The Eighteen Month Tantrum

A year and a half of Donald Trump is bringing out “Progressivism’s” innate tendency toward violence:

Insidiously and incrementally, we are in the process of normalizing violence against the elected president of the United States. If all this fails to delegitimize Trump, fails to destroy his health, or fails to lead to a 2018 midterm Democratic sweep and subsequent impeachment, expect even greater threats of violence. The Resistance and rabid anti-Trumpers have lost confidence in the constitutional framework of elections, and they’ve flouted the tradition by which the opposition allows the in-power party to present its case to the court of public opinion.

Instead, like the French revolutionaries’ Committee on Public Safety, the unhinged anti-Trumpists assume that they have lost public opinion, given their venom and crudity, and are growing desperate as every legal and paralegal means of removing Trump is nearing exhaustion. Robert Mueller is the last chance, a sort of Watergate or Abu Ghraib that could gin up enough furor to drive down Trump’s poll favorability to the twenties and thereby reduce his person to a demonic force deserving of whatever it gets.

And while the genie was never really in the bottle, it’s going to be much harder to get control of “them” when we finally have to.

If we ever do.

24 thoughts on “The Eighteen Month Tantrum

  1. [t]he Resistance and rabid anti-Trumpers… the unhinged anti-Trumpists…

    This was in NRO? Oh, wait, it’s VDH, one of the few voices of sanity there.

    That said, between the Never-Trumper’s efforts and the Ryan-McConnell go slow to the point of stasis legislative efforts, the Republican chances in November seemed poor at best (that in spite of the left’s frantic attempts to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory). Sad that.

  2. It’s a very simple, tried-and-true philosophy first tested in the French Revolution and later honed in the Russian Revolution and Great Leap Forward. It goes like this:

    Whatever and Whoever advances the Revolution is Good, whatever and whoever hinders the Revolution is Bad.

    From that simple concept flow obvious results: Good is rewarded, Bad is punished.

    If you are judged Good, there is no limit to your rewards (see Hillary Clinton and James Comey selling millions of books nobody ever will read).

    If you are judged Bad, there is no limit to your punishment (see Mueller threatening to jail family members to pressure cabinet members to confess; or bakers hounded out of business by the mob).

    There is no difference between personal and political. Everything is political and therefore subject to punishment, to which there is no limit. Whining about violence against kulaks shows a lack of revolutionary fervor.

    That reminds me, Citizen Berg, I didn’t see you at the People’s Revolutionary Meeting the other night. Are you backsliding? In need of re-education? Perhaps a few years counting the tamaracks in the swamps of Lake of the Woods County would improve your attitude?

  3. It seems to me that IF the Dems, Progressives, and Never Trumpers don’t win the mid-terms their anguish and self inflicted torment will lead to a blood letting unlike anything ever seen before. And the blood letting will likely be more focused on their own. If they don’t prevail to some degree in ’18 I believe their chances for ’20 will be almost non-existent. As Mr. Hanson points out all their efforts to dump Trump have or are failing. What will be their recourse when they’ve run out of failed efforts…….revolution? Let them bring it on.

  4. Ironic, given that this observation is coming from the home base of GOP never-Trumpism. Perhaps they finally realize that if the libs get away with this, they’ll be next?

    In any case, I take the vicious reaction to Trump from the media and bureaucracy with some trepidation. Their reaction to Trump is exceptional, even compared to what Reagan dealt with. The reaction to Reagan was tempered by his personality and the risk associated with attacking an amiable and well-liked figure, and by the fact that the Dems still controlled Congress. Trump had neither of those pressure reliefs, and he’s subject to the full fury of the now fully partisan media and bureaucracy. (“Now watch the firepower of this fully partisan and operational Media Star! Fire at will, Journalist!”) Still, that the myth of nonpartisan Civil Service has dropped to this extent is troubling for the future of democratic governance.

  5. Progressives are the children of Rousseau only blood will satisfy their thirst, expect things to develop accordingly.

  6. Robespierre was the voice and mind of The Terror during the French Revolution. The fact that he was later eaten by his own beast should be instructive.

    Leading up to the Spanish Civil War, the Popular Front – a coalition of Socialists, Communists and Anarchists (yes, they had a Party) won the national election. Then, in addition to burning monasteries and executing priests and nuns, the Front started arresting the Socialists. Then Franco set sail from the Canaries.

