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Pat Buchanan: ‘The real indictment here is of the American political system’

31 Oct

THAT OTHER PLOT – TO BRING DOWN TRUMP

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Well over a year after the FBI began investigating “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought in his first major indictment.

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with a series of crimes dating back years, though none is tied directly to President Donald Trump or 2016.

With a leak to CNN that indictments were coming, Mueller’s office stole the weekend headlines. This blanketed the explosive news on a separate front, as the dots began to be connected on a bipartisan plot to bring down Trump that began two years ago.

And like “Murder of the Orient Express,” it seems almost everyone on the train had a hand in the plot.

The narrative begins in October 2015.

Then it was that the Washington Free Beacon, a neocon website, engaged a firm of researchers called Fusion GPS to do deep dirt-diving into Trump’s personal and professional life – and take him out.

A spinoff of Bill Kristol’s The Weekly Standard, the Beacon is run by his son-in-law. And its Daddy Warbucks is the GOP oligarch and hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer.

From October 2015 to May 2016, Fusion GPS dug up dirt for the neocons and never-Trumpers. By May, however, Trump had routed all rivals and was the certain Republican nominee.

So the Beacon bailed, and Fusion GPS found two new cash cows to finance its dirt-diving – the DNC and the Clinton campaign.

To keep the sordid business at arm’s length, both engaged the party’s law firm of Perkins Coie. Paid $12.4 million by the DNC and Clinton campaign, Perkins used part of this cash hoard to pay Fusion GPS.

Here is where it begins to get interesting.

In June 2016, Fusion GPS engaged a British spy, Christopher Steele, who had headed up the Russia desk at MI6, to ferret out any connections between Trump and Russia.

Steele began contacting old acquaintances in the FSB, the Russian intelligence service. And the Russians began to feed him astonishing dirt on Trump that could, if substantiated, kill his candidacy.

Among the allegations was that Trump had consorted with prostitutes at a Moscow hotel, that the Kremlin was blackmailing him, that there was provable collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In memos from June to October 2016, Steele passed this on to Fusion GPS, which passed it on to major U.S. newspapers. But as the press was unable to verify it, they declined to publish it.

Steele’s final product, a 35-page dossier, has been described as full of “unsubstantiated and salacious allegations.”

Steele’s research, however, had also made its way to James Comey’s FBI, which was apparently so taken with it that the bureau considered paying Steele to continue his work.

About this “astonishing” development, columnist Byron York of the Washington Examiner quotes Sen. Chuck Grassley:

“The idea that the FBI and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for president in the run-up to the election raises … questions about the FBI’s independence from politics, as well as the Obama administration’s use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political ends.”

The questions begin to pile up.

What was the FBI’s relationship with the British spy who was so wired into Russian intelligence?

Did the FBI use the information Steele dug up to expand its own investigation of Russia-Trump “collusion”? Did the FBI pass what Steele unearthed to the White House and the National Security Council?

Did the Obama administration use the information from the Steele dossier to justify unmasking the names of Trump officials who had been picked up on legitimate electronic intercepts?

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed they did not know that Perkins Coie had enlisted Fusion GPA or the British spy to dig up dirt on Trump.

Yet, when Podesta testified, the lawyer sitting beside him in the committee room was Marc Elias of Perkins Coie, who had engaged Fusion GPS and received the fruits of Steele’s undercover work.

Here one is tempted to cite Bismarck that, if you wish to enjoy politics or sausages, you should not inquire too closely how they are made.

Thus we have Free Beacon neocons, never-Trump Republicans, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC, a British spy and comrades in Russian intelligence, and perhaps the FBI, all working with secret money and seedy individuals to destroy a candidate they could not defeat in a free election.

If future revelations demonstrate that this is what went down, it is not only the White House that has major problems.

If you wish to know why Americans detest politics and hate the “swamp” that has been made of their capital city, follow this story all the way to its inevitable end. It will be months of unfolding.

