As the country drifts towards the start of spring, “March Madness” in 2020 has taken on a distinctly different meaning than an annual hoops tournament. A cascade of “doom” events, or portents of same, are roaming the landscape simultaneously, like the slouching “what rough beast” Dylan Thomas talked about a century ago. The beast moved so slow, it seems, it has only gotten to us now. Hopefully you have all the time in the world to read through this, given the recent shutdown woes imposed upon our entire society by our benevolent masters. But anyway:
Of course, the big political story of the primaries has been how Creepy, head sniffing, early stage Dementia Joe Biden was somehow revived, just in time, to regain the aura of ‘inevitability’ he had totally lost by the time the actual primary contests started. Biden’s fall was perfectly natural, given his age, his inability to excite the crowds at campaign stops, his failing to even place well in key early states like Iowa and New Hampshire, and his torrent of strange gaffes and very odd actions. Yet, like a miracle, a Weekend at Biden’s moment happened, and with the Creepster firmly held up on each side by the national media and the Democratic Central Command, they dragged his carcass across the finish line, or across the Jordan of Super Tuesday, back to the blessed land of frontrunner milk and honey.
So what happened? In two words: Bernie Sanders. The radical Senator from Vermont, despite not being a registered Democrat, or having national level endorsements, or much of anything else except a loyal following by progressives within the Democratic grassroots, managed to keep that faction unified enough to lead in the initial states, giving him strong momentum to win most of the Super Tuesday states. This poised Bernie to be the party’s nominee for President in 2020, which would put all candidates downstream of that ticket (especially those running in Trump-friendly districts) in the position of having to defend 1) the party voting to impeach Trump, 2) the party not having an answer as to why the economy soared under Trump, and 3) the socialist policies offered by Sanders, that he freely admitted were socialist. Those factors were an automatic recipe for a massive wipeout of the party nationwide on Election day, otherwise known as, Democratic Doomsday.
How the Empire Struck Back
The party leadership decreed, this will not stand, and went to work to artificially reverse the naturally occurring ascendancy of the progressive wing of the party. First, the establishment fanned the sailboat called Senator Elizabeth Warren for as long as possible, as a means of splitting the progressive vote to prevent Sanders from ever winning, to clear the way for Biden. Second, a strange new app was devised to sort out the results of the Iowa Caucases (ahem, who needed an app to run election results in a small state, that had already managed to do so successfully for generations?). Sooo…the top DNC honchos put together a “defective” app that would produce confusing results, designed to blunt or muddy the momentum of Bernie right out of the box. Then the mess would be blamed on the Iowa officials, who after all are just a minute fraction of the Dem party. Only the mess was much more messy and extended than they planned, drawing prolonged attention to the whole corrupt re-cheating of Sanders, as some of the sharper pro-Bernie bloggers duly noted. Accordingly, when the app failed to function reliably, it caused the results to be trickled in for days, depriving Sanders of the crucial same night announcement that he was a winner—instead, the ambiguous results and victory had to be essentially ‘shared’ with Mayor Pete (Booty) Buttigieg, a gay former (?) CIA operative/asset turned small town executive.
We know Pete was/is Deep State intelligence connected, because he got the massive coverage (unlike other minor city Mayors who ran for President, but were totally blacked out by the media). These tactics remind me of the all-nighter in the GOP Nevada contest in 2012, where it seems the vote counters were desperate to delay announcing final results until they found a way to depress Ron Paul’s vote totals. It’s SO blatantly obvious that the original Iowa results were (in order) most likely Sanders, Buttigieg, Warren, Klobuchar, and Biden. That’s why “the app failed” ahem, as they had to suppress the Sanders victory, and throw a lifeline to Biden to keep him from finishing lower than Amy. Despite this causing Sanders’ momentum to be blunted, and Buttigieg’s standing to be inflated, he still won New Hampshire narrowly but solidly anyway, and Nevada by even more.
Finally, though, the Dr. Frankenstein operatives trying to jolt Biden’s electrodes caught a break. The candidacy of billionaire Michael Bloomberg crumbled after his appearance in the debates—notably, due to establishment shill Sen. Warren leading the hostile savaging of him (hmmm, didn’t Princess Tiger Liar say she would keep things positive and not attack her fellow candidates?). This created a doorway for Joe to be reconsidered as the leading “centrist” in the race. Then they got (or demanded) South Carolina one man institution James Clyburn to endorse Biden just before the South Carolina “firewall” primary. Biden’s strong victory there (in the one state he was expected to win in the first place) created the cover the DNC needed to largely manufacture the Super Tuesday wins that followed.
As if on cue, all the ‘moderate” candidates dropped out of the race just before the big day, to instantly endorse Creepy Joe (all, of course, except for swamp stalking horse Sen. Warren, who doubtless had been told to stay in just long enough to divide progressives, frustrating Sanders by allowing Biden to win the close Super Tuesday races). The most critical victory of these machinations was that Biden had more total delegates coming out of it than Sanders had. Indeed, Joe won states he hadn’t even set foot in or spent advertising in, leading some to say, “it appears the votes for Biden were counted on Tuesday morning.” Thus at no point could Sanders ever get the “frontrunner” appellation handed to him, as that was being carefully reserved for the anointed Creepster. The usual media narrative could then proceed as originally designed—“Biden is the presumptive nominee, so everybody unify and get behind the frontrunner, the race is over.”
Biden’s “He’ll Do” Moment
Way back in 1992, commentator Michael Kinsley wrote a column to explain why the Democratic and liberal media establishment had embraced Bill Clinton, despite all his controversies, which were known even at that early point. His conclusion was that, in spite of Slick Willie’s glaring flaws and scandals (including that infamous ‘body count’ list), his political skills and other positives, and the overwhelming desire of Democrats to get the White House back after 12 years of Reagan and Bush, justified giving Bill a pass or a “he’ll do” seal of approval. Without question, given a choice between Sanders, who was felt to have zero chance of beating Trump, or Biden, who has next to no chance of winning, and doesn’t threaten to sink those down ticket, Biden would be far preferable. In other words, he’ll do.
But this means papering over, or bulldozing over, all his faults, failures, corrupt associations, and possible geriatric issues. His presumed “centrist” legislative record could be brought up, for example on guns, but not his promise to put rabid gun grabbers like Beto O’Rourke in charge of his gun policy if he got elected. The Biden machine also moved heaven and earth to cover up the assets of his son, Hunter Biden from being exposed, after a tryst with a stripper in Arkansas led to a pregnancy (his child, proven by DNA testing). The mother sued for child support, which of course meant that in discovery, Hunter would have to explain where all the over one million bucks he made from Burisma and other Ukrainian dealings came from, and went to. Instead, he claimed poverty and even tried to avoid a settlement—until the judge demanded he appear for a deposition, then lo and behold, he suddenly had the cash and the desire to quietly cut a deal with the mother. The money had to come from somewhere, since the greasy slimeball was claiming he was unemployed and cash poor. What is really obvious is that the judge rejected his attempt to blow off going under oath about his finances, leaving Team Biden (Hunter and Quid Pro Joe) no further option to avoid it but to settle with stripper mom.
Bernie’s “He Won’t” Moment
Just to be clear, as a libertarian, I am not a Sanders guy, but I do support populism, of whatever brand. Sanders comes off as a not corporate-owned, authentic person, while Warren is a elite controlled lying sham. What Sanders needed to do was fully embrace building a populist coalition, the way Trump did (only this time, on the left), but unfortunately too many of Bernie’s supporters are mired in an anti-liberty, pro-elitist mindset that would not relent from believing the Democratic leadership, or left end of the swamp, would be fine if they were running it. MoveOn and similar pro-Bernie outfits sniffed at the notion of needing non-left grassroots endorsements (like one given by Joe Rogan) to take power over everybody. They want the power, without any help from the ‘deplorables’ they would rather put under their heel. Only the elite may endorse the elite, as far as they are concerned.
They thought half the country was deplorable then, and they think the same now. This snooty contempt leads them to think the Trump era is simply a temporary aberration of the order of how things should really work, and their elite should be restored to power immediately to punish the peasants who put Trump in power. Like the leadership they decry, they remain clueless about the broader national and international trends leaning towards populist liberty, and about how complete their defeat was in the recent coup attempts. About the only thing going for the Dems now, from the Bernies to the Bidenistas, is that the fallout from the first caucus and primaries gave them leeway to change the subject away from their coup failure, or shampeachment disaster.
In the end, there was a double absence of will to face down the corporate left end of the establishment table, be it on the campaign trail or at the debates, and this has spelled doomsday for the attempt of progressives to ascend into controlling the party, for now. Basically, the Swamp Empire struck back and worked the defibrillator to zap Biden back to life at crunch time, while the Bernie forces didn’t return the volley—or else have resigned themselves to stay home again this November. Sanders won’t throw down or face down the swamp, and the so-called energized millenials won’t show up where that energy counts the most—the polls. It’s always the same with youth turn out. After all is said and done, only 12-15% of its demographic shows up at election time. Young adults are reliably good at three things—dating, partying (and now) swiping or tapping their smartphones. They haven’t felt beaten down enough by the government (whether they blame it on Dems or GOP) to get motivated enough to become active voters.
Whichever, absent younger voters showing up, a grassroots Democratic Presidential contender cannot succeed in winning the nomination without attracting a coalition of suburban women, urban blacks and southern voters—not to mention the will of its candidate to truly confront (and not capitulate to) the party and media establishment. The writing is on the wall for the progressives after the Bernie burnout, going into 2024 and beyond. In blunt terms, being openly socialist is out, and they need to find a black progressive candidate who can engage the Midwest to head their movement. Ohio’s Nina Turner is one example of what they need. Bingo—then they can appeal to blacks and southern states, and reach mid-western and working class voters. Short of that, their insurgency has run its course under the Senator’s candidacy.
If any one questioned the commitment of Sanders to carrying through with his campaign, or lack of same, the one-on-one debate with Biden of March 15 with Biden certainly ended all doubts. The CNN no-audience echo chamber (how ironic) was a one way spectacle, where the moderator pounced on Bernie (such as asking about his heart attack, of months ago), while omitting any mention of Biden’s recent torrent of gaffes that have many wondering not merely whether he is succumbing to dementia, but how fast his dementia is advancing. If Trump, by contrast, had doddered away in only ONE verbal incident that caused concerns over his mental acuity, CNN would be peppering him with questions on it at every presser or debate. What a farce. The only news here is that Bernie was in on the rigging. The fact that Bernie wouldn’t break with establishment dogma and say Russian intervention in the 2016 election was a fraud was already known, but he wouldn’t even go for the low hanging fruit to hang Joe on. He wouldn’t go after Joe over getting a mental cognitive test, he wouldn’t go after Biden for his long list of numerous lies, and he wouldn’t go after him over Ukrainian corruption. 1, 2, 3, strikeout. So of course, the Democratic primaries are over.
Still, the fact that Bernie, depending on his selecting the location, could get Monday Night RAW sized crowds, should settle the Dem argument over who their candidate should be. Sanders is the ONLY one who could prove he had an energized base—not Creepy Joe, not Money Mike, not Booty. Bernie is the one they should have gone with, if they wanted to have any chance in 2020. So be it the Creepy one, or Hillary rising from the grave to take the nomination from him, the party appears poised to experience a wipeout come November. It’s Democratic Doomsday, come the 2020 election.
