It is probably no surprise that the American political landscape is littered with an abundance of people who have lost all semblances of reason and are trumpeting those losses to the world via newspapers and television and radio news shows. It seems that nothing is off limits to scream at the world. Unfortunately, many of those who have fallen into this trap are those who have previously maintained — at least publicly — positions of integrity and decorum. Throw all of that integrity and decorum out the window: we now live in the world of “anything goes.”
Where do we start and with whom do we start to illustrate this lunacy?
Let’s try John Brennan — former CIA Director under President Obama and President Trump’s self-proclaimed arch enemy. Like few others who have a spot on the national stage, Brennan continually spits venom at the President through Twitter and television news shows — primarily on MSNBC. Watch and listen to this back and forth between Brennan and Lawrence O’Donnell (please note the video is about 7 minutes long. after Brennan’s comment about “Trump’s base,” you may want to stop the video):
Brennan has become the darling of Mainstream Media, simply because he holds nothing back in his constant attacks on the President. Nothing and no one in President Trump’s life is exempt from these. It is startling to watch and listen to the arrogance and hatred of this public servant, especially in light of his speckled past AND present.
Barack Obama’s CIA chief, John Brennan, told the Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus, on 15 September 2016, in Washington DC, that when he had applied in 1980 to join the CIA, he admitted to them that in the 1976 Presidential election, when Jimmy Carter was running against Gerald Ford, Brennan had voted instead for the candidate of the US Communist Party, Gus Hall, and that he was then greatly relieved to find that this information didn’t cause rejection of his CIA-application. This had happened 11 years before the 1991 end of the Cold War.
At least twice, Brennan lied in sworn testimony to Congress. Brennan publicly and before Congress denied the CIA had ever spied on members of the U.S. Senate. The statement was made in response to public accusations by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Ca) that such had happened. It was later learned that Brennan had lied and that on his watch the CIA HAD spied on the U.S. Senate. With that revelation, many in Congress — including some Democrat Party leaders — urged President Obama to fire Brennan for the spying AND for his lies. The New York Times and Washington Post both called for Brennan to go.
Long before his lies to the Senate, in 2011 Brennan, then the country’s chief counterterrorism adviser, had sworn to Congress that scores of drone strikes abroad had not killed a single noncombatant — at a time when both the president and the CIA were both receiving numerous reports of civilian collateral deaths. It was later learned that not only was Brennan’s story to Congress false, it was confirmed that he not only knew about the strikes AND collateral deaths, he was involved in supervision of those attacks.
And there’s one more I forgot: in May 2017, as an ex-CIA director testifying before Congress, when in answer to Representative Trey Gowdy’s questions stated that he neither knew who had commissioned the Steele dossier nor had the CIA relied on its contents for any action. BRENNAN LIED. Both the retired National Security Agency director, Michael Rogers, and the former director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, have conceded that the Steele dossier — along with the knowledge that it was a Clinton-campaign-funded product — most certainly did help shape the Obama’s intelligence community agencies sharing security information with each other, often under the urging of Brennan himself. Brennan received the same information about the dossier as the other agencies. Further, there is new evidence that shows Brennan actually purposely shared the dossier with an aid of Senator John McCain for the express purpose of giving it to the FBI.
But what really evidences Brennan’s lunacy is his reference in the above interview with MSNBC’s O’Donnell is his show of disdain for all-things Donald Trump, including Trump followers. Brennan stated Trump’s purpose for his communications with his base were literally like “throwing them raw meat.” Wild dogs love raw meat. I guess Brennan’s reference means that Trump followers are dogs. I guess Brennan moved them from the deplorables basket where Hillary kept them to a dog pen!
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma)
Elizabeth Warren, who is running for re-election in Massachusetts this fall, has seemingly joined Brennan in non-stop attacks of President Trump, members of his family and Administration, everything the President does and says, and even those who play a role in current events that the President discusses.
“He tries to bully me to shut me up, and he’s also trying to bully women all across this country. He talks about MeToo. It isn’t just me he is going after,” Warren said after an event at Lookout Farm in this Boston suburb that her campaign said was attended by more than 1,400 people. “It’s every woman who speaks up. He thinks we should sit down and shut up. It’s just not going to happen.”
