When It Doesn’t Add Up

One recalls former FBI Director James Comey pardoned—err, declined to prosecute—Hillary Clinton over her email shenanigans, back in July of 2016. It truly was a shock to see Mr. Comey make the case against Mrs. Clinton, reeling off various things she had done, undeniably criminal in nature, and in the very next moment declare that no reasonable prosecutor would prosecute her for such obviously criminal activity.

I remember thinking, at the time … There must be some reasonable prosecutor … somewhere! … who would pursue such a strong case against Hillary. In fact, I’d call it a slam dunk. This just doesn’t add up.

Since Mr. Comey cleared the way for Hillary to continue her ill-fated run for the presidency, we’ve learned more of the story, of the Deep State—in which James Comey was a key player—and their well-documented efforts to preserve and promote Hillary’s candidacy, while simultaneously harming Donald Trump’s.

One recalls, also, numerous accounts surfacing shortly after President Trump’s 2016 election victory, stories of alleged ‘collusion’ between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives to subvert the very election Mr. Trump had just won. Though largely attributed to ‘anonymous’ sources, the Liberal Media Complex promoted the story with abandon and glee, investing heavily in their own narrative.

I remember thinking, at the time … Something about this, the way the establishment Left uniformly promotes it, gives me pause. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but this doesn’t add up. In fact, it stinks.

In the months since then, thanks to investigations by determined congressional Republicans (despite obstruction from congressional Democrats), as well as determined reporting by a few journalists (to the indifference of the Liberal Media Complex), we’ve learned that operatives in the Clinton campaign, the DNC and the Obama Administration concocted a false narrative of ‘Russian collusion’ in order to compromise, if not end outright, President Trump’s campaign and later his fledgling administration.

Now, in the days leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, we have another disturbing narrative, of bombs being sent to prominent Democrat politicians and other high-profile, outspoken liberals. Despite the gravity of the situation, and before the full story was even known, establishment politicians and liberal media cynically pounced to blame it all on President Trump. It is a disturbing indication of how polarized and dangerous our politics have become.

As I find myself thinking … Something about this just doesn’t add up. The timing alone, within two weeks of election day, is suspect. Add in the nature of the story—twelve oddly assembled explosive devices, none of which exploded to cause injury, and a suspected perpetrator who looks right-wing crazy enough to have come from central casting—along with the manner in which the story unfolded, as though tailor-made to give Democrats and the liberal media an advantageous narrative. 

Surely there is more to learn about this story’s origins and trajectory. Surely this is not some scripted, decrepit stunt. However, in view of the circumstances and past experience, many observers are skeptical.

Hard to blame them.

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First Is Good … Smart Is Better

Eighty percent of success is showing up … so Woody Allen, the brilliantly funny comedian, once said. There’s a lot to be said, as well, for getting there first.

Ask George W. Bush. One may remember that by the time Al Gore challenged the presidential vote count in 2000, Bush was already declared the winner; in fact, Gore had just phoned Bush to concede—that’s another story. The point here is that Bush maneuvered from a position of strength, while uppity Al tried to snatch Bush’s victory away from him. Both candidates claimed the presidency … Bush got there first … and served two terms.

In politics, controlling the narrative is paramount. We’ve seen this play out over the 2016 presidential election, with narratives of dueling incompatibility. Sundry leftists, including the Liberal Media Complex, assert that Donald Trump colluded with Russian operatives to deprive Hillary Clinton of certain victory. Republicans contend it was in fact President Obama’s FBI and Justice Department that colluded to keep Mrs. Clinton in the race by absolving her of serious criminal charges, and further that the Clinton campaign, the DNC and operatives of Obama’s intelligence community colluded in various ways to sabotage Donald Trump’s candidacy, and later his presidency.

