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Some Unsolicited Advice for @POTUS: No Deal!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Time to win!

I realize that much of the news I see in popular media is fakery and propaganda.  I don’t trust media outlets because it seems as though none of them can restrain their intense desire to shape events, policies, and the nation at large.  They all have an agenda. All of them.  Even me.  My agenda is a rather less ambitious thing.  I don’t want fame or money or prestige.  All I want is my country back.  I want what so many millions of others who voted for President Trump wanted when they donned their Make America Great Again caps: I can’t buy politicians, and even if I had the wherewithal to do so, I’m fairly certain I’d have instant buyer’s remorse.  Politicians are a shady lot, which is why so many Americans voted for Donald J. Trump: They expected something different.  They expected that for all of his imperfections, his personal foibles and so on, that he would stubbornly do what he promised to do.  If it were mine to do, I’d tell President Trump that I’m glad he’s kept the promises he has, but that I’ve also seen a few that were quietly broken.  I’m happy that he fights where others would surrender, but I’d also tell him that there are some fights he must still undertake on our behalf.  Lastly, I’d tell him to begin firing almost all of his staff, particularly all those who are fixtures in Washington DC.  He doesn’t need them, and he shouldn’t listen to them, because they aren’t serving him well, never mind the country at large.  Mr. President, the people in Washington DC didn’t vote for you in 2016, and there’s virtually no chance they will in 2020.  If you hope for re-election, you must stop listening to people who hate you, and decline their ridiculous ‘deal.’ Declare an emergency, build the wall, and shut down the government until Democrats and DC-beltway Republicans squeal.

I know it’s fashionable among politicians these days to remain in campaign mode on a perpetual basis, but I believe that’s a mistake in this instance.  President Trump is very good at campaign mode.  Still, I think he’s worked that angle well for the moment at hand: If the DC-insiders’ crowd attempt now to interfere and obstruct, both Democrats and Republicans, President Trump will have the golden opportunity to make plain to the whole country, most importantly that seventy-two percent(!) who agreed with his immigration prescription post-State of the Union. He can slay these DC dragons as a warrior.  As Mr. Trump can surely explain, sometimes the answer must be simply “No Deal!”  How often does a politician take the side of the American people?  How often do they sell us out?

Mr. President, on the slim possibility that some tiny bit of the sentiment herein contained can waft its way to you, I urge you: Ditch the deal.  If the DC Republicans won’t assist you, be prepared to ditch them too.  You can go on a tour of the country having rallies in the home states of the obstructionists in both parties.  Start with Kentucky.  Tell the whole truth. The Democrats are despicable and some of the Republicans are just as bad.  Tell the American people what goes on.  We’re adults.  We can handle a little sausage-making messiness.  We’re Americans!  Just hit us between the eyes with the truth, but whatever you do, don’t surrender to the rotten SOBs in Washington DC.  They’re like vultures, circling you, hoping you’ll fall to your knees.  Don’t do that for them.  Don’t do that to us!

Mr. President, I have heard you say that we will never surrender and never give in.  This is your first-term moment to make it or break it, and either take re-election in triumph or bow out in defeat.  You have them where you want them.  For once, we who have waited for this moment, the moment when victory is in sight, let us win.  Take up the standard and charge!  We’re with you!

It’s time to defeat them, Mr. President!  Their Russia hoax is drawing to a close.  Their lies to the American people cannot overwhelm the true message you gave to the people on the occasion of the State of the Union.  It’s time to close it down again if need be.   It’s time to shove this down their throats.  We’re with you, Mr. President.  We all know their offer is a farce.  It’s all intended to screw you and us.  They hate us equally, you know:  We for electing you, and you for not being one of them.

For once, we seem to have a courageous President who is with us for a change.  No crappy deals, Mr. President!  Not now.  We’ve fought too hard.  You’ve scrapped for every inch.  You’ve led us to the brink.  We’re not afraid.  They are.  We’re not quitting.  They are.  We’re not buckling.  They will.  It’s time to demolish them, Mr. President, and we’re here to help you. It’s time to win, Mr. President!

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Supine GOP Sabotaging President

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Who’s Watching His Back?

