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Political hacks all around


The rabidly partisan, completely corrupt political moment America is at didn’t begin with Donald J. Trump, even though he looms large in the American psyche since he rode down that golden escalator to enter the 2016 race.  The public impeachment hearings will begin later this morning,so I’ve jotted down a few thoughts.

Yes, the Democrats and some of their intel friends orchestrated this case against Trump and yes, President Obama did plenty of way more corrupt things than this bribe in this phone call with the president of Ukraine.  In fact, we are awaiting the release of the IG report Michael Horowitz has completed and the DOJ still has John Durham investigating 2016 corruption within the Obama administration.

Still from the information I’ve read, I do believe Trump’s call with the president of Ukraine was a quid pro quo and yes, as Andrew McCarthy has made the point repeatedly, often in foreign policy deals involve a quid pro quo.  Where I part company with McCarthy’s view is I do believe Trump’s quid pro quo went way beyond trying to make a deal for the benefit of America.  When Trump mentioned the Bidens he wanted dirt on the Bidens to help him politically, just like he and the Clinton campaign were searching for Russian dirt on each other in 2016.  The other part of the call that bothered me was the president of Ukraine mentioned Giuliani believing he was the point man for the investigation Trump was demanding.  This speaks to how Trump had Giuliani running around Ukraine as his personal attorney, yet Giuliani was perceived by the Ukrainians as an American government official.

American presidents can’t cut personal deals with foreign leaders while using the Office of the President.  There is no way Trump, who lies more than he tells the truth and whose first idea for action as president invariably veers into the extremely corrupt range, was concerned about fighting corruption in Ukraine.  Trump is the man whose “great” strategy for dealing with ISIS was to send the U.S. military to murder ISIS family members, believing that would scare ISIS fighters into surrender.  Trump sending his personal attorney to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens is over the line, in my book.

Since impeachment is a political process, not a criminal trial, I’d like to see what unfolds in these hearings, what crazy spin antics both Dems and Republicans engage in before deciding 100%, but from what I’ve read so far, yes, I would probably vote to impeach and I never expected to write those words. I will also support criminal prosecutions if Horowitz and Durham find criminal wrongdoing among Obama administration officials.

I’ve been disgusted and extremely disappointed in so many Republicans jumping on board with stupid spin antics, that sink to the level of the typical Dem spin sleaze.  It started with Congressman Gaetz and the angry Republican mob storming the hearing room in the basement and it’s progressed to a pathetic display of spewing, vicious smear campaigns against the witnesses and nauseating groveling to Trump.

Lindsey Graham declared the hearing is all a sham and announced he wasn’t reading any of the transcripts the House Intelligence Committee released.  This came after two weeks ago Republicans were ranting about Schiff was hiding the transcripts and demands that Dems release the transcripts.  Last night Graham went one step further and announced he isn’t going to watch any of the sham hearings.  Graham heads the Senate Judiciary Committee and will play a key role, if there is a Senate impeachment trial, but he’s announcing upfront he’s not going to take it seriously.  Assuredly, many Dems in 1998 felt the Clinton impeachment was a sham too and they behaved in this same sort of spin theatrics that Republicans are staging… except in 1998, Graham was demanding that impeachment was a serious process.

Several of the FOX Trump spin team were pushing this mantra urging people not to watch the hearings.  In what kind of world do you engage in a massive spin effort,  telling Americans, “Don’t even listen to anything the other side says!’  The correct American form of civil political debate is to put your best case forward, not to spread smears and tell other citizens not to listen to the other side of an argument.  Sickening!!!

Despite good intentions, I haven’t read through all of the House Intelligence Committee transcripts of the impeachment inquiry hearings.  Tomorrow Ambassador William Taylor will testify in an open hearing, so I’ll be able to form a better opinion of his veracity.

What I’ve read so far of his testimony, he comes across as a straight-shooter type person – very much a by-the-rules guy.  It’s understandable that Trump’s making things up as he goes style and total disregard for rules, ethical conduct or even following the law, would be alien to someone like Taylor.

In his opening statement (page 28, lines 7-8) Taylor states:

“The irregular policy channel was running contrary to goals of longstanding U.S. policy.”

On page 30, lines 2-3) he states:

“I began to sense that the two decisionmaking channels, regular and irregular, were separate and at odds.”

This problem of Trump working against his own administration official policy has been a consistent feature of how Trump governs, creating endless turmoil, undercutting his own team at every turn, then blaming them for the chaos his erratic behavior causes.  No matter what chaos he causes, in the end, his administration officials, try to save him from disaster, often ending up being fired or publicly humiliated as their thanks.