“It is ironic to see the same Democrats who tried to impeach President Trump last month for abuse of power demanding that the Administration grab more power and authority in the name of fighting a virus that thus far has killed less than 100 Americans…We have seen this movie before. Government over-hypes a threat as an excuse to grab more of our freedoms. When the “threat” is over, however, they never give us our freedoms back.” This comment by Congressman and libertarian standard bearer Dr. Ron Paul, as usual, summarizes the absurd dimensions of the Coronavirus (or COVID-19) global tidal wave that has smitten the political, financial and social scene over the last months, from Wall Street to cruise ships, to the Vatican.
Certain opportunists have been able to use the situation as a convenient shield to push for all manner of tyrannies, and to even score propaganda points against China and Iran, or other parties that don’t play ball with the US global empire. Cui bono, or who benefits from all this crisis mongering, face mask sales, or China bashing? And why are the chief crisis-fanners like NIAID head Dr. Anthony Fauci (Mr. “its getting worse”) trumpeted around the media 24/7 as one of the only talking heads worthy of giving a microphone to? Why are there no alternative doctors or virus experts brought forth to offer a counter or second opinion as to the “shutdown everything” and “blame China” prescriptions the government has been freely handing out to deal with the spread? Why all this one-way hyperbole over a virus that is only half as deadly as the seasonal flu?
Academics are Stubborn Things
Some of us want more truth, less heat, and less put downs of those who question things—and many of those who want this are academic researchers, or observers of the science literature over the last few months. For one thing, professional or peer reviewed science journals such as Science and The Lancet have declined to accept the official story that Wuhan, China “must be” the ground zero for where the virus started. The key matter is that the origin point of a virus, and the location of an outbreak of the virus can be two different things. Both the timeline of clinical cases that were discovered there, and the molecular profile of the virus suggest a different point of origin. Some observers also question whether the initial tests conducted even rationally established that the new strand was more lethal than other CV strands, since the tests in Wuhan were conducted in hospitals with subjects who had pre-existing illnesses (which may have heavily skewed the results).
According to Virological (again, a peer reviewed publication, not “some propagandist on the internet”), the genetic evidence is that the virus was brought by someone to the seafood market, most likely from outside China. Yes, that country has produced an abundance of cases since late fall, but only from one strand or ‘branch’ of COVID-19, whereas the true source of the outbreak would show a presence of all the strands of the virus, or ‘the trunk of the tree.’ Academics and health authorities from several countries have thus pleaded for the governments to disclose all their data on the pandemic, after which a fair and full evaluation can be conducted as to the origin of the virus.
Prof Michel Chossudovsky notes that “on March 12, in a statement to the US Congress (House Oversight Committee), CDC Director Robert Redfield unwittingly “spilled the beans”. He candidly admitted, yes, some cases diagnosed as seasonal flu could have been coronavirus. When did this occur? In October, November? What is the chronology. It is worth noting that Redfield’s statement is corroborated by both Japanese and Taiwanese virologists. Two countries which are staunch allies of the USA.”
This kind of real science and critical scrutiny is what has been posted on the remaining free speech portals online, and hardly amounts to “conspiracy theories” floating around on the web. Larry Romanoff, author of several Global Research reports on the subject, says these considerations justify an “impetus for caution among the public in accepting the “official standard narrative” that the Western media are always so eager to provide – as they did with SARS, MERS, and ZIKA, all of which ‘official narratives’ were later proven to have been entirely wrong. In this case, the Western media flooded their pages for months about the COVID-19 virus originating in the Wuhan seafood market, caused by people eating bats and wild animals. All of this has been proven wrong.
“Not only did the virus not originate at the seafood market, it did not originate in Wuhan at all, and it has now been proven that it did not originate in China but was brought to China from another country. Part of the proof of this assertion is that the genome varieties of the virus in Iran and Italy have been sequenced and declared to have no part of the variety that infected China and must, by definition, have originated elsewhere. It would seem the only possibility for origination is the US because only that country has the “tree trunk” of all the varieties. And it may therefore be true that the original source of the COVID-19 virus was the US military bio-warfare lab at Fort Detrick.”
The Virus Profile Issue
There is also a question as to whether the virus strand was artificially generated. If it is naturally occurring, then it should die off in spring/summer. If not, well then, we have our answer. And then there’s the pesky matter that the pattern of cases that have emerged worldwide through mid-March, as pointed out by three different governments, show very unnatural concentrations of COVID-19 in specific countries—that all just so happen to have a political problem with Western nations at this time:
What is most distressing to a true libertarian is the “credit card” moment the declared epidemic has given the authoritarians in power, to run up their VISA card to ramrod wholesale restrictions on human movement, the right to assembly, and other expressions of voluntary choice. Gary Barnett notes on Lew Rockwell: “A so-called virus that has reportedly been responsible for a few thousand deaths, has allowed a small number of politicians to take over most of the globe. Entire countries are shutting down, and implementing different forms of martial law. Travel bans are now becoming universal, and the ruling class is demanding total isolation among entire populations. At the current time, this is called self-isolation, which would obviously be a voluntary behavior. The reality is that anyone that is told to self-isolate and does not do so, is forced at gunpoint to comply. This has nothing to do with self or voluntary action, but is the result of total despotic rule.”
Who Benefits from the Selective Spread
In short, we appear to be getting rolled on this subject. The cult of the omnipotent state is grooving off of the power it’s receiving through the pandemic, and you can see it or feel it with every new press conference they hold, or every new edict they pronounce. You can safely surmise you are being subjected to a propaganda campaign when you hear from only one side, with the other side getting mercilessly demonized, if mentioned at all. Black libertarian soulmate YoungRippa59 lays out the meaning behind this agenda-driven madness:
On top of the political and pathogen doomsdays, it seems there were other factors impacting the severe correction seen in the capital markets. Namely, a steep drop in oil prices (down to $45 a gallon internationally) and the refusal of Russia to help OPEC prop up oil price rates. This played a huge role in creating the kind of uncertainty that causes investors to sell off, or park their money in Treasuries and precious metals. The details of the economics get kind of complex (as usual) but boiled down, the price of oil has been artificially held up too high by the cartels and by central banks, as the well has run dry for those manuevers being able to keep that commodity overpriced. That means (when major commodity prices go down), that we are entering a deflationary period, as opposed to periods of inflation, when prices are going up.
Writers like Thomas Luongo have stepped out the implications of deflation, the most relevant for us being that countries that have relied on debt (borrowing and deficit spending) based on the defacto backing of commodities like oil are in big trouble, as opposed to nations that are asset rich (like Russia) who rely on equity or savings. A loss in oil value means a loss in borrowing power, while those less dependent on borrowing are given more power in market. So of course Russia didn’t have to help the cartels, as it has no stake in their loss of borrowing power. Western countries are deeply affected, however because they seem to do nothing financially but dream up new ways to get in more debt.
One ally the debtor nations have had in staying on top are the central banks, but their bag of tricks mainly apply to manipulating inflationary markets, through controlling debt being issued, printing more money, and shifting interest rates. But those tricks don’t apply to deflation, leading to the banks being fairly useless in handling the current situation. Worse, by responding to the recent stock crash by lowering interest rates to near about zero, all they did was encourage the recent spate of unlimited short selling (those who bet stocks will go down) even more, thus encouraging even more stock sell offs. The banks have made it even cheaper for people to borrow in order to short sell, and they wonder why more short selling is going on? Doh! Fed chairman Powell should be ousted for incompetence, or prosecuted if he is doing this deliberately to hurt the President, as Trump has suggested. Perhaps if we cannot get the Fed done away with, we can at least audit the thing to find out if the Fed board have ulterior motives behind its decisions. As of now, the bank is supposedly ‘independent,’ yet if we turn over a few rocks, we might find too many on the board are in truth flunkies for the Deep State, and/or for a certain Hungarian or other euro billionaire.
But the Fed is a creature of the Federal Reserve Act, as enacted by Congress, which does require the Chairman to be appointed. Perhaps a bold President will someday assert that he will not be appointing any new Chairman other than the current Treasury Secretary, who DOES answer to the President. Or better, launch a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Federal Reserve Act, by asserting the document only authorizes the Treasury to be issuing or controlling the currency. Until that happens, expect Americans to remain under the continued yoke of debt, monetary-driven distorted markets, and an economy subject ongoing threat of collapse during a deflationary doomsday pressure cooker period, like the one we appear to be going into.
One bright side to think about, if you are generally bullish about the stock market, is this: Given that we all know the Dow was over 29,000 this winter, if you had then known a global emergency would drop the markets by 30%, wouldn’t you think it would be a tremendous one-time opportuniy to buy on a super low? This may be the very last chance investors will get, ever again, to buy while Dow is in the 20,000s. Do it while you can.
Deep State Shutdown Doomsday
Meanwhile, this past winter has been a prolonged Revenge Month by the Deep State, for the wins Trump achieved in January. In that month Trump was acquitted in the shampeachment, started kicking out NSC leakers, and the Dems humiliated themselves with the Iowa app mess. So naturally, the swamp has responded by setting up Attorney General Barr for criticism over reconsidering the Roger Stone sentencing, then dropping the case against McCabe. This does not show a swamp in control, it shows it throwing desperation punches, after it has been sent reeling by blows it has received from team Trump.
Donald Trump doesn’t work for the Deep State, and because he is an independent, post-CIA controlled President, the Deep State has worked on destroying him for four years. They’ve tried to topple him with multiple phony scandals, and with thousands of Obama or even Bush era holdovers in the State, Defense, DOJ and intel establishments ‘resisting’ him tooth and nail. He’s only just now digging himself out of the impeachment hole they dug for him, twice. To get to this point of being in the clear (relatively speaking), though, he has had to compromise—first in terms of holding off his intention to withdraw troops from the Mideast quagmires, and second in his choosing certain “double agents” of his own to negotiate with the swamp.
Attorney General William Barr, for example, is a compromise figure appointed after a deal was cut between Trump and the Bush gang, where the Bushes would retire from managing the right end of the swamp, in exchange for Barr sparing his old buddy Bob Mueller from the indictments of swamp people coming after the impeachment mania was over. Barr is there to enforce the truce, so he has to live up to that by eventually arresting swampers. But it’s pretty hard to clean up a rat cage, when you’re surrounded by swamp rats. It’s still the swamp’s DOJ, FBI, and MSM. Even a AG 10 times more aggressive than Barr would be a needle in a deep state haystack under the current state of these institutions. What so many of us want to see is SOMEBODY from the swamp elite getting indicted, arrested, a grand jury convened, or subpoenaed to testify under oath, or SWAT teamed before dawn, etc, to show justice is in progress regarding their activities.
Even so, when will it happen, cry those who want to see justice done on the coup plotters, both officially those out of power, and those more numerous holdovers still in the bureaucracies? The background issue remains, being able to convict these worms, who clearly know how to cover their tracks. The fact that the swamp creatures like Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper et al warrant indictment does NOT establish that they can get convicted, given their ability to go group “radio silent” on their coup activity, by losing key evidence, stonewalling or slow walking the declassification of other documents, etc. Such tactics are designed to produce a black hole in the chain of evidence, from which sufficient smoking gun proof may never come out. How is Barr (or his lead prosecutor John Durham) going to PROVE, not just suspect, what they were up to during such periods? This is why the path to prosecution has been taking so long, and why Durham is now not expected to complete the investigation until summer. A couple of acquittals of these people will lead immediately to more swamp celebrations and santimonious rants about being “politically persecuted” like the ones we saw from McCabe last month. What good will premature arrests and indictments do, if it leads to them beating the rap?
