Monday, May 15, 2017

America's NEW violent political left


We have reported in the past about the growing violence on university campuses and attacks against conservatives in major cities. Physical assaults and violent attacks by the left are becoming more frequent. These are not isolated incidents by rogue leftists. It is part of a deliberate strategy to terrorize and silence conservatives.

That political debates can at times get heated and occasionally out of control is not surprising. Passions on hot button issues often run hot. But the left has a growing problem with violence and few responsible elected officials are calling them out about it.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, for example, formed to protest excesses in the financial industry, developed a lengthy rap sheet. Liberal pollster Doug Schoen surveyed the Occupy demonstrators and found that 31% supported violence to achieve their agenda.

Hillary Clinton's defeat did not result in any significant introspection by the left. It appears to have only further radicalized many in the "resistance." During Donald Trump's inauguration, they took to the streets of Washington, D.C., blocked public entrances, set trash on fire and attacked private property. I was accosted by two left-wing demonstrators while attempting to get to an inaugural event.

Remember the recent pipeline protests in North Dakota? Law enforcement officials collected 41 pages of social media posts against the police officers who had to confront the demonstrators. The names, addresses and pictures of law enforcement officers were posted online with threats like this one: "Every one of these cops has family . . . Make their family pay."

In one video, a progressive threatened to gang rape officers' family members and threatened to "kill your daughters, your mothers, your fathers, your grandparents, even you!"

As I wrote last week, the progressive left is increasingly engaging in fascist tactics, and The Daily Caller has outlined a number of shocking incidents. For example:

Last week, police in Tennessee charged an Obamacare supporter with felony reckless endangerment after she followed Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN) from a town hall event and attacked his vehicle.

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) was also physically accosted by an Obamacare supporter.

Again, my friends, these are not just spontaneous outbursts. The "Resistance" is embracing violence. Let me share with you what one Huffington Post writer suggested recently:

"It's time to move beyond polite protests within specified boundaries. It's time to escalate the expression of our outrage and our anger in a massive way. Starting today and from here on, no elected official -- certainly those in the GOP defending and supporting Trump on a variety of issues, for example -- should be able to sit down for a nice, quiet lunch or dinner in a Washington, D.C. eatery or even in their own homes. They should be hounded by protestors everywhere, especially in public -- in restaurants, in shopping centers, in their districts, and yes, on the public property outside their homes and apartments, in Washington and back in their home states."

Of course, at least two members of the Trump Administration have been harassed in public places. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was accosted at an Apple store. Omarosa Manigault was accosted while shopping at a northern Virginia mall.

There was a time not that long ago during the Obama years when "civility in our public discourse" was all the rage among the media. Tea Party supporters were told to calm down and be quiet. Suddenly, those concerned media voices are silent. Virtually no one in the mainstream media or the liberal political establishment is calling out the Huffington Post for threatening Trump supporters in their homes or denouncing the left's embrace of violence.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

About that Flynn Fellow

Predictably, every big media outlet had the same breathless reporting after yesterday's congressional hearing with former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Yates told senators that she warned the White House counsel that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was not telling the full truth about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. (Flynn did discuss sanctions when he said he had not). In addition, Barack Obama had warned Trump against hiring Flynn.

So what? As I pointed out yesterday, in what world would the Trump White House trust Barack Obama, who had also hired Flynn, fired Flynn, allowed him to travel to Moscow and reauthorized his security clearance? Obama also had engaged in an over-the-top effort to deny Trump the presidency.

There were some things we learned yesterday, and they are exactly the kind of things big media does not want the average American to know. For example:

Clapper and Yates said nothing yesterday that in any way advances the left's narrative that the Trump team colluded with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that there is no evidence to support that bizarre claim.

Beyond Russia's hacking, the only crime that we know of was committed by an unknown individual who leaked classified information obtained by the National Security Agency to the Washington Post. It is likely that this person is in the intelligence community or the Justice Department. The purpose of that leak was to destabilize the duly elected president and his administration. That is much more serious than a hack by Russia of the Democrat National Committee.

Perhaps the biggest revelation, which is being largely ignored by the media, was Clapper's admission that in the course of monitoring certain foreigners, the conversations of multiple members of Congress and other elected officials have been swept up in intelligence gathering efforts. Clapper also said that he had requested the name of a member of Congress or Trump associate be revealed.

The most important "witness" -- Susan Rice -- unfortunately wasn't there. Subcommittee chairman Lindsey Graham requested her testimony, but for whatever reason, she declined. Sen. Graham should subpoena Rice to compel her testimony.

I continue to believe that Rice is central to what could be the biggest political scandal in modern history -- the political abuse of our national security apparatus by the Obama Administration, which is a far bigger story than whatever Michael Flynn said to the Russian ambassador.

You may recall that on April 5th I asked why do we believe that only Trump was monitored. Why not Bernie Sanders or other GOP candidates? Yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee demanding to know whether he and other members of Congress were monitored by the Obama Administration.

Journalists have suggested that while Obama was cooperating with an enemy of the United States (Iran), his operatives in U.S. intelligence agencies spied on the opponents of the Iranian nuclear deal, many of whom talked with officials of the Israeli government.

Here's an interesting question: Was anyone in the intelligence community monitoring Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to see if they were colluding with Iran to undermine an ally of the United States?