Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Russia collusion is REAL!

It always was. And it was always the Democrat-Marxists who were doing it.

This is rich, coming from this lot. For decades, the American Left has been in, yes, active collusion with Russia and Moscow Central. The Soviets penetrated the ranks of the American journalistic establishment, not only at the New York Times — and Walter Duranty was only the tip of the iceberg — but even suborned the so-called “independent” journalists like Izzy Stone and turned them into willing agents of influence.

Andy (McCarthy) makes a convincing case (here—M) that the entire FBI/Mueller charade was a way to cover their own malfeasance in — at the Obama administration’s behest and with Hillary Clinton’s willing collusion — surveilling the Republican candidate and trying to torpedo his campaign under the guise of “national security.”

Still, who can be surprised? When it comes to national elections, the Democrats invented the concept of colluding with the Russians. We know, for example, that the late Edward Moore Kennedy, the “lion of the Senate,” actively solicited the KGB’s help in denying Ronald Reagan a second term in the White House. And Teddy went straight to the top…

This shameful episode came right at the time the American media was indulging in one of its periodic love affairs with the Soviet leadership; Andropov, the head of the KGB-turned-Soviet premier, was routinely depicted as a whisky-sipping jazz lover, in contrast to the insane cowboy, Reagan, in the White House. As it happened, I spent a good deal of time behind the Iron Curtain during this period, and can attest that the Russians and their vassals were hysterical about the Pershing missiles and the specter of the Strategic Defense Initiative, better known as “Star Wars.” They were about to lose the Cold War, and both they and their allies at the Times and in the Democrat Party knew it.

What, one might ask, is the famous Trump Tower meeting set against this act of treason?

As McCarthy notes, the small fry like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos were always only the means to the larger end, which was and always has been: get Trump. When you consider that the unofficial motto of the Democrats is, “by any means necessary,” you also understand just how serious this entire attack on the orderly workings of the American electoral system has been. There should be a price to be paid — and let’s hope, when it comes, that it’s terrible.

There won’t be—not for Mueller’s sleazy, greasy coup attempt, and not for Obama’s and Hillary’s crimes either—no matter how devoutly we might wish to see true justice done. Duranty paid no price, after all (there was some noise made about rescinding the Pulitzer he won for his “journalism,” but the Pulitzer board declined to do so); Kennedy didn’t either. So now that we’re tangled much deeper in the socialist web than we were in Duranty’s or Teddy’s day, how could anyone expect that there would be for their latter-day fellow travelers, especially in light of how much higher His Majesty and Her Herness rank in the Deep State labyrinth than Duranty ever did?

There’s a reasonable case to be made that seeing justice properly visited on Obama and Clinton would lead to massive upheaval and unrest—accompanied by the usual rampant violence as well—on the part of their acolytes, I suppose. It’s also reasonable to assume that Trump would be extremely reluctant to risk such disorder by insisting on said justice being done. Better to let them skate than to rend the nation asunder, would be the thinking.

But I ain’t the guy to make that case. Looking the other way at outright treason, thereby proving for all time that there are two sets of laws in force in this country—one for the elite and a much harsher, less flexible one for the rest of us—will do far more long-term damage.

On the other hand, it isn’t as if anybody paying attention doesn’t already know it—that we haven’t had ample demonstrations of such unequal justice flung in our very teeth for years and years now. “Equality under the law” is little more than a punchline; American justice is routinely bought and sold, and the powerful are de facto exempt from any due reckoning for crimes that would see us lesser mortals swinging from a gibbet with a quickness. Like money in politics, it’s part of the human condition, not something that’s ever likely to change. Nonetheless, it doesn’t say much for the national conceit of “American exceptionalism,” now does it?

This all gets me to thinking some larger thoughts, which I’ll try to address in my next post.

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The divide

It’s real. And bridging it is neither possible nor desirable. First, a bit of old-school fisking for the Left side.

The wheels are not off the bus. The kids, and the rest of us, are going to be all right. Come the new year, the country will switch from the Trump Show, where our president hears voices on Fox TV and does what they say, and move to Court TV. That channel will play a police procedural akin to Law & Order where an elite squad of dedicated detectives, known as the Special Counsel’s unit, investigates especially heinous crimes and a team of attorneys prosecute the offenders. The rule of law, not the vagaries of politics or Ann Coulter, triumphs.

The rule of law has already been trampled by Mueller’s contra-Constitutional farce, and it’s the “vagaries of politics” that have driven it from the start.

In this setting, the president’s tweets can and will be used against him. Throw shade on law enforcement (they’re all enemies out to get the White House), poison the jury pool (Michael Cohen’s a rat, Michael Flynn’s a patriot), and otherwise flick sand into the wheels of justice (appoint attorneys general who’ve pre-judged the case), but justice will still grind on. There is always decorum in the court. One lie, much less 7,000, can send you to prison.

Oh, so Tweeting is illegal now, is it? The president’s tweets will be used against him right enough…and so will absolutely anything and everything else the Mueller Coup crowd can dig up, every bit of it well outside his “Russia collusion” mandate—itself nothing but a subterfuge. Law enforcement entire is not “out to get” Trump, which he knows quite well. But the corrupt FBI and DoJ most certainly are, a home truth that only a diehard-shitlib asshat could deny. Justice isn’t going to “grind on”; it’s going to be ground under the wheels of the Deep State juggernaut.

With the first phase of police work just about over—the search for the real colluder, or colluders, hundreds of hours of FBI interviews with all the lying under oath that suggests, grand jury appearances, arrests and indictments, witness flips and plea deals—the main action moves to court.

The “real colluders” have already been found—Obama and Hillary. That “action,” alas, will remain closeted and is never going to “move to court,” although if we still retained anything resembling “rule of law” it assuredly would. “Hundreds of hours of FBI interviews” suggests not “lying under oath” but politically-motivated harassment of a despised outsider by a rogue, overly-powerful bureaucracy—an open attempt by DC Swamp creatures to preserve their undeserved power and privilege by nefarious means. Because, y’know, that’s what it is.

Problem for Flynn was that Sullivan can tell the difference between out-of-control prosecutors and Robert Mueller, who is completely in control. In the Trump investigation, all the misconduct is on the defense side, with the president’s unconscionable attacks on the FBI, cooperating witnesses, and Mueller’s staff, whom he labels as biased Democratic hacks.

It’s Mueller, whose very office is at best Constitutionally questionable, who is “out of control.” He long ago skipped gleefully over the boundaries of his limited official mandate and never looked back, now jailing people for things that aren’t even illegal (Cohen) and piffling, decades-old technicalities that previous Obama officials were guilty of but never questioned about at all, and which have nothing whatsoever to do with “Russian collusion.” “Biased Democrat hacks”? Nearly EVERY ONE of Mueller’s henchmen are, umm, Democrat-Marxist donors. Not party members, mind, but donors, and big-money ones too. They are the very living incarnation of “biased hacks.”

Sullivan won’t hear all Trump-related cases, but he’s involved in many. When he learned last spring that a mother and child were being flown out of the country while their case for asylum was pending, he ordered prosecutors to “turn that plane around.” And he threw a wrench into Trump’s unilateral changes to our asylum laws at the end of December.

There are complex rules for refugees and asylum-seekers, both national and international. The US is under no legal obligation whatsoever to accept them (or anybody else) willy-nilly, according to the whim of weepy liberal media propagandists, without reference to those procedures. That was so before Trump, and it’s still so now, no matter what some sniveling, hankie-soaking Citizen Of The World might wish were the case.

Trump will soon find himself as burdened by the law and order as he is by Democrats refusing to build his wall. His foundation has been charged in New York as a slush fund that took money in but gave not much away.

*cough cough* Clinton Foundation *cough cough*

Although our founding fathers were unlikely to imagine a frequently bankrupt casino mogul as president, they protected us against him. They didn’t stop at two branches of government. In their enduring wisdom, they created a third, which sits astride the law and punishes those who think they are above it but are not.

Sorry, but the Founders were not only LIKELY to imagine the bloated, tyrannical abomination insidious termites like Carlson have replaced legitimate government with, they actually DID. They spelled out their abhorrence of the kind of government favored by shitlibs starkly and unequivocally…in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, among many other writings.

As for the courts, they aren’t supposed to “sit astride the law.” Neither are they supposed to alter it, modify it, or make it up from any “emanations and penumbras” that suit them. Their role, strictly and specifically limited as are those of their co-equal branches, is to interpret it: in the case of the Supreme Court, to ponder its concordance with Constitutional requirements, and either approve it or strike it down as is appropriate. In the lower courts, to apply it fairly and without bias. That’s all.

I could easily dismantle this wet-brained liberal balderdash further, but enough of the bint’s tiresome, specious nonsense. There’s no point in bothering further with it; like the rest of her ilk, Carlson is wholly divorced from reality, not amenable to or interested in logic, truth, or reason. Instead, via Doug Ross, let’s have a look at some 24-karat truth from the other side of our Great Divide:

Trump was elected not based on any single issue, but because Americans believe that we are no longer citizens of a republic; that we are subjects of an elected aristocracy, composed of a self-absorbed and unaccountable permanent political class, which serves international interests at the expense of the American people.

They maintain their authority by an ever-expanding and increasingly intrusive government and use a compliant media to manipulate public opinion in order to maintain the illusion of democracy. The size and pay scales of the federal government now exceeds much of the private sector but is unconstrained by regulation and, ever more frequently, by legality.

It is not a contest between the Democrat and Republican ideologies driving the inanity emanating from Washington, D.C., but a battle between the entrenched power of the bipartisan political establishment versus the freedom and well-being of the American people.

It is a conflict between those who want to adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law and “they,” who wish to continue the practices of political expediency, crony capitalism and a two-tiered system of justice.

It is a choice between a government of the people, by the people and for the people or “elective despotism” when lies, corruption and tyranny are embraced by the political-media establishment.

The election of Donald Trump was not the consequence of colluding Russians tapping on keyboards in darkened basements, but one of hope based on a single proposition, the possibility of honest, representative and effective government.

Three years before the start of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said a government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free — that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

Likewise, a government separated from the people cannot stand.

Nor should it. That’s the burden of responsibility the Founders laid on We, the People. That’s the test we’ve failed, by tolerating the ongoing Leftist campaign of undermining, uprooting, and destroying instead of crushing the pestilential insects when they first infested the national garden.

These two posts are perfectly adequate and accurate summations of the viewpoints balefully staring each other down across the Great Divide. Can any reasonable person possibly imagine a way to reconcile them that doesn’t amount to capitulation and defeat? In light of the relentlessness and duplicity demonstrated by the Left, can any but a purblind, dimwitted naif hold out hope for an acceptable compromise with them? Kurt hammers the point home:

Every day that they refuse to allow the man we elected president to fulfill the most basic function of a national government – securing its national borders – they make a deliberate choice to accept more dead Americans. Oh, and more crime, poverty and welfare costs too. They are willing to let it all happen because their power means much, much more to them than your prosperity, your security, or your life.

In a country where the ruling class gave a damn about those it governs, the scumbag who murdered Corporal Singh would never have snuck in, and if he had, he would have been tossed before racking up two DUIs. But he wasn’t. California is a sanctuary state. It’s just not a sanctuary for citizens like you.

When they want to strip American citizens of our Second Amendment rights (and, not coincidentally, our ability to resist them), they howl that disarming all of us would be worth it if it saved just one life. It’s a stupid talking point with regard to the Bill of Rights, because even if rights were subject to a costs/benefits balancing test (they aren’t), the fact is that only a fraction of a fraction of the 300 million-plus arms that our citizens keep and bear will ever be used in a crime.

But what about saving just one American citizen’s life from murderous foreigners who, as opposed to our freedom-preserving weapons, are not even   supposed to be here? Unlike the American patriots exercising their gun rights, every single illegal alien is a criminal just for illegally entering and/or remaining. Then they also need fake IDs to function. Identity theft is a crime, at least for you and me. Then there’s the voter fraud, the welfare fraud, the property crimes, and the violent crimes. Oh, not all illegals are violent criminals, but every single one spits on our laws, laws we the people enacted via our elected representatives.

So what do you call it when the government ignores the law, which is the will of the people expressed through the legislature we voted for? It’s sure not “a republic.”

In order to keep those illegals flowing in, our miserable elite is as willing to let democracy die as it is to let you die.
Who thinks this will end well? Anyone?

The American people are not blind. They see the truth, and they are not going to be denied justice forever. The election of Donald Trump was not the worst case scenario. It was the first case scenario. What comes next, if the elite keep denying the will of the people, will be even more disruptive, even more divisive. They might win today’s skirmish over the wall, but tomorrow there will be new corpses and greater anger.

The elite’s selfish and cruel sacrifice of the lives and lifestyles of America’s citizens risks tearing apart the United States.

