“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Battle hymns of the Republicans: Trump civil war is just getting started

Flake and Corker have fired shots but other senior Republicans are keeping their heads down as Steve Bannon readies an all-out assault on the establishment

Donald Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House on Wednesday.
Donald Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House on Wednesday. Will the Republican dysfunction live on when Trump departs? Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Donald Trump had barely left the US Capitol on Tuesday after a meeting with Republican senators when Jeff Flake took the Senate floor. He delivered a barnstorming speech, excoriating the state of the Republican party under the stewardship of the president.
Just moments before, reports that Flake would not seek re-election had sent shockwaves across Washington.
From the Arizona senator’s vantage point, the writing was on the wall: he had a reliably conservative record but his willingness to speak out about the controversial behavior of a divisive president had rendered him a man without a party. This was Trump’s Republican party, Flake said, and there was no room for him within it.
“It is time for our complicity and our accommodation for the unacceptable to end,” Flake said, in explosive remarks that were instantly labeled as a historic act of defiance. “There are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles. Now is such a time.”
The senator delivered a 17-minute speech, framing the moment as an existential crisis for the party, taking direct aim at Trump’s conduct and what his presidency symbolized in a lacerating critique.
It was an extraordinary event that would have otherwise been regarded as a major breach of decorum. But this is Washington in 2017. The norms have already been broken.
A handful of Flake’s colleagues sat stony-faced in the chamber as he implored Republicans not to acquiesce on core principles in the pursuit of appeasing Trump’s angry nationalist base.
“We must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal,” he said.
Flake went on, thrusting the knife even further into Trump, though avoiding naming him: “Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as ‘telling it like it is’ when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.”
Among those who bore witness to Flake’s remarks was John McCain, the senior senator from Arizona who just a week previously blasted “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in a coded attack on so-called “Trumpism”. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, looked on stoically.

Senator Jeff Flake announces he won’t seek re-election – video

As the speech reached its conclusion, one senator applauded: Ben Sasse, a young Republican from Nebraska who, like Flake, declined to endorse Trump in the 2016 election. Many of the Senate’s 52 Republicans were nowhere to be found. They had just left a closed-door lunch with the president, dining over chicken marsala, green beans and Trump’s favorite, meatloaf, before a major push to overhaul the tax code.
Much of the meeting featured Trump – characteristically – singing his own praises, according to some attendees. There was general discussion of taxes, but few specifics from a president who takes little interest in the policy details.
It was nonetheless a cordial meeting, by Trump’s standards, embodied by the takeaway quote of John Kennedy, of Louisiana: “Nobody called anyone an ignorant slut.”
Nonetheless, Flake’s sudden exit was a stark reminder that the rapport between Republicans and the figurehead of their party is anything but congenial.

The November election did not put an end to the Republican Party’s civil war – a chasm between the establishment in Washington and grassroots activists that deepened with the rise of the Tea Party movement of 2009. Trump has only amplified it. Flake, after all, was not alone in his scathing criticism of the president.
All week, a feud between Trump and Bob Corker, the Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, soared to new heights – or depths. It culminated in Corker issuing his own stunning rebuke of Trump. 
“When his term is over, the constant non-truth-telling, the name-calling, the debasement of our nation, will be what he will be remembered most for,” Corker told CNN.
Corker announced his own retirement last month, joining the ranks of a small but growing number of Republicans who have come to see Trump’s presidency as a moment of reckoning.
On one side is Trump, the most unpopular president in modern US history, ushered in by a grassroots movement with Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, at its helm. On the other is the old guard of Republican leaders, struggling to distance themselves from Trump’s toxicity and a party base that he increasingly drives with racially motivated nationalism.
Critics like Flake, Corker and McCain subscribe to the views espoused by Republican presidents back to Ronald Reagan – a belief in limited government, moderate positions on immigration and trade – but Bannonites have waged war on “globalists” and used race and class to drive a wedge between the establishment and a rancorous base unmoored by the economic and cultural dislocation of the last 20 years.
The friction has prompted a battle for the soul of the Republican party. A strategist aligned with Bannon told the Guardian that Trump’s victory unleashed an insurgent movement that wants to overthrow the party establishment in Washington.
“The strategy is to make everyone look over their shoulders,” the Bannon ally said, “so they understand that they are no longer in charge of the Republican party.”

