I was figuring it would be him. But this might just be a sad attempt to escape without saying anything substantive. To be continued.
If you think back to the days of the Iraq War you remember a daily media campaign of discouragement and delegitimization that was accurately described at the time as a drum beat. Newscasters at CBS, CNN and other outlets kept up a daily count of casualties, atrocities and protests. Any bad news, no matter how random was heaped on top of the war news and spun as further proof of the Bush incompetence. When a hurricane hit New Orleans and flooding and loss of life occurred due to the incompetence of the Democrat mayor it was hammered at continuously as the racist agenda of George Bush. Completely fabricated stories of bodies floating along main streets and violent acts of desperation were sprinkled in the daily news and pointed to as proof of the apocalypse engulfing America.
This drum beat was not the primary cause of the Democrat electoral success in 2006 and 2008 but it was the intensifier that made the victory so complete. And it shows you that the media has a basic strategy for intensifying the effect of a news story. And that it is effective. At the time this was a source of great frustration for me. The ploy was so obviously false and artificial that it offended my sense of logic. After all, people weren’t that stupid and gullible. They must have been able to see they were being manipulated. Apparently, I was not the target for these messages and so I couldn’t understand their effect. But grudgingly I learned their potency.
Donald Trump is a creature of the media. He moves through it and thrives in it like a fish in water. It’s his natural element. And that is a good thing for our side. He recognizes how media works. He knows that the MSM will do the same thing to him that they did to Bush. They will conflate the Mueller probe with school shootings with rises in gasoline prices with rain on the weekend. They don’t care if there is any logic or connection. They are looking to aggravate the population any way they can.
So, what will Donald trump do? He’ll fight fire with fire. He is doing a little bit of drum beating of his own. Every day he has a tweet or two showing the dishonesty of the media and the effectiveness of his administration. And every day there are several stories coming out of the Inspector General’s investigation of the Justice Department and the House investigation into the Russia probe. And this goes on day after day after day. And every few months an FBI bigwig is fired and then there is a flurry of news about the details of how that ties into the other investigations and how this will spawn other investigations, and on and on and on. And for me this is annoying and boring and obviously, transparently contrived. And it’s effective.
So that’s why I am both aggravated and satisfied with the current state of affairs. The annoying nature of the Kabuki theater drives me insane. But the knowledge that this is exactly what is needed to both stymie the MSM methodology and also build public opinion for the eventual killing stroke allows me to agree with the strategy. But I wish I had a time machine. I’d love to wake up tomorrow and see footage of Mueller getting the bum’s rush out the back door of the Justice Department and James Comey giving testimony against Loretta Lynch to save his own hide. But my flux capacitor is in the shop so I guess I’ll just enjoy the warm weather and read a few more tweets about Robert Mueller being very unfair.
I admit it. The swamp beasts have worn me out. There are more articles about their trials and tribulations and the comeuppances they’re gonna get than I can stand. Yesterday I linked to this article on how the real payoff to all the investigating by the Inspector General of the DOJ would be when Andrew McCabe turned on Comey and Company to save his own neck.
Well that does sound really cool. But then today I read a couple of more articles about the Gang That Couldn’t Leak Straight and it just started to bore me.
I admit it. I just can’t read another account of how they conspired and connived and colluded and perjured themselves. Their endless mediocre machinations have broken me. I just don’t care.
So, going forward I am boycotting any further Justicegate (© OCF 2018) stories until someone, anyone gets indicted or subpoenaed or, at least, wedgied. I’m not saying I don’t want this to be the avenue used to finally break the back of the Deep State. I do. I just don’t want to read anymore tantalizing accounts of how this incredible web of investigating is about to ensnare all the swamp critters and end their reign of terror. Stop talking about it and just do it.
There, I feel better. And I’ll go one step further. I refuse to spend from now until November hyperventilating over who is ahead in East Podunk, Idahoma USA. I really don’t care whether the Democrats are going to sweep over the Republicans in the House and Senate races. I live in a blue state. That’s just the every day reality. The Republicans are simply too stupid and gutless to win except by accident. Win, lose or draw it’s not something that can be changed by me worrying about it. So, I won’t.
What I will do is look for interesting stories about the culture and the people who are actually trying to make things better. And I will highlight any actual occurrences. So, if Mueller indicts Trump or Trump fires Mueller or Justice Kennedy resigns or Hillary Clinton admits to being the spawn of Cthulhu, then I will definitely comment. But to just whine about scary stuff or hype about the same old rumors is more than I care to do.
There, I feel better.
The premise is, how hard will it be to flip Andrew McCabe to turn on Comey? What would be better than that?
Peterson is part of the Claremont Institute and they seem to be the most perceptive pundits out there.