So? That’s a-okay with them; their plan all along was to dismantle and replace it anyway, and to replace its uncooperative patriots, the ones the brainwashing didn’t take root with, by whatever means they find convenient.

Either a bloody, desperate fight is coming or we resign ourselves to slavery, oppression, and injustice. It’s a godawful fix we’re in, but I can’t see any other alternatives left to us other than those two.

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Shut. Him. DOWN

Better still: investigate this corrupt, crooked, lifelong Deep State malefactor to within an inch of his miserable life, prosecute him, and throw him in Stoney Lonesome for a good, long time for his crimes against the American people.

That’s if the sorry son of a bitch isn’t found guilty of outright treason and hung forthwith for his role in attempting to cripple and/or overthrow a duly-elected President, I mean.

Two events this week could provide acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker enough reason to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller: The egregious case against General Michael Flynn and the mishandling of cell phones used by FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

According to the federal statute governing special counsel investigations, “the Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies.”

Since Mueller’s obvious conflicts of interest have been overlooked—including his ties to former FBI Director James Comey, his service under the Obama administration, and a team of biased prosecutors—“other good cause” could be the failure to produce court-ordered documents related to the Flynn case or the special counsel’s office scrubbing the iPhones used by Strzok and Page during their brief time on the team, or both.

First, the Flynn case. More than a year after the three-star general and former national security advisor pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, Flynn is set to be sentenced on December 18. Mueller’s team, citing Flynn’s cooperation and service to the country, recommended a sentence on the “low end” of the guidelines, which means no jail time. It appeared that Flynn, who lost his home paying for lawyers, only would have to perform community service.

But Flynn is not going down quietly. Not only did his response to Mueller’s sentencing memo contain explosive details about potential misconduct by FBI officials, public comments by former FBI Director James Comey further exposed how his agency cornered—if not entrapped—Flynn during the very first days of a tumultuous administration under siege by the media and Obama holdovers.

Some of us out there are talking excitedly about the “collapse” of the open-ended, unrestrained Mueller witch-hunt. Example: “THE RUSHED MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS ALREADY FALLING APART,” although in this particular case the post is a good bit more sensibly circumspect than the headline leads one to expect. Those folks should maybe ask Flynn or, say, Michael Cohen who they think is winning here. Cohen is going to have plenty of time starting in March to carefully compose his response; Flynn has likewise had his life destroyed completely already, no matter what outcome he might face this week.

Myself, I prefer to wait until Mueller is tossed out on his ass, the aborted investigation into the Hillary/Obama/FBI/DoJ coverup is resumed, and the REAL criminals are visibly sweating a bit at the prospect of “rockin’ orange” before making any grandiose claims about who’s going to be laughing last.

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On outrage

Walsh links to a WSJ piece lamenting outrage:

People have been mad as hell for much of the 21st century, starting roughly with the stalemated Bush-Gore election in 2000, followed quickly by 9/11. Fundamentals have been changing fundamentally: marriage, sexual identity, racial politics, geopolitics. Outrage flourishes also because of the rise of social media—the endless electronic brawl—and because it plays so well on our screens. Cable news draws pictures in crayon, in bold primary colors that turn politics into cartoons. On the left, “stay woke” means “stay outraged.” Trumpians want to “lock her up” or “build a wall.” Outrage is reductive, easy to understand. It is an idiom of childhood—a throwback even to the terrible twos.

Ahh, but isn’t outrage appropriate when one side is so clearly right, and the other is not only wrong, but also dishonest about it?

“Trumpians” may well be the only ones who want to “lock her up”—but she damned well SHOULD be locked up, if the rule of law is to have any meaning at all. She committed numerous criminal acts, some of them at best skirting the margins of actual, literal treason—at BEST. She has so far evaded consequence; hell, she’s evaded even honest investigation into those crimes, with the collusive connivance not only of the useless GOPe but also the very federal agencies charged with enforcing the law.

Being outraged over such corruption and malfeasance is supposed to be somehow unreasonable and regrettable? REALLY?

And with illegal immigration so out-of-control as to make it evident that we barely even still have a southern border at all, what the hell is the least bit out of line about being outraged at resistance to building a wall?

Sorry, Charlie, but I humbly submit that there ought to be one hell of a lot MORE outrage over these things, along with plenty of others. The fact that there AIN’T is what we should be fretting about, such fatalistic nonchalance representing as it does a very real threat to the Republic—whatever’s still left of it, that is.

So where IS the outrage? Why, rat cheer:

What’s dispiriting about the 2018 midterm election is that –- voting by district for the House of Representatives -– a slim majority of Americans voted AGAINST the soaring job numbers, the increasing wages, the restoration of the steel and aluminum and auto industries and the rest of our proud industrial manufacturing base in the process of being restored by the Trump trade miracle (which PROVES the globalists and their house negro, B. Hussein Obama, were lying through their teeth when they said this was impossible, that it would “take a magic wand.”)

Instead, that slim majority of mostly urban “blue” voters clearly, unambiguously voted FOR what today’s Democrat party openly stands for: open borders; “sanctuary cities” with sidewalks full of discarded syringes and human feces; illegal aliens (few of whom understand or embrace our constitutional system of limited government) raping and murdering at will (see Kate Steinle’s murderer, just for starters), said illegals now in the process of being fully normalized, issued drivers’ licenses and allowed to vote…

…and let’s not forget the destruction of the traditional heterosexual American family, its mandatory replacement being “gender fluidity,” in which cross-dressing male rapists and child abusers are literally encouraged to use the little girls’ bathrooms, to fraudulently dominate women’s sports, even to be sent to women’s prisons when convicted for their crimes, based merely on the assertion that “When I woke up this morning and scratched my balls, I decided I wanted to wear a dress and call myself ‘Nicole.’”

Why on earth would anyone vote for all that — and against renewed American pride and prosperity? As Victor Davis Hanson articulates so well, they are surrounded, 24/7, by the droning, shrill and shrieking mass media banging the drum that Trump and all he stands for is/are “racist, sexist, homophobic, the whole basket of deplorables.”

Didn’t we troop to the polls and reject and overrule that absurd and totally unsubstantiated charge, in 2016? If they refuse to accept the results of that election, what do they think our next step will be? Accepting the results of elections, after all, is the consensus way we have agreed to avoid settling our disputes through force of arms. Right?

To survive, pending that test of arms, Trump needs SOME kind of counteroffensive to re-energize his dispirited base. Yes, I know he wants to concentrate on arm-wrestling the Chinese into giving us a better trade deal. I get that. But he can’t let himself be seen as a powerless buffoon, assaulted without consequence from all sides on the domestic front, nibbled to death by weasels and ferrets. We need a counterattack. We need several.

We sure do. And it all begins with outrage—RIGHTEOUS outrage, JUSTIFIED outrage, from the put-upon millions being used as human ATMs to foot the bill for a shitpile of unworkable, destructive Leftist insanity they wholeheartedly oppose. While being insulted and slandered every step of the way, to boot.

Be sure to read all of that last link, gang; it’s a long ‘un, virtually guaranteed to stoke the fires of outrage in all the right places, for all the right reasons.

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Third time’s the charm?

If at first your fishing expedition doesn’t succeed, throw another line in the water.

On Tuesday The Guardian ran an exclusive claiming that “Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign.” According to The Guardian, Manafort met with the WikiLeaks’ founder at the embassy three times—in 2013, 2015, and in spring 2016.

While acknowledging that the purpose of the claimed meeting is unknown, The Guardian implies Manafort’s supposed March 2016 secret rendezvous concerned WikiLeaks’ role in releasing the hacked Democratic National Committee emails. “The revelation could shed new light on the sequence of events in the run-up to summer 2016, when WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of emails hacked by the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency,” The Guardian wrote.

The Guardian story pointed to the discredited dossier crafted by Christopher Steele, quoting the former British spy’s claims that Manafort served as the linchpin of a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that “the (hacking) operation had been conducted with the full knowledge and support of Trump and senior members of his campaign team.”

The Guardian also relied on two unnamed sources and an internal document purportedly written by Ecuador’s intelligence agency. But, as the article acknowledged, embassy security guards did not record Manafort’s supposed visit, as is the practice for all guests entering the embassy.

Assange got busy angrily denouncing the bullshit as bullshit too, and is even threatening a lawsuit. And then this happened.

Paul Manafort’s passports don’t show he entered London in all the years claimed by Guardian newspaper when it said he met secretly with WikiLeaks Julian Assange.

The Guardian said he met with Mr. Assange in London in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

A review of Manafort’s two passports shows he entered Heathrow Airport since 2008 on two occasions, in 2012 and on another time where the customs stamp year is blurred. It appears to be either 2010 or 2016.

Uhh, oops. Back to my first link above:

Here, the public would be wise to remember that The Guardian’s story represents the third attempt to connect the Trump campaign to the Russian hacking of the DNC emails in an effort to convince the American public that the Republican presidential candidate colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

While we wait to see Mueller’s official response to Corsi’s rejection of the plea offer, the timed leaks pointing to Manafort as the new Russia connection make clear the collusion narrative will never die—it will just evolve.

That’s all it really has to do to serve its new primary purpose: tangle Trump up, hamstring him. The more astute among the Deep State shitweasels, of which Mueller is most certainly one, have to know by now that there’s no there there in the Russia-collusion hoax. And it’s looking less and less likely that they’re going to be able to turn any of Trump’s former associates or employees hard enough to make them willing to subject themselves to the risk involved in regurgitating a spoonfed lie to nail the President.

So that leaves them having to settle for the lesser gambit here: an eternal, expensive, tiresome “investigation” into nothing at all—maybe nailing a flunky here and there for process crimes or minor ancient-history transgressions wholly outside the “investigation’s” original mandate, but never quite landing the Big Fish himself. That might at least serve to create an aura of corruption around Trump and his admin, a stench of illegitimacy and malfeasance, and maybe erode his public support some.

And that would help set them up a little better for 2020, when they can once more retake control of the reins of power and steer things back towards Mordor On The Potomac’s business-as-usual track. Which, given the quick success Trump had enjoyed against them before Black Tuesday, will be quite enough, thanks.

Update! Dang it, I almost let one of my biggest pet peeves go right by without comment: that sloppy, spurious “Russian hacking of the DNC emails” nonsense. It was not a hack at all; THERE WAS NO HACKING. Instead, one of the DNC’s leading numbskulls, John Podesta, fell for a phishing scam that any thirteen-year-old American kid would know better than to be taken in by. Each time one of us goes along with the “Russian hack” crap, he or she acquiesces yet again in Lefty’s self-serving, subversive twisting of language and meaning to his own foul purposes. It needs to stop, soonest. Dancing to their tune is a big part of what got us in this desperate fix in the first place.

Asphyxiating update! Our old friend Stephen says: “So much smoke, so little fire.” But the smoke is the whole point. After all, in a fire almost nobody dies from burning; it’s the smoke that kills ya.

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A right bastard, through and through

The author of our current woes: pluperfect Progressive Woodrow Fucking Wilson.

A definitive Wilson biography remains to be written. To make sense of his grand overreach in 1919, historians will need to give more attention to his rancor at the U.S. Constitution and his Southerner’s sense of aggrievement over the Civil War. His was a deep, abiding passion for the Lost Cause and a smoldering hatred for those who crushed it. Of the Confederacy, Wilson rhapsodized in his history of the United States:

…There is, in history, no devotion not religious, no constancy not meant for success, that can furnish a parallel to the devotion and constancy of the South in this extraordinary war.

That there was no “parallel to the devotion and constancy of the South” during the Civil War is quite wrong. The South lost nearly 30% of its military-age men in the war, a horrendous sacrifice that yielded a century of relative poverty, a predilection for Gothic literature, and a culture of enduring resentment. Napoleon killed as large a proportion of Frenchmen during his wars, by my calculation; so did France and Spain during the Thirty Years War. Wilson was born into the heart of the Confederacy; his father, the Reverend Joseph Wilson, hosted the breakaway convention of the Presbyterian Church of the Confederacy after the national Presbyterian body condemned slavery. The family moved to Columbia, South Carolina, “still a blackened wreck,” in O’Toole’s words, when Woodrow was 13.

The elder Wilson was not merely an apologist for slavery, but an impassioned defender of the institution as an instrument for the salvation of Africans.

Actually, jarring as it might be to modern sensibilities, it was a commonly-held belief at the time. As for the South’s “smoldering hatred” and “resentment,” that actually had more to do with Reconstruction’s harshness and injustice—which Lincoln strongly opposed, and would not have initiated had he not been killed—than the South’s defeat. Southerners had a general respect for Union soldiers throughout the war; if you could ask them what they thought of the “Yankee carpetbaggers,” though, the answer you’d get would be mighty different. And still would be, in truth.

