Today’s Big Story: “The League of Extraordinary Candidates”

Today’s big story concerns an insurgent push to elect anti-establishment candidates to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as state governorships.

And it’s not just Democrat seats that are vulnerable in 2018.

For details … click here.

Establishment Republicans, quite a few of them, are vulnerable as well.

This push is to elect as many of a so-called “League of Extraordinary Candidates” as possible; to drain government swamplands of politicians obstructing the populist reforms currently spearheaded by President Trump.

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As Children Often Do

What do children, really little children, do when they don’t get their way?

Quite often, they throw tantrums: screaming, crying, kicking furniture, laying face-down on the floor, etc. in order to get what they want. We all know the drill because, at various times, we’ve witnessed this ultimate negotiating tactic of the very young and immature.

We see a similar phenomenon these days among Democrat politicians, the celebrity set, the Liberal Media Complex, assorted DC swamp-dwellers and denizens of social media — purportedly grown-ups, mind you — refusing to accept the fact that their preferred candidate lost the presidency.

The most immature brat of them all is the candidate herself, Hillary Clinton, currently touring the nation, whining, blaming, casting aspersions and otherwise setting a poor example for her emotionally fragile cadre.

One hopes, perhaps against hope, these dour souls can exhibit the emotional grace of at least a five-year-old, stop behaving so poorly, and get on with the business of governing, entertaining, reporting the news or clogging up the works … as their talents dictate.

Playing Politics With the Lives of Others

Wreaking economic, societal and legal havoc is nothing new for politicians. Democrats do it so cavalierly, in fact, and with the blessing of the Liberal Media Complex, that a true cynic cannot really blame them. But surely it is past time for such charlatans to stop playing politics with people’s lives.

Someone should have told that to Barack Obama when he occupied the White House and stumped for re-election. Not wanting to come off as too politically drastic, he toured the land telling friendly audiences that no less an authority than the U.S. Constitution prevented him from unilaterally granting legal status, via executive order, to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants (the so-called ‘Dreamers’) who were in this country illegally. Such policies, Mr. Obama acknowledged, are the constitutional purview of Congress.

After he secured his second term as president, however, Mr. Obama did exactly what he had earlier declared undo able — acting unilaterally so as to grant legal status, via executive order, to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who are in this country illegally. Mr. Obama’s cynical, hypocritical, and clearly unconstitutional maneuver rested on the too-clever political calculation that, first, Hillary Clinton would become the next president and never undo his executive order and, second, should Hillary loose, whichever Republican defeated her would lack the political nerve to counter his executive order with an executive order of their own.

Barack Obama was wrong — on both counts. He never imagined his successor in the Oval Office would be Donald Trump, the one politician with enough nerve to stick it back in Obama’s face, to demand some constitutional accountability apply to the unholy mess he made of America’s immigration policy.

Now, we see hundreds of thousands of ‘Dreamers,’ not to mention their family members both inside and outside of the United States, severely impacted because of Barack Obama’s cynical overreach. It is ironic and hypocritical, though not terribly surprising, that Mr. Obama, his Democrat colleagues, and their liberal media enablers will now clamor to condemn others as playing politics with people’s lives.

Talk about heartless.

 

Their Narrative and Their Scandals

Those in the liberal media have been selling their narrative for over half a century. We are, in fact, going on a third successive generation of Americans inundated with the following message:

Democrats are wise, caring, moral, trying to do the right thing, looking out for women, the poor, the underprivileged, and the working-class; promoting Democrats (i.e. liberals) as thoughtful, intelligent and essentially good. Republicans, on the other hand, are simplistic, morally compromised, looking out for the rich and powerful, dismissive of women, the underprivileged and the working-class; suggesting Republicans (i.e. conservatives) are simple-minded, cynical and essentially immoral.

Case in point: scandals. Those involving Democrats are reported by liberal media as procedural matters, as little more than Democrats being put upon, and the American people distracted, by the cynical maneuverings of Republican politicians. By contrast, Republican scandals are reported as substantive, as instances of significant wrongdoing that Democrats and the media must legitimately attempt to uncover, on behalf of the American people.

Consider the manner in which the Liberal Media Complex have downplayed Hillary Clinton’s improper, indeed felonious, mishandling of classified material; as opposed to their breathless promotion of the ongoing ‘Russian collusion’ meme, a purported scandal with no underlying crime.

America’s media culture is corrupt, entrenched and massive. And big ships turn slowly. The more Americans tire of the unreal left-wing narrative, the more they seek alternative sources of news and information — leaving a ship that may simply be incapable of righting itself.

Today’s Big Story: This Scandal Is Yuge!

Today’s Big Story involves a burgeoning DC scandal.

It is not a new story, but only now is it coming to light. And for one reason … it involves Democrats.

More specifically, it involves the Democrat National Committee, the former chairwoman of that committee and quite a few Democrat members of Congress. And though the Liberal Media Complex has done their best to ignore it … this story is now beyond ignoring.

For more details … click here and here.

Democrats’ Misguided Strategy

Over the years, Americans have become ever more savvy about advertising. We’ve increased our awareness — a communal gut-sense, if you will — of being plied with slick marketing at the expense of sincerity.

In this regard, Democrats mistakenly think they’re ahead of the curve. If their ‘Russian collusion’ meme plays itself out before the 2018 elections, they won’t help themselves by reaching for another crutch, such as their oft-employed ‘millionaires and billionaires’ routine.

Republicans only care about millionaires and billionaires, they tell us … Seriously?

Are American voters so void of common sense as to swallow that non-dimensional caricature of the Republican party? Some Democrats apparently think so, as evidenced by a recent video clip (to view it, click here), in which Democrat Senator Chris Murphy argues Democrats should drop one shallow argument so they can take up another.

Apparently, Democrats see electoral politics as all about marketing. To an extent, one cannot blame them, considering how the slick marketing of Barack Obama netted them the White House and both houses of Congress in 2008. Barack Obama was an attractive brand, cleverly promoted by the Liberal Media Complex.

Since 2008, however, Democrats have consistently lost ground on the electoral map. If they believe insincere caricature will outperform President Trump’s blunt populism in 2018, they are mistaken.

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.