So today the #SchumerShutDown is inevitable. What explains the transformation of our soundly established republic into a heartless, tyrannical democracy? Why do both houses of Congress answer to whiny, squeaky wheeled protesters instead of to voters that elected both houses of Congress and a president to build a wall? To end DACA? To curtail chain immigration and revive our once wholesome merit based immigration system? Why is Congress so noncommittal to rebuilding our military, strengthening our economy, reigning in profligate spending, and reducing the intrusive role of government in our private lives? The answer? Invariably? "We don't have sixty votes."
As a government shutdown, just hours away, draws closer Democrats blame Republicans and Republicans blame Democrats. The House blames the Senate while the Senate looks askance at the House. Meanwhile many voters blame everyone in Washington because, "They just can't get along." Maybe it's not a matter of who is to blame. But what is to blame. Maybe we should take a long, hard look at one of the longest time honored rules of the Senate, the filibuster.
Most everything points to the Senate's filibuster as a villain of villains. The House conceives legislation. The Senate aborts. The House dutifully sends its thirteen appropriations bills that make up yearly budgets to Majority Leader Reid or McConnell. It makes no difference which party controls. The Senate ducks its mandated responsibility to vote appropriations bills out of committee. So much promise and hope has died in the Senate over the past eight or nine years. Even after Republicans took both houses approximately midway. Even after a Republican president was elected. The House continues to send bills to the Senate, knowing its legislative accomplishments will never see light of day in the Senate.
The International Movie Data Base lists ninety-one movies with the Faustian theme of "making a pact with the Devil." Notable titles, in no particular order are: The Devil and Daniel Webster; Oh, God! You Devil; Bedazzled; Faust; and Rosemary's Baby. Requirements for placement on the list are quite rigid:
"...a character needs to make a deal with some sort of demonic figure, realize that such a deal was a terrible mistake, and finally attempt to escape the repercussions of the bargain."
A few movies didn't make the cut, The Picture of Dorian Grey failed to qualify because no specific devil or demon-like character was portrayed. A few other entries were not included because all went well from beginning to end after the deal was sealed.
Long ago members of our US Senate made just such a pact with the Devil when they adopted use of the filibuster. The flawed agreement was made long before any of us were born, quite close to the founding of our country in the early 1800's. Succeeding generations of senators ceremoniously and reverentially protect their predecessors' bad idea, maintaining personal, defiant ownership of it to this present day.
The filibuster negatively impacts all of us. Elections fail to produce promised results. Majorities are prevented from acting like majorities. And most important, as mentioned above, appropriations and budgets are not considered or passed, haven't been since 2007. In other words, the Senate today because of the filibuster controls the very purse strings the Constitution reserved almost exclusively to the House. Through its pact with the Devil the Senate acts alone as Congress, The Peoples' House, effectively persona non grata, is shamelessly unwelcome in the most significant machination our government produces, the budget. For we should note: Without a budget there can be no Power of the Purse.
"We don't have sixty votes," The mantra explains so many failed campaign promises. Though both houses use the excuse, only the Senate can do something about its intrinsic abuse of America's citizens. Before we go on, neither Democrats nor Republicans are the Devil. For this discussion the Devil is not a person or institution at all. It is simply opportunism in the face of doing the right thing. Meaning Filibuster: The Movie will never be ranked on IMDB's list of Faustian flicks. Which is a real travesty. Because the Devil really is in the details of why the Senate neutered itself way back, so long ago.
It's the filibuster that stymied a plan by our founders to more quickly end slavery in the United States. The founders, constitutionally we must add, did not regard the vote a right. The vote in their eyes was a privilege granted citizens deemed agreeable, useful for good government. Women were, constitutionally we must add, denied the vote until the women's suffrage movement achieved its well fought victory. Article I, Section 2 included the valuation of a slave's vote (regardless of color or race) as three-fifths of a freeman's vote. This purposely was to give northern states an electoral advantage over southern states for as long as the South continued to keep slaves. But for the filibuster, slavery probably lasted longer than it should have. For southern senators took advantage of the filibuster as early as the 1840's to protect their slave dependent economies.
Which brings us finally, finally to the question, "What is a filibuster?" Senators have long prided themselves qualified by their exaltedness of high office to talk, speechify for as long as they want. When they talk endlessly for the purpose of preventing a vote on legislation they oppose, they are filibustering. Or as a Dane might put it, the given senator has engaged in piracy. Picture a senator filibustering, leaving his ship of state disabled, drifting aimlessly on an open sea without benefit of oar, sail, nor rudder. Eventually a solution was instituted, a rule of cloture. At first cloture was reached, a filibuster was ended by a yea vote of three-fourths of the Senate. Later the threshold was lowered to two-thirds of the Senate, which occurred during Woodrow Wilson's presidency.
What we hear from most of the media and politicians is "The sixty vote (two-thirds) rule is insurmountable." "Maybe we need to get rid of it." Whereas the real culprit is the filibuster itself. Before the filibuster a vote could be "called for" with a simple majority vote (fifty-one votes) in the Senate, just like in the House. Before the filibuster a sweeping election, when one party gained majorities in both houses, plus the presidency, nearly guaranteed quick, bountiful reforms and fulfilled campaign promises. In other words: We were a republic before the institution of the filibuster.
