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It’s Time For Mitch To Go
If the GOP wants to win again, they’ll reject McConnell and find younger leadership that is ready to build a new party to serve the middle class, not the ruling class. 
By Chris Buskirk

January 7, 2021

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who currently holds what I suppose we now call the Office of the Outgoing Senate Majority Leader, has to go. He’s a man unsuited for the times. The results prove it.

It is McConnell who has been the architect of Republican defeat in the Senate. Heading into the 2016 election, there were 54 Republican senators. After the election there were 52. Then, in 2018, McConnell backed the disastrous candidacy of Martha McSally for an open seat in Arizona. It was McConnell who picked her and crowded out other viable candidates. That year McSally lost by 2.4 percentage points to Kyrsten Sinema while, at the same time, Republican Doug Ducey cruised to a nearly 15-point win as Arizona’s governor. 

Voters didn’t reject Republicans as such; they rejected McSally. McConnell then lobbied for McSally to be appointed to the seat vacated by John McCain, setting up another McSally defeat at the hands of Mark Kelly in November. Again, she trailed the Republican at the top of ticket, underperforming Donald Trump. And once again, it was McConnell’s doing. In Arizona he helped engineer the loss of two Republican senate seats in two years by handpicking a candidate Arizonans didn’t want.


He finished the job in 2020 with a loss in Colorado, an admittedly tough race on unfavorable terrain. But it was the run-off elections in Georgia that sealed the deal. There, McConnell selected Kelly Loeffler over elected Republicans like U.S. Representative Doug Collins for appointment to the seat held by Johnny Isakson, who resigned for health reasons. Why? McConnell never explained his rationale publicly but it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that he thought he was being clever and wagered that female candidates would get female votes that a male candidate wouldn’t get. Plus, Loeffler is very wealthy and pledged to put at least $20 million of her own money into the campaign. 

How did McConnell’s 2D chess work out? Loeffler came in second in the three-way November race and came in second again in the run-off. Meaning she lost. And it looks like incumbent David Perdue will also lose and Democrats will have control of the Senate.

Don’t reward failure. Any political party that is serious about winning holds leadership accountable for losses. Trump critics have been quick to say that he owns the Georgia losses. I think that’s wrong, but he’s already been held accountable to voters. Senate Republicans need to hold McConnell accountable and find new leadership. He is simply the wrong man at the wrong time. At 78 years old, his policy priorities and his political instincts belong to another time. Republicans have a lot of work to do if they want to earn back the right to govern and if given that opportunity to use the power they are given to make life better for Americans.

When it suited him, McConnell was able to summon plenty of time and energy to pass tax cuts and bailouts for big corporations—which, incidentally, overwhelmingly support Democrats and their woke-agenda—but he could never seem to get around to passing legislation that would benefit the middle class. He was good at getting Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed, though with court-packing on Biden’s agenda it’s not clear how much that will matter. But doing that didn’t win any elections.  

As Gray Connolly noted in a smart Twitter thread:

As a general rule, any conservative politics that does not propose and enact policies to conserve its working & middle classes—especially in a time of crisis or pandemic—deserves that no effort be made for its own conservation by the electors. There is significant demographic 40s & younger that has never known a sustained good economic period—prime earning years wiped out by the (great financial crisis), QE & now the Pandemic. People who are in debt & whose work is insecure & wages stagnant do not care about your kraken idiocy etc.

McConnell—and for that matter most Republican senators—either don’t know this or don’t care. The Senate was designed to be the legislative body most insulated from the excitability of electoral politics. The six-year term is supposed to allow senators to take a longer view. But the issues of concern to voters now are not temporary flights of passion and they’re not going away. In fact, the urgency is only rising and Republicans need leadership who knows it.

Mitch McConnell can’t lead Republicans out of the wilderness. His time has passed. He’ll be 84 at the end of his current term. He shouldn’t even put his name forward for a leadership position. But he will. If Republicans know what the country needs and if they want to win again, they’ll reject McConnell and find younger leadership that is ready to build a new party to serve the middle class, not the ruling class.

