January 23, 2018

President Trump, and getting our hands dirty

Years ago I argued that then Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was not really a left-of-center conservative.  My point was that in a generally far left of center country, he had to move the country to the right cautiously or risk losing his government to the Liberals. I stand by that even though after a decade he finally lost power to ultra-liberal, ultra-clueless Justin Trudeau after accomplishing far less than I'd hoped during that time.

The situation in the United States is different than Canada when it comes to president Trump.  His predecessor tried to move the country to the left radically and with as much haste as he could muster.  The United States moved from it's historical position to something that looks a lot more like Canada and given the upset that candidate Trump sprung upon the left in 2016, the fierce resistance to moving the country back to the right is not unexpected, nor is it's ferocity or subterfuge

The president has taken exactly the right tack on getting America back to it's original place in the world and it's original course.  That is to say he's playing hard ball, he's fighting everything they throw at him and not backing down and he's charging headlong into the fight and wasting little time in doing so.  That seems to have rubbed off on some other Republicans. The Democrats have been taken aback and are on their back foot but do not expect that to last (even the wording of the story is laughable - the president did not negotiate and Schumer backed down and is now trying to save face with his base, by claiming withdrawing something he never had any say on, which will only serve to further his look of indecisiveness). Trump is winning by playing hard ball.  Yes he fights dirty and that's the point.  Arguably he does not fight as efficiently or focused as he could, but he has a team in the Senate and House that can, should and often does take up the fight alongside him.

Now is the time to shift the pendulum back to the right as far as possible in the next 10 months, four or eight years while the opportunity lasts because the march to the left is unrelenting. You can say you don't like his demeanor and I'd agree to some degree, but you cannot argue his successes; judges, economy and elsewhere. If you are not on his side as a conservative, you could at least do the right thing and stand aside rather than joining those who stand in the way who your future complaints about will ring hollow after this presidency.

Getting our hands dirty in the effort to thwart progressivism may be unlikable but it is necessary and it is at this point in history a requirement - anything else will result in the failure of conservatism and ultimately, America. 

Down the Rabbit Hole

If the underworld of American government is going to be exposed, be prepared for it to get much more shocking. To appropriate the words of The Carpenters, we've only just begun with this stuff.  Here are some examples just from today.

Anti-Trump Strzok says Mueller probe is a nothingburger. (Via The Daily Caller)

Missing texts were probably deliberately deleted. (Via Hot Air)

The volume of unmasking requests increased exponentially in the same time frame as the missing Strzok-Page text messages. (Via Gateway Pundit)

They conspired to try to wrap up the Clinton email investigation and sweep it under the rug (Via Hot Air).

This is the cost of the mainstream media not doing their job - their liberal icons from former president Obama and Hillary Clinton all the way down to the DOJ and FBI agents run amok doing whatever they want with no fear of consequences, no matter the crimes.  The fifth estate should be ashamed for giving Democrats a free pass for the last decade (and in fact far longer). Sadly, they'll just continue thinking that they are on the right side of history and that their acts of turning a blind eye to one side while relentlessly persecuting the other is morally wrong and it's own form of tyranny.

Secret Society Scandal

Apparently the United States government was being run by a secret society that continues to exist.  It's not like we didn't suspect it, but it's about as bad you'd expect in its undermining of democracy. And unfortunately, it's real.
There is serious talk on Capitol Hill about the appointment of a second special counsel amid several new bombshell revelations swirling around the Trump/Russia probe. First, there are the allegations of shocking and substantial government surveillance abuses under President Obama outlined in the FISA abuse memo. Secondly, the FBI lost five months of key text messages between the anti-Trump/pro-Clinton FBI officials Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. And now there's talk of a "secret society" of officials within the FBI that apparently met the day after the election of Donald J. Trump to plot against the president-elect.
They called themselves the secret society. And they were predetermining outcomes of investigations before they were finalized. It's so bad, the president had to comment.

People on the left will tweet about the president  being out of line for comment but his response was more restrained than I expected and it doesn't go far enough.  I think president Trump is holding his powder because more will come out soon. The Strzok-Page texts that have been referenced are just the tip of the malfeasance iceberg.

January 22, 2018

Sham Schumer Shutdown Shuttered

Last Friday I pointed out that the government shutdown was a front, or window dressing if you will, for the left Democrat base.  Today Rush Limbaugh was arguing that nothing had changed, and either Chuck Schumer blinked and the GOP have grown a spine, or else there was something in the deal that he was not yet aware of, to get the government back open today.

The Senate Democrats caved - not just enough to get to 60 votes; they got 80+ votes to extend a continuing resolution.  Apparently they will get a  DACA floor vote before February 8th. It won't pass in any Democrat-friendly form.

So what did the Democrats get?  A nod to their base perhaps?  Maybe not.  There seems more and more to be a looming Democrat intra-party fight over how to challenge Republicans in the midterms.  Chuck Schumer doesn't want Democrats being held responsible for the shutdown and the far left wants this to (a) destroy president Trump and (b) not be a Democrat cave in to their minority status.

Grab some popcorn and enjoy, conservatives; either this becomes a brawl or else just enough disarray to mess up any hope for Democrats in the midterms.  Either way, it seems the Democrats blinked.

January 21, 2018

What is #SalonHot25?

I was searching around the internet today looking for something to write about.  I cam across the hashtag #SalonHot25 in the comments on a post on HotAir  Of course it's a lot more prominent on hashtag central (Twitter).  While I'm well read, I don't spend much time on Twitter anymore so I had no clue what the hashtag meant.

Apparently in it's condescending 'wisdom' of the Left, uber-liberal Salon posted an article indicated the 25 Conservatives on Twitter actually worth following.  As though the rest of us are dirt.
One recommended solution: Search out opposing points of view. Turn on Fox News every once in a while; follow more conservative voices on Twitter. This would be an honorable endeavor for liberals, if it didn't expose them to pure lunacy on a regular basis.
Okay, that's great, Salon. Well done...

But the real eye opener is that the list is populated with Never-Trumpers so in the tank against the president, that they would fit in at a Bernie Sanders rally (politics making strange bedfellows and all).

It instantly makes the list a joke of a list, and it probably serves more as a list of people conservatives should ignore. I doubt anyone who reads Salon has stepped out of their bubble yet. At least that's how it appears to me.

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