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Dreamers and RINOs: Unconstitutional Hypocrisy

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.  

Article I Section I United States Constitution 

Early into President Obama’s first term, he famously said this about immigration and amnesty:

“I know some wish that I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how democracy works.”

By 2012, his true governing philosophy found it’s way into the bright light of democracy: (Wash Examiner)

DACA’s biggest problem was it being the result of Obama’s preference to legislate by executive order rather than through Congress, as the Constitution calls for.

This was the result of our Chief Executive acting on his socialist philosophy. Contrary to the U.S. Constitution, he believes power truly resides within the Executive Branch, and the Congressional Branch is reduced to puppet status. Logically, if the puppet revolts and won’t play ball, then the Chief Executive has the prerogative to go it alone and create law. (LA Times)

Saying he was tired of waiting for Republicans to fix a broken immigration system, President Obama announced in November that he would use his executive authority to protect millions of immigrants from the threat of being deported.

In 2013, Rep. Steve King R-IA expressed Republican opinion and opposition:

“The point here is…the President does not have the authority to waive immigration law, nor does he have the authority to create it out of thin air, and he’s done both with these Morton memos in this respect.”

Even to this day, Rep. Paul Ryan R-IA agrees: (Christian News)

“President Obama did not have the legislative authority to do what he did. You can’t, as an executive, write law out of thin air.”

It is widely speculated the President will revoke Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) this coming Tuesday: (The Hill)

President Trump will announce his decision on whether to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Tuesday, the White House announced.
The Republican Congress is wildly cheering this Presidential commitment to keeping his campaign promise, right? Not so much. (Washington Examiner)

” To fix the DACA problem properly, the ideal solution is through Congress.”  As Ryan said when asked if Trump should undo DACA himself, “I actually don’t think he should do that. I believe that this is something Congress has to fix.”

Right on cue, here’s Nancy (Breitbart)

“As you know, the President is likely to make an announcement early next week,” Pelosi said in a message to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who announced Friday, that he wants Trump to preserve the DACA, despite its illegality. “That is why I am writing to ask you to meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other House Democratic leaders as soon as we return next week to discuss a comprehensive legislative solution for our country’s DREAMers,”

The Dreamer’s Act was unconstitutional in 2013, even according to the Federal Judge (LA Times)

Late Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas issued an order siding with those states and blocking the plan for now. “The DHS secretary is not just rewriting the laws,” Hanen wrote in a 123-page opinion. “He is creating them from scratch.”

Try to wrap your head around this. A Democratic President signs a 2012 Executive Order that is so egregious a US District Judge finds it unconstitutional, all the while Republicans condemn it. Fast forward to 2017:  A Republican President, in keeping with his campaign promise, wants to revoke said Executive Order, and Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi stand together in opposition?

Amazingly enough, Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi also explain why they want Congress to jump into the middle of this: (Breitbart)

According to Pelosi, the DACA illegals are “patriotic, courageous men and women who are American in every way …[ their repatriation] would be disastrous for communities, our economy, and our nation.” Ryan has also praised the young illegals and has repeatedly endorsed “any willing worker” proposals, which are designed to raise the inflow of foreign workers whenever employers are forced to pay higher wages. (Emphasis added)

Gotta give RINOs credit. They are always loyal to their masters. If it’s not the military complex, it’s the Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Ryan has just said he wants to keep the flow of illegal immigrants in the US, so that wages for American citizens can continue to be depressed. This is truly worth repeating:

“Raise the influx of foreign workers whenever employers are forced to pay higher wages.”

You gotta wonder how that plays in Wisconsin with the dairy farm workers, in Pennsylvania with steel workers, in Detroit with…you get the picture.

Ryan and the RINOs are to conservative values as CNN is to news. Fake.

They don’t care for us, it is high time we stopped caring for them.

O’Care Repeal and Sen. John McCain – A Transactional Betrayal

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction…This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.                                                           “Farewell Address to the Nation” January 17, 1961 President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Failure to repeal Obamacare was a huge fail for the Republican Party. It’s easy and somewhat popular in certain circles to ascribe primary and ultimate blame for this fail on the President.  To be sure, the White House handled the lawmaking process poorly and in some cases, terribly. But for all of that, at the end of the day a bill calling for repeal did make it to the floor for a vote. It failed by one vote.

