The American Calamity

“There is one rule that works in every calamity… The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” – A Will Rogers Treasury, Page 157

I suspect that bit of wisdom holds equally well when the currency is “liberty” as when it is good, old American dollars as Mr. Rogers intended. Under this updated model, it is hard to argue that the quickening with respect to the war on the American middle-class (and the last refuge of the spirit of the Republic) is upon us. In fact, hindsight tells us it was rather obvious in 2010 but very few noticed and even harder to deny when it came out from the shadows in 2016. At that point only the true believers, the willfully blind, and the rare jack-assed idiot lawyer from Arizona chose not to see. Yet today, as the ongoing violence to American liberty has gone white hot, at least half of the American major political parties are complicit in this lurch toward totalitarianism and more than half of the electorate is supportive or blissfully ignorant…because, you know, no mean tweets.

History will have to inform us later when the actual tipping point came but I posit that this week alone could be framed as the moment in time when it became obvious to the expanding masses of the bruised and battered by our government from sea to shining sea who are willing to see that the intentional and already unrecoverable glide slope into the abyss has steepened substantially.

Just to hit the high low points…

Less than ten days after signing the bad joke that is the Inflation Reduction Act into law, the puppeteers behind the empty vessel hanging at the end of their strings used that tool to exercise powers beyond his authority (H/T Instapundit) to forgive student loan debt (i.e., spend even more money that “we” just don’t have). This two-punch combination will loom large over both current and future generations. The IRA will not only NOT reduce inflation, it will continue to drive it higher and farther into our future but will also establish a heavier totalitarian hand (via the IRS) permanently pressing down on We the People. The abuse of non-existent powers (to the great silent blissful ignorance…or worse, cheers…of a great majority of the masses) further signals the ease with which the people will sell – or surrender outright – their liberties to this corrupt Progressive cabal.

This week we also learned that FBI brass ordered agents not to investigate the Hunter Biden laptop so as to “not change the outcome of the election again”…thereby, interfering in the election again. So a treasure-trove of evidence of financial and political corruptness with Joe Biden at the center sat idle in FBI hands for more than eleven months prior to the 2020 election. (Feel free to compare and contrast that to the Russia Hoax, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., …)

Then, just to add insult to injury, after nearly two years of silence, we learn straight from Mr. Facebook that the FBI exercised additional muscle to pressure censorship in social media of that same laptop story for the same purposes:

Lines have been crossed that can’t be uncrossed, and while there have been times in the past when it felt like things were falling apart, this feels different. It feels like all false pretenses were dropped, and Joe Biden is now fully out in the open as the tyrant he is. If he were trying to tear the country apart, what would he even be doing differently? That he has the most powerful parts of the federal government, agencies that can ruin [lives] without so much as breaking a sweat, doing his bidding only makes things scarier.

Lastly, just to top it off, we also learned this week that despite consistent denials (read as: LIES), the Oval Office really was behind the raid on Mar-a-Lago. Once again exercising powers not really allowed to them to retract attorney client privilege, Team Biden coordinated this thuggish act through the Gestapo forces at their beck and call.

And, again, all to a great silence from We the People. Sure, there are voices out there and more people seem to be catching on every day. But, as I keep saying, the vast majority seems to be either overtly cheering this on or residing comfortably in the blissful ignorance and/or the (deceptive illusion of) calm of “no mean tweets.” With apologies once again for my bastardization of the line for my own agenda, this go-to quote is now well beyond any reasonable argument:

“[A] significant and growing portion of the American population [has lost] the virtues required to be functioning members of a free society.” – Charles Murray in Coming Apart (Page 289), 2012

For better or worse, it seems we are entering the home stretch.

Into the abyss…

6 thoughts on “The American Calamity

  1. Related:

    Student loan bailout is ‘gasoline on the inflationary fire,…
    https://www.thecollegefix.com/student-loan-bailout-is-gasoline-on-the-inflationary-fire-chief-obama-economist-warns/

    “Pouring roughly half trillion dollars of gasoline on the inflationary fire that is already burning is reckless. …

    “Most importantly, everyone else will pay for this either in the form of higher inflation or in higher taxes or lower benefits in the future…”

    Clarity: The demise is intentional.

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  2. RE: Team Biden coordinated this thuggish act through the Gestapo forces at their beck and call.

