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  • Why is America fired up over President Trump telling Comey: “You’re fired!”

    If you’ve had it already with the ‘James Comey fired from the FBI!’ stories, I get it, but as no one seems to have any more facts than I do, I’m going to add one more comment to the mix.

    Do try to recognize, that asking and answering ‘Why did Trump fire James Comey?!‘, is, in absence of an exhaustive cross examination of Donald Trump, nothing more than an exercise in expressing your own feelings about Trump, and Comey. Period.

    The only facts that we can actually know at this time, is that shortly after the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, was finally confirmed by the senate, with high bi-partisan support (and which satisfied some procedural protocols for removing the agency director, from a staffing perspective), and he was asked to write a report on Comey’s status as director of the FBI, and his conclusion (which as he adamantly expressed, even reportedly threatening to resign if it was misrepresented, was not the causal reason for Comey’s firing, but simply an evaluation of the existing situation) was that Comey was compromised and ineffective, and that the FBI would be better off with a new director.

    Of course, as I posted last year, Comey, by his own testimony, had used his position as head of investigations, to make prosecutorial, and even judicial judgments, about whether charges should be brought or pursued, against Hillary, Huma Abedein, Anthony Wiener, etc. For me, that alone warranted his instant termination. My own question on why Trump fired him, is not ‘Why now?’ but ‘Why not earlier?’. However, as James Comey himself noted in his farewell letter, the president has the power and authority to fire the director of the FBI at any time, for any reason. You should note, that his removal does not halt or impede any ongoing investigations. It’s also worth noting, that his temporary replacement as Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, is a Clinton appointee, who has shown, especially through his wife’s campaigning for office a potential for highly partisan leftist leanings – Trump is unlikely to get much aid and comfort through his position as director, so do tailor your pet conspiracy theory appropriately.

    Why did Trump fire him? Because he felt it was time to. And in typical Trump fashion, having reached that decision, he acted swiftly, and in a dramatic fashion worthy of Reality T.V. – Comey found out that he’d been fired while standing in front of a room full of FBI agents, as they saw that the TV monitor behind him, was running the news crawl that Trump had fired him. Talk about your ratings moment!

    For those of you who are all up in arms about this, honestly, I can only laugh and shake my head. America as a whole, Left, Right, Center and Libertarian, has shown itself to be uninterested in, and unfamiliar with, the concepts of, and structures of, our constitutional republic, preferring popularity, personal interest, and ‘gotcha!’ partisan political posturing, to prudent wisdom in governing. America, sorry, but as you clearly prefer to be entertained by the likes of South Park, The Simpsons, and Reality T.V., and YOU voted on that basis, whether for Clinton, Trump or the also-ran obstructionists, for President of the United States of America.

    THIS is what that looks like! What did you expect?! Personally, I expected much worse, and so far I’ve been pleasantly surprised with what Trump has, and has not, done in office – I was imagining much worse. I dislike his lack of understanding our constitutional principles, and especially his economic views, but despite your angst and caricatures, he has a long history of capable executive, management and administrative abilities, a fond regard for Americana, as well as a flare for drama and publicity, which he’s honed through a decade or more of Reality T.V., and so far, he has used all of that to deliver above my expectations. Fingers crossed. Salt tossed over shoulder. Wood knocked.

    For those whose reactions are dramatically different from mine, they might have been summed up best by Stephen Colbert’s startlement at his audience’s failure to be up to speed with the PC Media’s latest ‘against him, for him, against him’ positions on Comey, as they cheered when he announced his firing. The thing that came to mind for me, when I heard that, was George Orwell’s ‘1984’, as the crowd is being led in 5 minutes of hate against “Eurasia”, and the speaker receives a message and stops mid word, and changes to “Eastasia”, as the hate continues on unimpeded. Unfortunately, Wiki is the best source ref that I can do at the moment, but I think it captures the Colbert moment in ‘1984’:

    “At the start, Oceania and Eastasia are allies fighting Eurasia in northern Africa and the Malabar Coast.

    That alliance ends and Oceania, allied with Eurasia, fights Eastasia, a change which occurred during Hate Week, dedicated to creating patriotic fervour for the Party’s perpetual war. The public are blind to the change; in mid-sentence an orator changes the name of the enemy from “Eurasia” to “Eastasia” without pause. When the public are enraged at noticing that the wrong flags and posters are displayed, they tear them down—thus the origin of the idiom “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia”; later the Party claims to have captured Africa.”

