Now Vox is a big Trump supporter but in his opinion the civic nationalism from someone like Trump won’t be enough to save the United States. But he acknowledges the effectiveness of what Trump did last night to consolidate the Republican base and kick the stool out from under the NeverTrumpers. I get bored by rhetoric so I shut it off after about fifteen minutes. But I acknowledge the necessity of talking to the whole country. I just hope he takes concrete action soon to get his agenda going in the face of total opposition from the the Dems.
It’s been pretty quiet on the political side. From my point of view anyway. The Virginia Governor outrage doesn’t interest me because either way Virginia is run by a Democrat. Everything else is just us waiting for President Trump to get tired of waiting for Congress to not do anything and do something on his own. This week is the SOTU address. Probably nothing much there. Thursday the Senate subcommittee votes on Barr for AG. That’s big. The military situations in the Middle East and Venezuela are important but it looks like nothing substantive will happen anytime soon. For me Barr is the big news and that’s four days from now.
Here in New England it’s Super Bowl rehash. Blah, blah, blah. Honestly I’ve skipped the whole NFL season for the second year in a row and it’s now standard operating procedure. Same as the Oscars, same as the Hugos. No different.
I’ll start to dig out some interesting stuff on the edges. I think the de-platforming stuff is going to be more in the news now that some legal push-back is occurring. And I’ve found some winter woodland photo opportunities so I’ll be putting up some different stuff up soon. The Twilight Zone has been fun so far so I’ll keep churning it out and we’ll see what other reviews I can find.
One of the guys in the office is agitated. He thinks Trump has collapsed and the world is coming to an end. There are articles this guy read that say that Trump is caving on judicial appointments to some of the Circuit Courts. And also, he’s worried about the Wall not getting built.
So, what do I think about all this? My bottom line is Barr must get approved soon. I saw that Graham gave the Dems an extra week before the committee vote takes place. I read that this timing will give Mueller the opportunity to damage the President during some announcement he is working on. Fine, Graham is useless, I know that. My read on this is that Barr should be approved by February 15th. If by March he isn’t approved then I’ll start to think that Trump is trapped. Getting control of the Justice Department is the most important objective Trump needs to get done right now. If he lets that slide then there is little hope of reining in the Deep State that is running amok arresting his friends and associates at will. So that is what I tell those panicking. If we reach March and Barr isn’t Attorney General then I’ll admit Trump has been boxed in and won’t be able to clean out the Justice Department.
But getting agitated does nothing. Start taking concrete steps in your own life to protect yourself and your family from the terrible people and things that are going on all around you. Form alliances and relationships with people who have shown themselves to be reliable and you can trust. Support people who are brave enough to identify themselves as supporting the truth about what’s going on. Ignore the liars and cowards of the establishment republican slate. Don’t support them and don’t give them a penny. If the Democrats take the Presidency then we are the real resistance. They will dismantle this country. They showed us that under Obama. Then we have to decide how we respond to that. Make a stand or leave or become slaves. Those seem to be the choices.
The biggest story this week was the story and then the story about the story of the Covington students. I waited a few days to let most of the big names have their say. Now that they have, I figured I’d say my piece about it and make any overarching observations about what the event says about where we are.
Based on the information available, it looks like the Leftists coordinated to attack soft targets on their turf in D.C. They taunted the kids but didn’t get any violence that way so they sent the Indian to manufacture outrage based on the optics they created by having him stand in front of the kids and yell in that poor kid’s face. So they put this together and alerted their ally in the Media and of course all the other outlets piled on and then the squishy right virtue-signaled their horror at the make believe MAGA hat madness.
So far, this follows the same pattern as the past show pieces. They get in front of the truth surfacing and then walk away once the truth does break through and move onto the next outrage. But something went wrong. The real video clip surfaced too quickly and everyone could see that it was a con-job. Even the Left had to grudgingly admit it was a fake. And the squishy right were exposed for the cowards they really are.
Worse still, the kids have a lawyer who is threatening to sue some of these people for libel and other things like incitement and threats. Now, it’s possible this doesn’t move forward and every one backs away from this. But maybe it does. And it may even start dawning on the networks that there are repercussions when you take character assassination as standard operating procedure. Peter Thiel showed that you can fight back against these people if you have money and some smart lawyers. Maybe it wouldn’t take too much effort to get some hungry lawyers excited about monetizing the abusive behavior of the Main Stream Media. After all, CNN and MSNBC have plenty of cash (or at least their parent corporations have) that could be turned into legal awards and the concomitant legal fees that these lawyers prize so highly. What would stop these smart young lawyers from representing individuals slandered by these media outlets and either forcing them to settle cases out of court or bringing them to court to defend their behavior? Seems like a winning strategy to me. And I’m sure the Justice Department, if headed up by non-leftists could lend their prestige to a class action suit if it looked like some kind of collusion occurred between the Media and the characters inciting them. After all Fake news has become a rallying cry and RICO legislation is loose enough to cover conspiracy in most industries to commit crime.
