In the wake of President Trump’s televised Immigration meeting:
plenty of individuals on the right have fallen prey to suspect media reports and misleading headlines about what the President said or didn’t say, and what he was willing to do. MOTUS has it right:
it’s fairly easy to understand why the President decided to go live with his reality show.
Let’s have a little of that transparency that Obama spoke so highly of but never implemented. Let’s hear the Democrats defend their insistence that our borders remain open to all comers and chain migration continue in order to ensure generations of future Dem voters. Let’s hear them insist, again, that if you give them whatthey want now they’ll work with you later on what you want.
Let’s hear the Democrats tell us they want a “clean DACA” bill – meaning amnesty for the Dreamers with no strings attached. Let’s hear Trump amiably agree that he too wants a clean DACA bill, by which he means funding of The Wall and an end to chain migration and the visa lottery. Note to Ann Coulter and Tucker Carlson: it’s too soon to talk about Trump being a traitor. Remember the President is fresh from a meeting with Republican leaders at Camp David last weekend. When he says “I’ll sign whatever you send me” I suspect he has an agreement with the House and Senate leaders regarding acceptable parameters. So why would they send him anything else? And I’m betting the bill includes wall funding and the end of chain migration and the visa lottery. Yes, I assume it will also include some type of legality – short of automatic citizenship – for any of the Dreamers who’ve managed to keep a clean rap sheet. But frankly I’ve always assumed that would be the case. It’s the art of the deal.
“You can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.” Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal
As for Ann Coulter, bless her, but she’s overreacting:
Nothing Michael Wolff could say about @realDonaldTrump has hurt him as much as the DACA lovefest right now.
Yes, Trump did say he wanted a “Clean DACA” bill, which he explicitly defined as including “border security” (the wall), and at another point he had added “and other things” (presumably ending chain migration and ending the diversity visa lottery) to his definition of a deal.
Yes, Trump did compromise on what the wall meant – by saying it wasn’t going to be a continuous 2000 mile structure because of mountains and rivers – something he’s always said.
Between Trump’s normal hyperbole and usual extemporaneous manner of speaking, the idea that he’s making concessions or caving in are a bit overblown. So he used Jeb-like language in talking about a “bill of love.” But he also used Trump-like language in reminding the audience that walls work – ask Israel, and repeatedly making a wall (and other goodies) a non-negotiable aspect of any deal.
And if you’re still not convinced, there was a moment during Trump’s ramblings in which he mentioned that Representative Bob Goodlatte from Virginia would get things going in the House with the introduction of a bill. Goodlatte co-wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal outlining it. Here are some of the highlights:
$30 billion wall funding
5,000 Border Patrol agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection officers
Allows the DACA folks to remain with three-year renewable legal status – with no path to citizenship
Biometric entry-exit system
Ends chain migration and the diversity visa lottery
Gives the DOJ scope to keep money from sanctuary cities
That’s the deal. Which is why he kept saying things like ‘once we do DACA we’ll be most of the way to getting comprehensive done.’ His namedropping of Goodlatte (at 14:25 in the video) is pretty important.
Congress is the reason DACA has to be a part of the deal. That might be a bitter pill for some to swallow, but the fact of the matter is that congress, as it is currently constituted, wants DACA. As a result, our current options are as follows:
Let DACA expire, let chain migration and diversity lottery live on, and hope midterms bring us enough Trump Republicans in both chambers to actually enact legislation without shenanigans and negotiatons
Concede DACA legitimization (no citizenship), and get the wall, get no chain migration, get no more diversity lottery
#2 is far more likely and is imminent, thanks to the leverage Trump created back in September when he allowed DACA to expire, and thus Trump is going for that. It’s a simple calculation that an 80% chance of getting 70% of what you want is better than a 5% chance of getting 100% of what you want. Trump could have got rid of DACA on day one like he promised, but then he would have had no leverage to get all of the other goodies he’s after. Remember, congress doesn’t really want a wall or ending chain migration, or ending diversity visa lotteries. They are only getting on board because they have to to keep their precious DACA going.
And by doing it this way, Trump is creating a situation in which he can get things codified through legislation, as opposed to via Executive Order, which could just be undone by the next SJW president who takes over. Ironically, Obama’s desire to ride roughshod over the legislate process for the benefit for illegal immigrant will turn out to be the very thing that stems the tide in the other direction. None of this is 4D chess – just good politics.
At the end of the day though, the meeting was probably done to highlight the fact that, no, the president is not a mentally unstable, semi-illiterate buffoon who watches 20 hours of cable news per day, as the media has been saying over the last week or so. In their clamor over the Wolff book, they set such a low bar for the President to hurdle that all he has to do is show the American public a rare glimpse of the sausage being made, with him confidently and assuredly leading the discussion. All while flanked by the very Democrats who are supposed to lead the charge of impeachment-by-mental instability; the imaging of them sat at Trump’s right and left engaging with him in serious discussion alone neuters the Wolff fan fiction to anyone with an inkling of common sense, making a mockery of said media hysteria to boot.
The short answer is: no. But I don’t do short answers, so here’s the long one.
In How Dare You, I described the fact that nearly a year into Trump’s presidency, his opposition has yet to come to terms with the fact that he did actually win the election:
The larger issue here is that those who would consider themselves our cultural betters have affixed to their beliefs the status of The Truth, by fiat. What is accomplished by this is the elevation of what really are mere opinions to base maxims of the sort that are the foundation of the country, thus in theory unassailable.
And so when Trump disagrees with this or that leftist talking point, and vehemently to boot, there is a collective shock that permeates the commentariat. How dare Trump express views which aren’t in agreement with the one Truth that is Leftism in all its forms? How dare Taylor Swift not instantly condemn Trump despite having no reason to voice an opinion, and furthermore how dare Taylor Swift disagree when she is declared to be a white supremacist? How dare Sidney Crosby, a white man, turn up to the White House to accept praise from Trump?
