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friday, january 27th, 2023

This could be the shortest newsletter ever. The biggest problem with the Joe Biden documents story is this: We know only what Joe Biden's lawyers have told us. And the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the case will make the problem worse.

Now, some elaboration. The initial fact that Biden, after his term as vice president ended, kept some classified documents in his possession was revealed by a team of Biden lawyers. In making a public statement, they noted that the discovery of the classified documents, on Nov. 2, 2022, in Biden's old office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C., was made by...a team of Biden lawyers.

Democrats get searched; Republicans get raided.

That alone raises some questions. Biden's vice presidency ended on Jan. 20, 2017. He began using the Penn Biden office in mid-2017. He became president on Jan. 20, 2021. With the Oval Office and plenty of workspace right downstairs, he no longer needed the Penn Biden office. So why was it not until Nov. 2, 2022, that his lawyers were emptying the old office? And by the way, why does it take a team of lawyers to clear out an office? Many people use movers.

Biden's lawyers did not tell us. They said simply, "The documents were discovered when the president's personal attorneys were packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space at the Penn Biden Center in Washington." But why were they doing it at that moment? "Beware when the narrative starts in the middle," advises Jason Foster, a former longtime investigative counsel in the Senate and now head of Empower Oversight. "It may mean someone doesn't want you to know how it began."

In DC, nothing gets you in trouble, like the Truth.

Indeed, the Biden documents story starts in the middle. We don't know how it began. How did the classified documents end up in the former vice president's possession? We don't know.

The same questions apply to the documents found in Biden's home in Wilmington, Delaware. How did they get there? When did they get there? Did Biden himself use them? Did he move them around once they were there? Again, what we know comes from the president's lawyers. Richard Sauber, a special counsel to the president who the White House says was hired to deal with investigations from the new Republican-controlled House, released a statement Thursday saying that after the discovery of the Penn Biden Center documents, "the president's lawyers have searched the president's Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware residences — the other locations where files from his vice presidential office might have been shipped in the course of the 2017 transition."

Even though the Penn Biden Center discovery occurred on Nov. 2, 2022, Sauber said the search of the Delaware houses was completed "last night," meaning Wednesday night, Jan. 11, 2023. Why did Biden's lawyers wait so long to search the houses? Biden's lawyers did not say. They did say they were "coordinating closely" with the Justice Department.

We are a nation of “Who’s Who” rather than a nation of laws.

In any event, Biden's lawyers said they discovered a "small number" of classified documents at the president's house in Wilmington. "All but one of these documents were found in storage space in the president's Wilmington residence garage," the lawyers said. "One document consisting of one page was discovered among stored materials in an adjacent room." The president himself, in remarks at the White House Thursday, added that the adjacent room was his "personal library."

Those White House remarks, by the way, were the ones in which Biden defended the storage of classified material in a garage close to his beloved 1967 Corvette sports car. "My Corvette is in a locked garage, OK?" Biden said in response to a question from Fox News's Peter Doocy. "So it's not like they're sitting out in the street." With that, Biden seemed to suggest that security for a really cool vintage car is certainly sufficient for classified documents, too.

Leftists don't care what you do, as long as it's mandatory. And what's not mandatory, they want to ban.

The documents in the Wilmington house could present another problem for Biden, which is that Biden's son Hunter, when he was addicted to crack and in a downward spiral, was living in the house when the documents were in the garage. That could be a problem in two senses. One, Hunter Biden, always trying to make some money off his father's names and connections, had a lot of shady foreign associates. And two, Hunter had what you might call a lax attitude toward information security. After all, he left a laptop filled with all sorts of information at a repair shop and never returned to claim it, leading to more problems than anyone could have imagined.

Right now, beyond a very few details furnished by the Justice Department in the announcement of the appointment of special counsel Robert Hur, everything the public knows about the classified documents has come from the Biden team. And now, it is a good bet that the appointment of Hur will make information even harder to come by. The existence of a special investigation into Biden's handling of classified documents will allow the White House to refuse to answer reasonable questions about the investigation.