O’Toole does not quote Joseph Wilson’s lurid encomia to slavery, but she does note that “[i]f Woodrow Wilson ever wrote an unkind word about his father, it did not survive. The son voiced his admiration often and at length, and always referred to Joseph as the finest of all of his teachers.” Like his father, Woodrow Wilson defended slavery, although a bit more cautiously:

Books like Mrs. Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” which stirred the pity and deep indignation of northern readers, certainly depicted possible cases of inhuman conduct towards slaves. Such cases there may have been; they may even have been frequent; but they were in every sense exceptional, showing what the system could produce, rather than what it did produce as its characteristic spirit and method. For public opinion in the South, while it recognized the necessity for maintaining the discipline of subordination among the hosts of slaves, was as intolerant of the graver forms of cruelty as was the opinion of the best people in the North.

Okay, that’s all fairly accurate too. Dang.

Wilson scholars have long observed that the future president shared John C. Calhoun’s view of the Constitution as a failing experiment, unable to prevent factious government…The constitution in Wilson’s reading had become a relic of a bygone era.

Well, uhh, he ain’t entirely wrong there either. It maybe wasn’t a relic in Wilson’s day, but it had begun the journey. The irony is how much Wilson himself did to help it along towards that status.

Unfortunately, O’Toole barely mentions Wilson’s copious writing about political theory. Instead she writes that cabinet government appealed to him because he loved debating and oratory. In place of substance, the reader has a surfeit of personal detail about a rather vain, priggish, self-absorbed man whose favorite diversion was playing solitaire.

Vain, priggish, self-absorbed. Throw in authoritarian and tyrannical, and you’ve got yourself a Progressive all right, as stellar an example as you could think of.

The same utilitarian criteria that Wilson applied to the Constitution guided his judgment about capitalism and socialism. He abandoned the personal God of his clerical antecedents in favor of the Social Gospel, to which he was introduced at Princeton by Richard T. Ely, a close friend and ally of movement founder Walter Rauschenbusch. As economists Clifford Thies and Gary Pecquet have observed, “Wilson believed that the difference between socialism and democracy was a matter of means rather than ends.” In an unpublished 1887 essay Wilson averred that socialism

proposes that all idea of limitation of public authority by individual rights be put out of view, and that the state consider itself as bound to stop only at what is unwise or futile in its universal superintendence alike of individual and public interests…. Applied in a democratic state, such doctrine sounds radical, but not revolutionary. It is only a [sic] acceptance of the extremest [sic] logical conclusions deducable from democratic principles long ago received as respectable. For it is very clear that in fundamental theory socialism and democracy are almost if not quite one and the same.

Which organic affinity might help partially explain why the Founders loathed and feared democracy so, and chose to construct a representative republic instead.

…The North was as disillusioned after the Civil War as the South was resentful. Louis Menand describes in The Metaphysical Club (2002) a generation of Boston Brahmins who marched to war as evangelical Abolitionists and returned as bloodied pragmatists, convinced that no idea was worth the awful sacrifice they had witnessed. America was ripe for Woodrow Wilson at the turn of the 20th century. It was our luck that this bearer of the Progressive standard was obsessive in his convictions to the point of political ineffectiveness.

Ineffective, is it? He did one hell of a lot of damage, actually. Thankfully, Harding and especially Coolidge managed to undo most of it—reminiscent of Trump and His Most Puissant Majesty Obargleglug.

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Raising Stealing Arizona

Just a little bit more of this kind of “winning” will finish us off completely.

Democrat congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner of Arizona’s U.S. Senate race Monday night, almost a week after final midterm election votes were cast.

Republican Martha McSally showed an early lead in the race to replace Sen. Jeff Flake as one of Arizona’s two U.S. Senators, but after two days of vote counting, that lead flipped to Democrat Sinema. That lead widened as Maricopa County released batch after batch of vote results. As of Monday evening, Sinema had garnered 49.68 percent of the vote to McSally’s 47.96 percent, a difference of 1.72 percent and over 38,000 votes. Sinema had 1,097,321 votes to McSally’s 1,059,124 votes at the time.

McSally issued a video concession Monday after AP called the race for Sinema.

So, with Sinema in, Bill Nelson likely to follow, and Republican “control” of the Senate resting on the quaking shoulders of Murkowski, Collins, and (gulp!) Mitt Fucking Romney, can anybody seriously claim that we’re better off than we were before? I repeat: if this is “winning,” we could do with a lot less of it.

Update! Want to end Democrat-Socialist election fraud? Here’s how.

Enough is enough. Election after election, boxes of Democrat ballots show up in counties run by Democratic election supervisors to benefit Democratic candidates who, once they steal their opponent’s election night victory, will join the chorus warning of Russian interference in our elections. Last time I checked, there were no Russian election officials in Palm Beach or Broward counties in Florida.

Democrats have long pushed for voting ease at the expense of voting integrity, pushing measures from voting by mail, to Motor Voter laws, to same-day registration while opposing voter ID laws which requires people to show up on election day with proof they are who they say they are. They claim Voter ID laws are designed to disenfranchise voters. So does the sudden appearance of mystery ballots days, even weeks, after elections without a documented chain of custody or certainty that other ballots weren’t destroyed or that the ballots found were cast by real, live American citizens.

As election night victories seemingly slip away from GOP candidates like Martha McSally in Arizona, Brian Kemp in Georgia, and Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in Florida, one can almost hear Democrat operatives and election officials asking the same question — how many votes does the Democrat candidate need? As in the race that put Al Franken in the Senate, recounts and lawsuits will inevitably continue until the Democrat takes the lead and then the counting will stop with nary a protest from the legacy media or the Russians.

Things like motor voter and early voting are a plague on our electoral integrity that even the Russians couldn’t dream up. Early voting is an excuse for laziness that doesn’t allow a voter to change his mind. Early voters can move to another jurisdiction or even be dead on election day. Motor voter is problematic in states that hand licenses out to illegal aliens who then can drive to the polls and vote, disenfranchising American citizens. Provisional ballots make no sense. If you can’t properly register by election day, don’t bother to show up. It is not that hard. Put down your cell phone, register, and wait for the next election. Mail-in ballots are invitations to fraud, plagued with signatures that don’t match and ballots denied depending on the election judge’s finite wisdom or political prejudice.

Just what is so hard about requiring a voter to physically show up on election day with an ID that proves they are alive, an American citizen, and who they say they are?

It’s not that it’s hard. It’s that it would screw up the whole fraudulent sham of a system. It’s a solution so simple it will never, ever be tried—because The Powers That Be don’t consider our current shitshow of corruption and malfeasance to be a problem.

Our eternal national conceit—that American elections are honestly conducted, with integrity and fairness, producing reliable results deserving of acceptance—is a delusional fairytale. That disgraceful fact has just been demonstrated for us yet again, even more blatantly and brazenly than ever before. But just you watch: come 2020, the loathsome Brenda Snipes will still be running Broward County’s elections, guar-on-teed. I’ll happily eat my damned hat if she ain’t.

Or do you really believe soon-to-be-Governor Gillum will demand her head on a pike or something?

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The more things change…

The return of Chad! Sounds like a sort of 60s-era Beach Blanket Bingo meets the Wolfman horror movie, doesn’t it? Not nearly as entertaining but twice as terrifying, unfortunately.

As I have said lo, these many years, when Republicans win elections, they have to win beyond the Margin of Lawyer. Otherwise, regardless of who won on Election Day, the Democrat always wins on Post-Election Day, because mysteriously all the missing ballot boxes found in dumpsters and recycling bins and the trunks of Democrat cars contain virtually no Republican votes. Alas, in the Sunshine State of Florida, the GOP’s gubernatorial and senatorial candidates failed to win beyond the Margin of Lawyer, and as a result we’re all discovering, two decades on, that the same institutional corruption that put US electoral integrity on a par with the Congo is still there, entirely unspoiled by progress. Everything else in the world has been transformed beyond recognition – newspapers, telephones, Bruce Jenner – but the Florida chadlands have been lovingly preserved as a wacky Recount theme park.

Steyn then goes on to reminisce, via excerpts from his columns on Al Gore’s precedent-establishing attempt to lawyer his way into the Presidency in 2000, thankfully thwarted—which in turn created a twisted sense of grievance the Left still nurtures to this very day, amounting to a loss never to be forgiven or forgotten by the Left. In fact, looking back, that defeat was probably the moment when their already-tenuous grip on sanity finally broke for good.

It was eighteen years ago that Florida’s election systems were revealed to the world as both farcical and corrupt. But here we again, with nothing changed. Because apparently Floridians – or, at any rate, their political class, like it that way.

Ain’t just Flore-duh, Mark. They’re going to steal Arizona too, and get away with it. And just like that, the Republican “victory” in holding onto the Senate will rest entirely on the backs of stalwart “severe conservatives” Murkowski, Collins, and…Mitt Romney.

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It’s complicated

Sundance with one of his usual insightful and thoroughly well-researched analyses:

CTH has received multiple requests for a review of predictable consequences as a result of the midterm election.  Thankfully, and perhaps unfortunately, we have solid references to base these predictions on – because there’s a solid frame of reference from the 2006 midterm and the subsequent consequences we saw in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

If we take the empirical 2006 example as the starting point and overlay the 2018 landscape to modernize the predictive model, what results is a most likely scenario.

First, any intellectually honest review must overlay the current political environment.  In 2018 the scale of unchecked lawless behavior is a significant influence toward the differences we can expect from the last time Democrat/Marxists held congressional power. The term “Democrat-socialism”, in essence a Marxist approach, is now the dominant fuel within the professional DNC  political operations.

When the Democrats last held power in 2006, their actionable objective was toward a far-left, Saul Alinsky-type aggressive tone and influence; however, there was a need to couch that intention as they positioned Senator Barack Obama for the 2008 presidential election.

In 2006 the radicals, needed to downplay their radicalism.  In 2018 the severity and aggression of the left, as assisted by the dropping of all media pretense, no longer needs to hide the intention.  When Democrat-Marxists take control in January of 2019 they no longer need to couch the extremism, the American electorate have been prepped.

Secondly, it cannot be overstated how violent and confrontational the House of Representatives will be as soon as they are sworn in. They will work with an immediate purposeful intention. All political violence will be approved to attain their objectives. The recent behavior of Jim Acosta (CNN media), and ANTIFA toward Tucker Carlson, is now, and will be going forward, the new normal.

There will be extreme political violence.

Much, much more follows, throughout which I can’t find one whole hell of a lot to argue with. Excepting maybe this:

Lastly, future predictions: Michael Bloomberg will be the Democrat/Marxist nominee for 2020. There will be a field of candidates; but the professional Democrat machine will run the splitter strategy, and the back-room crowd who really control the elements of power have already pre-selected their nominee, Michael Bloomberg. Marxists always have the plan mapped out well in advance. (A woman will be the VP nominee)

Well, that last is a pretty safe bet, anyway. The idea that the Treasoncrats have already rigged their primary system is by no means a stretch, but Bloomberg? Ehhh, I dunno. A commenter suggests someone I agree might be a more likely choice, and also provides a credible rationale:

I do not believe Michael Bloomberg will be “The Chosen.” He may well be a sacrificial anode for the real candidate to draw critics away from the real prize, but I don’t believe the Marxist party (democrat) will ever again place a white male on their top ticket, nor advertise their choice before it becomes absolutely necessary.

Look closely. There has been a player lurking around the edges …staying out of the fray. Someone with experience, and mass appeal. I believe that person will be Deval Patrick. …And, in my opinion, he’s being personally groomed by none other than our 44th president.

Of course, using logic to predict the behavior of lunatics doesn’t always work too well…

Update! Looks like Doomberg is all in.

In the final days of this election, Bloomberg just invested $5 million to air, twice nationally, a two-minute ad for the Democratic Party that features Bloomberg himself denouncing the “fear-mongering,” and “shouting and hysterics” coming out of Washington.

That $5 million ad buy was only Bloomberg’s latest contribution to the Democratic Party during an election campaign into which he had already plunged $110 million of his own money.

Contributions of this magnitude support the idea that Bloomberg will seek the presidential nomination as a Democrat. With resources like this at his disposal, and a willingness to spend into the hundreds of millions, he could last in the primaries as long as he wants.

With the energy of the Democratic Party coming from militants, minorities and millennials, would these true believers rally to a 76-year-old Manhattan media magnate who wants to make their party more centrist and problem-solving, and to start beavering away at cutting the deficit?

Guess we’re going to find out. As absurd as it may seem, it’s no more absurd than Americans—on the heels of enjoying an unprecedented renaissance after eight years of suffering under the Obama economic MIRACLE!™—turning right around and rewarding the Democrat Socialists for years of assault, attempted murder, treason, rioting, corruption, insults, harrassment, and a carnival of obstreperous freaks and degenerates screaming themselves purple at them.

