Saturday, July 23, 2016
Sowell on Trump
What would be wrong with a President Donald Trump? Where to begin? Thomas Sowell, correctly identifying that prospect (HT: Scott Holleran) as an "unmitigated disaster" for the GOP and America, observes among many other things:
The political damage of Donald Trump to the Republican party is completely overshadowed by the damage he can do to the country and to the world, with his unending reckless and irresponsible statements. Just this week, Trump blithely remarked that South Korea should be left to its own defenses.Sowell speculates that the best possible outcome of the election is a race that has to be decided by the House of Representatives. In the sense that the "winner" would lack a clear mandate and on the off-chance neither Trump nor Clinton might end up in office, there is merit to that conclusion.
Whatever the merits or demerits of that as a policy, announcing it to the whole world in advance risks encouraging North Korea to invade South Korea -- as it did back in 1950, after careless words by a high American official left the impression that South Korea was not included in the American defense perimeter against the Communists in the Pacific.
The old World War II phrase -- "loose lips sink ships" -- applies on land as well as on the water. And no one has looser lips than Donald Trump, who repeatedly spouts whatever half-baked idea pops into his head. A man in his 60s has life-long habits that are not likely to change. Age brings habits, even if it does not bring maturity.
"The real question is why they have so much misdirected confidence in a policy, led by Obama himself, that delivers them and all of Western civilization into the hands of barbarians." -- Michael Hurd, in "Phony Terror War Means West Really Loses" at Newsmax
"[N]ot having a clear idea of what to do with your life ... can result in not knowing what to do with your days." -- Michael Hurd, in "The Art of Examining -- and Living -- Your Priorities" at The Delaware Wave
"One of the most evil things you can do to a poor person is take away his freedom to improve his fate." -- Alex Epstein, in "How Opposition to Fossil Fuels Hurts the Poor Most of All" at Forbes
Pinboard Turns Seven!
The proprietor of my bookmarking service notes that his business has turned seven:
Ever feel like just wiping your servers and running off to Mexico?Humor aside, I have found Pinboard, which has been billed as "bookmarking for introverts" to be invaluable not just for my writing, but for basically anything I do that quickly checking a web-based reference might help. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially past or present users of del.icio.us.
Heh, don't worry, that's just the whiskey talking. Pinboard is seven years old today!