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Just Like Old Times: Hillary Clinton Claims Trump’s ‘an Illegitimate President,’ Whips the Mule in the Race to Impeachment. YAH!

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs with patrons during a visit to Dunkin’ Donuts in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Clinton faces Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in primary contests in five states on Tuesday: North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

 

This would be just as true if Hillary Clinton were a Republican: Still waging war against her opponent nearly three years after a huge electoral loss is not a good look.

At all.

Nevertheless, Clinton visited a CBS studio Sunday to take the biggest stamp in the world and smash it onto Trump’s potential impeachment. The ink spelled out, “APPROVED.”

Guesting with co-author Chelsea on CBS Sunday Morning, the woman famous for disparaging those who accused her husband of sexual assault promoted their new publication, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.

But the topic turned to that 2016 upset, when the media proved to be as wrong as someone trying tira misu for the first time and expecting it to taste bad.

So what are her thoughts on the House launching an official impeachment inquiry against the man at whom she’s raged maniacally?

Guess.

You don’t have to. Here she is:

“There should be an impeachment inquiry opened. And I don’t care who you’re for in the Democratic primary or whether you’re a Republican.”

Mrs. Clinton said that creep Trump is just the kind of scoundrel the founding fathers were worried about:

“When the President of the United States has taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and by that, defend the American people and their interests uses his position to in effect extort a foreign government for his own political purposes, I think that is very much what the founders worried about in high crimes and misdemeanors.”

But what if he slips away into that mysterious horizon of potential success and triumphs yet again?

Hillary thinks that’s a buncha crazy talk:

“I don’t  that or believe that [re-election] will happen. I believe there were many funny things that happed in my election that will not happen again and I’m hoping that both the public and the press understand the way that Trump plays this game.”

And here’s somethin’ — The Donald’s an obsessed weirdo:

From The Daily Caller:

The former first lady also discussed how often Trump uses her name in his re-election efforts. She said that the president is “obsessed” with her because of his “guilty conscience,” adding that the 2016 loss “was like losing to a corrupt human tornado.”

Then the woman who’s in no way obsessed with him claimed this, three years after the fact:

“I believe he knows he’s an illegitimate president. The President must be held accountable.”

-ALEX

 

 

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Portland Bans Urinals to Respect ‘Shared Values,’ Charges Taxpayers $200M. Plus: A Mind-Bending History of Gender Rules

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I’m confused.

I can’t quite make out what’s happening.

First, we were told calling out someone’s gender is wrong — waitress, waiter, etc. Then we were told gender doesn’t exist — it’s a social construct. Then we were told gender is inherent, therefore people can legally change theirs with medical confirmation. Then we were told that gender isn’t really gender at all — despite the antiquated notion of female and male, and despite the fact that the very notion of gender comes from the existence of binary biological sex, there are actually limitless genders (here).

And though gender was initially described as a social construct — therefore, meaningless — then we were told it’s punishingly important. Literally punishingly — California passed  a law doling out fines and/or jail time to senior care workers who “misgender” their patients. In New York, you can be fined up to $250,000 in the misgendering department.

Now here’s something even more confusing : If you strip everybody nekkid, then suddenly we’re back to just men and women.

Will there ever be a transgender nudist colony? How will you know?

And all of the above edicts, though listed serially, are somehow concurrently true.

Here’s another thing: While it’s wrong for a restaurant to force women to wear skirts and men to wear pants…and while, because gender is a social construct, who’s to say a man wears slacks and a woman dresses…at the core of someone declaring themselves transgender — a medical idea — is the changing of clothing to that gender’s “socially constructed” version.

So the people who are no slaves to society are slaves to society.

Though a bra isn’t for girls and a jock strap isn’t for guys, a guy identifying as a girl will put on a bra to live his truth. But if you combine all the rules, it should be true for a man to identify as a woman who doesn’t conform to the social construct. So you should be able to be a naturally-born guy and change literally nothing about your clothes or body or appearance…you should be able to still have a hairy chest and a penis and wear men’s clothes and sport a beard…and now be a woman.

To be clear, none of this is meant to be at all humorous; I’m genuinely confused, because it’s extremely complicated.

And how does all that play into Portland doing away with urinals? And what does that have to do with gender vs. sex?