About Chris Buskirk

Chris is publisher and editor of American Greatness and the host of The Chris Buskirk Show. He was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute and received a fellowship from the Earhart Foundation. Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses in financial services and digital marketing. He is a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Hill, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter at @TheChrisBuskirk

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OPINION
Welcome to a Wilderness of Lies
Kurt  SchlichterKurt Schlichter|Posted: Jan 07, 2021 12:01 AM  
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Well, this is going to be cheery. Have you noticed that everything is a lie and a scam? Everything.

See, the problem starts when our elite realized that it could break the norms and betray the principles that we all thought we were all abiding by without accountability, at least for a little while. The Establishment realized that it can simply not enforce the norms, and then there will be a lag time while the normals continue on as if the norms were still in effect. It’s inertia – this is why you get these sad sack RINOs lecturing us on how we’re subverting the institutions when what we are really doing is pointing out that the institutions have subverted themselves.

It’s willful blindness to the corruption because the weakhearts don’t want to admit there is corruption because that would then require them to act. It’s easier to live on scraps.

As you read this, I expect that we will be hearing how the GOP blew Georgia. Either we lost Tuesday night – no delay in calling it for the commies! – or we’ll enter the endless recounts leading up to the inevitable Dem victory. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it. If I am, feel free to mock me for my lack of faith in the system. But then, sometimes you draw a five when you have 16 in blackjack. You just don’t bet on that happening.

I guess this is all necessary. The structures and institutions of American society have all been in place with little real change for nearing a century. Nothing lasts forever though, particularly when they are run by grifty idiots. The disruption caused by the tech revolution has helped speed up inevitable processes of change – you know, the creative destruction we hear about in unwoke economics courses. The institutions we relied on – our churches, the NFL, the political parties – are now focused entirely upon preventing that inevitable change. The lackluster losers who inherited their sinecures in these institutions (not literally but by being adopted into the establishment by going to the right schools) want to maintain a status quo that is great for them and poison for the rest of us. 

Joe Biden* is the quintessential example of this, a failed retread with zero accomplishments promising business as usual with a veneer of wokeness slathered on top of it all. He wants to hold on to his ruins. He’ll entrench his corporate masters and do everything he can to stifle the potential for reform and dissent. Remember when dissent was patriotic? Now, the media’s whole job is to angrily reaffirm the divine right of our garbage elite to rule us.

BREAKING: All the people in power are good and wise and benevolent and competent and to say differently is treasonous sedition of treachery! Film at 11.

And they have carefully cultivated a class of drones to support them. You see them on the street, healthy people wearing face diapers as they walk alone. They can’t all have immunity conditions. Most are just brainwashed, and eager to be. There’s this funny outtake of The Office where they elaborately prank Dwight to think he is in the Matrix, and they offer him the blue pill that sends him back into the false reality or the red pill that opens his eyes. He asks for the blue pill. And that’s what so many of the losers who are our fellow citizens want, desperately. They yearn for a blue pill to make the reality go away.

It never occurred to me until recently that maybe a lot of people don’t like freedom. Maybe they are happy enough with Netflix, Trader Joe’s chardonnay, and serfdom.

I told you this was going to be cheery.

And yet I have long-term optimism even if I have short-term predictions of chaos. History doesn’t just stop. There’s no locking us into this forever. And enough of us are woke that we remain a threat to the garbage status quo and the mutants who run it.

It’s easy to focus on the bad – a Mitt Romney or a tool like that useless Georgia secretary of state – to draw our attention and become a focus for our anger, but look at the bigger picture. We have more squared-away folks out there doing our work now than ever before. The GOP, which we will not abandon because in a two-party system you can’t really start a new party, has been dragged kicking and screaming our way. Oh, not completely, not even close. But it is moving our way over time. The Jeb!s and Nikki!s think they stand to inherit it when that mean old Trump leaves. Nope. Not happening.

This is a long war. If you want a quick win, you won’t get it. If you think some sort of magic even is going to fix everything, wrong. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Our Rome won’t be torn down and rebuilt in one either.

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Liberal amnesia about last summer’s riots
By Post Editorial BoardJanuary 7, 2021 | 10:36pm | Updated

Rioters set fire to vehicles during a George Floyd protest in Seattle, Washington on May 30.

President-elect Joe Biden got a text from his granddaughter about how police handled the US Capitol rioters, telling him, “Pop, this isn’t fair,” he said Thursday.