The fact that leftism has gone without a real challenge for multiple decades, and in particular through the Obama years, has rendered the nascent Trump era to be nothing short of a hammer blow through the sensibilities of most leftists. Many still haven’t come to terms with the fact that Trump really is the president, and more fundamentally that the Leftist Truth is not held as such by a YUGE swath of America.
The recent excitement over Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury, which bills itself as an exclusive inside look at the Trump White House, is further evidence that the failure to come to terms with Trump 45 is as prevalent as ever. Indeed, it seems that Trump Derangement Syndrome has reached levels that shouldn’t be possible. In the past week, this book has been endlessly covered in the mainstream media, with Wolff himself doing interviews with basically every network and media publication to drum up the hype, bolstered by stories of how the book has been flying off the shelves in record time.
President Trump has unsurprisingly said less than favorable things about the book, and in fairness it does require the reader to suspend logic at regular intervals. For a start, it tries to advance the popular meme that Trump really didn’t want to be president. Wolff’s ‘evidence’ for this is the fact that Trump actually ran the campaign of an authentic outsider.
The Trump campaign had, perhaps less than inadvertently, replicated the scheme from Mel Brooks’s The Producers. In that classic, Brooks’s larcenous and dopey heroes, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, set out to sell more than 100 percent of the ownership stakes in the Broadway show they are producing. Since they will be found out only if the show is a hit, everything about the show is premised on its being a flop. Accordingly, they create a show so outlandish that it actually succeeds, thus dooming our heroes.
The Trump calculation, quite a conscious one, was different. The candidate and his top lieutenants believed they could get all the benefits of almost becoming president without having to change their behavior or their fundamental worldview one whit: we don’t have to be anything but who and what we are, because of course we won’t win.
Many candidates for president have made a virtue of being Washington outsiders; in practice, this strategy merely favors governors over senators. Every serious candidate, no matter how much he or she disses Washington, relies on Beltway insiders for counsel and support. But with Trump, hardly a person in his innermost circle had ever worked in politics at the national level—his closest advisers had not worked in politics at all. Throughout his life, Trump had few close friends of any kind, but when he began his campaign for president he had almost no friends in politics. The only two actual politicians with whom Trump was close were Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie, and both men were in their own way peculiar and isolated. And to say that he knew nothing—nothing at all—about the basic intellectual foundations of the job was a comic understatement. Early in the campaign, in a Producers-worthy scene, Sam Nunberg was sent to explain the Constitution to the candidate: “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head.”
Almost everybody on the Trump team came with the kind of messy conflicts bound to bite a president or his staff.
In short, Wolff is perplexed at the fact that Trump was genuine, a trait foreign to those who work in journalism and politics. According to Wolff’s logic, the measure of Trump as a ‘serious candidate’ would have been his reliance on hundreds of so-called experts, who would have run every word he was to utter in public through carefully curated focus groups so as to craft the message which had the highest possibility of winning according to BIGDATA analysis.
So Roy Moore has seemingly lost in Alabama. This is a huge deal. I mentioned in my last post that if Moore had win, it would have been monumental as it would be a display of the waning power of the media. Thus, Moore’s defeat is significant in that the establishment, and the media in particular still holds the power to bully anyone it doesn’t like, effectively waging snap recall elections against Bad Thinkers who hold office. Expect pressure to be heaped on Trump in this regard. Decide if that is the politics you want.
But for Moore specifically, a lot of what did him in was incongruity. He touted himself as a Man of God first, and this was susceptible to attacks on this level. In a way, Franken was done similalry, having touted himself as a Man of the Equalist Diversity Tolerance God, and was proven a hypocrite. American voters hate that.
Not that we don’t need God back at the midst of American culture, but Roy Moore types are not the way to go.
I’m in transit, so I must go, leaving you with some thoughts from Libertas from RVF.
Sadly, this was as expected. Roy Moore was never the guy. Mo Brooks was. The voters chose wrong to get Brooks out. It’s as simple as that. Moore was always scummy with or without these allegations. This whole fiasco goes to show just how big a problem these “Cuckianity” people can be, as some are fond of saying.
But no more fighting the last war. This one was lost.
The Republicans need to adapt and immediately deploy a counteroffensive. The left is going to go all in on this next year. Expect any mundane interaction to suddenly be dredged up as “sexual misconduct” (a meaningless phrase legally speaking but just sounds bad, same as “collusion”). If the Republicans try to fight that battle, whether by going harder on it, or pleading how they’re good people on it, they will lose.
The Republicans instead need to maneuver to fight in another theater, with a sword and shield strategy.
The shield: America’s instinctive revulsion to witch hunts and star chambers. They need to emphasize the importance of evidence, due process, and fact finding. Deny, deny, deny. Point out the hysteria and moral panic. You already see Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham deploying this.
The sword: While fighting on the defensive in that theater, they need to turn the offensive somewhere else, an issue that’s equally or even more greatly emotionally charged, and that issue is immigration. As we just saw in New York twice in two months, this is deeply related to terrorism and safety. The Repiblicans need to run hard on building the wall, ending chain migration, stopping the diversity lottery, passing the RAISE Act, and so on. That way the Democrats can shriek all they want about “sexual misconduct,” but the Republicans can basically say they’re the party that’s gonna fight for your economic prosperity and, more importantly, not let in people that want to addict you to drugs or kill you.
With tax reform likely to be passed, the economy should look good, so the defining, emotive, and signature issue next year needs to be immigration. If they run on it, they’ll win. If they try to fight the Democrats on their chosen battleground, they will lose.
The Democrats successfully tested a very potent strategy. The Republicans need to respond accordingly, and it needs to be by going on the defensive there while going on the offensive on immigration, and no other issue.
Will they? Sadly, I have my doubts. Expect tons and tons of vague, idiotic “misconduct” accusations to come up next year – and make sure you’re very careful in your own lives. I joke that if I could today never get away with some of the the stuff I did in my approaches in 2014-15, which wasn’t exactly free from feminist hysteria. It’s gonna get a lot worse for men of all stripes.
