A Conservative Commentary in Two Connecting Pieces


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Donald Trump and his Congressional Republicans, as well as every blatherer on Fox News, are all over Robert Mueller and his team, as well as the FBI and the Justice Department. They have impugned Mueller’s integrity. attacked the FBI saying it’s in tatters (somebody please tell me what an FBI in tatters would look like) and have generally done whatever they could to undermine public confidence in the folks who enforce our laws. Okay, we get the political leverage they’re after. We also get the cynical, anti-American nature of dragging down a bedrock of our republic solely for political advantage. I’m sure it’s making Vladimir Putin smile.

But here’s the thing. I want somebody to give me one – just one – example of compromised integrity of Mueller or the FBI. I don’t mean wild, awful sounding accusations without substance. I mean facts. If your views are in line with those of Trump, please offer your solid evidence of malfeasance of our top law enforcement agency or the special counsel or his team in the Comments section below. And, no, his team members expressing political views is not evidence of malfeasance or compromised integrity.

Here’s my view: This whole exercise is another chapter in the Trump-Bannon quest to tear everything apart, to bring it “crashing down“. Ripping apart the Justice Department would be a potent step for that. Doing so would also affirm that Trump is a poor but brave victim of his awful enemies like the judiciary, the press and free elections. This is what fascism looks like. If you’re a conservative, how does tearing down the Justice Department play for you?

Next point.

Nikki Haley was given the honor of representing the United States of America in the United Nations, which was more than a little weird, since she had absolutely no experience in either foreign affairs or diplomacy. Her ineptitude was made manifest on December 21, the winter solstice, as her dim light matched the longest darkness of the year when she addressed the United Nations. She spoke in opposition to a nonbinding UN resolution calling for the U.S. to rescind its decree formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and pledging to move our embassy there.

Here is a link to a video of her remarks; here’s a link to a full transcript. Click through and listen. As you listen, note the thuggish tone and the insistence of blind loyalty and subservience to the U.S.

Haley’s infantile temper tantrum makes for yet another day of embarrassment for the United States on the world stage and is as shameful and as crass as it can be. This is putting the unending search for world peace onto a return on investment, pro-forma spreadsheet and threatening to end our investment because we didn’t get treated well by meanies in the UN. This is blatantly declaring that the United States will bull its way through the world with no concern for others, just because we can. This is idiotically declaring that a challenge to Trump, after his having thrown gasoline onto the fires of the middle east, is somehow a threat to our sovereignty, so we’re having a hissy fit at the United Nations.

Somebody please tell me how being a bully in the world advances our interests or that of our allies. Somebody please tell me how sticking a finger in the eyes of every other nation of the world makes Americans or our allies safer. Somebody please tell me what is conservative about dissing the United Nations.

Sleep well, knowing that your government is doing all it can to tear apart our own foundations and, at the same time, undermining our safety and security in the world. If that’s okay with you, you might want to recheck your conservative credentials, because you used to be a bedrock law and order supporter, a believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. You used to believe in America.

* 63% of Americans oppose of the move of our embassy.

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Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we’re on a path to continually fail to make things better. It’s my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That’s the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue.

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2 Responses to A Conservative Commentary in Two Connecting Pieces
  1. dominickpalella Reply

    Jack, it appears that you are blaming “conservatives” for the deeds of the Republican anti-social con artists and corporate lackeys we currently have running our federal and many state governments. The people who stay home on Election Day are just as responsible for them taking office. If they came out to vote, we could have more of the kinder Democrat corporate lackeys ruling over us. They at least understand that their corporate masters will make even more profit when their wage slaves are healthy and earn more money to buy more of their products and services.

    Unfortunately, the vast majority of the electorate does not know how our government functions, or can name more than half of the ten or so officeholders that make decisions for them to obey. Sadly, if they were taught what the three branches of government are supposed to do, they would still be too brainwashed to know what to do about it, but keep voting in elections and protesting between them. Until we educate the electorate to value each other as members of their communities, they will continue to make liberal or conservative decisions based on false political promises that pander to their delusional ideologies of what a democracy is.

    Most of us no longer kill each other over our religious ideological delusions, at least in this country. However, we maintain political ideological delusions that keep us foolishly divided as conservatives and liberals. Each worships the leaders of their favored private political party, instead of cooperating with each other to exercise the untapped and enormous power they have as a voting community of individual citizens. Today we have the power to make our body of citizens the leaders, instead of the followers in our government. The question remains for me is how can I convince otherwise responsible adults to make more responsible decisions to take our government over by peaceful means? How do I convince them to stop having arguments with each other that can lead to divisive and sometimes violent confrontations, when both preserve their submissive roles as citizens that have virtually no political power after elections?

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  2. Kirk Landers Reply

    I wish I could find fault with your facts or your logic, or even the tenor of your remarks, but, alas, yours is a pretty accurate and succinct definition of reality. I find myself living in terror of a full turn to fascism in the US, because there’s not an ounce of integrity in the GOP. It’s shocking how Republican belief in the rule of law has given way to an assault on the integrity of the justice department. I feel like I’m living out one of the dystopian novels of the 50s and 60s where people blindly serve a totalitarian master who keeps them in line by broadcasting infantile lies and demanding total acceptance of them.

    I can only hope the GOP gets swept out of its majorities in the House and Senate next year, and that the Democrats get organized on the state and local level and begin winning statehouses and assemblies. Goodness knows, that party has its own problems with competence and vision, but at least it’s not bent on perverting democracy or the creation of a banana republic economy.