He then added: “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that’s true, and it is unacceptable.”

We’re not sure what country Biden lives in — or Kamala Harris, who echoed the remarks — but it isn’t the United States.

Across the country, BLM and Antifa were coddled. Portland allowed them to set up an autonomous zone in the middle of the city for months, and police and politicians did nothing.

In liberal cities, politicians told cops to back off and pushed for more lawbreakers to be released without bail or no charges.

The thugs who attacked the Capitol were met with officers fighting back at barricades and tear gas. Guns were drawn and, in one case, deadly force was used.

The rioters were able to get the run of the Capitol because cops were vastly outnumbered. Officials are already resigning or being fired because of that failure.

This was a horrible insurrection and should be condemned. But Mr. Biden, don’t hypocritically try to rewrite the story of last summer’s riots to suggest that liberals weren’t permissive or that there’s some sort of double standard or racism at work here.

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Romans 6:6-7
6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

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It’s Time For Mitch To Go
If the GOP wants to win again, they’ll reject McConnell and find younger leadership that is ready to build a new party to serve the middle class, not the ruling class. 
By Chris Buskirk

January 7, 2021

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who currently holds what I suppose we now call the Office of the Outgoing Senate Majority Leader, has to go. He’s a man unsuited for the times. The results prove it.

It is McConnell who has been the architect of Republican defeat in the Senate. Heading into the 2016 election, there were 54 Republican senators. After the election there were 52. Then, in 2018, McConnell backed the disastrous candidacy of Martha McSally for an open seat in Arizona. It was McConnell who picked her and crowded out other viable candidates. That year McSally lost by 2.4 percentage points to Kyrsten Sinema while, at the same time, Republican Doug Ducey cruised to a nearly 15-point win as Arizona’s governor. 

Voters didn’t reject Republicans as such; they rejected McSally. McConnell then lobbied for McSally to be appointed to the seat vacated by John McCain, setting up another McSally defeat at the hands of Mark Kelly in November. Again, she trailed the Republican at the top of ticket, underperforming Donald Trump. And once again, it was McConnell’s doing. In Arizona he helped engineer the loss of two Republican senate seats in two years by handpicking a candidate Arizonans didn’t want.


He finished the job in 2020 with a loss in Colorado, an admittedly tough race on unfavorable terrain. But it was the run-off elections in Georgia that sealed the deal. There, McConnell selected Kelly Loeffler over elected Republicans like U.S. Representative Doug Collins for appointment to the seat held by Johnny Isakson, who resigned for health reasons. Why? McConnell never explained his rationale publicly but it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that he thought he was being clever and wagered that female candidates would get female votes that a male candidate wouldn’t get. Plus, Loeffler is very wealthy and pledged to put at least $20 million of her own money into the campaign. 

How did McConnell’s 2D chess work out? Loeffler came in second in the three-way November race and came in second again in the run-off. Meaning she lost. And it looks like incumbent David Perdue will also lose and Democrats will have control of the Senate.

Don’t reward failure. Any political party that is serious about winning holds leadership accountable for losses. Trump critics have been quick to say that he owns the Georgia losses. I think that’s wrong, but he’s already been held accountable to voters. Senate Republicans need to hold McConnell accountable and find new leadership. He is simply the wrong man at the wrong time. At 78 years old, his policy priorities and his political instincts belong to another time. Republicans have a lot of work to do if they want to earn back the right to govern and if given that opportunity to use the power they are given to make life better for Americans.

When it suited him, McConnell was able to summon plenty of time and energy to pass tax cuts and bailouts for big corporations—which, incidentally, overwhelmingly support Democrats and their woke-agenda—but he could never seem to get around to passing legislation that would benefit the middle class. He was good at getting Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed, though with court-packing on Biden’s agenda it’s not clear how much that will matter. But doing that didn’t win any elections.  

As Gray Connolly noted in a smart Twitter thread:

As a general rule, any conservative politics that does not propose and enact policies to conserve its working & middle classes—especially in a time of crisis or pandemic—deserves that no effort be made for its own conservation by the electors. There is significant demographic 40s & younger that has never known a sustained good economic period—prime earning years wiped out by the (great financial crisis), QE & now the Pandemic. People who are in debt & whose work is insecure & wages stagnant do not care about your kraken idiocy etc.

