As nobody would identify me as a golfer, I identify as a Polemicist. It bears repeating, a “polemicist,” not a polygamist. I have only one wife and am quite content with her.
A polemicist engages in controversial writing intended to support a position with aggressive claims to undermine opposing positions. In my case there’s usually a taint of sarcasm.
The trouble with being a conservative polemicist is the lack of thought or civility of most rebuttals. Folks not agreeing with my op-eds do so mostly with trivial derision. One insolent fella hopes I get run over by a truck. Another told me to move to Russia. These type responses are like playing Pigeon Chess. The pigeon knocks over the pieces, defecates on the board and struts around like it won.
With that in mind, concerning the Ukraine-Phone-Gate matter.
Phone-Gate is the new “Impeachment Flavor of the Month” against President Trump. It concerns his conversation with new Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky.
During a phone conversation last July, Trump asked for details about Biden’s son, Hunter, who benefited to the tune of $50K per month to be an advisor on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, a position for which he was unqualified. This was while his old-man was vice president. Turns out, an unnamed CIA whistle-blower didn’t care for the content of the discussion.
The blower believed Trump was trying to gain advantage on Biden in the presidential race, as Hillary did in the 2016 campaign, rather than surmising Trump might be inquiring of an illegal act committed by a then vice president. In the blower’s mind, it was OK for Hillary to do it, but not the evil Trump.
So, the blower went to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to report the call. Turns out, said blower wasn’t listening in on the original call but using second-hand information, and that he works among the Democrat party. Think he might have had an agenda?
The Dems hyperventilated over this news. Trump did “it” again.
Kicking the pandemonium into overdrive, presidential hopeful Bill Weld, suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome himself, shot his mouth off while on a segment of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He maintained Trump talking to the Ukraine was treasonous, and the punishment…execution. He was serious! Hosts, Joe and Mika, along with the other two improbable Republican candidates looked on nodding in agreement, as if this were common knowledge.
Evidently, Weld presumes if Trump were to be executed, it will increase his chances for gaining the Republican nomination, and hopefully the presidency in 2020. I think my chances are about equal if I were to run.
The following day, Nancy Pelosi harrumphed she was moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. Excuse me while I yawn here.
Democrats smelled blood and demanded the transcript of the phone call…” or else.” You might think Ms. Pelosi would have waited until after she had seen the transcript in order to ascertain the validity. (And by the way, if one has already been threatened with impeachment and execution… “or else” what?)
So, rather than tell Democrats where they could shove their demand, a remark most of us Chebanse folks would have blurted, Trump released the transcript. Absurdly, this is the third time a transcript of a Trump conversation with a head of another country has been leaked or given to the media. (Mexico and Australia being the others.)
What was in that transcript depends on your ideology.
If one believes our president was looking out for the best interests of the country to investigate if an ex-vice president unduly used his influence to grease his kids’ palm, then you might find the conversation to have been good governance by Trump. It was within his quest to drain the Swamp.
If you are a Left-leaner with TDS, then you will naturally come to the conclusion your president was digging dirt internationally on a political opponent, as Hillary did in 2016, and should be thrown out of office immediately.
Now prove it either way!
This three-year disruption, Swamp Wars, pursuit by House Democrats, and their media brethren, of looking under every rock to see how they can “impeach” Trump out of office, before he wins it again next year, has gotten tedious, ripped our country apart, and achieved absolutely no return in our tax investment of employing that circus called Congress.
In my opinion, the actions of the House Democrats are the individuals perpetrating high crimes and misdemeanors, and are perhaps guilty of treason.
Consider again the punishment for treason.
Did you hear about the newest specimen of yellow journalism published in the Sunday (15th) edition of the New York Times? A smear essay, artfully edited, was leveled against Supreme Court Judge Kavanaugh. As Yogi said, “Déjà vu all over again.”
In typical sheep-like behavior, other news outlets, and nearly all the Democrat presidential hopefuls ran with the story – hook, line, and sinker.
The opinion piece is part of a forthcoming book, the work of reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, apparently in an attempt to peddle sensationalism. Evidently their appetites were not slaked by previous public lynching’s of Kavanaugh, so they claimed the FBI had further evidence of another drunken sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh. Said misconduct was alleged to have been perpetrated on a hapless “victim” while Kavanaugh was at Yale.
There was one glaring problem with this article. The alleged “victim” doesn’t recall the incident! She has no beef with Kavanaugh.
Additionally, the article cast more doubt on the original claim concocted by Christine Blasey Ford, in conjunction with Senator Diane Feinstein. If you recall, Feinstein unwittingly employed a Chinese spy on her staff for twenty-plus years. Perhaps she should have gotten her own affairs in order before attempting the political gamesmanship required to tear a man’s reputation apart for unsubstantiated college pranks.
Nevertheless, the horse bolted from the barn. The Associated Press, that paragon of journalistic mediocrity, filled print space on the matter. The actual author of the AP hogwash went unnamed. Regrettably, the Journal ran the AP story as well. Perhaps they should request their money back.