What we are left with is a shutdown race, where Trump is now on track to shut down the Deep State swamp, while that swamp is out to shut him down first, this time by getting him defeated in November. To achieve that end, they are prepared to do just about anything—fraudulently revive Biden’s candidacy while it was full rigor mortis, shutdown the country and temporarily cancel its entire culture, foment a national medical crisis over a virus much less lethal than TB or swine flu, worsen a stock sell-off by engineering short selling, or make a deflationary economic event worse by getting its guys at the Fed to drop rates. All, all, all of this, to demoralize the public enough to blame Trump for it, and drive him out of office. Will the swamp succeed? Will they, or peace and freedom get to the finish line first? We’ll see what happens.
As the past year finally ends and rolls the ongoing saga into a new decade, one of the biggest changes to the American order has already happened—namely, the victory of populist-led liberty over the process-rigged machinations of ‘the swamp,’ or military/intelligence apparatus of the deep security state establishment. The latter complex is the heart of the enforcement infrastructure supporting the Empire’s cult of the omnipotent state, coupled with the corrupt politicans and kept media that protect it, and central banking systems that ultimately finance it. This structure is the backbone of the authoritarian regime libertarians oppose, but we get thrown off of focusing on it, due to the bad habit of dwelling too much on lifestyle issues on the edges of society, instead of striking at the root of tyranny brought to us by elite-run mass government.
Signs of the break-up of the racket have been building since as early as the Ron Paul and Tea Party grassroots movements in the past decade, but has accelerated in the last five years following the Brexit efforts in the UK, and the dawn of the “the people’s God” Trump era circa 2016. The Orange one’s reign has been a mishmash of incoherent policy from a strict ideological stand point, but has been thematically pro-liberty in opposing globalism, blunting expansion of military intervention abroad, appointing true constitution-minded Judges to the courts, defending (while not adding to) existing laws on immigration, and in relaxing taxation or centralized regulations that hindered free markets, employment and wealth creation in the US. The Brexiteers have likewise finally won the battle to peel the EU micro-managers off of their country in the December 2019 elections, and given PM Johnson a green light to proceed with the populist/nationalist agenda. Other countries in Europe may soon follow.
Pushback from the First Order, as the Empire Strikes back at the Rise of the Populists, has been swift and vicious, as the Sith Lord elites do not take kindly to losing their power to manipulate the system, and seeks to maintain every bit of the utter contempt for the “deplorable” grassroots population that they expressed in 2016. In America, their favorite practice has been to characterize the Trump campaign and administration’s actions as illegal or criminal, as a means of construing the President is guilty of “impeachable offenses.” The subsequent gaming of impeachment procedures that has resulted represents throwing the integrity out of what was supposed to a bi-partisan check and balance on abuse of power, and converting it into a partisan arm of the abusive accusers, as the swamp fights for its very survival. Several background battles have been at work during this past autumn or “fall of impeachment,” including:
Swamp War 1–Revenge of the Security State
More than anything else, the impeachment saga is about the swamp trying to undo the upending of their control over the actual government or permanent policy of the US. They also hunger to restore their control over the prevailing narrative about policy matters in the wake of Trump, and to re-marginalize the alternative media, thereby attaining a measure of power over both, following 2016. Only the intelligence community (IC) could be competent enough to cook up an entire new scam (following the collapse of Russiagate, and its weaponization of the independent counsel) to impeach Trump over in so short a time. The new scam came complete with a way to politically weaponize yet another bureaucratic process (this time, the whistleblower procedure), and to funnel the hearing process along star chamber lines.
Who else can invent such a dynamic, and execute it so seamlessly, with media consent? The only flaw in the design are the bumbling hack Democrats, led by such scoundrels as the lie-prone Rep. Adam Schiff. They messed up with the Mueller witchhunt, and blundered again this time, when it was found the Schiff team was contacted by the “whistleblower” before he even composed the report. The Dems = the Coyote, and CIA = Acme Corp, supplying them with anti-Trump devices. The press and the DNC are the arms of the Deep State. They’re the ones giving the dumb Dems most of their bad ideas, since the Dems aren’t smart enough to come up with them themselves. It is the CIA party that wants to keep running the country.
The Moon of Alabama blog has given the definitive summary of what happened: “In 2018 eleven former intelligence and military operatives joined the House as representatives for the Democrats. This was presumably a planned invasion by the security state…
A lunatic Lieutenant-colonel Vintman in the National Security Administration found that during the phone call Trump was not following the Colonel’s preferred foreign policy. He informed a former colleague, the CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella, who then contacted two former colleagues who worked for the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff. They cooked up a scheme in which the CIA analyst would play a ‘whistleblower’ and accuse Trump of wrongdoing. When the legal review of the complaint within the CIA found that the ‘whistleblower’ had no case, the Schiff folks leaked the issue to the press to put pressure on the Trump administration to publish the complaint.
…Russiagate, Ukrainegate and the impeachment nonsense were all driven by members of the deep or security state. The Democrats have been riding on these issues while neglecting the real life-and-death issue of their voters – health care, guns or climate change. They will be punished for it.”
The CIA, the enforcer for the deep state, also fears the independent spread of the truth. E.g., alternative media (online or offline) is apparently not under the swamp’s control, so media intelligence assets like Facebook have increasingly excommunicated it. The elite’s control of the political narrative must be complete, or else the ‘odd’ outlet will be excluded, or banished with the IC invented shutdown-debate term, “conspiracy theory,” so as not to interfere with the real IC covert ops going on. In truth, noticing major events are often orchestrated is not paranoid, it’s just accurate analysis. ‘Conspiracy theory,’ AKA awareness of establishment manipulation of news coverage and political perception, has always been mainstream i.e., supported by most of the public. It has taken a decades long government intelligence op to keep it all marginalized.
This is to ensure, in this case, that the IC method of framing Trump succeeds. The CIA strategem this past summer was to have several so-called whistleblowers emerge to imply sinister motives behind Trump’s communications with the incoming government of Ukraine, then use them to mount a drumbeat leading to impeachment. The head WB has since been (see above) deduced to be one Eric Ciaremella, a CIA operative and Joe Biden flunky who had already been removed from White House duty because of leaking, among a few others. His caper is a rerun of the “Kavanaugh fusillage.” This time last year, we were asked to believe that not one, not two, but three different women had suddenly “just remembered” (or finally decided) to come forward with ’80’s era sex charges related to the judge. Now, we are asked to believe that not one, but multiple parties from different agencies have decided to whistleblow against the President, also at the same moment.
And in each case, we can’t know who they are, but we find out they communicated with Dem committee chairs weeks or months beforehand, and that their accusations can be easily converted into articles of impeachment those same Dems “just happen” to have rapidly prepared. Cynically ingenious, but obvious as all get out. The whole point behind the swamp using the whistleblower procedure was to frame Trump while shielding the accuser from accountability or liability for making their charges. They’ve simply tried to redo the Kavanaugh smear process, this time without the nasty flaw of the accuser who launched the probe having to face cross examination under oath. They’ve also wanted to control the messaging from start to finish this time, given their attempt to have Mueller provide cover for them failed miserably during round one.
Consider, as one YouTuber has observed, “while TV was non-stop talking about impeachment, real news sources revealed all kinds of massive government corruption. Namely, that our government has been lying to us about the war in Afghanistan since its inception, or all of the chemical leaks in Syria were false flags planted by our government to get us into war with Syria. Nancy Pelosi refused to impeach Bush because it would have revealed her own complicitness in war crimes, including knowledge that Iraq did not have WMDs, and that she signed off on torture program. Also, Congress just re-upped the Patriot Act so that they can spy on us without a warrant.”
The shocker is not only that the soft coup against Trump happened, but that the coup is still in progress. However incompetent the Democrats have been in trying to oust a duly elected President, the Deep State has been painfully efficient in repeatedly trying to set up Trump staff, weaponizing government procedures, and covering their tracks afterwards. The motor of tyranny is clearly running. The coup must not only be stopped, and the persons performing it prosecuted, but the statutes (perhaps even the Constitution) must be amended to head off the runaround of the impeachment process that the swamp has tried to execute. Otherwise the second they get back power or get more power, we must expect they will resume, continue, or escalate the gaming of procedures and weaponization of government to serve their partisan interests.
Ciaramella himself needs to be indicted immediately, for a number of crimes, among them—
– illegal leaks, in violation of the Espionage Act
– sedition, by participating in a coup
– perjury, from untruths stated in the WB complaint
– accessory to bribery, in colluding with Obama and Biden in Ukrainian kickback schemes
– illegal solicitation of donations via GoFundme
And that’s just off the top of my head.
Swamp War 2–The Not-So Phantom Vengeance
Adding to the Deep State’s direct attempts, and serving as its faithful Wile Coyote functionaries, are hack Democrats and Never Trumper Republicans in political office (including some in the early Trump administration) or in the legacy media, who have gleefully taken every ‘Acme’ device the intel community supplies them, to try to blow up Road Runner Donald. Think about what we have experienced just in the past few months: Whistleblowers who aren’t whistleblowers. Witnesses who aren’t witnesses, but purveyors of secondhand hearsay. Impeachment inquiries that aren’t inquiries, but fishing expeditions. Complaint forms that aren’t the actual complaint, but just Lawfare letters. Subpoenas that aren’t subpoenas, but just demand letters. Second whistleblowers who aren’t second whistleblowers, but simply second leakers. And the hits keep on coming…
It’s the same MO as with Kavanaugh last year. Cynically timed charges, of an indirect nature, by a hidden claimant, who avoids being put under oath, and whose testimony only Democrats are first given access to, yet we are instructed must not be criticized. The faux whistleblower has indeed served the purpose intended, which was to provide a pretext for starting this one-sided inquiry, for which the conclusion (creatiing articles of impeachment) had already been decided upon in advance. This is a coup d’etat using admin trickery.
The Dems are taking up their administrative process tricks and scare letter tactics from the IRS. You know, the folks who send county clerks “notice of lien” documents that were never signed off by an actual judge, but once recorded by the clerk get treated as real liens anyway? Or who send people ‘certified’ letters no agent actually signed, but get treated as certified correspondance anyway? Etc, etc. Tyrants prefer to create equitable guilt or liability out of nowhere, then enforce it ruthlessly. So it also goes with the coup cabal, in their current bloodless bid to bring down Trump.
There have been at least 3 coups performed to destroy what was the free republic. The coups happened in 1913 (the creation of the current central bank and income tax, enforced to make us financially enslaved), in 1963 (the killing of JFK, to head off his reining in the developing deep state, aka the Rise of the Machine), and now (to stop Trump, the first President to full on fight it since JFK). The real reason Pelosi announced a “formal impeachment inquiry” was to set up getting the legal authority to subpoena the grand jury records containing testimony from the Mueller investigation. Dems feel there is enough innuendo about obstruction in the testimony to conjure up at least an additional article against Trump. Rep. Nadler has been trying to get those docs and data for months, but a judge ruled against him in mid-August, saying he had to have a formal impeachment proceeding in place to petition to access them.
