Plans for November 3rd and the Days Following

Nota Bene: This is a frivolous post about how I intend to celebrate Election Day this year.  I will provide myself a fig leaf to justify this childishness by also discussing the serious topic of safety from mob violence during these dangerous times.  Fair warning has been served.

If President Trump is declared the winner on Election Day or shortly thereafter, I think it is reasonable for people to anticipate that there could be some serious safety issues in certain areas of the country.  And this is not idle or far-fetched reasoning.  The Left has already mobilized small guerilla bands to lead riots and arson attacks on all the major cities that they control politically.  It is only common sense that they might unleash a spasm of violence and destruction to protest the ultimate repudiation of their political stance.

If you live or work near one of these cities, I think it would be prudent to take certain precautions that week.  First of all be sure to listen to the local news and avoid any areas that have become habitual protest locales.  Figure out what work-arounds you can use to give them a wide berth.  Make sure you don’t have any Trump or Republican messages on your car or your person.  If you work in town but live outside leave early on election night and don’t stick around for any reason.  Postpone any activities in the city until the election madness wears off.

If I were planning ahead for this situation, I would consider calling in sick if you have any doubts at all about the chance of being caught up in a riot or other form of unrest.  Basically, it’s just not worth the risk.  With the whole COVID thing going on and remote work becoming so prevalent, it wouldn’t be difficult to get a day or two out of the office.

As for myself, I’m going to camp out and watch the whole nightmare from start to finish.  It’s become something of a tradition to watch the late state returns into the morning hours and listen to the clueless talking heads trying to justify whatever surprises emerge in the results.  I’m anticipating a Republican wave for the President, the House and the Senate so I’m hoping to end the evening by listening to lefty reporters and celebrities wailing and gnashing their teeth as YouTube fills up with blue haired women screaming and hyperventilating over their rage and despair in a replay of 2016.  In fact, in a couple of weeks I intend to start working on the menu to go with the Election Night party.  I’m thinking earlier on we can go with deli sandwiches, corned beef, pastrami and roast beef.  This will of course require potato salad and some kind of soup, maybe a sausage and bean.  Later on, we’ll go with smaller items, maybe pigs in a blanket with brown mustard.  And at the end of the night I’d say some kind of ice cream course.

And this plan will be in effect regardless of how the election returns or the write-in ballots or the judicial shenanigans play out.  The days when I hung on the edge of my seat worrying how Ohio or Florida or Pennsylvania votes is long gone.  This is all in-the-moment skirmishing that doesn’t settle anything.  We no longer have one nation making up its mind on what it wants its future to be.  We’re just watching two diametrically opposed nations wrestling with each other in a mostly bloodless conflict.  It’s like two men fighting for control of the steering wheel of a moving vehicle.  There’s no clear way for one or the other to take control and at all times the possibility of a fatal crash is highly likely.  We seem to be waiting for one side or the other to declare an end to the charade.

But that doesn’t mean we have to wallow in misery.  Life is to be enjoyed and even in the midst of hatred and insanity we must not miss out on all the things that make it good.  Election Day is in between Halloween and Thanksgiving and I intend to celebrate both those things and even have a little fun on Election Day too.  Live blogging the event is a given.  If we win and can celebrate the despair of our enemies all the better.  If not, then splendiferous foods will have to make up for it.

So, as you can see, I like to turn a negative into an opportunity to enjoy the catastrophe that is heading our way.  But whether you celebrate the election or head to bed early to avoid the stress and strain I am completely serious about taking precautions against some kind of insurrection by the Left.  These people are very angry and a little bit desperate.  They are trying to frighten us and apparently no longer worry about niceties like the law and human decency.  So, stay way out of their way and live to see the better day that we expect to dawn on November 4th when President Trump is re-elected and his new Republican House joins the enlarged Republican Majority in actually doing some legislating for a change.  Like maybe funding the rest of the Wall and ending trade with China.

Warning: Profanity Laced Meltdown by Leftist Upon Hearing RBG Died

If you thought they went crazy four years ago wait until you see this one.  A padded cell and straitjacket would be the minimum infrastructure needed to keep this woman safe from herself.  She’s driving a car and I doubt she can see the road through her rage and panic.

