SHIP OF FOOLS

by Tucker Carlson

The Fox News anchor argues that America’s ruling class is out of touch with everyday citizens.

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  • @Jesus101 @ElaineW73414395 @BillOReilly So you can’t understand that we can have a difference of opinion. I guess… https://t.co/ptZsDJQOUZ
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  • @TuckerCarlson I know you're busy. & I'm so sorry for the crap your family & you have been going through. But I jus… https://t.co/RW7xZ5vBG1
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    • Global warming proselytizers leaving big clodhoppers of carbon footprints. Fascist antifascists. Unapologetic racists calling everyone but themselves racists. Forever accusing us of "hate," one of the more loving things you can do in life and a surefire way of bringing us all together. Obama has recently dusted off an old Democrat standby, that the other side "governs through fear" (sans examples of course). Isn't making grave, vague pronouncements about "fear" intended to scare you? Best of all, you don't have to back it up. The party of specious platitudes. I'll take blunt candor any day. Our side is trying, successfully, to do something about the violent MS13 gang, as the other side points out that they have "a spark of Divinity" in them. Their victims' families will be happy to hear that. There's the real division right there. Feigned piety trumps Trump. Or so they're banking on. Their "success," like many of these unfunny uninteresting and unstable entertainers (why are "creative people" all the same?) is dependent on people being undiscerning and unquestioning starry-eyed and vapid blind followers. Reminiscent of a nauseating, warmed-over (half-baked?) 60's pose: the pathetic notion that there's some sort of virtue culled from playing the wide-eyed innocent. War is bad for children and other living things. Love trumps hate. And it's been a veritable love-in since the election. A female comedian called Ivanka the c-word. On another day won't she be calling people "misogynists" at the drop of a hat? And that trumped the heck out of hate. Bravo TV's Andy Cohen on a show called "Watch What Happens Live" played a clip of Ivanka's three-year-old daughter singing a song in a recital as set-up to a ugly jab about "your mother's sweatshops." Their three-year-old child. Tell me something commensurate done by those of us who live to hate? And for the record, if that was the child of someone I don't like politically, I'd feel the same way about that. Maybe that's the real difference between us and them. Also for the record, I don't think we should just let thousands of people into the country willy-nilly every few weeks (I agree with one of Barack Obama's opinions about that) because I'm not insane and would like to still have a country in the future for people to seek asylum in. But I also have nothing but sympathy for them and hope a resolution can be reached. Maybe they can stay on Rob Reiner's lawn in the meantime. And if it doesn't go without saying, Bravo is now running insipid, somber "stop the hate" spots. Don't know if any toddlers are derided in them (that's why our remotes have fast-forward) but they obviously see their audience as hateful (not to mention simple-minded) and in need of a good talking down to. I feel we've turned some corner, a new spooky soullessness couched in smirks and smarm. A "new infernal mockery sniggering down the alleys of the earth." Jack Kerouac in 1965. "A type of sadistic facetiousness and sickjoke grisliness about human affairs, a grotesque hatred for the humble and the suffering heart." He put the sea change in the culture at 1960. It's a tsunami now. Maybe the down side of a successful long-lasting and rights-laden democracy like ours is it eventually spawns its own breed of utterly self-obsessed consummate reality-free narcissism. Rob Reiner has to be in his 70's. How could he not know that claiming Americans (i.e., white ones) fear "the browning of America" is the exact same thinking as "all blacks are lazy and shiftless?" And you can almost hear the racial barriers crashing down with this type of self-serving (and RACIST) vitriol. They're the impediments to change, the willful perpetuators of racial discord. Archie Bunker was right about him. (So was Frederick Douglass, a former slave, who wrote about these exact same people in the 19th Century) If Trump is so terrible you have to do better than that. You have to do better than "F Twump. He's a disgwace." Well said, but you have to flesh that out a little with your obvious gift for articulation. Especially if you want to put a stop to Evil Incarnate. (Didn't we always suspect he was about as intelligent as that one character he plays?) Alec Baldwin has recently called for "the overthrow of the United States government blah blah Trump." And? Why not expound on that after the applause dies down? It's pretty bad when that's not the worst thing we've heard out of him. Not by a long shot. The divide in the country isn't "political," it's personal. It's between b-word-ass f-wording s-word-heads (see above) and those of us who aren't. There are apparently people in this country who watch Joy Behar on purpose. Without morbid incredulity. That's what we're up against. Trump death squads killing gays per her? I think the media would have been all over that one. If they weren't preoccupied with investigating alleged collusion between Trump and Yakov Smirnoff. Ellen DeGeneres said on her show that she wouldn't have Trump on because he's "a danger to the country, a danger to the world, and a danger to me as a gay woman." And now a word from our sponsor. No elaboration on that needed or sought by anyone. Let's get this government overthrow started. And it's us who trade in "fear?" Obama and his minions bludgeon us with fear tactics and hysteria exclusively. In lieu of having anything else to offer. So someone I've certainly always liked doesn't just disagree with me, she hates my guts. As well as much of my friends' and family's guts. Probably every one of them an Ellen fan. Yet somehow they're in on endangering her as a gay woman? Having people in mind in that way isn't something at