The real indictment here is of the American political system, and the true tragedy is the decline of the Old Republic.

Mark Caserta: Winning with Trump is good for America

13 Oct

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

October 13, 2017

 

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Despite the constant barrage of negativity from the left and a fervent liberal attempt to portray the Trump administration as being in “chaos,” the number of wins President Trump is having for the American people is truly astounding.

And he’s just getting started.

Forget for a moment that all liberals espouse is formularized Russian collusion, a nonsensical focus on the Trump family and exacerbated stories maligning Trump’s “political incorrectness,” and let’s look at the successes our president is having on behalf of Americans.

President Trump hit the ground running with his “America first” agenda giving voice to those who felt completely suckered by the Washington “swamp.”

In under a year, Donald J. Trump has returned the United States to prominence as the most powerful and respected nation in the world. Converse to the prior administration, our enemies now fear us and our allies are beginning to trust us.

Thanks to an aggressive new strategy led by President Trump, ISIS has been effectively engaged and is on the verge of total annihilation along with their aspirations of a global caliphate, per U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

“ISIS is on the run and they have been shown to be unable to stand up to our team, have not retaken one inch of ground,” Mattis told reporters during a briefing in Baghdad. Mattis went on to say the defeat of ISIS is now imminent and he is confident U.S.-backed Iraqi forces will finish off fighters in their last remaining strongholds.

Via Trump’s leadership, the administration has successfully created international unity in applying pressure on North Korea’s nuclear proliferation aspirations. This unity includes an unprecedented partnership with China in applying economic sanctions on the rogue nation.

And the significant reduction in the number of illegal border crossers between the U.S. and Mexico is “nothing short of miraculous,” according to National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd.

“As far as the Trump administration’s efforts on immigration, this is something they campaigned heavily on,” Judd said in a C-SPAN interview. “At six months, where we are on meeting those promises, we are seeing nothing short of miraculous.” Judd went on to credit Trump’s “rhetoric” as being a significant deterrent to illegals.

Bringing jobs back to America was a cornerstone of the Trump presidential campaign. During his first week in office the president met with leaders of some of the nation’s unions and top manufacturing companies. Today, CEOs and other leaders from more than two dozen companies make up President Trump’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative which plans to create 25 million American jobs over the next decade.

As President Trump strategically reverses the Obama-era “job killing” EPA regulations, we’re now seeing jobs return to our area. Wage earners will once again be able to step out from under the government umbrella and into the workforce.

And securing a conservative Supreme Court is simply icing on the cake.

Mark Caserta: America winning with Trump as president

2 Sep

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

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    After eight agonizing years of socialist, liberal policies nearly sending our country into a progressive death spiral, our nation finally has a president committed to winning with “America first” policies.

    Despite the obsessive liberal lamenting and the media magnification of every single misstep by this “politically incorrect” administration, President Trump has kept his eye on the prize when it comes to delivering on promises to the American people, even saddled with a crippling Congress.

    It’s very telling that progressives are determined to focus on everything but the significant strides the Trump presidency has made in eight short months.

    A huge portion of Trump’s campaign centered on addressing illegal immigration. Per a May column in The Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan and Andrea Nobel, illegal immigration is down an amazing 76 percent since President Trump was elected. Based on reports from the Department of Homeland Security, the flow of illegals continues to drop as changes in enforcement policy deter people from attempting to illegally cross the border.

    President Trump also ran on creating jobs. Per a July column in CNN Money, employers added 863,000 new jobs during Donald Trump’s first five full months in office. While the president acknowledges too many people are still out of the labor force and not properly factored, unemployment is declining. Business owners simply feel more confident about expanding their workforce under employer-friendly policies.

    The president also talked tough on trade during his campaign. His executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal was a major step in delivering on his promise to level the playing field.

