The Good Ole’ Days

I'm beginning to miss the good ole' days when we were all going to die from climate change
I’m Beginning The Good Ole’ Days

ROFLMAO Actually, I don’t miss those particular ole’ days, mostly because I know that they’ll be back when President Trump is reelected. After all, the Democrats’ and their media will just add it back to their rotation. 😉

Of course, we could let this all go away. All the race riots, coronavirus panic, and Climate Change would all go away if we just let them install Biden as POTUS. All it would take is for Americans to look on and do nothing.

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They All Blame Trump

Career Democrats - Of Course They All Blame Trump
Of Course They All Blame Trump

While the rank and file among the Democrats is full of True Believers, Fellow Travelers, and Useful Idiots, the career Democrat politicians are something quite different. And, due to that fundamental difference, they blame President Trump for everything and anything, especially those things they, themselves, did or brought into being.

These sorts are career Democrats and they’re just doing their jobs as they seem them. Understand that they think, not completely wrongly, that their jobs are to stay in office. Anything they do in the course of that is important to them only in the context of that sole purpose.

Hence, since blaming President Trump and vilifying him seems to resonate with their constituencies, they consider doing that essential to their jobs.

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Trump’s Ham-Handed Policy

Trump's Ham-Handed Policy works better than 60+ years of nuance
President Trump’s Ham-Handed Foreign Policy

While Wolverton’s cartoon is just another of his Leftwing insults to our President, there is some accuracy to this particular imagery. President Trump’s foreign policy is bold, brash, and quite ham-handed in comparison to the status quo that came into being after the end of WW2.

But 60+ years of that status quo has achieved very little. Indeed, the only great strides made in the realm of geopolitics were the result of what were at the time declared be ham-handed actions and policies, e.g., President Reagan’s handling the USSR which helped in their resultant fall.

So, ham-handed? Certainly by what has become traditional standards. But President Trump’s foreign policy has already seen positive results despite best efforts of the Democrats and their propaganda corps.

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Dem’s Shithole Fishing

Dems Fishing At The Shithole
Dem’s Shithole Fishing For Votes & Tax Dollars

Be assured of one thing, My Fellow Americans; the Democrat politicians at both state and federal levels are not so enamored with immigration, legal or otherwise, out of any sense of compassion for these foreigners – especially the ones from the world’s shitholes. No, they’re just fishing for votes and tax dollars just as they always are.

It’s Not About Voter Fraud

This is not to say that these Dems are trying to- or expecting to get noncitizens to vote for them. No, thankfully, that sort of voter fraud is statistically nonexistent.

No, the primary sort of votes the Dems are fishing for is Electoral College votes and seatshence, votes – in the US House of Representatives. Truthfully, if they want to stay even marginally relevant in the post-2020 future, they have to keep fishing for immigrants. Americans and long-term foreign residents are fleeing the Blue States. The only thing allowing these states to mitigate the effects of this is through foreign immigrants like New York and California do.

But, of course, these Dem politicians are also looking for votes for themselves from their Liberal and Progressive constituencies, constituencies that have proven to be both rabidly fanatical on non-White immigration and prone to extreme responses to perceived waffling on this issue at all.

Well, this is true of White Democrats at least. The Congressional Black Caucus is a bit more specific in their support for immigration from shithole countries.

And, of course, Tax Money

It’s really just simple math – arithmetic really – much of the taxpayers’ monies distributed to the several states is done so based upon population either directly or indirectly. Given that the Dems’ bailiwicks would be in a rather steep population decline, they need immigrants, legal or otherwise, to bolster those numbers, lest they lose out.

And, lest we either forget or simply turn a blind eye, immigrants, mostly illegals, provide the labor force for many businesses that thrive in the urban zones where Democrats also flourish. That brings in state level tax dollars and resultant clout into these Democrat politicians grasp. A perfect example of this being the plethora of nail salons in and around NYC which are owned by Asian legal immigrants who, in turn, “hire” illegal immigrants – some of whom are victims of human trafficking – and keep them essentially enslaved and living in squalid conditions. Another example would be the various sweatshops that proliferate in urban, i.e., Democrat, zones such as NYC or Chicago.

These industries, some of whom can only be competitive against foreign companies through enacting the same horrid conditions as the sweatshops in the Third World, all provide taxes to the states. Frankly, given that, it’s not even surprising that Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL 23), former Chair of the DNC, said that illegal immigrants were the backbone of the economy.

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Yes, do always remember that, whenever a Democrat politician makes a strong statement in favor of increased immigration, it’s not about compassion; it’s about and only about, self-interest and the interests of the Democrat Party professionals.

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The Deep State Is Real

The Deep State is real. It is a body of people, made up of influential members of the government beaucracy, the senior military staff, and parts of top-level finance and industry, who are involved in the largely unreported and uncountable manipulation or control of government policy. It is not a conspiracy theory, despite what the anti-Trump Lamestream Enemedia so raucously claims. It’s a long-established and proven fact or, at least, the political science is settled on this matter and the debate over its existence is over.

