Disagree, with every fiber of my being.
My overall sense of what happened at Mar-a-Lago is that this is a provocation.
If New York Times reporting is right — and they never err on the side of being soft on Trump — then this raid was over documents the National Archives thinks Trump should not have, or perhaps classified documents in his possession. That is not something the FBI raids major political candidates over — See, In Re Hillary Rodham Clinton.
This is a provocation. They are trying to get a reaction that allows a further crackdown. See, In Re J6.
It’s also a provocation to get Trump to declare his candidacy for President before the midterms. Democrats would love to turn 2022 into a referendum on Trump rather than the deliberate destruction of the national borders and inflation.
Would the FBI and DOJ do such a thing? Aren’t they “above” politics? The then FBI Director James Comey admitted to trying to set up the new President Trump by alerting him to the Steele Dossier, and then leaked the story of the briefing to CNN, which gave license to report on the false allegations in the dossier. So yes, the FBI and DOJ would do such a thing, and have done such a thing to Trump.
All the more reason to keep your heads about you.
Don’t take the bait. Being stupid isn’t tough, it’s just stupid.
And so once again, the same tired old argument for doing nothing in supine response to the most grotesque affronts imaginable is trotted out as if it were something fresh and new. As if we hadn’t been sanctimoniously lectured, again and again and again, about how very vital it is that we “take the high road”; that we prove ourselves to be “better” than they are by refusing to engage them, never “sinking to their level”; that defeat “with honor” is always preferable to winning “dishonorably.” As if the so-called “high road” had ever led us anywhere worth the trip.
Stuff and nonsense, that’s what. Mind you, I’ve always liked and respected William Jacobsen. Certainly, he’s a hugely talented blogger whose work I have enjoyed, linked to, and excerpted here at CF numerous times over lo, these many years.
But to me, the above is just horseshit of the purest ray serene, no more nor less. Foremost among several crippling flaws hobbling Bill’s pigeon-toed premise is the manifestly spurious idea that, should we timidly identify the Mar A Lago outrage as yet another hill which isn’t worth dying on, The Power will deign to reward the Serf Class for its forbearance by not “cracking down” on us “further.”
This is self-evidently absurd, absurd on its very face, absurdity on stilts. It is kissing-cousins with the perennial McCain/Romney Gambit, which forever contends—despite repeated demonstrations confirming the falsity of its core premise—that if we just Play Nice with them, then surely they’ll finally stop whacking us over the head with that awful Big Stick of theirs. Won’t they?
Well, it ain’t happened yet, nor is it remotely likely that it ever will. After all, given the consistent success abusing us has reliably yielded for them for so many, many years, why on earth would they ever abandon the tactic? Sorry, no; at the risk of sounding rather broken-recordish here: They WILL NOT stop. They will have to BE stopped. Which necessarily means giving them a REASON to stop. And that’s entirely on us, and nobody else.
At some point, one has to ask: Why must it always and forever be Our Side which is required to stay our hands, to restrain ourselves, to respond with moderation and judiciousness to ceaseless insult and injury? Why must Our Side always and forever be expected to abjure meeting calumny with calumny, radicalism with radicalism, violence with violence? Does “fairness” really demand of us, in the name of Bathhouse Barry Obama’s famed “This is not Who We Are” dictum, that we always and forever lower our heads submissively and meekly take whatever they and their Deep State entity might decide to dish out with neither objection nor resistance?
Are defiance, rebellion, rage, and refusal always and forever to be reserved as exclusive, proprietary provenances of the Evil Left, to be Theirs and Theirs alone?
If this be provocation, then make the most of it, I say. Whether we do or we do not, we will be treated no less harshly for it.