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Romney’s “Treason” Smear of Tulsi Gabbard is False and Noxious, But Now Typifies U.S. Discourse, by Glenn Greenwald

Mitt Romney further confirms that he’s one of the biggest pieces of garbage in Washington. From Glenn Greenwald at greenwald.substack.com:

The Founders limited “treason” in the Constitution due to grave concerns it would be weaponized to criminalize dissent: exactly how the term is now routinely used.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images); Lt. Col. Tulsi Gabbard, former Congresswoman from Hawaii (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

The crime of “treason” is one of the gravest an American citizen can commit, if not the gravest. It is one of the few crimes other than murder for which execution is still a permissible punishment under both U.S. federal law and the laws of several states. The framers of the U.S. Constitution were so concerned about the temptation to abuse this term — by depicting political dissent as a criminalized betrayal of one’s country — that they chose to define and limit how this crime could be applied by inserting this limiting paragraph into the Constitution itself; reflecting the gravity and temptation to abuse accusations of “treason,” it is the only crime they chose to define in the U.S. Constitution. Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution states:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

Treason was the only crime to be explicitly defined and limited by the Founders because they sought “to guard against the historic use of treason prosecutions by repressive governments to silence otherwise legitimate political opposition.” In other words, the grave danger anticipated by the Founders was that “treason” would radically expand to include any criticisms of or opposition to official U.S. Government policy, activities they sought in the Bill of Rights to enshrine as an inviolable right of U.S. citizenship, not turn it into a capital crime.

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Everyone Who Takes on Trump Ends Up Crushed, by Kurt Schlichter

Trump vanquished 16 Republicans and Hillary Clinton, and despite nonstop efforts to take him down since he became president, nobody’s touched him. From Kurt Schlichter at theburningplatform.com:

Everyone Who Takes on Trump Ends Up Crushed

What is this eerie power Donald Trump has to select the perfect enemies, enemies whose own myriad failings often cause them to commit ritual suicide whenever they face him? He usually doesn’t even have to do anything – these goofs do it to themselves.

His latest victim is BuzzFraud, that listcicle-curating web site for millennial geeks that had the mainstream media in a 24-hour festival of onanism over a report so full of Schumer that even Mueller and his pack of Democrat activists had to shout, “Yo, chill.”

It’s not like BuzzFraud had a lot of journalistic credibility to start with, but props to them for managing to gather up every iota of once and future integrity, hauling it out in front of everyone, dousing it with 91 octane premium, and tossing in a match.

And in the White House, serene as the government shutdown continues, Trump smiles.

Nancy Pelosi made the mistake of buying her own hype and thinking she could go troll-to-troll against him. Big mistake. She thought she could high-hat him by kinda/sorta rescinding her State of the Union address invitation. “Take that!” sneered the mainstream media, pretending that her concern for security during the shutdown was the motivation and not her terror at the thought of the President having a huge audience hear him explain why the Democrat position of letting murderers, rapists, drug dealers and welfare cheats flood into our unprotected country is a bad idea.

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Trump and The Post: Whose Side Is Mitt On? by Patrick J. Buchanan

Mitt Romney quickly moved to destroy whatever support he might have enjoyed from the Trump wing of the Republican party, a not insubstantial part of the party. From Patrick J. Buchanan at buchanan.org:

If there is a more anti-Trump organ in the American establishment than The Washington Post, it does not readily come to mind.

Hence, in choosing to send his op-ed attack on President Donald Trump to the Post, Mitt Romney was collaborating with an adversary of his party and his president.

And he knew it, and the Post rewarded his collusion.

“The president has not risen to the mantle of his office,” said Romney; in “qualities of character” Trump’s “shortfall has been most glaring.”

Our leaders must “inspire and unite us,” not “promote tribalism,” wrote Romney. We must defend the “free press.”

All music to Post ears.

As senator, Romney promised, “I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant.”

Sounds like a litany of media slanders against Trump, some of which, seven years ago, were lodged against a GOP presidential nominee whose name was Mitt Romney.

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Trump Walks Back Syria Pullout As Noose Tightens, by Tom Luongo

As Trump has found out, repeatedly, it’s hard to take on the Deep State. From Tom Luongo at tomluongo.me:

f anyone still thinks that Donald Trump has some master plan to kill off his Deep State adversaries they should check themselves into therapy. I know withdrawal is hard, but admitting you have a problem is the first step to curing it.

He doesn’t have a plan. He may fight them but it won’t be with any kind of master plan to trap them in some beautiful bit of political judo.

