Government Shutdown May Be Needed

Query: When is a government shutdown not such a bad idea? Answer: Now.

There are two reasons Democrats won elections back in 2006 and wrested control of Congress from the Republican party: the Democrats ran like Republicans and the Republicans governed like Democrats.

As to the first reason, Democrats strategically recruited and proffered candidates in 2006 who promised to confront their own party leadership and rein in federal spending. That was all nonsense, of course, but frustrated voters bought it nonetheless and decided to give Democrats a chance.

As to the second, Republicans had been governing like Democrats, with wildly out of control spending and huge budget deficits that voters saw, rightly, as a betrayal — just the sort of fiscal policy Republicans had promised to end. Such myopic governance by Republicans served to alienate them from their own base of support, and left them vulnerable to the Democrats party’s duplicity.

Recent history is on the verge of repeating itself. Democrats have already shown their hand with congressional candidates, like Conor Lamb, who sound like moderate Republicans (a sure bet they wouldn’t govern that way). Republicans, meanwhile, govern as though deliberately attempting to alienate the voters who put them back in power … blowing it … again!

The only thing that can save Republicans from themselves may be a presidential veto and a temporary government shutdown.

Here’s hoping for one.

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The Era of Zero-Sum Politics

Its roots are in the presidency of Barack Obama, a man who famously refused to negotiate with Republicans, unless, of course, they gave him everything he wanted — Mr. Obama would have considered that a fair negotiation. When he did not get his way, he vilified Republicans in Congress and used executive orders to marginalize them; even as he weaponized powerful organs of the federal government to punish his political enemies.

Toward the end of Mr. Obama’s second term, he and the rest of the established political order fully expected Hillary Clinton to take up the reins as our next president. They envisioned a bright future for themselves, a future of unbridled immigration via open borders; of a newly amalgamated citizenry, ill-informed and heavily dependent on government, with little appreciation for the duties and privileges of citizenship; of an ever-expanding, all-powerful, politically weaponized administrative state; of entrenched liberal dominance as far as the eye could see.

Their sense of entitlement, of imminence, led some establishment politicians and bureaucrats to a deeply corrupt place, doing inappropriate and perhaps illegal things, certain they would get away with it. They could, for instance, conduct a sham investigation of Hillary Clinton’s classified email imbroglio, or falsely obtain a FISA warrant to spy on candidate Trump and his campaign; because candidate Clinton benefited from their malfeasance, and a President Clinton would never hold them accountable.

In the Autumn of 2016, with Mrs. Clinton on the verge of victory, the established political order were that close to having it all. But Trump didn’t lose to Clinton, as written in their script. And now, they see it all slipping away. They are bitter. And angry. And vulnerable.

If Democrats can re-take Congress, if they can destroy and humiliate Donald Trump, if they can intimidate congressional Republicans into submission as once was customary … they may still have a chance. This is why Democrats, with their allies in the Liberal Media Complex and the Deep State, are now so partisan and vicious. Their struggle is existential. They will win … or suffer a slow death … on this field of political battle.

“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.

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.

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.

How the Media Rob Us of Hope

It has taken a long time, decades in fact. But the Liberal Media Complex accomplished what they set out to do. They trained Democrats and Republicans how to behave. Perhaps the liberal media are to be congratulated on a job well done. Then again, maybe they ought to be condemned for having degraded political discourse and weakened our democracy.

The liberal media have trained Democrats to stand tall and say whatever they want, with little to no fear of negative repercussion. That is why Democrat presidents, and their surrogates, routinely deny requests for special counsels to investigate their scandals — something Barack Obama did repeatedly. And they do so without pushback from our vaunted media hounds. You know, the ones charged with ‘speaking truth to power’ … blah, blah, blah.

The same liberal media have trained Republicans to cower with their tails between their legs, waiting to be beaten. This is why Republicans break ranks and turn on a President of their own party, under relentless attack, until they cave and appoint special counsels or establish congressional investigative committees or special commissions; to their own detriment and the detriment of whatever agenda the voters duly elected them to pursue.

This is how it works in Washington, DC. Democrats boldly storm about the place, as though they are in charge, even when they are out of the White House and a congressional minority. Republicans, on the other hand, even when they control the White House and both houses of Congress, cower when the liberal media raise a threatening hand.

Folks … this has got to stop.

One held hope, as President Trump came into office, that perhaps it would stop, that Republicans … finally … would find a voice and some self-respect. But with all the momentum currently against them, and the liberal media breathlessly, relentlessly in attack mode, that hope teeters on the brink.