By Charlie Johnston
No matter what Robert Mueller dredges up, I will stand with Donald Trump and the legitimately elected government. It wasn’t always that way. Two years ago, I opposed Trump; a year and a half ago, I regarded him with disdain; now I stand foursquare behind him, warts and all. That is because this is not about Trump; it is about Americanism, fundamental fairness and justice. Mueller, supposedly sent to investigate Russian collusion, has steadfastly ignored it where it was found in abundance – with the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Deep State of Intelligence and Justice Agencies, while desperately trying to manufacture evidence of some wrongdoing, even going so far as to trash attorney-client privilege to do so. While his stated mission might have been to investigate Russian collusion, his actual mission has been to get Donald Trump by any means necessary. He is a dirty cop – and apparently has been one for a very long time. In America, you do NOT get to appoint a prosecutor with a blank check to get someone you don’t like. You do NOT investigate Republican jaywalking with the rack and hot pokers while investigating Democratic murder, sedition, robbery and such with the comfy chair and the fluffy pillow. This witch hunt has gone into confrontation mode, despite the evidence. If it succeeds in thwarting the will of the people and taking down a legitimate president, I will begin my march on Washington and make common cause with honest patriots to take back our country. If it was found that Trump, at some time, had stolen a million dollars, that would still be less than a hundredth of what the Clintons have taken with their sham foundation – and is said to be not worthy of our attention by the malicious Deep State. The left has lost all vestiges of honor, shame, and decency. It thinks if it can just get rid of Trump, it can go back to bullying nuns, florists, bakers; siccing government police agencies on Christians and conservatives, while propping up tyrants around the globe and calling it “smart” diplomacy. The left thinks that Donald Trump is our last chance – but as Kurt Schlichter memorably told the left: “Trump is not our last chance; he’s your last chance.”
While I have become disgusted with the police state that formerly Great Britain has become, I was delighted to see that Pope Francis became the primary advocate of life with real stature in this whole episode. He spoke full-throatedly on behalf of the right of patients to the basic care of nutrition and hydration and that such critical decisions belong in the hands of parents, not sterile judicial panels. He put his money where his mouth is, intervening to get Alfie Italian citizenship and a hospital to care for him if England would agree to let the tiny hostage go. I am sometimes critical of our Pope; I was proud of his vigorous defense of both Alfie and authentic Catholic doctrine in this case. Over at National Review, John O’ Sullivan wrote a deeply thoughtful piece on how the Alfie Evans case illustrates a great division in the western world – and starkly intimates what a post-Christian world looks like. (Spoiler alert – it ain’t pretty or joyful).
As if formerly Great Britain had not done enough damage to its reputation these last few weeks, the Lord Chief Justice of England has suggested that people who publicly criticize judges ought to be prosecuted. I read that England prosecutes about nine people per month for thought-crimes expressed on line. What a pathetic spectacle! Residents of England are not citizens, but subjects of an arbitrary and capricious government that cares nothing for fundamental human rights. In an 1855 letter to Joshua Speed, Abraham Lincoln said that, rather than live in a country that has a sham liberty, he would prefer “…emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” God bless the good people of England who mounted the incredible Rosary on the Coast last month. These are the people who, ultimately, will make Britain Great again. Though it is not covered well in the establishment media, I am also hearing credible word that the pro-life side is surging in the polls on the Irish referendum on abortion to be held May 25. Perhaps our Irish friends here could weigh in with their objective observations.
A little bit on why confidence in establishment media outlets is in full free-fall. Over the last few years, here are just a few of the major themes that have dominated the establishment press:
-Donald Trump colluded with Russia to tilt the election results. FALSE – and in fact, it was just the opposite. Hillary Clinton and the DNC colluded with Russian agents to try to throw the election her way.