In Friday's White House briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the investigation and told reporters, "I would refer you to the Department of Justice." Of course, the Department of Justice will not comment. And when House Republicans seek information from the DOJ, the answer will be that it cannot comment on an ongoing investigation. Special counsel investigations make it harder, not easier, for the public to know what is going on.

So go back to the original point: The biggest problem with the Joe Biden documents story is that we know only what Joe Biden's lawyers have told us. And that is just the way Biden wants it.

© 1.14.2023 by Byron York, "Washington Examiner".

A Day In The Life.

Up at 9:15a on Friday, I went thru my finger stick to check my BSL (Blood Sugar Level) and recorded it on my Diabetes 2 chart, made coffee and breakfast, took a 500mg Tylenol Extra Strength for various pains, had a couple smokes in the semi-cool garage and checked the leftover errands list. It was cloudy, 42°, and forecast to hit 47°, thankfully with no snow or ice.

I upped the condo heat, made coffee, took my 19-pill regimen, and had some smokes in the warming garage. I had Fox News on and listened while I was doing computer work in my office-sunroom. My morning radio guy, Chris Plante of WMAL-DC, was still on 'vacation', so I opted not to listen to his crappy sub. I skipped breakfast, got ready for thew day, and headed west in the Jeep for MISSION:BBQ in West York, to get a large order. I left at 11a.

Light traffic, uncrowded MISSION BBQ, and I was back home with 2 large handle bags of the large order, by 12noon. I tuned into the Chris Stigall Show Podcasts (Thursday's show), after unpacking, consolidating order cartons, and just relaxed with some Kona Coffee. I had 2 loads of laundry to do, and did some light condo chores, in between loads.

Are the corrupt, criminal, scandal-ridden Biden Crime Family a direct parallel to The Sopranos TV Crime Family? Newt seems to think so. I agree 1010. They're far, far worse than the fictional Corleones in "The Godfather", by factors.

Dear Lortd & Savior and Heavenly Father: Thank you for another day.

I finally got my CPA's paperwork packet in the mail, with their fro-forma worksheet and checklist for my 2022 Income Taxes, and have everything I need, except for a few 1099s from Wells-Fargo. Those are usually late, and are available online end of February to mid-March. Otherwise, I have all I need in a folder, and it'll take me 1-3 days to gather, organize it, and fill-out the CPA's paperwork, and drop it off. Last year, I did EXTREMELY WELL, and had to pay a lot of taxes, to both state and the feds. This year, not so much.

Because it was cloudy, evening came early, and I hate it, though it's getting lighter 1½ mins every day. After a wonderful Moist Brisket on Rye Sandwich, and Mission's Amazing Green Beans for dinner, I watched the usual news, "Watters", "Carlson" and some old "Gold Rush: Dave Turin's Lost Mine" episodes I'd never seen, plus tonite's new season episode, I bagged it around 2a. Morning will come sooner than expected.

Which laws govern so-called "hate speech"? In the US, there are no laws against hate speech. Due to rights protected by the US Constitution’s First Amendment, a person can say just about anything he or she wants to another person or group. By itself, such speech is allowed to take place without penalty under the law. A person hurling insults, making rude statements, or disparaging comments about another person or group is merely exercising his or her right to free speech. This is true even if the person or group targeted by the speaker is a member of a protected class. According to US law, such speech is fully permissible and is not defined as hate speech. Under the First Amendment, American Citizens have the legal right to say whatever they’d like to. While much ado is often made about so-called “hate speech”, no satisfactory definition for this type of speech exists within the confines of the law. Not to be confused with “hate crimes,” a person’s speech does not affect another person’s physical condition or personal property and is, therefore, not punishable by law. demonKKKrats are criminalizing everything else but only using those criminal statutes to attack their enemies. demonKKKrat soldiers never have lawfare used against them. Just look at all the antifa riots. This is all coming to an end, if the leftists, communists, socialists, antifa, fascists, liberals, anarchists get their way. Who decides what constitutes hate speech? A very slippery slope. Thank God for the First Amendment. It makes such laws illegal.

