Hybrid war – I guess it goes farther than electric war but not as far as gas-powered war?

We get $5/gallon gas, they get free Peloton memberships.

Maybe because of that “Latinx” horseshit.

Somalia?  Somalia?   Fucking Somalia?  What possible reason is there for even one U.S. soldier to be in Somalia?

Maybe so, but never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

How can you tell a politician is lying?  His lips are moving.

This Week’s Idiots:

Donna Brazile is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Nation’s Bryce Covert is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Jessica Levinson is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Anthea Butler (You can always count on MSNBC for idiots) is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

NY Magazine’s Jake Bittle is an idiot.

Vox’s Li Zhou is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In 1991, just after we got home from the General Schwarzkopf Traveling Road Show’s Highway of Death Tour, Mrs. Animal and I were able to catch one of America’s most famous concert events when we saw the Grateful Dead at the old Mile High Stadium in Denver.

It was a hell of a show.  As I recall we paid $17 for tickets.  Carlos Santana opened; he played for 90 minutes.  The Grateful Dead, backed up by Bruce Hornsby on keyboards and Branford Marsalis on sax, played for almost six hours. For comparison, I remember reading that same summer Michael Jackson did a show in Las Vegas.  Tickets started at $65 and he was actually on stage for less than an hour.

Here, then, from the live album Without a Net, recorded on that same tour, is the 16-minute epic Eyes of the World.  It’s probably my favorite Grateful Dead tune.  Enjoy.

Rule Five Exasperated Americans Friday

National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hansen is of the opinion that lots of Americans are fed up.  He may be right.  Excerpt:

The American people know that on every occasion their president speaks, he will slur his words at best. At worst, he will have little idea where he is, where he has been, or what he is supposed to be saying or doing. When he is momentarily cognizant, he is at his meanest, or he simply makes things up.

Our new normal of a mentally incapacitated president is not entirely new in American history—Woodrow Wilson was an invalid during the last months of his presidency. But Wilson’s condition was well hidden. Quite novel is the idea that the American people know the man in the White House is cognitively disabled and simply expect him to confirm that bleak diagnosis each time he opens his mouth.

If Donald Trump exaggerated, Biden flat out lies daily. His most recent untruth was his assertion that the MAGA movement represents “the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history.” Biden cannot really believe that roughly half the country is now more dangerous than Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the Weathermen, the American Nazi Party, the American Communist Party, and the Ku Klux Klan. And this comes from the mythically moderate “good old Joe from Scranton”?

This is true, of course – as is the observation that the legacy media is, for the most part, providing close air support for the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration.  But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that something is badly wrong, and nobody is too enthused about who is waiting in the wings:

Even if the Republicans were to win a 60-vote majority in the Senate, they would hesitate to impeach Biden simply because Harris is a more frightening prospect. And some Marquess of Queensberry centrist RINOs would not wish to codify the Democrats’ new standard of impeaching an opposition president the minute he loses the House of Representatives in his first midterm.

That is a problem; the GOP all too often seems to want to play nice when their opposite numbers on the Left are very willing to go scorched-earth.  Increasingly, the perceived end result behind either party’s being in charge is muddled; as I’m fond of resigned to pointing out, when it comes to fiscal policy, both parties are determined to Thelma-and-Louise the nation over a fiscal cliff, but the GOP are willing to do it a tad more slowly.

But the main thing Dr. Hansen points out is that people are tired (he claims) over being repeatedly fed a diet of increasingly-obvious lies:

Americans have a rough idea that the tragic death of George Floyd was not proof of an epidemic of lethal police shootings of black males. Yet that single death set off the entire woke conflagration of 2020 and, with the hysterias of the lockdowns, has nearly wrecked the country.

Yet in 2021, out of more than 10 million arrests in the United States, police shot about six unarmed black men. The same year, 346 police officers were shot, 63 fatally—to left-wing indifference. Moreover, roughly 8,000 blacks were murdered mostly by other blacks—to callous media and political silence. Thousands of lost black lives mattered little—except the fewer than 1 in 1,000 of that total who were tragically and lethally shot while unarmed by police.

Finally, Americans were angry at the rioting inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021. But they cannot forgive the needless lies surrounding that illegal act in an effort to fabricate an insurrection out of a spontaneous buffoonish riot.

But here’s where I’m a little less hopeful than Dr. Hansen, despite my great admiration for the man; he concludes:

But behind the popular furor is a sense of impotence in the face of the untruth they are assaulted with day after day. In other words, bullied Americans are angry that people who control the nation’s institutions deliberately mislead them and do so because they hate them.