Bannon’s war

As reports of Flake’s retirement surfaced, another ally of Bannon swiftly celebrated the news by claiming “another scalp”.
The departure of another moderate senator – at least, a moderate within the current Republican party – was the latest victory in Bannon’s mission to reshape the conservative movement.
Although he did not formally join Trump’s campaign until August 2016, three months shy of the election, Bannon spent years cultivating his influence as the executive chairman of Breitbart News. The hard-right website traffics in often vitriolic content about immigrants and Muslims, and once published stories under the tag “black crime”.
The seeds of racial anxiety sown by Breitbart were not simply fodder for rightwing readers, but were intended as markers for Republicans in elected office. The message was clear: if Republicans did not adhere to protectionism they risked being vilified as part of the “establishment”, a tag that by the 2016 primaries became so potent it was regarded by contenders as an insult.

Bannon on Trump: 'The elite media think he's a cloven-hoofed devil'

To longtime political observers, this insurgency is the likely culmination of the Tea Party movement that rose up against Barack Obama and swept Republicans to control of the House of Representatives in 2010 and the Senate four years later.
If the bombast of Sarah Palin as McCain’s 2008 running mate foreshadowed the uprising, the die was cast by 2012. Although Mitt Romney survived a bruising primary, the centrist former governor of Massachusetts failed to placate the right wing in the general election.
Romney was also vilified as an out-of-touch plutocrat at a time when the American economy was still recovering from the worst financial collapse since the Great Depression. In some ways, he was the antithesis to what the Tea Party insurgency was seeking.
The GOP’s mainstream nominee also performed abysmally among Hispanic, African American, women and young voters, resulting in a 100-page “autopsy” commissioned by the Republican national committee that recommended dramatic change. Little did party leaders know that Trump would come along and render that autopsy irrelevant.
Trump’s support was fueled, in part, by Breitbart, which during the Obama years shaped the debate on the right over issues ranging from immigration and healthcare to fiscal policy, never giving an inch to compromise.

Bannon’s swift return to the website after leaving the White House in August suggested a “take-no-prisoners” war was only just beginning, and could reach the West Wing if Trump moved away from the “America First” agenda on which he campaigned. But Republican leaders in Congress were, and continue to be, the top targets of Breitbart’s ideological crusade.
The website has been so ruthless in its attacks against House speaker Paul Ryan that it not only promoted his primary challenger in 2016 but also ran a story criticizing him for having a fence around his home in Wisconsin but not being sufficiently supportive of a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Speaking at the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of conservative activists held earlier this month, Bannon declared “a season of war”.
“Nobody can run and hide on this one, these folks are coming for you,” he said, to raucous approval.
In a pointed advisory to McConnell, the Senate majority leader, Bannon invoked Shakespeare, stating: “Up on Capitol Hill, it’s like the Ides of March.”
“They’re just looking to find out who is going to be Brutus to your Julius Caesar,” he said. “We’ve cut your oxygen off, Mitch.”

‘You’re going to see more retirements’

For some Republicans facing a tough road to re-election in 2018, the Bannon insurgency has already proved too daunting. A flurry of high-profile retirements have been announced, many hailing from competitive districts eyed by Democrats as potential wins. 
“You’re going to see more retirements,” Michael Steele, a former chairman of the RNC, told the Guardian. “It speaks to a growing frustration with the way politics have played out in Washington. The forces on the right and the left have pushed subject matter and content so far to the edges that you can’t have a discussion around solving problems.”
If Bannon has his way, the party will not simply transform itself. It will instead create a new establishment, led by what Bannon dubbed as “the populist, nationalist, conservative revolt that’s going on, that drove Donald Trump to victory”.
Flake’s exit appeared to usher in a turning point for Republican leaders in Washington. Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee aligned with McConnell and tasked with preserving a Republican majority in the upper chamber, revealed plans this week to meet Bannon’s fire with fire. 
The Washington Post reported that McConnell’s allies would tie Bannon to white nationalism in a bid to undermine him and his roster of outsider candidates. The group will reportedly commit millions of dollars, while supporting more orthodox Republicans.
It is likely to be a nasty battle, costing tens of millions of dollars. Hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah are ready to assist Bannon, their close ally. Rightwing commentators such as Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have begun to trumpet Bannon’s anti-establishment message to millions of loyal followers. 
In some ways, Flake and Corker signalled an uphill climb. Flake confessed he would have had to run a campaign he would not be proud of in order to fend off a challenge from the right.