Frankly, Vladimir Putin he is not.

No, Trump is winging things at this point. While he still has the office he’s trying to do some of the things he promised. Doing that may keep him in power for a few more months.

But with his walking back the timetable for pulling troops out of Syria after a visit from Lindsay Graham (R-MIC/AIPAC) should tell you all you need to know about Trump’s willingness to stand up to the pressure he’s under.

Add to that the opening salvo from Mitt Romney (R-Wall St.) and it becomes pretty clear that Trump was told what the score really is. When, not if, the Democrats push for impeachment or a 25th Amendment proceeding against him Graham and Romney will lead a GOP revolt against him, siding with Senate Democrats to get rid of him.

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She Said That? 3/7/16

SLL doesn’t usually feature rants, but this one captures perfectly the prevailing sentiment propelling Trump’s legions. From Judge Jeanine Pirro at Fox News, “Mitt Romney awoke a sleeping giant”:


He Said That? 1/31/15

From Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate, according to an Associated Press story, “Mitt Romney Bows Out Of 2016 Race After A 3-Week Test Run”:

“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee,” Romney told supporters on a conference call. “In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”


It’s nothing personal, Mitt, but Jeb Bush is the apple of Republican eyes this time. Granted, Bush is just as “pragmatic” as you; he’ll say whatever’s necessary and cut the deals he has to cut to get the nomination. However, he is far more wired into the Republican power structure than you could ever hope to be. There was the Mormon thing, which they were willing to overlook, but the Main Street wing has always viewed the Wall Street wing with suspicion and Private Equity is Wall Street to the tip of your wing tips (Bush, of course, has strong ties to Wall Street, but he doesn’t advertise them). You tried the “job creator” bit, which Ann Coulter fell for, but she’s nowhere near as smart as she thinks she is (the same can be said for most of her cohorts on Fox News), so she was easy to fool. After the election, David Stockman, who was in the same private equity racket and knows his way around financial statements, shredded your job creator myth in The Great Deformation, confirming widespread skepticism among both Republicans and Democrats. If you were to run again in a general election, the Democrats would make hay with Stockman’s book.

Republicans also had a tough time with your role in Massachusetts’ state-run health care system, which became the template for Obamacare. No matter how many times you tried to explain it, they just could not understand how you could sign into law a system that served as the model for the Obama legislation they hate the most. You held yourself out as a true blue Republican, but true blue Republicans don’t get elected governor of Democratic bastion Massachusetts.

So Jeb has been anointed. Main Street Republicans are not thrilled, but he’s got the machine behind him and they think the grass-roots will come around. They thought the same thing about Mitt Romney, too, and Jeb may get the same unenthusiastic response. For one thing, the Bush name and record aren’t that special to a lot of Republicans. George H.W. Bush lost his reelection after reneging on a promise not to raise taxes. George W. Bush got us into fiascos in Afghanistan and Iraq; never did capture Osama bin Laden; presided over the most severe financial crash since the Great Depression; okayed a massive bailout of a lot of companies that should have been allowed to go under; and in true Democratic fashion, gave the US yet another welfare state entitlement—a prescription drug plan—it can’t afford. Also, Jeb has championed Common Core and immigration reform, both of which are anathema to Main Street Republicans.

So Mitt, if Jeb gets the nomination and loses to Hillary, you will get the last laugh. You’re bowing out gracefully now, nobody will blame you if Bush loses, and you’ve got $100 million, a great looking wife, and a fine family to fall back on.

He Said That? 1/12/15

From Andy Borowitz at the New Yorker:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a possible setback for Mitt Romney’s latest Presidential ambitions, a new poll reveals that a majority of Americans now regard the former Massachusetts governor as a stalker.

The poll results suggest that Romney’s presence in every Presidential campaign in recent memory has taken its toll on the American people, who have expressed disbelief that he would return after being repeatedly told in no uncertain terms that he was not wanted.

Additionally, many of those surveyed said that they previously felt harassed by the Massachusetts governor’s relentless e-mails and phone calls, and favored some form of intervention to keep Romney from contacting them in the future.

In an indication of how much Romney’s serial candidacies have traumatized the American people, more than fifty per cent said that they would support a restraining order to keep the former nominee five hundred feet from the United States until the 2016 election had safely passed.

In an interview on Monday, Romney said that the inauspicious poll results would not discourage him from seeking the White House for a third time. “I know that I’m the right man for the American people, and nothing they say or do will stop me,” he said.


Now if we could just get a similar restraining order against the entire Bush and Clinton families.