In the interim, the swamp cooked up a whole new faux Ukrainian collusion scandal, to generate the momentum to get the support needed to conjure up the “formal inquiry.” Once they get access to the grand jury info and witnesses, they will claim they have the direct evidence proving Trump obstruction, which is the pretext they needed all along to proceed to a vote on more articles of impeachment. What created the Ukraine call flap was its reference to re-examining Crowdstrike’s report on the DNC server. Crowdstrike is the third party auditing firm that claimed the server was hacked by Russia, a claim curiously never verified by the FBI directly checking it out themselves. For if there is no actual forensic evidence the server was hacked, that undermines the whole original basis for “Russiagate” in the first place. The protect-Clinton operatives of the deep state were rattled by that coming up, and so in response set up the “let’s game the whistleblower system” plan to impeach Trump.
Note the attempts by the media to not mention Crowdstrike at all, or even to delete the word from the transcript. Note that the first question Stephanopoulos recently asked Rudy Giuliani on This Week was not about knocking it off about accusing Biden, but to knock off arguing about “Ukraine hacking the server” (which Rudy wasn’t even alleging). Ukraine-gate is largely about deflecting away from a new inquiry into the DNC server, not just the corrupt Bidens. They needed a second person to come forward because the first one’s credibility is already shot to pieces, from the early interactions with Schiff’s staff alone. The fake media has been even using the same old tired “according to a new bombshell report” hype rhetoric, LOL.
But like the Kavanaugh episode last year, the believability declines as the accusers multiply–how many people are we supposed to think are acting without an agenda, when they present their charges in the same exact oblique, secretive and accountability-avoiding fashion? It’s looking more like once the Deep State leakers alerted the swamp that Trump was going to work with Zelensky to expose the corrupt dealings between Ukraine and US officials, they went wild with panic and cooked up the entire whistleblower charade.
As one commenter put it, “It’s becoming clearer that many high-level Democrats were involved in a major kick-back scheme in regard to foreign aid given to various countries. Whatever foreign aid was handed out, a certain percentage would travel back to the Democrats’ coffers or to places like the Clinton Foundation slush fund. It was corruption on an industrial scale, and may be the real reason why the Democrats went out of the minds when Trump managed to get elected, and have been acting crazy ever since. When the true extent of the money-laundering corruption is revealed, the Democratic party may cease to exist as a viable political party.”
Swamp War 3–A Weakness Has Been Found
Two weaknesses, actually, One is the Crowdstrike factor, the other is the FOIA system which fraudulently launched the first Trump probe. As reported by attorney Joe DiGenova,
“On April 26, 2017, an unsealed FISA Court Ruling unveiled a number of criminal activities that Barack Obama’s FBI and DOJ participated in during his time in office. The report to date received little attention. Now interest is brewing due to the recent actions of Congress and the report that is expected to be released in the upcoming weeks.
The FISA Court Ruling shows widespread abuse of the FISA mandate. According to the report, Obama’s FBI and DOJ performed searches on Americans that were against their 4th Amendment rights. This went on for years. One paragraph in the report states that 85% of the Section 704 and 705(b) FISA searches made during this time were non-compliant with applicable laws and therefore criminal.”
In fact this was largely about protecting Obama, who approved of this non-compliance, and who in turn used the entire appartus of the government to protect Hillary. The POTUS is, day to day and week to week, the most politically informed person in the country, who receives briefings constantly about what is going on in the world and within the administration. There is no way he could not have known about the FOIA abused operation to surveil Trump, or frame him with collusion, or gross interludes with hookers, and finally to overturn his election via the “insurance policy” soft coup.
All of this shows how desperately Democrats wanted to control first impressions in the spring, when the Mueller report was completed. They wanted to get the document first unredacted, then leak out only the negative sounding statements immediately, to put the public in support of impeachment hearings in the House. Because Attorney General Barr put out a more accurate summary of the report first, noting the lack of evidence found for collusion and obstruction, it killed off any false momentum for impeachment. So this time the Ukraine-gate coup plotters think they have gotten back control over the first impressions and momentum, by controlling access to the faux whistleblower, the testimony, and the rollout of the testimony transcripts. Alex Jones has reported the planned end game is for the Dems to share the biased info they collected with anti-Trump state prosecutors, to in turn get a massive amount of indictments against him created at the state and local levels during 2020.
Indeed, Laura Ingraham said recently on her FOX show, if Dems (or really, the swamp) gets the White House back, they will be going on a full “revenge tour” on the deplorable half of the country. They will tax their socks off, criminalize (not just censor) alternative voices on social media, go for Beto style gun grabbing, pack the courts with more Amy Bermans, etc. And we may not get to actually vote under an honest election process, ever again.
Swamp War 4–Attack of the Corruption
The other heart of the matter is that a bunch of swamp politicians, bureaucrats and CIA operatives are scrambling to avoid jail time. There is a cornocopia of swamp scandal related to everything about how the Ukraine government was color revolution flipped from Russian friendly, to US Empire/Deep State compliant during the Obama regime. Some patriots are still there who know how much they were manipulated and cowed.
It appears a swamp/deep state spy (again, Eric Ciaramella) discovered Ukraine might actually follow-up on Trump adminstration suggestions that the new government resume its investigation of extortion committed by the Bidens. The same swamp accusing Trump of threatening to withhold aid unless Ukraine complied with his wishes, is not at all concerned that Biden ACTUALLY threatened to withhold aid unless the country complied with HIS wishes. The whole purpose of this flap is now to retroactively taint any follow-up by Ukraine on the Bidens as corrupt influence on the next US election, on behalf of Trump.
The whistleblower and Schiff will not testify because of the kangaroo structure of the inquiry, and because of the schedule, which is all the Dems care about. The swamp’s plan was to impeach Trump by fall 2019, period. PERIOD. The only reason Ukrainegate exists is because their number one ticket to impeaching him, Russiagate, collapsed in the first half of 2019. They needed something to replace it ASAP, in time to get the inquiry going, whcih was always planned for later in the year. The only thing that was established at the sham public inquiry was how obvious it was the Dems couldn’t handle even the first day of a hearing where their witnesses faced real (but limited) cross examination. Their two prize first witnesses even admitted (by silence when asked) that Trump had not committed impeachable offenses!
Keep in mind Ukraine is a far smaller country, so its swamp is far less deep. The US Deep State is canyon deep, and fiercely combats being uprooted to a much greater extent than the oligarchs could manage. So that’s why Ukraine has been able to get results from its own investigations much faster. As one internet commenter summarized things, “The blackmail bank of the Democrat criminal cabal is well stocked, locked and loaded. They employed Jeffrey Epstein and many others to compromise everyone in Washington they would ever need to “handle.” They never saw Trump coming so they never bothered to record something compromising (sexual, financial or other). They had Sessions and used him well. The Clintons and Obamas were so smug that they had every base covered, and then came Trump.”
Historian Doug Wead has also pointed out how the swampers “didn’t even take a breath” to apologize for spreading the Russian collusion story after the Mueller report refuted it, before rolling right over to the Ukrainian bribery accusations.Then they didn’t even take a breath from dropping that narrative, to voting to impeach Trump. The plan and schedule all along was to have an impreachment vote by the fall, and have it hanging over Trump during Christmas. These folks are mean, petty and spiteful people.
Swamp War 5–A New Hope-less Democratic Civil War
One side issue in the background is the swamp war going on inside the Democratic party over its current and future leadership. Since at least 2008, there has been a battle going down between the centrist or corporate-liberal oriented “Team Clinton” (who have controlled the national party through proxy since the ’90’s) and the decidedly more progressive “Team Obama” and his circle, following his election as President. Obama is said to be resentful he had to accomodate the Clintons throughout his two terms, and cover for Hillary’s corrupt hide going into the last election. The stiffing of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ ability to win by the DNC was controlled by team Clinton during the 2016 primaries, which in turn ticked off his millenial supporters. This war extended through after Hillary’s defeat in 2016, which many Democrats reasonably blamed on Clinton (“hey, if we had ony nominated the likeable progressive with no baggage, we could have won the thing!”). That sentiment has contributed to the election of more radical figures such as AOC and Omar, et al in the 2018 midterms. These newer faces largely blame the very existence of a President Trump on the corporate types at the top of the party.
The tie-in of this struggle to the impeachment battle seems to be:
1) Obama wanted to be the head of the Democratic party during his Presidency, but the Clintons wouldn’t relinquish their dominant background influence. But team Obama wanted a legacy of attaining control regardless. So they opted to take advantage of the next President’s naivete. Upon taking office, Trump failed to fire all political appointees of Obama. Trump then failed to review and fire all Obama political appointees who transitioned to career government employees before Obama left office. Hundreds of Obama political appointees applied for career positions just before Obama left office in order to burrow into the incoming Trump administration. Trump had one year to identify and terminate employment of anyone who transitioned from political appointee to career appointee before the one year career probationary year was completed. During the probationary year career conditional employees can be fired with little to no protections. But that mostly didn’t happen. This group comprises the bulk of “the Resistance” within the government swamp who have be fighting Trump’s every move ever since. The reason it is called the Deep State, is that it has a very deep roster.
2) Hillary had two temper tantrums that created the impeachment sham. Many of the millions from the Clinton Foundation went to the DNC, to help the Clintons buy control of the national party. This influence was used to get the DNC to put their thumb on the scale to sabotage the Sanders 2016 campaign, even though he was more popular than Hill-beast in the primaries. Wikileaks exposed this chicanery by mid-2016, and in reaction (that is, after Hillary blew her top), team Clinton decided to invent the “Russia hacked the DNC” meme to demonize Wikileaks and Trump. This is what got expanded into the “Trump colluded with Russia” smear and investigation, especially after she lost the election, causing Hillary temper tantrum number 2.
3) Is Biden in the race mainly to protect him from being investigated for corruption? Could that explain his lackluster, gaffe-prone campaigning? It feels more and more like Biden (a team Clinton rep) will be beaten by Buttgieg or Sanders in Iowa. Either Sanders or Warren (another team Clinton rep, in the race to ensure Bernie’s progressive vote gets split) win New Hampshire, and Biden might only squeak out a win in SC. The Super Tuesday primaries will then not determine a break away frontrunner, as the deep money bags factor—namely the billionaire Steyer and Bloomberg ads explosion—will suppress or compete with Biden’s numbers. So the Dem primaries may drag on without establishing a leader who gets close to the delegate totals need to win the nomination on the first ballot. Enter a Dem “savior” to walk in, to win a contested convention, which could go to team Obama (if Michelle O walks in), or if Hillary does so, to achieve one last hurrah for the Clinton era.
Swamp War 6–The Last Neocon: War Insurance
An additional contributing factor motivating the Empire to weaponize impeachment proceedings has been the foreign intervention factor. The great unspoken issue over the last three years is that the establishment has been using the faux impeachment scandals to pressure Trump away from drawing down troops in the Mideast. Every time he has talked openly about removing them, boom!, another ‘bombshell’ report would flare up on Russiagate (now Ukrainegate) as if on cue.
Or, another false flag incident would happen (either a ‘gas attack’ blamed on Assad, or a gun shooting at home) to keep Trump off-balance. Then Sen. Graham and other swamp GOP kept secretly warning the President they would provide no support for him unless he kept towing the line on endless intervention. Perhaps Trump is signaling enough is enough, he is at last pulling out of the no-win quagmires, regardless of ultimatums from Graham and the neocons. While the Dems have been weaponizing impeachment to ultimately regain power in Congress and the White House, the GOP hacks have been quietly using it a a kind of insurance, to keep the wars going.
