The Sad State of Some On the Right: Seth Rich Edition

On November 9, 1994, people went into work, thrilled knowing there was a GOP majority about to take over Congress for the first time in forty years.

It was supposedly a great feeling. The best part was, Republicans promised to advance a slew of legislation in the first one hundred days of Congress. It was called ‘The Contract With America.” Conservatives understandably knew there were difficulties in the Senate and that President Clinton would likely veto some of the legislation. The point is, they made promises and set out to keep them.

It was a simpler time. The internet was in its infancy. The only twenty-four hours news channel was CNN. Talk radio was the only outlet available to conservatives to get a take on the news that didn’t slant to the left. Things changed drastically over the next fifteen years. The internet exploded. Fox News and MSNBC launched. Blogs were the first form of social media, and they took off after the 9/11 attacks. Then came YouTube, and Twitter and Facebook. By 2008, the entire landscape of how people consumed their news had changed.

It, unfortunately, brought about the worst elements of the conservative movement, allowing them more prominence than ever before. There were more than enough conspiracies floated about Bill Clinton in the 1990’s that went beyond the Lewinsky scandal. The death of Vince Foster kept people going for years. Such was the same about George H.W. Bush. People on the left don’t like to be reminded of the Bush/CIA/crack conspiracy they floated (people said Bush and the CIA purposely introduced crack cocaine to the inner-cities) but the nonsense never amounted to much.

When Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign, it gave rise to one of the more pathetic conspiracies floated by conservatives: the birther movement. People can claim Hillary Clinton’s campaign started it all, which is true but so many in the conservative movement took it and ran with it. Three years after Barack Obama’s “historic” election, the conspiracy didn’t die off. It was resurrected and given new life by a man who would one day be President, Donald Trump.

Republicans vying for the nomination for 2012 were afraid Donald Trump might jump into the race and instead of telling him to take his birther conspiracies and donations to Democrats back to Trump Tower, what did they do? Nothing. In fact, Mitt Romney, after securing the GOP nomination went to a fundraiser hosted by Donald Trump in May of 2012 and said he didn’t care that Trump was a birther. At the time, George Will said the following:

“What voter is going to vote for him because he’s seen with Donald Trump?” conservative commentator George Will said Sunday during an appearance on ABC’s This Week. “The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low, and you can still intrude into American politics.”

Four years later, the nomination of the bloviating ignoramus drove George Will to leave the Republican Party.

Unfortunately, nothing has improved. People can shout “Neil Gorsuch!” at me all day, but it doesn’t change that nearly five months into his Presidency, Donald Trump hasn’t signed a single significant piece of legislation. Republicans aren’t talking about health care or tax reform because they’re questioned only on the latest childish outburst from the Commander-in-Chief.

Prominent Republicans and conservative media types are not helping matters. Sean Hannity’s foray into the Seth Rich conspiracy theory is an utter embarrassment, not only to conservatives but also to many of Hannity’s co-workers who do good work. People like Bret Baier, James Rosen, and Greg Gutfeld shouldn’t have their images tarnished because Hannity wants to traffic in rubbish.

Newt Gingrich, who led that GOP takeover of Congress, also pushed the conspiracy. Gingrich, in 1995, strolling to the podium in the House (a rare event for the House Speaker) with a large dictionary. He opened it and read the definition of the word “sophistry,” taking direct aim at Democrats who were caterwauling about GOP legislation. It was a proud, funny moment.

Now he was on Fox and Friends floating the kind of garbage story one expects to see coming from idiots such as Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson on InfoWars. But no. Here was the former Speaker of The House and a mainstream 2012 GOP presidential candidate on television, discussing an already debunked conspiracy theory on the Fox News Channel.

It is pathetic that it took the constant pleading of Seth Rich’s mother, father, and brother for Hannity to stop (for now) talking about the subject. On Twitter, so-called conservatives yelled at me because I don’t want “justice” for Seth Rich. Donald Trump can’t stop making mistakes, and the GOP agenda is nowhere to be found because GOP leaders in Congress are acting like everything is business as usual.

I think Seth Mandel summed it best on Twitter, yesterday:

“Republicans finally–finally!–defeat the Clintons, and they’re reaction is to…push spittle-flecked Clinton murder conspiracies. Amazing.”- @SethAMandel

Unfortunately, the Trump era of the GOP is upon us. The question is when it all comes crashing down, will people wake up and return to normalcy? Or will they push the party further to the fringe?

The clock is ticking.

Supreme Court Screws North Carolina On Voter ID Law

Well, I guess having Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court means exactly nothing for the state of North Carolina, or any state that believes voter ID should be a requirement to avoid voter fraud.

