Cold Fury

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Dispossessed by Californication

Heritage Americans have been relieved of their country, having had it quietly, stealthily yanked out from under them by the Left. Pat Buchanan examines the process.

How does the left expect to permanently dispossess Middle America?

Let us count the ways.

In 2018, over 60 percent of Floridians voted to expand the electorate by restoring voting rights to 1.5 million ex-cons, all of Florida’s felons except those convicted of sex crimes and murder.

Florida gave Bush his razor-thin victory over Al Gore. Should Trump lose Florida in 2020, he is a one-term president. If the GOP loses Florida indefinitely, the presidency is probably out of reach indefinitely.

Florida’s Amendment 4 is thus a great leap forward in the direction in which the republic is being taken. Gov. Terry McAuliffe of the swing state of Virginia restored voting rights to 156,000 felons by executive order in 2016, calling it his “proudest achievement.”

In California and Oregon, moves are afoot to reduce the voting age to 17 or 16. Understandable, as high schoolers are more enthusiastic about socialism.

Last week, a bold attempt was made by House Democrats to lower the U.S. voting age to 16. It failed — this time.

The Democratic Party does not want to close the door to voting on migrants who broke our laws to get here and do not belong here, as these illegals would likely vote for pro-amnesty Democrats.

If the new U.S. electorate of, say, 2024, includes tens of millions of new voters — 16- and 17-year-olds; illegal migrants; ex-cons; new legal immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America who vote 70 to 90 percent Democratic, the political future of America has already been determined.

California, here we come.

As noted in this post: there can be no question that the Democrat-Socialists are going to attempt to steal the next election. The 2018 midterms, a veritable circus act of fraud and chicanery, were a successful test run for the Greatest Show On Earth in 2020. Think we’ve seen extremism, frothing lunacy, and fascist violence from Proggy creeps already? I promise you all: if they manage to swindle their way into a “win” in 2020, you ain’t seen NOTHING yet.

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“I am a highly motivated Trump voter because the Democrats have motivated me up to my eyeballs. I have never been more motivated in my life, because the Democrats are terrifying me”

That just means you’re sane.

It’s a damn shame I have to wait another 20 months to vote for President Trump. I wish I could do it now. Twice. Or better yet, in as many jurisdictions as I can. Preferably in every swing district and every swing state.

I am a middle-of-the-road Republican who voted for Trump with the utmost reluctance in 2016. He sure wasn’t perfect. He was no Cicero, either––though he can give a decent speech when the chips are down. He had a few extra skeletons rattling in his closet, especially compared to colorless non-entities like Jeb. So yeah, I was queasy about voting for an ex-registered-Democrat-from-New-York-and-possible-liberal-now-turned-Republican.

Was I worried? Hell, yeah! Was I depressed? You bet. But, really, what options were there? Hillary? Jill Stein? Seriously? Trump wasn’t my first choice or my second choice or my third choice, but by the time November 2016 rolled around, Trump was the only choice on the menu. So I swallowed hard, took a leap of faith, and pulled the lever for the Donald.

And let me tell ya, every time one of these newly minted Democratic “stars” opens their mouth, the same thought goes through my mind: Thank God for Trump. Trump is my last line of defense. Trump is the only thing that stands between me and these hallucinogenic socialist nut jobs. Trump is what’s keeping chaos and left-wing insanity at bay.

What’s that? Russia? Mueller? Collusion? I am sick of Russia and I am sick of Mueller. I am sick of Comey, Rosenstein, Ohr, McCabe, Yates, Strzok, Page, Baker, and the rest of the gang. I am beyond sick of them. I am vomit-inducingly sick of them. (And, for the record, I was born in Russia, so I know Russia like these Democrat clowns can’t even imagine.) After years of nonstop investigations, all they actually have on the collusion front is Manafort’s tax evasion from 10 years ago. That’s it?

Remember that New York Times monster 15,000-word article about Trump’s inheritance taxes 30 years ago? Ask me if I care. Jared Kushner? Next! Ivanka’s shoe line? Whatever. Trump Hotel in DC? Yawn. The Emoluments Clause? Puuuuhhhhlease. Obstruction? Here, I agree. Trump made a mistake. He should have fired Comey’s ass on day one instead of waiting two months to do it.

All the CNN talking heads agree that Trump is an idiot? Maybe, but at least he isn’t planning to ban my car. Trump lies? Maybe, but with Trump, we’ll still have airplanes (and my 401(k) plan has been doing great since his election).

This gets us to the next installment of “Friday the 13th,” a.k.a. the Democratic presidential candidates. Kamala Harris, you say? You seriously want me to vote for Kamala Harris? And you say that Cory “Spartacus” Booker is just like Kamala, only better and balder? Are you kidding me? Pete Buttigieg? Ask me again when I stop laughing.

Bernie? Really? This grumpy near-octogenarian “public service” millionaire with three mansions is running for the presidency of the wrong country. All his best ideas have already been put into practice––in Venezuela.

This is a guy who pseudo-honeymooned in the USSR (two years before it collapsed!), and didn’t notice that people were waiting in mile-long lines for literally everything. This is a guy who has never met a paleo-Stalinist dictator he couldn’t be best pals with. Bernie doesn’t need to pretend he is a complete crank; he is a complete crank.

I will personally call every one of my friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, and beg them to vote for Trump. I will even offer to come and wash their cars while in the nude, if only they’d vote for Trump.

This one is a riot, folks—and it’s funny ’cause it’s true. Looks like Bill Kristol and Ewan McMuffin or whatever other empty suit he and David French dig up and re-embalm to run against Trump have their work cut out for ’em.

Update! Did somebody say the Democrat-Socialists were completely bugfuck nuts, crazy as a shithouse rat? Why yes, I believe somebody did.

A pair of Georgia Democrat lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill that would require men to call police when they ejaculate, and classify unprotected sex as “aggravated assault” on the men’s part.

State Reps. Dar’shun Kendrick, of Lithonia, and Park Cannon, of Atlanta are putting forward a “testicular bill of rights” in protest of Georgia’s House passing a bill preventing abortions once a heartbeat is detected in the womb.

The measure would require men to obtain permission from their sexual partners before obtaining any prescriptions for erectile dysfunction medication.

Additionally, it would outlaw vasectomy procedures, require a “24 hour waiting period” to buy sex toys or pornography, and mandate DNA tests to determine the father at six weeks into a pregnancy.

The move is a political ploy as it has little chance of passing Georgia’s House or Senate.

Oh, sure…NOW. Give it three or four years, though, and it will not only be the law of the land, but anything short of wildly enthusiastic support for the idea will be widely condemned as antediluvian, unevolved bigotry—an affront to universally-accepted standards of decency, morally equilavent to advocating the reinstution of slavery.

This bill and the pro-life bill passed by the Georgia House are in stark contrast with each other, as Bill 481’s goal is to protect the lives of unborn babies, whereas this bill simply limits the rights of men in a belittling fashion.

Petty, vindictive, childish, ludicrously stupid: as concise a summary of the character of the Left as you’ll ever find.

(Via Bill)

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Stand. Your. Ground!

Another “liberal” lynch-mob feeding frenzy launched against Tucker Carlson.

He’s not particularly a Trump guy, because he’s not particularly a politician guy, regarding the Democrats as deluded but determined and the GOP as stupid and craven. But, when it comes to the policies Trump ran on, Tucker is brilliantly effective – which is why his opponents want him off the air. As I’ve said on his show from time to time, the left doesn’t want to win the debate, they want to cancel it. Because it’s easier that way. They’ll let you talk about immigration in partisan horse-race terms: the wall, the funding, the court ruling against the executive order…But to do it the way Tucker does – what’s the purpose of mass immigration in an automated society with no jobs for the men who are already here? who does it benefit? why are formerly cohesive communities coming apart? – the left wants to shut down those questions, permanently.

So they’ve besieged his house, and called his daughter a whore at a country club, and organized an advertiser boycott. And the strain of all that is not easy. But he’s still standing. So now the George Soros guys at Media Matters have combed through hours and hours – days; in fact, weeks – of moldering tape, and found the ten seconds here and twenty seconds there that they hope will end his career.

Everybody who goes on radio and TV has those moments. When Tucker was at MSNBC a decade ago, he used to appear each week on a radio show called “Bubba the Love Sponge”, which is the usual shock-jockery – coarse and unconstrained. I’m Mister Squaresville, not my bag. But it’s certainly a lot of other people’s. I believe, at the time of America Alone, I was once invited on, but demurred. Around the same time, at the behest of a publicist who thought I needed to get hep and in the groove, I’d been on a show in, if memory serves, Chicago, and, after a quick tour of my book’s themes, I was asked to weigh in on the topic of the day, which was, ahem, the fashion for industrial-strength pubic depilation. I dodged the question, because somewhere in the back of my mind I had a vision of the CBC greeting the announcement of my appointment as Governor General of Canada by airing a tape in which I utter the words “hairless pudendum” or some such. And, ever since my salad days in small-town radio, I’ve been aware that there’s always someone on the other side of the glass who for whatever reason keeps the audio with a fading label sitting in a drawer year after year – until one day it proves useful.

But, as I said, I’m Mister Squaresville. So Tucker appeared with the eponymous Love Sponge and his sidekicks for an hour a week, and nobody cared – when he was at MSNBC. When he was at Fox News, suddenly the morning-zoo banter became a vital matter of national importance: He agreed that Martha Stewart’s daughter was “c*nty”, he strung along with some girls’ school lesbian jailbait fantasies, he called Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “whores” …and the hosts giggled and chuckled, until one of the guys sitting on the box of tapes decided a decade later it was time to destroy Tucker by any means necessary – which these days means by fake outrage and summer-stock pearl-clutching. Now Media Matters has released more audio. The Washington Post’s headline:

Fox News host Tucker Carlson uses racist, homophobic language in second set of recordings

Oh, my! When you read down deep into the piece, the “racism” charge rests on pointing out that Obama has a white mother, that Iraq is “a crappy place” that’s “not worth invading”, and that white men deserve credit for “creating civilization and stuff”. As is now traditional, in the daily newspaper of the capital city of the dominant nation on the planet, the authors of the piece don’t feel the need to explain what’s objectionable about saying any of that – nor to address the question of whether forbidding such utterances might, in fact, be more objectionable, and on a dangerously slippery slope for a free society.

This is pathetic stuff, but you use what’s to hand.

Carlson, bless his heart, refuses to play the game as demanded, which only enrages them further. Why, the vicious bastard isn’t even bothering to offer up one of the Left’s patented non-apology apologies!

You must always pretend that the people yelling at you are somehow your moral superiors. You have to assume what they say they are mad about is what they are actually mad about. You have to take them at face value. You must pretend this is a debate about virtue and not about power. Your critics are arguing from principle, and not from partisanship.

No matter what they take from you in the end, you must continue to pretend that these things are true. You are bad, they are good. The system is on the level.

But what if we stopped pretending for a minute? What if we acknowledged what’s actually going on?

One side is deadly serious. They believe that politics is war. They are not interested in abstractions or principles, rules or traditions. They seek power, and they intend to win it with whatever it takes. If that includes getting you fired or silencing you, or threatening your family at home, or throwing you in prison, okay. They know what their goal is. If you are in way, they will crush you.

What’s interesting is how reliably the other side pretends that none of this is happening. Republicans in Washington do a fairly credible imitation of an opposition party. They still give speeches. They tweet quite a bit. They make certain noises about how liberals are bad.

But on the deepest level, it’s all a pose. In their minds, where it matters, Republican leaders are controlled by the left. They know exactly what they are allowed to say and believe. They know what the rules are. They may understand that those rules are written by the very people who seek their destruction, but they ruthlessly enforce them anyway.

Republicans in Washington police their own with a never-ending enthusiasm. Like trustees at a prison, they dutifully report back to the ward, hoping for perks. Nobody wants to be called names. Nobody wants to be Trump.

Kevin McCarthy spends half his day telling Republican members not to criticize progressive orthodoxy. Paul Ryan did the same before him. A couple of years ago, the entire Democratic Party decided to deny the biological reality of sex differences, an idea that is insane as it is dangerous. Republican leaders decided to not criticize them for it. They might get upset.

This is a system built on deceit and enforced silence. Hypocrisy is its hallmark. Yet in Washington, it’s considered rude to ask questions about how exactly it works. Why are the people who considered Bill Clinton a hero lecturing me about sexism? How can the party that demands racial quotas denounce other people as racist? After a while, you begin to think that may be their criticisms aren’t sincere. Maybe their moral puffery is a costume. Maybe the whole conversation is an absurd joke. Maybe we are falling for it.

