Friday, February 24, 2017

Fake news providers barred from WH Press gaggle.

Feb 24, 2017
RUSH: It’s freak-out time at CNN. Get this: Apparently the White House had a press briefing this afternoon, a gaggle, and they denied entry to CNN, The Politico, the New York Times and the LA Times. They all showed up for the gaggle and the White House said, “Sorry, you’re not on the list today; you don’t get in,” and they had a freak-out on CNN.
Aboot time. These people are not legitimate journalists, but political operatives.

Democrats manufacture fake news of CPAC waving Russian flags.

RUSH: Now, you see, this is how the Drive-By Media works. So we had the tweet that Bob Creamer’s group somehow got into CPAC and passed out a bunch of little flags that looked like the Russian flag and people are waving them around, and that gets tweeted out. And O’Keefe comes along and says, “No, no, no. Robert Creamer’s group,” we just explained who that is, “got in there and gave these things out.” Anyway, “CPAC Attendees Seen Waving Russian Flags.

From the Raw Story: “CPAC Scrambles to Control Damage After CPAC Waves Russian Flags.” This is from another website, The Week: “CPAC Attendees Wave Russian Flags Ahead of Trump Speech.” It didn’t happen. Totally planted stuff. The Drive-By Media probably knows it’s fake and a sabotage attempt. Doesn’t matter. It’s all about perpetuating this silly idea that the Russians actually are the reason Trump is president.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Left's spiritual attack onTrump.