Will it happen? Who knows. Should it? I think definitely. The time seems right to start pushing back and changing the way the Media abuses private individuals. Hopefully this is the beginning of something positive.
It’s a remarkable thing. The world is noticeably shifting into a new shape. Indisputably the middle ground is disappearing. People are being forced by their circumstances to pick one side or the other. The tactics are becoming uglier and more damaging. Everyone wants to know where this is going and what is the end point.
I’ll add another question. What will Donald Trump achieve? This I think is the lynchpin for the Right’s desperate effort to stop the Progressives from repealing the Bill of Rights. Although many on the Right say that a revolt against the Left is inevitable I am skeptical. Even a gasoline soaked room needs a spark to explode and up till now the Left has kept the matches under lock and key. Donald Trump is the match. He has withstood all of their supposedly irresistible forces and is still standing. The questions that remains are what will he achieve and what will come after him?
If he breaks the Left’s stranglehold on the levers of power in the judiciary and executive branches and renders the gatekeepers in the Media and Social Media docile then he will have levelled the playing field sufficiently to allow the right to break free from the shackles we are currently in. And if he can select a successor who has even a tenth of his skills at sparring with the Left then we have a chance of keeping the momentum we have to finally get the upper hand against these terrible people.
The Dissident Right (or whatever you call them) says it’s a foregone conclusion that the process will continue irrespective of whether Trump succeeds or not. I wish I had their confidence (or seeming confidence). They say that the Left’s unmasking will drive everyone in the middle either left or right. They say the normies will be red pilled and it will be game on. Until recently I was very skeptical of this. But two recent occurrences have given me reason to reconsider.
The first is the definite shift to the right of a formerly mainstream journalist. Tucker Carlson was never on the Left. He has always been a conservative but of late he has sounded a lot like someone on the dissident side. Granted he isn’t as extreme as self-described dissident writers out there but he is daring to say that the Democrats and Republicans are gaming the system against the middle class. He’s skirting the edge of actual revolt. That is an exciting situation coming from someone in the mainstream.
The second occurrence happened today. American Greatness is a very mainstream right outlet. There are some angrier voices there and some calmer but I wouldn’t call any of them dissident right. Today I saw a post that quoted the Z-Man. The Z-Man is a very polished voice on the Dissident Right but no one would claim he is in the mainstream. He himself often talks about the river that separates the dissidents from the normies. I think he says it is narrow but it is deep and the only way to cross it is by consciously swimming. So, never the twain shall meet. When the mainstream begins quoting the Dissident Right there seems to be a step change happening.
So all that said, I’m waiting for one more step. I’m waiting for the true moderates to cross the line. When the mainstream women start deserting the GOP establishment and get red-pilled I’ll know it’s done. I’ll know we’ve passed the point of no return.
Let’s face it, inaction by the Trump Administration to clean up the nightmare in the Justice Department (Mueller, Rosenstein, FISA Courts and the whole FBI in general) has been a discouraging debacle. But Julie Kelly lays out why she thinks that will now turn around with installation of William Barr as the AG. Read it and see what you think. It sounds good but two years of this nonsense has worn down my optimism.
Walls Are Closing in on the FBI—and Its Media Accomplices
This article hits some of the high points. If Barr can begin controlling the Justice Department and get it working on the real legal problems we currently face (people being fired or de-platformed for being normal) then we might see life returning somewhat to normal.
This is so on the nose I hope the President listens to it and congratulates Carlson for saying it.
Once the new AG is sworn in I hope he does exactly what Tucker is talking about. Go after companies and the non-profits who goad them into firing people over speech and put a stop to it. Finally someone in the mainstream media talking straight about this stuff. It’s about time.
The title of the post is deceptive. Kelly is making the case that using the National Emergencies Act when there is an emergency is already a routine situation that and if it isn’t going to be used when an actual emergency exists then they might as well eliminate it altogether.
Dump The National Emergencies Act
The worry many on the Right have is that it will be used by Democrats when they have the Presidency again for everything from Global Warming to Snowflake Bullying. To my mind that is hardly a reason to disarm ourselves against the one truly existential threat to America in our time. Grow up Republicans, you can’t win without fighting.