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Jeff Sessions — Ninja or Nincompoop?


Conventional wisdom, as shaped by the mainstream media, is becoming more and more schizophrenic. President Trump is a Russian stooge, doing Putin’s bidding, yet he is reigniting the cold war via new Russian sanctions. His White House is in chaos, yet the left is apoplectic over his barrage of policy initiatives. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is shooting blanks and at the same time is circling the Oval Office, ready to pounce and indict.

Then there is Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Lurking in the weeds, moving with stealth and deception like a ninja. Or playing Rip Van Winkle, taking a nap, ignoring the waves of corruption engulfing the DOJ and FBI. Which is it?

Let’s look at the latter scenario first. That Jeff Sessions, in the view of his boss, is Mr. Magoo. Trump also described Sessions as “beleaguered.” Now almost 14 months into the Trump presidency, the evidence of massive corruption in the Obama DOJ and FBI is piling up. As outlined on these and other pages, the Obama administration attempted to prevent Trump’s election. Having failed, it began a new effort to undermine and destroy his presidency via illegal wiretaps, leaks, misleading the FISA court, and pushing the bogus Russian collusion narrative.

Trump tweeted his displeasure with his AG and the OIG, publicly criticizing their lack of action and political bias.

Each week reveals new revelations. The latest being FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe leaking investigation details to journalists, all without consequence or accountability, while Michael Flynn is indicted for misstating a minor detail to the FBI.

It’s not only Trump noticing Session’s ineptitude. Fox Business host Lou Dobbs tweeted, “Sessions has fallen ill, he’s incapacitated in some fashion, or he’s been coopted or captured: to preserve any dignity, for the good of the country he needs to resign.” This after when Sessions was questioned by House investigators, he constantly deferred to his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. The same Rosenstein who approved FISA warrant requests to spy on Carter Page, and by extension, the Trump campaign.

GOP Rep Matt Gaetz, in the thick of the House investigation also weighed in, saying, “If Jeff Sessions does not appoint a second special counsel, then we need a new Attorney General.” Gaetz is concerned that even if the OIG or Congress finds evidence of wrongdoing, it’s the DOJ that will need to do the prosecuting. Congress does not have that power and all evidence points to sleepy Jeff Sessions oblivious to the corruption in his own agency.

Other members of Congress, such as Trump supporters Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows have called on Sessions to resign, saying that, “By recusing himself from the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the United States election, Sessions has lost control, allowing for a leaky and unnecessarily overdrawn, partisan investigation.”

All painting the picture of an inept Mr. Magoo as Attorney General, letting the lunatics run the asylum, doing a grave disservice to his president and the country.

Now the opposite scenario, that AG Sessions is indeed a ninja, working behind the scenes to drain the swamp, but doing it, out of necessity, quietly yet methodically.

What is Sessions’résumé? 12 years as a U.S. Attorney, two years as Alabama AG, three terms as a conservative U.S. senator, one of the earliest supporters of candidate Trump. Nearly 30 years navigating the swamp through a solid conservative lens. To say that he doesn’t understand current events or the significance of his role in all of this is hard to fathom.

Trump is no fool. And he doesn’t suffer fools either. Watch speeches or interviews from decades ago and Trump’s core beliefs have changed little. He has spoken constantly of the swamp, fighting the establishment of the media, Democrats, and even his own party. Why would Trump tolerate an inept AG, rather than uttering his famous, “You’re fired!”

 

Jeff Sessions offered to resign in September of last year, and before that in June. If Trump was so displeased, he could have accepted Sessions’ resignation. But he didn’t. What if this is all a grand charade? A deception to keep his enemies off guard?

As Thomas Lifson at American Thinker and Vachel Lindsay on Twitter have outlined, Trump and Sessions may be staging their own reality show, keeping the media and members of Congress barking up the wrong tree. A grand but necessary deception in order for the swamp to be drained effectively.

Trump may well be dispelling any conception that Sessions or OIG Horowitz are Trump stooges by publicly berating them. Repeatedly. So when the OIG report comes out, Sessions has no political restraints against unleashing the DOJ on the DOJ/FBI corruptocrats.

Trump understands what he is up against. As the old saying goes, when you try to kill the king, you had better not miss. In this case the king is the deep state, powerful, well entrenched, tentacles everywhere. Picking off one bad actor at a time may not work, as the beast can regrow its tentacles. Cutting off the head is the only way to kill the beast.

Rep. Devin Nunes, at the cutting edge of this investigation, perhaps gave a hint at the grand strategy. Unlike his colleagues, piling on Sessions and calling for his resignation, Nunes, “Broke with President Trump and said he welcomes Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Justice Department’s inspector general would investigate alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”

Nunes has been a pit bull investigating deep state abuses. Has he suddenly gone soft by giving Sessions and the OIG his full support? Or is he lifting the curtain on Trump and Sessions’ grand deception?

So, which is it? Is Jeff Sessions a doddering dolt, oblivious to the fact that his own agency is on fire, burning with the flames of corruption? A nincompoop?

Or is this a grand deception, Trump and one of his earliest supporters, working stealthily beyond the public eye, getting their ducks in a row before unleashing The Storm? A ninja?

When Trump secured the GOP nomination, he told supporters, “I understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle and I will never ever let you down.” He hasn’t broken his promise yet.

Readers will have to form their own opinions. As Qanon likes to say, “Expand your thinking.” Are the talking heads on CNN and Fox News thoughtful analysts or are they pushing a preconceived agenda for ratings and acclaim within their beltway echo chamber? Is President Trump another vacuous politician or is he a brilliant strategist, following through on his promises, always several steps ahead of his detractors?

This should play out over the coming weeks and months. Boom or bust.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician and writer. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn and Twitter.

Conventional wisdom, as shaped by the mainstream media, is becoming more and more schizophrenic. President Trump is a Russian stooge, doing Putin’s bidding, yet he is reigniting the cold war via new Russian sanctions. His White House is in chaos, yet the left is apoplectic over his barrage of policy initiatives. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is shooting blanks and at the same time is circling the Oval Office, ready to pounce and indict.

Then there is Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Lurking in the weeds, moving with stealth and deception like a ninja. Or playing Rip Van Winkle, taking a nap, ignoring the waves of corruption engulfing the DOJ and FBI. Which is it?

Let’s look at the latter scenario first. That Jeff Sessions, in the view of his boss, is Mr. Magoo. Trump also described Sessions as “beleaguered.” Now almost 14 months into the Trump presidency, the evidence of massive corruption in the Obama DOJ and FBI is piling up. As outlined on these and other pages, the Obama administration attempted to prevent Trump’s election. Having failed, it began a new effort to undermine and destroy his presidency via illegal wiretaps, leaks, misleading the FISA court, and pushing the bogus Russian collusion narrative.