The mark of a good grasp of politics circa 2017 is the understanding that the ideological battle is not between principled conservatives and social justice seeking leftists but between nationalists and globalists. In America, this ideological battle is waged by the following belligerents: the Democrats, social justice warriors, Republican establishment, the media and academia on the side of globalism; the Dissident Right, President Trump and his supporters on the side of nationalism.
The fault line was clearly on display this week, as President Trump, former presidents Obama and Bush, and Senator John McCain all made comments which spoke to the divide. Consider the following quotes:
First, President Trump, during a keynote address at the Heritage Foundation:
We believe we should preserve our history, not tear it down. Now, they are trying to destroy statues of Christopher Columbus. What’s next? It has to be stopped; it’s heritage.
You understand that our glorious heritage is the foundation of everything we hope to achieve.
Senator John McCain, speaking at the Liberty Medal Ceremony in Philadelphia:
To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain “the last best hope of earth” for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.
We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.
Former President George W. Bush, speaking at an event in New York City:
We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade – forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.
We have seen the return of isolationist sentiments – forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places, where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge.
We should not be blind to the economic and social dislocations caused by globalization. People are hurting. They are angry. And, they are frustrated. We must hear them and help them. But we can’t wish globalization away, any more than we could wish away the agricultural revolution or the industrial revolution. One strength of free societies is their ability to adapt to economic and social disruptions.
Our identity as a nation – unlike many other nations – is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. Being an American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility…
This means that people of every race, religion, and ethnicity can be fully and equally American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed. And it means that the very identity of our nation depends on the passing of civic ideals to the next generation.
It is particularly interesting that both McCain and Bush specifically denounced ‘blood and soil’ as the determining factor of our nation, and Trump, while not necessarily making specific argument for Blood and Soil, nevertheless highlighted Christopher Columbus and his role in discovering the land which would end up becoming the United States.
It is an unmistakable fact that without the exploits of Columbus and the Europeans who followed, in particular the British, there would be no United States. The ‘high ideals and civic responsibility,’ which McCain and Bush both referenced, are a result of those exploits. Their foundations lie in the people and their culture which established the land as theirs.
According to Bush and McCain, merely embracing those ideals are the prerequisites to being American. If the Founding Fathers had taken that advice prior to the Revolution, they’d have been embracing American ideals all day long until they were blue in the face, but they would have been doing so from within the British Empire as colonials. Their mere embracing did not make them the earliest Americans. It wasn’t until, in the face of continued tyranny from the Crown, they decided to spill ‘blood’ for the sovereignty of the ‘soil’ on which they stood, that a nation was born. And it continues to the extent that their heritage is passed on from generation to generation.
Bush and McCain seem to believe that the identity of that nation known as the Unites States is not a narrowly defined Renegade Brit mentality buttressed by Greco-Roman philosophical and legal precepts. Instead it is identified more by nebulous universal ideals open to anyone and everyone.
It is here we focus on McCain and his effusive praise for those globalist ideals. His praise is founded more on the idea that America is the ‘custodian’ of these ideals, the one dominant global power. He sees America and her might as little more than a tool to be used hammering any and all disagreeable nail which happens to pop up on the world stage.
McCain’s idea of proper foreign policy for America is exemplified by his 2014 comments on the situation in Crimea. He remarked:
We are all Ukrainians in the respect that we have a sovereign nation that is again with international boundaries… that is again being taken in as part of Russia. That is not acceptable to an America that stands up for the rights of human beings. We are Georgians. And we are Ukrainians.
In a sense he is right. Owing to 75 years of globalist foreign policy, we have a situation in which the vast majority of Western Europe is essentially allied against Russia via NATO, backed by American dollars and American military might. While Ukraine is not officially a member of NATO, its adversarial stance against Russia has earned it some rhetorical sanctuary under the American tent of influence. We are all Ukrainians because if they are attacked, our alliance is attacked. To maintain the leadership McCain so values in this realm, American lives are to be sacrificed.
Many of McCain’s fellow Americans are coming to see things a bit differently, wondering why the affairs of the Ukrainians, Russians, or indeed Syrians and Iraqis necessitate Americans being sent halfway around the world to die. And they’d be right to wonder, considering that when it comes to the sovereignty of those pieces of land, half a world away, the likes of McCain and Bush are lightning fast to advocate risking American lives in their defense. Yet, when it comes to the American piece of land, we are suddenly told that the soil is not the identity of the nation. Ukrainian borders are sacred. American borders aren’t.
The media reaction to the Bush and McCain comments was instructive in the context of the globalist and nationalist ideological battle. As I outlined at the start, the GOP establishment, of which McCain and Bush are a part, is allied with the mainstream press on the side of globalism. As such, the media was in full support of Bush and McCain.
CNN in particular was gushing over McCain’s comments, declaring that everyone HAD to read his speech as though it was the latest entry into the pantheon of great American political speeches. The ever odious Chris Cillizza made the typically modern declaration that merely making a left leaning argument is the same thing as making a convincing, devastatingly thorough argument.
As for Bush, anyone with a tangential appreciation of American politics over the last decade or so understands the degree to which the 43rd president was made into a laughing stock, and the butt of jokes. Now his words are held high as though sacred.
In McCain’s case, the irony is that this is the same John McCain who was painted out by the media to be a dangerous, dark figure in 2008, owing to the same plans for global domination though endless wars which are now praised because the anti-globalist Russians are now more prominently in the crosshairs. This is the same John McCain who CNN bashed as being ‘intellectually shallow.’ This apparent mental midget is now being recast as a Titan of the Senate, a wise sage with an independent streak as per the New York Times.
Of course, the reason for the about face is that McCain once sought the Presidency and therefore found himself in opposition to Barack Obama, the media’s darling. Today, he stands against President Trump, put out as the ultimate evil according to the press.