This impeachment will likely end up with Trump being impeached in the House, acquitted in the Senate and more erratic and emboldened at the end of this process.  The real problem I see from this Ukraine mess is one that at some point Trump may create a national security crisis that should have been avoided.

Taylor hits on this problem.  Trump plays his own team members against each other and is more concerned about cutting secret deals with despots than he is about building a strong functioning White House team.  In Trump’s world, the only player on the team that matters is Trump.  He’s a one-man show and everyone else on his team is just an expendable stage prop.

In this Ukraine situation, Trump assuredly had the right to send his personal attorney to investigate and report back to him.  The problem was his attorney was undercutting Trump’s official foreign policy team in Ukraine and engaged in foreign policy matters, which the U.S. embassy had no knowledge of.  Even that might get a pass, although it’s best that in foreign countries America’s foreign policy team speaks with one voice, but the totally unforgivable part was Giuliani smearing the ambassador to Ukraine on TV and Twitter, undermining her credibility and damaging her reputation.  She had no means to defend herself.  If Trump wanted to fire her, he should have done that through State Department channels, so the State Department could assure the functioning and safety of the embassy were not negatively impacted.  That Giuliani media smear campaign is despicable.

Trump engaged in this same sort of erratic decisionmaking many times in the past two and half years, where the Pentagon or other agencies found out about a complete policy change via a Trump tweet or comment on TV.  He doesn’t even have the courtesy or common sense to talk to his top officials privately.  He makes an erratic decision,  then just tweets it out, often at odd hours of the late night or early morning.  When Trump decided to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, after a phone call with Erdogan, he did not discuss this with top Pentagon officials before announcing the decision publicly.

Taylor saw the problem with Trump’s “irregular channel operating at odds with the regular channel, ” because that behavior is thoroughly corrupt and will lead to mission failure, but it can also cost lives when that sort of playing your own team members against each other occurs in a military operation.  It could also have jeopardize the safety and security of the ambassador and the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, which is a very dangerous, corrupt country.

Americans, especially many who should know better in the government, pundits, former government officials, all see that Trump doesn’t bother to study any of the issues he’s making consequential decisions about, they know his erratic decisionmaking leads to constant chaos, they also know it’s reckless and usually gets in the way of the policies Trump’s administration state are the policy objectives, but they refuse to ever speak up and most keep making excuses for Trump, usually blaming the Democrats who hate Trump for all the problems or reminding that Trump is a businessman, not a politician.  Well, he’s been on the job for almost 3 years and one wonders at what point Trump can be judged, based on his performance as President of the United States.

When Democrats turned a blind-eye to the Clinton corruption and the Obama corruption, Republicans railed about how amoral they were for never condemning corrupt behavior.  Now that the shoes’ on the other foot, Republicans who make endless excuses for Trump, demonstrate that they are just as amoral as those Democrats whom they berated for years.

All I know now is that watching this pathetic display, on both sides, I have no use for any of these spineless swamp dwellers in Washington.  What a bunch of sickening political hacks all around.

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Yovanovitch’s hostile work nightmare

Back in the Fall of 2016, when the FBI released the notes on the interviews in the Clinton email investigation, I read through all of the notes released and wrote some blog posts about them.  With the just released transcripts of the “impeachment inquiry” closed hearings, reading these transcripts seemed a good way for me to form my own opinion about the testimony and the hearing process, which has been much complained about by Republicans and Trump pundits.

I read through the former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch transcript  (317 pages).  Based on the transcript, the Democrats seemed to have a lot more time than the Republicans, Schiff seemed very heavy-handed in this hearing, but I didn’t get the impression the process was anything remotely “Soviet-style”.  Yovanovitch made an opening statement, then the hearing progressed in blocks of time given to Dems and Republicans to ask questions.  As one who has read a lot of Congressional hearing transcripts over the years and watched way more Congressional hearings than I care to admit (okay,  years ago I was addicted to C-Span and even watched British and other foreign government goings on, along with the US Congress), so I’ve seen some really rancorous governmental proceedings over the years and while this one was heavy-handed, it wasn’t the worst U.S Congressional hearing I’ve seen.  Schiff would have gained more credibility if he had not tried so hard to stage and control the hearing with the intent to control the spin narrative.

