Monday, September 21, 2020

MixedTimes - James P. Pinkerton

Pinkerton: The Crime Election -- Trump vs. Biden 

Pinkerton: The Crime Election -- Trump vs. Biden 

We’re having an election over rioting, violence—and law and order. On August 25, CNN’s Don Lemon said of the riot issue, “It is the only thing right now that is sticking.

Pinkerton: The Real Battle of 2020: Who Votes, and Who Counts

Pinkerton: The Real Battle of 2020: Who Votes, and Who Counts

On the front page of the August 24 edition of The Washington Post, the headline was, “More than 500,000 mail ballots were rejected in the primaries. That could make the difference in battleground states this fall.

Pinkerton: Riot Reality Is Biting the Democrats  

Pinkerton: Riot Reality Is Biting the Democrats  

The fact is, Joe Biden is going to have to speak for himself on the key issue of keeping the streets of America safe.And that’s a reality that threatens to really bite the Democrats over the next ten weeks.

Pinkerton: The Return of the San Francisco Democrats

Pinkerton: The Return of the San Francisco Democrats

The Democratic Party's presumptive vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is the ultimate San Francisco Democrat, representing the “woke” left-libertarianism of a place where everything is tolerated except for conservatism and where Silicon Valley's plutocrats are free to enrich themselves insulated from the deplorable riffraff they despise.

Pinkerton: Will Joe Biden Sign a Pledge to Protect American Monuments?

Pinkerton: Will Joe Biden Sign a Pledge to Protect American Monuments?

It shouldn’t have to get to this point, but here it goes: We need a written pledge to protect our statues and monuments.That is, a written document for politicians to sign, if they wish, pledging to protect public order and the dignity of our society.

Pinkerton: Ten Things that Will Happen in a Biden Presidency

Pinkerton: Ten Things that Will Happen in a Biden Presidency

If Trump campaigners are truly in it to win it, they will have to start defining Joe Biden—and doing it in a most tangible way, so that Americans can truly get a sense of what an actual Biden presidency would be like.

Pinkerton: In Defense of Andrew Jackson

Pinkerton: In Defense of Andrew Jackson

The would-be statue-topplers know little or nothing about Andrew Jackson, the war hero who defended the nation with courage and resolve.

Pinkerton: In Defense of Police Unions

Pinkerton: In Defense of Police Unions

It seems that virtually all the groups on the political spectrum—conservatives, libertarians, liberals, and progressives—are converging together to crush police unions.And that’s a shame, because the rights of policemen and women, as workers, should be fully defended.

Pinkerton: How the GOP Can Turn Vote by Mail and Vote by App Lemons into Lemonade

Pinkerton: How the GOP Can Turn Vote by Mail and Vote by App Lemons into Lemonade

Republicans must not only combat fraud wherever it’s found—and new techniques, such as bar-coding ballots and tracking their movements through the mail, can help—but they must also better adapt to the use of these new voting mechanisms.And yes, that means fighting fire with fire.

Pinkerton: Stand with the Chinese People Against Their Communist Regime

Pinkerton: Stand with the Chinese People Against Their Communist Regime

If the CCP strategy is to conflate Chinese communism with China itself, then our strategy must be the opposite: We must seek to widen the divide between the CCP and the Chinese people, not only in China, but also among Chinese communities around the world.

Pinkerton: Chinese Propagandist Meddles in American Politics

Pinkerton: Chinese Propagandist Meddles in American Politics

Weihua Chen seems happy to advertise his journalistic credentials without worrying about the credentialing outfits asking him to return his honorific certificates.And if that silence continues to be the case, well, that says something about Knight, WPI, and Freedom Forum.Moreover, there’s nothing stopping any journalist from criticizing Chen, an obvious propagandist in their midst.But will they do so?

Pinkerton: ‘Essential Workers’ Point the Way to a Republican Workers Party 

Pinkerton: ‘Essential Workers’ Point the Way to a Republican Workers Party 

The Republican Party should always abide by its core principles, and yet at the same time, it should return to its Lincolnian roots,becoming the avowed party of first responders, blue-collars, and other frontlineworkers—and joined by, of course, soldiers, homemakers, and believers.

Pinkerton: The Emergence of Hawleynomics 

Pinkerton: The Emergence of Hawleynomics 

Americans who have grown weary of globalism might wish to spend more time considering an emerging new center-right alternative to failure: Hawleynomics.

Pinkerton: Medical Workers Are the 'Thin White Line' in the Coronavirus War

Pinkerton: Medical Workers Are the 'Thin White Line' in the Coronavirus War

As America confronts the coronavirus (COVID-19), we might ask: Who’s more valuable: first responders or private-equity managers? Which do we need more of right now: doctors and nurses or stock traders and their algorithms? Which is more essential: hospitals or hedge funds?

