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A Cursory View of the
Politics of September

 

September 5, 2019 --

Congress returns on September 9. The third round of Democratic presidential debates will be held September 12 in Houston, and carried by ABC. Four days later, September 17, the UN General Assembly convenes (the general debate opens on September 24) and Israelis will go to the polls, hoping that this time their parliamentary elections will result in the naming of a prime minister. After the balloting last April, Prime Minister Netanyahu failed to gain a majority in the Knesset, and scheduled this election "do-over."

Prime Minister Netanyahu traveled to Ukraine, meeting President Volodymyr Zelensky, August 19. The subjects the two leaders were reported to have discussed included security and economic issues. They signed agreements for closer cooperation in agriculture, high tech, education, culture and sports. A free trade agreement between the countries awaits ratification. Ukraine will open a high tech and investment center in Jerusalem and Israel will open a similar center in Kiev. The Ukraine center could be a step towards moving the country's embassy to Israel's capital.

There was also a report that Ukraine wants Israel to regard the Soviet-directed famine in Ukraine, taking two to three million lives, as a "Holocaust." President Zelensky invited Israeli companies to do business in Ukraine and said that Prime Minister Netanyahu is "a reliable partner and friend of Ukraine." There was some speculation in Israel that Netanyahu's trip was intended, in part, to gain the votes of Russians and Ukrainian Jews now living in Israel.

The prime minister last traveled to Kiev in 1999 and in elections, two months later, he lost his post. Should history repeat and the prime minister fail to form a government after the September 17 elections, LPR expects that the left in the U.S. will take it as a sign than President Trump will be defeated in 2020.

It is possible, also, that one or more reports on the origin of Russiagate will be completed in September. Andrew C. McCarthy, author of "Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig and Election and Destroy the Presidency" has appeared on conservative radio talk programs like the John Batchelor Show and stated his conclusion that the Obama administration colluded with the intelligence community to defeat Donald Trump and, after his election, to undermine his presidency. He pointed out that the Obama administration did not make much of Russian meddling before November 8, 2016; it was only after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election that the Obama administration raised Russian meddling as a serious matter.

Joe Walsh complains that the president has had nicer things to say about Russia's President Vladimir Putin than about our intelligence agencies. But what will Walsh say after it is reported that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA head John Brennan, and former FBI Director James Comey worked from a narrative that falsely sought to create the impression of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign? Within five months of the president's inauguration, the anti-Trump forces maneuvered to establish a special counsel for the purpose removing the president, and based on an obstruction of justice charge, if a Russian-Trump conspiracy could not be established.

President Trump vowed, in 2016, to drain the political swamp. The swamp's continuing power is indicated by the fact that so long as questions about Russiagate remain open, the 2016 election really cannot be said to be concluded. The reports of the Department of Justice inspector general, of Attorney General William Barr and U.S. attorney John Durham should make clear to the American people how the intelligence community sought to employ a false narrative to unseat a president, using a scenario worthy of a John le Carre spy novel. The "swamp's" purpose, fearing its own destruction, was to discredit the president. Perhaps it can be said that with full disclosure of Russiagate, including its origins, the 2016 election will come to an end. But the ad hominem campaign to unseat the president will continue, to be expressed, in part, via the Democratic debates

There are several more Democratic debates to occur this non-election year, with another six to take place from January to April, 2020 It is far too early to predict who will likely remain as presidential candidates through the primaries, much less who the nominee will be to face President Trump. We can expect the debates will continue with accusation that the president inspires bigotry and even violence.The emerging truth about Russiagate is not likely to temper anti-Trump hostility among the left and the Never-Trumpers. House Democrats will continue their efforts to undermine the Trump administration. For the left, cooperation with the Trump administration for the common good is an impossibility. The left would be satisfied only if the president were to accept all its demands, unconditionally.

The August 25, New York Times front page carried this headline: "Democrats Seize on Trade Chaos/To Undercut Trump on Economy." The chaos alluded to is the trade war with China and the resulting stock market swings. The article does not report calls from Democrats to support the administration as it responds to unfair trade practices by Beijing. Rather, the Times reports that the Democrats are seizing the trade conflict as a new opportunity "to unseat a president."

For nearly three years, the left has been preoccupied with unseating a president. No doubt many in The Resistance thought his presidency could not last a year. Then, with the appointment of the special counsel, without the president's knowledge, the hope was that the Trump presidency could not survive investigation. It is now September, and it appears the only political thought held by Democrats in Washington is unseating of the president. The 2020 election is 14 months away, and the Democrats still cannot accept the results November 8, 2016.

 

Red Line

On the Freedom of Opposition Research

September 5, 2019 --

The August 26 front page of the Times carried an article with this headline: "Trump's Allies/Scour Internet/To Punish Press."

The story reported that conservatives "allied with the White House" were amassing dossiers containing information that would embarrass "hundreds of people who work at some the country's most prominent news organizations." The Times article asserted that the apparent purpose is "to undercut the influence of news reporting."

