What Next?

Standing up to the lynch mob by Gary Anderson – “The first anniversary of the Trump presidency draws out new deranged foes.”

“ It is obvious to me that a decision was made days after the election that the president would be impeached, and not just by Democrats. The only question was how long it would take Mr. Trump’s enemies to find a charge. … I like the fact that, rather than trying to placate them as did Richard Nixon and the Bushes, Mr. Trump hits back hard.

he hires good people and holds them publicly accountable when they don’t produce the results that he wants. This is consistent with his advertised business management style. The fact that he lets his chief of staff and national security team manage day-to-day military affairs is encouraging. The president has not gotten us into any new wars and seems content to let the professionals handle the ones he has inherited.

In the area of foreign affairs, Mr. Trump has not made unnecessary enemies.

Some pundits are openly talking about a legal coup based on the 25th Amendment; that is a very slippery slope. The lynch mob has formed and is looking for a rope and tree … sad.

Psychiatrists: Discussing President Trump’s mental state is how we’ll prevent the rise of another Hitler by John Sexton – “Psychiatrists Brandy Lee and Leonard Glass are leading a campaign to convince the public that President Trump is a danger to the country.” Godwin’s Law and Reductio ad Hitlerum comes to mind, too.

“All of this would be a lot more convincing if progressives hadn’t spent years making similar claims about George W. Bush (who was also compared to Hitler), Ronald Reagan, and, yes, Barry Goldwater. It all seems to be part of a script. The constant agitation about the danger presented by giving Trump the nuclear codes dates back to this infamous political ad from 1964. In hindsight, most people realize this sort of thing is simply fear-mongering but I’m sure the doctors who condemned Goldwater (and thus prompted the Goldwater rule) didn’t see it that way at the time.

Formerly admired press watchdog names Trump top global press oppressor by Jazz Shaw – “This is a complete break from the traditional role of the CPJ, which formerly provided a useful service fighting actual press suppression and acts of violence in legitimately authoritarian regimes around the globe.”

“It’s truly a shame to see an organization like CPJ beclowning themselves in this fashion just to bolster their credentials with the #RESIST crowd. The fact is that their stated mission and fundamental raison d’etre is still badly needed in today’s world. In the “about” section of their website, they can find an important reminder of what it was they originally set out to do. “Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. For more than 35 years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.”

Yes, we understand that your feelings were hurt when the President coined the term “fake news.” And no, it’s certainly no fun when media analysts point out mistakes made by your colleagues or the incredibly unbalanced level of attacks on Donald Trump in particular and conservatives in general when compared to the loving embrace you gave to Barack Obama and continue to offer to Democrats and the #RESIST movement today. But there are actual battles out there for you to be fighting.

In Russia, the government doesn’t just complain about fake news and hurt your feelings. They have journalists murdered.

Here in the United States, there is an absolute dearth of journalists being murdered by the government. As for throwing them in jail, I don’t recall any significant jail time for U.S. reporters since Josh Wolf and Judith Miller, and neither of them was imprisoned to “stop them from reporting” on the government. Those were instances of reporters refusing to divulge information relating to ongoing criminal cases. And who has Trump thrown in jail? Heck, he couldn’t even figure out how to lock up Hillary Clinton. I seriously doubt he’ll manage it with Jake Tapper.

Forced to dance the tax-cut tune, Trump is giving Elizabeth Warren the willies by Monica Showalter – “The roaring success of President Trump’s tax cuts have made every Democrat squirm uncomfortably.” The Ivy League isn’t doing so well with one professor getting lambasted for lack of license and ethics and anther …

“Let’s get that straight one more time: She actually said she wanted to get rid of the tax cuts, unable to grasp that the tax cuts were the exact instrument that enabled the energy company to cut rates for consumers. Warren was supposed to be smart enough to be a Harvard professor?

It’s got to be painful to contort herself this way.

Confirmation: DOJ and FBI Used “Steele Dossier” for Application To FISA Court for Search Authority on Trump Campaign by sundance – “As reported by Sara Carter and Fox News, the DOJ and FBI used the sketchy ‘Steele Dossier’ as the foundation for their FISA application.”