Trump tweeted his displeasure with his AG and the OIG, publicly criticizing their lack of action and political bias.

Each week reveals new revelations. The latest being FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe leaking investigation details to journalists, all without consequence or accountability, while Michael Flynn is indicted for misstating a minor detail to the FBI.

It’s not only Trump noticing Session’s ineptitude. Fox Business host Lou Dobbs tweeted, “Sessions has fallen ill, he’s incapacitated in some fashion, or he’s been coopted or captured: to preserve any dignity, for the good of the country he needs to resign.” This after when Sessions was questioned by House investigators, he constantly deferred to his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. The same Rosenstein who approved FISA warrant requests to spy on Carter Page, and by extension, the Trump campaign.

GOP Rep Matt Gaetz, in the thick of the House investigation also weighed in, saying, “If Jeff Sessions does not appoint a second special counsel, then we need a new Attorney General.” Gaetz is concerned that even if the OIG or Congress finds evidence of wrongdoing, it’s the DOJ that will need to do the prosecuting. Congress does not have that power and all evidence points to sleepy Jeff Sessions oblivious to the corruption in his own agency.

Other members of Congress, such as Trump supporters Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows have called on Sessions to resign, saying that, “By recusing himself from the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the United States election, Sessions has lost control, allowing for a leaky and unnecessarily overdrawn, partisan investigation.”

All painting the picture of an inept Mr. Magoo as Attorney General, letting the lunatics run the asylum, doing a grave disservice to his president and the country.

Now the opposite scenario, that AG Sessions is indeed a ninja, working behind the scenes to drain the swamp, but doing it, out of necessity, quietly yet methodically.

What is Sessions’résumé? 12 years as a U.S. Attorney, two years as Alabama AG, three terms as a conservative U.S. senator, one of the earliest supporters of candidate Trump. Nearly 30 years navigating the swamp through a solid conservative lens. To say that he doesn’t understand current events or the significance of his role in all of this is hard to fathom.

Trump is no fool. And he doesn’t suffer fools either. Watch speeches or interviews from decades ago and Trump’s core beliefs have changed little. He has spoken constantly of the swamp, fighting the establishment of the media, Democrats, and even his own party. Why would Trump tolerate an inept AG, rather than uttering his famous, “You’re fired!”

 

Jeff Sessions offered to resign in September of last year, and before that in June. If Trump was so displeased, he could have accepted Sessions’ resignation. But he didn’t. What if this is all a grand charade? A deception to keep his enemies off guard?

As Thomas Lifson at American Thinker and Vachel Lindsay on Twitter have outlined, Trump and Sessions may be staging their own reality show, keeping the media and members of Congress barking up the wrong tree. A grand but necessary deception in order for the swamp to be drained effectively.

Trump may well be dispelling any conception that Sessions or OIG Horowitz are Trump stooges by publicly berating them. Repeatedly. So when the OIG report comes out, Sessions has no political restraints against unleashing the DOJ on the DOJ/FBI corruptocrats.

Trump understands what he is up against. As the old saying goes, when you try to kill the king, you had better not miss. In this case the king is the deep state, powerful, well entrenched, tentacles everywhere. Picking off one bad actor at a time may not work, as the beast can regrow its tentacles. Cutting off the head is the only way to kill the beast.

Rep. Devin Nunes, at the cutting edge of this investigation, perhaps gave a hint at the grand strategy. Unlike his colleagues, piling on Sessions and calling for his resignation, Nunes, “Broke with President Trump and said he welcomes Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Justice Department’s inspector general would investigate alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”

Nunes has been a pit bull investigating deep state abuses. Has he suddenly gone soft by giving Sessions and the OIG his full support? Or is he lifting the curtain on Trump and Sessions’ grand deception?

So, which is it? Is Jeff Sessions a doddering dolt, oblivious to the fact that his own agency is on fire, burning with the flames of corruption? A nincompoop?

Or is this a grand deception, Trump and one of his earliest supporters, working stealthily beyond the public eye, getting their ducks in a row before unleashing The Storm? A ninja?

When Trump secured the GOP nomination, he told supporters, “I understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle and I will never ever let you down.” He hasn’t broken his promise yet.

Readers will have to form their own opinions. As Qanon likes to say, “Expand your thinking.” Are the talking heads on CNN and Fox News thoughtful analysts or are they pushing a preconceived agenda for ratings and acclaim within their beltway echo chamber? Is President Trump another vacuous politician or is he a brilliant strategist, following through on his promises, always several steps ahead of his detractors?

This should play out over the coming weeks and months. Boom or bust.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician and writer. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn and Twitter.



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Chasing Windmills with Deadly Consequences


The FBI’s mission is, “To protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.” How is that working out lately? Seems they are doing the opposite. Protecting its own corrupt players and undermining the Constitution by illegally disrupting the peaceful transition of power between presidential administrations.

This is no longer the FBI of Efrem Zimbalist Jr, who played FBI inspector Lewis Erskine, a squeaky clean and honorable agent, in the popular TV series from the 1960s and 70s. Instead we have a cast of deplorables in the modern-day soap opera called the FBI, including former directors Mueller and Comey. And senior leaders well known by name to American Thinker readers, but never mentioned on network or cable news — Wray, Strzok, Priestap, Baker, McCabe, and Page.

Who wears a white hat? Who wears a black hat? Any singing like a songbird to OIG Horowitz, trying to save their skin and stay out of prison? Speculation abounds as to how this plays out. I have my theories, perhaps only wishes.

The rot and stench at the FBI and DOJ goes far beyond what they did do to what they didn’t do. And are still not doing. Like a fire department wasting time and resources answering endless false alarms, the FBI missed and continue to miss five-alarm fires.

The priorities of the FBI include protecting the U.S. against foreign intelligence and espionage, against cyber-attacks, and combating public corruption and violent crimeat all levels. 

It seems to me they have failed bigly, especially as recent revelations show that the FBI and DOJ are in the midst of the biggest public corruption scandal of our time. Instead through dereliction of their statutory duties, they are responsible for numerous needless deaths.

The FBI, working with and under the DOJ, have pursued a political agenda, not one of the priorities listed on the FBI website. First, they turned a blind eye to true political corruption: Fast and Furious, Cliven Bundy, Lois Lerner and her weaponized IRS, Uranium One, Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play. Scandals all buried to protect the bosses, from Eric Holder to Barack Obama. And their anointed successor, Hillary Clinton.

Rather than “combating public corruption at all levels”, the FBI instead had a new priority. Meddling in a presidential election, attempting to destroy one candidate and elect another. And after having failed, their new priority was to destroy the duly elected President, crippling his administration or better yet removing him from office. So much for the FBI mission of “upholding the Constitution.” More like undermining the Constitution.

