We all tend to focus on events in DC, and understandably so. National politics control much of what goes on at the state and local level. Nevertheless, we still have some semblance of a federal system, and we need to remember that local politics have led to the national debacle that we are witnessing. Today at at American Greatness, Gavin Wax drives that point home:
How the GOP Establishment Created Its Lin Wood Problem
Only the emergence of the Republican Party as a fully populist, America First entity can keep the wackiness at bay.
Wax agrees that Wood's current antics are a problem for the Republican party. He offers no opinion on Wood's motives or his mental state. He simply points out that the GOPe brought this upon themselves. You can surf the internet today and find all the usual suspects blaming Trump, blaming Sidney Powell, but the reality is that the GOPe has only itself to blame:
[Wood] is a release valve for a growing movement of people who are angry, disaffected, looking for answers, and becoming increasingly convinced that there is a dark, all-powerful conspiracy working in the shadows to destroy their rights.
But is that really crazy? In many ways, particularly given how the Republican Party establishment has behaved since the election, they have a point.
Rather than focusing on John Roberts and the Trump Threesome at the SCOTUS, or on Bill Barr and John Durham, or even on Mitch McConnell and so many others in Congress, Wax wants us to remember the role of the state party apparatus--and with good reason, as I've also had occasion to mention. Without the state parties nothing like the extent of this could have happened:
Republican Party officials in battleground states have emerged as the enforcer class for the vote steal. Georgia has become the standard bearer in this regard, with Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger dropping the ball in ways that seem to go beyond mere incompetence. ...
Kemp and Raffensperger are not outliers. There have been Republican public officials in other battleground states who seem to be celebrating the most heinous political crime in U.S. history.
In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey made it a point to certify the state’s vote count as hearings were being conducted simultaneously featuring whistleblowers offering crucial first-hand testimony of abnormalities that put the vote into question. The long-time McCain crony even ignored a phone call from President Trump, demonstrating his contempt. Then, to emphasize his deliberate slap in the face of his constituents, Ducey made it worse by hamming it up with the [Soros backed] Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and issued a lengthy public statement claiming this career left-wing activist never could have possibly allowed fraud to persist in his state.
It’s the same story in Michigan. ..., the fraud in the Great Lakes State has been swept under the rug by GOP leaders. Republican State House Speaker Lee Chatfield repeatedly has stated that the legislature will do nothing to overturn the fraud, even working to deny legislators from entering the Capitol to deliver a slate of pro-Trump electors. Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey cleared Dominion voting systems of any wrongdoing shortly after a forensic report indicated major systemic concerns with the software similar to ones outlined in a pre-election letter written by Senate Democrats. And it was a top GOP attorney who cast the deciding vote to certify the electoral results in the state.
It could also be added that the Republican controlled legislatures in PA and WI have taken no effective steps when such steps could have made a difference. The scale of what has taken place could not have happened without national coordination:
With this level of treachery and betrayal coming from the GOP establishment, it should come as no surprise that crackpots like Wood are gaining traction.
We are living through the total institutional collapse of the West at this very moment. People are scared, they’re desperately looking for answers, and they know for certain that they cannot get them from the mainstream institutions that have failed them so miserably.
The answer is to support those who prove themselves independent of the GOPe. Politics won't come to an end now, but we need real alternatives. What part Trump can or will play in this remains to be seen. We may get some clue later today. Or in the next several weeks. But one thing is clear: Politics as usual is over for those who care about America.
It's good to read your calm voice this morning.ReplyDelete
One wonders why the GOPe in their vicious hatred of Trump included the rest of us as they attempted to crush him. Perhaps they've succeeded. I hope not, though the hot cup of tea I tried to sip this morning turned to acid as I read the GA election reports and thought about the array of forces working against our President.
Great post Mark. My sentiments exactly. Lack of institutional oversight by State Republican leaders and legislatures where the laws of each contested state have been ignored is what drives me nuts. Why have these laws, where are the controls?ReplyDelete
Vagabond politicians like Kemp and Raffenmuffin wilted at the whim of the Democrats to lower the voting standards. Covid cover excuses all around to instigate changes to lower the bar. Frustrating for sure. How will true Republicans with sweat equity respond?