“I’m not a man; I’m a woman.” “I’m not a woman or a man; I’m a banana slug.” Okay, but speaking words doesn’t change the way your pee comes out.

Nevertheless, the hipster town sent out an email to city employees last February regarding the remodeled public Portland Building:

We will continue to have gender-specific (male and female) multi-stall restrooms that are readily available to any employee that prefers to use one. But, there will be no urinals in any restroom in the building. This will give us the flexibility we need for any future changes in signage.

Therefore, urinals are banned, even in the Men’s room.

How’s that lookin’ for the impending end of the world, and woke government’s raging fight against it?

As noted by talk show host Lars Larson:

Finally, in a place constantly lecturing us about protecting the environment (you know, plastic straws etc) this will waste a tremendous amount of water
I checked and most urinals take as little as a pint of water per flush (1/8 gallon). Even “modern” toilets flush with more than a gallon of water. Some “no flush” urinals use no water at all. Multiply this by hundreds of thousands of flushes a year. Figure out how this makes sense.

Here’s more on the Portland Building: Every floor will have at least one any-gender restroom.

The 1st, 34th, and 15th floors will sport multi-stall bathrooms so men and women can take dumps together.

‘Cause that’s what everybody wants.

Good job, Portland.

Chief Administrative Officer Tom Rinehart, who wrote the February email, is convinced:

I am convinced that this is the right way to ensure success as your employer, remove arbitrary barriers in our community, and provide leadership that is reflective of our shared values.

The total remodel will cost taxpayers $195,000,000.

-ALEX

 

 

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Adam Schiff Lies His Head Off To George Stephanopolous About Trump Ukraine Phone Call

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At a hearing looking into the phone call that President Donald Trump had with the Ukrainian president, Rep. Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, completely fabricated what was said on the call.

Today, George Stephanopolous called Schiff out on ‘This Week’ for making up quotes about the call. But instead of apologizing for doing something completely improper, Schiff used the television appearance on ABC as another opportunity to spread more lies.

Trump, for example, didn’t ask the Ukrainian president “seven times” for anything.

Ryan Saavedra of The Daily Wire called Schiff out on his untruths.

How ridiculous that is what Democrats want to impeach Trump over.

So therefore it couldn’t have acted as pressure on Ukraine or as a quid pro quo. And it’s particularly ironic that Schiff tries to push that point when that’s exactly what Joe Biden did on video by his own admission, withhold aid in order to get Ukraine to do what he wanted.

Stephanopolous makes a great point, if the phone call is as damning as Schiff claims, why would he need to make things up?

There’s another problem with what Schiff said. Schiff says in the first video above that when he found out about the whistleblower complaint being withheld from Congress, he went public and scheduled a meeting with the Director of National Intelligence to force the complaint to be released.

But we already know that he was aware of the complaint since at least August 12 and may have had it since then. Here’s part of the letter showing he was apprised and there was an attachment (the complaint?).

So why did he sit on it since then and then try to claim now that as soon as he found out he went public?

This whole spiel he just gave Stephanopolous was untrue.

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Portland Bans Urinals to Respect ‘Shared Values,’ Charges Taxpayers $200M. Plus: A Mind-Bending History of Gender Rules

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I’m confused.

I can’t quite make out what’s happening.

First, we were told calling out someone’s gender is wrong — waitress, waiter, etc. Then we were told gender doesn’t exist — it’s a social construct. Then we were told gender is inherent, therefore people can legally change theirs with medical confirmation. Then we were told that gender isn’t really gender at all — despite the antiquated notion of female and male, and despite the fact that the very notion of gender comes from the existence of binary biological sex, there are actually limitless genders (here).

And though gender was initially described as a social construct — therefore, meaningless — then we were told it’s punishingly important. Literally punishingly — California passed  a law doling out fines and/or jail time to senior care workers who “misgender” their patients. In New York, you can be fined up to $250,000 in the misgendering department.

Now here’s something even more confusing : If you strip everybody nekkid, then suddenly we’re back to just men and women.

Will there ever be a transgender nudist colony? How will you know?

And all of the above edicts, though listed serially, are somehow concurrently true.

Here’s another thing: While it’s wrong for a restaurant to force women to wear skirts and men to wear pants…and while, because gender is a social construct, who’s to say a man wears slacks and a woman dresses…at the core of someone declaring themselves transgender — a medical idea — is the changing of clothing to that gender’s “socially constructed” version.

