The Lies at the Heart of the Mueller Indictments, Part 1: The Russian Spy Who Wasn’t

Listen to the podcast of my interview on Denver AM710 with the always entertaining Chuck Bonniwell And Julie Hayden on the lies at the heart of Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 alleged Russian spies. Click to listen, you won’t regret it.

Originally published 6/26/2018 at American Greatness. First of a two-part series.
So far, the reporting on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s July 13 indictments of 12 Russians mostly can be divided into two categories. First, we have the corporate press, which parrots Mueller’s every word as if his honesty were as certain as death and taxes. Second, we find thoughtful outrage directed at Mueller by some of the more independent-minded right-leaning commentators, who recognize that their elite brethren are ignoring the real story.

Since Mueller can’t force the 12 Russians he’s indicted to come to the United States for trial, his indictments represent, at best, a shameful corruption of the independent counsel’s powers for political ends.

Andrew McCarthy at National Review thinks Mueller’s real purpose is to justify his 18-month investigation, which has already cost taxpayers $17 million. Meantime, Jed Babbin at The American Spectator believes Mueller timed the indictments to disrupt Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin. If so, it certainly succeeded; contributing, as it surely did, to the incredible outpouring of hostility directed at the president’s attempt to reset relations with Russia.

As a political ploy, Mueller’s indictments may be a work of Machiavellian genius. But as far as any legal ramifications are concerned, he might as well have indicted Boris and Natasha from the old “Rocky and Bullwinkle” show.

Mueller, however, may be up to more than McCarthy or Babbin suggest. Indicting people you won’t ever have to prosecute would be a sneaky way to get bogus allegations into the public record without ever having to substantiate them. Indeed, given that his narrative won’t be scrutinized and attacked by a hostile defense attorney, an unscrupulous special counsel could use such indictments to disseminate falsehoods he wouldn’t dare risk bringing into a court of law.  Read More »

Once upon a Time, Small Business Made America Great

Listen to the podcast of my interview on Denver AM710 with Denver’s #1 rated talk radio host, the legendary Peter Boyles. Click to listen, you won’t regret it.

 

Originally published 6/30/2018 at American Thinker
In just a year and a half, President Trump appears to be turning his slogan, “Make America Great Again,” into that rarest of things: a campaign promise fulfilled.

The U.S. economy grew at slightly over 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018, something that never happened under Obama and that the experts derided as impossible.  The unemployment rate has been hovering at around 4 percent all year, the lowest level in 17 years.  And to top it off, 285,000 good manufacturing jobs, which Obama assured us “weren’t coming back,” have been created in the last year.  That’s a 2.3-percent increase, the largest since 1995.Read More »

Julian Assange, CrowdStrike, and the Russian Hack That Wasn’t

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Originally published 6/13/2018 at American Greatness
Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election is predicated on Russian intelligence having hacked the Democratic National Committee’s computers. Russia’s guilt is such an article of faith among our political class, that a Republican-controlled Congress imposed sanctions and President Trump signed on, substantially worsening relations with an important and potentially dangerous nation.

Outside the Acela Corridor, however, one finds more skepticism.

A lot of ordinary folks wonder why the DNC wouldn’t let any outside parties examine their server. Instead, the FBI accepted the word of CrowdStrike, a private contractor hired by the DNC, without any independent confirmation.
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Donald Trump’s Millennial Madness

Well, there were no porn stars present. Nor were there any kids barely out of puberty protesting and lecturing their elders on complex and deadly serious policy issues of which they are laughably ignorant. So, the corporate press didn’t report on it much and, hence, you, dear reader, mightn’t know that President Trump held a forum for millennials at the White House last Thursday.

Fortunately, we no longer depend entirely on the driftwood and garbage cast ashore by the mainstream media and their smaller tributaries for news, and Trump’s millennial summit did catch Scott Greer’s eye over at The Daily Caller.  Alas, Greer was, to put it mildly, unimpressed; titling his piece “Trump’s Millennial Forum Was an Epic Failure,” describing it therein as a “total travesty,” and lambasting the President for failing to address any “hot button issues for young people.” Read More »

Our Corporate Secular Faith and How it Stifles Dissent.

