On January 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm, Robert wrote:
As you know better than I do, the Third Party stuff can actually work - for a while - as shown by the Reform Party on this side of the border.
The Reform Party ended up swallowing the remnants of the useless "Progressive Conservatives" (for American readers, sort of like the RINO's without their deep commitment to actual Conservative policies, etc., etc.) and bringing most of them to heel, going on to actually win government (pity about what's happened since, as you know).
Could the Donald pull off a Grover Cleveland/Reform Party act?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:01 pm, Robert Morell wrote:
There has been much discussion in the MSC about the problem of whether to start a 3rd party or try to reform the Republican Party from within. Apparently, former President Trump is opting for the latter. He has promised to "primary" RINOs and endorse MAGA supporters. What do you think are the prospects for success? It seems to me that the inevitable outcome will be a war between the McConnell-Romney wing of the Republican party (they are numerous and they control the resources) and the MAGA supporters, most of whom have no deep institutional connection to the Republican Party. The end result will be a split and either a de facto 3rd Party, or the disenfranchisement of a sizeable fraction of the "Republican" electorate. Wouldn't it be easier to make the break now and market a 3rd party than to try to play the "not that Republican, this Republican" game two and four years from now?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:03 pm, Tom Lewis wrote:
Mark, What do you think the future holds for Liz Cheney?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:04 pm, Steve M wrote:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo won an Emmy award for creating, per the head of the Emmys, "a whole new dimension in public education" with his daily (and now-discredited) TV propaganda about Covid. Obama famously won the Nobel Peace Prize for his successfully finding his way to his desk in his first week in the Oval Office. For the, in your phrase, "avalanche of lies" from the * Administration, what award do you think the Asterisks will score this year?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:04 pm, Rachel K wrote:
Hi Mark, why is Andrew Cuomo suddenly being thrown under the bus in the mainstream media? They were covering for him obviously before, so why now is everything being aired and he's a marked man? This couldn't happen without the Democratic seal of approval. It can't all be Janice Dean's doing either. Something has changed.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:05 pm, Emily Greenberg wrote:
Greetings Mark! If you could transport yourself in a time machine, to any (decent) point in history ~ what time would you choose? These current times we are in are making me wish for one of those machines. Merci, Emily
On January 29, 2021 at 4:07 pm, Pamela S wrote:
Can you say the Durham Report a few times to add to the energy and excitement?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:07 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
Hey, Mark. I just read that Kevin Clinesmith, the FBI lawyer who plead guilty to falsifying a document to justify the Russia investigation of the Trump Administration, got probation and community service. He might as well have plead guilty to a misdemeanor in a county courthouse.
I wonder what your thoughts are on the Durham investigation compared to the Adam Mackey indictment for posting memes in the 2016 election?
Personally, I think things like this are why the conservative movement needs to jettison the Republican Party and set up a new party. The contemporary Republican Party starts out in "historic tax cut" that nets most people a few hundred dollars a year and ends up with Hank Paulson on a knee begging Nancy Pelosi for yet another in a Never ending series of corporate bail outs. It talks about small government, but says nothing when COVID lockdowns restrict virtually every constitutional liberty. It's four years and counting on the Durham report while the Biden Administration indicts someone for posting memes on the 2016 election.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:08 pm, Al Man from CA wrote:
Well, here we are. A senile Commander in Chief, an administration full of socialists, Obama retreads, anti-Trump conspirators, and idiots. All executive orders have been anti-American and designed to lose jobs and redistribute our imaginary wealth. Non-leftists are to be spied upon and possibly jailed. Has the Swamp and China finally won?
p.s. You were right on with your FBI comment on Tucker, I have researched for four years and have yet to find a single whistle-blower from the rank and file. Not ONE!
On January 29, 2021 at 4:09 pm, Rosette wrote:
By now the future looks grim. it is such a turmoil of events that it appears difficult, if almost impossible to think of a prediction for the next months.
