Our Worst Brand of Politics

Comparisons between the current scandal over purported ‘Russian collusion’ and the mother of all modern political scandals, Watergate, have become profligate, likening President Trump’s current situation to obstructions of justice that occurred over the Watergate break-in. Such analysis often overlooks a significant distinction. With Watergate, there was an actual crime, a break-in of the Democrat party’s campaign headquarters; with the Trump/Russia narrative, no evidence of underlying criminal activity has surfaced, giving strong indication that none exists.

A salient analogy, however, does exist between current events and those of the Watergate era. It concerns the madness and hysteria that take hold when reason and self-awareness wane in the pursuit of sheer partisan advantage. We see this in a sociopolitical climate generated by America’s political left, whose current Trump/Russia hysteria disregards truth, consistency and introspection.

Machinations of the so-called ‘deep state’ are ongoing and geared toward ending, abruptly, the Trump presidency; they are better calibrated and less conspicuous than the left’s more common methods and tendencies. Dishonesty, demagoguery, hypocrisy, ruthlessness, hatred, even violence, as we’ve seen recently, are tolerated when directed at President Trump and his supporters. To establishment liberals, it matters not how they get there, only that they succeed in achieving their goal — the personal and political destruction of the President.

I halt shy of the word ‘evil’ but there is something decidedly dark in all of this. A darkness manifest in the image of a blood-drenched, severed head of the President of the United States held up by a comedian, whose expression is determinedly deadpan, open to interpretation: Is this a joke? … a threat? … an incitement? … a directive? … all of the above?

Not long thereafter, a gunman, clearly mad, clearly emboldened by the cacophony of rage and hatred coursing through our media culture, targeted a group of lawmakers, specifically Republicans, for assassination. Miraculously, that madman’s effort was thwarted by Capital Hill police, else his swath of carnage would have been considerably more horrific. When the level of vitriol, hatred and violence increases and the resulting condemnation is less than universal, the stakes rise that much more. Vile and violent rhetoric morph increasingly into vile and violent acts.

Watergate was about politics, ultimately, and the liberal establishment, in all their rabid intensity, won the day, forcing Richard Nixon’s resignation of the presidency, securing a political windfall in the 1974 congressional elections and six subsequent years of largely unrestrained liberal dominance. If establishment liberals fail to win this time … if Mr. Trump survives his first term and wins re-election in 2020, the moment and the fallout will be transcendent … heaven help us.

America Lurches Toward Fascism

Among the characteristics of fascism is a virulent demonization of the voices of opposition. Those who deviate from establishment norms are first discouraged, then no longer tolerated. They become ostracized, shunned, and eventually neutralized — figuratively, if not literally.

We see this type of behavior increasingly encouraged among America’s media and other liberal elite. A perceived vulgarian comes along, into the White House no less, and establishmentarians who resent and despise President Trump rage against him, what he stands for, and anyone associated with his administration. The establishment’s self-labeled ‘resistance’ has become increasingly caustic, approaching militancy. Illustrations abound. Let us consider just three.

First, a production of “Julius Caesar” in New York’s Central Park, featuring a title character who is cast to resemble President Trump, and who, during the course of the play, is graphically and brutally assassinated on stage.The play has reportedly received standing ovations from New York City’s enlightened. One can only imagine the reaction had such a production been staged during the Obama administration, depicting his assassination … yeah, right.

Second, an appellate decision, in a liberally dominated, federal district court, based not on President Trump’s immigration policy, but on presidential candidate Trump’s campaign rhetoric; whereby the court ruled to invalidate an immigration policy that, standing on its own, admittedly passes constitutional muster. These judges are, in effect, monitoring, shunning and censoring, via judicial fiat, that which they consider unacceptable political speech — as disconcerting as it is unconstitutional.

Third, the Liberal Media Complex’s ongoing, ever intensifying cacophony of rage and hatred toward the President. It began as Mr. Trump began to secure the Republican nomination in 2016; intensified upon his winning (fair and square, without ‘Russian collusion’) last year’s presidential election; and grows increasingly vicious and irresponsible the more the President deflects the media’s invective and barrels ahead toward his policy objectives. Democrats and the liberal media are promoting, selling to America, the impeachment of President Trump. Make no mistake, they are quite serious about this. Playing the long game, their aim is to normalize not just the concept, but the very process of impeachment — something heretofore considered a political extremity.

How does this end if the forces of political nihilism prevail? What would stop them from finding the next target or targets, and waging a renewed, reinvigorated war of political annihilation? How far would that take us down the road toward fascism, and away from democracy?

Worth considering, because that is what’s at stake.

They Who Cry “Russian Collusion!” Must Look in the Mirror

Democrats and sundry leftists in the media are showing their hand when they complain about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In fact, they damn themselves.

There is no evidence whatsoever, not even a reputable claim, that Russia affected America’s voting machines or vote tallying processes. Rather, the charge from Democrats and the Liberal Media Complex is that Russia impacted public awareness and opinion regarding America’s election and our presidential candidates, and that Russia’s impact was to candidate Clinton’s detriment.

In other words … It’s the messaging, stupid!

What liberals thereby admit — wittingly or not — is that the information put into the public square, and how it gets put there, can be determinative. That’s a huge admission on their part. What liberals accuse the Russians of doing is what the Liberal Media Complex have done every election cycle for decades, and continue to do even when an election is over.

Case in point. One recalls the months between Barack Obama’s 2008 election victory and his inauguration in January 2009. Many in the liberal media queried with breathless enthusiasm … Must we wait until January to have this brilliant man and his team of geniuses take the reins of power? Forget what the U.S. Constitution says. Can we not just inaugurate Obama in November or December of 2008? Just do it!

Contrast that with the atmosphere of foreboding after Donald Trump’s recent victory … We must prevent Trump from taking the reins of power. We beg those of you in the Electoral College to ignore your constitutional duty. Deny this awful man and his team of intellectual delinquents any access to the White House. Just do it!

Nothing upsets the liberal establishment more than getting beat at their own game. In 2016, Donald Trump beat them, indeed humiliated them, at their ‘messaging’ game. So, they hate the man and still want to undo him somehow. Their parade of animus and negativity continues unabated.

As for the Liberal Media Complex, they’ve shown their hand. Claiming a mantle of journalistic integrity, they brazenly attempt to impact our political discourse in favor of chosen candidates and causes. That’s not journalism. It’s political advocacy. They damn themselves.