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Impeachment ain’t 2016

This impeachment sideshow has fueled a massive information void, that will only grow.  What I mean by information void, is there’s such an overload of spin coming from domestic partisans and the American media (and probably hostile foreign info war efforts too), that the erosion of credibility will only continue to erode trust in all media sources of information and government officials.  Americans already have no common reliable sources of information to trust , but this scorched earth spin will turn the American information “systems’ into a flaming mass of confusion and competing “spin” (lies) dumpster fires.

The widespread public corruption, relentless smear campaigns and the widening double standards assure that we will have no institutions left to trust, especially when it comes to information.  The escalating pace of this insane spin war, also makes it hard to even keep track of unfolding news and decipher what is accurate and what has been “updated” or “corrected”.

America will become totally ungovernable without a dramatic course correction.

Our domestic scorched earth spin war will have no American winners, only a collapse of our American institutions, widespread corruption and chaos. There is no “at least my side isn’t as bad as” the other side, because both sides engaging in scorched earth spin war are totally corrupt. Spin war is sophisticated mass media information warfare and by its very nature is very corrupt.

It’s not all Dems fault or all Trump’s fault; it’s mostly the American people’s fault for being as lazy and self-indulgent as our corrupt leaders.  We the American people have bought into making excuses for public corruption committed by partisans we support and allowing double standards to corrode our political system and our own characters.

I believe this impeachment sideshow is a corrupt, orchestrated  Dem (Clinton machine) production, but the truth is Trump lies constantly and his own erratic tweeting and outbursts are likely to make it harder for Republicans in Congress to keep supporting him.   The thing Trump doesn’t understand is his tweets are public statements by the President of the United States, not just his recreational hobby.  Trump surrounds himself with a lot of moronic advisers and many of them will egg on Trump’s worst impulses, believing it will help Trump “win”.

The problem is impeachment isn’t the 2016 election, where he managed to win several Rust Belt states by gaining support from blue-collar voters; it’s Congress who will be voting.  If Trump goes full batshit crazy (which judging from his weekend tweeting looks like he’s well on the way) and listens to his idiotic SPIN commando flamethrowers, he might just turn off enough Republicans in Congress and find himself losing support or some may decide propping him up is causing more damage to the Republican brand and their own political futures than he’s worth.

Hard to tell for sure how crazy this is going to be, especially if the DOJ, Horowitz and Durham release reports of more corruption with the Dems’ scorched earth “Trump-Russia” farce in 2016.

I decided not to tweet about impeachment anymore, but I might write some blog posts – we’ll see.  Frankly, I think the Clintons and Trump deserve each other – same pathological lying, same corruption, and same smug disdain for playing by the rules.  Republicans would have been much better off if Trump had remained Bill Clinton’s golfing buddy, buying political influence among corrupt Dem politicians and running his stupid reality TV show.

A couple days ago, Kevin Williamson at National Review penned a piece, Prince Don, which perfectly described Trump:

“Trump’s character is in fact a practical liability, one that has seriously impeded his ability to pursue his agenda. His egoism, laziness, arrogance, and above all his habitual dishonesty are crippling. That is why he has been most effective on ordinary Republican priorities such as taxes and judges, those areas in which he can deputize such old swamp-dwelling dinosaurs as Mitch McConnell and the ladies and gentlemen of the Federalist Society to actually get things done. Left to his own devices, he’s an ordinary Twitter troll and conspiracy nut with very little in the way of direction or a coherent policy agenda.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/09/donald-trump-personal-flaws-led-him-here/

Williamson is glad Hillary didn’t win, doesn’t see an impeachable offense with what we know now, doesn’t want to see a President Elizabeth Warren and says, “Donald Trump cannot be gone soon enough.”

Watching how Trump’s SPIN commandos initially reacted last week following their Trumpian instincts, by run wildly ranting on Twitter and TV, with no strategy at all  and  Rudy wigged out completely on TV too, well, if the Trump Spin commandos revert back to their mindless, reflexive, ill-planned spin attacks and total strategic ineptitude, Trump is in for a rough time.  Trump’s brand of erratic tweet attacks and lack of a comprehensive strategy won’t beat a comprehensive Dem spin war/smear campaign coupled with a massive Dem legal eagles takedown.

Trump’s the most toxic leader I have ever seen – he plays his own team members against each other and he attacks his own team.  His team will have little coherent direction and non-stop in-fighting, which the Dems/media will work to feed.  Vicious divide and conquer spin strategies are their forte.