Our country was envisioned, formed, crafted to be governed as a republic. Republics empower elected officials to act in the interests of individuals that voted for them. Democracies operate differently. Elected officials in a democracy vote the will of what is perceived to be the majority view of the country. Meaning in a democracy our vote counts only when we agree with the perceived majority.
In our present democracy the perceived majority opinion is invented through polling and other devices, then published by the media. Meaning media primarily informs our politicians how they must vote. This vicious cycle of Congress listening to the media while the media reports Congress has listened to voters pleases mobs inclined to vote several times in a single election, but is anathema to voters who believe their vote is a sacred duty. In America, of all places, the power of the majority opinion is flourishing at the expense of individual liberty. Democracy is being applauded because its majority opinion has been declared the common good.
Yes. We were a republic before the filibuster. We can be a republic again. What have we been since the implementation of the filibuster? Mostly a democracy. We can be a republic again. Democracies possess a very short shelf life before they become a tyranny. A political party in a democracy, once it has enacted new laws, imposed voting regulations favorable to its reelection, and gerrymandered districts can perpetuate its policies and impositions on liberty almost indefinitely.
Yes. We were a republic before the filibuster. We can be a republic again.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Senate Majority Leader Reid, that all the nation should be taxed. And this taxing was first made a mandatory healthcare fee when Obama was president of America. -Luke 2:1 (TTPV)
Those were cruel, dark days, especially considering where we once had been under President Reagan. Heralding, "It's morning in America." a glowing brightness spread across the land, Carter's malaise was forgotten while Reagan's economy flashed and boomed. Then the encroachment of an ever dimming evening sky as HW boasted of a distant "Thousand Points of Light." Clinton's night skies were mostly a downpour and overcast. A few stars occasionally broke through the fog of W. Then, too soon, after Obama's Apology Tour the lights went out. Completely. The heavens turned to brass, withholding their economic blessings. Four hundred long, painfully wasteful years passed us by.
And candidate Donald J Trump Tweeted in the early morning darkness; and the DNC media comprehended it not. (Nor did Hillary waken to take her campaign's desperate 3 AM call.) -John 1:5 (TTPV)
Seventeen candidates for nomination to the office of President of the United States stood on the Republican Primary debate stage. Megyn Kelly hit the ground running, led the charge:
"You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals.' Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice' it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?"
Not a single candidate on stage stood in the gap for Megyn's target. Yet most every one of them, if blindsided, forced to explain or justify similarly accusatory comments from his or her past would have wilted on stage. Trump's response? Something like: "I never start a fight. But when I notice I'm in a fight I punch back, harder. I don't start attacks. I finish them. Reagan's mantra is my mantra: 'Peace through strength.'" Said not in those exact words. But close. Maybe close enough.
Trump persisted, fought back in the early hours of his campaign. Sure enough he was soundly criticized for Tweeting his replies and observations at 3:00 AM in the morning. (At least he picked up his cellphone.) In the early morning darkness he projected light, hope, defiance: a prototype guarantee in 140 characters or less, "I will keep my campaign promises, no matter what." Contrarily, obstinately his Republican competitors appeared comfortable in the darkness, felt at home with Democrats, NeverTrumpers, and Senator Cruz. At every accusation of racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe his Republican opponents and their campaigns melted, crumbled, or froze at the feet of Hillary's ill-fated campaign.
And Trump's Tweets were made flesh, and made themselves at home among us, and we beheld his rising influence, influence decisively outweighing the former glory of CNN, full of #FakeNews and Russia. -John 1:14 (TTPV)
Campaign promises repeated year after year, for decades without closure, campaigned for, but governed against; are eventually seen wearing a dress uniform of myth. Given honor due a recruit in uniform, those myth-like promises march on, parade proudly year in, year out before increasingly skeptical crowds. For after Repeal Obamacare slow-marched out of sight we knew not to worry. "Repeal will return next year," we said, "for its 2018 Repeal Obamacare Annual Review." The same with tax reform and a major tax cut, until Wednesday that is. An ancient myth became flesh. A major tax cut not seen since the Reagan years became a reality among us. Not to a future generation. Not in England or Australia. But here and now in the good ol' US-of-A.
Likewise candidate Trump became flesh. Capturing the Electoral College, he took office and continues to dwell among The Swamp in Washington. DC that is. Not overwhelmed or intimidated; he Tweets persistently, consistently, occasionally obstinately; He exposes for all the world to see his negotiations with very Swampy politicians and their advocate journalists. Additionally, In ground breaking multi-tasking form, our president negotiates with an audience of millions: his faithful, mostly on the edge of their seats, Twitter followers.
In our real world Christmas has that common effect on us, of transforming long-delayed hopes into reality. Stressed siblings reunite. Parents are reacquainted with sons, daughters, and grandchildren. Husbands re-bond with their wives. At Christmas time we've heard most anything is possible, that Christmas is the season of miracles. That's what we've grown accustomed to in the real world.
But from The Swamp? A wholly unexpected miracle was reported out of the senate. We heard tax reform and a tax cut became flesh.... Major miracle. Fifty-one Republican senators voted "Yea." Didn't need Vice President Pence's tie-breaker vote to pass the identical bill the House had passed. Wow! Major, major miracle. Signed, sealed, and delivered to the president's desk, just in time for Christmas!