It’s not just a political battle anymore. It’s spiritual warfare now.
Exorcists, witches and occultists “in a number of magical groups” are announcing plans for a ritual designed to “bind Donald Trump and all who abet him.”
It’s to happen Friday at midnight at a variety of locations across the nation, and again every month until Donald Trump is no longer in office.
The rite, requiring a stub of a candle, a pin, salt, matches, a tarot card, a feather and other odds and ends, calls on spirits to ensure President Trump will “fail utterly.” It also includes burning a picture of the commander in chief, visualizing him “blowing apart into dust or ash.”
Participants apparently have the option of using a baby carrot instead of an orange candle.
Among the various spirits invoked are the “demons of the infernal realms.”
There is even a Facebook page networking those who want to participate in the ritual. Some media outlets are also looking to film whatever happens.
It’s not the first time anti-Trump occultists have tried to use black magic against the president.
The far-left feminist blog Jezebel, named after the biblical queen who mandated the worship of Baal and Asherah instead of God, published a gushing story in September 2015 about “Brooklyn Witches” of immigrant descent cursing Trump because they “wholeheartedly believe that Trump and the rest of the GOP are garbage.”
Trump evidently overcame the curse, along with everything else in his way, to win the presidency a year later.
Still, Christian leaders believe these kinds of spiritual threats should be taken seriously, condemned and countered.
Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries said the left’s open embrace of demonic imagery is revealing.
“It shows that the level of hatred against Donald Trump is generated by Satan himself,” she said. “Donald Trump is not a perfect man. But he is trying to stop the runaway freight train of evil that has existed for eight years emanating out of Washington and the Democratic Party.
“The left is mesmerized by issues that tear down and that grieve the heart of God. Donald Trump doesn’t have the power to neutralize these people and their agenda, but he is trying to make significant inroads to stop the tremendous slide to the dark side in America. He has some solid Bible-believing Christians at his side. Together they can make a huge difference and repair some of the damage done by evildoers.”
Markell, featured in the WND Film “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell,” argues occultism is being normalized in an increasingly degenerate nation.
“The Bible says that in the last days evil will wax worse and worse,” she said. “A part of that is that the paranormal is being normalized.
“I have done two-dozen radio programs on this topic as it is so alarming. Children as young as 4 and 5 are being desensitized to the occult. After-school ‘Satan clubs’ have been launched in public schools to offset the good that the ‘Good News Clubs’ have been doing for decades. If parents don’t wake up and rise up, we are going to have a society steeped in occult practices in a few years, much worse than the situation is today.”
Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, author of “God’s Day Timer,” cited Deuteronomy 18:10-12 to argue those who use occult practices are an “abomination” in God’s sight, according to the Scriptures. He agreed with Markell that such practices are becoming increasingly common.
“We are living at the time of the coming of the Messiah,” he warned. “The world will be getting worse until Messiah’s return. We are to always pray for those who are our leaders. Not only should Christians pray, but they should get actively involved.”
Some Christians are doing just that. One group announced a “Day of Prayer” to counter the occult effort.
Pastors such as Carl Gallups, author of “When the Lion Roars,” urge Christians to join the effort.
“America’s born again believers should cover President Trump in prayer,” Gallups said. “It’s obvious that the demonic realm is stirred by his presence. It’s also obvious that the antichrist agenda of the globalist community is going berserk over a Trump presidency. These are simply signs to those of us who know God’s word that President Trump is being used by the Lord in these prophetic times. Pray for him. Pray for our nation. And, then, get on with the work of the Kingdom.”
Gallups recalled he was once the target of spiritual warfare by a group of supposed witches. And he argued faith in Jesus Christ is an effective counter to any form of spiritual attack.
“I have been a senior pastor of a church in one location for 30 years,” he said. “Very early on in my ministry there, I too became the directed target of witchcraft through an organized witch coven. We even had a couple from the coven who were sent/paid to disrupt one of our worship services. All kinds of promises of ‘evil’ were made that would befall me. I gave no credence to it whatsoever. They went to jail, and I went on with my life and my work for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, simply claiming the promise of God’s protection along the way.
“Twenty-five years later I am still at that church, the church is powerful in the Lord and reaching the world for Jesus, and the Lord continues to bless my life and ministry beyond anything I ever imagined,” he said.
“I am certain that the demonic activities against me and my ministry have never let up; it’s just that I purposely pay them no mind. My trust is in Jesus; I have no fear of magic ‘spells’ and the silly incantations of Christ deniers who are burning candles and looking for signs in a deck of cards.”
Karl Payne, the former chaplain of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and an expert in exorcism who penned “Spiritual Warfare” as a guide for Christians dealing with unseen forces, denounced those behind the spiritual attack on Trump as “so ideologically driven, they do not see straight.”
But he also warned occult forces are being increasingly normalized in popular culture through an anti-Christian media.
“It is not possible to watch major television stations, cable stations or movies without being inundated with shows and movies on the paranormal,” he said. “To think that the constant exposure to these types of shows will not have an impact on those watching them is as naïve as it is to believe people can watch and play hours of video games glorifying murder and mayhem and it not make an indelible impact on their minds.
“Garbage in, garbage out. In the computer world, this used to be voiced as a truism. Now walking and talking with the dead, casting spells, witches, warlocks, zombies, blood, guts and horror are promoted as innocent entertainment and people’s minds and lives are being destroyed as a result in some cases.
“Those denying this are typically those with private agendas hoping to see occultism normalized, and those who profit financially from it with no care or concern for the destructive collateral damage incurred as a result.”
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Payne said that “too many Christians and churches are more concerned about making friends and straddling an ever eroding moral, ethical and cultural divide in hopes of appearing politically correct rather than being biblically correct.”
He urged Christians to pray for President Trump, but he also said Christians are commanded to pray for everyone in authority over them, even those who are hostile to the Christian faith.
“Christians should not ‘begin’ praying for President Trump; they should already have been praying for him and his administration, just like they should have been doing for Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama when they were president, whether they were one’s first choice, second choice or no choice,” he said.
However, Payne also said this is a critical time of choosing for American Christians, too many of whom, he claimed, are not standing up for their faith.
“It is time for Christians to view themselves as victors in Christ because of His selfless sacrifice on the cross, rather than apologize for their faith, hiding in fear and volunteering to ride in the back of the bus in hopes of not offending someone or being dragged into the scrum,” he said.
“I personally prefer truth to pretense and posturing, and I refuse to apologize for the One who loved me enough to die for me. Occultists, witches and political hacks should remember the One who lives in Christians is greater than the ones who oppose Christians, natural or supernatural.
“Maybe it is time for Christians to be motivated by courage and faith rather than compromise and fear,” he continued. “Maybe it is time for Christians to step out of the closet too; seems everyone else already has. Christians in this country supposedly represent a 50 million strong voting bloc. Maybe it is time they began to think like a guard dog rather than a posturing, prancing poodle. Jesus did not hide, the apostles did not hide, the early church did not hide, so why should we hide?
“Maybe Christians should view blending into culture rather than shining through it as the compromise that it really represents rather than an art form to be perfected. Jesus was perfect, and the Romans and Jewish leadership still teamed up to crucify Him. Why should we think that if we make friends with everyone, and try not to offend anyone, we will be treated any better than Jesus in this country or around the world?”
As spiritual warfare moves into the headlines, Markell argues it is time for believers to wake up to what is truly at stake.
“Christians need to get educated about the paranormal and just what the agenda is,” she told WND. “It is all evil. The topic may be dark and unpleasant, but learning that loved ones have been snared by the occult is worse. The occult is bold today and growing bolder each day.”
However, Markell also said Christians should remember victory in spiritual warfare is assured if they take up the battle.
“Christians can also unite in individual or corporate prayer on behalf of President Trump, Vice President Pence and all in this new administration,” she said. “We need to push back against the darkness that has consumed Washington, D.C., in recent years.
“The secular world knows nothing of spiritual warfare. This should get Christians galvanized to restore decency and righteousness in America’s highest leaders.”
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Ultimate irony