You sometimes hear modern progressives described as “New Puritans.” That’s a slur on colonial Americans. Whatever their flaws, the Puritans cared about the fate of the soul and the moral regeneration of their society. Those are not topics that interest progressives. They’re too busy pushing late-term abortions and cross-dressing on fifth-graders.

These are the people who write our movies and our sitcoms. They are not shocked by naughty words. They just pretend to be when it’s useful. It’s been very useful lately.

The left’s main goal, in case you haven’t noticed, is controlling what you think. 

The man’s a true American hero, and every word of this rant sparkles like diamonds. I especially like how Carlson dauntlessly sinks his teeth into not just his Lefty tormenters but their Republican enablers too, unsparingly and without mincing a single syllable. You may not agree with his every single word, which is fair enough; I don’t myself, actually, although I haven’t had cable in years and so don’t see very much of him. Nevertheless, we have all too few like him, and need as many as we can possibly get.

He may well not be “particularly a Trump guy,” as Steyn remarks. But he knows some things that Trump knows also: you never fight these filthy blaggards from a defensive crouch. You never concede their premises. You never act as if you give a damn what they think. You never give them so much as a fucking inch. Not EVER. The moment you do, you immediately retire to your corner and throw in the sponge. Because the fight is then over—and you just lost.

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It’s ON

VDH says: don’t start no shit, won’t be no shit.

I wrote a book, The Case for Trump, in an effort — as an outsider who has no career investment in Trump and has never met him or visited the Trump White House — to analyze how and why Donald J. Trump was elected president and why his agenda so far has been successful. One Gabriel Schoenfeld has just published a hysterical attack on that effort in the Bill Kristol–Charles Sykes new Bulwark, and it is emblematic of that venue’s promised Never Trump ad hominem assault on individual supporters of the president.

In his review, Schoenfeld tosses out names such as Carl Schmitt and Martin Heidegger, the Third Reich Jew-haters in service to Hitler, to suggest, with a wink and nod, that I play a comparable role in relation to Trump.

Hanson adds more specifics on the disgusting cuck Schoenfeld’s ham-handed smear-job, then strops his razor and cuts the boob to ribbons by the numbers, rounding the righteous bloodletting out thusly:

Schoenfeld only fuels the popular perception of The Bulwark Never Trumpers as an angry, coastal elite who are anguished that their warnings about Trump were ignored by both hoi polloi and their conservative “grifters and trolls.” In careerist fury, he now damns others for his own self-immolation — as if the country must suffer for the sins of not listening to his own genius, which would probably have given the country a 16-year Obama-Clinton regnum.

That Never Trumpers at The Bulwark were wrong about the Trump nomination, the general election, and the first two years of the Trump administration seems only to have fueled their spitefulness. If Schoenfeld is representative of this rump movement, then they are engaging in projection.

How strange to suggest that writing a book about why Trump got elected and why he has done well is proof of one’s careerist effort to gain favor with a politician or perhaps find employment in his administration. This is a charge against those who have never worked in a campaign or sought administration employment, leveled by those who most certainly have done one or both in the past and no doubt will in the future — at least if they can pull off yet another careerist contortion in 2024.

The bitter hostility of Schoenfeld reflects the Trump-assassination theme pushed by celebrities. Just as Madonna, Kathy Griffin, and Johnny Depp vie to see who can most grotesquely envision Trump’s death, so too Never Trumpers seek ever-more-creative ways to gnash their teeth at Trump and his supporters. Instead of trying to smear those with whom they disagree, they might have at least offered a coherent defense of their own creed, such as it is.

Instead of shrill charges and exclamations, Schoenfeld might have explained why Trump got elected, and why the preferred candidates of The Bulwark did not. And why have Republicans not won 51 percent of the presidential vote since 1988, in an era when they’ve done well at the state and local level? And, most important, why exactly do Schoenfeld and his associates oppose a president who has enacted a conservative menu that was once mostly their own? Why do they attack a president who is trying to stop a neosocialist agenda that was once likewise anathema to them?

Were some always closet progressives, and have they now found Trump hatred a convenient entrée into the progressive world? Or is it that Trump’s agendas must be stopped because his handprints on them soil what they once favored? But for that paradox to be credible, the Never Trumpers would have to show us that past successful presidents have not engaged in behavior comparable to Trump’s during his tenure and therefore did not earn commensurate outrage from them, or that the current hatred of Trump is not due in part to singular media bias and a new electronically wired age.

Would they argue that the mostly unreported details of the White House behavior of FDR, JFK, or Bill Clinton, or the past business and career practices of Harry Truman or LBJ, nullified their presidencies, or that the behavior of these presidents was more reprehensible than Trump’s in the White House?

Like it or not, most Americans do not always have the choice to vote for presidents largely on the basis of their personal comportment rather than on the issues the candidates embrace and the likelihood that they will keep campaign promises and seek to carry them out — and can win the election. Nor do non-elites see candidates in a vacuum, without regard to the alternative.

“Little rocket man” may or may not be a puerile presidential outburst, but not achieving annualized 3 percent GDP growth for a decade, or leaving the border wide open, or writing off the industrial heartland, or doing little to address minority unemployment — or for 20 years soberly and judiciously giving billions to the Kim dynasty as it sought its present arsenal of nuclear-tipped missiles pointed at the West Coast — may be a far greater moral sin.

If America had listened in 2016 to such Never Trump advocacy, we would now be in the eleventh year of a likely 16-year Obama-Clinton continuum, a tenure well on the way to completing the much-vaunted fundamental progressive transformation of the country — to the detriment of millions of Americans. Donald Trump for the time being has interrupted that arc of history. In 2020, he will likely be the Republican nominee. The Manichaean choice will be between his policies of 2017–20 and what is shaping up as a radical neosocialist agenda not seen in 90 years that will include, but not be limited to, an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic venom, veritable legal infanticide, reparations, the Green New Deal, the abolition of ICE, virtual open borders, a wealth tax, a 70–90 percent top income-tax bracket, Medicare for all, and who knows what else in the next two years.

That’s a lengthy excerpt of a lengthy piece, admittedly, but I would have liked to include even more of it. However, there’s a grotesque irony involved that we need to get to, which I’ll let Ace lay out for ya:

Meanwhile: Guess how David French stands up for his colleague Victor Davis Hanson?

By doing a podcast with Charlie “3-Wives” Sykes, who commissioned the hit-piece on Hanson.

A friend says: “Victor Davis Hanson must quit NR over this.”

That, or make it clear that either French goes, or he goes.

Or maybe he should just tell Lowry: Professional courtesy is out the window, now; David French is a valid target for me. And if you don’t like it — fire me, and explain to the donors why French gets special privileges and I get a pink-slip.

Yes, I like that best. Put the coward Lowry into a position where he has to make a decision.

What venomous, sneaky little shits.

I got nothing whatever to add to that. Hanson is a giant bedeviled by midgets: a better conservative, a better writer, a better thinker, and a far better man than any of these bothersome blowflies. Be sure to check out Ace’s post for Julie Kelly’s Tweet, too. As the man said: venomous, sneaky little shits. And still they wonder why Real Americans flatly told them to fuck off and die in 2016, and why their increasingly hysterical hissy-fits have been ignored and mocked ever since.

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Death throes of NeverTrump

Cruise ship taking on water.

Months before the midterm elections last fall, several self-described “conservatives” implored Americans to vote for Democrats. Still stung that Republicans ignored their advice to reject Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and unmoved by Trump’s solid record of conservative accomplishments in office, these embittered outcasts claimed that a legislative branch controlled by Democrats would cauterize Trump’s alleged “authoritarian” tendencies.

The most notable of these windmill tilters, attacking an authoritarian impulse that wasn’t there, was George Will. For decades, Will occupied a vaunted perch in the hierarchy of the conservative commentariat. He also was deemed acceptable by media outlets hostile to the Right including the Washington Post, where he now is a contributor. Disgusted at the Trumpification of the Grand Old Party in 2016, Will officially renounced his party affiliation just weeks before the Republican National Convention.

Other lesser-known commentators jumped on Will’s “Vote Democrat” bandwagon, including author Tom Nichols, losing presidential candidate Evan McMullin, and Will’s Post colleagues, Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin. Former George W. Bush aide Michael Gerson argued that a Democratic House was needed because “American politics is in the midst of an emergency.” National Review’s David French announced right before the 2018 election that he no longer was a Republican and would consider voting for third-party candidates.

It’s unclear whether their collective edict had any bearing on the outcome of the November 2018 election and—given that their audience is now so contracted as to include, primarily, Democrats—it is likely that most of their readers needed little persuading. Nevertheless, they got their wish: Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in January.

And what a revealing two months it’s been so far.

Will’s prediction that congressional Democrats would be a basket of left-wing deplorables vastly underestimated the reality. What Will, Nichols and other NeverTrumpers encouraged to be foisted upon our nation is a cabal of cretins devoted to crushing the economic, political, and cultural bones of our body politic in the most ruthless and irreversible way.

So, in a little over 60 days, the Democratic Party has revealed how truly dangerous it is and how much hostility it holds for almost all Americans. Their deep contempt for our traditions, our laws, and our beliefs has little or nothing to do with Donald Trump; it has been festering for decades, gaining traction in boardrooms and newsrooms and lecture halls while many of the NeverTrumpers, like Will, were insouciant.

Now we know, and all Americans finally see, what we are up against in 2020. To that extent, we owe George Will and his outliers a debt of gratitude. Their bitterness might have hastened a reckoning with the Left that only a Trumpified Republican Party is equipped to confront. Will and his fellow outcasts still are invited to continue cohabitating with the Left—we certainly don’t want them back.

They’re isolated, clueless wannabe-elites, Swamp fringe-denizens whose cozy sinecure was unexpectedly yanked out from under them by a boorish outsider, as they see it. But they don’t see the whole picture. What they miss—and it’s by far the most important part—is the widespread public disgust with their obsequious jockeying for an exalted status they’ll never be granted; the forlorn hope for reinstatement of their perpetual-loser shellgame as if nothing had ever happened; Heritage America’s rejection of their tired, false excuses and rationalizations for failure; the anger towards them for openly advocating the election of Democrat-Socialists after years of smarmy lectures about the paramount importance of Muh Principles!™.

These factors, among others, combined to topple the NeverTrumpTards sudden-like from their shaky perch atop a pedestal that turned out to be neither as lofty nor as secure as they had imagined. May they have joy of their choices, and may their new Casa Proggy home suit them as nicely as it fits them. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of assholes, if you ask me.

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Dog bites man!

UNEXPECTED!™

House Democrats voted Friday to defend localities that allow illegal immigrants to vote in their elections, turning back a GOP attempt to discourage the practice.

The vote marks a stunning reversal from just six months ago, when the chamber — then under GOP control — voted to decry illegal immigrant voting.

“We are prepared to open up the political process and let all of the people come in,” Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and hero of the civil rights movement, told colleagues as he led opposition to the GOP measure.

Of course you are. What a noble, upstanding guy you are—a real leader, only interested in doing what’s right for our beloved country. Kind of a saint, when you get right down to it.

The 228-197 vote came as part of a broader debate on Democrats’ major legislative priority this year, HR 1, the “For the People Act,” which includes historic expansions of voter registration and access, as well as a major rewrite of campaign finance laws.

“It sounds like I’m making it up. What kind of government would cancel the vote of its own citizens, and replace it with noncitizens?” said Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Texas Republican.

A thoroughly corrupt one, misruling a doomed ersatz nation.

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Civics lesson from an older, better America

Preach, brother.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw took the left to school with a hard lesson exposing the truth behind the Democrat tax policy in under two minutes.

The Texas Republican posted a video on Twitter Tuesday featuring his truth-bomb about the “difference in philosophy” on tax rates, calling out the Democrats whose goal is to levy more taxes on Americans along with their “benevolent” bureaucrat friends.

“What we’re here talking about a difference in philosophy, not just tax rates,” Crenshaw said. “It’s a question of whether the government should be taking more of your money or whether you should be able to keep more of your money.”

Actually, by now it’s become a question of whether it’s even your money at all.

The 34-year-old former Navy Seal, who lost his right eye in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan, shed light on the different views Republicans and Democrats have on the “role of government and what we believe” when it comes to taxing Americans.