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For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse: -Romans 1:20 (ASV)
Injustices are not catastrophes. Not even longstanding injustices. Especially longstanding injustices. Because catastrophes by definition are unexpected, larger than life, generationally rare one time events. Catastrophes are not found hidden among trends, well established conditions, nor long held traditions. Catastrophes are specifically unique. Injustices are Status Quo. So. When faced with an injustice, call your congressman, not 1 (800) PRO-TEST.
Slavery in America was not a catastrophe. Jim Crow in the South was not a catastrophe. Poverty targeted by LBJ's War on Poverty was not a catastrophe. White Privilege as demagogued by BLonlyM is not a catastrophe. The four forms of slavery spanning physical to purely mental, all intended to keep Blacks on The Plantation, away from mainstream society were, are simply mind control productions of ambitious politicians and like-oriented citizens. So call your congressman or retain a lawyer whenever you hear, "It's a catastrophe!" Don't run into the street, block traffic, throw benches through windows, or burn down businesses that are major blessings to your neighbors, the very neighbors you claim you're defending and representing.
We don't know very much. Not really. Objects and events we see with our own eyes, upon reflection, are not always what they seem. Let's say you are one of two individuals that witnessed a car accident from start to finish. You observed a red four door sedan with only a driver leave the scene. The other bystander saw blue, plus a passenger. The officer takes down your testimonies. Later a traffic judge weighs your credibility against the other's, along with other evidence gathered at the scene, especially paint samples. He discards red, accepts blue with a passenger. Oh well. At least you agreed on four doors. Sometimes it takes a traffic judge to inform us, to grant our knowing some concreteness.
Like a traffic judge we weigh events we see, hear, touch, smell, and taste also. But what about accidents we don't witness? that we might hear about much, much later? "Such and such happened," Not having seen it ourselves we might request a police report; question drivers, passengers, witnesses; and check with forensics, We might ask ourselves: "Could the accident have happened as each individual described?" "What do the four or five individuals agree on?" "How do their observations differ?" "What might explain why some or all of them saw things differently?" Perhaps Twenty Questions won't satisfy, round out an entirely clear picture of why who did what when to who or whom where.
And what about God? Isn't He like an "accident" we haven't witnessed ourselves? Romans 1:20 states our five senses are all we need for physical proof of His existence. Plus we need the tools of scientists and capacities of a judge or jury to weigh all the physical evidence close at hand and far, far away.
And what about catastrophes? Aren't catastrophes like an "accident" we have not witnessed ourselves? but have been told about by politicians and media sources that based their stories on unnamed sources? Honestly. Catastrophes are as elusive as God is invisible. And both are potentially proven or disproven with five senses, scientific discovery, and judicial prowess. It's not hopeless. Both can be known; if, that is, one goes to the trouble of finding out for himself or herself the reality of each.
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Alabama Senatorial candidate Judge Roy Moore certainly has his detractors. He was already unpopular among DC's swamp creatures for pushing back against two US Supreme Court decisions: the Ten Commandments monument controversy and his stand against legalization of same-sex marriage. In both instances he exercised his God-given unalienable first amendment right to express and act according to his religious beliefs. Both times as a result of his steadfast will to remain true to his beliefs, he was removed from office as Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice.
Then came eleventh hour accusations by attorney Gloria Allred's cast of accusers claiming forty years earlier a thirty year old Moore dated and sexually took advantage of women in their teens and early twentys; followed closely by multiple sex abuse accusations against Senator Al Franken and Congressman John Conyers; this time with witnesses and photographs. At first most Democrat politicians and media personalities with haste demanded Roy Moore drop out of Alabama's senate race. Similar demands Franken and Conyers immediately resign were absent.
As NeverTrump conservatives and NeverTrump RINO's piled on, egging on Moore to drop out; the US Constitution took a back seat to a "catastrophe too good to waste." For the right of an accused's presumption of innocence was lost on our lawgivers and media elite. In its place was heard for the umpteenth time a right to hold lawgivers to a higher standard. Meaning the seriousness of the charge dictated Moore should quit his patriotic ambitions whether innocent or not. Add to Allred's pickling juice the strategic timing of Moore's accusers attacks, after a deadline preventing Republicans from inserting a new name on the ballot it's no wonder panic among Republicans ensued.
Rights when properly identified are wonderfully powerful. Misidentified they are potentially destructive, especially frightful in the hands of tyrants intent on overwhelming liberty loving individuals, We have known the properly identified rights from our youth regarding: speech, religion, assembly, self-defense, the right to be secure in our homes and possessions, to name a few. The individual exercising an unalienable right takes a risk, puts himself out there to be free, spends of his own capital and resources.
Exercise of imagined, made-up rights cost someone else something: their cash, time, hopes and dreams. Whether an individual demands he be given a job paying a living wage, housing he can afford, a free higher education, or affordable healthcare; exercise of his "so called" right requires compulsory cooperation of other people, necessitating a bureaucracy to implement and enforce all the rules and regulations We the People (government) can devise.
