What “Brothers In Arms” Really Means

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Most Excellent: The Helsinki Meeting

I started out as a #NeverTrumper and looking back in hindsight I now see that my reasons are still valid. But they are no longer compelling. The difference now is that those reasons did not bear out my fears, vis, that Trump’s personality was such as to preclude his success as President. And he would fail to enact the conservative policies he was promising. Today, Donald Trump is as abrasive, overbearing, and crude as he was in 2016 when I didn’t vote for him. What is different is that he has proved that [his] conservative policies have enabled the flourishing of America in spite of his personality “deficits”.

Which brings me to Helsinki.

President Trump made a mess of the Helsinki presser but the meeting was successful in that Russia and America now have a basis for moving forward. The mess and concommittent outrage had nothing to do with the content of the meeting, but rather was the reaction to the truths he thought needed expressing. The reaction from both the Left and Right was over-the-top because he had criticized the American intelligence community. Had thrown them under the bus, as it were.

Well, why not.  He simply called out the political managers of the intelligence community for their malfeasance and political machinations that have been on public display ever since the Harry Reid conspired with James Comey to concoct a Russian collusion investigation.

So Let’s inject some context into this Helsinki mess. First some background:

More background:

Stephen Cohen, Prof. Emeritus of Russian Studies at NYU: “A President who is critical of intelligence is a good President.”

Daniel Sobieski: Brazil, Rice, Obama give Russian hackers free reign

American foreign policy is … bassackwards. Should be based on interests, not values or friendships. Countries don’t have friends, rather they have interests. Basing our foreign policy on England as a ‘friend’ or Iran as an ‘enemy’ is stupid and dangerous. Trump instinctively knows this.

The unimportance of personality: an essay on why personality is irrelevant to the conduct of policy (foreign and domestic).

Now, read some views that are contrarian to the howling Lefty horde.

David Goldman: Trump was right (again)

Trump did not claim Russia didn’t meddle.

Trump’s Helsinki comments were a defense of American voters

Rand Paul: Trump derangement syndrome explains the “over the top” reaction to Trump’s Helsinki presser


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About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.

Calvin Coolidge, Address at the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 5, 1926.

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The Senate Must Reject This Monster

I devoutly believe in the conservation of Leftist outrage. Just as the first law of thermodynamics (a.k.a., the law of the Conservation of Energy) states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, Leftism, it seems, has reached peak outrage. Restrained only by the first law of Leftist Outrage, it is now constant. Never changing and always present. No matter what the state of civil affairs might be. We now live in a time in which Leftist outrage has reached its limit and its conservation is beginning to take hold.

Sadly, for all Lefties, what little outrage is left is largely bereft of emotive power. Leftist outrage is no longer capable of inciting the ignorant to ramparts nor encourge them to WOKENESS. Leftist’s screeds are largely empty. Intellectually understood, but never emotive.

Don Surber, an avowed right-winger, has taken pity on Leftist opinion makers and provided to them (free of charge, copy-right free) a “fill in the blank” generic template for expressing Leftist outrage over the soon to be announced SCOTUS  nominee. This is an amazing document that properly understood is the ultimate hand-wringing, tearful, and heartfelt call to arms against the Trumpian conspiracy to pack SCOTUS with baby-killers and mommy haters. Mr. Surber gives you permission to copy and paste this screed into your writings as you see fit.

The Senate MUST Reject This Monster

President Trump — a vain, deranged, and impulsive man elected by Russia and not a majority of Americans — has nominated the worst judicial candidate since Roger Brooke Taney, the chief justice who authored the Dred Scott decision. [Nominee’s name] may be worse. Not only does [he or she] view African-Americans as chattel, but women as second-class citizens!

Most Republicans want to return America to the oppressive and conformist days of the 1950s when everyone had a job instead of welfare!

President Trump has nominated a person who wants to return to the slave days of 1850s!

This would be Armageddon for our Constitution. Women would be forced to seek reproduction freedom from back-alley butchers again. Republicans would bar minorities and millennials from voting. People would be allowed to own as many guns as they like without registering them; vaginas would be more regulated than assault weapons!

As a justice, [nominee’s name] would declare open season on undocumented workers, forcing them to return to the squalor and violence they fled in their native countries. The Statue of Liberty would be sold as scrap as our borders would be shut to all but a few!

With this nomination, President Trump has made an existential attack on democracy. This nomination would guarantee the alt-right control of the nation’s highest court for the next 50 years. If confirmed by the Senate, [nominee’s name] would be complicit in shutting down newspapers, silencing critics, and allowing hate speech in a perverted misinterpretation of the First Amendment!

Corporations would be allowed to pollute the air and rivers again. Then they would move all the jobs overseas. Slave wages would be paid on the remaining jobs as citizens and undocumented workers would compete for those jobs in Wall Street’s version of “The Hunger Games”!

As a justice, [nominee’s name] would usher in a new era that would turn America into a theocracy in which prayer returns to school, the teaching of evolution is banned, and only climate change deniers would be allowed to teach science!

Only Fox News would be allowed to broadcast. The president would be allowed to spy on the political opposition. The president could weaponize the IRS to go after his enemies, and the court would be silent about this threat to democracy!

This is not who we are. We are better than this. These are not our values. Not only must the Senate reject [nominee’s name] but the Senate must vote to disbar [him or her] to show that the nation will not tolerate intolerance!

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