FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023
Also, Trump indicted: Last night, during the 8 o'clock hour, we found ourselves changing our mind.
More specifically, we found our mind changing within us.
Until then, we had never quite been able to picture Donald J. Trump winning next year's presidential election.
President Biden's obvious liabilities made some such outcome a technical possibility. But we'd never quite thought, until last night. that Trump could imaginably win barring some giant catastrophe.
Last night, our assessment changed within us as we watched Tucker Carlson Tonight.
On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this week, Carlson had gone light years over the top in his discussion of the way the armed transgenderist godless community was now waging a murderous war on our Christian children.
They're able to do this, Carlson kept saying, because they don't believe in God. Instead, they believe that they are God. So the abandoned boy said.
We aren't engaging in parody as we offer this summary of Carlson's remarks. We've offered you a reasonable paraphrase of what the cable star said, with links to transcripts below.
Over the course of those two nights, we found ourselves thinking of Kafka again. We found ourselves thinking of Darwin's discoveries.
We found ourselves thinking about the functioning of artificial intelligence, including the form of AI which is endlessly whirring, all day and all night, within our own human brains. For these two hours on these two nights, the yahoos were very much Them.
More on those musings at some future point! Last night, watching Carlson for the full hour, we began to believe, for the very first time, that Trump could conceivably win.
The energy was general over Fox News all through that remarkable hour. Among a long string of highly energized guests, Jason Whitlock, 55, took the cake.
Whitlock is a long-time sports commentator who has steadily drifted in the direction of conservative cultural commentary. Also, in the direction of "politically incorrect" speech, especially concerning issues of gender.
To review the twists and turns of Whitlock's career, you can just click this. Whitlock currently lives in Nashville, where three children were murdered this week.
When Whitlock appeared with Carlson last night, he began by thanking Carlson for his commentary, the previous two nights, about the godless transgenderist armed conspiracy which struck in Nashville this week.
Soon though, Whitlock turned to an apparent call to arms. It became clear that the indictment of Trump had pushed Whitlock over a certain edge:
WHITLOCK (3/30/23): Today, in our state capitol, which is right here in Nashville, the transgender antigun crowd took over the House for a time. And then, by the time I get home, I find out Donald Trump has been indicted. And I hear you loud and clear.
They are agitating for unrest. That's the only way to interpret this. They are agitating for unrest. And there's a godless element in this country that doesn't care about fairness. They don't care about the will of the people. They care about power and control.
As you have spelled out this week, they think they're God, and they think that they can make up the rules. They can decide what fairness is. They don't have a Biblical worldview.
It's sickening for me. I'm upset. I'm emotional. I'm—I'm ready for whatever is next. And I hope, every other man out there watching this show, I hope you're ready for whatever's next.
If that's what they want, let's get to it.
Whitlock said he's "ready for whatever is next." Offering a form of The Whitlock Challenge, he told the men who were watching the show that he hopes they're ready too.
"If that's what they want, let's get to it," he said. His meaning was fuzzy but clear.
Whitlock urged men to get ready for what's coming next. Continuing. this exchange occurred:
CARLSON (continuing directly): It feels like this is not the behavior of people who want the current system to continue. That's what it looks like to me.
WHITLOCK: Yeah. They don't like our Judeo-Christian founding. That's why they don't like the Founding Fathers. That's why they want to overthrow the Constitution that is laced with Biblical values and Biblical principles.
They want a Marxist, godless, Communist country. Plain and simple. Clear as day. With the alphabet mafia, this LGBTQ alphabet mafia, in control.
The godless people that you're talking about, that are totally antithetical to Christianity and Biblical values, wants control, and is seizing control, and they feel like taking down Donald Trump and beating everyone else into submission and just making them give up. Give up on Donald Trump, give up on—
Tucker, I don't say this with pride, I really don't. I'm just being factual. I've never voted. And so, I am not saying that with pride.
I'm hardcore MAGA tonight. I will be voting, I am hardcore MAGA. I've never voted. I observe Trump, I'm somewhat supportive of Trump, but they have made me MAGA. And they have made me ready for whatever is next because, what they are building for young people, I can't sit by and just let it happen without raising my voice and without being willing to sacrifice whatever so that kids don't live in a Communist Marxist society.
These people that think the government is going to take care of them don't understand history. They've never studied history. They don't understand how tyrannical a government is.
If they have their way, I, I— If they have their way, we're all catching Hell, except for the elites. And yes, I have a very good bank account, and perhaps I'm an elite. But my heart is working class.
My parents were factory workers. I came from nothing in this country. I'm black. They're telling everybody, "Black kid! Oh, you can't come from nothing and make it in this country." That's bullshit.
This country is the greatest country in the history of the planet. It's the safest and most prosperous place for black people and all people. That's why people are beating down the doors to get here, and they demonize the whole thing and they turn Trump into this devilish, Luciferian character, when they are the devils. They're the ones that don't believe in God.
That concluded Whitlock's presentation. Carlson offered this:
CARLSON (continuing directly): Jason Whitlock. [Pause]
I agree. Thank you, very much. I appreciate that.
To watch the entire interview, you can just click here. But so it went as Whitlock spoke.
At this point, we'll only note that Whitlock is, almost surely, completely sincere.
Some of the professional pols and professional pundits almost surely aren't. Almost surely, Whitlock believes every word he said as he issued what seemed to be a type of call to arms.
(We'll also offer this. Due to his sickened, emotional state, Whitlock was crazily over the top. But his sickened, emotional comments were built from some germs of insight.)
Whitlock was the most striking of Carlson's highly energized guests last night. For the record, we aren't saying that Trump will win next year's election, assuming that some such election take place.
We aren't saying that he will. We're saying that, for the first time, it occurred to us that he imaginably could.
Late yesterday afternoon, the Deep State had its way once again. Jealously, it pushed Gwyneth Paltrow's ski collision vindication aside as it indicted Trump. (For the AP report on Paltrow, just click here.)
Assisted by consultations with experts, we thought of the way our human intelligence actually works as we watched Carlson's hour. Similar thoughts have crowded our mind of late as we've watched the other "cable news" programs, the ones where the Yahoos R Us.
These TV shows are all part of a large failing system. As far as we know, no one is in charge of that system, but just be completely honest, a large part of the problem is Us.
This afternoon: Love it or leave it!
For extra credit only: Compare and contrast. Discuss:
WHITLOCK (3/30/31): It's sickening for me. I'm upset. I'm emotional. I'm—I'm ready for whatever is next.
BLOW (3/30/31): As I watched the film, I was incredibly uncomfortable, sometimes angry, sometimes near tears as I revisited Ruby’s story.
For the record, there's no reason why Charles Blow shouldn't have felt that way as he watched that Disney film.
This isn't what we're saying. What we're saying is actually this:
Compare and contrast. Discuss.