A careful reading of the news both before and after that vote appears to point to a transactional betrayal by Sen. John McCain R-AZ.  Some of the evidence is factual, some is circumstantial, but there does appear to be a smoking gun which could be interpreted as collusion with Sen. Chuck Schumer D-NY. The facts and circumstances lay out like A-B-C.

In early July, the Senate was struggling with healthcare while the House approved a huge funding increase for 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. (Independent)

The National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) would allocate $696bn for defence spending in fiscal year 2018, blowing past Mr Trump’s  requested $603bn budget – a budget the White House had previously touted as a “historic increase in defence spending”. The proposal also exceeds long-standing caps on defence spending in Congress. Since 2011, the legislature has capped its defence spending at $549 billion. For the new funding plan to work, Congress would need to strike a deal to increase or repeal those caps.

The bill then moved to the Senate: (Independent)

The bill now moves to the Senate, where the Armed Services Committee has already passed its version of the legislation. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this year.

The Chairman of the Armed Services Committee? None other than John McCain. The final tab for the annual defense appropriation was around $700 billion, and the senior senator from Arizona fully expected to take it to the floor for a vote, and shepherd it through the approval process. Given that fact that both the White House and true conservative senators were opposed to the price tag, Senator McConnell made it clear he expected McCain to shepherd it through the final floor voting process.

Then tragedy struck. Sen. McCain was diagnosed with cancer, which necessitated his return to Phoenix for treatment at the Mayo Clinic. Given the complications of senate scheduling, it appeared the NDAA bill was going to be delayed until the fall: (Washington Examiner)

McCain is planning to return to Washington after Senate’s August recess. His office indicated the Armed Services chairman will continue working remotely, meaning he could stay involved in the details of the NDAA process such as preparing for conference negotiations with the House after the Senate passes its version of the bill. But the chairman is unable to represent the bill on the Senate floor from Arizona, which is the job of the Armed Services chairman. Senate Republican leaders have signaled they won’t advance the bill in McCain’s absence.

Sen. McCain knew this appropriation would require careful strategy: (Washington Examiner)

The Arizona senator’s committee has proposed a big hike in its $700 billion bill but Senate appropriators, who actually write spending legislation, are proposing to stick closely to much lower 2018 funding caps imposed by the Budget Control Act, Cancian said. That has created an $80 billion difference in proposed defense spending in the chamber, he said. Lawmakers may try to hammer out an overarching budget deal later this year that includes some defense spending figure within that range. “McCain’s strategy has been to get on the boards first and to drive the discussion,” Cancian said. “I think that was his strategy with the NDAA, that he would get it passed quickly and his higher number would be in there and then everyone else could react to that.” If the NDAA is delayed until the fall, Senate appropriators could get their lower spending proposal passed first and make McCain “much less relevant,” he said. (Emphasis added)

This uncertainty provided the impetus for the senator to attempt to bring it up for a vote before he left for treatment: (Washington Examiner)

Just before he left, McCain tried to bring the bill to a floor vote after returning to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a few days of work, but was first blocked by the Democrats over the Obamacare debate.

At the time it didn’t seem strange that Sen. Schumer and Company had blocked the floor vote, by then they were obstructing all things Republican. Which makes it even more curious when later on, they appeared ready to support it.

Bear in mind, during this process President Trump and the Republican senate were scrambling to find a final solution to Obamacare. After many iterations, Skinny Repeal seemed to be the one solution that could capture enough votes for passage.

Meanwhile, Sen. McCain had returned to Phoenix for surgery, which evidently was successful. Following that surgery, McCain had a few days free to return to the nation’s capital to vote on whatever healthcare bill Sen. McConnell was able to get to the floor. His return was predicated on one issue,  the Majority Leader had to agree to bring the NDAA immediately following the healthcare vote while McCain was still in DC. (Daily Caller)

As CNN noted, the fact that McCain is leaving Monday helps to explain why GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell would let the NDAA vote occur in the midst of a heated debated on health care reform.

During the final days leading up to the fateful Skinny Repeal vote, it became evident Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Collins would be a nay vote. The unknown was how Sen. McCain would vote. What was known was the curious way in which he spent his time: (WaPo)

Schumer had apparently been working McCain for days. The Hill’s Peter Sullivan: “Schumer says he’s been talking to McCain four to five times a day for three or four days.” (Emphasis added)

Obviously Sen. McCain knew he had no chance of turning Schumer & Co into a yes vote for the Skinny Repeal legislation. Ironclad party dogma is always a no vote on Obamacare repeal. Given that obvious fact, why was Mr. McCain meeting so often with Chuck during this turbulent time, especially since McCain had such a small window of time in DC and whipping Republican votes for the defense bill should have been his first priority.