Too often over the past seven years under the Affordable Care Act, a right of someone else to purchase affordable healthcare resulted in a "tax" penalty levied against individuals that could not afford to pay for their own insurance. They made too much in wages or otherwise to be granted a government subsidy, paid income taxes to the treasury that helped fund the ACA, plus they paid a "tax" penalty for the privilege of not buying health insurance policies for their families. With the full weight and authority of the IRS, families suffered confiscation of their private property for not purchasing health insurance, couldn't buy groceries or clothing with the cash the government seized, received nothing in exchange for their contribution to the greater good.
Rights don't require legislation for their regulation and enforcement. Normally they are exercised without government involvement or interference. As introduced in the Declaration of Independence and later enumerated in the Bill of Rights, rights are recognized as pre-existent to the Constitution with the added proviso they shall not be infringed or abridged.
Consider, if only for a moment; the right to affordable healthcare insurance was not taken up as an amendment, did not gain support of two-thirds of both houses of congress. Nor was it ratified by three-fourths of the states. Unlike our well known, commonly accepted, time-honored rights recognized in the Bill of Rights in the late eighteenth century, the ACA was adopted (with kickbacks) one late Christmas Eve by a slimmest of margins, without concurrence of thirty-eight states, The amendment process was not pursued because very few counties, states around the nation, electorally or representatively speaking, think of paying for someone else's health insurance as a right.
Legislators, including senators do not have rights different from the remainder of the population. Nor do citizens have a right to expect elected officials to live to a higher standard. We might expect such, hope for better. But such a right does not exist. In a few minutes Senator Al Franken will address the Senate and country from the senate floor in response to thirty some Democrat senators asking him to resign, without a hearing, without benefit of investigation. To aid the Democratic Party ambition to take the sex abuse moral high ground AlFranken is expected to take a dive, to dash his presidential hopes, to "throw himself under the bus."
In exchange Democrats expect there will be an ever increasing public demand Judge Moore step aside, resign if elected, or be expelled through a Senate investigation. In spite of Moore's right to presumption of innocence, the very body that swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and the rights embodied within it, in one fell swoop have denied Franken, Moore, along with Conyers their right to be presumed innocent of the charges levied against them until such time as the accusers can be sorted out: those who are naughty and those who are nice, those who have falsely accused a senator and those who have truthfully accused a senator.
...the question is whether or not the campaign vacationed in Russia. That’s the premise of the entire scope of your questioning, and the point we’ve tried to make over and over again and will continue to make is that the campaign didn't.
...Sarah, I just have one more question. So on the issue of vacationing, are you saying there was no vacation when it comes to the overall arch of the campaign? But what about the individuals? What about individuals that could be suspected of vacationing? Are you vouching just for everyone in total or individuals or what?
...these charges have nothing to do with the campaign because I was there, there was no vacation, holiday or sabbatical in Russia. So, let’s see what Mueller does, but the dam is not breaking.
Had the lawyer real stuff to deliver, Donald Jr. and the others would be in far deeper legal trouble. It turned out to be an incompetent vacation, an amateur vacation, comically failed vacation. That does not erase the fact that three top Trump campaign officials were ready to recreate.
I want to talk about two things tonight, first of all I want to talk about the idea that Donald Trump, or members of the Trump family, or members of the Trump campaign vacationed with representatives of the Russian state to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a fairy tale, This is a steaming plate of bullshit.
Why are President Trump and his spokespeople denying they took a vacation? There is no law against taking a vacation. As a matter of fact vacations are known to restore the soul, raise a sagging spirit, refresh a worn out expended body. Vacations are popular for bringing families together. Vacations take us away from the familiar and staid, transport us often to the destinations of dreams.
Not all vacations are great though. Some are downright evil. But then our defense is not, "There was no vacation. No one in the family went on one." Though we might admit, "If you think my vacation was bad, you should have been with Hillary Griswold on her vacation. A body remains carefully reposed in a backyard. A leash was rubbed clean. And a kidnapping ensued in her demand for a living wage." But again, no crime, felony, misdemeanor, or impeachable offense; no statute or code makes it necessary for a vacationer to apologize for or deny he went on a vacation.
Jeff Sessions, James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, and Robert Mueller changed all that, created an inquisition out of a favorite Washington. DC that is, pastime: collusion. Jeff Sessions needlessly recused himself. (Some claim he had to.) Sessions and Rosenstein advised the President Comey should be fired. Upon his firing Comey leaked information calculated to repurpose Mueller as a special prosecutor. Rosenstein attacked Trump for following his advice to fire Comey. Mueller moved into his new office.
Have Ryan & McConnell Been Counting on Hillary to Transform Russian Collusion into Obstruction of Justice?
Obstruction of Justice or Entrapment? The latest Democratic Party effort, in light of recent disclosures the DNC and Hillary Clinton paid hard cash for Russian propagandists to alter the outcome of November's presidential election, is to turn President Trump's Russian collusion defense into an obstruction of justice coup. They point gleefully to Nixon's demise. He didn't do any wrong, but covered up for those who did. He obstructed justice. His only allowed options were impeachment or resignation.
But what if knowledge of Nixon's sad turn of events gave rise to a Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the DNC/Hillary Clinton conspiracy to entrap Donald Trump? What if they designed their scheme with federal prosecutors in mind? What if they hired lawyers to distance themselves from the Russians they hoped would make up fatal, terminal defamatory "facts" about Trump's past and present? What if they didn't care what the baseless charges would be, just so long as most any "catastrophe too good to waste" was sure to drop in their laps, the Holy Grail: obstruction of justice leading to impeachment or resignation.