The North Carolina NAACP is leading a march against requiring an ID to vote. The irony? In order to participate in the march, you have to have an ID. HAHHAHHAHA.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The new realignment.

It would be hard to fathom the hatred of the Resistance toward Trump, unless we considered the realignment of the Electorate during the last (Presidential) election. Trump carried Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio, which could only happen if a sizable portion of the working class voted Republican.

Liberals counted on the "browning" of America to keep them in power, so a shift in the electorate stands in their way bigtime. Trump had carried a big slice of even groups the Dems thought were securely theirs (Hispanics and women) so the intellectuals of the Right have nowhere to go either. That is why we see a bipartisan realignment for and against Trump. Working families started voting for candidates that promised them they would work to protect their interests and jobs. Shipping those jobs to China and Mexico is not in their interest. Duh, a no brainer.

Anti-Trumpers are still at it.

by Victor Davis Hanson February 20, 2017 7:31 PM @vdhanson Trumps’ critics, left and right, aim to bring about the cataclysm they predicted. A 1964 political melodrama, Seven Days in May, envisioned a futuristic (1970s) failed military cabal that sought to sideline the president of the United States over his proposed nuclear-disarmament treaty with the Soviets. Something far less dramatic but perhaps as disturbing as Hollywood fiction played out this February. The Teeth-Gnashing of Deep Government Currently, the political and media opponents of Donald Trump are seeking to subvert his presidency in a manner unprecedented in the recent history of American politics. The so-called resistance among EPA federal employees is trying to disrupt Trump administration reform; immigration activists promise to flood the judiciary to render executive orders inoperative. Intelligence agencies had earlier leaked fake news briefings about the purported escapades of President-elect Trump in Moscow — stories that were quickly exposed as politically driven concoctions. Nearly one-third of House Democrats boycotted the Inauguration. Celebrities such as Ashley Judd and Madonna shouted obscenities to crowds of protesters; Madonna voiced her dreams of Trump’s death by saying she’d been thinking a lot about blowing up the White House.  But all that pushback was merely the clownish preliminary to the full-fledged assault in mid February. Career intelligence officers leaked their own transcripts of a phone call that National Security Advisor–designate Michael Flynn had made to a Russian official. The media charge against Flynn was that he had nefariously talked to higher-ups in Russia before he took office. Obama-administration officials did much the same, before Inauguration Day 2009, and spoke with Syrian, Iranian, and Russian counterparts. But they faced no interference from the outgoing Bush administration. No doubt the designated security officials of most incoming administrations do not wait until being sworn in to sound out foreign officials. Most plan to reset the policies of their predecessors. The question, then, arises: Why were former Obama-administration appointees or careerist officials tapping the phone calls of an incoming Trump designate (and Trump himself?) and then leaking the tapes to their pets in the press? For what purpose? Indeed, Trump’s own proposed outreach to Russia so far is not quite of the magnitude of Obama’s in 2009, when the State Department staged the red-reset-button event to appease Putin; at the time, Russia was getting set to swallow the Crimea and all but absorb Eastern Ukraine. Trump certainly did not approve the sale of some 20 percent of North American uranium holdings to Russian interests, in the quid pro quo fashion that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did, apparently in concert with Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation — and to general indifference of both the press and the intelligence community. Why were former Obama-administration appointees or careerist officials tapping the phone calls of an incoming Trump designate and then leaking the tapes to their pets in the press? In addition, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that career intelligence officers have decided to withhold information from the president, on the apparent premise that he is unfit, in their view, to receive it. If true, that disclosure would mean that elements of the federal government are now actively opposing the duly elected president of the United States. That chilling assessment gains credence from the likelihood that the president’s private calls to Mexican and Australian heads of state were likewise recorded, and selected segments were leaked to suggest that Trump was either trigger-happy or a buffoon. Oddly, in early January, Senator Charles Schumer had essentially warned Trump that he would pay for his criticism of career intelligence officials. In an astounding shot across his bow, which was followed up by an onslaught in February, Schumer said: “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you. . . . So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.” Schumer was evidently not disturbed about rogue intelligence agencies conspiring to destroy a shared political enemy — the president of the United States. What surprised him was how naïve Trump was in not assessing the anti-constitutional forces arrayed against him. Trump-Removal Chic The elite efforts to emasculate the president have sometimes taken on an eerie turn. The publisher-editor of the German weekly magazine Zeit raised the topic on German television of killing Trump to end the “Trump catastrophe.” So did British Sunday Times columnist India Knight, who tweeted, “The assassination is taking such a long time.” A former Obama Pentagon official, Rosa Brooks, recently mused about theoretical ways to remove