“It seems to me that you all believe that the role of government is to tax the people as much as possible so that you and your benevolent academics can dream up more programs for the government to spend money on,” Crenshaw said.

“I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that’s what the role of government is for,” he declared, before launching into the day’s civics lesson for progressives.

“The role of government is to protect the God-given rights that we have and the ensure that we live as free as possible. The role of government is to tax people to the least extent that is possible while still taxing them enough to cover basic needs for government,” he explained, pointing anyone with questions about those basic needs to the U.S. Constitution.

Heh. A good shot, yes. But it makes me feel sadly nostalgic that anybody still thinks the Constitution matters a whit to Democrat-Socialists, or that it might apply to or restrain them in any conceivable way.

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Swamp rats keep biting

A more apt metaphor for these villainous frauds might be Swamp leeches.

President Trump’s antagonists inside the Republican Party now have a fallback plan to scuttle his re-election: using the 2020 primary fight as a bludgeon to inflict irreparable political damage on him in the November general election.

The “Never Trump” movement’s preferred strategy is to recruit a formidable Republican who might block the president’s renomination, or at least mount an aggressive challenge that presses him all the way to the convention in Charlotte set for late summer next year. Efforts are underway to woo Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland and other top Republicans uneasy with Trump.

Aww, come on guys, why not go with Eggan McMuffin again?

Short of that, key renegade Republicans are preparing to settle for Plan B: mortally wound him.

“The example of Pat Buchanan is certainly in the minds of many of us of a certain age; impossible to win, eminently possible to wound,” Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant and leading Trump foe, told the Washington Examiner.

Buchanan, now 80, is a conservative pundit and former White House adviser who challenged President George H.W. Bush in the 1992 GOP primary, foreshadowing the rise of Trump populism. Buchanan was a long shot from the outset and never seriously threatened Bush for the nomination. But his campaign proved a major irritant and is partly credited with weakening the incumbent and boosting the inevitable victor, Bill Clinton, in the general election.

In 2020, that is the sort of primary challenge some “Never Trump” Republicans envision pursuing against this president if their favored option — running a contender strong enough to win — doesn’t come to fruition. For Republicans committed to dislodging Trump at all costs, wounding him in a primary would be adequate. No president challenged for renomination in the modern era has won a second term.

Beyond despicable. And now beyond debate what these swine really are too, and what they’re really all about. Hint: it is NOT “conservatism,” or the good of the American people, or anythihng else they might lie to your face about. As Ace has it:

As usual, these True Conservatives are so full of integrity and Eternal Conservative Principles is that their go-to move is just to fucking lie to other conservatives about their actual goals.

They may be realistic about their prospects, but they’re still lying about those prospects, pretending “Plan A” is a possibility when it’s not. Their goal is the same goal they had in 2016 and 2018 — Elect Democrats, elect as many Democrats as possible to “teach a lesson” to the party which has deposed them from the power to which they believe themselves entitled.

Annnnd BINGO! There you have it. But fine, let them carry on as they will. They’ll soon fix things so that, aside from Trump, no Real American will ever vote for one of their filthy, sleazy number again. Which is exactly how it oughta be.

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Payback

It’s gonna be a bitch a shitload of fun.

What if Trump refuses to accept defeat in 2020?
President Donald Trump’s critics are increasingly focused on the question of which Democrat will challenge him for the presidency in 2020. It’s an important question, but another one might be even more important: Regardless of who runs in 2020, if Trump loses, will he leave the Oval Office peacefully?

Follows, the usual pantload you’d expect from The Most Busted Name In News, written by one of the most smackable dweebs ever to lapse into hysterics about overcooked tofu ruining—RUINING!!—his fifty-dollar bowl of artisanal, free-range ramen noodles. Think I’m kidding? Check it:

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THIS. IS. CNN. My God, where the hell did they ever dig up such a wetsmack, no-ball bedwetter, anyway?

Of course all the dweebie’s handwringing angst is for naught, based as it is on the flawed liberal premise that Trump is some sort of NaziHitlerfascistdictatortyrantstrongman, which remains just as everlastingly stupid as it was the night he was elected and they all started crying and spazzing out from the shock and horror of it all. So we won’t bother fisking the rest of the gooey, stinking mess in detail.

But it did set me to thinking: if Trump DOES lose in 2020—which I still consider to be the most likely scenario, by the way—what ought to be OUR response? I mean, seeing as how we’ve already seen them flatly refuse to accept the results of an election, going so far as to launch a sort of pussified palace coup in response to their defeat?

For one thing, there should be protests, even riots, all over the whole damned country. The welkin should be made to ring with ceaseless cries of “NOT MY PRESIDENT!” from every corner. The electoral count itself shouldn’t be certified by a single Red state pending meticulous investigations into ballot fraud, which should be as drawn out as they can be made. Op-eds tut-tutting about the new president taking office “under a cloud of suspicion and doubt” ought to be run repeatedly in every conservative publication. Let the bolder among ’em refer to him unfailingly as the “ostensible” or “putative” President So-And-So.

Most important of all, though, is this: GOP Congressmen should immediately launch as many investigations, blue-ribbon commissions, and fact-finding panels as they have personnel to staff. Let a thousand Muellers bloom, I say; let these “investigations” be as wide-open and far-reaching as his own personal flea-circus has been, no matter what their actual mandate may specifically be. Drag ’em all out, too; insist on the “vital importance” of allowing them to “complete their work” unencumbered in any way, even passing legislation expressly forbidding any and all interference with them or their task.

Make the next Democrat-Socialist president the most investigated, harrassed, hounded, hindered, and hamstrung president in all of history. Truss him as tightly the Lilliputians did Gulliver, and then dare him to so much as wiggle an eyebrow. Go after his family, his friends, his appointees, his neighbors, and anyone he ever so much as sneezed at on the subway decades ago in like fashion. Imprison as many of them as possible, on any pretext that can be contrived. Offer each phonus-balonus conviction as further “proof” of his corruption and unfitness for office. Start the House impeachment process on January 21st.

Harry his appointees in restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations, just as Maxine Fucking Waters called for. Protest at their homes long after midnight, for days and weeks on end; inconvenience and bully their neighbors too, while you’re at it. Assault any and every one of his supporters bodily; ambush them in gangs, injure them as severely as possible before running off into the night. When someone complains about the violence, blame the President and his “climate of hate.” Turn the tables by declaring your fear of his “thuggish” supporters and their well-known penchant for fascist violence.

Lie about Their Guy ceaselessly. Claim he said things he never actually said; claim that he didn’t say things he did. Blame him for any personal insecurity, neurosis, or irritation you ever suffered. Make things up out of whole cloth and assert them with unswerving confidence as if they were nothing more than common, universally-accepted knowledge. Persecute their president and everyone in his orbit relentlessly; make all their lives a living hell, every minute of every day, seven days a week. Make him and everyone around him wish not only that he’d never even thought of running for President at all, but that he and they had never been born at all.

In short, do every last thing they themselves have spent the last two years doing to Trump and his supporters, right down to the Nth detail. Only more so. Take it all further—double down, then redouble it, then double it again. Make sure Their Guy can’t accomplish even the most trivial agenda item without having to wade through a raging torrent of pain-in-the-ass first.

Ain’t gonna happen, of course. In particular, the legislative end of this hopeful fantasy would have to be put into action by the GOPe, which…well, ’nuff said about that. But it sure is nice to think about, ain’t it? Continue reading “Payback”

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Grill and chill

Stand your ground.

A Dairy Queen restaurant in Kewaskum Wisconsin, has refused to tender public apologies over a sign inscription posted at its door entrance. This comes after the sign post showing bold inscriptions of various controversial messages to patrons, went viral on social media the previous week.

According to reports, the recent uproar began after an Oregon visitor came by, and was so much displeased to the extent of starting a debate about the obvious welcome post, on Facebook. The welcoming words written on the door post is quick to inform people of the fact that the restaurant “is politically incorrect”, as well as other phrases that may be considered too personal or unreasonable by some persons. For instance, the post also states that the particular restaurant would say things like “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Easter” and would “Give thanks for USA”, amongst others.

Investigating into the reasons why Mr.Scheunemann had put up the post in the first place, it was discovered that he had probably done so as a means of removing such objections and complains as the current one.

The decision came four years earlier, when a customer had shown certain objections to the Christian music that was being played in the restaurant.

Several people within and outside Kewaskum have reacted differently to the issue. While a few others are in support of the dissatisfied customer, a majority seem to be in solid support of the restaurant’s actions.

The DQ sign’s fine print even offers to set up a “designated ‘snowflake safe space'” given 24 hours’ notice, so what could be fairer?

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All over now?

Good pull-no-punches rip from Conrad Black, although he’s arguably jumping the gun a bit.

The most immense and dangerous public scandal in American history is finally cracking open like a ripe pomegranate. The broad swath of the Trump-hating media that has participated in what has amounted to an unconstitutional attempt to overthrow the government are reduced to reporting the events and revelations of the scandal in which they have been complicit, in a po-faced ho-hum manner to impart to the misinformed public that this is as routine as stock market fluctuations or the burning of an American flag in Tehran.

For more than two years, the United States and the world have had two competing narratives: that an elected president of the United States was a Russian agent whom the Kremlin helped elect; and its rival narrative that senior officials of the Justice Department, FBI, CIA, and other national intelligence organizations had repeatedly lied under oath, misinformed federal officials, and meddled in partisan political matters illegally and unconstitutionally and had effectively tried to influence the outcome of a presidential election, and then undo its result by falsely propagating the first narrative. It is now obvious and indisputable that the second narrative is the correct one.

The authors, accomplices, and dupes of this attempted overthrow of constitutional government are now well along in reciting their misconduct without embarrassment or remorse because—in fired FBI Director James Comey’s formulation—a “higher duty” than the oath they swore to uphold the Constitution compelled them. Or—in fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s words—“the threat” was too great. Nevermind that the nature of “the threat” was that the people might elect someone he and Comey disapproved of as president, and that that person might actually serve his term, as elected.

This entire monstrous travesty is finally coming apart without even waiting for the horrible disappointment of the special counsel’s inability to adduce a scrap of evidence to justify his replication of Torquemada as an inquisitor and of the Gestapo and KGB at rounding up and accusing unarmed individuals who were not flight risks. The collapse of this grotesque putsch, under the irresistible pressure of a functioning attorney general and Senate committees that are not hamstrung by NeverTrumpers, will cause a revulsion against the Democratic Party that will be seismic and prolonged.

It is to be hoped so, certainly. But will it really? For that matter, can anyone be assured that the coup has failed, and is near collapse? So far, the only people going to jail are guys like Roger Stone and Manafort; nobody’s even investigating Hillary, Obama, and their co-conspirators yet. Meanwhile, the clock just keeps on ticking; the obvious strategy for Comey’s Klown Kar Koup plotters now is to just wait Trump out until his term is over, whereupon the Swamp critters slither back into place and the whole mess is quietly buried. Without some serious moves being made quickly to bring them to justice, the run-out-the-clock strategy just might work. Here’s one way the corner might finally be turned in the right direction:

What we need more than ever is a “Million MAGA March” to the Capitol steps. Pitchforks and torches announcing its arrival. If Nancy Pelosi isn’t peeing her depends and Alex Of-Color eye-bugging like a chameleon, nothing is changing.

Agreed, heartily. The attempted coup won’t be well and truly over until Comey and his cabal, at the very least, are finally rockin’ orange and dining on jailhouse slop for their crimes. Better yet:

I see no evidence the crisis has passed or even reached its midpoint. McCabe spouts treason on tv while Comey, Brennon, et al rank in the bucks. When their is a SWAT raid on the Clinton Compound we still will only have reached a midpoint. The climax comes when Obama screams for his last and final time. Sound harsh? Consider the magnitude of his crimes. He is the only enemy that has come close to destroying our country since 1812.

Realistically, Hillary!™ and Ogabe are probably out of justice’s reach, although they shouldn’t be. And in a country appropriately mindful of the rule of law and insistent on its equal application to all, they wouldn’t.

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The little coup that couldn’t

VDH performs the post-mort.

In sum, the Left and the administrative state, in concert with the media, after failing to stop the Trump campaign, regrouped. They ginned up a media-induced public hysteria, with the residue of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s illegal opposition research, and manipulated it to put in place a special counsel, stocked with partisans.