According to the AP, Democrat presidential hopefuls instantly weighed in about Kavanaugh. Sure enough, the “impeachment” word, always on the mind of any self-loathing Democrat, spewed forth.
Kamala Harris: “…Kavanaugh lied to the US Senate and most importantly to the American people.” She then indignantly tweeted, “he must be impeached.”
Not sure what Kavanaugh lied about, or why he should be impeached but that doesn’t seem to matter to the former AG of California. Recall she was accused of sexual misconduct and cronyism while dating then-San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, 30 years her elder. Isn’t there a term for that sort of upward mobility?
Beto, no stranger to criminal activity himself, stood on a chair and chirped: “We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached.”
Like Harris, Beto didn’t elaborate on what Kavanaugh lied about. Hey Beto, while you’re out attempting to take our guns, why don’t you first explain to us what Kavanaugh lied about. We’ll be on our porches waiting.
Julian Castro weighed in with a tweet: “…(he) lied under oath. He should be impeached and Congress should review the failure of the DOJ to properly investigate the matter.” Yeah Julio, that’s what we need, more Congressional reviews by Congressmen clamoring to get their mugs on television.
Not to be outdone, Cory “Spartacus” Booker yammered a tweet: “…I stand with the survivors and countless other Americans in calling for impeachment proceedings to begin.” Survivors?
As if she were demanding heads, Elizabeth Warren shouted; “…like the man who appointed him (Trump), Kavanaugh should be impeached.”
Biden and the Bern didn’t have much to say, or at least nothing salacious enough for the AP to regurgitate.
The following Tuesday, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley filed a resolution for an impeachment inquiry for Kavanaugh. Perhaps, for the sake of saving us tax dollars, they could organize a “two-fer” by impeaching Trump and Kavanaugh at the same time?
Think about this, folks, a false op-ed promoting a book by the supposed leader in print journalism, the New York Times, and everyone ideologically left of center immediately springs into action to run their mouths.
Having drug Kavanaugh through perdition during his confirmation, while embarrassing the nation, the wound was about healed when the scab is ripped off again…for a false narrative. To sell books regurgitating drunken college pranks. The Times has since apologized, but being from Chebanse and all, I don’t believe they meant it. A seed was planted.
Is there anybody that doesn’t realize this misinformation dissemination is nothing more than the Left lobbing cannonballs over Kavanaugh’s head about the Roe v Wade decision? They’re forewarning him to never consider overturning their right to kill babies.
Consider the carnage planned by the Left when the aging Judge Bader needs replacing. Pity the poor soul who aspires to her seat in the Court.
Unless…Trump inserts himself on the Court. Imagine that - Supreme Court Judge Donald Trump. Suppose Judge Ginsburg can hang on another year?
As Joe Biden gaffes his way into retirement, I’m baffled by the popularity of the remaining Democrat alternatives for president and our country’s potential future.
According to the latest CBS poll, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have both pulled virtually even with Biden, with Warren having the momentum. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete round out the top five, but their chances seem to be dwindling. Beto has apologized himself into laughable obscurity and, arguably their best candidate, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, can’t gain traction with the media.
Of course, the polls also predict the above-named candidates could beat the incumbent Trump, a likelihood I scoffed at in a prior commentary. So, I absorb poll numbers with some ambiguity.
But, assuming the polls to be at least within a hundred-mile radius of the ballpark, I am perplexed by what these numbers mean from voters. If Warren and Sanders are the two remaining candidates to chose from next fall, is the Democrat party really going to put up an avowed socialist like Sanders, or his alter ego, Warren?
Warren hasn’t acknowledged she is Socialist like the Bern, but her stated views mirror Sanders’. They keep trying to “out-left” each other. To Warren’s credit, she is able to state positions more eloquently, which may explain her elevation in the polls. I think we will see Warren deviate closer to center on the political scale as the election nears, but revert back to near Socialism should she win.
Given the results of the last presidential election, it’s not a stretch to think a Warren and/or Sanders ticket could garner 60+ million votes. Consider the horrific ramifications of this:
At this moment in history, the country of Venezuela, once one of the wealthiest nations per capita in the world, a major exporter of oil, and member of OPEC, is in total chaos. If you have been watching news reports, Venezuela’s s people are starving and rioting in the streets. Even if its people had money, there’s nothing on store shelves to buy, with shortages of such staples as toilet paper, flour, and milk. Hospitals have shut down for lack of supplies.
According to the misery index in 2013, Venezuela ranked as the top spot globally with the highest score, as ranked by economists. Their economy has only gotten worse since, but they no longer report their numbers.
The cause for this downturn of events for the Venezuelan people can be attributed primarily at Socialist policies. In 1999 Hugo Chavez, Obama’s buddy, was elected president of Venezuela. He immediately began instituting, what he called, Democratic-Socialist policies (sound familiar), shifting from the populist procedures of his predecessors.
Venezuela did fairly well for the first five years - until the oil industry wavered. Among a host of other knee-jerk socialist reactions to recover revenue, the housing market collapsed when private property was seized by the government, causing all contractors to leave the country. Their economy was in shambles.