Where do these people come from?  How do they get through their lives without growing out of the two-year-old tantrum phase?  November is going to be a meltdown regardless of how it works out.  Even if President Trump wins by two hundred electoral votes these people are going to go ballistic.  Watch yourself.  A lot of them are unhinged.

Can the President Eliminate the Deep State?

Three and a half years into President Trump’s first term as President it would be fair to say that the United States government is still controlled to a great extent by a managerial class that works constantly and relatively unimpeded against the interests of the President and the Americans that voted him into office.

In order for his second term to have any lasting effect on the direction that this nation is headed President Trump will have to purge the Deep State from the executive branch agencies they control.  Can such a thing be done?  Has it ever been done before?  The answer to the second question is yes.  In the olden times a change of administration was the occasion for a massive purge of patronage office holders.  And to an extent that is still the case.  The agency heads are all political appointees that come and go as the party in charge is changed.  But the bureaucracy that serves below these appointees are permanent employees of the federal government and have job security that is almost bullet proof.  So as far as purging the Deep State the answer is at best a qualified “sort of.”  The rank and file drones working in the State Department, the Justice Department and the rest of the agencies are natural born progressives.  They live to interfere in the lives of ordinary people and relish the opportunity to exert their bureaucratic power on useful people that fall under their purview.  Even if many of the worst laws are eliminated these people will still make life hell for whomever they meet.  So, let’s assume this to be the case.

Be that as it may, the Deep State can be weakened substantially and the effort to do it should be the focus of the President’s efforts in a second term.  First and foremost, the Justice Department and specifically the FBI needs to be emptied of the viper’s nest that currently run it.  And if Barr won’t do it then he has to go first.  Why is Christopher Wray still the Director of the FBI?  He has obstructed the investigations into the Russia hoax and he has done next to nothing to stop the current insurrection that has gripped cities across the country.  Bill Barr has publicly praised Wray.  He acts as if the agency is working correctly.  That is simply not true.

Barr has talked about getting to the bottom of the hoax but he and Durham haven’t achieved anything after more than a year.  This more than anything makes it clear that he is afraid to destroy the status quo.  All of this must be crystal clear to President Trump.  So, what is his plan?

What seems to me to be the only way forward is to put someone in charge of the Justice Department who knows how it works but isn’t beholden to the network inside of it.  I’m not sure I know who could be that man but maybe Rudy Giuliani is right for that job.  He seems to be a true ally of the President and he was a federal prosecutor back before he was Mayor of New York.  And I think he would relish the chance to clean out the Justice Department.  But if Rudy isn’t the right guy maybe he knows who is.  Either way it’s critical that the second term start off by cleaning house of all the remaining top and mid-level cabalists in all the important department that are still obstructing and undermining the President’s efforts to fix the federal government.

So, to go back to the title of the post, can the President eliminate the Deep State, the answer is I don’t know.  But the rest of the answer is that he’s going to have to do it if he is going to survive.  These people are his mortal enemies and they’ll have to be destroyed for his sake.  And if there is going to be anything that fixes this country short of rebellion then getting rid of the Deep State is job one.  Let’s pray he succeeds.

What to Expect When President Trump Squares Off Against Chris Wallace at the First Presidential Debate

Chris Wallace, the lefty shill from Fox News will moderate the first debate, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Cleveland.  Whether Joe Biden shows up either corporeally or even as a hologram, the real debate will take place between the President and Wallace, the lefty Media’s hatchet-man du jour.  I expect the first question he’ll address to Joe Biden will be a yes or no question, “Do you agree that President Trump is criminally responsible for all COVID deaths?”  Joe may flub this question by thinking it’s about him or by mistaking the term COVID for some kind of video-sharing service but either way it will be up to President Trump to slap Wallace around for most of the night in order to be declared the winner by the viewing public.