Bob Corker speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill.
Bob Corker speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill. Photograph: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

The attacks levied at Trump by his Republican opponents in the 2016 campaign went far beyond the norms of primary jostling, with some declaring him “unfit” and going so far as to say he could not be trusted with the nuclear codes. But when voters selected Trump as the Republican nominee, his critics lined up behind him, insisting their allegiance was to the party and anyone would be better than Hillary Clinton.
David Jolly, a former Republican congressman from Florida, said that was short-sighted.
“We’re not going to win a long-term governing majority by endorsing those kind of candidates,” he said. 
“We might win a few races here and there in the short term, but we’re not winning the hearts and minds of the American people and independent voters looking at a party they don’t recognize.”

‘Rationalize and capitulate’

For Republicans in Washington, capitulating to Trump has often meant ignoring the unprecedented ways in which he has tested institutions, incited racial resentment and governed in 140 characters or less. 
Trump has feuded with military families, flouted US allies, attacked members of his own party and made divisive remarks on race after the death of an anti-racist protester in Charlottesville in August. Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have taken to meeting such daily controversies with a shrug of the shoulders.
“I’m not going to comment on the tweets of the day,” Paul Ryan says near-weekly while fielding questions from reporters on Capitol Hill.
There is a growing sense in Washington that more and more Republicans are willing to hold their noses in hope of passing tax reform – or more likely, tax cuts.
Despite engaging in his own war of words with Trump this summer, McConnell has similarly sought to project unity this month.
Compounding pressure on GOP leaders is nine months without a major legislative accomplishment. Republicans exhausted three months on healthcare only for their efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act to fall short, thwarted by opposition within their own party.
Operatives say Republicans will be “crucified” by constituents if they are left with nothing to run on in 2018, despite controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House. 
Trump critics such as Charlie Sykes, a conservative talk radio host who authored the book How the Right Lost Its Mind, have resigned themselves to believing the party has been “thoroughly Trumpified”.
“The capacity of the Republican party to rationalize and capitulate to Donald Trump is extraordinary,” Sykes said, “and their capacity for surrender has not yet been exhausted. How many times have we said, ‘Surely, this will be enough?’”
Sykes predicted the dysfunction that created Trump would live on well after his exit, bolstered by a “post-truth conservative media”, until and unless Republicans provided a clear, electoral alternative. 
“Candidates more in line with mainstream conservative thinking and basic human decency would have to come forward,” he said.
He paused and chuckled, before adding with a sigh: “But I also want a unicorn for Christmas.”

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  1. Sabrina Siddiqui

    Sabrina Siddiqui is a political reporter for Guardian US based in Washington DC. She previously covered US politics for the Huffington Post and worked with the White House team at Bloomberg News

  2. A network run by American-Hungarian financier George Soros has vast influence over EU bodies in Brussels and nurtures the creation of a “Europe of mixed population” by encouraging immigration, Hungary’s Prime Minister has argued.

    Speaking to Radio Kossuth Friday, Viktor Orban launched yet another verbal attack on George Soros, calling him a ‘political puppet master’ having vast influence over EU’s top institutions.

    Soros’ people have infiltrated the European Parliament and other bodies of the 28-member bloc, Orban claimed, seeking to create “a Europe of mixed population” and have Budapest “condemned and forced to change its migration policy.”

    More than 200 members of European Parliament have been listed by Soros’ “empire” as “friends to the network,” Orban went on. “There are quite a few of them in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee [LIBE], including Hungarians,” he said.

    Orban, who will seek a fourth term as Hungary’s Prime Minister next year, said he has directed the country’s secret services to investigate the “Soros empire” and “to expose it to the public.”

    “By employing the national security services, the Soros network that strives to influence European life should be exposed,” Orban said. “Who are these Hungarians who are participating in this process from here, within Hungary?” he asked.

    Orban, has previously accused the billionaire financier of conspiring in Brussels to create “a new, mixed, Muslimized Europe.” He consistently argued that Soros has more influence in Brussels than in Washington or Tel Aviv.

    The Prime Minister and the billionaire have clashed in the past, most prominently over the Soros-funded Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. In June, Soros labelled Hungary a “Mafia state,” while Orban described the comments as “a declaration of war.”

    ”The only network which operates in mafia ways, which is not transparent in Hungary is the Soros network," Orban said.

