A slow-motion coup

Pat Buchannan’s column today looks at how government officials are breaking the law to “leak” sensitive information in order to damage the Trump administration, and asks the question — where does this all lead:

Before Trump departed D.C., The Washington Post ran transcripts of his phone conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.
Even Obama administration veterans were stunned.
So, it is time to ask: If this city brings Trump down, will the rest of America rejoice?…

Our media preen and posture as the defenders of democracy, devoted to truth, who provide us round-the-clock protection from tyranny. But half the nation already sees the media as a propaganda arm of a liberal establishment that the people have rejected time and again.

Consider the (Washington) Post’s publication of the transcripts of Trump’s calls with Mexico’s president and Australia’s prime minister.  The Post was letting itself be used by a leaker engaged in disloyal and possibly criminal misconduct. Yet the Post agreed to provide confidentiality and to hide the Trump-hater’s identity…

…there is a far larger story here, of which this Post piece is but an exhibit. It is the story of a concerted campaign, in which the anti-Trump media publish leaks, even criminal leaks, out of the FBI, CIA, NSA and NSC, to bring down a president whom the Beltway media and their deep-state collaborators both despise and wish to destroy...

The Justice Department is now running down the leaks, and the ACLU’s Ben Wizner is apoplectic: “Every American should be concerned about the Trump administration’s threat to step up its efforts against whistleblowers and journalists. A crackdown on leaks is a crackdown on the free press and on democracy.”

That’s one way to put it. Another is that some of these “whistleblowers” are political criminals who reject the verdict of the American electorate in 2016 and are out to overturn it. And the aforementioned “journalists” are their enablers and collaborators.

Read the entire piece hereNot every leak qualifies as “whistleblowing.”  In fact, I’d say that most leaking in D.C. is done out of political motivation of some sort.  True whistleblowing is the release of information a government, business or organization is holding back simply because it reveals wrongdoing.  The classic case of this is, of course, the Pentagon Papers.  The Supreme Court upheld the publishing of the papers because they clearly showed the Johnson administration had lied multiple times to the American people about the progress (or lack thereof) in Vietnam, and because revealing the contents posed no direct national security risk (only a political risk!).  When such a concerted effort is being made to conceal the truth, going outside the system as a whistleblower can be justified.  There are, of course, many other examples of people who took great personal risk to expose wrongdoing.

But that’s not what’s happening today.  Nobody is claiming the release of presidential telephone transcripts reveals devious doings and attempted cover-up.  In fact, most of the “leaks” are more like the National Enquirer’s gossip-mongering (“you won’t BELIEVE what Steve Bannon and H.R. McMaster said to each other today!”).  It’s a scattershot rumor mill enabled by spineless weasels who put their vanity as an “unnamed source” to a reporter above their duty to the country.  The ACLU has it all wrong here.  Cracking down on leaks doesn’t threaten whistleblowing — it protects it from abuse.  Protecting whistleblowing means bestowing that status only on courageous individuals who see clear, unaddressed wrongdoing in a failing system and literally blow the public whistle on it.

Speaking of failing systems, that now seems to include our entire crony-infested government bureaucracy.  The public has a right to know a great many things, but their are legitimate reasons for the government to protect certain types of information.  Those who abuse that trust need to go to jail, period (including Her Hillariness and Huma Abedin, among many others).

The corporate press is also a failing system.  The Washington Post’s new motto is that “Democracy dies in darkness.”  Fair enough.  It can also be murdered in broad daylight by irresponsible officials working with reporters who simply want to delegitimize the last election because it didn’t go their way.

Because once the government is seen as completely and hopelessly illegitimate, it’s only a matter of time before the true “Resistance” begins. THAT’S where the road we’re on seems to be headed.

Lies have consequences

…just not always for the ones actually telling the lies:

Jonathan Capehart, Comcast (through MSNBC) and dozens of other news organizations made stacks of money by repeating a lie for months.

They should pay.