Let us hope that they channel this historic exasperation in November in a manner we have never seen before in the modern era.

And well we might.  But what about the election after that?  And the one after that?

Advocates of truly limited government and free markets are few and far between even in the GOP.  And all of those are running against the siren song of Free Shit.  It’s hard to run against Santa Claus, especially in a society where for every person that can name their Congressman there are five that have bookmarked the last internet article in which Kim Kardashian’s bloated ass has appeared (seriously, the woman’s fundament is like the afterdeck of the Andrea Doria.)

That, as much as incompetence and dissembling from pols, is the danger we face.

Animal’s Daily Insurrection News

Imagine the outcry from the legacy media were the Republican mayor of a major city openly call for armed insurrection.  Yet a Democratic mayor, namely Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice, can do that, and as our pal Robert Stacy McCain points out, the reply from the legacy media is a huge collective yawn.  Excerpt:

The year-to-date homicide total in Chicago has already topped 200, but the city’s Amphibian-American mayor isn’t worried about that. In an average week, 11 people are murdered in Chicago. You might think reducing this deadly violence would be a top priority for Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a task that would absorb all of her attention. Nevertheless, she manages to find time to spend on Twitter, warning her “community” about the real danger — the United States Supreme Court.

In the aftermath of the city’s deadliest year since 1996, how does a “call to arms” against the Supreme Court fit on Lightfoot’s agenda? Chicago just celebrated Mother’s Day weekend with 24 shootings, including six fatalities. The previous weekend was the most deadly of the year, with 32 shootings including seven fatalities. That’s just shootings, to say nothing of other crime in Chicago, such as the carjacking rampage in which more than 500 people have been carjacked so far this year. The violence in Chicago is so out of control that the police department just issued a memo canceling “all days off . ;. . for one full week between May 24 and 31” because of fears of mayhem in the city around Memorial Day.

While Mr. McCain makes some excellent points about Mayor Beetlejuice bloviating while the city of Chicago collapses into anarchy, where is the outrage over her call for armed insurrection?  Because if the shoe was on the other foot, if, say, Governor DeSantis replied to a Supreme Court decision by describing it as a “call to arms” the RHEEEEE from the legacy media would measure on the Richter scale.

This, True Believers, is just another example of principals over principles – and an added example of why the general populace holds the legacy media in such low esteem.  This naked partisanship is growing old, and the “established” media hasn’t  yet figured that out.

But that’s OK, because we now have a Ministry of Truth to help all us dumb schlubs out here in flyover country understand what is acceptable knowledge and what isn’t.

Kakistocracy achieved.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

As I’ve noted (only yesterday in fact), spring comes late to the Great Land.  But we share a  harbinger of spring with most of the upper tier of the Forty-Eight, that being the return of our robins (Turdus migratorius).

Our robins have only been back for a week or so, and they’ll depart in mid-September, if last year was any gauge.  They’re mostly ground-feeders and depart about the time snow starts to fall.  We had them in our old digs in Colorado, too, but there they were year-round residents.

Here, they are again the sign of spring that they were in the northeast Iowa hills of my youth.  There’s one singing in the top of one of our big birch trees as I write this, and it’s nice to hear him; they have a cheery, pleasant song, and it’s a promise of warm, sunny days ahead.

Now then…

On To the Links!

I live in a free speech zone.  It’s called the United States of America.  Still, good for Georgia.

Maybe.  Maybe not.  The GOP hasn’t exactly been on fire about pursuing corruption.

WH Tacitly Endorses Intimidation of Supreme Court Justices.  I can’t add anything to that.

Biden speaks, a nation groans.  Yeah, with embarrassment.

Well, this wouldn’t be good.

This wouldn’t be good either.

Get woke, go broke.

Oh, rats!

Eleven corrupt speed-trap towns.  What assholes!

Dammit, Bill Maher, stop  making me agree with you!

Human brains were bigger 3,000 years ago.  No television, I’m guessing.

On de-extinction.  Good, I want to go mammoth hunting!

Phrases you never heard before:  “Mouse sperm hook.”

Mob secrets coming to light.

Groomer breakfast cereal?

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s Elie Mystal (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Nation’s Sasha Abramsky is an idiot. 

The Nation’s Joan Walsh (I’m sensing a pattern here) is an idiot.

Vox’s Ian Millhiser is an idiot.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert)  remains a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.

New York Magazine’s David Klion is an idiot.

USA Today’s Richard Wolf is an idiot.

Vox’s Rebecca Leber (I’m sensing another pattern here) is an idiot.