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Too extreme an idea?

Maybe. And then again, maybe not.

There has been a lot speculation about the Honduran Invasion over the past few weeks. The idea has been spread that it is an October surprise; that the invasion has been funded by powerful communists like George Soros. The theory has been that it is intended to damage Republicans either as a floating voting block intended to skew the elections coming up in November, or they are to create damaging optics for Republicans during the election cycle. But, what if it is intended to have a much more diabolical purpose, not before the election, but after it?

With the Democrats out of power, their prospect of impeaching Trump damaged, the Mueller witch hunt concluded without evidence to substantiate impeachment, their whole narrative destroyed, what purpose might the Honduran Invasion serve?

The answer to that is manifold and I am not interested in going into all of them or even many of them. My suggestion, based upon the typical Democrat (communist) response to being out of power, the recent invasion of up to 20,000 Hondurans with the sentiment expressed in the above picture, is that the real violence against Republican politicians and supporters of Donald Trump might begin. It is my contention that the Honduran Invasion is a fighting force being imported to do violence against citizens of the United States. Maybe not all of them will be used for this purpose, women and children have been integrated into the fighting forces as cover and subterfuge.

The value of Hondurans, Mexicans and El Salvadorans committing violence upon Trump supporters is the optics of racism that it provides to the communist narrative. Any retaliation against such violence can be easily depicted by a communist compliant MSM as racism, the Democrats favorite and most reliable smear tactic.

This mid-term election is important, not because voting solves all issues, it hardly solves any and creates more than it ever solved, but we are at a crucial time in our history, when it is being decided whether this nation capitulates totally to communism or begins the long, hard fight back to republicanism.

Right now, today, we are in a hot civil war, but it is not general, it is specific and centered largely around certain social issues. We are in a fight against the Deep State and exposing as much of it as can be is only possible with a Republican Party dominating Congress, not because Republicans are the answer, but because SOME Republicans are part of the answer.

The hot civil war will become more general once the Democrats are further diminished in their power.

You just THINK we’ve seen crazy from the Democrat Socialists already; as I’ve been saying all along, we ain’t seen NOTHING yet. As for TL’s idea about the Hondurans being a Democommie “fighting force,” that might seem a bit much to some. Myself, I am far, far beyond the point where I’m willing to put anything at all past the treasonous commie scum, or capable of being surprised by anything they might do.

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Bought and paid for

And very, very organized.

I started following the money for the “resistance” when it was born, hours after Election Day 2016. I have organized my findings in a spreadsheet I have made public. At least 50 of the largest organizations that participated as “partners” in the Jan. 21, 2017, Women’s March had received grants from Mr. Soros’s Open Society Foundations or similar funds in the “House of Soros,” as his philanthropic empire was once called internally. The number of Soros-backed partners has grown to at least 80. At least 20 of the largest groups that led the Saturday anti-Kavanaugh protests have been Open Society grantees.

On Saturday I also studied the fine print on the signs as protesters waved them defiantly at the Capitol and the high court. They came from a familiar list of Democratic interest groups that have received millions from Mr. Soros: the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Center for Popular Democracy, Human Rights Campaign and on and on. MoveOn.org, a Democratic organizing and lobbying group founded with Soros money, sent its army of partisan followers regular missives that led them to a Google form to ask for train tickets and places to stay.

Under a ginkgo tree on the East Lawn of the Capitol, Center for Popular Democracy field marshals put protesters through a “training” Saturday morning. “Are you ready to be arrested?” she asks. “Yes!” the crowd shouts, although one woman asks quietly: “For what?”

“If not,” the field marshal orders, “stand in line for the visitor’s gallery so an experienced protester can go inside and yell.” One organizer hands out tickets to the Senate visitors gallery for the express purpose of violating the law. That they did—the proceedings were repeatedly interrupted by shrieks from the gallery.

MoveOn.org wrote a guide, “How to Bird Dog”—harass officials in public places—in the spring of 2017, in preparation for town-hall meetings during a congressional recess. Over the past year, I have dialed in to MoveOn.org’s Sunday evening phone calls where they plan the operations and tell their “troublemakers” how to corner lawmakers. I still get alerts for their planning sessions. The last ones have been to #stopKavanaugh.

The treasonous manipulations of the nefarious Nazi collaborator and international criminal Soros need to be stopped, permanently, by any means at all. Period. As long as he’s at large and free to work his Machiavellian schemes, liberty and Constitutional government will be endangered.

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Mob rules

Not just a Black Sabbath album anymore. Unfortunately.

For the first time in history, we have a populace who will not abide by the results of our election process, and its effort to obstruct and destroy is damaging the fabric of our society and the foundation on which this country rests. We have a lawful process in place to address the will of the people, and currently we see the Democrats destroying the institutions we have relied on since our founding to carry out the will of the people. Whether it is the unlawful plots at the FBI and the Justice Department to frame an innocent President Trump, the weaponization of the IRS to silence conservatives, or the theater of the absurd at the confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh, the left’s dirty tactics are now a threat to our liberty and democracy. There is not an institution that has not been impacted. Many of us are asking what institutions we can still trust and rely on.

Since the left has not been able to advance its agenda at the ballot box, its followers rely on activist judges in black robes to advance their radical agenda. It was a process that worked well for them under Clinton and Obama, but now, without Congress or the Executive Branch and with the possible loss of the Supreme Court, they see their grasp on power slipping away, and they have become unhinged. They have openly stated they will stop at nothing in their effort to remove a duly elected president. In an effort to  hang on to power, they are now employing mob rule and character assassination in the halls of Congress, as we witnessed during last week’s congressional hearing.

Thus, it is not enough to denounce the thugs. George Soros, the billionaire funding the assaults and attacks, must be brought to justice for not only inciting violence, not to mention investigated for sedition, a crime we need to begin to take seriously. He and his minions are obstructing the agenda we voted on and one we won. It is imperative that Republicans in office begin to use the term “sedition” in public.

Those who plot the overthrow of the United States as a constitutional republic for a one-world order, as Soros has openly advocated, can no longer be ignored. He and his marching minions must be prosecuted for funding a war waged against our republic, and let it be a warning that we will no longer sit idly by as we watch our country destroyed from within. 

He calls for real Americans to vote the Treasoncrats out en masse in November, and he isn’t wrong to do so. His call to bring the truly, literally evil Soros to justice and resurrect the concept of sedition is also right on. Certainly, a Red Wave that removes large numbers of Democrat Socialist politicians from the halls of power can only be a good thing.

But anybody who thinks the ballot box is going to end—or even slow—the Left’s descent into violent, revolutionary madness is dreaming. They’re only to get worse instead, and harsher measures than the vote will be required to rid ourselves of them, if such is ever to be done at all.

Update! Did I just say Leftist insanity and violence will get worse? You bet it will.

Sen. Rand Paul’s wife on Wednesday demanded that a Democrat take back his comment encouraging activists to “get up in the face of some congresspeople,” and said she now keeps a loaded gun near her bed after Paul was mobbed by protesters this week at an airport.

“Preventing someone from moving forward, thrusting your middle finger in their face, screaming vitriol — is this the way to express concern or enact change?” Kelley Paul wrote in an open letter to Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., condemning the incident. “Or does it only incite unstable people to violence, making them feel that assaulting a person is somehow politically justifiable?”

“I would call on you to retract your statement,” Paul said in the letter. “I would call on you to condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials’ personal addresses (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families.”

It ain’t gonna happen. Violence is all they have left, and they’ve already demonstrated that they’re too power-crazed to just let it go at being defeated in an election. Bless your heart, Mrs Paul, and your husband’s too, but what we’ve seen so far is only the beginning, I’m afraid.

The New America update! Hinderaker says:

I am sure a lot of Republicans in Washington are upgrading their security systems and making sure they are prepared to defend themselves against crazed Democratic Party activists. This isn’t the America I grew up in, but it is the America we all live in now.

The thing I don’t understand is, why do Democrats like Cory Booker, Maxine Waters, Chuck Schumer, etc., think they are the only ones who can use violence to advance their cause? Do they not understand what a whirlwind they will unleash if they try to use political violence as a path to power?

They don’t care; they think they’ll win, and the depth of the fanatical hatred that drives them won’t allow them to stand down.

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Suckers!

One born every minute.

There’s a great quote from the poker movie “Rounders”: “If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” Time and time again, Sen. Jeff Flake has allowed the left to use him as a tool to advance their agenda.

Flake’s desire to be accepted and loved by the left all too often ends with him knifing conservatives in the back. Repeated attempts to be liked by his enemies has now morphed into Flake working against the small-government ideals he once claimed to champion.

Flake didn’t delay Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation vote out of some sense of higher moral duty. Giving the FBI another week to take the same sworn statements we already have on record isn’t going to move anyone a single step closer to determining if Kavanaugh assaulted Christine Blasey Ford. For all his weakness, Flake knows this. For all his flaws, Flake is not an idiot. Well, not entirely.

I say “not entirely” because he seems to miss an essential awareness of reality. Flake is constantly being played for a fool by the left because he relates to the leftist’s desire to live in a world of make-believe. He thinks there can be some “return to civility” in Washington. If he can just shine enough Democrat shoes, pick up their dry-cleaning, or maroon himself on an island with enough of them, then all will be nice and civil.

His efforts at “civility” all too often end with him siding with the enemy.

Um, hate to bring it up and all, but it seems to me that Flake might not be the one missing “an essential awareness of reality.” Flake, like McStain before him, keeps doing the same thing over and over again: betraying the Right and assisting the Left in advancing their agenda, sometimes quite openly. Milquetoast Righties, for their part, always seem shocked to find each new knife between their shoulder blades. Stipulated: there’s a sucker here, all right. I humbly submit that it ain’t Flake.

Update! Schlichter, to my surprise, seems not to see it either.

That simpering sap Jeff Flake – he’s the kind of guy who voted for Evan McMullin and still doesn’t regret it. It’s sad to see what was once allegedly a man be utterly emasculated in public and then proceed to dance to please his new masters. He ought to be, and henceforth shall be, known as Jeff! since he’s essentially Jeb! without the pedigree or – here’s the scary part – the spine.

Flake has spine aplenty; he’s got brass and gall, too. He’s as anti-Trump as they come, he’s enjoyed playing us all for saps with his is he for/is he against Kavanaugh kabuki this last week, and in the end, he gets to cock his snook at all of us, Trump especially, by giving the Democrat Socialists time and cover enough to gin up another smear or two and delay the vote, if any, until after the midterms. Which is exactly what his partners across the aisle wanted.

Flake, spineless? He’s got balls the size of church bells, if you ask me. Schlichter does come around in the end soon enough, sort of:

Flake does not care about you Normals, especially you Normals from the Grand Canyon state who are now regretting your decision to send McCain Superlite to the Senate. At least John McCain, for all his faults, flew fighters and took no guff; Jeff! takes a little guff from some shrieking leftist in an elevator and he’s suddenly primed for his Democrat buddies to talk him into helping carry some of the wood for the Brett Kavanaugh witch burning.

The “Democrat buddies” part is key. See, they are his real constituency. Like all Fredocons, he chose trying to please his elite pals over keeping his promise to serve Normals like you. But, of course, he’s been doing that for a while, ever since he was so greatly disappointed in you for choosing Donald Trump and not Moby McMuffin or even Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit. So, it was no surprise that the Dems ID’d him as the weak link, swarmed, and rolled him. In a town like DC that is known for changing the soft and feckless, Jeff! was especially mushy and feck-free. 

Rolled him? He was in cahoots with them from the git-go, along with some other usual-suspect types whose perfidy should come as no surprise:

The plot to further stall the Kavanaugh nomination was hatched Thursday night in Senator Susan Collins’ (R-ME) office.  Also allegedly in attendance were Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).  The four put their heads together and realized that as only Flake serves on the Judiciary Committee, they couldn’t pull off their devious plot without the assistance of another Senator serving on the committee.

They somehow landed on Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and as noted above, Flake has been putting him to good use as a political prop and general useful idiot.

I repeat: there’s a sucker here all right—suckers aplenty, and they’re sure enough getting rolled. Flake ain’t among ’em. He’s as brazen and ballsy a Blue Falcon as ever breathed swamp water. Back to Schlichter for a heartening denouement:

Fortunately, he’s gone. He quit knowing the people of Arizona would vote for a rotting cactus rather than him in the GOP primary. Of course, to Jeff!, what happened is that the people of Arizona grew unworthy of him. They no longer meet his exacting standards. Jeff! is too good for them, to pure, too elite, so he sadly must to deprive them of his virtue.

