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Before getting to the updates on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s jump-the-shark attempt to take down a former President and interfere with the 2024 election, I’d like to point you to some can’t-miss reading from the great Victor Davis Hanson.
We normally like to keep things a little on the lighter side around here, at least as much as possible, so be advised that this is some pretty heavy reading. A historian like VDH, who has studied revolutions through the ages, is bound to be reminded of those upheavals by what he sees in America today. And he says things are “getting scary.”
After you’ve read it, please come back here, and we’ll discuss.
See what I mean? But all is not necessarily lost. Let’s go through this.
VDH says that the Democrat Party that we used to know “vanished sometime in 2020.” Actually, that seems to have happened earlier --- probably around the time Obama’s crew took over the ‘Justice’ Department and successfully focused the intel community primarily on Americans instead of on global threats. The death-by-a-thousand-cuts strategy used against Trump started as early as 2015; likewise, the two-tiered justice system that let Hillary skate in 2016. The radical takeover of academia, entertainment and the news media by radical Democrats took place long before then.
But all this did become very obvious just a few years ago. It’s as if a switch had been flipped. With COVID providing the pretense, they kicked their efforts to control us into high gear.
“[The Democrat Party] was absorbed by hard-left ideologues,” he says, “...bent on radically altering, or hijacking, existing institutions to force radical, equality-of-result agendas that otherwise do not earn majority support.”
For a government that supposedly derives its power from the consent of the governed, ours certainly seems to be at odds with what most people think on the issues. The Democrats have managed to stack the deck to make this possible, and they want to stack it much more as extra insurance. VDH says this strategy is “run by elites and is a top-down operation.”
They’re destroying our ability to verify elections. They want to go on to “pack” the courts and end the Electoral College --- never mind that this would put the whole nation at the mercy of the two Left Coasts. To them, that’s not a bug; it’s a feature. Aides write “comprehensive” legislation that’s thousands of pages long to sneak in the stuff of leftists’ fever dreams, and no one has time to read even their own bills. (This means you, Sen. Graham.)
Voters aren’t getting what polls show they reasonably want: affordable power, energy independence, sane policies that result in a steady economy for themselves and for their children and grandchildren, a chance to advance in life, border security, effective law enforcement, a fair judiciary, a powerful and respected military, confident leadership on the world stage, and racial equality (of the “colorblind” kind that is painted as racist now). These are not radical far-right concerns; they’re most people’s concerns.
We were certainly headed in that direction under Trump, whom the left considered a surprise interruption to their grand plan. But once he was out, we immediately started getting the opposite: energy dependence with focus on the “green” scam, a terrifying level of spending that will lead to catastrophe if left unchecked, NO border, rampant crime and drugs, a sickeningly two-tiered ‘justice’ system, a disastrous military, no credibility abroad, a push for “equity” (translation: Marxism), and stunning racism --- from the left, though they’ve redefined the terms so they can’t be accused of it.
“Our highest institutions are unrecognizable,” he says, noting their weaponization and blatant lying before Congress.
VDH mentions many more examples of what the left has done to fundamentally transform our country, or at least the inner workings. (They haven’t transformed Americans as individuals yet, and that’s why they’re working so hard at regulating speech changing our customs and traditions.) It’s amazing how quickly this about-face occurred once Trump was gone. And now they have to make sure he doesn’t come back.
One theory is that, in the words of VDH, the left now wants “to destroy Trump --- by empowering him.” Gin up enough sympathy for him to get him the nomination and then continue the bloodletting as required to weaken him before Election Day. We would add, though, that if Trump really does still thrive on this kind of fight, it’s only going to make him stronger. It’s that amazing resilience that might be the most impressive thing about him. And, unlike any other nominee who would be attacked as a “Trump proxy,” he’s had just about everything about himself investigated already!
