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We Must Not Let Anything Go

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Time to Face the Music

I realize that there’s a sentiment in Washington DC that now that the whole Trump-Russia-Collusion hoax has been exposed as such, we conservatives and Trump supporters ought to just make nice with the Democrats and “let it go” for the sake of comity and bi-partisanship. That probably makes a great deal of sense to people who live and thrive in the swamp.  It probably seems reasonable to them.  Last evening, watching a few minutes of Tucker Carlson, he had Mollie Hemingway on and she mentioned that there might be some laws that would need to be re-written to prevent all of this from happening again.  I looked at my wife, an expression of stunned incredulity on my face, matched by a similar expression on hers, and we both exclaimed “re-write some laws?” Per the norm, I was somewhat more animated, but I then muted the television and went on a mini-rant about the reasons why all of the denizens of the swamp must be evicted. Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t care what talking heads in the swamp may think about it: There must be prosecutions and convictions of the guilty, followed by swift sentencing at the appropriate level, to whatever level it may rise. Screw “letting it go!” We mustn’t let anything go, and we mustn’t let the swamp-rats make it all go away, as it seems they are intent upon doing. There must be consequences, and they must be as severe as the law permits. Simply put, it’s time for the real conspirators to face the music.

Mollie Hemingway is a fantastic writer for the Federalist, and in most all cases, I urge readers to check out her regular articles.  Tucker Carlson on FoxNews can be entertaining, but at times, it’s very frustrating to watch his show because he provides a platform to such outlandishly foolish characters, and I’m fairly certain it’s intended to press all of a conservative’s hot-buttons.  He succeeds quite frequently, at least where I’m concerned.  In this case, however, I don’t think that was the intention.  The two of them seemed to be acknowledging that there was indeed a serious problem in our government and the weaponization of its intelligence and investigative agencies,  but both seemed satisfied that it would be addressed sufficiently that it never happens again.  Hemingway seemed to want a more thorough reckoning, but to suggest that a simple re-write of some statutes would suffice is absurd to me.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m sensitive to the tendencies of the swamp of DC to make conservatives go wobbly, or if it’s because I’ve become adept at judging when we’re about to have one put-over on us by the DC Uni-party, but it smelled of swamp-gas to me, certainly where Tucker was concerned.  Queue the video below:

Again, while some may be satisfied if only we re-write some laws to make sure this never happens again, but the law already forbids the weaponization of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and conspiracy to commit treason is already covered under our existing laws.  While we might re-write some of the FISA law, and that might limit the extent to which that particular class of abuses might occur, there are already many clear-cut laws that make much of what occurred in this instance an unmitigated attack on our entire constitutional system.  One can find many statutes that apply, so I’m not sure why “re-writing law” is necessary to the sort of reckoning that justice in this case demands.

It’s really a fairly simple thing, from my point of view.  People who we’ve entrusted with incredible power over the affairs of our nation decided to abuse that power in a way that is well beyond corrupt.  It’s clearly treasonous, and while people like Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Lynch, McCabe, and others will continue to attempt to downplay or gloss-over what it is that they had done, it’s not satisfactory that we permit this to be dropped.  There’s also the very real possibility that the previous President was directly involved in this effort, and if so, that’s a conspiracy to high treason that originated in the highest office in the land.  While many will not permit this notion to be discussed, if there was treason here, and it surely seems there had been, we must be prepared to charge that offense and upon conviction, hand out its most terrible sentences, whomever the guilty may be.

It’s clear that at least for the moment, Attorney General Barr seems to get it.  In Congressional testimony yesterday, he made it clear that there was spying on the Trump administration, and that he intends to investigate it:

I certainly hope that AG Barr thoroughly investigates the matter, and while I still have some reservations about his swampy tendencies of the past, they’ve not yet surfaced in his current tenure as our nation’s Attorney General.  People in Washington DC don’t understand why it’s such a big deal, but I think it’s worth explaining what it means to me, out here in flyover country, that the elites who carried out the fraud and treason be punished.