While chasing windmills of Trump-Russia collusion, which after several years of investigation, is nothing but the Loch Ness monster. What has the FBI not been doing? With deadly consequences.

Just days ago, multiple tip and warnings given to the FBI concerning the Florida school shooter went unheeded, with predictable consequences.

President Trump tweeted, “Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable.” AG Jeff Sessions echoed, “It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed. We see the tragic consequences of those failures.”

Where’s Efrem Zimbalast when we need him? A national police force is behaving more like the Stasi or the KGB than the FBI, doing the bidding of their political masters rather than their core mission. Sure, it’s Trump’s FBI now, but his ability to clean house is virtually nonexistent with the Mueller probe still active.

Trump’s perfectly legitimate and Constitutional dismissal of Director Comey is what gave birth to the special counsel investigation. Cleaning house at the FBI and DOJ would surely lead to impeachment and removal from office as there are enough #NeverTrump Republicans who would gleefully join the Democrats screaming “obstruction of justice” to send Donald Trump back to Trump Tower.

Now the FBI is in CYA mode, scrambling to keep the above-named deep staters out of prison and restore the deeply tarnished image of the FBI. No wonder tips about school shooters were placed on the back burner, given the more pressing survivalist priorities of the FBI.

It’s not just the recent Florida shooting either. The FBI was warned, by Russia no less, about the Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston Marathon Bombers. What other warnings went unheeded? Charleston, Pulse Nightclub, Fort Hood, Benghazi.

A politicized FBI, straying far from its mission, becoming a weaponized political arm of the ruling party, is leaving Americans in danger. Spending over a year investigating and discovering the obvious, that Russians meddle in American politics, distracted the FBI from its primary mission of “protecting the American people.”

Mueller’s indictments are truly a nothingburger. Russians, not the Russian government, meddled in the election. And after the election. Not for a particular candidate but to cause chaos and confusion.

The distractions worked, but most of these distractions are self-inflicted, the FBI playing politics rather than law enforcement. Not only failing to stop mass killers before they struck, but also crippling the President. A constant cloud over his head, impeding his ability to govern and fulfill his Constitutional duties.

What happens if a conflict arises with the Russians? How is Trump to act? Go easy on the Russians and he is “colluding” with them. Be tough and he will be accused of it being an act to cover up his “collusion.” And with Russia and nukes, that’s a very dangerous game. Like Trump or not, does crippling the American President make #NeverTrumpers sleep well at night?

The media is dutifully cheerleading and defending the corrupt government agencies. Ensuring that the Washington Post motto reaches fruition, that democracy does indeed die in darkness.

Perhaps if the media turned on the lights rather than braying in the darkness, the FBI would have returned to its core mission and a bunch of dead high school students would instead be doing homework and watching the Olympics this weekend.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician and writer. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn and Twitter.

The FBI’s mission is, “To protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.” How is that working out lately? Seems they are doing the opposite. Protecting its own corrupt players and undermining the Constitution by illegally disrupting the peaceful transition of power between presidential administrations.

This is no longer the FBI of Efrem Zimbalist Jr, who played FBI inspector Lewis Erskine, a squeaky clean and honorable agent, in the popular TV series from the 1960s and 70s. Instead we have a cast of deplorables in the modern-day soap opera called the FBI, including former directors Mueller and Comey. And senior leaders well known by name to American Thinker readers, but never mentioned on network or cable news — Wray, Strzok, Priestap, Baker, McCabe, and Page.

Who wears a white hat? Who wears a black hat? Any singing like a songbird to OIG Horowitz, trying to save their skin and stay out of prison? Speculation abounds as to how this plays out. I have my theories, perhaps only wishes.

The rot and stench at the FBI and DOJ goes far beyond what they did do to what they didn’t do. And are still not doing. Like a fire department wasting time and resources answering endless false alarms, the FBI missed and continue to miss five-alarm fires.

The priorities of the FBI include protecting the U.S. against foreign intelligence and espionage, against cyber-attacks, and combating public corruption and violent crimeat all levels. 

It seems to me they have failed bigly, especially as recent revelations show that the FBI and DOJ are in the midst of the biggest public corruption scandal of our time. Instead through dereliction of their statutory duties, they are responsible for numerous needless deaths.

The FBI, working with and under the DOJ, have pursued a political agenda, not one of the priorities listed on the FBI website. First, they turned a blind eye to true political corruption: Fast and Furious, Cliven Bundy, Lois Lerner and her weaponized IRS, Uranium One, Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play. Scandals all buried to protect the bosses, from Eric Holder to Barack Obama. And their anointed successor, Hillary Clinton.

Rather than “combating public corruption at all levels”, the FBI instead had a new priority. Meddling in a presidential election, attempting to destroy one candidate and elect another. And after having failed, their new priority was to destroy the duly elected President, crippling his administration or better yet removing him from office. So much for the FBI mission of “upholding the Constitution.” More like undermining the Constitution.

While chasing windmills of Trump-Russia collusion, which after several years of investigation, is nothing but the Loch Ness monster. What has the FBI not been doing? With deadly consequences.

Just days ago, multiple tip and warnings given to the FBI concerning the Florida school shooter went unheeded, with predictable consequences.

President Trump tweeted, “Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable.” AG Jeff Sessions echoed, “It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed. We see the tragic consequences of those failures.”

Where’s Efrem Zimbalast when we need him? A national police force is behaving more like the Stasi or the KGB than the FBI, doing the bidding of their political masters rather than their core mission. Sure, it’s Trump’s FBI now, but his ability to clean house is virtually nonexistent with the Mueller probe still active.

Trump’s perfectly legitimate and Constitutional dismissal of Director Comey is what gave birth to the special counsel investigation. Cleaning house at the FBI and DOJ would surely lead to impeachment and removal from office as there are enough #NeverTrump Republicans who would gleefully join the Democrats screaming “obstruction of justice” to send Donald Trump back to Trump Tower.

Now the FBI is in CYA mode, scrambling to keep the above-named deep staters out of prison and restore the deeply tarnished image of the FBI. No wonder tips about school shooters were placed on the back burner, given the more pressing survivalist priorities of the FBI.

It’s not just the recent Florida shooting either. The FBI was warned, by Russia no less, about the Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston Marathon Bombers. What other warnings went unheeded? Charleston, Pulse Nightclub, Fort Hood, Benghazi.

A politicized FBI, straying far from its mission, becoming a weaponized political arm of the ruling party, is leaving Americans in danger. Spending over a year investigating and discovering the obvious, that Russians meddle in American politics, distracted the FBI from its primary mission of “protecting the American people.”

Mueller’s indictments are truly a nothingburger. Russians, not the Russian government, meddled in the election. And after the election. Not for a particular candidate but to cause chaos and confusion.