“Eight years ago, Claremont Institute Senior Fellow Angelo Codevilla called it the “Ruling Class,” a popular thesis which he turned into a book (The Ruling Class) and used deftly to explain the 2016 election and its aftermath. Michael Anton, in perhaps the most significant essay of the election, called it the “Davoisie oligarchy,” or the “Davos class” and recently coined the word the “oligogues” to describe the majority of elites in their camp that flatter and support them.”
Peterson hits all the high points and identifies what is really going on. The deep state is rejecting the people’s choice for President because he is an outsider and because they think they can.
Definitely a good read.
Scene1: White House West Wing, 8am, President Trump (PT) calling for Vice President Pence (VPP)
PT – Mike. Mike. Mike!!! Where the hell are you Pence.
VPP – Right here Mr. President. I was on the phone with Ryan and McConnell. They wanted a copy of your speech to help coordinate the standing ovations.
PT – Tell’em to forget about that bull. I don’t want them cheering. Tell them to keep their seats and keep quiet.
VPP – Oh no. What are you planning Mr. President?
PT – I plan on using the speech to wake some people up and put some rats on notice.
VPP – Sir, the State of the Union speech is intended to report to the people on where we are as a nation.
PT – Well Mike, despite the fact that the economy is starting to come to life do you really think there is any reason for standing ovations? I’m going to tell them the truth. I’m going to talk about the FBI and the Justice Department and how they’re being run like the KGB with crooked operations targeting Americans because of who they are and not what they’ve done. I’m gonna talk about Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. America will love what the FBI is up to on their dime. I’m gonna talk about McCabe and Mueller and Comey and the “Secret Society” they cooked up against me. I’m gonna make their hair curl.
VPP – Oh good grief. Mr. President, I’m asking you to reconsider. You’re going to scare the American people. We have the midterms coming up and we can’t have the electorate thinking of us as the crazy party.
PT – Look Pence, you’re gonna have to man up or I’ll have to say you have the flu and couldn’t come. Besides this is gonna be great. The people are gonna get this 100%. You’ve gotta remember they’re used to seeing bureaucrats shake down citizens. They’ll rally to me when I give them the details of the plot.
VPP – Sorry Mr. President. I’ll do my best to keep on my game face.
PT – That’s the stuff. Besides once Cryin’ Chuck begins weeping you won’t be able to stop laughing. It’s that funny. Anyway, get Sessions down here. I was thinking that it might be fun to have the Secret Society rounded up and perp walked right during the middle of the State of the Union address. I want to see if he can arrange that on queue from me at the podium. Do you think it would be undignified if I had the Marine Corp Band play “Nananana Hey Hey Hey Goodbye” by Steam during their exit?
VPP – No sir, not for you. In fact, now that I’ve heard about it, I guess even I’d be disappointed if you didn’t play it. But to tell you the truth, now that I think about it, what about that Linda Rondstadt song that goes “You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good, baby you’re no good, I’m gonna say it again!”
PT – No you’re not gonna say it again. No I prefer Steam. It’s a classic.
VPP – As you wish sir.
PT – Exactly.
Announcer’s Voice (surprising Don Pardo-esque!) – We interrupt this regularly scheduled and highly uninteresting programming to bring an important message from the President of the United States.
(President Trump) – Good evening, my fellow Americans, I hate to break in on your viewing of “Fresh Off the Boat” or whatever other crapfest you were watching, but I need you to wake up for thirty seconds, put down the Doritos and listen carefully.
For the last few months, ever since I kicked Hillary’s ass in the election, Obama and his stooges in the FBI, CIA and NSA have been cooking up a sting operation against my nominees to stop all the things I’m doing to drain the swamp. You see, they are the swamp and they don’t want to be drained. Unfortunately some of the appointees allowed themselves to be tricked into trying to hide the contacts that the sting operation was using as bait. Well that doesn’t reflect well on their own intelligence and honesty. But they’re also the best we’ve got so I can’t allow this nonsense to go on.
That is why I’ve come up with a two prong solution to this problem. First I’m providing a blanket pardon to all these nabobs who took the Obama bait. They don’t deserve it but it’s the only way to put an end to this nonsense.
Second, I’m announcing a bounty for anyone who has evidence that I can use against this little cabal that Obama and Clinton have cooked up. I’m calling it Dollars for Democrats. If you have evidence that will allow me to prosecute any of these losers, I’ll give you cash, lots of cash. You name the price. A million dollars, a hundred million dollars, let’s talk. I’ll also throw in a pardon and even secret service protection if it’s on Bill and Hillary (they’re known to get vicious, I’ve heard). And don’t forget, if you’ve got something showing who is leaking this stuff to the Times and Post I’ll get you a Presidential Medal of Valour (if there is such a thing) and probably put your face on a postage stamp.
Okay, that’s it. Go back to the bong now but try to remember and think about it if you still can. Trump out!