Any pretext leading to an obstruction of justice charge would do, especially if it involved anyone investigating or prosecuting the unsubstantiated attacks on Trump's widely broadcast Russian collusion activities or business involvements. As it turns out FBI Director James Comey's firing, unfortunately timed as it was long after the president took office, punched The Donald's obstruction of justice ticket. All the media had to do was frame the firing as Trump's attempt to halt the investigation and voila, the Russian collusion charges could be ignored, swept under the rug as it were, perhaps with an obligatory regretful acknowledgement the DNC's Russian collusion attack was a mere mistake made by an overzealous Democratic Party's effort to secure the presidency for another entitled Clinton, "perfectly understandable under the circumstances."
Democrats had trial run such an obstruction of justice scenario before. Richard Armitage outed Valerie Plame. But Scooter Libby was accused. Knowing he had no involvement, no reason to fear prosecution he made lots of statements. Prosecutors said his statements weren't consistent. He landed in jail, not for outing a CIA agent office worker but for a "process" charge. Then recall Scooter was not the target. "W" was. Why President Bush before he left office failed to pardon Libby, only commuted the sentence of the man who took a bullet intended for the president will forever remain as inexplicable as why, as Lou Dobbs framed it, our government's intelligence community did not obey President Trump's order to release last night ALL the impounded JFK assassination documents and images.
Hillary's humiliation is what spurred the dusting off of the Nixon Obstruction of Justice Method of overturning the results of a legitimate presidential election. The Global GPS opposition research of a Republican contender was just the vehicle needed to set the method into motion. What do we know about Global GPS? It's a Podesta/Russian front organization. Depending on who is hiding, Podesta or Russia, the visible side is all friendly to the side permitted exposure. Most important, as a result of a Republican's expenditures to find dirt, Global GPS had likely already determined there was nothing juicy in Trump's past to warrant impeachment or resignation.
But the Republican could be blamed for the opposition research. It would appear Global GPS had never been involved with Putin's Russia until after former UK spy Richard Steele was hired to physically travel to the Kremlin with the explicit, top secret purpose of having former KGB "kings of propaganda" make stuff up. After all, it didn't matter what the dirt looked like, what it smelled like, how heavy or light it was. It only mattered the dirt must fly in the eyes of the American public to obscure the fact a conspiracy to defraud the American electorate was afoot.
Yet another Global GPS regular should be mentioned, the Podestas' longtime associate Paul Manafort. This is the same Paul Manafort who for a short time worked on the Trump election campaign, perhaps as a Global GPS mole embedded, as it were, to glean inside campaign information and to delicately insinuate Trump colluded with Russians through his associations. After all, Manafort had been a member of the team to get Trump elected.
Remember Presidents Eisenhower and LBJ? Eisenhower proposed virtually the identical Civil Rights Act of 1957, that Speaker of the House LBJ pocketed until he could receive credit for its passage in 1965, as President of the United States of America. Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell are LBJ. They are pocketing favorable portions of Trump's agenda for the day one of their own, an establishment insider can take credit.
McConnell has been stalling presidential appointments, of federal judges in particular, possibly waiting for the final act of the Nixon Obstruction of Justice Method to remove Trump from office. Ryan and McConnell failed to send Trump the same repeal bill they sent to President Obama, the same bill Republicans would have no excuse to vote against a second time, the one Trump was ready and eager to sign into law his first day on the job. In fact, It's quite obvious Ryan and McConnell would have been very content to save Obamacare with the passage of Ryancare.
Still desperately hanging onto the notion McConnell is not LBJ? Then consider the only possible reason why McConnell went way out of his way to hold the Senate in pro forma session over the month of August, except to prevent President Trump from making several much needed recess appointments; stalling, waiting for the day his informed expectation the DNC's Nixon Obstruction of Justice Method will work just one more time, on President Trump.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to press a button when we want to know what we are up against. We troubleshoot lots of problems that way, including coffee makers and computers. Occasionally by trial and error, other times by established troubleshooting techniques we discover our premises, assumptions were all wrong. President Trump pressed the NFL owner button the other day, discovered the assumption “We’re all Americans” was disappointingly flawed, quite erroneous.
Maybe he knew deep down what the eruption of the Left would look like when he pressed the “SOB” button. Or perhaps he was just plain curious what would happen if he pressed another button, over there. We can only speculate if he knew how Speaker Ryan or Senate Minority Leader Schumer would react. What is becoming clear with the passage of time is a majority of regular NFL game consumers expect players and coaches to respect our flag, to stand in honor of the singing or playing of our national anthem. Football audiences by booing and tuning out revealed they object to the politicization of our flag and national anthem.
Republics uniquely settle differences through elections and legislation enacted by elected representatives. So it’s terribly ironic the Left insists a right exists to protest against elections and legislation by casting aside their representatives, the very individuals we designated in absentia to settle our differences for us. Democracies are tailored for protests, riots, for mob rule, for the squeaky wheel to get the oil. That’s why on the streets of our republic during the last primary cycle in Cleveland it was highly revolting for Americans to hear DNC marchers chant, “This is what democracy looks like.” Either they were delusional. Or they were defiantly in rebellion against our republic.
