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Among the things which are lost when modern progressives dominate the scene is a true sense of reality. Since they deal mostly in the never-to-be, in their worldview terrorists become victims, suicide pacts become peace agreements and dependency becomes a career path.
But hopefully, one of the features of the conservative mind is that it keeps alive the lessons hard learned from the past. One of those is that the greatest threats normally come from within. That is even true of a world with would-be nuclear heathens almost in every corner. And it is especially true for anyone who would endeavor to self-govern in liberty.
The American nation has fought a revolution against the most powerful military force on the globe in which it faced sure defeat at least six different times and survived. A few years later, it was invaded and had its capital burned. It tore itself apart with a brutal civil war against itself. It spread itself from one ocean to another in defiance of three major world powers. It fought and won two world wars and prevailed in a cold war which promised world destruction. But it survived all of those because it was born with both the ability and the moral authority to handle it all. Outside threats can be forted-up against. They can be attacked outright and smashed. It is the threats from within that weaken and destroy. Just ask any Roman.
We are living through, and watching unfold, the greatest scandal of our history. It is also the most dangerous to our republic. It did not just happen overnight simply because we happen to have a few bad people in place at a certain time. There are always such people. There are always opportunities for them, here and in every society and every age. This is the natural result of 100 years of progressive thought and embedment in our society and our politics.
Politics by itself is slimy enough. It is corrupting by itself because it deals in power over others (which is also true of progressivism). That is just one of the reasons that politicos and government should be given as few things as possible to “fix.” Politicians tend not to “fix” problems but to ingrain problems because that empowers them.
The presidential election of 2016 is a prime example of what happens when government and the slimy characters who attach themselves to it for a lifetime become too big and too important in the daily lives of the citizens. Once again, this has been true since the beginning of governments. That is why the Founders divided both the government and its power as much as possible. Their impact was designed to be limited, or not at all, except in certain, specialized areas.
The 2016 election is resulting in the scab being torn from an ugly infection that is exposed more and more each day for those willing to look honestly. We can only hope that the sunlight will begin a curing process to at least limit that infection. For 100 years we have ignored the constitutional remedy for it.
It is now apparent to any who will read that the effort to undermine a possible Trump presidency began at least as early as April before he even secured the nomination as a “just in case” measure. It began in the government itself among the likes of John Brennan at CIA and a band of FBI agents using the title of Crossfire Hurricane. Daily, more and more details come to light. They are often thinly veiled as the New York Times piece yesterday (May 16) trying to put a more positive spin on the Crossfire Hurricane cabal since it appears it will soon be exposed through the efforts of the House.
There is little need at this moment to review the complete backgrounds of government gutter rats like Mueller, Comey, Brennan, Strzok, and Clapper. They are just representative of a professional, elitist political class that the Founders hoped to avoid. They now include just about all of the Democratic Party, most of the establishment of the GOP and certainly the majority of the media who consider themselves to be a vital part of it all. They all work to maintain a status quo in which government is ever-growing and they are at its center.
Without chasing all the rabbits down the holes, what the scab being torn from the 2016 election revels is a political class that is determined to impose its own will on the nation. Elections don’t matter to them unless they come out “right.”
In my mind, the two flies in the ointment for the political classes were Trump and Cruz, and perhaps Paul to a lesser extent. If any of the other GOP hopefuls won the nomination or even the presidency, they could be “handled.” If it had been Cruz there would have been a panic as well. A different kind than with Trump but still a panic on the parts of Dems, GOP establishments, and the media. All the others could be handled much like both of the Bushes had been, and Ford before them. Government would still grow, most of the Obama measures would be talked down to but hardly changed, radical inroads made would be left intact.
This political class does not believe in its own accountability. As a result, Congress has all but abandoned much of its oversight responsibility except for a few well-timed camera spots which are full of sound and fury … you know the rest.
A wide range of agencies write thousands of pages of regulations each year that have the weight of law but never are passed by the Congress. These agencies are manned by a bureaucratic class that actually carries more weight than Congress itself. EPA, BLM, USDA, and dozens of others are waiting to inject themselves into the daily lives of citizens in every corner of the nation without challenge. They and many more including the Department of Education have their very own SWAT type enforcement units. The mandates they hand down to ranchers in Utah, homeowners in Florida, barbers in New York and school principals in Kansas have to be enforced far beyond the short-sightedness of “bitter clingers” more interested in having control of their own lives than the “common good” which is more clearly seen from a desk on a third floor in DC.