Most of us get up each day and go about the process of providing for our families, earning a living, staying out of unnecessary entanglements with trouble, and obeying the law of the land, all while maintaining a certain reverence for the rule of law we’ve been raised to expect from our government, and the adherence to it that we expect from our elected and appointed officials. How many of you does that describe? Perhaps a few of you have gone on to retire after a lifetime of the honorable pursuits described above. The point is that we obey the law, we respect the law, and to an extent not common in most modern societies, we revere the law.  That means that for most of us, most of the time, we recognize the significance of what has been done in the case of the conspiracy to overthrow Donald Trump, and we recognize it as treason.  It doesn’t much matter what party we may be in, but what does matter is that we cherish our constitutional system, and we know that if Donald Trump can be treated in this way, a billionaire candidate, and then a duly elected President of the United States, then we average Americans out here in flyover country are in serious danger from the runaway government in Washington DC that has essentially decided to overthrow the rules we have set for it.  President Trump clearly sees it this way too, as seen in his brief statement to the press on Wednesday morning:

Treason indeed!  It’s time to investigate, prosecute, and punish the convicted upon a guilty finding, to the extent permitted under the law, and the more lofty the office, the more severe must be the punishment.  Only then is there any chance that this will be prevented from repeating in the future, or worse, being extended down to all we citizens who merely live our lives as honorably and honestly as we know to do, and who cherish the liberties with which we have been blessed.  More than that, we require a reckoning for those who have wasted our time, money, and opportunities.  We need a reckoning for those who have effectively demolished the first half of the presidency of Donald Trump.  McCain screwed us with his thumbs-down on the Obama-care repeal, and by helping to create the Trump/Russia-Collusion Hoax, he helped to make sure that we would not be in a position to advance our agenda.  Do you doubt but that this hoax helped the Democrats and other Swamprats to wreck the mid-terms of 2018?  Do you doubt it?  Do you doubt that Ryan and a number of other GOP members of the DC UniParty to make an early escape?  Think of how many high-ranking, or long-serving Republicans quit their House seats last year.  Why?  There’s always a reason, and I think much of it will come to light if there’s a thorough investigation of the Collusion Hoax and the treasonous attempt to overthrow President Trump.

For those of you who think that we ought to simply “let it go,” I must confess that I believe you’ve lost your minds.  We cannot and must not “let it go.” We must not let the Swamp make some nominal reforms but let the guilty go un-prosecuted or unpunished.  After all, that’s part of why we’ve landed here, isn’t it?  Wasn’t it the attempt to conceal and obfuscate Hillary’s crimes part of what went wrong?  Essentially, the swamp wanted to “let it go” where Hillary was concerned, and Obama wanted it that way.  We all know where this really leads, don’t we?  This whole thing lands on the desk of the President, but not President Trump.  It must all land on the desk of the chief executive who permitted, and perhaps even directed this treason. It is time now to ensure that whatever comes next, whatever issues the country faces, it does so on a foundation of an unadulterated rule of law. The American people must have confidence, or the republic will fall.  It is time now to see that whomever had been engaged in this attack on the republic, an attack I regard as potentially more consequential for the fate of our nation, had it succeeded, we must see to it that the conspirators answer for this crime. This time, there can be no letting it go.

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Sarah Palin Connects Critical Dots

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

It’s been a long while since I’ve written anything about my very favorite former governor.  Part of me has always wistfully hoped for the day that she would return to public service because her spirit and her honesty, and her faithful servant’s heart is so often absent in our country’s capital and Capitol.  I think about all the days since 2008 when she was first introduced to the country at large, and I remember how she’s been defamed, and how hard some of us worked to fight back against it.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been eight years since I posted my first little blog post.  It seems at once like only yesterday, but also as though it had been a million years ago.  Back in 2015, she was the first significant person to endorse Donald Trump’s candidacy for president.

On Wednesday, on her own site, she published an article titled Rejection is Protection, about the ugly side of politics, in which she linked to a podcast by Dan Bongino, one of my own favorites in recent times.  Specifically, she pointed to that segment of Wednesday’s show(#900) in which Bongino explains how the same trap that was sprung on Trump’s campaign had also been laid for McCain, by the same people, but with at least one significant difference: The Bush administration warned McCain of the dangers; the Obama administration issued no such warning to Trump.  Ladies and gentlemen, this entire “Russian Collusion” scandal is a sickening scheme.  It’s not even an original scheme. It’s a re-run of a scheme run at least once before, in 2008, by the same people.  Governor Palin was right to connect these dots.  She was there in 2008, and in 2016, some of the same characters who betrayed the country in 2008 were back for another round in 2016. If you haven’t read this short piece, or listened to Bongino’s podcast lately, you may wish to catch up.

Governor Palin goes on to explain some truths about 2015-16 that most of us will have guessed at, or suspected, but have never known with precision.  It’s amazing how certain instincts we have about the establishment always turn out to be pretty near to “on the money.”  Have you any doubt about whether that den of vipers would betray their own mothers for a buck?