This Georgia race, along with Nov 3, seems like the last ditch effort of the old GOP. They've exposed themselves in ways that can't be unseen or unknown now. As much as I hate all this and don't look forward to these next couple years, it could be the best thing that ever happened to the GOP.ReplyDelete
Lin has spent a wee bit too much time on GWP and listening to Alex Jones.ReplyDelete
The results are semi expected though, were going to enter into another phase of non stop conspiracy and unworkable solutions of distraction.
I contend DC thrives from this environment however. When there is this much poop being slung the zoo monkeys can get away with much more without being noticed.
I however see a GOP and DNC plan working in the background. Crappy cop vs even crappier cop usually wins the day. People WANT to believe so badly that they allow their amnesia to win. Tea Party 2.0 coming soon.
Most Americans can not hold their stomach long enough to remember what the party has done. We're dumb like that!!!
Article V Convention of States WAS the last, real non-violent option to rid ourselves of this cancerous corruptocracy. It seems to me that the one* thing positive from all of this is Trump has brought what was previously a fight in the shadows, out into the light...but it likely is too late.ReplyDelete
With patently corrupt politicians at virtually every level now of local, state and federal government, our options to get rid of them very likely fall into the 'with force' category OR ...we see serious traction around secession.
And secession itself likely will require bullets to accomplish.
It's a slow motion disaster unfolding, and the GOPe's are at it's epicenter...absolutely disgusting.
This election was a proxy for an Article V convention; six? of those wayward states are controlled by Republican legislators.Delete
They would do the same to our constitution.
Why is the GOP Candidate selection process so much poorer than the Democrats? Both at a state and federal level.ReplyDelete
My guess ideology.
The Democrats have one.
The eGOP does not. Look what happened to the Tea Party, the Republican establishment did everything possible to destroy and co-opt it. Trump used MAGA as an ideology. The eGOP seems more interested in dividing the spoils with the Democrats. What a huge divide between what Republican voters care about, and their elected officials focus on.
I would have been shocked if the Democrats had not cheated to ensure their GA Senate candidates won.
My wife made the comment she was shocked nobody is going to jail over voter fraud.
Still contend GOPe, which is controlled by the CoC at most local/state levels, cut a deal to "rid themselves of this troublesome priest" thinking everything would revert to business-as-usual. They're about to discover the true meaning of "rump party". Take the House in 2022! What a joke.ReplyDelete
BHO's put down of '08, "elections have consequences," was treated as a throw away line by the "smart" people. Someone on the dark side said, "Ya' know, we could own this," then set out to make it happen.
"everything would revert to business-as-usual", except for (as per DNC member David Atkins)Delete
the *deprograming* of 75 million people, presumably in Stalin/Breznev - like funny farms.
I'll wager, that the Dems will first go more the Brezhnev than the Stalin route, on ChiCom orders.Delete
If the Dems wanted us to doubt that conclusion, they could have had one of their wheels denounce Atkins' words.
The Dem brass' silence on this matter speaks volumes.
Yes, it's coming; just as sure as God made little green apples.Delete
"Article V Convention of States"ReplyDelete
Unlike current elections that Convention of States would never get rigged.
Off topic, kinda, but here goes. I listened to Trump’s address to his supporters with a sinking feeling. JE Dyer has added much to our understanding of Trump’s moves on many fronts since Election Day, fanning hopes that somehow Trump would successfully expose this multi-dimensional and multi-National assault on our republic and our Constitution. But although he mentioned national security and the Dominion voting machines in his rambling remarks this morning, he made only vague accusations. His pleas to Pence to do the right thing bordered on the pathetic. Although constitutionally, I think Pence has more power than he claims, he showed no inclination for that fight and promptly released a letter at 1:01 announcing his position. If Trump has the kind of information that would justify taking action against foreign countries that interfered in the election as Dyer intimated, and we hoped, where is it? All the promises of explosive information seem to have fizzled out. I suppose that he might argue that he had to see how all the constitutional steps play out, but after today, any counter measures he might take would have to be so overwhelmingly convincing that it’s hard to see how he could pull it off without (as another commenter noted earlier) looking like a dictator.ReplyDelete
I won’t even comment on the Georgia disaster....