McConnell—and for that matter most Republican senators—either don’t know this or don’t care. The Senate was designed to be the legislative body most insulated from the excitability of electoral politics. The six-year term is supposed to allow senators to take a longer view. But the issues of concern to voters now are not temporary flights of passion and they’re not going away. In fact, the urgency is only rising and Republicans need leadership who knows it.

Mitch McConnell can’t lead Republicans out of the wilderness. His time has passed. He’ll be 84 at the end of his current term. He shouldn’t even put his name forward for a leadership position. But he will. If Republicans know what the country needs and if they want to win again, they’ll reject McConnell and find younger leadership that is ready to build a new party to serve the middle class, not the ruling class.

About Chris Buskirk

Chris is publisher and editor of American Greatness and the host of The Chris Buskirk Show. He was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute and received a fellowship from the Earhart Foundation. Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses in financial services and digital marketing. He is a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Hill, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter at @TheChrisBuskirk

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So you decided to throw Mitch under the bus after he  conceded?

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Twitter Permanently Suspends the President of the United States

Posted By pcr3 On January 8, 2021 @ 5:51 pm In Guest Contributions | Comments Disabled

Twitter Permanently Suspends the President of the United States

As I told you would happen, President Trump, whose reelection was stolen, now has no way of communicating with his supporters as the Establishment prepares to prosecute him on false charges like Russiagate.

Is America any longer our country?

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Twitter Permanently Suspends the President of the United States

Posted By pcr3 On January 8, 2021 @ 5:51 pm In Guest Contributions | Comments Disabled

Twitter Permanently Suspends the President of the United States

As I told you would happen, President Trump, whose reelection was stolen, now has no way of communicating with his supporters as the Establishment prepares to prosecute him on false charges like Russiagate.

Is America any longer our country?

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/533439-twitter-permanently-suspends-trump?userid=439965 [1] 

 
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"This kind of vicious partisan rhetoric only tears our country apart."

-Ted Cruz

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This is what we can look forward to in the Biden years ... intimidation and force to keep you from speaking and expressing your views and beliefs that are not in line with the Biden Regime's beliefs ...

truly 1984 is here ...

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Twitter Permanently Suspends the President of the United States

Posted By pcr3 On January 8, 2021 @ 5:51 pm In Guest Contributions | Comments Disabled

Twitter Permanently Suspends the President of the United States

As I told you would happen, President Trump, whose reelection was stolen, now has no way of communicating with his supporters as the Establishment prepares to prosecute him on false charges like Russiagate.

Is America any longer our country?

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/533439-twitter-permanently-suspends-trump?userid=439965 [1] 

 
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This is what we can look forward to in the Biden years ... intimidation and force to keep you from speaking and expressing your views and beliefs that are not in line with the Biden Regime's beliefs ...

truly 1984 is here ...

Twitter is a private company, and there is no free speech issue here.  It's like demanding a newspaper in 1921 to publish your letter or article.  They have no obligation to do so.  Trump violated the terms of the service (and has been).  They've been bending their policy as a courtesy simply because of his office.  But Trump crossed a line.

As president, Trump can call a press conference anytime he wants, and dozens of TV outlets and media outlets will cover it.  He still has tools to communicate.

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This is what we can look forward to in the Biden years ... intimidation and force to keep you from speaking and expressing your views and beliefs that are not in line with the Biden Regime's beliefs ...

truly 1984 is here ...

Twitter's not so bad. As a matter of fact I made a new friend there today

 

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Twitter is a private company, and there is no free speech issue here.  It's like demanding a newspaper in 1921 to publish your letter or article.  They have no obligation to do so.  Trump violated the terms of the service (and has been).  They've been bending their policy as a courtesy simply because of his office.  But Trump crossed a line.

As president, Trump can call a press conference anytime he wants, and dozens of TV outlets and media outlets will cover it.  He still has tools to communicate.

TCM.com is the same thus can set policy.  Banned posters learned that the hard way.