Or was it? By now, it was apparent the White House wasn’t happy with McCain and the level of his NDAA funding appropriation. A presidential veto was a distinct possibility. Reversing that veto would require a 2/3rd majority by both Houses of Congress. A great way to head off that potential veto would be to garner more than that necessary 2/3rd vote for the initial vote, sending a message to the President. “Don’t veto this, We have the votes to override your veto.”

But in order for that strategy to be successful, McCain needed Schumer and Pelosi to bring in enough Democratic votes to achieve the veto override vote total. What was the quid pro quo? Senator McCain’s actions and words on the day of the vote appear to show the quid to Schumer’s quo. Simply put, McCain votes no on the Skinny Repeal, then Schumer and party support McCain’s NDAA vote.

Finally, July 27 arrives, the day Sen. McConnell had scheduled votes on healthcare. Not even McCain’s allies knew what he was going to do: (Politico)

Senators had no idea where McCain would land throughout much of Thursday, saying he vacillated in his position as the chaotic day unfolded. They had heard rumblings of three “nos” as early as Thursday afternoon, and one Republican insisted that the GOP could have secured McCain’s support had the vote been held earlier in the day.Many entered the chamber for a vote, unprepared for what would happen. “I thought he was a ‘yes’ and had been told he was a ‘yes’ when I came to the floor,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) recalled in an interview early Friday morning.

Early in the morning, a bit before 1:30 a.m., McCain finally voted (Politico)

Friday, McCain strode to the well of the Senate, and gestured his hand downward to vote “no.” Stunned gasps echoed throughout the chamber.

This fact has to be noted: John McCain is a party loyalist and wouldn’t take this vote lightly. Obviously he knew the significance of his no vote. Obviously he knew how important this was to Republican leadership, men and women who were and are his friends. It is almost unthinkable he would cast the deciding vote against his party purely because of animus against the President, or due to his overarching concern about healthcare legislation.

As a matter of fact, Mr. McCain’s actions prior to his vote and immediately thereafter seem to prove he knew exactly what he was doing. Prior to the vote: (Politico)

McCain walked over to a gaggle of Senate Democrats and told them that he would be voting no on the Obamacare repeal measure.

Why would McCain tip the opposition to his voting decision?  His comment is a clue:(Politico)

McCain walked over to a gaggle of Senate Democrats and told them that he would be voting no on the Obamacare repeal measure. His mind had already sped ahead to what was next: the National Defense Authorization Act, a top priority for the Armed Services Committee chairman. “Let’s get this over with,” McCain told the cluster of Democrats, according to senators. “I really want to do NDAA.”  McCain embraced Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

“Let’s get this over with”?

“Let’s” as in let us. Or to paraphrase: “Let us get this thing we’ve agreed upon over with.”  This seems to smack of a previously agreed upon compromise. Quid meet quo.

After his no vote, his compadres celebrated: (WaPo)

But when the time came to cast his ballot, McCain was a firm “no.” Take a look at the body language in the room. Democrats look positively giddy (several audibly gasp, while others clap). Schumer immediately waves at his caucus to stop celebrating.

But quo never met quid. Amusingly enough, like a phoenix arising from the libertarian ashes, he put the kibosh to the best laid plans: (Daily Caller)

GOP Sen. John McCain criticized GOP Sen. Rand Paul for blocking the annual defense budget bill from moving forward for a quick vote Friday, as now McCain is expected to leave for cancer treatment Monday. Although the National Defense Authorization Act was a key item on the agenda for McCain, Paul stepped in to block the bill by requesting two amendments be added to the legislation, namely one on prohibiting indefinite detention and one on the authorization of the use of military force to fight the Islamic State.

Sen. McCain is back where he started:

The Senate NDAA is now likely to be pushed back as far as September.

This viewpoint concerning John McCain’s Skinny Repeal vote is admittedly circumstantial. However, it beggars the mind to come up with any other viable solution for McCain’s duplicitous betrayal of the party and his friends. It is well known the senator is a cats paw to the military complex, always conflating his NeoCon worldview with the absolute necessity for more defense funding.

While the “thumbs down” gesture was the knife in Trump’s back, the vote wasn’t. It was either a vote of conscience as Mr. McCain insist, or an act of brazen betrayal in servitude of his true masters. Fortunately, in the end, the voters get to decide. I know I have.