The distractions worked, but most of these distractions are self-inflicted, the FBI playing politics rather than law enforcement. Not only failing to stop mass killers before they struck, but also crippling the President. A constant cloud over his head, impeding his ability to govern and fulfill his Constitutional duties.

What happens if a conflict arises with the Russians? How is Trump to act? Go easy on the Russians and he is “colluding” with them. Be tough and he will be accused of it being an act to cover up his “collusion.” And with Russia and nukes, that’s a very dangerous game. Like Trump or not, does crippling the American President make #NeverTrumpers sleep well at night?

The media is dutifully cheerleading and defending the corrupt government agencies. Ensuring that the Washington Post motto reaches fruition, that democracy does indeed die in darkness.

Perhaps if the media turned on the lights rather than braying in the darkness, the FBI would have returned to its core mission and a bunch of dead high school students would instead be doing homework and watching the Olympics this weekend.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician and writer. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn and Twitter.



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Global Warming Causing Record Cold Temps at Winter Olympics


No one should be surprised that the Winter Olympics, just like the NFL, is no longer primarily a sporting event.  Instead of ice-skating and skiing, the major sport in the Olympics is media virtue-signaling over race, gender, and climate.

Not surprisingly, TV ratings are down for the winter games, just as they were for the latest NFL season.  The big media are swooning over Rocket Man’s sister, demonstrating that journalists have never met a communist dictator they didn’t immediately fall in love with, whether Castro, Gorbachev, or Che Guevara.  Then there was the somehow racist coin toss that determined the U.S. flag-bearer and the obsession over the sexual orientation of figure skaters.

All that’s missing is the obligatory lecture from retired broadcaster Bob Costas on global warming.  Or gun control.

Speaking of temperatures, NBC reports how cold it is in Pyeongchang.  “Record-breaking cold.”  “Bone-chilling temperatures.”  Concerns over “hypothermia.”  “Temperatures as low as 11 degrees Fahrenheit.”

What part of “winter” in “Winter Olympics” is confusing to NBC?  Was anyone expecting to ski or snowboard in balmy 50-degree weather?

NBC, rather than fretting over the cold temperatures, should be rejoicing.  Such cold temperatures suggest that global warming may be a thing of the past – despite Donald Trump sitting in the White House and Mike Pence frowning at Rocket Sister in the VIP booth at the Olympic stadium.

But wait.  Maybe these cold temperatures are indeed evidence of global warming.  The scholarly Scientific American tells us, without a trace of irony, that “[g]lobal warming can mean harsher winter weather.”  Of course it does.  Does that mean the converse is true, that global cooling will lead to warmer winters?  Or is modern climate science a one-way street with predetermined conclusions regardless of the facts on the ground?

Let’s go back four years to the Sochi Olympics.  Those games were the warmest ever.  Four years later, the Pyeongchang games may be the coldest.

Which is due to climate change?  Warm Olympics or cold Olympics?  Is the planet warming?  Or are some winters just warmer or cooler than past winters?  Or are some locales better suited for snow and cold than others?

Denver is a contender for a future Winter Olympics.  It’s been quite mild there this winter.  Had the Olympics been in Denver this year, it might have been another set of warm games, rivaling Sochi.  Were the games instead held in Lake Placid, New York, as in past years, there would have been more than enough snow, as upstate N.Y. is the snowiest place in America this year.

Perhaps more thoughtful choices of Olympic venues would solve these problems.  February temperatures in Sochi range from the mid-30s to the high 40s.  Hardly cold.  Not the best location for the winter games.

Warm temperatures at the Olympics don’t necessarily imply global warming.  Instead, they mean that the Olympic committee didn’t do their homework, selecting a temperate location where snow and cold are iffy in February.

According to the N.Y. Times, Sochi was reliably cold for the winter games in 2014 but will be too warm after 2041.  Based on what?  Computer models?  The same models that predicted melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and super-storms?

The same models that said Sochi was reliably cold for the 2014 Olympics were wrong, as these were the warmest winter games on record.  Will the models be any better predicting future temperatures?

Time, in a bit of irony, claims, “Bitter cold Winter Olympics might soon be a thing of the past as a result of climate change.”  Then bemoans “the bitter cold of Pyeongchang” in the next paragraph.  Do they actually read what they write?

Huffington Post predicts, “Climate change will make hosting the Winter Olympics harder.” The Atlantic asks, “Do the Winter Olympics have a future in a warming world?”

Where is Bob Costas when we need him?  NBC prime-time broadcasting is the perfect venue for him to lecture viewers on how the bone-chilling cold in Pyeongchang is further evidence of global warming.  And the obligatory criticism of solemn Mike Pence while lionizing the communist dictator’s sister.  Blaming whatever the weather is on President Trump.

No wonder TV ratings for the Winter Olympics are going the way of the NFL.

Brian C Joondeph, M.D., MPS is a Denver-based physician and writer.  Follow him on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

No one should be surprised that the Winter Olympics, just like the NFL, is no longer primarily a sporting event.  Instead of ice-skating and skiing, the major sport in the Olympics is media virtue-signaling over race, gender, and climate.

Not surprisingly, TV ratings are down for the winter games, just as they were for the latest NFL season.  The big media are swooning over Rocket Man’s sister, demonstrating that journalists have never met a communist dictator they didn’t immediately fall in love with, whether Castro, Gorbachev, or Che Guevara.  Then there was the somehow racist coin toss that determined the U.S. flag-bearer and the obsession over the sexual orientation of figure skaters.

All that’s missing is the obligatory lecture from retired broadcaster Bob Costas on global warming.  Or gun control.

Speaking of temperatures, NBC reports how cold it is in Pyeongchang.  “Record-breaking cold.”  “Bone-chilling temperatures.”  Concerns over “hypothermia.”  “Temperatures as low as 11 degrees Fahrenheit.”

What part of “winter” in “Winter Olympics” is confusing to NBC?  Was anyone expecting to ski or snowboard in balmy 50-degree weather?

NBC, rather than fretting over the cold temperatures, should be rejoicing.  Such cold temperatures suggest that global warming may be a thing of the past – despite Donald Trump sitting in the White House and Mike Pence frowning at Rocket Sister in the VIP booth at the Olympic stadium.

But wait.  Maybe these cold temperatures are indeed evidence of global warming.  The scholarly Scientific American tells us, without a trace of irony, that “[g]lobal warming can mean harsher winter weather.”  Of course it does.  Does that mean the converse is true, that global cooling will lead to warmer winters?  Or is modern climate science a one-way street with predetermined conclusions regardless of the facts on the ground?

Let’s go back four years to the Sochi Olympics.  Those games were the warmest ever.  Four years later, the Pyeongchang games may be the coldest.