Well, it’s just not a weekend in America these days unless left-wing mobs assault peaceably assembled protesters on the right. This Sunday, it happened in Berkeley, where a few hundred people showed up to protest Marxism, and the now familiar scene of police standing down while the anti-Marxists were outnumbered, assaulted, and chased by masked and beweaponed mobs was reenacted.

One of those assaulted was Joey Gibson, the organizer of a cancelled conservative rally that was scheduled for San Francisco the day before. Gibson even explicitly announced that racists and white supremacists were both despicable and completely unwelcome. But that didn’t stop threats from violent leftist groups and the shameful recent history of police in liberal towns not protecting anyone to the right of Joseph Stalin from forcing him to cancel Saturday’s rally out of safety concerns. Nor did it stop the mobs at Berkeley, when he showed up there on Sunday, from assaulting Gibson, or the police from taking him away in handcuffs when he fled behind a protective barrier where they passively watched the violence unfold.Read More »

The Forbidden Faction: Stigmatizing White Identity Politics

Originally published 8/19/2017 at American Thinker

In his response to last Saturday’s horrific events in Charlottesville, President Trump became the first Republican politician to stand up to the bullying tactics the corporate press uses to enforce its delusional narrative about political hatred and violence in America.  Most of the sympathetic commentary has rightly praised him for refusing to minimize Antifa’s role and, by extension, calling attention the wave of left-wing violence over the past year that the corporate press has gone out of its way to keep hidden.  Many have also pointed out that Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe and local officials appear to have intentionally pushed the peaceably assembled “Unite the Right” marchers into the Antifa mob, and that McAuliffe and local Democratic Party officials who let armed and masked men roam the streets of Charlottesville deserve most of the blame and ought to be prosecuted, punished, and ruined for their despicable designs.Read More »

‘Freedom of the Press’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think

Originally published 8/11/2017 at American Greatness

Progressive propaganda, relying on misdirection, misinterpretation, and outright falsehoods, permeates American life and touches or taints every topic. The corporations that produce mass entertainment and news, the government bureaucracies that shape and fund education, the schools from kindergarten to college, and the tech firms that control the flow of information and ideas, are all subject to a groupthink that, for all intents and purposes, brooks absolutely no dissent from Leftist dogma.

The leaders and followers in the narrative-producing industries are mostly true believers themselves. Everything they touch becomes a vehicle for spreading progressive delusions because, essentially, they can do nothing else. They’ve spent their own lives passively consuming these industries’ products. And their unrelenting complacency about what their TVs tell them, together with the ubiquity of their products, means that thinking Americans can never afford any complacency at all.Read More »

Persuading Progressives

Originally published 8/1/2017 at American Greatness

One thing that never ceases to surprise me is how little progressives understand the most basic tenets of conservative thought. The simple ideas that, for example, lowering taxes might increase government revenue, or that more gun ownership might decrease violent crime, or that raising the minimum wage might harm the working poor, are as remote to most progressive minds as the arcana of quantum physics.

I don’t wonder that progressives fail to see that the validity of such ideas; I wonder that they don’t even seem to be aware of their existence! Your typical progressive, who isn’t a pundit earning his bread by jousting with his peers on the Right, reacts to the most basic conservative notions in much the same way that a dog reacts to a vanishing trick; it’s as if some strange and incomprehensible event has occurred.Read More »

A Shrill and Vituperative Critic, In Context

Originally published 7/25/2017 at American Greatness

Last week, the American Conservative published a headline that, with the addition of a little profanity, would fit right in on the bathroom wall of some Leftist dive: “Donald Trump, Treacherous Loon.” But the piece isn’t by an antifa graffiti artist seeking mainstream attention; its author is one of the site’s senior editors, Rod Dreher.

If you haven’t yet heard of Dreher or his recent book, The Benedict Option, it’s definitely not his fault. You probably never visit The American Conservative, where he’s used his perch as senior editor to write 17 posts plugging the book in the last four weeks alone. That’s on top of the thousands upon thousands of words he’s written about the book since its publication in March.Read More »

Fake News and Junk Science: Stronger Together!

Originally published 7/18/2017 at American Greatness

If you voted for President Trump last fall, David A. Graham at The Atlantic says he has “good news and bad news” about your mental capacities. The good news is, contrary to what other liberal journalists have been saying, you “aren’t impervious to reality.”

But don’t get cocky. The bad news is that you’re shallow and primitive, basing your political preferences on “image and tribal identity.”Read More »