Then, not thugs in sunglasses and epaulettes, not oligarchs in private jets, not shaggy would-be Marxists, but sanctimonious arrogant bureaucrats in suits and ties used their government agencies to seek to overturn the 2016 election, abort a presidency, and subvert the U.S. Constitution. And they did all that and more on the premise that they were our moral superiors and had uniquely divine rights to destroy a presidency that they loathed.

Shame on all these failed conspirators and their abettors, and may these immoral people finally earn a long deserved legal and moral reckoning.

Yes indeed; t’is a consummation devoutly to be wished. But I won’t be holding my breath, and neither should you. Which brings us right ’round to this truly dismal prospect:

“Imagine, if you will, the momentary hysteria of the Kavanaugh nomination,” this individual writes, “revived and extended into a permanent state, with a real sense of existential threat animating all participants. That is our probable 2019.

“This doesn’t stay inside the Beltway. This means heightened ideological conflict as a permanent feature of ordinary American life,” the writer continues.

“We haven’t seen much of this before — the strife of the 1960s and 1970s being fairly localized in many ways, and that of the 1860s being mostly regionalized — with one major exception. That exception is the American Revolution itself, when neighbors really did turn upon one another in the name of political theory in a process more brutal and merciless than popular memory recalls.”

The writer reminds us that “in our lifetimes, the single most significant threat to the life, liberty and property of the average American citizen has always been the federal government. The danger in 2019 is that a consequence of that federal government’s crescendoing dysfunction will be the replacement of that most significant threat with one far more grave, far more vicious and far more relentless: our own neighbors.”

“This is about people burning down their neighbors’ houses and businesses, to run them out of town, over ideological differences. Look at the Balkans in the early 1990s. This is about a group from one side, murdering the entire family — Dad, Mom, Brother and baby Sister — of their neighbors, over political differences.”

Barring that extreme (or maybe not), “This is the probable 2019 and you should prepare for it,” continues Mr. Robb’s anonymous friend.

Unlike the American Revolution, there will be no black hats or white hats: “There does not seem to be much by way of partisans for liberty in 2019. More apt, probably, is the example of France with its own tradition of ideological self-terrorization, devoid of any good guys, whether in 1792-94, 1870-1871 or 1958-1962.”

Yikes.

You can say that again, pal.



(Via Wes Rhinier)

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Beset on every side

Disappointed in Trump? Think he hasn’t got anything like a satisfactory amount done on his proposed agenda? Could be there’s a reason for that.

Angel moms (an organization of mothers of Americans killed by illegal aliens—M) came to DC early in the week, trying to schedule meetings with Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi. Schumer’s office granted them a meeting, Pelosi’s office called the police on them, but Trump’s WH respectfully said they couldn’t take a meeting.

According to two sources, the order was coming right from Mulvaney to stop a meeting w/ the angel moms. The WH has ways of stopping info from coming to Trump, many members of the WH team who are hostile to the MAGA movement keep information from ever reaching POTUS’ desk.

With Trump in the dark, Angel Families and their organizers brainstormed how to get POTUS’ attention. They floated multiple ideas but time was running out with a majority of them having return flights on home scheduled on Thursday.

They decided upon a press conference outside the WH where they would denounce the border bill. The WH caught wind of this and panicked, it would be horrible optics especially given that they had worked so hard trying to stop criticism from conservative media outlets.

Mercedes Schlapp called one of the organizers, asking that they turn around and stated that Trump was fighting for them w/ this bill. The organizer refused to give saying that $1.375 billion wasn’t enough for all these dead Americans.

With Mercedes unsuccessful, Kellyanne Conway called saying and also argued that they shouldn’t do this to Trump. The fight got heated, words were exchanged, but in the end the Angel Families refused to give up their press conference in front of the White House.

Kellyanne was visibly upset after the conversation, Trump walked in the room and noticed something was wrong. After a week of keeping him in the dark someone relented and told him about the Angel Families.

As the Angel Families rolled near the White House, Trump called the organizer and stated he wanted to meet with them, that he had no idea, and invited them for a meeting at 9:15 AM on Friday.

Most of the Angel Families had left by that point but a few were there. But those that were there were happy to meet Trump. It was Trump’s idea to bring them in the rose garden.

If you want to be mad at Trump, be mad at him for not cleaning the vipers out of his nest on Day One.

Achilles Heel update! Why Trump is losing.

How did we get here? Trump took office as a controversial and unorthodox “change” candidate. He reflected the frustrations and inchoate nationalist views of many Americans, whose concerns have been ignored by both parties for many years. In addition to consolidating the large cohort of ordinary Republicans radicalized by the presidency of Barack Obama, he brought in many disillusioned and alienated blue-collars voters, whose jobs and communities had been stressed by outsourcing, immigration, and a more general malaise. From the beginning, he faced an uphill struggle to implement an ambitious agenda.

Trump made his first unforced error in the earliest days of his administration. Personnel is policy, and his nominees for various cabinet and senior positions often did not share his vision, may have voted for his opponent, and otherwise were creatures of the very swamp he set out to drain.

James Mattis, Kirstjen Nielsen, and Nikki Haley, while all impressive people, do not come from the dissident wing of the Republican Party. In some cases, they have openly expressed opposition to Trump’s policies. John Bolton, while apparently a born-again Trump supporter, was the face of neoconservative interventionism during George W. Bush years, which gave us the failed regime-change wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. While the use of traditional Republican appointees may have been unavoidable, at least in part, the Trump Administration seemed to make little effort to ensure fidelity between the expressed goals of his campaign and his appointment of top officials.

In addition to these top cabinet picks, his daughter Ivanka and her mediocre husband, Jared Kushner, have been behind useless policy measures such as criminal justice reform and knee-jerk decisions like the 2017 Syria airstrikes. These two standard-issue New York liberals do not have the talent or the views to justify their portfolio, and their undue influence continues to be apparent in Trump’s occasional leftward lurches in rhetoric and policy.

Finally, in the transition, Trump set up a website—www.greatagain.gov—seeking talent from across this great country among his supporters. As far as we know, this database was destroyed, and any serious attempt to recreate it has never been undertaken. I know many talented people whose résumés went into this black hole. Government should again become the province of talented individuals from the private sector and the nation’s interior, and not a revolving door of Washington insiders bouncing back-and-forth between government and lobbying positions, as it has been for decades. You cannot drain the swamp by elevating people attached to its perquisites and devoted to its pieties.

Absolutely, positively correct. Which makes Trump’s “unforced error” here all the more baffling. The bottom line, though, is now this:

It is not clear if Trump can make any significant progress with his agenda in light of recent events. Nevertheless, Trump has accomplished something useful. He has revealed Americans’ deep resentment of our elites and their policies, but also exposed the deep contempt those elites have for the American people. He has shown a way forward for a revamped political party focused on the rights of legacy America, the interests of its workers and families, and a commitment to the integrity of the nation.

Most important, “Make America Great Again” has legitimized our history and our right to exist. If Trump cannot take the baton across the finish line and build a wall, some other enterprising statesman should realize this approach remains fertile ground to accomplish something that is significant and historical…and absolutely necessary.

I don’t really see things going that way myself. I find myself thinking more along the lines of Trump unwittingly having set the table and established the battle lines for an imminent struggle far broader and more destructive in scope than anybody imagines. Basically, despite good intentions, many useful and relevant talents, and the temperament required, Trump has found himself undone because he hoped to save and restore a nation that is fundamentally beyond salvage. Indeed, it barely remains a nation at all except by the most basic definition of the word. It doesn’t even WANT to be saved, and probably shouldn’t be.

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The problem

Trump is on the horns of a real dilemna—a tough enough one that even Codevilla can’t quite seem to work it all out in what, for him especially, is an uncharacteristically muddled column.

Trump’s bravura performance in El Paso on February 11 was a quintessential act of national leadership. His words and manners to a cheering audience—half of whom likely were once Democrats—were such as to energize a majority of Americans to reject every aspect of leftist dominance. Especially forceful and persuasive were his promises to fulfill the key promises on which he had been elected: building “the wall,” and ending at least the most horrific aspects of abortion. The ruling class’s increasingly brazen insistence on importing migrants, and on undisguised infanticide helped. First, “the wall.” Better late than never. Yes, he had signed that bill without funding. But the next one would include some, and he would get the rest by declaring a national emergency. Nothing would stop him. The political road forward seemed clear.

Reality is foggier. The bill Trump signed on Feb. 15 explicitly prohibits, procedurally, using any of the “wall” money before the end of the fiscal year. Explicitly, it increases legal pathways to illegal entry, and sets up legal challenges to the use of national emergency funds. It is one big poison pill. That makes clearer than ever the alternative between full use of the president’s powers and abdication. As the 2020 election gets closer, either “the wall” will exist, or it will not.

Trump slid into this bind as more than half his presidency slid by because he relied on the Republican Party’s establishment. This reliance was his choice. Nobody else’s. Recall that Trump won both the nomination and the presidency by running as much against the Republican part of the ruling class as against the Democrat part of the ruling class.

Since the Republican Party is part and parcel of the ruling class that is ruining America, relying on it to make America great again was doomed to be self-defeating.

All true enough, as far as it goes. BUT…Trump is a member of the Republican Party—was elected and now serves as a Republican president. I myself said back during the primary season that I’d love it if he withdrew from the despicable GOP and ran either as an independent or just started up a party of his own. Admittedly, that would most likely have doomed him to the fate of all third-party or independent candidates; the time and the electorate seem still not quite ripe for that sort of bold move, however disenchanted they may claim to be with the two parties as they now exist in other circumstances. Codevilla then gets down to it:

Our problem’s practical core is that we have a ruling class that controls one of our major parties absolutely and the other substantially, but do not have any party that opposes the ruling class. Donald Trump was elected with the expectation that he would work with anti-ruling class elements wherever they might be found to transcend both parties. Instead, he started and has stayed with Republican leaders whose primary interest is the Republican party’s cohesion. For Trump to blame Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell for being who they are is an attempt to pass the buck. Presidents don’t get to do that.

What is to be done with the Republican party is now the practical question, for Trump first, then for the voters. The Wall Street Journal’s Feb. 14 reaction to Trump’s announcement of the National Emergency was that it splits the Republican Party, implying that the sooner it fails, the better. Two days later, WSJ longtime columnist Peggy Noonan, though sympathizing with that earlier opinion, noted that the problem with the Republican Party is broader: “As the earnest, dimwitted governor of Virginia thoughtfully pointed out, [current U.S. laws] allow the full-term baby to be born, then make it comfortable as they debate whether it should be allowed to take its first breath or quietly expire on the table. A party that can’t stand up against that doesn’t deserve to exist.”

But the Republican Party has no wish or capacity to act against infanticide, or against any major ruling class trend. The voters had already figured that out. They voted for Trump because they wanted someone to lead a real anti ruling class party.

Wellll…uhh, maybe. Arguing against that, though, is the ugly fact that this is the self-same electorate that, unbelievably, just returned the Democrat Socialists—the fucking Democrat Socialists!—to power in the House. This advice I like and devoutly wish Trump would take, right to the very hilt. But honestly, I just can’t see it happening.

On the other hand, Trump really might carry through in deed the role he previewed in his El Paso rally. In that case, through Obamian-Bushite behavior toward existing law (selective enforcement, executive orders) and Jacksonian behavior toward the courts (“now let them enforce it!”) he would create pressure on the Republican establishment to bet their jobs on the outcome of the next election. For which outcome he would set the agenda.

Damned unlikely, largely because of his belief in, faith in, and reverence for the American system; Trump’s Achilles Heel, as I dubbed it the other day. In fact, I’d love to see him go even farther than that. Something like, say, this:

I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we crossed the rubicon ages ago. Frankly, given the nature of who and what the Democrats are, as well as their stooges in the GOP establishment, if President Trump here and now declared martial law, dissolved Congress, took control of the legacy media, outlawed the Democrat and other leftist parties as well somehow rooted out ever anti-American element in society, I would cheer.

So would I, JJ, so would I. Such a radical move, alas, is unlikely in the extreme to even be on Trump’s radar, much less something he’d seriously consider doing. It also presents plenty of problems of its own, not least being the likelihood of its leading directly to unrest, violence, and even civil war. Whatever you might personally believe about those things being near-inevitable at this point anyway, I can’t see Trump being in any way eager to light the match to that powderkeg. Back to Codevilla for what is probably the biggest problem of all—not Trump’s, necessarily, but ours:

Regardless of what Donald Trump will do, we know that our ruling class has no way of moderating the course on which it has set itself, and that, hence the rest of Americans have no choice but to fight for their own freedom, whether under Trump’s leadership or whomever’s.

