The Wolf Is At The Door

You may be shocked that I would say this: You’ve got to admire the Left. There’s no doubt they own the internet, the media, the courts (at least in Republicans trying to get a fair shake in state courts regarding election irregularities), and now the government. That when all lumped together means they have an excellent hand at the poker table BEFORE the dealer actually deals a hand. Even with all that, I’m stupified they have been able to do something I expected could only happen “when cows fly:” they have united America.

“Whoa, Dan!” Oh yes, they have united America — just the America that counts in “Leftist World:” the elite class of Americans. The only one of their number that has even uttered words like “we must unite for the sake of our nation” and “this is not a time for stoking divisions” is their POTUS-in-waiting, Joe Biden. They’ve identified a foil they can use for blame.

It’s not Donald Trump! They realize that at least half the country still loves him. However, the elites in the nation have hit a home run. For the very first time in four years, a chunk of Trump supporters have swallowed the evil pill of Mainstream Media, who incessantly beat the drum of “Evil Trump supporters incited the riotous atmosphere at the Capitol January 6th. Their evil cannot stand.” And they believe the President is at least partially responsible for the attempted insurrection. Believe it or not, many of the simpleton Trumpsters believe the President at best was an enabler of the Capitol violence at worst instigated terrorist acts. At best, he’s an enabler; at worst, a domestic terrorist. And everyone on the Left is doubling and tripling down on that rift of sorts to widen the anti-Trump gap a little wider.

Here’s how the Left is playing this: by getting ANY number of Trump supporters to agree to the culpability of the President, they are forcing each of his supporters to either back away from their fawning MAGA love for “their guy” or be guilty of complacency in the plot to destroy the Congress and the Capitol. And if they pull that lever, they will be immediately today and forever wear the label of “domestic terrorist.”

None of those folks went to D.C. for any reason other than to express themselves at their angst about the lack of interest from Congress to dig into the irregularities that were so obvious in the election that remain untested in the open. A few hotheads got out of hand; the police were oddly unprepared, which seems more every day that the Capitol’s lack of policing was intentional. Two people died.  Unfortunately for the Left, there’s no evidence of any attempt to overthrow the U.S. government last week. That would certainly strengthen their feckless attempt at the second impeachment of Trump in the House — which will NEVER be successful. (I know: “Don’t EVER say NEVER!”)

Yes, there was trespassing on the hallowed ground of government. But it’s ironic that people who have spent the last four years attacking the formerly sacrosanct office of the president of the United States with a hatred that surpasses anything seen before in the history of America, literally calling for his death, disgrace, silencing and imprisonment on multiple platforms all day, every day, as the international community looked on and rejoiced at America’s weakness. These people are now getting uptight about the holy ground of government. I have heard of exactly one (1) lectern and two (2) computers reported missing from the Capitol. You’d get more stuff stolen during a fire drill at your college library.

But all that doesn’t matter. Those who like to consider themselves the “adults” of America are now united in agreeing that this was a planned act of insurrection. Anyone who doesn’t agree to identify events as not just the impulsive behavior of a few hotheads but also a deliberate fomentation of the entire Trump movement is himself a traitor and a supporter of mob rule. The message is plain: if you disagree Donald Trump is responsible for this not-terribly-earthshaking act of violence, you have no future in America’s leadership.

This is insane on so many levels. But it’s mostly insane because it is entirely without thought for the consequences. A huge percentage of America — we could call them Middle America, but it’s bigger than that — still loves Donald Trump and thinks he and they have been maltreated. Does today’s leadership seriously want to alienate a huge percentage of a population that already feels disenfranchised? The question is no longer — and never really has been — whether Donald Trump believes the election was fair. The question is, does America believe it was fair? And is it really a good idea to keep telling Middle America, in particular, to sit down and shut up?

Grand idea: Why not just open investigations and show the World there was NO fraud in the election IF there was none?

The condescending and divisive language, the over-wrought name-calling, the stifling of alternate points of view — all this has to stop. 99% of Trump supporters do not support breaking the law. Their concerns need to be heard in a transparent, orderly, public fashion. But if they think they won’t be, what then? And once Donald Trump is gone, the leader they trusted, the one who gave the disenfranchised deplorables a voice and a chance to be heard — then who will deescalate, who will convince angry Middle America to walk out of the Capitol and go home?  Not Joe Biden, who is now claiming that police were too gentle to the rioters because of racism — as if racism had anything to do with anything that happened on January 6.

You’ve seen on nature channels how a pack of wolves hunts caribou. They cut off a single target animal from the herd and bring him down in a coordinated effort. Once they’re done with that one, they move on to the next. The Left pretends that once the herd gives up Donald Trump, lets him be cut off, and lets them devour him, they’ll be satisfied. They’re holding all of America hostage, promising that things will get better if we hand over President Trump for his extermination by the Mob.

“Give us Trump,” they cry, “and life can go back to normal.” The masses will sink back into their customary disengagement, and the smart people, Republican and Democrat alike, can get back to running the country. Trump is the problem! Under extreme pressure, most conservatives seem willing to agree.

But they’re listening to their emotions, not their brains. First of all, Donald Trump’s election to the presidency was the consequence of a change in American thinking, not its cause. Impeach Trump, take him down, destroy him, and all you’ve done is turn what is a movement of massive proportions into a disenfranchised and resentful conglomerate of American citizens — mostly voters — who are enraged at not being given fair treatment. That’s not a problem we want to create.

Secondly, Donald Trump is not the Left’s real target. We — anyone who holds conservative principles — are the target. What is there about accusations of “systemic” racism, “systemic” problems in America that the Republicans don’t understand? America’s system is the problem. America’s way of life is the problem. That’s what they’re after. The destruction of Donald Trump won’t satisfy them for long. The wolves will be back. And now they know that given the right pressure, we’ll throw them whoever they want. Who will be sacrificed next? If they get Trump, the pattern is permanently in place in history. The Left will know that forever when they come to Republicans with demands, and gutless GOP members will throw to the wolves whoever they want.

Nothing is more deadly than a hungry wolf who sets sights on the prey they KNOW whose family will give them up.

Anyone on the Right who supports the total de-platforming of the President by unelected oligarchs, anyone who expressed support for the idea of his removal via the 25th Amendment, and anyone planning to support the Democrats’ plan for impeachment this week needs to think very, very carefully about what happens next. Because if our elected officials impeach President Trump, they will be for all intents and purposes impeaching the legitimate aspirations and the legitimate questions of millions of Americans. This is not a recipe for restoring order and unity; it’s a recipe for disaster.

Don’t blame Donald Trump for the situation we’re in. Blame the institutions that refused to hear America out, the state courts that refused to allow in the record any of the piles of evidence presented in evidentiary hearings but never seen. Blame the media that joined in a blanket refusal to cover the rising swell of discontent. Blame the Supreme Court, which refused to hear what Middle America had to say. Blame every scribbler who indulged in some variety of the condescending and incessant cries of evidence being nothing but “baseless allegations.” Blame social media censors who only fueled — and continue to fuel — conspiracy theories by blocking, deleting, and stifling free speech. And blame every conservative who was too foolish to see what was happening before we got to where we are.

In an interview — now removed from YouTube — with an eyewitness to Ashli Babbitt’s shooting, a journalist addresses one of the rioters outside of the Capitol, a young man from New Jersey standing so close to Ashli Babbitt that he got blood on his hand. “Why did you enter the building,” the journalist asks? I can’t quote the visibly horrified young man’s exact words because the video has been censored. But he responds, calmly enough, that he and his fellows wanted to demand that Congress make an investigation of the election. “We just wanted to be taken seriously,” he says. “They’re laughing at the people who voted for Trump,” he says, “They laugh at us on TV, they laughed at us as we marched along the street.” He saw a man standing inside a window, laughing and filming as they walked by. “We just wanted a fair investigation, and now somebody’s shot,” he says as if he still can’t quite believe it.

You can condemn rioting and illegal entry into the Capitol without blinding yourself to reality. It’s time to stop laughing at Middle America. It’s time to start listening, and most importantly, to start de-escalating.

Are you seeing ANY attempts to unify, to overcome differences, to respect the rights of dissent, or any discussions of moving forward as one America?

There will be no “peaceful transition” without a dramatic reach out from the Left to that 99.9% of conservatives who are hungry to unite but leery of joining a bunch of wolves.

Don’t you think the Left should SHOW they’re really not wolves?

A REAL Picture of Chaos by Election Winners Acting Like Losers

It’s interesting to see that 2020 election winners are beginning to look and act like election losers.

“Wait a minute: most news outlets have declared that Joe Biden won the presidential election, but that is not official until after the electoral college announces the winner in December, right?”

Constitutionally, that is correct. However, Democrats seem to be ignoring that fact, or they are fearful that Biden might not be announced as the winner!

The Quote

“I hope that…they (The Democrats) win the Senate, the House, and the presidency because, in that way, I won’t be murdered because Biden loses. I am being told that there will be blood everywhere, there will be riots, there will be demonstrations, people like me will be targeted.”

Why it Matters

The unrest across the U.S. following the killing in custody of George Floyd has thrown open the doors to a debate about racial injustice and police brutality that is a key plank of the election campaign. Trump aimed at Democratic leaders in Portland and Kenosha and presented himself as the candidate of law and order. He tweeted that if he didn’t win, America’s Suburbs would be overrun with Low-Income Projects, Anarchists, Agitators, Looters, and, of course, “Friendly Protesters.”

Last month, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused Trump of being a president “who sows chaos” and is seeking to “instill fear in America” and appealed to voters not to believe Trump’s re-election would lead to a cessation of violence.

Gutfield appears to be suggesting that should Biden lose, the unrest would switch from being fueled by racial injustice to being driven by a sense of grievance among Democrat supporters fed a left-leaning media diet of rancor against the GOP and Trump.

This is a theory being pushed by some right-wing websites, such as the Conservative Firing Line, which had one contributor predicting that Black Lives Matter protests and the pulling down of confederate monuments were a precursor to violence and that “leftists have deliberately pushed for a second bloody civil war in America.”

But Biden Won!

Wait a minute — not so fast. Biden has not won, YET. And that fact may be the gasoline poured on this fire of anger, anarchy, rioting, looting, and the destruction of our cities.

