MONOLOGUE BY CLYDE LEWIS
When you look back at history and you trace the rhyming of the timelines, you see that we are again watching a President who has given a State of the Union address that has been impeached but not yet acquitted. It appears to be another one of those cutthroat strategies that plagued Bill Clinton when he served as president.
Traditionally, the State of the Union address is the most important and most-watched speech of the year for a president. Doing it in the midst of an impeachment trial adds another political dimension.
Doing it after a caucus that ended failure for the Democrats gives the President a moment to think about how he is going to enjoy his victory.
The State of the Union is in a State of Ruin and from the ashes we will see the Teflon President emerge without a viable candidate to challenge him.
Looking back at the Clinton State of the Union address, we can determine that no matter who is doing the backstabbing, there always seems to be a moment where all of your so-called enemies play nice in order to keep up appearances.
When Clinton entered the House chamber that night, members of Congress stood and applauded. Dennis Hastert, the Republican Speaker of the House who had voted to impeach Clinton, offered a warm greeting.
“Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and the distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the United States,” Hastert said in introducing Clinton.
In his speech, which lasted more than an hour, Clinton never once mentioned impeachment, and his speechwriters say there was never a question of doing so. They stuck to bipartisan and optimistic themes.
Clinton wasn’t about to let the nation see him sweat and the faked pleasantries were very much the perfect example of theatrics played to the hilt reminding us that everything that is done in government is planned like some medieval melodrama.
And the American people are still after all these years are none the wiser.
Trump is very much the Master of Show but he is also the Master of Show and Tell.
He is raw and much to the joy of his detractors can say all of the right things that can trap him for another round of character assassination.
For Trump, the Senate vote on two articles of impeachment is set for the day after the State of the Union address.
The outcome is all but certain. But when he gives his speech, the vote won’t have happened yet, robbing him of the opportunity to say with a smile – that he has overcome yet another attempt at taking him from the oval office.
The people of the United States have learned nothing from the past – the corruption continues and the hate and the division will be with us another four years because the Left seems to be more concerned with removing Trump than providing a viable candidate that could be a formidable foe.
But after Trump’s acquittal, what will the media report? What will they do as they have spent three years in a bubble, ignoring real news and reporting nothing but a bad conspiracy theory?
How embarrassing and ugly is it for Americans to watch as their President speaks of his accomplishments while flanked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, looking out on a chamber full of senators who serve as jurors in his trial. The House impeachment managers who spent hours arguing passionately for his conviction will be there, too.
As the kids say “awkward.”
There was awkwardness in 1999, too with Clinton. Michael Waldman, then the director of speechwriting for Clinton, described the event as “a truly miserable experience” for many of the Republican senators. They had to adjourn the trial and trudge over to the House chamber and sit there while Bill Clinton got up to the rostrum and gave a cheery, confident, even visionary State of the Union speech on national television.
Trump will do it too – the smiles will be painted on as what is indicative of the clown world that Washington D.C. has created. The 2020 political journey is now walking a tightrope in a circus that fails to identify the elephant in the room.
It is the greatest show on earth.
The older I get the more I realize just how right I am about politics and political corruption. I emphasize again that it is Theater of the Ugly and with the Iowa caucus in a mess and every Democratic candidate claiming victory I can’t see how anyone can keep trusting our election process
Already, February is shaping up to be the ‘month from hell’ for the Democratic Party and their hopes for beating Donald Trump in November. As Monday night grinded on into late Tuesday morning, sleep-deprived journalists from around the state of Iowa were still clueless as to the results of the hotly-anticipated caucus.
It is obvious that the DNC has been so obsessed with impeaching the President that they can’t even organize a caucus.
Had the Iowa caucuses been a ‘normal’ political contest in a normal political season, if such a thing is even possible, then perhaps there would be less cause for alarm. But this has been very far from a normal campaign season. The Washington swamp remains bogged down in scandal with both parties as the Democrats continue in their increasingly unhinged efforts to impeach Donald Trump.
As of this morning, results from last night’s caucus are still outstanding. The Iowa Democratic Party blames that on the failures of a new app it rolled out to gather results from across the state. It’s still impossible to know quite what happened, in part because the party has given out so little information about what went wrong.
This time it fair to admit that while the Left has always stated that they don’t create conspiracy theories the whole day I have been reading a mountain of conspiracy theories all spun on what can be called Left-leaning news publication.
But of course, all of these publications “justify” those who are spinning conspiracy theories rather than condemning them as is always the case when these theories are spun against their corruption from the so-called Right.
Again conspiracy theories are spun from disinformation provided by mainstream news outlets. If the media was to do their job there would be no need for a conspiracy theory and now that the media is now being caught spinning conspiracy theory – the idea of making it a pejorative has now lost its appeal.
