Saturday, July 21, 2018

Trump Outfoxed Them Again

The following article appeared in the American Thinker on July 20th

Trump is wise for not falling into the Democrats' fake news media and the Deep State's trap of saying Russia tampered with our election.  Russia has tried to impact our elections forever.  While 12 Russians were indicted in the Russia collusion investigation, no Americans were indicted.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stated that Russian tampering had no impact on the outcome of our presidential election.  In other words, Trump won fair and square

Conservative pundits who joined the American left's and Deep State's chorus demanding that Trump admit Russian tampering still don't get it.  What part of the American left and Deep State's contempt for fairness or truth do these conservatives not understand?  The American left and Deep State are laser-focused on kicking Trump out of office by any means necessary.
Liberals are dealing with a smart man and they HATE it

All they are interested in is Trump gifting them with a sound bite they can distort and lie about to harm him.  If Trump said Russia tampered but it did not impact our election, fake news media would report, "Trump admits Russian tampering."  MSNBC would report, "Trump practically admitted he colluded with Russia to steal the election from Hillary."  Nowhere in the fake news media frenzy would you hear the second part of Trump's statement: " did not impact our election."

We know the drill, folks.  How many times must leftists lay "gotcha" traps for conservatives and Republicans before our side gets it?  When will Republicans and conservatives understand that they cannot play nice, appease, try to reason with, or find common ground with leftist fanatics?  These evil, hate-filled people want conservatives, Republicans, and Trump politically dead.  Period.  It is not an exaggeration to say many political elites and leftists want our president physically dead.

Years ago, I was speaking and singing on a national bus tour with Tea Party Express.  After a long day of Tea Party rallies, our team had dinner at a restaurant.  A team member got the manager to turn the TV to Saturday Night Live because Sarah Palin was a scheduled guest.

The comedy skits portrayed Sarah as stupid.  Several of my fellow team members laughed and thought it was great for Sarah to poke fun at herself to show that conservatives and Republicans are not ogres, but really nice people.  I did not laugh.  I thought Sarah's appearance was a huge mistake.  Saturday Night Live's leftist producer's goal was to brand this brilliant female governor an idiot.  Sadly, in the minds of far too many, the left's branding of Sarah stuck.

I even began hearing conservatives and Republicans say Palin is stupid and toxic and must be gotten rid of.  This angered me.  I thought, so this is how we treat our courageous warriors.  While the American left's and Deep State's 24-7 campaign to destroy Trump is unprecedented in its hate, rage, and vitriol, their attempt to destroy Sarah was hot and heavy.

Leftists who portray themselves as paragons of superior compassion even viciously attacked Trig, Sarah Palin's Down syndrome son

Yet Sarah never wavered in boldly standing up for God, family, and country, traditional principles and values that have made America great.  I and millions of Americans loved her for it.

A few days ago, I heard fake news media report something Trump supposedly said.  I can't recall what it was, but the report was a total lie.  So why in the world should Trump try to get on the good side of these people, who purposely distort and lie about everything he says and does?

It is wise that Trump typically doubles down rather than apologize for anything he says and does.  The American left and Deep State would regard any apology as a crack in Trump's armor – blood in the water, an opening to attack him with even more distortions and lies.  The Trump-hating behemoth is not about being fair, balanced, or reasonable.  Everything they do and say is about removing Trump from office and destroying the lives of himself and his family, even twelve-year-old Barron

An outrageous New York Magazine headline proves my point: "Mueller's New Indictment Points to Collusion With Russia."  What the heck are these people at N.Y. Mag talking about?  Mueller's investigation said Russian tampering did not impact a single vote in Trump's victory.  Yet NY Mag is distorting this truth to mislead low-info voters to still believe the absurd lie that the American left and Deep State have promoted for almost two years: that Trump stole the election from Hillary.  This is the dishonesty we are up against regarding fake news media.  Again I ask, why on Earth should Trump try to appease these people?

I love Trump expressing his disrespect for fake news media, continuing to boldly stick it to them – while steamrollering them with his Make America Great Again agenda.  All I ask is that we stay firmly in Trump's corner, assuring him that We the People have his back.

The Brennan factor revisited

The following article appeared in Powerline on July 20th

By Scott Johnson

Following former Obama administration CIA Director John Brennan on Twitter, we see his animus nakedly on display. He is demented by hatred. Is this really the public role a former Director of the CIA is to be playing? Below is his most recent effusion on Twitter.

Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???

It is easy to forget the critical role played by Brennan in the still mysterious origin of the counterintelligence investigation that culminated in the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel. Kim Strassel focuses on Brennan in her weekly Wall Street Journal column today. She reviews the record to date:

[T]he record shows he went on to use his position—as head of the most powerful spy agency in the world—to assist Hillary Clinton’s campaign (and keep his job).

