It is now apparent that the Obama Administration criminally interfered in an election to determine it's successor. It's unknown whether Obama himself was involved, but the optics aren't good. This conspiracy is nothing less than an attempted Coup D'Etat.
Now the USA faces a dilemma: do we go though the national angst, the sturm und drang, of flashy show trials to send a few of the worst malefactors to prison, or do we not, and just proceed with M.A.G.A.?
Are there any alternatives? Let's look.
Why can't the SCOTUS take this bull by the horns and on it's OWN MOTION, decide that the legal process it presides over was badly abused, and make the Court's own corrections, which would likely include Contempt citations?
It DOES seem fairly obvious that the Congress will do little, if anything, in the way of remedies. The GOP is badly split, with FAR too many of it's members habitually siding with the Left on these matters, and of course, since the Left ARE the bad guys in all of this, they can be expected to offer only a worsening of the situation.
President Trump, of course, is in command here, but Mister President, you need to SHOW us that you are in charge. Make a decision on the direction this is all going to go, implement your decision, and we will back you up.
The goals and method are simple here: the election system is badly compromised. The Left has done 98% of the compromising. The voter rolls must be purged of dead voters and illegal aliens, a better system of designing Congressional Districts MUST be put into place to prevent the Left's use of "gerrymandering", and while we're at it, we need to bring the entire voting system into the 21st century technically.
When these election reforms are done, the evil that is the Criminal Left is emasculated, and will no longer have the influence it does. Just an example: the rise of "dynasties" such as the Clinton Dynasty has to be ended. No one family is ever born with the genes to make them the perfect leaders, and that idea is sold by the Left with a whole lot of bullcrap when it has happened, most recently in the case of the Kennedys and then the Clintons.
I would favor a new set of term limits: One, each and only, six-year term for a President, and two, four-year terms for Senators and Representatives. I might even consider abolishing Standing Committees in the House and Senate, as they have proven that they are simply nests of vested political power.
This is NOT a shot at President Trump, but in present circumstances, I don't think we can actually Make America Great Again unless we permanently root out the criminal evil that is the entrenched political system. If that requires a Second Revolution, so be it.
I have my "Clue-stick" in hand now, and I'm in my engagement pose, strong foot forward. I am TOTALLY ready to smite anyone who believes the Deep State crap that Trump had a ""rude" slip of the tongue, or that a "racial" remark was said as he talked to the Navaho War Veterans last night and referred to one of his LIKELY opponents in the 2020 race as "Pocahontas".
On the "racial" thing, it doesn't exist, except in the addled brain of Elizabeth Warren. She and Trump are the exact same race, Caucasian. Is she STILL trying to foist off the phony AmerInd heritage she fraudulently claimed several years ago to get a $350K/yr job teaching ONE insignificant class at Harvard University? POTUS just used his saber on her balloon.
People, how could you be DUMB enough to believe that Trump's entire remarks were NOT built around this master-stroke of a preemptive attack on an opponent? Not only was it a master-stroke, but it has WORKED like a dream. EVERYONE has now heard about the "Fauxcahontas" story, because the Press Secretary just briefed briefed them on Warren's fraudulent deceptions involved with it.
Even Deep State Fox News, which AGAIN followed the Globalist Never-Trump line and chided POTUS severely for the remark, even "Faux News" had to recall the Fauxcahontas deception!
This demonstrates Trump's power of communications, and demonstrates it PERFECTLY. This move has the Bannon stamp on it, and I hope that Mr. Bannon got properly and well-paid for his work. This, people, is how you turn the worst evil of the corrupt media back on their own networks.
After watching more UniParty spin on Fox news this bright, sunny morning in Stumptown, I felt compelled to point out something that I and a few other more astute political observers have known for a long time - there is a HUGE difference between those who favor the expansion of Global Trade from our shores and those who favor the expansion of Global Government, both here and overseas.
I will put this as simply as I can, because the One-World-Order types, the "Globalists", usually attempt to cloak their support of Global Government in the fog of international trade.