Yeah, I think its over. The rules of changed dramatically.Delete
Pence should exercise his hypothetical power and force the courts to decide the issue.Delete
All Pence did was to surrender.
My NYT feed reports that McConnell has just repudiated the President’s efforts, claiming they would damage our republic “forever.” He would know.ReplyDelete
The headline I read quoted him as saying it would put the Republic in a "death spiral". I suppose he prefers to just smother it with a pillow, that way it's unofficial and the Uniparth can keep cashing the checks.Delete
I hope Patriots occupy the Capitol until the Audit is complete.ReplyDelete
There's no stopping things now. It's a complete Mucking Fess on the Hill today. I'm kinda embarrassed for them. Ugh.Delete
Even Chris Wallace is aghast, that the cops couldn't stop patriots from getting near the House Chamber.Delete
This affair is analogous, to the Dallas cops etc. failing to stop Ruby, from getting w/in point-blank range of Oswald, as if Ruby (or his handlers) owned the place (which they likely did!).
So, Fox has had McCarthy etc. on, whining about how "unacceptable" it is, for the "mob" to be besieging "the Peoples' House", so as to lockdown the Congress.
None of the Fox anchors dared ask their guests, if the politicians' locking-down of The People (for almost a year) might be a relevant factor.
Nor is there any reference to the extent to which The People see the Capitol Bldg., as, not the People's House, but The Oligarch's House.
The McCarthy I refer to above is the House GOP boss, not Andy, who was just on Fox demanding that DJT tell all protesters to leave DC, because a few had the red carpet rolled out, for them to get into the Capitol Bldg.Delete
Locking down the People. I like that.Delete
Trump calling the NG, Northram activating Va NG & State Troopers. Charlottesville 2.0. I don't think their going to get the BLM/Antifa "mostly peaceful" treatment.Delete
The question is: Is some organ willing to make this Lexington Green, April 1775?
Am Card, embarrassed for which amongst them:Delete
the patriots who fell into a Uniparty brass-sprung trap, the brass who set it up, ....?
I meant to post here yesterday, that I was willing to bet ranch that, one way or the other, a trap would be set.
I heard Andy McCarthy on Fox. Being the usual Andy McCarthy.Delete
Meanwhile Fox is announcint that Ossoff has also won.
With Kamala as VP, that means all Democrats all the time for at least the next two years…
I was sorry my earlier comments didn’t make the cut.
Cap Cop shoots woman carrying a flag? Deadly force justified?Delete
By the way--photos are coming out and a lot of those 'invaders' are ANTIFA.....false flag ops.....
"I was sorry my earlier comments didn’t make the cut."Delete
No idea what you're referring to.
If it was sooo hard, for cops to stop protesters from getting into the Capitol Bldg, where are the reports of cops being injured out side of the bldg.?Delete
Two comments. One on Gavin Wax, author of that American Greatness article.Delete
Now I recall, Laura contrasted the Dems' etc. hyperventilation about today, vs. the calmer reaction to the May attack on St. John's church.Delete
"those 'invaders' are ANTIFA".Delete
Can you name/ cite reliable sources?
You're wrong. I did not reject any of your comments.Delete
I was disagreeing with Gavin Wax re his characterization of Lin Wood and Sidney Powell. Most of the Republicans are so tepid. Never stand up for themselves or the country and its citizens. Young Gavin’s bio reveals that he is not really qualified to criticize those who are passionate about the rule of law. Very little passion to be found amongst Republicans who are in positions where they could make a difference.
Laura Ingraham is turning out to be, once again, a voice of sanity. Decades ago she was that on Los Angeles talk radio. Fox has just given her a contract extension.Delete
What did she say?Delete
I don’t recall specifics from Laura. Her general tone was unusual for the “new” Fox. She manages to maintain a stance that leans right. Harris Faulkner seems to be doing the same lately in her daytime “Outnumbered” program. Very unlike other Fox daytime anchors/hosts who lean leftward.Delete
We are also watching Elizabeth MacDonald’s “Evening Edit”. (on Fox Business). She has excellent guests, asks them good questions, and lets them answer without interruption.
