Land of infinite “second” chances

Last month, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General released a report about the Infernal Internal Revenue Agency.  That Agency, as you will recall, has been shown to have discriminated against conservative organizations trying to obtain certain tax statuses.  Nearly five years after the first revelation of this, there has been NO accountability.  Lois Lerner is gone, but was not penalized in any way for the wrongdoing on her watch (she was allowed to take full retirement).

Now the IG reveals the Agency rehired 200 (that’s “two hundred“) former employees who had either been terminated for cause or left while under substantiated investigation of wrongdoing.  That included four who were fired for “willful failure to properly file their Federal tax returns.”

To be fair to the IRS (…yeah, right…), they’re only following the example of the Veteran’s Administration, whose Human Resources department shuffles failing or criminal employees from post to post rather than letting them go.  (Yes, I know the VA now touts having fired 500+ employees recently… but the list shows these are mostly lower-level employees and a handful of physicians, not the highly paid failing leadership.)

THIS is the “swamp” many people elected Trump to “drain.”  THIS is why people have no faith in their government anymore.  Congress is bad enough, but the various Minions of MordorTM are like an infection you can’t cure.  In fact, much like an infection they seem to become more resistant every time there’s an attempt to fight them.

This permeates the whole of government.  As a supervisor I saw this first hand, as it took me over a year to discipline an employee who was unqualified to be in their position in the first place (and who made no effort whatsoever to become so).  There needs to be a wholesale overhaul of the Civil Service; one that ensures government “service” doesn’t become a lifetime gravy train regardless of performance (or misconduct).

I guess the Republican Congress could get around to that after finally fulfilling their pledge of many years to repeal Obamacare.  But that, of course, now has to wait until they’ve raised the debt ceiling (yet again). Oh, and a new fiscal year starts October 1st, but there’s no budget in place yet (status normal).  Then there’s the promise of trying for tax reform…   You get the picture: accountability isn’t very high on the list.

It never is…

America — not the GOP — first

The past six months should prove, once and for all, there’s no practical difference between the Democratic and Republican parties.  People are beginning to notice:

More than 200 days have passed and Obamacare remains. High taxes, too, continue to burden the economy. With the lack of progress on his legislative agenda, one would think that President Trump – who rode to victory on those issues and carried many Republican lawmakers with him – was facing a Democratic-held Congress.

The inability of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to push through a Republican Congress Trump’s key policy proposals is indicative of a problem identified by Pat Buchanan in 2000. The establishments of both parties are more similar than dissimilar…

For years the GOP went to the party faithful begging for money and votes. Why? Support a GOP Congress and when a Republican president moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Obamacare would face the guillotine.

When it came time to put their money where their mouths were, GOP leaders folded like a cheap suit. Not only was the party unable to agree on replacing Obamacare, they could not even come together to repeal it. Six months in the Trump administration and Ryan and McConnell proved P.T. Barnum right that there is a sucker born every minute…

Trump was elected by voters because he promised to build a wall, end free trade deals that rip off the country, enact a Muslim moratorium, reduce the size of government, normalize relations with Russia, and resist unnecessary wars of intervention. Trump’s positions on these issues are contrary to not only Democrats, but the GOP establishment of Ryan and McConnell.

For the 2018 election, ignore the party labels.  Look to see who promises to support the agenda enumerated above.  And hold them publicly accountable if they then fail to do so.  It’s not Donkey versus Elephant anymore.  It’s American nationalism and independence versus being subsumed by globalist elites.  Enough with the kabuki dancing.  Make this nation strong again, or get out of the way!

Democrats with bylines

That’s what Glenn Reynolds and his Instapundit team frequently call the mainstream press.  The observation is spot on.  While these outlets may ‘compete’ for ratings share, they collude just as much when it comes to messaging.  Think I exaggerate?

