Bernie’s Q&A: Tucker Carlson, Andy Ngo, Barack Obama, and more! (7/9) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)
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The left has been very effective and in two tactical areas: incrementalism and enforcement. What starts as a request for acceptance ends up encoded and enforced into the culture by a strident leftist mob. In what policy areas can we on the right employ these same tactics to fight back and implement our agenda? –Steve R.
Very smart observation, Steve. First let me say that the left — if they haven’t already flat-out won — are definitely winning the culture war. I keep hoping the American people — including many traditional liberal Democrats — will wake up and see what’s happening to their country. We can see the beginnings of what we can do to fight back: Parents are saying NO to what their kids are being taught about racism in America, about how it’s pervasive and in our DNA. That might spread to other parts of our culture; at least we can hope it does. That’s the best I’ve got, Steve.
Regarding [Monday’s] article on San Fran-stinko which similarities are also prevalent again in The Big Crapple; why is it these progressives think this is the way to go? Do they think chasing away tourism income and high income tax payers who are moving out while increasing their public “dole” expenses is sustainable? Shouldn’t Economics 101 be a prerequisite for politicians? I like you grew up in NYC, sadly I won’t be going home to visit the Five Boroughs or to SF anytime soon, maybe never again. –ScottyG
You ask a good question: Why do they allow chaos in their cities that costs them tourist dollars and income tax from residents who are saying bye-bye. The only answer I’ve got, Scotty, is because their left wing ideologues. They want to fundamentally change America and the traditions that brought us this far. And they don’t think their policies will really destroy their cities. If rational people stop electing these clowns, there’s hope. If they continue to elect progressives who don’t have a clue about governing, their cities will slowly fade away. The ball is in their court.
I visited [San Francisco] from Australia in 2012 and again in 2019. The downward slide in the disparity gap was obvious. Not a fan of people trying to bum a cigarette off you as soon as you walk out of the international terminal to having mentally ill demanding food in your hotel foyer. Not going back again. –Tom F.
You’re not alone, Tom. Trust me, you’re not alone.
There’s been some major-paper reporting over the past few weeks that Tucker Carlson (despite attacking the mainstream media nightly on his show) has been one of the MSM’s best sources of leaked information in recent years — both on happenings in Trump World and the drama and gossip going on behind the scenes at Fox News. In a NYT report, almost 20 journalists confirmed this to be true. Carlson was supposedly even a major source for Brian Stelter’s anti-Fox book. This revelation has gotten some Fox people like Sean Hannity and Mark Levine (who’ve been at the forefront of some of the leaked reports) very upset. They’ve both attacked Carlson on-air, though not referring to him by name.
As a longtime journalist and someone who worked for Fox, does any of this surprise you? — Jen R.
First, Jen, let me share with you (if I haven’t already) a very brief story involving George Carlin. I interviewed him when I was at CBS News. We hit it off. Two former blue collar guys from New York. At one point said, “Bernie, I root for chaos.” He thought things had gotten so bad all over the place that he wanted to see chaos which might set the stage for a new beginning. Either that or he just liked chaos. Carlin wasn’t just funny. He was also smart. So if Hannity and Levin and who knows who else are fighting with FNC’s biggest star, that, Jen, is media chaos. And it puts a smile on my face. I want even more chaos. Those doofuses deserve what they get given what they’ve done to our culture. Does it surprise me? Nothing Carlson does surprises me. Nothing any of what the giant TV egos do surprises me. If Carlson thinks his opinions are so important that the world needs to know about them, he’ll share his “brilliance” with reporters who want to know what he thinks — even if they comprise the supposed “enemy.” He’s a mean-spirited person who attributes the worst motives to people he doesn’t like. If he’s now in the crosshairs, GOOD!
The decay in big cities seems to have accelerated with COVID (more graffiti, homeless camp sites, boarded-up businesses). I can’t help but think that many workers will not want to return to downtown. This would in turn depress commercial real estate. Richard Riordan (Los Angeles) and Rudy Giuliani (NY) won Mayorships when city dwellers were exhausted by similar circumstances. Do you think we could see more competitive Mayor races in big cities as a result of this decline? — John R.
