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Can the GOP Accommodate Two Rock Stars? By Jack Cashill

Ron DeSantis doesn’t look like a man who’s interested in playing second fiddle. From Jack Cashill at americanthinker.com:

Fresh from his deft Martha’s Vineyard gambit, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew into Kansas on Sunday to rally support for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, now running for governor against incumbent Democrat Laura Kelly.

Saul Alinsky, the acknowledged master of forcing poseurs to honor their own policies, could not have done better than DeSantis. No political stroke in memory has succeeded in exposing liberal hypocrisy quite so effortlessly and effectively. Had the Islanders taken the 50 illegal aliens in, they might have checked DeSantis’s move and saved a little face, but they didn’t. They lived up to their most ludicrous stereotypes, calling in the National Guard and deporting the hapless Venezuelans to some sterile Army base on the mainland. It will be years before “Martha’s Vineyard” is anything but a template for a meme or a punch line to a joke.

Both Schmidt and U.S. Senator Roger Marshall had fun with Martha’s Vineyard in the speeches they gave preceding DeSantis’s. The SRO crowd at the Olathe (O-lay-the) Civics Center ate it up. When DeSantis took center stage, the thousands in attendance were primed. They surged to their feet and roared their appreciation. If it wasn’t clear before this past week, it was clear to everyone in Olathe. Ron DeSantis has arrived.

Before Donald Trump descended the golden escalator at Trump tower in June 2015, the GOP had gone more than a quarter-century without a rock star. Now, it has two, and that is the challenge. Although he ran as the moderate candidate in the 2020 GOP primary, Marshall, a medical doctor, has been a pleasant surprise for conservatives. That said, he did not mention Trump in his speech. Schmidt has also been tagged as something of a moderate, but one would not have guessed that from his intense and impressively disciplined speech. He did not mention Trump either.

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Unpacking the Apparent Trump-Hillary Double Standard: For Her, the FBI Helped Obstruct Its Own Investigation, by Paul Sperry

There’s been two sets of rules in Washington for many years. It’s not always partisan, it’s more an insider-outsider thing. From Paul Sperry at realclearwire.com:

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch obtained evidence that a computer contractor working under the direction of Hillary Clinton’s legal team destroyed subpoenaed records that the former secretary of state stored on a private email server she originally kept at her New York home, and then lied to investigators about it. Yet no charges were brought against Clinton, her lawyers, or her paid consultant.

The leniency accorded to Clinton contrasts with recent moves by Attorney General Merrick Garland to aggressively investigate former President Trump and his lawyers for allegedly obstructing investigators’ efforts to locate subpoenaed records at his Florida home. Legal experts say the apparent double standard may provide a useful defense for Trump and his legal team.

The treatment of Clinton included a deal with her defense team that required the FBI to, in effect, obstruct its own investigation. During its 2016 probe, the bureau agreed with her lawyers’ demands to destroy two laptop hard drives containing subpoenaed evidence immediately after searching for files on them. They did so while the information was still being sought by congressional investigators and even though the lawyers had served under Clinton at the State Department and were subjects of the FBI’s investigation. In fact, the laptops were theirs.

Long before it bowed to the request, the FBI suspected Clinton’s lawyers played hide-and-seek with evidence, making the concession that much more baffling.

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The Justice Department Was Dangerous Before Trump. It’s Out of Control Now, Part One, by Matt Taibbi

The Justice Department has become a partisan enforcer of laws that are never applied to the favored. Trump, of course, is not among the favored. From Matt Taibbi at taibbi.substack.com:

The current Trump investigation is just the latest chapter of a long-brewing civil liberties nightmare.

Clockwise from top left: The “Blind Sheikh,” attorney Lynne Stewart, singing Attorney General John Ashcroft, Enron defendant Ken Lay

On Monday, August 8, Justice Department officials spent nine hours raiding the Mar-a-Lago home of Donald Trump, carrying out 12 boxes of material. When criticism ensued, FBI spokespeople in wounded tones insisted the press eschew the harsh term “raid,” and use “execution of a search warrant” instead.

“Agents don’t like the word ‘raid,’ they don’t like it,” complained former assistant FBI counterintelligence director turned MSNBC analyst Frank Figliuzzi. He added with unintentional irony: “It sounds like it’s some sort of extrajudicial, non-legal thing.”

But it was a raid, as the surprisingly enormous number of people who’ve been on the business end of such actions since 9/11 will report. The state more and more now avails itself of a procedural trick that would have horrified everyone from Jefferson to to Potter Stewart to Thurgood Marshall. Investigating, say, one lawyer, prosecutors raid a whole firm, taking everything — emails, client files, cell phones and personal computers — then have a supposedly separate group of lawyers, called a “taint” or “filter” team, examine it all. In this way they learn the private details of hundreds or even thousands of clients in a shot, all people unrelated to the supposed case at hand.