  7. Before the 1917 revolution, Russians were some of the most religious people in Europe. Even after the Bolsheviks killed the Czar and dismantled the Russian church, so many peasants looked to religious faith for moral guidance that the Bolsheviks had to resort to an all out war on religion into the 1920s. Old churches were turned into public latrines & priests made to clean them. Workers’ shifts were staggered so that their families could not worship together on Sunday. Meetings of the Pioneers, a communist youth group, were scheduled for Sunday mornings, and a child’s lack of membership in the Pioneers crippled his future as an adult. Churches and priests were no longer allowed to perform acts of charity.
    Only two entities existed — the individual and the centralized state. There were no other institutions.
    This mirrored the later actions of the Nazis. It is the goal of totalitarians to destroy mediating institutions because they prevent the state from destroying the individual. This was what was so creepy about the Obama “Julia” ad — it depicted life as being entirely dependent upon the relationship between an individual (Julia) and the state. No husband, no family, no church, no local government, just Julia and the feds.

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  9. In my neck of the woods, tall talk of laying leftists low in ACWII is common. But folks need to think this through.

    Our visions of skinny half-phags running for their lives after a few warning shots are a delusion any survivor of ACWI could identify with. There were picnic baskets and gentile folk present at the 1st Battle of Manassas…they all thought it was going to be a lark.

    The people who will be doing the real fighting for the reprobates are not those pathetic outcomes for an XY chromosome pairing: it will be people (men) who are promised financial gain and power.

    Many will be guys we see as our allies today.

    In any event, even mowing down batallions of Starbucks finest will be a brutal, bloody, nasty business.

    I’m not saying I wouldn’t do my part, but I’m not chomping at the bit.

    I think, for the time being, the violence brewing on the left should be met with brutal force by the people overpaid to deal it out: the coppers. Let those slackers earn their money for a change.

  10. “I’m not saying I wouldn’t do my part…”*

    * As long as it didn’t involve firearms…those things scare the shit out of me.

  11. The jobless claims figures for the week, came out today. It was 24,000 lower, with a total of 209,000. Interestingly, they haven’t been this low since 1969, when there were 202,000 apps.

    Trump needs to keep hammering these figures, especially the lower unemployment rates among blacks and Hispanics. As Uber lefty James Carville (or was it Bill Clinton?) once said, “It’s the economy, stupid”!

    If it keeps improving and if, by some chance he gets Rocket Man to denuclearize, the Dems will start jumping off of bridges, because they will only have hate to sell to their drooling sycophants.

    Now, with two rappers and some strong black women going off the reservation, we’re starting to see them turning on each other.

  12. I wonder what is scarier . . .
    That liberals believe the Russian collusion hoax, or that they know it is bullshit, but say it’s true anyway?
    The only way out of the lunatic asylum is to find hard evidence of Trump & Putin working together to successfully defraud the electoral system of the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth, and this exit, of course, just leads them back into the asylum.

  13. And the GOP side of the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian Collusion has wrapped up and has issued a report saying that there was no collusion between Trump’s campaign and Putin. No surprise there. The Dems on the committee released their own report, which also finds no proveable collusion. Once you wade through all the drama & adjectives & adverbs of the Schiff report, you get a complaint that with more time, collusion might be found & the committee should keep digging.
    Nunes was correct to end the Trump-Putin investigation. Like all false conspiracy theories, it was going nowhere. There was no sense that they were closing in on anything.

  14. The NYT report makes clear that the Prosecutor-General is part of the Kremlin inner circle around Vladimir Putin and that the lawyer Veselnitskaya had a demonstrated agent-principal relationship with the P-G. Her offer of damaging information on the Clinton campaign was a classic espionage opening ploy right out of a second-rate spy novel.

    So collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign seems proven on the same morning that the House Republicans release their propaganda piece for their propaganda campaign.

    Republican Intel members will look stupid after the release of Mueller’s report (someday); Nunes already looks really stupid and has for a long time. There is no fourth degree beyond stupid-stupider-stupidest.

    What the descent of the House Intelligence Committee into the swamps of mediocrity signifies is that Speaker Paul Ryan has been running an empty House for a long time, a place of no standards and high school level partisanship.

  15. The GOP report is not anything new or surprising. It’s the same finding from March, just more redacted pages to look at. This was a horse and pony show. It’s also why an independent judiciary is key to a well functioning government.

    We’ll have to wait for Robert Mueller (and not Devin Nunes) to deliver a credible investigation.

  16. So collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign seems proven on the same morning that the House Republicans release their propaganda piece for their propaganda campaign.
    Uh, no.