There the New York Times goes again, effectively asserting that conservative reaction to attacks on President Trump amounts to assaults on freedom of the press.

LPR is disappointed that the Times did not refer to research appearing at this website, responding to hypocritical media attacks on President Trump. Consider, for example, Maureen Dowd's July 14 column criticizing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for suggesting that Speaker Pelosi had targeted "'newly elected women of color'" when she dismissed the importance of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues, Representatives Ilhan Omar, Ayana Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. Ms. Dowd wrote that Rep. Ocasio Cortez "should consider the possibility that people who disagree with her do not disagree with her color."

LPR , re-reading Ms. Dowd's July 14 column the other day, was struck by the criticism of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, suggesting an allowance that a leftist would never make in a Trumpian context. Indeed, Ms. Dowd's July 14 column concluded by referring to Mr. Trump as "a racist backward president." No willingness there to consider that the president did not disagree with the color of people with whom he has disagreements.

The Times August 26 article was apparently prompted by a report, first posted at Breitbart, that a Times political editor, some years ago, had tweeted anti-Semitic comments. The paper indicated that the matter is under review, and "'a clear violation of our standards.'" LPR has a hunch that if a conservative writer were discovered to have made anti-Semitic comments, some years ago, the Times immediately would denounce him as an "anti-Semitic white nationalist" and demand that he be fired.

As Michael Goodwin indicated, in his August 25 New York Post column, dissent at The New York Times, as to its anti-Trump bias, is non-existent. Mr. Goodwin reported that the transcript of a staff meeting indicated no concern that reporters included their personal anti-Trump views in their articles. Also, not one Times columnist can be considered neutral on the subject of the president. The "conservative" columnists at the paper are all Never-Trumpers. The news columns are filled with articles that seem intended to put the president in a negative light, Even the story about the president's interest in purchasing Greenland from Denmark was dripping with derision. And no thought was given the possibility the president was justified in canceling a planned visit to Denmark after Prime Minister Mette Fredericksen called the idea of buying Greenland "absurd." The idea, going back to 1946 and the Truman administration, has drawn some serious comment, noting Russian and Chinese interest in the area.

 

Red Line

Another Presidential Candidate Enter the 2020 Campaign

September 5, 2019 --

The candidate, appearing, August 25, on ABC's "This Week," told moderator George Stephanopoulos that President Trump is "unfit," "lies every time he opens his mouth," "is tweeting us into a recession."

The candidate went on to say of the president, "He's nuts. He's erratic. He's cruel. He stokes bigotry, He's incompetent, He doesn't kn ow what he's doing, George, he's a narcissist. Everything he cares about, the only thing he cares about, is Trump. He doesn't give a damn about America. He doesn't care about the border." Before concluding his remarks, this candidate added, "...I'm going to pound Trump every single day. He's a bully and he's a coward and somebody has to call him out."

No, this candidate is not a Democrat. He is talk show host and a former one-term congressman from Illinois: Joe Walsh. LPR wonders if Democrats will demand that Walsh immediately cease and desist impersonating a Democrat.

 

Red Line

CNN's "Reliable Sources" Is Reliably Anti-Trump

September 5, 2019 --

Dr. Allen Frances, former chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, appeared on CNN's "Reliable Sources,'' hosted by Brian Stelter, August 25.

The good news for the president is that the doctor indicated that he was not mentally ill. The bad news for Mr. Trump is that Dr. Frances said that "'almost all'" of his patients "'are well-behaved, well-mannered good people. Trump is none of these.'" The doctor added, "'...calling Trump crazy hides the fact that we're crazy for having elected him and even crazier for allowing his crazy policies to persist,'" and continued, "'

Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin, Mao in the last century. He may be responsible for many more million deaths than they were.'" Not even Joe Walsh has made than claim -- yet.

 

Red Line

Concerning Mayor Bill deBlasio

September 5, 2019 --

The New York City mayor was given a Town Hall program on CNN, notwithstanding the lack of support for his presidential quest.

Among other things, he urged the return of a tax at the rate of 70 percent for the wealthy, regarding as their fair share.

LPR recalls the time when Mr. deBlasio, then a middle-level manager, stonewalled a request for information on the property tax manipulation at the Dayton Seaside buildings in Rockaway Park, Queens.

This manipulation, as noted previously at LPR, was the result of the swamp's work in New York City to send the buildings into backruptcy and put new owners at the site. And that is what happened. LPR is convinced a blow on the invidious operation of the swamp would be made were the president to ask HUD Secretary Ben Carson to review the Dayton Seaside file and issue a report how HUD worked with New York City to manipulate the Dayton-Seaside apartment buildings into bankrutpcy to get preferred new owners.

LPR believes Mr. deBlasio could shed light on the matter -- once he ends his presidential quest.