The siting Obama administration did more to interfere with the election of 2016 than the Russians could have imagined doing. And they left behind a dumpster full of broken laws in doing it. Not only was the Trump campaign spied on electronically but apparently the FBI had at least one spy actually in the campaign. And now after a year of investigation by Mueller, there is not a single thing to link the Trump campaign to any Russian collusion. But the hunt will continue as far as the left is concerned. The objective is to disrupt Trump’s administration as much as possible if not drive him from office. All of this is still being aided by a media which has thrown away any pretense of integrity in the leaks they use, mostly illegal in this case, as evidenced by the May 16 piece in the Times.
The empowerment is not just of the central government or the leftist who populate it. It is of an elite political class comprised of bureaucratic lifers, media types, “intellectuals” and those who consider elective office a career path (of either party). Unelected, unaccountable judges who see their role more as last resort vehicles for “change,” “social justice,” or “social equality” instead of the rule of law or equality under the law can be added to the list.
In effect, this set of political elites serve to marginalize, if not exclude, what were to be the two most important elements of our carefully balanced governmental arrangement – the people and the states. To a great extent, they have they done just that. The election of 2016 is their attempt to complete the circle by controlling the election of a president, which was left exclusively to the people and the states. In might be more accurate to say that constitutionally the task was left to the people of the states. That is in effect what the electoral college does. It is not intended to be a nationwide egalitarian exercise but a state-centered one reflecting the character and interests of each of the states.
I am not sure how this will play out. Each day seems to add yet another damning layer to the political espionage that seems to have been so cavalierly done. I suspect some, if not a lot, of the scrambling we see is because of the forthcoming Inspector General’s Report.
I do believe that we are seeing a lot of protecting going on by these types. The rats are, of course, first of all trying to find a way to protect themselves. They are trying to protect Obama which is what led to a lot of this so far. When things (as in the election) didn’t turn out as planned, the political espionage which had become so commonplace in that administration had to be hidden in some way. I don’t even include Hillary in the protection scheme because in my mind the protection of Hillary, from very real felony charges, was little more than the playing out of the overall plan. Her election was just a continuation of the “fundamental change”. She was an interchangeable part.
I do believe that the whole sorted mess has to have a cost to it as well as an exposure that is as complete as possible. I am still not sure what that looks like but this is a tide which has to be turned, or at the very least the beginning of the beginning of a real turn.
Also in some way, the Clinton Foundation model has to be discredited. It cannot be allowed to continue as it has. Obama’s Organizing For America is setting on “go” to become the same thing, and they won’t be the last. If this becomes the standard, we have not just surrendered our national politics to the slimy political class within our own borders but internationally as well. There is no greater example of foreign collusion to influence American politics than the “pay for play” Clinton Foundation taking in hundreds of millions of foreign dollars for considerations in future administrations.
If the American people allow this president to be handcuffed any more than he already has been or to be driven from office by the rantings of this corrupt crowd, they will have surrendered their will to govern themselves. It is hardly about Trump himself. It is not about his character, his crassness, his morality, his tweets or even his policies which so far have been more conservative and more successful than could have been dreamed of 24 months ago. He is an imperfect man overseeing an imperfect administration regardless of its successes or failures.
It is about constitutional self-governance in a republic, a tricky matter in the best of situations. It is about maintaining the liberty and independence of the individual in America, not of a political class. Federalism itself is what we are talking about, the notion that a central government’s powers should be “few and defined” as Madison argued in Federalist 46. He wrote of a republic where the majority of the laws encountered by a citizen originated at levels of government close to him by representative he could look in the face on occasion. Without some element of that, self-government becomes an empty term.
We have just finished eight years of what was easily the most constitutionally impeachable presidency of our history, hands down, almost from the first day. It was allowed to continue practically unchallenged because of a political class in both parties, in the media and in the courts. Now if that same class can merely cancel out election results it hates without a price, the most important instrument of government ever written by mankind may well be on the way to becoming a dead document. It has already been seriously wounded. If we value it, it is time to stop the bleeding.