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The Truth About January 6---and Where We Should Go From Here

By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

January 9, 2021

According to a left-wing propaganda narrative that you can read in the New York TimesWashington Post, CNN, and similar outlets, the violence in Congress that occurred in the afternoon of January 6 was the culmination of a long series of outrages by President Donald Trump. When he lost the November election to Joe Biden, he could not accept his loss. He kept making baseless claims that he had won the election and accused Biden supporters of using fake ballots and rigged voting machines to inflate the totals for Biden. He kept filing lawsuits to get parts of the verdict overturned, but the courts rejected all his claims. He thought he still had a chance on January 6, when the electoral votes are counted in Congress. He wanted Vice President Mike Pence to violate the Constitution. Although Pence has the purely ceremonial role of presiding over the joint session, he wanted Pence to toss out slates of electors who opposed him, or at least send them back to the states for recertification. Pence refused to violate the Constitution. When Trump found out about it, he was so angry that he incited part of a rally supporting him to storm Congress and shut down the session. Because of him, several people were killed. He is a sore loser who should be removed from office immediately and sent to prison for sedition as well.

Every word of this narrative is false. Let’s take one item out of chronological order, because it has gotten so much attention. It’s alleged that Trump became enraged at Pence because Pence wouldn’t violate the Constitution. In fact, there is a good case that what Trump was asking Pence to do was perfectly legitimate. As John Yoo and Robert Delahunty pointed out in an article in the American Mind last October 19,

We suggest that the Vice President’s role is not the merely ministerial one of opening the ballots and then handing them over (to whom?) to be counted. Though the 12th Amendment describes the counting in the passive voice, the language seems to envisage a single, continuous process in which the Vice President both opens and counts the votes.

The check on error or fraud in the count is that the Vice President’s activities are to be done publicly, “in the presence” of Congress. And if “counting” the electors’ votes is the Vice President’s responsibility, then the inextricably intertwined responsibility for judging the validity of those votes must also be his.

If that reading is correct, then the Electoral Count Act is unconstitutional. Congress cannot use legislation to dictate how any individual branch of government is to perform its unique duties: Congress could not prescribe how future Senates should conduct an impeachment trial, for example. Similarly, we think the better reading is that Vice President Pence would decide between competing slates of electors chosen by state legislators and governors, or decide whether to count votes that remain in litigation.

Yoo is a controversial person, but there’s no doubt he is a constitutional law scholar in good standing.

Well, you might say, what right did Trump have to blow up on Pence just because Pence disagreed with his understanding of the Constitution? The answer to that is simple. Pence had assured Trump that he accepted his claim that there were irregularities in the voting. He said at a rally in Georgia on January 4, just two days before the count,

that the case for widespread election fraud would be made to the American people when Congress meets this week to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Trump.

“We’ve all got our doubts about the last election. I share the concerns of millions of Americans about voting irregularities,” Pence said at an indoor congregation at Rock Springs Church in Milner, Ga., in support of Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in runoff elections there.

 

Pence, who by law will be tasked with declaring a winner of the Electoral College vote, seemed to leave open the possibility that Trump could still remain in power for a second term.

“Come this Wednesday,” he said, referring to the impending certification of election results, “we’ll have our day in Congress. We’ll hear the evidence.”

The election was in fact stolen from him. It’s easy to hack voting machines, such as those made by Dominion, to change vote totals. When I say this, I’m not relying on a source the Left will dismiss as fantasies from conspiracy-theory nuts. According to a story published by NBC News last year,

It was an assurance designed to bolster public confidence in the way America votes: Voting machines “are not connected to the internet.”

Then Acting Undersecretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security Jeanette Manfra said those words in 2017, testifying before Congress while she was responsible for the security of the nation’s voting system.

So many government officials like Manfra have said the same thing over the last few years that it is commonly accepted as gospel by most Americans. Behind it is the notion that if voting systems are not online, hackers will have a harder time compromising them.

But that is an overstatement, according to a team of 10 independent cybersecurity experts who specialize in voting systems and elections. While the voting machines themselves are not designed to be online, the larger voting systems in many states end up there, putting the voting process at risk.

That team of election security experts say[s] that last summer, they discovered some systems are, in fact, online.

 

“We found over 35 [voting systems] had been left online and we’re still continuing to find more,” Kevin Skoglund, a senior technical advisor at the election security advocacy group National Election Defense Coalition, told NBC News.

