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Our Federalist No. 57 Election


December 5, 2016 --

Jill Lepore, in The New Yorker, November 21, wrote that “ [Donald J. ]Trump was elected because he got something right, about the suffering of Americans, and about the arrogance of politicians, of academics, and of the press”. Earlier in her November 21 piece, Ms. Lepore noted, “Many Americans having lost faith in a government that has failed to address widening equality, and in the policy-makers and academics and journalists who have barely noticed it, see Trump as their deliverer.”

Ms.Lepore apparently rules out the possibility that the leftist policies Washington, D.C. has been implementing have resulted in the “political, cultural, and economic polarization that,” she agrees,” have been widening, not narrowing for decades.” LPR is not confident that Ms. Lepore would acknowledge Federalist 57 offers insight in the present politics of polarization, that this polarization has been executed by what Federalist No. 57 calls “that class of citizens which will have least sympathy with the mass of the people, and be most likely to aim at an ambitious sacrifice of the many to the aggrandizement of the few.”

How is such aggrandizement put into effect? By application of crony capitalism, of course. For example, another president-elect might now be making plans for the creation of a company to halt climate change. After January 20, this company, the Widget Climate Change Co. (WCCC), would be given a federal grant of, say, $10 billion. The executives of WCCC would be a) politically-connected and b) very well paid. The media , of course, would be expected to promote positive articles about WCCC, reality notwithstanding. Is this an exaggertation? Google just one word: Solyndra.

Salena Zito, writing in the New York Post, November 22, noted that Donald J. Trump’s supporters see him as standing with them when he defends himself against attack from elitists. Federalist No. 57 suggests that officials must hold “communion of interests and sympathy of sentiments” with the people, “without which every government degenerates into tyranny.” No. 57 also cites “the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America—a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it.”

What was the election of November 8 all about. It was about a free people, declaring their ongoing dedication to freedom, and their resolve to defend freedom against those who would drag a free people into the pit of tyranny. The American people did not, as leftists contend, elect an “autocrat” who will “ignore the Constitution.” Donald J. Trump is president-elect because he is a democrat who will defend the Constitution.


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-- David Zukerman

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Political Prognosticating

December 5, 2016 --

Political Prognosticating Plaudits to ...

…Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn for his March 28, 2016 column, “Yes, Donald Could Beat Hillary.” Well in advance of Wilileaks disclosures, Mr. McGurn indicated that the Democratic Party leadership had orchestrated a Hillary Clinton presidential nomination and also noted that the success of Sen. Bernie Sanders in primaries pointed to dissatisfaction among Democratic voters with Mrs. Clinton.


Poor Prognosticating by Political Pundit.

The headline for George F. Will’s Washington Post column, June 23, 2016, warned: “Don’t donate to The Donald.” Among other things, Will advised Republican donors: “They can save their party by not aiding its nominee.” What Will was advising, of course, was that donors make possible the election of Hillary Clinton as president and the resulting destruction of the GOP.

LPR fears that the George F. Will of today is not the pundit he once was. It is difficult for LPR to imagine, for example, that in years past, Mr. Will would have employed this redundancy in his column, as he did last June 23: “one-year anniversary.” What, after all is an “anniversary” if not the marking of an annual (that is to say, yearly) event. LPR believes that before his transformation, Mr. Will would have referred not to a “one-year anniversary” but to a “first anniversary.” What he wrote, last June,in effect, was “the one-year yearly event” – as devoid of clarity as his punditry on the presidential campaign.


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Don’t Forget that
IRS Matter, Mr. Trump

December 5, 2016 --

The New York Times reported, May 15, 2013 (at page A15) that President Obama asked Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, in part, “’to hold those responsible for [ IRS] failures accountable….” The president was referring to the heavy-handed IRS scrutiny givenconservative grousp seeking tax exemptions.

What happened at the IRS since May, 2013? LPR is not aware that the Obama adminstration took any action against those “responsib le” at the IRS for singling out conservative groups for invidious scrutiny. LPR has no difficulty with the president-elect’s decision not to press legal action against Hillary Clinton. If, however, Mr. Trumo intends to drain the D.C. swamp, he must depoliticize the IRS and hold responsible any government staffer who carried out partisan warfare against conservatives.

LPR would further advise the president-elect not to expect support from the left, particularly including The New York Times and The Washington Post in his action to restore nonpartisanship to the IRS—and, indeed, to all the agencies of the federal government. The left (including the ACLU), after all, cheers the powers of government applied to hammer conservatives.

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"Horrifying"? "[N]ot the way our democracy works"? "...
I, for one, am appalled"?

December 5, 2016 --

From the Washington Post transcript of the third presidential debate, October 19, here is how Hillary Clinton responded to Donald Trump's refusal, in their third debate, to commit himself to accepting the results of the election.

"CLINTON: Well, Chris [Wallace, moderator], let me respond to that, because that's horrifying...."

Ms. Clinton continued:

"CLINTON: So that is not the way our democracy works. We've been around for 240 years. We've had free and fair elections. We've accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. And that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election. You know, President Obama said the other day when you're whining before the game is even finished..."

She added:

"CLINTON: ... it just shows you're not up to doing the job. And let's -- you know, let's be clear about what he is saying and what that means. He is denigrating -- he's talking down our democracy. And I, for one, am appalled that somebody who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position."
We now learn that Candidate Clinton has joined the move by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to get vote recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

LPR's questions for Hillary Clinton: Why didn't you stop this? Is it because Ms. Stein is doing your bidding?


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Random Observations

December 5, 2016 --

Why, oh, why, did Donald J. Trump go to The New York Times for an interview, November 22?. Did he expect to soften the paper’s hostility to him? LPR has an idea the paper already prepared an editorial demanding his impeachment. An editorial on the Trump visit ended by declaring that the paper won’t trust him. The lead story in the Times, November 28 proclaims: “TRUMP PROMOTES/A BASELESS CLAIM/ON ILLEGAL VOTING.” Behold: The New York Times: one big anti-Trump editorial.

Nearly one year before Donald J. Trump announced he was a candidate for the presidency, LPR carried this lead, July 1, 2014: “The New York Times Transformed — From Newspaper to Partisan Zealot.” The paper’s political partisanship was made clear to LPR by its June 20, 2014 news article on the John Doe prosecutions in Wisconsin, and its follow-up editorial on the subject, June 21.

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin was still at the Daily News when, February 15, 2009, he wrote that President Obama (in office little more than three weeks.) “is shutting out views that don’t match his own.” Doesn’t this suggest an authoritarian mindset? As LPR sees it, it is certainly what the left is all about. Some New York Times columnists have already called for resistance to Donald J. Trump. LPR expects that freedom-lovers will… resist… their call.

Here’s how Hillary Clinton could win recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania: all her lawyers need to do is persuade federal judges that votes for Trump are evidence of “hate speech” and, consequently, must be nullified. Isn’t this, after all, kind of what happens in Cuba?

LPR would look forward to a poll of leftists: Who is the real dictator—Trump or Castro? LPR has a hunch Trump would win in a landslide.


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LPR Photo Observations

November 5, 2016 --

Boat on Hudson River.
Columbus at Columbus Circle.
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