USA Today’s Jill Lawrence is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ja’han Jones (I’m sensing yet another pattern here) is an idiot.

Salon’s Chris Hedges is an idiot.

OK, that’s all I can take this week.  I actually do read these, you know.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

In his eponymous 1980 album, Peter Gabriel had a number of good tunes, but one I’ve always found interesting is the song Games Without Frontiers. 

While this song is often described as an ‘anti-war’ song, and it is that, it seems to me to spend more verses poking fun at the whole world of international relations, not only war but also our attempts at diplomacy.

It’s an interesting listen, and the video – well, the video is very Eighties.  Here, check it out:

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, The Other McCain, Bacon Time and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!

Ever wonder why folks on the political Left come so unglued when things don’t go their way?  Issues & Insights has some thoughts.  Excerpt:

There are plenty of candidates for the most hinge-free response to the draft. But before we go further, we’d like to highlight Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren descent into madness. Watch the video with the audio muted. Does her body language, the spasmodic gesturing, the pointed finger remind anyone of a 20th century figure whose speeches we’re used to seeing in black-and-white newsreels?

Heaven help us.

Warren’s fevered tirade clearly shows we have reached the point that the left has decided that policy will not be made like sausage but through tantrum, intimidation, and riot. If the Supreme Court doesn’t rule its way, then the Court is illegitimate, stolen and therefore has to be destroyed to save itself from making incorrect rulings. As John Daniel Davidson so eloquently noted for The Federalist, “whenever the left feels they have lost control of an institution, they try to destroy it.”

But what should we expect given the childish outbursts and lawlessness following the 2016 election of Donald Trump? The Antifa riots and violent Black Lives Matter mobs that were tacitly approved, and in some cases supported, by the Democrats? And a hard-left press that strangled its last shred of credibility by trafficking the Russian dossier it new was fake, and then insisting in the most maniacal ways imaginable that only it can determine what is acceptable speech in the U.S.?

If anyone wonders where this started, we need go back no further for the answer than 2000, when Democrats demanded the Florida presidential ballots be recounted and recounted until enough votes could be found to give Al Gore the state, and the White House. A peaceful transition of power was not in their plans.

What I don’t see mentioned in this article is something I think the authors overlooked – the fundamental insecurity behind this kind of behavior.  I’m not certain as to the source of that insecurity.  Maybe it’s because the people acting out like this know, at some deep hidden inner level, that their policy proposals are horseshit.  Or maybe it’s because they know that, given the chance for an honest vote and full airing of both sides, the average voter would reject their horseshit policy proposals.

In either case, leftists have been trying for some time to shift the Overton window in American politics, but it seems increasingly that they have succeeded mostly in moving the Overton window of the Democrat Party; that is, they have become the party of moochers, looters, ivory-tower academics and a small urban elite.

That’s leaving the GOP a lot of room in which to operate.

Rule Five Gas Prices Friday

I stumbled across this from The Heritage Foundation the other day, explaining how high gasoline prices appear to be the result of intentional acts on the part of the Imperial City.  Honestly, if you wanted to drive gas prices through the roof, what would you do differently?  Excerpt:

Throughout his presidential campaign, Biden promised to wage war on the U.S. energy industry. “I want you to look at my eyes,” he said. “I guarantee you. I guarantee you. We’re going to end fossil fuel.” That’s pretty unequivocal. And his policies reflect that.

On his first day in the Oval Office, Biden pulled the plug on the Keystone XL pipeline and put a “temporary moratorium” on oil and gas activities in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve. A week later, he “paused” new oil and gas activities on federal lands and waters and set in motion an army of regulators to begin the process of restricting financing for, access to and use of conventional energy.

Also in January 2021, Biden formally recommitted the United States to the Paris Climate Accords, the global carbon-reduction agreement that, if taken seriously, would cripple the U.S. oil industry and the entire economy—and do so without the consent of Americans’ representatives in the Senate. His nominee to be vice chair of the Federal Reserve famously argued that the central bank should restrict access to capital for energy companies—“a dying industry,” she called them—to punish them for their sins against the climate.

See what I mean?  From literally the very beginning, every action the Biden(‘s handlers) administration has increased energy costs.

But wait!  There’s more!

None of these choices was forced on the president. In every case, he intentionally sought policies and personnel who he knew would cut domestic production of and access to fossil fuels—even as the world’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic drove global demand for energy ever higher throughout 2021.

