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DC Mayor backs tribalism

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Is this the new norm of political discourse? We believe that Trump has legitimized political trolling on social media and on occasions goes too far. However, one has to question those who continually assert they hold the moral high ground end up resorting to doing the same thing. All is fair in love and war?

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser took to using taxpayer funds to rename a section of 16th street in front of the White House, “Black Lives Matter Plaza” in what can only be described as a stunt to troll Trump. Should taxpayer funds be diverted to help boost politically aligned organisations?

Naturally, the Left is ecstatic. Yet another hijacking of the George Floyd movement.

Before fuelling her Trump Derangement Syndrome, perhaps the mayor might have reflected on the fact that the very police department that reports to her has killed 23 black people and 1 white person since 2013, by far the worst ratio compared to any American state. Why hasn’t Black Lives Matter smashed down her door to protest this abhorrent statistic?

Her own constituents took to Twitter to complain about Bowser’s political statement.

Murals are performative, budgets are not.

If you wants to show #BlackLivesMatter in DC, why don’t you respond to
@DMVBlackLives demands, which include #DefundMPD?

Instead, you’ve pitched a 3.3%, $18.5mm boost to police & $16mm CUT to housing

Is this how Americans want elected officials to behave? Do Americans want governments who are tight on cash, especially after months of being forced to stay at home (note Bowser’s Twitter handle still implores it) to splurge on political statements to troll someone they despise? DC public sector wage freezes are in effect, hiring is to be curtailed and building projects cut.

No doubt the tins of yellow paint and the labour wouldn’t have amounted to much more than a rounding error on the district’s budget, but it is the principle (or lack thereof).

The irony is that Trump has openly stated the death of George Floyd was a tragedy and immediately mobilized the FBI and DOJ to investigate and get to the bottom of it.

What does BLM stand for? It states that it work(s) vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people.

We wrote about the hypocrisy of BLM here and here.

Unfortunately, the manifesto didn’t spare Grant Napear, the longtime TV voice of the Sacramento Kings being fired for saying “all lives matter.

What Bowser is doing is perpetuating the very tribalism that she thinks she is fixing. Yet the trend isn’t limited to a political artwork. This mentality has already ended up in the school system.

The Rochester City School District in NY has already adopted Black Lives Matters materials in its curriculum suggesting that America is inherently racist. Whites are singled out for blame and learn this via a book entitled “White Rage” which is part of the reading materials for students.

Darien High School Principal Ellen Dunn sent an email to parents promising to increase the amount of race-conscious education in the curriculum by distributing documents from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). For context, the SPLC sacked its co-founder in March 2019. Soon after the president resigned amidst numerous claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and racism within the organization failing at the very virtues it pretends to instil.

The 1619 Project, started by The New York Times Magazine, is now a mandatory part of the curriculum in state schools across Buffalo, Chicago, Newark and Washington. The 1619 Project documents 400 years of slavery. Its creator, Nikole Hannah-Jones, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. However, four days ago she openly said that,

Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.” 

Is that a mandatory lesson that parents want their kids to learn? If junior gets angry over an issue, kicking in the doors of the family car is an acceptable and reasoned response which should be forgiven?

Which brings us back to one of Black Lives Matter’s key demands – to defund the Minneapolis Police Department (and no doubt others too). Should Bowser also bow to those demands as her constituents argue? Afterall her deaths at the hands of the DC Police stats are the worst of all.

The Minneapolis City Council is seriously debating the topic of defunding the police. Council Member Steve Fletcher wrote that the police department was “irredeemably beyond reformand thatseveral of us on the council are working on finding out what it would take to disband the Minneapolis Police Department and start fresh with a community-oriented, nonviolent public safety and outreach capacity.

Which begs the question, what will citizens who are victims of crime do if the police force disappears? People will leave and exacerbate economic hardship.

In Jan 2017, we wrote a piece on what cutting funding (not defunding) police departments did to the City of Detroit. From a peak of 1.8mn people in the 1950s, the city has shrunk to around 1/3rd that level. It continues to fall in 2020. It is now 2/3rds of the population of 100 years ago.

