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Bernie's Embrace of Corruption!

Lay down Bernie! Roll Over! Good Boy!

Well, Bernie Sanders showed Hillary Clinton his belly and urinated a lot sooner than I thought he would. The Democrat nomination results were invalidated by the release of emails demonstrating collusion between party officials and Clinton. Sanders had a fresh opportunity to reinvigorate his platform influence at the convention this week by putting up a floor challenge. Instead, he demonstrated his cowardice and with barely a whimper, gave up the fight.

Clearly, you’d be hard-pressed to locate a complete pair of gonads within the entire Democrat establishment. There is no one who has the fortitude or the good sense to stand up to the felon and her machine, even though they can no longer deny the damage that’s been done to the party and is potentially in store for the nation. The modern “progressive” is a prideless, gutless, witless slave to party elites. Whatever Hillary orders them to swallow, they’ll swallow. And, drones that they are, they will march forth with their memorized talking points to further the lies and hypocrisy of the Queen.

If there is anyone on the convention floor with an ounce of courage, I would happily be proven wrong. I’d like to see a floor challenge to the rules and Clinton’s hubris.

The disgrace of the party brand is not the worst part of all this. What these leaks clearly demonstrate is that Clinton was indeed a target of foreign intrigue. Honest, reasonable people can any longer say that Clinton’s illegal server wasn’t hacked. The FBI Director, Jim Comey pretty much established that in testimony. He said that he couldn’t rule her being hacked in or out and he was fairly confident the Russians and the Chinese had the contents of that server. So yeah, she removed classified information from it’s proper domain and she was hacked.

But none of this is new. We know, for example, from news reports going back to Dec/Jan that BJ Bill’s wife told her aides to remove classification markings on a secret document, cut and paste the content and send it to to her illegal, unsecured server. She even coached them on how to do it!

We knew this. But now, in anticipation of the next Assange release, it is being reported as a new revelation. As is always the case when bad news is anticipated, you are being inoculated.

So here we are. We sat through the FBI/Justice Department collusion, shutting down the investigation into in the illegal server. We are watching quietly as the FBI continues to shed it’s honor by covering up the facts about the Clinton Foundation and their direct, brazen sales of influence to foreign actors. We now get to see just how ethically bankrupt the Democrat Party is in their handling of the latest scandal.

It must be said, the Dems are surely gaining confidence from of the zero coverage their sycophant news drones provide. The major networks are, as usual avoiding this story like the plague. CBS had a long sit-down with Clinton and her running mate. They did ask the most burning questions of the day regarding the party emails. That part of the interview ran online after the news was over. It should have led the cycle. All the fake news shows, and Party-run newspapers know that by leaving it to FOX and Breitbart to report, they will claim later that covering the scandal is just another vast right-wing conspiracy. The party drones, devoid of dignity will pretend to believe it and will even spread the misdirection further.

Meanwhile, on the GOP Side…

Donald Trump is demonstrating, almost as if I’d asked him to, why I have been so hard on him and why I shake my head in disbelief that he ever got nominated.

Today was the greatest opportunity EVER for him to utterly cripple the Clinton candidacy. Ammunition was served up like a salad with Wassermann-Schultz croutons. He could spent the day swinging for the fences and nailed one home run after another. Instead, what does he do?

Trump announced today that he intends to form super PACs to destroy Ted Cruz and John Kasich in the public arena. Because they did not stroke his ego, Trump has actually stated publicly that he will dedicate energy and resources to destroying fellow Republicans.

I covered the Cruz issue, a contrived event started by Trump and Pete King (R-NY) in a previous post. In Kasich’s case, he refused to even attend the convention. Why? Because his convictions wouldn’t permit it. I don’t think much of Kasich. I think he spent the entire campaign thinking if he remained inane enough, the country would suddenly think he was the prettiest girl at the dance. Clearly, that never happened.

So to punish these two for hurting the Donald’s feelings, Trump and his incompetent handlers blew a golden opportunity to advance the Republican cause while trashing Republicans who still enjoy some support within the party. Way to be the “reuniter” Big D! Time, energy and scarce resources will be blown trying to make Cruz and Kasich look bad instead of going after the REAL opponents.

