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The Left’s Real Vision, Exposed. by The Elephant's Child

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Events in the world continue to astound. Starving, desperate Venezuela is supposedly so pleased with Nicholas Maduro that they have elected him to another term as president dictator, so they can starve longer. In Turkey, Recip Erdogan has apparently decided to be a dictator. And China’s President Xi Jinping also serves as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, and the Communist Party has decided to allow him to reign indefinitely, instead of the two terms he originally planned on.

So perhaps it should not be surprising that New York magazine would carry an article titled “America’s Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy” by someone named Eric Levitz. You really need to read the whole thing to grasp just where leftist minds are wandering.

American democracy is unwell; on this much, President Trump’s detractors can agree.

But when they turn to the tasks of identifying our republic’s symptoms, naming its illness, and writing a prescription, different factions of “the resistance” produce divergent diagnoses.

One group — comprised of comparative politics scholars, liberal pundits, and NeverTrump conservatives — have their eyes fixed on Donald Trump. They see the moral cowardice of a Republican elite that declined to deny an illiberal demagogue their nomination, or to abandon him in the general election, or to let the investigation into his campaign proceed unimpeded. They observe a president who relentlessly assails the independence of federal law enforcement,veracity of official election results and a conservative base that takes his lies to be self-evident. And, pulsing beneath it all, they discern the rise of a hyperpartisanship that’s leading each party’s elected officials to eviscerate informal constraints on their authority — and each party’s voters, to believe that the other side has no legitimate claim to power.

It’s quite clear that when he writes about ‘capitalism’ and ‘democracy’ he is not writing about anything familiar to us.  Capitalism is to do with corporations which are evil, I won’t even attempt to explain his delusions, you’ll have to read it for yourself. But it becomes clearer just why it often seems like we are speaking different languages. We are.

A reader reminded me of a post from 2014 that seems appropriate, titled “The Ultimate Global Antipoverty Program”

Extreme poverty in the world fell to 15% in 2011, from 36% in 1990.  The credit goes to the spread of capitalism. The past 25 years have witnessed the greatest reduction in global poverty in the history of the world. An 80% reduction in world poverty in only 36 years.

The World Bank reported on Oct. 9 that the share of the world population living in extreme poverty had fallen to 15% in 2011 from 36% in 1990. Earlier this year, the International Labor Office reported that the number of workers in the world earning less than $1.25 a day has fallen to 375 million 2013 from 811 million in 1991. …

The reduction in world poverty has attracted little attention because it runs against the narrative pushed by those hostile to capitalism. The Michael Moores of the world portray capitalism as a degrading system in which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Yet thanks to growth in the developing world, world-wide income inequality—measured across countries and individual people—is falling, not rising, as Branco Milanovic of City University of New York and other researchers have shown.

So what accounts for that? “It was globalization, free trade, the boom in international entrepreneurship. In short, it was the free enterprise system, American style, which is our gift to the world.

Freedom and opportunity make all the difference. Some people just can’t grasp the idea of freedom, they can only see a world that would be better if only they were in charge.

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Collusion Against Trump: A Timeline by The Elephant's Child

Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist who, she says, tries to give you the information others don’t want you to have. She has put together a timeline of the  FBI / CIA Investigation into “Russian Collusion” and the Trump Presidency, which she describes as a “work in progress.” I called it all a “long-running soap opera,” acknowledging that that is far too frivolous a title.

This is very serious stuff. We have had plenty of campaign scandals over the years, but never before one with the intelligence agencies of the United States colluding to investigate the duly elected President of the United States in an effort to find something criminal with which they can charge the president in order to bring about his impeachment and return governmental power to the Democratic Party where it “rightfully” belongs. Her Timeline helps to put all the disparate events and information into an intelligible order that you can get your mind around.

“Collusion against Trump” Timeline

2011

U.S. intel community vastly expands its surveillance authority, giving itself permission to spy on Americans who do nothing more than “mention a foreign target in a single, discrete communication.” Intel officials also begin storing and entering into a searchable database sensitive intelligence on U.S. citizens whose communications are accidentally or “incidentally” captured during surveillance of foreign targets. Prior to this point, such intelligence was supposed to be destroyed to protect the constitutional privacy rights the U.S. citizens. However, it’s required that names U.S. citizens be hidden or “masked” –even inside U.S. intel agencies –to prevent abuse.

