This is an interesting article on the recent Australian election and the “shocking” loss of the leftists who thought they had it in the bag. It reinforces the concepts I wrote about several years ago in my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” about how the “elites” of politics and media are completely out of touch with the people they seek to govern.
This article notes that immediately after realizing they lost, the Australian leftists reacted exactly the way many American Hillary supporters did: by taking to Facebook, Twitter and other outlets to rage at the voters for being stupid, mean, dumb, racist, backward, useless, embarrassing morons. This is not how you win friends and influence people.
But I’ve realized something that might blow your mind: I think this might be the first-ever example of how social media, with its temptations to let people expose their absolute worst side with no filters, could be a good thing.
As the article says, for years, these elites have looked down their noses at working class voters, regarding them with no more respect or empathy than a rancher does cattle. They’ve long made their haughty disdain clear between themselves in private at cocktail parties and political meetings.
But thanks to social media, they’ve started putting comments like “All men are scum and must die” right out in front of the entire world. I guess they never imagined that we knuckle-dragging troglodytes who didn’t go to Harvard were able to read. Or that we might not care for being called a basket of sexist, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic deplorables.
Well, we now know exactly what they think of us, because they were dumb enough to tell us. And if they’re shocked when we don't vote for them and they lose more elections, then they are truly the morons.
McGhan doesn't testify; Democrats count on Obama judges to rule their way
First, here’s a little breaking news to serve as context: Tuesday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office announced that a “special” meeting of House Democrats has been called for 9AM Wednesday to talk about impeaching President Trump. Gosh, they’ve never talked about that before. We now return you to our regularly scheduled commentary:
In the House Judiciary Committee, the theatrics continue long after the show should be over. When former White House counsel Don McGhan did not show up to testify on Tuesday, Jerry Nadler, predictably, started spewing fire from every orifice as he presided over a hearing that featured an empty chair. (Wow, that's never been done.) What he’s doing is trying to make the proceedings of his committee look like an impeachment hearing when it isn’t.
Everyone knew McGhan wouldn’t be there. The Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice had, on Monday, sent a three-page letter to Rep. David Cipollone, chairman of the Policy and Communications Committee, outlining the reasons why a subpoena issued to the White House counsel, even a former one, is invalid. In their opinion, someone in McGhan’s position is immune from such a subpoena. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:
“Congress may not Constitutionally compel the President’s senior advisors to testify about their official duties...The Counsel to the President clearly qualifies as a senior adviser entitled to testimonial immunity.”
Nadler seems to think he’s the final authority on this. “Our subpoenas are not optional,” he decreed during the hearing.
“If he does not immediately correct his mistake,” Nadler intoned, “this committee will have no choice but to enforce the subpoena against him.”
“We will not allow the President to prevent the American people from hearing from this witness.” Claims by the White House that this witness was already allowed to speak freely with the special counsel’s office and that they’ve already turned over to Mueller more than a million documents were characterized as “stonewalling.”
Ranking Republican member Doug Collins --- who’s been in the news lately for releasing some really interesting congressional testimony relating to the FBI --- pointed out the hearing was just more political theater. “The cameras love a spectacle, and the majority love to rant against the administration,” he said. “I just am glad today to see that we don’t have chicken on the dais,” as when William Barr took a powder instead of showing up to testify last week. The idea that Barr is “chicken” to talk to those idiots is in itself idiotic.
It’s normal for Presidents to instruct their legal counsel to ignore congressional subpoenas, and over many decades, the courts have consistently sided with them. Congress is not supreme over the Executive Branch, but to hear Nadler tell it, he sure thinks it is.
Nadler is mistaken, or else just deliberately blowing smoke. This fight has happened many times before over the years. As even Obama’s White House has successfully argued, forcing presidential advisers to respond to a congressional subpoena is seen as a threat to the autonomy of the office of President and his ability to receive candid advice and counsel in carrying out his constitutional duties. In an interview with Harris Faulkner on FOX News, House Judiciary Committee member Tom McClintock of California pointed out that when President Harry Truman and his subordinates refused subpoenas to testify before Congress (this was even after Truman had left office), the courts sided with Truman.