Okay, show of hands; now that Trump is desperate for cash (he’s not worth $10 billion) how many think serious donors will step up and give him the needed cash while he behaves with such mind-blowing petulance and irresponsibility. Do you think the Koch brothers will part with their money if they think Trump will be spending his time continuing to cry about Lyin’ Ted?

If you raised your hand use it to slap yourself in the face. No serious donor will waste their money that way.

Meanwhile, There’s the Libertarians.

While all this is going on there is a successful two-term governor backed up by another two-term governor as his running mate. Gary Johnson is a bit dorky. But he can form full sentences and he is not a felon.

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Mission Accomplished! Wrecking the GOP!

They Almost Had Me!

I was so close! I was almost there! With Mike Pence coming on board, with Rudy Giuliani’s fiery speech, with Newt’s brilliant performance, I was ready to get behind the guy I have been pounding away at through the entire election cycle. I watched Ted Cruz, in a display of real sportsmanship, put aside Donald Trump’s  low-class barbs of the primaries. He outlined for the convention those things they must promote in order to win the White House. I was of a mind that if he could go that far to support the party, maybe there was some hope. I was feeling good about the GOP again – for less than a day.

I thought the New York delegation shamed themselves by booing during a very civil and well-delivered speech. I wrote it off as the typical, girlie petulance that Trump has always displayed and inspired in his cult.

But I woke up this morning to hear the campaign has circled the wagons and were having a hissy fit over Cruz not saying, “I endorse Donald Trump.” For the moment, we’ll put aside what monumental wussies they are. And the fact is Cruz said we needed to support the whole ticket, up ticket and down. For the monumentally stupid, that includes Trump.

The following would have been the winning reaction on the part of the Trump campaign: When asked how they felt about Cruz not directly endorsing Trump by name, they should have said, “Cruz wasn’t asked for a direct endorsement. He was cordially invited to speak to the convention and graciously accepted. His presence alone shows that he and Trump have gone past the primary infighting and are ready to take on the Democrat felon. Besides, he did endorse the ticket and the entire down-ticket.” (All would have been true, productive, winning statements).

But Noooooo!

Instead, we get Donald Jr. and Paul Manafort helping to create a problem where none existed. And in doing so, even after the primary is over, they are still actively seeking to trash a fellow Republican.

It has been a Trump campaign practice, three or four times a weeks, to get up in the morning and spend at least one day explaining away yesterday’s screw ups. And there have been some humdingers. This has been the morning routine every day so far, on the week of the convention. Many people have tried to explain to Trump, both privately and on the air, that if you are explaining what happened yesterday, you are not winning. And the problem is not entirely Trump. His handlers, especially the “brilliant” Paul Manafort have done him a huge disservice in their amateurish performance.

Today just marks one more day of Trump’s feet being stuck in the mud, keeping him from taking on his opponents. The campaign has taken a convention that should have been a victory lap and a huge launch for the general election and turned it into a daily circus of unforced errors. And you thought the Clint Eastwood thing was lame.

By the way, is there a normal, non-cult, thinking human being who expected to hear Cruz say, “I endorse Donald J. Trump?” I know I didn’t expect it.

The root of all the original rancor, of course, was the per-adolescent behavior of the man Cruz was supposed to have endorsed. Trump insulted Cruz’s wife! He suggested a link between Cruz’s father and the JFK assassination! Trump was more vociferous in his loony rants about Cruz’s citizenship than he had been about Obama’s. For months, Trump called Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” over things Cruz spoke honestly of, none of those things being issues the candidate has anything to do with anyway. I am sure if that last item was the only issue it would have been forgotten by now. But the first two?…

Why did Trump say Cruz’s dad was mixed up with the murder of JFK? Because he saw it on Twitter.

How did he insult Cruz’s wife? He saw it on Twitter and added a comment before re-tweeting.