But it is more than this. Back in 2008, the argument was not about globalism versus nationalism, but rather who among the elite was to benefit the most from the spoils of globalism, at the expense of the rest of the country. Under McCain, it would have been the military industrial complex and multinational corporations reaping the most benefit. Under Obama, it was those groups, in addition to the Media–Academia Complex, and a burgeoning Grievance Industry.
In 2016, Trump rode a wave of nationalist sentiment, fueled by the disdain the public had for distant, out of touch bureaucrats further extending their reach, and as well for their media sycophants who pathologized any and dissent to the globalist march forward.
This pathologizing was evident in Bush’s remarks, in which he castigated bigotry, which he described as ‘blasphemy’ against the ‘American creed.’ When sent through the Globalist Translator, the statement says that bigotry (defined in 2017 as the failure to acquiesce to the demands of any non-white, non-male, non-Christian, or non-heterosexual) is an affront to the deity that is Globalism. Said differently, to disseminate Ugly Truths is to commit a mortal sin. Bush’s words can then be seen as an excommunication of Trumpism from the Church of the Globalist Niceities and Political Correctness.
That said, Trump has done just fine in the wilderness. His first nine months have seen the death of TPP, a ‘free trade’ deal which would have continued in the NAFTA tradition of harming domestic industry for the benefit of foreign industry. It saw the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, which would have had similar deleterious effects on domestic industry. It saw concrete steps taken to properly secure the border, with immigration agencies emboldened to actually do their jobs and prototypes for a border wall under construction. It saw the relative reduction in American warmongering, with Trump’s bark being much larger than his bite, to the dismay of Johm McCain. In short, vast swaths of the legacy of the Bush and Obama administrations have come undone, or are on the way to being undone.
And thus, the game has changed from an intra-squad squabble between the separate Globalist factions to a battle for all the marbles with a now vibrant opposition, represented by Trump. And as with McCain, the media has been dutiful in its praise for the likes of Ben Sasse, Mitt Romney, Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, and even Mitch McConnell, to name a few. Praise, because they had unkind words either for Trump, nationalism in general, or both. These individuals, who were once considered evil by default simply because of their identification as Republicans, finally gained heralding as true statesmen in their disavowal of the current President, and nationalism.
This dynamic is to be kept in mind as one considers the media reporting on Trump and his agenda vis-à-vis congress. For example, the current narrative when it comes to the tiffs the President has had with some of the aforementioned names is that he is shooting himself in the foot because he needs these individuals to pass legislation. This was most evident during the Corker episode.
The truth is that the squabbles reveal that what I outlined at the start – that the Repbulcan party, particularly the establishment wing – is not aligned with Trump when it comes to the Globalist vs Nationalist debate. In this sense, Trump does not truly have a majority in both chambers of Congress, such that the absence of major legislation is somehow a failure. The reality is that, at least in the Senate, Trump has at most about 48 votes on any given piece of Trump proposed legislation. There are generally at least 3 moderate (globalist) Republicans who will deny Trump real headway on getting the Trump agenda through legislation.
This is why the likes of Steve Bannon have come out swinging in recent weeks, declaring war on the GOP establishment as it pertains to the 2018 midterm elections, on behalf of Trump. His pledge to run primary candidates against Republicans who are insufficiently for, or outright against the Trump, nationalist agenda has been seen as potentially damaging to the Republican party.
This analysis only makes sense to those with an inadequate understanding of the true political demarcations afoot. People like Bannon correctly understand that Republicans like Flake, Sasse and McCain might as well be Democrats, given their opposition to the fundamental changes that would be required to advance the Trump agenda. So they must be replaced by ‘Trump Republicans.’
At an impromptu joint press conference with Trump and McConnell at the beginning of the week, the former spewed the orthodoxy of the globalist establishment, which was to say that doing his job to keep a Republican majority meant putting forth candidates which could actually win in a general election Translated, this means candidates who seek to be all things to all people, who never offend, always toe the line, espousing pretty lies and condemning ugly truths.
The bottom line for McConnell is that his way is looking to be the losing way, as in truth, it has been for decades. The difference now is that the elites are finally beginning to feel the losses which before only accrued to the masses. Trump’s election to date is the largest such loss. But more are seemingly on the horizon. Jeff Flake looks to be in trouble. McConnell himself enjoys a rock bottom approval rating in Kentucky of 18%. Bob Corker, perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, isn’t even going to bother running to hold on to his Senate seat next year. Luther Strange, the McConnell choice in the Alabama special election was defeated by Roy Moore, the Bannonite selection.
In Europe, the forces of nationalism have been boosted this week by an election win in Austria, and the turmoil in Spain. George Soros announced that he is committing $18 billion in fresh capital to his Open Society project. And looking to the future, Generation Z, mischievously referred to as Generation Zyklon by the right wing Internet troll brigade, is shaping up to be the most right leaning generation in decades.
All of this puts those wails made this week by the old guard of McCain, Bush and Obama in context. Their fervent defense of the tired, old order, is a testament to the desperation they must feel.
The reinforcements are necessary, because they’re losing.
Much has been made of the Republican Primary for an Alabama special election which took place this past Tuesday night between Luther Strange and Judge Roy Moore. The reason is the amount of attention it received from higher ups in the GOP, President Trump and Mitch McConnell in particular.
The election is being held to fill the senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions as he left to take on the duties of Attorney General. Both McConnell and Trump had backed Luther Strange in the primary, with the latter holding a rally in Alabama last Friday to stump for Strange. Vice President Mike Pence also held a rally for Strange in the days leading up to Tuesday.
The voters had different ideas however, and expressed them by handing Moore the victory. It wasn’t even close. This has caused a bit of a stir in the political punditry business, as your standard politial bloviator can not conceive of a situation in which a local candidate losing with the explicit support of the President, Vice President and Senate Majority Leader as anything other than a disaster.