Mr. Brennan has taken credit for launching the Trump investigation. At a House Intelligence Committee hearing in May 2017, he explained that he became “aware of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons.” The CIA can’t investigate U.S. citizens, but he made sure that “every information and bit of intelligence” was “shared with the bureau,” meaning the FBI. This information, he said, “served as the basis for the FBI investigation.” My sources suggest Mr. Brennan was overstating his initial role, but either way, by his own testimony, he as an Obama-Clinton partisan was pushing information to the FBI and pressuring it to act.

More notable, Mr. Brennan then took the lead on shaping the narrative that Russia was interfering in the election specifically to help Mr. Trump—which quickly evolved into the Trump-collusion narrative. Team Clinton was eager to make the claim, especially in light of the Democratic National Committee server hack. Numerous reports show Mr. Brennan aggressively pushing the same line internally. Their problem was that as of July 2016 even then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper didn’t buy it. He publicly refused to say who was responsible for the hack, or ascribe motivation. Mr. Brennan also couldn’t get the FBI to sign on to the view; the bureau continued to believe Russian cyberattacks were aimed at disrupting the U.S. political system generally, not aiding Mr. Trump.

The CIA director couldn’t himself go public with his Clinton spin—he lacked the support of the intelligence community and had to be careful not to be seen interfering in U.S. politics. So what to do? He called Harry Reid. In a late August briefing, he told the Senate minority leader that Russia was trying to help Mr. Trump win the election, and that Trump advisers might be colluding with Russia. (Two years later, no public evidence has emerged to support such a claim.)

But the truth was irrelevant. On cue, within a few days of the briefing, Mr. Reid wrote a letter to Mr. Comey, which of course immediately became public. “The evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign continues to mount,” wrote Mr. Reid, going on to float Team Clinton’s Russians-are-helping-Trump theory. Mr. Reid publicly divulged at least one of the allegations contained in the infamous Steele dossier, insisting that the FBI use “every resource available to investigate this matter.”

The Reid letter marked the first official blast of the Brennan-Clinton collusion narrative into the open. Clinton opposition-research firm Fusion GPS followed up by briefing its media allies about the dossier it had dropped off at the FBI. On Sept. 23, Yahoo News’s Michael Isikoff ran the headline: “U.S. intel officials probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin.” Voilà. Not only was the collusion narrative out there, but so was evidence that the FBI was investigating.

In their recent book “Russian Roulette,” Mr. Isikoff and David Corn say even Mr. Reid believed Mr. Brennan had an “ulterior motive” with the briefing, and “concluded the CIA chief believed the public needed to know about the Russia operation, including the information about the possible links to the Trump campaign.” (Brennan allies have denied his aim was to leak damaging information.)

Clinton supporters have a plausible case that Mr. Comey’s late-October announcement that the FBI had reopened its investigation into the candidate affected the election. But Trump supporters have a claim that the public outing of the collusion narrative and FBI investigation took a toll on their candidate. Politics was at the center of that outing, and Mr. Brennan was a ringmaster. Remember that when reading his next “treason” tweet.

Illinois GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Gun Confiscation Bill

The following article appeared in Breitbart on July 20th

By AWR Hawkins

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed legislation empowering police to confiscate firearms from citizens and extending the wait period for gun purchases to 72 hours.
Bruce Rauner

The new waiting period means a single woman being pursued by a stalker now has to hide and/or live behind locked doors for three days while she waits to get a gun for self-defense.

NBC 26 reports that the confiscatory law is called the Firearms Restraining Order Act. By signing it, Rauner made Illinois the 13th state to empower police to confiscate guns and he joined a growing list of Republican governors who signed such laws into place following the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting.

Governors Rick Scott (R-FL), Phil Scott (R-VT), and Larry Hogan (R-MD), signed gun confiscation laws following Parkland.

The problem with these laws is that they would not have stopped the Parkland shooting, because the family with whom the gunman lived actually took up for him when police came to the house after being alerted that he was a possible threat. (Gun confiscation laws require family members to attest to the danger posed by another family member.) Moreover, such laws would have not have prevented the May 18, 2018, Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas because that gunman used someone else’s firearms.

Additionally, the Maryland gun confiscation law certainly did not prevent the June 28, 2018, attack on Annapolis’ Capital Gazette newspaper. Five people were killed in that attack.

The Constitutional Crisis of Rejecting Election Losses

Ed. P.J. O'Rourke put it beautifully when he said:

“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child — miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.” 

We have all witnessed the occasional tantrum thrown by a 3 year old because he was unable to get his own way. They are no different from the nation's liberals. Weak parents--like weak Republicans--agree to satisfy the demands of this little monster; anything to shut him up. But the demands never end. 