    “We’re going to stop the ridiculous trade deals that have taken everybody out of our country and taken companies out of our country and it’s going to be reversed,” Trump told a group of labor leaders in January. “Companies that left are going to come back to our country, and they’re going to hire a lot of people.”

    In agreement with many experts who felt it was too costly and ineffective in addressing climate change, the president decisively pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. The deal would destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, harm American manufacturing and destroy $2.5 trillion in gross domestic product by the year 2035, per The Heritage Foundation.

    Trump’s list of wins is lengthy and irrefutable. The stock market is at a record high. Our military is regaining its power and resolve. We have another conservative on the Supreme Court, with possibly more to come. And President Trump will be relentless in delivering on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare and a wall along the southern border.

    Perhaps the most important win is that patriots once again feel good about the direction of our nation. Anyone paying attention can see beyond the misdirection of the polls and the hypocrisy of the left. We see wins!

    So, Mr. President, please stay focused on delivering on your promises to the American people.  Do not succumb to the liberal distractions.

    Continued winning on behalf of Americans will make the liberal crusade to destroy you irrelevant.

    Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

    Mark Caserta: President is blocking the progressive movement

    11 Aug

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    Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

    8.10.2017

     

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    Much to the chagrin of liberal Democrats, President Trump’s visit on Thursday of last week was a banner day for the city of Huntington and the state of West Virginia. The turnout and enthusiasm of Trump supporters everywhere clearly illuminates the disconnect between the president’s reported approval ratings and reality.

    Remember, the same people trying to convince you Trump’s approval ratings are low are the same folks who tried to persuade you Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide.

    Sadly, the American people seem to have increasingly fewer mainstream media outlets which can be trusted to adhere to the gravity of free speech afforded them by the Constitution, a condition I’m concerned will be memorialized as a discordant turning point in our country’s history.

    But, it’s quite fascinating that even with the support of the media, the liberal voice is becoming increasingly irrelevant on nearly every front, by virtue of liberals’ expanding progressive ideology moving them further to the left of most Americans.

    For posterity, I’d like to pose a few questions to readers.

    Do you feel like liberals hate President Trump more than they love our country?

    Is there anything Trump will ever do which liberals will support, regardless of the benefit to our nation?

    And where does this pathological hatred of the president place liberal leaders in terms of acting on behalf of the American people?

    One observation I’ve made is that President Trump has forced many progressives out of their “moderate” closets into the dimly lit darkness of hard-core liberalism, both locally and nationally. Meanwhile, and possibly even more appreciably, conservatives who were heretofore complacently on the sidelines have enthusiastically engaged in the fight.

    It’s mind-boggling that progressives continue to propose their liberal policies as a “better deal” for America. The eight-year liberal Obama experiment certainly rendered that argument mute.

    The progressive movement involves tenaciously advancing an ideology free of tethering principles and boundaries of morality. And frankly, their methodology for improving America is quite nonsensical.

    Liberals believe removing God and His Word from all public venues will make America a better place.

    Liberals believe more government intrusion into our lives is a good thing.

    Liberals believe government deserves to have more of your hard-earned tax dollars because they will spend it more wisely.

    Liberals believe in open borders and anyone who disagrees is a bigot.

    Liberals believe abortion-on-demand is the right of every woman and supersedes the life of an innocent baby.

    Liberals want to take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens.

    Liberals want to “progressively” redefine the family structure beyond the traditional union of a man and a woman.

    And liberals don’t want to place any restrictions on gender identification, regardless of anatomy.

    Is this the America you desire?

    I believe liberalism is about fundamentally changing society to accommodate a new, universally accepting social order. And the fact that we have a president who is successfully blocking their movement is driving liberals crazy.

    Conservatives have the momentum, so let’s keep working. Tell your representatives to support the president.

    Let’s return America to greatness. And continue to make the liberal voice irrelevant in our society.

    Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

    Mark Caserta: Readers respond to columnist’s question

    5 Aug

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    Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

    Aug 4, 2017

     

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    Last week’s column, “Did West Virginians elect Trump out of ignorance?,” was centered on the facetious question as to whether voters in our state are qualified to make an educated choice for president of the United States.

    Of course they are.

    But some of the cynical responses were very telling. Some even had me questioning the reader’s ability to comprehend the text, as portrayed in this response from one reader.

    “Mark. Oh no, buddy. It has finally hit you right between the eyes. YOU are seeing Trump for what he is. You’re asking YOURSELF this question: Did I help elect Trump out of ignorance? Looks like you’ve been mulling that over.”

    Other folks, as in this reader, surmised West Virginians simply chose the “lesser of two evils.”

    “As West Virginians only had, as a viable alternative vote in 2016 the corporatist, republican-lite option of voting for Hillary Clinton, it is very understandable that most Democratic voters stayed home and some even voted for what was perceived as a wild-card, anti-DC candidate like Trump rather than falling in line behind the empty establishment pants suit.”

    Of the responses from individuals typically aligning themselves with progressives, it’s worth noting the lack of regard they apparently have for the intellect of West Virginians.

    “They had other options, they can write in any person they want, or not vote at all. Only stupid people believe there is some magical civic- duty to vote. They never/don’t realize the door of obligation swings both ways. Ignorant conservatives, you know I love-em!”

    “Well, considering Arch Moore was convicted for corruption and jailed, then RE-ELECTED in West Virginia as governor and THEN his daughter enters politics and SHE gets elected? I don’t know, but? Does that speak to an abundance of smarts in this state?”

    “A majority of West Virginians are too busy trying to make a living to give much time to considering political candidates. After all, they’ve sent some real losers (not this one) to the statehouse.”

    “Did West Virginians elect Trump out of ignorance? Yes. Like there was any other option. How else could/would clueless conservative hillbillies vote?”

    Then there were responses like this one, interjecting reasoned perspective into the discussion.

    “This is all pretty funny. And it confirms something I’ve known to be true for a long time. Liberals can’t read. Mark concludes that ‘And just perhaps, it isn’t the 68 percent of West Virginians who elected Donald Trump who are the ignorant ones, after all.’ And liberals read that as Mark concluding that West Virginians who voted for Trump did so out of ignorance. Pretty funny, and shows their total lack of logic and reasoning ability.”

    So, according to liberals, ignorance, indeed, played a role in electing Trump in West Virginia. I can only assume they believe similarly for the other 30 states he won.

    This progressive rationale prompts me to ask liberals another clarifying question.

    Do you accept any of the blame for Donald Trump being elected president, or was it simply the ignorance of others?

    Future voters eagerly await your response.

    Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

     

     

     

     

    Mark Caserta: Did West Virginians elect Trump out of ignorance?

    29 Jul

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    Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

    Jul 28, 2017

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    According to the West Virginia Secretary of State, more than 45 percent of our state’s voters are registered Democrats, with only 30 percent registered as Republicans.

    Given that stark contrast, how does one explain nearly 68 percent of West Virginians voting for Donald Trump and only 23 percent voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election?

    Now, this is quite the conundrum for liberal Democrats in our state who vehemently despise President Trump and are working diligently to convince others his election was a fluke.

    Do liberal Democrats expect us to believe the Russians hacked into West Virginia’s voting machines and changed votes? Or do progressives simply believe most West Virginians are simply too ignorant and “deplorably old-fashioned” to make the right choice and elect someone who would continue the failed policies of Barack Hussein Obama?

    After all, Obama was quoted in The Huffington Post in 2008, speaking of his difficulty in winning over working-class voters in the Midwest, “It’s not surprising then they get bitter,” Obama said. “They cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

    Yes, some of us are adamant about clinging to both our guns “and” our religion. And woe be to any liberal attempting to remove either from a West Virginia conservative.

    But do liberals truly believe West Virginians were prospering under the leadership of arguably the most liberal president in our nation’s history? Do they really believe liberal ideology was working in West Virginia?