The media is now being schooled at how political corruption can turn up anywhere from any party. Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum and in the absence of results from the Iowa caucus, there is plenty of room to claim there is a conspiracy and this conspiracy, you can also conclude that if Iowa is any indication, this will be a prelude to our national election. Whatever the outcome, you will hear from the losers that there is a conspiracy to rig the election process.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t give an analysis of the conspiracy rounds and I am sure I can do better than making the lazy claim of Russian meddling which again has been reported as the cause of the massive failure and embarrassment of this caucus.
The biggest threat here is that the “darlings” of the party that are more traditional in the Democratic values have now been overpowered by the newfound love for socialism.
Both the republican and democratic parties are watching with mounting concern as socialist rhetoric, backed up by surging membership in socialist groups, increases across the heartland.
Naturally, this is of tremendous concern to the DC movers and shakers of all political stripes because someone is worried that their bread may not be buttered and their pockets will not be filled.
This messed up process in Iowa is evidence of how in the end that the money holders and decision-makers are more than happy to torpedo the election process if it means that the candidate that is not good for business is kept in the basement and is labeled a trouble maker.
At the moment Bernie Sanders fits that description. From the accusations of misogyny from Elizabeth Warren to the continued backstabbing from Hillary Clinton Sanders has been taking it on the chin. The other so-called trouble maker would be Tulsi Gabbard, who is surprisingly out-polling Tom Steyer, Andrew Yang, and Deval Patrick in New Hampshire.
Of course, Tulsi has been in the crosshairs of Hillary Clinton, who isn’t even running but has been quoted as saying that Gabbard is a Russian asset.
Gabbard filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton because the former Secretary of State tried to “destroy” her reputation by conducting a smear campaign against her.
Lawyers for Gabbard also alleged that Clinton’s characterizations of Gabbard served as “retribution” for the congresswoman’s decision to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
Again how do handle a problem like Bernie? You intentionally tie up the election process so that there is confusion and mistrust and of course a mountain of conspiracy theories.
Some of the mainstream media that leans left tried to save face by blaming Donald Trump for spinning some of the conspiracy theories and for others it was difficult for them to watch the members of the party they support tear into each other like little bantam roosters at a cockfight.
Chris Matthews likened it to a “three-car funeral,” Joe Scarborough called it a bad omen, and Jeffrey Toobin simply hailed it an embarrassment.
No matter who one consults about the Iowa Democratic Party caucuses, the opinions among Democrats and their allies are nearly universal. Trump has won.
Chris Mathews even said that he wouldn’t be surprised if Trump wasn’t chuckling all night. He even worried that there would be the possibility of a civil war within the party if things don’t change.
It can be the cynical view that the Democratic party is so desperate, too desperate in fact, as they are more capable of conducting a coup against a sitting president than electing a viable candidate.
But the deeper and more compelling facts that led to this fiasco can call be blamed on a slick new smartphone app that was supposed to make everything go smoothly.
The app was coded by a tech firm run by veterans of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, one of them a former Google engineer. It was designed to meet new requirements instituted after that year’s contentious Iowa caucuses, in which Clinton narrowly edged out Bernie Sanders. To provide more transparency this time around, the state party promised to report not just the final results but voters’ initial and second choices as well.
With so much more data to tabulate than in previous years, party leaders feared that the established system of reporting numbers by phone would be too slow. A proposal for a “tele-caucus” system enabling virtual voting was rejected as too vulnerable to hacking. An app that could instantaneously relay the numbers as soon as precinct chairs input them, developed by Democratic Party loyalists, looked like the perfect solution.
It turned out to be a crushing failure.
Throughout the long, long night, precinct chairs found themselves unable to make the app work properly. Some never figured out how to download or install it in the first place. Those who tried to report their results via a backup phone line found themselves on hold, sometimes for more than an hour.
Results from the caucuses could not be transmitted to Iowa party headquarters, and state Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price blamed the problem on a coding error.
Confusion among caucus organizers over how to use the app also seemed to contribute to the problem.
The firm behind the app, and I am not making this up, is Shadow, an affiliate of ACRONYM, a Democratic nonprofit founded in 2017 “to educate, inspire, register, and mobilize voters,” according to its website.
ACRONYM’s founder and CEO is Tara McGowan, a former journalist and digital producer with President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign.
Among Shadow’s clients is Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, which paid $42,500 to the firm in July 2019 for “software rights and subscriptions,” according to disclosures to the FEC. A spokesman for the campaign says the payment was for a service used to send text messages to voters. The campaigns of Joe Biden and Kirsten Gillibrand, who withdrew from the race last year, also made smaller payments to Shadow.
It is quite interesting that Buttigieg declared victory in the caucus even though there were no real results that were announced. He may have jumped the gun a bit –as there are reports that the results indeed have him in the lead – but not by much.
