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September 27, 2022

The Morning Report — 9/27/22


Good morning kids. Tuesday and first up, it looks like Hurricane Ian is about to or already has slammed into Cuba and the predicted path has it heading straight up Florida's Gulf Coast.

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all of Florida ahead of Hurricane Ian making landfall later in the week. The storm could grow into a Category 4 hurricane, with 140 mph winds, by late Tuesday above the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to bring coastal flooding, heavy rain and high winds to the Sunshine State.

Gov. DeSantis will be holding a 9 a.m. press conference at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

If you are anywhere near the path of this thing, please take all necessary precautions to keep yourself safe and get the hell out of way as soon as you can. Now, on to the unnatural disasters caused by Democrats, Leftists and Socialists. Despite the litany of depredations being visited on us by a corrupt, illegitimate junta as well as violence inspired by and indeed fomented by said junta, there are still those with their head planted firmly up their posteriors with a spectacular view of their sigmoids. They refuse to see our rapid descent into what is shaping up to be a tyrannical police state, believing that at best, it's a few rotten apples that are the cause of all of it. Yet some of them seem to finally have the scales fall from their eyes. Or, if not falling away, then for sore there are quite a few that have been sufficiently loosened to let in a very unpleasant view of things.

Special Counsel John Durham continues to ignore the FBI’s malfeasance in the Crossfire Hurricane targeting of Donald Trump, a Friday court filing by prosecutors in the criminal case against Igor Danchenko confirms. While that approach may have been prudent and in the country’s best interests three and a half years ago, when then-Attorney General Bill Barr tasked Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia collusion hoax, it is no longer judicious.

The special counsel’s failure to appreciate this reality threatens the government’s case against Danchenko, but more significantly has spurred the Biden administration, the D.C. deep state, and partisan state officials to further weaponize the criminal justice system against their political enemies. . .

. . . Why then does Durham appear poised to refuse to reveal to the jury the real reason his predecessors ignored Danchenko’s apparent lies? Why also is Durham’s case against Danchenko only the third criminal case from his multi-year investigation, when evidence suggests several other players, either within the government or working with the government, engaged in potentially criminal activity? For that matter, why did Barr refuse to prosecute former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for allegedly lying to investigators when he claimed he had not authorized a media leak about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation?

While some critics on the right frame Barr and Durham’s failure to prosecute more broadly as proof that their goal has always been to protect the establishment and cover up wrongdoing, an honest assessment of the former attorney general’s words and conduct suggests a different answer — one that was reasonable and prudent at the time but can no longer be justified . . .

. . . As AG, Barr also made clear that he would not take creative license with the federal criminal code “to gin up allegations of criminality by one’s political opponents based on the flimsiest of legal theories.” Using the criminal justice system for partisan political ends “is not a good development” and “is not good for our political life. And “the only way to stop this vicious cycle, the only way to break away from a dual system of justice, is to make sure that we scrupulously apply the single and proper standard of justice for everybody,” Barr stressed, promising justice “will not be a tit-for-tat exercise" . . .

. . . But Barr and Durham’s high-minded approach to prosecutorial discretion did not stop the vicious cycle. On the contrary, the tepid approach to prosecuting those who abuse government power to target political enemies emboldened the DOJ, FBI, and intelligence community’s intrusion into politics and its interference in elections.

I am a huge admirer of Margot Cleveland. Over the past several years, she has done yeoman's work in examining every aspect of the Russia Collusion hoax as well as the Mueller "probe" and the multiple shampeachments against Trump. She has a well-deserved reputation of being an outstanding lawyer, and while that has made her granular reportage on these topics invaluable, including this extensive essay, she is nevertheless blind to the institutional corruption of a criminal justice system and government that she and many like her desperately want to believe can be saved. The passage I highlighted perfectly illustrates that conflict.

Barr is a complete hack. If his anger over Trump being allowed to have a special master in the wake of the FBI's Gestapo raid on Mar-a-Lago doesn't convince you, his decades long tenure within the highest echelons of national law enforcement should. He was the nation's top cop at the time of Ruby Ridge and actually did pro-bono work for government assassin with a badge Lon Horiuchi. Randy Weaver was being strong-armed by the Bureau to become a government informer on "white separatists" they were targeting. He refused. His wife and son wound up shot to death and he was tarred as an anti-government Nazi.