Which is due to climate change?  Warm Olympics or cold Olympics?  Is the planet warming?  Or are some winters just warmer or cooler than past winters?  Or are some locales better suited for snow and cold than others?

Denver is a contender for a future Winter Olympics.  It’s been quite mild there this winter.  Had the Olympics been in Denver this year, it might have been another set of warm games, rivaling Sochi.  Were the games instead held in Lake Placid, New York, as in past years, there would have been more than enough snow, as upstate N.Y. is the snowiest place in America this year.

Perhaps more thoughtful choices of Olympic venues would solve these problems.  February temperatures in Sochi range from the mid-30s to the high 40s.  Hardly cold.  Not the best location for the winter games.

Warm temperatures at the Olympics don’t necessarily imply global warming.  Instead, they mean that the Olympic committee didn’t do their homework, selecting a temperate location where snow and cold are iffy in February.

According to the N.Y. Times, Sochi was reliably cold for the winter games in 2014 but will be too warm after 2041.  Based on what?  Computer models?  The same models that predicted melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and super-storms?

The same models that said Sochi was reliably cold for the 2014 Olympics were wrong, as these were the warmest winter games on record.  Will the models be any better predicting future temperatures?

Time, in a bit of irony, claims, “Bitter cold Winter Olympics might soon be a thing of the past as a result of climate change.”  Then bemoans “the bitter cold of Pyeongchang” in the next paragraph.  Do they actually read what they write?

Huffington Post predicts, “Climate change will make hosting the Winter Olympics harder.” The Atlantic asks, “Do the Winter Olympics have a future in a warming world?”

Where is Bob Costas when we need him?  NBC prime-time broadcasting is the perfect venue for him to lecture viewers on how the bone-chilling cold in Pyeongchang is further evidence of global warming.  And the obligatory criticism of solemn Mike Pence while lionizing the communist dictator’s sister.  Blaming whatever the weather is on President Trump.

No wonder TV ratings for the Winter Olympics are going the way of the NFL.

Brian C Joondeph, M.D., MPS is a Denver-based physician and writer.  Follow him on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.



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Stranger Things and the Deep State


“Stranger Things” is a popular Netflix television series set in the 1980s, starring a bunch of enchanting preteens contending with an alternate dimension called the “Upside Down.” This alternate world is dark and scary, filled with supernatural monsters and a pervading sense of evil.

The Upside Down is much like “The Deep State” or “The Swamp”, the real-life world of political, economic and social power, corruption and evil. “Stranger Things” is a classic battle of good versus evil. A similar battle is playing out on an international stage, obscured by the media and power elite, who prefer this conflict remain hidden. And buried.

One has to peel back the onion a bit to get a glimpse of the Washington DC Upside Down. Just as in the TV series, there are portals where one can view the Upside Down.

Not via mainstream news. Some radio talk shows dance close to the Upside Down, perhaps unknowingly, but don’t provide the entry portal. Fortunately, some websites do.

One in particular is Conservative Treehouse, where Sundance offers a detailed and thoughtful analysis of the Upside Down. American Thinker editor Thomas Lifson described a view of this world in a recent blog posting. Timelines are laid out, from FISA warrants to unmasking to weaponized government agencies attempting to negate a lawful election.

The Upside Down may not be the world that CNN and MSNBC sees and reports on. They only see a president suffering dementia, doing nothing but chugging Diet Coke and watching television. His attorney general is asleep on the front porch hammock, while Special Counsel “Beyond Reproach” Robert Mueller is preparing to throw the entire Trump family and administration into Supermax.

Instead, as Sundance provides a glimpse into the Upside Down, more may be going on. “Seeding false information into the blood stream of a closed unit within the organization then waiting to see if/where/when it turns up is a specific way to identify leakers and black hats.”

Watching ongoing fake news stories, based on leaks, this makes sense. With CNN and ABC playing the useful idiots. Brian Ross’s false announcement a week ago after the Flynn plea deal. Last week the Deutsche Bank subpoena false story. And the fake CNN exclusive of Donald Trump Jr and Wikileaks. All perhaps to flush out the leakers.

Did the media simply make up these stories? Perhaps, but more likely they were leaked from well-placed Democrats, and perhaps some Republicans. There is speculation that Rep. Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee Minority Chairman, may be the source of some of CNN’s discredited stories.

Is this simply sloppy reporting? Or wishful thinking by the media? What if instead this is a counterintelligence sting operation, with the good guys in the intel community passing bogus information to Chairmen Devin Nunes and Schiff, knowing that Nunes isn’t leaking, leaving Schiff as the only possible source for the leaks? In this case an incorrect and easily refutable date on an email to Donald Trump Jr. from WikiLeaks.

Shedding light on the Upside Down is the only way to learn the scope of corrupt resistance to Trump and flush it out. Leakers and other corruptocrats slowly being exposed.

Trump has likely been aware from early on of the Obama administration weaponizing both law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political purposes, to destroy him and to elect his opponent. Suppose one of the few white hats in the Obama administration, at their own personal and professional risk, gave Trump a heads up?

Barely a week after the election, on November 17, NSA Director Mike Rogers travelled to New York City to meet with president-elect Trump. The very next day a story in the Washington Post reacted to the meeting, “Pentagon and intelligence community chiefs have urged Obama to remove the head of the NSA.”

Cockroaches scurrying when someone turns on the light?

The following weekend, the Trump transition team moves from Trump Tower to Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Coincidence? Or a smart move to protect his transition?

Remember Trump’s later tweet about Trump Tower being “wiretapped”? Did Rogers meeting with Trump simply as a welcoming gesture to the president-elect or to provide a warning about what lay ahead?

This may have been Trump’s first real glimpse into the Upside Down, the evil lurking below the surface threating his presidency before it even began. And the beginning of a grand strategy to counteract and close off the Upside Down, just as in the TV show.

Some call it 4-dimensional chess. Or just the product of Trump’s rough and tumble decades in the New York real estate world. Trump surrounding himself with those he needed to accomplish the herculean task ahead. Suppose Jeff Sessions, contrary to popular opinion, is not asleep, but rather using his power as attorney general and the legal system to begin cleaning house?

As of last month, 1183 sealed indictments. From Mueller? Doubtful. He has come up empty thus far on his original mandate to investigate, “Any links and/or coordination bet ween the Russian government and individual associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”

More likely from the DOJ. Sessions quietly busy despite the image of him as a befuddled Mister Rogers. Is it the coming “Big Ugly,” as Sundance describes?

What if Sessions is the lynchpin in Trump’s plans? Letting Lady Justice do her job, keeping the President out of the process due to the optics. Are Trump’s tweets, strategic and purposeful, designed to keep his opposition off balance? Sending the media and the left into yet another frenzied outrage, distracting from his behind the scenes housecleaning?

