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Evening Edition - August 11

August 11, 2022

THE EVENING EDITION

BY MIKE HUCKABEE

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalm 121:7-8

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Analysis

An analysis of the Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Bill” (I’ll wait until you stop laughing……..Done?) found that it would result in 710,863 additional tax audits of Americans making less than $75,000 a year. Another 236,685 of the estimated additional audits would target individuals with an annual income between $75,000 and $200,000. Those making more than $1 million would receive 52,295 more audits.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/taxes/middle-class-americans-to-bear-brunt-of-irs-audits-under-dem-inflation-bill-analysis-shows/ar-AA10tZvs

Since the House is about to vote on the Senate version of that bill, you might want to let your Congressional Representative know right now how you feel about that, particularly if he/she/xi is a Democrat. 


What Republicans need to do

Christopher Bedford at The Federalist explains what he believes Republicans have to do to make Democrats wish they’d never opened this Pandora’s Box of criminalizing political differences.

https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/10/democrats-have-arrested-prosecuted-and-raided-their-enemies-theres-only-one-way-to-make-them-stop/

 

What you’ve been waiting for

Kurt Schlichter weighs in on the armed raid on former President Trump’s home. There’s no question what he thinks about it, or about Republicans who still want to give the Biden DOJ and FBI the benefit of the doubt.

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2022/08/11/stop-assuming-the-legitimacy-of-the-corrupt-establishments-actions-n2611528


Trump Raid Aftermath

By Kenneth Allard

Having spent the early years of my military career as a special agent in the Army version of the FBI, I can only wonder at the systematic abuse of power accrued by the Bureau over the last three administrations. How can any agency in our system of government escape accountability for such abuses? Remember James Comey’s blithe dismissal of charges against Hillary Clinton or the Bureau’s concerted efforts to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidency? What about those leaks to a biased media about Trump’s supposed ties to Russian espionage, the endless investigation by former FBI Director Robert Mueller that eventually produced nothing?  Just last week, Senator Chuck Grassley confronted FBI Director Wray, alleging that “whistle blowers” had informed him of “political bias” in the agency’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop.  BREAKING: Grassley Confronts FBI Chief Wray Over 'Political Bias' In Hunter Biden Investigation - Bing video

Just when it seemed like the FBI might never receive its come-uppance, it seriously miscalculated Monday’s egregious raid on President Trump’s Florida home, the first such outrage in American history. Why did no one in authority understand - or even suspect - that they were igniting a firestorm? Heavily armed agents ransacked Mr. Trump’s private office and even fondled the wardrobe of his wife, the former First Lady of the United States. It is hard to imagine anything worse but, 48 hours later, no clarification is made, no justification tendered as President Biden jets off on vacation, his Attorney General stands mute and everyone in the White House clams up. The only answer not demanded by the White House press corps: “If President Biden really didn’t know about the raid, then why didn’t he? Last year, he was surprised by Afghanistan: Is he equally clueless about Florida?”

This Keystone Kops raid is the behavior of Third World dictatorships. As many outraged observers have lately noted, these are also the tactics of the East German Stasi, their Nazi predecessors or the Russian KGB. If that seems like an exaggeration, then consider the famous boast of Lavrenti Beria, the KGB’s most notorious chief: "Show me the man and I will show you the crime." https://www.oxfordeagle.com/2018/05/09/show-me-the-man-and-ill-show-you-the-crime/ Hey, come to think of it, this same motto also motivates the intrepid investigators of the House January 6th committee! Add in the highly suspicious official silence as well as the raid’s conspicuous over-reach, and there you have it: a fishing expedition designed to serve the agenda-driven 1/6 committee, not a documentary quest brought by an outraged librarian.