“President-elect” Joe Biden — who is NOT “President-elect” — made a pitch to President Trump’s supporters in his victory speech on Saturday night.

“I understand the disappointment tonight,” Biden said. “But now let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric and lower the temperature.” Biden added: “And to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They’re Americans.”

The unity message in the president-elect’s address was consistent with much of his presidential campaign’s rhetoric. It was also in line with how Biden acted himself during his many years in the Senate — he was a dealmaking moderate, not a hard-left partisan. But some members of the party Biden is now set to lead for the next four years do not appear to have received his memo, as they lob angry rhetoric at those who have worked with and for, and even those who support, Trump.

“Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said in a tweet. “I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future.”

“You can’t heal or reform the GOP who are now an extremist party,” Wajahat Ali, a contributing writer for the New York Times, said. “They have to be broken, burned down and rebuilt. When Biden is in power treat them like the active threats to democracy they are. If those who committed crimes aren’t punished then they will be more emboldened.”

Heaven forbid what they might be saying if Donald Trump won the election!

Some have advocated for a “truth and reconciliation commission” to go after those who have worked for the president. In fact, a group to catalog those individuals already exists called the “Trump Accountability Project.” Michael Simon, who previously worked on the 2008 Obama campaign and in the former president’s administration, pledged the project would provide a “record of every staffer, appointee, donor, endorser,  and enabler.”

But some on the left attacked not only political types who might have worked with or for Trump and the Trump GOP, but also the president’s rank-and-file supporters.

But there’s always a nice guy in the room that cries, “Can’t we just all get along?” Billionaire Mark Cuban appeared to attempt to extend an olive branch to Trump supporters on Twitter, saying that “The overwhelming majority of Trump voters are NOT stupid, not racist, not anti-science. Mocking, gloating, and holding grudges divides us further. We need to start talking again and come together as Americans.”

Nice guy that Mark Cuban. In his tweet, he DID give credit to about half the Trump supporters who, according to him, “are NOT stupid, not racist, not anti-science…” That sounds eerily like, “you can put half of Trump supporters in a basket of deplorables,” doesn’t it? But, I guess for Leftists, being “kinda nice” is better than “Take ’em out and hang ’em high!”

Then there were these folks:

“Whether Trump supporters are hostile or misled makes no difference to victims of gun violence, an uncontrolled pandemic and heartless immigration policies — all of which are choices,” Brandon Friedman, a former member of the Obama administration and columnist for the New York Daily News, said. “We should reach out to *those* families long before attempting to reconcile with deplorables.”

“I won’t empathize with, support, forgive, understand, make amends for, reconcile with Trump supporters. Not a single one,” tweeted Preston Mitchum, a liberal community organizer in Washington, D.C. “He was a proud white nationalist who proudly raised up many white supremacists. That’s who supported him. And I make no apologies for saying this.”

Summary

I normally am pretty optimistic about most things. But I do not have a fuzzy feeling this whole “Let’s just get along” thing is in the top 20 plans for many of the Democrat diehards who are raring to grab the hunting dogs and shotguns and head to the woods to “shoot them some conservatives.”

But there’s one thing that probably would make them leave the shotguns and go find some something “heavier,” like AR-15’s, hand grenades, and RPGs. A Trump victory right now is about a 50/50 probability, in my estimation!

OMG!

Just think about it: if the Left is thinking like those who spoke above about conservatives in America and what they plan to do to “pay them back” because Joe Biden IS the “President-elect,” what will they do if these revelations growing exponentially every day that show rampant election fraud result in a Trump victory?

Let me make a prediction: Democrat Party Leadership is NOT worried about either of these possibilities. In fact, I think their plan of attack for this campaign went something like this: “We’ll let the vote-handlers do their stuff. If they’re successful, that will be wonderful. But there’s a good shot it won’t work. Here’s what we’ll do if we fail: we’ll start screaming, ‘Trump stole the election! Joe Biden won the presidency fairly and democratically. Trump sent out his lapdogs to manipulate vote tallies, create fake stories of massive voter fraud that doesn’t exist, and he’s stolen the election!”

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and every Democrat of any other ilk that feels disenfranchised will undoubtedly ignore any truth and take to the streets. If you think American cities met “Ugly” after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis, wait until you see Manhattan, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia. Numerous other U.S. cities as homes and businesses burn to the ground!

This may come as cold water in your face, but do not diminish this: it IS a strong possibility.

“Why would Democrats initiate anything that would lead to certain destruction and continued chaos? And what makes you think they would?”

Answer: Have you heard a single Democrat step forward and make a statement something like this: “We join with Republicans and encourage election officials in all 50 states to carefully and diligently examine every part of this election process to assure Americans our election system is safe, secure, and that we all can sleep knowing the Constitutional guarantee of American votes always being safe?”

You haven’t heard that — and you won’t hear that.

I’m sad to say, but the truth is more evident than ever: the U.S. Constitution, its protection, and maintenance are not a priority for this Democrat Party. A single objective drives them and their followers — many of whom don’t even know it –. That objective is to seize as much political power as necessary to take total control of the country. And if a few conservative casualties are required along with a few hundred burned skyscrapers, McDonald’s and Starbucks are lost in the fray, so be it.

That’s the only explanation for AOC, who most certainly plans to identify and punish all Trump supporters, no matter who and no matter where. Constitutional liberties and laws be damned!

Will Political Divisiveness Lead to Armageddon?

I hear it daily: “Donald Trump lies all the time! He has split this country right down the middle. We have lost our respect in the World. No other countries trust us. How can anyone vote for a man running for office that is as evil as is he?”

OR —

Joe Biden is as corrupt a politician as I have ever seen! He’s a pervert, a serial liar, and plagiarist, and embellishes everything accomplished while he was Vice President while taking responsibility for everything good achieved from 2009-2016!”

This story is not a defense of Donald Trump or anyone else, nor is it an attack on Joe Biden or any other politician. This is an analysis of what I feel is the greatest threat and most potent weapon used today to push our nation to the brink of Armageddon: Divisiveness.

“Divisiveness”

Great, and sometimes unfriendly, division between different groups of people.

Doesn’t that describe what we are watching in the U.S.? Whether it’s on the floor of Congress, at a public or private school, in our neighborhoods, playgrounds, churches, sporting events, divisiveness appears to be consuming our national institutions while it devours all of us. We see church membership dropping, church attendance trickles, educational institutions achieving less and less good results in teaching our kids, massive racial divide that is now militarized, urban and rural America have never before seemed so vastly opposite. Just three years ago, no one heard even a whisper about rioting in America or attacks of free speech rally attenders, angst against the National Anthem, and even Old Glory. Our law enforcement officers were still heroes, as were our first responders.

There was still a sense of hunger among Americans to first search for commonalities when meeting new people. Today, it seems that we all, when leaving our “safe-haven” of acquaintances, gravitate to clones of ourselves rather than to integrate into groups of people with no regard to who they are, what they do, skin color, or religion.

We have made differences far more critical than ignoring our differences to instead concentrate on common traits: like being Americans.

No doubt, Politics has led the way.

Political Divide

Make no mistake: this nation has always been politically divided. In fact, it was founded to give all of us the right to have different political views. Our founders fled a continent to establish a nation that was free from the mandate of “One Thought” — the philosophy that only one perspective was the right perspective in government. For centuries in Europe, all political might was held closely by a small  partisan group of people. No, there was not one European continental political philosophy. But in each country, there WAS only one such perspective allowed.

Europe had no patent on this theory of governing. It has existed for thousands of years. Its foundation is “Meism” — the thought that one person’s opinions are sacred, righteous, and are the only ones allowed in governing. Those are the ones that seemed to always rise to the top, allowed and perpetuated by sometimes duels, fights to the death, and even numerous military battles between internal factions and even nations that resulted in the deaths of millions.

America was to be “the” place on Earth which recognized that all men are created equal. There was a unified justice system that guaranteed equal justice for all, and that within that structure, all persons would be guaranteed the unfettered life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That was not intended to (and didn’t) eradicate individualism or diversity of thought. There were plenty of those to go around. But what DID happen was people of all races, creeds, colors, religions, and political perspectives were treated equally under the law. Even within that scenario, things didn’t always go smoothly.

Let’s start with that last thought and race forward a few centuries. Even though we remain governed by the same Constitution and share all with a diversity of people, we do not nearly as did our forefathers fight to unite ourselves. Instead of using our commonalities to craft and perpetuate unity, we use the identities of those among us — both real and perceived — to push each other away.  Our justification for doing so is that one is right, and all others are wrong.  It’s as if in 2020, we have come full-circle in our social and political thinking and are where the American settlers were in Europe before fleeing.

This, on its own, was not bad enough to stoke the fires that today burn in our largest cities. Our “Meism” started this all of this chaos and terror. But Americans for 260 years have kept such selfishness at bay. Things changed when the century-meter ticked to “21” — The 21st Century.

Who lit the fuse? Politicians, media, and political parties, all became willing pawns in the evilest of processes that any 16th-century American could have ever imagined. That evil has a name: Divisiveness.

Remember that supposed instruction from Alexander the Great, “Divide and Conquer?” He worked that formula to perfection. What has evolved here reaches nowhere near the atrocities of Alexander in Europe and Asia. But we today are just getting started!

Strange Bedfellows: Political Party and Media

Hitler mastered the use of the German media to sell Naziism. Naziism and Media paired together almost devoured the entire world. The forces of good that were born in the New World and grew into the United States of America delivered the death nail to Fascism. (regardless of what ANTIFA claims) It remained pretty firm until 21st-century American media discovered just how powerful it is. They joined forces with politicians and, ultimately, chose a political party with which to unite.

We will not spend time trying to coerce anyone into believing this — it speaks for itself. We awakened one day to discover that “truth” is not a stand-alone, but a “state of existence” subject to what the media portray it to be. That means the press determines all things applicable to itself and their political party.

For eight years, this unholy union worked pretty well. The marriage of the Democrat Party and the Mainstream Media was initially tenuous, but after eight years, perfecting the weaponization of divisiveness cemented their partnership. Subsequently, they have honed their skills to divide Americans using every tool in the book.

