Many Americans who were born and raised in the richest, freest nation in history have been miseducated to believe that the United States is the source of all the world’s problems. We are an oppressive, racist nation with a shameful history that needs to be torn down and a present that needs to be “fundamentally transformed.” They hate free-market capitalism and want to trade it for socialism/communism, with its empty promises of “free stuff.” They deny that America is an exceptional nation. They talk a lot about other people’s “privilege,” but don’t recognize the incalculable privilege they enjoy simply by being born in the USA. In fact, they’re so ashamed to be Americans that they can’t even contain their contempt long enough to stand for the flag and the National Anthem.
But in other nations, where people know what real oppression is, they don’t take the freedoms Americans enjoy for granted. America’s critics protest the way we deal with the flood of people trying to enter America by any means, including illegally, but never ask themselves why so many people would risk their lives to come to such an awful, unexceptional country.
They should ask these protesters in Hong Kong, who are bravely standing up against the communist government of China. To them, America is exactly what it has been for well over two centuries: a symbol to the rest of the world of freedom and unalienable, God-given human rights. They know what our flag and our anthem stand for, and they hold them in reverence and employ them as the most powerful symbols in defiance of oppression.
Watch this video. None of these singers is a Whitney Houston, but it just might be the most moving rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” you’ve ever heard because they are singing those words for the same reason Francis Scott Key wrote them in 1814.
And to anyone who claims Republicans hate immigrants, I’d be happy to let those protesters move to America in exchange for any four native-born, Anthem-kneeling athletes or celebrities who’d like to leave.
If you frequent my website, you have a good idea of what was going on at the FBI and even in some far-flung places such as London to spy on the Trump campaign and then to try to take down the newly-elected President of the United States with a false narrative of “collusion” with Russia. The scope of this scandal makes the bugging of the Watergate Hotel seem downright unambitious by comparison.
There were so many moving parts to this expansive scheme that it’s challenging to keep the timeline and all the major players straight. My writer/researcher Laura Ainsworth has worked to help with that, even going so far as writing and singing a parody song that lays out the main plot.
And now we’ve got another tool for understanding what went down in what may turn out to be the biggest scandal in our lifetimes: a new book by go-to legal expert Andrew C. McCarthy that just came out on Tuesday. What an incredible accomplishment this is. It’s called “BALL OF COLLUSION: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.” In case there was ever any doubt, I think you can tell from the title where McCarthy stands. The book is so well-written, you’ll be turning pages quickly and following right along. He makes it clear at the outset what was going on; it was “collusion,” all right, but NOT between Trump and Russia:
“Here is the real collusion scheme: in 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of Barack Obama put the awesome power of the United States government’s law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, the Democratic Party, and the progressive Beltway establishment. The scheme had two parts: Plan A, the objective [to get Mrs. Clinton elected President, which required exonerating her from well-founded and felonious allegations]; and Plan B, a fail-safe strategy in case Plan A imploded [the ‘insurance policy,’ an investigation that Trump, as President, would be powerless to shut down].”
In other words, the real collusion was between the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration. And then came the “Trump Resistance”...” through secret surveillance, high-level intelligence leaking,
and tireless news coverage, the public was led to believe that Trump conspired with Russia to steal the election.” As McCarthy says of the fake news, “Ties between the Trump and Putin orbits were not merely covered by the media; they were given a criminally corrupt spin, one that the evidence has not borne out.”
McCarthy makes it clear that this could not have been done without participation at the highest levels of the Obama administration. Under Obama, the Department of Justice was politicized. Period. State Department, too.
I can’t wait to get into McCarthy’s book. Seeing this now makes me wonder how long it’s going to take Attorney General William Barr to put all the pieces together, since so much investigative work (and much connecting-the-dots as well) has already been done, not by those in government but by undeterred outsiders who cultivated worthy sources and waited for documents while the Justice Department slow-walked FOIA requests for years and hid unflattering content with thick black bars.
Chapter Four, “Intel...the Obama Way,” looks particularly enlightening, as this is where McCarthy gets into the background on the CIA and John Brennan. There also appears to be a solid account of what McCarthy calls the “gaslighting” done by the Obama State Department after Benghazi. Overall, the book looks to be extremely comprehensive but not the sort of thing that’s going to bog the reader down. And, of course, McCarthy is gifted at explaining legal concepts to the layman.
McCarthy’s account of the “Spygate” saga is destined to become a classic, alongside Gregg Jarrett’s excellent THE RUSSIA HOAX, which came out in the summer of 2018 as the special counsel was in full swing. Now that Mueller has finally closed up shop, Jarrett has brought out a follow-up, titled, appropriately, WITCH HUNT. There are a few other books as well that provide valuable perspective, including George Papadopoulos’s DEEP STATE TARGET and Dan Bongino’s SPYGATE. Bongino also has a new one coming out soon. All are highly recommended, and there will be others. But McCarthy’s maybe the most comprehensive of all. What an undertaking this was. Enormously challenging to write, but easy to read and understand.
On Tuesday, NATIONAL REVIEW vice president Jack Fowler published glowing congratulations on the book written by their colleague. (McCarthy is a contributing editor at NR and already a best-selling author.) Fowler calls it “an unvarnished analysis of a dark chapter in American history.” Read his comments on the book and you’ll agree: it’s a must-read.
And here’s what Rush Limbaugh had to say about it: “If you want to become conversant in every aspect of this hoax that matters, if you want to be the one in your family that has the answers to every question about this, then this book is a must. Not only that, it is fun to read it...it blows this thing to smithereens.”