    Ladies and Gentlemen of America, if you disregard the concepts and principles and history that made this nation uniquely American, in favor of idle and base amusements, while giving political power over your lives, to people who have more regard for their own power, than your individual rights – what did you think would follow after that? Last year, the HBO series “Westworld” made masterful use of a Shakespearean nugget of a quote, from “Romeo & Juliet”,

    “These violent delights, have violent ends”

    When you comment, and act, not from careful consideration, but simply to give swift vent to your passionate and emotional feelings, you transform yourself into the ideal audience for taking part in ‘Hate Week’, and lacking any solid conceptual foundation, you too will hardly skip a beat in venting your emotions, as the label of your hated enemy is switched, from one set of letters, to another… and seriously, why would you think such labels would have any more value or purpose, to those you’ve put in charge of running the show, than a red cape to a bull?

    Again I’ve got to ask, America, what did you expect? SMDH.

  • Ted Cruz: Mensch!

    Reading Time: 1 minutesIf you read my blog, you know I’ve had differences with Senator Ted Cruz. But the Senator has stepped up. Bigly! Only a gentleman would do what Cruz just did with his El Chapo bill. Remember the GOP race? Cruz and Trump went at each other like nobody’s business. Wives and all. While Cruz couldn’t […]

  • What Do I Mean By “Narrative”

    Reading Time: 3 minutes“I don’t agree.” Some folks disagreed with my instant assessment of the Syrian strike. My assessment: Trump’s surprise military attack will shift four narratives in Trump’s favor: Trump is Hitler: dead Trump is a Russian agent: dead Trump is incompetent: dying Trump is a lightweight among world leaders: dead In other words, it took 59 […]

  • Trump Launched 59 Cruise Missiles at Leftist Narratives

    Reading Time: 2 minutesNo child of God should suffer such horror. —President Donald J. Trump The most powerful weapon in the world is narrative. The most powerful weapon in the world is narrative. That’s another way of saying the pen is mightier than the sword. The most powerful weapon in the world is narrative. Tonight, President Trump blew […]

  • Trump’s Next Move: Infrastructure

    Reading Time: 4 minutesI’ve changed my mind on priority. Instead of going to tax reform next, President Trump should work on that big-league infrastructure bill. Now. Fast. President Trump needs a big win because power is in perception. He also needs to put Democrats in a bind. Plus, he needs to prove he can pass big legislation without […]

  • Without Power, Principles Are Platitudes

    Reading Time: 3 minutesWithout power, principles are platitudes. Consider this a favor to the Freedom Caucusers. Those folks can’t see past the end of their own principles. Knowing the Freedom Caucus people pretty well, I know they’re very happy with Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. I know they’d be very miserable if Gorsuch were rejected and Trump had […]

  • Neediness

    Reading Time: 2 minutesPresident Trump is teaching the world a huge lesson. That valuable lesson goes something like this: Don’t be needy. Jim Camp is a world-famous negotiation coach. Jim has led some enormous negotiations: labor disputes, huge multi-national buys, and mergers. This is is what Jim says about neediness in his book Start With No: It is absolutely […]

  • Many Times Trump’s Crazy Statements Turned Out to Be Right

    Reading Time: 4 minutesAlmost every time Donald Trump says something crazy, something so outlandish and wrong, he later turns out to be right. I know his critics can’t read my blog. (Literally, they can’t. They have a psychological problem that prevents their brains from processing information that’s inconsistent with their beliefs.) But for those of you who want […]

  • The Joy of Trump

    Reading Time: 4 minutesWhat bothers you most when you’re in a bad mood? You can imagine what it’s like be in a bad mood, can’t you? People go through periods of deep funk when nothing seems bright or cheerful, don’t they? And when you’re in those moods, what’s the worst thing? That’s right, it’s being around a bunch […]

  • Greatest Presser Ever. Wow. Stunned Happy.

    Reading Time: 2 minutesImagine Michael Jordan’s best game ever. Or Tiger Woods. That’s what it was like watching President Trump today. Amazing. The President looked poised, cheerful, and humorous. He volleyed with Jim Acosta of CNN. He rated each question “good” or “bad.” He explained why he doesn’t want a nuclear war with Russia because the press seems […]

  • Unprotected Sects

    Reading Time: 3 minutesThe television activists at CNN look like college seniors who learned upon returning from winter break that credit requirements for graduation were just upped from 120 hours to 180 hours. And there ain’t grandfathering! Diehard NeverTrumpers attack Trump supporters on social media like bitter, divorcing spouses locked in a pitched custody battle. And there ain’t […]

  • American Steel

    Reading Time: 1 minutesI know people, and you probably do too, who are out of work from the United Steel Granite City (aka Granite City Steel) closure. It’s disheartening and depressing for people who worked hard all those years, thrown into the street because of bad trade deals and stifling regulations. But President Trump has ordered the Keystone […]

  • Terrible Day for NeverTrump—Great Day for the Constitution

    Reading Time: 4 minutesOne way to summarize Donald Trump’s first business day in office is to say he followed through on many, many campaign promises. Another way to look at it is that Trump slaughtered NeverTrump. Both explanations are accurate, but one is the cause, the other the effect. First, you know I pay very little attention to […]

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