In March of 2013, Chavez died of cancer of which the new president, Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party, blamed the United States. Rather than change the policies of Chavez, Maduro doubled down, running the country by decree. The economy dropped further into recession plunging the country into a humanitarian crisis. Maduro has since been voted out of office, but refuses to leave.
Voters need to understand, socialism has never worked anywhere it has been tried in the history of the world. As the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stated, “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
My explanation of Venezuela’s economic collapse is somewhat simplistic when taking in all economic factors that affect a nation. But my overriding point is the change of leadership to that of a Democratic-Socialist that has gone on “real-time” right before us. It’s if as we are being sent a message from above, “Don’t Do It!”
We Americans have the greatest nation and economy in the world. We have done more humanitarian deeds in the history of mankind. We are the only country ever to conquer other nations and not plunder or absorb their people, instead helping them rebuild. Why would we change our capitalistic model?
Yet, given voting projections, it appears 60+ million people are completely oblivious to the horrific Socialist sideshow going on just 1,400 miles south of Miami. Is the hatred of Trump so intense we are willing to risk our 243-year success story to subject our country to the failed experiment that is Venezuela?
Our poor grandchildren!
Having survived another Rollison tournament, I'm back writing commentary with some random thoughts ramblin' 'round my noggin'.
At this time, meteorologists are reporting Hurricane Dorian is unleashing havoc on the Florida coastline, then will terrorize the east coast for the remainder of the week. The media has been in a frenzy with "non-stop-breaking news" forecasting Armageddon, titillating us to be glued to the television for a glimpse of news in between commercials.
The weather folks have been scrambling to predict where Dorian will make landfall. If you think about that, we aren’t advanced scientifically enough to accurately state where a hurricane will strike, but “we” know the Earth will come to an end in 10-12 years due to global warming? This would be a good time to point out in 1989 the UN predicted nations would be wiped off the Earth by the year 2000 if global warming wasn’t reversed. Al Gore predicted in 2006 the ice caps would be gone by now, increasing his wealth to $300 million (tenfold) while doing so.
Inevitably, when Dorian expires, Democrat presidential hopefuls will blame Trump for starting a hurricane, misdirecting FEMA, and engaging in more racist activity in the aftermath. Rest assured, whatever is done, won’t be to the liking of those souls suffering Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Speaking of starting a hurricane, remember when President "W" Bush was crucified for his tepid response to Hurricane Katrina, particularly by then-New Orleans mayor Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin? The media relished stuffing a microphone into Nagin's piehole in 2005 so he could plead for more financial assistance. By 2014, Nagin, having been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, began a ten-year residence in a Texarkana prison on 21 charges of various kickback schemes by clean-up contractors. I mention this as the predictable Trump blame game starts to mount, post-Dorian.
The Justice Department just ruled former FBI head honcho James Comey was found to have broken several FBI policies and to have been "extremely careless?" If you recall, Comey leaked a memo to the New York Times about a conversation with Trump. Then lied about it. Incredibly, Comey won't be prosecuted. Like J. Edgar Hoover before him, Comey more than likely has so much sewage on the Swamp creatures, he can't be thrown in the poke. Suppose he kept Hoover's enormous porn collection too? Asking for a friend.
I wonder if Major League Baseball feels silly for their emotional promotion of the death of Angel's pitcher Tyler Skaggs? In one game, the entire Angels team wore Skaggs' number 45. Tribute videos were played over tears. Turns out, Skaggs had enough alcohol, fentanyl, and oxycodone in his system he choked on his vomit. Overdose deaths by gifted and pampered athletes, musicians, and/or actors doesn't seem to be worthy of tribute, in my opinion. I was more disheartened by the passing of Frank Robinson and Billy Buckner this year; players kids could look to as role models.
Donna Reneau, what a piece of crap you are. Employed by the taxpayers of Ft. Smith Arkansas as a 911 operator, you berated Debra Stevens, who had the misfortune of reaching you when calling to report being trapped on a flooded road. Ms. Reneau, you were paid to assist, not chastise the woman for 22 minutes. Consequently, the terrified Ms. Stevens drowned.
Another 47 people were shot, seven of which died, in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend. So far, that's 1,445 shootings resulting in 329 murders. That’s Chicago, as in Illinois, where they have nearly the strictest gun laws in the nation. The mayor blamed Republicans. Maybe Chicago should try making heroin and meth illegal next so as to reduce overdoses too. Oh, wait...
Democratic-Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposed to pay all student debt, a $1.52 Trillion obligation. That requires shifting the debt to us taxpayers as the liability must be paid by someone.
So, to be clear, there are many people, like me, who went straight from high school to the work force and spent 40 plus years working 6 days a week. Now we’re supposed to cough up tax money towards a 4-year party junior had in order to attain a worthless degree in Gender Studies?
This week, the “Bern”, who owns three homes and a Mercedes, upped the ante by promising to pay all medical debt too. That’s another $81 Billion transferred over to us schmucks (tax payers), courtesy of Sanders’ hallucinations.
There are over 13 million people that voted for Sanders, and presumably will do so again, most who evidently don’t comprehend how socialism works. What is even more chilling is those supporters that do understand socialism.
P.T. Barnum was right.