Here’s my hope: that people who live in these big cities and who reflexively vote for the Democratic candidate (even when he or she is a left wing progressive who couldn’t run a lemonade stand) might finally wake up and say, “ENOUGH!” If that happens we will see more competitive races. If the voters continue to reflexively cast ballots for the kind of politicians who don’t know how to govern, their cities will go into further decline. They can vote any way they like … but they deserve what they get.
Recent polls have revealed that more Republicans now place blame for the January 6th attack on Joe Biden than do Donald Trump.
I remember when Bobby Jindal took a lot of party criticism back in 2013 for calling the GOP the “stupid party” but does it now seem he was being too generous? Yes there are a lot of stupid Dems too, but this is just beyond normal partisan dumbness. — Ben G.
I saw that poll, Ben, but if true, “STUPID” doesn’t begin to describe Republicans who think that. And you’re right, (again if the poll is accurate) it goes way beyond normal partisan dumbness. Way, way beyond.
“President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential. In 2015 the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) was launched, inspired by My Brother’s Keeper, to scale and sustain this mission. In late 2017, MBK Alliance became an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Within the Obama Foundation, MBK Alliance focuses on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity”.
This was taken from the MBK’s website. At the risk of boring you yet again, why not write a column decrying the national news media’s lack of coverage of MBK and other such groups aiming to alleviate some of the major problems in the inner city – i.e. Fatherlessness and gang violence? You’ve loudly made the point several times that groups like BLM and some liberal whites (showing their “racial good manners”) hypocritically will not focus on these statistically greater risk to lives of African -Americans. While much of the right-wing media lecture about these problems, they do so as a rebuttal to BLM and certain white supporters’ reaction to the injustice of unwarranted police violence to African-Americans and their supposed hypocrisy for not focusing on the inner city problems of gang violence and Fatherlessness. You’ve repeatedly – and correctly – bemoaned the profit motive of the national news media overriding good reporting. Isn’t this another instance of the hypocrisy of much of the right-wing medias and of the national news media in general? — Bob H.
Fair point, Bob … but there’s a tendency in the news business, as I’m sure you know — and that is to focus on bad news. I’m not suggesting this is a good thing, but it’s not new; it’s always been the nature of news. But your suggestion is worthy of consideration. Thanks.
Sir Bernie, your weekend column about immigration and the hatred of America by the woke left got me to thinking about a possible scenario. Let‘s Imagine What would happen IF…
The U.S. became two separate countries not through civil war but by consent. That is, the Red States of America and the Woke Blue States of America. Now let’s imagine that Red State America is enforcing strict immigration policies and The Woke Blue States are having the immigration policies that are more to their liking. Let’s also imagine that Red State America is pro law enforcement and pro military but still welcomes people of all skin colors, religions, ethnic backgrounds etc. as long as they are law-abiding citizens.
Now let’s speculate—- which of the two countries do we think would have more people trying to immigrate to it? This includes Black people, Latinos, Muslims, as well as foreigners from other countries, gays, and other disenfranchised groups that the left wingers claim are constant victims of White Supremacy and the systemic racism that is so prevalent in current historical America? I welcome all thoughtful comments from you as well as the rest of this community that I’m pleased to be a part of. –“Nation Building” Regards from The Emperor
I’ve written about my friend who suggested to me that we do just what you’re suggesting — have Blue State America and Red State America … and we can all choose to live where we want. I don’t think he was kidding, though it’s obvious in real life this could never work. But — as to your question — if we did have Two Americas, while just about everybody on the right and some on the left would choose to live in Red State America, the hard core progressives wouldn’t. They’d rather live in a culture of like-minded folks even if it means more crime and more cultural decay. You, and others, might think just about everybody would make the choice to live in a country with sensible policies and values. But don’t bet on it. Being rational is not a strong point of ideologues — on the left or the right.
