Bombthrowers is a blog about politics and the war for the hearts and minds of Americans from a conservative viewpoint.In line with our name, we do not hold back. We have a take-no-prisoners attitude when it comes to fighting for conservative principles. The Left doesn’t play nice, and that’s why they’ve been winning. It’s time for conservatives to rise up and turn the tide.We’re not afraid to take on anyone, especially the Washington Establishment—Republican or Democrat.Bombthrowers is a project supported by the Capital Research Center. Its editor-in-chief is Matthew Vadum.
—BombThrowers: The 2016 book Dark Money is dishonest in multiple ways. First, it is deeply exaggerated. Author Jane Mayer may work at one of America’s snootiest magazines, the New Yorker, but she has the scruples of a National Enquirer headline writer. Her sensationalism begins right on the cover with her subtitle: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. As my CRC colleague Martin Morse Wooster, a leading historian of philanthropy, has pointed out, “the history she describes is not hidden, and the people she writes about are not radicals.”
Indeed, much of Mayer’s information comes from books produced by the same donors she claims are hiding their deeds. For instance, when sketching the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, she describes how the family business was veering toward bankruptcy before government contracts for World War I saved it. How did Mayer unearth this? By reading a history that the Bradley Foundation commissioned and published in 1992. Similarly, she relies heavily on the authorized history of the John M. Olin Foundation produced by John Miller. For her history of the Scaife family, she uses a memoir by Richard Mellon Scaife that was privately published years ago. Far from being kept secret, it was handed out to everyone who attended the man’s memorial service in 2014.
Mayer’s book is an extended exercise in scandalmongering, reaching its apex in her attempt to tie the libertarian Koch family to Hitler, because the family business built an oil refinery in Germany in 1933. But many multinational companies did business in Germany in the 1930s. Mayer doesn’t pretend that the Koch family, ardent champions of the free market, ever felt a serious attraction to the principles of National Socialism, but she casts dark aspersions. If Mayer had wanted to expose philanthropic scandals from that era, she should have described how non-conservative philanthropies like the Carnegie Institution and the Rockefeller Foundation were leading supporters of eugenics projects in the United States and Nazi Germany, with Rockefeller funding Germans through 1939. But that line of inquiry wouldn’t fit her agenda.
“Guys, we’ve got one shot here,” [President Trump] told members of the Freedom Caucus at a meeting in the Cabinet Room, according to a person present in the room who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meeting was private. “This is it—we’re voting now.”
—Bombthrowers: Liberals are ecstatic that a judge in Hawaii is writing immigration policy for the entire country, and that policy is: We have no right to tell anyone that he can’t live in America. (Unless they’re Christians—those guys we can keep out.)
—BombThrowers: Even for MSNBC commentators, the “Trump is Hitler” meme is growing a little threadbare. So the comp lit graduate students at the New York Times are still busy combing the earth to find Bond villains to equate with President Trump. And in doing so, they are stirring up the Bond villains.
Their latest such term paper dressed up as an article shamelessly compares Trump with murderous Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte. Again. How shameless? Here is the article’s subtitle:
He is a child of privilege turned populist politician, an antidrug crusader who has struggled with drug abuse. Obsessed with death, he has turned his violent vision into national policy.
—BombThrowers Many Republicans still believe that tax cuts will unleash so much new economic activity that the tax revenue from that new activity will pretty much make up for any revenue foregone by cutting taxes.
Columnist Megan McArdle notes that the GOP has been down this road before, most notably in the 1980s:
—BombThrowers: By War & By God, an award-winning documentary directed and produced by Kent C. Williamson, captures both the tragedy of war and the beauty of service by introducing viewers to the work of the nonprofit group “Vets With A Mission.” Half a century ago, thousands of young American soldiers experienced life-altering events during the Vietnam War. After years of reconciliation, some of these veterans decided to take action by returning to the areas of Vietnam where they fought, restoring relations with the people, and serving Vietnamese communities by providing medical, dental and faith-based care.
Using powerful interviews and remarkable historical footage, By War & By God tells the stories of struggle, faith, and forgiveness lived through by several veterans and their families. The film also shows how selfless service to the Vietnamese people has become true service and healing to the veterans also.
—BombThrowers: A fortnight past, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress, laying out his new administration’s foreign policy priorities.
In so doing, Trump may well have outlined what will become known as the Trump Doctrine.
The president did not stray too far from what every post-World War II president has proclaimed: “Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world. It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies across the globe.” These same words could just as easily have been spoken by JFK, Reagan, the Bushes, or Obama.
There has been a running conversation over the last few days between David Catron of the American Spectator and me about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s proposed “American Health Care Act” (AHCA).
Catron supports the bill; I don’t.
Catron has responded to my response to his defense of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). I figured if anyone could me convince me I’m wrong on the AHCA, it would be Catron. Alas, either he’s wrong or I’m pigheaded.
—BombThrowers: The cautionary tale of two schoolteachers in Georgia who were forced to resign for allegedly committing Trump-related “hate speech” shows just how dangerous the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Trump Effect campaign is turning out to be.
“Affluenza” was a word widely used to describe Ethan Couch, who was 16 when he killed four innocent people in a 2013 drunk driving accident. A cursory Google search on Ethan Couch, the poster boy for the “wealth is evil” narrative turns up “about 528,000 results.”
Former vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) son Linwood Kaine, on the other hand, appears to already be out of his brief appearance in the news cycle. Linwood, or “Woody,” was clearly not interested in civil debate when he showed up to a pro-Trump rally at the Minnesota Capitol rotunda on the afternoon of March 9, a Thursday.
—BombThrowers: Summaryem>: Both of the nation’s most prominent fact-checking organizations—FactCheck.org and PolitiFact—tilt to the political left, which makes them representative of the majority of journalists who also lean to port. Both of these groups go far beyond what they say they do, claiming to fact-check subjective things like political rhetoric that are not susceptible to fact-checking.
Shortly before Election Day 2016, many persons in the media were feeling self-satisfied. They thought they had painted Republican Donald Trump as a liar and demonstrated that Democratic standard-bearer Hillary Clinton was truthful.
Brooks Jackson, the director emeritus of FactCheck.org, claimed responsibility for leading the media charge to keep the candidates honest. “It’s really remarkable to see how big news operations have come around to challenging false and deceitful claims directly,” he said. “It’s about time.” The chief competitor to FactCheck.org engaged in some gloating as well. “Is this the post-truth election as people have claimed? No,” said PolitiFact founder Bill Adair, “It’s actually the thank-goodness-there-are-fact-checkers election.”
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