I am surprised about Mr. Biden's stamina... Now he looks almost resucitated wearing the Potus (elegant) clothes. For the moment he is just busy to sign a lot of executive orders.
Will he be able to perform something more demanding in the long run? The assumptions (in the script) were that he would leave the presidental chair to Mrs Harris in a short period of time. Will he? Obama is still behind the curtains...
What is your take about all this?
Thank you very much.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:10 pm, Michael Megan wrote:
Hugely enjoying your output in these difficult times. Have been on the first 2 cruises, what hope of the Med cruise happening ? You have swell documented the decay of the West. The big problem for all us is who to vote for ? Here in the UK, the Tories are as wet as the rest. Will you start a part here so I don't need to spil my vote next time ? A Brexit supporter
On January 29, 2021 at 4:11 pm, Grandma Judy wrote:
Not to be depressing but do you see us getting into a war with China by backing up Taiwan? Lots of saber rattling going on over there.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:12 pm, Travis Sutherland wrote:
Mark, are we really resigned to now 'Deal with the Steal'? If it is indeed true that we've just gone through such a blatant, undeniable coup to install the most compromised and corrupt foreign-enemy-asset tyrants in our nation's history, how and why are we just moving on? If voting, and indeed the constitution itself, are no longer reliable or viable to reverse course, what is now our recourse? It seems like we should be stopping at nothing, and incessantly demanding justice and restoration of the rule of law, like our lives and futures depend on it.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:12 pm, Kevin Clark wrote:
You've made it pretty clear you think the election was stolen. Personally I think it's worse than that - that Biden actually got more votes. That after winning the culture the progressives actually have more voters choosing them. And even if it wasn't true in 2020, that with better election supervision we could've dragged Trump across the finish line in a few more swing states, the progressives still control the schools, the media, churches, most corporations, etc. and it's only natural that's going to produce more votes. Do you see a way forward?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:14 pm, George Schmidt wrote:
Hi Mark, I just signed in and saw the welcome to the new members. I'm the one in Fonthill ON. Great to be here on an island of sanity in a sea of chaos.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:15 pm, Michael Cavino wrote:
You once noted that Biden's Corn Pop story was the greatest political story/strategy in the history of American politics. Do you think Joe will ever invite Corn Pop to the White House for photo-op?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:16 pm, Brian W. wrote:
It strikes me that many if not most members of Congress are quite happy to let Presidents issue executive orders. That takes them off the spot in the same way judicial decisions do. This leaves the senators and representatives free to feather their own nests.
Do you see any chance of changing this current way of doing business?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:17 pm, Gregory Laughton wrote:
So, do you think Mitch McConnell endorsed the impeachment of ex-President Trump as revenge or because he's concerned that Trump voters might split the Republican vote in future elections, and he wants him out of the picture? Or both?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:18 pm, Richard Malaby wrote:
Hi Mark, love the Club!