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The above is but a sample; many others used the same theme.  It would seem a certainty that some variant of the old “Journolist” system is still in place.  Rather than just take “everybody’s” word for it that Trump’s speech was “dark,” read it for yourself.  I still think he’s a very flawed candidate, but in this instance I agree with his diagnosis of things.  It’s very telling that the current President can scold us for eight years about how racist and otherwise evil our nation still is (even after deigning to elect him!) and nobody in the press calls it a dark vision of America.  Yet Trump points out how free trade and unrestricted illegal immigration has and continues to destroy the middle class, and suddenly he’s the gloom-meister?

The Democrats open their preordained coronation of Her Hillariness as their nominee this week (sorry Bernie supporters – you were cast in the role of controlled opposition from the start!).  The simple fact is that our mass propaganda media apparatus has been prepping the American public, not just for a woman president, but specifically for Hillary for decades:

 Beginning with an episode in the ‘90s featuring President Hillary Clinton, audiences have been treated to Hillary-inspired female presidents and politicians, fictional TV characters endorsing the real-life former FLOTUS, and children’s books singing her praises. Pro-Hillary propaganda has been saturating the entertainment world.

It must be particularly galling to these would-be queen-makers that after so much time and trouble, their candidate still has a very real chance of losing to Trump of all people.  In the new digital age, the old guard media gatekeepers aren’t the only purveyors of information.  Here’s a tip, establishment: she’s that bad a candidate.  There’s simply not enough lipstick to make the pig less piglike to the public.

But that doesn’t mean Hillary’s sycophants and longtime allies in the corporate press won’t try.  Especially during her long-awaited coronation this week.

Saturday Sounds – sham edition

AKA: “liar, liar, pantsuit on fire!”

Because when a candidate’s statements diverge from the record this much, you have to ask: can you trust them on anything?  This isn’t just about emails… it’s about an utter lack of integrity or shame, in the naked pursuit of power.  Don’t forget that, America!

Add your voice

I’m not a fan of turning the ‘court of public opinion’ into a literal court.  It’s worth noting, however, that the first poll to address the issue shows a majority of Americans are shaking their heads about Tuesday’s FBI announcement and saying “whaaaa…..?”

The White House petition system generates an official response when any petition reaches 100,000 signatures.  This petition gathered 125,000 in its first 24 hours.  Every American who considers the FBI’s statement Tuesday to be a miscarriage of justice and proof of a two-tiered legal system in our country needs to add their name to it(click the link to do so)

We can’t make them listen.  But we CAN say we tried to warn them: the public increasingly is convinced that the Federal Government no longer acts obligated to its purpose of protecting our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness; instead, it–and the Clinton crime family–has become a large and growing threat to all three.

As for anyone who still supports returning the Clintons to the White House after more than two decades of smoke, mirrors, billing records, a blue dress, cattle futures, defining “is,” more smoke, etc, ad infinitum, well… you know how much you can trust them not to be careless,’ too…

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Herding the mainstream press

The legacy corporate media is docile, controlled, manipulated, complacent, and utterly useless for anyone who believes the role of a free press is to hold those in power accountable (except for destroying the occasional Republican in order to maintain the facade).  That the New York Times would publish a piece that shows this so well only goes to demonstrate our ruling class believes they can do whatever they wish with impunity — and even laugh amongst themselves about how they sell their lies to a gullible press and public.

Like Obama, Rhodes is a storyteller who uses a writer’s tools to advance an agenda that is packaged as politics but is often quite personal. He is adept at constructing overarching plotlines with heroes and villains, their conflicts and motivations supported by flurries of carefully chosen adjectives, quotations and leaks from named and unnamed senior officials. He is the master shaper and retailer of Obama’s foreign-policy narratives, at a time when the killer wave of social media has washed away the sand castles of the traditional press.

As Rhodes admits, it’s not that hard to shape the narrative. “All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” Rhodes said. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

Note that this individual, whose incredible level of foreign policy influence in the administration the piece makes clear, has absolutely zero background in that area.  No service in the State Department.  No military background.  Not even formal studies in international relations.  Instead, he holds a masters degree in fictional writing.