Today, I listened to a "Cloaker", Laura Ingraham, discuss "Global Strategy" with the Fox News Sunday guest anchor, James Rosen. The political subject at hand was the de-certification of Iran's compliance with the idiotarian deal that the then-appeaser-in-chief, Barack Obama, made with the Mad Mullahs. President Trump's world-view on this deal includes ALL the global perfidy of Islamist Iran, not just their bob-and-weave stance on nuclear inspection. The European Government has not changed THEIR world-view on Iran since they agreed with Obama's appeasement of the mullahs and they are horrified that Trump seems to be dismantling the Neville-Chamberlain-ish appeasement treaty right before their shit-in-their-own-messkit leaders' eyes. Europe threw Israel under their double-decker bus-wheels years ago, in fact, I was there when, in 1956, the Brits failed to defeat militant Egypt and the Suez Crisis resulted, a scant eight years into the life of the Jewish State's existence. Europe is afraid of Iran. Yes, a few Iranian missiles COULD reach Europe, but both France and England have nuclear missile subs and could easily destroy Iran five times over. Iran may or may not have nukes to tip those missiles yet, depends on who you listen to. I listen to Israel, and they don't seem to be too worried just yet. There really is NO basis for the present EU worry and defiance of Trump, they ought to be jumping aboard his de-certification bandwagon, but instead, they oppose it.
Hmmmm. It makes NO sense for Europe to oppose de-cert, so why are they doing it?
The only answer for the Europeans' Iran de-cert reticence which makes sense is Trump's opposition to Globalism, and his expansion of US Global Trade. The EU (Common Market), far from being the trading powerhouse it claimed it was going to build some forty years ago, is a paper tiger. EU goods are not competitive, for the most part, because of taxes the EU imposes to support their member-state's socialist money-hunger. The Chinese have beaten the Europeans in their own market, likewise the Japanese, the Thais, etc, etc. We don't do too badly over there, either (see Ford cars).
The lesson for today, then, is just this: whenever you see the word "Global" in front of anything, start parsing the words of the speaker, but first, think for a few seconds about their motives. Are they the One-World-Order type? If they are, a complete line of horse-puckey follows. If they talk Global Trade, but are really boosting globalISM, they are NOT, repeat, NOT a conservative. Write them out of your life.
Sixteen years ago, I was just grasping the significance of the attacks in New York City, then Pennsylvania, then DeeCee. Today, I still have most of that analytic mind left, and have looked back to that Day of Terror once again.
As I look back at our Longest War, the War on Terror, I note several things. Here they are:
The designation, "War on Terror", is incomplete. It should have been the "War on Islamic Terror". It still could be. See to that, Mr. President.
Even as we've fought against Islamist terror for the past 16 years, we've only done so sporadically and NOT effectively. We have killed NO Islamist mullahs at all.
Our own politicians, notably President Obama (raised in Islam), have acted sometimes as a Fifth Column against our war efforts. NONE of them has been indicted for Treason, yet many have committed it. Fix that, Mr. President.
President Trump, today we again read Twenty-nine Hundred and Seventy-Seven names. Honor them properly. Make this war a Total War, and vanquish Islamism. If there is a "peaceful religion" there, it can stay, but if there isn't, the entire farce of a giant death-cult needs to be shoveled into the dustbin of history. Thank you Sir.
Part of the deliberate effort to suppress American Nationalism during the Obama years was the neutering of the US military as a moral AND a power-projection institution. I am a military veteran (a retiree, actually), and my military service harks from the days when the military would never have even considered putting transgender people into it's uniforms. To show readers what current military WORKING leaders think, here is an NCO acquaintance of mine.