I'm taking a wonderful online course through Hillsdale, "America: A Land of Hope" with William McClay. In a recent lecture on the 1890's, McClay mentions the difficulties associated with immigration, and not just for America but immigrants themselves. Imagine being a grandparent and hearing your grandchild speak a language you do not know in a country you're unfamiliar with, losing your own cultural inheritance. Perhaps a small price to pay if you're fleeing a communist or fascist government; I have the pleasure of knowing a few folks in their 70's and 80's whose families fled European and Latin American countries for those reasons, and are distraught with the course our government is taking us. What a turn we've made, where immigrants who were strangers in a foreign land are now troubled because the America we live in looks like what they left
On January 29, 2021 at 4:20 pm, Sharon wrote:
Mark, could you comment on the murderous inclination of the left, as evidenced by the sudden flip flop by Facebook on HCQ for treating Covid19 (waiting for flip flops on the other drugs that non-leftist physicians created protocols for). Isn't this proof that they absolutely wanted people to die in order to sink Trump? I'm so upset by this, mostly because I know nobody will pay any price for the avoidable deaths, murders really.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:21 pm, Bentley wrote:
Mark, do you see any way forward for the US to get out of this mess? The Dems in Congress seem to be hell bent on destroying the country in short order, and Biden (assuming he's awake long enough to do so) seems equally hell bent on helping them. One hope I have is that by moving so quickly, it could blow up in their faces (No, Nancy and AOC, that isn't a physical threat; it's merely a figure of speech.) before they've been able to truly consolidate their power. That may be wishful thinking on my part, however.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:22 pm, Paul Cathey wrote:
Mark, your facility with the various voices and accents across these many stories is the best I've heard since Uncle Bill Mitchell was telling the Tales from Big Wood on the British Forces Broadcasting Service aired on the BBC. It's a great talent.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:22 pm, Michelle Dulak wrote:
I am loving 1984 (if that's the right word) too. Knowing how it turns out, the recent couple segments with O'Brien frighten me. The one salutary difference between Orwell's dystopia and our "real thing" is that in ours, it's generally all too clear who the enemies are, though an awful lot of boots are stomping on an awful lot of human faces just now.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:23 pm, John Bruce wrote:
Mark: No one respects you more than I do. But I beg to differ re encouraging Trump supporters to form a third party. Soros, Pelosi, and Schumer would love that.
Trump succeeded by growing the GOP base, not by reducing the Dem base—solid even in red states. In general elections, one must win a plurality. Only GA and LA have general election runoffs. I don't know how splinter parties win seats in the Parliament or Knesset, but they don't win anything here.
They are spoilers, e.g., the Libertarians (quietly supported by Soros types?). By draining off GOP leaners, a large Lib. vote in 2016 (plus Kristol-stooge McMullin) cost Trump 4 states (NH, MN, NV, ME) and maybe NM, where Lib. drew 11%.
In 2020, Trump lost the electoral college by 42,844 votes (officially) in AZ, GA, WI. That's 269-269. Trump wins in House with 29-30 state delegations, one vote each. A Lib. on the ballot probably cost Trump all 3 states:
State Biden margin Lib. votes
AZ 10,457 51,465
GA 11,779 62,229
WI 20,608 38,490
No Lib. and Trump needs only ~60% of these voters to win. [Note to Libertarians: Neither Ron or Rand Paul ever won anything as a Libertarian, but only by running as Republicans.] In Nov., Perdue missed avoiding a runoff by 0.3%. The Lib. got 2.3%. No Lib. candidate and GOP still controls the Senate. Filibuster safe. No Supreme Court packing, D.C. statehood, or election-rigging HR 1.
I get the frustration with the McConnells and Ryans, but the Party does not belong to them. It belongs to the 74.2 M Trump voters, who would be crazy to cede the GOP election infrastructure to the RINOs. The Tea Party got this. Instead of forming a third party, they ran in GOP primaries and voted GOP in the fall. In 2010, the GOP gained 63 House seats and Gingrich as Speaker.
Reagan asked rhetorically in 1975: "Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?" The Nation is on the brink. Conservatives/populists don't have decades to build a new party competitive with Dems. About 90% of Republicans backed Trump, even if squeamish.
Pressure GOP to resist Biden as Dems resisted Trump and clean up election procedures. Run electable primary challengers to Liz Cheney, et al. Turn out GOP vote in 2022. Pressure GOP winners to keep resisting until 2024. Win back WH with Trumpian GOP nominee. Not easy, but the only way.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:26 pm, Murf Oscar wrote:
Hello there Mark,
Am interested in your thoughts on the US Supreme Court's dismissal of the State of Texas and Ors petition for lack of standing and then not going on to consider the evidence presented.
I feel very strongly that this null decision fron the highest court in the land, and effectively means the truth or otherwise of the petitioners claims of election fraud will never be known.
