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The most foreshadowed scandal in American history: What does that foreshadow for America?

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It’s interesting that everyone who dislikes President Trump does so on the basis of him being a bald face liar whose word is worth exactly nothing. But on the other hand, this has been the most known fact in America since sometime in the 1980s.

Trump has been nothing if not true-to-form. Therefore, this thing with his campaign/family and Russia has to be the most foreshadowed scandal in American history.

We knew it was coming, for all the benefit of the doubt many conservatives have yielded to Trump in office.

The main reason Trump was elected is because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. I think just about everyone in America can agree on that fact, except Hillary Clinton. Ironically, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats did everything they could to ensure Trump would be the man she would run against in the general election. Their stupid mistake (among many).

What does this mean for America? Colbert King, in his WaPo op-ed, focused on all the things we knew about Trump and yet he won. But he didn’t focus on all the things we knew about Hillary Clinton.

Of all the candidates the Democrats could have run, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had to be the worst possible slate they could offer after eight years of President Obama. The left thought they’d achieved national consensus on their policies and therefore they could press for a caretaker, or a socialist.

Obviously, they were wrong.

On the Republican side, so much rabid frothing caused a fractured race where a legitimate Black Swan like Trump, who had unmatched name recognition and cojones the size of his buildings, could bust in on a faux-populist platform, and convince just 70,000 voters in key swing states to hand him the Oval Office.

What does that really foreshadow about America?

We’re broken at a deeper level than mere politics.

In February 2016, I concluded, after conversations with otherwise-sane drinkers of Trump’s potion, “Actually, I’d say we’re screwed.” We knew we were going to get a Trump/Clinton race.

In April 2016, Grover Norquist was prophetic when he said:

Try winning 270 electoral votes while threatening to damage the nearly 186,000 energy jobs in Ohio, almost 73,000 jobs in Pennsylvania and more than 100,000 jobs in Colorado.

Trump won Ohio and Pennsylvania, but lost Colorado. He lost Colorado because of Gary Johnson and his Libertarian 5 percent, Jill Stein’s batty Green Party’s 1.3 percent and independent Evan McMullen’s 1 percent (mostly from the Mormon population).

American voters knew exactly what the choice was: a liar versus a liar. We chose the liar that wouldn’t lecture us with his lies.

The biggest lesson about the 2016 election, and now 2017’s very predictable scandals, is that Americans want to be left alone, free from “shaming,” lectures, and being told how terrible we are.

Half the country likes to lecture the other half about the things they value, and the other half isn’t listening. This works both ways on the “political correctness” spectrum.

Maybe actual politicians will learn something. Either you can feed the dysfunction by shouting to your friends and ignoring your opponents, or you can pursue principle and get government to leave Americans alone.

It’s obvious the Democrats and Republicans haven’t learned this lesson. It’s unclear that they ever can.

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  1. Dennis Bonnette

    July 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I was a NeverTrumper all the way to the Cleveland convention, but made the binary choice with Ted Cruz to vote for Trump. To my great pleasure, I have seen him govern in a far more conservative fashion than I expected. He has supported religious and family rights where it matters most — in his appointment to SCOTUS. Another such appointment alone would mark his presidency as a constitutional victory. In foreign and defense policy, he is effectively making America stronger. Were the feckless RINO’s in the House and Senate to get on board, his domestic agenda would also be a success. Let us rejoice that Trump’s accomplishments far exceed the critical task of removing Hillary Clinton from the presidency. I do not ignore the bungling errors of Trump and those around him. But let us not despair of the future of the Union before the story is fully written.

  2. esotericwy

    July 15, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Americans have been dumbed down. Education has become INDOCTRINATION and learning a figment of the imagination. Very few voters understand and can apply Economics and Civics. The Family is and has been under attack since the 1960s. There no longer is an objective or at least up front Media which can better be described as the Praetorian Guard Media (Mark Levin) of the Democrat Party. Entitlement is the new word for individualism. “Free” stuff is never free but the majority of Americans believe that the rich steal from the poor and, therefore, do not deserve to keep their wealth. Sovereignty is a foreign word. The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution are ancient documents that no longer have relevancy in the 21st Century.

    On the battlefield for America is the Progressive Movement and their anti-American IDEOLOGY that believes that their Utopian vision of creating Paradise on Earth will be a Reality. The “true believers” and fellow travelers are daily given their marching orders equipped with their proven weapons of choice: Lies, Deception and Misinformation. They see themselves as the “enlightened” believing that through the State that the Individual can reach his/her potential. It is the wisdom of the Collective like Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land that they in control and with all the power can make all the necessary decisions and choices for everyone else.

    This climate has been building for over 100 years and can find its roots even in ancient times.

    Mark Levin in his bestseller REDISCOVERING AMERICANISM and the TYRANNY of the PROGRESSIVES lays out a clear and precise case using the exact words of the Progressive thinkers what their GOALS are and how they will be accomplished.

    “Throughout ‘Rediscovering Americanism,’ you’ll see these dichotomies. You’ll see these opposites,” he explained.
    “Americanism versus progressivism. What does that mean? It means constitutionalism versus centralism. It means individualism versus conformity.”
    Levin continued: “It’s about private property versus collectivism. Prosperity versus redistribution. Separation of powers versus the administrative state. Eternal universal truths versus ideological social engineering. Stability versus constant transformation. Real science versus social science. The rights of man versus the power of government. An eternal moral order versus situational ethics. Liberty versus growing authoritarianism. Education versus indoctrination. The civil society versus the federal leviathan.”

