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Kunstler: Blow Back

Public Policy

Is there any doubt that the Democratic Party will be blamed for the government shutdown brought on by the DACA showdown? They insisted on a DACA deal that would have enabled everybody-and-his-uncle in a DACA person’s family to migrate to this country, a formula known as chain migration. Did they really believe that would go over? Or is it just more identity politics posturing?

I’m not the first observer to point out that it looks like the Democratic Party puts the interests of non-citizens above everybody else in the country. That’s what will be remembered about this gambit at the polls in November. It also looks like an engineered misdirection away from the more ominous fast-developing story about political corruption at the highest level of the Justice Department and its subsidiary, the FBI.

Unlike the allegations in the slow-cooking Russian Collusion story — allegations so far uncoupled from evidence — there’s plenty of evidence that FBI leadership deliberately mishandled several concurrent Hillary Clinton inquiries and, along with other players in the giant NSA matrix, launched the Russia Collusion story to derail Donald Trump’s legitimacy in office. Former President Obama and his White House aides are implicated in these machinations. Whether you’re a Trump fan or not, this ought to raise troubling questions about the legitimacy of the FBI.

On Sunday, the FBI revealed that it had lost five months of text messages between Trump antagonists Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The agency offered a lame explanation that “software upgrades” and “misconfiguration issues” interfered with the app that is supposed to automatically save and archive communications between officials on FBI phones. This was the couple who chattered about an FBI-generated “insurance policy” for the outcome of the 2016 election with Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. When will these three be invited to testify before a house or senate committee to inform the nation exactly what the “insurance policy” was?

The bad odor at the FBI seeps into several other areas of misbehavior involving Hillary Clinton, her campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and members of the permanent Washington bureaucracy. Did the Obama White House use the Christopher Steele dossier, paid for by the Clinton Campaign, to obtain FISA warrants against her opponent in the election for the purpose of conducting electronic surveillance on him? Was the FBI abetting a Democratic Party coup to get rid of Trump by any means necessary once he got into office? Did the FBI conduct a stupendously half-assed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server by dismissing the charges before interviewing any of the principal characters involved, granting blanket immunities to Obama White House officials, and failing to secure computers that contained evidence? Does the FBI actually know what then Attorney General Loretta Lynch discussed with Bill Clinton in the parked airplane on the Phoenix tarmac? Did the FBI fail to investigate enormous contributions (roughly $150 million) to the Clinton Foundation after the Uranium One deal was signed? Did they look into any of the improprieties surrounding the DNC’s effort to nullify Bernie Sander’s primary campaign?

These are some of the big questions that a nation not 100 percent distracted and misdirected will want some answers to. The even greater question is whether the USA’s institutional justice system remains sturdy enough to fairly inquire into all these things. It probably can’t happen without a deep house-cleaning at the Department of Justice and the FBI. For the moment, Trump is just observing the scene like the Cheshire Cat in his tree. Considering what a dope he is, it is one of the many miracles of his long and (so far) lucky life to have his enemies look even dumber.

One thing I wonder is how long this toxic political struggle can go on before the financial markets notice what it says about the country.

Kunstler



58 Comments on "Kunstler: Blow Back"

  1. Davy on Wed, 24th Jan 2018 12:22 pm 

    Democrats are disgustingly corrupt these days. They are a disgrace to the American political system.

    “Whistleblower Confirms “Secret Society” Meetings Between FBI And DOJ To Undermine Trump”
    https://tinyurl.com/yamxdz2m

    “Too Big To Believe” – Massive Scandal Is Brewing At The FBI”
    https://tinyurl.com/ybczk5ba

  2. Cloggie on Wed, 24th Jan 2018 12:39 pm 

    Thanks TheHoundIsLoose. I’m an experienced forum-debater since 2001 and I love a good flame war. No worries.

  3. Antius on Wed, 24th Jan 2018 1:02 pm 

    Another development demonstrating the fundamentally anti-democratic nature of the UK government. No wonder these people are enthusiastic to jump into bed with the Chinese. They are every bit as paranoid and controlling.

    https://www.siliconrepublic.com/enterprise/uk-fake-news-unit

    For ‘Fake News’ substitute ‘Expression of opinions not endorsed by the mainstream, or information that they don’t want you to know’.