    The simmering spat is coupled with the Hungarian government’s crackdown on Soros-backed NGOs. Earlier this year, Orban announced Soros’ charities will be “swept out” of Hungary. Now, it is obligatory for all non-government groups sponsored from abroad to disclose the identity of significant foreign donors.

    The European Commission has initiated legal action against Orban’s government, claiming parts of Hungary’s anti-NGO law is in conflict with EU legislation.


    ...As the speech reached its conclusion, one senator applauded: Ben Sasse, a young Republican from Nebraska who, like Flake, declined to endorse Trump in the 2016 election. Many of the Senate’s 52 Republicans were nowhere to be found. They had just left a closed-door lunch with the president, dining over chicken marsala, green beans and Trump’s favorite, meatloaf, before a major push to overhaul the tax code.

  4. Now I ask you, how can you dislike a billionaire president who's favorite is meatloaf?

  5. Political analysts are blinking in disbelief at yesterday’s events in Catalonia, trying to recognize the political phenomenon that took the world by surprise over the weekend.

    For the first time since the end the Second World War, a revolutionary movement has asserted its power over an important European region. The conduct of the Catalan independence referendum was a thoroughly organized insurgency involving the whole of civil society, from the region’s Catholic Church to the organs of public safety. Unlike the failed independence movements of Quebec or Scotland, it was not a top-down affair promoted by a small political elite with the sentimental support of a popular minority.

    Unlike Italy’s Lega Lombarda, it was not a regional lobby fighting for more control of tax revenues. Catalan’s independence movement is the genuine article.


  6. In an economic meeting between the two Hansa towns of Veliki Novgorod (Russia) and Lübeck (Germany) in April this year, in Veliki N., at a dinner in a small circle, the Mayor of V.N. Bobrichev asked the Mayor of Lübeck Saxe,

    "What do you in Germany think about the Brexit."

    Saxe - "I think it was a regrettable mistake of the Brits, but I think Europe will come out refreshed and make a new and vigorous move towards unity".

    Bobrichev smiled and said - I think different, - we thought the same 20 - 25 years ago, when the Sowiet Union broke down".

  7. The imposition of direct rule in Catalonia is, at best, a stopgap measure that will do little to resolve, and may seriously aggravate, the long-standing problem of the region’s troubled and rivalrous relationship with Madrid. Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, says that, in the end, he had no choice but to take the “nuclear option” of sacking Catalonia’s government and placing himself and his ministers in charge. But while his actions may calm the situation in the short term – and the tense days to come will be determine whether that is the case – Rajoy has set a time bomb ticking that could ultimately explode in his face.


  8. The Catalan dilemma is one, dramatic, illustration of a bigger problem for the many European nation states that face secessionist pressures, namely, the unresolved question of the right to self-determination. Respect for the equal rights of national minorities is one of the European Union’s core values, incorporated in the EU’s founding treaty and charter of fundamental rights. The UN charter plainly states that a people has the right to freely choose their sovereignty and international status without interference. But nowhere in international law is it laid down how such a decision is properly made, what it entails (for example, autonomy, federation or outright independence) or, indeed, what in this context constitutes “a people”.


    Italian-American actress Annabella Sciorra, who starred in US TV series The Sopranos, has accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.

    She told The New Yorker that Weinstein forced his way into her New York apartment and assaulted her in 1992.

    She alleges that he sexually harassed her in the subsequent years. In the article actress Daryl Hannah also says she was harassed by Weinstein.
    His spokeswoman again said the producer denies claims of non-consensual sex.

    On Thursday another actress, Natassia Malthe, accused the producer of raping her in a London hotel room in 2008.

    More than 50 women have now accused Harvey Weinstein of a range of allegations ranging from rape to sexual harassment.


  10. I wonder why he never raped Hillary?

    1. She had the magic straw:

  11. A former Republican state Senate candidate in Maine is the fourth woman to accuse former President George H.W. Bush of groping her.


  12. ... a CBS News reporter noted that Trump has called the allegations from at least 16 women “fake news” ...

    White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, confirms the official position on sexual harassment allegations made against Donald Trump. At a press conference on Friday, a CBS News reporter asked:

    'Is the official White House position that all of these women are lying?',

    to which Sanders responded:

    'Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning'


  13. Associated with NBC show Access Hollywood at that time, Bush is seen on the video bantering with Trump — then the billionaire host of the hit reality show The Apprentice — when the conversation turns to women.