The Liberal Resistance: In Confusion – Clarity

If you follow the MSM, you could be forgiven for believing there is a spirit of confusion casting a pall over America. This general sense of turbulence only seemed to deepen after Charlottesville. Having milked the fictitious Russia collusion cum conspiracy for months on end; the MSM in concert with the Swamp went from All Things Russia to All Things Racist.

The only surprise was how quickly and energetically the DC Republicans hopped aboard that bandwagon, apparently once again frightened witless by potential of being a MSM target. The noise level and anti-Trump venom was already precipitously high with All Things Russia, but it increased exponentially with Charlottesville.

In the midst of the clamor, bits and pieces of information and data began to emerge, and clarity on some issues has been provided. One of those is racism, statues and the normal everyday American. It is now apparent the majority of Americans don’t approve of our statues being torn down. Whether its by the violence of a mob, or via the secret middle of the night city council machinations, destroying American’s history is unsettling at best.

By now, it is also abundantly clear Antifa, BLM and the SJW are predisposed to violence, believe violence is the most viable solution, and and expect to use violence in opposition to conservatives all the while labelling them racist and fascist. The fact that these outlaws are coddled and protected by the MSM does not go unnoticed by those in fly-over country.  Add to that, the fact that the Sanders/Warren socialist progressive faction ignore their criminal activities only increases the notion these groups are de facto endorsed by both MSM and the political progressive left. The clarity about these violent protest groups has only increased as the MSM and the political progressive steadily begin to seriously discuss eliminating the First Amendment as we now know it.

With All Things Racism going full-steam, you could be forgiven for believing the Democratic Party now has the upper hand. Nothing could be further from the truth. Clarity was provided with the July fund raising report for both parties. The RNC out raised the DNC by approximately $6 million. There are already calls for resignation of DNC Chairman Tom Perez, the DNC is in debt and doesn’t seem to have a clue in how to move forward into the 2018 election cycle.

The American airwaves have been inundated with negative anti-Trump reporting since the election. It has been overwhelming, to the point of parody at times. Given that, Nancy Pelosi should be far more popular than the GOP and the President. She’s not. This fact was driven home by the Congressional special election in Georgia. Tying the Democratic candidate to Pelosi was the virtual nail in the coffin. To date, she still polls lower than President Trump.

While clarity is not being provided by the MSM, there is a civil war within the Democratic Party, and this is a fight for the heart of the party. On the left is the Clinton/Feinstein/Pelosi/Schumer/McCaskill traditional liberal faction, and on the far left is the Sanders/Warren/Ellison progressive Socialist movement. This is currently being played out on the west coast, and this left coast civil war is just now beginning to creep into the national party conversation, with Sen. Warren D-MA advocating the fact that Socialist Democrats are in reality the true heart and soul of the party.

Between the dismal fund raising, the fallout over the Antifa/BLM violence and assault on the first amendment, and the total lack of national cohesion within the party, its hard to see how the Democratic Party can move forward and achieve its White House goal for 2020, much less 2018. What is now abundantly clear is the potential 2018 drubbing headed their way.  “Trump Bad – Democrats Good” simply is not a winning message. Ask Hillary. As it sits right now, the liberal party might gain a few House seats, but stand to lose between 6-8 senate seats, with further continued losses in the states. They seem condemned to their success being limited to the coasts and Chicago.

Lastly, if you add into this noxious stew, statements by state politicians calling for the assasination of our President, gallows humor about his death by late night comedians, along with the never-ending impeachment diatribe in the House, it is difficult to ascertain how the Democratic Party will get the Trump democrat vote back any time soon. Its not just a messaging problem, its not a just vision issue, nor it is solely about leadership.

What is clear as a bell is the Democratic Party has fundamentally changed. They have morphed into a fractious, anti-constitution, violent activist force for socialism. This type of movement isn’t new. Europe experienced this socialist force with the accompanying violence as they began their inexorable movement to Democratic Socialism.

Their success here in America is not so clear. But, what is clear is they will never give up. They will never quit. They will not stop in their attempts to push us to the far-left. The Resistance is real, it is virulent and aggressive.

Given that, we can’t afford confusion, no matter how much chaff the MSM throws our way. Fortunately, we can rest easy in the fact truth will always out, the clouds will part and clarity will come shining through.