“We kept hearing from election officials that voting machines were never on the internet,” he said. “And we knew that wasn’t true. And so we set out to try and find the voting machines to see if we could find them on the internet, and especially the back-end systems that voting machines in the precinct were connecting to to report their results.” …

The three largest voting manufacturing companies—Election Systems &Software, Dominion Voting Systems and Hart InterCivic—have acknowledged they all put modems in some of their tabulators and scanners. The reason? So that unofficial election results can more quickly be relayed to the public. Those modems connect to cell phone networks, which, in turn, are connected to the internet.

Trump has every right to be suspicious. Shouldn’t there be a full and impartial investigation by recognized experts of whether fraud occurred? If the Biden camp thinks the election was fair and honest, shouldn’t they have welcomed a full investigation? But of course they didn’t. And this type of fraud is just one of many others, such as truckloads of Biden ballots arriving after it looked like Trump was winning, in just the right numbers to give Biden the victory.

When we look at Trump’s complaints, we need to bear one vital fact in mind. As Mike Davis noted in New Left Review, November–December 2020, p. 5, “Biden eked out a slim victory, in some states only by microscopic margins, that won him 306 electoral votes, the same as Trump four years ago. A mere 256,000 vote in five key states purchased 73 of those votes.” This is why Trump is right: because just a few votes could change the outcome, and because there was a lot of apparent fraud, a full investigation was needed.

But, some people might say, this doesn’t excuse Trump. Didn’t he incite people at a rally to invade the sacred halls of Congress? Well, in the first place, the halls of Congress aren’t “sacred”. They belong to the people. And Trump didn’t incite violence. Not at all. He wanted a peaceful protest, and this is what he got, aside from a few antifa activists who crashed the protest. They had been bused into Washington earlier.

According to in the American Thinker published on January 7,

January 6th’s events are being seized on as a game-changer, leading to calls to invoke the 25th Amendment; calls to impeach and remove President Trump; and efforts to discredit Trump, his supporters, and conservatism. It has distracted attention from issues around the legitimacy of voting procedures in several key states and guaranteed the Electoral College vote just before 4 A.M. that ratified Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris’s inauguration as president and vice president.

Applying the classic legal question ‘cui bono?’ (‘who benefits?’), it is clear that Democrats, anti-Trump establishment Republicans, the leftist media, and TDS-sufferers all are victorious.

Disturbing video available (for now) on Twitter shows Capitol Police allowing demonstrators to enter the Capitol grounds. . . Elsewhere at the Capitol, the police sent out to hold a perimeter were unable to hold off mobs.

Why was the United States Capitol left so vulnerable?

After the demonstrators were led in, a policeman killed a young woman at point-blank rage. The police and Secret Service ended the session of Congress, not the peaceful demonstrators. To give themselves cover, they imported a few Antifa agitators.

Why did they do this? I suggest they did this for a reason, which will become clear if we ask, What was going on just before the demonstration? The members of Congress were about to hear a debate on the objections raised against the votes in the swing states. The American people would have been able to hear the evidence for themselves. This had to be stopped. By stopping the session for about six hours, the debate was shifted to the very late evening hours of January 6 and early morning hours of January 7, when very few people were watching. Besides, all the attention was now on the protest rather than the fraudulent voting.

What can be done now? President Trump should not urge us all to “come together.” Instead, he should support secession. States and communities that support Trump are too far apart from supporters of the Biden-Harris BLM camorra to live in a united country. “Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14 [Douay-Rheims Bible])

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Thoughts on a “Right Wing Insurrection”

By Karen Kwiatkowski

January 9, 2021

January 6th was crack cocaine for the mainstream media, Democratic politicians, and some of their most ardent supporters.  As the high wears off, the post high paranoia will be a problem.

Mistrust of those around you, envisioning of enemies and evil doers behind every door, corner and mask, cowering under your congressional auditorium seats, well, we’ve all seen the pictures and the videos.

It’s scary out there!

Beyond the images of regular people sitting, boots on desk, in the Speaker of the House’s office, and beyond the lethal shooting of an unarmed protester by a Capitol policeman “defending” the already breached and swarmed capitol, there is a lot we can observe and learn about this relatively unusual event.