So the people who are no slaves to society are slaves to society.

Though a bra isn’t for girls and a jock strap isn’t for guys, a guy identifying as a girl will put on a bra to live his truth. But if you combine all the rules, it should be true for a man to identify as a woman who doesn’t conform to the social construct. So you should be able to be a naturally-born guy and change literally nothing about your clothes or body or appearance…you should be able to still have a hairy chest and a penis and wear men’s clothes and sport a beard…and now be a woman.

To be clear, none of this is meant to be at all humorous; I’m genuinely confused, because it’s extremely complicated.

And how does all that play into Portland doing away with urinals? And what does that have to do with gender vs. sex?

“I’m not a man; I’m a woman.” “I’m not a woman or a man; I’m a banana slug.” Okay, but speaking words doesn’t change the way your pee comes out.

Nevertheless, the hipster town sent out an email to city employees last February regarding the remodeled public Portland Building:

We will continue to have gender-specific (male and female) multi-stall restrooms that are readily available to any employee that prefers to use one. But, there will be no urinals in any restroom in the building. This will give us the flexibility we need for any future changes in signage.

Therefore, urinals are banned, even in the Men’s room.

How’s that lookin’ for the impending end of the world, and woke government’s raging fight against it?

As noted by talk show host Lars Larson:

Finally, in a place constantly lecturing us about protecting the environment (you know, plastic straws etc) this will waste a tremendous amount of water
I checked and most urinals take as little as a pint of water per flush (1/8 gallon). Even “modern” toilets flush with more than a gallon of water. Some “no flush” urinals use no water at all. Multiply this by hundreds of thousands of flushes a year. Figure out how this makes sense.

Here’s more on the Portland Building: Every floor will have at least one any-gender restroom.

The 1st, 34th, and 15th floors will sport multi-stall bathrooms so men and women can take dumps together.

‘Cause that’s what everybody wants.

Good job, Portland.

Chief Administrative Officer Tom Rinehart, who wrote the February email, is convinced:

I am convinced that this is the right way to ensure success as your employer, remove arbitrary barriers in our community, and provide leadership that is reflective of our shared values.

The total remodel will cost taxpayers $195,000,000.

-ALEX

 

 

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Former Ukrainian PM Calls For Investigation Into Hunter Biden

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While Democrats have been all over the Ukrainian question in the effort to claim President Donald Trump did something wrong by inquiring about the investigation into Hunter Biden, Democrats have been less eager to talk about any investigation of the younger Biden.

Questions have been raised by many about the position which Hunter held on the board of Burisma and for which he was reportedly paid $50,000/month while his father was the point man for the Obama administration on Ukraine.

From NY Post:

By coincidence, Hunter had landed this cushy gig in a foreign country only a few months after the Obama ­administration began dispatching his father, Joe, to the very same foreign country on a regular basis.

There was, of course, absolutely nothing in Hunter’s résumé to indicate that he would be a valuable addition to foreign energy interest. He didn’t speak the language, and he had no particular expertise in the energy industry. Oh, he did have one thing, though: his last name.

Those questions were heightened by a video of Joe Biden in 2018 admitting that he pressured Ukraine when he was Vice President, saying he would have the Obama administration withhold aid unless they fired the prosecutor. The prosecutor was reportedly investigating Burisma. He was in fact fired.

The fired prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, gave a recent affidavit to an Austrian court that was released by John Solomon of The Hill. In that affidavit, Shokin claims, “I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings.” He claims that the then-President, Petro Poroshenko forced him to resign because Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid for Ukraine until he was removed from office.

Democrats argue there was no evidence that Hunter Biden did anything wrong. The subsequent prosecutor installed after that pressure, Yuri Lutsenko, said that he didn’t find anything on Hunter.

But now the investigation may be re-opened, according to new reports.

The former PM of Ukraine is saying that Hunter Biden must be investigated to make sure that he complied with the law. “It’s a fact (his directorship and fees) and not made up. It should be investigated so that the ‘i’s can be dotted and the ‘t’s crossed,” Mykola Azarov told Reuters.

And that’s not all. A present official within the government has also said he expects the case involving Burisma to be re-opened.