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Rope-a-Dope, by James Howard Kunstler

The real purpose of the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago was not to find evidence that could be used against Trump, but to neutralize evidence that Trump could have used against the FBI and other parts of the government. From James Howard Kunstler at kunstler.com:

Between vanishing livelihoods, car-jackings gone wild, fears of stroking out or infarcting from their mRNA boosters, threats of nuclear annihilation over Ukraine, and remorseless waves of mindfuckery emanating from the evil machine fronted by “Joe Biden,” is it any wonder that Americans struggle to understand what is happening to our country?

Last week, the “president” blurted out “we beat Big Pharma!” That was a shocker. He didn’t elaborate. Did the White House staff and the Pfizer C-suite meet for a volleyball game at Rehoboth beach? Karine Jean-Pierre didn’t say. Nor did anyone mention the government-purchased 171-million doses of the new bivalent Covid “vaccines” the FDA is rolling out. Do you wonder what the price-per-dose was? Go suck an egg… you’re not allowed to know. The compliant search engines will not tell you. Not even the one that goes quack. That was some “beat,” though, huh? Wait for the news about who actually steps up to take this new, virtually untested shot. Hint: people who live under a rock.

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An Interesting Congruity . . ., by Eric Peters

Donald Trump and Anthony Fauci both have large followings of zealous believers. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Donald Trump – and some of those who still follow him – have an interesting thing in common with Dr. Fauci and those who still follow him.

The latter continues to insist that “mask” wearing is sensible rather than farcical. His followers continue to  . . . follow him.

Which is farcical.

The former continues to insist that the “vaccines” have “saved millions of lives” – and his followers continue to  . . . follow him.

Which is inexplicable.

Both seem blinkered by their politics. The Faucists “mask” – and defend “masking” – because they understand that not defending “masking” undermines everything the Faucists – who are Leftists – are seeking to achieve, via “masking.”

Including “vaccinating.”

Trumpers defend their man because he is their man.

In both instances, it is a kind of religious orthodoxy expressed politically that keeps them in “church.” No matter how unsafe and ineffective the “vaccines” have proved to be, the Orange Man is still taking credit for “warp speeding” them into circulation. And his followers – most of whom know the “vaccines” aren’t safe or effective and deeply resent being pressured to take them, continue to follow him.

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The Orange Man is a Dangerous Man, by Eric Peters

The vaccines Donald Trump pushed and continues to tout kill people, maybe more than illegal drugs. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Ironic doesn’t quite cover this business of Donald Trump menacing what he styles “drug dealers” with the death penalty, if he is ever in a position to impose it. This from the man who pushes drugs – the so-called “vaccines” – on people in a way that no drug dealer ever has.

The difference between dealing – and pushing – being decisive as regards the question of morality. And thus, the moral legitimacy of punishment.

Why should anyone who merely deals drugs be punished? A dealer offers what people are free to not buy. He does not force anyone to buy his drugs. Nor is anyone punished for not using them.

Contrast the dealer with the pusher.

Government being the ultimate pusher. It was Donald Trump’s government that pushed the drugs styled “vaccines,” all-but-actually-forcing millions of people to take them. Forced all of us (who pay taxes, anyhow) to pay the manufacturers of them, something no one who deals pot or any other arbitrarily illegal drug has ever been in a position to do.

Technically, people weren’t forced to take these drugs styled “vaccines.” They were free to lose their jobs – and along with them, their ability to pay their bills. Some faced loss of career – as in the case of people in the military.

It was Trump who pushed the dangerous drugs styled “vaccines” through the approval process, by all-but-eliminating the requirements previously in place that had to be met prior to obtaining approval. The result of that “warp speeding” has been the fast-tracking of thousands – possibly tens, even hundreds of thousands – into an early grave.

People who take drugs often suffer this fate. But those who took them freely have the cold comfort of knowing they have only themselves to blame. No one is forced to take Fentanyl, for instance. There are no pushers of this drug. There are merely dealers.

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He Fell For it – Let’s Us Not, by Eric Peters

Donald Trump is a smart man, but he fell for the medical con job that is Covid and its vaccines. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Orange Man failed in so many ways it is a task to enumerate all of them. But one of them deserves priority.

That one being the fact that he failed to see how he was being set up to take the fall for the fail.

Assuming, of course, he isn’t complicit.

First, weaponized hypochondria was used to end his presidency a year before it formally ended. Fear of the “virus” used to shut down the economy that had been booming for the previous several years – so that Orange Man could no longer take credit for what no longer was. The same fear used to extend what had been Election Day to Election Months – during which time bagfulls of “absentee ballots” were collected and never vetted prior to being counted – by people who could be counted on to count them in just the right way. Orange Man complained about this after the counting – when it no longer mattered – because he no longer had any power to do a thing about it.

He did have the power, before the count. But failed to even try to exercise it – a failing the Left almost ever makes when it has its leprous hands on the levers of power.