I slept-in until 9:45a on Saturday, a cloudy 38°, forecast to hit 43°. No snow yet, but next week could bring us some, plus ice. We're overdue. Groggy, I made coffee, did the BSL routine, fired-up the computer in my office-sunroomm to check the weather and news. I had hip, foot and calf pain, so I took one of the usual 300mg Gabapentin, along with 2 50mg Tramadol; they helped dull it for a while. I held-off on breakfast until the pills had a chance to get into my system, and work. By noon, I was getting hungry, and had 2 Mini-Croissants and Sugar-Free Strawberry Preserves.

I listened to a "Chris Plante Show" Podcast -- he's been on vacation all last week, or the local WSBA station would have played a recent one -- until 1p, and I had some errands to do, and left around 2p. It was an ugly day, and at 42°, not even any rain; the detailed weather maps I use, were clear. Go figger.

Hate speech = political criticism. They don’t even pretend any longer.

I started a load of dishes, aired-out the garage from the morning's smoking -- the fresh, cold air smelled good -- and got ready for the day. I left at 1p, in order to get back for an IMSA-GT Races at Daytona, at 2p. Good race. Then, at 2:30, I started watching Season 3 of "Gold Rush: Dave Turnin's Lost Mine", Episodes 1-13, until 11p. I was burned-out from it, but it was good. Somewhere during that period, I made Chicken Cordon Bleu & MISSION BBQ's Green Beans, for dinner. By 11p, I was tired, but watched ABC News -- Fox has no news on the weekends -- and unplugged at 11:30.

Up at 9:30a on Sunday, a cloudy, cold 34° with rain coming. I made Kona Coffee, topped with Rutter's Half & Half®, and ReddiWhip®, had a few smokes in the warming garage. Sunday, is garbage take-out day, for Monday pick-up. My 50gal can in the garage was almost full, but the 55gal 6mil Hefty® bag handles it nicely. I took my 19-pill regimen, grabbed a shave and shower, and got ready for the day by 12noon. I checked the weather and news. More shootings and death.

It's not OUR guns; it's YOUR sons.

And another hate-America, hate-Israel, far, far leftist sambette who needs killing.

By 3p, the rain had turned to freezing rain and sleet, and got heavy. The roads were very slippery, as I drove to nearby Rite Aid, and I almost spun once, depite Traction Control; there's just too much power (550hp) in the HEMI V8, and loss of control is not fun. From my racing background, I knew to steer into the spin, and TC adjusted the wheel speed, allowing me to get things back under control. Errands completed, I headed home. Good thing, as the ice got worse. I had a 3-bone Baby Back Ribs and MISSION's own special Green Beans. After dinner, I finally caught 15-20mins of news on left-of-center Fox, and ke[pt listening to some of Rush's old broadcasts, until midnight. Lights out.

Everyday is an IQ test.

Up at 8a on Monday, to a SNOWY, 33°, with garbage and recycle trucks making noise. I thought they were snowplows, but after a good look outside, the snow was only sticking to the soft surfaes and office-sunroom's 4ft x 9ft curved windows. I warmed-up the condo to 74°, turned on the garage heater, since I'd left the Jeep out overnight, had a smoke and made Kona Coffee. By 8:30, we had probably ¾" on the ground and it was still coming down. Nice!