One of the things I have learned to hold in utter contempt is the slack-jawed, sycophantic, preternatural losers in the Republican Party.  In the main, they populate Washington DC, whether in government, media, or the political consultancy, although one can find them in state capitals around the country too.  These people don’t seek victory so much as extensions to their hold on influence and power.  In one sense, they’re part of the deep state, or at least functionally serve as an extension of it, but what one learns about them by careful observation is that they don’t care to win, at least not in the way their outside-the-beltway Republican brethren would understand victory.  When Trump talks about “winning,” all they see is danger, and wherever they see controversy, they are sure to seek cover elsewhere.  They’re not of us.  They’re weak.  They’re spineless.  They’re sneaky and vindictive.  They see President Trump’s State of the Union address as further evidence that the man is un-presidential.  Like the Democrats, they believe that Donald J. Trump must go.  From their perspective, flat on their backs and looking up at the world of real humans, there’s no reason to fight.  They think it’s nice down there on the ground, slithering around on their bellies while begging for crumbs from the globalist left.  To maintain their positions as deep-state bottom-feeders, they’re only to happy to participate in the sabotage of this President.

I was listening to the excellent but unusual opening to the most recent segment published by my friend Mr. L, of Mr. L’s Tavern.(You really should listen, as it’s a hoot).  I laughed heartily at the depiction.  What he portrayed in his opening is something I know all too well.  It’s almost precisely the same interaction I’ve had when I receive calls from the NRCC or Senator Cornyn’s campaign, or the campaign of my own House representative, or other political fund-raising efforts of the GOP and its political affiliates. These days, some of them use robo-call recordings that are fairly sophisticated, and it’s easy to be fooled by the best of them.  Occasionally, they’re still using actual human callers, for whom I always feel pity.  Imagine having to call to beg for contributions for my own Senator, John Cornyn(R-TX.) Imagine having to read a script laden with boilerplate schlock that is designed to offend as few people as possible, while saying precisely nothing of worth, and simultaneously promising to do everything and nothing for everyone and no-one all in three or four sentences.  They don’t have any but canned responses, and they can’t really answer for the party machine that pays for their service, but they’re obliged to listen to almost anything you might say so long as you refrain from terroristic threats or outright verbal abuse.  Whether anything you say is ever passed back to their masters remains doubtful, because I have been unable to convince them to cease.

Yes, yes, I strongly tend to vote for Republicans, and yes, I show up on election days.  Yes, I regularly give to political campaigns and politically-aligned causes in small sums that I can afford, (which isn’t much,) but none of this implies that I’m going to accept the GOP sing-song blindly, or that I’m going to donate to a party that undermines me, or the agenda items of our President when I happen to support them.  Mr. L’s point is not lost on me, because that’s what these jerks in Washington DC actually expect: I should remain supine as they walk over me just as they do for the Democrats!  Like Mr. L, I have no interest in funding a party that does not share my values.  These DC Republicans actually oppose a wall, and they oppose immigration enforcement, so that anything they say to the contrary is just part of the show they perform as the means by which they intend to bilk you and me of our cash.

It’s precisely as though when we expressed that we want Trump, and we want him because he promised to secure our border and build a wall, even if it means declaring an emergency, they preferred to believe that we hadn’t meant it.  Their beltway bubble gas-lighters have told them that we, you and I, out in “flyover country” are just having a temper tantrum, just like back in 2010.  Certainly, you remember the Tea Party.  Just as in those days, they don’t believe we’re serious, and don’t believe we can’t be steered onto some other course.  They belittle us and bully us, but still expect us to pay for it all.  Can you imagine the unmitigated chutzpah it must take to believe such a thing?  In their view, we should pay for the party and volunteer for the role of the butt of all the jokes at the party besides.  All this they expect, so that perhaps their DC masters will occasionally grant the favor of letting them to rise to their knees.

Meanwhile, our president is fighting like Hell to uphold his promises.  Some have said “well, he’s only trying to uphold his promises for the naked politics of the matter, but he doesn’t really care about a wall.”  When people make statements like this, do they believe they’re going to obtain some sort of Kreskin-like command of their audience’s attention?  Do they believe they’re saying something unknown to their audiences?  Of course it’s politics.  Whether Donald J. Trump believes in a wall himself or not, even if it’s “only naked politics” that drives him to keep his promise, I say “GOOD! GREAT! FINALLY!

One of the biggest scams in politics is the presupposition that the best and most mature politicians are those who will disregard the will of the electorate, ignoring the people who elected them in order to carry out the policy preferences of… who, exactly?  The wizards of smart?  The brilliance of lobbyists?  The interests of the global corporatists, or the corporate globalists?  Media moguls or their sock-puppets?  You see, it’s always portrayed as the evidence of wisdom, and a sign of maturity, and we, who elected the politician, we are supposed to simply nod in affirmation and agree: “Yes, we voted for this politician to do something completely different, but now that you’ve shown us the error of our preferences, we will continue to support this politician.”  Really?  When people try to convince you of this thesis, you’re right to reject them as con-artists.