When I start reading a transcript I try to get a feel for facts that are undisputed, timelines of events and the veracity of the testimony.  The media, pundits and politicians like to affix the term “credible” to witnesses that feed their partisan agenda and spin narrative, regardless if the testimony leaves huge gaping holes, is contradictory, lacks any corroboration and conflicts with other testimony or is even contradictory throughout the testimony, so I hesitate to use the term “credible” lightly.  Yovanovitch’s testimony sounded credible to me and her answers, particularly the ones where she expanded on how she viewed US foreign policy objectives, how she evaluated events in a foreign country and laying out the conflicting issues that a US embassy deals with in complicated countries, like Ukraine, struck me as insightful, honest and coming from a seasoned foreign service professional.

She expressed complete support for the Trump official foreign policy, including the military aid, to Ukraine (pages 144-150 of the transcript).  I’ve read the Yovanovitch transcript at NPR – HERE.

Marie Yovanovitch served in the US Foreign Service at the US State Department for 33 years, under 5 different US  presidents and has served as an ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Ukraine.   The Trump State Department asked Yovanovitch to extend her stay in Ukraine for another year and she was told by her superiors that they were happy with the job she was doing.  Then Rudy Giuliani, Don Jr., Hannity and other Trump pundits escalated a media smear campaign against Yovanovitch on social media and on FOX News to destroy her reputation.  Trump then fired her.

Trump appears to have been running two competing Ukraine policies, the official one, run through his State Department and which Yovanovitch worked to advance and a personal Ukraine policy, run through a back channel by his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani and son, Don Jr.  In the phone call with the president of Ukraine, Trump appears to me to have been advancing his own personal political objectives, not the official foreign policy objectives of his own State Department.

I’ll just cite some pages and lines in the transcript and comments, because I can’t just copy and paste them from that transcript and it will take me forever to figure out the screenshot stuff.

Pages 126-132, Yovanovitch explains how she was notified about being fired by President Trump and how her superiors told her she had to leave immediately out of security concerns that Trump might tweet something that could jeopardize her safety.

Pages 173-174, Schiff questions Yovanovitch about her knowledge of President Trump trashing her in his phone call with the President of Ukraine, saying she was a bad ambassador.  This behavior of Trump’s is the most disloyal behavior of any American president, that I can recall and it’s not the first time Trump has engaged in trashing American officials while talking to foreign leaders.  In our hyper-partisan political environment, it’s easy to just dismiss this as “Trump being Trump”, but around the world, every leader reads this as Trump has no loyalty to his own team.  He is all about his own ego – that’s it.  At some point, I fear, this “Trump being Trump” will lead to some serious national security crisis.

Pages 192-193, Trump while trashing Yovanovitch in his call with Zelensky  went one step further than just trashing.  On page 193, lines 9-15 is where Trump commits the ultimate betrayal of an American citizen as President of the United States, he issues a veiled threat against an American citizen talking to a foreign leader.

9     Q  At the bottom of that same page, President Trump
10    says, "Well, she's going to go through some things."
11    Q  What did you understand that to mean?
12    A  I didn't know what it meant. I was very concerned.
13    I still am.
14    Q  Did you feel threatened?
15    A Yes.

Pages 267-268, Yovanovitch asked the Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, for advice on how to handle this media smear campaign against her and his advice was to tell her she should “go big or go home” and he suggested she tweet out support for Trump and say all the smears were lies.  He was advising a senior US diplomat to engage in overt political activity…  That was his best advice…

This career Foreign Service officer, was asked to extend her tour as ambassador in a difficult country, with a lot of internal strife, by top officials in the US State Department – Trump’s State Department – and then she was left with no legal means to protect herself from a media smear campaign being led by the president’s personal attorney and his son.  This is the most egregious abuse of power I’ve seen and no employee in America should be trapped in a hostile workplace environment where there’s absolutely no legal avenue to protect or defend against a media smear campaign coming from the chief executive’s office.  All the partisan politics aside, what happened to Marie Yovanovitch is totally outrageous.

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Trump’s impeachment problems grow

Initially, the story of Trump’s call with the President of Ukraine and the entire quid pro quo impeachment argument Dems were making sounded overblown.  The whistleblower, with only second and third hand accounts of the call, bolstered my opinion that the Dem allegations were totally hyped out of proportion, especially when Trump released a transcript of the call he asserted  was a verbatim transcript of his “perfect call” and insisting he was being unfairly accused.