She contrasted the Dems' etc. hyperventilation about today, vs. the calmer reaction to the May attack on St. John's church.Delete
@Mouse; embarrassed for the Patriots who propelled their way onto the Senate floor. Once Pence capitulated that was the last straw. Now one persons dead. I believe protesting at the Capitol steps was as far as they should go. Just my opinion.Delete
If protesting at the Capitol steps was as far as they should go, I'll guess that most of them planned it to be like that, until the cops left the barn door wide open (at behest of the DS?).Delete
My analogy with the Oswald affair is, that the Deplorables' breach of a Capitol Bldg. with a *finite* number of doors, like Ruby's breach of a Dallas PD basement with a *finite* number of doors, each could've easily been made far more difficult, with a minimum of effort from the brass, who were armed with quite ample warning of possible trouble.Delete
In each case, it couldn't have been more obvious, that at least hundreds (of thousands?) would, out of grief/ rage, fiercely want to breach these doors.
Nullification of edicts from DC by the red states seems like the only way left....other than outright secession, of course.ReplyDelete
Not surprisingly, Chris Wallace is calling it a mob and stopping just short of blaming Trump for it.ReplyDelete
As are Brett Baer etc.Delete
Tho Laura I. was better, I forget on just what.
When leftist protestors took over the Wisconsin state capitol for *weeks* in 2011, did Wallace or any MSM types call it a "mob", or blame any Dem for it?Delete
And, recall, this mob was "protesting" Gov. Walker's bill to address a projected $3.6 billion budget deficit, via such moves as "cutting" teachers' cushy COLA etc. bennies.Delete
Now I recall, the WI strike was mainly, about teachers' contributions into the fund for health insurance for retirees.Delete
Schumer just said one of the new congresses first efforts would be the $2k stimulus.ReplyDelete
So what was McConnell’s goal by killing it?
Making sure the GOP lost control of the Senate?Delete
BINGO!!! "Making sure the GOP lost control of the Senate?"
It's a key part to quelling the rebellion. They need republican party supporters to fall back into the victim roll of playing underdog.
Em there good'ole boys are a fight'in em bad ole Demer'crats for us!!! Hoorah!
People are getting wiser but I pray not wise enough yet.
Is McConnell really that happy about losing his powerful position as Senate Majority Leader?Delete
He isn't losing it. He's selling it.Delete
Yes - he no longer has to pretend about his China connectionsDelete
I don't have a guess about McConnell but the D's love these "free money" pittances as the camel's nose for UBI.Delete
"He isn't losing it. He's selling it."Delete
That never occurred to me, worse, it makes perfect sense.
"Is McConnell really that happy about losing his powerful position as Senate Majority Leader?"
Yes, you have to understand Turtle and his methodology. He prefers a minority and a Senate that's around 54+ dem.
He is the man whom gets the Dem majority over the 60% needed. His group of 5-7 players are always overly obvious if you're watching and they make bank from the deals.
Sundance at CTH has made a mission of McConnell's trading favors and done a really good job covering the story long term.
Repubs have a much easier time hoodwinking when they can play underdog to conservatives. The Dem bad / Rep good thing has lasted 50 years now.
I see so many things coming down the pike here near future that involves the Uniparty suckering the conservative base that I could fill a encyclopedia in bad grammar.
DC is free of Trump and can now get back to blowing off any expectations of reform.
Another few predictions..
Brace yourself on the SCOTUS over the next few years. I don't believe they are as nearly as conservative as we think.
Watch Sydney Powell, she's going to win her cases in the SCOTUS. But there will be no relief that can be given.
In football if the other team can't stop your running game, what do you do? Well (unless you're Pete Carroll) you ram the running game down their throats. The Dems have figured this out. The totally outclassed GOP has neither a defense or an offense. They don't belong in the same league as the Dems.ReplyDelete
...and the DEMS do not belong in a constitutional republic.Delete
The Unitary now has its Ft Sumter. Full speed ahead repealing 2nd A., judicial rethinking 1st, 4th, 5th A's so riff-raff can be kept in place. Laws more fully integrating Big Tech with LE to better monitor white-supremist hate organizations, i.e. any third party to the right of Antifa.ReplyDelete
To the Uniparty Uniprop machine today will have a shelf-life of at least 150 years.