In Washington DC now, they’re back on their heels for a few moments.  President Trump’s State of the Union address was well-received throughout the country with as many as eight in ten viewers approving his address, and as many as three of four approving of his immigration ideas.  That’s a stunningly good performance, but the media mavens were quick to remind that these were only “flash polls” taken in the immediate reaction to the speech, (and therefore will not represent the longer-term view of the people after the media has had a week or two in which to propagandize them into a different impression.)

This is an unpleasant circumstance for the DC-beltway crowd and their globalist masters.  They aren’t accustomed to being told “no,” and particularly not by the voters, for Heaven’s sake.  They are out to wreck Trump, and this is why as Mr. L pointed out, some forty-odd Republicans quit the House last Fall: They don’t support his presidency, and they’re not going to be participants in furthering his(meaning our) agenda.  Why would a relatively young man like Paul Ryan give up the House Speaker-ship so easily?  Why would the collection of them, nearly all of them RINOs, simply retire?  They also announced their retirements relatively late in the cycle, with the clear intent of making it more difficult on Republicans who might seek to fill their vacant seats.

In the Senate, the sabotage will be more direct.  This chamber-full of gargantuan egos is populated by people who think the sun rises and sets at their bidding.  People like Mitt Romney(R-UT,) embittered over his 2012 defeat, seems intent on replacing John McCain as a perpetual thorn in Donald Trump’s side, and just like the deceased Arizona senator, a constant pain in our asses to boot.  When you add the list of usual suspects in the GOP to the Democrat Caucus of Doom, it’s easy to see how Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY-the state, not the lubricant) will be able to torment the President any time he wishes.

As Mr. L also pointed out, since the State of the Union, suddenly, there has erupted talk of a “deal.” In the deal there will exist numerous poison pills that the surrender caucus of the GOP in both Houses will happily accept, knowing that they will damage President Trump with his base.  There will be DACA extensions, and Amnesty, and and every conceivable manner of betrayal of his base, desperately hoping to tempt the president to accept the deal, while simultaneously wishing to bash him over the head with it if he signs.  What they cannot permit is that he would declare an emergency, fully unleashing the power of Article II of our Constitution and securing our border with guards and barriers(or walls) and electronics and soldiers and alligator-infested moats along with the Army and the Border Patrol and ICE carrying out interior enforcement.  They’re most terrified that he’ll actually secure the border and then follow up with a deportation binge.  That won’t be permitted, if the supine GOP saboteurs have anything at all to do with it.

I’m afraid that Mr. L’s over-arching point is quite correct: These corrupt bastards who run the GOP in Washington DC don’t want Trump(or us) to win. They’re sick of him winning, and the reaction to his State of the Union address suggests that he’s made his case to the American people.  This is why suddenly, they’re talking deal, but stubbornly, they are going to insist on poisoning it.  The President should not accept such a deal, because it’s precisely the sort of failure we’ll understand as a betrayal.  I think President Trump understands this, and if my suspicion is correct, they’re going to offer some ridiculous deal, knowing that it will wreck him.  If they do, he must remain resolved, explain to the American people why the deal is worthless, and then declare the emergency to build the wall and secure our nation. At that point, he should take on the chore with a ruthless zeal, too.  It’s the only thing the weasels in Washington DC understand, and it’s the only way our interests, that three in four people who agreed on Tuesday with his immigration prescriptions are ever going to get it done their way.

I can only offer the following unsolicited advice for our Commander-in-Chief:  Mr. President, let them make their phony offer, and then shove it up their… noses with an emergency declaration of your own.  You have the power for extraordinary circumstances, but if the ongoing and perpetual reordering of our nation by invasion isn’t an emergency, I can’t conceive of what is.  Do it.  Declare that emergency to build the wall and virtually grab those saboteurs by their…whatevers.  It’s the reason we elected you.