Through countless deliberations and decisions of our forefathers we in absentia signed onto a social contract to abide by the laws of our republic, a contract that especially precludes protests against the flag “...and the republic for which it stands.” For the NFL protests are actually against the Republic, not simply against a fluttering piece of fabric that is meaningless without the Republic that stands tall behind it.
Few will question a far left ideology has found itself at home in the Democratic Party. In fact, many will argue little voice is allowed from members more to the middle and right of the party. This explains the rise of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren coinciding with a waning influence of Hillary and Bill Clinton. Except for an excessive number of super delegates gifted to Clinton while Sanders won primary after primary during the last election cycle, Sanders would have had a real shot at the nomination. As it was he was tolerated by the DNC, perhaps to make it look like Hillary had bested a strong opponent, to give her a momentum advantage as her campaign ramped up for the general election.
More difficult for some to acknowledge is the Democratic Party also has an extreme right wing founded soon after the Civil War. Having never in their history given up control of any movement or identity grouping, they did not stop with the KKK. White supremacy was the birth child of Margaret Sanger. She remains an iconic fixture in the Democratic Party, popularly known for her founding of Planned Parenthood that has demonstrably succeeded more to suppress the Black vote in America than any number of Klansmen could ever hope to achieve today, never came close to achieving in the past.
Of note in the KKK’s more recent past is David Duke, who for a short moment of time attempted to pass himself off as a Republican. He was not welcomed and soon gave up on attempts to hold office as a Republican. Now he is aligned with Richard Spencer’s creation: the Alt-Right.
Richard Spencer claims the notoriety of inventing the term Alt-Right, seems to have backed up the assertion both with his first website in 2010, registered AlternativeRight.com and with a sister site registered early this year: AltRight.com. This is the same Richard Spencer who showed up in Charlottesville, Virginia this last Summer to lead a “scandalous” candle light parade in defense of Confederate era monuments and statues.
Spencer’s views align quite nicely with Margaret Sanger’s but more notably with a writer he applauds as having the most influence on his life, who is also, he claims, his favorite author: Alexander Dugin. Some statements attributed to Dugin, “I can’t defend the concept of the nation, because the idea of the nation is a bourgeois concept.” “We must attack capitalism as the absolute enemy which was responsible for the creation of the nation….” It’s quoted, “Dugin called for the genocide of all white Ukrainians in 2014.” The Alt-Right vilifying white people in Ukraine doesn’t make sense of Spencer’s alignment with the KKK unless it’s understood Spencer and Dugin are at heart Marxists.
When one considers a free Ukraine at that time was under attack by Putin’s Russia, an invasion commonly reported as an uprising of Ukrainian rebels, in fact clandestinely staffed by plain clothes Russian soldiers; it’s clear Dugin was all for the Communist Putin against capitalist Ukraine.
Spencer is likewise clearly of the Left, though currently he is posing as his invention of what he wants the Right to be known as by painstakingly, deliberately whitewashing the Right (conservatives) with his and the DNC’s Alt-Right (KKK, white supremacists) brush. Then there is Jason Kessler: the Obama campaigner, Occupy Wall Street participant (according to the Southern Poverty Law Center) who organized Unite the Right in Charlottesville VA. He likely invited David Duke and Richard Spencer to Charlottesville the weekend of the protests this past August.
Unless, that is, the invites for Antifa, the KKK, and the Alt-Right all came from the DNC so as to coordinate their arrivalson the same buses at the same moment in time and space. (Possibly so they could play act their wrasslin’ match strokes and feints on the buses beforehand, so as not to actually kill each other on the streets during the staged protests.) Kessler is a Charlottesville resident. He was needed by the DNC to put a local face, not an outsider’s face, on the protest. Otherwise we would have never heard of him because he would have clearly remained the Leftist he always was and remains, to this day.
Then let us not forget the Muslim Brotherhood and Iranian wings of the Democratic Party. We were immediately aware at the outset of the Obama presidency the Global Community Organizer in Chief had “This is what democracy looks like” designs on the Middle East. The Muslim Brotherhood individual closest to the reigns of power in the Obama administration was Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton in the Department of State. Together they contributed to the destabilization and regime change of Egypt and Libya. Clinton’s and Abedin’s locus of Muslim Brotherhood power was counter balanced by the President and his closest adviser, (who has since moved into Obama’s Washington, DC home.)
The faces of the Iranian wing of the Democratic Party for the past eight years were President Obama and his Top Adviser: Valerie Jarrett. Together they consistently, persistently did all they could to assure Iran would eventually attain nuclear weapons and delivery superiority in the Middle East, including the inexplicable gift to Iran of $150 billion dollars with which they are free to fund any Utopian caliphate dreams and wishes that might occur to them.
Finally we must take into account Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Pakistani wing of the Democratic Party. Just like Obama and Jarrett might have thought they were in control of the Iranian wing of the Democratic Party, it’s likely Schultz thought she was in control of her Pakistani wing. But events of the past few months suggest otherwise. Perhaps Iran granted Obama and Jarrett a little or a lot of respect. Schultz, as it turned out, received “no respect” at all. She was played “fast and furious” by her Pakistani counterparts. Imran Awan before fleeing the country proved his disdain for Schultz by leaving her incriminating laptop in plain sight for Capitol Police, along with a note designating how its contents might be used against her.