It wasn’t insurrection, despite endless repetitions to that effect by mainstream and left wing media.  Insurrection means, “an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.”  What we saw was not a revolt – marchers intended to influence an upcoming actions and decisions by the Congress and the Vice President.  It was not a rebellion – marchers went to the accepted headquarters of the legislature to influence them, not to replace or destroy them, or steal their stuff.  With the possible exception of the unarmed physical breaching of the facility by a tiny portion of the far larger crowd of demonstrators, there was no resistance to any civil authority or any established government.

If this action had taken place with force of arms, after the Senate and House had accepted the disputed electoral votes submitted by the state legislatures, in an attempt to reverse the decision or take over government, we could call it an insurrection.  For those of us watching from the safety of our living rooms, the show of strength of so many Trump supporters, people who more importantly do not trust government, whether it be made up of Republicans or Democrats, was impressive.  One imagines that such energy and civil disobedience could be effective in coming years, and one day we could see actual popular insurrections occurring all over the country.  But that didn’t happen on January 6th.

There is another key point that mainstream media, and the Democratic thought guardians, have wholly missed, or misconstrued, and that is the idea that the Trump phenomenon going on five years now, is remotely right wing.  It is structurally anti-empire, and emotionally populist, a kind of greater Appalachian/Rustbelt/Cowboy populism.  It is given to common sense, a strange combination of old time religion and no religion at all, simultaneously cynical and yet holding vivid imaginings about the greatness and glory of the idea of America.  While the Q aspect (overwrought by the media) touched only a small portion of Trump populists, there is no doubt a widely shared desire among Trump supporters to “believe” in the government we have, and hope beyond all evidence that a person, or a party, can save the system.

That Trump kept many of his promises, and was relatively consistent in his energetic contempt for elites, at home and abroad, who “run” the world, was enough to keep the faith of the 74 million voters who wanted four more years.  But even these people, deep down, recognize that four, or eight years, would be little more than a stopgap.  Too much damage has been done, and the republic is today, as it was a decade ago, a dusty artifact.

 

Unlike what any self-respecting “right wing” would be after, Trump populism (and his army of 74 million) sought to expand power to the people, and disrupt elitist, politicized, administrative tyranny of the state.  There is a reason Trump successfully expanded his base, year after year, with immigrants, Black and Hispanic voters, as well as young, old, men, and women of all religions, races, and occupations.  These actual trends belie any accusations by mainstream media talking heads – funded by big defense and big pharma – that his supporters, or the man himself, was “right wing.”

What can we learn from this particular misuse of language?  To skip to the punchline, it’s truly delightful!  We are learning that the deep state, with its real right and left wings, the status quo, the tax- and power-enriched bureaucratic government class, is beyond frightened of the cynical populist population it seeks to control, to rule, to surveil, and to eventually consume.  We are learning that they know that their quiver is empty, their knives are dull, and they are bereft of leadership, and without heroes. They are running out of words and phrases.

Half the country probably has some economic sense and yet they also cashed their Covid checks, and will continue to do so!  In fact, they may demand more of them – and my goodness, how could things have gotten this out of whack, and out of control?  The End the Fed movement, started by Ron Paul so long ago, and even once espoused by Trump himself, is being accelerated as the next administration seeks to pay back and solidify their “half” of the country, all of their elite supporters, and the Trump crowd too.  “Buying the vote” no longer works –  everyone is getting “free money” now, thanks to the those mating porcupines known as Trump and Anti-Trump.  We like it, we expect it, and Biden-Harris not only promised more, much more, they had absolutely no choice in the matter.  Imagine, Biden wakes up on January 20th (I know, right?) and decides all this money printing is going to be the death of the United States, and we need to bite the bullet. Instead, government central banks will collapse this country, and others, and in due course, themselves.  The instability of this situation will dog the next administration every day, and create impossible situations.  With half the voters so distrustful of Washington that they pulled a “January 6th” and another 30% of the population refusing to participate in the electoral scam at all, it won’t be pretty.  We are becoming hard to “govern,” and impossible to pay off.

