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Members of Congress:
Stop the Disinformation Campaign Against the President

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August 5, 2017 --

Senators and House Members, this is to ask you to suspend your investigations into Russiagate to read the memorandum from Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity that was posted at the East-West Accord website – www.east-westaccord.com, July 24. The memo, which originated at the Consortiumnews website, asserts: “Forensic studies of ‘Russian hacxking’ into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers, and then doctored to incriminate Russia.

You should bear in mind that the FBI never examined the DNC c omputers, and this failure, the report points out, “remains a mystery.” The report points out that “DNC data was copied on a storage device at a speed that far exceeds an Internet capability for a remote hack.” It adds that “the forensics show that the copying and doctoring were performed on the East coast of the United States.” “Thus far,” the report continues, “mainstream media have ignored the findings of these independent studies.”

It is time, Senators and House members, to study the report of the Veteran Intelligence Professions for Sanity and to then use their report as the basis for questions to be addressed to the intelligence community.

Failure to do so will indeed undermine our democratic institutions, by encouraging a self-appointed clique – working with the aid of a corrupt media – to drown American liberty in lie upon lie upon lie upon lie.

 

 
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Just Wondering …

August 5, 2017 --

… President Trump must know that just about anyone he criticizes will become a hero in the eyes of his enemies. Prime example, of course: James Comey.

What if the president criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions, knowing this would get Senate Democrats to have sympathy for their former colleague for whom they previously had no special bond because not only was he a Republican– but a conservative Republican? Indeed, aren’t there those on the left who viewed Sessions as a racist?

Now, the president has Senate Democrats easing up on the attorney general – just before he cracks down on those responsible for all the disinformation about Russia meddling in the election, disinformation intended 1) to rationalize the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and 2) employ as predicate to nullify President Trump’s election.

Note: leftists like Frank Rich, writing in New York magazine, June 26-July 9 hope that President Trump will suffer the fate of President Richard Nixon. The facts of these two matters are quite dissimilar.

To start with: LPR doubts that Nixon had the bond with his base that Trump clearlyu has with us “deplorables.”

… in “The Godfather,” Don Corleone advised his son, Michael, that the traitor will be the caporegime who comes to him with the suggestion of a meeting with Barzini. (Which is how Michael realized that Tessio – who came to him to suggest the meeting with Barzini – was the traitor.)

LPR, working on a spy scenario, would have a character say that if former intelligence chiefs called on the Department of Justice to ignore an order from the detested president to fire the special counsel, they showed themselves to be at the heart of the conspiracy to oust the president. Former CIA Director John Brennan recently told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that a White House order to fire special counsel Robert Mueller should be disobeyed. Brennan went on to tell Blitzer “that the future of this government is at stake….” LPR understands Brennan to have really meant: the future of the Old Order is at stake.

 

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Patrick Henry Did Not Cry Out: “Give me oppression or give me death”

August 5, 2017 --

As we begin to unravel the curious performance of James Comey and the FBI on Russiagate, LPR would like congressional Republicans to explain why they accepted FBI passivity concerning IRSgate,  which succeeded, as William McGurn pointed out in his July 25 Wall Street Journal column, in keeping conservative groups from being "a factor in the 2012 election."

A letter-writer, also in the July 25 Journal, asserted that the Russians sought to " undermin[e] Americans' faith in the election process."   What was IRSgate if not the successful attempt by the Obama administration simply to undermine  the 2012 election.

Note --the utter indifference in the media when the left cheats in politics.  Marc Ambinder introduced pro-Hillary Clinton propaganda in article about her in “The Atlantic”; Glenn Thursh let John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign manager, vet his piece on…John Podesta.   Theodore H. White, in The Making of the President 1960, wrote that rporters covering the Kennedy campaign “were marching like soldiers of the Lord to the New Frontier.” Today, the media has become an army, acting on orders from Hillary Clinton and her generals

Consider, too, The Clintons can till the political dirt  for material -- whether true of false -- no problem.  Clinton can tilt the playing field against her competition in the Democrat party; can get debate questions in advance -- no problem.  No undermining of the democratic process when a favored democrat does the undermining.   

What, for example, was IRSgate – denying tax waivers to conservative groups – if not collusion between the previous administration and its agencies to undermine the 2012 election? Are Republicans to accept domestic collusion for purpose of barring them from political power?

It is as if the Department of Justice grants a waiver to any group willing to ignore "the rule of law"  provided the motive is maintain the Old Order in power, and democratic institutions be damned.

And so: "the rule of law" has become one weapon in the hands of the left -- to be unleashed  for purposes of  mendaciously and maliciously discrediting political figures opposed to what Madison, in Federalist No. 57, called the "ambitious sacrifice of the many to the aggrandizement of the few.”

A second weapon in the hands of the left: free speech.. This freedom is used by the left to justify vicious attacks on Republicans. Should anyone criticize the left, the cry of “hate speech” fills the media air. Liberty, for the left, is the power to determine, as to all of society, what the rule of law is, what free speech is. As to these concept, for the left, there are no bounds. For the rest: strict and unrelenting regulation.

 

Red Line

The Media Cover-Up on Machiavelli – and its Meaning

August 5, 2017 --

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens mentioned Machiavelli in his July 22 column as follows: “Wasn’t it Machiavelli—or some other Italian with a similar-sounding name—who said ‘it is much safer to be feared then loved’”?

But the media seem to avoid – as a vampire avoids daylight -- the Machiavelli observation previously noted by LPR -- here repeated: “It shall be borne in mind that there is nothing more difficult to manage, or more doubtful of success, or more dangerous to handle, than to take the lead in introducing a new order of things. For the innovator has enemies in all who are doing well under the old order, and he has only lukewarm defenders in all those who would do well under the new order.

Why does the media avoid this Machiavelli observation to explain the avalanche of leftist opposition to the Trump presidency? This explanation clearly strikes too close to home, making it apparent that the war on the Trump presidency is, essentially, a class war, a war by the older order on those it views as unwashed, undeserving, deplorable.

To cite Machiavelli’s observation that the old order will respond with “partisan zeal” to a reformer would be to recognize the political reality that the war on the Trump presidency is really a war to maintain government of the few and by the few – made possible by pummelling the many.

But were the Democrat Party to acknowledge the relevancy of Machiavelli to its opposition to President Trump, it likely would have to acknowledge, too, Hamilton’s observation in Federalist No. 1 that demagogues court the people for the purpose of becoming tyrants.

So consumed is the left by its quest to regain political power, it does not stop to consider that the war on the Trump presidency is seen, in Redland, as war on the will of the people.

The “Better Deal” that the left has now come up with amounts to a declaration: “Come vote for us, the better that we may impose our will over you.”

 
"A vote that represents free will is never wasted"
-- David Zukerman
 
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