2012

July 1, 2012: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton improperly uses unsecured, personal email domain to email President Obama from Russia.

2013

June 2013: FBI interviews U.S. businessman Carter Page, who’s lived and worked in Russia, regarding his ongoing contacts with Russians. Page reportedly tells FBI agents their time would be better spent investigating Boston Marathon bombing (which the FBI’s Andrew McCabe helped lead). Page later claims his remark prompts FBI retaliatory campaign against him. The FBI, under McCabe, will later wiretap Page after Page becomes a Donald Trump campaign adviser.
FBI secretly records suspected Russian industrial spy Evgeny Buryakov. It’s later reported that Page helped FBI build the case.

Sept. 4, 2013: James Comey becomes FBI Director, succeeding Robert Mueller.

For the rest, click here.

Sharyl Atkisson has two books available, the first is Stonewalled: My fight for Truth Against the Forces of Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.

The second is The Smear:How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What you Think, and How You Vote.

President Trump has railed against “Fake News” and the media scoffs, but Trump is right. He deserves a lot of credit for his accomplishments and fulfillment of his campaign promises in the wake of a national media that has forgotten it’s role in the government which, they apparently never learned in journalism school, is not to indulge in politics, but to simply try to tell the truth. Instead they have just become the mouthpiece of the Democratic Party.

Prowl around Sharyl Attkisson’s website. You can get her notifications in your email if you choose.



There Was Collusion, but It Wasn’t President Trump! by The Elephant's Child

The first of these videos is of Kim Strassel who has been right on top of this story for the Wall Street Journal, with Tucker Carlson at Fox News. The second is again with Kim Strassel with Jason Chaffetz, former congressman from Utah, on Hannity. Both were posted May 11, the same day.

The third is an interview with Corey Lewandowski, who was one of Trump’s Campaign managers, posted on May 17, a week later. We have now reached the 20th of May, Sunday. So Monday should be a very interesting day indeed.

This is a deeply strange affair. Agencies of the government working to affect the outcome of the upcoming election, by inserting a spy in the campaign of the candidate of the party opposing the Obama administration’s preferred successor.

Agencies of the government are supposed to be public servants and work for the people. We’re perfectly aware that they are carrying out the direction of the party in charge, and the agencies will be carrying out the policies of the outgoing administration, and those policies will probably change under a new administration. But here we have the intelligence sector of the government acting to effect the outcome of the election.

After the election did not produce their preferred candidate, Hillary — we have an investigation of the newly elected president, Donald Trump, cooked up in  an attempt by agencies of the American government to find a crime with which they can impeach the duly elected president.

Government officials can be impeached. It is a way to remove very bad people. First, there must be a crime that is worthy of impeachment. Unfortunately for the Democrats, there was no crime, so a former head of the FBI was selected as an investigator to find a crime. That’s not the way it works. It should have been halted at that point, but there were all the rumors of malfeasance  by “the Russians”.

There seem to be a few stories about someone talking to Russians, there was a goofy cooked-up story by people paid by the Clinton campaign. There has been Hillary who came out with a book to say how she was cheated out of the office and “first woman” label to which she was entitled, and she has been going around the world, collecting money from curious audiences to complain about how unfair it all is and how horrible President Trump is.  Jay Whig, writing at American Greatness today put it very well.

The case against Trump evaporates as Trump has demonstrated unique competence: no one could have withstood the showers of arrows shot at him—many from his own camp and from defectors from the leadership of his camp—and still kept going, let alone kept his promises.

The logjam has busted, as they say. It’s all coming out. The spy has been outed. The inspector general’s case is about to be delivered. The Nunes House Intelligence Committee has received the information they demanded. There has been Collusion. Criminal collusion. This is very big and very bad.  To be continued…



Historian Richard Pipes Has Died at age 94. by The Elephant's Child

Richard Pipes, an invaluable historian of Russia, an aide to President Reagan, has died at age 94. He spent his entire academic career at Harvard, and took his place in the front rank of Russian historians with the publication of Russia Under the Old Regime in 1974.