Those who might doubt this should ask a simple question–how come Senate Republicans have not held one-sided Senate hearings (that they control) on these issues, in answer to the one-sided Democratic-run hearings in the House? By not holding hearings, the GOP has repeatedly left Trump out on a limb. For example, Trump’s exploration of Ukrainian corruption and the Bidens has been relentlessly cast as “interfering with the 2020 elections.” What if Graham had held hearings on the corrupt Bidens, to establish everything Giuliani uncovered? Then the Dems would have had no basis for attacking Trump for following up on what the hearings had found out. By the inaction of the RINOs in the Senate on Biden, they opened up Trump for being charged for exposing the corruption. And why? Because they are either anti-Trump as well, or they want to hold his feet to the fire on staying interventionist.
Rand Paul and Donald Trump were the only two candidates in 2016 who criticized the Iraq war, or called for a less interventionist foreign policy. And that is the reason why the Russiagate and now Ukrainegate scandals have been thrown in the President’s way ever since, to block or interfere with his rollout of any withdrawals from anywhere. Notice Paul is still the only consistent GOP supporter of Trump’s pullout plans in the Senate. In parallel, he alone has called out Graham and other Senate Republicans for not more rigorously defending Trump by holding hearings. Again, this is because those RINOs actually like the scandals as they keep Trump distracted and in delay mode when it comes to ending the forever wars. The two issues are linked. Update: this theory has been further confirmed by recent stories in Salon and the NY Times.
So naturally, each time Trump has made noises about troop withdrawals or drawdowns, or making any effort to negotiate with Russia, he’s been savaged by drummed up scandals designed to get him impeached. Could it be Ukrainegate was cooked up to again keep him from going through with withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria? And why is it, for the 1999th time, there is an ever so convenient NEW domestic shooting incident, to revv up momentum for pushing gun control AGAIN, just before Congress returns? I put nothing past the criminal elements of the Deep State activating one after yet another sleeper crazy into going off on a killing spree. The cynical timing of each of these cases is too improbably helpful to one side of the gun debate, over and over, to be accidental.
Given the pro-AIPAC domination of Congress, who want endless belligerence and one sided deals exercised towards all of Israel’s neighbors in the Mideast, what is most needed now is a President who goes into (or back into) office making it clear, after quickly withdrawing from places like Syria, that he/she will not intervene in or invade countries without a declaration of war from Congress. Tulsi Gabbard could be that President, or the Secretary of State for such a President. The issue was always the US covert intervention, which trained, armed and supplied the Syrian fighters to the teeth, who mostly swiftly turned into ISIS fighters, forcing the US to in turn arm the Kurds to contain them. Now that Trump has undone the Obama era covert activity and brought down ISIS (with Syria, Russia and Iranian forces), the withdrawal has rapidly caused the Kurds to reconcile with Syria, and the Turks’ protection of the border area should keep things stable and immune from a re-emergence of ISIS.
On the GOP side, proported sex scandals have alternately been utilized either to keep Trump in pro-war line, or to ruin him outright. It’s now also well known that when the Billy Bush tape was released to the public former Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican (swamp) leaders were pressuring VP candidate Pence to go along with replacing Trump as the Presidential candidate. They were plotting before the election, during the transition, and into the first year of Trump to destroy him. After leaving Congress, Ryan returned to Wisconsin because he “wanted to be with his family”—riiiiight. Now he’s come right back to DC be on the board on FOX Corp. (to steer the network in the establishment’s direction), and to be with his real family, the GOP end of the swamp. He’s getting in position (with Graham, Sen. Mitt Romney, financial guru Anthony Scaramucchi or ‘Mooch,’ et al) to take back control of the party and DC after the Trump era. They want everything Trump did expunged and populism reversed as soon as possible, so they have to start to get things set up.
That’s EXACTLY what Romney-Ryan-Graham-Mooch are working on, or at least considering. And notice that two of the four (Mitt and Mooch) have tens of millions available to self finance a third party run in 2020, to siphon off just enough GOP votes to cost Trump the election. This once again shows much GOP support for what the voters actually want is one heart beat deep—namely Trump’s heart beat. If he wasn’t there, their top functionaries would go right back to being losers for the establishment, only they would be more open about it.
Mitt’s probably been planning this since 2016, along with Ryan and Mooch. The only question is, will he also try to run an independent campaign in the fall election, or encourage one of the others to do so, to deprive Trump of enough electoral votes to get re-elected? Or, will the last Neocon hope turn out to be female, with Rey being played by Nikki Haley, the former UN ambassador? In her recent interviews, Haley goes out of her way to complain about former Chief of Staff General Kelly and former Secretary of State Tillerson, by bringing up cases where they openly opposed Trump, to make them look bad because they were not hawkish enough. She’s clearly setting herself up to be the hawkish restorer of a fully interventionist foreign policy in the post-Trump era.
The reality is, on every front, peaceful overtures and honoring our word would be the far wiser course. In fact, it was wrong for Trump to try to unilaterally scuttle the Iran agreement, a deal that country was complying with as per the inspections. Once Iran saw the US would escalate sanctions on them regardless of their compliance, with the other signers going along with it, good luck ever getting them back to the table to work out another deal. Ukraine was color revolutioned (by covert ops) into being a US client state, but Obama didn’t want to push the regime change further with military aid. Haley should have joined the others into persuading Trump out of escalating tensions in both areas, instead of merely positioning herself to bootstrap her full-on neocon run for the White House later on.
But the better answer is to continue the deescalation, and ignore the false flags that keep furthering the interventions. The withdrawal or drawdown in Syria, for example, has forced the Kurds to cut a deal with Syria for their own survival, while Turkey has agreed to back off them, while controlling the northern area for now to protect its resources from ISIS and Iran. This is all because of Trump’s pullout decision, not Graham’s war dog screaming. Kurdish fighters have slaughtered over 40,000 Turkish fighters and civilians, which is why Turkey has been so bitterly opposed to them. Having beaten ISIS, we should leave the Kurd issue to Syria and the border issues to Turkey and Syria, where it belongs. Time for us to come home.
Swamp War 7–The Fall of Impeachment, or Pelosi Bait
What this all adds up to is the obliteration of the option of impeaching a President as a credible means of checking the Executive, or otherwise “bringing balance” to the government force the elites crave so dearly. What has brought stability and growth, as well as overall net progress towards liberty has been the outsider movement led by the Orange one, all his flaws nonewithstanding. Trump’s grassroots popularity has totally exposed the phony, swamp-created dominant image of public opinion as ‘center-left’ on everything. His rallies show a natural and energetic mass support for his Presidency and policies, compared to the projection machine-devised or media-manipulated ‘popularity’ of establishment politics.
Perhaps Trump taunted Pelosi into impeaching him, using it as bait to utterly destroy the Democrats in the elections later, due to this popularity. By fighting his broad well of support with impeachment mania, the swamp Empire has irreparably damaged the integrity of the procedure for correcting anything, as it will from now on be associated with partisan crookery. Their trump card has thus been Trumped. The Swamp hotwired the investigation process with Mueller, to justify an impeachment inquiry. They hotwired the whistleblower procedure to trigger another investigation. Then they hotwired the sham basement ‘inquiry’ precisely so they could frame Trump while protecting the cooperating witnesses from being prosecuted for perjury or other fraud, and to control access to the evidence. It was NOT a slapdash operation, it was intentionally rigged.
Then they hotwired the House hearing process to continue to deny Trump due process, and to expedite an impeachment vote. And now they seek to hotwire the Senate side of the process by 1) demanding it run along the lines the Democrats want before they turn over the articles, and 2) trying to move 3-4 ‘moderate’ GOP Senators over to their side, to win the upcoming rules votes by 51-49. At this point Dems are weaponizing every part of the rules to get their way, and back into power. Because they broke the rules to get their ill-gotten articles, they broke impeachment itself, and henceforth the procedure will have no power to unseat or even ruin a President anymore, even if he had done something impeachable.
A new theory has been floated (based on the ‘new normal’ of freely bending the procedures we are now in) that contends not only will Democrats lose the majority in the House, but the new majority can then vote to revoke the biased articles and exonerate Trump once it convenes. In which case, Pelosi’s sole ‘achievement’ of this term would be completely repudiated. As one conservative Jedi has well put it, “Trump will be the first president in history to be impeached by the House. Acquitted by the Senate. And reelected to a second term. While regaining control of the House and Senate, his impeachment record will be expunged from history. We’ll continue with record setting economy, and prosecuting Obama officials. Appointing hundreds of conservative fed judges, and 2 more justices to the Supreme Court.” Well, we’ll see what happens. Peace and Freedom in the 2020s!
So why the year and a half break in posting, as those who paid enough attention to my scribblings to care, might also care to ask? Well, as most non-bloggers know, life can be, or become too busy to keep up a journal or collect one’s thoughts (which is probably why they don’t run a blog). Suffice to say, there were a few other preoccupations that became more pressing, even, than politics for me, and a few political objectives that were deemed more pressing than, or warranting a break from this blog, to wit:
Plans and Projects
Among the politically-related activities happening in the interim was my further exploration of the concepts explained in last year’s “growth hacking liberty” article, to find or confirm opportunities existed that matched what was then described. There will be subsequent posts on certain upcoming real world ways to implement getting more Libertarians elected, or achieving victories for liberty. Those current examples involve 2020 to a great degree, and will be discussed in much greater detail presently on this blog. I have also been working on setting up a sister blog (devoted specifically to Christian libertarian, or other cultural and philosophical subjects), and plan to go active with it by the start of the new year. I have also become more fascinated by certain Presidential candidates coming up to represent the Libertarian or voluntaryist way in 2020, from Adam Kokesh to Nic Leobold. More on these campaigns are definitely coming up.
Circumstances have also changed in my own local group (discussed further down) that is moving me into taking a position leading the launch of a NYC-based Libertarian Political Action Committee in 2020 to assist liberty causes and candidates in the new decade. This project will encompass traditional as well as innovative fundraising efforts if successful, and in improving the organization of efforts to curb or reverse the trend towards ongoing gun control, eminent domain abuse, and producing more criminal justice reform or other libertarian goals in the city and state. More details on this project will be explored as the different components of this drive develop.
Many, Many Political Turns
There of course have been many, many crazy, or significant events (or both) dropping since summer 2018, representing a number of changes in the local, national and world landscape. In my neck of the woods, the biggest liberty event by far has been the ballot access victory of the Libertarian Party of New York (or LPNY, the state affilliate of the national LP) achieved by the performance of LP candidate Larry Sharpe in the 2018 race for Govenor. His 96,000 votes or roughly 2% showing in the race gained permanent ballot status for LPNY, allowing the LP to get an officially recognized line on the ballot for every election from 2020 going forward (so long as the party has a similar 1% plus vote total in future gubernatorial elections). This, in theory, should result in an explosion of new enrollments of registered Libertarians in the state, and more candidates (who can now be more easily fielded) to represent the party up and down the ballot.