Also, it’s looking as though DA Bragg really has “jumped the shark” with this indictment. As VDH says, “His pathetic prosecution is so patently incoherent, illiberal, and in spirit anti-American that two-thirds of the country will soon conclude that the center is not holding.” If that’s the case, then leftist rule is unsustainable. In 2024, they’ll be not just defeated but utterly discredited.
So, what do we do to ensure this outcome? Kurt Schlichter at TOWNHALL has some ideas that we think you’ll like. “If you love the rule of law,” he says, “if you want to bring back our norms and hold to our precious principles, then it’s time to go Full Truman and nuke ‘em till they glow.”
It doesn’t mean lying and cheating like the Democrats. They did that when they framed Trump, but we don’t need to frame anybody on the left, because they’re already guilty. Schlichter describes them colorfully as “a disorganized crime family.” (That’s not fair; the left is very organized.) We have to start giving them a taste of their own medicine, no matter how distasteful that might seem. Prosecute them aggressively for their very real crimes. Teach them a lesson. “And not just in criminal cases but in all aspects of our political struggle.”
It might surprise some to hear this from me. On my radio show, I used to say, “I’m conservative, but I’m not angry at anyone about it.” Times have changed, the stakes are much higher, and it’s okay to be angry as all get-out. That doesn’t mean the kind of anger that leads to violence, but the productive, righteous kind that leads to behavior that makes things right. Most of all, it means not backing down, and not accepting leaders who back down.
This might not be the way we’d prefer to do business, but if we don’t, we’ll just continue to get steamrolled. Schlichter offers a number of suggestions and notes that in some states, such as Tennessee, Florida and Wyoming, GOP elected officials are getting the idea and toughening up, playing by the same rules of combat the Democrats have been following. It works.
Here’s a really good example of how to fight back in court, this time against the defamatory labeling of conservative groups as hate groups and extremists by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League.
Which brings us back to Bragg and the latest about his disgraceful prosecution of President Trump. In Stephen Kruiser’s briefing yesterday for PJ MEDIA, he calls this “Bragg’s Folly” (as we have) and points out a surprising finding about Trump’s taxes. Of course, the left had dearly wanted to add tax fraud offenses to the list of charges, and when they couldn’t do it, Bragg still saw it fit to mention in his “Statement Of Fact” filed with the court that Trump and his associates had engaged in deception by paying New York State more in taxes than it was owed.
I am not kidding. Bragg managed to call Trump out for OVERPAYING his taxes.
Here’s the latest commentary about how flimsy his case is, and what we lost when the judge ruled against allowing video cameras during Trump’s arraignment.
Mia Cathell at TOWNHALL made some discoveries about Judge Juan Merchan, including that according to FEC filings, he donated three times to the Democrat funding organization Act Blue, with one of those donations earmarked for the Biden 2020 campaign. Another donation was for the Progressive Turnout Project (PTP), a left-wing PAC.
The third donation made by Judge Merchan was to Stop Republicans, a sub-project of PTP that’s dedicated to “resisting” Trump and the Republican Party.
This is the judge who is presiding over the prosecution of President Trump. Oh, and we also learn his daughter was involved in the Biden-Harris campaign in 2020. Combine all this with the fact that he presided over the case of Allen Weisselberg, former head of the Trump Organization (what are the odds?), and the magnitude of outrageousness is just too much to accept. It might have taken some doing in Manhattan, but couldn’t they have found a less-obviously biased judge than this?
Of course, the media will help the prosecution when they can. Disney-owned ABC is facing criticism now for blurring information about Trump’s campaign that appeared onscreen during his remarks Tuesday night. It was a text number for donating to his campaign. So, why is it so bad that they did this? Well, in 2020, when Biden was shown at HIS podium during campaign events, the network did NOT blur his number. This could conceivably be interpreted (or even prosecuted) as illegal election interference. I think we’ve got ABC’s number.
In other words, we’re on to the left. They’ve made a mockery of justice, so it’s time to make a mockery of THEM.