The issue is straightforward (pun intended). The mission of the military involves killing people, following orders to kill people, and making plans to kill people and destroy property. The military USED to correctly believe that such a stark departure from the usual pre-enlistment up-bringing of it's members meant that it had to reject most psychological abnormalities it found during pre-enlistment testing. It's obvious: when the military is going to make kill-on-command the prominent concept of it's training, psychological barriers to that training such as gender dysphoria can't get in the way. Those are fatal flaws in the enlistment selection process, and up until Obama became Commander-In-Chief, those fatal flaws kept people who suffered from gender dysphoria out of the military. Under Obama, those afflicted people were ENCOURAGED to enlist, and now the US military has over 15,000 of them serving in Active and Reserve components. That's 1 percent of the 1.5 million serving actively, with another .8 million or so in the Reserves. That math shows that the gender-dysphorics constitute only two-thirds of one percent of the total force, so no big deal, right?
When it's considered that large amounts of administrative time has to be dedicated to supporting these dysphorics, new rules for handling them, etc, plus their impact on the forces FAR outweigh their total numbers. By intent, the military is a homogeneous group activity. The simple reason for that is that it's far less complex to control a homogeneous force than a force with disparate mental states. In fact, homogeneity is an absolute MUST-HAVE concept for the military. Maybe disparate mental states give the society at large a better chance at mental health, maybe not, but the military has no time for such debates when the bullets are flying, hopefully our bullets toward the enemies we want to kill.
Now comes a Service Commander, the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, telling the world that he intends to ignore his Commander-In-Chief's directive that the US military services will not use gender-dysphorics any longer. Good-bye, Admiral, have a nice retirement. I hope that this starts an Exodus of all the "Obama Generals" (and Admirals) from the services. A better, stronger US military will result.
President Trump, can the US military quit using "joint base" as a designator for military bases?
Consider that the origin of this term was used as a political trick to try to convince the low-information masses that their Government was actually doing something about fraud, waste and abuse of funds by the DOD.
The United States still has 4 armed services, five counting the Coast Guard during wartime. Military traditions are an important part of developing morale and fighting spirit in these armed services, and use of the terms previously associated with defining the purpose of the basing locations of armed services would be an important step in re-establishing the destroyed morale of the past decades.
Several previous Presidents pandered badly to the low-information voters, convincing them that they could forego national security to get more government freebies. This was done to buy votes, and for no other reason.
The Trump Revolution was fought and won by folks who knew that National Security was more important than free telephones, so let's finish the job and restore our national armed services to their rightful place as our national heroes.
Let's get back to calling Army posts Forts or Camps; Air Force Bases by that name, and Navy and Marine Corps installations with the words "Navy" or "Marine Corps" in them.
Two hours' drive North of me lies Fort Lewis, WA, home of the 24 & 25 IDs and named for the great Army engineer Meriwether Lewis, who opened up this territory. Near the Fort is McChord Air Force Base, from which I navigated C-141 heavy jet transports 40 years ago. It still houses and operates strategic airlifters. Return it's designation as well, President Trump.
Yes, this action would be just as symbolic as the trashing of military tradition was when "joint base" came into use, but the restoration of military tradition brings with it restoration of morale and actual military VICTORY.
On Thursdays, this blog has a Tradition, listing the Thursday Thuds, those items of national interest, the owners of which have tried to make us believe are important, but they attract our attention ONLY by the huge thud-sound they make as they crash. Without further ado, here are the thuds:
Trump thudded: he tweeted this morning: "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" Of course, the so-called "freedom caucus" is a group of constitutional conservatives in Congress. Trump threatens them and by doing so, marginalized at least 30% of his own base. That's stupid, Mr. Trump. T.H.U.D.
Congress thuds (again): "The "Russia hacked US Elections" bulltwaddle: now Congress puts in an Escape Strategy, telling We The Peeps how it will all wind up: more blather in committee, then some SECRET blather in committee, then we are done. Okay, Congress, WHAT about that process of secrecy will convince any of We The Peeps that any of this actually happened, and who would be at fault for it? Answer is NONE. T.H.U.D.
