There seems to be some disagreement among the various unreliable Internet sources as to the earliest origin of the phrase I used for the title of this blog. Wiki attributes it to the penultimate line in a Scottish poem from 1895
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
The Phrase Finder website suggests that it was first found in print in the Bulletin of the School of African and Oriental Studies in 1918. But, both sources agree that the phrase refers to frightening, but imagined events.
And, that brings me to the topic of today’s blog – truly frightening politicians vs just imagined scariness. Back December 2015, I wrote a blog with the tautological title, “Donald Trump is a Bombastic Buffoon.” In that piece, I opined, correctly as it turns out, that the trope being used to parry off the Orangeman’s candidacy that he was “scary” was bunk. I further said, I’m sure correctly though thankfully we’re not running this experiment, that a Hillary Clinton presidency would be a lot more scary given her long track record of failure at, well, everything she ever did in life.
As a quick recap, because I love to pat myself on the back when I’m right (and ignore completely when I’m wrong), the Trump presidency has been precisely what I said it would be – bombastic, boorish, buffoonish, and….wildly successful. The economy and employment are humming along at levels not seen in many decades, we’ve righted the ship on the horrible Iranian deal, we’ve done a legit reset on many of Obama’s other foreign policy gaffes, and we’re finally stepping up to our immigration crisis despite the efforts on the left to stymie him. And, a lot more, but that’s truly not the topic of today’s blog (pat, pat, pat).
I want to return to the topic of what should actually scare us. Not imagined things going bump in the night, but real things that could do actual harm to us. And not just political harm, but actual physical harm. And, by that I mean people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC, as they now call her, is an avowed socialist. By some estimates, socialism cost 100 million people their lives. Stop, just stop, for a moment and really let this settle in. There are people in the United States of America who voted for a candidate who openly advocates for a political philosophy that failed miserably and killed as many as 100 million people. And, Donald Trump is the next Hitler. Right.
If you were inclined to dismiss AOC as something that goes bump in the night (so you can actually sleep tonight) you might note that she has come to this position with the support of 110,318 people voting in the super liberal 14th district of New York. That’s 0.03% of the US population. Sleep well, right? Not so fast. Within a week of taking office, nearly the entire democrat party establishment has embraced her as their mouthpiece with nearly every declared democrat party candidate for the 2020 presidential election signing onto AOC’s plan that would bankrupt the country and devastate our poorer population within 10 years. And end up killing how many people? Well, 100 million is a starting point.
Friends, that’s not a bump in the night. That’s something to be truly scared of.