In now way does it constitute confirmation of the correctness of the earlier decisions from the lower courts.
Certainly too it does not support the anxious media claims that Trump lied.
Leaves me wondering "Had the court reviewed the evidence and found there was no fraud, might the trouble in the capitol area been forestalled".
On January 29, 2021 at 4:27 pm, Susi Thomas wrote:
Ciao Mark! Do you remember "outcome-based education" awhile ago? This Racial Equity (which includes LGBTQ and all those other categories deserving of equity) is making it "outcome-based EVERYTHING"! Doesn't matter what you do, what you don't do---everyone (well, except the "deplorables") must end up with the same material reward, same status, degree, job, gambling winnings, ribbons for their state fair baked-goods or biggest marrows judging, etc. etc.! It sure is a deathlike damper to ambition, innovation, and hard work. . . . Meanwhile, I love your nightly reading of 1984....but then each morning I get up and see such similar stories actually happening in the news in the Epoch Times pages, Sky News in Australia, and the few other reliable sources in existence, and it's awfully depressing.
Best regards, Susi
On January 29, 2021 at 4:28 pm, Tari Christ wrote:
So identity is the default response to every question
On January 29, 2021 at 4:29 pm, George Schmidt wrote:
Believe it or not Orwell was required reading when I was in grade nine circa 1959. Ditto when my daughter was in high school in 2000-5. Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm should be required reading all school, but that's probably wishful thinking on my part.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:30 pm, Jeff Johnson wrote:
Snowball has been successfully chased out of Washington DC; Napoleon has urinated all over the plans for the Windmill and has taken ownership of the plans, some animals are now more equal than others, the oligarch pigs are yucking it up in the farmhouse, and I'm channeling my inner Boxer What's next?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:31 pm, SabreMike Carroll wrote:
Why can't those 11,000 unemployed pipeline workers do what John Kerry did and marry the insanely wealthy heiress of a ketchup maker?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:32 pm, George Pereira wrote:
I've been noticing the increasing use of pepper spray in contentious "interactions" , apparently without consequence as "normal?"
Isn't this assault?
I've also seen advertisements for "social distancing" sticks that deliver a "gentle" jolt for anyone who gets too close. Aren't these called cattle prods?
When will the use of tasers be normal?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:33 pm, Donna Senft wrote:
With some of the Biden administration overreach over the past week, particularly with allowing men to enter women's restrooms, do you think there is an opportunity to start changing the culture back? There may be some now open to a more traditional point of view.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:34 pm, Tom Gelsinon wrote:
But Biden thinks he womandated equity.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:36 pm, Nicola Timmerman wrote:
Great point brought up by a listener on Rush today that reminded Rush of an insight he had had in the past. How come the Republicans aren't finding friendly judges as the Democrats did against Trump to fight executive orders by having injunctions? Could it be because they are so afraid of the media who will surely go ballistic if the Republicans did the same thing? Democrats act, Republicans fold.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:37 pm, Paul Nachman wrote:
Left over, and unrequited, from last time:
Mark, you've talked about the superiority of simple paper ballots, hand counted where they're cast. Nolo contendere.
But even though you've lived in New Hampshire for decades, I wonder if you're carrying over too much from your Canadian experience, wherein an election consists of a **single** race: the choice of the MP for a provincial or federal riding. (To clarify for non-Canadians, that's one or the other, **not both**. I checked with James Fulford, editor at VDARE. James lives in Toronto.)
But in U.S. elections, there can easily be a dozen candidate races on the ballot as well as ballot questions.
(e.g. In Montana, besides the presidential, U.S. senator, and congressional rep races, we just elected governor, attorney general, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, regional member of the Public Service Commission, state legislators, some local officials, plus we voted on several ballot questions.)
In principle, you could go to a separate piece of paper for each contest, but I think the resulting blizzard of paper would likely yield chaos that might well be as fraught as what we're stuck with now.
