Sep 3, 2020Liked by Michael David Cobb Bowen

I'm sure you're familiar with the historian Niall Ferguson, but if you haven't seen his talk about Networks and Power, it's worth a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07KKYostAJ0 It was a bit of an eye opener for me because he describes how much of the chaos of today is almost a duplicate of the chaos of unintended consequences that followed the invention of the printing press, except that the printing press is now the internet, and the change process has been sped up a hundred fold compared to the 15th century.

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Sep 2, 2020Liked by Michael David Cobb Bowen

I'm a novelist and retired architect and I'd crawl over broken glass to vote for Trump. My next door neighbor is president of a multi-national corporation and he's all in for Trump as well. My brother, a highly successful software engineer, and the M.D. who lives behind me are both die hard Trump supporters too. The notion that Trump's base is mainly blue collar mouth breathers who like him because of his reality show bravado is nonsense. We support him because of what he does, not because of his personality.

We like him because he is political outsider, hated equally by professional politicians on both sides of this aisle, by dirty cops in the FBI and corrupt lawyers in the DOJ, and by blatant propagandists in the news media. We view the hatred of all those obviously corrupt people as a very good sign that he's on to something. We like his support for Israel, which has never tried to kill us, and his opposition to Iran, which has. We like his approach to energy, which allowed the US economy to finally gain independence from Saudi Arabia, which has also tried to kill us. We like his campaign to force China to play by the same rules as everyone else in the global economy, and to wean the USA from dependency on China for essential products like pharmaceuticals and rare earth. We think he's right to base more troops in Poland, which respects America's right to put America first, and fewer in Germany, which does not. We like the fact that he's the first president in over a quarter century who did not start a war. We like his plan to seed the judiciary with judges who view the Constitution as superior to the ideology of the moment. We like his support for the right to life. We like his campaign to require pharmaceutical companies to charge Americans the same lower prices as they charge in other countries, and to force all doctors, hospitals and clinics to publish their prices so Americans can finally factor cost into their health care choices. We agree with his opposition to three strikes laws and mandatory sentencing, which have put thousands in penitentiaries who probably shouldn't be there. We agree with him on zero tolerance for riots and looting. We believe his war on the Federal government's bureaucracy is directly responsible for the remarkable growth in jobs and wages that was underway before COVID-19. And we think his response to COVID-19 was about as good as it could have been, given the evolving guidance the scientists were giving him along the way.

We are at least half of the people in America. Smart leftist leaders have convinced a lot of people in the other half that we are ignorant fools. Only a fool would believe that.

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