Understand this: divisiveness certainly exists outside of this union. Anyplace there are humans, there are those who market division. Identity Politics is easy to create and easier to perpetuate. Human nature sadly kicks-in when people feel the rush of power that accompanies taking control of others.

Summary

Where are we headed? Honestly, the choice is, thankfully, not up to this conglomerate that controls Washington D.C. and far too many other large U.S. cities. It’s up to 320 million Americans who control who leads.

What we are all watching today is the peeling of the corruption onion that this partnership has put in the American vegetable drawer. What’s been seen so far is ugly and is working well in achieving the divisiveness necessary to continue to grow and spread.

The recently peeled onion layers exposed egregious alleged wrongdoing on the part of Joe Biden. On its surface, it appears it might be some type of syndicate that has quietly spread its tentacles across the nation infecting as many people as possible. If nothing else, it is symbiotic of the central piece of this partnership: the evil of divisiveness to gain total control.

Just look back at the unified war by Democrats and the Media against Donald Trump that, more than any other in my lifetime, divided America. At first, they felt that they could use the Mueller Investigation to find dirt sufficient to eliminate their opponent using negative information. Any news of Trump accomplishments Americans could not be seen by Americans.

When nothing came from it, they panicked and launched a Hail Mary impeachment plan. With its defeat, full-fledged panic set in. Then came COVID-19, a perfect tool for their plot. And the duo of the Media and Democrat Party have scrambled ever since. Yet they can coast because their steady and consistent misrepresentation of cherry-picked news stories keep a terrible light shining on Trump. Their objective? Keep Americans divided and expand the gulf between truth and fiction. Boy, are they ever good at it!

Where are we headed?  Regardless of what Democrats and the Media think, where we go is NOT up to them. It is totally in the hands of the American people. Divisiveness is a choice that people choose to make part of their psyche. Nobody can force another to swallow it.

Sadly, voting on its on will NOT change any of this. It is feared there are multiple things in place to thwart the voting process IF the union’s hoped-for election results fail. Their assurance in success lies solely in the hope that they have successfully seeded their lies in sufficient numbers of Americans to tip this election their way.

To their chagrin, this Biden corruption story has reared its ugly head with enough time to reveal some of its evils. And if that happens before November 3rd, it will awaken some who joined the Democrat/Media Mob. But will it be enough?

Here’s what MUST happen for this union of evil to be stopped: Americans MUST unify in a stand against divisiveness. Americans MUST unite to reject the appearance of evil, seek and find the Truth in all this, and join with each other to regain control of our government.

Can it be done? Certainly! All it will take is for Americans to awaken, examine all told by leaders in both parties and the Media, and find the truth of all! 

That might be a tall order, but it’s necessary to push through this wall of evil rejecting what seems to be an eventuality: the destruction of the Rule of Law and American Justice.

By the way: the Bible weighed-in with some good advice for all who will enter the fray:  “Don’t let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.” (Romans‬ ‭12:21)

We’re all guilty of entering the battle and to remaining on defense. NO war has ever been won using just defensive measures. Attacking evil across a battle-line is necessary. ‬

Our battle-lines are drawn, and our foes clearly identified. The question is: do we Americans have the desire and fortitude to reject the talking-points and evils weaponized to divide the nation further. At stake are all the principles and ideals on which this country is based. Are we merely going to allow this unholy union of a political party with today’s media to create false realities — if there even is such a thing — to destroy our nation?

If not, be assured, Armageddon is not too far away.

Where Does the Greatest Threat to the U.S. Originate?

As we watch night after night, week after week, month after month the violence play out on the streets of cities like Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Louisiville, and Atlanta, we wonder who is lighting these fires of violence and terror. This all happens while Democrats tell us all that these are mostly “peaceful” demonstrations and not violent.

How could any sensible person call what we watch even now police in Portland struggle to keep their city safe? Thugs have turned the once-breathtaking Oregon city into a war zone of destruction. Those on the Left thumb their noses at the notion that any of what we watch is violence. Even former First Lady Michelle Obama this week derided Conservatives who call this violence, looting and rioting! She and her husband both maintain these are all “peaceful” people expressing their First Amendment right to demonstrate.

Tell that to the hundreds of police and innocent Americans who have been brutally injured, beaten, blinded by lasers, and those who have lost tens of millions of dollars in assets. The Obamas gloss over the terror that has devastated their own city of Chicago while hundreds are slaughtered by fellow Chicagoans month after month.

No matter what one wants to call it, it’s TERROR and MAYHEM at the hands of incorrigible anarchists been on the destruction of our Democracy. Michelle termed it “peaceful demonstrations to restore racial fairness.”

Who Is Responsible?

The primary terrorist threat inside the United States stems from violent extremists, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in its first-ever “Homeland Threat Assessment.”

DHS officials said part of the primary threat are “domestic violent extremists, or people operating primarily within the U.S. without direction or inspiration from foreign terrorist groups or other foreign powers, and homegrown violent extremists, or a person of any citizenship who has lived and/or operated primarily in the United States and who advocates, is engaged in or is preparing to engage in ideologically-motivated terrorist activities.”

Among the former category, racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically white supremacist extremists, “will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland,” the report states. No specific white supremacist groups were identified. These extremists have demonstrated over time the intent to target both racial and religious minorities, lawmakers, and people they think promote multi-culturalism and globalization at the expense of their identity, according to DHS officials. White supremacist extremists were responsible for more terrorist attacks, nearly 40, posing a greater threat to life inside the United States from 2018 to 2019 than any other group, DHS said.

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said in the report’s introduction that he is “particularly concerned about white supremacist violent extremists who have been exceptionally lethal in their abhorrent targeted attacks in recent years. I am proud of our work to prevent terrorizing tactics by domestic terrorists and violent extremists who seek to force ideological change in the United States through violence, death, and destruction,” he added.

Kyle Shideler, director and senior analyst for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy said that he disagrees with the approach used by DHS officials in determining the biggest threat inside the country. “I disagree fundamentally with an approach that says that deaths in a given range of years represent the best way to determine which threat is the largest, particularly over a short time frame. Fortunately, lethal terror attacks in the United States remain (statistically) rare. That means figures are highly susceptible to being distorted by any single mass-casualty incident, as appears to be the case in this assessment,” he said.

“As you can see the three categories DHS includes in their chart reflect nearly the same number of attempts. Without specific case studies, we have no way of determining why white supremacist attacks had higher lethality than other violent extremists in these cases. It may be simply a matter of dumb luck that one attack killed more than another and not be reflective of either intent or capability.”

Terrorism databases have historically attributed, in some cases, non-terrorist violence such as domestic violence to white supremacists, he added, but with no case studies included in the report, it’s not clear if that was the case with the DHS report. Shideler, whose center last month published a report on white supremacist attitudes, also said the “descriptor” (characteristic or identifier) of white supremacists is reasonable, but no other groups were clearly identified, such as jihadists or black supremacists.

“The descriptor of ‘racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists’ is almost completely opaque. We can only presume from the context that this refers to black separatist or black supremacist extremists such as those acting in support of Black Lives Matter,” Shideler wrote. “It is also somewhat disconcerting that the DHS report attributes their motives to ‘social injustice,’ which seems wholly inappropriate. Can it be any wonder that white supremacists are identified as the highest-ranking threat when it appears to be the only threat that is permitted to be identified by name?”

Besides white supremacy, another motivating force behind domestic terrorism is anti-government and anti-authority sentiment, according to the DHS report. The violent extremists, sometimes influenced by anarchist ideology, have been linked to multiple plots and attacks, including attacks against law enforcement and government buildings. The ideology is exploited by hostile nation-states, which seek to promote it through disinformation campaigns.

These extremists have targeted otherwise peaceful protests and hijacked them for violent means, taking advantage of the large crowds to attack government officials, facilities, and counter-protesters, DHS officials said. In the case of ongoing rioting in Portland, federal officers suffered over 300 injuries.

Members of the far-left, anarcho-communist group Antifa, as well as people who are part of the Black Lives Matter movement, have been involved in the unrest in Oregon’s largest city. Other examples include rioting in the Brooklyn borough of New York City and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

These increasingly pervasive incidents highlight the threat of anarchist violence that has accelerated in our cities in recent months,” the report states. “If you are only looking at deaths, and you are not looking at property damage, insurance claims, and all the other societal factors, and only looking at deaths, then yes, white supremacist extremists sort of lead that category,” Wolf told CBS. “But as we have witnessed over the last several months, the movements and the civil unrest we have seen here inside the U.S., while maybe not lethal, certainly have lasting implications to the homeland and do serve as a threat to the homeland.”

Foreign threats identified by the report include China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

The assessment was developed at the direction of former acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan. In a strategic framework announcement in September 2019, McAleenan said the department, with the help of the FBI, would produce an annual product “that evaluates the strategic threat environment within the Homeland related to terrorism and targeted violence and anticipates future or emerging threats.”

Summary

“Violent Extremists.”

Black Lives Matter, Antifa, White Supremacists, Boogaloos and others have NO exclusives on terrorism in the Nation. But those are a good place to start to quell this anti-American thugism that rips at the fabric of America.

Americans want better. Americans expect better. It’s time for our law enforcement at every level — local, state and federal — to take off the gloves and remove the muzzles and begin enforcing the Rule of Law consistently and firmly.

Why hasn’t it stopped? Why do these terror groups continue their anarchy? There’s no accountability for their illegalities sufficient to entice them to stop!

As an American, each of us has the right to let authorities know that “Enough is Enough.” We want to take back our nation.

An election is NOT the only critical element of snatching the U.S. from the jaws of totalitarianism. The Rule of Law MUST be restored and implemented as a “permanent fixture” for all to embrace and to which they must abide.

Without laws, we are NOT a nation. Nations are structured by laws.

So which are we: a republic or a “banana” republic ruled by supremacists, anarchists, neo nazis, or a nation of patriots who are willing to do as generations of fellow Americans historically have done: fight to preserve the greatest country on Earth?

“Freedom isn’t free,” and it MUST be maintained by hard work to keep what we and our ancestors built.

I’m in.

How Bad Is November 3rd Going to Be?