Oh, the tangled web the deceitful unintentionally lay for themselves while playing all sides, all ends against the middle. Liberty is the middle of the fray; is not an outlier, is not an aberration, is certainly not an errant, fleeting whim of an extremist fringe group. The DNC’s vain attempt to replace liberty with conformity; to accuse liberty of privilege, racism, sexism, and discrimination has likely run its course.
Finally the Democratic Party is seen for what it truly is: all wings, no body; all identity politics, no heart; and all “It Takes a Village,” no soul.
This article first appeared on ipatriot.com on October 6, 2017.
Now is the time for Americans to reclaim liberalism; that which progressives commandeered, confiscated, stole from middle America early in the twentieth century. The Left has so stomped on liberalism, trashed liberalism, rejected and scoffed at liberalism; we can only expect, like a ruthlessly abused pet, liberalism is ready to bolt, flee, escape its current twenty-first century fascist handlers.
Wary of its adoption by the likes of Woodrow Wilson, Margaret Sanger, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt; liberalism during the early 1900s suffered severe cuffs, beatings, hunger, rough language, humiliation, and angry outbursts. Liberalism patiently through FDR’s and LBJ’s wars on poverty, through Obama’s war on the 1% is still waiting like Martin Luther King, Jr. waited for an opportunity to exclaim, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, I’m free at last!”
America’s first definition of liberal, included in the first edition of Noah Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, was in part:
1. Of a free heart; free to give or bestow; not close or contracted; munificent; bountiful; generous; giving largely; as a liberal donor; the liberal founders of a college or hospital. It expresses less than profuse or extravagant.
Of note, Webster’s 1828 dictionary included a definition of liberal as an adjective, not a noun. Individuals were not referred to as liberals or conservatives. But they could hold liberal or conservative thoughts and do liberal or conservative things. Why is that thought useful? Because we better know politicians and journalists by what they do than by what they say or claim regarding themselves.
“I am a liberal” had no meaning then. Perhaps such a claim should have no meaning today, suggesting Americans had it more right in the 1800s than they do today. A quick perusal of the above definition again will reveal most Americans were enthusiastically pleased to be known world-wide for their liberal views and actions.
Yes. Some Scrooges and thieves lived among them, but not a single conservative by name or deed; unless by conservative was meant well preserved, like jarred marmalade or pickled beets. By and large America was full of liberal Americans, full of thoughts of liberty and freedom, hopeful for opportunities as entrepreneurs and landholders. All were Americans. No hate speech. No free speech zones were necessary.
Then in the early 1900s, as mentioned above, liberalism was taken for a ride, made use of by those who did not like liberty or freedom very much, if at all. Progressive big government central planners, after all, can get very little done if everyone they reign over is at liberty to do their own thing whenever they feel like doing their own little thing.
Which might miraculously lead many liberty loving Americans to reassess their disparaging notions regarding one Julian Assange. To do so it might be helpful to think of him as a Joseph for our time. The same Joseph famously known for his coat of many colors. That Joseph for our time. Significantly, a truly free people are allowed, permitted to look for truthful information, more likely explanations of world and national events wherever they can find it.
If they consistently receive lies from one direction, liberty loving individuals will look for truth regarding troubling matters arriving from other directions. Much like Pharaoh in a difficult time trusted Joseph with the interpretation of his dreams, liberty loving Americans faced with a false narrative description of myriad chicaneries perpetrated by the Left might well consider Assange a more faithful interpreter than those they have trusted so far.
A Joseph in any day or age is easy to identify. His brothers have all the markings and actions of a hate group. Hate groups truly identify themselves for who they are when they willy-nilly call everyone they disagree with haters and bigots. At his brothers’ hands one day Joseph Assange awoke imprisoned, deep inside an Ecuadoran embassy, all for unmasking in front of his brother media types leaks they had kept hidden; also for sporting a splendidly colorful coat, namely candidate Donald J Trump, given to Joseph presumably by Our Loving Father (from whom all good things, including great presidents, come.)
As in a street gang drawn to a school boy’s pair of Nikes, Joseph, wearing Trump on his sleeve as it were, was ripe for pillaging by CNN, New York Times, and Washington Post. Pillaged by the media as it were, they awaited the arrival of a laden camel caravan led by establishment politicians willing to lead him on, then betray him at an opportunistic moment’s notice.
Now. Let’s leap ahead at an exhilarating rate even time travelers rarely experience, to this past January. We leave Joseph’s traumatic bonds behind. Trump is president holding more cards than likely any other human before him has managed to hold in one hand, much less hold sorted. Joseph Assange is second in command, holds almost as many cards, and just met his hate group media brothers three days before. It was the first time he had seen them since they dropped him in a hole, then pulled out to sell him out to mercenary Democrats and Republicans.
Joseph is struggling within himself: how can he possibly consider reuniting with his brothers again, to the same #FakeNews individuals that betrayed him long ago; that he in turn had accused just three days earlier of spying before he ordered them led to prison. Before they were sent away the text quotes brother Reuben, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.” Interestingly the narrator says the brothers “did not realize that Joseph understood [Reuben’s complaint].” In other words, Joseph’s ruse of using an interpreter had worked, had helped hide the fact he was on to their game, being likewise a Hebrew, likewise an extremely competent journalist brother of theirs.
