If you're a supporter of Ted Cruz or John Kasich, you'd better come out strongly against the violence being perpetrated by thugs at Donald Trump's rallies. The only reason this violence is occurring at Trump's rallies, rather than Cruz's or Kasich's rallies, is that Trump is ahead of them in the delegate count. If and when Cruz or Kasich gets the nomination, the violence will be directed at them. Don't doubt me. It's time for all conservatives to defend Trump. Think of it as defending your own guy. See here.
“In New Age of Privilege, Not All Are in Same Boat” (“The Velvet Rope Economy” series, front page, April 24) highlights the impact of the income gap on luxury travel. Citing two classes on cruise ships is hardly a marker of real income extremes. The 0.01 percent, with their own yachts, wouldn’t be caught dead on a cruise line. Few on the other end of the income continuum can afford a cruise in the first place.
The privileged will always carve out enclaves of splendor. These are targeted by some of The Times’s ads. The threat to democracy is not from a disparity in dining options on cruises, but from an entrenched gap in critical services. The article only touches on the real divide—where public services favor the wealthy. Forget the false dichotomy of luxury travel. Look at the bifurcated legal system, asymmetric political influence, and imbalances in education, medical options and, sadly, even potable water. This is where, and why, the income gap matters.
MARGARET V. SIEBEL
Note from KBJ: I've never been on a cruise. Have you?
Say what you will about Ann Coulter's politics (I happen to like them); she's a witty and sarcastic writer and therefore always entertaining to read. Here is her description of John Kasich, from this column:
Voters quickly moved on from Cruz and tried Kasich. But he turned out to be the spitting image of a homeless man. He's got the slouch, the facial tics, and a strange way of bouncing his head and looking around that makes you want to cross the street to avoid him. It looks like he cuts his own hair, and his suits are Ralph Nader cast-offs. He wolfs down food like a street person, has a hair-trigger temper, and rants about religion in a way that only he can understand.
Hilarious! I've had the same thoughts myself while observing Kasich the past few months, but I could never have put them into words so brilliantly.
George Will, who is always on the make, has concluded that there's no money for his wife (or himself) in a Donald Trump candidacy, so he's looking ahead to 2020. (His wife worked as a consultant to Scott Walker, who was destroyed by Trump.)
Addendum: If you want to see how sleazy Will is, read this. Have a barf bag handy.
I had another great month on the bike. I rode 17 times in 30 days, for a total of 581.7 miles. That's an average of 19.39 miles per day and 135.73 miles per week. I've now pedaled 2,053.4 miles in 2016. My plan for the year was to have my second-best mileage year ever (in 36 years of cycling), but now I think I can have my best mileage year ever. (I had my best in 1990, when I was 33 years old.) Today's ride was great fun. I listened to music the entire way on my iPhone 5c. The recent flooding of the trail in various places is no longer a problem. The temperature was 63º when I started and 71º when I arrived home. I averaged 17.24 miles per hour. That may not seem like much, but (1) I had no draft from anyone, (2) the course has many twists and turns, and (3) I'm 59 years old. My personal record on this course (34.2 miles) is 17.45 miles per hour.
I don't know who David French is, but he has a bad case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Let's start a pool to pick the date National Review gets behind Donald Trump. I say 1 September. Speaking of National Review, when this rag of a magazine published an issue entitled "Against Trump" three months ago, the writers probably thought they were being edgy. They're now looking stupid. How embarrassing it will be to have to get behind a man they ridiculed with language such as this:
Some conservatives have made it their business to make excuses for Trump and duly get pats on the head from him. Count us out. Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.
From menace to messiah in a matter of months. Write it down.
Re “Daring to Back Clinton” (Metropolitan section, April 17), about the isolation felt by Columbia students who support Hillary Clinton:
At the age of 12, I canvassed for Senator Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. At the age of 18, I organized several Black Lives Matter protests. And at the age of 20, my peers consider me conservative.
Over this time, my political beliefs have remained unchanged. I still support entitlements, loathe mass incarceration, advocate for L.G.B.T.Q. rights, and believe in the government’s power to improve lives and create sweeping change. This ideology makes me a Democrat in the vein of Barack Obama, Jed Bartlett (“West Wing”) and even Mrs. Clinton. But on my college campus, I might as well be Pat Buchanan.
At Harvard, admitting that #ImWithHer is nearly tantamount to boasting “Make America Great Again.” If you haven’t shared a post from the writer and activist Shaun King, you are not a true liberal here.
When defending Mrs. Clinton becomes as unacceptable as bigotry, when her supporters are called privileged, oppressive and stupid, we lose the central feature of our democracy—pluralism.
Indeed, by surrounding themselves with only those who share their narrow set of political beliefs, the students who make up the liberal base on college campuses perpetuate the very oligarchical traditions they lament.
I’m a Hillary supporter. In their eyes, I might as well be a College Republican.
The writer is op-ed editor of The Harvard Crimson.
More and more Republican elites are getting right with Donald. Have you? If I may say so, what we are observing is a sea change in American politics. Things will never be the same. Donald Trump will not only win the Republican nomination for president; he will crush Hillary Clinton in November and serve two terms as president. Historians will mark this as the Age of the People, a time when ordinary, everyday, hard-working, God-fearing people regained control of their government, which had been taken from them by self-serving political professionals (a class that includes not only elected officials, but donors, consultants, pollsters, and pundits). If you're having a hard time seeing this, it's because you're immersed in it. Step out of the water and look around. Pay particular attention to Donald Trump's crowds. Everything has changed. Those who are invested in the system are confused, frustrated, and outraged. Some of them, such as Jonah Goldberg, John Podhoretz, Stephen Hayes, Ross Douthat, George Will, Charles Krauthammer, and Rush Limbaugh, are in denial. (Limbaugh is in the bag for Ted Cruz, but won't say so lest he lose listeners.) I'm glad I lived long enough to see this country taken back from the elites.