“Jerry Nadler is not going to take this to court,” McClinton said, “because he knows if he did, he would be completely humiliated.
“He wants the grievance, not the substance.”
As I’ve recently observed, the Democrats obviously have rethought the idea of bringing in Mueller to testify. Given recent revelations concerning the special counsel and his team, Republicans would LOVE to have Mueller in the hot seat, and now Democrats realize that. So they’ve backed off having Mueller testify. They’ve put it off, and I’ll bet it never happens at all --- not before this Congress. And so now Democrats won’t be able to ask Mueller about McGhan’s special counsel testimony (McGhan testified for almost 30 hours --- talk about transparency!). They also won’t be able to just sit there and read derogatory passages from Mueller’s report.
But now Nadler gets to fume about McGhan instead. All part of the plan.
He’ll not be taking any legal steps on this till after the Congressional recess, which takes us up to early July. But until then, Democrats will be on an orchestrated media tirade.
FOX News’ Catherine Herridge pointed out an interesting double standard when it comes to congressional subpoenas: Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting (translation: “narrative” creator) Ben Rhodes was shielded by the Obama White House, citing executive privilege, and did not testify before Congress “on a number of issues, including, specifically, the Iran deal.” His job included creating the media strategy ("narrative") for that.
(Speaking of Iran, as tensions grow there, we do have some REALLY IMPORTANT things going on in the world right now, and it would be nice if the deranged politics could be set aside for just a little while. But that won’t happen. I digress.)
Trump’s attorneys have also been fighting the push to get all the financial records from the Trump organization and even of his children, going back long before Trump was President. U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta denied their request for a temporary injunction, saying, “It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct --- part or present --- even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry.”
Go back and read that quote from the judge, slowly, and think about how many doors this “reasoning” opens. It destroys any concept of privacy and justifies any witch hunt Congress wants to go on. It’s like handing a blank check to a drug addict. Can’t wait to hear what Alan Dershowitz has to say about this.
According to OpenSecrets.com, a non-profit, non-partisan group that keeps track of all the money going to lobbying groups and U.S. elections, Judge Mehta donated twice to the 2012 Obama campaign, $1,000 each time. He was nominated to the DC Circuit Court by President Obama in 2014. CNN somehow failed to mention the Obama connection in its on-air bio of the judge, but GOP political strategist Andrew Surabian discovered it and had this to say:
“Now let’s play a game and imagine that the same Judge was a Trump donor & ruled in his favor here...Something tells me this would be all over CNN tonight & the talking heads would be screaming, corruption!”
Of course they would. I suppose Congressional Democrats are now busy judge-shopping to get their subpoenas against McGhan enforced. They’ve got till Congress reconvenes in July. Can you say “appeal”?
If Joe Biden is running for President again, is anyone surprised to see this trying to make a comeback, too?
Tweet of the Day! Texas passed a bill inspired by the attacks on Chick-fil-A, reaffirming the First Amendment by barring government from taking “any adverse action” against any contractor, individual or business because of their religious beliefs. Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted out a photo to drop a hint about whether he plans to sign it.
Here's the perfect follow-up to the story about the billionaire commencement speaker who announced that he was paying off the student loans of the entire Morehouse College graduating class. This shows how that story might have gone if it followed one of the Three Great Lies, as noted by Ronald Reagan: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”
Note to Snopes.com: This is a Babylon Bee story, which means it’s satire. Humor. Not meant to be taken seriously. In other words, you don’t need to fact-check it.
I know I’ve said that commenting on every statement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be picking low-hanging fruit, but how can anyone ignore her ability to somehow find racism and colonial oppression in people growing cauliflower in a community garden? I think this one falls under the heading of “low-hanging vegetables.”