Now, the eco-wackos are coming for MY COFFEE! Bullshit! Won't happen. What they want, of course, is to take away more stuff from us, the better to control us. It wasn't enough to target our gas-powered cars and tell us to take the bus. It wasn't enough to take away our electricity and natural gas in the name of 'going green' and tell consumers to freeze in winter. It wasn't enough to howl for an end to jet travel while greenie leftists bought carbon indulgences and continued to jet about with their private planes. It wasn't enough to take away our plastic bags, to ensure that we only use unsanitary bacteria-filled cloth recycle bags. It wasn't enough to take away our meat and tell us to eat bugs. Now coffee is to become a luxury item in their narrative, to be consumed only by the elites. As for the rest of us, have a cup of instant... just like they do in prisons. If I have to buy 1-3 TONS of roasted beans, and Turkish Grind my own, I will do that. F•ck them all!

I had some hash browns and a sunnyside-up egg for breakfast, got ready for the day, and left for Red Lion, down south, for the cleaners, to drop-off/pick-up a load of clothes. The snow had melted as temps hit 42°, and then dropped back to a cold 35°. Bummer. Traffic was light, the roads were icy and slippery, but I made the round-trip wo/ any problems, and saw no accidents, thankfully.

Rain/snow/ice coming on Wednesday. We're way past due for a blizzard or a major snow storm, or back-to-back blizzards, as we had in 2011. That was an adventure, as were the Bliizards of 1993, 1996, 2003, 2011, and 2013. After lunch, I worked on organizing my paperwork for 2022 Taxes, using the CPA's 'checklist', and found that I'm still missing 3 W-F 1099 Forms. The medical paperwork from Geisinger doesn't match itself, after an hour of trying to reconcile all the medical records, I decided that a 15-20min meeting with my CPA will be needed after I get all the rest for the 1099s. Organized and sorted, I put it all back into the folder, for later, and checked W-F's website for any further forms. Nada.

After dinner, I watched Fox News, "Watters" and "Carlson", Fox Nation's "American Gold" series, and temps were dropping quickly. I garaged the Jeep, fired-up the oscillating ceramic heater, and remembered that JoAnne, my cleaning lady, would be in at 8:30a, tomorrow. It'd be a relativelyt 'early' night. 11p came quickly. Buenas noches.

Up at 0-Dark-Thirty (6a) on Tuesday, it was a very cold 31° and weather warnings were already posted for tomorrow. After turning-up the heat, making coffee and having a smoke, this is the AccuWeather Forecast for tomorrow. Swell; it could be measurable, and the first of this Winter.

*** Winter Weather Advisory ***
04:16am EST, Jan 24 2023 until
04:00pm EST, Jan 25 2023
• Issued By State College (Penn State) -- PA, US, National Weather Service.
• WHAT: Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 - 4 inches.
• WHERE: York and Lancaster Counties. Highest snowfall totals north of US-30.
• WHEN: From 4 AM to 4 PM EST Wednesday.
• IMPACTS: Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday morning commute.
• ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Mixed precipitation will transition to rain during the afternoon.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission remind motorists to adjust speeds based on driving conditions as winter weather impacts will include snow covered roads and limited visibility.

Aren't M&Ms just kids' and adults' deliciousd and fun ***candy***? Not faggots, trannys, weirdos, lowlifes and other subhuman filth dancing around! Well, they used to be, before the "woke" dumbf•cks at Mars Candy Co f•cked it all up, for all of us. If I could be "Dictator For A Day", I'd fire EVERYONBE in that shitty company's marketing dept, and ad agency, and get some real marketing people and a qualified ad agency to do the advertising and sales promotion. GET RID OF THE WOKE SHIT, MARS, YOU IDIOTIC, MORONIC Mars Candy Co ASSHOLES!

I had a huge, Moist Brisket Sandwich on Rye, and a piece of Cornbread, for lunch, relaxed for a while with Bonehead Bongino, and left at 12:50p for the vast York Galleria, to meet up with Sherry. We had a great time, as usual, and did a mile even though my lower back and hips were screaming; then, back to my place to talk for a couple hours. After she left, I had a Grilled Cheese & Tomator Soup for dinner, watched "Gold Rush" on Discovery+, and called it 'Yankee Doodle' around 11p.

