A Paradigm At Play

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I don’t know whether or not the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, running to be the next United States Senator representing Alabama, are true, though I think it’s likely the charges could be accurate. But in the highly charged accusative atmosphere in the wake of the sexual misconduct of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and many more, the veracity of the allegations is almost a secondary issue.

You have the “perfect storm” of issues that makes for what the media would consider a juicy topic for discussion. I don’t think it’s beyond the realm of possibility that this is a smear campaign, though the evidence as of this point in time points to the allegations against the former Alabama judge likely being true. Mr. Moore has openly blamed the liberal media for this campaign alleging misconduct against him almost four decades ago, and the timing of bringing all of this up now (as opposed to earlier in the campaign, or when he was a judge for that matter) would support that.

What I think the judge may be wrong about is this merely being the work of liberals. Note that there is a sect of establishment Republicans in D.C. who cannot stand President Trump. Also note that when the allegations against Mr. Moore first began last week, the first calls for him to step aside were from those very same Republican senators. Probably not a coincidence.

Thus, you have collusion between Democrats and Republicans on the issue. Hence, the left-right paradigm is exposed. Here’s former Tampa Bay radio host Lionel discussing the paradigm on WPIX-TV out of New York in early 2012:

Before you go grab some tin foil, make it into a shape of a hat, and put it on my head, let me point out there are bigger things at play here. In our president, you have a businessman trying to clean up what is perceived as a mess created by politicians by mismanagement over several decades, in other words, to “drain the swamp” as he often puts it. If he’s successful in these efforts and no one interfered with him, he’d basically make politics as a profession obsolete, allowing more “everyday people” to run and win. The last president outside of the political realm was Dwight D. Eisenhower, general and war hero from WW2 that was still fresh in everyone’s heads in 1952. Meddling with a war hero would not have been good business for any politician back then, and probably would have been a good way to lose one’s job.

Ditto with the jealousy president’s tweets. Did anyone complain during FDR’s presidency that he was doing too many fireside chats? Probably not.

The paradigm picks its battles carefully. They can’t pick every hill to die on, because that increases the odds of exposure if they did. Instead, they do it every now and then, like Senator John McCain voting against the repeal of Obamacare this summer at a critical moment. They will pick fights that can assure themselves victory, and with the Roy Moore fiasco, it looks like they will win again. Even if the people of Alabama rebel against the accusations and elect Moore after all of this, Mitch McConnell could still refuse to seat him, and that move would likely open up yet another Pandora’s Box of ugliness.

 

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Ideas, Politicians, And Party

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When I worked in network radio in the 90’s, Stan Major would often to talk about the seven sisters of the media, and how those organizations are controlled by liberal ideology. They were, according to him, Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times, ABC, CBS, and NBC. I guess those sisters now have had children now with the advent of MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News over the past few decades.

I’m a believer that the world of politics has three plateaus. Regardless of whether or not you’re a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Socialist, or a believer in some other party or movement I didn’t mention, these plateaus exist.

First you have the most pure process of the three: the idea. Ideas are to politics what the ace is in most card games. They’re bulletproof. An idea can’t be killed no matter what legislation or humanity passes with time. Once an idea’s time has come, it happens. Think of healthcare in America, for example.  It took a long time to implement healthcare here, and when it got passed in 2009, many conservatives say it got rushed in. Now with a Republican president (though I think Trump is more of a De facto Independent), and Congress, the GOP can’t seem to find a single way to replace the healthcare system.

Politicians are the next step down. How do they implement these ideas? How do they maneuver and manipulate? The execution of ideas by politicians determines who the good politicians are, and who the bad ones are. Leaders lead by the vote of the people, and are sometimes repellents to those who vote. Only Hillary Clinton could have lost to Donald Trump a year ago. Put Bernie Sanders in there as the Democratic nominee, and that likely would not have happened.

Then we get to political parties. They are to society what an adult video store is to a city. It’s where ideas get degraded and prostituted. I see a “mob mentality” in both parties. Those who don’t “get with the program” get way too easily ostracized, and which party’s “mob” sticks together often decides who carries the day.

Ideas, politicians, and party. Somewhere in that link of chains, the system is broken. Where the break is, and who’s to blame – well, that’s something that isn’t very clear. Both the pro-Trump and anti-Trump elements of our society can’t really be sure in their heart of hearts if they are on what will be the right side of the history books. That’s why I try to stay impartial, follow my heart to determine what’s right, and even that isn’t easy at times with the various news outlets prostituting either the DNC or the GOP.

As things stand now, the political climate is bound to for more calamity before things improve.

Though The Heavens Fall

I really haven’t been following the latest gossip with President Trump lately. It gets to a point where you go insane trying to keep up with it all, and I enjoy my sanity in tact. 

Sadly, you get immune to the theatrics of Trump’s tweets and the media’s over reactions to them. I’m sure some people in the newspaper industry privately bitched when FDR held his fireside chats in the 1930’s and 1940’s on this new invention called radio. I can’t blame the President for declaring TV obsolete: someone else would have. 