-The Iran nuclear-deal was a clear-eyed Obama triumph to protect the world from a nuclear Iran. FALSE – Obama National Security advisor Ben Rhodes admitted he and his team lied to the American people to get the deal through. Just days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out a case using internal documents from Iran showing that Iran had lied all along – and intended to use western gullibility to win cash while continuing with its nuclear program. In fact, the only people who told the truth about this deal were clear-eyed conservative realists, people the idiot media slandered as liars.
– The only way to achieve peace in the Korean Peninsula was to follow the “strategic patience” of the Obama-Bush-Clinton administrations. Trump’s blunt talk was only going to provoke war. FALSE – we are entering the closest thing to a breakthrough we have had in several generations. What the idiot media and the idiot left have never learned from the near-unanimous verdict of history is that nothing is so provocative to a tyrant as weakness and appeasement. The left likes to bully the polite and defer to the dangerously violent – and thinks that is a formula for peace and security.
-The Deep State is just a paranoid fantasy of the right. FALSE – to the contrary, the Deep State stands revealed with more revelations of a sinister bureaucratic conspiracy coming each day – and it is unraveling. I will confess that just over a year ago I thought such musings might be fever swamp stuff. But the stunning evidence being revealed each day has shown it is just swamp stuff. Despite the mountain of evidence, the swamp, in desperation, may yet try to seize power by force and violence. I pray it fails – but it is malevolent and it is there…and the establishment media is its press office, not our watchdog. Drain it all.
That is enough for now. But when the media does not just get some things wrong, but every major thing they’ve covered wrong for the last few years, how do they have the chutzpah to complain of criticism? The establishment media is not apples or bananas – but mushrooms that carry deadly poison to the minds of all who consume them.
I am very glad we are meeting with North Korea, though I don’t trust it. Though there are some significant differences this time, I have seen North Korean charm offensives before – usually just to buy time to go back to threats and bluster. I pray that this is a “Nixon goes to China” moment, a real sea change in relations, but fear it is just an Hitlerian “last territorial demand” moment, a gambit to buy time on the part of an ambitious tyrant. The Biblical verse that keeps bubbling up in my head is from 1 Thessalonians 5:3 – “When people say, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction will come upon them…”
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is once again changing algorithms, determined to consign conservative sites to a distant archipelago prior to the 2018 elections. He is ranking sites by “trustworthiness.” Those that he considers the most trustworthy are actually those which have gotten the most things wrong the last few years (back up to the article before last here). He could try something completely different – such as let Facebook be an honest platform which gives equal access to all and then let individual sites rise or fall on their own merits. He simply wants to put his thumb on the scale to give a huge advantage to those sites which can be trusted to promote leftist themes, so as to avoid a repeat of 2016, when all the conventional thinking said the left had the election in the bag – and instead they got Donald Trump. Dennis Prager writes that the dominant force in the world today is “fear of the left.” Kurt Schlichter says the only way to stop it is to quit cowering and tell the left to “Buzz off,” to, in essence, come out of the catacombs. I suspect that, in some garage in some remote outpost – maybe Idaho or Montana, that even now some young geniuses are working on platforms that, when started, will send Facebook, Twitter, Google and all the modern titans the way of the once-unchallengeable IBM. It will be good to one day soon watch Silicon Valley fall on its malicious, smug, sanctimonious derriere.
A friend in his 30s recently asked me for some advice on dating. I had to largely demur. The world for young people today has become a terribly alien place to me. I told him that in my day, flirting was playful fun, even when it wasn’t serious. Now, compliment a young woman and, if she isn’t interested in you, she is liable to call the police. Serious courtship was an interestingly artistic marvel of mystery, ambiguity and intrigue – not a clinically sterile contract negotiation. Friends engaged in often pointed, witty repartee, laughing at their own foibles rather than leveraging themselves into victim status. It was a much more fun, a much more joyful world with more laughter, love and real affection. Whatever we do with our politics and governments, culture has a long, hard slog to find a resurrection of simple joy. Maranatha!