Mar-a-Lago

I think I can safely say that with the FBI’s raid of President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar A Lago on August 8, 2022, America is no longer the constitutional republic we have grown up in. We are now well on the way to a complete transition to an authoritarian banana republic complete with an arbitrary, politicized justice system, rigged elections, a state controlled new media, and a tyrannical disregard for the fundamental civil rights of the citizenry.

Here is Mr. Trump’s statement on this disgraceful affair.

These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections. Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.

The political persecution of President Donald J. Trump has been going on for years, with the now fully debunked Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and so much more, it just never ends. It is political targeting at the highest level!

Hillary Clinton was allowed to delete and acid wash 33,000 E-mails AFTER they were subpoenaed by Congress. Absolutely nothing has happened to hold her accountable. She even took antique furniture, and other items from the White House.

I stood up to America’s bureaucratic corruption, I restored power to the people, and truly delivered for our Country, like we have never seen before. The establishment hated it. Now, as they watch my endorsed candidates win big victories, and see my dominance in all polls, they are trying to stop me, and the Republican Party, once more. The lawlessness, political persecution, and Witch Hunt must be exposed and stopped.

I will continue to fight for the Great American People!

Robert Spencer says it best:

When the FBI raided Donald Trump’s home on Monday, a key aspect of what made the United States of America great and free has been lost, and likely cannot be recovered. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson detested one another for years before their eventual reconciliation, but neither one used the agencies of the U.S. government to hound, persecute or discredit the other. Other bitter political opponents throughout the history of the republic have never before used the government’s own mechanisms of justice to do injustice to their foes. Joe Biden, Merrick Garland and their henchmen have brought America to a new phase of its history, and it is not likely to be one that is marked by respect for the rule of law or defense of the rights of individual citizens. Instead, we are entering an ugly age of authoritarianism, in which the brute force of the state is used to bend the people to the will of the tyrant.


This is banana republic stuff. This is the kind of thing that moved Woodrow Wilson to intervene militarily in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua, explaining: “We are friends of constitutional government in America; we are more than its friends, we are its champions. I am going to teach the South American republics to elect good men.” Wilson was an authoritarian scoundrel and one of the worst presidents we have ever endured, but much as he hated Theodore Roosevelt and feared that he would be reelected to the presidency in 1920 (instead, Roosevelt died in 1919), Wilson never had rogue government agents raid Roosevelt’s home looking for something they could use to pin some crime on him.

 

The lesson is clear: in America today, in the corrupt kleptocracy of Joe Biden, you have to have the right opinions. Then all doors will open for you and you can even break laws with impunity, and have no fear of prosecution. But if you dare to dissent from the opinions of the elites, prepare to be hounded by the new super-IRS and the weaponized FBI, and you’ll face raids, and prison, and who knows what else is coming.

Precisely. The sole purpose of this raid is to find something, anything they can use against Donald Trump to prevent him from running again. What’s next? Will they arrest Trump on trumped-up charges and then announce he committed suicide? Or perhaps he will have a “heart attack” while in federal custody. I feel like a crazy conspiracy theorist just writing this, but apparently, they are done even pretending the rule of law is operative in today’s new America. 

Meanwhile, the Republicans are having fits. It remains to be seen whether they are all talk or will actually do something to stop this lawless regime. Honestly, I am not confident that they will finally grow a spine.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is promising an investigation if the Republicans win control of the House of Representatives. 

Yes, that will work. 

What is Mr. McCarthy planning to do when Attorney General Merrick Garland simply refuses to cooperate with any investigation just as Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder did? Is he going to call on the Justice Department to prosecute Garland? Is he going to call on the FBI to arrest him? Does Mr. McCarthy honestly expect the the politicized Justice Department that authorized this unprecedented and illegal action against Donald Trump to suddenly start following the law? Who does he think he’s kidding? What’s to stop the FBI from declaring that McCarthy was involved in the January 6th “insurrection” and harassing him?

If by some chance the Republicans do manage to gain a large majority in Congress and Congress is still an actual independent branch of government after this year, the second thing they ought to do is defund and ultimately abolish the FBI. (The first thing would be to impeach Joe Biden on charges of treason and abuse of power.) Abolishing the FBI might seem a radical step, but I would argue that the mere existence of such a powerful agency is a radical departure from the founding fathers’ conception of how the federal government should operate. They would be appalled at the scope and power of the federal government today and would rightly be concerned that an unaccountable federal law enforcement agency would be more likely to be used to oppress the citizenry than to catch lawbreakers. This is precisely the sort of thing that caused them to rebel against King George III.

