A guy is waiting for his date to get ready so they can go to a baseball game. She knows nothing about the sport and takes forever, and they arrive at the stadium horribly late. As they settle into their seats, the fellow next to them exclaims: “I have never seen anything like this! It is the top of the fourteenth inning, and neither side has had a runner on base — two perfect games going. Not a single run. Not a single error. Not a single hit. Not even a single walk. Nothing!” The date looks at the angry guy who brought her and says: “See! We haven’t missed a thing!”
These past ten days I have been deeply immersed in preparations for the Pesach (Passover) holiday, then conducted two public community Seder events, conducted prayer services, and observed the first two holy days of Pesach week. Through these ten days I have followed the news but have had no time to write. And what did I miss?
Not a damned thing.
It has been Mueller for two years, and it will be Mueller for another two years. It has been Democrats trying for two years to destroy the President, and it will be Democrats trying for another two years to destroy the President. Nothing new under the sun. “That which hath been is that which shall be, and that which hath been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.”Eccl. 1:9. If one were to give a name to this story, my suggestion would be: The Mueller, the Sun, and the Donkey.
While nothing changed these past ten days or so, lots seems worth observing:
1. The Democrats Never Will Be Able to Wrap Their Heads Around the Reality That Other People Live Outside Their Echo Chamber.
When I attended Columbia University as an undergrad in the 1970s, the students’ daily newspaper polled the university campus shortly before the impending 1972 Presidential elections. George McGovern, the Democrat, got something like 90 percent of the vote. Gus Hall, the Communist for whom Obama’s CIA chief, John Brennan, voted (talk about treason and colluding with the Russians!), came in second. Richard Nixon did not do too well. Nevertheless, when the rest of the country voted in the real election, Nixon won the biggest landslide in American history. So how did the Columbia Daily Spectator poll get it so wrong?
The poll was not wrong within the leftist echo chamber… echo chamber… echo chamber of Columbia University. But others live outside the leftist bubble.
Democrats and their Left appendages — the Mediacracy, Hollywood, and Broadway, academia — are suffused with totalitarian Leftist dogma, doctrine, and dominance. A conservative cannot get hired beyond “spot work” in most of these fields, and will not get re-hired if too vocal about what he or she believes. Even Harvard Prof. Emeritus Alan Dershowitz got canned by CNN after he expressed sensible views questioning the Mueller probe; he was replaced for expert legal analysis by Michael Avenatti, whose expertise has been augmented in recent weeks as he continues learning about all kinds of new criminal charges. Thus, journalists speak to each other, and they all vote Democrat. Hollywood, and Broadway award shows — Oscars, Emmys, Tonys — are dominated by virtue-signaling speeches condemning the President and mocking wholesome traditional American values. At universities, free speech is shut down so completely that, beyond efforts to keep Ben Shapiro and Ann Coulter off campus, the few conservative faculty who are hired need to keep their opinions to themselves for professional survival.
Against that backdrop, Democrats cannot figure out how Trump got elected in 2016. Everyone they know voted for Hillary or Jill Stein. Everyone who knows anyone they know voted that way. How could Trump have won unless there was massive cheating?
Nothing ever will convince Democrats and their Left appendages that half the country thinks differently from them, thinks Trump has Made the White House Great Again, and voted for Trump because Trump was a good choice, and Hillary was a loathsome choice.
2. The Democrats Will Not Stop Hounding, Harassing, and Persecuting Trump Until Election Day 2020.
Mort Sahl once said: “All because I am a paranoid, that does not mean that they are not out to get me.” And all because Trump is made of the strongest mettle and toughest emotional exterior, it does not mean that he is not being persecuted. They are persecuting and trying to break him, just as fictional characters in Atlas Shrugged tried to break Hank Rearden, as others tried to break Howard Roark in The Fountainhead and Kira Argounova in We the Living. They are intent on destroying him because the Democrats cannot accept that Trump won fairly.
No one has a right to see his taxes. No American law requires it. At the time the Constitution was ratified, there were no income taxes. No Constitutional amendment ever has added a requirement for anyone to release taxes. Rather, it devolves onto candidates to weigh costs and benefits, risks and rewards of releasing their private tax filings for public scrutiny. Trump took the risk in 2016, and the Democrats made that financial opacity a campaign issue. It was litigated thoroughly. Yet Trump was elected President — end of story.
All that matters is whether Trump is a great President. Hillary’s decision to release her taxes in 2016 did not make her less a crook or any less pathological a liar who lied even about how her mother named her. Obama’s release of tax returns did not negate his corrupt real-estate dealings with Tony Rezko, a convicted felon. Bernie Sanders, millionaire, is a hypocrite. Irish-Scottish Robert O’Rourke is a liar who gives almost no charity. We knew that without their taxes.
Trump lawfully refuses to disclose his personal and corporate taxes. The law does not and should not deter other quality corporate CEOs from running for President in the future.