Presidential Authority During National Emergencies

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

As the media begins to go absolutely nuts over the idea that the President might declare an emergency and re-allocate military funds to build the wall, it would be useful to review all the sorts of authorities any President has in time of emergency.  The radical statists who comprise the left are in favor of such power, but at the moment, such power, in the hands of President Trump, is contrary to their political interests.  Their whole shtick is “resist.”  Their rabid, anti-America base will oppose him simply because he’s not them.  The NeverTrump republicans, including opportunists like Mitt Romney, will undoubtedly oppose him.  Before the shrill voices grow louder, confounding our ability to understand the issue, let’s look at the law to see if we can easily surmise whether such an action by the President is authorized by the constitution.  After all, the constitution must be our yardstick.  With that in mind, let us examine why it is that President Trump is fully within the bounds of his constitutional authority to declare an emergency and build the wall, using the military to do so if need be.

First, let’s see what the President has to say on the matter, this past Friday in the Rose Garden:

One of the things always available to any president is the powers of Commander in Chief.  Article II of the United States Constitution makes one thing expressly explicit in Section II:

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”(Emphasis mine.)

The bolded portion here is easily understood.  He’s in charge of the military.  He decides how and when federal troops and state militia[national guard] will be deployed.  He, solely, is vested with the authority to determine their mission, and their day-to-day activities in pursuit of that mission.  Not Congress.  Not the courts.  Not the Secretary of Defense(who works for him directly.)  Nobody else trumps the President in the deployment of the armed forces.  Nobody can countermand him in his role as Commander in Chief.  Not John Roberts.  Not Nancy Pelosi.  Not Mitch McConnell.  Got it?  Seriously, if you have any doubt whatever about this, I have doubts about your reading comprehension.

The President can, within his authority, bring all of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, be they active or reserve components, or National Guard components, and assign them the mission of building the wall.  He can, within the scope of his authority, redirect EVERY MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, up to and including the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and also all DoD civilians, shovels and pick-axes in hand, to begin building the wall. He has this authority.

Some will point out that this is all well and good – that the President has the manpower available – but he does not have the money for the materials.  Wrong. Since the President determines the disposition of the Armed Forces, he also has some significant latitude in determining a number of things.  He can, at any moment, instruct the SecDef to cancel a contract.  Imagine all the whining Congress critters who have significant defense contracts in their districts who would lose their collective minds when he redirected funds in this manner.  It’s within his authority. Also, he can call all active forces to support the Army Corps of Engineers, who he can command to direct the construction.  There are all sorts of caches of “emergency funds” built into various budget areas that can be put to work in this way.  Congress is powerless to stop it because they’ve already appropriated and authorized the funds.

The President of the United States has broad powers already delegated to him by Congress to meet various emergencies.  For instance, while I believe the War Powers Act is probably unconstitutional if any President wanted to challenge its limits, there is nothing to prohibit a president from feigning compliance. A president could very easily declare a national security emergency arising from our porous Southern border, and deploy our forces in support of that mission. At the very least, he’d have 60 days to make an initial report to Congress, and a further 30 days to withdraw forces(which means the limit is effectively 90 days, where US border operations would be concerned.)  He need only be able to show that there is an attack of any sort on the United States.  Did you happen to notice those Soros-funded idiots throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and other weapons at our border agents recently?  That’s an attack against the United States, folks.

Readers would do well to acquaint themselves with Title 50 of the United States code.  It would also be useful to examine the Insurrection Act of 1807, as amended.  This, by itself, may provide all the justification Trump would need under existing law.  Congress would be powerless to impede him.  Under the auspices of the National Emergencies Act, the President can do all manner of thing, but all Congress may do is pass a joint resolution of both houses of Congress to stop it. (And this may be open to Presidential challenge in courts.)

As readers are well aware, the United States of America has been at war since 2001.  Due to this fact, the President’s general set of authorities are somewhat broader than they might otherwise be during peacetime.  Folks, President Trump has so much power that he hasn’t even begun to exercise that he could build a wall from San Diego to Manhattan before the courts could untangle it all.  The simple point is that the President has this authority.  You may not like it.  Hell, generally speaking, I don’t like it because it has been abused constantly to the detriment of the American people.  Wilson and Roosevelt were monsters.  They did so many things under “emergency doctrine” that still carry the weight and force of law that I shudder to consider it.  If President Trump finally acts to build a wall along our Southern border, it will be one of the rare legitimate uses of such powers in my lifetime.

Democrats and NeverTrump RINOs might hate it, but if President Trump pursues this course, he’s certainly got every manner of precedent to support him, and there is every conceivable loophole in existing law to support it.  If he really wants to, nothing can stop President Trump from building that wall, except perhaps  impeachment and removal, and while the Democrats may be able to carry out the first, there’s next to zero chance they can remove him in the Senate. The American people would revolt.  Bank on it.