Over the past week my view has shifted and I suspect that Giuliani’s questionable actions operating as Trump’s personal sleuth in Ukraine will bring to light more damaging information that will aid the Democrats impeachment push.  The way Adam Schiff has conducted these “impeachment inquiry” hearings in secret, avoiding  producing the whistleblower and revelations that Schiff’s staff met with the whistleblower and likely helped in the production of the whistleblower’s complaint still work to discredit the process, but it’s also becoming increasingly clear there’s probably a good deal more damaging information that’s going to pour out in this impeachment effort.

The hearing witnesses who received the heaviest spin smear hits by Trump and his spin commandos, Bill Taylor, Trump’s chargé d’affaires for Ukraine/former ambassador to Ukraine and LTC Alexander Vindman, also seem to be the witnesses whose testimony blew massive holes in Trump’s “perfect call” assertion.  The Trumper attacks on Taylor were awful, but the attacks on Vindman, accusing him of dual loyalty crossed a line for me.  Trump and his minions are as vile as the worst Clinton spin monsters and Adam Schiff, one of the most dishonest characters in Congress.

Andrew McCarthy at National Review stated the obvious:

“President Trump and his defenders have insisted that there was no quid pro quo. Since there is virtually always a quid pro quo, we must assume that, generally, they mean there was no improper quid pro quo. I say “generally” because some actually do posit a legal claim that there was no quid pro quo at all. Ukraine, these Trump supporters say, was unaware that defense aid was being withheld; such awareness, they reason, is the sine qua non of a “quo,” without which there can be no corrupt “quid.” This argument is factually infirm and, in any event, misconstrues impeachment. I will come to that momentarily.

First, though, the critical point: The winning argument on behalf of the president is that what happened here is not an impeachable offense. It is untenable to insist that there was no quid pro quo — just as it is outlandish for the president to claim that his July 25 conversation with President Zelensky was “perfect,” an impossible standard to meet in human endeavors. To stake out an untenable position is a self-defeating strategy in public controversies.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/10/stop-claiming-no-quid-pro-quo/

Jonah Goldberg, a conservative pundit on the Trump-pundit’s “most reviled Never Trumper human scum” list, stated a growing realization that’s becoming obvious too:

“Trump and his defenders are still pounding on outdated, unpersuasive, or irrelevant talking points. They rail about the identity and motives of the whistleblower who first aired these allegations, even though the whistleblower’s report has been largely corroborated by others. They claim that the process of the Democratic inquiry in the House is unconstitutional, which is ridiculous. They insist that hearings where Republicans can cross-examine witnesses are a “star chamber” or reminiscent of secret Soviet trials. Also ridiculous.

Republican complaints about the heavy-handed tactics of the Democrats have some merit, but they’ll be rendered moot when the Democrats move to public hearings or to a Senate trial. And when that happens, claims that the call was “perfect” and that there was no quid pro quo will evaporate in the face of the facts.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/10/trump-best-option-for-avoiding-impeachment-an-apology

Goldberg mentioned that the apology is what helped Bill Clinton survive impeachment without being removed from office and it allowed Democrats a path to credibility convince the American people that the president regretted his misdeeds and it was time for the country to move on.

At some point the original whistleblower’s motives and credibility and Schiff’s corrupt machinations become irrelevant in the face of growing witness testimony and evidence that Trump is lying about his “perfect call” transcript, which now appears to be neither “perfect” nor “verbatim,” but is a sanitized version of the call produced by some White House staffers, not by great stenographers.

The little bit of the Vindman testimony that we know about mentions some meeting with other Trump officials like Rick Perry, Ambassador Sondland, and other prominent Trump officials, which assures there’s going to be more damaging information, beyond the Trump phone call, yet Congressional Republicans and Trump pundits want to remain stuck on spinning about the corrupt “process” and “no quid pro” in the phone call “transcript”, which isn’t even really a transcript at all, but a Trump-friendly version of the phone call.  Trump lied and spun this “perfect call” nonsense and “no quid pro transcript” for a month now, but that spin antic won’t see Trump through impeachment, as more witnesses testify.

At 25:54, in Ambassador John Sullivan’s testimony yesterday, he explains the role of Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to smear and get Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich, fired.  While the president assuredly has the power to fire ambassadors, my gut instinct seems that Trump’s loss of confidence in the ambassador might have had more to do with her unwillingness to go along with Giuliani’s private dirt-digging expedition in Ukraine rather than her conduct carrying out the president’s official policies in Ukraine.

As more witnesses testify, my gut instinct is Trump and Giuliani’s Ukraine escapades are going to leave Republicans humiliating themselves trying to defend Trump and once again having to sacrifice every vestige of self-respect to prop up this corrupt and dishonest man, who is just as bad as the Clintons, Schiff and the Dem spin water-carrying media.