Leftist groups are currently planning to secretly carry out a plan to mobilize in the face of what would be a violent “political apocalypse” should Democratic candidate Joe Biden fail to win over President Donald Trump in the upcoming November election. According to The Daily Beast, the coalition of progressive groups led by the organization Fight Back Table met last week on the Zoom platform to plan a possible scenario if the elections do not reach a precise result.

Fight Back Table is a consortium of MoveOn, Color of Change, and the American Federation of Teachers (with involvement from Transition Integrity). It has founded a Democracy Defense Nerve Center to fight a red-state revolt aimed at illegally keeping Trump in power, according to RedState.

Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown University law professor and co-founder of “Transition Integrity Project,” wrote in her editorial that only a “landslide for Joe Biden” would lead to “a relatively orderly transfer of power.”

During the fall of last year, the Fight Back Table would have planned a smaller-scale meeting to discuss post-election measures. However, the meeting was eventually postponed due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus pandemic (COVID-19). During the meeting, where the coalition of more than 50 leftist organizations met, participants addressed the question of what the progressive political ecosystem can do functionally under a range of electoral scenarios. They reportedly discussed forming a multi-state communications arm to fight misinformation, a training program to implement non-violent civil disobedience, and the rationale for carrying out “mass public riots.” (So much for the “non-violent” disobedience!) They also reportedly reviewed a report on the Transitional Integrity Project (TIP), a bipartisan initiative formed in 2019, which took the time to analyze the various election season scenarios, announcing the potential for chaos and corruption that lay ahead.

If the election results in a win for President Trump, the coalition could take a page from the TIP’s “war games” election report. It urges Biden to pressure the Western states, namely California and Oregon, to “secede from the Union.” That’s unless their potential demands for reform — abolishing the Electoral College, dividing California into five states, and statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C. — are met. A source familiar with the Democracy Defense Nerve Center spoke about the operations to be implemented and said they should keep the mess down and shut down society for weeks.

On the other hand, the Democratic Party legislators would be concerned about the consequences that could be unleashed by the statements of President Donald Trump. The president has pointed out that the mail vote, promoted mainly by the Democrats, could represent a potential danger to democracy, alleging possible frauds. President Trump suggested Wednesday that supporters should try voting twice, by mail and in person, to test electoral systems’ ability to detect fraud, prompting an outcry from state officials who warned that casting more than one vote is illegal.

How Serious Is This Threat?

Short answer: Critically serious.

Just to prove how certain are the members of these various groups preparing for purposeful election-results chaos, here s only one of the potential scenarios they “created” from which to craft their response plans. This idea was penned by Rosa Brooks, who is the founder of “Transition Integrity Project.”

We wanted to know: What’s the worst thing that could happen to our country during the presidential election? President Trump has broken countless norms and ignored countless laws during his time in office, and while my colleagues and I at the Transition Integrity Project didn’t want to lie awake at night contemplating the ways the American experiment could fail, we realized that identifying the most serious risks to our democracy might be the best way to avert a November disaster. So we built a series of war games, sought out some of the most accomplished Republicans, Democrats, civil servants, media experts, pollsters and strategists around, and asked them to imagine what they’d do in a range of election and transition scenarios. A landslide for Joe Biden resulted in a relatively orderly transfer of power. Every other scenario we looked at involved street-level violence and political crisis.

Picture this:

“On the morning of Election Day, false stories appear online claiming that Biden has been hospitalized with a life-threatening heart attack and the election has been delayed. Every mainstream news organization reports that the rumors are unfounded, but many Biden supporters, confused by the bogus claims, stay home. Still, by late that night, most major networks have called the election for Biden: The former vice president has won key states and has a slender lead in the national popular vote, and polling experts predict that his lead will grow substantially as Western states count an unusually high number of mail-in ballots. The electoral college looks secure for Biden, too.

But Trump refuses to concede, alleging on Twitter that “MILLIONS of illegal ALIENS and DEAD PEOPLE” have voted in large numbers and that the uncounted ballots are all “FAKE VOTES!!!” Social media fills with posts from Trump supporters alleging that the election has been “stolen” in a “Deep State coup,” and Trump-friendly pundits on Fox News and OAN echo the message.

Soon, Attorney General William P. Barr opens an investigation into unsubstantiated allegations of massive vote-by-mail fraud and ties between Democratic officials and ANTIFA. In Michigan and Wisconsin, where Biden has won the official vote and Democratic governors have certified slates of pro-Biden electors, the Trump campaign persuades Republican-controlled legislatures to send rival pro-Trump slates to Congress for the electoral college vote.

The next week is chaotic: A list of Michigan and Wisconsin electors for Biden circulates on right-wing social media, including photos, home addresses and false claims that scores of them are in the pay of billionaire George Soros or have been linked to child sex-trafficking rings.

Massive pro-Biden street protests begin, demanding that Trump concede. The president tweets that “REAL PATRIOTS MUST SHOW THESE ANTIFA TERRORISTS THAT CITIZENS WHO LOVE THE 2ND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER LET THEM STEAL THIS ELECTION!” Around the nation, violent clashes erupt. Several people are injured and killed in multiple incidents, though reports conflict about their identities and who started the violence.

Meanwhile, Trump declares that “UNLESS THIS CARNAGE ENDS NOW,” he will invoke the Insurrection Act and send “Our INCREDIBLY POWERFUL MILITARY and their OMINOUS WEAPONS” into the streets to “Teach these ANTI-AMERICAN TERRORISTS A LESSON.” At the Pentagon, the Joint Chiefs of Staff convene a hurried meeting to discuss the crisis.

And it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.”

Wow! And picture this: the above scenario they created for the stated purpose of preparing ourselves and other Americans for processes that MUST be initiated to ensure our government will be handed-off to the legally elected President!”

There are three more scenarios that are even wilder. This is James Bond stuff.

How did they prepare for all these contingencies? They could not include people from the Biden or Trump Campaigns, so they decided to use some “stand-ins” of people who are “in the know” about how both of these potential 2021 Presidents would respond. I will NOT go into the other three contingencies for which they created plans. When I heard who the stand-ins were, they lost all credibility. Here they are so you can judge for yourself:

On the GOP side, their “players” included former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, conservative commentator Bill Kristol, and former Kentucky secretary of state Trey Grayson. On the Democratic side, participants included John Podesta, chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and a top White House adviser to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama; Donna Brazile, the campaign chair for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential run; and Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan.

I refuse to analyze the specifics of their choices, but none of the three Republicans they chose are conservative, and each despises President Trump. And any “expert” who wishes to find realistic solutions from realistic possibilities in such a task would NEVER pick John Podesta, Donna Brazile, or Jennifer Granholm to represent Democrats. With those choices, I could predict the possible conclusions without even listening in: Donald Trump lost fairly and would prefer a civil war to voluntarily stepping down!

Summary

They missed a few things. First, Democrats are the only ones who have even made noises about possible actions regarding election results. Hillary Clinton still has not accepted that 62 million Americans legitimately chose for her NOT to serve as President. She is still screaming at Joe Biden, “Don’t concede on election night under any circumstances!” She’s screaming about THIS election!

I think I have reached a realistic conclusion of the purpose of this exercise in futility on the Democrats’ part: They’re certain Joe Biden will lose. Because they quietly feel it’s a foregone conclusion Trump will win, they’re preparing their adherents to instigate chaos of every kind that can be thrown at President Trump in a second term beginning with his inauguration!

Think about it: based on just this one possible scenario, can you imagine any way the DNC would not expect their followers to revolt in the vilest of ways if election results show a Trump victory? Without spelling it out, releasing this roadmap to rank-and-file Democrats is a call to war with a Biden loss.

How so? Those left-and-right coastal activists will hear this as a “call-to-arms” with permission to instigate violence. Why? “There’s no way Biden did not win! Trump stole this election. Now we must make him pay!”

The response of those in the “Transition Integrity Project” when confronted by Americans and even those in the Department of Justice will be, “Nothing we ever planned or prepared was in any way violent nor included any indications of any type of actions we recommended or instigated. These Democrats simply feel the election system has cheated them once again.”

I’ll conclude with what Ms. Brooks penned in her plan when asked is there any scenario in which she sees there is no extreme pushback regarding the results of the November 3rd election: “The only scenario in which we saw no pushback from the public in their response to election results is if Joe Biden wins in a landslide.”

If that doesn’t sound like a leftist elitist permitting angry Democrats to express anger and rage for a federal election’s results, I don’t know what else it might be.

“Can’t we just all get along?”

The Art of the Deal

After months of trying to frame the narrative of the nationwide unrest as “peaceful protesting,” as President Obama called it, or ignoring it entirely, Democrats have discovered a new way to label it: the riots are violent, and they’re Trump’s fault. After all, when Joe Biden decided to escape his basement, he was looking for some new “schtick” that he can use to let everyone know that HE’s the champion of anti-violence while Trump is the ringmaster of “pillage and burn!”

Joe Biden jumped on this new storyline during a campaign speech in Pittsburgh on Monday, telling voters that Trump is “stoking violence in our cities.”

“This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence — because for years he has fomented it,” Biden claimed.

This is probably the most dishonest scheme the Democrats have ever created. Remember, the series of protests across the country — which often turned violent after nightfall — started in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. They were supposedly about police brutality and racist tendencies to attack African Americans. This all gave birth to the “Defund the Police” movement.

In Atlanta, rioters burned a Wendy’s after police shot Rayshard Brooks in the back in a parking lot. People burned businesses in Kenosha after the shooting of Jacob Blake. Protesters and rioters may have turned on President Trump because they view him as the leader of a broken system. But one thing is missing about this fairytale of anarchy: If Trump is the source of it all, what did he suddenly change that started the fires and devastation?

To listen to Democrats explain the riots, they were peaceful until white supremacist Trump supporters got involved. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler called ANTIFA violence in Portland a “myth” when he was confronted on a D.C. street about it. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser bragged in her Democratic National Convention speech about creating “Black Lives Matter Plaza” in Washington, D.C. for the protesters. But the Mayor conveniently forgot that some of those protesters set fire to the historic St John’s church outside of the White House.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan  described her city’s “autonomous zone,” which was snatched from Seattle authorities by armed protesters, as a place that would usher in a “Summer of Love.” That is where a black teenager would later be shot dead, in a “block party atmosphere.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the toppling of a statue of Christopher Columbus by giving a wave of her hand: “People will do what they do.”

Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley took it further than did her fellow lawmakers. She urged more “unrest in the streets” during an MSNBC interview in August. No one blamed her for the Americans who were pulled out of their cars and beaten for daring to drive on streets blocked by protesters.

Then there is Senator Kamala Harris who is now Biden’s cohort — his Vice President running mate. Harris promoted a bail fund intended for protesters in Minnesota. Simply helping lawbreakers raise money from fellow Americans to bail them out of jail for committing crimes of all kinds is bad enough. It’s even worse when you look at the individuals who received those funds. One went on to assault a bar owner who was left with a traumatic brain injury after his release. Another was charged with stabbing a friend for refusing sex, a third was charged with sexual assault and kidnapping, and a fourth was charged with shooting at police. Great peaceful, law-abiding folks to help with bail money, right?

Biden was really powerful in attacking the violence in our streets in a speech in early June. But while lashing out at those who perpetrated the violence, he blamed Trump and the police for escalating tensions. His verbal assault on law officers AND the President was as crazy then as it is now.

Trump repeatedly offered federal assistance to governors and mayors as their cities were burned and looted. He continually and publicly made it clear to those mayors and governors, “All you have to do is call and we’ll send help immediately that will stop it all very quickly.” Many Americans are beginning to sense that Biden wanted to allow the unrest and violence to continue because he and other Democrats felt it gave them voter support.

The Democrats in charge of those cities must have thought the same thing! Almost all continually told President Trump to “mind your own business and stay in Washington.” They didn’t need his help. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wrote in a letter to Trump on August 28, “We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. When you sent the Feds to Portland last month, you made the situation far worse.” Ted apparently forgot that the looters were destroying the $200 million federal courthouse in Portland and Ted’s police force was not stopping the ANTIFA thugs from fire-bombing the building almost nightly.

The following night, weeks after federal troops left the area, a Trump supporter was shot by a member of ANTIFA. Protesters looted stores and set fires near the building in which Wheeler lives.

There’s a huge price to pay for letting all this rioting, looting, burning, and other types of destruction continue unabated. Homicide rates in 27 major American cities were up 21 percent from May to June.

After three months of all this chaos and mayhem — that showed little signs of slowing — locals began to take up arms to defend their families and their properties from destruction. Theirs’ was a response to violence they deemed necessary because their city government under Ted Wheeler — who is not just the Mayor but the Police Commissioner, too — refused to keep the city, its citizens, and its property safe.

Citizens who watched as police around the country were told to stand down or were chased and burned out of their own precincts cannot be blamed for taking matters into their own hands when the state failed them. Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who was used as proof that Trump was aiding and abetting violent right-wingers, claims he was protecting a local business when he was chased and attacked by rioters who tried to take his weapon.

Don’t you find it curious that Joe Biden, who several months before became the certain Democrat Party presidential nominee — said NOTHING about the violence? And then, suddenly as if someone said, “Hey Joe: we’ve got to start blaming Trump for all this. The people are getting upset and are beginning to grumble against we Democrats,” Joe on cue began placing the blame squarely on Trump.

Here’s the Democrats’ conundrum:

  • The polls are no longer in the Democrats’ favor.
  • Support for Black Lives Matter has plummeted in swing states.
  • Biden is underperforming when compared to Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
  • Even Minnesota looks like it could be in play for Trump.
  • These are all states where high turnout in rural and suburban areas — whose residents likely fear riots coming to their streets — could hand the election to Trump.
  • The Biden campaign has obviously noticed all this and realized that allowing Trump to take control of the anti-violence message is a losing strategy.

So, here comes Uncle Joe! He began asking people if they feel safer under Trump and begins painting the picture of a death-spiral for America: “Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?”

Summary

When I was in the car business right out of college, I learned that in a negotiation — an interface between two people who are trying to induce the other to believe what they’re being told more than they believe what they’re trying to get the OTHER to believe — when an offer is made, the first party to even speak about the specifics will lose the negotiation! 

You know what? That happened almost every time I as a salesman began a price negotiation with a car buyer. Guess what: it happens in politics as well!

Joe Biden and the Democrat Party thought that sitting in the weeds while watching America burn with violence would give them a real advantage among voters. What they failed to understand was Donald Trump knew that Americans were not so stupid as to think that HE (or any other Republicans for that matter) could possibly have any control of the atmosphere of violence in any of these Democrat-controlled cities and states! So Mr. Trump just quietly stood by and made sure all knew that “all they have to do is call and ask me and we’ll end their violence and restore peace in their cities and states immediately.”

Of course they laughed and lashed-out at the President. “We don’t need your help! You’ll just make matters worse. Stay outta my town!”

Guess what? The Biden campaign and the DNC waited too long. They were hoping there would be some type of Armageddon blowup that would expose to the World that Donald Trump was an inept politician who simply let anarchists take over the United States!

Suddenly, the truth slapped them all in the faces at the same time: Trump has quietly let everyone know over and over, he can fix this. And because we haven’t even talked about it or even stated it exists, Americans are beginning to think that Joe, Kamala, and the other Democrats want this to result in the devastation of our major cities just to try and make Trump look bad!

You know what? I’m beginning to believe that’s just what they wanted.

But then, the Biden handlers made that sales fatal mistake: they sent Joe out to speak to the public about the violence. And, sure enough, he did exactly what Americans expected him to do: he blamed all the violence on the President.

This race is over, folks. The Democrats lost. Joe Biden lost. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer lost.

They were beaten by a salesman who learned long ago that when a sales “final offer” is made in a negotiation, the first one to blink loses. And they blinked.

Obviously, none of them read the “Art of the Deal” written by that great salesman who lives in the White House.

Trump didn’t need to read it: he wrote it.

Do Black Lives Matter?

Let me make one thing clear: there is a vast gulf between the social and political organization “Black Lives Matter” and someone — ANYONE — saying, “black lives matter.” Both versions of the word are important. And we all need to stop weaponizing each.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a social justice organization that got its start in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the outrage in the African American community following the police shooting death of Michael Brown. It turned into a national civil rights organization that has expanded across the nation. Because of Ferguson, Black Lives Matter’s focus has been on the killings of young African Americans at the hands of police from every level of law enforcement: federal, state, and local.

Additionally, BLM sponsored a number of demonstrations in several of the largest U.S. cities in protest to police shootings, some of which resulted in the death of blacks. In almost every one of the rallies or demonstrations, violence breaks out. In fact, many have begun to compare Black Lives Matters with ANTIFA, who seem to target rallies and meetings initiated as Free Speech rallies or conferences. Just take a look at what’s happened almost nightly in major cities across America like Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. It seems that in each city in each protest/demonstration/riot, the anger and furor escalates and turns into more and more aggressive actions in each.

ANTIFA is another story we’ve previously written about but are not the focus of this conversation. Please know, however, it seems to many BLM takes much of their demonstration and even violence planning from ANTIFA. (Or maybe it’s the other way around)

In our summary, we will address the fact that these and other far-left political groups seem to focus most of their attention on those from ethnic communities who are involved in incidents that are often racial and often end in the death of someone. They discovered that such violent acts are magnets for news coverage. Violent death makes for a good news story!

Instead of just throwing up our hands saying, “It doesn’t matter what we do or so, these people are going to harp on this claim: ‘police target blacks in almost all incidents that include some type of serious crime in which an African American is shot. They do so for purely racist and political purposes.'”

That’s been the police shooting story since half-way through Barack Obama’s first term as president. BLM supporters have built that into a narrative that accompanies every news story at every network, newspaper, and national television show when such killings are reported to Americans. Facts prove otherwise, which many minority Americans refuse to accept. This brings us today to ask not, “Is the storyline that police are responsible for most deaths in the African American community true?” What needs to be asked and answered instead is this:

Does the truth matter?

Evidently, not to groups like Black Lives Matter. That’s tragic for many reasons, not the least of which is that black lives are being lost as a result. When it comes to the subject of American police, blacks, and the deadly use of force, here is what we know:

A recent “deadly force” study by Washington State University researcher Lois James found that police officers were less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white or Hispanic ones in simulated threat scenarios. Harvard economics professor Roland Fryer analyzed more than 1,000 of officer-involved shootings across the country. He concluded that there is zero evidence of racial bias in police shootings. In Houston, he found that blacks were 24 percent less likely than whites to be shot by officers even though the suspects were armed or violent.

Does the truth matter?

An analysis of the Washington Post’s Police Shooting Database and of Federal Crime Statistics reveals that fully 12 percent of all whites and Hispanics who die of homicide are killed by cops. By contrast, only four percent of black homicide victims are killed by cops. But isn’t it a sign of bias that blacks make up 26 percent of police-shooting victims, but only 13 percent of the national population?

It is not, and common sense suggests why. Police shootings occur more frequently where officers confront armed or violently resisting suspects. Those suspects are disproportionately black.

According to the most recent study by the Department of Justice, although blacks were only about 15 percent of the population in the 75 largest counties in the U.S., they were charged with 62 percent of all robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults. In New York City, blacks commit over three-quarters of all shootings, though they are only 23 percent of the city’s population. Whites, by contrast, commit under two percent of all shootings in the city, though they are 34 percent of the population. New York’s crime disparities are repeated in virtually every racially diverse city in America. The real problem facing inner-city black communities today is not the police but criminals. In 2014, over 6,000 blacks were murdered, more than all white and Hispanic homicide victims combined. Who is killing them? Not the police, and not white civilians, but other blacks. In fact, a police officer is eighteen and a half times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer. If the police ended all use of lethal force tomorrow, it would have a negligible impact on the black death-by-homicide rate. In Chicago, through just the first six-and-a-half months of 2016, over 2,300 people were shot. That’s a shooting an hour during some weekends. The vast majority of the victims were black. During this same period, the Chicago police shot 12 people, all armed and dangerous. That’s one half of one percent of all shootings.

Does the truth matter?

If it does, here’s a truth worth pondering: There is no government agency more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than the police. The proactive policing revolution that began in the mid-1990s has dramatically brought down the inner-city murder rate and saved tens of thousands of black lives. Unfortunately, that crime decline is now in jeopardy.