Some 78,000 homes are unoccupied in the city, and in 2011 half of the occupiers of the city’s 305,000 properties paid no tax. The white population has shrunk from 90% of the city in the 1960s to less than 9%. The black community has grown from 4% to 83% over the same period although their population is falling in absolute terms. Violent crime in absolute terms exceeds that of New York.

7% of public parks have been permanently closed since 2008 and the police force has been cut by 40% in the last decade. Most police stations are closed 16 hours a day and response times are around one hour. The police were asking residents to call only in an emergency to prevent overloading the limited resources.

Brian Fallon, a former spokesman for the Justice Department under Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted, “Defund the Police.” Maybe Hillary Clinton’s security detail should be defunded too? Fallon is currently the executive director of Demand Justice, a progressive movement that strives to get liberal justices appointed to federal courts.

An online petition has been launched to defund the police across the country. It is supported by singer John Legend, hypocritical feminist soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Hollywood stars Natalie Portman and Jane Fonda, among others. We guess it is ok to take away everyone else’ security when one can afford their own armed rent-a-cop.

Is this the country Americans want? The left-wing of the Democratic Party and their radical supporters are literally painting their lunatic policies to the road for all of America to see. Defund the police? Use taxpayer funds to promote tribalism? Introduce school curriculums as early as elementary schools to indoctrinate kids about “white rage”? Keep it up.

For as much as many Americans struggle to put up with Trump for all of his antics, the left is hardly making a compelling argument as a viable alternative. Perhaps Mayor Bowser can paint #FuckTrump in rainbow colours out the front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue facing toward the Oval Office to seal the deal.

Bowser is doing the exact opposite of what she extols.

Scandal-less or Scandalous?

The mainstream media have been incessant on pointing out that Barack Obama’s presidency was completely scandal-free, apart from comically making light of his biggest misdemeanour – wearing a tan suit.

Where to start?

The Obama Department of Justice (DoJ) hardly acted in the spirit of its namesake. Nor have many other agencies or departments under his presidency. Some would also criticise the Trump DoJ of same.

Perhaps most noteworthy for us was the ruling by U.S. District Court Justice Andrew S. Hanen which forced Obama DoJ officials to mandatory ethics training over a period of 5 years for willfully ignoring a court order to stop undocumented immigrants from receiving work permits. Hanen claimed he had been misled by DoJ lawyers as to when the Obama administration would implement the directive. Hanen wrote,

The misconduct, in this case, was intentional, serious and material…In fact, it is hard to imagine a more serious, more calculated plan of unethical conduct.

Who could forget Attorney-General Loretta Lynch’s chance meeting with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac in Phoenix just days before she was due to testify about his wife’s handling of classified material over personal emails? Bill Clinton justified it as,

I just wanted to say ‘hello’ to her and I thought it would look really crazy if we were living in a world where I couldn’t shake hands with the Attorney General, you know, when she was right there…Look, it’s 100 degrees out there. Come up and we’ll talk about our grandkids.”

Lynch suggested that they discussed Clinton’s golf game that day, the Orlando nightclub shooting, Brexit and the health of former Attorney General Janet Reno. Sure, the American public can buy that. No one could possibly imagine Hillary Clinton parsed their lips that day.

Or the time the Obama DoJ secretly obtained phone call and email records from the Associated Press (AP). The records, covering all of April and May 2012, covered more than 20 separate phone lines. These records included all outgoing calls of made from work and personal phone numbers of individual AP reporters, as well as the general phone lines of AP bureaus. So much for the constitutional rights of freedom of the press.

Or the debacle of Operation Fast & Furious. This was a plan conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to find the leaders of Mexican drug cartels by selling arms illegally to nefarious dealers in the hopes it would lead back to them. 2,000 weapons went across the border but the ATF admitted they never bothered to track them. One of the guns ended up killing the brother of the former attorney general of the state of Chihuahua. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata were killed by weapons released by the ATF. 300 Mexicans died or were wounded by Fast & Furious guns as well.

In 2012, the House Oversight Committee requested 1,300 pages of key documents it claimed the DOJ had withheld in relation to Fast & Furious and held then AG Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. Obama declared that the documents were protected under executive privilege despite the White House’s stringent denial of involvement. 

