An old-fashioned party is a gathering of friends invited by the host or hostess, who foots the bill. Old-fashioned parties are very rare in New York nowadays. Actually, they are non-existent, having been replaced by the charity shindig: the guests pay, the host or hostess profits, the gossip columns get to write about it, and the charity sometimes even gets to see some of the moolah the climbers paid to get in.
Last week I went to an old-fashioned party given by Prince Pavlos of Greece and his princess, M-C. The occasion was the princess’s sister Pia Getty’s birthday. I ran into a lot of old friends I hadn’t seen in years, and sat at a table with four ladies, some of whom I pursued when my hair was still salt and pepper. Needless to say, all we talked about was politics — the forthcoming election and the jihad against Trump by the New York Times and the media. I was pleasantly surprised to hear some of the opinions of people I knew to be either centre or centre-left when it came to the media. As one of the ladies said: ‘No criminal or foreign leader has been called such names as Trump has by the Times. I feel outraged and very angry.’
Well, the New York Times doesn’t give a damn if it polarises the nation as long as it can cripple the Trump agenda. A recent poll showed that 64 per cent of the country believed the media was dividing the nation. The vitriol against the Republicans has been relentless, and woe betide those who dare to contradict talking heads on the idiot box. I’ll give you a brief example: one 6ix9ine, a Hispanic rapper whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, posted a vile video of a 13-year-old girl performing oral sex. The tattoo-faced rapper escaped jail with a plea bargain, presumably because of his notoriety as a Hispanic rapper. As far as I am aware, no talking head or newspaper expressed outrage. But no actor would survive in Hollywood, especially if he or she were white, if they expressed pro-Trump views.
The left in America has managed to change the racial character of the US, something I don’t believe has happened anywhere else on earth. An unprecedented government-sponsored campaign flooded the country with immigrants throughout the late 1960s and 1970s. That continues to this day, despite Trump’s efforts to halt it. His stance is branded racist. The media, think tanks, the political machines and the universities invoke the R-word the moment anyone says enough is enough.
Fifty years ago, whites represented close to 90 per cent of the population of the US. Census population statistics project that the nation will become minority white within three decades. So it is not true to say that America is a racist place that needs more diversity. Media people who live mostly in all-white, well-guarded buildings are ready to cry racist at the drop of any word or remark that might possibly be construed as racist.
A columnist by the name of Paul Krugman has gone so far as to write that good people cannot be Republicans. Krugman was the first to predict that the stock market would collapse the week that Trump was inaugurated. He has also written that Trump supporters have insinuated that the caravan of refugees from Honduras approaching the border has Jewish financiers behind it. He ignores the fact that Trump is as close to the Jewish community and Israel — he has two Jewish grandchildren — as it’s possible to be without formally joining Mossad.
Trump has been in power for almost two years and journalists and pundits have shown that they are not interested in finding out the truth or investigating criminality but only in destroying him. Night after night on television hysterical women and irrational men call for civil unrest against the Trump machine. The democratic result of 2016 has to be reversed is the message. And yet Trump has succeeded up to now: the Islamic State is on the run, the economy is booming, unemployment is close to a 50-year low, new and better deals have been signed with Mexico, Canada and South Korea. Even the little rocket man has calmed down and is playing nice. Which brings me to another figure of hate, Jair Bolsonaro, the newly elected president of Brazil.
Bolsonaro has said some extraordinary things against minorities, but like Trump he was fairly elected because people are sick and tired of being forced to accept as mainstream the alternative lifestyle of various elites. Editorials in the New York Times stating that ‘sex is not binary’ may please those who believe in human variety, or who study Vogue magazine, but most people think that we are born either male or female. The tribal instincts of man cannot be suppressed by elites who wouldn’t recognise a working stiff if they bumped into him on the way to the club. White Christians in America feel under siege, and all they have to do to confirm their fears is to open newspapers and look at the television.
Imposing equality is a fine and just idea in a democracy, but not if it means making the majority into an endangered species. The media in America have become like the EU: an enemy of the people, unelected and answering to no one.