    When viewed in conjunction with Snowden’s latest warning on the growing potential for surveillance and censorship using AI technologies (a capability that is under active development) this sort of story should concern everyone that cares about human freedom. Accurate and independent news, free from coercive regulation, is essential for any functioning democracy.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-23/ai-censorship-and-power-steem-preserve-truth

    The past three British governments have shown extreme moral absolutism and contempt for anyone that does not unquestionably accept cultural Marxism. Under UK law you can now be arrested for making comments that are considered ‘likely to incite racial or religious hatred’. People have been arrested and gone to prison for comments they posted on social media criticising immigration or raising concern over demographic change. The UK police employ armies of people to ‘patrol’ social media sites to identify ‘racists’. It is now an imprisonable offence to use ‘threatening or insulting language’ or to use language that some person or group might find offensive.

    In 2016, the UK passed the Investigatory Powers Act, which allows them to spy on all online activity. It requires internet firms to provide complete access to a person’s online activities at the request of a government agency and to keep records of all online activities, including e-mails, sites visited, private social media content. The firms are barred from revealing any of this to the public, as gagging orders is written into the law, meaning that Britain’s internet police operate without any public visibility or oversight. The law requires software providers to engineer back-doors into programmes allowing government agencies to hack into users’ devices and gain control of them.

    The UK has the more CCTV cameras per capita than any other country in the world. These cameras are already used to track the population on motorways and facial recognition software has been introduced allowing AIs to track people on the street at all times. Individuals have been arrested for wearing ‘offensive t-shirts’.

    The UK government are a totalitarian organisation that has contempt for individual freedom of expression. Their efforts go far beyond George Orwell’s worst fantasies. One cannot in even the most liberal usage of the word, describe the UK political system as democratic. The surveillance and control that they have put in place severely restricts human freedom to the point where genuine political debate is now a dangerous activity.

    If Trump cares about the UK and its people as much as he says he does, he will put pressure on the UK government to abandon these efforts. They are incompatable with a democratic system of government.

  4. DerHundistlos on Wed, 24th Jan 2018 1:25 pm 

    MasterMind was right…….

    This just released……

    Humans Extinct in 9 Years Based on New Analysis:

    https://youtu.be/qOAaz26bmjU

  5. Boat on Wed, 24th Jan 2018 2:11 pm 

    Trump wants to decide what is fake news or not. He will not be of any help. My advice is go to jail in support of free speech with hopefully millions of others. Because of terrorism it sounds like security has gone to far.

  6. GregT on Wed, 24th Jan 2018 10:12 pm 

    “My advice is go to jail in support of free speech with hopefully millions of others.”

    Great advice Boat. When do you plan on going to jail?

    “Because of terrorism it sounds like security has gone to far.”

    What ‘terrorism’ would you be referring to Boat? Let me guess. “You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists.”

    And Boat, that would be ‘too far’, not ‘to far’. ‘To far’ doesn’t make any sense in the English language.

  7. Mad Kat on Wed, 24th Jan 2018 11:14 pm 

    “One thing can be said about the new Pentagon National Defense Strategy document just released under the name of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. It is honest about what the target of US military policy is going forward. Washington military policy is explicitly aimed to keep China and Russia from developing any alternative counter-pole to unchallenged US military and political supremacy. The new document lays this out in no uncertain terms. The details are notable and show the disarray that is Washington today, as its once-firm grip on world power disintegrates.” …along with its infrastructure and economy.

    https://journal-neo.org/2018/01/24/washington-new-defense-strategy-keep-russia-china-down/

    “In sum the 2018 National Defense Strategy of the Pentagon is a de facto declaration that the US superpower, bankrupt and ailing as it is, will do everything imaginable militarily to block the upbuilding of Eurasia around the peaceful emergence of the Russia-China economic cooperation in terms of energy, financial cooperation, infrastructure as well as defense cooperation and anti-terror activities.

    “The consequences in terms of growing US military confrontation against both China and Russia, however, may present an economically-declining USA with the similar dilemma which the British Empire faced on the eve of World War I. US debt levels, deteriorated economic base and eroding support internationally for a President who acts like a petulant school brat, are not the most favorable backdrop to “make America great again.”” America will never “be great again”. The cheap oil it was built on is gone, never to come back.

    Article worth reading, I suggest. Could be the lead in to WW3. That is if the US soen’t go down soon. We shall see.

  8. Sissyfuss on Wed, 24th Jan 2018 11:20 pm 

    Fascism is alive and well in the UK, Antius. Perhaps they are trying to keep the rhetoric benign so as to not incite all the Muslim youth with too much time on their hands. Islams definition of multiculturalism is those that have not been fully assimilated yet. The UK will be an interesting test case for how long the West can survive while being overrun by the Middle East.

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