The President famously lit a “permanent” fire under Warren when he named her “Pocahontas.” That jab was in regards to her claim in an application to teach at Harvard that she has Native American heritage. Reportedly she did that to receive minority consideration in her Harvard job application. The Senator’s Indian heritage has been a constant thing of contention for her since. In interviews on both FOX News and NBC, Warren did not answer questions about whether she would take a DNA test as Republicans and one Massachusetts newspaper, the Berkshire Eagle, have suggested she should. Family members told her that her mother was part-Native American, she told Fox, and it was “a part of who I am and no one’s ever going to take that away.”
Asked on NBC what would be wrong with knowing for sure about her ancestry, Warren said: “I do know. I know who I am, never used it for anything, never got any benefit from it anywhere.”
She continuously refers to the President as a “Bully,” a “Racist,” and a “Sexist.” She has been quoted as saying he is the worst president in U.S. history.
The irony surrounding the “lunacy” of Senator Warren is that she is known far more for her continuous vitriolic attacks on the former candidate now President Donald Trump than any legislative actions she has initiated as Senator or actually pushed through in Congress. She is a politician, pure and simple. And an angry one at that.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Ca)
How could we have a discussion about politicians in D.C. having a spot of lunacy in their lives without mentioning Maxine Waters? Wow: where to begin!
The Congresswoman has gone all-out in her public outcry against President Trump. Even before he was officially the President, Waters started attacking his presidential policies and actions. And she has continued her constant cries for her followers and members of the Democrat Party in Congress to begin impeachment actions.
Waters has taken it to a new level. She urged her supporters at a rally to confront administration officials face-to-face in response to the separation of parents and children at the border. That was after a Virginia restaurant refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and protesters confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Washington last week.
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters said.
Waters tweeted this: “Remember when I said Trump & his allies are scumbags? Trump is an immoral, indecent, & inhumane thug. He loves Putin, genuflects for Kim Jong-un, loves killer Duterte, wants to be in power for lifelike Pres. Xi, & is willing to sacrifice children. He needs 2B stopped. Impeach45!”
It’s simply “mob mentality” which is very common in human history, just not very common when discussing inhabitants of 1600 Pennsylvania. “Mob mentality” is far more common in nature than in human nature. We’ve all seen National Geographic shows in which a wounded animal is often brutally attacked just because it is wounded. Among humans, bullying plays out every day all over the nation at schools where certain students are singled out for pranks and derision, just because one of those students decided to go after another for what they wear, how they speak, or sometimes just for old-fashioned jealousy. And friends and peers of the attackers join in for no other reason than mob mentality.
Animals and teenagers are a bit different from our political leaders in Washington D.C. But these three we mentioned today are just a few. Mob mentality among many on the Left has spread all through the Democrat Party. The anger initially was pointed at Donald Trump alone. But as mob mentality always does, it spread rapidly to his family members, members of the White House staff, GOP House and Senate members, other conservatives and to include who Leftists simply THINK are conservatives.
Sadly, the two members of Congress discussed above while campaigning prolifically and attacking the President with continual arousing vigor, neither has much to offer their constituents in the way of positive legislation at all.
Come to think of it: NO Democrats in Congress have in the first 18 months of the Trump presidency offered any meaningful legislation. Pretty much all they do (besides lash out at any Presidential real or perceived action) is obstruct any legislation offered or even mentioned by GOP House and Senate members.
But what all three of these have in common is disgust and hatred for those who share opposing political opinions opposite of these three. Sadly, their efforts in all this are similar to most on the Left. It’s saddest that instead of listening to and studying opposing views from those on the other side, their default position is simply that anyone with any different idea is ignorant, unworthy to even consider having discourse with, and is just plain stupid.
I’ll leave it at this: political views on opposite sides in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s were discussed with regard for those with opposing views and actual desire to find consensus that hopefully would result in actions for common good. Ten or so years ago, that civility to talk “to” rather than scream “at” disappeared.
Political discourse has devolved into this: those on the Right dislike those on the Left. Most on the Left HATE those on the Right.
That describes the lunacy in which Americans find our political discourse.