So, regarding your recommended elections regime, am I missing something obvious?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:38 pm, Jeffrey Gilbert wrote:
I was going to ask you to consider scheduling future live "broadcasts" at different times for different parts of the world. Maybe after regular work hours on the west coast?
But then I realized that I prefer you in recently recorded form. My hearing is rather poor, so it is nice to be able to back up and repeat what I may not have understood. There may even be parts that I want to immediately hear again.
Plus, I can skip past the 43rd recitiation of time zone offsets.
Never mind: I'll go with recorded form.
PS: Maybe this comment took as much time from you as the time zone recitation used to take from me.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:39 pm, Edward Braun wrote:
Concerning third party, Nigel Farage formed a party in a matter of weeks and look at his success. President Trump has a loyal base, my wife and I as examples, and we would be joined by the other millions of his followers. Your thoughts.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:40 pm, Susan Maguire wrote:
Do you think any of my comments sent to my ONLY rep Liz Cheney before she betrayed President Trump are spot on?
We watched every hour of the GA senate sub committee's investigation into voter fraud- also PA's and AZ's. Anyone who didn't watch is susceptible to Saul Alinsky 's "Rules for Radicals" gargantuan lie that President Trump didn't win by a landslide and there were no votes stolen.
I watches President Trump's Voter Fraud speech live. He ended asking protesters to go lawfully and peacefully to the Capitol. Unless you are a pro- communist and / or are beholden to China (like the Biden Family multi millions acceptance of bribes) there is no way you would posture for Trump's impeachment and 25th Amendment false accusations and blather that he is unstable.
With your extensive background in DC, you wouldn't have fallen for the BIG lie that Trump FORMENTED the Capitol's preplanned breach by ANTIFA anarchists unless there was something huge in it for you.
did you also hate Reagan for his "trust but verify" urging? Whatever. you have NOT done your verifying homework!!! And because you do not seek to verify the truth, the whole truth and NOTHING but THE TRUTH, we descend into Communism and a Stalinistic impeachment show trial of TRUMP which none of us in Wyoming want. So much for power to the people whom you're about to hack to death and your Big Tech buddies have already obliterated! And now your ilk on TV threaten to Cleanse political speech of us who understand Communists and the sump hole they'll force us into!
You are Wyoming's only representative. Your shafting of us and the US Constitution's guarantee of the RIGHT for Freedom of speech is raising the hair on out backs!
By turning on us in effect you are siding with Maoists & Marxists and their totalitarian ways!"
On January 29, 2021 at 4:42 pm, Quinn Watson wrote:
For Live Around the Planet:
Thinking about hopping on the 3rd annual Mark Steyn Club Cruise. Two questions:
1) How many masks will be required while on deck? I'll bring 4 to be safe.
2) I'm printing tee shirts that say "Defund Big Tech." How's 15% of net sales sales sound, for letting me peddle them during the voyage?
In all seriousness, you are a Light in the Darkness, sir. Thank you for all that you do.
On January 29, 2021 at 4:44 pm, Bill Holcomb wrote:
Will Democrats who evacuate California and New York for Texas and Florida stupidly continue to vote Democrat at their new domiciles, completing the total conversion of the US to Oceania?
On January 29, 2021 at 4:58 pm, George Schmidt wrote:
Mark, where do you see Kevin O'Toole the leader of H.M. Loyal Opposition in the "conservative" world? I can relate to him specifically because like him, I also served in the Canadian Forces. He seems like a nice family guy and well-spoken but... I am troubled by what seems to be his over-reaction to accusations from the Left that his party is a hot-bed of "white supremacy". Do you see anyone in Canada that comes close to Rand Paul conservative?
On January 29, 2021 at 5:09 pm, Poohbear wrote:
This isn't a question. Just a note to say to you and your team... keep up the good work. We need you now more than ever and appreciate you now more than ever. You guys keep me sane. Seriously.