As usual, the conventional political analysis is wrong.
By all accounts, Luther Strange was the candidate with the GOP Establishment seal of approval, while Roy Moore was the candidate which espoused a more ‘traditionalist’ mindset, which is a large element of the Make America Great Again mindset in totality. The voters preferred the latter.
The intervention of Trump undoubtedly clouds things, and there is no doubt the fact that he backed a losing horse here is a bit of a negative. But it is more than dwarfed by the big picture, which is that Trumpism is larger than Trump the man. The media has gone to great lengths to describe how ‘crazy’ Moore is, pointing out endlessly that he was kicked from the Alabama bench twice, once for refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from public display, and the other time for refusing to abide by the gay marriage law of 2015. He also famously waived a gun around on stage during a speech in show of his support for the Second Amendment.
To the standard political bloviator, these things are highly problematic. To Trump voters, however, this is the exact sort of fight that DC politicians, even supposedly conservative politicians, have failed to show for a long time. For decades, traditional minded voters have watched as politician after politician promised to uphold their values, and then subsequently went on to surrender all of those values, right down to the sanctity of the girls’ bathroom.
It is the reason Trump himself won, despite being ‘unpresidential.’ To this day, this charge is leveled against him as evidence of his failure as a President. However, the fact that he is not another Bush, Obama or Clinton is his exact appeal, as ‘presidential’ has come to mean the slow but sure destruction of American heritage and values in each and every respect. May Trump continue to be ‘unpresidential.’
Similarly, someone like Moore is a breath of fresh air in comparison to the staid ‘conservatives’ like McConnell which have polluted the DC air for too long. Indeed, it was probably the association with McConnell that sunk Strange.
In the wake of Strange’s defeat, many pundits are just now asking questions about an upheaval on the right, as though 2016 didn’t happen. Their wonderment at the result suggests they are still unaware of the realignment that has taken place over the last 18 months. Politics is no longer Republicans versus Democrats vying for which side of the Uniparty coin will be face up. It is about the establishment Republicans, Democrats, their special interests and mainstream media, which collectively making up the Uniparty, against those who want to MAGA.
In Alabama, the MAGA candidate won, and in doing so defied Trump himself. This, combined with Tennessee senator Bob Corker, Uniparty denizen announcing that he would not stand for re-election in 2018, represented a YUGE night for MAGA politics. As I wrote before, it is indicative of a Trumpism which is politically viable without Trump himself leading the charge. This is the theme for the 2018 terms.
Whatever you think of Unite the Right, or the demonstration against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, they had a lawful and constitutional right to stage a peaceful rally. The only reason violence “broke out” was because Antifa operate on the principle of “We don’t like you so you can’t associate, so we’ll stop you from associating by any means necessary.” This is unlawful.
To the extent to which there were Nazi cosplayers among the Unite the Right crowd is almost irrelevant. This is the United States of America, one has the right to express his or herself, no matter how terrible that expression is. Furthermore, and I reiterate – the Unite the Right crowd went through the proper channels, obtained a permit to demonstrate, working with the authorities to guarantee a safe environment. Antifa did not.
The Antifa “counter-protesters” went there with the express purpose of breaking up a legitimate, constitutionally backed assembly of individuals. That is a crime, an infringement on the rights of others. Doubly so when the means of breaking up said assembly was through violence.
Now, the argument leveled by Antifa is that the mere existence of Unite the Right/white nationalists/whatever is itself a violent act. Indeed, anyone who voices opinions to the right of Lenin is lumped together by Antifa as dispensers of ‘hate speech,’ and thus violent actors against whom counter-violence is acceptable, and even honorable. These are communists after all, and they don’t shy away from it, with hammer and sickle flags flying high above their congregations, and propaganda posters which highlight the influence of the intellectual progenitor of the movement, Bolshevism.Continue reading On the Violence in Charlottesville→
The media has gone nuts over the last couple days in regards to a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manfort and a Russian lawyer called Natalia Veselnitskaya. This reason for the uproar was that the premise of the meeting was the delivery of information by Veselnitskaya to the Trump team which incriminated Hillary Clinton in illegal activities with Russia. Don Jr. was initially approached with the idea by an acquaintance of his, Rob Goldstone, who set the meeting up. I go into the meeting in painstaking detail here.
The media has held this meeting up as a smoking gun for the Russian Collusion Theory which they have propagated for nigh on a year now. At the very least, they claim, it shows that the Trump campaign was willing to collude with Russia in order to influence the election.
The entirely media-created, faux outrage laden Trump Wrestlemania Twitter ‘controversy’ took an interesting turn when CNN, unable to take its loss like a man, decided to threaten the individual who made the meme which the President so gleefully posted over the weekend.
Of course, CNN will interpret it differently, but a look at what happened would render their interpretation invalid. Analyzing this episode is important for various reasons, which will be made clear as I go on.
Today, the United States of America turns 241 years old, and according to the press, its new President has spoiled the party mood. He has done this by way of his general vulgarity, and his attacks on the free press.
Of course by ‘the free press,’ I refer to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN, and it is publications such as these which have advanced the charge, echoed by those with leftist political, social and economic persuasions.
This latest round of pants wetting was induced by a Trump Twitter double salvo: the first aimed at MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough:
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..
(Tweets: I heard poorly rated Morning Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!)
In truth, both of these episodes are examples of shitposting par excellence. Joe and Mika had, after giving reasonable, balanced coverage of the President during his run through the primaries, turned on a dime after receiving massive criticism from fellow leftists and decided to become Trump Derangement Syndrome: The TV Show. Continue reading Happy 241st, America→
Regardless of what happens from here on out, President Trump will have accomplished the invaluable public service of exposing the naked hypocrisy of The Establishment, comprised of your “name brand” Republican and Democrat politicians, mainstream media, and their backers in big business and academia.