It’s going to be a huge mess. Impeachment ain’t 2016.

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Impeachment sideshow rolls out

The Trump impeachment fiasco plods along.

I did not vote for Trump and will never vote for him.  I spent a lot of time in 2015 and 2016, blogging and commenting in online forums about my NeverTrump&NeverHillary position.  I believed then and still believe Donald J. Trump is totally unfit to be president, but here’s where I part company with all the #Resist Dems, who have worked tirelessly to destroy Trump’s presidency – I believe in respecting the results of elections.   President Trump was duly elected.  This #Resist Dem spin effort to discredit a lawful election is disgraceful and even more “deplorable” than Trump’s petty name-calling and totally undisciplined conduct, where he rambles on without properly studying issues or policy or even having a clear understanding of matters.

The Dem’s #Resist effort to takedown Trump is the most appallingly bad citizenship and corrupt effort I’ve ever seen, because they are shamelessly lying to incite the media mob and anti-Trumpers using spin garbage (orchestrated media spin attacks) 24/7, with no concern for how this is affecting America. It’s a ruthless “by any means necessary” information war.  The abuse of intelligence resources and corrupt spin efforts to takedown Trump has alarmed me the most.  Every Dem effort to takedown Trump is a coordinated media spin war effort.

This Trump-Ukraine “whistleblower” complaint is a repeat of the Steele dossier, relaying stuff  unnamed sources told him/her.  Why these sources were telling this “whistleblower” so much dirt on Trump and why this “whistleblower” was gathering all this Trump dirt is curious.  The credibility of the complaint seems to be weighted on the number of unnamed sources and their “positions in the US government”, just as the Steele dossier’s credibility was built on all these unnamed “sources close to the Kremlin” and Steele being some highly-respected former spy.

The “counter-intelligence” investigation of Trump began in 2016, before Trump was even elected and partisan Dems with access to US government intelligence continue to use US intelligence assets to wage a stealth spin information war against Trump.  In my mind, this stealth intel-war against Trump poses more of a threat than anything Trump has done so far (and he has done a helluva lot I disapprove of).  Even in this call with the Ukraine president, I find Trump even mentioning Biden and his son totally inappropriate. However, the Dem/mainstream media framing for their impeachment case against Trump seems very weak to me, especially their alleged “cover-up” spin.

What always seems to happen with these Dem/mainstream bombshell “beginning of the end” Trump spin hits is after the spin clouds begin to settle from the hit, along with Trump suffering some damage, the Dems and mainstream media inflict way more collateral damage on their own credibility. We’ll have to see how this impeachment spin drama unfolds. This grand cover-up spin coming from Dems, who excused Hillary running the State Department from an unsecured homebrew server in her basement, left me not knowing whether to laugh out loud at the absurdity or get angry at their galling hypocrisy.  Get this, Trump’s cover-up effort was securing transcripts of calls with foreign leaders in a highly secure US government system that had limited access and they’re claiming that was an abuse of the classification system.  Considering the number of “anonymous intel sourced” leaks to the media, that’s going to be a hard sell, lol.

Why on earth wouldn’t Trump trust the intel community?  Geesh, just look at the leaks.  What is standard security efforts when faced with internal leaks in any organization? obviously it’s – use a more secure system and limit access.  The same Dems who sold Hillary putting classified information on an unsecure homebrew server as no big deal are now going to argue Trump abused the classification system trying to secure his calls with foreign leaders on a restricted access official government server.

From all the Twitter buzz this week, the actual identity of the “whistleblower” is not known yet.  The NY Times ran some bio information, but other sources refuted that and attacked the NY Times for trying to expose the “whistleblower”.  I could be wrong about my hunch that it’s Sue Gordon, but I still believe her not being picked by Trump as DNI precipitated this “whistleblower” complaint.  All I know is there is no way this impeachment will fly for Dems if the “whistleblower’s” identity and credibility isn’t openly assessed and all these unnamed sources who provided the whistleblower this information are identified.  Why was the “whistleblower” gathering anti-Trump dirt from all these unnamed sources and why were these unnamed sources providing it – even this Trump call with the President of Ukraine?  Why were sources informing this “whistleblower” about a president’s call with a foreign leader?