Up at 7:45a on Wednesday, it was a cloudy, dreary 32° morning, with a massive snow/sleet/ice/rain front moving toward the York area. I left for Weis Market at 10a, and then to W-F Bank, and home, just as it started SNOWING HARD. I had work to do in the garage, so I left the white Jeep out, and soon it was invisible. Heh. I decided to stay-in for the rest of the day, and finish-up the 2 remaining errands, tomorrow. By 12noon, we'd already gotten 2-3", and it was sticking to the hard surfaces. I cut down some shipping boxes, for the recycle bin, duct taped them and will put them in last on Sunday, so the go out first and don't hinder the other stuff from being dumped.

By 3p, temps had risen to 36°, the snow had stopped and it was all rain. Total was just over 3", and the roads were snow-covered and icy. By 5:30, the rain had made short work of the snow, and we had slus everywhere. Temps were up to 40° by 6, and all traces of that beautiful snow were going fast. Wednesday is "American Pickers" Day on History, and in its 24th season, there are few ep[isodes I haven't seen. I had dinner, watched Fox News, "Jesse", "Tucker" and back to History at 9p, for a new episode of "American Pickers" 24th season, and finally over to Fox Nation for several episodes of "American Gold". The rain continued, and I was sort of glad it wasn't snow. I bagged it at 1a.

First, the EEOC nominee dumnbass sambette bitch, Bidet&Co's nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, refuses to provide definition of a woman, when pressed by Sen. Blackburn. Now, another unqualified EEOC dumbass sambette bitch, Spokane Superior Court Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren, can't "remember" what either (ther US Constitution's) Article II or Article V are about. Both lowlife, dirtbag, scum-sucking ghetto rats are unqualified to sit on a bus station bench, let alone an American Judicial Court Bench.

Sleeping-in until 9:30a on Thursday, I took a 50mg Tramadol for back and hip pain, and a 300mg Gabapentin for neuropathy pain in my feet, made coffee and fired-up the furnace. It was a very cloudy, 40° morning, but at least we didn't have 1-2ft of snow, after yesterday's and last night's heavy rain, and following the morning snow. I started another load of laundry, a load of dishes and had a Mini-Croissant for breakfast. While the laundry and dishes were running, I did the 2 leftover errands from yesterday, and finished-up the laundry/dishes crap. I was bored doing paperwork and filing for the rest of the afternoon. So I grabbed a 2hr snooze on the LR couch. Or, tried to. I wasn't tired, so I had a MISSION BBQ's 4-bone rib and Green Beans, and a large piece of Moist Brisket and Sweet peas, with 2 Mini-Croissants to mop-up the juice and butter. Mmmmmmmmmm!

I laid back down at 4:30p, and fell asleep quickly, as my body's blood rushed to my stomach to digest the food. My brain's blood emptied-out, too, making me tired, and I slept for 2hrs. After waking in the dark, and closing the condo, I watched Fox News, "Watters", "Carlson" and "American Gold" until 11p. Tomorrow's another day.

Tomorrow starts another week here in the "Journal" and, once again, it's a clear one, except for an enjoyable walk and afternoon with Sherry. Nice!

Western Escalation Threatens to Widen World War III -- A Son of the New American Revolution.

World War III has started. I hope that more Americans are starting to understand that the war in Ukraine is not a battle between the forces of Kiev and the forces of Moscow. Ukraine is a mere proxy. Russia is fighting NATO and Russia fully understands this. Russia realizes it confronts an existential threat and is conducting itself accordingly. It appears that most Western leaders think Russia is bluffing and, if faced with enough international pressure, will back down. It is that kind of stupidity that makes global war a looming possibility.

Up to this point, Russia has confined its military response to hitting Ukrainian targets and engaging Ukrainian and foreign mercernaries on the battlefield. But recent decisions by the U.S. and NATO countries to send more weapons and vehicles to Ukraine in a desperate bid to stave off Ukraine’s defeat on the battlefield risks a dramatic expansion of the conflict beyond the borders of Ukraine.

