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Mueller Report

They found no evidence of collusion, a noncrime, but the implication was Trump was treasonous.  Of course they didn’t.  The whole thing was a set up to begin with, a fishing expedition made on the assumption that some crime would emerge, an “insurance policy” as the worthless Peter Strzok called it.  I’m a little surprised the ethically challenged Mueller managed even this, as his track record in spite of the “rock solid” reputation is pretty weak, starting with Whitey Bulger and the anthrax investigation.

That all said, here’s a blackpilled take:  They didn’t go further with this because they already won.  No wall is being built, troops are still in Syria, they manipulated Trump into not having a rapprochement with Russia.  Jared’s their man on the inside.

So now that they have boxed him in, defanged him, distracted him, and defamed him for two years, there’s no point in taking the heat of impeachment or indictment.  They already won, the report is just the last act in the play, and also functions as a last ditch effort to restore the bruised reputation of our treasonous ruling class.

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Tucker Carlson has done yeoman’s work on his television program and has followed a very similar political evolution to my own.  While he (and I) were always conservatives, he has shed almost all of the super-added “checklist conservatism” of the establishment and asked real and difficult questions about the state of the country, its economy, its families, and its people.

His monologue of earlier this week is worth reading in full.  But the bottom line is a  plain and sensible rebuke to the failed conservatism of the Mitt Romneys of the world:

Republican leaders will have to acknowledge that market capitalism is not a religion. Market capitalism is a tool, like a staple gun or a toaster. You’d have to be a fool to worship it. Our system was created by human beings for the benefit of human beings. We do not exist to serve markets. Just the opposite. Any economic system that weakens and destroys families is not worth having. A system like that is the enemy of a healthy society.

Internalizing all this will not be easy for Republican leaders. They’ll have to unlearn decades of bumper sticker-talking points and corporate propaganda. They’ll likely lose donors in the process. They’ll be criticized. Libertarians are sure to call any deviation from market fundamentalism a form of socialism.

That’s a lie. Socialism is a disaster. It doesn’t work. It’s what we should be working desperately to avoid. But socialism is exactly what we’re going to get, and very soon unless a group of responsible people in our political system reforms the American economy in a way that protects normal people.

If you want to put America first, you’ve got to put its families first.

In this tremendous essay, the appeal and necessity of Trump and Trumpism is explained in full.  A sample:

Many conservatives did not see that Trump had framed the 2016 election as a choice between two mutually exclusive regimes: multiculturalism and America. What I call “multiculturalism” includes “identity politics” and “political correctness.” If multiculturalism continues to worm its way into the public mind, it will ultimately destroy America. Consequently, the election should have been seen as a contest between a woman who, perhaps without quite intending it, was leading a movement to destroy America and a man who wanted to save America. The same contest is being played out in the upcoming midterm elections.

I realize the term “multiculturalism” is somewhat dated, but I mean to freshen it up by using it in its most comprehensive sense: a political philosophy. Multiculturalism conceives of society as a collection of cultural identity groups, each with its own worldview, all oppressed by white males, collectively existing within permeable national boundaries. Multiculturalism replaces American citizens with so-called “global citizens.” It carves “tribes” out of a society whose most extraordinary success has been their assimilation into one people. It makes education a political exercise in the liberation of an increasing number of “others,” and makes American history a collection of stories of white oppression, thereby dismantling a unifying, self-affirming narrative without which no nation can long survive.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump exposed multiculturalism as the revolutionary movement it is. He showed us that multiculturalism, like slavery in the 1850’s, is an existential threat. Trump exposed this threat by standing up to it and its enforcement arm, political correctness. Indeed, he made it his business to kick political correctness in the groin on a regular basis. In countless variations of crassness, he said over and over exactly what political correctness prohibits one from saying: “America does not want cultural diversity; we have our culture, it’s exceptional, and we want to keep it that way.” He also said, implicitly but distinctly: the plight of various “oppressed groups” is not the fault of white males. This too violates a sacred tenet of multiculturalism. Trump said these things at a time when they were the most needful things to say, and he said them as only he could, with enough New York “attitude” to jolt the entire country. Then, to add spicy mustard to the pretzel, he identified the media as not just anti-truth, but anti-American.