It’s happening a lot. The sissies, punks, and RINOs are going away. The hacks of Conservative, Inc., are right about one thing – it’s a new GOP. It’s a GOP that fights. Oh, not all of them. You still have weak sisters like Collins and Murkowski. Collins is safe because she’s about as conservative as Maine is going to get, and Murkowski is getting primaried if she backstabs us. But Normals have put righteous fear into the rest of them. 

The conservagimps want to claim that the Republicans are now the Party of Trump, but that’s a self-serving narrative designed to obscure the fact that they brought their downfall upon themselves through their legacy of failure in the fight against progressivism. Donald Trump is the avatar of the Militant Normals. None of the establishment was fighting for their rights and their interests, so they found someone who would and would not apologize for doing so.

Damned skippy, bless his stout heart.

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First thing we do, let’s ban all the psychos!

This. Times eleventy billion kajillion.

They don’t want to debate you. They don’t want to defeat you. They want and need to see you destroyed. By Any Means Necessary.

Well, this might come as a shock to some people but the feeling is mutual, except that absolutely I renounce the use of violence up until the moment it becomes a self-defense issue. And I recognize with every passing day and every new outrage, the situation may very well devolve to that, and sooner than we know or want. With that preamble out of the way, and bearing in mind what we went through during the 8-year-long Obama reign of error as well as the completely unhinged behavior that has led to the open harassment, beatings and shooting of Republicans and conservatives, both private citizens and public figures, there is nothing more to be said than to openly CONDEMN the Democrat Party, its leadership, elected officials, operatives, lobbyists, PACs and constituents and charge them with (yet again) the malicious intent to subvert the proper functioning of the Senate with the goal of sabotaging the will of people as confirmed with the 2016 presidential election.

My feelings about said party are well known and documented in these pages. Suffice it to say that their record of insurrection, treason, crackpot socialism, legislative destruction that has led to financial and cultural/societal ruin, and corruption in the name of absolute power has left a trail of tears and blood in its wake, that gathers into a river that flows into the ocean created by the millions upon millions of victims of the global totalitarian Socialist enterprise it has been a part of. This nation and indeed this world would be a far better place if the Democrat party and its affiliates were outlawed, and every vestige of its poison purged from the bureaucracy, our media, our culture and most importantly our schools.

I don’t know how we do that while still remaining within the bounds of the documents we revere and hold sacred when the enemy is openly calling for their shredding, by the principles of a just and stable law when all around the enemy flouts them at every turn, or via elections where our enemy will stop at nothing to cheat and rig them in their favor.

If they don’t consider themselves bound by them—or, worse still, seek to abandon and/or destroy them—then why should they be allowed to skulk under the shelter of their protection as a ploy to safeguard their campaign to “shred” them? It’s been said plenty of times, originally in these specific words by USSC Justice Robert H Jackson in 1949, that “the Constitution is not a suicide pact.” My earlier excerpt of Gregory Bul’s AT post didn’t include the opening ‘graphs, so I’ll throw ’em in here:

In 1796, America under George Washington enjoyed peace and prosperity unforeseen by even the most optimistic Founders. The election of 1796 was arguably the most important in the nation’s history because it represented our first true transfer of power. Many had urged Washington to be king. Instead, he willingly gave his power back to the people, who then placed it into the hands of our second president, John Adams. Though Adams beat Thomas Jefferson by a mere three electoral votes – and won just 71 out of 276 cast – thoughts of monarchy were forgotten, and America was set on a course it maintained for the next 204 years.

The presidential election of 2000 established a new paradigm, where the winner of the contest was considered illegitimate by a large part of the opposition. Ditto 2004 and 2016. Though the effort to de-legitimize President Bush was interrupted by 9/11, the new paradigm appears fixed: Democrat winners are as American as apple pie, and Republican winners are cheaters. The peaceful transfer of power is no longer a given.

Precisely so. As such, how long does decency require us to countenance naked sedition? How long must we allow the attempt to overthrow a legitimately-elected government to continue before we start calling the Democrat-Socialist Party by their proper name: traitors? How long do we let them get away with all this before we exact proper punishment for these crimes?

And make no mistake: crimes they are. The Dem-Soc traitor scum has now removed all possibility of doubt about their intentions for this country; about their loathing for its founding principles; about their contempt for their fellow citizens. They have demonstrated their willingness to do bodily injury to anyone who disagrees with them; the campaign of violence, intimidation, and harrassment against those who disagree with them undertaken by their radical base is not only dismissed but openly, actively endorsed by Party leaders and elected officials as well as the media establishment they control.

Yes, I know, it isn’t remotely likely that the Democrat Socialist criminal organization masquerading as a political party will ever be outlawed. But a perfectly reasonable case can be made for doing so, based not on any desire for authoritarian tyranny on our part but on their own treasonous actions. Aesop says:

We’re witnessing the destruction of the entire rule of law to salve the tortured psychoses of sluts with daddy issues, and to pander to their impotent ravings.

The only way this stops is to stop catering to it, and failing that due to a surplus of invertebrate RINOs, this is going to be rectified in the traditional manner.

When a man’s reputation is sullied so casually, it ends with someone’s teeth on the pavement, or a bullet hole in their liver on the dueling field.
Dulce et decorum est.

When you try to do the same thing to half of society, expecting it’ll stop anywhere short of heads on pikes is a pipe dream. And I’m not speaking metaphorically in the slightest.

Because this is no longer just about Kavanaugh and his confirmation, though even Bitch McConjob finally seems to have found his voice – and spine – over this latest outrage.
This effort is nothing less than the permanent Othering of the entire species of soy-free meat-eating conservative males.

This is the Left finally working themselves up to the frenzy of a Kristallnacht.

And there’s only one answer to that sort of cultural jihad:
Challenge accepted.

Aesop has argued plenty for the extreme unlikelihood of any partitioning or physical division of the country, and I agree with him. It’s too bad in a way, because as he says, it leaves us with only one place to go.

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Ergo sum

The Deep State speaks.

In the instantly infamous anonymous op-ed published in the Sept. 6 New York Times, “The Quiet Resistance Inside the Trump Administration”, the Deep State found its voice. Anyone who doubted its existence can set their doubts aside. The op-ed is the Deep State’s equivalent of the burning bush and the voice proclaiming, “I am.”

The op-ed contains both less and more than meets the eye. It may shock the average American to think that members of a President’s own administration would work against his agenda, but anyone who has served in Washington knows it happens all the time. And not only to Presidents; Senators, Congressmen, Cabinet members, military commanders, anyone senior enough to have a staff also has staffers with their own agendas. They push those agendas when and as they can, including when they conflict with the agenda of the person they serve. It is so common it has become a rule of institutional behavior, known as Rankovic’s Law: It is easier for the subordinate to control the superior than for the superior to control the subordinate. The op-ed’s boast that there is an organized faction in President Trump’s administration working against parts of his agenda goes a bit beyond the norm, but it has certainly been seen before.

Also unsurprising is the op-ed’s revelation that this faction is attempting to promote orthodox Republican Establishment policies such as deregulation, tax cuts, and more money for the Pentagon as opposed to the populist policies that got President Trump elected. Much of what goes on in Washington is an effort to subvert the popular will. Those who can do so successfully on behalf of monied interests often get very rich.

Here is the significance of the op-ed, not in what it reveals about President Trump but what it says about the Deep State itself, namely that it thrives on unnecessary and strategically counterproductive international conflicts. Those conflicts justify the trillion dollar “national security” budget off which the Deep State feeds, they provide the arenas in which the “national security team” builds its careers and power and they distract the public from our sorry military performance against the real threat, the threat of Fourth Generation war and the entities that wage it. They are, in short, bread for the Establishment and circuses for the citizens.

The op-ed seeks to paint a picture of a valiant band of prudent senior officials holding a dangerous, half-mad President in check. What it actually portrays is a corrupt bunch of interests that feed off the status quo sabotaging a President who seeks to improve relations with Russia and North Korea, avoid unnecessary wars (except possibly with Iran), and put America first. The op-ed should, as it intends, leave Americans scared–scared not of a maniac in the White House, but of a Deep State so confident of its own power and invulnerability that it can go public with the truth it has previously tried to hide: the Deep State, not the people elected to the office, runs the country.

Suffice to say: anyone who still bothers trying to deny the Deep State’s existence is either a fool…or in league with it.

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State of the Republic

How goes the coup?

For what is afoot here is something America specializes in — regime change. Only the regime our establishment and media mean to change is the government of the United States. What is afoot is the overthrow of America’s democratically elected head of state.

The methodology is familiar. After a years-long assault on the White House and president by a special prosecutor’s office, the House takes up impeachment, while a collaborationist press plays its traditional supporting role.

Presidents are wounded, disabled or overthrown, and Pulitzers all around.

No one suggests Richard Nixon was without sin in trying to cover up the Watergate break-in. But no one should delude himself into believing that the overthrow of that president, not two years after he won the greatest landslide in U.S. history, was not an act of vengeance by a hate-filled city that ran a sword through Nixon for offenses it had covered up or brushed under the rug in the Roosevelt, Kennedy and Johnson years.

So, where are we headed?

If November’s elections produce, as many predict, a Democratic House, there will be more investigations of President Trump than any man charged with running the U.S. government may be able to manage.

There is the Mueller investigation into “Russiagate” that began before Trump was inaugurated. There is the investigation of his business and private life before he became president in the Southern District of New York. There is the investigation into the Trump Foundation by New York State.

There will be investigations by House committees into alleged violations of the Emoluments Clause. And ever present will be platoons of journalists ready to report the leaks from all of these investigations.

Then, if media coverage can drive Trump’s polls low enough, will come the impeachment investigation and the regurgitation of all that went before.

2019 looks to be the year of bellum omnium contra omnes, the war of all against all. Entertaining, for sure, but how many more of these coups d’etat can the Republic sustain before a new generation says enough of all this?

My guess is that, should this one somehow succeed, it will be the last—and the seditious Ruling Class pustules running it will immediately be given cause to rue their error greatly.

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Deep State steps in it

They will never, EVER stop.

The New York Times’s just published an anonymous op-ed from a “senior official” in the Trump administration. This self-righteous combination of clichéd anti-Trump tropes and arrogant moral preening puts the QED on the proof of the NeverTrumpers’ moral idiocy.

The stalest complaints involve Trump’s personality and style, although the only difference between Trump and, say, Lyndon Johnson is that Johnson with the help of the media knew that most of his vulgarisms and epithets would never be made public until he left office. And he wasn’t monitored 24/7 by a barrage of reports and images from internet news and blogs, hundreds of cable channels, and social media.

As for crudity and vulgarity, if you insurgent White House employees want vulgarity, just look around you. We are saturated with a culture of vulgarity, self-promotion, and crude sexualization. At least Trump hasn’t besmirched the White House with Clinton-style sexual antics, or like Obama brought foul-mouthed rappers who celebrate the murder of judges to socialize in the White House. But to Anonymous, the worst of Trump’s affronts is that he, with the help of deplorable uppity citizens, has “allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.” This charge bespeaks an ignorance of the Constitution and its founders’ understanding of human nature. Given the variety and volume of colliding “passions and interests,” “civility” was a luxury. More important was protecting political freedom by preventing factions from joining forces to increase their power.

The catalogue of Trump’s shortcomings are stale, subjective epithets from nearly two-years of Trump-hating screeds, without any awareness that in terms of actions, progressives like Barack Obama have been much worse. For example, the brave anonymous resister says Trump’s behavior is “detrimental to the health of our republic.” Exactly how have excessive Tweeting, braggadocio, or insults of rivals done more damage to the Constitution’s separation of powers than Obama’s politicizing of the IRS, the EPA, two AGs, the Department of Education, the FBI, and the DOJ?

Anonymous also claims Trump “has attacked” the ideals “long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people.” Name one specific action that proves Trump has done any of these things. Even his moves on tariffs––which have not yet played out–– are supported by many economists, who also agree that the U.S. is being played for a chump by many countries. As for “free minds” and “free people,” such bombast is despicable considering the attacks on personal and political freedom that Democrats have institutionalized in universities, the media, and popular culture through cultural Marxist ideas like political correctness. How has Trump’s “enemy of the people” epithet materially damaged press freedom in this country compared to the decades of the mainstream media functioning as the Dems private public relations firm? All we hear is the press screaming night and day that they are being silenced.

Personally, I’d be happy to see a lot more of the “dictator” they scream about from Trump at this point. If he suddenly started tossing Deep State enemies into dungeons in job lots, that would be fine by me, although I admit it’s unlikely in the extreme. But there is one way less draconian move he could make—one that should have been done a long, long time ago. To wit:

EVERY LAST OBAMA HOLDOVER IN THE ENTIRE US GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY.