“Whomever’s”? And pray tell, just who might THAT be? Like it or not, Trump is, at least for now, all we have. As frustrated as some of us may have grown with him recently, he remains the only guy out there who is even TALKING about waging this war, let alone actually trying to do it. If you doubt that, go ahead and name me one other politician out there who is. Just ONE.

Another thing I droned endlessly on about right from the start was that Trump was never going to be able to win this war himself; that, try as he might, feisty as he no doubt is, the sorry state our country is in didn’t happen overnight. Nor was it the doing of any one man. To think, then, that it might all be undone in a four-year term, accomplished by a guy despised and actively undermined not just by the Democrat Socialists but by his own party as well, and by the Deep State apparatus entire, was no more than a fantasy, a delusion.

Despite any insipid mewling about his “divisiveness,” Trump has in fact been a uniter: he united the entire American political and bureaucratic establishment in opposition to him. Enough so, actually, that several of those same bureaucracies were willing to launch a barely-clandestine coup attempt against him and pursue it for years—an attempt that continues even now, after its real ambition has been brought to light. Many of his own appointees now openly admit to using their power and position to thwart him—the guy who gave them that power in the first damned place.

All of which adds to make Trump just about the loneliest man in Mordor On The Potomac these days…or ever, more like. I said after last fall’s Black Tuesday fiasco that the Trump presidency was officially finished, that he’d find it close to impossible to get anything further done, most particularly when it came to illegal immigration and the Wall. So yeah, be mad at Trump all you like; wash your hands of him, withdraw your support, declare him a disappointment, a failure, a phony, whatever. The fact remains: he was the last real chance for positive, lasting change in the right direction, the final hope for truly Making America Great Again without violent upheaval.

Last fall, the American people foolishly voted against all that in favor of…well, something else entirely, who the fuck even knows what. Now they’re gonna get it, good and hard. Apres Trump, le deluge. Trusting in his own party to act at last in accord with their lying rhetoric, well, that’s on Trump right enough. The rest of it, though? I’m afraid that’s all on us.

Achilles Heel update! More on Trump’s trust issue.


Bill adds:

Tucker Carlson was making the same point just a minute ago, and I have myself alluded to it several times: These are Trump’s people. He hired them and/or kept them on. He can fire them if he wants to. Why doesn’t he?

And the same goes double for the NeverTrump troops and their new Great White Hope, now that the Mueller investigation seems to be sputtering on fumes: The Southern District of NY’s Federal attorner’s office.

All Presidents, upon taking office, are traditionally offered the resignations of all the federal attorneys held over from the previous administration. And most Presidents accept most of the resignations. BJ Clinton, for instance, turned over 93 federal attorneys when he took office.

All of these attorneys serve at the pleasure of the occupant of the White House.

So it is a legitimate question: Why does Trump permit his Deep State enemies continue to launch assaults on him from the comfort of offices that serve at the pleasure of the man they are trying to destroy?

Puzzling for sure, and I got no good answer handy myself. If I remember right, Rosenstein is scheduled to leave soon anyway, but Trump certainly did himself no favor by letting him stay on long after his sinister intent and skullduggery was plain to see.

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Powerful stuff

Probably the most depressing thing you’ll read today this week this year…uhh, ever.

Life in America has become a gut-wrenching, soul-sucking, misery-drenched, demoralizing existence.

We have managed to survive crackdowns, clampdowns, shutdowns, showdowns, shootdowns, standdowns, knockdowns, putdowns, breakdowns, lockdowns, takedowns, slowdowns, meltdowns, and never-ending letdowns.

We’ve been held up, stripped down, faked out, photographed, frisked, fracked, hacked, tracked, cracked, intercepted, accessed, spied on, zapped, mapped, searched, shot at, tasered, tortured, tackled, trussed up, tricked, lied to, labeled, libeled, leered at, shoved aside, saddled with debt not of our own making, sold a bill of goods about national security, tuned out by those representing us, tossed aside, and taken to the cleaners.

We’ve had our freedoms turned inside out, our democratic structure flipped upside down, and our house of cards left in a shambles.

We’ve had our children burned by flashbang grenades, our dogs shot, and our old folks hospitalized after “accidental” encounters with marauding SWAT teams. We’ve been told that as citizens we have no rights within 100 miles of our own border, now considered “Constitution-free zones.” We’ve had our faces filed in government databases, our biometrics crosschecked against criminal databanks, and our consumerist tendencies catalogued for future marketing overtures.

We’ve been sodomized, victimized, jeopardized, demoralized, traumatized, stigmatized, vandalized, demonized, polarized and terrorized, often without having done anything to justify such treatment. Blame it on a government mindset that renders us guilty before we’ve even been charged, let alone convicted, of any wrongdoing. In this way, law-abiding individuals have had their homes mistakenly raided by SWAT teams that got the address wrong. One accountant found himself at the center of a misguided police standoff after surveillance devices confused his license plate with that of a drug felon.

We’ve been railroaded into believing that our votes count, that we live in a democracy, that elections make a difference, that it matters whether we vote Republican or Democrat, and that our elected officials are looking out for our best interests. Truth be told, we live in an oligarchy, politicians represent only the profit motives of the corporate state, whose leaders know all too well that there is no discernible difference between red and blue politics, because there is only one color that matters in politics—green.

A lot more grim reading here—a LOT more—with a gajillion supporting links throughout. Bleak as it all is, though, don’t anybody go lie down in the tub and open a vein just yet.

Are you depressed yet? You should be.

More than depressed, however, you should be outraged at what has been done to our country.

I’m outraged at what has been done to our freedoms.

We are no less prisoners than those who are incarcerated behind prison walls.

The prison we inhabit may not be as bleak as the soul-destroying gulags described by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in his masterpiece The Gulag Archipelago, but that’s just a matter of aesthetics.

It’s time to stop waiting patiently for change to happen, stop waiting for someone to rescue you, and stage a breakout.

Get mad, get outraged, get off your duff and get out of your house, get in the streets, get in people’s faces, get down to your local city council, get over to your local school board, get your thoughts down on paper, get your objections plastered on protest signs, get your neighbors, friends and family to join their voices to yours, get your representatives to pay attention to your grievances, get your kids to know their rights, get your local police to march in lockstep with the Constitution, get your media to act as watchdogs for the people and not lapdogs for the corporate state, get your act together, and get your house in order.

Appearances to the contrary, this country does not belong exclusively to the corporations or the special interest groups or the oligarchs or the war profiteers or any particular religious, racial or economic demographic.

This country belongs to all of us: each and every one of us—“we the people”—but most especially, this country belongs to those of us who love freedom enough to stand and fight for it.

From depressing to inspiring—uplifting, even—at truly breakneck speed. I don’t have to tell you to read all of it, now do I?

(Via Wes Rhinier)

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Green Nude Eel

Robert Spencer sounds a cautionary note about Sandy’s Folly.

Democratic socialist wunderkind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been receiving torrents of ridicule for the “Green New Deal” program she unveiled with great fanfare and media adulation on Thursday, and it’s well deserved. But conservatives may come to find that laughter catching in their throats: as stupid as it is, and as disastrous as it would obviously be if it were implemented, many powerful figures on the Left aren’t laughing. And it’s not in the least impossible that they’ll bring that disaster upon the nation by trying to implement it.

Is she better equipped to be a bartender (which she was not long ago) than a member of the House of Representatives? Of course. But that won’t stop her rise. The Left ridiculed Donald Trump and called him stupid all through 2016, and he was elected president. What Ocasio-Cortez has on her side is the fact that powerful people on the Left take her seriously.

For all its talk (in the FAQs provided by Ocasio-Cortez’s office) of becoming able within the next few years “to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes” and providing “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work,” the most arresting passage in the entire Green New Deal plan is this: Nearly every major Democratic presidential contender says they back the Green New deal including: Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Jeff Merkley, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, and Jay Inslee.

Those Democrat leaders aren’t laughing Ocasio-Cortez out of the room for announcing a plan that includes the intention to “upgrade or replace every building in US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency.” They’re nodding their heads and signing on. They don’t think it will make them look just as dimwitted as Ocasio-Cortez to endorse a plan that calls for constructing “high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.” Those railway bridges connecting California with Hawaii, Australia, and Japan are going to be, like, awesome.

The Green New Deal as Ocasio-Cortez has presented it will never be implemented in full, because the United States would go bankrupt and a new civil war would break out before all of its recommendations could be put into place. But that won’t stop Democrats from moving in the direction of a unitary socialist state in which all means of production are in the hands of the government – for the good of the climate and the people, of course.

He’s certainly right about that. As I’ve said for years now: they won’t stop. They will have to BE stopped. Count on it…and don’t count AOC out just yet, either. As Spencer concludes:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fanatical, totalitarian vision are likely to afflict the United States and threaten our freedom for the foreseeable future. Yes, the Green New Deal deserves ridicule, but those who are laughing should also pause to recognize what is coming.

Yep. Anyone living in a nation that elected Barrack Obama—twice—really can’t afford to be overconfident about what might lie in wait a bit further on down the road.

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Not with a bang, but a whimper

And so the sedition charade drags on to its ignomious end.

The tale we’ve been told for more than two years—that Donald Trump’s campaign team, possibly even the candidate himself, colluded with the Kremlin to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election—has been exposed as a lie. Various investigations into this alleged conspiracy are coming up empty and the accomplices are trying to change the subject. Even more pathetically, some still are clinging to the farce, desperate to salvage whatever still remains of their already sketchy credibility.

To describe it as a witch hunt, the president’s preferred term, is too generous. The American public has witnessed a seditious attempt by powerful interests garrisoned throughout our political complex to overthrow a sitting U.S. president. The orchestrated and failed coup has exceeded the routine combat of our two-party system, where out-of-power partisans disrupt and agitate the other side. No, this has been a full scale insurrection that has violated the boundaries of law, normalcy, and civility in an unprecedented way.

The cast of villians in this national nightmare is long. At the highest echelon is the Obama White House; to date, no one knows how involved the former president was in executing this scheme because not one journalist has yet confronted Obama about what he knew or when he knew it.

Oh, I think we all know well enough how involved Oshitstain was: he was up to his hips in it, in charge of it, running it—the instigator and director of it, with assistance from “all the Deep State’s horses and all the Deep State’s men,” to twist a phrase.

Think about that for a moment. Barack Obama’s Justice Department weaponized federal law enforcement and intelligence powers to infiltrate and spy on a rival presidential campaign then leveraged that same authority after the election to raze an incoming administration, yet not one member of the press corps has asked him one question about it.

The reason for that ought to be clear enough, too. This coup attempt was a team effort; they all had their parts to play, and they all played ’em.

So, what now? Who will pay the price for unleashing this ordeal on the American public? Which lawmaker will be rebuked and censured for pretending to have evidence of malfeasance that never happened? Which former high level official will be charged for abuse of power?

What journalist will be fired and permanently jettisoned from the industry for intentionally misleading readers and viewers? What editor or media owner will be held accountable for publishing illegally leaked information that exacted real harm on innocent people? When will NeverTrumperers who accused more astute observers of this scheme of being “conspiracy theorists” going to apologize?

A: nothing, none, and never. As Kelly closes: those are the anwers, and they’re “just as infuriating as the questions themselves.” I considered just copy-and-pasting the whole danged blast of righteous outrage; somehow, though, I restrained myself, so there’s plenty more where that came from. Elsewhere, a call for justice, which you can be confident is not forthcoming:

This is one tight circle of Washington, D.C., Justice Department brass and G-men. And they’ve succeeded in hampering a sitting president using their power because they were “troubled” by him.

These men must face consequences for their actions.

Americans need to know the entire story.  If, as it appears, there was an effort to sabotage a presidency and create elaborate distractions and cover-ups using the powers entrusted to them, members of the U.S. government have involved themselves in a criminal conspiracy that dwarfs Watergate.

Now THAT’S an example of what we call “understatement,” boys and girls. Roger Kimball spells out the most salient point:

It’s been going on so long, and has involved so many nefarious characters in such high positions in the Obama administration and our intelligence and law enforcement services, that it is hard to keep the main fact, the overwhelming point of the episode in mind.

It is this: people in the FBI (aided and abetted by elements in the CIA and the Obama administration) decided that they didn’t like the person who had been elected President of the United States. Their anger and frustration boiled over when the President had the temerity to fire their man, James Comey. So they plotted to get rid of him.

