I don’t Know, Mr. Krugman, What Do You Do When the President is Un-American?

Paul Krugman, former economist and current leftist flamethrower for the New York Times has penned a piece with an interesting title: When the President is Un-American. You can click to see Krugman’s thoughts on that dilemma. But, it is an interesting question which necessarily embeds other questions about what the reader believes are core concepts of Americanism.
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Anyway, I don’t know, Mr. Krugman, I kind of think Americans would hope to expect their American-minded president would not, for example…
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Bring to office a pronounced distrust of free enterprise in the private sector and on obvious greater trust in public management, and a cavalier attitude that entrepreneurs don’t really build businesses, taxes and public infrastructure do;
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Devastate the nation’s health care and health finance system by ramming through on a party line vote a complex bureaucratic scheme built on plain lies that people could keep their doctors and plans, and their premiums would go down, then, simply ignore the truth and rely on media cover when millions of Americans lost their plans, doctors, and experienced skyrocketing premiums and deductibles;
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Usher in as part of that health scheme a new federal effort to sue and force churches, religious companies, and companies owned by religious believers to break their faith and fund chemical abortifacients;
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Funnel thousands of guns to Mexican drug lords to try somehow to document a domestic case for gun control, and when the disaster explodes in American fatalities, lie and obfuscate and hide evidence from Congress until his Attorney General is cited for contempt;
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Oversee an EPA that overreaches and suffers a string of embarrassing defeats at the Supreme Court for lawless and arbitrary oppression of property owners;
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Blow away a foreign head of state in Libya with no Congressional authorization of war, no plan to stabilize the decapitated nation, and no clue what happens next;
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In that same nation, run a covert arms pipeline to Syrian rebels, and then provide lax security to the covert annex in order to present a reelection fantasy narrative of expanding peace and stability;
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When said covert operation is disastrously attacked and four Americans are killed, concoct a lie about videos and protests and hide the truth of a successful terror attack to prop up his false reelection story of expanding peace and stability;
Whisper on a hot mic to Russia’s president to relay to Russia’s dictator that he can be more flexible with Russia after his last election;
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Encourage his IRS to use its awesome powers to harass, torment, and obstruct the civic activities of conservative Americans, to avoid opposition during his run for reelection;
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Work to eliminate international sanctions against Iran, negotiate secret deals to secure Iran’s path to nuclear weapons, and bribe Iran with billions in cash, including millions delivered secretly on pallets, off budget, while lying to the public and Congress about the details of the deal;
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Trade five Taliban generals from Gitmo in exchange for a deserter who cost American lives, and have his underling declare the deserter “served with honor and distinction”;
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Ignore the sweeping results of Congressional elections and American voters rejecting his policies by declaring “I have a phone and a pen”;
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Spy on Republican candidates for president in the coming election and change security rules to enable leaking and attacks on the eventual winner;
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Immediately turn to carping and criticizing the winner, in unprecedented move of ex-presidential treachery and narcissism that seeks to thwart the new president and undermine the nation.
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The list is much longer, but this is all in a few minutes without Googling. What do you do when the President is Un-American, Mr. Krugman? Apparently you write fawning columns for the New York Times praising his excellency and savaging his critics. 

Violence is Spewing from the Genie’s Bottle. Can We Force it Back In?

That there eventually would be a violent backlash to the Left’s spreading violence against political opponents was as predictable as changing seasons. For as long as gangs of masked thugs, who ironically label themselves “anti-fascist,” continue their campaign of violence as politics, violence will increase. It will spread beyond just the purveyors of a repugnant, fringe ideology of racial purity and superiority who were part of Saturday’s mayhem.

.The blood has started flowing, It started from Leftist attacks on Republicans. It will not stop until wiser, cooler heads from across the political spectrum assert themselves in their communities and in the national dialogue and culture. I say this regretfully and anxiously, with zero support for the toxic opportunists who fomented racial hate, confrontation, and violence over the weekend. I join Americans of good will to condemn racial ideology, repudiate racial tribalism, and reject organizing to initiate violence, whatever the philosophical motivations.