This cohort stands in opposition to President Trump, owing to his pledge to put America First in all matters. This nationalist focus is at odds with the globalist view of the world which is the preference of The Establishment. Having failed to keep him out of the White House, The Establishment has gone all in to peddle the conspiracy that the Trump campaign – and even Trump himself – colluded with the Russian government to undermine Hillary Clinton, and win himself the presidency.
The latest leg of this Collusion Theory story has gathered steam on the back of President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week. Minutes after the announcement began to spread across the media, a copy of the letter which informed Comey of his dismissal was made public.
The following line stood out:
While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.
It drew attention given it was a bit out of place in a termination letter. One could interpret that as Trump being Trump, firing a not so sly salvo in the ongoing information war, knowing that the letter would be read on every network at least once an hour over the next day or two. The sheer audacity of the man, to essentially shitpost under the White House letterhead, is something to behold, in a positive way.
Of course the cynical interpretation for the inclusion of that line was that for Trump to have had a Russia investigation on his mind in the first place, to the extent that he would want to assert to the public that it didn’t involve him, is evidence that Trump intended to tamper with that investigation. This was immediately seized upon by The Establishment and its Old Media mouthpiece. Senator Chuck Schumer made a statement wondering out loud whether Comey had ‘hit too close to home,’ calling for a Special Prosecutor to look into the Russia matter.
This cynical interpretation was further advanced a few days later, when Trump, in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, admitted that he had always intended to fire Comey. Trump further went on and cited Comey’s role in ‘this Russia thing’ as instrumental in his decision making. He also referred to a now infamous dinner the two men had on January 27, the accounts of which differ depending on who is asked.
Leaving aside the ‘why’ of Comey’s firing, the fact that he was fired at all prompted the hypocrisy and duplicitous nature of The Establishment to rise to the surface.
For a start, the May 9th firing of Comey came on the back of a multi-week Comey bashing campaign in the media and among DC politicians. He was personally blamed for having cost Hillary Clinton the election as a result of his handling of Clinton’s email scandal. Clinton herself decided to pipe up, declaring that if it weren’t for Comey’s late October shenanigans she would have been President, before declaring herself as part of The Resistance to Trump.
Comey was further excoriated after a May 3rd testimony in front of Congress in which he exaggerated the number of emails which were sent to now-disgraced Anthony Wiener’s laptop by his wife and Clinton confidant Huma Abedin. The FBI was forced to walk Comey’s testimony back a bit, leading to more remarks about Comey’s incompetence.
This recent burst of criticism for Comey was merely the culmination of several months’ worth of Comey bashing, ever since his fateful July 2016 presser in which he declared that a reasonable prosecutor would not bring charges against Clinton, despite not being in a position to comment on what the Department of Justice ultimately should or shouldn’t do. President Trump gleefully reminded The Establishment of its universal scorn for Comey via this video which he posted to Twitter.
The reason Trump posted the video was that on the evening of May 9th, following Trump’s canning of Comey, Comey had been miraculously transformed into a martyr, a six foot eight pillar of Truth, from whom the sweet smell of Justice and Democracy had once emanated, now tainted by the ‘little whiff’ of Trump’s ‘fascism,’ according to Chris Matthews.
Then, there were the media reports of the specifics and little details behnd the scenes, which of course were riddled with anonymous sources and innuendo. As typical of the Old Media reporting on the Russian Conspiracy Theory, it was constructed to paint an unjust, nefarious, and even felonious explanation for the Comey firing.
Indeed, just this afternoon, a story emerged in the Washington Post alleging President Trump divulged highly sensitive, classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit to the White House last week. The allegation, predictably, is being used to further the Russian collusion meme.
The report ignores that the President, by virtue of being the President has the right to declassify whatever he wants. It also ignores he fact that the Obama administration did similar information sharing with the Russians last year, which of course was reported very differently by that same Washington Post.
The report also has all the hallmarks of the Old Media smear campaign against the President, in an attempt to punish him for the sin of wanting to have better relations with the Russians. The sources for the report are the famous anonymous current and former government officials (aka Obama people) we’ve come to know and love. There were only a handful of people in the meeting, and one of whom, HR McMaster, has since released a statement declaring the WaPo article to be false.
That doesn’t mean the damage hasn’t been done. The media and Establishment politicians have worked tirelessly since the election to cultivate a Russian Collusion Conspiracy Theory, and their continued efforts have been successful in influencing the minds of the average observer. The meeting in question was only attended by a handful of individuals, and owing to the sensitive material discussed therein, key elements of the WaPo story cannot be officially commented on. The Conservative Treehouse breaks this down further:
The Washington Post states it:
“is withholding most plot details, including the name of the city, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities.”
Right there you see the same “officials” who are leaking the story to the Washington Post are telling the Washington Post not to publish details of a classified intelligence report they are leaking.
This is NOT the White House or on-the-record sources telling the Washington Post not to publish the details, this is “the intelligence leaker” telling the Post not to publish the details. Notice how the Post tries to conflate that reality.
This statement from the Washington Post itself, a self-admission, indicates that current or former “U.S. officials” have leaked classified information to the Post and told them to retract part of the report being leaked and cited.
Ironically this is the exact same classified intelligence information they claim Trump put the nation at risk by revealing (which he didn’t).
See how that works?
Thus the media gets to put its version out there and it can go relatively unchallenged in the Old Media echo chamber, which still has a wide reach. The administration can deny, but it becomes a matter of he said, she said.
Combating the well-established Russia Collusion media behemoth with a simple ‘we didn’t do it’ from McMaster is always going to look weak. But the administration is hamstrung in this instance. And the media knows it. Such insidious tactics underscore the snake-like composition of The Establishment roadblock in the President’s way.
As usual, it has fallen to New Media entities to set the record straight. With respect to the aftermath of the Comey firing, The Daily Wire noted that multiple pieces of the Comey firing puzzle disseminated by the Old Media were erroneous at best, outright lies at worst. I will list some of those claims here, and you can read the DW article for the details if need be.