Nor could Biden have any doubt that his regulatory war on fossil fuels would, indeed, drive up the price of fossil fuels. In California, where successive progressive governors and legislatures have restricted drilling, mandated renewable fuels, capped carbon emissions, blocked new projects and hiked taxes, gas today costs not $4 per gallon, but $6. Gov. Gavin Newsom is developing a plan to ban the sale of internal combustion engines from the state altogether—even lawn mowers—no matter the inconvenience or expense.

These are the same kinds of laws that Biden and his team want to impose on the whole country—and with them, $6 gas prices.

Let’s be clear about one thing:  Laying this at President Biden’s feet is probably a tad unfair.  It’s become very clear in recent weeks that he has very little capacity to understand, much less direct, these actions.  He is little more than a mouthpiece for unelected persons behind the scenes who are, yes, very likely deliberately driving this agenda.  They reckon, after all, that it won’t affect them; they demonstrate here the same blindness that affects many in leftist movements, who always seem to have to learn the hard way that, when the glorious People’s Revolution comes, they won’t be the apparatchiks with the clipboards, but more likely the ones tied to posts looking at rifles from the wrong side.

Here’s the onion:

Politicians aren’t engineers or scientists. They can’t make renewable energy better and cheaper. But they can make oil and gas more expensive—ideally, so expensive that the “sustainable” energy sources they like seem comparably affordable.

The Biden energy agenda isn’t a conspiracy. It is an uncomplicated array of policies all aimed at one obvious goal—a goal that Biden himself, his party and the Left openly support. Anyone confused about why the president isn’t acting to lower gasoline prices in the near term and boost America’s energy production and infrastructure in the long term already have their answer.

The only problem Joe Biden sees with $4.23 gas is that it’s too low.

And that’s the crime behind the whole thing:  These people would be much happier with $6.00 gas.

There’s an apocryphal story about the Duke of Wellington, in which he rails against passenger railways, claiming they would “promote unrest by allowing the lower classes to move too freely about.”  What an asshole!  And that’s the same kind of attitude that’s driving this crap in the Imperial City today.

Animal’s Daily Leaky News

There’s a lot of bandwidth being expended on the (likely) Supreme Court decision that was leaked, ostensibly overturning Roe v. Wade.  But it’s not the possible overturn that I find concerning – I agree with those who think Roe was a massive overstep of authority by the Court, but what I’m concerned with is the leak itself.  Excerpt:

Almost to a person, from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on down, Republicans have condemned the unprecedented leak. Hawley clerked for Chief Justice Roberts and still remembers the lecture he received on Day One of his clerkship. Long story short, he told RCP, “You are ethically bound never to disclose the details about an opinion or a case.” Each of the clerks, usually a number between 27 and 36 per term, knows the rules. It is why the high court is considered leak-proof. It is also why when Hawley heard the news, he was left “in shock and disbelief.”

The Supreme Court operates in secrecy. One relatively recent and former clerk told RCP that discretion is necessary for justices to debate in good faith, often trading incomplete drafts of opinions between themselves and across the ideological spectrum. Take that away, the former clerk added, allow the court to leak like, say Congress, and “it is very dangerous both for how it functions but also for the justices’ individual personal safety.”

Hawley agreed on the immediate practical matter. He called on Congress to provide the justices with additional security if needed, and then he declared that his old boss was weathering “unprecedented pressure tactics,” an attack “on the integrity of the court.” Roberts condemned the leak in a statement, calling it “a betrayal of the confidences of the Court.” He directed the Marshal of the Court, security police answerable strictly to the judiciary, to immediately launch an investigation into the source of the leak. Hawley said his legacy hangs in the balance.

Note again the lead sentence in that second paragraph:  The Supreme Court operates in secrecy.  Whoever has violated that trust must be identified, charged, prosecuted, and punished.  If possible under the law, I’d like to see the leaker barred for life from working in any legal or legal-aide position, anywhere.

What’s concerning about this isn’t necessarily the leak itself.  It’s the (almost certain) reason behind the leak.  Whoever leaked this, and I’d bet serious money on this, did it to try to intimidate the Court into changing this draft opinion.  And that assessment of intent is supported by the uncanny speed with which pro-abortion protestors showed up at the Supreme Court building.  So, not only a breach of security – not only a blatant attempt at intimidation of Supreme Court Justices – but likely a criminal conspiracy as well.

I’d ask where this all ends, but history is replete with examples as to how this kind of thing ends, and it never ends well.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at the Casa de Animal, and we’ve got some busy weeks ahead.  Snow is still melting, but we’re starting to see patches of actual yard surface.  Getting hit by two major winter storms in February left a lot of snow on the ground even for south-central Alaska, and with the snow’s melting comes a lot of spring cleanup.