This is beyond ridiculous.  Rosenstein, after Comey’s firing, wanted to wear a wire and get some other Cabinet buddies to invoke the 25th Amendment to deep six Trump.  Absolutely ridiculous, and they say we are a threat to democracy.

Democracy is, fundamentally, about elections, about the people picking their rulers, and about the rule of law.  It’s not about shit-tier managerial class bureaucrats having their way, rain or shine, as they have forever approximately.  Everything today means its opposite.  Diversity means as few whites as possible.  Equality of opportunity means a leg up for preferred groups.  Peace means bombing Syria when it’s about to wipe out al Qaeda.  And democracy means a cabal of insiders deciding what we do and elections that do not matter.

A great little vignette by the Kakistocracy Blogger, Porter, reminding us that Trump and Trump hatred are not isolated phenomena, but rather metaphors for the simmering tension between legacy America and the emerging (and imported) majority:

The human toggle between war and peace is rarely well lubricated. Most people suffer enormous dissonance and discontent in the transition. It’s just not easy to relinquish old comforts—or conflicts. By virtue of their more stolid dispositions, conservatives tend to be the most stationary of all. That tendency to remain firm while in flux certainly has adaptive elements. Though resolutely baking pies while your enemies are beating swords isn’t one of them.

I was lamenting this trait while reading a description of jury deliberations in the recent Paul Manafort trial. I don’t care about Mr. Manafort aside from his role as a sacrifice in the conspiracy against Trump. Trump being only a foil himself in the larger tribal conflict between legacy America and the color/prog coalition that prematurely assumed its demise.

Thus the proper perspective of Trump is as a proxy for the man in your mirror. The left hates Trump, it is true. But they don’t hate him for any intrinsic reasons. For all his moral frailties the man is Martin Luther compared to the left’s degenerate menagerie. Instead, they hate him because they see you in him. He is the leader of the left’s Other. And the Other, not merely its masthead, is what they want destroyed. That’s why I wish nice, solid conservatives could see the battlefield beyond their nose.

There’s so many amazing, unsung writers out there.  It’s really a shame the media-industrial complex promotes mediocrities like Kristol, Tanehsi Coates, and the rest.  They’re so boring ultimately, and their are better people doing what they do for free all over the internets, often anonymously.

The Z Man has some great essays on social change, what it takes, and why it fails here and here.  An excerpt:

Ideological nations have two problems. One is they must endlessly whip the citizens into a fervor in order to keep them loyal to the state. Religions have the same challenge, which is why the preacher is always warning about some imminent threat to your soul or reminding everyone about God’s wrath. Piety is a full-time commitment and that applies to civic piety, as well. It’s why communist countries are drenched in patriotic symbols, songs and public performances, designed to keep everyone in a heightened state of ideological frenzy.

The other problem, a consequence of the demands of piety, is they become ruthlessly intolerant of dissent. “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state” becomes the mantra of every nation built on ideology. If people are allowed to question the ideology that organizes the state, they are doubting the project itself and this must be viewed as a threat to the state. Therefore, civic religions must always become increasingly intolerant and narrow, in order to defend the state against challenges.

I also discovered this long essay on Biological Leninism by someone called “Bloody Shovel.”  I had never heard of him before, but it’s pretty interesting stuff.  The essay is pretty ambitious, but his thesis is that the left consists, basically, of a coalition of losers.  And these losers, employing the government to rise far above whatever station they would otherwise assume, are fanatically loyal to the order they create, because they are downgraded significantly in its absence.  This is why Trump promised to “drain the swamp.”  He knows it, we know it, and his enemies know it too, viz.:

In Communist countries pedigree was very important. You couldn’t get far in the party if you had any little kulak, noble or landowner ancestry. Only peasants and workers were trusted. Why? Because only peasants and workers could be trusted to be loyal. Rich people, or people with the inborn traits which lead to being rich, will always have status in any natural society. They will always do alright. That’s why they can’t be trusted; the stakes are never high for them. If anything they’d rather have more freedom to realize their talents. People of peasant stock though, they came from the dregs of society. They know very well that all they have was given to them by the party. And so they will be loyal to the death, because they know it, if the Communist regime falls, their status will fall as fast as a hammer in a well. And the same goes for everyone else, especially those ethnic minorities.