Nationally, my prediction that the Democrats would face ‘doomsday’ in the midterm elections turned out to be premature, as they attained majority control of the U.S. House in Congress. The Dems’ deathknell was postponed largely due to the phenomenon of rampant election fraud and manipulation across the nation. This was especially true in California, where in every close race where the Democratic candidate lost as of election night, “vote harvested” absentee votes appeared to magically flip traditionally GOP seats Democrat after a few days (or weeks) of extra counting. In Florida the the rigging was so obvious that even mainstream pols like Senator Rubio and state Attorney General Bondi called it out as it was happening, thereby saving the elections of a new Republican Governor and Senator from being stolen.
Despite promising up and down that the Democratic take control of the House would not be used to clog up the legislative calendar with a non-stop “get Trump” impeachment campaign, the Pelosi-led forces (guided by the deep state-controlled intelligence community) has bombarded the schedule with such investigations, with the apparent intent of aggravating or harassing him out of office. The campaign has already crashed and burned with the Mueller Russia-gate investigation coming up snake eyes, and they are currently crashing and burning on Ukriane-gate, another CIA-fanned scandal based on a phantom “whistleblower” floating a phantom bribery/Quid Pro Quo charge against the President. My next post will be going into this craziness in detail. My updated pronouncement is Dem doomsday will result in November 2020, as a result of going down this insane path.
The broader populist revolt against swamp or deep state procedural tyranny has continued, but has in many places run into an “Empire Strikes Back” counterattack, be it the impeach-mania circus in the US, or the maniacal manueveuring going on in the UK and EU to block the implementation of Brexit. The swamp MPs have now played their true hand, and shown they just want more extensions so as to completely prevent ever leaving the EU. The new sort-of pro-Brexit Prime Minister Boris Johnson can use that to get a clean Brexit, or the watered down, rehashed May deal he offered to the EU in October. In the US as in UK, it still comes down to the bottom line of establishment resistance, over which the populist parallel is exact:
-US Democrats still do not respect the results of the 2016 election.
-Remainer MPs still do not respect the results of the 2016 election.
Until the immediate dynamic changes, there will be a problem in attaining a true exit from tyranny, the ongoing demeaning of “the deplorables,” relief from the censorhip of alternatives on social media, or true transition to something that better serves a free people. But the promise of those exits and transitions is now before us, more tangible than ever before, thus should give all of us hope.
The Passing of Stevens, and the Queens Libertarians
And locally, my situation and location (Queens, NY) has been affected by the recent loss of Dr. Robert Thomas Stevens, an attorney and leading figure in LP politics in the borough and region for over a decade. Dr. Stevens was truly the ‘Ironman’ of the “Queens Libertarians” (QL) organization (previously the LP of Queens County or LPQC, a chapter of LPNY). He served over the years in turns as its Chair, Membership Secretary, state rep, and main program scheduler, as part of the successful Libertarian education speaking program QL has run through its 25 year straight history of monthly meetings. Stevens also served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party, as a local GOP leader, and as a Presidential candidate of the Objectivist Party. According to his sister Joanne, “My dear brother and I were together the night before in the hospital and he looked very well and was happy He was talkative and optimistic.
“I have a beautiful snapshot in my mind of his smile as I waved goodbye unbeknownst that this would be the last time we would say we love each other on this Earth. Tom loved life and people and knowledge. He was so smart. He lived a spirited and enthusiastic life and he truly cared about people. Tom had a great sense of humor and touched so very many lives in such a positive way.”
As a result of his passing QL has decided to put me back in charge (as I was a past county chair, and Stevens previously announced he was retiring from activity at the end of the year, in part due to health issues). QL will seek to find out if we can re-orient the group into a fundraising organization or PAC, in addition to spearheading a number of area pro-liberty causes and alliances. We feel we have a role in acting as a hub of libertarian activism at this time, in light of the lack of such an emphasis among the chartered LP chapters in the metro area (who are involved in much administrative minutia transforming the LPNY into a permanent party structure as per the state election law). Given the enormous size of the metro area, where the Queens population alone (over 2 million-plus people) would make it a top 10 city in the US if counted as separate from NYC, there is clearly enough room for more than one active libertarian organization per county. To make New York free again, we need more decentralized activist groups, not less, to handle liberty outreach and projects for such an enormous region.
Well, at least Stevens understood that, as did I, and many long time members and friends of LPQC or the Queens Libertarians. But because this independent sensibility (and some local personalities) conflicted with other mentalities within the state LP, the reputation of the Queens group was savaged over the years. The party is a potato chip compared to other entities, but certain self-declared guardians thought it best to demean, isolate, and eventually de-charter this group, to maintain its absolute control over the potato chip. I have avoided going into this internal matter on my blog for years, but will review the history of the controversy on this one occasion, as itemized below:
The 90s-2006 Era
Many activists in the Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) who extend back to the 1990s in their involvement with the party have been comfortable with the original ‘hub’ form of organizing. The party centered its activity around the meetings held in Manhattan (under a combined 5 borough NYC Libertarian chapter), Long island, and Capitol District regions, with limited stable party presence anywhere else. After the NYC Chapter disbanded over severe divisions about endorsing Howard Stern for Governor in 1994, individual boroughs in NYC were encouraged to organize as local LP chapters under LPNY. The LP of Queens County, founded by Queens real estate broker John Procida in late 1994, was the first county level chapter to do so in NYC, and was its most successful local chapter through the mid 2000s. Even after local affiliates were established for other boroughs, LPQC maintained parity status with Manhattan LP as the most active chapters in the city for the next ten years, at times having the most members, and running more candidates for office during this period than Brooklyn and Staten Island combined.
As the party considered different means of evolving to grow the Libertarian movement in NY during that time, vigorous debate emerged over scaling up the party’s operations and organizing practices. Among the most vocal about proceeding in that direction were LPQC members Dr. Tom Stevens, who suggested increased professionalism and more alliances with liberty-friendly persons in and out of the LP, and Sam Sloan, who preferred litigation as a means for addressing wrongs. It was suggested that the state party should expand its operations beyond organizing a convention and a petition drive each campaign year, and perhaps pursue forming more ‘hubs’ for activity than the Manhattan, LI and Albany centric approach, where the local population could support it.
LPQC was the primary group advocating for more expansion, and for supporting the autonomy of local chapters to develop or try out effective methods to achieve the same. Old line members (who wanted the more tightly controlled ‘hub’ layout to continue) were resistant to this, and to the approach or “look” of activists like Stevens or Sloan, who were seen at times as too combative. Following Stevens becoming a more dominant figure circa 2005, and with dissatisfaction with the early turnout for a LPQC convention in early 2006, certain state members led the creation of a block vote of the state committee to neutralize Queens and Stevens by de-chartering the chapter in November 2006.
Queens hotly objected to the action, quickly reorganized a new LPQC chapter as per the bylaws in January 2007, and brought their case (led by chapter founder Procida) to the 2007 state convention. The convention body present overwhelmingly voted to reinstate LPQC to resolve the issue, but “the faction” would go on to persist in bad mouthing or trying to isolate the Queens chapter for years, while continuing to plot to neutralize or remove Stevens and Sloan. Their most frequent routine was to 1) repeat fact-free accusations and past smears about Stevens (including one charge that went to trial, that he was acquitted of) issued by a previous organization that wanted to marginalize him, rather than expand or grow. 2) Then upon smearing without proving it, proceed immediately to a punitive action (suspension, de-chartering, etc). Sentence first, verdict afterwards, or never.
The 2010 Suspensions
Several persons running for the LP nomination for statewide positions in 2010 (Sam Sloan, Kristin Davis) and other observers of the 2010 state convention (Tom Stevens) expressed there was undue favoritism (among convention organizers) supporting one candidate for Governor, that came at the expense of other candidates. Stevens posted arguments about this on LPNY discussion boards and in his blog, while Sloan litigated about it as an injured party. LPQC supported Sloan’s right to attempt to get his day in court to seek remedy over the matter, but did not endorse his other actions (such as attempting to get the LPNY line via a separate independent petition process, or suing some specific committee members). Davis elected to run for Governor on another created Libertarian line, which she succeeded in petitioning for. It has been suggested that had Davis not perceived favoritism practiced against her at the 2010 convention, she would not have run on a separate libertarian line. Thus many of her 23,000 votes would have gone to the LPNY candidate, and LPNY would have gained permanent ballot status as of that year.
In response to Sloan’s suit, certain members of the state committee chose to assert that they were the victimized party, accused Sloan of practicing aggression, and cast both Sloan and Stevens as performing “disruption” against the state party. During the summer of 2010 in the middle of a LP campaign season, these members (through behind the scenes mobilizing of a block vote, without prior open debate) put forward surprise motions to suspend the LPNY memberships of Stevens and Sloan under the Bylaws.
The method used gamed the existing procedures—suspensions were designed for dealing with a pattern of disruption, not a single alleged episode or mere disagreement, and were supposed to be considered only after a prior review of a written case made for the severe action, etc. Instead, the written case prepared and presented against Stevens was supplied during the meeting when the motion was proposed, allowing zero time for review, or with insufficient review time in the case of Sloan. The “written case,” upon examination afterward, consisted merely of postings of discussion threads where some members hotly disagreed with the views, tone or approach of Stevens or Sloan. Some members later expressed if they had had the time to review the written case before the original vote, they would not have voted to suspend. Stevens’ lifetime LPNY membership was also revoked without even a partial reimbursement of his dues, a violation of his membership contract.
The rampant bias behind the action was noted by statements from neutral third party LPNY members, who commented on it at the time. Attempts to table the motions due to these objections were disregarded, as was the matter of the conflict of interest involved by certain members involved in litigation with Sloan voting on his suspension. The fact that the court had dismissed Sloan’s case about favoritism on procedural grounds (the initial judge, and appeals courts, ruled he had filed after the deadline for litigating the matter) was spun as “Sloan’s suits had been thrown out” based on the substance, the latter of which never got to be litigated. Sloan has also pointed out that in one of the suits against another committee member that was litigated on the substance, the judge ruled in his favor. This and other mitigating context appeared to have no impact on the faction set against LPQC, and the two wrongfully suspended members. The bias was compounded by the rulings over the dispute by the parliamentarian, who was on record from before 2010 as against the Queens chapter, and whose rulings, then and in following years, were consistently prejudicial against Stevens, Sloan and LPQC.
While the bylaws stated the suspended members could motion to seek final appeal of the vote by the next state convention, it was widely understood the instigators of the cynically composed suspensions, who controlled the convention business meeting, would (in likewise cynical fashion) simply table the motion to “run out the clock” thereby completing the expulsion of the two members. To head off this outcome, LPQC unanimously voted at their county convention of 2011 to issue a formal complaint statement to the LPNY state committee, advocating they vacate the invalidly performed suspensions. LPQC advised the membership status of Stevens and Sloan was unresolved until the issue was addressed, and that LPNY should at least modify the bylaws to clarify members expulsed at the state level could serve as officers at the local level, especially if they were members of good standing at the national level or other states. The basic answer of the state committee, to both the complaint and the bylaws change, was to ignore both issues for years.