    Trump brags to Bush that he could grab women's genitals and get away with it simply because he was famous.

    "I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything,"
    he says


  14. Political journalist Mark Halperin issued a second lengthy apology Friday night as accusations of sexual harassment during his time at ABC News continued to mount.

    CNN has reported accounts from about a dozen women who worked at ABC News who claim they had been subjected to harassment, inappropriate physical contact or sexual assault by Halperin while he was political director from 1997 to 2007. One woman, who was not identified, told CNN that he masturbated in front of her.


    1. "I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything,"

  15. Judge Jeanine is calling for the firing of Mueller, Rosenstein and calling for the investigation of Trump to put shut down'

    She is calling for a new investigation targeting Comey, Rosenstein, Mueller....and the Uranium One deal.

    And don't forget Debby Wasserman/Schultz.....that needs investigation too.

    Plus a long list of other folks, too.

    1. She calls the whole thing a farce. A farce going all the way to O'bozo.

    2. October 29, 2017

      Mueller facing a historic legal blowback

      By Ed Timperlake

      One would think a combat Marine officer who served in Vietnam would be sensitive to the premature death of his fellow warriors due to Agent Orange cancers and other terminal diseases. Less than a third of us are still alive, with an average age of 71.

      That is what makes a real tragedy of then-FBI director Mueller's apparent willful blindness in allowing his FBI to be slow-rolled in making a case against Russian criminals who were moving yellow-cake uranium out of U.S. control and safeguards. The radioactive half-life of uranium products being processed into reactor rods is four million years. Breathe it in and die.

      So when Robert Mueller was selected as special counsel, he knew what he had done even if the U1 crimes had not yet been made public. An honorable man would have turned down the assignment. Furthermore, his connection to James Comey makes his judgmental failure in accepting his appointment even more tragic for the rule of law in America.

      His legal team leaking on Friday the fact that indictments will be handed down on Monday smacks of desperation. If they were not condoned by the special counsel, then that is why God invented the polygraph – to stop such leaks.

      Here is the coming blowback: because Robert Muller is now under a significant legal cloud as being agenda-driven and possibly politically compromised, a good defense attorney can challenge all his actions. In essence, in front of a judge, put him and his team on trial. Discovery can work both ways.

      It is said the evidence is the evidence, but if a former FBI director withheld criminal evidence for political reasons against Russian gangsters, why can he not be shading his evidence now to protect himself and thus also protect himself by mudding up his past dereliction of duty.

      Political hostage-taking using criminal indictments certainly puts a nasty cloud over the integrity of his process.

      It is possible that those he and his team are bringing to justice did commit crimes. If so – so be it! However, due process and innocent until proven guilty are still hopefully embedded in our Constitution and our system of equal justice under the law.

      But Robert Mueller may have now made two significant mistakes. The first is his slow-roll willful blindness to the criminal foundation in the U1 scandal. The second is totally screwing up his investigation and prosecution with his horrendous conflict of interest.

      Shame on him. He should have known better, and the FBI deserves better leadership.

  16. Idiot Son

    It received a direct hit by a rocket propelled grenade (bazooka) back in the mid-Seventies when the Lebanese civil war had just started. It remained for more than three decades somewhere behind a building and now the son of its owner is planning on restoring it.

    1. 1949 Buick Le Sabre with an in line 8.

    2. LeSabres were made from 1959-2005.

      Before that they were "Buick Specials"

      ...and Buick Supers and Roadmasters.

  17. October 29, 2017

    Holy Collusion!

    By Andrew Benjamin

    Special "Counsel" Robert Mueller III with his deputy prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, the man behind the Enron prosecution and the collapse of global CPA firm Arthur Andersen (and its firing of 85,000 Andersen employees, a ruling later reversed by the Supreme Court), has colluded, cooperated, and conspired with Eric Schneiderman, New York State attorney general and associate of Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo, in the persecution of U.S. president Donald Trump. Cuomo was installed into his two-term governor's seat by none other than Barack Obama.

    Schneiderman has a long history of persecuting the Trump family.

    Mueller also colluded, cooperated, and conspired with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. (the son of Jimmy Carter's secretary of state, who facilitated America's surrender to Iran's mullahs during the 1979 hostage crisis), in his attempt to take Donald Trump and the president's family down for the unforgivable sin of conducting business successfully and making far more money than the D.A. and his friends.