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 The problem, however, did not begin with yesterday’s protest and will not end if all belief in white supremacy disappeared tomorrow. Numerically, it is a fringe element in any event. The problem will continue because violence is spreading–mostly from the Left against anyone who stands against it, including libertarians, conservatives, Republicans, and social and economic nationalists.
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 When Leftist “resisters” keep punching, there will be punchback.
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 Saturday’s misguided marchers are not the only citizens watching in anger and uncertainty as things seem to be unraveling. Far from it. They are just the most fringe and volatile segment of millions of Americans watching and riding the tempest while old norms and limits erode with nothing safe or solid filling the void. The Left has, with virtual impunity, initiated and escalated violence in its rebellion against voters for rejecting Leftist candidates.
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 From the moment of Donald Trump’s election, masked hooligans answered America’s Constitutional vote with violent resistance. They broke windows, looted stores, burnt cars, and blocked intersections. They attacked and assaulted Trump supporters in peaceful rallies and continue to do so. They hustled conservative speakers off college campuses and still do. Some academics and journalists took to the airwaves and the pages of elite national publications to justify the new normal of censorship and suppression, backed up by a fist.
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 Egged on by internet, intemperate politicians, and anti-Republican networks, unhinged souls began firing shots, first at a Republican Congressional baseball practice in Virginia, more recently in a neighborhood dispute in Kentucky. There are a couple remarkable things about these developments. First, few if any prominent Democrats loudly and consistently reject the spreading menace, and demand that citizens debate civilly. There is no media pack pursuing every prominent Democrat, as always happens when a prominent Republican puts his foot in his mouth. They are not cornering and demanding of Democrat leaders “Do you renounce the violence and destructive tactics of Antifa? Of Black Lives Matters? Of college censor mobs?”
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 Troublingly, the leading political and media voices probably refrain from issuing these clarion challenges and demands for civil standards because they likely share in the spirit of the protests. The Democrat and media elite have accepted the ideals of Leftist government. Turning away from their presumed arc of history is illegitimate. Violent Leftist protest is justified.
 
For a long time, the political conflict between the Left and Right has reflected a stark cultural clash. But Leftists seem to have taken a turn for the more authoritarian, believing the only fair elections are the ones they win. Of course, as they always, have, Leftists want government policies rooted in the idea that Western Society is unjust and decadent in every important way. It is pervasively racist, sexist, economically exploitive, and corruptly consumerist. They want government that is engaged in the permanent project of transforming society and perfecting humanity by regulating, prohibiting, fining, and fine tuning these flaws of the patriarchy out of existence.
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 Many others find those ideas wrongheaded, naïve, and dangerous, leading only to economic misery, political strife, oppression, and chaos. They resist them vehemently, which of course is why we have politics, campaigns and elections. But the Left seems suddenly brazen in the conviction that elections only count when it wins. When they lose, it is just the starter’s pistol for their rush to continue politics by other means.
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Too often, urban law enforcement is limp in responding, while the media is a barely concealed cheerleader.
Many Americans are coming to believe their votes are devalued, their voices are squelched, and the public square is becoming unsafe for them. When Leftist agitators believe theirs are the only decent, legitimate, permissible views, and they back that belief up with lawless violence, human nature dictates a backlash: those who feel threatened and silenced will recoil, reconsider, and respond in kind.This is a perilous moment for America.
 
In order to defeat violence, it must be overcome and rejected everywhere, by all quarters. Otherwise it will only increase. So far, there seems to be no leadership, recognition, or will on the Left to leash their storm troopers of the streets.

AG Sessions Tilting Thug; Trump Should Rein Him In.

Jeff Sessions recently announced at a national prosecutors conference that the federal government is going to try to seize more money and property from Americans. That’s the disturbing gist of his statement that the Department of Justice will shortly issue new policies and practices to ramp up its use of what’s called civil assert forfeiture.

Asset forfeiture is the controversial practice by which state and federal prosecutors can seize money or property from people without convicting them or even charging them with a crime. If police or prosecutors believe there are grounds to suspect that money or cars or boats or even homes are connected with criminal activity, or are derived from the profits of crime, they can seize the property. The challenge then shifts to the deprived property owner to lawyer up and sue the government to get their property back.
 