3. There Was No Collusion.
There was no collusion.
4. There Was No Obstruction of Justice.
Attorneys know that certain clients ask whether they may do certain things that should not be done. In each case, competent attorneys counsel that such misbehavior is improper or illegal. That advice typically nixes the thought.
A person does no wrong when asking a lawyer to act, and the attorney educates the client when such request is improper or inadvisable. That is what lawyers — other than the “Cash Cab” Cohens and Avaricious Avenattis — are there for. Attorneys study to acquire a deeper knowledge of the law and life experience in actual practice matures their judgment. When a client inclines towards an inadvisable step, he will be steered away by competent counsel. If he then proceeds to act foolishly on his own, that is his bad. To the degree that President Trump asked anyone to do anything that conflicts with Robert Mueller’s sense of justice, the President never proceeded to countermand his attorneys and act unilaterally against their advice. Thus, he kept saying he would agree to a Mueller interview, but his lawyers wisely steered him otherwise. And so it was when he sought to have Mueller removed or Sessions “un-recused.”
Nor would there have been anything legally wrong if he had fired Mueller. Yes, it would have been politically hazardous, but legally permitted. He is the President. He is the chief executive officer. He can fire Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, Omarosa, Ryan Zinke, Kirstjen Nielsen, Sean Spicer, Jeff Sessions, James Comey. If he fires foolishly, voters will replace him after a term. History now demonstrates that Comey was a duplicitous bad player and had to be fired. The President had every lawful right to fire Mueller. Mueller had conflicts and assembled a team of pro-Hillary “hit men” and other Democrat donors. That is not obstruction of justice. It would have been bad politics to fire Mueller, and Trump was persuaded so.
Nor was it illegal for a novice in the law like Trump to ask Jeff Sessions to “un-recuse” himself. For lay people, all it takes is a few episodes of “Billions” to suggest that a United States Attorney can recuse himself from a case, then secretly un-recuse. Trump is not a legal expert; that is why he hires attorneys. He consistently deferred to them. Nothing he did obstructed justice.
5. This All Is a Good Thing.
In preparation for Passover, Orthodox Jews are bidden to remove all “chametz” from our homes, offices, and possessions. “Chametz” includes breadstuffs, pastas, and a wide variety of grain-based leavened products. Even non-grain products are forbidden if produced in contact with “chametz.” Through the entirety of Pesach, “chametz” may not be seen or found in our possession. So we “carb up” and consume the stuff in our pantries, we clean and vacuum our homes like OCD poster kids, and we sell whatever “chametz” remains to a non-Jewish friend.
Despite all that, we go on our hands and knees the night before Passover, assuring the place is pitch-dark, light a candle, and then crawl along all walls throughout our homes, looking into crevices — whatever — in one final search for any last crumbs we might have missed. If we find crumbs, we burn them the next morning. For that one moment each year, it is Atkins/Keto Diet Nirvana. And then we bring out the matzo.
For the past two years, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings, Robert Mueller, Jerrold Nadler, Maxine Waters, CNN and MSNBC and the New York Times and Washington Post and all the rest of those dregs have been searching for the chametz in Trump’s cabinet. They bounced Sessions, imported Mueller and Weissman, got Clapper and Communist Gus Hall’s John Brennan who was Obama’s CIA chief, brought in Avenatti and Cash Cab Cohen, Omarosa here, James Comey there, Strzok and Page and McCabe — dreck in and dreck out — and they have not found a morsel. They will not stop.
If President Trump, his family, and associates can hold the fort, this persecution will become a blessing. The House Democrats were elected to pursue an agenda, and they utterly have become consumed with taking down Trump. Like a bee that knows instinctively that it will die if it stings — but stings anyway because it just cannot help itself — these Democrats will waste the next year searching for chametz in the Mueller report, in taxes, in cupboards, and in crevices. They are incapable of focusing on anything else.
They lost the House in 2010 (242-193). Lost it in 2012 (234-201). Lost it in 2014 (247-188). Lost it in 2016 (241-194). Since being given a chance in 2018 to show their stuff, the Democrats have continued reminding voters daily why they got thrown out for a decade. Even a moronic electorate will not reelect representatives who consume themselves with their own little inside games while neglecting the public weal.
Let the Democrat Left totalitarians search for crumbs to their hearts’ content. Accept that this is what the next year will be. In time, they will turn on Biden. They will turn on each other. They finally will expose O’Rourke as an Irish-Scottish Fake Mexican. They will expose Bernie as a millionaire hypocrite who also is a White male unworthy of the party of Stacey Abrams. They will get nauseous every time Klobuchar holds a comb. One by one, they will fall — if not all like Ten Little Indians, certainly Lizzie Warren. Meanwhile, Nadler and Waters and Schiff will keep searching.
It will catch up with them. And it will be a good thing.
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