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A STRAWMAN MADE OF BRONZE

By John F. Di Leo – 

Reflections on the anatomy of a setup…

The news of the hour is about Charlottesville and its many copycats. For decades, there have been people agitating to take down monuments to Confederate heroes, and for just as long, there have been people defending them. But only in the summer of 2017 did this issue vault to the top of the headlines, above far worthier issues.

The question of the hour should not be what to do about the statues. The question should be “Why?” Why is this issue arising, when there is so much in the world that is so much more important than century-old bronze statues, sitting in local, state, and national parks… statues so old, in most cases, that you can’t even read their names until you get up close?

Upon analysis, we find that in this story, almost nothing is what it seems.

What To Do?

Let’s begin with the most basic aspect of the issue. Who owns the statues? In virtually every case, there is clear ownership by some government body. A college, a city council, a park district, a county, a state, or a federal department such as the National Park Service.

In a nation founded on respect for human rights – among which, Property rights rank right alongside Life and Liberty – the answer should be simple. It’s up to the owners.  If the state, or college, or city wants to move a statue or leave it standing, that’s up to them.  Governments redesign and repurpose public parks all the time.

If people are offended by statues of long-dead 200-year-old Democrats, they should petition the relevant bodies, and either cheer when they win or politely accept defeat when they lose.

This is not something to protest over. It is not something to spend millions of dollars fighting.  We have more important issues in this country… issues like crime, jobs, education, health, invasion, and national security.

And while we’re on the subject… for the most part, the Republican Party has no say in the matter, and ought to stay out of it.

The Confederacy was a rebellion by Democrats, the party of slavery. These are statues of Democrats – the original Democrats, the honest 19th century Democrats who at least told you what they thought, and didn’t lie to their members with promises of a welfare state and a chicken in every pot like 20th century Democrats did – and it’s Democrats who are demanding that they be torn down.

Let’s let the Democrats sort it out amongst themselves. Republicans were the anti-slavery party, the party that was specifically founded to end the practice in the United States. Republicans truly have no dog in this fight.

A Statue in Charlottesville

There is a statue in Charlottesville.Like many such statues, it’s a beautiful, imposing monument in a public park… in this case, a handsome statue of an equestrian Robert E. Lee, West Point graduate, decorated veteran of American wars, and commander in chief of the southern forces in the Confederate States of America, the renegade country that lost a civil war.

General Lee was, by all accounts, a great man. An honorable Virginian who served his country, who detested slavery, and who in fact was not a slaveowner himself.

But when war came, he answered Virginia’s call, even though President Lincoln had hoped he would serve the North.

The reason why is instructive: While Lee was an opponent of slavery, he viewed the United States as a federation, not as a single nation. He believed his true debt of loyalty was to his country, which was Virginia… so he believed he had no choice.  While northerners viewed the United States as a single nation, so rebels must be classified as traitors, most southerners viewed each state as a nation, and the United States as a voluntary association.

Robert E. Lee would have felt like a traitor to Virginia if he had heeded the call from the United States to fight against his countrymen in Virginia.

Look at the European Union and the 2016 BREXIT vote in Great Britain. They have a surprisingly similar dynamic over there, across the Pond, even today.  Great Britain rightly maintained that they had never meant to surrender their sovereignty when they joined the EU, but over the past twenty years, the EU became more and more tyrannical, so Great Britain was right to depart.  It shocked the EU leadership in Brussels.  “You can’t leave!” they screamed… but Great Britain could, and voted to do so.  And the EU is furious.

We in the United States were in a very different situation, but that much was similar. Certain politicians of the American South felt that their states could exit the federation anytime, and most politicians of the American North disagreed.

This could have been an interesting philosophical point were it not for the role that slavery played in the politics of the era. The South was pro-slavery… even though few of those who fought for the South were slaveowners, even though many were philosophically opposed to slavery themselves, they identified with their states, so when war came, they fought for the CSA.

In the years since, most Americans have managed to find a middle ground, respecting heroism, valiance, devotion to their neighbors and states, relieved that slavery was finally eliminated in the end.