Charlottesville and the Constitution

Outrage, condemnation, and blame, the tragedy in Charlottesville VA has produced all three in non-stop fashion. Strangely enough, all of it pointed squarely at the constitutionally protected and legally approved group of white supremacist.

Lost amongst the repugnant odor of the alt-right’s disgraceful and spiritually bereft racial hatred, are their constitutional liberties. Lost and ignored by the MSM and most politicians. More importantly, equally ignored is the fact that the social justice warrior counter-protesters groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa were in Charlottesville specifically to infringe upon the alt-right’s constitutional right to gather on the public square.

The alt-right group had the right to a safe space in which to gather, as well as the most robust police protection available.  In their act of pushing through the police mandated safe space between the two groups and in physically confronting the alt-right group, the BLM/SJW group’s rights were then limited to a civilized arrest process, a Miranda warning, lawful detainment and the right to a speedy trial. That’s it. Full stop.

The MSM and the denizens of the DC Swamp in an effort to win cheap political points, rushed out and without proof, blamed the alt-right gathering for the murderous act of one man. There might have been a domestic terrorist conspiracy to murder and maim the BLM/SJW counter-protesters, but this hasn’t been proven yet. Not one politician has come out and stated the obvious, to wit: if the BLM/SJW counter-protesters had peacefully gathered and obeyed the police’s safe space rules, there would have been little to no violence and perhaps the murder would not have occurred.

It is yet another attack on the First Amendment to legitimize or even worse, legalize the BLM/SJW counter-protest because of the noxious hate filled speech being spewed forth by the alt-right. This is dangerous to the extreme. As a nation, by now we should be mature enough to recognize this fact. Yet, the liberal media is intent on blaming the alt-right for the violent illegal actions of some within the BLM/SJW counter-protest. (Slate)

When U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad rejected Charlottesville, Virginia’s attempt to relocate Saturdays’s white nationalist rally he wrote that “merely moving [the] demonstration to another park will not avoid a clash of ideologies” between demonstrators and counter-protesters. He also acknowledged that “a change in the location of the demonstration would not eliminate the need for members of the City’s law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services personnel to appear at Emancipation Park. But, ironically, by protecting the free speech rights of the white supremacists, Conrad may have ultimately suppressed speech by ensuring an armed confrontation between the neo-Nazis and the counter-protesters would break out and that police would be powerless to stop it until blood was spilled.

Why was physical conflict between the two parties a given? Because we have been inculcated with the idea that because certain “bad” speech is so unacceptable, that both government overreach and citizen protest criminality is not only acceptable, it is required as an honorable act of civil disobedience.

One of this century’s early shots across the bow of the First Amendment was the very public arrest of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, producer of the movie “The Real Life of Muhammad”. Ostensibly arrested for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, it was painfully obvious, Mr. Nakoula was arrested to appease Muslims worldwide. Blatantly ignoring his First Amendment rights, Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton needed this man as their fall guy and didn’t mind trampling on our constitution to make that happen.

There are more solutions as to solving the Charlottesville problem being written that one can imagine. However, any of those solutions must start with personal responsibility. The BLM/SJW counter-protesters were each individually responsible if they broke the law in counter-protesting and justice demands accountability. The killer in the car is personally responsible for his act, and no one else is to blame. To allocate blame elsewhere is to reduce his blame, and that is unacceptable. Lastly, the alt-right is responsible for the content of their speech. They are accountable to their Creator for the hate buried deep within their hearts, and without saving grace will one day be held accountable and justice will be meted out. But their speech does not make them responsible for the counter-protest or the murder.

The one man not responsible for any of this mess is the President. He is no more responsible than is Obama for BLM, or Bernie Sanders for SJW. Until America ceases attempts to score cheap political points by assessing blame where there obviously is none, until the MSM stops protecting the actions of some, while excoriating the activity of others, and until we quit conflating unequal events; America is in continued danger of weakening the First Amendment, and over time tearing our country apart.


Time and North Korea

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

1973 Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon 

The media and DC politicians call it “kicking the can down the road”.  In real life outside the Swamp, it’s called procrastination, paralysis by analysis, or just plain ole cowardice. Making the hard decision is well…hard; previous cowardly indecisiveness has frittered the hours away and now its time to pay the piper.