Are leaks of “fake news” working in similar fashion, not only flushing out leakers, but also ruining the rapidly diminishing credibility of the media? Story after story, from CNN to ABC. It’s getting to the point that any news about Trump will be viewed with suspicion.

I won’t go as far as some, postulating that Mueller is actually working with Trump, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. More likely, Mueller’s investigation is going nowhere, with the DOJ and Rep. Nunes slowly rooting out and exposing the bad players such as Bruce Ohr, and now his wife, who worked for Fusion GPS, bypassing potential surveillance using a ham radio. Stories that are chipping away the façade of integrity surrounding Mueller and his investigation.

Numerous members of Congress are not seeking reelection. Trump fatigue, as the fake news media suggests? Or more like animals fleeing the coastline well ahead of an incoming tsunami? Grabbing their pensions and retreating to the safety of K Street before the storm arrives.

I don’t have definitive answers. Many thoughtful readers of American Thinker are catching glimpses of the Upside Down through various sources and are wondering what’s really going on, as am I. Time will tell if this is simply fantasy, like “Stranger Things.” Or if this is the calm before the storm.

If Mueller finds high crimes and misdemeanors and Trump is impeached, the joke will be on me. And Sundance, and others believing they are catching glimpses of the Upside Down. Watching Trump over the past few years, however, tells me there will be a different outcome. Trump is confident and upbeat. Watch his recent rally in Pensacola. Not the demeanor of someone whose world is crashing down.

Read and think. Don’t be content with what you hear on TV or the radio. The Upside Down may very well be real. 2018 will be an interesting year.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician and writer. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn and Twitter. 

“Stranger Things” is a popular Netflix television series set in the 1980s, starring a bunch of enchanting preteens contending with an alternate dimension called the “Upside Down.” This alternate world is dark and scary, filled with supernatural monsters and a pervading sense of evil.

The Upside Down is much like “The Deep State” or “The Swamp”, the real-life world of political, economic and social power, corruption and evil. “Stranger Things” is a classic battle of good versus evil. A similar battle is playing out on an international stage, obscured by the media and power elite, who prefer this conflict remain hidden. And buried.

One has to peel back the onion a bit to get a glimpse of the Washington DC Upside Down. Just as in the TV series, there are portals where one can view the Upside Down.

Not via mainstream news. Some radio talk shows dance close to the Upside Down, perhaps unknowingly, but don’t provide the entry portal. Fortunately, some websites do.

One in particular is Conservative Treehouse, where Sundance offers a detailed and thoughtful analysis of the Upside Down. American Thinker editor Thomas Lifson described a view of this world in a recent blog posting. Timelines are laid out, from FISA warrants to unmasking to weaponized government agencies attempting to negate a lawful election.

The Upside Down may not be the world that CNN and MSNBC sees and reports on. They only see a president suffering dementia, doing nothing but chugging Diet Coke and watching television. His attorney general is asleep on the front porch hammock, while Special Counsel “Beyond Reproach” Robert Mueller is preparing to throw the entire Trump family and administration into Supermax.

Instead, as Sundance provides a glimpse into the Upside Down, more may be going on. “Seeding false information into the blood stream of a closed unit within the organization then waiting to see if/where/when it turns up is a specific way to identify leakers and black hats.”

Watching ongoing fake news stories, based on leaks, this makes sense. With CNN and ABC playing the useful idiots. Brian Ross’s false announcement a week ago after the Flynn plea deal. Last week the Deutsche Bank subpoena false story. And the fake CNN exclusive of Donald Trump Jr and Wikileaks. All perhaps to flush out the leakers.

Did the media simply make up these stories? Perhaps, but more likely they were leaked from well-placed Democrats, and perhaps some Republicans. There is speculation that Rep. Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee Minority Chairman, may be the source of some of CNN’s discredited stories.

Is this simply sloppy reporting? Or wishful thinking by the media? What if instead this is a counterintelligence sting operation, with the good guys in the intel community passing bogus information to Chairmen Devin Nunes and Schiff, knowing that Nunes isn’t leaking, leaving Schiff as the only possible source for the leaks? In this case an incorrect and easily refutable date on an email to Donald Trump Jr. from WikiLeaks.

Shedding light on the Upside Down is the only way to learn the scope of corrupt resistance to Trump and flush it out. Leakers and other corruptocrats slowly being exposed.

Trump has likely been aware from early on of the Obama administration weaponizing both law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political purposes, to destroy him and to elect his opponent. Suppose one of the few white hats in the Obama administration, at their own personal and professional risk, gave Trump a heads up?

Barely a week after the election, on November 17, NSA Director Mike Rogers travelled to New York City to meet with president-elect Trump. The very next day a story in the Washington Post reacted to the meeting, “Pentagon and intelligence community chiefs have urged Obama to remove the head of the NSA.”

Cockroaches scurrying when someone turns on the light?

The following weekend, the Trump transition team moves from Trump Tower to Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Coincidence? Or a smart move to protect his transition?

Remember Trump’s later tweet about Trump Tower being “wiretapped”? Did Rogers meeting with Trump simply as a welcoming gesture to the president-elect or to provide a warning about what lay ahead?

This may have been Trump’s first real glimpse into the Upside Down, the evil lurking below the surface threating his presidency before it even began. And the beginning of a grand strategy to counteract and close off the Upside Down, just as in the TV show.

Some call it 4-dimensional chess. Or just the product of Trump’s rough and tumble decades in the New York real estate world. Trump surrounding himself with those he needed to accomplish the herculean task ahead. Suppose Jeff Sessions, contrary to popular opinion, is not asleep, but rather using his power as attorney general and the legal system to begin cleaning house?

As of last month, 1183 sealed indictments. From Mueller? Doubtful. He has come up empty thus far on his original mandate to investigate, “Any links and/or coordination bet ween the Russian government and individual associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”

More likely from the DOJ. Sessions quietly busy despite the image of him as a befuddled Mister Rogers. Is it the coming “Big Ugly,” as Sundance describes?

What if Sessions is the lynchpin in Trump’s plans? Letting Lady Justice do her job, keeping the President out of the process due to the optics. Are Trump’s tweets, strategic and purposeful, designed to keep his opposition off balance? Sending the media and the left into yet another frenzied outrage, distracting from his behind the scenes housecleaning?

Are leaks of “fake news” working in similar fashion, not only flushing out leakers, but also ruining the rapidly diminishing credibility of the media? Story after story, from CNN to ABC. It’s getting to the point that any news about Trump will be viewed with suspicion.

I won’t go as far as some, postulating that Mueller is actually working with Trump, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. More likely, Mueller’s investigation is going nowhere, with the DOJ and Rep. Nunes slowly rooting out and exposing the bad players such as Bruce Ohr, and now his wife, who worked for Fusion GPS, bypassing potential surveillance using a ham radio. Stories that are chipping away the façade of integrity surrounding Mueller and his investigation.