The 2016 Issues
While many supported this faction-led committee stance out of opposition to some of Sloan’s litigation activity, which was thought to be potentially hurtful to encouraging people to join the party, its actual effect was to actually destabilize involvement of long-standing members with the party, which discouraged many Libertarians in Queens from continuing to be active with LPNY. LPQC continued to point out that its complaint to the LPNY state committee over the blatantly suspect expulsions had never been properly resolved, and its members therefore continued to elect Stevens and/or Sloan to local officer positions. It also noted that the fact that both members continued to be active LP members nationally or in other LP chartered organizations around the country (Stevens was PA state chair in 2012, and Sloan has served as an officer in the San Francisco LP for several years). Over the course of this period, at least four state Chairs who served multi-year terms sided with LPQC, along with a few national officers (such as Larry Sharpe), a sign that a constructive resolution to the issue was nearing. In 2015, a state committee vote to effectively reinstate Stevens failed due to a tie vote, an outcome further indicating the unreasonable faction was losing its influence.
But when LPQC again announced it would propose the motion once more in 2016, the same faction who engineered the disputed actions of 2010 mobilized, outside of proper open debate at a state committee meeting, to generate a block vote to remove the charter of LPQC, over “violating the bylaws” (by not removing the LPQC officer status of Stevens). LPQC disputed the charge, pointing out the unresolved complaint about the suspension votes, the unreimbursed dues to Stevens, and that he and Sloan were properly elected local chapter officers under the bylaws. Even though LPQC stated the motion to de-charter was out of order, to which the Chair agreed, the block vote assembled overruled him, and the committee voted to remove LPQC’s charter. The intent was to remove LPQC so it would no longer have the standing to reprise the complaint against the suspensions going forward.
Immediately after the vote, lo and behold, the leaders of the removal of the chapters introduced a Queens Republican to the meeting, who had already agreed to serve as a TCC (Temporary County Chair) for forming a new Queens chapter. Neither info on this individual, or the group of members he formed the new chapter with, had ever been provided to LPQC in the months beforehand. This represented a certain “flexibility” and selective attention to the rules the faction had not allowed for, or afforded to LPQC. The new TCC held a founding meeting months later without all members of LPNY in Queens (in particular, the members of the de-chartered chapter) being notified, a violation of the bylaws designed to prevent the disenfranchised Queens members from being represented in the new chapter. In promoting the LP citywide nominating convention in 2017, former LPQC persons who were LPNY members were again not notified, also in violation of the bylaws.
These actions were disingenuous, outrageous and discpicable when they happened, and remain so today. As a result this top-down, divisive approach to chapter building, the new, replacement or “Astroturf” Queens chapter had three years of struggle gaining any traction in the borough. Only with the success of Larry Sharpe in 2018 did a group emerge, under Queens Chair Michael Arcati, that was stable enough to perform the transition into a more viable, now “permanent ballot status” LP chapter under NY Election law. The original LPQC re-formed as the Queens Libertarians by January 2017, and has continued its schedule of “second Saturday of the month” meetings (from 1994 to present), refusing to be defined by the attacks on its reputation and defamation of its long term members. QL is currently transitioning into functioning as a PAC, while retaining its speaker program and monthly discussion based meetings. QL regrets that the new Queens LP had to suffer from being mostly kept in the dark about how the previous group was bullied out of its charter.
Both QL and the new LP of Queens have reached out to each other by the end of 2018, and approved a solidarity motion for the two groups by summer 2019. The joint statement affims essentially that QL recognizes the Queens LP as the “real LP chapter” and recommends its members join it, while LP Queens recognizes the circumstances concerning the treatment of LPQC in the 2010s was never properly resolved by the old LPNY state committee, and has not been helpful to party development in Queens. Sam Sloan was recently elected as Treasurer of the Bronx LP chapter, meaning under the new circumstances following 2018, wrongfully or supposedly “expulsed” LPNY members can and should be able to serve as officers at the local LP level, just as LPQC has steadfastly maintained.
The improvement of the party’s growth and professionalism in New York eventually finally occurred due to the emerging influence of LP leaders from the Western side of the state since 2014, and Queens business consultant Larry Sharpe’s success in obtaining permanent ballot status for LPNY through his 2018 Gubernatorial campaign. These leaders have largely replaced the remnants of the old state committee, who had been so intent on what they called their “good works” of demeaning, excluding or isolating all figures and chapters who differed from them (as with their disenfranchisement of “the Procida group” or LPQC). This remnant still wants to exercise these toxic veto powers, however, and recently complained that the old LPNY organization’s rules (under the old bylaws) should still govern the new LPNY structure that is officially recognized as a party under the state’s election laws. Sam Sloan has named names in calling out the remnants who campaign for permanent “hub” control of LPNY and micro-management of the local chapters:
“…The Blay Tarnoff Group was noted for internal disputes and the efforts of Blay Tarnoff and Gary Donoyan to expel the John Procida Group led by Tom Stevens from the Libertarian Party.
The John Procida Group [LPQC] is by far the longest standing and most continuously active Libertarian group in New York State.
Blay Tarnoff wants to keep out of the Libertarian Party Tom Stevens who he expelled and all the other people he expelled from the party.
In other words, the “good works” he refers to were actually bad things Tarnoff did and that was the reason the party never got more than 50,000 votes until now.
In 2010 the Libertarian Party candidate got 48,359 votes. We easily would have gotten more than 50,000 votes had the absentee ballots been counted.
The reason the absentee ballots were not counted was Blay Tarnoff went on an orgy of expelling people he did not like, especially Tom Stevens. Instead of building up the party he was intent on tearing it down.”
And that, friends of liberty, is the more complete context, or the rest of the story. Peace and Freedom, in the 2020s and beyond!
Instead of a full article this time (since I’m too busy petitioning for Larry Sharpe and working on other matters) I’m posting a video of an interview where the main points of a discourse I previously did for the Queens Libertarians on “growth hacking liberty” are reprised. This came from an episode of Brooklyn Public Access TV’s Hardfire, hosted by recent Manhattan LP Chair Ron Litchman:
If you like that one, let me throw in an older video I did (from 2006) when hosting that program, on the issue of 9/11 as an inside job:
Also, here’s my comment on how the growth hacking liberty theorem bears on the improbable victory of socialist activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over poor Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for his Bronx-Queens (14th District) seat in Congress. Ocasio-Cortez beat the senior party leader, and now has the inside track to being elected to the House, by employing (or more like stumbling into) several of the tactics I identified can help non-conforming candidates, such as: 1) concentrating on the primary race, not the fall election, to unseat vulnerable incumbents (like the clueless Joe, who insulted his own district by blowing off even appearing at a debate), 2) leveraging local resources (in her case, her fellow Latinos and socialist core voters, who had become the dominant faction in the district), and 3) triangulating issues to attract new voters. Tactics like these, where properly employed can level the field for outsider candidates running against elite-backed swamp incumbents from either major party.
Normally, taking a bluntly principled position approach may energize too many voters to come out against you, but in this case district voters, who thought she had no chance anyway, were jaded into ignoring her. Ocasio-Cortez took the reverse triangulation route of running an on openly socialist (or radical) agenda (free stuff for everybody, etc), and took all the derision that platform invites. While that invited people in general to write her off, the stance ended up energizing her base to come out in droves, which in a low-turnout primary situation resulted in her winning it. She is continuing to voice her Sanders-era, millenial-friendly memes into the election, including a curious anti-government call to abolish ICE. As a matter strictly of viewing eliminating bureaucracies as a good thing, a libertarian could actually support transferring its legitimate role in protecting the borders and the legal immigration process back to the Department of Justice, or to the states. It is thus possible for a pro-liberty candidate to counter-triangulate a progressive running on this issue. But I suspect the real motivation behind the abolish ICE movement has more to do with race-baiting, and new-fangled election rigging, Democrats want to pack the states with as many immigrants (lawful or non-lawful) as possible, beginning with critical ones like Florida, to turn those states permanently blue. The cost of such changes, unfortunately for older, asleep at the switch Dems like Mr. Crowley, will be to get booted out as an old boss, and replaced by the new Latino boss as time goes on.
Very interesting times for fomenting greater peace and freedom, have indeed emerged by the middle of 2018, as shown by the holding of history making summits between the US and North Korea, or further post-Brexit rattlings as more European nations like Italy try to shake the off the chains of EU eurocratic bondage. Even a few of the Supreme Court’s left-authoritarian Justices (part of the cabal I previously christened the Devil’s favorite demons) have just rendered a decision deeming Christian bakers worthy of not being treated with hostility, by granting that they may not be forced to decorate their cultural enemy’s cakes. And the specter of 4% economic growth nationally appears to be the direct result of recent tax and regulation reductions, largely releasing the economy from choke holds that were holding back the free market.
The LP’s Sharpe Turn
But the nicest trend by far has been the rise in prominence of more black commentators, candidates and public figures who are either putting forth a flatly pro-liberty message, or who have otherwise broken the bonds of neo-slavery enough to speak their minds irrespective of the caste system set up by US major party politics. For example, I am pleased to state that as of last month, I am now no longer the only African-American Libertarian to have run for Governor or US Senator in New York state. Business consultant, entrepreneur and activist Larry Sharpe (who previously contested for the LP nomination for Vice President in 2016, losing to William Weld) was nominated for Governor by LPNY at its April convention. He is an entirely sound mainstream LP candidate and official (having served on the party’s National Committee), and is informally considered one of the LP’s national superstars as of this cycle.
More importantly, Sharpe has demonstrated some of the rarest of Libertarian gifts—the ability to raise serious money (his early fundraising reached six figures by early February, which is unprecedented for a LPNY candidate), to build a real staff (45 or more, as of this writing), and to commit to circumventing the usual major media blackout by doing numerous local news interviews and funding his own polls, to ensure his name is mentioned in the survey results. In short, he’s demonstrating he’s a somewhat “next generation” LP politician who is aware of the traditional obstacles to third party success, and has shown a willingness to execute effective solutions to (perhaps) overcome them:
In my conversations with the candidate, Sharpe comes across as super lucid, clear-minded, articulate, and oh well, sharp, meaning he’s one of the best candidates we’ve ever backed for office. Sharpe is quixotically aiming to win, but his immediate goal (as usual for Libertarians in this state) is to secure regular or permanent ballot status for the LP, by getting at least 50,000 votes in November (the number required by the state’s election law). The latter is quite doable, but I advise caution in light of the LP’s failing track record in NY to date. Having over $100,000 to work with may make achieving permanent ballot status easier than ever, but it may take half a million to guarantee the result. While having dozens of staffers is a breakthrough, is that enough organization to get 50,000 votes?
When I once talked to the late Roy Innis (the founder of CORE) about possibly running for Governor for the LP back in the 2000s, he replied he was open to it if the party could supply him with 500 activists across the state. Gulp! Perhaps that’s more than what’s really needed to secure ballot access, but the point remains the logistical expectations of regular politicians about what is required to win (at whatever level) usually exceeds what the LP can muster at this point. Can the party succeed in NY this time, given the promise of the Sharpe campaign? We’ll see what happens.
On the Congressional side, Aaron Commey was nominated by LPNY for US Senate. Mr. Commey has previously distinguished himself by running as the LP candidate for NYC Mayor in 2017. Commey has overcome many personal obstacles and trials (including running up against the excessively punitive criminal “just us” system) to become a speaker and leader for liberty. He is principally running on the prisoner rights initiative (restoring their voting rights) and other aspects of justice system reform. Candidates like Sharpe and Commey have found the Libertarian party to be a much sounder vehicle to promote such reforms than trying to do so from either the Democratic plantation (who simply use the issue to demonize cops, or even whites in general, for election purposes), or the Republican ‘tent’ universe (who use the issue to demonize the left, or even minorities in general, for election purposes).