Trump, including a military coup, should other avenues such as impeachment or medically forced removal fail: “The fourth possibility is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders.” The Atlantic now darkly warns that Trump is trying to create an autocracy. Former Weekly Standard editor in chief Bill Kristol suggested in a tweet that if he faced a choice (and under what surreal circumstances would that happen?) between the constitutionally, democratically elected president and career government officials’ efforts to thwart or remove him, he would come down on the side of the revolutionary, anti-democratic “deep state”: “Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it [emphasis added], prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” No doubt some readers interpreted that as a call to side with anti-constitutional forces against an elected U.S. president. Hollywood stars such as Meryl Streep equate the president with brownshirts and assorted fascists. A CNN reporter announced that Trump was Hitlerian; another mused about his plane’s crashing. Prominent conservative legal scholar Richard Epstein recently called for Trump to resign after less than a month in office, largely on grounds that Trump’s rhetoric is unbridled and indiscreet — although Epstein cited no indictable or impeachable offenses that would justify the dispatch of a constitutionally elected president. Earlier, Republican columnists David Frum and Jennifer Rubin had theorized that the 25th Amendment might provide a way to remove Trump from office as unfit to serve. The New Republic published an unfounded theory, based on no empirical evidence, alleging that Trump suffers from neurosyphilis and thus is mentally not up to his office. Former president Barack Obama — quite unlike prior presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, who all refrained from attacking their successors — is now reportedly ready to join the efforts of a well-funded political action committee to undermine the Trump presidency. The Police Need Policing Fake news proliferates. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Representative Elijah Cummings recently attacked departing national-security advisor Michael Flynn by reading a supposed Flynn tweet that was a pure invention. Nor did Trump, as reported, have a serious plan to mobilize “100,000” National Guard troops to enforce deportations. Other false stories claimed that Trump had pondered invading Mexico, that his lawyer had gone to Prague to meet with the Russians, and that he had removed from the Oval Office a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. — sure proof of Trump’s racism. Journalists — including even “fact-checker” Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post — reposted fake news reports that Trump’s father had run a campaign for the New York mayorship during which he’d aired racist TV ads. Celebrities and writers have attacked Trump’s eleven-year-old son Barron as a sociopath-to-be. Nor is the Trump family immune from constant attack. Daughter Ivanka Trump was recently cornered on an airline flight, while traveling with her three young children three days before Christmas, and bullied by a screaming activist passenger. Her private fashion business is the target of a national progressive-orchestrated boycott. Celebrities and writers have attacked Trump’s eleven-year-old son Barron as a sociopath-to-be or as a boy trapped in an autistic bubble. First Lady Melania Trump sued the Daily Mail after it trafficked in reports that she had once been a paid escort — a lie that was recently recirculated by a New York Times reporter. Trump advisers Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka are routinely smeared as anti-Semites and fascists. One Trump critic berated Gorka as a Nazi sympathizer for wearing a commemorative medal once awarded his father for his role in the resistance to the Communist takeover of Hungary. What has the often boisterous Trump done in his first month to earn calls for his death, forced removal, or resignation? Dangerous Style or Substance? The stock market is reaching all-time highs. Polls show business optimism rising. The Rasmussen poll puts Trump’s approval rating at 55 percent. Compared with Obama in 2009, at the same point in his young administration, Trump has issued about the same number of executive orders. For all his war on the press, Trump has so far not ordered wiretaps on any reporter on the grounds that he is a “criminal co-conspirator,” nor has he gone after the phone records of the Associated Press — Barack Obama’s Justice Department did both, to little notice in the media. Trump’s edicts are mostly common-sense and non-controversial: green-lighting the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, freezing federal hiring, resuming work on a previously approved wall along the Mexican border, prohibiting retiring federal officials from lobbying activity for five years, and pruning away regulations. His promises to deport illegal aliens with past records of criminal activity or gang affiliation have, by design, sidestepped so-called dreamers and the illegal aliens who are currently working, without criminal backgrounds, and with some record of lengthy residence. In his executive order to temporarily suspend immigration from seven war-torn Middle East states, Trump channeled Barack Obama’s prior targeting of immigration trouble spots. At first, Trump’s order was poorly worded and clumsily ushered in; then it was reformulated. It is supported by the public but nonetheless earned a hysterical response from federal judges who seemed to invent new jurisprudence stating that foreign nationals abroad enjoy U.S. constitutional protections. On more substantive reforms, such as repealing Obamacare, reforming the tax code, and rebuilding infrastructure, Trump awaits proposed legislation from the Republican congressional majority. By all accounts, Trump’s initial meetings or phone calls with British, Israeli, Japanese, and Russian heads of states have gone well. Trump has had fewer Cabinet appointees bow out than did Barack Obama. Most believe that the vast majority of his selections are inspired. The nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch was a widely praised move. The defense secretary, retired general James Mattis has echoed Trump’s earlier calls for European NATO members to step up and meet their contracted obligations to the alliance. Clearly in empirical terms, nothing that Trump in his first month in office has done seems to have justified calls for violence against his person or his removal from office. What then accounts for the unprecedented venom? 