He also had the power to not stand right next to that odious gnome that regards itself as The Science – and which insists that to question the gnome is to question the science – almost every day for almost the entire final year of his failed presidency, thereby assuring its failure by enabling the ongoing weaponization of hypochondria that was used to end his presidency.

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The Strangest Thing About ‘Semi-Fascist’ Trump, by Victor Davis Hanson

Both his predecessor and successor are far more fascistic than Trump. From Victor Davis Hanson at amgreatness.com:

Of the last three presidents, Trump was either the most indifferent or the most obstructed when it came to using government agencies for his own partisan political advantages or to neuter his enemies.

For the Left, Donald Trump is synonymous with “fascism” (or “semi-fascism,” as Joe Biden put it the other day). And for Liz Cheney and most of the NeverTrumpers, he remains an existential threat to democracy.

But to quantify those charges, what exactly has Trump done extralegally—as opposed to his bombast and braggadocio about what he might have wished to have done?

And what are the standards by which to judge this supposed menace? Did Trump illegally and with a mere signature nullify over $300 billion of contracted student loans—to firm up his college-student and college-graduate base nine weeks before the midterm elections?

Did Donald Trump weaponize the feared IRS, the logical place to find fascistic tendencies of any president bent on using government to punish his enemies? Did he push through a plan to add 87,000 new IRS investigative agents at a time of national discord?

For the last five years, Trump was rumored to be under investigation by the IRS. Currently, his accountant is facing felony sentencing for advising improper write-offs.

Certainly, from the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop and the remarks of Hunter’s associates like Tony Bobulinksi, the Biden family raked in millions of foreign dollars. Evidence so far suggests Joe Biden was a recipient (as the “Big Guy”) of 10 percent of these quid pro quo payments. At times, Bobulinksi may have sent a strapped and broke Hunter thousands of dollars in cash gifts. Were any of these stealthy transactions taxed? Does the recently heavily Biden-endowed IRS care?

If Trump wished to abuse his power over the IRS, he would have followed the Obama model of weaponizing it during a reelection year to go after his ideological enemies.

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Impressions of Donald Trump, by Edward Curtin

Donald Trump is the embodiment of ephemeral celebrity culture, hated and loved for his image, not his hard-to-pin-down substance. From Edward Curtin at off-guardian.org:

Neurosis to a greater or lesser degree is the norm in western industrialized societies. Drawing on this fact is the key to effective propaganda. It is well known that neurotics always return to the place they are running away from.

It’s a circle game of frustration in which being frustrated is actually the “solution,” because the real problems cannot be faced.  The Donald Trump phenomenon is an example of this on a social level.

Everybody knows that Trump is loved or hated in equal measure.  And everyone knows he dominates the minds of those who love or hate him, just as the media endlessly focuses on him in a way that only very obtuse people would fail to analyze.

The media made Trump and he is their gold mine and the key to the effective propaganda they run for their masters in high finance and the intelligence agencies.

Although his image seems big and bold and brazen, it is like an Impressionist painting that, as the art critic John Berger writes in The Eyes of Claude Monet:

…is painted in such a way that you are compelled to recognize that it is no longer there …. You cannot enter an Impressionist painting; instead it extracts your memories.  In a sense it is more active than you – the passive viewer is being born; what you receive is taken from what happens between you and it.  No more within it.”

Like Trump, the impression is fugitive, here and gone, vague and precise.  It’s meaning is fleeting.  Mutation and flux and the evanescence of appearances are its essence.  As with Trump, nothing is really clear, although many claim it is.

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President Donald Trump: You had better read this OPEN LETTER before it’s too late. From State of the Nation

The tone may be overwrought, but the message is clear: Trump needs to change his tune on vaccines, which he has long touted but which are clearly neither safe nor effective. From State of the Nation at stateofthenation.co:

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
1100 South Ocean Boulevard,
Palm Beach, Florida 33480

Dear President Trump:

The 2022 midterm election season marks a particularly critical milestone with regard to the 2024 POTUS election cycle.

It has never been so urgent to stand for TRUTH and reject falsehood as you have often demonstrated throughout your stellar political career.

Now, to the crucial point.

By now you are fully aware that ALL the various COVID-19 ‘vaccines’ have been scientifically proven to be extremely dangerous to human health and are often fatal.  The U.S. Federal Government’s own VAERS website documents this fact with alarming detail.  Here’s the most recent high-integrity analysis of the Covid vaccine injuries and deaths taken directly from the official Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.


VAERS Summary for COVID-19 Vaccines through 8/19/2022

*It’s of paramount importance to understand that the shocking statistics presented in the
preceding analysis only represent 1% to 10% of the actual COVID-19 vaccine deaths and
serious injuries because of the verifiable under-reporting by all parties concerned.  

Because of the stark reality portrayed by these reported vaccine deaths and injuries, every rational citizen knows that the Covid shots are anything but “safe and effective”.  In point of fact, these injections are so injurious and deadly that they should never have been administered in the first place, not even during a clinical trial phase.

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