Call me cynical but this distrust of investigative excess was one of my earliest lessons. As chief of investigations for a front-line Army intelligence unit during the Cold War, I was summoned by our commander into a highly confidential session. After swearing me to secrecy, this future general gestured to a banker’s box of investigative files while outlining an astounding tale. Despite struggling to counter Soviet espionage, some of our not-so-special agents had taken it upon themselves to spy on expatriate Democrats! Astonished, I asked “Whose idea was this? Were they afraid these Democrats were preparing their absentee ballots to vote for George McGovern?” He laughed but explained that a detailed investigation would insure punishment for any wrong-doing. “Meanwhile, Captain, you are to take personal charge of these files to insure they are ‘sealed and segregated’ until the formal investigation begins.” And so I did, until the day when a distinguished- looking civilian walked into our headquarters, informally introducing himself as “Bob” – actually the Hon. Robert Froehlke, Secretary of the Army! Things were quickly put right; but similar incidents throughout the 1970’s fueled reforms that gradually established permanent Congressional oversight of the steadily growing intelligence bureaucracy. https://www.nytimes.com/1974/09/19/archives/us-checks-reply-by-army-to-suit-sends-investigator-to-berlin-in.html

The lesson for the future: You cannot centralize investigative powers in what the Soviets called "certain of the organs of state security" without expecting those powers to be abused. Undeterred, we have indulged in a continuous orgy of centralization for more than three decades  under both parties. We have also failed to ask: who shall watch the watch-dogs? Should you discover, for example, a sudden enthusiasm for purging/reforming/de-funding the FBI, then you only have to worry about those other 17 intelligence agencies which were never reformed after 911 – this despite being accused by the 911 Commission of an institutional "failure of imagination," 9/11 Commission slams 'failure of imagination' | CBC News

Sadly, none of those agencies were ever disciplined and no senior leader was compelled to walk the plank. Is it any wonder their latter-day successors are so arrogant?

 

 NOTE: Colonel Allard is the author of Command, Control and the Common Defense, winner of the 1991 National Security Book Award. After leaving active duty, he became an on-air military analyst for the networks of NBC News


Fifth Amendment Politics

President Trump asserted his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions from New York Attorney General Letitia James, and if you thought the TDS-afflicted Democrat operatives of the media were overjoyed at his Fourth Amendment rights being violated, they were even more excited about violating his Fifth Amendment rights. Many immediately declared that this must mean he's guilty of something, and once again (say it with me for the 500th time), "The walls are closing in on Trump!"

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-skewers-ny-ag-letitia-james-inside-office-called-deposition/

Thanks to Nick Arama at Redstatecom for this perfect boneheaded example.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2022/08/10/if-you-dont-get-why-trump-pled-the-fifth-listen-to-the-remarks-of-the-ny-ag-n610336

Daniel Goldman is an attorney, the former lead House counsel for Trump's impeachment (I can't be bothered to look up which one), and, incredibly, a candidate for Congress in New York's 10th District. Voters there had better turn out to keep him out of office, because he just made it clear that he has no regard for or understanding of your basic Constitutional rights. Goldman tweeted:

"The Fifth Amendment ensures that people are not forced to incriminate themselves. But you don't take the Fifth if you didn't do anything wrong,"

Pardon my obvious reply, but...WRONG! I’m not an attorney, but even I know that invoking the Fifth Amendment cannot be held against you in court, and jurors are ordered not to consider it as an admission of guilt. It might simply mean that the accused thinks he's getting an unfair trial, that the state has no case, and there's nothing to be gained by subjecting himself to an interrogation where his words can be twisted and used against him. And what a surprise: that's exactly why Trump says he did it, and with firm justification.

The Redstate.com article reviews some of the many attempts by various “authorities” to target, frame, defame, impeach and prosecute Trump and his associates, going all the way back to before he took office (remember how they set up Mike Flynn and destroyed his life after assuring him it was just an informal, off-the-record chat with the FBI and he didn’t need to have any silly old lawyers present?) Arama concludes, “Trump would be foolish if he didn’t invoke the Fifth," and reminds us that Hillary’s IT guy took the Fifth 125 times during her email investigation.

Trump concurs. His family and associates had cooperated so far, and all they got in return was more threats, accusations and rants in the media by James. Trump even said in a statement, “I once asked ‘if you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’ Now I know the answer to that question. When your family, your company, and all the people in your orbit have become targets of an unfounded, politically motivated Witch Hunt supported by lawyers, prosecutors, and the Fake News Media, you have no choice.”

To bolster that argument, Eric Trump released a video montage that you can watch at the RedState link above, showing James repeatedly attacking Trump in very personal terms as she was running for Attorney General and openly declaring that her mission if she won would be to “get” Trump in any way possible.