The FBI didn’t like the President. so they plotted to remove him from office. That is the irreducible minimum, class, that you should take away from this whole sordid lesson. Top figures in the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not approve of the President. Therefore, they took steps to destroy him. Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, several times offered to wear a wire to entrap the President.

The fact that this all took place in May 2017 has led many observers to compare the FBI’s actions to the movie Seven Days in May, which described a plot by the military to take over the government.

What we have here is nothing so melodramatic. There’s no Burt Lancaster or Kirk Douglas. And there is certainly no Ava Gardner. No, it’s all gray on gray. The oozing, engulfing, suffocating metastasis of the administrative state, a bureaucracy drunk on its own prerogatives, fired by a misplaced sense of election (‘higher loyalty,’ remember) conveniently indistinguishable from its own entitlement and quest for power.

Yet more:

Here we have a formerly powerful and unelected government official, for all the world to see, admitting that the FBI tried to launch a coup against the constitutionally elected president of the United States, in only the first few months of his tenure. But there’s more going on than that. Here are seven quick takeaways on McCabe’s revelation of his planned coup.

All seven are on point and worth reading, but two of them warrant a closer look:

6. The Whole Russia Probe Is Tainted And Corrupt
If there wasn’t enough evidence already, McCabe’s interview provides even more evidence that the Russia probe was tainted from the get-go. Rosenstein signed off on firing Comey. He signed the last secret warrant to spy on a former member of the Trump campaign, Page, who has yet to be charged with doing literally anything wrong.  And Rosenstein launched the Russia probe and appointed and oversaw special counsel Mueller after former attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself.

More fundamentally, for the longest time, top FBI and DOJ officials have been able to hide behind the veneer of objectivity. They claimed to not be investigating Trump, but to only be focusing on Russian interference, wherever that may lead.

Yet the entire fiasco, the entirety of the time, has always been about Trump. There is no real effort to check out the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers likely hacked by Russia (or somebody). There is no objective effort to make sure Russia doesn’t weaken Americans’ confidence in our elections in the future. Instead, everything—even in the first few months of Trump’s presidency—has been done through the lens of trying to boot Trump out of office.

Bold mine, and a damning refutation of the spurious notion that this was anything other than what it so self-evidently was and remains: an attempt by deeply entrenched, over-powerful bureaucratic forces to remove a duly-elected President by nefarious, illegal, and contra-Constitutional means. Next up:

7. Comey, McCabe, Clapper, And Brennan Are Unpatriotic Dopes
It used to be that intelligence leaders left their jobs quietly and lived quiet lives. There was an occasional op-ed here and there, and some board service. That changed with the people Barack Obama put in place. The new model employed by Comey, McCabe, former director of national intelligence Jim Clapper, and former CIA director John Brennan swims in cable news gigs, book tours, and hysterical tweets.

Again, this completely undermines their claims that while they were in charge of the all-powerful U.S. intelligence community, they acted as non-partisan straight shooters. They were lightyears away from being straight shooters. And their opposition to Trump was beyond ideological. It was emotional, mostly driven by rage.

None of these men have been elected, and it is doubtful that any of them could ever be elected. Yet through a corrupt media, they have been thrust to the center stage of American discourse. These aren’t public servants, they are incompetent attention-seekers. They are selfish, and unpatriotic, concerned with protecting themselves from their own misdeeds instead of the good of the country.

Bold also mine, also damning, and not something I’ve seen any comment or analysis on: all of these malignant shitweasels were Obama appointees. Although they’d been swimming in Swamp water for years, these rumpswabs were elevated to their highest position by Oshitstain. Which, y’know, of course they were. Back to Kimball for our closer:

As I have said many times, this plot to destroy a presidency is the most serious political scandal in our history. If the media were not so corrupt and beholden to The Narrative, you’d know that and we’d have our own species of gilets jaunes crowding the streets.

It would be nice to think so, yeah. But I gotta say I doubt that even this would get much of a rise out of most of us. Among other reasons, most Americans have little to no faith in the federal government any longer, and expect little else from it than this sort of low skullduggery, corruption, and raw abuse of power. They hope only to go on avoiding its notice and staying out of its clutches, and no more. The truly sad part is, you can’t really blame them for it.

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Collusion is real—just not Russian

Somebody should surely swing for this.

It is clear that the United States government, far more than the Russian one, interfered in the 2016 campaign. Figures throughout the Obama administration were using their power to investigate Hillary Clinton’s opponent and leaking that information to pols like Harry Reid and sympathetic members of the press to hurt Trump. Many of those figures — from John Brennan to James Comey to Susan Rice — appear on television these days displaying the very anti-Trump bias that drove their official actions during the campaign. We’re told gravely that the Mueller and Congressional investigations aim to protect the people’s democracy “from interference.” Were that truly the case, they would focus on the collusion between the Hillary campaign and the Obama administration, not to mention her use of the foreign spy Christopher Steele. Instead, the champions of Mueller seem to glory in the ruling class’s interference in democracy. They are now purring over reports that members of the FBI and Justice Department conducted discussions about removing a duly elected president via the 25thamendment.

That politicized members of the FBI, operating like a rogue agency in a Third World country, wanted to void the election in effect doesn’t concern members of the media and the ruling class in the slightest. From the moment of Trump’s election, they have treated him as illegitimate and cheered every attempt to subvert his constitutional authority. Brennan famously called on members of the executive branch to defy the chief executive.

Of course they are. The people audaciously flipped off the PTB and voted the wrong way in 2016; the error cannot be allowed to stand, and must be rectified by hook, crook, or coup. The Deep Staters, their Enemedia errand boys, and garden-variety-Leftist useful idiots are not merely indifferent to the rule of law, American sovereignty and success, and the right of the people to have a say in their own governance. They are actively, openly hostile to all of those things, and they intend to thwart, neuter, or undo them. Bottom line:

All of this constitutes a much more serious threat or our democracy than anything Russia might have tried. It amounts to an attempt by a self-appointed ruling class to wrest democracy away from the people. The people elected Trump with their eyes wide open. They knew his strengths and weaknesses. It should outrage the people that unelected bureaucrats at the FBI and Justice Department officials were thinking of ways to nullify their choice.

It also ought to scare them half to death. But, to paraphrase Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider, I don’t mean running scared. I mean dangerous.

Update! Progressivists have a long, sordid history of REAL Russia collusion and election-rigging: Henry Wallace, Lee Pressman, Victor Perlo, Frank Coe, Harold Glasser, Charles Kramer, Harry Dexter White, IF Stone, Harry Hay, Frank Marshall Davis. And even this is only a very partial list of traitor scum.

Situation comedy update! A hilariously ironic similitude I really wish I’d thought of myself.

In episode 171 of “Seinfeld,” George Costanza makes up a story about having a house in the Hamptons in order to avoid attending an event with his dead fiancée’s parents, the Rosses. He soon learns they know of his deception but the Rosses nevertheless accept an invitation to the fictitious house.

George picks them up and begins driving towards a house that doesn’t exist. Both the Rosses and George maintain the pretense until George drives to the end of island past the last house in the Hamptons. George silently pleads for the Rosses to put an end to the charade. The lie’s momentum took on a life of its own as the players all continued acting their parts long after the truth was known.

The episode comes to mind as the media has started backing away from the Russia collusion hoax. Like Costanza, many of the media perpetrators seem to know a reckoning is coming. Politico warned Trump haters, “Prepare for disappointment.” Other examples of expectation managing can be found, such as here, here, here, and here (links in the original, not transcribed here—M). Mueller’s longtime top deputy at the FBI recently warned, “A public narrative has built an expectation that the special counsel will explain his conclusions, but I think that expectation may be seriously misplaced.”

This is unsurprising. The Russia hoax is crumbling and people can’t run away fast enough. We’ve seen signs from the very beginning that many of the people who promoted the Trump-Russia collusion smear have always known it was a hoax. These signs have been in plain sight.

The moment of truth is upon the hoax boosters. Like Costanza, the hoax boosters are running out of plausible locations in which the fictitious Russia collusion house could be located, and they know it. But unlike the “Seinfeld” episode, nothing about this hoax has been amusing. The hoax boosters have dragged this country through a long nightmare.

Another amusing similarity left out of the article: the scene in which George, frustrated because all his stratagems for dissuading the Rosses from visiting his fraudulent Hamptons house have failed, yells: “Okay, you wanna get nuts? LET’S GET NUTS!!” And “get nuts” is just what the Russia-collusion true believers are starting to do now.

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Belated enlightenment

Another NeverTrumpTard awakens from delusional slumber.

I chose a third path in 2016 and the nation decided otherwise. Now, as we head into 2020, it is clear the paths forward are still between the Republicans and Democrats. The path of opting out or protesting now to me seems irrelevant as we have a President who is no longer a hypothetical against any of a host of Democrats who too extreme for the nation.

We have three years on which to judge President Trump’s administration and vision for the country. We also have lots of real world examples of where the Democrats want to head.

We have a party that is increasingly hostile to religion and now applies religious tests to blocking judicial nominees. We have a party that believes children can be murdered at birth. We have a party that would set back the economic progress of this nation by generations through their environmental policies. We have a party that uses the issue of Russia opportunistically. We have a party that has weaponized race, gender, and other issues to divide us all while calling the President “divisive.” We have a party that is deeply, deeply hostile to large families, small businesses, strong work ethics, gun ownership, and traditional values. We have a party that is more and more openly anti-Semitic.

On top of that, we have an American media that increasingly views itself not as a neutral observer, but as an anti-Trump operation. The daily litany of misreported and badly reported stories designed to paint this Administration in a negative light continues to amaze me. Juxtapose the contrast in national reporting on the President and race or Brett Kavanaugh and old allegations with the media dancing around the issues in Virginia. Or compare and contrast the media’s coverage of the New York and Virginia abortion laws with their coverage of this President continuing the policies of the Obama Administration at the border, including the Obama policy of separating children from adults. Or look now at how the media is scrambling to cover for and make excuses for the Democrats’ “Green New Deal,” going so far as to suggest that maybe, just maybe, the outline of policy initiatives was an error or forged.

Now, I don’t mean to bang on poor ol’ Erick too hard here, mind; at least he didn’t outright advocate voting for Her Herness in 2016, unlike a lot of other NeverTrumpTard twatwaffles we could name. Nonetheless I just have to ask: what part of the above WASN’T true of the Demonrats way, way back in 2016? Does Erickson really think they’ve changed that radically since all of…umm, two-three years ago? Or is he only just getting around to realizing these things now? Neither of those possibilities says anything complimentary about his political astuteness, however dedicated he may be to Muh Principles. In all fairness, though, his closer is clear-eyed enough, if still a bit Pollyanna-ish.

My friends in the center-right coalition who are flirting with Democrats are, more often than not, not really socially conservative. But I am. That party offers me no home and is deeply hostile to people of faith. The President has shown himself to not share my faith convictions any more than the other side, but the President has shown he is willing to defend my faith convictions and is supportive of them.

I could stay home or vote third party as I did in 2016. But what will that get me? The ability to say “not my problem” or the self-assurance that I didn’t get dirty in having to choose? I have many Christian friends who, when I have discussed this, tell me I should just stay home and turn my back. Both parties, they tell me, are profoundly corrupt. And they’re right. But I am not looking for a messiah in politics and don’t have some religious sentiment tied to my vote. While I understand and accept the sincere conviction of some of my friends who have decided they will just sit out the process, I have decided otherwise. In 2016, we knew who the Democrats were and were not sure of who Donald Trump was. Now we know both and I prefer this President to the alternative.

I will vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. And, to be clear, it will not be just because of what the other side offers, but also because of what the Trump-Pence team has done. They’ve earned my vote.

I’d say so myself, plus some. But then I’m one of those who were duped by the Orange Man from the very beginning, so my opinion don’t count for much. Even so, ain’t it nice that enough of us benighted Dirt People recognized certain hard realities to kill the awful prospect of two or three Hillary!™ Supreme Court appointments a-borning—not to mention providing thumbsucking fence-sitters like Erickson with the privilege of a risk-free Presidential test drive before they actually committed themselves to anything in 2020. What the hell, better late than never, I suppose. So welcome aboard, Erick.

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Trump’s Achilles heel

I started working on a post on this topic a week or two ago, abandoned it, deleted it, and now have decided to try, try again, inspired by the good Rabbi Fisher’s latest.