Numerous members of Congress are not seeking reelection. Trump fatigue, as the fake news media suggests? Or more like animals fleeing the coastline well ahead of an incoming tsunami? Grabbing their pensions and retreating to the safety of K Street before the storm arrives.

I don’t have definitive answers. Many thoughtful readers of American Thinker are catching glimpses of the Upside Down through various sources and are wondering what’s really going on, as am I. Time will tell if this is simply fantasy, like “Stranger Things.” Or if this is the calm before the storm.

If Mueller finds high crimes and misdemeanors and Trump is impeached, the joke will be on me. And Sundance, and others believing they are catching glimpses of the Upside Down. Watching Trump over the past few years, however, tells me there will be a different outcome. Trump is confident and upbeat. Watch his recent rally in Pensacola. Not the demeanor of someone whose world is crashing down.

Read and think. Don’t be content with what you hear on TV or the radio. The Upside Down may very well be real. 2018 will be an interesting year.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician and writer. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn and Twitter. 



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#NeverTrumps Stuck on Style over Substance


Ten months into the Trump presidency, #NeverTrumpers are still stuck in denial and anger, a long way from acceptance, the final step of grieving. Despite endless predictions that he wouldn’t be the nominee or that he wouldn’t win the election, here we are ten months into the era of Trump. Here’s a montage of the predictions if you want a laugh.

Many famous #NeverTrumpers have gone to ground since the election. Karl Rove makes only rare appearances on Fox News, only to comment on special elections. The Bushes only recently resurfaced, saying that they didn’t vote for Trump and that Pappy voted for Hillary Clinton. Bill Kristol, another famous #NeverTrumper, crawled out from under his neocon rock to tweet, “Donald Trump and Roy Moore are bringing out my inner liberal.” No surprise there. Many closet liberals have outed themselves over Trump.

Another noted #NeverTrump publication, National Review, offered up a surprising article, “This Thanksgiving, thank Donald J Trump.” Enough to make their readers choke on their turkey drumstick.

This Thanksgiving, Americans in general — and free-market conservatives in particular — have plenty for which to be grateful. And much of it would be absent had the White House’s current occupant not become president on November 8, 2016.

Wow! Quite the admission from one of the leading #NeverTrump publications. They listed his many accomplishments, virtually all from the conservative wish list. Concluding with, “Ten months down. Thirty-eight to go. The best is yet to come. Thank you, Mr. President!”

Indeed, he has accomplished much, despite ineptitude or sabotage from the GOP Congress, depending on how you view its lack of legislative accomplishment this year. If we had a different Republican president now, say, a President Jeb or a President Kasich, such a string of accomplishments would be lauded by all Republicans. Not so for President Trump.

Going further, if either of the past Presidents Bush had a fraction of the accomplishments of President Trump, how might things have played out differently?

George HW Bush might have won a second term, leaving Bill Clinton to grope women in Arkansas, or perhaps in the U.S. Senate along with Ted Kennedy and Al Franken. Rather than setting the stage for the sex scandals today that can be attributed to Clinton’s behavior and enabling by his wife, party and media. We would then most likely not have had his son George W, Obama or Trump as responses to previously failed presidencies.

So why the persistent resistance to and consternation over President Trump? Not his policies. Nor the economic recovery, roaring stock market, low unemployment, new found respect overseas and great judicial picks. All right out of the conservative wish list. The fuss is over his style.

Criticism from #NeverTrumpers invariably is over his “how”, not his “what”. His style. His tweets. His hitting back when attacked. Calling out hypocrisy. His honest responses, echoing what his supporters think but which a president should dare not say.

We all know about Trump’s tweets. The media is obsessed, covering each and every one, amplifying the reach of his already massive 43 million followers. Recent tweets include the dustup over the UCLA basketball players caught shoplifting sunglasses in China, begrudgingly showing gratitude to the President for saving them from a decade in a Chinese prison. Trump punching back again when one of the players father got involved.

Or his Time magazine Person of the Year turndown just days ago. As well as his frequenting opining about kneeling NFL players. His tweets reflecting what many Americans think but never hear on network or cable news. Or in local or national newspapers.

Don’t forget his name calling. Fake news CNN. Crooked Hillary. Little Rocket Man. And this week another jab at Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren. Beneath the dignity of the office, they say. Senator Warren was outraged, over Trump calling her Pocahontas, yet had no problem with Bill Maher calling her the same while interviewing Warren on his TV show earlier this year.

Confirming again that the beef is with the messenger, not the message. Yet this style propelled Trump to the White House and continues to this day.

Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon“ and “A good tactic is one your people enjoy“. 

It’s all about his style. As George HW Bush said, “I don’t like him. I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.” Very telling. He doesn’t know much about him yet he doesn’t like him because he is a “blowhard”.

Sounds like the definition of prejudice, preconceived opinion not based on reason or actual experience.

Trump is unlike George W. Bush, who remained silent for eight years, letting the media characterize him as either Hitler or a chimp, never defending himself or his policies. Which gave us Obama and a Democrat Congress.

A Republican will never get a fair shake from the media. A successful president knows how to go around the wall of bias and fake news, as Reagan did. Would Reagan use Twitter if it existed at the time? You bet he would.

Not so Bill Clinton, who didn’t need to go around the media. The media was embedded with the Clintons. Ignoring his myriad scandals, attacking his critics. Even his “smartest woman in the world” wife observed that Bill “didn’t tweet” while in the White House. Missing the minor detail that Twitter wasn’t invented until a decade after he was president. Sort of like how she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, despite him being a New Zealand beekeeper at the time of her birth.

This is the era of social media. The new source of information, unfiltered by the “Piegate” CNN hacks. How ironic that a guy in his 70s is one of the most effective users of this new medium of communication. Going around a hostile media to speak directly to the American people.

Punching back at critics, not simply turning the other cheek. Not playing by Marquess of Queensberry rules when facing an opponent with a knife. Not the stodgy decorum of John McCain or Mitch McConnell. Though when advancing their agenda, they have no qualms about hitting below the belt. Whether McCain’s involvement in the fake Trump Russian dossier or McConnell promoting bogus allegations against Roy Moore.

Somehow that’s okay, and befitting national leaders, but using Twitter is not? Give me a break.

Their real beef with Trump is that he is effective. His tweets are on target, like a precision missile. Same with his comments about fake news or crooked Hillary or Pocahontas. What millions of Americans have been waiting for one of their elected representatives to say. Rather than hearing how undignified Trump is from the smug set at the Weekly Standard or National Review.