Police officers are backing off of proactive policing in black neighborhoods, thanks to the false narrative that police officers are infected with homicidal bias. As a result, violent crime is going up. In cities with large black populations, homicides in the last two years rose anywhere from 54 percent in Washington D.C. to 90 percent in Cleveland. Overall, in the nation’s 56 largest cities, homicides rose 17 percent, a nearly unprecedented spike. Many law-abiding residents of high-crime areas beg the police to maintain order — precisely the type of policing that the ACLU, progressive politicians, BLM, and some in Congress denounce as racist. This is tragic because when the police refrain from proactive policing, black lives are lost—lost because of a myth.

The rancor escalated to never-before-seen heights with the death of Michael Floyd in Minneapolis. Since that day, the fires of anger and bitterness have stoked fires of division across the nation. Almost without fail, peaceful protests become peaceful demonstrations and marches. But almost without fail, those morph into violence, rioting, and looting.

It is uncontroverted that there are instances of white cops killing blacks — far more than we would hope would ever happen. Thankfully they are not in the numbers most in the public feel are certain. But the problem here is even though the best research and data conclude that there is no evidence that police are killing blacks just because they are black. Exclusively such incidents occur as a result of severe law-breaking acts and acts of violence.

What Matters?

OK, we’ve examined the statistics. They originate from very authentic and credible sources. And they’re quite conclusive in the finding that disproves the almost universal perception that police “in general” are killing blacks because they are blacks. But those statistics beg for answers to a question not part of the first segment of this conversation: What is the REAL reason for this conversation that is so necessary yet so damaging?

There’s a simple answer: No one yet has, on a national scale, offered a plausible solution. Find a peaceful way to resolve these differences is — and always has been — a monumental task which no one has completed. Many have tried, several have gotten started, but none so far have seen success.

Here’s the fearful part of where we find us today: those actively involved in these conversations have become so polarized, so far apart, it often seems a solution will NEVER be found. And even if a solution is identified, it is doubtful all sides in this crisis will agree. I think there is a group of people who are the loudest and most demanding in this that don’t even want resolution. They feed on the anger and hatred, the fear and the violence, the infliction of pain for which they know there’s no real price they will be forced to pay.

What we need is a “new” Martin Luther King, Jr. who could draw people of all races and backgrounds to him for a conversation. He taught that communication is the necessary element to begin resolution. When people speak “to” each other and not yell “at” each other, it’s much easier to finish a conversation and have substance to show for the labor.

It would help, too, if we didn’t have an industry that relies on conflict, confusion, and violence to self-perpetuate a need for their existence: the Media.

As we find ourselves inside of 90-days until an election, it would be wise for every American to pause just a moment and consider where they WANT to go in the near future. Then choose the best way under the best circumstances to get there. Open those conversations with others that live within your circle of influence. Challenge everyone to THINK instead of just ACTING.

We MUST find a way through this. And we can…I’m certain of that.

 

Armageddon Came to Congress: The American People Lost

Tuesday, July 28th, was the most reprehensible day in history for the United States House of Representatives. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) gaveled-in his committee to hear the testimony of Attorney General William Barr regarding a host of topics about the attorney general’s recent actions.  They pertain to legal cases from the past several years, the Department of Justice responses to the recent protest-turned-riots in Portland and elsewhere, and for the AG to answer questions about many other things that have stuck in the craws of every Democrat on that committee.

Just to put this hearing in context for you, House Democrats have filed articles of impeachment against Attorney General Barr. So you can only imagine the atmosphere in that hearing room.

Rep. Jarrold Nadler (D-NY)

Chairman Nadler was an hour late because of a car wreck in which he was involved on the way. He wasted no time to share his angst for the negative start to his day by taking it out on any Republican within earshot — including the Attorney General. Here’s a brief synopsis of how this hearing evolved into the nastiest House Judiciary Committee hearing in my memory:

  • Democrats sought to paint Barr, making his first appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, as a Trump loyalist who has tried to shield the president and his allies from scrutiny, all while seeking to help Trump project the image of a law-and-order president ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
  • “The job of the attorney general is to defend the best interests of the people and serve as the people’s lawyer, but during your time as attorney general you have consistently undermined democracy, undermined the Constitution and undermined the health, safety, and well-being of the American people,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.). “All to personally benefit Donald Trump.”
  • “You are supposed to represent the people of the United States of America, not violate people’s First Amendment rights, you are supposed to uphold democracy and secure equal justice under the law, not violently dismantle certain protesters based on the president’s agenda,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said in one of the more fiery moments of the hearing.
  • The hearing frequently devolved into shouting matches between Democratic lawmakers and Barr as well as between committee members. Democrats also said they were worried about what Barr might do before the presidential election.
  • A focus for Democrats throughout the hearing was the administration’s decision to send federal police to Portland.

The back-and-forth exchanges also showed how much pent up frustration there was among Democrats ahead of the hearing. Tuesday’s appearance was Barr’s first before the panel, and Democrats have long said they have wanted to hear from Barr, stemming back to his handling of the release of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

During one tense exchange, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) repeatedly admonished Barr for interrupting her questioning. “We’ve waited a long time for you to come here. The time is mine,” Dean said. “You waited to talk to me like this? You didn’t need to wait so long,” Barr responded.

That is just a small sample of the insults hurled incessantly at the attorney general by Democrats throughout the nearly five-hour “get-together.” I call it that because it was far from a hearing. To explain what I mean in saying that is just to give you one sentence uttered in a brief pause by Attorney General Barr: “I thought this was to be a hearing. If it’s a hearing, shouldn’t the witness who’s appearing be allowed to respond?”

For approximately five hours, Mr. Barr was accused, berated, insulted, demeaned, interrupted, and called a liar. The only time he was allowed to complete any thoughts put into spoken words was during his opening statement!

“There Have Been ONLY Peaceful Protestors in Portland”

Attorney General Barr

Almost to a person Democrats in that hearing demanded that there were NO Antifa or other anarchists present in Portland, NO violence at all perpetrated by any during the protests other than that alleged by Democrats during the hearing perpetrated by federal officers against those “peaceful” protestors. Chairman Nadler himself on Monday was caught on camera, responding to a reporter who asked the congressman about the Antifa-inspired riots in Oregon. Nadler responded to the question saying, “There have been no riots in Portland. That’s a myth circulating only in Washington.”

In his opening remarks, Barr stated some of the Portland demonstrators have been overly violent, and protests have damaged federal property. “What unfolds nightly around the courthouse cannot reasonably be called a protest; it is, by any objective measure, an assault on the government of the United States,” he said.

“Rioters have barricaded the front door of the courthouse, pried plywood off the windows with crowbars, and thrown commercial-grade fireworks into the building in an apparent attempt to burn it down with federal personnel inside. The rioters have started fires outside the building, and then systematically attacked federal law enforcement officers who attempt to put them out — for example, by pelting the officers with rocks, frozen water bottles, cans of food, and balloons filled with fecal matter.

“Remarkably, the response from many in the media and local elected offices to this organized assault has been to blame the federal government. To state what should be obvious … such acts are, in fact federal crimes under statutes enacted by this Congress.”

Barr said an attorney general has a “unique obligation” to ensure that the standard of justice is applied to everyone equally and that he’s sought to uphold this obligation without interference from Trump.

“The president has not attempted to interfere in these decisions,” he said. “On the contrary, he has told me from the start that he expects me to exercise my independent judgment to make whatever call I think is right. That is precisely what I have done.”

Other “Matters”

Barr also did not commit to withholding the results of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origin of the FBI’s Russia investigation until after the 2020 presidential election. He stated that any report released ahead of the election “will be in my judgment, not the one that is covered” by a Justice Department policy against investigations that may disrupt an election.

“We’re not going to interfere,” he said. “In fact, I’ve made it very clear that I’m not going to tolerate it.”

Further discussing November’s elections, Barr said there was no reason to believe the election would be “rigged” but did back Trump’s skepticism of mail-in voting, saying “there’s a high risk” for voter fraud if the practice is widely adopted.

Barr dismissed the allegations lobbed at him throughout the roughly five-hour hearing, arguing that he has worked to “restore the rule of law” after the DOJ “strayed” from its mission before his tenure.

Republicans also leaned into a fierce defense of Barr, joining him in blasting Democrats for failing to denounce rioters who have violently clashed with federal agents in recent weeks.

“What makes me concerned for the country is, for the first time in my memory, that the leaders of one of our great two political parties, the Democratic Party, are not coming out and condemning mob violence and the attacks on federal courts,” Barr said.

“Why can’t we just come out and say violence against federal courts has to stop? Could we hear something like that?” the attorney general added.

Jim Jordan (R-OH) set the tone for Republicans at the beginning of the hearing by showing a selectively edited 10-minute video highlighting moments of violence at protests around the country. It was preceded by images of Democrats, including former President Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, describing protests as peaceful.

The GOP members repeatedly argued that an aggressive law enforcement response was necessary to quell violent protests.

“We’re seeming just to contort ourselves to get to some way to show that you have nefarious motives,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.).

Summary

I have never heard such nastiness from any group of adults: insults, badgering, interruptions, allegations, defamation. Democrats showed in this hearing just how vile members of Congress can be when they want to destroy a former attorney general who is attorney general for the second time. William Barr, throughout his entire career, has been revered by Republicans and Democrats alike as one of the greatest strict adherents to the Constitution and the Rule of Law that has ever born the attorney general title.

What could make this group so venomous to Barr today?

You know the answer to that: he serves for President Donald Trump. That’s his only sin.

“That shouldn’t cause them to attack so viciously this or any attorney general!” Your saying that would be a truthful conclusion IF this Democrat Party wasn’t focused entirely on one objective: Destroy Donald Trump and destroy all that work with and for him. No price is too high to pay to run them all out of Washington, D.C.!

The fact that their objective as it has played out is so obviously one fueled by more than just anger should make every American ask, “What’s going on in all this? What is their purpose?”

The answer is simple: Attorney General William Barr, the Department of Justice, Federal Attorney John Durham, and revealed in the hearing today by A.G. Barr an added federal attorney, Stephen Cox of Texas, are together about to wrap up several massive criminal cases of illegal activities on the part of members of the Obama Administration.