And I think he will.  President Trump is a savvy media personality and he knows that Wallace is there to try and swing the election for Biden.  And since Biden at this point is about as intellectually capable as a flat worm with its head cut off it’s up to Wallace to do the dirty work.  And he will.  He will go right to the COVID issue and try to portray every death as a crime that the President is responsible for.  But let’s face it, Wallace isn’t all that convincing a liar.  He always has that smug grin on his face and he always seems to be overreaching with his accusations and innuendoes.  I expect the President to drill down into Wallace’s accusations and push back very hard.  I hope the President calls him a liar and a lefty shill because that is exactly what Wallace is.  Chris Wallace is a poor man’s version of the commie that his father was.  Mike Wallace had gained credibility based on his long association with the news industry’s icons of yesteryear like Walter Cronkite and his work on the old television news series Biography and 60 Minutes.  But his son hasn’t got the gravitas that the elder Wallace had or his sonorous voice.  Chris’s voice is more of a nasal honk that annoys a lot of listeners.  I confess I will be disappointed if Wallace doesn’t get knocked around in these exchanges.  He really needs a good smackdown performed on him.

Now looking at the Biden component of the event, I am curious to see if his handlers try to use an ear piece to feed answer to Slow Joe.  That would be fun to watch.  Maybe we can pick up the signs that he is listening to an audio message.  I wonder if the Secret Service has the capability to jam radio transmissions around the people they are protecting.  And I wonder if the White House will have any kind of surveillance that picks up that kind of thing going on.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if after the debate an audio recording of someone prompting Joe were uncovered?  Well, I shouldn’t be too greedy.  I’ll settle to just watch and listen as Joe does his Biden act and eventually starts umming and uhhing at the end of every sentence he attempts to make.

And who knows, maybe they’ve loaded Joe up with pep pills to cut through the fog and he won’t embarrass himself.  But as long as the President goes on the attack about the substance of Biden’s long and undistinguished record in government it will be enough to carry the night.

So, sure I’ll be watching.  It could turn out to be a lot of fun.  I just hope Joe doesn’t get flustered and wanders off into the crowd.  He’d be bound to start sniffing hair and rubbing shoulders and even I have limits on what I’ll watch on tv.

update:

The comments section on Chris Muir’s Day by Day cartoon today (9/24/2020) has a lively discussion on the ins and outs of the debate.

Easy Company.

 

RBG Outrage Proceeds at a Brisk Pace

I was just enjoying a sampling of left-wing panic articles about the prospect of a pre-election selection of RBG’s replacement on the Supreme Court.  You know it seems like only yesterday that the press and the Democrats were employing libel and slander on an industrial scale against Brett Kavanaugh without any concern for how it poisoned any possibility of civility or bipartisanship in the Senate.  And now they are hurling around terms like hypocrisy and unconscionable when talking about the Republican senate voting on a replacement for RBG.  They’re saying it’s inappropriate and uncivil and cruel.  Well, isn’t that special.

You know above and beyond how good it would be to decrease the number of lefties on the Supreme Court I am just overjoyed to see the Left shrieking and howling about this situation.  These are horrible people and anything that makes them angry and/or afraid is a gift from heaven and “a consummation devoutly to be wish’d.”  It is wonderful to see a milquetoast fellow like Lindsey Graham feeling his oats and maybe even displaying a little schadenfreude toward the colleagues that put him and the rest of the senate Republicans through hell during the Kavanaugh hearings.  Seeing him get up on his hind legs and sound like a man just shows what the Democrats have stirred up with their scorched earth approach to hard ball politics.  They’ve made lots of enemies and when they need friends there aren’t any colleagues on the other side of the aisle willing to reach across to lend a hand.  And after having their hands bitten before who could blame them?

And it is said that McConnell has the votes.  Of course, that is horse trading and maybe they’ve paid off Romney to keep him from stabbing us in the back again or maybe that one extra vote from Pence is all that’s needed to put them over the top.  But just the fact that President Trump and Mitch McConnell are game enough to go forward speaks volumes about how this presidency differs from the lame Republican administrations of the past.  Bush I and Bush II would have acquiesced as soon as the first shriek from the harpies was reported in the press.  In fact, even after giving in to them the Democrats and the press would still have taken the opportunity to pillory Bush as a monster for even thinking of such a hate crime.

When President Trump heard that Pelosi was threatening to impeach him again. His answer was that he hoped she did.  Now that’s the right answer.  Never back down, never apologize for doing what makes sense and hit back at them any way you can.  And just as a point of information didn’t Dorothy dropped a house on her back in 1939?  Or was it a pail of water?