 
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Red Line

"Climate Change" Censorship

September 5, 2019 --

The shortening of daylight hours became sharply noticeable the last week in August when darkness fell in New York City by about 8p.m. where only weeks earlier, night fell nearly an hour later. There are, after all, some things beyond the control of humanity. The number of daylight hours we enjoy during the Earth's rotation is one of them. (Daylight saving simply shifts the time on our clocks by one hour -- from morning to evening.) LPR also noticed that the days have been cooler, like early autumn-like in New York, the last week in August.

Alluding to nature, recently, on the John Batchelor Show, law professor Richard Epstein pointed out that the carbon dioxide exhaled by people is absorbed by plants as part of the photosynthesis process, and has scant affect, if any, on temperature. (In exchange, of course, plants release oxygen.)

Yet, so much attention is given to the impact of carbon on temperature, and dissent on the subject is dismissed as "climate denial."

LPR believes that "climate change" is a natural phenomenon, and that humanity can impact the climate no more than it can affect the daily rotation of the planet and its orbit around the sun.

LPR believes it is sheer hubris when individuals claim that "climate change" is not a natural phenomenon. but is caused by humanity -- and sheer folly to assert that humanity is doomed if the use of fossil fuels is not banned. Moves to silence those who contend that changes in climate are beyond humanity's control represent censorship -- assaults on the free flow of information.

 

Red Line

The Amazing Double Standard of a Never Trumper

September 5, 2019 --

First, consider this comment from New York Times columnist Bret Stephens to a college professor:

"Someone just pointed out a tweet you wrote about me, calling me a 'bedbug,'" Stephens wrote. "I'm often amazed about the things supposedly decent people are prepared to say about other people...." (Source: the Hill)

Now consider this Stephens comment about President Trump, August 25.

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens said on Meet the Press this morning that the last week has shown President Donald Trump “is either mentally unwell or morally unfit, maybe both.” (Source: Mediaite)

 
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Red Line

The Inspector General's
(Viral-deserving) Report on James B. Comey

September 5, 2019 --

Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz sharply criticized former FBI Director James B. Comey for violating FBI and department policy on handling and disclosing sensitive information.

Among other things, the 61-page report, released August 29, rejected Comey's claim that memos he wrote about his meetings with President Trump were his personal property. Further, the report did not accept Comey's explanation that he arranged the leak of one memo to The New York Times with the goal of getting a Special Counsel named to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and whether there was coordination between Russians and individuals in the Trump campaign.

The report was referred to the Justice Department which declined to take further action.

In part, the report's conclusion states: "In a country built on the rule of law, it is of utmost importance that all FBI employees adhere to Department and FBI policies, particularly when confronted by what appear extraordinary circumstances or compelling personal convictions."

The conclusion pointed out that Comey "was not permitted" to engage in the "unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information obtained during the course
of FBI employment to achieve a personally desired outcome."

The American people must await the findings of additional reports to determine if the goal of Russiagate was, originally, to help defeat Mr. Trump's presidential bid and, thereafter, to discredit his presidency with the ultimate aim of removing him from office.

LPR recommends that the text of the report on the former FBI director go viral. LPR wouild advise the White House to let the report on Comey, and all further reports concerning Russiagate, speak for themselves.

To read the report on Comey please google "Text of the Inspector General's Report on Comey." (The report is reachable on several websites.)

 

 
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September 5, 2019 --

A Question for the Democratic Debate

There were seven gun killings and 52 wounded in Chicago the week-end after the El Paso and Dayton massacres. This year, as of August 25, there are 330 homicides in Chicago. Do you have any ideas on how to deal with inner-city gun violence?

Victor Davis Hanson

LPR strongly recommends the Victor Davis Hanson article at National Review on-line, "Trump--or What, Exactly?, " for an incisive examination of the significance of many aspects of the Trump presidency. that the leftist media does not want the public to consider. Just google "Victor Davis Hanson" and click to the article.

Broadway Show League

LPR congratulates "Beautiful, " the Effrat Division champion; Fault Line Theatre, the Lewin Division champion, and Jujamcyn Theaters; the Koehler Division champion. This softball league's tournament is double elimination. Beautiful defeated Hamilton in one game, 10-8. Fault Line took two games from "Mormon," 12-9, and 7-3. Jujamcyn lost its first game against Actors Equity, 10-4, but came back to win the second game, 7-5.

Rory McIlroy

LPR congratulates Rory McIlroy on winning his second Fedex Cup August 25, in the final round of the Tour Championship along with check for $15 million. (This is golf's largest payout.) Xander Schauffle was second and Brooks Koepka third. McIlroy moved up to second place in world rankingsm passing Dustin Johnson who dropped to third. Koepka is still No. 1.

(By the way, the 13th edition of the President's Cup will be played in Melbourne, Australia, December 12-15. Ernie Els is captain of the international team and Tiger Woods (No. 8 in world rankings) is captain of the U.S. team.)

A Cautionary Note Concerning a President From the Left?

"Given the left's vicious self-righteousness, on display daily in the media, the question becomes whether it will accept any limits in its quest to impose its views on everyone--especially if it gains control of the government's coercive interests." F.H. Buckley, The Wall Street Journal, August 30, 2019.

 

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