He had a notable public career, but he regarded himself as first and foremost as a historian of Russian history, politics, and culture. He abandoned chronology and treated his subject by themes, such as the peasantry, the church, the machinery of the state and the intelligentsia. One of his most original contributions was to locate many of Russia’s woes in its failure to evolve beyond its status as a patrimonial state — nullifying the concepts of private property and individual freedom. Everything belonged to the head of the state.

You might want to start with his Modern Library book on Communism as a good introduction. I prize his Property and Freedom. He was a little uncomfortable taking on the subject as a departure from his Russian histories, but it was an important book.



The “Talking Points” Are Plain Leftist Propaganda by The Elephant's Child

Democrats operate on “talking points” which are supplied by their wordsmiths.  They depend on controlling the conversation, and if many speak in the same words, their “talking point” dominates. The more it is repeated, the stronger it becomes. It is, of course, all about power and control. It’s simply pure propaganda, a weapon in their political goal.

Whoever sends out the “talking points” managed to screw up rather badly yesterday, attempting to turn Israel’s celebration of the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the legitimate capitol of their country by moving our embassy there into a negative. Trump was wrecking the “Peace  Plan.” President Trump has sent Jared Kushner and Ivanka to Jerusalem as his representatives. Of course Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza, arranged a major demonstration, hoping to breach the wall and kill large numbers of Jews. Hamas pays residents of Gaza to demonstrate, and women and children are forced into the forward ranks, so that if the Israeli army resists the attack, Hamas will have the dead or wounded women and children as evidence of the evil of the Jewish people of Israel.

Odd that no one mentions all the Palestinian children treated in Israeli hospitals, or for that matter, both Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine and his wife have been treated in Israeli hospitals.

Israel gave the Palestinians Gaza, which is a prime piece of real estate with lovely beaches, and could be a major tourist destination, but Hamas is only interested in eliminating the Jewish State. The Associated Press has willfully and deliberately reported false casualty figures in Gaza out of fear of Hamas”s retribution. And the New York Daily News, spotting an opportunity to attack Trump, really went way too far. It was disgusting, and very deliberate. They knew better.



New Twists in the Plot of Our Soap Opera! Can You Keep Up? by The Elephant's Child

It continues. There was an FBI mole in the Trump campaign.  The Inspector General’s report is due out soon. The FBI can’t tell the House Intelligence Committee who they are getting their information from, since it would be dangerous and people would die, but under pressure they are showing it to Nunes and Gowdy. The idea that the FBI planted a mole in the campaign which they opposed politically, is damning. Comey cannot stop babbling, and how did he ever get appointed Director anyway? So we have lost whatever respect for the FBI that we once had. They clearly cannot be trusted if they are playing politics with an election, and trying to effect the outcome, when they are supposed to be responsible public servants.

Hillary announced that she lost because she is a capitalist and the rest of the Democrats are socialists. Nancy Pelosi said the first thing they would do when they take over after the mid-terms is to raise taxes back to where they ought to be. Can’t have all this good economic news. The Deplorables might get ideas.

Questions have arisen over who is paying Avenatti, Stormy Daniels lawyer, and there are legal and ethical questions about how he got into Michael Cohen’s bank records, and how did he get records for two people named Michael Cohen who he wrongly accused in a seven-page dossier this week, and there are questions about a bankrupt Tully’s coffee chain and there is a legal complaint seeking Avenatti’s disbarment.

The Democrats want the Iran Deal back because legacy. California is going to require that all new homes install solar cells on their roofs because global warming, which will add at least $30,000 to the price of a new house,already so high nobody can afford to buy one and people are shipping out for anywhere where the cost of living is cheaper and Jerry Brown is not governor.

Our own legislature  here in Washington State has just wrapped up a session for “a stronger American democracy”, with automatic voter registration, which will allow more illegal aliens to vote.( A Border Patrol officer said they are happy to admit that they voted in the last election.) They also passed same-day voter registration, and voter pre-registration to let high school students make the decision to be voters and be ready to exercise their right to vote the very day they turn 18.
The 18 year-olds I know certainly should not be voting.

I’m tempted to make some snarky remark here, but real events are beyond snarky remarks. Perhaps we should drag out good old fashioned tar and feathers. That might even sway a few votes.