Trump is interfering with the FBI investigation into the Russia Conspiracy Theory (False – in McCabe’s testimony he also specifically stated that the “firing of Mr. Comey had not affected the Justice Department’s investigation of Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.”
This is reminiscent of Watergate, and the Saturday Night Massacre (False – as the DW article points out, by this juncture of the investigation, Nixon administration officials were already in jail, and more were on the brink. The wolves were closing in. There is zero evidence of any wrongdoing by anyone related to the Trump campaign/administration. Trump is not even under investigation, let alone charged with anything)
That many of these threads had been debunked just hours after they were advanced by the Old media was of little concern to that festering lot. Their main aim was to advance the narrative that the Comey firing was indicative of a Nixon-esque, Watergate style cover up.
Of course this presupposes that there is a ‘something’ to cover up. And it is exactly this presupposition that the Old Media is attempting to buttress through the narrative that something shady is going on. The Russian collusion conspiracy to date has no tangible evidence supporting it, a fact that Establishment politicians who would love to ruin Trump, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, has been forced to admit.
Devoid of any evidence of collusion conspiracies, a success in selling the Comey firing as a cover up would legitimize the Collusion Conspiracy in a roundabout manner. It is essentially fake news layered on top of more fake news, a true feat for the Old Media in the age of Trump.
Appointing a special prosecutor to look into the matter would do little more than provide an opportunity to erect yet another layer of fake news onto the saga. Even nominal Trump supporters have warmed to the idea of the special prosecutor, citing the fact that the situation is now so muddy that we could do with an impartial voice to clear the air.
Even though these supporters understand there is nothing to the Russian Conspiracy, they believe that investigating it via special prosecutor would do the President a favor as it would prove the nothingness once and for all. It’s a noble sentiment, but unrealistic. I have no doubt the special prosecutor would find something – not evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, mind – but some tangible legal indiscretion.
Any wrongdoing from a Trump associate, from outstanding parking tickets up to a discrepancy in testimony which could be deemed perjury would hand the impetus to the anti-Trump faction. The wrongdoing found by the special prosecutor, while not the Russian collusion theory that is alleged, would be promoted by the media to attribute to Trump this ‘rationale’ for Comey’s firing, thereby attaining grounds to ‘confirm’ the coverup angle, and in turn ‘confirming’ the idea that there was something concrete to cover up in the first place. The whole would-be scheme is comparable to organized crime establishing legitimate business lines through which the streams of illegitimate money can flow after the fact.
Again, there is NO evidence for the now foundational layer of the collusion conspiracy – that is there is no evidence that Trump or his associates colluded with Russian officials to meddle with the 2016 Presidential Election. Neither President Trump, nor any of his top aides are under investigation. To date, the names who have been publicly reported as being under some sort of official scrutiny in regards to this matter – Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Michael Flynn – have all stated publicly their willingness to testify before the government in an open setting. That an Establishment government which would love nothing more than to nail Trump to the wall has not leapt into action in setting up such hearings is quite telling.
With the exception of Flynn, they have each done multiple television interviews on the Russian conspiracy theory, seemingly with no lawyers present, answering each and every question freely. Interestingly, these television appearances have not been noteworthy.
Given that these figures are the only tangible thread hanging from the Trump sweater, one would think that an Old Media which has all the interest in the world to tug on that thread, potentially televising the ‘smoking gun’ Trump-ending interview heard round the world, would be falling over themselves hyping up any questionable statement which was made. Yet nothing in the interviews that the men had given was particularly interesting or newsworthy, which says everything.
Furthermore, while the aforementioned Trump allies are willing to talk fully and openly, one Susan Rice is unwilling to do so. Rice, the former National Security Advisor, was pinned as the ultimate source of the leaking of Mike Flynn’s name to the press, which to date is the only publicly known criminal act committed during this entire Russian conspiracy saga. The bottom line is that Trump’s allies are not acting like the guilty would act in these situations. Rather, it is his opponents who are acting like they have something to hide.
All of this makes the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing that much more intriguing. Comey was reportedly caught off guard completely by the firing, and found out as he was talking to FBI personnel – by noticing the news of his firing being announced on TV screens in the background. He was pulled aside later and informed that it wasn’t a prank, and that he really had been fired.
Comey was in LA at the time, about as far away as he possibly could have been from his Washington DC office. There were little to no leaks, with insiders only finding out minutes before the deed was done. The whole thing was seemingly done tactically with a military precision, emblematic of the war between Trump and The Establishment in general. Trump not only fired Comey, but gave him no notice with which he could have used to ‘get his ducks in a row,’ which in the context of Trump’s presidency would mean making sure that the bodies remained buried and that the closet with all the skeletons remained sealed shut.
CNN's Jeff Zeleny reporting that Comey's office is cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape. You can't make this stuff up
(Tweet: CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reporting that Comey’s office is cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape. You can’t make this stuff up)
Make no mistake, James Comey is an entrenched member of The Swamp that Trump promised to drain upon being elected president. Whatever Trump’s reason for getting rid of him, the bottom line is that he was an implement for The Establishment in its war with Trump via his maintenance of the Russian Collusion conspiracy in an official capacity. After his dismissal, he could have continued on in his obsequiousness to Establishment ends by giving official credence to the ‘cover up’ narrative in later testimony, in the press, or elsewhere. Sally Yates is doing a sterling job of this, with her testimony to Congress, and will undoubtedly continue this during her scheduled CNN exclusive appearance tomorrow night.
Trump changed that potential plan of action for Comey with a simple tweet, in another fascinating display of Presidential politics in the Social Media age.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
(Tweet: James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!)
That bomb of a tweet neutered any designs Comey may have had of causing trouble. By not so subtly reminding him that all of their private conversations had been recorded, most likely by Comey’s FBI, coming out with intentionally inflammatory accounts of what happened between the two men would do nothing but come back to bite him hard.
