2/14/2017: The Political Axe

Joel B. Pollak describes how the Flynn Resignation Raises Tough Questions for FBI, Intel Services – “The fact that the contents of Flynn’s phone conversation — highly sensitive intelligence — were leaked to the media suggests that someone with access to that information also has a political axe to grind.” Four possible explanations are provided and political shenanigans with security play a prominent role. The Democrats pushing this for all it’s worth is telling (Team Clinton taunts Michael Flynn and his son after resignation).

Thomas Lifson: CIA broke the law to take out its critic General Flynn – “Make no mistake: we have just witnessed an operation by members of the CIA to take out a high official of our own government. “

Senator Chuck Schumer, of all people, laid out on January 2 what was going to happen to the Trump administration if it dared take on the deep state – the permanent bureaucracy that has contempt for the will of the voters and feels entitled to run the government for its own benefit
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Or, as the old rueful saying has it, “you’ve got to go along to get along.” This means that we the people had better acknowledge that the bureaucrats have turned into our masters, and the old expression “public servant” is as ironic as anything Orwell came up with. Schumer knows this and likes it, because the deep state wants a bigger, more powerful government, just as he does.

Monica Showalter: In Russia, hunkering down over Flynn affair – “ it signals that Russia being held hostage by the establishment, and it knows it, and it’s all because the Beltway can’t quite get control of Trump.”

Kicking Flynn out as a security risk – complete with unsubstantiated claims of his supposed vulnerability to Russian blackmail – seems to be a calculated move to trash President Trump’s effort to improve relations with Russia to fight terrorists. It has a look of the Cold War status quo reasserting itself.”

IBT is wondering Is Jim Webb The Only Sane Democrat Left? – “A whimsical definition of a gaffe is “when a politician accidentally speaks the truth.” By that measure, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb committed a gaffe of huge proportions over the weekend.”

On “Meet the Press”, Webb admitted that the Democratic Party has no ideas to offer, that it’s determined to destroy the Trump administration and — here’s the gaffe — that “the Democratic Party over the past five or six years has moved very far to the left.”
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In case you are wondering, Webb is hardly some sort of right-wing Democrat. The American Conservative Union says he voted with conservatives less than 17% of the time while in the Senate, the Americans for Democratic Action says he voted liberal 85-90% of the time. But he at least has enough perspective to see what’s happening to his party. As Webb said, the party has “lost the key part of their base.”

Rather than reflect on why they’ve so badly lost touch with working class Americans and how to regain it, the Democratic leadership decided to have a national temper tantrum. How many jobs will their “resist” campaign create?

It’s unfortunate that there are so few mature, common-sense Democrats like Jim Webb left in the Democratic Party, and so many fire-breathing extremists like Elizabeth Warren.

Others pick up on this meme as, on the one hand, Wesley Pruden explains How Trump’s ‘disarray’ may be merely strategy – “If he’s crazy, as some Democrats insist, it might be the craziness of a fox.” On the other, Kelly Riddell says It’s the Democrats, not President Trump, who are insane – “Democrats are at it again, desperately trying to convince the people who elected Mr. Trump that they were wrong, that he really, truly is unfit for office. They’re doubling down on their crazy, determined to set us deplorables straight.”

Pruden seems to lean a bit towards wishful thinking but what he describes is standard big business management that is often lacking in politics and academia where the competition can neglected. Hence it’s appearance in a political position creates dissonance.

Riddell gets into an expression of that dissonance.

therapist Sherry Amatenstein, … called Mr. Trump’s supposed disorder “Malignant Narcissism,” which has “four toxic components: narcissism, paranoia, anti-social personality disorder, and sadism.”

That’s quite a list of behaviors! The real question is how she tries to support her thesis that these behaviors actually exist. As Riddell says “My question to the left is: Where do we go from here?”