“The ENTIRE SYSTEM of surveillance and data collection was weaponized against a political campaign. They used the FISA Court to gain access to private data in order to monitor the Trump campaign and conduct surveillance on the officials therein.

The left is pushing Dems over a cliff as government shutdown looms by Rick Moran – “activists appear willing to push the Democrats over the cliff, threatening to withhold support if the party compromises on immigration.”

How to Get Kicked Off YouTube by Colin Flaherty – “Not to worry, all you lovers of racial venom. YouTube still has plenty of material to satisfy even your most vitriolic yearnings.” This is another Google problem (see yesterday’s post) as Google owns YouTube.

“These and thousands of other videos make YouTube a favorite place to spread black hostility, hate, and violence – you know, the same kind that is easy to find every day on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, and whatever else we are calling the conglomeration of reporters and public officials hopelessly devoted to spreading the greatest lie of our generation: the hoax of black victimization.

But what YouTube will not be spreading around anymore are videos that apparently are way worse than that. Videos by me, good ol’ Colin, refuting that lie.

I do not know why Nelson Mandela and lots and lots of rappers preaching black-on-white racial violence have such a hard time getting kicked off YouTube. It’s easy. I’ve done it four times for way less.

As with all my videos, there is no racism, no rancor, no apologies. Neither is there obscenity or vulgarity of any kind. No matter: that video came down.

And if they are not true, it should be the easiest thing in the world to show. Instead, the dominant reaction from the trolls is 1) that is not happening; 2) white people do it, too; 3) white people deserve it; and 4) let’s hammer YouTube until Colin is removed.

Not for lying. But for telling the truth.

YouTube might be the biggest game in town, but it is not the only place to put videos. Good ol’ Colin found a new home at minds.com, where my videos are now easy to find. And still impossible to refute.

A Ludicrous Ruling That Trump Can’t End DACA by Josh Blackman – “The Supreme Court has reversed this judge’s DACA decisions before, and it will do so again.” The judge must have watched Galaxy Quest too many times.

“On January 20, 2017, the executive power peacefully transitioned from President Obama to President Trump. At least one judge in San Francisco didn’t get the memo. Yesterday, Judge William Alsup ordered the Trump administration to keep its predecessor’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place. This remarkable 49-page order has all the aesthetics of a judicial decision but is, at heart, an amateur act of punditry.

These talking points could have been plagiarized from the MSNBC chyron. Such rhetoric in a judicial decision would have been unthinkable barely a year ago. But now it passes for the new normal.

Judge Alsup, who continues a disturbing recent trend, failed to afford the deference due to a coordinate branch of government in making legal determinations. Trump has the electoral mandate to reverse the decisions of his predecessor and the constitutional obligation to assess the constitutionality of his actions. … I am unable to think of any decision where a court has ordered a president to exercise discretionary authority he has deemed unconstitutional.

This now-common fait accompli, where judges demand access to internal deliberative documents, and when rebuffed rule against the president anyway, evinces the feeling of a show trial. It is no wonder the Supreme Court took the unusual step of intervening in a discovery dispute.

From Resistance to Nullification to What Next? by Victor Davis Hanson – “Trump’s critics ratchet up to insurrection, but Trump’s tax reforms and our growing economy could derail their dreams.”

“Recent Democrats emeriti — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama — apparently had a different vision of the post-presidency, unlike the quiet retirement of Lyndon Johnson back to his ranch in 1969. The three saw politics in more Manichean terms, as an existential struggle far too important to cease at the end of a presidential tenure.

we have never quite seen anything like the opposition of the so-called Resistance to the elected presidency that followed the Obama tenure.

There were the initial false charges that pro-Trump Russians had shut down power grids in Vermont. There were frivolous suits claiming that voting machines in three states were rigged. There was an organized, anti-constitutional effort to subvert the Electoral College so that it would not reflect the vote tallies of individual states. On Inauguration Day, there were congressional boycotts of the swearing-in ceremony. There were demonstrations at which, to take one example, Madonna envisioned blowing up the Trump White House.

An entire genre of assassination chic followed.

The frustrated Resistance is starting to morph into a more serious crisis of nullification, if not insurrection.

What Next, Indeed

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