Some have leapt to the conclusion that Governor Palin is saying that “Donald Trump stabbed her in the back,” or some such thing, but that’s not what I understood from her post.  Instead, I understood her to say that the same people who managed to hamper her efforts in 2008 were able to worm their way into the thick of things again in 2016.  Of the situation, she wrote:

Eight years later, some of the same warped ‘08 uni-partiers who’d engaged in the politics of personal destruction latched on to Donald Trump’s candidacy. To America’s detriment, they still whisper in his ear.

It’s quite disappointing to watch.

Disappointing indeed! What has always been a point of curiosity is the question: “Who brought Paul Manafort into Trump’s orbit?”  Manafort was also brought into McCain’s orbit in 2008, and this is important precisely because of what Bongino outlines in Wednesday’s podcast: The whole “Russia Collusion” myth was first aimed at McCain in 2008, with very nearly the same cast of characters involved.  One article, appearing on Circa, explains that Manafort managed to worm his way into proximity of McCain due to Manafort’s connections with Rick Davis, while TheAtlantic reported that Manafort managed to get himself hired onto the Trump campaign through his relationship with long-time Trump confidante Tom Barrack.  While I consider TheAtlantic a dubious source, but I’ve been able to find many other sources for the linkage from Barrack to Trump.  All of this is important to understanding the entire “Russia-Collusion” hoax, because it appears that the people who had been part of serious collusion were all tied to the Clinton universe.  This includes Michael Cohen, by the way.  In fact, over and over again, what one can discover is that a large number of the people who are being prosecuted in association with the Mueller probe seem to have this odd tendency to have been in the orbits of both Clinton and the Trump 2016 campaign, but increasingly, some have also surfaced in the vicinity of John McCain’s 2008 campaign.

Bongino doesn’t mince words on the subject.  He asserts that the same script was used in 2008 against McCain, the only difference being that it was stopped when Bush administration officials warned McCain.  McCain steered clear of Manafort.  Trump did not, but why not?  Is it beecause the Obama administration did not give Trump the same sort of warning McCain had received?  It seems so.  Dan continued his explanation of the scandalous details on Thursday:

What’s even more interesting is that back in 1996 and 1997, Manafort was inserted into the orbit of another Republican nominee: Bob Dole.  Bob Dole wound up lobbying for Oleg Deripaska as this 2003 lobbyist registration form shows.  Once again, here we find a tie to Manafort, who managed the convention for Dole.  Roger Stone was also in the Dole orbit.  One of the things we know about Paul Manafort is that he was involved in the effort to secure Paul Ryan’s endorsement in 2016.  The closer one looks, the more connections one can find, including this: Dole ran against Bill; McCain ran against Obama who narrowly defeated Hillary for the nomination; Trump ran against Hillary, who had been expected to win easily.  It’s almost as though every time a Clinton is involved in a Presidential election, Manafort(and others) are found to be inserted into the Republican nominees’ campaigns.

Folks, something stinks here, and it reminds me of something else that happened years ago.  I’ve known for a long time, since the mid-1990s, that the Clintons had infected Washington DC and everything revolving around them with their influence peddling and quid pro quo form of operation, but it strikes me that their machinery has been deeper and more stealthy than even the more cynical observers might realize.  In some ways, the Clintons took control of the Deep State in the 1990s, and since then, they’ve never fully relinquished control.  When one remembers that since 1993, they’ve never been far from the reins of power, it’s easy to imagine that they have wielded undue influence throughout the American political scene right along.

Sarah Palin has properly pointed out that some of the people now in Trump’s general orbit were around during McCain’s campaign, and I think it’s important to bear this in mind.  In and around Washington DC is that the same old crowd of apparatchiks born of the political machinery of state, hanging around, always working to influence policy, whoever may be in power at the time.  For somebody like Trump, who doesn’t know as many of the ins and outs of DC as others who are more fully initiated in the dirty politics that gravitate toward the power of state, it would be easy enough to fall prey.  Considering all of this, it’s easy enough to see that the same scandal could be recycled, using the same general cast of characters, with Trump as the new target in the Clinton-Russia-Collusion Scandal.

What’s more disturbing is what Governor Palin implies when she wrote: “…they still whisper in his ear.”  Think of it.  Some of the people who made this entire fiasco possible still have Trump’s ear.  They still influence what goes on in our nation.  I find it to be a perfectly frightening prospect, because while good and honest people like Palin are rejected and smeared by the DC Uni-Party establishment, these insiders feed at the trough of the political combat, benefiting, whoever the alleged winner.  They sidle-up to power and corrupt its authority.  They target whomever or whatever may wander into their sights.  If they lose today, they’ll be back the day after tomorrow, always looking for another way to feed.  I hope the President figures out who are and who are not his friends before DC manages to demolish him.  As Governor Palin says, “It’s quite disappointing to watch.”