In 2013, when Governor Pat McCrory took over Raleigh and began undoing all the foul damage two decades of Democrat governors had done to the state, one of his most excellent moves was to sign legislation that put commonsense voter ID laws into effect in the state.

The usual liberal players, who seem to benefit most where there are no protections against voter fraud, pulled their usual tricks out of their filthy liberal pockets and screamed: RACISM!

Because according the the Democrats, everybody knows minorities are weak, dumb, and need white liberal Democrats to hold their hands and tell them how to get by.

Sadly, minorities apparently agree with them, because they keep voting for them and their failed policies, as if one more really bad piece of legislation is going to turn everything around.

Weeks before the 2016 election, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, a bench of rancid liberal activists, overturned North Carolina’s voter ID law, saying it targeted black voters disproportionately.

So what did the voter ID law require that was so awful?

The law required voters to present an approved form of photo identification before casting a valid ballot; reduced the early voting period from 17 to 10 days; eliminated out-of-precinct voting; eliminated same-day registration and voting; and eliminated preregistration by 16-year-olds.

Maybe it’s my “white privilege” showing, but how, exactly, does this target black voters? How is any of this a detriment, especially when all voters, regardless of race, had to adhere to it?

It’s not.

The real racists are the ones who think that only white people are capable of obtaining an ID.

The state took the case to the Supreme Court, seeking to have the lower court’s ruling overturned, in order to reinstate voter ID in the Tar Heel state, but today, the Supreme Court ruled that minorities in North Carolina are too dumb to figure out how to get ID, or at least, too dumb to figure out how to pull it out of their pockets and show it at a voting station.

In a statement, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the court’s refusal to hear the case isn’t a judgment on its merits.

“Given the blizzard of filings over who is and who is not authorized to seek review in this Court under North Carolina law, it is important to recall our frequent admonition that ‘the denial of a writ of certiorari imports no expression of opinion upon the merits of the case,’” he said.

So SCOTUS just doesn’t want to be bothered with it and North Carolina, that saw a rash of voter fraud and misconduct in the 2016 election, is stuck with a bad system, a corrupt governor, and little recourse to bring integrity back to our system of voting.

And yes, the ACLU and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (Just drips with annoying, liberal angst, doesn’t it?) are doing a victory lap on the ashes of ACTUAL justice and fair elections in the state.

“This law, enacted with what the appeals court called discriminatory intent and ‘almost surgical precision’ targeting African-American voters, is meeting its much-deserved demise. An ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing.”- Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project

That’s liberal code for: Voter fraud is now the law of the land in the Tar Heel State – Democrats rejoice!

Who Compelled Sally Yates To Act? Republican Senators Want To Know

You’ll be hearing a lot from the lefty social media sphere about how former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates DESTROYED Texas Senator Ted Cruz in her appearance before the Senate Subcommittee today as they investigate Russian involvement in the last election. Let me go ahead and show that to you now, to get it out of the way. It was a good exchange, and she held her own; which is impressive given Cruz’s abilities as a hard-charging attorney. Pay attention to what Cruz says at the end about suspecting partisanship, because that’s the general theme of today’s hearings, at least on the Republican side.

Sally Yates Senate Subcommittee Hearing

I would note that, that might be the case if there’s reason to suspect partisanship- SEN. TED CRUZ

Cruz, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa were particularly open in their assertion that Yates, in “warning” the White House back in January that now ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has associations with Russian contacts that compromised his ability to do his job, may have had a partisan motive for her actions.

Yates was also grilled pretty heavily by GOP members about why she refused to enforce President Donald Trump’s travel ban, a move which led to her termination at the Department of Justice. Yates contends she found the ban unconstitutional and would have been violating her oath to enforce it. The very shrewd litigator, when questioned about the travel ban, turned into something of an activist, using expressions about “truth” and mentioning that she saw the ban as a religious test (hence the unconstitutional part) intended to discriminate against Muslims.

Cruz reminded her that the Executive Order issuing the travel ban was declared legal as it related to its constitutionality. Louisiana Senator John Kennedy even went so far as to ask Yates when she became a member of the Supreme Court, since deciding the constitutionality of orders was their purview alone.

For her part, Yates came across as a person of integrity and conviction. She was most believable when she was insisting that one of her primary reasons for taking her concerns about Flynn to the White House was that Vice President Mike Pence was being sent out with inaccurate information and was “unknowingly lying” to the American public. But she did leave a nagging feeling she must have been encouraged to “take a stand,” particularly as it relates to Flynn.