I expect a concerted effort after the announcement to vilify the candidate any way they can.  Of course, since it’s going to be a woman the rape angle is going to be a really hard sell.  Maybe they’ll try to find a girl from her high school or grammar school that claims the applicant was mean to her.  It’s a little weaker than the Kavanaugh treatment but they’ll have to go with what they can make up on the fly.  If necessary, they’ll have a séance and have the ghost of RBG denounce the nominee as not a real woman for lacking abortion enthusiasm.

Feeling this happy about the suffering of some of my fellow human beings might be taken to mean that I’m a terrible person but I believe that if Mother Theresa were alive today, she’d be on my side.  These are awful people and them getting their comeuppance is poetic justice.

Anyway, another good week for the President.  Onward and upward and make the Lefties squeal like stuck pigs.

Supreme Court Vacancy is a Huge Opportunity for the Trump Campaign

Over the last month the media has been filled with reports of the enormous cash advantage that the Biden campaign is taking over the Trump campaign.  It’s not that the President’s donations have been meager but rather because lefty billionaires are funding super PACs with a fire hose in a desperate attempt to carry Biden over the finish line by any and all means.

And like a deus ex machina (a god from the machine, manna from heaven, a set-up too good to be true) President Trump is handed a situation that allows him to cancel that advantage.  The rage and panic engendered by the opportunity to fill the vacancy is sure to dominate the press for weeks.  The President will tease the selection until Friday.  The hearings will be a three-ring circus.  Every tweet by the President will be a mini-event.  And meanwhile Joe “hidin’” Biden will be standing on the side crying, “doesn’t anyone want to know what I think about this?”

There is an old saying that God helps those who help themselves.  It’s true.  President Trump is an energetic advocate of his interests and when you are paying attention to the situation every once in a while, opportunity knocks.  The flip side of opportunity is the uncertainty and disruption that comes with riding a tiger.  But looking at our opponents and their haplessness in the face of managing the crises they have embraced I’ve got to like our odds of ending up on the winning side of these events.

I remember how even a minor calamity like Hurricane Katrina unraveled the Bush presidency while the true disaster of the COVID crisis is being politically weathered and the BLM insurrection is actually a net positive for the Trump campaign.  To me this is the proof that leadership is much more than just following an MBA slide show template on how a CEO leads an organization.  You truly need to know something about what people are.  And that’s why the Bushes and the Romneys can’t do it.  They’ve never met any actual humans in the wild.  They’ve heard of them at cocktail parties and at management retreats and even seen a few caged ones in their mansions where they keep a zoo of cooks, maids and body guards.  But they’ve never gone out into the forest and studied them.  Somebody like Bill Clinton loved going out in the brush and rub elbows with the common man.  That’s how he got re-elected even after the world knew that he was a lecherous old goat.  When the people looked at him, they knew he was a sinner but they also recognized that he was an actual human being.  No one will ever confuse Mitt Romney with a living man.

So, fate has spun the wheel again for President Trump and as ever he answers the call and puts the machine in gear.  Will he win the game?  It’s absolutely impossible to know for sure.  But I tell ya, I like our odds.

Guest Contributor – War Pig – Comments on Antifa’s Announced Disruptions in Washington D.C.

I see where Antifa and BLM are calling for the burning of Congress and SCOTUS over replacing RBG. They should remember a little factoid, to wit:

The Third Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) is mostly known for guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and performing ceremonial duties at the White House and Arlington National Cemetery. However, they are a fully trained, fully armed and equipped infantry regiment filled with motivated hard chargers. They will have something to say about burning down Congress or SCOTUS or the White House. They are fully capable of putting down an insurrection.

It would not be wise to provoke their use as infantry. A little reminder for the fools at Antifa and BLM.

And since it is Washington, DC, posse comitatus prohibitions do not apply. Trump does not need to even invoke the insurrection act. He can just order the Old Guard to saddle up in full battle rattle and stand by.

When the American Indian Movement occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs HQ in Washington, they strutted about showing Winchesters and such and declaring they would never move until certain things were fixed to their liking. Nixon, being a clever sort did not call out the Old Guard. He just called in the Rangers to look things over. The rangers observed and allowed themselves to be seen observing. Ranger patches in full view.