Who could forget the National Security Agency’s (NSA) spying scandal? Section 702 empowers the NSA to spy on foreign powers. By doing so it is permitted to retain and use intercepted data that was collected on Americans under strict privacy protections. If any information was wrongly collected it is supposed to be destroyed immediately. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claimed that Americans were having their information spied upon without a warrant. The NSA admitted that it had been slow to warn other intelligence agencies when such information was wrongly disseminated. It was supposed to warn any agency in possession of such data inside of 5 days. It averaged 19 days with the worst turn around recorded at 130 days.

Obama officials were also caught red-handed monitoring the conversations of members of Congress who opposed the Iranian nuclear deal in 2015. It is consistent with throwing Netanyahu under the bus in his final days of office. 

How soon we forgot the IRS scandal targeting conservative organisations. The IRS was forced to publicly issue a sincere apology to these conservative groups for “heightened scrutiny and inordinate delays.

The outcome of the Linchpins case, which exposed the IRS, revealed that it was wrong to apply federal tax laws based only on an entity’s name, political viewpoints or positions on societal issues. The judge ruled that the IRS must act fairly, and using any form of politically based discrimination in administering the tax code is a violation of First Amendment rights.

The former FBI Director Jim Comey admitted in the Russia probe that he “was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI and Justice had built over 20 years. I thought they were robust enough. It’s incredibly hard to get a FISA. I was overconfident in those…There was real sloppiness, 17 things that either should’ve been in the (FISA) applications or at least discussed and characterized differently. It was not acceptable…I was wrong.

Hardly a scandal-free presidency. The fish rots at the head.

Which brings us to #Obamagate.

What did Obama know and when with respect to the Russia-collusion probe? Why were FISA warrants signed based on the FBI knowing full well it was based on fabricated evidence, including the Steele Dossier, which John Podesta testified was ultimately paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign? Why did then FBI Chief of Counterespionage Peter Strzok talk of insurance policies should Hillary Clinton lose and have a stream of disparaging texts showing his utter contempt of Trump? How could he possibly be independent in his work with such personal bias? Why did Strzok’s lover, Lisa Page state in September 2016 that “POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing.” Just an innocent pillow text?

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell responded to a congressional request yesterday to declassify a list of Obama administration officials who had requested the unmasking of National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn from Nov. 8, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017. They included,

  1. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power
  2. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough
  3. Vice President Joe Biden
  4. FBI Director  James Comey
  5. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
  6. CIA director John Brennan
  7. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew
  8. Deputy Chief of Mission to Italy and Republic of San Marino Kelly Degnan
  9. U.S. Ambassador to Italy and the Republic of San Marino John R. Phillips
  10. U.S. Treasury Office of Intelligence and Analysis Patrick Conlon
  11. Acting Assistant Treasury Secretary Arthur McGlynn
  12. Acting Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Mike Neufeld
  13. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Sarah Raskin
  14. Under Secretary Treasury Nathan Sheets
  15. Acting Under Secretary Treasury Adam Szubin
  16. U.S. NATO Advisor Robert Bell
  17. U.S. Representative to the NATO Military Committee Vice Admiral John Christenson
  18. U.S. NATO Office of the Defense Advisor Policy Advisor for Russia Lt. Col. Paul Geehreng
  19. U.S. NATO Defense Advisor James Hursh
  20. U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to NATO Lee Litzenberger (now Ambassador to Azerbaijan)
  21. U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Ambassador Douglas Lute
  22. U.S. NATO Political Office Scott Parrish
  23. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
  24. U.S. NATO Political Advisor Tamir Waser
  25. U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft
  26. U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass
  27. Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration Michael Dempsey
  28. Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Stephanie O’Sullivan

Obama’s name is absent. Why so many people from the Treasury? How could so many people from Obama’s inner circle have known about the now exonerated Flynn but not the President? Note these were 28 individual requests rather than a single memo passed between people. Looks from the outside to be an abuse of power by eavesdropping on a political opponent. One of those individuals is now running for President.

On the surface, this surveillance looks like a far more impeachable offence than any Ukrainian quid pro quo nonsense that recently transpired.

Obama’s reaction after Flynn’s acquittal made him sound uncharacteristically offbeat and garbled in his message.

Say what one will about Trump’s character and behaviour but one has to question the ethics of the former administration. Seems more scandalous than scandal-less.