Democrats are scared to death. They desperately want all of this to remain unresolved until after the swearing of Joe Biden as President to replace President Trump. If they can keep the findings of these investigations quiet and Biden wins and be sworn in as President, the massive wrongdoing much of which has already been revealed can simply be swept under the Obama “corruption rug,” which will be handed down to Biden.

In closing, let me say the hearing today was so vile and unprecedented, I wanted to save just a few audio tidbits. If you join us at 9:00 Central this morning at TNN Live, in our first segment, I will play snippets of testimony from just a few of the participants to show you how nasty these House Democrats are today. How do you listen? Just click on the blue horizontal banner at the top of this story at 9:00 AM Central, and it will take you right to the broadcast. The segment only lasts a few minutes so you can hear those and then move on to your day unless you want to stay with us.

If we don’t see you at 9:00, we’ll look forward to getting back together tomorrow at Truth News Network.

Civil Disobedience Can End the Coronavirus Stupidity

The happiest news to emerge in recent coronavirus weeks comes courtesy of videos from online news sources showing the good citizens of Michigan, fed up with their tyrannical governor, taking to the streets in mass — and maskless! — to demand an end to the tyranny.

The saddest news? The realization that it took so long for these types of protests to occur. And for reason for that, we can turn to the Declaration of Independence.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed,” the opening lines state.

Most Americans, when first informed of the coronavirus, wanted to simply do the right thing and help their neighbors, help their communities and families, help their country. They willingly stayed home; out of love for neighbor — or at least, concern for neighbor — abided by the government’s recommendations and mandates to protect against the spread of the virus. Business owners shelved their dreams of entrepreneurial freedom for the good of the country. School administrators closed their buildings; government service officers shut their doors. Church pastors, even, sent their congregations online.

Then things got stupid. Really stupid. Then the government ran amok.

The Americans saw tyrannical types, up close and personal, up close and in their own communities, seize powers the Constitution doesn’t grant and run roughshod over the rights of individuals and business owners. And Americans saw how these tyrannies were taking place in the face of failed computer modeling that showed wildly inaccurate coronavirus numbers.

“Michigan cracks down on seed purchases and tiny gatherings,” The Post Millennial reported, of Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ridiculous executive-issued prohibitions against the purchase of plant seeds and grains in the state — and against neighbors from visiting their next-door neighbors.

Police state, anyone?

Seriously: How does buying plant seeds cause — or even correlate to — a spread of the coronavirus? Then there was this, in the aftermath of an eye-opening Fox News interview between host Tucker Carlson and guest, Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey.

“By what authority did you nullify the Bill of Rights in issuing this order [prohibiting church gatherings and free assembly of the people]?” Carlson asked. “That’s above my pay grade,” Tucker,” Murphy said, as the National Review noted. “I wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this.”

Come again?

It’s the job of a governor — of any public servant who takes the oath of office, for that matter — to first and foremost, above all else, uphold the provisions of both state and U.S. constitutions. To admit to not “thinking” of those documents, as a governor, is to admit a failure of job performance.

It’s a fireable offense. And in these coronavirus times, there are a lot of fireable offenses being perpetrated on the people by government officials, from police to politicians. Are we to stand idly by and watch, sheeplike, doing nothing forever? This is where the rights of the individual to control and curb the government should blare forth.

President Donald Trump says he’s got a plan to open America’s economy and jumpstart U.S. businesses again, and that states ought to abide by his White House guidelines. Some states say they won’t. Some states say the heck with reopening the country, the heck with freeing citizens from their house arrest, er, suggested stay-at-home, syndromes — the heck with all that until each and every last case of the coronavirus has been driven from humanity, until it’s safe and secure out there for all.

Well, what right does government have to decide that in the first place?

American citizens are well-equipped to determine how best to protect themselves and their families from looming health threats. Americans do it every day, as a matter of fact.

  • Those who feel sick — stay home.
  • Those who worry about getting sick — stay home.
  • Those who can’t stay home but worry about getting sick — go ahead and wear a mask, social distance, stay in the car, do whatever seems logical and proper to keep from getting sick.

Just don’t expect all of America to suffer a police state existence for the next, well, forever — as a matter of possible protection for the relatively few citizens in the country who may or may not catch the coronavirus.

It’s time for more civil disobedience. It’s time for the protests of Michigan residents against their power mad governor to spread to the rest of the states — if only to send a message to the government that says: We’re watching. We’re watching, and we’re fed up.

If not now, when? Americans aren’t going to go quietly into that good despotic night. Nor should they. After all, it’s in America’s founding to fight for freedom.

“[W]hen a long train of abuses and usurpations [occur] … it is [citizens’] right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security,” the Declaration of Independence reads.

It’s not just a right to Americans to strive for freedom. It’s not just a right enshrined in the Constitution, in the Bill of Rights, in the First and Second amendments in particular. It’s a duty. An actual duty. It’s a duty and responsibility for Americans to demand government obey. And how do Americans typically go about exercising that duty? With civil disobedience. Peaceful — but purposeful, persistent and powerful civil disobedience.

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If Coronavirus Brings The Apocalypse – What Do We Do?

As of preparation of the story and podcast, The U.S. Senate nor the House have taken action to vote on the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill. However, we were just handed the revised Senate Bill that is 800+ pages long.

As we did with the original House bill, during the day today we will break down the provisions in it so that you will know what in the revised bill is good, what is bad, and what is Nancy Pelosi pork. To that topic, let me say this:

Pelosi and Schumer have weaponized the coronavirus! There is no way around it. Though I do not know deep details of this bill yet, I know that many of the provisions in the House bill you saw yesterday are included in the Senate revision. Why is that? CHUCK AND NANCY ARE HOLDING GUNS TO THE HEADS OF GOP SENATORS BECAUSE THEY KNOW YOU ARE IN DESPERATE STRAIGHTS AND NEED THIS BILL PASSED, SIGNED, AND MONEY SENT OUT!

I could rant some more about it. Let’s wait until tomorrow when I will pull out all the goodies and present them to you.

In the meantime, let’s get down with today’s business!

Think about this one horrible thought: what happens if Coronavirus whips our butts and we CAN’T STOP IT! For answers, read on:

I’m relatively comfortable that we’re going to come out of this coronavirus pandemic OK. I don’t minimize the importance of the lives lost, the companies that will shutter their operations, nor the Americans who will live through an awful financial struggle because of the virus due to no fault of their own. It’s tough but truthful to say, “Sometimes bad things happen to good people.” And that’s what is happening right now. It’s bad today and getting worse daily. How much worse can it possibly get? And what will happen?

An “Eternal” Pandemic?

God forbid that the U.S. would ever see a situation in which some “thing” could happen that could destroy all of our government infrastructure in one monstrous event. In the 60s, the fear of that materialized as a possible Russian nuclear attack. In large part, preparations for such an attack went so far as drills in which school students hid beneath their desks. In that type of horror or something even worse, much more would be required in the way of preparation if we are to expect our country to survive.

Even though President Trump said he tested negative for coronavirus, the COVID-19 pandemic raises the fear that a large number from the executive branch or even Congress and the Supreme Court could also be disabled, seriously ill and incapacitated, or even die.  This would force the implementation of “continuity of government” plans that include evacuating Washington and “devolving” leadership to second-tier officials in remote and quarantined locations. Remember that television series Designated Survivor? We may be as close as we’ve ever been to that being an actuality because of coronavirus or some other cataclysmic event.

But today we’re in a different environment from those that ANY of the pandemic plans “in the can” were created to guide us through. The military is always a key piece of any of those plans. But with coronavirus, the military itself is vulnerable and the disaster scenarios being contemplated — including the possibility of widespread domestic violence as a result of food shortages — are forcing planners to look at what are called “extraordinary circumstances.”

Contingency plans already exist for what the military is supposed to do if all the Constitutional successors are incapacitated. We’d have to go pretty deep in the “line of succession” to get to that. But you never know.

Standby orders were issued more than three weeks ago to ready these plans, not just to protect Washington, but also to prepare for the possibility of some form of martial law. The various plans – codenamed “Octagon,” “Freejack” and “Zodiac” – are the underground laws to ensure government continuity. They are so secret that under these extraordinary plans, “devolution” could circumvent the normal Constitutional provisions for government succession, and military commanders could be placed in control around America. What is “devolution?”

“Devolution” is defined as the statutory delegation of powers from the central government of a sovereign state to govern at a subnational level, such as a regional or local level. It is a form of administrative decentralization. Devolved territories have the power to make legislation relevant to the area and thus granting them a higher level of autonomy.

This possibility is all-new for the Nation. We’ve had previous pandemics, wars, riots, but, thank God, no nationwide domestic attacks from other countries. But we go through numerous disasters for which the U.S. government in conjunction with its citizens has always prevailed handling every aspect of each of those. But Coronavirus is something totally different than ever seen in the U.S. How different?

Ok: want an example? Have you ever met “General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy?”  No, you haven’t. And let’s hope you nor I ever will. Who is Terrence? Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy is the “combatant commander for the U.S. who would be in charge if Washington literally “goes out of business.” His would be a temporary position — one that would last only until Americans could elect a new leader.

Is  it not spooky to you to think that something like this that would put a total stranger — “Terrence O’Shaughnessy — in charge of the Nation? Such a thing appears to now be more than just a “remote possibility.”

Preparations

Americans are not known to be the most committed planners for government matters applicable to many years ahead. Our legislators have conditioned us to plan only four years ahead at a time.

Americans are really good at setting goals and the implementation of the processes necessary to meet goals, but only on a short term basis. Using that as an example of  American preparation for an event such as this, one would hope our government has made sufficient plans for this, especially in the shadows of 9/11. A plan has been started. But it desperately needs to be completed, rolled-out, tested and put in place. Our government has NOT taken such measures.

There’s a group of Americans that shortly after 9/11 felt a call to structure plans for this in the unlikely (but very possible) Washington D.C. event which would result in no federal government at all. But in 20 years of those people pushing hard to get Congress, every Administration and even each Department of Defense engaged to formalize a plan to address our needs in the event of a pandemic, nothing has happened! Is anyone surprised at that?

