The Democrats’ effort to produce evidence that January 6 was a Trump planned assault on democratic government will be as complete a failure as the New York Times’ Tom Friedman’s theory of four years ago that Trump’s collusion with Russia in the 2016 election was as great an assault on American sovereignty as Pearl Harbor or 9/11.
Liz Cheney has unwittingly helped to clarify the issues arising from last year’s election. The country must decide that it was an entirely fair and unquestionable election and that Trump was trying to incite insurrection on January 6 or it must acquiesce in the possibility that he will return as president. The McConnell faction seems determined to close ranks to fight oppression by the radical Left in the Democratic congressional caucuses and work for Republican victories next year.
Peggy Noonan’s theory that the Republicans are tearing themselves apart is also bunk. Republicans can get a candidate other than Trump if they want but not on the false charge that he has no legitimate complaint about the 2020 election, or that he was trying to stir up a revolt on January 6. McConnell and most of the wiser anti-Trump elements in the Republican Party leaped back into their trenches and presumably will return to the comparative discretion most of them observed while Trump was president. Those unable to contain their Trump-hate will bite the dust if they have to deal with a primary opponent—e.g., Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and one or two others can grumble, but presumably even they realize that being useful idiots for the Democrats is not what they were sent to Washington to accomplish.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are planning to collaborate with private providers to surveil so-called “domestic violent extremists,” code for Trump supporters. “By partnering with research firms who have more visibility in this space, the DHS could produce information that would likely be beneficial to both it and the FBI, which can’t monitor U.S. citizens in this way without first getting a warrant or having the pretext of an ongoing investigation,” CNN reported on Monday. “The CIA and [National Security Agency] are also limited on collecting intelligence domestically. The [DHS] is coordinating with the National Security Council and FBI as part of the effort.”
Meanwhile, Hunter Biden’s criminality is rewarded with book deals and university speaking gigs; Antifa rioters in Portland are let off the hook and violent demonstrators who ransacked Washington, D.C. during Trump’s 2017 inauguration are getting hefty cash settlements and clean records.
The Biden Justice Department is “the shield and the sword”—the motto of East Germany’s Stasi—for the Democratic Party, protecting its own corrupt ranks while terrorizing any and all detractors. Unfortunately, there are no liberators in sight.
The increasing use of scientific jargon has permitted the State's intellectuals to weave obscurantist apologia for State rule that would have only met with derision by the populace of a simpler age. A robber who justified his theft by saying that he really helped his victims, by his spending giving a boost to retail trade, would find few converts; but when this theory is clothed in Keynesian equations and impressive references to the "multiplier effect," it unfortunately carries more conviction. And so the assault on common sense proceeds, each age performing the task in its own ways.
Thus, ideological support being vital to the State, it must unceasingly try to impress the public with its "legitimacy," to distinguish its activities from those of mere brigands…
The gravest crimes in the State's lexicon are almost invariably not invasions of private person or property, but dangers to its own contentment, for example, treason, desertion of a soldier to the enemy, failure to register for the draft, subversion and subversive conspiracy, assassination of rulers and such economic crimes against the State as counterfeiting its money or evasion of its income tax. Or compare the degree of zeal devoted to pursuing the man who assaults a policeman, with the attention that the State pays to the assault of an ordinary citizen. Yet, curiously, the State's openly assigned priority to its own defense against the public strikes few people as inconsistent with its presumed raison d'ętre.
Translation: The real agenda behind the Deep State persecuting Trump supporters is 1) "shock and awe" against anyone questioning the government's legitimacy, and 2) justifying its own miserable existence.
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the key First Amendment case Americans for Prosperity v. Rodriguez, which centers on the State of California’s requirement that nonprofit organizations disclose their donor information to the state. Back in 2015, then-Attorney General Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) demanded that two conservative nonprofits, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), hand over their donor lists. This demand threatened to reveal the identities of donors, potentially subjecting them to threats and harassment.
Legal representatives for AFP and TMLC said the Supreme Court justices’ questions and remarks suggested they are likely to strike down California’s requirement as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.
'The United States Postal Service (USPS) is running a social media spying campaign to track protests on behalf of Big Brother.
Yahoo News obtained a document exposing the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) run out of the USPS. This program employs USPS agents to trawl through social media posts, flagging certain posts as problematic, and then sharing the information with other federal bureaucrats.
“Analysts with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) monitored significant activity regarding planned protests occurring internationally and domestically on March 20, 2021,” the March 16 government bulletin states, which has been called “law enforcement sensitive” and issued to the Department of Homeland Security’s fusion centers.
“Locations and times have been identified for these protests, which are being distributed online across multiple social media platforms, to include right-wing leaning Parler and Telegram accounts,” the bulletin added.'
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul,” Nelson Mandela famously said, “than the way in which it treats its children.” By that standard, our society now has the soul of an abusive parent. The pandemic has turned American adults, or at least the ones who make the rules, into selfish neurotics who have been punishing innocent children for over a year—and still can’t restrain themselves...
Our lockdowns have been horrific. Canada's have been worse.
Viva Frei puts everything in perspective.
It is extraordinarily well-put.
This would be our country if we allowed it:
And we're not far off.
The greatest trick that the governments have played now is convincing people that there's something benevolent, praiseworthy, noble, in blindly following these government edicts, these unscientific government edicts, in the absence of any demonstrable evidence – that you're bad for questioning it and you're morally righteous and virtuous for blindly following it.
And they've got people who are so terrorized by fear that they will blindly follow whatever the government says under the pretext that it must be offering them some form of security, because “Why would the government be saying it otherwise?”
It’s unlikely Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer set out to prove that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s fetish for lockdowns and masks does exactly nothing to stop the spread of coronavirus. Those of us who have been pointing out the data demonstrating this for months now will gladly accept her assistance nevertheless. Our mamas taught us never to look a gift horse in the mouth—not even the hypocritical ones, whose top aides vacation in the alleged coronavirus hellhole of Florida over spring break. [...]
In fact, Michigan is currently the coronavirus hellhole. Which also explains why Whitmer’s own staff is trying to escape.
Speaking of Whitmer, there she was, proudly displaying her Fauci totem . . . err . . . pillow for all to see during a recent Zoom interview—letting the world know with this hamfisted virtue signal that she’s one of the smart set. She knows how to dutifully follow orders from Lord Farquaad . . . err . . . Fauci.
Indeed, Whitmer has done everything the fiendish Fauci has commanded her to do, and in the process has proven Fauci’s edicts may be about a lot of things, but effectively stopping the spread of coronavirus would not be one of them. Is that bad?
Instead of prioritizing resources to confront the menace posed by America’s foreign adversaries, which is her job, [Director of National Intelligence Avril] Haines is devoting most of her time to pursuing Americans on the political Right. Her first official missive as Biden’s DNI didn’t raise alarm over China or North Korea or Iran—it warned that Americans represent a “heightened threat” to the homeland this year. [...]
But there is a slight—major?—problem with Haines’ alert; she clearly exceeded the boundaries of her authority. Haines’ definition of a DVE, per her report, is “an individual based and operating primarily in the United States without direction or inspiration from a foreign terrorist group or other foreign power.” Haines’ purview, however, is solely vested in gathering intelligence related to bad actors allied with hostile regimes beyond our shores, not Trump-supporting veterans from Virginia...