1) As we saw from his recent free-wheeling press conference, Trump’s loud, take-no-prisoners style is certainly anti-Washington, anti-media, anti-elite, and anti-liberal. He often unsettles reporters with bombast and invective, when most are accustomed to dealing with career politicians or fellow liberal officeholders who share their same beliefs. As part of Trump’s art-of-the-deal tactics, he often blusters, rails, and asks for three times what he might eventually settle for, on the expectation that critics of his style will be soon silenced by the undeniable upside of his eventual achievements. This is a long-term strategy that in the short term allows journalists to fault the present means rather than the future ends. Trump’s unconventional bluster, not his record so far, fuels the animosity of elites who seek to delegitimize him and fear that their reputations and careers can be rendered irrelevant by his roughshod populism. He also has reminded the country that some of the mainstream media and Washington–New York elite are often mediocre and boring. 2) The Democratic party has been absorbed by its left wing and is beginning to resemble the impotent British Labour party. Certainly it no longer is a national party. Mostly it’s a local and municipal coastal force, galvanized to promote a race and gender agenda and opposed to conservatism yet without a pragmatic alternative vision. Its dilemma is largely due to the personal success but presidential failure of Barack Obama, who moved the party leftward and yet bequeathed an electoral matrix that will deprive future national candidates of swing-state constituencies without compensating for that downside with massive minority turnouts, which were unique to Obama’s candidacy. The Democratic party bites its tail in endless paroxysms of electoral frustration — given that the medicine of broadening support to win back the white poor and working classes is deemed worse than the disease of losing the state governorships and legislatures, the Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. 3) Usually conservative pundits and journalists would push back against this extraordinary effort to delegitimize a Republican president. But due to a year of Never Trump politicking and opposition, and Trump’s own in-your-face, unorthodox style and grating temperament, hundreds of Republican intellectuals and journalists, former officeholders and current politicians — who shared a common belief that Trump had no chance of winning and thus could be safely written off — find themselves without influence in either the White House or indeed in their own party, over 90 percent of which voted for Trump. In other words, the Right ruling class is still in a civil war of sorts. It is no accident that many of those calling for his resignation or removal are frustrated that, for the first time in a generation, they will have no influence in a Republican administration or indeed among most Republicans. For some, the best pathway to redemption is apparently to criticize Trump to such an extent that their prior prophecies of his preordained failure in the election will be partially redeemed by an imploding presidency. It is no accident that many of those calling for his resignation or removal are frustrated that, for the first time in a generation, they will have no influence in a Republican administration or indeed among most Republicans. Yet, in private, they accept that Trump’s actual appointments, executive orders, and announced policies are mostly orthodox conservative — a fact that was supposed to have been impossible. 4) Since 2000, what might have been seen as irrational and abnormal has become institutionalized and commonplace: record U.S. debt approaching $20 trillion, chronic trade deficits, an often destructive globalization, Hoover-era anemic economic growth, polarizing racial identity politics, open borders, steady growth in the size of government, sanctuary cities, unmet NATO obligations abroad, crumbling faith that the European Union is sustainable and democratic, and a gradual symbiosis between the two parties, both of which ignored the working classes as either demographically doomed or as a spent force of deplorables and irredeemables (or both). Trump’s efforts to return politics to the center — enforce existing laws, complete previously approved projects, rein in government regulations and growth, recalibrate U.S. alliances to reflect current realities, unapologetically side with friends and punish enemies — were viewed as revolutionary rather than as a return to conventionality, in part because they threatened status quo careers and commerce. Trumpism is more or less akin to the Gingrich-Clinton compromises of the early 1990s or to what Reagan often did rather than what he sometimes said. But what was then bipartisan and centrist today appears revolutionary and nihilistic. For now, chic Trump hatred and sick talks of coups — or worse — hinge on economic growth. If Trump’s agenda hits 3 percent GDP growth or above by 2018, then his critics — progressive shock troops, Democratic grandees, mainstream media, Never Trump Republicans — will either shift strategies or face prolonged irrelevance. But for now, ending Trump one way or another is apparently the tortured pathway his critics are taking to exit their self-created labyrinth of irrelevance.
— NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Savior Generals.