Make that: MUST be removed. Let the jackals howl; they’re going to anyway, no matter what. Now we get to the meat of the matter, though.

Perhaps the worst claim is that Trump is “anti-Democratic.” Here’s hutzpah worthy of the kid who murdered his parents then threw himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an orphan. Let’s see, a president legally elected according to the Constitution, subject to voter accountability through regularly scheduled elections, hemmed in by two independent branches of government, is called “anti-Democratic” by an unelected, unaccountable, self-selected gang of disgruntled employees without the guts to give up their fat paychecks and insider status by going public and making themselves accountable to the voters, and answering publicly the questions and counter-arguments of those who disagree with them.

And it gets meatier, beatier, bigger, and bouncier from there. I taxed “fair use” heavily by excerpting so much of it; do read the rest.

Anonymice update! Walsh weighs in:

Not for the first time, what’s going on in Washington brings to mind not the late Roman Empire, but the early one—the Julian line that began with Caesar, passed through Augustus and Tiberius, and then degenerated into the reigns of Caligula, Claudius, and ended with Nero. As the Republic morphed into the Empire, the Senate receded in importance, as did the twin consuls, annually elected. Powerful women—the mothers, wives, and mistresses of the emperors—wielded great power. And yet, in the end, nearly all died unnatural deaths, assassinated (all but Augustus, in fact), murdered, executed, or forced to suicide. To spare you reading Gibbon in his magnificent entirety: the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was written in the stars, right from the start, just as Shakespeare said.

The Left and its allies in the media would have us think—as this op-ed is clearly meant to do—that Trump is some combination of Claudius and Nero, a mad king barely restrained by his courtiers. “Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back,” the unknown author writes. “Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”

I have no idea whether any of this is true. It is possible that Trump is as changeable as they say, and that his worst impulses are held in check by the wise men around him. More likely, however, is that Trump remains surrounded by those who want to see him fail, out of pique; if he’s an emperor, he’s beleaguered rather than omnipotent, with spies lurking behind every arras, shivs at the ready.

Certainly, the success of the administration’s initiatives, from the booming economy to the moments of clarity it has brought to rogue enemies and feckless allies from North Korea to Germany, is indisputable, no matter what you think of Trump. I would further venture to say that those who support the president do not do so because they are enamored of him, or think of him as a god-king, or Cheeto Jesus, but rather because they agree with his policies and like their results.

But to a wide swath of #TheResistance, this is both incredible and unacceptable. Trump offends them so personally and so deeply that they cannot constrain their bitterness, their jealousy, and their anger. The old guard, Baby Boomer media, almost to a man, despises him for his insouciant rejection of the “norms” with which they grew up. Indeed, one of the things that most infuriates them is his resolute refusal to play the part of Richard Nixon, which is why they have recently deployed the ghosts of Watergate Past, including not only “Woodstein” but even superannuated bit players like John Dean, as repellant a weasel today as he was in the 1970s.

They all are, and the NeverTrumpTards of Conservative Inc perhaps the most repellent of the whole nest. But—given the NYT’s proven penchant for making up Fake News out of whole cloth, along with the too-convenient timing vis a vis the release of Woodward’s latest fabrication—I very much doubt this particular Deep State shitweasel even really exists, frankly.

Not that it matters one little whit. The skullduggery of the Deep Staters won’t sway Trump’s supporters at all; the more they plot and scheme against him, the more they confirm both his and our suspicions about them, and the hotter our scorching hatred of them burns.

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If you can’t say something nice…

John McCain is dead. And if I was capable of abiding by the principle expressed by my title phrase, I’d stop right there.

But I can’t, and y’all know I can’t. Hell, it’s a big part of the reason why you’re here in the first place. I’ll try to keep it short and…well. Anyways.

The godawful excess of veneration and exaltation of this small, vain man by his fellow Deep Staters in both government and media this week has been nothing short of sickening. Guess his perennial brown-nosing of Proggies both Democrat and Republican finally did pay off in the end.

Keating Five. Gang Of Eight. Gang Of Fourteen. McCain-Feingold. These are but a few of the long, long list of supposedly bedrock-conservative “principles” McCain betrayed over the course of his odious career. His colleagues knew him as “prickly” and “acerbic”; his employees knew him as a nasty, tyrannical, egotistical prick. Now he’s someone who “will never be forgotten,” as I saw someone or other quoted as saying earlier today. Pretty slick way of saying he was a right bastard without actually saying it, seems to me.

But the most sickening aspect of this blanket beatification has to be the “war hero” bit, the man who “stood up” under unspeakably hideous torture with nothing but his courage and iron to sustain him, to keep him from breaking.

Bullshit. Arrant bullshit. I will grant, he did serve in wartime, if incompetently, self-indulgently, recklessly, and to the general detriment of his shipmates in ways both great and small. Lots of folks have been quick to point out that he should be honored for not running off to Canada instead, but I don’t know how likely that ever was as the son of an admiral and the scion of a long line of Navy men. Nevertheless, serve he did, so a grudging tip of the cap for that. The one other compliment I can sincerely bring myself to pay the man is that he himself was honest enough to explicitly admit (eventually, after initially denying it) that the animals of Hoa Lo prison did indeed break him, and he felt the sting of shame deeply over it:

Eventually, McCain made an anti-U.S. propaganda “confession”. He had always felt that his statement was dishonorable, but as he later wrote, “I had learned what we all learned over there: every man has his breaking point. I had reached mine.” Many U.S. POWs were tortured and maltreated in order to extract “confessions” and propaganda statements; virtually all of them eventually yielded something to their captors.

“Virtually”—but not quite all. Not hardly.

Fellow POW, Admiral James Stockdale, who was also held as a prisoner of war in the Hoa Lo prison and lead prisoner resistance, won the Medal of Honor for not allowing himself to be used in the manner McCain was. The citation for Stockdale’s Medal of Honor reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while senior naval officer in the Prisoner of War camps of North Vietnam. Recognized by his captors as the leader in the Prisoners’ of War resistance to interrogation and in their refusal to participate in propaganda exploitation, Rear Adm. Stockdale was singled out for interrogation and attendant torture after he was detected in a covert communications attempt. Sensing the start of another purge, and aware that his earlier efforts at self-disfiguration to dissuade his captors from exploiting him for propaganda purposes had resulted in cruel and agonizing punishment, Rear Adm. Stockdale resolved to make himself a symbol of resistance regardless of personal sacrifice. He deliberately inflicted a near-mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated in their employment of excessive harassment and torture toward all of the Prisoners of War. By his heroic action, at great peril to himself, he earned the everlasting gratitude of his fellow prisoners and of his country. Rear Adm. Stockdale’s valiant leadership and extraordinary courage in a hostile environment sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

THAT’S what a real hero looks like. “Songbird” McCain? Umm…well…uhhhh…

When the communists learned that McCain’s father was Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government documents), a medical facility normally unavailable for U.S. POWs.

The communist Vietnamese figured, because POW McCain’s father was of such high military rank, that he was of royalty or the governing circle. Thereafter the communists bragged that they had captured “the crown prince.”

For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.

“McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat,” explains Bill Bell, a veteran of Vietnam and former chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs — the first official U.S. representative in Vietnam since the 1973 fall of Saigon. “Since McCain got 28 medals,” Bell continues, “that equals out to about a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys — grunts on the ground — who had more than 7,000 hours in combat and I can tell you that there were times and situations where I’m sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison. The question really is how many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down.”

For years, McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed to gloss over his failures as a pilot and collaborations with the enemy by exaggerating his military service and lying about his feats of heroism.

Be all that as it may, it’s his long, sordid history of duplicity, betrayal, and low skullduggery throughout his overlong Senate career that truly and eternally condemns him. Aesop says it better than I can:

We note today the news from multiple sources that, after a long and brave struggle, the brain cancer in his head will finally succeed in removing from office the man the torpid and disgraceful voters of Arizona would not for over three decades in office, Sen. John Sidney McCain III. We salute the brain cancer in this long, valiant, and hard-won effort, and thank it for belatedly doing what mere voting should have done for AZ and the nation at least two decades prior.

Were we there when his casket passed us by, we’d render the hand salute, crisply and with military precision, to honor the flag on his coffin, that sacrifice he gave, and the sort of man who could and did undertake such service to his then-ungrateful and indifferent country.

But we did not undertake this to praise him, but to bury him. (We beseech the fates, please, soon.) So one fine day, his well-filled caisson shall pass, and he’d be laid to rest, and should we have the opportunity, we doubt we’d forego the chance to leave something on his grave site afterwards. A deposit that would not pass for flowers, nor from our heart, but rather from somewhere a foot or two lower down, to betoken what he spent the last 32 years on this earth doing: undercutting and backstabbing his constituents, and crapping on the state of Arizona, his party, his military record, the fallen shipmates who never made it home, his multiple oaths of office, and his country itself, in becoming one of the most petty, vindictive, backstabbing and cruel little pricks ever to befoul the halls of the United States Senate. Which, given the competition, is really saying something.

Everyone will remember with clarity the spiteful remarks, the gratuitously antagonistic and pugnacious demeanor, the outright duplicity, the barely concealed rage, the disloyalty to people who served him and were discard like used Charmin – the former governor of Alaska comes to mind – once he could get nothing more from them. The dictionary entry for “misanthrope” should bear his photographic likeness, and were he to pick up a cat in the dark, we have no doubt he’d pet it the wrong way out of sheer force of habit. We doubt even dogs liked him. Humans, however, will remember too the half-hearted, half-assed, and half-witted bumble for the presidency, inflicting by force of his own lacking humanity and manifest unfitness for the office, the last disastrous regime upon America, such that it could not be dislodged until the 22nd Amendment came to the rescue, just in the nick of time.

And most of all, they will remember the snarl of undisguised contempt he wore perpetually, and the demeanor and personality that gave it to him, and preventing even the most kind-hearted person from ever regarding him with well-deserved pity, rather than the justly earned disgust he’s finally enjoyed. That he is the sort of man who would drag himself to cast the deciding vote to thwart the will of the vast majority of Americans in ending the disastrous experiment in full socialism that was ObamaCare, contrary to his party, president, and simple mathematics, amidst the ravages of brain cancer, really tells you more about the man than anything that two thousand days of beating and torture at the hands of inhuman communist bastards ever could. He’ll probably enter eternity still more proud of that petty, vindictive, and traitorous act than he will of any day he ever spent in uniform.

And any obituary, come the happy day, cannot but note that the latter more than dwarfs the former.

Some sort of scientific study should be done on just what in the hell is wrong with Arizona voters that they could vote to re-elect such a blight again and again, and follow up by sending a like-minded excrescence, Jeff Flake, to DC as his cohort. I’m guessing it’s something in the water, maybe.

McCain was the pluperfect example of absolutely everything wrong with Mordor On The Potomac and its despicable denizens—of the loathsome, twisted genotype colloquially known as “professional politicans.” His posthumous parting cheap-shot at Trump was petty, cowardly, and demeaning—to McCain, and no one else. It was the act of a true and irredeemable asshole, a jerk nonpareil; his forbidding Trump to attend his funeral likewise. Petty spite of such a low nature is John McCain’s proper legacy; may he be long remembered for it.

I mentioned last week the edifying coincidence of Aretha Franklin dying on the same day as Elvis; the same with Jefferson and Adams both dying on the 4th of July. But can it really be a coincidence that McCain joined the Choir Invisible on the same day as his kindred spirit and fellow predator-politician Ted Kennedy? Maybe the Almighty was giving us a strong hint as to where both of them will be spending eternity. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say.

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Occam’s Razor cuts surpassing fine

Deep, too.

Perhaps more ominously, this post from the Carlos Slim Journal, demanding Trump be dragged from office and hanged in Lafayette Park suggests the Left’s war on civilization is just getting started. Most people will focus on the rank hypocrisy and dishonesty, but the real focus should be the warning. The Left organized a wide scale conspiracy to rig the last election. The FBI and DOJ are currently running a wide scale conspiracy to hide their ongoing efforts to remove Trump from office and stonewall Congress.

As much as our side jokes around about Pinochet, it is the Left that may be plotting a coup in order to install an authoritarian government. Just look at the organized effort to ban people from the financial system. David Horowitz has just been un-personed by MasterCard and Visa. In the modern age, if you want to wage a civil war, gaining control of the banking system is the first step. Then you take over the internet. Without money or a means to reach a mass audience, fighting back in a civilized way is impossible.

That last bit is important. Most people are willing to fight the good fight until it means coloring outside the lines. That’s the water’s edge for most of the people the Left sees as their enemy. It’s why the Left is always trying to provoke or invent a backlash. It provides them with cover to scare the normies and use any means necessary to “defend our democracy!” As is always the case, the Left seeks to turn civilization’s virtues into vices they can exploit to undermine society. Your reasonableness is their best weapon.