As Helmholtz Smith notes in his latest post, the United States and Europe are scrambling to provide a new batch of weapons and vehicles (depleting their own resources in the process). It carries an air of desperation and the progress of Russia in the Donbas during the last weak is exacerbating their fears. I think Putin and his team of military leaders understand precisely what is at stake and are taking very visible steps to show they are preparing for the worst. The Hal Turner radio show posted this headline today:

Russia Installing “PANTSIR-S” Air Defenses on Roofs of MoD and Gov’t Buildings in Moscow

The PANTSIR is surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system. Russia has several models, with the PANTSIR SM the most capable deployed system in its inventory. Russia is prepared for the possibility that Ukraine, with the encouragement of the U.S. and NATO, will launch an attack on Moscow with missiles or drones supplied by the West. If that happens, then that will mark a terrible watershed for an escalation in this war.

If or when a US or European munition hits a target in Crimea or Moscow, Russia will ratchet things up and will likely go after US or European targets in Ukraine. Depending on the severity of the attack, I believe that Russia would be ready to hit bases in Poland or Germany being used to train Ukrainian forces. Before they do that, however, I believe they would shutter the Embassies in DC, London and Germany and ensure that the West cannot take Russia’s diplomats and intelligence officers hostage. Worst case, we hit Moscow and Moscow hits DC. This could get out of hand very rapidly.

I am not trying to frighten you, but the way the West is reacting is not rational and certainly is not based on any strategic vision. Russia clearly realizes this is a hot war. The West still labors under the delusion that the U.S. and NATO are not combatants. Nope, they are just providing the tools, intelligence and planning that Ukraine needs to kill Russians. If this was a murder case, the U.S. and NATO could be charged as accessories.

I would ask those politicians and pundits in Washington, DC who are agitating for pouring more weapons into Ukraine how the United States would react if Russia was arming Mexican drug cartels with weapons that were killing American citizens? You know the answer. The American public would be howling in rage and demand retaliation. If you think that Russians, whose history is written in the blood of centuries of invaders, do not care about the threat that NATO presents on its western border then you know nothing of Russia’s tenacity in beating back such threats. These are very dangerous times.

© 1.19.2023 by Larry Johnson, "Sonar21"

The Coup We Never Knew: 'Did Someone Seize Control of the United States?' Victor Davis Hanson Asks Uncomfortable Questions About Biden's America.

We are beginning to wake up from a nightmare to a country we no longer recognize, and from a coup we never knew.

Did someone or something seize control of the United States?

What happened to the U.S. border? Where did it go? Who erased it? Why and how did 5 million people enter our country illegally? Did Congress secretly repeal our immigration laws? Did President Joe Biden issue an executive order allowing foreign nationals to walk across the border and reside in the United States as they pleased?

Since when did money not have to be paid back? Who insisted that the more dollars the federal government printed, the more prosperity would follow? When did America embrace zero interest? Why do we believe $30 trillion in debt is no big deal?

When did clean-burning, cheap and abundant natural gas become the equivalent to dirty coal? How did prized natural gas that had granted America’s wishes of energy self-sufficiency, reduced pollution and inexpensive electricity become almost overnight a pariah fuel whose extraction was a war against nature? Which lawmakers, which laws, which votes of the people declared natural gas development and pipelines near criminal?

Was it not against federal law to swarm the homes of Supreme Court justices, to picket and to intimidate their households in efforts to affect their rulings? How then with impunity did bullies surround the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, John Roberts and Clarence Thomas — furious over a court decision on abortion? How could these mobs so easily throng our justices’ homes?

Since when did Americans create a government Ministry of Truth? And on whose orders did the FBI contract private news organizations to censor stories it did not like and writers whom it feared?

How did we wake up one morning to new customs of impeaching a president over a phone call? Of the speaker of the House tearing up the State of the Union address on national television? Of barring congressional members from serving on their assigned congressional committees?