Pinkerton: 'The New Class War' Exposes the Oligarchs and Their Enablers

Pinkerton: 'The New Class War' Exposes the Oligarchs and Their Enablers

Michael Lind's new book, "The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite" exposes the politicians, corporate executives, bureaucrats, journalists, propagandists, “public interest" lawyers, and professors who run interference for the rich.

Pinkerton: Peace with Honor in Afghanistan

Pinkerton: Peace with Honor in Afghanistan

The deal is far from done, but it appears that the U.S. is on the edge of reaching an honorable deal to get out of Afghanistan.

Pinkerton: The Message of Labor Day Is Workers Need to Stick Together Now More Than Ever

Pinkerton: The Message of Labor Day Is Workers Need to Stick Together Now More Than Ever

Like any holiday, Labor Day has always been a political football. Politicians and parties have fought over its meaning—past, present, and future.And these days, as technology and globalism are transforming work, it’s all the more important to grasp the importance of labor and the continuing need to protect its place in society.

Pinkerton: Why Buying Greenland Is One of Donald Trump’s Best Ideas

Pinkerton: Why Buying Greenland Is One of Donald Trump’s Best Ideas

Last week, the Wall Street Journal had a scoop of sorts; the headline read, “President Trump Eyes a New Real-Estate Purchase: Greenland: In conversations with aides, the president has — with varying degrees of seriousness — floated the idea of the U.S.

Pinkerton: The American System for a More Perfect Union

Pinkerton: The American System for a More Perfect Union

The aspirational nature of the entire American Experiment is made plain in the words in the Constitution's Preamble: "a more perfect union." We’re always striving to make a more perfect union, which is why it is important to understand the the economic theory that did the most to expand prosperity and greatness.

Pinkerton: Nine Days that Shook the World--And What Comes Next

Pinkerton: Nine Days that Shook the World--And What Comes Next

A century ago, in 1919, the left-wing American journalist John Reed published Ten Days That Shook the World. Reed’s topic was the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, which overthrew the czars and established the Soviet state.

Pinkerton: Making American Healthcare Great Again, Part Two

Pinkerton: Making American Healthcare Great Again, Part Two

If the healthcare issue is due for a revival, as President Donald Trump is indicating, then it’s worth recalling, and seeking to learn from, some of the pitfalls that befell the big and ambitious healthcare plan of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Pinkerton: Making American Healthcare Great Again

Pinkerton: Making American Healthcare Great Again

Democrats hammered the GOP on healthcare in 2018, and without a doubt, they look forward to running on healthcare, again, in 2020. And from their point of view, why shouldn’t they?

Pinkerton: AOC vs. RWR

Pinkerton: AOC vs. RWR

If Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or anyone, attacks Ronald Wilson Reagan, it is fitting and proper for loyal Reaganites, including this one, to rise to the Gipper’s defense.

Pinkerton: Howard Schultz Re-Ups 'Never Trump'

Pinkerton: Howard Schultz Re-Ups 'Never Trump'

Howard Schultz is due for some Strange New Respect. That’s the jokey term applied to someone who bends the Main Stream Media’s way—and that’s exactly what Schultz is now doing.

Pinkerton: Why the People’s Republic of China Fears Religion 

Pinkerton: Why the People’s Republic of China Fears Religion 

The human soul is the one place that can’t be spied on.The government of the People’s Republic of China fears religion because it doesn’t know what its people might be praying about or otherwise thinking about.

Pinkerton: The Pat Caddell I Knew

Pinkerton: The Pat Caddell I Knew

Pat Caddell, who died on February 16, was to me one of the nicest—and most interesting—people I have ever met in politics.

Pinkerton: The ‘Hard Pivot’ from Health Care to Tax Reform and a Stronger Trump Agenda

Pinkerton: The ‘Hard Pivot’ from Health Care to Tax Reform and a Stronger Trump Agenda

With the failure of the healthcare repeal-and-replace effort behind them and mindful of that survive-so-as-to-fight-again-and-win ethos, GOP leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue have been making what’s been described by one insider as “a hard pivot to tax reform” and other Trump agenda items with a better chance of #winning.

Homeland Security in the Age of Truck Attacks: The Once and Future Fortress 

Homeland Security in the Age of Truck Attacks: The Once and Future Fortress 

The recent headline in Breitbart was clear enough—and scary: “The Automobile Is Becoming The Weapon Of Choice For Islamist Killers.” That is, running people over. We all saw it in Nice, France, on July 14, as nearly one hundred people died and hundreds more were injured.