Democrats may not know much about history (except if they can blame America), and don't know much biology (HOW many genders??), but when it comes to Donald Trump, they know their “three R’s”: Russia, racism, and recession.
They tried to take him down with their made-up “Russia” narrative, going so far as to accuse candidate Trump, President-elect Trump, and finally President Trump of being a Russian agent, Vladimir Putin’s puppet, a traitor to his country who should be swinging from the highest tree. After faking the reason to investigate him and turning his campaign and later his administration inside out for over three years, they found that nothing was going to come of this incredible accusation, and impeachment started looking like a shattered dream. Now we know that THEY, obviously, were the ones who “colluded” and “meddled” in the 2016 election.
So Democrats had to quickly replace that burnt-out narrative with another one. Never mind Russia –- Trump was a hard-core racist, a white supremacist, even though no one in their dealings with him throughout his life had found that to be true. They twisted his words and used their misinterpretations as evidence. The drumbeat of “racist, racist, racist” continued and even escalated, ridiculously, until polling showed that not enough Americans were changing their minds about this but were, in fact, getting sick of hearing about it. So the narrative is morphing again, this time to “recession,” and that’s where we are now.
The new phony narrative is that Trump is causing America to go into a recession, mostly because of his strategy with China to correct longstanding trade inequities. Never mind the natural fluctuations of the business cycle, the super-low unemployment rate, and how well we’re doing compared to the rest of the world, which, overall, is declining economically. This is where Trump’s political opposition has parked for a while, and they will try to do some damage. To support their rhetoric, they would like a recession now, please. Bill Maher was at least honest enough to remark, “I’ve been saying for about two years that I hope we have a recession....” Interesting how the people who think this way are too rich and successful to be affected by a weak economy.
Sure, send millions of Americans to the unemployment line if that’s what it takes to get rid of a President you don’t like. Talk us into a panic that in itself could bring on bad economic times. Bring back the very real malaise of the Obama Years that we’ve managed to climb out of; it’s worth the pain, in their minds, if they can blame Trump for it.
Another reason a new phony narrative is needed is to distract from the original phony narrative: RUSSIA. That’s because its perpetrators never planned on getting investigated themselves. But they know these investigations take time, and if they could use the “recession” narrative to keep Trump from getting re-elected, the door would slam shut on Attorney General Bill Barr’s investigation into the origins of the probe, if it were yet to conclude because Barr would be out on his ear. U.S. Attorney Durham would be off the case. Lindsay Graham in the Senate would be the only one left to forge ahead.
But in the meantime, RUSSIA is not going away. Thanks to new books such as Andrew C. McCarthy’s THE BALL OF COLLUSION, the full story is being told. And more moving parts are being exposed, as in a new story from the Washington Times that involves the Pentagon and one of the informants who penetrated the Trump campaign. Pentagon analyst and whistleblower Adam S. Lovinger, who was suspended from the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA) for complaining that it wasn’t doing its job but was assigning questionable contracts for outside academic-style reports to the likes of Stefan Halper. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he happens to be one of those accused of spying on Trump campaign associates such as George Papadopoulos.
The Department of Defense went after Lovinger, suspending his security clearance and rushing to terminate his employment before the inspector general could even look at the case. They accused him of leaking “sensitive” information to the press. Then, after an NCIS report cleared Lovinger –- nearly a year ago –- his lawyer wasn’t even told. Lovinger was still fighting, unsuccessfully, to get his job back as recently as this spring. The exculpatory evidence has finally turned up only because Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to obtain the Pentagon’s file against Lovinger.
So, why was FBI informant Stefan Halper getting paid by the Pentagon in the first place, and why was it so important to keep the lid on that? Stay tuned.
John Solomon has written an excellent piece on the reforms needed as an outcome of the Russia case. For one thing, the FBI needs a clear set of rules governing when they can investigate (SPY ON) a political campaign, which is supposed to be protected by the First Amendment. The evidence in the “Trump/Russia” case was so unbelievably flimsy, this should have gone without saying, but let’s go ahead and spell it out.
The other reform involves the use of “confidential human sources” (see Stefan Halper, above). Solomon mentions a finding from just this month that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was paying other officials at the Homeland Security Department’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work as informants. (According to Solomon, “The IG spared few words in decrying the idiocy of allowing government security officers collecting a federal salary to double-dip into taxpayers’ money by receiving informant pay to report criminal activity they were required by their jobs to disclose.”) And, of course, we already know the problems with the FBI’s use of severely biased and unreliable source Christopher Steele, basing a FISA warrant application on his work and continuing contact with him through the DOJ’s Bruce Ohr, whose wife was working under contract essentially for the Hillary Clinton campaign. This sort of conflict appears to have been business as usual within the Justice Department...and State Department...and, it seems, the Pentagon.
Anyway, of the “three R’s” --- Russia, racism, and recession --- that Democrats have incorporated into their ever-changing narrative, the one to really pay attention to is the RUSSIA story, as it has turned out to be incredibly significant, just not at all in the way Democrats had intended. The tables have been turned on them. Let’s hope that in the end, they’re made to feel very, very sorry they ever created that sham. Of course, they’ll never be sorry they did it --- only sorry they were found out.