The burden of proof of showing that property is connected to crime technically shifts to the government, but this is a thin civil protection. Unlike a criminal case, where the government must convict a defendant of a charged crime beyond a reasonable doubt, in a civil forfeiture case, the government’s burden is only the civil standard of preponderance of the evidence—51% more likely than unlikely. And the question pits career prosecutors with public budgets against overmatched citizens who may have had their bank account seized and no means to fight.
 
Jeff Sessions was a long time prosecutor and is a fan of asset forfeiture: “[W]e plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures,” he told the gathered district attorneys. “No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners.”
Most people would agree with the Attorney General that criminals should not get to keep and enjoy their ill gotten gains. But reasonable people, including a diverse coalition of limited government conservatives and civil libertarian liberals differ significantly with Mr. Sessions’ fondness for the aggressive practice, for good reason. Many people think there should be fair standards and procedures before the government gets to brand someone a criminal and visit harsh consequences on him or her.
 
That’s the very basis for the American criminal justice system and its embedded principles: Innocent until proven guilty; Proof beyond a reasonable doubt; The right to remain silent. Strict process and safeguards and limits on state power to abuse or dominate its citizens.
 
Too often, civil forfeiture inverts these principles. Police seize cash from a stopped driver for no reason other than there’s cash in his car. An indigent driver doesn’t have access to his own cash and he has no right to court-appointed counsel. He has to hire a lawyer to fight for his own money. Often these kind of cases are bargained away with the department offering to give a portion of the cash back, and the owner has to walk away, grateful for what he can keep.
 
Other kinds of injustices are common. A friend or family member may conduct a minor drug transaction out of someone else’s car or home. But the owner’s complicity is not an element of forfeiture. Police and prosecutors can make the overreaching claim that the property itself was material to the commission of a crime, and seize it from an innocent owner.
 
An insidious part of most forfeiture practice is that the seizing agency gets to keep the seized property or the profits from its sale. This creates a vicious profit motive that should not be part of professional law enforcement. It would be intolerable to accept a system in which the offices of IRS agents, for example, or traffic patrol officers get to keep and spend the fruits of tax audits or traffic citations. Yet, this is exactly the structure and incentive of many law enforcement agencies that conduct forfeiture.
 
As the practice becomes more exposed, more controversial, and abuses come to light, many states have adopted reforms to raise the standard of proof, or to remove the bounty hunting incentive by requiring law enforcement to deliver seized goods to supervising political bodies, such as city councils or state legislatures, for appropriation through a regular budget process. This is obviously a cleaner, less compromising process.
 
Better still would be to do away with the troublesome idea that authorities can take a person’s wealth on mere suspicion. People should not be held punishable for suspected criminal activity unless they are duly charged and convicted.
 

That is the direction America should be going, not back to past abuses that are becoming increasingly controversial and objectionable.Sessions’ stance is particularly troubling because he’s not just steering the federal government in an unjust direction, but he is telegraphing his intent to undermine state reforms and enlist local DA in his revenue dragnet by “adopting” their cases that might be locally barred.  “Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate, as is sharing with our partners.”  In other words, don’t worry, my local prosecuting brethren, about what limits and reforms your states adopt. If you find the cases, Uncle Fed will adopt them them, and share with you.

President Trump should put a stop to this.

Spinal Tap Instead Of 1984

Never have so many been so obtuse about so much for so long?

 

During the eight years of Obama $15 trillion in net wealth was transferred from the bottom 93% to the top 7%. Largest wealth transfer in history – and the Leftist call this “Progress”! No, they really do.

 

The current GOP healthcare bill is a monstrosity – but the Left is complaining about how 20 million people may lose their insurance while ignoring that approximately 80 million lost their insurance under Obamacare and another 22 million or so are now paying for health insurance that they cannot afford the deductible. Some how that is acceptable but what the GOP is doing is not?

 

What the GOP is doing is unacceptable – but arguing against the GOP and in favor of Obmacare is a non sequitur.

 

Insurance premiums have risen 113% in just the last four years! Deductibles have risen 67% under Obamacare! A study by TransUnion Healthcare shows that

 

– 63% of hospital bills were $500 or less; of those hospital bills, 68% were not paid in full in 2016.

