War on many fronts

Stories this morning tell of engagement on many fronts. The ACLU, The Southern Poverty Law Center, and the American Psychiatric Association are all topics today.

Robert Knight: The ACLU’s attack on election integrity – “By attacking the presidential advisory commission, the organization tips its liberal hand.”

If you don’t think the Left is terrified by the prospect of clean voter rolls, you might not have heard about the latest ploy by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU has sued President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, charging them with violating federal “transparency” laws.
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Given the media-fed hysteria over Russia’s alleged tampering with last November’s election, you’d think progressives would welcome a thorough investigation. They claim loudly that vote fraud is just a myth, and that voter “suppression” is widespread, but they don’t want anyone actually investigating voter rolls and election records. Why not?

Washington Times: Restoration of the judiciary continues – “The Senate Judiciary Committee advances a slate of new judges.”

Restoring the federal judiciary to its constitutional moorings is what many Americans call Job 1, and it was on this issue they put aside their considerable reservations about Donald Trump, swallowed hard, considered the alternative, hoped for the best, and cast their votes for him. On this score, he has redeemed their faith.

Stephen B. Presse: Charging treason and ruining a republic – “Treason is defined very clearly in the Constitution, and Donald Trump Jr.’s actions don’t come close.”

Aside from the obvious implication that it might well be Mrs. Clinton who was acting adversely to the interests of the United States, and not Donald, Jr. (and just such a charge was levied by Peter Schweizer in his book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” (2015)), those charging Donald, Jr. with treason betray an astonishing lack of understanding of the term.
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but all of that misses the larger point about the silliness of invoking treason against the son of the president. Perspective is always cast on the present by looking to the past and, in particular by trying to understand the concerns of our framers.

As it turns out, those who put together the Constitution were deeply concerned with the abusive prosecution of treason by the British government. It was their understanding that “constructive treason” was the scourge of British subjects.

John Fund: Not All Foreign-Influence Scandals Are Created Equal – “Two decades ago, the media weren’t obsessed with Chinese interference in a presidential election.”

I’m glad the news media is pursuing the Trump–Russia scandal, but let’s not forget the differences between how they are covering Russia compared with how they reported a similar story — this one involving Communist China — that developed during Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign.
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The sprawling fundraising scandal ultimately led to 22 guilty pleas on various violations of election laws. 
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Indeed, much of the media basically gave the Clintons a pass on evidence that special-interest donors to the Clinton Foundation frequently managed to score favors from the State Department.

Instapundit: Haiti Official Who Exposed The Clinton Foundation Is Found Dead. – “Given his connections, his former position, and the whistle he was blowing, Eberwein’s death seems like a big enough story that you’d find it somewhere other than alt-news sites, but as I’m writing this post, the major news outlets have yet to touch it.”

Mark A. Hewitt: How the Left Hijacked the American Psychiatric Association and Normalized Personality Disorders – “The evidence is clear—the American Left succeeded in lobbying the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to eliminate some of the sexual identity disorders from their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM).”

With the updated DSM-5, the APA voted against Dr. McHugh and his side, common sense, and biology.
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The DSM, as the United States’ universal authority for psychiatric diagnoses, has been fully compromised and subject to the whims of an out of control Left-majority APA.
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The American military used to go through great lengths to recruit, train, and employ men and women “of sound mind and body.” However, “there is no standardized mental assessment for people trying to enter the military. A bill before Congress may finally direct the U.S. military to screen individuals for mental issues before they are allowed to enlist. If the DSM remains DOD’s universal authority for psychiatric diagnoses, the sexual identity disorders, such as transgenderism, will not be considered as mental disorders. What will they test? The DSM is the standard reference.

The Trump Administration needs to decertify the compromised DSM as the universal authority for psychiatric diagnoses in the United States and reject its authority as the source reference for the Obama policy of transgenders in the military. To do anything less is collaborating and promoting mental disorders.

John Hinderaker: Is Global Warming Alarmism A Complete Fraud? – “I usually try to give global warming hysterics the benefit of the doubt–sincere but misguided, not good at math, unacquainted with the Earth’s highly variable climatic history, and so on. But sometimes data come along that make that sympathetic attitude hard to sustain.” Another story in the news was about how Miami will be underwater ‘real soon now’.