From The Daily Beast:

Valentin Nalyvaichenko, a former head of Ukraine’s domestic intelligence agency and a member of Ukraine’s parliament, says he expects the corruption case of the Burisma gas company—two cases were opened and dropped by various prosecutors over the years—to be revisited. Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, was a board member.

Ukrainians get that at the very least it appears unseemly.

But for Democrats, it’s always and only about getting Trump.

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Journalist Gets His A** Handed to Him After Tweeting That Clinton’s Impeachment Was Based on “Second-Hand Info”

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If Adam Schiff’s outrageous “parody” stunt last week on the July call between Trump and Zelensky wasn’t proof enough that Democrats are simply not interested in conducting an honest and fair impeachment inquiry, we now have so-called “journalists” tweeting out erroneous information about President Clinton’s impeachment in order to justify one against Trump.

It all started after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) complained on Twitter Saturday about the fact that the whistleblower’s complaint was based on second and thirdhand information. Here’s what Graham tweeted:

Liberal journalist Garrett Graff, a former editor for Politico Magazine, responded by (falsely) claiming that “Graham and the GOP had little trouble impeaching Clinton on Linda Tripp’s second-hand info”:

Say what??

His assertion is so far off from the truth that it isn’t even funny. Unfortunately, the tweet was so popular over the weekend that Linda Tripp’s name trended on Twitter for several hours Saturday as others piggy-backed on the tweet to make the same (false) point. Graff’s tweet has nearly 8,400 retweets and 28,000 likes as of this writing.

Yours truly was one of many people who pushed back on Graff’s shameless attempt at revising Clinton’s impeachment history:

Facts first.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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The New York Times Stealth Edits Major Story and There are Few Complaints to be Heard

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The paper of record repeats its false narratives like a broken record.

It was precisely the kind of red meat the voracious anti-Trump warriors and #Resistance fighters devour. The New York Times delivered a scathing report on Friday that was a perfect example of everything wrong with a Trump presidency. The paper detailed that Trump had brokered a quid pro quo deal with the NRA during a meeting with Wayne LaPierre, whereby he established if the organization lends its support to his campaign for reelection he would stop the games being played with gun control legislation.

Turns out the story was a little too perfect. It sure had all the proper outrage elements; an allegedly corrupt president, a despised organization, and a possibly illegal deal between the nefarious forces. This was the kind of scandal that would cement the expulsion of the president. With the supposedly grievous Ukrainian phone call outrage taking place already this additional legal behavior would make it required that he be driven from office.

Were any of it true. Turns out that the New York Times has fallen into a pattern with these groundbreaking stories. Release the report, frame it in such a way that generates the most outrage, and then much later quietly make a significant alteration that changes the entire interpretation. In the original release the paper described this arrangement as being done “in return for the support”.

Then in the early evening The Times altered this language, replacing this accusation with the completely neutral language of “During the meeting…”. The only indication of this shift in tone is a note at the end indicating only that the piece had been “updated”, with no specifics given behind the update, and no explanation what led to the change.

When your change of content is so blatant that Josh Marshal takes notice you know this was some journalistic malpractice. This is the same methodology used just weeks back when The Times supplied an “explosive” announcement of a new alleged victim of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and then later revealing that this supposed victim had no memory of the alleged events, whatsoever. The Times had that detail all along. It rested inside the very same book that the paper was promoting with its claimed “exclusive”.

What is most revealing about this technique is how it is warmly accepted by those who feel perfectly at ease screeching about every supposed factual error in the Fox News and right-of-center media. Brian Stelter is the self-anointed media arbiter at CNN, and his mission statement is to comment on press activities. Yet, after helping push the Kavanaugh lie, he has been uncritical of the vagaries in the Ukrainian story and misrepresentations in the press. Brian has been quite content pushing the narrative and perpetuating the inaccuracies

This weekend’s edition of Reliable Sources saw him incapable to find any time to mention the New York Times alteration. You would think a major paper with a major factual problem would warrant coverage by a media critic, but no such content was delivered. Instead, Brian dedicated a lengthy block of his air time to interview a Ukrainian whistleblower “expert” — actor Robert DeNiro. The telling part in all of this is Stelter’s co-worker at CNN, Jake Tapper, had a direct involvement with the alteration from The Times.