President Trump understands that giving in to these people results only in more demands; it never ends. It's a shame that more Republicans don't have the president's guts.

The following article appeared in the American Thinker on July 20th

"Constitutional crisis" and "Democrat" have never been more closely aligned.  Considering all the dangers of the Democratic Party – exploiting our youth into Redcoat Hitler Youth gun control activists and violence against fellow Americans who don't share their political beliefs, to name just two – one under-the-radar danger will soon, I expect, become over the radar:

The Democrats will never, ever again accept presidential election losses.

So what's to stop them from never accepting congressional losses, either in the House or Senate?  What about gubernatorial and state elections?  Local?  School board?  Dog-catcher?

Trump and Bush were "illegitimate"

Why is it that elections have consequences, as President Obama famously said in 2009, only when Democrats win?  "Elections have consequences," in Democratspeak, translates to "I won, you lost, and I don't need to work with you – you need to work with me."  And you know what?  Those who say that are correct.

But why isn't it also correct when Republicans win?  Democrats always deem as illegitimate those who defeat them.  This is nothing new.  President George W. Bush endured throughout his entire presidency the lie that his two terms were illegitimate, as well as the lie that he was installed by the United States Supreme Court as a Manchurian candidate via some sophisticated conspiracy among the five justices who voted to end the Florida recount, former Florida secretary of state Katherine Harris, and Ralph Nader.  Albert Gore won the popular vote, by half a million votes, because of California and New York, where he received a combined 10 million more votes than Bush.

President Trump has thus far endured the lie that his 18-month presidency is illegitimate, as well as the lie that he was installed by Russian president Vladimir Putin as a Manchurian candidate via some sophisticated conspiracy among former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was with the campaign for a whopping 150 days; a dozen Russians, whom not one Democrat voter could actually name and whose offenses not one Democrat could describe; and former Manafort political firm partner Roger Stone, who said he quit the Trump campaign (it was a diversion!).  Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million votes because of California and New York, where she received a combined 6 million more votes than Trump.

The same guy Democrats called a buffoon also supposedly conspired with Putin in a brilliantly designed covert international collusion operation.  If only Tom Clancy, rest in peace, were alive to tackle that fiction. 

Democrat voters are a Manchurian electorate

The ideology of the Democratic Party is a lethal Molotov cocktail with equal parts lies, violence, and stupidity.  Most Democrats are so drunk on this cocktail that they make Nicolas Cage's raging alcoholic character in Leaving Las Vegas look like the Dalai Lama of teetotalism.

Talking points, mud-slinging, and political narrative take me back to the good ol' days of American politics.  Hell, even Tip O'Neill knew he had to befriend President Reagan, who was Hitler before Bush and Trump were.

But what we're now witnessing is unsustainable.  Even with past corruption, cronyism, and treason (of which we're aware), America prevailed; she's remained stable – more stable than any other nation, when considering our military and economic might.  More than any other, the most influential singular reason for our electoral equilibrium – for our peaceful transfers of powers – has been our Constitution, a constitution that other nations, which have existed for far longer than these United States, have sought to emulate.

I know, unfortunately, that most Democrat voters are too violent, too stupid, or too dishonest to grasp that they're a Manchurian electorate.  I'm not excusing it.  What I'm saying is, how can America withstand these people?  There's only one way.

We must view the Democratic Party and their sycophantic voters, addicted to the anti-Trump occult and the DMIC (Democrat Media Industrial Complex) as an existential threat to (lowercase d) democratic institutions and, in our case, constitutional institutions.  There is a growing number of Democrats who have morphed into political terrorists.  Think about it: what is the true aim of terrorism?  It is not, in my opinion, to kill; murder is just part of the cost of doing business.  No, the goal of terrorism is to instill within the target a state of perpetual fear.  Democrat voters believe in their right to terrorize.  The election of Trump didn't create their totalitarianism.  What our win did do, however, was nakedly expose these people for who they've always been: Leninist-Marxist lapdogs with a fetish for unlimited government control over their opposition, and with zero regard for the will of the people – unless it's an outcome they want. 

America has experienced tumultuous times, and those, too, passed.  There's something different in the air at this moment in our history.  The Democratic Party is done for, and the smarter politicians in the party apparatus know it.  You think it's a coincidence that "democratic socialists" (as opposed to tyrannical, murderous socialists) are the future of the party?

Our Founders innately understood that the United States is much more likely to collapse from enemies within than from abroad.  Our republic is only as strong as its weakest link.  When Ben Franklin remarked that we were a republic, and not a monarchy, never forget the second half of his remark: if you can keep it.

To my fellow America First voters: conquer, or be conquered.