I’m principally referring to a dinner the two men had on January 27th, a few days after the inauguration. The account of this dinner differs, and you can read a lengthy account of how that night fits into the entirety of the Russian collusion saga here. The important thing is that Trump’s loud Twitter proclamation suggests that he holds the winning hand in all of this. He wouldn’t be so brazen and more importantly so public otherwise.
His actions indicate the reality of the war between he and The Establishment, Deep State, et cetera. The Establishment has nothing on Trump, which is why he truly is the most dangerous politician of modern times, at least to them. There is no leverage that Deep State acolytes like Comey can use to shift Trump, which makes him uncontrollable.
This is why the media has resorted to the strategy of taking leaked information from the Obama/Bush career professionals still in the government, adopting the most cynical interpretation possible, and weaving it into a narrative that Trump is incompetent, corrupt, or is somehow threatening National Security, of course, as defined by The Establishment. The Washington Post hit piece from earlier today is a perfect example.
Trump’s playbook had seemingly been to play nice, understanding the enormous power he has as an individual who can’t really be controlled. The ‘threatening’ tweet towards Comey could easily be interpreted as Trump trying to help Comey out. He is essentially saying ‘don’t fight me; you don’t have a leg to stand on, just bow out gracefully.’ If Comey still doesn’t relent, Trump can then bury him with no remorse.
This also demonstrates that he is willing to use the power he has in unapologetic fashion when cornered. It does not augur well for The Swamp. The Trump/Comey tweet situation to me seems like a microcosm of Trump’s entire presidency thus far as it relates to The Swamp. It seems that Trump is willing to let some of the sins of the past be bygones as long as The Swamp steps aside, allowing his America First Agenda to move forward unencumbered. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of the narcissistic, power-seeking nature of Establishment figures knows that such deference to the Trump Agenda will never happen. Thus, Trump will have to fight.
Given Trump’s willingness to do just that, combined with his ownership of the winning hand, the future does look bleak for these Establishment types. Owing to their narcissism, they would rather take the whole shebang down with them rather than admit defeat. And this is what will happen. The only thing The Establishment and its Old Media mouthpiece can do is to construct conspiratorial narratives in the face of such a beat down in order to influence the public against Trump, with the hopes that the public can be manipulated to come to their rescue at the ballot box. The resulting, but necessary turmoil in government that will come with a true Swamp-draining will be an ally in that regard. It will be up to the public to have the intellect to understand that the short term chaos will result in longer term stability.
It reminds me of a funny bit near the beginning of the recent Netflix documentary about Roger Stone. In it, Stone describes being a young kid during the 1960 election, specifically a mock election which was held among the students. Prior to that mock election, Stone had informed his classmates that Richard Nixon had pledged to add an extra day of school to the week, making students come in on Saturday. JFK ended up winning the mock election unanimously.
Stone points to the experience as teaching him a lesson about the value of misinformation. The same thing is happening today with respect to the Russia collusion conspiracy. The Establishment and the Old Media are playing the part of Stone, attempting to poison the minds of the ‘studious’ American Public against Trump by intimating that he is some sort of Russian agent personally installed as President by Vladimir Putin.
One can only hope that the American public does not complete the analogy in accepting this narrative, thus revealing its collective intellectual capacity to be on par with 7 year olds. To this point, consider the following, rather delicious clip from Stephen Colbert’s show last week.
The show in question was recorded a few minutes after the Comey news broke, at roughly 6pm, when his show is taped. Colbert relays the news to his audience, which erupts in cheers and applause. Colbert is momentarily taken aback; when he recovers he dismissively remarks that there must be a lot of Trump fans in the audience.
The reality is that there probably weren’t many Trump fans in Colbert’s audience, as fans of the two men do not overlap, particularly given Colbert has been one of the more prominent examples of Trump Derangement Syndrome ever since the election.
What happened was that Colbert’s audience, representative of the standard indoctrinated American, was still operating under the old ‘Comey is Bad’ software. Recall the news media and prominent politicians had been roasting Comey for the last few days and weeks prior to his firing as mentioned earlier. The cheers were for the perceived comeuppance of the James Comey who had wrought such misery.
The 10-15 minutes between Comey’s firing and Colbert letting them know about it was not enough time for these average Americans to have downloaded and installed the ‘Comey is Good Now, So Trump Firing Him is Bad’ software update into their programmed cranium. This is why Colbert was startled for a second, and thus rationalized the cheers as the room being full of Trump supporters.
But he shouldn’t have been worried, as the indoctrinated Americans had not received the update to how they should think, precisely because guys like him hadn’t had the chance to tell them yet. This is what Colbert proceeded to do as the video went on, and as the crowd began to ‘get it,’ the cheers became boos.
Our intelligence was further insulted yesterday by CNN and CBS. James Clapper was on with Jake Tapper and the two of them proceeded to speak in somber tones about how the Comey firing was a threat to democracy.
Clapper invoked the founding fathers and their deliberate distribution of powers across three branches of government in making his argument, relying on the ignorance of the viewing audience, in not understanding that the FBI is a body within the same executive branch that Trump currently heads, rendering the firing of Comey to techncally being little more than a boss firing a subordinate.
Then, CBS decided to eulogize Comey on 60 Minutes by replaying a 2014 interview it did with him. The underlying theme of the interview was that Comey was a moral and upstanding man. The evidence for this was largely his defiance of George W. Bush and his focus on things like promoting diversity in the FBI, both things that score one Morality Points on the leftist scorecard.
Of course, the purpose for replaying that interview was to not so subtly establish to the public what a great man we had in the FBI, to thus not so subtly establish what a monster Trump is for firing him.
As I stated at the beginning of this piece, this is the naked hypocrisy of The Establishment which Donald Trump, both as a candidate and now as President has illuminated for the public to see. Not even Blinding Agents such as Colbert can keep the public misinformed forever, despite the influence they wield.