With a novelist charting policy and a young, D.C.-based press corps taking his view as gospel for their reporting, is it any wonder what was left of the Pax Americana has crumbled beyond recognition in recent years?

This shouldn’t be all that surprising since the current president himself was not elected based on any accomplishments or background.  No, the election of “The One” was itself a narrative of how America was going to atone for its past sins by finally putting a black man in the Oval Office.  Incredibly, in the face of eight years of economic stagnation, foreign policy missteps and retreats, broken relationships with long-standing international partners and passage of an Obamacare medical mess that increasingly resembles a Potemkin village, the nation’s chattering classes still want us to believe we did a good thing in 2008! (Incidentally, the same voices assure us that Hillary’s potential to be the first female president is more significant that all the swirling questions about corruption, influence peddling and neglect of national security information she’s accumulated in the past quarter century.  As the saying goes: “fool me once…”)

If you want to know what’s really going on these days, the last places you should be getting your information is a government spokesperson — or the legacy media.  The latter is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the ever-growing Leviathan that is Washington, D.C.

“Christian” =/= “doormat”

I’m always amused by those who profess no interest in the Christian faith except to quote selected snippets of Scripture (usually with little or no context) in an attempt to get the faithful to see things their way.

Since the shooting last week in Oregon, the debate over firearms rights has heated up once more.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen allusions to “aren’t Christians supposed to turn the other cheek,” etc, etc.

This is what happens when you quote the Bible (usually via some agenda’s talking points) but never study it.  Yes, Jesus commanded his disciples to ‘turn the other cheek.’  The Apostle Paul in his letters also gives detailed instructions for how churches should deal with recalcitrant members, outlining a series of escalating steps that end in expulsion.  These instructions are about personal relationships — and remaining open to reconciliation.  But even Jesus acknowledged it takes “two to tango” in that regard, and that not everyone will respond in kind.  Most of these “turn the other cheek” quoters never touch on that time when Jesus fashioned a whip and drove the profiteers out of the temple.  Jesus was not a milquetoast, and He did not expect His disciples to be, either.

So, my question to those who love to spout just enough Scripture to confuse the issue: what does any of the above have to do with a scenario where a complete stranger who cares nothing for relationships is only hell-bent on murder?  Answer: nothing.  There are indeed other scripture that are applicable here: “greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” for instance.  There are some online who have pointed out the instruction from Jesus to his disciples “let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.”  The all-important context for that: Jesus is preparing for His death, resurrection and ascension into Heaven.  He will not be physically present with His disciples.  Instead, they will remain as ambassadors in a world completely hostile to their faith.  Which brings me to one more verse from our Lord:

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”  – Matthew 10:16

It is unwise to unilaterally disarm in a world demonstrably filled with evil.  Christians should never seek conflict — that is against the ‘innocence’ we are commanded to maintain.  And we should not be strutting about like Dirty Harry, begging some ‘punk’ to “make my day.”  That is certainly not a Christlike attitude, and I fear too many display it without thinking, which harms the reputation of Christ and His Church.  If, God forbid, we find ourselves in a situation where we have to choose between taking the life of an assailant, or allowing carnage among others, we should not hesitate to act… and to have been prepared beforehand to act responsibly and decisively.  But never should this be taken lightly: even these mass murderers were created with the imago dei, and it grieves the Father to lose anyone so irretrievably to the influence of sin and a hardened heart.  It is not His wish that any should perish, but in His wisdom He knows that some will use the free will He gave them to pursue just that road.  Still, nowhere in Scripture can I find a command to stand by, passive and unarmed, and allow one who has made such a self-destructive choice to inflict destruction on others.

Which brings me to a final, related thought: if it looks like an invasion, and acts like an invasion, what are we to deduce from the above?  The same voices claiming Christians should forego the right of individual self-defense would seem to apply the same view to national defense.

That is neither “wise” nor “innocent.”  And it’s about time we push back–hard–against such Wormtongue-like advice, and tell them to “keep your forked tongue behind your teeth.”  The devil himself is known to quote scripture.  That doesn’t mean he’s using it correctly.