When did we assume the FBI had the right to subvert the campaign of a candidate it disliked? Was it legal suddenly for one presidential candidate to hire a foreign ex-spy to subvert the campaign of her rival?

Was some state or federal law passed that allowed biological males to compete in female sports? Did Congress enact such a law? Did the Supreme Court guarantee that biological male students could shower in gym locker rooms with biological women? Were women ever asked to redefine the very sports they had championed?

When did the government pass a law depriving Americans of their freedom during a pandemic? In America can health officials simply cancel rental contracts or declare loan payments in suspension? How could it become illegal for mom-and-pop stores to sell flowers or shoes during a quarantine but not so for Walmart or Target?

Since when did the people decide that 70 percent of voters would not cast their ballots on Election Day? Was this revolutionary change the subject of a national debate, a heated congressional session or the votes of dozens of state legislatures?

What happened to election night returns? Did the fact that Americans created more electronic ballots and computerized tallies make it take so much longer to tabulate the votes?

When did the nation abruptly decide that theft is not a crime, assault not a felony? How can thieves walk out with bags of stolen goods, without the wrath of angry shoppers, much less fear of the law?

Was there ever a national debate about the terrified flight from Afghanistan? Who planned it and why?

What happened to the once trusted FBI? Why almost overnight did its directors decide to mislead Congress, to deceive judges with concocted tales from fake dossiers and with doctored writs? Did Congress pass a law that our federal leaders in the FBI or CIA could lie with impunity under oath?

Who redefined our military and with whose consent? Who proclaimed that our chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff could call his Chinese communist counterpart to warn him that America’s president was supposedly unstable? Was it always true that retired generals routinely libeled their commander-in-chief as a near Nazi, a Mussolini, an adherent of the tools of Auschwitz?

Were Americans ever asked whether their universities could discriminate against their sons and daughters based on their race? How did it become physically dangerous to speak the truth on a campus? Whose idea was it to reboot racial segregation and bias as “theme houses,” “safe spaces” and “diversity”? How did that happen in America?

How did a virus cancel the Constitution? Did the lockdowns rob of us of our sanity? Or was it the woke hysteria that ignited our collective madness?

We are beginning to wake up from a nightmare to a country we no longer recognize, and from a coup we never knew.

© 1.7.2023 by Victor Davis Hanson, "Las Vegas Review Journal"

Trump Was A Mistake.

The success of Donald Trump’s presidency dealt establishment politicians a heavy blow. A second Trump term might kill them -— band they know it.

You’ll notice a striking difference between election news coverage now and the leadup to the 2016 presidential primaries: The mainstream media have hardly breathed a word about Donald Trump (except to say that he’s not doing well in their “polls” and so obviously voters must want him out of the race). Back when Trump was making his run for the nomination in 2015, the newspapers couldn’t keep him off their front pages. He got hours of coverage on every news network every day.

But that was back when most Republicans (myself included) didn’t consider Trump a serious candidate. The media decided he would be a wonderful candidate from the Democrats’ perspective and selected him as most likely to lose to Hillary Clinton. So they gave him all the free coverage he could handle. Once the establishment realized that Trump was connecting with and inspiring millions of Americans (myself included), it was too late to stop him.

But the papers and TV shows and social sites have learned their lesson this time around: People love hearing about Trump, and he loves talking. Media attention is his oxygen. So now they won’t give him any. Prepare yourselves to hear hardly a whisper about Trump for the next year or two—except for portentous statements offered by pompous talking heads who will say he needs to drop out now “for the good of the party.” Whose party do you suppose they mean?

At their convention in 1900, the Republicans renominated William McKinley for president. They also had a problem on their hands: a boisterous trouble-maker with an exceptional ability to inspire crowds. His name was Teddy Roosevelt, a man more than one contemporary would describe as “the most remarkable man I ever met.” But the Republican Party had never liked Roosevelt, principally because he was impossible to control. He had a penchant for saying exactly what he thought and doing exactly what he wanted, no matter whether it was in line with the approved party platform.

