Afternoon Links

“Donald Trump may talk like a brownshirt, but the Democrats mean business.”

Good summation of why I’ve become less enthusiastic about immigration, here and here.

The President failed to acknowledge that it is the principles of limited government and individual rights that make United States a welcoming place for immigrants because they assure that newcomers cannot tip the political balance to make life worse for those already here. Instead, the President celebrated the raw power of democracy to make “progress,” change that can come at the expense of long time residents

While the President’s speech was meant to make new immigrants feel immediately at home, the political dynamic that he extolled explains why many Americans fear immigration. If the Progressive agenda can erode the original meaning of the Constitution, immigration creates political risk for the current citizens. If new voters can help elect administrations that will trample on property rights and expand federal power to transfer resources, some current Americans will be made worse off. If these new voters become part of a coalition of racial and ethnic minorities to demand preferential treatment, many Americans will worry for their own children’s future.

The dissolution of restraints on government naturally creates polarization over immigration because it allows people to view newcomers as potential voters who may impose exactions on others rather than as citizens in a commercial republic who will promote the general welfare through their individual pursuit of happiness.

“What will the future bring? The answer depends on whether the West still believes in anything.”

Charles C.W. Cooke explains the Bill of Rights to Doug Gottlieb and other constitutionally illiterate progressives.

Why would a dissolute rebel like Paul Gauguin paint a nativity?

“It is secular creationists whose social costs are steep.”

George Will hones in on one of the many things I don’t get about Trump supporters. What the hell do they see in him? He has no redeeming qualities. He’s a completely pathetic figure.

If you look beyond Donald Trump’s comprehensive unpleasantness — is there a disagreeable human trait he does not have? — you might see this: He is a fundamentally sad figure. His compulsive boasting is evidence of insecurity. His unassuageable neediness suggests an aching hunger for others’ approval to ratify his self-admiration. His incessant announcements of his self-esteem indicate that he is not self-persuaded. Now, panting with a puppy’s insatiable eagerness to be petted, Trump has reveled in the approval of Vladimir Putin, murderer and war criminal.

Shithead kids with horrible parents ruin everyone’s day

Probably true. They have similar positions on most issues.

Seventh time’s the charm

$400 to hang out at Olive Garden on New Year’s Eve. Kill yourself.


I love this story.

Eight of the top 20 selling books on Amazon currently are coloring books for adults.” Sounds like a country that deserves a Trump presidency.

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