So most Americans view the various statues as what they are: artwork, decorations, historical artifacts. They shouldn’t upset us, as they stand for many other issues as well, not just for slavery.

But to some Americans today, especially those who are whipped into a frenzy by political demagogues, these statues just stand for the evil institution of slavery, gone from the United States for 150 years now, but still practiced across much of the globe.

A Riot in Charlottesville

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, a fight took place in Charlottesville, around this particular statue. There was a demonstration and a counterdemonstration, and state troopers looked on while fighting erupted.

The acknowledged Left (Democrat public officials) and the unacknowledged Left (members of the media who pretend to be nonpartisan, but are anything but) immediately seized upon the fight as a political touchpoint, and demanded that President Trump denounce some of the fighters.

So he did. But that wasn’t enough for them.  While he rightly denounced all the fighters, all the instigators on all sides, the Left only wanted him to call out the neo-Nazis and KKK members.  Well, President Trump has been denouncing neo-Nazis and KKK members for 20 years, but the Left nagged until he denounced them again by name… along with Antifa and all the other thugs present at the fight.

The Left would have us believe that this is a moment of embarrassment for the Right. It is not.  The Right had nothing to do with that event.

The people who had a permit to demonstrate – a broad group that included Neo-Nazis and KKK members – was a group of Democrats. They are of the Left.

The people who arrived to counter-demonstrate – a much larger group, including Antifa, Occupy, Greens, and the typical CraigsList hires of the MoveOn variety – was also a group of Democrats. They are of the Left.

So these may have appeared to be different groups of Leftists… different branches of Leftists… but there’s simply no question about it: This is a battle between Leftists.

The so called Right-Wing – the conservatives and libertarians of and around the Republican Party in America – has nothing to do with either side of that dust-up in Charlottesville.

Remember, Republicans were in the North during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln wasn’t even allowed on the ballot in some Southern states.  Republicans aren’t involved in this internecine squabble between variants of American Democrats.

The Truth Will Out

One of the great old lines of the genre of detective novels and 1940s noir movies is the declaration, “The truth will out.” No matter how hard powerful forces may try to bury the facts, eventually, the truth will be discovered.

And sure enough, in the days since Charlottesville, a great deal has come to light. More is sure to follow, but in mere days, consider what we know of the background already:

Jason Kessler, the organizer who pulled the permit for the original ‘pro-statue’ demonstration on Saturday, was a registered Democrat, longtime Obama supporter and Occupy protest veteran.

The organizers of the counter-protest – who, of course, did not have a permit – were also registered Democrats and Occupy protest veterans. They brought in busloads of protesters from states away.  How?  How did they all get there?  Well, the word had gone out as soon as the permit was pulled.  There was somebody on the inside, at city hall, pulling the strings to ensure there was a counter-demonstration in his town.

For such demonstrations, police design the cordons in specific ways, to ensure that protesters and counter-protesters are kept apart, to ensure that innocent bystanders are safely out of danger, and to ensure that if necessary, people can be dispersed safely and quickly.

By contrast, we have learned that the police intentionally designed the layout in a manner that allowed these opposing forces to be so close to each other, a fight was virtually inevitable. Worse still, the police failed to intervene at a logical time, despite being present in the necessary numbers and gear to do their jobs.

Why?

These cannot be coincidences. Both the protest and counter protest were organized by the same kind of people – left wing Obama era Occupy activists. There was clearly local government involvement in fanning the flames by ensuring that there would be a much bigger counter protest than the original authorized demonstration would be. And someone gave the police the orders to behave as they did; no police force would behave this way on their own.

At this writing, we don’t know everything yet. We don’t know which Democrat officeholders were involved, whether it was strictly local or if decisions were made as high as the governor’s office… but there is a gubernatorial race in Virginia this fall, and fanning the flames of racial division is a well-known tool in the modern Democrat campaign playbook. Maybe the main one.