Again, I’m not an attorney, but here’s how that job is supposed to work: First, you suspect that a crime has been committed. Investigators gather evidence for that specific crime, then get warrants from real judges who ensure the evidence is actually genuine. Then they gather more evidence to present to a grand jury. And if the grand jury thinks there’s enough proof of a crime to file charges, they tell the prosecutor to go ahead.

A prosecutor/Attorney General doesn’t say, “I hate that guy SO much! I’m going to keep harassing him endlessly until I find something, ANYTHING, that I can charge him with!” 

We live in a country with so many laws that it’s said we all violate 10 before breakfast. Imagine having an attorney general who would actually prosecute you for all those violations, just because she disagrees with your politics. If you live in New York, no need to imagine that. You already have one who subscribes to the Stalin-era dictum, “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.”

Looking at the behavior of the two principal figures so far, it appears to me that James is the one who should be facing charges for abuse of power, violations of constitutional rights, and wasting New York taxpayers’ money on her own personal political vendetta. If anyone wants to charge her with that, I will gladly defend her due process rights to a fair trial.

Related Must-Read: And I strongly suggest that Letitia James read this as well.

https://jeffreycarter.substack.com/p/making-other-numbers-up

James is reportedly trying to “get” Trump for fraud for inflating the value of his properties for loans, etc. But blogger/venture capitalist Jeffrey Carter explains why that case is "meaningless," “bull” and “political theater.” In a nutshell, all of Trump’s hotels and other properties are privately owned. They're 100% his. There is no public stock. So legally, he can value them at anything he wants, from half a buck to a million billion dollars. If he wants to use the properties as collateral for any type of deal, it’s up to the professionals he's dealing with to assess the real market value of the property.

There’s much more that you (and certainly, Letitia James) should read, so that you can argue effectively with people afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome and who are sure they’ve “got him this time!” It won’t help, but at least you’ll be prepared.

I’ve said this before, but it’s amazing that a man who’s been slammed as the most corrupt crook ever to draw breath has been endlessly investigated for five years by his worst enemies, and yet, they’ve never come up with a single charge against him. I wonder how many of his enemies could survive scrutiny that intense? I also wonder if the thought ever penetrates their tiny minds that if they still have nothing solid on him after all that looking, Trump might actually be the most honest President since Abe Lincoln.


The Left has poked the bear

FBI “Director” Christopher Wray is desperately trying to spin the justifiably angry public reaction to his agency’s unprecedented abuse of power against former President Trump into the focus of this story. Citing a wave of threatening social media posts against him, Attorney General Merrick Garland and the FBI agents, Wray called them “deplorable and dangerous” (Where have I heard someone before trying to link the word “deplorable” with Trump supporters?) And of course, the media will happily make the story “Republicans pounce” instead of “government incredibly corrupt.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fbi-director-wray-pushes-back-threats-following-unprecedented-raid-trump-deplorable-dangerous

To be clear: I don’t condone any threats of violence, which are wrong, and in this atmosphere, dumb and counterproductive. Look at how much mileage the left has gotten toward trampling our rights out of one riot on January 6th, as they ignored the nearly 600 far more destructive riots their own side threw?

It’s obvious that having realized they’ve wildly overplayed their hand and poked the bear, they’re now trying to pose as victims and paint the people they’ve wronged as the villains (remember how they also declared parents to be “domestic terrorists” for protesting schools that expose their kids to racism, porn, anti-Americanism and socialism? The “real” victims were the poor school board members who felt “unsafe” because the evil parents were mad at them.)

Just as I implored people who attended the Trump rally in DC on January 6th, 2021, to remain peaceful and not let themselves be provoked (Trump did, too, by the way), I implore you now not to fall for this trap. They want you to make rash statements on social media or hold rallies that turn violent. If you do hold rallies, be prepared for Antifa twerps in red MAGA hats to try to instigate violence that can be blamed on you.

I know that as justifiably furious red-blooded Americans, it’s not in your nature to emulate Gandhi's passive resistance tactics. But their only hope is to provoke you so that they can play victims and weaponize the “justice” system against you even more...and change the election laws to make it easier to cheat ("These insurrectionists have made it too dangerous to go to the polls, so we need all mail-in ballots!") 

Don’t fall for it. Keep your cool, stay angry but in control, and express all that pent-up fury in November at the ballot box.  Think of it as giving them a hard, swift kick...right out of office.


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