To my own surprise, I am having a hard time condemning the protests at the Capitol today. I have spent my entire adult life, professionally and personally, supporting the Constitution and the rule of law in this country, and I have been utterly shocked and dismayed by the criminal Conspiracy over the last four years to destroy Donald Trump's candidacy and then presidency using the awesome investigative, intelligence, national security and prosecutorial powers of the federal government, as well as by the corrupt attempts to fabricate grounds to impeach him and then to deny him reelection through election abuses and illegality.ReplyDelete
To do or to condone these acts is certainly orders of magnitude worse than to merely protest them, even, I would say when civil disobedience results.
The Democrats and the Deep State have sown the wind and they will reap the whirlwind.
I hear you.Delete
As usual, lack of perspective from RINOs.Delete
Today’s civil disobedience seemed to consist mostly of a couple of good old boys’ breaking two panes in a Capitol window and crawling in. Two others photographed, respectively, sitting inNancy Pelosi’s office chair and in the chair Mike Pence had occupied in the chamber where the electoral college votes had been being counted. It was reported there had been no vandalism (other than the window panes). There has been nothing more on the person said to have been shot. First rumored by a Blaze reporter, one wonders why no one has any details at all so far.Delete
All in all, I’d say The Powers That Be never expected the peaceful go along Republicans to erupt like this. Ironic that all of them, including Slo Joe Biden, sat by and watched our cities burned and looted, our citizens threatened and assaulted, and said/did absolutely nothing. Now an irate Biden is giving orders to our peaceful protesters.
Cass, my husband was surprised to see me rooting for the protesters… The one sitting harmlessly in Fancy Nancy’s chair was especially amusing.
My wife just told me the woman who was shot has died. No word on the ID of the shooter, which may point toward police. I say that because if a demonstrator had brought a weapon inside and discharged it you'd expect a pretty dramatic response.Delete
Citizen Free Press has several items posted (including a video of an eyewitness) on the story of the woman shot. It appears she was shot by the DC police and unarmed.Delete
A black female Conservative, whose name escapes me, was just on Elizabeth MacDonald’s program saying that the Trump group was infiltrated by known outside agitators, agitators who had been involved in other protests - whose faces were known. Troublemakers from outside. Something many of us suspected.Delete
Apparently this is also circulating on social media.
"Now an irate Biden is giving orders to our peaceful protesters."
Wait until Biden tries to govern.
It was easy to be the Opposition: "Orange Man Bad" was the answer to everything.
Now lets see Biden (if he is inaugurated) try to clean up the Blue cities, and give China back the keys, and manage the tinderbox in the Middle East, and lockdown America and make people stop getting covid, and fix our elections, and bury Obamagate, and make Hunter's laptop disappear, and expand Obamacare, and tear down the wall, and end fracking and raise taxes and deficit spend us into the mother of all recessions.
Lots of people picking sides today. Some possibly without realizing it (looking at you Rand Paul).Delete
No rational explanation to millions of working class deplorables about how they are to have a voice in a system in which they are certified as voiceless, and condemned for having an objection. Millions are watching their children and grandchildren sold into slavery and the GOP's answer is to tell them that if they held more $500 a plate rubber chicken dinners they would get almost as fair a hearing as the CoC. How very Marie Antoinette of them.
The truth is there are not enough rubber chickens in the world to purchase legitimacy for the peasantry's opinion in the halls of power.
Not one pol/pundit I've heard today has given the Deplorables an alternative course of action except "our elections are sacred: rinse and repeat".
She was shot by Capitol police, who have jurisdiction over the Capitol building. She was unarmed. Breitbart has a tweet/video posted by a young man who was next to her at the time. It is very graphic.Delete
“And with his other hand…..”
The empty suit with the teleprompter appears to be heading hellbent for the abyss.