    Well, weren’t good living wage jobs on the increase in our state? Weren’t liberal policies growing our state’s labor force? Wasn’t the average household income of West Virginians growing under Obama? Didn’t we feel much safer as a nation and less afraid of terrorist attacks on our own soil? Weren’t most West Virginians pleased with Obamacare?

    Weren’t West Virginians happy with the impact progressive policies were having on our state?

    Anyone intellectually honest enough and halfway knowledgeable would respond with a resounding, “Are you kidding?”

    So, why would liberal Democrats (who often suggest they’re the most intellectual among us) seek a continuation of liberal policies? What could possibly be their reasoning?

    I submit the progressive desire to elect Hillary Clinton and now to delegitimize Donald Trump have little to do with improving our jobs, income, security or even healthcare.

    I believe it’s about advancing their liberal ideology, which we all know includes removing the core, conservative, Christian values most West Virginians hold dear.

    Perhaps (much to the chagrin of liberal Democrats) West Virginians are, indeed, some of the brightest among us. Perhaps we’re so well-grounded in our belief system that we refuse to allow our state to falter beneath the weight of liberal oppression. Perhaps West Virginians embody the very best in America.

    And just perhaps, it isn’t the 68 percent of West Virginians who elected Donald Trump who are the ignorant ones, after all.

    Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

     

    Mark Caserta: Is hatred of Trump spurring fake news?

    22 Jul

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    Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

    Jul 21, 2017

     

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    Americans are being inundated with allegations of so-called “fake news.”

    Are media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post really attempting to unethically influence how Americans feel about our country and our president?

    Now, I believe most major media outlets have been guilty, at some point, of trying to “influence” rather than report. Frankly, politicians attempting to exploit the media’s increasing significance to their advantage may have actually sparked this conundrum.

    But it’s my strongly held belief that the election of Donald Trump has so dramatically crippled the progressive movement in our country, we’re now seeing members of the mainstream media frantically attempting to gain some sort of relevant foothold as they slide down the slippery slope of “trumpery.”

    Thankfully, some remain who covet the principles and ethics of true journalism.

    A New York Times best-seller written by veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson titled “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote” exposes what Amazon Book Review called “diabolical tactics of Smear artists and their outrageous access to some of the biggest names in the political media.”

    In the book, Ms. Attkisson shares antics of operatives corrupting the political process and “discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our democracy.” The following excerpt describes the world of the “smear artist” and how the mainstream media play an integral role:

    “In the distorted world of the smear artist, things are very different. Up becomes down and down is up. It’s Alice in Wonderland and somewhere down the rabbit hole there’s a tea-sipping Mad Hatter stirring the pot.”

    This “upside down” world sounds hauntingly familiar.

    Attkisson shared one of her most memorable “smear attempts” she observed during her lengthy journalism career in a June column in Breitbart. Of course, it involved Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    “It’s impossible for any outsiders to know exactly how the Clintons became adept at engineering smears to deflect from their controversies,” Attkisson said. “One of the earliest smear campaigns perpetrated by the Clintons began even before Bill announced he was running for president, when Hillary was busy devising a preemptive strike against women rumored to be involved with her husband.”

    But even during that volatile period, my recollection of reporting was there was always a sense of “fair play” and fair reporting from most major news outlets. Some stories may have favored a player or two, but I can’t recall ever seeing a complete willingness to shed all ethical precepts to destroy a man.

    Donald J. Trump didn’t need this presidency. He had everything he needed. He simply knew America would not survive four more years of liberal policies and decided to place everything on the line to save a nation from collapse.

    Sadly, because of his patriotism, he and his family have been unabashedly attacked by liberals, so filled with hate, they can’t see straight.

    I call that a political “hate crime” that should be punishable by viewer discretion.

    Liberals: Either get on board, or get out of the way.

    We have a country to save.

     

    Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger and a Cabell County resident.

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