The text next reveals Joseph “turned away from [his brothers] and began to weep….” -Genesis 24:42a NIV Or as it later relates regarding another Joseph-like personage, also well acquainted with hate groups vengefully harboring irreconcilable differences against him, millenia later, “He came to [his fellow media leakers] that were his own and his own people gave him no welcome.” -John 1:11 Weymouth
Or let’s put it this way. Julian Joseph Assange, no different than any other media players of our day has been more honest, far less fake news than any of his media cohorts, has not held back his tears. Yes he did great damage to the United States of America. But so have The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN when they divulged state secrets and transcripts of private conversations no less harmful to us and our allies.
Julian Assange IS likely the most powerful, most liberty loving, liberty starved influential media voice of our time. Hate group politicians and media showed up to prove it.
Julian Assange The Most Influential Liberty Loving Journalist of Our Time first appeared on Ipatriot.com on September 11, 2017.
“NAACP calls it quits. Admits their policies failed. Everyone that isn't Black is a racist now & they don't know how it happened.”
That’s how The Time Travel Pundit responded to a @NAACP Tweet on Twitter last night which read: “Pardon of Arpaio is explicit embrace of the racist policing practices that leave communities fearful of very ppl who should protect & serve.”
Across the South and North lie buried the remains of soldiers who fought and died during the Civil War.
They are America’s own.
Sharia is to Islam what Natural Law is to Nature’s God, what the Law is to Judaism, what Liberty is to Americans, what Critical Theory and weaponized Political Correctness is to The Left, and what the Gospel is to Christianity.
Cleansing or rebirth? Which is the meaning, a proper understanding of baptism? Both. Though according to Joseph Campbell, writer of The Hero with a Thousand Faces rebirth is ascendant, rises to greater importance in an individual’s heroic quest to make a difference or to become all one can be. Campbell includes St John’s gospel account as evidence rebirth is greater, when Nicodemus furtively met with Jesus after nightfall. I am said, “You must be born again.”
We can’t be sure what is going on in Washington, DC that is; because liberal firebrands like Senator Jeff Flake can appear on Bret Baier’s Special Report at Fox News masquerading as a conservative without push back, can write a book Red State takes seriously titled: Conscience of a Conservative, and can have a Red State article written about him titled: Senator Jeff Flake’s Commonsense Call To The GOP To Face Washington Dysfunction.
Congress either budgets by keeping revenues and expenses equal or Congress swindles. Those are the two options available to Washington’s politicians. We can count on one hand the number of politicians of either party that consistently vote against spending bills violating the principle of authorizing only what a taxpayer can afford. Meaning Congress is 98.44% pure, a pack of swindlers: those who promise much more than they can deliver.
The Power of The Purse is a budget, not a willpower of House members to act decisively and not a willingness to “shut down the government;” but a budget. Without a budget a purse is almost always empty, useless, and defenseless. With a budget, an honest to goodness budget that balances (what other kind of budget can there be?) a purse remains solvent, generally ready to supply the needs of most any circumstance, expected and unexpected.
As Americans we own what we work for. It’s been that way from the beginning, confirmed July 4, 1776, when a working team of Americans declared the United States free from British rule. Over and over again without using the words own or ownership its signers attested to an individual’s, a local government’s, a state’s, and a nation’s right to govern and dispose of what they considered theirs without interference by outside agents.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s image of a caravan’s wearied trek across a could-care-less desert only to stake final hopes and dreams on a useless well was clearly clairvoyant; an insight on today’s Main Street Media: frozen in time, breaking Oval Office tables, toppling lamps and shades, their sun-whitened bones scattered around a dry well, specifically The Trump Is Colluding with the Russians Dry Well. Exupery wrote in his book The Wisdom of the Sands, originally titled The Citadel in French editions, of a desert’s harsh conditions, of what’s really important when real wells are scarce and mirages are plentiful. His language is the substantive wrapped in mysticism and prose, also a scarcity in today’s America bereft of Liberal thought and imagination.
This past November, after unseating a thousand Democrats nationwide in state and federal elections over the past few election cycles, Republican voters thought finally they had government under control. With a strong President as leader, figuring Republican members of both houses in Washington would be grateful, thankful for the majorities graciously handed them, voters expected campaign promises made would be kept. In particular they counted on repeal of Obamacare. “Repeal Fixes Obamacare,” they said. So they were content to let markets restore healthcare to its former health. Fifty times Republicans had repealed Obamacare. Just one more time, they thought.
The term-limited president listened while his aides related news of a youthful, totally unanticipated candidate for president. He had just shown up and asked for an audience with America’s voters. Audience warily granted, the candidate delivered a brash message promising a Yuge reversal in America’s fortunes, much for the better.
Ownership is the difference between an American and a Global Citizen. Americans own. Global Citizens share. Americans individually own their innovative ideas, the hours they devote to labor, the hours they boat or fish, the inheritance received from father or mother, rich aunt or opulent uncle. Whatever an American owns he can barter, negotiate, retail or wholesale at will, disposing of, at will, whatever it is he owns that another individual sees value in. The only coercions an American condones are his own wily impulses to buy and his neighbors’ insatiable cravings to keep up with the Jones’.
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This retired window washer now provides instruction on the benefits and perils of time travel through focusing an allegorical lens on the present.