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.

Today’s Big Story: Liberal Media Complex ‘Ridicules’ Trump Voters

Today’s big story concerns ongoing attempts by the Liberal Media Complex to alienate President Trump from his voters; which is a primary, if not the ultimate, objective of their ‘Russian collusion’ meme. On this point, the record was set straight today, by none other than the President’s son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner. To watch a video of his statement … click here.

When the administration promotes this message, their’s is a winning argument. One may wish to wager that the President’s new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, had a hand in crafting Mr. Kushner’s statement. For the Trump administration … a good sign.

If Collusion Is a Crime, So Is Lying

A lot of hay is made in the Liberal Media Complex about whichever associate of the President happens to be targeted on any given day as … wait for it … guilty of collusion.

In fact, no one will be found guilty of collusion. That is because the word ‘collude’ (defined by Merriam-Webster as: conspire, plot) is one with no specific legal meaning. In the context of political campaigning, ‘collusion’ is not defined as a crime any more than ‘lying’ is.

Which brings up a helpful analogy: lying.

While lying is morally dubious and certainly frowned upon by polite society, it is not, in and of itself, a crime. However, if one lies under specific circumstances, say, while testifying under oath before a federal grand jury, that would constitute perjury and would indeed be a crime.

The same could be said regarding collusion, which is not, in and of itself, a crime. However, if one colludes under certain circumstances, say, in order to destroy a computer hard drive that is under subpoena in a criminal investigation, that would constitute conspiracy to obstruct justice, and would indeed be a crime.

The point being ‘collusion’ is not a crime unless engaged in under specific circumstances that are themselves criminal. Yet, certain political and media drones keep suggesting that someone … anyone! … associated with the Trump administration must be guilty of collusion.

That is both intellectually lazy and politically expedient. And that’s why they do it.

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.

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.