Judith Curry: Alarm about alarmism – “The climate change debate has entered what we might call the “Campfire Phase”, in which the goal is to tell the scariest story.” – Oren Cass (twitter)

In terms of what is technically wrong with the NYMag article, Andy Revkin pretty much sums it up perfectly with this tweet:

Scariest stuff isn’t worst-case science; it’s bad fit of @deepuncertainty & time scales with indiv. & collective human risk/response traits.

Richard Fernandez: The Shift – “Mark Leibovitch, chief national correspondent for the NYT Magazine recorded his impressions of Washington DC, the town that melted down.”

The significance of Washington’s meltdown will hang on how adaptable the American politics proves to be. The Resistance so far has been less a call to rebuild Washington than the scream of someone having his leg amputated without anesthesia. The GOP side is behaving like survivors shouting out a headcount after a collision to see who’s left alive. Among the Dems only Sanders is faintly stirring under the wreckage but ever more faintly.

IBD on a fundamental problem: Social Security And Medicare Are In Worse Shape Than You Think – “The Social Security report finds that the “trust fund” will run out of money in just 17 years. The news only gets worse from there.”

Thomas Lifson: The Left is Already Preparing Tomorrow’s Fake News – “A reader strolling down the street in Chicago spotted a recruiting poster for “Activist Jobs,” a bit of an oxymoron.”

Goal-oriented acts that are compensated are called “work,” not “activism.” But in the photograph below, the two different categories of endeavor are conflated:

The confusion is deliberate and speaks to a larger strategy of the Left, also based on deception.
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the use of activism, video drama, and demonstrations by a political movement led to victory, though in this case it was tyranny in the form of a brutal Communist dictatorship, not justice, that triumphed. From the standpoint of the hard left, this was a feature, not a defect.
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It has worked on issue after issue. And here we are today with transgender bathrooms and other ornaments of the progressive worldview imposed on the public.

However, with the emergence of Fox News and the internet, alternative narratives gained enough prominence that the propaganda machine started failing, losing its hegemony at first, and at an increasing pace, its credibility.
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When candidate Trump popularized the iconic expression “fake news,” he coined a meme that served to throw off balance not just the ostensible current target CNN, but the entire progressive media establishment. Their ability to manufacture outrage has drastically declined along with their credibility.
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The progressive worldview is entirely based on fantasies about human nature. From there they go on to create entered systems (communism, socialism, and progressivism) based on the idea of perfecting mankind through the wisdom of the state. Gramsci taught the communists to grab control of education and the media, where they create imaginary worlds for the masses to consume. This technique has been in place for decades, winning its battles no matter which party controls the White House or Congress. Politics is downstream from culture, as Andrew Breitbart taught us.
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By breaking up the Gramsciites’ control of mass media, technology has fundamentally damaged the Left’s ability to impose its narratives. And now they face a president who uses the tools of that technology to communicate around them directly to the public in the millions.

Yet because they have no idea what else to do, they compulsively return to the fantasy narrative of Russian “collusion,” and will persist until it backfires, exposing the web of connections of Hillary Clinton, the green movement, and many others, to the Kremlin.

Jazz Shaw: For liberals, the shadow of Donald Trump looms far larger than the man – “it hasn’t been hard for me to pick up on the trend towards doom and gloom among liberal “thought leaders” this year.”

Yes, clearly President Trump has ruined everything so you can all mope about, dreaming of the beautiful American landscape which has fallen into ruin. But just to make sure that we’re all on the same page here, precisely what is it that’s changed since noon on January 20th of this year? I’m not trying to pester you too much during your period of mourning, but could you provide me with some specifics?
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The idea that these are “dark days” and that things have gotten so much worse is entirely a matter of perception, driven largely by the media.
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Angry and depressed people tend to die younger and experience a host of health problems which they might have otherwise avoided. Try to relax a bit and wait until the President actually does some of the things you’re so sure that he’s planning before you spiral into despair.

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