TOPICS and LINKS
1. The Turning Point After the Turnpike – Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech
2. 2nd Half: Busted and Broke – Forget the new stadium, fix the damn potholes (56m 35s)
Here are some links to news stories and items referred to in the podcast;
THE TURNING POINT AFTER THE TURNPIKE
Pat Buchanan blog, Apr. 28, 2016: At Last, America First!
2Kevins Podcast Episode 22 (January 18, 2016): Skip ahead to play the Trump Card. We presume that Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential nomination
Western Journalism, Apr. 23, 2016: WATCH: Krauthammer Says There’s No Turning Back Trump After ‘Overwhelming’ N.Y. Win
Gateway Pundit, Mar. 17, 2016: Krauthammer: I Was Wrong for Laughing at Trump… Democrats Are Worried
Scott Adams blog, Apr. 27, 2016: And Then There Were Two
donaldjtrump.com, Apr. 27, 2016: Donald J. Trump Foreign Policy Speech
The Globe and Mail, Apr. 27, 2016: Trudeau’s popularity has not dipped since the election: poll
The Hill, Apr. 27, 2016: Trump warns against ‘false song of globalism’
CNN, Apr. 24, 2016: Charles Koch: ‘Possible’ Clinton could be better than GOP nominee
NY Daily News, Apr. 14, 2016: Democratic debate: The best lines from Clinton and Sanders
Tom Nichols in National Review, Sep. 12, 2006: Are Canadians Stupid?
Associated Press, Apr. 27, 2016: Trump struggles to explain ‘America first’ foreign policy
Wikipedia: Center for the National Interest
Andrew McCarthy in National Review, Apr. 27, 2016: Trump’s ‘Foreign Policy’: Incoherent and Shallow
Wikipedia: Ray Perrault
Jennifer Rubin in Washington Post, Apr. 27, 2016: Trump’s incoherent speech shows why he’s unfit to be president
donaldjtrump.com, Mar. 21, 2016: Donald J. Trump Remarks at AIPAC
Ann Coulter Twitter, 9:49 AM Apr. 27, 2016: “I never thought the day would come when someone would give the speech Trump is giving right now. GO TRUMP!”
Wikipedia: Barry Goldwater presidential campaign, 1964
charleslindbergh.com: Charles Lindbergh biography
Michael Brendan Dougherty in The Week, Apr. 25, 2016: No political makeover can save Donald Trump
BUSTED AND BROKE
Politico, Apr. 25, 2016: Mayors: Flint Could Happen to Us–A third of mayors fear that they have jeopardized lives to cut infrastructure costs.
National Geographic News, Sep. 2. 2005: New Orleans Levees Not Built for Worst Case Events
Accuweather, Oct. 8, 2015: Multiple Dam Failures Aggravate Dangerous Conditions in Flood-Ravaged South Carolina
Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Oct. 16, 2015: Fritz leads survey team to examine dam breaks after South Carolina flooding
American Society of Civil Engineers: 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
Amerika.org, Apr. 19, 2016: The Great Houston Flood Of 2016 And The Consequences of Minority Rule
Meritalk, Apr. 25, 2016: Why Are We Letting Our IT Infrastructure Fall to Pieces?
San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 14, 2016: L.A. gas leak plugged, but California pipelines regularly leak
New York Times, Jan. 21, 2016: Events That Led to Flint’s Water Crisis
Wikipedia: Flint water crisis
Washington Post, Mar. 30, 2016: Metro could shut down entire rail lines to do extended maintenance, board chair says
2Kevins Podcast Episode 15 (November 30, 2015): Does Scale lead to mayhem and murder? (1h 11m 54s)
New York Times, Apr. 24, 2016: San Francisco Torn as Some See ‘Street Behavior’ Worsen
LA Times, Jan. 28, 2016: Open-air urinal opens at San Francisco park to combat public urination
The Guardian, Jan. 21, 2015: Death in the city: what happens when all our cemeteries are full?