So was Lin Wood right last week when he called out Pence as a traitor?ReplyDelete
Wonder what Wood knew.
Mike Pence has turned out to be about what I expected. I hoped he’d never be put to any test. And was disappointed to see him as VP nominee again in 2020. May have been ready to retire. No fire in the belly. A rather typical Republican politician.ReplyDelete
@Bebe; and Pence just "unfollowed" Trump on Twitter Twatter.Delete
Biden says our democracy is "under unprecedented assault." Yet Antifa is just an idea. What a maroon.ReplyDelete
Willing to bet the FBI has a dossier as thick as ObamaCare on today's Deplorables, yet Antifa remains an enigma. Probably not even a file folder in existence with Antifa penciled in.Delete
That's Mr. Doctor President Elect Maroon, if you don't mind.ReplyDelete
Wonder if biden can feel an aneurysm coming on?ReplyDelete
Not to worry--there's a doctor in the house!Delete
Signaling that ConservativeInc has no further use for the serfs. No need to pretend anymore, now that second place can be manufactured electronically without having to actually rub elbows with those icky Walmart shoppers.
She was crawling thru a window, thus obviously a most dire threat to everyone there.Delete
Why didn't they give her the (16 shots) Laquan treatment?
Sh*t, they lost their chance to detain her, for Brezhnev-esque deprogramming!
The Uniprop org's are squealing that the serfs were armed, yet no one returned fire. Wonder how long that will hold?Delete
Recall how the Secret Svc was mowing down BLM attacking the WH this summer? Me neither.
The European arm of CNN, the BBC, actually said that the protesters were armed.Delete
This is such a horrible nightmare and the establishment politicians have proven themselves to be as treacherous and tone deaf as ever.ReplyDelete
It remains to be seen what has been unleashed by their continued arrogance and condescension but my fear is that it will prove to be more devastating than they can possibly imagine.
People have passed from anger to rage and onto seething fury. And a bunch of empty platitudes is not going to placate them.
VDH is now Tucker now, urging DJT to back off, and "stay w/in the system" (or some such), as if the system has any cred left, and as if a Dem WH won't mean, the eventual consignment of 75 million Deplorables to funny farms, or some such.ReplyDelete
Feckless doesn't cover it. Tell me again how Trump was the reason she lost.
Why can't the Left appreciate that 100 million people think they are being screwed by the Elites, Globalists and Deep State and maybe 100 people (who may or may not be part of the 100 million) breached the Capitol...is that too hard?ReplyDelete
"Why can't the Left appreciate....?"Delete
Most likely, because they're useful idiots for their ChiCom handlers, who can hope that these idiots provoke the Deplorables into a civil war, which would result in the US becoming a pimple on Chicom ass.
Lost in the shuffle of pontification about yesterday is, the occupation of the Hart *Senate* Office Building, during the 2018 Kav drama, by 1000+ feminists:ReplyDelete
"Several prominent members of *Congress*, including Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts joined in *solidarity* with the protesters.
In all, Capitol police *arrested* at least 575 women, for the misdemeanor offense of unlawfully demonstrating in the Capitol...."
(From https://www.businessinsider.com/women-protest-trump-family-separation-us-senate-building-2018-6 )
Where were demands for Congressional resignations/ arrests, for *inciting* a riot?
Greenwald was on Laura I. tonite, outright *predicting* that the Dem/ MSM brass will expand the definition of, and turn-up the heat on, "domestic terrorists" / "white supremacists".ReplyDelete
Seeing as he knows the US Left as well as anyone, I will advise folks (esp. my loved ones) to heretofore say zip about politics in public, unless they're *really* willing to risk facing the gulag/ guillotine for their beliefs.
Today Kunstler refers to how, contrary to their cow over Tuesday's events, the Dems/ MSM had no problemReplyDelete
"when Antifa *attacked congressmen* and senators on the streets of Washington last summer", and to buzz on the web about such claims as that "Some Antifas and BLMs were on the scene for sure, probably in the vanguard, probably the ones smashing the windows to break in, incl. a (Andy Ngo) photo there, of a BLM activist from Utah".