Did You Think Politics Is Boring? Wow! Think Again! by The Elephant's Child

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes finally got out of the FBI (with threats of impeachment and disgrace) the source of the origin of the Russia Probe. The committee wanted to know how the FBI found out about the George Papadopoulos meeting with a Russian national that led to the FBI’s original investigation into potential Trump/Russia collusion.

Chairman Nunes appeared on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo to explain what they have found.

DEVIN NUNES: It took a long time to actually get this… the original intelligence, the original reasons that the counterintelligence investigation was started.

This is really important to us because a counterintelligence investigation uses the tools of our intelligence services, that are not supposed to be used on American citizens. So we’ve wanted to know what intelligence they had that actually led to this investigation.

There was no intelligence. Do watch the interview linked above. Why is this a big deal? Somebody ordered the investigation. They are investigating the State Department. Longtime close associates of Hillary Clinton, including Sidney Blumenthal and Corey Shearer were actively giving information to the State Department that was making its way to the FBI. So what you apparently have is a State Department whose Secretary is Hillary Clinton who is actively running for the Presidency participating in launching a probe and appointing a Special Prosecutor to  investigate her campaign opponent of the opposing party. And as Mr. Trump has claimed that his campaign was being wiretapped, he apparently was. We already know that the Clinton campaign paid for the Steele Dossier, but the campaign was also paying for oppo-research from London based Hakluyt & Co. Hillary wasn’t taking any chances. No wonder she’s so hysterical about losing.

At The American Spectator George Neumayr takes it a little further.

The probe didn’t start “by the book.” It started largely on the say-so of John Brennan, whose CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign. We know from Brennan’s own testimony and leaks that he had been lobbying the FBI to start the probe since at least the spring of 2016. But whatever alleged intelligence Brennan gave to the FBI, it was too flaky for the FBI to commit to print.

The probe was the product of a shell game played by a cast of Trump haters — from Brennan to Peter Strzok (the FBI’s liaison to the CIA, which is a key fact in all of this) to Hillary hired gun Christopher Steele. Brennan, since at least April of 2016, had been shaking foreign intelligence agencies down for any dirt on Trumpworld. He claimed that he had come up with some from Estonia, England, and other trusted “counterparts” and shoveled it to Strzok, who then dumped it on the desk of other Hillary partisans in the FBI/Justice Department’s senior leadership. Strzok would later confess to his mistress, in between calling Trump a “douche,” that the probe was just a fishing expedition with no “big there there.”

At National Review today Victor Davis Hanson explains how Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation train searching for any conceivable thing that President Donald Trump might have done wrong in 2016 is exposing all sorts of improper or illegal FBI and DOJ false testimony. The Inspector General has already indicated that Andrew McCabe has lied to federal investigators. And the list of those who have probably lied to federal investigators grows and grows. This makes Watergate look like tiddlywinks. The potentially worst scandal in the history of the country.

The partisan press keeps trying to feed the dying Russia collusion conspiracy theory in which they have invested so much effort. Yet they took no notice of “last week’s federal court filing that exposes an $84 million money-laundering conspiracy the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton Campaign executed during the 2016 presidential election in violation for  federal campaign-finance law.”

This comes from a post at The Federalist which added “Think of it Like a Shell Game With Millions of Dollars.” For the explanation of the law and why it’s a big deal you’ll have to follow the link. A lot of reading but we need to understand what is really happening, under the covers so to speak.

Investors Business Daily reported that the U.S. has 3.5 million more registered voters than live adults. Hundreds of illegals voted in Pennsylvania, and are cancelling their registrations now in fear of being discovered. Ken Block of Simpatico Software Systems did a comparison of voter registration and voter history from 21 states. Using an extremely conservative matching formula that included name, birthdays and Social Security numbers found that approximately 8,500 voters who voted in two states in the November 2016 election, including 200 couples who voted illegally together. He estimated that “there would be at least 40,000 duplicate voters if data was available from all states.” Chicago managed to have 14,000 more votes than voters in the 2016 general election. You will recall that Democrats insist that there is little if any vote fraud, and fiercely resist efforts to pass laws requiring voter identification. insisting that it is just racist attempts to keep Blacks from voting.

Put aside the latest thriller you’ve been reading. Forget the movie you were going to watch. Politics is starting to get downright exciting as a spectator sport.




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