A shithole, yesterday
I can’t say that I am overly impressed with the Trump presidency, but not for the same reason his critics are raging and frothing. Now, he is not being allowed to govern, that much is as clear as an unmuddied lake, and is obviously having to cut threadbare deals in order to negotiate the intricacies of government. But I had hoped that he would go in with both fists swinging, like a drunken cowboy bursting through the Dutch doors of a saloon and throwing various ranch hands back out through the windows.
One way in which he has not disappointed, though, is with his rhetoric. Thuggish and crass, Trumpspeak goes against every tenet of the political class, and that is exactly what is needed in an age in which the Left are trying to sanitise speech and inform the little people – as well as the big ones – what they can and can’t say.
Speech is supposed to function, in part, as crude ornament. Look at Chaucer or the Latin vulgate poets. Just don’t go to university and expect to look at them. Do it in your own time.
I sincerely hope Trump did refer to Haiti and various African countries as ‘shitholes’. If the Left has a problem with that abrupt terminology, then by their works shall ye know them. It is not pretty language, but it is not a pretty world. Democrats and most Republicans, as well as Leftist Progressivist political elites across Europe, want more of these people because they are hell-bent on the destruction of the indigenous population, as well as wishing to see some serious civil unrest so they can impose some real draconian fun. That is why their language towards the countries Trump refers to as ‘shitholes’ is simpering, as they try to sell trash to their respective publics.
And, boy, does Haiti know about trash. Children, abandoned by their parents, live on rubbish heaps, much the same as they do in Brazil. Pictures show a country awash with garbage. Looking at these images, one wonders whether, if Haiti is not a shithole, where is? Curiously, Haiti’s national debt as a proportion of gross domestic product is less than half that of France and the UK, which either shows what an unreliable indicator that is, or shows that no one will lend money to a shithole.
John Derbyshire, the brilliant British expat to the USA who writes for the VDare website, quotes writer Rebecca Hersher in a feature about Haiti from 2017 as follows;
‘Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is one of the largest cities in the world without a central sewage system. There are no sewers connecting sinks, showers and toilets to hulking wastewater treatment plants. Most of the more than 3 million people in the metro area use outhouses, and much of that waste ends up in canals, ditches and other unsanitary dumping grounds where it can contaminate drinking water and spread disease.’
So, Haiti literally is a shithole. A+ for President Trump for factual accuracy.
The best of the knock-on effects of Trump’s alleged expletive – and we have only the word of his enemies - was Breitbart editor Raheem Kassam telling an aghast Sky reporter who was trying and failing to grill him that Sadiq Khan had turned London into a shithole. Personally, I think a coarsening of political and cultural discourse is profoundly to be wished for. I swear heartily and often, and my father – the fifth anniversary of whose death is today - swore if there were no women in the company, something which would be sneered at today.
Looming over this whole tawdry tempest in a tea-cup, however, is the same old concerns about the media. They need anything, literally anything, to divert the public from the real issues of the day. In this case, they don’t want the economy to be noticed, because it is doing better than it was under the pathetic Barack Obama. They don’t want the real effects of unskilled immigration to be noticed as it depresses working class, and particularly black, wages. They don’t want the latest investigation into the Clintons to hit the headlines. They would rather distract attention from the fact that the investigation into Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia has cost $7m and produced not a rouble’s worth of evidence. If Putin had wanted to damage the USA, incidentally, he would have done everything in his power to get Hillary Clinton elected.
The Left have turned political discourse and its media expression into a child’s playroom whose walls are covered in wildly flung excrement. The pathetic level of criticism shows the Left for exactly what they are, infantile, pre-formed, immature and petulant. This is why I ditched all my Lefty friends, this amounting to almost all my friends. I am not the world’s most mature man, as those who know me well will attest, but you have to look at politics squarely, warts and all, and assess situations, policies and likely outcomes. In this age of triggering and safe spaces, it seems as though the whole political class and their attendant pundits are simply copying the babyish students infesting modern university campuses. It is curious that a swear word, or cuss word, can have the effect of showing maturity in the context of the response to it, but this too is welcome.
So, you have been sworn in and sworn at, O Trump. Do please swear on.