Only libertarians reliably stick to the civil liberties core substance of the matter, and so avoid the deliberately divisive demagoguery that attends addressing the prison industrial complex problem. We need more liberty people in office like Commey who will seek to solve these problems as well as to restore more rights and liberties, instead of thinking the answer is to cynically lock more people up (over less and less, for longer and longer), to thereby “look strong” and win more elections. In that light, I heartily endorse both Sharpe and Commey this November.
In fact, the current President’s penchant for closure, to actually seek to solve problems, is likely what has contributed to a crop of black public figures and celebrities electing to speak out in a non-herd mind way. Say what you will about the strange “dragon energy” alpha drive bonding the hip hop mogul Kanye West to the Donald, but the rapper has noticed that more can be achieved starting from a stance focused on individual rights or responsibility, than from racial finger pointing. West has described former President Barack Obama as the “opioids” of the black community on the TMZ show, who “made us feel like everything was good,” even although he accomplished virtually nothing. In addition to apologizing to GW Bush for his 2005 comment that “Bush doesn’t like black people,” and outright praising rising black conservative stars like Candace Owens, Kanye even suggested that “slavery was a choice” for blacks in American history (well, maybe he jumped the shark on that one).
The connecting tissue behind all these utterances is Kanye’s definite move away from the race-obsessed or race-centric rhetoric that so dominates the ‘hack-black’ Democratic group think. While remaining black conscious, West is repudiating the collectivism and statism glued to it for decades by the white privileged, slave master controllers of the Democratic narrative. West instead wonders why it took Trump, of all people, not Obama, to reduce record black unemployment, why he himself built up a net worth of $141 million if there’s so much white privilege stopping him, etc., etc. This has caused West to now embrace working with whomever it is who is in power on issues where there is agreement, in order to make tangible progress on those fronts, over and above playing race-baiting games. This embrace extends to Kanye committing the ultimate heresy—wearing the red Make America Great Again, or MAGA cap in public!
This new emphasis on relying more on individuals of whatever stripe to get things done, and less upon the next election, immediately put Kanye in the doghouse with all the usual suspects, who trotted out the one-trick pony vicious tactic of weaponizing the entire social media matrix of modern culture to “de-platform” or bankrupt him, beginning with advocating the boycotting of his latest CD and other ventures. Unfortunately for the PC crowd, that trick only works when the target is still dependent on such monetization to support their livelihood or ability to get their message out—whereas West is already too wealthy to be neutered by such attacks. Sales of his new CD Ye have in fact gone through the roof, with all the tracks on it becoming Top 40 hits, thereby earning him his eighth consecutive number one album on the Billboard 200. Black comedians like Kevin Hart have likewise recently survived attacks (by professional Trump-bashers like Kathy Griffin) shaming him for not joining in on the bashing. Horrors. How dare these black entertainers not choose to be openly political, and in exactly the race-mongering way their white masters demand?
It’s not as if Kanye has changed his party enrollment (he actually still speculates about running for the White House himself come 2024, as a Democrat), but it’s simply a matter that he’s more interested in actually working on issues, than in wholesale bashing people on the other side. “Black people have a tendency to focus and march when a white person kills a black person or wears a hat, but when it’s 700 kids being killed in Chicago it’s O.K….There’s been more focus and more marches about whites killing blacks than kids in Chicago killing each other,” West stated to TMZ. “Ninety percent of black people being killed are killed by other blacks.” This short-circuits the elite’s constant divide and conquer approach of getting folks worked up about demonizing each other on partisan (or racial) lines, to such a degree that neither side notices that no progress has been made. Other black Democrats who have a true progressive’s “issues first” mentality understand this, such as Van Jones, who below explains why he is now also working with Trump (via Jared Kushner) on prison reform:
In a nutshell, individualism-centered activism works to tackle issues better than demonizing. This kind of wall-breaking collaboration is both pro-liberty, and progressive, and appears to be the wave of the future, given the failure of the establishment to produce results for African-Americans. In terms of the emerging black liberty as just described, the stats are in: 93% of blacks voted for Obama in 2012, but only 88% voted for Clinton in 2016. That shows at least 6% woke up in 4 years. Progress is possible. The old Obama model of “whatever makes me look good, and the black base vote feel good, even if nothing is achieved” is giving way to a “let’s get somewhere on this or that front, no matter who gets the credit” mindset. A prime example of how the old model held up progress comes from the experiences of NBA great Dennis Rodman, who did a revealing interview about how he learned the North Korea (NK) President was interested in possibly denuclearizing his impoverished regime five years ago, yet the Obama administration didn’t give him the time of day when he tried to bring this to their attention. Trump, however, did pay heed, even if the messenger was a lowly basketball star. You’ll notice Rodman now also bares the dreaded MAGA cap:
Rodman’s tearful recollections of being forced to “hide out” due to the horrendous media treatment (and death threats) he received shows how dangerous their marginalization or de-platforming campaigns can be. Otto Warmbier, among other prisoners, might still be alive today (or released sooner) if the prior POTUS had acted on Rodman’s lead, so as to warm up relations with Kim Jong Un earlier on. Instead, Obama decided to “look strong” by continuing the confrontational stance toward all nations not under the orbit of the US global empire, to keep the swamp establishment’s war party happy.
Instead of breaking with the Bush era loony neo-con, no-diplomacy-ever approach to NK, Obama’s obsession with optics led to him doubling down on it, despite occasional lip service given to talks. He likewise succumbed to Hillary’s push to war with Libya, in violation of the security deal the US had made with Muammar Gaddafi years earlier. I would define this optics-driven, militarism first stance as the mark of a WEAK leader, leading a screwed up government. Misusing our military and breaking US promises is weakness. Obama went after Libya to make himself “look strong” for the 2012 elections. The result was Benghazi, arms flowing to ISIS, and yet another Mideast quagmire.
Yet this is the kind of pro-Empire, 24/7 pro-meddling environment anti-war liberty people have to navigate in, in order to somehow move things in a non, or at least less interventionist direction. It accounts for Obama’s caving in to the war party, Rand Paul’s (at times brilliant) attempts to verbally finesse foreign policy during his Presidential run, and it explains Trump’s half-neocon, half-not cross-signaling. As I wrote last time, Trump “puts out conflicting statements and short-term gestures to please both the anti-war and pro-war side alike, while planning to pull out of most of the conflicts long term nonetheless. This creates a very frustrating present, but holds out a hopeful future where he turns around to match his campaign rhetoric with policy.” Umm, something tells me the progress made with the NK negotiations confirms this perspective exactly. As with other issues, Trump is pursuing closure to the NK nuke issue, and not perpetuate an endless ceasefire to a Korean conflict that should have been finally put to bed decades ago. Trump risked having the current negotiation efforts fall on its face, to get to that historic handshake moment with Kim on June 12. But he got it!
The war hawk John Boltons of the world were never in support of this effort, as they like the status quo, which gives them their pretext for advocating an ongoing military dominating presence in the region. But because Trump brilliantly brought people like Bolton into the administration at just this moment, they are compelled to be onboard, and have skin the game. The war party will want to know if they can take credit for a successful ‘denuclearization’ deal, so Trump is giving them that. But Kim also wants to know whether the US assurances and promises contained in this deal will outlast the Trump years. That’s what’s behind “the Libyan model” issue. Gaddafi ended his nuke program under GW Bush in exchange for security guarantees. Then under Obama, war hawk Hillary talked him into bombing Libya anyway, leading to Gaddafi’s savage demise. That is the albatross Obama has put around future Administration’s necks. Trump can make all the assurances he wants, and (maybe) can be trusted, but why should the other nation enter a deal, knowing the next POTUS might freely chuck it? For all they know, the US may snap the sanctions right back, singing the “we got the whole world, in our hands” hymn of military self-deification.
The Kim-Trump handshake sets a precedent for resolving a long standing conflict and attaining peace in our time, subject to the President getting Congress to certify a final deal through legislation. That would assure NK that the accord will hold up after the Trump era is over. But wait, say the war hawks, what will become of our talking points demonizing that government, or the basis for our retaining over 30,000 troops at the DMZ? Well, perhaps after 65 years, the US shouldn’t still be in the Korean region or hemisphere, with our provocative war games and troop presence. Time to bring the boys home, and to stop supporting massive big government (in the form of a military global empire) while pretending that’s “conservative.” Let’s support Pacific Peace instead, and applaud a President who finally risked “looking weak” to get it. That will be an awfully big achievement, for something that got started off a tip from a celebrity ball player.
The political progress is looking so good with celebrities, why stop with Kanye, when his just as famous wife is available? One of the queens of self-promotion herself, Kim Kardashian, has actually dropped by the White House to make an appeal to Trump to advance the cause of prison sentencing reform, and in particular to get a commutation arranged for Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother who was serving a sentence over drug charges. Kim should have put in a word for decriminalizing drugs altogether, the major engine behind most of the excess sentencing going on. But the key point is a so-called bimbo celeb is driving a conversation that should be led by legislators, but hasn’t been, because of partisan politics. Both major parties benefit from the War on Drugs, either because it makes pols look “tough on crime,” or because they are flat out receiving donations from the prison lobby, or both. In this atmosphere, it takes a ‘brainless’ Hollywood type to get something done, to bring justice to the over-incarcerated.
Indeed, there may be money in being “brainless like a fox.” Kardashian is worth tens of millions, on up individually, not counting the wealth acquired by her sisters or by her marriage to Kanye. Likewise, Jessica Simpson may not know that chicken does not come from the sea, but she sure figured out how to pile up a billion dollars from merchandising deals. The Bella twins are both multi-millionaires after years of marketing their brand outside of a wrestling ring. And so on. The fact that some celebs are giving back by being rainmakers for needed reform should be welcomed, as an instance of them exercising individual responsibility with their fame.
By contrast, with US pols, everything is subordinated to the elections. Dems have plainly been stretching out the Russian collusion/Trump obstruction narrative to first and foremost win back control of the House in November. only secondly in order to impeach or prosecute. Republicans and the White House are just as plainly waiting to announce any prosecutions against Comey, McCabe, et al witchhunters until later in the year, in order to ruin the Democrats’ fall election chances. It’s all about doing things for maximum election impact, not to effect maximum justice. However things fall out, it increasingly appears that Democratic Doomsday is coming in November. I expect the GOP to pick up about a net 5 seats in the Senate, and lose no more than about a net 5 seats in the House.
Finally, the issuance of pardons and commutations has been traditionally something politicians only do as they are ‘stepping out the door’ or leaving office, precisely in order to not take the heat for those decisions. Trump is, amazingly, doing provocative pardons early on during his tenure, including one just given to the first black boxing champion, Jack Johnson (at the request of actor Sylvester Stallone, who also took the trouble to visit the White House). Perhaps the Donald should challenge those celebrities who keep bashing him to show they actually care about something beyond the sound of their voice, and come to the White House to make their case in person for a pardoning somebody, or other real cause, just like Kasdashian and Stallone did? Van Jones could give them some pointers. In fact, why in the world didn’t President Obama (who did at least do his share of commutations, though late in his term) ever get around to pardoning Johnson? Does Obama even care about black people? Oops, now I’m sounding like Kanye circa 2005, time to stop typing.