Why do I refer to it as the “whistleblower”, well this person has no first-hand knowledge of anything… just like the Steele dossier’s “sources close to the Kremlin:…

Sean Davis at The Federalist wrote a piece yesterday that could throw a spoke in the wheel of Schiff’s impeachment dreams.  The IC IG complaint form appears to have been changed in August, waiving the requirement that a whistleblower have first-hand knowledge of the events.  Isn’t that convenient for this “whistleblower,” who even cites news articles…:

“Between May 2018 and August 2019, the intelligence community secretly eliminated a requirement that whistleblowers provide direct, first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoings. This raises questions about the intelligence community’s behavior regarding the August submission of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump. The new complaint document no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, first-hand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting.

The brand new version of the whistleblower complaint form, which was not made public until after the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and the complaint addressed to Congress were made public, eliminates the first-hand knowledge requirement and allows employees to file whistleblower complaints even if they have zero direct knowledge of underlying evidence and only “heard about [wrongdoing] from others.””

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/27/intel-community-secretly-gutted-requirement-of-first-hand-whistleblower-knowledge/

On Twitter, Adam Schiff tweets from August, mirroring this “whistleblower” complaint on Trump’s Ukraine phone call, and also Schiff promoting Sue Gordon circulated.  I suspect this “whistleblower” complaint was ghost-written by a group of Dem lawyers effort, including Adam Schiff.

If anti-Trump intel peeps altered the “whistleblower” requirements specifically to facilitate this complaint, well that would be quite an amazing scandal.  It seems sure more details will be revealed as this impeachment sideshow rolls along.

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The “beginning of the end”… again

Another anti-Trump spin attack launched this week, just as the latest Brett Kavanaugh smear attack started to implode (see my previous post – Gut journalism).   This latest anti-Trump spin attack began by being hyped as another of those “beginning of the end” level  Trump corruption stories, the media and Democrats spin up, accompanied with bellows of outrage that Trump must be impeached now.

This allegation asserts a former intel official went to the IG about Trump pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son during a phone call last summer.  Congressman Adam Schiff, pontificating Democrat, who hyped the Mueller Report as the magic bullet to takedown Trump, has been plastering the media with outraged diatribes about “protecting our democracy”… again.

I had pulled out some novels I’d had sitting here for several years and was caught up in a Charles Martin novel, When Crickets Cry, and only skimmed the news about this latest Trump corruption story, but figured it would be best to just go back to reading my novel.  And that’s what I did.  I also have been getting fabric strips ready to make another Amish knot rug, so despite all the media and Dem hysteria that “our democracy is under attack” and the Hannity counter-spin about the nefarious Deep State, well, here’s the thing –  everyone involved in this scorched earth spin information war – Trump, Trump defenders, Democrats, the media –  are all  “destroying our democracy” and all of the spin combatants inflict way more damage to our institutions than America’s hostile foreign adversaries could ever dream of.

Today, there’s a video circulating of Joe Biden, as vice president, bragging about pressuring Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating his son’s business deals in Ukraine, Trump claims he never says anything inappropriate (if anyone believes that they must not have listened to Trump for even 5 minutes), and here are two tweets that sort of form the demarcation line in this latest spin battle:

Sean Davis
@seanmdav
The latest media-manufactured faux scandal is that Trump needs to be impeached because he a told a foreign leader to rein in corruption. Oh, and Joe Biden, who *bragged on camera* about bribing Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating his son’s company, should be president.

And

David Axelrod
@davidaxelrod

It also obvious that with this Biden attack,

is trying to launch and give life to another conspiracy theory, like Birtherism, Uranium One and other phony memes that jave always been a go-to in his political toolbox and reliable red meat for right-wing media.

Frankly, it’s important to know who this former intelligence official is and if he/she has any personal animus toward Trump.  It’s important to know what exactly Trump said during this phone call.  But here’s the thing, Trump could have abused presidential power by pressuring the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden’s son and Biden’s son really might be guilty of  serious corruption in his business dealings in Ukraine – both things might be true.

Since we live in the age where everything everyone posted online or said in public now  floats  somewhere in our online trash heaps, so not surprisingly, today a video of Joe Biden bragging about getting the Ukrainian prosecutor, who had been investigating his son, fired emerged.  None of this exonerates Trump, if he pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son, but it does speak to the rampant corruption, on both sides, in Washington and it speaks to the craziness of this scorched earth spin war.

I’m feeling totally justified in my decision not to vote for any of the 2020 Dem candidates and assuredly not Trump, who behaves just like the most corrupt Dem smear merchants.