least akin to racism or blatant prejudice? We're seeing increasingly "my side, right or wrong" zealotry. Donald Trump's election has only served to expose it. They've been looking down their noses at us all along. Elvis never lost sight of who paid for Graceland. Everything Trump has accomplished has been in spite of the powers that be, not because of them. The performing monkeys' bully pulpits aren't working. The flat-out fake news isn't working. (look into the Kitty Genovese story from 1964) There's a big problem with gratuitous Trump-hating. If you voted instead for the shocking fraud and repugnant harridan who ran against him, then you shouldn't be voting at all. You know, the one knowingly married to a sexual predator (just like one her top aides who was married to that skeevy "Weiner" dude, currently in prison) who let her go on TV and defend him against allegations he knew to be true. Yet a victory for her was to be a victory for women? Only in their grotesque Bizzaro World. More like a victory for Harvey Weinstein. Words like "hypocrisy" and "dishonesty" and "corrupt" don't begin to cover it. Just plain nutty is more like it. Cray-cray, if you will. It's the believers in the trenches who make the world go around (with their "guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them..."), not these inveterate sneerers, sniffing and pooh-pooh-ing and demonizing and denigrating and sniveling and simpering from a great, great distance. Canada, for example. Richard Branson's private island. Beverly Hills. Midtown Manhattan. Any Democrat who hasn't condemned that, that Maxine Waters, which is to say EVERY Democrat, can take their purported "principles" and high moral ground and polished bromides and do something unpleasant of a personal nature with them. Please. Ship of tools. Maybe one day we can move beyond our inherent racism and myriad "phobias" and all this hate hate hate and a gay woman can be one of the most successful and beloved entertainers in the country or a black man can even be elected President. You may say I'm a dreamer. Thanks for the important book and your important show, Tucker. VOTE, mother-effers! Against lying, pomposity and the rest of it...
    • "Ship of Fools" does not waste any time in cutting to the quick of what is at the root of the political chaos in this country today. The election of Donald Trump was the American people throwing the middle finger at the ruling class in this country, republicans and democrats, and they still don't get it. As I write this I receive emails from influential republicans begging for donations so the "Trump" majority in congress can be maintained. What has that majority accomplished? The tax cut. Washington only cares about Washington. The immigration problem remains unresolved because democratic leaders want more democratic voters and republican leaders want cheap labor. They could care less about the effect on the American people. The invasion of Iraq destabilized the entire Middle East at the cost of a fortune to the American people in blood and money. Yet republican intellectuals like Bill Kristol and George Will have nothing but contempt for Trump and his supporters for saying so. While leaning conservative, Carlson is quick to point to the importance of a two party system that keeps the party in power in check and responsive to the wishes of the electorate. This is must read stuff for every republican, democrat, and independent who wants sanity restored to our national political scene.
    • If there’s one word that describes Tucker Carlson, it is “sharp.” He cuts to the core of each issue, explains it concisely, and shucks away the hidden agendas of those who want to manipulate the issue for their own self-serving agendas.That’s exactly what he does in this book. It is written conversationally, the way Tucker Carlson talks on TV. He has condensed millions of words about the advent of Donald Trump into two sentences: “Countries can survive war and famines and disease. They cannot survive leaders who despise their own people.” Tucker elaborates:=====Donald Trump was in many ways an unappealing figure. He never hid that. Voters knew it. They just concluded that the options were worse—and not just Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, but the Bush family and their donors and the entire Republican leadership, along with the hedge fund managers and media luminaries and corporate executives and Hollywood tastemakers and think tank geniuses and everyone else who created the world as it was in the fall of 2016: the people in charge. Trump might be vulgar and ignorant, but he wasn’t responsible for the many disasters America’s leaders created….…There was also the possibility that Trump might listen. At times he seemed interested in what voters thought. The people in charge demonstrably weren’t. Virtually none of their core beliefs had majority support from the population they governed….Beginning on election night, they explained away their loss with theories as pat and implausible as a summer action movie: Trump won because fake news tricked simple minded voters. Trump won because Russian agents “hacked” the election. Trump won because mouth-breathers in the provinces were mesmerized by his gold jet and shiny cuff links.=====He covers many insights provided in other excellent books by Laura Ingraham, Newt Gingrich, Anne Coulter, Charles Murray, and Jordan Peterson. But he brings them into the sharpest focus in his own unique way. For example, he addresses the issue of income inequality, which the Republican and Conservative Establishments seems afraid of:====America thrived for 250 years mostly because of its political stability. The country had no immense underclass plotting to smash the system. There was not a dominant cabal of the ultrawealthy capable of overpowering the majority. The country was fundamentally stable. On the strata of that stability its citizens built a remarkable society.In Venezuela…. small number of families took control of most of the Venezuelan economy. America isn’t Venezuela. But if wealth disparities continue to grow, why wouldn’t it be? Our political leaders ought to be concerned. Instead they work to make the country even less stable, by encouraging rapid demographic change====He is courageous in pointing out that excessive immigration, of the kind that Wall Street Republicans and Liberals Democrat want, is perhaps detrimental to the interests of most Americans:====…. Democrats know immigrants vote overwhelmingly for them, so mass immigration is the most effective possible electoral strategy: You don’t have to convince or serve voters; you can just import them. Republican donors want lower wages.