Aftermath

The Charlottesville story catapulted to the top of the news. For as small an event as it was, it captured the imagination of the press.  There have been mass killings, horrific tragedies, both on the domestic and international scenes since Saturday, but the press has not allowed them to eclipse Charlottesville.

North Korea announced that it is standing down; Little Kim withdrew his threat to attack Guam. A dozen MS-13 gang leaders were arrested in Ohio and Indiana in a major DoJ drug bust.    The NAFTA negotiations are beginning with the goal of targeted openings of certain markets with Mexico and Canada.

But the press doesn’t care. They’re covering Charlottesville.  Why?

Because that was the plan.

The event itself was a setup. All they had to do was stage a rally at a Confederate monument, and they could be sure that a few KKK members and neo-Nazi sickos would show up to participate.

People who know their history certainly know that the KKK is a creation of the Democratic Party, with late Senate leader Robert Byrd their most famous recent chief… and people who know their history also certainly know that Nazis are socialists – it’s the name, for Heaven’s sakes… Nazi stands for National Socialists – so they’re Democrats too.

But the press isn’t interested in people who know their history.

The press is interested in gullible people, and they have found many.

Only the modern American press would have the audacity to claim that Nazis and KKK members – a bunch of Democrats – were right wing. But they do.

So they created a narrative that good, decent, caring counter protesters saw these ‘rightwingers’ and stood up to them, then the ‘rightwingers’ got violent. And they doubled down on that spin.

Even as we learn that the police were ordered by politicians to turn the place into a powder keg, even as video shows that it was the Antifa counter protesters who started the fighting, even as news reports confirm that the so called ‘unite the right’ rally was actually run by a left wing activist… the Left is confident that few enough people will learn the truth, and that their false narrative will hold for enough people that this will end up as a political win for the Left. Even though it was a massive sham.

These are all Democrats… from the fighters on both sides to the men in bronze up there on the pedestals. And yet, the Democrats are masterfully twisting the truth to try to make Republicans look bad.

They want to make Republicans defend statues of dead Democrats, so they can claim we agree with them, even though we fought a civil war against them to free the slaves.

They want to make Republicans support the Nazis and KKK members who were set up, even though we are diametrically opposed to them on every issue.

They want to make Republicans’ belief in fair play and the rule of law our undoing. The Left knows we oppose the rewriting of history, and they are confident that they can tie us to the memory of the very people our party was established to oppose, the people we fought and won a civil war to defeat.

The Republicans have always stood for individual freedom and intellectual honesty, and the today’s Democrats are intent on cleverly crafting a way to use our moral core against us.

So, if you’ve been wondering why Democrats are working so hard to topple every monument to Civil War era Democrats – in fact, to remove every single standing reminder that slavery was an original “Democratic Party Family Value” from the very beginning – perhaps the answer is right there in the question.

Copyright 2017 John F. Di Leo

Democrat Voter Fraud Detected in Swing State That Trump Lost

A Virginia college student was sentenced this week to 100 days incarceration for submitting fraudulent voter registration forms listing the names of dead people and other faulty information for a political organization connected to the Democratic Party.

Andrew J. Spieles, 21, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for knowingly transferring false Virginia voter registration forms during the 2016 election, according to the Justice Department.

Spieles, a student at James Madison University, worked as a staffer for Harrisonburg Votes — a group affiliated with the Democratic Party — and was paid to register voters in the area during the weeks leading up to the 2016 election. Spieles’ job was to register as many voters as possible; he reported to Democratic campaign headquarters in Harrisonburg, Va., according to the DOJ.

After filling out a registration form, Spieles entered the voter information into a computer system used by the Virginia Democratic Party. Each week, someone would hand-deliver paper copies to the Registrar’s Office in Harrisonburg.

DEMOCRATS ARE WORRIED: WHAT DO WE DO WHEN THE RUSSIA HOAX BACKFIRES?

At long last, it seems a few within the Democratic Party are beginning to come face to face with the reality conservative media has been warning them about for months. That reality? When everything comes out in the wash and the Russian mountain turns out to be a Moscow molehill, the American people are going to want to know just what in the hell kind of game liberals have been playing for the past year. And, having failed to present themselves as anything other than the Party Against Trump for the last seven months, how will they convince people to vote for them if there’s no “there” there?

From Politico:

“In the races where I’m working, I think voters think that Russia is important and that the questions need to get answered,” Bill Burton, a veteran Democratic consultant, said at a political convention this past weekend. “But they’re mostly sick of hearing about it, and they want to hear politicians talk about things that are more directly important in their lives.”

In a state that is critical to the party’s efforts to retake the House, Darry Sragow, a Democratic strategist whose California Target Book handicaps races in California, called Russia a “distraction” and said Democrats “are going to be in deep, deep trouble if they don’t start talking about what voters care about.”

“We need to talk about what people think about when they wake up in the morning, and it’s not Russia,” Sragow said. “The more we talk about stuff that voters don’t truly care about in their daily lives … it confirms that the Democratic Party’s brain has been eaten by the elites in Washington who have been sitting fat and happy for a lot of years while working Americans have lost their jobs and lost confidence in the future.”

Well, gee, there may be hope for this backwards political party after all.

But don’t get too excited, because from every visible indication we’ve seen, the Democrats are still going full steam ahead on the Russia story. This week it was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has convened a Washington, D.C. grand jury, indicating that he’s just getting started in his investigation. That may not culminate in any meaningful indictments, but it will give the liberals in the mainstream media plenty to talk about for the next year. As we saw with the Hillary Clinton sinking ship last year, the Black Lives Matter movement, and so many other things, the left just doesn’t know when to quit.

Nearly a dozen Calif. counties had more registered voters than eligible voters in 2016 election – The Democrat Lie unravels

Judicial Watch has threatened to sue California after it was discovered that 11 counties had more registered voters than eligible voters. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 Nearly one dozen California counties had more registered voters on their voter rolls than people eligible to vote living in their county, a new Judicial Watch letter has revealed.

The conservative watchdog group sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on August 1 on behalf of the Election Integrity Project of California. The letter threatened to sue the Golden State if they refuse to comply with the National Voter Registration Act, which mandates voting precincts maintain the integrity of their voter rolls by taking steps to maintain their accuracy.

According to a Judicial Watch press release:

In the letter, Judicial Watch noted that public records obtained on the Election Assistance Commission’s 2016 Election Administration Voting Survey and through verbal accounts from various county agencies show 11 California counties have more registered voters than voting-age citizens: Imperial (102%), Lassen (102%), Los Angeles (112%), Monterey (104%), San Diego (138%), San Francisco (114%), San Mateo (111%), Santa Cruz (109%), Solano (111%), Stanislaus (102%), and Yolo (110%).

Judicial Watch went on to report that officials from Los Angeles County since told the watchdog group in June that the “total number of registered voters now stands at a number that is a whopping 144% of the total number of resident citizens of voting age” for that county.

“California’s voting rolls are an absolute mess that undermines the very idea of clean elections. It is urgent that California take reasonable steps to clean up its rolls,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement.

“We will sue if state officials fail to act,” he charged.

Section 8 of the NVRA requires states and voting precincts to take appropriate steps to maintain the accuracy of their voting rolls. Such steps include: ensuring those ineligible to vote don’t register and removing voters who have died or moved away.

Judicial Watch, in their letter, gave Padilla 30 days to respond and 90 days to correct the issues — or Judicial Watch will make good on their promise to litigate.

The recent letter was not the first time Judicial Watch threatened to sue a state for appearing to be out of regulation with the NVRA.

The organization notes in their press released that in April they also sent a letter to 11 statesthreatening to sue should they fail to comply with the NVRA. Those states included: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.

President Donald Trump lost California in last year’s presidential election to Hillary Clinton by more than 3.4 million votes.

The Democrat Muslim Staffer Secretly Funded Terrorist Groups

A Democratic congressional aide arrested by the FBI while trying to travel to Pakistan may have ties to terrorism, a Republican lawmaker suggested to the Justice Department.

Former IT aide Imran Awan, who worked for Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and about a dozen other Democratic lawmakers, has been accused of bank fraud for allegedly obtaining a loan “for a rental property he does not own” and then sending the money to Pakistan. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., thinks that money could pose a national security problem.

“While we can never tolerate breaches of the public trust, the wire transfer to Pakistan is particularly alarming as Pakistan is home to numerous terrorist organizations,” DeSantis wrote in a Wednesday letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Awan is among several IT staffers suspected of “accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress,” as the Daily Caller first reported in February. Most of the staffers were fired immediately, but Awan remained on Wasserman Schultz’s payroll until he was arrested Monday. The case led to tensions between the former chair of the Democratic National Committee and Capitol Police, because investigators confiscated a lap

Pelosi BOMBSHELL: WikiLeaks Email Connects Nancy Pelosi to Wasserman Schultz Arrested IT Staffer Imran Awan

The Main Stream Media will not touch the story involved the arrest of the Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s IT staffer but whether they like it or not, it’s getting worse.

After Imran Awan was arrested this week for trying to flee the country, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange reminded his 279,000 Twitter followers of the link between Imran Awan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

 

PelosiAwan

Below is the full email dated May 12, 2016 from DNC leaks series:

Pelosi is doing s [sic] closed door meeting. No staff or anyone allowed. Kaitlyn come to Rayburn room and get her iPad for Imran.
Thanks.

Tracie and Kate I will call Kate. Conf in Tracie

Rosalyn Kumar
Rep. Wasserman Schultz

It appears the IT staffer had access to Rep. Pelosi’s iPad. Scary.

Here’s Pelosi blowing off a reporter asking about the Awan brothers case, saying she isn’t “familiar” with it.

FLASHBACK: Despite having access to her iPad, @NancyPelosi says she isn’t ‘familiar’ with the Awan brothers investigation.

White House Obliterates Wasserman Schultz With Epic Brand of Justice

BY DAVIS

On Wednesday evening, there was some fairly big news about a potential scandal that could have rocked Washington — if the liberal media had actually bothered to cover it properly.

One of Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s IT staffers, Imran Awan, was arrested at  Dulles Airport attempting to flee the country, The Washington Times reported.

Awan had been under investigation by the FBI for bank fraud for five months before his arrest — but  Wasserman Schultz still had him employed and he still had access to a congressional computer.

Now, the White House is going after Wasserman Schultz and Awan, demanding a full investigation into exactly what happened here, and why it took Awan being arrested at the airport for Wasserman Schultz to finally fire him.

“I do think it is something we should fully look into and there should be a thorough investigation,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Thursday, according to The Washington Times.

President Donald Trump himself weighed in on the matter on Thursday as well, retweeting a Townhall article highlighting how the liberal media barely paid any attention to this potentially explosive scandal

Well, just in case you didn’t hear, an information technology officer has been accused of bank fraud. He tried to flee the country, and now Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-FL) office has finally fired the aide, despite this person being under investigation since last winter. His termination was made official on Tuesday.

Imran Awan is the name of the subject in question. The Capitol Police launched a probe, where he’s been accused of “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.” He also provided technical assistance to other Democratic members of Congress. It was a family affair as well. As Jenn noted over the weekend, his two brothers, along with two of their wives, also worked for members of Congress. Imran moved out of his house in Virginia when he found out he was under investigation last February. He rented the home to a Marine Corps veteran and his wife, a naval officer, who found hard drives that Awan had reportedly tried to destroy. The FBI now has possession of those drives. Jenn added that Imran tried to enter the home to retrieve them, though the Marine refused entry.

