SOTU 2019, and The Old Dominion blows up

The President gave an outstanding SOTU the other night, If you missed it, here it is. I know the feeling, I finally found enough time last night.

One of the things that is very rare is that he is very good with a set piece speech like this, while also being very good with the off the cuff ones, like his rallies. Very unusual for anyone to be good at both. PowerLine and others report that CBS and CNN snap polls found 76% approval.

He’s got a good message, a quite traditional pro-America message when he can get it through the media, who does their best to stifle it. The shutdown delay, and associated hype, probably helped him, as well.

One of the losers of the night was the Dems and their Mean Girl Caucus. It’s not a good look when Congresscritters (who are unpopular, all on their own) remind all and sundry of both the cool kids in junior high and the KKK. You know, like this.

And that is how they came off to me, and probably a lot of others. Sitting there stone-faced at the receipt of much good news about America, only cheering for themselves. As usual.

Then there is the mess the Dims have made in Virginia. Melanie Phillips explains it well.

But now Democrats have revealed a brutalised contempt for life itself.

In the Virginia assembly, Democrat delegate Kathy Tran proposed a law loosening restrictions on abortion in the final stages of pregnancy. She later confirmed that this would permit the termination of a pregnancy up to the very moment of delivery, in other words after labour had started.

The capacity to keep premature babies alive at an ever earlier stage in pregnancy has produced a fraught debate about the need to reduce the abortion time limit. But if a baby is in the process of being born, it is by definition capable of life. It is not longer a foetus; it is indisputably a baby on its way into the world. The suggestion that it might be killed at the very moment of its birth is grotesque – and it’s hard to understand how in practice this could be done without committing infanticide.

The Tran bill failed to pass, but not before it was defended by Virginia’s Democrat governor Ralph Northam, who is himself a paediatric neurologist. He told a WTOP radio show that Tran’s comments were “blown out of proportion” and said third-trimester abortions were rare.

These were done, he said, “in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s not viable. If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen.The infant would be delivered. The infant would be comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So I think this was really blown out of proportion”.

Northam was immediately accused of promoting infanticide, an accusation he vehemently denied. His spokeswoman said he had been “talking about prognosis and medical treatment, not ending the life of a delivered baby”; his words were being taken out of context by Republicans, she said, and the notion that he would approve of killing infants was “disgusting.”

But what else would any such resuscitation “discussion” be about? Moreover, Tran’s proposed measure wasn’t about non-viable foetuses or catastrophic deformities or allowing terribly sick newborns to die. It was instead about third-trimester abortion, the deliberate extinction of any viable infant life, in circumstances where continuing with the pregnancy was deemed to threaten the mother’s life or her physical or mental health.

You already know my views, I could be persuaded that anyone espousing such views should be aborted themselves before they can hurt more kids. YMMV, but I’d be surprised.

In any case, the world blew up for Dims in Virginia, Melanie again.

So either Northam was being disingenuous, or he didn’t understand what Tran’s proposals actually were.

What then happened, however, graphically demonstrated how the Democrats are now being sucked into a woke vortex of their own making. It was revealed that in 1984 Northam had featured, on his medical-school yearbook page, a photograph of a man in blackface and a man in a KuKluxKlan hood. Northam immediately apologised for appearing in the picture; then said that neither person in the photograph was him; then he said he had put on blackface decades ago to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest.

All hell then broke loose and Northam’s future as Virginia’s governor – an office he won after accusing his opponents of racism – is now in jeopardy.

But Virginia’s Democrats then descended into yet another circle of politically correct hell. Virginia’s Attorney General, Mark Herring, admitted that he also had worn blackface in the 1980s. And Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who was poised to succeed Northam if he was hounded out of office, was suddenly accused by a fellow Democrat of sexual assault.