At 5:00 PM eastern time, it was announced that Buttigieg was the leader in the Democratic caucus, while Bernie Sanders was second. The figures were slow to come in but according to reports Pete Buttigieg was leading with 26.9 percent, Sanders is second with 25.1 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is third with 18.3 percent, and former Vice President Joe Biden is fourth with 15.6 percent.
Notice that the upset is in favor of one of the biggest investors of the Shadow app? But of course, we are told that we really shouldn’t make outrageous conspiracy theories – but this one is like a Christmas present for those who see politics as nothing more than a show that rivals World Wrestling.
How can the DNC even think that what is happening can ensure trust in the candidates that are there to oppose and emboldened incumbent?
Rarely has democracy been so acclaimed yet so breached, so promoted yet so disrespected, so important yet so disappointing. The Republic puts its trust in something so abhorrent and chaotic that jabs that are thrown from party to party become hollow gestures in hypocrisy.
We are now seeing the lowest form of despotism where the challenge of our politicians is to appear to embrace democratic principles while avoiding any risk of succumbing to popular preferences.
With what we have seen lately, 2020 will be a year of election fraud, political violence, press censorship, repression of civil society, and even the possibility of some militarized enforcement and confinement of those who wish to cause trouble and bring down the continuity of government.
Who will the fist to see through the lies and the corruption and demand better?
The Constitution – a document that the politicians have cherry-picked through to make their various arguments to topple our Republic grants all citizens the right to take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives and to “vote” in genuine periodic elections with universal and equal suffrage and “secret ballot” so as to guarantee the free expression of the will of the electors.
It also grants a range of related rights that should be seen as essential to keeping the Republic intact in any robust and meaningful form, including rights protecting a diverse and vigorous civil society and a free and vibrant press, rights defending the interests of minorities, and rights ensuring that government officials are subject to the rule of law.
The specificity and legally binding nature of human rights should be our strength and should be defended even if some hashtag social justice warrior tells you that it is unfashionable and nationalist to do so.
They take their liberty and freedom for granted and probably are unaware that their attitude does not being social justice but an ugly and modern form of despotism.
The foundation for any argument against despotism or fascism is the tried and true fact that all government ultimately depends on the consent of the governed. But we have somehow surrendered our decisions in matters of policy and have left it up to those we call our authorities.
This is dangerous. History shows us that when we allow the government to do as they wish, then, when the people finally question and protest that government’s actions, their consent will thereafter be obtained by force.
Governments will lie, create manufactured crises, and demand compliance; very seldom will we see people give voluntary consent.
With the right amount of generated fear and peer pressure, the populace consents to accept misgovernment as a fact of life.
The media becomes useless as they encourage the people to allow themselves to be misgoverned. constantly reminding them that despite the fact that their government is despotic, they are well entertained and that other places on the planet are worse off. This gives the illusion that – even though you are faced with the reality that the rule of law no longer applies to government – we all have a really cool funhouse to live in, with Disneyland and Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and ‘Dancing With The Stars’, bread and circuses developed to perpetuate the illusion that America is still intact.
Your duty is to accept the lesser of the two evils you voted for, that your ballots are the alternative to revolutionary bullets.
But now the election is like the Superbowl and your votes are like tickets that have been scalped and made worthless.
Americans have become mere observers, innocent bystanders that don’t want to get involved with anything that may upset the applecart. So we wait, watch the game, and worry that the endgame may be the eventual outcome of a pointless existence.
Don’t worry all of this upheaval and downfall will be dutifully recorded on a smartphone, edited and packaged for YouTube trolls to ridicule. Trolls that will say that they know what is right for America, with a clever little quip ofTrump hate or conservative blab they have coined from Fox News.
If you play by the rules we are told that no one gets hurt but we know that this is not always the case.
When autocrats manage to deflect criticism for violating your rights by pretending to be Democrats when they can enjoy the benefits of admission to the elite ruling class without paying the admission fee of respect for basic rights, the defense of your human rights are put in jeopardy.
Why bother complying with so intrusive a set of rules as international human rights law when, with a bit of maneuvering, any tyrant can pass himself off as a “Democrat”?
Well, you can continue to ignorantly march to their tune just like the pied piper led rats through the streets but the smart ones will be bolder and expose this circus for what it is and what it will continue to be.
A system in a State of Ruin.
Veteran establishment Democrats made up of the Pelosis, Schumers, Schiffs and Nadlers are primarily committed not to the American people, but to the vast corporate lobbyists and special interest groups they represent every single day in Washington, DC.
They showed us their character as they organized a coup against the President –and they are the catalysts of corruption that will torpedo any election process that does not provide a candidate that they do not approve of.
It is evident that there is no honor among thieves, just a feigned amount of respect that is shown only for pageantry pomp and circumstance.
The only hope I can give you is that there are a lot more conspiracy theorists walking around in the United States today than there was yesterday, and the Democrats only have themselves to blame for that.