    The maajority report on the actual testimony given about the June 20 meeting between Trump’s people and Veselnitskaya:

    (U) The June 9 meeting lasted as little
    as 20 minutes. Kaveladze testified that
    he believed Trump Jr. started the meeting
    and then turned it over to Veselnitskaya.
    Interviewed meeting attendees agreed that
    Veselnitskaya presented information
    concerning-the Magnitsky Act and the Ziff
    Brothers, including their alleged role in
    evading taxes in Hussia and political
    contributions to the DNC and/or Clinton
    campaign. Several attendees also
    recalled discussion of Russian adoptions,
    which the Russian government suspended
    in retaliation for the Magnitsky Act.213
    (U) Goldstone further testified that
    Kushner, Manafort, and Trun1p Jr. seemed
    visibly uninterested In the Ma3nltsky Act
    briefing provided by Veselnitskaya.

    Manafort, according to Goldstone, “never
    looked up from his cell phone from the
    moment we began the meeting until the
    moment we ended.” Manafort and
    Kushner complained to one another via text
    message during the meeting that the
    meeting was a “waste of time.” Kushner
    asked his assistants to call and give him and
    excuse to leave, which one of them did
    shortly after the text. At the end of the
    meeting, Goldstone apologized to Trump Jr.
    for the “bait-and-switch ta!k about
    something which we knew nothfng about,
    which was, again, Russian adoption and the
    Magnitsky Act.”

    Veselnitskaya now claims she worked for Russian state agents. Previously she claimed to have been working for Fusion GPS:
    In an interview with NBC News, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya says she first received the supposedly incriminating information she brought to Trump Tower — describing alleged tax evasion and donations to Democrats — from Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS owner, who had been hired to conduct research in a New York federal court case.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-dossier-firm-also-supplied-info-used-meeting-russians-trump-n819526

    Don’t be gullible, Emery.

  17. I’ve skimmed both the majority and minority reports. Neither document is perfect. The majority report relies heavily on testimony and evidence. But of course the majority report may simply leave out context, or testimony or evidence that makes Trump look bad. The minority report should take advantage of this and supply context, testimony, and evidence that makes Trump look bad. Instead the minoroity report uses insiniuation, invextive, and rank speculation. It proposes that evidence of Trump’s guilt lies in testimony that that was never given or evidence that was never considered. It’s classic conspiracy theory “man on the grassy gnoll” reasoning that goes nowhere, but impresses the rubes. If you can’t identify the man on the grassy gnoll, he must have been the CIA assassin who killed JFK.

  18. We must wait until Mueller releases the results of his investigation before taking premature partisan stands. Mueller’s conclusions — if we ever see them — will rise or fall on the strength of his evidence. His investigation has, so far, been admirably leak-free.

    Ken Starr investigation:
    Started August 5, 1994; ended September 11, 1998.
    Began by investigating Whitewater and found nothing.
    Expanded into the death of Vince Foster and found nothing.
    Expanded into the Monica Lewinsky affair, far from where it began. During Ken Starr’s investigation, Republicans did not complain about how long it was taking or how far it had strayed from its original Whitewater remit.

    Tea Partiers still bring up false stories about Foster and Seth Rich to force their brains to think incorrect things.

  19. Starr never had to resort to indicting foreigners living abroad. The press was ant-Star to same extent it is pro-Mueller. And the crime that brought Clinton down was real. If there was no Starr investigation, Goldberg & Tripp still had the stained dress, and it was material to to the Paula Jones case (which preceded Clinton’s presidency).

  20. My guess is that the prosecutors already have the cake and the frosting in place and that the recent interest in Cohen is simply another small candle.

    The problem with the pardon(s) hypothesis is that then the pardonee(s) can be called before the House Judiciary Committee next January and has to truthfully answer all the questions put to him or her or face yet another possible crime of lying to a Congressional committee or its investigators. The exposure never ends.

    Which is what makes a legal defense of the Trump organization so difficult, The TO is an on-going enterprise that may or may not be committing various infractions daily. Unless it is completely shuts down and liquidates, it is a source of continual exposure, particularly due to its many foreign involvements if not entanglements.

    I think some sort of legal settlement needs to be reached with Trump similar to what prosecutors reached with Agnew in the 1970s. The prosecutors should meet in the offices of the chief judge of the Federal circuit court of appeals and hammer out a non-prosecution agreement with the president’s attorneys covering non-prosecution of him and his family in exchange for his resignation.

  21. Emery on April 28, 2018 at 7:40 pm said:

    My guess is that the prosecutors already have the cake and the frosting in place and that the recent interest in Cohen is simply another small candle.

    I can only imagine the outrage you would have expressed if Starr had served a no-knock warrant on Bill Clinton’s lawyer & absconded with all of his records and notes, so Starr’s people could check them to see what was “material.”
    The media would have whipped up riots in the street.

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