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A criricism of Senator (the Dunce) McCain.


    McCain’s Dirty War On Trump

    It is fitting that Senator John McCain chose to denounce President Trump’s foreign policy at Munich, Germany, site of the 1938 agreement that saw the allies surrender Czechoslovakia to Hitler, for like Chamberlain, McCain’s betrayal is neither principled nor intelligible. As his speech and recent behavior makes clear, McCain intends to do everything he can to destroy the Trump presidency, if for no other reason than to reassure himself of his continued relevance and moral superiority.
    McCain began his speech by thanking Chancellor Angel Merkel for being “the conscience of the West,” a clear signal that he supports her policy of unrestricted Muslim immigration. A poll released ten days ago by a London-based think tank, shows that 10,000 respondents from 10 European countries favored an outright ban on further Muslim immigration by 55% to 20%. Clearly, those suffering from increased crime and terrorist attacks do not favor the Merkel policy, but McCain was just getting started.

    He said that in his four decades of coming to the Munich Conference, at no time was the consideration of “whether the West will survive” more “deadly serious” than today. McCain believes that the West is in greater danger now than when the Soviet Union was at its height, an assertion that is absurd to anyone who lived under the threat of nuclear war.
    McCain does not believe the West’s survival is in question because of radical Islamic terrorism, but rather because of the West’s measured response (i.e. Trump’s executive order on immigration). McCain bemoans “clashing ethnic and nationalist passions,” “an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood, and race, and sectarianism,” and “hardening resentment…[towards] minority groups, especially Muslims.” To McCain, popular resistance to flooding the West with war-torn peoples at odds with Western values and societal norms is tantamount to Nazism.