 

The elite fear is palpable.  The tools the state uses, so far anyway, have been education, propaganda, and political division along lines they imagine they can control – generational, cultural, occupational, and political.  Yet the generations are more diverse than ever, with interesting and confusing alliances. American culture is largely consolidated, while we (whether we are three or 93) pick and choose what we will consume informationally, and every other way.  Occupational skill sets are converging and evolving, and no longer lend themselves to unions or the idea of “being spoken for.” Political parties are being held together by duct tape and slogans no one believes anymore.  The vast majority of people in this country hold their government in contempt, and have done so for an entire generation, if not two.

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At this point, the governing elites need new tools.  They have a full range on electronic surveillance, sophisticated opinion-conforming and -tracking social media, vehicle GPS and cell phones to monitor, track and record our locations and movements, and of course, they might have the police and military. That darned second amendment, and all those hillbillies and cowboys in 2,000 countries across the land make it a tall order to use police and military force.  Fear (like of Covid) and any similar manipulated crisis that attempts to convert contempt for government into dependency – these are also excellent and proven tools, but it’s just not as easy as it used to be for the elites.  Maybe our modern elites just aren’t up to the task.  They are worried, and they should be.

Elite panic is all we are hearing and seeing on mainstream media. The logarithmic explosion of memes, articles, audio and video all questioning, challenging, ridiculing, and laughing at the government as a class is our new politics.  It’s shallow, it’s reactive, and it produces cynical angry men and women, not statesmen.  Thanks to the wonderful world we live in, that anger leads some of those cynical and angry people into the territory of new ideas, and builds a new awareness of both history and future possibilities.  For every misunderstood marxist, we also get one agorist, a constitutionalist, a future member of the Leave Me Be Party, and a couple of people whose profiles say “loves chickens, gardening and making my own bread.” There is very little room in the future for parasitic elites telling us to sit down, shut up and do what we are told.

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OK folks, we’ve allowed the minions to finally jawbone The Republic into “our” democracy. Brace yourself – – –

Democracy, n. “A government of the masses. …Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic – negating property rights. …Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.” –War Department Training Manual TM_2000-25 issued November 30, 1928

Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” –James Madison, Federalist Paper 10

All democracies turn into dictatorships — but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it’s Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea … ” –filmmaker George Lucas, Dark Victory from time.com

 

And it’s not just here. Despite the pomp, circumstance, hype and B.S., democracy has always eventually been the kiss-of-death and is today all around the world. As this Cambridge University poll of 4 million punctuates, the majority of folks are catching on.

In a nutshell, the difference is that in a Republic the minions retained to operate the machinery are bound by a strict set of theoretically unbreakable rules while in a democracy they have excuses to do whatever they want to do — or are campaign-bribed and lobbied to do. They just invoke one of the magic phrases such as “It’s what the people want.” or “It’s for the common good.

At that point as Samuel Clemens observed long ago, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.

The U.S. has survived this long because for most of it’s life — till around 1933 and F.D.R. at least — That Thing That Lives in Washington D.C. stayed mostly under control as The Republic it was designed to be in the first place. We pledged allegiance to “the flag of the United States of America and to The Republic…” — NOT the democracy — “for which it stands,” remember.

And until F.D.R., the minions we vet every four years or so to mind the store stayed mostly bound by the operations manual, The U.S. Constitution.

With the antics of both Mr. Trump and the democrats, the last vestiges of The Republic are falling away before our very eyes and, with the current “demagogism, license, agitation, discontent” — and the bad kind of “anarchy” — the previously periodic “spectacles of turbulence and contention” have clearly become chronic.

Further, with The Green New Deal, and the democrats in full charge now, the creeping communist version of socialism — which is clearly “incompatible with personal security or the rights of property” — looks to be breaking into full gallop along with the inevitable consequences.

 

You can find a pretty good thumbnail of how Uncle Sam went bad and became Uncle Scam here.

Normally this is where I ask, “What are you going to do about it?” But maybe that’s not necessary – – –

One black female comentator, slightly in defense of Mr. Trump, remarked that when people are unhappy or fed up with their current government, as it says in The Declaration of Independence – – –

No, I’m not racist or sexist but since most news directors, producers of commercials and politicians seem to be these days, I thought it only fair to give her credit for being one of the few with the cajones to speak the unspeakable – – –

 

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