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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder apparently is certain that Republicans are going to cheat in the 2020 federal elections. “It’s going to be hard because the reality is that Republicans are going to cheat. They’re going to try to keep people away from the polls, they’re going to move polling places, they’re going to do […]

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Meeting Mollie Hemingway: The SCOTUS Impact on My Vote

 

I used to love the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, back when I felt invested in politics, back when I felt most Americans are fair-minded enough to engage in reasonable, civil debate, but my attitude has changed.

While I still bought a ticket, I only managed to get downtown on the third day to see my first event: Ted Cruz in a dialogue with Chris Hayes. There I was reminded why I’d skipped so much when the “polite” progressives around me hissed like a pit of snakes when our sitting senator said anything they didn’t like. Hissed!

Quote of the Day: Sallust on Sloth, Covetousness, and Losing Power

 

“And, indeed, if the intellectual ability of kings and magistrates were exerted to the same degree in peace as in war, human affairs would be more orderly and settled, and you would not see governments shifted from hand to hand, and things universally changed and confused. For dominion is easily secured by those qualities by which it was at first obtained. But when sloth has introduced itself in the place of industry, and covetousness and pride in that of moderation and equity, the fortune of a state is altered together with its morals; and thus authority is always transferred from the less to the more deserving.” — Gaius Sallustius Crispus (Sallust)

The first time I saw this quote, it was the abbreviated version starting at “But when sloth…” and going to the end. My thought reading that was, “That’s not my experience or reading of history there, old son.” But seeing the larger quote, it becomes obvious he is writing of changes in the power structures and of who is in place. Eventually, the people get tired of corruption and rise up. Eventually, a great man (or at least superior to his predecessors) arises to clean out the Augean stables of government. Or, the nation falls to another, which will have a higher vision. Sallust lived through a period when the Roman Republic was falling apart with factional fighting and finally fell into being the Roman Principate. I believe we are living through a similar period now.

Impeached or Not, The Trump Doctrine will Prevail

 

It seems it was months ago we were laughing at Swedish Veruca Salt yelling at the barking seals at the UN, but as most sane adults politely ignored being screamed at by Algore’s and Soros’s hand puppet, there was a meeting taking place behind closed doors. That day Nancy Pelosi contacted House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer who, like Pelosi, was fighting a growing tide of dissent by the leftists. These congresspeople would impeach Trump for jaywalking because, as they have stated, without taking out the King, he is likely to win reelection.

The Mueller Report and subsequent congressional testimony was a bust. Democrats were antsy and the shrill AOC+3 caucus was starting to get downright angry. Pelosi needed to jump on this, even though both the Democrats and their media spokesholes were flying blind as the actual transcript had yet to be released. Pelosi had to decide before the leftists imploded and started to cause electoral damage in 2020. Both Pelosi and Hoyer agreed: now’s the time.

On Tuesday morning, Pelosi “consulted” with potential wayward House Democrats who didn’t want to push for impeachment until actual (and convenient) facts came out. It was at this time President Trump was giving what many consider his best speech at the UN:

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Not self defense or negligent homicide or manslaughter or anything else – murder. “A Texas jury rejected former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger’s self-defense claims and convicted her on Tuesday of murder in the fatal 2018 shooting of an innocent man eating ice cream in his own home after mistaking his apartment for her own.” (You can […]

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Open Letter to President Trump

 

Dear President Trump:

You probably won’t ever see this, but my fellow Ricochet members will. Today I was on my way to a major dental appointment (all went well), and had the radio on. I heard Rush Limbaugh say that they are trying to make you (the Progressives) physically sick – in addition to piling on the stress of making you emotionally sick. I already considered that, before Limbaugh said it, because this latest impeachment bull has made me physically sick. I felt sick when I heard the “hypothetical” from Adam Schiff. I want to tell you, as an average American, just a few things as follows:

– When I went to the polls in 2016, I never gave the Russians a second thought. I originally liked Ted Cruz. When you became the nominee, that was it. There was no way in hell that I would color in the circle next to Hillary Clinton’s name. The reason being that it had nothing to do with Russia, or the stupid wikileaks emails or Hillary’s complete and total ineptness. My vote was 100% against the continuation of the Obama administration – Hope and Change – that transformed my country into something I didn’t recognize. That made me sick, but he was our president for eight (long) years and I respected that and him. I respected his time in office, I was happy that our country was color-blind to race when he was elected, and I hoped that he would have done great things. He did not.

What Does One Do When the Pope Is Woke?

 

One of the more bizarre (and potentially very destructive) events of the Francis pontificate will take place October 6-27 in Rome. It is a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, entitled Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology. The lead-up to this synod consisted of talk about the lack of priests in the Pan-Amazon region and that, without priests, the Sacraments were not available on a regular basis. This is a serious concern for a Church given the mission by Jesus Christ to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19).

A story like this, wherein the Institute of the Consolata for Foreign Missions – a Catholic mission, mind you – has had priests and laypeople working among the Yanomamis in Brazil but have failed to baptize one single soul, gives a face to this serious concern.

One might think that a Jesuit pope would look to the Society of Jesus to find a good missionary priest or two cut from the mold of St. Francis Xavier or Matteo Ricci or St. Isaac Jogues or St. Jean de Brebeuf to go to the Amazon region and preach the Gospel. Or one might think that this special gathering of bishops in Rome to (allegedly) deal with a priest shortage might be about evangelization and an increase in missionary activity.

Some Evidence That Barr Is Doing His Job After All

 

In the last few days, while the Department of Justice did shred with redactions the court-ordered Special Counsel Memo declassifications, certain other actions have come to light:

  • AG Barr went to Italy last week on official business. The Dems opined he was running away from the Impeachment/Ukraine Collusion committee hearings, but alas a much better explanation was that he was in Italy to investigate the activities of one Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese diplomat with ties to Italian intelligence, and a key figure in the lead up to the Russian Collusion Hoax / CounterIntelligence Investigation / Special Counsel investigation frauds.
  • In a WSJ op-ed Monday, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey via a post by Roger Simon at PJ Media “Mukasey OpEd should strike Fear in the Democrats”:

True, much media and political effort has gone into sometimes close and often willful parsing of President Trump’s July 25 conversation with President Volodymyr Zelensky —ironic when you consider Mr. Trump’s well-known linguistic promiscuity—not to mention the celebrated whistleblower complaint, which contains no firsthand information. Little notice has been given, however, to another document lying in plain sight: a Justice Department press release issued the day the conversation transcript became public.

That Justice Department statement makes explicit that the president never spoke with Attorney General William Barr “about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son” or asked him to contact Ukraine “on this or any other matter,” and that the attorney general has not communicated at all with Ukraine. It also contains the following morsel: “A Department of Justice team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. While the Attorney General has yet to contact Ukraine in connection with this investigation, certain Ukrainians who are not members of the government have volunteered information to Mr. Durham, which he is evaluating. [Bold mine]

The Solution to Gun Violence: Racism

 

When the University of Texas Football News, AKA The Austin American-Statesman ventures beyond sports commentary, the results can be truly appalling.* Take, for example, the advocacy of Beto O’Rourke. The Football News has been promoting him for president since the 2018 midterms. I haven’t picked on the Beto Male for a while, because, at this point, it would be the same as tripping a handicapped kid.  The bloom left that rose a long time ago and Beto is circling the drain, but the Football News keeps flogging his candidacy like a dead horse on the deck of a sinking ship. Of course, since the stories don’t involve an ACL injury to the third-string quarterback, the coverage is completely credulous.

In August, the Football News did a hagiography of Beto: