Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Deep State vs. Trump

Retired CIA station chief Scott Uehlinger claims there is a “Deep State.”  He argued, “The Deep State is made up of thousands of similarly credentialed, remarkably “un-diverse” civil servants and political appointees who saw themselves promoted rapidly during the eight years of the Obama administration. The appointees have left, but make no mistake — the progressive civil servants remain.”  Uehlinger is correct except for the fact that he exaggerates the role Obama has played in its creation.  The “Deep State” had its greatest growth during the Roosevelt Administration when bureaucrats like Soviet asset Harry Dexter White recruited large numbers of Communists and progressives to man the government.  Most of the Communists were eventually weeded out of government but the progressives for the most part remained.  These progressives gradually gained control of most of the federal bureaucracy.  Under President Obama even many of the conservative holdouts were driven from the government.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claims nearly one-third of the employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Trump.  He claimed, “I got 30 percent of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag.”  Either the Department of Interior is a radical exception or Zinke is being extremely optimistic.  There is a large number of professionals in the Department of the Interior who will carry out orders regardless of the administration directing them.  There are even some extremely patriotic employees.  However, particularly in the leadership, there is a significant number of progressives who will actively sabotage efforts by a conservative administration to curtail government interference in the lives of its citizens.  What percentage of the upper echelons of the federal bureaucracy voted for Donald Trump?  That number is exceedingly small.

One of the most crucial fields that a president must rely upon is intelligence.  The NSA, FBI and CIA are in many respects the eyes and ears of a president.  These agencies are also the most compromised.  The heads of each of these agencies have intentionally misled the public and even lied before Congress.  CIA director John Brennan lied when he claimed, “Let me assure you the CIA was in no way spying on [the committee] or the Senate.”  He was later forced to apologize for his statement.  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Congress that the NSA was not collecting information on millions of Americans.  Documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed that he had lied.  FBI Director James Comey lied to Congress about his decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.

The departments that oversee these agencies are also compromised.  This was illustrated by the recent release of Department of Justice documents by Judicial Watch.  These documents showed strong support by top DOJ officials for former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ refusal to enforce President Trump’s Middle East travel ban executive order.  Andrew Weissmann, one of Robert Mueller’s top prosecutors applauded Yates emailing: “I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects.”  Yates was subsequently fired for disobeying a direct order from the President.  The documents contain numerous emails sent from official Justice Department email addresses.   One was from DOJ Civil Division Appellate Attorney Jeffrey Clair who wrote, “Thank you AG Yates. I’ve been in civil/appellate for 30 years and have never seen an administration with such contempt for democratic values and the rule of law. The President’s order is an unconstitutional embarrassment and I applaud you for taking a principled stand against defending it.”  Of course Clair wrote this before the Supreme Court ruled that the travel ban was constitutional. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Pandora's Box Revisited

The names of sexual predators are flying out of Pandora’s Box at an increasing rate.  There is panic in the media and the halls of Congress.  Deals are being frantically made to stop the bleeding.  The efforts to defeat Roy Moore’s campaign for the Senate from Alabama have resulted in a historic social transformation.  Even with access to Obama’s database and NSA records, the best the deep state can come up with is 38 year old allegations of sexual abuse by Moore.  Moore’s alleged crimes are trivial compared to what prominent politicians and media personalities are being accused of.

People who were outraged at allegation about Moore’s behavior 38 years ago now appear to be defending more recent behavior that is often backed up with photos and documents. 
The scandals have exposed the Congress’s methods to conceal embarrassing incidents.  The Congress Office of Compliance (COC) was set up to deal with complaints.  It reportedly disbursed $17 million over a twenty year period to cover complaints.  The admission about the COC is a distraction of sorts and the 17 million figure is a gross underestimate.  In addition to the COC there is the House Employment Counsel advising members how to conceal their behavior.  These are two institutions that have been reported on in the press.  Are there any more?   

Much has been made of the $17 million payout.  However, neither one of the two prominent politicians who have been exposed paid their victims out of this fund.  Rep. John Conyers paid a former employee $27,111.74 out of his Member’s Representational Allowance account.  Rep. Raul Grijalva gave $48,395 to the female employee who left her job after three months.  Grijalva’s settlement was reportedly arranged by lawyers at the House Employment Counsel.  Is spite of politicians receiving advice from lawyers, these arrangements may be illegal.   Also the COC may be dealing with only a fraction of the complaints.  Tracy Manzer, Congresswoman Speier’s spokesperson told CNN that 80 percent of people who have come to her office to share stories of sexual misconduct never told the COC.

In order to protect themselves from charges of complicity, people in a position of power must claim that the charges against an individual came as a complete surprise.  Matt Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie fought back tears when she announced Lauer had been fired for “inappropriate sexual behavior.  She stated, “we do not know more than what I just shared with you.”  NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack told staff it "may not have been an isolated incident."  If Savannah knew nothing about Lauer’s behavior she has no business in the news business.  If Andrew Lack thinks Lauer’s behavior “may” not have been isolated he has no business being in management.  In 2012 Lauer's former co-host Katie Couric said he pinched her "on the a-- a lot."  Joe Scarborough claimed he attended a Friars Club event for a roast of Lauer.  He claims many of the jokes were made about his sexual pursuits at work.  He added, "So was this whispered behind closed doors? No, it was shouted from the mountaintops and everybody laughed about it,"

This type of behavior is virtually impossible to keep secret.  Politicians have the advantage of paying their victims with other people’s money.  Cokie Roberts, NPR correspondent and ABC News commentator, claimed "every female in the press corps knew" to avoid being in an elevator with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and has apparently known about this "for years."  She added, “you know they are so used to it. I mean, the culture of Capitol Hill for so many decades was men being bad.”  Conyers’ attorney Arnold E. Reed, claims there are allegations against "many members" of the House and Senate. He might be suggesting that Conyers does not intend to go down alone.  The Congress of the United States is like a small fraternity.  Members are fully aware of what other members are up to.  Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer know who has stepped over the line.  They knew about Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy.  Kennedy made no effort to conceal his affairs “including public sex in 1985 and 1987 at La Brasserie restaurant.  Yet his colleagues referred to him as “the gentleman from Massachusetts.”

There is an obvious double standard when it comes to aberrant behavior by progressives.  If Judge Moore had drugged and had intercourse with a 13 year old girl that would be a crime.  When Roman Polanski did it Whoopi Goldberg claimed it was not “rape-rape.”  The excuses used to defend Bill Clinton’s behavior are too numerous to recount.  The media does its best not to cover incidents that would embarrassment colleagues or politicians unless they disagree with them.  The attack on Judge Moore appears to have failed.  In fact it has exploded in the face of the left.    They are most likely working on a new revelation that will be announced on December 11, one day before the election.  This will not give Moore’s defenders time to refute it.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Fresh Start for Zimbabwe

The nation of Zimbabwe just went under a change in government.  Robert Mugabe is being replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa.  Mnangagwa had been a close ally of Mugabe.  However, he had to flee the country after he was dismissed as vice-president.  Mnangagwa has close ties with the military and his dismissal may have been the reason the military sent troops to arrest Mugabe.  Under the circumstances Mugabe decided to resign.  He is being accused of rigging elections and using violence to repress his opponents.  Mnangagwa may not be the exact remedy for eliminating political violence.  He is widely believed to be responsible for the Gukurahundi massacres in which up to 20,000 civilians were killed. 

Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980 after an election that replaced the white dominated Rhodesian government with a largely African one.  This was a great victory for anti-colonial progressives.  Mugabe has been showered with honorary degrees from Universities as far as Edinburgh, Massachusetts, Michigan, Atlanta and Moscow.  He was recently named a goodwill ambassador by the World Health Organization.  This a curious honor in light of Zimbabwe’s deteriorating heath care system.  Many critics complain that Zimbabwe’s health care system has collapsed.  They complain that medical staff is regularly unpaid and medications are in short supply.  The inability to obtain basic drugs and medicines has been blamed on hyperinflation.  About one fifth of the population is infected with HIV.  At one point life expectancy of Zimbabwean women has dropped from 61 years, in 1991, to 34 years.  The World Health Organization currently (2015) puts the female life expectancy at 62.3 years.  However, in light of the deteriorating health care system, their figures should be looked at skeptically.

The failure of Zimbabwe is an embarrassment to the progressive globalists.  It is best to avoid reporting news from there except for reports of crop failures due to drought or shortages due to hyperinflation.  Few would, like Andrew Young, defend Mugabe. Nicholas Kristof wrote in the New York Times, “Many, many ordinary black Zimbabweans wish that they could get back the white racist government that oppressed them in the 1970’s.” 

The Financial Times reported that, “One of Mr Mnangagwa’s main challenges will be turning around the ailing economy as the country grapples with a severe currency shortage, rampant unemployment and crumbling infrastructure.”  According to one Zimbabwean source China and the West provide 80% of Zimbabwe’s revenue.  In 2015 the United States provided $159 million in aid to the country. 

Mugabe will get a 5 to 10 million dollar “golden parachute,” immunity from prosecution for his family and his family’s assets will be protected.  He will also received his $150,000 salary for the rest of his life.  His wife has been nicknamed “Gucci Grace” for her lavish spending.  She has spent millions on property and luxury cars in South Africa.  Her oldest son, Bellarmine Chatunga, recently posted a clip on social media showing him pouring a £200 bottle of Ace of Spades champagne over a $60,000 diamond encrusted Rolex at a Johannesburg nightclub.  He boasted, “daddy runs the whole country”.  Kristof quotes a farmer by the name of Isaac, “It was better under Rhodesia. Then we could get jobs. Things were cheaper in stores. Now we have no money, no food.”  Isaac’s daddy obviously run the whole country.

Zimbabwe’s elite love showcasing their wealth on social media.  They have no concern for the millions of their countrymen who are starving.  This is more than conspicuous consumption.  It borders on the pathological.  Robert Mugabe Jr. travels in a private jet “with an interior decked out completely in gold.”   He has a black Batmobile.  He purchased two Rolls Royces in September.  Sidney Himbara Jr., whose father is one of the richest businessmen in Zimbabwe, wears customised alligator skin, gold plated Giuseppe Zanotti $14,000 trainers.  He has a golden revolver that fires lipstick pellets.

Nicholas Kristof pointed out in the New York Times, “When a white racist government was oppressing Zimbabwe, the international community united to demand change.”  He states that now a black racist government is harming the people.  He claims that most of the criticism is focused on the seizure the farms from white landowners.  The major victims, however, are black Zimbabweans.  Kristof states, “Our hypocrisy is costing hundreds of Zimbabwean lives every day.“