Tapper had sent out a tweet on Friday following the initial revelation by the paper. But once the alteration of the entire narrative was exposed Tapper at least did the proper thing and alerted his followers to the change in the story and pulled down his original post — something not even The Times could manage to do with its own change.

This is the state of contemporary journalism. Their actions have made it necessary that the audience has to work harder than media members in order to get the complete story.

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As Many as 130 Democrat State Department Employees May Lose Security Clearances Because of Hillary Clinton’s Bathroom Server

You thought it was dead, but it was just lying dormant waiting for the right moment to rise and to the maximum possible damage.

The Trump administration is investigating the email records of dozens of current and former senior State Department officials who sent messages to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email, reviving a politically toxic matter that overshadowed the 2016 election, current and former officials said.

As many as 130 officials have been contacted in recent weeks by State Department investigators — a list that includes senior officials who reported directly to Clinton as well as others in lower-level jobs whose emails were at some point relayed to her inbox, said current and former State Department officials. Those targeted were notified that emails they sent years ago have been retroactively classified and now constitute potential security violations, according to letters reviewed by The Washington Post.

State Department investigators began contacting the former officials about 18 months ago, after President Trump’s election, and then seemed to drop the effort before picking it up in August, officials said.

The list of State officials being questioned includes prominent ambassadors and assistant secretaries of state responsible for U.S. policy in the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia. But it also includes dozens of current and former career bureaucrats who served as conduits for outside officials trying to get important messages to Clinton.

What is interesting is that the Democrats understand exactly what the stakes are here. They don’t care about Hillary’s gravy infused ass bouncing off the curb. They con’t care about has beens like Susan Rice or Samantha Power. The stakes here are nothing less that the next generation of Democrat foreign policy apparatchiks.

To many of those under scrutiny, including some of the Democratic Party’s top foreign policy experts, the recent flurry of activity surrounding the Clinton email case represents a new front on which the Trump administration could be accused of employing the powers of the executive branch against perceived political adversaries.

A former senior U.S. official familiar with the email investigation described it as a way for Republicans “to keep the Clinton email issue alive.” The former official said the probe was “a way to tarnish a whole bunch of Democratic foreign policy people” and discourage if not prevent them from returning to government service.

If people like Phillipe Reines, just for instance, because I know he’d never do anything totally skeevy, broke some security policy or regulation, of if Jake Sullivan was found to have, say, stripped classification markers from emails so he could send them to Hillary’s private email, then their ability to obtain a future security clearance would be zero without White House direction…and that would cause a reopening of this scandal which on president would want.

In short, every Democrat in State Department who communicated with Hillary Clinton about government matters, particularly classified matters, will have their clearance in placed in jeopardy.

But there is more. Several of the document located on Hillary Clinton’s bathroom server originated inside the highly secure SIPRNet and could only be seen in a SCIF. Either someone violated the law and downloaded those documents/images or someone violated the law by bringing into the SCIF a smartphone and using the camera to take a picture of the document/image. These people’s careers are over.

What is hilarious is the way the Washington Post shills on this, Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe and Karoun Demirjian, blatantly engage in the use of Democrat talking points to defend the Democrats who are now under investigation.

Former Obama administration officials, however, described the probe as a remarkably aggressive crackdown by an administration with its own troubled record of handling classified material. Trump has improperly disclosed classified information to foreign officials and used phones that national security officials warned were vulnerable to foreign surveillance, according to current and former officials.

What you’re reading there is not an argument it is a very lame excuse. Trump can’t “improperly disclose” classified material because he is the at the top of the nation’s classification system. He can literally declassify whatever he wishes. The major breaches of security under Trump have all originated with leakers trying to damage his presidency.

Imagine, though, a world in which 130 Democrats who worked for Hillary Clinton are unable to ever again hold a security clearance or work in the Federal government. Imagine the baristas regaling customers about the wars they started for no particular reason or the nations they turned over to Islamic extremists simply to show they weren’t Bush. What a wonderful place it would be, right?

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Church Leaders Suggest Bonkers Remedy to Knife Violence in England

Knife crime is Britain has hit an all-time high. London’s murder rate was higher than New York’s last year and they’re on track to have even more murders this year than in 2018. Clearly, something needs to be done, and Britain has no shortage of bad ideas. Since 2014, there has been an 80 percent rise in knife crime.

