Put up or shut down. Please.

Ironies abound. Yes, Virginia, there be monsters (but Santa isn’t one of them). Dragonslayers are under assault. Pragmatic and reasonable can be found as jewels in the rough. The insanity doesn’t seem to be selling very well.

Please — stop the coup porn. Victor Davis Hanson — “The three retired generals shrilly write of the dangers of insurrection and coups. Yet the FBI found no such insurrection or conspiracy in the buffoonish riot on January 6. – Only serial media misinformation and lies turned a ragtag band of misfits into an existential threat to the nation. … Ironies abound.”

Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice forbids even retired military officers publicly attacking or disparaging their current commander-in-chief. Yet several retired generals and admirals serially did just that during the last administration, smearing their president in every imaginable way, from being a Mussolini-like fascist to a veritable Nazi. … 

To restore the military’s reputation, officers should eschew politics to focus on restoring strategic deterrence and military readiness. They should keep clear of divisive domestic issues. They should stop virtue signaling to the media and influential members of Congress.

Enough, Karl Rove, enough: Put up or shut up. David Zukerman — “ Let his next column in The Wall Street Journal declare, without fear or reservation:  “The Democrats Be Damned; If Trump Is the Candidate, He Gets My Vote.”

Rove should be thankful Mr. Trump has not — and he would have good cause, I believe, to make the allegation — blamed the NeverTrump conspiracy for a) undermining his first term and b) working with the media and, of course, their Deep State Democrat allies, to badmouth the Trump campaign 24/7 with baseless intimations, innuendo, and direct statements.  The NeverTrump “fifth column” in the Republican Party arguably gave the presidency to Benighted Biden with nary a thought how their betrayal would damage national security, foreign policy, economic stability, civil liberties, and immigration issues — not to mention undoing  the good efforts of the Trump administration in starting from scratch to corral the harmful effects of the pandemic, exacerbated by political scoundrels like the former governor of the State of New York.

President Trump Supports Vaccine, Doesn’t Support Mandates. Sundance — “Given the range of opinions on the issue of the vaccines overall, and the mandate specifically, President Trump’s position seems quite pragmatic and reasonable.  He’s proud to have developed the vaccines, believes they are of benefit, but strongly respects individual choice, liberty and the freedom to decide for yourself and your family.  I don’t see anything controversial in this position.”

Biden’s Praetorian Guard? The Ashley Biden Investigation Raises New Questions Over the Use of the FBI. Jonathan Turley — “The question is why tens of thousands of dollars of purses stolen in cities like Chicago are treated as purely local matters while a single missing diary in Florida is a matter of an ongoing federal effort. — As some call for a federal response to the smash-and-grab crime wave, the feds may want to respond as well to questions about its unrelenting focus on who grabbed Ashley Biden’s diary.”

Here There Be Monsters. Alexsandar Markovic — “Evidence suggests there are powerful actors among us whose intentions, capabilities, and disregard for anyone else effectively render them implacable enemies of humanity.  No one sane wants to reach that conclusion; no one rational can avoid it any more in light of the facts.”

The foregoing are monstrous accusations, justified by monstrous acts, committed by people whose amorality and disregard for any but their own interests places them comfortably in the category of “monsters.”  People in ancient Rome, Weimar Germany, the Soviet Union, North Korea, anywhere that totalitarianism has raised its flag, were familiar with the beast.  Now it has arrived in the U.S. and western democracies.  Like it or not, we shall see how it fares there.

Kim Potter Convicted. John Hinderaker – “In recent times, two criminal defendants have had the book thrown at them in Minnesota: Derek Chauvin and Kim Potter. … we will be living with the consequences of these actions for a long time.” … “The rule of law is under attack in many ways, ranging from the burning down of the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct station to today’s unjust conviction of Kim Potter on charges that never should have been brought. I think we have barely begun to see the results of this assault, in Minnesota or across the country.”

Americans Don’t Buy The Democrats’ Line On Election Integrity .John Hinderaker — “Democrats insist that there was little or no cheating in the 2020 election, and that election integrity measures are not just unnecessary but “racist.” Today’s Rasmussen survey indicates that a substantial majority of Americans don’t buy that line.” … “This is one in a long line of polls showing that Americans understand that voter fraud happens, and don’t like it. There is strong bipartisan support for election security. By rights, this should be a winning issue, and yet the Democrats are closer to making election integrity illegal than the Republicans are to cracking down on cheating. Such is the world we live in.”

 

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