Author: Daren Jonescu

“Freedom Caucus” Forfeits Its Civil Assets For Lord Trump

During the 2016 Republican primaries, a majority of that little U.S. congressional club calling itself the “Freedom Caucus” tried to hold the line for liberty — their self-assigned mandate, after all — against the ravaging populist lunacy of the Trump cult. Needless to say, like almost all other Republicans who used to pretend to constitutionalist principles, the FC has gone full “pod people”...

Friendly Message to Trump-Supporting Parents

A Massachusetts high school teacher gave his students this debate question as a homework assignment: “Some People Claim that Donald Trump is a Fascist: Time to check it out!” If that assignment bothers you, dear Trump supporter, then I have a little suggestion: It’s time to check out alternatives to sending your children to public school, where they will always and perpetually be propagandized...

Shock Poll: People Believe What They Are Told

The Washington Post and ABC News, having joined the rest of the news media in declaring the current government shutdown a national disaster, and entirely the fault of Donald Trump and the Republicans who hate immigrants and want to build a whites-only nation in which innocent children are stolen from their parents and murdered in cages, have produced a poll to prove it....

Trump’s Best Tweet Ever

Here is President Donald Trump — the pseudo-alpha male, the media-obsessed mean girl, the historical ignoramus, and the shameless pitchman — perfectly encapsulated in his own words, and in his own preferred setting, namely social media: I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any other President. At the same time, & as I have often...

Weekend Reflections: Shutdown, Breakdown, Meltdown

It’s a wall! It’s a barrier! It’s — Super-Optics! Meanwhile, a small fraction of the United States Federal Government is officially “shut down” — which would be fantabulous, if it actually meant that the billions of tax dollars confiscated from the American people and their great-great-grandchildren to pay the salaries of huge numbers of non-essential and essentially ineffective government workers were being saved...

Ted Cruz Lauds President Trump

From the Dallas Morning News: Sen. Ted Cruz lauded Trump for putting a spotlight on border security.  “Illegal immigration produces tragedies each day,” he said. “I want to commend you for infusing more backbone in Washington. The American people want the border secure.” That’s all. I have nothing to add. Just wanted to point out, by way of finishing a few earlier points,...

Trump in Prime Time! What to Expect (Updated after the event!)

Donald Trump will address the United States population (i.e., the minority who watch network television and care at all about politics) in prime time Tuesday night in America. This is Trump in his natural habitat: in front of a camera, properly coiffed and made-up, looking like a strong executive, and using the trappings of power to exert popular influence on the weak-minded. Will...

Shameless in Iowa

Recently, Iowa’s governor signed a bill banning most abortions after the fetal heartbeat can be detected. Now, in an assault on everything that makes humans a marginally worthwhile species, Planned Parenthood is erecting billboards featuring larger-than-life pictures of “real women” declaring, “I had an abortion, and I’m not apologizing,” while urging passersby to “Say abortion.” I know there are people who refuse, for...

Let’s See What We Missed

A brief comment or two regarding a few stories we overlooked (i.e., happily ignored) during the Christmas holiday here in Limbo: A Texas public school teacher tried to sell her own eighth-grade female relative to a group of Moroccan men, posting photos of her online and promising the men that the girl was a virgin. Meanwhile, a popular YouTube channel aimed at children...

The Significance of Suffering

Recently, a bright-eyed, enthusiastic Korean student asked me for winter reading recommendations. To choose appropriately, I engaged her in two hours’ general conversation aimed at gaining a better understanding of her character. At one point, I asked her the half-whimsical question, “If you were on a plane that was about to crash, whom would you want sitting next to you?” Her eyes widened...