The existence of a centralized federal law enforcement agency like the Federal Bureau of Investigation has always been problematic in a free, constitutional republic such as ours, given the enormous temptation for such an agency to become an American KGB or Gestapo, as President Harry Truman had warned in 1948

We want no Gestapo or secret police. The FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail. J. Edgar Hoover would give his right eye to take over, and all congressmen and senators are afraid of him

Mr. Truman would be alarmed, though hardly unsurprised at the extent to which the FBI has become nothing more than the Praetorian Guard for the nation’s ruling elite. The legacy of the FBI in recent decades has been one of an increasingly politicized and incompetent rogue agency. I doubt this is actually a recent development. Even in Truman’s time, Hoover seemed more concerned with harassing dissidents than fighting crime.  He was more interested in surveilling the minuscule Communist Party than confronting the Mafia, which he denied even existed. I suspect the FBI’s reputation for crime fighting rests more on Mr. Hoover’s ability at spin than on any real prowess in catching the bad guys. Even if Hoover’s reputation was entirely deserved, the extent to which he violated the civil rights of so many Americans more than outweighs the good he did. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has become a threat to our liberties. It is today an even greater threat than it was in Hoover’s days. It should be abolished. If there is a need for a federal law enforcement agency, it should be one kept on a very short leash with limited jurisdiction and under the supervision of our elected representatives. 

In the meantime, we should remember the lesson from the Mar-a-Lago raid. We no longer live in a country with a government of the people, by the people, and for the people but one that is of the elite, by the elite, and solely for the elite. 

Ditch Mitch

By all accounts, the Republican Party should have a great showing in the midterm elections this November. Most pundits believe that the Republicans will almost certainly win control of the House of Representatives and they have a more than fair chance of gaining control in the Senate. The Republicans, being the Stupid Party, however, will probably manage to screw up what should be the biggest red wave in decades. Mitch McConnell, in particular, seems to be trying his best to make sure he remains the Minority Leader in the Senate.

Jeffrey Carter explains why the Republicans need new leadership

The Republicans looked like they would win the Senate and the House this fall. The Red Wave was real. It still might be but Mitch McConnell is doing all he can to screw it up.

The Republicans are known as “the stupid party” for a good reason. As a former resident of Illinois, I have experienced the stupidity of the Republican Party firsthand. Democrats run Illinois and have for a half-century. Republicans scream like two-year-olds and when they are handed their goldfish crackers they keep quiet and roll over while the adults eat steak.

There is no crime in changing out of poor leadership. Lincoln ran through a lot of generals until he landed on US Grant. General George C. Marshall got rid of all the top generals ahead of WW2 and restaffed the entire general cadre with younger generals that could fight the next war. Companies get rid of poor-performing executives all the time. McConnell is a poor leader because he enables the worst in elected officials.

Top movers and shakers in the party will tell you that Mitch is a “knife fighter” and he did do that with the SCOTUS. It took balls of steel to derail Merrick Garland’s nomination and it looks genius now given that Garland has proven to be nothing more than a third-rate apparatchik at the Department of Justice. He thinks nothing of using the government power of his office to attack political rivals. But, one victory doesn’t make a season. Do you want to be the NY Yankees or the Cleveland Indians?

At his core Mitch is GOPe and GOPe is not good for the United States. Instead of a fast double timed march to socialism or corporatism, it’s slower. GOPe doesn’t ruffle feathers and won’t actually change anything.

He goes on to give some good reasons why Mitch McConnell should go, but I have an even more fundamental reason why we need to ditch Mitch. The man is simply too old. Right now, Mitch is eighty years old. He has been in the Senate since 1985. Now, I realize that advances in science and medicine have made it possible for people to remain relatively vigorous even into old age, and maybe eighty is the new sixty; but the fact remains that the human body, no matter how healthy, begins to shut down in the seventh and eighth decades. I cannot believe Senator McConnell could be as effective a legislator as he was in his prime.

Moreover, the fact that McConnell has been in the Senate since 1985 marks him a relic of a different era. When Mitch McConnell began his career, Republicans and Democrats may have differed on the policies they advocated, but politicians in both parties still wanted what was best for America. That was the time when Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill could put aside their differences and have dinner with one another. Those days are over. The Democratic Party is no longer the party of FDR, JFK, and LBJ. It is not even the party of Bill Clinton. The far-left, America-hating extremists who are only interested in seizing power and fundamentally transforming the United States into a socialist totalitarian despotism have taken over the Democratic Party. The debate between the parties is no longer what would benefit the country but whether the country deserves to be benefited at all. Mitch McConnell and all too many older Republicans do not seem to understand that times have changed. Bipartisanship and compromise are no longer desirable ways to produce needed legislation but steps toward the dissolution of our country. If Mitch McConnell can not be made to understand the old ways no longer work, he needs to be replaced by someone who does.

Some more here.

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