The thing to understand with the Left is that they are reactionary. Team Obama came up with the scheme to rig the last election and when this became apparent to Team Clinton, they reacted by howling about “Russian hacking.” In other words, they immediately began to project their own hated activities onto others. Remember that it was the Left that started the Fake News idea, only to have people point out that the lefty news organs were nothing but fake news. The same was true of the AstroTurf chants over the Tea Party.

What all of this most likely means is that the Democrats are quietly working on their plans to impeach Trump as soon as they gain control of the House this fall. They have upped Pelosi’s Thorazine dosage so she does not blab about it during interviews, but the Left can’t help but get ahead of themselves, hence the NYTimes post. The plan is to impeach Trump in 2019 and then count on the NeverTrump loons in the GOP to join in and force the Senate to remove him. Given the nature of the GOP, this is a good bet.

This is a bit of a meandering post, but the basic point is that it is a mistake to take the Left’s chanting at face value. It’s not just that they lie. Ideologues always lie. It’s that they are psychologically incapable of concealing their actions. Again, that old self-hatred gets the better of them and they start dropping hints via projection. For two years now, the Left has been trying to convince us that Trump is a dictator, who plots with foreign agents to “harm our democracy.”  That should be read as a warning about what comes next.

That’s what puts the Left’s howling about a civil war in perspective. They have been waging a civil war on the rest of us for a couple of years. They have normalized the idea of using public companies to strip people of their right to participate in public debate. They have normalized the idea of stripping people of employment due to their politics. They are now proscribing people because they hold the wrong opinions. Banning people from breathing is next. The only thing missing is a coup and a dictator.

If they can manage to pull off the coup, they’ll find the dictator easily enough; the Democrat Socialist ranks are chock-full of eager aspirants.

Our current contretemps is what brought Occam’s famous Razor to my mind: at what point does the Razor—the simplest explanation is usually the correct one—demand acknowledgment that events and/or situations that might once have easily been dismissed as “conspiracy theories” have become the only way of making sense of them?

As for Z’s “good bet” impeachment assertion, I can’t really disagree with it, much though I might wish to. Rudy Giuliani, bless his stout heart, had something blunt to say about the response to a phonus-balonus impeachment coup that the DC Swamp critters really, really need to think carefully about, but won’t:

In an interview with Sky News Rudy Giuliani claimed there was “no reason” for an impeachment and called Mr Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen “a liar”.

“You could only impeach [Trump] for political reasons and the American people would revolt against that,” he said.

Absolutely, positively true and correct. And all specifically because the Democrat-Socialist Party and the whiny bitches of the Progbrat Left refuse to accept the results of any election they don’t win; having become so accustomed to their longstanding lock on power, the loss of it has driven them bugfuck nuts. The Deep State GOPe, along for the ride as usual, doesn’t intend to let their also-ran consolation prize of perks, privilege, and payola go without a fight, either.

In sum, the Swamp critters want their status-quo business-as-usual back. If they want it badly enough to risk an actual mass uprising by better than half the damned country against them to get it, let them continue on this path and they will almost certainly get themselves one. We’ll just see how much they like it.

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AT LAST: Russia-collusion/election-rigging smoking gun FOUND!

And it’s pointed directly at the head of the Grand Wizard of the Coup Cucks Clan himself.

In his online appeal for money after being fired this week, disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok credited an unlikely source to vouch for his victim status: The Weekly Standard.

At one time a leading conservative magazine, the Standard declared last month that Strzok’s plight was merely an “overwrought tale of bias” and the case against him is “just sound and fury.” The article brushed off Strzok’s actions as “several bad judgment calls” and blasted Congressional Republicans for continuing a criminal investigation into the now-unemployed G-man.

Strzok is following only 32 people on his newly-verified Twitter account. Bill Kristol, the editor-at-large of the Standard, is one of them.

So, what’s with the fanboying between the Standard—an allegedly serious publication dedicated to advancing conservative principles—and a corrupt government bureaucrat who embodies everything the conservative movement fought against for decades?

Julie Kelly has done some excellent journalistic work here—REAL journalism, not the kind we’re all too accustomed to. I’ll quote from it extensively here, because…because…well, because I just can’t help myself, dammit.

I found an article in the Standards archives this week that might explain why. On July 24, 2016, just days before Strzok helped launch a counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign, Kristol gave Strzok and the Obama Justice Department a big assist from the anti-Trump Right by posting a flawed and questionably-sourced article. “Putin’s Party” is compelling evidence that Kristol and the Standard were far from mere sideline observers as the Trump-Russia collusion scam took shape in the summer of 2016.

At the very least, the timing of the article suggests there was careful coordination between the central players—including the Hillary Clinton campaign—and Bill Kristol to derail Trump’s candidacy just weeks before the election. But the article’s content also serves to raise alarming questions about the claims by many Republicans that “conservatives” had no knowledge of or involvement with the Christopher Steele dossier.

Kristol’s article hits on every single one of the Simpson-Steele talking points: Trump forced the GOP to water-down language on the Ukraine in the party’s platform (it didn’t happen); the Russians were behind Wikileaks’ release of the DNC’s hacked emails (unproven); Trump encouraged foreign powers to interfere in the election (he didn’t); and Trump would not honor U.S. commitments to NATO (an overblown assessment of Trump’s NATO criticism nearly all the Republican candidates made). He listed a handful of unknown Trump campaign associates who would soon become household names, including campaign manager Paul Manafort; national security advisor, Lt. General Michael Flynn; and foreign policy aide Carter Page. (Strzok and the FBI formally opened their investigation into the three men—and campaign aide George Papadopoulos—on July 31, 2016.)

The content of Kristol’s piece closely mirrored reporting by other news outlets at the same time. (Lee Smith wrote about how the Fusion-planted media echo chamber evolved before the election.) But despite the flimsiness of the accusations, Kristol took his advocacy a step further.

Did he ever. Which oughta be enough to send you off with a quickness to peruse the rest of it. Bottom line:

Unfortunately, there are still some conservatives who trust Kristol and the Standard fairly to report on the Trump presidency and Republican Congress. It’s important that the public fully understands what role Kristol and his publication played—and continue to play—in fueling the biggest political corruption scandal in American history.

Kristol asks a lot of questions on Twitter. It’s time for him to answer some now.

Meh, why bother? He’ll only lie about his key role in the most damning and damaging political scandal in American history. Hats off to Kelly anyway, for her truly great work in digging up this whole bait-shop’s worth of worms.

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Strozk out!

Good riddance. And about damned time.

In tweets celebrating news that FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired from the FBI Monday, President Donald Trump called for the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, declaring the original investigation led by Strzok a “total fraud.”

Which it most certainy was; it has that in common with Mueller’s Klown Kar Koup shitshow.

Strzok was one of the lead agents in the criminal investigation into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton violated federal law by storing classified information on a private email server. The FBI under Comey declined to prosecute Clinton for any possible violations of the Espionage Act. In Comey’s statement, he said Clinton had acted with “extreme carelessness.”

Usually described in the accompanying indictment (absent here), by investigators with actual integrity (also absent here), as “negligence.” To wit:

An earlier draft of Comey’s statement used stronger language, saying Clinton had been “grossly negligent” — a term that would have carried legal meaning under the Espionage Act. In July 2018 congressional testimony, Strzok admitted that metadata shows that Comey’s statement was edited in June 2016 on his computer, but he claimed he cannot remember making the edit.

Uh huh. But Comey’s initial (and temporary) lapse into honesty wasn’t going to help Hillary avoid being frogmarched off to prison like she should have been, so adjustments had to be made—and were.

It’s beginning to look as if claims of monstrous collusion between Russian officials and U.S. political operatives were true. But it wasn’t Donald Trump who was guilty of Russian collusion. It was Hillary Clinton and U.S. intelligence officials who worked with Russians and others to entrap Trump.

That’s the stunning conclusion of a RealClear Investigations report by Lee Smith, who looked in-depth at the controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between officials of then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign staff and a Russian lawyer known to have ties with high-level officials in Vladimir Putin’s government.

The media have spun a tale of Trump selling his soul to the Russians for campaign dirt to use against Hillary, beginning with the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting.

But “a growing body of evidence…indicates that the meeting may have been a setup — part of a broad effort to tarnish the Trump campaign involving Hillary Clinton operatives employed by Kremlin-linked figures and Department of Justice officials,” wrote Smith.

Which it most certainly was. Read all of this last link; it’s so chock-a-block full of good, thorough reporting and right-on truth it’ll make quite a refreshing contrast to the stinking codswallop Fake News Media keeps right on desperately shoveling.

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Draft horses of America, unite!

You have nothing to lose but your harness…and a passel of whining, over-entitled parasites who don’t know their asses from an inner tube with wrinkles painted on it.

Congratulations, oh most insufferable of generations – against all odds and confounding the experts, you have still somehow managed to make yourselves even more annoying. Apparently, the hep new jive among your tiresome cohort is “Democratic Socialism,” resurrecting a poisonous nineteenth-century political death cult and putting a kicky new spin on it to make it palatable for the suckers. It’s the political equivalent of hipsters who insist vinyl records are superior because they didn’t grow up forced to crank their tunes on that miserable format.

The “Democratic” part is some cunning rebranding. Just stick “Democratic” in front of something awful and it’s good-to-go. “Democratic haggis”? Yummy! “Democratic herpes”? Sexy! “Democratic Nazism?” Hey, what’s the difference? National socialism, democratic socialism? It’s really just a question of who runs the camps because regardless of the particular brand of socialism, there are always camps.

Always.

No one loves socialism quite like a moron who has never experienced it firsthand. No one hates it like someone who has seen it up close. I walked around in its ruins overseas; it’s an abattoir. My wife escaped it, though her granddad didn’t – he rotted in Castro’s prisons for nearly two decades because he refused to play ball with the reds. Then he died. Oh well, gotta break a few eggs to create a paradise where somebody else pays for your college, right?

Just remember that you are an egg.

Kurt throws some very choice words at bug-eyed Mental Giant and Future Of The Democrat Socialist Party Miranda Veracruz de la Jolla Cardinale Occasional-Cortex, too. But did he say “moron” just now? Why yes, I do believe he did. And as sterling an example as she is, the word doesn’t apply only to her, either.

Democrats are less likely to know what socialism is compared to other voters but have a much more favorable opinion of it. They stop well short, however, of thinking the Democratic Party should become a national socialist party.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 28% of all Likely U.S. Voters think the national Democratic party should officially declare itself a socialist party. Fifty-three percent (53%) disagree, while 18% are undecided.

Still, 51% of Democrats have a favorable impression of socialism, with 13% who share a Very Favorable one. This compares to favorables of 21% among GOP voters and 26% among unaffiliateds, with seven percent (7%) and five percent (5%) respectively who hold a Very Favorable opinion of it.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Democrats, however, incorrectly believe the individual has more power than the government in a socialist system, a view held by just 12% of Republicans and seventeen percent (17%) of unaffiliated voters.

Never forget, folks, they’re smarterer than you. If you don’t believe it, just ask ’em.

Those under 40 have a much more favorable opinion of socialism than their elders do and are the strongest supporters of Democrats becoming a national socialist party. But younger voters are also the most likely to believe the individual has more power under a socialist system.

Liberals like socialism a lot more than moderates and conservatives do and are much more likely to think it empowers the individual. But conservatives are the biggest fans of Democrats becoming a socialist party.

Actually, that isn’t quite right: I don’t think any of us is particularly happy that that’s what they in fact have become. What we’re in favor of is them owning up to the sad fact at last. But then, socialists ain’t exactly known for their honesty, as Schlichter reminds us:

Socialism’s perfect record of failure, misery, and slaughter is kind of a problem for them, so they pivot and distract, playing an ideological shell game by claiming that what they really want isn’t socialism. Why, they just want to be more like Canada! This, of course, begs the question of why they call themselves “socialists” if they don’t want socialism. But Normals are woke; they prefer their freedom and abundant toilet paper. They know that the current socialist fad is a lie, because socialism is built on lies. The democratic socialists keep promising Denmark and Norway, but they always deliver Cuba and Venezuela.