Twitter! That’s your presidential candidate, folks! Tweeting like a vindictive middle school girl! Is this presidential material? Is this the guy who is supposed to beat the felon? You haven’t seen 1/100th of the pounding the press is about to give Trump. Never mind that I and others have been warning you since last summer that the pounding was coming. When it does, YOU (the Trump supporters) will be crying at how “unfair” the press is.

Well, no shit! The press is mean to Republicans! They go for the jugular! And you, dear Trump-ettes, served up the prefect specimen for the press to dissect. Good job!

Answer this: Who among you lacks dignity to such an extent, that if someone insulted your family in the stupid and public way Trump did, you would still, publicly kiss that someone’s ring? That’s the kind of ignoble act you’d expect of a Clinton or one of their sycophants. It isn’t what honorable adults do.

Our Own Undoing

So we now have a Republican party controlled on one side by two of the Four Morons – Ryan, McConnell, Pelosi and Reid[1. There are other links to the Four Morons of the American Political Apocalypse all over this site.], and on the other by “reality” TV and professional wrestling fans, none of whom could define conservative with a copy of Common Sense in their hands. Nor can their Dear Leader. He truly has no clue what the word means!

There is nothing left of the GOP for an honest conservative to hold onto. Therefore, as of next Monday I will be researching the Conservative and/or Libertarian Party. I may ultimately register as an independent. But I am leaving the sad tatters of what once was the party of Lincoln; the party of Reagan.

As an aside, there is a cute myth surrounding this convention. “You can’t fake kids,” the speakers are saying. Look at those wonderful children. Donald did such a good job! Well, I’ve dealt with this one before on this site. But since we are knee deep in the kids thing, and I’ll hear comments suggesting I have to believe in Trump because he is such a good father, I’ll say it again. The principal complaint against Trump in both his divorces – along with some serious philandering –  was that he was NEVER THERE! The evidence is in the very qualities we admire in his sons and daughters, especially their speaking ability. They didn’t learn that from him. HE WAS NEVER THERE! Those kids were raised by their mothers or their nannies. That is where they acquired their life skills. It wasn’t from the guy who can’t string two sentences together without filling the air with tangential white noise. We hear stories of the kids being at the office with “dad”. THAT was the quality time. When he was in town, the kids were permitted to hang out in the office. Whoa! Father of the Year!

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Book Recommendations

Books: Politics, Battles and Dunces

Libertarianism in a Nutshell

A friend recently published a book about Libertarianism. The reader may find it an excellent primer on the subject of personal liberty. As the name states, it will certainly help you understand this growing political movement in America. Perhaps it will pave the way to more classic political thinkers like Hayek. Like many books, my own included, it is hoped that citizens might use these works as a springboard to civil participation and personal responsibility.

Libertarianism in a Nutshell by Aaron Barksdale and Joshua Hardy is available on Amazon.

A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West

Few battles have had more written about them than Little Big Horn. This book has been very well-received. It is not simply a popular and readable narrative. It is also well-documented enough to be used as a college text book. If you interested in the event or the era in which it occurred, this book should be in your library.

A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West

A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West by James Donovan


A Confederacy of Dunces

If you think Holden Caulfield gave us much to consider, meet Ignatius J. Reilly.  Walk with him through the culture of 1960’s New Orleans.  This book was written by John Kennedy Toole before his suicide in 1969, frustrated by the lack of notice his work received. (I know the feeling.) It was salvaged by his mother and given to Walker Percy (a man with quite a story of his own) at Loyola University. The posthumous publication went on to win a Pulitzer.

Among a myriad of local quirks the will strike you, if you are a stranger to the Big Easy, is the accent found in some of the cities enclaves. Thanks to the influence of Sicilian, Irish and German families drawn to the area, the places where they dominated the culture developed the same accent as North Jersey and New York. In fact there was a Sicilian Mob in NOLA before there was the Mafia in NY. You can check that out.

This is only one of the many surprises you’ll find walking with the funny, flatulent, off-beat Ignatius.


Matt Jordan is a travel writer, political commentator and author of 16 20 24. Get your SIGNED copy here!

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