She was clear that she never requested Flynn be unmasked, but could never answer — partly due to the fact that she couldn’t answer questions related to an ongoing investigation – how Flynn came to be unmasked. Who ordered the unmasking and why was particularly interesting to Graham, and he made sure to mention at the close of the hearing that he would be seeking answers to those questions.

The insinuation is, of course, that Flynn’s associations were a witch hunt to harm the new administration, prompting Kennedy to wonder why Flynn was given “double secret” security clearance that allowed him to serve in the White House if his phone call with the Russian ambassador was known about during the transition period between the election and the inauguration.

So many questions. The Dems, for their part, kept mentioning a special committee and a special prosecutor to investigate the ties of the new administration to Russia. GOP members want further investigation as to how and why Flynn was unmasked — not to mention who in the intelligence community leaked his name to the Washington Post that allowed them to break the story.

Former head of the Department of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also testified today, had a third agenda for his appearance: he simply, he said, wants the electorate to be aware of how hard Russia is working to undermine the US democratic system.

The French Presidential Election and the Press

If you thought the American press was unfair, unbiased, and stupid in the way it covers our political system, wait until you see how it’s handling the French elections. The reporters are not even pretending any more, consider this quote from the Associated Press from a story about the French presidential run off election (which is scheduled for this Sunday):

“France is about to have a president like no other: either Marine Le Pen, a far-right populist or Emmanuel Macron, a brainy upstart who’s daring the French to gamble on a startup-style new political construction.”

In other words, it’s a contest between a fascist and an innovative, fresh voice of change. Keep in mind, the AP isn’t taking sides, they’re just bashing one candidate and celebrating the other.

And it’s not just the AP, every American news outlet does the same. On television and in print, Le Pen is always in everywhere described as “far-right”, her name rarely appears without that term attached; but it is never defined in any way. That’s because “far-right” is not a description, but instead an attack or slur meant to invoke images of goose-stepping soldiers and violence. It’s a way to make someone unacceptable in a single phrase; it’s an attempt to shut down the conversation, rather than starting one. 

But is Le Pen actually “far-right”? Well not in economics or social policy either. She wants to keep religion out of public life in France. In America, she might be called center-left, except for one thing: Le Pen is skeptical of France’s current immigration and refugee policies. For that one thing, she’s attacked as a dangerous fascist, where none of her critics actually debate the topic with her. It would take facts and preparation, and they very well might lose that argument. Instead they call her names and hope that’s enough to kill her candidacy. 

And with the help of a mindless and compliant press (here and there), it might be enough this time, but not forever because at some point voters in France will demand a voice in the matter as they will here too someday. Sooner rather than later. 

May Day Protests in Portland Turned Into Riots

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This was a monologue from Greg Gutfeld on the FoxNewsChannel’s “The Five”:

May Day protests ended with violent rioting in Portland, Oregon. You know Portland, the city that last week canceled a local parade because of violent threats made by leftists. So as speeches and parades disappear because the left promises violence, days later leftists still violently run rampant.

The lesson: once when the threat of violence suppresses speech, actual violence can replace it. There were twenty five arrests of the anarchists; that started fires, property damage, and throwing home-made bombs at police officers.

Anarchists? Is that what we call them? What a fake word. It’s just shorthand for wannabe terrorists; they’re ISIS, but without the goats.

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The Donald Trump Rally: Whining About the Media

Watching President Trump’s 100-day rally was like stepping into a time machine and going back to Trump’s general election campaign. If you managed to see any of campaign rallies, you didn’t miss much last night.

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The Scary Anti-Free Speech Movement 

So let’s play a game called “Who’s the fascist?”, because now anyone can play. In Portland, Oregon their annual rose parade was canceled after leftists promised to violently attack the local Republicans (if they showed up). If organizers didn’t cave, hundreds of rioters would swarm. So they caved, and canceled the whole event, with the excuse that they could not guarantee the participants’ safety; which is now the go to excuse to enable the mob. 

Now this is nuts. We’re America, people have fought and died for the right of free speech and assembly, and we let mobs of pointless weasels take that away? As lawless rioters brag about how they own the city, you prove them right by giving in. So where’s the media or the heroic actors and musicians that fight for tolerance? 

So who’s fault is it? Do you blame the spoiled brats for being spoiled brats? What about their enablers, like the academics who claim to defend free speech (unless you’re a conservative), the liberal bureaucrats in college towns (that are now cowering under their desk), or the meek tweeters in Hollywood who “bravely” zing right wingers who remain silent? 

What we’re seeing is the first anti-free speech movement. And it’s from the progressive, punitive mob; coddled for decades by the media, entertainment industry, and government. 

On college campuses and towns, the American flag is slowly being replaced by a white one. First speeches, now parades. 

What’s next? That’s a really good, but also very scary question.