Gee, doesn't all this sound vaguely familiar? From the Whitmer kidnapping plot to the J6 "rioters," the vast majority of whom are turning out to be government shills and stooges who were fomenting the "rioting" while those who were allowed in to the Capitol did nothing more than gawk at the drapery. Some insurrection. Oh, but there were deaths. Ashli Babbitt assassinated by Capitol cop Michael Byrd and Roseanne Boyland, beaten to death by security forces comprised of cops and other Feds. As for police officer Brian Sicknick, sick bastard cum Congressman Mondaire Jones is still hawking the blood libel that he was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher by "white supremacist insurrectionists" as opposed to dying hours later from a heart attack.

Pro-tip to Mondaire Jones and the rest of the Left: if you're going to have an insurrection, you need to have actual insurrectionists. No matter, I guess. They just make them up out of thin air.

Psaki-psircling back to the scales that bitterly cling to Margot Cleveland's eyes, while it is painful in the extreme to witness what is going on and desperately hope that the notion that what you always believed in is somehow salvageable, there has to come a point where you realize that that is impossible. Everything we have witnessed these past few years and especially ramping up since Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants was installed as the Ober-Groping-Furor of the Kalorama Kontrollers just over a year and a half ago confirms it. But pining over what was lost in the vain belief that it will return is no longer an option. But the first thing that must be done is to recognize and admit that it's gone.

With that in mind, Michael Anton hits nail on head.

What does fidelity to our founding principles require today? Let me begin to answer that question with a quote—perhaps a familiar quote to some or most of you. But it’s apt, and there’s always a chance some of you haven’t heard it, and/or that others can use a refresher.

The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types—the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution.

Those words were spoken by G.K. Chesterton, a Brit, in 1924. He was speaking of the British Constitution, not ours. But the words strike me as especially apt to our situation.

What have our conservatives conserved? But before we answer that—hint: almost nothing—let’s first ask: what were they supposed to conserve? What do they say they are conserving in all those fundraising letters they send out that have been netting them hundreds of millions per year for most of my lifetime? . . .

. . . Fourth—and certainly not least—is the American regime itself. Have we conserved that? Does it function as it was designed to do? As a political scientist, and as a historian of sorts before that, I find the question laughable. If any of you want to make the case that we still live in the founders’ regime, go ahead.

Meanwhile, I will tell you some of what I see. A giant, unaccountable, unelected fourth branch of government that does what it wants without input or supervision from the people, and that usurps executive, legislative, and judicial power. Rights are routinely trampled. Two-track justice—one standard for friends of the regime, another for its enemies—is now the norm. Just last week a man killed with his car a teenager for the “crime” of being Republican. He’s already out on bail. Meanwhile there are still dozens of January 6 protesters in pretrial detention for ridiculous noncrimes such as “parading. . .”

. . . For “conservatives,” the most heroic act of the 20th century was not D-Day or the moon landing but William F. Buckley, Jr. purging the Birchers. Hence, they’re always on the lookout for more purges. Whole careers and institutions are now made of this. Think of the Bulwark and the Dispatch—of Bill and Steve and Jonah and David and Kevin. All of these “conservatives” are now character assassins out to destroy the lives of anyone even a click to their right, many their former friends.

One thing I’ve noticed is that conservatives really get mad when you point out that people who treat you like enemies are, in fact, your enemies. Finally, the conservatives find a backbone, and righteous indignation! To refer to someone libeling you, trying to cancel you, calling for your “extirpation” and even assassination as an “enemy”? How dare you! Civility in politics above all else! . .

. . . Anyway, either they’re in on it, or they’re motivated by a dedication to “principle” so perverse as to be self-negating. It is plausible—and we may say the explanation fits the observable facts—that the conservatives are the way they are because they have completely internalized the narrative of the Left.

They believe that America is irredeemably evil and racist. They believe that they are horrible people, burdened with a kind of original sin—not the one in the Bible but rather one cooked up by 20th-century academic leftists and intellectuals. They believe that “the white race is the cancer of human history.” And so they believe that they deserve to lose, and even to die. . .

. . . Well, these days if you even suggest that the United States might be trending in a bad direction, here come the conservative enforcers. It’s not merely that they think our constitutional system is, or ought to be, sacrosanct. On that, I agree with them.

It’s that they believe—against the Founders, and against all experience of history—that once implemented, it can never be lost. They defend every perversion, distortion, corruption, and topsy-turvy reinterpretation of that system as if it were the system itself.

Read the whole thing (and props to Anton for a Godfather reference as well). So, what is to be done? In the face of a tyranny that is growing more desperate and violent almost by the day, the first thing that is required is to open your eyes and see things the way they are and not how you wish they were.

Get the hell out of that river in Egypt.

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