Three fine books on this Deep State, Shadow Government, State Within a State, or Double Government are: What Washington Get Wrong by Jennifer Bachner and Benjamin Ginsberg, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government by Mike Lofgren, and National Security and Double Government by Michael J. Glennon.

Each year unelected federal administrators write thousands of regulations possessing the force of law. What do these civil servants know about the American people whom they ostensibly serve? Not much, according to this enlightening and disturbing study.

The authors surveyed federal agency officials, congressional and White House staffers, and employees of various and sundry policy-making organizations about their attitudes toward- and knowledge of the public. They found a gaping chasm between what D.C. officials assume they know about average Americans and the actual opinions and attitudes of those average Americans.

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In a nutshell, the Deep State as longtime Republican party insider, Mike Lofgren describes it is a combination of elected and appointed members of the legislative and executive branches; and corporate insiders, especially the military-industrial complex, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley. Together, fueled by enormous amounts of money, they effectively control the country, regardless of which party is in power or the wishes of the electorate.

Drawing on insights gleaned over three decades on Capitol Hill, much of it on the Budget Committee, Lofgren paints a gripping portrait of the dismal swamp on the Potomac that our government has become.

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National security policy in the United States has remained largely constant from the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration. This continuity can be explained by the “double government” theory of 19th-century scholar of the English Constitution, Walter Bagehot. As applied to the United States, Bagehot’s theory suggests that US national security policy is defined by the network of unelected executive officials who manage the departments and agencies responsible for protecting US national security and who, responding to structural incentives embedded in the US political system, operate largely removed from the public’s view and from constitutional constraints.

The public may in large believe that the constitutionally-established institutions control the laws and public policy, but that belief is both unfounded and mistaken. Judicial review is negligible; congressional oversight is dysfunctional; and presidential control is normally nominal at best. People and whole organizations that were created and staffed without the People’s input treat politicians of all sorts as individual impediments that will in most cases be highly temporary.

To put it in perspective one way, in 2014, 3,291 pages of new laws were passed by Congress – the sole branch of government with the constitutional authority to make law – and signed by the President. During this same period, unelected bureaucrats at dozens of federal departments and agencies issued 79,066 pages of new and updated regulations. Hence, unelected and only marginally accountable bureaucrats enacted approximately 24 times the pages of regulations that operate by and large with the full force of law that Congress enacted actual laws.

To put it in perspective in another way, for years since 9/11, the CIA has kept and utilized a fully armed fleet of drones, mostly Predators and Reapers. They have literally made an unknown number of lethal strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere. I say an unknown number because any such strikes by the CIA are classified as Title 50 covert actions and the government cannot by law provide any information about how the CIA conducts targeted killings. Even the majority of Congress is disallowed oversight or complete analysis of these operations.

The Deep State

Frankly, if they weren’t deranged and damaged, the hypocrisy of the Liberals and Progressives over the existence and their current denial of existence would be equally maddening and amusing. Have they not spent whole generations complaining about Big Oil, Wall Street, Big Ag, the Military-Industrial Complex, and Big Ag essentially owning the government no matter who is elected to office? Have the American people not had to hear them rant about the Koch brothers and ALEC since 2008?

It seems to me that they’ve been complaining about the Deep State for decades. They just didn’t use or know the right term to use for it. But now that Pres. Trump and the American people complain about it, their mindless rejection and cognitive dissonance forces them to deny it and what they’ve been ranting about and against for at least the last half century.

Deep Government - Certainly a Double Government if not quite a State Within a State

No, the Deep State is quite real. It’s not just some conspiracy theory and it’s not something that President Trump and/or White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon cooked up, though they did drag the actual term out of the “hallowed” halls of academia and into the light of day. The government is more than what you see. It’s roots run both deep and far and are largely hidden from sight. Or, said another way dearer to my heart, Prof. Glennon ‘s Madisonian Institutions that we see are just like mushrooms; they’re just the visible, fruiting body but the rhizomes make up the bulk of the fungus, do most of the work of keeping it alive, and are perpetually hidden from sight.

Being real, however, doesn’t automatically means that they constitute a subterranean web of common and nefarious purpose. One, the various groups don’t normally have a common purpose with each other. Two, whether or not any of those purposes are truly nefarious is a matter of supposition, perspective, and one’s value judgements.

At the end of each and every day, these bureaucrats have their own interests just like the rest of is. They want to keep their jobs, above all. They wouldn’t have gone into the bureaucracy in the first place if job security wasn’t of tantamount importance to them. They will whenever possible act in ways to ensure that job security and will ally themselves with anyone and any policy which they perceive to enhance it. They will also work against and ally with those who also against whatever might infringe upon their job security.

And that brings us to President Trump. Part of his platform was to “drain the swamp” that is the federal government. Pres. Trump even issued two significant Executive Orders (EO 13771 and EO 13777) which focus this draining squarely upon the various agencies who employ these unelected bureaucrats. Such act directly threaten those people’s job security. Hence, it’s hardly unreasonable that would they be and act as they could against him as they could.

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