They tried a “Knife Surrender Bin” wherein people could safely turn in their knives. That didn’t work out so well after at least one was broken into and the contents stolen. In Nottinghamshire, police purchased 100 kitchen knives with dull ends and distributed them to homes where there is a high risk for domestic abuse.

Now, church leaders in England are calling for the government to ban pointy knives all together, signing on to a letter which reads:

Historically we needed a point on the end of our knife to pick up food because forks weren’t invented. Now we only need the point to open packets when we can’t be bothered to find the scissors.

A five-year study in Edinburgh found that of the sharp instruments used in homicides, 94 per cent were kitchen knives. Research demonstrates kitchen knives are used in a large percentage of homicides due to their availability and lethal nature.

Criminologists have demonstrated that reducing availability in turn reduces crime.

The UK has worked for the public good by restricting handguns, paracetamol, smoking in public and plastic bags – now it is time to say ‘no bloody point’.

At Rochester Cathedral, a statue called “Knife Angel” (yes, it’s literally an angel made of knives) is currently on display along with a book which people can sign, pledging not to carry knives.

I doubt the people signing this book are the people who were going to go on a stabbing spree. That’s the problem with these initiatives, just like gun control ideas in America.Remember the halcyon days of a couple of years ago when we used to joke that Britain would soon try to ban “assault knives”? Satire has become reality. The problem isn’t with weapons, it’s with people. We need to get to why people are stabbing each other in such drastically larger numbers.

And, maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem that hard to sharpen a knife if you’re determined to use one.

If we spent this much time, money, and energy on making people less murdery, the weapons wouldn’t even be an issue.

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Why Do We Defer to the Political Class?

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Public Domain. Official session in a Chinese Yamen, Guangzhou, pre-1889. Photo: Creative Commons.

Theory: Deference is a tactic that has been fully exploited by the political class for over 100 years to our collective detriment. Let’s examine that postulation in detail. What does deference mean? Here’s the dictionary definition:

deference [def-er-uh ns]

noun: respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another.

Deference is typically shown to older – and/or believed to be more experienced – people in various matters. As examples, we defer to the clergy in matters of religion, doctors in matters of medicine, and judges in matters of the law (the honest ones, anyway). Deference is also shown to people with credentials, too. What do I mean by that? There is a societal belief that people with the “right” credentials should be deferred to in matters associated with those credentials. The more credentials one “earns,” the more deference shown. There are all kinds of credentials: those earned by learned/demonstrated skills, those awarded by authoritative boards and committees, those achieved by passing tests, etc. Credentials are frequently used to preclude laymen from filling positions – a form of gatekeeper control.

But do credentials actually mean anything? Should we defer to people simply because they’ve got a piece of paper? Trust but verify works in the realm of validating credentials in everyday life, too. We look at the track records and recommendations/ratings first, don’t we? Who would willingly go to a known pedophile priest, a quack doctor, or a corrupt judge and blindly adhere to their advice without first checking them out? Let’s go one step further and look at the political class.

The political class has developed a sort of credentialism that accrues to politicians at different levels of government to the point that people elected to federal or certain state offices are considered “experts” in government operations and, seemingly, in virtually every topic and issue brought forth for consideration, regardless of whether there is any direct past expertise in those matters or not. Politicians blithely tell us to “trust them” because they are “experts” in how government operates – and a whole host of other myths intended to convince us to essentially let them run wild and free. I would argue they as a class have been pretty successful in that regard, as the national debt now exceeds $22 trillion! The bottom line is that they want us to look upon them as royalty and to treat them accordingly. They willfully forget that they serve us, not the other way around.

But let’s look at the facts: how many of the members of Congress have ANY expertise in any of the important matters under consideration these days? Who among them know anything about medical care (except for a very few who were formerly practicing physicians)? Or national security affairs, foreign policy, military requirements, “infrastructure,” the financial services industry, physical science as applied to environmental policy, existing immigration laws, border security, international trade, or even the US Constitution and Bill of Rights? Why on earth should we continually defer to lunatics like San Fran Nan, Shifty Schiff, Toad Nadler, Dick Blumenthal, Ho Harris, Spartacus Booker, Mad Maxine Waters, and others on ANY policy or piece of legislation that significantly impacts Americans? It’s frickin’ absurd.