On Monday, Imran was arrested trying to leave the country at Dulles airport (via The Hill):

IT WAS A SETUP ALL ALONG THE DIRTY DEMMS ARRANGED MEETING BETWEEN TRUMP JR AND RUSSIAN LAWYER

 

The media was buzzing this week with the revelation that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya on June 9 of last year, shortly before the Republican National Convention. The meeting was first reported by The New York Times on Saturday and confirmed by the president’s son, who said it was primarily about a U.S. law known as the Magnitsky act, signed by Barack Obama in 2012. Passed to punish Russian officials for their involvement in a money laundering scheme, it was rejected forcefully by Moscow. Vladimir Putin retaliated by banning U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children, and the lawyer in question has been a strong advocate against the law. According to the Trump team, this was Veselnitskaya’s overarching agenda in calling the meeting.

Unfortunately for Don Jr., the New York Times didn’t reveal everything they knew all at once, giving him the opportunity to fall into a carefully-laid trap. Once they pounced on Sunday with additional information that the Trump team was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the president’s son had to revise his characterization of the meeting.

“After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton,” he said in a statement on Sunday. “Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information. She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act. It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”

Granted, this doesn’t look great. However, it is not the “confession” that some in the liberal media have called it. Trump Jr. clearly states that Veselnitskaya did not bring up her supposed information regarding Hillary until AFTER they were all gathered at the meeting. Is that plausible? You be the judge. But even if the Trump team was told beforehand – as a subsequent Times story indicates – that they would be given some form of opposition material, they did not have any serious indication that they were speaking with a representative of the Russian government. It’s not even exactly clear if Veselnitskaya IS a representative of the Kremlin, although she seems to have a relationship of some kind. Furthermore, there is no evidence from any involved party that she actually gave the Trump team anything at all.

Here’s the interesting part, though. According to a Circa story published shortly after the Times report, an oppo research outfit called Fusion GPS – the same outfit that funded the Trump “dossier” that made all the waves last December – was instrumental in setting up this meeting between the Trump team and the Russian lawyer:

“We have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for President Trump’s legal team. “Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier. ”

“These developments raise serious issues as to exactly who authorized and participated in any effort by Russian nationals to influence our election in any manner,” Corallo said.

By June 9 of last year, the Democratic National Committee already knew, via the private company CrowdStrike, that Russian hackers were behind the invasion into their servers. However, it was not until the following month that this news was publicly known. In other words, there was no reason for the Trump team to get any particularly “fishy” vibes from the prospect of a meeting with a Russian national. There WAS, however, a tremendous incentive on the part of Trump’s opponents to connect him – however tenuously – with the Russians, whom they already knew to be involved in international espionage regarding the election.

This brings up the obvious question: Was all of this a set-up from the very beginning? Is the Trump team facing allegations of collusion because a down-and-dirty Hillary Clinton campaign went to great lengths to put them in compromising positions? We certainly hope Robert Mueller and his team of Clinton donors won’t forget to investigate this side of the story while getting to “the truth” of what happened last year.

Study Finds Best Run States Are Low Tax Republican, Worst Run Are High Tax Democrat

A new study finds that states run by Republicans with low tax policies do much better than ones run by Democrats with high tax policies.

This news may seem like a no-brainer but there are plenty of people on the left who will find it surprising and even dispute the results.

Investor’s Business Daily has the story:

Best-Run States Are Low-Tax Republican, Worst-Run Are High-Tax Democratic, Study Finds

Several states, including Republican states, have decided to raise taxes this year to cover budget shortfalls. But a new study suggests that the states might find themselves in worse financial shape after the money starts rolling in.

According to the latest ranking of states by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the most fiscally sound states in the nation are all low-tax, GOP strongholds, while the 10 least-solvent states are almost all high-tax and heavily Democratic

There were several changes in the rankings from last year. Florida moved from sixth place to first, while Alaska dropped from first place last year to 17th this year, driven mainly by the fall in oil prices. Idaho moved into the top 10.

At the bottom of the heap, Louisiana and West Virginia both dropped down in the 10-worst list, while Hawaii greatly improved, going from 45th place last year 27th this year. Connecticut, Maine and New York also climbed out of the bottom 10 list. But New Jersey fell to dead last from last year’s 48th place.

HAVE YOU NO SHAME?

Throughout the six months of Trump’s embattled presidency one can only be struck by the failure of anti-Trumpers, both left and right, to acknowledge that a judgment of theirs may have been too hasty, not to say embarrassingly wrong. Yet to those not gripped by anti-Trump passions it seems obvious that there have been many such instances where second thoughts were in order.

For example, anti-Trumpers across the spectrum claimed during the campaign and even after his inauguration that he was an “isolationist,” that he would abandon NATO and turn his back on half a century of American commitments to Europe’s defense. But six months into his presidency, Trump has done the opposite. He has affirmed Article 5 of the NATO charter, and has actually strengthened the alliance by shaming its members into meeting the monetary obligations they had shirked for decades. Further, he has inspired an extension of the alliance mandate to oppose terrorism rather than just attacks by sovereign states. These indisputable achievements refute the canard that Trump is incompetent, over his head, and therefore a danger to national security. They should warrant both an apology for the error, and praise for his achievement. But no such reappraisal has been forthcoming.

An equally damning slander has been the accusation that he is “anti-Muslim,” a bigotry that makes him unfit for the office and also threatens American security. According to his detractors, Trump’s anti-Muslim attitudes reveal him to be a dangerous ignoramus and “incompetent fool,” oblivious of the fact that to win the war against ISIS America needs to build a coalition of Muslim countries in the Middle East, not alienate them. Again, this is seen as confirmation of the view that Trump is unfit for the office he holds, and a candidate for early impeachment.

But now Trump has traveled to the heart of the Arabian peninsula to hold an unprecedented meeting with the leaders of 55 Muslim states. He has undone Obama’s disastrous entente with Iran – the chief sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East – and forged a Muslim coalition to further American goals in the region. He has created a military alliance of Muslim states pledged to provide 34,000 troops for the anti-terrorist campaign, and he has urged them to break with extremist versions of Islam. This initiative has led directly to a break in relations between Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States on the one hand, and Qatar – the chief funder of Hamas and similar terrorist entities – on the other. Does this achievement not merit serious second thoughts from Democrat and Republican resisters to his presidency? Apparently not. Hatred for Trump is so irrational that it still over-rides concerns for party, principles and country.

Consider also the most frequent lie about Trump – the claim that he himself is an extraordinary and inveterate liar, somehow even worse than his predecessor or his defeated electoral rival. But the “lies” Trump is accused of telling fall mainly into the category of opinions over which the left differs with him, or the exaggerations of a salesman who makes off-the-cuff claims without bothering to check the facts (not the same thing as a lie proper). The most memorable case of such over-reach seems to be his claim that he lost the popular vote to Hillary because of voter fraud committed by illegal aliens. Since no one can seriously claim that voter fraud is non-existent, the “lie” consists in the number of fraudulent votes – three million or so – that Trump seems to have plucked out of the air. Obviously, Trump doesn’t know that there were three million fraudulent votes cast in the 2016 election. But neither do his critics know there weren’t, since there has never been a national survey of voter fraud, while Democrats have done everything in their power to prevent a system of voter identification from being put in place. In other words, both sides are sustained by unsubstantiated claims, although it is Trump alone who has proposed to settle the argument through a new commission that will look into voter fraud across the fifty states.

Trump has never been accused of telling a lie with the life-altering consequences of Obama’s claim that “ISIS is on the run and al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat,” or that the Benghazi attack was over a video, or that you can keep your doctor if you like him. These led to electoral victories, complacency in the face of terrorist attacks and massive legislative programs. Nor has Trump lied to the FBI, the Congress and the American people about the existence of classified documents which he exposed to America’s enemies, as Clinton has.

I don’t expect that there will be apologies forthcoming for these injustices to Trump – and therefore to the American people whose security depends on him. At least not anytime soon. The campaign to sabotage and overthrow the Trump presidency through slanders will continue. And its modus operandi will remain unchanged: Whenever Trump is attacked by anti-Trump Democrats and Republicans, he himself will be held responsible for the attacks, “his own worst enemy.” Whenever a blow is delivered to his presidency – and through his presidency to the American people – “he brought it on himself.”

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