    McCain claims to be “alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies…[and] alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism.” While McCain does not mention Trump by name, there can be little doubt that he conflated the President with the odious mantle of propaganda and dictatorship, portraying him as an American Vladimir Putin.

    McCain is especially enraged at Trump’s attempt to defuse tensions between Russia and the United States, and believes wholeheartedly in the Leftism meme that Trump conspired with Putin to steal the presidential election. McCain is demanding a bipartisan select committee look into Trump’s ties to Russia, and hopes to pressure the Justice Department into appointing an independent prosecutor. McCain is reprising a strategy he previously deployed against Bush, when the 9/11 Commission he helped create, degenerated into a partisan witch hunt, featuring Fannie Mae rip-off artist Jamie Gorelick, and the cheap grandstanding of the execrable Richard Clarke.
    The gruel of Russia “hacking the election” is so thin that a starving zek in the gulag might look askance at it. The narrative is that Trump promised to do Putin’s bidding if the Russians helped get him elected. This help took the form of hacking into Hillary Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s emails. The only trouble was there wasn’t much there, save for some office gossip – nothing that would account for a 74-vote margin of victory in the Electoral College. Furthermore, there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, other than a single public speculation Trump made in jest regarding Russia supplying the 33,000 emails destroyed by Hillary Clinton.

    While much has been made of Michael Flynn’s firing as National Security Advisor, his only offense was to have misled Vice President Pence regarding discussions with Flynn’s Russian counterpart on American sanctions. The discussions themselves were an integral part of Flynn’s job and entirely aboveboard. We know this thanks to wiretapping by Obama intelligence officials illegally listening in on the calls. Obama’s Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates – since fired by Trump for public insubordination – considered the discussions to be a “potentially illegal” violation of the Logan Act.

    The Logan Act forbids private citizens from interfering in foreign policy, but to apply that to the NSA of an incoming administration is insane. It is, however, entirely consistent with the Alice in Wonderland mentality that has gripped official Washington. McCain, who stated that the hack was “more serious” than a terrorist attack, merely echoed the language of people like Thomas Friedman, who called the revelation of Podesta’s emails a “9/11” and “Pearl Harbor scale event.”
    Fellow New York Times op-ed writer Nicholas Kristof entitled his weekly, “How Can We Get Rid of Trump?” The answer is by declaring Trump insane or impeaching him, a feel-good alternative reality in vogue among the Left. Trump-hating journalists are John McCain’s best friends, and he did not take kindly to Trump insulting them at a press conference. On Meet the Press, McCain told ex-Sen. Harkin (D-IA) aide, now host, Chuck Todd, that without a free press, “dictators get started,” while hastening to add that he wasn’t talking about Trump. Obviously.

    Perhaps McCain’s hatred of all things Trump is best illustrated by his efforts to spread the ridiculous story that Trump had cavorted with prostitutes and urinated on a bed where Obama had slept in a Russian hotel. McCain dispatched a senior aide to London to make contact with the source, who had unsuccessfully peddled the story to Trump-hating media. McCain then gave the supposed dossier to FBI Director Comey, presumably hoping that leaked word of the FBI examination might lend it some shred of credibility.

    Despite his professed passion for national security, McCain doesn’t seem to mind the torrent of classified leaks designed to smear and hobble the incoming administration. As reported in New York Magazine, McCain “made a surprisingly impassioned case for [the leaks],” saying “How else are the American people going to be informed?”

    He sees himself as a kind of shadow secretary of state. When leaked conversations between Trump and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull showed Trump’s obvious annoyance at being sandbagged by an Obama promise to take Muslim refugees, McCain took it upon himself to call the Australian ambassador; then he issued a press release praising himself for it.
    Plumbing the depths of McCain’s murky narcissism for clues to his motivations may be an exercise in futility, but it’s a safe bet that we are witnessing merely the opening actions of the Senator’s dirty war against a Republican president, whose only real crime is that he is not John McCain.

    The author has worked on numerous statewide political campaigns in Virginia, South Dakota and Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The Federalist, the Daily Caller and other sites. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area. Follow him on Twitter @PHGuthrie