The mentally ill claims about Mr. Trump are so outrageous and so partisan that they went ignored before the election, and they will go ignored again.
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None of Mr. Trump’s actions in his first three weeks should come as alarming. They’re exactly what Mr. Trump promised he’d do on the campaign trail: build a wall, thoroughly vet refugees from terror prone nations, shut down sanctuary cities and enforce national immigration laws. If the media was listening, they’d understand this.
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So instead of going to battle on ideological issues, they’ve resorted to calling him names. To challenging his mental health. To attempting to convince the American public they made a mistake.

They’ve done it before and it failed. Yet they’re doing it again.

Isn’t that the very definition of insanity?

Jennifer Harper: The numbers are in: Republicans are ‘very happy’ with Trump – “Republicans are very happy about the first few weeks with a GOP president. Their mood has changed for the better. Just a year ago, 86 percent of Republicans thought the country was off on the wrong track; now, 61 percent say it’s heading in the right direction,”

Typical news coverage does not reflect this sentiment. There has been no honeymoon period between press and president, or even a few moments of civility. Unfriendly news organizations follow typical patterns: They nitpick the White House, suggest there’s infighting and confusion behind the scenes or claim that worried Trump voters now have buyer’s remorse and wish they’d voted for Hillary Clinton.

Dissonance between the voters and the Left. Whodda’ thunk it?

Judson Phillips wonders Will conservatives ever get in the fight? – “It is time the corporate left be given a taste of its own medicine.”

When President Trump won the election, the left went nuts.

It wasn’t just the crazy far left wing activists who lost their minds. It was liberals all across the nation.
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The Republicans were, as Decius put it in the “Flight 93 election” essay, the designated losers.
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But Donald Trump won, and the left went into full sedition mode.
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A couple of states with far-left wing governors filed suit, supported by a host of corporations with left-wing executives.

Stopping terrorism seems like it would be not only a sane idea, but a bipartisan idea. But instead, these companies decided they wanted to support the terrorists over America.

These companies and their left-wing executives did so, not fearing any backlash from real Americans.

Why should they?

Conservatives have a history of not getting involved in fighting big business over its left-wing activism.
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The left politicizes almost everything and uses American corporations to help fund their agenda. When will conservatives stand up? When will conservatives start boycotting these corporations?
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Too often, conservatives simply want to go home and live their lives. As the left tries to politicize everything, including America’s breakfast cereals, Americans no longer have a choice.

It is time the corporate left be given a taste of its own medicine.

Scott Wong says the Right set to fight back on town hall protests – “In the coming weeks, grassroots conservatives will be fighting back.”

“There will be more grassroots hand-to-hand combat than we’ve seen in Washington for a long time,” FreedomWorks President and CEO Adam Brandon said Monday during an interview in his office near the Capitol.

“The conservative [lawmakers], they need to see us out there pushing. And if they see that, they’ll be bold,” he continued. “If they don’t see grassroots there on the ground, they’ll start slipping.”

Valerie Richardson: California spent on high-speed rail and illegal immigrants, but ignored Oroville Dam – “California was hit by a wave of criticism for failing to heed warnings about risks to the spillway at a time when the state spent generously on illegal immigrants and high-speed rail.” The environmentalists have been after this dam for years as it has saved many lives due to flood control since 1964 and has been a linchpin in getting water to Southern California.

Reinforcing the Oroville Dam was not included on Mr. Brown’s $100 billion wish list of projects prepared last month at the request of the National Governors Association in response to Mr. Trump’s call for $1 trillion in infrastructure improvements, CNBC reported.

One project that did make the list: California high-speed rail, a pet project of Mr. Brown’s with an estimated price tag of $100 billion that has become for state Republicans a symbol of out-of-control government spending.
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others turned the crisis into an opportunity to blast Mr. Trump, saying he should repair the Oroville Dam instead of building a wall on the southern border.

It doesn’t appear that the dam is much of a concern to many on the Left as its value is mostly just political opportunism.

 

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