 

– 14% of hospital bills were $3,000 or more; of those hospital bills, 99% were not paid in full in 2016.

 

– 10% of hospital bills were $500 to $1,000; of those bills 85% were not paid in full in 2016.

 

Great coverage! Obamacare is nothing more than corporate welfare for insurance companies, as it was meant to be. The legislation was written by a former VP of Lobbying for WellPoint!

 

Once again – the Left calls this ‘Progress’! This is Spinal Tap politics- “it goes to eleven!”

 

There is simply no way to morally defend Obamacare with out pretending that one hundred million Americans simply do not exist. That is the level of obtuseness required in order to make an argument in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

 

If someone was to make a parody documentary about Progressives no one would be able to suspend disbelief long enough to believe it was true, but people would laugh at every absurd line in the film. Yet here it is in real life right before us. Transfer $15 trillion in net wealth from the bottom 93% to the top 7%? Progress! Strip-mine 30% of the net wealth of the middle class and 45% of the net wealth of the poor and give it to the 1%? Progress! Make people give their money to insurance companies in exchange for benefits never realized? Progress!

 

Once again – no one would believe this if it were not before our eyes – yet here it is.

 

Quite a few people are comparing our situation to 1984 or Animal Farm (I have indeed committed that offense quite often) – but perhaps the analogy really is Spinal Tap?

 

Still not at peak absurdity!

What a Week. The Left is Imploding and It’s Only Tuesday.

What a Week.
 
The Supreme Court punk slapped those judicial rascals on the 4th and 9th Circuit. Stay reversed and presidential authority upheld. 
 
Seattle is learning–and serving as a national lab–that a politically inflated minimum wage hurts poor people, bad.
 
The Russia narrative is crumbling and Chuck Schumer is revealed as a deliberate conniving liar in the mold of Harry Reid.
 
Three CNN staffers are forced to resign over a fake news story.
 
A CNN producer is caught on tape boasting the Russia story is “mostly BS” but great for ratings.
 
Loretta Lynch is under well deserved investigation for obstruction of justice.
 
I’m sure there’s more but this is off the top of my head. It’s a great start to the week for truth, justice, and the American way.
 
Imagine the orgy if the media covered liberals the way it covers conservatives.

Breaking! Mayhem at the Supreme Court. Masked Judges from the 9th and 4th Circuits Occupy Court, Decry Supreme Racism. An Insurgent Tribe Exclusive.

Urgent Breaking! An Insurgent Tribe Cherokee Mormon Network exclusive.
 
Following the US Supreme Court’s reversal of lower Circuit courts’ stays against President Trump’s Order on immigration from certain countries, violent resistance has erupted. Judges from 9th Circuit and the 4th Circuit have heeded Rob Meathead Reiner’s call for “all out war.”
 
Emerging from a procession of limousines, masked judges quickly occupied the High Court’s lobby and hallways, chanting: “Hey hey, Ho ho, racist robes have got to go!” .Chief Justice Roberts made a frantic 911 call: “They’re macro-aggressing against my legacy! Come fast!” Swarming court security police tried to restore order. But as they attempted to remove protesters, the masked judges screamed: “Don’t touch me! You’re in contempt!”
 
Other Circuit judges held vigils on the court steps, some kneeling in loud prayer, others screaming distraught obscenities at the court, and still others joining hands and singing the justice anthem “We Shall Overturn”
 
One masked invader waved a menacing gavel. She agreed to comment on condition of anonymity, because of the inadmissible nature of his her remarks. “This might be hearsay, and violate Rule 403, too, but I don’t give a damn. I’m gonna say what I think. I think this stinks. Every one of those racists lives with Supreme privilege. They have no idea what it’s like to kill yourself working 24/7 in the appellate courts, paying your nanny overtime. And, trying to decipher justice from the nonsense they hand down, don’t get me started!. And this, this, they might as well burn Korans and start committing Muslims to the internment camps with their bare hands. But they don’t have the guts. No. They’re fascist sissies! ‘Wah! John Roberts has issued his order. Now let President Trump enforce it.'”
 
Chaos continues at the Court. The Insurgent Tribe Cherokee Mormon Network will update this report as information becomes available.
 
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