Of course, as I’ve noted here before myself, Norway isn’t really quite as socialist as all that, and other Scandinavian countries are beginning to back rapidly away from the Great Third-Way Experiment that has impoverished them. But socialism aside, ideology aside, honestly representing who and what they are is what the Democrat-Socialist criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party ought to be forced to try to win elections on:

But let’s look at this. Forget ideology for a second and let’s just look at some readily available facts. We have just come off eight years of economic stagnation. No economic growth to speak of. We have had tax increases out the wazoo in the past eight years, including all of the new taxes brought on by the government taking over health care with Obamacare. We had the president of the United States, Barack Obama, running around to places like West Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio and telling people out of work:

(impression) “It’s too bad, but your jobs are never coming back — and if someone tells you that your job will be coming back, he’s waving a magic wand, but what’s he gonna do? What’s Trump gonna do? Just wave a magic wand? You gotta get ready for the fact those jobs are not coming back.” So rather than have a president that inspired people, we have a president who tried to convince them that this was the new America: A nation in decline. We didn’t really deserve our robust past, and we needed brilliant people like him to manage this decline so that resources — which would be dwindling — could be distributed more fairly and equally to the population at large.

Okay. So we’ve come off eight years of that kind of thing, exactly what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to return to. In just a year and a half of a presidency that believes in American greatness, that believes lost jobs can be brought back — who believes that this economy can once again grow and that people’s incomes can increase, that standard of living and wealth can once again start going up. In just a year and a half it’s happened. Does this woman have the ability to look at facts on the ground? The government today…

Have you looked at the latest revenue that has been collected by taxes? It’s a record high. The government is collecting record tax revenue after Trump’s tax cuts! This also happens every time it’s tried. It’s simple math. More people are working than under Obama, and thus more people are paying taxes. So even per capita taxes may be down and the amount of money individuals are paying, it’s more than made up by all the new taxpayers that are happily working, whereas a year and a half ago they weren’t.

There are stories… I have a story in the Stack today that one of the big problems that employers have today is there just aren’t enough people to fill jobs that are open, and so employers are getting ready to scrub the idea that prior experience is necessary. They need work done! There’s more job openings than there are people to fill them right now. Now, where is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? She’s an economics graduate from Boston University. Does she have the slightest idea what’s going on now?

Of course not. She’s dumb as a box of hair; credentialed, but not educated; inarticulate, not bright, and entirely arrogant about all of it.

And she’s also the brightest star in the Democrat Socialist firmament at the moment—precisely as she should be. We all ought to fervently hope not only that she wins election, but that she remains in the spotlight as an avant garde leader of her trainwreck of a Party for as long as possible. Realistically, we can’t expect anything good from a NYC Congresscritter, but sending a dumpster fire like Occasional-Cortex to Mordor On The Potomac might work out even better anyway. The more she blibbers and stammers her arrant hard-Left horsepuckey, and the more Normals see her doing it, the better off we’re all going to be. She might just finish off the Democrat Socialist Party for good all by herself.

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The Deep State is real

An excellent synopsis of the “Russia collusion” hoax.

Under questioning, Comey admitted to the Inspector General Michael Horowitz that he authored the May 2 statement and penned every word of it himself. But then he offered the implausible claim that “he did not recall that his original draft used the term ‘gross negligence,’ and did not recall discussions about that issue.”

Comey’s amnesia is preposterous. He would have us believe that, as FBI director, he memorialized in print his decision that the leading candidate for president of the United States had committed crimes, yet later could not recollect anything about the most important decision of his career.

The truth is that Comey well remembers what he wrote, because he participated in subsequent discussions with top officials at the FBI about Clinton’s “gross negligence.” Several meetings were held on the subject and contemporaneous notes prove that Comey was in attendance. Those records show that although Comey was convinced that Clinton was “grossly negligent” in violation of the law, he was determined to clear her notwithstanding. To achieve this somersault and absolve the soon-to-be Democratic nominee, the legally damning terminology would have to be stricken from his statement. 

Amnesia must be contagious at the FBI. Testifying before Congress, Strzok feigned no recollection of using his computer to make the critical alteration that cleared Clinton. He did, however, directly implicate the FBI director.

“Ultimately, he (Comey) made the decision to change that wording,” said Strzok.

But wait, how could Comey order a change in the words he doesn’t remember writing?  Their stories don’t jibe. At least one of them is lying.

Read all of it. As confusing and convoluted as the coup attempt may seem at first blush, it’s actually quite cut and dried. To wit: our government is assuredly NOT what we’ve all been led to believe since childhood. Its shadowy, unaccountable agencies operate with neither the “consent of the governed” nor its subjects’ best interests in mind; the minions of those misbegotten agencies possess not honor nor integrity nor humility nor a sense of duty nor respect for American values, traditions, and institutions to any discernable degree.

Our government, in short, is an affront to all the Founders revered and intended. To insist, as Democrat-Socialist shitwads do when it’s politically convenient for them, that real Americans owe such rogue abominations as the FBI, CIA, IRS, and the whole diseased host of alphabet agencies even the smallest dollop of allegiance or reverence is a grotesque insult—one that ought to resound across the fruited plain continuously, until every last sewer-rat therein is forced to flee for their very lives from the environs of Mordor On The Potomac lest the righteous rage of an abused populace descend upon them in the measure they deserve.

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SHOCKER: dog bites man!

Trump right again.

During President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire asked him about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump — as he has done many times before — responded with an answer that cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment of massive Russian election-interference.

Naturally, all hell broke loose in America’s elite political and media circles. Tom Nichols, a sometime Federalist contributor, said Trump threatened the very safety of America in saying he doubted his intelligence agencies. A group of liberal law professors, who naturally have an affinity toward bending the law to achieve their desired outcomes, accused Trump of committing treason. Treason is a crime punishable by execution.

Former Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan, who voted for a communist at a time when communists were killing millions and when Russia — in the form of the Soviet Union — really was an existential threat to America, also accused Trump of treason. Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Trump was “un-American.” Former Fox and now MSNBC analyst Ralph Peters said that Trump was a “slave to Putin.” CNN’s Philip Mudd, a former intelligence community official, called for a coup against Trump by the “shadow government.” Meanwhile, a Democratic congressman called for a military coup, and Democrat senators want to haul Trump’s interpreter before Congress to testify under oath.

Mainstream conservatives weren’t deranged, but many were still deeply upset. The Federalist’s Robert Tracinski called Trump’s words at the summit “inexcusable.” The Wall Street Journal editorial board called the events a “personal and national embarrassment.” Fox News’ Brit Hume said the summit did “damage.” Newt Gingrich called the President’s words the “most serious mistake of his presidency.”

After all the selective leaking to frame the Trump administration for obstruction, after a U.S. presidential campaign was spied on by the opposing Party’s administration, after years of botched or politicized intelligence assessments, after years of arming bad guys around the world, and after multiple revelations of spying on Journalists, Congress, and American citizens — of course it is appropriate to doubt the U.S. intelligence agencies.

Follows, a lengthy list of why such doubt is not only appropriate but essential, along with a link to a very-much-related earlier piece:

There is a reason many have referred to the intelligence bureaucracies as “the Deep State.” These intelligence bureaucracies behave like all bureaucracies do—they seek to entrench their power and influence policy. But they also have a lot more power than do the rest of Washington’s bureaucracies.

The deep state can spy on and blackmail elected officials, and thus immunize itself from reform; it can claim selected expertise and choose what information is disclosed to elected officials, giving it incredible freedom to shape and push a particular narrative. The intelligence bureaucracies can also, for the sake of secrecy, choose not to disclose certain activities, pieces of information, and uses of funds to elected officials. The great risk, then, is that these intelligence bureaucracies become a government unto themselves, wholly unaccountable to elected officials.

Republicans often warn us about the growth of the federal bureaucracy, whether it be abuses by the Internal Revenue Service or onerous regulations coming from the Environmental Protection Agency. Most Republicans, however, nary offer a word about the threat the intelligence leviathan potentially poses to liberty. But living with or justifying unchecked power is not conservatism. The founders of our country warned us about power that goes unchecked, and unchecked power leads to abuse—always.

And the intelligence community has a bad record on abuse of power. In the last eight years alone, former director of national intelligence James Clapper lied to Congress, under oath, about whether Americans’ bulk data was being collected (it was), and about whether Congress was being spied upon during the Iran deal (they were). Fox News reporter James Rosen was spied upon, and so were his parents. The Associated Press was also spied on. It is likely that many more abuses have not come to the light.

The intelligence leviathan’s record in the last 70 years is even worse. We’ve all heard about J. Edgar Hoover’s disgusting spying on civil rights leaders, but the CIA especially has a terrible track record. The agency is overly bureaucratized, and has a list of misdeeds from the weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaeda claims leading up to Iraq, to the lie that was the Gulf of Tonkin Incident leading up to the Vietnam War, to being put to private (non-government) uses, to its disastrous proxy wars and coups all over the world, to its experimentation on unwitting U.S. citizens during Project MKUltra.

Because of this, even the conservatives who are calling for the de-politicization of the intelligence bureaucracies—as if there is a quick fix—are missing the point. The founders didn’t envision a CIA, let alone a national police force. Just for example, the FBI was only made necessary when the federal government dramatically expanded in size and scope due to Prohibition, which only was made necessary when Americans decided to turn to government, not to the church and civil society, to remedy the country’s ills.

The point is that the intelligence bureaucracy will always be politicized, as long as it is endowed with such immense power. The deep state shouldn’t just be brought to heel under President Trump’s authority, its size and scope should be reduced so that no president can wield its current accumulation of power.

As the man says, these are just some of the contra-Constitutional abuses of excessive power we KNOW about. You can be sure that there are many, many more.

Of course this sorry state of affairs is all a direct and predictable result of the American people long ago having allowed the gummint to slip its Constitutional leash in the first place. Some of us blame this on the Constitution itself, saying it “failed to prevent” the cancerous mestasization of the Superstate. Well, maybe, I guess, but I don’t hold with that myself. The Constitution was never going to be able to prevent anything without the American people maintaining, as Jefferson himself (maybe) had it, “eternal vigilance.”

It’s all moot now anyway; we have the government we have, and that’s that. Which is still no reason for non-GOPe conservatives to wax all weepy and hand-wringy over Trump’s bluntly naming the CIA, FBI, and the rest of the Deep State monolith as exactly what they are: corrupt, devious, and dangerous affronts to liberty and legitimate government. The GOPers, naturally, are publicly puffing and blowing about “treason” for the same reasons as their Democrat Socialist superiors: purely political ones.

As for the crocodile tears shed by guys like Brennan and Comey, their motivation speaks for itself and damns them even further than they already were; their words are and of right ought to be nothing more than white noise. Tracinski, unfortunately, is a NeverTrumpTard, or was. Peters seems to have suffered some sort of breakdown of late. Hume and Gingrich just plain ought to know better. After having seen the conspiracy to fraudulently elect Hillary!™—then, having failed, to manufacture evidence to overthrow Trump—unexpectedly exposed, we all ought to.

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Treason and traitors

The irony, it burns.

My favorite part of the day is going on social media and having froth-lipped adherents of the party that eagerly signed on with the KGB’s 1980s nuclear freeze campaign telling me, a guy who was then serving in Germany on the west side of the Wall waiting for the Reds to invade, that I’m a traitor. This argument is not compelling. All this kind of babble does is annoy me and millions of other people who refuse to freak out at the behest of establishment hacks eager to regain their lost power.

Any legit criticism of Trump’s policies is swamped by the insanity. But that’s part of the plan. They want people so outraged they can’t, or won’t, think. This is a cynical ploy to ramp things up to a fever pitch and panic the weakhearts. They seek to split the GOP between Trump supporters and the Flake Fredocon Faction of simpering sissies so they can retake power. The establishment was always going to dogpile Trump no matter what he did in Europe. That he gave them some ammo with what he concedes was loose talk followed by a walk-back only made their job easier. But the fix was already in.

Will it resonate with regular Americans? You know, the ones who aren’t watching MSNBC lunatics shouting that Trump is literally Hitler, just like W, McCain and Romney were literally Hitler? Normals are simply not reading 37-tweet threads explaining how pretty soon Trump’s going to make sure there are spetsnaz troops with AK-47s on every street corner, forcing our country into a Red Dawn scenario where #TheResistance shouts “Avenge me! Avenge me!” and fights back against the invaders, presumably with vicious tweets and gyno-beanies.

It will not resonate, any more than the last hundred WORST THING EVERs resonated. And why should it? After years of hearing how Trump is all four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, it’s hard to make him the fifth as well with some new atrocity that, upon sober reflection, is not exactly earth-shakingly atrocious.

Why would the establishment believe it had any credibility anyway?

THAT’S the truly baffling part of the whole sordid little shitshow.

This is where one would normally find some cliché about Trump being his own worst enemy. No. He makes mistakes but he is not his own worst enemy. His worst enemy is the establishment. Period.

Annnnd bingo. Nice thing is, they’ll all be flipping out and beclowning themselves over something else next week—if the current trend holds, something even more preposterous, pointless, and un-sellable than the last, and which will blow up in their smarmy, pinched faces even more spectacularly. It’s BEAUTIFUL to watch, it truly is.

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