There certainly are multiple emergency plans of all kinds to address the needs of the nation in the case of another 9/11 nationwide cataclysm. Even though we have in the past had epidemics, none have risen to the level of seriousness as has coronavirus. And we’re finding out we MUST find and implement new ways of dealing with future horrors that we today cannot even imagine.

As a rule, Americans (and our government) are not very proficient at preparing “for” such events. We ARE proficient at addressing aggressively “after” a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, and even 9/11. But each of these other horrors are “one-offs” that are basically localized and contained from their inception. Coronavirus has as its target every human being on planet Earth! That’s a pretty big target to try to protect from an invisible enemy.

Here are the unclassified elements of a U.S. Government plan to address the chaos at every level of a Coronavirus pandemic aftermath. This plan is in place.

The Pentagon has instituted unprecedented restrictions on off-base travel. Last Wednesday it restricted most overseas travel for 60 days, and then on Friday issued supplemental domestic guidance that essentially keeps all uniformed personnel on or near military bases. There are three absolute elements of the plan for Coronavirus actions compiled by the Pentagon. They each fall under a sub-plan that carry different names.

  • CONPLAN 3400, or the military’s program for “homeland defense,” if America itself is a battlefield.
  • CONPLAN 3500, “defense support of civil authorities,” where the military assists in an emergency short of armed attack on the nation.
  • CONPLAN 3600, military operations in the National Capital Region and continuation of government, under which the most-secret plans to support continuity are nested.

All of these plans are the responsibility of the Pentagon’s U.S. Northern Command (or NORTHCOM), the homeland defense military authority created after 9/11. Air Force General O’Shaughnessy is NORTHCOM’s Colorado Springs-based commander. (You knew you’d learn what Gen. O’Shaughnessy’s responsibilities would be!)

On February 1, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper signed orders directing NORTHCOM to execute nationwide pandemic plans. Secretly, he signed Warning Orders (the WARNORD as it’s called) alerting NORTHCOM and a host of east coast units to “prepare to deploy” in support of potential extraordinary missions.

Seven secret plans – some highly compartmented – exist to prepare for these extraordinary missions. Three are transportation-related, just to move and support the White House and the federal government as it evacuates and operates from alternate sites. The first is called the Rescue & Evacuation of the Occupants of the Executive Mansion (or RESEM) plan, responsible for protecting President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and their families — whether that means moving them at the direction of the Secret Service or, in a catastrophe, digging them out of the rubble of the White House.

The second is called the Joint Emergency Evacuation Plan (or JEEP), and it organizes transportation for the Secretary of Defense and other national security leaders so that they can leave the Washington area. The Atlas Plan is a third, moving non-military leaders – Congressional leadership, the Supreme Court and other prominent figures – to their emergency relocation sites. Under Atlas, a still-secret bunker would be activated and cordoned, with government operations shifting to Maryland.

The three most compartmented contingencies – Octagon, Freejack, and Zodiac – call upon various military units in Washington D.C., North Carolina, and eastern Maryland to defend government operations if there is a total breakdown. The seventh plan -– codenamed Granite Shadow — lays out the playbook for extraordinary domestic missions that involve weapons of mass destruction.

Most of these plans have been quietly activated during presidential inaugurals and State of the Union addresses, the central feature of the weapons of mass destruction scenario seen in the annual Capital Shield exercise in Washington. Last year’s exercise posited a WMD attack on Metro Station. Military sources say that only the massive destruction caused by a nuclear device — or the enormous loss of life that could be caused by a biological agent — present catastrophic pressure significant enough to justify movement into extra-Constitutional actions and extraordinary circumstances plans.

“WMD is such an important scenario,” a former NORTHCOM commander stated, “not because it is the greatest risk, but because it stresses the system most severely.”

According to another senior retired officer, who said about Granite Shadow and is now working as a defense contractor, the national mission force goes out on its missions with “special authorities” pre-delegated by the President and the Attorney General. These special authorities are needed because, under regulations and the law, federal military forces can replace civil authority or engage in law enforcement only under the strictest conditions.

When might the military’s “emergency authority” be needed? Traditionally, it’s been thought of after a nuclear device goes off in an American city. But now, planners are looking at the military response to urban violence as people seek protection and fight over food. And, according to one senior officer, in the contingency of the complete evacuation of Washington.

Under Defense Department regulations, military commanders are authorized to take action on their own — in extraordinary circumstances — where “duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation.” The conditions include “large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances” involving “significant loss of life or massive destruction of property.” The Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed these rules in October 2018, reminding commanders that they could decide, on their authority, to “engage temporarily” in military control in the circumstances “where prior authorization by the President is impossible” or where local authorities “are unable to control the situation.” A new Trump-era Pentagon directive calls it “extreme situations.” In all cases, even where a military commander declares martial law, the directives say that civil rule has to be restored as soon as possible.

“In scenarios where one city or one region is devastated, that’s a pretty straightforward process,” the military planner said. “But with coronavirus, where the effect is nationwide, we’re in the territory we’ve never been in before.”

An extended period of devolution

The smooth flow of government and protection of the presidency began in the Eisenhower administration with the possibility emerging that Washington could be evaporated in an atomic attack. The need to plan for a nuclear decision-maker to survive even a direct attack led to the building of bunkers and a maze of secret procedures and exceptions, many of which are still followed to this day. Congress was also folded in – at least Congressional leadership – to ensure that there would always be a Constitutional successor. And then the Supreme Court was added.

Before 9/11, continuity and emergency programs were broadened beyond nuclear war preparedness, particularly as hurricanes began to have such devastating effects on modern urban society. And because of the advent of pandemics, broadly starting with the Avian Influenza, civil agencies responsible for national security, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, which is the lead agency to respond to coronavirus, were also brought into continuity protection.

Despite well-honed plans and constant testing over 30 years, the attacks of September 11, 2001, severely tested all aspects of continuous movement and communications. Many of the procedures written down on paper were either ignored or thrown out the window. As a result, continuity had a second coming, billions spent by the new Department of Homeland and the other national security agencies to ensure that the Washington leadership could communicate and move, a whole new system established to be ready if a terrorist attack came without warning. Bunkers, many shuttered at the end of the Cold War, were reopened and expanded. Matching the panic at the time, and the atomic legacy, the most extraordinary planning scenario imagined a terrorist attack that would involve an improvised nuclear or radiological dispersal device in a major American city.

The terrorist attack scenario dominated until 2006 when the disastrous government response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans shifted federal government preparedness to adopt an “all-hazards” system formally. Civil agencies, the 50 states, and local communities — particularly large cities — all began to synchronize emergency preparedness with standard protocols. U.S. Northern Command was created to harness military assistance in domestic disasters; its unified contingency plans are the product now of 15 years of trial and error.

Government at all levels now have extensive “continuity” programs to respond to man-made and natural disasters, a national response framework that has steadily grown and taken hold. This is the public world of emergency response, ranging from life-saving efforts to protect and restore critical infrastructure to drills that practice the evacuation of key officials. It is a partnership created between federal government agencies and the States, carefully constructed to guard the rule of law.

In July 2016, Barack Obama signed the classified Presidential Policy Directive establishing “essential functions” that government agencies were tasked to protect and retain. At the highest level were the National Essential Functions, those that control “the continued functioning” of government under the Constitution. To preserve Constitutional rule, agencies were ordered to have not just a line of succession but also one of “devolution,” a duplicate chain of individuals hidden secretly outside Washington available in a catastrophic emergency. Federal Continuity Directive 1, issued just days before Donald Trump became president, says that devolution has to establish “procedures to transfer statutory authority and responsibilities” to this secondary designated staff to sustain essential functions.

“Devolution may be temporary or may endure for an extended period,” the directive states. And it further directs that the devolution staff be located at “a geographically dispersed location unaffected by the incident.” Except that in the case of coronavirus, there may be no such location. This places the plans for the extraordinary into entirely uncharted territory, planners not just considering how devolution or martial law might work in a national disaster but also how those earmarked to implement these very plans have to be sequestered and made ready, even while they are equally vulnerable.

NORTHCOM stresses in almost everything it produces for public consumption that it operates only in “support” of civil authorities, in response to state requests for assistance or with the consent of local authorities. Legally, the command says, the use of federal military forces in law enforcement can only take place if those forces are used to suppress “insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy.” A second test also has to be met, that such disturbances “hinders the execution of the laws of that State, and the United States within the State,” that is, that the public is deprived of its legal and constitutional protections. Local civil authorities must be “unable, fail, or refuse” to protect the civilian population for military forces to be called in, Pentagon directives make clear.

Since Hurricane Katrina in 2006, no emergency has triggered any state to even request federal military aid under these procedures. Part of the reason, the senior officer involved in planning says, is that local police forces have themselves become more capable, acquiring military-grade equipment and training. And part of the reason is that the governors have worked together to strengthen the National Guard, which can enforce domestic law when it is mustered under state control.

But to give a sense of how sensitive the employment of military forces on American soil is, when the New York National Guard arrived in New Rochelle, NY. recently, even though they were operating under the control of the governor, Mayor Noam Bramson still found it necessary to assure the public that no one in military uniform would have any “policing function.”

Local authorities around America are already expressing worries that they have insufficient equipment, particularly ventilators, to deal with a possible influx of coronavirus patients, the number of hospital beds fewer than the potential number of patients that could need them. And brawls have already broken out in stores where products are in short supply. The worst case is that shortages and violence spreads, that the federal military, isolated and kept healthy behind its own barricade, is called to take over.

Summary

Orders have already gone out that Secretary of Defense Esper and his deputy, David Norquist, to remain physically separated, and to guard against both of them becoming incapacitated. Other national security agencies are following suit, and the White House continuity specialists are readying evacuation should the virus sweep through the Executive Mansion.

The plans state that the government continues essential functions under all circumstances, even if that is with the devolved second string or under in temporary military command. One of the “national essential functions,” according to Federal Continuity Directive 1, is that the government “provide leadership visible to the Nation and the world … while maintaining the trust and confidence of the American people.” The question is whether a faceless elite could ever provide that confidence, preserving government command but also adding to public panic. That could be a virus too.

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