Seeing that, the protesters held a quick meeting, declared “victory”, and left for home. Rangers do not play well with others. If you want to influence hearts and minds, call the Green Beret. If all you want to do is break sh*t and hurt people, call the Rangers.

This of course would be more of a job for the Old Guard than the Rangers. The Old Guard are expressly allowed to defend the capital with no martial law being declared. Since DC is a federal city most laws are a shade different there. Besides, the Rangers are currently employed elsewhere.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died

I thought she would retire in April but she decided to die in office.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/ruth-bader-ginsburg-dies-at-87

This will be an interesting situation for President Trump and especially some senators.  Susan Collins is supposedly in a tight race in Maine and she is always a potential weak link whenever a Supreme Court seat is in question.  Will the senate wait until after election day?  We’ll know pretty soon how they will play this.  From what I’ve heard Trump will pick a conservative woman to replace her.

Well more drama.  Sure, why not?

 

The Office Space Election

Back in 2016 Michael Anton wrote the essay called “The Flight 93 Election” that characterized electing Donald Trump as a last-ditch effort to save the country from the globalists.  In 2020 Anton and everyone else is saying that once again this is the most critical election of all time.  So that got me thinking.

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Office Space” you might remember the scene where the protagonist, Peter Gibbons, is talking to a hypnotist about his problems.  He explains that every day at his office the boss ratchets up the misery a little more.  So, every day is worse than the one before and that guarantees that every day is the worst day of Peter’s life.

In the same way, because in each and every year for decades now, the political and social situation in America has gotten worse, the next election is by definition the most important election in your lifetime.  And so, it’s important to do all we can do to get good men in office and push for the changes that we need, to make this a free country again.

But guess what?  Elections and politics are not the most important things in our lives and we should be thinking about these other things even more than we do about the politics.  In fact, the worse the politics get the more we have to spend time figuring out ways to live happily despite them.

And here the analogy with the movie continues.  The hypnotist provides a hypnotic suggestion to Peter that he will no longer worry about his job.  But before he has time to restore Peter to normal the hypnotist has a heart attack and dies.  So now Peter is completely unconcerned about being fired and goes through his day in a relaxed manner ignoring anything his boss says that he doesn’t like and speaking absolute truth about what he thinks about his job.  Of course, eventually everything comes crashing down, but his new found composure gives him the chance to re-evaluate his life and escape from the career and personal entrapments that had made his life a living hell.

For us, the liberating situation is finding out that both parties are a rigged game against us.  Knowing this makes it possible for us to try and navigate around all the various entrapments that have been built into the system.  We can consciously make choices to minimize the impact of these traps.  We can develop work arounds and we can form alliances with others like ourselves who have stopped drinking the Kool Aid.  And amongst ourselves we can speak openly of the truths that the establishment papered over.  We can openly say that illegal immigration must be stopped and that the corporations are outsourcing all our jobs and that a man in a sun dress is not a woman.  Spreading the word that the Democrats and the Republicans have been gaslighting us for decades and working against our interests makes it possible to see clearly who is on our side and who isn’t.  The system is still rigged against us but at least we’re no longer flying blind.

And the final analogy with the movie is the ending.  One of the other victims of the oppression at the Office is a crazy guy named Milton.  The boss tortures Milton by moving his cube into worse and worse spaces.  Finally, Milton ends up in the basement and is told to spray for roaches on his way in and out.  But as a last straw the boss takes Milton’s beloved Swingline stapler.  So, he snaps and burns the company to the ground.  In this analogy I’d say the crazy guy would be the fringe right who may finally get so fed up with being bullied by Antifa and BLM that they go toe to toe with them and essentially blow the whole thing up.

