The new year has picked up exactly where 2018 had left off. Without sign of slowing down, the news cycle maintains hyper-speeds with the Government Shutdown at its forefront and the Russia Probe raising it’s elusive and mysterious head. Keep on reading for my take on these hot topics.
Roger Stone Arrested in Russia Probe
On Friday, January 25, 2019 FBI agents, donned in full tactical gear and armed with assault rifles, set a perimeter around Roger Stone Jr.’s home. With them was an unlikely guest, a CNN reporter and cameraman.
“The product of good instincts, some key clues, more than a year of observing comings at the DC federal courthouse and the special counsel’s office – and a little luck on timing.”
This was the explanation obtained from CNN Communications Twitter feed.
Stone was an adviser to candidate Trump who spent two months on Trump’s team until he left on August 8, 2015. According to the indictment against Stone, he is accused of making false statements to the House Intel Committee regarding his contact with Wikileaks. Stone boldly stated at a press conference that he will plead ‘not guilty’ to all charges. He also stated:
“There is no circumstance, whatsoever, under which I will bare false witness against the president. Nor will I make up lies to ease the pressure on myself. I look forward to being fully and completely vindicated.”
Upon hearing the news, President Trump, who has been fervently vocal in his opposition to the entire probe, tweeted:
“Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country! NO COLLUSION! Border Coyotes, Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers are treated better. Who alerted CNN to be there?”
Robert Mueller is upping the ante of his probe, which started on May 17, 2017, and is expected to come to an end. The left-wing has deified Mueller as their Saviour meant to redeem them from the Trump Presidency. The investigation is ridden with leaks to the left-wing media which suggests politically driven collusion on behalf of the media, the Special Counsels Office, and the Democrat party. For example, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former top FBI Lawyer, James Baker, are under criminal investigation for media leaks.
As an onlooker, who has no skin in the game other than a devotion to sound justice and due process, the Russian collusion debacle will mark a moment in history where the elites of law enforcement in concert with the elites residing in the political realm, abused their powers as a result of an embarrassing and unprecedented defeat. With most the mainstream media practicing selective scrutiny and their consumers uttering the ignorant mantra ‘TL;DR’ (too long didn’t read) when faced with fact-based arguments that challenges their position, a culture of blind consumerism is perpetuated. Democracy stops tyranny dead in its tracks—but do not be mistaken, the enemies of democracy will adapt.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
How do you know the Supreme Court has become politicized? Well I’ll tell you. You know when a liberal Justice shows signs of imminent illness and a conservative begins licking his chops in anticipation. But hold on my left-wing friend, because there are other ways we can tell. How else, you ask? When Democrats castigate a liberal Justice for not stepping down in her old age during a democrat administration so that the President can strategically install a younger and healthier Justice.
Stephanie Mencimer wrote in the left-wing publication, Mother Jones:
"But no amount of swag or hagiography can obscure the fact that, while Ginsburg is responsible for a great number of landmark legal decisions, her legacy may be sorely tarnished by one truly terrible one: refusing to retire when President Barack Obama could have named her replacement."
It’s no secret. The Supreme Court is the final frontier of all political conquest. This is a result of tribal politics and the inability to agree on policy that objectively works at the expense of giving even an inch of political real estate.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG) has missed weeks of oral arguments after having some medical scares including falling and breaking ribs to having a cancerous portion of her lung removed in a serious surgery. This has initiated an onslaught of memes from conservative provocateurs and articles from the Left attempting to prove how healthy RBG actually is. It even resulted in Fox News accidently and embarrassingly reporting the death of RBG which makes me cringe every time I think about it.
RBG has stated that she will only work if she can do so at ‘full steam.’ I hope that she recovers well but, objectively speaking, it does appear she may be nearing the end of her career. I foresee with the manic pressure from the Left she will hold on as long as she can but ultimately, this will provide Trump with third opportunity to nominate another Justice to the SCOTUS.
Deal to End the Government Shutdown Reached?
And to my final point, it appears that a tentative agreement has been made to fund the government until February 15, 2019. Government employees are to receive paychecks including their back pay after what was the longest government shutdown in American history. I respect POTUS for standing his ground as this was a campaign promise that he was elected on and I still maintain my prediction that the wall will be built. The Democrats are trying to bait him into declaring a National Emergency by obstructing every offer he makes. When they asked for technological deterrence at the border, Trump obliged stating he would give over 1 billion in funding to their requests as well as a three year extension of protections for TPS and DACA recipients. He refused to give amnesty in accordance with the law unlike the former President, Barack Obama.
Although President Trump is fulfilling his sworn role to protect American citizens, I’m sure he doesn’t want to arbitrarily declare a National Emergency as a result of political games-- especially on an issue that was once bipartisan. I respect that he is gathering information from boots on the ground at the border as well as recognizing the families who have been broken due to the carte blanche illegal aliens are given to run around, unfettered, as a result of sanctuary laws.
It’s not that he is fighting to send 5.7 billion abroad or for some international project; instead, he is fighting to use the money on the southern border to protect the integrity of America’s borders and ensure the safety of American citizens. So, who are the people most against securing the border with a physical barrier? The drug cartels, the sex traffickers, the sexual predators and the increasingly far-left Democrat party. At this point the most we can hope for is that their reasoning differs.