No issue more showcases this can kicking reality than North Korea. It is an existential global threat, built over time. North Korea’s desire to own nuclear weapons has been known since the early 90s. Throughout that time, Foggy Bottom has had the lead, so diplomacy, sanctions, and bribes in the form of foreign aid have been our go-to solutions. From Clinton through Bush to Obama, the cycles of the past 15 years of North Korea problem solving could be described as laughable if not so dire. North Korea blusters, threatens and bluffs, Congress gets their panties twisted in a knot, the media ratchets up noise, and the White House promises to find a livable solution.

The cycle then goes through the UN, sanctions, and threats of more sanctions, all the while North Korea becomes more and more bellicose. Eventually, the White House folds, and the State Department is tasked with diplomatic bribery. Millions and millions of aid and cash, based solely on North Korea’s promise to stop pursuing nuclear weapons. Once they are satisfied they have bled us dry, we get their promise to be good global citizens, and voila, the crisis is averted. Until the next time. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. All the while, they are lying through their teeth, working like a rented water buffalo to achieve their nuclear goals, and getting closer and closer to success.

Success for North Korea has arrived. Time’s up. The clock has run out, the can has been kicked all the way to the end of the road. Which leaves us with one of two very different scenarios.

The first is a continuation of the past two decades, and fittingly Susan Rice puts it most succinctly: (Business Insider)

“We need to be very measured, very careful, very planned in our rhetoric. I hope that we will see more measure out of the administration and out of the president as he approaches this very real challenge. A pre-emptive attack by the United States would be a very, very poor choice, a very dangerous choice,” Rice said.

It is plain this scenario is premised upon the acceptance that North Korea is a nuclear power, Susan Rice makes this very plain in her latest interview: (CNN)

“The issue now is what to do in a world where North Korea, led by Kim, possesses some of the most destructive weapons in history.”

By now, its glaringly apparent China and North Korea are banking on this dovish acquiescence. Their long term gamble has been based on their long-held belief Washington is more hot air than spine. Given China’s decision to allow Kim Jong Un to carry on unfettered, it appears they haven’t moved off of this position.

Enter Team Trump with phrases such as “fire and fury” and “destruction of its people”; or to put it in a more colloquial manner: “Oh hell no!”  Let’s hope they stay true to their initial instincts, time’s running out.

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over
Thought I’d something more to say

The President’s Flank Is Failing

“Protect your flank” is a saying that stems from military strategy based on the necessity that a command officer hold troops back from the front line in order to protect from attacks from the side. It is these attacks to the flanks which are most dangerous and ultimately can lead to defeat. Having their flank protected allows soldiers to focus solely on the fight in front of them, which mean they and their officers knew the importance of utilizing superior trained and highly mobile troops for this effort. The saying now refers to being able to trust that you are protected in the areas where you are most vulnerable.

An astonishing, frustrating, infuriating, treacherously treasonous act occurred within the White House within the past few days. Transcripts from the President’s phone calls with leaders of other countries were leaked to the Washington Post (WaPo)

The Post has obtained transcripts of Trump’s talks with Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Produced by White House staffers, the documents provide an unfiltered glimpse of Trump’s approach to the diplomatic aspect of his job, subjecting even a close neighbor and long-standing ally to streams of threats and invective as if aimed at U.S. adversaries.

Have no doubt, this act of shameful betrayal was also criminal: (WaPo)

The transcripts were based on records kept by White House note-takers who monitored Trump’s calls. Known as a “memorandum of conversation,” such documents are commonly circulated to White House staffers and senior policymakers. Both documents obtained by The Post contain notes indicating that they were reviewed and classified by retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg Jr., who serves as chief of staff on the National Security Council.

Not only is it a betrayal, not only is it criminal, it is also highly detrimental to foreign policy: (Fox News)

“The unauthorized release of these documents to the press is a crime,” Joe diGenova, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told Fox News. “The series of acts involving release of notes of the president’s conversations with foreign leaders, and these transcripts, are a serious threat to national security.” Doug Burns, a former federal prosecutor in New York, said this in a phone interview. “There is a federal statute that makes it a crime, a federal crime, to disseminate classified information to an unauthorized person,”

Just as in every situation, there are known-knowns and known unknowns. By now, the President knows who his enemies are. Consisting of the Congressional Democrats, the Progressive Socialist Left, the DNC and the MSM, they don’t even try to hide it, their ad-hoc name is “The Resistance”.  An early known-unknown was the President’s support on Capitol Hill. Those who hate the President and all he stands for have by now been exposed, and are actively working to subvert he and his agenda.