The Hill, Apr. 26, 2016: Clean water crisis threatens US
Wikipedia: Walkerton E. coli outbreak
National Post, Nov. 9, 2015: Inside the Montreal sewer repairs that could dump 8 billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence
Wikipedia: Megaprojects and Risk
New York Times, Aug. 27, 2005: Denver Airport Saw the Future. It Didn’t Work
Youtube, Aug. 23, 2010: MSNBC on Denver’s Automated Baggage System
Wikipedia: Big Dig
The Hill, Feb. 26, 2014: Obama’s $300B infrastructure plan
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 24, 2015: $68-billion California bullet train project likely to overshoot budget and deadline targets
Politico, Dec. 6, 2008: Obama unveils 21st Century New Deal
Politico, Apr. 26, 2016: (scroll down to) WORD UP, WRDA (Water Resources Development Act)
International Business Times, Jul. 14, 2014: Aging US Power Grid Blacks Out More Than Any Other Developed Nation
Globe and Mail, Oct. 2, 2015: Vancouver’s renovation boom brings bad builder behaviour
Vancouver Condo, Jun. 6, 2011: UBC Hospice approved despite fear of ghosts
The Canadian Press via Huffington Post, Apr. 4, 2015: Montreal Olympic Stadium: Concrete Slab Falls; No One Injured
Wikipedia: London Bridge is Falling Down
2Kevins With Grace & Steel: Trump is the End of the End of History; Infrastructure, The Race Against Collapse; etc.
Episode 35 of my podcast with Kevin Steel is now posted here (with copious links). Part 1 begins with a hearty gloat. On January 18, two weeks before the Iowa caucus, we declared Donald Trump the presumptive winner of the Republican nomination. I listed six reasons why Trump had won, and I stand by them today. You will note I ascribe his triumph far more to what he says than how he says it.
- The National Question, AKA America First. This is self-explanatory to VDARE readers.
- Hunter S. Thompson, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Any one of Trump’s establishment rivals could have delivered a milder version of his platform. But our elite is so out of touch as to demand defenestration.
- The Media: Doncha just hate ’em? Trump knows what Nixon and Agnew (and Pat Buchanan) knew. And a half-century later, the media no longer even pretends to understand, let alone care about, Middle America.
- The GOPe squandered its last chance. After its blow-out victory in 2014, the Republican leadership ran to Barack Obama and begged, “How may we serve you?”
- Donald Trump is not a conservative. The “conservative movement” has long been a Potemkin Village. Its members continued to drone on about marginal tax cuts, eminent domain and the Export-Import Bank long after the voters stopped listening. It lost every battle of the Culture War so convincingly, it gave pro forma a bad name. With a single bulldozer and a few dozen Twitter trolls, Trump has swept it away.
- Thomas Szasz: “In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.” Winners choose their own agenda and their own battlegrounds. Donald Trump is a winner.
We then discuss Trump’s April 27 speech to the Center for the National Interest. My co-host accused me of going spare in my praise for this address, but I am more convinced than ever of its historic importance. Trump is the first post-war American leader. And by “war,” I mean Cold War. A quarter-century after the collapse of Western communism (which rendered conservatism irrelevant), politics have returned. And just in time to save the nation-state from globalism, free trade and Third-World immigration. I never imagined hearing an American leader say this:
The direction I will outline today will also return us to a timeless principle. My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people, and American security, above all else. That will be the foundation of every decision that I will make.
America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.
But now it has been said, and it is so obvious, so true and so beautiful. A prediction: Donald Trump will be to the world of the 21st century what George Washington was to the 19th. If America is to be freed to seek its best interests, then so is the rest of the West. The arrogant pretensions of “the world’s sole hyperpower” have been abandoned. Trump has given the rest of us permission to be patriots again.
In Part 2, we examine the infrastructure crisis. Our population is overwhelming our resources, and our physical plant is falling apart. What’s to blame? SCALE (Size, Complexity, Atomization, Liberalization and Elitism) and the destruction of community wrought by immigration. Decadence is inevitable when we no longer even speak the same language, let alone share the same values. To paraphrase H.G. Wells, “Civilization is in a race between unity and catastrophe.”