In 1900, Roosevelt had been making a huge nuisance of himself as governor of New York, a position of massive importance in which, as he grew more and more popular, he became harder and harder to control. The Republicans, led by Thomas C. Platt (“Boss Platt”), wanted him out—out of New York, and out of power, period. So they hatched the perfect plan, nominating him for vice president, where he couldn’t do anything.

Roosevelt took the bait. The temptation of being a top man in Washington, D.C., was too great for him to resist, even though he knew he’d have no real power. And when McKinley won the election, the political bosses were doubly delighted: They had the White House, and they had managed to move TR from the vital role of New York governor to the totally impotent role of vice president.

The vice presidency at the turn of the century was a political graveyard, where politicians were sent to be gently eased out of power forever. We had not yet arrived at the modern tradition of having vice presidents generally rise to the presidency, or at least to the nomination. A vice president wasn’t even guaranteed to be nominated as the running mate for the second term of the president he had served. (McKinley’s first vice president was Garret Hobart, although he had a particularly good reason for not getting a second term—he died in office of a heart attack.)

Teddy Roosevelt’s political career was considered over when he went to Washington as vice president after the Republican victory of 1900. And it would have stayed that way if not for a freak twist of fate: In September 1901, McKinley became the third American president to be assassinated. Roosevelt was elevated from obscurity to the office he most desired and was best-suited to fill. The political bosses realized they had made a mistake, but it was too late: Their mistake haunted them through three presidential terms (two of TR’s and one of Taft’s). And then, after Taft’s first term, things got really bad.

TR wanted to be president again. He thought Taft was doing a mediocre job. And he argued (with a certain logic) that he’d never really had the two terms to which an American president was traditionally entitled because he’d only been elected president once—his first term, remember, had merely been the completion of McKinley’s.

But the Republican Party hated TR even more by 1912, even if the voters adored him. So they renominated Taft against the popular consensus. In response, TR founded a third party, the infamous “Bull Moose” party. This split the Republican vote, though in the process, TR got more votes than Taft, the only time in history that one of the two main parties finished in third place. This handed the presidency to Woodrow Wilson, one of the most destructive men of the 20th century (and the first academic to be elected president). Wilson never would have stood a chance had the Republican nomination gone to TR—he was elected with a mere 41 percent of the vote, an historic low.

But from the Republican perspective, it was better to lose the presidential race and have a Democrat in power with whom they could work—one who could play the game and be part of the machine—than it was to have someone who couldn’t be controlled. They never again made the mistake of nominating a man who wasn’t under their thumb. At least, not until 2016.

So remember: The GOP isn’t really our party. It never was. That is the central truth that the Trump phenomenon has exposed—or exposed anew. It’s a political machine, just like the Democratic Party, and it wants to run itself, not be run by “ordinary” people like you and me. Trump’s nomination the first time around, from the GOP’s perspective, was a huge mistake, just as TR’s had been. And they have no intention of repeating that kind of mistake.

The GOP and the Democrats and the media are all agreed on one, central point: Trump cannot become president again. All these power groups’ motivations are different, but their interests are aligned, and the stakes are practically existential.

Keep the story of the 1900 Republican Convention in mind, too, when you think of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis: He’s a huge success in Florida, and is the only governor standing up to the federal government in any meaningful way. What could be better than to seduce him away from that role with the promise of the presidency? Kill two birds with one stone, and kill America, too, while you’re at it.

Trump was a huge mistake: He was the biggest mistake machine politicians had made in over a century. The success of Trump’s presidency dealt establishment politicians a heavy blow. A second Trump term might kill them, and they know it.

So, be prepared to hear nothing about Trump’s candidacy, nothing about his massive rallies, nothing about the unwavering enthusiasm of his supporters. Be prepared to hear only one thing: That the “people” don’t want him. But don’t believe it. Remember which people are doing the talking.

© 12.19.2022 by Dan Gelernter, "American Greatness".

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