But, the true known-unknown is which White House employees are actively and criminally committing treason by betraying the President and the country. This situation must be rectified immediately. This leak was a national embarrassment and has the capability of being a cloud over future phone conversations with other foreign leaders. This situation is so serious, even David From of the Atlantic sounded the alarm (The Atlantic)

Leaking the transcript of a presidential call to a foreign leader is unprecedented, shocking, and dangerous. It is vitally important that a president be able to speak confidentially—and perhaps even more important that foreign leaders understand that they can reply in confidence. Thursday’s leak to The Washington Post of President Trump’s calls with the president of Mexico and the prime minister of Australia will reverberate around the world. No leader will again speak candidly on the phone to Washington, D.C.—at least for the duration of this presidency, and perhaps for longer. If these calls can be leaked, any call can be leaked—and no leader dare say anything to the president of the United States that he or she would not wish to read in the news at home.

He continues with a dire warning:

In March, I warned about the risk of judicial overreach: In response to the danger posed by Trump, other American power holders will be tempted to jettison their historic role too, and use any tool at hand—no matter how doubtfully legitimate—to stop him. Those alternative power holders may even ultimately win. But in winning, they may discover themselves in the same tragic position as that Vietnam-era army officer who supposedly said “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.”  Trump’s violation of basic norms of government has driven people who would otherwise uphold those norms unto death to violate them in their turn. Contempt for Trump’s misconduct inspires counter-misconduct.

As much as Mr. Frum and others can decry this act, one must admit the blame for this ultimately lies within the Oval Office. While Mr. Trump can’t control Congress, nor can he control the MSM,  or the senior Republican bulls and cows who are resolutely mutinous; Mr. Trump can control his own house.

Control must be taken back immediately. Not tomorrow, not next week, today. Shockingly, the People’s House still has Obama loyalist employed in key positions. This is untenable, but even more disturbing are the leadership factions vying for voice and control within those advisors and staffers chosen by the President. This chaotic governance has a miasma which is reaching truly noxious levels.

The individuals leaking classified material from the White House must be found and prosecuted. But, the President also must take responsibility, the buck stops at his desk, and it is high time he cleans out his own house.

Leverage and the Art of the Deal

Politicians are demanding immediate federal subsidies to healthcare insurance companies, all the while ignoring the fact that the federal court has deemed these subsidies unconstitutional.

The ACHA legislation was written giving the federal government the right and capability to subsidize healthcare insurance cost of healthcare payments. This was considered necessary because Obamacare doesn’t allow insurance companies to have higher premiums for Americans with pre-existing health conditions.  Not surprisingly, every insurance company has requested government approval for increased premiums each successive year, with no end in sight. Frustrated with the inability to repeal this bill while Obama was in office, the Republican led House of Representatives stripped this subsidy money from the budget. Essentially, these government subsidies for insurance companies were not apportioned by the House of Representatives for the budget.

Former President Obama, as was his wont, ignored the fact that the federal budget provided zero funding for insurance subsidies, and diverted money from the Treasury Department making these payments faithfully. This overt unauthorized act prompted the House of Representatives to sue him in federal court, claiming he had violated the constitution because the House of Representative have the sole right and responsibility to apportion funding for the budget. They won in federal court, with the President being ordered to cease and desist these payments.

President Obama appealed this ruling, and continued these payments, claiming he had the right during the appeals process. It is still in the appeals process.

When President Trump came into office, an early decision was made to continue these payments through July in order to give Congress time to craft legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. The decision to continue these unconstitutional payments is expected to be made any day now.

This is where it gets interesting. Last week the Senate’s Moderate Party declined to repeal Obamacare. This in spite of the fact virtually all of them had campaigned on ACHA repeal and had promised their constituents full repeal once a Republican president was in the White House.

Immediately upon this act of treachery to Republicans across the fruited plains, senators such as Lamar Alexander R-TN rushed to assure the MSM they would take up bipartisan efforts in committee in order to come up with a solution which would pass the senate. But they conveniently left out two very vital pressing points. This is where the President’s leverage comes in.

It is evident these senators don’t believe President Trump will discontinue these payments. Also, healthcare insurance firms are currently submitting requests to raise healthcare premiums, some by as much as 30% or higher. Which means the cost of these federal subsidies is increasing even as the President makes his decision.  So, they chose to stay with Obamacare, move on to tax reform and return to healthcare reform in the fall. All the while naively believing they had the President over a barrel.