Trump isn’t an innocent victim of the Dems trying to do him in here.  Trump and Giuliani’s Ukraine escapades reek of the same sort of corrupt  Clintonesque dirt-digging operations, using private, totally unaccountable investigators.

Life for Congressional Republicans defending the corrupt “GOP Insurgent” will get much more uncomfortable, but then there’s the Durham/Horowitz investigations, which might deflect some of the media glare to the corrupt Clinton/Obama private dirt-digging operations too.

America will be much better off when the Clinton and Trump corruption is long past and becomes only an object lesson on the perils of public corruption taught to  schoolchildren in U.S. history classes.

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Thoughts on America’s looming corruption crisis

Jonathan Turley, penned an interesting op-ed, Repulsed by the ‘lynching’ scandal? Just wait for the impeachment trial, highlighting what a trial in the Senate would be like if Trump is impeached for using his public office for personal gain.  Turley writes:

“The Senate may be the worst jury in world. As someone who has tried a case before that body, I would move to strike half of them for cause in a real courtroom. In that impeachment trial of a judge, I had jury figures like Republican Senator David Vitter, who had escaped criminal charges over his admitted use of prostitutes in Washington. Indeed, he sat there in judgment of a judge accused of improper conduct involving gambling and other acts, such as the payment of a stripper by a lawyer.

Trump would be judged on self-dealing by a jury that would include Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, charged with corruption for exchanging official acts for gifts from a wealthy doctor. All politicians are self-dealers who use their offices to advance their ambitions. It is in their blood. The fact is that “public service” often means “self-service” to those in political power. Watching a trial on self-dealing with this jury is like having Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman sit on a college admissions board. They certainly have experience, just not the right kind.”

The Dem impeachment effort timing seems tied to the Barr/Durham investigation expansion and the completed Horowitz FISA abuse report that’s being being slow-walked to being released.  Since last month, I’ve believed that the Clinton political machine is the driving force in this Trump-Ukraine whistleblower revelation and the ramped up “impeachment inquiry” effort.

Along with the Dem impeachment hysteria came Hillary and Chelsea Clinton hitting the media circuit touting their new book, “Gutsy Women,” which looks like nothing more than a convenient stage prop for Hillary to use as a media hook to interject herself into the media’s Trump impeachment drama and position herself for a 2020 run.

Since Hillary lost in 2016, my belief has been that there’s no way Hillary would sit back and let another Dem woman become positioned to be elected as the first female U.S. president in history, but with the ramped up Barr/Durham investigation, my sense is several prominent high officials in the Obama administration might be in serious legal jeopardy.  There is no way the Clintons or the Democratic Party bigwigs will ever allow top Obama officials to be indicted over 2016 corruption, aiding the Clintons’ scorched earth efforts to destroy Trump.

If Hillary does jump into the 2020 race, although some of the far-left factions will loudly complain, Obama, Biden, all their cronies and the entire mainstream media, which runs Dem spin 24/7, without any hesitation, will all unite quickly.  The Clinton corruption spread throughout the Democratic Party many years ago, so it’s a vast corrupt political machine, run almost like an organized crime syndicate, that will “resist” every effort at having any top Obama officials being indicted or held accountable in any way.

Yesterday, the mainstream media went into hysterics about an ill-advised Republican spin stunt of barging into Adam Schiff’s private House Intelligence Committee hearing in a House SCIF.  And granted it was a total affront to House rules.  The problem though is Adam Schiff’s secret hearings, where he and the Dems selectively leak sensational tidbits to the mainstream media to damage Trump is a thoroughly corrupt process too.

The Democrats long ago decided that they will only follow rules they like and they invent new ones based on political expediency and whenever they sense a media advantage to stage some new political spin theater.  For instance, the grotesque Kavanaugh scorched earth smear campaign was orchestrated to hijack the vote on a completed Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing.  Schumer and the other Dems jumped right on-board that orchestrated smear campaign.  Top Dem senators mindlessly repeated the spin that in alleged sexual assault cases the accused is guilty until proven innocent, a complete and total corruption of one of our American basic foundational principles.  Democrats did the same thing in 1998, making excuses for Bill Clinton lying under oath. Their party’s abdication of defending the rule of law has led to widespread corruption and a total collapse of any standards. The Dem embrace of mass media spin information warfare, a corrupt form of repetitive messaging used to manipulate and deceive the American people, fuels and enables the widespread Dem corruption.