Peggy Noonan wrote an excellent piece, Why They’ll Never Stop Targeting Kavanaugh, in the Wall Street Journal a couple days ago.  She explains several reasons why the attacks on Kavanaugh will never stop and here are a few:

“Because the authority and legitimacy of future rulings that are not pleasing to progressives (most prominently, perhaps, on Roe v. Wade) can be undermined through footnotes that say “the 5-4 decision was joined by a justice credibly accused of sexual assault.”

Because the steady drum of allegations diminishes not only Justice Kavanaugh’s stature but that of the court itself, which will be helpful when Democrats attempt to pack it.

Because the crazier parts of the progressive left increasingly see politics as public theater, with heroes and villains, cheers and hisses from the audience, and costumes, such as outfits from “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Because modern politics is, for the lonely and strange on all sides, entertainment and diversion. And one’s people must be entertained.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-theyll-never-stop-targeting-kavanaugh-11568933484?shareToken=st9bfbddd98d02450a9e3771cb2f96a188

The problem with Noonan’s analysis is it’s only half of America’s problem with smear campaigns and outrageous spin attacks.

Trump has become the spewing fire and brimstone spin televangelist for Republicans, embracing the same corrupt spin war as Democrats.  Trump revels in the Dem/media spin attacks against him, because they bolster his “victim” status and form the centerpiece of his tent revival martyr routine.  There is Saint Trump, the most maligned “victim” in America, taking all the hits just for his followers.  Trump tweets and engages in his impromptu pressers, where he unflinchingly faces the White House press corps… perfecting his “one man against the media mob spin optic”.

Trump, the one man reality show, replaced White House press briefings and Trump doesn’t bother with carefully constructed spin narratives or widely circulated talking points like Democrats, instead he delights in surprise shoot-from-the-hip, fact-free spontaneous smear attacks against the media, Democrats, even celebrities who tick him off.  Trump turned the GOP into a raging, seething tent revival scorched earth spin war against the Left that is as vile, corrupt and damaging to our  democratic institutions as anything Democrats, the media or far Left dish out against Trump, Republicans and conservatives.

Trump isn’t alone in the spin sideshows.  Elizabeth Warren has been garnering praise in the mainstream media for her dedication to spending hours working through lines of “fans” and doing “selfie” photos with each and every one…  Here’s a Slate piece gushing over Warren’s dedication:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “selfie line” may be a “political phenomenon,” according to CNN, but it’s also a misnomer, twice over: The photos that supporters end up with aren’t technically selfies—campaign aides snap them—and no one waits in a line, or at least they didn’t Monday evening at Warren’s rally in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. It was more of a blob.

“We were told that that was the line,” a rally attendee named Alanna, a therapist, told me, nodding toward a large crowd of people to the east of the Washington Square Arch. “And then someone told me that wasn’t the line. And then someone told me that was the line. So I’m not sure where the line is. But it feels like just a clump.” (She preferred not to provide her last name for professional reasons.)

Most of the attendees were happy to join the clump regardless. “If she can go through all these people and take selfies, I can wait it out for at least 45 minutes,” said Bri Held, an executive assistant. The wait time turned out to be quite a bit longer than that.

Addressing a crowd of 20,000 earlier in the evening, Warren implied at one point that she might forgo selfie hour, which has quickly become a campaign signature (and which, again, does not involve actual selfies) that night. But she was just kidding. “Some things we just don’t mess with,” she said.

And they truly do not. Warren’s staff estimated that she’s taken 59,000 of the photos thus far. (If all 59,000 people posted them, just imagine the social media impressions.) The campaign is even trying to build on the selfie momentum. On Monday, a campaign surrogate said to the crowd, “I want you all to take a selfie with a new friend you just made.” Selfie-takers were then instructed to tag their pics on social media. Many obliged.”

https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/09/elizabeth-warren-selfie-line-experience.html

So, Warren’s “selfie” lines aren’t really lines, but “clumps of people” milling about.  Her “selfies” aren’t really “selfie” photos, but campaign staffers taking photos and trying to recruit the clumps of people to post the photos online to amplify online attention.  From campaign bumper stickers to online groupie photos, I guess.

What America really needs is not more Republicans or Democrats.  Trump isn’t the last bulwark protecting America from the Leftist culture war zealots and Democrats aren’t the last bulwark protecting America from Trump, The Authoritarian.

We need more Americans dedicated to American principles rather than acting like slavish groupies clinging to spin kings and queens or culture and political warriors dedicated to partisan causes and personalities.  It’s time to wean ourselves off the celebrity politics and letting popular culture battles trample every bit of common ground we should hold dear.

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