Conspiracy theories

A vast conspiracy of silence kept the ‘Russia collusion’ story alive – by Thomas Lifson:

American democracy has been corrupted, and if not cured, the disease will be fatal. There is no other conclusion to be drawn when the public is deceived is on the scale that was revealed (but ignored) by James Comey. The stunning truth is that the American political and media establishment allowed a phony story – that they knew was phony — to dominate our political discourse for months.

Sundance of Conservative Treehouse adds up the names and numbers of Congressional leaders who were briefed by Comey, according to his testimony. Consider the vast uniparty conspiracy that permitted a national obsession over a malicious fantasy, originally spun by John Podesta and Team Hillary in the immediate aftermath of her election loss.

For all his faults, Donald Trump is fighting against this corrupt collectivity that dominates our politics. That is preisely why this fantasy tale was created, constantly discussed, and tolerated by those who knew better. The American people must decide which side will prevail.

Ben Kew: ‘Anti-Fascists’ Crash Nationwide Protests Against Sharia Law – “Protesters campaigning against Sharia Law were met with a number of counter-demonstrations on Saturday.”

AP: Sides square off in rallies over Islamic law vs. Constitution – “Seattle stands with our Muslim neighbors.” The Left is confusing the person and the behavior as usual.

Demonstrators at small but raucous gatherings around the country yesterday raised the specter that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow spread across the U.S., but many of the rallies drew even more boisterous counter-protests by people who called such fears unfounded.

The organization said it opposes discrimination and supports the rights of those subject to Shariah. However, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, calls it the largest American anti-Muslim group.

“I don’t believe Islam can peacefully co-exist with the Constitution,” said Seattle anti-Shariah demonstrator Aaron Bassford, 29. “We need unity in this country under no ideology and no banner except the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Muslims, as a people or even a race, are one thing. A core belief of Islam, that Sharia Law supersedes any other, is another. Those confusing the two are accepting, condoning, and promoting the subjugation of women and many other practices and denials of personal rights Western Cultures consider abhorrent.

Byron York: Five notes on Trump’s current predicament – “The danger President Trump faces from the various investigations into the Trump-Russia matter has changed dramatically in recent weeks.”

To Democrats, that [Russian collusion] no longer matters. Now, it’s all about obstruction of justice, or alleged obstruction of justice, or fantasized obstruction of justice, depending on your partisan perspective. … Now, however, after the Comey memos and the Comey firing, it seems safe to predict that special counsel Robert Mueller will investigate Trump for obstruction. So it is a new game, even if Republicans keep trying to play the old one.

Here is a simple fact: Many of Trump’s most determined adversaries do not want just to defeat him on Obamacare, although they want that, too. They do not want just to defeat him on taxes, although they want that, too. They do not want just to stop the border wall, although they want that, too. No, they do not want just to defeat him — they want to remove him from office.

Democrats do not need any more information than what is already publicly known to pursue impeachment proceedings against the president. What they need is 218 votes in the House of Representatives.

the bottom line next year is 218 votes. If Democrats have them, the president’s life becomes much, much more difficult and fraught with danger.

For other battlefronts in this war see Jazz Shaw: Now California plans to stop Trump from shrinking any national “monuments” – “The state attorney general for California should know better, but this is probably just an effort to hurt the President as opposed to any serious legal inquiry.” And also on the idea that Mika Brzezinski is now offering free mental health diagnoses on MSNBC – “The MSNBC team was busy putting on their white lab coats getting to work yesterday, questioning the sanity of the POTUS.”

i.e. the Democrats seek to subvert a national election and have no concerns about how they do it nor about the implications of their desires and actions.

Paul Mirengoff is struggling with Comey’s Calculations – “just because Comey almost surely will not be prosecuted doesn’t mean he didn’t violate the law.”

This is the man who constantly claims the moral high ground. This is the man who asks us to believe his account of President Trump’s conduct.

Before Thursday’s hearing began, I was inclined to. Having read Comey’s prepared remarks, I expected that Comey and Trump would disagree regarding important factual questions. Given Comey’s reputation for integrity, whatever his faults, and given my view that Trump has been less than honest at times, I thought that — other things being equal — Comey should have the edge when it comes to weighing credibility.

I no longer see it that way. My view of Trump hasn’t changed, but my view of Comey has. Clearly, he is far from the straight shooter he holds himself out as. His primary interest isn’t the truth; it’s having his way. Kind of like Trump, but without the electoral mandate.

The Comey testimony keeps coming up short on integrity. The reference to timelines in yesterday’s post is one example. John Hinderaker describes another and concludes:

James Comey says there is a pattern to his dealings with presidents: he is an honest man who only needed to create memos to document his conversations with Donald Trump, because Trump is untruthful. But that isn’t the real pattern. The real pattern is that Comey is a snake in the grass who creates tendentious, self-serving memos that can later be used to cover his own rear end or to discredit presidents, but only if they are Republicans.

Swamp indeed.

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