Finally, there is just a lot of interesting data out there.  For example, we learned in spite of the media’s hell storm on Trump, that he remains about as popular as ever.

This suggests to me his supporters are now wise to the game; their opponents are not reasonable people who disagree (though some are that), but their essence is that they are revolutionaries who aim, as they have already done in part, to destroy everything Trump supporters believe in, benefit from, and care about, as well as ultimately to destroy them as a coherent people.

All the big culture war issues, gay marriage, gun control, immigration, free trade, are about one thing:  replacing the people with another group, further solidifying the hostile managerial elite, and making this a country totally different from what it was before.

Gun owners, for example, are incredibly ideological voters, and I suspect this will quell the “blue wave” the media hopes to meme into existence. Trump won by locking up the white vote, and their overlap with the cohort of (lawful) gun owners has a lot to with his success, including his inroads to places like the Midwest (which like the West and South is becoming a GOP block).

Audacious Episone has a good essay with some great charts (printed below):

gotguns

Anyway, there is a lot of useful writing out there, and it’s best to look around.  The hostile mainstream media works as a gatekeeper to suppress facts, ideas, and writers who deviate from their line, and this is why they are working so hard to turn Google, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms into ideological gatekeepers.  They let the horse out of the barn when the internet came on the scene, and they’re working feverishly to put their house back together.

The Deep State media freakout about has honestly been appalling.  Diplomacy requires some maneuver room.  A few diplomatic words in diplomacy are nothing to get exorcised about, and it’s pretty obvious certain people want to foment needless conflict with Russia. Trump’s skepticism of our intelligence agencies is well warranted, not least because they tried to sabotage this summit with their politicized and useless indictments of Russian operatives operating in Russia immediately before the summit, and have worked actively to undermine him since before he was sworn into office.

As for the underlying interference and leaks, everyone seems to forget Julian Assange said the documents didn’t come from Russia.  Maybe they did.  The very specific allegations of Mueller’s indictment are not proof; just very specific statements that may or may not be true.

There are other perspectives, including this long article from the left-leaning Nation, that make at least some of the hacking likely to have been either an internal leak or an untraceable use of TOR or VPN contacts from hackers whose identities are not known.

That said, I do think a fairly low rent interference operation was undertaken by Russia, which had zero impact on the election and is of apiece with what other nations do and what we do all the time. It is not a “digital Pearl Harbor” or whatever nonsense we’ve been told in recent weeks.

I also think the focus on Russia is a massive distraction from what these hacks and leaks exposed:  corruption within the DNC designed to help one candidate in the primaries and that showed ill will towards voters.  It’s shooting the messenger.  Media reveal leaks like this all the time, and did in this case, and usually sources are sketchy, i.e., Deep Throat (a Deep State lying convicted felon FBI hack).

I genuinely want us to have better relations with Russia, and I have a certain sympathy for their position, because I don’t believe US “unipolarity” is good for them or us or the world.  Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ossetia, Serbia/Kosovo, Ukraine’s Maidan Coup etc. are all situations that we made worse, picked the wrong side, or fomented trouble that does not benefit peace or our own security.

So Trump’s big picture desire to shake up this habitual interventionism and anti-Russian approach of our foreign policy is a good one.  We have a bigger common enemy in radical Islam, and we have good reasons to try not to force China and Russia to cleave together more closely.  And it’s pretty clear a lot of people want to keep things at a high level of tension, particularly in the media (for low partisan reasons) and the Deep State (for ideological reasons, job-security reasons, habitual reasons, or general hostility to a strong Christian nationalist Russia).

Elections should matter.  The President, unlike the Intelligence Community, is elected.  And respect for the American people requires the unelected part of the government mostly to do what he tells them to do.