Ferguson, Missouri, was an inner suburb of St. Louis in August when the media began repeating the lie that Michael Brown, 18, was “hunted down” (to use the words of Comcast’s Al Sharpton) by a racist white cop.

Today it is a shambles.

The average selling price of a home in the city has been on a steady decline since the shooting of Brown last August, according to housing data compiled from MARIS, an information and statistics service for real estate agents. Prior to Brown’s death, the average home sold in 2014 was selling for $66,764. For the last three and a half months of the year, the average home sold for $36,168, a 46 percent decrease.

That is a loss of $30,000 per home for the 8,192 households of Ferguson — or one quarter-billion dollars — $250 million.

And that’s on top of all the looting and vandalism–much of it egged on by the same media moguls, who saw the potential for riveting news imagery if the neighborhoods exploded with arson and violence.

Only now the satellite trucks have gone, the news has moved on and we’re left with both Ferguson and the truth in shambles.  Capehart and others can continue trying to rationalize the lionization of Michael Brown (whom even Capehart now admits was an ‘inappropriate symbol’), but this merely shows that they are unwilling to let facts stand in the way of an agenda.

For all the cries of “Black Lives Matter” after the shooting in Ferguson, nobody is asking about how many black lives were impacted by the media-fueled race-baiting that followed.  The First Amendment exists to ensure the free flow of information and the exchange of ideas.  But when the media are coopted to present a false narrative based on a race to judgment and an axe to grind, our society is not well served.  And there should be repercussions for those who allow that to happen.

Demand more from your information sources.  Demand credibility and responsibility.  When they fall into this sort of uncritical groupthink, drop them and go elsewhere.  Otherwise, you’re just encouraging more of the same.

Called it months ago (and I’m not happy to be right)

Congratulations, America, on importing Ebola!

I noted a couple months ago that it’s absolutely insane we’ve been repatriating physicians exposed to the disease in West Africa.  I’m sympathetic to the desire to want to treat those willing to fight a very serious epidemic… but there are ways to do it without bringing them across oceans to a continent that has never known this particular pathogen.

And now, apparently, we have the first case of someone returning from that part of the world BEFORE becoming symptomatic and being diagnosed.  Which means, in all likelihood, others have been exposed as well.  Even if we’re fortunate in this instance and there’s been no further spread, we are currently doing next to nothing to prevent a sudden disaster.  But then, to some people such an outbreak wouldn’t be a bug… it would be a feature.

Why there isn’t a mandatory 21-24 day isolation quarantine for anyone desiring to travel from West Africa to the U.S. is simply incomprehensible to me at this point.  (That includes all the military personnel we send over to ‘help.’)  But then, it’s not like we believe in enforcing a border or anything.  We’re too worried about being called “exclusive,” or worse, “racist.”  Ironic, isn’t it, that many of those who loudly demand unquestioning compliance with the pediatric vaccination schedule for the sake of “herd immunity” have been silent on the tens of thousands of non-immunized illegal aliens our government has aided and abetted in settling across the country in recent months?  These invaders ‘immigrants’ are in our public schools, and I doubt seriously they’ve all been brought up to schedule on their shots beforehand.  It’s statistically far more likely that this tide of humanity has brought along plenty of unwitting microscopic guests as they crossed our non-existent border.  Is it merely coincidence that this massive influx coincides with “strange” and previously “rare” illnesses cropping up across the country?

The Federal Government has, and continues, to fail in its primary duty: to protect America and its citizens from external threats.  Whether that’s disease, deranged Islamists, or deadbeat immigrants, it doesn’t matter… Uncle Sam is NOT on the job.  Worse, one has to consider that in many cases Sam is helping along those who pose the greatest threat to us!

Most of the time my critiques of government are focused on the threats it poses to liberty (and these are legion these days).  But the failures I’m noting here threaten life itself.

So if “…any government becomes destructive of these ends (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness),” at what point are we going to “alter or abolish it, and institute new government…“?

Wake UP, America!  Speak UP, America!  Time is short and getting shorter!