Even President Trump’s supporters do not fully realize the job he has done. As I have written in the past, during the course of a wonderful rabbinic career that has given me so much personal satisfaction and fulfillment and that hopefully has touched the lives of my flocks, I once endured the Twilight Zone interlude of being rabbi of one of the worst Nightmare Congregations in America. (Two of my dearest friends, both Christian pastors, have enlightened me that the experience was not unique, and both pointed me to an extraordinary book, Clergy Killers, that lays out the despicable phenomenon of Houses of G-d of all faiths where outlier ego-driven laity can destroy spiritual harmony as they superimpose their personal social pathologies on everyone in their church, temple, or synagogue.) During that brief thirty-month journey in the Twilight Zone, there was a coterie of only a dozen jerks out to sabotage my every effort despite the warm support and even deep love I enjoyed among the vast majority of that congregation of 250 or so people. But the jerks comprised the inner circle, the “Board of Directors,” comprised of some wonderful people out-shouted by determined ego-driven laity who knew so very little about conducting a religious community but a great deal about internal political manipulations and striving for crumbs of vainglory.

I recount this brief nightmare — and thank G-d Almig-ty it was only a passing phase, a blip in a pulpit career of more than a quarter century — because I therefore appreciate more deeply from that personal experience what President Trump has accomplished against all odds.

Let us be forthright: Here is the President’s one flaw, and Chris Christie has been spot-on, though self-serving, through his book tour. Donald Trump came to Washington. D.C. too cockamamie-sure that he knows everything about everything and therefore can navigate anything on his own. He took on a chief of staff and a press spokesman blithely because, oh, may as well. He picked cabinet members based on considerations — and I do get it — as to what would satisfy the Mediacracy wolves’ thirst for blood. So he owed Jeff Sessions eternal gratitude — he really did — for being the only United States Senator to back him during the rough-and-tumble GOP primaries, and made him his Attorney General. He put Rex Tillerson in charge of State because Tillerson had carved a phenomenal career in dealing effectively with the Russians including Putin on energy issues. He put Mad Dog in charge of defense because the name sounded good, and Gen. Mattis seemed the guy. In all these, Mr. Trump failed to appreciate that, no, you cannot be maximally effective as President without help you can count on — help that is the best of the best, and that is the most loyal of the loyal, and people who share precisely your vision, not aiming to advance their own.

His great mistake was that — quite the opposite of his public persona — he was too nice a guy, too willing to make others happy and play to others’ expectations. So he put faith in Paul Ryan to be an improvement over John Boehner, and that was a mistake. He brought in Reince Priebus, a wonderful guy, and Sean Spicer — but those jobs were above their pay grades; he should have begun with Gen. John Kelly. Omarosa should have been made his Secretary of TV Shows and stationed in Bosnia. Mike Pompeo should have been his Secretary of State from Day One. John Bolton belonged on the inside from the outset. Nikki Haley proved a shockingly great United Nations ambassador, but he blew it with the A-G. It should have been Chris Christie, or the ever-tongue-slipping Rudy Giuliani, Joe diGenova, or even the best we have had in years, Michael Mukasey. That one last botch — picking the wrong Attorney-General — will be recorded in history as his worst mistake. It doomed so much of his first term. Look how great Eric Holder was for Obama, followed equally by Loretta Lynch. Each knew how an A-G with guts and fortitude, bold and brash, fast and furious, on the tarmac and off the tarmac, can make or break so much of a President’s agenda. Indeed, that is why John Kennedy decided that “Gee, nepotism may look bad, but I want my brother in that role.”

Close but not quite, Dov; you need to think a little bigger. His REAL weakness is something that could easily end up ruining him, although there’s really no shame or disgrace in harboring it. See, Trump is old enough and patriotic enough that he still strongly, strongly believes in the American system of government. He believes not that it has been intentionally destroyed and rebuilt as a grotesque perversion of its former self, but that it has merely gone astray and can still be repaired. Worse yet, he believes that most of the elected officials in charge of the monstrosity share his ambition to put it back on the right track, needing only proper leadership to help steer things out of the ditch and back on the highway again.

None of that is true. The people he’s relying on to either be persuaded or respond positively to the will of the people they misrule are the ones who wrecked things in the first place—and, as I said, they did it on purpose. Even his own damned party is actively working to thwart his attempt to drain the Swamp; it couldn’t be more obvious by now that the Vichy GOPers don’t want the damned thing drained, despite years of promising to do exactly that. They’re all good with the dysfunctional and nonviable status quo, thanks, and are quite willing to fight vigorously to sustain it. Rabbi Fisher has a fiendishly clever idea for how Trump might move forward from here, though:

Donald Trump came in with no prior legislative experience. If he had known then what he finally has learned now, he would have shoved that border wall down Ryan’s throat, and he would have gotten it. If he had had the right A-G, he would have crafted his entry ban a bit more cleverly, and each of his subsequent Ninth Circuit debacles would have been more elegantly situated for Supreme Court review. Indeed, if he had me— and I am utterly not qualified, nor would I want it because I like being a rabbi and law professor, and I hate participatory politics — but if he had had even me, I would have advised him that, every single time he issues a new Executive Order, he should counter-intuitively have the pro-Trump Texas or Louisiana Attorney General race immediately to the Fifth Circuit to attack him and his Executive Order… so that the first court that rules with a national injunction would be the pro-Trump, pro-conservative Fifth Circuit. Race to the Fifth before the Left gets to the Ninth. That would have changed the whole dynamic on everything from the Keystone XL Pipeline to the various issues on the southern border.

He has more ideas still, all of them good but none likely, because they depend on the same false premise Trump holds:

As these next two years unfold, I hope that gutless GOP Senate committees, if only to save their own hides, start subpoenaing every Clinton thing they can think of: Clinton Foundation, Clinton speaking fees and secret speeches, back to Benghazi, back to the 33,000 yoga and wedding-dress emails. Investigate who lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Kavanaugh hearings and make them roommates with Manafort and Cohen. Get Lois Lerner back; we miss her. Investigate Comey and all his crew: Macabre McCabe, Strzok, Page. Investigate that Obama CIA director, John Brennan, who voted for Gus Hall, the Communist candidate for President. (Did we actually just have a CIA director who had voted for a pro-Soviet Communist President of America? And that guy is accusing others of treason and collusion with the Russians?) And, taking a cue from Mueller, just name a Special Investigator to investigate “the Clintons” — with the proviso that he or she is authorized to follow the trail wherever it leads. It will lead everywhere.

Yeah, but the “gutless GOPe Senate commitees” have NO desire to go there, or anywhere near it. They intend not to take a single step in that direction, because THAT’S what they believe “saving their own hides” depends on. In fact, I think Trump himself may just be reluctant to do such a thing himself, believing that the damage it could do to our existing institutions and federal-government structure far outweighs the benefit of re-establishing the rule of law and demonstrating that it applies across the board. It’s a real dilemna the Prez is facing here, and he’s all alone in wrestling with it. I can’t say I envy him in even the slightest way.

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“What we still have to lose”

An excerpt from a new book by Michael Anton, of Flight 93 Election fame.

These are dangerous times. The Left has made them so and insists on increasing the danger. Leftists hold virtually every commanding height in our society—financial, intellectual, educational, cultural, administrative—and yet they affect the posture of an oppressed and besieged “resistance.”

Nonsense. The real resistance is led by President Trump. It is resistance to the Left’s all-consuming drive for absolute power, its hostility to all American and Western norms—constitutional, moral, prudential—and its boundless destructive enmity. If I have been persuaded by any criticism of “The Flight 93 Election,” it is that I was ungenerous to Trump. The president stands clearly and firmly against these virulent attacks on America and firmly for the protection of life and liberty, and the promotion of the good life for the American people. Those are the core responsibilities of any American president. May President Trump continue to fulfill them until the end of his constitutionally won second term.

What the Kavanaugh affair has made clearer to me than ever is that the Left will not stop until all opposition is totally destroyed. The harm they do to people, institutions, mores, and traditions is, in their view, not regrettable though unavoidable collateral damage; it is rather an essential element of the project. It’s a bit rich to be accused by nihilists of lacking a positive vision. But such is life in 2018. To stand up for truth, morality, the good, the West, America, constitutionalism, and decency is to summon the furies.

America cannot long go on like this. Something’s gotta give, and something will. What that “something” will be depends in no small part on the actions of men and women of good character, good judgment, and goodwill.

It should be—it MUST be—the Left, and its malevolent, soul-crushing lust to achieve absolute power over us all, that will prove to be that “something.” This victory won’t be cheap, easy, or quick, but the sole alternative—defeat, compromise having been long removed from the menu—doesn’t bear thinking about. The Left is no longer bothering to conceal what they have planned for us: subjugation, enslavement, punishment, even death. Hey, you don’t have to just take my word for it:

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) threatened a young, black high schooler on Twitter because he didn’t know her name. “Hi @TheCJPearson, I’m not the woman sitting next to her,” Velazquez tweeted to Republican activist C.J. Pearson. “@AOC and I—and millions like us—are the future of this country. And you’re right to be afraid of us. But you should learn my name.”

Bold mine. Note ye well that this isn’t just some random Proggie rageling impotently shaking her fist on Twitter; this is a sitting New York Congresscreature hurling a direct threat at a high-school kid. She isn’t just threatening the kid, either; her threat is aimed at all of us. And if you think for a moment that such an obvious tyrant would hesitate to abuse her position to inflict whatever retribution she deems appropriate upon the Real Americans she so loathes, for any reason at all, you need to think again.

Myself, I see no reason not to take the vile fascist at her word. The real problem is, she and all her nasty, dangerous ilk have things exactly backwards. She might find expressing her egotistical contempt for her lowly constituents satisfying and all, but that ain’t the way the country was originally intended to work. As John Basil Barnhill’s great quote says: “Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.” Arrogant, out of control tapeworms like Velazquez needs to be taught to fear US, as is right and proper, with a quickness. We’ve let them slide for way too long now, which is why we are where we are.

In the meantime: bang, zoom, right onto my Amazon Wish List Anton’s book goes. You just know it’s gonna be a good ‘un, if all too brief at only just over a hundred pages. If you haven’t yet read his original Flight 93 post, do yourself a favor and hit the link to it up top. It’s well worth your time, trust me.

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The other wall

I’ve said this a thousand times already:

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Francis adds:

Donald Trump – forgive me, please, for ever doubting that he would be a good president! – is more than just our current chief executive. He’s a barrier to the ambitions of the ruling class and its beneficiaries. Over the century behind us those groups have seized ever more of our wealth and freedom. Before the election of 2016 they were well on their way to criminalizing dissent: making it impossible, de jure if not de facto, to express opposition to their schemes. Can anyone doubt that were the First Amendment gutted, the Second, our sole bulwark against a Chavez or Maduro of our own, would swiftly follow?

Don’t imagine that the extra-legal doings of cops, who are not federal but state and local government employees, are disconnected from the machinations taking place at the federal level. And don’t imagine that the total subjugation of America is purely a drive of the Left. There are plenty of Republicans aligned with it, and their hatred of President Trump is quite as volcanic as that of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

If President Trump succeeds, they will fail – and vice-versa.

They won’t just fail—they will fall.

One man standing against a horde faces long odds. Horatius pulled it off because he only needed to stand off the invaders until the bridge he defended was pulled down behind him. Popular support is valuable, but it is not sufficient. The president needs allies within the corridors of power. He also needs to expel his enemies, to the greatest extent possible.

But the president cannot “fire” a legislator. Neither can he set the law aside by decree and flush out the bureaucracies that oppose his agenda. Neither can he silence the courts, which have played an important role in impeding him despite their lack of jurisdiction over the president’s Constitutionally assigned executive authority. And of course there are the media to deal with, as well.

The members of our political elite know all that. They’ve marshaled their forces to prevent any further incursions upon their bastions. To this point their defensive operations have succeeded. The plaints of pro-freedom intellectuals have failed to weaken them. Moreover, their counteroffensive, in the guise of unending “investigations” of the president and his private-life activities, has succeeded in deflecting attention from their ploys toward wholly imaginary Trumpian misdeeds.

It’s enough to wear many a good man down.

The question is, as always, “What, then, must we do?”

What, you mean aside from pitchforks, torches, gibbets, and otherwise killing them in job lots? Because I’m afraid that, no matter else we might try, it’ll finally come down to that sooner or later. The Swamp creatures will fight to their very last ounce of strength to prevent their habitat from being drained. As Francis concludes:

The struggle over the future of the Republic, however it is resolved, won’t be over quickly.

