Kritarchs. The guardians at the gate seem to asleep (or drugged?)

America’s Reign Of Judges Has Left Us With An Unrecognizable Constitution. Michael Anton – “Judges who can find no support in law for the outcome they want resort to their own personal sense of morality to achieve their desired result.” … “It’s more precise to say that modern American judges are a vital node of the neoliberal oligarchy who exercise far more power than they ought to have, in ways the founders never intended.”

Mark Tapscott at Instapundit has this: “COPLAND DISASSEMBLES AMERICA’S RULING CLASS: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow James Copland’s new book, “The Unelected: How An Unaccountable Elite Is Governing America,” is getting and fully deserves outstanding reviews like this one by Law & Liberty’s Mark Pulliam.”

Repairing the Rule of Law: An Agenda for Post-Trump Reform. Paul Rosenzweig, Vishnu Kannan – this is an illustration of the depths to which TDS can take otherwise thinking people. The cites of Trump malfeasance all apply to his predecessor, not Trump. The attempt to make tax returns public is indicative as these are reviewed by civil authorities (e.g. the IRS) and the attempt to strip this President naked is an exercise in voyeurism, not political opinion. The invoking of emergency powers is also an interesting divergence from reality.

3 Crucial Breakdowns In Journalistic Standards That Explain The Atlantic’s Trump Political Hit Piece. Christopher Bedford – “So what exactly did The Atlantic and its legions of friends do wrong here, and why can’t we believe its claims about President Trump’s fallen soldier comments on its face?” … Sources … Confirmation Bias … Echo Chamber.

“All of these, however, lead to a major problem in corporate media: an unskeptical belief the president is a bad man who must be defeated has led to discarding an ever-growing number of essential journalistic practices. It’s the reason more and more Americans don’t trust their media — and it’s a good one.

Pre-Election Dirty Tricks: Ignore, Refute, or Pivot? Julie Kelly – “Democratic campaign operatives disguised as very serious journalists are promising new bombshells over the coming weeks.”

“It sounds unlikely but the most appalling instance of journalistic malpractice last week was not when The Atlantic published anonymous allegations that President Trump disparaged American troops behind closed doors—it was Joe Biden’s so-called press conference following another shaky, rambling, and dishonest speech disguised as a “campaign event.”

Undoubtedly, more anonymous sources with more unproven accusations will surface;

the question we must ask—and answer—is how much attention should we give these hyperbolic claims?

Neo, 2020 America: It’s Orwell crossed with Lewis Carroll, cites commenter Barry Meislin: “What is fascinating /curious/nauseating — and yes, scary — is that so many liberal, decent, caring, ethical, moral, bright, talented, sophisticated and intelligent people have been persuaded that this is what must be done. Have bought the finely-wrought lies, the “moral imperative” — the EVIL — of those who wish to do all this hook, line, and sinker.”

““Why wouldn’t they want to know what the other side is saying?” she asked me. My answer to her was that this was the difference that made her unusual. I said that in my opinion most people don’t want to know, don’t want to hear, don’t want to have their belief system challenged by anything that could threaten it.

She is different; she wants to know. I don’t know what causes that difference, but I certainly notice it.

The Biden Slime Operation. Conrad Black – “This is the Democratic canon: malicious lies supported by stupid lies and disseminated to the world by the morally bankrupt, reflexively partisan Trump-hating media.” … “In terms of political ethics and tactics, the Democrats have hit rock bottom.” … “the odium of the incident is magnified by the fact that it was clearly staged in a tight sequence coordinated between the Biden campaign and its most rabid media partisans.”

Vindman, Not Whistleblower, Was Driving Force Behind Impeachment. Mollie Hemingway – “New book shows how Lt. Col. Alex Vindman was the real instigator of the Ukraine investigation that formed the pretext for Democrats’ impeachment of President Trump.” So many who stood by, or even assisted, the runaway freight train going down grade …

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