President Trump keeps insisting the Russian fiasco is a witch hunt, while the Democrats insist otherwise. The facts are evolving by the day, if not the hour, but the crux of the story hasn’t changed. 

Something will have to give at some point ahead, we just don’t know what side prevails yet. Then we can talk about what happens to Trump’s presidency. 

General Stonewall Sessions

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(NOTE: I originally wrote this before the attack that took place in Alexandria, Va. Wednesday morning. With the exception of changing dating, I’ve left this article as it is.)

A week ago, I had mentioned that I didn’t think James Comey proved his case against President Trump. On this past Tuesday, and with much network ballyhoo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the same Senate committee.

Whatever momentum the Trump presidency gained might have been lost, as I didn’t think Mr. Sessions did all that well.

What irked me was this use of “confidentiality” of conversations between President Trump and his charges, like Sessions. The way I understand executive privilege, you either have to use it, or you don’t use it. Several Trump employees (Sessions, Dan Coats, Mike Rogers) have attempted this claim of confidentiality as a way to reserve the right of the President to use executive privilege later on.

Isn’t that contempt of Congress?

I’m surprised the Democrats made no efforts to compel Sessions to answer the questions they posed, but with a Republican majority, they probably thought the efforts would be fruitless.

As for Trump, it seems to me that they want this “cloud” over their heads, and merely act like they don’t. It’ll be up to all of us to figure out why.

Swing And A Miss

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It was said over the weekend that over 20,000,000 people took time out of their late morning and early afternoon routines to watch the James Comey hearings held by the Senate on Thursday.

Personally, I thought it was a big time swing and a miss, no matter what sauce the media has left over to cook with. You can’t have your guy with the “squeaky clean image” in Mr. Comey with his thumb on the scale. When he admitted he gave a memo to a buddy to leak to the media to Susan Collins of Maine, that’s exactly what happened.

I said a couple of weeks ago that if President Trump was going to be impeached, it’s more likely to occur later on in his presidency than in the here and now. He got help from Russia to build some golf courses, and that’s pretty much a fact to Eric Trump’s admission. That may or may not mean that he (President Trump) got help with his election. I still think it’s more likely the President gets in trouble over something that has yet to happen, or is in the process of happening, but I don’t think we’re there yet.

Then again, his boasts about having tapes and or recordings of Comey, that could get him into trouble. If there were never any tapes, how does he prove that? In other words, how can you prove something you say exists never existed?

In time, I can’t see him not messing up, but we’re just not there yet.

Kathy Loses Her Head

I’m going to say it. I think Kathy Griffin is a bit sick in the head. 

As much as I don’t care for Trump, when you think about posing for a photo like that, and you actually follow through with all of that, you are crazy. 

Then when you apologize, then claim a few days later you’re being bullied, that’s further proof of your craziness.

The sad reality about this all is that both sides play the same game. Trump pal Ted Nugent often spoke, figuratively, of wanting to hang Barack Obama. 

I guess Trump just makes everybody crazy. But at the same time, I wish both sides would just flat out stop. One day, this is bound to go too far. 

The Odds Of Impeachment


Well, we might as well start talking about that “I” word, right?

The one thing that bugs me about how the word impeachment is used is, well, like the guy in The Princess Bride says, I don’t think it means what they think it means. They think impeachment means President Trump would be ousted. Not so. It means that there would be a trial in the Senate and if 67 senators vote guilty, then he is convicted and removed from office provided there isn’t some heretofore seen resistance at that point.

If I were in Las Vegas, I’d say resignation is the more likely to happen. They cut Trump a Nixon-like deal, a pardon at some point in the future for a resignation in the near term. I think that’s a 5-1 shot.

Impeachment, I’m thinking that’s about 8-1. It might not necessarily be over Russia either. It could possibly be over something we don’t know about yet, considering the limitless boundaries of what seems to be Trump’s inexperience, if not incomptence. Ronald Reagan was called the Teflon president, because until his second term, nothing stuck to him. Trump is the polar opposite: right or wrong, everything sticks to him.

Say the House of Representatives impeached Trump, and the Senate tries him, and the President doesn’t resign. I’d set conviction at 13-1. If it gets that far before the 2018 elections, he’s in deep trouble, because that would mean Republicans turned on him. If it (meaning Trump’s impeachment) happens at the House level, it most definitely happens at the Senate level.

There are other variables at play as well, namely that we don’t know what we don’t know as of now. Do the Democrats attempt to stretch the investigation out past November of 2018 into 2019, so that they could possibly get more Dems seated in the House and Senate?

Could this degenerate into, God forbid, civil war, considering the events and the near mass fight that took place at the Texas State House on Memorial Day, and considering the alternating narratives that CNN and MSNBC, put out as opposed to Fox News. Plus, that whole Kathy Griffin fiasco yesterday. On second thought, let’s not talk about that.

Unfortunately for our country, I could see something like Trump fighting it out down to the last possible moment. I don’t think there’s a limit in terms of how far this goes, and I don’t think most of us get that.