It certainly won’t. Watching the mental pathology of the Left and the oleaginous treachery of the pseudo-Right continue to metastasize with every passing day, I fear more and more that it won’t be resolved peaceably, either. Not to anybody’s satisfaction, at least. The Deep State intends to survive and retain its grip on absolute power; the Left intends to subjugate us—ALL of us—and cement their Fundamental Transformation; the Fake Conservatives intend to maintain their own access to privilege and perks; Real Americans intend not to be subjugated, even to roll back such encroachments on their right to self-determination as they can, when they can.

The house is divided against itself. The only question yet to be answered is: how much longer can it stand?

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Barnburner

I was working all day and night and so missed this year’s State Of The Union Show, which is okay with me; my preference has long been to see the thing written and delivered to Congress without the usual hoopla anyway. But after repeated ALL CAPS!!! texts from my old manager and then checking in with the PJM liveblog of the thing along with a handful of my other usual blogosphere haunts, seems as if maybe I might really have missed something this year.

Trump’s dead-center killshot on socialism—and Red Bernie’s slow, blistering burn in response most especially—would have been worth the price of admission all by itself, and makes me think I need to reconsider my longtime indifference to the thing. Near as I can tell, Mike Walsh’s sum up says it all: “This entire speech is a reproach to the Democrats. And they’re just as smirking and surly as you knew they would be.” Well, good. That’s as it should be; for all his hopeful talk about bipartisanship and bringing Americans together and such, it sounds as if Trump threw down the gauntlet pretty firmly in his SOTU speech.

The truth is, if ever there was a political party that desperately need to be called out and brought to heel, it’s the Demonrats. You can be sure this speech won’t do it, of course. But you gotta start somewhere, and putting the Dems’ spluttering, fuming, enraged reaction to Trump’s listing of all the good things that have happened under his leadership—record-high employment numbers and the booming economy in particular—and their core antipathy towards America itself under a harsh spotlight front and center for all to see ain’t a bad way to do it. Hell, just having a President give a blunt and honest SOTU for once is a step in the right direction all by itself.

Update! Sure, why not.

ATLANTA, GA—In the interest of fairness in broadcasting, CNN has announced the cable news channel will give members of ISIS equal time to respond to President Trump’s State of the Union address later this evening.

Several ISIS representatives will be allowed to give a full address responding to the president’s remarks, criticizing him for his border security stance and debunking his claims on the need for a wall along the southern border of the country.

“Americans deserve to hear from every perspective, whether that’s the bad orange man or these brave freedom fighters,” said a CNN spokesperson. “We will give them a fair hearing and see what they have to say. We’re confident it will be an informed and interesting perspective, unlike whatever drivel we hear from the orange man.”

You just know they’d do it if they thought they could get away with it. Meanwhile:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Notorious serial killer and champion of women’s rights Kermit Gosnell is set to attend Trump’s State of the Union address this evening as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s special guest, sources confirmed Tuesday.

Gosnell is serving life in prison but was let out at Pelosi’s request to attend the event. The House Speaker stated she wanted a guest who could stand for reproductive healthcare and women’s rights during Trump’s speech. She called the move a “powerful statement” against those who would infringe on a woman’s right to choose.

“Bringing this brave man along to the State of the Union sends a powerful message to the anti-choice bigots,” Pelosi said in a press conference. “When state law forbade him from aborting late-term infants, he did so anyway. He is a strong, brave freedom fighter who was simply ahead of his time.”

“We Democrats are just now catching up to him when it comes to late-term and post-birth abortion policies,” she added.

Long as we’re all up for post-birth abortion now, I have a list of people I’d like to see subjected to it.

Seriously though, you gotta love this:

President Donald Trump honored famed NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

“In 2019, we also celebrate 50 years since brave young pilots flew a quarter of a million miles through space to plant the American flag on the face of the moon,” the president began. “Half a century later, we are joined by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts who planted that flag: Buzz Aldrin.”

“This year American astronauts will go back to space on American rockets. In the 20th century, America saved freedom, transformed science, and redefined the middle-class standard of living for the entire world to see,” he added.

Aldrin, wearing an American flag-themed tie, stood up to salute the president.

God bless the great Buzz Aldrin, forever and ever amen.

Astounding update! Seriously?

CBS NEWS POLL: 76 percent of viewers approved of what they heard in Pres. Trump’s #SOTU speech; 72 percent said they approved of Pres. Trump’s ideas for immigration.

Instant @CNN poll just revealed 76% of viewers approved of Trump’s #SOTU speech, with 59% “very positive.”

Keep in mind, these numbers are from two of the most virulent Trump-hating Fake News purveyors in existence; if they’re willing to publicly admit to the response being this overwhelmingly positive, what must an honest poll look like?

Wow.

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Stand…and deliver

Last night I wrote about why and how we lose, provoked by an execrable bit of cuckish mewling from a Federalist post. Tonight, let’s look at how we might win.

Trump told Democrats and obstructionist Republicans he’s not interested in playing political word games over the wall, sometimes calling the wall a border structure, other times calling it a barrier or using a different word, the Daily Mail reports. Trump has quipped that Democrats can call the wall “peaches” if they want, so long as lawmakers appropriate funding.

“The Wall is getting done one way or the other!” Trump tweeted. In another tweet he added, “Construction has started and will not stop until it is finished.”

According to the British newspaper:

The U.S. president continued to rage for more than an hour, telling Republicans on a bipartisan panel tasked with coming to a border security arrangement to stop ‘wasting their time’ on the negotiations with his political opponents. “I’ve got you covered. Wall is already being built, I don’t expect much help!” he proclaimed.

Trump took to Twitter to continue complaining about the negotiators’ failure to accomplish anything.

“Large sections of WALL have already been built with much more either under construction or ready to go. Renovation of existing WALLS is also a very big part of the plan to finally, after many decades, properly Secure Our Border. The Wall is getting done one way or the other!” he wrote.

Although more than a few Democrat lawmakers have said Congress should fund the wall, the Democrats in charge of talks continue to stubbornly refuse to offer any money for the construction project.

The new Democrat majority in the House isn’t even pretending to negotiate in good faith with Trump. They correctly view the wall as an existential threat to their party and despite their endless whining and mockery of the idea of the wall, they know its construction would slow the flow of illegal aliens into the country and impede the growth of the party’s electoral base.

As Aesop has posted more than once, part of the Wall is in fact now under construction, refuting Ann Coulter’s embarrassingly ill-informed complaints to the contrary. I still maintain that an impassable, border-length wall of the sort we all envisioned to bring illegal immigration under control at long last just isn’t going to happen no matter what Trump does; there are too many obstacles standing in his way, both on the Left and the pseudo-Right, and the determination of his/our foes is unshakable. BIG FAT CAVEAT: I also could be full of shit and wrong; it’s happened before once or twice, and very few people have come out in the winner’s circle by underestimating Trump. I also have to admit that I would dearly love to be proved wrong on this one, although I still can’t find much reason to expect such at the moment. Back to Frontpage:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) continues to be politely skeptical at the prospect of the president using emergency powers to obtain wall funding but many of the NeverTrumpers of Conservatism Inc. inside the Beltway have been downright hostile.

One of the more outrageous reactions came from Capital Research Center research director Michael Watson who tweeted that Trump should be impeached for trying to build the wall. “Declaring an emergency to override Congress’s spending authority is an impeachable offense and should be treated as such[,]” he wrote on Twitter.

Watson and a chorus of now-unemployed Weekly Standard staffers are incensed that White House aides have reportedly prepared an executive declaration that gives the president the ability to redirect billions of dollars in military construction and flood-control funds.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) has threatened to file a lawsuit immediately if Trump invokes the National Emergencies Act to secure funding to build the wall.

Legal experts say the president can call upon the National Emergencies Act, a statute President Gerald Ford signed into law in 1976, to get construction of the wall underway.

President Trump has already invoked the National Emergencies Act three times in his tenure, according to ABC News. President Barack Obama invoked the statute no fewer than 10 times.

It is becoming increasingly clear that in the current polarized environment using the National Emergencies Act may be the only way the wall gets built.

Both Uniparty wings are standing firm; Trump will have to stand firmer, which I don’t doubt he has the backbone and fighting spirit to support. In any event, Trump is the only guy in the political arena right now who might just be able to pull this thing off. Why do I say that? Ultimately, it’s because of the Trump Effect.

I have a friend who tells me that attempts to understand Donald Trump in the ordinary ways we understand politicians, even truly remarkable politicians, are doomed to failure. My friend is pointing to the astonishing revelations Trump has precipitated.

One such effect is that people in public life are ripping off their masks—and what is being revealed is shocking. Bill Kristol has told us he is all for the deep state. George Will came out in support of the co-head of the Clinton crime family. James Comey stood before the whole world to explain why Hillary should be indicted—and then said she would not be indicted.

And just look at what the Democrats are doing. They now openly advocate that America open its borders to all comers. They have abandoned “safe, legal, and rare” and are now in a hurry to legalize infanticide. The Democrats are done with hiding their real intentions from voters. That’s amazing, when you think about it. Until now, hiding their real intentions has been the secret of their electoral success.

The important point is that we now know who these people have been all along. They are simply making known what they have kept hidden. What my friend is pointing to is this: Trump, somehow, has caused them to unmask themselves. They can’t seem to help themselves…because Trump.

This really is astonishing. Call it “the Trump effect.” And the Trump effect does not stop with people unmasking themselves.

It is now clear that opposition to the American idea is much more deep-seated, thorough-going, and widespread in our country than many of us ever imagined before Trump. Of course, on one level, this is frightening. Consequently, many good Americans understandably recoil from the truth about America that has been revealed. They long for a return to the way things were before Trump—but that is the one thing that is definitely not going to happen. We are in revolutionary times. The Trump effect has made it clear to all who have eyes to see and ears to hear that the survival beyond our time of what remains of the Founders’ gift is not assured.

I’ve long called him Trump the Disrupter, but maybe his “Trump the Unmasker” function will prove to have more significance and impact in the long term. The way he’s clarified things for us may yet wake up enough Normals to turn the tide on the issue of the Wall, along with a lot of other things besides. And should the American vs TWANLOC conflict go loud, the Wall will probably wind up looking like a relatively minor concern all of a sudden anyway.

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“Who do our intelligence agencies think they work for?”

Why, the Deep State, of course.

Since 1947, the U.S. Intelligence Community has grown and grown. Originally it was given the task of collecting intelligence on our Cold War adversaries. After the September 11 attacks, it was expanded and reorganized to include today’s 17 agencies.

But whether it was just the OSS during the war, or the 17 federal agencies we have today, the mission of the American intelligence was always the same: to provide its sole client with raw intelligence and analysis so that he can make his decisions on how best to secure America and her citizens. That end-user, of course, is the incumbent president. 

CIA and DIA veteran Fred Fleitz, who served most recently as chief-of-staff to National Security Advisor John Bolton, put it succinctly in his response to the media frenzy: “America’s intelligence agencies were not created to publicly criticize or offer rebuttals to the president’s foreign-policy initiatives. They are not supposed to be a ‘check’ on presidential decision-making—that is Congress’s role.”

Remember, John Brennan, an avowed Communist who voted for the Communist Party USA’s presidential candidate in 1976, before he joined the CIA, was elevated to the director of that agency by Barack Obama. Brennan used his power to press then-FBI Director James Comey to launch a politically motivated investigation of the Trump campaign based solely upon Russian-sourced opposition research paid for by Hillary Clinton’s lawyers and the Democratic National Committee. Obama’s director of national intelligence, General James Clapper, likewise left a trail of politically motivated malfeasance, not least of which was his committing perjury in front of Congress over whether or not the NSA illegally spies on American citizens.

Although Haspel and Coates are both honorable public servants who, by all evidence and appearance, share none of the vices of Brennan and Clapper, the two years of the Trump Administration have been too short a time to rid our mammoth intelligence community structure of those who believe that their alleged expertise gives them an extra-constitutional right to subvert an elected president with whom they have policy disagreements.

The intelligence and law-enforcement bureaucracies, like the federal Leviathan entire, have slipped the leash and gone rogue. Now free of any proper Constitutional restraint, oversight, or sanction, the Swamp dwellers take for granted their right to exercise unchecked power with total impunity. They must be slapped down hard, fast and repeatedly, lest their seditious assumptions be proven justified.

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