    This is the landscape that the battle is taking place. There is very little opposition. The RINO WHIG Democrat Lite Republicans are proving daily that they are in the Progressive camp but pretend Conservatism.

    Since the election of Donald Trump, the Left has been on a Jihad called the “Resistance” to destroy and remove Mr. Trump regardless of the consequences both intended and unintended to the country. There is no LIE to bold to not tell. The more deceptive the tacit the more alarming the result. Misinformation is the breath of life for the propagandist.

    Russia RUSSIA Russia is the only flavor of the moment. Impeachment, treason and collusion hammered out daily by the Media and their Lords, the Democrats. A $20,000,000,000,000 (TRILLION) National Debt and climbing out of control, Social Security to go bankrupt in 17 years and Medicaid in 12 1/2 years, American Sovereignty disappearing, an economy that cannot get away from 1 to 1/2-2% growth, a tax system that does not work and help the economy, Obamacare morphing into RINOWHIGcare, a world on fire, anti-Capitalism” and the best goes on.

    Ronald Reagan left a successful Legacy that should of been followed regardless of the Party in power. Unfortunately, that never happened. We got 1) GW Bush, “Read my Lips NO NEW TAXES 2) Bill Clinton expanding on the definition of the word “is” 3) GW Bush who was going to be the Compassionate Conservative 4) Barak Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America” and, finally, Donald Trump fighting against the “Resistance”.

    Do Americans really want to be left alone? Could they now be more interested in what’s good for me. John Kennedy stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”.

    It is obvious that most Americans regardless of political Party loyalty have lost sight of their roots and what AMERICANISM really is all about.

    The divide is growing and Donald Trump is not responsible for it. It makes no difference to the Progressive Democrat Party which Republican was elected. They would still be illegitimate and stole the election from their Chosen One, Hillary Clinton.

    David Horowitz has written extensively about the Left’s on going WAR against the Right. The Right is asleep or just doesn’t care. They seem more focused on destroying the Conservative wing of their Party and would rather just get along to belong.

    Abraham Lincoln stated that we have a government “of the people. by the people and for the people”. How many Americans truly understand those important and clarifying words.

    Ben Franklin was asked ate end of the Constitutional Convention, what type of government do we have, a Monarch or a Republic?. He answered back, a Republic if we fight for it.

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Saudi foreign minister does damage control on American press

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Saudi foreign minister does damage control on American press

The foreign relations mess stemming from Jamal Khashoggi’s murder continues to grow more chaotic despite Saudi Arabia’s attempt to cover it up with regularly changing stories. The latest attempt at damage control comes from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

Fox News’ Bret Baier him, pressing multiple times about Mohammad bin Salman’s role in or knowledge of the operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder. The blame is being placed on the individuals who carried out the operation; as much space is being created between the direct actors and Saudi leadership as possible.

One important note in the interview was when al-Jubier said they do not believe the entire 15-man “kill team” was at the consulate where when Khashoggi was killed there. He admitted he did not know whether Turkey really had a recording of what happened during the incident, nor whether the United States had intelligence that contradicted the Kingdom’s story.

The responses from the foreign minister were in stark contrast to the indignation exuding from the Kingdom for two weeks following the initial report of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

My Take

As I wrote last week, Saudi Arabia gravely underestimated the international response to this incident. They thought they could get rid of a dissident as they have done in the past and the response would be muted. They didn’t take into account his American ties and the desire of the Turks to expose them at every turn.

How is this going to end? It won’t, at least not for a while. Unlike other international news stories of similar magnitude, this one has multiple forces bent on keeping the story going until a satisfactory resolution is reached. It won’t be reached. The White House and the Kingdom will do whatever they can to sweep this under the rug and make people forget.

This stinks, but here’s the sad reality: “Justice” will not be delivered the way it should and the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States will return to the status quo in a few months.

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Pulling out of the INF treaty isn’t just about Russia

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Pulling out of the INF treaty has very little to do with Russia

Russia has broken the treaty already, according to this administration as well as its predecessor. That’s enough to prompt President Trump to put out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, famously signed by President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev in 1987.

President Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45930206The US will withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, President Donald Trump has confirmed.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Trump said Russia had “violated” the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

My Take

This isn’t about Russia. Their actions are the excuse for pulling out, but the reason for doing so is because China has no such restrictions. They’re advancements in weaponry have prompted the United States and our allies to explore means of warfare that have been prohibited.

Until now.

This is a counter to China’s continued aggressive actions. Russia will keep doing what Presidents Obama and Trump already acknowledged. No we can step up our missile program as well.

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The cover up begins: 18 Saudis arrested in death of Jamal Khashoggi

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The cover up begins 18 Saudis arrested in death of Jamal Khashoggi

The cover up has begun. Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 people in connection to the death of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. This is the first step in an alleged plan to separate the top levels of Saudi government, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from any involvement in the journalist’s murder.

Soon, we will hear that “rogue killers” were responsible for the death. It will be positioned as a simple argument that escalated until Khashoggi was “inadvertently” killed. Once dead, the people responsible reacted by trying to cover up the incident, choosing to dismember his body for easier transport from the consulate.

This has been the dominant story in the West and Middle East since his disappearance on October 2nd. He went to the consulate with his fiancee to finalize his divorce. He went in and hasn’t been seen since.

The Turkish government obtained a plethora of circumstantial evidence against the Saudis to the point that any flat denial was no longer tenable. This is the best course of action in their opinion, to cover up an obvious hit against a Saudi dissident and harsh critic of the Crown Prince. It will be interesting to see how those charged with the crime treat their situation.

The story doesn’t end here. America and the world must watch closely as this perversion of justice unfolds.

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