Trump’s enemies had the early advantage—they knew their conspiracies were improper and most likely illegal; they knew that, once Hillary lost the election, they and their misdeeds could be exposed; and they knew all of this before Donald Trump did. They saw a way to deflect from their own criminal collusion by arguing, with mind-boggling dexterity, that it was Mr. Trump who had colluded illegally. In doing so, the Left seized the narrative, and controlled the board for the next year and a half, during which President Trump busily performed damage control.

Nearly two years since Donald Trump’s election victory, well over a year of deep-dive sleuthing by Robert Mueller and his crack team of inquisitors, and no evidence has emerged of criminal activity on Mr. Trump’s part. The narrative and momentum may finally be shifting in the president’s favor. Getting there first, after all, is only one side of the equation. On the other is the ‘smarts’ department.

And who thought it was smart to cavalierly conduct a sham investigation of candidate Clinton, to brazenly sabotage a national election, to collude to unseat a duly elected president, and to leave an evidentiary trail of emails, text messages and goodness knows what other shenanigans? The people smart enough to do all that would be the same ones who knew Hillary Clinton would win the presidency, and would insure their corruption was swept into the dust bin. History, so they say, is written by the winners. And all the really smart people knew that Hillary would win in 2016.

They just knew it!

Building American Empire: A How To Guide

During my law school days, I took a class in International Law. Our professor was Russian and familiar with the old Soviet Union. When asked to explain how the USSR determined their leadership, he told us the Communist Party would put up a slate of candidates, the people would vote, and the Party’s chosen would win—without exception. “Yes, they hold elections in Russia,” he told us. “They just don’t mean anything.”

And so it goes with empires, a citizenry granted illusory participation while empowered elites decide who will be the next ruler; and once their choice is made, the political structure falls in line … or else! … a ruthless way of managing affairs. This is—more or less—how the Roman Empire worked, how the Soviet Empire worked, and how the American Empire was intended to work. In 2016, Hillary Clinton was chosen by America’s political elite to be the next President of the United States. Prominent politicians, celebrities and media figures all fell in line to back her candidacy.

Imagine … if she had actually won.

Imagine her (instead of Donald Trump) appointing justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as to lower federal courts. Imagine a leftist federal judiciary systematically legislating from the bench well into the future, long enough to mold the U.S. Constitution into something unrecognizable to the brilliant men who originally crafted it.

Imagine a judiciary and legislature to rubber-stamp Hillary’s overreach: confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens; taxing and spending Americans into economic subjugation; unbridled immigration, legal or otherwise, giving Democrats an unassailable electoral majority; the political Left in control of all federal branches: executive, legislative and judicial. Imagine access to the public forum incrementally lessened; arbitrary application of ‘hate speech’ rules and other rules to silence the Left’s opposition, as though the very notion of ‘free speech’ were an antiquated relic of America’s vainglorious past.

Imagine the Left controlling not only academia, the news media and the entertainment industry, but in firm control of the administrative agencies and all institutions of national intelligence and federal law enforcement. The collusion that occurred between the Clinton campaign, the DNC and sundry Obama operatives to subvert the 2016 presidential election would not be known to the public. Rather, such tactics would become quietly commonplace, enacted, aided and abetted with impunity by overlords of an ever-expanding Administrative State—whose opponents would count themselves lucky not to end up financially ruined or imprisoned. Of course, some of this behavior is openly advocated, and already occurring; but imagine it intensified exponentially and ongoing for decades on end.

Whoever might be chosen, in a long line of leftist succession, would be anointed by establishment elites and assured a presidency with essentially unchecked power. A self-interested political structure would fall in line … or else! … and as for the citizenry, they’d still be allowed to vote. It just wouldn’t mean anything.

This Is Total War

The Left has declared total war. Political warfare, total nonetheless.

In a military context, total war means ‘no civilians,’ as non-combatant populations become targets, along with non-military elements such as infrastructure and industrial capacity. Nothing is off-limits in a hellish, scorched earth push to destroy the enemy’s capacity and will to fight, to cause devastation and surrender.