Republicans should learn from Trump rather than criticize him. If Ryan and McConnell had any sense, they would use social media to move their Congressional agenda, rather than play defense over media cackles of “tax cuts for the rich” and “taking away everyone’s health insurance”.

It’s a rough and tumble world. Trump understands this and is playing accordingly. #NeverTrumpers prefer to bring a water pistol to a gun fight, then wonder why they keep losing. Rather than celebrating the substance of Trump’s accomplishments, they prefer to remain in the peanut gallery, fussing over his style. Just as Bill Kristol observed about himself, Trump is bringing out the inner liberal in the NeverTrumpers.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician and writer. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Ten months into the Trump presidency, #NeverTrumpers are still stuck in denial and anger, a long way from acceptance, the final step of grieving. Despite endless predictions that he wouldn’t be the nominee or that he wouldn’t win the election, here we are ten months into the era of Trump. Here’s a montage of the predictions if you want a laugh.

Many famous #NeverTrumpers have gone to ground since the election. Karl Rove makes only rare appearances on Fox News, only to comment on special elections. The Bushes only recently resurfaced, saying that they didn’t vote for Trump and that Pappy voted for Hillary Clinton. Bill Kristol, another famous #NeverTrumper, crawled out from under his neocon rock to tweet, “Donald Trump and Roy Moore are bringing out my inner liberal.” No surprise there. Many closet liberals have outed themselves over Trump.

Another noted #NeverTrump publication, National Review, offered up a surprising article, “This Thanksgiving, thank Donald J Trump.” Enough to make their readers choke on their turkey drumstick.

This Thanksgiving, Americans in general — and free-market conservatives in particular — have plenty for which to be grateful. And much of it would be absent had the White House’s current occupant not become president on November 8, 2016.

Wow! Quite the admission from one of the leading #NeverTrump publications. They listed his many accomplishments, virtually all from the conservative wish list. Concluding with, “Ten months down. Thirty-eight to go. The best is yet to come. Thank you, Mr. President!”

Indeed, he has accomplished much, despite ineptitude or sabotage from the GOP Congress, depending on how you view its lack of legislative accomplishment this year. If we had a different Republican president now, say, a President Jeb or a President Kasich, such a string of accomplishments would be lauded by all Republicans. Not so for President Trump.

Going further, if either of the past Presidents Bush had a fraction of the accomplishments of President Trump, how might things have played out differently?

George HW Bush might have won a second term, leaving Bill Clinton to grope women in Arkansas, or perhaps in the U.S. Senate along with Ted Kennedy and Al Franken. Rather than setting the stage for the sex scandals today that can be attributed to Clinton’s behavior and enabling by his wife, party and media. We would then most likely not have had his son George W, Obama or Trump as responses to previously failed presidencies.

So why the persistent resistance to and consternation over President Trump? Not his policies. Nor the economic recovery, roaring stock market, low unemployment, new found respect overseas and great judicial picks. All right out of the conservative wish list. The fuss is over his style.

Criticism from #NeverTrumpers invariably is over his “how”, not his “what”. His style. His tweets. His hitting back when attacked. Calling out hypocrisy. His honest responses, echoing what his supporters think but which a president should dare not say.

We all know about Trump’s tweets. The media is obsessed, covering each and every one, amplifying the reach of his already massive 43 million followers. Recent tweets include the dustup over the UCLA basketball players caught shoplifting sunglasses in China, begrudgingly showing gratitude to the President for saving them from a decade in a Chinese prison. Trump punching back again when one of the players father got involved.

Or his Time magazine Person of the Year turndown just days ago. As well as his frequenting opining about kneeling NFL players. His tweets reflecting what many Americans think but never hear on network or cable news. Or in local or national newspapers.

Don’t forget his name calling. Fake news CNN. Crooked Hillary. Little Rocket Man. And this week another jab at Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren. Beneath the dignity of the office, they say. Senator Warren was outraged, over Trump calling her Pocahontas, yet had no problem with Bill Maher calling her the same while interviewing Warren on his TV show earlier this year.

Confirming again that the beef is with the messenger, not the message. Yet this style propelled Trump to the White House and continues to this day.

Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon“ and “A good tactic is one your people enjoy“. 

It’s all about his style. As George HW Bush said, “I don’t like him. I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.” Very telling. He doesn’t know much about him yet he doesn’t like him because he is a “blowhard”.

Sounds like the definition of prejudice, preconceived opinion not based on reason or actual experience.

Trump is unlike George W. Bush, who remained silent for eight years, letting the media characterize him as either Hitler or a chimp, never defending himself or his policies. Which gave us Obama and a Democrat Congress.

A Republican will never get a fair shake from the media. A successful president knows how to go around the wall of bias and fake news, as Reagan did. Would Reagan use Twitter if it existed at the time? You bet he would.

Not so Bill Clinton, who didn’t need to go around the media. The media was embedded with the Clintons. Ignoring his myriad scandals, attacking his critics. Even his “smartest woman in the world” wife observed that Bill “didn’t tweet” while in the White House. Missing the minor detail that Twitter wasn’t invented until a decade after he was president. Sort of like how she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, despite him being a New Zealand beekeeper at the time of her birth.

This is the era of social media. The new source of information, unfiltered by the “Piegate” CNN hacks. How ironic that a guy in his 70s is one of the most effective users of this new medium of communication. Going around a hostile media to speak directly to the American people.

Punching back at critics, not simply turning the other cheek. Not playing by Marquess of Queensberry rules when facing an opponent with a knife. Not the stodgy decorum of John McCain or Mitch McConnell. Though when advancing their agenda, they have no qualms about hitting below the belt. Whether McCain’s involvement in the fake Trump Russian dossier or McConnell promoting bogus allegations against Roy Moore.

Somehow that’s okay, and befitting national leaders, but using Twitter is not? Give me a break.

Their real beef with Trump is that he is effective. His tweets are on target, like a precision missile. Same with his comments about fake news or crooked Hillary or Pocahontas. What millions of Americans have been waiting for one of their elected representatives to say. Rather than hearing how undignified Trump is from the smug set at the Weekly Standard or National Review.

Republicans should learn from Trump rather than criticize him. If Ryan and McConnell had any sense, they would use social media to move their Congressional agenda, rather than play defense over media cackles of “tax cuts for the rich” and “taking away everyone’s health insurance”.

It’s a rough and tumble world. Trump understands this and is playing accordingly. #NeverTrumpers prefer to bring a water pistol to a gun fight, then wonder why they keep losing. Rather than celebrating the substance of Trump’s accomplishments, they prefer to remain in the peanut gallery, fussing over his style. Just as Bill Kristol observed about himself, Trump is bringing out the inner liberal in the NeverTrumpers.

Brian C Joondeph, MD, MPS, a Denver based physician and writer. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn and Twitter. 



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