Imagine their surprise with the President notified them he was seriously considering cancelling those payments, as well as premium subsidies for the congressional healthcare policies. One by one, they rushed in front of any microphone they could find and pompously demanded these payments be made, essentially asking him and the American people to trust them to take care of Obamacare at a later date.

Have no doubt of this fact: If the President discontinues these unconstitutional payments, Obamacare will fail very quickly. These subsidies are solely responsible for propping up this misbegotten piece of legislation. If done now, the Democrats still own this 4-year debacle. They wrote it without any Republican assistance or compromise, they fought change throughout Obama’s time in the White House, and they have obstructed every effort by Republicans to repeal and/or change this bill.

The President has an obligation to drop the government’s objection to the Federal Court ruling and back out of the appeal. The President has an obligation to notify insurance companies they will not be receiving any further unconstitutional subsidies from our government. The President has an obligation to immediately discontinue subsidizing Congressional healthcare premiums while millions of Americans have seen an average 105% premium increase since Obamacare came into existence.

There should be no worry about the House re-authorizing the funding for these insurance companies. There simply is not appetite within the majority party to own this any further.

The President has an opportunity to uphold a campaign promise to his supporters. It was thought this promise would be upheld in conjunction with Congress. Sadly, that doesn’t appear to be possible at all. It is incumbent upon the President to continue draining the swamp and this is yet another excellent way to achieve that goal. Its a difficult decision, one with consequences; but no one ever said the Art of Leverage was simple.


John Delaney Wants A Shot At Trump

A low-profile congressman from Maryland is the first Democrat to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential election.

John Delaney, currently representing Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, surprised pundits everywhere when he announced he will forgo re-election in 2018, and instead prepare for a national campaign to challenge Donald Trump. Delaney explained his reasoning in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

The timing of the announcement is truly record setting – we are barely six months into the Trump presidency. The idea of a serious candidate announcing a presidential run before the preceding midterms is unheard of, but Rep. Delaney is absolutely serious about his campaign. A wildly successful entrepreneur before entering politics, Delaney’s net worth is estimated to be around $90 million. The Democrat has the potential to drop millions of his own money into a national race.

Despite his massive wealth, the three-term congressman has many liabilities that will likely block him from scoring the Democrat Party nomination – let alone the presidency.

Delaney who? No one knows who Rep. John Delaney is. He walked into the political scene in 2012 when first elected to Congress – not much time has passed since then. He enters the race with zero name recognition. Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight openly admitted in a recent piece that he had never heard of the guy. Polls have tested potential candidates as obscure as Mark Cuban and Oprah Winfrey – but not Delaney.

Representatives don’t win presidencies. Have you ever heard of a U.S. representative move directly to the White House? That’s because it’s unheard of. The last sitting representative to do so was James A .Garfield in 1880. Sure, some reps have gone on to serve as presidents – but only after getting a promotion or two along the way. Politicians need a larger base of support to successfully launch a national campaign. Reps have tried in the past to run for president, but it’s extremely difficult. Even former speakers of the House (the top position in the lower chamber) have struggled to wage national campaigns.

He isn’t what national Democrats are looking for. Delaney reminds me of another Maryland Democrat: Martin O’Malley.  In case you already forgot about him, O’Malley ran for president last year. He is easily forgettable, however, because virtually no one paid attention to him. That is because – like Delaney – the former Maryland governor is not what national liberals want to see anymore. They are both simple, plain white guys. Progressives very much place an emphasis on minority and female candidates (Bernie was able to overcome this appetite last year by sheer leftist ideology).

He is a centrist Democrat. Delaney represents Maryland’s 6th District. It was long held by a Republican before being gerrymandered by Democrats in the state. However, it’s still more-or-less a swing district. This is perhaps why Delaney has accrued a centrist resume while in Congress. He was the only congressional Democrat in his state to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to the chagrin of local labor unions. He is known for several bi-partisan infrastructure-improvement initiatives – he made clear infrastructure spending would be a high priority of his. Unfortunately for Delaney, his national party has strongly shifted left in recent years. It’s highly unlikely a moderate candidate will be a top choice for liberals in 2020.

In his op-ed announcement, the outgoing lawmaker touched on the risk of leaving Congress and running for president: “No games, no cat-and-mouse, no backup plan at the 11th hour if a focus group goes badly,” he said.

Delaney, you should really give this more thought before you quit your day job.