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The last word on Comey

Steyn has earned it on merit.

Comey’s rationale for refusing to announce in public that Trump isn’t “under investigation” was that that situation might conceivably change in the future. That’s like the sheriff refusing to confirm that I’m not under investigation because he doesn’t know whether I’ll hold up a liquor store next week. Given the damage done by the leaking of every vague guilt-by-association rumor but not the central fact of the case, Trump was right to fire this guy – in the national interest.

As is now plain, it’s a “Russia investigation” because Russia is the easiest MacNuffin. Anything else is too complicated: If Trump were alleged to be an agent of the ayatollahs or Kim Jong-Un, that would place it too close to the real world of actual geopolitical concerns. But “Russia” is just the generic Cold War bad guy from byzantine double-agent plots like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, New York Real Estate Developer.

The real scandal here is that the vast all-seeing permanent bureaucracy is investigating its political opponents – for no good reason, only for a general fishing expedition. The “Russia investigation” is a misnomer for what it really is: a domestic investigation of US citizens without any probable cause. They’ve come up empty, or you’d know it by now.

We’ve probably heard just about the last either from or about Comey; his usefulness as a cat’s paw for the Treasonous Left and their Vichy GOPe enablers and co-conspirators is just about expended, so we’ll be on to the next SCANDAL OF THE CENTURY™ ‘long about next week—possibly after the next regularly-scheduled Muslim terrorist atrocity none of our “leadership” will ever do anything about.

It’s all slowly degenerating into Coup Theater, in its way, and it leaves us…well, right where we have been right along. The real danger here, the fire the DC establishment is busy flipping matches at, is something entirely else:

Forlorn liberals took refuge at the American Constitution Society’s national convention in Washington this week, discussing whether to encourage the growth of the “deep state” resistance inside the government or fight President Trump from outside.

Okay, right off the bat: anybody else appreciating the jawdropping irony of “liberals” doing anything but protesting vehemently at something called the American Constitution Society?

“The election of Donald Trump was an assault on the federal bureaucracy,” William Yeomans said to a room full of students and civil servants, including those recently displaced by Trump’s administration.

Well, uhh, yes. Yes, it was. That was kind of the whole point, really. We wanted the swamp drained; you’re the alligators. What about that didn’t you understand before? Seems simple enough to me.

“His values are simply not consistent with the values of people who are committed to public service fascist tyranny and who believe deeply in the importance of public service fascist tyranny.”

Fixed it for ya. And yes, American values themselves—real ones, that is, the core American values of freedom, independence, and limited government upon which this nation was established—are most assuredly not consistent with the “liberal” values of top-down management, government intrusion and interference, and fascist tyranny. To say that our values are not those of our would-be lords and masters is not nearly the crushing insult this dimestore dictator thinks it is. Not to us, anyway.

UCLA law professor Jon Michaels said he favors filling the Trump administration with liberals opposed to Trump’s agenda.

“We hear a lot of language about draining the swamp and this idea about a deep state that somehow was going to thwart the intentions or the political mandate of the president,” Michaels said. “I kind of embrace this notion of the ‘deep state.'”

Of course you do, chum. Nice to finally hear one of you evil bastards finally confess to it. The real takeaway from this article is that now, once and for all, the masks are one hundred percent, completely OFF. Yes, Virginia, there IS a nest of treasonous, counterrevolutionary vipers slithering around the tottering foundations of the house of Constitutional liberty, laboring mightily to bring it crashing down from within.

And that, quite naturally and inevitably, brings us to this:

America is in the throes of revolution. The 2016 election and its aftermath reflect the distinction, difference, even enmity that has grown exponentially over the past quarter century between America’s ruling class and the rest of the country. During the Civil War, President Lincoln observed that all sides “pray[ed] to the same God.” They revered, though in clashing ways, the same founders and principles. None doubted that those on the other side were responsible human beings. Today, none of that holds. Our ruling class and their clients broadly view Biblical religion as the foundation of all that is wrong with the world. According to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy, or any form of intolerance.”

The government apparatus identifies with the ruling class’s interests, proclivities, and tastes, and almost unanimously with the Democratic Party. As it uses government power to press those interests, proclivities, and tastes upon the ruled, it acts as a partisan state. This party state’s political objective is to delegitimize not so much the politicians who champion the ruled from time to time, but the ruled themselves. Ever since Woodrow Wilson nearly a century and a half ago at Princeton, colleges have taught that ordinary Americans are rightly ruled by experts because they are incapable of governing themselves. Millions of graduates have identified themselves as the personifiers of expertise and believe themselves entitled to rule. Their practical definition of discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, etc., is neither more nor less than anyone’s reluctance to bow to them. It’s personal.

On the other side, some two thirds of regular Americans chafe at insults from on high and believe that “the system” is rigged against them and, hence, illegitimate—that elected and appointed officials, plus the courts, business leaders, and educators are leading the country in the wrong direction. The non-elites blame the elites for corruptly ruling us against our will, for impoverishing us, for getting us into wars and losing them. Many demand payback—with interest.

So many on all sides have withdrawn consent from one another, as well as from republicanism as defined by the Constitution and as it was practiced until the mid-20th century, that it is difficult to imagine how the trust and sympathy necessary for good government might ever return. Instead, we have a cold civil war. Statesmanship’s first task is to prevent it from turning hot. In today’s circumstances, fostering mutual forbearance may require loosening the Union in unfamiliar and unwelcome ways to accommodate differences that may otherwise become far worse.

This one’s from Codevilla, who has been brilliantly analyzing the struggle we’re now firmly and fully engaged in for longer than just about anybody. So naturally you’ll want to read it all; somehow, he manages to hang onto a tiny little spark of optimism, but it’s pretty plain that that’s getting tougher and tougher to do, even for him.

Update! Glenn sees what’s happening too, and is growing more and more…ummm, feisty, shall we say, about how he expresses himself regarding it:

Watching the ongoing clown show in Washington, Americans can be forgiven for asking themselves, “Why did we give this bunch of clowns so very much power over our nation and our lives?”

Well, don’t feel so bad, voters. Because you didn’t actually give them that much power. They just took it. That’s the thesis of Columbia Law Professor Philip Hamburger’s new book, The Administrative Threat, a short, punchy followup to his magisterial Is Administrative Law Unlawful? Both deal with the extraordinary — and illegitimate — power that administrative agencies have assumed in American life.

How did a system designed to provide government of, by, and for the people devolve into a system in which bureaucrats unaccountable to voters (though exquisitely accountable to political players and special interests) produce masses of law that was never voted on by an elected official? Simple: on purpose.

In the early days of the Republic, the franchise was limited. But as the mass of voters became larger, more diverse, and less elite, those who considered themselves the best and brightest looked to transform government into something run not by those deplorable unwashed voters but by a more congenial group. As Hamburger says, “They have gradually moved legislative power out of Congress and into administrative agencies — to be exercised, in more genteel ways, by persons like…themselves.”

It has been, in essence, a power grab by what Hamburger calls the “knowledge class,” or what others have called the New Class.

Or what can just be shorthanded into Progressivists, who are merely putting the finishing touches on implementing a sinister agenda they’ve been working on for a century now. But when even a guy like Glenn—law professor, family man; settled, secure, and happy, a thoroughly decent fellow for whom the thought of such dire upheaval and potential violence would have to be dismaying at best—in sum, just about the unlikeliest of revolutionary firebrands—begins speaking openly about the “illegitimate” nature of our Imperial Federal Government in a major mainstream daily newspaper, well, you can be assured the gloves are really beginning to come off.

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