Category: What is The Establishment?

Weekend Reflections: Shutdown, Breakdown, Meltdown

It’s a wall! It’s a barrier! It’s — Super-Optics! Meanwhile, a small fraction of the United States Federal Government is officially “shut down” — which would be fantabulous, if it actually meant that the billions of tax dollars confiscated from the American people and their great-great-grandchildren to pay the salaries of huge numbers of non-essential and essentially ineffective government workers were being saved...

Ted Cruz Lauds President Trump

From the Dallas Morning News: Sen. Ted Cruz lauded Trump for putting a spotlight on border security.  “Illegal immigration produces tragedies each day,” he said. “I want to commend you for infusing more backbone in Washington. The American people want the border secure.” That’s all. I have nothing to add. Just wanted to point out, by way of finishing a few earlier points,...

It’s Worm Time! (Told Ya So)

When Donald Trump plunked his net into the Fox News mire for the umpteenth time and hauled up John Bolton, so many self-proclaimed conservatives were over the moon with optimism. “Now,” they gushed, “the administration’s foreign policy will really get coherent and tough. Bolton is a straight-talking genius, a real man’s man.” I took flak from many such “conservatives” when I pointed out,...

Michael Flynn and Trump’s Deep State Administration

Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn is a former and current Trump favorite; former when he seemed to give Trump credibility on national security, current due to his refusal to give evidence against Trump to the Mueller investigation regarding his own duplicitous relationships with various anti-American forces. Today, Flynn is under the microscope again, this time related to his and his close associates’ involvement in lobbying...

The Two Sides of “NeverTrump”

Two of the standard smears Donald Trump’s apologists apply to denigrate Trump’s conservative critics are the term “NeverTrump” used as a pejorative (as in, “Why should I listen to you NeverTrumpers?”), and the related accusation that those who oppose Trump are driven by “hate.” The first of these, the “NeverTrump” label, is typically used with the intention of associating Trump’s critics with the...

Psychology of the Bootlicker

Leaving Donald Trump aside, since in the end none of this is ultimately about him, I would like to return for a moment to Trump’s tweet lambasting his own former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a...

How to Destroy an Economy

The latest U.S. National Climate Assessment was released a few days ago, which is an odd thing to be saying, in light of the fact that if any of the previous such assessments had had any scientific legitimacy, we probably wouldn’t be here today talking about climate at all. We’d be off somewhere evolving gills by now. In any case, the 2018 NCA...

Last Man Standing? Another “Conservative Media” Outlet Bites the Dust

During the 2016 Republican primaries, most of the “conservative media,” print and radio (television is not even worth talking about), revealed itself once and for all as nothing but so many mouthpieces for the GOP establishment; in it for the money, the squishy “insider” feelings of pseudo-power, or both. For those of us observing this from the outside, it was almost dizzying to...

Republicans Stay Right On Target

The Republicans in the House of Representatives have elected their Minority Leader for the new congress. They have chosen current House Majority Leader, John Boehner’s underling Kevin McCarthy of California. He is not a conservative. He is not articulate. He is not a leader. He is not a statesman. He is not principled.  In other words, the Republicans have chosen to stay the...

Kavanaugh Fallout: The Good, The Bad, and the Foolish

Senator Susan Collins — basically a Democrat who occasionally votes with the Republicans, but for some reason maintains her GOP affiliation for electoral purposes — has announced her intention to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, which essentially ensures his confirmation. The issue of whether he committed a sexual misdemeanor at a drunken party as a minor — which,...