====He talks about the social stratification of American society: that we have become an overly-credentialized society that concentrates its wealth into a tiny number of elites, while the middle class struggles far in the rea:====The path to the American elite has been well marked for decades: Perform well on standardized tests, win admission to an elite school, enter one of a handful of elite professions, settle in a handful of elite zip codes, marry a fellow elite, and reproduce.=====Tucker castigates the corruption of Conservatives and Liberals. He characterizes Republican House leader Paul Ryan as a bought-and-paid-for tool of multinational corporations. He talks about how Liberals have also become corrupted. The old-time Liberals (like his elementary school teacher) were an affable group of socially-conscious, well-meaning, and charmingly eccentric people. Some of those Liberals are still around. But many have become the greediest of Wall Street charlatans who operate the most oppressive companies here and abroad. Even worse, they have come do despise their fellow American citizens who have been distressed by the unstable economy of recent decades:====This is the unspoken but core assumption of modern American elites: I went to Yale and live on ten acres in Greenwich because I worked hard and made wise choices. You’re unemployed and live in an apartment in Cleveland because you didn’t. The best thing about old-fashioned liberals was how guilty they were. They felt bad about everything, and that kept them empathetic and humane. It also made them instinctively suspicious of power, which was useful. Somebody needs to be.=====Tucker concludes by explaining why the Establishments of both parties are whining about what they think is “the end of democracy” (translation: “We, the Establishment, think democracy is ending because the people won’t vote for our candidates"). Then he gives the Establishment his trademark, one-sentence summation:“If you want to save democracy, you’ve got to practice it.”
    • #1 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Ideologies & Doctrines > Conservatism & Liberalism#1 in Books > Humor & Entertainment > Humor > Satire#1 in Books > Humor & Entertainment > Humor > PoliticalCongratulations Tucker!I had a bias to like this book: Carlson has been my favorite FOX personality for many years; way before he got his own show. My favorite story about Tucker is the one Greta Vansusteren did on her Greta Talk podcast. I even wrote about it in my own book about posttraumatic growth (You'll have to go listen in order to know what I'm talking about.)Here's my favorite paragraph from the book:"Trump's election wasn't about Trump. It was a throbbing middle finger in the face of America's ruling class. It was a gesture of contempt, a howl of rage, the end of decades of selfish and unwise decisions made by selfish and unwise leaders. Happy countries don't elect Donald Trump president. Desperate ones do."That's exactly how I feel.I became a serious follower of politics when Barak Obama was elected. I never missed a day to see how he was going to undo what the United States of America stood for. I started attending conferences and summits to learn all I could. But the moment I became a news junkie was the night I was celebrating my wedding anniversary in a cozy home on the San Juan Islands in Washington state. It was the night after the events at Benghazi. I asked my husband, "What is this story about?" He said, "Our ambassador and several others just got killed." Fast forward.Nothing in the book was new to me because I watch Carlson's show every single night. If I'm not home I record and watch later.This book is a fast read, and you can tell it was written in anger. Carlson said he wrote most of it on airplane flights. Smashing themes in the book are:Immigration - "You don't have to convince or serve voters; you can just import them."Elitist liberals - "Eight of America's ten most affluent counties voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, in most cases by a large margin." (The ones who supposedly cared about the little fella no longer do)Social Media - "Facebook sees and records everywhere you go. FB knows the stores you visited, the events you attended, and whether you walked, drove, or rode your bike...the company also knows much of your Web browsing history."War - "Liberals used to be antiwar."Free Speech - "There's nothing more infuriating to a ruling class than contrary opinions. They're inconvenient and annoying. They're evidence of an ungrateful population...Above all, they constitute a threat to your authority." (insert sarcasm)Carlson continues in the book talking about identity politics, racial diversity (how liberals now want everyone divided according to their DNA), global warming, male bashing, and the amount of filth in cities led by liberals who say they care about environmental issues.This book if filled with anecdotes, quotes, statistics, and history. Most importantly it's a smashing explanation of the 2016 Presidential election. Sadly, Hillary still doesn't get it. Yesterday she was on TV, once again belittling Trump and the people who voted for him. She has no insight.Hope she reads a copy of this book.
    • Very interesting read. I was getting very depressed about our country and the course it has taken. This book explains everything!!! I’m a woman in my late 50s and before Trump came along, I remember the days where America was great. So thankful and blessed to read this wonderful book! Love Tucker Carlson and his humor! The votes for Trump show how many of us love him. But we’re afraid to show it. I’m afraid I’ll get stabbed, shot, or beaten if I wear a trump hat. Pretty sad. The left has so many angry people.