    While Team Mueller and their shady past of prosecutorial overreach were regularly reversed by the high courts, the colluding by Team Mueller and the most left-wing states' attorneys general and district attorneys across the nation has barely been reported in the press's back pages. In other words, we can look forward to never-ending coordinated prosecutions and fabricated charges against this president by partisan hacks and operatives. With the rumors of upcoming indictments to be deliberated by the grand jury Mueller has assembled, there is no question that current attorney general Jeff Sessions must put an end to the former DOJ's and Mueller's McCarthyite travesty now, before they rend the nation.

    It is in the national interest!

    The reason for ending the "witch hunt," as this president correctly called it, is the obvious attempt by the disloyal opposition and their in-the-pocket media to reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election and the will of the people.

    Put another way, what the Democrat-Progressives desire, business as usual, is the very same goal the Russians desire: to inflict harm on the Democratic process, and in doing so, to enrich themselves.

    A witch hunt it is, entirely politically motivated on a fake dossier manufactured in Moscow and London to help Donald, I mean the Clintons get elected to the presidency, and most importantly, to shield the Clinton family and their foundation from future investigations into the Uranium 1 "matter" and other matters that have not yet surfaced in deals with Russia.

    The witch hunt is led by a special counsel who has not only shielded the Clintons along with his FBI successor and his deputy director for years, but allegedly been working for the Clintons. More astonishingly, he was, and is, himself an alleged party to the genuine collusion and conspiracy of the Uranium One deal with Russia!

    There's more.

    Given these facts, one can conclude that Mueller and his team have been guided by the losing presidential candidate and her gaggle of self-dealers, opportunists, colluders, conspirators, provocateurs, propagandists, and swamp creatures.

    The Team Mueller Swamp is corrupt to its core.

    1. Mueller has assembled a legal team of partisan hacks, some of whom have been donating to the Clintons for years.

      In other words, the slimiest creatures from the swamp want to retain business as usual.

      Obama was a party to it.

      The Clintons are a party to it.

      Mueller and his team have been a party to it.

      All along.

      They are the same swamp creatures who weaponized the Internal Revenue Service and the totally corrupt and partisan Department of Justice immediately following the 2008 election to deprive and sabotage fundraising efforts by the political opposition with names such as "Tea Party" and "Patriot." In other words, constitutional, Christian, Zionist, and patriotic groups who've had it with "fundamental change," the government's social engineering, Black Lives Matter, and normalizing sexual deviation up to the ears. Meanwhile, they do exactly what they have accused Team Trump of: violating the Democratic process. Unfortunately for them, we have unmasked A.G. Loretta Lynch's anonymous email account detailing her meeting with Bill Clinton on that Arizona airfield tarmac in 108-degree heat to discuss children the A.G. never had and golf the A.G. never played. More "unmasking" of these criminals will be upcoming.

      These trends, friends, are just the tip of the iceberg at Justice. It is the same Justice whose second in charge under A.G. Loretta Lunch, Rod J. Rosenstein recommended that the president fire former FBI director James Comey...which, immediately after Comey's firing, was turned into the sought after opportunity to get Special Counsel Robert Mueller III appointed on the recommendation of James Comey and Rosenstein, to look into the obstruction of justice "matter" against President Donald Trump for the firing of Director James Comey.

      I see no collusion, cooperation, or conspiracy here.

      Nor irony, either.

      Do you?

      By the way...

      During his reign, New York State governor David Patterson was ridding Albany of corruption that the current governor "elected" by Barack Obama reinstated soon after he took office. Andrew Cuomo is arguably the most corrupt governor among the states of the union. It means specifically that the citizens' interests are set aside to benefit the swamp's. That regression of corruption back into Albany's legislature moved forward the installation of Cuomo's allies Schneiderman and Vance Jr., whose corruption, too, is 90% underwater and invisible. Guess who will be investigating the investigators!

      Schneiderman's new hires "include Howard Master, an assistant U.S. attorney who worked on public corruption cases under former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York."

      We recall that Trump fired Bharara to wide outcry from the left, whose memory failed to recall what we can easily recall: that Barack Obama fired all the previous U.S. attorneys, including Bharara's predecessor from the Southern District. Bill Clinton fired them all in a single day.

    2. Trump not cleaning house at the outset was and remains his biggest mistake.