We’re also tilling up the garden plot and prepping the greenhouse for sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes and whatever else we can grow.  Right now, given the current state of national affairs, being as self-sufficient as possible just seems like a good idea.

If possible, True Believers, I suggest you do likewise.

Now then…

On To the Links!

No shit, Sherlock.

Grafters gonna graft.

The New York Post belabors the obvious.

Welcome to the 1970s.

Why humans sleep less than other primates.  Interesting.

I’m not anxious to try Windows 11, and my big main computer is “not compatible,” but if you’re wondering how the roll-out is going, here’s where to find out.

DeSantis on Constitutional Carry in Florida.

Color me skeptical.

Imagine a Darwin Award for an entire state.

Sooner or later this kind of shit is going to explode.

Joe Manchin (D-WV) endorses a Republican.

It took a Carter to bring us a Reagan.

I’m your huckleberry.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Siva Vaidhyanathan is an idiot.

The New Republic’s Daniel Strauss is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Dr. Charles Darwin, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Brian Stelter (Repeat Offender Alert) is a potato, and an idiot.

CNN’s David Zurawik is an idiot.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a sawed-off runt, and an idiot.

MSNBC’s C. Miller-Idriss is an idiot.

Biden deserves no respect, Juan, you idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

One of my favorite John Wayne movies for a number of reasons (at least one of which should be obvious) is the 1960 film North to Alaska, which also starred Stewart Granger and featured a great performance by Ernie Kovacs as Frankie Cannon, the slimy antagonist of the piece.  Check out the trailer:

One of the best bits of this film was the soundtrack, led off by Johnny Horton’s song of the same name, North to Alaska.  Here, then, is that song – enjoy!

Animal’s Daily Past is Prelude News

Before we begin, check out the first in a new series over at Glibertarians!

Now then:  Bob Riel’s Quest for the Presidency: The Storied and Surprising History of Presidential Campaigns in America presents an interesting picture of the history of Presidential elections and what the 2024 contest might look like.  Excerpt:

Among elections of more recent history, that of 1968 is likely the best-known. There was a Hollywood movie about it just last year, concerning the riots at the 1968 Democrat National Convention in Chicago. These protests showed how deeply divided the Democratic Party was over the Vietnam War; though the party nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey, many Democrats opposed President Lyndon Johnson’s policies on Vietnam. But most readers will not know or remember that both parties saw tumultuous primary seasons that year, that Mitt Romney’s father ran in the Republican primary, or that controversial segregationist George Wallace ran as a third-party candidate, trying to outflank both GOP nominee Richard Nixon and Humphrey on issues such as civil rights and economics. Riel details how Wallace knew that he could not win but understood that if he could garner 10-15 percent of the popular vote nationally, he might deny either candidate a majority in the Electoral College. From there, the race would be decided by the House of Representatives, which could put Wallace in position to play kingmaker, since he would have congressional allies in the Southern state delegations. Wallace won only five states in the end, however, and failed to accomplish his goal.

Riel uses these stories to demonstrate how often political realignments happen through elections, such as the 1860 election that established the Republicans as a major party, or the 1932 election that helped enshrine the idea that the federal government had a duty to help people in need. Sometimes an election’s consequences don’t become apparent until years later. Barry Goldwater lost big in 1964, but 16 years later, Ronald Reagan won decisively on the platform that Goldwater had introduced.

Riel also stresses that the United States is going through a tumultuous political period. He recognizes that presidential elections will continue to be divisive and produce strong emotions on both sides, but the country has held elections through wars, riots, and economic collapse. Past elections can offer useful lessons as we grapple with today’s challenges.

While the article is interesting – and the book is now on my ‘to-read’ list – I’m not sure how predictive an analysis of previous elections, especially presidential elections, will prove to be in 2024.  Why?  Well, I’m a-gonna tell you.

First, we’re dealing with something new here:  A sitting President that is clearly and unarguably impaired, who nevertheless insists he will seek re-election.  There are good odds he’ll be removed from office for one reason or another before 2024, but his replacement will be a cackling imbecile whose approval ratings are about as high as syphilis.

We’re also dealing with an abrasive billionaire who managed to rock the political class back on its heels in 2016 who is likely to try to Grover Cleveland himself into another term.  While his first term was good for the economy, he faced brutal non-stop attacks from the legacy media and agents of the Democratic party (but I repeat myself) and while he promised to “drain the swamp,” the swamp seems to have survived his first four years just fine.

The field may well welcome a wild card in 2024.  In any case, this year’s mid-terms may give something of a preview.