Fox News thuds (again): Headline: "I.C.E. shames sanctuary cities", followed by a list of places where I.C.E. has issued deportation detainers which have been ignored. The failure here is the whole idea of "shaming". As I understand the PeeCee world, the very idea of using shame to accomplish a goal is supposed to be wrong, wrong, wrong. I.C.E. is not shaming anyone, it is just providing a list of which political jurisdictions ignore the Federal requests for local law enforcement to help them do their job. Fox, you leaned left again and your message is a T.H.U.D.
Trump thuds again: This one is a missed opportunity, but it reveals a bad policy failure in the Trump White House. Trump has taken action to remove the Left's agenda item of restricting the supply of cheap power in the power grid. Doing that gave the Left, or would have given the Left if Hillaroon had been elected, a huge tool of control over the economy. Electric power turns the wheels of the economy. When there isn't enough, parts of the economy must beg for more and kiss Leftie ass to get it. THAT is the most important factor behind ending the War On Coal, but all Trump can blather about is "Holy" Jobs. Look, jobs are an important INDICATOR of the health of our economy, but restoring the FREEDOM in the economy is FAR more important. Tell us that, Mr. Trump, your current Jobs blather falls a little flat, and does so with a T.H.U.D.
Trump thuds again, part trois: Mr. Trump, Obama and Kerry signed some sort of an accord in Paris last year to perpetuate the CLIMATE SCAM. This accord was never presented to the Senate to ratify, so it is NOT a "Treaty", just an Executive Order of Obama. Mr. Trump, RESCIND that turd, and while you're doing that, make it a personal habit whenever you mention Climate to include the word SCAM along with it. If you are pressured to suggest what the POLICY of the USA is towards "Climate Change", simply reply, "It's God's work, our job is to notice it and marvel at how He works" or something like that. Every time the Left mentions Climate (Scam), there is a YUGE opportunity to hammer them with the fraud aspects involved. You aren't doing that, Mr. Trump, so your Policy wonks have made a big T.H.U.D.
Okay then, a Quinella of Thuds, and the majority of them are from Mr. Trump's place. That should tell us all something.
The self-styled "Sanctuary City" mayors and fellow-traveling sycophants had a summit meeting today. They are light on historical perspective. Such a meeting of Mafiosi took place in the '60s, and as a result, many Mafia types were indicted.
Comes now a similar meeting of immigration lawbreakers, and with luck and hard work by Jeff Sessions, the same result will befall them that befell the Mafiosi.
Trump will have a hard time now. NOW the Hard Left's gloves are on the ice but they still have their sticks in hand and sharp skates on.
Trump now writes an order to rescind Obama's coal-killing regs and restore coal-fired power generation to the US grid. This is a big deal in Oregon, where the only coal-fired plant is scheduled to go offline and our power bills are scheduled to skyrocket.
Word is out that this, and now ALL his EOs which seek to overturn the Deep State's commie agenda, will be challenged in court, and since that Court IS the province of the Hard Left, the Deep State will likely succeed at first.
Trump's error was to NOT make replacement of the Assistant US Attorneys his HIGHEST priority.
Trump is going into battle with too few of his troops on the battlefield.
That's a scenario for a lost battle. Get your shit straight, Mr. President.
TrumpScam. Did #POTUS45 just pull a fast one, telling nobody?
On my Facebook page, I get targeted ads. Since I gave money to Trump's campaign 3X, I've constantly gotten requests for more. Nothing wrong with that.
Then Trump swears in, and the ads should stop, right? They didn't. Now I hear an explanation from a usually-reliable source with insider connections. If I klic, I will be redirected to the GOPe to donate $$$ to them.
If Trump made that "deal" with the GOPe, it is the WORST deal the Great Deal-maker hisself has ever made.
If Trump didn't make that deal, he is being played.
Now we have to ask: who holds Trump's marionette-strings?
UPDATE: 032717 - It isn't trump, it's Zuckerbugger's algorithm. He has been doing this to everyone ever since he joined forces with Googe-Spooge. I finally had enough of it today and exited Facebook Stage Right. Of course, Zuckerbugger runs the place from Stage Left...