    See:

    Can Magistrate Judges Constitutionally Issue Search Warrants Against Trump (Or Anyone Else)?
    https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/26/can-magistrate-judges-constitutionally-issue-search-warrants-against-trump-or-anyone-else/

    “The problem is that Reinhart is a so-called magistrate judge. Many commentators have focused on his personal history and political leanings, but much more significant is that he is not really a judge. To be precise, he is not a judge of a court of the United States. The judicial power of the United States is vested in its courts. In the exercise of this power, judges of those courts can issue search warrants. But a magistrate judge is just an assistant to a court and its judges. Not being a judge of one of the courts of the United States, he cannot constitutionally exercise the judicial power of the United States. That means he cannot issue a search warrant.”

    Why would the DOJ and the FBI pull a stunt like this? Did they attempt to get a judge of a court of the United State to sign off on it? Could they not find a single one? Or did they just go the shady route because they really don’t care to even appear to be legitimate anymore?

    H/T Instapundit: https://instapundit.com/539215/

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  3. Aside from the snippet above, you really do need to go read the whole thing:

    Can Magistrate Judges Constitutionally Issue Search Warrants Against Trump (Or Anyone Else)?
    https://thefederalist.com/2022/08/26/can-magistrate-judges-constitutionally-issue-search-warrants-against-trump-or-anyone-else/

    “The Constitution’s vesting of the judicial power in the courts is important for search warrants. It ensures that at least for federal search warrants, the ‘probable cause’ required by the Fourth Amendment will be ascertained by a judge, not anyone else.

    “Indeed, search warrants from magistrate judges violate not only the vesting of judicial power in the courts but also the Fourth Amendment. In guaranteeing that search warrants must rest on probable cause, that amendment assumes that probable cause will be found by a judge. Moreover, the issuance of a search warrant is unreasonable when it comes from a non-judge, because he lacks salary and tenure protection and has not gone through the same rigorous selection process as a real judge. The guarantees of probable cause and reasonableness are much diminished when a non-judge can make the determination. …

    “Such warrants are unlawful and dangerous. And the unconstitutionality is as serious for each of us as for the former president.”

    This entire stunt and all of the main stream reporting on it so far have been a clown show.

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  4. Rodin

    I am looking forward to a book published in 2050 titled, “The Great Escape” that reveals how America threw off tyranny and assured that we would not be dominated by the WEF and China. (I can dream, can’t I?)

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  5. RE: …the FBI exercised additional muscle to pressure censorship in social media of that same laptop story…

    See “How is this not a huge story?”:
    https://instapundit.com/539357/

    Liberal Writer Aghast That Story About the FBI’s Request to Facebook Isn’t Blowing Up
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2022/08/27/how-is-this-not-a-huge-story-liberal-writer-aghast-that-fbis-request-to-faceb-n2612312

    “…but another story of FBI overreach has gone under the radar. In 2020, the bureau reached out to Facebook and requested they censor the Hunter Biden laptop story. It’s another case of the FBI interfering in an election…

    “..the FBI policing speech in the middle of an election is antithetical to American values. …their meddling in news distribution should have sent chills down the spines of everyone, especially the American Civil Liberties Union. Where the hell are they in all of this?”

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  6. More on the F-B-I :

    Trump DNI John Ratcliffe Details FBI’s 2020 Election Subterfuge
    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/08/27/tucker-carlson-interviews-trump-dni-john-ratcliffe-details-fbis-2020-election-subterfuge-n618562

    “…the FBI took possession of the laptop back in 2019. By the time field agents went to Facebook to “warn” them that it was Russian disinformation, there is no question they knew that was a lie. They themselves had the laptop and knew that what was on it was authentic. …

    “…Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, were still allowed to go out and claim falsely that the laptop wasn’t real. Dozens of former intel directors and agents also signed a letter pushing the Russian disinformation claim at the time. All the while, Wray was telling the White House that they knew the truth, yet the FBI did nothing to rectify the situation while actively trying to exacerbate it on the other end by lying to Facebook – and presumably, every other major social media platform.

    “Instead, it was left up to Ratcliffe to put out a statement that was quickly dismissed as partisan given his role as an appointee of Trump. By that point, the conventional wisdom had taken hold, and for months after the election, any mention of Hunter Biden’s laptop resulted in charges of spreading Russian propaganda. It’s astonishing when you break it all down, take a step back, and witness how corrupt our government is. …”

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