Possibly even worse than the politicians are the Hollywood actors and actresses who are frequently trotted out by Democrats to convey their “vast knowledge” on left-wing subjects before Democrat-run committees in Congress. Hmmm. The only thing these people are “expert” at is in pretending to be other people (and some of them aren’t so good at doing that, either). And we’re supposed to be swayed by what they say on, say, nationalized medicine? Their opinions are as useful as those of street people!

What really stimulated my thoughts on the subject of deference – especially to members of Congress – was watching Corey Lewandowski’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. This was great political theater for a change.

Here we had Democrat representatives feigning outrage at Lewandowski, preening before TV cameras, and launching into ridiculous diatribes for political effect. And Lewandowski gave then just the right amount of respect – but no deference whatsoever!

His responses were the kind of responses for which I have been wishing and praying from ostensible Republicans to the likes of Nadler, Jackson-Lee and the rest for years! Well prepared, confident, not willing to give an inch, and not rolling over to Democrat presumptions. He bore their insults and verbal attacks without getting flustered and practically laughed in their faces at times. Made me laugh more than once, too! And the Democrats got NOTHING out of him to further their “impeachment inquiry.” Nothing! In fact, even the legacy media afterward castigated the Democrats for failing to properly interview Lewandowski and “wasting an opportunity to push the impeachment ball forward.” Lewandowski gave better than he got.

It’s amazing how some Republicans finally seem to have gotten a little spine in the Age of Trump, isn’t it? Even Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell have discovered their gonads over the past few months.

Back to the subject of deference. For years, I have had this print of a picture by the great American painter Norman Rockwell on my office wall as a daily reminder. It is entitled, “Freedom of Speech,” and a picture of a working man speaking truth to power and making his views known in a public meeting of some kind. It’s a direct example of what we as Americans should be doing on a regular basis, especially these days when so much corruption and criminality has been exposed! If anything, it properly reflects the deference of public servants toward average citizens, not the other way around! The political class and we need to be constantly reminded that they are to listen to and then serve us, not themselves!

Pompous windbags like Sheila Jackson-Lee berating private citizen Corey Lewandowski for crass political reasons are the antithesis of proper decorum and public service. Her performance was a direct result of the deference shown to the political class for decades. As an aside, I’d love to see her assets audited from top to bottom and her sources of income since election to Congress made widely known for her constituents to see. I’m sure that would be very illuminating. And the same goes for the rest of the contemptible fools.

How about liar Adam Schiff in his innumerable legacy media appearances over the past 2+ years in which he claimed to have the evidence necessary to “impeach the president” – which he couldn’t produce after the Mueller report was released? And then there’s his “parody” in an opening statement of the House Intelligence Committee about the President’s supposed extortion of Ukraine. It was a complete lie, as the telephone transcript summary of the two presidents’ phone call proved. Do we defer to him?

Should we show deference to Hillary Clinton who just called the president a “corrupt human tornado” while calling for his impeachment? The legacy media have been deferring to her for years, never challenging her about any of her egregious lies.

Then there is Fauxcahontas. Should we defer to her various pontifications about what policies she’d implement if elected president? The woman lied about her heritage to secure positions throughout her career. The legacy media have let her slide out of “deference,” too.

The list goes on and on. How many liars, knaves and thieves do you defer to in your private lives? I would wager not very many. Me neither.

The political class think that can say and do literally ANYTHING and get away with it and not be held accountable! They would do well to remember that there is no “royalty” in America, and the Founders and others fought a revolution to get out from under a tyrannical government. The political class demand deference from us yet fail miserably in their service obligations while taking advantages of perks that they give to themselves. I don’t think so! We should treat them just as we do credentialed people with whom we come in contact in our daily lives. Trust but verify. Confront them directly when they lie. Be courteous, but don’t be afraid to express your own opinion, particularly if it’s factual and contrary to what they bleat. Treat them with disdain when warranted. Inform others about their bad behavior, as appropriate. Follow the example of Corey Lewandowski and press other Republicans to do the same.

The political class need to earn our deference and respect – and that’s an EXTREMELY hard sell these days, especially with what we’ve seen lately. There are a lot of them who have demonstrated that they deserve no respect and certainly no deference. Let’s all deal with them accordingly – in the same manner as you would deal with others who violate trust in your daily lives. That is all that they deserve.

The end.

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