It gets better. The Atlantic reports:

“Fairfax has emphatically denied any wrongdoing and says he had a consensual sexual encounter with his accuser, Vanessa Tyson, a professor of politics at Scripps College. (He has also accusedLevar Stoney, a rival Democrat who is mayor of Richmond, of spreading the story. Stoney denies doing so.) This week, Tyson hired the same law firm that represented Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her in high school. Fairfax has also refused to resign.”

So now Virginia’s top three Democrat officials are simultaneously accused of advocating infanticide, displaying racial bigotry and committing sexual assault. […]

What’s happened in Virginia is that the cultural firebombs that the left repeatedly throws at its opponents over race, sexual violence and abortion have suddenly blown back at them and are setting their hair alight. As Rich Lowry writes, in the coming primary season no Democrat will be safe.

“Any lapses will be interpreted through the most hostile lens, made all the more brutal by the competition of a large field of candidates vying for the approval of a radicalized base. The Democrat nomination battle might as well be fought on the campus of Oberlin College and officiated by the director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion”.

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

Meanwhile, over a sickening culture of institutionalised dehumanisation no liberal progressive turns a hair. Why should they? They created it.

In other words, conservatives are fighting back, using the tools the Dims developed and have been using forever. It’s time and way past time.

The Democratic Party is brutalised and degraded, perhaps irrevocably. And millions of decent Americans are watching this political and cultural death spiral, and drawing their own horrified conclusions.

As that old Progressive Democrat Harry S Truman said, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

Thank God.

The Week – the Memes of America

So, something you haven’t heard the President say in years.

About time!

Have the Democrats simply gone completely barking mad, or have the conservatives simply found (with the President’s help) the proper way to counteract their silliness. I don’t know, but I sure do enjoy what the conservative memes say these days. Well done, guys and girls.

Pretty amazing when a Canadian professor becomes a hero of American conservatives, by taking apart a BBC newsbabe. I didn’t see that one coming, but it’s pretty great. Enjoy!

Heh!

From Ace’s place. Interesting isn’t it, that a loud, raucous, sometimes extreme blog is the only one I know to run a weekly (or more often) prayer list.

Thanks, Fr Robert.

Pretty much, Cathy. When you make a bed so catastrophically, you’ll lie in it for quite a while.

The State of the Union was this week.

 

 

 

Wrong union, I reckon.

And, of course

As usual, mostly PowerLine and Bookworm (whose site I can’t get to for the link today, sorry Book!)

 

For the Ladies, and the Rest of Us as Well

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While  these are (or should be) of interest to all of us, they are targeted a bit more than we usually do to our female readers. I’ve felt for a while that we have been neglecting them, partly my fault and partly I just haven’t seen all that much. But I’ll try to do better, not least because they have been a stalwart part of NEO since we began here. 🙂

First there is a contest for the best theologically correct Valentine’s Day Card.

A Contest for the Best Theologically-Correct Valentine’s-Day-Card!

Dear Readers,

Valentine’s Day is coming. The chocolates and cards are already making their appearance on the drugstore shelves. The pink ribbons are being tied into bows. The rebels are printing t-shirts that remind us that “Cupid is fat, armed, and dangerous.”

The day can be a pleasant opportunity to express appreciation for our beloved, but no matter how you celebrate (or don’t celebrate) the “day of love,” you have undoubtedly noticed that a great many Valentine’s Day slogans do not pass the theological sniff test. Perhaps in years past you have picked up a pink-and-white card with artistic lettering and read something alone the lines of,

Love me tender, love me sweet
Never let me go
You have made my life complete
And I love you so.

You may have snorted and thought, Yeah, actually, the only person who makes my life complete is Jesus. 

We Lutherans are kind of spoil-sports that way.

Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife: A Contest for the Best Theologically-Correct Valentine’s-Day-Card!.

Details are at the link, do enter. I understand that Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist is!


Last night was the state of the union pack of lies err speech. It could have just as well been written in 2009, It bore little resemblance to the real world.

But the Republican response was quite good, delivered by a neighbor of mine, freshman Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa. Most of you know that I’m quite fond of her, she’s a great breath of fresh air and reality that Washington needs.

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