In the wake of this year’s July 4 tantrums (coming courtesy of Cori Bush, NPR and The Squad’s Godmother Auntie Maxine, among others), can we now conclude that for many who hold high political office or work in national media there are no remaining constraints on their expressing disdain and hatred for America, the Declaration of Independence, The Flag and various other aspects and symbols of our history and values? All of this begs the question of what exactly do they want? We all should be holding our collective breath each time an American wins a gold medal in Tokyo. At least those of us who have reverence for the Flag, the Declaration and the Constitution. Care to predict how the NBC sports announcers will discuss or ignore the obvious elephant in the room when it comes to these matters? –Mike F
I agree with you Mike that there likely will be political fireworks at the Olympics regarding the American flag. Unless NBC sport has gone totally woke, the announcers will have to acknowledge what just happened. In my opinion, they should do it without commentary — either bashing it or praising it or even understanding it. Just the facts. If they ignore it, they’ll be making a big mistake — and I won’t be the only one pointing that out.
Bernie G! I just received my copy of Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy by Andy Ngo. Any decent human being will feel some form of frustration watching the cowards shown in the videos Andy posts on his Twitter. I hope folks would fight fire with a hotter fire when coming across these punks, but that’s unwise and uncivil.
THREE questions: what are some of your thoughts on Andy, his work in general, and his book, if you read it? And, how should law enforcement and our elected representatives and officials deal with the problem of Antifa, specifically since they’ve largely ignored the issues that causes Antifa to grow? Finally, what do YOU want Christians to do and say about Antifa? –D-Rock
All I know about Andy Ngo is what I’ve seen and heard directly from him on television. He seems like a reasonable guy who’s gone through a lot. He’s described as an independent journalist — but I think it’s fair to say he leans right. As for how law enforcement should handle Antifa: the way they’d handle any criminal element. But in places like Portland they get away with all sorts of mayhem. That’s got to stop or they’ll be at it again in full force soon enough. Finally, I don’t want or expect Christians to respond any differently than any other American regardless of religion.
With your statistics [on the political leanings of college professors] in mind, will the chasm between the haves and the have nots widen? So many middle class parents have sacrificed to send their children to higher education institutions for a better financial future. A “degree” is/was the key to success, although the building trades suffered. It could be that intellectual diversity is gained by simply reading worthwhile books or mentored on-the-job training. — Sandy S.
Don’t underestimate the power of ideological teachers (in college or kindergarten) to influence impressionable young students. So while reading good books is certainly a plus, colleges that preach diversity need to recruit a more diverse teaching staff if we’re going to produce a more intellectually diverse citizenry. I don’t know if the chasm between the haves and the so-called have nots will widen — let’s just hope economic policies lift the have nots so they have easier lives. I agree with you that we’ve neglected the building trades. Not everybody should go to college. We need good plumbers too.
Earlier this week, Michael Flynn posted pictures of himself, along with fellow pro-Trump conspiracy theorists Lin Wood and MyPillow guy Mike Lindell, posing in front of the enormous whiteboard pictured below:
At the center of the whiteboard is an image of Donald Trump, with hundreds of lines and arrows connecting notable Trump sycophants, Trump family members, and even Jesus to the former president. There’s also lots of scripture.
After studying this colossal, cryptic, and complex flowchart for 9 hours straight, I believe it could hold the key to Trump regaining the presidency (and perhaps ultimately ruling the universe). What I don’t get is the mysterious inclusion of famed self-help guru Tony Robbins. How does Robbins play into all of us this? Could he be the secret ingredient in the MAGA stew that could change everything? — John D.
Let me see if I understand your question: They have Jesus as a prominent player in this thing … suggesting that Jesus and Donald Trump and the 2020 election are somehow connected … that Jesus may know something about the foul play that went on in the election, primarily in Pennsylvania … and that Jesus may have had a conversation with the pillow guy about how Trump gets back to the Oval Office sometime this summer … AND YOU’RE ASKING ME ABOUT TONY ROBBINS???
Good question. But I don’t know. Thank you for asking. You lunatic.
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