The leftist wing of American politics has adopted such measures, in political terms, in their determination to destroy President Trump. Witness the scorched earth sentiment of HBO comedian Bill Maher, wishing America’s economy would suffer a recession if it hurts Mr. Trump’s electoral prospects. Or Robert De Niro chanting “F*ck Trump!” to a standing ovation from the live, televised audience at the Tony Awards. To hell with the country, its economy, its citizenry, and with any sense of propriety, so long as Trump suffers too. Such sentiments reflect a Left willing to punish Americans in order to harm their duly elected president.

Rule of Law, the U.S. Constitution and functional democracy mean little to those whose disdain for Trump and his policies outweighs their respect for America’s socio-political institutions. As with Hitler’s bombing of London or the Allied bombing of Dresden during World War II, this is not about softening up one’s enemy pending frontal assault. The objective is surrender; in this case to cause Mr. Trump and his allies to abandon a fight that is too withering, too exhausting.

The formula includes collective punishment of anyone allied or closely associated with Donald Trump, all become targets, even the president’s wife. Unfounded speculation by David Frum and other media talking heads that the first lady had suffered domestic abuse is worse than preposterous; it is weaponized rhetoric designed to lessen the president’s resolve by humiliating his family. No respite, no quarter given.

Witness Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s intimidation and over-zealous prosecution of those associated with the president, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s conflict-ridden empowerment of Mueller, juxtaposed against self-guided incompetence in the FBI’s non-investigation of Hillary Clinton and her associates. A politicized Justice Department targets the very chief executive under whose purview it operates; and those on one side of the political equation get a pass, while those on the other side get pulverized. The message is simple and direct—ally yourself with Donald Trump and we will target, harass and destroy you.

This behavior is not as irrational as one might think. Establishment liberals have spent decades constructing a system in which an elite political class oversees America, wherein they alone have the capacity to manage our federal bureaucracy, wherein they use government’s immensity and power to marginalize and manipulate the citizenry. In stark contrast, at the heart of President Trump’s mandate, is a return of power and influence to the American people, in accord with the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution and sustainably functioning democracy.

The way the establishment Left sees it, if Trump succeeds, the world as they know it, the value system and power structure they cling to, will cease to exist. They refuse to accept Trump’s presidency as legitimate and want him removed from office post-haste; they want to humiliate and destroy him, make an example of him, as a warning to anyone wishing to follow in his footsteps; and they see voters who elected Donald Trump as a rebellious, low brow mob, to be subdued.

The Left is at war with current political reality. It is total, unconditional, unsustainable and dangerous.

Obama’s Legacy of Corruption

Reporting and commentary on Barack Obama’s presidential legacy, and Donald Trump’s efforts to undo it, have focused, until now, on policy. However, President Obama’s most enduring legacy may have less to do with policy than with an apparatus and attitude of corruption that, under his stewardship, infiltrated our federal government.

Members of President Obama’s senior staff, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, among others, are implicated in the illegal use of the government’s legal and national security apparatus to protect the 2016 candidacy of Hillary Clinton and sabotage the candidacy, and presidency, of Donald Trump. This is impropriety of the highest order — and that’s putting it mildly.

A flow of damning information, leaked or otherwise, is now beyond stoppage. The year-old investigation into ‘Russian collusion’ by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is increasingly tainted with partisan overreach. Hypocrisy among the Liberal Media Complex reaches heights of self-parody. And the so-called ‘deep state’ is in a state of deep panic. President Trump has appropriately called for a full-on investigation, which may require a second special counsel to root out improprieties and illegalities that are legion.

In all of this, a line of inquiry difficult to avoid: What did President Obama know? And when did he know it?

We asked this some months ago. Establishment politicians are now doing so in polite circles. The Liberal Media Complex continues to ignore and deflect, having been part of the scam from the jump. But the deeper one digs, the more a trail of corruption leads to Mr. ‘No-Drama’ Obama himself. It will not go away until Barack Obama’s deepening legacy of corruption is fully exposed, acknowledged and dealt with.