Not everyone, including myself, would see that as a desirable outcome but it wouldn’t be a shock if it happened.  The provocation from the left has been monumental and the fact that some major blowback hasn’t happened is only because everyone is waiting for the election to happen before settling scores on the street.  But even if the conflagration isn’t an actual explosion but only a political reaction it will happen and it will provide a resolution.  The seething hatred on both sides is palpable and what is left of the moderate middle is being boiled off by the heat of the moment.  It is pretty much impossible at this point to imagine the two sides of the country reconciling.  We just dislike each other too much.  Probably the best case would be a looser federalism that would allow each side to occupy their own territory without trying to impose their values on each other.  But how we get to that best-case scenario is the part I can’t figure out yet.  Can we get there without a real conflagration?  Let’s hope so.

12SEP2020 – Looking Around and Looking Ahead

Now that Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus has been forced out of business by PETA, President Trump truly is the Greatest Show on Earth.  There always seems to be another spectacle starting up as the previous act finishes.  From what I understand he has five foreign policy victories to celebrate this week.  Israel is being recognized by:

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bahrain
  • and Kosovo

Saudi Arabia is now allowing Israeli flights to go through their airspace.  And just to keep things interesting the President brokered a deal between Serbia and Kosovo.  Already two separate nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize for the President have been sponsored by individuals who preface their remarks by declaring that they dislike President Trump but admit that he has already done more for world peace than Obama ever did either before or after his empty win of the Peace Prize was awarded to him.  Joe Biden claims that President Trump is achieving these victories by accident!

The President is crisscrossing the country to attend campaign rallies that draw huge enthusiastic crowds and of course, he is tweeting away on all the most important and even some quite trivial events.  He really does have an energy level that is hard to imagine for a man his age.

Meanwhile even Biden’s strongest advocates admit they haven’t yet figured out how they will make their candidate attractive enough to convince millennials to vote for him.  Well, they did get him out of the basement and all the way to Pennsylvania last week.

As I said it’s an amazing show.  And it should keep even jaded political junkies such as me completely engaged right up to Election Day.  Of course, there are plenty of other side shows to keep us watching.  They’re not as amusing.  The spectacle of unending rioting in Portland is not a pleasant sight but it is important.  A poll of Oregonians shows that 66% disapprove of the riots and 60% think the Mayor of Portland is doing a poor job of ending the protests.  Now if a state as blue as Oregon is unhappy with their unending riots just think what purple states like Colorado and Nevada must be thinking of their “protests.”

The ongoing COVID lockdown in the Northeast remains a good story to remind the country of what shutting down a large portion of your small business community does to economic health.  New York has lost tens of thousands of jobs and when combined with the disruptions caused by the rioting is hardly recognizable as the dynamic business and cultural center it once was.

And the remote teaching model being used in the schools in the Northeast has been a nightmare for working mothers.  Many of them are attempting to re-enter the office environment after six months but have to work around a schedule where their children are home at least three days a week.  Employers say they will accommodate these changes but problems have cropped up on all sides.

Then we have the looming specter of voter fraud through the use of mail in ballots.  The Democrats hope to drag the voting process out for weeks and possibly months.  And they have been talking up the idea that President Trump will be ejected from the White House by troops.  Oh, those Democrats love their drama.

Meanwhile Bill Barr teases us with announcements of rioters and agitators being arrested.  Sure, he arrests some of the worst actors but nothing is done to prosecute Antifa and BLM as organized crime groups using the RICO laws.  And we’re not hearing much about the Durham investigation anymore.  I guess now that his end of summer deadline is blown, we can’t expect anything to come of the effort.  I was glad to see that the feds went after that rat that murdered the Patriot Prayer guy in Portland a week ago.  But I guess it has to be something as egregious as murder on camera to get much of anything from our Justice Department.

Well, that’s a snapshot of the world around us.  It’s a madhouse in every way imaginable but we keep advancing down the road one step at a time.  My advice is don’t be surprised at anything that happens but take every news report with a big grain of salt.  As the President is fond of saying a lot of what you hear is fake news.  And regardless of the outcome in November remember that it’s up to each of us to decide how we will live our lives and who we will spend it with.  There are millions of good people out there and we can achieve an enormous amount if we don’t get discouraged and if we think clearly about what we want to accomplish.  I have spoken with many people out there and we’re learning that we aren’t alone and we aren’t at the mercy of the Woke Left.  It’s a pleasure writing this for anyone who is looking for a bit of news and a positive thought from someone on our side of the fence.  Have a good day.