While the House GOP barging into Schiff’s hearing today seemed outrageous to me, I’m finding it hard to get worked up when only a few days ago, Dems and the mainstream media were breezily brushing off the State Dept report on security violations in the Hillary Clinton run State Department, where they found 588 valid security violations and out of those in 497 of them, no one was found culpable, so I guess ghosts mishandled that classified information…  The report findings were a total whitewash and the mainstream media leaped into action to brush it under the carpet.

I expect the Horowitz report to be the same type of whitewash effort, because the high and mighty in Washington must be protected at all costs rather than being held to the highest standards, which would really protect our governmental institutions.  Instead, the powers that be in Washington protect the powerful and connected, especially within the Democratic Party.

If Durham and Barr attempt to indict any former Obama top officials, the mainstream media smear machine will likely spin into outer space to destroy them.

Some people really are above the law in America, especially the Clinton machine and powerful Dems in Washington.

Trump and his “GOP Insurgency” was a Clinton/Dem/mainstream media driven spin nightmare to wreak havoc on the GOP primary, but Trump was duly elected and the Clinton machine will never rest until Trump is destroyed.  Without a doubt Trump is a very corrupt man, who rivals the Clintons in willingness to break any rules that get in the way of his ambitions.  He even rivals the Clintons when it comes to mendacity and that assuredly is quite a feat.

The relentless and extremely corrupt Dem spin effort to drive Trump out of office coupled with Trump’s equally corrupt effort to thwart the Dem effort to destroy him, assures our American governmental institutions will continue to implode under the weight of this endless scorched earth spin information warfare, the wholesale public corruption and rapidly fraying commitment to the rule of law in Washington, where partisans have one set of rules for their side and another set for the other side.

It’s only going to get much worse.

 

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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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Another Clinton Spin strategy launch?

Decided to write a short blog post on the Trump-Ukraine scandal, which smells like a retread of the Trump-Russia scandal.

The Democrats rushed to relaunch their “impeachment inquiry” in the House yesterday and competing narratives swirl about the allegations against nefarious corruption committed by both Trump and Biden, but here’s the thing – this Trump-Ukraine scandal smells like a boring rewrite of the Trump-Russia scandal.

It smells like another Clinton spin strategy has been launched.

The Trump-Ukraine allegations will leave Trump’s presidency immobilized and his campaign mired in this scandal, but because there are serious questions about Biden’s son and Biden’s actions while vice president, this scandal will make Biden toxic among Dems, who are already concerned about his ability to defeat Trump.

So, the Trump-Ukraine scandal also knocks Biden out of contention and would leave Warren as the Dems frontrunner.  Warren has already staked out positions too far left to win in the general election and beyond talking about her plans, she’s churned out written plans galore.

The Trump-Ukraine debacle will leave a path for Hillary to prance in, like an avenging queen, who had her “1st female president” crown wrongfully stolen from her .  Women might be energized to support her as their last best hope to defeat the villainous Trump.

That’s my hunch so far, because this Trump-Ukraine scandal smells so much like Trump-Russia.

As to the mysterious whistleblower, my hunch so far is Sue Gordon, who Trump did not choose to replace Dan Coats as DNI.  The Trump call with the Ukraine president occurred in late July, Gordon resigned her position August 8th and it was days later, August 12th. when this IG complaint was filed.  That’s my hunch.  The whistleblower reportedly is represented by a lawyer connected to Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer.  This whistleblower complaint smells like Comey’s firing and his leaked memos.

Guess we’ll all have to stay tuned.

9/25/2019 2:18 p.m. – Decided to add a bit to my thoughts about this latest hysterical media spin launch. The timing for leaking this whistleblower’s complaint seems designed to preempt and derail any of the Horowitz/DOJ/Durham findings from gaining any traction in the mainstream media. It feels like a massive spin storm designed to send the mainstream media, Dems and any NeverTrump mouthpieces still left racing down a Trump Impeachment rabbit hole.

The mainstream media rushes to latch onto any Dem spin attacks, without even asking any questions and by fully buying into the Democrats political framing of the talking points, which land in their lap (or are leaked to them).

Sure, there are Trump-following media who do this same thing, but the Trump spin effort is always chaotic, because it all comes from Trump’s impulsive comments or tweets. Trump doesn’t do elaborate political strategy like Dem operatives and especially not like Bill Clinton and his cadre of loyal operatives. Trump is more a guerilla type spin operator – unpredictable and good at blowing up or disrupting carefully constructed Dem spin narratives.

Anyway, this Trump-Ukraine spin launch was carefully timed and orchestrated.

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